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DeTreville & He. ward
OraugebDrg C II., S. C.
B?T" Will practice in the various Courts
of the State
TV. J. DoTroville, James S- Heyward
juno 23 tf.
Orangebui^g, .S- O.
Office injrcar of: Masonic Hall,
^arch 3 lv,
Kaowlton & Wfemnamaker,
Orangcburgb. II., S. C
Aog. 11. Knowlton, jP. M. Wannainnkur,
Orangehurg C. II. ' St. Matthews,
may 5 B77 tf
Dr. L. S. Wolfe etui [be found at hin office
over Kzckiel'? Store wlere lie is prepared
4o execute work on jic most iinprbvul
?style?, at short notice''nud at reusoiiab
?prices* AM work gut>?.ntecd.
June 30 tf.
?" ? -ij
The Great Remedy for ? Discuses of the Liver.
The Great Cure for Dys 1 isia and Liver Disease.
The Great Cure for Indifcstion and Liver Disease.
The Great Cure for ConstWaliun and Liver Disease.
The Great Cure for Sick Ieadachc & Liver Disease.
The Great Cure! HIilious Attacks and Liver DiscjM. |
For Sour Stom'ji, *f"k:>dache and Liver Disease.
For Female Wc^ocss^ General Debility and Liver
1 A state of the Stomach in which
its functions are disturbed, often
without the presence of other
diseases, attended with loss of
appetite, nause/heartburn, sour stomach, rising of
flood after eating sense of fullness or weight in the
stomach, acrid or fetid eructation*), a fluttering or
sinking at thepfof the stomach, palpitations, illusion.
Of the senses, norbid feelings and uneasiness of vari
ous kinds, and wich U permanently cured if you tako
KConstipation or
Costiveness ?
A state of the bowels in which
the evacuations do not take place
os designed hf nature and arc inordinately hard and
expelled with difficulty, caused by a low state of the
system, which diminishes the action of the muscular
coat of the stomach* This disease is easily cured if
yoa will tak|
^ Iffi lE^^1-N"-Ell
I \ A condition of the Stoiiach pro
chills, fevei
1m duced by inactivity of tie Liver,
? mW when the food is not properly
digested, and in wh.ch condi
tion the sufferer is liable to become the victim of
nearly evert disease that human flesh is heir to?
and general prostration. It ispositively
Cured if yoil take
Sick & Nervous
' It was at one time stppoxed that
the seat of the bran was in the
stomach. Certain tt is a wonderful sympathy exists
between the two, nnd what effects one hps an imme
diate effect on the other. So it is lhatn disordered
stomach invariably is followed by a synpathetic ac
tion of the brain, and headaches all a use from this
cause. Headaches are easily cured if jou will tako
Sour Stomach?
1 The former in theprimary cause
of the latter. 1 sour stomach
Creates the hest and burning sensaton. The con
tents of the stomach ferment and tirn sour. Sick
Stomach, followed by griping, colic and diarrhoea,
often occur.
When the akin is yellow, TAKE
When the tongue is coaled,
For bitter, bad taste in the moith, TAKE
49* A teaspoonfut in a wincghss full of water, as
directed on bottle, and you never wilt be sick. This
is saying a great deal, but we
A. C. DUK KS, Druggist,
may 19 1H77 ]y
f o r s v rJiST
A house ami lot at Jamison's Turn Out
lion tided on (lie Hast by the 8. C. Rail
Road- Will be nohi cheap. Appl v to
ang U j tf,
Nilcs Ci. Parker's Story of the
South Carolina Ring.
Tea Years of Rascality?An Expose of the
Crimes of tho Carpet-bag Governmsnt
iromthu Reconstruction Convention to
its Final Overthrow?D. II. Chaiulier
' lain and 11. II. Khnpton, tho 'Arch
Conspirators?Parker Didn't Intend to
Steulat First, but Chamberlain Tempted
him with dulden Fruit?Ho Rcpeids
and Relieves in Hampton,
[From the New York World."]
The World reporter called upon
Sir. Niles G. Parker, at his house in
Jersey City, aud obtained from him a
very full statement, which was taken
down phonogruphically. The state
ment was made without previous
preparation, and this may account iu
great measure for some looscuess
noticeable iu> tho arrangement, and
also for auy slight inaccuracies of
dates or figures. Yesterday afternoou
Mr. Parker was engaged in conduct
ing a large temperance meeting
in dersey City, and on returning home
made the following statement:
parker's record and election.
