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VOLUME IX._NUMBER 2035. CHARLESTON, TUESDAY MORNING, JULY 23, 1872. EIGHT DOLLARS A YEAR.
THE RAILROAD CASE.
THE ARGUMENT AGAINST THE PETI?
TION FOR BANKRUPTCY.
Carions Coincidences Between the
Plauderers and the Petitioners-The
Question or .Jurisdiction and the
Question of Insolvency.
The bankruptcy proceedings upon the pe?
tition of Daniel E. Scanne!, of Nev York, in
re. the Greenville and Columbia Railroad
Company, were continued yesterday morning
n the United States District Court before
Judge Bryan; Messrs. D. T. Corbin and Geo.
D. Bryan appearing for the petitioner, Messrs.
A. G. Magrath and C. D. Melton and John T.
Rhett, of Columbia, for the railroad company,
and Messrs. Porter & Conner, Simonton &
Barker and John D. Pope, ol Columbia, for
The argument on behalf of the railroad
company and in opposition to the decree of
bankruptcy was begun by Mr. John Bbett.
He Bald that be proposed first to state some
figures relative to the late management of the
road. In April, 1871, long before the pres?
ent direction of the road assumed control, the
debt of the road was officially reported to be
$2,010,ow, and the amount of second mort?
gage bonds issued was $68,500. Their next
report was made December 31, 1871, and
showed the debt there to haye Increased to
$2,409,897, and the amount of the second
mortgage bonds to $97,000, making an In?
crease of over $400,000 in the debt of the road
in those lew months. Soon after that exhi?
bit, on the 6th of January, 1872, the present
direction of the road came into power. They
proceeded to investigate the affairs of the
company, and soon found that the treas
. ury was empty. Examining into the cause
ol the startling increase ot the debt
they not only lound no explanation of
the increase that had been reported, but they
also found that Instead of $97,000 ot the second
mortgage bonds being out, bonds to the
whole amount of the second mortgage, viz :
$1,600,000, had been Issued. Of these, about
$600,000 were Bald to have been pledged to the
Commercial Warehouse Company; $300,000 had
been paid by the directors to themselves
through the pretended purchase of the mythi?
cal Continental Telegraph Company, and the
remainder had been just simply stolen with?
out any form or ceremony. They Inmediately
employed counsel to examine Into the affairs
ot the old board and to re-establish the com?
pany in its former and proper position, but
the facts were so entangled In a mesh of
fraud that thoy could not be found out at once.
The Investigation had been pursued, bowever.
and a large amount of the stoled bonds had al?
ready been restored by the guilty parties. There
was every probability that more wo?ld be
restored, and he was certain that if they were
not interrupted they would be able to detect
and punish all the thieves and compel them
to disgorge. The company had in the mean?
ness been ened ior interest on the coupons of
the bonds of the road, judgments bad been
obtained, and some of them had been paid to
prevent the seizure of the property and the
stoppage of the business ot tbe road. With
the success of those snits, other suits had
been brought and other judgments obtained,
bat the levies apon the property ol the road
bad been restrained by injunctions. Then the
State bad commenced a snit for tho
foreclosure of its two mortgages, amounting
to $3,000,000. Now there came two
creditors of the road who attempted to
force lt into bankruptcy. One of them brings
bis petition upon a small amount of coupons
belonging to bonds lally secured by mortgage
and by the guarantee of the State. The other
brings bis petition on a small amount ot non
mortgaged bonds, and the only effect that the
success of tbe latter party's petition could
bave apon Hts own bonds would be to make
them not worth the paper they were printed
on. To allow such a petition would be to
stretch the provisions of the bankrupt act far
beyond its intended scope, and beyond all
equity, and to make lt nothing but a mighty
engine o? oppression. He would say nothing
against the petitioners. He knew neither Mr.
Scannet nor Mr. Madder. Doubtless like
Brutus and Cassius, they were "all
honorable men." But lt was not for
the court to make any distinction of
persons, and suppose the thieves who
hacf stolen the bonds of the road had taken
those papers, and used a Mr. Smith and a Mr.
Jones as the petitioners, and had come Into
court with an effort to force the road into
bankruptcy. There could not be a plainer
case of the letter of the law being appealed to
to defeat the ends of Justice. The counsel on
the other side had indignantly disclaimed
having any connection with any other parties
than their clients, and be was inclined to be?
lieve them. Their presence In the court
should be sufficient to prove that they had no
such connection; bat they could not undertake
to say what relations might exist between
their clients and the guilty parties. There were
several striking coincidences In the case that
would seem to show that some intimate rela?
tions did exlat betwen those parties. For in?
stance, Eimpton appeared to be the chief
among the offenders in the case ol the Com?
mercial Warehouse Company affair. Now tbe
papers of the Commercial Warehouse Compa?
ny bad been prodaced In court by the counsel
tor the petitioners, and the very fact of their
possession by the counsel appeared convinc?
ing of some understanding between them.
The counsel had alao In their possession and
bad put in uvldence c letter which bad been
sent from Messrs. Pope & Haskell to one Mr.
Porter, of New York, who was well known, at
lessfto everybody In Columbia, to oe the legal
adviser ot Mr. K imp ton. Whenever Mr.
Porter was in Columbia Mr. Eimpton was
found to be not far off, and Mr. Porter appear?
ed to be a sort of pilot-fish to Mr. Ki m pt on.
It was singular that the petitioners, without
having any connection with Mr. Eimpton,
ahoold bave bad possession ofthat letter. He
would also apply to this case the test
of eui bono. The petitioners claimed
that the road was insolvent, but if the
road were proved losolvent what effect would
that have upon the pets ti OD tr, Mr. Madder ?
