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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19th, 1871.
The People MotId
1ST
Read the very important preamble
. and resolutions adopted by the Repub
lican meetlne at the Court House on
, Saturday. These have the ring of the
true metal, and will receive the hearty
endorsement, not only of all good Re
publicans but, of many honest Demo
crats and Conservatives also. The peo
ple are becoming terribly in earnest in
their determination to destroy the last
remains of Kukluxlsm in the State.
They demand the investigation called
for; they will never consent that any
i of the conspirators against the Consti
tution and laws of the State and of the
United States, as well as against the
" lives and property of a portion of the
leople, shall hold seats in the Legisla
ture. They are determined to make
themselves heard in relation to the
" matter. This is but the opening of the
Irnll ; the people of the other counties
will speak in due time, and with a
lower that cannot be resisted.
Law and Order.
Read an article printed on this page, from
The Nashville Banner, headed "Law and
Order," "Down with Ruffianism in the
South." Vv'o warmly Indorse all the editor
savs, and with, him exclaim, down with
ru than ism in the South. Disguised outlaws
have too long infested the country, and the
time has come when our people must look
to the safety of their hearth-stones. Down
with law-breakers should be the motto of
every good citizen.
The above is from The True Georgian,
a paier in the interest of the Demo-
cratic party of that State. The article
from Tiie Nashville Banner; to which
it alludes, will be found in this issue of
Tiik Era. It is warmly commended
to our Democratic . and Conservative
friends as an example to be followed.
Tlie Banner is one of the leading Demo
cratic papers of Tennessee, and its in
fluence must be potent for good in the
cause which it has so. nobly espoused.
It will be hailed with; delight by the
friends of peace and harmony every
where, and its action accepted as the
harbinger of better days -near at hand.
Why should the strife and ill feeling
of the last few years longer continue?
Have we not had enough of bitterness
and too much? Is not the whole ques
tion of reconstruction, which gave rise
to much of it, settled finally ? Is it not
the pari of wisdom and philosophy,
then, for our people to accept the inev
itable with tho best grace possible, and
labor to make tho most or the situa
tion Who can be found to answer
these questions in the negative? How
senseless, then, as well as wicked, to
continue the present strife and bitter
ness, so detrimental to the peace, happi
ness and morals of the country.
Tiik Fair at Henderson. We at
tended tho Fair at Henderson on Thurs
day, and were very much pleased.
The articles on exhibition were not
as numerous and varied as they might
have been, but were highly creditable.
Some of the stock was very good, and
the concourse of people was quite large.
And never have we seen finer speci
mens of the genus homo any where.
For fine looking men and beautiful
women all well dressed the Hender
son Fair could not be easily bedten in
proportion to the number present. And
'never have we met more kindly and
genial gentlemen than tho managers.
Among these the excellent and worthy
President of the Central Agricultural
Society Mr. Capeheart deserves especial
mention.
The annual address before the Socier
ty was delivered by our worthy and
gifted townsman, Hon. Sion II. Rog
ers. It was a production eminently
suited to the occasion, and deserves to
be commended for its brevity. It oc
cupied only about a half hour In its de
livery, and, consequently, was listened
to with unceasing interest to its close
by the large appreciative audience.
The Press was well represented on
the occasion. Besides The Sentinel and
Tiik Kra of this city, The JZoaixoke
Neys, Louisburg Courier and Battle
bo ro Advance were represented by
their worthy and respective editors.
It is due to the Central Agricultural
Society to say that it is Ue only Socie
ty in the State that has held its Fair
every year since the war. Such enter
prise and perseverence under very dis
couraging circumstances deserves, and
will ultimately meet with, the most
abundant success. All honor to the
Central Society, and success to its ef
forts in the cause of Agriculture and
the household and mechanic arts. ,
Wo have been promised a full ac
count bv a correspondent, and, there
fore, shall not attempt anything of the
kind ourself.
The Editors of the Era, whom we iave
heretofore regarded as gentlemen, seem to
have become very forgetful of the courtesies
of the profession in admitting to their col
umns a dirty scurrilous attack upon a
brother Editor from a still more dirty ne
gro. Their conversion to Radicalism ap
pears to have sadly marred their sense of
gentlemanly propriety. Turban? Souther'
tier. , ,'. r. ' i ' i
The "attack" in question was. not
sent the editors as a communication to
bo Inserted In "their columns," but to
the business manager, 3Ir. Brown, as
an advertisement, accompanied with the
cash to pay for the same. It was In
serted, by, Mr. Brown on his own re
sponsibility as an advertisement, fa tiie
advertising column. It was not, by the
editors, admitted to "their columns,"
as might be inferred from the above. 1
For the future we oppose the admis
sion of such an article, even in the ad
vertising col umns.
Editorial Correspondence
. , ASHEVIIXE, Oct. 13, 1671.
