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Vol. XII. WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 2, 1876. No. 5
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At Newberry,, S. C.
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THE OLD GRIST MILL.
BY R. H. STODDARD
The grist mill stands beside the stream,
With bending roof and leaning wall,
So old that when the winds are wild
The miller trembles lest it fall;
Bat the moss and ivy, never sere,
Bedeck it o'er from year to year.
The dam is pteep, and welded green;
Thle izates are raised, the waters pour
And tread the old wheel's slippery steps,
The lowest round for evermore;
Methinks they have a sound of ire,
Because they can'not climb it higher.
From morn till night, in autumn time,
When heavy harvests load the plains,
Up drive the farmers to the mill,
And back anon with loaded wains;
They bring a heap of golden grain,
And take It ho"me in meal again.
The mill inside is dim and dark,
But peeping in the open door,
Yea see the miller flitting round,
And dusty bags along the floor;
And by the shaft and down the spout,
and reminded the mate of his pro.
mise. The following were his
words as nearly as I can remembex
About a half mile above the spot
where we wooded, there once stood
a snug house, and a nicely culti
vated patch that belonged to An
dy Robbins. He was a pretty in
dustrious fellow, as the times went.
His wife was a good woman, but,
like all girls who live isolated lives,
she had very little idea of the world;
and beyond seeing a passing steam
boat and her passengers, she had
no idea - of what the world was
Andy was a great hunter, and
you couldn't find a better rifle shot
than he was anywhere along the
Mississippi. It was astonishing
the number of squirrels that man
would shoot in a day; if I told you,
you wouldn't believe me. He always
had his rifle with him, even when
he went out for a stroll with his
Andy had one child, an infant
about a year old, when bis troubles
ame on him. I don't think there
was anything he doted on like that
little thing he usel to carry in his
rrms to look at the boat wood
It was an afternoon in October,
when the leaves were just tinted
with yellow and red, that Andy,
Rvith his child in his arms and his
wife by his side, started out to take
L walk. The afternoon was calm as
sleep. I recollect it well. Not a cloud
ivas visible, and not a breath moved
le water or stirred a leaf. The still
iess was deep almost to melancholy,
md it seemed as if nature had sunk
o a repose from - which she could
iardly be awakened.
Andy and his wife walked down by
he river f9r a couple of miles, and
eated themselves beneath some
arge trees where they passed the
fternoon, and it was not until his
vife called his attention to the
rrowing darkness that he was aware
hat a storm was at hand.
"It certainly is very dark,"' he
aid, "though it's not sunset yet.
)ome, wife we must hasten h.cme,
>r baby will have a wet skin."
They rose and commenced to
talk hastily. Every instant the
larkness seemed to increase with'
incommon rapidity, and Andy felt
ery anxious for his child. There
vas not a breath of air and the wa
er was still and motionless; but
ome bkight flashes in the west and
,distant muttering of thunder warn
:d them to hurry on.
Fast< r and faster traveled Andy
,d his wife, and now his house
vas in sight and he would soon
each it. He laughed and hugged1
ds boy to his heart. At length
he house was gained, and Andy
tood on the threshold, having giv
n the baby to its mother. He
as gazing at a queer shaped cloud
hat was coming down upon them
reryf ast. It looked like an invert
"What's the matter?~" called out
ds wife. "What are you looking
He did not reply at once, but af
er awhile he said: "Don't undress
he baby, and don't you take off
our things either."
"Why, what's the matter, Andy ?"
gain questioned his wife.
"Well," he replied in a low voice,
I'm afraid we are going to have a
rhirlwind, and it may be necessa
y to seek the old cave just back
f the house, especially if yonder
loud be a water spout."
Mrs. Robbins went to the door
nd gazed westward ; as she did so,
er cheeks grew pale.
"1 do believe you are correct," she
id; "perhaps we had better go to
de cave at once."
