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A Few Explanations for the Attention of the "New Deal" Kickers. COLUMIx, S. C., April 7.-Possi bly some of our friends who wanted a new deal have not thought how many new deals we have had since 1876. It may interest them to know that we have had five Governors, which makes an average new deal every two years; we have had three Lieutenant Governors, three Attor 'f ney-Generals and three Adjutant and Inspector-Generals, or an average change every three and a third years; we have had four Comptroller-Gen erals, equivalent to a change eve'-y two and a half years, two Treasurers, two Secretaries of State, and two Superintendents ot Education, an average change every five years. It has been said by some who favor a new deal, that the State offices since 1876 have been filled by nearly the same men. That is, that they fve been promoted from one office to6nother. The only instances of \ this kind are the following: Gov. I -Simpson and Jeter succeeded Governor Hampton and filled the 1 office for a few months; Governor I Hagood was promoted from the i Comptroller's office, and Governor : Thompson from the position of Su- 1 perintendent of Education; Comp- I troller General Stoney was a book 1 keeper in the office he now holds, and was promoted solely on account of his well known ability and effi ciency. In all, therefore, the eight State offices have b'een filled, since 1876, by twenty-one different men,I and only five promotions have oc curred within that time, and exclud ing Governors Simpson and Jeter, there have been only tbree such pro motions. It is well to bear these facts in mind in connection with the discussion concerning the new deal. -Richland int the Augussta Chtronicle. Firearms at Fort Worth. W.hilst earnestly sympatizing with the wrongs of labor, we can see no< good likely to arise from a reorto Winchester rifles for relief.I It cannot be questioned that the< strikers at Fort Worth put them-. solves in the attitude of aggressors. It .cannot be questioned that they 1 held the train about to move out un-] der hostile surveillance, and it can-< not be questioned that they rose from Stheir ambush with arms in their ~-~ids. It is useless to comment on all this. It has but one meaning, and that meaning is that the strikers< claim the right to make private war 1 against the authorities. This the people cannot, dare not permit. In 4 this case it requires no prophet to tell where the striker will find him self at the end of the conflict. He may glut his vengeance, but he will surely feel the omnipotent arm of: society, too strong to be resisted by 4 any class. The flashing of the fire arms at t Fort Worth was fatal-fatal to the honest cause of labor, and a source I of unmingled regret to all who recog- 4 nize peaceful society as the first necessity of all men of all classes.< -.Colu&>ia Register, April 6th. Correct. It is a small matter, as to the amount involved; but it is neverthe less a gross wrong that the last leg. islature appropriated $150 for a cer tain newspaper-the Carolina Teach er, published at Columbia. The ap propriatin..eap :'i on the recoin- 1 me" - ' '-ndent of Ed re~ back the hair frote State isa G0o the parting 't o o tono then Parker's HaallCaino ridgtti than olilbenefit one I n cze:did. .Mary Swans~.'r' StI -as highly recomn2ided to . tf . heard of a single instance I 1is etrect a speedy cure of S y wmn. Paisley, Dobyv-ille, 9 44-I 4 BILL ARP TALKS. HITTING THE NAIL ON THE HEAL -THE HONEST TRUTH. What "Bill Arp" has to say on the Sit uation. Hon. Patrick Walsh, Auguxta Chr(micke DEAR SIR-I have just received your circular letter, inviting answers to a few questions concerning Presi dent Cleveland's mode of administer ing the Government. I read Mr. Randall's letters from Washington every day, always with pleasure, and of late with absorbing interest, for it looks like there is trouble in the camp and I am seeking to learn who is to blame for it. It seems now that there is little or notriing in politics save offices and spoils, and the ques tion is, Who shall till the one and be filled by the other ? I thought that question was settled long ago at the polls and that all of us would go into office or get something outside and be happy. I think that Mr. Cleveland is a great and good man. but he misunderst-,.d the bove when he heard them shonting. -Turn the rascals out." and now he has been thirteen months hunting for the --ras tais" and heariu evidence on both sides; and the way he is progressing it will take him thirteen years to get through. Well, that is a kind and charitable viev to take. It is a hard duty to turn a good, honest man out of office when the office is his chief support. But time about