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Message of President Johnson.
WASHINGTON, .lune 22,1 KG?;.
The Pr?sident sent into Congress to day
the fallowing Message in relation to the He
construction Amendment to the Constitution :
To the S?nate and Hon.T nf Jlitprenentat?ees:
I submit to Congress a report of the Sec
retary of Stute, to whom was referred the
concurrent resolution of thc ISth instant, re
specting the submission to the Legislatores
of the States of au additional article to thc
Constitution of the United States.
It. will be seen from this report that the
Secretary of State had, on the loth instant,
transmitted to the Governors of the several
State? ccrtifiid copies of the j dnt resolution
pissed on ihe 13: lt instant proposing an
amendment to the Constitution. Even in or
dinary times any question of amending the
Cj?s'itution mu*t be justly regarded us ol
paramount importance. This importance w
at the present time etichaticed by the fact
that, rhe joint r- solution was not submitted
by the two Houses for the approval of the
President, and that ut" the thirty-six States
composing the Union, eleven are excluded
from representation in either House ?I Con
gress, although with the single exception of
Texeu they have been entirely restored to all
their functions as State?, in conformity with
the original law of the laud, and have appear
ed at thc National Capital by Senators, and
have been refused admission to the vacaut
seats- Nor have sovereign people of the na
tion been afforded an opportunity of express
ing their views upon the important question
which the amendment involves. Grave doubts,
therefore, may nat ut ally and justly arise as
to whether the action of Cougress is in har
mony with the sentiments of the people, nnd
whetier in such an is*ue the Legislatures ul
the Statt s should be called upon now by Con
gress to decide respecting.the ratification o?
the proposed amendment.
Waiving the question as to the constitution
ni validity of the proceedings of Congress
upon the joint resolution proposing the amend
ment, or as to the merits of the atticle which
it submits through the Executive Department
to the I/pgislature-s of the several States, I
dec-m it proper to observe that the steps ta
ken by the Secre?ary of State, as detailed in
the accompanyirpf report, are to be consider
ed as purely ministerial, and in no sense what
ever committing thc Executive to an approv
al or a recommendation of the* amendment
to the State Legislature5, or to tae people.
Ou the contrary, a proper appreciation of the
letter and spirit of the Constitution as well as
of the interests of National order, harmony
and union, and a due deference for an enligh
tened public judgment, may at this time well
suggc.it a doubt whether any amendment to
thc- Constitution ought to be proposed by
Congress and passed to the Legislatures ol
tba several .States for final decision until ofter
tho admission of such loyal Senators and Re
presentatives of the now unrepresented States
as have been, or may he reafter be, chosen in
conformity with the Constitution and luws of
the United States.
June 22,1806. ANDREW JOHNSON.
Accompanying the message of the Presi
dent was the report of the Secretary of State
announcing that he had, in conformity with
the proceedings which had been adopted by
him, in the year 18G5, in regard to the pro
posed, and afterwards adopted, Congressional
Amendments of the Constitution of the United
States concerning the prohibition of slavery,
transmitted to the Governors of the several
States certified copies of the joint resolutions,
together with a certificate and circular letter.
WASHINGTON, June 22,1SCC.
The Prpsident:s message to Congress in
opposition to the constitutional amendment
fell like a thunderbolt amongst the Radicals.
It is the boldest step be has yet taken, and
precludes all hope of his reconciliation with
The President has also transmitted to Con
gress a dispatch from Mr. Bielow, our Minis
ter at Paris, to Mr. Seward, saying that the
French Minister of Foreign Affairs has given
the most solemn assurances of Napoleon's
fidelity to his pledge to withdraw the French
troops from Mexico. This is regarded here
as sealing the fate of the Mexican Empire.
WASHINGTON, June 23.
A joint resolution wus passed in the Senate
froviding for an official history of tho?rebel
on, and authorizing the Secretary of War to
appoiu? some competent person to write it at
a sajar/ cot exceeding $2,500 yer year. '
The Tax bill was considered, and various
amendments offered, and adopted.
Mr. Morgan delivered an eulogy on Repre
eenta'tive Hurapbre3's, deceased, after which
the Senate adjourned.
Io the House, Mr. Washbnrne presented a
letter from the Secretary of the Treasury on
the subject of the apprehended introduction
of rinderpest, by means of imported bones.
Referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Mr. Darling, of New York, and others ad
dressed the House in speeches of condolence
on the death of Hon, James .Humphreys, of
The customary resolutions of respect were
adopted, and the Honse then adjourned.
OTTAWA, CANADA, June 2?,
. In the Canadian Parliament Galt moved
for indemnification of Government for ex
Eenses incurred duricg present Fenian trou
les. Several members of the Government
arty advocated the move, when Mr. Cham
ers, of Brookville, obtained the floor, and
spoke against it He said that Canada could
Hot support troops:enough to resist the Uni
ted States. A thousand Fenians was a very
different matter from thirty-five mil'ions of
Americans. He also called for an investiga
tion of conduct of some of the commanders of
the provincial troops during the trouble j and
denounced the management of the volunteers
as a blunder.
Mr. Chambers waa continually interrupted
and hissed, the uproar becoming so great, at
tiznes, as to drown his remarks. Ile was re
plied to by Mr. Darcy McGee, and thc motisn
of Mr. Gilt was adopted.
NEW YORK, Jnne 20_A prize fisht took
place this muming at a point on the Virginia
side of the Potomac riper, between Samuel
Collier of Baltimore, and Barney Aarons of
New York. Forty-seven rounds were fought,
which reunited in the defeat of Aarons, Both
parties were .seriously injured.
Upon their return to the city, they, with
others concerned, were arrested, aud will i
be held for requisition from the Governor of I
in Germany, the Augsburg Gazette is pub
Ashing a series of letters by one of the most
fll-ustrious German physicians, which ar? pro- t
ducing a considerable ?ensation- The wrlfer (
.affirms that thei e exists at the present mo
ment in Germany such germs of disease that
if war should break out, it would iheVit?bly
lead, in consequence of the conglomeration J
of large masses of men, obliged to suffer from, *
fatigue and ?Mufficienej of food, fo th? mest i
tto&? ?jtcdesuc cf C&?J?? ever wiUatat? . <
A PRAYER FOR EX-PRESIDENT ?>AVTS.- j JM
Rev. S. W. Rogers, of Memphis, rector of St.
Lazarus Clmrch (Episcopal) ia that city, cu
Whit Sunday issued a pastoral letter to his j ?"
congregation, in which he exhorts them to u
offer up the following prayer "every night t]
when yon go to bed, and every morning as, -
you rise :'' , .
