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I had fulfilled my youthful dream, and become
possessed of au old castle and large estate
in Hungary.
It was at some distance from Pesth, and I j
had not visited the property previous to pur- t
chasiDg, for the lawyer's representations con-;
vinced me that it was a bargaiu, even with the
encumbrances, which consisted of au adopted !
daughter and some favorite servants of the
late count. These were all, however, provided j
with annuities by his will, so that it only re- j
mained to endure their presence in the castle,
and if they should prove to be serviceable, I
should already be provided with servants accustomed
to their routine of duties.
From the lawyer's manner on discovering j
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I concluded that it bore the reputation of being
haunted, and rather reveled in the anticipation
of bringing to light the secret terrors
of the place.
I wrote to the steward to send a carriage to
meet me at the nearest station. This I found
in waiting, with a prim coachman, in deep j
mourning, which I at first supposed to be for ,
the late count.
The man understood his business. His j
driving was faultless. But his continual sighs I
and moans, alternated with weeping outright, |
at last led me to questions, which resulted in
his confiding to me that he was mourning for
his sin in having murdered his younger brother.
I was somewhat startled. But in spite j
of his violent grief he drove well, and soon j
brought me to the village, in a state of bewil- i
derment both as to his actions and my duty in |
the case.
Sometime before we reached the castle we j
saw the porter posted on a large stone, in mil- j
itary attitude, and shouldering a long stick, j
as if it were a rifle. As we approached, he
shrieked, in a fearful tone, "Present arras!"
and began to imitate the sounds of the drum
and trumpet, while with his stick he went
through the eight movements of the Austrian
parade regulations, after which he jumped :
down from the stone, mounted the stick as if
it were a horse, and galloped before the carriage
like an outrider, all the time shouting.
When we reached the gate the porter dis- ;
mounted, and stood like a post, saluting me
as I sprang from the wagon, and retaining the ;
most precise military attitude. I looked at |
him sharply. He had an honest, open coun- j
tenance, stamped with faithfulness and loyal- j
ty. This man was not drunk, but, it would
seem, somewhat out of his head.
I next encountered the gamekeeper, who ;
speechlessly turned his back in answer to my
inquiries ; but in a moment there appeared ;
the valet, a gay fellow of over forty, with his
face wrinkled into the most comical expres- I
sions by habitual laughter. He was commu- j
nicative, and well trained in his duties. While
assisting me off with my overcoat,.Louis in-;
formed me that the three servants I had pre- j
viously encountered were all mad. By the
time he had shown me the steward's apartments
it was sufficiently apparent that he
himself was at least equally so, though his
was, perhaps, a less disagreeable monomania, j
The prospect was not cheering. I was thank- j
fill to find the steward, at least, a rational ;
man. He was remarkably well informed with 't
regard to his duties, although his appearance |
would rather have indicated a public officer
than a farm steward. After a long conversation,
during which he informed me that the
adopted daughter was also insane, I asked
him for a pen and ink, in order to write to the
lawyer from whom I had made the purchase.
He politely showed me his writing-desk, and
then brought me a lamp similar to the Davylamp
used by miners.
I wrote somewhat sharply to the lawyer,
windiug up by saying that the only redeeming
feauture in his bedlam was the finding of
a remarkably sensible and well-educated
Having fiuished, I asked the steward for a
light and sealing-wax. He begged me to use i
wafers, and upon my still preferring wax, insisted
that I should not seal it in his room.
He begged to be pardoned, and turned pale
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as he said: "1 must tell you, car, tnat 1 suner
from a peculiar malady. The air in my lungs j
changes quickly to hydrogen, so that the
room in which I am gradually becomes filled
with hydrogen gas, and if any one should en- j
tcr with a light the gaseous vapors would explode,
and would set the house on fire."
I fell back in my chair. Good Heavens! j
this man was the most insane of all. I was
here with six mad people, and was myself the 1
seventh ; for I had bought this splendid company.
I tore up the letter, and despairingly
sought my room. Having locked the door
after the valet, I noticed that the fire was
burning brightly, and that the supper stood
upon the table, and could not but wonder
what madman had cooked it.
I could not sleep. I turned over in ray
mind scores of plans for getting rid of the
property or for leasing it, but none seemed
practicable. There was only one thing cer-1
tain?that I must get away. Excitement
played tricks with my imagination : the old
count seemed to descend from the frame on
the wall and approach me, murmuring, "Now
I have another foolan old clock began to ,
strike, and kept on into the hundreds; the ;
bed was uncomfortable; the moon shone in
and tormented me, till I curtained it out, lest
I too should go mad, as was every thing else, j
servants, pictures, clocks, beds and moonlight.
I sprang up in a rage, resolved that the morning
should rid me of my tormentors.
Suddenly something began to steal over me
which quieted thought. What was it, song
or music ??a tone escaped from the harmony j
of the spheres ? I knew not whence it came;
but it was enchanting, and exerted a wonder- i
ful iuflueuce. It ceased in a few moments,
even before I could be certain what it was.
I forgot my annoyances, opened the window,
and leaned out in the moonlight, listening.
But the window opened on the court- j
yard, and there was no sound but the low j
barking of a dog. I went out into the hall, j
The song began again, and seemed as if it,
were under me.' It was deeply melancholy?
yet not a song, only a dreamy,rhymeless melody,
like the notes of a forest bird, hut so
nKopminrr onrl hpntitifnl that T strui/l Prwhnnt
ed, forgetful of ray surrounding.
As it ceased I wondered if tins could be
the insane girl whom the steward had said
had no language but song. I took a light
and started iu search of some position where I
could hear better ; but the old castle seemed
to have been built from a labyrinthine model.
