Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - October 26, 1876, Aiken, South Carolina
VOLUME 3 —NUMEER 104AIKEN, S. CU OCTOBER 26. 1876
OLD SERIES. VOL. 7.—NO* 304
SiLXrUXTir ^ AlCCAgTaTCiai
Aiken, S. C.. .Inly 1,1874.
On and auer this date the Postoffice hours iv ill bo as follows :
During the week from 8:30 a. rn. to I 30 o’clock p. m., and from 3 to 7 o’clock p. rn.
3;30 p. rn.
10 a. rn.i
3:30 p. rn.
4:30 p. rn. j
0 a. rn.
4:30 p. rn. j9
a.m. & 3.30 pm
Dunbarton, Hammond and Greenland mails close on Thursdays at 0 p. m., and open on Saturdays at 6 p. rn.
Leesville, Merritt's Bridge and Mf. Ebal mails close on Sundays at I o’clock p. rn., and open on Tuesdays at 5 o’clock p. rn.
E. CONDY, P. M.
AI KEX A }VA KL FOR REFORM.
Wade Hampton’s Presence Amongst
Us, and ills Earnest Words od Counsel and Encouragement.
I* rid ay last was a day worth v of* a white mark iii the annals of our county. I* or over a week previous fair heads bent. and fair hands nimbly worked, over work that was to evince to Hampton the earnest, patriotic love which is felt for him here, and even the very babies of the infant county were appropriately lisping out the name of our beloved chieftain. The day dawned in a deep mist, and a lowering sky hilled many hearts with fear lest tho successful consummation of so much elaborate lab r should be marred. But Dame Fortune was more kindly disp'-1 , d. and during the whole day, though the sky was continually overcast, not enough rain fell to drive thy ladies from the stand, or to east even the slightest damper over the great enthusiasm which prevailed.
Very early the peal of our town cannon was heard, thundering a welcome to our uext Governor, He arrived on the
train from Augusta and wasdriven rfoht
up to tho residence of Intendant YVfo-
fall, by our esteemed young townsman, W. \Y Parrott, behind a stylish four-in-hand, while a body-guard of cavalry formed the escort. The other speakers, Col. Simpson, Gen. Gary and Col. You-mans were entertained at the Ashley House, by its hospitable proprietor.
Main st,., near the Lyceum Hall, which was the sorting point, was tastefully dressed, four or five evergreen festoons •spanning tile street, while at intervals on them appeared appropriate words of welcome. patriotic devices, and bright banners, German and American intertwined.
The stand, in Chesterfield street, be-t ween Park and Railroad avenue, bore the highest testimony to the taste and talent of our patriotic women. From the cen tie of ii rose a tall pole, with garlands leading from the several corners of the stage to its peak, from which floated the old Palmetto flag. The lower part of the pole was arranged to resemble a Palmetto tree. In front of the stage was an arch with the words “Hampton, we Welcome, Love and Honor Thee,” inscribed on it. On the right of the stage, was a large banner with a painting of a prostrate palmetto tree tiding raised by the united efforts of white and colored men and beneath it the words, “While there is Life there’s Hope,” aud on the left a bannet* with Hampton’s pledge, to be Governor of the whole State, painted upon it. In f ront was a raised platform for the ladies, enclosed by poles with pennant shaped banners, bearing the words “Virtue,” “Truth,” “Honor ” and other mottoes, while iu the centre of the enclosure' was a tall pole with a large LU 8. flag waving from it.
By IO o clock, the streets were alive with the mounted clubs which had flocked in from the.different townships of the county, most, of them being dressed in red shirts. Hie whole parade was under tile command of Col. A. P. But-
lei as chiel maishal and an able corps
assistants, aud stirring music was sup
plied by the Irish Volunteer Brass Band of Augusta and the crack corps of Granite Ville. About ll o’clock, the line which had nearly 1.000 horsemen in it, was formed at the Lyceum and commenced to move and when the stand was reached, there were about 4.000 persons present, about 500 of whom were, ladies and children and IOO colored Democrats. The latter had made elaborate preparations for a barbecue dinner and their tables wrere well patronized, and it must be ret: lembcred to their credit that toward.' evening they sent whole animals to Col. Bu*1 r and tile other gentlemen who were anested and imprisoned after the meeting, and also to Mrs, McKenzie’s for the “Old Folk’s Home.”
