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Friday Horning, Juno 11,1875. j
Nobleness of a Southern Soldier?Tho
Spirit of Peace arid Cood Will.
We publish with sincere pleasure tho
appended communications and extracts.
They will bo perused with interest by
all who desire to see a restoration of
good fooling between the two sections
formerly opposed to one another. Card.
Smith is a native of Richlind, n brave
soldier and a perfect gentleman. The
Augusta (Maino) Standard heads the
communication from Col. Cochrane as
Mr. T. A. Chick, of Augusta, has re?
ceived the following letter which speaks
for itself, and has ascertained upon in?
quiry that Lieut. j. resides in Lynn,
Office of Sup. U. S. C. H. and P. O.,
Columbia, S. C, May 19, 1675.
My Dear Fbiend: I was visited this
morning by Capt J. C. B. Smith, Cashier
of the Citizens' Savings Bank, of this
city, who, learning that my home is in
Maine, desired to obtain the address, if
possible, of Lieut. H. A. Johnson, for?
merly of Company B, 3d Maine Infantry.
Capt Smith stated that Lieut Johnson
was captured by his command, (Com?
pany K, 12th South Carolina Infantry,)
at the battle of the Wilderness, May 4,
1864, and that he has in his possession
tho oword and sword belt of Lieut J.,
which he is desirous of returning to him,
if living, or in the event of his death, to
such of his family, if any, as may appre?
ciate its value. The Bword, which is a
very elegant one, was presented (as ap?
pears by an inscription plate on the side
of its metalio scabbard) to Lieut. J. by
his 'company, and upon the opposite
side is a similar plate on which is in?
scribed the names of some twenty bat?
tles, commencing with the first Bull
Bun and ending with Chant illy. Capt.
Smith states that it has always been his
desire to restore this sword to Lieut.
Johnson, as an evidence of admiration
for- his determined bravery when cap?
tured, where, Although surrounded and
entirely cut off i from support, he abso?
lutely refused to surrender, and that it'
was with the greatest difficulty he pre?
vented his men from firing, in the excite?
ment of the moment,'upon Lieut' John
uon, who appeared to regard the danger
whioh menaced him with fearless indif?
ference. When 'disarmed an excellent
revolver was also taken from Lieut J.,
but afterwards was lost or stolen, and
Capt. Smith regrets his inability to re?
store it with the sword. Being unable
to answer the inquiry referred to, but
anxious to assist, so far as I can, in
giving early effect to the generous pur?
pose of this gallant soldier of ihe South,
wh'o, I am assured, is one of the most
estimable gentlemen in the State, I have
to ask you to use this letter in any way
which you may think will secure the do
sired information in tho least time.
Very truly yours,
JAMES H. COCHRANE.
T..A. Chick, Esq.
P. 3, Was not Lieut J. a Hullowell
boy? If so, might not Capt. Nash know
something of the matter? J. H. C.
The Daily Kennebec Journal says:
The sword of Lieutenant Johnson, to
which we referred the other day, which
was captured during the rebellion only
after a hard struggle, and which is to bo
returned to its former owner, was re?
ceived in this city yesterday, and is now
on exhibition at the stand of Mr. Lewis j
Selbing, on Water street. Tho sword
was captured by Company K, 12th South
Carolina Regiment, on the 4th of Mav,
1864, at the battle of the Wilderness, "it
has since been in the possession of Capt
J. C. B. Smith, of Columbia, S. C, who
has thus vory magnanimously sought its
former owner, with a desire to place the
sword in his hands. The sword was pre?
sented to Lieut H. A. Johnson by his
Company, (B,) 3d Maine Regiment. It
has his name inscribed on one side of I
the scabbard, and on the other side the
battles in whioh it did good service, with?
out doubt. One of the interesting fea?
tures of the re-union of the 3d Maine
boys, in this city, this week, will be tho
second presentation of this sword to
Lieutenant Johnson has been for seve?
ral years a salesman in the employ of
Messrs. It A. Spaldin^ A. Co., dry goods
dealers, on Market Btreet, in this city,
and has many friends here wdio will be
much pleased to soe this deserved re?
cognition of his patriotic service. IIo
has since telegraphed to Captain Smith,
accepting tho generous ?fter, and lias,
this woek, received the following re?