Before her husband could reply
Le storm burst upon them with all
s fury, and they were compelled
o retreat in-doors. Mrs. Bobbins
lasped her child to her arms, while
[e building rocked as if it were at
ea. She gazed out of the win
.ows only to see giant trees uproot
d and carried through the air on the
rings of the tornado.
"Is2t not awful !" she asked
ith trembling breath.
Andy nodded; he was trying to
'ace the course of the cloud, but
le air was so thick with leaves and
arkness, that he was not able to
an dozen yards beyond im.
All at once there came an awful
crash, the house was lifted from its
foundation, and a piercing scream
came from his wife's lips. The next
moment the dwelling.burst wide
open, and the water crushed the
wreck as you would a handful of
straw. I often have heard Andy
relate his sensations. The first
feeling he had was as if he were
struggling for his life at sea. A huge
wave dashed him high in the air as
he shrieked the name of his wife.
He heard the roar of waters in his
ears and then he became insensi
ble. He never knew how he escap
ed, but his preservation was won
derful. The following d a y , he
found himself nearly a mile from
his home, bruised and sore. As
fast as he could he traveled to the
spot where his house had stood, and
looked upon the scene of desolation,
making the woods ring with his
voice as he called upon the name of
For days after he traveled the
country through, searching for
those of his family who had been
swept into the river- by the whirl
wind. 'Twas hard to make him be
lieve that he was alone in the world,.
and it was only when the bodies of
his wife and child were discovered,
some days later, that he seemed to
realize the fact.
Some hands, on a boat buried
the unfortunate ones near by where
their bodies were found. Then it
was that Andy Robbins built the sor
ry old cabin you behold. It stands
within a few feet of the spot where
the grave of his wife and.child are
made, and nothing can tempt the
old fellow to leave it.
Some years ago an eccentric bach
elor died in New Orleans and left
a good slice of his property to Andy
Robbins. Many supposed this unex
pected good luck would induce
Robbins to leave his solitude and
go t5 live in the city. But all such
surmises were vain. The old fellow
refused to leave his hau.nt, and heard
of his good fortune without the
least appearance of exultation.
Andy Robbins was still living a
few months ago, and should the
reader ever pass along the Missis
sipoi0 river, at the point I have indi
catecidhe may see the cabin,and,per
haps,its' occupant sitting on the river
bank, looking as it were for those
who will never come to. revisit him
this side of eternity.
CONCERNING 1EAR.-Targe ears,
says a theorisb, mnountin~g his hob.
by, hear things in general, and de
note broad, comaprehensive views
and modes of thoughts ; while
small ears hear things in particjdar
and show a disposition to inci
vidualize, often accompanied by i
the love of the minute. Large ears
are usually satisfied with learning
the leading facts of~ a case, with the
general principles involvede, too i
strict an attention to the enumera- a
tion of details, especially all repeti- j
tion of the unimportant, is weari- r
some to th'em. People with such 2
ears like generality, and are uns
~ually fitted to conduct large enter
prises; to receive and paoit mo
ney in large sums ; they prefer to
give with~ a free hand, without re
ference to the amount. Small ears,
on the contrary, desire to know
particulars of a story, as well as
the main facts; take delight often
in examining, handling or construct
ing tiny specimens of workmanship;
are disposed to be exact with re
spect to inches and ounces in buying
or selling, to the extent at least of
knowing the exact number over and
under the measure given or received.
People with such ears would in most
cases prefer a retail to a wholesale
'Pompey, can you tell 'me in i
what building people are most like- j
ly to catch cold ?'
'Why, no. Me stran.-ger in de i
town and can't tell dat..'
'Well, I'll tell you. It is the x
'B.ow is dat?'
