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Oll AN GE BUK O, S. C.
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Post Office.
.VIRGIL C. DIBBLE, Associate Editor.
'CHARLES n. HALL, Publisher.
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Our Charleston Letter.
Charleston, July 31, 1867.
,?, As o ^oqucl, to tho Radical Convention,;
which lust week discussed State and National
politics at Columbia, a public meeting was
called, and held nt Hibernian Hail last night.
The gathering ostensibly was designed to be
general iu its character, and the advertisement
.a^n^unping it invited all who favored recon
t^r actio u on tha. Congressional plan, to be pre
sent, and partioiphto in its proceedings; but
'i^eitlly it was intended only to sticnulnto radi
calism, and tho wiro-pulling eommittco had
carefully arranged that, nothing should be said
or done which would militate against the in
terests of tho groat. Union Republican Party.
About a thousand pcrsous wore present, of
whom not moro than fifty were whites; and
curiosity probably influenced many of these to
. adtcud. The. meeting was organized on mo
ctiou of E. P. Wall, (colored,) by the election
of Dr.. Mackoy, Post Collector, as Prcsidcut,
F. A. -Sawyer, Esq., Collector of^ Intcrnul
Revenue, Major D. T. C?rbin, United States
District Attorney, T. J. Robertson, Esq., of
Columbia, and four colored individuals were
choscu Vice-Prcsideuts, and II. Judge Moore,
David Barrow, nnd a son of Africa were rc
?qucstcd to act as Secretaries.
Upon assuming the duties of his position,
Dr. Mackoy addressed tho meeting, stating
^briefly tho policy which would govern him in the
?exercise of his dutics'as Moderator. He stated
that as tho Union Republican Party invaria
lily upheld the Congressional legislation in rc
.gard to reconstruction and the Democrats as
invnriably opposed it, he could regard the
meeting only as one of that party ; aud that
though thore might be prcsont thoso who -were
Jiot yet prepared io unite with it, that he would
give a hearing to any person who was disposed
to advocate the' adoption of Congressional re
quirements, butfwould.be compelled to restrain
uny one who should oppose, pr attempt to'dis
tract the harmony of tho meeting, by the intro
duction of .opinions or sentiments, calculated
to militate against this great object.
Upon t}io conclusion of his remarks?Cob
1 lector Sawyer was loudly called, ?nd iu response
arose and spoke at sonic length. Ho began by
stating, that ho had been at heart a Republi
can, since the existence of the Democratic
party in 18G0, and that now he had no hesita
tion iu stating that all his sympathies were
with the Union Republicans.. He referred to
tho former couditions of reconstruction im
posed, and animadverted in their rejection; he
alluded to tho generosity of the Government
in their conduct 'towards us; and asked
"whether, in the history of any couutry undor
the sun, thoro was ever uuy rebellion ? against
the authority jroveinincnt, which has been
<lcalt with more leniently than this." lie ex
pressed his gratification at the emancipation of
the ncgrocSj iind avowed his belief iu the pro
priety and justico of granting an unqualified
. mi/frngc. In this connection he siiiu:
"I do not believe that.I havo a Tight to cast
.-n ballot;'to exercise n right or powor, nnd that
$&.mf?, whose skin is n littlo darker and
whose intelligence may bp.no less thuu'my own,
should be deprived of political power. So long
sis tho Southern people kopt in quiet a certain
siuinber of slaves, it was manifestly impossible
ibr thoso slaves to enjoy rights of a political
character. Since their freedom, there has boon
lio stopping until they wore made citizens of
the several States. Thank God wc think it is
bright?wc know it is right. Instead of being
u". element of constant discord and fear, they
lire an element of strength to tho community
from the very fact of their political equality.''
Continuing, ho urged that all tho whites,,
who were not disfranchised should register,
and co-operate in bringing about the restora
tion of the South to its former position in tho
Union: and expressed his belief, that tho in
itolligcnt portions of the people are now willing
"to take ony step that will put them in proper |
relations to tho Government". In closing he
said :
: "Whoever expects wc are going to stop, be
fore the whole country is protected by the laws
g of the whole country, before the right of free
.. speech is protected and every mail's labor
is assured him, every man's property pro
tected by law, or before it is as safe for a
man to preach any political doctrine in Arkan
sas or Memphis us in New York or Philadel
phia, ho is very much mistaken. The tide is
rolling on, and if the people of the South wish
to control it, they must be themselves in a con
trolling position, und so cunt'"' it for j;ood
and wiso purposes, that nothing should obstruct
their prosperity."
