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VoL. m.] WINl BORO, S. 3., SATURDAY, EPTEMH 8, 1866
a PtnLIs vERY TUESDAY, THURS
DAY UD .sATURDAY,
By Gaillard, Desportes & Co.
In Winnsboro,1 S. C., at $6.00 per ai
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lE FAIRFIELD HERALD,
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1NG, AT $3.00 PER ANNUM.
Take the beautiful shell
Fron its home on the lea,
And whorever it goes.
It will sing of the sea.
So take the fond heart
.% from its home and its hearth,
'Twill sing of the loved
To the ends of the earth.
A Thrilltag Adventure at Sea.
In April, 1829, wlith I waf a boy of
fifteen y4ars, appropticed on board the
tlie Gliscow ship a large vessel for
those days, (oijht hundred and fifty
tons) I expelienced the firt horror of
a very eventful life, and its memory
has never 16ft me. ' .
I wilf desotibo it briofly, but truly,
for every word ia fact:
W-e 'ere chartored- by the British
Government to .carry stores, etc.,-to
her -penal -ol'ny in Rew Sbaland ; and
beoiTs our egotgo had thir'teen con
demnbAila ta, who had been
sentenO - t.! nportion for life.
They.wer in .rgoof an En lisl
naval *oNcr' naX . MlRee hey
,were alFironed ha and foot ides
chaine4 to r,ingbol's in the-d -.and
so securely fastenedthat no one deem
it possible fo then to get.loose with
out outsidj i...' .
Our crew, M ers d all numbered
twenty-eight souls, and was none. too
large to manage such -a heavy craft.
We had fine weather when we left the
Olyde, and it stayed with us until we
were a good ways south of Gibraltet.
One.aftern'bon.when looking a the pri
SMoFee thght he saw something wrong
about the irons of onf of them; and he
reported it to Captain Wilson of our
ship, and thought there had better be
a close i'nspection'of them. But ,Cap
tain Wilson was a very easy-going
man at'all times ; anA supper being
ready just then, lie remarked that he
guessed all was right, but. he would
have a look at them in the morning,
for the satisfaction of McFee. . Alas I
for him there was io 'morning to
It was a clear, calm night; the
moon at a full ; not evough wind t(w
fill the canvass, or give the ship steer
age way. Another- boy, of about my
own age, and myself were .-loft, sit
ting in the slings. of the foreyard, talk
ing about home, when all at once we
heard a rush of feet below us, and
looking downi on deck, we saw to our
terror, the whole gang of Malaysarush
ing up from below, free from their
irons. .They seized ,papstan-bars, the
cook's age, iron belaylg pins,' every
thing which caure handy, and rushed
at the rien of the watch on deck,
striking them down without any mer
cy, but making no outcry. Mr,
Bruce, this fist victim, and in a few
minute..'-less time thani lb takes me
to tell it.---evey man, except the man
at the wheel, lydead upon the deck,
with their brain daMhed out, or stabb
ed to deith ith .their own sheath
' We two boys ol1amberid up into the
top, whero.wd lay. on oumr faces, as still
as death,X1lekng on-th. horrible scene.
going, .o below. Another of the
c rew, named Wbile, 'was asleep there,
ut we didtnotdareo-to wake him, for
fear we should be discovered or over
heard by tI4e incmibnate fiends below.
Captain,Wilso, atjthls time, oame
out of the cabin,- hearing an unusul
noise, but was killed i ain inspant.
The vrethmes now rushed down ii'te
the forecastle, where the labored watch
was sleeping, and soon hnished theur.
By-this timeiAeut. Mci'ee atilt the
second mate, also the garpenter,.who'
wore in the oMbin, found out.what was
going on ; e,4 oloshI andsalrloading
the oabin-.d9or, thmey go~ .td1 ao
the arm-chest .a.d O9mmeIoed "*n
Onl every pirate t&1y 'o~ de, tho
the cabin sky-lI1 s 4i. e glatre,
three of the pItatA6, b.zk o~e%
henmu, fell dead ;Onln a unhtep,r
two, several more Vero hadIg wrou*
The pirate kaA now killed. as4ir
man on deck except the helmsman at
the wheel ; and making a general .rush
at him, they knocked him.down and
threw him overboard.
