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A.rp Tells of the Old ]
to Which H
Experience is a good schoolmaster.
I was ruminating about the schemes
and tricks of the politicians who han
ker after office and my memory went
Vaek to the old know-nothing party
Coring the 50's, and how -tliG politi
cians pulled the wool over my eyes
and inveigled ine in. I was young
then and easily fooled. But I was
dreadfully in earnest, for I really
feared that foreigners were about to '
lake the country and that Roman
Catholics would soon get in power
through the Irish vote and the Span
ish inquisition be revived and the
devil be turned loose for 1,000 years.
And so I joined and they made me an
officer and gave me a long sword and I
K guarded the door and my insignia was
a white regalia with the motto: "Put
none but Americans on guard to
night." I tell you I felt proud and I
felt responsible for the preservation
of political and religious liberty, I
would have fought panthers and wild
cats and gorillas. In fact, I wanted
to fight something, for the know
nothing press and know-nothing ora
tors and know-nothing preachers had
got us aroused to desperation and I
cGuld hardly keep my hands off an
Irishman when I met him in the
street. Every preacher in town joined
and Brother Caldwell and Brother
Stillwell were made chaplains, and
tlaey prayed long and earnestly for
our country and its hallowed institu
tions. Oh! it was solemn and serious.
But one night it was proposed to
choose delegates to go to a conven
tion to nominate a candidate, for Con
gress and it leaked out that a man was
to be nominated who had no mural
-standing in the community, but he
was rich and had used his money free
fy and we began to smell a mice.
About that time Alex. Stephens took
the field against our order and I never
heard such a speech in my life. He
everlastingly lambasted our leaders
for trying to fool the people and he
made us Democrats feel as mean as a
dog for ever having fallen into the
trap. Before that I really thought I
was doing '.God's service in helping
good, patriots to save the country.
One^ark night I told my wife a lie
about having urgent business at my
office and wouldn't be back until late,
very late, and I went out six miles in
the country to an old mill house on
Silver oreek. Half a dozen officers
went along with me and we instituted
a branch lodge up in the garret of the
old mill and got covered all over with
cobwebs and flour, and next morning
my wife got up first and looked at my
clothes. She ruminated for a .minute
and then remarked: "Had to go to
mill last night I sec. I didn't know
that the flour was out.'' For some
time I had been a suspect with her
about this office business at night: for
every time a know-nothing meeting
was called little three-cornered red
papers were seen on the sidewalks
about town, and it was norated around
that the know-nothings were to meet
that night. The next day our wives
compared notes and found out that
nearly all the men had business down
town that night. Can't fool these wo
men. They don't like secret societies
nohew. A good, faithful wife doesn't
like anything that gets in between her
and her husband. She has no secrets
from him and he ought not to have
any from her. Not long after we were
married I joined a secret society, and ;
when she got to looking over my un- j
der garments to see if the buttons J
were all right, she discovered that the j
buckles were gone and I couldn't ex
plain it to her satisfaction. But she
found out from some other woman, j
and whenever I got a new pair of
drawers she asked me if I didn't want '
the buckles cut off.
Well, the know-nothing party died '
early in these parts, for the people |
found out that it was a political
scheme to get into office. Just so the
politicians got inte the Fanners' Al
liance and took ehargc of it and they I
got up the Ocala platform and a big j '
subtreasury scheme whereby great i
warehouses were to be built by the j
government in every Congressional j
district where the farmers could store j '
their cotton and corn and oats and |
sorghum and potatoes and pumpkins,
and draw money on them and hold ' :
them in the warehouses until the price | '
went up. One of the leaders declared
in a public speech at Macon that they : '
were going to hold the cotton until it 1
went to 10 cents, and he made the '
people believe it and they rolled him
into Congress by a tidal wave. The 1
Alliance looked upon lawyers a.* sus- *
yccts and not fit to hold office, nor fit
ten to get fitten. and so one lawyer 1
sold his law book? and burned the
bridge behind him and joined Gideon's
band and swallowed the Ocala plat- !
