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ESTABLISHED EST 187
WORK OF A BLACK BRUTE.
A COLORED WOMAN ALMOST MUR
DERED IN THE STREET
The Insehfllble Body of Nancy Riven Hid
den Under the Steps of St. Mark's Church
?A 2Uyi+terIous Outrage?The Statement
of the Victim.
The Community living in the immedi
ate neighborhood of St. Mark's Chuch
of Charleston, was startled Thursday
morning by the discovery that a most
brutal outrage had been committed near
the church, and that the perpetrator of
the deed had hidden his victim under
that building. Proni the News and
Courier we gather the following particu
lars of the outrage:
"The victim, Nnucy Kivers, is a
dark-colored, almost black complexion
ed woman, about 3G years old, who has
the reputation-of being a quiet, steady
and respectable person, and is well
thought o/J>y her immediate neighbors.
She and* nV'. family, consisting of two
mulatto girUsVone about 14 and the other
about 9 years ol age, live in Mason's
court in a part^f the house occupied by
a colored worajm named Mrs. Mason.
Nancy Rivers 'was married about five
' years ago, but after a short time she was.
abandoned by her husband, who up to a:
very recent period has been living from
place to placciu Charleston, but is sup
posed to have recently left the city.
Nancy Rivers lor the past month or so
has been iu the habit ofleavlmr her house
at 10 o'clock at night and not returning
uutil 8 o'clock on the following night.
This was explained to aReporter yester
day morning by Carrie Bonnetheau, one
of the daughters of Nancy Rivers. She
said that her mother's occupation was
that of a nurse and that she was at the
time of the occurrence in the employ
ment ot the Rev. Mr. Porter. Usually
; she got home at 8 o'clock from work and
spent the evening at home with the chil
dren, leaving the house at 10 o'clock.
Prom the house she went directly to the
residence of Mr. Mclntosh, on Warren
street. On the premises-lives Louisa
Hazel, a colored woman. Nancy Rivers,
it is understood, went over every night
to sleep with1 LouTs'a Hazel, the latter of
whom had asked ior this kindness as a
protection to herself. From -Louisa
Hazel's Nancy usually went directly to
the Rev. Mr. Porter's house,>attended
to her duties, andjeturning to her own
house in Mason's court, repeated the
? same round of visiting and working each
day. .-. * .' V.
Carrie Bonnetheau, who is a very in
telligent mulatto gurl, says tha't Nanjy
Rivers came home ajfc-8 o'clock on Wed
nesday night, and having remained thei-e
until 10 .o'clock she left the-house, flf
-?"thai UC-ur ?. d"/1thl"to-go-ove^?TiT;r
friend's,' Louisa Hazel. Under the cir
cumstances her mother's absence during
the night produced no uneasiuess. and
she know nothing further until the news
was brought to her that her mother had
been foully dealt witii near St. Mark's
Church.
Just outside of the south railing of St.
Mark's Church, and about twenty paces
from the corner of Thomas and Warren
streets, a pool of blood informed the
passers-by that some desperate deed had
been committed at that spot. Why
some information of the circumstances
was not given before 7 o'clock is some
what curious, as the spot must, have
been passed and repasscd by early pe
destrians long before that time. The
blood lay near and under the railing,
and one passing along the side of the
street on which the church is situated
could not have failed to discover it.
Who first passed is not known, but it
was discovered about half-past 7 o'clock
by Rosa Mitchell, who told the Reporter
quite a long and glib story of what she
knew about the case. She lives in a
two story house just across the street
from the church. ? Her sleeping room is
upstairs, having one window opening
into the yard aud one opening on the
street. She explaiued to the Reporter
that she is very timid person and alwvys
get3up at the "'first crack," aud espe
cially since the yard-dog died. She has
a horror of tramps, and considers that
she lives in a very dangerous neighbor
hood. ' She says she is both timid and
nervous, aud consequently does not
sleep very soundly. She only kqpw
Nancy RIvars by name, but had heard
nothing disparaging as > to her social
character. She, like Carrie Boimetheau,
was exact to the minute as to her state
ments of the circumstauccs which she
described. Carrie said that her mother
left home exactly at 10 o'clock, and
Rosa Mitchell said that her first know
ledge of the affair was obtained exactly
at hall-past 10 o'clock. At that time
she said she was still sitting up in her
room overlooking the street. Her win
dows were closed in, except the one
looking out into the yard. ,'Just then she
beard two faint screams, but as '..L was a
noisy neighborhood she only paid pass
ing attention to the circumstauccs.
