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[ dior threw hinimoif at her foot, and hoiiorod by, t atL g Jenj ,? {1 (J N jG-II j Ij j ~ jdU.{IiAIa
e U4+_iww I ttaking the fair hand sho abandoned I "Hold ; ~;and a do9 ______________
,o) him, covood it with kisses ; nor
lid he riso till ho had received con,
ir.nation of his now born hopes,
mid knew that, for good or ill, the
uoart of Holoise was irrevocably
his. Finally he was compelled to
tear liniseif away, but ho earried to
is tent a fooling of delicious joy
which steoled his mind againmt all
thought of the chances of tom-nor
The moments 1)assecl away in do
licious reverie, but at length he was
int(rrU)tod by St Prix.
The '.0enn1 vs in the rw ip;e"
humors-his brow was dark with
passion, and he threw iimriolf into a
seat, amid ling his plumed hat on
the table with,ati energy that be
trayed the violouco of his emiotions.
"What's the matter, Raoul ?"
asked Henri.- "Hats Saxo changed
his plans ? 'Do we fall back instead
of advancing ?"
"No, thank Godl there will be
plenty of throat cutting tomorrow,
and the French Guards have the
post of honor."
"Thank Heaven !" exclaimed
Henri, joyfully.
"You seem in excellent s1irits
to-night, Captain Henri do Grand
"I wish I could tsay as much
you, Captain Ranoul de St. Prix." ,
"Tell me the caseo of your foliv,,
ty." l
"Enlighten me respecting
"Willingly, on condition tli'{!
will explain your satisfaction."
"Well, then-you know th 1)t.
e(d proforonce-IIke'd pelro i j
I say-al ways shown .
Mademoiselle Ioloiso (10 0
"I will not displte with .
"(31You must haveen b1)01 y
absurd hopes not to have noi'( r
it ; every oflicer in the army pkC
to mC as the futur of the Lt(ly.
Well, sit, encoriagod and letr a by
ner1 m'to -miogt. I entre tit. Or' I;
had engaged to settlo wif any I
creditors out of her narriagg)or
"Gt on)-go on-this is elent,
St. Prix. ,
"Well, sir, she rojoeted me,
the (tuiif de St. .Prix. . pior
engmagement, forsoot.h! Ihli to
heaven I knew the follow I ('fore
siunr)1ise he should have more .ton
holes in his (lou9let thitn: 0 his
tailor made.
"Captain Sit. Prix," repiec(nri,
"yu()1 have not far to loolk 110
behold the fortimato suitl. :omol
como ; conifess that your pi aid
not your heart, was cugiagel I the
aifllir. 1ho gmilne wa.,s fairly iycd
the stakes are meine." c
"This trifling will not. pa ouster O
with me, si.," said the CoI stei
ly. "Know-if youi kinor t not
-eore-that I6aoul (10 . Prix'
never fixed his eye on 0 : th-i l
1he did not obtain, or missin (, failed
t ) punish his successful r"' '. You
arO ia s.1 lie:, and you . 4stand k
1m.1e, sir," he ailled, ton lg his
sword knot with his glove 'u.l.
"This is midlsmiimnuer t.ines,
Ra-ml," miswoerd.l 1Henri, w ' g;> I 1
t mpor. "'Had I been uns emial,
wo.uld hatve been, I simhu!' a-o re_
signied tihe ladly to y'ou thiout a Ii
iut. uiggle"h
"Tha ishows111 theo difl' e . I be.
ro'torted S*t.. Pr ix.'
"A parJJ'nJ !" cried( ID nd~ville,a
saino his feet.t
"Yes. Whio knows voi Whence
came~ you ? You are an ., edor in
our1 ranks."'
"'I h eatr the~ king's Coml :sion.
"'Yes, anld haZvO n1 courage"(
(enouigh to suist.uin it. I e delle1
y'ou to your teethi, and ai refuse
to tight."
"My prinIcils aro0 >osed to I
Liuelinlg. In the word, the lady I
wh~ose pleroence honiom e, 'I hion
w~ the soldier31 as5 maeb~ I detestd
the dluielist.' Bosides. s not the
InaIrshl strictly forh . duels in
'1amp1 ? Consiencee, - ii, authioi
ty, every considterathi forbmids imiy
V'(Cjpt-mee of the cha igo."
"Then~u," said St. 1P 'you shall1
mmmit to ani indig that dis
raiL(cs ia French geoi Sn foreuveri.
