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The Press and Banner.
Wednesday, August 1, 1888.
The Newspaper Heaven.
The New York Mail and Express lias some
good remarks on the custom of newspapers
lo follow the heathen motto, De mortuis nil
nisi bonum, "Speak nothing except good of i he
dead," and send every dead hero, whether
good or bad, to the better world. It says:
"The press that immediately urocinims on
the death of any man that he nas "gone to
the better world," that "struggle and sulterlng
are now ended with him," that he had "a
J?.I,it icnrlfl nnri is clad to Get OUt
of it," set themselves in direct opposition to
the revelation which God bus made to mankind,
and wblch is our only means of knowledge
concerning things beyond death?those
who do this both encourage bad lives in this
world, and furnish to the departing a lie with
which to go into the next.
If the press would send any one to heaven,
let them compare bis life with the requisites
set forth in the Scriptures, and do so if they
warrant it: but do not let them encourage
vice in the living by an indiscriminate posing
of all who die into paradise. Acting on
this rule will not lead us to Judge any man ?
who are not the Judge of our fellow*. God
"hath appointed a day in which lie will
Judge the world in righteousness by the man
whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath
given assurance unto all men, in that He
hath raised hira from the dead."?Paul at
Athens. And yet we may use the evil done
by and one who has died, as a warning to the
living In the most opportune manner.?Associate
Upon whlcb, with due deference and a proper
respect for those from whose views we
may dissent, we would remark :
As a question of fact, we think the secular
newspapers yery seldom err In the matter of
sending the dead to heaven. It is not their
province to do so, neither is it the right of
any religious newspaper, preachcr, or otner
eulogizer of the dead to pronounce judgment.
Secular newspapers, as a rule, deal with a
man's character?and not with his religious
professions. The world at large cares litti e or
nothing for any man's professions. It is his
character and bis recorded acts which have
weight with the world, and while it is legiti
mate and proper to eulogize the nobie qualities
of the dead, yet no man has a right to
parade the faults and shortcoming of any
brother who has Just gone out from amongst
us, even in the darkness of the night. For
these very sins he may have been forgiven,
and whether forgiven or not, to bring them
up again is violative of our every instinct. lf
the deceased has been forgiven at pic last
moment then the rehearsal of his sins must
be offensive to died that we might
live?even to him who said: "Though your
sins be as scarlet, they shall bo as white as
snow; though they be red !iko crimson, they
shall be as wool."
It seems to us that it is a great mistake for
any mortal man to undertake tell where the
soul of any brother has gone. The human
heart Is desperately wicked. The saving
power of the Son of Man is unlimited. The
preacher who assigns the dead, subjects himself
and the deceased to criticism, and the
editor who would undertake to pass Judgment
goes outside the limit of his duty, and makes
utterance which has neither weight nor Influence
with any one.
A secular newspaper hap no right to enlarge
on any man's religious faith, except where
that faith and zeal have prompted the dea
Ufa f iiBPfninpss. and then the
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particular deeds of tbe deceased may be referred
to with propriety, bat of his religious
faith we may say less-that sacred precinct
mast not be entered.
Tbe "Register" and tbe Book*.
-Or. As yet the Register has not made a statement
as to the book-keeping in the Comptroller-General's
office. That paper has promised
to answer, and will answer.
Of coarse at this distance we have no lden
ns to the cause of the delay, but we risk nothing
In 6aylng that there arc at least a few persons
In this county who are looking for the
reply with more or less interest.
The Register has a way of speaking out,
which inspires confidence. Knowing that
there Is nothing wnlch may be so easily
twisted as figures to suit any shade of opin.
ion, the Register impartial statement will
likely set any misgivings at rest.
Without prejudging in the matter, we are
Inclined to the belief that the Register haf.
struck slate and a heap of it.
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This was ttao subject of Editor Holmes's
beautiful address in Greenville last week before
the Press Association, but he didn't say
anything about the newspapers of those days
or of these days either.
LIVELY LETTER FROM DUE WEST.
The Newapnpern?The Farmers-?The
Gala Week and our Hodernte Enjoyment
Due West, July 25), 1SS8.
"Groggy Springs" has a daily mail.
Miss L. J. Galloway Is back from Ohio.
President and Mrs, Kennedy started to
Highlands Monday last.
Quite a number of our people took in the
gala week. They were only moderately pleased.