Simply to ebow him that be cannot realize
one cent on his non-mortgage bonds. It was
absurd, therefore, to suppose that Mr. Madder
bad begun this action for tbe sake of bis
bonds; and tbe question arose, for whose bene?
fit are the proceedings brought ? As to Scan?
ners small claim, lt was difficult to see bow
the proceedings can help bim. The action of
the other bondholders In Columbia, represent?
ing a vastly larger amount, as testified to by
Colonel Slmonton, showed that either they
must have been very blind, or that Scannel
most be so if bis interest ls only that repre?
sented by his bonds. He claimed that lt was
circumstantially proved that thia action ema?
nated from the same parties who bad invented
tfce Commercial Warehouse Company and tn*
Continental Telegraph Company swindles,
and with the same malicious objects. Mr. Rhett
then referred seriatim to the lour causes In the
return they had made to the petition, and sup?
ported each of them with argument and au?
thorities. The first cause urged why the de?
cree should not be granted was, that the Uni?
ted States Court had not the right to take cog?
nizance of a matter which .vas at the time in
litigation between a State and its citizens, in
the courts of the State, except In certain cases
specified in the constitution, of which this waa
not one. The State waa now suing for the
foreclosure of its mortgage, amounting to
$3,000,000, and it was certain that the road
would not bring more than that amount at
sale, so that the State was a litigant lor the
last possible dollar of the assets ot the road,
There could be no surplus after the- State
was satisfied, so that ii the road were
adjudged bankrupt the court would
have to enjoin the State heraell, which
was impossible. He referred to the case of the
State of North Carolina against the trustees o?
the University and Dewey, assignee, (5 Bank.
Reg., 466.) There it was laid down that the
United States would not take jurisdiction
where the State wan a plaintiff against its own
citizens. It was not possible to enjoin the
State itself, and while the State has, so to
speak, seized the road for a claim of $3,000,000,
the court had no process oy which lt could
reach the assets for the other creditors. The
court would thus be making a bankrupt whose
assets lt could not touch In law, and calling lu
creditors whom it could never pay. The
second cause In the return was thar,
inasmuch as the action of Gibbs et al
against the road had been instituted before
the present suit, whereby full jurisdiction had
been taken of all matters affecting the road,
that the court would not, in the exercise ol
its judicial discretion, which was not disputed,
Interfere In the case. A number of cases were
cited in support of thia position, and the
counsel called attention to the fact that the
other creditors of the road had not seen fit to
Join with the petitioner In his proceeding as
they would have done, had they deemed them
the beat protection for the honest creditors,
but on the contrary had flocked to the court
In alarm tor their own interesta and unanl
mously opposed the petition. The third cause
was that the case waa not yet in a condition
lor the United States Court to Interpose, In?
asmuch as the very question of Us solvency
was even then on trial in the State courts. To
adjudge lt bankrupt and then proceed
with that examination would be like
hanging a man and trying him after?
ward. It devolved upon the petitioners to
prove the Insolvency, and they had not intro?
duced a particle ol evidence either to sustain
the validity of the $1,400,000 of debt which the
company claimed was fraudulent, or to show
that, if it were fraudulent, ;Jl6 company bad
not sufficient redress to compel Its restora?
tion. The fourth cause applied to the origi?
nal petitioner, Scannel, and was to the effect
that the petitioner had still a valid and sub?
sisting lien on the road lor the amount of his
claim in the shape of a mortgage and the
guaranty of the State, the mortgage having
already been brought into the State
Court (or foreclosure. Mr. Rhett then
argued at some length upon the act?
ual question as to the solvency or insol?
vency of the company. He claimed that lt
was not a manufacturer or trader within the
meaning of the act or In the common accepta?
tion of the term, and that the coupons upon
which the present proceedings were brought
were not commercial paper. In support of
these positions, he cited a large number ot au?
thorities, and he then proceeded lo review
the testimony In the case, which has been
given from day to day in THE NEWS. His
argument occupied the court up to the hour
of adjournment, and be will be followed this
morning on the same side by Mr. C. D. Mel?
ton, ol Columbia, after which the argument
will be contlnned by Mr. D. T. Corbin for the
petitioner, and Mr. A. ft. Magrath In opposi?
OUR PERIPATETIC GOVERNMENT.
The President Junketing and (he Cabi?
WASHINGTON, July 22.
A careful Washington special telegraphs
this: "Tho President, expects to return to
Washington this week to bold a brief cabinet
session prior to his trip to Niagara Falla and
down the St. Lawrence. Alter that he will
not be again in the city for quite a month.
There will nor, however, b < a full cabinet
meeting as Secretary Delano will be In North
Carolina making speeches, and Secretary
Robeson will remain for the present lu New
Hampshire. Owing to the protracted absence
of the executive officers few or no parsons
now come to Washington on business con?
nected with the government. Even loreign
ministers with fresh credentials remain away
because they cannot be officially received."
A HORRIBLE FATE.
' The Jacksonville, Florida, papers bring us
the details of a sickening tragedy which oc?
curred near that place on Saturday last. It
appears that James J. Johnson and his young
son, James Henry Johnson, left Jacksonville
about dusk on the evening mentioned tor their
home, about five miles distant from the city,
on the railroad. The man had In his hand a
tin pail of whiskey when he lett town. After
proceeding about two miles and a half, as
stated, they halted, but for what will never be
known. At nine o'clock, says tho Jackson?
ville Union, a party of colored persons passed
aloog the road, and noticing the man and
boy en the track, warned them, saying, "You
bad better get off the track and go home, as
the train will be along soon." The man replied
that be wonld take care of that. At this time he
was holding the boy In bis arms, saying he was
sick. The parties passed on. What transpired
during the long hours trom nine o'clock In th?
evening to one o'clock In the morning can
oi.\y be surmised. It ls thought, however,
that either under the influence of liquor, or
being wearied by bis day's labor, the lather
tell as)>'. p with his sick child In his arms. Che
night freight train, which passes this point at
or about one o'clock, waa approaching the
victims. On came the heavy locomotive, not
rapidly, but quietly, even giving irs usual cau?
tionary whistle at tho crossing, (as toe testi?
mony before the coroner's Jury shows.) but,
like a death fiend, rushed upon them. No jar
was felt upon the train, and on lt sped, un?
mindful of the souls lt had launched Into titer
nlty. In the morning the rising sun looked
down upon a ghastly pcene. Stretched upon
the track, with hardly a whole bone In his
body, was the lather. So complete was this
human wreck that many portions o? the body
could not be lound. The head and shoulders
were about lour leet from the body. The
child was not so completely mangled, but as
his body was ploked up the whole of the skull
bone dropped out. The two bodies were car?
ried nearly two hundred yards by the engine
before any blood was spilt. Fragments of the
bodies strewed the ground for nearly fifteen
yards. Such was the scene of horror as dis?
covered by a colored man early Thursday
morning. The old lather-lo-law, who was
tottering toward the city in search of the
missing ones, was the next person on the
spot. The feelings and suffering of t he old
man, as be gazed upon the dead, baffles de?
scription. The news spread rapidly, and
many gathered at the scene of the tragedy.
