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The Noted Divine Gives Practical
Hints on
The Greatest Bussing of a Nation
is an Elevated Literature; Its
Greatest Curse, an Impure
Dr. Talmage, who has been spending
a few days in St. Petersburg, sends the
following report of a discourse which
win De neipiai 10 muse
appetite for literature and would like
\ . some rules to ?uide them in the selection
of books and newspapers; text,
Acts xix, 19, '"Many of them also
which used curious arts brought their
bosks together and burned them before
all mea, and they counted the
price of them and found it 50,000
pieoes of silver."
Paul had been stirring up Ephescs
with some lively sermons about tfce
sins of that place. Among the more
important results was the fact that the
citizens brought out their bad books
and in a public place made a bonfire
of them. I see the people coming out
with their arms full of Ephesian literature
and tossing it into the dames. I
hear aa economist who is standing by
saying: "Stop this waste. Here are
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* pose to burn them ail up? If you don't
want toread them yourselyes, sell them
and let somebody else read them."
"No," said the people; "if these books
are not good for us, they are not good
for anybody else, and we shall stand
and watch until the last leaf has burned
to ashes. They have done ue a world
of harm, and they shall never do others
harm." Hear the flames crackle and
Well, my friends, one of the wants
of the cities is a great bonfire of bad
books and newspapers. We have fuel
enough to make a blaze 200 feet high.
Many of the publishing houses would
do well to throw into the blaze their
entire stock of goods. Bring forth the
insufferable trash and nut it into the
fire and let it ta known in the presence
of God and angels said men that yon
are going to rid your homes of the overtopping
and underlying curse of profligate
The printing press is the mightiest
agenoy on earth for good and for e7il.
The minister of the gospel, standing in
a pulpit, has a responsible position, but
I do not think it is as responsible as
the position of an editor or a publisher.
At what distant point of time, at what
faroufc cycle of eternity, will cease the
influence of a Henry J. Raymond, or a
Horace Greeley, or a James Gordon
Bennett, or a Watson Webb, or an
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rasters x>rooKs, or a xwuiiu j.vujpcii<?i
% Take the overwhelming statistics of the
circulation of the daily acd weekly
newspapers and then cipher if you can
how far up and how far down and how
far out reach the influences of the
American printing press.
What is to be the issue of all this?
I believe the Lord intends the printing
press to be the chief means for the
world's rescue and evangelization, and j
1 think that the great last battle of the
world will not be fought with swords
and guns, but with types and presses,
a purified and gospel literature triumph
ing over, trimpimg down ana crusnmg
out forever that which is. depraved.
The only way to overcome unclean literature
is by scattering abroad that
which is healthful. May God speed
the cylinders of an honest, intelligent,
aggressive, Christian printing press.
I have to tell yon that the greatest
blessing that ever came to the nationsis
that of an elevated literature, and
the greatest scourge has been that of
unolean literature. This last has its
victims in all occupations and departments.
It has helped to fill insane
asylums and penitentiaries and almshouses
and dens of shame. The bodies
of this infection lie in the hospitals
and in the graves, while their souls are
Demg tossed over into a lost etermiy, an
avalanche of horror and despair: The
London plagae was nothing to it. That
counted its victims by thousands, but
this modern pest has already shoveled
its millions into the enamel house of
the morally dead. Tb^ longest rail
train that ever ran over ilie iracks wa-*
not lon^ enough or large enough i<>
carry the beastliness and the puirefa-:
tion which have been gathered np iu
bad books and newspapers in the last
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Now, it is amid such circumstances
that I put a question of overmastering
importance to you and your families.
What books and newspapers shall we
read? You see I group them together.
A newspaper is only a book in a swifter
and more portable shape, and the same
rules which will apply to book reading
will apply to newspaper reading. What
shall we read? Saall our minds be the
receptacle of everything that an author
has a mind to write? Shall there be
no distinction between the tree of life
and the tree of death? Shall we stoop
down and drink out of the trough which
the wickedness of men has filled with
pollution and shame? ShalJ we mire
in impurity and chase fantastic will-o'the-wisps
across the swamps, when we
might walk in the blooming gardens of
God? Oh, no! For the sake of cur
present and everlasting welfare we must
make an intelligent and Christian
Standing, as we do, chin deep in fictitious
literature, the question that
young people arc asking is, "Shall we
read novels?" I reply, There are
novels that are pure, good, Uhristian,
elevating to the heart and ennobling to
the life. But I have still further to
say that I believe that 75 out of the
100 novels in this day are balefd and
destructive to the last degree. A pure
work of fiction is history and poetry
combined. It is a history of things
around us with the licenses and the assumed
names of poetry. The world can
never pay the debt which it owes to
such writers of fiction as Hawthorne and
McKenzie and Landon and Hant and
Arthur and others whose names are
familiar to all. The follies of high life
were never better exposed than by Miss
Edgeworth. The memories of the past
were never more faithfully embalmed
than in the writings of Walter Ssott.