The general criticism on the gala week
was that the distances were "too magnificent"
Tbe hack men enjoyed this doubtless.
It is right hard to And any difference now
between tbe politics of the Greenville New*
and that of tne News mid Courier.
Air. ana Jirs. a rs jvt'mituy, ur. u. i. ivcunedy
and Miss Julia Kennedy have just returned
from a trip to Dr. Anderson, of Fair
View, Greenville county.
It is always a pleasure to attend the Abbeville
Bible Society. We regard the last meeting
as the best we have ever attended. The
.. sermon by Dr. Wilson and the address by
Prof. Miller were captivating. The largest
attendance was present that we have ever
seen. Abbeville's hospitality is unbounded.
It is always a pity we can't accept all the
kind Invitations extended. We roturn thanks
to Mr. and Mrs. Thompson for courtesy extended,
and greatly enjoyed on this occasion.
Capt. J. M. Cochran candidate for Clerk of
Court returned home Saturday evening from
a tour through the country. He is much encouraged
with his prospects.
Mr. R. C. Brownlee, of this place "set up"
his friends the other day to a Are melon of
his own raising. We pronounce it the best
we have tasted this season.
Dr. Wideman Is at Glenn Springs.
Prof. Hood conducted the prayer meeting
in the Associate Reformed church Sabbath
Mr. Prather, of the Presbyterian oflice had
charge of the local column last week in Mr.
Bonner's absence. His "points" weregracefnlly
Dr. Cowan headed a party for tho mountain
last week. They go in rough and tumble
We observe that some of the dally papers
hop? |that Tillman may by "flayed" at
the hands of Cupt. Dawson when they meet.
Tillman is able to take care of himself. Capt.
Dawson has never done anything for the
Democracy hewasuot well paid for. There
11 OUIHUUUJ' liOMtl ill Hiv >-inir,
that will give Tillman Justice, if this tilt between
these gentlemen does take place. We
judge from their report of the Hodges meeting,
which we witnessed.
Due West and vicinity was visited with n
fine rain Sabbath night and crop prospects
are much improved. We should be truly
thankful for such a blessing.
The union Baptist meeting at Donalds took
quite a crowd from this vicinity.
Mr. J. Altheus Johnson, of Washington
makes a friend reel quite at home. One of
his lady acquaintances dropped down In
Washington the other day when his kindness
was unexcelled. Hiring a nice carriage he
showed his friend through the soldiers cemetery
and through the handsomest parts of the
city, to see "the Panoramic Battle of Shiloh,"
to see the Washington Monument, the Capital,
the GovernmentjbuildinK, &c.,?a drive
embracing some 10 miles.
Mr. Johnson has only been in Washington
a few years, yetjhe has rapidly risen and now
occupies a prominent and very responsible
position in the Treasury Department with
quite a number of assistants under his control.
Mr. Johnson Is a young man of tine attainments
and with a landable ambition
to rise still higher. Abbeville should
be proud of her son.
Aiken County's Candidates.
The official board declared the following
candidates the Democratic nominees for
Aiken county: Senator, John M. Bell, representatives,
James Aldrich, U. M. BoutrlKlit,
John Gary Evans, J. M. Cobb, school commissioner,
jD. H. Cro6loud. sheriff, B. F. Turner,
probate Judge, John T. Gaston, clerk of court,
j. F. Hankinson, county commissioners, W.
A. West, E. Gunter, S. Iloliy, coroner, W. II.
If you want a good Buff Cochin cock see E.
THE STATE HOUSE BOOKS.
Astounding Assprtion of tho "Xcwn
ami Courier"? Dill the Different
Comity Treasurers I>ny Taxes in
(tills of the Hank of tlic State T?
JihIsc Kershaw Knle<l that it was
I'nlnnrul to Do So.
On Monday of last week tho Xenix and
Courier published a reply to our quest ions
about the bills of the bank of thoState. That
reply was made up chiefly of expressions of
personal disrespect for the editor of this paper,
and the repitition of stale facts in reference
to this county.
On last Friday the Xcw.t and Courier contained
"The Abbeville Press and lianncr says that
they have not been answered as to what became
of the bills of the Bank of the .State
which were tendered for taxes in ?thcr counties
besides Abbeville. If the Press and Manner
bus not been answered upon tills point it
is because the reply to their inquiries was not
read, for it was distinctly stated in this cor
respondence that these bills had been received
from the different counties by the .State
treasurer and had been cancelled and stored
away m the treasurer's office."
