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COLUMBIA, S. C.
Friday Horning:. January 22, 1869.
gale of Sen IiUnd Undi.
Mr. Pomeroy, from tbe Committee on
Publio Lands, to whom was recommitted
tho bill from the Honse of Representatives,
to provide for the unie of certain lands and
lots on tho sea islands of Beaufort District,
South Carolina, and for other purposes, re?
ported it with an amondment; striking out
all after tho enaoting olauso and inserting
the following :
That the instructions given to the "Tax
Commissioners for the District of South
Carolina" by Abraham Lincoln, President of
the United States, dated the 16th day of
September. A D., 1863, and all sales made
in conformity therewith, be, and the same
are hereby, confirmed and legalized, subject
to such modifications and exceptions ns
have been or may be made by Acts of Con?
gress passed after the date thereof.
SECTION 2. And be it further enacted, That
all lands set apart as school farms in Saint
Helena Parish, in South Carolina, under in?
structions from the President, by the United
States direct Tax Commissioners for South
Carolina, which remain unsold, and all lots
in the city of Port Royal, in South Carolina,
subject by law to the disposal of said Tax
Commissioners, which remain unsold, may
be sold for cash at publio sale by tho said
Commissioners after three weeks' notice,
published in not less than three newspapers
of general circulation in the city of Charles?
ton, in South Carolina.
$8 SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That the
said Tax Commissioners be, nnd they are
hereby, authorized to sell, in lots not ex?
ceeding twenty acres each, to the freedmen
who now are and before the first day of Jan?
uary, 1862, were residents of tho plantations
on the sea islands in Saint Luke's Parish, in
South Carolina, ut SI.50 per acre, all the un?
redeemed lands of said plantations which
may be at the disposal of the said Commis?
SEC. 4. And be it further enacted? That all
persons who may have acquired claims under
the order of Major-Genoral Sherman, dated
Januury 16, 1865, shall obtain warrauts for
the'samo as provided by law before the 1st
day of Junuary, 1869.
SEC;. 5. And be it further enacted, That the
said Tux Commissioners may sell fot cash,
for school purposes, any suitable buildings,
with grounds not exceeding tweuty acres in
extent, located on any of the unredeemed
lauds at their disposal, at prices to bo fixed
by said Commissioners.
SEC. 6. And be ii further eoucled, That the
lots and bouses iu tho village of Mitchell?
ville, on Hilton Heal Island, south Caro?
lina, may be sold by thu said Tax Commis?
sioners to freedmen for cash prices: Pro?
vided, however. That paid lands shall ba sold
at public auction to tho highest bidder,
after such advertisement as the Commission?
ers shall direct.
SEC. 7. And be it farther enacted. That all
lauds, lots, and improvements which were
sold tinder section ll of the Act entitled
"Au Act for the collection of direct tuxes in
insurrectiouaiy districts within the United
States, und for other purposes," approved
June 7, 1802, by said Tax Commissioners to
persons who had served in the army, navy,
or marine corps of the United States, upon
which any deferred instalments of purchase
money shall be due and unpaid, uiay be .sold
agreeably to the terms set forth in the land
side certificates issued to such persons nt
public auction lifter three weeks' uotice in
two or more newspapers published iu the
said city of Charleston; but such instal?
ments may be paid at any time before such
lands shall bi; re sold; aud tho said Tax
Commissioners ure hereby authorized to
bid, for the United States, ou any of the
lands or improvements authorized to besohl
at public sale by the provisions of this Act,
suth sums us in their judgment may secure
the same from unnecessary sacrifies.
SEC. 8. And be it furtlter enacted, That in
order to secure the safe and speedy trans?
portation of tho mails, troops, aud muni?
tion* of war and public stores, and to
promote commerce betweeu the State ami
other nations, us well as the interests of
agriculture, along and over the route of the
railroad hereinafter described, there be, and
there hereby is, granted to the Port Royal
Railroad Company, a corporation existing
under the laws of South Carolina and Geor?
gia, dated Dece mber 21, 1857, its success?
ors and assigns, for the purposo of aiding
in the construction of a railroad from Port
Royal harbor, iu tho State of South Caro?
lin:!, to tho city fd Augusta, in Georgia, tho
right of way for said road in and through
any lands owjied by the United States, and
no . in tho hands of the United States direct
Tax Commissioners for the State of South
Carolina, throng!) which sai.1 road may pass;
sai.i right of way to include IOU feet on ouch
side of the centre of the road; or if there
be less than 100 feet of land un each side,
belonging to the United Stat?;.-, then to in?
clude so much width of laud as may belong
to thu United States. The right is also
given to .said corporal iou to take from any
lauds owned by the United States and in
thc hands of said direct Tas Commissioners
for South Caroliuti, adjacent to the road,
materials of earth, stone, ami timber for
the construction of said road.
