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COLUMBIA, S. C.
STriday Morning, January 13,1871.
TH? ComptroUcr-Ociiciiil'ii Report-Thc
Stat?, Its Finance-, and I-?dcl?teAne?B.
The Oomptroller-Qenerara report is,
at last, at band. There is no subject in
which the people of the State are moro
vitally interested, or as to which thero
should be the most searching investiga?
tion and strict accountability than the,
finances of the State. Thero never has
been a complete and satisfactory ac?
count. While tho public mind perceives
every day evidences of the most extrava?
gant and continued expenditure, sap?
ping all the energies of the people, and
the industrial resources of the State, all
the accounts have been partial and oc?
casional. The report, now furnished,
is too long for publication. It is doubt?
less aa favorable as could be presented,
bat even as it is, shows a condition of
liability and indebtedness, especially in
view of tho present character of the
Legislature, which cannot bot produce
the most profound thought aud anxious
The Charleston Courier has prepared
the following abstract of tho report,
which will convey a clear and intelligent
idea of tho present condition of the
finances of the State, with its liabilities
The first statement exhibits the debits
and credits of the State at this dato,
"exclusive of those arising from transac?
tions connected with the support of the
recent civil war, and of State officers
who have held office before and during
said war." Boforenoe to the statement
shows a balance against the State of
Statement No. 2 exhibits the receipts
and expenditures at tho State Treasury,
during the fiscal year just closed, show?
ing a balance on hand at last report, of
811,851.07; receipts during the year,
$1,820,162.33; total, $1,832,013.40.
The sum total of expenditures during
the year, is $1,830,840.82, leaving a ba?
lance in hand of $1,172.68.
*- Statement No. 3 shows that, of tho
above expenditures, the sum of $781,
008.86 was paid on accounts of expenses
which are properly classed as extraordi?
nary, leaving a balance of $1,049,831.96.
To this amount must bo added the
following sums paid by the Financial
. Agent of the State, whoso report was
delayed for a long and unusual period:
CouDons (gold,) $279,118.60; premium
on gold, $84,362.50; total, $363,481;
amount of balance alluded to above,
$1,049,841.96; making a total of $1,413,
312.96, as tho ordinary carrent expenses
of the year, including tho sum of $554,
360.44, paid for interest on the public
EXTKAOKDINAKY EXPENSES. - Under
this head are classed $34,213 for fitting
up the State House, and $25,577 paid to
tho Treasurer for purchasing gold with
which to pay the interost on the State
bonds. Tho enrollment and organiza?
tion of tho militia cost tho Stato tho
snug littlo sum of $90,341, besides
$12,000 for the purchaso of arms; aud
on tho same tablo is credited $540,293
paid to H. H. Kimpton, "having boen
. returned to him." The sum of $4,970
was paid for fitting up tho Governor's
ASSETS.-Stutomont No. 5 shows thc
assets owned by the Stato, consisting
principally of shares held in various
companies, and received in lieu of ad?
vances made to such companies. These
assets, on tho 1st of November, 1869,
amounted to $2,754.600. Since that dato
the following have been sold, under tho
provisions of the Act of March, 1870, to
provide for a sinking fuud and the mau
agemeul of the same, viz: Shares in
Greeuville and Columbia Railroad Coni
pauy, $433,900; shares in South Carolina
Railroad Company, $24,000; shares in
South-Western Railroad Bank, $6,000.
Total, $463,900. Leaving on baud tho
amount of $2,290,700.
FUNDED DEUT.-Statement No. 6 ex?
hibits the funded public debt on tho 31st
of October, 1870, nmounting to $7,6G5,
908.98. Included iu this amount aro the
fire loan 5 per cent, bonds, amounting
to $484,444.51, payablo in London, und
past due in 1868. These bonds are held
in Europe, and the Comptroller holds
that the assets of tho Bank of the Stato
aro liable, and fully sufficient, to meet
the payment of tho samo. There was
due also over $304,000 of firo loan stock
on the first of tho present year, and the
Stato agent advertised to pay them.
