Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, August 30, 1889, Image 1

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Ink Slings.
—It is reported that our own Hast-
INGS has been invited to come to Ohio
and assist in blowing the Foraker fog-
—The fool-hardy Niagara navigator
is again engaged in his dangerousadven-
ture. The disappointing feature of his
performance is that he gets through safe.
— The millionaires of New York and
Chicago, in their competition for the
Columbus centennial exhibition, are not
running their hands down into their
pockets to a depth that looks like busi-
—The President's protracted outings
may enable him to shirk the perform-
ance of his official duties, but whether
he goes to Deer Park, Bar Harbor or
Cape May, he can’t escape the annoying
attentions of the office seekers.
—The ordirary forms of immorality
are stoutly combatted by the Chautau-
quan moralists, but they have tackled a
tough subject in taking hold of that
greatest of commercial immoralities, the
monopolistic combine known as the
---The announcement that the Euro-
pean wheat crop is 222,000,000 bushels
* below the average would be more en-
couraging to the American farmers if it
didn’t offer such a good chance for char-
acters like “old Hutch” to get in their
—DPrince RUSSELL returned this week
from his sojourn among the foreign po-
tentates full of details about the way
they run their royal establishments,
which ‘his pa can utilize after the
‘White House shall have been enlarged
to regal dimensions.
—California has been guilty of many
legal tergiversations, but her administra-
tion of law would suffer an unusual dis-
grace if her courts should assist in mak-
ing Judge FIELD the victim of the re-
venge of an adventuress like SARAH
—Future generations of housekeepers
will be likely to build a monument to
the memory of Mrs. CocKRAN, of Shel-
byville, Illinois, who has invented a
dish-washing machine. The elimina-
tion of the dish-rag would be a great
triumph of human ingenuity.
—The ovations that have been accorded
to SuLL1ivAN and KILRAIN by the peo-
ple of the State whose peace and dignity
they are charged with having disturbed,
clearly indicate that prize-fighting isn’t
as objectionable to the average Mis-
sissippi citizen as it is to Mississippi law.
—ANNA DICKINSON announces that
she is going to return to the stage. She
would make a decided hit if she should
go on the boards with a comedy founded
on her experience as a Republican stump
speaker last year, including the episode
of MAT QUAY’s declining to pay her
milliner’s bill.
—The Ohio Democratic convention
this week was a collection of untram-
meled Democrats around whose necks the
collar of a Boss would have been as
much of a misfit as shackles would be on
the pinions ot the American eagle. They
didn’t have a QUAY to tell them whom
they should nominate.
—BoyER’s election would be QUAY’S
victory. His defeat would be a step to-
ward relieving the State from the dis-
grace of being dominated by a politician
who, if the New York 77ibune and the
Philadelphia Press were to be believed
a few years ago, would be better suited
to a prison cell than to a Senator's chair.
—A strange fatality seems to attend
excursion trains of the G. A. R., which
have recently met with serious accidents.
The veterans deserve a better fate than to
be ‘smashed up in railroad collisions, but
danger must be expected with such a
Jonah as TANNER aboard. The old
soldiers had better throw him to the
v hales.
—The Philadelphia Press considers
GROVER CLEVELAND a fool for having
sacrificed his chance of re-election by
his tariff reform message. To a thorough-
paced Republican organ principle ap-
pears to be a very foolish thing. In its
vitiated opirion there is a good deal
more sense in the employment of boodle
as a political agency.
—The condition of Nevada has be-
come so low that there is danger that its
life as a State may flicker out. There
are certain bonanza kings to whom this
moribund State is valuable as a point
from which such characters as they can
be sent to the United States Senate.
These interested parties should see what
may be done in keeping it alive by the
Brown-Sequard process.
-~Even the sheep,as they nip the suc-
culent pasturage of the meadows, look
more sheepish when they think that
they belong to owners who are fooled
by the Republican representation that
the wool interest is benefited by
the tariff. Sheep can’t be supposed to
do much thinking, but they do about as
much as their human prototypes who be-
lieve that the prosperity of the country |
is promoted by tariff taxation.
‘zette and Bulletin.
VOL. 34.
