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"> i :< li i"1 " ' PICKENS, S. CM THURSDAY,MAY18, 1876. NO 37;
* [From (he Columbia Rryitttr.] J mittCQ. who escoi'tod Gen- Kflinlmw I Sf. T.nnio ** ' ""
x TbtiBtate Democratic Convention
AR8?U)bl?d last evening, in pnratianco
of the 8tate executive committee
in the hall of the Bouse of
* Ifce\>reBentatlve8, at 7 o'clock.
Shortly after this hour, on motion
rvvi r? am?
ui ueui x>unui| vui> JLJ* It JfllU Alktill
was callod to the chair as temporary
^ presiding officer.
On motion of Gen. Butler, Mr. T.
O. Gafiton, of Chester, was requested
to act ae temporary secretary.
yhe proceedings were then opened
> 4clth prayer by tho Rev. Dr. E. J.
On motion of Mr. M. P. O'Connor,
of Charleston, the State Democratic
x ' \ . .
executive committee were invited to
participate in the proceedings, without
tho privilege of voting. This
courtesy was also extended to tho
county chairman of tho party.
On motion of Opunrnl UntUv tlio
secretory proceeded to call the roll
ol delegates. [The list of delegates
* i& omitted for want of spaco.]
HVIr. J. S. Richardson, of Sumter,
offered a resolution that the convention
proceed to permanent organization
bj'tbo election of a Presiding
eix Vice-Presidents, and two eecre
taries ; that nominations bo made
from the lloor of tho convention, and
' that tho election ho by ballot.
Major Meetzo, of Lexington, o fierce
an amendment to strike out "by
b?'!ot," and insert "viva voce."
The amendment was adopted, and
the resolution agreed to.
A motion to pos'pooe the election
of nHrmnmiiit -* A....
y. IUU.IU.lk VIHVUli) lllllll IU U <l >
wna almost unanimously voted down.
General Gary offered a resolution
that the Bcneo of tlio convention bo
that the representation ol each Colinty
in the conventi >n ho twice the
number of its uu-mbuiu in tiie Legislature.
i t a ins resolution was explained by
General Gary to mean that the mom
bera in llie Legislature included Senators
and .Representatives, and said
x that tho secretary of tho State executive
committee erred in his report of
tho roaolution ad- pted by tho committee
by limiting the representation
to double the numbers in the lower
branch of the General Assembly.
Tho resolution elicitcd a discussion,
in which Messrs. Butler, Gary,
Mullins, Lipscomb, McQueen, Tillman,
Wallace, Richardson and
* others participated.
During the discussion, Mr. Mul*
litis was ruled out of order, and on I
appeal to the convention, the chair
was unanimously sustained, when
Mr. Mulling withdrew Iroin the convention*
, General Gary then withdrew his
It was then agrocd that a majority
* of the votes cast should decide each I
Tho permanent organization was
then proceeded with.
General Butler then nominated
General J. B. Kershaw, of Kerahaw,
for permanent President. whlMi ???
unanimously adopted by acclamation,
* Goneral M. L. Bonham, of Edgefield;
Cols. T. Y. Simmons, of Charleston;
J. A. Iloyt, Anderson; J. A.
McQueen, of Darlington; ox Gov.
B. F- Perry, of Groonville; and Gon.
Johnson Hhgood, of Barnwell, were
unanimously elected Vico-Proaidonts
Mr. T. O. Gaetori, of Choater, and
- Mr. J. J. Fox, of Colloton, wore elect
ed secretaries.
Cfn motion of General Butler, the
chair was requested to appoint a
committee of tbreo to wait upon the
president elect, and oecort him to
*ft - - '
trie cnair.
Tho chnir appointed Goncral M,
C. Butler, Captain \V. 13. Stanley,
and Culonel J. 13. iiooro us tho corn
to the chair.
