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The Goldsboro Star.
GEO. T. WASSOM, Id. and Prop GOLDSBOttO, N. C. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1881. oitick ovm fcchtler keen's. The Uolored State D air is creating some excitement throughout the en tire State, from the fact that the ! colored people are working for this institution as never before. Mr. John H. Williamson, the Secretary, has engaged the services of some of the most distinguished colored speak ers of the State who are awakening sf the people in the various sections to sTiense of their duty in behalf of their Fair. We sincerely hope that the colored people will unite their efforts and make the colored State Fair a complete success and tha their attendance may be larger than rMMwJ ever. - . TTTH 7Wi The Post Office Muddle. CONTINCEn. On our iourney to Snow Hill a few days ago we were informed that a certain Post Office on the line is only supplied with mail two to four times per week notwithstanding the Department requires it supplied twice per day six days per week. We were also .informed that one Ju lius who drove the mail last winter devised a novel plan to hasten the mail in its transit. Julius took too . . , raucn "calamity water- ononeuo casion and when he arrived at a certain office on the route he was ronderthe influence of the fluid; the Post Master took the mail pouch to get Via matt out and refused to return It telVms Julius that he was drunk andLtbat .drunken people were not allowed to have anything to do with the mail, whereupon Julius drew a pistol and told the Post Mas ter that John R. Smith, the Pos Master at Goldsboro, was boss of the mail route and employed him to drive the mail and if he did nt give it back to him he would " kill him and then indict him for delavina the - V V mail." The Post Master, whether from considering prudence the bet ter part of valor or the propriety of taking care of his bacon gave back the pouch and Julius went his way rejoicing but before he got far he drove into a ditch and distressed the horse so badly that the court of Greene county will deal with him for his conduct; so much for the man ner in which John R. Smith runs his " Star Route " contract and we will now pay our respects to the Goldsboro Post Office and call pub lic attention to the fact that we are informed that John K. smith is go ing to resign and that H. L. Grant, ex-P. M., is using his persuasive powers to get Smith to resign in his favor. , J. N. Greene is also a hopeful applicant , for the position, conse quently Hiram and Newton will pull thmr little bone of contention, but Newton " can't pull worth a cent,' and we will adviso Grant to stick to . brick making for he is better adapt ed to that business thanrunning a Pwt Office for we are informed that when Grant sold out the office to John R. Smith in April, 1880, he was short $1,500, and that John R. Smith made good the shortage we don't know the truth of this ru mor as John R. Smith is the author ofitaud the public must take it' for what it is worth. Grant sold the v office when he had it and it is not reasonable to suppose that the De partment will give him another op portunity to sell out Grant, at the time he quit his connection with pffice gave as his reason for so doinsr that it would aid hiufto get a better position and said had it not been that he was Post Master he would have gotten the Collcctorship of Internal Revenue for the District, and he even at one time aspired to the Third Assistant Postmaster GeneralshiD. Alas ! a fuse was set close up to his arrangements which exploded at the proper time and ren- dered Hiram s chance for any posi tion, other than treading clay, very remote. We will now go to Mr. J. Newton Greene's case. and see on what grounds he aspires to the dignity of Post Master. The public . knows that JohnR. Smith is not compe tent to perform the duties, conse quently Greene has to manage the office and under his management 1t has eained a character for dishon esty equaled only by the gang who are connected with it. il.- M. nf loaf Anmiut. n Ju mo urn uaj ui " Tl,. woa ma Hill, tf. a, addressed to Hugh Humphrey, L, . ... n,Cfl ,thifl letter was Esa.. of this place (this letter was registered) and notwithstanding it has been 69 days Mr. Humphrey tinn nnt vet received the letter. It seems that a registered letter makes haste sloWlv. like an ordinary one, - v ' y. at the rate of one mile, or less, per dav. on the railroad at that ; on the 6th of September a letter was mailed at La Grange directed to a gentle man in Goldsboro, and he has never received it ; on the 9th of September a postal card was Sent to the same party enquiring after the letter, and on the 13th another letter was for warded, on the 17th another postal card, with the following result : the letter of the bth has not arrived yet, the postal of the 