" O God, whose mercies are everlasting, l\
?nd whose power is infinite, look down with ti
pity and compassion upon Thy servant, whom c
Thou hast, laid in a placcof darkness and the
deep Give him always a sorrowful sense of t
his sins and cf Thy fatherly love and corree- j
tion. Give to hi? judges tenderness and com
passion", and a meek and forgiving spirit to
ward all those who have confined him the
continual comfort of Thy Holy Spirit, and so
sanctify his ?ttl et ion that thev may work for
him an eternal weight of glory through the
merits of Jesus Christ our Loni.
JAKES T. BACON, EDITOR.
WEDNESDAY, JINE 27, 180G.
Public Meeting nt Stevens' Creek.
Wc arc authorised tn announco that thc?c is to
he a Public Meeting, Tic Kir and Barbecue, at
Little Stevens' Creek Chirth, on Friduy, the
2vth instant, which the ocople are invited to
attend. M?j. JoRBPH An.SBY, Dr. JoUX LAX
OKTJI tind others are c-xpcc.ed to addre.-s them.
We record the pleasant and odvantagcou? fitct
that Edgefield is better off-hun che wastwn weeks
better iff by a handsome Tin Shop, and
worker? in Tin who arc without'doubt extremely
>kiliul nt their burinera. ITutn t . another column
HY.i rend the advertisement of Sm: I.KTO <t Co.
Mc SniLLr.TO does not come from so far away as
to bc a stranger : ho isa worthy citizen of our
sister town of Abbeville. Wc take much pleasure
io recommending him Mitta confidence to the pat
ronage of tur community.
" COKE" and "NEMO" .will appear in our next
Governor Picketts not III.
It has been going t'.e rounds of the paper?
lately, that ourbonorid ned distinguished fellow
! citizen above niunrd, is, at present, very ill. We
aro happy to be able to stale Mich is not the case.
Nor ba* it been. For som ) months past, at inter
vals of twenty-one days, Cow PICVKXS ha? been
visited with revere chilis, nod hi? general health
i? not so good a?.in formt r day?; yet ho has not
been ill. If we mistake not, the Governor i?
preparing to make a sun mer tour among the
mountain? of Virginia or South Carolina.
The Great Fire in Newberry.
In our paper to day will be found interesting
accounts-though very sadty so !-of the late dis
aitrou? fire in Newberry. Our honored coLtcu
porary, the Herald, owned and edited by t"ie
Messrs. GKENKKER, perished in the almost gene
ral confl/.grafon ; but not forever. It ha? already
sprung again ?tito life, und lake? il? welcome place
among our exchange*. V7e deeply sympathize
with the Messrs. (J RENE :ER in their terrible
losses ; cud at the same tiiae, wc beg leave to of
fer them our congratulations upon their wonder
ful management and energy, displayed in thc so
speedy resumption of the publication of the Herald.
In iLe Dumber now before us, i? a reliable list of
the h< use?, f.r?cf? and store? burned, wilh an esti
mate nf the rorih of erich-including it? contents.
We make a rough rock'liing of the whole los?,
and fini it to he abcut $125 OOO. Iv nore than
$15d0 ensured. There seems to be but little
doubt that this destructive fire was tho work of
The Congressional Bankrupt Bill.
In this week's Adtctii?rr will bo found import
ant article ?nd speeches ur on the grent question
. .f thc dny in fur Ptnte : v'z, the indf btedcess ol
the people. In thei meantime, a Bankrupt Bill
hus lately pugged tb? nati< nnl llnn?e nf Repre
sentative?, which baa a teidcncyto benefit very
materially the'Sruthcrn section of thc Uuiot*
'Tis well there should be one little promise of
benefit to the South in the midst of all the mis
chievous and sectional leg'slotion which has oc
cupied the present session of six months ! We
?ay prom in ; this Bill, ustil it shall pas? the Sen
ate, being but a promise. It i? supposed, however,
that it will mott with tho some ruccers in the
SenRte a? in thc Flouse. Ita object is to furnish a
notional system of hankrup'cy, by which an hon
est man, loaded down with a heavy accumulation
of debt, may begin life anew by surrendering hi?
pre?cnt property ; and by which he may in the
future be onahlid to rotain thc earnings of hi?
labor. For this purpose, it i? pro .osed to gire.
United State? District and C.rcuit Houris jurisdic
tion,'whereas now the Stale laws on the subject
are very variable.
The President Washes hts Hands of lt.
As will bc seen by -eference to our telegraphic
news column, thc President has uddressad to Con
gress a message, in which ho totally wylies hi?
hands of any sympathy with, or approval of, the
new and nefarious Constitutional amendment now
to be submitted to the State?. In effect, the Presi
dent advisos the Legi.duturetto spit upon thu off
spring of radical halo. A hold, honest and man
ly proceeding which shouM entitle him still more
to our respect and confidence. .
#3?~Tbe New Orleans Picayune lenrn3 from r.
gentleman who bas recently traveled through
Northern and Central Texas, that the people out
there have harvested the finest crop of wheat they
Jiavo over raised. And new they have ploughed
up the wheat fields and planted thom in corn,
and arc cheered by the prospect of an excellent
crop of that groin.
Harmony Lodge, No. G7, A. F. M.
This Lodge was dosed during thc war owing to
the fact that most of its members were absent in
the army. Recently, however, through a dispen
sation from the Grand Lodge, it has been re
opened, and gone regularly to work. On the
evening of the 17th, the Lodge was opened by P.
G. Senior Warden, A. RAHSAY, who installed the
following members officers for the present Masonic
JOLLEY KE.VMEDY, S. W.
A. Siuox, J. W.
S. E. BOWERS, Treas.
WM. HILL, Scc'ry.
At tho next 'communication we learn that Col*
A. P. BUTLER is to bo installed Master.
"With such officers at its head, Harmony Lodgo
is certain to increase in numbers and influence.
By the fire of Monday morning, 18lh instant, the
presses, together with almost tho whole of-tmr
typo?, ?c., were consumed, and our office made a
complete wreck. Tho publication of the Herald
i?, therefore, susponded, but only fora short time,
we trust. By the loan of a small press and a few
type from a kind friend, together with a few odds
and ends fortunately saved, wc will bc able in a
few days to issue a small sheet for temporary
purposes. In thc meantime, the utmost exertion
will be made to procure a new and complete out
fit in presses and type in the shortest possible
time, when we will be enabled to resume a full
publication of our paper. We irust that our short
suspension and unfortunate failure to supply ( ur
patrons will not cause thom to feel a loss of in
terest, hut rather an lacrosse cf zeal to aid us hy
their influence to recover from so serious n losa,
THOS. F. GRENEKFR,
R. H. GRENEKER.
Jndnn Gtts His Thirty Pieces.
