Newspaper Page Text
HORATIO SEYMOUR, OF
GEN. F. P. BLAIR, OF MISSOURI.
STATE KXitttlXOBAIj TICKET.
For State at Large-J. P. Thomas,
ol Richland; J. D. Kennedy, o? Ker?
shaw. . ?I
First Congressional District-R, E.
Graham, of Marion.
Second Congressional District-B. H.
Rntledge, of Charleston.
Third Congressional District-A. C.
Haskell, of Abbeville.
Fourth CongressionalDistrict-E. C.
MoLnre, cf Chester.
Saturday Morning, Septembers, 1868
THE ELECTIVE FRANCHISE.
2b the People of South Carolina.
It waa preferred to the State Central
Executive Committee, by the late
Domo ora tic Convention, to inquire
into the disabilities imposed, by rea?
son of tho war, upon a portion of our
people, restraining them from the
exercise of the elective franchise in
Sonth Carolina; and to publish tho
conclusion attained, for the informa?
tion of the people of the State. The
eommittee,'in the discharge of that
duty, annonnoe that they have ex?
amined the subject, and beg to s tato:
1. That no such disabilities now
exist by or under the Acts of Con?
gress, known as the Reconstruction
Act, the State having been officially
declared to be in the Union.
2. That no such disabilities exist I
nuder the so-called amendment,
known as the fourteenth amendment ]
to the Constitution of the United
States, the disabilities therein ex?
pressed having reference to office
holding, and not to voting.
3. That no such disabilities exist
by the so-called State Constitution of
1868, under which it is claimed that
the State has been reconstructed and
restored to the Union.
The undersigned, therefore, an?
nounce that no such disabilities exist ]
by foroe of any law, or supposed law,
or authority whatever; and they urge ]
their hitherto disfranchised fellow
citizens, in every part of the State,
to exercise their right to vote at the
coming election for President and
Vice-President, of which right they
have been so long deprived by mili?
tary power. By order of the
8&* All of the Democratic papers I
in the State, will* please publish at j
the head of their editorial column.
Agreeably to a resolution adopted I
by the recent State Convention, the !
following gentlemen are appointed
by the State Central Executive Com?
mittee canvassers in the interest of
State at large-Gabriel Cannon
and A. P. Aldrich.
Second Congressional District--J.
Third Congressional District-D.
Fourth Congressional District-W.
Canvasser for First Congressional
District to be hereafter appointed.
WADE HAMPTON, Chairman.
THE PKOSPECT BIUGUTENINO.-The
Washington correspondent of the
Baltimore Sun, under dato of August
31, writes as follows:
The news received here from the
West, by letters to tho Congressional
Democratic Executive Committee,
and to private individuals, confirms
the statements mado in letters last
week that the cause of Seymour and
Blair is gaining steadily. A letter
received this afternoon from a promi?
nent politician in Northern Illinois,
who is fully versed in the politics of
that State, says that the Demooracy
are backing their assertions with
deeds, and are wagering odds that
they will carry the Congressional
Districts now represented by xuG?ai'?.
Raum, Collom, Baker and Hardwig,
and also tho State, while they offer
even bets on Chicago and Cook
Another letter recoived here from
Chicago, says that if Pennsylvania
and Indiana vote for the Democrats
in October, Illinois will be carried by
A Saratoga correspondent, writing
of tho fashion there, says, among
other things, that "somewomen dross
to please each other; somo to please
men, or rather one man, for as a
general thing, they despise men's
opinions on millinery. But the most
dressy women don't dress to please
any budy; they dress to worry other
The liad lc ni Game.
We have frequently bad occasion
to protest against tbo allegations of
tho radical, party, that violent mea
safes are contemplated by the whites
itt this canvass. Bot in spite of the
declaration made from tirno to time,
by the press and publia speakers; in
spite of the d?claration of the late
State Convention, and of tho Sf. tc
Central Club, tho wicked and design?
ing leaders of the radicals in this
State, will have it that war is to be
waged by the whites upon the blacks;
that the latter are to be reduced to
slavery, &c. This, these political
mischief-makers know to be false;
but this capital is used to influence
the negro's mind for party purposes.
