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COLUMBIA, S. C.
Wednesday Morning, August 17,1870.
Judge On'? Letter.
We n?ed scarcely say that wo utterly
repudiate the sentiments of this extra?
ordinary communication. We regard it
insulting to tho more intellectual scuso
of the class to whom it is addressed. At
present, wo havo no more to say upon
the subject, except that Judgo Orr will
find his counsels rejected, and his tactics
unheeded by tho people whom he seeks
Wo havo had vory few Southern men
in Congress sinco reconstruction was
effected; the representatives from this
section beiug chiefly carpet-baggers or
scalawags, who cannot bo regarded as fit
types of the people they havo preteuded
to represent. Of course, there ure somo
honorable exceptions to this rulo, but
the South protests agaiust being judged
"by her so-called representatives, of tho
itype.of Porter, in Virginia, Whittemore,
du South Carolina, and Butler, in Ten?
nessee. When the South ivas permitted
to select her own representatives, through
constituencies in the several States that
had some appreciation of the dignity of
the position and of what should pro
r^irly be expected of a representative in
-Congress, she furnished men that com?
manded respect for probity and honor,
nt least. But, in theso evil times,
brought upon us by the partisan legisla?
tion of Congress itself, men who in
former .times would never havo been
Ti canted of for any position of respecta?
bility, havo- made their way iuto the
halls of Congress, as if to stand on that
very spot, living exemplars of thc effect
of radical legislation iu dobuuehing the
people. Referring to the recently dis?
covered fraud, charged upon Butler, a
bitter radical from Tennessee, who is a
cadet-peddler also, the New York Herald
contrasts tho representatives in Congress
from the South now-a-days with those of
a former era. It remarks:
"Thero was a time when Southern
.members, whatever may have been their
faults, however bombastic, quarrelsome
and sometimes ridiculous they may have
beon on the floor-would shrink from
anything petty or contemptible. They
were men of houor at least. But un?
happily, the element which roprcseuts
?that region of the country now is of
entirely different character. It would
seem as if the small vices imported there
from tho North of late have been ex?
ported to Washington in the form of
gigantic crimes. Taking into considera?
tion the entire corrupt course of the last
Congress and its utter worthlessness for
all purposes of good to the country, wo
arc not much surprised to hear of iso?
lated cases of grave offence like this
discovered by the Pension Bureau
brought home to members. Iudecd, we
expect to hear a good deni more of them;
but we hope that a few examples will be
mado and condign punishment will bc
inflicted upon the guilty, in order to
serve us a warning to those who may
stand upon the briuk of infamy and
havo uot yet fallen into the gulf, if auy
such Congressmen there bo who havo
this day of graco reserved to them."
Tho following appointments have been
made for Judge Carpeuter and General
Winusboro, Wednesday, August 17.
Chester, Friday, August 19.
Broad Uiver, Chester Co., Angust 20.
Yorkville, Monday, August 22.
Rock Hill,.Tuesday, August 23.
Laudaford, Wednesday, August 24.
Laucaster, Friday, August 20.
Camdon, Monday, August 20.
Sumter, Weduesday, Angust 31.
Liberty Hill, Kershaw Co., August 27.
Darlington C. H,, September ?.
Chesterfield C. H., September 7.
lienucttsville, Friday, September 9.
Floreuce, Saturday, September 10.
Marion C. H., Monday, September 12.
Kiugstree, Weduesday, September 14.
Manning, Friday, September lfi.
Oraugeburg C. H., September 19.
Barnwoll C. H., September 21.
White Hall, Colletou, September 23.
Beaufort, Monday, September 25.
A SHOCKING EXECUTION*.-A Dublin
(Ireland) despatch says: Audrew Carr,
convicted of murderiug his paramour,
was executed tbis morning within Rich?
mond Bridewell. Thc drop allowed was
fourteen foot from tho trap, and when
the bolt was withdrawn, the jerk was so
groat that the head was instantly severed
from tho body, and the rope recoiled
with force to thc trap.
A scaffold around a church-steeple in
Middletown, Maryland, fell on tho 12tb,
ami throe meu were precipitated to the
ground. Two wero nuhurt, but Mr.