Coroner Bell was summoned and held an in?
quest over auoh mangled relics o? humanity as
could be gathered together. The result waa a
verdiot to the effect that James J. Johnson
and James Henry Johnson, his BOO, came to
their death by falling asleep on the Jackson
viii .', Pensacola ana Mobile Railroad track,
and were run ov?r and crushed by the loco?
motive o? said road.
GLIMPSES OF GOTHAM.
CHURCH AND LITTLEJOHN- CONTIN?
UED ILLNESS OF GRATZ BROWN.
Malicious Stories About Him-President
Grant's Intellect-The Ice Famine
Proposed Demolition of the Tombs
The City Hall to be Enlarged.
[FROM OUR OWN COREES FON DENT.]
NEW YORK, July 20..
The proposition to make Chief Judge San?
ford E. Church the Democratic and Liberal
Republican candidate for Governor, with ex
Speaker of the Assembly Dewitt C. Littlejohn
for Lleutenant-Governor, meets with appro?
val throughout the State. Judge Church is at
the head ot the State Judiciary, and bears so
high a character lor ability and integrity that
he was the choice of the New York delegation,
at the National Democratic Convention of
1868, for President, and his name was also
mentioned in connection with the Baltimore
nomination. Mr. Littlejohn ls one of the old
Republicans of Interior New York, who has
recently joined tbe Liberal movement. He
has been speaker ot the Assembly Ave times
and baa been to Congress. He ls, probably,
the most influential Republican in the west?
ern part ol the State. Of course, a ticket so
compounded would sweep the State hy an im?
mense majority and would help the Presiden?
tial ticket also.
Governor Brown, of Missouri, still lingers
in the city, a prey to relapses, and lt seems to
be doubtful it he will be well enough to re?
turn home to Missouri for some days. The
report put In circulation by his political oppo?
nents and harped upon persistently by the
malignant Times that bia habits are Intempe?
rate, is without foundation in truth. In his
younger days, Graiz Brown, like a great
many other good Kentuckians, indulged in
the native Bourbon freely, but ior several
years he has led a strictly temperate life. I
notice this matter particularly, because there
is evidently a disposition on the part of the
Radicals to make political capital out of the
Governor's cholera morbus. People who live
In glass houses should not throw stones. If
they want to compare the habits of their
Ulysses with our Gratz, I don't think Ltoerala
will shun the trial. At any rate, Horace la a
cold water man and Uiyases ls not.
The Interview between the President and a
Herald person, reported In a late number of
that paper, exhlolts Mr. Grant in a very
Ignoble light. He 1B represented as being so
wanting In dignity and good taste as to ridi?
cule and abuse his opponent for the Presi?
dency. II the report was correct Grant talked
like a fool throughout. Mr. Greeley in his
most voluble and reckless moments never
said any thing halt so damaging to himself aa
thia Long Branch horse-Jockey when Inter?
viewed by a newspaper mao.
Tnere are two new stories about Grant as
Illustrative of his mental calibre, lt ls possi?
ble they may not be true, but from what we
koow uf Grant's wast of Intelligence, the
probabilities are the other way. One ls to the
effect that when Grant last visited Brooklyn
be was the guest ol a wealthy citizen on the
Heights (a subscriber to the gift fund.) The
host took him up to the top of ?ls lofty man?
sion io give bim a view of the bay and sur?
rounding-. HlB Excellency gaz-d upon the
magulflceut panorama for a moment, and
then, shading bis eyes with bis hand, ex?
claimed, "I can see see Jersey City and the
quarantine grounds, but pray, tell me, which
is Long Island ?" The oibcr story ts like
unto this: Graut entertained a party ol office?
holders at his cottage by the sea the day
when the yacht club regatta took place. They
were beslavering him over with praise for
"saving the Uulon" and "paying off the
debt." Gentlemen," replied Grant, a dim
recollection ot one ot Henry Clay's sayings
struggling through his cloudy brain, "I would
rather be light than president ot a yaebt
One of our summer troubles Is a scarcity of
Ice. It ls really puzzling to my mind how our
ancestors could survive a Bummer without ice
water. lt hardly seems possible that there
was a time once when nobody used tobacco
nor drank rea and coffee, nor was acquainied
with ice-water. The latter bas become such a
necessity with degenerate city mortals thai a
day's deprivation of Ice in the Bummer throws
the city into a panic. Yesterday the ice-carts
did not come around as usual. The servant
maids stood stretching their long necks from
every urea Btepu, gazing up and down the
streets from morn till night. Inside the
houses, the suffering was Intense. The women
and chlidreu could not. see how they would be
able to get through the day alive. Pater
familias probably saved his life by taking
refuge IQ some bar-room, where the proprie?
tor had a good stock of ice on hand. Late In
the evening the ice-carls appeared, and the
ice-men reaped a harvest of Illegal fees. The
packing esiablisementfl, butchers, green-gro?
cers and dealers of perishable goods lost
thousands ot dollars by the temporary famine.
The reasons given by the ice companies for
the breakiug down of their supplies are that
the prolonged hoi weather has doubled the
demand, while lt has doubly melted the Block.
Then the workmen up the river, where the
great Ice-houses are, struck for higher wages,
(hough they were receiving two dollars ni ty
per day, and green hands had to be procured,
who did the work slowly. Finally, the barges
coming down with me morning's load yester?
day were loat in the log for a while. One
company, the Knickerbocker, has nearly a
million tons ot Ice stored up the river, all of
which, it expects, will be consumed this sum?
mer. A large fleet ot barges towed by steam
tugs bring the ice down to the city. An army
of men, at least five thousand strong, ls em?
ployed at the depots. Five hundred wagons
are used to take the Ice around to the retail
customers. These figures will give some idea
ol the immense business of only one company.
