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ghe gusley eener.
Tuesday, the 23rd inst., was a
gala day for the citizens of Pick
ens County. By appointment of
the State Executive Committee,
Pickens was made the place for the
opening of the State Campaign.
All the speakers assigned to Pick.
ens were present with tWo except
ions. Senator Wade Ihtimpton,
who has been spending 6ometime
at Dagger's Point, Va.. received
I he information of his appoin tment
too late to be with us. Unavoida
ble circuinstances prevented Hon.
J no. C. Shepherd,the present Lieu
tenant Governor of the State, from
a participation in the events ol
Our people would have been
)leased to welcome in Pickene
again, the man that so materially
aided in the redemption of the
State from the hands of plundereri
and self-aggrandizing office hold
ers. Notwithstanding the very
busy season, the solid democracy
of Pickens County was well repre.
sentod on the 2rd. The rare and
rich eloquence of the speakers wh(
graced tge already adorned stand
said much to interest our peopl
upon the subjects of National ani
State politics. The meeting wai
held on the campus of the Pied
mont Institute, the spetakers occu
pying the front piazza of the build
ing as a stand. The rostrum wai
Artistically decorated with ever
greens and flowers, and presnte(
an appearance indicative of the
work of the gentle hands of thi
good ladies of Pickens. Not only
did they add to the attractions ir
this p)articular, but then they wen
present at the exercises, and theji
inspiring presence was not with.
out its influence. WELCOME
was (learly delineated upon theii
countenances,and ostensibly showr:
by their presence.
Maj. D. F. Bradley, the County
Chairman, introduced as the first
speaker the Hon. J. P. Richardson,
of Sumter, the present State Treas
urier, and a candidate for the same
office. He remarked that it was
the first time that he had ever been
with us, but that he had sympa
thized with us, and that he tell
himself a redeemed Carolinian, in~
part made so through the efforts o1
the citizens of Pickens Coun ty. He
is a gifted speaker, and in fact, is
nothing less than a natural born
orator. Of course it was his prov
ince to speak on the subject of tax
ation. Those who failed to be
present misaed hearn oevr
radica e a d he great
public de )t. Proi Augus1st
1868 to December 1872 the debt
contracted by -the radicals amount
ed to $28,900,000, without reasons
he said, and our State became
bankrupt. When the democrats
came into power the assessed val
uation of property was about one
sixth 9f.this amount. In 1875 the
appropriations made by the radi
cals exceeded the receipts by $864,
000. But in 1879 after the demo
crats were placed in Power there
was a surplus in the Treasury of
$268,000 after all expenses - were
paid. He spofke:of the taxes col
lected in 1882-83, as amounting
to $750,965, and that all the ex
penses of the government along
with the interest on the public
debt was $688,000. The State is
evidently upon the road of pros
The next speaker was I [on. Isa
ac M. Bryan. of Greenville, one
of the Presidential Electors from
the State at large. le delivere(l
a well prepared speech and for one
hour gave veut to his power of' el
oquence. le was followed by the
lon. W. C. Benet, of Abboville,
an elector [rom the Third Congres
sional iist rict, andl who in tir
was followed by the Hon. Geo:ge
Johnstone, of Newberry. These
men are among the inost able mind
ed of' our State, and thei r presence
and power aie well calculated to
lend interest to all such occasions.
Following these gentlemen was
the lon. ) Wyatt Aiken of Cokes
bury, our present member and
nominee for Congress from the
Third District. Col. Aiken has
much of the orator in him, and
would necessari ly entertain any
audience before whom he was call
ed to speak. T1he last speaker
wa ur present, very efficient So
licitor', the lHon. James L. Orr, of
Greenville. Our people are well
acquairnted witn this man of ster
ling worth and ability, lie has
served us faithfully in the past,
and this, with his great efficiency
is a fine GUARANTEE for the future.
The lHon. W. H. Perry, of Green
ville, the nominee for Congress
from the fourth dlistrict was pres
ent, and he has our best wishes.
On Trhursday, October the 9th,
the Pendleton Farmers' Club will
hold their 69th Anniversary. It
will be a day of great interest to
many of our people, and all those
owning fino stock of any kind
should place them on exhibition.
'ie gleaj interest that is being
Liken In stock raising in-upper
ouh Carolina is truly encourag
ing. It bespeaks p')osperity and
the raplid rise of a p1rogresaive peo
ple. The exhibition will be worth
attending, for fine horse flosh and
extra cattle will be there in abund
ance. We are glad to state that
it is the intention of Messrs. Ha
good & Alexander, of our County,
to place on exhibition their fine
horses, purchased from the Wiz
ard Oil Company, and the Perche
ron Horse Company will also be
[For the Messenger.]
M it. E>rroi: During your absence
from your paper headquarters, I hand
ed your 1Foremani a comiuinl) icattionl
which appears inl your issue of Sept.
121h. Ii the local columns reference
is laud to tle article in hinguage and
style fully as impolite, aid nlibecomi
ing for a. newspaper Iblisherand ge.
teiianl, as an1ytl4g I have said, not
withstanldiig lie Chooses to style it
"growl a(1 grmble." ] at goes on to
.4ay that 1, "he would have those who
do not know any better to believe that
the crop prospects for this Couity are
stamped with starvation.''
