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Volume it; Saturday morning, m^ch 10, mi nitm ber3
,;d THE ERRATIO WRIGIHT.
An 'Interview will? Hie Rull
l>ozc<l Black Justice.
Why He Did nml Why Ho Diiln't?Tho
1 Flight from Columbia?Wliinner on
Oh Saturday the vigilant Columbia
correspondont of the Journal of Com
nierb6: telegraphed the following
:- "Mystery as to whereabouts of Er
ratic Wright solved at last. This
morning he left here per buggy, in
company with Whipper, nnd went to
Hopins', at which place he took the
train going towards Charleston. lie
stopped at Branchville, but whether
lie resumed his advance upon "Charles
ton' or went towards'Augusta is hot
Known. It is not thought probable
that he will go to Augusta and stop
at the'Planter's Hotel."
lIUNTIXG A JUDGK.
: As: soon as the news reached the
?city.'n. ? reporter for the .'fonrnal. of
'Coinmrrcr. Wns sent iii quest of the er
ratic Judge. He was seen in the
?afternoon coming out of the depot of
the South Carolina Railroad in comp
any with Whipper. The pair wore
spcodily put in a close carriage and
driven away. The carriage, however,
traveled faster t! an the reporter; and
tnc'Justice and quasi .fudge could not
b'c- tracked. Yesterday the reporter
Called at the former resilience of
Whipper, and '. quired for 'the
?Judge." He was informed by the
lady of (he house, Mrs. Hollius, that
"'Judge" Whipper did not reside thore.
After a pleasant conversation, the in
formation was elicited thai. Whipper
had - prohiddy gtmo t> ik-uufv/ri, and
that' when be was in the city, be usu
nil icsi led at No. l.'J \l On tit .diestreel:
At' No. 13 Mont;.gucstrei t Whipper
\\?u? found at home. lie looked we a ry
Mill fatigued, but const nted to receive
the ri'pprier, who at otjeeentered into
Vn" INIKKVIKW ?.VITil T1IK K KKI'Klt;
: Reporter?Judge Wright came
down from Columbia with you last
Whipper (with a smile)?Well?
Reporter?Can I see him ?
Whipper (with a double smile") ?
"Well, I don't know, but if you will
call back in an hour I will bo able to
?let you know positively.
So at the end of an hour the repor
ter ret mil cd, hut Whipper was not in.
Repeated calls were made with the
same result. But perseverance must
?succeed, and in this instance persever.
?nee succeeded even in finding the er
ratic Judge. When the twilight had
?deepened into darkness and the street
lamps which ought to have boon lit,
"were not lighted, Whipper was found ;
?and W.hippc* was in a gracious hum
or. He stated that he bad seen Judge
Wright, and that ihe bull-dozed jus
lice had no objection to seeing a re
So Whipper put on his hat, seized
his stick, nnd started put on the hunt
with the reporter. It was a bug
tramp through many miserable streets
nrni"*dark lanes. During the hunt,
Whipper stated that the Judge would j
leave for .Washington on the evening
train, and in the course of tho con vor
snti?n expressed the opinion that Mr.
Chamberlain was Governor, and that
he and Mr. Packard would ho recog
nized by President Hayes.
After ninn$ windings and turnings,
Wright's asylum, was reached. It
proved lobe the residence of the Rev.
E/J.: Adams, a colored preacher, who
lives in Amherst street. A ring at the
door bell brought two dogs and a col
orcd woman to the door, and the re
porter was ushered into a sitting
room, where he found the erratic jus
tice enjoying spiritual consolation at
the hands of the parson. Ho looked
punny but greeted his interviewer
with a smile and a cordial shake of
the hand. Some little time was con
sumed in looking around and taking
the bearings, the parson meantime om
ploying himself in lighting a kerosene
lamp. Wright then invited the re
porter into the parloi and the light
was accordingly carried to that apart
meat. The Judge seemed to be very
shaky and was evidently unwilling
to allow himself to be trusted alone
with a reporter. So be remarked on
entering the parlor : "I suppose you
have no objections to Whipper being
. present ?" No objections having boon
offered, Whipper, who was near tho
entrance of the door, was invited to
come in. Ami so tho keeper entered.
Judge Wright talks with a lisp.
