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COLUMBIA, 8. C.
Friday Horning. December 16,1871.
The Vatted Ht?tr? Court.
Groat interest is manifested in the
trials now going on in the United States
Oonrt. The ease on the tipia is that of
the hanging of Jim Williams, alias
Bainey. Numerous witnesses, pro and
con., hare already been examined. The
prosecution maintain that the deceased
was wantonly hong by a band of dis?
guised men. The defenoe admit the
hanging, but prodaoe evidence to show
that there was strong provocation which
induced the aol of the disguised men.
This man Bainey, or Williams, was cap?
tain of Soott's colored militia, and thc
evidence shows that his company was
provided with arms and cartridges by
the State authorities. It was also proved
that Williams, or Bainey, had uttered
many violent threats, and had, on seve?
ral occasiong, declared that, in a certain
contingency, he would kill from the
oradle to the grave. We leave, however,
onr readers to form their own opinion
from the merits of tho case as presented
by eaoh side.
The distinguished lawyers from abroad,
Messrs. Johnson and Stanberry, are effi
ciontly aided by Major Hart, Gol. Wil
son, I. D. Witherspoon, Esq., and J. C
Bell, Esq., of the Yorkville bar. The:
represent the defenoe. The proseontioi
oonsist of Messrs. Corbin and Chamber
lain and Col. Merrill, who evince no lao!
of interest or zeal for the Government
We place Col. Morrill with the connse
for the proseontion, because his attitud
in connection with the proseontion ha
excited no little comment. We may not
and others may not, rightly up prob en
his position. Bat it would be reasoi
ably presumed that his duties were mil
tory in York, rather than legal in Colan
bia. Bat it is perhaps susceptible of a
explanation. The civil and the militai
and the polioe have got terribly mixe
np in this business. At one time, ?rn
are silent amid laws, and then again lat
are silent amid arms. Messrs. Akermc
and Corbin having gone np to help Cc
Merrill in York, it is but a case of rec
prooity when Gol. Merrill comes dov
to Columbia to help Mr. Oorbin. ?
doubt of this-if President Grant do
not make np his caso, and Mr. Walla
does not gratify his spleen, and Cc
Merrill dooB not legalize his acts, it w
not be because all possible efforts a
not making to secare tho desired resu
WHO KILLED COOK BOBIN-SCOTT?
is very generally conceded that Mr. Tb
mas Jefferson Mackey most effeotual
killed Gov. Scott in his notable inessa^
Scott there presents himself Ka Kluxc
Tbe affecting story of his death will
foand in this day's issue, as given by
child poet." Alas! poor Gook Bob:
Scotti gorged with poisoned bond-b
ries, he fell an easy victim to the sp
row's wiles and his arrows. All the c
oumstanoes will be found narrated in t
parody. Parker, with his golden di
Kimpton, tbe dove, mourning for
love; and Chamberlain, tho clerk,
stand ont in bold relief. As it is
fanerai of ours, we look on the ece
bat shed no tears. Mark the ring. 1
worm squirms, bat its sting is still
THE PUBLIC MEETING AT 12 O'ono
TO-MOBBOW.-Let our citizens bear
mind that the interests of our fair c
will to-morrow claim their attention
an boar or two. Let all tax-payers
terested in the oity's future attend. 1
people must look after their own ii
rests where, as in tbe case of our ci
the authorities havo been found utt<
We shall, to-morrow, have sometb
more to say on this subject. Wb
looking after the State ring and all
interests with which journalism
charged, wo intend to keep a sharp
on our local ring. New York has se
a bright example. Let us look after
Tweeds, though they be small-si:
Thonsands in Columbia are as val in
to as as millions aro to New Yorkers,
GEN. GHESNOT'S CALL.-We call at
tion to the notice given by Gen. C
nut, chairman of the committee of
Tax-payers' Convention. He invites
oommittee to meet in Charleston, on
20th instant. We hope there will 1
foll meeting of tho committee, in t
strength and their resoluto will, tc
their work thoroughly.
OUB STATE FINANCES CONDEMNE
THE LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE.-Our r
ors will observe that the coin mitti
which Mr. Bowen is chairman have i
a report, charging an over-issue in b
of over $6,000,000, and oharging i
upon tho parties responsible. The
mittee do not specify the parties,
do. They are SCOTT, PABKBB, KIM
and CHAMBERLAIN. Pursue the ring
We commend to Mr. Oorbin tho ;
courteous when he is dealing with
men as Mr. Johnson and Mr. Stanb
The correspondent of the Charl.
The proeecation are losing
temper; and under the sturdy b
sound logic and legal drubbings th?
oeive daring the progress of the def
they oommenoe to wriggle considei
and find, doubtless, they have not
an easy job before them as they a
pated. Only to-day, in the course >
argument, Mr. Johnson said of ac?
point: "My mind is too blunted I
it; age is withered." Mr. Oorbin 1
in with tho remark, ''Lost your
sight." A short time will, doub
demonstrate which lide oaa see
< m ? ?
They don't make suoh mirrors n
frlien you were young.
WEDNESDAY S PROCEEDINGS IN UNITED
STATES COURT.-Continuation of the trial
of Robert Hayes Mitchell, for conspiracy,
against James Williams, alias Jim Rai?
The court met at ll A. M. Mr. W.