-*r|dr. Salvor's address has elicited very much
comment in our community. It is his first pub
lic expression of political faith since the close of
tho war. Most of our people are suprisod aud
disappointed. It was supposed thut he was very
conservative in his views aud feelings ; and,
though probably iuclined to adopt many of the
texts of the Republican Party, few thought
that ho would put himself squarely in tho Radi
can platform.
Mr. Sawyer was followed by several speakers,
white and colored, all of whom, of course earn
estly advodatcd the policy aud propriety of re
ceiving with gratitude tho bitter pills, which
the national physicians at "Washington have
prepared for our political recuperation. After
they had ventilated their opinions and sonti
mcnts, tho platform of tho Union Republicau
Party, adopted last week at Columbia, was read
and adopted, and the meeting adjourned.
I I neglected to mention in noticing the or
ganization of the meeting, that an effort was
mode to'havo J. P. M. lipping. U. S. Marshal,
elected as one of the Vice-Presidents; but tho
nomination was rejected by an almost unani
mous vote. Rowcn, too, upon entering tho
Hall was hissed by a large portion of the as
sembly. How enviable is the position of these
two Radical apostles?ostracised from all de
cent society, white or black?and besides una
ble to can*}* popularity with the rabble ! They
will probably hereafter eschew politics, and
will have many unpleasant reflections ou tho
base ingratitude of the Republic?=-ans.
The regular term of office of Sheriff Jno. K.
Carcw having expired last week, Gon. Sickles
forbade the holding of any election for a suc
cessor, aud appointed !\Vm. S. , Ilastie, Esq., to
the position. Mr. Haslie is well known as
senior member of the old firm of Hastic, Cal
hoiiii & Co. He is u Northern man by birth,
but has long been a naturalized citizen of
South Carolina. I believe the appointment is
as acceptable to our people, as could bo
expected under the circumstances attend
ing it; but many, who still have some
respect for ethics, wonder how- he can take
the required "test oath." In this connection,
I may state, that General Sickles will probably
not romovc any of our present civil officers, un
til tho .expiration .of their regular terms of
office; he will then appoint their successors,
and invariably require that they take the "iron
clad oath."
I heard two days ago, an incident connected
with the late Convention at Columbia, which
will bear narration. T. J. Robertson, (white)
of Columbia, was present as a delegate, and
addressed the august and dignified body,
stating, that, though a South Carolinian, he
was proud to stand with them oii *.h?5r uluriuus
Republican platform, <\c. AftOT lie concluded,
a colored orator arose, and eulogized him. sta
ting that after having uttcrred such noble .sen
timents, he ought to be canonized. One of the
white spectators, at this instant, forgetting the
solemnities of the occasion, interrupted the
Speaker a moment, .by saying in a not very
subdued tone?"Yes, and I wish 1 could
tanhoHue the' whole party of you." The Con
vention frowned, and the visible* (if the unre
constructed auditors were violently affected.
While we reserve to ourselves the right of defi
ning our ownpolitical position by means of our
editorial columns, ice will he pleased to publish
contributions from our fellow-citizens upon the
grave questions which now agitate the public
mind, whether their opinions coincide with ours
or n/>t. A district newspaper ^ we consider,
should be. an index of the various shades of pop
ular sentiment in the section of country in which
it circulates. Our columns are open, therefore,
for any communications properly written, accom
panied by a responsible name, not personal in
t/14 ir character, nor ubsoltttely injurious in their
Register, Register.
'the various gentlemen who have been ap
pointed by the Commanding General as Regis
trars for this District, have received prelimina
ry instructions from Head-quarters; and the
indications are, that it will not be very long
before the appointments will be issued for tho
meetings of the Hoards of Registration at tlu
different polls to it. eive the names of voters,
according to the j econstructiou scheme of
Congress. As this i., a new thing to South
Carolinians, we revert to this subject again,
for the purpose of .explaining the modus oper
andi a second time to our readers. The Regis
trars will give public notice of the days and
places of Registration, just liko the Tax Col
lector gives notice of his various District, ap
pointments. On tho appointed days, thoy will
be on hand with proper blanks and books, to
put down the names of all such as desire to
vole at the election to be afterwards held, ami
who are not disfranchised und'T the Acts of
Congress. Every man who wishes to preserve, |
his.right ofsuffrage appears before these Rcgis
trars, and%$fets his numo for registration upon
the list of voters. The Board of Registration
requires of him an oath, that ho has not hold
certain offices, nnd afterwards engaged in re
bellion, and that he will uphold the Constitu
tion of tho United States. If there is any
point on which he is doubtful, ho submits that
point to tho Board, nnd if they decide that he
is-disqualified, his name will not bo put down
as a voter ;, if they soy that ho u$ entitled jtok
vote, he ttikes tlic oath above' referred to, and']
his name is entered on the list of those who
will be allowed to vote.
