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COLUMBIA. 8. C.
Frilay Morning, February 9.1872.
Mr. Chamberlain and tne ?partaabarg;
snd Union Railroad.
We have delayed to notice lue letter
of Mr. Attorney-General Chamberlain
in reply to an article of oura of Sunday
last, not from a disinclination, as the
ring organ would insinuate, to correct
any misstatements we may have made;
for we are aware of none that the article
in question contained, nor does Mr.
Chamberlain himself allege or complain
of any. Our delay is attributable to
causea unconnected with the lotter, und
of no public concern.
That which has elicited a response
from the gentleman, who is so wont to
claim a refuge in his "pride of personal
. character," when his official oonduot or
misconduct subj ec ta him to the indig?
nant condemnation of the public, waa
our effort to fasten upon him in particu?
lar the responsibility for the loss that
the State might incur by reason of the
sale of the Spartanburg and Union Bail
road, under proceedings instituted by
him as attorney for the State. Mr.
Chamberlain's letter sounds well enough,
and is worthy of the ingenious sophistry
of the man that "pulled the wool" over
even Reverdy Johnson's sharp eyes, but
he hus failed ia this instance to make
ont his case to the satisfaction of our?
selves, and the publia, to whom he pro?
posed to submit his justification.
The relation of Mr. Chamberlain to
the State is that of attorney to client,
and in the .transaction of the State's
business, he is invested with the eame
powers, owes the sumo duty, and is re?
sponsible, to the same extent, for the
protection of interests that are entrusted
to his charge as any legal advisor woald
be to his private client. We "respect?
fully submit" to him whether that is not
a fair and just assumption. Now, be
claims that he was not charged with any
other and further duty in the matter of the
Spartanburg and Union Railroad than
"to enforce the rights of the State under
the statutory mortgage," and that ho
could not reasonably or justly be ex?
pected to do anything more than to bring
tho road to sale. What earnest and
honorable practitioner woold deem that
he had filled tho measure of his obliga?
tion to his client, in asimilar COBO to this,
when he had simply teaoj Bred judgment,
issued execution and brought the pro?
perty to sale? Would he withhold his
further advice and counsel? and in the
event that his client was incapacitated to
act for himself, as was the State here, or
ignorant of the dangers that attended
the sale, would he take no Bteps to
advise him of his peril, and to instruct
him as to the means by wbioh his losses
might be avoided or mitigated? Mr.
Chamberlain may have complied with
the strict letter of the special Aot au?
thorizing and requiring him to bring the
road to sale, but he has failed to do hie
whole duty, and even to effect thc
ostensible purpose for which tho Aot wat
The Act, by its title, purports to pro?
vide for the protection of the intereBti
of the State in certain railroads. TheL
we should feel under obligations to thc
astute Mr. Chamberlain, if he will ebon
ns in what way the State has been bene?
fited, or her interests protected, by thc
sale of the Spartanburg and Union Rail
road, fora sum far beneath its value,
and several hundred thousand dol?an
short of tho liability of the State, a?
endorser upon its bonds.
Mr. Attorney-General says, that th<
expediency of the sale, the sufficiency o
the purchaso money to cover the liabili
ty of the sale, &c, were mattera will
which he bad nothing more to do thai
any other citizen of the State. That ii
nonsence, if the learned Mr. Chamber?
lain did say it. He was the attorney o
the State; he is to receive a special fe?
for his services in tho particular case
He instituted proceedings, procured thi
order of reference and sale, and doubt
less fixed the time, when, and termB upoi
T?h?oh the sale should be made, and cor
tainly had the fullest means of knowing
what was requisite, not nominally, hu
really to save the State from loss.
The public were, indeed, advortise.il o
the pending sale of the road, but only
very few, if any, knew in whut way or t
what extent the interests of tho Stat
would be effected. It was Mt*. Chamber
Iain's place, at least, to have notified th
Legislature officially of tho danger im
pending, and not to stand quietly by a
he did and neo our already impovciiabe
State mulcted to the tune of $200,000 i
a transaction with which ho, of all th
State officials, is oh i eil y concerned. \V
understand that Messrs. Worthington ,
Co., the purchasers of tho road, hav
already been offered $250,000 for the:
bargain. This would bu more thu
enough to cover the liability of tho Slati
and had the least effort heed mudo b
the State official*. and thia effort a word
of warning and suggestion by the State's
attorney might have induced them io
make, .the proceeds of the sale would, in
all probability, have amounted to $800,
000 instead of $460,000.