SEC.'j. Ami be il farther enacted, That all
such lauds in tho District of Beaufort,
South Carolina, which, under thc provisions
of au Act entitled "Au Act for the collec?
tion of direct taxes in InsurreotiotiOTV dis?
tricts within tho United States, mid for
other purposes." apporvod June loth, r8C2,
bolong to thc United States, aud are iri tho
humid of tho direct Tax Commissioners fur
tho Stale of Sutith Carolina, shall be granted
lo Ihesuid Pori Royal Railroad Company on
the completion of said road to Port Royal
ferry; also all such surplns lan.ls in said
District n.1 were . t :;j?.oL in an Act ap
proved July 16th, 1866, to meet the claims
of certain freedmen who obtained warrants
for the same agreeably to the provisions of
General Sherman's special field order No.
10, dated Savannah, Georgia, and shall not
be taken up for such purpose by said claim?
ants on or before tho 1st day of January,
1869, except those lands known and desig?
nated as Pinckney Island, lots in the cities
of Beaufort, and Pork Royal, lauds in Saint
Luke's Parish, and lands sot apart and
known as school farms, and also nil lands
set apart for army and navy purposes.
SEC. 10. At.el be it further enacted, That
whereas from the sale and lease of the lands
described in this bill there have been paid,
bj the direct Tax Commissioners, the sum
of $319,503.17 into the Treasury of the
United States, and the further sum of $54,
500 into the hands of the Commissioner of
the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and
Abandoned Lands; and whereas by the
conditions to the twelfth section of the Act
approved June 10th, 1862, for the collec?
tion of taxes in insurrectionary districts, it
is provided that one-fourth of the amount
of moneys so paid into the Treasury of the
United States, and into the hands of the
Commissioner of the Bureau of Refugees,
Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, shall be
paid over to tho Governor of the State of
South Carolina, or his authorized agent, and
nn additional fourth of the same moneys
shall bo paid over to said State to aid in tho
colonization or emigration from said State
of uny free persou of African descent who
may desire to remove to Hayti, Liberia or
any other tropical State or colony: Tlicre
fore. be it further enacted, That for tho pur?
pose of securing the construction of the
said road at tho earliest practicable time,
the Secretary of the Treasury of the United
States is hereby authorized and directed,
whenever and as often as tho Governor of
the State of South Carolina shall report the
completion of five or more consecutive
miles of said rond, in accordance with the
provisions of this Act, to pa}' to the Trea?
surer, on tho order of the President of said
road, in United States Treasury notos, or
any other money or currency, which the
United States shall declare lawful money or
legal tender, to thu following amounts:
83,500 per mile, upou the bonds of said
Port Royal Railroad Company at their par
valu?, which bonds shall be made payable
to the United States or bearer in twenty
five years, and bearing six per cent, in?