Now, our readers will perceive, that .Vrhen
the registration is over,*and the lists arc closed,'
there will be two classes of citizens in the Dis
trict,?those who will be permitted to enjoy
the right of suffrage, and those who will bo
deprived of that privilege. The first class will
be composed of those, whose names shall have
been recorded upon the registration rolls; aud
the second class will consist of all whoso names
tidmcs aro omitted therefrom. Undor theso
circumstances, it is nccdicss to ask what is the
duty of all good citizens in this emergency.
We have only to recollect, that at every olce
tion hereafter to be held in South Carolina,
not only for the Convention, but for all public
offices of any description, no one will be allow
ed to vote, unless he is registered ; and we will
at once see the importance of preserving for
ourselves this inestimable right of suffrage, if |
we possibly can. Suppose a year from this
time, some great public question arises, in
which we are all interested.?suppose, for in
stance, the very question of confiscation should
become an issue to be decided by the voles of
the people, it would be too late then for any
man to say, "1 would like to vote, and I am
not disfranchised," unless be has gone forward,
and registered his n.'imc, so as to preserve bis
right of suffrage unimpaired.
We are glad to see that all classes of our peo
ple are awakening to the necessity of register
ing as voters. We arc now living under a
[military despotism, as baleful as it can be
'made by an injudicious and autocratic ehief
itain : but if our readers think that this form of
(government is the worst that they can possibly
[bo called upon to endure, let us tell them, in
all sincerity and candour, that the government
pf a faction, unrestrained by any conservative I
influence, and governed only by ignorance, fa
naticism, and the wild passions of the hour, is
tenfold worse. Persons are accustomed to say
that we staked our all upon* the issue ol* the
late war, and we have sost, and nothing worse
can befall us; but we would assure our fellow
citizens that there are some things which we
have yet to lose, and which will be wrested
from Its' if >vc uc swpiaely upon our backs,
and make no efforts for our p;,c^cr7?!-?V* ^ c
have a family hearth-stone, r%r?un^ which clus
ter tho objects of our fondest affections. "We
have a few acres of ground, around our home
stead, where, from the bosom of mother Harth,
wo obtain food and raiment for those we love
We enjoy the privilege of doing what we will
with our own, and we cuu call it ours. Arc
these rights of property nothing to us? Add
to this, our social position,?a position of intel
lectual superiority, of greater intelligence and
refinement,?arc these of no value ? And shall
we sec all these threatened by the wild prag
matics ol' the present day, and not rally to
their rescue?' Forbid it, God of Nations and
of Liberty ! By every feeling most dear to the
heart; by every impulse of patriotic duty; by
every hope, that even the most despouding cher
ish, of better days ; by all that is uenrly lost,
which we cannot afford to lose, let us como'up
to the requirements of the times, aud discharge
this simple duty to our country, our neighbors,
jour loved ones, and ourselves. LET 1'S
The Radical Convention.
We cannot say much about this Convention.
The platform adopted by the would-be "ciders
of tho people,'' will be found iu another col
We can only state that the platform was
passed, as Congress passes its Reconstruction
Acts, by the shut-down-debute rmd ride-over
luiimrity plan.
We were surprised to find that the only two
citizens of Orangeburg, who bad been appoint
ed delegates to the Convention lit Charleston,
Rev. William Dannelly and David Gillancy,
were thrown aside; and in their places were
substituted two outsiders, Rev. I>. V. Randolph,
and a man by the name of Cain, (not, however,
the man who slew his brother Abel, we hope.)
iSo that not a .' ingle Orangeburgher was there.
Several rich scenes happened at the Conven
tion. The white and the colored elements did
not entirely harmonize. One delegate left iu
disgust, and begged his way iu again tho next
day. One delegate lelt for good; and t'.c
President complimented him with the Scripture
name of Judos. One whito delegate from
Charleston wanted all opposed to reconstruction
to be sent to Castle Piucknoy; but the more
sensible darkoys put down the idea with decid
ed expressions of dissent.