The meeting was opened by a prayer from the Rev. J. C. Brown of our Baptist church, and the Hampton hymn was then sung by a choir of little ones, led by Mr. Stein, while one of Aiken’s fairest daughters played an accompaniment on a parlor organ.
Mr. Croft was then elected chairman of the meeting, with Messrs. Jus. Gray Porter, J. St. Juliet! Yates, A. VV. Oakley and C. J. Wessellsas secretaries, and introduced “our great leader—the Deer— less, beloved Hampton,” whose speech was so sound and wise, and so fitting to both time and occasion that we print it in full,
Mr. Chairman and my Friends of Aiken—Ii is with mingled feelings of
sorrow, joy and pride that I come to take counsel with you to-day. With sorrow, because your gallant people have been called upon to endure sufferings unwarranted bv any action of yours, wrought by gross contravention of your constitutional rights. With joy, that in spite of your sufferings, in spite of the oppres. sion laid upon you, aud in spite of the armed force placed in your midst, your spirit is as unbroken, and the fires of patriotism burn as brightly in your hearts as they ever did before this. I come to-day to consult with you, and I bring you the news of the great battle waging throughout the State, of a battle already won. We can lose the fruits of ii only by a mistake on our own part,— I come to tell yon what you must do, to ask you not to commit mistakes which our enemies wish us. to make. And* first, I will tell you why the fight is won* The banner upon which, you know, is inscribed Reform and Home Rule, has been borne by us through the State, from where the sun dips over the mountains to where the ocean laves its shores) wherever ii: bus waved brave men arid fair women have rallied under its folds and uttered their oat bs.'to Heaven that South Carolina belongs to us by right: that, the title deeds are ours from the Almighty, and by the help of tho Almignty we intend to keep it. Our enemies have seen the. handwriting on the w ill. They know that the doom of Radicalism in this State, as through the whole country, is sealed, and they know that our .ticket will be elected by an overwhelming majority, if we are allowed a fair election. They see our people united to fight for their very existence. Wherever we have met the colored men and appealed to them they have come to our support by hundreds and by thou sands. I tell you what I know when I tell you til a t we already have colored men in our Democratic clubs sufficient to carry the election alone. Our enemies have seen thL, and t he} have only the hopes of desperate gamblers, and have concocted, as a hut resort, as hellish a conspiracy os could be* Their only hope is a collision bet wee u our people aud the United States troops. \\ hcrcvcr they have meetings they send only those engaged in tho national contest, so that if we should break up then meetings or any riot should occur, they can appeal to the United States bayonets, and then they can put the State under martial law.— fids is one point of their conspiring
against the honor of South Carolina.— From Maine to Louisiana, all over the country, I have received kind words from men of both parties saying that if the Republicans had been in our place they would hot have stood as much as we have done* He then read a letter which he had just received, expressing the opinion that Chamberlain was looking to get some overt act which would enable him to put the State under martial law. and ur"in«* him to counsel the people to bear patiently for only three weeks longer anything rather than to give Republicans the plank they need to save them. This, he said I want to make my text for to-day. Tho Republicans have no hopes but in a collision between us and the troops.— These men who met us in war, when we laid down our arms, and recognized the supremacy of the old flag and the perpetuity of the Union, were no longer our enemies, but ave the best friends we have North. Treat them kindly. They do not come willingly You could not impose a more disagreeable doty upon them than sending them here. I am glad they have come, for they will recognize and sympathize with our effort in behalf of republican freedom. If, by the inexorable law of* military authority, they are even ordered to fire upon you, say to them: “We have no wa? against the