terest, payable annually, aud so oil, ns each
section is completed, until tho whole road
is completed. If, upon the completion of
said road, any balance of the above fund
shall remain, it shall bo paid over to the
said railroad company on the bonds of the
same, aa provided above. To secure the
payment of thu atnonut of said bonds ol
the company, and of any other bonds which
the said company may issue to an amount
not oxceeding Si,500 per mile, inclusive ol
the said ?3,500 per mile, together with an
interest thereon, the issue and delivery ol
said bonds shall ipso facto constitute a first
mortgage on the whole line of said road,
together with tho rolling stock, fixtures and
property of every kind and description used
thereon, and in consideration of which said
bonds may bo issued; and upon refusal oi
failure of said company to redeem said
bonds, or any part thereof, at maturity,
with till the accrued interest thereon not paid
as hereinafter provided, then tho said road,
with all the rights, functions, immunities,
and appurtenances thereunto belonging,
and also all tho lands granted to said com
puny by the United States, which at tilt
time of said default shall romain in thc
ownership of said company, may bo taket
possession of by the Secretary of the Trea
sury of the United States and held for re
payment of any interest then unpaid bi
said company, and also for tho payment o
the principal of said bonds or uny poitioi
thereof which maj' ba then due and unpaid
SEC. ll. And be il further enacted, Tba
the Port Royal Railroad Company bo, ant
tho same is hereby, authorized to take pos
session of the lands above named ou ant
after tho 1st day of January, 18(50, for thoi
protection against injury: and on the com
pletion of their road to Port Royal ferry
the said compauy shall be authorized am
required to proceed to survey tho ono uudi
vided half (which shall constitute, as noa
as practicable, an average as to timber ant
fertility of the whole amount) of tho laud
thus granted to it into lots of twenty acres o
less, and to sell the same at $1.25 per acre
allowing no person to buy more than on
SEC. 12. ,4/J</ be it further enacted, Thu
whatever amount of compensation shall h
allowed HUH nally to the Port Royal Rai Iron
Company for the transportation of th
United Slates mails, the same, orasuQlcior
amount thereof, shall bo retained by th
Government to pay tho amount of int?r?t
due annually on such bonds as may li
issued by said company to tho Unite
Stales. // is provided further, That n
much of the interest shall be paid annual!
to the United States on the bonds of sui
company shall be paid on the 1st day (
December of each year to tho Governor c
tito State of South Carolina: Provided, Tin
tho Legislature of the State shall make pr<
vision, by law, for the expenditure of tl
sann; in the support of common schools fe
idl classes of its children: And provide
further, That on the maturity of the bout
the Commissioner of Education, who shu
hold the same, shall hand over all of sai
bonds to the Governor of the State of Soul
Carolina for collection and use of said Stat
ou condition that thc State shall provide I
law for tlie permanent funding of tho san
for common school purposes.
SEC. 13. And be it further enacted, Tin
said compauy shall commeuco tho constrn
lion of said road within ono mouth fro?
the approval of this Act, and shall COtnplc
the same within titree years, and all stn
portions of other Acts UH are ineousistoi
wi!.i tho provisions <?f this Act, aro herol
SEO. M. Ahd he it furtlier enacted, Th
tho duties and offices of tho aforesaid Ti
Commissioners shall oease and determine
on or before the lat day of July, 1869.
THIRTY-SIXTH DAY'S PROCEEDINGS.
THURSDAY, January 21.-The Senate as?
sembled at 12 M.
The House sent to the Senate a bill to
alter and amend an Act entitled "An Aot to
to close the operations of the Bank of tho
State of Sonth Carolina," which received
its first reading.
The account of Dr. W. Lt. Templeton for
post mortem examinations was withdrawn.
The petition of the Camden Bridge Com?
pany for re-charter was referred.
The potition of A. Von Dohnlen, praying
the remission of taxes over-paid, was re?
The Committee on Incorporations, to
whom was referred a bill to incorporate the
Columbia Building and Loan Association,
reported back the same, with a recommend?
ation that tho bill do pass. Ordered for
The petition of the citizens of the new
town of Pickens, in the County of Bickens,
praying for a charter of incorporation with
the usual powors and privileges, was recom?
The Committee on Engrossed Bills, re?
ported as duly and correctly Engrossed and
ready for a third reading, a bill to incorpo?
rate the Mission Presbyteriau Church, in
the city of Charleston, South Carolina.
Passed, and ordered to be sent to the House
Tho Committco on the Judiciary, to
whom was referred a bill from the House
entitled "A bill empowering the Attorney
General to change the venue in State cases,"
reported back the fame, with n recommend?
ation that the loft do pass. The same Com?
mittee, to whom was referrod a bill to au?
thorize Courts of Arbitration, reported back
the same, with a recommendation that tho
bill do lie upon tho table. Ordered for con?
Bills to extend the time itt which the Cam?
den Britlge Company may re-build their
bridge; and to amend Section I'M of un Act
providing for the assessment and taxation
of property, were introduced.
After discussing the bill to increase sala?
ries of the Justices of the Supreme Court,
the Senate adjourned.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Tho House mot at 12 M.
