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VOL. XV. MANNING, S. C., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1899. NO.14,
Proceedings -f the State Press
SOME ABLE PAPERS READ
.Largest Attendance in the His
tory of the Association. Va
rious Matters Discussed
and Officers Elected,
The State Press Association was in ses
sion at Harris Lithia Springs last week.
Tuesds evening those miembers who
had arrived and a great mau of their
friends went to the Auditorium and
there heard several speeches.
Mr. J H Wharton, member of the
House, welcomed the Assocition on the
part of the management and the good
people of Laurens county. Mr. Whar
ton took occasion to make mention of
the newspaper Governor, who, he held
owed his deserved election and prono
tion to-the press of the State.
Mr. Fitz Hugh Me3Master, of the
Charleston Post, on the part of the
Association delivered a most eloquent
response, which was heartily applaud
President Aull cailed upon Mr. Ju
lius E. Bogzs to say ' few words for
the Association, and he spoke in an
inimitable style, deftly interweaving
humor and pathos with the warp of his
The work of the evening was over,
and when Bearden's Band started up
the crowd thinned out. The Associa
tion appointed a committee on pro
gramme and then adjourned until Wed
Wednesday when the Association
met Chaplain Sidi H. Brown delivered
the opening prayer. The first work
was the reading of the annual report of
the various officers.
The first and most important report
was that of President Elbert H. Aull,
in which he took occasion to pay a
handsome tribute to the late Robert M.
Stokes, well known to the members of
the press as for many years the editor of
the Union Times. He also explained
why no summer excursion had been
planned, and why a united excursion to
Cuba was recommended. He stated
how it happened that no delegates at
tended the National Editorial Associa
tion, and reported the successful pas
sage of the advertising law through tne
Legislature, and other matters of inter
est to members of the Association.
The treasurer, in addition to his fi
nancial report, wrote as follow;:
. Charleston, July 26, 1S99.
To the Members of the South Caro
lina Press Association-Gentlemen:
Having been treasurer of this Associa
tion since May 16, 18S4, I am really
sorry that I am compelled by the state
of my health to sever this pleasant con
For the last six months I have been
sick with Bright's disease, and my doe
tor gives me perhaps but a few months
to live, and so I bid you all an affcc
tionate good-bye till we meet again on
a better shore.
For the last fif teen y ears you did me
the honor of re-electing me tolthe offiee
trasurer, and I have to the best of my
ability carried out your wishes, and I
now herewith return my trust .with a
check for amount due the A ssociation.
Secretary C. C. Langston, who has
wrked hard and diligently for the As
sociation, submitted this, his annual.
report, with an accurate statement of
the work and expenses of the executive
Mr. W. M. Jones, of Spartanburg,
was unanimously elected a member of
The Association then took up the
newspaper symposiuml, which was a
leer scheme on the part of the execu
tive' committee, which invited the
"How to Buy the Stock," by Mr. J.
L. Sims, of the Tims and Democrat.
was a concise and business-like paper.
Mr. Sims gave the Assuciation his val
Mr. August Kohin, of the Columbia
Bureau of the News and Courier, read
a paper on "Hew to Get the News."
Mr. .Elbert H. Aull, of the Herald
and News, of Newberry, read an able
paper on how to make the paper reada
hie. He put his views before the mem
bers very cleverly. .
Others put down for papers in this
symposim were absent.
There was then a general discussion
of various subjects- One of the mest
interesting topics discussed was that
started by Mr. Jones as to whether it
paid to run sermons and serial stories
Most of the editors seemed to think it
useful and profitable to run sermons and
stories every week.
Col. Hoyt. Messrs. MeMaster, Gion
zales, Sims, Jones, Boggs and others
discussed the topie generally.
President Aull appointed the follow
in g committees:
Resolutions-F H McMaster, E H
Decamp, E C Haynesworth. N G Gon
zaies and R B Harmon.
Reports of Officers--R HI Sweeney,
Louis appelt, E A Gasque, WV M' Jones
and August Kohn.
On motion of Mr. Stoppelbein Messrs
T B Crews and T A Hoyt, of the Asso
ciation, were appointed, and Mr Hugh
Wilson was asked to serve on the com
mittee to frame resolutions on the death
of Mr. Stokes.
The Association then took a recess.
The State Press Association Wednes
day afternoon had the pleasure of hear
ing an address by Mrs. Virginia D.
Young, of Fairfax. All of the. guests
-of the Association together with the
emmers had a rare treat. Mrs l oang
spoke of women in Southern literature.
Mrs. Young did not attempt to speak
without thoroughly familiarizing her
self with her subject. The facts and
truths she brought out were expressed
n choice language, and here and there
was agem of genuine humor.
At the morning session of the State
Press Association Thursday Mrs S IH
McGhee, Messrs J L B Warren and L.
G GYoung were unanimously elected
members of the Association.
The question was raised when a news
paper man retired from the newspaper
work and then re-entered the profession
whether he could re-enter as an old
member without paymrent of back dues.
