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either. I bid for the market oontraot;
it was io wriiiuk; X thick it $20,000;
it was presented to,the Market Commit?
tee. I was cot certain whether there
would be other bidders Until a week prc
' vioos, when I heard Smith and Binions
would bid. I spoke to them, and first
they said they would not bid; then after?
wards, yea. We ' had BO. conversation
about the amouut of bida, nor did I hear
it from any other person. There was no
understanding that I should make my
bid higher (ban theirs; my bid was a bid
in good faith.
(Signed.) JAMES M. ALLEN.
B. W. Johnson sworn-Examined by
City Attorney-I put in bid for the City
Hall; tba bid was in writing; the amount
was, I think, $141,600; I understand Mr.
Waring bid; I never Baw it; beard it waa
lower than mino. I believe Mr. Allen
bid also; I think $188,000, but don't
know positively any bids bat my own.
I can't say whether Mr. A.'s sp?cifica?
tions called for more labor and materials
than mine; my bid did not comprehend
the whole work to be done; I exoepted
some work; I think, running of gas pipe,
chandeliers and seats in theatre. I don't
know what Mr. Allen's oontraot was to
embrace specifically. Before working
np my estimate and handing in bid I had
no conversation with Waring or Allen ; I
can't say whether I was in ignorance- ol
the other bids; my bid was not affected
by the knowledge I possessed, if any, ol
the bide of Waring or Allen. I did not
know to a certainty the amount of Mr.
Allen's bid until it was opened; I had
heard a little something about it; th ort
was no understanding between mo and
Mr. Allen that I should do some of thc
work if he got the oontraot, nor witt
anybody else for Mr. Allen. There wai
no understanding, either, with Mr. War
ing. My estimate was made without re
terence to the bids of any one at alt ]
had no conversation in reference to Mr
Allen's bid with any one before handln)
in bid, bat had a kind of a sappositioi
of amount; not from the contractors o:
any of their agents, however. I ha?
some intimation of Mr. Allen's bid bc
fore I pat in mine. I could have, nude
these oiroamstanoea, put in my bid a
a leas amount than Alien, but did not d
so ; it did not affect my estimate. I ha
no intimation from any member of th
committee what Mr. Allen's bid woul
Q-By Alderman Denny-Where di
?ou get joui intimities of amcur.t <
fr. Allen's bid?
A-From Dr. J. L. Neagle. I Teal
did not have sufficient time to make
full estimate; I had the plans and spec
fixations only a short time; I don't koo
that any person intimated that I shoo
have a aab-contraot if I made the bid
did. Dr. Neagle promised me nothii
that woald affect me in making up n
Q -By City Attorney-Has the comp
tition in the biddings between Mr. Aile
Waring, yourself, the committee ai
Council, so far as yon were concerne
been perfectly fair and honest?
(Sigued) R. W. JOHNSON.
W. H. Parkins sworn-Was prese
when bids were given out; express
opinion at Weam Sc Hix's gallery th
judging from a building thea bei
erected in Atlanta, woald think it woi
cost $75,000; afterwards tdd commit
of Council tbat it might (the City H
host from $75.000 to $100.000; had i
made an estimate and made the remi
merely as gaoss-work; in the meantii
find the cost of many materials wot
cost more in Colombia than in Atlac
I knew nothing as to amount of any
before it was opened; upon reflect i
finding the difference ia cost of b
labor aad materials so much higher tl
I had conceived, the contract is not
travagant. To illustrate: The cost
laying bricks ia Columbia, I learn, s
should be in this building, will be
per 1,000; while ia Atlanta it woald c
at the must, $14 per 1.000. Also,
- plastering will be fifteen cents
square yard more here than ia Atlai
I also find that much of the labor n
be brought from Philadelphia or I
York, as competent men cannot be
tained from a nearer point to do a h
portion of the work, aa per con tr
also, the slate and large portion of
iron work cannot be done at a no
point than Philadelphia or New Yorl
waa present at the opening of the b
end everything was done with open
and fairness. W. H. PARKIN;
Alderman Denny stated that Mr. V
ing had been summoned twice be
the Oounoil, and paid no heed to
summons at all.
Affidavit of Mr. Clark Waring,
so nal ly appeared Clark Waring. \
being sworn, says:
1. That he was one of those who
in a bid for the construction of the
City Hall, now in process of ereot
that his estimate therefor, made upo
examination of the plans and speoi
tion waa 8140,000; that be made this b
good faith; that he had no oommai
tion whatever with any other bidder
said work, and had no knowledge
were going to bid; that he knew
what was the bid which was to be t
by any other party ; and that he con
moated to no one what wonld be his
2. That he had no conference or a|
ment with any member of the
Council as to his bid before it was c
ed, or at any time before the con
was let; and, until after the ?ontruo!
let, did he have any knowledge o
formation as to what others had
posed to take the oontraot for the v,
8. That he hod no agreement o:
derstanding with any party as to hip
defendant's) taking a snb-oontrool
the work, or for any part thereof.
