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J. R. HAGOOD, Editor.
EASLEY, S. C., JANUARY 25.
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MlESSENG ER, Eaisley, S. U.
This issue reaches our readers
in the enlarged form. We are
glad to be able to offer the public
more reading matter, and to offer
them one of the cheapest county
papers inl the State. It is to he
found inl a very conIvenient form,
neatly printed, and bearing news
of interest. It is meeting with
11aiuch slc(cess. and if the peoPle
will give the enterpiise their good:
wishes and ait, t m rest as
sured that they will he we!l repaid
for all their acts of kindness. For
the present we continue to publish
TlE MESSENG.ER at One Dollar a
year. O.)uri rates of' advertisin
ar1e (ioubtless Cheaper than any pa
per in Soumth Carol ina, and all those.
wishing their pockets t~o be0 drawvn
l ighitly upon, should have their
advertising tlone iln TnE ME;SSEN
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Tfhere is Po la desigating thec
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ng shoutld be (lone, ando it w ill be
to the advantage of the peOple to
give ns their work. We adv~ertise
cheaper thanx any other county pa
per, and our circulation is growing
About the first of next month Mr.
J1. T. ArnokI will be traveling
t hrough the country in the inter
('st of the paper. Th~iose who have
not sublscr'ibed for it, should hand
in their names, arnd get a cheap,
but newsy sheet. We will be glad
10 receive communications from
the dlifferent portions of the
Couuty, as well as from an out
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we thank all those who have co'n
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ANOTHER WAY TO GET 111)OF
" THE SURPLUS-%
The members of Congress from
our State should at once introduce
a bill appropriating one or two
million dollars for the construction
of the Carolina, Cuiberland Gap
and Chicago R ailroad. This great
enterprise is about as important as
the Mississippi River, and it is cer
tainly more importait to the coun
try than the hailf dozen or more
small rivers in Florida which Sen
ator Call, of that State, wants the
Government to clean out and make
navigable. Indeed, it seems to us
that the building of' railroads with
the surplus money in the National
Treasury would do more for the
general pr osPciperity of the country
than the red uction Or a bolition of'
the tariff about which so much
10(ld clamor has been heard.
This short article evidently
shows that the editor of' the "'Edge
field Chronicle" has the good of'
our new railroad at heart. We
may not exlect to receive an ap
propriation from Congress, for the
buil(lintg o 011r road, but we may
oxpect to receive aid froiu o1r1 ownl)
quarters, and periaps from others.
Any class of people who ore able
to grasp any important isubjedt.,
shouild take this cute rprise inl hand
a1d give it all the attention which
it so much deserves. We havn't
heard of a Imass .neting . being
called yet for our tow'nship. Now
ia good time for holdiig one.
WORK OF CONGRESS.
''he wvork is stea(ily (oinlg on in
Con1gr'e1( s. One of the most im
p)or'tan t 5teps takeni, was t he re
peal of the~ laws pre'scribiing the
ir'onie~l oath. llelow enni~ be seeni
ani acconut ojf the act ion taken in
the matt er':
Mr. Cox, of' New York, mov'ed
to suspend the rules and pass the
bill repealing all laws pre'scribinlg
the ir'onelad oath.
Mr Hon telle, of Maline opposed the
bill,. lIe was unab :ile to r'cogniize aniy
(e x~ig cy whic cliedCl for' I h .a inltro
dulIion of this m easurte. If te r'epealI
of th tes~t oath woul have the ten-.
d1e of hasteintg the era~ of good1
feelinig lhe wonhll heartily favor it~, hut
h1. believed that the inter'pretation
would~ be harmiiful to the country.
WVhien ever con~cession of this kind was
interpreted .in the South as a retriogres
sionl from 'the standi'poinit of loyalty,
and1( as a. sanctlonl or con donmation of
attemipt to (lestroy3 t he G~overnument,
he musti enter his~ prOtest against It.
Mr. Cox explaincd h it the bill only
affected jur1ors and( men wh-> take the
ironelad oath. 'Thie men~l who had been
in secession did not take this oath.
T1herefore it did not affect Southern
men. Tlhe ironelad oath was but a
rotten reminder of the e~~lumy btres
ses of aribtrnre nowcer. It was anCCe..
sary during the war as a test, but since
the luen who had fought a aillt the
Union were rehabilitated the same
privilege should be-extended to Union
men which disutnion1ists enjoyed. Why
keep ill) th--se. old bit ter hates of tle
past? Why .not pour oil Ilpon the old
wound? Ile appealed in support of the
bill from politics, from sectional hate,
from the old uncharitab'e-ness, to the
better era of good ft.eliung which had
been itshered in.
The motion was g1leed to and the
hill passed-18) to 11.