is fair play and fair play is a jewel and twenty-five years of "inns" ought to satisfy any reasonable party or part san, whether offensive or defensive. [ believe that our boys would enter into a solemn covenant, right now. that if they were allowed to stay in [or tb next twenty-five years they would all step down and out ind give up the lease and make no claim for betterments. Personally, [ will do that and give security. Now, if there were any great national Inestions that divided the parties luestions like the tariff or the Blair bill, -or the silver business or the Uormons, or the heathen Chinee ;here might be room for party con ;ention for control of the Govern nent. But the parties are split up ind mixed on all these, and there is >ut one single issue on which the )oys can form a straight line, and ;hat is the offices. Mr. Cleveland ;vas elected cn that single issue: 'Turn the rascals out," by which we neant turn them all out. Not that avery mother's son was a rascal, but ,he honest ones were scarce and in )ad company and under bad control, tnd had to play shut mouth and be tccessories after the fact like a re :eiver of stolen goods.'* The leaders said if you love me you must love ny dog, and the dog said if you love ne you must love my master; and so me bunched the whole concern to ;ether and called them all rascals. But suppose there are no rascals and all are honest and capable and de ;erving. How long is a man to hold an >ffice, a public office that belongs to he people ? Is not twenty-five years ong enough when there are a dozen >utsiders who want - it ? Why, we Democrats here of the Solid South von't let a Democrat stay in half hat long. Rotation is the word. Rotate. If there are ten pigs and mnly five teats let them suck time bout. That is reason enough. I used to have some grand Uto >ian ideas about reform. and I hought that may be the good men >f the whole country could get ogether and make a new party that wouldn't steal, and they could lie lected and run the machine on thme >ure and honest principles of our 'refathers, but I have abandone:l ich hopes. The public treasury is Sthing to be plundered. and it will dlways be plundered. The maebhine ,ould easily be run on two hundred nillions, but it takes five. The other hree hundred millions are for mar in, and th ere is a power of public and to be stolen yet. So I want Mr-. lleveland to give our boys a chance -give it to them quick. lest this long lelay shall bring their gray hairs in orrow to the grave. Hope deferred naketh the heart sick. Reform is a ood word, but in politics it don't nean anything-not a darned thing. L few years ago I sent a boy to An apolis to stand an examination for Splace. There were 140 candidates mnd only 2f> to be taken. The boy vas smart, very smart, and thorough y prepared, but he was a Democrat mnd got number 27. The 25 taken vere all Republicans.. every motl,er's on, and som~e of thenm didn't have ense enough to get out of a shower >f rain. But their fathers, or their mcles, or their cousins were Repub ican members of Congress and ansive partisans to boot. Offen n~artsns! Well that is the )onorest excuse in the ;worl to turn man out for. Wher. is tic reform it turning onle o1eive partisan out tc put another oiensivc partisan in We are all offensive partisans. WE holler hurrah for our side, and wc fought to. TUe people turned Arthui out, and made Blaine take a back seat. and that meant turn them all ot evcn down to tic postmasters at "Tv Tv and "Too-nigh" and "Ilard times. WL,ose aflices don't pay fifty d.), rs a year. Turn the Republi canls out is the word. If they had the modesty and the high tone of the Engli politicians they wouldn't wait to bu, turned out-ther would all resig,n in a body. That's the way they d1 in old England, when the people rebuke the Ministry at the polls. The Ministry resign; subordinates go with them. I ad mire Mr. Cleveland for many things. but he can't run with the rabbit and bark with the hounds. His Adminis tration has got to be Democratic or nothing. Those Republicans have held the public offices so long they r-aliv believe they have a warrantee title or fee simple to them and their heirs forever. They don't confess to a quit claim, and theyN won't quit claiming eitl:er. Why it pretty near takes the military to get them out. Mr. Cleveland ought to wake up from his 1topian dreams, his "obnoxious desuetude" and shake his ambrosial locis and say -file left march." lie will lose so.,e good inen and get some bad oncs il tlheir places, but we can't help that. The country can't be worsted. L is hig4 time that a new set were in training_. It will take our boys ten years to get as expert in the spoils business as the Republicans are now. It will take a year