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. i. ^ . ... i.. - " . \ " ^ ^ VOL. 2. ABBEVILLE, S. C., TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1886. NO. 22. '"Immoral Revelry." (News and Covirior.) Atlanta, Ga , January 20.?The trial of the llev. J. C?. Armstrong, which begins here to-morrow, will be of more than usual interest. The charges against Mr. Armstrong are "humoral revelry'' and "conduct unbecoming to a minister of the gospel." THK PltKAt'Hlilt's HISTORY. Some years ago there appeared in Wheeling, W. Va., a man who said he - bad been educated in St. Louis by a rich uncle, who wanted him to become a ^ ' Presbyterian minister. This did not suit him, and he became an Episcopalian. When he came to Wheeling he preached several times on trial, and was finally secured as pastor of the lOpisco...i r>? ?i, xr? ....... 1, |JUt VJIIUI^II mvi nv n ar> ?\nu w u Ui) the ltev. James G. Armstrong. In appearance he was a remarkable man, and at this time?early in U?GG?he possessed a manner that many ofj his congregation thought was entirely too theatrical. TAKEN FOR JOUX WILKES BOOTH. A newspaperman in Wheeling named Mann conceived the idea at that time that Armstrong was none other than the culebrated Wilkes Booth,, who was reported to have died the year previously, The witnesses who declared they saw Booth's death, Mr. Mann believed were deceived. The ltev. Mr. Armstrong was just about Booth's age. lie had long, glossy hair of raven hue that fell ^ over tos neck. His head was of the same shape as Booth's; he limped, and had a scar on the back of his neck, and Mr. Mann came to the conclusion that if Mr. Armstrong was not Booth it was the most remarkable of coincidences. In 18G6 Mr. Armsrong married. Ilis wife wusaladyof great culm re and refinement, and a lovely daughter, Miriam. was born to thoin. A SCENE IN" ItlCHMOSn. Mr. Armstrong left Wheeling and vr*%nt to Richmond to acccpt the pastor-! ate of the aristocratic "Monumental*! Church" in that city. Here his striking resemblance to Booih was commented on, for Booth's face was a familiar one . in Richmond. One day while Mr. Armstrong was at home a gentleman came to1 the rectory and was ushered into tlie j library. In a manner pregnant with importance and secresy he asked Mr. Armstrong to grant hitn a private interview. The request was complied with, and the stranger at once said : -"You are Wilkes Rontli the assassin? I knew you the moment 1 saw you. You need not deny it, for you cannot deceive | u?e. 1 am a friend and will not betray] your secret. I was in thorough sympathy with the Lost Causo." J Mr Armstrong was very much disconcerted by the man's excited manner, and he endeavored to explain that the resemblance was only the results of the visitor's imagination. Rut the more lie explained the more the man declared he was Booth, until finally Mr. Armstrong had t.o summon the police to get rid of his unpleasant visitor. 1'UEACIirXO JN ATI.AXTA. When the Rev. R. C. Foute left At Innta Mr. Armstrong catnc on to this city and took charge of St. Philip's Church on Washington street, one of the high-toned avenues of Atlanta. His fame had preceded him and he became at once a social lion, and was welcomed into the most exclusive circles*. His wife and daughter were highly accomplished and Miss Miriam soon became a great society favorite 8HAOOWKD IN CINCINNATI. Last September Mr. Armstrong left Atlanta to take a trip North. He spent some weeks away from home and returned by way of Cincinnati. While he was in that city he was met by Mr. Mann, of Wheeling, who instantly recognized Mr. Armstrong. Mann was employed as a reporter for one of the Cincinnati afternoon papers, and noticing something peculiar in Mr. Armstrong's manner he camo to the conclusion that the clergyman was slightly intoxicated. and that he had started out "to paint the town red." As thisi prom iscd a racy sensation Mann followed the tho clergyman, and in the' papers next morning was a full account of the reverend gentleinan'frwanderings, giving the names of seven or eight houses of illi fame ho had visited during the evening I together with other details, which will appear probably at tho trial. Copies of I the paper reached Atlanta, and the city r i?,/~ waa thrown into a tumult of excitement. Copies of the journal containing the t scandalous story sold nt fabulous prices, ami people flocked lo the various news stands to buy. It was the sensation of the hour. The vestry of St. Philip's held a meeting and a committee was appointed to go at once to Cincinnati and inquire into the matter. This was done and the special committee filed a report exonerating Mr. Armstrong from all blame ; but the clergyman demanded a trial before the llishop. and his request was acceded to. TIIYIX? TO SAVE A LOST WOMAN*. The story Mr. Armstrong tells is quite as remarkable as any part of this whole remarkable case. His defence, it is understood, will be that he had been to dinner with a friend, and while there had taken a glass or two of wine, as was his usual custom. After dinner he had learned that the daughter of a very dear friend, who lives in Canada, was then stopping at a house of ill-fame in Cincinnati, and he determined to seek her out and try if he could not induce her to return to a life of rectitude and virtue. To this end he hired a carnage and visited several bagnios of reputation, but not uniil he had gone to eight or nine .li.l fi.wl *1... 