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Delegates to tne State Convention.
Asbeville.?T. C. Perr'in, Edward No?
ble, John H. Wilson, Thomas Thomson,
D. L. Wardlaw, John A. Calhoun.
Baunwell.?L. M. Aver, W. P. Finley,
_Braham,-Lawtou, Gen. D. F.
Chester.?A. Q. Dunovant, Thos.
Moore, John McKee, sr., Richard Woods.
Charleston.?A. G. Magrath, W. P.
h Miles. John Townsend. R. N. Gonrdin, H.
W. Conner, T. 1). Wagner, R. B. Rhett,
C. G. Memminger, G. Manigault, J. J.
Pringle Smith. 1. W. Havne. J. II. Hon?
our. SR. DeTroville, T. M.'Hanekel, L. W.
Spratt, A. W. Eurnct, W. Middleton. T.
Y. Simons. F. D. Richardson, Benj. H.
Rutledge, Edward McCrady, F. J. Por
Christ Church.?Peter P. Bouneau,
W. P. Shingler.
Darlington.?E. W. Charles. J. A.
Dargan, Rev. J. M. Timmons, I. D. Wil.
Edgefield.?F. II. Wardlaw, R. G. M.
Dunnovant, J. P. Carol 1, A. J. Hammond,
James Tompkins, James Smiley, W m.
Fairfiei.d.?Ex-Gov. J. H. Means, Maj.
W. S. Lyles, H. C. Davis, Gen. J. Buch?
Greenville.?Dr. James C. Furman,
Col. W. II. Campbell, Dr. James Harri?
son. Perry E. Duncan and Gen. W. K.
Horry.?T. W. Be?ty, W. J. Ellis.
Lexington.?Col. H. J. Caughman,
John C. Geiger, Esq., Gen. Paul Quattle
Lancaster.?Dr. R, L. Crawford ; Dr.
W. C. Canthcn ; Rev. D. P. Robinson.
.Laurens.?H. C. Young. II. W. Ga Is?
lington,- W. D. Watts, Thomas Weir, sr.,
John D. Williams.
Marlboro'.?E. W. Goodwin, A. Mc
Leod, W. D. Johnston.
Marion.?W. W. Harllee. W. B Row
ell. C. D. Evans. A. W. Bethea.
Orange.?T. W. Glover, L. M. Keitt,
Donald R. Barton.
Prince William's.?W. F. Huston, J.
Richland.?Wm. Hopkins, Maxcy
Gregg. Jas. H. Adams, Wm. F. DeSaus
surc. John H. Kinsler.
Spartanburg.?S. Bobo, J. H. Carlisle.
Win. Curtis, B. B. Foster, B. F. Kilgore,
J. G. Landrum.
Sumter.?Maj. A. C. Spain, Revs. H.
D. Green and Thos. R. English and M.
P. Maves. ?
St. Helena.?R. W. Barnwell, J. D.
St. Peter's.?Langdon Chevee, B. H.
St. Stephen's.?T. L. Gourdin, J. S.
St. Matthews.?John Wannamakcr,
175; Dr. L. Dantzler 165? Dr. A. Darby
165. There being but two to be elected,
the tie in the last two vitiates their elec?
St. "Andrew's.?E. M. Clark, A. H.
St. John's Berkley.?W. Cain, P. C.
St. TnoM.vs and St. Dennis.?J. L.
Nowell, J. S. O'Hear.
St. James Goose Creek.?John M.
Shingler, C. P. Brown.
Union.?J. M. Gadberry, W. H. Gist,
James Jeffries, sen., J. S. Sims, sen.
Williamseurq.?A. W. Dozier, J. G.
Presslev, R. C. Logan.
York.?Dr. R. T. Allison, Dr. A. J.
Barron. Samuel Rainev, A. B. Springs,
W. B. Wilson.
Hissing.?On Thursday, in the House
of Representatives, while Mr. Coehrane,
of New Yorlc. was appealing to Mr. Haw?
kins, of Florida, to ree^i.o'.dcr his declina?
tion to serve on the Committee of 33, he
was frequently applauded. Mr. Garnett
j-ebulced such demonstrations, when hisses
were'heard from the galleiy. Mr. La
mar, of Mississippi, said " it was not
strange to hear hissing in this House, the
same had been heard in Eden."
In a letter published in the Richmond
Examiner, Senator nunter admits the
right of secession, but argues that it shoud
take place only when it must be immedi?
ate to be a remedy at all; declares Lin?
coln's election no cause for disruption, till
after the failure of all proper means to
preserve a constitutional L^mon; favors a
conference of the southern States to agree
upon guarantees to bo proposed; and ar?
gues that if the Union bo dissolved, the
border southern States should unite with
the other southern States.