Education on the Tariff Question.
Matters pertaining to wool are in a
bad, a very bad condition in this coun-
try. There is plenty of protection, both
to wool in its raw state and to wool in
its manufactured form, and yet no one
connected with wool in any shape
whatever is in that happy frame of
mind that belongs to the prosperous.
The wool raisers find the price of their
raw staple gradually declining, what
they get for it in the market being less
than the price they received before their
business was taken in hand as an in-
fant industry and a tariff clapped on for
its protection. As to the woolen man-
ufacturers, no class of business people
could be more completely in the soup.
They are suspending or going under
the hammer of the sheriff in all parts
of the country. During the past month
of August—and it wasn’t a longer
month than Augusts usually are
—more than a dozen of the leading
woolen manufacturing firms were fore-
ed to stop business. Among them were
the Riverside and Oswego Mills; Sut-
ton’s woolen mill at North Andover,
Mass.; Schepper Brothers’ worsted mill
in Philadelphia ; Hutchison, Ogden &
Co., of Manayunk; the Brunswick
Company, of Troy, N. Y.; the Pioneer
Woolen Factory, of San Francisco; Da-
vid Crowthers & Sons woolen mill at
Germantown ; Phenix Woolen Compa-
ny of East Greenwich,R. I.; I'horndyke
worsted Company, and Vandermark
Brothers, woolen manufacturers of
Brookton, N. Y. All of these estab-
lishments were forced to stop business
because they could no longer go on
without the free raw material which
Grover CLEVELAND in his immortal
tariff reform message said was abso-
Iutely necessary for the success of our
woolen manufacture.
Although distressing to the unfortu-
nate parties,there was something langh-
able in the failure of Vandermark
Brothers at Brookton, N. Y. They
belonged to the class of business peo-
ple who last year got under the singu
lar hallucination that everything would
zo to the eternal bow-wows if Harri-
soN wasn't elected and the monopoly
tariff perpetuated. They worked hard
for IarrisoN and coerced their em-
ployes into voting the Republican tick-
et by saying that a reduction of the
tariff would cause them to suspend
operations. While a prominent Dem-
ocratic campaign speaker was at
Brookton last fall, to show the fallacy
of a high tariff; one of Vandermark
Brothers called him a d——d liar for
preaching such an “absurd doctrine.”
After the meeting he made his way to
the platform and said: “Unless Har-
rISON is elected our firm cannot keep
running. A Democratic administration
will ruin ns.”
VaxpErMARK Brothers have learned
a good deal more about the effect of the
tariff than they knew a year ago:
Quite a number of other people are
learning a great deal op that subject.
In fact there never was such a period
of tariff education. And Grover smiles
serenely as he thinks of the instruction
which the school that he opened in
1888 is imparting to the people.
The bloody shirt politicians will
have a difficult tas < in explaining how
it has come about that the three can-
didates on the Virginia Republican
State ticket are fellows who shot at
the old flag during the late unpleasant-
ness, There wasn’t a rebel who was
more perniciously active in that bad
business than Manong, the nominee
for Governor, while the other two on
the ticket did theirshare in the treason-
able attempt to destroy the Union. To
what process will the bloody-shirters
attribute the conversion of such con-
spicuous rebels into loyal Republicans
whose election to office is necessary for
the welfare of Virginia in particular
and of the country in general? It will
be rather embarrassing for them to
wave the bloody shirt in the interest
of such bloody rebels.
a LE
The Protection and Free Trade
wings of the Democratic party are flop-
ping violently now.— Williamsport Ga-
‘Will out esteemed
contemporaty be explicit enough to
state where this violent flopping may be
seen going on? It might also be worth
its while to give a curious public more
definite information as to which is the
protection apd which the free trade wing
of a party whose special purpose is to
"reform a manopoly tariff,
The State Treasurer.
It is of importance that the Democrat-
ic nominee for State Treasurer should
be a man upon whom the party vote
can be united. To secure this the
choice should fall upon the candidate
that is best known to the people and in
whom is united the indispensible quali- |
ties of competence and inteority. These |
are the qualifications that will ensure | people of their color.
popular strength.
