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From tho Auderson Intclligenccr.
t f , A Glftnco at ''Old Pickens."
Tho general aspect of things about
*'01d Pickens" to day strongly conn
tra-ts with its appearance tifteen or
twenty years a^o?thou at the zenith
of its onto bellum prime and importance
as a country town, now all turn
bled down and abandoned.
. The dividing of Pickens District
shortly after the war into Pickens
and Oconee counties, and the consequent
removal of the county seat,
served to utterly annihilate the old
town All tho old residents, as by
one impulse and seemingly actuated
' . l-\?* n flAtni'mifiatinn 1 n p tinmnn i?o
... .v, .v.
**4* at a "conrt houso," migrated at I
onco and settled exclusively in Wallialla
and New i'ickens, mainly in the
lalter placo. As a consequence, a
wonderful depreciation in value of
(own property followed and mostt, if
not all, the old lots changed hands for
a mere trifle. As an instance, one
lot ot two acres, on which was a
good dwelling with a store room at
taehed, sold for only $20. Tho Court
llouee and Jail, and nearly all tin;
store houses atid dwellings were torn
down and moved away, and now only
a few weather beaten and desolate
houses, and ino6t ot these in the last
otages of delapidntion, remain to reii.?
t ...... l:iv?
iiiiiiu u1113 ui i in; i'm mui iiiu vi fji v
tentions ot tlio place. in (act, every
thing has degenerated to s> great an
extent that the few remaining trace-,
and relics would ecarc ly excite the
curious interest of tiie passing stranger.
The largo hotel building is
standing vet. hut is t ist going lo ruin
and the absence of all the door and
window shatters and sash serves hut
to * heighten tho gloominess o! the
picture. Owlv olio business si;rn to- I
mains?that of the old hotel bar,
which holds on to the wall with a
tenacious grip as if oncotit>cious o!
th? fact that the 'Spirits" iiavi: flown.
Tho old academy is \ ot to bo seen ;
and tho town could at. one tiuuboast
of a flourishing High School,
which is an easy and safe inference
when tt is known that tho llev. J. L
Kennedy was its principal. It may
bo added in this connection that
y <ui townsman, O. II. P. Fant, Esq.
ouco trained tho young idea of this
Ijcality "bow to shoot." There was
never but ono church immediately in
the place, a neat and substantial
brick structure, which was originally
intended for tho use of tho various
denominations, but it was used almost
exclusively by tho Presbyteri>111
a until Into vnars. who.ii tlw?v sihim*
doncd it. Very lately it has been in
corporated in a Methodist Mission of
the South Carolina Conference, and
a strong membership has been already
This is a remarkably healthy locality,
a fino grain growing section
and, since tho war, a corinide'rabli:
/MHiiihti; r? f' aaI ^vn i j pnioml 'PIi.ka
\Jh WUV/II iO I UltlU
are no stores nearer tlinn Central Sta
tion and Seneca Ci'.y, on tho Air Line
Kailroad, each ten miles distant; and
thU fact together with the natural rc
sources of tho surrounding country,
mako this place a splendid opening
for a country storo. A morehant of
Seneca City, 'who, it would seem,
was encouraged hy these inducements |
lias very recently oponed a general
stock of goods hero and is doing a
profitable business. A sturo at Old
Pickens is something of a novelty,
and tho "natives" hail its advent with
rejoicing. Theoftect is amusing and
particularly pleasing to tho propries
About flvo families of white people
and about as many ot negroes are
living in tho old placo at present,
none of whom, however, rosidod with
au >uv Kiwi uuilltlUII |'l lt)l HI lUU
"bieaking up," eavo, perhaps, ono
old nogro man (Go 'fgo) who ,4bulo;;??
god to I*. Alexander 'lore 'manoipas
tion." Goorgo owns the laigo&t part
of Old J?ickou8 now, and ouo broad
Btnilo, betokening an inward conaci
oiiBno88 of his thrift, irradiates Ids
SilWlrt ffifttnrna mlion ! ?-? t**lla ?< ? ?!.??