Florida is competing nobly for the po?
sition of the banner State in tho Southern
movement. The unanimous call of the
Convention has been followed and en?
dorsed by large and unanimous meet?
ings in various places; and so far as re?
ports have reached us, through exchanges
and private correspondence, this State is
a unit tor decisive action.
Drawn their Pay.?The Washington
correspondent of the New York Herald
says that the !i members from South Car
oliua, Alabama. Georgia and Mississippi
drew pay and mileage to this date, which
leaves the Treasury without money for
similar service to other members."
In the vote cast in the General Assem?
bly of Georgia for electors to cast the vote
Georgia for President and Vice President
of the United States, wo find recorded
the following : For President of Southern
Confederacy, R. Barnwell Rhett. of South
Carolina, 1*. For President of Southern
United States, Edmund Ruffin, of Vir?
Messrs. Young & Blair, says the Enfau
la Spirit of the South, have manufactured
at their foundry, in this place, a cannon
for a company at Lawrenceville, which
answers admirably all the purposes for
which artillery is needed. We are proud
to record this triumph of home iudnstry
and mechanic skill.
Lincoln is excessively pleased with the
speech of Alex. II. Stephens, of Georgia.
He says that the best item of news he
had received since the 6th of November
was that of Mr. Stephens' election as del?
egate to the Georgia State Convention.
The Alexandria Sentinel learns that
('apt. John Scott, commanding the fine
Black Horse Company, of Fauquier Coun-!
ty, Va., has proffered his services to the |
Governor of South Carolina.
THURSDAY MORNING, DEC'R. 13, VSGO.
JAMES A. HOYT, Editor.
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The December issue of this superb quarterly lias
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this work is unsurpassed, while its contorts are at
all times interesting and instructive.
Wo learn, by private source, that the following
gentlemen have been elected delegates to represent
Pickens District in the State Convention, viz: A.
E. Lewis, r. A. Tuomsox, Wm. Hunteu, W. S.
Grisiiam, andCapt. John Maxwell.
Bear Creek Minute Men.
We have been kindly furnished with the follow?
ing list of officers, elected on the Gth inst-, to com?
mand the above gallant corps :
L. W. Tribble, Captain.
S. M. Wilkrs, 1st Lieutenant.
L. W. Kay, 2d
J. A. Mattisox, Ensign.
Dr. W. C. Xorpis, Surgeon.
Shooting Affair at Grc e iviUe.
A corcspondonce of the Columbia Guardian,
writing from Greenville on the 7th insf., says that
a difficulty occurred that day in front of the new
Court House, between Mr. J. P., Poole and Mr. E.
0. Jacobs. "A previous personal difficulty having
existed between them, Mr. Jacobs apprcached Mr.
Poole, drew a pistol, fired several times at him,
whereupon Mr. Poole commenced firing, advanced
upon Jacobs, and used his pistol over his head."
Mr. Jacobs, we learn, died on Friday night
from the severe wounds received.
The Calhonn Mountaineers.
This is the name given to a company of volun?
teers recently formed at Fair Tiny, in Pickens Dis?
trict. It is commanded by our gallant young
friend, Capt. F. W. Kilpatrick. The" hardy
mountain boys have always proved useful in times
of war, and if this country is destined to be involved
in strife and bloodshed, we know of none who will
more promply meet the invaders of our section and
repel the destroyers of our rights and liberties,
than this corps, which bears the name of our illus?
trious statesman. That name will never be sullied
while in their keeping.
Hiram Lodge, No. 68, A. F. II.
At a regular communication of this Lodge, held
on Monday evening. December Od, 180"), the fol?
lowing brethren were elected officers to serve the
ensuing Masonic year:
H. B. ARNOLD, W. M.
John B. Moore, S. W.
James A. Major, J. W.
James A. Paoett, Sec.
J. B. Clark, Treas.
Dr. E. M. Bnow.v, S. D.
E. J. Major, J. D.
E. F. Murraii, Tiler.
Burning Bosh Chapter, No. 7, B. A. M.
At a regular convocation of this Lodge, held on
Monday cveuing last, the following officers were
TFIOMAS HALL, M.-. E.\ II.-. P.-.
H. B. Arnold, King.
S. H. Lanoston, Scribe.
J. B. Clark, Treasurer.
F. C. Borstel, Secretary.
J. T. Horns, P. S.
C. C. Lanoston, C. Ii.
J. B. Moore, R. A. C.
E. W. Byrcm, G. M. 3d Veil.
S. E. Moore, " 2d "
M. Lesser, " 1st "
E. F. Mi'RRAir, Sentinel.
The Anderson Troop.
