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vol.. 1. PICKENS COURT HOUSE, S. C., SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 18-10. NO. 4
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story I was about to tell isn'
much of a yarn,' said the officer callec
upon, a young South Carolinian, 'its onb
recommendation consists in it's being nev
and true, as we say ia the Palmetto State
Such as it is you are welcome to it.'
'Liftenant, take a ittllc of the squeeze
limon before ye begin.'
'Thank you, Captain Hcnnesy?yov
health, sir. Well, gentlemen, about si
months ago I had occasion to make
journey to Fensacola, travelling on hors
hack across i no otaie 01 ueorgia. jli.
well known f hat there are large tracts
the territorj of our Southern neighbo
that have p oved very ungrateful to tl
labors of the husbandman'?here La
reus looked at tlio Major with a poouli
expression. 'These districts are, in co
sequence, but sparsely settled, and
provided with the necessaries of life.
" ?0n the third day of my journey, 1 h
ridden about twenty milf
?? pine ban en, without
having caught the first glimpse of a
human habitation. I was faint with bunnrni*
nn/1 4- ?- ?
&v,? c.v* vuiiai. su was my norse, who
would stretch out his neck and groan
piteously at each now prospect of the hot
sandy road that opened before us. The
poor brute was ready to drop, when, on
turninrr a e
0 nVv?v>, jrv/ujtiaj iuucy my aclight,
at seeing a large and substantial
log house, with a pine mast stuck up before
the door, and a . -oad swinging sign,
tipon which w?? lcj, ' * in bold characters,
th? word 'Iiotcdl'
.. A-fubbed rnv eyes, and then shaded
them vnTTiTitty luuub to nujfco sure it-was |
not the mirage, which frequently makes
its appearance upon these sandy plains. J
But no; it was a nouse, sure enough, and '
better still, a hotel.
'I straightened myself up in the saddle
My horse wliighered and stopped out
* cheerily. 'Come,' said I, patting him
on the neck, 'we're through it at last, old
! fellow; you'll soon bo up to your years
in the best of Georgia corn, and I '
, Hero the anticipated anjoymcnt of ham
and ccrffs. fried children. strnnn- c/flfco lw
buscuit, or waffles, and perhaps a piclcle
or so, deprived mo of the power of speech,
and I rode up to the 'l lotel' in silence.
'As 1 rode nearer the house, it began
to look weather-beaten and desolate luce,
and I was growing fearful it might be uninhabited
; but uch?there sat the landlord
in the porch, and 1 take it, his two
sons?'it's all right,' thought I, and I
rode up and drew bridle, in front of the
-nit- - xi i* i ? - ? - "
-a no,j-nrec individuals Avliom 1 had observed
in tlio porch?threo sallow, drylooking
chaps, in their shirt sleeves?did
not movo an inch. I am not certain that
they even changed the direction of their
eyes. A couple of gaunt, yellow dogs
that lay on the stoop, remained equally
'Comef thought I, 'this is cool for
people who keep h house of entertainment?they
ought toknpw, from the direction
I have come, that I intend to put
up for the night?they might offer
lake one's horse, I should think.' But
I no one stirred. I began to think that the
house might not be a tavern, as I had at
first supposed; and 1 again looked up at
the Sign. Ennucrh?t.lTn wnrrl
o ? 0"~ " ,,v* --VW*
was there in large letters.
'Can I stop here for the right?' I. enquired,
at langth. I waited for an anll
Kwer, but none came, repeated the
(question in aJouder f\nd more imperious
'You kin if yerlike, stronger,' replied
the oldest of the three, but without
moving a muscle, excopt those of his
mouth. I
'Have you got any c>u?' enouired I,
intending to make sure before flighting,
n? the hottfje, on a nearer inspection, look
cd naked and empty.
Got any corn?' echoed tho same speuker
an before.
* 'Yes/ fcaid I, 'corn.'
we haint got anyi' was the reply.
'Well, havoyou gdt any fodder, then?,
'Got any fodder?' 1
j 'Yes?fodder!' I
'No?we hnint got any.'
