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H UDGENS, IIAGOOD& 0, Prop'rs.
A. W. HUDGENS, 1 it
EASLEY, S. C., OCT. 12, 1883.
'Time rolls his ceaseless course,
and along that course are mile
stones marking the eras of frovn
ing adversity and smiling prosper
ity. The question naturally arises
which of -the mile stones has turn
ed up ? The universal answer is,
that of appalling misfortune. The
great crop failure of '83 will ever
have its place in the history of our
nation. Farming, which consti
sutes the very back-bone of our
country's weal, has met with a sad
fate. The losses we deplore, but
the lesson of 'experience will teach
us like none other.' The happy
anticipations, so fondly fostered of
seeing a full crop saved this Fall
were blighted by the summer's
drought. The )ecuniary coudition
of our County is not a favorable
one. TIre is not much money on
the market, and what amount there
is, will not be in rapid circulation,
save where the force of necessity
revolves it. Apparently then, all
enterprises tay seem to be of no
consequence. Money is usually at
their foundation, and in as much
as it is so scarce, there will be ut
few undertaken. But however
strange and unnatural this enter
prise might seem to some, we uin
dertake it. To us but little pe
cuniary benefit may accrue. The
realization of this fact, however,
shall not cut short our efforts to
make this an interesting little pa
Surely it will be nurtured in the
arms of enterprising Easley. For
here 'the lines seem to have fallen
to us in pleasant places,' and we
need something to insure their con
tinuance, andl to tell abroad of
their significance. Through the
tact and energy of our citizens,
Easley assumes a "'bold front.."
To-day she is far in advance of
other towns of her age, andl can
compete strongly with others,
which though older in years, are
not the weightiest in the scales of
Potent influences. Step by step
she is mounting the ladder of pros
perity. Already her glory wvil1
prove perennial with coming ages.
T.here are monuments that point
high, heavenward, to insure her
lasting fame ; and truths of her
greatness which, 'like the torch
when shaken, .shall shine all the
more.' We are glad 'that it is our
province to hold these trutps up
before the public ; to and*knoftherm
to writ'e of them as they stsad daz
zling-in our sight. Behold thatno
ble institution of learning;. a thing
of the past, of the living present,
and we trust, of the futur; a
magnificent result of the ener
gies of a people whose motto is:
Press onward! press upward!
Their motto is being ean-ied out.
Many people are doing their share;
the efficient Professor MOORE and
the accomplished Miss HENRY are
doing theirs. Throngh their in
strurmentality large numbers of
children are being enlightened, and
are making diligent search for hid
den truths. None could remain
undcr their instruction without
making the discovery of them.
Nearly eighty pupils beckon to the
call of the school-bell, and are ma
king no mean efforts to "drink
deep of the Pierian Spring."
There are yet other people in the
County who should at once em
brace this privilege of educating
their children. You know not
what an 'occasion is drifting by.'
Look to it people!
Again, think of the privileges of
worship. TwNo nice, comfortable
churches inside of the Incorporate
limits, and one not far out, all of
ferinig their superior advantages.
We might go on eulogizing at
length the privileges of Easley, as
for instance, the accommodations
offered to the traveling public, at
our well kept hotels, and by the
livery stalAes, but will say more
on these subjects anon.
We commend nour little journal
to the attention of the people, and
earnestly solicit their subscription
andl patronage, feeling that we will
give you "value received" for
your money. We know the times
are hard, and many licks are made
for the well-earned dollar, but let
philanthropy he your guide, and
show your appreciation of' this new
enterprise, which will do its share
in the upholding of IIONOR, JUs
-Rev. R. II. GuRIFITH, in a let
ter to "The Baptist Courier,"
speaking of his recent visit to this
County, says:
"I found the roads in fine condi
tion. By the way, it occurred to
me that it would be a good thing
for some of the counties in the low
er pa*rt of the State to send their
road-commissioners up to Pickens
County, and make them serve a
thorough apprenticeship in the art
of roadl-working. It seeris that
dhese people do not work their
roads on the "lick and a prormise"
plan, and I should judge that theyv
do not have nineteen overseers in
every twenty hands that work on
While our roads are not so good
as they might be, Yet our people
can enjoy what comfort there is in
the thought of not having theI ost
roads in the State.
-Below we give. the controversy
pending between A. M. Howell, Re.
porter for the Charleston News and
Courier, from Greenville, and C. P.
Barrett. U. S. Commissioner, of Pick
ens County :
A Square Denial of All "Crooked
.ness" in His Office.
PICKENs C. H., Sept. 29.
To the Editor of the News and Cou
ier: Your-Greenville correspondent,
"A. M. 1." in an article of date the
27th; and which appeared in the News
and Courier of the 28th, among other
things said : ",Nothing has been devel
oped here as to the reported resigna
tion of District Attorney Melton. Un
der officials are divided in opinion as to
whethe'r or not the resignation has ta
ken place. There is also a diversity of
opinion as to the probable cause of the
resignation, if it has really occurred.