1.S 1- 4 r I uiu Iiu mm LIIU uujvtl Ul IMS Ssl'UrUIl. .AItcr a long talk with her ho succeeded in showing her the sinfulness and error of her ways, and made her promise to leave the place forever. lie claims to have given the girl money and to have sent her back to her friends in Canada where she is now living. Dr. Armstrong, when requested to give tho girl's name, declined positively, on the ground that she was now living a pure life, that no one knew of her past, and that if he were to divulge her name it might lead to her return to a life of shame. He would rather, he said, suffer himself than that the daughter of his dearest friend should be brought to sin again, after her repentance. THK COITHT OK TIIK CHURCH. Bishop Beckwith, of Georgia, and Mr. Armstrong arranged the detaftff tof the trial which begins to-inorrow before a Court of five clergymen and deacons. The principal prosecutor will be Mr. Zed Harrison, clerk of the Supreme Court of Georgia, who is a deacon of St. Philip's and who is believed to feel a strong personal dislike to the clergyman who is to he tried. Public opinion outside tho church, at least, is decidedly with the defendant, and the expressions of belief in Mr. Armstrong's purity come from men who are looking upon uie jinaner uisimeresieuiy. in tin* church opinion is very much divided and the opposing factions nre about equal in point of nuuihers. 'J'he trial will last several days and a ho?<t of witnesses will be examined, the most important of whom will be the reporter, Mann. Mr. Armstrong's action in declining to have the young woman in the case summoned to appear before the ecclesiastical tribunal has put many of the best people in the city on his side, as the action was one of decided heroism. AHMSTHOXCf AXI> 111S FA Mil. Y. M?\ Armstrong's family do not seem to regard the trial as calculated in any way to impair the clorgyman's reputation. Mrs. Armstrong remains in Florida, where she has been visitinc frionda since Cc:ober. Miss Mi iam is in Atlanta with her father. Mr. Armstrong is bright and cheerful, mul thinks that he will We fully vindicated. In connection with the approaching trial there has heenscino little comment created by the fact that Miss Armstrong has been a leader at most of the grand balls and gcrmnns given here this winter, while her father has been contributing a series of articles on Shakespeare to one of the Atlanta newspapers. This has scandalized some of the ehurch people, who think the whole family should have gone into sackcloth and ashes the moment the trouble became public, There are a few who insist that Mr. Armstrong really is Booth, and some who laugh at the i'loa. Most people, however, simply shake their heads and say they will let matters shape themselves more fully beforo they render any opinion. Unless some unforeseen proceeding occurs the trial will begin at 0 o'clock to-morrow merning at the chapel connected with St. Philip's Church. Mr. Jos. L. Keitt went oat hunting .1 ??i- ?i > -- vuu unjr nwi, wuvii anu kiiicci /iy partridges. He is no doubt one of the best shots in the country, in fact 73 partridges a day is not bad businew.? Newberry Herald-Nvw*. The Trial. Ati.anta, Ga., .Inn. 27.?The ecclesiastical court to try I)r. Armstrong lias j boen in session and yesterday this morning up to 11 o'clock, 'vhen it adjourodn until 3:30 this afternoon for conference and consultation. The members of the court are not lawyers, and while very broad latitude is allowed under the rules in the admission of evidence, .yet the courf, while an ecclesiastical one. j desires to coniform to the rules of evi} dence as far as possible. There have been two very protracted and animated contests over the admission of evidence, which have puzzled the court very much. The counsel on each side have argued the points with fullness and ability, anil with a citation of numerous auuionues, nnu the arguments and authorities were so evenly balanced that a decision one unpracticed in the law was very difficult. The court has been very desirous to do right. AN UMl'IltK 8UOOESTED. One of the points was submitted to an eminent and learned member of the judic'nry, who informed the court what was the rule of law. The second point, as warmly contested, the court felt some delicacy in submitting to the same authority. It was almost certain that the legal contests would arise all during the trial, and it was deemed better to have the court select a legal urnpire who would bo acceptable to both sides, and so the body adjourned to confer upon such a selection. Col. W. Hammond, of Thomasville, was mentioned, and it was agreed that he would he an excellent umpire, but it would take thirty-six hours to get him here, and the delay was undesirable. Some lawyer was selected for this dutv, and the investigation will