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COLUMBIA. S. C.
Saturday Morning, December 9 1871.
Ttl? Hing, the Pl?nderest-?, ?nd tko Co?
lored People-Oar Coarse.
Any one who baa been reading the
Columbia Union ol late will readily per
. oeivo what the game of the ring and itu
allies is. The Union ia the willing tool
of the ring and their aider and abettor,
It will perform ita an tica, and gothiougt
its Japanese-like tricks, just as Scott,
Parker or Kimpton may pull the string
i' that moves ita petty soul. It may bi
called the Scott-Parker-Ktmpton-ite, or
' better still, the BOBBBBS/ OWN. Whet
we desire to seo indications of the dc
vices that we must expose pro bono pul
?feo, we no tie*, the drift of the Union
articles. For this reason, we notice i
i. For this purpose, we watoh it. Othei
wise we would leave it to TOBC unnotioe
' in its oorrupt bed.
What, now, has been the marked pu
_ pose of late, ever sinoe we have drive
home upon the ring their monstroi
swindles, and suggested the hitherto u
oponed sea of fraud-not unopene
; however, to tbe/anoreof few? What tl
purpose of the Union? It is plain. Tl
object is, if possible, to excite o gait
the native whites the passions and pi
^ judi?os of the blacks. The gams is t
old one. The harp of a thousand strin
is once more to be played on. It w
by the artful arraigning of the Cnroli
white man against the Carolina bia
man that the "thieving carpet-baggei
1? were enabled to come between and f
ten upon the prostrate body of Soi
Carolina. This has been going on
the last three years-tho last three die
/ troua years.
On one side has stood a long line
? white men, with a deep sense of wroi
standing almost unarmed, but prc
? und erect evon in their poverty.
?U the other side has'stood fae
them a dusky line pf hlaok men, fear
to be re-enslaved, and sensitive ab
their newly acquired rights, and flush
t )o, many of them, with the lust
,/ power. \
Between these two compact lines,
prostrate form of South Oaroliuu
been lying, bound hand and foo
Federal bonds-a prey tb the Nortfc
adveuturers and their Southern al!
who have united to outrage and rob '.
Lake vampires-like vultures-they 1
fastened upon their victims; whilst
' opposing Hues have stood weak ape
. tors of a common ruin. -
This bas been tho spectacle,
now, when tho gorged' birds of p
- alarmed by the crack of the Care
. rifle,.are Becking to take wings and
- away; now, when these two hit h
1 hostile lines are about to close apon
: common destroyers, tho game ta aga:
array the lines against each other;
tho vultures may escape. The trie
" transparent. The prominence give
-thia Ku Klux business-the eflbr
Governor Soott io his infamous mee
to magnify Ku Kluxism, and to m
financial sooundrelism-tho, .ef?oih
i the corrupt Union to muddy the poli
waters, to enable the sharks to esc
- and to escape itself-the appeals ol
Union to the passion a and prejudio
the colored people; its suggestions
- desire on the part of the "white D
.'.orate" to re-enslave the negro, o
- drive bim away; its bose slanders i
" the white men of the State; its artfi
tempts to mislead tho colored pe
'and to change the issue between
robbed and the robbers, between
honest and thc rascally-all this p
the proposition we have laid down.
Will the colored people be dece
. We know not. Ono thing we do b
The ..bites do not intend to bo dece
Whether with or without the h
colorad man's help, we intend to tra
vultures-to patch the robbors in
own nets. They bavo dug their
pit. We shall give a powerful im
. to fonl WRONG as it descende into il
JLet tho conspirators kuow tba
. avengers are upon their tracks,
lated, outraged South Carolina
bleeding, prostrate, wounded b.
band of Federal power, and by th
vices of the most unblushing acorn
that tho world ever saw, appeals to
true son in the State, and to
adopted son. Let us all say, nair
ruiiuiauH and adopted citizens, we
save you, we shall save you-B
helping and approving. Friends i
Slate, of whatever nationality, of
ever political oreedl let ns beg yi
nil tho great interests involved, ai
all our hopes of future prosperity,
despair of the Stato. Never, fe
moment, have we despaired of an
ultimate triumph. Uuder Goc
issue is in our own hands. But w*
combine aud aot. We munt ure
the present nest of robbers and
dlers and aot with prudence, tnot i
g-icity. Hope and work. Let a i
lar public sentiment lead to r
publio action. The true men
State muet save the State. Let
I onr part, and the prostrate form
I mother State will once more stunt
j ro clad iu the robes of her DIGNT
I bearing thu sceptre of a renewed
But first let us move uuder tho
of juBtioe against the shameless
who now control tho treasury
people, but to rob it within and
the forms of law.
Our objective point is obviou
point of attuok is before us. 1
this city, is Parker, moving in
audacity in our midst, and rollin
stolen gains. Here is Scott, wea
lating, treacherous, trembling
band-writing on the wall. He
Attorney-General mote io pertinent
answer to the charge of necessary com?
plicity with the other members of the
Financial Board. These are all here
the members of the State Financial
Board, and responsible J for oar present
?nances. And in New York walks
Ki m pion. No report, yet, of bia stew?
ardship-but'tho evidonoos, irresistible,
of his orimes. These are the men to be
beld to answer for high orimes and mis?
demeanors against the peaoe, the parse
and the dignity of the State.
