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LAURENS, S. G., WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 1887.
GHOSTS IN OLD V1KG1NNV.
Tllli Sl'i:\OTU Ul I T I'l.ANTIK WHO
CO ULI) NOT iir.sr IN ins ot; wi:.
A Till? l?y Marilin lllll*lllli<l i Will'li Sin
Says li l<*OUII(IO(l "ll l'art*.
Ho hau spout most ol tho December
day within ?lours. In hisjnisl; promu
nade ou tho long pondi ho glanced, ;
when he passed thom, into tho drawing
room windows. In tho warm urea
spread about it by thu great Uro in tho
chimney, he could BOO two nrmcli tin PI I
suggestively together on the rug. Ile had
nat in one all tho uftomoon. iii - laney,
now placed ill the other a slij;ht Hllpplc
figuro in n wino-colored gown with Bott
laces nt neck and wrists. She was young
and blue-eyed,- and had rust-colored hair
with bronzed ripples running through it :
in the cheek next to him WUH a dimple
that deepened when she lau g I led, Ile
would marry hor in May, God willing,
by the time the roses would bo in bloom
Ot! the liare, brown sticks over thoro ill
thc garden. His home was in Lynch
burg, fifty milos away from Powhatan
plantation, purchased ; ix months ago by
Uorvas Miller, his prospective father-in
law, n long journoy by Bingo or private
carriage in this werthor, alni over tho
worst roads in Virginia.
John Speed, the "catch" of his native
town, and engaged to the sweetest girl
iu the world, yet lound the ail' raw, the
situation o? Hound Hill, noted for its
wide outlook, bleak, the landsoniic
dreary, Eliza ("Shy" t.. her family and
friends since her baby tongue bad in
vented tho pretty substitute for her
prosaic, name i had gone nj stairs lo
dress for supper: .Mrs. Miller ivas busy
in ker own domain ; Mr. Miller and his
two sons were at tho county court house,
it being the hist Monday in tho month
the Circuit Courl was in session.
Aa ko turned nt tho ond of tho porch
in his twentieth round he counted them
to pass tho timo-ho saw a man coining
up the brick walk. "An odd ligure!"
meditated the city lu au, but OHO who
bad the bearing of a gent li um i, \ long
sui lout of drab cloth, open and Hying
back as bo strode forward, ; bowed nh
lilue, eu .se bodied coat, tri ni med with I !
brass buttons, a milled shirt oiled und \
rumpled, a bull'vest and brecc osol the ,
same color ns tho hat. i h'aw II over them ; J
to the knee, a pair ol top "bo ts (stained ,
with rod mud completed his attire. Ile ,
carried a liding whip ?tl his ri ht hand, I j
and tho wide brim ol his hat was caught . ?
up rakishly cn one side.
"A queer fosril, oven for tho middle
counties!" Commented John Sp? ed. inly,
halting to await nearer approach ami !
salutation, "Ho might bavo corni over ,
with Captain John Smith."
Thc-tiauger ascended Hie steps do- i
liborntely, paused at tho top and wheeled i
for a look at tho landscape, t doug oil
his bat with a gesture of iutenso weari
nosfl-a despondent slouch ol' thu well
knit flguru iii.it wu iucxpn ssibly mourn
ful, His complexion was an : t art hy as
a C mole's -John Speed took note of de
tails wbilo ho still hesitated to iidvaueo
und accost him. Tho doop eyes shone
with rod lire, the l over lip was fast iu
the savage bite of white, sharp tooth.
I le was unshaven, haggard, disheveled.
His hair and ono eyebrow were non
gray; thc other eyebrow was mick ns
coal, giving a sinistei cast to tile corni- j |
When he tuned swiftly on his heel,
and with ono stride vanished al tho hall
door, John Speed followed instantly.
Tho eccentric visitor might be a privi
leged neighbor, or he reflected un
easily-an escaped lunatic. li. any ca e
it was his place to shield the ladas Iropi
disagreeable surprise ill the libsOUCO of
tho host and his sons.
Casting a glance into the drawing
room windows as ho hurried by them,
ko saw tho unceremonious guest throw
himself into ono of tho armchairs before
tho lire. Tho door ol the room was shut,
und as the Lyuchburger opened it,
Trible, Shy's pot spaniel, ran out be
tween his legs, yelping shrilly in pain or | \
terror and scampered up tho staircase.
John bad a distinct glimpse of thc
figure crouched together m tho chair,
elbows on knees and head in halals, be
fore tho dog escaped past him.
"Why, Trille! Here, Trille!" hocallod,
reassuringly. "Wind is the maller, old
AH tllO insulted favorite dashed out of
sight the young' mau puslio I the door
back and entered.
"Excuse mo, sir!" be began laughing
both chairs were empty. Not a crea
turo w as present except himself 1
Hhy < voice in the hall coaxing and
chiding her dog recalled him from mis
fitted reminisconcfl of scient nie ? xplana
tiona of wraiths and doubles, ile smiled
foolishly in perceiving Heit ho was
actually feeling his own pulse. As well
bo superstitious as hvpochondrical.
"What have you done to Trille?" said
Shy, in her clear, girlish tones, as be
opened tho door for her. "Ile was loth
to como down with mo at all. A little
while ago he scratched at my door, ami
when I let him in ran craving and shak
ing nil over into the darkest corner ol
tho closet. I brought him down in my
nruis, Iud the moment he le ard your
?tcp hu jumped to the floor mid raced
back ap stairs."
They had been separated for half an
hour, it was therefore necessary that
John should wind his arm'abuiit tin
slim waist ?nd bend his bill head to th?
level of hers; tin n OOlldUi I her lo fifi
without withdrawing the support. Still
standing thus, bc told her how the dog
hud riishod past him and disregarded in
"I pappose a coal popped out on him,
oboe rv od Shy, cai ile-.Iv, ie-tiing her
head aguinst the broad shoulder beside
her. "Ho is a la/.y little scamp who
can't bo taught to keep away from the
fire. How deliciously warm it is in
Mr. Miller brought home bi a lat
supper tho judge of the court and Hire?
lawyers-one young, two middle-aged
His wife would have been surprised had
he appeared with fewer gilesta. Dot thc
most elastic hospitality, oven in anti
bellum Virginia, encountered barriers in
tho millier of Blooping places sometimes.
