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. , . 2IITTEE AT ,
H. C JONES, Chief of th K. K. In Mecklenburg.
Col. L. M. McAFEE, Chief In Cleaveland..
Col.' DAVID SCHENCK, A Leading Member ia
. Lincoln. ' I
If Boyd was a perjurer, as the Hon."
Josiah Turner, Jr., said, In ;his 1
testimony before the I Committee,
for telling on the K. K. and
exposing them, ,'.
A Leading Conservative Politican Ex
poses Ute Invmsible Empire Plato
Durham on the Stand What say the
Conservatives Now f '
Hon. Plato Durham, of Shelby,
Cleveland county, North Carolina, was
examined before the sub-committee on
Wednesday. He is a native of Ruth
erford county, North Carolina; was a
member of the last State Legislature;
was Conservative canddiate for Congress
in 1S6S in the 7th district ; is now a
practicing lawyer in the! counties of
Cleveland, Rutherford, Macon, and
Gaston. lie has heard within the last
live of six months of outrages by bands
of disguised men in the county of Ruth
erford: also in the counties of Cleve-
land, Catawba, Lincoln, and Gaston.
He knows nothing about them- person
ally, and believes they have been to a
great extent the result of the incom
petency and corruption of Judge Lo
gan, Republican judge of that circuit.
At the last spring term of court there
was a petition signed by lawyers asking
the Legislature to remove Judge Lo
gan from office. The Legislature does
not meet until next November, and
there is another term of the court be
fore that time. He does not know why
cimH ftrrtitinn has not been ! crotten - ud
before ; 'nor why not delayed until the
m .11.. -.-...4.,-. U!nK fntna
next term oi me oiuria, w fi.u
place before the Legislature meets.
Judge Logan has recently been ex
: ceedingly active in having arrested par
ties accused of committing outrages in
disguise; has had many arrests made,
and parties bound over, and is now en
gaged in investigating offenses of this
character. He is especially active in
the Investigations now going on in the
town ofRutherfordton. The above peti
tion was gotten up after he had engag
ed in the arrests and prosecutions, as
mentioned above. He does not believe
it was for the purpose of deterring him
or of rendering his investigations less
efficient or less entitled to the confi
dence of the public At the last term
of the courts he (Judge Logan) disbar
red a lawyer named Schenck. It
was after this that the petition was
gotten up. 3Ir. Schenck is a leading
Conservative,and is reported to bea lead
ing member of the" Invisible Empire
orKuklux in the county of Lincoln.
" Witness j oined an organization known
as the Invisible Empire, in the town
of Shelby, in the winter of 1869; . he
was told that it had been in existence
in that county four or five months pre
viously ; he joined the camp at Shelby;
there were two or more camps in the
county ; it was organized for protection
- against the negroes, and to counteract
the teachings of the Radicals and the
Loyal League ; they took an obligation
in the form of an oath, the substance of
which he did not fully recollect ; he was
present at but two meetings; . Mr. Mc
Afee, a Conservative member of the
Legislature from the county of Cleve
land, Is the chief in that county. H.
C. Jones, of Charlotte, a Conservativ e
member of the present Senate of North
Carolina, told witness that he was a
member of the order in 1867 ; they had
signs and passwords, .which witness
gave to the committee. D. Schenck,
who was disbarred by Judge Logan, is
known to witness as a member of the
order; witness' law partner, a Mr. H.
D. Lee, Is a member of the order.
The last meeting that witness attend
ed was in February, 1871 ; the organi
zation exists, in the county of Ruther
ford; Mr. R. A. Shotwell, formerly ed
itor of a Conservative paper in Ruther
fordtohand Ashville. is a .member of
the order. He gave the names of many
other persons who are members. H.
Cubiness, a leading member of the bar
in Shelby, is a mcmMr. At the Supe
rior Court in Rutherfordton, ihe last
of March, 1871, witness was iri atten
dence ; there was a kind of reorganiza
tion of the order in Rutherford county,
during the court week; witness .was
present, and several new members
x were initiated ; he did not initiate any
members himself ; some were initiated
in his room at the hotel ; Mr. Cabiness
conducted the initiations; ho thinks
the order was meant for good purpo-
. 8cs, and that it has had a tendency to
keep the negroes in their places ; in the
county of Cleveland there are about
four white men to. one negro; about
the same proportion in Rutherford;
tho organization was not meant for po
litical purposes. He thinks it has .ex
isted in many counties of the State for
the last two years, but not in all the
counties; he does not know that H. C.