Coopers's novels are hsaltfully redolent
with the breath of the seaweed and the
air of the American forest. Charles
Kingsley has smitten the morbidity of
the world and led a great many to appreciate
the poetry of sound health, j
strong muscles and fresh air. Thackeray
did a grand woik in carieaturing j
the pretenders to gentility and high j
blood. Dickens has bailt his o??n
monument in his books, which are a
plea for the poor and the anathema of
injustice, and there are a score of noveli8tic
pens today doing mighty work for
God and righteousness.
I say, bocks like these, read at
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right times sad read in right proportion I
with other books, cannot help but be i
ennobling and purifjiDg; but, alas, for j
the loathsome and impure literature
that has come in the shape of novels,
like a freshet overflowing all the banks
of decency and ccmmon sense! They
are ccmiag from some of the most celebrated
publishing houses. They are
coming with recommendation of some
of our religious newspapers. They lie
on your center table to curse your children
and blast with their infernal fires
generations unborn. You find these
books in the desk of the school miss,
?" +! ? ? ??r.-r.L- nf tVio mnnir man. in the
steamboat cabin, on the table of the
hotel reception room. You see a light
in your child's room late at night. You
suddenly go in and say, ''What are you
doing?" "I am reading." What are
you reading?" "A book." You look
at the book. It is a bad book. "Where
did you get it?" I borrowed it." Alas,
there are always those abroad who
would like to loan your son or daugh
ter a bad book! Everywhere, everywhere,
an unclean literature. I charge
upon it the destruction of 10,000 im
mortal souls, and 1 bid you wake up to
the magnitude of the evil.
I shall take all the world's literature
?good novels and bad, travels true and
false, histories faithful and incorrect,
legends beautiful and monstrous, all
tracts, all chronicles, all poems, all family,
city, state and national libraries?
and pile them up in a pyramid of literature,
and then I shall bring to bear
upon it some grand, glorious, infallible,
unmistakable Christian prinoiplc?. God
help me to speak with reference to my
last account and help you to listen.
I charge you in the first place to stand
aloof from all books that give false pictures
of life. Life is neither a tragedy
nor a farce. Men are not all either
knaves or heroes. Women are neither
angels nor furies. And yet if you depended
upon much of the literature of
the day you would get idea that life-instead
of being something earnest, some
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thing practical, is a ntim ana laniasuo
and extravagant thing. How poorly prepared
are that young man and woman
for the duties of today who spent last
night wading through' brilliant passages
descriptive of magnificent knavery
and wiebednesfc! The man will be looking
all day long for his heroine in the
offise, by the forge in the factory, in
the counting room, and he will not
find her, and he will be dissatisfied. A
man who gives himself up to the indiscriminate
reading of novels will be
nerveless, inane and s nuisance. He
will be fit neitherfor the store, nor the
shop, nor the field. A woman who
gives herself up to the indiscriminate
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reading 01 novels wiu db uqu^u ivi
the duties of wife, mother, sister,
daughter. There she is, hair disheveled,
countenance vacant, cheeks pale,
hands trembling, bursting into tears at
midnight over the fate of some unfortunate
lover, in the daytime, when she
ought to be busy, staring by the half
hoar at nothing, biting her finger nails
into the quick. The carpet that was
plain before will be plainer after having
wandered through a romance all
night long ia tessellated halls of
castles. -And your industrious companions
will be more unattractive than
now that vou have walked in the
romance through parks with plumed
princesses or lounged in the arbor with
the polished desperado. Oh, these
confirmed novel readers! They are unfitted
for this life, which i3 a tremendous
discipline. They know not how
to go through the furnaces of trial
through whish they must pass, and
they are unfitted for a world where
everything we gain we achieve by hard
and long continuing work.
Again, abstain from all those books
which, while they have some
good things, have also an admixture of
evil. You have read books that had
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twi' CiCiUCUUO ILL VUVIU v?v ?
the bad. Which stuck to you? The
bad! The heart of most people is like
a sieve, which lets the small particles
of gold fall through, but keeps the
great cinders. Oace ia awhile there is
a mind like a loadstone which, plunged
amid steel and bra^s fillings, gathers up
the steel and repeis the brass. Bat it
is generally esaetly the opposite. If
you attempt to plunge through a hedge
of burs to get one blackberry, you will
get more bars instead. You cannot afford
to read a bad book, however good
you are. You say, "The inflaence is
insignificant." I tell you that the
scratch of a pin has sometimes produced
lockjiw. Alas, if through curiosity, aa
nm.y do. you pry into an evil book,
your curiosity is as dangerous as that
of the man who would take a torch into
a gunpowder mill merely to see whether
it would really blow up or not
In a menagerie in Yew York a man
put his arm through the bars of a
black leopard's cage. The animal's
hide looked so sleek and bright and
beautifal. He jasfc stroked it once.
The monster seized him, and he drew
forth a hand torn and mangled and
bleeding. Oh, touch not evil, even
with the faintest stroke! Though it may
be glossy and beautiful, touch it not,
lest you pull forth your soul torn and
bleeding under the clutch of the leopard.
