The Easley Messe nor
rulit like v lordh, the mare it's shook, it shines.
VOL. 1] EASLEY, SOUTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1883. NO.
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MESSENUo E , E asley, S. C.
His house she enters lhiere to be a light
Shining withii len all wit hout is
A guardian angel o'er his life presiding,
Douibl ing his piensures, anIld his czares
WiVinniig him back, wNhenl mniglingi in
From a vain world we love. alas ! too
To firesile ha-Ippiniess and hotirs of
Blest with thaLt charmIU the certaility to
How oft hr eyes rea(l his ! her gentle
To all his wishes, all his ihoights, in
Still subjet-ever on th: watch to bor
Mirt h of his mirth and sorrow of his
[For the Messenger.
The Usury Law.
MESSs. EDITOnS: I would be
glad if you would plblish a few
( bouiglts for me oIn t he Usury Law. I
look on it as oie of the vexe(d question.s
ill political econoilly which 110 man can
solve, notwithital(nilg Somle tre .so
poWitive t hat; Iman canl pay only 7 per
cent, ilterest. Let us see inl the lirst
place vhat per cent. man (does pay.
All who use mianuifactutred goods pay
a tariff of over 40.per cent. on woolen
gooods 70 per cent.; on some dlrugs
ab)out 200 per cenut.; and on bibles 25
per cenit., etc., etc., all this to the
manufacturer. IDoes the mercehant
pult on aniy thing ? I suppose t hat he
aokis somewthing over 253 per cent., be
sidles the freighit.
I t hink I kno1w some three score who
are trying to niuke a living by the pro
tIns on an hu~mndredl dollar stock of
goods. L ami niot prophmet enough to
say hmow large tile hving will b~e ; but
.l hope, for thme sake of thme cuistonmers,
it will be mfoderate.
Th~e In ternal Revenu oniC01 whiskey
ando tobacco is pre't ty heavy on1 thme
users of thlese articles. W'here a muan
takes it-.by the drin k, esp~cially, say 60
drinks to the gallon, at 10 cents each,
The farmer looses at least 10 per'
cent. an nually inl death of stocek, such
as hog and( chmicken chIolera, cowV and
horse diiaseos etc. with m.a... oth.
ways and places of loss and wastage.
The average man makes 150 bushels of
corn (the whole crop). Ills horse and
dogs eat 100, leaving 50 for bread for
family. As for meat. clothing and all
other bills, I knov not how hie pays
them. I cor)fess the more I look at
this subject the less I know of it.
I wouild not be sirprised if Virginia,
Massachusetts, Maine, Coniecticut,
Florida, etc., made a pretty good guess
at what interest a mall Can pay when
they said by t hair laws we do not know,
and fixedl no limit.
Now. h-ve I hese men who are so
emphatie in their assertions that man
ran only pay 7 per cent., solve the
problei ? or are they simply tickling
the popiuhtee? Ye earthly Gods, who
can show by demonstration that you
have mastered the problem? Pleae
step out.. and let the world lift yoi to
your proper mumaln sphere. It rather
strikes me It Iv 4 1erage imian.) ought to
draw a boitty of abouit 207 per (eit.
Why fix a limit to money, the lost
steady inl value-of any commodity we
hainile, anol allow lmn to sell blind
hIorse; 20 years old for yoing and som l
coltS, and meanl wihIiskey Ih it cost
aboutl $1.50, for $().00 per gallon, anld
many, Inany A other suIeh thing for 100
to 1.000 per celt. protit ?
Please Messrs. E ditor%, get. some one
who canl luiulltle this subject; to Jet us
know if there is any other chli-ce than
living, as far as it is concerned, in a
bwefagged oceanl without a compass. I
aml) M) Ildvocate of neither high tariff
nor imterest. SUBSCRIHEu.
AN,, UNUSUAL. Noissi.-The unusal
noise created by the steam esca J1pimg
from an engine which Nwas left on situ
day night. Ipol the side track of the
Air-Line Railroini, created the wildest
exeitement ill I he nIighlborliood aromnd
our town, to the distance of five miles.
