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S. C., MAY 21, 1864.
Whatever differences of opinion, if any,
may have been entertained in regard to,
the policy or wisdom of calling and holding
the Convention which assembled on
the 17th inst. the disrnitv, order and de
coram which characterized its proceedings
fnllv justified the experiment.
It was indeed an experiment?a novelty
in the progress of civilization. It was the
gathering together of loyal and free, peopie,
who, by the incidents of the war, or
by the direct suggestions of the Government
in pursuance of its regenerative
policy, had been gathered together in this
Department pf the South, and who could
not forget or forgo their rights, privileges
and duties as American citizens.
The approach of the quarternal election
of the Chief Magistrate of this great
Nation cannot fail to enlist the deepest
interest of the truly loyal, whether at |
home or abopad. More especially might
the approaching occasion be natorally
apposed to excite the peculiar interest in
the hearts of those whom the Government j
had invited here to act as the pioneers in I
the great work of re-construction.
We have Attended many Conventions,
primary meetings, and other political as*
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semDiages at me norui, wucrc mc pupc
from childhood to old age had been thoroughly
schooled in the discipline of party
or political tactics, and we can confidently
assert that we never attended a
political convention wherein interests of
such magnitude were involved, that was |
conducted with more order, dignity, and
deoornm, than the convention of Tuesday
The President of the convention, after
stating the objects of the convention,
frankly stated that we did not pretend to
demand as an absolute right, the full representation
in the Baltimore convention
by sixteen votes, to which the State of
South Caroltop would have been entitled
bad site remained loyal, but thai this department
constituting pnly recognised
loyal portion of thb Stale, ^and being 00
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cupiea ana. reaaj sv uwenucu u* -?>
name and behalf er ihe Union, to .bear
and- sustain the flag of ^thejiafcior had a
right at least to some voire in the nomination
and election of the Chisf Magistrate,
upon whom their future welfard, nay, even
their local habitation might depend.
Of course it is for the Baltimore Convention
to say whether or not the pioneers*
of South Carolina, in the course of the 4e-m
velopment of free society, free institutions
and self-government, are worthy of
consideration or not. At all events they
have demonstrated, at least to themselves,
that they are competent to the emergencies
which have thrown them together,
and we may hope will continue to shp^
themselves equal to the ioSkne which
may await them.
Again we say, in conclusion, that we
regard this Convention in its conduct and
its results as a decided surahs.
Personal. ?We are pleased to announce
the arrival to tins Department of Captain
T. Barney, Assist Adjutant General,
after an absence of slx mont^ls' 6 m
the North Captain ***
lively engaged in recruitng 4 6 *
Army Corps under Maj.-Gen.
filling the position of Chief of tIirn8
specting Bureau. Capt Barney re. ,
in the full enjoyment of his health, thoi^
his daties have been extremely ardaoc*
'We understand that he holds an appoint' ^
ment as Colonel in the One Hundred and
Eightieth Regiment of New York Volunteers,
and congratulate him on his sue- 8
cess, and hopes that he will not stop at j
the eagles. s
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Tke Fire Department;
A special meeting of the Fire Department
was held on Wednesday evening,
| May 11,1861, for the purpose of hearing
j the: reports of the committees on sub|
scriptious and organization, and also to
I take action in reference to buying an
engine and truck for the new companies,
i viz : Union Engine Company No. 1 and
Beaufort Hook and Ladder Company
Mr. Pond, from Committee on Subscriptions,
reported that he had collected
to the amount of SI. 150. and expected to
j collect $200 more here and perhaps $500
or $600 in New York from insurance companies
doing business in Beaufort. The
1 report was accepted.
There was a report presented by Mr.
filanchard, of the Hook : nd Ladder Company,
that they had organized and elected
, their officers, and were now ready for
Mr. Bogert, of New York Hose No. 1,
! moved that a committee of one from each
! company be appointed for the purpose of
going to New York to purchase the necessary
apparatus for the Department, but
' subsequently withdrew his motion on it
being stated by Chief Engineer Hyatt
! that a gentleman named Mr. Trembly was
about to proceed to New York on the
i Fulton this trip, who had volunteered his
jWvices, and inasmuch as he is well
acquainted with fire department matters
in New York his services were accepted.
Mr. Pond being also about to proceed to
New York on business, volunteered his
services gratuitously, when it was moved
that he be appointed a committee of one
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; to purcnase uxe macumes. xur muuuu
i wis carried.
It was thought by those present that
gentlemen volunteering would save all the
expense attending the sending of a committee
far the especial purpose of purchasing.
Mr. Pond also stated that his
hopes were sanguine in regard to raising
the amount of $600 in New York.
The Chairmah spoke in reference to the
companies adopting a badge that they
might be recognized by the sentinels in
case of fire, when it was stated by Mr.
, Butterfield that the-Engine Company had
adopted as their style one somewhat
similar to the New York engine bodge,
only larger- It was also stated by Mr.