"I Bay, my doar fellow, you won't
mind camping down oil tho parlor sofa
for one night, will you?" said (r ivas,
.lr., drawing Iiis prospectivo brothor-iu
law aside as bed time approached. "You
BOO, Judge Bolton luis riokoty nerves-?
must have u room io himself, with no
clock in it, three pillows of assorted sizes
nuder his head, and brandy and water
within easy reaoli in ease of nightmare.
Motlier looked blank as a statu when she
heard he was here, hut. I told her wc
would abdicate in his favor,, that we
Could Me. p ?ike a roach in the bottom ol'
a pond, or whore vor she might put us."
Midnight and the dying tire saw tho
pair si retched out on a luxurious supcr
Struuturo of pillows a,ni blankets, up
borne by 'woad haircloth sofas, one on
each side of the hearth. Tiley had been
l ist friends B?UC? He ir freshman year nt
Hampden Sidney. Veteran campaigners
ut 20 in the straits and make: hilts of
orowded country houses, they accepted
tho situation hilariously, smoked a lin
gering cigar apiece after the candles
wore extinguished, tho red tips winking
across the room at one another until
sleep and silence settled upon the rest of
tholiouso. Gervas lirst gave token of
drowsiness, his talk ol' tine girls and
blooded horses running down drolly, the
pendulum tongue dropping words like
lazy second ticks.
"Not a mere glorious pair ut' eyes -
this -sido- the Hine Uidgo!" h" drawled.
"I'innoy's going train'or- t' tho course
next lal 1. Ches'nt-bay-one white
fi 'i .! !"
Tho auditor laughed silently, treasur
ing up tho encomium for elaboration and
repetition at tho breakfast table. Raising
himself on his elbow to sen if Iiis com
rade's cigar were out, and that he had
not net Uro to the sheets, he aimed tho
Stump of his own toward the faint shim
mer in tho chimnoy, drew the blankets
Lip to his chin, and, with a deep breath
?>f satisfaction, set tied into his downy
The ruin was falling with rhythmic
regularity on the porch root', a heavy
lour that beat down the wind. Suddenly
i noise under tho window awoke him.
lie recollected instantly where he was
"( lervasl" ho w hispered.
'.Yesl 1 heard it! Hist!" carno back
ii thu same key.
Tho rustle of tho bcd Coverings at
hey sat upright was audible i:t the darli
.o no. Some one was walking on tin
torch with steps that lagged and quick'
.m d oddly. Sometimes they stopp?e
sntirely while one might count ton oi
iventy. Tho rhythmic patt r of tin.
ailing floods accentuated by contrast
.he unevenness of tho tramp! tramp
rom end to end of tho wet lloor, Sud
lenly the dragging feet halted at tin
rout door, locks rattled, hinges creaked
he footsteps cann' stumblingly to tin
hrcshold of tho drawing room; a ham
'um!>lcd with the knob.
Tho friends heard each Hie other';
i rea Hi sharply held, as Hie door swum
tack and Homebody entered. There wa
i brief pause; the throbbing hearts o
,he listeners, themselves unseen in tin
h iee darkness as was the intruder, ont
.eat the rtuiipotir without to thoi
it rained senses, each gathering bimsel
ip for a spring HO soon as tho trcspassc
ihouhl sink." a light.
Instete! of this, be walked hi avily bu
it i .utily as ll rei ved by delila rate pul
jose across t lie lloor to the corner wlier
?too?I tho piano, lhere they were ll
aire of it as if they han soon the ootioi
he dropped upon his knoos. A lone,
irokeil sigh shuddered through th
ri ?om, an articulated sob burdened wit
i word thoy did not catch, but wilie
hoy believed was a name, followed by
torrid, sickening gurgle a dull thud
loliow human groan!
The ,M?uiig men bounded from the
'ouches and groped in frenzied cliinis
less for matches, The bim) light Biiappc
k/./.lcd, grow red, then oil HIV
"The candle!" gasped (Jervns, shakin
IS with palsy.
As tho wick caught, they turned f<
ho lirst tune in the direction from whit
li" horror had leaped upon thom? Tl
.over of Ihe closed piano was smootl
?hairs, a foot stool aud a lamp stan
vere an they had lett them on going I
ted. There was no prostrate ligure i
tthor sign of tho nocturnal visitutio
Avoiding one another's eyes ns in ti
ibashmont of guilt they explored tl
oom mid hall with lights. Tue polish?
lour of tho latter was dry and clean, tl
niter door locked and b u red.
"Vet I could have sworn that 1
JOOts were soaked with wet," whisper?
Jervas, fearfully. "They had tho soddi
lound of muddy soles."
With the samo queer, COW! d dread
hey knew Hot what lipon them, tin
dole back on tiptoe to thc drawii
roora, mudo op tho Aro, and .silting I
it smoked and talked until the dim da
ight of a wild, rainy morning slid in
In all these hours of agitated con fi
.nee they arrived ut but one ConclllS?
l'he awful Beeret should bo kopt un
mell time as they could furnish a so
.ion of tho mystery. To delicate woin
md superstitious servants Round ll
.vould be intolerable were they to s
?KJOt who stalked, visible and iuvisib
.brough tho house at his own evil will
Shy had been Mrs. Speed for a yi
whon her husband received a letter (ti
uer brother, addressed to his oflico n
"I have found a key that fda i
lock," wrote tho brave young folk
"but tho darkness on tho other aide
the open door is thicker than that
ivh:'. h WO have groped so long."