form, subtreasury and all. and the 1
confiding people rolled him into Con
gress. But he suffered a relapse in
due time and bought more law books, i
and now the last condition of that "
man is worse than the first Another i !
lawyer swallowed the platform, bom s '
and skin, and ran for Congress <>n i! 1(
S^now Nothing* X3arty
and got awfully beaten and bas never
been elected since to any office by the
people, and to my opinion never will
be. It is just as old Abe Lincoln
said: "You may fool all the people
some of the time, and you may fool
some of the people all the time, but
you can't fool all the people all the
Now, the common people, the farm
ers and mechanics and toilers, are
generally unsuspecting and credulous,
and when a smart, shrewd politician
talks sweet and nice to them they are
inclined to believe him, but what law
yer of any pretensions or respectabili
ty ever believed in the Ooala platform
or the subtreasury scheme or "some
thing better?" Of emirse any states
man who was fit to hold office knew
that it was utterly impractible and
would bankrupt the government to
build warehouses and advance money
on crops, but it was a hobby on which
to ride into office, and fooling the peo
ple was of no consequence. No, I
wouldn't trust any man who would do
it or has done it.
Another way to fool the people is to
form little secret rings in every coun
ty and divide out the county offices
and each ring man mustget his hench
men to be at the court house on con
vention day and help elect delegates
who belong to the ring. The good,
easy, unsuspecting people don't know
anything about it and before they
know it the whole country is commit
ted to a man the people didn't want
The men who control are smart and
they are politically unscrupulous and
all together they make a powerful
combine, and it was the knowledge
and memory of, these methods that
provoked Colonel Candler's letter.
He wrote just what we have all been
feeling ever since General Evaos' de
feat. He expressed my sentiments
and I like it better and better at each
reading. Now lay on, MacDuff?no
body is hurt, except some "honi soit
qui mal y pense," which means "it is
the hit dog who yelps," or words to
that effect. It is no insult to those
who accepted office under Atkinson,
for he doesn't own but one office.
The others are public trusts in his
keeping and he has no moral right to
pay private political debts with them.
It is his duty to select the best men
for the plaees regardless of what they
voted for. The offices belong to the
people and it is a prostitvtion of
power to fill them for personal ad
vantage. But professional politicians
all do it from the president down and
this is political corruption. One day
in my indignation I remarked in a
crowd "We are a nation of political
tricksters," and an office seeker close
by whispered, "Call no names. Bill:
call no names."
But the people are really for honest
methods and. they have a standard
bearer on whose name and fame there
is no blot. Let him write again if he
wants to and let his banner have on it,
"Beform in political methods and
economy in administering the govern
ment.*' Already there are rings
forming to defeat him, rings by the
men who control and they are desper
ately in earnest for the scepter of
their office is departing. The issue is
plain. It is the politicians agaiust
the people. We want cleaner methods
both iu State and county and munici
pal elections. Augusta and Marietta
and Cartersville have recently de
graded their townships by corruption
at the polls and like smallpox the pes
tilence is spreading. But we shall
see what we shall see.
The combat deepens. On, ye brave!
The one-eyed plowboy has nothing to
take back or qualify and the people
will stand by him from Tybee to Pos
sum Trot and from Possum Trot to
Tugalo. Jiiu. Aur.
Kanner Simpson was an exceedingly
mild-natured man. and would find ex
cuses for the shortcomings of his
neighbors, for the faults of his horses
and, in fact, for every unpleasant
thing that came in his way. He pur
chased a cow and had great difficulty
in keeping her in the pasture.
"She's kind of a rovin' critter, but
she means well." he said, after a walk
:>f several miles in pursuit of her.
One morning he was milking the
:ow. when she began to kick violently,
upset the stool, sent the pail flying,
md all the milk was spilled. 7
The farmer got up, and contemplat
ing the ruin, said gravely to a witness
>f the disaster:
'Well, now. that'.- the worst fault :
his cow has."
Then, after a moment's meditation,
celiug that perhap.? he had been un
icccSsarily severe, he added. "That
s. if you call il a fault: maybe it's
\W are anxious tu do a little good in
bis world and can think of no plcasanter
< better way In do iL than by recom
nending One Minnie Cougb Core as a
reventive of pneumonia, consumption
nd other serious lung troubles tin t
>w n?slected colds. 15 vans i'harmaey.
