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KNOXVILLE, TENN., WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1870.
Washinhton, D. C, Mtiy 12, 1870.
In company with Capt. Jacques uml Dr.
Fearnc, wo loft Knoxvlllo on Tuesday,
partly with a view of visiting the East on
business, ami partly for recreation. The
only thing which wo noted through East
Tennessee; was the promising fields of
wheat and clover. Never has the prospects
for a bountiful crop of these two staplo
products been better. At Rogersville
Junction wo had a splendid dinner, for
which wo paid ono dollar. Col. Young,
the very prince of clever fellows, had
charge of jur train, and was, fts usual, at
tentive to the comfort and convenience of
passengers. Wo had tho pleasure of meet
ing with Col. I. R. Hawkins, Representa
tive in Congrecs from tho Seventh District
of our State, and found him a pleasant and
genial traveling companion.
Rain commenced falling before we ar
rived at Jonesboro, and continued until we
reached Washington. Through the moun
tains of Virginia the atmosphere was cold,
nnd paascngcrs who were fortunate enough
to have, overcoats with them, found them
quite convenient. We took a berth in a
comfortable sleeping car at BrlstolJ and
slept away the dull, tedious hours, required
to make tho trip over the Virginia and
Tcnne&scc Railroad. Arriving at Lynch
burg, wo partook of a good breakfast, and
started, much refreshed, on our journey.
Wc notice that great improvements have
been made on tho farms along tho Orange
and Alexandria Road in the past year.
Fields that were then unenclosed, the
fences having been burned during the war,
nro now being enclosed with substantial
plank fences, and the whole country lias
as-umed a livelier aspect.
At Ctilpoppur Courlllousc, where a num
ber of tho Nation's dead braves sleep the
long sleep of death in a National Cemetery,
we stopped. Wc went through the form
of dining, but enjoyed but little of the sub
stance. This is the worst eating-house on
tho line, and wo advise our traveling
friends to provide themselves with a lunch
before their arrival there.
Wo arrived safely at tho Capital, and aro
snugly ensconced in the fourth story of the
Ebbett House a littlo, higher than wc ap
This morning, through the kindness of
Mr. Maynard, wc had the pleasure of
meeting with Col. John W. Forney, of the
Chronicle, who received usjcordially, and
to whom we are indebted for valuable ser
vice rendered. By the way, Col. Fornoy,
in his paper of tho 10th, paid a very high
compliment to our new enterprise, which
will bo received ere this reaches tho
Chiioniclf. office. In addition to tho com
pllmcnt paid, he gives us some good ad
vice. In speaking of tho Chkoniclk, he
says: "Let them be firm and bold, but
that docs not requiro that, they should
-cease to be gentlemen. TliatTlri precisely
what we think about the matter, and
whenever it becomes necessary that wc
should appear before the world as scml
lerbarlans, in order to be successful in
Journalism, wc propose to abandon tho
wholo tiling. Since arriving here, wo have
received tho most flattering testimonials of
approval of the general tone of our paper,
and I have pledged that our standard shall
never bp lowered; aud that wo will contin
ually strive to elevate artd improve Its tone,
thereby enlarging its capacity for good.
I, to-day visited f Jen. Cox at his olllco, as
Secretary of tho Interior, and though sur
rounded by the cares, toils and vexations
incident to his high position, I found him
the same courteous, affable gentleman that
ho wan while so efficiently commanding
In our armies during tho late war. Hon
ored far above tho average of his foiiow
men, and 5'ethe meets an old friend in such
a way as to convince him, that tho giddy
hlght obtained on the ladder of fame,
has lost him nono of those noble
qualities which go to make the highest
type of true manhood. Wo had a
very pleasant conversation with him,
in which he manifestetl much interest in
tho welfare of Tennesee.
No special interest attaches to tho Con
gressional proceedings now. In tho Sen
ate to-day tho Army bill wnsunderconsidc
ration, in mo jiouso me Tarm mil was
discussed and a number of clauses disposed
of. Wo learn that this bill Is about three
fourths disposed. Tho Houso is working
industriously, holding both day and night
Oossiplng circles are all astir in Wash
Ington, In view of tho eaily marriago of
one of tho attaches of tho French Lega
tion to a daughter af George T. Downing,
a well known colored man of this city,
Tho nuptials were to havo been celebrated
yesterday evening, but for some reason wero
postponed, Wo Jeurn tho wedding will
certainly come off next Tuesday evening
in ono of tho fashionable churches of tho
Washington, d. C, May 13th, 1870.