''But," you say, "how can I find
oat whether a book is good or bad without
reading it? ' Tfcere is always something
suspicious about a bad book. I
never knew an exception?something
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tration. This venomous reptile always
carries a warning rattle.
Again, I charge you to stand o? from
all tfc^se books which corrupt the imagination
and inSame the passions. I do
not refer now to that kind of book
which the villain has under his coat
wailing for the school to get out, and
then, looking both ways to see that
there is no policeman around the block,
of ers the book to your son on his way
home. I do not speak of that kind of
literature, but that which evades the
law and comes out in polished style,
and with acute plot sounds the tocsin
that rouses up an tne Daser passions
of the soul. Today, under the nostrils
of the people, there is a fetid, reeking,
unwashed literature, enough to poison
all the fountains of public virtue and
smite your sons and daughters as with
the wing of a destroying angel, and it
is time that the ministers ef the gospel
blew the trumpet and rallied the forces
of righteousness, all armed to this great
battle agaiDst a depraved literature.
Again, abstain from those books
which are apologetic of crime. It is a
sad thing that -some of the best and
most beautiful bookbinaery and some
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oi toe unssb rucioriu uavu ueeu uruugut
to make sin attractive. Vice is a horrible
thing anvhow. It is born in
shame, and it dies howling in the darkness.
In this world it is scourged with
a whip of scorpions, but afterward the
thunders of God's wrath pursue it across
a boundless desert, beating it with rain
and wee. When you come to paint
carnality, do not paint it as looking
from behind embroidered curtains or
through lattice of royal seraglio, but
as writhing in the agonies of a city hospital.
Cursed be the books that try to
make impurity decent and crime attractive
and hypocrisy noble! Cursed be
the books that swarm with libertines
and desperadoes, who make the brain
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of the youcg people witn viiiaiuy:
Ye authors who "write them, yc publishers
who print them, ye booksellers
who distribute them, shall be cat to
pieces, if not by an aroused communi-.
ty, then at last by the hail of divine
vengeance, which shall sweep to the
lowest pit of perdition all ye murderers
of souls. I tell you, though you
may escape in this world, you will be
ground at last under the hoof of eternal
calamities, and you will be chained to
the rock, and you will have the vultures
of despair clawing at your soul.
and those whom you have destroyed
will come around to torment you, and
to pour hotter coals of fury upon your
head, and rejoice eternally in the outcry
of your pain, and the howl of your
damnation. ' God shall wound the
hairy scalp of him that goeth on in his
The clock strikes midnight. A fair
form bendp over a romance. The eyes
flash fire. The breath is quick and irregular.
Occasiomlly the color dashes
to the cheek and then dies out. The
hands tremble as though a guardian
spirit were tryiDg to shake the deadly
book out of the grasp. Hot tears fall.
f.i > l _ _i?:n
one laugns wnu a sunu vuiw uuau
drops dead at its own sound. The
sweat on her brow is the spray dashed
up'from the river of death. The dock
strikes 4, and the rosy dawn soon after
begin3 to look through the lattice upon
the pale form that looks like a detained
specter of the night Soon in a madhouse
she will mistake her rioglets for
ourling serpents and thrust her white
hand through tne Dars 01 tne prison
and smite her bead, rubbing it back as
though to push the scalp from the skull,
shrieking; ''My brain! My brain!" Oh,
stand off from that! Why will you go
sounding your way amid the reefs when
there is such a vast ocean in which you
may voyage, all sail set?
Cherish g ol tojis and newspapers.
Beware of bad ones. The assassin of
Lord Russell declared that he was led
to into crime by reading one vivid romance.
The consecrated JohnAngell
James, than whom England never produced
a better man, declared in his old
o tKftfc had nAVftr vet eot over the
evil effects of having for 15 minutes
once read a bad book. Bat I need not
go so far off. I could tell you of a comrade
who was great hearted, noble and
generous. He was studying for an
honorable profession, bat he had an infidel
book in his trunk, and he said to
me one day, "De Witt, would you like
to read it?" I said, "Yes, I would."
I took the book and read it only for a
few minutes. I was really stariled with
what I saw there, and I banded the
book back to him and said, "You had
better destroy that book." No, he
kept it. He read it. He reread it.
Afier awhile he gave up religion as a
myth. He gave up God a&a nonentity.
He gave up the Bible as a fable.
He gave up the church of Christ as a
useless institution. He gave up good
morals as being unnecessarily stringent.
I have heard of him but twice in many
years. The time before the last I heard
of him he was a confirmed inebriate.
The last I heard of him he was coming
out of an insane asylum?in body, mind
and soul sn awful wrack. I believe
that one infidel book killed him for two
Go home today and look through your
library, and then, having looked through
your library, look on the stand where
you keep your pictorials and newspapers
and apply the Christian principles
I have laid down this hour. If there
is anything in your horns that cannot
stand the test do not give it away, for
it might spoil an immortal soul; do not
sell it, for the money you get would be
the price of blood; but ather kindle a
fire on your kitchen hearth or in your
back yard jmd then drop the poison in
it, and the bonefire in your city shall
be as consuming as that one in Ephesus.