I ebritai that I have not "growled,
grumhI1bled," or tried to make anuvone
believe a falseiood inl my ohimm'ica
tion, and ai more thati willing to sib
mit it to those who kntiow Engliih
mar, as 1 11 do int clain to kniowA
anythiig a boit it, having never stidied
it one mintiLe. 14ti from the howing
I am able to make from the highest aUl
t hority n tihe subject; oif esi itnimatino
(1rops correctlv, wh ich esti Imate I more.
t huin fullyisst as me in all I have Saild
ill my colmiuiienationl, I would ask tei
ait hlor of I hat ou t of t ime, out. of place,
micalled for conmment, who t he reader
of (his part of) the M ..ssEN(a will ac
caMse of tryinig to deceive the people,
(who do notk any%, better.) and
make them belleve a falsehood. I res
peoltfully sibmit the names of 'O) far.
Imer citizens of this (oun ity. some from
every towiship and ne lighmborhooid
n hose average est imate of t he grow ing
Irl' of. c rnI .cott on, peas and pota. t oes,
is 53 peLr cet., not per annum but pei
h'udied. /
Ini reply to what, is said in t h. issut(
of Sept. 109th regarding the matter, 1
hav~e to say I hat I respH~ect fully concede(
to the author of the groundioless charg
es in reference to my coninmunication,
his opinion about estim dting cropa or
anytin lg else, if hie will leave me out.
or waiit until lie can j ustly bring mc
With kimnd regard(s and~ best wishes
for' yourself andio paper, Mr. Editor,]
close still able to
Reply to "Let Hier Roll."
1 regret the necessity of a reply tc
'Let 11er Rioll,' after the apology of last
week, which I re-publish below, and
leave the reader's to judge and see whc
is right, as no doubt they ar'e tired o:
such nonsense :
Ini our last issue a charge was made
that our corespondent, "Let 11er Roll,'
was "growlinag and grumblin r" aboui
the crops. Nothhag insultong was
mneanit by the authbor of the local, and
we heleve that our corespondent was
sinlcere la his opinio~n regardhmig t hc
crops. TIhere was a dlifference of opin
ion and the writer of the local claimi
to be equally sincere in that of his own,
But he does not seem to want o1
appreciate an apology;but isaanxious t(
keep up a disturbance about a mattei
of which net4ferof uisjnqv but little,
except .thi'ongl reporis ..twnished us
by others, 1hteks~mn fort i this,
instance, coupled with the good and
full wheat and oat crops which every
one knows to have been made this
year, apd i feel' conflident that my
informants are as truthful as he, "Let
Her Roll," and that my convictions i
the coUlnents made inl regard to his
coimunication of the 12th were as
sincere as h-my aim being to try to
upiold the credit of our deserving far
mers an6 business men-while'his led'
directly in the oppositq. direction
whether intentional or not, we leave
to the readers of the MESSCNGER. I
did not assail his character or veracity
In the least, which can be seen by 'a
reasonable man at a second reading
of my comments in the local columns of
the same date, but I merely thought
that because he had a short crop, he
was inclined to place every one on the
same footing--or rather imagined them
to be. lie spoke as though he had in
spected every farm in the county, and
was deputized to speak for them. It ap
pears tiat his main object ion to tihe art i
ele was to th 1n2 orda 'tgrowl and gruih
le.' We all growl antid grumble more
or le:.s, and still it does not make us
dogs, imless we 1ace ourselves in that
categorv. I had always before thiA
"'lIucl-a-(o about nothi,'' 1ed him
ill high esteell as a gentlemman d1111
good citizen, but he has gone off half
c(cmlkel. al says, not only inl the MES
8EN , lbut away from home, in the
"Greenville Daily News," that I have
used . lnguag, &c., "unbecoming a
nie wspa pell Man. publisher and a gen
tiuman." Well, I will compare
wit h him on th-tt score, and it really
Isouds fumny to 111, wlien I coisi(ler
that suich abu-ive hlnguage comes from
a mai ihat is not reasonable enoigli to
see and accept an apology, such as the
one printed above, which appeared in
our last issue-an apology w bich I now
regret having made, for I have none
other to offer.
I Ie refers to my (the foreman's) pat
of the readers o the MESSENGER, (we
did not know the pa per was divided be
fore) to know who was trying to de
e(ive the people "'whodo n(ot know any
better," and make t hem believe a false
100(1, he or. I- Well, I will infoim
him that I was aware before I coln mien
ted, thuit I be larger port ion of the far
mers of tihe County were subscribers to
tile paper, and that if .1 was wrong in
miy statemnents, that t hey, as a body,
were more comlpetenit to inform me of
imy error than one0 mant, especially him.
N ot~ one hlas made a comnplaint to the
office so far, but some h uve upheld me
in my calculations wvhere, as they say,
farms hiav'e been prIoperly worked, andl
cared for. A ud, no doubt, after
the piublicat ion of hlis "'distressing"'
comnmumication, some of our farmiersi
were refulsed needed supplies by which
to carry ihem thlrough unutil gathermng
Further, iln regaird to the apo~logy
men~ition~ed he does not concede it to
me unless I leave my par't ut, and con
fess thereby that he is correct and that
[ am wrong. .I am nlot the man to do
that, "Let Heri Roll," to the contrary
notwithstanding, as my conviction's
about the crops were as sincere as his.
He was the first to use insilting lan
guage, and such language as does not
become a gentleman to use over such ai
trivial misunderstnlding. I leave the
public to judIge as to the whole matter,
especially the "gentleman" part, as
the editor dictated the apology, think
ig it satisfactory over so simple a dif.
ference of opinion . Imyself have "no
ax to grind, ' and1 shall dIrop the sub
jet hre it now stands. But must
r'equest of him to explain to the read
era of the paper what he means by
"153 per cent., not per annum but per
hundred," as I have never studied En
glish Grammar either, an~d have never
accused him of it.
Foremnan Easley Messeugn-.

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