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CoLUMIA, S. C., Dec. 7, 1876.
Dear Aentinel: Excitemen t has been
intense in Columbia for the past week,
but the decision of the Supreme Court
has had a tendency to allay it very
much. The crowd of citizens from
the upper counties in the Stato, who
assembled here on last Monday night
and Tuesday, have nearly all gone
home. They came in response to a
report which reached them, that an
atrocious plot to assasinato all the
Democratio members of the Legisla
ture, on !ast Saturday night had been
maturely concocted, and every prepara
tion made to carry it out, but was
desayed only in consequence of ex
posure, which might be renewed and
carried out at anv timo. For the
truth of this diabolical and hellish de
sign of the Radical party, we are as
sured that there is the best authority.
T he Democrats wore in the IIouse,
unCnious of their per'ilous conditioni,
and could have been easily overpow
ered and killoa by their would-bo as
easine, for many of' them were :'soep
the whole night. Trelc is hardly any
doubt but what the plot would have
been thoroughly carriedl out, had not
our friends outside learned of it, in time
to make propatations to render us
assistance. This they (lid by station
ing themselves around the State
House, wvell armed, wvhere they could
quickly ruishi in and rescue us when
the attack was made. Failing in
their plot to assault us, anothier
bchieme was concocted by which they
hoped to bring on a conflict and kill
enough of on- members to reduce our
number below a constitutiovnal quor,
urn, and thus securo the "fivo years of
good stealing," they are 80 loath to
give up. Trheir. plani was to bring in
the hall over one hundred roughs,
well armed, as a State Cons tabulary
fo-ce and put the Edgefioid and Laur..
ens members out by force. This course
they hoped would provoke resistance,
and give them an excuse to slaughter
tlie Democrats by assiatanco oft t ited
States troops. In tI.is they wvere also
foiled, for acting upon the line of pol.
icy upon whichi we started out, that ot
contesting and maintaing our consti,
tutional and legal rights in the courts,
Speaker Wallace, just before the con
stabulary forced entered the hall,
arose and said, that he had boen in.-.
formed that ever a hundred armed
men were wvithout theo hall, ready to
enter, for the purpose of putting out
the members of the IIouse from Edge,
fie.ld and Laurens, who were as legal
ly entitled to Beats upon the floor as
any other member, bu& for the sake
of preventing bloodshed, he would
advise the House to retire to CJaroli..
na Hall, whe they could assemble as
Legally as in the Hall of the State
Rouse. Upon this suggestion we all
retired, with Messrs~. Hamilton aind
Myers, of Beaufort county, and Mr.
Westberry, of Sumter, all ltopublicans
but who had become disgusted with
the infamous course of their party
aind loft it. The Radicals, by this
movement of the Detmocrate were
completely nont-plussed, and very
much *hagrined at the loss of th<
opportunity of having a feuw of theli
worthless followers killed by the Do.
moorats, in order to create sympat by
jb, the North to aid them in t,heii
despera,to and revolutionary efforts t<
iytaji power in the Stute. TIhey foe
to bring on a confliot, All hope Of suO
to cess went with it.
Since our retiremont from the State
House, three more Republicans have
come over and joined us, which gives
us sixty three memhers, a constitu
%onaI! quorum holding certificate
from the Secrtary of State, and leaves
them with only fifty tOree-six less
than they claimed to constitute a quo.
rum. We now have seventy one
meMbers, including the Edgefield and
Lanrens delegates. To day we passed
upon the rights of the Edgefield and
Laurens members and they were
voted in, not withstanding they wore
declared legal members by the Su
preme Court. This action was taken
in order to put at rest all doubts as
the rights of those members.
The Rump today went through the
farce of inaugurating Chamberlain.
This, it is the opinion of well informed
men strengthens our cause. By this
action his tenure of offico ceases, he
no longer holds over, and is not
Governer of the State. No comnimis
sion ho may now issue will bo legal.
Wo hope to have everything straight
and to inaugurate Hampton in a fow
COLUMnIA, Dec. 8.-Nothmig ham
transpired to,day to change the eon
dition of affairs. The Congressional
Committee arrived last night, and
took a peop at the "bob-tailod" IIouse
to day. I am informed that they are
very much disgusted, and that Gon.