Something, however, told her to go to
the window, and she went. She pushed
open the blinds and looked-out. It was
exactly hull-past 10; the moon had ironc
down and the gas lamps had been light
ed. She cbufd sec clearly .across the
street, i he first tiling she noticed was
a man walking along the railing on War
ren street. Me was going towards King
and diil not seem to be in any particular
hurry.' She couldn't tell whether he
was a tall or short man. and didn't
notice him particularly. He kept on
walking down the street, not looking up.
and soon disappeared.
It issomewhut remarkable that Rosa
Mitchell could not distinguish a white
man from a black mau at her distance
from the railing, and particularly when
she said she could see everything plain
ly around iu the gas light. Viewed,
however, iu the light of the circum
stances that the rumor was current Unit
the outrage had been committed by a
white tramp her dense ignorance on the
subject is not so remarkable. Coutinu
Glover Jan 1,
9.
OKA
in? her story of the case she said that
she then went to bed and got up about 7
o'clock. At half-past- 7 exactly she went
to the gate to let in the cook. As she
opened the gate she looked out across
the street and saw a "plat" lying on the
pavement,
The "plat" is" the false back hair
which is much affected by colored fe
males, and a "plat" was,.pointed out on
her own head by Rosa Mitchell in ex
planation of what siie saw. Just then a
colored man, an old carpenter, came
iilong and she pointed out the "plat" to
him. and told him to go over and look
under the church, as she thought some
thing was wrong. There was nobody
there at the time. The old man hesi
tated, but did go over, and looking at
the blood and the --plat" and the sur
roundings generally he walked away
without" making any further investiga
tions. Rosa Mitchell then closed the
Sate, and that was all she Iniew about it.
The screams she heard were very faint,
and she first supposed them to be those
of a child.
Soon aRer. the occurrences related by
Rosa the crowd began to assemble. The
workmen who were at work repairing
the church did not enter the church yard
and the crowd stood outside looking at
the;blood on the pavement and speculat,
ing on its probable cause.
There were about a hundred people'
mostly colored, present when the otliccrs
of the law arrived on the scene. It was
easy to trace the progress of Nancy
Rivers from the bkeod spot ou the street.
Just near the blood there is a depression
in the soil leaving a space between the
ground and the lower railing of the fence
through which one or two persons might
have casii^.passed into the churchyard.
That such Tv;as the case was evident trom
the fact that from the ience over to the
church there was a bloody trail, over
which tho woman had been dragged
cither for concealment or for a fiendish
purpose beneaMt the church. Policemen
Burns and Meyers nndSergt. Smith, the
officers who arrived promptly after noti
fication, had, therefore, little difficulty
in finding the unfortunate woman. She
was lying under the church just inside
one of the foundation arches. Beside
her head was another pool of blood. Her l
clothes were much disarranged, as if by
a desperate struggle. Pieces of-her
clothing lay around under the church
and also in "the yard, across which she
had been forcibly carried or dragged to
the arch under which she had been
thrust.
When she had been taken out she was
in a terrible condition and presented a
horrible sight. On bei? forehead there
was a- gash of about four inches in
length, from which the blood had flowed
profusely. Near the right ear there was
another frightful wound, which had also"
bled copiously. Betweeu the right ear
and the right eye there was a contusion,
though not severe. Her upper lip was
cut badly and there were slight wounds
all over her. Her whole appearance
indicated that she had undergone the
most diabolical treatment, and that, if
the perpetrator intended to kill his vic
tim, he had left nothing undone to make
it a most fiendish murder.