"Iauit week hiisincte called ino
Ohesterfleld on tho frontier of what
Powhatanites st lo 'the Yellow Jae
.ountry.' I took dinner with my eli
md nu t his lather, who is HO years
ige. On learning where 1 lived tho
fellow brightened up nmuzi?gly, i
lu gan to chat of thc neighborhood as
knew it when a young man. ?Ho
born, it appaarea, on tho Uouud 1
estate, his father having been lb
\li ? ley'n overseer. The rest I will
to set down exactly as ho told it.
M 'Ho come into a mighty tine pro;
when s father died, Byars Moseley i
au' he run through it fasto'n his i
racehorse would 'u went, suhl Drin
u oyard pinyin' 'u horses, 'n the L
knows what else was a-goiu* on
whole time, night 's well 's day. Ho
gaged to be married, too, arter a w
to u mighty lino gurl ovor'n Gooshion!
?A Miss Fanny Oyurtor. Li von that didn't
I stiddy him long. Beeb cyurryin's oh 'a
was in timt 'ar house, 'sp;icially the
; nights artor fow'ton boat day, would 'a
made decent folks' hyar stan' on end,
?suh. For all this 'n that, you couldn't
help Ukin' the loller, to eave your life.
Ho hud o' au inimy in tho world 'tho ut
'twas hisself. 'S for Alisa lanny Cour
ter, slur fyarly worshipped him, Pvc
heord tell- F-unyhow, she wouldn' mur
ry him, hut nutlicr would fho give him
up for nigh 'poll ten years. Sui?I she
wouldn'take a drunkurd nor a mon ler,
hid she'll in ver take lmr word back, nor
marry nobody else.
" 'Yu-as, sur! I said teu year-'ll1 he
didn't git 110 younger nor richer 'n' all
time you may he r ue. Ile tuna d gray
powerful fas', hut he los' molloy faster,
ll,- wore'very dark complected; had
Frouch blood in him quality blood o'
tho boc* sort, 1 boon hear tell an' had
jit block byar. Oue CUr'ottS thing was
that om-of Ins eyebrows got groy 'n'
'tothor didn*. Ho uno'to say 's how all
his brains had settled 'n ono Bido o' 's
haid. 11 give him a kind o' outlandish
'Woll,*tilings got w u .s'u' wuss;, till
il came to Sellin' oil' 's rae,' hossOH, tin ll
a niggor or two. That cul him up
mightily. His nig eis was powerful
fond o' him. lie never laid a lick on
ono on 'em w hen ho wua sober, 'll' cf he
teched a*\\h:p to 'cm when no had a
good haid o' liquor iu, he'd pitoll 'ein
money hy the hun'ful ncx'day, "fur to
'n'int thc sores," he'd say.
" 'One ovonin1 he coin" home hy his
self. 'Twas of a ?Monday December
coat-day, 1 rokleot, 'n' he'd been 'way
moro'n a fortuit. Part o' the time 't Mr.
Cyarti r's in Gooshion', They did sivy's
how Miss Fanny 'scalded him t: en
V good 'n' all, hem' nyar won ?.ut, po-ir
girl! an' no wonder,* with \s dis'pilted
ways, Funyhow, bo'd stopped Sat May
night't Pow'lau cout-house, 'n' sot up
all night 'n'all Sunday 'n' most all o'
Sunday night ployiu'oyards up fitil'rs in
the tavern with some Hichtnon' gum
biers, 'n' when lu: lof the coniJiousi
they got his molloy, every cent of it, 'n
his plantation, 'n' luggers, 'n' his watcll
'n' 's horses, lie had to foot il all tin
nico indes homo,
" 'Well, sub! Lloynl, bia body RI rvant,
he sec him a-settiu' 'll the big cbo< r a:
had b lunged to his mellier, by the pal
lor ure, mighty down like los'ill' Ith
haid on his han's, 'n' lloyal he took 'n
fotehed him a hot drink, knowin' hi
ways, you see, still, ' i' had a nice Blippoi
cook' nu Jiiiii, iud he wouldn't tech uro]
nor mundill, an'when it caine dark-i
bad rainy night 'twas, too-lie wandern
off on the plantation. Thar warn t i
nigger quarter lie didn' go inter that 'Or
night, on' he'd tito same story every
" * "I'm o-stoi't?n' on a long journey,.'
sc/, ho, "au' I want fur to take von
good will with mo," BOSS ho. "I oin
hecii a good marstor lo you, nu' I can'
go 'thoilt you forgive mc," HOZ II-1.
d'.veiy one on 'cm was lit to breitl
thai- hearts aeryin', when he talked .si
mounful, au' tl>ey al! tole him ho,vniue
store they sot by him an' all that, bu
ho coilldli'seem to take no comfort i
what tiny said. Nigh 'pou luidlligll
'twas, when thar come .i kuockbl' at on
outside do', au' my father, he gut u
thinkiu' somethiu' was the murttet' wit
the stock or soinclhin u' othei. Ai
thar stood Mr. Mos Icy, wet \s
ilrownded ral at ' white's a sheet. I
got up, too, an' was a luteum' h, hm
the do', au' i boord bim a going over th
same sort o' fyarwcll to my father.
"'An' then my father, se? he, "Mi
Moseley," se/, lu (father bein' a Mut)
odis' class leader 'xoi'tor), "Mr. Mo i
ley," se/, he, right straight mit o Hi
li} mu hook:
" . " 'While the lamp hol'.s out to bur;
Tho vilest sinner mongin return,
se/, he. "Hub out, n' b'gill ag in, sub,
soz In-, " s never too late to mell'.1
Ah! molly's thu limo I ve thought i
them 'ar' wfird.s Boneo, and how s di Ul
my father said 'om, he bein' a 'xorton's
saul. "NcVf.T too lute to nun', M
Moseley," sez ho.
