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FRIDAY, SEPT. 13, 188!).
THE MORGANTOK LYNCHING.
The shock given in law and ortler by
the exercise of the popular administration
ofjustice is only sometimes lessened by
such aggravation of special atrocious of
fences, for the legal punishment of which
outraged society cannot wait. There is
only one such ofience; for all others, the
law prescribes the course by which so
ciety may avenge or protect itself; and
popular impatience may properly restrain
itself until it learns that law either ab
dicates its duties or performs them un
faithfully. In the outrageous lynchimiat Morgan
ton the first oflcncs had not been com
mitted. It was murder, atrocious mur
der it is true, in one case clear and indis
putable, in the other with strong circum
stantial evidence only to sustain tin
charge; it maybe said, so strong us to
leave little doubt as to the guilt of Un
accused party. Hut in both cases the ol
fenders were in the hands of the law;
they were in safe keeping within the
rison walls; the means and modes of the
ascertainment of guiltand the infliction ol
punishment were within reach of thceo
plc; the organized courts of justice wen
near at hand ; and tbtre was nothing ap
parent to justify impatience or to gcnei
atc distrust. Yet, with a fury lest vic
tims, guilty or innocent, should find n
chance to escape popular rage, the pris
oners were ton) from their strong hold,
and to the gross insult to the majesty oi
the law, and the great peril to the safety
of the fabric of society, were dragged
forth to Iw ruthlessly murdered.
It was murder, brutal, atrocious, cow
ardly. It was the multitude against
two, it was the armed and powerful
against the weak and unprotected, it wns
the brutal frenzy of the mob, strong in
its numbers, safe in its disguises. It was
murder, with all the elements of murder
hatred, deliberation, secrecy, llight. Tin
guilt is not diluted by being shared by
the many, It murder in one, it was mur
der in all.
North Carolina had once an enviable
character as a law abiding Slate. Mol
law, lynch law, were things absolutely
unknown. How is the change that is-
now so ominously manifest to be ac
counted for? Is it that our people havi
become more brutal and blood thirstv.
more contemptuous and defiant of tin
forms of law ? Or is it that they are dis
trustful of the impartiality or the cer
tainty of the law, more ready to aseribi
to the courts the purpose to use then
machinery for the protection of the ac
cuscd rather than lor that ol societv.
more impatient of the ingenious
of counsel, more distrustful of the purity
and intelligence of juries, more unsympa
thetic with the tenderness o'. the judges,
less reliant upon the inflexibility of tin
executive? Certain it is that a change
has come. With us, as elsewhere, the i
frequency of executions in proportion to
the capital crimes committed! has sug
gested in some thoughtful minds the ab
olition of capital punishments alto
gether, as the idle and contemptible
methods of the statute books. The
Knoxville (Tenn.) Journal, advocating
such idea, justifies its argument by the
There have been in Knox county in the
rjast twentv-five vears an fivpr.wnl.11
least two homicides a year, which would
make htty, and this our Knox comity
readers will admit to be a low estimate
The proportion of homicides in many
counties in the State has been larger.
And yet, in nil these vears, not a sinirle
white man has been found guilty ot mur
der in the hrst degree hv a Knox county
jury, and sentenced to the punishment
prescribed by law for murder in the first
This is a strong presentation of the
case. But it does not meet the difficulty.
The abolition of capital punishment is as
sumed to do away with the death enal-
ty. It does not do it. There is a law in
the human heart, authenticated by Scrip
ture, which calls for the shedding of the
blood of him who sheddeth man's blood.
The retaliation in civilized and Christian
ized societies is taken out of the pale ol
private vengeance and placed under the
control of the law. But the law is ex
pected faithfully to exercise its relegated
functions, not in the form of vengeance,
but as punishment of the offender, and as
a terror toevil doers. If the law fail in
its duty, then society naturally, perhaps
rightly, concludes that its original rights
revert toit. Hence, the causes for the fre
quent exercise of mob law. But resort to
this original right is so full of peril to so
ciety, so apt to burst the bonds of all re
straint, so calculated to make natural
law the law of the land, that
it should never be countenanced for
a moment, unless the legally con
tituted authorities are brought to
make the humiliating confession that
the laws are weakly or uuluith
fully administered ; and that from them
violated peace has nothing to hope,
breakers of that peace nothing to fear.
