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; Trodden Flowers.
BT ALFRED T?NBTSON. .
There are some hearts that^like tho roving^
: Cling' to unkindly rocks and ruined
Spirits tbajt suffer and do Rot repine
Patient and Bweet as lowly trodden
That from the passer's heel arise.
And bring back odorous breath iuatead-of
But there are other hearts that , will not
The lonely love that haunts their eyes
.and eare: *
That wound fond faith with Anger worse
And out-of pity's spring draw idle tears.
O Nature! Bhall it ever be thy will
111 thing -with good to mingle; good with
"Why shonld the heavy foot of sorrow
The willing heart of uncomplaining,
Meet charity that shrinks not from dis
Gentleness, loth her tyrants to reprove?
Though virtue weep forever and lament,
Will One hard heart turu to her and re?
WJiv should the reed be broken that will
And they that dry the tears in others'
Feel their own anguish swelling without
Their Stimmer darkened with the smoke
Sure, love to some fair Eden of his own
Will flee at. las!, and leave us here alone.
Love woepeth always-weepeth for the
For woes that are, for woes that may
Why should not hard ambition weep at
Envy and hatred, avarie-? and pride?
Fate whispers, sorrow ig our lot,
They would be rebels; love rebe'.leth not.
The Suicide of the Oldest Secession?
ist in America.
All who were witnesses of thc scenes
of the Charleston Convention, will J
remember well the rosy face, and keen
blue eye, and long, snowy hair of Ed?
mund llulnn, of Virginia, lie was,
at that time, an avowed secessionist,
and boasted that be had been one for ?
inore than thirty years. Animated bv j
the prospect of the consummation of ;
the hopes of bis life, he labored, with
more than youthful vivacity, to defeat i
all schemes of compromise that might I
preserve the integrity of the Demo !
eratic party; and, as the contest deep- j
oneil, and the quarrel became irrecon- j
(diable, bis keen eye glittered with !
joy, and be devoted himself to Inflam
ing the bot blood of tho South, and
cheering the fiery spirits, to a pitch of:
insolence that be knew would be in?
The Southerners looked upon bim
.13 a pro .diet, and the venerableness of
his appearance, and the dignity of his
personal bearing, bis well-bred style,
singularly mixed with the glowing,
fanatical zeal that made him importu?
nate in advocacy of his ideas, assisted
the illusion with which they pleased
themselves and him. It was honorable
then, as the master spirits of the South
looked upon it, to have boen a dis- j
unionist for a generation. Those who |
saw and heard, have not forgotten how 1
Edmund Jluffin, of Virginia, was in- I
troduced as the distinguished gentle
mah who bad always been 'a traitor,' |
as the Hotspurs of tho Gulf States i
sometimes put it, fancying they were
most excellent jokers.
Stories were told of what a 'mag?
nificent plantation' he had. how many
slaves he owned, what superb wheat
fields adorned his pos -ssions-in
short, how rich be was. And there
were other stones of the brilliancy of
his powers. It waa,a favorite phrase
that he could have held any office he
wanted; but, with his principles, of
course, he couldn't hold office in the
Union, lt was even whispered that
Calhoun could hardly be counted bis
The old man triumphed at Charles?
ton. Ile saw the convention dissolve,
and his intensest desire was, that the
dissolution of the Union was the next
thing in order. When the seceders
from the Charleston Convention met in
Richmond, Edmund Rufiiii was there,
his long hair, white as lamb's wool,
hanging on tho collar of his Quaker
cut broadcloth coat, and a large, silver
headed cane in his hand. His activity
to defeat the efforts that were made to
heal the breach, was incessant, and
thc measure of success that he attaiued
is well knowfr. He did not engage ip
the final convulsion ,at Baltimore, re-:
gardiug it as beneath ,the dignity of a
true Southern . man to follow the
Northern delegates, who were deter?
mined to nominate Douglas, across the
Tb'.t he looked upon the .process of
precipitating first tbe cotton and then
the border States into the revolution,
with pride and joy, is certain; and I
when it became clear thnt there might '
be an exchange of hostile shots in j
Charleston Harbor, he hastened there
to begftbat the battle might begin, in.
order to drag Virginia after the 'way?
ward sisters' already gone, and to get
the glory of firing the first gun. He
could not literally fire the first shot of
the war, for that had been done by the
cadets, of Charleston, aimed at the
steamer Star of the West. He did,
however, fire tho first gun at Fort
Sumter, and the' Charleston papers
were enthusiastic in describing the
picturesque old man who had made a
long journey to claim, as a reward for
a long life spent in thc cause of South?
ern independence, the immortal honor
of firing the first gun in the struggle
that was to redeem his country. They
saw a peculiar, singular and beautiful
propriety in the opening of the drama
by the venerable Virginian, and when
the siege was over, the old man had an
ovation in Charleston that rivalled tho
triumph of Beauregard. The termi?
nation of the career of the old traitor
has not been wanting in tragic interest,
and, perhaps, we rna}' add. poetic pro?
priety. I he Richmond Republic, of
"On Saturday last Mr! Edmund
Ruffin, a very distinguished agricultur?
ist, of Virginia, committed suicide at
his residence, near Mattoax Depot, on
the Richmond and Danville Railroad.