'nmd raising his shea sword, he
itriuck Do Grand vili ih the flat1
Henri's swo)rd im, j flaushed in
he huniiplgt, andiu. 'ix drawing
is ratpier', they wvt staintly (mn
agedl ini deadly 1bat. Bouth
vor'e export sw~ord.' and while
mmo fought with th ?city of ha
ried andii dlisai~0 hut,'the am
>f thme other wa'is ne~ Iby ai sense
>f wronlg. T1he ;llic ring of
heir blades waLs mi imitte1, fara
ieithetr paused to |breath, bunt
with teeth set ii byes glaring.
brust, parried, ia< c'd, and fell
flck in time fierce -r' of the comf.
nit. At last, Doe idville, seeing
mi opportunity, e Pis adversary's 4
liade w1hirling il ~ih the air, and (
rawingt back hli -ap)on, prep~ard
o thrust it throl 1is breast.
"Strike !" sai. . Prix ; "you ei
uavo vanfquuishof i love and in
rmns, and there 'thing left mo
mut to (lie."
"Die, thmen, br the field of bat" '
ho, bravo Rlaoum' d Do Granvillo
and since I h' eprivod yon of
'o1r 0ivord. tmul -n . shall bea
The French Guardsman.
With the army of Marshal Ebie,
eicamped near F'ontenoy, ready to
give battle to the allies, there were
not a few ladies, who, impelled by a
chivalric fooling, or personally in
terestod ifi the fate of somve of the
combatants, had followed the troops
to witness the triumph of the
Y+;oneh arms. Their plrIoence was
mnoo the incitement and reward.1
nValor, for what soldier would not
fight with tenfold gallantry, when he
know that his .xploits wore wit
nessed by the eyes of her he loved
as wife, mistress, or mother, and
whose safety or honor, perhaps, do
ponded on his prowess 'I
'Among those most distinguished
for their beauty was the youthful
Heloise, the lovely daughter of the
Baron do (Olairville, a French goner
al olli.:er. The handsome eyes of the
donoiselle had enslaved more than
onO young officer, but of the host of
suitors none could boast with reason
of encouratgement, except Henri de
randvillo, and Iaoul, Count de St.
t'ix, both conantn'ling companies
in the French Guards. Both were
handsome and accomplished young
men, and both had their spurs to
win upon the field of brattle. 'They
had been fast friends until the pur,
*suit of tho sauno lady bi id (caited a
srt of ostrangement between thewn.
Little was known of Henri do
Grandville previous to his reception
of his commission in the guards.
He had been brought up by his
mother in the old provincial chateau,
and though his manners and educas
tion were those of a gentleman, still
he scened but little acquainted
Ivith the world, and above all igno,
rant of the lighter accomplislmielnts
of the courtier.. Perhaps this voey
simplicity of mnanl\rl and frainkness
of character, contrasting so strange
ly with the fashionable itlectations
of the court, endeared hun h -hi
comrades, and stiongly prepos seed
Heloise do Clairville in his favor.
His rival was of a different stam1).
Rarou1 do St. Piix was a dashing,
bril iant officer, brave as steel, but,
fond of dress, reckless, dissil :ed
and extravagant. Yet his, f:alts
were those of his age, and beloiged
to the circumstances by which he
was surrounded. TI'he Baron de
Clairville, while he loft his dai ter
co to make her selection, yet, s a
ain, blunt soldier, rather that a
" .'t.hArtier, secretly inclined to fa:'or
the pretonsions of Henri. Still.his;
treatment of the two young gu:u ls
mn was the same, for they give
equal promise of muilitary gallaury.
It was on the eve of the battl( of
Fontonoy that Henri sought an n
terview with Holoise, who occulod
ai gay pavilion near hoc father's tuit.
He found her alone and weel.ing.
"Mademoiselle," said lie, "you '.0
lnhappy. Will you permit, a frild
to inquire the cafume of your >r
row ?"
"Can you ask me, Monsieur do
Grandville? Of the thou.a.-nd of
brave n1101 who lie down to-nigl in
poaceful slmnbei', how many -ill
s'coep their last4 sleep oui enh ?
How muany eyesl that will witnoe: to
m1orro's'W 51un arise, will b)e 0eh
forever before it goes dow: at
ven n~f g ! .Oh, what a drea.Ifad isi.
fathor', he never cares for ' hijelfI,
lie never asks his mein to go sore
he is unwilling to lead. I1 fe:Lfor
his safety in the deadly coniflic of
to -morrow."