proceed. The trial is being conducted with vigor and coolness by both^ the prosecutor and defenccyJU'? . m . VUa proceedure is allowed to be a witness, and has been on the stand telling his own account of the matter. WHEHEON THK MATTEIt HINGES. The evidence ottered has been main1y affidavits produced by the prosecution. Mr. Munn, of the Cincinnati Post, is here to testify. He wrote up the account for that paper, and bore heavily on l>r. Armstrong. The affidavit of the proprietor of Hunt's hotel, where the Doctor stopped in Cincinnati, has been rand. As far as can bo learned. the matter hinges upon Dr. Armstrong's explanation of what is open to the construction of being injudicious conduct. The defence claims that an indiscreet thing was done with a good motive ; that actions bearing a questionable aspect were inspired by a generous purpose, creditable to his heart. Your readers will see how couiplicatod a question the trial becomes, and how much margin there is for division of views. an augusta man for umpirk. Latkr.?It is understood that a wellknown lawyer of Augusta has been telegraphed for to act as legal guide to the Reverend Judges. A strong effort will be made to impeach the character of Mr. Mann, the Cincinnati editor who poached on Dr. Armstrong. It is asserted by Dr. Armstrong's friends that Mann passed under two names in his life time, though on the other side Mr. Mann's friends give a plausible explanation of that fact.?Axtyutfa Chronicle. Salisbury's Downfall. (Augusta Chronicle.) Salisbury's government has been short-lived. On the first trial of strength in the House of Commons yesterday the Tories were worsted, and the House was _.1: 1 f-.V! rni . ? n'ljuuriiuu 111 uumuBion. j ne division was on a motion to amend the reply to the Queen's address, three hundred and twenty-nine votes being enst for and three hundred and fifty against the government. The resignation of the Ministry will probably be announced to-morrow, and the next movo in the complication* is eagerly watched by all Europe. Tho London Daily JVetcM -1 i. i? - uuu* nut Kceni disposed to exult over the Liberal triumph. It Hays that the Conservatives pursued the best policy. The Standard predicts that the next Cabinet will be shorter lived than the present. It says the outlook is gloomy. Either England and Iroland will be torn apart, or there will be a succession of short-lived governments, weakening the English executive at home and abroad' Mr. Carlisle Criticised. No incident of the session in the House has caused so much discussion among members and in the newspapers as the displacement of Governor Curtin from the Chairmanship of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. The opinion seems to prevail 011 all sides that by his action in this matter Speaker Carlisle has shown remarkable weakness of character, and that Mr. Bayard has added another to the long list of his blunders as Secretary of State. in the organization of the last Congress, after a bitter contest for the Speakership, in which Mr. Curtin had been Mr. Randall's right hand man, Speaker Carlisle made Governor Curtin Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. The appointment was received with great favor in the House and was recognised as one eminently fit to be made. The work of the committee was well done, aed many matters, such as the French Spoliations bill, the Chinese Indemnity fund, which had been pending for many years, finally settled. The committee was a strong one, and no bill reported bv it failed to command the support of a majority of the House. At this session Mr. Carlisle received the unanimous support of the Democratic members in caucus. It was announced as his intention to reappoint such chairmen of his former committees as had been re-elected. It became known, however, that an effort was being made to displace Governor Curtin from his chairmanship and to give it to Mr. Belmont. Mr. Belmont and his friends were ueceasing in their efforts to impress Secretary Bayard. Mr. Curtin was ^quietly spending his holidays at home in Bellcfonte, Pa., when the committees were announced. Afr. Belmont's name headed the list of members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Curtin being placed first on the moribund J^iUliiuittce of lfcM^uqg. and.-Currency-. There was groat indignation in the house Afti?r n fine dnvt! Hulnv Mr P.' ~ ? t vy??v??i. Ml quiet dignity, declined his chairmanship. The reason for his declination was of a personal character. He is a veteran politician and believes in that discipline which requires a member of a party to perform the service to which he is assigned ; but in this case, at an advanced age of life, with no spccial familiarity with the duties of the position, and with a self depreciation rare among Congressmen, he was unwilling to take up anew study, and diftidtmt of his ability to perform with credit the duties of chairmanship of the committee. The criticism on Speaker Carlisle is directed to two points ; that he should have allowed the Secretary of State to bulldoze him into deposing Gov. Curtin which he was very unwilling to do ; and second, that