Aiken Journal (Newspaper) - July 25, 1874, Aiken, South Carolina
VOLUME 4.—NUMBER 179.
A.IKEN, S. C., JULY 25,1874.
82 PER ANNUM, IN ADVANCE
THE LAST HOUK.
They came to bear ilia corpse away— Before her grim and stark it lay,
With blood besprent from shield to crest, And five wounds open in his breast.
They said to her, “The grave is made Wherein j’our lover must be laid,
And you nor we have time to spare,
Unless wa seek his fate to share.”
She answered, “Veta little space Give me to look upon Iii; face?*
Until this final hour be sped.
Leave mo alone hi r c with my dead.”
They turned av.ay, those stern-faced meu, And left Her to her watch again ;
Nor stifled sob, nor whispered word, Henceforth the woeful stillness stirred.
* Outside the window, d riff bm g bees Hummed drowsily about til trees The hot sun blazed along t|e sky, * ThfLjandering wind crept Bowly by.
It shook the sweetness ancille bloom From trailing vine across the* room :
One white leaf fluttered down to rest,
And turned to crimson on his breast.
She, kneeling fey the awful bier,
Made no lament and shed no tear;
But the durn anguish in lier eves . Might have compelled the dead to rise.
Could any yearning look or speech,
Avail, alas ! the dead co reach ?
And the still lips that made no moan Were pale as lips are cut in stone.
His head within her arn.s’ embrtfcbe.
Her cheek laid close against his face,
And, all its silken lengths-unbound, lier dark hair streaming to the ground.
So clung she silently and fast,
As one by one the moments pass,
And with the passing hour, once more,
Her brothers entered at the door.
For, marching downward through the land, teThere
came apace a hostile band, wdiWftdie wW.met <|i.s hivdo&s hca*de,
Might chose his death by fire or sword.
Brief time remained for funeral rite,
When need like ti? across for flight;
So they approached, full sore at heart,
To break that last embrace apart.
And one—the tenderest—at her ear,
Spoke soothing words of love and cheer, But won no answer. Mute as clay Aud moveless as his voice she lay.
Then, with a sudden, vague alarm,
Ile touched her cheek he raised her arm ; The arm dropped lifeless from his hold,
The cheek had already turned cold.
The grave they hollowed out for one Hold two before the day was done ;
Around it rang the battle din.
The lovers slept in peace within.
[From the Augusta Constitutionalist. COTTO*.
The receipts at the ports, the pas: week, were 8,000 bales, compared with 14,000 last year and 2y500 the year before. It is likely the receipts for this week will be about 7,000 bales, compared with 12,000 last year and 4,000 the year before; and the receipts at the interior towns, 1,000 bales, compared with 3;000 last year and 700 the year before.
The daily receipts at all ports for this
Monday I, COO
Wednesday.. 952 Thursday.... 749
lour years, arc as fol-
This market, has been dull and weak for spots ; sales, 4,000 bales, at a decline of I of a cent in the price. Contracts
have been more active. Sales for the week 110,000 bales, at a decline of I to I of a eent. On Thursday, and again on Monday, the market was very weak, making the decline fully three cents on the early, and two cents on the late months. The question agitating the cotton men now is, what is to be done with the large stock still held here ? It has pressed upon the market and still continues to, like a fearful nightmare, . ^resisting all attempts to awaken it to life again. Holders will be compelled to carry-over until nexA sei&oti* or reddle tbe^rice £ a centy so that spinners and exporters will buy.
This market has been quiet and dull all the week. No change in the price It is’not likely it will go much lower for two months, and any serious damage to our growing crop would likely make ^a sharp reaction to 8£d., with large sales. ^BATHER.
The rainy season we have had, thus far, all over the cotton growing country —with the exception of a few counties— is now about over: We shall have Some
local rains and storms, of course ; but we expect it to be generally dry and bot for anfouth to corno.
The complaint ot too much rain will ces.se,“and we stall soon have as loud complaints of dry and hot weather as we hJVe had .of wet.
We havtT received twenty letters this week, nearly all of wljjch |jeak of the cottun prospects as beiugjpas good as possible—most of them tirn best since the war. A few complainer too much rain, and two of want of rain.
Tho Agricultural Bureau report? which should always be issued the 15th of each month, came out promptly for July, and agrees very well with the report of our correspondents. The only dine rut ce is,1* our readers ha va; had the benefit of the facts contained in that report a month ahead of those who waited to see it before they could believe. According to this report, the average condition is now 92 per cent., which is 81 per cent, better than the July report for last year.
All the States show a very good condition, except Louisiana, which is only up to 72 per cent., caused by the over' flow, making the planting late.