There ure three other companies of Importance
in the city, and a number of little one's.
There ls a prospect that that gloomy old
building, the Tombs, where persons accused
of crime are detained for trial, will 6hortly be
taken down. It was built many years ago on
the ground made by filling In the ancient pond
that was located there. The spot is therefore
unhealthy, and business In keeping criminals
has grown so much of late years that the
prison ls over-crowded. It ls proposed by the
mayor and others to pull down the Tombs, and
put up a new building, or sell the ground and
build elsewhere. An enlargement of the city
ball is also projected. The old building was
finished In 1812, and with Its dingy, stained
marble front, looks badly in comparison with
the splendid buildings around lt. The archi?
tect's plans embrace an addition of two stor?
ies, with a Mansard roof, an extension of the
wings, .tod another wing In the rear. When
Hula neu, the new city ball will look something
like the late Hoiel de Ville In Paris. Then lt
will be respectable enough to keep company
with the pompous new postoffice a few yards
THE MARRIAGE OF NILSSON.
All About the Bridegroom, Bridesmaids
Mr. Conway wrlteB from London to the Cin?
cinnati Commercial :
There ia a good deal of Interest felt here just
now at the apprachlDg marriage ot'M'lIe Chris?
tine Nilsson. She ls to be married on the 27th
of this month, In Westminster Abbey, by Dean
Stanley. Perhaps I may venture to whisper
so far away what a little bird has told me of
the affair. The fortunate gentleman ls M.
Auguste Rouzand, a stock broker of Paris,
and soo of a French admiral. As there
are only twelve admirals in France,
this means a high distinction. M. Rou?
zand, as I have reason to kuow, does not
need, to those who know bim, any rank be?
yond that whicE he Intrinsically ls-a cultiva?
ted and amiable mao. He ls thirty-six, she
twenty-four years ot age. The wedding will
have some features which will, perhaps, sur?
pass those of the Marquis of Bute and of Miss
Fox, ot Holland House. For instance, all the
dresseB-bride's and bridesmaids'-are to be
made by the famous man-mllllner of Paris,
Worth. Baron Rothschild 1B to give the bride
away. The bridegroom's first man ls to be
Prince Pooianowski, the author of the new
opera written for Patti, "Gelmlna." Among
t e bridesmaids are to be Miss Bentinck,
daughter of Lord George Cavendish Bentinck;
Miss Hate Vivian; Miss Dodge, of Boston;
United States; Miss Burnham and Miss
Spooner-the last ihree being ladles whose ac?
quaintance M'lle Nilsson made on her voyage
from ?m erica. j
THE RADICAL CANVASS.
Bowen on the War-Path-The Collapse
of the Opposition-General GraM
Backing Bowen and Fighting the
Last week seems to have been a stirring
one among tbe Radical politicians. Large
meetings were held on James Island, John's
Island. Wadmalaw and Edisto Islands, and
were addressed by the Hon. C. C. Bowen, L.
C. Northrop, Cyrus Gaillard, T. A. Davis,
Hoyt and others. It appears that Sheriff
Mackey, with a few of his adherents frem the
city, followed the Bowen party, but, from ail
accounts, met with very cold comfort. Mr.
Bowen made some very able and eloquent
speeches, and with such effect as to complete?
ly neutralize the distribution of arms
amoDg the people by the Scott-Mackey
Rlng, which Bowen denounced as a trick
to corrupt and purchase the votes of the
militia. He said that the muskets
were bought and paid for by the State and did
not belong to Mr. Mackey or Governor Scott,
and had been laying in Columbia for two
years, and were only given out now lor elec?
tioneering purposes. That the State made
every man a soldier between the ages of
eighteen and forty-five, and that as long as
they did not Injure anybody and tshaved
themselves, no man or set of men had the
right to take them away simply because they
might not vote for Mackey or Scott. He elo?
quently portrayed the terrible condition of the
State, and said that he bad no?compromise to
make with the scoundrels who had robbed the
people. That no man's Hie or liberty was
sale, and that there was no time, for the last
two years, when any man who bad taken his
life would not have been safe by a verdict of
a packed jury, and wheo, If he had slain a man
In self-defence, be would not have been bung,
without hor e of pardon from Scott. That he
had walked faithfully and tearlessly along the
precipice in defence of the rights of the peo?
ple, and at whatever personal risk, be would
be i rue to himself and the cause of good gov*
era men r. He made an appeal to the women
of his audience, which, we learn, had the moBt
marked effect, and created much feminine
We understand that Mr. Northrop on Edisto
island among other things made the point
that General Grant was dlreoily Interested In
the war against Scott-that the strong argu
ment against Grant In the (forth was the con
dltlon of the Southern Slates, and that he
was determined to clean them out at any
coat, and that Mr. Bowen was the right hand
man of General Grant lo this movement In our
State-that Bowen was a poor man, living on
his friends, because he bad never been among
the thieves, and that if be could have been
bought, he would have been as rich as they
were-that whatever has been said, Mr. Bowen
stood to-day a blgb example of political In
tegrlty and personal sacrifice, as be was un
questionably one of the ablest mea In the
country. He stood in the gap when there
was no one else to save the State, and he de?
served the support of every honest mao, from
the mountains to the seaboard.
From what we hear of these Radical meet?
ings, lt looks BB li the Islands are with Bowen
lo a man.
THE WEATHER THIS DAT.
WASHINGTON, July 22.
The low barometer lu the Missouri Valley
will probably move eastward to Ohio and the
lower lakes by Tuesday afternoon, preceded
by rains and also Dy threatening weater lo
the Middle States. Pleasant weather will
continue In New England. A severe local
storm Is apparently passing northeastward
Into Alabama Monday night.
GRANTS COLORED KU-KLUX.
Federal Officeholders Balling them Ont
RALEIGH. N. C., July 22.
The trials of colored Grant Republicans for j
Intimidating the colored Qreeley Marshal Gross
continues. Two cases were tried to day and
both the prisoners were convicted and bound
over in large bonds. The bonds are signed by
Supervisor Perry, Collector Young, U. d. Com?
missioner A. W. Chaffer and eight more lend?
ing politicians. It ls believed that many more
warrants will be Issued to day for the urrest of
alleged conspirators In the Gross case,
THE LATE DESTRUCTIVE FLOODS IN\
Thousands of Acres Under Water and
the Army Worm on the Rampage.
