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OF OTHER DAYS
Old Newspaper Man Wnites Re
rninisaaent Article on Radi
cal F ale in South Carolina.
Sometimes a single name or small
Incident will open flood-gates of rec
ollections of those who have seen
and felt things arid bring to very
"vivid life old times and long arrays
of dead men. We read in the South
Carolina newspapers that T. E. Mil
ler has been removed summarily by
the new governor from his long held
position as president of the colored
university at Orangeburg.
This is; "Canary Miller," quite an
old man now and long ago recon
ciled to white rule, and become a <
good and useful citizen. He was j
different thirty-four years ago when !
he sat ti the South CaroHna legis- 1
lature as a representative from
Beaufort?a short square built man,
eeven-eighths white, wearing a heavy
light gray sack suit, with his habit
of -running his hands into ,the pock
?ets of his coat and fairly clear indi
cation ol' a loaded revolver in each
?1 jwcket. Other nasty habits had "Ca
nary." He sat as a member of the
last attempt of a Republican legis
. lature in a southern state in the last |
year of the reconstruction era. He sat
with "The Ring-Tailed Roarer of the
.Combah<.\e,'' a black negro whose
gullah dialect from the coast of Af
rica, whose immediate ancestry was
so strong that a white man from'
the up-f:ountry .barely could under
stand him when he addressed the
house; i.lso with the "Duke of -Marl
boro," E.n unctuous yellow scoun
drel, representing the very garden
spot of the state, who used to rise
up and (thunder from a broad chest
and a wide throat when the house
In chorv.s rendered: "Hold the Fort
for Hayijs and Wheeler." How it did
reverberate, rendered to the air of
"'Hold the Fort, for I am Coming,"
when the South Carolina legislature
refreshed itself with song.
"Canury" was not of the group
colleotively known as "The Forty
Thieves " but he was about as full
of fight and venom as a rattlesnake.
One hundred and twenty-five was the
legal membership of the house of
representatives in the year of the
mighty uprising of the white people
under leadership of Wade Hampton,
the outbursting and exploding of a
[fighting and desperate civilization
(against a 50,000 negro majority, the
^law and Ulysses S. Grant in the
president's seat. The Democrats
Ind elected sixty-four?on the face
of the returns. By this means they
kept two or three Republican repre
sentatives at their homes; but when
their names were called they an
swered, "Dummies, ,"
had been put in to answer for them
and no Democrat dared avowed
knowledge that ihe realities were
not there. Who could identify one
-lowland corn field negro from an
other. Then the Democrats, again
I by means, won over two or three.'
Tom Hamilton was among them. He
must have been a descendant of a
[Zulu chieftain, because later, when
his brethren clamored against him,
he rose, tail and straight, his skin
smooth and Bteek as silk, and re
marked that sometimes he went out
i in his field and killed a rice by-d
jwith a revolver for his sport; where
! upon his brethren whimpered into'
I silence because they knew it was so.
Men, white or black, who could drive
a bullet through a rice bird at eigh
teen steps were" valuable at the mo
ment and to be respected. But when
the Democrats gained over recruits
the Republicans?"Radicals" every
body called them then?simpiy went
through the formality of declaring
seats from some Democratic coun
ties vacant and filled them with any
body who might be handy, wearing
any name that might fit, and so re
tained their legal majority, to be cer
tified to Washington.
' So it befell that on a December
day the slxty-?ive Democrats and
their colored allies, sitting in Co
lumbia Hall at Columbia, decided to
go and occupy the hall of the House
of Representatives at the state house.
They went trooping close behind
Lawrence Orr, x of Anderson county,
six feet and four inches high and
two hundred and sixty pounds in
bulk, who threu his weight against
closed doors and doorkeeper, and
burst one and overthrew the other.
Sixty-five and sixty-five and with
their quotas of sergeants-at-arms,
clerks and attendants, the two
houses sat in the hall three nights
and the better part of three days.
Gen. Wallace. S. C. A., of Union
County, the Democratic Speaker, and
E. W. Mackey, of Charleston, the
Radical Speaker, sat side by slae,
each presiding over his own house
and ignoring the other. United
States soldiers guarded the doors.
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Out-of-town shoppers may come to Charleston, stay from one
to five days, attend the theatres, visit the Island resorts, etc., do
buying and have their railroad fare paid for the round trip. , The
only conditions to be complied with are: First, that your combined
purchases amount to $25 or more. Second, that you come from a
point twenty-five miles or more distant. Third, tliat your fare
muft not exceed 5 per cent, of your total purchases.
The merchants of Charleston carry large a; id well assorted
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ten. Prices are very reasonable, considering quality.
