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THE SUMTER WATCHMAN, Established April, 1850. "Be Just and Fear not--Ler. all the Ends thou Aims't at, be thy Country's, thy God's, and Truth's." THE TRUE SOUTHRON, Established June, 1SS6.
Consolidated Aug. 2, 1881.1 SUMTER, S. C., TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 1881. New Series-Vol. I. No. 5.
Published erery Tuesday,
^pffatckman and Southron Publishing
M Company,
Two Dollars per annum-in advance.
One Square, first insertion.".......$1 00
Every subsequent insertion. 50
Contracts for three months, or longer will
be made at reduced rates.
Ali communications which subserve private
interests will be charged for as advertisements.
Obituaries and tributes of respect will be
charged for.
Marriage notices and notices of deaths pub?
lished free.
For job work or contracts for advertising
address Watchman and Southron, or apply at
the Office, to N. G. OSTEEN,
Business Manager.
0N and after May 15th, ISSI, the following
schedule will be ran on this Road :
(Sos. 47 West and 4$ Ea*t)
Leave Wilmington....... -.?.....*..-10 05 p xn
Arrive at Florence ........ ..?..???-??> 2 25 a m
Leave Florence-....-... .. 2 40 a m
Leave Sumter....**...............4 OS a m
Arrive at Columbia.................. 6 00 am
Leave Columbia...........................10 00 p m
Leave Sumter..................... ........ 12 OS a m
Arrive at Florence-.-. 1 40 a m
Leave F ?or en ce......... ......... ......... 2 00 a m
Arrive at Wilmington........... S 20 3 m
This Train stops only at Brinkley's. White
ville, Flemington, Fair Bluff, Marion, Floren oe,
Timmonsville, Mayesville, Sumter, Camden
Junction and Eastovcr.
Daily, Mcept Sundays.
Leave Florence..j?._.12 25 a m
Leave Sumter ;,".?7. ????? 3 13 a m
Arrive at Col a m bia._-...... 6 25 a m
Leave Columbia............ ........._ 5 00 p m
Leave Sumter-.*-......... ......_. S 20 p m
Arrive at Florence_................. ll 10 p m
LOCAL FREIGHT-(Daily except Sunday.)
Leave Florence... .. 3 50 p m
Arrive at Sumter-Lie over A. 7 50 p m
Leave Sumter. 7 30 a m
Arrive at Columbia .......................ll 00 a m
Leave Columbia......- ._? 3 15 a m
Arrive at Sumter-Lie over............ SOO p m
Leave Su m ter-.^.. 6 00 a m
Arrive at florence.._ 12 00 m
A. POPE, G. P. A.
JOHN F. DIVINE. General Sup't._
South Carolina Railroad.
\_? Passenger Trains OQ Camden Branch will
run as follows, un til further notice :
Leave Camden..;............. 6 15 a m
Leave Camden Junction-........ 7 20 a m
Airive at Columbia.10 35 a m
Leave Columbia. 6 30 a m... 6 00 p m
Arrive Cum deg Junction, 10 52 a m... 7 40 p m
-"?AtT?ve at Cadden......... 12 49 p m... S 45 p m
(Daily except Sundays.)
Leave Camden... 6 15 a m... 3 50 p m
Len ve Camden June*... 7 20 a rn... 5 37 p m
Arrive at Charleston... I 55 p rn... 10 45 p m
Arrive at Augusta-.... 3 20 p in... 7 25 a m
- (Daily except Sundays.) "
Leave Charleston.._.... 6 00 a m... 9 05 a m
Leave Augusta. 7 00 p ai... 7 55 a m
Arrive Camden June'... 10 52 a rn... 7 40pm
Arrive at Camden. 12 49 p m... S 45 p m
Columbia and Greenville Railroad both ways
for nil points on that Road and on the Spar?
tan burg. Union and Columbia and Spartanburg
and Ashville Railroads, also with the Char?
lotte, Columbia and Augusta Railroad to 3nd
from all points North hy trains leaving Camden
at S 15 a m. and arriving at S 45 p m.
Connections made at Augusta to all points
'West and South ; also at Charleston with
Steamers for New York and Florida-on Wed?
nesdays and Saturdays.
sold tn and from all Stations at one first class
f-tre for the round trip-tickets being good till
Monday noon, to return. Excursion tickets
good for 10 davs are regularly on sale to and
from all stations at 6 cents per mile fur round
THROUGH TICKETS to all points, can bc
purchased hy applying to James Jones. Agent
at Camden. J>. C. ALLEN,
General Passenger and Ticket Agent,
JOHN B. PECK, General Sup't,
4 Charleston, S. C.
Columbia aad Greenville Hail Road?
COLUMBIA. S. C., August 19, ISSI.
22d, ?SSt, Passenger Trains will run as
herewith indicated, upon this road and its
branches-Daily except Suiwtays :
No. 42 Up Passenger.
Leave Columbia (A).ll 20 a m
Leave Alston.....^, .........-.-12 26 p m
Leave Newberry_.-_. 1 21 p m
Leave Hodges... ...... . 3 52 p m
Leave Belton. .....~ 5 05 p m
Arrive at Greenville-.,-. -. S 27 p m
No. 43 Down Passenger.
Leave Greenville at-.... .........10 33 a m
Leave Belton.-.ll 57 a m
Leave Hodges--.-.. 1 12 p m
Leave Newberry_.-._.... 3 47 p m
Leave Alston. 4 46pm
Arrive at Columbia (F)- - ......... 5 50 p m
No. 42 Up Passenger.
Leave Alston_. 12 40p m
Leave Spartanburg. S U & C Depot (B) 4 03 p m
Arrive Spartanburg R <fc D Depot (E) 4 12 p m
No. 43 Down Passenger.