The correspondence which we have
seen published.between Ex-Gov. Bragg,
Gen. Hansom and other prominent
Consevative lawyers and politicians,
and Judge Bond of the U. S. Circuit
Court in relation to the postponement
of the trials of the Ku Klux cases pen
ding in that Court deserves some notice.
It is remarkable, upon the part of
those who addressed Judge Bond, for
certain statements which it made, and
for certain other statements which it
does not make. ;
It is not so remarkable . for thef per
sons who signed it as it is for those who
omitted to sign It. j.
Without questioning the sincerity of
the gentlemen who addressed Judge
Bond in their declaration of their. do
mination to use their influence to put
down any further Ku Klux outrages,
It can hardly be controverted that such
a correspondence by them is calculate!
If not intended to repair the damage
done the Conservative : cause, by the
developments made,at the recent Term
of the United States Court, quite as
much as to promote the restoration of
order and the suppression of crime. It
is note-worthy ,therefore, that the letter
to Judge Bond is signed by the official
head of the Conservative party in North
Carelina, viz: Ex-Gov. Thomas Bragg,
Chairman of the Central State Execu
tive Committee of that party. !
It is futher to be remarked that this
letter is signed by the leading Counsel,
who appeared in defence of the Ku
Klux assassins who were lately convic
ted at Raleigh, and that these gentle
men must have had from their profes
sional connection with these cases, if
not otherwise, better opportunities to
know and emphatically weigh the evi
dence than persons not so related to
these cases possibly could have had. j
It is further to be remarked that the
Attorney General of the State, a politi
cal opponent of the Government, who
had occasion In his official capacity,
before the recent trials at Raleigh, to
examine some of the evidence, and who
no doubt, has carefully and patiently
read and considered all the evidence
adduced upon those trials, also signs
the letter to Judge Bond.
But as to the signers of this letter to
Judge Bond, it is much more signifi
cant that not one single one of them
can be regarded as the representative
of the views or purposes of the radical,
extreme wing of the conservative par
ty, and they cannot therefore, be rea
sonably supposed to have any influence
in bringing that wing of their party to
an abandonment of their connection
with the Invisible Empire or their
open and avowed sympathy with and
palliation of its crimes. That the gen
tlemen "who signed thla letter really
detest the crimes, and the criminals
denounced by them we cannot permit
ourselves to doubt. That their party
press or their party leaders who can
control their party's action, is of the
same opinion we have,' to speak most
charitably and forbearingly, grave rea
sons to doubt. .
That the press or the leaders, in con
trol of the Conservative party, have ex
pressed the opinion that the evidence
in the recent Ku Klux trials at Raleigh
manifested the "fact that a secret un
lawful organization called the Ku Klux
or Invisible Empire exists in certain
parts of the State," and that they can
not "deny the crimes committed by
these organizations" we have yet to see.
If any such admission of only half the
truth elicited on these trials has been
made, other than that now under; Jte
view, it has been'so grudgingly 'cfqne,
and has been so overloaded with every
form of unwarranted i accusation' and
denunciation of the officers of the
Government connected with these trial's,'
that its moral effect has been entirely
destroyed. s 'T
If some other persons occupying
prominent positions In the Conserva
tive party had joined Gov. Bragg and
Gen'l Ransom in their very creditable
assurance to Judge Bond that before
the next November Term of the Court
that they believed the "Invisible Em
pire" would be "effectually suppress
ed," it might have been a subject of
sincere .congratulation to. men of all
parties interested in the preservation of
law and order in the State. That Gov.
Bragg ami Gen'l Ransom, and those
who join them in writing to Judge
Bond, none of whom have been suspecr
ted of belonging to the Invisible Em
pire, should assure him of their belief
that the order would soon be effectually
suppressed, amounts to nothing more
than the expression of their praisewor
thy wish that it may be(done. But,
while the Conservative party has In its
ranks so many men who are known to
have recently had or who now have a
direct association and connection with
this "unlawful organization," at vari
ous points in the State, it would have
been better that t hey should have come
forward and announced their renuncia
tion of this unlawful combination, and
expressed not only their belief, but their
determination, that the Invisible Em
pire, by the authority vhich their official
control of it gives them, should be "ef
fectually suppressed." , - . : j ,.!
- This would have been business, and
business of some account and of the
right sort, in the present emergency.
But .none of the known or suspected
members of the Invisible Empire join
In the correspondence with Judge Bond.