This morning, i company with Mr.
Maynard and W. H. Button, of Kingston,
I railed upon the President at tho Execu-
tlvc Mansion. Wc found him surrounded
with visitors', some on bueincss, others like
ourselves there, simply to pay their re
spect to tho Chief Magistrate of a great
nation. Although surrounded with vexa
tious carcrf, ho received us cordially and ex
pressed great gratification at our visit.
The President is deeply interested in Ten
nessee affairs and will do anything in his
power to promote the welfare of our State.
He possesses the happy faculty of making
everyone feel easy in his presence his
very personal appearance seeming to inspire
such a feeling. Ho sits quietly at his table,
tho inevitable cigar in his mouth, aud re
ceives visitors in turn, saying pleasant
words to all.
Wo also called upon Secretary Boutwell,
upon whom rests the herculean task of
managing tho gigautio financial system of
the government. Burdened with cares of
such great magnitude, one might expect in
him a morose temper ; but contrary to this,
ho la a, most affable and courteous gentle
man. We passed on through the m gnifl
cent halls of tho Treasury building, notl
ciug the vast army of clerks (especially lie
whmeu,) nnd could but reflect upon the
nighty power of Intellect necessary to tho
Micccssful management of that portion of
our nfl'aitu committed to the custody of
Wc aro pleased to find a growing desiro
hero for the payment of just and meritori
ous claims to Southern loyalists. If nono
other than meritorious claims were pre
sented, there-would be no trouble to secure
their payment. Our people have but little
idea of the manner in which some men
have attempted to swindle the Govern
mentt Claims havo been filed by parties
for sums larger than they have ever been
worth, and whoso loyalty during tho war
was, to say the 'least, very questionable.
Men, who when the Confederates wero suc
cessful, were good rebels, but who were
marvolously loyal when tho "Yankees"
came, havo. been tjii first to claim largo
amounts from the Government. We could
not do a greater service for ourselves than
to ferret out such swindles, and aid the De
partment and Congress in arriving at
claims which should bo paid. There aro
hundreds of meritorious claims due from
tho Government toEastTcnnesseeans, and
every principle of right and justice re
quires their early payment.
Among tho acts of Congress" recently
passed, of local Interest to our people, is a
bill which passed tho Houso yesterday,
granting a pension to Col. W. C. Pickens,
Of Blount county,. on account of wounds
received while attempting to destroy tho
railroad bridge at Strawberry Plains, Jn
Judge Humphreys, of Alabama, arrived
here yesterday evening, and will at once
assume his duties as ono of the Justices of
the Supremo Court in the District of Co
lumbia. This evening wo leayo for Now York,
where wo will remain a few days, from
which place wo will again write.
Some of tho Democratic papers of Ten
nessee seek to assuro tho colored peoplo
that they accept tho Fifteenth Amendment
as finally determining tho rights of the
colored man to Franchise in every State in
tho Union. The following, from the Col
umbus, (Ohio,) C'i'Mo, shows tho spirit of
modern Democracy :
"There ia h Vast nuantitv of senseless blather
abont submitting to finalities, and hundreds of
feeble intellects favor tho policy of acquiescing
in tho grossest and most scandalous frauds over
perpetrated upon a people, with a view to gain
olllco and power. Such advisers should bo, like
tno uoot, repudiated, xnoy aro too representa
tives of tho donkey race, leading tho columns
of Hone, and their counsels aro unworthy of
esteem, because instigated by motives neves re
garded by tho Democracy of this country. In
a republic, supposed to be governed "by tho
people nnd for tho people," thero can ho no such
thing as fraudulent finalities. Tho umpircship
of these flnalties rests with tho people, and if
thero is not spirit and intelligence enough in
tiicm to resent mien impositions as tno lotn
Amendment, or this scandalous nubiic debt.
thero can bo no need of parties, nor can thero bo
muni oxcuso tor tno lormation ot tactions in op
position to tho imperialism that has already as
"Tho lBth Amendment will be, as it ought to
bo, denounced and repudiated as a fraud, swin
dle and usurpation, such as tho peoplo of tho
Stato of Ohio, with a becoming sense of their
own rit'hts and dignity, will refuse to rccoenizo
of any forco and cfl'cct, as a part pf tho law of
the land, in tho form of a Federal Constitution.
