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VOL. f. ' PICKENS, S. C., THURSDAY, MARCH 16. 1876. MrT^o
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M ' ?r
t ^ - -I Btnap's ShameWo
copy >m tho Augusta Cliriclo
and ctiuel, the traneaqiu
^ wliicl)t whefcposcd, cauecd tli/oeijtnation
a;ijm peach tnout of /cu.
Granite S< o.ii v /.f Wr... nrt-Y*?
p j ii nr. AiyH-'ttv
tiuiony of Hs)i, which bor# tho
impress of Ui on every en/once.
' tells tlio wlutory. Goncal Iielknap
was Sjtary of Wn with a
great deal c nluahlo po/onago at
at his dispoi lie 1 iredm fashionable
stylo aoeyonj hie means, for
be appears tiavo had no means
UDJUIIU luuiury HlllCIIGU 10 IH8
position, llvilc was ambitious
^ and fund of jay,' Sho had heard,
or else alio that lucrative j>ositions
under Government were
Hold, and shcfermiued to turn the
? patronage of husband's office to
pecuniary ncjt. She know what
plnceB paid afhat placcs did not,
and sho placfne of thorn at tho
disposal of JVii, who was also a
personal fricupon condition that
he paid her at i f money equivalent
to a cer! proportion of tho
% profits. Manit seems, did not
intend to and not hold tho place
himself. Ilolnlv farmod it. out
a w
for a good roi yearly sum to the
parlies who w already in posseseion.
Tiio Inpayment, or payy
monts, were in to Mrs. Belknap,
but she died el|y after the sale (>|
t the olHee, and ii the time of her
death unto tlfii-st
(lie present yea|io money was re
Ceived quarterly the Secretary ol
War. Ono insthent was given to
liiin in person, Mothers were seal
tu him by ex|*. The aistar of
the first Mrs. lina)>, licrselt lire
jresont Mrs. Bnan. anncars to
liave been cogniz of tho anangenieiit
liom the tii^t was made, and
it formed tiio sut'jt of several Conversations
bctwcciimsclfaud Mai si;
When Marsh \vns\mtn moil before
tho committee and posure seemed
imminent, a enunevns held at the
Secretary of War's bt-e. Mrs. Bulk
nap was piesont d attempted to
persuade Marsh to ;nmit neriurv I
i %} ~
^ to shield her husban S>:e sketched
the outline of a statcent which bIiu
thought would answetho purpofeo.
But Marsh deelinod taccede to her
request upon two grnuls: the first
was that it "would no hold water-,"
Becond was, that tlngh he had
* c)
bouffht the oflieo. 1">
^ ?o mm
to commit perjury, b avoid the
4 Seylla of exposure ancthe ChiiiV'*
, bdis c f false awoaring, h determined
to leave the country, nd wont to
New York to arrange fc his Hitting.
Upon the evo of doU-turo ho res
ceived a telegram etatin-that everything
would bo arrangd eat it? factorily.
lie therefore abad. ned his
intention and signed a ?ttor to the
the committee, preparodty Dr. Tomlinsoi),
a brother?haIaw 4'Mr. Black
burn, of the committee, 11icI>, as lie
Bays, told the truth but lit the whole
truth. The letter waa nolconsidered
satisfactory, Marsh was summoned
to testify in person, and [ho explosion
uuiudho niftU) by iielknap
is offered at tho oxpineo of his
dead wife's honor. IleBPys tiiat he
# knew nothing of tho oirnngeinent
rnndo by hia wife with Marsh until
tho dt'ftth nf 11"" fa*"""" ,,,, * *
...w viiuci. mis siaiement
is in tlio highest degree improbable.
Tho evidence is almost conclusive
that Belknap was privy to
tho contract and that his wife was
' used in a bungling attempt to screen
the villainy ot' tho Secretary of War.
Thoro are hundreds if not thousands
of appointments in tho L'ift of Jim
D -
War Department; how was Mrs.