Smith, a carpenter, struck on some spear
shaped railings around the church und
Thc steamboat Norwalk, from Coney
Island, aud a schooner, from Boston,
collided in New York Buy, ou the 12th.
Six persons aro known to have been
drowned and oight others are misuiug.
An unpleasantness bctwecu some rail?
road bands and some black desperadoes
in Florida, culminated in one of the ne?
groes shooting two men and beiug fa?
tally perforated himself.
A sixty-year old man in Hartford,
Conn., shot his wife, another woman and
himself, a fow days age.
Mr. Bacon's beautiful mare, Nannie
Douglas, won a taco ?it Saratoga, ou the
12th. There were six entries.
?rand Union Reform Olaiaa Meeting In
Sidney Park-Speeche? by Jadg?: Car?
penter, General Emlcy, General Ker
thaw and Rev. Jona? Byrd.
A platform, with seats for about twenty
persons, had been prepared, and a band
of music ia attendance. Musio an?
nounced tho approach of tho hour for
mcctiug, and tho crowd gathered in
quietly to tho number of about 2,500, a
considerable portion of whom woro
colored. Among those ocenpying scats
on the stage, we noticed, besides Col. F.
W. McMastor, who presided over and
conducted tho meeting, and Judge R.
B. Carpenter, tho centre of tho occasion,
Gen. J. B. Kershaw, Gen. W. K. Easloy,
of Greonvillo, Gen. Arthur, of Lexing?
ton, Gen. W. J. Taylor, Major E. W.
Seibels, tho Rev. Dr. O'Connell, the
Rev. P. J. Shond, Col. J. E. Bacon and
Messrs. C. P. Pelham, Jouas Byrd,
(colored,) Edward Ropo, R. Holloway,
(colored,) and Jesse-Dubard.
When tho music paused, at ll o'clock,
Col. McMaster stepped forward aud
I opened the meeting, in a graceful and
forcible spoech of five minutes. He
characterized this as tho most important
meeting ever hold iu this place. Wo
havo wished and hoped and waited for
peace; but our enemies-tho eucmios of
tba State-have combined to array the
colored race against tho white. Wc
havo waited undor tho most trying cir?
cumstances of poverty aud misrule
Our pooplo destituto and our capitalists
impoverished, they have quietly waited,
aud hiJ*>od for better tbiugs. Better
things hav'c not como.
At this juncture, the Reform move?
ment was inaugurated to remedy these
ovils, if possible; to purify tho adminis?
tration, aud to save the Stato from utter
ruin. Tho movement socks to unite all
honest men, of both colors, in oue body
to oppose tho corruption of tho party iu
power. Its characteristic is to bato
wrong and to love right; to hate injustice
and oppression,- and to lovo justice and
law aud order and equal rights to all
men. Tho leaders of this Union Reform
Partj* aro to bo prescuted to tho voters
of Richland Couuty to-day, who aro ex?
pected to hear all they havo to Bay; to
reject tho bad and to accept the good
to hear all things nud hold fast that
which is good. It has been tauntingly
said, that South Carolinians aro a proud
people, and look with disfavor upon nil
new-comers. This is untrue. It is true,
however, that wo dospiso and deuounce
a act of men who have como among us
who have como amoug us as wolves in
sheep's clothing-who havo come to take
advantage of our unfortunate situation;
to doludo tho ignorant of our people,
and to enrich themselves at tho expense
of our impoverished Stnto. But we wel?
come tho immigrant-tho honest mau,
who comes among us to become a bona
fide citizen, and to improve and develop
the country, as well as to benefit himself
and as a means of beueflttiug himself
no matter what his politics maj' bo, nor
his raco, nor tho laud of bis birth; and
we will givo him tho right hand of friend?
ship aud fellowship, earnestly, honestly,
aud in good faith. Tho right of immi?
gration is freely accorded to all. Four
years ago, Ibero carno among us a man,
in one of the branches of tho judiciary.
Wp looked upon him as an enemy. We
hated him, because we presumed that he
had come, as we know others bad done,
to swell tho ranks of our oppressors. He
rose to n higher position, through tho
favor of tho Legislature; aud in this new
position, we fouud him worthy. The
Legislature had seen fit to increase bis
honors, aud we found the State thc gain
or by thc step. Ho was just ns n Judge;
and this now movement decided to elect
him its standard-bearer. Ho was worthy
of confidence thea. Is be not worthy
now? Wo invited him to lead our cause.