The following gentlemen were elected officers in
the above named corps, at the clectidu held on
JOHN W. G?TTON, Captain.
John McFall, sr., 1st Lieutenant.
S. M. Wiekes, 2d "
II. B. Arnold, Cornet.
With two cx-Brigadicr Generals, an ex-Colonel
and their late Captain, as officers?mcr.,, too, who
would do honor as leaders anywhere?the Cavalry
corps at this place may well claim an important
'?place in the picture" of our glorioua hereafter.
When the tocsin of war is sounded, the Anderson
Troop will be.prompt and decided in their re?
sponse, by mounting their steeds and setting off
for the conflict. That arm of the service is highly
estimated, and wc would like to know if there is
another corps in the District ready for duty?if |
not, they should burnish their blades and prepare
at once, for delay is dangerous.
The election for delegates to the Convention from
this District passed off quiet and orderly. The re?
turns from the official statement, will be found iu
our columns. From the number of votes given, it
will be seen that only about one-half the number
of voters exercised their elective privilege, and that
something over fifty of those cast wer; not for the
regular candidates. For fear of misrepresentation
or misconception, we will explain. At one box,
21 tickets were voted " No Separate Si ate Action."
At two ethers,"Union"' and "Co-operation" received
3D votes. The co-operatiouists, we believe, must
have been misled, for undoubtedly their desires will
be met; and therefore, to have voted for any of the
genliemeu who were in nominauon, would not have
compromised any political principle, nor committed
them to extreme action. They were cither misin?
formed or led astray from designing motives, and
by scheming men. As to the few "Union" votes
polled, we have little to say. They accomplish no
earthly good, and besides, were cast for defunct
matter; the Union no longer exists, only in name,
on I that faiut significance will shortly cease.
The small vote may be accounted for in several
ways. From our knowledge of facts as they exist,
it is entirely safe to presume that one-half of those
who refrained from voting are in favor of secession,
with and without co-operation. The other half wc
would not undertake to classify. Some are for the
Union, we doubt not, but assuredly nvt all.
Now, this was the last contest ever to be decided
by South Carolinians in the United States. We
assume the fact, that thi3 State will secede_wc
have said so for weeks, and gave su ;h a course
our hearty endorsement. Let every one, forgetting
past differences and burying dead issues, stand
prepared to defend her glorious Palmetto colors,
and with one exulting shout, exclaim, "Come weal
or come woe, we will maintain the future of our
This .venerable statesman has delivered his last
annual message to the Congress cf the United
States. It has been read with sympathy and great
indignation, as the reader was pleased to view the
last document of that kind which is to emanate
from the President under whose administration
this once powerful anu glorious Government is to
be broken up. We have perused its contents,
conned its positions, and studied its anomalous
views, with a mingled sympathy and indignation.
Its great length precludes our giving any consider?
able portion of the Message in this issue; on our
fourth page, however, will be found an article sue
cintly stating its positions on the great question of
the day, and also containing some pithy comments,
which will give the reader some idea of what the
President has elaborated into enough space to fill
our entire outside.
No man in the world's history has been required
to occupy the unenviable position of Mr. Buchan?
an. At the head of a great nation, whose princi?
ples of government are based upon republican
ideas, where people are sovereign and control their
rules through the medium of the ballot-bot?he is
compelled to witness the dismemberment of that na?
tion, and this, too, ns he closes his labors in the
chief magistracy. The thought must be humiliat?
ing, and we are moved to sincere pity when we re?
flect that such is his inevitable lot. lie is the last of
an illustrious line of patriots who have governed
this country ; in rising from his official chair, he
surrenders it to a man whose election to the office
was a base fraud practiced upon two-thirds of the
people of these United Slates?who is elected to
place and power because he is willing to represent
aggressive, unconstitutional and sectional views,
which operate against the peace, liberty and pur?
suit of happiness of half the governed. This Mr.
BUCHANAN rightly appreciates, and is only anoth?
er cause for him to bow his head in shame and
Further?the aged patriot belong.*, by birth and
interest to the North. He was elected and has
been adhered to by the Southern States, while his
own section of country has almost entirely deser?
ted him. At this critical period, he has to meet
the great issue of disunion, and his dilemma is
unbounded?whether to peril all in defending and
upholding those who have steadily and firmly sus?
tained his administration, and in defending them,
maintain what he knows, to be right; or to choose
sides with his native section and in behalf of this
Union, which, he clearly sees, has run its course
and accomplished all it ever can. The mist and
fog of unending and perplexing difficulties sur?
round him?ho is enveloped in the darkness of tin
decision, with no beacon light urging him on, but
rather frowning clouds and the mutterings of fast
approaching thunder about him.
