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A Family Companion, Devoted to Literature, Miscellany, News, Agriculture, Markets &c
Vol. XV. WEDNESDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 29, 1879. No. 44.
F,VF,PY WEDNESDAY U,O[NING,
It Newberry, S. C.
BY THOS. LF. GRENEKERt
Editor and Proprietor.
Invariably in Aivauce.
-T!,e paper is stopped at thfe expirat ion of
! iue for which it is paid.
The >4 mnark denotes expiration of sub
Waltclies, Clocks, Jewelry.
WVATCHIES AND JEWEURV
At the New Store on Hotel Lot.
I have now on hand a large and 6,m'ant
WATCHES, CLOCKS, JEWELRY,
Silver and Plated Ware,
VIOLIN AND GUIR STRINGS,
SPEWTACLIM A"~ SPECACLE CASES,,
WEDDING AND BIRTHDAY PRESENTS.
IN ENDLESS VARIETY.
All orders by mail promptly atten4ed to.
Watchmaking and Repairing
Done Cheaply and with Dispatch.
Call and examine my stock and prices.
'Nor. 21, 47-tf.
BU RIAL CIISE&I
Hardwaire anid Cutlery.
LOW PPICE COTTON.
The undersigned ask to c.dl attontion of
the Farmners and Mechanics to their new
oi all kinds,
Of the "Avery Patent."
Of all grades and prices.
Of all kinds.
Picks, Grubbing Hoes, &c.
Also, a splendid lot of
Carpenters' and Blacksmiths'
All laid in at prices that will meet the low
price of cotton. Call and see for yourselves,
at the Hardware Store of
COFFOCI & JOBIlO
No. 3, Mollohon Row.
Jan. 1, 1879. I-tf
. NEW CROP
COPPOCK & JOHNSON'S.
Aug. 27, 35-tf.
Avery's Walking Cultivator, four plows.
Avery's Double-foot, irou, plow.
Avery's " " wood, plow.
Avery's Single, wood and iron, pfow.
Avery's Garden Plow.
At prices that any farmer can buy.
Call on COPPOCK & JOH NSON.
Apr. 30, 18-tf.
CEORCE A. CLARK,
00 BROADWAY, NEW YORK.
The distinctive featur's of this spool cot
on are that it is made from the~ very finest
SEA ISLAND COTTON.
It is finished soft as the cotton from which
t is made; it has no waxing or artificial fin
sh to deceive the e.yes; it is the strongest.
moothest and most elastic sewing thread
n the market: for machine sewing it has
o equal ; it is wound on
The Black is the most perfect
ver produced in spool cotton, being dyed
y a system patented by ourselves. The
olors are dyed by the
NEW ANILINE PROCESS
endering them so perfect and brilliant that
ressmakers everywihere use them instead
A01dMedal was awarded this spool cot
on at Paris, 1878, for "great strength" and
general excellence" being the highest
ward given for spool cotton.
We invite comparison and respectfully
ask ladies to give it a fair trial and convince
hemselves of its superiority over all others.
To be had at wholesale and retail at
3. D. CASH'S.
July 16, 29-6m.
Who will help me sell them ? I will pay
the feight and send to any reliable party an
ssortment of my Garden and Field Seeds,
and give 30 per cent. commission for selling,
ad take back any part that may not be sold
t the end of~ the season.
Five cents per packet is too little, but as
large Northern houses put them down from
deas of monopoly, no doubt, I shall freely
sell accordingly, and take my chances. I
ave, however, two grand advantages:
First, I sell to a population having decided
>references for Southern enterprise and
Southern men; and secondly, there is not a
er old woman in the South that does not
now that B3uncombe Cabbage Seed are the
est in the world. Females make firs t rate
I don't keep such a variety as to make a
bewildering list, but the best of the usual
Carden and Field varieties, and try to keep
them fresh and sound, and sell them cheap.
Send your orders early.
J. W. VANDIVER,
Garden and Field Seed Producer,
Weaverville, N. C.
Oct. 15, 1879-42-6t.
JIE WBERR Y, S. C.
SHOP NEXT DOOR NORTH of POST OFFICE.
Aean shave a neat cut, and polt at
Saw ye the farmer at his plow,
As ye were riding by?
Or wearied 'neath the noonday toil,
When summer suns were high?
And thought you that his lot was hard,
And did you thank your God
That you and yours were not condemned
Thus like a slave to plod?