Wo said to him, "You havo done well;
wc eau trust you. You have shown your?
self to be a truo man. Wo need such
for our leader." Ho resigned his high
and houorablo office, to becomo your
standard-bearer-to save the State-to
lend honest meu to victory. He stepped
forward at tho sacrifice of all his official
advantages, to servo us aud you. That
man, I have tho honor to introduce to
you now-tho Hon. R. B, Carpenter.
Judgo Carpenter stepped forward, and
addressing tho Pr?sidant of tho meeting
and the gentlemen of Richland Couuty,
craved thoir attontion for a littlo time.
Ho had boou traveling so much that ho
was fatigued, and should not detain them
long. He was glad that tho Committee
had done, as was doue iu olden time, in
keeping their bust wiues for tho last.
He was tho Union Reform candidato of
South Caroliua. Had assumed tho posi?
tion at tho invitation of tho peoplo. If
any body was to blame, it was not ho.
Ile did not seek tho position, but was
far from beiug insensible to thc honor.
The honor was great, but tho work was
greater. As ho accepted the one with
gratitude, ho undertakes tho other
with alacrity.* Tho fight is theirs, uot
his. If ho bo elected, tho honor, tho
profit and tho glory will ho theirs. If
defeated, tho loss, tho disappointment
and tho disgraco will be theirs. He ex?
pects them to make the light, and to
tight Uko men. If they will do this,
success is as certain as that tho sun is
shining in heaven. They may defeat
themselves; tho ouomy cannot do it.
Wo have, continued he, honor, justice
and truth on our side; and with these a
manly tight must wiu. Tho poet has
said, .'Thrice is ho armed who hath his
quarrel just;" and wo uru thus thrice
armed. Wo havo not only truth, justice
and honor on our side, but tho truo
hearts of our honest people, not only the
whites, but tho colored, also, aro waking
to tho graud truth that this is a contest
of right against wrong. They aro throw?
ing elf their shackles in all parts of the
Stuto whero I havo been, aud aro joining
thc movomont as theirs. And so it will'
J go ou, uutil wrong and oppression shalli
tremble- on tbgir usurped thrones; and
the profligate and corrupt Bing that
reign here in Columbia to-day, shall bo
driven in disgraco and dismay from their
strongholds of dishonesty, profligacy and
prostitution of power.
I object to tho administration of Go?
vernor Scott, first, for the uniform sys?
tem of corruption and venality intro?
duced into ult the departments of the
government-tho Executive, tho Legis?
lative and tho Judiciary. It is tho
system of tho ring. My policy is to
attack those only who attack us; not
those who assail mo personally, I shall
present nothing bat facts-nothing
whioh I cannot provo iu any court of
justice. I ask fair aud civil questions.
I pror r that you ask whatever yon wish
expla.ned. I wish a mauly facing of
these subjects; not liko tho radicals
often do-try to koop tho people away
from tho speeches, anil their leaders
sneak up to hear what is said, aud thou
creep away to misrepresent it in their
grog-shops aud loagues. Now, I assort
that overy radical organ in South Caro
liuu-the Republican, of Charleston, tho
Spartauburg Republican and the Cell
all have assorted again aud again that
tho Legislature of this Stato has been
bribed to pass overy important bill that
it has yet passed. If I am to admit this
array of evidence-this crowd of wit?
nesses, that is to say, every radical orgau
iu the State-bribery was tho mcaus
used to pass tho gold bill, tho insurance
bill and tho sinking fund bill. The con?
fession of the guilty parties is certainly
conclusive evideuco iu such cases. How
docs his Excellency stand upon all theso
bills? Ho endorsed them all. He ad?
vised their passage. Ho urged their
adoption; and sigucd them without a
When Scott became Governor of this
State, the people were exhausted, impo?
verished and disbcartcucd. Tho laborer
was out of employment. Tho poor had
a strugglo to sustain life. The farmer
was involved iu debt aud thc industry of
the country parnlyzed. Governor Scott
fouud all these things. He found the
State oppressed with a debt of 86,000,000.
