The Bedford gazette. (Bedford, Pa.) 1805-current, January 25, 1867, Image 1

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F| AT LAW. BEDFORD, PA., will promptly
attend to collections of bounty, back pay, Ac.,
and all business entrusted to his care in Bedford
and adjoining counties.
Cash advanced on judgments, notes, military
and other claims.
His for sale Town lots in Tatesville, where a
good Church is erected, and where a large School
Ilouse shall be built. Farms, Land and Timber
Leave, from one acre to 500 acres to suit pur
Office nearly opposite the "Mengel Hotel and
Bank of Reed A Schell.
April 6,1866 —ly
AT LAW. BEDFORD. PA., will practice in
the courts of Bedford and adjoining counties Of
fice on Juliana St., opposite the Banking House of
Reed A Schell. [March 2, '66.
W ill attend promptly to all business intrusted to
their care. Collections made on the shortest, no-
They are, also, regularly licensed Claim Agents
and will give special attention to the prosecution
•f claims against the Government for Pensions,
Back Pay, Bounty, Bounty Lands, Ac
• Office on Juliana street, one door South of the
"Mengel House," and nearly opposite the Inquirer
f) LAW, BEDFORD, PA. Rospectfully tenders
Ills services to the pnblic.
Office second door North of theM< ngel House.
Bedford, Aug, 1, 1861.
f) LAW, BEDFORD, PA. Will promptly attend
to all business entrusted to his care.
Particular attention paid to the collection of
Military claims. Office on Juliana Street, nearly
•nposite the Mengel House.
Bedford, Aug. 1, 1861.
filj LAW, BEDFORD, PA. Will faithfully and
promptlv attend to all business entrusted to his
sare in Bedford and adjoining counties. Military
■laims. back pay, bounty, Ac., speedily collected.
Office with Mann A Spang, on Ju'.iana street,
t so doors South of the Mengel Ilouse.
Jan. 22, 1864,
Have formed a partnership in the practice of
he Law Office on Juliana street, two doors South
•fthe /Mongol House," _____ _
. LAW BEDFORD, PA. Will promptly at
tend to collections and all business entrusted to
his care in Bedford and adjoining counties.
Office on Juliana Street, three doers south of the
"Mengel House," opposite the residence of Mrs.
May 13, 1364.
TORNEYS AT LAW. Bedford. Pa., office
sauie as formerly occupied by Hon. W. P. Schell,
two doers east of the GAZF.TTE office, will practice
in the several courts of Bedford county. Pensions,
bounty and back pay obtained and the purchase
and sale of real estate attended to. [may 11,'66.
TOHN H. FILLER, Attorney at Law,
f Bedford, Pa. Office nearly opposite the Post
Office. [apr.2o,'66. —ly.
j # RUN, Pa., (late surgeon 56th P. V. V.,) ten
ders his professional services to the people of that
place and vicinity. Dec. 22, 65-ly*
. RBN, Pa., tenders his professional servi
ecs to the people of that place and vicinity. Oflice
•ne door west of Richard Langdon's store.
Nov. 24, '6s—ly
I / permanently located, respectfully tenders
his professional services to the citizens ot Bedford
and vicinity.
Office on Juliana street, east side, nearly opposite
the Banking House of Reed A Schell.
Bedford, February 12, 1864.
3. N.HICKOK, | J. <J. MNNICH. JR.,
Office in the Bank Building, Juliana St.
All operations pertaining to Surgical or Me
chanical Dentistry carefully performed, and war
ranted. Tooth Powders and mouth Washes, ex
cellent articles, always on hand.
Bedford, January 6,1865.
DR. GEO. C. DOUGLAS, Respect
fully tenders his professional services to the
people of Bedford and vicinity.
OFFICE—2 doors West of the Bedford Uotel,
above Border's Silver Smith Store.
Residence at Maj. Washabaugh's.
by the use of Nitrous Oxide, and is attended with
no danger whatever.
upon a new style of base, which is a combination
of Gold and Vulcanite ; also, upon Vulcanite, Gold,
Platina and Silver.