See the letter sent to Col. Thomas;
and we learn a letter of similar import
has been reoeived by another of our
fellow-citizens. The idea is suggest?
ed, very probably, by a white scoun?
drel, that the torch be resorted to,
and thus the colored man is invited
to his doom. Now, we would suggest
to the colored people, that the time
has come for thom to turn upon these
false teachers, and repudiate thoir
Now, what these designing fellows
charge upon tho whites they them?
selves have aotually committed.
Bead the incendiary articles in the
Missionaiy Record and the Republi?
can, radical Bheets. Observe the
inflammatory harangues attributed to
Whittemoro. Notice the fiendish
language used by Elliott, a colored
member of the "Legislature." Con?
sider tho malignant utterances of
Randolph, also of the "Legislature."
And last, but not least, bear in mind
the fearful threat of Judge H?ge,
that in a certain contingency he
would throw off his judicial, robes
and grasp his trusty sword.
"Lord Dalhousie, great God of War,
Lieutonant-Gencral to tho Earl of Mar.'1
Look, finally, to the numerous
armed organizations of negroes in
many parts of the State-a fact which
Gov. Soott himself has, at last, to
notice, although his proclamation is
so worded as to apply to the whites
when tho proclamation is read at tho
North, and to the negroes whon it is
read at the South.
A few gentlemen provide them?
selves with weapons for individual
defence,- and a mountain is made of a
mole-hill. But it is competent and
right for arms to be given by the
hundreds to the freedmen. Read
what tho New York World says.
Hero is testimony from abroad :
"In South Carolina the negroes aro
organizing into military bands, and
arms are entering the State from the
North for their use. Some few days
since we were privately apprised that
certain parties in the North were
sending these weapons to the blacks,
and now the carpet-bag Governor,
who finds that he and his co-adjutors
have raised a devil they cannot lay,
is out in a ciroular reprehending the
formation of military organizations
and 'the introduction of arms into
the State. ' Who is introducing these
arms? We will tell yon. It is the
leaders of the radical party. All
these threatening indications, all
these foreshadowings of blood and
fire aro dictated from the radical
headquarters in Washington. Those
mon aro mad and desperate. It is all
or nothing with them. The issue is
not simply defeat bat annihilation;
and, as a last desperate resort, they
seek to repeat the murderous strategy
by which they fired the Northern
heart with Memphis and Now Or?
-? ? ? ?
There has been a perfect reign of
terror in Arkansas, for several weeks
-white men shot down and Demo?
cratic negroes "put ont of the way."
A despatch from a radical source
"Tho Arkansas disturbance has
been quelled by tho interference of
Gov. Clayton and the shoriff. The
courts have been re-opened and quiet
restored throughout the State. As
to the beginning of the affray, we
learn, by mail, that somo negroes in
Conway County assaulted a colored
Democrat, who was summoned as a
juror for tho trial of one of their
number, and afterwards fired upon
two white men, wounding one of
thom mortally. Two members of tho
Legislature then assembled tho ne?
groes in large numbers, and the
whites commenced fleeing for safety.
About 800 whites banded together at
Lewisburg for mutual protection.
Gov. Clayton, at Little Hock, mus?
tered in 100 negroes, armed them and
moved to the scene of the disturb?
Most extraordinary rises occur in
California rivers. 150 feet is not un?
common. Ono year every bridge
in the State was swept away, though
the arches of many rose seven ty-five
Prolonging the War,
The Now York Tribune begins a
long article of the moBt malignant
misrepresentation of. the political
sentiments of the "Southern people,
j with the sentence: "Dearly aa the
American people loved peace, many
of them feared that the war would
end too soon." "From many men in
the North comes the assurance
war for the Union ended too soon."