It will he observed that the above statement
answers In unequivocal terms "that
"these bills had been received Jrom the differ"cut
countics by the .State treasurer, and
' stored away in the treasurer's office."
The bills of which the Tfctus and Courier
speak were no doubt funded at fifty ccnts on
the dollar, as was other indebtedness of the
The question was : "Whether the different
county treasurers have accounted for the bills
of the Hank of the State which were tendered
in 1878 lor county and school taxes, and
the amounts of bills so received, and when
the different treasurers accounted to the
county and schools for the same."
It will not be hard for any reader to sec that
the News and Courier's reply docs not come
within range of the question.
The Columbia ?k Greenville railroad was re
quired by Judge Kershaw to take up the bills
so tendered for taxes, and to pay good money
to the County Treasurers. Now, as we know
that the order was carried out as to Abbeville
connty. the presumption is that it was carried
out in the other couuties. There is no reason
why such sould have been the case.
If these bills then are in the hands ot
(he State Treasurer they got there
by some other route than through
the hands of the County Treasurers along the
Columbia ?fc Greenville road. II the News and
Courier's statement be true then there is somethlntr
radically and fearfully wrong some
It has been well known In Abbeville for
months that the Comptroller-General's office
was worthless in so far as concerned the interests
of this people in the matter of the
bills of the Bank of the State, and we asked
a simple question, not with a view to exposing
tho short-comings of the treasurers in
any of the counties, but to ascertain if it was
the custom of the Comptroller-General to
take whatever statement a county treasurer
might oiler, and then give him a receipt in
To show that the books of the Comptroller'*
office have not been properly kept as
to Abbeville County: General Stoney, under
date Of Sept. 9th, 1887, says: "The conclusion
is then, that the moDey was not paid by the
Railroad." "I will write to the railroad authorises
to see whether such payment was
ever made to" the treasurer of Abbeville.
When Auditor Jones went to examine the
Comptroller's office in reference to the matter
nothing satisfactory could be found.
But General Verner did ail in his power to
aid Mr. Jones, first, by instructing his chief
clerk to find all the settlement sheets, so as to
ascertain what they might show In the matter.
When this failed to give lucidity to the sa;nc,
it was General Verner who made the suggestion
that Mr. Jones should look over the
accounts and returns of the Receiver, General
Conner, and lie said if those papers could be
found, that the receipt itself should be there.
And this was not all that General Verner
did, for he requested his chief clerk to go with
Mr. Jones, and introduce him to Mr. Seibles,
Upon the suggestion of Mr. Seibles that Mr.
t-l- ? ?... uninnhln infnrmnMon.
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the chief clcrk in the Comptroller's office
then wont with Mr. Jones to Mr. Miller's
house, and It was he who found the receiptnot
in the Comptroller General's office,
not in the Treasurer's office, not iu the Master's
office, but in an old box of somebody's
papers that was found in the Clerk's office.
Of course General Vcrner is not to blame? in
this matter. The settlement occurred years
before his term of office.
VVe make no reflections on anybody. We
are only discussing a system of book-keeping
which seems unique.
Sound Keiice on the Agricultural
Fraud Commonly Called a Farmer'*
Lowxdesvillb, July 80th, lsss.
Again has the most of this township had
We, as a township, are so far fortunate.
The crops are doing well.
Yet in the southwestern part of the townshin
thorn has been but little rain in eight
Judge J. B. LeRoy has some patches of the
finest cotton that tnis scribe has seen.
Chickens, eggs, watermelons, &c. are now
?omewhat plentiful, which is an evidence
that these luxuries are bringing prices satisfactory
to the producer as well as consumer.
Mr. It. H. McConnel spent the most of last
week at Anderson and Greenville. Wondei
if he is a candidate.
Last Wednesday during the rain in the Antreville
section there was considerable liali,
not sufficient to do much damage.
Mr. J. M. Baker returned from his visit to
his sick wife at Morganton, if. (J , last Tuesday.
leaving her much better.
Mr. W. C. Dul're and family, of Latimer,
spent the day at our houseon last Wednesday.
The little babe of Kcv. W. S. Martin has
been vory low witli congestion of the brain
for the past week.
The meeting in the Baptist church closed
last Tbursduy night. The Rev. Carter ol
Greenwood assisted the pastor, Kev. B. F.