TEMPORARY SETS inserted if called for.
Special attention will be made to diseased gums
and a cure warranted or no charge made.
TEETH FTLLED to last for life, and all work
in the dental line done to the entire satisfaction of
all or the money refunded. Prices to correspond
with the times.
I have located permanently in Bedford,
and shall visit Schellsburg the Ist Monday of each
teonth, remaining one week ; Bloody Run the 3rd
Monday, remaining one week ; the balance ot my
time I can be found at my office, 3 doors South of
the Court House, Bedford, Pa.
n0v.16,'66. WM. W. VAN ORMER, Dentist.
Bankers and
DRAFTS bought and sold, collections made and
money promptly remitted.
Deposits solicited.
COLLECTIONS made for the East, West. North
and Sou*), and the general business of Exchange
transacted. Notes and Accounts Collected and
Remittanges promptly made. REAL ESTATE
bought and sold * Oct. 20, 1865.
®l)c (Jcbforft <9ta?eUe.
pccttrincs, &t.
JL. LEWIS having purchased the
Drug Store, lately owned by Mr. H. C. Rea
mer* take? pleasure in announcing to the citizens
ot Bedford and vicinity, that he has just returned
from the cities with a well selected stock of
The stook of Drugs and Medicines consist of the
purest quality, and selected with great care.
General assortment of popular Patent Medicines.
The attention of the Ladies'is particularly invi
ted to the stock of PERFUMERY, TOILET and FANCY
ARTICLES, consisting of the best perfumes of the
day. Colognes, Soaps. Preparations for the Hair.
Complexion and Teeth ; Camphor ice for chapped
hands; Teeth and Hair Brushes, Port Monaies, Ac.
Of Stationery, there is a fine assortment:
Billet, Note, Letter, Leaf and Mourning Paper,
Envelops. Pens. Pencils, Ink, Blank Deeds, Power
of Attorneys, Drafting Paper, Marriage Certifi
cates. Ac., Ac. Also, a large quantity of Books,
which will be sold very cheap.
Coal Oil Ijamp Hinge Burner, can be lighted
without removing the chimney—all patterns and
prices. Glass Lanterns, very neat, for burning
Coal Oil. Lamp chimneys of an improved pattern.
Lamp Shades of beautiful patterns.
Howe's Family Dvo Colors, the shades being light
Fawn, Drab, Snuff and Dark Brown, Light and
Dark Blue. Light and Dark Green, Yellow, Pink,
Orange, Royal Purple, Scarlet, Maroon, Magenta,
Cherry and Black
Humphrey's Homeopathic Remedies.
Cigars of best brands, smokers can rely on a
good cigar.
Rose Smoking Tobcrro,
Michigan and Solace Fine Cut,
Natural Leaf, Twist and Big Plug,
Finest and purest French Confections,
Consisting of Grape, Blackberry and Elderberry
tyThe attention of physicians is invited to the
stock of Drugs and Medicines, which they can
purchase at reasonable prices. n
Countrv Merchants' orders promptly filled. Goods
put up with neatness and care, and at reasonable
J. L. LEWIS designs keeping a first class Drug
Store, and having on hand at all times a general
assortment of goods. Being a Druggist of several
years experience, physicians can rely on having
their prescriptions carefully and accurately com
pounded. [Feb 9, 66—tt
(nothing, tU.
Come one, come all,
and examine
A rare chance is offered to ALL to purchase good
and seasonable goods, at the lowest prices, by cal
ling at Lippel's.
If you would have a good suit of Ready-Made
Clothing call at Lippel's.
If you would have good and cheap
Ladies' Dress Goods.
Ac., Ac., Ac.,
Call at Lippel's.
If you would have furnishing goods of all de
scriptions, notions, etc., call at Lippel's.
If you would have thebe9t quality of Groceries,
buy them at Lippel's.