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LaLneur'3 Art Store.238 King st
Morgenstern Furniture Company,
.62 Iteid st
.153 Rutledge ave
Walker, Evaps & Cogswell .. ..
.3 Broad st
C. L. Legerton.. ..263 King st
Carpets, Mattings, Etc.
Mutual Carpet Company.
.247 King st
China, Glass and Queensware.
Charleston Crockery Company...
.299 King st
Cigars and Tobacco.
Follin Bros. Co.2SO King st
Clothing and Gents' Furnishin
B.;ntschner & Visanska.
.232 King st
.King and Wentworth
B uestieln Bros.. 494-496 King st
W. S. Cook Company.332 King st
S. Brown Sons. . 354-356 King st
Banov & Volaski. . .3S5 King st
M. Furchgott & Sons.
. 240-242 King st
Lsuis Cohen & Co.
232-234 King st and 203 Meeting
J. R. Read Co. 24 9 King st
Tae Kerrison Dry Goods Co. . . .
. .SO-82 Hasel st
Paragon Drug Co.
.2S6-288 King st
Fish and Oysters.
Terry Fish Co. . . . 133 Market st
Connelley-McCarty C ?.
.29 6 King st
Fho-mix Furniture Co.
.1 ST-1 9t King st
Buell & Roberts_573 King st
A. G. Rhodes & Soa.
. 359-361 King st
Furniture and Dry Goods.
Buell & Roberts_573 King
J. H. Hesse. .Montague & Coming
The John Hurkamp Co.
?. .Kins and Broad sts
Guns, Bicycles and Sporting
The B. H. Worthen Arms Co.. ..
.. .,.. 230 King st
M. H. Lazarus.
.King and Haseli sts
A. McL .Martin. . . .363 King st
Strochecker & McDermid.
.2S7 King st
Ball Supply Co.. ..377 King st
Jas. Allan & Co. . . .285 King st
Carrin^tou, Thomas & Co.
.251 King st
Optician and Optical Supplies.
Parsons Optical Co. . 244 King st
Pianos, Organs, Music and Mu
S?igling's Wusic Store.
.243 King st
Stoves, Cooking Utensils, Etc.
Minnis Sum1 Co.
.King and Burns lane
Robert E. Martin_ 256 King st
II. J. Williams. . . . 248 King st
Robert Martin. . . 139 Market st
A. A. ?Hirsch . . . . 2S1 King st
D. O'Hrien & Sons. . .3SI King st
W. F. Livingston. . .366 King st
Jacob's Shoe Store. .510 King st
Trunks and Bags.
Charleston Trunk Company. . . .
. . ... . .?. 270 King st
Typewriters and Office Supplies.
Edward J. Murphy. .157 Meeting
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Their orders were not to exclude the
Democrats, but if they went out not
to allow them to return. The ses
sions continued through all those
hours of daylight and darkness, ev
ery man armed and ready with his
nerves strung for the desperate fight
all believed to be inevitable?a fight
of men shut in, forced to fight un
til one side or the other was ex
terminated or somebody surrendered.
Under each folder overcoat was a
Winchester rifle, in some pocket of
every man's clothes a loaded re
Four reporters sat at the head
of a table at the. end of the aisle.
They knew that right behind Speak
er (Mackey to his right, two white
men, chosen and approved killers,
were stationed, instructed to shoot
him dead at the first outbreak. Mack
ey knew it, too, but he was clear
game?that Mackey, Radical as he
was; and he never moved or flinched
or in any way departed from the
strict iormalitie8 of his assumed of
fice, and now and then his.
laugh pealed through the house as
something funny occurred. But the
reporters knew that the moment
trouble began a storm of bullets
; would come Mackey's way. because
[Mackey, as a white South Carolin
| ian, of the entire outfit was most
hated of South Carolinians, and the
first thought of every man was to
get "Mackey first." And many men
in the excitement would shoot low.
! Also many of the Radicals, es
pecially among the "Forty Thieves,''
deadliest and bitterest and most
courageous of all, had it in for the
reporter's table. Therefore the re
porters consulted among themselves
as they smoked, who they would
"get" before they were got. One or
them had a pistol the like of which
never was seen before or since that
time, when the ingenuity and most
of the though of men were bent
on devices for kiUing somebody. It
was a section of a Remington ribe
sawed off and fitted to a pistol stock,
carrying a ball, assigned especially
to "Canary" Miller; it was placed in
a drawer of the -desk and trained
on hmi pressed into the bottom of
the drawer during the entire of the
night, and kept cocked, the calcu
lation being that when the fuss was
opened the drawer would be pulled
out, trigger cocked and "Canary"
dropped as he rose in his place on
the right-hand side toward the roar.