Columbia, S. O., May 27, 1875.
//. A. Johnson, Esq., Lynn, Mass.?
My Dear Siri: Your telegram is just re?
ceived at the hands of Maj. J. II. Coch?
rane. I assure you it gives me the
greatest pleasure to be the medium by
which your beautiful sword?the merited
emblem of respect and honor?is now to
be restored to you. Scarcely had the
cloud of war been dissipated ere it be?
came my earnest desire to return the
weapon, with an expression of my sin?
cere admiration for the gallantry with
which you used it; but circumstances
have hitherto prevented-the exeoution of
my design. I now forward the sword by
express, and accompany it by a senti?
ment whioh is common, I trust, to all
sections of the country: "May all ani
niositios be buried, and hereafter may
amity and nn earnest co-operation pro
vail botween the States of the Union for
the general good. I am very truly yours,
JNO. C. B. SMITH.
The sword has been received in Au?
gusta, and Lieut. J. has been granted a
short furlough for the purpose of visiting
that place and claiming it. He will be
tendered * public reception "by the 'citi?
zens on his arrival there.
At the i first re-union of the Third
Maine Regiment, (of which Lieut. John?
son is a member,') held -in Augusta on
the 4th inst., the following resolution,
among others, was adopted:
Resolved, That we have a lively appre?
ciation of the soldierly and chivalric
conduct of Cant. J. C. B. Smith, of Co.
K, 12th South Carolina Regiment, in re?
turning to a member of our organization,
his sword, taken from him under cir?
cumstances reflecting nothing but honor
on both partios.
A letter was then read from Capt. John
C. B. Smith, of Columbia, S. C, return?
ing to Lieut. H. A. Johnson, tho sword
captured from him during tho rebellion.
The letter speaks in high terms of Lieut.
Johnson's bravery, and closes with the
May all animosities be buried, and
hereafter may amity and an earnest
co-operation prevail between the States
of the Union, for the general good.
Tho sword was then presented to
Lieut. Johnson by Lewis Selbing, in tho
CoMBA-UF.5 OF THE OLD Tiiiau: Appa?
rent misfortunes may sometimes turn to
pleasure, an instance of which we have
to note to-night. A comrade of ours,
who faithfully performed his duties, and
thereby well earned his promotions, was
unfortunate, within the short period of
ono month at which the term of service
expired for which ho had enlisted, to bo
taken a prisoner of war, and although
being nn officer and could as such ex?
pect a moro lenient treatment, it is re?
ported, and tho report must be true, as
it came direct from tho captors, he be?
haved in such a manner as to win tho
admiration of his enemies, and we are
oven indebted, to him for the opportunity
we have thi.s evening. Tho sword, an
emblem of war, is in this case the olive
branch of peace, the harbinger of the
return of true brotherly fecting between
tho North and South, and tho assurance
that there is the mutual regard and
honest admiration existing between the
North r.nd South, which can onlv result
in the assurance that this is but ono
Lieut. Johnson, I have now the plea?
sure to plaee in your hands tho sword,
whiub, through circumstances beyond
your control, was taken and kept from
you; but permit mo to assure you that
even in the act of surrendering the sunie
to tho gallant Capt. Smith, of South Caro?
lina, you have proved yourself true to
tho trust which the company put in you
when first presenting this sword to you.
May you have the pleasure of keeping it
for many years, not to bo drawn except
in defenco of right and justice for our
beloved country, side by side, and
shoulder to shoulder, South Carolina and
Maino against a common foe.
Lieut. Johnson, on receiving the
sword, replied as follows:
Comrades: It is with pleasure and
satisfaction that I receive this sword a
second time from your hands, not for its
mero intrinsic value, but for the associa?
tions that are connected with it. Most
of you know that it was given me in the
field by members of my company, and
for this reason was very dear to me, and
on that memorable day in the Wilder?
ness, when the fortnnes of war threw
me into the hands of the enemy, and
this sword was biken from mo, I felt as
if I was parting from a friend, and it
was not without a straggle, both physical
and mental, that I gave it up.