Of their platform, wo have nothing to say at
Reflections on the Times.
Mit. Editor : How shall we.act, so as to in
sure the best possible gooit to out State and
people ? This inquiry is particularly interest
ing to our citizens under the present situation
of our political affairs. No reasonable man
can feel indifferent to the events transpiring
now, especially when the destiny of our coun
try, and our own future for weal or woe, de
pend upon the final result. However diversi
fied may be the means we desire to use, our
ultimate aim should be the same ; and to
adopt any measures to this end, there must bo
unity and concert of action on the part of our
pcoplo?inactivity or division may he our ruin.
Every one should be wiUingHo yieh' ?methiug,
in order to unite with others in promoting the
public good.
The party, which now controls the political
affairs of the nation, is supposed to have sworn
allegiance to the government, and obedience to
its constitution aud laws; hut its history for
the last six years has been nothiiig but a re
cord of perpetual and accursed perjury. All
its enactments have been conceived in malice
and carried out in a spirit of revenge. It is
guided neither by reason, expediency, or the
Constitution. It believes and acts upon the
principle that in times of revolution there is
no Constitution?no authority?no law higher
thai: the will of the conqueror. Upon this it
will continue to act, until the last mile is
forced from the South. In this spirit, its
agent.', in control of the Government at Wash
ington, adopted the present, reconstruction
policy, knowing that the entire negro vote, and
such white men as will affiliate with them, will
place absolute power in their hands for a num
ber of* years to conn;. Hence, we need not ex
pect any yielding or justice, on the part id"
Congress but what accords with the will of the
conqueror. So far from it, if tho South comply
with every condition of the late acts, she will
not got representation until she pays the last
Jjatrthirig, yields the last right, aud sacrifices the
hflst sense id' pride and honor. These acts of
Congress are the laws of the land, uotwith
^auTtinji t?***i- uuconstir?llbriality, the Presi
dent's opposition, or Mr. Stanbcrry*?? recent in
terpretation. Toe South, of necessity, must
accept them, ami it is her duty to act in the
pri mi.-cs. as becomes a brave but conquered peo
ple, quietly submit (>? the hw, and give faithful
obedience to the authorities that be. The im
I mediate effect ?,f this p:,:7; iri ty enfranchise
every male I'ttizcn Iwcisiy-enc years of ago,
regardless of color or previous condition, ex
cept certain official victim.-;, who tire denied the
privilege id' voting aiid the light of holding
ollieo, refused any part in the Government, aud
who are intended to be degraded by making
them an exception from political society, in
consequence of the part they performed in
bringing about the so-called rebellion against,
the laws of the Uuited States. Of these
voters in South Carolina, sixty thousand are
negroes, totally ignorant even of the first prin
ciples of government, unaccustomed to the ex
ercise of political privileges, and not yet di
vested of the vices incident to a state of slave
ry. They are not only ignorant aud uneduca
ted, but inexperienced, and are not capable id'
taking a direct ami absolute part in the affairs
of government. Such has beer , and still is the
judgment of the North itself concerning them.
There it is a question whether or not they are
fitted for the exercise of such privileges.
Hut the Radicals [know that such a class at
the South can easily be made the willing tools
of unscrupulous demagogues. They have al
ready sent their emissaries throughout our
country, with millions of money, to establish
societies, and to leach the negro their peculiar
version of his rights, and their paradoxical ab
surdities about social equality. And in every
instance, they have succeeded in undermining
our whole political and social syslem. Thoy
equally know, that these negro voters are
"homeless ami landless," whilst (he white- are
the recognized owners of (he property, hence
there must be and is a feeling of jealousy on
the part of the one against the other, which
will over-balance any identity of* interest we
may imagine to exist between us. There is
wanting on the part of the ruling party no
mcansof augmenting this jealousy ; and if (hey
can, they will inflame it to a religious hatred,
thereby making them a powerful instrument to
subserve their purposes of power and spoil.
The negro understands his importance in
the emergency, and will bo loth to under
take any measure which involves (o him the
least appearance of doubt as to his rights. He
also understands, and I think properly, th"a"tthe |
Convention which is to meet ostensibly for the
purpose of framing a Constitution for the
State, is unlimited in its power ; and that uuy
net of that body looking to their own pot
measure, and extreme Radical policy of confis
cation or punishment, will bo approved and
sustained by the voters, who elect the delegates,
and by Congress itself. As much danger from
confiscation hangs here, an from the bill of Mr.
y' * ' r" ? ' (1/*
Stevens in Congress.