." 1 "An', se/, ho, langhin' kiiuh
Clir'oitsdiko, "tiler's mithin' fail loft I
mon', Mr. Pass, an' wiiss'n uotldu' fi
to men' it with. I don't know's ll
devil 'll think me worth pickin' np, lb
goyd-by! gooddiyl" an' In- was off
the-rain un' win'. "'Twas jes' mit
sun-up ncx' moruin', but still a-roini
cuts n' dogs, you motlght say, when Ito
eonie Koyal a-raoin' an' a-bollerin' dow
to our house fur to tell us he'd ioiiu' li
master stoilO dead an' cole on the pori
floor under his mother's pict UT, a-lyi
face down, with his throat cut from ye
to year. Ain't tho stain o' the bim
thar still, sun'/ 'l'use' to bo? do wh
they would to git it out. They say
blood stain won't never scrub clean.' "
.lohn Speed glanced furtively over 1
shoulder, wol Iiis dry lips with a tong
that waa stiff and cold und steadied i
tho leaf of his desk the bund that club
ed the letter. A horrible sense" of ii
reality possessed him. Now that ?
planation had come, there was no I
erinn on w hich to rest credulity. Th
tho tloating haze of letters subsided ii
lines, thc lines from curves into love
Ho w ent on :
"When 1 got back home I made
clean breast of the matter to my fath
Mother was luckily away from homo,
really think the good man doubted i
sanity and your veracity for at least I
minutes. Wo went together to I
drawing room, locked ourselves
moved the piano and pulled up tho e
nor of the carpet. The stain is thor?
a big, brow nish splash, running oil'
largV and sandier streams with the gr
of the boards an ugly, ugly sight!
"Wc-you, my excellent fatlior un
-don't believe in ghosts, Jack, mo
nt haunted houses, nor in iuexph-a
sights and sonnds, even when we
and hear them ourselves. Hut what
we to think of all this? And what
eau we make of thc kuy, now that it
i in ie,t into our bands? '
Non:, -However inartistic may bc
addendum, ".Strange but True,'' to w
would otheTw lae pass as a bit of nm
native tlotlon, the author feels const n
ed to state that tho story givou uh
rests upon flu- testimony of witnesse
unimpeachable veracity. The uppaiil
on tho porch; tho midnight ahum;
inclhiccblu blood stain; the histor}
the suicide -all those were real hap)
wigs, if tho solemn asseveration of g
and sober men is worthy of credence
An old bruiser-A mixer of mint jul
.lill. -I \ s <n TH i SKNATK."
Ca|>(nlii ll? ii- Tllliimii'H i ; ? -1 > i s lo UK
I.a ltl'l' <ll Sl'll.llor I.. Wi YllUIIIIIIIMa
Captain 13. B. Tillman has written to
the Nowa ami Courier a ri ply to the re
cent h-tb-r ol'Senator Youinuim, of Barn
Wi ll. Alter expie sing his dislike for
any further newspaper controversy over
tin- queutions growing out of thc "tann
ers' uioV< lUOlit," and some allusion to
Iiis own letter reviewing the ai linn nf
tile Legislature al the late session,
< luptuiu 1111 ii mn saya:
Tito animus of my letter was not
oguinst thu "agricultural Sol ,us-," for
whom I only felt pity and e mlompl,
hut against tito eleven lawyers who knew
nothing about tho m tits of the matter,
;uid who should have deferred to tho
opinions und wishes of the fanners out
sido of tho Senate, who i ud met twice I
in convention and asked certain things,
rather limn to tho partisans and tonis
within I aiu willing to concedo hon
esty ni purpose to some of these farmers
in tile s. nute, hut it must bu at the ex
pense of their intelligence and inde
pendence, to say nothing of their fealty
to th? ir brother farmers,
"Check" js a favorable word with
Colonel Voiinians, and ho f ives mo
oredil for having my share thereof, hut
I doll my hut to him ns having even
finie than I. Colonel YoumnilH hus read
all my articles, for his letter fairly
bristli -. with quotations from them, und
for him to claim that my "charge!- ol'
extravagance and incompetency" against
tin' hood of agriculture and commis
sioner were "reckless and fallacious,"
after the published and admitted facts,
requires "brass enough to gild aohurclt
stcoplo." Tho commissioner's "goodl'
liquor" must have addled his brant, or '
else his toadying regard for the prised < ,
"olliciont, patriotic, und trustworthy I j
board of agricultura" has blinded him
evento admitted facts. I cannot rc-1 !
capitulate the charges 1 have ma le and
proved, hut. your renders rcmombor
them, and I can only explain Colonel'I
You tn ii ns making this assertion hy the
fact that warm personal relations with
tin- hoard of commissioners ami love for
political allies have kept him from j .
Weighing the evidence and giving uni,
hone .i verdict.
But there js nothiug hut "cheek," 1
brazen and unblushing, in his further,'
assertion that I am "self-confesscdly a|*
miserable failure in tho management of
my own farm," ot" that I am a "disciple
of Henry George and compeer of W . l\
Ku -.- h." I bave never m.ide any such
confession, and huvu only said I did not
feel competent t" tench others, and that
"after seventeen years' hard study I did
not know how lo farm.'' If wa* a roali-l1!
zution of my own errors and th?) errors]
of those around mo in managing our '
nilly lands that li ist led me to' udvocalu|j
a special training for fanners in au ag fi
en lt ll ru I Col lego, and I am nu v than
over cou \ i need of the m eossity and de
torniiued to urge und advoc?te thooatab
lishmciit el such a school in South Caro-,
.ina. Tho Aiken Itccorder is the au
thority, perhaps, lor this falsehood, but '
whether I lutvo beou successful at farm
i ng m not has no connect i?ui leg ii i mutely ,
with tin measures I have advocated, and j
it come, with poor grace from a stoic- '
keeper w ?lo dllhs himself "plai.ti r," and , !
in u-I- neil to bo call? ii funner, to warp)!
holiest lld mission of ignorance into a
"confession of failure. "
Ldc making of money out of laud is J
imf my definition of a good farmer, hut !
the preservation of fertility iv li i le ?ob-1J
taiiiing au income from il. .fudged hy j
thin st i u du ld I am a failure as u farmer, | 0
an t weu nigh Hie entire ag i .'Cn11ural I
population of tm- State an- failures,
iiarn wei l's Senator, who has waxed fat ?
oil* his store by selling gonds to ids poor \
farmer ueigbboiH and their lum.ls, ami1'
fuels that he is a grand sucoess, may
justly -a\ lie bus no sympathy with "a
Ijoor farm ir." lt i'eiiluillS to he seen
how niue 11 sympathy tiny will have for
him win n In- M oks their StlOVugos again.