I went through the first story, and up and
down stairs, and along innumerable halls, till
at last I opened a door which seemed familiar,
and found myself again in my own room,
without knowing how I got there. I noticed
that my bed was remade, the fire replenished,,
and a thick, green curtain was drawn over the
count's picture at the foot of the bed. Some
one had been here !
While J remained, listening, the song recommenced,
but this time it seemed to be
above ine.
I lay down again and fell into a sleep, from
which I awoke in a different frame of mind. I
resolved to stay here, to continue the couut's
good work, and to unravel the riddle of the
nocturnal songstress.
After a residence of half a year I had discovered
various means of dealing with and
even decreasing some of the peculiarities of my
servants. The honest and sleeplessly vigilant!
porter, although most foolish, gave me least,
care of all. The poor dunce had only one ar-!
dent wish?to wear a red coat, such as he
had once seen on a fox hunter. After that,!
I believe the already devoted fellow was ready '
to go through fire and water for me.
My game-keeper, though almost dangerous
if any one else presumed to order him?the
King of Lapland, as he imagined himself to
be?yet bowed in humble submission before
me, whom I made him believe me to be the !
Czar of Russia.
My steward was such a learned and useful ,
man that I resolved on a heroic cure of his !
monomania. I brought gas-pipes from Pesth, j
and endeavored to bargain with him to sup-:
ply the castle with gas from his breath. The j
shock occasioned by my proposition threw I
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film into a severe uiuess, uuinu mute uum
an entirely sane man.
There were only two remaining in the
house, who had uot been, at least in a measure, |
benefitted by my system of cure: one was my ,
invisible siren, and the other was myself, who |
was in love with her.
As soon as daylight was gone her song be-,
gan?a song of the lark from human lips; it
came and went, sometimes soothing me to
sleep, and sometimes waking me, but I could
never discover whence it came.
Nay, more?when I slept she came and
went to my room, often remaining hours. I
had several means of knowing this: I always
left a lamp burning on my table. When I
woke it was always extinguished, and being
turned down instead of blown out, had evidently
been touched by a human hand. This
was to prevent my seeing her should I suddenly
awake. Again, there was a clock near
my bed ; this I wound up myself before retiring.
If I fell asleep at eleven o'clock, and
awoke at four or five, the clock would stand j
at one or two. and yet it went correctly in
the daytime. My invisible caller stopped I
the clock, so that its striking should not <
awaken me, and started it again when she I
left. By this means I could tell how long !
she remained.
And yet I could find no trace of her means
of gaining admission. I myself locked the :
doors, and left the keys in the locks on the J
inside. My windows were protected with iron j
grating. There could be no trap-door in the j
floor, for the carpet was of one piece, and
nailed down around the edges of the wall. I
tried the walls, too, but nowhere was any
trace of a hidden door. I took down the picture,
but was rewarded with nothing but cobwebs.
Then I examined the roof of the castle,
but found only an immense quantity of
seed corn spread out directly over my room.
Neither could "I discover any door leading to
the part of the castle which she occupied, and
her windows were doubly secured with iron
gratings. Why did this strange creature ate
and drink? Is she really a spirit that exists
without food or raiment ?
I questioned my servants. The steward
knew nothing of the secret, but he assisted
me in ray researches, and was as much astonished
as myself at what I related. The coachman
crossed himself, told a story of a ghost,
and prayed I allow masses to be said for the
repose of her soul.
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My valet, .bonis, sain it was a wonuenuuy
beautiful, enchanted girl, who dressed in gold
and silver, who drank only dew and lived on
the nectar of flowers, like a butterfly. At will
she could change into air, and pass invisibly
through doors. When it should come winter
I must notice the frost-pictures on my windows.
If I should find a .round, melted spot
among the flowers, that would be the spot
through which she had vanished. He had,
at least, a poetical idea of the matter. Not
so the little gnome-like game-keeper, who declared
it to be no good spirit. At night she
changed into a were-wolf, and ate little children.
He claimed to have met her often in
the forest, and tried to shoot her, but'she
seemed bullet-proof.
In vain I tried feigning sleep. She seemed
to understand ray stratagem, and I could even
hear her laughing, somewhere near me, surely,
but where ?
I pictured her tall and graceful, with blonde j
hair reaching to the floor and glittering like j
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long black eyelashes, and melancholy, lustrous
sapphire eyes, and the delicate lips marked
with a faint line of pink.
My days were spent in the care of my es-1
tate, but they were filled with impatience for <
the return of evening and my fairy enchantress.
At last I dreamed of sitting with her under j
the shade of a pomegranate-tree, while the
sun, mirrored in the lake before us, threw its i
reflection upon her angelic face. In my
dream I gave her an apple which she pro- !
nounced sour. I theu took one myself, and
putting it betweeu my lips, told her it was ,
sweet, and that she must take a bite of it. j
Oh! the absurd ideas we have in dreams! j
She leaned over me, smiling, looked at me
with her glorious blue eyes, and came nearer
and nearer to the red kernel. Then suddenly j
she passionately pressed her lips to mine, not
like a spirit or dream-picture, hut as a real
humaji being. Beside myself with unspeakable
rapture, I quickly threw both arms around j
her?and at fhat instant a sharp outcry awoke
No, all that could not be merely a dream.!
It was a human kiss, a real embrace, a living
outcry. And yet there was no one in the
A thought came into mv head. I sprang j
up and rushed to the chimney. Then I was
ashamed to have imagined that my fairy could
have come through the Hue! And to render
the idea utterly absurd, the grate was still
full of glowing cinders, and it was, besides,
shut in with iron bars.
My heart was still beating from the embrace,
and my lips burning from the kiss.
As I relighted my lamp, and feverishly began
to pace up and down the room, a strange
object suddenly met my sight?a tiny em- j
broidered slipper so fine and delicate that it
might well have been worn by no earthly foot.
At last I had proof that she had been in my
room, had sat by me, and fled in haste, losing
the slipper, which she had no time to pick up.