It was thought, under the constitution
he- musteihe be ,.e-electd and pay
lis initatiou fee or pay up his back
dues. The matter was finally settled
by the adoptiou of she followingresolu
Iesolved, That Article 2, of the
c-nustitutiou. be amended by adding
thereto the folloviuN words: 'And said
membership may continue only so long
as such mueua:er remain actively in
journalism, aecording to the true
meanimg a-d intent ot this constitu
Strike out all of Article ( and insert
in lieu thereof the fullowing: -Any
member who shall fail to pay his fee for
two consecutive years, after notifica
tion by the secretary, or hall become
otherwise disqualified as prov:ded for in
Se,-uon 2, shall be droppud from the
rk 11 of the Association. ie or she may
be reinstated by a vote of the Associa
tion and the payment of all back dues,
or the initiation fee of $5."
At the afternoon session a letter was
received from Mr A C Kaufi n, of
Charleston, relative to the flood suffer
ers. The editors will bring the matter
to the attention of their readers. A
number of practical topics were taken
up and considered. Ready prints,
reading notices. foreign advertising and
the like were considered. Ther.e was a
vote for the next place of meeting and
Harris Springs was again seleeted.
The report of the committec on offi
cers was submittel. The committee
consisted of Messrs I H Sweeney, W M
Jonesz. Louis Appelt, E II Gasque and
A, Koh-. The chief general re
e):b iacdation was the app:oval of the
pla take the Cuban trip. A central
coiwittee. with Mr. Aull as chairman,
is to take up the matter of transporta
tion and if possibole arrange the trip.
The following offieers were elected
for the year.
President, Elbert I AuU.
First vice president, N G Gon zales.
Second vice president, James L Sims.
Secretary, C C Langston.
Treasurer, .ugust Kohn.
Chaplain, Rev. Sidi II Browne.
Exeeutive committeemen. M B Me
Sweeney. James A Hoyt, Louis Ap
It was resolved as the sense of the
me,-ting. at the suggestion of Mr Gon
zales, that the Association meet two or
three days before going to Cuba and en
joy the hospitalities of Columbta and
take a glanc2 at its wonderful develop
The last session of the association
was opened at 10 o'clock Friday morn
ing. Resolutions were passed thanking
the officers for their work, Mess. Harris
and Fox for their entertainment and
the railroads for their courtesies, etc.
The question of foreign advertising was
discussed at some iength, and in a live
ly talk made by Gen. R. R. Hemphill
he said the way newspapers were talked
of by members of the legislature made
him mad; that every man seemed to
think the newspapers were trying to rob
somebody: if the editors of the State
would back him he would start the fight
against cheap rates.
Upon the president was imp sed the
duty of looking after the agency to
handle foreign advertising for the pa
pers of the State, which work had been
begun by a special committee. The
president wants to cotrespond with
some yorng man who will undertake
the work for the money that he will get
out of it.
The association adjourned after the
announcement of the committee to ar
range fer the Cuban trip, and most of
the editors left on the midday train.
THE STATE ALLIANCE.
The Annual Meeting of that Order
Held in Columbia.
The annual meeting of the State Al
liance was held in Columbia last Wed
nesday and Thursday. So far as results
are concerned the gathering does not
seem to have amounted to anything.
The report furnished the press does not
show thiat anything was done of any in
terest. The bulk of the proceedings
appears to have been devoted to a dis
ussion of the State Alliance exchange,
with the result that the exchange's
business will be continued on the basis
as heretofore, although Congressman
Stokes and Mr. Keitt had considerable
to say on the other side.
When the body met Thursday morn
ing the atfair.3 of the exchange were
again taken up, and a long discussion
enud. Addresses were delivered
during the day by State Lee' urer Blake
Congressman Talbert, President WVil
bra, 0 P Goodwin, Congressman
Sokes, Rev J A Sligh and others.
The alliance made a few minor
changes i:2 the constitution which were
not made public.
The annual election of ofiice:s was
beld, resulting in the choice of the fol
lowing: President, J C Alexander;
vice president and lecturer, J R Blake:
secretary and treasurer, .J W Reid;
member of the executive committee for
three years. J L Shuler.
The newly elected officers were duly
installed by Mr. W. N. Elder of York.
D F Efird was chosen as the State
Alliance's delegate to the national
council of the order, which meets in
Washington in 1900, and 0) P Goodwin
was elected alternate.
The thanks of the body were tender
ed to the railroads for their kindness in
granting reduced rates for the delegatcs
to the State alliance.
he following resolution was unani
Resolved. That the thia'.ks of this
body are hereby heartily extended to
the retiring president for his faithful
services, his untiring zeal and unflag
ging energy in .the discharge of his du
ties while president.
The alliatce then ad journed sine die.
The next annual meeting is to L a held
in Columbia in July next.
Suicide by Fire.
A special from Greenville says Wed
nesday morning at 3- o'clock Maggie
Brown, a negress , f bad repute, satu
rated her clothing thoroughly with
kerosene oil, touched a match to her
clothing and was instantly enveloped
in flames. Every thread of clothing.
including her stockings. was burned,
and the fire ate into her body at many
places. She lived until 11 o'clock
Wednesday morning, suffering intense
aony. She gained consciousness be
fore 'death and gave as tue reason for
taking her life that Babe Walker, a ne
gro man, with whom she lived, had de
THE OLD CONFES.
