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BY JULIAN A. SELB*
The City Debt.
To m Ejditob ox the Phcznix: It is
mir to presume thai the report of Gen.
Btolbrsnd on the city finances, and the
speech of Hon. L. Cass Carpenter on
the ?asfe subject, embraces about all
that the City Council haa to say in de?
fence of its management of city aflhira
during the past fire yean. This la not
much, after all, but as the figures, so
disarranged by these gentlemen, may
confuse some persons who are honestly
and earnestly seeking for the facta, I
take the liberty of asking for a small
space ia year columns to repeat, in
part, the statistics contained in the re?
port of the OiMsens' Committee of In?
vestigation, and to add thereto an exact
Statement ot the debt as carried on the
Treasurer's books at the beginning of
Mayor Alexander's administration, at
the cod of his first term and at the
end of his second term. The first state?
ment is made for the 91st of May, 1870,
as, according to say recollection, that is
about the data at which the litigation
between the old and new Councils ended,
and the new Council was installed into
Debt May 31, 1870.
five per cent, bonds.916,600 00
Six per cent bonds.. 167,900 00
Seven per cent bonds. 161,460 00
Past due bonds. 30,260 00
Bills payable.. 8,000 00
City currency outstanding.. 16,204 10
Debt Marek 31, 1872.
Five per cent, bonds. $16,600 00
Six per cent bonds. 167,600 00
Sevan per cent bonds. 161,460 00
Bills payable. 81,000 00
Debt April 30, 1874,
Six per cent bonds.$167,900 00
Seven per cent bonds. 176,960 00
Seven per cent, bonds, 1872. .913,760 00
Bills payable. 63,478 76
City currency outstanding_ 7,613 96
Debt May 81,1870.$399,994 10
Debt March 31,1879. 426,850?00
Debt April 30, 1874. 619,699 70
Between the first two periods named,
thai is, during the first tana of Mayor
Alexander's administration, 1,992 9-9
shares of stock in the Charlotte, Colum?
bia and Augusta Bailrcad were sold,
bringing the sum of $49,076.88, which
must be taken Into account in making a
comparison of the actual debt at the
two periods. If this sum he added to
the debt on March 31, 1879, the correct
figures, for the purpose of comparison,
are $474,996.38. The figures will sustain
Real Increase of the City Debt.
Between May 31, 1870, and
March 31,1879.$75,602 28
Between March 81,1879, and
April 80, 1874. 193,742 70
This is the debt as obtained by an ex?
amination of the books of the adminis?
tration under review, derived from its
own records, which, as puhlio records,
are open to the inspection of all I have
not included in either statement an esti?
mate of the unpaid coupons, or of out?
standing bills, for the reason thai there
is no date upon which to predicate any
reliable conclusions! Such an exclusion
does no real injustice, however, for it Is
freely stated that the forthcoming state
ment of the debt, under the oath of the
Mayor and City Clerk, win show the
outstanding coupons to exceed the sum
of $60,000, a greater sum than is even
claimed by Mr. Carpenter to have been
unpaid at the inauguration of Mayor
Alexander's first term. Hence, I may
disregard the coupons for the purposes
of comparison. The Statement by Gen.
Stoibrand, thai after the date of May 31,
1870. bills made by the former Council
to the amount of $16,000, were paid by
the new Council, need not bo left to
guess work; it ;is susceptible of proof,
and it is only nsoeseary to take up and
examine Mr. Etter's accounts to specify
every one of such payments. The records
of the dry show the debt to have been
increased, between May $1, 1870, and
April 30, 1874, by the sum. In round
figures, of two hundred and twenty thou?
sand dollars, and that property was sold
during that time and the proceeds used
to the amount of forty-nine thousand dol?
lars in addition thereto. I invite Mr.
Carpenter to make a new and more care?
ful study of these figures, and to bear in
mind at the same time, that prior to the
pssssge of the Act of March 13,1872, the
maximum tax imposed upon the city,
for all purposes, was ten mills on real es?
tate 'alone; while now, for the present
year, the tax is eighteen mills on real and
personal estate; and it is well known
that it has not produced sufficient to
liquidate even the outstanding current
expenses of the city, a considerable por?
tion of which, it is asserted by members
of the present Council, wss incurred by
its immediate predecessor. I did not pro?
pose to restate the figures of the report of
the Citizens' Committee on the payment
of interest or redemption of city curren?
cy, or any other point, as they are taken
directly from the ledger, and can be ex?
amined by any one who may feel inter?
ested to do so; but I cannot pass over
one item of Mr. Carpenter's book-keep?
ing, which looke so muoh like the cross
entries of the City Treasurer, whose busi
"Let our Just Censures
COLUMBIA, S. 0.,
nen it seemed to bo to confuse the ac?