It should go to tho world as tho opinion of at
least one-third of the neonlo of Ohio, that the
15th Amendment is tho thimblerigging trick of
n caucus oi tnieves, wuo unci no mure rigui u
voto away tho liberties of State and peoples
than they had to sell dominions, they did not
To the objections of tho policy men, it
"Thero will bo less, difficulty than many bo
lievo in securing tho triumph of a thoroughly
Democratic ticket. For overv niccer veto tho
Aboliehinists receive, they will loso two whito
votes; nnd this should encourago tho most
Attempt atSuicidk, An Italian nam'
cd Dclaccla, attempted to shoot himself in
Memphis Monday night. Tho ball from
tho pistol outcredjuBt above tho Jeft breast,
nml inttsVfl IniT'tttl'n tl V11-itI- fits !Vitt
urn t(itijv.i 1 4w ii ii it i v iui(uniu nu uun.
ihfiictlng a severe and painful wound. All
Tho Mineral Home Railroad Mismanaged.
The One Hundred Thousand Dollars or
Honda Iladly Used.
Fpeclal Dispatch to tho Chronicle.l
Nashvilli:, May 10. In the Senate the
Special Committee on tho Mineral Homo
Railroad Company reported. They showed
irregularity nnd mismanagement on tho
partof tho company, aud no work done.
The SlOO.OOObondsappropriated by the State
have been badly used, and that tho Ex
change and Deposit Bauk of Knoxvlllo
had been notified to hold the assetts of tho
company, with a view to reimbursing tho
State. The report charges that the whole
Bchemo was concocted to swindle tho State.
A bill securing ,.to counties their prorata
of inoricy arising-from the salo of lands for
school purposes, was Introduced and re
ferred. A bill to prevent the intermarriage of
whites and blacks was referred.
A bill to repeal all the tax for marriage
license was referred.
House bill providing for the erection of
a Governor's mansion on tho site of tho
old Lunatic Assylum, passed.
Bill to relieve teachers of public schools,
and directing treasurers to recelvo for taxes
warrants issued to teachers, passed.
Bill to suppress drunkenness in public
Resolutions appointing committees to
scttlo with tho Treasurer . and Comptroller
were adopted. Damon,
lrifirutloii fop DcruriWtiiir h .National
Washington, May 10. Quartermaster
General Meigs has issued an order to offi
cers in charge of National Cemeteries, in
structing them to make all necessary ar
rangements and aflbrd the proper facilities
for tho decoration of tho Union soldiers'
graves. Ho has furnished a copy of this
order to tho Grand Army of tho Republic,
thus officially recognizing for" tho first
time tho existence if Unit organization.
Tho Cabinet on Frldny decided against
allowing the Big Horn Mining expedition
to start until after a conference with the
hostile chiefs now on their wav here.
won. Augur, commanding tno Depart
ment of the Platte, has been instructed to
carry out this determination.
Congressman Peaso, from Mississippi,
has nominated a negro to West Point.
Kovenuo receipts $l,32r,000.
New San Domlnco treaty was not sent
to the Senate to-day.
A special meeting of tho Cabinet took
place to-day, but it object has not trans
pired. ' ThePresident nominated Phillip Jacob
son Attorney for tho Southern District of
Mississippi. Also, P. B. Hawkins Post
master at Bowling Green, Ky.
iTceamcn's tiurcau iiowarn corruption
InvcstiKatlon still nrocresslnir. Notliintr
riow internal itevenue bill reported to
day. It takes the taxes off of nearly ev
erything except fermented liquors, distill
ed spirits, tobacco, cigars, &c.
The report of the Commissioner of Agri
culture "considers the season so far favora
bio to a large crop.
Tho Grand Army of tho Republic have
designated their officers to superintend tho
decoration of tho Union graves at Ander
sonvillo, on the 30th May.