The Democratic nominee will not be
the selection of a boss. Among those
who arz mentioned in this connection
Mr. Epmusp A. Bicrer of Clearfield
seems to be the most prominent. In ad-
dition to excellent personal qualifica-
tions his name is associated with dem-
ocratic antecedents that are greatly in
his favor. His prominence in this
connection has been sufficienttoinduce
opponents to circulate the report that
Senator WALLACE objects to Mr Bic-
LER'S candida=y for the alleged reason
that it wguld interfere with his own can-
dicacy for Governor next year. The
Senator has made an unqualified
denial of the cruth of this report, speak-
ing in high terms of Mr. BiGLer. As to
the question of a candidate for Gover-
nor next year he said: “We will let the
“future take care of itself. We must
“now act for 1889, and the Democrats
“of Pennsylvania should nominate a
“clean cundidate for State Treasurer,
“and say what they think about the
“issues of the hour. It will be time
“enough to talk about 1890 when it
This is the right spirit in which to
treat this question. Whether the nomi-
nee shall be Mr. BicLER or some other
man, the requisites of good character
and ability should be kept in view. As
the creature of a boss, the tool of the
corporations and the enemy of the la-
bor interests, of which he gave abund-
ant proof in his position as Speaker of
the House, the Republican nominee for
State Treasurer is a vulnerable candidate
who can be defeated by a Democrat of
the right kind. Tt should be the earn-
est purpose of the State convention to
select one of that kind.
Why They Weren’t There.
The workingmen of Indianapolis
showed their dislike for Mr. Harrison
by absenting themselves from the cere-
monies of the laying of the corner stone
of the soldiers’ monument in that city,
last week, of which he was the central
figure. He was brought on as much
to parade him in his official character as
to make the occasion more impressive
by the presence of the President of the
United States, and there were plenty of
office-seekers and party hangers-on to
swell the crowd, but the Indianapolis
workingmen, who are acquainted with
Mr. Bansamiy Harrison and have had
an opportunity of thoroughly under-
standing the sentiment he entertains
toward people of their class, refrained
from paying a tribute to the soldiers
that would have involved a tribute to
the man and official in whom they have
no confidence as a friend of the work-
ing people. They did not support him at
the election that placed him in his
high office. Boodle carried the State
over their opposition to the monopo-
lies. He has done nothing since his
inauguration to change their opinion of
him, and they have reason to look for-
ward to a consummation ofa policy that
will make his administration more in-
teresting to the wealthy beneficiaries of
a high tariff than to the toiling masses.
The working people of Indianapolis are
not mistaken in their estimate of Brx-
Jamin Harrison and did him no un-
justice in declining to take part in a
demonstration which in a great meas-
ure was intended for his glorification.
—The convention of the Grand Army
of the Republic at Milwaukee thig
week is reported to have been an im-
mense affair. Such a gathering offered
a good opportunity to remove the im-
pression that is fast taking hold of the
public mind that the magnificent pa-
triotism that saved the Union is degen-
erating into a mercenary greed for the
contents of the public treasury.
—The miners of Clay county, Indi-
ana, in their plucky resistance to a re-
duction of wages, say that the county can
bury them before they shall surrender.
Last year when they were asked to vote
for Harrigon and the tariff it scarcely
occurred to them that they were being
invited to a funeral.
NO. 34.
| The Embarrassment of a Pious Official’
The good Postmaster General is ex-
| periencing a peculiar embarrassment in
disposing of the post offices in the
South. The colored brethren rightfully
demand a liberal share ofthe spoils con-
nected with the postal department and
threaten to go back on the old party if
the post offices are not largely filled by
As 90 per cent
| of the party in the South is composed
of negroes, it is easy to see the loss that
would attend a revolt of those who con-
stitute the Republican strength in that
section. :
On the other hand the whites are
bitterly hostile to having their mails
pass through the hands of negroes.
