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THB PASSING OF HAMBURG.
The Town that Was Once One of the
Most Prosperous in the South.
The announcement that the town
of Hamburg, S. C., is to be re
claimed by the State as waste land
and sold for unpaid taxes is a new
reminder of the vanity of human
hopes and calculations and the
shortness of human foresight. Far
back in the thirties and forties Hiam
burg was one of the most thriving
and promising towns in the South.
It was on the South Carolina side
of the Savannah river, immediately
opposite Augusta, Ga., and was
established, we believe, by a thrifty
German named Schultz. Some
thousands of people lived and were
busy there, and the town had a
bauk which was known through
out the South. Bills of the Bank
of H1amburg were good everywhere
when nearly everything else was
under suspicion. On all of this
thrift and hope and busy life a
blight fell suddenly from condi
tions which nobody had dreamed of.
Nobody in Hamburg had the slight
est doubt of the permanency of the
town. Land was bought and sold
on the lots and at high prices, and
regarded as the safest possible in
ves tment. A railroad caie through
and Hamburg decayed as rapidly
as a bit of infected fruit.
The bank was closed, the mer
chants failed or moved away, leav
ing"their stores vacant and for rent,
people abandoned their homes, and
in a few mouths nothing.was left but
emipty buildings, which fell to
pieces fast, their windows knocked
out by the stone c f the idle passers
by, their doors broken open and
left gaping. The town Was abso
lutely desolate and abandoned.
After the war some negroes made a
settlement in the few remaining
houses 'nLld re-estiblishedI the town
with a government of their own.
The,y nsde this peculiarly offen
sive to the white people coi
pelled to pass through on their way
to and from Augusta, and in 1876
occurred the ''Hamburg riot,''
which marked the beginning of the
revolution that made Wade Hiamp
ton governor and overthrew the Re
publicans. That was the finishing
stroke of I-Hamburg. Nobody cared
to claim the land on which the town
once stood, for what had been streets
were mncre st etches of weeds with
gloomy ruins on both sides, also
overgrown with weeds and grass.
And now, the State has taken pos
session and probably will sell it to
somebody for a farm. A few sticks
of dynamite will remove the last
rotting remnants of the old ware
houses and the p)loulghsl will
turn over the site of a onice busy
and prosperous comminunity, des
troyed by one of the greatest agents
of civilization which carried pros
perity to so many other places.
IHamburg has depended on river
traffic largely and it may be re
narked incidentally that if Rich
iond had a similar dependence she
ould he very much in the same
Christmas Holiday Rates. I
'r the Christ mas I lolidays the
itih Coast Line announces a rate
eandh one third one way fares
~5c for the round trip between all
South Potomac and Ohio IRivers
Tast of the Mississippui lRiver.
a on sale D)ecemb,er 27(d, 2m h,
Iso 80t h, 81lst. and J1ianuary 1st.,
'ith final limit J:muiary thb, 1901.
Vite promp(t ly, wit refer
We are right in the thick of rea
store, and we place on sale an i
to sell them.
A Grand Array of Special and
Glov-s of all kinds. Handkerck
Ladies' Jackets and Furs-noth
Fancy Handles. Beautiful styl
and Low Prices in Blankets. S
prices below the average. Hos
mas sale. Underwear at specic
ren from 12 1-2c the garment
Our Prices on Shoes are Marvels of Cheapnes
md up-to-date styles. It will pay you to buy SI
Ladies' Dress Shoes, lace or button, worth $2
Ladies' Fine Shoes, fully Worth $2.75, our Chr
Ladies' Fine Shoes, in patent or kid, in all the
ng more suitable for Christmas gifts, worth $3.
Ladies' Shoes in cheaper quality at $i.oo r
,41.25 and $1.75.
Men's Suits, Boys' Suits, Overco:kts. All inI
atest Styles of New Goods.