They Had a Good Time Despite
the Rain and Mud.
A BARBECUE FORTHOUSAN DS
Gen. Butler the Orator of the Oc
casion. Gen. Walker Re
Meets at Green
The g-ea reunion at Charleston
overshadow'ed the division reunion
which convened at Chester last Wed
nesday. The Cored:::tc 7wcran is
not well off in the affairs of ti's world.
and he cannot take two sur. trips in
one year. Thin, too; the weather was
miserable. Wet feet, wet clothes
everything wet. Such a combination
of circumstances worked to the hurt of
the reunion of the South Carolina vet
erans. and the a-tendance was small.
Bat there is one thing which was a
grand success-Clhester's hospitality.
The queen city of the hills did her best
to overome the chilling effects of the
heavy rains When the discharged vet
erans had turned their backs on Appo
matox and had come back to Carolina,
they were met at the depot by the no
ble Chester women. who gave them meat
and drink. That same 'horpitality ha
been again shown.
Wednesday was spent in attending to
the business of the convention. That
night cold business propositions were
given a charming variety when the tv o
score sponsors were presented to the au
dience which filled the opera house.
The hall was festooned with the colors
of the Confederacy and of the State,
with here and there a picture of some
loved hero or of the sweet, sad face of
When the convention assembled the
band played "Dixie" amid the cheers of
the assemblage, drowning the thunder
and rain, and the convention was called
to order by Capt. J. W. Reed, comman
der of the Walker-Gaston camp, who
introduced Rev. S. P. H. Elwell, D. D.,
chaplain general of South Carolina di
vision. Dr. Elwell in his prayer clo
quently :poke of the heroic dead and
prayed for the living few.
Miss May Hood, sponsor for Walker
Gaston camp. was presented by Capt.
Reed. Miss Hood, a daughter of I.
McD. Hood, a gallant soldier, welcom
ed the division.
SenatorJ. Lyles Gleen then extend
ed a very hearty welcome on behalf of
the city of Chester. Mr. Glenn made
a very happy little talk, assuring the
veterans that they were welcomed not
only by Chester, but. by all Chester
county. Chester reveres the honor of
the cause which was lest and is glad to
open her homes to those who followed
the fortunes of that flag.
He then, on behalf of Capt. Reed,
presented to the division a gavel of
pine wood, just a plain gavel, without
ornament or figure, but so suggestive of
history. As he explained to Gen.
Walker. the handle is a part of the gun
that fired the first shot against Fort
Sumter, and the head of the mallet was
carved from a piece of wood from Jef
ferson Davis' home at Ri.-hmond, the
"White House of the Confederacy."
where were held cabinet meetings at
which were discussed qjuestions of the
In responding to the warmi welcome
extended, Gen. Walker sai'l that the
division had been warmly welcomed
elsewhere, but it had been left for
Chester to extend a heart warming
welcome through a lovely young spon
sor, and the division was heartily grate
ful for it. He accepted the precious
relic presented by Senator Glenn. His
tory is crowding upon us. When he
had called together the convention in
Charleston last May he had rapped
upon a table which was used in the se
cession convention, and the gavel used
was that which had called the secession
convention to order. Today he would
use a gavel .jually as precious in its
Gen. Walker then read that beautiful
tribute to the Confederate dead which
is engraven on the mionument in the
capital grounds at Columbia. When
he had concluded the veterans arose
and with right hand raised to beaven
responde-i feelingly, "They died for
H~e read a beautifal tribute to the
women of the Confederacy, and they
responded, "God bless the women of
The death of Maj. S. Reed Stoney of
Gen. Walker's staff was then an
nounced. Gen. Walker stated vecry
feelingly that Maj. Stoney had oed
mindful of his comrades and their
meeting together here today.
The annual report of the division
comander was then presented.
REPORT 'IF GEN. C'. 1. WALK~ER. COAI
Comrades: Your commander, with
great satisfaction, submits his custo
mary annual report to this convention,
the fifth of the South Carolina division,
U. C. V.
We arc survivors of the Confederate
army and navy. The number of such
never increase. No new conditions can
give qualification for membership in the
U. C. V. Each year we lay away to
their immortal rest many of our beloved
comrades, the men who wore the gray.
Each year our members become fewer.
But the interest of the veteran in main
taining this grand organization of old
comraes does not soon die.
During the past year twelve more
camps have been formed. and the total
number of camps presumed to be alive
now in the South Carolina division is
123. How many of these may be prac
tically dead I know not, but will be
able to form some estimate after I have
met the com2.naers this afternoon.
Ninety-six camps have paid their dues
in full to the UT. C. V., or to the South
Carolina division, so it isfair to assume
that these camps are alive and active.
Many of those which have not paid. I
believe to be alive. Hence 132 is not
far from the actual number of live
camps in this division.
I think the showing is a magnificent
one. By far the smallest State of our
beloved ~Confederacy. South Carolina,
has today more camps than any other
state, except Texas, five times as large.