General Kershaw,upon faking the
chair, briefly addressed the convene
tioo. He assured the gentlemen of
tho convention that it was as much a
surprise as gratification to him at
being called upon to fill so diet in
guieiied a position. Ho felt tlmt the
most distinguished position that any
man in tho State of South Carolina
can occupy at tho presont time is to
be tho presiding ofticer of that class
of ostracised citizens whose voice
should always bo heard in shaping
the destinies of the State. lie excused
I.: If t ; >
uiiMBcii iioiu Baying inoro man assuring
the convention of his heartfelt
rhanks (or the honor conferred, ilo
felt that this was not the occasion, it
it wne otherwise proper, that ho
should offer measures or counsel for
the consideration of the convention,
when the battle for the redemption
of the State, iti which tho Democracy
expoctcd to bo victorious, was so far
distant. As a military man, ho should
not indicate his plan ?>t b ?ttlo until
the enemy nas somewhat developed
his plan of campaign, lie said it
would bo a presumption on his part
to indicate what should bo tho couiko
of this convention, of which ho was
incapable, and, therefore, would announce
tlial the choir was ready to
entertain tho business ot tho convene
Gen. Johnson llagood, of Barnwell,
oOVrod tiie following preamble
and resolutions:
Tho Democratic party of South
Carolina having met in convention,
after being without active organization
for several years, t his convention
.\iil addrc^a it^eil exclusively to ihu
woi U oi the re-organization of the
party iit the Statu and the selection
of proper representatives in the National
Convention ol the party. The
following shall be the order of huai....-O
. f ! 1 ! Q
1. Tlio lirdt business of tlie convention
shall ho the election of delegates
to the National Convention of the
party, to be l?o!t! in St. Lonis, Mis*
souri,on the 271li day of June. There
shall he fourteen (14) delegates elecU
ed?two (2) for each ot the Congrea-,
sional Districts into which the State
is divided, and four (4) for the Siaie
at large, mid uu equal number of al*?
ternates tor each Congressional District
and for the State at large.
2. The next business shall bo the
election of tlio State executivo committee,
consisting ot fifteen (15) members,
and a majority of the vctes cast
shall bo necessary to a choice.
3. Tliat the convention then to go
into secret session.
A discussion ensued upon tiio resolution,
during which Mr. Tillman,
of Edgefield, freely ditcuescd the
policy of the party, when there appeared
to bo a desire to debato tho
resolutions in secret Bcssion, and it
was indicated that if thcro should he
a division of couuscl, it should be
kept from tho public until a plan of
nartv organization and notion hud
I ^ o " " "
been fully developed and was made
To obviato further debato of so
important- a set of resolutions, Gen.
Butler offerod lho following resolus
Resolved, That a committeo of
(iftoon, to consist of three from each
Congressionhl District, bo appointed
by the convention to bo known as a
Committee on Business, whose duty
it slial) bo to proparo business for the
convention, and to report a plan of
action, to whom all resolutions shall
he referred.
Heuolved, That said committoo ro^
port to this convention at 10 o'clock
Friday morning, to which hour this
convention shall stand adjourned.
In the disoussionuf this resolution,
Colonel Aikon said lie opposed it,
and believed il was only the duty ot'
the convention to elect delegates to
? viw>* ? oiuio exycnuvo t
committee, and then go home. Time i
had boon taken up in tho discussion t
of a subject which tho convention had 1
no right to tako up. lie should vote
against all measuros except tho two 1
above mentioned. t
General Butler adrocpfcd his roao- i
lution, and said it was of tho utmost t
importance to tho people of South
.1 .
vnroiimi mat mo organization of tho t
Democratic party should bo discussed
and sonic plan ot action bo submitted t
to tho people. If the campaign was f
worth making it was worth propar- 1
ing for. (
Tho resolutions of General Butlor t
were laid on the table. c
Tho President ot tho convention >
was mado ox oflicio Chairman ot the (
Stftto oxecutive committee. i
The resolution for secret session f
olicited Borne debate, whon ft motion i
wag made and carried, at 11:30 P.
M., to adjourn to 10 o'clock this
The Stftto Democratic Convention
reassembled in the hall oi the House
of Representatives yesterday (Friday)
morning, at 10 o'clock. Gen. J. B.
Kershaw in the chair.
The President called the convention
to order, and announced the first
business before the convention to be
the consideration of the third of the
resolutions introduced the previous
evening?tbat the convention go into caucus.
Gen. (Jury moved to amend by
striking out "caucus," unci insert (
Col. LI ask ell opposed a secret aes j
sion, us ho was willing that his friends |
and opponents alike should know
what he had to say and do, and what ^
n ere the intentions of the convention. ,
(ion. Gary said he was not the an- (
thor of the secret so6sion, but made (
tho. motion in itpnorilmi/wi tviili ?a q
greeinent had with the author ot ,
the resolution for a caucus. lie ]
showed the necessity for a considoras ^
tioii oi the circumstances surrounding
the delegates from those counties in ,
which the Democrats are in a hopoIcss
minority. As tor his county, (
Edgefield, they not only hoped, but (
wero determined to currr tho noxt ,
election on a strnight-out Democratic ,
1 A
Col. Bull, of Laurens, thought the i
matter ot a caucus or a secret session
should coiiio up for consideration
hereafter, and the first thing in hand
for the convention was the discharge ;
ot those duties for which they were
especially sent here?the election of i
delegates to the St. Louis convention
aud the choice ot a State executive
coaimitteo. Tiio caucus or secret
?i i.i i - a.. i?i 4i ; ?
ouumuil OUUIIIU UO IHU 1UDV llllllg
brought beforo the convention.