'This is 'md,' thought I?'my poor
horse?I "will have to turn him loose, nnd
I might ns well tic him up,' I continued
to reflect, ns on looking around I could i
not see a blade of grass within the cir- I
cuit of a mile. 'I had best hitch him
o Imvi'Sntl n?/l 1
tu uiv IUR.U ci liuiuvu ouuv/n, uuu
vide on to the next house?but first let
mc see what they can give me.'
'All the time I was occupied with
these reflections, the three men had remained
silent and motionless, except
when one or the other of them would
raise his hand and bring it down with a
1 smart slap over his cheek, or along his
thigh, or behind his ear, as though one
and all of them had been nfllicted with I
- the malady of St. Vitus.
'I was, at first, startled with these dot
monstrations, but upon a little reflection,
i I perceived that my saturnine friends
f were only killing musquitoes.
v 'Have you got nny ham and eggs?' I
asked, at length.
'Got nny hnm nnd eggs?' echoed the
d original speaker, with an emphasis, that
i clearly betokened "surprise,
ir 'Yes?ham and eggs/ repeated I.
ix 'No?we hnint. got any.'
a 'A pity,' thought I?I was fond of
e- ham and eggs; 'have you got any chickis
ens, then?'
in 'Chickens?'
>r, 'Yes,' said I, 'chickcns.'
f nntf nlnnl/nnc tinnrt
i n v miiuv^uu "vv.^
vi- chicken/
ar 'Well, have you got any meat?'
in- 'Got any meat?'
ill 'Yes?nny sort of meat?beef, pork
mutton, orx'TcCovered, one
nfl 1 f '^naVi^otetr^65' ?2IM
nungiy.' yr\ sc
" N??wo haint got nny.' "j
'Hflve von nnv hron/l <1, 9> / w
. ? J viiv i i. y
Any bread?' S lo
'Yes, bread?a piece of y and a j?
glass of water?that, toy*nin?rY mnn? as
is a banquet.' n<
'No?we haint bread.' {?
'Well, my friy1^ have you got any- a
thing to eat o^V kind?' y,
'Anytnin* ca- of a'1}' kind?' !p
'Yes^hiything?I'm as hungry as a w
wolf? , . tl
'no, we naint got not lung to eat of tl
ncorv kind.' in
'Well, old fellow, will you tell me how w
the devil yon do here, any how?' ]<i
'Very well, thank ye, stronger, how ]0
de yer deo, yerself?' tc
'T gav a violent wrench at the bridle i)(
which brought my horse round like a m
pivot, nnd digging the spurs into his y,
sides, I headed him at the road. But
the poor beast did not need any driving; p,
for. whether llP. hfld >ir>nn enticfinrl v.?
- - y,
his own inspection of the place, or whoth- y<
cr he had understood tho conversation, w
he broke into a desperate gallop, and did g
not stop until we had reached the top of a tl
long hill Here I had tho curiosity to h
turn round in the saddle, and look back; T
and, to my astonishment, the three men <J
were still seated just as I had left them; ]\
and I really believe that thev ore sittinrr u
^ o 11
there to this day!?Maync Iieid's ncio t<
work, ' War Lifeai
What a wonderful continent it is, thus
roxmded, smooth-shored Africa; known a
from the earliest dawn of time, yet so un- j\
known; the granary of natiohs, yctster- tl
ile and fruitless as the sea; swarming with s<
life, yet dazzling the eyes of the Moon- fi
men with its vast tracts of glittering ^
PJ111 . WAWII A ''
? *? V* V>I ^jLKivxtU(?| lit au DWJIl UUU I/11U |,|
other day, has been probed ,fiom end to >v
end; its gallant and restive Philips, Pon- h
taicH, -Tccumthes, and Montezumas have si
been bridled and broken by the white j fr
man; bnt Africa has sent no Cortez, nor r<
even a^De Soto or La Salic, "wringing fa- w
vors from fate," as Santa Anna has it. ft
Some solitary Mungo Park, or faithful g
Lander, or persevering Burckhardt, alone i tl
has tried to re?d the secret of the moth- j ir
/? ? ' -
vr 01 civilization, tne gray-iiairetl Africa, p
If we seek a land of romance and mys- w
tery what qunrter of the globe can com- w
pare with that which holds the pyramids; aj
the giant Theban temples, on one roof of fo
which clusters a modem village; the c(
solemn, hewn mountain:clHT of a Sphinx; m
the ruins of Carthage; the Nile, with its b;
hidden sources; the Niger, with its un- i/i
knoAvn outJot; the heavojx-boariiig Atlas; Hi
the dimlv seen mountains of the mnnn?
