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COLUMBIA, S. C.
Friday Morning, Arpril 2,1876.
The Union-Herald's Little Joke.
Our contemporary of this city edified
its readers, yesterday, with a dissert a tion
npon the slight effect that the devasta?
tion and injuries of war produce upon a
Stuto. They play the mischief with in?
dividuals, it admits, but asserts, nt the
same time, that they "disturb the com?
monwealth very little." The people of
the State were informed tlint in addition
to the benefits of liberty which the co?
lored people enjoy, tho white people arc
now far more prosperous, and are in a
fur better financial condition than they
were in before the war; that they own
more property, and guin more money,
&c The distinction between tho citi?
zens who compose the State and the
State itself, between the whole and its
parts, is of a pieco with the restriction of
the view to only war injuries, and the
convenient overlooking of those greater
wrongs and hurts which have been in?
flicted since ita nominal close. We could
but wonder a little at the editorial facility
in looking away from or not remember?
ing the more than $200,000,000 of debt
added to the Southern States tinder car?
pet-bag rule, the repudiation of honest
debt, the commission of frnud against
the creditors under the false guise of ne?
cessity, and the barring out of useful
population by governments which are
but little better than organized robber
bands. Our indignation began to kindle
as we thought of the swindles, whose
name is legion, wbich have been perpe?
trated here, and then looked at this
sweot-tempered, concur dc rose and pa?
tronizing article. We were reminded of
"Honest" John Patterson, and his plea?
sant remark' about how much more
"squeezing" South Carolina could stand.
Ahal we smoU a rat. If we can.be made
to thmk that wo are prosperous and con?
tented, if we ore gaining money, then,
perhaps, we can be crammed with the
idea that a two per. cent tax is a slight
thing,' even though it be largely appro?
priated to pay bogus claims, deficiencies
that ought not to exist, and expenses
passing under the name of "sundries,"
olios swindles. From these harsh
thoughts, from these unkind conclu?
sion's, we were recalled by noticing the
date of our contemporary's article. It
was April 1. So we knew it was only a
joke. Very good, very good. But don't
repeat it on any other day.
Time was, a year or two back, when
the tax-payers would have drawn some
small consolation from the reasonable
certainty that their money, raised' by tax?
ation, would be faithfully applied to the
purposes for which it was demanded.
With the improvement of this certainty,
by means of the specific tax levy, comes
the unpleasantness that the objects to
which much of the money is to go, are
not suoh as can be approved. They are
legalized frauds, in tho shape of defi?
ciencies, claims, excesses and extrava?
gance. They also shroud other deficien?
cies in their bosom. There is nothing
about the supply bill which can console
for its enormous exactions. We trust,
sincerely, that the Governor will put an?
other of his stinging vetoes to it; or, if
there is a law which wlil allow him to
discriminate between the sections of an
Act, at least to severnl of the unrighteous
impositions which it makes upon the
people. The falsehood of pretending
that we can't pay honest debts, while wc
raise such vast sums, and for such ob?
jects, is one that will and ought to rc-nct
upon our credit For ourselves, we would
not give the snap of a finger for any re?
form which does not let the people's
money alone. They can afford to paj'
nothing more than legitimate and neces?
sary expenses, and the interest on the
Affairs on the Mexican border in Texas
seem to be in a deplorable plight Bands
of cattle thieves come over from Mexico
at pleasure, kill and capture citizens,
drive off their stock, and bid defiance to
successful pursuit. It is rumored that
they have lately cleared out a company or
two of negro troops stationed at San Luis,
on the Bio Grande, and it is apparent
that the banditti are determined, if pos?
sible, to possess both sides of the river
for tho facilitation of their raids. In the
raid near Corpus Christi, last week, the
Mexicans earned off Judge Gilpin and a
large number of other Anericans, includ?
ing two women, burned the Nuecespost
offloe and captured a mail rider. They
were pursued and all except four of tho
captives escaped, alter,having a running
a(hi, in which two Americans and one
exioan were killed. The attention of
the Mexican Minister at Washing?
ton has been called to the mat?
ter, but nothing is expected to come
of this. Instructions, however, will be
sent to tho General - commanding the
department, and perhaps we may soon
hear of another McKenzie dash into
Mexiosn territory; nor is a general bor?
der warfare at au improbable.