What ought he to have doue? What
did tho dictates of humanity require at
his bauds? To oppress the people fur?
ther? To increase the suffering? Or,
ought bc to have takeu steps to lighten
them? What has ho douo? He aud his
administration oppressed tho people
with a merciless burdeu of taxation, and
run up the State debt from $0,000,000 to
$14,500,000, by adding $8,500,000 to it.
Efforts have been mado to explain that
Scott did not kuow theso things, ami
that he ii not personally responsible foi
thom. If it is uot his own work direct ly,
it is the work of his creatures. I won ld
not wrong any mau. His course with
tho Legislature proves his motivo ami
purpose. This ouormous debt is fl
mortgago upou tho property of ever-,
tax-payer in South Carolina. It is a debi
of $000 for overy voter; or $2,000 foi
overy white voter-thc tax-payer-ir
tho State. It is a debt that you wil
havo to pay. Although contracted ii
injustico and with reckless waste, still i
must aud should bo paid, aud by you
In God's name, theu, lot us stop tbi:
extravagance, before it iuvolves us all ir
irremediable ruin. Whero is that SS,
500,000? Have any railroads beer
built? any camila dug? any school-house!
built? any institution or euterpriso o
use or profit to the people or the State
Not one. It is all a dead loss. Judgiu?
the future by tho past, what will bo tin
condition of affairs, after two years mon
of such rule aud ruin policy?
A lotter has this moruiug appeared ii
ouo of our Columbia dailies, written b;
a distinguished statesman and jurist. .
havo uo personal enmity to Judgo Orr
Wo are friends. But I must look at hi
letter as a public paper. Judgo Or
says the way to reform the Radical party
which ho also admits to be corrupt, is ti
go iuto it; for tho good meu of tho Stat
to go into it. Who is to do this? T
go into the Radical party! I knowe
only two who have tried that-one a fa
geutlemau in the Eastern part of th
State, six mouths ago, and my learned le
gal friend, Judgo Orr, two months agc
It does notseem to be much improved yet
Who made up tho Radical Convention!
The scum of the earth, led ou by Whi^
moro, v/ho has been twice kicked o\j&
1 Congress, aud is dotiled by alioth
I vices that have disgraced tho most Aar
doned of their vile crow. Whitwuor
was their leador, and ought t&hnv
been. [Laughter and npplausrjB Hi
I two cadotship sales cost him Sf?ewhr
heavily, in comparison; butin mot, ver
lightly. His follows should Rejoice ;
they oould got off as light. OW into tb
Radical party to break it w\wT Nobod
is going into it for thal purpose; au
moro than the Georgia Judge went int
some gambling hells to break them ur
by fighting tho tiger. Everybody ca
easily see why they go in. Such exph
nations aro lacking in that honesty wilie
Hurley throws iuto his - explanation <
this management of partios. Hurlo
suya, what fools pcoplo aro to talk abor,
honesty; tho negro bas got no souse; u
make uo pretense of honesty; wc stn
bis pocket and feed bim with all sorts c
promises and-get hjs vote.
After giving some telling hits at th:
sinking-fund style of breaking up tb
Radical party, vvhich Orr and Grahni
have adopted,/,' o Judgo was turning t
another Bllbjrtiy when a voice cried on
.'Hurrah fe/"Alar pen tori" He replier
Never min>rJrlinrrahing for me.; Seo
ueeds that,'; "ibo slashing that tho Bru
siana h av;.'decently given thc French :
nothing #o that which thc Ring wi
get ncJ^Jctobor. Governor Scott lu
dinphvcCm good mon and put iu rascal
Heron Moioo interrupted, with a suggo:
tion twit it was right to divide au
rolatf/u ollices. The Judgo replied tin
th.it /vas certainly fair; but that tl.