Many were so hadly frigheid that they
aroIse(d th -h. children and engaged in
fervent prayer. There was a general
shaking of hands and bidding good bye
'Aion1g those who h1 ul seen tw predic.
tiol which t11s been going the romund in
our newspapers, inl reference to the
world comnlifg to an end during the
present month. One of the oldest
men in 011 communtiity was consulted,
and he declared that inl his long life Ie
had never heard1 anyv noise resembling
it, amd it mutis~t be Gabriel's trumlipit
uslherinig In the last great day. Some
thought it would he best to assemble
the neighbl)ors together while others
suggested it woull be better to go into
Senecsi and be with the multitde of the
town, and a nuimber did reach it
about; daybreak. Th'1e excitement con
tinuned till thme eniginteer took~ charge of
lisk engine ear ily Monday moninlg.
The purWpose of this is to bring to time
notice of tile authorities of our orderly
town this un pardonable negligence of
thme R~ailroadl emiployees, with the re
(juest that our Chief of Police will nev
er p)eJrmit it againi to create so gret i
disturbance .-Seneen ( S. C. ) Free
-A ghastly story comeis from IBohe-.
mia. A mnani at Usenmo who was ap
parienitly dead hwi( just beeni low'er'ed
mio thle grave whent the mourners
were horllhed1 to see thme collini lid be
gin to move andi( lihe linen shroud grd
nally appear', until thme corpse at last
sat tip. The iman said thati throughout
his illniess lhe had heard all that 11ad(
been sidh. THe was a wa re t hat they
thought him dead, but was unable to
make' any sign. lie was taken home,
and thmere( is now every prospect of hi.s
Mr. John Pergusou and Col. I[. P.
Hammett, who Were delegates fron
this city to Aiken to attend the meet
Ing of the Stoekholders of the Iuin
berlald Gap & Chicago Railroad, re
tirIed last IIigit. A representitive of
the "Nws" intbervie wed Mr. Ferguson
in reference to the result of the meet.
ilg uuaid Greenville's prospects. lie
said that Ie haid remained in Aiken
until the 14th, while Dr. Mauldin, Col.
HiamineLt and Mr. Carrier left on th(
13th, the I wo first naimed gentlemen
having gone to Col tmia M ergn
son said that a nutiber of delegates
from other localities arrived oi the
14th anl also quite a lire party of
stockholders. All the stock wNas rep.
resented. Quite a volutiniiious report
was received firom the Agent of tI he
Company in Europe. iring the
meeting a telegrai was received from
the Agent wh'ch stated thas the tmon
ey Iecessary to build the road wotild
cert ai v he secured. No decisive ac
tion was takenl by tihe meting. The
old oflicers were re-clected, wit h he
except ion of (ol. King. Vice lreshlent.
was elected inl Ils placte. One fact.
was establi h -d, (Ircenville will 1ot
get I hel main litie. Mr. Ferguison says
I lit the atittide of the dirtectors and
stockhiolders was very friendly toward
Greenville. Thi llPickelns replresenta
t ives are thorolugily reconciled and
h irmony prevails, the relations he
tween tihe Pickens and Greenville del
egates being of a lost plea t natue
While Greenville cannot exactly ob
tain the main line yet her' ehatuces of
securing a large share of the benetits
to be d(eived f rom The roadl are thotuglit
by Mr.. Ferguson to be much01 better
thain ever before as desira ble coIne..
tion can be made with the road. Mr.
Ferguisoi will remler a full and detail
etd rej port of the result, of 1h visit of t he
delegates before the Concil, in a fe w
days, and uitili thi he lthinks it better
nt; to publish a stat ement of Green
ville'e posi ion in Ithe Imatter. Ile is
very meh encotrated and expresses
the belief that Iih-. roai will certainly
be biilt.. le says that the, directors
ftlly realize G reenville 's in portance
in a butsiless View, 'and seeim deter
mined to give her a ehumee to rp) tie
advaitages which will accrue whtn tie
road is built.-G reenville News.
SOUitH CAROLTINA JtU ROtS.--Wash
ington, November 6.-An evening pa
per ptblishes to-dav a statent that
there is nov otl file in the idepartlenlt
of Jutice a report, the con tets of
wvhih have never beeni nmale public1.