In a space of ten years, not less than
2,000,000 of British; subjects have left
their native land. Some went to Austra?
lia, some to Canada, and more came to
the United States. Until lately, the Irish
emigrants were in excess of the English
and Scotch. Sinoe 1869, however, the
respective ratios are reversed- During
that year, Great Britain sent forth 18,000
more emigrants than Ireland, and in
1872 this excess* was even more marked.'
? Tha Bonanza Bill.
JCp the Editor of the Phoenix?Sin: It in
quite true, as you uay,^hat the gcnerul
discussion of the bonanza bill has led to
the general opinion that it will be of ad?
vantage to the State in olearing up a
large amount of floating debt at a low
figure. The fact of* the matter is, that
the claims generally provided for in the
bonanza bill are as good and valid as tho
similar claims which have been spcuifi
cally provided for in the various bills
passed by the General Assembly during
the last three missions. The advantage
to the Stute will consist:
1. In tho claims generally provided
for in tho bonanza bill being thoroughly
examined by the commission, us required
by the bill, with the aid of the Attorney
General, who is roquired by the bill to
attend the session of the commission,
and represent tho interests of the State
therein; whereas, the claims which have
been specifically provided for in the
various bills passed. by the General As?
sembly during the last three sessions,
have not been thoroughly examined, for
a thorough examination of them has not
been practically possible.
2. In such of the claims generally pro?
vided for in the bonanza bill as* pass
the examination of the commission
being paid at the rate of fifty cents on
the dollar, in four annual installments,
without interest, thus making the bur?
den of their payment comparatively
light npon tho people; whereas, the
claims which have been specifically pro?
vided for in the various bills passed by
the General Assembly during the last
three sessions, have been paid at the
rate of ono hunred cents on the dotlar,
in one payment, and the tax fer the pay?
ment of the whole levied on tho people
We all know these unpaid claims bavo
got to be settled in someway; and the
real question is, whether they shall be
settled by the payment of $250,000, in
the course of four years, at the rate of
$62,500 a year, without interest, as pro?
vided in the bonanza bill; or whether
they shall bo settled uy the payment of
$500,000, at ono time, as the other simi?
lar claims have been settled heretofore.
And I think the other tax-payers in the
State will agroe with me, in preferring to
settle theso unpaid claims at fifty cents
on the dollar, ns provided in the bonanza
bill, if the holders of thcin arc willing to
settle in that way. A TAX-PAYER.
Cuesteu Matters.?The Reporter says:
A negro girl, about nine years old,
while at work on the plantation of Mr.
S. W. McNeel, near McConnelsville, on
Wednesday of last week, was so severely
burned that she died.
The dwelling bouse of Adam Steven,
colored, near fiossville, was burned on
Saturday night, 27th ult. The greater
part of - the contents were saved. The
origin of the fire is unknown. ?
During the storm of wind and rain
which visited portions- of this County on
Saturday, the 20th of March, the gin
house of Mr. Wm, H. Massey, in tho
Beckham vi lie neighborhood, was blown
down, and the roof blown from Mr.
Elmore Kell's cotton screw. In many
sections of the County fences were pros?
trated. The lands were severely washed
by the very heavy ruins.
The bvxca to bo levied and collected,
under the recent Act of the legislature;
will be larger than ever. The tax for
Chester County will bo thirteen mills for
State purposes* and five for County tax?
eighteen mills in all. This is certainly u
The work of the two weeks' session of
the Court made a slaughter among offi?
cials and cx-officials of this County.
Never, "perhaps, has there been brought
to light, in one term of any Court, such
evidence of "wickedness in high places."
Chester is certainly the banner County
in the number of rascally office-holders.