Is it strange, then, that the last Message of the
distinguished President, (who is far advanced in
years, and who received his political teachings
from the very founders of this Government,) should
contain so much cause of dissatisfaction to the
whole country 1 We think not, and would have been
much surprised to find him disclosing views at all
satisfactory to either section under existing cir?
The State Convention assembles in the city of
Columbia on next Monday. Its sentiment will be
harmonious ami decided in regard to dissolving the
lies thai now unite us with the General Government.
We hope its action ami course may prove equally
fraternal and united. in our humble judgment,
the Convention tuny speedily accomplish the objects
for which it is convened, and every member should
go prepared to give his aid and influence in perpe?
tuating harmony, drowning discord and steering
clear of dissensions in this important, solemn and
august period of our history as a people. There
is no need of delay in framing the ordinance which
will declare our separation from the United States.
One coui^c only cau be consistently carried out,that
is, to persevere in a dignified manner towards se?
cession, without regard to the action of other
States. It has been declared, almost authorita?
tively, that South Carolina will secede at all haz?
ards, and it remains for the Convention, when it
meets, turning neither to the right nor to the left
for counsel or temporizing advice, to redeem the
pledges thus made by her leaders and legislators.
Any other course will have the effect of bringing
upon the State rebukes for indecision and want of
confidence, in her cause. On the other band, we
do not desire "hot haste'' nor precipitate action.?
All discern the importance of South Carolina mov?
ing steadily and surely towards deliverance, pre?
serving her sclf-rcspcct and boldly asserting her
rights as a sovereign State. When she has launch?
ed her ship of slate upon the sea of nations, and
cut loose her moorings to the present government,
then will properly be entertained any propositions
from sister slave commonwealths ; then may com?
missioners be sent to other Conventions, if deemed
necessnry, to urge like action upon their part, and
then can site negotiate with all powers in the
known world. To do this sooner, will not be wor?
thy of her position, and certainly will be regarded
as vacillating policy, if not dangerous procrastina?
tion of her own action.
The Convention, we may remark, will be com?
posed of the ablest, most experienced and wisest
men in the Stale. A glance at the list of delegates
from the various districts and parishes will con?
vince any one of the truth of this remark. They
know their duly and the weight of responsibility
imposed upon them?that duty and that responsi?
bility, we feel assured, will be met as intelligent free?
men only can, and'the people may safely entrust
their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honors
with such a body of fearless patriots and states?
This is the third week of the regular session.
Legislators have been industriously engaged in
perfecting necessary bills in view of the secession,
of this Slate. They have worked unremittingly,
and deserve commendation from the people for
their assiduity in endeavoring to prepare I hem for
any and every emergency that may arise in the
next few months or years. Our limited space pre?
vents us from giving any synopsis of the proceed?
ings, but next week we hope lo publish the impor?
tant measures that will pass this session.
The election of Governor was gone into on Tues?
day. Hons. F. W. Pickkxs, B. J. Johnson, R. P>.
Rhktt, Gen. D. F. Jamison, and others, arc the
I The Army Bill passed (he Senate on Saturday
by a unanimous vote. It. would come up in the
House on Tuesday, Rut wiil doubtless be amended
in many particulars.
Our friend and Reprcsenlative, Maj. J. V.
Moore, has been engaged in the discussion on this
Bill, and by his course has gained warm commen?
dations from different sections of the Slate. The
Bill, as first read, allowed the selection of Regi?
mental officers to the Governor; the amendment of
the Major gave the election to the volunteers who
may be called into service, and who will undoubt?
edly want to choose their own leaders. The .Major
is right, and those who will be called into the field
sustain him heartily in that- cottr?c.
"What can our Enemies do ?