They are the only part of the popula-
tion that, to any extent, receive mail
matter, and they don’t want to have it
handled by the darkies. Pol tically
they are not in a situation to prevent
such an indignity, but they are begin-
ning to threaten that if WaNAMAKER
shall inflict colored postmasters upon
them they will boycott his big dry
goods concern in Philadelphia. He has
alarge trade in the South and his drum-
mers in that section are being notified
that if their employer shall yield to the
demands of the negroes who want to
handle the mails he will get no more
orders for goods from the South. Asa
well known Southerner remarked some
days ago, “it isa question of calico and
ready-made clothing.”
This is certainly an embarrassing
situation for the pious head of the post
office department who wants to dispose
of the post offices in a way that will
keep the colored Republicans from
kicking over the party traces, yet at
the same time is averse to driving
custom from his big Philadelphia
store. Such an embarrcssment may
be expected to arise when personal
gain is made a leading feature in the
pgzformance of official duty. The whole
administration seems to be run on that
Still Prosecuting Their Weary Work.
The three judges who are still pros-
ecuting the weary task of taking testi-
mony in the contested Judicial election
case in Lycoming county, meet at regu-
lar intervals and go on with their work
that seems to be endless. It is now
nearly a year since they began piling
up this pretty bill of cost which the
taxpayers of the county will have to
pay. The witnesses that have been
examined liave been numerous enough
to form a small army, and yet sufficient
evidence has not yet been seeured to
make it clear that the Democratic can-
didate who had a majority of the votes
should step down and give the bench
to the minority Republican candidate.
Upon its face the case bears the un-
mistakable appearance of a design to
steal a judgeship.
The dull proceedings of the court of
inquiry were enlivened the other day
by a question that arose concerning the
printing of the evidence. Complaint
was made that the printers were be-
hind in putting this voluminous stuff
in print, and one of the learned judges
threatened that if the Williamsport
printers couldn't come up to the re-
quirements of the emergency it would
be necessary to have the printing com-
pleted in Philadelphia. What a nice
item in the bill of costs the printing
expenses are going to be, and taking it
all together the taxpayers will have a
pretty sum to pay as the result of this
Republican scheme to seat a judge who
waz not elected.
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A Bungling Compliment.
The act of the Legislature providing
for the transportation of certain of the
old Pennsylvania soldizrs to Gettys-
burg on the occasion of the dedication
ofthe soldiers’ monuments on the bat-
tle field is not giving entire satisfaction
to the veterans. The discrimination
that has been made, by which this fa-
vor is confined tc a certain class of
veterans, is the cause of the dissatis-
faction. 2 -
Those who were in the service fight-
ing gallantly elsewhere, cannot see the
Justice of excluding them from this ex-
cursion because they did not happen to
belong to the regiments that directly
participated in the Gettysburg fight.
Although they did not contribute to
the result of that engagement, it was
only because they were doing gallant
and valuable service elsewhere, and
they argue that as free passage to Get.
tysburg is intended as a recognition of
gallantry and a compliment to those
who fought for the old flag, the dis-
crimination’ made by the act consti-
tutes an invidious distinction.
The Legislature showed but little
tact in this matter. Their object evi-
dently was to flatter the old soldiers and
to pander to a military sentiment for
the sake of a political advantage, which
is the obvious purpose of all such acts,
but they made such a bungle of
this particular case that more of the
old soldiers have been offended than
pleased by it.
Getting Their Eyes Open.
The convention of the Prohibitionists
of this county was quite plain in its
denunciation of the treachery of the
Republican leaders on the prohibition
question. The resolutions, which we
publish elsewhere in this issue, charge
those leaders with double dealing in
putting high license forward to divert
votes from the amendment after having
pretended to be sincere in their inten-
tion to have the question of prohibition
fairly submitted to the people ;and they
are further charged with being audaci-
ous at their last State convention in
throwing Prohibition aside, as if it was
an issue dead and condemned for all
time, and offering high license as a
substitute that would answer the moral
requirements of the temperance ques.
The Prohibitionists appear to be get-
ting their eyes open to the deceptive
purpose of the Republican leaders in
submitting the amendment and their
treachery in treating it when it came
before the people. Everybody except
the honest and enthusiastic cold-water
advocates saw into the deception which
the Republican leaders were practicing
in this matter. That they ar: Eso see-
ing it at last, is an indication that they
too are getting an insight into the ras-
cality of the machine politics of Penn-
A Flourish of Eagle’s F eathers.