There"Joseph, roso roinOnfi'i&Uy to bo I
the ruler of millions; the% Morfc*> float- gj
ing in his cradle, i3 saved, yjg the purest fo
spirit of romance, by a kings daughter, fa
and, like the hero of some earlicfF chival- ra
ry, Arthur and Merlin mono, breaks the m
trie bonds of his people and founds anew gi
nnd mighty nation; there waa the home ju
oi JUiflo, or Hannibal, the scene of Scipio's ih
trmmpHs, Jugurtlia'n crime** there iivfid T
Turtiuion, Athanooius and foigustirte; m
. f . 21*
the romance of (lie m ('.wait there:
Hie last breath of the sainted Louis of
France was drawn there; and. but a year
has elapsed since the last shout of tho
latest hero of romance, Abd-el-Kader,
camo faintly across +he Atlantic.
Afi-irn. is tho homo of the leviathan.
the behemoth, the unicorn, the giraffe,
the slight antelope, scarce bigger than a
cat, the earth-shaking elephant, the unaccountable
liou, the all conquering buffalo.
It is the home too, of the mysterious
negro races, races yet lying dormant, in
the germ.
The Past, Present, and Future of Africa
are alike wrapped in mystery. Who
can tell us the childhood of dark-browed
F<*vnt. smmre-shouldered and enercretio'!
OJ l"' ~"1 o
' /artharge, tlie England of the old world's
ruler, has not even a romancing Livy
still less an unwearied Niebuhr, to ex
plain her rise, and untangle the mystcrie
of her constitution. Of all the vast in
terior, the Abyssianias and Sondon?
what do we know more than tlie Puni
merchants, who, like us, dealt there, tii
king slaves; ivory, and gold?
Mrs. Swisshelm, in a late number of tl
"Saturday Visiter," ban the following le
tor to country girls. She talks "rig]
out" to them:
You know T said that I could quilt r
most as fast as two of you. The rcas<
is, T tnko envo of my hnndo. One hi
of you arc to proud to do this. Y<
' would not be caught putting a glo
on to sweep, or hoe, or weed in t
garden, because you think it would lo
as if you wanted to be fine ladies.
> you see any one take care of .her ban
n , - ?r .? l>onnftt p
Jiiul C^iacnt of Europe ?b per msv i
'caretul to wear a suu-^L.
nu iiui cuni]jiuxion, you say slic is
proiul and stuck up." But it is you
ho arc proud. You have an idea you
ok well enough at any rate. So you
ist luuko yourself as rough and coarse
i ever you can, by way of being indejndent.
Your hands grow as stiff and
ud as if you held a plough and swung
scythe, and when you take a needle
Ml mm (loornoltr ^ ? ^?
uv.x^vij ici-i iii in yuur lingers,
his is wrong. There are many things
hich women ought to do, which require
icir hands to be soft and pliable, and
icy should bo careful to keep them so,
order to make them useful. Every
Oman who livos in the country should
lit herself a pair of woolen gloves, with
ng fingers closed at the tops?not mils
> lot tiic fingers get hard. There should
3 a piece of ribbed work at the wrists to
ake them stay on. When you use
nur hoe, rake or broom, put on your
loves?when you take, hold of a skillet,
jt, or kettle handle, take a cloth to keep
our hands from being liardenod. When
ou wash clothes or dishes, do not have
at'er so hot as to feel unpleasant. Many
iris scald their hands until f.lmv r?nn nut
lem into water almost boiling. Such
aYida nre unfit to use a needle or a pin.
hey nre not so. good to hold a baby or
ress a wound. Take caro of your
ands, and do not forget your faces. I
ave seen many country girls who at sixsen
had complexions like alabaster, and
b twenty-six their fnr.o? would lnnL
runnet bag that bad lmng six weeks in
le chimney corner.