Two ex-County Commissioners sent to
the Penitentiary, and the third escaping
similar sentence only by absconding; an
ex-School Commissioner and present
State Senator indicted for forgery and
conspiracy to defraud; two ex-Trial Jus?
tices, one* of them also ex-Auditor, in?
cluded in this'indictment for conspiracy
?all this makes up a record, huge and
ghastly. Of those to be arraigned under
this indictment, Dub Walker is chiefly to
be mentioned, and is by far, no doubt,
the most guilty.
For some time past, great numbers of
German and other adopted citizens of
this country have, re-emigrated to their
native lands. The reason of this course
of action is tho present stagnation of
trade and business in the United States.
They cannot proenrework in that abund?
ance and at such prices as pleases thorn,
and hence they turn their faces towards
tho old world. But arc matters any
bettor there than here? Can employ?
ment be procured in Germany or Ire?
land more readily than in the United
States? A recent letter from Berlin tells
the Germans of this country that *they
will no more find tho El Dorado in Ger?
many than they discover it in this na?
tion. If wages have been reduced twen?
ty per cent, in the United States, they
have fallen forty per cent, in Germany.
If there are hundreds of idle men here,
there are thousands in Berlin and other
girts of Europe. And the same general
ots will apply to Ireland, and thus it is
apparent that neither German nor Irish
citizens can better their conditions by
leaving this country at the present time.
There is a general prostration of business
in all parts of the world. Some em?
ployers are discharging hands, others
are dosing their establishments. But a
ohange for the better must come, and
when the tide does alter, it will rise with
more celerity in this country than in the
over-crowded kingdoms and districts of
the old world. This being the case, it is
far better for our adopted citizens to
"healtho ills they have," than seek to
avoid them by leaving the country. The
latter expedient will assuredly be fol?
lowed by disastrous consequences and
Some months since, a large poster,
bearing the startling oaption, "A man
fonnd dead," was seen posted in a con?
spicuous place in San Patricio County,
Texas, the heading having been adopted
by Mr.. Phelps, the owner of a small
country store in tho Bowles neighbor?
hood, in that .County, in order to attract
special attention to an advertisement of
his merchandise. A few days since his
own body, bathed In blood, was fonnd at
the threshold Of his store, Mr. Fhelps
having been assassinated.
Dp3Cou?olate PATnicxvfl.r-It is melan?
choly to think that such sanguine and
indomitable patriots as Messrs. Morton
and Butler ??despair of ,t^:...r>apnblio.'''
The former, as our Washington corres?
pondent stated yesterdoyt takes a moro
gloomy view of affairs than,'any other of
the Republican lenders. Ho has no doubt
that the South means to inaugurate, an?
other rebellion, und ho has dottbts whe?
ther the North would bo willing :tb pile"
up another great debt, even forHkbTo ! sake
of saving the Union. If the Senator
could stir up the South to another war,
and make it believe that the North would
make no effort to put it dowu, he would
be in better spirits. Such a war might
save the Republican party, but it takes
two to make a quarrel, and the South is
not going to fight again, even if it were
able, with the possibility of such an
effect of its belligerency. Senator Mor?
ton has the reputation of being one of
the most sagacious men of his party, and
if that reputation is well founded, he
must be as sure as he is of his own exist?
ence, that the South has neither the
power nor the inclination to enter upon
another civil war. It lost in the lute
struggle the only possibility it had of
carrying such a contest to ? successful
issue. Despoiled of its material wealth,
its great generals and the dower of its
fighting population in the grave, and its
4,000,000 of slaves converted, in the
event of war, into 1,000,000 of enemies, it
has no dream of provoking another
struggle. If Morton thinks the powerful
and prosperous North would be unwilling
to increase the national debt, even for
the sake of saving the Union, how can he
pretend that the weak and impoverished
bouth would be willing to increase its
burthens and miseries, to the risk of its
own utter annihilation, for no purpose
that any human being can conceive, and
that Mr. Morton himself has not assigned;
Whatever alleviation of its lot the
South desires, it knows perfectly well
can be only gained by peaceful and con?
stitutional methods within the Union,
and even if it were so demented as to
dream of any other resort, it would not
indulge such madness at a time when
the signs are auspicious of the re-estab?
lishment of wise and conciliatory in?
fluences at the seat of Federal power.