A Nursery of the Sea.
Beaufort, N. 0., Feb. 3.?The
most important discovery in coast
fishing so far has been made by the
fishermen off-shore here, and there is
reason to believe that there will be
far-reaching results obtained in the
future through improved methods of
deep-sea seining. In the two winter
months of January and February all
of our littoral species of fish disappear
almost entirely from the waters off
our coast, and fishermen are compelled
to fold up their seines and wait until
spring for the reappearance of their
favorite game. A very few daring
and adventurous spirits go far out to
sea with 'Ong lines, and succeed in
catching a few each day to supply the
markets ; but, as a rule, the catches
have been comparatively small and
Scientists have concluded that the
fishes go to some unknown region or
depths of the ocean to breed during
these two cold months, and upon their
return in the spring they are accom
panied by innumerable hosts of young
fry. The discovery off-shore here is
nothing less than that of a winter
nursery of our littoral species of fish.
Frem six to eight fathoms below the
surface of the water the fish have
been found to be literally swarming in
countless numbers, and hooke and
seines let down to that depth invaria
bly bring up rich hauls. No amount of
coaxing and temptation can induce the
fish to leave their warm winter habi
tat far below the surface, and the fish
ermen have to adopt new methods of
The discovery is important in modi
fying our prevailing methods of catch
ing marketable food fish and in cheap
ening the supply in winter and in
furnishing the needy workers with
employment at an off season when
poverty and'hardship often press most
severely upon them. Naturalists
have believed for some time that most
of our sea-food fishes migrated to war
mer climates in winter, as our birds
do, and returned in the spring; but
now it 6eema that they merely swim
off-shore some distance and drop down
into deep corrugations, and remain
happy and contented until spring re
The fish are found off Beaufort and
Morehead City in deep holes or corru
gations. In the summer time they
come inshore further, and swarm
around the oyster beds and the bays
and inlets. A great variety of food
fish is found in this winter nursery,
such as the red drum, gray trout or
weakfish, spotted sea trout, bluefish.
cronkers and many others. Last win- j
ter the fishermen, with deep-sea lines;
managed to make big hauls over these j
winter pasture fields. They let down \
lines from five to ten fathsms and \
brought up big game. But this was
soon considered too slow work, and
special deep-sea nets were manufac
tured for the purpose. These nets
were heavily weighted, and when sunk
to the proper depth they brought up
enormous hauls of fish.
This winter the fishing has been
better than ever. Improvements have
been made upon the nets, and the :
fishermen have been scoring wonder- ^
fnl successes. In the first five days ;
of February 153,000 pounds of trout1
and 125.000 cronk'ers were caught in
this manner abouti 1-2 miles off shore
from Fort Macon. near the sea buoy,
where the depth averages six fathoms, j
The fishing has been so good in places
that the men have made as high as
$70 each in one day. Men all along
shore out of employment are flocking
to the nlaec to take part in the fishing.
A man provided witji a deep-sea line
and hooks, who is willing t<? endure
the hardships, can make a good living
in this way. But it is no easy work
to operate a line six to eight fathoms
in length, with several pounds of lead
and a five-pound fish on the other ?nd.
Some of the lin^ fishermen come in at
night with a boatload of fish, but their
hands are so cut and mutilated that
they arc unfit for wort the next day.
Thick buckskin gloves on the hands
are necessary fcr the proper protection j
of the skin.
A new sort of seine has been used
hero this winter for the first time. It
is designed just for this deep water
fishing. It cleses up in the shape of
a long, narrow eel pot with a heavy
weight at the lower end. It dangles
over the side of the fishing smack by
several ropes, which are manipulated
either by the men or a tackle. When
the lead reaches the bottom the seine
in allowed to rest there for some time,
while tlir men spread it open. This
is doce Icy meant: of ropes. Four row
boats learc the smack, and each one
pulls a rope attached to a- corner of .
the seine? Thus it is spread *ut on
the bottom of the sea directly under
the flocks of sea lirh. Then it is
gradually hauled up. A deep pocket
iu the bottom <>f the seine i> i|uickly
illeu with so many fish thai they
threaten to break through the meshes
?y their very weight, hi each haul
.lie fishermen bring up at least 500
lOiiuds of Ii ?Ii.