9th and the postal of the nth were both delivered on the afternoon of the 21st ; the let ter of the loth was delivered on the 26tb. Now why this delay? La Grange is only 14 miles from Golds boro and the plea that the gentle man failed to call for his mail wil not do os it was called for daily in the presence of witnesses. - The office has been badly man aged ever since John R. Smith has had possession, and it is no uncom mon thing to see the office full of all sorts of poople (except niggers), and many of them get their own mail without asking to be waited on consequently the privacy of the mails are exposed to public inspec tion and the loss of valuable letters is an almost every week occurrence. Letters mailed in this office have been decoyed out and opened, read, copied and then sent on. A certain party here has had to resort mailing letters on the train in order to avoid having such letters broken open and read for it seemed that some one connected with the office had no more regard for honesty or the sanc tity of a seal than a dog has for Sunday. v A gentleman in Raleigh has been seen to give a letter to a passenger coming to Goldsboro, to deliver to a person here, fearing to trust its de livery from the mails at this office and if certain rumors be true he had good cause to fear. ; v ' John R. Smith will, perhaps, be interviewed by some official of the n . -n ' V ' Post Office Department concerning MV TTnmnlirAv'a letter and nAt4iinfl Mr. Humphrey s letter and perhaps his face will wear a more solemn ap pearance than it did on the 21st of September when ho closed the Post Office under pretense of paying res pect to our lamented President and then went to the circus. We trust the thief, or thieves, who committed these depredations may be ferreted out and brought to justice, and if John R. Smith is not prepared to tell a straight tale about the management of the office and his connection with the "Diar Rm,tn ' wa advise him to hunt tall timber without delay or he will be nulled out of his official garments and kicked out of the office with such speed that the community will think a cyclone has hold of him in all its fury, and we doubt if John will be allowed time enough to be queath his office to Hiram or any one else. Will Mr. Smith inform us if he is satisfied with the attempt he made to lead the Department to believe that all the negroes of Goldsboro will steal ? Will he please inform us with what degree of consistency he acted when he wroto to Mr. Ty ner telling him that all the negroes here would steal and in a few dayi sends the Department a petition signed by these samo negroes, ask ing that he be retained as post mas ter ? We think Mr. Smith's action in this matter was about equal to his lack of common sense. The Star took up this gang of post office men because they were bidding for notoriety, and until we have fully ventilated their acts we shall labor cmcstly. Perhaps John R. Smith is satis fied that some others, besides ne groes, are capable of stealing ; he may, perhaps, think that the nig- eers of the community would be justifiable in stealing from him by way of retaliation, for if rumor be true and every nigger in the county that he has swindled could,, and would, take a " whack " at him, we think John would have a hard row of stumps. , We regret very much that we lack spacetogive otner iacis in mis mat ter hut we will contribute a few col umns ip our next issue and will Bee to it nat these P. 0. gentry shall havethe full benefit of the notoriety they have earned.' ' " " to be continued. In speaking of Dr. Brown's ad dress delivered in Boston for the purpose of raising funds for church purposes, an exchange says: . THURSDAY EVENING, SEPT. 22d, Dir. Wm. ' Wells Brown, , the cele brated Abolitionist, orator and his torian. delivered his speech on "American Liberty; What have col ored patriots contributed to bring it about?" before aylarga and fash- innnKlA nndiarfu. I T)r Brown hn gan his argument by reverting to the day of Charles J. and Oliver Cromwell, descending by grand movements from ancient times to the present, lie said that the farst blow for American liberty was struck by a tunawaiy slavo from Framingham, Mass., wpq had oeen niding in .Bos ton, " Vnt;'who had kained in his nlaca M ' secretion, the indignities heaned unbh the American patriots by the English soldiery, ine ty . fill ranny of the latter, so incensed the amirit ff Ma man. that lift innif.Arl the populace to retaliate the insults fiven them and himsolf headed the revolt, which occurred in front of the. Old State House, Boston, dur intr which the - first blood shed in the Colonies in the cause of Ameri can liberty, poured from this color ed man a veins, . That man was Attucks.. ; ; ' -r ' ; This feeble effort which culmina ted in after years in a deadly strife and subsequent freedom, was at that time nnder