The iaterest of the camps of this divi
ion s clearly cdemonstated by the
payment of arrears. At the last, the
Charleston reunion, Texas, with her
234 camps, was only entitled to 267
votes, while South Carolina, with 124
camps, was entitled to 239 votes. As
compared with last year, your increased
interest is manifested by the payment
of your dues. At the 189S reunion
you had only 143 votes, and with 22
votes added by new camps, this year
you were entitled to 239 votes.
Twenty-four counties of the State
are entitled to the regimental organiza
tion, and in some of these the regiments
have been fully organized.
Every effort has been made to stim
ulate the formation of new camps. But
with t1.: stimulus of our grand reunion
of all the U. C. '. in South Carolina
this year, added to the other efforts
made, our growth has only been twelve
camps. So I am forced to believe that
our high water mark has been reached.
Some more new camp3 will probably be
formed, but they will not more than
replace those which from natural
causes, must die out. The Confederate
vcterans are fast passing away.
Feeling that we have reached the
probable heighth of our prosperity, I
congratulate you, comrades of the
South Carolina division, on the splen
did work you have accomplished. I
may safely say that you have made
this the very best division of that
glorious band of veterans gathered in
to the folds of the U. C. V. You have
shown in every way the greatest life,
interest and activity. As I have said,
only the state of Texas, five times as
large, excels you in the numbsr of
camps. Our sister States, touching us
on the north and on the west, both
twice as laige, neither have as many
camps as you have. No division excels
you in your contributions to the sup
port of the U. C. V. In the love for
your old Confederate comrades, so
magnificently evidenced in the splen
did reception you gave your comrades
of the south, in last May, none as ever
come near you. Your devotion to the
U. C. V. is only exceeded by your lov
ing devoted heroic services to the Con
federacy. You can be as proud of be
ing a veteran of the South Carolina
division as of having been a Confeder
When I truly say this of you, com
rades, you will know how much I ap
preciate having received at your hands
the most distinguished honor of my
life, that of being placed at the head
of this splendid organization. I feel
that to be trusted and respeeted and
honored by such a body of heroes, is
the noblest distinction which could be
bestowed on me by the hand of man.
As we go rapidly d-iwn the hill of life
we old survivors of the grandest strug
gle ever made by heroic men, will draw
closer and closer together. When the
last one of us reaches the end of all
things worldly, when the last survivor
of the Confederacy is buried, them furl
that banner which is to us our emblem
of bravery, devotion, truth and free
dom. How vivid must have been the
principles which inspired our fallen
cause, when thirty-four years after its
death we gather to revere them, and
pay loving tribute to our comrades.
How free must be our country in
which such glorious memories can be
loudly and openly treasured.
Our mother State, true to her sons
who risked all iin her defence, gives an
nually according to her ability from
her restricted purse, not as a measure
of her love, $100,000 in pensions. This
is equal, 1 believe, to that given by her
sister States of the south, and exceeds
the amount given by many. There has
een some complaint as to the distri
bution of these tensions. At the re
quest of Camp Wade Hampton, I have
appointed a committee of one delegate
from each camp to consider this mat
ter, and they will probably submit to
you proper recommendations to cure
the evils felt to be existing, I feel
that the grand old State of South Caro
lina, equally with'you, desires this pen
sion money to reach only the deserv
ing. I have no doubt that her legisla
ture will carefully consider any rea
onable recommendation you may
The committee on the monument to
the women of the Confederacy, which
you determined to erect. as a tribute
to these devoted saints, '"the girls be
hind the men behind the guns," will
doubtless make a report, and.I trust it
will be one of great encouragement.
At your 1895 convention you earnest
ly endorsed the action of the legisla
ture and its Chickamauga commission,
and urged the erection of the monu
ments on the battlefields of Chicka
mauga to the South Carolina troops
who beclped to win that glorious victory.
Since then, several Confederate States
have erected the monuments, beside
a large number of the northern States.
Our State found it impossible at that
time to make the necessary appropri
ation, but with the great interest in
this State caused by our recent May
reunion, I am inclined to think that the
moment is opportune to resume the
matter, and urge prompt action on the
part of our legislature that South Car
olina may not be behind her sister
States in honoring her heroes who fell
at Chickamauga. Like action should be
extendei to all battlefields similarly
marked, as soon as they are ready to
receive monuments to southern hero
In the month of May you had the
ratification of meeting your comrades
from all over the south, on the soil of
your own belaved South Carolina.
With the magnificent hospitality for
which this state is famous, you enter
tained them, and sent our visitors
home with a "God bless South Caro
lina" on all lips.
While Charleston was the place of
the reunion, our guests knew that they
were receiving a welcome from the
hands and hearts of all South Carolina.
Every comrade of the South Carolina
division helped the good people of
Charleston entertain the guests, and
Charleston, I know, appreciates your
My comrades, we have accomplished
much, and we have yet much to ac
complish. All that you have, or will
accomplish, will be, I am sure, as
worthy of the State and of yourselves
as your magnificent heroism for your
country, the Southern Confederacy.