B. Wilson made application for the re?
lease, on bail, of John Miller, which was
granted. Tbe bond was fixed at $5.000,
and Robeit;Miller, ?. M. Oampbell and
George Steele accepted as sureties.
The examination of witnesses by the
prosecution was then resumed.
Hiram Littlejohn, (colored,) was the
next oalled. He said-I live in York
County, on the Cheater road.
Mr. 6 ta nu err y here objected to hear?
ing any farther testimony about Kn
Klux raids-this testimony, he said,
seems endless. The counsel for the Go?
vernment hare continued here, hour
after hour, proving overt aots of conspi?
racy, and have not, as yet, conneoted
one prisoner with one of them.
The Court-The Government is al?
lowed. Mr. Stanberry, to begin at either
end they ohoose; aud to prove first a
general conspiracy, and then afterwards
show the prisoners' participation in it.
Mr. Johnson-Wo are well aware of
that, may it please y oar Honors; bat the
Government is uselessly cumulating its
testimony. They have already proved,
or claim to have proved, the conspiracy,
and we objeot to the continued recital ol
these disconnected facta, beoause it 'ic
calculated to influence the minds of thc
jurors, and because it is res inter alioi
ada, until one prisoner is -connect?e
with them in some way.
The court decided that the Govern
ment should be allowed to proceed it
the examination of the witness. Ht
continued: Two men came into m;
bouse; they were pretty mach white al
over. They asked if I had any gnns.
answered, no. One said, I have huni
Jim Williams to-night, and I intend t
rule this County. They asked me how
voted. I told them I was a Radical man
and they told me next time to vote tb
Democratic ticket. They rode off, an
carried my shot-gun, I heard, nex
morning, that Jim Williams was hunf
I don't know tho ti.oo; I don't know i
it was sales-day. Sales-day comes mot
generally on the first Monday. I sa
Andy Tims thai morning, and Bill Bra
ton. Tho Ku Klux went towards Yorl
ville; they carno from the direction <
Jim Williams' house.
John Caldwell was next oalled. M
Johnson objected to his giving test
mony, beoause he had been present i
the court while the other witnesses wei
being examined, contrary to tho order <
Mr. Corbin replied, that it was simp
from inadvertence tbat tbe witness ht
been in the court-room. He was one
the prisoners, and had been brong
from the jail with tbe rest, and seated
The court ruled that the fact of I
being present simply affected his orec
bility, and not his competency.
Witness-I was born and raised
York; am twenty-seven years of age;
joined tbe Ku Klux in 1868; Maj. J. >
Avery initiated me; he came to me ai
said he wanted me to join an order 1
self-defence; he administered the oat
all I remember about it is the traito
doom: death 1 death 1 death 1 I km
Maj. Avery was chief of the kl an s in t
County afterwards; I was present wb
he was appointed; it was after the eli
tion of 1863, may be in 1869 or 1870;
was in the third story, over Brutton
Mason's store; there were a good ma
there; I know Robert Hayes Mitchell
never saw him initiated; but I rec?
nized him as a member on the night
the Jim Williams' raid; I saw bim fi
four miles from York, on the Fincki
road; ho was with the crowd; I do
know tbat I spoke to him; I got I
order to go on that raid at Yorkvil
Dr. Bratton told me they were going
MoConnellsvillo that night for so
guns. I told him tbat I couldn't ,
and that Wm. Johnson and Alot
Brown were the leaders of the k
about in my country. William Jol
son told me to meet them at Bi
Patch. Ho was chief of the Rat
snakes. I went and met them there
have a list of those I saw there.
Mr. Stanberry-When was that
Witness-It was ?nude by mc sinai
have been here.
The oourt ruled it out.
Mr. Corbin then asked tho witness
state from memory whom ho saw tbe
Witness-I saw Wm. Johnson, Har
Gunning, Chambers Brown. Halbn
Good, James Neil, Sam. Fergus
Robert Caldwell and Pinckney Caldw
that was the first crowd; then I saw .
Rufus Bratton, Rufus McLain i
Alonzo Brown; there were n good mi
others that I don't recollet. Wm. Jo
son took command there; we went oi
Pinckney road and put on our i
guises; they wore black gowns, he
and fulso faces; some had horns; I
uot see a gun or pistol in the party;
met another party at the Pinckney rc
about three and a half miles from Ye
ville, near Squire Wallace's hons
saw there the fear Shearer boys, Roi
Hayes Mitchell and Elias Ramsa;
don't recollect any more. The I
Shearer boys were initiated; I m
James, William, Sylvanus and H
Shearer. Wo started off to McOonn
ville; Dr. J. Rufus Bratton wo.1? at
head; we stopped in about 200 or
yards of n bouse and some went for?
to search for guns; they came buck w
out any. Wo then went on to
Mooro's and called out a black man,
asked bim for guns; ho had none;
said ho tboaght Jim Williams had tw
or fifteen. We carried him apiece
turned him loose. Wo went tw<
three miles further, and rode off
thicket in an old piney field, on tho
of a hill. Ten men wout off and stt
about an hour; I stayed with the ho
I did not hear anything while they .
