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THE STORY OF THE BEOGR1APHER.
By Hanna Rion in the Womnan's World.
When the old-fashioned pinks that
encisrcled all the flower beds of the
garden came into bloom it -meant two
things to the child of tar3 house
spring incidentally-COl. Starke ine
v~itably. For it was in May that the
doloneI arrivred for his annual Isix
months' visit to our family.
Whether his arrivals w"re tim:ed
because of the pinks, or whether the
pinks. blossomed in sheer joy because
he was coming, I could never decide.
They were his~ favorite flower, he'ng
even embodied in his mid-11e name,
which I learned from the fly leaves of
his books was "Pinkney.'
On the day of his coniing it was
always. my share 'of the we'come to
deck his room witn ai~ the i>inks it
would hold; savings out after much
perturbation of selection the finest one
fOr his buttonhole. Father at that
time being the attorney for .the rail
road, and the days being those of
grace rather than strenuosity, the
trains on request always stopped po
litely in front of our house to deposit
or call for a guest-the ,station being
a discourteous number of blocks fur
ther up town.
So we merely had to cross a. wide
street and climb a steep embankment
to' meet the colonel, who was mna~
nificently assisted to alight by all the
After exchanging profound compli
ments with the conductor, who in
quired feelingly about all our family,
the tirain proceeded with no rude
haste, leaving Colonel Starke to us
once more\for a delicious half year.
He seldom descended to the incon
venience of traveling with a tru.nk;
his slender antiene 'bag with many
queer Eastern labels would have been.
a light burden, for even the youngest
member of the family, but it was, of
course,'ceremoniously carried ..y the
One of his trunks remained always
in his room at our house; it was tilled
with no useless adornments, but cramn
bmed full of marvelous old books in
almost forgotten language.
Another trunk lived at "Fort Mili,"
Mr. John C. Calhoun's old home, with
~Mr. Clemson, with .whom Col Starke
spent those other six months we spent
in missing him.
I think the friendship between the
old gentleman and father began at
the South Carolina College, and it re
mained so beautifiil a thing until tem
pozarily interrupted by death, that it
seems almost too sacred to say more
Col. Starke told proudly of having
been awarded the prize as the ugliest
man of his class-be never mentione.d
his great decrees: but whatever the
college standard of beauty, to my:
childish mind, he always represented-'
iterior Finish, Pir
ypress and 0
iling, Weatherboarding, Pt
and Window Frames
BIA, ::: SOUTH C
At the time of his graduation hi
father sent him abroad to travel. Hi
nature naturally led him among th
sphinx- and the unfathomable Eas1
His reminiscences were not those C
The war which preceded me, mus
Ihave been responsible for his title
it was certainly responsible fo
sweeping away .his family fortun4
leaving a wonderful,. impracticabl
scholar alone and adrift on a ster:
tide with which Nature had neve
shaped his dreamy gentleness to copf
It must have been the result o
much loving conspiracy f y my fathe
to solve the question of circumventin;
the helplessness of this proud soul
The love og the two men probabl;
made the solttion easidr, for it me~an
the greatest joy to be tog;ether, an
Iwhat more natural than that the col
onel's home should be with us, but a
'the same time some good reason has
to be given for, the sake of the sensi
tiveness of one.
Father, being a protdge of Mr. Cal
houn, and having spent many happ:
years of his youth at "Fort Mill," nat
urally felt great love and veneratio;
for his benefactor; it was always;
source of keenest disappointment t
cne who owed so much to this grea
man that no adequate life of Calhomi
had ever been "written. -Who -was bet
ted fitted by natural attainmenits ft'
the task than Co. Starke? So th'
happy airngement was agreed upoi
whereby Col. Starke should spend si:
months of the year with us, gleanin;
all father's memories of the sta,tesmian
the other six to be lived at "Fort Mill
with Calhoun's son-in-law, Mr. Thom
as -G. Clemson.
