Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, December 13, 1889, Image 1

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Ink Shige. |
—Mr. HARRISON will be noted in his- |
tory for the ingenuity with which he
devised methods for spending the peo-
ple’s money. He will stand pre-eminent
as a surplus smasher.
— Big HEAD, the Sioux chief, is going
to visit the Great Father at Washington.
VOL. 34.
NO. 49.
He may consider himself a big lnjun, ! i
A Scheme of Treasury Depletion.
but as Big Head he will find himself | |
discounted by the white chief.
—The Pittsburg Legal Journal asks | are now managing national affairs see
whether there are too many lawyers? | in the construction of coast defenses
There are certainly not too many gocd an easy and effective way of making a
lawyers, although it can’t be denied | big hole in the surplus.
that the other class is a little crowded. | is to maintain a tariff that brings in |
ssary for legiti- |
—STAGG, Yale's great base ball pitcher, | moresevenue than isnecessary
is about to enter the ministry. If he ok : : .
shall throw his theological balls with their ingenuity to devise ways of getting
the vigor he displayed on the base ball | rid of the redundant funds. Putting
field, he will make it lively for old | | the coast in a state of defense offers un-
-—S1LcoTT was by nc means a Mascot
to the congressmen whose money he got
away with. To Boycott him wouldn’t
satisfy their feelings. Nothing short of
treating him in the Tascott style would | Purpose that Senator Dorp, of Oregon,
appease their wrath. | has introduced his coast . defense bill,
—The loss of life atthe Johnstown | Which will require the oudag of the
opera house was a sad calamity, but immense sum of $126,377,800. It pro-
poses to build forts at all the vulnera-
there is something almost ludicrous in y re Paci
the circumstance that the victims were | ble points along the Atlantic, acific
and Gulf coasts, and in all its details
attracted to the death trap by such a ;
stale chestnut as Uncle Tom’s cabin. promises to furnish a job in comparison
—With most of the Republican lead-. with which the most lavish River and
ers forced to a tardy condemnation of Harbor bill sinks into insignificance.
the trusts, Brother BLAINE may find | Every patriotic American wants to
it expedient to revise his opinion that | See his country in a stale of defense 0
they are harmless business combinations | against external enemies, but he can’t
get himself to believe that it is necessa-
with which no one has a right to inter-
fere. ry to adopt measures of wholesale ex-
travagance, if not robbery, to effect
that object. Who can estimate the
amount of stealing which the expendi:
ture of $126,000,000 would afford fa-
vored government contractors? And
then we should have a system of fortifi-
cations erected at immense expense
which within the next twenty years
would be likely to be thrown into des-
uetude by the advance of military sci-
Would not our harbors be more ef-
tectually defended by an efficient navy ?
We are now making liberal outlays
in providing war ships of the first
class. With a reasonable number of
steel-clad vessels carrying ordnance of
the heaviest caliber and equal to any
that could “be brought against them,
with the most improved torpedo boats
and pneumatic guns throwing-high-ex-
plosive projectiles,what more will be re-
quired to defend our coast against any
enemy that may come? We are get-
ting all these, yet it is proposed to give
us the unnecessary supplement of sta-
tionary fortifications for no other ob-
ject than to dispose of the money with
which oppressive taxation is repleting
the treasury.
diture, and the tariff supporters propose
| to avail themselves of this means of
subjecting the surplus to speedy and
effectual evaporation.
—There is a movement among florists
to rechristen one of our most popular flow-
ers. But probably the heavy weight the
«chrysanthemum has to struggle underin
the way of a name, retards its bloom ,
which is one of its most valued charac-
—The reception of the President at
Chicago was a little too rough to look
like an expression of high regard. But
perhaps that is the way the untutored
Chicago denizens have of indicating their
appreciation of a high public function-
—DoMm PEDRO complains of bad treat-
ment at the hands of the Brazilian revo,
lutionists. But when it is considered
that heretofore revolutionists got rid of
royal personages by cutting their heads
© off, his Brazilian majesty should be sat-
igfied that he got off as he did.
—There is something cool in Wash-
ington’s demand for the World’s Fair.
