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LANGDON L. BOOZER.
'I Short Sketch of His Life and Un
Langdon Luther Boozer, old
est child of Luther D. and
Emma A. Boozer, was born
in the lower part of New
berry county, near Prosperity, Sep
tember 23, 1883, and was killed at
Chester by W. E. Perry March 27,
1905. His earthly life covered the
brief span of 21 years, 6 months, and
4 days, but his was a life that left
a record of uprightness of character,
honesty, and truthfulness that may
well be emulated by all, both young
and old. He was always in the Sun
day School from the time he could re
cite a lesson, and united with the
Zion Methodist church when ' was
thirteen years old. His father m '-ed
to a farm in Laurens county, near
Kinards. three or four years ago and
since that. time the family has been
identified with Sharon Methodisct
church, at Kinards.
Langdon clerked in the Blalock
store at Goldville for about a year,
but in June, 1904, he went to Wylie
Cotton mills at Chester as junior
partner and manager of the mill store
with Mr. Hardin. the superintendent
of the cotton mills.
Here, as in all other places he had
lived, he won the esteem and confi
dence of every one by his integrity
of character. He soon found con
genial work in one of the Sunday
Schools as assistant superintendent
and teacher of a class. His young
manhood gave promise of much good
and usefulness to his fellow-men, and
great comfort and helpfulness to his
parents-yet, in a moment, the twink
ling of an eye, death claimed him by
the hand of a reckless man who -had
already killed one man and cut an
other badly. How heartless and ut
terly hardened in sin must be the
human being who can shoot another
down without provocation, and he an
innocent, unarmed boy!
This man Perry, according to the
testimony of witnesses, accused
Langdon of knowing that Mr. Har
din had kept four dollars of his mill
wages to pay an account which he
owed at the store. Langdon told him
that -he knew nothing of it and for
'him to wait and see Mr. Hardin for
explanations. He persisted in insult
ing remarks, and told Langdon to
come out of the store and he would
settle the affair. He being a stronger
man and somewhat under the influ
ence of whiskey besides, Langdon
told him he did not want any fuss
with him or any fight either. At that
he took out his pistol, and, when
Langdon said that cowards carried
pistols, he said, "I will show you
whether I am a coward or not," and
fired the fatal shots which ended a
noble young life and brought heart
breaking grief and agony to fond
parents, brothers and sisters.
Oh, the pity of it! The pity of it!
One so young and so full of promise
to be cut down in the bloom of life
and the flower of young manhood by
the cowardly act of that murderer!
A bullet does its terrible work no
f matter how low and base the man
may be who pulls the trigger, or how
full of glad expectancy and hopes of
a useful life the one who falls a vic
May this thought bring consolation
to the bereaved ones-their boy was
not in anger and not responsible for
the horrible occurrence. They know
that he .had always tried to do right
and was undoubtedly living as a
Christian must live in order to re
ceive the heavenly reward of life eter
His remaine were carried to his
home and laid to rest in th'e Sharon
church yard at Kinards, WVednesday,
March 29, 1905
Besides his parents, he leaves five
brothers and three sisters to mourn
his untimely deat'h, and to long for
the day to come when the ever ready
pistol and direful influence of liquor
will be banished from our fair land,
They have the heart-felt sympathy ol
many friends in this sad time of sor
row over the loss of a most dearly
loved son and brother.
Prosperity, April 3, 1905
All men are liars, more or less
Distance oft lends enchantment to
GEN. MILES' CHARACTER.
Further Light Shed Upon it by the
Story of "A Girl, A Piano
And Gen. Miles."
The following ;-uable and stirring
war reminiscence was written by a
prominent lady of Portsmouth and
read at a recent meeting of the
Portsmouth chapter of the Dauthers
of the Confederacy. It is now pub
lished at the request of many ex-Con
federates, ladies and gentlemen, who
wish the paper preserved in perma
nent form. The address follows:
Now that Gen. Miles is -so promi
nently in the public eye, it may be
well for me to recall, and give per
manence to, my experience with him
just after the war.
I must premise, however, by a lit
tle personal history which will be
necessary to a proper understanding
of the matter.
In January,. 1862, my mother,
dreading the probable occupancy of
our home by the Yankees, sent my
sis:er and myself to Tuskaloosa, Ala.,
where our brother-in-law, Mr. S., was
principal of a female college. In May,
1862. Norfolk and Portsmouth were
evacuatedad ain June my mother,
whose three sons were in the army,
went by flag of truce to Richmond,
where she could be in communica
tion with them. The house in which
she was living at the time was left
in possession of her daughter, Mrs.
B., who for some time past had been
living with us.