Belknap to know t ho value of a posttradership
at Fort Sill in the Indian
Territory?within a t^w months after
hor husband had accepted a Cabinet
portfolio? It General Belknap
says ho knew nothing ol tho matter
beloie his wife's death ho certainly
learned of it after tlmt event. If lie
was anxious to shield his wife's honor,
if ho whs afraid that a reputation
of the corrupt contract would canoe
l the parties to expose the means by
' ... 1- _ l ? * ? * *
' ? uicii u nau Dcon obtained, lie might
liavo allowed tho appointment to
stand, but lie should have refused to
accept 0110 cent of the bribe money.
Instead of doing tliia lie quietly recognized
tlio arrangement and con-*
tinned to recoivo directly what ho
had beforo received indirectly, and
<how his share erf tho spoils regularly
ns thoy fell due. From tho testimony
nntv no !? I - n 11
..v.? uvium no lb IO piUIII til HU JJRIK''
imp and his wifo wore jointly implicated
in tlio transaction and that the
payment were made to Air Belknap
in acoordance with a bungling design
to conceal tho fraud.
General Grant's conduct in the af
lair 16 not inado to appear any better
by bid explanation. His excuse
is as laino as tbo ouo ottered by Gen.
Belknap, llo says be would not
bavo made such indecent baste to
accept Belknap's resignation if bo
bad kno.Mi tbat tbo Secretary of
\\r - ? - -
ty iu whh an active participant in tlie
fraud. lie declares that General
Belknap deceived him by stating
ihat ho concealed the transaction only
because ho did not wish to disgrace
the memory-of his dead wife. Therefore
he accepted his resignation in
oidit to prevent his impeachment.?
mm. _ 1 - . ** 1
jl nc explanation win tun relieve the
President of any ot tlie odium which
justly attaches to his action, lie was
tho author oi the declaration that no
Government ollicial should resign
wl ile under lire. lie had juet learned
that evidence had boon adduced
?;oiug to show that an appo ntmeut
belonging to the War O I ce had been
uispos-eu ot in accordance with the
terms of u corrupt, contract. The
Secretary of War came to him with
his side of the story and a request for
permission to resign in order to cs
cape impeachment, and without waitin
iv r.? Imoi' t J l/i /\f !?/? c! 11 .a r. r ?l.rt
*"fc miv umvii o?v?u v:i UJ'J ?jnr?U5 I
without caring to inquire into the
tao's, with pausing I<?ntC enough to
eommunicato with tho Investigating
Committoo of tho Government, Gon.
Grant made haste to comply with tho
request and to protect to tho extent
of his ability tho guilty whom ho had
i ecently declared bhould not bo allowed
to escape. Did not tho Pro
sident know very well tlnxt Belknap
c< uld not ho impeached if the cvh
dence only proved that his wife took
bribes without his knowledge or consent?
(jien. Grunt deserves the severest
condemnation and the House
should promptly vote a resolution of
Soi.id Bills ok Exoiiangk.?Tlio
New York Express says two remarkable
bills of exchange made their
appearance i'i that market a tew days
since. They were tor 300,000 francs
each, drawn by the Aster estate on
Uottinguer, ot Paris, and endorsed
by John Jacob Astor and tho National
Bank of Commerce. These
bills wero bought by August Belmont
& Co., and in the course ot
transmission will probably go to tho
Rothschilds of Paris and receivo
meir endorsement, ami linally bo accepted
by Il<?ttinguer. The combined
wealth represented by ilie
names that will bo written upon the-o
bills is something we boliove without
a precedont. The "ggiegato wealth
of tho Rothschilds is set down by
t W 1- -I- * i - Aft
cmiiiuiii nunuii {minority at
000,00"; tlu! Astors niav bo put down
tor $250,000,000; tlio Bank of Commoroe
has a cnpital of $10,000,000;
August ]>(jlni<>tit is estimatod to bo
worth $10,000,000, and llottingucr
$25,000,000. This makes a combined
Wealth oftliron tlimmnnd four
hnudiod and niuoty-^ttvi; millions of
A circular hu'.v?a provorb that goes
tho round of socicty.