4. That he is now engaged in
structing the said building, under a
oontraot; bat that said oontraot wai
n:ads in parsQBDCe of nnv agreemei
understanding with any party, prc
to the letting of the contract, an?
oocneotion with the work did not
menee antil, perhaps, a month afte
oontraot was entered into with Mr. A
and after the excavation of the base
bad been commenced by Mr. Allen
was nearly completed.
?Signed) 0. WARIN
Sworn to before me, this 14th De
ber, A. D. 1871. W. A. CLARE
Personally appeared W. Hutscu \
who, being daly sworn, say?, that I
a member of the City Council
Chai rman of the Special Committe
the City Hall; that aa such chai rms
daly advertised for plans for same;
npon matare deliberation, the con
tee, of whioh he is a member, adi
the plan of the building now in o>
of erection, presented by Parki
Allen; that he duly advertised for
for erection of City Hall, under
plans adopted, and that three wi
and sealed bids were presented for i
one from R W. Johnson, for $141
excluding the- .;anothei
OIBYVWarlntfi'roY ?T40.000, with-n^z
. as sureties; and the third from
James M. Allen, for (hesum of 8138,000,
with J. Ii. Neagle as surety; that upon
motion of Atderman Taylor, a member
of Special Oommittee, tho contract WUB
unanimously awarded to Janies M.
Allen, he being the lowest bidder; and
that upou the unanimous report ni the
Speoial Committee, the City Council
awarded the oontraot to James M. Allen
for the sum of 8138,000, being thu
amount of his bid; and th ut contracts
for ereotion of same have been duly exe?
cuted; a bond for 850,000 for faithful
performance of the same, duly executed,
aud said bond lodged in the offloeoi D.
B. Miller, Clerk of Court for record,
by deponent, acting as ohsirman of said
! Speoial Oommittee; that as far as de
j ponent knows and believes, the commit
i tee acted in good faith ie the award of
the oontraot, tr na ti DR to the high poai
' tion occupied in the community by
Olark Waring and B. W. J nanson, both
of whom had served in the former City
Coan oil, to the satisfaction of all parties,
and both of whom had been put in
I nomination for re-election at the elec?
tion at which the deponent was elected,
and re-nominated by the Democratic
party of this city, a party claiming to
represent all of tho wealth, brains and
virtue of the community; that the de?
ponent believing that tho bids of Waring
and Johnson were in good faith, and re?
flected the true value of the work,
cheerfully voted for the oontraot with
James M. Allen; that the deponent had
no knowledge of the amount of the bid
of any bidder uutil it was opeded in the
presonce of the oommittee; that deponent
had no intimation, from any so'uroe, ol
what would be the bid of any party ; that
deponent, prior to advertising for pro?
posals for ereotion of the work, asked
each of the prominent contractors ir
the oity, viz: James M. Allen, Jamee O
j Bell, B. W. Johuson and Olark Waring,
? and perhaps others, to submit bids foi
the work, saying to them and to otho
persons, that the committee desired fal
competition;, that at 12 o'clock, upoi
the day fixed Xor opening the bids, oui;
two bids had been put in, although botl
Johnson and Ball had promised-some
time previous to present bids for same
that upon motion, the hoar for openioi
the bids was postponed until half-post 5
to receive other bids, the oommitte
being informed that B. W. Johnso
T rm i ri m ak o a bid for work; that the dc
ponent was requested by members of tb
oommittee to stop at the house of B. V?
Johnson, it being on his way to depc
aent's home from his office, and get bi
bid, if he intended to make one; that i
pursuance of said request, deponent di
so; that he did not find B. W. Johnso
at bis residence, bat near Wing's Mil
deponent told B. W. Johnson that tl
oommittee had extended tb? time fi
receiving the bids until half-past 5, i
hope other bids, his among the numbe
would be presented; hu said he had mat
up his mind not to bid; depouent tb?
left him and started to go up town; lat
ia the afternoon, before half-past 5,
short time, B. W. Johnson came to d
ponent and said be had changed li
mind and intended to make a bid, and
very short time after, came to deponen'
office and handed in the bid, seale
The bids were opened in deponen
office, in presenoo of Mr. Parkins, t
architect employed by the city, wi
gave no intimation to the oommittee th
the bids offered were extravagant; wi
confidence in tho integrity of tbe arol
toot and tbe bidders, the deponent vot
to award the oontraot to James M. Alb
The deponent denies any fraud or coi
sion, on his part, with any bidder, th
agents, or any other person or persoi
to award the oontraot so as to make t
city pay more for the work than wai
fair price for same. The depone
sometime after, hearing charges
fraud, and also that a ring b
been formed; and that Olark Warii
thoa doing some of. the brick work
the buildiug, was in the ring, and tl
W. H. Parkins, the arohitect, was a f
mer employee of Clark Waring, a
would certify to the work done by Ch
Wuriog, and pass any of it, whetl
done according to specifications or n
sent fer Parkins to come to city; wuil
OD him at thu Columbia Hotel, and asl
W. H. Parkins to allow the commit
to appoint Borne resident architect
superintend the work, so that oitizi
here might be satisfied that the wi
was fairly done. He (Parkins) assent
and sent deponent the letter, a copy
which, marked A, is appended, d
verified. Also, ou next evening, a BOCC
letter, marked B, a copy of whioh is
noxed. That the deponent showed
letter marked A to the Building Cc
mittee, and was authorized by them
negotiate with Mr. G. T. Berg, of t
city, a? -eaidont architect, aud that B
negotiation was going on at the time
tho commenoemont of the proceedi
in former oase before Judge Melton.