. .. vv If IIVII I \J IOIIO HO I UOl
''things is turned 'round mightly,"
IIo rejoices in his freedom and vo'es
the "publikin" ticket.
To. mcditato upon the pa6l pros*
pority of tho "Id town nnd upon the
character of its former citizens, is a
n * - * - - -
ruuuunon 01 some interesr, but it is
r. melancholy retrospect. Ii has a
boat it much of that feeling which
results from the contemplation of decay
and ruin. There is an eloquence
in aecay, but 11 is a end eloquence,
and growth lias more ot vital interest
than decline, even us we gaze with
more pleasure upon the veidency of
youth than upon the decrepancy of
declining 3 ears. K bow ice.
4^# .
i AGloomy Picture fou the Nohtii.
Tho Augusta Constitutionalist speakof
a conversation ln\d with Senator
Uayard, of Dolawaro, says:
Mi. Bayard says that the pooplo of
the South havo but a faint concoption
of tlio di.stress at tlio North. Ho docliirod
that, in his opinion, whero one
man is Buffering from poverty licro,
mon arc suftoring much moro beyond
our confines in tlio ' loyall'' States.?
Thcro can ho no question that this is
true, and for our part, wo look for an
aggravation ot tlio woe, .Hast ami
West, long be lore tlio grim winter
shall relax its icy grasp. A gentleman
in thin city told us that real estate
near Contral Park, New York,
tor which Sl25,000 had been" paid two
years ago, Ions a mortgage of $35,000,
was offered him for tlio mortgage
alone. Mr. Bayard, in confirmation
of that utati'inont, said be lu\d heard
it announced in Now Yovfc lb at there
?\iis nou si .second mortgago on any
property, in the metropolis unci vicinity,
which was worth the paper it was
written on. He remarked, too, that
llu-se wore Rome oftho results of tlio
war, that made men almost curse
themselves for being misled in 180001.
We venture to assert that this
feeling will grow as time rolls on.
ki>. ?Tho editor of the Albemarle Times
Iihvo "cut their eye teeth'' to Lhc
nowspapcr business, and now discourse
' Happiness now?hereafter wailing
and gnashing of teoth. Wo wero
t'ni'ir iriwinn urlinn ti? n ot a a/1 1* /\ ?-* a < > n
? VI j I V.VII II 11 V? 11 >1 U OKU J.UU l/UU IIUV\ D* J
paper business. A gourd vino was
ripo com pa rod to us. Wo aro good
and mellow now. Thoso who got tho
Timos pay in advanco. In tho mean
limo all tho fellows who soaped us out
of a years subscription aro happy. At
least wo hope so. Anyhow thev had
butler bo for hcrcaftor tboro will bo
wailing and gnashing of tooth. As
cold watoi'to a ihiraty man, so is back
pay from an oid subscriber to an oditor."
Djam nds.? Previous to Jlumboldi's
oxploration of tho Ural ant'
Altai ho culled attention to tho pro
bablo existcneo of tho diamonds in
those regions, and liis expedition in
1821) was tlic immediate causo of thoir
Floxiblo itacolumito is plontiful in
Spartanburg county. Whenever this
rock occurs in tho Brazils, tho Ural
1 i I. . T3-. r 1! * I. - -?! 1
ana l ilt- r.iinL i iiuiuk, mu uuunonuH is
a fltondy companion, and at somo
flit 11 ro clay developments may lead to
a discovery of tho diamond fiolds in
our midst. Not moi'b surprising than
tho fact that in 1857, pearls of the
sizo ot a No. 4 shot woro discovered
in f.ltn hIimAJh of Unios ffrnHli u-nfrw
mueclcH) in a stream on tho lino of
Southwentcrn Spartanburg and Grconvillo
county.?Geological Stato Survoy.
Tlio Financial Chronicle ntatof? that
therolmvo boon failures to tho amount
nf &1!11 nnn nnn ,i.