Mr. Chamberlain is correct in bis be?
lief that the PHOBNIX, under its present
management, does not intond to do
wanton injustice to any man. Whilo
unswerving in onr advocacy of tho right
as we conceive it, and firm and unflinch?
ing in out exposure of public frauds and
official misoondnot, we shall strive to be
discriminating and jost, and to add
the foreo of troth to the severity of our
NEWSPAPER CU ANO KS.-The Greenville
Enterprise, formerly under the editorial
management of Col. G. F. Townes, will
hereafter be edited entirely by John C.
Bailey, Esq. The following card is ex?
planatory of Col. Townes' retirement:
The news matters and advertisements
havo for some time past precluded the
senior editor from occupying any con?
siderable space in the Enterprise. For
this and othei reasons he retires from
the position he has occupied.
Mr. T, A. Hayden has leased the
Greenville Mountaineer, and will associ?
ate with him, in its future conduct, his
brother, Mr. W. A. Hayden. An en?
largement of the paper is promised on
or before the 1st of May next. Messrs.
G. E. Elford and G. G. Wells, its for?
mer editors, will bo continued in con?
nection with thc Mountaineer us asso?
MB. EDiTon: It is generally under?
stood (and the information comes from
the officers of the company) that the
business of the Greenville and Columbia
Railroad, for tho last year, was larger
than the average business heretofore.
Query:' Why bas net the interest on the
bonds of tho company, duo first January
last, been paid? Many bond-holders
would like to know, and they hope it will
not be necessary to press this inquiry
any farther. JUSTIOE.
-r?.* * *.
CLAIMS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.
The following is the bill limiting the
time within whroo . olaims against tho
Government may-be presented and pro?
secuted, which was Introduced in the
House of Representatives on Monday,
by Mr. Poland,'of Vermont:
SECTION I. That all suits and actions
against tho United States shall, if found?
ed upon nay contract or obligation under
seal, be commenced within eight years
after the right of action shall accrue;
and, if founded npon con tracts not under
seal, cither expressed or implied, within
six years after the right of notion shall
aoorue; nud the same limitation shall ap?
ply to any claim against the Government
presented for allowance in any of the de?
partments: Provided, That all claims
now existing against tho Government
may be prosecuted und presented for
allowance Within two years after the pas?
sage of this Act: And, further provided.
That if any person to whom such right
or cause of action shall accrue, shall at
the time bo a minor, femme covert, or
insane, the time above mentioned shall
be computed from the removal of such
SEO. 2. That no suitor aotion brought
to recover for any sum of money hereto?
fore paid to satisfy any tax imposed
nndor the laws and authority of the
United States, shall be maintained, un?
less brought within two years from the
Eassage of this Aot, and no suit or aotion
roaght to reoover back such taxes here?
after paid, shall be maintained, unless
brought within two years after such pay?
ment shall be made; and all claims for
the refunding of such taxes made to thu
Seoretory of the Treasury or the Com?
missioner of Iuternal Bevenue, shall be
presented within the same time.
DISASTROUS FIRE AT SMITHVILLE, N. C.
We learn from the Wilmington Journal
that a disastrous fire occurred at Smith?
ville, on Tuesday moruing, the Gth inst.,
involviug a heavy los? to tho sufferers.
The following aro the particulars, as
published iu tho Journal:
Yestcrduy morning (Tuesday) about
daybreak, llame? 'were discovered issuing
from the second story of a house owned
by Dr. Li. Frink, and adjoining his resi?
dence, but occupied by another family,
and very soon the whole was in llames.
Tho fire rapidly communicated to the
dwelling occupied by Dr. Frink, also his
property, which was bumed. From this
house the flames spread to Capt. C. C.
Moss' residence, next North of Dr.