W. H UPSON WIGG
Sworn to bofore me, this 23d Deoi
PHINEAS F. FBAZEE,
SOUTH CAROLINA, RICHLAND COUNTI
Personally uppeared before me,
Hazard Wigg, who, being duly ewe
made oath and saith as follows, to '
Upon a casual inquiry made or Mr. j
kins, architect of the oontemplttod (
Hall, in the office of the Probate Oo
by deponent, as to what he thought
buildiug would oost, he xeplied in wc
very nearly, if not exaotly, as fol lc
"In Atlanta, itooald be built for 876,
or 880,000; bat here ia Oolumbia, I :
both labor aad materials much a
costly. For instance, bricks can
'worked up' ia Atlanta at twelve do]
per thousand; while hore, they wc
cost not cost leaa than twenty dollars
Deponent was present whoa Mr. O
Waring called at the P-obate office
procuro the plan and specification
the building, in order to preparo his
and was told by Judge Wigg, thal
could not let them go out of the o
during the day time, as they wore Iii
to bo applied for at any moment,
pereons desiring to make proposals. J
said Judgo Wigg, yon can have tl
from the time tbe t?fico doses in
afternoon, (half-past 2 o'clock,) nut
opens again next day.
ID compliance with this uodersh
ing, the enid Mr. Clark Wariog cn
upon the deponent, at the residouo
deponent's soo-in law, Mr. Wragg
Bull street, about dark, that day, or <
shortly after, and asked for tho said j
and sp?cifications;and deponent sen
little SOD with the said Mr. Warin?
the Probate office, to get. tho said ;
and specifications, and to givo thor,
bim, tho said Mr. Waring, uud it
dono; und abont ll o'clock of tho
(Monday) on whioh the proposals <
opened, the said Mr. Waring broi
the said documents baok to the oi
and delivered them to depooent; nru
reply to oasual inquiries made by depo
neut, tb" naid Mr. Waring stated that
tho labor o? examining thc documents
bad ooonpied him all of one night, and
?that he had arrived at pretty clear oon
alusious apon'all points, save only as to
tho oost of the. glassware. *
Further, deponent saith not.
w. HAZ aar? WIGG.
Sworn to before me, this 2ad Decem?
ber, A. D. 1871.
PHINEA8 F. FRAZEE,
Personally appeared James O. Bell,
who, being dnly eworn, says that W.
Hutson Wigg, Chairman of Special Com?
mittee on New City Hall, came to depo?
nent before proposals for contr?ete to
build the esme had been published; that
the said W. Hutson Wigg told deponent
that the same woald be asked for, aod
asked him to make a bid for work, aa
the Committee desired bids for the work
from a? the responsible contractors in
the city; that deponent promised to
make a bid; that no inducement to make
a bid wsB offered to deponent by said W.
Hutson Wigg, nor any intimation made
as to price or any matter in said bid by
said W. Hutson Wigg to deponent.
JAMES C. BELL.
Sworn to before me, thin 23d Deeem
ber, 1871. W. HUTSON WIGG.
Personally appeared Joe Taylor, who
being daly sworn, deposes and says he ii
a member of City Council of Columbia
and a member of the Speoial Committei
on City Hall; that upon the day of open
ing the bids, at 12 M., only two bid
were handed in; that, upon motion, thc
opening of the bids was postponed nuti
half-past 5, in order to get in any othe
bids; that the Chairman of Speoial Oom
mit tee, W. Hutson Wigg, was requests*
to call at R. W. Johnson's house, i
being on bis way home, and ask him fo
his bid. The bid was brought by Mi
Johnson to the office of Chairman, an*
opened in preeenoo of Committee an
the arohiteot. Mr. Parkins, along wit
the bids of James M. Allen and Olar
Waring; that Mr. Allen's bid, being tb
lowest, was, npon motion of deponen
swarded the contract; that the arohiteo
1 Mr. Parkins, gave the Committee, at tb
time of opening the bids or since, no it
timation that the price asked for tl
building was excessive. The deponei
voted for the oontraot, haring faith i
the integrity of the bidders, Messt
Allen, Waring and Johnson.
Sworn to before me, this 23d Decei
ber, 1871. JOHN ALEXANDER,
Mayor, ex officio Chairman.
We have read thu foregoing, ai
swoar to same as being correct.
Sworn to before me, this 23d day
JOHN ALEXANDER, Mayor.
COLOMBIA, S. C., Sept. ll, 1871.
GENTLEMEN OF TUB COMMITTEE r
CITY HAU,: I propose to build the Ci
Hall, as per plans and specifications,
Parkins & Allen, for the sum of $140,0'
I will give ample security; suoh men
J. P. Southern, W. C. Swaffield,
Hope, John Caldwell, ?fcc.
