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[For the Orangeburg Nuws.]
Duanoiivii.i.k, S. C.
July 22d, 1871,
Juh'for Orawjchnrg New* :
Your remarks upon the conitnuniea
tion of "scvoral taxpayers," which tip
penred in your last issue, if left tin
answered might leave the impression
that the "school" Trustees of this Town
fdiip may havo neglected their duty,
especially, by not drawing orders on
the "school funds" which cans;I tho
levy of only one-tenth of a mill for
school purposes at the last "annual"
mooting, and as you propose to en vest i
gate tho matter, I will give you a IVw
From the District and .State assess
incuts, of 1872, there should havebeen
due this Township an unexpended ba)
lauce of at least six hundred dollars
(GOO) with which to commence the
schools for the Fall of 187".
From the District and State a.ssess
mcnls of 1 S7<1, there should have been
kit to the credit * f this Townrdiip an
nuexpended ballauce of at least four
hundred dollars (100) which would
leave us at present on hand at least, one
thousnnd dollars (l.,0p,0)jto commence
schools this Full.
For six months preceding June last.
three-third grade teachers have been
employed in this Township. Salary
twecnty five dollars (125,00) pjr luontlj,
at the cud of ctteh month, ordois were
promptly drawn by the Trustees, the
teachers promptly presented them for
payment, and payment by the Tjc.isurcr
promptly refused. So you will preceive
that it was in consequence of the money
not being drawn, and not the order
which disgusted the White and Colored
Citizens of this Towushi:), and cans.'d
this t-mall levy.
Thu Tcachcis say that they have li >t
been able to drnw a single dollar from
the Treasury ; and boiug iu necessit re 1
circuiustutices, .wore compelled to d s
pose of their orders at duo half their
face value, aud some times:less, the
rrdcrs after being sold)fwere paid with
the exception of a few yet outstanding,
which the present . Treasurer says he
has bad no money to pay, which iu iny
opinion is true.
AX the "Annual" meeting I favored u
icasonablc Tnx, but at tho repeated
icquc.st of several members of the meet
ing, sonic pf\ the Teachers present, re
luct'intly made the foregoing damming
?taten cut, in relati'tih to the sole of their
orders, and a majority present, opposed
more then one tenth of a mill.
I will toll you more concerning this
matter, from time to time, if you desire
Clerk of Donid pf School frnstccs.
llranch villa Township.
rJ lie Hefusiii lo Pay Taxes.
Our correspondent, "Ninety-Six," is
mistaken in supposing that the strength
of this paper has been thrown in the
scale with those who see seme r^m jdy
lor our desperate situation in the Vre
iusal to pay tuxes." '1 ho difficulty of
Securing unanimity of action on the
part of the taxpayers, especially iu cities
and towns, has prevented us from ad
vising, what somo ol our contemporaries
iu the interior have advised, a squ ire
solid opposition to the State officials,
taking the form of stopping thu supplies
Nevertheless it must Be apparent to
every thoughtful citizen that, if thu
time is ever to come when the payment
of taxes ohall be refused, that time will
i bo nt hand when ai.y such person as.
IMcscs or Chamberlain shall have been
elected '0ove'rnOr of" the State. The
letter of "Ninety-Six" could nut, there
fore, have come liiofh opportunely than
It bus.