The great biography was begtu
back in the gossamer memories of m:
childhood, though at that time 'Co]
Starke's membership in our famil:
held no biographical importance ti
me; he was simply ithe one who coul<
tell the most marvelous ghost storie
in the world, the one who helpe<
father decipher the strage rolls o
papyrus-the one for whom all m':
To a stranger at our breakfast tabli
It might have seemed a little queer t<
hear an e.thereal old gentleman cas
ually remark: "I dreamed entirely Ii
Syriac last night," but we were quit
accustomed to it. The predomma:r
readings of the day always flavored hi.
dreams by night, continuing his wvak
ing vagaries through the sleeping one.
in Hebrew, Arabic or Greek. He ttle
ed to us always of wonderful things
hidden world corners, treasures it
hoary literature, accessible only tt
the 'very erudite, mystic beliefs in th4
Ope subject alone was never toi:ch
ed upon by him in our Presbytt riar
household--his religion. He was
Swedenborgian. Only once do i re-.
member getting a glimpse of his
reed, and tha alay 1mde meA mavme
S| more. When my little dog died ai
s bereft me of all ho,pe and happines
eCol. ?tarke put his arms around ir
.. saying: "Dearie, .in my religion v
f share our heaven with the dear do;
and othe,r good beasts."
t At night he was the raconteur,
well remember him sitting in his c
r ner with his .feet as usual careful
pinned up in newspapers ie harje
mosquitoes, rattling in his exciterne
over the thrilling narration of a. fi
r hunt w.hen it got to "nose and ta
.nose and tail."
f When it rained mother always dre
r the colonel's attention mildly ,to t1
fact, for. he was too wrapped in at
.pendous visions to ever notice so ti
i' vial a thing as the weather. T12
tgaunt figure then took its m rni
I constitutional under a gigantic o
-, green umbrella, and the next diu
t though the sun might shine its we
I riest,.Col. Starke, laboring under og
- thoroughly impressed idea, aga
wandered forth eclipsed by the grei
- cover. Most probably this would ha
.r continued indefinitely had not moth
- with the same gentle tact put tI
:umbrella carefully out of reach.
x His wardrobe 'never bothered h
-dear old head; he had but one se
t and that apparently had -eternal lif
1 When 'it became too appealingly shi
- ing and greenish. mother. had anoth<
rone made as. near. a duplicate as po
sible from secretly taken measur
i: ments of the habiliments. Then whi
the colonel wandered through t!
maze o~f some Assyrian or Hebra
, ream. she tiptoed at midnight in
his chamber, and exchanged the ga
-: ments. He probably thought h
clothes felt like manna from heave
if he ever thought of them at all.
From time to time he read aloi
.extraordinary passages from ti
great biography, which sent my fath
yinto quiet ecstacies. It seemed
hold the promise of the greatest of' a
biographies. It was a quaint prese:
tation of Mr. Calhoun's erratic grea
[ness, a .rare delineaf.ion of the pe
sonal traits of a man known intimat
ly to only a fortunate few.
The work was never hastened;
spread itself deliberately over ti
years, auditor and auithor mutual
postponing a .completion whi;
should, put a, tragic end to the nece
sity of the colonel remaining one
us. But it outgrew a portentious ve
ume the size of a ledger and wi
crawling through the pages of a se
At "Fort Mill' the work probab:
went with fleeter foot, though ther
too, the ties of comradeship clogge
its progress. With his .great colle
tion of .paintings gathered whE
charge d'affaires to Belgium. his ui
strung Stradivarius and the famil
ghosts, 'Mr. Clempson was then livir
alone with a housekeeper.
His loneliness and gout no do'al
hmthe -happiest part of 'Mr. Clem
son's declining years. It was during
the last days remaining of one of the
colonel's stays at "Fort Mill" that he
took a morning plunge in the river.
The spring was laggard that year and
the day too chilly-a congestive chill
followed the bath.