We continue to hear reports of caterpillars, but it is not generally expected that they will do much damage this year. There is one notable fact this year, as compared with last. Then the fruit and forest trees were, in many places, stripped of their foliage by caterpillars (we never knew them so bad;) whilst this year we have not seen or heard of any. The cotton worm is a different variety, for, lik*e the silk worm, it will grow very last whilst eating its natural leafMood, and die from starvation as soon as it is deprived of this. Still, as all other caterpillars are of the same species, and thrive under the same influences, it may be that the cotton worm—if it comes at all this year—will be so late it will be of more benefit than injury, by stripping the plant of its too luxuriant foliage. EARLY NEWS.
In these fast days of steam and telegraphs, it is all important to get the news as soon as your neighbor does, and as much sooner as jtou can. It has ever been the aim of the writer of these articles to give to his readers reliable facts, as far ahead af others as possible. So, a month ago he gave them facts which are now generally known. Those who were willing to acknowledge that some one else in the world besides themselves knew something about cotton, gold, the weather, exchange, freights, and the dry goods trade, took advantage of these facts
cotton is not worth knowing” spent a portion of their time in talking and writing about him and abasing him generally because he dared to break out of the liar mss of old fogyism and leave his fellows still dragging the wagon of an-tidiluvianism along the road of public opinion with Mr. Grundy for their driver, '
Where are you? Have the losses which you have sustained on your spot and contract S'-vfa&emoralized you
that you are no longer* able to come to time ? Or is it true—-ag we hear it is— that you were only joking, after all, that you knew, all the time, that cotton would go down, and you only talked and wrote the other way just to see what others w$uld say ?
There is one way to get rid of the load of spot cotton that is being held in New \ ork, and that is to put it on the August contracts. If this should be done, it is likely the would break
down so low, some time within two weeks from this date, that spinners and exporters would both buy freely, and the New York market, and with it the Southern markets wou1 relieved of the pressure upon t 4i. Then we mignt have an ad/aiming market, both for spots and futures, f r a month after* wards. We do not know that this will be the case, but it is the most reasonable one we know oi*now.
"VV hat good dees it do some persons to kick against the ! iws of trade, as many have been doing for two months past ? If they honestly believed the crop would be a miserable failure it is best, perhaps, that they should learn, by a dearly bought experience, that their little world, of ten to twenty miles in circumference, is not nil the cotton growing region. In Ind& the average is ti bole. 4o five bale weighs
392 pounds and is sold on an average of 7 cents a pound. Here is a yield of about 85.50 an acre, whilst our average yield is 820 to 825 an acre at the present low prices.
Cannot our people see that if the East Indians raise 1,500,000 bales at about 7 cents a pound they will plant enough this year to make 2.000,000 bales (as the American crop* is a failure, according to the croakers,) expecting as our crop fails theirs will rise in value ? By this persistent talk of no crop we injure ourselves, lf our crop is small, India makes enough to make it up. and if our crop is a large one we will have an excess everywhere and low prices. For the benefit of some parsons we will state that this month, July, is the planting season in India. They begin to plant their cotton from June 20th to July 1st.
We think the price is near the bottom and cannot see any money in buying or selling cotton at present. A “ masterly inactivity ” is the safest course now.
Sudden and touching was the
death of Rev. Richard J. Shreve and his wife of Locust Bottom, Va., on June 25, as the}r were aboutto engage in family prayers with his brother, Rev. Shreve, during a thunder storm. The Bible had just been passed to the latter to commence the devotion when the lightning struck the former, killing them instantly, and leaving the rest in the room uninjured. Mr. Shreve, the deceased, was a Southern Methodisfrpreach-er belonging to the Baltimore Conference, and esteemed for his piety and usefulness. The funeral services were peculiarly impressive, a large number of persons attending them. Another equally sudden and fatal casualty occurred a day or two later at Athol, Mass., where Rev. Stephen Harris, of the Congregas tional Church at Phillipston, while riding in a carriage was run over by the cars
3 , and killed. He had been settled but a
and saved themselves iron. a heavy loss ; hhort timGj an j ,,a(] just taken hold of
whilst those persons who beleve that tiic affections of his new
“what we, in this city, don’t knosv about Georgetown Vianet.
THE ABDUCTED CHIRO.
The Mayor of Philadelphia Offers a Reward of $20,000 for the Restoration and the Capture of the Abductors.
Hours of Eabor.