The laws of the Stnlb undoubtedly
givo the State the power to sell, or for
icit to tho State for want of bidder*,
liny property upon which tho taxes re
Inuiu unpaid. Nobody denies that this
power exists, but what is the practical
Value of it ? In Charleston Couuty, at
the late tax sales, 200,000 acres of land
were forfeited to the State, There wore
no bidders for them. It is doubtful
whether such a title us would bo given
to purchasers at tax sales would bo worth
anything. However this may be, t!icro
were virtually no offers in Charleston
for the lauds cxpOccd for sale. Suppose
llint, in ovcry county pi] the .State, pbjo^
tenths of the proporty-holdors rc I used to
])ny Inxep. cotild there 1)0 any nnro
biddeis for the millions of acres than
there are now for the thousands 1 Would
there bo more bidders when it was
known that the people had combined to
resist ruinous taxatio.i than there are
now when no such combination exists'{
We think not ! The greater p irt of
tho kind iu the State would be forfeited
lo the State Government, and what
would tho Stute do with it Tho law
does not provide for the sale of the lands
forfeited to the State. They go to tho
Statu, and there they stay until the
(sein ial Assembly shall take some
action in regard to llietii. No disposi
tion can be made of them until the
expiration of ninety diys from an 1 after
the day of tile IWfuitn?cy bcCifUsiu Ihr
ninety days there is tho option of ro
deutption. And it would be. diilicult
lor any Legislature in this St itj to ta'ce
any measure which would do other than
put the forfeited laud back in the hand*
oi* those to whom it originally U'doVf'ul.
/hiring the ninety tidy** iillolc fl fo'r r'r.
dc.tni>tion\ (uni until .*?'? m ? jil in fur rctttfc
in ij in in n tin' forfeited lit >uix should hor
bin devtscfi oiid carried into 'effect i lKe\
trcasuri/ would ?r aridity and not it dollar
could if drawn l>y dnycrldilcrofllu
Stair. To thul~fnet lies the Mreilgth of
the situatii'U. Suppose, then, tliat the \
Legislature, stung by ,vant o! money I
and cowed by Iho de Ctumti nation oT'fli'j j
people, should nrJer tho lauds to be .i dd I
to the highest bidder, wliat then '.' No
one would bid fi r thetn except the;or'igi j
u.il owners or their agents, and they !
would bid very littl.:. They would
either get the lands back for much le.-s
than the tax und penalties, or they would
allow the lands lo be again forfeited to
the State. Nomone/ there! Suppiso,
also, (hat the Legisiat ti:c d-jtcmiiiu I to
give away the f irVctf &3 Ian 1 >'. Who
would care to take them 'and live 'upon
tucm r Now, there, is not in the pro
'gramme; as we have ske'ehed it out. '
any suggestion ofurmc 1 r6.sislaneo t > t'.i s i
laws of the State. All that is dj-eribjd
is a ] a siv'e resist an e. a gbn inil refusal i
to pay taxes, cither bocausj ad inability
to pay, or because it. is believed tli it tlu
payment of one exorbitant tax only la Is
to the imposition of on'o still more
onerous, Th :ro is no need (if any mili
tlu, or of any posse; nor would thef
be any ' donicslie violeiiee"'justifytn?
t lie intervention el' (lie Pol era I aVilhori
tics. It is not neees.-ary, liici,efiil'e,1 t.
discuss the question wnotltcr bHr fillets
have nerve r r not. Wo think lliallMoy'
have?in Ifiu Legislature, or the Cou'rts,
or in any crowd win v.: ihe majority is
with ilicin. They have what. Napoleon
called "Uyo o'clock ' in tire" morning"
courage, and we di not believe that,
any oflici.il iu South Carolina'would
either steal, or cheat at elections, if lie
were assured that, us soon as his sin, ,
fi.itlid him out, he would be tro tted lo
an ornamental coat of tir, trim ne I with
feathers, warranted lo lit cldschiid wear
well. They d.irc anyt hing aSh mob or
a party, but they will riot face persona!
or individual responsibility, which is
? he One form of responsibility to W Iii oh
tiny have not been held. This, how
ever, is outside of the matter immediate
ly before us.
Wo arc glad t) lay the views of
??Ninety Six" before our readers bat,
as wc have said before, we think that ho
exaggerates the danger and difficulty of
lacing and overcoming the band 61 rob
bers, who are strong only as long as we
are weak and disunited. When 'nine
tenths of the taxpiy'ers, aye I'throo
fouitdis of them rc.-olve to p iy no iriarj
(axes until honesty and intelligence
shall control the government of the
State, the thieves and their minions
will be looted in a single etmpiigii,
without violence, bloodshed or loss of
life or property. Then would the
people say, Why, in Heaven's name,
did we not do this ycar.s and years ago?