(Signed) C. WARING
COLOMBIA, S. C., Sept. ll, 1871
To the Building Committee of the new I
Bali, Columbia, JS. C.
GENTLEMEN: I propose to build
new City Hall according to plans f
specifications furnished by Arohit?
Parkins & Allen, of Atlanta, aud oe
plete the whole work, with the except
of Beating the theatre and the
dxtures-that ia to say, the obaudeli
and brackets-for the sum of $141,f.
Very respectfully, yours,
(Signed) R. W. JOHNSON
COLUMBIA. S. C., Nov. 23. 187:
W. H. Wigg, Esq , Chairman of Spt
Committee on City Hall.
DEAR 8IR: Owing to a pressure of
eioess at home, aud the necessity <
resident arohiteot dnriug the erectioi
the new City Hall, I respectfully t
geat that yon appoint some practical ;
son to that position. The uttouda
that I give it, from time to time, will
meet the requirements necessarily
the committee, and I think it wil
better for both the contractor and lit
ing Committee. Vory rcepectfu
yours, W. H. PARKINS,
I oertify that I have examined the
ginni letter, in possession of W. Hui
Wigg, and declare thut the forogoit
a true copy of same.
December 24, 187
W. Hutson Wigg, Esq., Chairman
L??AB SIR: Enclosed are those b
contractu-one of whioh is nearly f
out, (as I think proper,) or, if you tl
you can make it more satisfactory,
can fill ont the blank one.
If Mr. Berg accepts the positio
resident architect, then wo are rele
from any further inspection (unless
see fit to cull our attention) in eonj
tion with his supervision; and us
work of plans and specifications ant
tail drawings, Sec., are adopted,
work commenced satisfactorily, I t
you will uot put off the third"payi
too long, for our work, you are av
is in ? manner done. If, us you st
in my room yesterday, you wish to i
up the traveling expenses that woul
if I ooutinued to supervise, why, t
I hope some day to present you a
sot of plaus and specifications 1
dwelling bouse, free of charge, or
other building of your own. And
yon will please allow me to exprese
sincere thanks for tho kindness,
spatch and fairness you huvo oxer
during tho preparation and the b
ning of a building wbioh wo feel ash
must reflect credit upon the city,
especially the chuirman of Special <
mittee. This letter may Boem to y<
au intimation of a resignation or
part of the affairs of the City Hall,
at all. I.feel like expressing our tl
to one who has stood by us, for B
toots sometimes have difficulties t
eounter, through committees, tha
never seen by outsiders. Be soi
write us as Boon as you hear fron
Berg. Very respeotlully yours,
W. H. PARKINS
Of Parkins & All
I have examined the foregoing I
and certify it to be a correct copy o
original letter in possession of w.
son Wigg. SAMUEL BEAU
BALTIMORE, December 23.-Ma
generally unchanged. Whiskey fir
Hi3 Honor the Mayor stated th
compliance with a resolution pnsnei
vern ber 28, instructing the City Atti
to prepare a memorial to be present
tho Legislature, that said memorii
been prepared and preseuted to tb
gislature, and referred to tho p
committee. Received as informan
On motion of Alderman Wigg, Conn
I oil adjourned.
?_WM: J. ETTEB. Oliy Clerk.
COLUMBIA. S. Ci
Bun H ay Morning. December 24 1871.
?ftv Tz 1*1 by .Tu ry-Packed Jar lea.
Aa eminently appropriate to the times
in whioh we live, and the experience
now before ns, we snbmit the annexed
extracts. The United States Govern?
ment is fashi?ni?g its coarse after that
pursued by the English authorities in
Ireland. We have now in the United
States Oonrt both grand and petit juries
that are "packed"-notoriously so. The
foreman of the grand jory is a miserable
specimen of the genus "carpet-bagger,"
and against this "foreman" wo learn that
charges are now pending at the hands of
the City Oounoil of this city. He, we
believe, is a "reverend gentleman;" but
as there are black sheep in the oh ur oh
as well as State, this does not prevent
him from being the unworthy person
his record makes bim-the flt tool of a
Government that seeks, by improper
means, to administer the law over a fet?
tered and conquered oommunity. How
often with men do we find
"With smooth dissimulation, skilled to grace
A devil's pnrpose.with an angel's face."
Nor is it better with the potit juries.
Generally speaking, these men are bitter
partisans, and of the political party op?