Goods of all kinds, sold at the most roasouable
prices, and country produce of all kinds taken in
exchange for goods, at Lippel's,
REIMUND, Merchant Tailor, Bedford. Pa.,
keeps constantly on hand ready-made clothing,
such as coats, pants, vests, Ac.; also a general as
sortment of cloths, cassimeros, and gents' furnish
ing goods of all kinds; also calicoes, muslins, Ac.,
all of which spill be sold low for cash. My room
is a few doors west of Fyan's store and opposite
Rush's marble yard. I invite all to give me a
call. I have just received a stock of new goods.
may25,'66. ,
Manufacturer of
The undersigned being engaged in the Cabinet
making business, will make to order and keep
hand everything in his line of manufacture.
will be furhished at all prices, and to suit every
taste. COFFINS will also be made to order.
attention paid to all orders for work.
on West Pitt Street, nearly opposite
the residence of George Shuck.
July 10,1863.—tf RICHARD LEO.
He keeps on hand a stock of fine Gold and Sil
er Watches, Spectacles of Brilliant Double Re
jned Glasses, also Scotch Pebble Glasses. Gold
Watch Chains, Breast Pins, Finger Rings, best
quality of Gold Pens. He will supply to order
any thing in his line not on hand.
Oct. 20. 1865-
Licensed Scrivener and Conveyancer,
will attend to the writing of Deeds, Mortgages,
Leases, Articles "of Agreement, and all business
isuallv transacted by a Scrivener and Conveyan
cer. The patronage of the public is respectfully
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having permanently locatel in ST. CLAIRS
VTLLE, tenders his professional services to the
citizens of that place and vicinity nov2'#6yl
T!i<* President Vetoes. but n Radical t'on
gress Passes the measure
by tiio-thirils.
Negro Suffrage ha a been FORCED upon
the District of Columbia by a Radical
Cong reus against the expressed will of its
people !
During the last political campaign,
"Republican" orators and editors per
sistently denied the charge that their
party favored negro suffrage, and thus
many were deceived into supporting
their candidates. But no sooner is the
election over, and Congress meets, than
this odious measure is again urged,
and passed, by the "Republican" ma
jorities in both Houses.
The bill to confer the right of the
ballot upon the of negroes in
the District of Columbia having lieen
presented to the President, he, on Mon
day, returned it with aveto, giving his
reasons at length for withholding his
assent. The document contains many
clear and powerful arguments. The
following are its main points:
Entirely disregarding the wishes of
the people of the District of Columbia,
Congress has deemed it right and expe
dient to pass the measure now submit
ted for my signature. It, therefore,
becomes the duty of the Executive,
standing between the legislation of the
one and the will of the other, fairly
expressed, to determine whether he
should approve the bill and thus aid
in placing upon the statute-books of
the nation a law against which the peo
ple to whom it is to apply have solemn
ly and with such unanimity protested,
or whether he should return it with
his objections, in the hope that upon
reconsideration, Congress, acting as the
representatives of the inhabitants of
the seat ot government, will permit
them to regulate a purely local ques
tion, as to them may seem best suited
to their interests and condition.
The District of Columbia was ceded
to the United States by Maryland and
Virginia, in order that it might be
come the permanent seat of Govern
ment of the United States. Accepted
by Congress it at once became subject
to the "exclusive legislation" for which
provision is made in the Federal Con
stitution. It should be borne in mind,
however, that in exercising its func
tions as the law making power of the
District of Columbia, the authority of
the National Legislature is not with
out limit, but that Congress is bound
to observe the letter and spirit of the
Constitution, as well in the enactment
of local laws for the seat of govern
ment, as in legislation common to the
entire Union. Were it to be admitted
that the right "to exercise exclusive
legislation in all cases whatsoever,"
conferred upon Congress unlimited
power within the District of Columbia,
titles of nobility might be granted
within its boundaries; laws might be I
made "respecting an establishment of
religion, or prohibiting the free exer
cise thereof; or abridging the freedom
of speech or of the press; or the right
of the people peaceably to assemble and
to petition the Government for redress
of grievances." Despotism would
thus reign at the seat of Government
of a free Republic, and, as a place of
permanent residence, it would be a
voided by all who prefer the blessings
of liberty to the mere emoluments of i
official position.
