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The Manning Times Wednesday January 1, 1890

A Quick Pardon

Mr. Moses Levi was thrown into consternation last Monday by having his butler, Raymond Wilson, arrested for being an escaped convict from the penitentiary. It appears that Wilson was convicted in 1873, at the Darlington court of grand larceny and sentenced to three years in the penitentiary. It was in the good old days of Radical stealing, and Wilson was sent out with others to do work at Gov. Moses’s house. He says that it was a common thing for a prisoner to quietly walk away and not return, so one day he thought he would do likewise. He came down to Clarendon, where he has since lived. He was employed more than twelve years ago by Mr. Levi, and Mr. Levi says he is the best negro he ever had. Whe he was arrested. Mr. Levi at once got up a petition stating that Wilson was a straightforward honest man, with a spotless reputation that he had for a number of years voted the Democratic ticket, etc. This was signed by the solicitor, the county officers, and about every prominent person in the place. Another petition was signed by the colored people. Armed with this petition and accompanied by the sheriff, Mr. Levi went to Columbia yesterday, and obtained from the Governoran immediate pardon. Wilson had in the meantime been put back into the penitentiary, had had his head shaved, and his convict clothes on, and had been put to work, he having been carried to Columbia on the same train Mr. Levi went on. But in two hours time he was pardoned. Wilson is a good, quiet, sober negro, and a term in the penitentiary would have done him no good. Our colored people can thus see what it is to live a good life towards the white people. They receive help when in trouble.

The Manning Times Wednesday

A Gift of Negroes to New England

There is one direction by which the surplus of colored population of the south might be diverted elsewhere to the advantage of the south, the blacks, and the North. In the middle and New England cities and towns there is a great scarcity of household labor, and in the country a similar scarcity of farm labor. The south is overrun with swarms of worthless household servants. If schools were established for making these efficient cooks, chambermaids and nurses the North would take the entire supply. Gradually they would be followed by their male relations, who would find in the North plenty of farm work to which they are accustomed, and those who came would have the means of support awaiting them. The change would be a natural and gradual one, and more likely to be successful on the account than any abrupt artificial movement--Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Manning Times Wednesday January 8, 1890 page 4

Two Murders in Darlington

Two murders are reported from Darlington County. On December 28th Aleck Easterling, colored, while sitting in his dining room with his family, was shot to death through the open door. The assassin escaped.

On December 29th George Windhall, white, aged eighteen years, and Robert Grandy, colored, aged seventeen, got into a drunken quarrel in a wagon in which they were returning from a neighboring town. Windhall stabbed Grandy to the heart, drove home, unhitched the horses and then fled, leaving his body in the wagon, where it was found next day.

The Manning Times January 15 1890 front page

Colored People in Oklahoma

A special to the St. Louis Republic from Topeka, Kansas; says: D. B. Garrett, of the colored colony of Oklahoma arrived in the city yesterday, and states that there are now fully four thousand colored persons in Oklahoma, and that colonization work will be pushed in all cities of the West. He says the people are entirely satisfied with the country and their prospects. Colonel Mason, of Mississippi, who has been there two weeks, is advocating the purchase of the Cherokee strip for settlement by the colored race. Several prominent negroes of this city are moving in that direction, and will ask President Harrison to appoint a commission of colored men to negotiate with the Cherokees for the purchase of the strip for homestead settlement for their own race, exclusively. This proposition is founded on information that the Indians are willing to have colored people settle on the strip. It is argued, that as a resolution has just been introduced in the United States Senate to appropriate a large sum of money to carry colored colonists to Africa, if the government can appropriate money to transport the negroe to Africa, it has the power to appropriate money to purchase lands for him at home and could but the strip for that purpose. It is argued that a strong and united effort be made to this end, and the Afro-American League, which meets shortly in Chicago, will be requested to take the subject under consideration.

The Manning Times January 15 1890 front page

The Spartanburg Black Caps...A Low White Woman Beaten and Her Paramoure Shot At

Spartanburg (SC) Herald

William Davis, "old crop ear Davis" they call him, aspired to have a white wife, and Mary Hall, a white woman, aspired to have a negro husband. They were never married, but for several years have been living together in the flat woods near Cherokee. This relation became so indecent that the white people had determined to put a stop to it. and warrants had already been issued for their arrest, but last week the action of the law was forestalled by a band of masked men who raided the establishment. The parties thought that there was but one door to the house and that they had the pair caged, but when they rushed in Davis rushed out of a back door and made his escape after getting a few licks as he ran. He was shot at, but is he was hit he was not seriously hurt. He did not remain long, nor was he particular as to the manner of his going. When last heard of he had left for Columbia.

The woman was not so fortunate. They took her out and thrashed her soundly with switches.

It is said that she has left the region and will settle near this city, on the Howard gap road. But the courts will not be called on to keep this pair apart.

The raiders were blacked like negroes, and probably were negroes, though some of them are said to be white men.

The following account of the affair as published in the Atlanta Constitution under date of December 5th:

"In Spartanburg county last night a mob of negroes in mask visited the house of John Hall, a negro who was living with a white woman, who he claims was his wife, took him out, tied him to a tree, and gave him thirty-nine lashes. Then they turned him loose and told him to leave the county. The white woman was not molested, but was simply warned to leave the state. The white people of the neighborhood had investigated the case, and had determined to bring it to the next term court, miscegenation being a felony under the laws of the State. The colored people , however, took the laws in their own hands, and the parties have left the State.



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