a nail of darkness: iirno ran(tt prevailed and aristocracy was over.rfding poverty. Subjects of e : i. .l,: .......' - - a i - - , foreign powers came to this country bunting lor noerty ana grauuauy, but none the less , effectually, the colonies became stronger and sentis ments for freedom from England's tyranny more loudly expressed. The overthrow of Charles I., by Crom well, had its good effect upon the American colonies. Tho ODDOsition tn the head, tea and Daner tax was marked, and the sentiments of John Hampden, Algernon Sidney and Cromwell crossed the water. Tne sneaker said that when negroes were sold in the streets of Boston, none at that time dreamed that tho color ed man would play his part in the strife for liberty. Taxation without representation became more and more distastelul. , ihe revolution ary war commenced. Peter Salem, a colored man, distinguished himself and race by killing Major Pitcairn, . . 1.1 T I. i. who commanded tne innsn iroops. General Prescott of tho English sol diers, who was captured by Col. Barton, owed his mwfortuue to a colored man named Prince. When Col. Green of the American troop9 was. killed, ho was surrounded by colored men who fought nobly but unsuccessfully to preserve his life. The bravery displayed by the color ed man in the Revolutionary war so impressed itself upon Lafayette, the French friend of America, that he endeavored to procure for the slaves their freedom, but Washington re fused to grant the patriot's request. One hero I must mention, . whose name lives in history, John Johnson a colored man connected with the ship Tompkins, Captain Shaler, which was engaged in Commodore Perry's famous fight on Lake Eric, was struck with a cannon ball, that severed the whole lower portion of his body, but with an unequalled bravery the sufferer said several times to tho men, l,Fire away, my boys, don't haul the colors down." Gen. Gabriel, the colored heroin 1831, Nat Turner in 1840, two col- ored men, Shields Green and John A. Polken, who were engaged with John Brown in his famous raid at Harper's Ferry: the bravery of the colored troops in the late Rebellion, at Milliken's Bend, Port Hudson, Wagner, Poison Springs, Honey Hill, Olusteo and Petersburg; Uapt. Robert Small, Jasper. Tillman, and other colored martyr heroes were eulogized by Dr. Brown. The speech, of which the above is a scant resume was rendered in a masterly manner, characteristic of the orator. During the evening the choir sang the anthems,' "The Lord is My Light," "Praise the Lord, Ye Heav enly Uheir, and "Let every neart T .. J1 cv in.. T WAt uejoice ana oiiig ueo. o. vveuuj. Miss Addie U. smith sang two choice solos with artistic skill, after which Mis Hallie Q. Brown, B. S., of Wilberforce University, read a comical dialbuge. Receiving a hear ty encore, this encore, this talented elocutionist recited "Fifty Miles an Hour," closing with a recitative Garfield requiem, with organ accom paniment by Professor F. E. Lewis which was so impressive thatsevera! persons in the house were moved to tears THE U. S. SENATE. First Day's Proceedings of the Extra Session. Washington, October 10. The as sembling ot tho speoml session of the Senate was witnessed by a large number of persons, wro as early as 11 o clock fill ed the eallerk-s toiheir utmost capacity. The desk formerly copied by Senator Burnside wd tastefully draped with black, whilo Sevora bouquets ornamented the desks of prominent senators. Sena tors elect jQrich,' Lapham and Miller occupied featsvipou tne fioor on the lie- puoicanBiae.v . , t tr 'ine senate was caueu w oruer oy lur. Harris, who, after prayer by Chaplain Bullock, who alluded in a feeling manner to the death of President Uarneld, sena tor Burnside. and Secretary Burch, said : ''I have been requested by a number of senators on both sides ot the chamber to call the Senate to order. It there be no objection, I will call the Senate to order mat we may proceed wru iw uuoiucuo. The Senate will please oome to order, aid the Clerk will reoort to the Senate the message of the President convening this session of the Senate. (J The President's proclamation having been read. Mr. Pendleton moved the nJnntion of Ihe following resolution : "That Tlomas F. Bayard, senator from the State oaJJeiaware. is nereDy coosen Prosidentoj?1 of tb Sonata. " Mr. Y .at of courso he did not 1. present coniddra tion ofthi jbut he thought that, unat. ..ilroumstancos, it was his duty to present the credentials of the senators-elect, which ho thereupon did. The credentials having been read, Mr. Edmunds moved that the oath of office be administered to those gentlemen by ben ator Anthony, the senior senator. Mr. Pendleton moved to lay the mo tion on the table. Carried yeas, 4ul nays 34. Mr. Dam ofl hnois, vatod wita. the Republicans in the negative. Mahone did not vote. Mossrs. Piatt and Fair were paired, , Mr. Edmunds said no reason had been given why the senators elect should not be allowed to take part in the organic tion of tho Senate, and he therefore mov ed to amend Mr. Pendleton's resolution by providing for the immediate qualifica- tion of the senators elect, the of office to be administered by Senator Anthony. Tho amendment ottered by Mr. Ed munds to Mr. Pendleton's resolution gave rise to a short discussion, but was finally rejected jeas, 33; nays, 30 Mcrx. Ma hone and Davis of Illinois voting with the Republicans. : . 