As is usual among the extremely ex
citable colored people the first thing
they thought of was the Mclvnight four
der. iAnother nigger killed by a white
man.' 'Killed by a white tramp,' &c,
were the expressions that were whisper
ed around amoug the crowd. This was
evidently why Rosa Mitchell did not
know whether, if she saw a man at all,
he was white or black.
This point was, however, settled by
Nacy Rivers herself. She made an
ante-mortem statement, which was over
heard by a person who stated to a Re
porter that she had siven her story in a
very few words and substantially as
follows
She left home about 10 o'clock and
was on her way to Louisa Hazel's.
When she got to the corner of Thomas
and Warrou streets she met a tall black
man, who accosted her in a friendly way.
He asked her name and she replied
'Nancy Rivers.' lie thereupon struck
her a heavy blow with something (she
did not know what) which felled her to
the earth. She knew nothing further
until she was\takcn from under the build
ing yesterday morning.
This statement was somewhat differ
ent from that which she made in the
morning, when she staled that before
she was struck she screamed out. It
she did. then Rosa Mitchell, who went
to the window immediately upon hear
ing the scream, would have seen her
either on tiie ground or being dragged
across the churchyard. Ou the contrary,
she only saw a man walking away from
the spot where Nancy Rivers was struck
down. The men whom Nancy Rivers
saw was. an entire stranger to .her, and
?she- would not know -him again if she
saw him.
The iujtrnmeht with which the blows
were inflicted was a piece of hard ma
terial, like a fragment of-fiagstoue. It
was-covered m?t blood, of course; and
it is of such a character that death might
easily result from even one of its blows.
The appointment of Mr. Broadlutrst
as Under Home Secretary for Great
Britain has caused a sensation in
political circles, that gentleman being
the first workingmau that has ever risen
to the Ministry. The appointment is
taken as an indication that it is Mr.
Gladstone's intention to rely upon the
masses against the influence of the
aristocracy, The Liberal clubs arc di
vided in opinion on the subject, the Re
form and Devonshire disapproving of
the appointment and the National "Lib
eral entluisiatically approvcing it.
Charles Jeuick attempted to felonious
ly assault two daughters of his employer,
.lohn Hoar, near Macedonia. Ohio, but
failed, when he crushed their skulls with
an iron bar and then bred the barn,
destroying 615,000 worth of property.
NGrEBTJROr, S. C, TH?R!
CAUGHT IX AN OLD TRAP.
AM INDIGNANT FARMER NARRATES
HOW HE WAS SWINDLED
More Proof that It i.s Cheaper in the ISnd
to Buy from Some Keimtablc Merchant
than to he Cheated by Pedlers.
[From the Carolina Spartan.]
On the fifteenth day of December
there came a man into my gin house
where we were ginning cotton. I was
standing at the foot of my gin catching
the sheet of lint as it came from thecon
densor, the cotton being fine. This man :
came to me, calling me by name, as
though he was well acquainted with me. ?
introducing himself as Thompson, said*
he was from Greenville. S. Oi1, was run- !
ning a livery stable there. He then
stated ' that, very recently there had
come two young Frenchmen to Green
ville to build and open an enormous cot
ton and woolen mill.- The 'young
Frenchmen had brought with them five..
hundred thousand dollars worth of ?
French dry goods. Two days after their'
arrival at Greenville, one of the brothers ?
fell dead on the side walk, leaving - the."
other with this euormons stock on hand,,
and he being a green Frenchman could .
not speak one word in Euglish; neither
could he understand a word spoken to
him in English. The Frenchman deter
mined to sell his immense stock as soon,
as possible, and at any price he could
get for them, and carry the remains of
his dead brother back to France. The
surviving Frenchmau had hired him
(Thompson) and his team, us lie could
speak French and interpret for the
Frenchman. Thompson insisted on me
going to my house where the team and
i''renchman were wit!) the goods, ^urging
me to go aud sec for myself the' finest
goods, for a mere nothing. At last I
concluded to go to the house and see,
Thompson talking in a gallop al! the
time. 1 was trying to weigh him, but
he never got steady enough for me to
lind him out. Wheu we go! to' the
house Thompson called at the wagoufbr
his man to introduce him to me. Said
he, Mr. Alexander. I introduce you to
.Mr. Lepeare, (if his name was Lepeare.)