"'If the devotion of one faiful
follower canl save him,~ lady'," n -
swered Heniri, "he0 assured ofuis
- .I would pour' ouit thei lbd
i '' yvein s as freely as wate-to;
jahiol'd' thme fathers of IHoloisde
Cl irville."
.IBut youi-youi-Henrii-laI
ficur do Grandville-youl tk
nothing of your own) life."
"It' I fall," answered the ycg
soldier, "my poor' mother will 'p
bitterly for hera only sonm, thouag e
perish on the 1101(d of honor. t
who else will she i a tear for' o
p~oor guardan?"
"Henri I" exclaimed the yov
girl reproachfully-and the soft a
she raised to his were filled a
"Is it p~ossiblo ?" craied the yoj
soldior. "Can my fate aiwaken
a m)omfenltary interest ini the hie
of the itveliest, the gentlest of
sex ! Alh! why (did you renider
so doear to me at the moment I m
peril it 'U"
"Believo me," saidl Holoise, i.
-' her tears, "that I would:
al you black wh'len honor' beck.
i. It is to such hands asi yo
h ,Iat the honlor of the giiole lii i
commifittedl. I amii the daughiter<
sodirand though these tears ce
it is displayed1 in at good cauis~
honor the soldier as miuch e
1otest the duelist."
"Then listen to one wvhose a~
was never stain~ed with his brot~
blood. I had thought to go to.
lold with mny secret concealed is
own oreast, but something in~
me to spoak out. I love
JRelois-I have dared to lovy
adore yot."
'The fair girl blushed till her
.omplos were crimnsoned over
~1onnant. blood. The yong
turning, ,CoUIu
sionl the . arshial
S~axo, wVho, 'ile of
muisceteers, I ho tent at
the closo of t )o" diio "You will
give up your swOrd is officer,
Captain Do Grandvi t iaded ho
pointing . t. a gommlfi ic d officer
by wldImu 0 Was <lpamld.
"Count d& rix a vill pick
up your it o Ii urrendor
it. Ollied a) f forg + mselves
so far as o sok each oi -'s lives
upon tho ove of bat , ith the
nemy* tur r a
coinian T hi; is a i Ct for the
Provost ,1farshal." I
And iiio old soldier sei ilinself
at the ltbl, and eyed endors
angrily' and sternly.
"MLav it pleaso your aency,"
sair. 'i -'. lono - We to
sfu . insultod'\tl g oman,
in( fed hime to figh '
''ad him to figh .taid the
l i. "H1 nlit 1ho;; id the
ord of the day?" i
o not claim youg iency,
m al," said Henri. ' coinuit
tc 1is fault with my fces. But
.1 cannot always coo 3a. d his
e ons."
'hat'.s true, my lad. 1ut what
a you fighting -lbout ?"
A woman, your excellony," said
"A woman ! fools ! a wo 1 that's
>t to be had without ligl 'ng for
i't worth having. Well Wolf
oys will be boys. I par .n you
n1 two conditions. In o first
laUco you Imustii, shake tn1ds
ienri aind Raoul advat, di and
ained their hands. "Anl n the
ext place, that you give a g )d ac
ont of you rselvos to - >rrow.
:were 11om de -)ieu. ! I an ill
pr1o two lads of spirit fr the
uards. And loV. "said the i rslla
isin., after restoring thoir ords
o the ollicors, "'good night, t 'utlo
1en ; and plenty of hard kin' s to
"tpossed c o of
boso terribloln al
alguinIary prints ma1e i more in
olible imple)sEsionU on thp page o
istory than the records of thi
tore generous doods of peacefan
fe. 'lhe greatest gallantry w.t
ispliaye.d on both sides, and on th<
art of the ironeh, no dlTHei's wer
lor0 distinguished for their valoi
ean the two guardsien lwhos,
ncouunter on the previous evnin'
'e have just related. itoul de( St
'rix, in the early part of the engage
at, fall sword in hand at the he v
f his c.'mpany, thus mooting wit!:
oior a fato lh0 had e.rnestly (d
red. Henri de G(randville, in th<
mrse of the day, found limsielf it
.nomai:lund of the regimen t, ever3
licer of higher rank having fallen
Vhen the earna:go had ceased, h<
id ia sit.11d of captured coloirs al
ie feet cf the coiiiinlnder-in-clief
nd was complim ented by Marshia
axe at the lie 1d of the army, re
iving assurnco that his gallantr
imould e at onto reported to th(
Flushed with triumph, the young
tuirdslln slow to the presenice o.
is mother, to receive her eimbraet
md recount, in imodest termso, th<
AJJry of his deeds. She rejoiced it
is safety, and sympathized witl
is joy. Bu3 t ad! at once, as5 ho mad<(
or confident of other hopes, an,
11la-ged on the prosp)ct4 of his
pcody uion~ with Heloiso de
;airville, her counitenancole chaniged
sal her eyes became suafrulsed wit!