Secy, Ring divided in an unequal way
to'm give the country people all the vo
i^?, while they tako all tho money an
'Mo ollices. That is what they call
arfair divide." It is tho old story of tl
turkey and the buzzard, that tho hunt?
and tho Indian Lad to divide. Formerly
the Judiciary of South Carolina was
pure. How is it now? All over the
State, the Courts of the Trial Justices
aro pandem?niums of wickedness ami
Of tho removals of good men from
office, that of Dr. J. W. Forker from the
oharge of the Stato Lunatic Asylum, was
ono of tho most recout as well as ono of
tho worst. Dr. P. was peculiarly fitted
for the place. Miss Dix, who has visited
the asylums of Europe and America, said
that she had never seen a mau bettor
suited for his peculiar duties in tho euro
of tho iusaue than Dr. P. This lady,
whon she heard, two years ago, of a pro?
ject to remove him for political reasons,
wroto a lotter to ex-Governor Orr, sup?
posing him still to bo the Governor,
bogging that Dr. P. should not be re?
moved. Gov. O. endorsed this letter
and forwarded it to Gov. Scott. Dr. P.
had been thirty-throe years connected
with tho Asylum; had skill, education,
ability, energy, love of tho work, and
everything elso to recommend him. He
was like Luke, of old, thc beloved phy?
sician. Yet, iu the face ef all theso
facts and considerations, Governor Scott
removes him, in order to make n place
for Dr. Ensor. Why was this? It comes
of the fact that Purvis ii ods that Lexing?
ton is going for tho Reformers; so that
his occupation as legislator is certainly
gone. Ensor is removed to make a place
for Purvis; and Dr. Parker must be re?
moved to mako a place for Ensor.
Judgo Carpenter thou, iu answer to
tho false charge of defalcation made
against Dr. P., detailed tho llnanciul
history of tho institution nuder his
charge; showing that ho expended his
own funds in its support, tbuu by sub?
scription managed to keep it'going, and
finally that he begged to supply funds.
Gov. Scott has not only involved thc
State in debt; has not only removed
good officers to put in the vilest of hi.
creatures; has not only inaugurated ami
kept up a system of utter corruption in
all the brauches of the State Govern?
ment and inferior offices-but ho hat
systematically endeavored to excite un
antagonism between tho two races. Thit
I regard as the gravest charge of all, foi
it renders impossible the true develop?
ment of the State. How bas ho dont
this? By the way in which he has car
ried out tho provisions of the militii
law. Ho has organized aud armed thc
colored citizens, refnsiug to do the samt
with the whites. Everj-thing that In
has done in this matter is without au
thority and against law. Ho has, uudei
the law, no more right to arm a volun
teer militia company than I have. Hi
and every man who is doing this aro lia
ble to indictment. JA voice cried "Sbov
it.] I will. The Act of 180S author
ized him to enrol all men from 18 to -li
into two separate classes, first those fron
IS to 30 aud second those from 30 to 45
After-not before-the enrollment is com
pleto, ho is authorized to organize. Nc
authority is granted to any ouo to organ
ize volunteer companies. One sectioi
makes it an indictable offence to drill i
compauy until all tho men have been eu
rolled. All tho men have not been eu
rolled. I call upou tho Attorney-Get*
oral to executo the law, as be values bi
character as a good citizen and officer c
tho law. Had I raised a hundred com
punies, armed them, and gone to drill
iug them, would it not have been treason
The law allows Gov. Scott to do uo mor
than it allows me. I do not blame tb
negroes. The fault lies with their lear;
crs. Arms have been given only to co]
ored companies. Then cartridges \v^4
given. Why? [A voico put in "'.mic
won't J)-Tffi" The speaker continued.
Nor 'will they scare anybody in mont
Carolina. Hitherto it was a unajfm o
fen?o to go to drill with a loa-.Wl gui
no/y it is tho reverse. Scott?in li
WfaVuiugtoa speech said he h .?becu c
the picket lino for years. TvBbably L
has. J A piokot line is a line,#skirmisl
crs that go before an ara^Jto feel tl
on.?my; and when they haw felt thee
thryy fall back and let the ?thers do tl
fijhtiug of tho battle. Im that speec
(f,v. Scott said more; )Jb said Soul
Ul^iolina was a nest owassassins, ai
[rthat Winchester rifles w?re tho best tai
" Now ho is arming tho colored troops at
supplying cartridges. VWhat for? WI
is to bc shot? [A yfirco said somothii
about the myyJturQvs of Raudolp
Judgo Carpor^?r"continued. | Tho mu
derers of B-Dndolph? Go np and k
Gov. Scott, if you want to kill tho mn
dorer of Rjmdolph. [Applause]
Horo a good deal of interruption c
curred about tho edges of tho crow
several voices calling out different tbiuf
Tho President of the meeting called t
attcution of tho Chief of Police to thc
disturbances. Tho speaker asked
they-tho colored people-could p
penco by arming. Cicsar Gurley, n c
lored man, called ont that they waotei
good Governor. Tho speaker repli
that ho had no doubt that Ciosnr won
make a better Governor than Scott.
