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.? . ~ ?^ YORKVILLE,S, C.: THURSDAY MORNING, JAN. 25, 1877. PROCEEDINGS OF CONGRESS. Io the Senate on the 15th, a resolution was passed to print 5,000 extra copies of the testimony taken by the committee on privileges and elections, in regard to the late election in Louisiana, Florida and South Carolina, ancL the casting of the electoral vote in Oregon. A large numoer ot petitions were presented and referred to the appropriate committees. A bill was introduced for the relief of the political disabilities of W. H. Gibbes, of South Carolina. In the House, Mr. Cochrane offered a resolution directing the judiciary committee to enquire whether any of the privileges granted to the Western Union Telegraph Company by Congress could be revoked, and if so, directing the committee further to inquire into the propriety of revoking those privilege^. Defeated?not two-thirds voting in the affirmative. Mr. Hatcher, of Missouri, moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill allowing the growers of tobacco to sell leaf tobacco free from fine or otuer restriction. Defeated. Mr. Caulfield moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill providing that but one regiment of infantry, one company of cavalry and one battery of artillery shall be stationed in the District of Columbia, and that no portion of that force shall be permitted to come within one half mile of the Capital. Defeated. In the Senate on the 16th, Mr. Patterson, 4 of South Carolina, presented a petition of D. H. Chamberlain, R. H. Gleaves, F. L. Cardozo and others, of South Carolina, setting forth that many of the statements in the petition of Wade Hampton and others, recently presented in the Senate, are untrue and are calculated to mislead the Senate. The petition then reviews at great length the condition of affairs in South Carolina, and claims that the petitioners were elected to the various offices. It was ordered that the petition be printed in the Congremoncd Record. Pending such disposition of the petition, the following proceedings were bad: Mr. Alcorn, of Mississippi, objected to anything being printed in the Record without being read in the Senate. The reading of the petition was then commenced. The petitioners refer to the petition of Wade Hampton and others, and say many of the statements in it are untrue in fact; others are calculated to mislead the Senate, and the various important facts are omitted. Mr. Sherman, of Ohio, (interrupting the reading) said he would suggest that the paper be printed in the Record without taking up time to have it read. Mr. Alcorn again objected, and said he had no idea that there was anything improper in the me, rnorial, but it should be first read in the Senate. Mr. Sherman said that when a Senator produced a petition he became the guarantor that it was proper, and for that reason it need not be read. Mr. Alcorn having declined to withdraw Jiis objection, the reading was resumed. The petitioners ask Congress to accept from them a full and fair statement of affairs in South Carolina, and declare that they stand ready to make good their statements when required to do so. They charge violence and intimidation. 6f Republican voters at the State election ; review at great length the action of the Returning Board and Supreme Court, and claim that they were lawfnllv elected to their rasnective offices. The reading of the petition was continued until 12:46, p. in., when Mr. Alcorn withdrew his objection. Mr. Davis, of West Virginia, said that unless the Senator presenting the petition would stat# that he had read it, and that it was a proper document, he would renew the objection. Mr. Patterson said, to be frank, that he had not read it, as he only received it this morning, but he knew Governor Chamberlain to be an honorable man, and he would not sav anything in the petition which was not true. He had no doubt it was a proper and respectful document. No further objection to having it printed without being read was made, and it was ordered that the petition be printed in the Record. Mr. Patterson, of South Carolina, submitted a resolution declaring that the State government now existing in South Carolina, and represented by D. H. Chamberlain, is the lawful government of said State; that it was Republican in form and every assistance should be given to it by the United States, to the end that the laws may be faithfully executed. Referred to the Committee on Privileges and Elections. ^ Mr. Withers, of Virginia, in accordance with previous notice, called up the message of the President in regard to the occupation of Petersburg, Va., on the day of the last general election, and submitted a resolution of inquiry upon the subject. After speeches bv Senators Johnson and Withers, denounc ing the occupation of Petersburg by troops during the late election, the resolution passed. In the House, the judiciary committee reported a resolution for the arrest of the members , of the Louisiana Returning Board and bringing them before the bar of the House to answer for contempt in refusing to produce the original returns before the New Orleans investigating committee. An excited debate ensued, but no vote was reached. In the Senate on the 17th, a large number of bills of a private nature were passed. Morton stated that there was no jnoney to complete the investigation by the sub-committee of privileges and elections into Louisiana affairs. The same Senator also made an elaborate speech in support of the action of the President in placing troops at Petersburg, Va., during the recent election. In the House, the resolution for the arrest of members of the Louisiana Returning Board, to answer at the bar of the House for contempt, after an excited debate, was passed by a vote of yeas, 158; nays, 81. In the Senate on the 18th, Mr. Jones, of Florida, presented the petition of the Democratic Electors of the State of Florida, claiming that they have been legally elected, and asking that the Electoral vote cast by them for President and Vice-President be counted, instead of that cast by the Republican Electors. On motion of Mr. Jones, the petition was laid on the table and he gave notice that: he would call it up at an early day. . Ander- ] son and Wells, two members of the Louisiana Returning Board, having arrived in Washing-1 ton, were arrested and are in conhnement.! The officers of the House have gone to New Orleans to bring Kenner and Cazenave, the remaining members of the Board to the