Wo dare say that is the prevailing
[ sentiment among a good many con?
tractors and speculators, as well ns
the Tribune school of philanthropists,
who, gushing with such compassion
for all human tribulation, that they
would not send even murderers to
the gallows, can deal iu such talk as
the following, to those whose only
offence is a difference of political
"We are taught every day that the
war should have been indefinitely
Erolonged; that tho rebellion should
ave been crushed inch by inch, till
its leaders had died in battle, or fled
from the country; till its armies had
dwindled into bands of robbers; till
it had been driven into tho woods
and swamps, to starve and perish,
where tho negro had starved and
perished in the days when the rebel?
lion was only an unlifted menace, in
that insulting hand which slavery
shook in the face of the republic.
Victory was ns premature, as wo are
assured, in 1865, as it would have
been in 1862. Nothing was decided
by tho war, if we trust the defiance
now hurled at us by the South. It
has gone baok to 1860, and proposes
to begin over again."
The Baltimore Sun intimates that
the people who think "that the war
would end too soon," are not those
who did the fighting, but are mostly
persons who, from the sereno and
secure positions, wherein they were
able to obtain exemption from mili?
tary service, snuffed the battlo afar
off, and who, if the war had continued
till the end of time, would never have
been profaned by the smell of gun?
powder. Such a programme as the
Tribune has marked out in the above
paragraph, founded upon tho amaz?
ing falsehood that tho South "pro?
poses to begin the war over again,"
is worthy of the spirit of the prince
of darkness, or of a professional
Greut Republican Fizzle at Lexing?
MB. EDITOB: On Saturday lost, at
Lexington C. H., the poor Democrats
of Lexington expected to be utterly
demolished. Great preparations
were made, distinguished spenkers
announced, and posters all over the
District, was expected to bring out
the crowd. Well, the time came, and
so did Sawyer, and Robinson, and
Chamberlain, and Boozer-and they
all made speeches to the faithful.
The crowd consisted of 130 in line,
all told-men and boys-all darkies.
They had their flags and mottoes,
and their drums. A few faithful
whites were also present, but they
were so scarce that even Sawyer in?
quired where they were, and declared
that there were not enough to com?
pose a corporal's guard.
And now, Mr. Editor, wo aro able
to breathe free again, for tho thing
has como and gono and no one hurt
except the radicals-for ono of their
frionds, at least, who was at the
meeting, said that he had iieard
enough to satisfy him that radicalism
would not do. This is indication of
radical fizzling throughout the State.
Georgia has taken the lead, bot
Sooth Carolina will follow.
To lite Varioui Democratic Clubs of
It is respectfully urged that each
Club send up a delegation to this
place, on Monday, tho 14th iustaut,
to nominate delegatos to a convention
to bc held in Columbia, on the 15th
instant, called for the purpose of
nominating a candidate for Congress
for tho Third Congressional District.
HENRY A. MEETZ,
President Central Club.
LEXINGTON C. H., Sept. 4, 18G8.
Three distinguished persons of title
recently sat down to a private dinner
in one of the principal hotels of
Ostend, Belgium, and on the waiter
entering the room to serve the dessort,
he was astonished to [find the three
corpses lying on the floor. Prusio
acid was found in each champaguo
gloss, which partly explained tho
Tho "tanners" of Chicago hare had
a nico little row abont admitting
blacks into their organizations. The
Irish and German "tanners" swore
death to the black "tanners," if the
latter were allowed in the procession,
and consequently it was thought pru?
dent to exolude them. "Let us have
A. TVtre&i mad the Reply.
MB. EDITOB: I band yon the fol?
lowing communication, received
through the post office, and address?
ed to me.
My consideration for the '/great
body of the colored peoplo who, I
know, are misled by tho teachings of
bad men, both white and black, in?
duces me to depart from my usual
rule of not noticing anonymous com?
My anxiety that no responsibility
shall attach to the party with which
I am identified, for any collisions
that may arise in this State, induces
me further to state the truth as it is.
As to myself, it is not true that I
am providing arms and ammunition,
as alleged, for Democrats or others.
What anns I have, or may obtain,
are designed for self-defence, and to
meet just such incendiaries os the
"head com rittee of safety" threatens
to let loose upon me and others.
In the second place, it is proper to
state, for tho information of the per?
sons whom designing men are lead?
ing to acts of violence, that the De?
mocratic party of this State have no
disposition whatever to harm them
in life, liberty or property. No vio?
lence will occur, unless begun by
their opponents. The election will
be peaceful, unless made otherwise
by the radical party.