or two for their natural difil dence to wear off and to get fan iliar with all the avenues and nigh cuts to the overflowing Treasury; but they will ler.rn in due time. They will first look, then linger, then embrace. But any change will be for the pub lic good, and if our boys go to plun dering, it will give a wider spread of national favors and( save filing a bill for distribution. Sdo let Mr. Cleve land reconsider his ways and be wise. I would like an oflice myself, a sort of' a sine qua non; but I see no chance. There used to be a way of creating an office just to fit a man, but I don't hear of it now. Mr. Le Duc and Mir. Loring did remember me and appointed me agricultural correspondent for my county, but there is no pay attached to it-no thing but a few turnip seed and to [baeco seed-and that is the way all over the South. The Democrats fill these sort of oflices and the Republi cans the others. What we all ex pectedl was a change-a change unan imous and ubiquitous. We wanted to see the whole grand army of one hundred thousand office holders pack up and come out and fall into line, and Mr. Cleveland to stand on the (ome of the Capitol, with his wandl in his hanid, and hear him exclaim in a voice of thunder: "Now, let the procession proceed." Mr. Cleveland has got an idea that lie was elected President over the whole people, and that now he is no longer a partizan or a Democrat. That is true, so far as executing the laws is concerned, hut no f'urthe:. The truth is, lie is not the whole people's President. JIust half and a small fraction ov'er elected him. Tie others didn't want him, and they don't want him niow. ile is not their President; they- don't claim him. Ingalls skins him aliv'e and the party is (delight4ed, and with one accord exclaim: "11Iit him again. Ingalls; hit him hard." So far as fav'ors are c'oncer'nedl, Mr. Cleveland is the President of those who votect for him. and the offices ought to he so app.or'tioned~. This would give the South a1 good shiowing, and she is en titled to it. She has not had one twentieth part of the oflices, and now she is entitled to half and a few over. She wvent solid for Cleveland. and heC should go solid for her. Leo Slher. man howl. and Ingalls hate, and Lo gan wavec his carmine integumnent; what (does that matter? We have got used to it. In fact. we like it. It shows that the ,snake has bit him self, and is dyingz of slow poison. Wh, sir the North got rich ofT of tihe war-imimensely rich-and the South I ot poor-inten selv poor-and the woul keep us poor forever if theyC cold. I waxnt a pension. ~riht now. to make me f'eel friendly and they won't give it. And i' Mr. Cleveland don't hurry up with the oflices, our peCople won't care a biauh)ee who is President. No thing from nothing, and notiiing re mains: and if we are to get notiiing, what is the inducement? As Cobe says, when he don't care how a thing goes: "It's all optionary with me." CriAs. H. S3IrT. How Does South Carolina Compar') A distinguished friend from the eastern pat of the State writes to ask the rates of tax levies of the va rious States of the Union so as to sbow how South Carolina stands in comparison with her neighbors in the matter of ta:ation. He wishes the people to see, along with the recent conplaints touching the taxation of flhe people of the State, exactly where they stand in comparison with their nei:hbors. It is very difficult to make a satis factory comparison with a different basis of assessment. We will en deavor, with the facts fornished by Spofford's American Almanac, page 105, to collate such a statement for the ten cotton States as shall make the fairest comparison possible. The statement of the Almanac claims to have been derived from the oicers of the State themselves. As there is manifest error in the last column of the tabulated statement I)urport ing to%give the tax rate on the hun dred dollars, either occurring from misprint or otherwise, we have car ried the actual amount raised in each State to its total assessed property, and calculated for ourselves the rate of tax taken expressed in mills on the dollar. Table A shows each State, in pop. ulation, its total assessed property, its assessed property per head of population. Table B shows the debt of the State, -the amount of tax raised, the mills on the dollar of assessed values necessary to make the same, and the mis on the dollar requisite to meet the interest on the debt at 6 per cent. per annum. TABLE A. state Populil Assessed t'o. nc in 1580. Property I I Alabama - - $.85.55 .14 1 ; Arkansas - - - - 89 2,5325 ;,31,11 I I Floida - - - 2G9.4: 112= " ) Georgia - 1,542.1,0 317. G'1271 .ouisiana - - 9: 1A.9).!14 1 1' 05 Miss,issippi. - I.:i 597 N. "arolina - 1,3.I.751 11;9.7 ,; I 'N S. Carolina - !rj5.5-7 14!973,30:0 1 Tenne.see - - 4.512,5 9 Texas 1 21,591,749 5 .5 1; 1:1 T~B~ 12. ,lri184 Amt. Mil,2s Total Milsto taxes to :tate dioIllu raised. dol3ar. de t. f05 mt L.ouisiana $1,714,W-t 1 $,145.,9:13 1. 