he should have been so wanting in courtesy as to fail to notify Mr. Curtin in advance of his intended action. Although the contrary story has been circulated, it is a fact that the Speaker did not inform Gov. Curtin of his intention to make, him Chairman of the Committee on Hanking and Currency, and that at no time, either before the announcement of committees, or after it, did Mr. Curtin say he would serve. There has been a great deal of speculation as to the motives by which Mr. Bayard was inspired. Whatever the motive, the fact apparently stands out in bold relief, that the .Secretary of State inteposed the full power of h!s great position to force the Speaker, who was most reluctant to yield, to depose one of the leading members of the House from a position he had honored, which he desirod and to which by c6urtesy and precedent, he was entitled. In the corrupt days of the British Parliament, when the government was in trouble and needed a majority in the Houso of Commons, it was common practice to purchase votes of members by promife of official positions. Thus the independence, of the legislative and executive branches became a myth ; if a member of the executive branch of the gofernment of our country can force the Speaker to yield to his wish or ea> price, then a qtestion much greator than tuo uoai^Miiiuiiv ui mijr uiiu mail lU llljr one place comes up. It in a grave question. Let ur hope the independence of the legialatfve and executive branches will ever be maintained, and thri? the > action of Mr. Bayard will call attention ' to an ovil to be averted in the future. Mr. Belnmnt, who Rucceedii Mr. Curtin in the Foreign Affairs Committee, is, V > ,as is well known, the son of Augi Bolmont, tho banker. Me is a slij mnn, always well attired. and occup n seat to the extreme right of 1 Speaker. lie has been in Congress t terms, and, although his friends say possesses much ability, he has failed disclose it. He is ,ry quiet, associa with no one in the llonse, and alwt looks as if he were weary and disgust with the paltry subjects discus> there. In the summer he plays polo Newport, lie is one of the %-gihl youth" of New York without their f habits ; ft profound statesman, porha who keeps , his wisdom to himself, perhaps ft New York man of fashi out of his element. In his new po tion hf will be required to show whai in him. He does not resemble his ther, the successful money-getter, has, however, none of that qualit}' 1 father possesses in common with ma of his race. He is a colorless person Governor Curtin is one of the mi eminent men in the country. Called early life to high official position, has for forty years been one of the lei ing men of Pennsylvania. Tall, bar some, of imposing presence, he is gift with a vigorous intellect, genuine el quence and a personal magnetism tl attracts the friendship of all who km him. He has been an omnivorous ret er, and his official positions ha brqught him into association with t most intellectual men of both con nents. He is now nearly seventy yei old. and has served as superintend* of Public Instruction, Secretary State, Governor of Pennsylvania Iwo terms. Minister to Russia, meml of tho Constitutional Convention of 1 native State, and for the past four yoj as a member of Congress. His treatment by Mr. Carlisle if strange commentary on the vicissitut of politics, and leaves a feeling in I party yvili take time . Throughout the wholo period Mr. C tin has behaved with dignity, and 1 received tho sympathy of the membc with whom he js very popular. All of which I respectfully subn without comment.?J. U. K., in Auy\ in ahronicle. The Confederate Seal. (Frudcricktfburg, Va., News.) When the Southern Confederacy v about to collayse?after Richmond 1 been evacuated?as the vanguard of I army was about leaving the city?a r was made upon tho Government bui ings. The Confederate archives, wh were afterward sold to,the United Sta Government, had been taken away, r nearl}' everything of value had b< either carried oil* or destroyed. C John T. Pickett, who had charge of remaining forces, found the great s in the capitol building, and not wish it to fall into the hands of the enei put it into his pocket. After the close of the war Col. Pick went to Mexico, taking the seal with 1 where he remained for some years, s amassed considerable property. 1 turning to this country in 1872 he stt in Washington City, and commenced ' practice of law, where the writer I came acquainted with him, and lean this bit ef the history of the seal. " saw the seal in the possession of C Pickett on more than one occasion^ in 1873 Col. Pickett conceived 1 I 4. : *i_;~ ?i_._i.i_ * juua ui turning mis vniunuiu iri-asi into a blessing to the widows i orphans of the Confederate Slat Accordingly ho had quite a number fac similes of the S(ial mad?, some gold and some in silver, nicely mouni and put in a handsome cnse. The g< ones were sold at 47 and the silver 01 at $5. The proceeds of the sales w placed in the hands of a large tirm Washington, to be distributed nine the widows and orphans of the I Confederacy. He also wrote a lit book, giving a