The following letter bas been furnished us
by a large cotton house of thlB city :
MONTGOMERY, ALA., July 18.
The rain continues. I saw a gentleman
from Selma this morning, and he Informed
me that the Cahaba Blver was higher than it
has been for twenty years. The crops on the
river are all under water. This river runs
through the canebrake country. The Warrior
River ls very high Indeed ; lt rose twenty-five
feet tn one night. All the crops on the river
are under water, also trie Blgbee ls as high or
higher than ever known. There ls no esti?
mating the damage from tbe flood. Tbe crop
ls shedding tbe forms and young bolls badly
trom the effects of the heavy and continuous
rains we have been having every day for ten
days. It Is impossible to give an opinion
about the damages ; all the river and creek
bottoms are a total loss. The fear is that cot?
ton will shed everything, and things look
very unsatisfactory to me. Tne army worm
ls on us, and no mistake about the matter;
bow soon they may destroy the crop who eau
tell. Old planters say they will destroy the
crop on or before tbe middle ot August. The
weather was never more favsrable for them;
they are three weeks earlier than any year
since 1868, aud I fear they will olean up
things In three weeks. The damage by the
overflow is Immense lu this State. Thousands
of acres are under water, and have been for
four days Planters are wearing long laces
this morning. The situation is a critical one
with the crop; fully one-third of the plant in
this State ls lat?*. If the worm should accum?
ulate enough to strip lt in four weeks, tbe late
cotton win make nothing, and the early cot?
ton ls shedding very badly on the red sandy
THE COLUMBIA WATER-WORKS.
[From the columbia Union ]
A trip to where the work bas been progress?
ing upon the Columbia water-works, discloses
the fact that for a little stir much has been
done. On the river bank, this side Geiger's
mill, have been erected pretty and substantial
buildings, required lor the machinery, offices,
Ac; a turbine wheel bas been put In position,
substantial masonry built, piers, supports, ba
slue, ic, ?c., one of the basins contains three
hundred thousand gallons. Two Unes of twelve
lucb Iron pipe are be'ng rapidly laid, and the
whole surroundings denote Industry aud enter?
prise. A large fore? ls required to do ail thia
and the engineers, Major Mahan and Mr. Lowe,
tbe latter a namesake of Colonel Lowe ol the
Blue Ridge Railroad, with their overseers, are
on the spot constantly. At the foundry of
Major Alexander the pipe ls being made now,
and ls nearly completed. Here, under the
direction of one of Colonel Pearce's men, every
section ls tested by a pressure of three hun?
dred pounds to the Inch. Tbe least little vent
of spray causes the piece to be thrown aside,
and many a fine looking section is thrown out.
The whole business at tbe works and the canal
ls interesting, and worth the ride out there to
THE KIDNAPPER CAGED.
DETAILED ACCOUNT OF THE ABDUC?
TION OF DR. BBATTON.
The Trial of the Miscreant Cornwall at
London, Canada-He is Sentenced to
Three Years in the Penitentiary.
Tbe London (Canada) Free Press, of tba
17th instant, brings us the full details of the
trial of J. B. Cornwall for the forcible abduc?
tion of Dr. Bratton, of South Carolina. We
present in condensed form the most interest?
ing portions ot the evidence.
Dr. James Rufus Bratton deposed that og
the afternoon In question he was walking out
on Waterloo street. He saw a cab standing
in the distance, and three men; two of them
were standing in the road, and the other was
seated on the box; as he walked on the two
men separated, one going, the other coming
towards him; the latter he recognizes as Corn?
wall. When within about Blx feet of him
Cornwall sprang towards him and seized bim
in a rude and violent manner by the arm and
shoulder, telling him he arrested bim under a
warrant. He (BrattOB) demanded to bear
the warrant rea ?, and desired bis assailant to
show cause why he should be arrested. Corn?
wall returned that he would do that Boon
enough. Witness resisted and still demanded
to know the reason ot his arrest, but received
no satisfaction beyond being told that he
would find out soon euougb. A straggle en?
sued, In the course of which both o? them fell
to the ground. Cornwall knelt on his body
and arms and proceeded to put manacles on
bim. He called the cabman to help him.
After some further struggling, the cabman
came to Cornwall's assistance and held wit?
ness' arm. The handcuffs were then placed
upon his (Bratton's) wrists, and he was led
between the two men, Cornwall on the right
and the cabman on the lett, to the cab. into
which he was pushed. Cornwall gave orders
to drive to the station by the back streets.
Witness asked that they should drive around
by his boarding house to get some of his clothes,
but ibis was refused. While on the way, wit?
ness repeatedly protested against the degra?
dation of the irons upon bia peraon, and de?
manded to know the authority upon which
Cornwall prooeeded. Cornwall told him to
keep quiet, and not create any outcry, lest be
should expose himself with the handcuffs upon
bim. Witness returned that be did not fear to
be taken before any jsagisirate or commission?
er for examination, bat objected to the humil?
iation of the Irons, ?pon again demaadlag to
hear tbe warrant re au, still protesting against
the arrest, and telling Cornwall that ft was not
law, but force and violence, Cornwall read a
warrant lu his hearing. He (witness) then said
the warrant did not embrace bis name; did not
call for him, and afforded no legal pretence
whatever for his arrest. Cornwall then said
that it was not his province to discriminate be?
tween persons; he (Bratton) would have togo
to Windsor, where be would have a chance to
vindicate himself before Mr. Commissioner Ca?
ron, by whom the warrant was signed. Witness
objected to go to Windsor, caylng he was pre?
pared to suomit himself to any authority of
this city, and be thought that in a place of
twenty thousand Inhabitants there should be
some> authority competent to deal with bim.