It therefore has no official sanction, jits
writers promise to do what they have
no ability to perform, unless, as a part
of the governing men of the Conserva
tive' party, must, of ' necessity, control
one of the essential elements of its or
ganization, and operation, the Ku Klux
Klan. Perhaps upon this idea they
may do something in the direction of
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their present aim in no other way can
we see how they can even hope to ac
complish what they so confidently
promise to do. They must labor among
the sinners and the lawless of their own
political faith and make them, of high
andjjow degree, renounce their allegi
ance to the Invisible Empire, and sub
mit rto !thc laws of the land. It is not
worth twhile for them to waste their
time and eloquence "to enlist all law
loving citizens" and "all right minded
meii" in aid of their laudable effort to
bre4k up the Ku Klux. All such citi
zen? are already enlisted in that en
deavor. They are already on the side
of the Government in the vigorous at
tempt Which it Is making and will con
tinue to make for the effectual suppres
sion; of the Ku Klux throughout the
State i It is a gratifying vindication of
the Acts of Congress and the conduct of
the ! officers of the Government, in the
prosecutions which have arisen under
thole laws, that so many eminent men
of -Ihe opposite party, some of them
projnineiitly and officially, connected
with the late trials, have been brought
to ailmit the irrefragible truth that "a
secret unlaicful organization called the
KukIux or. Invisible Empire exists in
certain parts of the State;" that no
'right minded" men can "palliate or
deny the crimes committed by these or
ganizations;" that they are "dangerous
to hood aovernmerdi" and that these
genllement declare that "the people of
til 11 1! ' i !11 i rtOTM-kof trn
JNOril UirUllUU Will Uiiltu iu ttnuouug
ancl
forever obliterating an evil which
bringslnothing but calamity."
M. E.
IJnder the head of "The Spirit of the
Coil
servative Press" we publish else
where an article from The Battleboro1
Advance. Some of the sentiments of
Advance will receive the approval
of all good men. They will be : glad to
lean Jthat it "condemns all kinds of
lawlessness by whomsoever commit
ted" and that it thinks its perpetrators
shojild have been punished long ago.
Buij how, can the Courts successfully
deal with and break up this powerful
secret organization unless the people
are t alight to have confidence in, and
respect for, them? The thingissimply
impossible. Therefore, in its unjust
attacks upon the Court, The Advance is
doing all in Its power to destroy the
moral effect of the late trials and con
victions for the suppression of the law
lessnes which it condemns. jAnd if
crinies have been committed by mem
bers! of the Leagues, as The Advance al
leges,' no one objects to their punish
ment; let them be punished according
to law. ; But the Leagues are believed
to Ijave no existence now, and never
wer0 guilty of organized lawlessness.
Wet are surprised that any one who
has J-ead the charges of Judge Bond to
the ury should say " that they "were
couched in language bitterly partizan"
they will be found to be entirely free
from anything of the kind. Nor is it
true Ithat the people of North Carolina
were malignantly assailed as "encourag
ing he recent disorders in Rutherford
andf elsewhere." On the contrary,
Jude Brooks, in his reply to ShotwelFs
appeal for mercy, vindicated the peo
ple "of North Carolina, as a people,
against such charges. His reply was
published by The Carolinian, of this
city; a Democratic paper, for the ex
press reason that it contained such vin
dication of "the people of North Caro
lina 'And there is quite as little ground for
the Charge that the jury "was most cor
ruptly packed." The jury was sum
moned by the Marshal just as all the
juries have begn summoned in the
Federal Courts in this State since the
war.; The fact that there was four Con
servatives on the jury that tried most,
if not all, the cases is proof that it was
not so "packed." It is true that Hon.
Samuel F. Phillips' told the Marshal,
when asked what kind of a jury he
should summon, to summon "honest,
upright, courageous men." But he said
not a word to him about the politics of
the furors. We heard a prominent
Democratic lawyer say that the advice
given by Mr. Phillips to the Marshal
"teas eminently right and proper."
Itl is deeply to be regretted that a
gentleman , so much inclined, from
nfitnrp nnrl disnosition. to do riffht. as
the editor of The Advance is known to
be, should have anowea nimseir, in
cautiously, as we believe, to have taken
the course he has in relation to this im
portant matter. We give him credit
for perfect sincerity In his expressions
of condemnation of the Ku Klux and
ineir uetla ui uuiivr, unu iuvuc iua
aid In assistance of trie distinguished
men- or ail parties wno nave pieugeu
hprhsAlvps to snnrjress these organiza
tions, and the lawlessness which they
have been committing ior so many
months. The time has come when all
should labor in the interests of peace,
law, order and humanity. This will
be one of the chief aims and ends of
this jl paper, while under its present
management, ui ail tnings n aesires
most to see the present bitterness give
way-to an era of peace and good feeling,
whfvn nartips can encraereincontroversv
upoo the merits of the principles and
measures wmcn tney respectively au
vocate. - s- .' -;: i - :
If our friend of The Salem Press will
read the oath of the K. K. organization,
as ii was brought out In the late trials,
he wil tease to doubt that its character
wasi political, that its object was to
"put up" the Conservative party and
"put jdown" the ' "Radical";; party.