One reason of this is, tljoy do not wear
bonnet to protect them from the sun.
mother reason is, the habit of baking
icir faces before a wood fire. I have,
jen women stand before a great roasts g
re and cook, u-til I thought their brains
ere as well stewed as chickens ; and
iey would get so used to it that they
ould make no attempt to shield their
cadh frorajjie heat. Nay, they would
tdown in the evening and tjpke their
icea by the hour: and this is onifrof the
jasons why American w<t?.iengrow old,
ithered and wrinkled fifteen years be>re
their time. But another and the
reatest reason is, your diet. People in
. u vvuwi'ij' uvu wju wun and eat too
inch hot bread and meat. Country
eople. usually eat richer food than those
ho live in tnVT cities, and that is a reason
by, with all their fresh air, their average
fe is little greater than that of city
>lks, Thousands of beautiful, blooming
mntrv girls, make old sallow faced woen
c themselves before they are thirty,
Y drinking coffee, smoking tobacco, find
iting hot bread. They sh #) ten their
/e? by these practice about aji muoh m
fcv ladl**# VrJtVl tioll
-- .. .v.. v.tvu mouiwiUl'Vl^ lUUIt'H#
do not know what you think about it,
rls. bu*. I think it is as much of a sin
r women to get old, brown, withered
ces, by eating too much, as it is for
en fo get red noses by drinking too
uch. Very few people think it a dis
w unvu n imiious icvcr; iniM would
st as leave the doctor would tell rnc
mt I waa drunk as that I was billious.
he one would come from drinking too
uch, thfr other Irom eating too much }
% irr ' 7X"r:&
| arid -where is the difference? All this is t
I a serious matter, for it alTccts health and <:
life; and the reason why I talk about \
your complexions in speaking of it is, ^
that every body loves to look well "wheth- a
er they acknowledge it or not. Now, t
people cannot look well unless they are t
well; and no one can be well very long <
who docs not try to take care of herself. :
The wortian who roasts her head at the i
fire, disorders her blood, brings on headaches,
injures her health, nnd makes her
face look like a piece of leather; when
she swallows hot coffee, hot bread, greasy
victuals and strong pickles, she destroys
i her stomach, rots her teeth, shortens her
[ life, and makes herself too ugly for any
' use, except scaring the scrows off the
i corn. J. O. S.
doctors' bills.
s The folly of dabbling in medicine is
very pleasantly hit off in the following
humorous piecc:
c "About four years ago X was happily
l" married to a very prudent lady, and, being
of the same disposition myself, we
made a very prudent couple. Some time
after our marriage my wife told me that
10 doctors' bills were very high, and as we
t- could not always expect to be free from
disease, she thought it best to purchase
1 j ? 1 _ 1_ * 1 il J ' 1 1. .
sonic doctors oooks, -ana mus, sjuu sno
d- with a smile, 'we can steal their trade at
oncc.' This I agreed to, and made it my
df particular business to attend all auctions
ou of books, in order to buy medical books
ve at the lowest rate. In fine, in less than
he twelve months I had bought a couple of
'?k 'Dispensatories,' 'Buchan's Family PhysiIf
cian,' two or three treatises on the art oi
ds, preserving health, by different authors
l'C- envnn f rn-iliciK nn flin /licnncn? nf pliilrlrnn
'hos .m^Mest note
H. 1 Also, Sugar, Cokf&i-., ^kW- ,,
1 n, a.MWiitE, Saddleuy,* &c., tec.
and divers others or iu\, 6... ^ r?SSOrtmci
My wife spent all the time sl\c couiu'i
spare from the economy of her household to
in studying them, and as soon as my li<]
store was shut up in the evening, I edi fied
myself with a few receipts from my fo!