I dashed a pitcher of cold water over my
head in order to make assurance doubly sure,
aud then I locked this wonderful little slipper
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there in the morning, for men often dream
that they have found treasures of gold, and
have locked it in an iron chest, to find, on
awakening that it was only a tantalizing
Then I went to bed again and slept later
than my usual custom.
As soon as I was fairly awake in the morn-;
ing I pulled out the drawer of my writing
desk, in order to assure myself that the last
night's experience was either a reality or a I
drearn. The slipper still lay there, just the
same, of white lace and red ribbons, and a
Julian ftower and butterfly in the finest em
From this time on it seemed impossible for
me to stay in the house. Day and night with
every thought intent on solving a riddle to
which there seemed no key, I should soon be
as crazy as the rest of the household had ever
been. No, there must be an end of it. Idealistic
dreams are very beautiful, but they did
not suit my constitution. I resolved to quit
the castle and return to Pesth, and either rent
the estate or leave it in the hands of the
steward. Accordingly I called the servants
together, and told them my plan. For a year
after my departure I would continue their
wages in addition to the allowance made them !
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by the will of the late count. I then dis-,
missed them unceremoniously, for I was get- '
ting into that state of mind in which I did
not wish to see any face about me. All de-;
parted except the foolish door-keeper. To my
great surprise the man put off his military j
manner, approached me, kissed ray hand, and !
began to speak in an entirely changed and unaccustomed
"Why will you leave this place? Does the
poor girl annoy you ?"
"It seems to me that a great change has
come over you," I returned.
"Yes, sir. I wish to tell yon everything,
and you will then understand much that up j
to this time must have seemed strange; and,
then, I think, you will not leave the castle." |
His manner, language, and expression were j
such that I involuntarily invited him to sit !
down, which he did. I was now convinced!
that he knew the secrets of the castle, and :
anxiously awaited his developments.
"The deceased count," he said, "had an un-1
fortunate secret alliance. Wishing to make i
reparation to his child, who was motherless j
from her birth, he brought her here in order j
to educate and lawfully adopt her. But he ,
was not permitted to make full reparation on |
earth. The girl grew very beautiful, but i
never learned to speak. She is not deaf and
dumb, forshe sings and notices the slightest
sound. But she never speaks a word, she
only sings. Like a forest bird, she has different
tones, with which she makes known her j
pleasures or griefs to those who understand !
her speech. The poor count and I learned ;
this music language, and I understand her. I
was the count's only confidant. He once said
tome: 'If I should die, leaving testimony
that this child was mine, what would happen
to her? People would certainly consider her
crazy, which she is not. She has understanding,
a good heart, natural affection, and comprehends
human thought. Still they would
put her in some insane asylum, and so make
her really idiotic. How shall I prevent this?
Then the count had the strange thought to
make an asylum out of his own castle for the j
sake of the child. From far and near in the j
vicinity he brought together the village dun- j
ces, and the steward he brought directly from
an insane asylum. I was the only one of all !
who was in possession of my five senses, but I !
pretended the worst madness of all, so that :
the affair should become notorious. Then |
Onnnf naxra kimcolf lin tn flip Pftrfi of the !
unfortunates with ceasless patience, and grad- i
ually made docile, quiet human beingsofthem,
till at last he had no servants that he had not,
partially cured from some mental disease. |
His object in doing this, and leaving them a !
home here for life, was to prevent his heirs ,
from either living in or selling the castle, for
he thought no one would buy an estate under
such conditions. I confess, Sir, that when
you first came I counted on your not remaining
more than two months in the castle. It is j
built with secret passages between all the :
rooms. I myself do not know how they are j
arranged. Viola alone possesses the secret." !
Viola! The name startled me. And yet j
it would well suit my fancy picture.
"In this way Viola comes down to the hall
every night, where I have her food prepared.
If I should die the steward would care for her.
On these occasions I often spoke to her of
you, and was surprised to find that the poor
girl, instead of beiug afraid of the stranger
who had bought her father's castle, was so
much pleased with you that she sighs and j
blushes at the mention of your name. Yes,
she even let me know that she was accustomed j
to sit by you while you slept, and guard your ,
dreams. You have perhaps not known that:
before ?"
Oh ! I knew it very well.
"The child is not insane ; but if you should !
go away now, she certainly would become so. J
To-day she came to me weeping. I could not
imagine what had happened. As she became
somewhat calmer she made me understand
that while you were asleep she had again sto
len to your room, and had?even kissed you. j
I cannot describe the tender, modest smile j
with which she acknowledged it. Then, J
frightened, she covered her face and fell upon j
her knees, wringing her hands, with a beseech* J
ing look, and the tones of a wounded bird en- j
treating the huuternot to kill or imprison it. j
Viola prays that you will not be angry with j
her. She will not disturb you again, not even
with her singing. She will be still in the
house. You shall not even be conscious of
her existence; only pardon her this. But I
pray you, Sir, not to leave the castle. You !
know its secrets now. We who are here 1
love you so much ! No one but you could so j
well manage these poor unfortunates. I real- j
ly do not believe that Viola will visit you
again ; but if you should accidentally meet her,
you will act with that thoughtfulness which
every prosperous human being owes to the
I became suddenly aware of the fact that
my porter and I were shaking hands in a
friendly way ; but I had already grown ac-1
customed to extraordinary proceedings.
Having assured him that I would remain, j
and that I was not angry with Viola, I begged
he would no longer keep up the rule of
an idiot in my presence.