An argument used in other States against seces?
sion is, that the Black Republicans will bo restrain?
ed by the Constitution from enacting any laws
which will embarass or retard the progress and
welfare of the South. In consequence of this, it is
contended that we should fight the battle in the
Union and endeavor to oust the enemy from place
and power. Every reading, thinking man is well
assure! that the reins, i.nce in their hands, can
never be wrested from the Black Republican
grasp?anti-slavery States will claim admission in
sufficient numbers, within the next lour years, to
forever destroy all hope of defeating this one-idea,
sectional band of agitators. They pass into power,
and what can they do ? The question receives n
pointed, striking and somewhat novel answer in an
"Appeal to the South," from the pen of Judge
LojtGSTREET, and which wc publish below. Read
it, and reflect upon what our enemies have in tlmir
hands when Congress is under their control. If
they have the power under the Constitution to en?
act laws of such fatal character to our interests'
what can the South expect from a party sworn 'o
trample that instrument under foot ? With the
venerable scholar and patriot, whose article is re?
ferred to, wc thank God that South Carolina will
ncvei be subjected to the degrading position of a
State submitting to I lie rule of that arrogant party.
The series of articles, by the way. which have
appeared in the last few weeks in the Columbia
Guardian, from Judge L., have met with an exten?
sive re-publication all over the South. Their
practical character and the eminent abilities of the
author make them attractive and insure a perusal
from every reader. We doubt not that they have
accomplished much good already in the noble
cause of Southern independence. The one which
follows is marked for its brevity and cogent argu?
Ail Appeal tu tue South.?There is a reason
why the Southern Stales should leave the Union'
which will satisfy the most abject submissionisls in
the South, which 1 would not venture lo suggest,
if it were not absolutely certain than South Caroli?
na will secede, and were there not strong reasons
to believe that at least two other States will follow
her 'ixamplc. I would not suggest it. because the
Abolitionists have never yet thought of it, and I
wem sure the Southern States would remain in the
Union. I present it in brief, by itself, lest it
should be overlooked in a long article, or be exclud?
ed from papers which will not publish longarticlcs.
no' matter how important they may be. Do you
know, people of the South, that the Black Repub?
licans can, by the enactment of one single constitu?
tional law, of twelve words, accomplish their aims
to the full measure of their wishes ? When I say
constitutional law, I mean a law within the letter of
Constitution. Here it is: "No products of slave
labor shall be exported from the United States."
Congress has the power of regulating commerce
between the United Slates and foreign nations,
Congress did, in 1h(?7. slop (by an embargo) all
con.mcrce between this country and foreign na?
tions, and that, too, on the motion and votes of
Southern men : and that was one of the grievances
of the Hartford convcnlionists. Congress may
forbid the exportation of particular articles. How
would you answer these arguments in support of
such a law? Under such a law. what would your
cotton, sugar, rice .mi tobacco be worth ? And
what would the labor that produces them be worth.
Thtsnk God, South Carolina is safe!
A. R. Cong STREET.
Gov. V/. H. Gist.
This thorough exponent of strict Stale Rights
doctrine, being about to retire from the service of
South Carolina as her Governor, has addressed a
few parting words lo the General Assembly. His
duties in the past few month's have been arduous
and many, and were it constitutional, we should
feel entirely willing that the reins of government
might be held by him longer yet. lie has met eve?
ry responsibility with manly courage, wisdom and
prudence. Wc hope his successor, whoever he
may be, will not lower the proud standard of our
noble State, nor make a less useful and honored
The following is the last Message of Gov. Gist,
sort in to the Legislature on Friday last, and for
which we would ask a perusal:
Gentlemen of lite Senate ami II mrc of Representatives:
?Allow me in this my last official communication.
? a farting word. .Soiiih Carolina, after many Inn/?
years of earnest but fruitless efforts to arrest the
progress of fanaticism, and slay the hand of ag?
gression upon her rights by ihe Northern States of
tiic Confederacy?after vain remonstrances and
solemn assurance that a free people could never
submit to inequality and degradation, has at. last
determined, with unparrallcled unanimity, to sever
the bi n 1, that binds her to those States, an 1 pan
company with those that treat her citizens as alien i
an.l enemies, rather than friends und brethren.
The comparatively small star which represents her
on the national banner, and which has hitherto il?
lumined the path of the traveler in the search of
constitutional liberty, must henceforth quit its ap?
pointed place, and must shine only on a banner
consecrated to equality, justice and Southern
Rights. To permit ii lo remain longer in its pres?
ent association, would only dim its lustre, and ulti?
mately quench its light.
We were told by our great statesman, that the
cords of the Union were snapping one by one, and
new, the last is broken. Could he have lived to
witness our regeneration, he would feel hitusell
amply rewarded for all his toils and sacrifices, and
would say, like Simeon of old. "Lord, now Idles:
thou thy servant depart in peace."
A few more days, and the act of secession will
be consummated by a solemn ordinance of a Con?
vention of the people, and the glad tidings will go
forth with lightning speed to every Southern
State, to rejoice the hearts and cheer the drooping
spirits of millions anxiously awaiting the sequel
for a* general deliverance. We have progressed
thus far with firm and even*tread?with calmness
and deliberation, but with a constancy of purpose
not to be shaken by danger or suffering.