Tho furmei ot Uarnwoll may he hel
ter nil'than the rest of us they may be
"dogs" enough to lick the I un id that
.-mites thom, tin y havn UOVor given any
sign that tin y knew there was a "Farm
era' movomont" m South Carolina but
if Ootouol Youmnua will accept thc chub i
h ugo I mailt- lum last December to dis
cuss the question of agricultural educa
tion amt administration ami the reforms
needed in our Stute Government with
nit? before an audience of Barnwell farm
ers, if 1 don't start a "Farmers' movo
mont" there I will "shut up."'
This may sound egotistical, but I have
that knowledge ol my ow n hom sty ami
that faith in the justice of our causo to
feel that, prejudiced against mo though
they may be, and upithetie as I know
them to bc, many ot them w ill "lull in"
when they hear the lilith. I want it dis
tinctly understood that I make this pro
posal in good faidi, but that I cannot
redeem the plodgc till next suinmor or
Bul to return to Colonel You mans and
his "cheek." W hat reason has ho for
calling nie a "disciple ol' Henry Ot orgo
ami compeer of \V. V, Bussell"? I have
never read any ot George's books, nor
have I preached any ol' lus doctrines,
least of nil community of ownership in
laud. I have too much laud, notwith
standing my "miserable failure as a
farmer," and want to Boll Miine, but I
have no purpose of putting it into a
common pile forovorybody to ?enjoy its
usufruct, nor do I desire to diside it
with any one but my children.
I laue called things by their names
and not minced matters, ami shall con
tunic to tio BO. Tho dissatisfaction of
he people with the way our public
affairs aro managed w as no creat ion of
minc, but only showed itself openly
after I begun to write, ami if my "gab
bling" about our poverty ami its remedy
makes mo a disciple of Henry George
then I glory in the title. Nobody now
disputes the fuel that farmers as a class
are poor and growing poorer, ami
realization of their true condition must
precedo any effort to botter it. This
may "enervate" them, but l caunot sci
ni what way. Wo do not want tin
"State h> feed thu fanners," but wo want
Homo of our money spent, to cdticab
farmers UH well as other classes. W
want politicians and drouin relieved ot
running tho agricultural department.
We want reduction ol' taxes and n re
establishment of flic equilibrium between
tax-payer mid lax-eater. Wo want tho
legaci?n lett us by the Undid! in thc
way of useless ollicos, abolished, and the
suliuifs of th?- others reduced in propor
ti?tii to tho work dono.
Tho purchasing powor of mouoy is
double what il was when tiloso salaries
were. Ilxod. Tho taxpaying powor of tho
people is ul>out ono-third loss. lt lalo's
throe boles of cotton to pay what taxes
two then paid, und it' the storekeeper
and "planter" who representa Boruw? il
in tin St nate doesn't feel it, wo furn.irs
do, and we are not "lilting ourselves
over the lenee liv our hoot-sltups" ill
(loinoildiug a ollUtlgO. We an- poor ami
ItUVU ti> stint, and we want no bosses in
liri ittdolotli and lino linen lo lure HUDIplu
onsly ovorj day und patronize the "('..
hiuioia Club" lo kill tiuic, while elerie.-,
whose plaees eau IKJ Ulled at one-half the
salary paid, do I heir work. Georgia,
with an assessment ot'over $121,00 ',000,
wliioh has risen year hy year, ht i
S12, Ot M), OOO more in 1880 than it was in
1882 -Uuorgiu only pays her Governor
83,000 a year. South Carolina, the
"prostrate Statu" ,onee, and tho Hoick
State" now, .'.-i-our tuxuhle wealth h's
made very ?.?iii- gain in ton years
South Carolina, usscsscd ;'t 31. 1,000,000,
pays her (Mm I' Magistrate .- ;...'io. they
nay their Judges 82,000 wo pa} $.'1,000.
Their Chief Justice gets ^t.oVio, ours
SI,OHO, ainl so on in mai.y othoi ? I te. -,
Our taxes me eaten up, and when we
ask to have lie.* burden lille.', we aro
called '.'disciples of li' ney < li urge," lim.
above ?di things, wo want no iucomo tux
in South Carolina, nt nil ovoids not ono
which taxes the poor larmer while 1 itV
iug the rieii men ot' other eliiHsi s alone,
for wind is tltti recent assessment foi
taxation ol' Un; farmers' produce, corn,
Vc, on hand nut an income tax? This
property is all tin- farmer has to live on
:ill anot her crop is made, and is as much
m iucomo us the salary of tin; comptrol
ler gonond. If thal gentleman is "only
utrrying out tho low, as he elaine , ii
inly shows that the huniers i:i the Log
sloture aro being careless or i id i l?? rent
:o our rights, and that un organization
if Carmel s is needed to watch over our
The "farmers' movomont'' is md a
M il it it-iil agitation, pure an.1, simple, hut
I, at least, have never disclaimed that it
.vas political to the extent of securing
locdod reforms, Wo have a right to
'disport in the political mill-pond,"
kowovcr distasteful ii may he to Colon? !
L'oitmans ami other mombors of thc
'tiling oliqtic, mid we shall continue to
igitato' those water; till they become
Miro aud wholesome. Hut wo are nol
going outside tho Dcmoerotic party to
ibtain our rights ? ? redress grievances,
md Colonel Youmiuis knows it.
tho sneering allusion to Mr, NV. I'.
