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WEEKLY X K W S
Grand 3iiry Presentments.
Our readers will observe that much of
our genera! news matter is left out of
this issue for the purpose of making
room for the grand jury presentments.
The actions of this body are presented
in full, and it is to be hoped, that the
recommendation they present may re
ceive prompt attention, and not be con
signed to musty pigeon holes as useless,
and mere forms of law.
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Our business men will congratulate
themselves on the very great reduction
in freights from the business centers,
East to this point. The Central Railroad
management with characteristic liberality
and an appreciation of the stringency
in business circles have recently pub
lished a circular to their agents, notify,
ing them of the change in their tariffs.
Mr. Smith, the agent at this point, hands
os the following notice for publication :
Office C R R Agency,
Griffin, Feb. 26,1876.
Editor ]SeW8 — Rates of freight from
New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia ..and
Boston to this point, taking effect at
point of shipment on the 23rd inst. and
subject to change without notice, will
as follows hereafter:
For Ist class, Lie
“ 2nd " 7<3c
" 3rd •• 65c
“ 4th “ 55c
“ sth soc
Jas. A. Smith,
Grand Jury Room Spring Term (
Supdbior Court, 1876. J
Gentlemen of the Grand Jury:
In severing onr connexion as gran J ju
ms I congratulate you upon the harmo
ny and good feeling existing during this
long session, and if there has been one
act or word from one member toward
another calculated to wound the feelings
of another, I have not detected it, and
if I, as your presiding officer, have i -i my
rulings committed any act to wound the
feelings of any member I ask pardon, and
pledge myself that it was not intentional.
While I have spent many pleasant
hours in this room of like character I
must say I have never spent a more
pleasant one, and I must that this see
siou will ever be a green spot on memory
waste yea one that memory lierseli will
delight to rest upon in her excursions
upon the past.
Foreman Grand Jury.
Fifty Years Older.
Editors Daily News:
Gentlemen—T see in your issue of the
2Dtk instant, an article from the Eaton
ton Messenger, giving an account of an
iron'bound chest in the possession of a
Mr. Turner, said to be a century old. I
think I have one nearly half century
The chest in my possession is sub
stantially made, braced at the corners
and bottom with small oak scantling, the
sides, and bottom ef stout oak plank,
with a very singular lock and key.
If I have its history correctly—it fled
from the persecution in Ireland, and was
brought to this country by Christopher
Abbott, a protestant, my great'great
grand father, and has been in our family
ever since. I remember it when but a
child, in possession of my grand mother
who died at our house, and at the death
of my father and mother it came to me.
It is in good condition and could make
dozen trips across the ocean without
Shall I send it to the Centennial.
Yours, John Stilwell.
Griffin, Ga., Feb. 26th 1876.
Now is the time of the year for Pneu
nia. Lung Fevers, Coughs, Colds and
fatal results of pradisposition to Con
sumption and other Throat and Lung
Die eases. Boschee’s German Syrup has
been used in this neighborhood for the
past two or three yea-s witho it a single
failure to cure. If you have not used
this medicine yourself, go to your drug
gist, Dk. N. B. Deewry, and ask him of
its wonderful success among his custom
ers. Two doses will relieve the worst
case. If you have no faith in any medi
cine, just buy a Sample Bottle of Bos,
ehee’s German Syrup for 10 cents; and
try it. Regular size bottle, 75 cents
Don’t neglect a cough to srvo 75 cents.
We have just received another large
consignment for sale very low.
feb 2-tf Johnson & Tolbert.
SO.Vi E POETUY.
BY A GEORGIA MAN WHO WEN X TO TEXAS.
There, with a dusty, tearful eyo,
I saw a thousand creeks go dry—
(A whopping lie, perhaps you think.)
Without a single drop to drink
For man or beast, through all her wilds—
Still “going West" for countless miles.
I swept acroeo her whole domain,
And still I found it was the same—
A marked decline in all I saw
Across the plains of Arkansaw—
The summers dry, the winters wet,
The people poor and all in debt.
I must confess the lands are good
That lie above the rolling flood;
But in the swamps, and on the hills.
You’ll have the fever and the chills—
And that I saw must be the fate
Of every county in the State.
“The far off hills are always green,"
But when I found them— changed the scene—
It was the swamps that showed the green—
Where intermittents swell lha spleen;
Blue mass and quinine you must take,
Or live and die with ague-cake.