A single pause, or the least vacillation, and all
will be lost. However anxious we may be for co?
operation, or however certain we may be of obtain?
ing it, let u6 first move ourselves, as the best means
of affecting that object; and having closed the
door from which wc have passed out of the Union,
sc that no insidious devices of the enemy, or false
promises of pretended friends can avail to open
it then, and not then, may wc with safely seek
co-operation, and unite with oilier Stales who have
resumed their sovereignty and arc prepared to
'form a more perfect Union, and share with us a
Every sentinel should remain nt his post, and
not relax a fibre until the great work is completed,
the great battle fought, and a glorious victory
achieved. The delay of the Convention, for a sin
g:e week, to pass the ordinance of secession, will
have a blighting and chilling influence upon*the
action of other Southern Stales, and the opponents
of the movement everywhere will be cticourgcd to
make another effort to rally their now scattered and
disorganized forces, to defeat our action and stay
our onward march. Fabius conquered by delay,
n:id there crc tho?c of his school, though with n
more unworthy purpose, ttlio shrinking from an
open and manly attack, use this veil to hide their
deformity, and, from a masked battery, discharge
their missiles ; but I trust they will striko the ar?
mor of truth and fall harmless at our feet, and
that by the 25th of December no flag but the Pal?
metto will float over any part of Soutli Carolina.
It only remains for me to request the appoint?
ment of a committee to examine the accounts of the
Executive Department, and to inform you that I
have no further communication to make.
Wx. II. GIST.
The Farmor and Planter.
The December number of this capital monthly is
promptly on our table. Its attractive pages are
decidedly interesting to the fanning community,
and we trust that our friends will give it a hearty
support next year. Published at Columbia, S. C,
at one dollar per year. Sudscriptions received by
the editor of this paper.
Of the Election in this District, Dec. 6,18G0.
Anderson C. H.
Store vi lie,
Drown s M. G.,
198; 173 154
:lti7'.? 1051 '.171 '.?17 893 &
The following named gentlemen arc duly elected,
Hon. J. N. W1IITNER.
Ho.s. J. L. ORR.
IIox. J. P. REED.
Hon. R. P. SIMPSON".
Rkv. B. F. MACLDIN.
for ihr Intelligencer*
TO THE VoTKttS OF A.N'DEltSO.N DlSTtttCT:
I am informed that reports derogatory to my
character as a gentleman arc now being actively
circulated in different parts of the District, and
as these reports are no doubt intended to affect my
standing at the approaching election in January
next, I deem it but sheer justice to myself to tliu
notice them, and to ask of those who are the au
thors of them cither to prove their assertions, or
cease the circulation of that which they mu>t
know is calculated, just at this time, to do me an
injury. I know not who the author of these re?
ports are?it is enough for me to know that he is
not my friend, and that it is my duty to place my?
self right before the people. These reports, ii
would seem, fellow-citizens, have been based noon
the unworthy oud inglorious part which it i.j
alleged that I acted at the calamitous uro which
visited the village of Williamson ou ine 70i of
November. It was my fortune to be present on
that sad occasion, and to witness, for the first time
iu my life, the horrors of a town on tire. Amongst
other charges, it is alleged that whilst the hotel of
my host (Ml-, lt. R. Hudgcnsj was in flames, that
his lady begged of me the small favor of assisting
her to remove a trunk Com tiic house, but that I
actually refused to render her any assistance what?
ever. It is also reported that whilst my host was
using a!! the efforts iu his power to save ins prop
erty, I bat 1 was couiiuuaiiy Uarrassing him about
Uiy baggage, Jlid iu.it 1 even attempted to make
iiiui \y.\j me lor my own trilling loss. Another re*
port nas a thai, during the lire, that Mr. iiarr.ui
gave uic t?o siablo key, and requested me to save
ins uorsu wmlst looking aiter my own, bot that in?
stead of doing so, ilia! i went to the stable, look
my honte out, locked lue door, put the key into my
pocket and weui off, leaving bis horse and all the
oilier slock in ihe stable to the mercy of the
[lames. Now, as I am responsible lor what T did
do, and not for what 1 did not do, 1 will give you.
fellow-citizens, au account of my actions ou thai
mght. and then leave you to judge for yourselves.