In 1864, by order of Gen. Veile,
this house, with its furniture, was
taken possession of, and soon after
wards the whole of my mother's
property was seized and turned over
to the freedman's bureau.
Upon requisition of Gen. B. F. But
ler, my piano, with various other ar
ticles of furniture, was sent to Fort
ress Monroe, Butler being at that
time commandant of that depart
In September, 1865, after my moth
er had succeeded in recovering her
house, my sister and I returned from
Alabama, too happy to be home again
to mind the bareness which -confront
ed us on every side. But I soon
found myself longing for my piano,
and devising means by which it
might be returned to me.
My brothers, having all fought for
the Confederacy to the end, were
powerless to help, so in me devolved
the burden of making the effort.
My mother longed for her com
fortable beds, but I, with the feeling
"Give me the luxuries and I will do
without the necessaries," would ex
claim "I will sleep on the floor if I
can get my piano."
Then began a most active corres
pondence with all officials w&% it was
thought could aid me, the details of
which I will not give, although sev
eral of the letters are now in my
possession; but the result was an or
der from President Johnson that the
furniture, wherever found, should, if
identified, be returned to us. A sofa,
recognized while looking through a
window at a ball which was being
held at the Macon House, was given
us by order of t'he general command
ing at Norfolk, Va. I have the writ
ten order, signed by the acting adju
tant general; but the name is such
a scrawl that I cannot decipher it,
except the first name, which is John.
Knowing that most of the furni
ture had been sent to Fortress Mon
roe, my mother mare this her first ob
jective point, and, accompanied by
my eldest sister, began her quest.
It gives me pleasure to say that
with a few exceptions those to whom
we applied for information gave us
willing help, and even showed decid
ed interest in the recovery of our be
longings. This emboldened us to be
lieve that we should have no trouble
in securing whatever of our property
we might find within the fort, but it
remained for Gen. Miles to teach us
that a southern girl had no rights
which he was bound to respect or al
low. He had succeedded Gen .Butler
in command at Fortress Monroe, and
the mantlk at the immortal Ben had
descended upon him, and was most
The f'rst day's search was without
result, and again my mother and sis
ter started forth, this time I accom
I recall here a little incident of
this my first visit to the fort after
some inquiries of a soldier who was
on guard, and he, thinking doubtless
that we were mere sight-seers
pointed somewhere in the distance
and said: "There is where old Jefi
Davis was in prison." Indignant as
we were to hear this beloved name
so profanely spoken, we took no no
tice of it, but I can see now the crim
son flush that rose to my mothe:r'S
cheeks as a moment later she turn
ed to him, and, with head erect, said:
"Where did you say that Presideni
Davis was imprisoned?" The mar
evidently caught the humor of the
situation, for he laughed heartily and
again pointed out the spot.
The first house we entered aftei
arriving at the fort was that of Dr.
Craven, whose kindness to Presideni
Davis should never be forgotten by
any southern heart.
Mrs. Craven was entertaining a
party of ladies in the parlor, and as
we entered we recognized at once
our own parlor carpet on the floor.
My sister impulsively cried, "Why
here is our carpet." Then, begging
Mrs. Craven's pardon, she explained
the situation to her, and on giving
our authority for the search, we were
assured that the carpet would be re
stored to us. It was there when they
took posession of the house, and they
knew nothing of its ownership. It
was sent to us without delay.
While here I chanced to mention
that a Capt. McEwan had shown us
some favor-I do not recall just whal
it was-when one of the ladies ex
claimed: "Poor Capt. McEwan!'
and I knew from her tone that the
vials of Gen. Miles' wrath would be
poured on the head of "poor Capt
McEwan" for daring to show us ever
so slight a courtesy. I fancy that
the general's official household ofter
found that life was not "all bear and
But still the piano, that ignis fat
uus, while seemingly within oui
grasp, would vanish away at our ap
proach, for every obstacle was placed
in the way of our obtaining or ever
seeing it. We knew beyond a doub1
that it was in Gen. Miles' possessior
but although we went armed with the
order from the president, and having
the list of missing articles which was
furnished us at the quartermaster'.
department, on one pretext or anoth
er we were turned away empty-hand
Once, after what seemed a most
convincing identification, we return
ed home full of hope that in a fey
days we should see the full fruitior
of our labors, only to be followed by
an official notification from Gen
Miles that the piano had been claim
ed by another party, and that wher
definite (spelt definate.) claims had
been established the matter would be
attended to. Undismayed, we wrote
and asked the name and residence oi
the claimant. The name was with
held, but Alexandria was given as the
place of residence. Our next move
was to the quartermaster in Norfolk
from whom wve received the informa
tion that the piano was seni
to Gen. Butler from Ports'
:outh, thus entirely disproving
the :laim of the party from Alexan'
dia, if any really had been made.