Gen. Bonhtun urged that it was
contrary to parliamentary usage tor
a convention or a deliberative body
of any character to go into caucus?
and suggested that the object desired
oonld be attained by going into a
committco of the whole.
Col Haskell thou offered a resolution
that the convention adjourn to
meet again at 12 in. this day.
mi. * - 1 ? *
inib resolution was auopcea, and
at 10:30 tho convention adjourned to
moot at 12m.
Ool. 11 Hnkell then took tho chair,
and requested tho delegates to the
convention to remain for tho purpose
of holding a caucus, and upon his mo
tion, O 11 Simponton, of Charleston*
was called to tho chair.
Tho reporters of the pi-oss, and
otliors not members of the convention
wcro thou requested to withdraw.
Tho caucus was then held, in which
tho plans and policy of tho Democratic
party of tho State wore fully discussed,
but no dolinito plan of action
was agroed upon.
At 12 m. the oonvontion ro-assem
bled, President Kershaw in the
me tiurd resolution of tho series*
ntroducod by Gen. Ilagood?that
ho convention go into caucus?wag
aid on tho tablo.
Col. Sinionton moved that ono
Tom oach delegation be appointed by
lie President as a committoe to
vhoni all resolutions shall bo refer
cd, without dobate.
Tho previous quoatiou wm called:
md tho motion adopted.
In accordance with the foregoing
notion, tho President appointod tho
ollowing members as said committee,
Messrs M C Butler, of Edgefield; J S
Jothran, of Abhovillo; Paul F Hamnond,
of Aikon; J A Hoyt, of An
lornon; joitnson liagoed of Barn- j
veil; J W Moore ot Beaufort; J B !
3anihell of Charleston; W A Walker,
>f Chester; A McQueen of Cheaterield;
John L Manning ot Clarandon; !
Mien Izard of Colloton; J A Law of
Darlington; T W Woodward of Fair
ield; B II Wilson of Georgetown; B
? Perry of Green rille; F I Sessions i
>f Horry; J D Kennedy of Kershaw;*
3 W Ball of Laurons; II A Moetze
>f Lexington; W W Ilarleo of Maion;
Y J Popo of Newberry; J C
!?e;th of Oeone; J F Izlar of Oiangos
)nrg; 11 E Bowen ot Pickens; A C
lI ask oil of Richland; J II Evins of
Spartanburg; T B Frnzer of Sumpter;
l O McKissick of Union; JatnoB MoJutchen
of Willamsbnrg; ami J S
Bratton of York.
Mr. M I* O'Connor of Charleston
ntroduced a series of resolutions,
;bar^ing the prevailingj misgovernnont
and corruption in tho State up>n
the Republican party, urging that
hey bo hurled lroin"po\ver at the
jallot b'?x, that the national Republican
party bo overthrown at the
next election, that the Democratic
.arty of this Stato aline theniKolves
Evith tho national Democratic party t
lint lliuc ..t. ?.? ^ 1
utUMM VII tllVJ I'lauwi 111 i\?
lop tod at Baltimore, and that! they
[>lcdge thcmselvos Jnevor to attetnp
\n interference with the present relatione
of the citizens of the Stato as
ajnamnteod by the laws now of forco.
Lteferrod to the committee on roaolus
Mr. Shoppard, of Edgefield, ottered
a resolution from the Democracy
3f Edgefield, pledging thotnaelvcs to
sustain only well known Domocrat6
for oftice, both Federal and Stato.?
Referred to tho committee on roaolu^
Mr. Edward McCrady, jr. of Char?
loeton, offered a preamble and reaolutiona,
proposing a plan of organization
and dolining a courao of action
for tho Democratic party of South
Carolina. Referred to committeo on
n * t -tr "
uonerai jvonncuy, oi iverenaw, oiforrod
a resolution tliftt the action of
tho convention in electing the President
of tho convention, chairman ox
ollicio of tho State ox<.cutivo commit
tee bo rescinded, and that Iho coin^
mitteo, when solected, elect thoir own
Tho rules wero suspended, tho re^
solution considered immediately and
iina action was takon in doferonco
to tfio wish of the President, Gen.