Banks, a Republican member of the
Committeo, told the soldiers, who are
quartered in the State House, that
they woro in the wyrong place. I met
Mr. Jones, of Kentucky, this evening,
who is a member of the Committee,
and a South Carolinian by birth, and
had a conversation with him on the
situation. Ile is hopeful of our ulti
mato success, and thinks it quite prob
able that IIamplon will be officially
recognized at Washington, -when In
augurated. All the prominent Re
publicans of this placo, excep)t those
w ho are light ing for pot'ition, denounce
Chamberlain in bitter terms. JudgLe
[logo is outspoken in lhi4 denunciai
tions; Judge Melton has cut loose
from himil; Ex-Governo'r Scott voted
for' IIamp)ton and takes no stock in
Chaimberlaiin; in fact he has no follow,
er's, e'xc'ept by those who hopo) to fat.
ten at the public crib, Ile would fhll
in less-tihan than twenty four hiours
were he not prolpped up by3. Fed'eral
bayonets. I have not soon him since
I came to Columbia, but am told he
looks almost like a corpse. Our IIouse
met to%day, but took no important
action. I am informed that somo of
the Republican Senators are repen ting
of their sins and are likely to leavc
their sinking ship. Everybody are
nervous and anxious, and what twen
ty-four hours will bring forth it is
hard to tell. II.
Comunu., Dec. 10.-Nothing has
occurred since my last, to change the
condition of affairs The troops st.ill
occupy the Statehouse, and none but
the faithful few are permitted to en
ter its halls.
A committee from our IIouse waited
on Gen. Ruger yesterday, to enquirc
of him why it was that the legal
Ilonse of Representatives wvas not
p)ermnittod to occupy the IIalt set
apart specially for them, iIe replied
in suibstance, that he was aicting under
instructions ~from Washington, and
that he wvas to aid Chamberlain when
ever eled on to do so; that in the
event we attempted to occupy the
IIail. under instructions, he should
renider' aisistance in preventing uts so
doing. So it will be seen that we are
p)revenlted exercising our lawful and
consti t.utional rights by dictation at
Washington. This thing wvill cease
when President T1ilden is inaugurated
alt WVashington. Until then we car
afford to wvail, if necessary. As tc
our final and complete triumph I have
i.ot~ a shadow o,f doubt, for we hiav<
the lawv an~d constitution on our side
besmides the sympathy of all goot
people, throughout the Union, regard
less of party, is with us. It may tak<
months to succeed, but "truth ii
mighty and will prIevail' in the end
I knowv the anxiety and impatience o
our people~ is very intense, but wv
must po5sses our souls in pationPc
biding our timo, trusting in the wis
domn of our peerless leader and th
justness of our cause. Wo do ne
know what a day may bring forti
but we have every confidence and in
tend to "hold the fort." B.
-lon Georgo A. Tronholm, Socretair
and Treasurer of tbe late Confe,derai
States, died recently, at the age <
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office in the future
This is the first time in the history
of South Carolina, that the Governor
has been inaugur: ted secretly with
a company of United States troops
stationed in the: corridors of the
State House and a constabulary guard
at the entrance. Whither are we
diifting? Deeds of evil shun ever the
broad light of day. To what a depth
of infamy has Chamberlain lowered
iimselt by foisting himself, as Govern
oi, upon the people of South Carolina!
Has the man no sense of shame? Is
the execise of gubernatorial powers
Fd very sweet to his despotic-loving
soul ? Radicalism has already swamp,
ed the entire Government, both Statte
and National, in the deep abyss of
ruin, and still, with all their now ton
glod ideas of' government, they wish
to rul or ruin. They would rather
see tho whole country inundated with
fratricidal blood, than relinquish to
the Democrats the government of the
country, into wvhose hands it was
rightfuilly transferred on the 7th of
Wec clip from the News and Courier
the following in reference to the sham
inauguration of our would be Gov
COwUMuuA, Decc. 7, 1876.
TIhe desperat mo IiCo of the thieves
to day will p)rove. a goodl day's work
f'or the Statb. The sham n inaugura
tion oft CJhamb erlai n, in the v iewv of
the shrmewdest one heror, w ill grive the
coup-de grace to the regine of plunder.