bar of j the House. The report of the joint committee j on countiug Electoral vote was submitted to ; both Houses of Congress. In view of its im- i nnrtoniu. orift the nneaihil5tv t.h*t it. will hp adopted, we print in another column the full text of the report. In the Senate on the 19th, Mr. Cameron j presented the resolutions recently adopted by the Pennsylvania Legislature relative to the counting pf the Electoral vote. Louisiana affairs we*e discussed by Sherman, Bogy and Morton. In the House, the day was devoted to private bills. In the Senate on the 20th, a half dozen Senators presented petitions for female suf-: frage._ Referred to committee on elections. ( On motion of Mr. Edmunds, the Senate took up the bill to provide for and regulate the counting of the electoral votes for President., Mr. Edmunds spoke for jwo hours, arguing ! the constitutionality of the bill, and agaiust the power of the President of the Senate to couut the vote. In the House the report of1 the joint committee was also discussed, with-; out definite action, up to the hour of adjournment. In the Senate on the 22nd, during the morning hour, Mr. Merrimon spoke in opposition to sending committees of the Senate away from the city to take testimony. Mr. Morton spoke on the joint committee's report for an hour, when ill health interrupted him. He maintained that the President of the Senate has the power to count the Electoral vote; that Hayee is elected, and that the bill yields to the Democrats. Mr. Frelinghuysen followed, argoing the constitutionality of the bill. Mr. Cameron, of Pennsylvania, opposed the bill as a Democratic measure. Mr. Edmunds said he would press the bill to a vote to-morrow evening, for the Senate would have to give one night to the counting. In the House a message was received from the President in response to the resolution calling for copies of orders given for the use of tfoops in Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana and Florida during the election. Copies of orders were transmitted with the message. The President defends his action as being simply in the performance of his duty under the constitution and laws, and says that if he had have had more I X . J: 1 i 1J I c troops &L 1113 uispuaai, uo vyuuiu uavc gwtiuucu ? them so as to prevent the violation of the election laws in these States, and also in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. Mr. Wood, of New York, moved to refer the message to a select committee of eleven, to enquire whether there has been any unwarrantable exercise of I authority for which the President is justly responsible. A vote on the resolution was prevented by parliamentary device. It comes up as unfinished business to-morrow. SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS. ' ? Governor Hampton has commissioned the newly elected sheriff of Anderson county, James H. McConnell, Esq. ? There are at present one hundred and ^ twenty prisoners in the jail of Charleston county. Of the number, but twelve are white ^ men. I ?Governor Hampton has supplied the asy- i lum for the deaf, dumb and blind, in Spartanburg county, with a sufficient amount of ( money to meet all necessary expenses for sev- ? eral months to come. Af Pnnlr Hill nn tKio fttVi instanf. f.))A fnl- 1 lowing gentlemen were elected town officers ? for the current year: Intendant?J. M. Ivy. Wardens?W. L. Roddey, W. L. Roach, A. 1 Friedheim and J. C. Sharpe. 1 ? The County Auditor of Anderson, Mr. Thomas J. Webb, has been enjoined from pro- 1 ceeding in the matter of collecting the Cham- ( berlain taxes. Messrs. Murray <fe Murray, 1 with John B.Moore,on behalf of themselves' > and other tax payers, filed a complaint for injunction, which was granted by Judge Cooke, y ? At the recent term of the Circuit Court 5 for Abbeville county, twelve negroes were put t upon trial for the murder of a Mr. Allen, of Lowndesville, in that county, on the 4th of o December last. Ten of the number were, o convicted and sentenced to be hanged on the & third Friday in April next. t ? Gen. McGowan has written a communication in reply to the letter in the Augusta 6 Chronicle and Sentinel on the subject of the c South Carolina canvass. He says every ef- c fort was made to ensure the success of the i Democratic Electoral ticket, and that the proposition to coalesce with the Republicans in the Peaidential contest was not entertained. ^ ? Some days ago a statement was made by the Union-Herald to the effect that Governor 1 Hampton was seeking a money loan in New 1 York to run his government. Inquiries made c in the proper quarter, develop the facts that 1 the statements of the Union-Herald, are false ; 0 and that the receipts from the incoming tax is 8 amply sufficient to meet all present require- ; ment8. ? On Wesnesday night of last week, a young ] lady, daughter of E. J.^Pensen, of Williams- 1 ton, S. C., was stabbed iu eleven places by ' Lawrence Smith, of Golden Grove Station, c Greenville and Columbia Railroad, and is now 8 lying in a critical condition. Smith hud been 1 visiting the young lady for several months, and his action is supposed to have been the ^ result of failure in his suit. Smith, who is ^ thought to be insane, has surrendered himself to the authorities. r ? The State House is still guarded by a 1 squad of United States soldiers and a gang of State constabulary. Fifty-six negroes consti- f tute the constabulary force. Three are sta- E tioned at each door (there are three doors,) t and a guard of six are kept in reserve, in the 1: room of the Clerk of the Supreme Court, at t all hours. When trouble is anticipated, an- * other reserve of six or a dozen more are held in readiness in one of the offices up-stairs. r The constables are all ragged negroes, the po- r litical vagrants of the town, and the battal- t ion is regularly officered from corporal to I captain. The present captain is John Little, F (white.) All visitors are halted at the doors, r and required to state their business, whom they desire to see, &c., by these negroes, be- c fore they are allowed admittance. g if MERE-MENTION. [ Governor Hartranft, of Pennsylvania, re- t fused, last week, to grant a requisition for a t Philadelphia bank defaulter, on the ground a that criminal law could not be used to enforce e payment of civil liabilities. There are * 1,108 convicts in the Georgia peniten- * tiary. A fall of live snakes is reported a to have occurred in a Memphis rain storm a the other day. After his bloodless duel v with Mr. May, James Gordon