Col. J N Lipscomb, of Newberry,
offered a flories ot resolutions from
the Domocrutic convention of Ngwborry,
urging i in mediate and porfoct
organization of the Democratic party
of South Carolina, Referred to tho
committee on resolutions.
Mr. G 13 Lartiguo, of Barnwell,
ottered a resolution deeming it inex*
pedient for this con vet ion to adopt
ahv rimeifirt nhin of action until tlio
meeting ol tho national Democratic
convention ut St. Louiu, in order that
tlio democracy ot South Carolina may
net in harmony with tho notional
Democratic party, but urging a prcHorvution
ot township and county
cluba, for the purpose of being pre??
pared tor prompt and dccibivo action
and that wheu tlio conrontion elects
detonates to St. Louis and Stato oxecutivo
committee, it stands adjourned
snbjcct to the call oi five mem bore
of the Stnto executive committee.?
lieferred to tho committee on resolus
Colonol Koitt nf ? :-i~
?-?^ v? iiuru*
ducod resolutions, which had been
read in caucus, and wna submitted
lor reference to committoo on reeolu-.
tioitB without roftdiug.
The 1'rosident announced tho bus.
iness before the convention now to be
the nomination and election of dclo1*
gates to the St. Louis convention, to
bo composed ot two from each eon**
gressiouul dietriot and four from the
Stato at large?fourteen in all.
On motion, it was agreed to vote
Grst for the tour delegatoe from the
n. _ ? .
aiaie ai large.
The President announced bis roadinesG
to receive nominations.
The following nominations wore
thon made:
General M C Butler, of Edgefield;
ox-Governor B F Perry, ot Greenville;
Gutiorals, John Bratton, of Fairfield;
Win A Evans, of Chesterfield;
M. L Bonhaiu, of Edgefield; Golono'
D YVyatt Aiken, of Abbeville; Genoral
J I) Kennedy, of Kershaw; Hon
J B Campbell, of Charleston; E W
Moiee, ofSumpter; Jamoa A Hoyt, of
Anderson; William Wallaco, ot Rich
land; and Ilonorablo W D Porter, of
Charleston. *
Air. bheppard, of Edgrfield, moved
thut tho four nominees roceiviug the
majority of votes bo doclarcd elected
dologates from tho Stutc at largj, and
the four receiving tlio next highest
number of votes bo declared alternates.
Agrood to.
Mr. Richardson, of Slimpter, movr.
eel to reconsider tho motion just adoptcd,
for the retison tnat there wore
twclvo nominees, and fivo or nix u(
them may get all tho votes necessary
to a choice, and there would bo no
election, necessitating a second ballot;
tlierotoro, it would expedite the bits*
iness before the convention by electing
the delegates first aud then tho
alternates alter ward.
( )n 11ni i\f* niif a ' 4
- .. "V jiui IU n ?uiUj UIU tUUllUIl
to reconsider was lost.
The President Appointed MeaaraWoodward,
Bncon, Ball, Sheppard*
Keitt and Brooks as tellore, when
the convention proceeded to vote by
ballot, aa agreed upon.
General llarlloo, of Marion, moved
that the delegation from each Congressional
district nominate two dele,
gates and and two alternates, who
shall be votod for by acclamation.?
General llarlloo moved a recess
lor imeon minutes, which was laid on
the table; Mr. Murray of Anderson,
making tho point of order that tho
moinboiB could not nominate do'egates
and alternates from thoir congressional
districts until they had
beon informed who had beon elected
as delcgaloe from tho Stato at large.
General James Connor, of Charles
ton, then addreesod tho convention
briefly, stating that ho had supposed
that tho caucus held earlier in tho
day was for tho purpose of ascertaining
from tho delegates tho desires and
vinurft nf fliAir nnnah'fnaiitii aa il<i>
, . ? v. ao %\y mu
cum so to ho pursuod by tlio Democratic
party of South Carolina; but
as such a purpose had not boon ifevolopod,
ho moved that tho convons
tion, when it shall deem proper, to
go into a caucus for an onterchange
of viows and to givo expression to tho
opinions of thoir constituents aa to
tuo proper com bo to bo pursued by
tho Democratic party ot the State
mid tluit speeches bo limited to iivo
minutes. Agreed to.