Let mc urge upon you to keep alive
this splendid organization. So long as
two survivors are left, let those who
meet in annual convention to perpetu
ate the glorious memories of a noble
cause, to clasp their weakening hands
and proudly hold aloft to the world
the splendid record their brothers
made; and see t'hat it goes down to
generations that the men of the south
were true to their country, true to their
government, fearless in its defence,
made the grandest struggle in the face
of the heaviest odds ever made by mor
Adjt. Gen. Holmes then insisted on
camps strengthening their membership
by the more fortunate members as
suming the fees of those who were
really too poor to pay the pittance. He
then spoke of three flags which had re
cently become the property of the divi
sion. One of these was the only ban
ner which draped t.e grave of Winnie
Davis, and, therefore, should be doubly
The roll of camps was callea. There
were many camps from which there
was no response, but tabulation showed
that of the 250 camps in the division 50
When the convention was opened for
business Thursday Gen. B-tler intro
duced a set of resolutions to the effect
that the movement to erect a inonu
ment to the women of the Confederacy
be formally organized. The plan pro
posed by him is to have an association
consisting of one member from each
county. This corporation is to obtain
a charter and to go to work earnestly
and systematically to raise the fund to
complete the monument.
Comrade D. K. Henderson of Aiken
offered a resolution that the legislature
of South Carolina be memorialized to
appropriate funds to erect monuments
at Chickamauga where South Carolini
ans fought so gallantly and where their
resting place is unmarked.
Gen. Carwile appealed to the conven
tion to adopt the resolutions. South
Carolina should follow suit with other
States and commemorate the gallant
deeds of her sons at Chickamauga.
Dr. Ellwell stated that a commission
had once been appointed to locate the
site for a monument had done so. The
adoption of these resolutions would
merely impress the importance of the
State's forwarding the work of that
commission. Gen. Walker was a mem
ber of that commission and be spoke of
the importance of building the monu
ment. The resolution was unanimous
The election of officers was then en
tered upon. Gen. Walker declined to
stand for re-election. Gen. Carwile
and Capt. George B. Lake made the
motion to ignore the declination and
Gen. Walker was unanimously re-elect
ed. He had stated that for business
reasons he preferred the election of
some other comrade, Gen. T. W. Car.
wile of Edgefield and Col. Asbury Cow
ard of Charleston were elected com
manders of the Secona and First brig
The convention received no invita
tion for the next reunion, and the mat
ter of a selection of a place was left
with the division commander.
Mr. Wm. A. Barber, late attorney
general, introduced the orator of th -
day, the hero of Trevilian station, t
man twice a major general, Matthew
Calbraith Butler. Gen. Butler was re
ceived with great applause. His speech
was filled with special interest to the
people of upper South Carolina. It
dealt with the evolutions of the two
armies after the fall of Columbia until
Mr. Barber then introduced Mr. Mil
ledge L. Bonham, commander of the
Army of Northern Virginia, Sons of
Veterans. Mr. Bonham, a son of the
late ex governor, is a very eloquent
young man. His speech made a fine
impression. His references to the
heroism of the' private soldier brought
tears to many eyes. He showed that
the sons of veterans revere the cause
for which their fathers fought, a cause
sustained by the federal constitution.
For slavery was not the cause of the
war. Not half the soldiers in the Con
federate army were slave owners. It
was for right they fought. He paid a
tribute to the women of the Confeder
acy and u-ged the building of a monu
ment to their memory.
Gen. J. W. Floyd was calied upon
for a speech. He represented the pri
privates of that grand army of North
ern Virginia. He believed that the
Southern States held the destiny and
would make the glory of the future of
this great republic. He spoke a few
burning words for the woman's monu
Mr. W. A. Barber, after repeated
calls, spoke earnestly, urging the sons
of veterans to take up the work of
building a monument to preserve the
memory of their sacrifices and nobility.
Gen. Bonham announced that the
Sons of Veterans already had a fund
for that monument.
Maj. T. W. Woodward and others
made short speeches. The convention
was then adjourned.
Subsequently, Gen. Walker received
a dispatch from A. B. Riley at Green
wood saying that that city would ex
tend an open and hearty welcome to the
veterans next yeir. Gen. Walker ac
cepted the invitation with great pleas
When the convention was adjourned
the crowd repaired to a beautiful grove
half a mile south of the city, where had
been prepared an elegant barbecue.
Mr. J. MeD. Hood, who had superin
tended this part of the festivities, had
arranged everything for the comfort of
the guests. Long tables were spread
under the white oaks and beef, pork
and mutton were heaped upon the
boards. From a dozen huge cauldrons
was dipped hash or stew as tempting
and as finely seasoned as was ever
spread at a 'eue. The dinner would
have supplied 10,000 people. As it
was fully that many were there. The
slaughter of 21 beeves, 18 sheep and 5
hogs would have made a brigade joyful
in days gone by.
The secret service has received in
formation of the arrest in Knoxville,
Tenn., of Frank Farrell, charged with
raising Unitei States notes. It is said
that Farrell's specialty was raising new
one-dollar silver certificates to fives.
The work is said to have been cleverly
done. Farrell is believed to be a miem
ber of a gang, three of whom were ar
rested last week.