The Sons of Veterans.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans
met in Greenwood on Wednesday at the
court house, where a large crowd of
ladies and veterans had gathered with
the Sons. The commander of the local
camp?Camp James M. Perrin?Mr.
David Aiken, calieti the assembly to order,
and after prayer bv Rev. R. G.
McLees Mr. "Aiken ictroduced Mr. F.
B. Grier of CampPeriin, who extended
a welcome on behalf of his camp. Mr.
Grier's speech was eloquent and patriotic,
and he was reqaeutly interrupted
by applause. He lauded the Confederate
soldier and his deeds and aroused
the emotions of his hearers to a pitch.
At the conclusion of Mr. Grier's speech
Mr. Aiken introduced Mr. Francis H.
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Sons of Veterans for South Carolina,
who responded very gracefally to the
words of welcome and went on to make
an earnest, solid, argument for the
truthful perpetuation of history. At
the conclusion of Mr. Weston's speech
G-en. M. L Bon ham was called for and
responded in one of his happy little
talks, full of fervent patriotism. There
were then calls for Mr. Geo. E, Prince,
who responded very neatly, touching
upon the matter of partisan histories,
whioh is the question most prominently
before both the veterans and the Sjus
The business meeting of the Sons of
veterans was called to order at 10
o'clock Thursday morning by the division
commander, F. H. Weston, who
made an eloquent appeal for greater interest
in the order and its important
The roll was then called and the
camps responded by the presentation
of the credentials. There were many
camps who had delegates in town but
there are so many sponsors here that
the Sons could not make up their minds
to devote themselves to business.
The question which is agitating both
the organizations is that of fair text
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very fully, the discussion being opened
by Mr. Weston.
The adjutant read a letter from Col.
W. F. J ones, chairman of the historical
oommittee of the U. S C. V.
On motion of Gen. JSonham the South
Carolina division pledged itself to raise
its quota of any amount that might
be necessary for the employment of a
competent man to prosecute this work
of securing fair histories.
This question was further discussed
by Comrades Bonham and Prince and
a resolution was also adopted com
mending the work of Gol. Jones.
A committee was appointed to make
arrangements for a presentation of the
sponsors aDd they reported 4 o'clock
as the hour set.
The election of division commander
was next entered into and by a;clama
tion Mr. W. H. Huott of ftreen*ood
was elected. Mr. Weston declined to
serve another term
Resolutions of thanks to Greenwood
to Camp Perrin, to Mr. Weston and to
his adjutant were then adopted and the
convention adjourned.
No Pebble at All.
The Cedartown, Ga , Advance says:
"Man that is boru of woman is of lew
days and full of trouble. Hegoethout
in the morning in all his glory and
strength, thinking that he is the only
pebble on th^ beach. Straightway he
fallethinto politics ard in the morning
finds out that he wasn't any pebble on
the beach at all "
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Gathered by Thousands in Hos*
pitable Greenwood
j There Are Lirge Numbers of Vis*
itors in Attendance, and
the Littls City is
Greenwood was gay and festive last
week. There were veterans there by
the hundred and sponsos by the score
with just enough sons to make interesting
for the sponsors. Tuesday
afternoon the trains poured people into
thi3 busy little town and Wednesday the
throng has been coming in a steady
stream. Greenwood is something of a
railroad centre and every train has
dumped its load iato the already filled
trray coits, gray , hats, gray beards
tell of their owners' sacrifices for the
country they loved and the veterans do
little but talk with each ether of the
latter and the marches with Lee and
Johnson and Jackson and Hampton.
The veterans' convention, as. usual, is
a side issue. These old soldiers have
enough of business every day and on
such occasions as this they prefer to
deal in reminiscences, renewing old ac
quaintances and grasping the hands of
the comrades with whom they kept step
and with whom they messed and slept
29 years ago.
The sponsors?who say ought but
mention that they are here? Victors
by right, they are victors in fact. The
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conqured bat the women are always
conqaerors and so it is in Greenwood.
The sponsors have not been enumerated
but there are lots of them here.
The lovely little Hotel Oregon is dedevoted
almost entirely to their use
and everybody else in town is at their
service. The division sponsor for the
veterans is Miss Louise McFadden of
Chester, and for the Sons of Veterans
the division sponsor is Miss Mary Orr,
of Anderson. Then there are sponsors
for the brigades and for the oamps and
maids of honor galore.
The veterans' convention was opened
Wednesday morning in the court house,
SeDator C. A. Waller presented the
ilev. J. S. Jordan of Phoenix, who
opened the meeting with a moat appropriate
appeal to the God of Battles.
Then c: j a very interesting address
of welcome on behalt of the town of
Greenwood by Mayor DuPre, who paid
high tribute to the soldiers of the Confedercy
and extended the survivors a
<varm welcome on behalf of this thriving
little city. Mr. D*vid Aiken, com
a-ander of Camp James M. Perrin, Sons
of Veterans, welcomed the visitors in
the name of his organization and Senator
Waller iD behalf of Camp D. Wyatt
Aiken, U. C. V.