Leave Spartanburg R&D Depot (fl) 12 48 p m
Leave Spartanburg S U <fc C Depot (G) 1 05 p m
Leave Unior.--.-. 2 35 p m
Arrive at Alston ..... -. 4 37 p- m
Leave Newberry.......... 3 55 p m
Arrive ai Laurens C H....- 6 45- p ni
Leave Laurens C- H...... -. 8 30 a m
Arrive at Newberry-.-.....ll 30 a m
Leave Hodges..-....3 56 p m
Arrive at Abbeville--. 4 46pm
Leave Abbeville.-.12 15 p m
Arrive at Hodges...^.*.. 1 05 p m
Leave Belton..... ...... 5 OS p m
Leave Anderson.? . ..???.. 5-40 p m J
Leave Pendleton.-....*.. 6 20 p m j
ve Senaca ?C)-. 7 20 pm
've-at Walhalla....................... 7 45 p tn
ve "Walhalla.-.--,. 9 23 a m I
Laave Seneca. (D). 9 54 a m
Leave Pendleton.-10 30 a m
Leave Anderson..-.- .-,.....11 12 a tn ,
Arrive at Belton. -.-.-ll 48 a m
Osmand after above date through cars will be
run between Columbia and Henderson ville with"
out change.
A-With South Carolina Rail Road from
Charleston-; with Wilmington Columbia <fc Au
gusta ? R from Wilmington and all points north
thereof; wich Charlotte, Columbia <fc Augusta
Rail Road iroiu Charlotte and points north
B-With Asheville & Spartanburg Rail Road
for points in Western N. C.
C-With A. ? C. Div. R & L. R. B..for all
points South and West.
D-With A- & C. Div. R. & D. R. R- from At?
lanta and beyond.
E-With A. <fc C. Div. R. & D. R. R- for ail
points South and West.
F-With South Carolina Rail Road for Char
Ieston ; with Wilmington, Columbia <fc Augusta
Rail Read for Wilmington and the North ; wi;h
Charlotte, Columbia ? Augusta Rail Road foi
Charlotte and the North.
G-With Asheville & Spartanburg Rail 3oad
from Hendersonville.
H-With A. ? C. Div. R. <fe D. R. R. from
Charlotte A beyond.
Standard time us#d is Washington, D. C.,
which is fifteen minutes faster than Columbia.
J. W. FRY, Sup't.
A. POPE, General Passenger Agent.
August 30,1881. tL
A Dark Deed in the Land of Stea
For the last fortnight- the Northe
papers have been publishing, bit by b
the developments of |a sad and shockii
mystery which has caused intense inti
est and excitement in New Havet
Conn., the scene of the tragedy,
j Jennie E. Cramer was the daughter
Jacob Cramer, a German cigar-uiak
at New Haven. She was remarkab
beautiful, both in figure and face. S
had dark brown hair and eyes. H
complexion was so fair and ?ne th
some of her acquaintances charged h
with eating arsenic to produce, it. SI
was, perhaps, the best-known girl se?
in New Haven streets, and she b;
universally the reputation of being ti
prettiest. Her education had bec
good and her conversation was vivaciou
She. allowed herself and ber paren
allowed her considerable latitude in hi
behavior, but it was not more than
exercised by thousands of girls livin
in New England towns whose condu
does not come under reproach. SI
had many companions, male and femal<
and with them she went on excursioi
aad walked in the streets in the evening
Apparently none of her acquaintance
were among the Yale students, but sh
was familiar by sight to all of these
audit was common for them to toa:
her exceptional beauty. 'Every Yal
man,' said a New Haven citizen, 'wa
dead in love with her but I do'u't belier
she has ever exchanged a word with on
of them,' By all accounts she was ga
but not vicious. She was a belle and
favorite among her companions, mal
and female.
James and Walter Malley were amonj
her acquaintances. The two are firs
cousins, and resemble each other closel;
enough to be twins. Walter Malley i
the sen of the most prosperous retai
dry goods dealer in New Haven, am
James is employed in his uncle's estab
lishment. Malley senior has accumula
ted money and lives well, He ha
I carriages and horses, which the youn|
men use as they please. The boys ar
22 or 23 years of age. They are shor
and slender, with dark hair and eyes
and each wears a small black moustache
They dress similarly, and in the regan
of physical manliness look hardly mon
than school boys.
About five weeks ago a good-looking
young woman, calling herself Blanchi
Douglass, who afterwards was ascertain
ed to be a prostitute,came on a visit t<
New Haven from New York at thi
solicitation of James and Walter Malley
She was by them introduced to Jennie
Cramer, and a fatal intimacy sprang uj
between the two youDg women. Blanche
Douglass, during the ensuing fortnight,
made several other visits to New Haven,
and she and Miss Cramer went frequent?
ly on excursions and rides iu the neigh?
borhood, their escorts being James and
Walter Malley. On the night of Wednse
day, the 3d of August, Miss Cramtr was
induced by Blanche Douglass to ac?
company herself and the Malleys to
their house, the elder Malley being
absent in Saratoga. The quartette,
after eating and drinking till after mid?
night, remained in the bocss till the
following morning. On Thursday Miss
Cramer and her mother had a violent
qnarelon account of the absence of the for?
mer during the night previous, and Miss
Cramer finally left her home with
Blanch Douglass, expressing the fear
that her mother'would tell her father
about what she had done, and that he
would kill her. The subsequent move?
ments of the unfortunate girl on Thurs?
day afternoon and night and on the fol?
lowing day (Friday) are matter of
doubt and dispute. There is every
reason to believe that she was in the
company of the Malleys and the Doug?
lass woman, though the Malleys stoutly
deny any knowledge of her doings or
At daybreak on Saturday morning,
Asa Curtiss, a grizzled old fisherman at
Savin Rock, six miles below New Ha?