That is precisely what the members .of
the Tegular organization were proven
by undoubted testimony to have sworn
to do. If this does not constitute it a
political organization we do not know
what 'ould, notwithstanding the , fact
that a few men who claimed the Re
publicans swore they were members
of it.' ..:V-;.-.
- If we are not greatly mistaken in the
character of our information, develop
ments!will be made at the next term of
the Circuit Court that will remove all
doubts about the matter, even from the
mind 6f our friend of the Press,
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The Carolina uKu Mux."
The eight unfortunate victims of
packed jury and radical . malignity in
North Carolina, the citizens who were
sentenced by the federal court of that
State to enormous fines and imprison
ment for alleged kuklux outrages, came
down on the Seaboard road .on Thurs
day night en route to the Auburn peni
tentiary, New York. The prisoners
were in the "custody of a detachment of
federal soldiers, commanded by a lieu
tenant. The poor fellows looked, de
spondent enough, and no wonder, for
their terms of imprisonment extend
from six months to six years, together
with fines so excessive that they can
never hope to get relief unless their
friends intespose to aid them. Norfolk
Journal. ; :
The above extract contains a state
ment utterly without foundation in
fact. Yet it is copied into the conserv
tive organ qf this State without a word
of comment. ! The eight convicts refer
red to arerno more "the J victims of
packed jury j and radical malignity in
North Carolina" than are the most in
nocent and unsuspected persons in the
world. The evidence given on the tri
al of Shot well and others, for the inhu
man raid on Mr. Justice, convinced
every man who heard 'It of their guilt
beyond a doubt. This has been shown
by the publication in the Northern pa
pers of a correspondence between ten of
the leading Democrats and Conserva
tives of this City and State arid Judge
Bond, during the recent term of the
Circuit Court here. The ten distin
guished gentlemen referred toj say that
"the fact that a secret unlawful organi
zation, called the Kuklux or invisible
Empire, exists in certain parts of this
State has been manifested in the recent
trials before the Court over cvj ich you
preside. We1 condemn, without reser
vation, all such organizations We de
nounce them as dangerous to good gov
ernment, and we regard it the, eminent
duty of all good citizens to j suppress
them." Yet in the face of all this it is
asserted that Shotwell and his confreres
in crime are "the victims of packed ju
ry and radical malignity,?' and that
they have been sentenced to enormous
fines and imprisonment for alleged Ku
klux outrages." Why such unfounded
assertions should be made, iunless to.
assure the Klans that they have friends
and sympathizers among the conserva
tive press, who will ever be found rea
dy to palliate and excuse, if not defend,
their horrid deeds, is incomprehensible.
The correspondence referred to be
tween certain distinguished gentleman
of this city and Judge Bond appears in
another ' column. Will the Conserva
tive press of the State let their readers
see it also ? Will they aid their emi
nent friends in their declared purpose
to suppress these secret organizations
by ceasing to excuse or palliate their
deeds of darkness and of crime? For
in said correspondence their friends and
party leaders declare to. Judge Bond
that "no right minded men in North
Carolina can palliate or deny the crimes
committed by these organizations."
Since the above was written we see
that The Sentinel has published the cor
respondence referred to. j
Terrible Conflagration in Chicago.
The most awful and fearful conflagra
gration ever known on this continent
visited Chicago', 111., on the 7th, 8th and
9th of the present month. Tlie fire first
broke out in a planing mill in the vi
cinity of a large number of wooden
buildings. The wind was blowing a
high gale at the time, and the flames
swept over, the city with unexampled
rapidity. Many blocks of buildings,
including all the printing offices in the
city, except that of The Tribune, were
destroyed. The area of the c jty which
had been laid iri ashes at the last accounts
was three miles and a halfjin length
with the fire still raging. It is impos
sible to estimate the value ofj the prop
erty destroyed or the number of lives
that have been lost. The Washingtoti
Star of Monday evening has the follow
ing in relation to this terrible disaster :
"The Chicago calamity is doubtless the
most terrible in the history of the coun
try ; "the great fire in New (York" in
1835, which involved a loss of $20,000,
000, being insignificant in comparison
with the destruction occasioned by the
appalling conflagration now in progress
in the former city. The prevalence of
a severe drought in the Northwest, and
the facts that there were eighty-five
miles of wharf front in Chicago for the
storing of lumber and other combusti
ble materials ; that many of the streets
of the city were paved with wood, and
many of the houses are frame struct
ures, and that tho connections with, the
water-works were destroyed were cir
cumstances unfavorable to the quench
ing of the flames by the usual agencies.
As we. write this the fire is still raging.
One-half of the city, embracing ! ten
thousand houses, has been reduced to
ashes, and at least 50,000! persons ren
dered houseless and homeless. We
know the American character too well
to believe for a moment that these un
fortunate people will not be succored in
their dire distress. As a people we are
seldom found to hesitate in responding
to appeals for aid under similar circum
stances, and we therefore confidently
believe that our citizens of all classes
will come forward promptly and do all
in their power to relieve the Chicago
sufferers. , The President of the United
States has already taken measures to
give them temporary relief by furnish
ing from the public stores supplies of
clothing and food, an act which -will be
Warmly approved oy every one."