In the case before us we see nothing to
justify the resort to mob law. The alleged
criminslH were in the hands of the law ;
there was no justifiable pretext for the
apprehension that they would not have
been justly dealt with at the handsof the
law ; there was no just reason to antici-
pate the infidelity of the law. It was
'gross, wanton, violent, deadly usurpa
tion of powers conceded to the laws ; it
wasWadly insult to the majesty of the
laws; it was emphatic, though secret,
proclamation of the existence of social
The duty of theState Executive is plain,
and we are sowelluwarcof bisconscious
tiess of it that we will not presume to ad
vise him. But we expect him to take
stern and decisive measures; to make
the most searching investigation into the
outrage ; to have it ferreted out by every
possible agency, open or secret, search
the offenders, to bring them speedily
to trial, to leave them to the decision of
the law without mitigation or condona
tion, and to demonstrate to the people
of the State that over and above the
strength, madness and wickedness of
lynch luw there reigns the calm inexorable
strength of the laws of the land, un
changeablcin their majestic equity, inflex
ible in their stern severity.
A XATIV1-: HONOKKD,
Mr. Arthur Winslow, a native North
Carolinian, has just been elected State
Geologist of Missouri, with a salary of
$3,000 a year The Wilmington Messen
ger, after giving a pleasant sketch of the
brilliant career of our young Irieiid, says;
"In ISS-Hie took up his professional
work at Raleigh. lie has reported upon
the phosphate body and pyrite deposits
to the State Hoard of Agriculture. Ik
was also engineer for the State on the
Shell Fish Commission ami bouudny sur
vey. At the time he was engaged in this
work we had no idea he was a native of
this State. It is pleasant to know that
North Carolina is able to furnish Mis
souri with so capable and able a geolo
gist. It is not pleasant to know we have
such nn excellent man of science and the
State is too niggard to oiler him n place
.it home. A genuine instance this ol
penny wise and pound foolish. Possibly
il the" progressive men of North Carolina
should once more go into the legislature,
a l.eologtcal Bureau may he formed, and
then Mr. Winslow inav be asked to till it
after bis abilities have been so favorably.
flatteringly recognized abroad in Penn
sylvania, Arkansas and Missouri."
The other day we commented upon the
unreasonableness of the complaint that
appointments to useful position in this
Stale were made from other Slates, to
the neglect of native talent and acquire
ment ; showing thai that system only
operated to partial extent, and that as a
set-otf, North Carolina was honored
abroad by the use in turn made of itsable
men. It is a system of exchange by which
all are gainers; and while, in some indi
vidual cases, neglect, or the fascination
of a name adorned by a foreign endorse
ment, may be apparent, in the long run
nothing is lost ; rather, I here is gain by
the proof North Carolina gives of her
.ibility, also, to meet the most exacting
demands of other Slates or the institu
tions of learning beyond her borders.
The Messenger touches upon a point
eery mortifying or it should be so to
the intelligence and liberality of this Stale,
when it refers to the re-crcatiou of a Cco
iogical Bureau. The legislaliirenevcrdid
so unwise u thing as when it abolished
the geological survey of the Stale, except
when it abolished the Fish Commission.
Both acts were retrograde steps back
into the regions of ignorance. TheState
seemed ashamed of the honors that had
crowned her as having been the first
State in the I'uiontohaveatithorizcdand
jarried out a geological survey. The very
temerity ol the measure alarmed her eco
nomical courage, and its very brilliancy
startled her modesty. It wasinvitingtoo
much notice to the reputed drowsy Kip
Van Winkle to be pointed out as the State
iirst to lead in scientific exploration of
the treasures of the earth and theeapaei
tics of the soil; and after trial, a not un
productive one, of her scientific raiment,
threw it off and again clothed herself
with the garments of humility ami obscu
rity. So with the Fish Commission, which
rich with the promises of wealth to one
section of the Slate, and of indirect benefit
to every part of it, was abolished be
cause it had not made shad to run up the
sparkling waters beyond the Blue Kidge,
or herring to flutter in the mill ponds of
We wait, with the Messenger, for the
lay when "progressive men of North Car
olina shall once more go into the legisla
ture;" men who can look beyond such
legislation as will make them their own
successors; men who can l.ok Itcyond
their own counties or sections; men who
can comprehend North Carolina as a
whole, and be able to balance, withbroatl
reach of intelligence ami generosity, the
diverse, sometimes antagonistic, claims
and interests (if the whtde.