The one difficulty is to get the people
to stand together. Of that we see little
From Cuba eoin?.s n strango and .sonic
what astounding rumor, to tlu cfuut
that ..Jen. Concha is iu negotiation with
chiefs of the free Cuba movement for
tho surrender of the arms und cause of
tho patriots to the Spaniards. Can it
be true 'I
Important Spanish News.
Tiik United States vitro to
Suxn Thoops jro Cun.v.
The New York Siin, of yesterday, has
ill.' following despatch from Washington
which we can only say is very itnpor
(ant if true. It looks very marvelous,
?1 am able to inform you with posi
live ucrlui ity th it th; Sp ul Uli legation
here havq rcee:itly been instructed from
Madrid to approach Secretary llnmil
ton V\>]\ with the inquiry whether J the
United States would he disposed to in
terteile wi'.h armed foreo in Cuba, with
a view of ascertaining whether the pen
pic id' that island really desire or not lo
separate themselves froth the mother
country. This proposition com ?s In 11
qprtuin conncctipi with an intrigue
which has for some time been maturing
in ICuropc, by virtu; of which Germany
ad Kurland are to intervene iu
S;:Vin itself, and by means of sullieient
bodies of troop*, put a stop to th ; civil
w ir going on there, and .pi icj Prinze
Alfonso on the th.*oue. This scheme
has bceu managed especially by Pin
si.-m diplomacy, and as all the money
which Marsh. 1 Serratia has had fur
some lime past, for tho purp ?so of p 'y
lilg troops and carrying oil his Govern
niciii, hrs"bech furnished to him from
7 . I
the Prussian treasury, it is clear that
the pmpositi >u-to make- Alfonso King j
is nut to be opposed by him although
co union decency w ?uld forbid his ta'c
i ig a leading part in putting it into ex
edition. When it is done, however,
by foreign armies, he can sub nit to it.
without incurring special odium among
his country men. Part of the project is
that Prussia*shall have Some small "is
land in the West Indies for a watering
station, and the consent of tin United ;
Slates to this is to be en np.ms ited by
giving us Cuba. .
Story for 111Married
Alter having been married some
weeks, it came into the head of a young
hliahaild, one. Sunday, while he hat lit- 1
tic to iiccnpy bis mind, to suggest to
his wife that they should plainly and
honestly state the faults th it caul) ha 1
discovered in tUo other si.je^ they were
mail and wile. Alter some hesitation,
lioth stipulated that the rchersal should
he made in all sincerity, and with an
honest view lo (he bettering of each
ether, olh/r.siso it would bo of no
iihvIo speak of tho Paulus to which mar
ri.igo bad opened their eyes. Tlia bus
baud was id' the same min i, and the
wife asked him tu begin with her faults
He was somewhat reluctant, but hi*
wife insisted that h; was the first to
oropo-o the loader, an I be was the
head of (he house, it'was his pl ico to
tike the had. Thus urged, he bogan
the reck il. lie snid;
'My dear, one of the faults I obsdrv
cd in you alter we began keeping house
was, that you a good deal neglected the
tinware. You don't keep it scoured us
bricht, as it should be. My mother
always took pride in her tinware aud
kept it us blight as a dollar.'
'1 am glad that you mentioned it,
dear,* sajd the wile, blushing a little;
hereafter you shall see u i speck on cup
or pan. Pray proceed.'
'I have often observed,' said the bus
baud, 'that you often tire,your dish rags
a long lime without washing tliein, and
finally throw them away. Now, when
at home, I remember that my mother
always used to wash out her dish rags
when she was done using them, and
then hang them up where thoy would
dry ready for the next time she would
need them.
flushing; us before, the youn,^ wife
promised to amoiid this fault.
Tho husband continued with a most
lo ttidable list, many more thin wc
have space to enumerate, when ho deelar
cd that he could think of nothing more
that was worthy of mention.