RAII?KO?D LIABILITIES.-These liabili?
ties accruing by endorsement of railroad
bonds aro classed under tho head of
"contingent" liabilities. It is tho same
portion of the debt which, in thc last
canvass, the leaders of the Republican
party insisted was not a part of the esti?
mate of the Stato debt, and includes thc
$4,000,000 given to the Blue Ridge Road.
Tho following is tho statement of the
debt takon from the Comptroller's re?
port: South Carolina Railroad bonds,
payablo in 1868, secured by first mort?
gage, $2,093,312.40; North-eastern Rail?
road bonds, payablo March 1, 1809, se?
cured by first mortgage $92,000; Charles?
ton and Savannah Railroad bonds, pay?
able in 1878, secured by first mortgage,
$505,000; Savannah and Charleston Rail?
road bonds, under Act of 1809, payablo
in 1889, secured by first mortgage,
$215,750; Laurens Railroad bonds, paya?
ble in 1879, secured by first mortgage,
$75,000; Spartanbnrg and Union Rail?
road bonds, payablo in ] 878-'79, secured
by first mortgage, $350,000; Greenville
aud Columbia Railroad bonds and cer?
tificates of indebtedness, payable in
1881, 1882, 1883 and 1888, under Acts of
1861, 1866 and 1?69, secured by first
mortgage, $1426,545.80; Blue Ridge
Railroad bonds, under Aot of 1808,
$4,000,000; total $8,787,608.20. Of these,
the bonds of the South Carolina Railroad
Company, amounting to $2,098,312.40,
and those of the North-eaatorn Railroad
Company, ?mounting to $92,000, are
past due, the former having matarcd in
1866, tho latter in 1869. None of them
have as yet been paid, but no demand
has been yet mado on the Stute for pay?
ment, and the Comptroller presumes
"that the compaoies by whom they were
issued have made, or ure ubout to nmko,
satisfactory arrangements relative thero
DEBIT AND CREDIT.-Statemeut No.
12 credits an additional indebtedness uf
the State of $2,642,103.48, which, when
added to Hie railroad debt of $8,787,
608.20, makes tho total dobt of the State
$11,429,711.68. So it will be perceived
that from Mr. Neagle's own report the
debt of the State is over $11,000,000.
The advocates of reform were, therefore,
not far from wrong in their estimates of
the State debt during tho late canvass.
BANKS AND CAPITAU.-Statement No.
14 comprises abstracts*of tho returns of
Banks of tho State, filed in this office,
under tho provisions of the enabtb^
Acts of March, 1869. In accordanco
therewith, tho following named Banks
have, during the last fiscal year, resumed
business, with the amount of capital
placed opposite their names, respective?
ly, viz: Bank of Charleston, $850,000;
People's Bank of South Carolina, $250,
0;:0; Planters' nnd Mechanics' Bank,
$100,000. Tho Bank of Newberry and
the South-western Railroad Bank are
redeeming their bills, but have not re?
sumed business. The following named
aro in the hands of receivers, Sec., ap?
pointed under tho provisions of the
above named Act, or orders of tho Courts
prior to tho passago thereof: Bank of
Camden; Bank of Chester; Commercial
Bank of Columbia; Exchange Bank of
Columbia; Bank of Hamburg; Bank of
Georgetown; Merchants' Bank of South
Carolina, Cheraw; Planters' Bank of
Fairfield; State Bank of Charleston, and
Bank of South Carolina.
RAILROADS.-Tho abstracts of the va?
rious railroad reports contain some very
valuable statistical information, from
which we make a few brief extracts.
Tho net earnings of tlje various roads
aro set down na follows: Spartnnburg
and Union Railroad, $14,502.03; Green?
ville and Columbia, none; North-east?
ern, $96,207.94; South Carolina, $258,
728.55. Out of this $58,194 have beeu
paid in dividends, leaving a surplus of
$200,534.55. The total number of per?
sons killed on ali tho roads aro reported
as nine; injured, nine.