'Because there are s o many drafts e
'Dat is good, ba can you tell I
mie what make dare so man y drafts
'Because so man; y goes dare, to
AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR'
THE SETTLEMENT AND
PAYMENT OF CERTAIN
CLAIMS AGAINST THE
Whereas there are outstanding j
3ertain legislative pay certificates, a
Lreasurer's bills payable, and claims f
passed by the General Assembly, s
imounting in all to about five hun- i
fIred thousand dollars, which ought i,
bo be paid; and whereas there are y
grave doubts whether the act enti- k
bled "An act to provide for the set r
lement and redemption of certain c
.laims against the State," passed
it the last session of the General s
ssembly, became a law; f
Be it enacted by the Senate and p
Eouse of Representatives of the c
tate of South Carolina, now met r
ind sitting in General Assembly, a
ind by the authority of the same: a
SEcTIoN 1. That the Governor i
be, and he is hereby, authorized r
ind required within ten days from i
bhe passage of this Act, to appoint c
hree commissioners, who shall r
onstitute a commission on claims. f
SEC. 2. That the said commission (
are hereby authorized and required r
o audit, as adjusted debts of the c
State, all pay certificates issued by 3
Doth or either of the Houses of t
fhe General Assembly prior to the t
.ast preceding session which have s
Jeen duly registered with the clerks t
>f the two Houses, in accordance A
wvith the terms of a concurrent reso- s
tution of the General Assembly,pass- g
d December 21, 1874,or which shall i
be registered with the said clerks
rithin thirty days from the passage h
Df this Act, -and which shall be n
-ertifIed -by +h- - - elera t. -
bave been regularly and proper- 4
ty issued; also State Treasurer's due a
bills and all bills payable which o
bave been issued by the State Treas- r
arer for money borrowed pursuant 1
bo the provisions of a joint resolu- k2
bion of the General Assem*oly to f
provide for the paym~ent of certifi- t
ates issued by the General Assem- r
bly, approved March 12, 1872 ; and ~
iso all claims which by any action I
prior to the present session, have e
been defmnitely fixed in amount and I
ordered to2ipaid:~ Provided, howev- t
r, That nothing contained in this f
section shall be construed to deny '
to the said commnission the authori- C
ty to disallow, in whole or in part, e
any claim evidenced by such pay ~
rertificates, bills payable, or such a
setion of t? e General Assembly, a
f the said commission shall ad- c
judge the same to be fraudulent, or t
shaifor any other cause adjudge the I
same is not a just, valid and proper a
demand against the State.
SEC. 3. That the Attorney-Gener- 1
d is hereby authorized and requir
~d to attend the essions of the said ~
o0miio and reresent there
a the interests of the ftate, and
hal*receive such compej)ation
herefor as shall be received by a.
aembers of the said commission
SEc. 4. -That all persons desirous
f securing the benefits of this Act
hal surrender to the said commis
ion, within ninety days after the
assage of this Act, the pay certifi
~ates, bills payable and other evi- P
lences of indebtedness in thieir pos
ession which may pertain to their ~
~laims ; but unless said claims are
iled ivithin the time specified, f'
they shall b e forever barred, ~
nd from thenceforth shall be null
and void as against the State ; P
and the said commission is hereby a
uthorized and requircd, upon the t
uditing and allowance o f said (
laims, to cancel all the pay certi- s
cates, bills payable and other evi
Lences of indebtedness which maay
ertan to the claims so audited. C
xid allowed,and in lieu thereof shall. S
ssue to each claimant, or his as..
igns, a certificate of State indebted
ess, which certificate shall be sign
by the members of the said com- t
aission, or a majority of them, and I
hall set forth the amount ascer- t
ained to be due to such claimant, f
,nd the terms and condition on C
hich such certificate may be lawful- ia
y redeemed under the provisions 14
>f this Act; and the said commission b
hall, in all cases, forthwith deposit, is
a the office of the Comptroller Gen- C
ral, all such legislative pay certifi- c
da0 hilla navyahIa and other Cmvi tt
Lences of indebtedness so taken ul
,nd canceled, with an accompanying
nemorandum, signed by them, or :
aajority of them, showing their ac
ion in reference thereto, and th(
3omptroller General shall file th(
ame, suitably marked and endors
d, in his office; Provided, however
hat no claims shall be audited oi
,lowed unless the holders thereo
trst agree to accept the terms o
ettlement provided for in this Act
Ind provided further, That all ev
lences pertaining to any claimc
rhich may be, disallowed shal
e returned to the claimants, wi..