An item in the Wilmington Review ill
most st'irtled us with its refreshing nov
elty, so new in its broad liberality, so
beneficent in its generous impartiality.
The Wilmington Sea Coast and Ocean
View railroads have issued olio tickets
for the old and sick colored jcoplc of the
city of Wilmington, to le used on an ex
cursion to be made at some near con
venient time. We are mistaken in saying
the purpose is new; it is new onlv in the
sense that those railroads arc new. The
same charity has liecn illustrated by the
steamboat companies of the same
city in giving river excursions to
the same class of people. Will
the people of the North believe that such
things can lie done at the South ? Have
they ever given us example that such
things are ever done at the North ?
Dr. Parker Prays cream Van-Ola, Rosa
line, Ongnlinc and Diamond nail powder
having now liecome the Indies' favorites,
at F. L.Jacob's drug store, these popular
manicure articles may always be found,
together with pocket emery board, or
ange wood sticks, nail scissors, files and
other such requisites. Also n complete
line of drugs and toilet articles, in addi
tion to the Helie Soda Fountain from
which ice cold drinks are dispensed. Cor
ner Main street and Patton avenue.
Rowne de Bout: "I hear you have been
Howell Giblmn: "Yes; bw.-tin fever."
Kowne de Bout: "No? If rain fever!
You don't sav so ! (Pause.) Well, it got
left that time."
The Ladlea Delighted
The pleasant effect and the perfect safety
with which Indies mav use the liquid fruit
laxative. Syrup of Figs, under all condi
tions make it their favorite remedy. It
is pleasing tn the eve and to the taste.
gentle, yet effectual in acting on the kid
neys, liver and bowels.
Itostlc Bros. & Wright's.
Large assortment of Dry
(!oods just arrived.
A full line of Prints.
A full line of Satincs.
A full line of (linghanis.
A full line of Tricots.
All kinds of Flannels.
A nice assortment of Tap
Cashmeres and Henriettas
in all colors.
Turner Goods in stripes
Our Jubilee Cloth is some
thing new and very pretty.
Come and see it.
Ladies' Fauntleroy Sets.
A In'",- line of Ladies' and
Gents' II. S. Handkerchiefs,
And in the Gents' Furnish
ing Goods Lineanythingyou
want. A good line of Gents'
Grips and Valises just in.
In fact we have anything
you want in the Dry (Joods
and Shoe lines. To inaugu
rate, we have a special leader
in every department.
UOSTIC BROS. &. WRIGHT.
HOOKS AM) STATIONERY,
IMCTCKliS AND I-KAMliS,
III.ANK HOOKS, KVKKVGHADi:,
POLLS. TOYS AND GAMES.
WKHTKRX Si. C. KEKKHi
MOTH PIIOTOC.KArillC AND 1IAND-
22 S. Main Street.
MAK1-: SOM ECU ANGUS
OI K lH'SIXESS,
Ol'R STOCK OF
KNIVES, FORKS, SPOONS,
ARTHUR M. FIELD)
THE GREATEST ATTRACTION
Is that fine lot of ENGLISH BRIDLES and
THREE-MORN CHAMOIS SEAT SADDLES
J. M. ALEXANDER'S
And the low prices at which he is Belling all
goodi in his line.
He has increased his force and Intends to
meet the demand.
Write to any of your friends in Marion,
N. C, and ask them what Mrs. Joe Per
son's Remedy did for Mr. A. L. Fin Icy.
Lots of people come into
our store and see things that
they have just purchased at
other places and exclaim,
"Why, I didn't know you
kept this,'' etc., and upon
comparing prices find that
they have paid too much for
their purchase. They say,
also, "We knew you were the
cheapest, but had no idea
you kept so and so." For
two years we have lteen try
ing to impress upon the peo
ple the tact that we handle
goods in nil lines
EXCEPT GROCERIES AND DRUGS.