It should also be remembered that in
legislating for the District of Colum
bia, under the Federal Constitution,
the relation of Congress to its inhab
itants is analagous to that of a Legisla
ture to the people of a State, under
their own local Constitution. It does
not, therefore, seem to be asking too
much that, in matters pertaining to j
the District, Congress should have a j
like respect for the will and interests
of its inhabitants as is entertained by
a State Legislature for the wishes and
prosperity of those for whom they leg
islate. The spirit of our Constitution
and the genius of our government re
quire that, in regard to any law which,
is to affect and have a permanent bear
ing upon a people, their will should ex
ert at least a reasonable influence upon
those who are acting in the capacity of
their legislators. Would for instance,
the Legislature of the State of New
York, or of Pennsylvania, or of Indi
ana, or of any State in the Union, in
opposition to the expressed will of a
large majority of the people whom
they were chosen to represent arbitra
rily force upon them, as voters, all per
sons of the African or negro race, and
make them eligible for office without
any other qualification than a certain
{erm of residence within the State?
In neither of the States named would
the colored population, when acting
together, be able to produce any great
social or political result. Yet, in New
York, before he can vote, the man of
color must fulfill conditions that are
not required of the white citizens; in
Pennsylvania the elective franchise is
restricted to white freemen ; while in
Indiana negroes and mulattoes are ex
pressly excluded from the right of suf
frage. It hardly seems consistent with
| the principles of right and justice that
j representatives of Stateswhere suffrage
i is either denied the colored man, or
granted to him on qualifications requi
| ring intelligence or property, should
compel the people of the District of
Columbia to try an experiment which j
their own constituents have thus far j
shown an unwillingness to test for
As a general rule, sound policy re
quires that the Legislature should
yield to the wishes of a people, wheu
not inconsistent with the Constitution
and the laws. The measures suited to
one community might not be well a
dapted to the condition of another;
and the persons best qualified to deter
mine such questions are those whose
interests are directly affected by any
proposed* law. In Massachusetts, for
instance, male persons are allowed to
vote without regard to color, provided
they possess a certain degree of intelli
gence. In a population in that State
of 2,231,06(1 'there were, by the census
of 1860. only 9,602 persona of color,
and of the males over twenty years of
age, there were 339,086 white to 2,602
colored. By the same official enumer
ation, there were in the District of Co
lumbia 60,764 whites to 14,316 persons
of the colored race. Since then, how
ever, the population of the District has
largely increased, and it is estimated
that at the present time there are near
ly a hundred thousand whites to thirty
thousand negroes. The cause of the
augmented numbers of the latter class
needs no explanation. Contiguous to
Maryland and Virginia, the District
during the war, became a place of ref
uge for those who escaped from servi
tude, and it is yet the abiding place of
a considerable proportion of those who
sought within its limits a shelter from
bondage. Until then, held in slavery
and denied all opportunities for men
tal their first knowledge of
the Government was acquired when by
conferring upon them freedom, it be
came the benefactor of their race, the
test of their capability for improve
ment began, when, for the first time,
the career of free industry and the av
enues to intelligence were opened to
them. Possessing these advantages
but a limited time—the greater number
perhaps having entered the District of
Columbia during the latter years of the
war or since its termination—we may
well pause to inquire whether after so
brief a probation, they are as a'class
capable of an intelligent exercise of
the right of suffrage, and qualified to
discharge thejduties of official position.
The people who are daily witnesses of
their mode of living and who have be
come familiar with their habits of
thought, have exprassed the conviction
that are not yet competent to serve as
electors, and thus become eligible for
offiee in the local Government under
which they live. Clothed with the e
lective franchise, their numbers, al
ready largely in excess of the demand
for labor, would be soon increased by
an influx from the adjoining States.