THE PENITENTIARY.-The report of tho
Superintendent and Directors of tho Pe?
nitentiary ask for an appropriation of
$30,000 for the erection of a permauent
brick building for work shops. There
are now in confinement 317 persons, of
whom 310 are males, and 7 females. It
would seem that tho inmates aro kept
well employed, as appears from the fol?
lowing exhibitor the work done by them
during the past year:
In carpenter shop has been manufac?
tured 85 wheel-barrows, 160-oell benches,
180 spittoons, 3 derrick frames, 1,272
hammer handles, 430 axe and pick
helves, 13 mess tables, 36 quarry buck?
ets, performed work in erecting machine
shop extension, erecting tho new sheds
for tho protection of stone-workers,
built aqueduct wood work in mill-race,
fitted up store-room and hospital, re?
paired boats, wagons, fences and build?
ings, to an aggregate amount of at least
$3,000. In blacksmith shop has been
made 878 balcony bearers, a vast number
of stone cutters, and other tools used in
tho various departments, to an aggregate
amount of not less than $5,000. The
weaving shop has produced 8,208 yards
of cloth of various kinds and qualities,
to a value of $3,616.60, which has been
made up into garments in the tailor shop.
During tho year 281 persons have been
received; of whom 205 have been par?
doned, 23 discharged, 24 died, and 6 es?
LUNATIC ASYLUM.-The expenses of
this institution, as appears by tho report
of tho Treasurer, amount to $58,507.
Its as.sots aro $13,471, and liabilities
The South having exhibited of late
signs of revival, and a somewhat inde?
pendent expression and exercise of opi?
nion consequent thereupon, the Radicals
deem it necessary to again put on the
legislative screws. With this view a
special message is being prepared for
Gen. Grant by somo legal romancer, ex?
hibiting tho usual desperate state of
affairs, so constantly enconntered in the
columns of tho Washington Chronicle
and New York Tribune. This is to be
followed by tho appointment of a com?
mittee with a roving commission, to take
testimony, who will in the end recom?
mend a sot of measures, oppressivo
enough to rob tho Democratic party of
all power in tho South at tho next Presi?
dential election. This intention is not
at all disguised by tho Radical loaders,
aud will doubtless be carried ont to tho
letter bliould no unforeseen nccident in?
terfere with their plans. Whero it is
found so exceedingly difficult and danger?
ous to make peace, people will shortly
commence to regret tho war being over.
PuorosED ADMISSION OF NEW MEXICO.
Tho Governor of Now Mexico is now in
Washington to urge tho admission of
thnt Territory as a State. He says it is
entitled to a representativo in Congress
by tho increased population shown in tho
SI'RAOUE.-Senator Spraguo will havo
to answer serious ol arges. He is accused
of "trafficking with rebels during the
war." If all "traffickers with rebels"
have to answer for their deeds, tho ranks
of the trooly loil will bo severely
TUc Usury liiiwa.
Our cotorapornry of the Greenville
EnlerprUe takes issue with, us on the
usury question. It approves the propo?
sition of Mr. Wilkes, of Anderson, in
the State I legislature, to restore the old
usury laws. Tho Enterprise attributes
our views and policy to local considera?
tions-to what it calls "money and spe?
Without repeating our views upou tho
question of the usury laws, which wo
hold to be in accord with the most
enlightened principles of political econo?
my, wo desire simply to assuro our
cotemporary that it is in view of the
well-being of all the interests of the peo
plo of tho State, that we have objected
to Mr. Wilkes' bill. Wo aro the cham?
pion of no special iurluence. Nor do we
admit that tho Grcenvillo Enlerjyrise
can have more at heart than we "tho
country and general interests of the
State." Our politics and our patriotism
wo hope embrace ull tho interests of tho
Stato, and the prosperity of the agricul?
tural, the mechanical and manufacturing
workers of the Stato is as much the ob?
ject of our concern as that of any other
jourual that seeks the general good.
The Enterprise may disogree with us ou
a question of policy, but it shall not,
unchallenged, attribute our views to
local or pnrtial considerations. Wo de?
sire to see no ono interest of the State
advanced at the expense of another.
On tho contrary, wo would havo them all
move with harmony and effect to the
relief of tho people and the progress oJ
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 1371.
The Senate met at 12 M.
Tho House sent to the Senate billi
ceding the jurisdiction of the Stato ol
South Caroliua to tho United Status o!