England is about, to try another experiment by a further reduction of the ^ hours of labor in factories, and this time
Philadelphia,^ \July 22. Tl>«e* both employers and employed seem to
Mayor has issued the inflowing procla- j be in favor of the same restrictions.— mation, offering a reward 820,00© , The*bill is a government measure. Ic for the capture of the abductors of the prohibits employment of the operators child, Charley Brewster Ross, and the for more than fifty-six and a halfhours restoration of the child : a wee^- Eat no working day is to
Mayor’s Office, . more ^ian twelve consecutive
City of Phila , July 22, v %ours, and out of these air aggregate of
if ... ~ °
At thePfestance of citizens of ____
delphia, I hereby ofter ^reward of 820^ OOO for the arrest and conviction of abductors of Charles Brewster Ross, son of Christa in K. Ross., of Philadelphia, and the restoration of that child to his’ parents. ^aid child was stolen from Washington near Chew %reet,
Germantown,^ the siluibs of Philadelphia, on the afternoon of the first of July last. At the time vlipiid^ was stolen he answe^d to tile folioing description : Age; four years; dressed in a browy linen kilt suit, with short skirt, broad-brim, unbleached Panama hat, with black band, laced shoes, blue and white striped stockings. The boy has long, flaxen, cujJ^Jmir, and no' marks except those mad^'iy vaccination the arm. His appearance as above d scribed may have been greatly chan by cutting off his hair, or changing his dress to that of a girl, or in some otK8r way. He was decoyed into a falling*^, yacht-bodied buggy, painted black all over, lined witl^^pk material, drawn. • by a dark bay ffiyfcwn horse 151 hands high, driven^ itM-Pbelieved, without a check rein, by two men, who, as nearly as oan be ascertained, answer to the following description : No. I was a man
of rather large size, probably 5 feet 8 inches high ; he was seen sitting; his age is believed to be from 35 to 45 years, mustache and full beard or whiskers, rather long on the chin, of broyn or sandy brown color, and brown hair. He wore a ring on the little his right hand. Ny. 2 was a feet 8 or IO inches high, about 25 or 30 years of age, of light or with a tendency to sandy complexion, sandy mustache aud red nose and face, having the an-
pearance of a drinking man. One of the men wore a broad-brimmed straw hat, looking as if it had been worn a season or two, and much sun-browned. The other wore a high-crowned, dark-colored straw hat, and one wore a linen duster. One pf the* men wore large glasses or goggles of aXkrk color, probably as a disguise.
W. S. Stokeley,
Mayor of Philadelphia.
In the cause of humanity as well as for the interest of justice, it is earnestly requested that the foregoing be given the widest publicity in every newspaper in the United States and Canada. The report that Wooster was released to-day is unfounded.
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There were 450 visitors at Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs, Virginia, on the 15th instant.
The Fair got up by the ladies of San Francisco for the benefit of the Louisiana sufferers realized very nearly 820,000.
A Louisville doctor does not believe there is such a thing as cholera infantum. It is all the effect of baby’s immagina-tion.
A five hundred dollar property qualification is now spoken of in Connecticut as one of the conditions on which women shall be allowed to vote.
A child was recently borne in Philadelphia having the whole of the teeth in the upper jaw perfectly developed, and four of those of the lower jaw.
The bishops of the Southern Methodist Church have appointed a week of prayer, beginning Friday, August 21, to be observed by the whole church.
less than two hours must be set aside for rest and .refreshment. ^Women and cWtdren are never to work more than four hours and a half without a meal, and the working hours on Saturdays are not to exceed six and a half, including half an hour for Ck cleaning.” Children under nine years of age (instead of under ten, as at present) cannot <be employed in factory work, and children under fourte^kivjTnstead cf under thirteen) canno worked on half time The subje^Jtf thus limiting hours of labor has relived considerable attention with-in thejJhJ century, but it is difficult to arrive Ot-general rules which will secure the best ^results to the community and the wqo&fcr. Fortunately, the agitation of the iffibjeet has led to ?a pretty gen-tanoe of the fact that there is mic limit beyond which it does ither workman or employer to this point being reached, there position to Reasonable legislation ject, and less need^jjr j^egal on the will of em pipets
Thirty-traHiilllJpiires at Saratoga.
Prince Lejpoid, Victoria's youngest son, will study law.
Hon. Geo. II. Brown has declined the office of Chief Jusfcice of the Suprejue Court of Rhode Island.
Clara BaRtot|, .^^>Jgnqe Ni^bteu-gale of America, has been seriously IR in Columbia Hospital, Washington.
Chief Justice Waite has been chosen a delegate teethe General Episcopal Convention to meet in New York in A tober.
Henry S. Foote is shocked, disgusted; and scandalized that any one should think of Andy Johnson, at this late day, as a candidate for the Senate. Foote wants the roaring all to himself. Andy “puts him out/
The Czar's visit cost the City of Loo. don 85,800 for decorations.
The project of building a union railroad depot at St. Louis has been deferred till better times.
Woman suffrage, it is said, is supported by three distinguished bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
It is proposed in England to employ female clerks in the Savings Bank Des partment of the General Postoffice.
Mrs. McFarland Richardson is reported to be again about to endanger her happiness, or that of sombody else, by getting married.
The Canard fleet consists of forty-nine steamers, of 90.000 tons and 15,000 horse power, and employes 6,000 men. Last year the company shipped and discharged 42,000 sailors.
President Grant visited the camp* meeting at Round Lake, Saratoga, on
the 15th instant. The reports do not state whether ’ne took the anxious seat or exhibited any evidence of possible conversion from his sinful ways.
The wheat crop of California is better this year than it has been since the war.
The cotton worm is destroying whole plantations in one night, out in the Western States.
The losses I)}’ tho late Chicago fire are estimated at four millions five bund** red thousand dollars.