Jones is the Stat8 chief, nor does he
tnmi; u-hn ia the chief of the State :
he does not know who was the chief of
Cleaveland county before Mr. jyicAiee
was elected chief; he does not know
who is the chief of Rutherford county,
nor how many camps there are in the
county ; he has heard of the existence
of the order in Spartanburg and York
counties, oum uaroiina,wnicn ooruer
r flMvplmd has h parti of men from
th Hamlina who had mmo over the
linennd engaged in raids in Cleaveland
ami llutherfoni counties on uienignt
, the mul upon Rutherfordton when
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Mr. : Justice was attacked and the Star
office destroyed; he i heard that;. forty
men came over from South Carolina
and crossed a ford 6n' Broad river In
Rutherford county and went in the di
Toction of Rutherfordton, . . : i :
.Witness lives within ten miles of the
South Carolina line; does not . know
that Mr. Shotwell was engaged in the
raid upon' Rutherfordton, does not
think ho was, because he believes him
to be too humane and gentlemanly a
man to engage in such an outrage- Wit
ness has appeared as counsel for some
of the prisoners, arrested by Judge Lo
gan; fie appeared in the late Circuit
court in Raleigh for the prisoners there
Indicted for being engaged in Ku Klux
outrages : two of them were from Cleav
eland and twenty-eeven from . Ruther
ford; theprisoners were arrested and
taken to Raleigh upon a warrant t from
the United States Commissioner: before
leaving Shelby about ten or twelve citi
zens of Cleaveland gave witness the
power of attorney to sign the bail bonds
of any or , all of the prisoners to the
amount of $45,000; these men all resid
ed in Cleaveland, and twenty-seven of
the twenty-nine prisoners resided In
Rutherford county ; the men who gave
him this authority were among the Dest
citizens of the county of Cleaveland,and
amply able to pay the bonds ; . this au
thority to sign their bail was given him
before it was known whether the pris
oners would be indicted and held to bail
or not. l, ; . -'
- Witness has heard that forty or more
members of the order in Rutherford
have made written confessions, upon
oath, before Judge Logan," and that
sntna nf thfm have disclosed that wit
ness is a member of the order, and
nave saia mat ne was me cniei in
Cleaveland ; witness is not the chief
in Cleaveland, nor did he ever hold
any office in the , organization ; he .has
seen disguises worn by persons on
raids, but he was never on any raid
himself, nor did he ever know or have
it intimated to him that any outrage
or attack was to be perpetrated upon
any individual until after it had oc
curred ; witness heard nothing "of , any
design to make the raid upon the
town of Rutherfordton until after it
had occurred. , .
The examination of Mr. Durham
continued for more than five hours,
and many additional important facts
were elicited. Washington Chronicle
Aug. 4. - -; ' -';
established facts about ku klux.
The1 Joint Committe of Coricrress on
Ku Klux outrages has been in session
In Wa sh inert in for two months. A
sub-Committee visited the States where
the operations of the Ku Klux nave
been most notorious, spending - two
weeks in investigating reported out-
mrroa nn the crkTitl where theV OCCUlTed.
The Committee, while in session at the
capital, examined a great number of
Republicans, school-teachers, preach
ers. Federal officials and. other exiles,
testlned to tne - aomgs oi me uhiiu.
From such men as Napoleon Bonaparte
Forrest ana otner connrmea woeis was
than one unwillinsr evi
dence of the doings in which they had
themselves taken part, ijui me ouu
rmmittee raw with their own' eves
VVivv i " "
and heard with their own ears the con
clusive : testimony given m various
ways before the whole Committee at
, The facts now gatnerea in me ooum
by the Sub-Committee had, long De
fore, been voluminously stated and
abundantly proved In the special cor
respondence of The Tribune.. Wher
ever these Committeemen went they
met the unfortunate victims or perse
cution. Men with maimed limbs and
backs scarred with cruel scourgings
came to meet them. The beginning of
oxwv rlfiv.fnnnd a new eratherinsr of
persecuted men appealing to the Sub
committee ior protection iuiu - sym
pathy. As has repeatedly been snown
in the correspondence of this journal,
many sections visited were found to be
in a state of utter social and political
demoralization. There was no law;
anarchy reigned supreme, and men
not in known active sympathy with
the marauding rulers of the country
were obliged to flee for their, lives. ; ;.
,It is too late to dispute the main
facts which" have been first established
Hv'-thA inrlefntlorfible and trustworthy
nrtrresnondents of The Tribune, antt
now uy tne lnvesiisuuuius auu pwo""-
the fVimmittee and
Ul JUJ1t. v v
Sub-Committee. Men who sympathize
vvitn tne purposes vi nu iviuAism
nnihhip fthntit nnimDortant Darticulars,
but all accounts agreo ln testifying to
the existence of an oath bound band
of men operating in different parts of
the South with a view to weaken the
Republican and strengthen tne xjemo-
cratic party. This band came into ex
istence during the excitement which
attended the last iresiuemnu camvuaa.
but has not been wholly dissolved
since. In some localities tne auD-uom-
mittee were told Dy- -uonservauve
noliticians . that . nearly every able-
bodied man in the country belonged
to the Ku Klux, whicn was iookcu
unon as a local Vigilance Committee
with large powers. And In every in
stance prominent Democrats are active
r, o iridnu nnd all "srood Demo-
crats'? applaud their doings, though it
i i l : Vint nil I Vinrv-
wouiu oe liitt iaj ty t.Mv
crts are Ku Klux.
