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?IAVE THEY THE GREAT SKAT.t
Richmond Men Claim Possession of
Grout Seal of Confederacy.
tVrora the Richmond News-Leader..1
'The discovery and recovery of the
real seal of the Confederacy, which |
Is today in Richmond, has been ac
complished by the united effort:; of|
three Richmond citizens?En pa Hun<
_ton, Jr., William It. White and Thomas j
P$Pinkney Hryan. For more than fifty
Wears the whereabouts of the seal had
remained a mystery and many were
the stories as to the probable fate of |
?the great relic of the Southern cause.
The seal was finally located In the
?Session of Real Admiral Thomas O
fridge, Cnited States navy, retired,]
?\1fow a citizen of Washington. After
several conferences this officer agreed
to part with the precious emblem of |
the "Lost Cause," believing thai a fit
ting resting place for the great seal
w.\s at Richmond, the quondam Capital
of the Confederate Government.
It was through records preserved In
the archives at Washington that the
gn at seal of the Confederate States
was traced to Admiral Selfridge.
These papers, in the library of Con
gress, showed that the seal had been
removed from Richmond on the evac
uation of that city, being taken by Wil
pliam J. Bromwell, then a clerk in the
Confederate State department.
The great seal, together with the pa
pors, was later sold by Bromwell
through Col. John T. Picket! to the
United States for $75,000. Admiral
Selfridge acted for the Federal govern-1
nunt In this transaction in capacity of
Ugent, receiving the seal and papers
ai Hamilton, Out. It was in recogni
tion of his servjees on this occasion
tliat the United States government
presented Selfridge with the Con fed
The seal has been brought to Rich
mond and is now in the vault of the
Jeff er son Hotel, it will bo sent to Eng
land for identification by the firm
which manufactured it, after which it
v,-' l be placed permanently In some
Richmond institution for safekeeping.
Columbia, May 22.?That there Is
no doubt as to the genuineness of the
Great Seal of the Confederacy, which
has lately been returned to Richmond
by Hear Admiral Thomas O. Selfl'ldge,
U. S. N retired, was slated today by
A. S. Salley. Jr., secretary of the
South Carolina historical commission,
who has made a careful study of 'li<
history of the seal.
"1 see by the press this morning,"
said Mr. Salley. "that some doubt has
been expressed as to the genuineness
of the Qreat Seal of the Confederacy,
which has lately been returned t:i
Richmond by Hear Admiral Thomas O.
Sol fridge, U. S. N., retired. To well
informed students of Confederate his
tory there is nothing sarprtslng in
this story, tl has been known to hun
dreds since 1873 that the Great Seal
was preserved. In that year facsim
llles of it in gold, silver and bronze
were issued by Col. .lohn T. Plckett,
the first Confederate commissioner to
Mexico, who was then practicing law
and selling Confederate curios and
relics in the city of Washington. Rec
ords in tlie Library of Congress show
how Colonel Plckett came by this seal.
How Plckett Get Seal.
On March US, 18G.*>, live days before
the exacuation of Richmond, secre
tary of state, JUdah P. Benjamin,
sent William .1. Bromwell, disbursing
clerk of the department, to Charlotte,
N. ? C, with three boxes of the be
longings of that department to be put
In a place of safety. Bromweli was
ordered to stop in Danville and get
three trunks and four boxes of rec
ords and property of the stats depart
ment which had been stored some
weeks previously at the DunviBc fe
nmio college, and take these alongI
also, lie loch the 'en packages of
records to Charlotte, arriving there
on April 1. and stored '.hem in a room
in the courthouse. Fiv> days Inter
lie wrote ti) Mr. Benjamin thai be
had placed all ol the boxes in six
large strong boxes without disturbing
the contents and had marked the
boxes with his own initials instead
of Confederate state department in
order to ntracl as little attention as
In September, 1866, Brom well, who
was then practicing law in Rleh
I mond, accepted a position in Pick
I ott*B Office In Washington. Soon after
this Piokett offered to sell the com
plete record of Mr. Benjamin's office
to men of prominence and wealth in
the south. He succeeded in doing so
and he offered to sell to Secretary of
State SeWard "large and valuable doc
uments of the late Confederate states,
embracing all of the papers belong
ing to Mr. Benjamin's office."
Government Bought Papers.
The price asked was (500.000. This
offer was declined, but the govern
ment eventually bought the papers
at $75,000 and they are now In the
library of congress. Admiral Self
ridgefi then a lieutenant in the navy,
acted as the agent of the government
and to them the papers were deliver
ed in Canada in July, 1872. in lS7:t
Colonel Piekett gave the seal to Ad
miral Selfridge, in whose possession
it has remain ever since.
"At the time that Piekett issued
his fa'scimiles he published a letter
from the. firm that made the great
seal certifying that those electroplates
could not have been made In any
way but from the genuine seal.