<???.>
Tho Atiorney-General'i Pie?-Oat Be?
. Joinder.
Oar readers will observe in to?daj'e
PHONIX the communication of Attbr
uoy-Gonoral Chamberlain, in brief re?
sponse to the general charges we have
directed against him of grave official
misconduct. It is now oar daty, and
also oar pleasure, to give to Mr. Cham
berlaia the opportanity for defence ic
these columns. He mast feel that oolj
a sense of public daty could have in
duoed as to make the oharges we han
against him and others. We ahoald fee
' dishonored, if, for personal malevolence
or party ends, we should assail any per
son, however high or however humble
At any time, we prefer to praise, rathe
than to blame. lu this case of Hr
Chamberlain, our regrets have been spe
oial, that so much of education an?
ubility should have been linked with B
muoh of fraud and corruption. We rc
cognize ia tho Attorney-General tb
polish, the plausibility and the trainin
which oome of high cultivation. But h
must bear in mind, and the public mot
bear in mind, that in proportion to
man's abilities and resources are his oe
pacities as well for evil as for good.
Wo now address ourselves more esp?
oially to the points made by the Attoi
uey-General. The Attorney-General, a
know, ia not wanting in the power c
discrimination. He must, therefore, a<
knowledge that the duties of the pnbli
journalist are distinct from those of tb
advocate. The journalist, like the lav
yer, or any other person, owes a pan
mount allegiance to truth, and is respoi
i aible before Heaven, as well as man, (<
i the information wbioh he sets fortl
This must be true, to the best of b
knowledge and belief. At the san
time, it is not expected that he sba
with legal precision givo time, place an
citoum8tances. We shall, however, no
proceed to give the grounds upon whir,
we have charged, and do now speoii
cally charge, the Attorney-General wi!
officiai misconduct:
1. We charge the Attoruey-Gener
with ueglect of duty in connection wi
the TJ md Commission swindles. Th
there have been swindles of the oorrup
est kind aud of great extent, is a fa
admitted over and over again by M
Chamberlain's own party. ' How is
?hat, as a member of this Board, M
Chamberlain, as member and Attorne
General, did not institute legal prooee
inga to arrest the wrong doers or tl
Commissioner, and to protect the publ
interests? Uuder the Act of 1869, "
provide for the appointment of a Lai
Commissioner and to define his duties
the Govornor, the State Treasurer, tl
Oomptroller-Gonoral, the Secretary
State and tl i Attorney-General, are d
dared to be au Advisory Board to tl
Land Commissioner, and said Comm
sioner, in the discharge of his duties, is
be governed by their instructions and c
vice. This Act was passed in 1869. '.
1870, the Act was so amended as
make the Land Commissioner subject
a majority of the Board.
Now, this we have to say to Mr. Chai
berlain: What have you to plead for t
logical and reasonable inference that y
must have boen cognizant of these Lai
Commission frauds, or else you int
have been criminally negligent, or ol
you must have boen weak as a cliil
Are we unreasonable in saying that,
respects the acknowledged Land Coi
mission swindles, you must choose L
tween gross neglect of duty or orimii
complicity? Even if yon could ba
done nothing practicable to arrest t
corruption, yon could at least have i
uoonoed the thing, and come out of t
business. But you were silent;
2. We charge tho Attorney-Gene;
for grave neglect of duty, and appnre
complicity in connection with our pi
sent ruiued and corrupt finances. T
Governor, the Attorney-General and t
Treasurer were, by legislative actic
constituted a Financial Board, with ?
thority to appoint somo responsible ba
or banker in New York to aot as Fine
3ial Agent of the State, and to be sc
ject to their direction and oontrol. It
understood that Kimpton was your si
gestion. But, pasting on, we reme
that as a member of this Finano
Board, yo? became charged with hi
rusts aud serious responsibilities. Y
ire a mau of fine legal attainmen
We have had oooaeiou to notice ye
powers of analysis and your general ai
men. We tako it that you are not ei
to be fooled-that your penetration
considerable. Such beiug the case, I;
i? it that tho enormous boud swind
mtely brought to light escaped y<
sharp eyo? You a member of the Fin
nial Board and the Attorney-General
(he State! Is this not another oase
logical deduotiou ou our part? In
absence of proofs from you, have ;
the public the right to decide that nit
you have been blind, or criminally n
iigent, or particeps criminis?
Again. Let us call this to the Atl
ney-Genernl'a attention: lu Augt
1870, at Chester, iu this State, he as?
ed that tbe whole publio debt of So
Carolina was but $6,183,349.171 In 1
vern ber, 1871-a little more tb tm oue
year-be aasiats tbe Treasurer, as we
learn, to make np that statement putting
the State debt at $15,767,908.98L- Aud
you. Mr. Attorney-General, a member of
the Financial Board and a 1 a wy ur (rom
Massachusetts! Is it unfair or unrea?
sonable for the publio to decide that you
have muoh to explain?