Come see him at his harvest home,
When garden, field and tr86
Conspire with flowing store to fill
His barn and granery;
His beautiful children go*y sport
Amid the new-mown bay,
Or proudly aid with vigoroas arm
His tasks as best they may.
The Harvest-Giver is his friend,
The Maker of the soil.
And earth, the mother, gives them bread,
And cheers their patiout toil;
Come join them around their winter hearth,
The heartfelt pleasure seer
And you can better judge how blest
The farmer's life may be.
The Tricks They Resort to to Get Other Peo
In Wilkie Collina' novel, "No
Name," there is a breezy adven
turer sailing under the name of
Captain Wragg, who is an ex
cellent representative of the large
class of humanity who live by
their wits, and realizing that the
world is their oyster, proceed to
open it in the most approved
fashion, not with sword, but that
weapon, the tongue, which is far
more effective than either the be
fore-mentioned piece of cutlery or
the mightier goose-quill, which is
presumed to be such a powerful
weapon in the hands of men en
tirely great. The Captain, being
interrogated concerning his avo
cation, in a burst of cbarming con
fidence, says :
"There are many varieties of
rogue. Let me tell yong~y variety
to begin with. I am a swindler !
Don't be shocked. Don't be as
tonished. Swindler is nothing but
a word of two syllables-S-w-i-n-d
--Swind-l e-r-ler-Swindler. De
finition: A moral agriculturist;
a man who cultivates the field of
human sympathy. 1 am that
moral agriculturist, that culti
vating man. Narrow-minded me
diocrity, envious of my success in
my profession, calls me a swind
ler! What of that? The same
lowv tone of mind assails a man in
other professions in a similar man
ner-calls great writers scribblers,
great generals butchers, and so
on. It depends entirely on the
point of view. Adopting your
point, I announce myself intelli
gibly as a swindler, Rlear what
I have to say for myselt in the ex
ercise of my profession." Then
the Captain cleared his throat,
mentally assembled his entire ar
my of words, horse and foot, ar.
tillery and reserves; put himself
at the head, and dashed into
action, to carry the moral en
tren.chments of society by a gen
eral charge. Among his obser
vation in carrying out this theme
was : "All the world over the
man who has not got the thing
obtains it, on one pretense or
another, of the man who has
and in nine cases out of ten the
pretense is a false one. What,!
Your pockets are full and my
pockets are empty, and you re
fuse to help me ? Sordid wretch!
Do you think I will allow you to
violate the sacred obligations oif
charity in my person ? 1 won't
allow it. I say distinctly, I won't
allow it. These are my principles
as a moral agriculturist!"
Harold Skim pole wvas another of'
the same ilk, and Richard Swivel
Ir tried it on a smaller scale, huL
restricted his operations to the
region of confiding souls w ho dealt
in smail beer and kidney stews.
The captain quoted above was
nothing more nor less than a con
The readiness with which fools
and their cash can be separated
accounts for the existence of that
small but acute army of swindlers
who go by the name of' confidence
men. There are recruits to the
army who desert after a short ser
ic., simply beausea they have
made their point. The tomporary
impecuniosity which impelled
them to duplicity to raise the
wind has been tided over with
the help derived by dovious meth
ods, and the slight blunting of
moral perceptions is soon forgot
ten. Probably the field is never
gleaned again. There are some,
however, who descend to the con
fidence busines, as the captain did,
and make a systematic affair of it.
The 'higher class of rogues, who
adopt this species of craft, are ele
gant of dress, insinuating and pol
ished in manner, and gifted with
the perceptive qualities which en
able them to "read right through
a man." Relying on his brass,
his good clothes and his oily gam
mon, the confidence man slides
gracefully through the world, liv
ing on the fat of the land at the
expense of his too-confiding viC
tims, whose check-books or pocket.