'Now,''my dear, said he, you begin
and tell me all tho faults you have ob
soivcd iu me since we have been mar
The young housewife sat in silence;
her luce flushed to tho temples, and a
? great lump came in her throat which
she soojacd to bo striving bar.I to swiil
'Pro?/jcfl, my dear; toll me of nil the
faults ypiijbuve observed iu me, spariug
A rising suddenly from her scat, the
little wjle burst into tears, and throwing
both arms about her husband's neck,
'My^Hcar husband, you have not a
fault-J?t-ho world. If you have even
one m'Vcycs have been so blinded by
my loia^' for you that, as wc have been
manic), I have never once observed it.
jf ? ?i* -
In myj&yos you tire perfect, and all that
von discerns to me to bo done in the
liest id|uneu)aud just what .should bt
'Put;,- my dear,' said tho husband, bis
lace reddening and his voice growing
If'' * . ? i
hu-kywiih emotion,'just think, I have
gone if*hd found all manner of faults
with ypu. I know I have many?ten
iinj's j\s many as you ever hud or ever
will have. Let me hear iheui.'
'Indeed, husband, it is as I loll youj
you iiT?ve not a single fault that I can
see. Jj^VhateVcr you do seems right iu
my eyes, and now that I know A*!l it a
guOtMfcr nothing little wretch I am
I shali at once begin the work oi reform
and fry ti make my<elf more worthy of
'Xifhsc'ncc my dc;ir; you know 1 so no
limes go away and leave you without
any \vor.d cut; I stay up town when 1
ought to be at homo; 1 spend monoy1 for
drinks and'cigars when 1 ought to bring
it homo to you; 1 ?'
'.\'o you don't.' tried the wife, 'you
du nothing of the kind. I like to see
you enjoy yourself; I should be unhap
py vvs'.e you to do otherwise than just
e'.ia^l4y t's you do '.'
'tied bless you, llttlo wile!" cried the
how ^subjugated husband; 'from this
inotltvpt you have not a fault; I was but
^(d??j* -trail't .lomciuber a word smidj'
and he kissed away the tears that still
trembled in the little woman's eyes.
Ncv'or again did the husband scrutiu
izc tho tinware nor examine the dial)
rags, never so much as mentioned one
ol the faults he had^onuincratcd, but
soon nlier the neighborhood women
were wont lo say:
'Jt. is wonderful how neat Mrs Smith
keeps everything about Ion- house.
11 or tinware is always as bright as a
new dollar, and I do believe she not
only washes but oven ir.ms her dish
rags!' And the neighboring ?men were
heard to say: 'What a steady fellow M
?Ins got lo 1 0 ol late; ho d m't Spend a
dime now where bo use 1 to spend dot
lars. an I never bo kept from hum ; ball'
when he is ind at work. II ? seems al
most to worship that wile ol his.'
Anecdote of two Veterans.
While Gen. Taylor lay with bis army
at Point Isabel.!, just north of tho
mouth of the Itio Grande, Commodore
Conner had assumed command of the
(lull' Squadron. Conner was a veteran
of the last war with i'mglan 1, bearing
honorable ???ounds, an 1 with a record
which any officer might envy. Ho was
by no means :i martinet, but bo was
strict in the matter ol clean lit) ess, and
in the matter of his own dress he was
elegantly precise, llcarcd and educa
ted in Philadelphia he ha i imbibed the
nice tastes ol the nicer class of her
pooplo At muster ami parade, aud
when on official visits, it was bis ens
loin to appear iu lull uniform of the
most elaborate and dazzling description.
Ho liked it.
In this matter of dress I doubt il
there could have been lb m 1 iu either
arm of the service a gloat er contrast, to
Com. Conner th iu was a Horded by (Ion .
Knoh; Tiiylor. His sobriquet of ??'Hough
ai.d Ready" was entirely legitimate lie
disliked pomp ; and nevi r wore anything
like regulation uniform when he could
possibly avoid il.
