Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - October 5, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina
Courier - J* im rn til.
Volume 2—number 101AIKEN, S. C., OCTOBER 5. 1876
OLD SERIES, VOL. 6.—NO. 301
WI AIL ARRANGEMENTS.
Aiken, S. 0., July I, 1874,
Oil and after this dale the Postoffice hours will be as follows :
During the week from 8:80 a. rn. to I 30 belock p. m.> and from 3 to 7 o’clock p, in.
Northern.. Western-.., Charleston Columbia..1
IO a.m. IO a. in. 4i30 p. rn. 4:30 p. rn.
8:30 p. rn. 3:80 p. rn. 0 a, rn.
Dunbarton, Hammond and Greenland mails close on Thursdays at 6 p. in.* and Open on Saturdays at 5 p. m.
Leesville, Me-ritt’s Bridge and Mt. Ebal mails close on Sundays al I o’clock p. na., and open on Tuesdays at 6 o’clock p. rn.
L. CONDY, P. M,
There are quite a number of colored tnen in Aiken county who have denounced Radicalism and declared their inten-tiou of voting lur Hampton and the
entire Democratic ticket. And not only are they doing so in Aiken county
hut Hiroughcmt the State. In almost
•aIi of our exchanges we see notices of
colored Democratic clubs, and quite
-frequently see^ca-rds from distinguished
Colored men, who have heretofore been
leaders in the Republican ranks, declaring for the Democrat.
This is <a good move and should be •encouraged by the while people of the •Statue. The -colored men in the past have been imposed upon fey designing politicians, and have been taught to believe that if the Democracy should gain •control of the government their rights would he taken away from them, and i they would again be placed in the bonds •of slavery. But tie colored men are fist finding out that this is not the case -and that they have been imposed upon hy these men only for the purpose of getting cheir votes in order to keep r themselves rn office. As a class the colored people are very ignorant in this respect, and are easily led by Northern '‘Carpet-baggers, who have come down here for the sole purpose of filling their pockets, and then leaving their poor - -constituents with all the blame to bear-. The colored race in South Carolina ate in a destitute condition, and they are solely dependent upon the white men for support; therefore, it behooves every one of them to join hands with the whites and present an unbroken from to the band of thieves and robbers who now have control of the government, and show to them that in the future they intend to vote for honest men. thereby lessening the taxes and helping the white man along, In order that he may pay them higher wages for their labor, by wh'ch means the material interests of the State will be greatly ad vaneed- If the too races would act more together than they have heretofore -done, they would be far better off. The white man needs tile labor of the colored man, and the colored man newels the white man s money ; and unless thev unite neither will be benefited, Everv v^hite man in the State should consider this matter thoroughly, aqd endeavor bv sill fair means to convince the colored
people of the truth of this assertion._
T*rv and and impress it upon their minds -ftbaY they have been deceived, and that the white men native born white men —fire their best friends and will protect them if they join our ranks. If they wiH* not listen
PALMER'S LITTLE GAME.
Dr F. A. Palmer, of Montmorenci, is doing all in his power to embitter the blacks against the whites in this county. In a letter to the New York Times he says that it would be “the extreme of folly and foolhardiness for the colored people to lay asidetheir arms until the whites have first set the example by themselves going unarmed.” Mr. Palmer knows well enough that the negroes in South Carolina have been well armed ever since the war, and that thev have, from time
tolime, been furnished with State arms, Until now there are very few colored men in Aiken County who are not furnished with a Winchester or Springfield rifle. Until recently the whites have not been armed and organized; but now they are armed and organized for the sole purpose of protecting their lives and property and nothing more. The white ■people of Aiken County do not want to be at- enmity with the negroes. They have done all in their power to keep down disturbances without violence, but on several occasions they have beeneom-pelled to take up arms against the blacks, in order that their lives and property might not be sacrificed.
Mr. Palmer states in his letter that on several different occasions his life has been threatened by different persons in Aiken County, but a9 yet the threats have not been carried out. WiH M«\ Palmer informs us at what time and place his life has been threatened and by whom? We venture to say that if he would conduct himself as he should there would never be a harsh word uttered against him. But Mr. Palmer is a candidate for the Legislature, and he will uSie every means possible to secure his election even if he has to resort to the whipplng-post policy which he advocated in the Radical Conveution held in Aiken some weeks since.
T O THE MENI
This campaign is yours. It is for your families, and your action at the polls In November will give evidence of the fact whether or not you care more for your wives aud children than for mere party. What is your situation now ? If you have employment, does the mere pittance you receive for your hard labor suffice to furnish you with the necessaries of life ? Are you able to raise money enough at the end of every month to pay your rent without depriving your chPdren of bread ?
Now is the time for action. Let your voices he ra*sed for a change; let your votes be cast foT a change. Reform is the watchword, and to effect a reform a change in administration is the first step. Your condition cannot be made any worse under the guidance ot Uncle Sammy Tilden than it is to-day, afnd you
have the assurance of history that, a
change of rulers after a panic always restored confidence and brought good times in its train.