While these general facts nave 'icon
easily ascertained f*o:.t the Benjamin
records in the library of Congl'-iSB,
the fact that Piekett gave the seal
to Selfridge has only recently come
to light by the unearthing of I'ick
ett's letter book/..
"1 have known (his mysolf since
last October, when Judge Walter A.
Montgomery, of Richmond, made
known the showing of Picket's
books. A friend Of mine who stands
high in the historical world lias been
working on Admiral Selfridge for a
year or two, trying to induce him to
present the great seal o> the Confed
erate museum in Richmond with the
understanding that the lad'es in
charge would give the library '>?' con
gress certain valuable public records.
I suppose this is the consuinmation
of the "reposed trade."
Karle Given Bronze Copies.
In isss Mr. William 13. Barlo, a
South Carolinian residing in Wash
ington, was presented with three of
the bronze copies by Colonel Piekett.
He sent one of these to the office of
the secretary of state of South Caro
Una with his compliments. It. was
published in the newspapers that
Colonel Karle had been given the
greal seil ;>f the Confederacy and
had pre? ?!>????! it to the BtatO ol' South
Carolina. In consequence of that
publication and its repulili at Ion
many till) ts since 1 received a great
many letter;-, asking questions about
the seal." The State.
GOES TO NINETY SIX
Prof. H. F. K/.ell Accepts Position as
Superintendent of Ninety six High
I'rof. P> K. K/.ell. who has so accept
ably filled the position of principal of
the high school at this place for the
past year, has accepted the Buperin
tendency of the Ninety six high school.
This is (ruite a distinct promotion for
Mr. K/.ell and comes in recognition of
his past services here and elsewhere
in this State. Mr. K/.ell has made many
friends in Kaurens during his stay of
ii year and they will regret to see him
leave so soon, although they are glad
to hear of the recognition of his ser
vices. Me will most probably remain
In Laurena for the greater part of the
Mr. Kzell takes the place of Mr.
Chas. K. Brooks, who resigned a few
weeks ago to enter the race for clerk
of court of this county. A successor
for Mr. Kzell has not as yet been se
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TO ADO ANOTHER MI I.E.
Ware Shouls Manufacturing Compuuj
Said to me Preparing to Add Anoth
1 Re following Ib taken from The
Qroonville Daily Piedmont:
"Mr. .1. K. Slrrlne, arc id toot, of this
city, has been awardod the contract
to draw the plans for a three-story
i'c-inforced cotton mill to be con
structed at Ware Shoals. S. C, by
the Ware Shoals Manuftcturlng com-'
pnuy The bids for the construction
of the mill will be called in next
week and these together with the
plntlS will be referred to Mr. K. 1).
Reigle of New York, president of
the Ware shoals Manufacturing;
company Plaits are also being drawn
?'Mueinent hall to bo erected
at Ware Shoals This contract will be
awarded together with the contract
for the mill.
A member of the board of directors
of the Ware Sthoals Manufacturing
Company, when asked as to the in
tention of the company, stated that the!
matter bad not as yet been placed be
fore the directors hut that it was sup
posed it would be at the July mooing,
it is thought that the architect's plans
are being drawn up to be submitted to
the dirtCtOt'S wuo Will thtn take action.
How the fiimis are to bo procured for
the new building is not yet known.
Poor appetite Is a sure sign of ini
tialled digestion. A few ?Joses of i
Chamberlain's stomach and Diver Tab
lets will strengthen your digestion |
and Improve your appetite. Thousands
have been benefited by taking thost
tablets. Sold by all dealers.
Jacks for Wilson!
Tito l.nurens Advertiser says that
lacks Township h is not hud an oppor
tunity to say who it is for president.
Bet our last year's straw bat it is for
Wood row Wilson. Newborry Observer.
If you will send your name and ad
dross with 58c. money order OV
Stamps, and the tops from six pack-,
ages of Kagle Thistle Soda. to the
Mnthloson Alkali Works, Snltvillc, Va?
they will send you at once, as u gift,!
an elogont set of six Rodgors ntorling
silver plated teaspoons and nioo a very
Interesting cook book.
Stop or Bust
The first families of Lau
rens are using our First
Family of Virginia Ham.
Are you? Better buy our
F. F. V. Ham and keep up
with the procession.
Arrived a solid car of 210
barrels ot nice and fresh
Hungarian flour. If you
want it good send here and
get the best.
Can't keep a stock of corn,
oats and hay the demand is
so great. Mr. Farmer stop
before you break yourself
and merchant. Put on your
thinking cap, plant more
corn how, sow peas, sow cane
and millett, have a potatoe
patch, have a garden. In
fact raise enough at home
to live on and feed your stock
and quit buying every thing
you use from the merchant
and then expect to raise
enough cotton to pay him.
Bust or Stop
J. H. SULLIVAN
Laurens, S. C.
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