I did not arrive at Williamston until afier 7
o'clock on ilie night ot the tire ; 1 took lodging
at 'he Central House, which, bye-the bye, 1 have
always regarded as one amongst the best hotels in
tue country ; 1 re-tired at lu o'clock, being much
fatigued : I was soon in a sound sleep, Irom which
1 dul not awake until after 2 o clock, when I was
aroused irom my slumbers by the awful roaring of
11.unes, the wild confusion ol persons running to
and fro, amidst all the horror and consternation
tiiat might be expected to seize upon a people not
used to such scenes, and a recollection of which
almost makes me shudder to this day. The room
tiiat 1 occupied was iu the North end of the build?
ing, immediately Homing, and situated but a few
steps from the "big hotel," as it was called, where
the tire originated. When first discovered by me,
the end of that vast building next to my room was
enveloped. 1 do not think that I was more than
thirty live feel from the flames, and as they were
bursting out of the upper stories of that house
and across the narrow street that divided the two
huittls, it was really difficult for me to determine
whether the fire was confined to one or to both
buildings. Not being familiar with the plan of
the house, and seeing no chance for. escape, towards
the fin, my first care was to see if I could get out
by any oilier way. 1 opened the door, and seeing
an aisle that led back from the fire, I dressed my?
self and made my way out of the house as best I
could. I do not believe that I had left my room
more than fifteen minutes before it was in flames.
I did not speak to any lady in the house on that
night, and I have no recollection of any speaking
to me. 1 am sure that had my hostess, or any
other lady, asked me for aid- that-my gallantry
would have been equal to the service. Having re?
gained the street, and to some extent my self-pos?
session, my first care was to look out for my horse,
but in doing this some of my accusers contend
"that I showed too much selfishness?that I was
looking after my property when the town was
burning up." Perhaps it is so, but I may be per?
mitted to urge, in extenuation of my conduct, tiiat
every other person that I came in'contact with,
?vho had anything at stake, appeared to be cx
! cccdiiigly busy iu minding, their own business, and
! showed, as 1 thought, a most laudable determina?
tion to save their own property. In this, fellow
citizens, I did not soar above the common frailty.
The first man I met in the street was Mr. Barron,
who appeared to bo connected with the manage?
ment of th? hotol. I B?ked him where I might
find the hostler. "I do not know," said he, "but
here is the stable key.1" I received it from him,
ran round to the stable, throwing the lot gate wide
open as I went, unlocked the stable door, and en?
tering in, found my horse tied in one stall, and an?
other tied in an opposite stall. These two horses
were all the stock that I saw in the stable. I
found my horse lo be much frightened and hard to
manage. 1 succeeded, however, in getting him out
of the stable, and led him off some distance in the
woods ami tied him up. The hostler (a boy of
color) now made his appearance, leading the other
horse out of the stable. He hitched him to a tree
not so far from the fire as I had left mini, and
turned to me aud asked if his horse Was far enough
oil' to be out of danger. 1 told him that he was.
The boy anil myself then returned to the lot, and
as I supposed that he would attend to the hotel
slablcs, I turned to another stable, as I took it to
be, and which, from its isolated location. 1 suppo?
sed to belong to some one ele*.- The door of this
building I found to be locked, and supposing ih .t
it contained horses, or stock of some kind, I forced
the door open; but the light from the fire shining
on the forge showed me that it was not a stable,
but a blacksmith shop, which, I afterwards learned,
belonged to Mr. Smith. Just at this time the
hostler passed me, pulling a buggy after him, and
asked mc to assist him with it. I took hold to'
push it after him, and although we had but little
trouble in getting down to the branch, yet- in
mounting the bluff on the opposite side, onr com?
bined strength was taxed to the utmost before wc
got up it. (This boy, if he was legal evidence, I
know would confirm what I say. ) Having reached
the common level, the boy ran off with the "buggy
to a safe distance, and I returned towards the fire
Just at this time, Ml\ Barron passed me, which'
was the first time that I had seen him since he had1
given mc the stable key. I said to him, "Barroti,
we have saved all tho stock," but added, "I did not
find my saddle, bridle and blanket." He replied,
"I took-them, Vandiver, down to the branch and
hung them on a log." We then both of us re?
turned to the lire, which was making frightful pro?
gress. It occurred to mc, just then, that perhaps
the next best service that I could render would be
to sec the business men, and to caution them about
their valuables. I accordiugly hastened to the
store of Bev. B. F. Mauldin, and a.?kcd him if he
had rescued his ledgers, notes, cases, &c. He re?
plied that he had, and added that he had removed
all his valuables out of his safe. I next met Mr.