At this very time mother and I were
opening and sweetening his room in
expectation of his arrival in a few
days, while -I bemoaned the fact that
his pinks were late in flowering that
Only' a few hours later a telegram
brought the unbelievable tidings that
the colonel had, made his home else
where forever. It was many weeks
before any one had the heart to open
the old brass-studded trunk that
came to us without its owner. It held
his books and the great biography.
At last father undertook the melan-1
choly task alone- For hoers he re
mained with the colonel's door clos
ed to us, and when he came out he
passed us all .unseeing, his -ace
drawn, and hurried away toward Lhe
It was not until after supper that
night that we broached the subject
to him. He then quietly left the room
and brought in the two heavy vol
umes of the biography, spreading them
open on the dining table. We looked
at the pages, we looked at each other;
each face wore the same expression
The biography was not written in
Engilsh-neither was it in Sanscrit!
A linguist himself. father declared it
written in no language known to him.
For many months afterwards ex
perts were sought and called upon to
decipher its symbols. but all were
equally impotent The Great Calhoun
biography was written in strange hier
oglyphics, the key of which lies bur
ied with the dear old visionary under
a sod of old-fashioned pinks.
COL. HUGH KERR AIKEN.
(Written for the Memorial Edition of'
The News and Herald.)
Hugh Ke'rr Aiken was born in
Winnsboro. S. C., July 5th, 1S22. He
was the - son of - David ans Nancy
Kerr "Aiken, whose family consisted
of seven sons and two daughters. H-e
received his early education at the fa
mous old Mt. Zion Academy; and went;
from there to the South Carolina Col
lege. Upon leaving his Alma Mater,
he devoted himself to planting and
some years later removed to Charles
ton, where he was residing at the
breaking out of hostilities. From
early youth he was fond of military af
fairs, and took active interest in the
n ~ilitia organization of the State. In:
1850 he was elected Brigadier Genleral,
~and afterward succeeded his friend
iand classmate, P. H. Nelson. to th.e of
:file of Major General. The iword pre
sented to him at that time. by Gen
eral Nelson, was worn through the:
war and is .now.preserved, as a sacred:
wrelic, by his son.
. As soon as South Carolina seceded.:
Hugh Aiken entered the ranks. and
remained on the coast until elected
tColonel of the eth South Carolina Cav-,
~ alry. The Regiment. composed of,
(1 plendid material, was detailed for
Sduty on thie coast. After several
rmonths the command was ordered to
ieruginia, and immediately engaged in:
Sthe bloody campaign being enacted
there.' The. Regiment formed part of*
Butler's Brigade, and was in the des
~perate conflict at Trevillians Station,
June 11th, 1864. Colonel Aikten. while*
leading a charge, was shot though*
the body, the bullet grazing one lung,
and 'fell into the hands of the enemy.
eTh'e Federal surgeons, hogvever, con
sidering his condition hopeless, he
was released and found by friends,
who conveyed him to the hospitable'
home of Mr. Hunter. near Louisa
lCourt House, whose doors were open
night and day to' all sufferinig Confed
erates. After a partial ree'overy, c'ol.
Aiken was offered a posftion of hion
orable retiremenrt from active service,.
iin one of the departments at Rich-'
mond, but preferred returning to duty
in the field, and joined the troops be
dfore Petersburg. Colonel, Aiken was
:placed in command of Butler's B3ri
gade, and when it became certain that:
:Sherman would sweep through South
1Carolina the Brigade consisting of the'
4th, 5th and 6th Cavalry was ordered'
~from Virigina, and did some good scr
vice harrassing the enemy at every
On February 27th, acting under
SGeneral Butler's orders, Colonel Aiken
'proceeded down the east bank of
yLynch's creek to ascertain if any part
'Iof Sherman's army had crossed into
Drlington. It was while on this
Sduty, he received his mortal wound,
Sand expired in the arms of his young
nephew, William David Aiken, acting
Col. Aiken was married in Mobile,
December 15. 1852, to Mary, third
daughter of Governor John Gayle, of
Alabama. Four children blessed this.
union, two dying in infancy; the sur-.
viving ones are Mrs. MacC. Robert
son, of Columbia, S. C. and Dr. Gayle
Aiken, of New Orleans, La.