I settled in Charleston in February,
1SG0, engaging in planting and the
I mercantile supply business In 1867
Gen. Gun by appointed me au alder
man in the City of Charleston. Gail
lard was Mayor at the time aud there
was a plfice in the Council made va
cant by death. A few months later I
was appointed chairman of the com
mittee of legislation uuder the Re
construction nets. After tho dis
charge of that duty, I devoted myself
again to private business. I was soon,
however, elecied a member of the
Constitutional Convention from
r>*?t n? vr^. ^i^1!.'^:'.-" > ?.-??-^^vr
effort to secure my nomination or
election. In that convention I was
chairman of the committee on finance,
and succeeded in raising the amount
necessary for the expenses of tho con
vention. In the discharge of my duties
1 had the co operation aud good will
of Governor Orr. As a member of
the convention 1 opposed the passage
of the law authorizing the Stale to
I issue bonds. I took the grouud that
the Stale indebtedness and the cur
rent expenses could be provided for
by taxation, and that any further
issue of bonds was unnecessary. A s
in previous years the State expenses
had not exceeded ?400,000. I did
not believe that more than .$600,000
would be needed to cover them. The
surplus amount paid into the treasury
as collected taxes would be enough
to meet the payment of interest on
the State debts, consolidated aud
floating, and settle in tiic course of a
few years all outstanding claims not
represented already by State bonds.
The act vrs incorporated in the Con
slilutiou, however, in spite of my
At the first election undei? the new
Constitution I was put in nomination
for State. treasurer and was elected.
This nomination grew wholly out of
the success which I had achieved iu
raising the expenses of the conven
tion. I went into office in July, 1868.
Scott was Governor, Chamberlain was
attorney-general, Cardozo, as secre
tary of State, Frank Moses was adju
tant-geueral and Neaglo was comp
troller-general. The constitution of
the Legislature was entirely Republi
can, I think without an exception.
Tljc Democrats refused to take part
in the election. Naturally both Sou
ate and House were composed very
largely of colored members. Frank
Moses was .the speaker of tho House,
and undoubtedly tho most influential
member of it during his four years'
term of office,
only forty two dollars in the
static 1eeasury.
When I took* charge of the State
treasury there was only forty two dol
lars in it. By the comptroller general's
report for 1867 the bonded aud stock
debt was nearly ?6,000,000, and there
uaa considerable iu lei eat pulstandiug
as well as other unadjusted debts
amounting approximately to $3,000,
000. The tax of tho fiist year wns
8-i mills upon the assessed valuation
of the property iu the State. This
tnx wns expected to yield $1,200,000
or $1,300,000. The fiscal year of the
State closed on October 31st, 1868.
We went into oflice in July, and a
special session of tho Legislature was
called immediately. Instead _of im
posing a tax to cover the expenses of
tho current year as well as the year
enden October 31,1869, we only im
posed one tax, as we had then nu
honest intention to relieve the people
of the State of all but necessary bur- .
dens. So we made a tax for one year
only, iutending to provido for out
stauding claims by tho issue of bouds.
Of this tax imposed wo collected
about three-fourths, aud the balauco
was left outstanding. No extraordi
nai\ measures were resorted to en
force its collection, and I think that
judgment was never obtained against
the delinquents in the courts. ';
chamberlain's peculiar bills. ?
Under the Provisional Govommen t
a law had been passed authorizing the
funding of all outstanding debts,
interest and principal, up to July 1,
1867 The Legislature, iu July, 1868,
passed a bill to pay all interest due
from July 1, 1*67, in gold. This bill
was engineered by the State financial
agent, H. H. Ki nip ton, He was a
friend aud classmate of Chamber
lain's, aud was introduced by him to
me as the proper man to be the finan
cial agent of the State, Ho was ap
pointed by the financial board ?
Scott, Chamberlain and myself. The
bill was regarded by us as Kimpton's
measure, and he represented that it
would rise the value of the bonds ma
terially, and enhance the credit of the
pass the Legislature which was not
proposed as a bill by Kimpton aud
sanctioned by Chamberlain. His bills
were always passed as presented. In
regard to this particular bill, it should
be added that the interest demand cd
was paid in gold until the winter of
1869-70, when tho law was changed,
so that thereafter tho interest was
payable in currency. Kimpton was
himself obliged to obtain tho change
of the act, as it was seen to be impos
sible to meet the demands upon tho
treasury for gold.