V/. JWVJVVV V4 111 I 11^ LIIU JHIOU 11 I I H.J
months, of which South Carolina con?
Lrihutcil two and a half millions!
(jrrocnvillo is extending hor bordors.
SurvovorJohnson ban lnirl nn?. * ???.>??
tbroolotw bctwoon tlio Lmurons and
Spartanburg roads, on a commanding
ominonco, and in full viow of tho
drivo to Lowndo's Hill,
From tho Now York Mercury.
Aleck Stephens;
Stephens and Randolph?t>yin<j for
1 wenty Years?A Congressional Reminiscence?A
Victory Over Grow.
A dispatch from Goorgla prematu*
roly announcing that this venerable,
erratic gonitis was suddonly attacked
hy dantforons discaeo, and was in a
critical condition, furnished our correspondent
an opportunity to relate,
from his own experience, somo inter- I
OSt.illrr rnmiiikflnnpna t.f n ? ???? 1.1I
D " i?ii?>in?uiw
man. Aleck Stophons lins been, like
Randolph of Roanoke, dying for
nearly thirty years, and yet continued
through all this time, and in npitd
of his moribund condition, to tako an
important and prominent part in all
tho gravo public events that twenty
years sinco I first saw him on tho floor
ot tho IIouso of Representatives at
Washington. His physical weakness
was so marked that everybody spoke
about it, and all doubted his ability
to livo through tho session, winch
ended March 4, 1875. But tl.ohaektncii
and undertakers in tlio city knew
him bettor. They all said that Stephens
was an ::v.poster in the matter
of health, that for ten years previous
lie 1)ltd protended to bo dying, raising
tho hopes o( the undertakers and
cab drivers for lucrativo employment
at a big Congressional lurnal, bul had
always cheated them out of it by over
'seeming to be dying, and yet never
dying. Ho has thus lived on over
since, passed through tho fiorco con
lest over slavery, secession and the
v/ar, and managed so wo!! tluit, although
Vico-Pronidont of tho Confederacy
and author of tho celebrated
manifoato that "slavery was the cor<?
r.cr stone of the now Confederation of
American Stales," he yet, of all Con*
federates, attained tho most populari-*ty
in tho North, and was tho lirst of
them admitted to a scat in Congress
after the war niwl Ippnim! ?m?I. il.n
highest regard b}* .Republican members,
though not acting with their
party. Hut nil these thingsarc recent
history, and well known, iicnco they
need not he repeated here. Hut one
oi his conflicts in the House in ante
war times, and in which a member
from tho Stato of New York was
personally concerned, is worth tell
Oream us B. Muttoson represented
tho Utica District, and sorved on tho
Commitloo on Pensions. A Mr. TrippIctt,
a pension agent at Washington,
had compiled a volumo of tho laws
and regulations concorning ponsione,
and of decisions of courts relating
thoreto, and this hook ho was anxious
to sell to tho Government. Congressman
Mattcson exerted himself strenuously
in favor of Tripplott's work,
aim no ouiiiou imougii ?jon gross an
appropriation for its pnrcliaso, at a
fixed price por volunio. It leaked out
subsequently that this prico was a
trifle higher than tho retail piieo at
which tho book sold at tho storo, and
that tho excess wont to Mr. Maiteson
as compensation for his labors. Clmrg
es were preferred on theso facts.