Ligon, another merchant of the place, and pro?
pounded to him the same questions, and received
similar answers, for although his storeroom was
not immediately threatened, yet fearing that an.ex
plosion of gun-powder might scatter the fire all
over the town, I thought it well enough to be pre?
pared for the worst. My attention, just at thi*
time, was directed to the almost superhuman exer?
tions of Mr. Burns, and several of the studrnts-of
Mr. Kennedy's School, in trying to save the Drug
Store of Dr. Mill wee. They succeeded, contrary
to my expectations, which arrested the progress of
the Ih mes in that direction.. Their efforts on thi?
occasion would have done honor to an experienced
fire company. At this juncture, all the buildings
down to the carriage factory of J. J. Ack?r,
were in flames. I passed round to the premises of
these gentlemen, and on inquiry, found that they
had secured their books, notes. &c., and w;? re?
joiced to sec thai by the exertions of rhemseUw,
and the aid of several other yoang g>irtle?aeB ?rho
were assisting them, that they succeeded in r . Nng
their buildings also, which terminated tow dr.?a*
trous conflagration. Seeing that I could render
no further aid, I retired to the residence of in? on?
ly brother of my surviving parent for reftrwhra^ot
and repose, mentally praying that in 'the provi?
dence of (.rod thai it might not ag-iin be .ny s?d
fortune to mingle in such scenes.
I am sorry, feliow citizens, to be ur.dcr the ne?
cessity of calling your attention to all these things,
but a report has gone out that "Vtfttixinrhas
ruined himself at Willi.-.mston," and as nwrijr of
you know nothing about the facts La tS? cose* ?
thought it my duty to furnish you a true statement
of every particular, that you night be the bettrr
able rightly to appreciate the report:!, as well a-t
the motives of those who put them in circulation.
I know that 1 did not daring:hu excitement ofthat
hour observe that coolness, self-possession or quiet'
demeanor, that I would observe in Church, or
arouud your firesides; neither do I believe why
oilier person could; but where can be the justice
of ihe rule thai takes our cxckabilities instead of
our principles, or our impulses instead of onr par
poses. Jor the standard of the man.
H. R. VASD-IVER.
Townv?le, Dec. 6,18W.
Tribute of Baspoct.
At a meeting of Jocasse Lodgo, No. 18,1. 0. 0. f.,
held on the 7th inst., the following Preamble and
Resolutions were unanimously adoptcql :?
Whereas, In the mysterious dispensations of
an All-wise Being, who reigns supreme xiver earth
and controls the destinies of nations rud of men,
this Lodge is called upon to mourn the demise of
one who proved himself eminently useful in all
the relations of life, and whose spotless character,
upright principles and gcodly example before oth?
ers, rendered him an ornament and shining light
in this Order, of which he was a worthy and be?
loved member. Rev. Bro. W. G. Mtllinix is no
more. After many years of devoted piety and ear?
nest labor on earth, he has been gathered unto the
fathers, and his spirit taken its flight to the God
who gave ii a tenement in clay. Be it therefore
Resolved, That in the death of Bro. Mullinix,
we deplore the loss of one in whom wo reposed
every confidence, and whom we rercreuccd and
loved as an unexceptional member of this Order.
Resolved, That the deepest sympathies of this1
Lodge are with his afflicted, family in their sad'be?
Resolved, That this Preamble and Resolutions.be
entered on our Minute Book; that a page of the
same be inscribed with his name, and date of his
death, and that the members of this Lodge wear
the usual badge of mourning for thirty days in re?
spect to'his" memory.
Resolved,. That this Preamble and- Resolutions
be published in the newspapers of this and Pick-'
H. B. ARNOLD, N. G.
James A.-Hott, Secretary.
Florida all Safe.?We had the pleasure of
meeting, yesterday, James Abcrcrombie, Jr.,
Esq., Senator, arid' Col. Blbunt, Representixive, in
the Florida Legislature, from Pcnsacola. These
gentlemen arc just from the legislative session, at
Tallahassee : and they say that Florida will secede,
as certainly as the sun rises, on the 4th of January.
All the appropriations have been made by the Lcg
iblatnrc; and there is but the one voice in ths State.
Messrs. Abercrombie and Blount are Union'men
themselves?but of that stripe, of which Florida
expects a good deal of good service. They started
home this morning.?Montgomery Mail, December 6.
New Orleans, December 8.?There is an under?
standing between the members of the Texas Legis?
lature, that they will meet nt Austin on the 17th
of December without any formal call from the Gov?
It is considered as fixed that the Legislature oa:
assembling will immediately issue a e?ll for a Con>
vention to meet on the 8th of January-.