The Committee on Roads, Bridges and
Ferries reported unfavorably on a resolu?
tion relative to certain ferries across tho
Cougaree Uiver, ?it Colamb?a, as charging
rates believed to be higher than is allowed
by their charter.-; and the resolution was
referred to the Representatives from the
Counties of Richland and Lexington. Also,
unfavorably oil a bill to compel mill owners
to keep in repair their mill-dams or bridges
thereon. Ordered for a second readiug.
Tho Committee ou engrossed Acts re?
ported as duly and correctly engrossed for a
third reading a bill to incorporate thu Wil?
son's Bridge Company! Also, a bill to in?
corporate tho Vaucluse Manufacturing Com?
pany, iu the State of South Carolina.
Tho uccounts of Miss Sarah Givens for
services as teacher of freo school in Beau?
fort, and J. G. Trayu bani, M. D., for post
mortem examinations, were referred to tin
A Bill to amend au Act entitled "Au Acl
to provide for the temporary organization
of the Educational Department of the Statt
of South Carolina," was introduced.
The petition of A. Von Dohnlen, praying
tho remission of taxes overpaid, was re
Senate sent to this House a bill to ohungt
tho location of the County seat of Barnwell
County from Barnwell Court House ti
Blnckvillo. Read and referred.
A bill to amend au Act to lease the Stat?
Road running from the County of Green
ville, iu this State, across the Saluda Moun
tain, to tho County of Henderson, in Nortl
Carolina, was put upon its second readin;
A bill to regulate tho agencies of iusurnnci
companies, not incorporated in the State o
South Carolina, was read Bccond time.)
The following members obtained leave o
absence: Mickey, Johnson, Thomas, John
ston, Harris, Pettongill and S. J. Lee.
The consideration of tho special order
being a Senate bill fo alter and amend th
criminal law, was resumed, and discussed t
THE BLUE RIDGE RAILROAD AND CHASM;.
TOS TRADE WITH EAST TENNESSEE.-Th
Knoxville correspondent of tho New Vor
Times writes as follows:
Shipments to tho South uro now ver
heavy, owing to the rise in tho rivers an
mountain streams, which brings hay, cor
and oats from tho moro inaccessible point.'
and from the buoyancy of money in th
cotton region*. Parties now here froi
Georgia and Alabama report money mor
abundant than it ever has been. East Tel
nesseo ships almost all her surplus produc
South, where she finds a better market tho
elsewhere. Our farmers, merchants an
mechanics all work for the agricultural ri
gious of tho South, nnd prosper as the
prospor. Tho towns of South Carolina an
tho city of Charleston seem to share in til
new prospect, as wo lind the promises ft
the completion of their part of our Cineir
nati anti Charleston Railroad moro dofiuitt
The Presidents of our roads composing tbi
lino aro now in Nashville, working with th
Legislature for further appropriations, AU
advices received here to-day indicate till
they will succeed.
A number of Vermont hunters started
fox a few days since, and tho cunning nu
mal led them into a thicket where they Ol
countered eight live skunks. They toe
their departure from the vicinity with fl
enduring reminder of their advonturo whic
will remain fresh for many woeks.
A new and strong impulso baa been given
to the business of the South bj the largo
crops of cotton, sugar, corn, ?co., of the last
season, and the high prices which these
productions command in the markets of the
country. The favorable change is deeply
and extensivelj felt by all thc industrial in?
terests of the South. Multitudes in tho
East and West, it is said, ure expressing a
strong desire to emigrate to the South and
engage in tho raising of cot ton- - and will do
so as soon as they shall have full assurance
that affairs in the South are in a permanent?
ly settled condition.
Wo all know that during the late war,
called the War of the R?bellion, Great
Britain, ont off from her supplies of cotton
from the Southern States, made vigorous
and persevering efforts, upon a large scale,
to raise cotton in the East indies, hoping
that an article might be obtained which, bj
a modification of machinery and other
means, would subserve all tho purposes of
the cotton of the South. The British
papers boasted much of the success of this
great and expensive enterprise, and the
British people generally, and the people of
this country, North and South, were under
the impression that the boasted success was
an actual success. There was a deep and
wide-spread conviction upon both conti?
nents that, even if tho South, restored to
peace, should raise os much uud as excellent
cotton ns she ever raised, she would lind no
salo for it in Europe. But the grand East
ludia experiment hos failed. It ha? fallen,
abandoned, to the ground. The British
manufacturers confess at hist, though with
grief and mortification, that no portion of
all tho earth can furnish such cotton for
their use as the Southern States of our
Union. Southern cotton, therefore, is des?
tined to resume its old supremacy. It?
kinghood will be re-established.