Tho history of this sword since that
hour is not known to us, only this, that
I it fell into the hands of a brave South?
ern soldier and gentleman, and the re
I spect I have for Capt. J. C. B. Smith,
i Company K. 12th South Carolina In?
fantry, is such as one true soldier bears
to another; for had he not been all I have
represented, there would have been no
opportunity for this second presentation.
Very likely this sword has been worn by
my captor, and used against our cause
during the last few months of the rebel?
lion, but such are the fickle chances of
war. But, comrades, the war is over and
an event of the past, but its scenes and
incidents will always live fresh in our
memories, and I think it is well that they
should, for it was a struggle for princi?
ple, not glory; justice, not possession,
and we have a sacred right to cherish
and keep fresh in our minds all the
fruits and results of that contest. Wo
hnd a duty to perform then, and there is
still work nnd duty to be done now and
in the future; for if we wish to make our
republic strong, one section cannot alone
do it; we must have the aid and assist?
ance of our Southern brethren, and we
cannot work together harmoniously
without we understand nnd trust one
another, und forgive and forget past dif?
ferences. We are all, I trust, brothers of
one common country, and one flag pro?
tects us all, and the question of untre
than one government in our land, is, I
think, forever settled, and no more oc?
casion for a difference of opinion on that
subject that war will be the medium of
settlement. There is no bloody chasm
to be tilled, it having been bridged long
ago by tho better judgment of both sec?
tions of our country, and now wo must
sco that our restored Southern brothers
have all the protection under tho Con?
stitution that any law-abiding people ore
entitlod to, and must not forget that it is
human to err, nnd that it is harder to
shake hands with your victors, than if
the case was reversed.
We know from dear bought experience
that tho armies we faced in the field
were mado up of as bravo men as ever
shouldered a musket, and wo also know
a bravo people are usually consistent;
know again that the masses of the South
have acceptod the Situation, and aro try?
ing to do their part in cementing our
country into a stronger and more porfeot
whole. This is true, for tho times are
ripe with incidents similar to the return?
ing of this sword, and does not such
acts," although' seemingly'small In them?
selves, go farther to snowing the true
senthnent8 of the people than words,
however strong and binding in their na?
I will not trespass upon your time
longer, buf will say in'closing, that tho
future of our country, with tho aid of
the willing hands and loyal hearts of
those we oneo ' called foes, but now
/Wends, will be far more glorious than in
tho most prosperous days of our repub?
Three cheers and a "tiger" wore given
for Capt. Smith.
The Long* and the Short of It.?
There is no use mincing words. The
President's letter means that he is in the
field for a third term, or it means no?
thing at all. Ho says he is no more a
candidate for a third term than he was
for a first or a second term, and it is
nonsense to pretend that he was not a
candidate ior both. If he had wished
to have himself considered completely
off, he would have scouted the whole
suggestion, and he would have done this
when his own party in South Carolina
put it into formal shnpe. He would not
have waited for Pennsylvania to repudi?
ate it, to write a fretful letter, full of talk
about his "sacrifices" and arguments
favoring a third term. His immediate
organ abounds in third-term twaddle.
His immediate friends arc bolder in
their utterances than they were before
he gave them the cue to speak. He
"Here I am?if you want me, come
and take me?I dare say you don't, but
you mav, and, faith, if you're willing.
I'm reatty enough?there Ls no constitu?
tional inhibition?tho people can elect a
man as often us they please?it is their
affair?ho cannot elect himself?he can?
not even nominate himself?there are
times when a third term may be a neces?
sity?this is unlikely to occur in my
case?but still we don't know what
may happen, and I won't run unless the
case is urgent, I being left to decide
whether it is or is not?in the meantime,
as I said before, here I am, a regular
victim, a sacrificed patriot, ready to be
sacrificed again and again upon the altar
of my country, $50.000 a year, and
The Louisville Courier-Journal thinks
that is Gen. Grant's letter in plain Eng?