Gen. C. Irvine Walker, the state
commander, then responded for the
veterans in one of the happiest speeohes
he has ever made on any occasion.
After these preliminary exercises there
was read the annual memorial tribute
to the comrades who have died since
the hst reunion and to the women of
i the Coofaderacv.
A telegram was read from Wade
Hampton, expressing his regret at being
unable to come. The mention of
the name of Hampton set the old soldiers
wild and they cheered to the
echo. Oq motion, it was ordered that
a response be sent to Gen. Hampton
telling him that he still occupies the
first place in the hearts of his comrades.
A letter was read from Capt George
Lake, now living in Louisville, expressing
his regrets and a suitable response
was ordered sent to Capt. Lake
who is a prime favorite with his comrades.
Next came the roll call of camps, a
duty performed by Col. Jas. G. Holmes,
division adjutant, in his usual graceful
Dr. B. H. Teague presented the report
of the committee on the Confederate
abbey, which showed that the offerr
of Charles Broadway Roms has been
met and the $100,000 for the ab
bey is now available.
Oa motion of Col. Iredell Jones, a
committee of three wag ordered ap
pointed to memorialize the legislature
for the creation of the office of commissioner
of pensions.
A committee of the same nnmber
was appointed to report on the subject
of text books, and jast at this point
Hon. 0. L. Sohumpert of Newberry
made a ringing speech in support of the
plea for fair histories. *
After this the convention adjourned
and thfi veterans wandered off in search
of something to eat. The hotels here
are small, and most of the visitors are
qiartered at private homes. The houses
aod stores are decorated with flags and
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Dot take exception to the decorations,
for the S.*r Swangled Banner and the
red, white and blue are a great deal
more in evidence than the Stars and
Bar3 and the red, whito and red.
The flag of the Third South Carolina
regiment, tattered and torn, is here in
the custody of Camp Garlington of
Laurens, Commander T. B. Crews.
Col. Todd was its last bearer. It was
never captured.
The flag of the Palmetto Sharpshooters,
representing the upper counties of
South Carolina. This flag was carried
through the Seven Days' fight, the
battle of Frazier's farm, the second
battle of Manassas, at Antiotam, and
was shot through at Boonesburg. It
was surrendered at Appomattox and
brought home.
It is estimated that there *ere at
least 8,000 or 10,000 visitors in town
Wednesday, besides many from the
surrounding country. Over 1,000 veterans
are registered, and it is therefore
likely that there ar.e more than 1,200
here. There are the same number of
Sons, thongh not all are connected with
the organization. The number of
sponsors is estimated at from 3<M) to
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cbug iiirTToi ui uuuuu va^viiuH
TVo old tl ?gs were presented to tbe
coiiVcution, one of them being that of
tbe Seventh regiment, which went from
this section and the colonel of which
was D. Wyatt Aiken, the lieutenant
colonel being Elbert Bland. Messrs. W.
L. Durst and C. A. C. Waller of G-reenTXTi-lA^
own tTlO TliofftPW nf fVlOSA fllfffl
with some very interesting remarks,
and then Col. Coward called for the
rebel yell and it was given with a will.
Dr. Teagae presented the report of
the committee to memorialize the legislature
on tbe subject of pensions.
The commissioners of pensions selected
by the convention in accordance with
the recent act of the legislature are as
follows: VY. ii.?iardin ot Ufcester, W. j
D. Starling of Columbia, and W. E. <
James of Palmetto, Darlington county.
For the committee on text books Col. I
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Ocffard liiSde Vzi rspoti requesting ths
State board of education to adopt only
southern books by aontbern authors
and southern publishing houses. This
was adopted without discussion and
without dissent.
The election of officers was next in
Older and (xen. Uarwile nominated (jren.
C. Irvine Walker for re-election as
major general of the South Carolina I
division. Gen. Walker thanked the
veterans for the honor in a most happy
little speech. I
The two brigade commanders were
also elected by acclamation, Col. Asbury
Coward of Charleston o? the First
brigade and Gen. T. W. Car wile of the
Second brigade.
Ihere are various estimates of the
number in attendance, but Col. Holmes
states that out of the 120 camp3 in this
State fully, two-thirds, or about 80,
were represented at this reunion This
is much better than was expected, and
speaks well for the organization, which
seems to take on new life as its members
grow old.
The homes of the&e good people
have been open to the visitors and the
great majority have been entertained
free of cost and have had the most
abundant hospitality shown them.
I cannot now give the committees who
are responsible for all that has been
J il.i J ^A.1 11 J. 1_ ^ 1
none in mat aau otner lines to inane ;
the occasion pleasant but I would like J
to name each one and to denominate ?
each one as a most royal host.