Kev. E. K. Carswell, of Elberton began a
protracted meeting at Midway last Friday.
Miss May Brockinton, of Kingstree, S. C., is
now ou a visit to her sister Mrs. W.JS. Martin.
We are sorry to learn through a private
source tnai Airs. w. n. wnue, 01 urramno,
so well known and highly esteemed in this
County is now quite sick.
A meeting was begun in Providence church
on yesterday, which will continue for several
days of this week.
Cant. J. N. King, Messrs. VV. L. Miller and J
li. Harmon, all candidates for Legislature,
and two of them for matrimonial honors were
in town Friday night.
Messrs. T. Baker aud Son are now rapidly
building a brick store between their present
stand and the store occupied by Messrs. McConnel
Several of our citizens attended the picnic
at Starr on last Wednesday, and 'tis said that
one of them came near being shot with a
double barrel shot gun, accidentally.
During the rain storm on last Thursday one
of Mr. G. F. BurdettVJennet standing near a
tree that was struck by lightning was killed.
JudgejW. N. Hansom had the misfortune to
lose a flue steer lust Thursday, by its falling
into a gully and breaking Its neck.
I-ast Friday Mr. Fred Sadler, about seventeen
years of ase was shot, and almost lnstuntly
killed on Mrs. Hardy's place a few
miles above here In Anderson County, by Mr.
XV. Hodges about seventeen years old. Another
young man's valuable life lost by a too
careless handling of a pistol.
liev. \V. S. Martin's little babe quietly passed
away yesterday. It had congestion of the
brain, lie left this morning with its remains
tor Kings tree, y. C. Our deepest sympathies
are with our a filleted friends.
Governor Richardson, Generals Bonham
and Hemphill, Colonel J. C. Haskel, Captain
B. R. Tillman and othor dignitaries are exnpeted
hero on the ble 4tb. Auderson C. H.
and other points along our Rail Road will
each send up a large representation, us the
Koad gives cheap rates for that day. Every
body Is Invited, and we intend to do all that
we can to make It an enjoyable day to all who
The opportunity perhaps of a lifetime will
be alTorded to many in this section to see a
live Governor of South Carolina. There will
be about forty candidates, more or less, and
as it will be nearly their last opportunity for
showing their peculiar fitness lor the ofllce to
which they arc aspiring, each one will pcrliapt.
desire to be heard, and to allow each one
twenty minutes It will take about thlrteon
hours for them to got through. The big guns
will also have to fire a good many rounds,
which will consume much more time, and the
only chance that I sec for all to be accommodated
is to protract the meeting, by at least
having night services. We will do the very
best Hint we can, and if we can possibly
squeeze two days into one we'll do it every
time. As we have no very particular friends
whom we wish placed In positions to linger
funds raised for an Agricultural College, a
goodly number of us hereabouts are not taking
very much, if any stook Ju such costly
luxuries. We have yet to learn of a single
one who lias profited himself or others by the
scientific Agricultural knowledge gaiued at
any such institution of learning. We think
the Greenwood correspondent in last week's
i Lowndesvllle Advertiser lilts the nail square1
iy on the head, when he says that "personal
| interests anil aspirations is at the bottom of
j tho whole scheme." The past history of all
; Industrial school loaches that they are perlect
| trauds in so far as being a benefit to the farmer
is concerned. They have been a benefit
| only to the money handlers. If a concern
; with millions upon millions as an endowment
fund could be gotten up, and every
mother's son of us could come in for a liberal
share in? the "division of spoils" then It
would be the best thing out. TUOUI'E.
Cohonaca, tf. C., July 20,1888.
Editor l^rc&x ami Hunner:
Since it has been impracticable for me to
attend the appointments with the candidates
| and not wishing to continue In the raca at so
great a disadvantage, please announce thai I
have withdruwn. Respectfully,
1 T. A. GRAHAM.
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AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY.
SERMONS ? SPEECHES ? MEMORIALSENERGETIC
WORK IN THE BIBLE
Minutes or the Nixty-Fifth Annual
Meeting of tlie Abbeville District
The Society met in tlie Methodist church nt
ll-'it)a. m, on Wednesday, 25 July, 18ss. I'rcsident
W.M, tirier, D. D., in the chair. Opened
with prayer by the president. The roll of
members was called and minutes of last meeting
After which Rev, J. Lowrio Wilson, I). D.,
pastor of tlie Presbyterian church at Abbeville,
delivered the annual sermon on the
text, ''For the prophecy came not in old time
by the will of man; but holy men ol'God
spake as they were moved by the Holy
IrllOSlt '? 1'Clur i: zi. ?v. iiut wnwuvu v* t?o
then taken up of 88.00.