Good Suit for Ien. worth S6. ;o. our price ii,
Stylish Suit for Ml, worth $io ), our pric'
SpleIIdid Suli( for Men andtl Youth110s, worth $
The great public has treated us
atmost to please them in this Great
riow flock to us, for they know tl
,o reciprocnte, and we are going to
standing the big selling of the best
ind we have wonderful attractions I
Yours for the Pe4
S. J. WOO
A statement cannot b)e too strong Gray Skirti
sh1en founded on fact. Our adver- Gray Skirti
:ising would be wasted if it wer Gray Skirti
iot absolutely correct. We stake Checked Sk
mr reputation on every representa. Mixed Skir
:ion we make, and ask our custom--Axdkr
ers to hold us to a strict account All BI
herefor. Wec are best liked where
>est known. The longer you do Consisting
musiniess with us, the bett.er you Chevoits,
s'ill apprecciate out low prices, and Zhlns
:he more moniey you will save in 'Armours.
lie aggregate. H-avinig enijoyed an
mnusually large patronage from our1 Mat
nany frienads this fall aind winiter or miother
ye desire to e:xpressV 01 tlr appec a one of 1m
on i n s bsta tia wny nan.1y
&-I 4-1 .L J UA T V ki
teers for E1
cliness for Holiday Selling. -
mmense range of sensible gil
Suitable Things for Christmas Gifts to
iefs in Silk and Linen. Silk I
ing more suitable for Christn
Bs in Lap Robes. Splendid [
hirts, Collars and Cuffs in all
iery at all prices, and nothing
Ll reduced prices-all of the b(
ind up-all worth double theit
for such rood quality Ni's IrcsS Slo
oes of us at this Christ- for Christmas a11
.00, now i.5. nw
istmas price 01 ' $2.oo. Also the cheaper
beautiful styles-noth- SHOES FOR TH
25, our price now only
A Beautiful Un
nid $i 25s, NvorthI fuIIy 1110thet ()I Sistert
Mell;ii t lldI 1 .
nownI a t ll\ $3.o
so well this season with a liberal
Holiday Sale. We have iiever hac
Sat this is THE STORE OF THE PH
make the Christmas-tide a time
goods has drawn heavily on our
Ior Christmas buying and Christm
plni Dass o dn 'tal Ni enan d t
nly 57rt 1 a 79.b Ijoy Knhi. 0
ng worth 6.9'8.
soin worlthisOc sat o wih8clbea
1g oday Sae. t hae evr.a
ati wth isc aTH STREOFTH P
Drooshs Gooawn hiyon our
f orgChrs,msbyn n hit
ng worth 75c.(at 59c
ng wor t c. a ~t c
a iiriti ort 60c. a:t 8c.
111 uiiback,Dress Goods
Prune. ll, htcd t
>ro n. A1.ieide i
brt~e i ouh ..e 3i
rhe Christmas spirit fills our big
't goods at prices which are bound
r your Lady or Gentleman Friend.
Vluftlers, Ties in endless variety.
'ias gifts. Umbrellas in Silk and
atterns in Rugs. Solid Comfort
the best and cheapest qualities at
but good hosiery in this Christ
.st kinds for ladies men and child
- Christmas prices.
es, in lace or Congress, all styles, worth $3.25, now
OCs, at Spledid linC. w r $3N501 and $4.(X), going
grades at right priceS.
E LITTLE FOLKS-all kinds for 50 cts. up.
of iielt ,i ppers----n ice Ciristmnas presents for wife,
1.td S,i I oh. i heir real selling 1)1r ice. now
I lt t111 Whisz- 5 p rcel 111V
patronage that we are going to do our
such a successful season, and the peo
30PLE. So it is now a pleasure for is
of great good cheer to all. Notwith
stock, we have replenished it all along,
S hwe carry tIhe vry best flour t can
leat. R assis. N
LIes. G rat ed Coco:iniuts, Giranberries
Mince Meas, ec
'ORT B& CAVENAUGH
rp,'n' Cigrette .i. All cru an Tobacco
ley Iastitute of South Carolina
a .of i eF4ur