Drawn from fields where employment
is abundant, they would vain seek it
here, and so add to the embarrassments
already experienced from the large
class of idle persons congregated in the
District. Hardly yet capable of form
ing correct judgments upon the impor
tant questions that often make the is
sues of apolitical contest, they could
readily be made subservient to the pur
poses of designing persons. While in
Massachusetts, under the census of
1860, the proportion of white to colored
males over twenty years of age was
one hundred and thirty to one, here
the black race constitutes nearly one
third of the entire population, whilst
the same class surrounds the District
on all sides, ready to change their res
idence at a moment's notice, and with
all the facility of a nomadic people, in
order to enjoy here, after a short resi
dence, a privilege they find nowhere
else. It is within their power, in one
year, to come into the District in such
numbers as to have the supreme con
trol of the white race, and to govern
them by their own officers, and by the
i ex ~r rise of all the municipal authority
—among the rest, of the power of tax
! ation over property in which they have
no interest. In Massachusetts, where
I they have enjoyed the benefits of a
[ thorough educational system, a quali
fication of intelligence is required,
while here suffrage is extended to all,
without discrimination, as well to the
most incapable, who can prove a resi
dence in the District of one year, as to
those persons of color who, compara
tively few in number, are permanent
inhabitants, and having given evidence
of merit and qualification, are recogni
zed as useful and responsible members
of the community. Imposed upon an
unwilling people, placed by the Consti
tution under the exclusive legislation
of Congress, it would be viewed as an
arbitrary exercise of power, and as an
indication by the country of the pur
pose of Congress to compel the accept
ance of negro suffrage by the States.
It would engender a feeling of opposi
tion and hatred between the two races,
which, becoming deep rooted and in
eradicable, would prevent them from
living together in a of mutual
friendliness. * * *
After full deliberation upon this
measure, I cannot bring myself to ap
prove it, even upon local considera
tions, nor yet as the beginning of an
experiment on a larger scale. I yield
to no one in attachment to that rule of
general suffrage which distinguishes j
our policy as a nation. But there is a
limit, wisely observed hitherto, which
makes the ballot a privilege and a
trust, and which requires of some clas
ses a time suitable ft# probation and
preparation. To give it indiscriminate
ly to a new class, wholly unprepared,
by previous habits and opportunities,
to perform the trust which it demands,
is to degrade it, and finally to destroy
its power; for it may be safely assum
ed that no political truth is better es
tablished than that such indiscriminate
and all-embracing extension of popu
lar suffrage must end at last in its des
The action of the President in refu
sing to sign the obnoxious bill is in
full accord with the wish of nearly ev
ery white man in the District, and yet
the Radicals in both Houses have en
acted it into a law, by two-thirds
"Can such things be" in a country of
white freemen? Surely Radicalism
cannot long rule at such a pace. The
popular judgment must, ere long,
crush it. The people will not be forev
er blind.
The Harrisburg correspondent of the
Pittsburg Commercial thus reports the
late Senatorial caucus and the condition
of things in Harrisburg after the nomi
nation was made:
What does it all amount to? Mr Ste
vens has an interview with his delega
tion ; charges the members of the House
with a bought betrayal and denounces
them. Defiantly, in answer, they say,
that "nobody knows it." The old Com
moner declares that "the boys in the
street know it." He sends for a Sena
tor from the south-eastern country, in
structed for him, and tells him he is
young, and has a character yet, and
that he "ought to take it back to them."
The youthful Senator, with education,
a family name, and bright prospects, re
tires unimpressed by Mr. Stevens and
subsequently votes for Mr. Cameron.
Mr. Stevens has an interview with Gov
ernor Curtin, deplores what his men
have done, and urges the Governor to
join him in a revolutionary movement.
"Break up the Caucus;" "goto the peo
ple," cries the enraged "old hero from
Lancaster. The Governor calmly re
plies : "The condition of things may be
new to you, sir; but everybody here has
known it for weeks, and I cannot aid
in any movement which will break up
the party. My name is with my friends,
and I must abide the issue, whatever I
may believe as to the'means which have
been employed to produce this result.