count* at the period when Hr. C. was at
the head of the Finance Committee. I
am really not surprised at the error he
has fallen into, following such skillfully
(?) kept records. But if he will scruti?
nise them more carefully, he will see
that the money deposited in the Carolina
Nation Bank, under the head of "Con?
struction fund," was drawn out and ap?
plied to payments on the City Hall, and
that it is an error to credit it twice to the
City Hall fund. In other words, he can?
not eat his cake and hare it, too. It is
always safe to look at both sides of an
account The figures remain, as stated
by the committee, that over sixty-six thou?
sand dollars of the proceeds of the bonds
were not used either in the construction
of the City Hall or new market, but di?
verted to other purposes.
I don't know thai it is really neces?
sary, yet I may as weU here disclaim the
credit given me by Mr. Carpenter, of
having represented the Carolina National
Bank in its transactions with the
oity, relating to the sale of the bonds
oz the arrangement ef the trust I
merely acted ss the officer of the
bank, carrying out its interests as or?
dered by the Board of Directors. My
recollection is thai the negotiation on
behalf of the bank was initiated and car?
ried on by its President the Mayor and
Mr. Carpenter being the principal agents
representing the city. Of the use mads
of the funds, neither the bank nor its
officers can be held responsible. That
responsibility rested, in part on Mr.
Carpenter, and I decline to relieve him
of his share.
On behalf of the Committee of Investi?
gation, I desire to say that they ware not
actuated in their report byany desire t*
promote partisan ends. They do desire
to bring about a better city government
to limit its expenses, to reduce the taxes,
to pay its debts and to build up its
credit These things will promote the
well-being of us all. The committee
were satisfied that the present city go?
vernment had introduced some reforms,
and was doing, perhaps, the best it
action. It has simply exposed the mis
could, under the circumstances, and has
not mads a single criticism upon its
management waste and extravagance of
a former administration, for the benefit
of the public at large. Are there parti?
sans who can afford to defend these
things? I think not The reform of the
city finances is a matter of business, and
I have sought to confine their investiga?
tion strictly to business considerations.
Very respectfully, W. B. QUXJCK.
According to the style lately set by the
Princess of Wales, it is fashionable
among English ladies to have their
monograms and coats-of-arms embroid
ered in arabesques on their skirts and
Who feeds me from his grocery store,
And shows me every day a score
Of dainties, finer than before?
Qroosries, Family Supplies, Fare
Liquors, Wines, eVc.
Whose clerks are smiling, childlike
And always at my service stand
Attentive to my least command?
Strips, Beef Tonfuea, Sal?
mon Bellies, Fulton Market Beef,
Canned Goods and Other TJsliomeiss,
Who cares for no man's smile or frown
While he can keep his prices down,
Yet sells the finest goods in town?
A Splendid Assortment of Hew Cof?
fee sad less?Japan, Ool?ng, Gun?
powder, Hyson, Imperial sad Mixed
And can I ever cease to be
The best of customers to thee,
Who always did so well by me,
Fancy Crackers, Raisins, Mats, Mew
Floor sad Buckwheat.
TU keep to the store I like so well,
'Neath Mr. Gorman's big hotel,
And kept by Hardy B-O-L
JBS" Price* still lower, and goods fresh
every day._April 9
At R. L. Bryan's Bookstore.
GEORGE IV. His Life and His Court
Scientific London, by Beeker.
Science and Religion, by Dr?per?
$1.75. Farrar's Life of Christ?$2.50.
The Shadowed Home, by Bickersteth?
$1.50. Conquering and to Conquer, by
Schonberg Cotta Family?$1.25. Vernes'
Journey te the North Pole? $1.50. Ralph
Wilton's Weird, by author of Wooing
O't? $1.25. The Science of Law, by
Also, a variety of new English Novels,
paper covers, by Mrs. Olyphant, Far
geon, author ef "Castle," Mrs. Braddon,
Wilkie Collins and others. A pri' 25
For Music Teachers.
NOW examine and select books for
the next season's campaign. La our
catalogue (sent free) yon will find all you
need, and of the beet quality. We now
remind you of our HONG MONARCH,
(75 cents.) Unequalled as a class book
for singing schools.
4?riOM School Music Readers.
BooklCSS cents,) Book II (50 cents.)
Book LTJ (50 cents.) Excellent graded
books for schools.
Richardson's New Method
($3.75.) The greatest and best of Piano
CLARKE'S NEW METHOD
For Reed Organs.