He resembled a buck monkey fully as
much as he did a Frenchman. The so
called Frenchman commenced whidling
and whadling. I havc.got a little last.
Thompson, at the gin house told me he
had sold $150 worth of goods to J. N.
Holcombe; $250 worth to Mr. Bcnj.
Montgomery; $250 worth toS. B. PoolC;
$350 worth to Mr. Burke DeShields;
$150 worth to Elijah Lanford; $20Q,
worth to Ivy Darby; $150 worth to
James Carrel!: $320 worth "to John
Tcdci. He tola me he stayed the night
before with old Mr. Simpson Drummond.
After getting to the house and introduc
ing me.40 the so-called Lepeare, Tdion?|fca|
son gathered a turn from the wagen ?utri
carried it into the house. He untied the
bundle, saying to me he would sell these
cheaper thau any before, as this was the
last. He commenced throwing out piece
after piece, all for one hundred and ten
dollars. I was trying my best to keep
up with him. Ho could talk as fast as
you could listen. I told him I did not
have the money to spare to pay for so
much. He said he would take my note
for part, or for all. I was fearful he
was rotten aud tried to keep aside. Final
ly I told him I would pay him fifty dol
lars down, give him my due bill for sixty
dollars, payable in lifteeil or twenty
day. lie said: "Allright," lie filled
out a blank note for sixty dollars, pay
able to J. Thompson, or bearer. I
struck out "or bearer," making it pay
able to him and no one else. I knew he
would let some one else have my note,
if it was transferable. My idea was to
see him again. I perhaps could hear
something about him. If he was a ras
cal, I could sweeten him. My oldest son
was present. He spoke to me aud said:
"Fa I have some money." I was sorry
he said so. Then the buck monkey
looking, so-called Frenchman slid up to
me slipping five silver dollars 111 my
hand whidling something. Thompson
asked me if 1 understood him. I said,
"no." He means giving the five silver
dollars as a present, if yon will cash the
due bill. I did cash it and am sorry I
did. About Christmas I saw Mr. John
Darby, son of Ivy Darby, He told me
that he never sold any goods to auy of
the named gentlemen af all, that they
never stayed all night with the old man
j Drummond. They stayed all night .with
j Elias Lanford and left their bill unpaid.
11 bear that before these two rascals
I came to me they told the people that the
j so-called Frenchman's brother fell dead
j oa the street at Newherry, S. C. Wheu
; they left me they said they had sold the
j last to me, left in a great hurry to get to
i Greenville that night, so that the living
j Frenchman could start next morning
; with tho remains of the dead brother,
j Two hours Inter, alter leaving, they
were :it X. 11. Turner's inquiring for
Miller Otts ami D. A. Suiter's. They
went towards Switzer's. Xcxi I heard
of these same rascals, they wore at Pey
ton llallcngcr's. They were-driving a
pair of good horses. As soon as 1 heard
that they did not go to Greenville, as
they said I knew they were a pair of
practical rascals. I warn the people iu
all sections lo look out. Do not listen
to such. Do not let such stay at your
houses. I have since heard Thompson's
name is Summcrlield and not Thompson
at all. i do hope that every paper iu
the land will copy this. Every word is
truth, i make this statement for the
good of the people and warn the people
to have nothing to do with such scoun
drels. Do not let such rascals come 111
your houses. Drive them off. I IT only
could just set; tiiese rascals, i would
sweeten them well. 1 just want to
throw one hundred on each of them
with a good buggy trace.