On a certain day Com. Conner an
chore i bis fleet oil' the Point, aud sent
word to GciV Taylor that he would do
himself the honor of paying him a
visit. This put old Hough and Ready
iuto. a flurry. In the midst of hard
camp life following severe fighting ho
was not in tho mood lor ceremonious
etiquette Had tho proposing visitor
been an old rea-dog like Stewart or
Hull, In: would not have eared ; but ho
knew all about Conner's exceeding
nicety, ucd the draft upon Iiis nerves
was severe, lie would rather have
charged an enemy's battery ten times.
Still the old hero resolved to do bis
best toward honoring his* guest, and,
through him, honor to the navy.
Meantime Com. Conner was consider
ing bow best he might please Cen. Tay
lor. Knowing the peculiarities of that
officer, be had resolved that his visit
should be without ceremony and with
out pomp. So be dressed himself in a
suit of plain white linen duck, without
official insignia of any kind, and went
on shore unattended by any of" bis
When word had be in brought to Tay
ior that Com. Conner bad landed, he
quickly abandoned the camp work he
was at tho time superintending, and
made hasty strides for his tent, where he
plunged into his ehest and dragged out
bis best uniform. lie donned it quick
ly? donned it dusty, wrinkled and
awry ? and in his haste the coat WJS
buttoned two buttons higher on one
hide than on the other, while one of tho.'
epaulettes was brjketi from its strap,
lie had just accomplished this uuconi
lot table metamorphosis when Corumo
dore Conner was announced.
With free and easy step, and all
alone. Com. Conner entered the Gettor
al's tout. The two heroes shook bands
warmly, and it w as very evident that
each was greatly surprise!'at the per
sonul appearance of the other. Hut tho
discomfort was riot for ling. Uoth
comprehended the saitutiou at a glance,
and.a hearty laugh was the resu't.
The officer from whom I had this
story was with Taylor in Floiida, and
dining the whole campaign in Mexico,
atid lio assured me that the occasion of
Com. David Connor's visit wna the Gr.st
and last time he over saw old Hough
and Heady in full uniform,and, in fact,
the only timo he oversaw the old war
dog completely nonplussed.
JIow Mules Came Into Fashion.
Few of the farmers of this country are
aware v hat a depth of gratitude they
owe Gorge Washington for the intr?
duction of mules into general use for
farm purposes'.
Previous to lll'.l, there were very
few, and those of such au inferior-order
as lo prejudice farmers against them as
unfit to compete with horses in work
upon the road or l?rm. Consequently
there were no jacks, and no disposition
to increase, the stock ; but Washington 1
became convinced that the introduction
of mules generally among southern
planters would prove to them a great
blessing, as they are less liable to be
injured than horses by careless set'
As sion as it became known abroad
ttint the illustrious Washington desired
to stock his Mouut N eroon estate with
inuloi, the king of Spain sont him a
jack and two jennets, from the royal
stables, and Lafayette sent another jack
and two jennets from the islaud of
The first was a gray color, IG b inds
high, heavily made, and of sluggish na
tore. lie was uamed the Royal Gift.
The other was called the Knight of
Malta; he was about as high?lithe,
fiery, even to ferocity.
The two different sets of animals gave
him #thc most favorable opportunity of
making improvements by cross breeding,
the result of which was the favorite j ick,
Compound, because he partook of the
best point in both the originals. The
general bred his blooded marcs to thaso
jacks, even taking those from his family
couch for that purposo , and produced
such superb mules thai the country was
all agog to breed Borne^f the sort, and
they soon became quiet common. This
was the originof in pro red mules in the
United Slates. There arc now some of
the third and fourth generation of
Knight of Malta and Hoya! (lift to be
found in Virginia, and the great bene
fits arising from their introduction to
the country are to be seen upon every
cultivated acre in the southern Mates.
