Among the items of news from Charleston
floating around in secession circles, is a story that the Hon. Wm. Aiken
has been made to “disgorge, in aid of the cause, much against his will,” as follows: He was notified that he was expected to advance $40,000 to that end; and plead his right to advance or not, as he might please, adding that he did not have the money.
He was then promptly notified that he had been assessed that amount and must promptly pay it, under penalty of having it raised by the immediate confiscation and sale of his property in Charleston
, worth many times as much.
To save that from utter destruction, he did raise the amount demanded, and in paying it remarked, that his lot would be better if he was a journeyman carpenter at the North
, shoving a jack-plane at $2 per day wages, than the South Carolina
millionaire he was before it was essayed to reduce the South
under a military despotism.
He is now “one of the suspected,” his course in refusing to seem to be pleased with paying the forced loan having earned him the dangerous reputation of being disaffected to the cause.--Washington Star