Hyatt that houses would immediately be
built for the companies use, as General
Saxton desires to help the Department in
every way.
Mr. Jenkins spoke in reference to the
supply Q? water, ana tnougni it wonia oe
feasible to construct large wells or cisterns,
so fixed +-W the sand would not rise up
in them, and with a depth of water enough
for any ordinary fire.
It was moved by Mr. Jenkins that a
committee to consist of the Foreman and
Assistant Foreman of each Company be
appointed to choose eligible locations for
cisterns, and to ascertain the most feasible
method of construction.
On motion the meeting adjourned.
wm. h. hyatt. chairman* j
Robt. A. JiMcisfi* festretary. r
The Ring.?Joe Cob urn has accepted
Jem Mace's challenge to fight him for
five hundred pounds a side, and has forwarded
to England thef sum of forty
pounds ($250) as the first deposit. So
high was the rate of exchange that Coburn's
fifty pounds amounted in reality
to four hundred and thirteen dollars.
Coburn is the best fighter of his weight
in this country?one of his fights lasted
three hours and twenty minutes, and was
then called a draw.
Mace allowB Cobura one hundred
pounds for his travelling expenses. The
fight is to take place in Ireland.
Rebel Newspaper Says That Ge*.
t ?? is Wounded and in Richmond.
^ Petersburg Express of the 11th
The "General Lee is in Richmond
* " The telegraph lines between
founded. ^nd Richmond have beek cut
etersburg ^ wej] ^ ra^road.
everal days, >.
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FORT, S. C., MAY 21, 1864.
Freedmen's Aid Commission?Firsi
Anniversary fleeting.
The first anniversary meeting* of the
North-Western Freeamen s Aid Commission
was held 011 the lsth of April in the
Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago.
There was a full attendance; and the
audience manifested great interest in the
i proceedings. The Chair was occupied by
the Hon. J. M. Wilson.
The exercises were opened with .singing
and prayer. The Rev. J. R. Shipherd,
Corresponding Secretary, then read the
I Annual Report which was replete with
1 Acts valuable as showing what has been
I obne during the three months since it
wds organized, and exceedingly interestj
inj to the friends of humanity. The folI
losing is the only extract for which we
c*n tind room.
"In quietude of apprehensions upon
j tke score of expense, it is only necessary
' to a9friPate financial exhibit with the
j remtR that the total expense of all
salaried employees of the Commission for
' tke one hundred days from January 1st
td April 9th inclusive, is less than six per
cJnt. upon the business done.
The summary of accounts on the books
of the Commiision, brought^down to the
nfcarcst convenient date, and covering the
business of precisely one hundred days,
r?ads thns: M
Stores, 294 packages, valued at $12,499 S9
Cash . ft, 762 79
me the Treasury v 2,503 19
Making a total of. $30,745 OS
Stores, 279 packages, valued at $11,730 00
Cash 8,265 OS
Goods on hand 700 00
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t . Making a total of T. ..$20,745 96
Hereafter the Treasury will not be overdrawn, nor
will any liabilities be incurred which cannot be promptly
met. It is a gratifying fact that the checks of this
Commission pass regularly at the city banks without
enulry. This credit will be jealously maintained.
The cash items of expenffiture are classified in the
report of the Committal onFinance as follows:
For teachers, their outfit, travelling expenses,
and two months advanced pay $4,974 91
Transportation, including freight, postage,
and travel (other than of teachers) 887 <4
Printing and stationery 587 38
Office rent and fixtures 620 10
Agencies Including salaried employeea of all
ldnds (others than teachers) 1,195 75
| ' In all...; $8,266 9*
The'assembly was then addressed by
the Rev. W. H. Cooper, a General Agent
of the Commission, just returned from
the Lower Mississippi, and by the Rev.
H. D. Fisher, late of the 5th Kansas
Cavalry, after which Chaplain McCabe
sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
\ A good collection Was taken in aid of the
funds, and spirit-stirring addresses wer*
delivered by Rev. Wm. Deloss Love, of
! Milwaukee, and by Hon. Charles S. May,
Lieut. Governor of Michigan. "The Doxology
was then sung, and the congregation
dismissed with the benediction.''
W The principal oS*c? of this Commission,
which is the Northwestern
Branch of the United States Freedmen's
Commission, is at 86 Washington street,
Chicago, Illinois. Communications shonld
be addressed to Rev. J. R. Shipherd, Post
Office box 4,617, Chicago, 111. Monies
should be sent to J. V. Farwell, Esq.
Boxes of-clothing, Ac., shonld be marked
" Northwestern Freedmen's Aid Commission,
care of CoL R. B. Mason, Chicago,
111." The residence of the donors should
also be plainly marked upon the box, and
duplicate invoices of contents made, one
to be placed in the. box, and the other
wnf hv mail +n th#? flnirrf'snondinff' Seere
tary, as above.
J@"The death of the stallion Geo. M.
Patchen closes the career , of the fastest
trotting horse in America. On Long IslandThe
raptured himself and died on the
same ground that he had so many times
contested for and won the superiority of.