Surely, now, nothing could be be
tween me and my coverted piano.
It was a clear, bright December
day when we again started on our
quest. The trip to Portsmouth tc
Old Point was quickly made, and as
we passed from house to ho-use with'
in the fort, we saw everywvhere hap'
py preparations for the Christmas sc
near at hand. The crimson berries
and glossy. leaves of the holly, the
fragrant pine and the spicy cedai
were everywhere in evidence, and as
I stopped and picked up a bough
which had been dropped in my path
my sister said: "What have you, A?'
"Oh, these are my palms of victory,'
I replied. Short-sighted mortal. ]
did not then know Gen. Miles. At
short walk brought us once more tc
his headquarters. At our ring at the
bell, an orderly appeared, and witha
most cheerful confidence I said, "We
have come to see the piano in Ge~n
Miles' house." Conceive, if you car
the dismay with which I heard thE
words, "Gen. Miles has given per'
emptory orders that no one shall be
allowed to see the piano."
Helpless I stood before this roya)
decree, and for the first time felt a
real sense of bitter discouragement.
My resources hal all been exhausted,
and now to whom would I turn? "I
Miles may command at Fortre:
Monroe, but Gen. Terry comman
Virginia." So once more my cry f<
belR was. sent to him, and speedi
I received a reply, which I coT
verbatim. (The original is in 1r
"Richmond, Dec. 9, 1865.
"Madame: I have the honor tn a
knowledge the receipt of your lett<
of December ist.
"Maj. Gen. Miles has received ft
instructions with regard to the ma
ter of which you. write, and if y<
will apply to him again I think y<
will have no difficulty in recoverir
whatever part of your property m,
be at Old Point.
"Very Respt. Yr. Obt. Servt.,
"Alfred P. Terry,
"Miss A. V. T., Norfolk, Va."
Armed with this letter, again w;
the trip to Old Point made, and
proved to be the "open sesame," fi
the forbidden doors were no long
closed to use, Gen. Miles evident
having received orders as peremptoi
as those he had given. There in h
parlor was the piano I had been vai:
ly seeking for months, and unmindf
of the nen who were congregated
the room, I flew to it and the sti
ring notes of "Dixie" rang from i
ivory keps. I did not play well
was too excited for that-but it w;
I"Dixie," and that was enough. TI
tune was again wedded to the ke:
from which it had been so long se
An interview with one in commai
resulted in the promise that the piai
should be immediately shipped, ai
that I should be notified of the tin
of shipment; so home I came, wai
ing, longing, to have the lost trea
ure again in possession. Days passe
and then I remembered that when
was promised that the piano shou
be sent at once, one of the soldie
said: "Gen Miles is going to have
party soon, and I don't think you w
get that piano before then." So
tried to possess my soul in patien<
But when a week went by and i
word had come from Old Point n
thought was, "Can it be possible tb
the doughty Gen. Miles is still kee
ing up the warfare he has been wa
ing against a defenseless girl?"
seemed so, and slowly, but sure
hope was dying in my heart, wh
the report came that a piano had %
left on a wharf at Norfolk, and :
one knew to whom it belonge
There it had remained exposed to t:
wintry weather, unclaimed, uns3h
tered, until the rumor of it coming
our ears, my brother went over al
identified it, and soon it found a w<
come in the home which had shelte
ed it before "grim-visaged war" h:
made that home a desolate, forsak<
abode. There it still remains, an
although like Tara's harp the soul
music seems dead within it, y
around it still lingers the memory
those days of 1861, when "Dixie
"My Maryland," "Bonnie Blue Flag
"On to Richmond," etc., rang out
its tuneful accompaniment.
And now, after many years it h;
mutely suggested the story, "A Gi:
a Piano, and General Miles."
January a4, 1905. A. T. P.
A tramp in a down-town street a
costed a business man the other da
and, in a most piteous tone whined:
"Could you spare a dime for a m:
whose two hands are paralyzed ai
can't do no work?"
"I'm deaf," replied the man, kind]
"Write down what you have to saj
The tramp looked surprised. "Det
eh," he muttered to himself. "We
here goes." So he wrote on the bal
of a letter furnished by the busine
man the following:
"I've got a wife and six childr<
starvin' at home, and I've been out
work a year. I'm in a drefful state
- He handed the scrip to the busine
man, who, after reading it, said:
thought yot:. said you were paralyz
in both hands and yet you can writ'
"Durn it," exclaimed the train
'didnt ye's say ye were deaf?"
"Yes, just to find out if you we
an imposter, as I suspected," was ti
reply of the business man as he tur:
"You ain't no gen'leman for impo
ing on a poor devil," yelled the trarr
after the man.
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