"Dear Heanri," she said, "I knov'
othinig of this. W~hy (lid you no
>onor app-ise mie (if this faltal pas8
ion ?"
"FataUl passion, doa~r mi)other
bhy do you thus characterize th<
>vo I hear to the purost4, the imos
caintifiul of her sex ?
' She is, indeed, all that you paini
or, Hon ri h ut you must learnI the
ard t:imk oif nunheinlg -yourhoe
oul c'an n0ver marry her." 1015
"And why so ? Do you refus<
onr1 c'onsent, ?"
"Alas ! nto. But the Baron d<
lairvilo-" *
"HeI regards me with a favorabbi
ye I havo reason to think h<
no~ws4 of miy aittaichmient, (.r his~ con
ruttulation s hadl a marked isman ng
-hich could hardly he ambhiguous.'
"Bunt a fatal, anl inisurmiountablei
arrior lies betweoon you aind th<
bjoet of your hopes."
"'Do not keep me in suispeniso," crlie;
me young soldier. "Explain thiu
iystory, I imi)ploro' you."
"Have you fortitude to listen to
readIful Soiereit, the p)5osoB son (.
'hich has wvell nigh destroyed th<c
fe of your mother ?"
"God wvill give me strength to beni
jy stroke," replied Henri. "Thanki
> your instrtuctioin and examlhe, J
aive schiooldl imysel f to suffeir, un
.ipining, wh'latever Providoneo, ii
,s infinlito wisdomlu, sc05 fitting t
a fliet. I have a soul for the dlangeri
f the field: I have also, I think, th<c
>urage to confront those trials thai
iorce the heart wvith keener ago~
ion than any the steol of a foomnar
in inflict. Fear not to task m<
eyond my strength."
"I will be0 as brief as possiblo,'
iid the lady. "Your.'father, Henri
'as of noble birth ,and possessed o
>rtn. My owin share ra
orld's goods was small, an
an on this nitanca aloia'
"No, no I urge me not," said the
young guardsman. "Let me return
to my poor mother. She has need
of all my consolation. I renounce
forever my ill-fated attachment,
Heaven, for its wise purposes, has
chosen to afflict me. Farewell,
baron ; I thank you for your kind
ness-your generous friendship.
You and Holoise will soon learn
that Henri do Montmoronci is no
more. After tl.o noxt battle, if you
seek me out, you will find me where
the French dead lie thickest on the
"Noblehoarted follow 1" cried the
baron, when Henri had left him.
"He ought to be a field marshal."
"Marshal Saxo requests your im
mediate presence, baron," said an
aide-de-camp, presenting himself
with a salute.
"Monsieur do Baron," said th
commander-in-chief, when DeClair
villo had obeyed the summons, "I
ji.vo chosen you to carry my do
spatches to the king ; you will find
yourself honorably mentioned there
in, and I think the favor of royalty
3 will reward your merit."
, The baron bowed low as ho re,
s cved the despatches from the hand
L, o tl\o marshal, and was soon ready
r fo the journey, first taking a hasty
- le o of his daughter, whom he coin
s mo ded to the care of Madame do
y Granleville (or rather Montx.orenci)
e during his absence.
t In life days thereafter, he report.
s hin i if to the marshal, and was
then at berty to attend to l.is pri
r vato coierns. Ho found Heloise
r in the coipany of Henri and his
n mother, aild the gloom depicted on
f their couiAenances presented a sin
e gular cont\ast to the radiant joy
a that sp.arklel in the eyes and smiled
:3. on the lips of the genial and warm
w hearted old soldier. He kissed his
1, daughter, saluted Madame do Grand
ville, and then, shaking the young
dl guardsman warmly by the hand,
it exclaimed :
"Good news, 1Hnri ; I bring yor
ro a budget of them. The king ha
u heard of your gallantry, and in(uirc<
into your story."