eason of refusal endorsed on saii
SEC. 5. That the said commissioi
hall make all needful regulationE
>r their government, and for th<
roper presentation and proof o
laims. They shall also keep E
gistry of all claims presented t(
nd acted upon by them, whethe:
flowed or disallowed, in whole o:
i part. They shall also keep E
egistry of all certificates of Stat<
tdebtedeness issued by them t(
laimants. They shall also keep i
ecord of all their proceedings, an<
rom time to time make to th(
kovernor such reports as he ma:
equire, and when they shall hav(
ompleted their labors they shal
iake a final report of all their ac
ions as a commission to the Comp
roller General, who shall embod3
aid report in his annual report t<
Le succeeding ~General Assembly
a majority of the members of th<
aid commission shall constitute s
uorum for the~ transaction of bus
SEC. 6. That any person who ma3
old a certificate of State indebted
ess issued by s a i d commissior
rumuantiathe provisions of sectiox
of this Act shall, upon presentii
nd surrendering the same at th<
ffice of the Comptroller General
eceive for the same four Comptrol
r General's warrants, number 1
, 3 and 4 respectively, each of then
>r one-eighth of the amount o
Le certificate of State indebted
ess so presented and surrendered
o. 1, payable out of the taxes t<
e levied and collected for the fis
al year commencing liovember 1
875; No. 2, payable out of th<
axes to be levied and collecte<
pr the fiscal year commencing No
ember 1; 1876; No. 3, payable on
f the taxes k> be levied and collect
d for the fiscal year commencing
ovember 1, 1877; and No. 4, pay
ble out of the taxes to be levie<
nd collected for the fiscal yea
ommencing November 1,1878. Pre
'ided, however, That the amonnt 0
egislative pay crtificates, bills pay
ble and other evidences of indebi
dness allowed u.nder the proviE
ons of section 4of this Act, shall no
xceedthe sum of five hundred thou
and dollars, nor the amount o
Jomptroller General's warrants is
ued for the same, the sum of tw'
mndred and fifty thousand do]
ars: And provided further, Tha
LUCh warrants shl be issuec~i
Se orU er in which the said cartif
stofS te~ indebtedness shal
e presented ana urrender.
SEC. 7. That the sai comprol
-neral's warrants shall bea - upo:
eir face the declaration that thO
ayment is secured by the leva
f an annual tax of one-half of on
iill upon the dollar, to be made os
ae taxable property of the Stat
>r the fiscal years mentioned 12
Lie .preceding section, which de
laration, so authorized to be ex
ressed thereon, shall be deemle<
nd taken to be a contract betwee]
Le State and the holders of suci
imptroller General's warrants re
SEC. 8. T h a t the Oomptrolle
teneral shall keep an exact registr;
f all warrants issued by him pm
uant to the provisions of section 4
sf this Act.
SEC. 9 That an annual tax of on(
talf of one mill on the dollar upo:
he taxable property of the Stat
e, and the same is he&eby, levie
o be collected for and during . th
scal years mentioned in section
this Act, for the purp-ose of pa:
g and retiring the said Comptro
ar General's warrants as: they ma
ecome dne and payable.. And
Shereby made the duty of ti
lounty Auditors of th.e sever
unt e in m1e S a to inde ti
> ral annual levies, and of the Coun
ty Treasurers of the several coun
t ties to collect the same at the
- same time and in the same man
a ner as they may be provided for
i the collection of taxes for other
State purposes for and during the
fiscal years aforesaid; and the pro
ceeds of the taxes so to be levied
E and collected, or go much thereof as
i may be necessary, be, and the same
are hereby, appropriated to the pay
ment of the said Comptroller Gen -
eral's warrants as they may become
Idue and payable respectively.