While they were doing this, the
party in the cabin -shot two more of
them dead, and wounded the chief so
badly with a boarding-pike, as he
stood near the sky-light, that his bow
els actually gushed out. 'Bilt he did
not give up, but raved teiribly be
cause he could not get at them.
As the ship was in sight of land,
they now thought 9f escape. Th6y
hoieted out the pinnance, and put a
keg of water in ;-and into the boat all
of the survivors, six in number, got,
and dropped astern, making for the
land, as fast as they could row.
Finding the dock clear' of. all but
the dead, the party -from th- cabin
came out, and then we three in 'the
maintop went down. There we stood,
all alive, as we supposed, of twenty
nine souls. But on going into the
forecastle, we found two men yet
alive, though terribly Wounded, and
shortly after a, faint h1t from for
ward under the bows was heard, and
there we'found the helmsman who had
been thrown soverboard, supposed by
the pirates to be deld.- He had only
been stunned, and had come to when
he fell into the water ; and, s*i
-ning forward,had not been seen
the pirates when the left they ship.
We were terribly short-handed now;
but we managed to get into Lisbon
with the ship, and while lying there
we had the satisfaction of seeing the
irates who had left the ship, brought
n, by a British man-ofswar which had
been cruising close in under the l@6ud,
ind had seen thea - befdre; they got
their convicts' clothes off, or the iron
belt to which their waist-chain had
We soon, afterward had the pleasure
of seeing them swing at he yard arm,
for the.double critne of u der and pi
racy ; and I neve" enjoy4 a sight
more, though I have .a horror of .see
ing death by violence at any time.
Many yers pi.nde; over almost
every'known sea, commanded and-odm
manding, have I sailed-; but never
have I met with an adventure which
clings to my memory IMke that which I
TE AUTHOR OF- THU "HARP -OV L
THOUSAND STRINos."--1he papersate
annonncing the death of a young Cia'
cinnatian-a poet and an artist-to
whom is attributed the authorship of the
"Harp of a ThoQqand Strngs." We
have reason to know he was not the air.
thor of that famous burIesque. The
sermom was never actuily delivered, of
course. but something similar to it was
heard by a young lawyer of Woodville,
Mississippi, who repeated. it an awcon,
ersation with - a Methodist minister,
ho thet resided at Clinton,. in this
State, and now resides 'in the parish of
Morehouse. He had no ide; of ite'get.
ting into print; b't the clorical gentile
man, who is a great hnmorist-a man
of fine sense, of unexceptionao oharao
ter, and than whom' no dne n more. re
spected by those who know hm--wrote
it out, making-some ailditions to it, arid
it was shown .among ffiends, zntil final.
ly itgot into print. Onoe started, it
went the rounds. Probabl so roduo.
tion was ever so exteasivu puiblidhed
by the pret of the tnited Smoe. Ma,
ny.imitations of it ' appeared, -and the
Oincinn.atian may have been the ahthor
bt'one of them -but norie equalled the
original in abeatrdity 'and rach humor.
The,author has written uny other
huinorous thuings, nnet of which hAve
r4e e intp prim~ for he fs not,amnbi
tions of that sort orfawe, But, weEg
peat, that he is-a preacher of the Metbo.
dist.ehuvobi.niw reidingtp korehoase,.
a Qhria6ian. genitlenanau and a mailo
abhigh eider. of iatelleet.
offeloed Ifht3,'a tbh
ka ld whst he a f iow
Ron. Jefferson Dayhad his Slanderers I
-Infamovs FaIEhoods l1posed.