How far the Governments oi some
of the Southern States are responsible
for this state of facts it is impossible to
say. r But wneiner inese umtiiua,
found administrative duties too bur
densome and dangerous. for them, have
any, share in tne generui umum
tho matter in
,anri . AVfltnow that the system of
UUUWI - - . .
.1 ...:.nist4vrk rr lvniph xre
complain -has resulted In depriving
thousands of meriof the right of suf
frage. We know tnat in ixuisiana
more than forty thousand registered
Republican voters were kept away
from the polls at the Presidential elec
tion of 1868. We have thd. authority
of one of the victims of the Ku Klux
in West Tennessee for saying that this
organization has openly declared to its
captives that no Radical voting is to
be allowed in any Southern State, by
black or white."
The remedy for all this is tolerably
apparent. ; The . JJemocracy . of the
North has thus far affected to disbe
lieve reports of Southern outrages, or
has given quasi countenance to them.
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' : . RALEIGH, N, -
At any rate: our Democratic friends
have never, shown any disapproval, of
these! acts of violence-Teven with a
hypothetical admission of their; exist
ence. If this has been made a party
question, it is the Democracy which
has forced it into that position. Long
ago it was asserted in . Congress with
out contradiction, that one word : of
disapproval from leading Democrats of
the North would discourage and dis
band the Ku Klux organizations. It
is ;not too late for that word, to be
spoken.' Party Considerations aside,
tne facts established by the Congress
Committees are now impregnable; all
honest doubts must disappear i before
them. We will have protection to
legal voters everywhere.. In the face
of incontrovertible evidence and a de
termination to see absolute justice done
hereafter, the Democracv mav as well
yield gracefully to the force of circum- I
stances anu uiscuuuujuiuiue, hjuw mcj
acknowledge, the existence of Ku
Kluxism. N. Y. Tribune.
1 The people of North Carolina are
probably the most conservative in the
lnion.' They carry their grists to
mill -as their Grandfathers did before
them; they loved the old-fashioned
ways or tne oia-iasnionea ionn j Caro
linians, and despise everything which
has not upon it so much of dust and
mold as is possible In this new Repub
lic. All new-fangled notions, such as
cooking-stoves, Paris fashions, and hu
man rights, are exceedingly unpopu
lar in North Carolina. That which is
old, with.these excellent people, has a
strong and attractive recommendation
to affection and esteem. Chiefly, they
love the old order of things, when good
wives rode to church on a pillion be
hind the good man, when manslaugh
ter and 'larceny were punished by
branding and the pillory, and when
gentlemen only administered "the best
government in ,the world." All this
was possible under the old Constitu
tion of the State; but since the Yankee
Constitution, as the Old Hunkers de
light to call the instrument adopted in
18G8. has come in. it is claimed! that
even the chickens refuse to contribute
their quota to the products of the form
yard, and things generally go wrong.
But the main grievance of these pessi
mists Is that they do not hold the of
fices any more. They have the) bal
ance of power in the Legislature,' but
it irks them to see the Radicals hold
ing the offices, especially those o the
judiciary, most of which are inj the
hands of men wno nave two anu si
years yet to serve. It is bad enough
to have a Constitution, but worse to
have new men, in office.
The Leorislature. at its last session,
was nnvinns fn break un the Constitu-
tion of 1868 and return to the old rtrder
of thinirs.: But the Constitution pro
vides only two ways of amending it :
first, by amendments ratinea Dy a(iwu
thirds vote of the Legislature; adapted
1 . i 1 . 1 J 1 nlAnilAH 1 an1
then re-adopted by a subsequent Legis-
lature: secuiiu, uy u. wjuvcuuuu
by two-thiros vote oi tne xjeguuu,
tnre. As the Conservatives had only
a majority in the Legislature, neitheT
of these courses was available, j and
they desperately cut the knot by order-
hinrA rnninritv vote- The Democratic
dalllation for this plain evasion bf a
CpnSXllUUUIlUl pruvisiuu wao
people were sovereign, and had a right
t. thev : nleaaecl with their
Constitution. Well, the people have
voted, ana we nave toierauiy guu uu
thoritv f0Jaying that, contrary to the
indication yesterday morning, the
decision is adverse to tne unconstitu
tional tinkers of the Constitution by a
vote which may reach to ten thousand
majority, and cannot be less than five
thousand. -
I The apportionment of delegates to
the proposed Convention was made by
the Legislature, and the opponents of
the scheme of amendment had no other
alternative than to go into the election
and choose their own delegates, with
the understanding that these would, if
elected, decide against taking any ac
tion and would dissolve the Conven
tion, sine die. The indications are that
there will be no Constitutional Conven
tion in North Carolina this year. This
result is a-matter for congratulation,
itot only with the peaceable people of
North Carolina, but all who desire , to
see order and prosperity established in
that State. It would have been 1 im
possible to remove the present $tate
officers by such grossly illegal action as
that contemplated by the Conserva
tives without at once precipitating a
conflict. Into this dispute the United
States Government would have teen
drawn: and we should' have had all
thei agonies
oi reconstruction over
again. Happily, the good sense of the
rfniiv nnrealed to. has in-
tervened to prevent sucl a disaster. -
Lin the summing up of the Sub-Gom-
rhi ttee nn Kn Klux and the disrest of
the facts established by the whole in
vestigation, made up by the Washing
ton resident Republican Executive
Committee, wo have a very fair state
ment of the condition of things in I the
South. The Sub-Committee spent four
weeks in the country, taking testi
mony and seeing and hearing for them
selves. Their report, as summarized.