Senator Morton's prophetic growlings
are but the complaints of the wolf in the
fable that the sheep lower down the cur?
rent has muddied the stream. Of course
Gen. Buttler is also disconsolate. His
benevolent and sympathetic nature
shocked by the misery which he con?
ceives will be suffered by his Southern
rebliners in consequence of not being
suffered to persecute their neighbors,
Ho is reported as saying, "Our people
(the carpet-baggers and deluded negroes
being meant) will now be slaughtered."
Wo had supposed, from their own ac
counts, that they had been slaughtered
in great numbers before.^ so that by this
time they were as accustomed to it as
eels to being skinned. We trust Genend
Butler will try and keep up his spirits
and not make a Job Trotter of himself.
The only slaughter of his "people" that
is likely to take place is of a political
character, such as ho himself has lately
suffered in Massachusetts. He may con?
sider such a proceeding in his own case
as little better than murder, but the
country generally is not of that opinion.
The more of that kind of "slaughter*
that occurs the happier will be the re?
sult to the best interests of society.
Oun Exploiters is Mexico.?Now that
the stories of Southern outrages arc for u
time suspended, we begin to hear of I
Mexican outrages, and, by a remarkable
coincidence, these are published almost
simultaneouslv with the departure, on
Monday, of Mr. Cameron and other Se?
nators froui Washington for a brief tour
in Centnil Mexico. The object of this
visit is said by one authority, .we know
not with what truth, to be to pave the
way for negotiations looking to the an?
nexation of most of Northern Mexico to
the United Stute? Supposing such to
be the purpose, a few outrages would be
timely in the way of illustrating that
Mexico cannot keep the people of her
Northern provinces in order. There
seems no doubt that there have been
murders and destruction of property on
the Mexican boundary of late, as there
has been, unfortunately, at all seasons of |
the year for a long time past The ditli
ulty, however, is to identify the perpe?
trators of these crimes, and there is good
authority for the belief that the pil?
lagers and murderers are composed in?
discriminately of Mexicans ana Texans,
and operate indiscriminately upon both
sides of the border. Our extradition
treaty with Mexico, unfortunately, for
bi4s either Government from snrrender
j to the other its own citizens when
guilty of crimes upon the territory of
the other. The New York World sug?
gests that it would be rather awkward if
Senator Cameron, in case he approaches
the Mexican President with his reclama?
tions, should be suddenly confronted
with a list of Mexican claims for damages
as various, as long and as heart-rendin"
as his own. As to annexation, it would
be better to consolidate our present pos?
sessions before making additional re?
quisitions. ? Baltimore Sun.
The Pall Mall Oazette says: "It is sur?
prising that among the many schemes
for increasing e revenuo in the least
irksome method to tho community the
imposition of stamp duties on offers of
marriage has never been seriously con?
sidered. There can be little doubt that
suoh an impost would not only be cheer
tully paid, but would bring "in a con?
siderable sum annually to the exchequer.
It would, moreover, do more than any?
thing else to put an end to those 'breach
of promiso cases' which give rise to such
unseemly mirth and desecrate some of
tho noblest feolings of our imperfect
nature. If it woro rendered illegal to
mako a proposal or accept one, except by
a stamped document, it would be impos?
sible for the most heartless trifler to get
ont of his or her engagements on the
p;ro?nd of no serious intention. This
plan would, moreover, throw a spirit of
earnestness into sooial intercourse,
whioh is sadly required. Unstamped
professions of admiration or affection
would bo looked upon not only as hollow
flirtations, but as attempts to defraud tho
revenue, subjecting the gay doccivor
to a penalty, part of which go to tho in?
A despatch from Astoria, Oregon, says
I the heaviest gale ever experienced there
I occurred on Tuesday.