She doesn’t put up any money of her
own, but founds ber claim entirely upon
what UNcLE SAM is able to put up.
There isn’t a town in the country that
couldn’t do that if it had the cheek.
— With a view to the muscular devel-
opment of the French youth, the French
government has sent a commissioner
over to this country to study American
athletics. Put him behind one of
our base ball batters without a cast-iron
screen over his face, and then send him
home as an object lesson.
—The bibulous business of the sena- ,
torial restaurant, where “cold tea’ used
to slake the senatorial thirst with exhila-
rating effect, seems to have been trans-
ferred to Vice President MorToN’s
drinking establishment. It will require
extra pietv in the Post office department
to atone for the Vice President’s whisky
—Believing that there is not sufficient
time to prepare for it, JAY GoULD re- |
commends the postponement of the
‘World’s Fair to a later date than 1892.
Such an arrangement would be suitable
enough if CoLumMBUS had only postpon-
ed the discovery until some time in
1493 or ‘94. In thismatter a good deal
depends upon what CHRISTOPHER did
some four hundred years ago.
—The Philadelphia post office having
become a trysting place for objectiona-
able characters of opposite sex, it has
been suggested that a special officer be
delegated to exercise a restraint upon
such an unseemly state of affairs. The
Record thinks the officer would have
his hands full, as he would be likely to
find Phryne ard Aspasia as well as
Penelope and Lucretia in the lobby of
the post office. Is this a classical way
of saying that he would have difficulty |
‘in discriminating between the strumpets |
and the ladies ?
—The Secretary of the Navy deserves
credit for making changes in the no-
menclature of the navy by relieving some
of the ships of the outrageous aboriginal
names by which they were burdened by |
GipeoN J. WELLS during the time of the : :
war. That misguided ancient mariner LAND Uses one of the aphorisms for
possibly intended to frighten the enemy which he has become famous, in say-
by the jaw-breaking names he gave ing that wi best soldier should be the
our naval ships. It is a luaicrous fact Lest citizen.” Tt may occur to the re-
that the only vessel that gained a vieto- flecting 2 army man that much
ry in a real sea fight during the rebel- that has been and is being done by
lion in the engagement with the Al- his order does not conform with what
abama, bears a name which very few peo- may rightfully be considered good citi-
ple are certain of pronouncing correctly. 'zenship.
Plain Talk to the G. A. R.
sponse to a request that he should con-
tribute something to be voted for at a
fair it proposed to hold. The ex-Presi-
dent contributed something to their ob-
ject and accompanied his contribution
with a letter the contents of which
should induce a train ofthought among
honest and well meaning grand army
men which might redound to the bene-
fit of themselves and the cause of the
order to which they belong.
If Mr. CLEVELAND were moxie of a
demagogue and politician looking af-
ter popular favor, he would not
have tell so numerous an
organization as the Grand Army of the
Republic of its faults, as he did in this
letter. But he is still the honest and
fearless man he was when he vetoed
objectionable pension bills, and being
such, he did not hesitate to refer to the
base purposes to which the G. A. R.
has been prostituted by partisan dema-
gogues, and to say that the political
use that has been made if it has led
many good citizens, whose patriotism
cannot be questioned, to regard it as
having “wondered a long way from its
avowed design.” Who can deny the
justness of these strictures in view of
| the extent to which the Grand Army
| allowed itself to be used as a partisan
‘machine in the lastPresidential election
and the organized assistance it is giv-
ing the scheme of unlimited and unre-
strained pensionfraids| on the national
treasury ?