Bennett has * made Florida his place of temporary abode, ? havjng arrived at Jacksonville, in company 8 with four friends, one day last week. The New Hampshire Democracy, in State Con- ] vention assembled, on the 17th instant, adopt- [ ed resolutions denouncing the conspiracy to c seat Hayes by corruptly controlling returning t boards at the South, and also denounce the ? use of the military by Grant in South Carolina and Louisiana. Howe's Lon- j don Circus was levied on by attachment in i f Augusta, Ga., on the 17th, at the instance of J c the United States Rolliug Stock Company, of! 1 Cleveland, Ohio, aud will be sold at auction.jc Among the desirable articles offered are five elephants, a number of lions, tigers, hyenas,, etc. Georgia expends two and a half; n millions dollars annually for fertilizers. The Florida Circuit Court decides that it has jurisdiction over the electoral vote of that I t State. A bill has been introduced in | . the Georgia .Legislature to exempt from taxa- j tion all cripples, maimed and disabled soldiers j of the late war, and the widows of soldiers who were killed during the war, or have died since the war, to the amount of 8500. The * managers of the New York Cotton Exchange | have so amended their rules that ou and after March 1st, decimals shall be used in cotton j j transactions, instead of fractions, as at pres- j ent. No transactions to be made at a less j rate than 1-100 per cent.'"" ""The silver I g mines of Storey county, Nevada, yielded 83,- j t 742,400 in gold and silver bullion for the quarter ending 30ti? of last September. The ^ report of the ElecVra> committee* submits j c that the four Supre^16 ourt Judge^ acting in 1 v i i he Electoral Commission shall be: First cir- 1 suit, Nathan Clifford, (Dem.;) third circuit, ? iVm. M. Strong, (Rep.;) seventh circuit, Da- 1 rid Davis, (Lib. Rep.;) eighth circuit, Bam- J lei F. Miller, (Rep.) who are empowered to >lect a fifth member. Hon. Geo. Wells, , 'or fifty years President of the Farmer's and i Planter's Bank, Of Annapolis, Md., is a defaulter for $50,000"" The executive com- 1 uittee of the Western Union Telegraph ComDany have resolved to produce all dispatches >f a political character, and the telegraph men mder arrest will be discharged. The Florida Legislature ordered a recanvass of the j rote in that State, and the returns were can- 1 rassed last Saturday, resulting in a majority )f 94 for Tilden. Tilden and Hayes decline o be interviewed on the subject of the report >f the joint committee. , The chief engineer of the Lake Shore Rail- i oad, deranged by anxiety about the Ashtaiula disaster, committed suicide last Saturlay. Eight thousand freight cars are mnwpH tin hetween Albanv and Buffalo.New Fork."' Three millions of dollars in tweny-dollar pieces, arrived in New York recenty from San Francisco. The weight of the i jold was six tons/'^V'The terms of twenty- 1 leven United States Senators expire on the 1 Ith of next March. The report shows ' hat the corn crop of the South for the year ( hat has just expired, is ten millions of bushels n excess of the year preceding. At Oma- i 1a, on Monday of last week, the mercury inlicated a temperature sixteen degrees below 1 ;ero. George S. Hoar, on the fifth ballot, ias been elected United States Senator from Massachusetts. James E. Bailey, on the sevmty-third ballot, has been elected for the ihort term from Tennessee. Cornell 1 University has fifty women students. < NORTH CAROLINA NEWS. ? A Catholic Church was dedicated in Jreensboro last Sunday. J ? Governor Vance's first message to the Legislature is a terse, practical State paper. ? A factory for the manufacture of woolen abrics is to be erected at Lumberton. ? In Jackson county the snow was twenty>ne inches deep, and the thermometer stood it fifteen degrees below zero. ? The Lincoln Progress learns that work , nil] ko at ?ko T? in rr'o Mniinfoin m inPfl ' Ill WC 1VOUU1VU UU VUVs UlUg u aiavmmwvmm * ??? ibout the 1st of February. ? Telegraphic communication has been es- , ablished with the town of Fayetteville, via , Liuraberton, on the Carolina Central Railway. , ? Major Wra. A. Smith has tendered his , esignation of the Presidency of the North Carolina Railroad, and Col. Thomas M. Holt las been elected by the directors to fill the ( racancy. ? Wm. 0. Hampton, of Guilford county, | phile bunting rabbits in Greenville county, ^ 5. C., on the 2nd instant, accidentally shot i timself, producing death instantly. < ? The jail of Chatham county was burned 1 n the night of the 15th instant. Three pris- 1 mere were confined in the jail at the time, | ,nd one of them (say the other two) fired the ] luilding. ' 1 ? Information has been received at the Ex- 1 cutive office, of the arrest, near the Caldwell ] ounty line, of Isaac Barry, charged with the ourder of Sophia Harshaw, in that section, j n 1866. ' j ? ? EDITORIAL INKLINGS. i udere Carpenter's Decision. j Judge Carpenter says that he does not i ntend to be in a hurry to decide the case of < he pardoned penitentiary convict, which de- 1 ision involves thecontesting claims of Hamp- 1 on and Chamberlain to the gubernatorial ( ffice of this State. A Washington dispatch ] ays that Judge Carpenter is spending his I ime in that city for the purpose of consult- 1 ng legal authorities which are not available ' n South Carolina, and that one of the author- ! ties whom he seems to be consulting very 1 requently is Attorney-General Taft, whom, io doubt, Chamberlain would look upon as a afe guide. ienator Robertson's Views. . On the 15th instant .Senator Robertson j lad an interesting interview with the Presilent on the subject of the political affairs in his State. The correspondent of the Balti- ' nore Sun gives the following report of the ) nterview: Senator Robertson said to the President j hat while he was satisfied of the election of he Hayes Electors in South Carolina, he was ' mno iha Ipaa antinfipd nf t.hp plppf.inn nfHamn- 5 on as Governor. He told the President that I le knew of his own personal observation that he negroes had voted the Democratic ticket n large numbers. In his own city of Colum>ia he saw hundreds of negroes voluntarily aking part in the Democratic meetings and narching in the Democratic processions. In eference to the matter of intimidation, he said hat he could personally testify that there lad been a great deal of intimidatiou by Re>ublicau negroes toward those of their own ace who had shown indications of Deraicratic proclivities. He also brought to the ittention of