posed to the party of the prisoners on
trial. This is what the trial by jury bas
oome to iu this State. Heaven save un
from the cons?quences of this state ol
things! But to the extraots. Comment
is unnecessary. The application is ob'
"It is tho very anoieut privilege of thc
people of England, says Edmund
Barke, "that they shall be tried, except ii
the known exceptions, not by the judgei
appointed by the Crown, but by theil
own fellow-subjeota. Trial by jury hoi
probably exeroised more influence thai
any other institution, in moulding on
national charaoter, and in impressing ot
it especially that inborn reverence fo
law whioh has become proverbial. Bu
with that singular perverseness, whie
ima characterized all our dealings wit
Ireland for centuries, ve not only im
posed our own institutions on that ut
happy country, but we imposed thei
shorn of all that whioh made them pr<
oioas to Englishmen. This is true, i
an aggravated sense, of trial by j ur)
The very essence of trial by jury is, t
Burke has observed, that the accuse
'shall be tried, not by the judacs a]
pointed by the Crown, but by his ow
fellow-subjects.' But how did wo cari
out this principle in Ireland, in the cai
of political prisoners in particular? I
simply ignoring it. We retained tl
name and the forms of trial by jar,
but we so perverted its intention ai
spirit, that what Englishmen regard ;
the palladium of their liberty, beean
in Ireland the symbol of overy speoi
of injustice aud wrong. When it w
an object with tho authorities of Dubl
Castle to secure the couviotion of
I prisoner, they never hesitated to pa<
the jury that tried him. Names, whit
ought tu have been on the pauel, we
systematically and arbitrarily exclude
and tho jury box was tilled with mon,
whom it might' have been predicte
with tolerable certainty beforehand, tl)
they would bring in a verdict of guilt
Let us illustrate our argument by a ty]
cal example. lu 1844, tho governme
of the day succeeded ia getting averd:
of guilty against Mr. O'Connell, a m
of whom Maoaulay has declared wi
truth that 'the place which he hold
the estimation of his countrymen w
such as no popular leader in our histor
I might perhaps say in the history of t
world, has ever attained.'
"If ever there was an occasion wh
the Government should have been soi
pulouuly careful to administer justi
fairly, it was on the trial of O'Connt
for the eyes not only of Ireland, but
all Europe, wore upon them. But
inveterate bad the habit of managi
verdicts become in Ireland, that on
crucial occasion, when trial by jo
itself might be suid to be on its tri
tho authorities shamelessly packed t
jury whioh Bat in judgment on thu gr?
tribune. Twouty-Bevcn names wt
omitted from tho panel which ought
have beon on it. And then from 'tl
mutilated jury list.' as Macaulay ind
nantly calls it, foi ty-eight names w<
taken by lot. 'And then'-wo mi
tell tho rest of the story in Macaula
burning language: 'And then comes t
striking. Yoa struck out all the Bom
Catholio names; and you give us ye
reasons for stnkiDg out these namei
reasons which I do not think it wot
whilo to examino. Tho real qnesti
which you should have considered v
this: Gan a groat issue betweon two h
tile religions-for such the issue wsf
be tried in a manner above all suspicit
by a jury composed exclusively of na
of one of those religions? I know th
ia striking ont the Roman Cut holies, y
did nothing that was not according
teobnical rules. But my great chut
against you is, that you have looked
this whole oase in a teobnical point
view, that you have boen attorneys wi
you should have been statesmen. 'J
lotter of the law was doubtless with y<
but not the uoblo spirit of tho ii
The jory de mndietale lingua' is of imt
monal antiquity among us. Supp*
that a Dttloli sailor at Wupping is
cusod of stabbing an Eoglisbmuo it
brawl. The fate of th? culprit is i
aided by a mixed body of six Eugli
men and six Dutchmen. Such wero I
securities whioh the wisdom and just
of our ancestors gave to aliena. Ton '
are ready enough to call Mr. O'Connell
ss sliest when it serve*, your nnmoses
to do eo. Yon are ready enough to in?
flict on tho Irish Roman* Catholics all
tho erl?? of alienage, bot tbe one privi?
lege, the one advantage of alienage, yon
deny bim. In a case which of all oases
most required a jury de medie tale-in a
ease which sprang out of the mutual
hostility of races and sects-you pack a
jury, all of one raoe and all of one sect.
Yes, you have obtained a verdict of
guilty; but yon have obtained that ver?
dict from twelve men brought together
by illegal means, and selected in auch a
manner that their decision oan inspire
no oou?deuoe."-(Macaulay's Speeehes,
Sp eec?? of CO. Bow?, ?nd other?, In
the Lrglilature-Our Resolve.
We invite attention to the report that
the Charleston Courier makes of the
speeches of Mr. Bowen and others, upon
the question of the impeachment of
Scott and Parker. Mr. Bowen is himself
a Badical. Yet read his speech, and it
will be seen how Southern Radicalism, as
illustrated by the present Badical re?
gime, is condemned out of the mouths
of its own party. We regret that this
paper has not given an abstract of the
speeches made during the present session
of the Legislature. We oan, however,
now review the field, and say that the
speeches made on the part of the prose
I outors in the Legislature confirm all that
we have charged against the infamous
ring who have so plundered our people
and ruined the public credit. Nay,
more. The speeches of Bowen and bis
friends show that the Demooratio press
have fallen far short of the truth, and
that we have not half told of the cor?
ruption and swindling of the South Ca?
rolina Badical o?icia'... On the other
hand, the speeohes of Gov. Scott's and
Treasurer Parker's shameless, corrupt
and ignorant defenders are miserably
weak and fall of tho effrontery of men
who are both fools nod knaves.
Lot not Scott, Parker, Chamberlain
and Kimptou think they aro to escape.