In the course of 1868 and 1869 tho
Legislature passed acts to provide for
the redemption, at par, of all floating
debts outstanding. All those financial
measures authorizing the issue of
bonds were susceptible of two inter
pretations. Tho wording of one act
will sufficiently illustrate this point:
"The Governor is hereby authorized
aud directed to borrow $1,000,000
upon bonds of the State of South
Carolina, said bonds to bo signed by
the Governor and treasurer, and seal
ed by the secretary of State, to be
payable in South Carolina and at the
New York financial agency." The
debatable point is whether bonds re
presenting $1,000,000 were to bo put
on the market, or whether $1,000,000
was to be obtained by the sale of
bonds at any price. This point I
will take up presently. In round
numbers the financial board was au
thorized to raise $3,200,000 in the
year 1868-69 by the issue of bouds of
the State of South Carolina; $1,000,
000 for the payment of interest on tho
public debt at 6 per cent., $1,000,000
for the relief of the troasury at 7 per
cent., $500,000 for the redemption of
Governor Orr's currency, and $700,
000 for the purchase of lands under
the land commission. One million
two hundred thousand dollars was
called for in addition to provide for
the rcdemplion of tbo bills of the
State bank. These bills have not yet
been redeemed, but are floating about
in considerable quantities, though I
do not believe any one knows how
many are in existence
In this session also tho famous Con
version act was passed. This act au
thorized the issue of bonds to take up
all outstanding bonded and slock in
dcbtcdncssof every kinp, and author
ized, furthermore, alliheldera of stock
or any kind of goverr nicht securities
to convert them inlatbcae bonds.
The object of this act;,
be to give uniformity
tiou to all classes of
was declared to
and conaolida-i
securities. All
these acts, I repeat, wc re presented by
the financial agent, Kimpton, and
urged upon tho financial board by
him as a necessity, "^Uey were never
prepared by Scott oi^myself, but al
ways by Chamberhx\? arid Kimpton.
Chamberlain used toi say to me ihat,|
Kimpton declared fliese measur?sto
bo nccessaiy, audjfio.supposod^thdt
they were so. Under,the act'autkor
izing the Governor to .borrow $1,000;- |
000 to pay the intere^Tupon the pub
lic debts, $2,000,000 of bonds wore
issued. Five bundled thousand dol
lars of these bonds were returned and
bouded in presence_of the, finanoial
board aud others,$.250,000 were ex
changed by tho financial agent ./or
couversion bonds, and $1,250,000 re
mained out. The $".00,000 bonds that
were returned had paSseo. through the*'
hands of the financial agent. While
in his possession coupons might have
been taken ofi)" Ojv;'they might have
been applied for ih.4 payment of the
interest, and so ^otinfo the hands of
tho public. In :<ns last way, they
might have been presented to the
State treasury honestly for funding.
I was sued upon a:civil process for
$450,000 in 1874, the allegation being
that I had funded that amount illegal
ly in the treasury. 4-A, judgment Was*
rendered against^udq for.$7{>,000; but
this, you will bear in ^pndj was the*
judgment on a teaebnical* wrong in*'a
civil suit. As soon^ia;the conversion
act was passed,fWy;ery large number
of these bonds weyeiprihtqd. Of these
bouds $l,200,000j wJ>ro issued strictly:
in accoidauc'e. J?4Jv^i^i)r,Qvisioti.of ?
put on the market in an arbitrary
manner. For all that, the mouey ob
tained by die State on these bonds by
Frank Moses was issued by me, as.
treasurer, iu accordance with law.
Now the $3,200,000 which the
Legislature authorized the Govornor
Lo raise by the sale of bonds had to be
obtained at a sacrifice. The bouds of
tho State would not sell at anything
like par. In fact, when first issued,
wc were obliged to dispose of thom for
twenty cents on a dollar. When the
acts passed the Legislature, I under
stood, aud I think it was generally
understood by all members of the
Legislature except those let into the
secret, that $3,200,000 in bonds at par
was the total sum authorized by the
acta. When the acts were passed,
however, Chamberlain and Kimpton
pointed out what vas tho literal in
terpretation of the acts. They con
tended that bonds could be sold at
auy sacrifice to obtain the sum in
cash of $3,200,000. Relying on
Chamberlain as the legal advisor of
the board, Scott and I consented to
the issue of the amount of bonds ne
cessary to raise tho authorized sum.