America over such lands as may be ac
quired for public purposes by tho saul
United States of America; to renew anti
amend an Act to provide a mode b?
which to perpetuate testimony in iola
tiou to deed.", wills, choses in action, anc
other papers destroyed or lost du ri nf
tho recent war; nud a joint rcsolutioi
authorizing thu Execntivo to commi.ssioi
Kidloy K. Carlton as Corouor of Beau
Mr. Corbin presented the petition o
II en l'y A. Middleton, praying u re-char
ter of Conibnheo Ferry, and that it bi
vested in the petitioned. Referred.
Mr. Whittemore presented the nccoun
of W. B. Timmons, amounting to <&):)3.-M
for services rendered as Sheriff of Dal?
lington District. Referred.
Mr. Whittemoro, from tho select com
mittco appointed to consider and repor
on tho subject of tho impeachment o
T. t). P. Vernon, Judge of the Seven ll
Judicial Circuit, reported tho followiuj
order: That tho Clerk of the Senate in
form tho House of Representatives tba
thc Senate is ready to receive tho mau
agers appointed by the House of Repre
seutatives to carry to tho Senato article
of impeachment against T. O. P. Vei
non, Judge of tho Soventh Judicial Cir
cuit of South Carolina. Adopted.
Mr. Arnim, from the Committee oi
County Offices and Officors, reported fa
vorably on a bill to regulate the tenur
of certain civil offices.
Mr. Wimbush, from tho Committee o:
Incorporations, reported favorably ou
bill to re-charter tho Pumpkiutow
Turnpike Road, in Pickens County, rc
commending that the bill do pass.
Tho Committee on Contingent Ac
counts and Expenses reported favorabl
on sundry contingent accounts agains
the Sonate. The accounts wore ordore
to be paid.
Tho Committeo on Legislative Libm
ry, to whom was referred a joint r?solu
tion authorizing the State Librarian t
purchase certain volumes of Stato re
ports, reported back the samo with a rt
commendation that tho resolution d
Tho Committee on Education, t
whom was re-committed a bill to amen
an Act entitled "An Act to establish an
maintain a system of free com mo
schools for tho State of South Carolina,
reported back tho same with amend
Tho Committeo on Incorporations, t
whom was referred a bill to amend th
charter of tho town of Union, reporte
back the same with amendments.
Mr. Nash introduced bills to amend th
charter of the Columbia Building an
Lonu Association; to repeal so muoh c
an Act entitled "An Act to organize am
govern tho militia of the State of Soutl
Carolina," as provides for the appoiu
meut and pay of an Assistant Adjutant
General; to amend Section 9 of un Ac
entitled "An Act to provide for tho ai
pointment of a Land Commissioner, an
to define his powers and duties."
Mr. Whittemoro introduced a bill fe
tho maintenance and support of illegit
Mr. Johnston introduced a bill to prc
vide for tho establishment of a house c
Mr. Wimbush introduced a bill to ir
corporato tho Rock Hill Hook and Lut
Mr. Nash gavo notice of a bill to ii
corporato tho Columbia Street Eailwn
Mr.- Arnim introduced a resolution
that tho Committee on tho Penitoutinr
be instructed to inquire if the Ponitec
tiary is now governed by a lawful ollicei
styled Superintendent. Adopted.
A bill to define thu law in relation t
certain easements, and for other pui
posos, was rejected.
A joint resolution to allow Hon. Jame
L. Orr compensation for extra services
was indefinitely postponed.
A bill to amend an Act entitled "An
Aot providing for the general elections,
?nd the manner of conducting the same,"
was madeThe special order for to-mor*
row, at 1 P. M. fi
' A joint resolution for tho relief of S.
Cochran, F. Coohran, Elisabeth Coch?
ran, Juliana Irvfne, Isahella Irvine and
Henrietta Irvine, was ordered to bo en?
grossed for a tl) i rd reading.
The report of Select Committco ap?
pointed to consider aud report upon tho
message of tho House of Representatives
in relation to tho impeachment of T. O.