Is before the country ; and the facts
therein detailed, together with the re
sults , of previous investigations, justify
tlie conclusions arrived at by I the
Washington Committee. That the! ir
reconcilables of the South see no hope
for them but through the success of the
Democratic ' party is admitted ; that
these outrages are perpetrated in the
interest of the Democracy is too evi
dent to admit of a cavil; and that a
Kiu Klux organization, working to
prevent the spread of Republicanism
and promote the. interest of the De-
mocrucy, uuts cai . ... u
'iniition leads. N. Y. Tribune.
f T1 f I 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Ul VVI1IUI Ult UMIUIU w'11
!. n niri harhelnrfrot married. Fifteen
days afterward mind you, fifteen days
he met a friend and said to him,
" Why is nay wife like a baker who is
making a small gooseberry pie?" i" I
don't know,"said the friend. "Weil,"
coM the riisrraceful creature, "it Is be-
tZrL j i:tn ni4
cause sue vt gru tug in.c
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.: For the Carolina Era.
Editor "Eba : ' Dear ' Sir . Is there
no remedy for an oppressed people ? It
has been said, " There is a point ' be
yond which forbearance; ceases to be'a
virtue." , One such offence may be par
doned, ' under. . certain ;circumstances,
but a repetition of the offence adds, in
sult to injury, and cannot be tolerated.
As a representative of the Republican
party in this city, I deem it my duty
to state the facts, to which I allude,
trusting that the proper authorities
will take steps at once to prevent a re
currence of the evil, and thus guaran
tee tn owrv eitizeiT the rights and Pri-
XvepUUllCU.Il UUVW mnuii n xiao trtoi-v r vva
nnnn him. bnt which' he has been de
nied here in Mecklenburg, the so-called
"cradle of liberty." . . !
In the election held in this city on
Thursday last, there were t wo boxes
one for the whites and one for the col
ored voters. The poll-holders, all Con
servatives, consumed the time, by ask
ing; almost every, colored man many
useless questions, simply for the pur
pose of consuming the time ; but if the
said colored man; signified his willing
ness to vote the Conservative ticket, he
was escorted to a side window in the
room by Conservatives, and there depos
ited his vote Thut not so with him who,
like a true Republican, stuck to his
principles and party. No, no ! he must
stand back in the crowd arid await his
time, (if it ever came,) and answer the
questions of the catechism prepared for
the occasion. Thus it was all day, and
the consequence - was, that when the
sun was down, ninety-five free Ameri
can citizens were excluded from the
poll3, and denied the privilege of vo
ting. ! ' ! ' .
During the day 600 'votes had been
polled in the colored box, and in the
same length of time 702 votes in the
White box, and many more could have
been deposited with all ease, as the cry
" more votes," came constantly from
that box. ; :
Every unfair" means was used toex
elude these votes, which would have
given a handsome Republican major
ity; and thus on this occasion, as on
previous occasions, " free American
citizens" were denied the highest priv
ilege within the gift of this great Na
tion. ' . ! " j-' : . '
It is useless for me .to cite the many
individual cases of oppression which
could be pointed out, but I ask, in the
name of these oppressed citizens, and
of right and justice, will the Federal
Government submit to ! these outrages
any longer ? We only j ask the privi-
Ioo-a nf Airerpisinp' the rirrht of franchise
asguaranteed to us by the Constitution
of the umtea states, j
v Arriving in the city at 2 o'clock in
the afternoon, and seeing how the elec
tion was being managed. I deemed it
perfectly useless to vote, but determln
oA that. T wrmld mot be Idle in seekmsT
such information as would be of service
to the Republican party in the struggle,
at least, to rectify such evils We de
sire that these troubles which, for more
than once, has oppressed us, be kindly
and peaceably settled, and let us feel
once more the right and pride in pro
claiming, " I am a true Republican,
and a free American citizen,"
Charlotte, Aug. 5, 1871.