Wir.MAM Al.EXANDEK.
(.'avm's. s. (.. Feb. 1st 1*SV..
?lohn Springs and Will Austin, color
ed, were killed by the fall of an elevator
at the Mecklenburg Iron Works. Char
lotte.
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53)AY, FEBHTJAKY 18,
THE TRUTH HURTS
Federal Veteran* who Don't Like the Jlat
tle of Dull lttlll.
A Washington special to the Balti
more American says: For several months
a pauorama company has been con
structing .a building and putting up a
large exhibition here. It is proposed to
display the battle of Bull Run on an
immense canvas,'and after the style of
the battle of Gettysburg at Chicago, anil
the siege of Paris at New Orleans, etc.
A few days ago. information was receiv
ed by a post of the Grand Army here
that the exhibition would be purely Con
federate in. its teachings: that it would
show the Confederate side of the bloody
contest, and ignore the straggle of the
men who fought to preserve the Union.
This information was received with a
large grain of allowance. The old vete
rans did not believe that euch an effron
tery could be imposed at the capital of
the nation which is frequented by every
people ho " globe; but a committee
was appointed to ascertain the truth of
the report; The building, adarge brick
?fructture*docated near the* agricultural
department, and new and* hdndsbmc,
is finished, but the interior is not quite
completed. A member of the commit
tee managed to get inside to-day when
the truth of the statement became ap
parent. There was the paiutiug and the
deceptive surroundings. -The whole pic
ture of the sanguinary engagement, with
Longstreet and .stonewall Jackson, and
their army of gray coats under the stars
and'bars, driving the'fcdcrals back pell
inell?a victory in every lineament for
the Confederates. The paintings of the
Confederate officers are decribed as be
ing very fine.
Tonight the grand army posts of the
district adopted the following;
. Whereas, In the city of Washington
there is being*erectcd a building for the
purqpse of exhibiting a pamorama of the
scene of the battle of Bull Ruu; Where
as, .The said battle was an .unexplained
victory for the rebel army and a humiliat
ing defeat for the Union army.
"Resolved, That it is the seusc of this
post that the soldiers of the grand army
of the republic should discourage the pat
ronage of said exhibition, because it is
designed to gratify the spirit of treason,
aud perpetuate In the memory of the
people the triumph of the rebellion, and
One of the most humiliating defeats
suffered by the Union army during the
lale war.
'.'YOU'RE NOT MY HUSBAND."
Curious Case From Atlanta?a Lady in
Search of a Lost Husband.
. Atlanta, Feb. IT.?A great deal of
fuss has been made over the remains
fcLW. J. Pierce, who was killed in the
j?^tg?*vPnclffc"nnd East Tennessee.cai.l
rofH disaster. Two women haVe claim
ed him as their husband.
C. W. Bel ton, who is employed at
W. 0. Jones' livery stable, was a vic
tim of the same accident, but was not
killed. It was reported that he had lost
Ids life, and his name was printed as
Felton instead of Bclton.
"An Indianopis woman has been in
Atlanta for the purpose of identifying
my remains. When she heard I was
not killed, she sent for me to come and see
her. This woman was a Mrs. Felton.
I calico at the hotel and was ushered
into her presence. The lady, who was
young and pretty, gazed at me a moment,
and exclaimed. 'You are not my hus
band."
"Since this thing has leaked out, tho
story has been started that I am sailing
under false colors; that Bclton is not my
name, and that there is a large reward
offered in Texas for my capture. If any
body wants that reward they cau fiud
me at the Ivy Street Hospital."
"So that wasn't your wife?" remark
ed the reporter.
"No, sir; but she was a mighty pretty
woman."
Mr. Bclton says he can prove his re
cord and family standlug as good as any
man's in the State of Georgia.
SAFE BLOWERS IN CHARLESTON
The Safe of the Clausen Itrewery Exploded
by Dynamite and ltobbed.
Charleston, s. C, February 12.?