Judgo Carpenter continued: 1 char
Gov. Scott with inciting civil war
South Curoliua; beeuuso he ia amii
and drilling tho colored troops, and 1
given them cartridges to shoot somebcn
Whom? 1 have uo hatred of tho color
man. I synipathizo with him in bis stn
gles up from slavery to freedom, frc
iguorauco to education. 1 would lu
you all that I can. I would not tn
away oue siugle right or privilego tl
you possess-would not if I could, a
could not if I would.
Scott talks about his having fought
freo tho colored people. I tell you t
truth. Neither I, nor ho, nor tho Unit
States army fought to free you. Wh
Scott tells you that the war was to fi
the negroes, ho Hos. Scott never frc
you; nor did thc Federal army free ye
but God Almighty did-Ho that dire
thc destinies of nations anti gives victi
wherever ho lists-no that counts t
hairs of jour head and notes tho sp
rows that fall-His omnipotent fiat
you free [A voice-"That's so."j L
your hearts in npgushing gratitude
Him, and do not como down to tba
tho putty creatures of earth for the glo?
rious work of His hands.
They havo beou telliug you that if I
wero elected, I would reduce you to
something like slavery-require you all
to carry passes again, and all that; hut
your common sense ought to show you
that this is folly. Tho fifteenth amend?
ment has fixed that. History affords no
example of a people's giving up a right
like that without a revolution. Several
questions were here asked about thc
voting of negroes in North Caroliua for
Andrew Jackson; aud about the repeal
of the fifteenth amendment. T?eJudge
haviug answered these fairly, aud settled
the buza as well as the individual pro?
pounding the questions, went on to ex?
plain, iu detail, how the constitutional
amendments might, iu possibility, be
repealed, but never in human proba?
bility. Scott boasts that he is thc
champion and upholder of your freedom
and rights. Ho is less thau a worm com?
pared to the earth, iu the powers that
control your fortunes.
How is Scott to be re-eloctcd? now
does bo propose to secure his re-eleotiou?
Hy Uuiou Leagues? [A voice said,
4'Leugne} are good places." The
speaker answered.] Yes, for you town
fellows; but what good for the honest
laborer iu the country? Five years ago
you were slaves. You were freed. You
got into Leagues, and weresworu to sup?
port tho nominees-a worse slavery than
you wero in before. [A voice asked if
the Judge bad not been a member of a
League? He replied j No. [Never beeu
initiated?] Not much. Your leaguers
are bound to support their nomiuees.
[A voice deuied the statement. ] I know
it. I have myself seeu thirty men mob?
bed and beaten because they refused to
vote for their League.
IA voice asked about the doeisiou ou
the bastardy case in Orangeburg. The
Speaker replied:] "I thank*-thee, Jew,
for that word." I decided, under thc
Act of 183S and a sn bri quent Act, that
ueitber race hail a rigJ^I to sue iu such
cases. It is substantial y the same deci?
sion as that reudered/y Judges Orr and
Green, in their re.spe*Ave Circuits. Now,
my friends, you >r? how this contest
stands. It is just/jV against injustice;
ccouomy against jnravagauco, and ho?
nesty against crahiptiou. Gov. Scott
bas done everything iu. bis power against
the true interests f the State. He has
brought this cajjJuity upou us, iu order
to control amLWkoep usia subjection.
But let us ris^bove the narrow limits
of au ambiticm like bis. Let us never
forgot that \n are citizens of this great
land-a laudrehat in its immense propor?
tions, irommho Rio Grande to the St.