; I For the Carolina Era.
. Mk.' Editor: The 'election passed
off very quietly here. Guilford county
was thoroughly canvassed by the
advocates of Convention. The candi
dates, Caldwell and Mendenhall, as
sisted by Col. Dillard, Col. Gilmer,
Col. Morehead, Capt. J; M. Morehead,
Col. Scales and Capt. J. . N. Staples,
canvassers, made upwards of fifty
speeches, and seeing the wind was
against them, they called to their aid
Gov. Graham, Judge Merrimon, T.. J.
Jarvis and Gen. Leach J But all to no
purpose. The canvass! had been pro-gressing-near
six weeks, when, upon
the adjournment of the Supreme Court,
Judge Dick returned home, and made
nine speeches to delighted audiences.
He called on the people to stand by
the Federal Government, and have no
conflict with federal authority, v ;
He reasoned with the people, and
although the vials of abuse and defa
mation had been poured out upon him,
by newspaper scriblers and public
speakers, ne did not tarnish his own
good name by dealing in demagoguery
and abuse. The Judge's speeches were
dignified and eloquent; It was a pleas
ure and treat to near bim. Notwith
standing the fling of the Raleigh Sen
tinel, that "none but grinning niggers"
would listen to him speak, the white
people, by the hundred, went to hear
him, and not only listened to his con
vincing and effective ! reasoning, but
near one thousand white men, many
of them among the most intelligent
citizens of Guilford ' county, men. of
sterling character and wealth, went to
the polls and.yoted "No Convention,"
and for their esteemed fellow-citizen,
Judge Dick ; thereby rebuking ; the
haughty aristocrats and self-styled dic
tators who wish : to rule and lord it
over their equals. We have gained
a great victory in central North Caro
olina, and we are pleased to know that
Judge Dick did much to aid us, by his
speeches and influence, in achieving
our glorious triumph. i We regret that
Gen. Scotts' health was so he could
not be in the canvass, to expose the
many false issues, made by the Con
vention candidates, with triumphant
success. The Democrats are in deep
sorrow here, lamentations of woe have
befallen them.. They: will yet learn
that the good people of North Carolina
cannot be driven any way, but that
they think and act for themselves, and
especially when the tendency is a con
flict with federal authority, j
We send you .greetings of glad tid
ings, from this portion of North Caro
lina rejoicing that the people have
said, in their majesty, we want peace,
and we will have it. - i Guilfobd.
Greensboro' Aug. 5th, 1871. , ,
I Phcebe Gary, the younger of the well
known Gary sisters, died at Newport
lately. She was 40 years old;' Alice
Cary died last February, and it is be
lieved that her sister, who -had been
her companion for forty years, never
recovered from the shock.
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' ' For the Carolina Era.'
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It is a common opinion, that, while
colored children should be 't&Ught in
common schools, it would be awaste of
time to try to teach them in : higher
branches. There is, however, an Insti
tution at Atlanta, Georgia,where many
have been under training for) several
years, and the most advanced dass has
just been examined, x. and admitted to
form the Freshman class, -f in Atlanta
University, i They passed an examina
tion in Algebra, Geometry, Caesar, Vir
gil, and the Anabasis of XenopTion. ' 'A
board of visitors, of which Ex-Go v.
Jos. E. Brown was Chairman, attended
to the exercises and made a full report.
ejlfrom which jwe take the following para-
grapns. r : . ... -1 :. .
"At every step of the examination,
we were impressed with: the fallacy of
the popular idea, (which in' common
with thousands of others, a majority of
the undersigned, have heretofore enter
tained) that the members of the Afri
can race,are;not capable of a high grade
of intellectual culture. The rigidtests
to which the classes in Algebra; Geom
etry, Latin and Greek were subjected,
unequivocally demonstrated, that un-.
der j udicious training, and withj perse
vering study, there are many members
of the African race, who can attain a
high grade of intellectual culture. They
prove that they can master and intri
cate probleriis m mathematics, and ful
ly comprehend the constructioii of dif
ficult passages in the classics. I .
4 Many of the pupils . exhibited a de
gree of mental culture, which, jbonsid
ering the length of time their minds
have been in training, would d( credit
to members of any race. We4 .found
abundant Evidences of the very judi
cious moral! training, to which the pu
pils of the institution are daily subject
ed. Their satisfactory answers to ques
tions, tended to define the character of
their moral training, their polfte be
havior, general modesty of denieanor,
evident economy and neatness of dress,
are indicative of aconviction on the
part of the pupils, that they are being
educated for usefulness,; and riot for
mere ostentation or to gratify aiselfish
ambition." if"
The Institution received last year an
annrooriatibn of eieht thousand dollars
from the State" Legislature, and the
commend it; again to
i a
fostering care of the State.