The numbers of the fish seem inex
lausl.ible. When one hiding place is
iretty well cleaned out the lishcrinen
unit around foi* another i he bottom
!' ihe sea off ihe coast here is tiridu
afing. forming deep hollows or hoirs
in which the sea fish hide. They are
never found on the ridges of the bot
tom, but always in the hollows. Con
sequently the fishermen carry sound
ing leads with them when in search of
a new hiding place or winter nursery.
When the water is sis to eight fathoms
deep they drop the net and leave it
there for a short time before hauling
it up. If they strike it rich, they
haul it up and let it down until their
boat is loaded.
The fact being established that the
fish merely sink to a good depth off
our coast in winter instead of migrat
ing to some tropical sea, the question
of discovering the hiding place of
other species become interesting. It
is thought that the same sort of fish
ing may be applied to the, codfish off
the Newfoundland banks and to the
red snappers eff the Florida coast. If
the winter habitat of these fishes is
not too deep, they may be caught
right through the cold weather with
properly constructed seines. It is be
lieved now that countless millions of
shad, salmon, herring, striped bass,
and other anadromous fish are hidden
away in the fields of the ocean a short
distance off our coast, and that only a
small per cent of them enter our riv
ers to spawn in a given season. In
faot, if one-hundredth of all that are
in the ocean should make a simultane
ous movement in this direction, they
would completely ehoke up every river
in the country. Hence it is quite im
portant that their winter hiding place
should be discovered. In the nets off
Beaufort an occasional striped bass,
bluefish, salmon, herring, and shad
have been caught, demonstrating that
they are around somewhere in the
deep corrugations of the ocean's bot
tom. The man, who discovers their
winter hiding place will open up a new
industry of tremendous importance to
the country.?St. Louis Globe-Demo
Imitatori of the Immortal g. W.
A pocketknife was returned to the
hardwarcman with the blade broken
off short, says Hardware. "How did
you break the blade?" asked the hard
wareman. "I broke it while cutting a
little soft pine 3tick," said the man,
who, like our beloved Washington,
never told lies about hatchets, knives,
or other articles of hardware. "Very
well," said the hardwareman, "I will
give you another, and return your
broken knife to the manufacturer."
Soon after this, a small, well-dressed
boy came in and threw down a 25-cent
knife, which also had a blade that had
come to grief, and the boy said,
"Knife's no good." *"What is the
trouble?"1 asked the hardwareman.
''I broke it whittling on a little pine
stick," said the boy, who was a regu
lar attendant ?t a Sunday school.
"You shall have another, my boy."
During the week there were three
additional knives returned, all of
which had been broken while cutting
little pine stioks,' and each of the pur
chasers was given a new knife. But
one day a ragged little fellow came in
to the store and said, "I broke that
knife you sold me. and I want to buy
another. It was a good knife, butdad
tried to get a cork out of a bottle with
the small blade, and I broke the large
blade trying [to split a big hickory
The hardwareman threw his arms
around the little boy's neck, and in a
voice choked with emotion, said,
"Take a dozen knives, my dear little
fellow, a bicycle, a fishing-rod, a sled,
and anything else that you would like
to have. Vou are the first one to re
turn a pocketknife to me that did not
say it was broken by being used to
whittle a little pine stick."
Cbildrnn and adults tortured by burns,
scaldf, injuri*?, eetemaor Hkin diseases,
may aecure instant relief by using ire
Witt's Witch Ilaael Silve. It is tbe great
Pilo remedy. Evan* Pharmacy.
I am again buying Rags?Save
If you need a good -
AT bottom price*, either for Cash or or
my line. L will swap you a New Stove
give you the market price for your Catt
fcitove before cotton-planting time.