8. We charge you, lastly, aa having
signally failed to do your duty as tho
Attorney-General of South Carolina-as
the law officer and the prosecutor of the
State..
In utter disregard of your obligations
as laid down in the Act defining your
duties, and in defiance of the duties in?
herently belonging to your office, yon
have not proteoted the intereats of South
Carolina. Yon have failed to bring be?
fore the bar of justice notorious crimi?
nals holding high pluces in the Govern
ment. You have been weighed in the
balauoe and found wanting. Even now,
whiist grave duties dovolve upon you, in
connection with the monstrua corrup?
tions of the State officiate, you have
abandoned your trust, and are engaged
in prosecuting the citizens of the State
who have been lead into a falae position
by circumstances for which you yoursel!
are in part responsible.
We can have no pleasure in purauint
you or any other official charged witt
misdemeanors. Heaven knows that wi
would prefer this day to plaoe a wreatl
around your brow, rather than to la:
these charges at your door. But we oai
ao other. Our outraged State plead
for vindication and relief, and in com
mon with our associates in feeling an<
resolve, we are marching on in the patl
of duty. We desire no success, sav
what shall come from truth and justice
We shall uso no weapons Bavo those tba
are legitimate. But so far as the publi
interests shall require it, we shall no
shrink from any duty that our posit io.
demands.. Desperato ailments requir
.tern remedies. These we must apply.
. ?Look on Tbia Picture and Tlien o
Tum."
CLINTON*, LAU HENS Co., S. C.,
December 5, 1871.
While Joe Crews aud his uhque wer
lin Laurens, all waa confusion, turnio
land riot. Since they left, all has bee
I peace and order, as much so as an
?County in the United States. Now, se
i Gov. Scott's picture. Gov. H JO Lt give
us a specimen of somebody's speed
?(somebody's nemo not given,) but doc
not give Joe Crews' speech at Wu tor lot
?as attested by more than thirty geoth
I men who beard it. A majority of Go
Scott's judgea are not of bia part]
Among them is Judge Orr, au old-tun
Democrat! As far as I know, until r?
oeutly. Gov. Scott did cot make a Bingi
Appointment in Laurens outside of bi
party. Gov. Scott received adeputatio
of gentlemen from Laurena kiudly, au
from bis manner, led them to supp?t
ne believed them. Waa this or was
not hypocrisy? If the Beform party ha
?ot exposed the swindles of Gov. Seo
and his clique, how else could they hav
stopped their reckless, if not thieving
career? Gov. Scott was oppoaed to ma
tial law, but now defends it stoutly. Se
his message. Gov. Scott says South Ci
rolioa is not taxed higher than otb?
States; but he does not say she is nt
increasing her debt far more rapidly; bi
is not thia putting off the evil day? Tb
time will come when the debt must I
paid or repudiated. Gov. Scott taxi
the poor man out of his home, and the
points to the "homestead!" You mm
give un a better bid, Gov. Scott. Whet
ten years ago, I was worth four times ?
much as I am now, my State tax wi
$95. My tax last year waa nearly $801
or twelve times a8 muoh ?cf valorem; an
yet Gov. Scott says our ta\es aro n<
high. To the press and people of Sout
Carolina, hold in, hold in! The game
to exasperate you to words and deeds <
violence, so as to give Grant a pretext t
"let slip the dogs of war." Not quii
one-half of the people of South Can
lina (the whites) pay taxes. Thia shoul
he remembered in comparing the tax <
ibis State with what ia paid in othi
States. Soo tho tax of Delaware. 1
South Carolina, the tax payera have n
representation. Is that the caae in ac
other republican government in tl
world? Those who levy tho taxes do ui
pay thom.
Why is Gov. Soott so sensitivo aboi
the oredit of the State? Ia it becuui
the want of it stops the profits and sp>
oulatioos of the ring? Certainly it
uot because be wishes to reduce tl
taxes. "Beware of little debts." "Thin
what you do when you go into debt,
says Dr. Frankliu. Why should poi
South Carolina go iu debt at all? Wou!
it not be better to wear the "old ooat
little while longer?" Wo sadly need
school of political economy. If oi
Legislature could keep a fuir ledger a
count, and see on the balance-sheet ho
wo stand, If they are houest, they woul
know how to shape their oourse. WI.
shall teach such a school? Shall Lesli
or Hurley,"or Crewt? "It is foolish I
lay out money in a purchase of repon
ance."
Wo have received the following con
muuicatioQ, with a request to publiai
We respectfully ask the authorities l
examine into the matter:
COJOUMBIA JAIL, December 7, 1871.
Mn. EDITOR: I, etti behalf of the pi
xonera from York Gminty now contint
m this jail, ht-g the uso of the o lu mi
of your most excellent paper, to iufor
the authorities aud the public how v
ure treated. We aro very reluctant
complain, but we do thiuk that furbeu
ance sometimes ceases to be a virtu
The furnaces and ventilators ure vet
poorly heated, and wo aro only al lo wi
au average of one puir of blaukets
every two men; while the witnesses ou
side get from two to three pairs apieo
and also have the privilege of fire ou
side; and only this eveniug, n stove w
pnt up for their especial benefit. Io r
gard to our faro, wo got enough brea
but wo do not get hut about a bc
pound of very poor boef, about he
cooked Wo get a half pint of coff
per day, while the witnesses get the
will of both. A PRISONER.