ven on the Sound shore, discovered the
body of a woman lying in one of the
numerous channels with which the beach
is seamed. Tbe tide was coming in,
and the body lay face downward in
about a foot of water. Curtis, greatly
shocked dragged it up a foot on the dry
sand, and ran with his information to
the nearest restaurant. A knot of men
speedily surrounded the body. The
second comer recognized it as that of
Jennie Cramer. It was dressed in a
white muslin skirt and overskirt, and
white figured lace waist. The drag?
gled skirts were twisted closely about
the girl's figure. Her shoes, mits, jew?
elry and purse were intact and a white
straw hat, prettily trimmed, was pinned
to to her hair and rested in a natural
position, and but little crumpled, on
the back part of her head. The body
plainly had been but a short time in the
water, and looked very natural. It
was taken to the West Haven Morgue,
near by. The face was discolored. A
bruise on the forehead looked as though
it might have been made by the sand,
j Her left ear and her lip were slightly
j cut, and her mouth bore a pale stain of
I blood.
j An inquest was begun, and the im
i mediate suggestion that people received
was that the girl fell or jumped from
Kelsey's pier, and had drifted to the
I beach #here it was found. But this
was disproved by the prevailing wiod
I and tide, and moreover by the fact that
j the body had evidently not boen in the
I water long and the clothing not been
subjected to the rough action of the
waves. The Douglas woman at first
testified that she knew nothing whatever
of Jennie Cramer's movements after she
j left her home on Thursday. Walter
i and James Malley were also on the
stand. Their stories did not differ ma?
terially from that of Blanche Douglass,
whom they frequently visited after the
discovery of the body. Both assert
that they had not seen Jennie since
Thursday morning. Walter says that
on Friday night he was at the Bradford j
Point with Blanche Douglass, miles j
away from the spot where the body was ?
1 found. James said that he was at j
i home that night, where he was seen by
j the members of his family. After her
[ first testimony Blanche Douglass fled to ;
New York where the police., after a lo
search, arrested her on the 15th insti
on the charge of perjury and she v
taken back to New Haven. James a
Walter Malley were also arrested
the 16th, charged with the murder
Jennie Cramer, and are now in N
Haven jail.
The subsequent developments bef<
the jury of inquest, whose sittings ha
been adjourned from day to day, ha
been very damaging to the Malley
Enough is now known to justify t
conviction that Jennie Cramer was t
victim of James Malley's reckless c
termination to accomplish her rui
Whether she was brutally murdered
cold blood, or accidentally killed by t
use of drugs intended merely to stupe
her senses, is not yet clear ; but t
probabilities and the latest evidence a
in favor of the latter belief. The Dou
lass woman has given a good deal
important evidence since her arre?
only a part of which has been made pu
lie. She now says that on Wednesd;
night, August 3d, when she and Jenni
Walter and James,. ..were at Edwa:
Malley's house, the. girls drank t<
glasses of wine each, and the boys on
She retired with Walter, and Jam
carried Jennie up to his room, app
rently unconscious. It seems to 1
clearly established, by a flood of test
mony, that Blanche Douglass and tl
Malleys, notwithstanding their denial
were in company with Miss Cram?
Thursday night and on Friday, and oi
witness has been found who saw Jami
Malley with Jennie Cramer at Savi
Rock as late as half-past 12 o'clock c
that fatal Friday night, both being ii
toxicated. This if it can be substant
ated fully will place James Malley in
very dangerous position, provided tb
State can show that death resulted froi
violence or drugging. The witness i
question, however, thinks that the tw
strayed along the beach in a half helj
less condition ; that the girl fell dow
in a flt and died and that her compar
ion, finding her apparently dead, abat
doned her and returned home alone.
The inquest is still in progress. Th
case is exciting the most profound ser
sation ali over the country, and an
new developments will be received wit
great interest by the general publii
How far the woman Douglass's stor
will clear up the mystery remains t
be seen. As yet but fragmeuts of
have found their way from the coroner
jury room.
- i ? -
A Funny Old Story.
Tom Marshall was engaged in th
trial of a case in the interior of Ken
tucky, when a decision of the judg
struck him as so bad that he rose an
said :
'There never was such a ruling a
that since Pontius Pilate presided o
the trial of Christ.'
4Mr. Clerk,' responded the judge
.fine Mr. Marshall ?10 for contempt c
'I confess, your honor,' continue
Tom, 'that what I said was a little har
on Pontius Pilate, but it is the firs
time in the history of Kentucky juris
prudence that it is held that to spca!
disrespectfully of Pontius Pilate is con
tempt of court/
'Mr. Clerk, make the fine ?20 for ;
continuous contempt,' said the judg<
.Well. Judge,' Tom added, 'as yoi
won ali my money last night at poker
lend me the twenty.'
'Mr. Clerk/ cried the judge, hastily
'remit the fine. The State can affon
to lose the money better than I can.'
'I congratulate the court upon its re
turn to a sane condition,' said Tom re
suming his seat amid roars of laughter
Scipio's "Tender Relations,"
A negro preseuted himself at thc desi
of the Cincinnati marriage-license clerl
the other day, and asked for a license t<
marry hie dulcinea. Among thc prob
lems propounded him was:
'Are you and the lady related?'
'Yes, sah,' was the answer.
'What relation are you to each other?
was the next query.
'Sah?' ejaculated the applicant foi
matrimonial honors.
'I mean what kin are you to each
other ?' explained the handsome clerk.
'We isn't kin to each other-no kin
at all,' responded the citizen of Ethiop?
ian descent.
'But you said you were related,' an?
swered the clerk.
'I thought you deluded to the tender
relashuns of luv what prevails between
us at de present moment/ said Scipio;
so he got his license.
Negro Proverbs from Scribner.
It don't take no prophet to rickerlec
bad luck.
Dey don't bab no loafers in de mar?
De wire-grass lubs a lazy nig?
Dar's right smart 'ligion in a plow
Twelve erclock ncber is in a hur?
Nebbcr 'pend too much on de black?
berry blossoms.