? Thx Mokujosnt to Washington.?The
Washington National Monument Society
Jias taf&ed an address to the people of
the United States, appealing for aid to
finish tho Washington monument during
the centennial year of America's inde?
pendence. This association was formed
ny citizens of Washington in 1833, and
under its auspices the monument, in?
tended to be 600 feet in height, was com?
menced, and had risen to the height of
174 feet, wh*n, for want of funds, the
work rvpon it was suspended. In this
condition it has remained for twenty
years, though the society, in the mean?
time, has not prcturmitted its exertions
or entirely lost hope. About ?250,000
have come into Jthe possession of the
association, every dollar of which has
been accounted f>?r. Nearly the whole
amount thus received has been directed
to* the work on tho monument itself, out?
side of which the expenses have been
trivial. The officers of the socie'y have
never received any compensation. The
approach of the national centennial is
considered by the association as an ap?
propriate occasion for a final appeal to
the country to pay to the memory of
Washington the honor so long withheld,
and not to permit an abandoned monu?
ment to speak to foreigners, attracted by
the centennial, of obligations dishonored
and gratitude forgotten. If the monu?
ment is completed by lH7t>. and all can
then feel that the Crovcrnmcnt is fully
restored by that time to the principles of
that era, we need not be afraid of foreign
criticism. Forms of subscription to
the monument are forwarded with the
A Traokdy roil a Society Duama.?
The musical world at New York was re?
cently shocked to k-aru of the tragical
death of Mrs. Annie J. Curtis. She wa-s
a Californiaii by birth, and her second
husband, how living* in San Francisco,
rose there to prominence und wealth.
Her voice had exceptional beauty and
compass, and tho slender means of her
father were freely used in its cultivation.
Her first marriage was unhappy. For a
time her lifo with Mr. Curtis was more
fortunate. They went to Europe, but
mocting with reverses of fortune, they
returned, and, leaving his wife in New
York, Mr. (,'urtis went on the Pacific
coast. After a time remittances cased,
and she was thrown for support on her
own resources. Max Ktrakosch, the ini
prcssario, recognized her voice as one
that further cultivation might make pro?
fitable. He secured her a teacher, and
intended to hike her to Europe, where he
was confident she would make a success?
ful debut, and then return to this country.
This hope cheered her through extreme
poverty. She was only twenty-four, and
in her intercourse with the musical peo?
ple she met the son of a millionaire, who
became interested in her, securing a place
in a city church choir. This interest de?
veloped into an intimacy which, her
gratitude for his kindness allowed to
work out her ruin. An attempt at abor?
tion culminated in her death. The ''son
of a millionaire" lives on, and every
Sabbath leads a eongrtigation in pruise at
a fashionable church. Her funeral was
attended by many of the prominent
musical people of New York.
The incidents attending the hanging
ofTiburcio Vasquez in California, the
other day, were well in keeping with the
famous bandit's reckless career. He spent
his last hours in chatting with his rela?
tives, and in the morning received the
sacrament from the priest, remarking be?
fore receiving it: "If I don't do every
d?d thing he wants meto, he may throw
incovcr." He published a card to bis
gang, asking them to refrain from taking
vengeance upon his captors or the jury
who declared him guilty. He ate a hearty
breakfast, and drank a glass of wine an
hour before his execution. The sheriffs
of nearly every County in the Shite were
on hand. His captors were all present,
and he forgave them for the part taken in
his arrest, but made a .sarcastic remark
as to their bravery. He had made a bet
of half a dollar, that he would bo hanged
on the 10th, and he demanded tho stakes.
Tho jail was strongly guarded, but there
was no attempt mado to rescue the pri?
soner. He wanted an hour to spoak on
tho scaffold, smoke a cigar and have a
drink, but bis priest advised him to any
nothing. The jam at tho jail gate whs
beyond tho control of the police, and n ,
hose was brought out to play on the
crowd. Tho house-tops were crowded
with peoplo, and a number of ladies wore
in the windows of tho jail. Vasquez
mounted tho scaffold with a firm step.
A Nkw Er.\. -In old times, at tho com?
mencement of every season, it was tho
fashion to take a strong cathartic as a
safeguard against a change of tempera?
ture. It was n worse than senseless
practice. Tho people of our day under?
stand the matter better. Instead of de
fleting the system, they reinforce it.
n the method they adopt, they exhibit a
wise dicrimination. Instead of resorting
to tho vitiated stimulants of commerce,
or any of the compounds derived from
them,' they put their faith in tho only
absolutely pure invigorant procurable in
the market?Hostettor's Stomach Hitters.