Now, Mr. Editor, this whole Radical policy
is intended to bo nothing more than a gigantic
scheine to obtain power and spoil, by taking
the government of the Southern State? out of
tho bauds of the white citizens, and transfer*
ing it to the negroes or their elected ngeuts?
If this be true, it docs seem to me that our
duty and policy is plain. Wc must register, if
wo can thereby secure the right to vote j then
let us bring to bear upon the negro ercy in
fluence which prudenee, reason and honesty
would dictate, and secure as many as posnihle
to vote with us aijainat flic Convention. Ift
doiug this, wo do not violato our onth of alle
giance to the government. "Wc do not intend
with ungrateful hands to tear down the pillar?
from the edifice of Union?nor to kindle the
prejudices and passions of the people?nor to
array parties against each other in the field of
strife?nor to digest means of revenge against
those who prosecute us j but as a part of the
American people, meekly and faithfully to dis
charge the duty wc owo the government, in
accordance with its Constitution and laws. If |
this course bring confiscation upon the country,
where is the less danger from the other? On
the other hand, the returning sense of justice
from tho reaction now going on at the North,
is ground sufficient to base our hopes of an early
settlement. And the immense debt, which
Southern people owe Northern merchants, the
enormous increase of the national debt und de
crease of the revenue tax receipts, in connection
with the North-western cry for repudiation,
and the crushing effects i. will have upon the
national credit; are all arguments sufficiently
strong to preclude the possibility of confis a
tion. It is also said, this noiirs'c will bring a
conflict of toe races. 1 ask, if taking the gov
ernment of the Southern States, out of the
bauds of the white loan, and transferring it to
the negro, will do less. In the name of pride,
of honor and of our oppressed country, let v.r.
not ourselves complete the ruin our enemies
begun ; but do our duty mj law-abiding, and
faithful citizens of the United Smtc^ Any
other course will o*taVd>h niiivcrtsat^sufTrago
forever, which will open the doojJfor confisca
tion and a conflict of the races; I confidently
believe that the work once begun will go on to
completion, ami ill a few years more justice
will be done, and representation in Congress
be awarded ::s : then the dark clouds which
have been hovering over our unhappy South
will be disnc lved.and the wonted .sunshine again
i i v Theo the levo
ehoer our desponding pi.. L...
lotion begun in I?oC, S'"11 hnvo bocn c>??duj?
the groat principles which we fought to estab
lish and for which wc sacrificed so much money
and blood, .-ball have been as things which
were. The names of Culhoun, MrJhifiio and
our great political teachers, shall exist only in
memory. The establishment of tho Union
shall be a fact?a new epoch .'hall bt ushered
in, from which succeeding years shall bo num
bered, and generations dated. Lot us thou,
when we emerge from tho disastrous conflict,
try to lay aside our old, but dear notions, and
take up the energies and principles of the now
age, and keep pace with the times in which we
live. S.
Tito Doetl ines of the "Rails" in South
For the information of our renders, we pub
lish in full the platform adopted by the Union
Republican Convention in Columbia last week:
1. That in order to make the labor of all our
loyal fellow-citizens more effectual for carrying
out the provisions of Congress, for the restora
tion of law and order in our State as well as
for the ponce and prosperity of our entire
country, we the people of South Carolina, do
form ourselves into a political organization, to
be known as the Union Republican party of
South ('arolina.
L\ That as republican institutions cannot be
preserved unless intelligence bo generally dif
fused among all classes, we will favor a Uniform
system of free schools and colleges, which shall
be open to all.
:>. That we will favor a liberal system of
public improvements, such as railroads, canals
and other works, and also such a system of
awarding contracts for the same as will give all
our fellow-citizens an equal and fair chance to
share in them.
?f. That as large land monopolies tend only
to make the rich, richer, and the puor, poorer,
and arc ruinous to the agricultural, commercial
apd social interests of the State, the Legisla
ture should oiler every practical inducement
for the division and sale of unoccupied lands
among the poorer classes, mul as an encourage
ment to immigrants to settle in our State.
5. 'J'bat the interest of the State demand "u
revision ?f tho entire code of laws and tli* > o
organization of tho courts.
G. That it is just and proper thf^/taxes
should bo ad valorem, and proportioned to tho
proporty of tho citizens.