and a committee appointed to invostigato
thom. Aloelc Stephons was tho
Chairman of that committeo, and Galuslm
A. Grow, of Pennsylvania, ono
of tho members. Thocommitloo mado
two reports, ono by Stephens, to ex
pel Mattcson lor corruption, the other
by Grow, to ccnsuro him only foi
carolcss conduct in allowing himsolf
to bo found out. This occurrod in
1857. Grow was a new convert to
Republicanism, having changod ovor
from a Democrat only in tho previous
Congross on tho Kansas Nobraska
troubles, and ho doterminod to win
dim HjmiN jiH ono oi mo loaders oi tiio
now party in conducting tho defense
of Mattcson, also a Uopublican. Tho
contest in Uio Houho rested solely
upon Stephens and Grow, and they
woro well matched. They aro hot'),
when under excitemont, exceedingly
passionato, tho voico of each is shrill
and piorcing, their oratory aggrcssivo
and cvon violent, but Alcck had tho
bont of it. nH ho fought 011 tho siilo of
honcHty against bribory, Never did
tho most robust and powerful man
Bhinp brightor in dobato than Sto^hans
on that occasion, though tho hand of
gi'lm death seemed already upon him.
Tho denunciation of tho turpitudoof
Mattcson's crlmo was a burst of such
fiory eloquence as is seldom heard in
Congress. Ilis litho framo shook norvously,
and appoarcd as if fulling ass
under, as ho turned his brilliantly
beaming eye upon Maltcson and
pointed liis lank, bony finger in crush
ing scorn at tho accused. Tho Republicans
had a majority, and Hanks
was Speaker, yet all tho efforts of
Grow woro in vain. Stephens carried
tho Ilouso with him, and Mattcson
was expelled. It was one of the most
extraordinary parliamentary triumphs
over achiovcd, and will bo long res
mombcred by those who wero present
ul uio umc.
Romantic Divoroe CaseThe
young wifo of tho Grand Duko
Alexis, of Itussia, son of tho Czar, has
just been divorced by tho tribunal of
St. Petersburg. She was a llessian.
and in that quality has been accepted
by tho Empress Maria Alcxandrcvna
as a maid of honor. ILcr majesty was
rapidly captivated by her young count.ri'Wftmnn
wiin utuwwlilir hnnnm."
? J -V
favorite. Anothor conquest of still
greater importance nwaitod iho young
lady iu tho Muscovite Empire. iS'oL
absolutely pretty, but endowed with
that grace which bowitches more than
beauty, possessing a charVning figure
and an incomparable elegance, she iu^
spired tho young Grand Duko with an
irresistiblo passion. One ovening tho
Empress saw enter her apartment the
ni;.id oi honor bathed in tears, who
throwing herself at her Majcstj's feet,
avowed her love, and besought the
Czarina's consont to the marriage,
that same night ihu juuujj was
|JUb IIILU it lilUWiiy Uill'I'lU^U, iiiili, Uii ?
dcr good o.-cort, conducted to the Iron
tier, whilst tho Grand Duke Alexis
received orders to rejoin his ship. But
tho Czar had reckoned without the
determination of t.lin t ivn lncnvn Tim
Prince oscaped, rejoined hia fiancc
boyund tlio Jiliine, and married licr in
Gorman territory, notwithstanding
the parental humiliations; and then
left, with her for America. Tho romance
lasted two years, and nothing
conld hond tho determination of the
Emperor nor restoro his son to his fas
vor, when theinlluenco of tho Empress
being brought to bear on his son, determined
tho lattor to accept his friths
or's conditions and it was decided
* u ?*. ii.A a i-i
i/uuu tuu uruiiu JVUKU MIIUIIZU cuiibuni
to a divorce, rosumo his situation in
tho Russian navy, and an annuity
should bo sottled on tho hcroino of
tho romance. It was immediately
after that tho Princo wus in London
with tho C/.ar.
+ ? .
? Tho belief prevails in Brooklyn
tint Losuler will be tried on the
charge of perjury in tlio scandal case
and that Mrs Tilton will be the prin
cipal witness against him. Mr Bsach
and Mr. Fullct ton had an interview
with JJiatnct Attorney Jintton on
Friday, and it was prosiunod that an
attempt was being made in behalf ol
Mr. Moultuu for tho indictment ot
Mr Beecher on a charge ol libel.
A man rushod breathlessly into a
- /*? - . L1 A 11 I I
mwj ur b oineo in di.. x jiui, anu, approaching
the legal luminary, cxcitod
ly romarked :
UA man haH tiod a hoop to my horsch
tail. Can I do any thing?'' "Yes,"
replied tho attorney; "go and untie it'
This was good advieo and only cost
tho man fivo dollars.