Frink's, which was OIHO destroyed. The
citizens turned ont in force, and every
endeavor was made to arrest the progiess
of the flames, but without avail, until
the three houses abovo mentioned had
been burned. Dr. Frink's los? is esti?
mated at 88,000, on which there was an
iusuranoe of $5,000 in the Homo Insur?
ance Company of New Stork. Capt.
Moss was insured in the Union Company
of San Frauoieco to the amount of
$4,000, his loss being estimated at $5,000.
The dwelling of Dr. W. G. Cartis was
also damaged by the flames, and some of
his out-houses burned. His loss is1
placed at $1,000. Two other houses, oc?
cupied by Mrs. Ellis and Mrs. rotter,
took fire, but were saved, slightly du
magert, through the exertions of tho
oitizous. Tho origin of the fire is as yet
A South Norwalk (Connecticut) man
atolo a handsome Bible to gladden tho
heart of his aged mother on Christmas,
but becoming impressed with tho enor?
mity of the offenco, stolo another to re
... LEGISLATIVE JPUOCIUSm F GS,
COLUMBIA, FBBBUABY 8, 1872.
Tho Senate met at 12 M., President
Banaler in the Chair.
Mr. Maxwell introduced a joint reso?
lution to authorize the payment of oom
missioners und managen of oleotioua at
special elections daring the year 1871.
Mr. Wbittemore-Bill to provide for
speoiul elections and the manner of con?
ducting the same.
Mr. Bieman-To incorporate the Jour?
neymen Mochamos* Union of Charles?
Mr. Arnim-Joint resolution to Inves?
tigate the sale of the Spartanburg and
The following bills were passed: To
incorporate the Wallingford Church und
Academy of Charleston; to incorporate
the Springfield Baptist Church in Green?
ville; to provide the manner for obtain?
ing the right of way where lands are
surrounded by other lands.
The enacting o?anse of a bill to incor?
porate the Pawnbroking Company of the
city of Charleston was atrioken ont.
A number of bills passed to a third
At \)<2 o'clock, the Senate adjourned
Until to-morrow, at 12 M.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
The House met at ll A. M., Speaker
Moses in the Chair.
A number of reports on bills and ac?
counts, were submitted. Laid over.
A Senate Bill to amend an Act entitled
"An Aot providing for the general elec?
tions, and the manner of conducting the
same," being unfinished business, was
taken up and submitted to the Commit
tee on Elections.
Tho following billa were read the third
time and passed : Bills to require tho
County Commissioners of Barnwell to
build u jail ut Blackville ; to create a
board of oxaminers and define their du?
ties; to require the Treasurer, and Comp?
troller-General to perform certain duties;
to uuthorize the formation and incorpo?
rating the Spartanburg und Aiken Rail?
Mr. Dennis introduced bills relative to
the bonds of the State of South Caroli?
na; relative to the Financial Agent, of the
Stute of South Carolina, residing in the
city of New York.
Mr. Sellers-To incorporate the Green?
wood Cemetery Company; to regulate
peddling in this State.
Mr. C. D. Hay ne-To amend an Aot
entitled "An Act to create a new judicial
ned election Connty, known as Aikeu
Mr. A. Smith-To incorporate the Sa?
lem Presbyterian Church on Wadmulaw
Island; to authorize and compel Couuty
Treasurers to receive Couuty checks in
payment of taxes.
Mr. Lee-To amend an Act entitled
"An Act in relation to the keeping up
and repairing of publia highways."
The .Senate sent to the House for con?
currence, resolutions submsttod by Mr.
Corbin tm yesterday, relative to the
United States Courts, which were read
and referred to the Judiciary Committee.
A message was received from his Ex?
cellency the Governor, submitting the
report of the State Auditor relativo to
the sule of the Spartanburg and Union
Railroad. Referred to the Committee on
Mr. Moore-To authorize the Clerk of
the Court for Fairfield County to dispose
of a certain tract of land containing 200
Mr. Bosemon-To charter the Grand
Lodge of Ancient Free Masons in South
Joint resolution to require the State
Auditor to remit oertain taxes paid by
the South Carolina Life and Tontine In?
Mr. Bass-Bill to incorporate the town
of Mini?la, in Horry County.
Mr. Giles-To amend an Aot eutitled
"An Act for the construction of, and
keeping up public roads and highways."