He was a son of the noted horse Cassias
M. Clay, and full half brother to the celebrated
NonperieL He cost his last owner
twenty-one thousand dollars.
J&- We are indebted to the Parser of
the Arago for files of Northern Papers.
A Loaf, (says a distinguished Cockney)
"like the sun, rises in the Yeast, and 'sets
in the Vest"
Doesn't the reader feel a sort of "rising"
under his waistcoat, after reading that? f
NO. 19.
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Bermuda IIcwnrKii, 3I:iy 10.
i Nothing definite has yet been accom.
plished by our forces in the way of captures,
but everything looks favorable.
Beauregard, with about 25,000 men, is
. r\ .A t ... t * 1 -11 J.l_ - *1
I in refersourgn, ana we nave au me raui'1
roads leading to that city, and forces
i enough to keep Beauregard there until
{ he surrenders.
"We shall, it is reported, soon commence
a siege of that place.
| . There are four monitors and several
gunboats within four miles of Fortl)ar,
ling, ready to co-operate with our land
| forces,?(a* part of them,) abreast of the
! monitors. Our forces occupy a strong
position, and are strong enough to hold it
It is supposed that Gen. Kaute is now
! to the south of Petersburgh, aiming at
thfeflestraction of railroads leading south
from Brchmond. Correspondents have
; probably announced his defeat, many ol
his troops captured, Arc. It is not believed
here. Beauregard lias no cavalry.
Fortrv** Monroe, May 11.
The latest advices from the front state
that the gunboat Breioster was blown op
on the Appotatiax yesterday by a rebel
i battery. No statement in regard to the
! loss of life.
Fighting was going on all day yesterday.
The main portion appeared to be
on our .right. The troops were under
command of Gen. Smith. The turnpike
between Richmond and Petersburgh was
the bone of contention. Up to 3 P. M.
to-day nothing later has been received.
We receive but few papers from the
North here, most all of them having been
stopped ; most of oiyr dispatches are suppressed.
Petersburgh has not been abandoned,
burned, nor yet besieged. Beauregard is
I there in command. Fort Darling is still
in the hands of the rebels.
The bark Dame Durdaty ashore near
Cape Henrv, with A cargo of iron, steel,
block tin, dec., will prove a total loss.
A report just received states that Col.
Spear has burrted the long bridge near
Walden, and two fathers ; that he made
three charges, and the third time succeeded.
I give this for what it is worth.
My informant heard Col. Spear tell it.
W??ukv'?tos, May 13?5X P. M,
TtMaj.-Gm.Dix-:' Wl
A dispatch has been received from Gen.
Butler dated " In the Field, near Chester
! Station, Va., May 12, 3.30 P. M." * " '
It states that he is now pressing the
enemy near Fort Drrling, and has before
him all the troops from North Carolina
and South Carolina that have got up.
Beauregard's courier was captured this
morning going to Gen. Hope, in command
oi Drury's Bluff; he had a dispatch
stating that Beauregard would join them,
as soon as the troops came up.
Gen; Gilimore holds the intrenchments,
I SmVch demonstrates upon Druyy and the
' enemy's lines. 7. :>
Gen. Kautz, with his cavalry, has been
sent to cut the Danville Railroad near Appomattox
Station, and can, perhaps, advance
on James River.
Secretary of Wae. s \
w^itfwoto* may 13-3.30p.m.
, > Gen. Butler has removed th<2 obstrue
-tipns from the James River, and our gun-.
boats are going toward Richmond. A
chfl^ showing Die location of torpedoed
was fonnd on the man who was shot while
attempting to explode torpedoes a few
nights ago. Butler has used it for an excellent
The English Language.?The English
language must appear fearfully and
wonderfully made to a foreigner. 6ne of
them, looking at a picture on a number
of vessels, said: * 'fcjee what a flock of ships."
He was told that a flock of ships was called
a fleet, and that a fleet of sheep w%callI
ed a flock. And it was added for his
| guidance, in mastering the intricacies of
our language, that a flock of girls is called
a bevy, that a bevy of wolves is called
a pack, and a pack of thieves is called a
gang, and a gang of^angels is called a host,
and a host of porpoises is called a shoal,
and a shoal of buffaloes is called a herd,
and a herd of chrildren is called a troop,
and a troop of partridges is called a covey,
and a covey of beauties is called a galaxy,
j and a galaxy of ruffians is called a horde,
I and a horde of rubbish is called a heap,
j and a heap of oxen is called a drove, and ,
a drove of blackguards is called a mob,
and a mob of whales is called a school, .
and a school of worshippers is called a
congregation, and a congregation of en-.,
gjneers is called a corps, and a corps of
robbers is called a band, and a band of
locusts is called a swarm, and a swarm of
people is called a crowd. - *
A countryman being a witness in acouri
of justice, was asked by the counsel if he
was born in wedlock. "No, sir," answered
the man, 'I was bom in Lincolnshire.'*
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