"The memory of your fath 'r," co
aflfalwd tlitms',aron, "has been 'mud
feited etates are ies'tmgiv deere
jb;and I biring you, ml.isf
Ving's seal, your commission as Int
colonel in the French Gua ds, and
letters patent of nobility Count
Henri (1e Montmorenci 1"
Henri and his mother were nearly
overwhlmed by this good news ;
while Holoise clung to her father's
arm for support.
No fainting, girl," said tho hap
py baron. "That will never do for
a soldier's wife. Here, take her,
(unt, make her happy-and let us
hear no more of your volunteering
on the Forlorn Hopes-at leas+, dur,
ing the honey-moon."
We need not add that the baron's
injunctions were implicitly obeyed.
Belief in Witchcraft.
At Montbrison, France, not long
ago, the magistrates wore called
upon to adjudge a somewhiat singu
lar case. Jean-Mario Baron, aged
thirty-seven, a wellkto-do farmer of
Po)ncins, had for three or four years
e aitertain e the hallucination that
seome of his neighbors, jealous of his
prosperity, had comnbin ed to injutre
him by witchcraft. His cows fell
sick, his wheat withered, and lie him
self had singular fits of oppression
andl despondency at the sight of the
objoetionable persons. Ho consult
ed sevoral doctors, even going to
Lyons for treatment, but as they all
deridod his story lie resolved to put
in practice the remedy suggestedl by
a village crone-namely, to draw
blood from each one of his persecu- 1
tors. Accordingly lie armed hi'u
self with a number of stoumt pins
wilth glass heads, hid hinmself near
tileojparish church door on a proces
skmn day, when the whole commmunis
ty would naturally gather there, and
tilling suddenly upon his victims
pffanted a pin in each with remnarka.
b)10 vehemnence. Mr. and Mrs. Roy..1
mnud and Miss Joannettoe B Ldieu
et nplained~ to the police of the
aj ault. Baron declared with anD air
d. happiness that lie wvas guilty ;
tat ho bore no ill -will to the coim~
~ainants ; that ho h.id to do0 whet
(lha one, and it p~roved effectua',r
a hto and is cattle had rocovwed
?her health. Thme Judge endeavor
i to convince him that lie ad
moever been p~ossessed, but the prs,
U~nor retorted unamsworably that
~mtil lie had assaulted his torment
b::s ho had sufferod, whereas from
~h very moment that lie hid drawn
lood he and his beloved cattle hiad
g ~joyedl perfect health, so that infal
~bly hto must in the first place have
'001 b~ewitchod. Ho was santenced'
? fifteen days imprisonment, re
aivinig his punishment gleefully
M '" lie said, "that is not so
's : dergoas tihe price of the
of muon's health aind luck."
The late Dr.--, being one of (
no mloderators, (did not satisfy by C
iia preaching the Calvinistie per- a
aon of .his tlock. "\ h y, sir," said t
hoy, "we think you dinmna tell. um. a
nough about renonning our oWD t
Ighteousnoss." "nenonncing your if
anI' righiteousness \" vociferatea the I
Ii~ih( octor, "I never sa an
11111(71 ill
(iy 111a.. tailo(l, till the irtions of
the guan; 1ts friend pr red ml,
"The e n1ame of Do -and lI
anme of.'" m Iam11e), t .Cbi, ssioll in
hous o )o Grandvillo :ot he
years o. :y father."
passed i ' belonged 0 thl o le
ways fear :ontmlorenci. Th -ly
dluring. . our married life ,re
and1( m1iSen. hlapinessH' thait 1d2l
-for the I I wats too great to b _
fops -cons, was brought to a .or
and - a 'le end. Doadly one es
mark me- :St and noblest have t r
and couin ired against your fi> ,
what forg1 toousod--falsolyace' e,
mad to ai ->f treason to his
convicted. ". I will toll you
" Son~terf and perjury he w
"Ay, sor oar guilty-but he t;
died by thl4 nd sentonced-"
J1'ris 1" 1 !"