Mr. Jamison-To make appropriation
for tho payment of the per diem and
mileage of the members of the General
Assembly and subordinate officors and
Mr. S. B. Thompson-To empower
the Columbia Water Powor Company to
build a dam across the Congnree, at or
The calondur was gone through with,
and u largo number of bills wero read
tho second time, and ordered to be on
grossed for a third reading.
A bill to authorize tho Mayor aud
Aldermen of tho city of Columbia to
issue bonds, and negotiate and sell the
same, was made the special order for to?
morrow at 1 o'clock.
At 5 P. M., the House adjourned until
12 M. to-morrow.
Tho Supreme Court of tho United
States maintained in a case decided last
Monday that tho power of the President
to pardon all offences against the Fede?
ral Government?B full and absolute, and
that Congress has no power to interfere
with the exercise of that prerogative.
The will of the President, therefore, is
all that stands in tho way of goner? 1 am?
nesty. But to look for such an act of
clemency-not to say statesmanship
from Gon. Grant, would be, indeed, ex?
ceedingly simple and absurd. Still, in
refusing to exercise the power now
affirmed to him, he places himself on
record as opposed to the measure. But
will tho people sustain him in his hatred
Another defalcation has been deve?
loped in connection with the pension
bureau, involving the abstraction of a
sum variously estimated, but which will
probably roach fully $10,000, if not
moro. Mr. William T. Collins, the
United States pension agent for the
District of Columbia, and editor of the
Urand Army Journal, is the principal in
tho transaction, and it is supposed that
tho money for whioh he has been
brought to bool has beon sunk in that
Maj. Joseph S. Bos.surd, of Sumter,
died lust wonk.
. SAKOTXXZ OP THH BALLOT-BOX.-There
is more in the conduct of recent elections
in the United Staves to or?ate alarm for
free institutions titan can ba found in
(he revolutionary enactments of Con?
gress or the usurpations of tho Presi?
dent. Bad laws are not always executed
in their rigor, and oven a daring and
ambitious President may be made to
pause under the indignant frown of an
outraged people. But corruption ut thu
ballot-box is thc fruitful source of all
political evils. There are no waters so
bitter that they canuot flow from that
fountain, It is treason to liberty umong
the' people themselves, and the moral
senBe of the nation moBt be roused
in order to oheok and eradicate the evil.
The recklessness and perfect despera?
tion in tho management of elections
under the rule of Radicalism, is without
an approach to a parallel in all our
history. The evil has not only been
tolerated, but has actually become part
aud parcel of tho policy of that party.
No election bill is passed by a Radical
Congress or Legislature that is not de?
signed to exclude the people from a fair
hearing at the polls. It seems to be tho
determination to hold on to power,
rightfully or wrongfully, whether the
people desire it or not. Indeed, we have
only the empty forms of popular institu?
tions left. Political managers control
both the elections and the uovern tuent.
It was openly announced the other day
in the Senate, in support of the House
bill of apportionment, that it would give
the Radicals so many more Representa?
tives than they would get under a fair
law by which tho pcoplo would be repre?
sented ucoording to numbers. Such
questions as constitutionality, right, tho
welfare of thu country, aro never inquired
into or put in isnue ou tho pnssoge of any
How long can this Government last
under such a total abandonment of tho
vital principien upon which it was found?
ed? Tho freedom and purity of the
ballot-box is thu very essence of Repub?
lican liberty. There can be no free go?
vernment without it, and we mu it make
up oar mind to check corruption or go
igto anarchy or despotism.
How shall it be done? The first stop
is stringent laws agaiust illegal voting,
aud their rigid enforcement. We have
always thought the penalty provided by
law for this crime bore no proportion to
its magnitude It has got to be one of
such common occurrence, that the popu?
lar mind hus lost its keen sense of its
enormity. When we recollect than an
illegal vote, knowingly cast, is an attack
npou free popular government and moral
treason to one's oonntry, it is clear that
the penalty cannot well be too severe.