The features of the Houso proceedings to
day wero the postponement of tho Tariff
mil until niter tne passage oi an appropri
ation bills, which is equivalent to. an In
definite postponement tho consideration
of a report from the Ways and Means
Committee of a partial internal revenuo
bill rcpenling taxes on gross sales, except as
to liquor and tobacco manufacturers aud
dealers,and continuing tho income tax at
nvo per cent, tno exemption oeing raised
to $1,600 : and the pasHaco of a bill report
ed from the Judiciary Committee to pro
tect tho colored population in tho exercise
of tho right of sullVage, and providing
pains anu penalties against any btato om
cere or individual citizens who attempt to
prevent tho exercise of that right.
lUllM in Aid of Itnilroiul nml Itlvcr Tin.
Washington. May 10. A bill crrantinc
public lands In Alabama to tho Decatur
and Aoeraeen raurouu pnssco.
A bill to repeal all laws authorizinir
tho transportation aud exportation of goods,
wares and merchandise, in bond to Mexi
co, overland, was reported from tho com
mittee witnout amendment.
A bill to enforce tho 15th Amendment
was proposed to enforce tho proceedings by
United States District Attorney's in seve
ral districts, against persons holding office
who aro inelligiblo under the 14th Amend
ment. Imnoslntr. upon conviction, a fine.
imnrlsonmcnt- and disqualification for
olllco thereafter. Also, tne rocnactlon of
tho Civil Rights act.
A discussion ensued. Ferrv exnressine
the opinion that all political disabilities of
tno coutnern peopio would no removed in
tho course of two years: Morton declarlnn
tho policy a failure and hoping that tho
Seuato bill to repeal tho Test Oath might
no aeieatcn in tuo iiousc.
"IlOiy TKNWKS8KE 18 SLANDERWI."
The Ileal Knemlcft of our Peace.
"The Press and Herald Man" "Manulac
"A Disgraceful Scene" In the I'rcss nnd
Tho Press and Herald of Tuesday", tho 10th,
contained a highly sensational article, headed,
"A Disgraceful Scene," &c, which if trim
might well excite indignation nnd provoko re
buke. Upon reading the articlo, wo determined
to send a special messenger, at once, to Mount
county, to learn tho actual facts, but just as wo
wero making such arrangements, wo wero in
formed tlint soveral gentlemen from Blount
county wero in tho city, who know something of
the facts. The first of fheso wo mot was Capt.
It. N. Hood, a clover gentleman, and one of tho
moat activo and enthusiastic Conservative of
that county. Wo know Captain Hood's rela
tions to the politics of Blount county very well,
and wd know that ho would not report tho mat
ter n whit more favorablo to tho sido of tho ac
cused than tho facts warranted. Wo are thnrc
foro satisfied, from what wo know Of Captain
Hood, that tho facts as he states thoin are sub
In response to tho question, as to what ho
knew of the reported mob, ho saids "I know
enough about it to know that what is reported
about It is a lie. You know that I have no
sympathy for tho prcachcr-whippcrs of Blount
county, but then I don't beliovo in making mut
ters any wqrso than they are. Tho facts aro that
tho Church referred to has been in tho legal pos
session of tho Methodist Church North over since
the war. Who it belongs to of right, T suppose
is u question of law. But if they arc not en
titled to if, it ought to be taken from them by
law. As 1 understand it, this man Hays had no
right to tho Church, and his going there wa
calculated to get up a trouble. Thero was no
forco or vlolenco usod, or knives drawn, that I
heard of, and 1 think I heard all of it. As I
heard the story, thoy simply told Mr. Bays that
ho couldn't preach there, and ho went of!', and
that is about tho wholo of it." Wo remarked-
in reply that wo wero glad to iicar the story con
tradicted, for if it had occurred as reported, wo
intended to denounce it. His answer was : "I
havo given tho thing as wo heard it at
Mary villc, and you can give me as authority for
what I have said."
Wc have given Captain Hood's statement as
near verbatim as possible, and wo attach weight
to it, for lie is of tho same politics as tho " Press
and Herald man."