' We acknowledge the receipt of a com
plimentary ticket to the Fair of the
Carolinas, to be held at Charlotte, com
mencing Oct. the 24th and continuing
for four days. - We would like to be
present on he occasion, and jwill, if we
can. There is little doubt that it will
be a complete success.
The Secret Rebellion Called Ku
Klnxism. -
It has been found in practice, :" that
thepermanent measures ofpplicy which
have been enumerated, did not fully
meet the necessities of the political
situationdn the South. The vindictive
intolerance of a portion of the whites,
refused to accede to the laws establish
ing equality of right and privilege.
This spirit has taken the name of Ku
Kluxism. It manifests itself , in differ
ent forms according to class and locality.
Among the wealthy and influential it
took, at a very early ; day, the form of
social ostracism against all who should
embrace, in our portion of the- union,
the measures of catholic justice, ana
principles of political equality embo
died in the Republican platform This
is the most refined form of Ku-Klux-ism,
and the most cowardly. It is that
timid method ; which wealthy and in
telligent malcontents adopt, of perpet
uating the war of sections after brave
armies have left the field, and honor
able warriors 'have sheated the sword.
The above is from the able and ex
cellent address of the Republican State
Committee to the people of Virginia.
The truths which it proclaims are pal
pable. Though the civil war ended on
the battle field between contending
armies more than six years ago, peace
has not yet been restored as it should
be. The smouldering embers of the
strife still remain and bad men are con
stantly striving to fan them to a flame.
Men are socially ostracised for no other
reason than honest difference of politi
cal sentiment. Social ostracism has
been proclaimed as a cardinal virtue in
the creed of one, of the political parties
of the South by a portion of the press,
and by many embittered politicians.
Verily this is "the most refined form
of Ku Kluxism and the most coward
ly." It is as anti-republican as it is
wicked and unchristian. It must cease
before we can have a complete restora
tion of peace, law and order in the
South. It is a pleasing fact that it is
not now as prevalent as it has been. A
better felling is beginning to prevail in
some localities, but there is still a de
gree of political bitterness that nothing
can justify or even excuse. This must
cease for the common good of all, and
for the honor of the holy religion which
our people profess. And its ministers
and votaries owe it to themselves, in
vindication of their falling and profes
sions, to do all in their power to allay;
it. Can it be that an appeal to them
would be in vain? I It is not believedJ
A Word to thd Democracy.
The Louisville Courier-Journal gives
the following sound advice to the De
mocracy. A part of ii sounds very much
as if it had come . from a Republican
source: .
The slavery question is dead. Let us
bury the remains of the negro question
with it. Let the two old lines that
parted so long ago the two old Demo
cratic lines that have imbrued their
hands each in the other's blood come
back to the shadow of that blessed and
benign roof-tree shade whence they got
their free inspirations. There is the
declaration of the independence of us
all. There is the spirit of that free
born, God-given instrument of freedom
to warm each one of us, black and
white alike all free, all equal before the
law of the land, all threatened by des
potism and corruption. Let us cease
to quarrel over the negro. He is poor
and ignorant, and whatever, provoca
tion he has given us has arisen out of
his ignorance, which is his misfortune
and not his fault. He needs protection
Let us give it to him, and give it to
him cheerfully, not doling it out grudg
ingly, not having it wrested from us
by force, but giving it from our better
sense and (better nature to preserve both
him and ourselves. ! This is the road to
domestic peace. This is the way to
unification. This2 this, and none other.
We have urged it; against time and
misconception and obloquy. We urge
it now. We urge it upon the Southern
f eople. We urge jit upon Kentucky,
t is the voice of wisdom j the voice , of
God, the voice of that divinity which
placed these blacks among us for some
wise purpose, and has scourged us
through them which bids us turn
about, Whilst it is time, and look to
them, not in a spirit of bitterness or
wrath ; but in a tolerant, a patient, a
Christian spirit. This is Democracy,
pure and simple the Democracy of the
fathers the Democracy of Jefferson
the Young Democracy, having old
blue blood in its veins,-, and tiie fresh
new life Of hope in its eyes, chastened
through misfortune and taught by ex
perience. Tnis is the new depart
ure.
Hon. S. F. Phillips,
The abuse heaped upon this .distin
guished gentleman by the Conservative
Organ would surpass belief if we did
not see it every day. Finding nothing
in the conduct of .his whole life and the
high character he j has ever sustained,;
nor in the manner in which he has dis
charged his public duties, as a salient
point of attack itj heaps upon him all
kinds of opprobious epithets and re
proaches. But they cannot hurt him at
whom they are aimed they will recoil
upon the head of those who utter them.