Tho offender, if not actually deserving
of death, should be imprisoned for at
least twenty years, and deprived of the
franchise for life. The evil is one that
calls for exemplary punishment-like the
severe enactment o? England against
forgery, which, executed upon a distin?
guished offender, bas suppressed tho
crime in that kingdom for more than 100
years. It is only in this way that the
publio mind can be awakened to the real
heinousness of the offence, and bad men
deterred from ita commission. We have
several more important elections ap?
proaching, and we hope to soe the State
of Georgi* inaugurate a new code that
will effectually eradicate the crime from
her borders, and by its salutary effects
chalScngo the admiration of her sister
States. The law cannot be mado too
strong, nor the penalty too terrible.
A RADICAL ORGAN'S OPINION.-The
New York ?'M?I thinks "it is obvious to
those capable of understanding the drift
of public sentiment, that for two or
three years past, Republicans have dif?
fered on national questions of great mo?
ment, and that these differences have
growu wider day by day, until a large
section of the party now agrees moro
closely with the great body of the De?
mocracy than with their old associates
upon tho living issues which ought to
coutrol the next Presidential election."
If tliis bo true, it is rather ominous
for Grant. It depends altogether, how?
ever, upon //oto "largo" that "seotion" is
that now agrees more closely with the
Democracy than with tho Radicals. The
primary meetings preliminary to the ap?
pointment of delegates to the Cincinnati
May Convention will throw some light
on tho subject. We suggest that thc
Sun try its hand at marshaling tho clan
of Democratic Ropublicaus in thc city
of New York.
AKOTIIBR Bia ?RADICAL LEAK.-Tho
Washington Patriot soys: "It hus boen
stated for some time, upon what we re?
garded as reliable information, that there
has been that astounding mal-admiuis
tratiou in the Pension Cilice which, if
thoroughly investigated oy a select com?
mittee of Congress, with open doors and
free to all who had information to give,
would prove, (what Mr. Garfield thinks
it best to admit at this late day,) namely,
a situation or condition of frauds there,
by which seven or eight millions of dol
lurs aro lost yearly to the poople; and of
course this condition has existed several
yours, and tho aggregate of kiss is not
less than 850,000,000."
BADLY BURNED.-On Sunday morning
last, while Mrs. Robecoa Seohrest, a
widow ludy, in tho service of Rev. Mr.
Johnson, of this placo, was enguged in
making a fire in the cooking-stove, her
clothing became ignited, und before as?
sistance could reach her, she was soverely
burned. - Yorkcille Enquirer.
Tho County jail of Davidson County.
N. C., was burnt on Tuesday night of
lust week, by ono of tho prisoners, who
set tire to it with a view to making his
escapo. AU the inmutes of the p.ison
were rescued from thc flames, and sent
to Salisbury for imprisonment.
A Western Indy has "broken in" her
husband thoroughly. Ho can now carry
tho baby, rock tho cradle, und make vory
THK AB?AUIIT OM G KN. MAUBY BY A
RAILROAD CoNDUCTon.-The Memphis
Appeal, ot the 2d inst., contains the fol?
lowing particulars of the assault on Qen.
Maury by a conductor on the Chattanoo?
ga and Memphis Railroad, which was
briefly muutiobed in our telegraphic de?
Ou Weduesday night, as the train for
Memphis was lenviug Chattanooga, Gi.-u.
Dabuey H. Maury, the well known de?
fender of Mobile, stopped into tho Pull?
man sloopiug cur utid took u seat. Boe?
ing Mr. Trice, tho oonduotor, hu asked
him if this (the oar) was n "Northern
concern." To thia Trice responded that
it was known as a Son thorn Pullman car,
but was owned by a Northern company.
Gen. Maury then asked Trice his name,
and, ou being answered, picked up his
carpet-sack and left for the ladies car.
Here, as Trice was informed by a brakes?
man, Qen. Maury indulged in some re?
marks about him, making threats of a
summary charaoter. Trice, upon bear?
ing this, made up his mind to inquire
into it, and was ubout leaving his own
for tho ladies' car fortbat purpose, when
Gen. Maury made his appearance, and
addressing him (Trice) asked: "Are you
tho mun who circulated tboso lies about
Mr. Davis?" To which Trice responded:
"I um the man who told what you refer
to." To this Gou. Maury responded,
stopping back and putting his hand du
his hip: "You aro a d-d lying sou of a
-." Whereupon Trice seized Gen.