gone; when they returned, I aske
they had found Jim Williams; I go
answer; they mounted and we rodi
1 asked Dr. Bratton, after we bad g
the road, if tbey had found Jim
liants. He said yes. I said wbore ii
Ho said I expect he is in boll by
time. Dr. Bratton then pulled ou
watch, and looking at it said, we
not got time, or I would visit tw
three more to-night. We went on
to the Rrattonsvillo road; they s to
at a house and got a gun; wo woi
past Rrattonsvillo where tho road foi
and there tho men split; I went on i
direction of Yorkville, and sopa
from tbe rest of tho orowd abo
o'clock. Jim Williams was bung f
2 o'clock. I took tho right-hand
at Rrattonsvillo and went home, lei
Yorkville to my left. There was nol
occurred ofter wo split; but wo
on homo as fast ai we c
There were but two men along
York village, Dr. Rafas Bratton euc
fus MoLaiu. There- wasn't anything
said about outing after the killing; before
that, some little distance above Brat
toDBvillc, we got crackers and eheese,
and there were two bottles of whiskey.
Cross examined by the defenoo-I had
known Robert Hayes Mitchell a good
while. I was in the same regiment with
him in the army. I never saw him at
any other meeting or on any other raid.
He was not disguised and didn't go with
the ten to hang Williams. He stayed at
the horses where I was. I was initiated
in 1868, by Maj. Avery. He said the
object was self-defence. I was not in
the room over five minutes. There was
nothing said abont preventing voting.
Their purpose ou the Jim Williams raid
was to get the militia guns; the negroes
at Mr. Morris' said he had from twelve
to fifteen. I never beard.that the object
was to prevent voting. No fires bad oc?
curred when I was initiated. I didn't
hear of any threats of violence before I
joined; I heard that threats of violence
had been made before the Jim Williams
raid; I heard that Jim Williams was
forming a Ku Klux party against the
whites, and that ho said ho iutended to
kill from the oradle to the grave. We
stopped at two other places before we
I went to Jim Williams'; nt McOonnellB
! ville and at Dr. Love's. Black men wore
called out; heard uothing said about
voting. There were fires all about York
ville after I joined the klun. I remem?
ber of Dr. Allison's mill being burnt,
j Widow Thomas' gin-house and Dr. Law?
ry's gin-house, Mrs. Aloorn's and Mrs.
Jacob Smith's. Tho burnings took
place in January last, mostly. Dr. Alli
son's mill was the first; that ocourred in
October, 1870. There was a good deal
of alarm in the country. I did hear thal
a threat was made to burn Yorkville bj
the negroes, on a Monday night. 1
think it was before I went on tho raid
it was in January.
Re-examined by Mr. Corbin-I novel
myself heard the negroes tnako an]
threats, nor did I ever see any man win
said ho had heard them; it wan ouly ru
The grand jury here came in and re
turned true bills in the following cases:
The United States vs. Lawson Arm
strong, John Olintou, James Barnett
John Campbell, Leyburn Currents, Reu
bon McCall, Robinson Miller, conspi
racy against Audrow Slurgis.
The United States vs. Thos. B. White
side, John W. Mitchell, Milton Watson
Joseph Mitchell, Robert MoCreight, W
Good, Bud Neil, Charles Byers, Newto
Osborn, Capers Scott, conspiracy agniut
The Uuited States vs. Edward 1
Avery, Ernest Lowry, Johu P. Gag?
Howard Davis, Henry Toole, Eran
Cowan, Sam. Stowart, R. T. May, coi
spiraoy against Sam. Sturgis; except i
to R. T. May-as to him, no bill.
The examination of the witness wi
Witness-I never heard that Alliso
said his mill was burnt by whites;
heard others say so. Most of the buri
inga were in Junuary, about the midd
of tho month. The tirst raid that
heard of was against Rufus White, nboi
a week after Allison's mill was barn
The next raid was the Rouudtree rail
They killed him; it was before Chris
mas. The next raid was on John J
Ferris; it was before Christmas. The
wore rumors of raids nil about the cou
try in January. Most of the raidii
ooenrred in January and February. Tl
rumor about Yorkville being burnt-, w
in February or March. A young mi
came out to my house, to ask me
come in and help protect tho town,
suppose they were uneasy, or else tin
would not have sent out for people
come in. I saw nothing of any fire th
night. I heard that fire hud been pluc<
under Mr. Graham's house. Hon
dawson was the young man who cac
to call me in.
Cross-examined-Henry dawson is
son of lawyer dawson, the Registrar
Bankruptcy. I saw a crowd in Yor
ville tbut night. Their object, th
said, was to protect the town. The
was a company of colored men in t
town. They were armed, and Blay
down about the lower end of the tow
The whites were in tho centro of t
town. I heard tho drum of tho neg
company beat-at least, the souud cai
from that direction. I had a doub
barrel gun. I wont there to protect t
town against conflagration.