From WnshingtonW^itrumuiM
VT 1- r, T-t
?? nouinui\.t() iUJll UH IjIKO ft
fearful hurricane lins swept over the
political and social world of Washington
tho revolting story of crime
and corruption involving tlie Secret
tary of war, and, sadder still, setting
forth tho fact that his wife* receivod
tho bribes. The maiden name of
Mrs. Belknap, third wife of tho 6eero
wiry oi war, was Miss Tomlinson, of
Uarrodeburg, Ky. Slio first married
Mr. Bower, and was the sister of Gen
er Belknap's eecotid wife, who died
in tho hitter part of December, 1870,
and in consequence of her death
there wsifl no ronnnfinn
liouso on New year's day, 1871.?
Mrs. Bower, who was then a widow,
waB a finest of I lie secretary of war
during hor sisters brW married life,
and upon the death of Mrs. I'o.lknnn
Mrs. Bower took chargo of tlie infant
that her sister loft. The child died
in tl o West and Mrs Bower, after a
trip to Europe, took up her residence
in Gon. Belknap's home in Washington.
During the oneuing winter the
handsome, dashing widow presided
?y?iu niic ?iin;u ;u me dinner panics
and reccptio s that he <;ave. !Sho is
about thirty five years of age, of taih
commanding presence, with dark lust
trous eyes and a Hashing smile tha
discloses a moat perfect sot of tooth1
Remarkably brilliant color, togeth
or with other personal charms, ha.
given Aire. Belknap the reputation o,
being one of tho handsomest ladies in
Washington. Uer line culture and
fascinating manners won (.Ienora|
IJelUnaji's hoar', and ho married her
ju-t two \cars aler her tdtitcrs deiih
Since she assumed the duties t>f a
]adv ot t!ie cai)inct her receptions
1121 vo been inni ng t ho m st popular,
and her manner lias been characterized
by a genial warmth, elegance
and graco. Sin: professed not to care
for the <vhirl of fashionable society
into which she was thrown, hut rather
to prefer tho quiet of her h me
and the society of her husband and
beautiful child, little "Alice," who
has boon the pet of her mothers guests
Slid, Mrs. LiolUnap id a woman possessed
of great ambition, and indulg\
od tiio most ardent hope that her
husband would havo boon electcd to
the senate. Worth furnished ail her
toilots. Iler recoption and evening
dreeses were magnilieont. Iler neck
and arms are of faultless beauty, and
the diamonds winch flashed on them
woro of groat value, often being mentioned
as among the most elegant
worn in Washington. Many of these
jewels woro tho wedding present8
from Gftiioi }il Ihdktmn wim it !j imn,
known, received dishonestly ecrtain
sums of money previous to his murn
riage with Mrs. Bower. Brilliant lias
been the secretary of war and Mrs.
Belknap's social reign, and inolan
cl-oly beyond description is the social
and official downfall that marks one
of the must paintnl phases ol unbridled
love ol gain.
Washington, March 7.?Tho public
oxcitoment ovov tho frightful dcvelon
monts of corruption among high functionaries
in tlio public sorvico is on
tl>o inoronso, and every hour scorns to
adil fioino now and startling fact to
tlio shameful record. A prominent
mombcr of tho House of Boprcsontatives,
and a moniber of tho investigating
committee, openly expresses tho
rminirm fl\nt tln?AA r*i l l*rv
vwivv in. vv V/I J/IIU OU> Ull IIIUII1"
4ors of tho Cabinet will be impeached.
The ovidonco of Piorropont's intoi"*
foronco in favor of Babcoclc, in tho
hands of tho judiciary commilico, is
almost conclusive, and his impeachment
is possible.