Their faith is well founded. Never has
any tonic medicine boen prepared with
such scrupulous precision and conscien?
tious care. It is a vegetable compound
of whioh every ingredient is sound,
wholesome and medicinal in the true sense
of the word. Now we have three promi?
nent national complaints. One-naif of
the adult population of the United States
suffer more or less, eitber from diseases
of tho stomach, derangements of tho
liver, or affections of the kidneys. In
no other land under heaven are these
maladies so general as in this country,
and Hostettor's Bitters is a specific for
them all, unless organic in their origin,
and therefore beyond cure. And let
those who are fortunate enough to be ex?
empt from them at present understand
one great fact, viz; that an occasional use
of this vitalizing tonic will as certainly
prevent them as the snn will prevent tho
earth from freezing whore its genial
beams descend. Tho Bitters is a genial
and excellent tonic, a moderato altera?
tive, and just enough of an aperient to
regulate without convulsing the bowel?.
It is, therefore, n specific peculiarly
adaptod to the prosent season. M28 f331
Judge Mnckey has issued an order to
Coroner Ruff to take charge of the She?
riffs office. This order will be hold in
abeyance a few days to give Sheriff Dn
vail a chance to return and resume his
duties. ? Mlnnsboro News.
City Items.?Subscribe for the Phoenix
and then invest a V in the real estate dis?
Beading, matt er on every page.
Sore or weak eyes are on the rampage
in parts of the city.
Yesterday was a regular April day?
warm and cloudy.
Relative beauty?that pretty little
A false- or April fool?alarm of fire,
last night, caused the firemen to have a
Governor Chamberlain lias not yet
signed the supply bill. Some of the
features he is not satisfied with.
Mr. Long has received another car?
load of prime Kentucky nifties. Call
and soe them at his stables.
About this time of the year spring
chickens bet;in to hang over the nigged
edge of the shell.
In forwarding subscriptions to the
I'ttcaxix and Gleaner, don't forget the
The day train over the Wilmington,
Columbia and Augusta Railroad is to be
discontinued after to-day.
Our Sumter contemporaries complain
that the Ph?enix is .not received. The
loose screw is beyond our office, as the
paper is rogulurly sent. .
Yon can get all styles of job printing,
from a visiting card to a four-sheet post?
er, at the Phoenix office. Prices satisfac?
Dooley, th>* bill-poster, says the Rentz
Can-Can Troupe, ^for which he is libe?
rally billing,) give a respectable enter?
tainment. Martin knows'.
A bargain can be obtained in the pur?
chase of a fount of second-hand bour?
geois or minion, with the necessary cases,
at the Phosnix office.
Dr. E. E. Jackson'a red bat, with
feathers, caused many "sold", indi?
viduals t-i smole a ghastly smile, yestoi
Wo notice that many of our State ex?
changes ar>? publishing incorrect state?
ments relutivo to the tax levy. The
Phoenix gave the matter correctly: but it
seems it has be?m overlooked.
The directories were not given away,
the hot spring did not spout, and the
store of Messrs. Perry A Slawson was uot
robbed?the statements of the morning
papers to the contrary notwithstanding.
Tickets in tho real estate distibution,
which comes off in April, can be obtained
at PHOENIX offioj. Indian Girl Cigar Store,
Columbia Hotel Cigar Store, Wheeler
House, Sulzbacher's California Cigar
Store, and Sheridan's grocery store.
An investment of $0 may cause you to
be the fortunate possessor of a con?
venient house, a building lot, a pair of
spanking horses, or a gold watch. The
real estate distribution is the mode.
The following cheering, but rather in?
definite, news comes from Sumter.
Will the Watchman please tell whose
"Somebody, we forget now who it was,
has put a new board on their fence."