The people have already elected enough
members to elect me, and if they don't
vote for me, their responsibility is to
their constituents. I was done when I
aided, with what humble powers I pos
sess, to carry the State last fall in a can
vass of unusual bitterness and requir
ing great exertions on my part."—And
so waste away Tuesday evening and
Wednesday. Cameron's adherents still
active, and defections in the Stevens
and Curtin ranks still being made, and
the means openly talked of on streets
and in the bar-rooms. "Bad! bad!" ex
claims a Democratic member; "noshow
for us. Well; well! I'll vote once for
Cowan, and then I'll go for Spinner,
like the Republicans."
The caucus meets at 7.1 on Thursday
evening. The vote is soon over; the
scoundrels are impatient for their pay.
A member from Philadelphia, who that
morning had assured Curtin that he
would obey his instructions and vote
for him, votes for Cameron. The Del
aware members vote for Cameron, with
their instructions made only two days
before to vote for Stevens, then for Cur
tin, andnerer for Cameron in their pock
ets. Betrayal is everywhere around.
Men who had grown grey in respecta
bility and honor, and in a life of pro
fessional toil, yielded to the "mamon
of unrighteousness." Men young in
life with every professional prospect
bright before them, went down under
the wand of the enchanter. A Senator
from the Northwest declared his deter
mination to vote for Cameron, although
he did not believe twenty of his consti
tuents were for him. A member of the
House from the same region was allow
ed to vote for Curtin, notwithstanding
he had betrayed him in the organiza
tion. A member of the House, from a
district adjoining yours on the north,
betrayed his constituents and went for
Cameron, although he had declared
within a week that heowed his election
to Curtin and Curtin's friends, and not
withstanding the fact that several of
his personal and political friends were
near him, beseeching him not to falsify
his former life and commence a career
of infamy.
The Philadelphians who were here
seemed to regard the violation of in
structions and the infamous Conduct of
their members as unparralleled, and
their indignation broke forth in every
assemblage in town. Men's names and
amounts paid were spoken trumpet
tongued. Mock auctions were held in
the Lochiel, Jones, and State Capitol
Hotels, and members were auctioned
off amid the cheers and plaudits of the
crowd. The impromptu auctioneer
would name his man, state his office,
describe his district, specify hisinstruc
tions, proclaim his violation of them,
and all this in unvarnished venacular,
and then ask for bids, which were made,
and would vary from a chew of tobacco
to a kick & posteriori, and the poor dev
il would be knocked down, branded
for life publicly as a man who had for
feited all claim to the consideration of
honest men, and must go down to a
life of infamy "unhonored and unsung"
—and all this personal and political in
famy, all this aggregation of personal
j corruption to accomplish the election of
a worn out polluted political hack to
the United States Senate.
VOL. 61.-WHOLE No. 5,377.
The following very romantic, yet
truthful story, has just been told us by
one who is pretty well posted. It is
another proof of the end that awaits all
fast young bloods. The hero ofthesto
ry is John Steele, a young man only
twenty-three years of age. By the
death of an old lady named Widow
McClintoek, who died from the effects
of burns received while kindling a fire
with crude oil, he came in possession of
all the old lady's property. The farm
of the widow was on Oil creek, in Ven
ango county, and was known as the
Widow McClintoek farm. It is imme
diately opposite the flourishing little
Jtown of Jtouseville, and was amongst
the first of the oil-producing farms of
the valley. Early in 1863 the Van Slyke
well, on this farm, wasstruck, and flow
ed for some time at the rate of2soobar
rels per day, and several wells, yielding
from 200 to 800 barrels, were struck at
subsequent periods. Mrs. McClintoek
was hardly cold in her coffin before
young Steele, who appears to have had
nothing naturally vicious in his com
position, was surrounded by a set of
vampyres, who clung to him as longas
he had a dollar remaining. The mil
lionaire head was evidently turned by
his good fortune, as has been that of
many an older man who made his pile
in oil, and he was of the impression
that his money would accumulate too
rapidly unless it was actually thrown
away, and throw itawayhedid. Many
of the stories concerning his career in
this city andPhiladelphiasavorstrong
ly of fiction, and would not be credited
were they not so well authenticated.