the President the statement of the olored legislator, Hamilton, that 8,000 ille;al Republican votes had been polled in Beauort county, at which the President seemed to te somewhat surprised. He said that the reurning board of South Carolina would have hrown out other counties besides Edgefi*1,1 ,nd Laurens had it been necessary in order to uable them to 6gure up a majority for Chainterlain, and that there would have been just s much justification in throwing out other ounties as the two named. In Abbeville ,nd Barnwell counties, for instance, t^ere was ,lso a large Democratic colored vote which ras no more untrammelled than the colored -ote of Edgefield and Laurens. The Presilent listened with interest and attention to the tatements of Senator Robertson, a native of he State, and one who was a consistent Un ou man during the whole war, and a zealous 1 Republican since; ThePresident was careful, lowever, to abstain from the expression of any lecided opinion as to his probable course beweeen the two governments. He expressed ;reat admiration, personally, for the attainnents and abilities of Gov. Chamberlain, but nade no personal reference to Gen. Hampton. 3e said he had received no direct advices rom either side in South Carolina for some lays. Senator Robertson, in conclusion, told lim that he was entirely convinced that unler no circumstances could the people ofSouth Carolina be compelled to yield any obedience o the Chamberlain government, or contribute inything to its support. Phe Joint Committee's Hill. The report of the joint committee on :ounting the Electoral vote meets with hear y approval from all except the ultra poliicians of either party, who think they see in t something unfavorable to the success of heir favorite candidate. The masses of the >eople, however, hail with delight the pros)ect of an early solution of the difficulties j )resented. The press is somewhat divided in j tpinion upon the merits of the measure pro- j >osed, aud the most decided opposition to itj nay be said to come from Republican papers. I The following extracts from some of the ending papers of the North and West, give l fair expression of the views of the press in hose sections: The New York Times and the Tribune take rery positive grounds against it as being unlonstitutional; "a Republican surrender," &c. The Herald warmly endorses it, and is con fident that' patriotic men in all parts of the country will be disposed to seek for the merits, and to pass over defects, in the plan, if defects it should prove to have. . The World (Dera.) does not give unqualified endorsement to the plan, but thinks the country will hail with delight any action en the part of Congress which goes to show that the frightful condition of the people is at last getting itself recognized by the persons who are sent to Washington to "look after the welfare of their constituents and of the Republic. The New York Express (Dem.) thinks the plan will prove a peaceful solution of the greatest political evil that has ever threatened the country, apart from civil war. The New York Post (Ind.) says the plan will give great satisfaction to the country, and that the wisest course for the Senate and House of Representatives is to adopt it as it comes from the committee, without unnecessary delay. The Philadelphia Times (Ind.) thinks the plan one that will give entire satisfaction to fair-minded men of all parties. The Boston Herald (Ind.) says : The coun try warns peace, auu me suuuei a piau ui wu kind is adopted the better. The Springfield Republican (Ind.) thinks the plan will command the support of the country ; and even more so if it proves that a bitter Republican partisan like Morton or a Democrat like Springer, dissents from it. The Baltimore papers, without distinction of party, give moderate favor to the plan. In Washington, the party papers all oppose it; the Republican and Chronicle on the Republican side, and the Union on the Democratic side. The Nation (Ind.) favors it. Lying Figures. Some time ago, the Supreme Court appointed Mr. T. M. Wilkes, as referee, to canvass the returns of the recent election for State officers and report the result to the Court. He has been engaged in the work, and it is expected that he will submit a report in a short time. About a week ago, the Democrats who attended the investigation of the returns by Referee Wilkes, detected the fact that*certain returns had been tampered with. The fraud was blunderingly done, as the inserted figures were in ink of a different color from that of the original. A note was made, but nothing was said, and a gentleman was sent to Horry county for witnesses. These witnesses were the Republican managers at Simpson Creek, and upon their arrival the matter was pointed out to tbera. The figures in one instance gave Dunn (Rep.) 32 vot^s. These Republicans testified that he received but 2 at that poll, and the "3" had been prefixed after the returns left Horry county. In the other instance 10 had been similarly altered to "20" or "30." The Columbia correspondent of the Neua ind Courier says: "The discovery has created a great sensation here, and as no satisfactory explanation is given, or even attempted to be offered in the matter, it is justly considered that this trans- 1 action taints the entire proceedings of the board of canvassers. The only shadow of defence among Republicans is that the change was made before the returns reached Columbia. As the precinct- managers, however, 1 have testified to the figures as given originally by themselves, and as the fraud was estab- 1 lished upon their evidence solely, the perpetrators ha7e little or no margin for escape. The managers swear positively to the fact that Dunn (Rep.) received only 2 votes at Simpson Creek, as the fact was noted and i made mention of just at the time. The change i made in this precinct return was not carried < up into the aggregate for the county, and this < fact, together with the difference in the ink i used, gave the clue. The original return was 1 seeu and handled by Referee Wilkes so lately i is Friday last, when memoranda were made From it. Comment was made on the dis^ep- I mcv at the time, and when the return was 1i called for to-day it could not be produced, i [t is said at this hour, however, that it has I been fouud, but the finding will not alter the i facts, as your correspondent has seen a copy I >f the original as made on the fir9t count, and I ;hefraudulent figures appear in it as already indicated." COUNTING OF THE ELECTORAL