The crookedness of a certain United
States Commissioner of Pickens coun
ty, whose official acts are said to-have
undergone department inve.ttigation,
is a matter that bas been an open se
cret here for some time past. This is
doubt.less the person whom It is said
the District Attorney is called upon to
prosecute for offleial misconduct. C.
P. Barrett is his mine."
In reply I will simply state that, my
office, as well as that of every other
officer connected with the D)epartment
of Justice in South Carolina, was in
vestigated last spring by a special
agent, as required by the last Con
But that any "crookedness" now, or
at any time hereofore, ever existed or
was (eveloped, so far as the condict of
imy office is coiceried, I positively
deny. HInce, the intimationi t hat the
District Attorney has been calfled ipon
to prosecute me for offlcial iniscondiict
is gratuitous and without any founda
tion whatever.
Respect fil Ily.
C. P. BARU:r'r.
Re(ply of A. M. H. to Mr. Barrett's
[Special to the News and Courier.]
GRKEEN VILLE, October 4.--The card
of United States Commissioner C. P.
Barrett. of Pickens, published ini The
News and Courier of yesterdIav, caus
es considerable laughing in th'e sleeve
in this loca lity'. His characterization
of the information given by your Re
porter In The News and Courier of
the 2bth uilt., as gratuitous and with
out any foundation whatever. is regarn
dled as a most remarkable reply to tihe
serious charges against Mr. ~Barrett
that are fast becoming common rumor
here andl elsewhere. It is told of him
that a large number of cases heard by
him dlurin~g tihe present year were
brought upon warrants that wer'e prIo
curedl in blank from a deputy collector
of internal revenue while the said dep
uty collector was drunk.
Thle p~ublic will better understand
this kind of crookedness by an allusion
to the facts that deputyv collectors are
the only .persons authorized to swear
out warrants against offenders against
the United States Iuternal revenue
laws, and that commissioners before
whom the eases ,are heard and deputy
marshals who execute the warrants
get their fees from' the Government:
whether there is anything in the ease or
not. It will 1e remembered that Disi
triet Attarney MQlton was unusualy
sever'e in his critleisms upon thme con.'
duct sof commisiloners for the ,great
nurpher of.trival' cas lieard and 1or
multiplying ceages.hiisbI recent speech
before thme District Court In asking for
an order callIngin all warrants' Issued
prio'f.61ouly ist 1883. In that speech
the dlitrlt attiorney said that over. 60
per centum of the cases brought before
a certain commissioner during a quar.
ter had been dismissed. It is under
stood that the commissioner referred to
was Mr. Barrett. Aside from the fact
it can easily be shown that the issuing
of three or four warrants against one
defendant within a very short space of
time, sometimes only a day-interven
ing between two warrants, has been
a practice of Mr. Barrett's official ca
reer. The person accused of any con
nection with illicit distilling can, for
instance, be arrested upon four or five
different charges. It Is an easy matter
therefore, to multiply cases and the
fees of each of the cases are the same
while properly all the charges should
be included in one warrant, and the
whole cost of the Government should
be that of one case.
During the last term of the District
Court here fifty-tharee cases were tried
of which number twenty-five resultea
in the acquittal of the defendants.
Mr. Barrett's account against the Gov
ernment for the quarter, I am inform
ed, was $1,900, and, of course, Mr.
Bariett did not send upi all the cases.
Whether It is true or not that the Dist.
Attorrey had been called upon to prose
cute Mr. Barrett a report to that effect
reached G reenville. With this amount
of (hita upon which to base wvhat was
said, it will hardly be contended that
the information given by ine was -rat
itous. A. M. -1.
One and All,
Has just received their Fall
and Winter stock of goods,
consisting of
' D 'Ef 41 - s
Notions, Clothing,
JHard ware, Gr'oceries
andl Grocers Drugs.
Oi&"ive us a call andl we will b~e sure
to sell to you i low~ prices are decsired1.
Oct 12-12mi
Dry Goods Emporium
Easley, S. C.,
Still lives, andl( he desires to thank
the public for their liberal patronage in
the past, andl say to them that his
Stock of
Notions, Ihts, Caps, Boots ann Shoes,
HardJ ware, heavy and Fancy Groceries,
Paints, Ol)ls, Glass and Dye Stuff's, are
complete at PAN IC PRICES
To the Ladies I desire to say that my
Fall Stock of Millinery has just com'le
im, embracing all the Latest Novelties,
and Latest styles of H~ate, Bounets,
Ribbons and Neck wear, all at ROT
TOM PRICES. MigCall and see me
and you wvili be pleased.
Oct 12--12m
In all its branohes, done by
Easley, S. C.
Give himitecall and eatisfaetion will
begiven,,oth~ass to-work andl charges.j

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