I saw a thousand men or more,
Almost starving, sick and poor—
Among the cypress and the fern,
Still sighing, longing to return
To dear old Georgia—former home—
But they alas ! can never come.
For want of means, in sad distress,
Throughout that howling wilderness,
They mope, and droop, and weep, and die—
Can’t help their children when they cry:
All that I saw—and something worse—
Of which I’ll tell you all in verse.
I saw ten thousand drunk, I think,
And heard the oaths of those that sink
In beastly drunk’ness to the sod,
Blaspheming all the names of God.
May heaven save us from that fate—
Bedeem that people—save that State.
Bankrupt in all—in every whim,
While still in whisky they will swim—
All hunting, fishing—slashing ’round
And scarce a sober man be found—
K'n preachers, lawyers, doctors drunk—
All boasting of their wealth and spunk.
[(Sparta Times and I‘iantee.
It seems that the memory of this wo
man, like that of her renowned husband,
is likely to be kept alive to the end of
time. She is said to have possessed a
very irritable temper, and her name has
become a synonym of “vixen,”or ‘ scold”
It is more than possible, however, that
the judgment passed upon her by man
kind has been too severe. A more char
itable disposition would undoubtedly
have discovered in her many good qual
ities, and have attributed her failings
more to physical infirmities than to mor
al obliquity. The party most intimately
acquainted with her, and therefore best
able to form a correct opinion, gives her
\ credit for many domestic virtues. It is
now well known that many of the dis
eases to which women arc snbject, have
a direct tendency to render them irrita
ble, peevish, cross, morose, unreasona
ble, so that they chafe and fret over all
those little ills and ’annoyances that a
person in health would bear with com
posure. It is fair to infer that most of
the tantrums of Xantippe were due to
these causes alone; and could Socrates,
as he returned from the Senate, the
Gymuasium, or the Antheneum, have
stopped at Pestle & Mortar’s Drug
Store and carried home a bottle of Dr.
Pierce’s Favorite Prescription, now and
then, no doubt he might have evaded
many a “curtain lecture,” allayed many
a “domestic broil,” made it much pleas
anter for the children, and more enjoya
ble for himself, and rescued his wife’s
name from the unenviable, world-wide,
and eternal notoriety it has attained.
Thousands of women bless the day on
which Dr. Pierce’s Favorite Prescription
was made known to them. Asingle bot
tle often gives delicate and suffering wo
men more relief than months of treats
ment from their family physician. In
all those derangements causing a back
ache, dragging-down sensations, nervous
and general debility, it is a sovereign
remedy. Its soothing and healing pro
perities render it of the utmost value to
ladies suffering from internal fever, con
gestion, inflammation, or ulceration, and
its strengthening effects tend to correct
displacements of internal 'parts, the re
sult of weakuess of natural supports. It
is sold by all druggists.
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Vu Have IVo Excuse.
Have you any excuse for suffering with
Dyspepsia or Liver Complaint ? Is there
any reason why you should go on from
day to day complaining with jSour Stom
ach, Sick Headache, Habitual Costive
ness, Palpitation of the Heart, Heart
burn, Wuterbrash, Gnawing and burn
ing pains ai the pit of the Stomach, Yel
low Skin, Coated Tongue, and disagreea
ble taste in the mouth, coming up of
food after eating, low spirits, etc. No !
it is positively your own fault if you do.
Go to your druggist, Dr.. N. B. Drewry
—and get a bottle of Green’s August
FlOwer for 75 cents, and your curb is
certain ; but if you doubt this, get a
Sample Bottle for 10 cents and try it. —
Two doses will relieve you.
OYFUL ! joyful! no more house
burning ! No more" scared children !
All serene in*the home circle, by using
OIL, Lamp3ard Chimneys bought of
feb2o MANGHIM & BRO.
The Stale Hoad Lease.
We publish this morning tiie report of
the joint committee appointed by the
Legislature to investigate the charge
that seventy thousand dollars were ex
pended on the Legislature of 1871, by
parties interested to secure the endorse
ment of the lease of the Western & At
lantic railroad, and, just as we expected,
after a searching and thorough investiga
tion, they failed to find any evidence to
show that any member of the Legislature
was bribed. We were satisfied at the
time the charge was made that there was
nothing in it, and that it was for the
purpose of gaining a little notoriety, and
for another purpose which we will not
mention, as the thing is now ended.