"The enterprising burglar" has been
getting in some daring and successful
work in Charleston. About 2?o'elock
this morning the office of the Palmetto
or Clausen Brewery was broken into,
the door of the irou sale blown open
with dynamite and *G90 in cash and
eight dollars' worth of postage stamps
stolen. There wove several checks and
drafts and other valuable papers in the
sate, but the cracksmen considerately
left these untouched,
i The robbers effected their entrance
1 into the olficc by breaking the transom
' over a door opening info the yard, three
1 holes were brillcd in the door of the sale
near the lock, into which was placed a lot
of dVnamitC. A fuse was then inserted,
i which was evidently fired by the cracks
men at a sale distcucc.
The explosion was heard several
blocks away. TJic policeman <?u duty
1 in the market, one square distant, was
i startled by the noise, but was evidently
j too sloepvto investigate, iuasmuch u.<
I the robbery was not discovered until the
j employees ol the brewery came to work
at the usual hour.
There is no clue to the perpetrators ol
i the crime, but is supposed to have been
the work of the same gang who have
, been operating in Atlanta and Augusta
recently.
a Model Niufoti-r.
We see it stated that Parkvillc. N. Y.
has a model Methodist minister. Ib
was a soldier and has a pension, but wil
i nut touch a dollar of it because Iiis con
science will ii"t allow him to accepi
money that has been received as laxe:
'on whiskey and tobacco. He will no
; marry a couple if either of lham smokes
I chews or drinks, and. rather than ridi
on the Sabbath day. he walks ton mile
, to his charge.
1886. PEIC
CASSIUS M. CLAY'S FATHER.
Personal Habit? of a Noted Kentucky
Ploncor?itellef of Fort Mcigs.
My father was a hard worker, yet al
ways would have plenty of sleep. He
would make up in the day what was
necessarily lost in the night. He would
never allow children to be awakened;
but let them, under all circumstances, to
sleep on till they awoke of themselves.
And this is the most important of all the
means of health. He would never sleep
in the house in the daytime, when he
could find a suitable place to lie down in
the open air. I attribute much of my
good health to the same cause. The. -
damp and.darkness of rooms, and espe
cially the imperfect ventilation, are the
causes of untold diseases. . He under
stood very well that impure water was
the cause^of most summer complaints, as
flux, diarrhea," typhoid and bilious
fevers, etc. .Hence he ..took all possible
precautions to secure good, pure water.
He bored two artesian wells?a thing al
most unknown in his day; and they pro
duce pure water to this time.
He was a great lover of sheep, and had
? great faith in mutton, not only for its
agreeable and nutritious qualities, but as
a medicine. When flux prevailed,which
was rarely the case among the blacks, he
had mutton soup given to all, sick and
well. It Ls the best possible remedy now
for that disease. But what physician
will open the way for a practice which
sends him to the poor-house ? Ho under
stood bow a mutton sheep should be
butchered, ah unknown art to millions
to-day. No man understood better how
to manage his dependents. He provided
first-cla.-s clothing, food and shelter for
his slave*; but was always rigid and ex
acting in discipline. Of all the men I
ever knew, ho most kept in view the
means which influenced the end.
Now, slavery was a terrible thing;, but
ha made it as bearable as was consistent
with the facts. When any of the slaves
were found to "play the old soldier," and
pretended to be sick, he had a fine medi
cine in the bark of the white wahrut.
This he would have mixed with much
water. If the patient was really sick ik
was a safe and excellent remedy for
many diseases; but, if he was playing'
"possum," he would rather go to work
than swallow the bark. There Was no
market for sheep in ? those days, and my
father's object in raising largo flocks was
to clothe his slaves well. He always had
the heaviest cloth made for the men and
women and then "fulled."NBy this opera
tion the web was thickened and made,
like the felting of the-wool hats, water
proof. He used to say: "Better lose tha
value of a coat than that of the work
mam w~? Ho _?eri and sheltered his slaves
well, allo\ring ftiem gardens,T?wl3 and
bees. Groups of cabins were far apart
for pure air.