110 found, however,that the ordinary
I onds of the State wero not taken
readily when put on tho market.
Bankers require tho best security pos
sible, before they will invest their
money iu tho purchase of bonds, that
the bonds are legally issued. This
point was involved insoine doubt, and
when they discovered that there wore
more than a million of bonds issued
under the act to provido for the pay
ment of the public debt, they refused
to deal these bonds, or rather to tako
them iu any way. In this exigency
recourso was had to the aot authoriz
ing tho issue of conversion bonds. The
act provides that these bonds shall be
issued for tho redemption of other
State securities, but it was contended
by Chamberlain and Kimpton, that
these bonds could also bo issued di
rectly, that is they could bo put on
the market and sold liko ordinary
bonds, and tho proceeds devoted to
tho redemption of outstanding claims
and to meet other Slate expense?,
Scott nnd I wero prevailed upon by
Chamberlain and Kimpton to coun
tenance this issue of bouds, When,
therefore, these conversion bonds woro
put directly on the market thoy wore
sold quite readily^ for brokers had no
means of knowing -how many were
issued, ctf could bo issued, in on3 year.
So they^secured these bonds as col
lateral security, and purchased them
in preference to the others. Perhaps
this was notqxnctly-fair, but\ve ^yont.|
on the priciple that outsiders'were'
boundjtp'-lpok out for themselves.. The
obijectof; the .fiimncinl board iu this
was to secure money at. tho" least cost
to the S?iteVnnd there was no^ inten
tion, to.defraud the State thereby.
Duringtho four years.jfl ;which we.
were in office the bonded ,'d.e^t was in- !
creased about $10$00,000.v; AU out
standing claims were providcd.for and;
"w-ip.ed out, so that"atv the imid ol' the
four years tlio only put?tahujng' debt
was for the current expenses of the
State (Turing 1872. This l)pard hlvs
been censured for causing these aqts
pto bo phsscd. \ Who "drew up and
j presented the "acts ?-? j .Ohamberlafn
I drew -up: every one of them, and
Kirapton presented them.. Tho pro -
position for the issue of couveraio(i
bonds directly was made by Chamber
lain. I looked upon this issue as a
necessity. I look upon it now as I
did theu. My first opposition to the",
issue of bonds in the Constitutional
'Convention was duo to tho belief that
the State expenses could be provided
for without, this issue, by taxation1^ |
When I found, however, that H;he \
State espouses wore extravagant, and j
demands were made ttpoi.v the treas-ii
nry by la?v for money, I acquiesced in j
I the measures proposed by- Chamber- ]
lain and Kimpton. '
^pliore' w.?s a terrible iinqro^q.'o f
14' the Legislature. Frank Mosas was
in tho chair, a?d I am told by trust
worthy persons that he has acknow
ledged to having signed away ?000,
000 dishonestly, though I am sure that
it was n much larger sum. I believe
that three or four millions of dollars
were spent in excess of the necessary
expenses for the meetings of the
Legislatures during these four years. ]
Both Senate and House were respon- I
sible for this. The first president of
the Senate was a pretty good man,
Boozer. The)' soon got him out, how
ever. Ho was elected a ju Igo and
went out during the first session.
Ransicr, a colored man, took his
place. He was equal to the occasion .
Corbin was president pro teni. of the
Senate when Boozer, tho Lieutenant
Governor, was absent. lie paid
Corbin a good deal of money. Still
he held ti large number of offices and
received large salaries and regular
perquisites therefrom. I know noth
ing, therefore, to inculpate him.
I bad no doubt that a number of
charges brought against tho treasury
were inipr perly passed by tho L'gis
luturo. In particular thore wero ti
number of live thousand dollar claims
prcs* ntod which I thought were out
rageous, certilicates issued by those
who purchased senators and repre
sentatives. The certificates were pro
perly authorized, however, and I had
to pay them. Suppose I had refused
to honor them, what would have boon
the result? Why I should have boon
kicked out* for not doing my duty as
treasurer. Thero was too much influ
ence brought to bear against me. If
I had stood out alone it would not
have made any difference. Why, I
have been to Frank Moses,
and said to him : "You will have no
money at all in the treasury if you go
on in this way." Frank Moses would
only look up and laugh. "Talk about
these Republican Reformers," ho
would snv. "you never heard mo say
anything about reform.1* No, said 1,
I never did.