lish. There is no getting round it or going
over it. It means business. Its design
is to set the third term ball rolling, to
start the organization of n third term
party, and if the conceit can be made to
work, there will be no lack of pretext for
its realization. But can it be made to
work? There's the rub. The South may
be united on Gen. Grant, and he may
get scattering votes enough in the North
to give him the form of n renominntion,
or to break up the Republican conven?
tion. In that event even the bolters
would join the Independents, nominate
Charles Fmncis Adams or Rristow and
make a campaign as tho Democnits did
in 18G0, hopelessly divided and beaten
from the start. Tho Democratic ticket
would probably carry every State in the
Union. If the House of Representatives
wore Republican, the prospect would
not be so sure for the Democrats. But,
being Democratic, there is no danger of
any combination defeating an election
at the polls.
How a man of Gen. Grant's strong
common senso can put himself in the
equivocal position he is content to oc?
cupy upon so slender a chance?really
upon no chance at all?it is difficult to
see. In a single letter ho has cut him?
self aloof from Republican sympathies
of tho hotter sort and has flown in the
faco of all safe nnd venerablo precedents
merely to flounder in the miro of parti?
san wranglo a year longer, when he
might have gone up head with Washing?
ton, Jefferson, Jackson and Lincoln,
closing his career by presiding over the
centennial ceremonies, and passing out
of office amid the generous plaudits of
his countrymen, a conqueror and a
peace-maker, lie is rich, middle-aged ami
famous; loves his pipe, his horses, his
dogs and his glass. His "sacrifices" con?
sist of sixteen years of well-paid and
distinguished service, the command of
great armies and the Chief Magistracy,
including a handsome provision for his
family and friends. Considering the
point from which he began in 1801 and
the point he will have reached in 1*77,
one cannot feel, and he himself should
not feel, that he bus any just cause of
complaint. On tho contrary, he ought
to bless God and thank his fellow-citi?
zens, and with a grateful blush?retire.
There is no accounting for the actions of
men, however. After Gen. Sherman's
litorarv performance, anythiny is possi?
Editor Phienix: Tho] local of tho
Union-Herald takes occasion, in referring
to a robbery by a colored man of several
of Chief Musician Schmidt's shirts, yes?
terday, to speak of his scanty wardrobe.
I can state positively that this member
of the 18th Hand is liberally supplied
with garments, sufficient to keep himself
in gentlemanly condition?in fact, I
should not be surprised if his wardrobe
is not bcttrr supplied than that of the ex
Captain, who penned the Trial Justice
Hotel A iiuiVALS, June 10.?Mansion
House?3. E. Black, city; J. M. Dowell,
Camdcn; O. D. Warwick. U. S. A.; J. W.
Fenny, N. C.; J. Morrisson, Doko; W,
N. Craig, R. G. Knight, R. A. Frasier,
Walhalla; IL N. Reid, Ga.; E. D. Law
ran, C. Walters, Lexington; J. T. Baily,
" PerhnpB Miss Anna Dickinson would
really have discovered her field of Tiae
fulness, if . she had gone on the stage, as
she proposed last year. Her attempts as
a political lecturer certainly do her no
credit. In hor lecture in Chicago, last
Friday, she took up the old story of
Southern diabolism, aad assumed to teU
the Chicago people, after the bloody
manner of ex-carpet-bagger Hester, "the
true condition of the South." Here is
tho way Miss Anna is reported in the
"She did not believe that the ' Lost
Cause" was a dead issue. The South
hated the North always, she said, but
to-day she hated it more intensely than
ever. The furled banner of the ex-Con?
federacy was dearer to the Southern
heart than our victorious flag. The
Southern population, white and black,
were ignorant. None of them reuliy
knew what Republican government
meant. 'State rights'?that was the idol
of the Southern white?even with tho re?
sult of the civil war. Tho black had a
confused idea of freedom, and that was
about all. The North had been com?
pelled to enfranchise the negro in order
to place him as a barrier between the
republic and the rebel. The South laid
down her arms and buried her bayonets,
intending to accomplish at the polls
what she failed to do in the field?the
disintegration of the Union. The South?
ern people had no idea of individual
exertion. They were laity to the heart's
core, and so would continue."