books are at his service. Some
times he "strikee a snag" and goes
to prison and lingers there awhile
ingioriously, but when his time is
up lie starts out anew and selects
a new field of operation. There
are various ways in which the
confidence game is worked. As
an instance: James Porter, a
merchant from Oshkosh, comes in -
to town to buy good8. He ex
hausts the newspapers and the
photograph albums at the hotel
and goes out doors to take a little
walk to break the monotony. A
well-dressed, smiling individual
steps up to him, and with a most
agreeable bow, addressed him by
name, much to Porter's astonish
ment. The stranger remarks: "I
see I have the best of you. You
dont know me any more. I'm
Dixon's son (or nephew, as the
swindler prefers.) I've been away
from home some years." He
then enters into some paticulars
concerning his own prosperity and
soon gets into the confidence of
his new friend. The walk is pro
longed. After awhbile another man
steps up, taps IDixon's son on the
shoulder and presents a bill. Will
Mr. Dixon be kind enough to hion
or it ? Mr. D)ixon discovers that
be has no money, but whbips out a
check on some bank for an amount
in excess of the claim. The "dun"
does not happen to have any
change and demands his money
because the train or the boat on
which ,h-e imnaginar-y goods have
been shipp1ed has steam up and is
ready to depar-t, and the terms of'
the house are C. 0. ID. Dixon be
comes embarrassed, and either ap
peals to Porter direct or so works
upon his sympathies by his em
barrassment that the latter com
passionately demands to know
what the amoupt of the claim is,
and, being told, forks it over,
taking Dixon's big check as se
curity. The third party, having
got his pay, vanishes. Dixon and
Porter continue their walk and
soon Dixon finds some specious
excuse for deserting Porter, who
discovers in quick time that the
check given him is worthless.
Instances have been known
where a "moral agriculturalist,"
who had youth, good looks and a
ready tongue at bis command bad
victimized a porter out of $500 by
this ruse. Occasionally he is a
rural scapegoat, whbo really knows
his victim, but in nine cases out of
ten the assumption of acquaintance
is false, and he is a total stranger.
He has traveled, however, perhaps
on some otherdupe's money,and be
ing gifted withb keen po wers of ob
servation, has stored away in his
mind for fortune contingencies a
mass of information concerning
the status of business men. Anoth
r variety of' this dodge is thus
carried out : Porter is addressed
as Thompson, of Peoria. He turns
to the speaker, and very likely,
volunteers the i nformyation that
he is not Thompson, of Peoria,
but Porter, of Oshkosh. The one
who has spoken to him begs a
thousand pardons and steps brisk
ly away. The chances are very
strong that Porter, before he has
gone a block, will be addressed as
Porter by another well-dressed
smiling youth, will be asked how
Ozhkosh is coming on, and un
der the genial influence of soft
soap, will be in the flood tide of
conversation with a rogue who
iocs not iknow him from a side of
sole leather. By the by he will
be subjected to a bill dodge or ex
posed to a fresh peril from the
handsome gentleman at his side.
The personage will remark, after
some conversation, about business
prospects at Oshkosh : "By the
way, I just remember that I've
got a circular from a firm there
informing me that I've drawn a
prize in a lottery. Now, I don't
believe in such things, but as I've
got the ticket and the notice with
me, suppose we go around and
just see how much I have drawn."
The country merchant accom
pani*es his new made acquaintance
to a dingy rQom, and the money
-generally biogus, by the way
is paid over. A suggestion is
made that a further investment
be made. The two are then con
ducted into a back room, and the
first thing the countryman knows
his avarice gets the best of his
produce, and he finds himself bet
ting at "skin faro" or losing his
$50 or $100 at "bunko." He has
simply been duped through the
assistance of his new friend, who
is one of those side-shoots from
the confidence tree-"a bunko
The lower order of confidence
sharpers are to be found around
some of the railroad depots where
they victimize newly-arrived rus
tics by the freight-bill dodge. Hav
ing seized upon a countryman,
sharper No. 1 takes him up the
street to show him a purchase he
has made. A confederate appears
and demands his money for haul
ing the goods to the freight de
pot, No. 1 protests that be hasn't
it, and produces a handful of what
looks to the inexperienced coun
tryman like gold coin. The"freight
man" wil! not take that, and the
countryman is appealed to and
hands over his cash and receives
the coin-which is bogus, by the
way-and known to the initiated
as spiel marks. Tbe sharper dis
appears on the promise to be back
in a few moments to redeem the
coin, and the countryman is left
to discover that be is swindled.
When ho complains at the depot
he is taken to tbc central station,
looks over the album of rogues
there, finds the likeness of the
man who has duped him, and, af
ter several weeks, has the p)leas
re of ap)pearing against him,
amid the grins of the central audi
enice, detectives, reporters, etc.,
none appreciating the joke better
apparently than the prisoner him
self-illustrating the truism that
"the pleasure is as great in being
ceated as to cheat!"