An nmomlmonl to mako tho limo
for spccclios ton minutes was votod
Col. McKissiek, of Union, solo voicc
?Fivo ininutos is onougb limo for
gus: Tliero arc too many ot us for
ton minutes Limo,
* if
On mation of Gon. Connor, tho convontion,
at 1.30, wont into caucus*
under tlio 4rulo adopted, while tlio
ballots woro being counted.
Colonol Simonton was callod to tlio
lOxit roportors nnd spectators.
Tlio caucus romainod in sossion un?
til 3 p. m., whon tho convention re-an.
eombled, and tho following rosnlf. n#
' "O - ?"?
tho balloting waB announced:
Delegates from the State at large?
General John Bratton, of Fairfield;
lion. W. I). Porter,^f Charleston; Col.
1). Wyatt Aikon, of Abbeville; Gen,
J ohn D. Kcnnody, of Camden.
Alternates- -Gen. M C Butler, of
Edgefield, ex-Gov B F Perry, of , .
Greenville; Col J A lloyt, of Anden
son; ex-Gov M L lionham, of Edgefield.
Tho convention at 3:15 p. m. adjourned
to 5 p m.
At 5 p m a majority of tho delegates
woro present in tho hall, but the timo
was consumed by tho delegates from tho
Congressional districts in making
thoir soloctions of two dclogates oach
until six o'clock, whon tho Prcsidont
called tho convontion to order.
Tho procoodings woro opened by
tho Presidont announcing hi? rfmdi
O ' " w*"*'
noes to roceivc nominations lor two
delogatos and two altornatos from
each Congressional district to tlio St.
Louis convontion,
Tho following nominations wcro
mado and unanimously confirmed by ^
1st District?J. It. .Richardson, of
Sump tor, and J. G. McLucus, of Marion.
Alternates?K It Melver,, of
Darlington; J 15 Mo-Lauren, of .
'2d District?M. P. O'Connor, of
Charleston; John F. Fickon, of CharIcston.
Alternates?John L Man-*
ning, of Clarendon; J F lzelar, of Orangeburg.
3d District?Gon. S. McGowan, ot
! Abbovillo; NY. B. Stanloy, of Columbia.
Alternates?11 \Y Ball, of Laurens;
Sampson Popo, of Newberry.
4th District?J. II. Fvins, of Spartanburg,
and Gov. It. F. l>orry, of
Grconvillo. Alternates?W II Wallaco,
of Union; Gabriel Cannon, ot
5th District?J. C. Sheppard, of
Kdgcflold; William Elliott, ol Beau
fort. ?Itornatos?J J Fox, of Colloton;
Paul F Ilummond, of Aiken.
Qovornor Porry doclinod as altern*
ato at largo, and Col. William Wallace,
of Richland, was clcctcd to fill
tho vacancy.
Tho convention then prococded to
tho oloction of thrco mombers of the
Stato oxocuiive committee from each
Congressional District, with Lho fol
lowing rosull:
1st District?W. W. llarlec, J. A.
Law, T. B. Frasor.
2il District?T. Y. Simmons, J. F.
Izlor, Jas. Connor.
3d District?A. C. Haskell, J. N.
Lipscomb, J. 15. Moore.
4th District?W. D. DePass, T.
Stobo Furrow, 15. II. Mnssoy,
5th District?A. C. Izard, G.T. Tillman,
T. J. Counts.
Tho committco on resolutions requested
further timo in which to complete
their report, which was granted.
On motion of Goneral Connor, tho
convention, at 0:80 1'. M., again rosolved
itself into a caucus.
At 8:40 P. M., tho convontion reassomblod.
Tho President staled that Captain
R. O'Noal, Jr., of Richland, had boon
appointed Troasurorof tho convontion
torcccivo contributions for defraying
tho incidontal exponsos of tho session.
MM - I > * 1.x .v 4 , J I. .. 1 ll .
1 no I l C'biui"111 iiunumiL-cu tuut liiu
State Exocutivo Committoo would
moot iu tho J udiciaty Committoo room
immodiatoly after tlio adjournmont of
tho convention.
Tho committoo on resolutions submitted
tho following report on tlio
resolutions roforrod to them:
Tho committoo of ono from cacli
county to whom was roforrod tlio ro->
solutions of tho gontloman from Chaiv.
leston, Mr. O'Connor, il?o gontlomon
from Nowborry, Lipscombo and Kcitt,
and of tho gontloman from Kdgofiold,

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