Nor is it true that a triumphant
Democracy would seek to impair tho
just rights of the colored people,
or deny to them their reasonable
claims. On the contrary, tho triumph
of that party is alone consistent with
tho well-being of the African race.
It will not give to the black man the
unqualified privilege of suffrage; but
it will give him what is better thau
suffrage-tho fruits of his labor; the
protection of his person, and all tho
benefits of civil rights-these con?
ducing to his mental, moral and
physical improvement. The people
of tho South think kindly of, and are
disposed to deal generously with the
great body of the freedmen; and cer?
tainly we have no desire to kill them,
as tho Columbia "head committee of
safety" seem to imply.
As to the threats of this committee,
of course, it becomes us all to take
notice, and to heed the "timely warn?
ing." But it may bo well for me,
soberly nud candidly, to suggest that
it will be a fatal day for the colored
people, when they shall bo induced
to court an issue of arms nud blood
aud fire with the white people. For
one, I shall do all in my power to
avert this calamity; and this I know
to be tho sentiment of tho party with
which I am acting, and the gentle?
men with whom I associate.
"In the name of God we have set
up our banners," and we seek no
violent settlement of the issues that
have been sprang upon us. But let
this "committee of safety" under?
stand that beneath the velvet glove
of honest conciliation, is the mailed
hand of power; and that this hand
will be raised with regret, but in con?
fidence, whenever it shall become
necessary for the protection of fami?
lies and fire-sides.
J. P. THOMAS.
Mr J P Thomas
Sir. i hear from a good witness that
you a geting 18 shooting Rifles and a
large lot of amunition at your house,
in fact you are ordering for tho de?
mocrats so as to arm them to kil us,
now Mr thomas we once thought you
wus a fair mau which you said you
was but you have now turned agin
us and say this is a white mans
government, aud we have no rites
except to labor for you. now I can
tell you that we are disposed to bo
peacible, but when you begin to kil
us i must say that we have no guns
but wo have got plenty of matches
and we will use them and Shermans
March will not be a circumstance
when you begin to kill us.
why cant you let us alone wo dont
trouble you we only want what the
United States government pivo us
and wo intend to have that.
all we ask is a fair election and if
your party is a fair party yon will
givo us that without a fus. we no
souio of your tricks but when you
commence to kil us got ready to camp
out and to eat grass which we dont
think will last you long aa frost is so
near, we no you li%'e in a flue houso
and got a largo family and is at the
head of the democrats and wo give
you this timely warning.
head commit tt; of safety.
HOMICIDE.-The usually quiet com?
munity of Bethel, in this District,
was startled on Saturday evening
last, by ono of those unfortunate
events which has cost a gloom over
the hearth-stones of many in its
midst. On Saturday afternoon, while
R. L. Simmons and James A. Glenn,
a brother of oar estimable sheriff,
were returning home from this place,
an altercation occurred, which result?
ed in Simmons shooting Glenn
through the head with a pistol, from
the effeots of which ho died on
the afternoon of the following day.
As to the origin of difficulty, or the
amount of criminality on the part of
Simmons in the unfortunate act, we
forbear to speak in advance of a
judioial investigation. Simmons
surrendered himself, and is now in
P1?00EEDINUS OP FIFTT-FOUBTH DAT.
HOUSE OP REPRESENTATIVES.
COLUMBIA, September 4.-D ri tile
offered a resolution to nu thor i zo tue
Governor to make temporary appoint?
ments of Justices of the Peuco, which
was roferred ' to the Committee on
Officers und Offices.
The Committeo on Vacant Offices
reported on the communication of
W*. J. Lee, declining to act as County
Commissioner of Williamsburg, and
recommend that the office be de?
clared vacant and a new election or?
Communications were reooived
from the Governor, announcing his
approval of the joint resolution to
appropriate $70,000 for the pay and
mileage of members, and also cover?
ing a request from the municipal au?
thorities of Columbia, that the fenc?
ing around the new Stat? Hojse be
restricted to its proper boundaries, ns
it touches upon the publio streets.