Wine, women, horses, faro and gener
al debauchery soon made a wreck of
that princely fortune, and in twenty
months Johnny Steele squandered two
millions of dollars. Helost in thiscity,
at faro, over SIOO,OOO in two nights; he
bought high-priced turn-outs, and af
ter driving around an hour or two,
gave them away. He organized the
SkiffA Gay lord Minstrels, and put them
on the road in tip-top shape. He trav
eled with the company for some time,
enjoying himself hugely, paying pretty
dearly for his experience in the show
business. He lavished upon music hall
performers of the females persuasion the
most costly presents. To a popular vo
calist engaged at Trimble's Varieties,
Pittsburgh, and who caught hiseye,he
gave a S3OOO diamond ring, and squan
dered his money in the like manner
upon other members of the profession.
He is now, we are told, filling the posi
tion of door keeper fqr Skiff & Gay
lord's Minstrels, the company he or
ganized, and is, to use a very expres
sive, but not strictly classical phrase,
completely "played out." The wealth
obtained by those who worked so assid
uously to effect Steele's ruin gave little
permanent benefit to its possessors.
The person most brazen and chiefly in
strumental in bringing about the pres
ent condition of affairs is said tobeSeth
Slocum, who hung around Meadville,
Pa., several weeks last summer. He
was worth at one time over SIOO,OOO,
which he had "captured" from Steele,
and laid aside for a rainy day, but when
the latter's money vanished, this a
mount soon took unto itself wings,
and he is at present known among his
old associates as a gone coon. At last
accounts Slocum was incarcerated in
the jail of a neighboring county for va
rious breaches of the peace, and was un
able to obtain bail in the sum of SSOO.
Exemplifications these of the old ad
age, "easy come, easy go," or that oth
er, "fools and their money are soon
parted." The farm was sold recently
for tax due the Government.— New
York "Upper.
We have given this annual document
a superficial view, and find that the
balance in the Treasury is so32,oooshort
of last year. In turning over the leaves,
however, we find the following parties
have made raids on that Department,
and the only wonder is, that there was
anything left, as the State Treasury has
served them in the capacity of aFreed
man's Bureau for a series of years. The
following items we find in one drawer
of this bureau:
Col. (?) M'Clure, for whiskey, etc.,
destroyed by the rebs, SB,OOO
Gov. Curtin, for extraordinary
[we think so] expenses dur
ing the war, $5,000
Treasurer Kemble and Gov.
Curtin, for expenses in visit
ing Washington, [we can
travel cheaper than that,] ' 1,767
Gen. (?) Harry White, for 4th
of July expenses, 5,000
Wm. B. Mann, for examining
books of insurence agents, 8,362
This gentleman is District Attorney
of Philadelphia, and has made $25,000
out of that the past year. How he
finds time to take this slice out of the
Stale, we cannot comprehend
Geo. Bergm r, for miscellaneous arti
cles furnished Geo. W. Ham
mersley, Clerk of Senate, $2,456
It is a wonder that this item was not'
$24,560. We suspect, however, that
the balance is sliced out under some
other name, so that the child would not
be recognized by the taxpayers. Why
the civil expenses should be increased
$53,000 over last year, we have not yet
had time to examine. We observe that
the Surveyor General's office which the
loyalists talked of abolishing, has cost
the taxpayers $20,000—13,000 more than
last year, when in Democratic hands.
We presume it will not be abolished
now, as it is one of the bureaus allotted
to "loyal whites,"— Clearfield Rep.
A Scottish gentleman, more famous
in sports than in morals, often sacrific
ed truth when boasting of his horses
and hounds; priding himself that "no
man north of Edinboro' could show
the like in a chase." When visitors
were gone, and no better listener was
present, he would repeat to his wife
the marvelous feats of "Bonnie Bride,"
es he rode her down on the deer, cheer
ed by the pampered hounds "Flash"
and "Sly," both of them he declared
understood every word he uttered to
And these wild boasts he felt neces
sary to seal with a round Highland
oath, they were so hard to be believed.
One who was ignorant of the powers of
horse flesh, or who was wise enough
uot to wound his pride by contradiction,
was sure to hear tales which threw
Munchausen far into the shade.