THE LEASE INQUIRY.
Unanimous Report ot the Inves
THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT ANY MEMBER
OF THE LEGISLATURE WAS BRIBED.
THE INVESTIGATION SEARCHING AND THOR
Mr. President : The joint commit
tee appointed under the resolution of
the general assembly, approved Feb
ruary 9, 1876, to-wit:
Whereas, It is publicly charged in
the Atlanta Herald, of February 6th,
a newspaper published in the city of
Atlanta, that seventy thousand dollars
were expended on the legislature of
1871 by parties interested to secure
the indorsement of the lease of the
Western & Atlantic railroad ; there
Be it resolved by the Senate and
house of representatives of the State
oi Georgia, That a committee be ap
pointed, consisting of two from the
senate and three from the house,
whose duty it shall be to make imme
diate investigation into the truth of
said charge, and to report the result
of the same to the present session of
the general assembly, and futher, that
in the prosecution of said investiga
tion, said committee shall have power
to administer oaths, to send for per
sons and papers, and to compel the
attendance and presence of the same.
Submit the following report:
The brief time allotted and the bur
den of regular duties of the members
of the committee in the senate and
house of representatives respectively,
rendered unusually difficult a satisfac
tory investigation into the truth of so
grave a charge. The name of no mem.
ber of the legislature of 1871 and ’72
to whom it was supposed money had
been corruptly paid has been furnish
ed to the committee. It was neces
sary, therefore, to give the inquiry a
wide range in order that no source of
information might be overlooked. The
investigation was conducted openly in
the presence of any citizen who chose
to attend. Col. It. A, Alston, of the
Atlanta Herald, avowed the authorship
of the article referred to in the resolu.
tion, and ex. Gov. Joseph E. Brown,
president of the Western and Atlantic
Railroad company, with the counsel
of the company, Judge H. K. McCay
and Julius L. Brown, Esq., wore pres
ent and participated in the examina
tion of all the witnesses. Col. Alston
made a prelimi nary statement which
appears in the testimony, giving all
the information within his knowledge
relating to the subject of inquiry. All
persons who were supposed to know
anything about the matter and who
could be.brought before the committee
in the limited time, have been exami
ined. Portions of the testimony may
appear inevalent, but that is the nec
essary result of such an inquiry, un
less weeks had been allowed instead
of a few days for its prosecution.
The allegation that seventy thous.
and dollars were expended on the
legislature of 1871 by the parties and
for the purposes mentioned in the res.
olution was found to refer to a dec
laration of Mr. W. 0. Morrill, treasur
er and also a memler of the lease
company made in the presence of Mr.
E B. "Walker, master of transporta
tion,according to the testimony of the
latter sometime in the latter part of the
year 1872, “That the legislature had
brought a heavy expense upon the
road about seventy thousand dollars -1 '
Mr. Morrill denies any recollection
of statement, but suggests that if it
was made at all, he referred to tbe
difference between the amount of the
first inventory of the personal proper
ty of the railroad placed by the statu
in procession of the lease company and
the amount of the second inventory of
the same property made in 1872, be
tween seventyfive thousand and one
hundred thousand dollars greater,
which increase was regarded as so
much loss to the company. It was
thought by Mr. Walker that Mr* E.
W. Cole, of Nashville, Tenn., at the
time general superintendent of the
railroad, may have been present. The
latter when examined did not remem
ber being present at the office of Mr.
Walker on that occasion, or that such
a statement was made in bis presence.
The testimony of Messrs Morrill and
Cole being negative merely, would
not be sufficient to overcome the pos
itive testimoney of N. Walker on that
point, if he had given with certainty
tho subject matter of the conversation
so that the committee could ascertain
the exact meaning of Mr. Morrill's
statement. It remains a matter of
doubt what was Baid on that occasion
and to what expenditure of money re
ference was made.
Mr. Morrill states in substance in
his further examination, that between
twenty and twenty-five thousand dol
lars was expended from the treasury
of the company in the year 1872, de
tailed accounts of which were never
reported to the board of directors, and
of the particular application of which
he had no knowledge, beyond the fact
that the payments were made by di.
rection of the president to persons
and for purposes known to the latter.