For two months I never once heard the]
voice of my fairy. I was like one who had !
lost a friend, whom he nightly dreams is j
alive again, and who ponders how strange it !
is that anybody can be alive who is certainly j
About this time a bold band of robbers be- j
gan to spread terror throughout the neighbor- ]
hood ; they had broken into many of the neigh-!
boring castles, committing robberies, and
shooting whoever opposed them. My neigh-:
bors advised me to be on my guard, for a (
gentleman, happening to pass my village had !
been taken for me and robbed on the high- j
way, and it seemed pretty certain that my .
turn would come. .But I was too much giv- j
fcn up to my dreams to pay much attention to ;
the warning.
Oue JSoveniber evening?it was sleeting bitterly?I
sat alone by my grate, piling stick
after stick of wood on the fire, and watching
the glowing, whistling spirit forms into which
the wood became transformed, when suddenly
I was aroused by a loud shout, which was
quickly followed by a shot.
To spring up, snatch my revolver, and rush .
into the hall was the work of an instant. In
the hall opposite the door appeared two fig- s
ures masked. I received them with two shots.
One of them returned my fire without effect,
the other fell, apparently badly wounded, and
was dragged out by his comrade, who again
shot at me through the half open door. I
partly covered myself with my own door, and
stood ready to meet another attack. At the
moment I became aware that others were en- li
deavoring to force an entrance at the opposite
door of my room. I was attacked on both
sides. In this emergency I thought how for- '
tunate it would have been if the fire were
hnrnine less brichtlv. As it wa9. I presented i
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a distinct mark for the robbers' aim.
Scarcely had this thought passed through !
my mind when the room became dark, and as
I looked in astonishment toward the chimney,
I was startled to see that the grate and the
fire had vanished, and in their place stood a
pale white-robed figure, with a lamp in one
trembling hand, and shading its flame with
the other. She was the embodied picture of;
my dreams.
After a second's hesitation my fairy ran to j
me, seized my hand, and drew me toward the
open space in the chimney, when the enchanted
floor instantly began to descend. Here, ;
then, was the key to the mystery. The whole j
foundation of the chimney, with the fire-grate |
ascending into the flue, leaving beneath it an
opening which took us half a story lower.
Between the ground-floor and that above it
was a space high enough for a grown person
to stand upright, and which was not discover- i
able either from without or within.
When we reached a corner wall my strange 1
rescuer again dr*.w me to her, and pushed j
back a bar in the wall, when the square on ;
which westood quickly ascended. Here, also, j
as in ray room, was the secret outlet under the
chimney, through which I was so magically
I felt as if waked from a dream. A mo- ;
ment before in mortal danger, and now safe !
in this quiet spot with my fairy.
Here was the apparition of my dream ! '
This was the being who had kissed me under j
the pomegranate-tree! The same counte- j
nance, the same eyes, the same silent lips? j
and now also, again the same sudden disap-:
pearance ! On looking around I could see j
her nowhere. But this time what I had seen :
was no dream ; for in a few moments I heard
the alarm-bell sound from the castle tower.;
The entrance to this tower also I had never j
been able to find. It too, then, was only to
be reached from Viola's room. Poor child ! j
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as SOOD as sue nau imugujeu jiuui me anuubing
that my life was in danger she herself disclosed
the protecting secret in order to rescue !
me, and afterward hastened to signal the dan- j
ger to the inhabitants.
In a short time I heard the people noisily j
approaching ray residence. This was followed
by a sharp skirmish on the veranda, ending
with a shout of victory from my good people.
The robbers had fled, taking with them the
dangerously wounded man who had been hit
by ray bullet. Another lay dead in the court
yard. The game-keeper had stabbed him
with his butcher-knife. The robber had ventured
to oppose the Kiug of Lapland, who
had hurried up to the support of his mighty
friend, the Czar. The remainder of the band
were taken together within the year.
But the faithful porter had been killed.
As the servants brought lamps, and by their
light we raised from the ground the bleeding
body of the man who had so devotedly offered
himself, Viola began to lament like a young
bird stolen from its nest. She threw herself
on the ground, and went into such paroxysms
of grief that I began to fear for her reason.
Raising her tenderly, I assured her I would
now take the place of the protector she had
lost. At this she cast her eyes down tremulously,
but the tears rolled from under the
long half-closed lashes. She had, then, understood
my words. Whoever can understand
words can certainly learn to speak
them !
A month has passed since this occurrence,
and during this time I have tasked myself
with teaching our mortal language to a fairy.
My instructions have not been without result.
I am now teaching her that short sentence of
our marriage service which ends with the
words, "As God is my help?Amen." When
she can say this sentence correctly, Viola and
I will stand side by side at the altar, and repeat
it in turn.
Ipsttllauemts ftradiuij.
From the Charleston News and Courier.
The supporters of D. H. Chamberlain, those
who procured him the nomination for Governor
on Saturday night, are the men who devised
and carried into execution every fraud
of magnitude which has been committed in
South Carolina during the past six years.
Against him, in the nominating Convention
or out of it, we do not find more than one
criminal of note. For him, in the nominating
Convention and out of it, is every principal
actor, excepting ex-Governor Scott, in the
corrupt practices which have marked the his
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This is proved by an examination of the j
vote by which D. H. Chamberlain was nomi- |
nated. lie received seventy-two votes, and ,
those who voted for him are: 1. R. B. Elliott,!
ex-member of the Legislature, where he was j
never known to vote for a good measure or ^
against a bad one ; the agent who saved Gov.
Scott from impeachment, and is charged with |
having received a large sum of public money
for the job ; the champion of Moses two years
ago, and his counsel in the Orangeburg larceny
case; the man who delivered a civil
rights speech and a Sumner eulogy, which D.