M11 nlsicl 'Iced, and suffered. -.E
"Trhe exo lands of Monsieur a
Henri uti:
covered hisr le Paris /"
remained a 1 honor I"
his frame c. od a piercing cry, nm
of grief, wil :e with his hands.
with streamili g time in this aittitt
comlunicait" rilscd by the ago
Moved his g his mother watc i
head. His cyes, the effect of t
palo-the cG . At length e v
trailn of eid tids, and rIise( ii
convulsed h1!1 ntonalllce was des 1
firm and high- indication of L
"Mother," ns which had ju
hand," "I tOn -but his look
to learn this'
your lips than 1 he, pressing hi
another. iieJ you. it was bett
for each ott. cadful socret fro
c111mn11 sorro 'ro the words '4
I pray you to v orth we will 1i
momen( 1tis. I -we shridl have
but I have firsV .nd1 ia Counon1liJ fat
Tuo young i1u.o me for a fi
from his mUotkey n rejomiyo
of the Baron (e '\to perform
"WeVlcom1e, ''c ,v m1 passe
boy," said thi 0 . , to thi
I have fairly w -
v)n brae
Heni , ginlvely.
"Not at all. Saxe himself says
l1wt more distinguished gallanitry
oever fell beneath his notico."
"Yo think thon, bar 1, I,.e1'.
claim t'post of honor uiid hanger iin
the next engagement ?"
"You can lead the Forlorn
Hope if you like."
"nihough, baron. I came to ask
your forgiveness."
"My forgiveness !"
"Yes, sir, for having wronged you
1 unconsciously so lately as lust
W1ronged me, and how, stramgo
boy ? You talk in iiddles."
.Last oveniuig, sir, oil the eve of
bat tie, which miiiglht well, conlsidering'
willt hollowed. have been lily last of
life, I sought your daughter. Her
m.nlloir, suo unguarde.t words sh1e
tlroppod, emboldened 1110 t.) declare
a secret which I ha1. hitierto kept
fas. locked ill my breast. I throw
imysell at her foot, and told her that
I loved her."
"And she -"
"Con fessed that she loved Io in'
return." "1Henri ! my boy--my son
-1y3 hero ! ihat niews makes(0 me~
fool young againi!.it gladdens my
old nearLt liko thei shout of victory
up)on aL strwken1 lild. Is this you'
~ICenco 'i I freely par~donl it."
"You know not all1, bacon. You
kow(1 thtIwas a)poor and <>bscure
ohirof fortune."
"T'he m1an-w~ho 1has distiniguished
huimsolf' as you haveo done tmis day
nuight claimi the hanud of an om'
pero's dlaughter."
"13aron, nttwoonl me1 and1( Hleloise
therie lies a1 black sha~dow---a memo110'
ry-a horror, wvhiohn forbids our1
metetling. Tuo very namo .L bear
doe nC, ot bolong to mo "
'-Anid howv may y'ou be named13(,
younlg man, if not D~eGrandviho '!
"Heonri do Montmiorenci," replied
thec young soldior.
baronUu. "litat is a noble and14 his-.
t'.rie namell. 'The house15 of Miontmno
renei hias bcoon well represent~ed .in
itao 1101d."
"And on the serftbl I" added
H -enri, with deep emIlotion.
I"The 50e11101d 1" Celimeid the
b r*' n dies, yes ; I remiember' now
a dlreadIf il tragedy. But /he sulfor
"No miatter," answered .1Henri.
"The iglnmimlous pun~liihmnt r'e
ai (sasa pnoi ooutchon.
0 )md(omnlOdl ma1n and( exoculted traIitor'.
Could I forget for a nmont the
traigedy wmonh has1 rondteed my
p)oor miothier an anunated image of
-death, the finger of the world would
roclll lmy wandering thoughts to the
horrors of the f'act. Tuoi scafld(,
with al11 its bloody paralphernialia,
w~ol iso ho )fore me."
"1honri, you are too seem ";'
said( the baron. "'lhe
'bravest of France (alal'
tor'y I) havo closed ti
the scaffold. I bol1
innlocent. If it
ave reodoom"
race. You
A Black Man's View of the Inter'est and
Duty of His Race.
CHARLnsTON, S. C., Sept. 25, 1876.
'o the .E'duor News and Courier:
The present condition of things in
this State, by the relation of the two
races in hostile array against each
other, is most anomalous, and, to
the thoughtful dbserver is capable of
comprehending the true stato of the
situation, and interested in the wel
t.i :e of the people and State, is
alarming inl the extreme. I cannot,
and will not, believo otherwise than
that political motives, by unscrupul
ous leaders, have induced it ; as tho
general feelings between the races,
till after the last canvass in 1874 for
Governor, were kindly and cordial.