0 Texas -:- 2,5 1, .74 Albuina 1,100.0 4 .5 12 Arkansas !"6.00 7.6 ,11S043 TennlesCe 101, 42 Z12,34 1 U orgia Sit.!]1 2.7 S.0..185 S. Carolina 622.421 45 6,522.IsS 2 Mississippi 4!".17 J8 3 2.9W..2s2 N. Carolina 414,649 2.5 15.422.015 Floridla 37,,-40 6.3 1,347,zl 1.: This $622,423 taxes raised in South Carolina covered the e-.pcns.s of' tState dgovrrnment, i ng all State terest o tilelSate det ude ao nt. It i evdenttha.th :t512es' rased. byoridae377e and .3rth:Carolina1can nThpiblyGm,4t txes itrasd n Sothi Crlnse toveet the inexpes ofe debt, andernmemillsntoudhegdolla fort NorthCaolinstotutions, ntherest teet of ehe State dbt.wfngd er n cet.i vdn httetxsrie not posiblyme the,euio interest hi Tennresse,oe the in rters o htaer debt,and 55 mils tothe dollar.o oth Carolina to mee he 1nerst Thi isbtil fah Stae ran of peratO Weunn, aseasw ecanusovineresto theagesth followin rete bf Stat Rto dolar. Arkats Faer as t o S. Texas whc ha -ee cale to .2il Coui istetheherate of ri,aweion thensace n oas firstnpdiscoverfrom wih"What 'a Farmer' Has To Say Aopos t of said rrs Conven- iiti Coumabia, thelstr of Apric, the make. The letter though somewhat lengthy, is "mighty interesting rea(i ing." for it is chiock full of facts and unanswerable argument; andl ma:kes the fur fly at every lick. It goes for the Tillmian cruze with a vengeance and cuts "goiing andi The letter is worthy of all th:e more consideration, because the P,eg ister assures its readers that it is written by a farmer who is a farmer. and not a manufacturer of facts. Read it. anid see how it '-merciless lt dissects tihe call to the unconverted. andt rhow.s it up as a humbug of the first water."-S"t,er A'lcunce. Jpril Coldly professional: "Can you set a broken arm?' old Gummer asked Fangs, the dentist. "No," repliedI Fangs, "but I can harm a broken set." And then he went right ahead and spoiled the one he was trying to ~-BRoon ln Eagle. .JE F,ERSON DAVIS AT 11OME. A Characteristic Notefrom the Ex-Con federate Chieftain. DEAuvoIm. MIss., April I.-TLe sia tion of Beauvoir was created on the line of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad simply because Jefferson Davis lived there. When he, too, goes to join the silent majority there will be-nothing left to Beauvoir ex cepting the fact that Mr. Davis once did live there. Tbe name is so tho. roughly identified with that of the former leader of the Confederacv tLat when the passengers read -Bea voir on the little frame building which serves as the station they crowd upon the car platforms and thrust their heads from the car win dows, trying to catch through the intervening trees a glimpse of Mr. Davis's home. But they fail iu this and go back to their seats to rumi nate upon the very effective retreat that he has selected. A corrospondent of the World was the only one to leave the train at Beauvoir this morning, and was di rected by the station agent to follow a lane through the trees and towards the Gulf until be came to Mr. Davis's house. It was a pretty walk of a quarter oi a mile over a sandy road. A hut, around whose door the negro inmates were lying in the sun, stands at the head of the lane. On the lelt hand is a piece of land belonging to Mr. Davis, devoted to grape culture and surrrounded by a high wire fence. Nobody is Iwarned" to keep off this ground ncr threatened with "the full extent of the law" if he does not keep off, but two or three notices catch the eye and the fancy, too, which read: "Please do not trespass." The tone of these simple signs alo;- the lane is n keeping with all that one hears about Mr. Davis from his neigh bors in Beauvoir or his admirers elsewhere. He is nothing if not gen tie. On the right is a wood just touched with green from the hand of spring. There are tall pines, live oaks, with handfuls of Spanish moss clinging to theii' branches, and here and there a magnolia living in sweet retire ment. The blue forget-me nots are peeping out in places by the side of your path. Whatever you see-the very voice of the birds you hear seem to be tinged with a romantic sadness, and the whole place seems haunted by the memories of a cause that was lost. The lane suddenly brings youi to the top) of a bluff, over looking the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and there is the home of Mr. Davis. Th:-re are half a dozen frame buildings of varions sizes scat tered irregularly over four or five acres of ground, the whole enecsed by a high board fer.ce. The many trees arec not in rows; there are flow ers, but