| Itis quite plain that the people who |
Their policy |
mate use, comnpeiling an exercise of |
limited opportunities for publi¢ expen-
It is for this |
In taking off JerreErson Davis last
Friday death removed almost the last,
and in one sense the most conspicuous,
| of the leaders of the rebellion. It is
! within a few months of a quarter of
| century since the rebel attempt to di
i vide the Union failed with the com-
plete collapse of the Confederacy. Of
its great military leaders JonNsTON and
LoxcsTreET are all that are left, and
of those who were most prominent in
guiding the politics of the insurrec-
tionary movement, JEFF Davis, the
chief, survived them all. Although at
one period of the struggle it looked as
if he might fill a big page in history as
the founder of another government, dif-
ferent from that of the United States,
it fortunately turned out otherwise, and
it took but a few years for him to sink
to the obscurity ofa privatecitizen,from
which he was periodically brought to
public attention by Republican politi-
cians when an emergency rendered it
necessary for them to use a sectional
It is unnecessary to say anything
about JEFFERSON Davis's career and
characteristics. None but the very
young of this generation are unacqnaint-
ed with the part he played in our
greatest national drama. He was just-
ly considered the representative charac-
ter of the rebel movement, and as such
had the loyal support of his misguided
tellow citizens of the South, while the
feeling toward him in the North was for-
cibly expressed by the desire to hang
him on a sour apple tree. In the years
chat have followed the war the northern
feelingihas toned down into indifference,
while the southern people have been too
brave and magnanimous to go back on
a leader who, however wrong he may
have been, could not be considered
more wrong then were they who gave
him their support.
The rebel chaiftein has now been
translated from life to history, which
will do justice to his merits as well as.
to his short comings. He will be miss-
ed by none so much as by those who,
so long as life was in him, used him as
a means of keeping alive the embers
of sectional animosity that happily have
now nearly died out.
| Jefferson Davis Is Dead.
The Common Roadways.
Col. ArBerT A. Popg, of Boston,
founder of the American bicycle indus- | |
try, and largely interested in the man- |
ufacture of those modern vehicles of lo- |
comotion, has put himself at the head |
ish i column a let. |
We publish in another eoly | the common roads of the country and
i VER CLEVELAND toa | : .
for #iltien hy Ong | taken to lecturing on that subject.
Grand Army postin this State, in re-
In concluding his letter Mr, CLEvE- |
of a movement for the improvement of |
His object is not entirely an unselfish
one, as better roads would induce a
more extensive use of bicycles; but
would they not benefit the traveling
public as much as the bicycle interest ?
There is great truth in his assertion
that a road over which a bicycle can be
ridden with ease and safety will save
thousands of dollars in diminishing the
wear and tear of vehicles and horses.
i The average of country roads are not
| in the condition they should be in, and,
poor as they are, the manner ot main-
taining them is far from being econo-
mical. In the aggregate much money
is spent with comparatively little to
show for it in theend. A very inade-
quate idea is formed of the importance
of the common country roads to the
commerce of the country. The rail
roads have eclipsed them as the aye-
nues of traffic, yet it should not be for-
gotten that at least seventy-five per
cent. of every train load hauled on the
railroads has first been carried to ship-
ping points over country roads. From
this it is easy to see how good roads in-
crease the value of farm lands by
bringing them into the easiest, cheap-
est and most expeditious connection
with the markets to which the railroads
are the channels of transportation.
It is said that Admiral WarLk-
ER, commander of the Evolution fleet,
delayed its sailing in order to avoid
starting on Friday. This probably was
in compliance with an old superstition
connecting Friday with bad luck,
which should have been abandoned
long ago, particularly by nautical
people. Doesn't Admiral WALKER
know that on Friday, August 3d, 1492,
a greater admiral than he set outon the
most brilliantly successful voyage that
maritime history has to show, the four
hundreth anniversary of which we are
| defenseless people.
| a mistaken idea of economy, is accord-
A Complete Ruin.
The State of Ohio can show the worst
political wreck in this country, and it
is Foraker. He is more completely
used up than Manone. His vauiting
ambition, inordinate in a character of
his caliber, led him to risk his entire
political stock in his third venture for
Governor, with the Presidency in view,
in which he met with overwhelming
defeat. There might have been a pos-
sibility of his saving something from
the wreck if it had been merely a po-
litical disaster, but circumstances con-
nected with his campaign involved his
personal reputation which comes out of
the fight in a more damaged shape and
worse eendition than his political for-
tunes. It is now being shown that he
was a party to the ballot box fergery
that was intended to injure his Demo-
cratic opponent ; that he sanctioned the
use of such dishonest means to pro-
mote his own electicn, and that he de-
ceived HALSTEAD into publishing what
he knew to be false and defamatory.
Foraker’s implication in this base
business will have a greater effect than
his defeat in ruining him as a future
political character. He is, indeed, a
very complete ruin.