Yet, Miss Anna finds it very conve?
nient to come down occasionally and re?
plenish her purse by lecturing to these
poor "lazy rebels."
Mn. Editob: In this morning's paper,
you announce that Dr. Plumer has re?
signed the chair of Didactic and Polemic
Theology in the Columbia Seminary,
and that Dr. Girardean has been elected
in his place. So far so good. But you
did not go far enough. In order that the
matter may be put right before your
readers, I enclose the report of the Com?
mittee on Seminaries to our General As?
sembly, which met lately at St. Louis.
Will you be kind enough to publish it
to-morrow morning. And oblige '
A FniENn of tue Semxxaxiy. I
June 10, 1875.
Dr. Lcfevro presented the following
report on theological seminaries:
7b the Moderator and Members of the
General Assembly, in session at Pin". Sinei
Church, St. Louis, Missouri, May 28/A,
1875?HoNoncD Fatuehs akd Buethuen:
Through your Committee on Theological
Seminaries, I address you this communi?
cation. If I live until the beginning of
another session in our seminary, I will
have entered on the seventry-fourth year
of my age; and although I do not per?
ceive any failure of those faculties neces?
sary for the discharge of iny duties as a
professor, yet I think it proper to say
that I tender the resignation of my chair
as Professor of Didactic and Polemic
Theology, and am willing to bo trans?
ferred to a chair which shall be called
hereafter the chair of Pastoral Theology,
Casuistic Theology and Historic Theolo?
gy. The action of the Assembly, this
morning, on the report of the Commiltoe
on Theological Seminaries, madejthe way
entirely clear for me thus to address you.
I further state that should it be the mind
of this Assembly to take action on this
communication, I am willing to teach
Didactic and Polemic Theology for an?
other session, either to the lower class
alone, or to both the lower and middle
classes?thus giving the new incumbent
an opportunity to devote nearly the
whole of his time, next session, to the
preparation of his course of instruction.
Or, I am willing to hike any of the duties
not now regularly provided for, and to
aid my brethren in giving as full instruc?
tion as has ever been given in this semi?
nary, in any period of his its history.
With profound respect and veneration.
I am your servant, in our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ,
WM. S. PLUMER.
Tin1 committee would recommend the
adoption of the following paper, viz:
In our judgment the assignment of
Dr. Plumer, at his own suggestion, to
tho chair indicated in his letter, would
give to the Seminary the full benefit of
Dr. Fi tuner's matured wisdom, rich ex?
perience, and great ability in that de?
partment, to which he has especially
devoted a large part of his life; and,
while we sav, with profound gratitude to
(Sod, that tl?e bow of this eminent be?
loved servaut of the Master still abides
in strength, we yet believe that the
chair, to which he will be assigned, re?
quires the full strength of any man.
Hence we recommend : 1. That tho name
of the chair denominated the chair of
Pastoral and F.vangelistic Theology and
Sacred Rhetoric be changed to that of
Pastoml, Casuistic and Historic Theo?
logy. 2. That all the action taken this j
morning with reference to tho election
of n Professor of Church Government
and History be reconsidered. '.I. That
tho Assembly, at this meeting, proceed
to nominate and elect a Professor to fill
the chair of Didactic, and Polemic Theo?
logy. 4. That tho duty of giving in?
struction in Church History, Church
Government and Sacred Rhetoric be, for
the present, divided among the other
Professors, as they niav find it most con?
venient. J.*A. LEFEVRE, Cb'n.
One of the most regular attendants at
tho Moody-Sankey revival meetings has
been arrested. With one hand ho was in
the habit of holding "the hymnal pub?
lished by Messrs. Moody and Sankey,"
while with tho other he abstracted their
pocket-books from the ladies within
reaoh. The way he sang "Hold the fort,
for I am coming," showed a depth of
feeling which his clever fingers fully
Cm Items.?Subscribe for the Phoenix.
I The loser of a gold chain may hear of
it, by inquiring at Phcenix office.
Mr. D. Goodman, whoso establishment
?s ha the vicinity of the Phu-:nix office,
offers bargains in furnishing goods.
Read his card.