Dispensatory. sh
"As soon as spring arrived my dear tc
wife informed me that she found it posi- mi
tively enjoined by some of our wriu.rs inj
w* " * " *
wuiv .. vi inuab awjuiow n large dose of inj
cream of tartar and brimstone, to be ta- go
ken every evening for three weeks, in nc
molasses ; this the whole family complied
with ; first. I myself, who, being the head th
of the family, I reckon first; my wife, an
my brother Dick, who lives with me, my E'
son and my daughter, my negro boy, and O:
the servant maid. This cure, wo nil wont m
through to the entire satisfaction of my all
wife, who had the pleasure to find her is
medicine had the desired effect. Hi
"Soon after this the contagion of read- nil
ing medical books spread through all my tic
furn\Ur J
........j , ov.-IH v/U ? uuy pusseu dui some i
of tlicm made use of some medicine or d(
other. My poor brother Dick, after he ki
had permission to read my book?, had ac- SJI
quired a dejectcd countenance, the cause it
of which I cculd not conceive. At last p1
he broke silence: 'Brother,'said he, (sup- tli
posing that I had read more tliun himself,)
'feel my pulso ; 1 think I have too much in
blood ; had not I better got bled ? you in
know that if too much gets into the head w
it produces apoplexy : tho symptoms of >n
its appearance, says Buchnn, arc vcmar- pi
kable redness in the face, and von kpp I to
t 4 ' J
that is exactly the case with rue. I could m
not hut laugh at him ; he was indeed red is
in the face, hut such redness as indicated sv
the very offspring of health. Our maid, n<
from an education at a country school,
had learned to read ; she earnestly reques- ec
ted her mistress to lend her a doctor book di
to read on Sunday afternoon. This reas- it
onable request was granted ; but, poor sc
creature! being not of the fairest com- tn
plexion in the world, she in a Utile while si
became quite low spirited, and finding al
my wifo and me nlonc one evening ahe si
came in, and ventured to express herself ^
thus : 'La! mistress; I am concerned and
afraid I shall get the yellow jauntlers, as
I begin to look yellow in the face.' Decency
prevented my smiling for awhile,
but when she had left the room I could >?
not but enjoy a laugh. My negro boy u
is always eating roa* ted onions for a cold, g
but ns he cannot read, he has luckily es- ^
a _*i? i' > ~ -
uvwiy aisoruer, unc night Sl
jus wo were about going to bed my wife
desired rac in the most serious munner "1
that if she should ever be taken with a
locked jaw that I should rub her jaw with ^
musk, as she was convinced, from com- st
paring her arguments of a variety of authors,
that this was the best remedy. I
told her there was no danger of such an 's
eventj as I had Dr. Cullen's v> ord for it }a
that it seldom attacked females : indt *d. in
I am convinced that a lock jawed Iccdy J? p<
rara avis in terris. co
Hitherto our family medicines were eJi
used with, confidence and. satisfaction oft nn
all sides, till 1 considered one day, that ec
our family, without a doctor, had ^Shsum- *8
c J more fhcclicine in one year tha# iViy fa- in
y" * "*35^
her's family used to do with the advice
>f a physician in six years. But one day .
vhen my wifn told mo she, thought it
vould he well to weigh our fuod before
ve eat it, lest wo should eat too much or
oo little, and that Sancuorious advised it
or good reasons, I got such a disgust to
mr scheme that I resolved gradually to
abandon it. 1 am now convinced of the
truth of a saying of a rational medical
writer, 'one or more things must happen
to every human body?to live temperately,
to use exercise, to take physic, or bo
sick.' And I am pretty certain that if I
and my family persevere in the two former
courses, we need not be in danger of
the two last."