Andrew Kirkpatrick was next calle
He Maid: I live seven aud a half mi
from Yorkville, on tho Pinckney Ron
I was twenty yenrs old b'.st Juno. I w
initiated into tho Ku Klux Klan li
Fobruary, at borne, by Chambers Bro"
Ho was chief of tho klan. I cau't :
member the oath; the last words we
"Tho traitor's doom shall bo deal
death, death!" I attended ono regu
meeting at Sharon Church. Tho fe
Shearer boys were there, Banks K<
Robert Hays Mitchell, ChambersBrov
Hugh Kell, Elias Ramsay, Alex. Ste
art, Sam. Ferguson, Polo Miller, Jo
Miller, Sam, Urowu, Robert Riggi
and Henry Wurliok. I don't mi
whether there were any moro or u
Thoy elected a new chief and a tu
Robert Higgins was chief, and Polo A
1er turk; Chambers Brown was elco
mouurcb. I did not attend any otl
regulur meeting. 1 think it was af
corn-planting time. I was on tho J
Williams' raid. We mot at Briar Pat
I saw there Harvey Gunning, Will Jol
sou, Bascom Kennedy, Ugbrook Goi
Chambers Brown, Alonzo Brown, Dil
Bigham, Pole Miller, Sam ii ul Fergus
John Caldwell, Robert Caldwell, Pin
ney Caldwell, Jioa Neil, Milos Carr
Addison Carroll, Dr. Rufus Brutt
Rufus McLaiu, They were armed, so
with pistols, so m o with gnns. They 1
diff?rent disguise-sumo white, so
red; anti tho/ had a cap on aud n fa
face; some hud little; horns. The hoi
of somo wero covered with blankets,
think tbore wore two klaus-Will Jo
sou's and Chambers Brown's klan. Tl
were thirty or forty in all. We star
off, and rode to tho cross road ou
Pinckney Road, just abovo Squiro V
lace's. There wc found tho four Shen
boys, Robert Hayes Mitchell, Elias Ri
say and Hugh Koli. Tho Shearer b
were initiated there. We went on
Squiro Wallace's, took tho left-li
road, and rodo on to McConnullsvi
Wo stopped at Mr. Joe Moore's, calle
colored man out, and somo of tl
talked to hiui. I didn't hear what
said. We then rode on und stopped
colored man's house, but didn't i
him. Then we rodo on to tho big rc
then, after n little, turned ol? and v,
into a thicket on tho side of a hill,
bert Riggins and I sat down nour
horses. Homo of the men went oil
bouse; they stayed about n half in
When they came back, I heard s<
man say they lind hung him. I di?
hear any profane remarks. Wo thou
on our horses and started for hom
I got homo about daylight.
Cross-examined-I don't think Hajes
Mitchell went to Jim Williams' house;
he stayed with the horses.
Elias Ramsay, white, was next oalled.
He said: I live in York County; I was
boru and raised there. My nome is
about ten miles from Yorkville. I joined
tbe Kn Klux Klan the 26th of February,
1871-Chambers Brown's klan. Cham?
bers Brown swore me in. The object
stated was to pot do wn -tho Radical party.
The doom was, death 1 death 1 death 1 I
attended one meeting at Sharon Ohnroh.
I saw there S. G. Brown, Chambers
Brown, Robert Biggins, Hugh Kell,
Sberod Childers, Pole Miller, John Mil?
ler, Samnel Ramsay, Robert Harkness,
the fonr Shearer boys, and Robert Hayes
Mitchell. I have known Robert Hayes
Mitchell about eighteen months. There
was no raid the night of the meeting at
Sharon Ohuroh. The raid was soon
after; I think about ten days or two
weeks after. I was ordered by Robert
Higgins, but I didn't go; I didn't think
it waa right. The object of the organi?
zation was to go around and visit co?
lored people, for the pnrpoBe of controll?
ing their voting. I heard some say so.
Robert Higgins was ohief; Chambers
Brown, monarch; Pole Miller, turk. 1
was appointed, with Wm. Shearer and
Banks Kell, a oommittee on member?
ship. I was on the Jim Williams raid.
Robert RigginB gave me the order to go.
I heard tho objeob was to get tbe gu OB.
I wont with the fonr Shearer boys, Hen?
ry Warliok and Robert Hayes Mitchell
They all had on their disguises, exoop
the four Shearer boys. I have knowt
the prisoner in tbe war and since,
talked with him that night before w<
got to Squire Wallace's. We waite?
there about an hour for the rest to oom*
up. We halted them as they rodo up
the words used were: "Who come
there?" "Friends." "Friends to whom?
"Friends to our country." Chamber
Brown sworo the four Shearer boys ii
thou. Wo startod off from there; too!