($2.50,) which occupies very nearly the
same position with respect to beoks of
its class as Richardson s does to other
And if, as is likely, you are a leader of
a choir or musical society, you will find
excellent material in our new books,
THOMAS' QUARTETS AND ANTHEMS,
($2.50.) or PERKINS' ANTHEMS,
($1.60.) or FOUR PART GERMAN
SONGS, ($1.50.) for Mixed Voices, or
DANE'S ANTHEM SERVICES, (Episco?
Sent, post paid, for Retail Prices.
Sold by all principal Musio Dealers.
OLIVER DITSON A CO., Boston.
CHAR H. DITSON* CO.,
June 19 ?W* 711 Broadway, N. Y.
TIE Mechanics' and Farmen' Build?
ing and Loan Association, of Rick
land, is now receiving deposits of $1.00
and upwards, and allowing interest at
the rate of 6 per cent per annum on all
amounts over $10.00, which remain 30
days or longer. Deposits received by
T. H. Gibbes, Treasurer, at the Central
National Bank, B. D. SENN,
April 22 I President
For all Diseases of the Li'
ris evidently a Family Medicine
mediate resort, will save maay
dollar in time and doctors' bills
After forty years' trial, it is suit r
monials of its virtues from persona
sponsibility. Eminent physicians
for Cossttpatiok, Hxaoachz, Pain
Stomach, bad taste in the Month,
I Heart, Pain in the region of the 1
forebodings of evil; all of whick ar<
I If you feel Dull, Drowsy, Deb
Mouth tastes badly, poor Appetite
ing from Torpid Liver, or "Bilious
speedily and permanently.
The Liver, the largest organ in tl
disease, and if not Regulated in 1
and DEATH wiB ensue.
Armed with this ANTIDOTE, all
food may be faced without fear.
FEVERS, BOWEL COMPLAINT
NAUSEA, the Cheapest Purest a
"I have never seen or tried sucl
and pleasant remedy in my life."?
"I occasionally use, when my cc
Liver Regulator, with good effect"
"Tour Regulator has been in us<
am persuaded it is a valuable add it
j. GrLL Shobtkb, Alabama.
"I have used the Regulator is
years. I can safely recommend it 1
nave ever used for that class of dia
"Simmons' Liver Regulator has ]
cine."?C. A. Nutttmo, President o
"We have been acquainted with
more than twenty yean, and kn<
offered to the public."?M. R Lroi
For DYSPEPSIA, CONRTIPAI
TACKB, SICK HEADACHE, CO!
SOUR STOMACH, HEART BURN
Is a faultless Family Medicine,
Does not disarrange the system,
Is sure to cure if taken regularly,
Is no drastic violent medicine,
Does not interfere with business,
Is no intoxicating beverave,
Contains the simplest and beat ren
CAUTION .?Buy no Powders
REGULATOR, unless in our eni
Stamp and Signature unbroken, j
ftB 30 }w6mo J. H. ZELLIN & I
Attend the True Brent."
JUNE 16, 1875._V<
Notice to Tax-Payers.
FTAHE COUNTY AUDITOR'S OFFICE
JL -will be optn for receiving RETURNS
from JUNE 1 to JULY 20, 1876, instead
of July 1 to August 20, as heretofore.
The law requires the County Auditor
to assess all parties who fail to list their
personal property within the time above
noted, at the same valuation as of 1874,
and add a penalty of fifty per cent,
thereto; and all new bondings and
structures, not returned in 1874, must be
returned for the fiscal year 1876, and in
default thereof a penalty of fifty per
cent will attach.
To facilitate the tax-payers in making
their returns for the fiscal year 1876,1
will attend in person at the following
Oadsden Precinct June 17, 18 and 19.
Acton Precinct June 21 and 22.
Davis' Precinct, June 24.
Garner's Precinct June 28 and 29.
Camp Ground Precinct, July L
KiUian's Precinct July 6 and 6.
Hopkins' Precinct, July 8.
Trenhoim's Precinct, July 10.
A. L. SOLOMON,
May 80 Imp_County Auditor.
fOF the LATEST STYLES;
also. Ladies' and Children's
SUITS of all sizes and qual?
ity, UNDERWEAR, COR?
SETS, HAIR sad FANGT
GOODS. Just received, a
large assortment of Wenck's
_MRS. 0. E. BEEP'S.
What Yon Meed.
EXTRA MESS BEEF, 10 cents per
i pound. _
Fresh May BUTTER, direct from Mil
ford, N. Y., 3 pounds for $1.
CIGARS.?We are closing out our stock
I of Cigars, and offer the best FIVE CENT
Cigars in the city, and only want a trial
to convince you.
May 16 L?RICK A LOWRANCE.