Mr Bonnott's yatch won tho occan
raco; and ifMi*. Jicnnott docs not immodiatoly
print a map either of himscH
or tho ocean, wo nhnll bo forcod to tho
urtwoloomo conclusion that ho has for*
^otton tho rudimontS of journalism
and had botfor ship bcforo tbo mast of
an oystor boat at once.
? ? --- Prosperity
is a blessing to tbo go d,
but a curso to tbo evil.
Dan Voorboos' son James is about
to essay tbo part of liamlot on the
Terra ljaule atogo.
A Story of Divorce'
It may not bo generally known,
eaystlie Cincinnati Enquirer.yet it is
nrobfthlv trno tlmt llm iiA.ml HIT??
J J - - wj ? %?? HV?VI VI
Lynnc," although written in England
had tho ground work i f its story
in a singular marriage which took
place in this city, the notice and the
attending circumstances at the time
being copied by almo. tcvoiy paper
in the country. The mutter was
about a; follows: A Mr. J. M.v a
clerk in ft down town house, fell in
lovo with ft vcung lady whoso lallior
was a well lo do Second Street fuel's
chant, and after a propor season of
ftttontion the couple were tnarrkd.
Both soon found out that they
were not bappily mated, and after a I
marriage ot seven years, during
which time they had three children
two hoys and a girl, tlioy mutually
agi cod to the husband a piying for a
hill of divorce, on (lie ground of inconpatibility
oftemper. The divorce
was granted, and the wife went home
to her lather, who through endorsing
lost hia business and all his property
The daughter's and his own mislor
tunes weighed so heavily upon the
fathers mind that during a moment ol
mental alienation he took his own
life, leaving his daughter penniless
and to go through it with tho eold
charity of the world as best sho could
Tjo woman, a brave little creature
tried every way she knew how to
gain an honest livelihood?in lacb
working 60 hard giving music lessons
and doing embroidery for her old
s-chool mates that her health gave
way; and having no money to pay
her b ai d, must beg, starve or go to
the poor house. To turn to the other
side of tho picturo, the husband, af ,
tcr a few months release from the
marital bonds, again married, and at
tho ti ne of which wo speak had not
only the three children by the first
aifo, but also an addition thereto, a
little two year old girl by the second
wife. The latter day being all, the
husband advertised for a nurse and
housekeeper, which notice reached
illVi tjli VI I IIU IUDIj WIIU, illiu HUl'j II)
her trouble, went to the former partner
< f her heart, told him of her sad
condition and applied for the position
in hie hoiiRohold. The husband knew
not what to say; but after giving her
ample funds for all immediate wants
a6ked her to call again at his office
on the following morning promising
to consult his wile about the matter in
? uv? iiivJiiii 11 uig.
Prom ply as per agreement wifo
No. 1 was on time, as was tho hu8?
band, and fiom there they went to
tho residence, where tho two wives
had their first conversation, ending
in the agreement for the first wifo to
cumo and accept tho vacant place,
which she did, seemingly delighted
at having a peaceful homo over her
head, notwithstanding tho very
strange circumstances under which
such a shelter was given Necessity
demanded that the entire past should
be obliterated, and tho new houso
keeper treated as any other helper,
that she must care for the children?
hor own oil's pi ing?and tho other
child the f?me as any hired nurse
would di?; that alio must eat at the
second lablc to caro for her charges
All those (lungs and even more bus
mility did tlio poor woman show,
never by sign, word or look exhibiting
the least evidence of discontent.
What, however,'must have boon the
true feelings of her heart, when seeing
another fill the place that she had
oneo tried, as she thought, so hard to
fill. The above is Iroin the files of
an old Cincinnatti paper, but the se?
quol, as told us by one conversant
with tho wholo facta, in stranger
language than what wo have already
narrated. YVhon Ilio cholera waa
raging in our city in I860 the second
wife was taken very ill with it, and
being informed by tlio physician that
alw? nolllil 11V i% )>ll4 ft liuu lintifu ill >1...