Llussoll shows thiil he and his h l!o\\.-.
could I ?; glad lo have us make that
abd mistake, lint wo cannot alford t"
ibandoii our fat!.' r's house because we
lon't like tin- inauitgomont. We will
nioner kick out unfaithful and incom
lotetit stewards and install othors who
viii do their duty, and to accoiuplish
his wo must "organize."
Colonel Youinuns, while sneering nt
ho viii uti of .fnruu r ' organizations, and
.specially the Orango, would yet keep
he hood ol' timi order ?ind tin president
?f the State Agricultural Society tts
nembors ex-olHcio of Ih? ? >ord of ngri
itdturo, und that to-., notwithstanding
he fact that these gentlemen huvoshowii
io special fitness for tho )>osition and no
it'oper eoiiception of tho rori! dilti? > <u n
lourd of agriculture. lld po its to
hese two agricultural organizations,
uni the inference is that ho thinks nu
?thor is net tled. Has he forgotten that
omo years ago they both unanimously
mssed resolutions urging tho Legis
ure to abolish tho lion luw his pi t
.version-and .hus lu- not remember
nth what ift'cct? Hud either or Loth of
ho.-c organizations represented mi} con
idorablc contingent of our agricultural
lopulution; hud there been fewer publi
ions nmoug them anti mon' real, honest
armors, there would dace been mon
iced paid to their wishes. Hut some ol
he "farmers" win- voted for il;,- r?solu
ions ut tin- joint summer nicoling, voted
gainst repealing tin- law in tlio Legisla
the example ie troi" .erv to OUI'ngri
iiltural inti rests, ai. ? of ?nd Ot r< nc?
iftor having ohtuiucd political pri for
neut, are so numerous in South Carob
ia, that it is sundi wunder that I an
iodised of trying to "feather my owl
lest," by acting ns thc agricultura
ihompion. Especially has tins ohnrgi
icon mode and rid tera ted by thoso win
ire already "ht" good pl. c. s or liuvi
fiends or rolntives tn thoui. ?'he ttcou
lotion is u confession of their own sellisl
nek ?>f patriotism, und it ill too oid iou
?talo to servo Mr. Youmnns in place
irgliment. I can only say timi if 1 "gt
lito the poiitieal millpond'' it will bi
vitll pure motives, anti I will como on
villi clean hands.
The Senator from Barnwell draws ;
dvid picture of the probable result o
'plaeyig the Hoard of Agriculture at th
toad of thc fariuors' movement," an.
loniures up a most frightful cotastroph
L?4 the probable result. "Imagine,' say
ic, "such an Organization por?ooteil
l'lie depart incut of agriculture couverte.
uto a bureau of organization, Tlioi
lot in vain might these solf-snorifloiu
ipostlcs elder the political liiill-pout
ind go into deop water at that, whs
loworfttl ally ol Mr. Tillman, who hu
loon coquetting lu a jack-in-the-box wa
sith this 'political del litante' might li?
i.- ni coted to tho United Statis Sonato?
the idea is so propostorotta and so uttoi
y improbable thai it produces a sinil
?f pity for the sickly imagination wide
hus "preys upon itself." Tin's "Mai
pio's ghost" ootdd nover have appoore
0 any omi ? Ist; but the Senator froi
Hornwoll, aud the natural inference
hat tho family ?if Yottmons have cuten
1 pre-emption claim to a scat in tl
United States Semite, and all trospOHSO
ire warned to "keep O?ftllC grass." ll
lurdly probable thal either of the gu
ant onodegged veterana who now u pi
lont UH in the upper house ut Wasliin
on will bo disturbed in '.heir place
ong UH they choose to hohl them, shou
boy OXeroise Common prudence and I
he formors' movomont alone,
But Colonel Yoiinnuis lfl not betti iii
ho ohanccM of his distinguished biotin
h?a district attorney, by his antagonis
:o th?' effottfl Of tho farmers of Sou,
Jnrolina to better their condition ai
??euro their righto. And the pitiful pu
d ijmp business is lhat the scen t is o
iud wo now kuow what induced t
"agricultural Solon" from ilarnw
[wno is u "planter," and keeps a stun
to lead tho assault in tho Hoi into on t
bills proposed by tho Farmers' Couvt
Itio? utter their passage by tho House.
Thu "ti in inwardness" of tho pretended
dislike of " nih.mn dictation" i* laid
? l?ire, ami ibis 'immaculate Senator,"
j wiio votos for ?; rsoniil uggruuOizoineut
nud thu family rathol' than the public I
I good, is "In'it by his own petard. Ho
can discover no harm that ena come to
I South Carolina by tito most thorough
organisation of farmers, oxeept that
Captain Dawson might he eleeUd to the
Uuited States S? nate.
Suppose wo did elect the editor ol tho
Ne u., ami Courier, wiatt harm would
follow? What lias tile United Stabs
Soiiuh gol to do with til? renieanizatioii
of the departan nt of agriculture? Sup
pose Mr, I'iudul, Mr. Donaldson, Mr. .
N"< ivis, Colonel Stuoklioiiso ned al! of us
wi . have buen leading tin farmers'
JU iveini ni gol ii good fut olilce apicoo
and been iii? "tnx-eatora" for a time,
what hann would follow? Colonel Yoii
imun did not pause te picture tho ruin
thal would, inevitably ri suit; he did not
mention tho wailing among the disin
herited members of lim royal fami I j
whoso : lae - \> add ho thus usurped hy
t i.plebeian "larmors." His td! righted i
imagination oidy >v"s ''"it some one not ?
mum d Vottmaub is to go to the Uuited ]
Stilles Sonnte, and ld? mind is made up |
-Brutus was not moro determined w in n
he slow Ciesnr aud ho votes to postpone j
tl i bill "with snell emphasis and evideut .
delight that if cleated a ripple ol laugh- \
1er all over Hie Senate." Actuated hy (
these highly patriotic and virtuous mo- '
lives with whal a maguauimous air he .
posea at tho champion of injured ?uno- ]
cenee and refuses to "slap our . undent |
and patriotic hoard of agriculture in the j
la.iv." How blind ho is to their short- j
comings and those of tho commissioner, i
He fails to point oui in wind way we \
humors ?ire bciioilttcd. Ile does not (
show where tho $170,1)00 thoy lmvo spent i
has gone, and he cannot show any |
udcqtfitto result of its expenditure, lie i
rehearses the old story of an agricultural i
college and constitutional convention I
costing iyii?0,000, just because he saw it
in the News and Courier.