history of the "Gr Seal of the Confederate Mates," as w as of Great Britian and other countri (and which we had the pleasure printing: and binding; for him,) the p coeds of the Rales of which were put the same channel. From this book wo learn that the 8 was received in Kichmond just bef the Confederate Government was fon to leave that city. The seal, which * solid silver, with ivory handle, was graved by Mr. Joseph 8. Wyon, cY engraver of her Majesty's, soals Lond 'England, and, with its fixtures, c . ?122' 10s. Only some three or four i pressions were ever made with the s after its arrival In Richmond. ust Menntor Hampton's Eulogy. ;ht Senator Hampton was tho second ics speaker in the Senate to-day on the he death of Vice-President Hendricks, wo When death, lie said, laid its inexorable he hand on Thomas A. Hendricks, Viceto President of the United States, we had tea a new and faithful illustration of tho iys truth of the old adage that death lores ted a shining mark. Hendricks was best ;ed loved wherever he was best known. Crowred with almost every civic honor led which a grateful people could bestow, ust blessed by domestic happiness as ptr ps. feet as it was beaut.ful, he did, indeed, or otFer a shining mark to the insatiate ion archer. When one of tho great actors ?i- in the political arena fell all animosties, t is Senator Hampton said, were buried with f'*- him. In the awful presence of death He friends and foes alike strove to do justice, his Kccognizing this fact* why could we ny uot bclieyc that men might be honest and conscientious in their beliefs even Dst when they differ with us ? Scenes in around the deathbed, Senator Hampton he said proved the brotherhood of manid kind and showed that one touch of naid ture made the whole world kin. This ed thought made deep impression on the lo- speaker's mind, and that impression was indellibly fixed by ^the extraordinary ?w spectacle at the funeral of Gen. Grant, id- We all remember the imposing and tve touching ceremonies on that mournful he and touching occasion, and certainly no iti- one who witnessed them could ever forirs get them. But the feature that struck ?nt me as most significant, most impressive, was the fact that among those who Pa* * * * ,v" uor?3 tDe body of the great captain of )cr the Union armies to the grave were Confederate soldiers, who, a few brief [irs years ago were his mortal enemies. Democrats and Republicans?men who ' a wore the blue and men who wore the * les grey?met at his tomb to pay the last ^ie tribute of respect to his memory. Hero ;ttk--*o-day, while" honoring otortfefves by ur" doing honor to the memory of our late 188 Vice-President. If, then, our political !rs? and personal animosities ceased at the grave, should we not be tolerant and charitable in the judgments we pass on our contemporaries, even though they are political opponents ? All of us, sooner or later, must claim from the living the tender recognition which we bestow on the dead, for hearts vas ' 1Q(j "?like muffled drums are heating Funeral marches to the grave." the aj(j Senator Hampton spoke very warmly of the political and private virtues of ich the dead Vice-President, tOS SENATOR RANSOM'S SPEECH. ind Senator Ransom belied it almost irapossible at this time to n.easure the Jol. worth of a great charater like that of the late Vice-President. We were yet e!*l too near his grave to write history, '"g He had lived forty-three years con?y? spicuously before the public gaze, and had always proved himself the earnest, :fctt faithful champion of the people's rights. >i|n He had proved himself a lover of his ind whole country and its liberties. The K0- Southern States in this emergency felt a deep, sincere and overflowing symlh? patliy and sorrow of their Northern ^?" sisters. "Thank Almighty God," said l?d Senator Ransom, "that the everlasting W? covenant of our Union is established in the hearts of all onr people, and that through the clouds of this sorrow we the can behold the peace that is to never be ur? broken." ind est Kennedy and Yeumans. * ? of [Special Dispatch to the News and Courier.] in "Warhinotox, January 26.?Repreted sentutive Homphill accompanied by old Gen. J. 1). Kennedy to-day had a nes pleasant interview with the President ere relative to appointing Gen. Kennedy at consul general at Shanghai, China. The >ng President as usual was non-committal, ate although he did not discourage tbe apLtle plicant. On the contrary he remarked eat that Gen. Kennedy appeared to bo the 'ell best endorsed man for the place, and ies, Representative Hemphill feels quite ot confident or Uen. Kennedy's early apro pointinent. All of the South Carolina in delegation have, it is said, endorsed ' him. v. eal The Judiciary Committe of the Senore ate has discovered some pretext upon cod which to base an objection to the convas ftrnmtion of District Attorney Youen mans. All that can be learned on the lief subject is that ho is in trouble. This ot)> Committee under the leadership of im- Sonator Edmunds, has determined to leal make as mucn trouble tor the Adminis* I trution as possible. it. m. u ' m A ; : . ... lii .'i