Now, the wife of this man was a
meek, gentle, truth-loving woman;
and so far as she dared to do so, she re
buked both his lying and profanity.
Often, when she could do no more, she
would touch his shoulder and say, re
provingly, to shield her boy from sin,
"Hush, dear, wee Davie's aboot!"
It is probable that the little High
lander had heard this caution more
times than his parents were aware of.
One day after the ladies had left the ta
ble and the wine flowed freely among
the guests, his father's tongue stirred
by its powers, gave a fabulous history
of "Bonnie Bride" and her ancestors.
He vowed that he bought her of agyp
sy, who stole her from the Duke of L.,
who had purchased her mother of an
Arabian Prince, and that lately the
thick-headed Duke seeing and admir
ing her the more for her resemblance
to his lost one, went up from the mid
land counties of England, and offered
him five thousand pounds for her!
While he ran on thus, all unconscious
of the winks and smiles passing round
the circle, his boy, who had lingered
in the dining hall, stepped up softly be
hind him, and laying his tiny hand on
his shoulder, said, softly,
"Hush, father, wee Davie's aboot!"
The roar of laughter which followed
the innocent reproof startled the boas
ter so as to destroy the effect of the wine;
and he blushed deeply as he saw what
a fool he had been making of himself.
This simple sentence from lips he loved
did more for him than the kirk, the
Assembly's Catechism, or the pure
hearted wife had been able to do. There
is mighty power in words uttered from
the instinct of a child.
The queen of skaters in the world is
said to be Miss C. A. Moore, the "Ska
ting Queen," as she is called. Her
home is Philadelphia. Her appearance
at the Park each afternoon, makes her
the "observed of all observers." In
skating circles the performance and ap
pearance of Miss Moore form the topic
of general conversation. Miss Moore
has two skating costumes. One of
them a basque and skirt of purple vel
vet beaver cloth, trimmed with a deep
border of gray and white squirrel fur,
above which are three rows of silver
trimming. She wears a hat made of
the same material, trimmed with fur,
to correspond with that of the dress.
Her Polish costume consists of a basque
f blue velvet and scarlet skirt trim
med with ermine fur and gold lace,
the entire dress being spangled with
small gold stars. A hat of red and
blue velvet and white plume adorns
her head, while her feet are encased in
red kid boots. Both the costumes are
very rich and elegant.
nounced that frosted limbs are perma
nently relieved by one or two applica
tions of a boiled lye of wood ashes, made
so strongasto be quite Slippery between
the fingers. This lye should settle, be
drained off, and havealaige handful of
common salt to each quartoflye mixed
with it. It should be quite warm and
the limbs be submerged for one or two
A WIDE awake minister, who found
his congregation going to sleep, one
Sunday, before he had fairly commen
ced, suddenly stopped and exclaimed :
"Brethren, this is not fair, it isn't giv
ing a man half a chance. Wait till I
get along, and then if I ain't worth
listening to, go to sleep; but don't be
fore I get commenced —give a man a
IT now appears highly probable that
our Legislature will this winter pass a
general law providing for the election
of two Jury Commissioners in each
AT a printers' festival given on New
Year's day, the following was one of
the toasts: "Woman—Second only to
the press in the publication of news."
A PERSON pointed out a man with a
profusion of rings on his fingers, to a
cooper. "Ah, master," said the arti
san, "its asure sign of weakness when
so many hoops are used."
A TIPPLER called at a hotel and ask
ed for a room with four beds in it. He
said he usually retired so "gone" that
he could not find the bed unless there
was one in each corner.
"CAN'T pass marm," said a stern sen
tinel of the navy yard to an officer's
lady. "But, sir, I must pass; I'm Cap
tain W.'s lady." "Couldn't let you if
you were his wife."
MANY persons are in advanceof their
age, but an old maid generally mana
ges to be about ten years behind her's.
AN old hotel-keeper in Washington
once posted on his dining-room door
the following notice: "Members o*
Congress will go to the table first, and
then the gentlemen."