the left hand road, and stopped at Hour
Latham's for some water. We the
went on to McOonnellsville. Wheu nea
there, the order was given to keep quiel
for we are going to soizo some guns t
McGonnellsville. Wo went on near
house and Btopped. Chambers Brow
ordered mo to stay behind with tb
horses. If a pistol tired, we were t
come up with those who had gone oi
While we were waitiug there, a part
came np behind. They were Dr. Loi
and Boss Nathau, fox hunting. Alouz
Brown went out to speak to Dr. Lov
He asked him if he knew where the gut
were. Dr. Love said he didn't know; 1
thought they were at Bethesda Cburol
We then crossed over to another ron*
they called out a colored mau and toe
him np behind, but Dr. Bratton was o]
posed to carrying him along and th<
put him down. We then got into
country that I didn't know anything c
After riding about two miles, some oi
four or fire horses ahead of me said tin
were goiug to hang Jim Williams. V
rode on about a mile, then took into tl
woods and stopped and dis mo un te
The biggest part of the crowd then we
off. John Caldwell stayed with me; 1
said he had colic; also, tbe four Shear
boys and Robert Hayes Mitchell,
heard nothing of the purty in frot
they were gone about thirty minutes b
Tore they came back. I heard uothii
said at first, but after a while I bea
Jim Neil say "some mon are powerl
hard-hearted." We stopped near Jol
S. Bratton's house and got some crae
ers and whiskey. While there, sot
man said: "Hold up the guns; let's e
what we've got." I looked and the
appeared about twelve or fifteen. B
Johuaon said he wanted a squad to go
John S. Bratton's bouse. He got thc
and went and oalled Mr. Bratton o
and asked him what he meant by havi
tboeo guns on bis place? He said he h
nothing to do with it, and that it look
hard that he should be censured for wi
tho State authorities did. He said
had neither voted the Radical ticket r
armed the negroes. We stopped
several houses and got guns, and tb
went on home. I heard Cbambi
Brown say Williams was a leading Ra
cul down in his part of the County, a
consumed a great deal of time with ',
drilling. I was arrested on tho 20th
October. Chambers Brown had left I
Cross-examined-I didn't know of a
raid on Democratic negroes, nor of a
being arrested by tho military. I do
know how many places were visited tl
night; tho only object seemed to be
get guns; the guns were army breei
loaders. The raid waa ou the 6th
Mardi. There had been several bu
ings in tho neighborhood, and I hei
that some of the blacks had mi
threats to kill from the cradle to I
Sam. Ferguson, (white,) was m
oalled. He said-I am sixteen years c
I was initiated a member of the
Klux on the Otb of Marah, by Har'
(running, nt Yorkville. He told mo
go down to Briar Patch, that event
When ho initiated mo, he blind-foh
me, and administered tho oath, the
nalty of which was death! deathl des
They didn't tell inewhatthoy were go
to do on tho raid. I went with V
Miller and Josiah Martin. I don't kr
i how many came to the Briar Pat
They had e?n disguises. Don't know
! leader. We went from there to
I cross road on thu Pinckuey Road, u
I Squiro Wallace's; there saw Robert 1
I gins, Hugh Kell and tho four Shoe
i boys. The four Shearer boys w
! sworn in there.
I Then followed a description of
! raid, not differing from the others in i
' importaut particulars.
The next witness called was A
! Rainoy, (colored.) He Buid-I iivt
j York County. 1 am thirty-eight yi
' of ago, and J. voted the Republican tic
1 at the last election. On n Satur
night, towards tho last of March, nt
1 IU o'clock ut night, four or five disgui
J men came to my house. They ms
up, crying ont: "Q-d d-u, opon
door! opeu the door! open the door!'
ran up into tho loft. They broke
1 door olT the hinges. My wifo thou
bolted it, nm) they knocked her do
They made Sum. Good get a torch,
they came up in the loft and found
where I had hidden myself in a 1
They dragged me ont of doors. Si
of them went back and beat my v
aud drew a pistol and threatened to
her. They knocked me down. My
tie daughter ran out und bogged tl
not to kill pappy. They commet
firing off pistols. They shot s
fifteen times. They shot my daug
in the forehead; the shot glanced
she bled very tnnob; eho came to
door wbilo they had mo outside,
threw *>ut a double hand-fill of b!
that carne from her wound. They I
mo off up the road-some wanted to
mo. One said: "No, don't kill hi
They mado me swear never to vote
other Radical ticket, and then let me go.
They mado Sam. Qood swear the same
thing. I did not know any of the men.
The next and last witness for the pro- '
a ecu ti on was Dick Wilson (colored.) He
said: I live in York, on Dr. Lowrey's
place. I voted at the last election;
voted the whole Republican ticket; Mr.
Wallace was one of the men I voted for;
nobody questioned my right to vote.
The Ku Klux visited me on the 11th of
April, abont 2 or li o'clock; two rode np
to my boneo; others went to my son
Riobard's house; they halloed "open the
door!" then "make up a light!" "who
lives hore?" I said Dick Wilson. "Is
this old Dick?" Yes, sir. "Where's
yoong Dick?" I don't know, air.
"Yon are a d-n liar!" They then took
me and carried mo with them to my son's
house. There were four there searching
for Dick; they did not find him. They
asked me where he was? I said gentle?
men, I don't know. "Don't call us
gentlemen," they said; "wo are jost
from hell, and haveu't beou here since
the first battle of Manossas; wo'ro come
to change all this Radical rule." The;
then took me out; mado me stretch onl
on my face on the ground; thoy said,
"Stretch yourself, d-n you, stretch 1'
I stretched all I kuew how; I woulc
have stretched longer if I could; thej
whipped mo with rum-rods; I think om
was iron; they whipped me badly; thoi
likod to have ruined mo; thoy whippet
me nil iu one place. I promised to voti
the Demooratio ticket, and they modi
me promise that I would go with my soi
and put a card in Grist's paper, and sa;
that we had quit Scott and his ring. .
6aw two pieces of tho ram-rods nex
morning; whito oak ram-rods. I dido'
put a card in the pnper. I wusn't abl
to do a day's work for two weeks; I hai
to get about with a stick nud sit on
pillow. I saw nix mon.