We understand that Mr. J. P. Southern
has, upon the advice of prominent gen?
tlemen, consented to serve on the com?
mission nnder the Act for redemption of
certain claims against the State, should
the courts decide that the Act has be?
come a law.
Mr. J. Wall ico Ainger, of Charleston,
agent for the Erlectic Magazine, is in the
city. The Ectectic is a most excellent
publication, made up of selections from
the principal European magazines.
Every number contains a well executed
A ball complimentary to the Riehl.md
Rifle Club comes off on Tuesday evening
next, April 6, in the Rifle Club Hall.
Dr. W. C. Fisher, or either of the Com?
mittee of Arrangements, will give all ne?
cessary information. Tho first ball
proved unusually satisfactory, and the
belief is that the present one will be
The Greenville Republican acknow?
ledges tho receipt of an order from the
State Superintendent of Education, for
the funds clue that County on account of
Hchool claims of 1874. It is profuse in
its thanks. "The people of Greenville,"
it says, "will ever appreciate tho favor
of J. K. Jillson and F. L. Cardozo."
What is this great "favor," we should
like to know?
The "bonanza?" Yes?well, certainly.
The inconsistency is more apparent than
real. We gave our opinions and ad?
vice about it on the 12th and 21st nit,
as the Union-Herald quotes. What we
said on the 31st ult was rather a reflex
of the "prevailing opinion"?a sort of
charitable view of what might possibly
be the effect, if it was "properly carried
out." No harm in that
The City Treasurer is around, calling
for tax money. Hear him: "All city
taxes must be paid before the 15th of
April inst Thero will positively be no
further extension." Which reminds us
to say, that several committees wero ap?
pointed in December, now four months
ago, to look into the matter of -the levy,
the way the accounts of the city were
kept and of the amount of liability of the
citizens for certain supposed transactions
of the City Council in issuing bonds,, in?
creasing the debt above a certain amount
and diverting the interest fund. "Posi?
tively" we think they ought to report
! their discoveries.
The Oed Folks Concert?Was well
attended, last evening, and was a decided
success in costume^'character and music.
The odd names and quaint styles of dress
carried us back to colonial times. Prof.
Denck presided at the piano, and calmed
the "trouble," as it was called in tho
bills, by his magical and masterly touch
of the keys. All the "old folks" seemed
to be In voice, and "Life's Dream is
O'er," "The Storm," "Brightest Eyes,"
"Worldly Song," "Leaf by Leaf,","Ah! So
True." "Tho Grave Digger," were admira?
bly rendered. Tho violin and piano per?
formance by Masters Stork and Jacobs wa\*
quite good, and Mr. Orchard's Carnival do ?
Venice a finished production. Obadiab
Grinders (Mr. Epstin) was an immense
success: and his contrasts of character in
the deceitful old man nnd the gay dandy
a decided hit. Madame Eve Van Dorn,
in "Ah! so True," and in the "Last Rose
of Summer," won nil plaudits by fh<?
delicacy, thrill nnd sustained excellence
of her tenor. "General Washington and
str.ff" were there, too, in their singing
robes. Altogether, it was rt pleasant
evening, and we must say the "skulo"
is a good singing school, and Professor
, Evans a capital trainer.
The Mecklenburg Dece.vra.tion.?Wc
are indebted to the Committee of Ar?
rangements for a card of invitation to
the "North Carolina Centennial Celebra?
tion of the Mecklenburg Declaration of
Independence," which is to be held in
Charlotte on the 20th of May, 1875. The
programme embraces a procession by tho
military, firemen and different societies;
addresses by distinguished speakers;
fire-works, illuminations, etc. The fol?
lowing circular accompanies the invita?