The canvass of that your was the
first great mutual effort made to
unite the two races in one political
movement, which came near being
successful. Why then, now, this
great divergence and extraordinary
estrangement ? From whichever
side it comes, or whether from those
of both sides, it evidently is intend.
ed to prevent a union of the two
races in one common home or State
In such an issue as that now
pending, if not permanently check
ed, my race can have but one
terminal dostiny-political nonentity
and race extermination. And what
care the promoters of this fearful
steife when that is the end they
desire to obtain ? This thing can
and must be stopped. There are
virtue and intelligence enough
a.nong the people to do it; but
e teh race must perform its part and
do its duty. Shall it be said that at
such a crisis the blacks had no
statesmen, no men of diplomatic
wisdom among thom c(lal to the
emergency, the demands of the
hour ? For statesmanship is not
necessary simply to diplomatic
shrewdness, since even among
s.tvages (as the Indians of America)
shrewd diplomatists are met with.
S Mall we, the blacks, be less than
When my race were in bondage :
1 did not hesitate in using my judg
mint in aiding to free the, No
" that they are free I shl in9 -21Y"
mug ou" ii ustrig teLajud zodom and
lromoto cmesorve th . What I
did and desired rbi y own rao, I
desire and wvould io if duty re
quired for any othhb race. The r
exorcise of all their rights unilpair.. (
o, and unobstructed is that desire. t
I have then but one line of duty n
let me, and that is to aid that
effort which in my judgment best J
tends to bring about a union of the -
two riaces, wohite and black, (by n
biack I mean all colored people) 11
ll onc common interest in the State, n
with all the rights and privileges '
af each inviolab y and sacredly r. t
speeted. 1
The present Democratic move- 1
fnent promises this, and asks us, the t
b)lacks, simply to aid them and try
them once ; if they do not fulfil 1
heir promises, to trust them no y
nore. This is simply fair. This i!
,v.s asked by the Ropublicans (col 4
>red people) inl 1908 of the Demo, C
*rats at the beginning of recon- 1
truction, which thley then refused, 5
>ut have long sincei seen and felt
,he results of their error. I am not
v'illing, now that an1 Occasion re
juires our co-operation, that wvith
~heir example before our eyes we
hlould commit tihe same error.
As Gen. Wade Hampton is the i
andidate for Governor, no one will 9
luestion him as speaking tihe senti. ~
nents of his party in the present t
saue0 and camllpaign, I quote:
"ini his speech at Abbeville, as in I
ivery county whlere lie has spoken,
me has pledgod his word1 tihat, if b
dicted Governor of South Carolina, 1
10e'a/ael rendler to the wkote10 people ~
a' tie State equal and impartial R
tslice.' And that his meanings
hould 1)e unmistakable, he said : 'If b
here is a white man in this assembly1
who, because ho is a Democrat or -
>eeausoe he is a white man, believes '&
hat when I am elected Governor, e
f I should be, I will stanld between C
miim and the law, or grant to him v
my privileges or immunities that. 0
Ilall not be granted to the colored 1
a in, ho is mistaken; and I tell him
Low, if that is his reason for voting ol
or me, not to vote at all." Al
Again, as late as Saturday, thme s
i3d, at Darlington, he said : "We i
vishm to show tihe colored people d
hat their fights are fixed and im- ni
novabile, and, furthermore, we a:
voull not abridge them if wve could. c.
(10 here, what I did in tihe Con . ni
eontion;i I pledge myself esolemnly, ti
a tihe presence of the peoplo of Pj
outih Car'olina, and in the presence 81
i my God, that, if the Democratic OJ
cket is elected, I shall know no P'
~a?ty, nor race, in tile administra. a]
on of the law. So sure as the law g'
renAunces a man guilty, so sure nl
iall that man be punished. I shall S
nowv nothing lbut tihe lawv and the
)onstitution of South Carolina and h
'1 tile United States. [Immense b
pplause.] Wo recognizeo thea
bideenth, fourteetith and fifteenth t
mendments of the Constitution of
he United States, and accept them'~
a good faith. The colored peoplo g
now that it is nndor those amend
ments that .they enjoy theo rights
hof ww ha'vo;y M tand nipon
bhat platform, and not one sing o
eight enjoyed by the colored poop e
bo day shall be taken from ther.
They shall be the equals, under t o
h.w, of any man in South Carolir.
And we further pledge that wo w 11
give better facilities for educaton
than they have ever had beofro.