Gross examined-I know SODIO of th
men: Dr. Parker, James Miller, Joh
Little and Bill Lowrej. Ididnotkno'
for certain about the other two; Ithougb
one waa Bishop Laudifor, and the othc
-Tbomasson. They had gowns an
false faces on; I know thuin by tho
bands and their shoos, and their und?
dress, and I hud a full understanding <
tho voices of those four I meutionet
Wm. Lowrey's hand hud a linger tin
stood off like, aud had sores on it. Ti
rest bad whito hunns, of course, i kue
somo by their bauds and some by the
voices. 1 did not publish the curd, an
they never came buck. I don't recoj
nize tho prisoner, Robt. Huyes Mitchel
The prosecution closed hore, and tl
defenoe entered upon the examination <
their witnesses. The first witness w;
Mrs. Julin H uney. She said: I live :
Chester County, just over tho York lin
Jim Williams, alias Jim ll liney, lived :
two miles of me. Ho was formerly tl
slave of my husband, who is now dem
Jim went off with Sherman's army, ai
stayed about ti year. When ho can
baok, hu came to see his old master, n
husband. Ho was very polite to us, at
we always treated bim very kindl
Most of my old servants remained wi
me ou my place. Jim lived iu two mile
sud used to como about the place and
my kitchen frequently. I beard, thrum
the house servants, of threats that
had made. He was c.ipUiu of a inilil
oompany, aud they were urmod. I si
them occasionally. They caused a gre
deal of uneasiness iu the commtiuil
They were very disorderly, and coi
pletely nuder the thumb of their cn
taiu. There wero fires frequently in t
neighborhood. I kuow they were met
diary fire?, because my own gin-hot
was burnt, with twenty-live bales of c(
tou; and I frequently saw the horizon
up with lire around iu thonctghborhoc
I had not heard of uuy ruids of wh
men before that time. The people wt
io a great state of alarm from tire, a
just before Jim's death, there was gn
fear of au attack by the negroes. I v
alarmed myself, and left my homo a
went to my father's, in Union.
Cross-examined-I did not myself hi
Jim make any threats, nor did I see
oompany commit any disorderly a
under his command.
The witness WUH thea permitted
como down, and tho court adjourned
II A. M., to-morrow.
The grand jury made tho followi
The United States rs. John Lytl
John Ii. Parkor, Wm. Tbomasson, W
Lowrey, Johu Miller, Bishop Saudi!
conspiracy against Dick Wilson. Ti
bil), except ns to Wm. Tbomasson t
Bishop Sandifer; as to thom, no bill.
B. P. JACKSON, Foreman
Tho United States rs. tho same
above. Conspiracy uguinst Hir
Alexander. Sume finding
Tho United States rs. John W. Mit
ell, Jos. Mitchell, Thos. B. Whitest
Melton Watson, Wm. Qood, Bob
McCroight, Newton Osborne, Hoi
Neal, Churlos Byers, John Davis, Cap
Scott Neal, Pincknoy Webber, o
spiracy against Charles Good. T
Mr. Hart applied for tho release
bail of William Burnes, of York,
was released on a bond of S.i.OOO. J
A. Sanders and T. J. Gibson were
cepted as su ret? CH.
The trial" of Robert Hayes Mitel
Mr. Johnsou stated that there w
six or seven witnesses material for
defence who had not boon sutnnior.
and requested that subpuiuas might
issued for thoir appearance.
The first witness called was John
Moroso. Ho said: I liva iu Charles!
1 am on tho editorial stnlT of tho Cour
III 1870, I visited York and other Co
lies to report the gubernatorial can1
and the state of tho country. I truvi
in Chester aud in York; *vas at Lu!
Ford and at Rock Hil!. This was ah
six weeks prior to the eleotiou. '
election was for Governor and merni
of Congress. Tho condition of tin
at Yorkvillo was quito excitiug. Tl
wero reports of tho negroes coming :
town, i saw live negroes ride into to
and ride down to the plaoe where
negroes had tho arm? of the militia o
puny. Tho Reform meeting was at
Court House. There was a great b
ing of drums, hn.m aud kettle. A
Wallace spoke; also, Judge Carpe
and others. Tho meeting was brc
up iu consequence of the drum-beat
and a riot seemed imminent. The
roar was greatest when Judge Carpo
spoke. There were a crowd of neg
down nt tho barracks, where tho urn.
tho militia were said to be, Some
wero addressing them, and seemed t
excitiug thom. J couldn't hour A
wus said, but I heard enough to int
mo to think that the danger was in
tient. I was present at a Reform n
ing at Rock Hill. Col. McKissick, (
Butler uud Judge Carpenter, aud
imps some others, spoke; there w
large attendance, but no disturba
Previous to that though there was a
form meeting ab Quester. There was a
Mr. Corbin hero objected to ?he ad?
mission of such testimony, as being
Judge Bond enid: Mr. Stan berry, I
don't see the relevancy of any of this
testimony, unless you menu lo pr<>vt>
that Kn Klux were at the meeting and
created no disturbance, and thus rciHe a
presumption in their favor.
Mr. Htanberry-May it please yonr
Honors, we uro charged with having
formed a general conspiracy to interfere
with and prevent the free exercise of the
elective franchise. Wo aro, by this tes?
timony, going to show that the parties
here indicted did Dot interfere or molest
any one in the exercise of that right,
either at the hustings or at the polls;
that, on the otber band, the only at?
tempted interference was by the other
party-the negroes. Wo intend to show
that the object of this so-called conspi?
racy was to guard rights far more sacred
than tho electivo franchise; that there
were bands of negroes, armed with the
most improved guns, traversing thc
country, creating a general feeling ol
alarm and anxiety, and threatening tc
kill from the cradle to the grave, so thal
the people bad no other resource lofi
but to disarm them; and that the de?
fendant engaged in this so-called conspi
racy only fur that purpose.