Tho latter was properly referred.
The bill to establish the Counties
of Oconee and Pickons, as Judicial
Districts, was read the third time and
Tho bill to incorporate tho Colum?
bia Educational Society (darkies) was
read tho third timo and passed.
Tho resolution proposing that the
General Assembly adjourn sine die on
the 11th instant, was laid on the
The bill to allow minors and others
to recover monies, stocks, bonds, ?.fcc.,
converted by guardians and others
into Confederate money, was poit
poned until tho regular session.
The Railroad Committee reported
favorably on the bill to authorize ad?
ditional aid to the Blue Ridge Rail?
road, aud the bill was read tho first
time. It authorizes the President and
Directors of tho road to issue 81,000,
000 worth of bonds for tho payment
of contracta, under the Act of De?
cember 21. 1854; no issue of bonds
under that Act having been previous?
ly made, and for the payment of
these bonds the faith and credit of
the State is pledged and the Comp?
troller-General directed so to endorse
on them. It further pledges the faith
and credit of tho State for the pay?
ment of 83,000,000 worth of bonds
to be paid for tho fulfillment of con?
tracts; provided the interest shall not
exceed 7 per cent., and further pro?
vided that no part of such bonds
shall be used unless Congress or pri?
vate capitalists furnish the money in
exchange for or on tho security of
these bonds. All the property of the
road in Georgia, Tennessee and South
Carolina, is pledged by mortgage
having priority of all future liens for
the payment of theso loans. The
Board of Direction is to be increased
to fifteen, of whom the Governor
shall be ex officio afmember. The
Governor is authorized to draw
$20,000 in bills receivable, from the
State, to keep the road in working
The bill to appoint a commission to
codify the statute laws of the State
was passed, with an amendment, ap?
pointing D. T. Corbin, James M.
Rutland and W. J. Whipper, (negro,)
Nothing of importance was done in
this body. Tho attention of the
members was principally devoted to
tho consideration of a communication
spread before them by the President,
to whom it was addressed, recording
the fact that a Republican County
Convention, of Barnwell, had re?
quested Senator Leslie to resign his
seat, as his speeches and actions in?
dicated that ho no longer represented
the party which had placed him in
power. The reading of the paper
having been concluded, Mr. Leslie
addressed the Senate in his usual
vigorous stylo, showing that the
County Convention referred to, was
composed of fifteen men, eleven ol
whom were negroes, who could
neither read nor write, and the rest
mean white men, whom he had ac?
tually saved from disgrace and starva?
Randolph, Senator from the burni
district, made several efforts tc
launch into one of his fits of black
guardism, but even those of his owr
color and party cried him down; ant
he succeeded in saying nothing mon
in substance than, that ho was pre
seut at tho Convention which nomi
nnted Leslie, to which Leslie repli?e
sollo roce, but loud enough to b(
heard in any part of the Senate
chambor, "that's a lie, why don't yoi
speak tho troth. "
Coghlan, also, tho man who revell
in the idea that he is almost a3 gooi
as a negro-au imputation which al
the ropectablo colored Senators in
dignautly repel-attempted to throv
dirt at Leslie, but was brought tc
order beforo he had said twenty
The papers were finally laid on the
IMPORTANT TO WORKINGMEN.-Th<
suit instituted in the Wostchestoi
(New York) Court of Oyer and Ter
miner, to test the rights of mechanici
to prevent non-members of theil
unions from pursuing their avoca
tions, has been concluded. Eigh
brick-layers were indicted for con
spiracy in refusing to allow the de
fendant, William Dawson, to work a
his trade, he not being a member o
the dab. After considerable evi
dence and a legal exposition affecting
the case, the jury returned a verdie
of guilty. Sentence deferred.
The statement in yesterday's paper,
relativ? tQ: the death of Dr. Ray, is
incorrect, vo are pleased to announce.