MEXow NooK, AWALB COUNTY, GA,
J uy 31, 1866.
To the Editor of the Vetropolitan Rc.
DAn Sti: I 'tave been convinced
by the teachings of liistory and man, and
more particularly by the evonte which
have come under any -own personal
knowledge during tle past five years
"that a lie vell at to answers as well.
as the truth" t.o.ei'...e the purpose of
hate and envy, and wo I be unto the in
dividual and people' who are forced to
permit a systematiosnd persistent slan.
der to go unrefuted. Victor Hugo says
somewhere that a man's destiny depends
as much upon whats aaid of him as on
what lie actually' d -The fanatics of
the North have actelon this fact for
thirty years, and th ignifed contewpt
with which we hav garded their mis
represertations bas ed in our ruin and
These re'ections hwe been called to
-mind by, reading the *port.uf the com
mittee'appointed by Ivngress to inves.
"igate .the charges a*ust President Da.
viS of complicity wit the assassination
of the-late President incoln.
It appears to me't' a sense of shame
,would prevent any of men who had
r particle of feeling o onour from the
Attempt to link the e of such a char
acter as Jeffeeson Da yith murder and
After the most di 't- investigation,
running through a pe dof more than
OwQve months, anf tning witnesses
whdir.th honor of ianity, be it
said, reai.d at the tmonkenA and
the whole testimony anQuns, to?
First. that Mr Davis, dtuing the pro.
gress of a long and terrbI6 mar, con
ducted on the parL of .our enemies, with
a barbarous'cruelty unknown to modern
times, received a few letters from a. few
individuals requesting pemission to of..
fer themselves as instriaments to rid
their country of- the Men. who were re
garded as the wicked authors of our suf.
ferings. These letters are paraded be
fre the public--one from 0. L. 0. De.
Kalb, another from J. S. Partamere,
and another from Lieutenant Waldemar
Alston, requesting his permission. The
two first are unknown to wo . but Lieu.
tenant Alston was an offlo6r -under my
command at one time-an unassuming
and intelligent you'h, about nineteen
years of age, who had witdessed enough
cruelty at the hands of the epuimy to
turn his heart into' bitterness and gall.
In none of these cases was the pernission
sought granted; aqd the ' Committee
were careful to suppress those cases
where it was not only 'refused, but re
jected with indignant scorn, as was al.
ways tIe case when these kind, of letters
was brought to the: personal knowaledge
of Mr. Davis. I can testify to-on e oase
-which happened in my own reg:iment
where it was not only refused. boai the
patty who made therequest was placed
'4'der arrest, and ordared to be-tri'ed by
fourt-martial. A gallant young I twyer
from Memphis, Tennessee, who was
Captain of Co.-, 9th Tennessee . Rei
ment, Morgan's Brigade, smartidg -under
the sense of recent,injuries, wrote: to Mr.
Avis to request permission to go ,to
Washington4ud assassinate Mr.i' icobi,
and his Cabinet, blow up the capitol, &..
Nr. Davis endorsed on.tho back of the
letter, "Atrocious, Respectfully r efer
red to the Secretaki of Whr' w-Ho *ilt.
order the arret syd triaI bV omitit, mar
tial of th, writer. 3. I)."
This letter, with this .doisernent,,
wac returned to Goea a~r~ : -whie
his Brigade was at; a. ip sear
'Murfreesboro', by Mr.. . dop, then
Seoretarof War.* at1b&A asar
retqd and we so mort . ihs:aats
tlis h' hu e m#,a p bh
as hed)tg Into the 8wrst beide was
Th4e-fkte can be esSIaMid97
3ates, a rampant secessionists and rede
,ade Yankee -that Mr Dkvis, when he
ec'eived greckinbridge's disphtch an.
ouncing the asassinatioir of Mr. Lin.
oln said : "Well, General, I do not
now, if it were to be done at - '
vere better that it were well dot .
f the same had been done - to
rohnsen, the Beast'and Secreta
on, the job wonfd have bee.