"As citizens of the native sod of tho
Mecklenburg Declaration of Independ?
ence, made at Charlotte, North Carolina,
on the 20th of May, 1775, which marks a
brilliant epoch in our State's history, we
appreciate tho responsibility devolving
upon us, to receive^ and entertain the
multitude of the sons of the State, and
visitors, on the approaching centennial ,
celebration. As our fathers, in throw?
ing the gage to the proud monarch of the
mother country, relied upon the co-ope?
ration of their fellow-citizens in the
colonies, to nid in redeeming it, we turn
to our fellow-citizens of the State, and
our friends in other States, who, with
us, boast of a common heritage in the
renown of a noble ancestry, and invoke
your aid to make the 100th natal day of
liberty in our great country an historical
event. Believing that the citizens of
your section will consider it a privilege
to contribute to the commemoration of
this kindling of the first fire of liberty
on American soil, as well as to partici?
pate with us in the enjoyments of the
occasion, nnd to the rearing of a suitable
monument on the spot, rendered sacred
to every North Carolinian, upon which
our declaration was issued, we ask you
to afford them an opportunity by circu?
lating lists for subscription in such
manner as you deem best, and that you
will collect such amounts as it may be
the pleasure of the people to give, and
forward it to J. C. Burroughs, Esq.,
Treasurer of the Centennial Association,
Charlotte, N. C.
"JOHN A. YOUNG, Chairmen."
Any funds left at Phosmx office will
be promptly forwarded.
List of New Advertisements.
W., C. & A. R. R.?Change Sohedula.
Georgo Symmers?New Hams, Sic.
J. H. Saw-yer?For Rent.
Edwin J. Scott?Marsh Ponv for Sale.
Mrs. M. O'Ccmner?Spring Millinery.
H. A- S. Beard?Assignee's Sale.
Hotel Arrivals, April 1.? tt'heeler
House?J. M. Campbell, Massachusetts;
8. Bishop, Conn.; W. R. Cathcart, city;
J. McClair, Cam den; L. N. Cox, Md.;
Mrs. W. E. Dowries, Miss H. G. Dowries,
Conn.: Mr. and Mrs. J, F. Bowers, N.
Y.; B. B. Keeler, U. S. Army; 8. F. Hol?
stein, N. Y.; P. Massman, Pa.: De Veaux
Moore, N. C.; H. B. Chichester, N. Y.;
R M. Davis, Winnsboro; T. M. Jenkins,
Baltimore: W. R. Hemphill, Abbeville;
T. W. Bacot. C. H. Glidden, Charleston;
J. S. Rvun, Baltimore; J. H. Thompson,
City;N.* W. Smith. Ga.; J. F. TreuUen
and daughter, Miss Smith, Cokesbury;
J. A. Murphy, Md.; J. D. Blending,
Hendrlx House?1. P. Weston, Grove
wood ; R. P. Lodge, Ky.; Thos. Richard
son, D. O. McLeod, Sumter; J. McGowan,
G. L. Beck, N. C.; James Boyce, Duo
West; Dr. S. Taylor and wife, Bich land.
Mansion House?1. H. Bamford. W.
H McLaughlin, U. 8. A.; Mm. 8. J.
Werts and two children, Goo. H. Coon,
Newberry; T. L. Kyzer, Lexington; Wm.
Z. McGee, G. T. Reid, Cokesbury; N. E.
Turnipseed, 8. C.
Ju.s,t as played-out carpet-baggers and
rejected political sycophants of the North
are going into all the vacant places about
the Administration, the long-tried and
trusted officials are gradually dropping
out Yesterday Shanks went in, to-day '
Spinner goes out, and Morton names his
successor. The man whom the whole
nation has trusted through all. the de?
moralization of war and tho degeneracy
of politico, has at last turned in disgust
from the horde of speculators that sur?
rounds the financial operations ox the
Government Briatow wilt probably ba
next Would it not be well to anchor
some one confessedly faithful man In
office about the Administration, just for
the sake of steady referenoe?
How to Restore thx PBosr-Earrr or
the State.?Keep you money at home.
Do i not send away for anything which
you can obtain as well here as elsewhere.
Wo do not' advocate paying $5 for that
which you can buy abroad for oven $1.90;
but when you can buy your Blank Books,
of the best grade, at prices as low aa
New York, then send to Walker, Evans &
Cogswell, Charleston, 8. C, and purchase
whaCyou need. All their Blank Books
are made in Charleston, and your en
' couragement will sustain a worthy manu?
facturing enterprise. *M21f