Old type metuL, suitable for many pur?
poses about mills, can be obtained at
PuosNix office at 25 cents a pound, or 20
ceats by the 100. pounds.
What with tha pleasant weather and
Fair Lunu shining forth brilliantly,
courting and promenading couples can
have a delightfal time just no-w.
If tho ladies.take another reef in their
dresses they will need to get outside of
'em when walking. They L?ok like a
pair of one-Lagged pants.
If you haven't bought your new hat
yet, young woman, shroud your old one
in a grenadine veil, look as distinguished
as you can. and no one will know tho
Have yon visited the new Post Office
and United States Court House? Col.
Cochrane will furnish the necessary
permit, and the work is. so nearly com?
pleted that some idea of the magnifi?
cence and completeness of the building,
can be formed.
Our neighbor?Mrs. Hofi'man?keep;;
\ip her reputation as a fruiterer?oranges,
lemons, strawberries, (by the way, about
the last of the season,) and vegetables of
every kind. The soda fountain dispenses
this refreshing fluid, flavored with fruit
As a general thing, we do not implore
young gentlemen to dress gushingly;
but if they will wear a honker-chief in
the rear pocket of their pantaloons, it
would he an ordinary favor to a blush?
ing public to select such as have orna?
mented borders. We like to feel sure
it's a handkerchief, that's all.
Mr. Joseph Hart Denck, tho eminent
pianist, and Mr. John Rawls, a compe?
tent disciple of old "Rosin the Bow,"
are concertizing through the up-country.
An extensive blaze] and a vast amount
of smoke, to the North-west of tho city,
attracted considerable comment and in?
terest, yesterday evening. It is believed
to be burning woods.
Tho Hebrew Tentecost, a sacred festi?
val, the sixth day of the Hebrew month,
Sivan, commenced Tuesday evening. It
is celebrated by the Israelites in accord?
ance with tho divine command expressed
in Leviticus, 23d chapter, 22d verse, and
commemorates tho joyful time which
the sons of Jacob of old experienced at
the end of the harvest, which took placo
on the sixth day of Sivan. /
? ? t
Wm. Tecumseh Acknowledges the
Corn.?Sherman, in his "Memoirs," in
a round-about manner, admits that his
charge against Gen. Hampton, relative
to the destruction of the cotton and con?
sequently tho city of Columbia, was
incorrect ?that it was really made to da?
mage the reputation of Hampton where
he was not known. "A frank confession
is good for the soul," and "Better late
than never," appear to be Sherman's
The Anniversary. Oration and Soiree
OK THE RlCHLAND RlFLE CLUE. ?To Say
that the Opera Houso was filled, last
night, would give but a faint idea of tho
crowd in attendance. Boxes, parquette
and gallery, or family circle, were
thronged with ladies and gentlemen,
while on the suigc were the officers of
the club and several distinguished citi?
zens. The Post Band discoursed several
beautiful airs. At 9 o'clock, after an ap?
peal to the Heavenly Father by Chaplain
Bryson, President Thompson introduced
tho orator of the evening, LeRoy F.
Youmans, Esq., who, for more than an
hour, was attentively listened to during
tho delivery of a highly entertaining,
instructive and flowery address. As it
will likely bo published in full, we will
not mar its beauty by attempting a syn?
opsis. The members of tho club were
in full uniform, and many of tho Indies
in party attire; and at the close of tho
address, that portion of tho audience
who were desirous of participating in
the festivo dance, proceeded to the Club
Hall, and for several hours waltzed,
polkaed, quadrillcd and glided around
to the inspiriting strains of Prof. Bu
chnr's full band. And so wo leave them.
I) is truly wonderful, the variety and
ingenuity of tho conveniences for the
desk and office?pens of varied patterns,
inkstands possessing unmberless ad?
vantages, letter files, each one the best,
envelopes of size and qualities infinite.
It is almost bewildering to enter the
large Broad street store of Walker,
Evans &. Cogswell, in Charleston, and
seo tho number of theso attractions.
Hero you find the largest stationery
stock South of Baltimore, and you only
have two troubles?first, sufficient cash;
and, second, tho difficulty in deciding
among the many things offered, each
equally suitable to your wants. M7f