Laboring men, give this matter your attention! Wives of laboring men, enlist in the fight; persuade your husbands to cast one vote for you and your children, .(rive them to understand that they have voted for party, low wages and starvation long enough.
On the 20th of this month Aiken will IHT visited by a number of distinguished speakers, among whom are Generals Hampton, Butler, Gary, Hagood and others, who will speak to our people upon the issues of the present day, and in the advocacy of reform aud good government. Let every man in Aiken county, both white and black, who is an advocate of good government, bo present, ?»nd let us show to our distinguished leaders that we, too, arc in earnest when we say we are tired of this tj^srule and intend to have a change of afikirs in our State. Don’t forget the date— Friday> October 20 th.
TOTE FOR HAMPTON.
AND STILL THEY COMEJ Sheriff Jordan, of Aiken, has denounced Radicalism and announced his intention of voting for Hampton and the entire Democratic ticket. We are glad to see this move, and hope that in the future the Sheriff will exert himself for the right cause and always advocate the i nterests of that party to which he justly belongs. No white man in South Caro* lina can conscientiously remain with the Republican party in times like the present, and they -should come over* to the right side at once before It Is too late.—
[New York Herald—Editorial.]
Governor Chamberlain, of South Carolina, instead of attending to his duties has been visiting the North, and, on his return to Washington, which seems to be his headquarters, he gives our that he ha* heard of the murder of from thirty to one hundred negroes in the State during his absence. “From thirty to one hundred’' is a vague phrase. Its use confesses a shameless amount of i<r— corance in the Governor of tho State, whoso sworn duty is to maintain the peace of the State, to protect fha lives of the citizens, and to see that lawlessness is punished. The people of South Carolina are asked to vote for Governor Chamberlain—to re-elect him to his place. But why should they ? At a time of great excitement he leaves the State, abandons his post of duty and returns only to send a vague report of the killing of some of its citizens.. Evidently he is not a fit man for Governor ; he is not even a safe man.
General Wade Hampton is his opponent, tho nominee of the Democratic party. What does General Hampton say about the peace of the State ? He is making an active and thorough canvass, and everywh^e, from ever / plat-
Thnt is the advice we should give to South Carolina and also to Louisiana col ired men. If they only took time calmly to consider the matter they would see that while the Southern Republican politician lives upon “outrages,” and prospers the mere the colored men are wronged or slain, the Southern Demo—• erat must perforce maintain peace apd order; for if he does not the whole North hoots at him and demands that the Federal power shall upset him. Arkansas was full of crime and disorder until the Democratic Governor (forland came into power. It has been peaceful ever since, and no complaints come from there, under his wise rule, of ^wrong to Republicans or colored men.
The Sheriff has set a good example for ( form and stump, he pledges his word
the white Republicans of Aiken, and we should advise them to follow it; for on the seventh day of November next, when the new Democratic ship starts on her course, all those who are not on board will be likely to drown.
To the Editor of Hie Courier-Journal;
Please allow me space in your paper for the purpose of asking a few questions :
1st. .Does Governor Chamberlain fur lush State guns and amuninitlofT%»* ue* groes for the purpose of shooting at trees and targets, or for the purpose of intimidating the whites ?
2d. How many guns has he distributed in Aiken and vicinity, with sufficient amunition to shoot at targets from now until after the election ?
3d. Why does the Captain of the
that if he is elected Governor he will ‘ observe, protect and defend t ile rights of the colored man;” he solemnly promises to “render to the whole people of the State equal and impartial justice;’’ and to make this promise specific, he adds: * “If there is a white man in this assembly who, because he is a Democrat or because he is a white man, believes that when I am elected Governor, if I should be, I will stand between him and tile law, or grant to him any privileges or immunities that shall not be granted to the colored man, he is mistaken, and I tell him now. if that is his reason lor voting for me. not to vote at all.”
The following letter was received by General Hampton a few days ago and will explain itself :
Mars Wade: Seeing that you are '
nominated for Governor by the white > people, and hearing that ytfu have prom-ised the black man all/ the rights he iiuw has, and knowing that you were always ' good and kind to me when your slave, and knowing that you are a good and ^ kind man—a man who will do whffd'he ^ promises—i write to say I will ^cte for you and get all the black men'I can dt * do the same, I have bought a piece ms*-land in York county, and am trying th make a good support fur my family, which I can do it we all had good laws and low taxes. My wife, Flora, is still living, and we have but one child, whom we wish to educate. Please% write to me in care of Dr. l\ C. Robertson, Rock Hill, S. C. Your friend and former
slave, Rev. Francis Davie.
it. K. Scott has fallen into lino and begs liko Chamberlain and Honest John for Federal assistance. He, too, has gone to Washington with a piteous appeal for hu!p. He talks to the cones— I pendents of Republican newspapers and
These are the honest, sensible words of General Hampton. What has Governor Chamberlain said or done to match them ? What did lie do on the heels of massacre ? He ran to
militia company allow his men to be j Washington to appeal for help. What shooting promiscuously in the woods, not | does he do in the middle of the canvass? knowing (and I presume not caring) | Promise equal and exact justice to ail
citizens? Guarantee that he will “observe, protect and defend I he rights of tlte colored man ?” Not at all.
where the ball goes?