He was much ahead of his times in
agriculture, and greatly in favor of se
cure-shelter for his stock, grain and hay.
In his intercourse with the world he was
rnther pleasant than reserved?never ag
gressive?but always prepared for de
fense.
When he went to the relief of Fort
Meigs in 1818, which was built on the
River Raisin (where now the city of Mon
roe, Mich., formerly known as French
town, now stands), instead of going di
rectly to the fort, whore ho must neces
sarily have lost much of his force from In
dian sharp-shooters, he landed above,
built rapidly flatboats, with high side
planks, which were bullet-proof, and
thus dropping down the river he hardly
lost a man.
The defeat erf Col. Dudloy was the fruit
of a contrary policy. Ho was ordered by
my father to attack a battery, spike it
and return to the boats. But Dudley,
elated by success, followed the Indians,
and was cut to pieces, with his whole
force. This caution of my father was re
garded by the unwise as timidity; and,
no doubt to avoid suoh imputation the
gallant Dudley was ruined. When too
late, of course, all agreed that Clay was
the better commander.?Autobiography
of C. M. Clay.
Honscs of the Middle Ages.
The seventeenth century was the period
when country houses, as we now see
them, were mostly built. They go more
often by the name of "halls" than of
"castles" or "manors," though many oi
them stand where castles have been be
fore till such strong places were wanted
no longer. This title, "The Hall," was
not given without reason. The house:
of the middle ages had but one room, the
: hall, and these old mansions retained il
I above and before all other features of tin
; house. It was where ucighl)ors am'
j strangers, us well as the entire family,
j were entertained. It was elose to tin
j entrance, so that one might enter out ol
j the night, or the storm and bo welcomed
. at once with fire and food.?Family Her
I aid. _
: Definition of ? Dormant Volcano.
There is uu end to thu funny thing:
j that are seen and heard by the teacher:
; in our public schools. One or two anec
i dotes an- told us by a lady of consider
i able experience in teaching and astron*
sense of humor. It was a question o;
: volcanoes, and one was described as "dor
I mant." "What U tho meaning of dor
mant? Nobody knows. Very well
young ladies; look it up in your diction
j aries." An eager girl in a remote cor
i ner of the room waves her hand. "Well
j Miss Smithson, what is a dormant vol
cano?" "A dormant volcano, sir, is on<
that does not act in public."?Exchange
The last sale of a slave was made ii
Augusta County, Ya., in the spring o
lS?-5. the price paid bciug 100 cabbag
plants. The purchaser got a days wor
out of the negro and considered that Ii
had made a good trade, while the seile
was satisfied.
E $1.50 PER A1TNTOI.
HORRISOFS MONSTROSITY,
THE TARIFF BILL THAT IS NOW BE
FORETHE HOUSE.
What Mr. Dibble bus to Say about the BUI
und its Effect? mi the Iti*-*- Producing
Industry of the South.
Washington. February 10.?The
Morrison larill" bill-has been printed and
was distributed among the members of
the House this morning. But few of
them took the trouble lo read through
its twenty-six pages, although none of
them failed to ascertain how the bill
allbcta their respective districts. Truly
the late Gen. Hancock summed up the
situation in a few words when he said
that the larsiir was "a local issue."
That part of the bill most interesting" to
South Carolina is the provisiou"rclatIve
to the Importation of rice. Mectiug Re
presentative Dibble at. the Capital to-'
day. I asked huh how he regarded-the
Morrison bill, sofaras rice is.concerned.
He said : **I have not fully examined
Mr. Morrison's proposed tariff bill as
the printed edition has only reached the
House to-day. Rut I procured a copy
and examined the provisions concerning
rice. I regard these provisions as ex
tremely hurtful to the rice-producing in
dustry. " Resides reducing the duty on
rice half a cent and on paddy a quarter
j of a cent a poundv the bill provides for
"broken or granulated rice 20 per cent,
advalorcm." This is a settlement of
the controversy between rice producers
and the importers of rice in favor of
the importer on all of the disputed points.