MV " ,v" ?ww? o UIU
most, as 811 o was tlicn in a col lapsed
condition,she asked that all go out
the room, excepting her husband and
housekeeper^ when slio told how
much 6ho dreaded leaving hnr n.hilrl
n """ v,,,,4t
amongst strangers, and a dying wifo
ontrca'cd them both to marry again.
The proposition was a strange one
but both promised, and a few months
atterwnrd, when the sccond wife had
been dead a sullleien' length <>1 time
not to cause remarks, the two were
again married, brought together after
a erne-1 seperation <*1 bo many
years nnd we beliovo are ii"\v living
happily together in a cozy West End
? <2>
Atlanta, Cia , Nov. 3.?The
.I'll a I >. !
oiwvin uuiuvifi HI lllU /\ 1 T Jillie J iftl I I'Olltl
met and the following board was elected
i A. S. Buford, President
Directors: Austell, Alexander, Maddux,
Earlo, Cannon, Clayton, McAdden,
Wilson, Soutlierton, Dubarry,
Roberts, Howard.
Infidel France turns tlie Sabbath
into a day of grand display, fostivitv
aito theatre going. The parks, tho
wine gardens, the saloons, the thei"
t res and street shows are all thrown
open on that day.
<tt+ A
now biographer c-1 .irlomus Ward
says tho gonial hnmcrist usually
wrote with one le^e over tho arm of
his chn.ii*. Wc lisid always supposod
ho wroto with a pen or a pcncil; but
to writo with or.o lotf over the arm of
a chair is not so difficult as to writo
with one arm over the leg of a chair.
? Ilaristown IferaUI.
Mrs. C. 11. Harris (Carl Pretzel)
will probably enter iho lecture field
? w - . i >
I iiu.m oiiiiuiiur wiiii a Humorous UI3*
J coil 180 oi) "limince."
Fifteen thousand people wil! go to
church to 600 n heiiuiit'iil girl married,
but if it rains on Sunday they
"ain't well."
Dio Lewis lias gone to Calitornin
to stay n year. ])iothinlv3 that tlio
air of tli<? Goldon Stnto will mviva
his appetite which has vegetated of
"They call these flats, nnpn," eaid
a Fifth avenue porter to a lady investigating
the new French houses,
"causo t?# the kind of i)eople who
takes 'em for homes !"'
Possumglory is the name of a rural
town in Bartholomew county Indiana.
It is ft foretaste of partttu.se as si plftco
residence lor colored brethren.?
Chicago Times.
A man who inquired it anybody
liftd soon anything of his litllo boy,
ana tnon sum lie was looking tor
him, B'opped at a NVIiito street gro?*
cory, yesterday, at three o'cioek and
bilked till about live, when lie at ruck
out again in search i>t" his son with a
tniwhimr f?v l\i I ii I inn ol intni'.
est ? Danbury News.
Iletv's a innn who knows how to
keep a hotel, lie lives in Cambridge
City. Indiana, and takes twenty oight
weekly besidoB several daily panels.
.? -
A very gentool appearing voting
man, wearing kid gloves and carrying
a litho and flexiblo walking stick,
thought lie would have a joko with a
rusty and vcnortvblo farmer on tho
Fair (Jrounds last Tuosday afternoon.
' Halloo," saiil tho dandy, "arc you
ono of tho judges, on hogs?" "Waal,
yans. walk right up and let mo look
at you," said tho old farmer. That
youth was soon lost amid iho crowd,
and no other judges on swine saw
him.?Woonsockot Patriot,
"Man," says Victor Hugo, "was lllh
conundrum of ilic oightuonth contury:
woman is tho conumdriim of tho ninotocnth
century." Wo can't ^uchs hor,
hut we'll never irivo her un?no

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