He was told that Mr. Carou was (he only com?
missioner for this district, and that be would
have to go bf fore him. He could also get
good legal advice In Windsor. When the cab
arrived at tbe station lt stopped, and the
driver said the train (Pacific Express) was
late. They then drove up and down one of
the back streets until the train arrived. Thea
the cab was stopped. Cornwall then took wit?
ness to the Pullman car and thrust him in the
Interior part of lt, Into a small apartment
with one or two seats. Cornwall said
we onght to get to Windsor by ten o'clock;
no one except the porter came Into the
compartment until we arrived at Detroit; I
did not hear Windsor aunounced from the
train either by the conductor or porter; when
the conductor called Detroit he could not get
in, and Cornwall opened the door for him; so
soon as the door was opened, Hester, the de?
tective, stepped In and said, 4,Tou go with me
now;1' I replied to Hester when lie said he
wished me to go wirti him, "No, I'm under
Canadian law, now; that warrant does not al?
low you to detain nw here, and I, under pro?
test, refuse to obey you; neither your govern?
ment, or you, slr, have a right to detain me
here, and If you do, yon will pay for lt."
At the conclusion ot this sentence the crowd
In court made demonstrations of approval,
which the court Immediately suppressed.
Witness continued : Hester then arrested
me on a United Stales warrant, having the
signature ol the President of the United States
written thereon; Hester, alter I remonstrated
with him, said, "I will show you that 1
have a commission to arrest yon," aud we
(hen proceeded to the room where there was
a light; he then showed me a commission,
botn as detective and United States marshal,
but my name was not on the warrant; Corn?
wall was present during this conversation;
we then went to the police station, and all my
papers, pocketbook, money, &c, were taken
lrom rae; I was afterwards put into a cell In
the police station; I was there for an hour or
two when Cornwall and Hester came and
called me, and the superintendent ol police let
me out where Hester and Cornwall were; the
former then asked rae to go with him and Corn?
wall to an hotel, and I gladly accepted the in?
vita lyn; we got a room In the hotel, with
three beds lu lt; I told them If they had no ob?
jection I would go to bed, and did so. 7 saw
no more ot Cornwall after that; I was taken
to Yorlcvllle, South Carolina, by Hester, and
was not allowed to come back to Canada; I
was not taken before Commissioner Caron, at
Windsor, nor any other Canadian magistrate;
I certainly was taken across the lines out of
Canada against my will on that occasion by
Cross-examined: Cornwall did not read the
warrant to me until we were on Richmond
street. It purported to be a warrant signed
by Mr. Caron at Windsor. The name on the
warrant was James William Avery. I told
him I could give every satisfaction that I was
not the person, and he said lt was not for him
to discriminate. He also replied that at the
proper time there would be a person able to
testify as to witness' Identity. I never saw
Avery either in London or Cunada. When we
were riding down Richmond street, Cornwall
said to witness: "I know you are Avery, be?
cause I saw you walking down tne street with
your daughter the other dav." The perron
who was to Identify me In Windsor as Avery
knows both him and I perfectly well. The
cabman took hold of me by the arms and held
me until Cornwall put the handcuffs on, but
did not after I got up. I made no effort to get
out at Windsor, lrom the fact that I did not
know I was in Windsor.
Mr. Bratram then addressed the court In a
long speech on behalt of bis client, contending
that the case was not one of kidnapping; thur
Bratton went over te Detroit of his own ac?
cord, and that Cornwall relinquished posses?
sion and all care of him after the manacles
were removed. He spoke for an hour.
Mr. Barker also reviewed the evidence, and
showed most conclusively that the prisoner
bad committed the lelony obarged, aud on
both counts ot which the evidence was very
direct against him. He recounted the testi?
mony adduced and mentioned that tho evi?
dence given by Bates and Biatlon was similar,
except In those poluta where li the former
had told what be really knew about the affair
he would uave criminated himself. Toe
whole matter, be said, was so|olearly proven
that no othw conclusion could be arrived at
than that ihe prisoner waa guilty ol the crime
of which he was charged.
His Honor ?poke ol the offence la terms of
condemnation, eapeclally when the prisoner
was known to bea man ol undoubted ability,
and well versed In criminal law. The suppor
sitian was that the deed had been committed
for gain, and for his part, he could not, re?
viewing the evidence adduced, find any other
verdict tb^u that tbe prisoner was guilty of
Mr. Barton. On both counts your Honor.
His Honor. Yes; the charge on both count j
ba- been clearly proveo.
Mr. Barker asked that the Judgment of
th? court might he pronounced upon
Isaao Bell Cornwall, convicted of the crime
His Honor Inquired of the prisoner if be had
anything to say why the sentence of the court
should not be passed upon bim, to which Mr.
Cornwall replied, "I have nothing to say, slr."
His Honor then prefacing tbe sentence with
a tew sympathetic remarks, sentenced the
prisoner to three years' Imprisonment In the
-General Ryan, of. the Cuban army, passed
through Savannah yesterday.
A FIT REPRESENTATIVE OF AN IRRE?
Beast Batter's Nephew Kicked ont of |
Egypt for Shameless Conduct.
[SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO TES NBW8.]
' WASHINGTON, D. C., Joly 22.
Starrlng's report of tbe Investigation Into
Butler's diplomatic career In Egypt not only
substantiates every charge made against him,
but discloses other and most discreditable
facts, showing that he has wrought the utmost
disgrace upon our diplomatic service In that
country, and subjected tbe dignity ol his office
to a most humiliating condition. He has been
peremptorily dismissed, and is now supposed
to be on his way to the United States.
A copy of Starring's report has been sent to ?
the State department, but it Is carefully guard?
ed from publication, though lt is the opinion
of some of the best friends of the adminis?
tration that General Grant ought, tn his own
justification, to give it to the newspapers. It ls
said to abound in disclosures of shameless
acts of Butler in his diplomatic capacity,
which illustrate to a certain extent a doctrine
of total depravity. ?.
OMENS OF VICTORY.
Alabama Wheeling into Line.
MONTGOMERY, ALA., Joly 22.
Ex-Senator Warner and S. F. Bice, late I
Chief-Just ice of the Supreme Court of Alaba- |
ma, have declared for Greeley and Brown.
An Immense Greeley ratification meeting
was held here last Saturday night, at which
resolutions endorsing the Lib?rai Republican
nominations and the action ot the Baltimore |
Convention, were unanimously endorsed. A
large number ot colored men participated in
The Liberal Magnates,
WASHINGTON, July 22.