Tho minority in the Legislature have
failed. The efforts of Bowen and Whip?
per, aud others, seemingly disposed tc
kill thu ring, have failed. Corruptioc
and bribery have carried the day. Scott
has paid his way ont. But we tell hin
and his co-swindlers, and co-corruption
ists, that neither ho nor they are yet ou
of "tho wilderness." The ministers o
J ?st ice urti upon their tracks. We sum
mon our friends to the work. Whatevei
there is of honest purpose in the Legie
laturu to pursue the ring, we bid it no
despair. The prosperity of South Caro
lina is involved. Under tho presen
regime, there can be no peace, no de
velopment, no good for either the whit
or negro masses. Nor is there an;
doobt os to the result. Wo tell all th
people that the ring cannot, shall not
escape. The spirit that thus speaks wil
be found irresistible. The ring must b
broken. The canse of the people mue
bo made triumphant. If there be no
legal strongth enough in Sooth Carolin
to accomplish the victory, we will go t
New York, to Ohio, and elsewhere, am
bring the O'Couors, the Stanberys am
the Barretts of the North to our dt
fence. We, for one, are iudeed in earn
est; and we keep our eye upon the ol
Tba Amwer and tile Defence of th
As was to be expected, the bomb-she
that foll, yesterday, in and abont th
Council Chamber aud City Hall, prc
duccd no little commotion in the rank
of the "city fathers." The Connoil mc
in spcoial meeting, last evening-Aldei
man Cooper, Goodwyn, Thompson an
Wallace absent; the other moruben
arith Mayor Alexander and the Cit
Attorney, being prosent. We refer tb
reader to their procoediogs. What sha!
wo do about it? This was the questiot
There was one present-tho hero of th
memorial-to suggest a conree of aotioi
See the proceedings-they speak fe
themselves. One thing we observe: Th
Council are congratulating themselvc
that tho law, for the present, falls onl
on Neagle, Allen and Wigg, and that th
other members of the Council are nc
iuvolved. Lot na put this questiot
Did not tho Mayor and all the Aiderme
know that tho City Hall was to cost bt
875,000 or 880,000? When, therefor?
they did all-oxcopting Denny an
Mooney, absent-vote to award tb
contract, to Allen, for 8138,000, did the
not consent to what bore on its faoe tb
marks of fraud? Answer that. No sp?
oial pleading-no mere quibble-n
technicality of the law-will prevent tb
public from looking at this thing just c.
it is. Tho inforonco is-tho faots go t
BIIOW-tiiat the Mayor and all his Com
eil were privy to the secret issue c
the 8250,000 nevon per cout. bonds, an
were privy also to the fraud conneote
with the City Hall. The lawyers er
gaged will hold thu parties responsibl
before tho courts. We arraign them bi
foro Ibo bar of publie opinion, und the
shall not evade a just responsibility, ?
\ the name time, we say, lot them mab
their def once- if defence they have. C
course, tho effort will bo made to dispi
rage the testimony of Messrs, Wnrin
and Johnson, und also tho recent lett?
of tho Architect Parkina. Tho Cit
Council is evidently hard pressed. .Ther
is further trouble ahead for the Counci
We had tho pleasure, recently, <
meeting with H. M. Stokes, Esq., of th
Union Times, who is well known as a
industrious and indefatigably editor an
rho Stat? Ki-IUIat?on? Itobnrt ?J. Shl
T?r, Edward Hop? and lt nf ns O. H tun,
Plaintiffs, ra. th? City ot Columbi?
ku? w???>?5 -- -Iii St i n'''niI?hU,
This ie the pamphlet to which we re?
ferred in oar last issue. Ordered by the
Board of Trade, it made its appearauoe
yesterday. The citizens received it with
much interest. It tells its owu story,
and it shows under what auspices the
city of Columbia is at present. The
evidence shows that it mast have been
well known that the proper contract for
the new Oity Hall was from 075,000 lo
$80,000-must have been well known to
the Mayor and Aldermen, and yet the
building committee recommended that
tho contract be awarded to J. M. Allen
for $188,000! Thia committee consisted
of W. Hotson Wigg, Wm. Simons, L
Smith, W. Mooney, Joe Taylor; and it
appears farther, that, upon motion of
Alderman Minort, the Council unani?
mously awarded the contract for that
sum of $188,000. There was not one
member of the Oity Oounoil to get up
and say "that amount shows a swindle
on its face, and I will not allow the city
to be imposed on." Not one faithful
man among the faithless. On that occa?
sion the Oounoil proceedings show the
following present: Mayor Alexander, Al?
dermen Oooper, Goodwyn, Hoyne, Mi?
nort, Simons, Smith, Taylor, Thomp
son, Wallace and Wigg. Aldermen
Denny and Mooney were absent. Now,
it seem that the Mayor and all the Conn
oil, excepting Denny and Mooney, voter!
to award the contract to Allen foi
$138,000, when every man knew, oi
onght to have known, that the price wai
a swindle. It was farther, on thi<
occasion, that the "riding young'
financier-Alderman Wigg-said, refer
ring to the ways and means of bnildini
the market and Oity Hall: "As to th
ways and means, he wonld state that i
is not the bug-bear some people, wooli
make it appear, as the amount of oas!
on deposit in the bank, to-day, und th
revenue from taxes (and no increase
rate of tax in January) will build bot
the ball and the market. To use a con:
mon expression, the oity was not broke.