Don't bet on a 'tater hill befo' dc
grabbling' time.
Ileap'o good cotton stalks gits
chopped up from 'sociatin' wid dc
Many a nice silk winds up wid a
nubbin in de fall.
A chicken roos' is de debbul's steel
trap, and a grassy corn row is his flower
De mornin' glories ain't pcrtickler
lubly to a man wid de backache.
As there is some conflict of opiuion
among our sportsmen on the subject of
the game law of the State, wc have ex?
amined the Acts of the Legislature with
a view to ascertaining thc law, and
herewith lay the result before our
readers: By an Act approved Feb.
20, 1880, the killing of deer between
the 1st of March and the 1st of Sep?
tember, and the killing of birds between
the 15th of March and the 15th of Sep?
tember, were prohibited. By an Act
approved December 21, 1880, thc close
season was extended to October 1st.
As the law now stands, therefore, it is
unlawful to hunt or kill deer between
March 1st and September 1st, and to
hunt or kill birds between March 15th
and October 1st.-Ex.
An Interesting Sketch of the Many
Misdeeds of One of the Most Con?
summate Scoundrels on Record.
Thomas Marvio, who last month by
false representations betrayed Miss
Lucy Turpin, a highly-connected young
lady of Richmond, into marriage, and
then deserted her at Albion, N. Y., and
who also obtained about ?800 from the
First National Bank of Richmond by
means of a forged draf t on a Chicago
bank, was recently arrested at Lynn,
Mass. The New York World gives thc
following sketch of Marvin and his mis?
deeds :
Thomas Marvin, whose real name is
Arthur Merritt, as a bigamist, forger
and swindler, stands pre-eminent. So
far as has been discovered he has mar?
ried no less than ten women, and has
deserted each in turn. A history of his
crimes is as interesting as ?*#< romance
In May last he advertised in the Hart?
ford Churchman for a governess, his
alias on the occasion being Thomas A.
Marvin. He had a daughter 8 years old
who was then living with him, and a
woman who is said to be his lawful wife.
Miss Turpin, a young lady of a good
Virginia family, who resides in Rich?
mond, answered the advertisement,
sending a list of Richmond references.
In reply Merritt, alias Marvin, wrote
that he liked her letter, and subsequent?
ly he referred her to Judge Cowan of
Germantown, Pa.; William A. Taylor,
of Camden, N. J., and Rev. John Dan
forth, of Media, Pa. It has since been
discovered that these persons were all
myths, but their alleged places of resi?
dence were near enough to enable Mer?
ritt to get the letters addressed to them,
in a single day, and answered each as
he saw fit. By the next mail Miss Tur?
pin received letters from all the 'refer?
ences,' in which Marvin was spoken of
as an elderly man of wealth, intelli?
gence and rare virtue.
The letter in response to thc one
written to Mr. Taylor purported to be
from Mrs, Taylor (Mr. Taylor being
absent) and told Miss Turpin that Mr.
Marvin was a good-natured old widower
who was looking for a wife rather than
for a governess. If Mr. Marvin pro?
posed after meeting her, the letter ad?
vised, she could not do better t'^an to
accept him, as he was kind, loving and
wealthy. It is unnecessary to say that
this letter was written from thc clever
pen of Merritt himself. Having thus
i paved the way, Merritt journeyed to
Richmond and introduced himself.
While negotiations were in progress
Merritt declared his love, and Miss Tur?
pin accepted his offer of marriage.
They were married on July 20, and
Merritt, who was introduced by Mr. A.
M. Brownell, the bride's brother-in-law
negotiated a draft for ?7G5. It was
drawn on a bank in Madison, Wis., and
made payable to T. A Marvin.
Not content with this haul Merritt
borrowed ?200 from the clergyman who
performed the marriage ceremony. Mer?
ritt, having thus arranged his finances,
started on his wedding tour, reaching
Washington on the evening of his wed
ding day. He took his wife to the
Metropolitan Hotel. Early in the Sum?
mer Merritt appeared in Lakewood un?
der the name of A. T. Marvin. He
laid siege to the heart of Mrs. Nellie
deHart, ofthat village, and on July ll
they were married by her father, Rev.
G. A. Hovey. He prevailed upon Mr. {
Hovey before the marriage to iutroduee
him to a bank where he tried unsuc?
cessfully to get a draft of ?5,000 cashed.
Not in the least disheartened by this
failure he borrowed $100 from his in?
tended father-in-law, and the wedding
went on. On this, as on ihe occasion
with Miss Turpin, he took his bride to
Washington, but at which hotel he
quartered her hasnotbeen made known.
From July ll to July 20 they were
happy, although the bridegroom had
frequent occasion to leave his bride,
j He told her on July 18 or 10 that he'
had to go to Frcdericksburg, but went
instead to Richmond, where his court?
ship to Miss Turpin was in progress.
J Having married this youug lady and
taken her to the Metropolitan Hotel,
Washington, he left her to visit his
bride of July ll. He told the latter
to get ready to go to Philadelphia by
the next train, which she did. Clever?
ly managing to miss thc train he return?
ed to Miss Turpin, and in her company
started by thc next train for Philadel?
phia. Before the train left the depot he
telegraphed 'o bride No. h instructing
her to go to the Windsor Hotel, Jersey
City, and await his arrival. With bride
No. 2 he went to Philadelphia and thence
to New York, and finally visited Roches?
ter and Albion. Leaving Miss Turpin
at thc latter place, he went to Albany,
seven days after the marriage, and there,
under the name of General A. B. Mor?
ton, he succeeded in cashiug another
draft. In order to get rid of Miss Tur?
pin, easily he caused the insertion iu a
Rochester paper, which she was sure to
sec, of a bogus telegram from Richmond
announcing that her mother had been
severely injured by a carriage accideut.
Ile telegraphed to her also, telliog her
to go back to Richmond by way of
Harrisburg, where he would meet her.
