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VOL. 1.] EASLEY, SOUTH CAROLINA, FRIDAY, JULY 11, 1884.0N. 0
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MNESSENM-n?, Eatsley, S. C.
FOR ME ONLY.
I was' eliminig atfter ai ros)elnul
That grew a little too high.
Tho ugh I Stood on tiptoe to re:nth it,
Wt len I hIeaird him passing by.
H~e heb1d inl his h1:114 ;1 lilv.
lie stopped and gave it to Ime,
Blint I t houglit o) (he roselbld hnIanginog
Moigh up on the trellis tre.
So I only took it a moennit,
Aml presse-d its petal~s a part.
I h111alingy olle brea't h of tIh flanit -
Tha-t lay inl it-s golden heart.
Thlen, I , a7v( it black aga:in, ~v saying
"-Look there, where my1V neighbl ,or
Waitinig for il't sne1(h aI pilaything1
To hol inl ler thint v hnis."
lie tunied an1d weit froi mc slowl v,
Like on silently giv
And all the greeni I:h bhhind him
Wa1: st.rewn\ 1 with white iil lveh.
ARP ON POLITICS.
He Thinks the Nation is Safje 1 it her
[From Atlanta,, Constituition.]
Politics is on a boom1. Fj fyt v il
Iions of people are goiniig to choose
a President, and it looks like most
everybody is ini a good huowr a
hout it. 1 amfl, so are my unbo)rs.
There has~n't been a time sin1ce the
war that the peoplI)e lelt so ealsy
abhout an election as they (10 now.
The nation is safe. Both of the
greaft parllties will puit upl thieir1 best
mlen andl there is not much(1 of' pin
(eiple 0!r policy to dIi vide thema. The
country is pro'speroushi. We are all
doing prtetty well, better t han -.inv
other notion of people oni the globei.
Thiere is a god, humble, old-fash
ioned( pr'eacher' not far' away who(
always prays~', "WerV thank thee,
oh, Lord(l! that weVt live ini a land~ of
fr'eedomi, where the gospel is dis
Jpensed with. We thank Thee that
we ha~ve a piat and1 grant and ai
c'lear' chaini of' ti tles to at fiel in
the nmmlfisemi la~dl " Wal we
know what the old man means, and
it is all right. I wish we all could
read our titles clear to mansions
in the skies. Land is cheap
enough (ldown here on the top side
of this green earth, but I'm afraid
we will find it ve)y dear up yonder.
This is a blessed country for the
poor. We can't realize how bless
ed until we read about the old
world and talk to )eople who have
travele(l there. Just think of land
renting for $60 an acre in England
and $40 in Germany. Just think
of the average laborer working 12
hours for forty cents and boarding
hiimself. No wonder they keep
coming over here here, and they
would choose the South instehd of
the North and West. if they were
not fooled b those agents who
arr paid to work for the railroads
an(A get settlers for their lands.
TFhe South has got no agents. We
tried to establish ageIcies of i. i
111igration and we had pam1( Iphlets
pr-inted tellingl) all about our cli
mate and4 pimrodlIctions an1d the fi rst
thiing we kiew%, them fellows III
North had gre:at big 111ps prilted
and,14 stuck uI ever Ywhere slowrig
the Dismanl samviup to extend froirm
Virgi in a To ens. Nearly all of
(G1eorg)ia is covierel with it. Well,
our folks (oindI't make thie for
eign1ers believe but that it wN as all
sO :1nd they NNwuldn't comet. 'Tho-se
Northernl ras1 cals have. been swin.
11i i s h,)r a IIunIdred years liv :1l1
sorts o trick and deViCeS. 'But
IwC Will e(t ev(n11 with thei after
a wh ile--se if w don't. Thei time
was henivi ve had statesImen of'
principle for' our lPresident Ild
C:binets. Who ever hear(d of a
President )lIun1(erilng the goveri
ment 11or being milixed upI in any
1on0llxyeP(d Scheire before the var?
The W,ar' seem)) s to have (orruped
the whole yankeenaition d made
stealing' r-espectable. H1ow e.-nme
all these harges against Grant.
(Gartfield atd Hayes anl Arthur,
aili :111 those Chs coincted with
the Credit-obilier, the railroatd
sub1)sidies and the star roite trans
net ions? ' hIerIe were no S.u ter I -n
mlen) in t hose sc'hemles.
But what surpi ises meW now is to
see a big lot of themi fellows up)
there't splitting off fromn the party
andl saying they wont supp)Iort
bi ine been use he pluinderedl the
treansiir1v. Wh len did( Mr. Bee('her
andu .Mr. AdamHIs andi' t hoeI Harp~ers
and Judge Tourguee and1( the ot her
edlit ors take thlis nrew departur iey?