not in beds; there are paths, but they are neither straight nor curved. Everything is as nature made it. A very old colored servant, who was currying a correspondingly old horse, doffed his hat to the cor respondent from a distance which only Southern courtesy could span. The residence fronts upon the Gulf a squnare, two-story, old-fashioned frame dwe:ling, with five pillars stading solemn guard on its broad veranda. It was called a mansion once and by courtesy is called so still. The veranda commands a beautiful view of the waters of the Gulf, with Cat Island lying low on the right. A few easy-chairs are scattered near the entrance. all old-fashioned and comfortable, and the easiest looking of themn all bears thre anme of "Mrs. J. Davis" Tihe door stood open and a young ngro boy led the correspondlent into a wide hall filled with lounge-s aind oil paintingS and orrnments, but no thing was new~ or bright or modern. All belonged to that rather indefinite peioo which the Southern man re frs to as "before the war.'' The boy said Mr. Davis was not very well. and had not left his roomi that mnorn in-an event that is not uncommon with him who is close upon four score years. The correspondent wrote a nt'expressing regret at Mr. D)avis's indisposition, and asking him if he would at some later (late oblige the World with a chat upon the affairs of the South, political and otherwise. A fter a few minutes the messenger returned with Mr. Davis's regrets that he was unable to entertain his visitor, and with the following note: 30th March, '86. Dzan Smn: I am not well enough to leave my chamber or I would orally reply to your rcquest ? y opinions, that I am not in ofice, am not a can didate for official position. therefore have a right, as it is my wish, to lead he Li nf retirement in which the will of others as wc as my own h: JrITE'SON Dhvis. Mrs. Davis and their daughte Varina A. Davis, are the only occ pants of the old homestead. Ti correspondent met the latter comely and winning, but wholly UL pretentious girl Cf three and twent: From the house to the big green gat that opens on the blui over the Gu is the walk of a minute, and who the correspondent -erged from th shade of the tali pine trees he fe like one awaking from a revrie dream.- Nw: Yor1: WVord. Grumll.ing. If these lines should fall beneat' the eye of any one who is given tc the habit of grumbling and complain ing, we ask his serious attention t< what follows. Grumbling is certainly one of the worst habits that any one can becom< addicted to. It makes the grumbler dissatisfied with everything. go-d or bad; ani makes him miserable. If this were all, it would not be s< bad. The habit of grumbling makes the grumbler sour, morose, disagree able, and unpleasant to all with whom he comes in contact; and, as a conse quence, his society is not sought after, but rather avoided. The habit of grumbling and com plaining continually, is not only very unpleasant but positively wrong. In the first place, it does no possi ble good, and it is the duty of every one to make himself agreeable ani help to make others feel pleasantly It seems to be a second naturc with some people. They grumb< about everything, and nothing suitc them. If tLings are one way to-day they grumble. and to-morrow i things are the reverse, they grumbi still. They rften see it does no good but they keep on grumbling all thU same. There are many ki,ids of grumblers but we cannot discuss them all here Some grumble because it is hot others because it is cold. In dul times some grumble on that account When times are good, others grumbl because they are not better. Some grumble because-perhap they can't help it. All forms of grumbling are ba enough, but one of the worst form of grumbling that we know of, is ai employer always grumbling and corn plaining at an employee. Let an em ployee be ever so faithful, and striv ever so hard to please, still we sup pose ther e are some employers whi grumble still. This class of grumblers do a grea deal of wrong. They make them selves miserable and inflict needles mortification and punishment on oth ers. We never knew a constant grum bier and fault-finder to make th, world any brighter for himself, o any (one else. Grumbling never yet helped one' own cause or business. Grumblin; never yet helped to build up publi or private enterprise. It never ha been known to do any individual town. or community any good. Constant grumiblers and fault find ers are a.1 aflliction to any commo nity'. And yet, and yet, and yet. som will go on grumbling and complain ing and finding fault with everything private or public, good, bad, or ir: different, with or without reason. Mainy do this no doubt from fore of habit. never t hinking. and, pci haps, never