His grave in the quiet Presbyterian
churchyard in Winnsboro is marked
by a beautiful white marble mon
ment. with suitable inscriptions.
Mantel, Grate and Ti]
complete, like cut, oni
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Clerk's Sale. S
STATE OF SO.UTTH CAROLINA,. STATE ol
FAIRFIELD COUNTY. . CoUi
COURT OF COMMON PLEAS. COURT
Charles P. Wray et al., Plaintiffs, Thomas E-.:
ethel Hallsey and* Queen Hallsey, W. Sligh
Defendants. Pearl Shiy
In pursuance of an order of the and Eva ]
Curt of Common Pleas, made in the
bove stated case, I will offer for sale WilliamJ
efore the Court House door in Winns-, Summons.
oro, S. C.,'en the
FIRST MONDAY IN JUNE To the Defej
ext, within the legal hours of sale,; You are li
t public outcry, to the highest bidder, quired to an
te following described property, to action, whi,
it: the Clerk<
All that certain tract of land lying, Pleas, for
bing and situate in the County of serve a copy
'airfield, in the State aforebaie, con- complaint 01
taning office, Nc. 2
TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY S. (C., with
ACRES, service here<
ore or less, and bounded by lands of sch servc
. T. Wilds, Henry Boulware, Simon said,cthelpla
ones and Mrs. C. T. Pacha]. said t thel
TERMS OF SALE. nanded in t
One-third of the purchase money to Dated Ma:
e paid in cash on day of sale, and the A. S. 4
alance on a credit of one and two
ears from, day of sale, with interest To William
tereon from day or sal e at the rate of fendant:
eight per cent per annum; such credit Take noti
ortion to be secured by the bond of this action,
he purchaser and a mortgage of the a copy, togi
remises sold, or all cash at the option herein, were
f the purchaser; the purchaser to pay Clerk of Cota
r all necessary papers and recording the 10th day
he same. If the purchaser fails to A. S. 4
emply with the terms of sale on the 5-14-6t
ay of sale, then the same may be sold_____
t his risk on the same or some con-:
JOHN. W. LJYLES,Noi
..C. C. C. P. F. C.
Winnsboro, S. C., May 11, 1910. All cei
___-11td _____________Carlisle,. d
GP'S. E. Gwin & Co.'s 5 and dk aymn
0 cent: counter is always loadedi
ith bargains. I 5-14-3t
'e pientiful and
'hese two are
T O N
TY OF FAIRFIELD..
)F COMMON PLE AS.
Bligh, individually and as
-ator of estate of Thomas
deceased, Maud Team,
th Carley, Dora I. Duke
)ozier SJigh, Defendant.
For Relief. Complaint
ereby summoned and re- --
swer the complaint in this
::b is fied in the offieof
if the Court of Comimon
the said County, and to
of your answer to the said
2 the subsc.ribers at their
Bank Range, Winnsboro,
in twenty days after the
>f, exclusive of the day of
and, if you fail to answer
it within the time sfore
intiff's in this action will
Court for the relief de
10th, A. D. 1910.
W. D. DOUGLASS,
Dozier Sligh, absent De
Ce, that the summons in
of which the foregoing is
~ther with the complaint
filed in the office of the
rt for Fairfield County on
of May, A. D. 1910.
W. D. DOUGLASS,
e to Creditors.
ors of the late Mrs. Ella
ceased, are notified to
-'elaims duly attested, and
debted to said estate will
~nt to the undersigned.
J. E. DOUGLASS,