The President, on the 19tb, sent the nomina
ion to 'he Senate of Governor HuldeS of North
karolina, os minister to San Salvador.
^Sr*The two men, Wm. Burns (white), and
fohn Jaokson (colored), charged with the murder
if Captain Few, ol' Georgia, and sentenced by a
Ailitary Commission to ba haag, wero executed
ya Friday last, atti?Powder Woriw, otar Augusta.
lass Meeting of Edgefieid nud Lexing
ON Thursday last, a very largo raoctiug or ci
ens of EJ gu li cid and Lexington District's, wi
etd at Bothel Church, in Edgefieid District, <
ie Columbia Road, near the Lexington lin
his meeting was attended by not less than 01
tiousand persons. Its object, as had been advc
ised two weeks previous to its gathering, was "
onsidcr tho Debt Question."
Rev. ABNER Wi ASBELL, a prominent citizen
he Ridge, was called to the Chair; and Mcssi
toBERT W. CA.-NON aud JAMES T. BACON wc
equestcd to act as Secretaries.
A Cummittco of Twenty-Ono wa?, on motiu
tppnintcd to prepare business for tho meoting, ai
etircd for consultation. Thc Chairman of tl
3cmrnittee was Col. JOHN HIUET of our town ;
imminent member was Gen. PAUL QUATTLKBAI
After a couple of hours consultation and d
:ussion, the Committee of Twenty-One roport
the following Preamble and Resolutions ; whi
were read to the meeting ot large, and then una
iimmsly adoptod :
WHEREAS, The Courts have been thrown op
to creditors, and thc debtors of thu State tuddt
ly placed in a condition of imminent peril; A
Wu KI: EAS, Tho prospective wide-sproad ruin a
desolation which must surely apd inevitably 1
suit therefrom, so terrific and alarming to t
people, call most loudly for them tu risc up a
speak in (heir own behalf, as tho only means 1
them of averting the 'direst calamity that tv
befell any portion of the human race; A
WHEREAS, The debtor classes ure about to
sacrificed most unjustly ami ungencruu.-ly for tl
which within itself is no crime-Indebtcdue
Be it. therefore,
Benotred, That it ?9 unwise, Impolitic, unr<
sonable aud grossly subversive of the best inti
csts of thc country, to maintain that thc gr?
upheaving of property and revulsion of linaia
which thc country has experienced, should not
a most powerful argument in favor of the ri gi
cf debtors against cluims that were predicated
slave property, now swept away as by tho best
of destruction, an event which could neither be foi
seen nor avoided.
Remdctd, That debtors havo rights as well
creditors, and that while thc former are not d
posed to deprive thc latter of a reasonable sat
faction for their favors in the pasr, they m<
earnestly and urgently protost against havii
their rights ignored, and justice trampled upoi
which must inevitably bo the result, unless t
impending evil be averted by an organic law
Resulted, That the Chairaran of this meetii
be requested tu appoint a Commission of three
uur citizens, to wuit upon his Excellency the Go
ernor at an early day, and urge upon him to I
semble thc Legislature ns spon as possible, to t
end that measures muy be adopted to avert t
ruin and distress now threatening to fall upon i
RmoUed, That our fellow-citizens througho
the State be requested to co-operate with us
urging thc justice of our cause.
Remited, That the thanks of this meeting a
eminently due, and are hereby tendered, to t
Hun. A. P. ALDRICH, fur his able, manly and i
dependent effort on the Bunch to slay the dial
tors of which wc have spoken in the preccdii
Preamblo and lie-solutions.
Rewired. That these Resolutions be publish
in the EncXFiELD AnvKUTtsER, and in the C
luinbia nnd Charleston papers ; aud that a coj
of them bo sent to the Hon. A. P. ALDRICH.
Thc Committee appointed under tho third Rc
olution consists of Major JOSEPH ABNEY, CI
Jon.v HVIKT and JAMES T. BACON, Esq.
Having been formnlly requested to do so 1
the Committee of Arrangements, Major JOSEI
ABNEY now addressed the mc iting. The folloi
ing is tho substance of the remarks made l
Maj. ACNE v.
FELLOW-CITIZENS : I have never felt more sens
bly when attending the obsequies of my dcare
friend, the truth of the solemn expression weso oft?
hear at the grave of all that is mortal of mai
"In thc midtt of life, ire are in death," Wc a:
dead civilly and politically, and wc arc financial!
deal. No ono knows what rights he has und'
the law, or what power he has to vindicate then
Our citizens arc arrested in our midst, frequentl
without crime, and hurried' off, hy squadrons <
foreign Cavalry, either to be tried by Militai
Cnmmif>Moni>, tribunals repugnant to our so MO <
justice, or to languish, for indefinite periods, i
loathsome prisons, without trial. Those wh
would come to our relief are powerless to savi
There appears to bo a doubt yet, whethor we ar
in thc American Union, and even whether we ar
actually a State. Thc Radicals in Congress woul
treat us as a conquered province, and the whol
South as conquered provinces. They would con
fiscate our little remaining property, deprive u
of all participation in the government, out lai
us, expatriate u. -nd descending to the last re
sort of malico would " rob us of our good names.
And though shorn of our might as completely
MS Sampson in the lap of Delilah, and deprivci
of the means and the material of making tb
least shadow of resistance, every man feels tba
this is still his country, and holds on, with unrc
lenting grasp, tu the spot of earth for which h
-bed his blood, and his children offered up thei
lives on the Geld of Caruago.
i(And as a child, when searing sounds molest,
Clings close aud closor to the mother's breast,
So the loud torrent, and the whirlwind's roar,
But bind him to his native mountains more."
It is needless to state tho causes of our ruin
Thc results of a gigantic war have ocen unfavor
ablo, and the doom of " woe to thc conqnarod" ii
upon us. Wc ?mt forth such efforts to achievi
our independence, as were never displayed bj
any other people. We fought battles scarcely
paralleled in the wars of tho older Napoleon.