-? ? #. >
There was a heavy fall of show, <
Thursday last, ia Anderson, Abbevil
and Lanoaster.
MB. EDITOR; Yonr frequent references
to mo of late, in connection with what
jou call the "bond iranda," lead me to
say a single word.
I have been before the people of this
State aa a pnbHo officer for nearly four
years, and during that period I believe I
have received and deserved the respect
of the oommuoity generally. With op
portunities as abundant aa those of
other pnUio officers, to injure others, or
to enrioh myself at the expense of the
publia, I have never, to my knowledge,
been suspected, either by my political
associates or opponents, of using my
office, or my official knowledge and in?
fluence, for unworthy or dishonest par
poses.
Now, hpwever, yoa and others, while
making no direct charges, nor furnish?
ing any proof to sastaiu your allujions,
are seeking to convince the public that
I have been a party to some great public
wrong. I, therefore, break silence Bim ply
to Bay to all, whether friends or foes,
that I have neither committed nor sanc?
tioned, nor winked at any fraud whatso?
ever, either io connection with bonds or
any other matter. For all that I have
done I am responsible, and I do not
Beek any immunity; but I have neither
done nor consented to any act which was
not justified, in my honest judgment,
by the demands of my official duty.
Yon mast, therefore, pardon me if I
say to you that your attacks give me no
uneasiness; though it would uot be true
if I were to say that I do not regret
them. After four years of houest en?
deavor to so oonduot myself as to give
no occasion to political iutolerauce, even
to charge me with official misconduct,
and after earning the enmity uf mauy of
my own party, on account of my opposi?
tion to what I believed to be corrupt
men ond measures, I find you and others
ready to denounce me ns a dishonest
public officer, and calling upon me to
clear myself from charges which are
wholly vague and of which tbe proofs
are only darkly described as "forthcom?
ing." No man knows better than you
that your demand is wholly unreasonable
and unfair, and that no worthy purpuse
oan be subserved by such a course.
Until, therefore, you can make distinct
onarges, I prefer to let my character,
now pretty weil established in this com
munity, stand against all your attacks.
D H. CHAMBERLAIN.
CoiiUMBiA, ?. C., Bvc 7, 1871.
i . ? ? .
Further ?Iftlssfc. ul that Message.
"Now is tbe winter of >iur (your) discontent."
[Richard III-Ad 1
But "Do just >nd fear nut; let ail the eude
j thou aim'st at oe thy God's, thy country's aud
I truth's."
j lu that portion under the Ku Klux
j head, contained in the message, he make.
a hobby horse of the raid made ou the
Uuionville jail by u band of disguised
persons, (which every law-abiding citi?
zen disapproved of,) and took therefrom,
(us reported at the time,) nine colored
people, out of eleveu, wbo were impli?
cated in tho murder of a one-armed tuan,
named iStevens, Scott sa\s: "Colored
mon, ch rged with offences aud impri?
soned on probable cause, were taken
from the jail aud inhumanly butchered,
to evade the effect of a writ of habeas
corpus, whioh had been issued in their
behalf."
Now, ho was on the picket line at that
time, in this way: It was said at that
time, that two colored mon wore left in
j iii, who, it was supposed, were not equal?
ly implicated with those who were taken
by the raiders, (as they were called;) but
those two were afterwards tried by a jury
of tho country-six colored aud six
white men-couvicted und sentenced to
be hung, and were hung; and if they
were innocent, und only put in jail upou
probable cause, why did he (Scott) with?
hold his clemency? Now, one of three
things is oertain-that be stopped short
of publishing the whole affair in bia
document, for political reasons; or he
did not think that the case deserved his
clemeuoy; or, thirdly and lastly, he al?
lowed thoso innocent colored people to
bo banged by the neck for a charge of
murder on probabilities.
Hts organ down below, it is to be
hoped, will now stop riding thut poor '
horse so much. It is referred to by that
paper every ouce in awhile; but it only
uses BO much of the whole allair as he
thinks will suit the ears of his readers, j
and try to make them boliove that no I
murder was committed on Stevens and
Smith, (the latter being a deputy, who
assisted the sheriff in arresting the par?
ties for the murder of Stevens.) Smith
was fired on by one of the party through
the crack of a house, (which was re
? ported in the papers at the time.) where
tney had gone to dofy the arrest of the !
officers of tho law. Smith lingered for
two or three days from the effects of his '
wound, and died. "Oh! shame, whore
is thy blush!" I think that in this
'document, culled a message, instead of as
! in the case of ? spider, that spins his
I web for tho purpose of catching flies,
thal, the spider has becu caught in his
owu web. SUMTER.
Notice.
As chairman of a meeting of citizens,
hold iu responso to tho circular of Qen.