This rep~ort is to I he eff~ct. t hat it is im
possible to conviet anyone of an (lee
tion ofre nse in Sout hi Carolina. Men
womenl ad children are agaitnst it.
No jurIy conhl1 be found ih-it would( Conl
viet. it is set forth th-it the wives and1
sweethearts of the wvhite men dIrawni
for jury (duty say to their husbands and
lovers before they go to the court:
"You nied not comle back to me iuless
you (10 your' (duty.'' This means that
unless you g'ive a verdiet for acquittal
yoI Call dlepart. T1his report was made
by a speciall agenit of the diepartmecnt
of justice, inldorsed by the U. S. Dis
--The next house of Represenitatives
will consist of 325 miembers, instead of
293~ of the last 'hiouise. Th'ie Eastern
States have 75, as before ; the Western
States hiave 109 inisteadl of 92, and the
Southern Stat~es 121 instead of 100.
TheWi Demuocratic nmlitite iS na
A Batch of Fires.
CIIARLESTON, S. C., Nov. 10.--A
special to the "News and Courier" re
ports that a tire broke out i the town
of Sumter last n1ght and spread rap
idly. soon involving in destruction the
stores of Mlorris, Hughes, Pate, Hoyt,
Desoun, Snares, Bogin, Phany, O'Con
tier and Maxwell. At last accounts
the tire was still raging. The loss al
ready is estimated at $50,000 ; insu
rance about $25.000.
JACKSON, Miss.. Nov. 16.-The
stores of Williams & Williams and
Blackwood & Co., at Bolton, were
biurlned to-day. Loss $ 15,000.
PIT'rsnURG, PA., Nov. 1.-The
Ne wcastle paper mill was buried early
this morning. The loss is cstinated at.
LAWRENCEBURG, Ind., Nov. 16.
Twelve thousand dollars worth of lWn
ber was burned yesterday. Supposed
A tire on Cemetery Avenue, Char
lotte, N. C., on the 16th, destroyed
live houses. Loss $20,000, partly In
Thek Greenville Hotel, West End,
accidentally caught fire on the 17th,
blut was extinu-nished with da7mes to
tie amt)OIII1t of $50.
A Bro FinE IN NoRFOLK.-A Ilre
broke out it Norfolk, Va., at the Nor
folk zind Western Railroad on Wednes
day. the 14th, at II at. m., in a Ware
house of the company. The flanes
spread rapidly, and Warehouses Nos.
1. 2 and 3 were rapidly destroyed,
The lire was nog under control until
about 2 o'clock in .the afternoon In.
spite of t he united efforts of the Ports
iotith and Norfolk Fire Departtnents
a 1nd harbor tugs. , About 7,000 bales of
cotton were destroyed, together with
twenty-three cars of walnut logs and.
two trains loaded with soft coal. Tie
loss on cotton will be $250,000,Iand onw
Railroad material, freight and rolling
stock, $365,000. The entire loss is cov
ered by insurance. 'The fire is sup
posed to have originated from a spark
fron a tinuer's furnace.
-Mr. M. H. Majors, a young man of
Anderson county, met with a serious
accident on the 24th of October last, by
having his left hand cut off in a cotton
rin. Hle was assisting in running a
cotton gin for Dickson & McElroy,
near sandy Springs, and in lifting up
the boxing that covers the saws of th'
gin his hand was caught and before lie
could extricate it. it was cut complete
ly off and dropped tunder the gin. Mr.
naj ors' I Info rtu nate condition being
quickly mnade known, the hemiorage int
the arm was stop ped by immediately
tiein~g a cord tightly ar ioiund his armt
above thme elbowv. Hie was then con
veyedl home and Dirs. Pickens andl
Ducik were sent sent for to fix up the
nmutilatedl limb, which had to be ampu
tatd aainjust below the elbow.
*-Among recent patenlts issued( is
one for the manufacture of paper fr'om'
the comumon grasses of this country,
and~ the inventor claims that paper
mradle by this process will be softer,
more tranisparent anid much checaper
thant paper' imade from ineni stock. lie
(estimates thun acre of ground will
produice from :30,402 to 56,340 p)oundIs
of green grass, auid this, in turn, wvillI
yield about 3,711 pounds of suiperior'
-The finest products of the loom
go into this year's ball dresses.
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