A fow moments after leaving Capt. Hood, wo
met with W. T. Parliam, of Maryville, a gen
tleman of veracity. IIn statement was some
what fuller than Mr. Hood's; and is, therefore,
moro satisfactory. The two men so fully agree
in their main facts that wo aro satisfied thoy aro
correct, and that tho Preri and Herald has
grosly slandered the quiet citizens of Blount
Our second informant, in substance, said :
"Tho building is tho property of tho Metho
dist Episcopal Church. It claims, and has had
possession of it over since the war. Four
weeks ogo last Sunday, Mr. Kennedy, with
out the knowlcdgo of tho Trustcei of tho
Church, invited Mr. Bays to preach there. The
announcement was mado and the peoplo turned
out and heard him respectfully. Tho wholo
thing passed oft' and nothing moro was said
about it. Somo time last week the Trustees
learned that Mr. Kennedy had again invited
Mr, Bays to preach in their Church. As ho had
novcr asked them for tho uso of tho Chinch, they
thought it rather cool.
"At a meeting of the Trustees held on last Sat
urday, it was unanimously decided that Mr,
Bays should bo notified that it was not agrcea-
blo that ho should uso tho Church, and that
Mr, Kennedy had no authority- to invito him
there. When Sunday morning came, tho mem
bers of tho Church met and awaited Mr. Bays'
coming. As soon as ho camo ho was quietly
notified of the action of tho Trustees. Ho
promptly replied that ho did not wish to preach
thero if the peoplo did not want to hear him,
and went off. Our informant fays there was no
barricading of doors or windows with benches,
nor any arriving aor preparing for tronble. No
violence was manifested, as none was called for,
The whole transaction at tho Church was order
ly and quiet."
Now wo submit, in view ot all theso lact,
that the Press and Herald has cither been out
rageously imposed upon, or has "manufac
tured" tho account in fto. In justico to the
parties named, and to the good citizens of
Blount county, wo call upon our contemporary
to givo the names of itt informant, that wo
may all know who th5so slanderers arc. Tho
Press and Herald must cither do this, sustain
its chargoa, or stand convicted of deliberately
and outrageously mHroprCnontlng an innocent
and unoffending community,
A Call. Rev. Andrew Philliiw, who
has been pastor of tho Presbyterian con
gregation at this place for tno past two
years, having accepted a now call, left here
on Monday last for his new field of labor,
which, wo understand, Is somewhere In
tho northern part of Now York. Tho best
wishes of onr entire community attend
him. East Tenncssccan.
Memorials aro sent to Madrid from tho
Northeastern part of Spain, askiug that
Espartero may bo mado King, Ah ho Is
In his 79th vear. his sunnorters ovldcntlv
mean to havo an old King though of a
now race. Ho Is a Manchegan, that Is, a
native of La Mancha, tho homo of Don
Quixote, aud to make him King would
bo a most uuixoto proceeding.
THE BLOUNT COUXTi 8IDK.
fi d -
What They ThlnlTorvithc Press and Herald
Tho tf'lntfta nf tfiA fficn
Detlring to know tho actual fact- of the
Blount county alTaiiCof which so much has been
said, ono of the publisher of tho Ciihonici.k
yesterday went to Logan's; Chapel and neigh
borhood, wlicro ho is well known. After com
municating fully with all tho parties present at
tho church on Inst Sunday morning, ho gathers
tho following facts, which Nvo givo just exactly
as they wore given to him t
ino unapei nas occn in tno possession and
custody of tho Trustees of tho Methodist Epis
copal Church for the p.i6t fivo years.
j. lew wccks ucioro tins niiair occurred, tne
Hcv. W. II. Bay4, upon the invitation, of A.
Kennedy, Sr., but without tho consent of the
Trustees, preached in tho Chapel. Beforo be
ginning his sermon, lie stated that if any ono
objected to his, preaching ho would leave. No
ono objecting, ho hold the usual Services, and at
tho closo mado an appointment for last Sunday.
Somo days beforo last Sabbath, tho Trustees
held a meeting and decided that Mr. Bays should
bo notified that it was not their wish that he
should continue his services in that church. On
tno morning in question, ,ur. vy "iiam uouunrcl,
in company with Mr. Keller, went to tho church
to give Mr. Bay3 the notice. Others had gath
ered at the church, in accordahco witli tho ap
pointment previously published. Of tho
number thus congregated, there were some
six. or eight orderly and quiet colored people
residing in tho immediato neighborhood, who
had, like tho others, como to hear tho preach
ing. Mr. Goddnrd, on reaching tho place, in
pursuances with tho agreement of tho Trustees,
closed and fastened the door. Thero being no
lock yn it, thero was no other means of fastening
it but by placing against it somo of the benches.