The veterans' convention having ad- ;
journed shortly after noon, many visit- 1
ors left on the afternoon trains but \
there are plenty yet in town to make ]
things lively
Now the most interesting part of the ;
story is to come?so far as Columbia is J
concerned. The reunion next year is ^
to be held ia th'e mast progressive city '
in the south?the capital of the Seces- 1
sion State?Columbia. The vote to go *
to Columbia was practically unanimous,
there being a few voices raised for Sum- .
ter and a few for Spartanburg.
The survivors of the Ha upton L2- j
gion met today and decided to hold a (
reuoion annually in Columbia on
Wednesday and Thursday of fair we^k.
The first reunion is to be held this fall. 1
P. A. Emanuel of Aiken is chairman j
of the committee to make arrangements j
for the occasion. !
Jas. A. Hoyt, Jr.
umuiTiufl UJT tuvra.
Resume of the Summaries for the i
Several States 1
It is an open questior whether the
recent generally favorable weather has '
caused ootton to recover in condition ;
what it lost daring June. la spots it ]
undoubtedly has done so, while on wet '
bottom lands in the States of Louisiana i
and Mississippi it has continued to de- (
teriorate, and in these States the crop ,
will be smaller than usual. Texas and i
Arkansas, and portions of the Atlantic \
States have average crops, but gener- ,
ally the crop averages low. Shedding
is reported from all sections, but not t
more than usual to the season. Cotton j
is in some States opening prer.aturely, ,
but generally the crop is later than
In North Carolina cotton has revived
wonderfully, and although the plants <
are still late and small for the season, <
the general abundance of blooms and '
free setting of fruit would indicate a '
good yield. Shedding and rust are re- ;
ported in several counties, but no* f
more than is usual at this period. Here 3
and there, fields of cotton on light and '
sandy soil were too much injured by J
the drought to recover fully. I
In South Carolina over a large por- i
tion of the State, with numerous ex- 11
ceptions, however, in the eastern-conn- |'
ties, ootton improved materially and 1
now looks promising, but comparative- 1
ly few sections report the crop heavily >
fruited. Most of the reports indicate >
that the plants are undersized and late,
but fruiting normally, and some that <
they are not fruitin? as they should at J
this season. There are a few complaints 1
of rust and premature opening, more of
shedding, and some of grassy fields, although
cotton is generally laid by
clean. In the western counties culti- <
vation continues. In places cotton is <
blooming to the top. Sea island is still 1
suffering from drought and blight. J
In Georgia cotton shows steady im- ,
provement, but there is some complaint i
of rust and shedding in a few coun- i
* *? 'O e-mail Vinf io fmihinor nrptfv ^
bl^O) IV AO CiilOil MUb 4U
well. In
Florida reports continue, uniavor- 1
able to ootton. On some old lands the :
planthas stopped growing; the bottom
crop Is not promising and the frequent 1
rains are not conducive to a favorable 1
change. A report from Madison conn- ]
ty, however, states that the crop ap- i
pears to have improved some duriDg <
the week. Picking has commenced on J
uplands; the lint is light. ]
In Alabama cotton, as a whole, has
oontinued to improve slowly, and is j
now fruiting more freely, though there J
are very few full grown bolls, and 1
none are open; this staple is consider- J
ably below the average for the season; <
la Mississippi ootton lias made some
advancement, bat is stalky, small and
fruiting poorly. It is shedding quite ]
freely in most sections because of ex- j
cessive moisture. j
In Louisiana cotton did not fare well ,
during the week; there was altogether ,
too much moisture, barring a few places ;
in some of the northern parishes, ,
where the crop is reported as having j
marJfl fairlv pood t>ro2r?ss. comolaints
that the plant is shedding, running to
stalk, and fruiting slowly, are becom- j
ing more numerous; cotton on high and (
well drained lands may yet be saved by
a timely change to dry and warmer
weather, but on low lands crop pro3*
pests are poor indeed. Boll worms
and caterpillars are making their appearance
in a few localities, and the 1
crop continues, as a rule, badly in grass !
owing to the rains, which render cleaning
and laying by very difficult, if not
In Tennessee cotton generally is
small but growing well, some shedding
of forms is reported in the western di
Tn T xis cotton continues to shed in i
some localities. The showery weather ,
has caused the plant to take on a very (
rapid growth, and consequently it is j
not fruiting well in many sections. (
Seme localities report that cotton is ]
doing exceptionally well and fruiting ]
nicely. The crop is generally in good
condition, except some fields are J
TTrtTwco-ar mriili r\f flip f*rOT> <
giaoojt AAvnu ? VAj *uwkvu V* J
has been worked out for the last time, j
The boil worm and the Mexican weevil j
are reported from many places, some (
such reports coming from the extreme 3
northern portion of the State, some <
hoinir ilnrifl Thfinrnnis snotted
uawagv ?v~v ... ? g- -and
late. Some full grown bolls over
the southern portion of the State, but
opening will not be general for some 1
time yet. The crop ranges from poor 1
to very good. <
In Arkansas cotton on the higher
ground is doing very well, and in most
cases promises a good yield, while in ]
the lowlands it-irrerygrftssy and many ]
gelds have been abandoned. i
... . .... ;
The Tar Heel Democrats Wins a
Great Victory.