Senator Schurz, after speaking In St. Louis
goes to New Orleans, thence to Mobile and
thence Northward through Alabama and
Nsw YORK, July 22.
Gratz Brown bas lett for Kentucky and will
shortly commence his stumping tour.
Wallace Tappan, of Syracuse, another mem?
ber ot the Republican State Committee, has |
resigned and declared for Greeley.
SPARKS FROM TBE WIRES.
-William Malloy, a New York boy of six?
teen, while drunk last Sunday, fatally stabbed
I John Lee, a boy o? the same age, and has been
-Dispatches to the navy department from
our fleets In South America and China have
been received at the department. Nothing ol
extraordinary Importance ls detailed.
-The old Federal Council of the Interna?
tional Society, which was repudiated by the
I London Council, held Its last meeting In New
York yesterday and prepared to turn over Its
effects to Its successor provided for by the
RESCUED FROM THE POLIOS.-Yesterday
afternoon, William Peck and Edmond Hoott,
two United States soldiers, were arrested by a
policeman for being drunk and disorderly.
While they were being carried past the Cita?
del a detachment o? soldiers lo charge of an
officer, said to be a lieutenant, came out and
took them away from the policeman. The
matter will be brought to the attention of the
Mayor this morning.
CHARLESTON COVNTT TAX SALES.
The sale o? county real estate of delin?
quent taxpayers was resumed at the Fire?
proof Building yesterday. The following
pieces were knocked down to the Slate:
Jackson, Moses, 210 acres. Blxth Dis?
trict.$ li 24
Jackson, Edward, 200 acres, Sixth Dis?
trict. 26 17
Jackson, Edward, 10 acres, Sixth Dis?
trict. 13 46
Jackson, Searman, 150 acres, Sixth Dis?
trict. 16 46
Jackson, Estate T. M., 76 acres, Sixth
District. 56 49
Jackson, Jack, 57 acres, Sixth Dlstrlot. 19 82
Jaokson, P., 39 acree, Sixth District.... 27 93
Jaster, Charles, houses and lots, Sum?
merville. 89 90
Jefferson, Henry, G5 acres, Sixth Dis?
trict. 34 69
Janes, Wm., 1 acre, Slxih District. 69 49
Keith, Estate Miss, 1000 acres, Sixth
District. 213 20
Keith, Charlotte, 700 acres, Sixth Dis?
trict. 171 73
Keith. M. J., 600 acres, Sixth District .. 177 91
Kennedy, Ann, 2 acres, Sixth District.. 39 26
Kirk, P. Sidney, 825 acres, Sixth Dis?
trict. 268 00
Kinloch, Estate H. W., 2 houses and
lots, Summerville. 21 25
Lawton, M. M.,300acres, Sixth District, 195 63
Livingston, Arnold, 97 acres, Sixth Dis?
trict. 7 82
Livingston, L. R., 640 acres, Sixth Dis?
trict. 69 20
Livingston, Wm., 85 acres, Sixth Dis?
trict. 329 24
Lynes, 8., 1060 acres, Sixth District... 173 61
Manigault, H. M., 404 acres, Sixth Dis?
trict. 66 68
Mazyck, Frank, 76 acres, Sixth District. 9 30
Millard, S. W., 87 acres, 81xth District. 15 30
Millard, S. C., 87 acres, Sixth District.. 29 72
Millard, Estate W. H., 6600 acres, Sixth
District. 757 75
Meacher, G. W., 1 acre, Sixth District. 28 06
Mims, John C., 120 acres. Sixth District. 32 34
Middleton, J. J., 500 acres. Sixth Dis?
trict... 94 38
Mixer, Estate D, 47 acres, Sixth Dis?
trict. 224 52
Michel, John, 1 acre, Sixth District.... 16 ll
Mltchum, Estate H. W., 650 acres, Sixth
DlBtrlct. 47 16
Moore, Mrs. Elizabeth, 140 acres, Sixth
District. 36 54
Morgan, T. B., vacant lot, Summerville 29 14
The sale will be continued to-day at the let?
ter M of the delinquent list for the Blxth
REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.
The following transfers of real estate have
been recorded at the Mesoe Conveyance office
during the week:
June 10, 1867. Tract St. John's Berke?
ley, George P. Whaley to Stanley
Read.....$ 600 00
?Tune 24,1867. Tract St. John's Borke
lry, C. T. Carr to George P. Wha?
led . 512 00
October 19,1865. 137 acres, Charles?
ton District, Wm. Shecut to E. M.
Weatherford. 1,000 00
November 16,1871. Plantation Charles?
ton County, A. C. Godfrey to
Joseph Jamison. 300 00
December 29. 1871. Tract Charleston
County, Sarah Pegler and others
to Edward Johnson. 40 00
May 6, 1872. One-half tract "Bella
Vista." St. James Goose Creek,
Sheriff Charleston County to Sam?
uel W. Pearlstein. 200 00
June 3, 1872. Strip to widen Frleod
street, E. F. Carrere and others
to City Council of Charleston... 1,000 00
June 17, 1872. Lots on King and
Queen streets, James Berry to
George F. McIntyre. 2,250 00
June 27, 1872. Tract St. Stephen's
Parish, Theodore L. Gourdin, per
executors, to Chance Gillios. 280 00
July 1, 1872. Lot and buildings sul?
livan's Island, Joseph Ellison
Adger to Augustine T. Smythe,
truBtee. 800 00
July 1,1872. Lot and buildings, Sul?
livan's Island, Susan D. Adger to
Robert Adger. 1,200 00
July 10, 1872. Lot No. ll Archdale
street, Relief Loan Association to
Annie H. Clanoey. 800 oo
July 20,1872. Lot north side of Tradd
street, John W. Lewis to Mary
Donahue. *?? 00
NEWS OF THE OLD WORLD.
A PROSPECTIVE CHANGE ZN THE
McMahon for President-Widespread
Stagnation of Trade?
NEW YORE, Joly 22.
A Paris letter to the World says it may be
reliably asserted that Marshal McMahon hu
consented to accept the Presidency of France
If Thiers resigns or dies. Trade is stagnant In
Paris. Thousands of shops are closed for
rent and a monetary crisis reigns. Many ot
Th lens's old friends are deserting.