She obeyed him, and has never seen
him siucc.
He went to Canada, perpetrated two
or three forgeries for small amounts,
prepared his plans for another marriage
and then drifted to Lynn, Mass. Mean?
while thc brother-in-law of Miss Turpin
and thc Pinkerton detectives were on
his trail. They lost the scent at Roch?
ester, and were at a loss for some time,
but on Wednesday Mr. Brownell, the
wronged girl's brother-in-law, recog?
nized him at the Sagamore House in
Lynn, and had him arrested. His
name in Lynn was Benjamin F. Adams.
On Thursday Detective Pinkerton re?
ceived a dispatch from Chief of Police
John Poe-a relative of Edgar Allau
Poe-informing him that a requisition
had been issued by the Governor of
Virginia for Merritt, alias Mar vin, alias
Morton, alias Adams, and asking him
to go to Boston to procure the necessary
warrant. Mr. Pinkerton started ou
Thursday night, and began his journey
to Richmond wiih his prisoner yester?
day. Merritt is described as a person
cf fascinating manners, ile is over
50 years of agc, five feet nine and
half or tun inches in height, and weigl
145 pounds. His complexion is soni(
what florid and rugged as if from big
living. His features are clearly ar
distinctly drawn, and lines, indented b
age, but partially concealed by art, su
round his nose and the ends of h
mouth. His hair and plentiful wei
trimmed sidc-whiskers are snowy whiti
his teeth are perfect and uniform, an
he always dresses neatly and in goo
taste. His record as a bigamist, n<
yet fully and completely traced, ia
wonderful one. Two years ago h
married two young girls of respectabl
families within a few weeks. This wa
io New York, where he bore the nam
of Lindsay. Not long afterwards h
married a young lady of Paiusville, O
and then a Jersey City girl. The
came a damsel whose parents lived i
Philadelphia. In all he bas ten wive
living. He has never been known t
live more than one week with any c
his wives, (except tho first, who i
legitimate,) invariably deserting ther
and leaving them to their fate. II
was once en^a^ed to be married to th
daughter of an ex-Governor of Missouri
but his plans for once failed. His niutl
wife is in Philadelphia and his tenth ii
Little Rock, Ark. He settled ?30,00'
on Iiis Richmond wife, and in his othe
marriages was always liberal as to al
lowan ces.
His home, if he has any, is in Ne\
Haven, where his real wife lives. IL
is seldom there, but always supports bi
family well. As a forger and a swin
dler Merritt has been fully as succossfu
as in the matrimonial field. He i
"wanted'' by thc police in a hundre(
different places. He was captured ii
Carthage, Mo., on one occasion fo
forgery and put in jail. He feigne*
paralysis so cleverly that two sympa
tbetic citizens went bail for him. Il
disappeared suddenly, and was agaii
arrested in St. Louis for the same crime
In this case he prevailed upon tw<
wealthy men to sign his bonds The:
have never seen him since. He wa
never known to pay his fare on a rail
road, always being plentifully supplier
with passes. These he procured b]
representing himself to be the Presiden
of the New England and State Lin
Railroad. A trunk that he abandone<
in St. Louis was found to contain forg
ers' and burglars' tools and a numbe
of bank checks on the bank of Owens
burg Ky. Additional complaints agains
Merritt are expected by Mr. Pinkerton
who refused to give the names of mos
of Merritt'^ victims because some o
them are now happily married.
[For the Watchman and Souihron.J
kinder makes me gellus ter see aul th?
yung fokes jest a ritin an a ritin for thi
papus, sow I mite's well drop yew a Hoi
ef t don't ware a hup. Now I've beer
roun sorter smart lately, au I don't sei
wi I kant rite a letter, but afore I start
I want ter tell yew that I was allm
konsidered unkommon smart at our ol(
feel skule, and allus stud lied uv ni}
spellin klass, special. As ter jogrify
I aiu't furgit that yet. I no the Kn iii
is the longes river in South Ameriky,
an alsoc, thers a volkano in Grenelac
name Po-po, an then sumthiu about s
cat, do yew rememba, Mister?
I nose a heep, but thers one qucstuc
I wants ter ax yew. Wi is it that awl
nusepapa men is name "Eddie" ? How
dus their mas no thay ar awl kuminio
to bc sech pore critters ? Nuther thing
I wants ter no. Wen them men karry
roun them long pokes ia meetiu fur
peeple ter drap munny iu, wi dont thay
karry them up in the loft ware the
fokes makc3 the musick? I've just put
on my studdyin kap an wunderd eftbay
thot the musick wus thare sheer. 'Twud
bee mity pore pay sumtimes. An nuther
thing, tew, wi is it Sumter dou't have a
mo litarary turn of minc ? Yew jus let
a cirkus or wot I have herd the yung
fokes kail a birlesk opperer kum along,
an everyboddy gose with a rush, but
yew never hares uv no leeters, nor de
I batio societys; nor liseums, nor nuthin
! uv that sort. Fm kinder litarary mi
self, an T jus put mi fut down an sa I
don't like it.
Then thares won subjic agin wot I'm
curds about. That's that ere toun bel.
Wi kant thay wring it at the rite time ?