These militia guns are popping every day near my house and in the neighborhood, even on the Sabbath Day, and persons passing along the road are liable to beshow. I do not think these poor ne- | South Carolina \ote for Mr. Chamber-
groes would shoot any one intentionally, I lain ? What has he done? What does
hut they do not know the importance and responsibility of such things. I am often awaken at night by the report of these guns. Mr. Hendrix and Mr.
Moore., I think, can substantiate the
expresses the opinion that it will be necessary to have more United States troops to inspire the negro voters with confidence in that State, and that without them Hampton will be elected._
“Senator Patterson has returned from Philadelphia, where ho wert to see the President, and reports that the troops necessary to preserve order in Aiken, Edgefield, Newberry and Laurens ccnn-! tics will be furnished.” .The troops will
leaves the State for a visit to New En— I LW "° difficulty in prcscrvu.fr order land. Why should the colored men of I hut th.7 havc «<»”• Arable difficulty
above. What remedy would you suggest? I know it is against the law to be shooting at night, but how can these
in making those counties go Republican, and this fact it is that troubles the heart of Honest John!-—Chronicle and Sentinel.
he propose to do for them ? If they are sensible men they will vote for General Hampton. He at least makes them a definite promise.. He makes it for him- I Chromos Offered. The Aiken
self and for the gentlemen who are on I Accommodation tiain, u1 der command^! the ticket with him. Not only that, but i Moore, is of itself sufficently neat,
he warns every man who does not agree
with him that all the people, colored as
lawbreakers be ct light ? If one person j well as while, shall be equally secure in should attempt to stop them they arc | life, U«»erty and property, that he had liable to be shot down. Will not soon* one suggest an idea how to slop this
evil without force ?
PACTS FOR THE PEOPLE
'fhe Democratic Executive Commit-to you, say no more ; tee of Aiken county have prepared and to them upon the subject; but when t had printed a four page pamphlet, with you have a piece of work to be done, be j the above heading, and intend circulat-particular that you do not hire any of ! ing them among the people of the coun-
those who have refused to listen to your reasonings, but give the preference to
tv. It contains the Democratic platform, Hamp*on’s speech of acceptance, Judge
tho ones who have promised to vote with j Cook’s speech, Rev. J. W. Dunjee’s
you, and whom you think you can trust If you will do this and stand up to it it will do an abundance of good. As the Columbia Register says, “Curry the war into the stomach and we arc sure of
letter, and other interesting articles which should be kept constantly before the people. When you receive it read it to your farm hands, and explain to them that their best policy is to heed the advice given in Dunjee’s letter.
To the People of Aiken County :
This is to inform our friends of Aiken County, both white and colored, that we have severed every connection with the Republican party, and will hereafter do all in our power for the furtherance of the Democratic party. Our reasons for abandoning the Republican party are that it is corrupt, working for bad purposes, and is led bv the worst men in i the county We support the Democrat- ! ic party because if is working for reform,
accniiiodating and swift as to obviate the necessity of offering the usual chromo inducements to passengers, and runs upon its merits and necessities a one. Monday evening, as the train stopped at Langley to let off passengers, a lady who had been to the city shopping was ;.ujong the number, aud among other tilings she
better not vote for him. If we were asked by a South Carolina colored man how he should vote, we should tell him “Vote fur General Hampton ; hold him and his to the responsibility "they are j Purchascu was a huge sitting room willing to assume. They are men of ft*hior, which the gallant Captain, who character, men of property, old citizens was I,8sU*;“8 »-be lady off, was en.tying of the State; fro and shake hands with |in ,,no hand- A"oth,;V Pinger, a tall, them; tell them you will trust them— I gentlemen, living a station
Vote for Hayes for President if you like. ! beyond,- came lo the door of .he car fol-It is natural that you should prefer a
Republican President, particularly if you are going to try a Democratic State gov-crnment. But vote for General Hampton and the Democrat, c State ticket — Chamberlain has not protected you, and, depend upon it, if Hayes is dies n he is not going to listen to
honesty and prosperity. We are colored I ** *
, - a , • .I Chamberlain or any other Southern
men, and are living on the plantation of I , , .
1 Governor who runs up to Washington to
Mr. Clement Jackson, on the old Ninety- I „• j . a ii T » I tell his tale. when he ought to be on toe
six road and about five miles from Jones i . ,
^ 1(n(js ' spot to see justice done between you and
John Adam Boatwright. I your white neighbor. Mrs Haves docs
Coelar Jackson. out believe iii .federal interference iii
J !h. M. Jackson. * the South.”
the one the lady was leaving, and seeing a reflection of himself Id the mirror which the conductor was holding, supposed it was a picture, and got off the tr *in the better to examine its fine points. Ile soon saw them. and immediately retreated into tho cur, tofu wed by a laugh from tIi.- crowd and “Malice, know ihyself?” from the conductor.— 11o nr-ti tnt,'a na f is t.
Colored men who vote the Democratic ticket will receive the commendation of every Inmost man in the United States.