Both Branches of Legislature
Secure. The Amendment
Goes a Whooping. The
Election Quiet.
A dispatch from Charlotte says the
elections in North Carolina Thursday
ieere for governor and State officers,
nembers of the legislature and county
jfficers and for an amendment to the
State constitution looking to a practi:al
elimination of the Negro from polices,
as its adoption would disfranchise
;he bulk of the Negro vote. By far
;he greatest interest centered in the fight
?ras over the amendment. At Thurs
lay's election a great many Negroes
roted for it.
The faculty of Livingstone college at
Salisbury, one of the most prominent
NTegro educational institutions in the
south, voted for it. The amendment
upas opposed bv the fusion forces of
Populists and Republicans, headed by
Senators Butler and Pritchard, and the
campaign was the most bitter waged
in the State since reconstruction days,
rhere was a full poll of the Democratic
strength, which, combined with a small
tfogro vote and some Populist and Republics
votes, rolled up an unprejedented
majority. Returns indicate
;hat the amendment was carried by
jver 40,000 majority.
Spencer B. Adams, fu3ion nominee
for governor, was defeated by Chas.
B. Aycock, Demorcatic nominee, by
fully 40,000 majority. All other State
officers were elected by equal majorities.
The legislature is Democratic in
both branches, Mecklenburg county,
[>f which Charlotte is the county seat,
jives 3,500 majority for the county
ticket. The election throughout the
State wag generally quiet and peaceable,
the Negroep, as a general thing, remaining
away from the polls.
A dispatch from Raleigh says the
jlection passed off quietly. A heavy
white vote was polied, but the Negroes
took little interest m tne result,, ana
generally remained away from the polls.
En many instances they voted the
Democratic ticket. Every eastern
jounty was carried by the Democrats,
the majorities in some of them being
3.000. Most of the central counties
also are Democratic. Returns from the
irest are incomplete, lhe indications,
however, are that the State is Demojratio
by 50,000 majority, the legislature
three fouths Democratic and the
franchise amendment adopted. At 11
D'clock Thursday night Democratic
Chairman Simmons said:
"I think we have a safe majority of
50,000 and at least four-fifths of the
legislature. The returns so far are
most satisfactory, and no surprises.
The Democrats rejoiced quietly all
jver North Carolina Friday.- The retains
show that Democratic maiorities
aggregate 54,678 and fusion majorities
3,125, maying the net Democratic majority
59,553 There will be contests in
several counties, there being .gross irregularities
in Randolph and Harnett
and smaller ones in Wilkes and Chatham.
In the latter county, at Congressman
Atwater's preciuat, the fusion
stronghold, the fusionist, finding
chey were being out-voted assaulted
ihe election officers, smashed the ballot
boxes and burned the ballots. This is
:he only outrage which occurred in the
3tate, so far as known. The returns
show that to the senate there are elected
58 Democrats and 9 fusionists, with
;hree seats doubtful, and tc the house
T\ < j io
7?j i^eLuucrais auu xo luoiuuiaio, nunc
twelve seats are in doubt.
To Develop Savannah River.
The declaration was filed in the office
)f the secretary of state Wednesday afternoon
and a commission was issued
to the Twin City Power "company. This
means much for the development of the
prater power aipBg the Savannah river
ind of its several tributaries in EdgeSeld
and Abbeville counties which has
heretofore been going to waste. One
million dollars is to be the capital of
the company, and northern capitalists
ire the promoters. One of them is Mr.
K7 TT Hh c>tp vtin nrcankfirt the C!n- I
lambia Water Powr company, which
bought the Columbia canal. The corporators
are '"Samuel Say lor. residing
it 245 west 120th street, New iork
jity in the State of New York; W. H.
3hew, residing at 1855 7th avenue,
LVew York city, in the State of New
fork, and D. M. Mackaye, 18 Neptune
Place, New Rochelle, in the State of
!few York." The principal place of
ausineas is to bs located on the Savannah
river near ParksviT.e, Elgge field
State of Ohio, City op Toledo, (
Lucas County. s '
Frank J. Cheney makes oath that
he is the senior partner of the firm of
F. J. Cheney & Co , doing business in
ihe City of Toledo, County and State
aforesaid, and that said firm will pay
she sum of-ONE HUNDRED DOL
LARS for each and every case of uararbh
that cannot be cured by Hall's
Catarrh Cure.
Sworn to before me and subscribed
in my my presence, tnis 6-.h day of Dejember,
A. D. 188G.
j seal > Notary Public.
Hall's Catarrh Cure is taken internally,
and acts directly on the blood and
mucous surfaces of the system. Send
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Hall's Family Pills are the best.