This was said, let it be rememberer!
September 12,1871. On A ugusl 21,187J
tbe $250,000 seven per cent, city bone
had been secretly and illegally issnec
About this not a word for the public wi
said on September 12, 1871!
To-morrow brings us tho day whiol
throughout the civilized world, is ossi
oiated at onoe with a commemoratic
that is holy and a joy that is cheerfn
No haman circumstances can affect tl
duty or the philosophy of this comm
morion. Bat not in every oommi
nity, and not in every family circle, ot
Christmas bijng its mirthful joys. Th
State is doubly oppressed. Thestroi
arm of a powerful Government bea
upon*a large portion of the State, and
uplifted to strike, with partisan blin
ness and party zeal. In addition to thi
official corruption sits enthroned in tl
high plaees of our rolers. Robbers i
vade the State Treasury. Under tl
forms of law, and without these fora
the snbBtanoe of the people is waste
and the genius of mis rule and wroi
rales for a time. Furthermore, numb?
of our citizens-and many of them gui
less of any offence whatever-ere
prison, and violated rights and ruin
industries are the fruits with which i
find ourselves confronted on this Ghrii
But we do not despond. If Christin
is the season of sacred memories, it
also suggestive of that faith and tl
hope which remain to every child
earth-seeking not to pierce
"Thoee mysteries which Heaven will not bt
earth to know."
Let ns work on manfully, bravely, ho[
fully; resting ever upon the thoug
that, whatever doth betide us, as im
viduals or communities
"There's a Divinity that ahapea our cudi
Rough hew them how wo will."
We send our greetings for to-morn
morn, and wish our readers a oheerf
thonghtful Christmas day.
They Want tts? Money.
From the proclamation of Edwin
Gary, State Auditor, we are told ti
the taxes mast be paid, or the pena
will follow after January 15th, ne
Thus the faithless Governor goes be
upon his promise to the Tax-paye
Convention. At first, he denied 1
making of that promise. Next, he si
that he siuoe found ont that he had
right to make the promise. Oas thi
is certain, the taxes are wanted. T
Treasury is empty, and the plunder
of the State want nore meat to feed <
They want the money. Of com
A Card-Mr. Parkins* Latter In Halali
to tn? City.
The undersigned, having notioed I
letter o' Mr. Parkins, architect; when
he says that Messrs. Parkins and All
estimate the City Hall work at $8
407.95, desiroB to ssy, in reply, that
takes issue with Messrs. Parkins s
Allen on this point. The undersign
with Mr. Fry, made a careful estima
and allowing a liberal and reasons
compensation for the contractor, we \
the cost of the proposed City Hall
$78,000. Tho ondersigned re-offir
this estimate. Messrs. Parkins a
Allen have not given, according to I
plan? and specifications, a oorreot et
mate, in roy judgment. They say tl
we have an estimate too low. I si
and no doubt Mr. Frv will sustain
when he returns to Columbia, that th
estimate, as published, is, in many of
details, too high. JAMES TROY
The total cost of the post office dept
meet for the last fiscal year was ab<
JE*o o ?t? X w Itoapofc,?,
Om MATTERS.-The price ol lingi?
copi?e of the PHOENIX ia five cents.
Secure tickets in tbe Sooth Carolina
Laud and Immigration Association. D.
Gambrill, Esq., is the agent in Colum?
bi*. There are ? number cf velnable
Ospt. 8. Li. Leapbart, agent of the
Home Insaranoe Company, has fur?
nished us.with copies of their new
calendar, for 1872. It is truly a work of
art. The record for each month is ap?
propriately illustrated with colored pic?
The Post Office will be open to-mor?
row (Ohristmas Day) from G to 6 P. M.
James L. Jamison, th? colored Repre?
sentative from Orangeborg, ba? boen
elected to AU the unexpired term of Se?
nator Oreen, deceased.
To-morrow being Christmas Day, no
paper will be issned from this office
on Tuesday next. Tri-weekly subsorib- Ata
era will be fnrnished with to-day's daily, v*1
Oar streets were thronged with coun?
try people, yesterday-principally oo
lor?d. Christmas ia the general jollifica?
tion time, and no one knows how to
appreciate it better than Sambo.
BEXtlOIOOB 8 KU viona THIS DAY.-Tri?
nity Church-Kev. P. J. Shand, D. D"
Rector, ll A. M. and 4 P. M.
St. Peter's Church-Rev. Franois R.
Jacqnemet, 1st Mass, 7 A. M. ; 2d Mass,
10>?. Afternoon Service 4 P. Bf.
Lutheran Church-Rev. A. R. Rade.
10 ^ A. M.
Presbyterian Church-Rev. Jos. R.
Wilson, 10?? A. M. and 7 P. M.
Washington Street Church-Rev. J.
W. Kelly, 10>? A. M.; Sanday-sohool
Meeting, 8>? P. M.