Maury by the arm to prevent him, as hs
anya, from shooting, knocked him down,
arid Roiziug i large poker near his hand
struck Gen. M. on tho head every time
ho uttempted to get up (perhaps six or
seven timos) until ho became senseless
from tho repetition of the blows. By
this time tho curs were iu motion, there?
fore th? authorities could not intervene.
Gem. M. wns taken charge of by tho em?
ployees of tho train until Huntsville was
reached, whore he waa put off to receive
A fuuny story comes from Columbus,
Guorgiu, which may have its moral. It
appears that Columbus hus a dark and
gloomy bridge, and dire stories of Ku
Klux outrages are connected with ita
mid-night history. A certain Radical of
tho city, belated on one Bide of the
river, was obliged to pass through this
bridgo to reach his home, and there was
nothing for it but he must brave ita un
kuo wu dangers. Slipping cautiously and
quietly nlong under protection of the
shadow, ho reached its centre. It so
huppeued that a negro, who had stoleu a
plank on the other side, was likewiae
cautiously fooling his way over the
bridge, and just in tho darkest part the
stolen plunk struck the timid Cauaasian
full in the faoe, knocking him down.
Hu arose and fled one wuy. swearing to
inquiring friends that the Ku Klux had
assaulted him, and that he only esoaped
with his life. The negro dropped his
plank and made n clean shoot for thc
other side, reporting that the Ku Klux
had met him on the bridge, robbed him
and maltreated him in the most fearful
manner. A fortunate accident, ,dis
covering thu facts, only prevented the
two cases from being lifted to tho
dignity of first class Ku Klux sensa?
GIN-HOUSE BURNED.-The Soulhern
Home, published at Charlotte, N. C.,
We regret to learn that the gin-honse
of Mt. Thomas 8. Cooper, in Steel
Creek, was burnt, with fifteen bags of
cotton, on the 29th ult. No insurance.
This fiendish deed was the work of in?
cendiaries. A handsome reward will be
given for tho conviction of tho loyalists
who perpetrated the foul crime. The
loss of Mr. Cooper is estimated at $2,500.
He is a most estimable gentlomnu, and
we sympathise with him in his affliction.
Largo envelopes issuing from the
office of the Comptroller of the Cur?
rency and stamped "official business"
are now burdening the mails, under the
frank of Mr. Hulburd, the Comptroller
of the Currency. They contain copies
of a Republican journal in which an
article puffing the administration in
general, und President Grant in particu?
lar, is commended to the attention of
thu recipients by heavily marked blue
pencil lines. Is this un abuse of the
franking privilege, or is it not? Is the
distribution of partisan puffs of Grant
the work for which the Currency De?
partment was created?
Low PitiCE FOU REAL ESTATE IN MA?
M?N.-The Marion Crescent, ot tho 7th
instant, says: Monday last being sale
day, tho Sheriff sold a large quantity of
laud at figures so Iowas to be discourag?
ing. Oue tract, worth, it ia said, $600,
brought but $15, and other traota wore
sold ut almost nominal figures. There
se tun od to bo a great many people pre?
sent, and we can give no reason for the
change in the real estate market.
Sammy Swan, aged about thirteen, an
interesting little son of Capt. Swan, an
engineer on the North Carolina Railroad,
came to his death at Company Shops,
lust week, by pretending to swallow a
small pen-kuifo after the- manner of
sleight-of-hand performers. He dropped
tho knife into his mouth, when it slipped
down his throat, causing death in a few
ACCIDENTALLY KILLED.-The German
sailor who was wounded, in Charleston,
cn Tuesday morning, by the fall of a
steno from a ballast tub, revived a little
in tho afternoon, but died during the
uight. Coroner Taft hold an inquest on
tho body, and, after a full hearing of the
cuso, tho jury found a verdict of acci?
An exchange says that tho doctors in
Salem have got up a corner on small-pox,
and vaccination has advanced to $2 au
A Norwegiau in Ocouomonoo has
such big feet that ho is forced to pull his
boots ou over Iiis head.
Ss O O ?t l T ?* ? tacra.
CITT MATTERS.-The price o? single
oopies o? the PHCENIX is five cents.