The members of the constitutional con-
vention of Washington Territory, after
they had completed the framing of the
document that is to regulate the new
State, signed it with pens made of
eagle's feathers. This was an act of
sentimentality that had a patriotic look,
but it will amount to mere fustian ifthe
requirements of the organic law are not
more closely observed than has been
the case in some States that we could
mention. Eagle feathers will fail to
exercise a talismanic influence against
corporate and plutocratic encroach-
ments and abuses if those to whom is
delegated the duty of legislation yield
to the money power that is reaching out
on every hand to bring State legisla-
tures under its control. We hope that
the signing of the Washington consti-
tution will amount to something more
than an empty flourish of eagle feath-
ers. Such a parade will prove to have
been very ridiculous if the new State
shall send a couple of Pacific railroad
magnates as its representatives in the
United States Senate and a supporter
of the thieves’ tariff to the lower house;
and if its Legislature shall turn out to
be the mere tool of incorporated mo-
— Speaking of the vacation which
the President has so freely indulged in
this summer, the Philadelphia Inquirer
evidently thinks he is entitled tosuch re-
laxation when it says that ¢Presi-
dent Harrison has worked for nearly six
months with tireless energy in the exalt-
ed office to which he has been chosen by
the people” And to what other work
than dividing thespoils among the office-
seekers has he devoted his tireless energy
since he came into his exalted office?
There hasn’t been a thing done beyond
this. One should think that the effort
required to provide his relatives with
places would ia itself be enough to tire
his Excellency. It has certainly made
the people very tired.
The “Williamsport Gazette and
Bulletin says that President Harrison
“has commenced the work of blocking
out his message.” Is he using any
blocks-of-five in this work ? We should
think they would greatly: add to the
interest of the message.
——The farmers are learning that
the tariff is a tax.
Spawls from the Keystone,
—Ashland is suffering from an epidemic of
typhoid fever, and three persons have died.
—Joseph Marquet, of Reading supplies twen-
ty ealoons with water-cress, getting 5 cents a
—The people of Brockwayville, Elk county,
are excited because they can’t find their bor-
ough charter.
—On a farm at Fruitville, Montgomery coun-
ty, is a sign-board spelled as follows “No Tres.
passing Aloud.”
—A huge field of huckleberries found on
Broad Mountain, Mifflin county, has glutted
the adjacent markets.
—John G. Pries, 81 years old, was kicked to
death by a horse in his stable at Conestoga
Centre on Saturday.
—Claude Mowerer, aged 16 years, was drown-
ed at Watsontown on Saturday while attempt-
ing to swim the river.
—The tobacco crop of York county is mak-
ing rapid and vigorous growth, and some far-
mers have begun to cut.
—Dayid Coleman, a Columbia barber, has a
robin that can mimic a mocking-bird, and
whistle “Little Fisher Maiden.”
—In many parts of Lancaster county the
earth is bestrewn with prematurely fallen
shell-barks, as if it were October.
—The Honesdale Citizen says that of over
twenty tanneries in Wayne county twenty.
five years ago only two remain.
—Samuel Moser, 84 years old, fell from a
crab-apple tree in South Bethlehem on Wed-
nesday and received fatal injuries.
—John B. Gerst has shown the Pottstown
Ledger a tomato of the rouser brand that snaps
the scale at two pounds and a quarter
—David Shaw, of Greensburg, may die from
the bite of a distempered horse, which nearly
nipped his finger off about ten days ago,
—Jacob Voltz, of West Chester, says: “The
skin of the still-born calf makes the finest
shoe leather, but it is the most expensive.”
—Hayes Jacobs, of West Chester, has dyed
very prettily a white leghorn chicken with
aniline. The hen has a peculiar pink color.
—Corn indicates an enormous yield in Ches~
ter and adjoining counties. The stalks are
thick, and some are so tall as to be out of
—C. Hoyt, of Osceola, Tioga county, is the
possessor of a cane which is made from a piece
of live oak that was once a part of Captain Paul
Jones’ flag-ship Alliance.