We lavished our lives, we lavished our wealth
like water, a?td wc uttorly exhausted our strength
in a cause upou which all hearts were set. Thc
consequence is depression, prostration, and entire
and univorsal dcslitution. We are so poor, thal
one cannot help another. To sustain the great
and unequal strugglo, our citizens converted their
good property and money into Confederate Bonds
and Confederate Treasury Notes. When thc Gov
ernment was unable to equip and maintain their
sons in tho field, they equipped and maintained
them. During four or-five dreadful years, they
cheerfully received all thoir earning?, and all
their collection] on notes, bond?, and judgment?,
in Confederate money. All this expenditure of
mean?, by tho termination of the contest, proved a
total loss. Moreover, the best portions of our
population, for the period mentioned, wore ab
stracted from their farms and plantation?, and
the only producers in tho State woro old men,
women, very small children, and negroes. While
the Btrife was in progress our coasts were rav?
aged, our cities laid in ashes, our fields desolated,
ind the abodes of all classes indiscriminately
plundered and burnt hy an invading, vandal ene
my. On the surrender of Lee and Johnson, that
>ur misfortunes might be made to culminate in
ilsolutc misery, the negroes, constituting thrco
'ourths of the whole wealth of the State, and the
lasis of all credit, who had been previously de
bared free by the proclamations of President
Lincoln, were finally emancipated by act of tho
iovercign Convention of South Carolina. And
di this while taxes upon taxes were exacted from
mr people, first by the Confederate Government,
md then by the State, while interest was accu
nutating on the indebtedness of that vast majori
y who were making every sacrifice in the defenco
f their country.
Now consider these statements well,-consider
hem wisely,-confider the taxcB wo are yet to
my,-inspect tho picture I have so feebly drawn,
nd answer if it i? not a picture of bankruptcy,
esolation nnd ruin. Fnur-fiiths-perhaps ninc
cnths-of our population aro this day insolvent,
nd since the Stay Law no longer proticts us, our
ands arc depreciated at least fifty per cent, und
re daily threatened with the Sheriff and tho
onstable, and an appalling future is before us.
But, my friends, we must not despair. " Whilo
jere is I i fe/?ere is hope," is tho proud motto of
outh Corolina. Wo must not bo driven hy our
ecessities into nets of lawlessness and violence.
Te must exhibit a moro masculino, temper-a
lirit of moderation nnd calmness in trial and
?stress. The world will expect better things i
om us,-moro magnanimity from tho little band I
ho struggled for near fire years, and often to (
.eat advantage, with the most collossnl powor on ; c
ie globo. It will expect a yet higher feat of j c
.ungo and endurance from the man who fought j t
\ Sbarpaburg, ?nd Qtttjttnvg, atti CJbjckaaaij- J ;
ja, and the Seren Pines. Our soldiers
Jud, are not all sleeping. Thcrc'arc a ft
crcd and bleeding remains of them slit
?bo will again uprear the mighty standar
southern Cross, and fight undor it for thc
sst of all victories,-a victory over then?
These reflections lead me to say, that,
is stated in the beginning, cur mother, 01
est pride, is dead,-yet sho bas not died 1
ri i li ont hope," and .wo have come t*gel
this momentous occasion, not to assist in
rial, but in her resurrection from deal
come not even to place garlands upon ht
but to assist in restoring her to newness
Wc have met to tako counsel together, bo'
establish credit and confidence among ou
-how to prevent an indUcriinin j to and ui
litigation, which would bring us to poverty
dation, crimo and iufamy. We wish to a
tcarrod and battle-worn soldiers, who h:
caped through so many'storms of war, fro
luitting violence upon-one another, and of
plisbiWg a destruction which the enemy, i
his legions, failed to do.
How then aro we to effect this great dolivi
In thc first placo, we must become able,
spirit of the Lord's Prayer, to cry out, ant
inwardly, " Forgive ns our debts, os wo
our debtors," ond wo must read and ac
preached directly to ns, and applicable to o
case?, tho beautiful lesson of our Savior,
ning at thc 21st of the ISth Matthew, and
with thc chapter, and remember, that ch
thc crowning virtue ?f the Christian, and tl
illustrious ornament in tho life of thc
Commence the great work by having mere
one another. Let BO thoughts of rcpudiii
of resistance to law enter into your hearts
conceptions, to dUhonor your cause, ht
spirit oj" compromise'and mutual forbearan
vail. Let it bo made disreputable for a
sue for thc present, while bis brother d
mean to dofraud him, because during this
trons year, with tho scanty means of a grit
? in tho land, and a new system of labor to or,
the farmer cannot supply the wonts of his I
furnish his hungry children with bread, j.
taxes, and pay his debts too. A general
generous feeling of indulgence must be i
and practiced, and cherished throughout th
And surely the men who exhibited so mud
hood, so much singlonoss of purpose, sc
forgetfulness of self, and such a conten?
wealth during our late conflict, cnn give on
illustration of their heroism, and of tho n
of their nature, for tho love and admira
But I am Fad to own, that " the tender m
of the wicked are crud," and though a
majority of our people will rise to tho stand
duty I have respectfully and humbly advise
Mammon has rome worshippers so raveno
gold, that the plea of an angel would not he
by them while sitting in judgement upon
debtors, 'lbcse cannot be restrained by the
of innocence, by the fcPPeajsLPLjhtrCTi or 1
nrm of flosh and blood. On?Will begin t
which will compel his debtor to do the lik<
this movement impelled at first, like thc wa
the sea, by a gentle broeze, will soon bo 1
into fury by tho force of the storm, and
us, pilot and helmsman, ship and ship's cre?
bo overwhelmed in an abyss of ruin. Thcs
must be controlled by tho arm of law-of c
tutional, inflexible law.
Neither, my fellow-citizen?, am I so despo:
as to believe that such a remedy is beyon
reach. To the hopeful and resolute all thin;
possible. I have dreody venturod to sugge;
enactment of a liberal Homestead Law,
though from tho hurry of copying and prin
and the omission of a line or two in the ori
manuscript, I may havo appeared to spca!
confidently of its constitutionality in a parti
form, yet a Constitutional Homestead Act ci
framed, which will give more relief,more sati
tion, more confidence, and more encournge
and tone to thc community than all the othc
pedicnts th.it Luman ing?nu.ty could devise
?S true, that two'ljundred and fifty acroo of
may not satisfy .tho ambition of those who
owaed their thousands and tens of thousands,
so small an allowance may bc contemned by tl
but in the end, and, in a crisis soon to apprc
it msy afford shelter to their otherwise hous
and shivering little ones. To the great ma
small farmers, however, and they arc thoir d
try's glory, and "their country's stay in day
hour of danger," it will bc the greatest boon,
Heaven could afford. It will bind them indis*
bl}' to the soil. It will animato them to excr
for the payment of their dd)ts, and it vtill in
new life into their bosoms and now vigor
their arms. Having bornes, that they know ti
secure, they wrll adorn them with all thc ap
ancos of art, and all the ingenious devices of ta
They will love their little dwellings with a dt
tion akin to piety, a thousand pleasing rora!
cences will cluster around and about them, i
for the land that contains them, they will bc j
pared to fight and to dio, to tho latost of tl
generation. Sports and amusements pcculiai
I themselves will bc cherished and handed do
from father to son, nnd thu3 will bc formed i
fostered a homogenious, a patriotic, and an inv
? cible pooplo.