Ini coinsenitinig to be inaiugurated under
such ci rcumistances Chamb eriin re
liniquiuhes his claim to hold over, and
p)laces his casec alongside of that of
I1amp)ton to be decided by the courts
and the country. The ceremony was
an exceedingly dismal one. 'I he par
ties to the attempted usu11rpation wore
theo aspect of so many thieves attempt
ing to steal the State. 'The doors
were barred and strongly guar'ded,
the United States troops occupied the
low cr' corridors of the ',tatehouAie, and
the eonstabulary swarmed above. Thle
arch usurper marched in and out look
ing like a felon. Boone, who swore
in Chamberlain, was not, as was
claimed, probate judge, his term hav.
ing exp)ired on the 18th November.
The Democrats are very hopeful to
night, and it is confidently asserted
that the Constitutional House will
take decided action to morrow. The
Executive committee are in negotia
tion with Washington, aind very re
ticent as to what they are about.
Tlhe Conigressional comm)ittee ap
poCintedI by Congress to look into the
sit uat ion here arrive,d to night and
are quartored at the Wheeler' louse.
They consist of six Democrauts arnd
thire'e Republicans, with thren steno..
grap1here antd one sergeanti-at-arms.
The committee consists of the Hon.
Milton Sayler, (Dem.) Ohio, chair
man of' the committee, Judge Abbott,
(D)emn.) M ussachusetts, Gonernor Edenm
(Dem.) Illinois, TVhIomra L. Jones,
(Doem.) Kentucky, Mr. Cochranm,
(Dem.) Pennsylvania, Mr'. Phillips,
(Domr.) Missouri, Judge Lawrenace,
(Rep.) Ohio, Judge Laphan, (Rep.)
New Jersey, Gen. N. P. Banks, (Rep.)
The committee were meut at the
hotel on their arrival by some of the
Excutivo committee arnd Gen. Gor-,
don, who also arrived to daiy. They
are vecry tired to night and by no
means communicativo. They say they
will commence wvork in thn mforniany,
and push things rapidly to the end.
Gen. Bankw, Republican, Lo night,
y' when told that the military still held
e the Statehouse, shook his head grave..
>f ly, expressed surprise, anid initimnated
Ths Triumph of Tilden.
A legram to L%e Charlost Nes
nd Courier, of th 7th in*. vent, a V
eview of the 'ctl4 of tb W6etoral If
7oleges s6owin 0 follatin Itta. 2
he Itep'blicar ileot obftlbama Ir
ast their vote for Mr. Hayes, with- d
ut any credentials.
The Democratic Electors of South n
uarolina, under the sanction of a de- .
roe of the Supteme Conr of the
tate, cast their votes for Mr. Tilden. li
The Democratic Electors of'Florida, t
inder a protest and certifieates in P
heir favor fron a member of the can
assing board, who in also attorney
:eneral of the State, cast their vote for h
The Deumocratic Aleotors in Louisk
ma, under certificates from Governor
deEnery, oust the vote of the State
(Ar Mr. Tilden.
A Democratic Elector of Vermont,
:laiming the office in place of Mr.
?ostmaster Sollace, cast his vote for
Ar. Tilden, and appointed himself a
nessenger to carry his vote to Wash,
The Republican Electors of Oregon,
Aithout any credentials, cast their
7(>te tor Mr. Hayes. The Electorai
iollege of Oregon, ats commissioned
Yy the Goveror, cast two votes for Mr.
Layeiand one for Mr. Tilden.
The summing up shoNvs the total of
che Electoral votes covered by the
broad seals of the States, us follows:
185 votes for Mr. Tilden and 184 votes
for Mr. Hayes.
Governor Grover, of Oregon, has
granted a certificate, as Presidential
Elector to the Democratic Elector
irom that State, and consequently re
fused to grant a certificate to John
W. Watts, the Republican Elector,
who, really, was elected, but was in
uligiblo, because he hold an office of
profit and trust, under the United
States, ninely, a poatmaster. This
isquLali6ed him asan Elector accord
ing to the Constitution, and he issued
at certifi'.ate of election to the pers~on
havmng the next highest number of
votes, anid thaIt was the Democratic~
Eluetor. 'Ihis gives Mr. Tilden 185
electoral votes and Mr. Hayes 184.