Can You Help Her ?
The Columbia postmaster has re
ceived a pitiful letter from Mrs. A. L.
Wilkerson of St. Louis, Mo., 2114
Loncas avenue, asking for information
about the Turkett family of Fairfield
or the Keyes family of Chesterfield.
She is anxious to find and communicate
with any relative of Turner T. (or J.)
A CENTURY AGO.
Pinckney's Message About Mov
ing the Capitol.
VALUABLE DOCUMENT FOUND
Informatin of Great Historic
Value Contained in an Old
Paper D'scovered Last
In looking through some old books in
the office of the secretary of State Mon
day Chief Clerk Gantt found sticking
between the pages a document of great
value. It was no less than the message
of Gov. Pinckney to the legislature
dealing with the moving of the capitol
of South Carolina to Columbia. The
docuEent is 109 years old and is in a
fine.- tate of preservation. It is of so
mue i local interest that it is given
here in fuh:
Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the
house of representatives.
Gentlemen: By an act of the legisla
ture passed on the 221 day of March,
1786, entitled "an act to appoint com
missioners to purchase land for the
purpose of building a town, and for re
moving the seat of government there
to;" after several provisions for this
purpose, it is among other things en
acted-that as soon as the public build
ings therein before mentioned shall be
erected in whole or in part-ia such
manner as shall be sufficient to accom
modate the legislature and officers em
ployed in the executive dopartment of
government, the same shall become the
seat of government.
And by another act passed the 7th
day of March last, entitled "an act for
the removal of the public records out
of Charleston, and for the purposes
therein mentioned," it is enacted-that
on the first day of December, 1789, all
the public records, except such as re
late to the property within the districts
of Charleston, Georgetown and Beau
fort, shall be removed to Columbia,
proyided that the commissioners shall
certify to the governor, or commander
in-chief for the time being, that the
public buildings mentioned in the act
of the 22d of March, 1786, are erected
as therein directed.
In consequence of these acts, and of
the reports of the commissioners ap
pointed to carry them into execution
(copies of which are herewith trans
mitted) it became my duty to give the
necessary directions for removing the
offices of Secretary of State, the sur
veyor general, and those belonging to
thebeasury, togeteer with all the re
cords Which are separated, and for con
vening the legislature to meet at this
During your recess the general gov
ernment of the union has been formed
by the assembling of the different
branches of the legislature, and the
qualification of the executive. You
will receive copies of all the acts and
resolutions passed during their late
session which have been officially trans
mitted by the president for that pur
pose. One which will claim your im
mediate attention is the resolution pro
posing amendments to the constitution
of the United States. These amend
ments are proposed, as congress de
clares, in consequence of a number of
the States, having at the time of their
adopting the constitution, expressed a
desire, in order to prevent misconsteuc
tion, or abuse of its powers-that furth
er declaratory and restrictive clauses
should be added. And, as extending
the ground of confidence, will best en
sure the beneficent ends of its institu
tion. They have therefore submitted
them to the legislatures of the several
States in order that they may be ratifi
ed and becomre a part of the said con
I have also the honor to enclose a
letter from the governor of New York,
transmitting a concurrent resolution of
both branches of the legislature of that
Sate, on the subject of an application
to congress for another coavention of
deputies from the several States to re
vise and amend the federal constitu
Since the duties on tonnage and im
post have been received for the use of
the United States, our public funds
have been in the most impoverished
condition. I have directed the commiis
sioners to lay before you, for your in
formation, such a statement of the
treasury, as will, I have no doubt, con
vince you of the necessity there is for
the most speedy and effectual measures
to place them in the future, in a more
certain and respectable situation.
I shall continue, gentlemen, to make
you such communications as shall ap
pear to me necessary for your informa
tion, or such as at this time should en
gage attention. convinced that all your
proceedings will be calculated to ac
celerate bnsiness, to place the public
funds upon the most honorable and
permanent footing. and establish that
harmony in our councils, which is es
sential to the true interest and happi
ness of the public.
Columbia, January 4th, 1790.
The commissioners for laying out the
town of Columbia, and for ccontracting
for the public buildings therein, have
the honor to acquaint your exclleney,
that Mr. James Brown, the carpenter,
has giveu satisfactory reasons why the
State house is not finished acc-ording to
his contract. and has engaged to ecm
plete it within two months from this
date. That they have contracted with
several other gentlemen to do such
other work as appears necessary for the
reeption of the legislature. and for
placing of the public records, which
will be finished by the first day of De-.
That they have prepared plans for
the other public buildings, and adver
tised for persons to contract for the
executing of them.
And although providing of accommo
dations and comforts for the legislature
and the public officeers, could not be in
cluded in the instructions to the com
missioners, yet they conceive it will be
pleasing to give information thereon.
They find that the house of the H~on.