H. Chamberlain is declared to have written
for him. 2. United States Senator J. J. Pat-I
terson, who bought votes for others in Pcnn-;
sylvania and for himself in South Carolina,
who is recorded in the proceedings of the i
Pennsylvania Legislature as being convicted!
by that hody of perjurv ; who savs that South
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v^aronua win suiuu u goouuem muic ctjui-ciiing;
who on the floor of the nominating Con- i
vention. openly and shamelessly directed the I
words and acts of the delegates whom he had j
bought, and who cheerfully bore in public the |
badge of their slavery. 3. W. J..Whipper, a j
Northern negro ; made a fortune in the Legis-1
lature aud lost it in gambling; Secretary ofj
the Sinking Fund Commission, (of which
Chamberlain was a member,) and openly !
charged with misappropriating 810,000 of the j
Sinking Fund money. 4. C. P. Leslie, ofj
New York, the ex-Land Commissioner and J
head and front of that "outrageous swindle," j
the Land Commission; made 8200,000 or j
S300,000 out of the State through the Com-1
mission; lost his money in speculating in New
York real estate; has come back to South
Carolina to make a second fortune, and bigins j
operations by supporting Chamberlain and
becoming a candidate for the next "reform"
Legislature. 5. B. F. Whittemore, of Mass-:
achusetts, is the noted seller of a cadetship, for [
which transaction he was twice expelled from
Congress; he has voted for every corrupt I
measure that ever came uetore mm m me [
State Senate, and has received as much money
as any other member of the Legislature;
most of his ample means are said to he invested
in Massachusetts, to which State he would
have, doubtless, returned had "the party";
nominated an honest man for Governor. 6.
T. J. Mackey, the demagogue of the Judicia- i
ry, was a violent Moses man and an anti-car- ;
pet-bagger two years ago ; he is now for Chamberlain,
of course. 7. Treasurer F. L. Gar- j
dozo, who nominated J). H. Chamberlain, as a
pure and an honest maji who had no part in the
frauds of the Conversion bonds and the Land
Commission, stands on the record as having de- j
clarcd that Chamberlain forced him to issue the
fraudulent bonds, and as having been driven
oxd of the Land Commission by the corrupt
conduct of his associates of the Advisory Board,
Ji J-F fVinm hpvlftivi tuna niip
IJJ ILUUm JS, J.?* w.
Tiiad. C. Andrews, a Southern man, sold the
political control of the Columbia Union-Herald.
to Governor Moses for 812,000 of the people's
money; politics have paid him very well,
and he is uncompromisingly foe. Chamberlain.
9. S. A. Swails, the mulatto Senator from
Williamsburg, was a leading promoter and
defender of the Blue Ridge swindle. 10. Junius
S. Mobley, an illiterate mulatto from
Union, is always found where the most money
is. 11. C. S. Miuort,colored, is the Patterson
candidate for Senator from Richland county;
has the same inclinations and follows the
same public pursuits as Mobley. 12. Y. J.
P. Owens is Chairman of the Finance Committee
of the Senate, and was Leslie's righthand
man in the Land Commission business.
13. Joe Crews docs not pretend to be honest, 1
and was never known to refuse a bribe. The
other voters for Chamberlain are :
C. D. Hayne, State Senator, and Gloster
Holland and M. W. Peel, of Aiken ; C. A.
Mattison, of Abbeville; Representative E. M. i
Sumter and A. S. Jackson, of Barnwell; Rob- J
ert Smalls, State Senator from Beaufort; R.
H. Gleaves, Lieutenant-Governor, elected with
Moses ; S. J. Bamphen and H. Gantt, mem-j
bers of the Legislature from Beaufort, Ed- j
ward Petty mem her of the House from Charleston;
D. J. Walker and Barney Humphries, 1
from Chester; T. L. Weston and Robert I
Brewer, of Chesterfield ; W. M. Thomas and
A. P. Holmes, members of the House from
Colleton ; A. C. Shaffer, ex-County Treasurer;!
T. H. Grant and W. F. Meyers, of Colleton ; j
T. C. Cox and Jordan Lang, of Darlington; I
Lawrence Cain, State Senator; P. Simkins
and David Graham, members of the House,
and J. H. McDevitt, County Treasurer, and j
Edward Tennant, of Edgefield; Daniel Bird,'
Thos. Walker and William Boler, of Fair- j
field ; J. H. Rainey, member of Congress, and
R. M. Heriot,of Georgetown ; J. M. Kunion, j
ex-County Treasurer, Thomas Brier and Z.
Collins, of Greenville ; H. W. Jones, of Horry;
Joseph Clark and Allen Hudson, of Lan-1
caster ; Representative H. McDaniels and
James Young, of Laurens; R. H. Kirk and
S. L. Lorick, of Lexington ; C. Smith, State ,
Senator from Marion ; H. C. Corwin, State !
Senator and C. David andH. Gillem, of New- j
berry; M. D. Singleton and E.Jenkins, of!
Oconee ; R. R. Duncan, C. W. Caldwell, E.
J. Cain and S. Lewis, of Orangeburg; 0. C. ;
Folger, of Pickens ; S. Hawkins and J. H. j
Goss, of Union; J. T. Peterson and William i
Scott, of Williamsburg; M. L. Owens and j
Nelson Davies, members of the House from i
York county.
The delegates who voted for Greene or |
Winnsmith were : Widemau. Tolbert, GrifKn, I
Wallace and Titus, of Abbeville ; Cochran j
and Parker, of Anderson; Myers, Miller and i
Hamilton, of Beaufort; Jervey, Mackey, Lo-i
gan, Gaillard, McKinlay, Jones, Seabrook, j
Walker, Oliver, Pinckney, Brown, Williams, i
Reed, Mushingtou, Hedges, Gathers, and |
Richmond, of Charlestou ; Warley and Milton,
of Clafeudon ; Middleton, of Darlington; j
Jones, of Georgetown ; Blythe, of Greenville ; j
Dunu, of Horry; Chesnut, Blair and Carter, j
of Kershaw ; Hayne, Holloway and Howard, J
of Marion; Maxwell and McColl, of Marl-j
boro ; Wilder, of Richland ; Lee, Gov. Moses,
Johnston and Tindall, of Sumter ; Hartwell,
Poinier and Jones, of Spartanburg; and J.