Tinware, ("rockery, i)\
Thanking you all for past favors, a
If you want to have a good
Garden plant good Seeds.
WE ARE SELLING D. M.
Bui?t't Seedling Irwdi Potato**., Yr
plying: (fciuu* for planting. St n> f?efi
E lour, Co
)r anytiimc ki the Groocrv lino. Ol'h
Yours f y business.
An Honest I?oy.
A large class of scholars were stand
ing to spell. A hard word was missed
by the scholar at the head of the class,
until the last scholar, a little fellow,
spelled the word and went "up to the
head," passing about 17 boys and girls,
all older than himself.
The teacher then turned around and
wrote the word on the blackboard, so
that all might see it and remember
how to spell it.
No sooner had she written the word
out, than the little boy at the head
"Oh, I didn't say it so Miss W? ;
I said e instead of i," and he walked
to the foot of the class again, quicker
than he went to the head. That was
an honest boy, but he will never be a
Making Big Mistakes.
Preachers who get sour and scold
when things do not go to suit them,
make a big mistake.
People who leave their politeness at
home when they travel on railway
trains, make a big mistake.
Young people who put off becoming
Christiaus because they think they
have fifty years to do it in, make a
Men who are afraid to give their
wives a word of praise, for fear it will
spoil them, make a big mistake.
Parents who want their children to
keep out of the church until they are
old enough to understand all the doc
trines aud decide for themselves,, make
a big mistake.
Farmers who feed their pigs and
cattle good corn, and pay no attention
to what kind of books and papers
their children are reading, make a big
Young men who think they know
it all, and that father and mother
don't know anything, make a big mis
Fathers who whip their boys for
doing on the sly what they themselves
arc doing openly, make a big mistake.
People who expect to get to heaven
just because they have shaken hands
with preachers and had their names
enrolled on the church book, make a
? Belle?T had an awful scare the
other day while out for a walk with
Will. Betsy?How? Belle?Why,
we met the minister, and Will asked
him to join us. ^_
Cured ef Blood Poison After Firty-Two
Blood Balm Co., Atlanta, (it.?
Gentlemen : In 1872 a small pimple
broke out on my leg. It began eating
and in four mouths I was treated by a
physician of Talladega County. Ala.,
where I lived eighteen years. He re
lcived it for a short while. In six
weeks it broke out again in both legs,
als* on my shoulder. Two small
bones were taken out. k continued
until 18Tb'. In this time I had twelve
difforent physicians. They told me
the only remedy was amputation; that
it could never be cured. For six
months 1 eould not walk a step. I
went to Mineral Well*, Texas, spent
$100.00; came home; went to Hot
Springs. Ark., staid nine months?all
failed to eure me. In 1887 I came
back to Birmingham. Ala. 1 was ad
vised to write you, which I did. You
wrote me that 1>. I>. B. would cure
me, ami I could get the medicine from
Nabors & Morrow, Druggist, of our
?ity. 1 had finished my fifth bottle
my leg? began to heal, and in less than
two months 1 was sound and well.
That has boon nearly two years ago,
and no sign of its roturu yet. 1 have
spent in cash,over $400.00, and 1>. B.
B. done the work that all the rest
failed to do. You have my permis
sion to publish this. I have traveled
so inueh trying to get well that my
cure is well known. Fifty-two doo
tors have treated me in the lait 17
years. All they did was to take what
money I had. and done me no good.
I am now a well mau. Prof. C. H.
Hanger, Shady l>alc, G a.
If or xiie by l>TMflflin
Friee >U)U per large bottle._
3rS, RAGS !
them up and bring them and
E OR STOVE
i time for a good Note don't, fail to **t
for your nld'one or tor Cattle, and
le. Now is the time to get you a good
lass, Lamp Omuls, &c,
nd soliciting :i continuance of same?
JOHN T. BUR RISS
FERRY & GO'S. SEED I
I her arc the best.
Ilmv and White Onion Seta, Mulfc
>re von buy your?
: IMUOK- AUE KIOHT.