I - For the Carolina BrSU
Mr. Editor : The canvass ip Cas
well county was conducted by thb Hon.
John Kerr and Mr. Giles Mebane for
Convention and Wilson Carey; Esq.;
and George M, Arnold against Convention.-
I listened to the discussion at
Pelham's on Tuesday,; August 1st, and
was surprised that Mr. Kerr pursued a
different course from tnat whlm nas
hitherto marked his political appeals.
In place of traducing the negro, She
pealed urgently and eloquently for his
vote. He glassed them as human be-;
ings entitled to the same rights before
the law as himself ; -and in concluding
his remarks, he introduced Mr. Arnold
in glowing I terms and polished; lan
guage. He said: "Thegentlemalnwho
will follow me is a colored man ;a gen
tleman of. Education and refinement;
one well calculated to advise yon col
ored people ; he is a stranger i4 these
parts, but rione the less entitledjto the
respect and consideration of j every
white man in the county of CaswelL
He will tell you not to vote for nle, and
he will also tell you to vote against
Convention!; but I trust'you will vote
for me, providing you have confidence
in my ability and integrity." j
Who would have , thought this of
Hon. John Kerr? : S
Mr. Kerr is a gentleman. If there
was need of proof, his course toward
Mr." Arnold! proves it. If the leaders
of the Conservative party would con
duct political campaigns as Mr! Kerr
did in Casvyell, there would be some
chance of dividing the colored vote.
We knew! when the " sober second
thought" took place,
Mr. Kerr would
do just as lour corresponment says her
QlCl. V 11511 Ullld WlBCi v vn v v; .
will follow the example of Mr. Kerr?
' For the Carolina
Ti".tttoti "Rua : We have met the
Revolutionists, " and they are Ours,"
which you will see by the official vote
of this county : For Convention 1 1286 ;
No Convention 3321 majority against
Convention I20S5. This vote is seventeen
less than that which was cast for the
Hon. S. F. Phillips in this county last
year. The Republicans have made a
large gain ) instead of a loss, which I
will here explain. The last Legislature,
by request of a few hungry politicians,
passed an act cutting off a portion of
this county land annexing it to Nash
county, thinkingby so doing it would
reduce the Republican vote in Edge
combe, and not interfere with their
calculations in Nash ; but alas ! those
poor tools got fooled" at their own
game, in which they thought they had
a certainty, for when the election came,
the new departure turned the tables on
the tricksters, and good old Nash was
redeemed by voting down the Revolu
tionary measure of the party which has
and is trying to lead this good old North
State to destruction and ruin, like they
did in 1861. ) I know the people have
learned a lesson from the past, arid Jet
us look to the future, and my prayer
is, that the! balance of the counties
throughout the State have followed the
example set! by Edgecombe and Nash,
so that peace and prosperity shall reign
throughout the State. Both parties
canvassed together, and the work was
Hnne thoroUffhlv.: The . Anti-Conven-
tinn eanvassers were Messrs. JohnSNor
fleet: .Tospph Cobb. Alex. McCabe, Bat
tle Bryan and R. M. Johnson.
. , i ours respeuuuu v, i
Edegecombe Co., Aug. 5, l.
More thaii forty thousand veterans of
the war of
J1812 have already applied
for pensions
. tichtins' must nave; Deen
eminently conaucive .. to ; longevity . in
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tnose aays.
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r It gives us great satisfaction to an
nounce that the election - in this ; State
on the 3d instant resulted in an over
whelming defeat of the Conservatives.
Ifthe .Western have done as well as.the
Eastern counties, so far as heard from,
the majority against the "convention"
will not fall much short, if any, of ten
thousand, .:' ' - -.: !- : . . j
; . ,The importance of this result can not
be overestimated. The Conservative
leaders during the canvass stated openly
what they proposed to do if a Conven
tion was called. ' To eject all j Republi
can office-holders who couldi not be
reached under the existing constitution
was the least of the evils sought to be
accomplished. ' The f Homestead Ex
emption law, upon which the present
and future prosperity of the Sbtfe lai-ge-ly
depends, was to be wiped otit, com
mon schools for the people were to be
practically abolished, and the Ku Klu
party ; was to reign supreme. Had
the convention been carried the Union
men would have been forced to take up
arms for self-defense or flee the . State.