Iiis npperaricb and his speech gave
clear indications of the bender that ho
has been on. In simple plain unvarn
islicd English he was on the verge of
delirium tremens. He spoke slowly
and as deliberately as possible, and
several times during tho interview ha I
to be prompted .by his keeper. He
consented to be interviewed upon the
condition that his statements should
bo. published entire without any thing
being added to or taken from them.
These, preliminaries having been sir
ranged the inierview beganj the Judge,
and the reporter sitting at tho tabl e
and the keeper, Whipper, sitting on i'.
chair a little to one side.
Ueportcr?Well, Judg>-, where arc
di til suit question to answer. Probably
from here to Washington .
Reporter?What are you gcing to
Wright?Well, you sec, Mithler
Juthtico Willard, of the Thnprcme
Court, suggested to me on the -7th ?
no, tho 21sb of February?that 1 had
better go to Washington and spend
about threo weeks. Ho timid I Could
lake (lie brief and pipers with me, and
write iny opinions (hero itwd o.?.i?
mu.nicalc with him by mail. (A lo g
pause). On Wednesday we met again,
ami adjourned until Friday?lo'nic
sec ? Friday?no, I don't, remember
the da! c.
A t this point Whipp-r interrupted,
and with the assist ui en of (he rcpor
tor refreshed l!ve Judge's memory as
to dates. Whereupon the .Judge con
tinned his somewhat confused state
'I he day before the signing of the
oriler?Ic'me see?the 2d h, blither
Ju.-f it It Willard suggested to iiia the
propriety of going to Washington or
to Florida: II* thought Florida
would be the best because the Chief
Justice would In able to go there
shortly, ami he would like to have me
there to con.-ult. Aftor ,thc court ad
journed he suid I might leave that
night. I asked him what about-the
court. He said 1 needn't attendc?urt,
as he would adjourn it from day to
day until I returned. I concluded that
I would take his ad vice and go to
Washington, and I didn't attend
court oil Friday.
Koporter?Hut why did you .sign
the order for the release of T:lda Nor
ris, which was a recognition ol'Hamp
ton as Governor ?
Wright?I signed the order. You
see the case closed on Friday night
previous, and thn. court adjourned
from Friday till Monday. Mithcr
Willard sent for me on Saturday to
come to the consultation room. He J
asked me that there should be a de
cision at once. I replied that I hadn't
given a thought to the case yet. We
met on Monday and he again asked
for n decision. 1 differed with him
staling that two days in a /tabrtts cor
pus case were equivalent to a convic
tion (the Judge's own words.) On
the 27th he presented nil order to be
signed. I said ! was hot prepared to
sign mi order, General Conner was
in the room nt Ii e time; he never
loses his temper"; but Justice Willard
does. I said to Willard you must
wait until Saturday, and by that time
I can put my views upon paper. Gen
eral Conner arose from bis scat and
said in very solemn tones : "There
have been two governments in this
State running along aide by si do,
without bloodshed. The people have
been restrained bo far, but I fear they
cannot be restrained-much longer un
less this matter is settled.'' He then
went out. Willard then arose in a
passion, and said : "I have done all I .
could nud if bloodshed comes I shall
bo clear." He started to go out, and
when ho got to the door, T said :
' Wait :i moment," and Lthen said
that I would promise to sign an order
to discharge the prisoner, provided he
would not file the order untile Satur
day morning, and that would givo mo
time to prepare an opinion, Ho con
sented to this, and I .signed tho order
for the discharge of the prisoner. On
Thursday I got my opinion done and
sent it by the clerk of the Court, to
Judgo Wilinrd, saying to him that I
had ? come to a different conclusion'
from what the order expressed, and
asking him to send my opinion back
(the Judge's words again) that I
might cancel it:
Whipper?You nisan the order,
Wright?Yes, of course T mean the
order. It was not sent, I ordered
Mr. Boo/.cr to file the cancellation.
K- porter?Do you think that the
cancellation revokes the order?
Wright?Of course. This is no
new practice. The order was not out
of (be possession of the court.
THE SATiAltY CtKAll.
Reporter ? Well, Judge, what did
you sign the original order for ?
An ominous silence and an cx
cliniigO of gl?ncos between the Juge
Reporter?How about the drawing
of your salary from tho Hampton
Wright (quickly)?1 deny it.