P. Vernon, Judge of Che Seventh Judi?
cial Circuit of South Carolina, on rules
of procedure and practice in thu Senate,
when sitting in tho. trial of impeach?
ment, was mndo the special order for
to-morrow, at 2 P. M.
A bill to alter and amend the charter
of the town of Darlington, was ordered
to bo engrossed for a third reading.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
The Houso met at 12 M.
Mr. Frost, from tho Committeo on
Education, reported favorably on a bill
to amend an Act to estublish a State
Mr. Lee, from the Commit tee of Coun?
ty Offices and OQicors, reported upon a
bill regulating tho salaries of School
Commissioners in the State.
Mr. Gardner, from tho Committou on
Military Affairs, reported nu favorably
upon n joint resolution authorizing tho
Governor to call out the militia, in cer?
tain cases aud for other purposes. Also,
tho following bills: A bill to incorporate
the Logan Fusiliers, of tho Parishes, of
St. Dennis and St. Thomas; a bill to
incorporate tho "Whipper Guards, of
Christ Church Parish; a bill to incorpo?
rate thefWinyahGuards, of Georgetown;
a bill to incorporate tho Scott Lifo
Guards; upon the report of the Com?
mitteo on Military Affairs upon the
petition of W. G. Pincknoy, late Captain
in the South Carolina Militia, pruying
restoration to his rank, recommending
that the petition be returned; it was so
A bill to amend an Act to establish a
Land Commission; olso, a bill to pro?
vide for tho surveying of public lands;
also, a joint resolution lo provide for
tho support of perseus driven from
Union County, wero ordered for a se?
Mr. Dennis, from the Committee on
Public Printing, reported upon the
original bill and tho substitute to pr??
vido for the State printing-recommend?
ing that the substitute be laid upon tho
table, and that tho original bill, with
amendment, do pass. Also, reported
upon a concurrent resolution, autho?
rizing the publication of 1,000 copies of
tho report of tho Commissioner of Agri?
cultural Statistics-recommending that
the resolution bo adopted; which was so
Mr. Rowley, from'tho Committeo on
Eugro.ssed Acts, reported as duly aud
correctly engrossed, and ready for a
third rending, the following bills: A bill
to renew and extend an Act to provide n
mode by which to perpetuate testimony
in the case of wills, choses in action, aud
other papers lost or destroyed during
the war; a bill ceding the jurisdiction of
tho State over certain lands to tho United
States, such as may bo needed for public
purposes, and a bill to authorize the
Governor to commission Ridley K. Carl?
ton as Coroner of Beaufort County, tc
fill tho unexpired term of Elisha B.
Hutchinson; all of which were passed
and ordered to bo sent to tho Senate.
Mr. Norland gave notice of u bill tc
incorp?ralo tho town of Graham's, iv
Mr. Sumter gavo notice of a bill tc
submit tho question of removing th(
County seat ol' Barnwell from Barnwel
to Blackville to the voters of the County.
Mr. Bosemon introduced a bill to es
tablish a hospital in St. James' Goose
Creek Parish, and to provide a physiciar
for tho same. Referred.
Mr. Frost introduced a bill to incorpo
rate tho Mechanics' Union Society, No.
1, of Charleston.
Mr. Bosemon gave notice of a bill tc
incorporate the South Carolina Phospha
Mr. Hedges gavo notice of a bill ti
levy a tax of $3 per ton as royalty on al
phosphato rocks dog in this State. Also
presented tho account of E. R. Stoke:
for $2'J.o0, for book-binding. Referred
Mr. Elliott gave notice of a bill tc
amend an Act to establish a Stato Or
Mr. Humbert gavo notice of a bill tc
establish an alias JJOUSO at the County
seat of Darlington. Also, gave notic<
of a bill fixing tho salaries of school
teachers in that County.
Mr. Moore gavo notice of a bill pro
viding for the payment for improvements
made upon tho property of others.
Mr. Hutson offered a resolution, thal
the Speaker do appointa Standing Com?
mitteo of five on Banking, Loan ant
Trust Companies. Roferred. Also, in
troduced a bill to authorize the County
Commissioners of Lancaster to levy a
special or additional tax. Referred.