'I'lf old ?ifcory about the "little fellows ,
at the (?lobe Hotel" und the Sheppard- ?
Dnwsyii-Tilhnan combination hus served
e.. HM .; and ouh act . ?is padding for -
Colonel Youmans's lengthy screed, ll ]
put Hie "pea under the w rong thimble" (
at the August Convention, and those |
win? beuelltcd hy ii ure welcome to their
victory. Iliid I heim the politician 1 am f
charged with heilig I would have re- o
maim I ?cay [rom tho State Convention, ?
and e-p, nisei! ;?,> milli's CltudidllCy. hilt |
I will .-.?y for tho bi iieiit <d those farm- i
ers who were bamboozled by it last [,
.Vugiu.t, und wlio would not "combino" t
on anybody, that I h tl vo since been told \
hy ?i leader and manager of the "liing" ^
party in Columbia that "they knew it
was a lie, but that they worked it for all
it was worth," ?md that when that failed
to stampede a funner delegation they j
w..uld adv tauntingly, "How (tas i illman
ordered you to vote?" and tho poor
greenhorns, resenting til is imputation ,
up.iti their independence, would come s
over c.r be more tuan ever resolved not ,
to he led l>y "Tillman dictation." 1 am <
glad h> Know we farmers are getting >
helter acquainted and becoming butter i
politicians, and no such "thitnblo-rig- s
gin?.-;" will answer next time. <
lu ; Ibo fit rim rs of the Slate who sym- [
patliize with progress, economy and re- .
livuchnu nt, amt are "disciplesof Henry :|
i)....? i," perfect their organizations, 11
Cul keep up the touch ot elbows. Lot '*
Us have a lull repivst ntatioii from every '
i'oitnly ut the mei ling of tho Lariiiers' .
A-soeintioii next Noven bor, and arrange (
mr p.ans for tho next year's campaign. |
lin n if tho oligarchy .still refuses our
I.tn,m.ls wc eau he pre] at red to pit or- |
^.iiii/.iitioii against organization, and ,
lioiie.-t\ ? gainst chicanery and "thimble- ?
rigging," und see what t licet will follow. ]
I think We not only can "reorganize thc I
South," but tho Stale OoVCl'UIUOut, tOO. *
iii ?iii i <>I.OM :I, it ION.
Iiis Oyotg S1 it 11 ii i oil I Coneni-iiliij; Uli s
This News ?md Courier of Saturday 1
contains nu account of a.i interview with ''
ii "prominent lawyer," who, Speaking of "
the late Janies ll, Ilion, of W hillsboro, 1
"lhere lins always been, as perhaps x
you are aware, a mystery surrounding
Coioiicl liions hirth. Ho was very
tatnihar with John C. Calhoun during s
his early life, who took a great interest
in Iiis vvellaro ililli was very kind lo him
und his mother. They cann fromCuuada
lo Washington about the time when Mr. "
Calhoiiu was Secretary of State under "
I'ri tident I'yh r. 1 lu re havo beon many '.
speculations in regard to Colonel liion s j
origin mid family and many rumors, and
there WOS always a recognized mystery <
hanging over the subject, lt was ditlicult
to account for tho great intorcsl Mr.
Calhoun st emed to take in him. Colonel
liion himsell always manifested great j
nd miration for .Mr. Calhoun and ever ,
entertained tho deepest reverence tor tito i
illustrious statesman both us ii public t
man and as a private citizen. Sonic
have i veli gone so fat ?is to infer from I
Iheso circumstances that some peculiar
relationship existed between them, lt
is said now that Colonel liion exploded
this mystery during thc low brid hours
lind intervened between the first
paroxysm ol tho attack which carried
lum off and his death-ho lived several
hours, as you will remember, after bc
was llrsl attacked.
"Tho story ia thal Colonel Kiou, then,
in the presence ol Dr. Hanahan, "his
phvsioiiHV ao l ot Ilia entire family,
stated thialie was tho son of tho Dauphin
. .I I'tance, who would have been King
Louis XVII had it not been for the
french Uovolution, which by the execu
tion of Louis WI culminated in the
overthrow of tho Bourbon Dynasty. His
statoment was that tins hoy, the Dauphin
who was reported to havo died nt an
carly age, and to have been miheede,
bad not really lin d, hut had been sent
over to Canada and bail there been
reared in obscurity under the name et
De liion; that he entered thc Unglish
army and was married to Miss Hunter,
ami that Colonel Ilion was tho offspring
of that mun inge. De Kiou du d in
Colonel ltion's infancy, and be, with bis
mother, was placed under the charge
of Mr. Calhoun by the Austrian .onI ne,
H utor at SA lushington, with a statement
ol' the facts iu Hie eise and upon certain
Conditions that were to be faithfully ob
served. One of the conditions was that
the facta should not bo divulged except
in cia Un ii contiugeiioicH, another of the
conditions was that Colonel Kiou was
never to go to Europe unless iu churgo
of tli?- Austrian authorities, ivud ou
board an Austrian niau of wur. A further
condition was that Colonel was never to
accept Civil ellice in tiri? country.