In April, 1876, a woman named
Mrs. Elizabeth Dash, an ill-favor
ed creature, conducted successful
ly a short, but very remunerative
career as a confidence operator
among people up-town. She re
presented to some of her victims
that she was a German baroness
and bad drawn the capital prize
in the Havana lottery. To some
she put the amount at $13,000,
and to one gudgeon she expanded
it into $85,000!1 She said it was
necessary to engage a lawyer to
secure her prize, and she offered
her dupes a heavy share in her
good fortune if they would advance
her the necessary funds. One la
dy she promised $11,000 as a bo
nus for a loan of $300. The cun
ning adventuress appeared to have
selected the race of small shop
keepers, for her victims, and ap
pealed to their cupidity by the ex
petatiohs of usurious returns for
their loans. There were five com
plaints against her oat of a host
who were too ashamed of being
overreached to appear against ber.
As it was, it appears that Mrs.
Dash had realized nearly $1,000
from her shrewd scheme. She
passed some time in prison.
Several years ago an uneducated
woman, of forbidding countenance,
gleaned quite a pile of money by
the story that her uncle had died
in Germany leaving her a large
fortune. She confined her bland
ishments to the male sex and bor
rowed the money on the pretense
that it was to enable her to sub
stantiate her claim. She prom
ised to make each of her dupes
guardian of her children and al
low him to have the handling of
all the revenues of the estate.
hi we the haited hook that
appealed to the cupidity of the
gudgeons and took them itt every
A year ago another variation of
the confidence game was success
fully performed upon an Italian,
who had gathered together over
$900 by elose devotion to the
peanut and hand-organ tisiness,
and concluded be would returd to
sunny Italy and buy him a title
of nobility and a castle and settle
down as a grandee. Untortunately
he fell in with two of his country
men who were rascals. They
took him to an Italian egon and
got just enough wi into him to
make him confidential. When
they started away they kindly
took charge of his valise in which
he had his savings, all in shining
eagles. By a dextrous hocus-pocus
bars of lead pipe wrapped in pa
per were substituted for his coin,
and when the two sharpers left
the poor fellow his 4vings of
years went with them, a&4 he had
nothing but his bits of lead pipe
to show for his frugality. There'
are minor plot for- the unwary,
such as the "trick-box" and
"three-card monte," that prob
ably come withia the category of
confidenoe operationa buo the men
who practice them ar wretched
bunglers, and are ostUatly fall
ing into the anda of the police.
It is reserved for tb racals at
the top of the ladder to make the
"big-stakes," and aeat fast borses
and faster creature* 9t Ike demi
monde on the road *nd at the
races and the semido roaA. The
faro-table is also *a Iseatiable
claimant for their ill-gotten lucre,
as was shown by the career of one
of the princes ofconfdenc, Ralph
L. Rollins, now iu t4t eastern
THE TALKING MAX,--Doa't you
like to meet a talking man when
you travel ? The m4n who talks
incessantly and never says any
thing. I have met him on rail
way trains on a#moet every road
between Kansas and Magine. I
have sat beside him and heard him
fill mile after every mile with the
dreariest chatter abent nothing,
until I1 was ready to pray for a
broken rail, a burned bridge, an
open switch, a wild train, any
thing in the shape of instant and
painless death, to save me from
lingering torture. You may won
der that sleep never kindly comes
to the relief of the victim of the
talking man. lie won't let it.
When he sees you begin to look
sleepy, he clutches your arm, he
shakes you by the shoulder, he
says : 'See ? 8ee?' at regular in
tervals, and from tima~ to time
asks you 'what do you think of
th at ?' to insure your wakefulness.
I have 'often wondered- why this
talking machine coiald not just as
well talk to the stove or a panel
in the car, because as no intellh
gence is required to conduct his
conversation, none should be ne
cessary in listening to it. But he
won't talk that way. He appears
to find his incenrtive to talk in
your safering. His eloquence is
born ot your agon~y. You have
heard him as I have. You have
wished him dead, yap have won
dered why a mercifut ?rovidence
ever turned hima looo ankind.I
1 expect Providence itself some
times wonders the same thing,
whben it hears the maan when he has1
a full head of steala oa and some
body to talk to..
[Burdette, ina Ea&eye.
Honesty often def.et its own
Thbe language ora man reveals
Haste tripe up its own heels,
fetters and stop. itaef.~
So w good thoughts and you will
reap good actions.
Behavior is a mirror in whbich
every one shows his image.