Hlenc,e, Mr. Tilden is elected beyona
all doubt. The .New York hLerauld, in
alluding to this in a long editoria1l,
'~By this astute manouv're the sup
por'ters of Mr'. Tilden~ have captured
the stronghold of the ene my and can
turn hiw own batteries against him.
If one House alone can net revise the
certificates which bear the signature
of the Governor and the seal of the
State, the Lbemocrats are strongly en
treniched on the ground selected by
their adversaries. The rage of thet
Republicanrs at being thus thoist by
their own potard' is as amusing as it
Citizens ot Chester county, whose
r'epresentatives remained in the bay
onet hoase, petitioned the Constitu
tional Legislatut e to issue ljrrit.s of
election for their county on the 7th
instant, in which they declared that
they were entitled to representation
in the Legislature, and that their de..
legates have failed to qualify as re
presentatives. The Constitutional
HIouse will issue writs of election for
all counties the representatives , I
w hich have not qualified in the legal
Legislature of the State
Chamberlain was sworn in by ex
Probate Judge Boon, whose judgship
expired'on the 18t.h of hovember.
TVhere were present eighty seven negro
spectators, fifty one bogus representa
tives, anid sevent.een Senators. kle
was as white as a sheet and trembled
visibly. Well may he tromble! So
should every ignoninious and white
1t. is in)timated that President Grant
will in a short time send in another
message to Congress in which lie will
comment upon the topics of the times
with his usual i reedomn. This supple
mnentary massage will, it is said, go at
some length into Southern affairs, and
will be accompanied by the intimida,
tion and outrage budget from Louisi,
A Washington hetter of Tuesday
says: "The President, in conversin
with a p)rominent Republican politi
cian, remairkedt that he was appre
hensive that. Tilden could niot be kept,
out of the Presidency, but said that
he intended to use all the authority
and all the means at his command to
com,pel the Democrats to prove that
the had a lawful right to tho offie.'
OL I , ece'br 7. -Gover r
Nde n ^ n h iued the follo
he lowing agaUph appe
I an a ress of Cianinberlai
allvered in the Capitol:
" Thev gentle m4n; who was my oppo
ent for this offiee in the late eetion
ts recently declared, no I am e.redibly
crnoied, that he holds, not only the n
ece of this city and State, but my
fe, in his hando. I do not doubt the
utti oi is 'f fa.eindni' stt-tA ti
ublic peace,.nor the life of any tpun.
rlio now oppomes the contumnnption
f this policy of fraud and iole6re, in
itfe from the assaults of thoso who A
ave enforced that policy." t.
I pronounce this.-infamously false. I
have, by my unwearied exertions, I
ndetv4ed to preserve the. peace .of,.
he State, and I have thus contributed. I
o shield from popular indignation one
vho has proved himself a disgrace to i
is rank and a traitor to his trust.- (
Iis conscience may nake him tremble, I
ut neither I, nor the men with whom J
act, countenance the hand of the
issussin. WADZ HAMPTON. 0
COLUMBIA, S. C.. December 8.-This
vening Judge Carpenter issued an
njunction, on the complaint of sever%
d taxpayers, agnitist the two banks
n this city which had boon selected
ti State depositories of public funds,
he proceeds, of taxes, from paying the
leposits out on checks signed by F. L. t
ardozo, claiming to act as State
U'reasurer. Cardozo's term ended 5
December 3d, 1876. Under the law 1
lis sureties do not begin to be respon- r
4ible until he enters upon the duties
A his next term, if elected. It is
Further held that any bond he may
il, 'on the basis of Chamberlain's in
iugurlition, will not be a lawful bond.
Dn those grounds the taxpayers say
1.e is without sureties for his acts as
Lreasurer; and Chamberlain. under his
new title, cannot countersign his I
If' the temporary injunction is .eus
,ained the Chainuberlaint Govern ment
will necessarily starvo out, as no one
Iareams that Chambherlain will be able
1o enforn ce at tax levy in Soutih Cairo
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Regular Quarterly Drawing on February 4,
877, Tickete~ $10 eaich. Capital Prise $80,000
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