A more shameless lie was neVdr ut
ered by a renegade Yankee, aftl if
his man has any conscience left, it must
ting him with remorse, until he it driv
in, lik the other- witnesses, to fepent,
ind take back this damning sin. God
orgive him, for we never can.
The writer of this was standing with.
n ted feet of Mr. Davit when he re
:eived this dispatch, and never will he
orget the awful solemnity of the occa.
sion, and the noble grandeur and' dignity
of Mr. Davis' appearanoe. * It was in
.he town of Charlotte, North Carolina;
3etvral Lee's army had surreidered.
Ioht&on's army was entirely .diutgam.
sed, all wap confusion, dread, uncertain
y and gloom. Mr. Davis loomed up
nore proudly than he had ever before
ippeared to me ; for he alone, of all
hat vast crowd, seemed to retain the
majesty and self-possession of his char.
icter, and to rise -with .tha emergencies
Ai thetidreadful hour- Riding into town
at the head of a small cavalry escort, he
lismounted opposite to the house of this
Lewis FP. Bates, who had sent Mr. Da.
via a special invitation to be his guest
prompted, no doubt, -by the desire to
collect testimony :n private conversa
tion, that he might use hereafter to ad.
d( soiciting it as an
- Dismounting from bis horse, he pro.
ceeded to enter the house of Mr. Bates,
and was met at,the steps by Colonel
William Johnsn, a prominent citizen
of Charlotte, and Ptesident of'the Cbar
lotte and Columbia Rail Road, who
said: "Mr. President, in behalf of the
citizens of Charlotte, I give you a cor
dial welcome to the hostilities of our
town." Mr. Davis, who was dressed in
a plain suit of gray, and wore a low.
crowned white felt hat, nearly covered
with crape, bowed low and gracefully,
saying as he did so, "I thank' you isir."
The large crowd, onAisting almost en.
tirely of roldiers, with tqarful eyes and
overilowing hearts;'said, with deep e-rn
estnioss, "speak to us?l "let us hear from
you.' Fle turned with his kind, benig.
nant, dignified looki to the crowd#nd
"My friends, I thank you for this evi.
dence of your affection. If I had come
as the bearer of glad tidings, if I had
come to announce succam at the head
of a trium phan army,' this is nothing
more than I would have expected; but
coming as I do, to tell you of veiy great
disaster; coming asI doi to tell youthat
our national affairmhave reached a, very
low point of depression ; coming, I may
say, a refugiee from the capital of the
country, this demonstratibu of your love
fills mae with feelin too deep for utter
ance." [Oh, my . '! hw felt it alt.1
"This has been a war of the people for
the people, and I have been, simply
their executive ; and if, tYey desire to
continue the struggle, I am,still ready
and willing to devote self ' to their
cause. True General %o''s army has
surrendered, Lit tho ment6re still alive,
h9 cause is not . yet dead ; an4,bly
show by your determination 'and fort:.
.sde that you are willing to' suffer-.yet
lenger, and we may1 still hop. for sua.
ow, Is. reviewidginmy sdsiihitration
of the past four'years, Iao oDasoioas of
having oommitted errors, and very
grave ones; but str all tiliae dtine,
m hatIhve tried p -I can lay
ser bt onenu poe -o
ofomt:t fedr r ert
Ordinary advertisements, odoupying noi
ire than ten lines. (one sqie,) wiff bi
inserted in THE NEWS, at V.0 for the
first Insettfon and 76 cents foi each sub
Larget saettisemsn'tl, when do ootitraot
11 made, *ilf he charged In etact propor
For.anWouneildg a p'audidate to an f ofloe'
of profit, honor gr trdt, $10.00.
Marriage, ObiUavy Notloes, &o., will bi
charged the def 'h advertisementi,' when
oier ten lines, a uidt be pid for wien
handed In, or tl(ey will ndt ap#ear,
son Davis to his vanidished and -satter.
ed people, and few among the vast au
dietice who will not remimber them.