When General Hailiptaii was first
imuigurnlcd, lie sent a letter, stating
that he was ready to pay the salaries
of tho judges. General Hagood scut
me a letter, and I called at his office
and stater] to him that I would not re
enivc. i? salary- iVom oilliui- ^-rTcfn !
ineiif; Afterwards I bad a consulta
tion with tlic Chief Justice and with
Willard, and the view that we arriv
ed at wns, that if an order was drawn
upon the Comptroller General ami
Treasurer, it could he disposed of and
that it wouldn't be deciding who was
Coin pt roll er General or Treasurer; so
1 concluded to take the money. 1
followed their advice and drew an
order for one month's salary, took it
to the bank and bad it placed to. my
credit. I drew two such orders and
the hanks resolved thetu.
A V 1 ItY TIIM4 STATEMENT.
Reporter?What have you to say
about that reported interview with
Governor Hampton ?
Wright?Well, you see I was in
formed b}' several persons, white and
colored, that there wns a scheme on
foot to assassinate me (this with a
glance at the keeper), and I was also
told that General Hampton possessed
valuable information that he would
impar*. if I called. I stated that I
feared if I called, I might bo' miscon
strued. (Here there was a brief
pause.) During the recess I went up
and called on General Hampton. I
slated to him that I had been inform
ed lliat I was to be assassinated. He
said "fear no danger; you will be pro
tected." I said "no matter how tins
case is decided 1 will have to leave
Columbia." I then mentioned a rum
or lliat I had been bribed to sell my
deci lion in his la vor for $100,000. He
answered that I know that that was
Reporter?Didn't you tell GDvor
nor Hampton that you knew bo bad
been elected ?
Wtight?I disremember exactly
the words; hut I said something
about the election. I said thcrcwas
no doubt that he had received the
I litrgeft number of votes, but nothing
about the legal points involved.
Here the judge stopped, and the
subject seeming to be disagreeable the
reporter determined to change the
THIS FLICUIT PitOM COI.UMIUA.
Reporter ?How long are you going
to stay in Washington ?
This wns a poser?it was evidently
not provided for, nnd it required time
for 'deliberation and reflection, j Final
ly ho answered, I don't know how
long I shull stay there; but I don't
think I shall stay as long as NYU lard
The conversation no ct turned up:m
the mystori?vis (light from Columbia,
via. J Tophi n!>\
Kcportcr-l-AVhy did you and Mr.
Whipper'TjaVo Columbia in .such a
roundabout way ?
Wright?-Jt was reported to ine on
tho best 'authority (and the speech
was delivered like a school boy's re
citation) thai there was a plan on foot
to keep m^from going to Washing
Reportcrf&Wliat kind of plan?
W righ t-?-r( h es i tali h g)?I didn't
hear dircotlyp- /
\Vliippor(-^You knew that all the
trains wero guarded !
Wright?-'Yes, the trains were all
guarded, and' a number of persons
were seen About my room during the
night to provent'my leaving. Accord
ing to myi-advice I kept in doors.
When I went out in the morning I.
found that Wierc were men outside,
who whistled, as if giving signals. Ar
rungemcuts.ti.hiid been made for me to
<ro to Charleston night before last.
" .. ? f.?
Just before we reached the depot the
train had left,' Bquud North. That's
the reason'^Avo' went to Hopkins' to
take the train.' "
This explanation was not very clear,
but it .w?$ t^VO best that could be ob
laiued fromYj'lhe. bull-dozed Justice
! with the assistance of Whipper.
A IipGAI. OPINION'.
'1 he. Ueportcr next asked'tho Jus
tice whetiier/Site' thought that his rc
eanlutiou . amounted to anything in
Wright?j-.;-think I can revoke my
decision. Courts have the power to
change or oiler their opinions. The
order had nol&cdn filed.
\\'hipper-^f?^?il'him (tho Rmorter)
been filed; that the cleric of tho
Supreme Court told you so ?
Wright?Yes, lie told in sso.
At this point the interview terini.
11 sited, as the Judge was about to
star: on that jaunt to Washington,
lie said, in parting, that he wniild
like to have said Something ah nit nis
reporlc.'l intoxication, buChc;didh*t
fuel wi-ll enough,and didn't have lime
just now. Considering this a delicate
question, in view of the apparently
delicate con litibn of tho Judge's
health, tho reporter refrained from
pursuing the inquiry, and was usher
ed to the door, while the Judge was
remanded to the custody of the par
son, who escorted him to the depot?
if ho went to Washington?which is
not at all certain.