1 ' Mr. Edmunds then proposed an nmend ment providing thut Thonm F. Bayard shall be elected presiding officer for this day only, and argued in cupport of tho amendment, contending that it would comply with both the letter and the spirit of the law, and would allow the Statespf New York and llhodo Island to haveV voice in me eiecuuu ui u puuuum-uni io irtant, nro tern. After some debate, the amendment of Mr. Edmunds' was lost yea?, 33: and nays, 34. . Mr. Edmunds then moved an amend ment that Mr. Bayard be elected Presi dent pro tern for this day only. . . , Uisousscd ac lODgiu uy ocuuuus iui v munds, Garland, Beck, Vest and Morgan. yiU Mr. Edmunds's amendment was then . rfliflntedi veas. 33: navs. 34. ' ; Mr. Edmunds then moved to strike oat ' t the namo of Thomas P. Bayard and insert ' that of Henry B. Anthony. Rejected yeas, 32; nays, 34 Messrs. Bayard and -Anthony being pairyd. Mr. Davis, of Illinois, did not vote, and Mr. Mahone voted with the Republicans. The original resolution was then adopt edyeas, 34; nayp, 32 and Mr. Bayard was escorted to the chair by Senators An thony and Pendleton. On taking tho chair Mr. Bayard, after acknowledging the honor paid him, said: "We are all painfully mindful of the un usual circumstances under which wc meet; of the national bereavement which has caused this special session of the Sonate. May' it not bo hoped that, touched by a sense of common sorrow and . chastened by a grief that penetrates every household in one great family of States, our proceedings may be marked by a spirit of concession, ot harmony, and generous consideration for mutual differ ences of opinion, and the softening of partisan asperities, and a high intent to perform our duties in a manner respon- , sive to the demands of the occasion and the best interest of our common country. With such hopes and in such a spirit I now assume and shall endeavor to perform -tho duties of tho high position to which your favor has assigned me." At the conclusion of Mr. Bayard's speech Mr.' Edmunds moved that the credentials of M. W. Aldrich, of Rhode Island, be placed . on hie, and that t oath of omco be administered to him. Mr. Pendleton, in order to give an op portunity of examining the credentials of the senators from Rhode Island and New York, moved that the Senato adjourn. The Democrats now have the Vice-President of the United States. Look out for more trouble in the future, Republicans ! For the Btr. A GAY WEDDING. Mr. Editor: The dull monotony of our town was broken last week by a brilliant wedding at Zion M. E. Church. The contracting par- tips were Mr. Rufun P. Weddino-tftn a and Miss Mattie E. Dixon, one of Charlotte's . fairest and best young ladies. The ceremony was perform ed by Bishop Thos. H. Lomax, on J the 29th ult, at 8:30 p. m., in the presence of a very large audience ; The bride was the most pleasant . ' - on1 nVtoaAi1 lnnVinr rtra Iiawa ait aw auu vuvvuut ivvAiug no uufv viva seen and the general remark km, ''j "she looks so sweet." , , ' ine attendants were Mr. I. J. j weadington ana Miss Annie U. Moore: Mr. J. P. Smith and Misa Anhie C. Weddineton: Mr. G. H. , TT. J J - T T - I OAn Wa will Qimnliv on tv tk& KwifYno maids looked grand " ' The reception was held at the res idence of the bride's parents in the . suburban village of , 4Greenville.'' - A. A grand feature of tho affair wa3 the street turnout; it surpassed anything of the kind wo evtp r witnessed in ; Charlotte a dozen or more car riages in line, dashing through the v, ' streets : and all lighted , up and "gwino to do weddin'," made us wish we were in the foremost car- riage in place of friend Ruff. All arrived at Greenville safely with tho exception of one brea. down, iu which no one was hurt. There was a large and happy collec- ' tion of relatives, old friends and , young friends. Every one enjoyed it "hugely, ' and Jen many kisses md congratulations with that cheer ful bride. The presents were nu--v mcrous, pretty and useful; we will , not attempt to numerate theinv As we have no lady to help ns T our description of the bridal toous- ' 5 wait will be excused. On Friday 1 aftornoon the maids and a few ( ; friends called on the newly wedded j pair when cake and wine were serv ; t ed and a couple of hours .spent very enjoyably. 1 Who'll be the next to follow? A GUEST, Charlte, Oct. 5, '81; 1 r