. .These conditions were faithfully ob
served up to tho tinto of Colonel ltion's
Inst fatal illness. Ile is not known to
have couiided tho story of his birth to
any one except his eldest daughter. Ho
is said to have told her thc f lory two or
three years ago, win n she was about to
sail for ?uropo. lt is said that ono of
her purposes iu going to Buropo was to
examine int?, the death of the Dauphin
anti t<> obtain such 1 uowlcdgo in regard
to it as was possible from tradition and
"lt is also said that when Colonel
Rion referred to the suhjcol just beforo
his death lu- observed iu the counten
ances of those who \\i re gathered about
him that tho) supposed his mind tobo
wandering, and that ho said to them:
'Von think that my mind is wandering,
but i. am in possession of all my reason
ing faculties ' Ho then asked Dr.
[lanallan to pul him to some test in
order to demonstrate tito fact that ho
was perfectly rational, lie sai.1 (hipping
Ins breast I 'I have the proofs here of tho
truth of what I say.'
"Colonol dion is known to 1 nive been
in possession of a very valuable gold
uiuil'-box, sel with diamonds, upon tho
top of which there is a monogram of tho
[)rlcaus Family wrought in diamonds,
rbis snuil'-box, it i said, had noverbeen
icon by any momborof his family until
ns death, bul he is known to have ox
nibited it once, in 1885, to un intimate
[lersonal and professional friend, under
n junctions of secrecy, which have been
removed by his death. Ile gave no in
timation to his friend of tho history
ionnccted with tho possession of this
.ox, except to say that Mr. Clemson,
the Bon-iu- law of .1 olin C. Calhoun,
brough! ii to him from Franco, when bo
Mr. Clemson ? was secretary of tho
American legation in Paris. Tho snuff
box has boen valued by a jeweller, siuco
Colonel dion's death, at S3,OOO, and is
al most costly and exquisite workman
"Colonel Ilion went to Cumula sorno
scars ago and told a friend when he had
returned that he had seen in the old
Cathedral al Montreal the record of his
"It is understood that Colonel Ition's
amily are now preparing for publication
i full .statement of the facts in thc caso
.nd that there is much evidence to sus
ain the confession mndo by him just
'efore Iiis death. Certainly no one who
mew him would doubt for a moment
he truth of any statement that he made
rhon clothed in his right mind, for ho
sas the very soul of honor."
A ri'KTIir.U STATEMENT,
\V. C. Kioti, Ksii., of Winnsboro, son ot'
he ?ate .lame; ll. Idol), llllS SCtll tUO fol
owing note lo Mr. \. (i. C?nzalos of tho
Vetes itml (Jotirier:*
"As I mentioned yesterday, wc did not
leslrc publicity given lo my father's strange
tory, and upon second thought, and after
consultation with the family here and some
if my lather s friends, I think il host not to
al ?sly the curiosity of the public on a mat
er which should have hc< a, in I ho first In?
tance, one of seerecy ss lar as ikey were
ouccrncd. Therefore,you n id excuse mo
rom furnishing Hie data 1 promised you,
lowevor, tho many inaccuracies and an
cbroiiisuis in thc true statement made by
ny father, taken together willi his actions
nd incuhcrencles, plainly show that lie
?as under the Intluenecof morphine and
mt in his right mind when he made it.
lenee, I think no importance or weight
an bc given this wandering of an excited
nairn except thal tlc- statement was made.
' True, as I told you, Ibero arc evidences
hal he himself believed that he was tho
ou <>i thc Dauphin, but, as fur as proofs
re concerned, ilia! he was ia reality such a
?er '?i. lhere are none. Dr. lt. I>. liana
ian. the attending physician, nt the lime
>f ila statement and thc t blowing mora
ng, ? xpressed .'. as m-, npin on th o Father
ras nude' the influence Cl morpiiiue.
' I he tn lido Mood of the bourbons,1 ns
e-ierday printed. is in nearly all pariicu
ars erroneous, and as far as a publication
iy thc family is concerned, that Ls simply
i hellions. You (.m deny tho truth of the
lah ment as published, upon my authority,
lid also state thal father was under the in
lucia cot morphine when the stralige story
ras told by him. Further Iban tins, you
you ld do thc family and myself a favor hy
iiibllshing nothing, if, however, any
hing e?mes from tho family, your paper
hall haye the preforoiico."
coi,, MON'S S JUFP-BOX.
A cor espondeiil o: thc Ncwliorry Herald
UK/ Alf*, in ile- lasl issue of thal, paper,
ays tint just before Ibo breaking out of
air war a highly educated Swede, named
lanuncrskold, settled in Lincolntou, N.
!,, to ongngo in tin' I roil business; that
bandoning his business lo cuter tho Con
ederato army, he hecamo Impoverished,
?id thal after tho war, in order to raiso
1101103', he sold a valuable diamond-studded
fold >nuir box, said i" have been a gift of
le- King ol Sweden, tn Col, li. D. Childs,
f Columbia, who su bloquent ly presented
i io Col, Ulon. The correspondent thinks
hat this is thc alleged Orlcaus snuff-box,
le is correl l. The snuff box hears tho
eitel O., and a crown sci in diamonds. It
ins nol the oilcans monogram. Thc bil
?al is probably thai of Oscar I., King of
Iwcden and Norway, hum 1100, died lb."?0.
lol. dion's family kai w Ibo history of this
null box, ami his reference lo it, ?isa proof
?I lils Orleans d tent, Ha y considered an
vi lenee thal he was under the ?nlluencc of
norpiiina when he nude Ins dying declara*
.I migo to prisoner-You have boon
icro before, 1 think?
"What was tho charge?
".Same as dis one, stcalin' ciiiokens."
"And you were convicted, too, I re
"Y' s, jedge, I was foun' guilty, but it
vasn't my fault. I was convicted on
"A man saw me takin' lo chickons an'
ie swore to de circumstances."-Texas
Wanly the I url? KOOWtt,
Mr. Editor: I and neighbors havo boon
led so many times Into buying diiibront
things for tho liver, kidneys and blood,
that have done UH moro harm I han good,
I feel it duo your readers to advise them
when an honest and good medicino llko
Dr. Hurter's Iron Tonio can bo had.
V.mi . truly, AN OM> Hiuwuauiuui. *
You cannot kill time by beating it,