Mr. Boston offered a conourrent reso
lution for tho appointment of a join1
committeo to confer and report to thc
General Assembly upon such matters' ni
aro most important to bo acted upon al
tho present session. Adopted.
Mr. Jamison, for tho special commit
tee appointed to wait upon tho Governoi
and ascertain what steps have been (akor
by him to quell tho disorders in tho up
country, and proteot the lives, liberty
and property of the citizons of tho State,
report?e! that tho committeo had waitei
upon his Excellency, and wero informed
that no Bpecial action had been taken bj
him beyond tho employment of tho or
dinary civil remedies, except in tho case
of tho disturbauoo in Laurens County,
when United States troops wero callee
upon and sent to said County; and that,
furthermore, his Excellency did nol
deem it advisable for him to resort tc
any extraordinary measures while the
General Assembly was in session. Re?
ceived as information.
Mr. Doylo presented tho olaim of L.
Chambers for teaching school. Re?
ferred. Also, gave notice o? a bill to
Eerfeet titles to certain town lota in Wu!
Mr. Reed ?sh introduced a bill to pro?
vide for divorce aud alimony. Beferred.
Also, offered A a concurrent resolution,
that the members of this Hoase, in view
of tho failure of the Land Commissioner
to make bia report, take steps to uscor
tain the transactions of the Land Com?
mission ju their respective Counties, and
to repurt the same to this House, and
have it printed for the information of
the public. Adopted.
Mr. Wallaco presented tho claim of
Wm. GusBonheiiner for teaching school.
Mr. Thompson introduced a bill tn
amend the charter of tho Columbia Build?
ing and Loau Association. Beferred.
Mr. Frost introduced a bill to estab?
lish und mai utain a State Normal School,
and to use the Citadel building in Charles?
ton for that purpose. Alio, gave notico
of a bill to provide for the maintenance
of public schools in Charleston County.
Mr. Adamson offered a resolution, that
a committee of five be nppoiuted on Me?
chanics and Motive Power. Beferred.
A bill to incorporate the Savings
Buildiugand Loan Association, of Sonth
Carolina, was introduced and referred.
A bill to authorize thepurchaso by the
State of a manuscript compilation of tho
penal statutes of tho State, by E. B.
?Seabrook, Esq., of Charleston, came up
for a second reading, and, after consider?
able discussion, and au amendment so as
to fix tho sum to be paid at $1,000, the
furthet consideration of tho bill was
postponed till to-morrow, at half-past 1
Mr. Bowl JV, from the Committee on
Engrossed Bills, reported as duly and
correctly engrossed and ready for a third
reading, a joint resolution authorizing
tho levy of a special tux in Williamsburg
Couuty; which was passed aud ordered
to be enrolled.
Mr. Whipper, from the Committee on
the Judiciary, reported unfavorably on a
bill to amend an Act to abridge, revise
and simplify tho mode of procedure, .fcc.
Also, reported favorably on the following
bills: To regulato the manner cf drawing
jurors; to amend Section 279 of an Act
to abridge, revise and simplify the mode
of procedure, ?fcc. Also, reported favor?
ably upon a joint resolution, that the
lion. James L. Orr receive compensation
for extra services rendered, with an
amendment that tho sum to be paid be
fixed at 8800. Also, a resolution that
the Speaker bo authorized to grant leave
to the Chaplain of the Senate to hold
divine services in the hall of the llouse.
A bill to incorporate tho Charleston
Cleansing Company passed to its third
A bill to consolidate the officers of
Laud Commissioner and Commissioner
of Agricultural Statistics, carno up for a
second reading and was the subject of
much warm discussion, pending which
the Speaker announced that the time of
adjournment had arrived, and the House
The way to lay tho axe to the root of
the tree is to abolish tho office of Laud
Commissioner, and stop all appropria?
tions. In this way wo may hope to
touch bottom and get at tho truth.
Tho Laud Commission has made some?
body rich; but it has done nothing for
the homeless and landless peoplo of tho
Stale. It is n sham and a delusion, and
deserves to be wiped out of existence.