The doctor has -been ill, but is now
rapidly recovering. Our information
was obtained from a source deemed
About 2 o'clock, yesterday morn?
ing, the house of Mr. James Dent,4
on Quinine Hill, near Columbia, was
struck by lightning and considerably
damaged. The chimney was thrown
down, -weather-boarding and plaster?
ing demolished, bat, fortunately, no
one waa injured. An unoccupied
bed-room was completely covered with
We are informed that Mr. Frank
L. Miller, who claims to represent
Georgetown District in tho so-called,
is a candidate for Presidential Elector
from the First Congressional District.
Mr. Miller is, we believe, a Southern
man, and it is a problem we are un?
able to solve-bow such individuals
can act with the Republican party
which ^uses every effort to degrade
the white man and elevate the negro.
M AID ARRANGEMENTS.-The post
office open during the week from 8}4
a. m. to 7 p. m. On Sundays, from
4 to 5 p. m.
Tho Charleston and Western mails
are open for delivery at 5 p. m., and
close at S}4 p. m. Charleston night
mail open 8% a. m., close 4?? p. m.
Northern-Open for delivery .at
S'.j a. m., closes at 2.45 p. m.
Greenville-Open for 'delivery 5
p. m., CIOSCB at 8}-.< p. m.
NEW ADVERTISEMENTS.-Special at
teutiou is called to the following ad?
vertisements, published for the first
time this morning:
Mrs. Monteith-School Notice.
D. 13. DeSaussure-Sales.
MASONIC.-On the 15th of this
month, there will be, probably, one
of tho largest and most important
gatherings of Masons, in the city of
St. Louis, Missouri^ that has ever
been held in this country. Three of
the highest bodies of the order will
be assembled in that city at the same
time, viz: the "Supremo Council of
the 33d, or highest degree in Mason?
ry," the "National Grand Chapter of
Royal Arch Masons of the United
States," and the "Grand Com
mandery of Knights Templar."
Delegates will bo present from every
portion of the United States. South
Carolina will be represented in the
"Supreme Council" by Dr. A. G.
Mackey and Hon, Henry Buist, both
Sovereign Grand Inspector-Generals
for this State, and will be also repre?
sented in the "National Grand Chap?
ter" by R. S. Bruns, Esq., M.-. E.',
Grand High Priest, and Capt. C. E.
Chichester, R.\ E.*. Grand Scribe of
The brethren of St. Louis promis?
their visiting brethren atruoMasonic
welcome, and, among other enter?
tainments provided for their happi?
ness, after their labors are completed,
is a trip to the Rocky Mountains, by
way of the Pacific Railroad.
The resignation of E. A. Lowie, a
member of the House from Lexing?
ton, who came here, elected on the
radical ticket, was sent in and accept?
ed to-day. Mr. Lewis has been
suffering for some time past an in?
tense disgust for the rottenness dis?
played by the party with wliioh, in an
evil hour, ho had affiliated, and no
longer able to endure his. mortifica?
tion, he returned to his constituency
last week, made an open confession
of faith in tho Democratic party,
tendered his resignation and came
squarely out as a champion for Sey?
mour and Blair. He is the third
conspicuous convert since the com?
mencement of the session, TJiowny
Goode Stubbs and Riohard Grant,
both primary radicals, from Marl?
boro, having preceded him. The
latter retain their seats, voting with
the Democrats, and on their return
homo, will tako the stump for the
white man's party.
[Columbia Cor. Charlestoi\ Courier.
FIRES.-We learn from th>iSavan?
nah Neuis and Herald, of Tuesday,
that a fire occurred, on Broughton
street, in Savannah, the day before,
which destroyed the millinery store
of Mrs. S. V. Prentice, and the fancy
goods storo of S. Cohen. The fire
was the work of an incendiary, who
first robbod Mrs. Prentioe of eight or
nine hundred dollars, and afterward
fired the store. The total loss of
both parties is estimated at about
$22,000, with an insurance for $10,
Tho Columbus (Ga.) Sun learns
that a destructive fire broke out in
Lumpkin, on Friday morning, about
half-past 12 o'clock, by wliioh the
Masonic Hall, drug store of Tatum
& Co., and four other stores adjoin?
ing, were burned; also two dwelling
houses in the rear of the stores, but
how, is not known. Most of tho goods
were saved, though in a damaged