Sa now at ten o'clock our kronometer
an the bel is jus together, an we feel
enkouraged like ; then at leven the bel
is wa abed, an wile our venable time
peece is jus ruinin its konstitution tryin
to ketch up, an gits to twelve, it dont
hoer nuthin, an tics on a ful haf hour
afore that bel wakes up. Sumboddy sed
wunst they wrung it at grog time, cf
so, I wish thay wud take it mo reglar
I want ter tel yew wot happened a
short time agoc, an I want yer Sundy
Skule Scwporintendant (ain't that a long
un ?) ter prophet by it, fer its a trew
and trew storie. Thare was a man (I
seed him) wot wos larnin to be a
preecher, an his granfather was a teach- j
in uv him. Wei, he wud make him j
exort, an wen he wud goe rong he wud j
jus jurk him up short, an sot him of on J
the rite trac. Now as they never had !
no church in that parte uv the kuntry I
uv thare denominashuo, (thares an- |
nuther whopper) thay gits up a big
Sundy skule an Bible klass ; awl the
yung uns an the ole uns jined. Wei,
the fust Sundy thay opeod thay sed,
Mr. (collin this yung man's kuamc,)
wil yew bee scwporintendant? Yes, i
ses he, an steps up as chirk as a hopper- j
gras. Then he lookes roun an hems \
an haws, au ses he toe wun uv th oldes !
meu, "who wus the fus mau ? ' Wei, :
thay awl looked an laffod, au tho man |
never se J nuthin, FO he started a?cn at
uuther ole man, "Who made yew ?" j
Wei, thc ole mau jus pies up Iiis hat ;
an sos, "By golly, boys, Tm gwinc j
hum. An that hull skule broke up in j
a row. Now I want ter no wi thay did
trccte that poore man so wen he wus ^
tryin to conva useful informash.uu. Its j
howman natur, I sposc. Wei, I'm a ;
gittiu slecpie, sow good nite. Ef yew ;
prent this, Plc foal prowd, au rite
agon. Yore fren forever.
The following verdict was given by a !
coroner's jury iu Canada : *W c arc of ;
A Pinion that the Deccst met his death ?
from Violent ?uurination in thc Arm, j
produest from Uuoan Cauz.' The 'in- !
firmation' contained in tho verdict is ?
about as 'violant' as that which attack- j
cd the arm of the 'decest.' i
Scarcely bad we arrived at thc Wind
sor Hotel io Montreal, before a card
was slipped into our band, warning us
against hiring vehicles from any of the
public cabmen, who would certainly im?
pose upon us. About this time a lad
slipped a card into our other hand, and
on it we found a warning against hiring
the hotel vehicles, for they charged a
double price. There was certainly some
mistake somewhere, and we thought
that, perchance, both parties were cheats,
and we bad better be on the lookout.
So we were, and hired a very nice car?
riage for seventy-fite cents an hour.
On June 29th, at 3.20 P. M., we
rolled out of Montreal, on the Grand
Trunk Railroad, Southward bouDd.
Just as we got out of the city, we cross?
ed the great bridge, and then came on at
headlong speed through a most magnifi?
cent country. After we had travelled
a few miles, we came to Rouse's Point,
and there a man without uniform or
sign of authority ^am.c_into tho car, and
ordered the passengers ?o open"'th??r.
satchels and valises. We had never
had such an experience before ; but we
remembered that we were about enter?
ing the United States again, and that
the uncivil officer was one of thc cus?
tom house fraternity, who was desirous
of ascertaining whether we were smug?
gling in any goods or not. But we
circumvented the chap. We had bought
a suit of clothes in Toronto, and there
learned that if we carried thc goods in
our valise a charge might be made, but
if wc put them on, no custom would
have to be paid. And to save the four
dollars which we kindlv thought Uncle
Sam could do without, before we left
Montreal wc dressed up in our best and
prepared to "cross the line."
The opening of valises was rather a
ridiculous sight. Thc profusion of soiled
socks and collars and handkerchiefs,
&c, would have led one to believe that
travellers wore nothing else, and I
should not be surprised if the honored
officer referred to above does not some?
times run upon a valise which he wishes
he had uot opened. All people arc not
cleanly, and no traveller is especially
so ; so that an examination of bis wear?
ing apparel may not always be refreshing.
But thon this is law, and law is law.
We reached Plattsburg, near the
northern extremity of Lake Champlain,
at 6.25 P M , and had ample time to
walk about over this little city of iron
ore and smelting furnaces, though it
boasts of 20,000 inhabitants. Piles of
iron in round bars, about 6 inches in
diameter and three feet long, were lying
by the depot ready for shipment. In
this shape it comes from thc smelters.
Afterwards it is beaten out into bars,
andthen put upon the market.
We stopped at the Fouquet House,
wbiob is situated right at the depot, and
within 50 yards of the Lake and boat
landing. Here, as was noticeable else?
where, ali the waiters in the diniug
room were white girls, and they seemed
to be much better suited for the work
than men. They looked neat and
cleanly, and seemed anxious to give
you the best attention.
lt was here, too, that negro equality
was in its glory in the great State of
Now York. A huge, bronze-faced ne?
gro man, with a copper-colored wife
came in and took their scats at a table
along with several ladies, and were
waited upon by the white girls. No
one seemed to pay any attention to
them, nor even to observe that they had
come in. Wo afterwards learned that
at Elmyra, N. Y., negro children are
received into the public schools along
with white children. The condition of
things at the South forbids this, and
the more sensible among the negroes do
not ask for such social equality.
After a refreshing night's rest at
Plattsburg, aud a settlement with a very
cross and crabid clerk, we left at 7 A.1
M., on the steamer Vermont, and glid- j
ed down the beautiful Lake Champlain.
A bridal couple on board, cooing and
billing, and looking siek and sentimen?
tal, furnished us amusement all thc way
down. The girl seemed to be terribly
in love, and sometimes she would sit
and eye her husband from head to foot,
as if she were seeking new attractions.
In her eyes she had that far off look of
love which comes over maidens at
times, and, to all appearances, she was
well satisfied that now she was a wife.
And who blames her ?
Lake Champlain is the glory of
waters in America. On our left, as we
went down, were the Green Mouotains
of Vermont, and on our right the fa?
mous Adirondack's, where the tourists
hunt and fish all thc Summer months.
All the way down, the lake-shores rose
into high hills, some of them very rocky,
and throughout the entire length we
were continually running beside little
islands, that lay so beautifully in the
sweet placid waters. A summer home
on one of them would be our ideal of
comfort and ease. Burlington, Vt,, on
the eastern shore, is thc largest city on
the lake, and occupies a very beautiful
situation. Its terraced lawns and parks
and gardens made us wish we might
stroll through them.