Ho retired to his chamber at an early
hour in the morning, and, taking a
seat in a chair, took a gun h aded with
shot and slugs, and placing the muzzle
to his mouth, discharged the piece by
pushing the trigger with a stick. The
upper portion of Iiis head was entirely
blown off! In a diary of his was
found a memorandum, stating that he
could never live under the United
States Covernmenf, and took death in
preference. In thefaxne memorandum
he said that he would have committed
the deed on the Otb of April, (theday
Gen. Lee surrendered ) but was pre?
vented hy the presence, of visitors in
his house. Mr. Ruffin was well known
in Virginia by his efforts in behalf of
agriculture in the State, and was once
editor, we believe, of the Southern
Planter. He was well known through?
out the country during the first of the
war, from the ardor with which he
embraced the Confederate cause, and
particularly from the fact that he was
the man wdio Tired the first gun at
Foit Sumtar, when Gen. Beauregard
bombarded that work in 1S(J1. He
was over seventy years of age." .
The Whig says:
4Tt is now stated that Mr. Ruffing
mind had been very perceptibly affect
ed since the evacuation of Richmond
and the surrender of tho Confederate
armies. For a we?k previous to ter?
minating his life, Mr. Ruffin kept his
chamber, busily employed in writing
what subsequently turned out to he s
history of his political life. He alsc
wrote letters, and in one of them lu
left directions a3 to the disposal of bis
body. He bathed himself, put ot
clean under and outer clothing, ant
directed that his body should be burier!
in the habiliments he had put on
without shroud or coffin. De thet
seated himself in a chair, put a loadec
musket to his mouth, and, leaning
back, struck the trigger with ht
hickory stick. The first cap did nb
explode, and he replaced it by another
which discharged the musket, tin
charge of ball and buck blowing ol
the crown of the venerable old gentle
man's head, and scattering his brain
and snowy hair against the coiling c
tho room. When the family, alarme'
by the report, reached Mr.wiffin'
room, he was found lying back iu hi
chair, the gun leaning against bin
and lifo gone. A paragraph in th
letter left for the pernsal of family an
friends explained the tragic deed. ]
j reads: 'I can not survive the loss of th
liberties of my country.' "
It was said by Mr. Ruffins admire!
in Charleston, in 1860, that his co
resp?nflcnce with leading. Southern
men. Iud been very extensive and im?
portant:. We presume it is trite, and'
an effort ought to bo made to secure
bis papers. There can be no doubt of
their historic value.
?Speech cf Provisional Governor John
.At half past eight o'clock Provi?
sional Governor Johnson was intro?
duced by Judge St.-.rnes in a few brief
remarks to a large and respectable
"assemblage of our citizens at the City
Governor Johnson said: Afrer a
sanguinary conflict of four years, wo
find ourselves without civil rights, wo
have been compelled to yield to su?
perior numbers and resources. We
are now deprived of all civil govern?
ment and stand under the military
authority ol the United Slates, and
must louk to that authority for pro?
tection and the administration of jus?
tice, but I do not think the peuple of
Georgia desire to always remain under
militar}'- nile. The Administration
desires todo al! that can bc done to
assist you in restoring c'vil govern?
ment, and placing the Slate ia her
proper relation to thc Union. For
that purpose I have been appointed
Provisional Governor, and L am here
to-night to make known my views.
My duty is plain and simple-the
making of needful rules for thc assem
bling ol' a Convention at the earliest
practicable day, that thc people, the
true sohrce of all rightful power, may
creel a civil government. My war?
rant for the authority I may exercise
is the proclamation of tho President
The duty of tho people is to take
ti;e oath of amnesty as prescribed by
the ]'resident's proclamation of May
20, which ?tauts a full pardon for all
political offences, to all who wero en?
titled to take it; and he did not think
that the oath was inteniied to humili?
ate the people, but only as a necessary
measure to prevent those getting kite
power who were not friends of tin
If flu re were any who deemed that
subscribing t-j the oath as prescribed
by President Lincoln was sufficient lc
return them to the rights of citizenship
would not say whether they won
legally right or not, it was a questir*
useless to argue, as the President hat
distinctly said that ;.o .one should b<
eligible to seats iu the Convention o
be entitled to vote for delegates wh<
had not taken the catii prescribed Maj
29; and he would, therefore, urg<
even- one to come .forward and taki
the oath, that they may assist iii form
ing a Srate Covernment.