The Huston Cost breaks the silence as
to the ,Jpte Mr. Jauin : "Jules Janin
wrote iiny-wliere and any bow; in cabs,
in the cafes, amid the hubbub of the
green room of every theater, pinching
and kissing ballet girls between the bj
ginning and the end of u sentence."
The Virtue ot'Siloucc. . .
i i i a
Keep thou tho door of thy lips.?
Silence never yet betrayed any ono.?*
Speech is of time. Silence is of ctcr
uity.? Carlylc.
Wc speak little, if not egged on by
None preaches better than tho ant,
aud she syas nothing.?Franklin.
If thou desire tobe held wise, be so
wise as to bold thy tongue.? Qaarles
Xot every one who ha3 the gift of
speech understands the value of silence.
? La cater.
Learn to hold thy tongue. Fivo
words cost. Zacharias forty weeks silcaoo.
Talking and eloquence aro uot tho
same thing; to speak aud to spoak Will
are two things.?]>rn Jenson.
Those who have few affairs to attonl
to are great speakers. The less men
think the more they talk.?Montes
quieu .
A person that would secure to him
self great deference will, perhaps, gain
point by silence as effectually as- by
anything lie can speak*?Sliemtone.
Talkers and futile persons aro cv.n
monly vaiu and credulous withal; for
be that talkcth what he knoweth will
also talk what be ktiowc'th not.? /?;.
eon. ? * t *
disk talkers are usmally slow think
ers. There is, indeed, no wild boast
more to be dreaded than a communici
live man having nothing to commuui
There are many who talk on from
ignorance rather than from kooTlodgc,
and who find thu fonnor an incxhau3ti
ble fund of conversation?Ilizliit^ :r ,
The talkative listen to no one, for
they are ever speaking. An l tho Grit
evil that attends thoa-o who know not
how to keep silent is thai they-. hoar
uot lung?Vlutarck.
The man who talks cverlistiugly a a I
promiscuously, who seem to have an
exhaustions m igaziac of sounds, crowds
so many words iuto h*i3 thoughts that
be always obscures and fi-o-juontly con
reals them?Washington Irving: 'y
In the Hicluuou l Whig wc find the
followiog extraordinary paragraph. Mrs
Lamadrcd has embarked in a very doubt
ful speculation and we think tficrc is no
court ou the face of tho earth that will
give h*er damages to the a-nouut of ton
cents : ?
"Mrs. Maggie Lamadrcd, of Louis
ville, has brought suit against II j ono
Lodge Knights of Pythias in that city,
because the defendants who arc paaacd
??and others to her unknown, did beat,
drag and bruise her husband in going
through their rites, or their prctouled
rites; that by reason thereof lie died,
depriving her of bis support, c tro and
protection, and that by reason of thoir
said unlawful, cruel aud wicked conduct,
she has becu damaged $100,000 ; and
therefore she prays judgment for $100,
000 damages, uud for all other proper
relict "
A mong the laity who affeot whito
cravats aro numbered ".Boss" Tweed
and Commodore Vnndcrbilt. Tho lattor,
from his spare build and gray hair and
whiskers, is frequently mistakou for a
clergyman. The other day ho was
coming down town in a street car, wheu
two young men entered, both beiug iu
toxicated. Perceiving tho venerable
gentleman with a white lio, one of tho
young n eu addressed him with, 'T sposo
yer think Pin going straight-down to
h(hio)olt- don't yer?" "Why?no,"
said the commodore ; "I hope uot." Tho
young man nudged bis companion, and
nodding toward Vnndcrbilt said "lie's
a (hie) Puivcrs'list."
I)ratii of a Brave Hoy.?A son of
John llabeock, aged cighteonyears, was
j drowned at Pembroke, Me., rccontly,
i after ho had succeeded iu plaoing four
boy.s on tho gunwale of n boat which
bad capsized while rowing. Tho boys
could not swim, and young Babcook
was swimming behind tho boat,-pushiog
it ashore, and was taken With cramp?,
lie had dived twico and brought up*ouo
of tho boys, who lost his hold on tho
gu uwiile.

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