I wont out of offico on October 31,
1872. Scott wont out at thesatno time,
and Moses camo in ns Governor.
Samuel Molton succeed Chamberlain
as attorney general, but whon Cham
berlain went uut of office he became
Melton's Jrtw.piirtnerV'dnd 'so got right
behind tho throne again. One of th?
first ftc'fe^|.;: the Legislature after 3$5>
Frank- Moses became Governor "was - ^
an,aot directing the attorney general
of the State to prosecute) tho latesink
j-ing. fund commisii???r? of th e State
for corruption. These commissioners
l^wore Scott,Neaglc, Chamberlain, the
%hairmau of the finance committee of
the Senat*' ami. the chairman of the .
ways and m6ans committee of the- :v?;
House. Hid ilritond? itin?w ?. What
did he do? jTO^eduntitApriLT^:
ni?d then , commenced i ? prosecution
against me. The complaint, was'made
by Daniel H. Chamberlain, then
Governor and oxofficio; president of
the sinking fumV commission, . The
attorney general brought a siut for the
recovery of'$25,000,.alleged to bavo
been fraudulently misapplied;,k I was
arrested and ' held to bail. ,A. night
or two before my arrest Chamborlain
bad been talking to mo as pleasantly;":\*
as ever in the theatre, where Anna
.Dickinson was leccurjug. Wo bad a.
loving parting, but bo aueJiked off and.
caused mo to beiarrested .on the next
?? ? v'- *'if' > ' 1 '?
day. or vjdthin alew days a^any rate;
Whon I succeeded, however, in press
ingtho thing to a suit it was. noljprost* .
cd by the attorney general. On, whoso
Bhouhlors does the blame for the bor- ,
rowing of the j$25,000 lie? The sink
ing fund commissioners ought to have
been prosecuted for the^y part in tho
matter "as well as for other.crimes
which they committed.. The treasury
needed the money,' aud it was none of
my business wlm lent the amount. It
.was not my funeral atiall. Iconsuitsd -
Sfifith Chamberlain, asking him if it'
^was any crime on my part to borrow
f|iis niouoy.;g"No," lie saiilj Vit is no>.?';
|fjf|imo of yours." Cbamberlam;wiir
y now that ho was in a minority'cn..
:f|v6that V
treasury without his consent. At any
rnte the sinking fund commissioners
are responsible iu this matter aud not
myself, the treasurer. II1B
Tin: blue ridge railroad swindle.
In regard to the Blue Ridge Rail
road swiudle, by which the State was
said to have been defrauded out of
81,800,000, I can say at least that I
had nothing to do with the road, ex
cept when called upon, in my capacity
as State treasurer, to pay over to the
officers of the toad.tho scrip voted by
the Legislature. When Harrison was
President of tho road, $4,000,000 was
voted by tho Legislature, in State
scrip, to defray the expenses of its con
struction. Harrison applied to Scott, ?
who was then Governor, for money,
and Scott requested Kimptou furnish
$200,000 to Harrison for the road in
return for $600,000 of .the bonded
stock of the road owned by the State.
Kimpton, I believe, still has that
$600,000 of stock. Cameron succeed
ed Harrison as president of the road,
and Patterson succeeded Cameron.
So Patterson came to have control of
the four millions of stock, less the
S600,000 which Kimpton had gobbled?
It is this S3.600.000 that ho has got
now to account for. I know that ho
borro-ved $325,000 from a gentleman
in this city, Mr. E; B. Wesley, giviug
$700,000 of tho Blue Ridge Road
stock as security. I caunot' tell what
disposition iio mado of any portion
except of this amount. I never owned
a dollar's worth of stock iu tho'
road myself. Scott owned stock in it
and holds it to-day. As to the letter
of Patterson to me as State treasurer,
published a few days ago, authorizing
mo to deliver to II. H. Kimpton re
venue land scrip amounting to $114,
250, I am ready to admit that it is
genuine. If you ask mo whether I
paid this order, I answer that I paid
every order for this scrip made upon
tho treasury by Senator Patterson as
president of tho road. I did not see
that I had any authority to withhold
the scrip, so long as it was drawn in
accordance with legal provisions. If
Uic scrip was afterwards mioapplied,
I had nothing to do with this subse
quent handling of it.
. As financial agent of the State,
? Kimpton bad in his possession all
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