The Attempted Assassination of King
Amadeus-Thc Bravos Hired by Poli?
MADRIB, July 22.
A large sum of money was lound on too per?
son of one ot the prisoners who was engaged
in an attempt to take the life of King Ama?
deus. This, together with the antecedents ol
the other prisoners. It ls believed conclusively
establishes the fact that the men had them?
selves no political feeling which would have
prompted the assassination of his Majesty,
but were merely the hired instruments of a
political conspiracy. Previous to the attempt
at assassination the King had received aa
anonymous communication warning him that
his lite was In danger. When the attack on
the royal party was made a sharp engage?
ment occurred between the would-be assas?
sins and the police and King's escort His
Majesty himself was anxious to participate,
bot was prevented by his attendants. It la
generally believed that the parties arrested
are the ones who assassinated General Prim.
TH? Geneva Arbitration. ?
GENEVA, Joly 22..
It ls generally understood that the tribunal
of arbitration first took up, and bas now under
consideration, the case ol the privateer
THE BONDHOLDERS' FLURRY.
A Card from Treasurer Parker.
The State treasurer bas addressed a letter,
of which the following ls a copy, to the com?
mittee on the part of the bondholders of South
OFFICE OF STATE TREASURER, )
COLUMBIA, 8. C., July 12, 1872 J
Messrs. E. A QuintanL E. B. Wesley and A.
A. Drake: *
GENTLEMEN-I see by the newspapers that
you have been appointed a committee on the
part ol the holders of South Carolina bondi
"io take concerted and immediate action to
oompel the payment of the accrued and un?
paid Interest on the bonds of the State, with
authority to employ counsel to commence l?gal
proceedings against the officers of th? Slate,
or Its legal financial board." I am glad that
the bondholders are moving In this matter.
Th y have rights which are indisputable, and
they should oe respected. I write to inform
you that I heartily endorse the bondholders la
their movement, and advice au united and de?
termined effort on their part to secure their
Just rights. The State debt ls a sacred debt.
It has been Incurred by necessity and in ac?
cordance with law. The resources or the State
are abundant to meet the interest, and lor my
part, either as a private citizen or a public offi?
cer, I have done and shall continue to do all
In my power to accomplish the end at which
The State auditor, who ls appointed by the
Governor, ls authorized by law to levy a tax to
pay the entire interest on the public debt, and
should he fall to do his duty In tuts respect,
the Governor should enforce compliance with
thee requirements of the law. I would sag*
gest that all the bondholders you caa secure
unite at once In demanding of the Governor
an immediate levy or taxes, and I think your
object will be attained.
The statement, said to have bera mada by
Judge Willard, "that $1,100,000 or $1,200,000
had been received Into the treasury irom the
sale of delinquent lands," ls totally at vari?
ance with the facts in the case, aa compara?
tively nothing bas been received on that ac?
The Legislature have made ample provision
for the future, and all that ls required lethe
execution of the laws. . .. ? , - ?
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
NILES G. PARKER,
Treasurer State South Carolina.
THE NEW YORK VEGETABLE AND
The Dally Bulletin, of Saturday, Jnly20tb,
The receipts of new potatoes are mostly
early rose, and rule about steady with a fair
enquiry. In green vegetables there ls bat
Utile change to notice. We quote: New pota?
toes $1 50a2. Green corn ?lal 25 per 100.
Southern onions, per bbl, $2a2 25; do Con?
necticut, $2 60a3 per 100 strings. Ne.w rare?
ripes $2 per bbl. Cucumbers. Jersey, $1 60
per bbl, and Long Island 50ca75 per 100.
Squash, per basket, 60c; do, marrowfat per
bbl, $1. New turnips $3a$6 per 100 bunches,
and $1 60 per bbl. Cabbages, $4a6 per 100.
Green onions 14 per 100 bunches. Beets,
Jersey, $4a6. Southern tomatoes, $1 per orate;
Jersey, tlal 60 per crate, and SI per basket,
and Long Island, $2 60 per basket.
New apples are exceedingly plenty and low;
stock must be very choice to bring our outside
prices. Peaches beginning to arrive freely
from Delaware and Maryland, but the-earlier
varieties are not so desirable as those that will
be sent here a week or so hence, and the
prices obtained are only fair. Pears plenty
and about steady. Melons rule abou' steady.
We quote: New apples, good, $1 60a3 per
bbl, 75ca$l 50 per crate. Watermelons $60a7O
per 100. Nutmeg melons $4 per bbl. Pears
$4a6 per bbl. Peaches, Delaware, per orate
for choice and firm, $150a2 per crate for south
NO ICE FAMINE YET.
Plenty or the Crystal Luxury for Pres?
ent Cse and nore on Ul? Way
From almost every large city In the country
the newspapers have come-teeming during
the past few days with complaints of the great
scarcity and terrible cost of lee, and gloomy
pictures are presented In New York especially
ot the condition of the ice consumers lo view
of the threatened famine. Il has also been
rumored In Charleston that the stock of Ice
was rapidly becoming exhausted, and that fears
were entertained that In a few days er weeks
we might be left without an adequate supply
of the crystal commodity which has become
such an article of necessity In every household.
This hal led to an investigation or
the part of THE NEWS, which ls always wide?
awake to the questions which Interest the citi?
zens of Charleston, sad we have now the
pleasure of reporting that there appears to be
not the least ground for apprehending any
lamins in the Ice market, or any serious in?
convenience to the householders from the
scarcity of the article. Messrs. Alva Gage &
Co. have still an ample supply of Ice, and, la
fact, claim that they have never been without
a supply at any lime during the nineteen years
that they have been in business, with the
exception of a portion ot the time
during "the late unpleasantness." The
Tudor Company, of the Meeting street
Ice House are still supplying their regular
customers and at their regular rates, but they
have been compelled to busband their re?
sources to some extent and ai? not now sell
lug to transient customers. It ls doubtless
from this fact that tho whole rumor of a short
supply arose, and the fact ls In cons?quence
ol the temporary delay by head winds, as
already reported, of a whole fleet of the
coasting vessels which are engaged In the
bringing of ice and other commodities from
the Northern ports to this olty.