Hampton and other?, in relation to a
State fund, to be usod in behalf of the
eminent counsel engaged to defend the
meu prosecuted under the Enforcement
Aot of Congress, and to test the consti
tutionul questions involved, tho under?
signed was authorized to appoint a com?
mittee, to consist of two persons for
each ward iu tho city, uud for oaoh elec?
tion preoillut iu the County.
Tho following citizens aro requested
to uct au u committee ou subscriptions,
to report to tho chairman:
Ward No. 1-K. D. Soun, W. Press.
Brown.
Ward No. 2- John Caldwell, J. T.
Sloan, Jr.
Ward No. 3-J. C. Seager?., W. C.
Fisher.
Ward No. 1-Edward Hopo, Rolaud
Kennen.
Killian's-Eli Killian, John L?rick.
Camp Orouud-J. H. Kiuslur, W. P.
Bookter.
Gadsden-Warren Adams, T. B. Wes?
ton.
Garner's Ferry-Samuel G. Henry, J.
J. Lucius. JOHN X*. THOMAS,
Chairman.
A mau and his wife out Weat recently
hanged themselves (or hanged each
other-nobody known which) iu a socia?
ble way, on opposito bed-posts. It is
supposed that they had so many broach os
botweou thom that they could not keep
up without a pair of suspenders.
MI f~ i rna i i i
SPEECHES OF M?86RS. W. J. WHIPPER
(COLORED) ARD TIM. HURLEY ON GOVERN?
OR SCOTT.-The Charleston Courier gives
as the reports;
WHIPPER'S SPEECH.-At the oatset he
disclaimed any intention, as the author
of the resolution deferring the reading
of the message ou Tuesday last, to slight
the Governor. There were bat few
things to which ho would refer in the
message, which, in his opinion, was not
such a message as un honest mau would
have presented to a Legislature. Per?
sonally, he entertained the kindest feel?
ings towards B. K. Scott, but officially,
bia opinions would be seen in tho re?
marks which he was about to make.
The great question contained in the mes?
sage was tho question cf thc nuances.
The Governor bad attempted to quiet
the people of the State by what he called
"a true exhibit of the debt of the State."
I This exhibit the speaker proceeded to
dissect, and show by figures and facts its
falsity. ' He said, eveu taking the Go?
vernor's statement, financial ruin was
steering the pooplo in tho face. But
what rumors were abroad in the laud?
He had beard enough to believe that Go?
vernor Scott's -statement did not show
half the uotual debt of the State. The
report of the Treasurer, which accompa?
nied the message, shows, on the face of
it, that it is false. He theo alluded to
the report of tho "committee, of citi?
zens," whioh has already been published.
This report, said he, is only based upon
what accounts they were shown. Hon
many of the accounts they were allowed
to see, God only knows. The report
shows, iu every line of it, a predispo.-d
(ion on the part of the committee tc
cover up the tracks of the monsters whe
have pluudered the State. He did no
mean to impugn thu motives of thi
committee. But who were they but met
who would, most naturally, spring tc
the iuvitutiou, such as had been extend
ed them. They were of that class o
tuen who were interested in the 8tutt
bonds. The report itself was drawn out
be stiid, by the repreoeututivo ol a bani
which had invented its money iu bond?
aud it won natural fur them to atteiup
to bolster up I heir tottering fortunes.
He honestly believed the debt of tb
State to bu $18 OUO.OUU to $20.000,00d
and years heuet-, w?eu the trutu wool,
biive u bearing iu this matter, bis pre
dictions would bn v. nth d Hut. whi?
ttier U was 8ll,UM),OUU, ur 8l5,UUO,UOU
<>r Sit), OOO, ODO, the result wu* the ?mu
-hua tidal mili. All this showed thu
die G .vr-rtiiueiit had proved itsell a fut
?ne. The question uaw was, 'Ts ther
a remedy, and if so, is thu General Ai
?rieuiidy educated up tu the point of aj
I p ymg it." Figures will show (said ut
j io any calen luting, reasoning mind, thu
we cannot carry on thu Government t
it now exists without laying a lox c
j tweuty or twenty-two mills ou the do
i lar. Will you dure to levy that tun
' Your constituents will never stand i
I It remains for yon, tuen, to accept ill
.only remaining remedy-there is OG
! tbiug left us-no aro diiveu to t-epndii
' lion. We need no Act of the L 'gish
! ture to accomplish tbit?; wu huve but t
j - u b m 11 q i let ly, mid the result will brin
I "U reputiiutluu. Wo can forget to pat
i au Act tu provide for the pnymeut of tl:
j i o ten at. ou tho public debt, and this wi
? bo virtual repudiutiou. I um not iute
ested iu bonds of au y kimi, aud, for om
I do uot iuteud to allow the roeu to ei
joy them whom I have assisted iu bois
mg into power. The timo has now cou
when we must either do something <
give up the attempt to carry ou the Gi
verumeut. I, for one, will uot shat
the ignominy of this mao, (the Goveri
or,) and uot share his bonds. He hi
shown in his messago that he hus vii
j lated the law, uud it is uow tho time f<
action. I um ready for impeach men
i ready to see tho guilty go to the peu
teutiary. Enough is known not only I
I impeach them, but to send thom to sou
I narrow confin?e, there to meditate upc
their pust crimes.