[For The Msegr
LE'AP YEAR RECEPTION.
SrArTANBunG, S. C..
January 21, 1884.
1)E A IEssENo ER: We Spar
tanbirgers wiere honored by the
presence of ) our Editor at our
Leap Year lieception. It wits a
novelty to the Juniors present (lie
a mong them ). ie requested a
young lady to give TiE MESSENmE:
an account of her experienee as a a
"gallnt " on that occasion. ThIiey
were certainly funny and novel.
A formal request for the honor
of escorting the "fair one" was
dlidly made; a favorable response
being received, at the appointed
hou r En cariage c'all ed at his
hous~e andi~ b)rought him i safely to
her parlor. She was awa':iti Ig hi In
zaid with due solicitude, saw him
carefully wrapped for the Col
drive-buttolling his gloves and
placing his hat coquettishly on
one side, she gave him her hand
down the front steps. Assisting
him into the carriage she gave the
orderl, "Drive on."
The parlors of the Merchant's
IHotel had been engaged by the
-MInagers," anl wvere well
warmed and lighltedl, that the( love
lcreatures, in evening dresses,
might b~e comfortably entertained.
As the carriage (100r openfed, out
sprang the "'gallant"' andl helped
her charge safely to the pavement,
up the H ote istep)s and to the door
of the Dressing Room. Seeking
her own, and settling bangs and
flounces to lher satisfaction, she
joinedl a p~arty of comr1adeCs and
waited (duly ini the hail for' the r'e
app~earance Of "'youth anld
A number of' marriedl ladies hadI
consented to act as Chaperons to
the large bevy of debutants. The
married gentlemen had also ac
eepted the invitation to "see the
In deference to the wishes of
some of these, dancing was ta
b)oed ; promnenadinug, therefore,
Was indulged in to its fullest ex
tent. Some of the gentlemen
were such "belles" as to become
victims, and it is nidl ne or two
thiik they walked atliousand miles,
for they (the gentleme'n) were
sought, and not seekers. Novel
Supper was announced at 11
o'clock. Here the narrator, for
the first time, forgot her new posi
tion, for she quietly and naturally
allowed the waiter to place her
chair, and she took her seat, but
her 'lady fair" did NOT forget,
for he reniained standing, looking
reproachfully indignant. Instant
ly springing to her feet and waiv
ing the waiter aside, the chair was
seiz'ed, and the ''lady'' seated in
style, with profuse apologies.
Most assiduously was he served at
Supper, oysters seasoned, creain
an( sugar handed, etc.
Wending their way to tle par
lors, after supper, they were
charined 'till the "w Nvee sia' hours''
hyV uIIISIC from piano and violin,
flute and cornet, and above all,
the "'human voice divine."
( radually the merry crowd dis
persed, the lhllaperols waiting to
see the last carriage drive off,
the Maagr cot
selves that the Leap year's Re
eeption of 1884 was a success.
I' SPA INi'ixA.
-(lpt. Ja ines Lannister, of Giele
villab (., lied onl Monday night after.
cvvral ve(ks illie., aged 53. Ile
was on1ce a miemiiiber of the board of
(e0Inty comm~ttisionersi, andi had be~m
for a nliilber of yvea s, and un1ttil with
in the past t wo years, promineiit 1 1
polities inl this couinty as a Democrat.
r19ring the at ter period Ie hIa , held
the (filee of goV(vrIlNint storekeelwr
am1(l gallger, a 111d had allied liiseif
with the opponients of the D.eImocratie
party. lie was a Iiative of Penisyl
vaia maad a Schoolmate of ex Speaker
-Mr. IIeury Wite, of 1ork Town
'hip, one of the oldest a m1nost respee
tedl citihzens of Anderson, diedl at htis
homeI niear Earl's lBridge oni last Suni
dayX. ie was a native of the counity,
and~ had ani extensive coInction, he
sides JmanyV friend(s wVho regret hy
(death. Mr. W ite' h11(d been in feeble1
heal th~ somie time, butt had been con
fin~ed t o his hed only a short time be
fore his deaith.
-The Grand Jury of Essex eou nty,
New York, earniestlhy urges the esta~b
lishmrent and use of the whipp)ing po~st
for the puiuilshment of wife beaters.
-A elever old maid once saidl it was5
far' better to be laughedI at because you
were not married than not to be able
to laugh because you were. There is
sound logic ini that.
-Col. Jamnes EdwaVfrd Calhoun,w~ho
lives just across the Savannah River
from Elbert, Ga, is at brot her-in-law of
.John C. G~albotm. LHe Is 90 years old,
perfectly erect, rides h'rseback 20 or'
30 miles, speaks a dozen languages
fluently, and has never used specta
cles. 4Col; Calhoun is In excellent