Perhaps some independent member of
the Geuoral Assembly will take an early
opportunity of finding out what has
become of tho $700,000 in bonds of the
State, issued for tho Land Commission.
This would bo a good beginning in the
way of ferroti?g out tho facts and mak?
ing a fresh start!-Charleston Neics.
ANOTHER TERRIBLE VISITATION.-A de?
structive fire occurred in Newborn, N.
C. , last night, originating in? the stables
in the roar of Hahn's New York Bakery,
and rapidly extending Eastward, con
sumiug in its destructive course tho large
brick store of Bear & Eppler, the McLin
building occupied by J. E. Nash, Esq.,
as bookstore, and crossing Pollock street
the raging element burned to the ground
the large, substantial and really fino
Episcopal Church of our city, with tho
elegant organ. The loss, so far as wo
are able to gather, will not fall below
STILL FURTHER DESTRUCTION BY FIBE.
We regret to learn that on tho night of
tho'1th instant, the storehouse of Messrs.
Robertson ?fe Seigler, near Mount Ver?
non Camp Ground, was entirely destroy -
i ed by fire. All its contents were likewise
consumed. It is strongly suspected that
tho store was first robbed and then set
on fire. Tho loss of Messrs. Robertson
.fe Seigler is estimated at about 82,000.
They were fully insured upon their stock
of goods, but there was no insurance
upon the storehouse.
The Laurensvillo Herald does not pro?
pose to go into an argument on tho pro?
posed re-enactment of tho usury laws,
but simply says that any such legislation
is after tho munner of tho dark ages, and
contrary to tho spirit of the times. It
says that it is absurd to oxpect lenders
of money to como to tho terms fixed by
State laws, and that circumscribing capi?
tal by State enactment will drivu capital
DESTRUCTIVE FIRE.-A largo four-story
brick building in Plainfield, N. J., owned
by Elston Marsh, and occupied by Bald?
win ife Schefiliu, clothing cutters, and A.
D. Eaton, dry goods morobant, was to?
tally destroyed by firo early yesterday
morning. Total loss, 8204,000. Over
500 sewing women, in different parts of
the State, are thrown out of employ?
ment by tho burning of tho factory.
ACCIDENTAL FIRE.-Wo regret to learn
that tho blacksmith shop of Mr. B. E.
Gettys, four miles South-west of town,
was destroyed by fire on Monday night
last.- Yorkrille Enquirer.
lE^, o o ai Items.
POST OFFICE HOURS.-Northern mail
opens 4.30 P. M. ; clemes ll A. M.
Charleston anti Greenville, open 4.30
P. M. ; close 5.30 A. M.
Westoru, opens 12.30 P. M.; ?ICHCH
2.45 P. M.
Charleston, evening, opens 8 A.M.:
closes G P. M.
Ofiice open Sundays from half-past
4 o'clock to half-past 5.
PIICENIXTANA.-Tho price of single
copies of tho PIKESJIJC is ?ve cents. If
carriers charge more His a swindle. They
cnn be obtained at that price at the office.
Book and job printing of every kind
attended to promptly at the PHCRNIX of?
fice. Every variety of material on band.
. Country publishers in want of second?
hand type-bourgeois aud minion--be?
sides rules, leads, chases, etc., can bo
supplied, at about half founders' prices,
by applying at tho PHOENIX office.
H. T. Peake, Esq., ex-Superintendent
of tho South Carolina Railroad, is on a
short visit to Columbia.
Attention is called to tho auction sale,
by Messrs. D. C. Peixotto & Sou, this
morning. The stock, we are informed,
embraces every article requisite to house?
keeping. The goods must be closed this
day-irrespective of price.
We have to thank Messrs. Monteith &
Fielding, of the "Assembly Street
Grocery," for a samplo of the Virginia
roll butter, which they advertise this
morning. It is, in reality, "something
Another new engine, the "H. H.
Kiiupton," baa been placed upon the
Greenville and Columbia Railroad.
Rev. Jonas Byrd, colored, who can?
vassed the State last summer in compa?
ny with the candidates of tho Reform
party, bas "retired from publio life,"
and resumed his old business-a fish
merchant, at stall No. 3 in tho market in
Wo have received from Mr. Georgo W.