HURLEY'S SPEECH.-He said thut as
member of the joint committee, whit
was to report iu u few days, he had i
tended not to say anything ou the su
jeot, but ho wus prepared to say th
much. A lie, upon my soul, alie. Th
every stutemeut contuiued ia that me
sage, in reference to the debt of tl
State, was a lie. Ho was, moreove
prepared to tmy thut tho debt of tl
State was moro to-day luau B. K. See
dared to tell the people. Ho thank*
God that iu the constitutional and otb
conventions hu had persistently refusi
to vote for the men who to-day ought
bo iu the penitentiary. (Whether
ought to be there or uot-soto voa
Last year I garo him the name of t!
dog killer. This year hu bis earned tl
name oi credit killer. Well, this cret
killer says that this will be his lust a
ii ti ul message. I doubt if ho iu tellii
tho truth iu thut fraud. If there is ai
mouey left iu tho Treasury I have :
doubt ho will try to buy himself
again, and the wires are even uow bei
laid. He will attempt again to fo
himself on the State. There uever w
a Governor who made aa many diff?re
statement? concerning the finances
the Stute. But that is uot his fault, t
cause he pau'l tull tho truth, eveu if
were to try. Why, eveu the boo
which he exhibited so ?ri?ingly to t
Tax-payers' Convention were prepar
for the purpose. He then asserted tl
the decliue in the price of bonds w
caused by the Governor. The rapid c
oliue was caused by Scott to enable h
to purchase bouds enough to-cloak
the over-isnuo. Ha had stolen &10.0UI
OOO aud ruu d?>wu thu pneu lu irder
buy and cloak up his iiiuft. He did
know what injury tlie G ?vernor ever 1
to the man thal wrote the m "?sage, t
that uiuu will certainly bo ublu tu wr
over his tomhslont', when he dies, I I
tho mau who kilted cook robin, fl? (
aol believe thut SU OUU.OOO would o.?t
thu iruild. Ho knew, tor u fact, tba
mau WK? in New lurk lust summer w:
? blank commission in lils pocket, try 1
to get Home broker or bunker to nege
ute tho sterling bonds. This comm
binn waa signed in blank by thu Govei
or, und was hawked around among t
ll naumai men, who were begged to tu
the loan and negotiate it. So fur as t
Legislative expenses, to which the C
vernor had referred, there wus thia to
said: If the Legislature were to rem fl
in session \ear in uud year out, the 1
puudituro would not be half us great
thut caused by the Governor's stock o]
rations. Lie believed that tho metub
of tho L gisl-iture hud made up tb
minds to hoist one of those fellows
thu ring, uud if they were truo to the
selves they woul 1 begin by impeachi
the Governor. I "Wo will," from Ju
Mobley. ]
THE MUNICIPAL ELECTION IN Aua US
At the recent municipal electiou iu I
gusta tho cutir? Democratic ticket \
elected.
TUK UNITED STATES CIRCUIT COURT
Ku KLUX TRIADS-FRIDAY, December 8.
The Court convened at ll o'clock, Hon.
Hugh Lt. Bond presiding, aud Hon.
George S. Byran, associate, on the
bench. |
Mr. Rtanberry, for the defence, in the
case of the United States vs. Allen
Crosby, et al., indicted for conspiracy
under the Act of 20th April, 1871, rend j
from Kent's commentaries, page 478,
showing that the common law of Eng?
land, as modified by statute, down to the
reign of James I, prevailed in the United
States Courts, and not the unmodified
common law as to which the court
seemed ia doubt yesterday. The ques?
tion before the court, and for the con?
sideration of which the court adjourned
yesterday, was, whether in a criminal
trial in tbe United States Court for
offences less than capital feiony, the
citizen was entitled to the ritfht of per?
emptory o ballenge.
Judge Bryan stated that after a dose
OT uno i nation of the decision in the case
of the United States vs. Reid, 12th
Howard, he was satisfied that the quea
I lion was dependent entirely upon the
fact, whether or not there exists in the
State of South Carolina a right to per?
emptory challenge in similar offences
prior to the passage of tho judiciary
Act of 1789.
Mr. Staoberry-I am creditably in?
formed, may it please your Honors, that
such a right did exist in this State, even
so far back as 1712. and that the number
of peremptory ohullenges allowed in all
oases of olergyab!? felonies, ic which
event we are out off by the Act of 1866
just one-half, having ten instead of
twenty.
Mr. Johnson-Do I nudersteud tho
opinion expressed by his Honor Judge
Bryan to be tbe decision of tbe court?
Judge Bond-No. I am of the opi?
nion that tbe rule of the common law,
by which no peremptory challenges
were uttered in such coses, should pre?
vail. After some consultation, however,
Judge Bond announced that as his asso?
ciate had evidently given the question
much earnest attention, be would yield
to bim aud grant the right to the pri- !
nouer of ten peremptory challenges.
Cul. YV. B. Wilson, of York, special j
oouusel for the prisoner, Sherod Chil?
ders, then arose and addressed the court,
<.* "i'iloW?!