The symptoms of Liver Comp Lain t>re
uneasiness and pain in the side. Some?
times the pain is in the shoulder, and is
mistaken for rheumatism. The stomach
is affected with loss of appetite and sick?
ness, bowels in general costive, and
sometimes alternating with lax. The
head is troubled witp pain, and dull,
heavy sensation, considerable loss of
memory, accompanied with painful sen?
sation of having left undone something
which ought to have been done. Often
complaining of weakness, debility and
low spirits. Sometimes many of the
above symptoms attend the disease, and
at other times, very few of them; but the
Liver is generally the organ most in?
rer, Stomach and Spleen !
^ and by being kept ready far im
an hour of suffering, and many a
eceiving the most unqualified testi
> of the highest character and re?
commend it as the most
in the Shoulders, Dizziness, Sour
Bilious Attacks, Palpitation of the
Sidneys, Despondency, Gloom and
e the offspring of a dier ased Liver,
ilitated, save frequent headache,
and Tongue Coated, you are suffer
ness," and nothing will cure you so
ic body, is generally the seat of the
time, great suffering, wretchedness
climates and changes of water and
As a remedy in MALARIOUS
S, RESTLESSNESS, JAUNDICE,
nd Best Family Medicine in the
l a simple, efficacious, satisfactory
H. Hainkb, St Louis, Mo.
indition requires it Dr. Simmons'
?Hon. Axex. H. Stevens.
? in my family for some time, and I
ion to the medical science."?Gov.
i my family for the past seventeen
to the world as the best medicine I
eases it purports to cure."?H. F.
proved a good and efficacious medi
f City Bank.
Dr. Simmons' Liver Medicine fer
:>w it to be the best Liver Regulator
? and H. L. Lyon, Druggists, Belle
HON, JAUNDICE, BILIOUS AT
L.IC, DEPRESSION OF SPIRITS,
, Ac., Ac,
"or"Prepared SIMMONS' LIVER
iraved wrapper, with Trad* Mark,
None other is genuine.
CO., Muton. Ga., and Philadelphia.
)LUME XI?NUMBER 7jC/
B upini in CMUiigr, 8ry Cbodi 1 Bait
CLOSING OUT SALE POE 15 BAYS.
HAVING in contemplation the remc
_ delinp of store sow occupied by
me, I shall offer my entire stock, con?
sisting of READY-MADE CLOTHING,.
DRY GOODS and HATS, Ac., AT COST.
All goods remaining on hand after 26th
instant will be sold at public out-cry
every day and night until disposed of..
Those in want will bean in mind that
this is no humbug, as the goods must be
sold, and bargains may We anticipated..
Call early a? D. CfOODMAN'S,
June 11 f_164 Main street
Kraaan & Welkt?To patrons in .4 V
arolina for their liberality: We \j
Indeed thank you for buying A V
ur fine ready-made Clothing, v,*3
Neckwear, TJnder-wear, cheapest, T
argent stock ever in the oity, JJa
And we believe best, for wo sell T"T
nion Adams' Black Silk Ties, liJ
Kassian Braces, Suspenders, flhirts'njf
ade specialty, good fit; guaranteeiJau
Durability, elegance, comdert U TJ
uyer. The Quaker City and _I>
&Star Shirts are all the go, and X
n Silk, Lin en. Gingham UmhreBasJL
We claim to sell at lern profit a good A
rtiole than anyhouse in the tr&d exx
In fine, ready-made Clothing, our CV
tyle and price is unequal ed. kjF
Iin en CunVHandkerehiefs,CoUors;/"'\
I ur stock can't be surpasied. v "
Eeganee, style and fashion, Hsts in
asaimerc, Silk, Straw, Felt.WooLVj
t No. 124 Main street. J\.
s p b i a m
Now in store, and to be sold at low
I. ft f. C. SfMHItfc
The Largest and Best Staeft.
Ever seen here,
AT D. EPSTLN'S,
UVDER COLUMBIA HOTEL.
STYLES, New and Handsome!
FABRIC and DESIGN, Elegant!
BEST MAKE UP!
PRICES, Lower than ever!
Very full lines of Boys' and Youths*
CLOTHING, FURNISHING GOODS an*
Call and examine at
April 4 Under Columbia Hotel!.
Prepare Tour Own
BY US IRQ TUM
Granular Effervescent Salts*.
KOCKBRIDGE ALUM, VICHY, CRAB ?
ORCHAD, KISSINGEN. FRIED
RICHSHALL. The Salts represent in a->
condensed and agreeable form the me?
dicinal constituents of these various
Mineral Waters, and from their 'jonve- ?
nience and comparative cheapness, are -
coming rapidly into us*.
One or two large tea-spoou-fuls added t
to a small tumbler of water, instantly y
reproduces a draught of the natural -'
Water, accompanied by a sparkling
effervescence. For sale at
L. T. SILLIMAN t CO.'S
April 6 Drug Store. .