Tho oourt ruled tho question iuadmis
Mr. Moroso was cross-examined 03
Mr. Corbin. He said: I did not soe anj
militia at Yorkville; I BUW a orowd o
negroes arouud the place where tho armi
were kept. There was a great ?tate o
uneasiness pervading the whole country
on aocouut of tbe negro militia march
ing about, armed, through the country
Judge R. B. Carpenter was next culled
He Bui ti: I wuB a candidate for Governo
of the State in tko fall of 187U; I visitei
York and thc surrounding Counties;
think I was there in the latter part o
August or 1st of September; it wus afte
the negro militia were organized an
armed; there was a generul feeling c
alarm in tho country; tbe cause of i
was that the militia were marching abou
armed throughout the country, aud tba
a buttle might occur at any time; tb
whites did not seem so much alarmed 0
that portion of the blacks who wore nc
armed, but they were nil more or loss un
easy; the militia wore composed of tb
party supporting the present Stat
Mr. Stanberry-Of what party wei
i you a candidate? A. I can't call it
j party; it had no national significant
whatever, but aimed solely at local rt
Q. K-eform what; the Rep?blica
party? A. No, not exactly that; for
wus conceded by tho gentlemen assooi
ted with me that the reform of those i
power was a hopeless task. We aime
solely nt a reform of the corrupt adm
uistration of the State government.
Wm. Lindsay, (colored,) was ne:
called. He said-1 live in York, aboi
three and a half miles from whore Ji
Rainey lived. I know him well; ba'
knowu him four or five years. He ht
a ?mili tia company; he waa captain; tl
company waa formed last year; they ht
no muskets at first, but got the
about two months afterward?, and mu
tereil with them; they had ammucitic
too-cartridges. Allen Bretton, a lie
tenant in tho company, brought tl
ummunition and distributed it. He sa
Mr. Rose, at York, gave it to bim. Ant
Tims and Jim Williams sent for i
They got three rounds ut first. Th
mustered n't night twioo a week, ai
ouco a week before the election. Ji
Williams told me that be was going
get ammunition from York, aud k
from tho cradle up. He told me that 1
the Friday before he was killed. V
wore riding to Yorkviilo together. I w
going to pay my taxes. I don't think
got any ammunition that day. Mic
McConnell heard of his threats, too; th
were generally known through t
County. There had been no raids I
fore that time. There was no int?
furenco at the election. I voted at M
Con nellyville. Williams voted there, tc
There had been no fires about tut
except tho gin house of Mr. Brattc
folks thought that Jaok Brooks did th
be is a oolored man. I hoard of fit
above Yorkville. I was at home t
night Jim Williams was killed. T
Ku Klux came up to my house; tb
said they wero Ku Klux; they were r
disguised; they asked me if I had a gt:
I told them I did not have auy bu
squirrel tillo. I Lauded it to them; tb
gave ii back to mo, and said they (
not want that. There waa u big ero
of them in the road, some twenty
thirty. A militia party came afterwar
Andy Tims was at tho hoad of the
they came up to my house and ballot
"Como out, d-n you, como ont qui
Havo any Ku Klux been here?" I si
yes; two. They said, "Get your g
and come on." I said come who
Thoy said, "After them Ku Klux."
; told them I would not go. Hot
Haynes cocked his gun iu my fuco a
said, "D-a you, you've got to go, or
kill you." I told thom I reokoned
might as wull die there us anywhere el
They took my gun off, and promised
? send it back next day; they did nomi
back. I saw the militia company ut
election; they did not carry their ai
that I know of; they had their s
arms on, bayonets, accoutrements, <
They mustered the night before
election nt Wallace's old field. I s
some of them going to tho electi
I they went iu squads, mostly of six
j Cross-oxnmineil by Mr. Corbin-I
known as Gentleman Bill; I live 00 J(
S. Bratton's placo. Jim Williams t
me ho was going to kill from tho c.
np. Mr. Hassell brought him wore
give up his guns; he said he wouk
nutil Mr. Scott ordered him. He aeeu
to bo in earnest when ho made the tun
I told a good many people about it
told Mr. Lowiov and Mr. Wallace.
Q. What Mr! Wallace? Squired
lace? A. No; Squire Wallace's e
Maj. Wallace, they call him. I t
Minor McConnell; I might have t
more; I don't recollect now. I thin
was ten days afterwards that I told ',
Q. What was your politics? A. Wi
-then? I never had no politics thoi
was always a Democrat. I wasn't son
of the Kn Klux. They didn't ask
what my politics were. I heard plo
of colored men express fear. I ki
that Minor McConnell and Dave 1
masson are Democrats. Tbe men I
came to my house said they was
Klux. Tbey halloed. "Wake up, 1
geri open tho door! here we aro." A
i Tims' party acted moro like Ku K
? tbtiu they did. He said he was a bi
I ing Ku Klux. They said they wc
; kill me if I didn't go. The other c
never said that. I never knew Jim 1
1 limns todo anything bad.
ocal Ito XXL mm
CITY MATTXBS.-The price of single
oopies of the PHOENIX is five cents.