Governor Bcowm, the president
gave a detailed statement of the sums
so expended amounting in the aggreg
ate to about tbe sura of twenty.one
Pending the controversy in the leg
islature, in the year 1872, about the
fairness of the lease he states; A
committee was appointed, consisting
of myself, as president, Judge King,
and Mr. Ben. H Hill, and our duties
were to look after the interests of the
lease and negotiate with the legisature
or any committee of that body, with
reference to the remodelling the inven
tory or other matters coming up un
der the lease. 1 *
The president alone expended mon
ey under this appointment. He states
that the greater portion of the amount
was paid to sundry publishers of news,
papers in various places for the pub.
lication ot articles and communica.
tions favorable to the continuance of
the lease. Several thousand dollars
went to lawyers in different parts of
the State, as retaining fees in the
event of litigation, and for services in
defending the fairness and policy of
the case before members of the legis.
lature and the public. The sum of
five thousand dollars ($5,000) was
placed in the hands of Mr. Ben May a
member of the company, with instruc.
tions to spend it only for the purposes
above mentioned, amongst “newspa.
pers and attorneys in that section
where he lived, who might be of ser.
vice in Representing our case to the
public.’ The committee investigated
as far as was practicable, the purpose
for which these several sums of money
were paid, and the uses to which the
same wero applied, and ascertained
(with the exception hereinafter named)
that no portion of the money was paid
by the parties receiving it to members
of the legislature of 1871 and 1872.
Mr. Benjamin May reported to Gov.
Brown before his death the expendi.
ture of two thousand dollars and
.made no other report of the purpose
to which the balance of the money was
applied. The committee, therefore,
could trace the remaining three thous.
and dollars no further, and the only
information we could obtain, was the
opinion of Gov. Brown, that from his
instruction, and his knowledge of the
character of Mr May, the monev had
not been corruptly used. The com,
mittee submit the testimony to the
general assembly for such disposition
as may be deemed proper, with their
conclusion that is no evidence
to establish the charge that any sum
of money was paid to a member of the
legislature of 1871 and 1872, to influ,
ence his vote upon the passage of the
resolution to “ratify the lease of the
Western and Atlantic railroad.
Henry D McDaniel,
Chairman Senate Committee,
Chairman House Committee,
February 21st, 1876,
To prohibit the sale of liquor with
in three miles of Camak Church, War.
To provide for taxing dogs, and en
courage sheep raising, to take effect
only in such counties as two.thirds of
the grand jury shall recommend.
The bill to regulate the leasing out
of the penitentiary convicts, by the
Governor, passed with amendments.
The bill to provide for a record of
the bonds issued by private and pub
lic corporations, to be kept in the
office of Secretary of State, passed.
The Senate refused to i eeede from
its amendments to tbe House Conven.
The bill to allow the Georgia Rail,
road to run freight trains on Sundays
to Atlanta and Augusta, passed.
The following bills passed.
To regulate the sale of liquor in
To amend the charter of Sanders,
ville and authorize the Mayor and
Council to subscribe to stock in the
To incorporate the Sr. Mary’s Air
To incorporate the Toccoa and Tal.
lulah Railroad company.
To incorporate the Fulton Cotton
To prohibit the sale of liquor with,
in three miles of Holly Spring Baptist
Church, Elbert county.
To make it penal to catch fish, ex.
cept with hook and line, in the Alapa.
ha and tributaries, in Irwin county.
For the relief of the securities on
the bond of D B Houser, of Houston
To fix the fees of the jailor of
Twiggs county for dieting prisoners.
Mr Walsh moved to take up the
convention bill as amended by the
senate. Adopted by yeas 73, nays 17,
and House refused to agree to the
The Senate having refused to re*
cede, a committee of conference was
asked for by the House. It is believed
that a compromise cannot be agreed
upon, and no bill will pass.
The bill introduced by Judge Reese
in reference to the homestead, passed.
Judge Peeples has appointed Dr
Lawton as Receiver in the office of the
State Printer. This was in response
to a bill filed by Z D Harrison, in be,
half of certain creditors of Alston &
Grady, and R A Alston. The State
Printers profits are to go to their
Valuable Property For Sale.
We call special attention to the silver
tiseaient of Commissioner’s sale in an
other column. The property for sale is
one of the most valuable pieces of prop
erty iu the State. It is near the corpor
ate line oi the city, with good residence,
out houses, etc.
jgjgr’Butler Hudson lias a good HORSE
that lie will sell on a CKELLtl 1 until
next NOVEMBER. feb24-3t.