In all the relations of life, whether
public or private, Mr. Phillips is above
reproach and irreproachable., Second
to no man in North Carolina in learn
ing and abilities,equal to any in public
and private virtues a christian gentle-;
tnan in every sense of the . word he is
regarded swith pride by the peOple of
his native State as one of her most dis-
tinguished sons and brightest orna
ments. ? Such a man needs no eulogy
from our pen it can add nothing to
his reputation or character. ' '
President Graxt has issued a pro
clamation looking to the. declaration of
Martial law in several counties in South.
Carolina, if its terms be I hot speedily,
complied . with; 3 (The Government is
determined to suppress 1 the Ku Klux
disorders; if need be,' by a strong hand,'
and the sooner the fact is realized and
acted upon - by the persons ; composing
the Klans the better.
I our an A Order.
-;Down icith Ruffianism in the South.
From the Nashville Banner, (Democrat.)
- We cannot find language strong
ieitern Wednesday
disguised outlaws,nor wordssufedently
forcible! for an expression ; of con
demnation. jWe cannot believe there is
a respectable citizen PX!
will share with us this feeling of indig
nation. It is useless to discuss themere
political consequences of garfbraa
ances The utter demoralization ana
Ssstempt , of law
deeds indicate are far more alarming in
their tendencies than any Ppectivo
visitation upon our State or section by
the mailed nana oi any centra"-
potism. It is full time that decent citi
zens, having a regard for the protection
-v.n;. i?,. onri fhrvsArvf their families,
nnA -.rof rnsinp under i the delusive
security of laws, inefficiently executed
-k I rW ACT floorreiTlflxr JlhllSed. SuOUlCl DC
i Ho?r . ii rth -stones. . vinese
luu&uiK - "
a, nf disguised I murderers are so ap-
nQiiimr wfi marvel that the entire Com
monwealth does not rise up as one man
to put them down, with an, emphasis
so terrible in its retributive justice that
i-irirkritrfhirtv and dastarui
i r, K, IrUran ! frmn the SOU Of Ul6
tvi nAver till nowsuflered to endure
Lthe stain ot sucn ioui uisnuuur.
. " . -,. i T( an
reproach to our mannooa u uiic
to our civilization, a wanton and insuf-
feranie aegnuianoii ; ui wug
justice that such onenses snoiuu gu
t f Kv Hist.inp.t1v understood that
we are uttering no warning now, for
;.n rtn tinoi oflfVvts. bovond the limits
r stato V a rv that the
time has come for action.; We insist
that thei public safety demands that the
ir.r in it maipstv he maintained, if it
cost the life of every citizen of the State
11 lilt- JA,liUn""vv. . . -1TTJ
nrimo nf thA nrisnners in the : Win
!A 4-1 a. lAoyfTkrmmiPA. INO inaLUJr V HU.L
lilt tdllliV' V - .
Chester jail who were shot and hung by
v.;a honri rf nntljiws no" matter what
their color, race Or politics no matter
riQt. thA inpAntive to take their lives i
the hanging aud shooting of these three
men was as cruel, aeiiDerauj uuu wiu
hirkrviAri n mnrdAr ns ever shocked the
nioral sense of even the lowest grade of
modern civilization. The prisoners were
already in jail awaiting tnai. xut bup
pbse they had even been at large,: what
auinority uuu nn, van. ioi.-.
ntprderers to anticipate the ends of jus
tuT by taking the law into their own
hands, and why should they be dis
guised at all. If a gang of self-consti-n
wi Arnlntnrs eould be so nrompt,
and systematic in the punishment of
these prisoners for alleged onences
against the laws, why, we ask,may not
the law-abiding people of the ' county
of Franklin be just as prompt and vig
ilant in bringing them also to justice?
Of the two offenses demanding punish
ment, the last was infinitely the most
nroravatcd and revoltinsr infinitely
thA mnst. threatening to the peace of
society. These men should be known,
every one of them. .: The pat and con
venient expression or Coroner' juries,
"hv unknown i nersons in; disguise,"
should no lono-er be received as satis
factory in any county in the State, nor
of any State in the Union, North or
South. (They should be known. It
should be the business of society to
mako them known. The citizens of
any county infested by such outlaws,
should -eleep whilti iliajz ore , un
known, nor until they are chained and
under bolt and bar. If the officers of
the law are not efficient, j let them be
deposed. "If unknown persons in dis
guise" commit murder by the piece or
by wholsale, or in any particular, pre
sume to i take the law into their own
hands, let them be hunted down. And
if human enterprise is inadequate to
the detection of the offenders, let them
be tracked by blood-hounds, ; and let
them, when captured and unmasked,
feel the majesty of the law, and let
their imitators profit by a wholesome
example. If the law affords not pro
tection,1 then there is no protection.