The PIIONIX office ie supplied with all
necessary material for as handsome cards,
bill heads, posters, pamphlets, hand-bills,
oiroalars, and other printing that maybe
desired, as any office in the South. Give
us a oall and test oar work.
The premiums to be awarded at the
"ol lie ken fair," next week, are on exhi?
bition at the Exchange House. Con?
testants can obtain either greenbaoka or
silver as awards.
We have been requested to state that
Miss M. A. Quirk will deliver a lecture
I at Bethel A. M. E. Church, corner Tay?
lor and Sumter streets, this (Friday)
evening, December 15,1871, at balf-past
7 o'clock. Subject: "The Bible-a
Cyclopedia of Sciences." The publie
are invited to attend. A collection will a
be taken ap after the lecture, for the *
benefit of the City Mission Obnrch.
Messrs. C E. Thomas k Co., at the
Charlotto, Columbia and Angosta Bail
road Depot, are now prepared to supply
our citizens with wood. We know these
parties, aud deem them in all respecta
reliable. Good mensuro well laid on
may be expeeted, and good wood also.
If you want to be supplied, give yonr
orders. Their motto is promptness and
There was an intimation, yesterday,
that winter was npon as. The Pollock
House thermometer recorded thusly: 9
A. M., 46; 2 P. M., 48; 9 P. M., 40.
About 1 o'clock this morning, snow
began falling in large flakes.
MAH, ARRANGEMENTS.-The Northern
mail opens at 3.00 P. M.; closes 7.16
A. M. Charleston day mail opens 4.00
P. M.; closes 6.00 A. M. Charleston
night mail opens 6.30 A. M.; doses 6.00
P. M. Greenville mail opens 6.45 P.
M. ; closes 6.00 A. M. Western mail
opens 9.00 A. M.; closes 1.30 P. M. On
Sunday office open from 3 to 4 P. M.
SUPREME COURT, THURSDAY, Decem?
ber 14.-The conrt met at 10 A. M. Pre?
sent-Chief Justice Moses and Associate
Justices Willard and Wright.
Charles M. Furman, Trustee, vs. the
Greenville and Columbia Railroad Com?
pany. To be submitted on printed ar?
Lawrence F. Campbell, Receiver, vs.
the Bank of Charleston. Mr. Whaley
for appellant; Mr. Seabrook for respond?
ent; Mr. Conner in reply.
Thomas S. Dupont et al. vs. M. H.
Collins. Mr. Phillips was heard for ap?
pellant; Mr. Young for respondent.
Mrs. E. L. Smith el al. vs. Mrs. M. M.
Gatewood et al. Mr. Menimiuger was
beard for appellant*; Mr. Stone tor re?
At 3 P. M., the Court adjourned until
Thursday, Deoember 21st, when the
Third Circuit will be culled.
We call attention to the development
of tho business of that working man,
Mr. E. R. Stokes. His book bindery
has been developed. He bas advanced
his lines and now keeps a fall supply of
well assorted stationery, Ac. That
bright youth, young Simonton, is on the
skirmish line, whilst the Messrs. Stokes,
father and sou, and oar friend Mr. Dor?
sey and other.-?, are busy workers in the
rear. We propose a sentiment in favor
of all self-made and well-made men.
Drink it in cold water, or go next door
and drink it in QUEEN'S DEUOHT.
THE GREAT CIRCUS.-Relying solely
upon our exchanges, we must believe
that Dan Rioe hus readied the crowning
ambition of his life-that of sole man?
ager and proprietor of the largest and
most expensive arenio exhibition in this
country. His monster troupe of gym?
nasts, acrobats, equestrians and trapeze
performers, entails a cost that woald be
considered next to bankruptcy by any
less wealthy and energetic manager than
Dan Rice. The veteran clown seems to
have profitted by his thirty years' expe?
rience, and uow introduces only snob
talent as have a national reputation.
H?B trained horses, educated mules and
wonderful troupe of performing dogs
have a special interest to all lovers of
cultivated instinct, and in Norfolk the
exhibition was attended by the public
sohools en massa. The great canvass is
heated by immeuso furnaces, and is
warm aud comfortable. This is Dan
Rico's first visit to tbis section of the
South, uud our citizens eau rest assured
that lie is the genuine "Old original
Jacobs." They open on the 19tb, con?
tinuing tho 20th-two exhibitions each
The Lexington Dispatch p*ys the fol?
lowing well-merited compliments to two
deserving young men, respectively of
the Columbia and Edgefield bar. lt
Lewis E. LoConte, Esq., of the firm
0 i ??O?? uster & LoConte, attorneys, cf
Columbia, spent two days in onr village
last week, on business. Mr. LeConte,
though a young mau, is already a dis?
tinguished member of the bar.
? Riobard Bonham, Esq., of the firm of
I Bonham & Bonham, of Edgefield, was
1 also here one day on business. He has
j just como to the bar, and bids fair to be
? in all respects worthy of his father, Gov.
Au old bachelor, who bears bis lonely
state with much equanimity, says: "It
is better to bo laughed at for not being
married than he unable to laugh because
New clothes wout give a follow a olean
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E. Hope-Buffalo Tongues.
James Ohesnut-Executive Commit'e.
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E. Pollard-Fire Works.