VOTE. Report of the Joint Committee. The report of the joint committee on count- ^ ng*the Electoral vote was submitted to both , Houses of Congress on Thursday last. The jommittee were in session perfecting their re- i port at noon, when Congress met, and it was 1 ifter 1 o'clock when Mr. Edmunds, the chairman of the Senate branch of the joint committee, and Mr. Payne, the chairman of the House branch, made their appearance in ;heir respective Houses with the report, aB j ligned by thirteen members of the commit- ' ;ee, Senator Morton alone dissenting. ' THE REPORT, 1 which is accompanied by a bill to carry into iffect the recommendations made, says that < ;he committee have applied the utmost prac- \ ;icable study and deliberation on the subject, j ind believe that the bill reported is the best ittainable disposition of the difficult problems ind disputed theories arising out of the late dection. They speak of the difficulty of reaching a conclusion, and say they dealt with 10 abstract questions, save so far as they are lecessarily involved in the legislation proposed. The report implies that legislation nay be had on the subject iu accordance with .he Constitution, and the committee think ;hat the law proposed is inconsistent with few if the principal theories upon the subject, rhe bill is only directed to ascertaining, for .he purpose and in aid of the counting, what ire the constitutional votes of the respective states, and, whatever jurisdiction exists for iucb purpose, the bill only regulates the nethoa of exercising it. For this the Conititution gives warrant, aud, therefore, the am nrnnnoorl io nnt inf?nnniAt?nt. with that in itrument. The committee regard it as of far greater moment that the will of the people should be legally carried out, than the que?,ion of who shall be President for a prescribed ;erm. They, therefore, endeavored to frame i fair and impartial measure. The Legislate and the Judiciary are represented in the ;ribunal in equal proportion. The composite of the judicial part of the commission ooks to a selection from different parts of ;he Republic, while it is thought to be free "rom any preponderance or supposable bias, ind the addition of the necessary constituent sart of the whole, in order to obtain an uneven number of the commission, is left to an igency the farthest removed from prejudice jf any existing attainable one. It would be iifficult, if not impossible, the committee hink, to establish a tribunal that could be icss the subject of party criticism than such i one. The committee felt bound by the lighest duty to let no bias of party feeling itand in the way of a just, equal and peaceful neasure from extricating the question from :he embarrassments that at present surround it. The committee conclude as follows: "In conclusion, we respectfully beg leave t/% imnrnu* nnnn f^nrtrrraaa ttip nppPflsif.V of a ( ?...,/.v00 u,,ww J ipeedy determination upon this subject. It l is impossible to estimate the national loss the ; country daily sustains from the existing state j uf uncertainty. It directly and powerfully j tends to unsettle and paralyze business; to j weaken public and private credit, and to j sreate apprehension in the minds of the peo-! pie that disturb the peaceful tenor of their J ways and mar their happiness. It does far, Par more. It tends to bring republican institutions into discredit; to create doubts of the [ juccess of our form of government and the perpetuity of the Republic. All consid#a-! Lions of interest or patriotism and of justice unite in demanding of the law-making power j \ measure that will bring peace and prosper- i / . \ ity to the country, and show that our Republican institutions are equal to any emergency. And in this connection, we cannot refrain fronji the expression of our satisfaction that your committees, composed of equal numbers of both parties, have fortunately been able to do what has been attempted in vaiu heretofore?almost unanimously to agree upon a plan considered by them all to be just, wise and efficient. We accordingly recommend the proposed act to the patriotic and just judgment of Congress. Geo. F. Edmunds, Fred. T. Frelinghuysen, Roscoe Conkling, A. G. Thurman, T. F. Bayard, M. W. Ransom, Of the Senate Committee." H. B. Payne, Eppa Hunton, A. S. Hewitt, Wm. M. Springer, v Geo. W. -McCrary, Geo. F. Hoar, George Willabd, Of fho PTnnoo rinmmitfaa " THE BILL. A bill to provide for and regulate the counting.of votes for President and Vice-Presfdent, and the decision of questions arising therefrom, for the term commencing March 4th, A. D. 1877. Be it enacted, &e., That the Senate and House of Representatives shall meet in the hall of the House of Representatives, at the hour of 1 o'clock, P. M., on the first Thursday in February, A. D. 1877, and the President of the Senate shall be their presiding officer. Two tellers shall be previously appointed by the Senate and two on the part of the House of Representatives, to whom shall be handed, as they are opened by the President of the Senate, all the certificates and papers purporting to be certificates of the Electoral votes, which certificates and papers shall be opened, presented and acted upon in the alphabetical order of the States, begiuning with the letter A, and said tellers, having read the same in the presence and hearing of the two Houses, shall make a list of the votes as they shall appear from the said certificates, and the votes having been ascertained and counted as in this act provided, the result of the same shall be delivered to the President of the Senate, who shall thereupon announce the ajate of the vote and the names of-the persons, if any, elected, which announcement shall be deemed a sufficient declaration of the persons elected President and Vice-President of the United States, 5 i. a! !iL _ 1 * *. _ r it. ? L. ana, logeiacr who a jibi ui too vuies, ue eutered on the journals of the two Houses. Upon such reading of any such certificate or paper, when there shall be only one return from a State, the President of the Senate shall call for objections, if any. Every objection shall be made in writing, Ad shall state clearly and concisely, and without argument, the ground thereof, and shall be signed by at least one senator and one member of the House of Representatives before the same shall be received. When all objections so made to any vote or paper from a State shall have been received and read, the Senate shall thereupon withdraw, and such objections shall be submitted