Tho war very nearlj ruined tho South.
Mai-government seemed to complote the
ruin. Wo feared that the ruin was for all
time. But mir Southern friends, oven under
nil the disadvantages and oppressions that
weigh heavily upon their shoulders, aro al?
ready emerging from the tide of ruiu, dash?
ing tho waves aside with lusty arms and
hearts of controversy. They tire hopeful.
They behold above them some clouds, but
much of tho blue beaven and its stars. They
prosper, except where the negroes arc
loosed against them like war dogs; and the
shocking negro outrages cannot last long,
no mutter how necessary tho radicals may
think them to the attainment of their cuds.
Radicalism in the South has no other fate
than to subside, to collapse, to shrink up,
to bc decomposed into the foul vapors and
gases out of whieli it was made. Multitudes
of the better portion of the population of
the East and West will go to the South; go
not to ride and oppress and despoil, but to
engage honestly and in good faith in tho
cultivation of the riebest land that spreads
out its Howers and its verdure beneath the
eye of thu sun.
The war was a dreadful evil to tho South,
but it is a beneficent provision of God that
most evils have their compensation.
I Louisville Courier-Journul.
A MODERN DRINKING: SON?.-George Son
nott, influenced hy tho recent exposures re?
lut ?vt; to liquors, composed the following:
Fill the high bowl with Fusel Oil!
With Tu mun let your cups be crowned!
If Strychnine gives relief to toil,
Let Strychnine's generous juice abound!
Lot Oil of Vitrol cool your brains.
Or animated atoms brew,
And lill your arteries, hearts and veins,
With glee-an infusorial glue!
Wine? Thu! died out in '58
What fool would have it back? And how
Tho cup that will inebriate
And never cheer, they sell us uow.
"The conscious water saw its God
And blushed." What of it? Dou't you fee
That water knows the dragger's rod,
Aud blushes now-with Cochineal!
Ah-h! Fragrant fumo of kreosote!
Bewitching bowl of Prussian blue!
Who would not soothe his parching thron
With your mild offspring, mountain dew
Stronger than aught that racked the fram
And shook the mighty brain of Burns,
Surely, ye'll set our heads aflamo
Whene'er his festul day returns!
Bring on the beor-fresh Copperas foam!
With alum mixed in powder fine,
How could my foolish fancj roam
lu search of whiter froth than thine?
Thy Indian Berry's essenco spread
Through amber wavelets, sparkling cleat
Benumbs dull care-strikes feeling deud
And narcotizes shame and fear!
Far down thy bubbling depths, champagm
Drown'd honor, love, and beauty lie
They fought th' unequal light in vain -
Shall we, too, merely drink -aud die?
Sweet acetate of lead, forbid!
Fill every drink with pangs, and loll
What tortures could--and always did
Anticipate tho stings of hell!
The New York Cimmci'cial Advert?a
thinks that tho adoption of Senator She
man's finance bill would, in all probability
haw a very important result, not at all coi
tributing to tho interest of the North or pr<
motive of the resumption of specie pa;
monta. Tho South, it pays, has a dee]
rooted prejudice against greenbacks an
National Hank notes, which now shows itse
in some sections in u demand for gold i
payment for cotton. In tho event of gol
contracts being legalized, tho cotton Statt
would bo free to establish their tindo upc
a coin basis, and in all probability would d
so. witty tho result of draining the North <
u largo amount of its coin, and thereb
postponing the period of resumption. Not
familiar with ike feeling in banking au
commercial circles at tho South will dee
this danger a light one.
Cromwell said: "Not only strike whi
tho iron is bot, but make it hoc by striking
We uro requested to state thur extra
quality stall-fed beef can be obtained at
Stall No* 1, in the market, thia tnorniug.
We had a call, yesterday, from Thoa. F.
Greneker, Esq., of the Newberry Herald.
He informs us that lie merely "run down"
I to Columbia for a little recreation. We would
inform our business men, however, that New?
berry isa rich County and the Herald un ex?
cellent medium-thia is Wo voce, of course.