H two or three men happened to
be in the way it would be all the
better. That cartridge was good for
an elephant and allour fellows were
clear. All this w">.s because "Ca
nary" rose every fifteen minutes and
conducted this colloquy:
The Speaker: "The gentleman
"Mr. Speaker, I rise to a point of
"The gentleman from Beaufort
will state his point of order."
"Persons are on the boor of the
House who are not members of the
"The point of order of. the gen
tleman from Beautort is well taken.
The se^vea^it-at-r.rms will proceed
to remove from the floor all mem
bers who are not members.''
This was where the trouble was
expected to occur. Orders were that
when the Radical sergeant-at-arms
put his bands on a Democrat or al
lied member the shooting would
start Every time he was ordercu,
the foot senreat-at-arms would walk
up the aisle toward somebody and
nobody knew when, with an extra
drink or two, or on some signal, he
actually would touch a man. It was
trving on the nerves. An outbreak
there would mean not only present
slaughter, but civil war, because it
had not been decided whether Hayes
or Tilden was to be next president,
and the nerves and tempers of the
country were at strained tension,
ready to be startled to the fighting
point by a less thing than a whole
sale butchery in the state house of
one of the pivotal and disputed
By the special mercy of the Al
mighty the country was saved from
that horror, as by the same gracious
means it was saved from so many.
The three nights and days the hun
dred and fifty odd armed and hat
ing men slept and nte and laughed,
und taunted atul threatend, and
locked in the hall together, passed
and the blow that would had such
fearful consequences was not struck.
"Canary" Miller did not get his fight
or his .bullet. Gen. Hampton got
notice that the United States troops
were to charge on his men and he
moved them out. and the next day
his red shirts came in headlong and
yelling on horseback, and on the dead
run, and yelling afoot, and swarmed
over the town by the thousands, and
the worst strain of it was over. And
"Canary" Miller, elderly, peaceful
;ind fat, looms up again after all
Mad days and bad days and merry
nights these times, with a thrill for
every hour and a danger for every
step. Newspaper men did not have,
to look for news. They could crowd
the wires with it until the wires
could take no more. This was be
fore telephones, or typewriters or
street cars. Men depended on their
own legs and hands and eyes and
ears and brains, and nobody thought
of much of food or sleep, or care 1
much for anything, because nobody
expected to live until spring or that,
by spring there would be any state
And all the bright gay men who
chronicled that time from day to day,
who lived luxuriantly because with
peril and excitement their nerves
were strung -happily and tense al
ways, who joined in chorus and
laughter to the rising of many win
try suns or new days of hard work
and emergency, there is. so far as
we know, but one left. When the
drama was over they scattered to
many parts of the world whence they
came, and we think they are dead
now, but one?and they were young
"Here is thanks to "Canary" Mil
ler for recalling a time, thirty-four
years back, well worth living in.? |
$40,000 Bankrupt Stock of goods
bought in Manning, I I.
and brought to Orangeburg for sale, consisting of $15,000
in Shoes, $15,000 in Dry Goods, $500 in Laces, Embroider
ies and Notions, $500 in Domestics.
This Sale is Now on and Will Con
timie for 30 Days, Closing July 1st
While it lasts yon can buy good, fresh, new/ merchandise
at less than the Manufacturers' Cost, and these goods are
just what we say, fresh and new, for the party was only
in business 5 months, going in in September 1910, and
closing in January 1911.
Here are just a few prices to show you how
we will sell you goods.
Men's 5.00 Shoes, cost wholesale 3.50 to 3.75 Women's 3.00 to 3.50 shoes to go at 2.00
to go for. 3.00 2.50 ? - - - 1.65
Men's 4.00 shoes, cost wholesale, 3.00 to 3.25
2.00 " " " " 1.35
97c 1.75 '" 1.20
to go tor ... .?..iJ ?? j 5Q m u *t u j jfj
Men's 3.50 shoes, cost wholesale, 2.50 to go ? | 25 " ? ? " j QO
for.2.25 Infant's Soft Sole Shoes 50c to 75c, priced to
Men's 2.00 work shoes to go for .. 1.35 . go at.35c
Men's 1.50 work shoes to go for . . 1.10 Infant's Sole Snoes 25c to 35c, priced to
Don't miss this opportunity, for we don't know when you
will ever have another chance to buy good dependable
goods at these prices again. Our Dry Goods, Notions,
Laces, Embroideries and Domestics will be sold just in pro
portion to our Shoes qucted above. Everything sold strictly
for cash, no goods charged or sent on approval, should you
get an article that is not satisfactory we will exchange it
for other goods.
Sale Next Door Above Faifey and Weeks' in F. R.
Malpass Go's Old Stand.
J. C. PEERS AND F. F. MALPASS
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