J Ie had been informed that eotrn
wen.* hesitating to do so, on thegroum
that it compelled them to support au?
obey the Emancipation Proclamation
which they did not believe const itu
tiona!. To such lie would say that
whether constitutional or not, it woul
make very little difierence, as h
thought slaver}" would soon be abolish
ed by the amendment to the Constita
tion, which now wanted hut the censen
of but two more States to become tji
law of the land, and lie thought tba
consent would soon be given. BL1
whether given or not, as a lawyer, h
believed that slavery was and is legall
abolished by the proclamation, i
virtue of the power given to the L'n
si'dent as Commander-in-chief of th
anny and navy, which gave him th
right to declare what should be cai
lured or destroyed, and having declare
slavery dead, iL ceased whenever an
wherever tho power of their arm
extended; therefore it would bo unwis
to re:use to be qualified so ns to tak
part in tho affairs of the State on th
ground. Paroled soldiers who bav
taken the oath of allegiance woul
also bo required to take the amnest
oath. He expressed a hope that ever
one entitled, would go forward and L
For himself ho would say that h
policy would not be to punish, bi
rather to restore every ono to the
rights as c'i'i/.i-'iis, and he felt autb
rizerl in saying, from an iutervie
which lie had had with the law ollie
of the Government, that it was n
the intention o? tho Administration
humiliate or harrass the people, ai
no onl>, ho believed, would ever 1
prosecuted for treason after taking t!
ohth of amnesty; or if so, they would
never suffer sny of the penalties for it.
'Mr.---Johnson concluded by exhort?
ing tbci people to benevolent feelings
and charitable acts; and asking their
co operation in th? duties imposed by
his responsible position.
We have given but an outline of the
Governors remarks. They were list?
ened to with marked attention, and
were well received by a large and in ?
\A?igusta Constitutionalist, 8th.
A correspondent of the New York
Herald, writing from Richmond, under
drtte of .lune 30, says of Col. Nor?
throp, late Chief Commissary General
of the Confederacy, and ot ex Gov.
Let cher, of Virginia:
Col. Northrop, the rebel Commis?
sary General, and peculiar protege of
.Ted*. Davis, is now living in North
Carolina in great distress. Having
resigned his otiice here some live
months before the evacuation, in con?
sequence of repeated charges ol in
efficiency, made against him in and
out of Congress, he went, lo Non h
Carolina, where he applied himself to
farming. He was enabled to make a
start-in t-his new held of enterprise,
through the kindness of some friends;
but just as ho had planted his crops,
Sherman's army came that way and
ruined all. Ho is left without any
means for tho support of a large
family, his property in Charleston,
South Carolina, having been either
destroyed by fire or confiscation. Truly
is the late of the rebel leaders a hard
The destruction of Gov. Letcher's
house at Lexington, by Hunter's raid?
ers, has left Iwm in a condition of real
distress. So utterly stripped is he of
all ? means of subsistence that his
family have had to rely altogether
upon kind friends for their support
ever since his imprisonment. A few
of his friends had actually to raise for
him, by contribution among them?
selves, thirty or forty dollars-on the
morning of bis arrest, to serve as a
means to purchase some little require?
ments beyond what is served in Iiis
place of confinement. ..How it is
Extra Billy is at large, while Gov.
Leteher is a prisoner, the military au?
thorities alone can tell. It excites
some strange comment here. The
last earthly possession upon which
Gov. Leteher relied for a future start
was ten thousand dollars worth of
tobacco, purchased by him since the
expiration of his term of office and
that shared the fate of tho thousands
of hogsheads of that article ^deposit ed
in the public warehouse in this city.
The Governor has certainly suffered
much hy a war in the inauguration of
which he had no instrument a liy. Ho
remained true to the Union ns long as
it was safe for him to do so.
I WHAT TO no IN. A CASE OF POISON.