A little after midday, we reached
Fort Ticonderoga, which is situated on
thc west side of thc southern extremity
of the Lake, just where the outlet from
Lake George comes iu. 'Fort Ti,' as
they call it, is now only a heap of ruins,
with a small section of wall and an old
chimney standing. In other days it
had its history, but now lives only upon
its record. From this point a short
railroad runs up to Lake George, but
wc were bound for Saratoga.
C. C. B.
An Illinois mau was arrested and
fined jS2"> for disturbing a debating
club. W c should like to know him.
Thc mau who has got the voice and cu
ergy to disturb a debatiug club, pro?
vided the latter is healthy and active in
its diabolical mission, is worthy our ac?
quaintance, and ought to be given a
government position as a fog-horn on a
rock-bound coast
.Do you dance thc quadrille?' 'No,
but I have a brother Bill, from Brazil,
who dances the quad rill-on thc win?
dow-sill.' 'Then do you dance the
lauces ?' *No, but my sister Frances
dances thc lances and all the fancy
dances.' Do you glide? No, but,
wc-will let that slide.
Journalism in Deadwood.
"Pm an editor myself," said be, as
he planted his feet on the Eagle editor's
desk and lit that functionary's pipe. "I
throw ink on the Up-Gulch Snorter at
Deadwood, and you bet I make some
reading matter for the boys. Take
the Snorter on exchange here ?"
"I think not," replied the editor.
"Don't know that I ever beard of it."
"You ain't been long in the ink-busi?
ness, have you?" asked the stranger,
quickly. "You don't seem to be up in
the literature of the day. The Snorter
throws more iufluence to the square
foot than all the papers in Deadwood.
Let me show you the style of that peri?
odical," and he drew a file of back
numbers out of bis pocket. "See them
advertisements? All cash. Meeting of
County Board ; fist fight in the Common
Council ; mine caved in on nineteen
men ; four men lynched ; Mayor of
town convicted of burglary ; raid by In?
dians-all live news items. See the ;
editorial 7 This is what I say about
the .Rapid City Enterprise : "The dis?
tinguished consideration in which we
hold the three-ply jackass who edits
our noxious contemporary is only equal?
ed by the rapidity with which the tum?
ble-bugs will roll him out of town in
the spring." Spicy, eh? You bet!
There's some poetry. Wrote it myself.
Made it up out of my head. How's
this ?
"The opposition have nominated
That lousy, drunken, dissipated,
Cock-eyed horse-thief, Jim McAdden ;
Our caudidate is Fatly Madden !
"Acd we elected him, too, for old
stock ! We go in for poetry out our
way, from way back."
"We don't do it in just that way
here," said the Eagle editor, with a
smile. "Our folks-"
"That's where you're off. Yo; haven't
educated your folks up to high taste.
Where I live we're cultured clear to the
root. Here's my remarks about the
editor of thc Vcrmillion Repeater, when
he wautcd to split the territory : 'We
don't want to reflect on the press, but
we are compelled to say that the editor
of the Repeater has stolen Government
mules so long for a living that he be?
gins to flatter himself that he too is an
ass !' That busted his business."
Now here's a little criticism on onr
opera-house that was regarded very
high : 'Manager Whitney is giving a
high tonder performance than our citi?
zens have a right to expect for two bit'..
He bas engaged the beautiful Gambetta
for two weeks and her standing jump
shows careful thoughts and study, and
her toe whirls are unprecedented in the
history of the ballet. Mr. Whitney
has stored up thc east end of his min?
strel troupe with the justly celebrated
Patsy Maginnis, the bones of modern
eras. We are sorry to chronicle a row
at his temple of Thespian virtue last
night, and we recommend Manager
Whitney, if Shang Johnson comes
monkeying around there again, to crack
his nut with a bottle.' And he did it,
too. It shows the power of the press."
'I suppose your paper is confined to
local matters. You don't do much in
the way of general literature,9 said the
Eagle, by way of keeping up the con?
'There's wbere you're on your back?
again. It comes high, but our people
will have it. See this story from Har?
per s boiled down to haifa column, but
it gives all the facts. Then here's a
poem by my daughter. She's a wonder?
ful slinger when she's fed up to it. Boiled
beef sets her going, and a bottle of beer
fetches the balance. How does this
strike you ? This is hern. It's called
?Ode To Night.'
The Evening for her bath of dew
Is partially undressed.
The sun behind a bobtail flush
Is setting in the west. I
The planets light the beavens with
The flash of their cigars,
The sky lias put its uigbt-sbirt on,
And buttoned it with stars.
I love this timid, shrinking Night,
Us shadow and its dew ;
I love the constellations bright,
So old and yet so new :
I love night better than the day,
For people looking on,
Can't see rae skinning round to meet
Ai y own, my darling John.
'You don't get any better truck than
that in the East. You see, our people
have got to have the first crod or bust.
It livens a paper up, too, this poetry,
and ir's fat for the printers. Here's a
little thing I dashed right off on the
Yankton Vindicator for claiming that I
swindled the government ou a hay con?
"A delirious Yankton reporter
Has been pitching imo the Snorter.
We find he's the man
Who adopted the plan
To kill his wife rather than support her.
'He ain't been seen since. Well,
pard, I must get out on the trail. If
you're ever out Deadwood way drop
down thc chimney aud see me. You
might as well see mc on your exchange
list, and if you ever pick up an item you
can't use, drop me a line and PH pay
you a little something. So loDg.'
Brooklyn Eagle.
- -
A Week s Rations.
Tuesday thc cars brought in another
week's rations for the farmers of this
section, consisting of 25,000 pounds of
bacon, 400 bushels of meal, 1,000
bushels of corn, and a mixed load of
flour, tobacco aud light groceries.