It Should Let Wanamaker Alone.
There is no subject to which the
New York Sun is devoting so much of
its editorial attention as to Jory Wana-
MAKER. It represents him to he a
snuffling hypocrite who is trying to
hide his mercenary character behind
the cloak of religion, and an adventur-
er in politics who by corrupt purchase
gained an official position which he is
prostituting to the interest of his pri-
vate business.
There is no fault to Be found with
the truth of the Sun's portraiture of
the Post Master General, but what
business has it to be making a fuss
about such a character occupying the
place be holds is this administration ?
When the Sun, to gratify the private
malice of its editor, was doing all it
could to defeat CLEVELAND, it well
knew what mean were being used to
elect Harrison and could not blind
itself to the inevitable consequence of
a success that would be gained by the
corrupt contributions of WaNaMAKER
and of those from whom he helped
to “fry the fat.” The present Post
Master General has got the position
he paid for, and the Sun helped him
to get it by its treacherous course
toward the Democratic party. It should
Deserved : Censure.
There is a quite general condemna-
tion of the dilatory manner in which. |
the County Commissioners treated the!
Clara Price murder case. The crime
was one that should have excited their
promptest and most energetic action in.
offering a reward for the detection of
the murderer and rendering practical
assistance to the avenging arm of the |
law. When things come to such a
pass that innogent and virtuous girls
are assaulted on the highway and shot
down for defending their virtue, no ef-
fort, no expense should be spared to
correct such a state of affairs by
promptly bunting down the offender
and bringing himvo punishment. = Yet
in this outrageous case of Miss Price's
murder, days were allowed to pass with-
out our Commissioners making a move-
ment for the apprehension of the mis:
creant, and when at last a reward was
offered it was so trifling a sum as to
disgust the citizens of this county who
are not the ones to stand on the ques-
tion of a few hundred dollars in a mat-
| ter of such serious import, involving
the lives of innocent girls and osher
This miserable
| dereliction 1n the performance of an
obvious duty, arising no doubt from
ed the following merited reprobation
in last week's Williamsport Grit:
The Board of Commiissioners of Centre coun-
ty are economical or nothing. They were
“paralyzed” over the $600 spent to convict
Seely Hopkins, and they have drawn the
county’s purse-strings tighter than ever “Jack”
Griest ever dreamed of doing. They are ap-
parently working for a record on which to base
their claims for re-election, and are acting in
a most niggardly mannerin this matter. The
idea of offering a reward of $150 for the cap-
ture and conviction of the perpetrator of a
crime so fiendish. Fortunately the man they
wanted was easily secured, but they might
have had more trouble, as the amount is not
much of an inducement for a man to devote
his whole time to a long search. And now
that there is a vast amount of evidence to be
secured, with no absolute certainty that the
right man has been caught, they have only
one man out on the trail to do this work. It
appears like questionable economy, but per-
haps these men know more about the matter
than the people on the outsider who are com-
plaining. But the fact remains that the au-
thorities of Centre county were very slow in
making the first move. Clearfield county was
to the front before Centre with an offer of a re-
ward,and yet the crime was committed in Cen-
tre county,although all of the partiesresided in
Clearfield. There is such a thing as being too
economical in the administration of public
affairs, although it is a virtue that few Boards
of Commissioners possess. But then Centre
county is just a little different from any other
county in Pennsylvania. Other instances of
their parsimoniousness might be mentioned,
but they would not reflect a great deal of credit
upon the Board. The difference between the
present Board's method of doing things and
“Jack” Griest’s administration is that the
latter was a business man, while the present
overseers are—well they have their own ideas.
The justness of this criticism can-
not be denied. It is true, a suspected
party has been apprehended, but if it
should turn out that he is not the man
who committed this heinous crime,
there will be a heavy responsibility
resting upon the shoulders of the Com-
missioners for promoting the escape
of the real criminal by not taking such
action as would have encouraged
greater exertion and more thorough
work to effect his Bo wi
——1It isn’t too any to wish every
preparing to celebrate ?
body a happy Christmas.
shut up about WANAMAKER.
An Important Anniversary.