Marion Street Church-Hov. W. T.
Capers, 10>? A. M. Rev. John W. Kelly.
7 P. M.
Baptist Church-Rev. J. Lt. Reynolds,
10& A. M.
UNITED ST AT BS CODBT-SATURDAY, DE
i oKMBEB 23.-The court met at ll A. M..
to receive the verdict of the jory. Pre?
sent-hie Honor Judge Hugh L. Bond.
The jury returned a verdict of -guilty
against Thomas xs. Whiteside* and John
W. Mitchell, under the first and third
counts of the indictment. The first
count contained a charge of general con?
spiracy to hinder aud prevent divera
malo citizens, of African descent, from
the free exercise of the right of voting,
at an election to be held on the third
Wednesday of October, 1872. The third
charges a special conspiracy against
Charles Leach, (colored.) to hinder and
prevent his voting at the same election.
The defenoe moved for a new trial and
in arrest of judgment.
Mr. Corbin submitted an order that
the defendants be turned over to the
custody of the Marshal, to await the
sentence of the court.
The court then adjourned to Wednes?
day next, at ll o'clock.
LIST OF NSW ADVERTISEMENTS.
Thoa. Do du tn ead-Notice.
Edwin F. Gary-Taxes.
Howard Association-Special Notice.
Statement Carolina National Bank.
A. Y. Lee-Strawberry Plants. "
D. O Peixotto & Son-Auction Sales.
Struns St Bro.-Announcement.
M A NOVA o ru in NO ENTBBPBIBE IE CHAUI.EB
TON -Charleston is fast becoming a manu?
facturing as weil as a commercial city. Tho
largest manufactory of doors, sashes, blinds.
Jto., iu. the .Southern Stat?-? ia that of . Mr. P.
P. Toji.K, ou ilorlbeck'a Wharf, in that city,
sale* rooms at No. 20 Hayno street. Mr.
TOA i.K'S advertisement appears in another
column. Nov 21
OFFICIAL RAFFLE NUMB EBB Charleston Chari?
table Association, for benefit Free School fund :
RAFFLE CLASS No. 262 -Morning, December 23.
0 1-33-67 76-12-13-5-49-23-68-58
Witness my band at Charleston, this 22d day
of Doeembor. 1871. FENN PECK.
Deo 24 Sworn Commissioner.
On the 10th instant, at the residence of the
bride's mother, bv tho Rev. J. L. Reynolds,
Mr. J. H. QAY, of Goldsboro, N. 0., to Miss
SALLIE A. SMITH, youngest daughter of the
late P. B. Smith, or Columbia, S. C. No carda.
On the evening of the ^Oth inatant, by the
Rev. Wm. T Oapera, Mr. W. E. HARTH to
Miaa GARRIE WATSON, both or thia city.
Plant Strawberries How. !
5I^\i^\f\ WILLSON ALBANY PLANTS,
. ready to deliver to those,
that have applied. ALEX. Y. LEE,
Corner Sumter and Blanding streets.
Dec 24 _ __ fl
G. AND C. RAILROAD.
COLUMBIA, 8. C., December.23,1871.
THE F roi gbt Depot at Colombia will be
closed on MOM DAY, the 25th inatant,
Christmas Day. THUS. DODAMEAD,
_ Deo 24JL _ General Superintendent.
All Beady for the Cook.
yi1Bft| A CONSIGNMENT or TURKEYS
WHdL and Fowls. Eggs and Butter, jost
' _ZL_^?rcooivod and for salo cheap. Apply
at my auction room. JACOB LEVIN.
OF oboice stock and true to name. Every
variety of selected GARDEN, FIELD and
FLOWER SEEDS. Having ovar 200 aores de?
voted te seed growing, all wanting pure seeds
direot from the grower should send their or?
ders direct to ns. Descriptive Catalogues and
Price List furniabed on application.
COLLINS, DOWNS & CO.,
lill and 1113 Market st., Philadelphia, Pa.
Seed rarma near Ha?donfield, N. J.
N. B.-Trade s-inplied on liberal terms.
?A BOXES layer RAISINS, 2,000 large
\JVJ Florida Orangos, 50 oases imported
Champagne,new Currants and Citron, Eng?
lish Pickles and Picoalily, Edam and E. D.
Obeose, 100 boxes Fire Craoksrs and Torpe-.
does, Champagne. Cidor, Jamaica BumA
Otard Brandy, Palo Sherry and Madeira
Wines, Smyrna Figs, Sultana Baisins,
Almonds. Pecan and Brazil Nuts, and every?
thing else good and frosh. E. HOPE.
LARGE AND FINE STOCK OF
On Salo at
W. K.GREENFIELD'S REPOSITORY.
THE Buggy stock embraces everything,
from the plain, substantial Concord stylo
to a light, elegant trotting boggy. Pour
paaaenner vehicles In large variety, including
Brownells, Rockaways, Photons, Victorian,
and a new style of four-seat Buggy. This
stock is all fresh from the factories, ls of the
latest deaign, and, not ieaat important, is
being sold at very low prioes._Deo 20