L SEc. 10. That the proceeds of the
I taxes to be levied and collected
pursuant to the provisions of this
Act shall be kept by the State Treas
urer separate and apart from each
other, and from all other public
funds, and shall be applied to the
purpose for which they are levied
>and none other.
SEc. 11. That any State or coun
ty officer who shall fail to comply
with or shall evade the provisions
of this act, or shall, directly or indi
rectly, temporarily or permanently,
a divert or embezzle the proceeds of
L the taxes.levied by this act shall be
a deemed guilty of a felony, and, up
r on conviction thereof, shall be
3 punished by a fine of not less than
i one thousand dollars nor more than
- five thousand dollars, and be im
prisoned in the penitentiary for
not less than one year nor more
> than five years.
SEc. 12. That, for the purpose
3 of defraying the expenses to be in
curred in carrying out the provis
- ions of this Act, the sum of four
thousand dollars, if so much be ne
cessary, be, and the same is hereby,
- appropriated, to be drawn on the
L warrant of the Governor, counter
.signed by the Comptroller. General,
and payable~by tEe State Treasurer
out of any moneys in the treasury
not otherwise appropriated.
SEc. 13. That in case any vacancy
shall at any time occur in said com
L mission by death, resignation or
Eotherwise, the Governor is hereby
-authorized and required to appoint
another commissioner to fill such
>vacancy within ten days after being
- notified thereof.
,SEC. 14. That all Acts or parts ol
Acts inconsistent with this Act be,
i and the same are hereby, repeal
Yoms BABIEs EOT MY BABIEs.
i Some thirty-five years ago, there
- resided in the town of Hebron,
I a certain Dr. T., who became very
7 much enamored of a beautiful
- young lady in the same town. In
f the course of time they were en
- gaged to be married. The doctor was
- a strong and decided Presbyterian,
- and his lady ]ove as strong and de
3 cided a Baptist. They were sit
Sting together one evening, talking
f over their approaching nuptials,
- when the doctor remarked:
) "I am thinking of two events
- which I shall number among the
t happiest of my life.''"
1 "And what may they be, doctor?'
- asked the lady.
1 ."One is the hour when I shall cal]
you my wife for the. first .time."
r "And the other, if you please ?"
1 "It is when we shall present our
r first born for baptism."
"What, sprinkled ?".
'cjes, my dear, sprinkled."
L"Never shall a child of mine be
-"Every child of mine shall bE
- "They.shall be, eh ?''
I "Yes, nay v.
t"Well, sir, I .ean tell you, then,
that your babies wo#'.t ibegy babies
- So, good-night, sir."'
The lady !eft th rXopi gaud :ta5
e doctor left thae house.
r The sequel to this true story wa
- that the doctor never married, an'
the lady is an old maid.
Doubtless Mr. U. C. Sample:
i of Georgia, don't appreciate wha t
e narrow escape he had from a fall
i ing tree, which killed the two mnule
he was driving. And yet U. C
6 Samples of such ingratitude con
y Over the porch of the Old Souti
it Church at Boston is chiselled: "Be
.e hold ! I have set before you an opei
door," and under, on the door ii
.e printed in emphatic letters, "Posi
- tively no admittance."
"Is this New York, Detroit, Chi
cago or Buffalo ?" inquired the next
prisoner looking around as if his
mind was unsettled.
"This place, Andrew Bate, is De
troit," replied his Honor, as he soft
ly scratched his head. "It is a city
of 110,000 people, nicely situated,
contains a great many honest men,
and is chiefly noted for the great
ease and fluency with whici its hack
drivers tell a man to go to Texas."
"Well, I struck this town in the
night," continued t h e' prisoner,
"and I hadn't been here - an hour
befor6 a loafer struck me."
"Did you strike back ?"
"Yes, sir, and then I struck out
to get away from the police."
"But the officers struck your trail,
and,you were brought in, and here
you are," said his Honor.
"It strikes me that you are cor
rect," smiled the prisoner.
"Well, we will strike off on a
new trail. I want to ask what you
are doing here without money in
your wallet ?"