(Loud chering.] Let me say Ono
wvord more to the colored peoplo. { I
was the first man in the Stat of
South Carolina, after the war, ho
advised the white people of S th
Carolina to give the right of vping
to the colored people. ;I hae the
proposition\at several publi meoet'
ings in Columbia, and I t 9k the
ground that they had boon made
citizens and that they should not be
excluded from the right to vote." ..
Those are, indeed, most definite,
strong, impressive and extraordina,
ry words, and must have eboee
candidly meant, or tbey;e ey
wonbid havo been spoken
shall, hold Gen. Hampton, o aif
of my raco, before tho iad
world; responsible for thom ; and if
they a-o not verified in every pare
tieuhlr the moral sentiment of all
Christehdom will be a swift and
con(lemnuing witnoas against him.
And not only him., but Mr. W. D.
I Simpson, candidate for Lieutenant.
Governor, and all others of his
colleagues who have pledged their
party for oqudal rights and justieo
hoforo the law to all the people of
both races, shall he hold equally ro
sponsiblo for their utterances I
desire in this that my race shall see
that the veracity, honor and .in
tegrity of the party laf'o boon
plighted to them.
And since the Carolinians of the
white race did not hesitate to take
mei at my word, and honor' re with
their support in the gen.al Stato
canvass of 1874, for Li
Governor on the Indepen
publican ticket, in an eilfN'ED.
deem the State of ileonopm-,.
corruption, I shall not nowEFORE
to take them at their word,.HERE
then in a similar effort in
supporting the State movo)
voting the St-ito )3mncrati
as put fo:th and avoweo
present issue, for the goo
the people of both races. & CO.
this I change no princ;
,jljhere as anAmerican to to- -
-.,d..c~'T~m - .
'.gqht of the comnon ;eople to rule.
This is a step taken after the
naturest deliberation, as the claims
f race are far above those of faction
mad party ; and duty to the claims
>f the community, far above the dic,
4ition and reluirement of factional
anl partyleaders.
My design was fixed after the ad
ournmnot of the Republican Con-,
'ontion recently hold at Columbi
,nd my conclusion only roacho
,fter the Straiglit-out nonminationq
t Orangeburg, Thursday last, by
vhich wats proven to my satisfactioni
hat the policy of the party recog
sizes both races, as three colored
]en were put in nomination on the
In this step, impelled by my own
romptings for the benefit of my race
ith that of the white, as when,
'uckling on Iy sword, I entered
ie United States Army, as a field
flicer, for the same1 ob)jc~t anid pur
lose, I have thme honor to b)e, sir,
our most obedient servant,
An Explanation Wanted.
The C]ourierd-ournal wcants
Tarper's Weekly to explain-.~.ut of
s excess of enlightened cuhur() and
road, Chris tiani zed spim t--whero'
a the nomination of Wade H-amps%
on for Governor of fiouth Carolina
msa a blunder. Il adds: "Is Wade
Iampton a turn-coat and a thief ?
a lie a blackg;uard and a miounto..
'ank i Is h' an oxtre mist, or dog
iatist ? What has he (lone, what
as he failed to do, which ought to
tigmnatize him, making an offense of
ny aspiration of his, making a
hander out of any confidence shown ~-- -
im by his fellow-citizens ?1 It is Aa
ard to got a civil, and still less a fair,
uswer of any Republican, however . .4
>nspieuous, as Mr. George William
ur tis is for the affhoottion of political
irtuo. WVade Hampton is now well
u to sixty years of age. He was
over a politician. Before the wvar
a was a wealthy planter holding
pjrmons so conservative, that, in the
ot Carolina atmosphere, lie was
ispiected of ultra Union proclivities.
lie war came on and ho was a sol
ier ; not a blot upon his shield;
ot an unmanly, not an -ingenerous
~t charged to his account., At the
ose of the wnr he was 'tihe first
otablo Southern leader to accept
1o situation. H e did so like- a wise,
rudent, patriotie eitizen. Ever
ne, heo has been a friend and help.
to the black peopie. Never a
litioian, nover an office-seeker,
was's a plain -spoken, moderat6
Intl oman-~why sho id ho not be
aminatedl by the stricken people of
aith Carolina for Gavernor ?
A moeroanile firna at hpid't Lake
wvo adopted a new method of doing
isimoss. No books areokopt. When~
custoncr desires credit, he goes to
o deisk and h)orrows ti4e 1az09y,
r which he gives his ne pay bo
ith interest. Ho thenad bir is
>ods nd~ palys for them, -
Always bound to iilb w4Ma I.

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