God kRYowd they spuk deep in'to'my
heart, and I can feel agaii what I then
felt, when I heard my noble chieftain
bid us what I felt was his last adieu.
Many of us could no longer tetain ouir
He bowed, an'a was about to turn to
go into the howue, whei a little boy from
the telegraph otce handed him a dis.
patch. lie opened .it tally, and read
it in silence, and foldin.r it up and re.
tufing it to the envelope, handed it to'
Colonel William Johnson, remarking as
he did so, "This contains .very astound.
ing intelligence." The crowd, whose
anxiety could no longer be restrained,
cried out, "Read it I" "Read it I" and
Colonbl Johnspn; in his deep, slow and
solenn-* tone; read it aloud. Some
thoughtless persons shbuted, and Mr.
Daviir looked- in' such eaenest reproof,
that ibntautly ovoif Voice was hushed as'
though they weto ashamed of having'
broken the solemnity of the scene by
such indiscreet joy. The writer .then
shook hands with Mr. Davis, who asked
him about his family, and' other ques.
tiois of that kind, with which he was in
the habit. of making all feel at ease
who came'neat him. Captaid Edward
Lowndes, of South' Carolina,- Was then
introduced' afd af\er a' short cti.versa-'
tion Mr. &hvia retired'idlo thw'house.'
This, on: my hbnor,- - *as all'that-od.'
curred on thkt soletan oceasion; for who"
could ever forget itf Alas that one
should be so base as to mihrepresnt and
malign the nable man who 'bore himself
under such ffy ing' circulnstanpoes, so as
tO;Leve -il*xPWIS lbravor. - *a
'inndh of' alIo mw th r pl,
'iawll'lioWht'd' tli' pol of the
South'that. Me. Davis was* abused, and
almost threateded, becaure lie refused so
firmly to conddct the war on any other
than the mo4t. hubiane principles.
The press accusnd him of beingac.
cessory to the murde of' our soldiers
because he refused in so matfy ihsttiitos
to retaliate when they .had. been batbar
ously executed, and even the Confed'
rate Congress censured his conduct, and
many of its prominent members, who
have long since received their pardons,
frequently remarked' that "We were
dying of West Point and' bavis Ieli.
gion." Nothing couDl'sweroe him from
the rute'he had laid down and thideter. -
minatior which he hid formed , f build.
up a Government whiiuh by moral: con.
trast. must finall te'ail.
I am, therefore,-. amazed that in the
face of these facts,- which are so well
known and' established, that* Congres
sional C'ommittee would att'erapt to
blaclet lhu name by connecthgf it witir
conspiracy and crime.. AIV suelA attempts
#ill most su'rely fail, and' although he has
beeni imprisoned ur a dungeon an
shackled with fetter., there ist halo
of glory that etrounds his brow that no'
slander can ta'rish or prosecntion' desh
Yours, very truly;
-R; A. ALsToN,
.Late Confederate Army.
H E ARut Wonx~ ~ rt5oTlinA.-~
The Baton Rouge Adivocate of the 20th,
'So' far We call learn of but few plau
tati'ons that are not more or tess in
footed by,this destructive wormg The'
prospeot for saving tlke late plan.teE
cotton Is dim, and thb old cotton can..'
iob eboape without inju'y.- 1li6n1 let.
te from Baides we learn that the
waurta is mk*it. approaches on Bled
River.- Oh'rAeks will gnder'stanid
the basis'of the appreherbtonsof thie
plantiog omunt y, by' reoolTiating .
that fo evbry we that makes Its
appeahrano$e inhe'middle'of A&ugust, a
*myrasmafzeesonablyr be' expeoted
inits same bld thr4e roks late.
&otsy says' "a newspaper: ~I
(k a1~ iabeesuae 'e'ery sa shotia
ket hiswn." .Atist Rethy i