The Tariil' Act of 1883 reduced rice half
a cent a pound on uncleaned and, one
fourth of a cent on cleaned. I think that
rice should therefore be let alone, for the
prescut at least, uuless it is desired to
destroy this important industry, and
none but extreme free traders would
favor a measure which is so pregnant
with disaster to one of our Important
interests. ?So far as I am concerned I
shall never sacrifice South Carolina's
interests for a vague and indefinite
theory."?News and Courier.'
GOVERNQRISEYMQUR DEAD.
?Another Great . Sjtntt-siiinfi'JaiiUJlternarli.n
ble Man Passes Away. ? ,
, UtiCa, X. Y? February 12;?ExGov
ernor Horatio? Seymour died here at'10
o'clock to-night at the homeof his 6ister,
Mrs. Roscoe Gonkling. He would have
been seventy-five years of age on the 31st
of May, As has been Iiis custom in re
cent years, be came from his Decrficld
home in the fall to pass the winter in
Utica with his brother, John F. Seymour
and Mrs. Roscoe Conkling; During the
last two weeks he has had periods of
indisposition, but not ofa serious nature.
I He is renorted to luvvc been unconscious
part of the time to-day and complained
of much pain, his condition indicated a
breaking down of the system.
AVhj]i]>i'd on the UuMi Hack.
Harrison and William Rothwell. John
Penchant audGeorge Xorris, all colored,
and Frank Rlagford convicted of larceny
at the present term of court were pub
licly whipped on their bare backs in the
New Castle (Del..) jail Saturday, receiv
ing from live to twenty lashes. Edwin
J. Ilollingswoth was confined one hour
in the pillory for forging cheeks on the
first national bank of Wilmington. The
thermometer was near zero adding ma
terially to the legal punishment, and
greatly aggravating the suffering. The
first man whipped, although but twenty
two years of age, has been an inmate
of the jail twenty times, varying from
three to twelve mouths, and has been
whipped nenrly'cvery time.
A Fool and his Money.
An elderly colored man buried $500,
the savings of himself aud family for
twenty years, in a church-yard in Ab
beville, and on his death-bed told of the
place of deposit. The widow went to
the spot indicated but found that the
money had been carried oil". Two color
ed boys who recently left the State arc
suspected of takiug the money.
Too Many Hogs by Five.
A negro made a return of his proprer
ty to the Auditor last week for taxation,
and the whole amounted to $15. In ad
lition to this amount he then returned
live dogs which the Auditor put down
at $25. Xo wonder at his poverty when
he lias so mouy dogs to worn for.?Cam
den Journal.
Recently there passed through Opc
lika. Ala., a youthful couple from La
fayette, the groom aged I Sand the bride
11. They kept their names a profound
secret, in ordor, perhaps, to elude their
watchful parents and escape, the merited
pcachtrcc sprout. They will make their
play-house ill Texas.
Dr. Lagrone of Kdgclield has obtained
the necessary papers from the Governor
to bring back Irom Little Hock, Ark., a
negro named Wriidil Weldon, who mur
dered Mr. John Lagrone hi Edgclield
twelve years ago and escaped while
being takou to jail, Woldou is now in
prison iuLilllc Rock.
The stable of J. P. Mullah, in St.
Louis, caught lire and the employees
were removing the horses, when police
men came up and clubbed them sense
less, supposing they were thieves.
The Maines spread rapidly aud ?S horses
were burnt to death.
Adelaide Chapman, an American girl
nurtured on Dos ton beans amfothcr intel
lectual comestibles. Is creating a sensa
tion in operatic circles in Italy. Rut
she does not do it in her own name. Sbo
calls herself Mine. AddaAdini.
A man in New York has declined a
pension lately awarded him on account
of suffering undergone at Andcrsonvillc
Prison because the Government's rcve
I nues are in part derived from taxes on
j whiskey aud tobaco.

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