The Whole TruthIn
a letter to the Philadelphia
Press Brooker T. Washington speaks
fery encouragingly of the treatment of
jolored people by their white neighbors
in the South. He says, among much
jlse that is of interest: "In any cise I
lave not seen a single colored man who
lad secured intellectual and moral
prosperities, and had a high character,
yho did not have the respect and con"
1 -C A.
laeucs ui me wiiice pcu^jic nunc uc
ived." "On the whole," says the
Philadelphia Keoord, "it has been long
jbserved that well-behaved colored
uen are much better treated in the
South than in the North.'1
Gainesville, Ga., Dec. 3, 1899
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3een used in my family and I am perfectly
satisfied that it is all, and will
lo all, you claim for it. Yours truly,
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P. S.?I am using it now myself,
[t's doing me good.?Sold by Hie Murray
Drug Co., Columbia, S. C., and all
Iruggists. if
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iSE fiJVoLMos afAfits.
the Streets of Pekin Bail Sed With
special to the Record from Victoria,
B. C., says:
4' A letter received by a local Chinaman
by the steamer Gienogle dated Chisan-fu,
the capital of Shan-tung on July
2, says Cho Ta. a reformer who escaped
irom Pekin on June 26, h^s
given the writer, the following information
from the capital to June 26:
mere were over iUU,UDU .Boxers
and Manchu troops in the oapital when
I left, and numbers more were pouring
in from all parts of the Chi li-shan, Lusi
and Honan. Their main objeet
seemed to be plunder and hatred of
foreigner's. The 'gates of Pekin were
constantly opened day and night to permit
these reininforwmants to enter the
city. Those in the city had attacked
the foreign legations continuously for
ten days, but were repulsed every time,
although" they managed to set fire to
a number of houses adjoining the for
eign quarters. One or two foreign
houses had already been destroyed
when I left the city. No decent person
could get anywhere near the place
1U1 1CA1 UVIU5 tallCU A iUiQigUVA UJ
the mob.
"Not counting the 2,000 to 3,000 converts
who have been massacred by the
Boxers inside Pekin, it was estimated
when I left that over 4,000 peaceable
oitizens had also been slain in the melee.
The streets ran with blood; it was awful.
The Tartar and forbidden cities
were filled to overflowing with Boxers
and Mamhu troops, which caused a
panic among the princes, dukes, nobles
and members of the imperial clan and
their banner men who were afraid that
they also would be plundered as soon as
the Boxers got beyond control and so
by dipl maoyothey managed to clean
both cities of their dangerous friends,
closed the gates and placed strong
guards 01 banner men to prevent iur
ther ingress of outsiders.
"The Tartar city gates are now only
opened a couple of hours a day to enable
residents to purchase things from
the other cities.
"On the 19th of June YungLu, wko
had always advocated the suppression
of the Boxers, having received dispatches
from the vioeroys and. govern
ore south of the Yellow river urging the
same step, thought to back up his policy
by quoting the provincial dispatches
at the grand council that morning. A
great clamor arose among the other
grand councillors held by Prince Ttxan
and Yang Hu, who denounced. YungLu
as a traitor ana literally overwhelmed
him by tiieir numbers. Finally in spite
of the ecdeavors of the empress dowager
to restore order Princs Tuan and
VoTirr TTn Anf f.liof. frlior WAnl/1
take all the responsibility of the war
against foreigners and rushed out of
the grand council chamber, all decorum
and etiquette being thrown to the
winds. The empress dowager left the
council clumber in despair and has not
been heard of since, nor has the emperor.
They are said to be under the
restraint of Prince Tuan's men in the
palace. When this was known to
eunuchs and palace officials they raised
theory: ''Up with the Ta Tsing-dynasty
and down with the foreigners!"
which was taken up by the populace io
the Tartar city. An hour afterward began
the reign of Prince Tuan and his
clique. We-fear greatly for the safety
of our beloved emperor.
[Reserved for Measles
Daring the past two years Danny
Sweeney, of Hazelton, Pa., aged 8, has
fallen twenty-five feet from a roof,
been knocked down twice by trolley
cars, run over by bicycles six times,
thrown from a freight train once and
knocked of the track by a yard engine
ones. Yet Danny is as soaad as a dollar
and mischievous as a kitten. Probably
Fate is reserving Danny for a ease
of the measles.
Many ArrestsA
dispatch from Rome says twentyfour
persons have been arrested as eon4
aAam ?aa sif in 4-Vio oodftfllTiftiinn
igugiauvo ui J>U WUV uuuauiunuwM
of the King of Italy. Ooe is
Teresa BragnoU, who was captured at
Prate. He is believed to be the one
who wrote the letter to Bresei from
New York, asking, "Is all ready?" Six
were arrested at Prato and the others in
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Every Wernan Wants One.
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When ordering needles send
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Agents ^Wanted in Unoccupied Territory.
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The firm of Jno S. Reynolds & Co., Printers
of Ready Prints to Newspapers,
was dissolved by mutual consent on July 1,
Having purchased the interest of Mr. Jno.
S. Reynolds in the above business I will
continue the same on my own account at
Orangeburg, S, C., and hope.oy strict attention
to business to merit a continuance of the
patronage heretofore bestowed on the old
<-? no t otvia
HI111. oa.Jj. Jul. UXULLW.
Haring transferred to Mr. Jas. L. Sims
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