T-T />f Tntnl Arinnnitinn
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fifty, and araongthe fifty there is not one man
conspicuous for frauds in office, except F. J.
Moses, Jr., who was quite willing to vote for
Chamberlain had Patterson allowed him to
do so.
Add to the names of the delegates who voted
for Chamberlain the names of Collector
Worthington, Attorney-Gen. Melton, Judge
Carpenter, Comptroller Hoge, Tim Hurley,
and others who worked for Chamberlain on
the floor, and it will be seen that he is completely
surrounded by the ring, of which he is
now the centre, and from which he cannot, if
he would, escape. Add to the names of the
delegates who voted for Greene and Winsmith
the names of the majority of the Conservative
citizens of the State, and it is evident that
Judge Greene, or Dr. Winsmith, would have
been free from corrupt influences, and would
have had the power to make his administration
pure in every respect.
Chamberlain was first convicted, by the official
records, of complicity in great crimes ; j
he was next convicted by his own admissions I
of winking at fraud ; he is now convicted of ;
being the willing instrument of knaves and j
adventurers of the most mischievous class.
We know him by the company he keeps.
Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Convention
:?I return to you and this Convention
my sincere thanks for the honor you have conferred
upon me. To be deemed worthy by
this body of my fellow citizens to be the standard-bearer
of the Republican party of South
Carolina in the coming political contest is an
honor to which I could lay no claim, and a J
mark of confidence for which I cannot be too
grateful. The contentions always incident
under our form of government to a political |
contest like that which is occupying the at- j
tention of this Convention, are foreign to all |
my tastes and habits. But I confess that, j
amidst these struggles, I have learned a new ,
lesson of the devotion and fidelity of political j
and personal friends. No man can ever have |
a pleasanter experience of the unswerving at- j
tachmcnt of political associates than that \
which I have just experienced, and which has ;
resulted in conferring upon me the honor for j
which I now appear to return you my thanks.
To-night, gentlemen, I stand before you in a 1
position in which I have been placed without,
any effort of my own. Five months ago, I .
was surprised by a call from a few of the most \
prominent and earnest Republicans of this ;
State, in which they informed me that they '
regarded my candidacy for the nomination of j
Governor as essential to the harmony and suecess
of the Republican party, and the peace [
and prosperity of the State. From time to '
time their views were repeated, and their ad- j
monitions confirmed by others of the leaders
nf nnr rmrfv No nledfres were demanded of
I ~J ' x a
me; no guarantees were suggested. They
took me for what they had known me to be
on all occasions and under all circumstances,
an ardent Republican, a friend of all the people
of this State, devoted to the common interests
of all our citizens. The friendship and
support of these men and others who have ;
since joined them has resulted in my nomina- i
tion to night. For such an honor, so conferred,
J owe to them and to you the largest';
measure of persoual and political gratitude. J<
Gentlemen, there is but one incident in the i
contest which I have sincerely regretted. It; <
has seemed proper to a few of those who op- j
posed my nomination to base their opposition j
upon the ground that I am not a native born
citizen of this State. The question of the locality
of the birthplace of any American citizen
is an issue so baseless and unworthy of i
serious thought, that I cannot let the occasion
pass without saying to you that no opposition
based upon that issue, that no consideration
whatever growing out of that issue, in any
form, affects my mind at the present moment,:
or will affect my action hereafter. I cannot
help recalling that memorable historical scene
over which the pen of the historian will al- i
ways lovingly linger as he traces the political
history of our country, in which South Caro- 1
lina and Massachusetts met to settle the most
momentous political question which has arisen '
in the history of the American republic. On i
that occasion the taunt to which J am now al- t
hiding was heard, and these were the words of
New England's greatest orntor, in response to
such a suggestion : j.
"Sir," said he, "when I shall be found to
rise here, or elsewhere, and sneer at public
merit because it happens to spring up beyond
the little limits of my own State or neighbor-.
hood, or when, for such a cause, or any cause,
I refuse the homage due to talent, to patriot-':
ism, to sincere devotion to State and country,
or, if I see capacity and virtue in any son of j <
South Carolina, and, if moved by local jealousy,
or gangrened by State prejudice, I seek
to abate the tithe of a hair from his just
character and his just fame, may my tongue ,
cleave to the roof of my mouth."
Sir, I echo this sentiment to-night. If ever
I shall be found to apply the test of nativity i
to any individual of this State, or if I shall i
address to those who arc to be charged with I
public duties and inquiries, save these : Is he |
honest? is he eapable ? is he faithful to Re- j
publican principles ? may my tongue cleave '
to the roof of my mouth.
Gentlemen of the Convention, the feeling J
which is strongest in my breast at this moment
is not that of personal elation, but of the vast
responsibilities and the almost infinite difficulties
which will attend the discharge of the
duties to which this nomination will call me. j
I see around me in this State a condition of
society which iu many respects is deplorable, j
The effects of the great struggle which ended i
. o, M I r I
nine years ago, are sun visioie in many iviuia.