If, in addition to thc Homestead Law, the L
islaturo should am- ud the Insolvent Dcbtc
Acts, so as to onablc tho young men, and u
others who choose, that feel oppressed by <
trammels of debt, to make an honest assignmi
of their whole proptrty, and thus to receive c
emption from tho demands of all their credit?
at onco, this alone would bring relief to thousan
of our suffering people, and make one more st
in our advance on tho road of compromise ai
settlement. The Insolvent Debtor's Act, at ai
rule, is bphind the age in which we livn, ai
whilst it is perfectly constitutional to amend
in thc respects mentioned, until Congress sh:
pass a uniform Bankrupt law, ihc time has arrivi
when imprisonment for debt should bc abolish!
in South Carolina, as an oppression of herr d
which, from their absolute poverty, may bi
come grievous and intolerable.
But, as I speak, there aro yet other Constitt
tional romodies, that crowd upon the mind an
press for utterance. Tho Legislature of the Stat
has provided, that on all sums over cighty-fiv
dollars, it shall require two terms for the obtain
ment of judgment. Why may it not then procec
a little further, and provide that it shall requir
four, six, eight, or ten terms ? This wouldnffor
a broathiBg spell to honest, industrious men
prompt them to energetic action, and proien
anothor indunement to creditors for that compro
miso wi-'.h debtors, without which there can be ni
settlement of the indebtedness of South Carolina
within our day and generation. .
It has been told me, by a friend, that thc Judge;
in Georgia have decided that it is Constitutional,
even after the obtainment of judgmont, to restrain
the Sheriff, in his levy and salo, for three, four,
or five years, before ho makes completo satisfac
tion of the debt?. What is Constitutional in
Georgia is equally Constitutional in South Caroli
na, and when I consider the wisdotri and humani
ty of our Legislature, many of whoso members
aro my warmest friends and companions, I am
ready to vouch that they will bo behind no gentle
men in tho South,-in their protection of the con
stituents, who hav o so distinguished them by their
honor and their confidence. They will group
together and enact all these and other constitu
tional measures, and by their prudenco and wig.
dom, they will redeem the State, And thc people?
co-operating with their Representatives, in for
bearance, in brotherly kindness, in generosity,
nnd in well-tempered rt ul, will soon be niau\ to
rf joico in a gTeat salvation-a grander deliverance
than that which freed them from Colonial
Major ABsrT having concluded his speech,
?mid tho cheers of his hearers, tho Chairman of
ho Committee of Arrangements announced dinnor
Tho dinner was spread upon two scpnrato tables
n difforont parts of the grovo ; one exclusively
or gentlemon, tho other for ladies, with a suOi
ient numbor of gontlomen to render them ga'lant
ervice. Upon tho former table wss spread a feast
f barbecued meats, which would havo done honor ;
o Ute old Saxon hospitality of English history, j i
RwUtter grained foaeaUi tin iwtfsra of nj
combined Barbecue and Pic-Nic. Everything
that high aiwomplhbuicnt iu tho culinury art
could devise waa tu tc found upon theo inviting
tables. And every attention that a relined and
unstinted hospitality could suggest, was lavished
by the high-toned citizens of the Ridge upon their
almost innumerable guests.
After dinner, the multitude reassembled around
the speaker's stand, and wero addressed in'turn
by our Representatives, Dr. JOHN LANDIIUJI and
Capt. Titos. JONES; and lastly by R. WVCAXXON,
Esq. It is a matter of very great regret to us
that wo have not room to-day to, report thc re
marks of these gentlcmon ; the more so that tho
views presented by them wore different, tis regards
many importan tpuin t? from those expressed by Maj
ABNEY-. Vieira which are well worth the conside
ration of the peoplo and their Legislators. Bu'
having devoted so much room to the spoech of
Major ABNEY, tho formally invited orator of thc
day, we lind ourselves without space for further
accouut of the proceedings of this interesting and
Wc must not close, however, without stating
that the Hon. A. P. ALDIIICU had also beeu for
mally invited to attend on this occasion, and ad
dress the people. Rut up to the timo of the
meeting, he bad not been heard from. Most prob
ably on account of tho existing great disarrange
ment in post office matters.
For thc Adverti.cr.
Mn. EniTon:-It is not unlikely that thc Leg
islature of South Carolina will be convened with
in a short time for thc purpose of devising means
for tho relief of tho people of tho Stato from the
dreadful appr?hensions, that now exist >n tho
minds of the peoplo, growing out of thc indebted
ness of thc people and thc recent decision of thc
Court of Errors, declaring the Stay Law uncon
stitutional. The Governor will, in all probabili
ty, rogard tho present embarrassed condition of
tho peoplo of tho State, such au "extraordinary
occasion" as will justify him in convening tho
Legislature to consider of, and determine upon,
the measure! necessary for the relief of thc peo
ple. There seems to bo no diversity of opinion
as to whether thc Legislature should bo convenod.
All admit the necessity. *Butas to tho kind of
reliof tu bo afforded by tho Legislature, when
convened, there is a great diversity of opinion.
The all-absorbing topics among the people of
thc Slate of South Carolina at present, arc the
questions of tho indebtedness cf thc people, aud
huw they are to pay their debts, aud at the same
time keep their lands, und other property suffi
cient to enable them to support themselves aud
their families. These arc the questions to be
considered by thc Legislature when it meets, aud
upon tho wisc aud proper solution of theso ques
tions depend tho future welfare aud prosperity cf
the people of South Carolina. It may bc safely
asserted, that questions of moro vital importance
were never submitted for tho consideration of
I propose, Mr. EDITOR, briefly to consider these
questions, and to suggest a plan by which the
people of the State ran bc relieved without inju
ry to any one and consistently with thc principles
of Honor, Honesty and Justice. Aud, although
^belong to that race of "harpies" which comes
in for so large a share of the vituperations of
your correspondents "Beatie" and " COKE," I
am prepared to maintain that even a lawyer may
ho a patriot and a well wisher to his country, and
that to be so, it is not necessary to sacrifice every
principle of honor, honesty aud justice. I can
also readily perceive how the Judges of the
highest Judicial tribunal of thc State of South
Carolina eau well and faithfully discharge the
high, honorable responsible functions ol
their office, and yet differ in opinion with you:
Eur the purposes of this discussion, it is neces
sary to premise that thc people are dividod inte
two classes, tho Crediturs and the Debtors-and
that both these classes need and aro equally en
titled to relief, and any plan that relieves tht
debtor at tbe sacra?cc of tho rights of thu credi
tor is uujuel. V.v*ry plan that has been suggest
ed as yet, so far as I am ir forme J, proposes to
relieve the debtor, in utter disregard of tho rights
of the creditor. The Stay Law is of that charac
ter. Thc repudiation and armed resistance to the
Sheriff plan of " RUSTIC," is so obnoxious to the
law-abiding citizen, that I apprehend hut few
will bo willing to adopt that plan. God forbid
that the time shall ever come in South Carolina,
whon the peoplo will regard the executive officer
of thc law, to which all pood citizen? look for
protection, as an enemy, to be put down by armed
force. There is nothing so terrible to the law
abiding citizen as mobocraey.