earing. abont the ur pleasantness they are making fo thiemselves and others. There are some really good peopi who grumnb}e and find fault wit everything. How imarch good is at stroyed ini this war. We sometime wonder iwhyi there are any grumbler at all, and we suppose it is becaus t takes every sort of people t*o mak a world. Howv much happier the world woul be if all th3egrumblers should sto grumblg. We are sorry for grumblers. A minister, having taught his litti girl the Lord's I raye r. was Surp)risc to hear her repeat it with the fo!!ow ingz variation: Giv us this da our dlaily bread. or b)useuit and honey if you please." Little 'Tommyn McG(ill camne in t his fond mother the other day with back eve and a hole stove in his lij and relieved her by telling her the he'd been getting acuine wit the little boy who had just moved o the street. ts Primary Elections for all Ofm:ees. We publish in another column r, what our respected contemporary. 1. the Newberry Observer. says in ad e vocacy of "-noninating State officers a and Congressmen by primary elec .- tionS." Whilst we synpathize most heart e ily with the priiary election plan. I wherever it 6,n be effectually used. a we do not see how it will do for the e nomination of State ,ilic:rs. It seems t to us that the only wty in which the people of a whole State can effectual ymoe together is in a State Con. vention. Should tihe people in their prima ries choose their own [:!leaates to , represent them in the general con sultation for naming the candidates. would not this most effectually con sult the popular wish ? On the contrary, with primaries held all over the State for the noni ination of State officers. would it not be next to 1IpossiblC to get that con centration of sentiment among the people necessary to make ajadicious choice ? In all likelihood there would be a swarm of aspirants. Un der these circumstances, and the plu rality rule being necessary to any choice at all, we see that the whole thing would be a mere matter of ac, cident. The fortunate candidate. ob taining only the support of a Land ful, might be a very unfit man. and one who would have stood no chance at all before the people in direct competition with any one of the de feated candidates. If this be possible, the primary is n ot a safe method of making the so lection of State offleers. Let the delegates come to a State Convention chosen directly by the people in their primaries, and we can't see a safer more conservative and surer way of getting just such men nominated as the people them selves want. There is r.o use for the interven tion of a county convention here at all. Let the people elect and send hither their own delet!ates responsi ble directly to them. Now, for all county offices, members of the Leg islature, and perhaps members of Congress. it might be highlv desira ble to have a diree: popular vote in making the nominatiol.s. tantamount to an election. We may appear to be inconsistent in advocating the primary plan for the offces indicated whilst favoring the convention plan for the State -offices. We do not mLean tohbe so. We recognize here a diffierence in -degree, which is an essential thing in itself. It may be possible to have a fair consu.ltation,. by the people in a county, or even in a Co::gressional District, which would not he possible to the people of the whole State in the choice of a State officer. And if we attempt to choose by primaries -we would be obliged to accept the plurality rule. in order to get any se lection at all. Otherwise there might be no determinate rcsult reached, and it might reqrire two or three or more votings before the choice was made. Now in default of the pecple being able to consult each other over the State. the result would be to have a slate fixedl up between the most un scrupulous and self-seeking politi cians. who would agzree to work to gethier seb rovsa and thus impose on the popular choice men of their own ilk. The word wo;uld be whisperedI round. eertain mn yoked in, and the people would vote the foregone ticket blindlv. This is the way we look at it, and as we want the true populaar choice. or men who really and truly are more thorouably alongside of the best interests and sympathies or the people, we are constrained to think that a State convention composed of dlelegates chosen by~ the people in jtheir primaries, is that plan whichi will more faithfully express the pop sular wish in selecting candidates for Sthe State o(iilees. We are not after serving ti.e interests of any- set of men. We are only intent onl that which will best express the true pop ular wish in every case. With thec greatest respect fur the intelligent opinion of our Newberry contemporary,.we yet cannoti but think that