In 1870 the Kuklux Conservative s won
a victory against the vill of the maior-
liy oy .vioieuce, irauu, , anu iiiuuiiiu-
tioh. How unscrupulously they have
used the power thus obtained is well
known. The removal of all obnoxious
opponents, either by fair or foul means,
was pre-arranged in the Ku Klux Coun
cil, and scrupulously carried out. They
rode rough-shod over everything in
the pursuit of their projects, until they
ran against the organic law of the State ;
when the wiser heads of the Order ad
monished the leaders that the people
would not tamely submit to, see this
violated, r steps were taken to' submit
the nnestioti of ' forminsr a new State
constitution. ; : Failing to obtain const!-
tutional authority to ao mis tney iorc
ed the point and submitted the ques
tion to the people. i I
The Republicans T decided it best to
meet them on their own ground, with
out waiving the right of seeking re
dress before the courts in case the ques
tion of holding a convention was deci
ded affirmatively. The result is before
us, and shows the wisdom of adopting
the course pursued; i :.. -.
The reaction has commenced. AH
the Republicans, have to do to secure
the State in 1872 is to put their best
men forward, and present- a united
front to the common enemy. Washing
ton Chronicle. ,. :; ' iu-
We understand that the President
and Directors, of the W., If. &jR. Road,
have purchased enough I Iron to com
plete the railroad up to WMesborO',
and that the work is now to be rapidly
pushed forward. Wadesoororl Argus.
We begin to think it is time that the
authorities of tne road had bougnt iron
to complete it to Charlotte, jascording
to expectations ereated by a late meet
ing of the Directors; or the public
should be informed why a fchange of
President was made unless it was with
a view to pushing the w6rkon to Char
lotte. As we had a great deal to do in
putting the present administration in
to office, and as we can boldly say that
we never do anything in a secret or un
derhanded manner, we thinkj we have
a right to call on the riew I President of
the Company for information in regard
to rumors about a contract having been
made for the completion ! of the road.
If the contract is made let! usj.know, if
not, what are the prospects ?
The mortgage Bonds of the road have
recently advanced iri the New York
market. What caused the advance?
Is there a substantial prospect of imme
diately completing the road, or are spec
ulators at work making false impres
sions. -We are opposed to secret opera
tions of any kind, and especially in the
management of a "great state work
where the public generally ! are inter
ested.5 1 I . , .'
If we were mistaken and deceived in
regard to the aoiliti and disposition of
the present managing officers to com
plete the road from Wilmington to
Charlotte, we do not hesitate to declare
that, as soon as .we are satisfied that we
committed an error, we shall use all the
power we havei to make another change.
We intend to act openly and regardless
of who may be pleased or displeased.
Charlotte Democrat, r . j
. p T"! 4.
Peace. A great victory has been
gained by the friends of law and order
in North Carolina. ! The people, with
out regard to party; have voted down
Convention, and here we must return
thanks to those truly Conservative vo
ters who would not vote for Conven
tion with their party, but Stayed at
home, and so helped us to! carry thq
day. To those genuine old school Dem
ocrats, and ; strict , constructionists
who believed the Convention illegally
called, and so voted down the proposi
tion, we return thanks for breaking
from party. lines and voting with the
people's party, v I t :i 1 '
Now let us have peace in this State,
and prosperity will1, follow. Let the
politicians be rebuked and keep quiet,
and let all good citizens seek; to restore
peace in society and help developc the
resources of the State. :j !
. All real or supposed troubles can be
settled by the Legislature acting pa
triotically andor. the country and not
in a partizan. way ! and for party.
We appeal to the good and j true sons
pf the State to stop the clamor about
offices and , office-holders. The mate
rial wealth of the State is of more im
portance. The substance is- far more
valuable than the shadow. )VU. Post.
Punished. A' pleasant piece of po
etic justice is reported " from a town in
Oregon. t One morning a man called
upon the editor of the only paper in the
county and asked permission to look at
the files of that paper for 1869. It was
granted.- While the editor jwasinbed
waiting till his wife , could! jTash his
shirt, that young man carried away the
file, nor was it ever seen , again until
his lawyer offered it in evidence 'dur
ing the trial of an action for $5,000 dam
ages for an alleged libel, ; jwhich . the
young man brought against the editor.
It is gratifying to learn thatf the plain
tiff recovered six and a quarter cents
damages, and was arrested by tlie. edi-
tor on a charge of stealing books, ; con
victed and sent to the penitentiary ror
seven years.
XJa.te -.of . .A.cWertilnc: t i
One square, one tiruo, - $1 00
. j --s two times,- - r - &ft
iil ' three timkJ-.'XJ-; :2. 00
A square is the width of a column; and 1 J
iAches deep. . i'' ' . : -.'