I premise in the second place, that the pecu
niary oonditi?n of the people of the State, is such
as to demand that thc Legislature shall provide
some relief to tho people; and that in this trying
emergency, if it fails to provide a remedy some
what commensurate with tho evils to be remedied,
it will fall short of- ita duty. Tho people arc not
able to help ono another. They aro too poor.
Thc creditor is not able to extend iudulgcnce to
his debtor. Every man who has money owing to
him feel J and "knows that he needs it. lu thousands
of instances, thc creditor has nothing hut the bunds
und notes of his debtor, as the representativo of
his entire means. In many instances these bonds
and notes were given for lands and real estate.
The debtor remains in possession of this real
estate, on which he lives with bis family, per
haps ia luxury and oasc, while his poor creditor,
perhaps has no land, and really has nothing but
the bond and notes of his debtor, and having
not where to lay his head, or his wife and children
are in boggary and want. Although his bonds
and notos may represent thousands he cannot get
credit for a aollar, even from his debtor, who is
in possession of tho identical property for which
the bonds and notes were given. Can it bc said
that the creditor can relit ve his debtor uuder
such circumstances ? And who arc the mon who
arc most clamorous for Stay Laws and repudia
tion ? Are they not those who have bought prop
erty and owe for it? Aro they willing to give up
tho property which they owe? No, that would
ruin them and distress their families. Arc they
willing to pay any part of the consideration for
it, to enable the poor creditor to live, and to sup
port his family and educato his chrildron ? No,
they profer to wait and see what the Legislature
will do with old debts. This is thc roal condi
tion of a large proportion of that unfortunate
class, the creditor. It may* safely he asserted
that this class of the people hare suffered as much,
or even more, than others by tho results of tho
war, and need relief as much really as tho debtor
class. On the other hand, in many instances, thc
honest, conscientious debtor feels nod knows that
ho is unablo to pay what ho owes. He feels the
full force of bli obligations and regrets, honestly
and deeply, his inability to pay. He knows that
tho payment of his debts now, will involve the
min of himself and tho certain suffering of bis
innocent wife and children. Ills wife and children
perhaps have been accustomed to wealth, luxury
and case. He is perhaps an old man, borne down
by tho weight of many year?; his wife is infirm
and unable to help him ; if bc pays his debts be
will have nothing left, and the idea id appalling
to him. Despair is thu noccssary consequence.
His croditors arc straitened and cannot aid him
even by indulgence, which they would gladly ex
tend to him ; hut delay of payment involves their
ruin and that of their families. His inability to
pay is not owing to any fault of his, but it is the
legitimate result of the action of tho Government,
which owes him protection. He is tho victim of
circumstances entirely beyond his control, and
for which ho can in no renou be held individually
responsible. And shall ho have nu relief?' Ve< !
justice and humanity demand that he be relioved.
But it is not just that ho should he relieved at
thc sacrif.co of his creditor. His friends aro not
Mc to help him, becauso they aro in the samo
condition as himself. The law affords him no re
lief as it now stands. By tho orninary remedial
processes of the law, unless he can get aid else
where, " he must go to tho wall."
Then whonco must como the desired relief? I
mswer from tho State. Tho St-.te is nil tho peo
ile of the State-croditors and debtors, And al
hougb tho individual citizens cf the ?tate may
bare no credit, and may bf abb to do nothing is j
tho way of relief, yet tho State-tho aggregate ?
tho whole pooplc - may, ami eau du auylhiug1
willi iu thc way of relief, thfct is not itt violatic
of thc fundamental law of tile laud. The Sta
has credit, and ia able to afford aoy relief that tl
present emergency requires. IIow? In answi
to this question I premise, li'irst : That it is ni
tho indebtedness of the people that causes tl
embarrassment under which wc now labor, ?
much as the want of money-capital in the com
try! Let money becomo plentiful in the country
let men of enterprise have the capital necessary i
pursue thoir usual avocation!, and at once con
parative quiet will be rcstorid. The honest, ii
dustrious citizen can go to work with a rcasonah
assurance that his creditors will not disturb hir
All his apprehensions of seeing his property pa
under the She riff's hammer will bc remove
He will no longer feel that repudiation is just, i
necessary, and he will spurn it as dishonest ai
dishonorable. He will then bo ablo to see thc ii
justice of such a measure. No Stay Law wi
then bc necessary. Neither will an ca youl fae
Homestead law, moro unjust than tho Stay Lai
bc necessary. Thc energies of the peoplo will i
once bc restored to them and a day of happine
and prosperity will have dawned upon the Sta
of South Carolina. Thoso good men and tru
who havo lost their all in the terrible strugg
through which the country bas past; who har
to some extent, yielded to feelings of despondenc;
at the utter hopelessness of their present cond
lion and the gloomy prospect? for tho future, wi
at once feel Hope-that mighty anchor of tl
soul-spring up afrosh in their bosoms, and da}
light will be opened before "hem. Yes! capita
money for tho proper development of cnterpris
?j all that thc country needs to start it in thc ros
But again the question recurs, How is all th
t) be brought about? I answer again, by tl
?tate. Let thc State become tho general credit)
of hor people. She is thc common mother of hi
citizens, and she must help them iu this their da
of trouble, or lose them as citizen?, to her ow
permanent detriment. It is io the interest of tl
State to keep her owu citizens within her border
I assume that if from threo to five millions i
dollars were putin general circulation in thc Stat
it would bc sufficient, wilhiu a few mouths to pa
all, or by far thc greater part of all tho debts ck
by tho citizens from one te another. Let tl
State then issue her bonds, lor say five mi?i?oi
uf dullard, uud borrow that sum fur the term i
thirty years, and let thu money, when obtaiuc
bc placed iu thc Treasury of tho State for tl
spociftc purpose of relieving the people. Win
tho money is obtaiucd, let lt be proclaimed I
the Governor at once, that every citizen who owi
a tract of lued, unencumbered by judgement <
mortgage, has thc right to borrow from tho Sta
fur thirty yoars, a ?um of morey, equal to seventy
five per cunt of tue actual value of his or her lam
to be scoured by mortgigc of the land, upon tl
condition and stipulation that bc shall pay tu tl
Tax Collector every year the aunual interest upc
the sum borrowed, and threo per cent of tl
principal ; tho land to be vtdued by a Board
Commissioners for each District, to be appointi
by the Logislaturo for that purpose, whose dui
it sh ill be to examine iuto and report upon tl
facts as tu incumbrances upou the same.