If a new thing in household
using things or conveniences
is announced we hasten to
secure it-, and won infrequent
ly told by visitors from large
cities that the variety and
completeness of our line of
goods is perfectly astonishing
for a city the size of Asheville.
The moral of which is
until you have visited our
store. (Jo to others and get
prices. We h.ul rntlier you
until you have seen whether
we have what you want or not
if we h a ve i t we a re wil li ng to
match prices and quality,
feeling assured that in every
case we shall save you
money. We leave Monday
to buy a large stock, and we
ha ve facilities for getting it
low, frequently under the
cost of manufacture. We
sell at a close profit and we
propose to do some business
or kuow the reason why. Do
until you have visited the
Elegant Pharmaceuticals !
Beef Wine and Iron! Fer-
rutod Wine of Wild Cherry,
Cod Liver Oil with . Hypo
phosphites and Pure Pepsin,
Elixir Valerianate of Ammo
nia, Tasteless Castor Oil and
Calisaya Tonic, prepared in
our own laboratory by an
experienced Pharmacist. T
C Smith & Co., Dispensing-
Milestone for soaking
Wheat at T. C. Smith &Co.'s
Oriental Dentifrice, for
cleansing deleterious deposits
from the Teeth, and neutral
izing acid secretions of tin
Mouth price 23 cents, at
T. C. Smith & Cos Drugstore.
Attention experts in smok
ing! T. C. Smith & Co. havi
another lot of "Five Elev
ens" just in the finest Fiv
Cent Cigar in Asheville. Cu
ban hand made..
All medicines canully com
pounded at T. C. Smith &
Co.'s Drug Store. Prescrip
tions prepared with scrupu
lous care by experienced and
Home-made! T. C. Smith
fc Co.. are General Agents for
all Tobacco and Cigars made
in Asheville, especially Por
ter's Warrantee Cigars and
Hull's Fine Tobaccos.
J. W. JsCHARTLE,
42 Pi. Main St.
fehSOd 1 v
FAMILY GROCERIES AND PROVISIONS
Agent for Rcema Creek Woolen Mills.
North Main Asheville, N. C.
THE ASHEVILLE BRICK WORKS,
Asheville, N. C.
P. O. Box P
A NEW ENTERPRISES
The Hand Laundry will open on Monday,
at the foot of Mrs. WiUon's hill, under the
management ofG. W. HiKuins.
All work done neatly by hund.
The Best are
Farrell & Co.,
6ENERALC0NTRACT0R AND BUILDER
Mosaic Tile and Cement work aipcciaJty.
Grates, Ranges and Boilers set.
Buildings moved and repaired in first class
Sew'.Tage, Drainage and traps for the same
thoroughly understood and promptly at
Office: Wolfe Building, Court House Square,
Ashcrille, N. C. maySOdlr
A larae eleren room Brick House, together
with hitfhw and rvmntm.' tlona ind mwwl
barn. Lot contains 2i acres, ttrwerageand
s;ood bath rooms. Completely furnish d in
every part. Likewise, a 'good Piano, if
aeeded. Apply to
aav ou mi 1 aiivmoun sc nun.
CHAS.D. BLANT0N & CO.,
MEN'S AND BOYS'
Our aim is to fill a long felt want in the city of Asheville,
and we will open about September 1, with the most com
plete line of Clothing for Men and Boys ever shown in this
Our Mr. CIIAS. HLANTON goes to Northern and East
ern markets with the ready cash which insures to the new-business
THE YOUTHS', BOYS' AND CHILDREN'S
Will receive our special attention, and to this we will call
the especinljittention of Mothers, Sisters and Aunts.
OUR GENTLEMEN'S FURNISHING GOODS
Will be re ilete with all the Novelties of the season in the
way of Neckwear.
OUR HAT DEPARTMENT
Will receive due attention, and in it can be found from the
conventional High Hat down to the Soft Knock-about.
We have already placed our order for a line of
MEN'S FINE SHOES
With one of the most popular makers.
Our mode bf business shall be ST1UCTLY ONE 1'itICE,
and all goods warranted as represented or money refunded.
Our opening will be announced in due time.
CHAS. D..BLAN'TON & CO.,
One Price Clothiers,
Patton Avenue, - - Asheville, N C,