such a State conventioni as we have indicated wili iest subserve the purposes5 which the 2 Aerver and the IRegister have in vni:mon. to wit. '0 let the people get such men as te "-Terrible thing, that attempt to blow up~ Gladstone. wasn't it?'' said 1 one cow county deic.tate to another Sat Sacramento the other <!a-. --Awful: t Awful ' said the other St:nesman, Swith a snudder, -I wondiC which of 3us they wihi get after next." -Derrick Dodd. Doesn't It Look Like a Job? We sef that we are to get the hard. pine necessary for the roofing of the State House from Baltimore at $28 per thousand. This is very extra ordinary in a State producing as good hai d pine as the world contains, and covered with saw mills on every road rrnning into oar city. How does this fact look for a State consid ering it of srrleient importance to go to the expense of making an ex position of her valuable woods, as was done at 1.0 New Orleans Expo. sition. and where South Carolina made the best exhibit of woods of any State in the Union? With these facts before us, what does this con tract made with Baltimoe contrac tors mean? Could there be any difi ulty in placing that contract at ar Df our first class mills or lumber mer chants at $15 a thousand? Is it pos sible, with all the building going on 0ll over the State, that the very b6st CAled and seasoned lumber could ot be placed here at less than $28 thousand? If not, it is a most ex raordinary condition of things. It is no answer to say the Charles on milling merchants were written - o and refused to give any figures. Why should they? Was the contract >ffered to the public and bids asked? Why should these Charleston millers Ir merchants give away their figures xvithout the opportunity afforded to bake the contract? There was no business in it. Can it be supposed 1hat Charleston is less anxions to lispose of its lumber than Baltimore? knd if it can be believed that Char leston merchants were unwilling to ill such a contract, were there no other places in the State to do' it? Was the contract offered to the public? We don't care about the money in olved in the transaction, though that is a matter not to be overlookd but it is the atmosphere of the whole thing that we don't like. Again, we are told that no con tractor has put in a bid to set the stone on the wall. And Lbe reason assigned is, that in vie%; of the pres ent strikes, contractors unilling to enter into any co Does anybody believe that work has ..een stopped in New York or Phila delphia or Boston or Baltimore for the want of contractors who have been scared off from entering into any engagements by the strikes? Does anybody believe that this state of things exists anywhere else than at the South Carolina State House? - These are questions we cannot answer satisfactorily to -on'rselvese and if the ncxt step should be an other Baltimore concern coming her as a matter of favor to us to set the stone on our walls, somebody will have to stand from under. This is all of it, and this is just what we mean here.-Colmbia Register. Batmore Hard Pine for the State House. T, the Editor o-f the C'olumbia Register: It is with much surprise that earn through the Register of the 6th inst. of the giving of the c'ntract to - H. James & Co., of Baltimore for furnishing 75,000 feet of lumber for the State House roof. It is all the more surprising, in view of the fact of the recent exhibition of the State's lumber resources at New Orleans, which led one to believe we had the best pine in the world. And, too, the price is astonishingly high, N twenty.eight dollars per thousand. I do not know a mill in Soeth Caro lnL wi.chas had such aprice in ten years for its most difficnlt proc dut. Charleston is not by any means the only place in the State-t look for such a bill of lumber. There are mills located along the lines of the Wilmington, Columbia and Au gusta Railroad, South Carolina Rail road and Charlotte, Columbia and A uguata Railreaa, which are turning out the very best lumber in the State, am which are nowz shipping to Baimiaore. Philadelphia anid New Z York: a large quantity of jaet such lumber as M1essrs. H. James & Co. will supply the architect of the State House. I do not know of any publication in the State calling for bids and giv ing speifications of the lumber. - It should by all means have been oe Sending from South Carolina to Bal.- . timre, MIaryland, for lumber, is like sen ding coal to New Castle." The~ State House Commission had better ' undo this thing, or give good reasons why it was the correct thing to do. * A poet says5: "-There is always sunrise somwhcre." This is com- - forting. To the man who is just going to bed there comes the happy consolation that somnebodyJias toge& up and go to work.