Mr. John Kyle, a resident o? Laurens,
bat for many years a highly appreciated
citizen of Colnmbin, departed this life a
few days ago. He was an upright man,
aud a member of the Presbyterian
Tho iuquuMt before Coroner Ooloman,
io tho caso of the woman ?apposed to
have been murdered near Jackson Greek
Church, was adjourned nntil Monday
next at the place before mentioned.
Might before lost, after Mr. James
Campbell bad left his store for the night,
a neighbor passed by, and noticed thai
a stick of wood had rolled from tbe fire
on the floor, and securing an entrance
and assistance, succeeded in preventing
Oar exchanges complain greatly of
maddy streets. It may be a consolation
to our citizens to know their misery has
Next Wednesday will be St. Valen?
tino's Day. Messrs. Daffie & Chapman
and Bryan & McCarter have on exhibi?
tion (of courso, for sale,) a large assort?
ment of both sentimental, and corni o
valentines, from the cheapest to the
COURT OF GENERAL SESSIONS-Febru- .
ary S. 1872.-The court met at 10 A. M.,
Judge Melton presidiug.
The caso of the State vs. W. W. Samp?
son, for forgery, was resumed. After
thu examination of several witnesses,
and arguments by Solioitor Barnwell for
tho S tuto nnd C. D. Melton, Esq., for
tho defence, the jury were charged by
his Honor. The jury retired, and had
not roturned into court up to 4 o'clock,
wheu the oonrt adjourned until to-mor?
row, ot 10 o'clock.
MAIL ARRANGEMENTS.-The Northern
mail opens at 3.00 P. M.; closes 7.15
A. M. Charleston day mail opens 4.00
P. M.; closes 6.00 A. M. Charleston
night mail opens C. 30 A. M.; closes 6.00
P. M. Greenville mail opens 6.45 P.
M. ; closes 6.00 A. M. Western mail
oponsO.OOA. M.; closes 1.30 P. M. On
Sunday office open from 3 to 4 P. M.
MARDI GRAS.-A number of onr good
citizens took their deportare, yesterday,
for the Crescent City, to witness the
gayeties and festivities on Shrove Tues?
day preceding the Lenten season, which
begins on next Wednesday-being Ash
Wednesday. Mardi Gras dosing, as it
does, the carnival, the people completely
abandon business, and give themselves
entirely up to fan and frolic.
Among those who left Columbia brim
fall of expectations of jollity and. sight?
seeing, we mention tho proprietor of the
PHONIX and two of our "swifts." We
wish them a happy time and a safe re?
DRAMATIC DELINEATIONS.-Mr. Neil
Warner and Miss Grace Rawlinson will
give selections from the poets, ia Irwin's
Hall, this evening. The press, in every
oity where these entertainments have
been given, speak in high terms of them,
and we folly believe that no amusement
om be attended with greater benefit to
the jpatrons than the dramatic delinea?
tions offered by Mr. Warner. Mr. W.
has a reputation that needs no addition
from us. The English tragedian is
known all over America. We hope that
the weather will permit a large attend?
ance, as Mr. W. has been in oar city
several days, trying to accommodate its
PHCBNIXANA.-Old meu for counsel,
young men for war.
The charity which longs to publish
itself ceases to be charity.
Danger should bo feared when distant
and braved when present.
Proferred creditors-Those who don't
What in tho proper age for a parson?
The parsonage, of course.
A man who is not nshamcd of himself
need not be ashamed of his carly condi?
tion in life.
The ladies have not been accused of
forming "rings," bnt they all delight
in getting their fingers into (wedding)
Colfax's retirement from public life
means that he is willing to continue to
"ride behind" until the 4th oi Maroo,
1873; bat then he wonld like to take
the saddle for a spell.
A new style of handkerchief ring hos
a ohain with a small gold bird attached,
which holds the handkerchief in its bill.
LIST OP NEW ADVERTISEMENTS.
W. H. Wigg-Wanted.
A young mau by tho name of John?
son has boon arrested in Pittsburg for
perpetrating a now "dodge." Ho fast?
ened bristles on tho tail of a rat and sold
him for a squirrel.
"Your dress," said a husband to his
fashionable wife, "will never ploase the
mon." "I don't dress to please men,"
wns the reply, "but to worry the* wo?