Thomas Taylor is well calculated and
ready for a government house. That
accommodations will be re-ady for about
two hundred and seventeen persons in
Columbia, and stabling for three hun
dred and ten horses. That accommoda
tions will be ready for one hundred and
nine persons and seventy-two horses in
Granby. That a market will be built
on Moultrie square, which will be am
ply furnished with provisions from its
From these contracts and prepara
tions for the accommodating of those
who by their stations are constrained to
attend public business, we apprehended
it to be our duty to offer your excellen
ey this early notice that the State
house will be ready for the reception of
the legislature at their next stated
meeting and for the placing of the 're
cords, conformable to our instructions,
in the laws passed for the removal of
the government to Columbia, and that
a house for the reception of your ex
eellency will also be ready.
With every respect we have the honor
to be your exeallency's
Most obedient and most humble ser
Charles Pinckney. Esq.
Columbia, May 29th, 17S9.
THE SONS OF VETERANS.
Annual Meeting Shows Only Nine Out
of Forty Camps Represented.
South Carolina division United Sons
Confederate Veterans met in the court
house in Chester Thursday morning
at 10 o'clock. Acting Division Com
mander Hon. Francis H. Weston of
Columbia presided. Dr. C. C. Stanley
of Columbia acted as adjutant. The
roll call showed nine camps represent
ed. There are about forty camps in
the State. Chaplain General Me
Lauchlin opened with prayer.
Hon. J. Hardin Marion, member of
the house of reprQsentatives from Ches
ter county, delivered the address of
welcome in behalf of Jne. R. Culp
camp United Sons of Confederate Vet
Hon. Paul Hemphill welcomed the
convention in behalf of the city of
'hester. Comrade Charles Dantzler
responded in a happy manner to the
welcome extended by Mr. Marion, and
Maj. John Earle of Greenville replied
to the remarks of Mr. Hemphill, as
suring the Chester people of the pleas
ure afforded the sons of the survivors
by meeting here.
The roll call showed the following
camps represented: John M. White,
Fort Mill; James M. Perrin, Greenwood;
Jos. B. Kershaw, Camden; Maxey
Gregg, Columbia; W. W. Humphries,
Anderson; Jno. R. Culp, Chester; 0.
M. Dantzler, Orangeburg; Wm. Beattie,
Greenville, and L. A. Griffin, Ninety
Comrades L. A. Wittkowsky, J. M.
Patrick and J. N. Lipscomb were ap
pointed a committee on credentials.
The constitution of South Carolina
division was changed to conform to
changes made in the constitution of the
general order at the Atlanta reunion.
On motion of Comrade Dantzler four
comrades are to prepare historical
sketches for the next reunion.
This concluded the morning work.
At 5 o'clock in the afternoon when the
Sons reassembled in the court, house,
the sponsors fair were gathered to greet
them. Commander Weston made an
eloquent little talk in presenting the
sons and daughters to each other.
The election of officers was then en
tered into. Francis H. Weston was
elected division commander; W. T. Lo
gan of Charleston, commander of the
First brigade: Rev. D. J. Brimm, D.
D., of Second brigade; and Wyatt
Aiken of Third brigade.
When Mr. Weston's. election was an
ounced he was received with applause,
led by the sponsors. In a graceful
speech he accepted the nomination and
pledged himself to true, earnest and
Comrade R. B. Caldwell suggested
that in succeeding reunion there be a
historical address by a veteran. After
asking the cooperation of the Sons in
the work of building up the organiza
tion, and after a resolution of thanks
to the citizens of Chester, proposed by
Comrade Dantzler, the meeting was
eclared adjourned sine nie.
Lynched in Texas.
Same two weeks ago a negro was
lnched in Grimes county, Texas.
I'uesday night a church at Fuqua Prai
rie was burned by an incendiary; suspi
ion fell on John and Randall Hamil
ton, negroes. The latter was first,
found, and, with a rope around his
neck, confessed that Johai burned the
hurch. John was found at his home
and his answer to a demand for surren
er was a volley of buckshot, Van
Wright being fatally wounded and Tuck
Moody slightly injured. The negro
scaped, badly wounded, but was re
aptured at noon and at once struog
p. No further trouble is expected.
Revenge for a former lynching it is
hought was the motive of the incendi
Gov. McS weeney Wednesday honor
d a requisition from the governor of
Florida for one George Parish, now in
jail at Florence. in this State. and or
ered Parish tunied over to RI. M. Me
London, as the agent of the State of
Florida to be carried back to the Land
f Flowers. Parish is wanted in Leon
ounty. Florida, on the charge of mur
Street Car Strike.
New York and Brooklyn are now hav
ing to contend with a strike of conside
rable magnitude from the operatives of
the rapid transit lines of the city, and
hundreds of policemen are constantly
alled into service to qjuell alleged dis
urbances from the strikers. It seems
the strikers have much sy mpathy from
Canadian Cashiers Decamp.
A sensation was caused at Montreal,
anada, last Tuesday by the announce
ment that the Villa Maris bank, one
f the oldest institutions in the city,
ad suspended payment. The cause
assigned is defalcations on the part of
the cashier, F. Lemieux and J. H. Her
bert, the paying teller, both of whom
ave disappeared. The amount of the
Sheriff 'of Decatur Appealed to
Governor for Aid.
COMPANIES ORDERED OUT.
Mob Threatens to Dynamite Jail
:to Get John Williams.