The two races which Providence has placed j
upon this soil are still, to a great extent standing
aloof from each other. That harmony of |
action and of feeling which is essential to the
prosperity of any political community is, in a
large degree, wanting here. The track of the
Republican party, in its administration of the
affairs of this State during the past six years,
is covered all too thickly with mistakes and
misfortunes. To-day, there are rautterings of
coming contentions and disorders. At such a
moment, your summons to public duty reached
me. Must I not be possessed of a most overweening
confidence, if I did not feel that all
my ability and all my zeal for the public welfare
might prove too weak to overcome these
difficulties, and to override the storms which
seem to be gathering aloDg our political and
social horizon ? Nothing but the strength of
an honest purpose and the confidence which
I feel that I shall receive the support of all
the best men of my party, as well as the moral
support of all good citizens in the course
which I shall pursue, could tempt me to venture
upon tlie great duties which lie before
Gentlemen, the title which will belong to
me when the suffrages of the people shall
have confirmed your work to-night, will be that
of Governor of South Carolina. Although
the candidate of the Republican party, and
bouud, as I shall ever feel myself to be, to the
strictest fidelity to that party in all legitimate
rmrftr intnrnata T oKoll lmnP riPCPT t.f) forget
that I am Governor, not of a party, but of a
whole State. It is the right of every citizen
of South Carolina to have an honest administration
of public affairs. No political opposition
can ever justify us in refusing to any
citizen of South Carolina, of whatever race or
party, the right to an honest expenditure of
public funds, and an impartial administration
of impartial laws.
It is not my province to mark out specifically
the platform of principles and policy
upon which we shall enter the coming campaign
; but I cannot forbear now to say to you
that no platform which does not commit us
irrevocably and solemnly to the duty of reducing
expenditures to their lowest limit, of
administering the public funds honestly in
the public interest, of electing competent public
officers, of filling the local offices of our
counties and townships with honest and faithful
incumbents, of guarding our language and
our action so as to allay rather than rekindle
the flames of past controversies, of directing
the attention of ourfellow-citizens to the hopes
of the future rather than to the memories of
the past, can bring to us party success or political
honor. I propose for myself, while insisting
that our political supremacy entitles
us to the exclusive administration of public
affairs in this State, to remember with equal
fidelity that our principles and our duty bind
us to the higher obligations of administering
all our public trusts solely for the public
good. If we shall do this, then our children
and our children's children, here in South
Carolina, will be permitted to wield, without
interruption or dispute, the political power
which is ours to-day. If we fail to do this,
the days of our political supremacy will quickly
be numbered.
Gentlemen, there is one other matter upon
which I must say one word. No man in the
office of Governor of this State can redeem
the reputation of our party and restore good
government to our State, unless the legislative
department of our government shall be
in the hands of honest, intelligent and patriotic
men. That duty you are hereafter to
discharge. And I warn you to-night, that
your platforms will be empty words, your
nominations will Dringno nonor to your party,
and your political success will be less than
worthless, unless you place behind your candidate
for Governor the evidence of your wisdom
and truth in the nomination and election
of your best citizens for members of the Legislature.
Do that, fellow-citizens; put beneath
my feet a platform whose voice shall be
for honest government and genuine reform;
associate with me in the various public offices
men of integrity and intelligence; above all,
fill your legislative halls with ability and integrity
; and then I pledge you, under God's
good providence and guidance, to the extent I
of my humble abilities, to bear aloft the ban-1
ner of your party, through the coming sunshine
or storm, high above all danger of defeat
or dishonor.
Again, Mr. President and gentlemen, I renew
my thanks. I pledge myself, and I summon
you, one and all, to the faithful and honorable
discharge of the great duties which lie
before us. Success and duty lie in the same
path?the path of honesty, of economy and
of fidelity in the administration of all our public
I. "We reaffirm our earnest adhesion to the
platform and principles adopted by the National
Republican Convention, at Philadeli?
"?? flm fit-ti nf .Tnno 1879 na cm.
bodying the true ideas of American progress, j
II. We maintain the authority of the gen-1
eral government to interfere for the preserva- j
tion of domestic tranquility in the several J
States, and we acknowledge with gratitude
such interposition in this State.
III. We deprecate lawlessness in any form, j
condemn turbulent agitation in any place, de- j
plore violence, intimidation or obstruction of;
personal or political rights by any party, de- J
mand an universal respect and conservation ,
of the elective franchise in the hands of the [
weakest, and sliaJi Hold an men as enemies to
equality of rights who interfere with or deny
the free and lawful exercise of its use to any
citizen, whatever may be his party creed.
IV. We pledge ourselves to continue scrupulously,
to enact and enforce the financial
reforms promised two years ago, and in a large
measure fulfilled, in proof of which we point!
to the following laws, viz: "The constitution- j
al amendment to prevent the increase of the
public debt," "the law to levy specific tax,"
"the law to reduce the volume of the public
debt," "the law to regulate the number of at-:
laches," "the law to regulate the disbursement i
of the public funds," and "the law to regulate !
V. We pledge ourselves to reduce the pub- j
lie expenses within the public revenue, and to
secure the enactment of a law requiring all
public officers who disburse money to give to
the public detailed monthly statements of all
receipts and expenditures derivable from a :
moderate assessment and tax rate ; and by
proper enactments to shorten the annual sessions
of the General Assembly, and a reduction
of appropriations for contingent and incidental
expenses of the legislative and executive
departments of the government.
VI. We earnestly entreat the Congress of
the United States to pass the Civil Rights
Bill, which is absolutely essential to enforce
the constitutional guaranty of equal rights '
for all American citizens. !
VII. We especially pledge ourselves to j
maintain the settlement of the public debt as
made last winter, and to reject all claims I
against which there is a shadow of suspicion. |B
VIII. We hold that all franchises granted
by the State should be subservient to the publie
good; that the charges for travel and
freight should be equitable and uniform, and
no unjust discriminations be made between
through and local travel and freights. jfl
IX. We shall advocate such modification
of our present system of taxation as will prove BB
of the largest advantage to our agricultural
interests, and shall lend our earnest endeavors Hj
to the enactment of such laws and to the encouragement
of such means as will the most
speedily develop the resources and build up
the manufacturing and industrial prosperity
of South Carolina, and the construction of
such new railroads as will give the largest and ^B
cheapest facilities to all our citizens. ^B
X. We will not only protect, in the truest
sense; the Dropertv of the State, but pledge ^
ourselves to such wise, just and humane laws
as will perfect the education and elevation of |H
our laboring classes.