to the Senate for its decision; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall in like manner submit such objection to the House of Representatives for its decision; and nio Electoral vote or votes from any State from which but one return has beeo received shall be rejected, except by the affirmative vote of the two Houses. When the two houses have voted, they shall immediately again meet and the presiding officers shall then announce the decisidh of the question submitted. Sec. 2. That if more than one return or paper, purporting to be a return from a State, shall have been received by the President of the Senate, purporting to be the certificates of Electoral votes given at the last preceding slection for President and Vice-President in 3uch State, unless they shall be duplicates of the same return, all such returns and papers shall be opened by him in the presence of the Houses when met as aforesaid, and read by the tellers, aud all such returq# aod papers shall thereupou be submitted to the judgment and decision, as to which is the true and lawful Electoral vote of such State, of a commission constituted as follows, namely: During the session of each House on' the Tuesday next preceding the first Thursday in February, 1877, each House shall by viva voce vote appoint five of its members, who, with the five associate justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, to be ascertained as hereinafter provided, shall constitute a commission for the discussion of all questions upon or in respect of such double returns named in this section, on the Tuesday next preceding the first Thursday in February A. D. 1877, or as soon thereafter as may be, the associate justices of the Supreme Court of the United States < now assigned to the first, third, seventh and eighth circuits shall select, in such manuer as a majority of them shall deem fit, another of the associate justices of said court, which five persons shall be members of said commission, and the person longest in commission of said five justices shall be president of said commission. The members ofsaid commission shall respectively take aud subscribe the fol lowing oath: "I , do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will impartially examine and consider all questions submitted to the commission of which I am a member, and a true judgment give thereon, agreeably to the Constitution and the laws, so help me God." Which oath shall be hied with the secretary of the Senate. When the commission shall have thus organized, it shall not be in the power of either House to dissolve the same, or to withdraw any of its members; but, if any such senator or member shall die or become physically unable to perform the duties required by this act, the fact of such death or physical inability shall be by said commission, before it shall proceed further, communicated to the Senate or House or Representatives, as the ease may be, which body shall immediately and without debate proceed by viva voce vote to 611 the place so vacated, and the person so appointed shall take and subscribe the oath hereinbefore prescribed and become a member ef said commission. And in like manner if any of said justices of the Supreme Court shall die or become physically incapable of performing the duties required by this act, the ether of said justices, members of the committee, shall immediately appoint another justice of said court a member of said commission, (and in such appointments regard shall be had to the impartiality and freedom from bias sought by the original appointments of said committee) who shall thereupon immediately take and subscribe the oath hereinbefore presented and become a member of said committee, to fill the vacancy occasioned. A.11 the certificates and papers purporting to be certificates of the Electoral votes of each state shall be opened in the alphabetical order of the States, as provided in Section 1 of :his act, and when there shall be more than me such certificate or paper, as the certificates or papers from such State shall be opened, 'excepting duplicates of the same return,) they shall be read by the tellers, and thereupon the President of the Senate shall call for objections, if any. Every objection shall be made in writing, and shall state clearly and ooncisely, and without argument, the ground thereof, and shall be signed by at least one senator and one member of the House of Representatives before.the same shall be received. When all such objections, so n\ade to any oertificate, vote or paper from a State, shall bave been received and read, all such certifi j^tes, votes and papers so objected to, and all capers accompanying the same, together with u' !i objections, shall be forthwith submitted :o said commission, which shall proceed to consider the same, with the same powers, if my, now possessed for that purpose by the iwo houses, acting separately or together, and by a majority of votes decide whether any ind what votes from such State are the votes provided for by the Constitution of the United States, and how many and what persons were duly appointed Electors in such State, and may therein take into view such petitions, depositions and other papers, if any, as by the Constitution and now existing law may be \ , 9 competent and pertinent in such consideration, which decision shall be made in writing, stating briefly the ground thereof, and signed by the members of said commission, agreeing therein. Whereupon the two Houses shall again meet, such decision shall be read and entered in the journal of each House, and. the. counting of the votes shall proceed in conformity therewith, unless upon objection made thereto in writing by at least five senators and five members of the House of Representatives, the two Houses shall separately ooncur in ordering otherwise, in which case such concurrent order shall govern. No.votes or papers from any other State shall be acted upon until the objection previously made to the votes or papers from any State shall have been finally disposed of. Sec. 3. That while the two houses shall be in meeting, as provided in this act, no debate shall be allowed, and no question shall be put by the presiding officer except to either house nn n mnfinn fn an/4 Via a Via 11 Via oa nn power to preserve order. Sec. 4. That when the two houses separate to decide upon an objection that may have been made to the counting of any Electoral vote or votes, from any State, or upon objection to a report of said commission or other