More Killings in
Gov. Candler at Atlanta. Ga., Tues
day night received the following mes
sage from Sheriff Patterson of Decatur
county at Bainbridge: "Town in the
hands of a mob. Send aid quick."
Gov. Candler ordered the company of
State militia stationed at Valdosta un
der -command of Capt. Littleton and
that of Capt. Smith at Thomasville, to
proceed with all haste to Bainbridge,
Charles Mack, the second of the
Ogletree rapists, was lynched Tuesdaf
morning at Saffold. His crime was
committed in Early County. and citi
zens of this county refused to let the
mob bring man into West Bainbridge
since it was desired that an innocent
county should not suffer the odium of a
lynching committed by citizens of
Mack was, therefore, taken toSaffold,
the scene of his crime, in Early Coun
ty. When that place was reached the
mob found the body of Louis Sammin.
who had been lynched forty-eight
hours before, still swinging to the limb
on which it had been .left. Mack was
carried before Mrs. Ogletree. She
recognized him at once, as did also her
husbrnd. Mack then made a confession
to every fact except holding a pistol to
Ogletree's head while Sammin commit
ted his assault. Mack was then taken
to a tree near that on whieh hung the
body of Sammin and strung up. As he
was pulled off the ground his body was
riddled with bullets.
Wednesday night, on account of the
excited state of the people here Sheriff
Patterson took John Williams, the ne
gro in jail at Bainbridge, and whose
life has been clamored for by a mob for
two days, to Thomasville for safe keep
ing. Under guard of the two compa
nies of militia, which arrived here
Wednesday morning, and between lines
of jeering people the negro was taken
to the depot and put on board a Plant
line train due to arrive in Thomasville
at 7 p. m. There is some talk of the
mob going to Thomasville, but this is
not taken in any seriousness, and itUs
thought the trouble is over.
The action of the leading citizeng of
the town late Wednesday night, in con
fronting the mob as it marched to the
jail, saved the lifma.f ia,,i:' The
lynching party, with dynamite and tel
egraph poles for battering rams, was on
its way to the jail when Judge Bower
and two other gentlemen stopped the
mob and pleaded with them to let the
law take its course. 7udge Bower pro
mised a special term to try Williams
and promised speedy justice. After
some replies from members of the mob
they finally disbanded and the night
was passed in quiet.
Sheriff Reeves of Pike county, Ala
bama, placed Albert Wright, one of the
negroes accused of assaulting Mrs.
Ogletree, in jail in Atlanta Wednesday
afternoon. The sheriff stated that
when the train passed through New
man, a mob of armed men bearded it
and demanded that the prisoner be
turned over to them. Wright had been
concealed in the bagga.ge car, however,
before Newman was reached and after
making whqt they thought to be a
thorough search of the train the would
be lynchers permitted the train to pull
out, thinking the negro was not aboard
The negro denies his guilt, but Sheriff
Reeves states that he has been identifi
ed by Mrs. Ogletree.
After 38 Years.
Elijah Bowen created a sensation in
his sudden appearance Wednesday in
Anderson. Thirty-eight years years
ago he was a soldier in Co. G. Twenty
second South Carolina regiment and
was last seen by comrades at a vidette
post on the firing line in front of
Petersburg. His family and friends in
Anderson county mourned him as dead.
His son Whitaker, -a man of 40, with a
family, recognized his resemblance to a
photograph. Many Confederate com
rades also recognized him. Elijah
came here from New Jersey, via Pied
mont, in a buggy. He claims he was
captured on Morris Island, Charleston,
and liberated 10 days later in New
York. He spent three years in Con
necticut, three in New York and 32 on
a faim in New Jersey. His wife is
Mrs. Styles Not Guilty.
Mrs. Augusta .Styles was Tuesday
night declared by a .iury not guilty of
the murder of her mother, Mis. Cather
ine Schultz, in Chicago. The case has
been on trial for nearly a week and has
been full of hysterical episodes. Mrs.
Styles shot her mother because the lat
ter disparaged her character to Belle
Styles, a daughter of Mrs. Styles. Much
sympathy was excited for Mrs. Styles
by the nature of the stories told to her
children by their grandmother.
Drowned on a Picnic.
A special from Waycross, Ga., says:
Mrs. M. J. Mock, her son, Joe Mock,
and Cora Smith, an orphan girl, were
drowned about noon Tuesday at Ball's
Bluff, on the Satilla River, about two
miles west of Waycross. They were
with a picnic party, were bathing, and
got beyond their depth. Ex-Sheriff
Berry Anderson and Barney MacDon
aid, grandson of the late Hon. W. A.
McDonald, in trying to rescue them
nearly lost their own lives.
Pretty Good Pay.
Admiral Dewey's salary amounts to
$37.50 per day; President McKinley's
is equal to $131 a day; cabinet officers,
the vice president and the speaker of
the house get $22.22 a day; senators
and congressmen, $13.90, and the chief
justice of the supreme court $29 a day.
Wheeler off for Manila.
The transport Tartar has sailed from
San Francisco for Manila, with Gen.
Jos. Wheeler, a portion of the 19th in
fantry and a number of recruits for the
army in the Philippines on board.