Wright is evidently in an imbecile
state, of mind, and during his stay
here was under the constant espion
age of Wliipperand Adams. Whether
ho will be sent lb Boatftbrt or Wash
ington, or whether he will be hurried
away to the sunny clime of the land
of llowers is not known. Whipper
stated that he would leave for Wash
ington on the 9:l? train last evening,
but it is not probable that the keep
ers of the poor Judge'will let his
whereabouts be known. That myster
ious "plan ol assassination," of which
the Judge did not "hear directly;*'
seems to have demoralized him en
ON THE WAR PATH.
A Savage Panther ilrcalcs Hi*
Coiistcriiiitiini A in uns: SpcetatorK?A
Fierce Striiggle Vi lib Am Kxcitetl Wild
llcnst?Brh cry of the Keeper?Final
Capture of the l'aiitluir.
An exciting cpisodo occurred at
tho Winter quarters of Howes' Great
London Circus and Snngcr'sJCiiglisli
Menagerie yesterday morning. As
was staled in the U/trwiicte. ami Senti
nel, some limo since, the animals in
the menagerie are fed onceover} day
on raw beef. This event has
daily attracted large crowds of our
citizens, curious to witness tho inter*
esting spectacle. Yesterday the feed
ing took place about II o'clock, and
ns usual thoro wore a number of people
present?principally ladies and child
The beef was distributed to the ani
mals by Mr. Julius Barton; the assis
tant keeper, hi going the rounds
Mr. Barton finally reached tho cage
Containing the fine, beautiful but
treacherous looking Texas panthers.
Apparently ravcuous with hunger,
these lierco creatures jumped wildly
from side to side of the cage, which
shook fearfully''under the licmendous
hounds. Placing the tray with (he
meat on the ground in front of the
cage, >lr. Barton stitch his pich-fork
into a largo piece of meat, nnd pushed
it between two of the bars. One of
Instantl.y G rasrKd
Tho beef with teeth and claws, and
pulled with all his might upon it.
Tho piceo was rather larger than
usual, or it- got crosswise the bars. The
panllicr pulled hard, growling fierce'y
the while, and tho meat gradually
squeezed into the cage. But the tre
mendous strain had been too much
for one of the bars. Dr. J. E.
Washington, who was among tho
spectators, saw the bar suddenly give
way, start from its socket at the bot
tom on the cage, and bend inwards in
such a manner that tho panther could
force its way out. In a moment he
called to the keeper, wdio was bend
ing down for the purpose of picking
up another piece of meat to give to
one of the other panthers, "Look out,
Barton, that panther is;about to get
out." Barton, however, who was
busily engaged, did not hear him. and
in an instant almost the pan Lb er had
forced its way out,. jumped on the
ground beside tho keeper and
Grasped; a PiEOB.OP Meat.
A wild scene of terror and con.
fusion immediately ensued. Women
and children screamed and ran in
every direction, strong men turned
pale, and the animals in.the,cage,
I6*0kcdJ6u in Wbiidcr^Viu^
As soon is the panther touched the
ground Mr. Barton realized the situn
lion, and with admirable presence of
mind and a cool bravery possessed by
lew, threw himself upon the'back of
the. animal, put bis hands around its
throat and endeavored to choke it
into subjection. But the ferocious
beast Inn ing now lusted liberty and
?heed, was hot to bo so easily sub
du cd. Turning over it engaged in a
fierce tussle with Mr.] Barton. By a
liberal use of teeth and claws it
finally compelled the keeper to release
it, and it then started lor tho opposite
side of the shed. Mr. Bartoe, who
had sprung to Iiis feet, followed quick
ly and grasped the animal by the tail
before it had proceeded many steps.
The panther, surprised by this novel
method of attack, dashed through the
shrinking crowd of people in the in
closure, scattering them right anil
left. Mr. Barton held on manfully
to the beast's caudal appendage, not
withstanding its struggles togst loose,
until it ran under a wagon, when he
was compelled to let go. Almost im
mediately, however, tho animal came
out again, and was once innre tackled
by Mr, Barton. A second time the
panther rushed thiough the crowd,
making no attempt to molest anyone,
being too closely pressed by Mr. Bar
ton, who clung to its tail with a firm
giipi This time the panther ran out
into the yard next to Eliii street, in
rear of tliJ shed where the cages are
kept, dragging Mr. Barton over the
ground after it. The lit w furious
beast proceeded rapidly to the end of
the yard, and
Tried to Ci.imii a Tuke
Close to the brick wall. In this at
tempt, however, it was foiled by Mr.