United States government; we recognize the flag which waves from the Golden Gate sot* California to the Granite Hills of* New Hampshire. It is ours.— If you fire on us, we know that in our deaths American liberty will live.” I see beside me to-day men who offered their lives on many a battle field. I say to them, offer them again, you could not die in a nobler cause. Show the people that you are fighting for something high. cr than party—fighting for an honest government—for both white and black. Show them that yotf are working for what any Northern State would demand and have. Ii*, in this election, the bayonet outweighs the law, and the bullet supersedes the ballot, even then, if we work well, we will redeem our Staie.— Let me entreat you, men of Aiken, the baby county, you who have borne so much and whose patience is almcst sublime, to go on in the same cause. Let no act of yours imperil the cause for which we are working. Go on quietly. Submit ta the laws, however wrong they may be, looking for constitutional remedies, and Chamberlain will be defeated in November by so large a majority, that if I told you of it you would believe me to be crazy. The Duke af Wellington’s motto was, “Obey ever}* law whether it is just or unjust.” Acton his diction. If tho law is oppressive, you have a right to have it changed, but do ngt resort to revolutionary measures save in the last extremity. You must goto the courts for redress. < tell you, give up everything, even life itself, (and it is only what I, myself would do,) rather than hazard our success in this great cause;
In referring to the conspiracy against us, I need not. tell you that all these difficulties are cunningly contrived by our enemies. It was only yesterday, in Edgefield, alter a quiet meeting, that a few citizens were ambushed while riding
home peaceably, and one shot down aud killed, by a party of negroes in the woods, and it was only Gens. Butler and Gary who prevented vengeance from being sought., Isay to you, trust to the law. Remember you are told “Vengeance is is mine, saith the Lord, I will repay,” Tiiey will do a> Ames did in Mississippi who said : “Bring about collisions, even if colored men are killed. It is necessary to lire the Northern heart.” The enemy want us to fight in the way they wiv Ii. But we wont; wo will fight them in our own way, and will caf lire everyone of them. You must all h \ us._
Your executive committee it. C , nubia, are better informed of the whole • ate
than any one eLe. Listen to then, an
believe me, that if we go on as we have j conduct that those in power have taken begun, you will see, on the 8th of No- ; advantage of the high position to wrong veuibir, our old flag waving over our j and crush us. Be true to yourselves, freed and disenthralled State. We must I fel!ow-cimizens, the law, the right is with appeal to our colored friends in South j us and will yet come to our assistance. Carolina to drop the shackles of party | The heart of the great American peo-for Home Rule and Low Taxation. If pie will be on the side of justice and lib-
we tell them their only hope is in an alliance with the white men of the State —if* we tell them we are pledged in the sight of God and man to regard them as the equals of the white man in every right, we will be able, by their help, to rescue our State.
This is the first time in my whole canvass that the day has been unpropitious* The very heavens seem weeping for the sorrows and sufferings of our people. I only came to encourage you ; to tell you that ail is going well, and that if you will go on in the same course as heretofore, submitting to the laws and not letting \ our enemies have any grounds to accuse us of disloyalty, we will succeed in our efforts. I sympathize with you. I know how hard it is to suppress the feelings that swell up the hearts of freemen. I“know it, for I know how hard it is for me to give you thL advice. When I see so many faces of women and children around me, I can’t help saying, How long, Oh God. are we to bour all
I these tilings!
But not once. nor twice, in England’s story. the J glory I
Let us steadily follow the path of duty, and I feel sure that success will crown your efforts, aud. in the words of the little song I Iii vc heard to-day, “May God save our State.”
The speech was frequently interrupted" by cheering aud a hearty burst of applause followed its close. Col. Simpson, tho candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Cud. Youman«, Gen. Gary, Mr. W. W. Wpolsoy and Mr. James Aldrlclq followed with addresses that were marked by earnest patriotism and sound advice, and we only regret that want of .‘•pace pre—
J vents such notice as they all deserve.—
When rile meeting closed, Hampton was
obliged to pass to his carriage through a
crowd who were all personally desirous
of expressing their deep love for him
and getting a shake of* his hand. He
was then driven around town amidst the
loudest cheering of large a cavalry guard, arid after stopping at the U. S. camp and shuting the troops and also the officers ut Dr, Rockwell’s, the Gen oral reached Mr. Wigfall’s and was borne into the he use on the shoulders of tin* more enthusiastic of his body-guard.— At night he addressed in earnest words a colored audience here,and it is believed that they were deeply impressed by him. On Saturday sifter receiving the hospitalities of our people lie went over to Graniteville,and aroused lo a still higher enthusiasm its already wide-awake towns people, aud returned at night to speak again to our Aiken colored folks. He ie it us on Monday with the prayers of our whole people for the full success w hich lie is laboring so hard for, and with many a loving “God speed” from the Democracy of Aiken.