Iloistor Clymor is quoted as saying
that ovorylhing in tiio war dopat'U
moot has boon naloablo. Holknap
(jaLI nii\\i\ *?? 1% ? ??f? -
about, Wellington. Marsh and his
wifo liavo flomo information about llio
half million claim of tlio Kentucky
Central Railroad, ll in thought that
the prowont Mrs. liolknap, or aoiuo
body for hor, roeoivod 825,000 lor her
infiucnco in tbc cuso.
JL'horo arc about ten thousand contrjlfif.a
fill* tlin fnnr nnvl irnnra iiMinmU.I
i on straw bids by Iho postoffico dopar
linen t.
Tlio bottom facts in tbo famous
safe burglary businoss liavo been reach
od hy Harrington's confossion.
Wm. J. Purinan, a mombcrof Congress
from Florida, is undor investis
gation for selling a cadotship and
other positions.
Ex-Secretary Delano and his son
John have boon summoned boforo tho
JIouso committco for selling trading
stations on the Ind an reservations.
Gideon Wells will bo beforo the
House naval committee, on Thursday,
to testily about tho Secor claims.
Gen. Popo is now on his way hither
from Fort Leavenworth to testify
IIS fn fi-mida nll/wrrwl
.. M.iv^vv.1 tv hut v; uv/Uii purpotratcd
by Maj. Ingalls, lato agent
for (ivo nations in tho Indian Territory.
Belknap gave 825,000 bail at four
o'clock, und roturnod. borne. The
grand jury still have the caso in thoir
It has leaked out that Schonck was
recalled upon tho express demand of
the British Government. Tho dela}'
in the official action of tho President
in complying with this demand was
for the purpose of enabling Schonck
t n (rot. KM (i>I u In (inn wl>il.? tl>r? im.!
-- t> J "" wv" *v' "l,u I" ,,l lS
cs of tlio lv.nbaas}' prevented him from
being arrested and sent to Newgate
as a common swindler.
Another nobody appointed as successor
to lielknap. Tho position of
Secretary of War was this morning
tendered by President Grant to Senator
Lot M. .Morrill of M-iino U'l.n
promptly declined the questionable
honor. Subsequently the place was
given to Alonzo Taft, an Ohio Circuit
Judge, who accepts. Tafl was a
prominent candidate before the ile?.
publican Convention of Ohio for Covernor
last fall.
? ^ 4 ?
11 Alii) Timk8.?The following brief
article on this subject from the Black
shear Georgian should be printed on
every press in the land, until its vivid
truths absolutely annihilate the
loungers who prevent us as a pconln
li-ntn fittuiiiinr* In n oAiuliiiAn *.t
general prosperity:
' So it is, young man, and the longcr
you sit around town, holding your
hands and twirling your thumbs, and
sighing !'<>* better ones to come, the
harder times will be. Spring is coming:
seed time is here; tho plow
handles call you; the nxe is to be
swung; tiio music of the hammer and
anvil must bo hoard, and the glist?
fillinc* ftf tlin lii'Wflilnnofl onrm
..R ...v v.-^ii%vnv\? IIVW CV-UH
amongst tlio tares of tiio field, There
may bo no place for you behind the
counter, or at the desk, in thu counting
house, or conductor of the train,
or fireman, or engineer; or do your
aspiration amount to the professions?
These all may be full, and no place
for you. Yot thoro is work to do.?
Iircad makers and corn makers, they
never lack a job. The field of honest
I.. I l 1 . _ ? " ' ?
ifiuur, uaruy ion, is never lull, aid in
its dignity it surpa860d all other occupations,
being tlic first oi' your
race, and bearing all the eoal and
signet of divinity."
Mrs. Margaret Hoggs cclobratcd Iho
ono hundrodth annivorsary of her
birthday recently in Gormantowu,
imiauoipma. tier maioon numo wan
Donaldson, and hIio was married
eighty throo years ago. Sho dancod
a minute with (ieorge Washington
whon sho was eighteen and lie was
sixty two years of ago.
bonoH of 'Travolor/ the horso which
(Jen. liOO rodo during tho war, which
died shortly after his master, was
forwarded to tho North by Professor
McCullock for tho purpose of having
thorn put togcthov. They will bo added
to tho Washington and Leo University
When eyes are not eyes? When the
w ind makes thonv water.