question arising under this act, each senator and representative may speak to such objection or question ten minutes and not oftener than once; but after such debate shall have lasted two hours, it shall be the duty of each house to put the main question without further debate. Sec. 5. That at such joint meeting of the two houses,seats shall be provided as follows: For the President of the Senate, the Speaker's chair. For the Speaker, immediately npon his left For the senators in the body of the Hall, upon the right of the presiding officer. For the representatives, in the body of the Hall not provided for the senators. For the tellers, secretary of the Senate and clerk of the House of Representatives, at the clerk's desk. For the other officers of the two bouses, in front of the clerk's desk and upon each side of the Speaker's, platform. Such joint meeting * shall not be dissolved until the count of the Electoral votes shall be completed and the result declared, and no recess shall be taken, unless a question shall have arisen in regard to counting any such votes or otherwise under this act, in which case it shall be competent for either house, acting separately in the manner hereinbefore provi ded, to direct a recess of such bouse, not beyond the uezt day, (Sundays excepted,) at the hour of 10 o'clock in the forenoon; and while any question is being considered by said commission ejther house may proceed with its legislative or other business. 9 Sec. 6. That uothing in this act shall be held to impair or affect any right now existing under the constitution and laws to question, by proceeding in the judicial courts of the United States, the right or title of the persons who shall be declared elected, or who shall claim to be President and Vice-President of the United States, if any such right exists. Sec. 7. That said commission shall make its own rules, keep a record of its own proceedings, and'shall have power to . employ such persons as may be necessary for the transaction of its business and the execution of its powers. In presenting the report to the Senate, Sen ator Edmunds, of Vermont, said : "I am directed, Mr. President, by the select committee raised under the resolution of the Senate, on the subject of counting of the Electoral vote, to submit a report in writing, with au accompanying bill. The report is signed, I am happy to say, by all the members of both committees, (it being a report in form, joint and several, CO the two houses,) with one exception; and all that I wish to say on this occasion, after stating that we shall desire to take it up at the earliest possible day, as time is running very fnst, possibly, and, I hope, indeed, on Saturday, the day after to-morrow, but certainly on Monday, to press it to a determination 'in some form steadily from that time forth. I only wish to say, in addition, that the committee are of opinion that the measure we recom mend is not, as it*is called, a compromise, in any sense of the term, but is a measure of justice io aid of the exercise of constitutional government, and that in no sense of the term will anybody have a just right to say that anybody's opinion or view has been surrendered in any substantial respect. It is not a measure of policy or a contrivance, but a measure of constitutional justice for the preservation of the peace and order of government." It was then ordered that the report be printed, read a second time and placed upon the calendar. In the House of Representatives the report; after being presented and read, was re-committed, Mr. Payne, of Ohio, the chairman, stating that the report was signed by the seven members of the House committee and by six of the members of the Seuate committee, and also stating that he would soon move to have the bill made a special order, so that it might become a law in good time, as the day for the proposed meeting of the Joint Convention is two weeks earlier than the day fixed by law. Correspondence of the Yorkville Enquirer. NOTES FROM BLACK'S STATION. Black's Station, S. C., Jan. 23. The snow which has covered the ground in oonfinn flip aanarol rlnuo Vina Hiflitnneiired. VU IV OVVIIVU *WI wv*v?M? v.v>j W ? J- J. r revealing to sight the face of mother earth. The wheat crops, which are always supposed to be improved by snow, are looking fine and giving fair promise of good yield. Of late the farmers seem to pay more attention to this crop than they formerly did. By judicious culture they can easily produce splendid crops in this locality. Our town continues to improve, There have been two new residences erected recently, and others are in process of erection. There are also two church edifices going up, which will add greatly to the place. The flourishing school, under the supervision of Rev. J. E. Watson has suspended, but will be resumed again at an early day, by another good teacher?Mr. Watson having been sent to another field by the M. E. Conference. We feel confident that our academy will become a fixed institution. The people in this part of the State emphatically assert that they will not recognize Chamberlain as the Governor of South Carolina, but unhesitatingly denounce hira as a usurper and a destroyer of the peace and quietude of the country and of equity in the administration of the government. They are shocked to think he has the audacity to try to enforce the laws on such an illegal basis. He is considered like the notorious Seth Sothcl, who came from England to South Carolina in 1690. He trampled upon every principle of common justice. . Planters were forcibly compelled to pay large sums of money for permission to retain possession of their property, and, indeed, every species of exaction that a rapacious and avaricious tyrant could think of to get money was resorted to by him. 'Now, let the proper authorities at Washington analyze the character of Chamberlain, and there will be found a mass of corruption from which this stagnating and obnoxious political miasma has been rising. The people recognize Wade Hampton as Governor of South Carolina, and will joyfully respond to any requisition he may make, and will use every influence to sustain the grand and noble hekrted gentleman and his government. They will pay, with the greatest alacrity, the ten per cent, contribution asked for by the Constitutional House. W. H. * LOCAL AFFAIRS. HEW ADVERTISEMENTS. T, ]?. Dobson A Co.?Grand Clearing Oat Sale. Kennedy & Barron?Cash Store?Sweet Potatoes. J. M. Adams?Clear the Track?Tin-Ware at Wholesale?Cake Pans. M. Strauss?Hard.Times. / / ; j j Latimer A Hemphill?Pistols?Cartridges?Shot Guns. S. M. Powell, Assignee?In Bankruptcy?In the Matter of May and Rawlinaon, Bankrupts. Withers poon A Spencer?Attorneys'at Law. J. A. McLean. Probate Judge?Citation?W. S. Crelghton, Applicsnt-^Mary Stnrgls" deceased. 