Tho gloom aud despondency of the people ai
owing to tho fact that they have no money an
have no means uf raising moacy. Thc plan pri
posed would bring all tho money into thc Sta
that is needed; men of energy and enterprise cou!
and wuuld command the means to go into bus
ness ; industrial pursuits of i ll kinds would ri
ceivc a new impulse. Who can conceive of tl
effects that would be produce 1 in this country I
the sudden influx of five millions of dollars iul
this State, nut tu be concentrated in the hands i
' a few persons, but to he dispersed general!
i among the people? Tho whole aspect of tl
State would at once, as if by magic, bc change
for thc better. The people would at once feel n
licved from that incubus debt, which now bani
' M a tuill-atono around their neck.., dc.-troyvn
within them all spirit, all energy, all enterprise
i Despondency would yield to Hope, and cur bc
lov& State would become in a short time, whs
God designed it to bc, tho most favored spot o:
This is no chimerical scheme, no mere delusion
it is practical, substantial, tangible relief, to
burdened and oppressed people. This pin:
amounts lo a practical?Slay Law of thirty yean
And who is injured by it? Thc people are no
taxed one cent by it, every min pay? the inter?s
on his debt. At thc end of thirty years the Stat
will have ninety per cent of thc whole amount n
her bonds in hcrTreasury, arising from tbeannua
payment of three per cent'of -he principal. Tbi
sinking fund of threo per cent, can be used b;
the State to resuscitate her B ink-that great fis
cal agent of the State, which in days gone hy ha.
?lone so much good. This is all consistent witl
tho principles of Honor, Honesty and Justice.
W. W. ADAMS.
Fur tho Advertiser.
MR. EOITOR: I ask what is to bc done? Then
is a great and growing evil upon us as a people
I mean Freedom os it exists among us in tbi
present form,-in reference especially to thc
manner in which it is carried out. Why, Sir,
there is no restraint whatever that I can sec c/ei
the whole matter in regard to whether your em
ployee stays with you or not. It is perfectly
optional with him, notwithstanding his or her
contract. Thero is a general stampeding on the
part of tho Freedmen in every lirection. It does
not matter with him whether you, or any other
person, make nny thing to live on or not. Free
dom, Freedum, is their song by day and by nig*ht.
The idoa seems to be that they can live on Free
dom, and strut, play, and dance whenever they
please, and no one dare to say any thing. I say
it is a growing evil, which overy thinking man
will readily admit. I ask agivin what is to be
done under the circumstances ? Can we makes
support with these lazy, loafing, rambling freed
men about us? I answer, no.
I ara glad however to say that there aro a few
who do very well. But those f?..w cannot support
the rest in their idleness. I know whole farms
where the Freodmcn havo left ?. ithout any provo
cation. Just becauto somebody else will hire
them and promise to give them a little more, for
a few weeks. Hence, many crops are, in many
instances, entirely lost in thc grass. I do not wish
to bo considered hard on tho poor creatures, or
? their onemy in thus spoaking out my thoughts on
thc subject. I wish only their general good and
ours aa a people, and if possihlo to make free
labor, as it now exists, profitable to both whito
and black. It docs soein to ma that this great
evil could bc romedied at least in part, as follows :
1st, Let every neighborhood or community meet
together and form compact bodies with such
boundaries as may be necessary fur thc express
purpose of uniting their efforts in tho all-impor
tant point of putting a stop to this great evil.
2nd, Let all good honest persons assist in this
matter by giving (heir aid and influence to induce
thc Freedmen, if possible, to stay with their em
ployers. We may do a great ?ail in this way by
conciliatory measures. 3rd, Let it be considered
a crime of great magnitude for tny person, in the
estimation of public opinion, to biro a freedman
who had previously mad.0 a contract with any
other person, uutil that contract had expired, or
said freeduian having obtained permission from
his employer. There is great m ed of something
being done. Let us get hold of thc truo policy.
I feel intojo>ted in tho matter. Let us actatonco.
I cannot closo, Mr. EDITOR, without saying
something, by your remission, about the Stay
Law-a question wbi.d) agitate* thc public mind
very much jail nt ibis time. I con?i-sj that it
boars on my min-! hoavily, (not that it will con
flict or oppress ?le individually ir any way that I
sec,) but the idea of tho distress it will bring on
tho coontiry in general, makes mt shv.ddcr. I nm
not in fdvor^f repudiation j that would bo wrong.
But I nm in favor of tho Stay Law ns it exists?
and I believe that I express the opinion of three,
fourths of the peoplo when Ir?ny so.
But there uro some, who tell ns that it is un
constitutional. Well, really I do not know so much
about that ; I always thought that any State had
a right to maka ita own lawa, in reference to ita
own deb tri, espeeiaUy when it ?id not interfere i
. . - %
with thc General Government. I havo to le con
Y ?need that tho Stay Law is ir%jJilic or uncon
stitutional. For we, tho people, ire thc law ma
king power, vested in the Convention or Legisla
toro. Why, Sir, the Court of Errors and Appeals
aro made and constitutional by the Legislators of
tho "State. But, ir we oven admit it to be illegal,
I do hot see any just grounds why men should be
so eager to tako the last dime from the poor
widows and orphans, unless to satisfy their cra
ving avaricious desires, to heap up treasures in
their coffers,-by thc povorty of others, to make
themselves rich. But how aro we to remedy these
things ? Why very easy. Let the people who
aro ia favor of stopping the current rise up cn
munie, and call for public meetings on the sub
ject, in order to secure in time the public safety.
Details of the Great Tire-atNewberry..
Correspondence of the South Carolinian.
NEWBERRY, June 19.-The saddest afflic
tion that ever visited a quiet town has come
?pon us, of Newberry. Bat arfew hours ago
we were looking forward with high hopes to\
a prosperous future, to renewed enterprise,
'and abundant reward for the labors that havo
been so earnestly put forth 6ince the close of
the war. Now, our homes and places of bus
iness are but a mass of smoking ruins, amorg
which men wander disconsolate at their los?,
and well nigh stupefied by thc weight of mis
fortune so suddenly.thrust upon them.