OmORHE & BOLT,
sin?lating tfeeTood andRegula
ling th? Stomachs andJBowels of
iNtAxis k C HI LI?REX
ness andRest.Conta?as neither
Anisc 5e*d *
\ Obtenait Soda, ?
a perfect "Remedy for Constipa
tion, Sour Stomach.Diarrhoea,
ness and Loss of SlJEER
Tae Simile Signature of
Atb mortfhs bid
EXACT COPY' OF WHAEPEB,
For Infants and Children.
The Kind You Have
GEORGIA CRACKER TOBACCO.
We have it 10 wholesale and retail. Also, Suliivan's "T. C. D." and
' Our Own,'' Big Wiustoo; Ba?vey'a Nat. Le*f, Oannon BaII?in fact, we
have twenty-six wimtifts ef Tobago;) to rev?l f?om. Also, fifteen varieties of
Smoking Tobacco. B?tu* get our pidces and esamine our goody.
Old Time Seed Tick t?8ee 8 Iba. for $1.00.
Kingan's Pure Lard in Tnhe and Tin?t, always reriabk.
The finest Can Goods in our city. Try us.
Armour's "Star" Hams and Kingan's Breakfast Baioa.
Potato Seedlings, Buist's Early Rose. Peerless, Goodrioh, B?auty of He
bron, Burbanks. Onion Set?. Peas and Beans in bulk.
Reliable, High Grade Fertii?ec.
Fresh lot SOUR KRAUT
Phone 89. H. B. FANT & SON^
NOW IS THE TIME !
Cheaper than you ever
bought them before. . .
OUR Stock of Fall and Winter Shoes is entirely too large, and we dta't
propose to carry them over until next Fall, consequently we have?
MARKED THEM DOWN
To prices that will move them. We don't advertise selling out at coat, tut
our goods and prices speak for themselves. So call wlaw ia seed of fttaes,
and be convinced of what we say.
w^u Remember, we will Mot be undersold by any Firm in Town.
Yours for Shoos, ?
The \ ates St
Under Masonic Temple, Anderson, S. C
THIS IS NO FAKE 2
That Jewelry Palace
_ Of ?
WILL. R. HUBBARD'S,
NSXT TO F. and M. BANK.
Ha3 the Largest, Prettiest
and Finest lot of . . .
XMAS ?an WEDDING PRESENTS
TIN TIIK CITY.
Competition don't rnt any ice with me when it comeu to price*. I dua't
buy goods to keep. I want the people to have them. Gold and .Silver
Watches, Sterl ing and Plated Silverware, ?Jewelrv. Cluck*, Lamps, Chefin.
Spectacle*, Novelties of all kiud*. R^er.?' Tripple* Plate Table Knives
per Set. A world hwiter.
_WILL. R HUBBflRD.
BIG BARGAINS FOR JANUARY, 1898.
A Itijc xft<l CoMplHn line. Snowhiue n ptenw 'nil. li?'-r part, t'riws to *uit tfa*
t <ni?M. Listen : Men'n SSuim from $1.75 ?p. r>jrs' Sur:? from flfcv: 9-oi<b?? Ai4
W?K)1 Jrnm l'an tu
I bave h hi^c linoof NVw and Stylish Uoodsof ail kind*, on nliuli F b?ve k-n??k*i
Uu' Ik>IUui! iml of print *
CLOAKS AND CAPKS.
A lino that will tieklo t;ui, rspccindv prict*. ?
l^.i!o/ " l:mlervc8^ froui lo . up. Nina's I'lwlervesks from Ti^c. np.
SHOES, MATS AND CAPS.
Jir-C friJiii a"ii so? l'.-r yn lis^?".
iirr-ui bix ^o. 7 Klovo ?5 oo.
,A In'--*?' :rrt?Ji t u in.*,!/!-: low oo?< ^'..l -ti! you Li? -iiuv vmy.
t?rc;. nt'nor. I a:a . ? Urn (' .>;< ! hik? <* Wan Sk?1 marks* .' ) srtet .
T-.0 i hot bVovt ; :' - :. >' '. Yo.?ci ?V? i?;:.-}:?*?*?: .
Rm A. Beifom, S. (L