And Still They Escapc
For a long timo pn8t wo have
p'aiiilv expressed our conviction that
tlio reform of ihia administration is
hollow and only designed to quiet the*
public mind by lair promises and
line np| oarances. To-day we are
more linnly convinced of the correct
uess of this view than ever before,Tor
notwithstandin:/ the nrotfiatiit'mne tl.n?
the public plunderers were to be
prosecuted and punished, we find
Nile.-i G. l'arlcer living af ease in Jer
soy City and Dublin <J. WalUer < ccu
pying a scat in I lie State Senate, although
both ol them hare been convicted
by a inrv of their countrvmon
fur embezzling public funds. We
have repeatedly charged tiiat the He
publican party does not dare punish
any political thief, and fac's bear us
out in the assertion. There have
been 601110 miserable mock trials, but
between Judges skilled in the appli
cation of habeas corpus, Govcrnorn
ore ready and willing in tho use of
the sacrcd trust imposed by tho pow
er to | ardon which is vostcd in them
and Solicitors ignorant or careless in
tho structure of their indictments and
the development of their testimony,
all the important prosecutions have
resulted in the liberation of criminals
and granting tlicm the security of an
acqnital or pardon to protect thorn
from any lurcher danger on account
of tin ir ciinies.
Tlio most recent insianee of ti.is
mode of procedure is tlio caso ot tlio
Sure vs. James A. Bowlev, indicted
for receiving a bribe as chairman ot
the committeo on ways and means
in the last General Assomblv. Tho
proof made tor the State was that an
agreement was en'ered into between
ISowley and John B. Dennis, then
Superintendent of tho Penitentiary,
| that he, 1> >wley, was to receive one
sixteenth ut the amount appropriated
tor the Penitentiary in order to secure
his inlloence for an appropriation
of $S0,000, Tho indictment
charged that the appropriation bil'
\va8 referred to the committee on
ways and means, and that Bowley
was elected chairman of such coins
mitteo. The proof was that Bow ley
svaa ap| ointed cliainnan, but tha'
the committee bad tliu right to elect
its own cliainnan. There was 1.0
pro f o lie red to sho-v that the appropriation
bill was ever refeirol to the
commit tea 011 wnvs mul m.-tnuo ?
Tiioiof?ro, in coiisotjpienco of a t.iil :rc
of tiit; proof to support I ho indictment
in these two particulars, which wore
of no iinpoi tauco to tho merits of tin
main issue, tho defendant was ac?
quilted. Such proceedings as these
are not calculate.1 L> inspire any very
grei;t confidence in the integrity o'
tho promises of (ho Republican pars
ty to reform' We know that an occasional
mishap will occur to the
most vigilant prosecuting attorney,
but when every Republican ollice
holder succeeds in eluding tlio law
by soino devico or other, tluro can
bo no doubt left that tho elort to
punish criminals of this s'amp is not
a very vigorous one. Leslie, Whipper,
Moses and others have been
charged with grave crimes bv olliecrs
in high position, ami yet Iln?y arc
not indicted. Why is thi.-? The tin*
swer is plain. The whole Republican
party as such is so utterly corrupt
that there ia nothing pure cn< ugh
i.:.. :i. l? i . -i . ? ? 1
wiiiiui n,a rui I Kb iu U(? 1110 WOT K (>I
purification. Tho leadcs fear invos
ligation or prosecution, tor when it
bogins tlioy know not whoio it will
on I.?Andcrson Intelligencer.
An English revivalist h!itl down
tho banistorH of hi* nnlnil. in mvlnr
to show how people went on hack*
A Itussian paper predicts thai with
in five years all the l'hnopoan powers
will have a war on their hands. Lot's
keep neutral and sell powder to each
A ! V/. /C/O*
Destitution in CfolletonThe
Ccntprvillo 0 ran go of Colleton
County, of which Mr, li. S. Bedon ia
Master, has declared that great defu
titution is likoly to prevail in that
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[UM tiun 01 mo fitato during tho^ncsent^year.