"We scarcely know when or how the terri
ble infliction commenced.
The cry of fire broke the silence of the
hours, between two and three o'clock on Mon
day morning. Men, women and children
hurried from their beds to discover flames
bursting from the premises known as Thespi
an Hall, occupied as a warehouse by Gen.
Kinard. Here were stored, it is said, some
thirty or forty bales of cotton. No person
slept on the place) no light had been allowed
in thc vicinity, and the general impression is
that the torch of the incendiary commenced
thc work of destruction here.
Notwithstanding the most strenuous efforts,
the fire now spread to adjoining huts occupi
ed by negroes, then crossed tho street and
ignited the rear of the'store of Messrs. Mar
shall & Bro., which with its contents was en
tirely consumed ; then wrapped around the
establishment of Messrs. Rutledge & Bro.,
over which was thc shooting gallery and gun
smith shop of Mr. Zack. While ; then involv
ed the store of Pratt, Wilson, and James, part
of whose stock was fortunately saved ; and
sweeping along caught in succession Duncan's
ware-house, the .residence of Mr. Field Mont
gomery aud the store and residence of Dr.
Gouin, who lost all but the clothing en his *
back. Hero the volume of flame appeared to
part, one portion travelling fiercely up Main
street, on the l?ft hand side, destroying the
stores of Messrs. Boyce, John Nesley, (ba
ker), Dr- Dapray, (dentist), and the boarding
house of Mt s. Thompson. This wing of the
conflagration now stopped. The other had
meanwhile crossed the strCet tn front of Dr.
G ou in's rssidencc, and attacked ' e home of
Cant. J. Davis, the store of Jacobs, the jew
elry sterv. of Mr. Field Montgomery, the store
of Mr. Charles Montgomery, the millinery es
tablUhment of Mrs. Whitley and the residence
of Dr. WhaJey, where, as if satiated in its fu
ry, this flank of the fire also ceased. The
premises last above named are on the right
band side of Main street, so that a broad
swath of destruction is all that is left of that
once prosperous portion of our town.
The same burst of flame that crossed from
Dr. Gouiu's lapped around the office of the
Newberry Herald, and in a short time this
?tablisliment, together with the store below,
occupied by Lovelace k Wheeler, was but a
pile of*smoking ruins. Thc next sufferers in
this direction were Messrs. Charles Buist &
Ward, A. Wickler, R. B. Holman ? Co., Dr.
W. C. McKeller and Dr. Thoa. Moore.
The building occupied by the three gentle
men last above named, adjoined the hotel,
where the first time the flames ware got un
der control, and finally extinguished. But
before expending their force, they had destroy
ed property to tho amount, ass now estimated,
of one hundred thousand dollars.
The nunrlrer of-families rertdered'homeless
by this sad event, is not far from thirty, some
of whom barely escaped with their lives.
Among the most unfortunate ?9 Dr. Gouin
and family, who lost in money alone $9,000,
besides every article of value and every stitch
of clothing save that which waa on their
Messrs. Grenneker, the public spirited
Proprietors and Editors of the Herald, were
likewise most unhappy sufferers. Nothing
remains of their establishment but the melted
types and broken paues ; and of their housc
uold goods nothing but ashes.
The conflagration raged from two until
?ibout seven o'clock in the morning-five ter
rible hours; thc like of which we hope never
to see again.
In the absence of fire apparatus, human
hands and human energy atc ?mplished all
that was done. The ladies with one accord
worked as bravely nnd faithfully as the stur
dy meii arround them,laboring at the pumps,
carrying water, wetting blankets, and assist
ing i u the rescue of property.
To many of thc negres also no small meed
of praise is due for their industry on the occa
sion, although there was another crowd like
scavengers gleaning all they dared to seize.
Patrols are now in the country x endeavorirg
to recover these stolen goods and arrest the
During the night several nersens were mere
or less injured by exposing themselves too
boldly to the flames. Among those thus burn
ed I learn the names of Mr. Bangle, and Mr.
Peter McGregor, formerly of Columbia.
Steps are being taken to relieve ;he neces
sities of the most needy, and with commenda
ble enterprise some of the citizeus have set
about the work of reestablishing our ever wel
come newspaper. We are " bent, but not
P. S. I forgot to add that the amount of
insurance was very small. . '
SERIOUS DIFFICUIAT IN CLAY.-Wc are
pained to learn that a serious difficulty oc
curred in Clay county, near Fort Gaines, on
Friday last, in which Mr. Gus Cone, sheriff
of that county, was severely, perhaps mortal
ly wounded, and a freedman killed. The
circumstances, as wc learn them, are, that
the freedman had become unruly and was or
dered to report to the Bureau, but refused to
do so. Mr. McLendon, agent for that coun
ty, instructed Mr. Cone to bring him to town.
Upon arriving where the negro was, Mr. Cone
told him that he must go with him, where
upon the negro suddenly drew a knife and
made a terrible assault ripon Mr. G. cutting
him him until he fell to the ground. The
negro was immediately shot dead. Mr. Cone
had bat recently entered upon the discharge
of his duties-Cuthbert Reporter.
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THE BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AT
GREENVILLE S. C.-Ten thousand five hun
dred dollars were raised for this institution
by the Southern Baptist Convention at Rus
selville, Ky., " of this gr?at part was subscrib
ed by Virginia," At the Baptist Association
of Virginia, recently-held in Richmond, five
thousand dollars were subscribed. Professer
J. C. Boyce said that tho Seminary had on
hand seventy five thousand dollars in Con
federate bonds and notes*, but that they had
also ten thousand dollars in railroad stock aud
one huudred thousand dollars iu individual
bonds. None of the Professors had been paid
for nearly twelve months, but he, Mr. Boyce,
expected to be able to make them a small
payment when he returned to Greenville.
S. C. Baptist.
MB. D*VM-OFFICIAL -Here it is at last.
The National Republican ef yesterday says :
.'* We have thc best of reasons for asserting
that the President does not intend to inter
fere, either directly or indirectly, in the case
of Jeff. Davis, not withstanding the strenu
ous- pfforts being made by his counsel in his
behalf for cxecntive interposition. The Pref.
?dent considers the case" entirely a judicial
questioned will in r.o event interfere with
the course of justice in the case of Davis."
We ero sorrow to" have to -announce this
decision ou tho part of Mr. Johnson. AU
sp?culation on this subject may as well ceas?