"I thought Id come here and
wait around, Judge."
"For what 1"
"For any thing."
"Micawber never lived here," said
the Court. "There's nothing to
turn up here. You might wait
around here a hundred years and
couldn't get a soft and easy situa
tion, such as you probably seek."
"I'd like to get to be a clerk in
the post-office," said the prisoner.
"Have you ever filled such a po
"No, sir, but rve written a great
many letters and bought a good
many postage stamps."
"Up there where you are going
after a painful pause. "there will
be no waiting, not even for dinner.
Days will pass swiftly by, and the
June blossoms will be -winking at
the green cowslips before you know
"Hang your cowslips 1" groaned
"Nevertheless, Mr. Bate, it is my
duty to A. Bate you," answered
the Court, "and I hiope you will re
turn to the corridor quietly, peace
fully and without giving Bijah any
Theiprisoner had to be hauled in
by his collar and held up -against
the wall for a few minutes, but when
reason returned he -said he was
thankful that he hadn't been hit
with the crow-bar, as he knew he
deserved to be.
[Detroit Free Press.
THE BEST WAY TO AD VERTISE,
--The best and cheapest mode of
advertising in the world is that in
the newspapers. Seed str6wn
there, if the seed is good for any
thing, always brings up a crop of
some value, most generally a hun
dred fold. Placarding the dead
walls, and showering the hand bills
among. the people are auxiliaries
in advertising ; but it is doubtful
whether, as a rule, they more than
pay the expense, while there is no
doubt they are a nuisance. The
blankest of dead walls is only dis
figured by posters provoking,in the
well regul ated mind a sense of aver
sion to the man who advertises,
and the articles upon whose excel
lence he expatiates; while as to
handbills, nothing so prejudices a
citizen against going to see any
show or-buying any goods, as the
ugly slips of paper thrust at him
from all quarters,eloggentlyrecom
mending him to do those things.
A resident who reached Detroit
by a noon train lately, after an ab
seca of two weeks, was met.at
the depot by his eight year old son,
who loudly welcomed him. "And
is everybody well, Willie ?" asked
the father. "The wellest kind,"
replied the boy. "And nothing
has happened ?" "Nothing at all.
-I've been good and Jennie's been
good, and I never saw ma behave
herself so .well as she has this
It is said that the Baptist min
ister who is carrying on the pen
fight against the Catholics at Tren
ton, N. J.-, is so bitterly opposed
to the Roman faith that in manu.
script he will not cross his letter
Advertisements inserted at the-rat of $1.00
per square-one inch-for tint insadein, and
75c. for each subsequent insertion, '&ible
column advertisements ten per cent on abXv4.
Notices of meetings..obituaries and tibu 0
of respect, same rates per square as ordInaI7
Special notices in locaW-colamn, 15 centia
Advertisements not marked-with the num-.
ber of insertions will.be -keptlIn til forbid
and charged accordingly.
Special contracts made. with large adver-~
tisers, with liberal deduedions-on above rates
Done with Neatness and Dispatch
THE COLONELVS INVESTO
Our friend, the old colonel4-y
the Chicago, Joural is continu*lly
making investments on a small scale,
whichAifsappoint him in theirresults.
He has. a spendthrift. of- a"'youiig
nephew, who wrote to him. from St. -
Louis the other.day, sayIng:_..
,,DEAzuxqx-There is a fellow
down here who offers to bet me a
$100 -greenback that.nobody.will
len d me that amount of money.
Now, Ihave taken the .be.4 and- if
you will write me 4 letter, incloding.
adraft for $100, saying you leUnd it -
to me, Iwill divide with'you equal.*,
ly the $100 that I'* -W Mnb ro
the fellow. I will send the $5Oby -
the very first mail-sure"'
He sent'the youngcaere tfhe.
$A00. We happened- in' his.' 6ffice
when he opened&thie -retuLrn .-Ietter,
a day or two afterwvard,- iAloib
$50. The b~olonel shook hii fatsudes -