crty. The truth will vindicate our wrongs, and those who are to day our oppressors will in the end be rewarded by the indignation and censure of the liberty-loving freemen of this great. Republic. The wrongs that our oppressors are heaping upon us, will be the means of liberating us. We charge you fellow-eitizens to submit quietly in the future as you have done in the past. The arrests have been made with United States soldiers by riding over the county, for the purpose of intimidating you, but do not apprehend any harm or wrong, the officers are gentlemen, and whatever their polities, they are not partizans, and the Sol diers are b rave men They have their orders to discharge, but we feel every assurance they will be executed according to law. and no oppression from their hands will be practiced upon you. The police duties they are now performing in arresting citizens whoso only crimes are their politics, are distasteful > themas it must be to all brave men. For?*the memory of our fathers who gave us our birth right cl* freedom — fin* the hope If8S „Wv r'h °f <IUty bC*“ 11,8 ‘,llth "ot I 1,1 ‘he future clo not despair. There
is no law for the Democrat unless you hurl lr; ai power by your suffrages the tyrant that now oppresses our land. Colored and white men are shot for their political opinions, yet the corrupt officials w h o ad mini stor the 8! a t e and Federal law see no wrong in their erin es, because it is against you who are the prey of their despotism; but, freemen of South Carolina, emulate the God-like example set by our heroic ancestors. The spirit of liberty was implanted by them. Let it not perish in your care. The campman is now* short. Redouble every energy you h ue. Let us prove to our oppressors that we cannot be crushed.
If* we have been earnest, in the past, let us be zealous and know no defeat in the future. In the name and by authority of the Executive Committee, I announce tile following extra meetings
in this County:
Cherokee Pond, October 25.
Miles* Mill, October 27.
Silverton, October 28.
Beeth Island, October 30. Montmorenci, October 31.
Rouse’s Bridge, November I, Ellenton, November 2.
Greenland. November 3.
Hamburg, November 6.
The public are invited to attend.
G. W CROFT, Chairman Democratic Party A. C. October 18. 1876.
Montmorenci, S., C., Oct. 23.
To the Editor of The Courier-Journal: This will inform you that I desire you to publish ie your paper, as I see you are doing .or the colored people, a word or two for me. I ani tvuvineed that it is my duty to vote for my native white fellow-citizens, for I see plainly the carpet badgers will not do; and as a
. . . . fn, n colored man I warn my pun tole against
ted upon American citizens. I he Gov- j --ii * J »
, .j them, ana wish them to do as I ani go-
TUE DEMOCRATS AIKEN COUNTY.
Never before in the history of* our State has such oppress*on been perpetra-
ernor of* the State, and the President of
. I tt • i. jo i * j , log to do . declare myself .*» citizen of
the United Slates have conspired to rob . _ , . .
... . T . J olu South Carolina ana nut nor enemy
you of your liberties. In the time of i , . /
, . , .. | | % . , as the carpet-baggers are. I wish it
•nonpi* whon thA mw ut I ho rim is univ I
peace, when the law of the hind is only I . ?
. . . , . .. , * "I was in my pow or to tell every Cid-ired
resisted bv the partizans of t no Governor J . 1 . -
. , « iv ^ I I j* I I Bial1 1,1 Aiken count, my feelings sduce
he Iris the ciirontry and malignant la!-. -
.... . .. cnangcd my politic*'. I fool uke I
hail a claim on old Soul ii Caioiiuu that
sity to libel you because of your polit* ca I opinions, as murderers and assassins. Tho President <*f tile United States. eh her by being imposed upon or »v > : a fuse and had heart, has b< cornea willing helper iii this oppression. Men of* Aiken county, it becomes you in your \vi>-dom to belie by your high bearing this!
Radicalism never cauli have given me.
Atu-si : lf. J". Y\ ade,
Sec. M. D. O.
Henry Busch is building a fine, com-
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Blander upon you. Let U' prove by our ‘ modious residence near Highland Park*