Penitence is God's own medi
Thbe head is ever the dage of the
He is really wise who is nettled
IF THE SAHARA IS FLOOD
The only important objection
which has thus far been urged
,gainst the undertaking has arisen
n the apprehensions expressed by
i few scientists that the evapora
ion prodnced by so large and so
hallow a body of water, exposed
:o the tropical sun would be suf
icient to deluge northern Europe
vith incessant rains, and to reduce
naterially the temperature in all
he countries north of the Alps. It
ias been feared that winds freight
d with moisture on crossing the
old summits of the Alps, would
)recipitate vast volumes of water
Lnd produce a degree of cold which
vould give Denmark and northern
xermany a semiarctic climate and
)roduce a glacial epoch farther
iorth. Is it not probable that all
uch apprehensions arise out of a
nisunderstanding as to the topo
rapby of the Sahara and north
ifrica. The entire region to be
looded is practically shut in by
nountain chains on all sides. The
tlas mountains of the north, lift
ng their snow-capped peaks in
ome instances 12,000 feet, afford
L sufficient bulwark for the pro
ection of Europe from increased
umidity. The only possible norith
rly outlet for air currents from
El Juf would be across Tunis in a
ortheasterly direction over the
idest part of the Mediterranean.
urrents moving in that direction,
f they reached Europe at. all,
ould touch the shores of Greece,
fter they had lost most of their
3umidity. M. de Lesseps, after a
-areful examination of the ques
ion, is convinced that it . would
7esult in the general improvement
)f the climate of Europe, rather
han to its detriment. The ad.
vantages of the increased evapora
ion to north Africa can not be
ver estimated. The snow-c!ad
-liffs ->f Aban, lying to the east of
he proposed sea, and the Kong
:nountains to the south, would
ring down upon the parched de
sert grateful rains, which, with
he assistance ofecultivation, wouki
n time, no doubt, redeem thous
ids of square miles from the de
3olation of the sands.-Scribner.
Getting up in a cold room to
-ake a fire is like getting up in
ife. If you crawl timidly out of
ed, go on tip-toe to the store, and
llow the shivers to get control of
gon before .the kindling starts,
your fire will probably be a fail
re, and you will half freeze to
leath in tbe operation. But if
ou jump out bravely, bustle
round, pull on your clothes,
tock over a chair or two, and
itch in the stove wood, you will
probably be too warm before the
ire gets to burning, and have to
pen a window. So in life. At
~ack it timidly and you will fail.
3rrapple with it, hurry up things,
tir airound, conquer fortune, and
you will be a success.
I could never think well of a man's
.ntellectual or moral character if he
was habitually unfaithful to his ap
Says a sententious writer, "No man
s born wise." Just so. If he were
wise, he wouldn't care to be born,
A young poetess pathetically in
uires, "Can love die ?" We don't
~hink it can, but it is occasionally
The amount of pin-money required
y the married woman depends on
whether she uses diamond pins or roll
It is hard to say which is the most
~rushed. The wife's new bonnet, or
:he unfeeling husband who sat down
To be interesting a speaker should
e full of his subject. un'ess he hap
gens to be speaking against liquor.
A sociable man is one who, when
de has ten minutes to spare, goes and
others somebody who hasn't.
Be magnanimous. If the butter
it your boarding-house is stronger
;han you are, don't tackle it.
A strong-minded woman will always
,e speaker. of the house.
Even the bootblack says his busi
iess is brightening up.
Women's tears are always comin'
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_Notis of mneetings, obituaries and tribufes
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ber of insertions will be kept in till forbid,
and charged accordingly.
Special contracts madec with lame adrer
tisers, with liberal-deductions on ab6ve rates.
D)ONE WITH NEAT'SESS AND DISPATC11
ADVICE TO A YOUNG MAN.
And then remember, son, that
the world is older than you are,
by several years; that for thous-,
ands of years it has been 80 fall of
smarter and better young men
than yourself that their feet stuck
out of the dormer vindbws; that
when they died the old globe went
whirling on, and not one man in
ten milionis wvent to the funeral
or even heard of the death. Be as
smart as you can, Of course.' Know
Sas much as yoa "can, wit'hout
blowing the packing out..of your
cylinder beads; shed the.-liglit of.
your wisdom abroad in the world,
but don't dazzle peopole with it.k
And don't imagine a* -thing'j so 8
simply because yoa say it'is. Don't
he too sorry for 'your father be
cause he knows so-mach less'.ihan
you do; remember the -reply of
Dr. Wayland to the gta'dent of
Brown University wh,o,. s&1d, it
was an easy enough thfing to-inalke
proverbs such as Slmonwoe
"'Make a few," tersely reglied: the
old an.And e nver ear
that the yong man mbavde &fAilY