May it please your Honors, in thia
case important and grave preliminary
points bave been made by the defence,
because it was the firslcase presented by ;
the Government. We desire, now, toi
state TO the court, as counsel for the pri-1
souer at the bar, Sberod Childers, that i
he voluntarily coufeased to an officer of I
I the Government that he was with the !
I party charged in the indictment. He j
? enters, now, the plea of guilty; but, bu- ;
I fore sentence by tbe cou it, will ask to
I submit affidavits that he was not an ac- j
? tive participaut in, or even cognizant of, '
j the octa of violence alleged. If the acta j
? are of the atrocious oharaoter elated by j
i tbe Attorney-General of the State, io bis j
i opening speech, ve are oertainly uot j
here to defend, excuse or palliate them.
Tho other prisoners, Hezekiah Potter, j
William Moutgomery aud Evana Mur- ,
phy, also plead guilty.
Mr. Staoberry claimed for the prison?
ers that in putting in the plea of guilty,
they surrendered no right of exemption
from punishment, from the fact that the
offence confessed was committed prior
to the passage ot the Aot of Congress of
20th April, 1871, under which they were
iodioted.
Mr. Corbiu replied, that as a matter
of faot, the assault and battery upon
Amzi Karney was made on the 22d
Maroh last, some time prior to the
passage of tbe Act; but the conspiracy
was a continuing one, the conspirators
being banded together, having a regular
system of by-laws, regulations, &o.
Upon motion of Mr. Corbiu, an order
was passed to release Merrit Fuller, who
has been confined for nine months in
the jail of Edgefield to await bis trial,
nudvr a charge of votiug at tho electiou
of the 19th of Ootober, 1870, without
Oeing qualified to vote.
I. D. Witherspoon, Esq., made appli?
cation for bail for Reuben McCall, of
York County, which was granted, and a
bond of $3.000, with Dr. J. M. Lowry
and Mr. J. T. Lowry, sureties.
Mr. Staoberry presented the petition
of Leander Spencer, of York, that the
writ of habeas corpus might be issued to
Major Levis Merrill, of the United States
Army, by whom, as he stated, be was
arrested without warrant, and held in
confinement without having any charges ?
preferred against bim, &o.
The court withheld its deoision, and j
adjourned till to-morrow, at ll o'clock, j
APPLICATION OF TUB LBOAD REMEDY.- ?
The Executive Committee of the Tax?
payers' Convention met iu Columbia last
week. We learn that tbe gentlemen in
attendance bave given their attention to
the troubled condition of our State
finances, as is meet and proper, and that
they are preparing to push legal reme?
dies against participants in the despe?
rate games enaoted by our State officials.
It would not surprise us that the action
of tho Executive Committee might be j
anticipated by some of these officials, j
?n? >mii??i??i o? Mr. Kiuaptou, i'uui they
should take flight to other regions
Therefore, we hope to soe no unneces?
sary delay in instituting whatever legal
remedies against the thieves and plun?
derers that learned counsel might sug?
gest. We believe that the law will com?
pel a surrender of their trusts, where it
eau be shown clearly and unequivocally
that high officials have exercised those
trusts to their own private advantage,
aud to tbe detriment of the public weal,
i'beu, if there is law to protect the oiti
z-us of this commonwealth from rapa
uiouM plundering aud vile combinations,
iel its a?\3 be invoked at onoe. We
would earnestly urge the affiliation of all
good men, irrespective of party politics,
iu this tuovemeut to roaoh the conspira
tors by dun process of liw. As iu New :
York, so let lt be iu South Carolina, that !
Hie people demand redress of the courts, j
Lt is the only safe, thorough remedy, in '
our judgment, and will prove a bulwark
J? safety in the future.
[Anderson Intelligencer.
HOMICIDE-A difficulty occurred in
: he upper part of thia County, one day
net week, between Goorgo Green and
Portmau Howard, wbioh resulted in the
leath of the former at tho hands of the
stier. When first seen, Howard was
sn retiing Greeu with a pole, aud called
)ut that he was out. Green at length
itopped, and Howard struck bim over
-he bead with the pole, fraoturiug his
ikull aud causing instant death. Au in?
quest waa immediately ht ld, and, after
I ime investigation, adjoqrned over until
Monday last. Howard at once aurreu
it red himself, and is now in jail at this
place.-Greenville Mountaineer.
r.oo ?I It ? xrr ?.
PHOSNIXJANA.-The price of singlo
copies of the PHOENIX is five cents.
The PUCENIX office is sapplied with ?ll
oooeesary material for ss handsome cerda,
bill heads, posters, pamphlets, band-bills,
circulars, and other printing that maybe
desired, as any office in the Sooth. Give
ns a call and test oar work.
Yesterday waa a delightful day. The
sun shone brightly, and over-costs were
below pur. At night, the inevitable rain
set in, however, and, as a consequence,
slop may be expected,
The thermometer at the Pollock House
ranged as follows yesterday: 9 A. M.,
56; 2 P. M., 64; 9 P. M., 60.