A committoo reports that
llie lanners were crippled by thodisUpterous
results of tho war, and by tbbv.
sudden full in the price of long stiiplo
cotton and the transition to the cu 1 ti-*
vation of short staple cotton; and
that the total failure of all eiops, both
of cotton and of provisions last year,
no < I>a *x*""? - 1 n
buu [uusjd'ci ior mo coming
summer alarming. Tho best fftrmefs
did not make provisions enough to last
them untill tho first of February. In
their extremity they havo callcd upon
the Master o( tho Stato Grange for
counsel, declaring that, however di*u
tasteful it may bo, ilicy will bo com.,
polled, in all probability, to ask ior
aid from their brethren.
This in a distressing statement. It
is almost inconceivable that in what
was once one of tho wealthiest counties
in tho State, fa mi no is staring
farmers in tho face. And the worwfc
feature in the case is that the people
in other portions of tho fttato aro
Ixii'ott' 1 " " " '
w kou[) mo won irom lhoir
own doors. To this puss has Radical
rule brought us. No industry enn
prosper under the baleful influence of
corrupt government.?News and Courier.
Tho World's latest addition to tho'
literature of fables is rather timely. It
is entitled 'Tho Innocent Dog,' and
runs as follows: 4 A shepherd once ln<
Hiffrwl Mu /1 /a ? i..?.
...o iui uuiiHjiii'ing Willi a
paelc of vilo curs that had worriod his
sheep, whereupon the faithful animal
addressed him. 'Sir, though appcaranees
may be against mo, yet I am
armed so strong in honesty that if 1
am accorded an opportunity to bo
heard, I will explain to your satisfac-"
tion all my communications with
those hounds.' Having said this, tho
honest dog ran away and hid himsilf
in a cave. The shephord tried to di6*
lodgo him thence, but valnlv. nfid at.
l:\bt iu dispnir, deaisted and brought
in a vordict of acquittal. The innocont
bruto thereupon emerged, and
such of his former companions as had
escaped hanging tondorcd him a serenade,
whereat mutton broth llowed
liko water.' Moral?Let no guilty
puro cscniic.
j Old WomanIl
was thus, a few days since, wo
hcaid a utripplingof sixteen designate
the mother who bore liimo. By coarso
husbu ids wo have heard wives called
so occasionally, though in tho latter
case the phrase is often used endearingly.
At all times, as commonly
spoken, it jars upon tho oar and shocks
Llio sense.
Old woman should bo an objcct of
rovorenco abovo and boyond most nil
phrase of humanity. Ilcr very ago
should bo her surest passport to courteous
She has fought faithfully the good
(i?ht and came off conqueror. Upon
licr venerablo facoshc hoars the marks
of the eonflip.t. in nil iia 1
... ??? ibO iui I U >YCU
Tlio most grievous of tbo ills bavo
been burs; trials untold and knownonly
to (iod and liorsolf, sbo bas borno
incessantly; and now in ber old ago
? ber duly done! patiently waiting
hor appointed time?sbo stands moro
honorably and deservingly than ho
who has slain his thousands or stood
triumphant upon the proudest field of
Voting men, speak kindly to your
mother, and even courteously?tender'y
of her. Hut a little timo and
3-<>u will pee her no ntoro fnmvnr?
11 or eyes ufo dim, her form in ben*
and her rtlimlow falls gravoward.
O'.oer.s may lovo you when she
j .isso.s away, hind hoarled sistorn,
perhaps, or sho whom o( all Iho workl
you ehooso for a partner?who may
lovo yon warmly, passionately, chil
; dron may love fondly, l>?t novor,
while liino is yonr*, shall tho lovo of
womun bo to you as lliaL of your old
' tumbling mollicv lias been.

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