The 5th inst. was the second aani
versary of the promuigation of President
| CLEVELAND'S Tariff Reform Message.
{ Previous to that deliverance there was
no well defined expression against the
system of tariff taxation that is robbing
the general mass of citizens for the
‘ benefit of a protected class, and no
clear cut opposition to such a wrong.
The Message marked an epoch in the
political history of the country from
which may be dated the beginning of
an economic revolution whose outcome
will be the correction of great fiscal
abuses. The second anniversary’ of
the Great Message was duly celebrated
by the Young Men's Democratic Club
of Canton, Ohio, which invited Mr.
CLEVELAND to attend their demonstra-
tion. In response to the invitation he
sent a letter commenting in appropri-
atial terms upon the disposition. of
thoughtful young men to interest them-
selves with the welfare of their
country and follow in the pathway of
good citizenship, which in his opinion
constituted the most reliable hope of
Democratic ascendency. It has been
but a short time since Mr. CLEVELAND
sounded the note of tariff reform, but
what he said is already working a revo-
lation in the public mind.
eS ——
Quick Work of the Speaker.
Speaker Rrep has surprised his
political contemporaries and brother
congressmen by the expedition with
which he has formed and announced
some of the leading committees of the
House. On Monday he gave out the
names of those who shall compose the
important committees of Ways and
Means, Appropriations, Manufactures,
Elections and Mileage. The great com- |
mittee is that of Ways and Means, the
chairman of which, as was’ expected, is
Mr. McKiNLEy, of Ohio, who was
Reep’s leading opponent for the Speak-
ership. The Democrats are well rep-
resented on this committee by such
leaders and tariff reformers as Messrs.
CARLISLE, Miis, McMiLLeNn and
BreckENRIDGE of Arkansas, but it can
not be expected that they will be able
to exert any influence in shaping the
tariff policy ofthe committee. CANNON,
who was another competitor of REep
for the Speakership, has been made
chairman of the next most important
committee, that of Appropriations.
Mr. RanpaLL has been retained as the
leading Democrat on this committee,
but unfortunately his health is so bad
that it is doubtful whether he can do
any service in this session. In fact it
is feared that he may succumb under his
long continued ill health.
——The friends of Dr. E. B. Higbee,
State Superintendent of Pablic In-
struction, will be pained to hear of the
attack of paralysis which overtook
him at Mifflin on Wednesday. He
was taken to his home in Lancaster
in an unconscious condition. The
Doctor has been an efficient educator,
although his connection with the
syndicate soldiers’ orphans school
scandal somewhat impaired his official
Spawls from the Keystone.
—In all Titusville there is said to be scarce-
ly an idle man.
—The clock was stolen from a Stouchsburg
(Berks eounty) church.
—Johnstown people will celebrate Christ-
mas with good old-time cheer.
—Boys under 16 years of age are arrested in
Bethlehem for smoking cigaretts.
—Seven divorces have been granted in Le-
high county since last January.
—A movement iz on foot to form a straw
and rag paper trust at Pittsburg.
—Because his wife pulled his whiskers,
Charles Lutz, of Pittsburg, wants a divoree.
—The sermons delivered by Rev. J. H.
Chambers, of West Chester, are illustrated by
—Engaged in ferreting out “speak easies’
in Pittsburg a constable has been accused of
running one himself.
—A number of establishreents using natural
gas at Beaver Falls, have been compelled to
close down for want of gas.
—The East Penn Furnaces, at Lyon, Berks
county, built sixteen years agoat a cost of
$130,000, are to be demolished.
—There are several pedestrians in West
Chester who follow a fox-hunt om foot and keep
up with the race to the finish.
~—Charges have been made against Fish
Commissioner Hague, at Pittsbnog, that he of-
fered to settle a law suit for a consideration.
-—~Edward T. Gunswald, for many years
Justice of the Peace at Nazarath, Nerthampton
county, dropped dead in his office on Sunday
—Hideous and unearthly cries are heard em-
anating from the holds of abandoned canal
boats lying on the river banks near Sehuylkill
—The late Lawyer E. J. Fox,of Easton, had
his life insured for $48,000. By his will all his.
property goes to his wife, three sons,.and one
—James W. Steele on Monday atiEaston
pleaded guilty to assaulting with intent:ta out-
rage a country girl, and was sent to jail for
three years.