John's, au#from the Atlantic to the Pa?
cific, poss?ses iuexhuustible resources of
power rmi greatness. Prophet, with
buruiur^'Mps, never revealed a more glo?
rious v/jP>n than the future greatness of
this w'^ife country displays. Union is
our w^?h-word. Success our goal.
Tb ^plowing peroration of the Speaker
was/? of hope, faith, and earnestness.
T^Peffect was brilliant, and the im
pr'rJioQ decided in overy direction.
tM\. McMaster, after expressing regret
atMic abseuco of Gen. Butler, caused by
sicZiucss, introduced Gen. William K.
Easley, of Greenville.
Gen. E. commenced by disclaiming
any idea of filling Gen. Butler's place;
but proposed to rattle round in it
awhile. No quarrel since the world be
??on ba3 been-no quarrel while thc
world shall stand can be-moro just than
that in which wc are cugaged to?
day. It is a quarrel and a contest for
all that is honest and honorable in
South Caroliua-au issue for lifo to om
country, aud for tho future prosperity ol
South Caroliua. Ia this issue, the twe
races must staud side by side. Both
racos were unprepared for tho now state
of affairs wheu it carno. Both whitee
aud blacks had to be educated up to thc
proper standard. Each needs tho other,
Prosperity-the true prosperity of whicl
our State is capable-can be attained in
no .other way thau the co-operation ant
concert of the two. Everything de
mauds peace. Wo must go on togethei
to prosperity, or separated, sink in om
commou ruin. Men have come ii
among us, ignorant of our wants anc
interests; and have come without hones
purpose, only to take advantage of oui
peculiar situation, to poison the mind:
of our natural friends, and to en riel
themselves upou tho spoils of our Stato
Thoy seek to perpetuate thoir power, b;
keeping up this issue between tho races
Tho question to-day is to correct thesi
false impressions, and to bring the tw<
races into harmony again. This is th
gist of the Reform movement. The inte
rests, tho very life of our old State
yours, no less than ours-depend upoi
tho restoration of tho harmouy botwoei
the races. It has beon charged that th
whites aro a proud race. It is trne; am
wo oxteud a hand to you, (the colorei
race,) and ask you to como up to th
staudard of our prido. Wo oro a prom
race-too proud to trample upon right
law and honor, as our enemies h av
done. Come up and participate in thi
Col. McMaster thou introduced Gen
Kershaw, paying a handsome tribute ti
his gallantry iu war and his truer great
uess in peace, styling him the father o
the Reform movement.
Gen. Kershaw reviewed the events sine
tho war, which havo resulted in this Re
form movement aud iu his being iden ti
lied with it in a prominent way. It hat
not been in his idea t'? champion thi
cause, but circumstances have reuderet
it necessary to take bis part in the work
Had nothing to expect except the geno
ral good of tho State. Was not a candi
date, nor eligible, to any office, bein]
disfranchised by acts of Congress. Ila
no ambition to gratify. Even if caliei
to the position of a village constable ii
Camden, ho could not serve Propose
to iive herc-to spend the remainder o
life in this land. His interests are thosi
,of tho people; and both races have ?
curri mon interest. This common inte?
rest is sacrificed by the corrupt udrniuis
tratiou for its own purposes. ITenco the
common need of this Union Reform
movement. Yet tho movers for Reform
tire held up to scoru for trying to har?
monize tho two races. Ile little sup?
posed that the colored citizens would
spurn with contempt the tender of alli?
ance; nor would thoy have dono so if
left free from false teaching. On the
contrary, he had expected opposition
from tho whites of thc mountain and
upper couutries. Hore, also, the con?
trary of expectation hud resulted; for
tho white population of tho tip country
is uow a unit for Reform. Whether the
party succeed or not, ouo great result
has already been achieved-tho white
race recognizes the facts aud principles
settled by the amendments to thc cousti
A power ia South Carolina has armed
j one race against the other. Tho colored
people, continued Gen. Kershaw, may
disregard our pledges-maj' think that
we havo nothing to give; but I tell them
that their safoty lies not ia the li f teen th
amendment, but in tho honor of the
white meu of South Carolina. Colum?
bia is the worst \)\acaJm?t???b State, be?
cause the corruptiif^HHueucr. of tie
treasury is felt morc*i^werfnlly. lu the
country, it is different. The colored
men there depeud iipou the white. Tile
laborer bears the burden of all this ex?