The laws upon the statutes are good
enough, but men are wanting to exe
cute them. Be they. Rebel or Union
ist, Radical or Democrat, - white or
black, rich or poor, high or- low it is
not a feathers weight in the scale
against their inquity. If they are of
our political faith, we repudiate them
aye, if they be bone of our bone or blood
of our blood we cast them4 off. Even
the ties of consanguinity are no more
felt in Franklin county , than in other
counties of the State. Why, let as look
even , closer at home. Here was a
tragedy enacted near the city of Nash
ville, the capitol of this State, the other
day almost ; within ; hearing of the
church bells under the shadow of our
Court House the details of which made
the very blood of every man, woman
and child run cold. An hour after
such news could have reached us there
have been times " when a s thousand
mounted men would have mustered to
repair instantly to the scene . of that
horror, to sQpur.the country every hog
Eath and by-way so that there would
ave been no possible chance for the
perpetrator to get away. Think of it,
men of Tennessee ! Try to realize the
immense responsibility that rests upon
every one of us, and act with a deter
mination the spirit of which no outlaw
can for a moment doubt or mistake.
Let us begin henceforward to sustain
the majesty of the law.
Mr. Seward Home Again. In an
other column will be found the account
of an interesting . interview which a
7raW;correspondent had with ex-Secretary
Seward. The Nestor of Ameri
can statesmen, who but a few days ago
returned from his pilgrimage around
the world, has found a new lease of life
in foreign climes. In his declining
years he has witnessed, triumphs that
equal the homage usually rendered to
potentates. At an age when other men
think of nothing but repose he who has
weathered so many storms of State
braved and overcamex the dangers and
hardships of tropical countries. Wher
ever he went his fame preceded him and
secured a recognition of his worth : and
past achievements.- It is said Jo be the
characteristic of this country that men
who have filled high -positions in the
State pass ' out of the public mind as
soon as they pass out of office.- This
may have been the case with men of
doubtful merit, but men like Seward
always; twinkle In the horizon of fame,
and the homage tendered to him by the
Mikado, the Khedive and the Sultan-Js
likewise a homage to the greatness of
the American people. N, Y. Herald.
Resigned. R. S. Iedbetter,Senator
from the 28th District, composed of the
counties of Richmond and Moore, ; has
resigned. Gov. Caldwell has ordered
a special election to fill the vacancy on
Thursday 'the 16th of November; With
a proper effort the Republi cansjean carry
the District,and they are urged to make
such effort.
"J - " ' For the Carolina Era. 1
PnbliiV Meeting The Invisible
: Empire.; ; j . (
: on Saturday evening last.a largo and
respectable meeting of Republicans waS
held in the Court Jloase, over which
Gen. Willie D. Jones presided. A Com
mittee appointed for the purpose, re
ported the following preamble and res
olutions, which were adopted unanir
mously, to wit: ' ; 4 . .
Whereas, ThGfact that a secret, unlaw
ful and dangerous organization, known as
the " Invisible Empire," orthe " Ku-Klux-Klan"
composed of many thousands of
members, led and directed by unscrupulous
and designing demagogues, has been shown
to exist m several Counties of our State by
the evidence heretofore taken by the J udges
of our Supreme Court, in their investigation
of the Caswell and Alamance difflculties--aa
also by the evidence introduced upon tho
impeachment trial of Gov. Holden, and that
takenbefore tho Joint Select Committee of
Congress ; nd especially! by tho evident
nroduced upon the recent trials in the U. $.
Circuit Court in this. City, and in the ex
aminations had from time to time by the y.
S. Commissioners, and which fact has bcoii
publicly acknowledged by the Hon. Thok.
Bragg, Attorney-General bhipp, and othr
prominent lawyers and law-abiding citizens
of the State;, . ! I J;
And whereas, it has been manifcstotl by
the evidences before mentioned 'that tho
members of this organization, instigated by,
their wicked and cowardly leaders, corf,
spirin"- in secret against the lives and liber
ties aSd property of good and peaceable
citizens, have brutally murdered many
persons innocent of any crimes known to
the laws of the land and have, in disgimo
iu the night time, entered by crowds inU
peaceable ana nurauio uwwi i
mitted upon the persons of the helpless in
mates, men, women and children, cruel and
devilish outrages, shocking to-' humanity'
and without a paralel in a Christian coun
try! ' j ' ''!''!. i V.-
And whereas, tho members of this organ
ization, by secret and unlawful oaths, ob
liging each and every one to stand by and
protect eacli other from tho penalties of tho
law, and by threats of violence, inspiring
terror among their victims, and others cog
nizant of their deeds, havo set at dehanco
all State laws and civil authority, and thus
compelled the intervention of U. S. -Government
to givo that protection, which is guar
anteed to every citizen by the .Constitution
and laws! , , 1
And whereas, by the evidences heretofore
mentioned, and which is now beforo tho
country, prominent officers and members
of this General Assembly are implicated as
members of this socrot, dangerous and Un
lawful organization, and as such members,
have taken oaths contrary to their obliga
tions to the Constitution of tho United States
and of this State, and as lcadors and chiefs
in tho order, are enemies to good govern
ment and unworthy representatives of n
free people, Thercforo . ; ,
j Resolved, that wo, a portion of tho free
citizens of Wake county, 'respectfully aud
earnestly petition to our present General
Assembly, to investigate these accusations, ,
thus publicly made by . witnesses in, our
Courts of Justice, and should any offlcer.or
member of either House of the General As
sembly be found to belong to this secret and
mischievous organization, or who; in any
manner havo heretofore conselled and abet
ted the perpetration of the murders, scour-
gings and other devilish cruelties, which .