—A dealer in Providence, a Scranton suburb
is awaiting trial for having sold “corn beer,”
which tasted strangely like ale, but which he
claims was merely a soft drink.
—Ezekiel Musselman, a farmer living near
Centre Valley, on the North Penn Railroad,
displayed a lot of white blackberries in the
South Bethlehem market on Thursday,
—A little child of Edwardsville, near Wilkes-
barre, who swallowed a $20 gold-piece a month
or more ago, is still alive, but is wasting away,
and the doctor thinks death inevitable.
—Henry Davenport, a farmer of Erie vicine
ity, set a trap a few nights ago for a supposed
white skunk, and the next morning found a
genuine white woodchuck held in captivity
—The Liberty Cornet Band, of West Chester
one of the first colored bands in the State,
which disbanded in consequence of most of its
members joining church, isto be reorganized,
—The family of Uriah Dean,of Seitzville
near Easton, has been poisoned by paris green,
which had been inexplicably placed in the
cistern. Mr. Dean and a daughter are quite
—A Bethlehem man who promised a cent to
each of his children for each weed pulled
from the garden has withdrawn the rate, as
last evening three bills of $4.06 each were pre-
sented to him for payment.
—An oil tank in a Lake Shore Railroad
freight train at Erie exploded on Thursday,
badly burning Engineer John Loftus and De-
pot-master Samuel B. Kennedy, and destroying
the engine and $30,000 worth of property.
—The Youghiogheny Manor Land Company
composed of Philadelphia capitalists, is build-
ing a railroad through Fayette and Somerset
counties to Garrett county, Md., which will
open up 15,000 acres of oak timber land.
—H. J. Shaff, of Mills, Tioga county, was acs
cidentally struck beneath the chin a few days
since by an iron bar, and the force of the
blow shattered the plate of his false teeth and
drove fragments of porcelain into the gums.
—Lloyd Lewis, of Edison, Bucks county,
hooked a large bass to days ago. It flung itself
ashore, and hit against a log, which freed it
from the hook, but likewise knocked it so
senseless that he readily caught it by hand:
—A large fish-crane that for two weeks had
been hovering hungrily above Amos Snyder's
carp dam at Pricetown, Berks county, and had
been missed by several marksmen, has been
shot by Webster Brown, and is being stuffed,
~The Williamsport Gazette says the aggre.
gate sum received by that city from the State
Flood Commission thus far is £100,000, and that
if this were distributed to the losers it would
only amount to an average of 1per cent. to
each claimant.
—An organized band of Pittsburg thieves has
a boat that plies on the Alleghany and makeg
regular trips to the country to carry oft the
booty. During the week 200 chickens have
been stolen from one man, and many stores
have been entered and plundered at Tarentum,
—A littie daughter of Mrs. Captain Kelley, of
Chester, thought she saw a piece of money
shining behind the stair-stepsa day or two
since and pushed her hand into grasp it.
The hand swelled, she could not draw it out,
she raised an outery, and neighbors with a
crow-bar pried her free.
—On the farm of Benjamin Garman, in Up-
per Rapho township, Lancaster county, is an
ancient house, which bears on its door the
date of its erection—1700. Tne Manheim Sun
says: “When this part of the house was builg
Philadelphi awas but eighteen years old and
not as large as Manheim.”
—Henry Rodman while picking berries near
New Holland, Berks county, was bitten on the
wrist by a copperhead snake. He ran for the
nearest chicken, split it, thrust his wrist into
the body and tied it shut. In fifteen minutes
the chicken turned green with the absorbed
poison, and Rodman’s life was saved.
—The cleansing of the Lancaster reservoir a
day or two since was such an excessively dirty
job that it afforded keen delight to fifteen boys
who fairly wallowed in it. Their clothing,
hats and even their hair was full of mud, yet
their revelry was unconfined. How they will
ever become clean again no one knows.
—Two young ladies visiting in Tyrone were
informed by a gypsy that it they ate a raw
chicken heart apiece before retiring at night
they would dream of their lovers. They fol.
lowed the prescription, unknown to their hos.
tass, and the household was thrown into ture
raoil in the middle of the night by two unace
countable cases of cholera morbus. .