Tlio"0 assembled thero waited in a shed ad
joining tho church for tho coming of tho minis
ter. When Mr. Bays and Mr. Kennedy and
family came, Mr. Goddard went up from the
shed to tho fence, whero the carriage stopped,
and very quietly and peaceably told Mr. Bays
what the Trustees had agreed upon. Mr. A
Kennedy, Sr., at once sjioko up, and said Mr.
Buys should preach thero if ho wanted to, and
that a crowd would be along that would sco that
ho did preach if ho w,as o inclined. Kennedy
then got down from his horse, loft tho company
at the fence, and went out to tho building to sec
if it was fastened. Ho camo back and told Mr.
Bays that tho door was closed and fastened. Mr.
Bays said at once that he would not break the
door open. Ooddard then asked him if ho had
not said publicly that ho would not preach there
if any ono objectod. Mr. Bays said ho had,
and . said furthermore that if thoy objected he
would not preach, and that he would make no
further appointment, and then left with his wife
and Mr. Kennedy's family.
Thero was not an angry word passed between
Mr. Goddard or any of tho party and Mr, Bays.
Tho only angry words .spoken were by Mr.
Kennedy, Sr., when he declared that there
should bo preaching.
Our reporter saw the larger portion.of all tho
parties present, including two of Mr. Konncdy's
sons and Mr. Kennedy's father-in-law, and all
parties entirely agrco in the above statement of
No one could bo found who saw a knifo drawn,
a pistol or a club in tho wholo crowd. No
swearing, loud words or boisterous language
was heard by any one, and tho whole tiling pass
ed oil' just as we havo stated it. Mrs. Bays may
havo been frightened, as she says sho was, fear
ing somo violence might result, but nothing was
doiio or said to givo her any grounds for fear.
Our reporter was very particular to hoar parties
on both sides of tho controversy. Ho road to
Mr. Kennedy's fathcr-in-law tho Press and
Herald account of tho afl'air, and ho promptly
said that tho only thing abdut it that teas true
teas that ft Pays was told he could not 2rcach,
aild that he vient away. Willi tho account tele
graphed from this city to tho Nashville Banner
thoy woro all indignant, and said it was all false.
From several of tho very best men in Blount
county, who havo boon in tho ncrghborhood of
tho chapel sinco last Sabbath, wo to-day learned
that thoy never heard anything of it at all.
They wero very indignant at thoslander heaped
upon their county, and urged Ua to c;qo.o tho
wholo thing. '
From different gentlemen who conversed with
Mr. A. Kennedy, Sr.,1 yesterday, wo hear differ
ent accounts, o that he seems to bo at a loss to
know Just how it did happen. To
ono map lia'cndorscd tho Press and Herald ac
count in full. To another he qualified it very
much, in all tho material points ; whilo to a
third, ho said it amounted to substantially what
: irn V n if n niunn n VlfWO
yyo nave now done our uuiy anu uvu m
publio to fairly and impartially judge the par
tics concerned, .
With tho quostion of tho propriety of tlio
courao of the parties involved, wo have but little
to do. Tho public can now decido how far Mr,
Bays was injured in this matter or how far tho
Trustees wero justified in their course. Theso
aro quostion,s far less important than tho moro
serious one. Who is responsible for the great
injustice dono Blount county, and tho injury
dono to tho ivhole Stato? Almost every papor
wo tako up has some awful accounts of this af
fair, and no ono can estimate tho damage it has
Wo now call upon our cotcmporary to make ft
full expose of tho parties who furnished it witli
tho account published, or allow sentence tf
bo passed upon its own head. Tho case is now
narrowed down to a very small point Some
ono has been guilty of tho meanest, most coward
ly misrepresentation and slandering, and tin1
public want to know tho guilty man. Tho very
few now implicated cannot afford to ponnlt Unr
affair to end here, ,