Wiiile showing tye difference between
the price of labor Row and formcrlj-, a
voice asked someUiiug about "lashes."
ID reply, Gen. I\T said that questions
like that were calculated to keep np the
embittered feeliugsYthut nni-bAi? be al?
lowed to sleep- that them wosla declara?
tion of war in such remiuisilmces. If
this spirit is to be kept up aid eternal
enmity to continue, and if Ado law is
destined to come at last, it m*bt as well
bc inaugurated ut once. If IL believed
that it must come to this, I should give
up tho contest here, go home, and advise
Winchester rille law. If t?JO colored
race arc really unwilling to have peace,
then peace is not to be hoped for. We
have asked peace; but if in the face of
this honest tender of thc olive branch,
we are to have tho rifio, there is? uo need
to delay it. My friends, you do not re?
flect bow near this matter comt^ to us,
our wives, aud our children. Ylur lead?
ers care for none of these thiufls. But
you and we who have to stay hwe have
need of poace and harmony, lajth races
were unprepared for tho newlstate of
things. Tho whites have beeufpducated
up to it-to accept the situation. Yrou
that talk of lashes aro not. It bas taken
five years to educate the whites np to
this point. So long as those alien lead?
ers direct your counsels, there can be no
Tho Chairmau theu introduced tho
Rev. Jonas Byrd, a colored man, of
Charleston. An effort was made by
some Radical negroes to laugh him
dowu, by calling him derisive names;
but a reminder that freedom of speech
was one of the watch-words of Republi
: canism, they sullenly subsided, and Mr.
I Byrd proceeded.
j His remarks wero characterized by
temperateness and good seus?. He ex?
posed tho fallacy of those who claim
j that a Republican cannot joiu the Re
j form party without sacrifice. He show?
ed forcibly tho absurdity of those who
I protend that anybody had tho power,
eveu if any had the will, to put his peo?
ple agaiu iuto bondage. It was a trick
of the politician, merely. Equal rights
aro forever guarauteed to all, irrespective
of race, color or former couditiou. The
statement that tho whites were going to
put the blacks into slavery, was as big a
lie os tho Devil told iu Paradise. These
white men know that justico will not let
them put tho colored mau back into
slavery. It takes two-thirds vote to
change a law. Tho representatives of
35.000,000 peoplo have abolished slavery.
How, then, can South Carolina reverse
that law? Tho battle has uot been
fought fair and square. Our enemies
have taken advantage of us. This is
worse for our raco. They don't want
negroes to como to Reform meetings, for
fear they will hear the trnth. They kuow
that if you como and hear, that you will
sit down, aud pause, and ponder. In
Newberry they falsely said that tho Re?
formers' meat was pizencd.
When nominated, Gen. Butler was not
eligible; his disabilities had not been re?
moved, nc went on to Congress.
There the Republican party nuauimous
ly votod to have his disabilities removed ;
and President Grant sigucd the Act. If
such men acted so, could it bo against
Republican principle to voto for Gen.
Butler? It has been asked why a color?
ed mau was not uomiuated for Lieut.
Governor. They did try to ti ml a suita?
ble ono. Col. Delaney had been applied
to; but ho declined, because otherwise
ongnged; but said they were right and
urged them to go on. When no suita
! ble colored mau could be found, they
] united upon Gen. Butler.
At tho closo of the speeches, Colonel
j McMaster auouueed that Judgo Carpen
! ter was willing to meet his opponent at
I his own meetings; aud would givo him
j both thc opening aud thu concluding
A Mrs. Robeson and two gentlemen
I were drowned ou Friday evening, near
New York, by the upsotting of a boat by
A colored man named Walker, shot
ami instantly killed a woman named
Martha-his reputed wifo-in Savannah,
on the 15th.
Sic SEMPER T?RAXX?S. - "I'm sick,
scud for MacMahon-L. N." MacMahou
came without being sent tor.
j New York Herald.
Seven bundled and fifty-seven deaths,
"ri marriages, and 28? births reported iu
\ Now York city for the past week.