Tlie annual address was delivered by Prof.
J. H. Mi Icr, of Erskine College, on the subject
of "The Bible."
Twenty six members were enrolled of which
five were new members. Others have since
On motion of A. B. VVardlaw it was
Resolved, That the Treasurer be requested to
make personal application to all the members
who have not paid, for their contribution.
II. T.Sloan of the committee appointed to
preparo a minute commemorative of VicePresideut
R. H. Ward law made his report,
and the following memorial and resolutions
Often has It fallen to the lotof the writer, to
preparo epitaphs, memorials and tributes of
respect tor the good and the great of Abbe
ville county; but seldom, perhaps never, had
he a subject deserving of more honorable
mention and of a niche in the temple of her
illustrious names. Kobert II. Wardlaw, son
of Jaines Wardlaw, won distinction and
ought to be held in lasting reinemberance by
all who love the good and the true, and who
desire to perpetuate that noble type of Christian
civilization, which was so long the acknowledged
birthright of South Carolinians.
The lcadiug events of his rounded and wellspent
life, nave been collected, grouped and
placed on record by others, more Intimate
with the daily walk of the deceased; but they
will bear rehearsal and our most diligent
study. The biographies of the good are among
the most sacred treasures of the chureh.
They seem to say, "sec what Christianity has
done for them!"
As seven cities contended for the birth place
of a Homer, and different countries for the
uatal cry of the great Corslcan, so will Abbeville
withouta rival, claim the nativity of R.
h WorHinu' Linten to the record. Ho was
boru in Abbeville village, April 2stli, 1807, and
after a sojourn of eighty years two months
and twenty days in the home of his childhood,
he left the scenes of earth and time,
aud passed beyond the purple hills, to mingle
with the celestials in the paradlsoof God. He
died July 18th, 1887.
During all those years and the terrcstlal
scenes through which he passed, wo never
heard of a single stain upon the bright escutcheon
of his lair name. He loved the true,
the beautiful and the good, and enjoyed the
rare distinction of having the eonruknee of
all who knew him. Jn evidence, his life was
crowdcd with positions of honor, profit, and
trust. While a youth in the Junior class of
the South Carolina College, he was appointed
Assistant or Deouty Clerk of Cbnrt. As a
Christian, he early coufessed Christ and
adorned that profession, being selected to rule
In the church Oct. 13, 1850. As a man of business,
he was an houest and successful merchant.
a trusted cashier of the Abbeville
branch of the State Bank of South Carolina,
and Treasurer of the South Carolina Presbytery
for a period of twenty-five years, lie
succeeded his lather as Secretary of what Is
known as the Long Cane Society?a position
which he filled with rare punctuality and satisfaction
for more than half a century. He
was present at tne formation 01 me aducvuiv
District Bible Society, and always present at
Its annual meetings, save one. One of Its
vice-presidents and active members for many
years?a believer in the Bible and resting upon
the rich promises of the Holy Word, as a
light to his feet and a lamp unto his path; so
that whatever else would fail, he knew the
word of the Lord would never fall. Other positions
he also held with credit to himself and
satisfaction to the people. In every position
he was true and faithful?in church courts
and among assembled elders?a lover of Zlon
and an humble follower of the Lord Jesus.
What a record! Bright, beautilul and resplendent
as the crown which he now wears!
A crown of life?a crown of glory! In all the
elements which go to make up moral worth
and Christian integrity, none stood higher.
He loved the house of the Lord, the word of
God, and the people of God, and like his Master,
ever sought to do them good.
Ills fidelity to every trust Is the more conspicuous
In au age, so much wanting in this
urand clement of all successful enterprise.
His punctuality to all engagements Is deserving
of unlvtrsal imitation. It was conscientious
! It was Christian? from principle.
Once I enjoyed the hospitality of Ills lovely
homo_ r.ikn Job's hiuh estate, when the can
tllo of the Lord phown brightly upon him?
when liis children were about him and he
washed his steps with butter. But I suspected,
even then, that much was due in the home
circle, to that lovely lady, Miss E