Barton, wdio hold on tenaciously to its
tail. By this time Mr, Gco. Arsteing
stall, the keeper of the elephants, and
Mr. l>risco, the chief keeper of the
animals, who had been endeavoring
to capture the truant, managed to get
a rope around its ne?k and thus
choke it into subjection. It was then
dragged to the cage, which was quick
ly made secure after the panther's es
cape, nnd preparations mado to re
store it to its old home. The other
four panthers, after persistent efforts
by the attendants, in the way of beat
ing and punching, were made to go
into the -end of the cage farthest from
the door. They wore then barricaded
at that end by placing hoards through
tho bars. This dono tho door was
opened sind the captured panther
thrust into the cage. Aftar it was put
in it resisted lor some time all efforts
to remove the ropes which bound it.
and it was not until it was choked
nearly to death that this could be ac
complished. It was then found that
the panther was almost lifeless; and
prompt measures hail to bo resorted
to in order to restore it. Copious
drenching? of cold water m\d hard
rubbing finally "brought it around"
all right, and the animal once more
paced its cage a wiser if not a better
When the panther first sprang from
its cage one of the others attempted
to follow it, and succeeded it getting
its head and shoulders through tho
opening, but tho prompt action of the,
attendants, who belabored it over the
head, forced it back.
The fact that the raw meat was
within its grasp when it first rcachc I
the ground iu all probability preven
ted the panther from seizing a child
from among the number who were in
tho crowd of spectators. As it was,
everybody except Mr. Barton escapsd
with nothing more serious than a bad
scare. Mr. Barton was somewhat
bruised in his encounter with the ani
mal. He certainly displayed remark
able presence of mind, coolness and
bravery throughout the whole affair.
?Chronicle and Sentinel.
His Aon.?"Oh, you say this
gentleman was about fifty-five," said
Canning to a pert young woman iu
the witness box, "and I suppose now
you consider yourself to be a pretty
good judge of people's age, eh ? Ah;
just so. "Well, now, how old should
you-; take me to be?" "Judging byj
your appearance, sir," replied the
wltiicsa, ?mould tako you. to. bo
about sixty; by your questions I
should suppose you were about six
Parties desiring guano delivered on or
before 1st April can make arrangements
rangemcuts with inc by calling in ear*}'.
Peruvian, Guano '? impor
ters hands is net cash, and 1 shall fill tirst
all luts engaged on such terms. I am re
ceiving same by said vessel from New
Pliospliate and Acid.
at lowest prices.
Sugavs, OofTee, Tobacco
Family Flour, Plows,
' Steel &c.
always on hand
Early lio.^e, Gooclrieli and
Peerless Seed Potatoes
Kctt Rust Proof Oats.
J. A.. Hamilton
Russell Street next to CorneUon's.
; If fplf
Government will be recognized at
Washington before long. This
cheering news induced mo to pur
chase one of the finest lot of
HOUSES AND MULES
ever broughtiulo this Market. And
as times will grow better under the
People's Governor, I have put my
prices down, and can now accommo
date the public upon tho most rea
sonable terms- No matter what style
of Horse or Mnleu wanted I vouch I
can fill the bill. Call on mo at my
stables at Slater's Hotel,
E. F. SLATER.
COVARTS'ERSHI P XOTICi^
The Copartnership heretofore existing
between flic undersigned under the firm
name of T. Kolui & Rrothcr is this day
diasolved by mutual consent. The business
will be continued by Therdorc Kolin in his
own name and for his own account, ami ba
therefore, alone, will sign the late firm
name in liquidation.
HENRY KOIIX. '
Orungehurg, December 12lh 1876.
dee 1G 3m
Pr. J. G. WAN NAM AK RR is in pbs?
?,e*nion of the Receipt* and Prescription
Bunks of the late Dr. E. J. Olivcros. Alb
p*is*us desiring to get any of the abovo
?i filiations or Renewal of Prescriptions
;nn do ao by calling on
At his Drug Store.