JeSJ- Contract Advertisements taken t at
proportionately low- rates. ;j- i ' . ' ' ;"s
Professional Cards, notexceetlingl $jure,
will be published one 3'car for $12. ,
r The great victory won by the Repub
lican party of this State is peculiarly (
gratifying 1 to all its members, not W '
much bn account of its numerical show
ing of strength as the triumplrof prin
ciple ovpr , prejudice and, illegal incits-.
iires,by which thcCousc-rvatives souglit
to. strengthen themselves. To Siiythat
IJiirry has suffered a Waterloo defeat, in
a field: of their own selection and with
their Own weapons, is not claiming
enough, but we arc satisfied to let it go
af that: ' The ring who carried the State
by" intimidation and fraud in 1870 havp
received a rebuke such as will make a
lasting impression upon "their tough
consciences, and caiise them to pause
long before, they . attempt to., ruin the ,
peace of a loyal State, again, Crimina
tion and recrimination has already be
gan among them,' and -the 'holiest men
in their party, look on with infect sur
prise, and are more than indignant that
they consented to act. at all upon a
measure for mere party sake, wliich.
seen through by the spectacles of cool '
reason, appears to them, to siiy the
least, silly. - The accessions to the Re
publican ranks will now go on until
there Is an overwhelming and perfectly
irresistible majority of white men act
ing in unison and harmony with it for
the good of the State. We welcome all ,
who come voluntarily and from pure
motives, ; but we would warn dema
gogues and office seekers, who will at
tempt to come in upon promises or pre?
ferment, that they may save themselves
the trouble of fishing. Measures and
not men, principles and not spoils, gov
ern us. ' "I
We may be called visionary by some
of our friends, but wo predict that the
Republican majority in this State for
Grant in 1872, will be so largo as to as
tonish even Republicans. It is worthy
of note that we shall open the ball in
August next, being the first Shite to
.vote i in regular order. A ew-Rernc
Times. v tv ) . I
We hope that the ; recent ' victory
gained by the Republican party of our
State ! will go far towards convincing
our Northern friends and the country
at large, that we have a decided Re
publican element in the State of North
Carolina, and . notwithstanding the :
threats and intimidations made use of
by the opposition, "fifteen . thousand
majority" Is about the figures you can
put us down for. That the defeat of
the Convention has been the. death
blow of the Conservatives in this State,
is evidenced by the laconic telegrams
of the Head Centre of that party toi a
friend in Kinston, although wo do ' not
endorse any such sentiment, no mat
ter who speaks or writes it, for "out of
the abundance of the heart the mouth
speaketh;" and the telesrram in ques
tion is but an Indicator of tho man who
penned it. We hope that the honest,
respectable citizens of North Carolina
have Jiad a proof of the revolutionary
character of the Conservative party
of our State. i ' '
We'need not repeat to you the truths,
and proof of this, which we have pub
lished daily since the Convention ques
tion was first agitated, and which we
see has had such good effect. J We con
gratulate you that you have thrown
aside! the yoke of political slavery,
and that no longer shall Joe Turner
snap his whip, to compel obedience to'
his edicts. Newbern Times.
Let it be borne in mind that tho do-'
feat, of the Convention Scheme in' the
county of Mecklenburg was the work
Of a1 few Independent Democrats
who ! had determined to assert their
political character and manhood. "We
fought and won this campaign as Dem
ocrats," and we warn the 'men
who have assumed the x Leadership of
the Conservative party, (so-called,) that
the work of disintegration is progress-
Denouncing gentlemen who claim
the right' to think, speak, or act, for
themselves, will certainly give the
county to the opposition in 1872.
If the present leaders of that party i n
Charlotte are not discarded, the next
municipal contest will seal the fate of.
the party.
Ave demand respectful consideration,
and will accept of nothing less. Char.
"I Don't Endorse. Those very
distinguished gentlemen who claim to
represent Democratic principles and
appear anxious to advertise? the world
that "I dont endorse the scntimait.i of
the Bulletin," should remember that
they do not own the paper,do not write
for it,and have not been consulted with,
and as a consequence, are in no sense
responsible for our sentiments.. Wc.are
not the liveried or hired servant of any
man or party ,and it is a matter of .sum 11
importance to us who do not endorse
our sentiments. We are alone respon
sible and claim to be independent of
party and the machinations of. office
seekers and, their hired strikers, who
serve their masters. Clmrlotle Bulletin.
By all Means. We learn that some
of the reckless partisans who have Imxmi
unspairing in their abuse and in the
employment of vulgarisms against gen
tlemen : who entertain Republican
sentiments, are now profering advice to
some of the gentlemen (of the Republi
can party) Col. Myers and Mr. Ahrens,
elected Magistrates, hot to accept the
honor.. Of course these gentlemen will
treat with proper consideration proio
sitions from those persons who have
denounced them as "scalawags," and
unworthy a position in State atlairs.
Charlotte Bulletin. , , : ; , !
STor the Paper." Dont send your
paper to me any more, " Is calculated
to alarm some nervous slaves to the '
grey goose quil, hut wo can bear the
terrible loss of all such reading patrons.
The order shall be obeyed. We would
not have referred to the occurrence but
foTjthe desire to sayi we think we have
inlays "lang sayne," paid you more
money In thirty days, for .mean whis-'
lotld Bulletin.

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