We have been requested lo say that
lists for the fund to be raised under the
circular of Generals Hampton and But?
ler and others will be fonnd at the stores
of Messrs. J. G. Seegers and W. CA
Fisher. Our friends from the country,
desiring to contribute, may find it con?
venient to call at either of these two
points. The several committees are re?
quested to report as early as practicable.
It gives us pleasure to be able to state
that Bishop Paine, of Mississippi, one
of the Bi nh ops of tba Methodist Episco?
pal Church, South,, is in our. city, and
will preach at Washington Street Chapel,
to-morrcw morning, at 20>? A. M. The
Bishop is on bis way to preside at the
South Carolina Annual Conference,
whioh begins on Wednesday next, at
8partanburg.
Gov. Scott hos made the following ap?
pointments: W. B. Myers and Lawrence
McKenzie, Notaries Public for Beaufort
County; Frank Goss, Treasurer for Ker?
shaw County, otos Samuel Place, re?
moved; P. A. Mo David, County Com?
missioner for Greenville County.
It is a poor libel suit that can't bring
a man something. A Texas man whc
claimed 812,000 got sixty cents.
TEMPLETON'S TROUPE.-Irwin's Hal
WOK even more crowded last evening
I than on any of the previous nights o
Templeton's popular entertainments
"Too Nights iu a Bar Boom" was admi
rably represented, and received by th?
large audience with almost, if not quite
as muoh enthusiasm as Bip Van Winkle
the night before. Mr. Manager Temple
ton did intend to close bis performance!
here for the season with this play, bu
the large attendance yesterday evening
and the general satisfaction manifested
have induced him to repeat "Bip Yal
I Winkle," to-night. Aa this viii be tb
! last of the performances of Templeton'
troupe for the winter, there will, doubt
lets, be a crowded house.
SOP?EME COURT, FRIDAY, Decembe
8.-The court met at 10 A. M. Prc
sent-Chief Justice Moses and Associ?t
Justices Willard and Wright.
Mr. Wylie resumed and concluded hi
argument in tho ouse of Alexander Cai
ter rs. D. W. Browu. Mr. Allison wa
heard for respondent. Mr. Kershaw fe
appellant.
It. A. Pringle, et ai, vs. Bela Sizer, <
al. Motion to set aside order of Circa!
Judge nud for re-argument. Mr. Moor
for motion. Mr. Allison contra. Mc
tiou submitted.
Horace Maasot rs. O. A. Moses, et a
Bill dismissed. Opinion by Willard, A
J.
At half-past 12 P. M., the con rt ac
journed until Monday, 11th, at 10 ?
M., when the First Circuit will be callei
HOME INSURANCE COMPANY, NSW YORI
We are glud to notice that this staune
old compaov comes out of the Chioag
dre with $2,383,021.15 after providiu
for all ita loases outstanding ou the li
day of November.
Ita groan satiate, November 1,
1871, were. $4.813,560 ?
Liabilities fur Chi?
cago losaos, de?
ducting re-in
eurancti iu the
Europeuu com?
panies . $2,139.213 00
Other liabilities,
tor losses, *c... 291,326 79 $2,430,539
Lcaviug Bocuritv fur present
policy-holders. $2,383,021
Immediately after the Chicago fir
the directors met aud resolved to mal
up the stock at ouoe, aud as soon as S
periuteudeut Miller was released fro
the oonveution then in session in tl
city, he mude au examination of tl
affairs of the company and fixed tl
amount necessary to he raised to ma)
the assets up to the full s laudar d r
quired by our lawa. The director
without delay, called on the atookholde
for $1,500,000, and the same is nc
being rapidly paid io iu advance of tl
time fixud by the Superintendent. Sm
uciiou is w?ifthy of uii praise, and jn
what the publio expeoted from tl
wealthy stockholders of this oompan
Thirty days from now will find the ooi
pauy's assets over $1,000,000, and i
future will be as brilliant as its past li
been. Insurers appreciate such lib
rality, aud thu company is now reapii
a rich reward in premium receipts, mc
tbau double those of the correspondu
period of last year. It is right that
should be so. The Homo continues
make policies as strong aa any in t
country. It has a corps of sterling ai
active agents, who are resolved to pla
it ut the head of American coropanii
They have the will and power to do
iud it will bo done. The Home
Wronger uow in public confidence tb
it was before tho Chicago fire. Mc
thau half its losses have already be
idjusted aud paid, and Vice-Preside
Willmarth continues his headquarters
Ohicago, aud will remain there till ev?
loss is paid. The publio are quick
notice such honorable and proa
lotion, and, if wo mistake not, will
equally quick to sustain such a comps
by its patronage now moro than ever.
The above is copied from the N
?ork Insurance Times-the leading
iuraoce paper in this country. Capt.
it. Lonphart in the agent of the Home
his city.
LIST OF NEW ADVEBTISBMBNTS.
Edward Hope-Oats, ko.
L. E. Johnson-Io Bankruptcy.
IV Franklin-For Salo.
S. P. Hamilton-Sommons.
C. F. Jaokson-New Goods.
John Templeton-Theatre.

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