7. That the ballot being tho surest safeguard
of tho rights of tho citizen, all executive and
legislative officers of the Stato should bo olect
cd by tho people ; therefore,
Resolved, That in our opinion a purely re
publican government is maintained otdy By
making our rulers responsible .directly to the
people by frequent elections?hot by tho Legis
lature, but by the people themselves; thcrc
f?rc' ? i i' L j/ii K j (y / ?
Resolved, That 'the delegates we shall send
to the Constitutional Convention about to bo
called by the Commanding General, be instruc
ted to so frame our new constitution that the
Governor and Council, Senatorsand Represen
tatives of the Stato Legislature, nnd all subor
dinate officers, except those of the judiciary
department, be chosen by the pcbplc, to hold
their respective offices, not for two years, but
for ouc year; and that iu the election of Presi
dent and Vice-Prcsidcut of tho United States -
chosen every four years, the electors, as they
aTC now in every other State in the Union,
shall be chosen- by the people directly, and not'
by the members of tlio Legislature.
8. That the poor and destitute, those aged
and infirm people, houseless and. homeless, and1
, past labor, who have none to care for thorn,
should he provided for at the expense of the'
State ; and that, in the reconstruction of our'
government, We will see to it thnfl they aro not
neglected and forgottcrhv
U. That the- u-'nfeappy policy pursued by Ari'
drew Johnson is, in its effects upon the loyal'
people of the South, unjust, oppressive, and'
intolerable; nnd, accordingly, however ardent
ly we desire to see our State onccmore restored'
to its proper position in the Union, we would'
deploro restoration on nny other conditions
than those prescribed by the Fortieth? Con
gress, to which we givo our cordial and entire"
sanction, believing the principles euuuciatcd by
the Republican party, through that Congress,
to be just and wise.
10. That the adverse discrimination towards-,
the agricultural laborers of the Southern States,
as manifested by the enormous tax on Cotton,
is unjust and oppressive, and should,be abroga
ted at the earliest practicable momcni^
11. That we sincerely exult iu the fact that,
as a nation, we arc now absolutely a nation of
freemen, and that, from the St. Law.ro; cc to
the Rio Grande, and from the Atlantic, to the
j .Pacific, the sun no longer shines upon the brow^'
of a slave.
12. That a wise caro for the public s-.ifuty,
xoniefimesrenders ir. necessary that those who
hate Bought resolutely to overthrew u govern
ment should not hastily by rcyjforvd to the
privileges of which they bare dqprfaei) tti*yn*?
selves by their crime of treason?certainly not
until they have shown evidence of sincere re*
pentance, and a dispoffftlnu as energetically ti?
support as they have in time* past sought toV
destroy the Union; and that Wc coniiidcr irtl*
liugrioss on the p*rt of these men to elevate to
power the men who preserved unnerving ad
herence to the government during the war, as
the best test of sincerity in prirfjewdors for fhe
future. i
13. That we wilt not support any candidate
for office who will not openly indorse the prin
J ciplcs adopted by the Union Republican party;
I.1 *w we pledge ourselves to stand by tho
aiiu . . ?
, inations of the party, . !r?V
regular nou?. ~
reservation wlmL.'cr.
The Whites1 in Virginia.
A Virgiuia correspondent of the Now York
Times, giv?s aomo ihformatiou of the startling
fact, that tho probabilities arc in fuvor of there
beiug a majority of negro voters in the Stato
of Virginia', and says:
This is due to the refusal of many of tho
whites to register themselves under tho milita
ry bill. It is believed that about OOjOOQ negro
voters have been registered, while the vvhites,
who could have rogistorcd to tho number of
125,00()j aro, according to the computation
now made, several thousand behind tho blacks.
That the negroes will act compactly in politics,
and make strenuous attempts to elect thoir own
special representatives, black or whito, thero is
little doubt; and that much bitterness of feel
ing between the two races will be engendered
in tho contest for political supremacy, is evi
dent from the present course of things. Tho
large preponderance of rogistorcd blacks over
whites, in a portion of Rastern Virginia, has
filled the people with gloom nnd alarm. Tho
reproaches which aro visited upon tho delin
quent whites are very severe, and the indigna
tion which is everywhere felt agaiust tho blind
and senseless newspapers which have misled
the white men into so deplorable a blunder and
crime as turning'over Virginia to tho power of
negroes, pervades every part of tho country/'
What is hero stated nbout Virginia will pro
bably happen in other Southern States, nnd
those who'hold aloof from registration will find
out the seriousness of tho mistake when too
.late to remedy it.??LaurenspxHe Herald.
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