Childs, of tho Philadelphia Public
Ledger, a copy of tho Ledger Almanac,
for 1871, a most useful annual, which,
with characteristic liberality, ho presents
ns a New Year's gift to tho thousands of
readers of his paper. It contains a
great amount of statistical matter in a
neat and compact form.
Tho following Executive appointments
have been announced: Henry Sloan,
an Assistant Physician and Chief At?
tendant at the Asylum. E. W. Seibels,
of Columbia; Samuel Buist, of Charles?
ton; Simons Lucas, of St. Thomas
Parish; and J. B. Ezell, of Columbia, to
bo Notaries Public.
Bad company is like a nail driven into
a post, which, after the first or second
blow, may be drawn out with little dif?
ficulty; but being buco driven up to tho
head, tho pincers cannot take hold to
draw it out, but which can only be done
by the destruction of tho wood.
HOTEL ARRIVALS, January 12. - Colum?
bia Hotel-XV. J. Cross well, S. C.; G.
Duffie, J. Moses, H. T. Peake and wife,
E. Mautone, Charleston; P. G. Chappell,
Richland; J. S. Bobb and wife, Newber?
ry; J. P. Walter, So. Ex. Co. ; R. T. Gee,
Union; J. B. Withers and wife, Ga.; G.
T. Litchfield, J. S. Burroughs, Horry;
B. R Rogers, N. C.; G. W. Walker,
Nickerso7i House.-G. S. Hoyt, Jacob
Kline, U. S. A.; J. F. Marsh, N. Y.; J.
Horlbeck, Mrs. E. J. Blum, Charleston;
Mrs. M. Colwell, Chester; J.D. Cottrell,
Washington, D. C. ; J. Meyers, Penn. ;
N. W. Harris, Ya.; Joel Copes, Fairfield;
T. E. Benson, Anderson; Miss L. Perry,
Miss K. Perry, Pendleton; J. A. Aller
son, Ga.; W. H. Fleming, Sumter.
LIST OP NEW ADVERTISEMENTS.
S. M. Roof-In Equity.
Ray's Improved Cotton Seed.
E. Hope-Garden Seeda.
D. C. Peixotto & Son-Auctions.
Monteith & Pidding-Butter, etc.
John D. Bateman-Oysters, etc.
Wm. Glaze-The True Time.
D. D. Mitchell-Wanted.
PF-IISONAL.-Dr. Burner, Into of London,
England, now examining Agent for the Union
Hospital of New York, arrived in Columbia
yesterday, and has openod an office at Mrs.
Clondining's boarding houso, corner of Cam?
den and Marion streets, where he will exam -
ino all afflicted free, and treat those that can
bc cured under a guarantee of a euro or no
pay. Wo loam from the Doctor that ho only
intends to remain in onr city ton or liftoen
days, as ho must go to Charleston; thereforo,
all alllicted will do well to call at once Office
boura from 0 A. M. until 5 P. M. Jan 13
Yon can obtain tho boat of Cigars, Chewing
and Kmoking Tobacco, Pipes, etc., at the sign
of tho Indian Girl, Columbia Uotel Kow. J11
Throughout tho Kouth people will suffer
from Nervous Debility, Dyspepsia, Chills and
Fevers, and other malarious diseases, be?
cause they havo not used tho OLD CAROLINA
Do not neglect your health. Tako tho Ol.D
CAROLINA Bin-ens; they will prove a fountain
of renewed life. J8f.J
W?cver! KNAVES ! ! SWIN DLEBS11 ! Those
are mild terms with which to designate those
adventurers who havo been inducod by thc
high reputation which Dr. Kago's Catarrh
Bemcdy has won, to offer for salo a worthless
imitation pf this eelobrated medicine, Bi -
member that Dr. Pierce's privato stamp,
which is three and a half inches long and ba->
upon it his portrait, and thp words "U. N.
Certificate of Genuineness," ig upon every
packagoof tho genuine. Bold by druggists,
or by mail sixty cents. Address Dr. lt. V
Pierce. Buffalo, N. Y. J8?"l*::