Still some farmers complain that noth?
ing is done for them. In cur opinion
everything is done that could reasonably
be expected. Thc merchauts certainly
are doing their share iu keeping them
from starvation. If the ridiculous men
who had an Agricultdral meeting in
Greenville last week had taken some
measures to raise brcadstuffs at home,
they might have done some good.- j
Abbe r iib'- Medium.
This is certainly a bad year for thc j
man who advertised rewards for comets, j
Three of these celestial vagrauts are j
within telescopic range at this moment, j
and returns of more can be sent in for j
the next five months. As they cost
?200 each the fellow that offers the
rewards must quake witu fear when he
-ontemplates the boundless possibilities ;
of there live months. Bring on your ?
comets, wc can stand them if he can.
The Georgia Legislature has passed
an Act prohibiting the preaching of
Mormon doctrines within the limits of
the State.
The traveling expenses of the one
hundred thousand drummers employed
by the merchants of the United States
are ?120,000,000 a year, exclusive of
Ah Sang, for nine years the Chinese'
superintendent of the Tea Department
of Wilson's "Tea Pot" grocery on King
street, in Charleston, is dead.
An American woman in Augusta
bas married a Chinaman. As he does
all the washing and cooking, the Au?
gusta woman has done better than most
It bas been decided to sell the Great
Eastern steamship by public auction
early in October, unless she is previous?
ly disposed of at a private sale.
Senator Butler has sent to the Agri?
cultural Department seventy-five quarts
of Winter seed wheat for free distribu?
tion in this State. The seed comes
from the Agricultural Department at
Details of a fight with Indians iv
New Mexico show that moro troops are'
needed in that part of the country, and
that colored soldiers are plucky enough1
to fight three times their numbers iff
In one of his verses, Oscar Wilde,
the testhetic poet, alludes to "the barren
memory of unkissed kisses." An un
kissed kiss probably is tbe barrenest
thing within the range of human experi?
Mr. Geo. H. Cornelson, of Orange*
burg pays out over ?50;000 a year iff
wages to bis employees. These are the'
kind of men who build up a town and
There is but one war ship in our
navy, the Trenton, that can steam more
I than twelve knots an hour. We have'
j not one iron-clad that eau make tea
knots even in smooth- water, for six
hours consecutively. We have not one
gun afloat that could penetrate ten'
iuches of armor, even' at the closest
The thief who stole the pennies front
a dead man's eyes has been emulated at
Helena, Arkansas, where Joseph Tay?
lor is just beginning to serve a penal
term "for stealing the shoes from off
the feet of a culprit hanged at Mariana,
before the body was cut down bj the
Hartman, the Russian Nihilist, bas
come to the United States, he says, ter
stir up sympathy for his cause. There
is move sympathy here for his cause
than for him. Infidels make poor te*
The Greenville News has been vigor?
ously opposing Prohibition. It as vigor?
ously went for the whiskey bolters or
Independents in the recent municipal
election, and now it says the bar mes
are denouncing the dry party and
the News, but that the latter can stand
Mr. Edward Richardson, the wealth?
iest cotton planter of New Orleans, is
credited as possessing ?8,000,000; E.
J. Gay, a planter and owner of a sugar
refinery, raoks next, with from &3,
000,000 to ?4,000,000.
The Palmetto Yeoman says : 'What?
ever may be said of bar keepers and
whiskey selling, Columbia can boast of
several gentlemen in that line of busK
ness who are practical prohibitionists.
They touch but taste not, and are mod?
els of sobriety. Yet, notwithstanding
this fact, they don't much like to see au
avowed prohibitionist. Perhaps it is
because he never 'smiles.'
The Tooker mine, in York - County,
was sold on the 12th instant to 'The
Broad River Gold Mining Company,
of New York.' Operations on an ex?
tensive scale will be commenced im?
mediately. Mr. Tooker writes that
i there is quite a boom in mines on Broad
River, and says South Carolina is des?
tined to be thc Mecca of gold seekers in
the near future. He expects to go
to thc Atlanta Exposition with a
collection of York County minerals.
A young gentlemen of Florence last
week wagered that he could eat two and
one half pounds of rice at one sitting.
The rice was weighed and then cooked
perfectly dry. When it was done, the
gentleman commenced his task, and eat
thc rice without butter or seasoning of
any kind, using water to wash it down.
Sure enough inside of an hour, the
last grain had disappeared, and he eveu
went so far as to call for 'more.' Strange
no ill effects resulted from this mon?
strous meal, If anybody can beat
this, let us hear from them.-Florence
Lady Burdett Coutts is said to Tiave
made an amicable settlement with her
relatives concerning her fortune. "Since
her marriage," says Olive Logan, "she
has lived in more costly fashion than
ever before. The dinners she has given
in her Piccadilly residence have formed
a marked feature of brilliancy this sea?
son, and they have been attended by
persons of very high standing in the'
social world, though British royalty has
held aloof. The slight is all the more
marked as in former times there was no*
subject in all the kingdom whom the
Queen loved more to honor than Bur?
dett Coutts-. As for Mr. Bartlett, every'
one agrees that he is the soul of chiv?
alrous devotion to his kind wife, and she
seems delighted with her handsome'
American husband."
The Chinese Government did not
order home the students in this country
a day too soon, if wc may trust the:
Hartford Courant. American school?
boys were iu danger of being ruined by
Chinese cheap labor. "When they
have entered a school or college, or'
taken up a study, they have forthwith
proceeded to step to the head of the
school and to master the whole of the
study. It has been amazing to see how'
in a strange country, speaking a foreign
and peculiarly difficult language, they
have managed in so many ways on so
many occasions to beat their American
boy associates." Every principle of
protection to home industry required
that these boys should be shipped at
once, and it is very fortunate that the
Chinese forestalled the high tariff men?
in their action.

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