When'i (lid they reformr? Th'ley have
sup~por'ted t he whole Rep'lubIlican1
shebang f'or twenty' years and~ j ust
now begin to prieach politien'al mor
ality. 'lhere is somiething peenliar
about this. Thie t.uth is Arthur
had au slate and these fel low's were
OH it. 1They wer1e all i nter'lestedI in
somew wayV in tha ~t rin~g, and1 now
they beginj 1 to hollo1w wolf. why
Mr. Blaine is about the best man
they have got. He is the best
statesman, and has got the big
gest brain, and the grandest way
of doing things. Why, even when
he steals there is nothing little
about it, and he divides liberally
and tells on nobody. I never ex
pected any respectable Republican
to find fault with him for plunder
ing the government. They have
all been doing it so long that we
thought it was a plink in their
platform. If we have got to take
a Republican for President we
want Mr. Blaine. le has got
enough and won't want any more
and he will put a stop to the bus
iness. le is no little trickster.
le wouldn't stoop to put a darkey
in as chairman of the great Re
publican Convention that was to
noinnate a President-not himin.
I heard a Blaine man say the oth
er- day that he had a letter fromn
him since his nomination and( if he
was elected he would make a clean
sweep o() eveiy darkey that was in
But Mr. Cleveland is a reformer
sure 1I enough. le comes from tha
o iUlzz that
kind of stock. Ie li-As got a South
Mrn name And a Southern pedigree.
His ancestors caime fromrin a. (1' i.
('leveland is a Carolina name.
They were the old cavaliers and
woiluldn't stoo1p to do a mean thing.
The Clevelands are all about in
iarolina now, and still the same
proud and tioble stock. Whien
G rrover Cleveilnd gets to be P'res
idenIt lie will clean up things gen
1 era llY. le is following inl Mr.
Tilden's lead and will wear' his
mantle when the old man is gone.
I'm 1 free to say that I believe Mr.
Blaiine is the sinartest man, the
graidest maii, but Clevel and is the
.afest an( 1ost reliable. When
Ben Hill whipped out Blahie inl. the
Ander'sonvillhe miat ter, Blainie (1 idnit
S()f' and Iout and plot revenge,
but he gave it up nobly and went
over an11d con gratu lated Mr. lill
an1d they became warmi personal
friends, and could be seen together
arm in arm walking on Pennsyl
vania avenue. I like that. It did
meW good. And( when we wanlted to
build a mnonumient to Mr. H-ill he
wvas amonig the firist to send( dlownI
a libhera1 'ontribution. But he has
gotten a man tied on to him that
wouldni' t hiave (lone that.
Loganl is a dead weighit. Hie is
a hal' JIndian--that is. he has got
an Indian's hatred wit hout his~
love, lie has beenC~ waving the
bloody shirt ever since the war.
lie will do some dirty work it' he
get in pllower'. I hav1 e al conitemp 1t
for)1 him i. Hie shiouldn'11t Come) in my
house, He shouldn't st.op in) the
big" roadL( and1( say hiowdy. HIe) has
never sa id One kind wo0rd about
the South andl woutld put us all in
chains anml h)ominoe it' he old.
He is a turbulent disturber of the
public tranquility. He is no gen
tieman, and I'll bet ten dollars Mr.
Blaine feels handicapped )y hav
ing him on his ticket. But such
is politics. That was the way with
Garfield. They tied Arthur on to
him. He was nothing but a ward
politician bumming around among
the brothels of New York. Iisto
ry is still repeated. The great
men of the nation who won't stoop
to meanness can't be made Iresi -
dents. It all goes by favors and
by rings for plunder and office.
Blaine is a great man and I was
hopeful of' the sign but the respect
able Republicans are against hiim.
The 'Tribune' is for him and that
is the leading paper, but y.ou1 see
the 'Tribune ' was onl his slate.
Whitelaw Reed is to be minister to
Englan(d and that is all right. Ile
will make a good one. lie is smart,
an11d bold and hais got m1lonIev
eniou1gh to do imUU and his chii
dren. so let him go.
Well, We Can't please everyybody,
and so if We can't get 0111 manl,
let'..; take Blaie, and he thankful
that we live in a land where the
gospel is dispensed with. I heard
a good man say the other day that,
Ie knew Blaine was a good man
for he wias a Presbyterian. r1hith
shows our prejudice, and its all
right . We get our religion f'omi
our. fathers. You couldn't make
that man believe that Blaine is t
bad manl. We are all very selfish
and we enn't help it-not so selfish
lboit miioniev, but about honors
an1(d ofice and the like.
Well, we are ti rough r ll. 1har
vest. The wheat shiocks stand
t hiek in the field, and are a solid
comnfort to look at. I'm looking at
them now. Next tiing is the
i "traveling t h rash,'' and I shi all sit
dlowin by it with a piece of soft
pine il my hand and (-tit a notch
for every meastire as it is poured
in the savk. hlre is no polities
about tha'It, anld everything is c'1h
and serene. Cobe is hopeful and
holds his iead up. Whien I asked
him last summixer abou)It his ero~ip,
lhe said: "'Major, it's about nuill1
and voidl, and1( if the weathat' don't
adutl terate very soon1 it will b e
muller and voidler."' But lie will
biscuit soon1 and be happy.
-A drunken fellow p)assin~g
thr'ough a gat eway in the dark, hit
his nose against ai post. "'I wish
tat p~ot was in hell ," said he.
"Beotter wish it somewhere else,
said a bystander. "Ylou mighit ruin
against it again.''
-- "Eter'nity, p~ast andi~ future,
flashed before my eyes," he said,
doom began andl endled.'' This was
his experience the first time a base
hallI struck him n in thn stown:eh