XI. With full faith in the justice of these
principles, acknowledging our errors in the
past, but feeling confident of our ability and H
determination to correct them, we appeal to
all true Republicans to unite in bearing our H
candidates to victory, and pledge ourselves to H
carry out, in the practical administration of
the government, every principle inscribed
upon our standard in the interest of the wh^je Hj
people of the State. H
georgiFpolitics. h
A correspondent of the Greenville News, H
writing from Augusta, intimates tbat Joe H
Brown will be the next candidate of the Republican
party, in opposition to Bob Toombs, Hj
whom, it is thought the Democrats will put in H
nomination. The correspondent says that H
Brown's personal character cannot be successfully
impeached; and in the matter of "judg- B
ment" as to political affairs, he has no equal. B
If any man in .Georgia could wrench from B
Toombs his laurels, that man is Joseph E. B
"D ? T'?Ja. V.i? onnflfol ominiatrntinns
JL>1U WiJ. UiiUCL Alio o? I wi a*
Georgia prospered, and there is a "hankering" H
after Joe Brown among thousands of good H
people, who have always believed he could H
be Governor whenever he wished. H
A sharp game which the Republicans of fl
Georgia are now playing is thus referred to H
by the same correspondent: fl
"No nominations are being made by the re- H
publicans in this State. They are playing H
smart, and time will show whether they are H
successful. They are maneuvering to bring H
out independent democratic candidates, for M
whom they will vote, and if the democracy fl
are not wary, and prevent the running of "independents,"
this manoeuvre will assist mate- H
rially in breaking down the democratic party. H
The republicans say that they will nominate fl
no candidates at all, but take the chances B
with these independents. It is a good scheme H
for them, and our Georgia friendsvmust go 9
slow, or it will tell on them in time. Some fl
such plan in the opposite direction would fl
weaken the republican party in South Garo- fl
lina. B
Another new idea has been suggested in fl
reference to the next Presidential election, B
which is said to have the endorsement of some . fl
very prominent men here. It is a proposition H
for the South to "bottle up" its electoral vote, B
amounting to near one hundred, and let the fl
Democrats and Republicans North fight out JH
their fight at home, and when the Southern H
vote is carried into the electoral college, to B
vote it for the man or party who will pledge B
t.n rmv t.hfi Southern neoDle for their slaves; * fl
and to continue to do this for the next centu
ry, if necessary, until it succeeds. This would fl
let the South entirely out of national politics, fl
and consequently rid her of a great deal of fl
strife aud annoyance." fl
Some Facts about Lightning.?A re- fl
porter has been interviewing "one who knows" fl
and ascertained some facts about lightning fl
which will do to read : fl
"We are informed that fires by lightning fl
equal all other causes put together. Tele- fl
graphy has completely upset the lightning rod
theory of Franklin. / JH
The idea that a lightning rod with only one , ^fl
connection aud a single point, completely pro- ^fl
tects a building has been shown to be a fallacy.
Indeed, many buildings are actually endangered
by the very appliances designed for
their protection. It is a well demonstrated flfl
fact that the great majority of buildings are ^B
damaged not by the current passing from the
clouds to the earth, but by the one passing fl
from the earth to the clouds. fl
Among electricians it is a well understood fl
fant that currents of electricity continually fl
pass from east to west. All these facts must fl
be taken into consideration, or in rodding the fl
building it may make the building itself a fl
better conductor of electricity than the rod, fl
1 L. H
and consequently increases irs cnance 01 ue- n
ing struck. If the accumulation of electrici- fl
ty be on the east of the building, and a rod H
on the west, the chances of the building being H
struck are greatly increased. H
Again, in the old way, a man always puts H
a rod on the highest point of the bouse, when H
experience teaches that in nineteen cases out H
of twenty, the kitchen is the part struck. The H
main idea is simply this, to have on every H
house at least two ground connections. The fl
earth is a battery itself, and these two points fl
operate like the ground wire of a telegraph. H
Next, connect all the rods on the top of the fl
building. The points are put up simply as fl
ornaments, the whole rod is a protection in B
How to Make Mischief.?Keep your eye fl
on your neighbors. Take care of them. Do fl
not let them stir Without watching. They fl
may do something wrong if you do. To be fl
sure, you never knew them to do anything bad, fl
but it may be on your account that they have
not. Perhaps if it had not been for your
kind care they would have disgraced themselves
a long time ago. Therefore, do not relax
any effort to keep them where they ought
to be. Never mind your own business?that
will take care of itself. There is a man passing
along?he is looking over the fence?be
suspicious of him ; perhaps he contemplates
stealing, some of these dark nights ; there is
no knowing what queer fancies may have got
into his head.
If you find any symptoms of any one passing
out of the path of duty, tell every one
else you see, and be particular to see a great
many. It is a good way to circulate such
things, though it may not benefit yourself, or
any one else particularly. Do keep somthing
going?silence is a dreadful thing; though it
is said there was silence in Heaven for the
space of half an hour, do not let such a thing
occur on earth, it would be too much for the
mundane sphere.
If, after all your watchful care, you cannot
see anything out of the way in any one, you
may be sure it is not because they have.not
done anything bad ; perhaps in an unguarded
moment you lost sight of them?throw out
your hints that they are no better than they
should be, that you should not wonder if the
people found out what they were in a little
while, then they may not hold their heads so
Keep it going, and some one else may take
the hint aud begin to help you along after .
awhile, then there will be music and everything
will work like a charm.
Character.?A man may conceal his age,
his name, the circumstances of his life, but not
his character. That is his moral atmosphere,
and is as inseparable from him as the fragrance
of the rose from the rose itself. In
the glance of the eye, in the tones of the voice,
iu mien and gesture, character discloses itself.

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