1 COUNTY COMMISSIONEBS; The new board of County Commissioners a met on Monday last. We learn |hat no business of public importance was transacted. Hereafter the board will meet ooly twice a month?on the first and third Mondays. THE TEN PEB CENT. CONTBIfiUTI/DN. By a note received from Dr. Bobertspn* agent for receiving the 10 per cent, contribution of taxes for the. Hampton feovernjpent, we learn that up to Monday evening the sum ' of $1,920.00 had been paid in by 312 tkfTO ' NEW BUSINESS HOUSE. By reference to our advertising columns, it will be seen that Messrs. Kennedy & Barron have opened a new Grocery and Hardware house in one room of Dr. Allison's new brick building. These gentlemen: are well known to the community, and in theconduct of their business will no doubt deserve a liberal share of patronage. :- << ARLINGTON H. 4 L. COMPANY. Arlington Hook and Ladder Company, of this place, have just received an- elegant truck, with the accompanying paraphernalia N of a well-organized fire company, ! The "Arlingtons" compose a fine body of young men, who, with their new apparatus, will be prepared to render .efficient service in case of fire. 1 As will he seen in another column, tbey return thanks to numerous, parties who extended recent courtesies. OUR ROCK HILL PACKAGES. The failure of the Enquires to reach its destination each week, after being carefully and promptly mailed, is no less annoying to the proprietor than the subscribers by jreason * of such failure. We have had frequent complaints from Rock Hill of the failure of the Enquirer to reach that town on time, and have traced the cause of the delay to neglect of dntv hv the messenger who transfers the mail at Chester from the C. & L. Boat) to the C. C. & A. Road. The Enquirer for Rock Hill is promptly mailed, and leaves the post-office here, every Thursday morning. It should reach Rock Hill on the ?am& night, arid we are making efforts to have the fault corrected. " '?. ARTISTIC WORKMANSHIP, [ ; < Mr. Frank Happerfie)d, the marble-cutter, whose .marble-yard is in this place; haf jof t completed beautiful mouument, to be erected to the memdry of Mrs. Adeline ,$dd? well, whose remains are interred at Rook Hill. The granite base is .1 foot, on which it a marble base supporting the die or, inseripi> tion block, 22 inches high, with .plinth of 1 foot, supporting a shaft of 5 feet, on which is a finely-carved capital of one foot, the whole surmounted by the figure of fa, angel 30 inches "in height. The height of the ear tire monument is 13 feet 4 inches. The artistic manner in which the work is designed and executed, even To the moat minute details, reflects much credit upon the tastajuul skill of Mr. Happerfield. THE PRESIDENTIAL QUESTION. The Present Disturbed Condition of the Country: Its Cause and the Remedy. The re-establishment of Constitutional Government; The only M.oae so a vers uivu war in tne ruture j A Peaceful and Permanent Solution. By James W. Green, of Culpepper, Va. We are indebted to the courtesy of J.; H. gl Rion, Esq., of Winnaboro, for a oopy of ft closely printed pamphlet of 48 pages, bearing the above title. Under the caption *of "The Principles of Constitutional Government," the author quotes several pages "from the writings of an American statesman, deceased more than a quarter of a century," to which he applies the truths contained in the treatise, and suggests amendments to the Constitution providing for a President and a GovernorGeneral, each vested with certain powers, one to be elected from the Southern section and the other from the Northern eectioft'of the United States. This plan, which abolishes the office of Vice-President, the author thinks, would re-establish constitutional government giving os a union of peace and harmony. * ,. > THK CIRCUIT COURT.1 r The Circuit Court adjourned last Friday ' evening, after closing the sessions docket. No causes in civil action were tried. 'We give below a list of convictions and the sentences of the Court: '* Walker Grier and Benjamin McGill; burglary and larceny. Sentence, ten years at hard labor in the penitentiary. "" Neil Boyd; burglary and larceny. Plead- I ed guilty. Sentence,- five years at hard labor 1 in ?the penitentiary. 1 Wra. Smith ; assault and battery. Sen* J tence, one day in the eonnty jail. * Geo. Been; burglary and larceny. Pleaded guilty. Sentence, one year at hard labor iti the penitentiary. Lewis Brurafield; grand larceny. Pleaded guilty. Sentence, one year at hard labor in the penitentiary. 1 Benjamin McGill, Alfred Kennedy and Abraham Mitchell; grand larceny. NoL proa. as to Abraham Mitchell; Benjamip McGill and Alfred Kennedy pleaded guilty, and were sentenced, the former to one year, and the latter to two years in the penitentiary. % Thomas Coulter and Abraham Choat; burglary and larceny. This was the second conviction of the former for burglary, and he was sentenced to the penitentiary for twenty years. The latter was sentenced to the penitentiary for five years. All the parties above mentioned are colored. *' In the matter of the rule issued against John L. Watson, County Treasurer, upon the presentment of the grand jury at last term as to the payment of the ku-ltlux tax to Rachel Leech, Mr. Watson submitted a return on oath, stating that he had paid the beneficiary all that she was entitled to receive, producing vouchers therefor, whereupon the rule was discharged. The grand jury made the following presentment: To the Hon. T. J. Mackey, Pruidina Judge.?The gr^nd jury would submit the following report to this Honorable Court: That they have carefully examined into all the public offices of said county, and find the same in good order and the books to be neat* ly and correctly kept. That they have visited the jail, and find the same iu good order, and that the prisoners are well cared for. The poor house, also, has been visited by j them, aud the property found to be in extraordinarily good condition, both as to lands and tenements, with the exception of two I out-houses, which they would recommend to | be torn down, and thaj; another house be built after the style of present improvements. ! The inmates, of which there are now twentyI nine, are found to be well cared for. There 1 . J