as brought reproach upon the good name
of our State, and is a disgrace to tho - civili
zation of the age, that such officers and
members be at once expelled, as bad ahd
wicked men and unworthy to participate in
the legislation of our country, j
Resolved, that a copy of these Resolutions
be laid before the Legislature ,upon its as
sembling in November next and that a
copy be also furnish to Tiik Eka newspa
per for publication, , with the request that
those papers in the State in. favor of sup
pressing this organization, and of .securing .
lastmgjpermanenr pea r r"aplaii- -lish
the same, in order that all good aud
honorable citizens may solemnly protest
ncrainaf. f line a v5nlt.5nn irf law mid rtlllilie
justice, and make an energetic and effectual
enort ior tne restoration or peace, gooa or- ,
der, and obedience to the laws of the lahd
in every community in , our State. , j j
Coli I. J. Young, and others' address
ed the meeting in short,forcible speech
es, tenderiner tho thanks of the law-
abiding portion of our citizens to the-
irresiueni oi ine uniiea cuaies, ior nis
aid in nrotectinsr the risrhts of all our
citizens, and his successful efforts in
arresting and punishing the violators
oi ine law. .
Spirit of the Conservative Press.
From tho Battleboro' Advance. J
Tiie Ku Klux Trial Mo6keuvI
As acts of civil justice ' wo believe the
KuKlux trials just concluded at llal
eigh to have been farces of tho first
order. , !
We do not sav this beiusn nf nnv
partiality for a secret order, whose
deeds have arrain and nrrnin hrniifrlif. n
tinere of shame to theolippksnf law.lnv.
lng and peaceful citizens. We have no
sympathy for the Ku Klux. We think
thev OUarllt to have hoon num'uhnrl fnr
their lawlessness long ago, along with
niiiiuti.i ui uio jiiiuu jjcugue, - unit
other abomination, without which the :
Ku Klux would never hav boon hr- -
ganised. , . I I ,
But while we feel bound tn
every manner of lawlessness hv whom
soever committed, we must remcmer
that there are proper legal forms to bd
observed in the trial and conviction of
criminals, and that, bad as they are
and inimical as their acts may bo to
society and the State, they have some
rights, which the law is bound to ob
serve, even in inflicting merited chas
tisement for crimes and misdemeanors.
When a court of justice exceeds 'sits
powers in such trials, it ceases to be a
court- of iustice and hecomea n Btnf
chamber, its acte are ; usurpatory,! j its
dignity aud character as a court of a
iree. government are, by such acts.
gone. It becomes an instrument ofon-
pression. -i--.' -i-- , r, . . .
We hold that such exoppdlnw rf tJiJ
ers, such wicked usurpation, character
ized the Ku Klux trials. . !
It cannot be successfidlv Anni
- - "VM UlUll,
the lury was most corruptly "packed"
In the interest of tho
Marshal, Samuel T. Carrow, consulted
1i -t wuvisea oy oamuel t .
lJhllliDS. nroseciltinfr mnnul aa
kind of men to put on that Jury. This
j-iiiuips openiy conressed in court.1 O
shame ! where is thy blush !;; .; -.
. Then, the change to the inrv nnrl
sentence; were concluded in lnnfrt"X,
bitterly partizan. . Morn hn u&.
The people of North Carolina, who ,.
abominate disorder and .violence, and
whose reputation , as peaceful,' law
abiding citizens, hag never been called
in question in any responsible quarter,
are maliernantlv assailpd
Ing the recent disorders in Rutherford
and elsewhere. . This , foul : slander ',
should have palsied the ton
j udicial partizan who so s unblushinfcl v
The times are truly out of joint when V
such things as these can occur under a
Republican government. Oh I may the
uuic own wuio i wiieu, uinerent rulers
will wield the scentro of
different men will occupy the "curule '
chair..: , -!;. yjf . v ilt , . j' ..;
AV Idows are said tni ha nir iwi
minstrels now-a-days they don't at? rf
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