We regret to learn that a new gin house,
containing twenty-four bales of cotton, be?
longing to Mr. James T. Jeter, about three
miles from Santuc, was destroyed by an in?
cendiary tire on Thursday night, tho 21r,t.
The loss is fully $1,000.
The tab] euux closed last night, u?d we
feel safe in asserting that the display-in
diversity aud beauty-was equal, if not su?
perior, to anything of the kind ever before
witnessed in Columbia. The lady waiters
was a pleasant feature, aud they enacted the
role to perfection. The entire series-tab?
leaux and refectory-was well patronized,
and the substantial return has far exceeeded
the expectations of its lady originators. The
cause is a laudable oue, and our people fully
appreciated and promptly assisted it. To
the aged and much-loved pastor, who has
ministered to this flock more than thirty-five
years, this demonstration is particularly
pleasant, as it is u solid proof of the general
appreciation of "tho good and faithful ser?
vant." That the parsonage may soon be
erected, and that the reverend gentleman
may be permitted to occupy it for many,
many years, is our earnest hope.
We have received from the officers of the
Burns' Club a "gentle admonition" to bo
present at their eclobtntiou, on Monday
evening next, aud shall endeavor to comply.
The Riverside Magazine, for February,
opens with a frontispiece by H. L. Ste?
phens, who gives in a series of scenes tho
well-known story of the "Throe Little Kit
tous that lost their Mittens." Mrs. Weeks'
story of "Whito and Ked" introduces the
historic character "Hole-in-the-Day," whoso
picture is given. F. R. Stockton, whoso
story of "Ting-a-liug" in a former number
has not been forgotten, follows the adven?
tures of the little roguo and his burly friend
Turilira, introducing also five new charac?
ters. BenseU's pictures, seven in number,
fit in with the text admirably. Phoebe Cary
basa poem; tho pathetic story of "It" is
finished; a short paper on how to cut out
likenesses, supplies tho mechanical element,
aud then at the end of tho number comes a
vory largo month-ful in tho shape of a ton
page story by Hans Andersen, "Tho
Dryad," a tale of tho French Exhibition.
Published by Hurd & Houghton, New
York. $2.50 a year.
We are indebted to Senator Sawyer, for
copies of several public documents.
It was nn extra aud not the annual meet?
ing of the Cemetery Company, which was
held on Thursday- -at which Mr. Guerry
was elected Sexton, in place of Mr. J. P.
FAST AND CHEAP PRINTING.-Wo have
added a fast card press-of tho Degener k
Weiler patent-to the machinery of tho
Phcenix office; and have also made additions
to our stock of fancy type, cards, paper, etc.
Poroons in want of any styles of book and
job printing, are invited to call and examine
samples and prices. Cards printed at abort
notice, and at prices varying from 83.50 to
$10 per thousand.
I MAIL ARRANGEMENTS.-The post office is
open during the week from 8).j a.m. to 6p.
m. On Sundays, from 4 to 5 p. m. Tho
Charleston and Western mails are open for
delivery nt 5 p. m., and close at 8J? p. m.
Charleston night mail open a. m., closo
4>i p. m. Northern open for delivery 3
p. m., close 12 m. Greenville open forde
j livery 5 p. m., close 8,'? p. m.
CASU.-Our terms nro strictly cash-no
exceptions. If au advertisement is to bo
inserted, hand over the money; if a paper is
subscribed for, the money must accompany
tho order-otherwise no attention will bo
paid to them. This rule will be adhered lo.
NEW ADVERTISEMENTS.-Special attention
is called to tho following advertisement*,
published for the first time this morning:
C. H. Baldwin-Internal Revenue, Ac.
C. H. Baldwin-S. R. Flour, Ac.
Convocation Grand Royal Arch Chapter.
Wm. A. Wright-Pino Wood Wanted.
Pistol Lost-?25 Reward.
CAXIIFOBNIA FRUITS.-Tho Sun Francisco
Alta Californian says that "California dried
figs are taking tlieir placo in tho market and
gradually crowding ont the imported article,
many of them being decidedly superior in
quality to all from Smyrna, save tho best.
Thc raisins generally aro inferior to tho im?
ported, but they aro improved in quality
every year So uro the prunes."