—The West Chester News of Monday. says :
A honey-bee appeared in John L. Greenfields’
place this morning. « A lively bee on December
9 is ararity.
—Thinking it was a tobacco license,a Beaver
Falls Italian purchased a postal note,and has
been doing a tobacco trade for years on the
strength of it.
—Sotter Bros.’ Mechanics’ Boiler Works, at
Pottstown, have received a contract for the
ereetion of a large new blast furnace for a
party in Alabama.
—Hon. Joseph W. Parker, who has been a
practitioner in the Courts of the State for
about thirty-two years, died in Clearfield on
Wednesday night.
—“Feet” socials are a Newville (Cumberland
county) fad. People stand behind a screen
where only their feet can be seen, and you
guess which is whose. ,
—A misguided robin began building a nest’
in an elm tree near Parkersburg in November
The cold snap forced her to snspend operations
and seek a sunnier clime.
—The East Strondsburg News regrets the
successful matrimonial incursions that young
men are continually making into the ranks of
the female school teachers.
—Near Deborah’s Rock, on the Brandywine
stands a curious growth in the shape of two
large trees, one an oak and the other a hickory,
which have grown together.
—The Wilkesbarre News-Dealer says the
morals of the comunity there are improving.
There has been no murder at a Hungarian
christening for a whole month.
— With an oat grain about to sprout in his ear:
little Homer De Forest of Sharon has been
wondering why his earached for three weeks
past. A doctor has removed it.
—There is in Pottstown a family consisting
of five women whose tastes are so different
that they long ago established arule requiring
each one to do her own cooking.
—China Heft, aged 16, died recently a Bow-
mansville, Lancaster county. She was te-have
been married on the day she was taken: sick,
and will now be buried in her bridal garments.
—The squeal of a stallion scared off a horse-
thief from the premises of Samuel Boyd, of
Birmingham, Chester county, a few nights ago
after the trespasser had untied three fine. ani-
—Henry Doerr , of Lancaster, was awarded
$13,500 by a Pittsburg jury in a suit brought
for injuries received in being pushed from a.
ear on the Alleghany and Biminglians Street
—Natural gas according to a Beaver Falls pa-
per,has had the effect of shriveling and shrink-
ing up an aged person in that city until his
joints have become misfits and make a crack-
ling noise as he walks.
—aA Bristol grocer has had & guessing match,
offering a prize to the customer estimating
nearest the number of seeds in a pumpkin.
There were 760 when the big gourd was open-
ed, and Mrs. Brown won.
—The Montgomery County {Grand Jury has
indicted John Kenderosch and Annie Chomo
for murder in the first degree, on the charge
of murdering the latter's husband in Pottstown
on Wednesday night, November 27.
—The Presbyterian Church at West Eliza-
beth was turned into a “speak easy” recently.
While alterations were being made in the
building liquor was illicitly sold to the work-
men. The members are indignant.
—A pitcher thrown ata Lancaster colored
man struck him on the head and broke in
many pieces. The assailant was arrested,
but the injured man refused to prosecute be-
cause the pitcher had been replaced.
—Henry Mack, who served three yesrs
at Easton for horse stealing and three years
more for forgery, and who robbed his father’s
store two months after his second release, has
again been sent to prison for one year.
—A Meadville young lady has a craving for
matches, which she nibbles with as much gus-
to as some girls display in masticating eara-
mels. On Saturday she masticated several red
headed lucifers, and, very naturally, was
taken violently ill, but recovered.
—One of West Chester's gunners, on leaving
home for a trip, tuld his wife not to buy any
meat as he would bring home plenty of game.
On his return he sneaked up the alley empty
handed, and the wife had to wake him up to
go out and buy ham for:his breakfast.
—Since some unknown person has been
seeking the (life of John Rosenseel, of near
Greensburg, and he is no longer safe, his
neighbors have organized a vigilance com-
mitee whose members will keep watch alter-
nately for the villains, and if the attempt upon
Mr. Rosensteel’s life is repeated they will be
shot down,