? Hall's Journal of Health, says if a
? person swallows poison deliberately, or
I by chance, instead of breaking out
I into multitudinous and incoherent ex?
clamations, despatch some one for the
[ doctor; meanwhile, run to the kitchen,
j got a half-glass of water in anything
that is handy, put into it a teaspoou
\ ful of salt, a^id as much ground mus?
tard, stir it in an instant, catch a finn
j hold ot" the person's nose, the month
will soon fly open-thou down with
the mixture, and in a second or two up
j will come tho poison. Thus it will
answer better in a large number of
cases than anything else. If by this
time the doctor bas not arrived, make
the patient swallow thc white of an
egg, followed by a cup of strong coffee,
as antidotes fot^any poison that re?
mains in the stomach, because these
purify a larger number of poisons
than any other accessible article.
Officers from New Orleans report,
that Kirby Smith made nothing
privately in cotton, but speculated in
it to secure pay and subsistence for
his army. His quartermaster lately
turned over to Gen. Canby ?3,000 in
gold as Confederate property..
1 Relative?, friends and acquaintances of
Mr. and Mrs. JOSEPH M. AI NOTER and
family, are respectfully invited to attend
the funeral services of the former, THI?
AFTERNOON, at half-past !?> o'clock, at
j thc residence of Mrs. Fenton, one square
below the otate House.
By Dnrbec & Walter.
TH rs DAY, July 17, 1866. ve will sell, at
our office, at 9^ o'clock, the following
3 Mettras*"". Bolster?, Blankets, Cloth?
ing, Chaim, Bureaus. Safe, Tables, Pots,
Ovens, Decatnters, Shoes, Soap, Bucket*.
Tubs, Pitchers, Jug?, Jars, Tools.' Lamp?.
Stationery, Matches, Razoif. Spool Cotton.
Also, ? wagons, a fin? Saddle, Bridle. <fcc
Unlimited articles taken up to heur of
sale. July 17
FIFTY WAGONS, to haul coflOD to
Ornngehurg, S. C- For terms,?upplv
to 'A. L. SOLOMON,'
-i door above SBiver House, on Plain st.
July 17 ._6
MES. S. E. PELOT,
RAVING received a supply.of beauti?
ful Enamelled VISITING CARDS,
will HU orders ut the shortest notice, left
at lier Writing Room, S. C College Cam?
pus, iitxt door to fleadquai tero.
Lier class in PENMANSHIP will meet
evrry evening, al half past ft o'clock.
Toi wg moderato. July "17 I
Baptist State Convention of S. C.
'"BMIC n.-xt annual meeting ol' this body
?L. will he In !-! at. Cross Roads Church,
three miles from Chappell's Depot, eom
meneing on Fill DAY before the fifth Sun?
day in .Inly, (lin- 28th. inst.) U-d.'gates
coming on thc Greenville Railroad will be
met at Chappell's by convevances, Thurs?
days and Friday.
July IV J. M. C. BREAKER. Sec'y.
Strayed or Stolen,
fY^fi-i' FROM mv pasture, on the lith
rxih instant, a B"A\" MARK, of medium
si/...-, her cars slightly ?nelia. .! fl?p. ??.>
marks remembered. A liberal reward
will he paid for her rccoverv.
July 17 2_ HARMON" KOON.
Office Chief Com. of ?ub., Mil. Dist
CHARLESTON, S. C., JULY IO, IS.;;..
IPROPOSALS will bu received at thia
..iii.:.- ii[> lo Julv '.!.r.. 18i'..">, FOR CON
TRACTS Poll REEF CATTLE, (on foot.)
to be furnished the V. i>. .Sub. Dept., tn
quantities tobe specified in tho contract.
Said eoutracts to lie made for four months.
HENRY II J EN KS,
Capt. 62d T. V- and A. 0 S..
Chief C. S. Military Hist, ot Charleston.
/.V VIC ORA TING COR Ul A J.
Dyspepsia, General Debility, Ner?
vousness and Depression
Has proven to be the bent
PERSONS advancing in life will find
the-OLD SACHEM BITTERS"'invalua?
ble as a
REJLTEXATOR AND Mid!
FOR F WV. V.Y
DR. ?. MELVIN COHEN.
Druggist anil Apothecary,
Piekens street, head of Ladv etreet. .
July 17 ' " 1
DRUGS & MEDICINES!
SELECTED AND FOR SALE BY
Dil, I'. MELVIN COilEX,
DRUGGIST AND APOTHECARY,
Piekens Street, head of Lady Slrael.
HPx* ose riptioii?
?*REPARED, ol' the BEST INORE
DIENT3, with accuracy. ?
|?gg*" As this section of country i.^ filled
with "Di-ug?,- ttnd Medicines" purloiner]
from thc Medical Department-many o
them being sjtr/d! and '.irrt, from.heat
water and light-it is proper to say tba
all articles sc M at our cstabli hmont an
PURE and GENUINE. July 1 .' \