/*?"? * a l? /iw /> 11 ir /k?l a a am*
The groat difference that is seen between
the Odd-Fellowship of to-day, and
that of thirty years ago, cannot but strike
all who retlect upon it as a most notable
fact. The many and great dangers
through which the Order has past during
the last quarter of a century, the new
features it has developed, the new capabilities
for good it has revealed and is
constantly revealing, arc proofs that it
originated in a providential design. The
first Odd-Fellows were blind instruments
in the hands of heaven ; the humble artisans
who laid the foundation of a glorious
fnmr?ln' without, knowiiur its obiect Ol' de
..... O J
At first, Odd-Fellowship presented aspects
decidedly objectionable and immornl.
It, relieved mflnv of the nninful ne
. cessities of life, it is true; but its moral
f influence was entirely bad. Among tho
; by-laws of Lodges of the first period wo
, find the following : "If any of the mem.
bers think proper to meet with the officers
i on q Sunday evening, they arc at liberty
nt of I by giv'd'iWiVi^vW Pfty for their own
a sole trader,'and to e^ei^lst1 alfthe ^
do so/'pfwvof a Free Dealer, after the cxpii.
[uor, and come in a
In the by-laws of another Lodo-n iiw.
. H ' w,w
IIoaviny appears: "One pint of beer
ull be allowed to each brother on atnding
a committee of this Lodge. Any
ember sleeping, eating, swearing, singqj
an indecent or political song, or giv5
an indecent recitation, or betting wairs
during Lodge hours, shall be fined
't less than one shilling."
Now let one comrmre with tho nlmvn
e by-laws of our Order as it is to-day, ?ents
id sec the immense progress it h;is made. "
yen the most bitter opponents of thr^y!
tdcr do not bring any charges of >rftre>
orality against it, or express any fear at Ins
I on tins ground. On (he contrary, it
acknowledged on all hands that its in\>Ji?y_
icnce is conservative of morality ; that
I if 54 nilna * * At-i- J
. ? ?v**w vh/ukuviuiis in tins uireo
m are as strict as those of the Church.
It is true there arc had men in the Or;r,
and pitv it is that it is true. But if
\avish Judases cannot be kept out of iho
cred pale of the Holy Church, how can
be expcctcd that Odd-Fellowship, a
jrelv spenlnr inafitiifi/ni ' <?? f??
icm ?
The Order now asserts, and positively
sists upon every virtue, and denounces
earnest and indignant tones ever}- vice ;
hile it seeks to relieve temporal sufferg
and to meet many of the cruel perexities
and inconveniences of life, it iiims v
i make men more moral, more fraternal,
ore benevolent, and more upright. It
worthy, therefore, the good will and
ipport of all good men. The humble WO
*N.lw ti- - ' ''
?uu ^uouuiiuy ui jus origin, nor the
]jcctionab)e attributes it at first exhibit1,
should bo remembered to its prentice,
It is enough for us to know that
has outgro\m them all, and in this wo
ie an evidcnc^tjiat a divine and redeemg
idea is enshrin^ within it, which will
line more purely and brightly through
1 the future, or until it# great destiny
mil have been fulfilled.?Gazette and
A ?o-o?
tl.? xt a..i
a in; iiew-vrncnns ncayurte says:
We notice with pleasure the increasg
number of cotton factories springing
p in the Smith. We have a i ready a
rKxlly number scattered through North 'Jc
arohna, Georgia, Alabama and Miasisppi,
and hear of others in contempla- }
on. In this laudable work we say "go
lead 1" ' "
We notice a neat little enterprise iru
10 manufacture of our great staple, &uk
uted in the Natchez Courier: * $
rrui. \ti?: - - wL i
xui! Mississippi Manufacturing Commy
at Draine s Mill's, Choctaw county,,
now in fiuwossful operation, yielding a
rge dividend. It has now 500 spindles
operiftion, which consume daily 500. . ,
mnds of spun thread. The cost of the
tfcon consumed every day i? $15, other
;penses $10, making in all $25. The
fimifactwed article -sells readily ?t 27 ^?
nts, making the whole product of tho ^ ...
lindlea $56 per day ! What a snk-ndid- ?
vestment, *
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