Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, July 18, 1890, Image 1

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    Deora a
Ink Slings.
—Shape’’ is a mice thing to look at,
but it isn’t the most essential quality of
a Governor.
—Pittsburg’s councilmen have refus-
ed to have their picture taken in a body.
‘Were they afraid that some time in the
future there might be occasion to use it
for the embellishment of a rogues’ gal-
lery ?
—A Quay paper says “Republicans
are active.” The only Republican ac-
tivity that is now observable is being
directed against QUAY and his candi-
date, and its liveliness is likely to in-
crease as the campaign progresses.
—RoGERS, of Arkansas, the other day
went for the Czar of the House with a
charge of forensic dynamite that wasn’t
as dangerous as the favorite explosive of
the Russian nihilists, but had the effect
of driving the congressional despot
into the cloak room.
—There is a report that Spanish
agents are at Washington trying to
dicker Cuba off to the United States for
the trifle of $200,000,000. Do the Dons
think that the pension grabbers need
any assistance in getting to the bottom
of Uncle Sam’s bar’l ?
—There is nothing strange in the bri-
bery of the Beaver county congressional
cogferrees. The contagion of political
rascality that pervades the Beaver at-
mosphere can be easily traced to its or-
iginal source, where the responsibility
for the demoralization belongs.
—The Republican organs that haven't
a word to say against Quax’s $260,000
raid on the State treasury, but profess
to be morally shocked at BarcLAY'S
drawing a prize in a lottery, display the
most remarkable case of ethical obliquity
that ever came under our observation
—The abject organs, in their eager
haste to serve the Boss, are reading Mr.
Henry C. LEA out of the party. Mr.
LEA will be out long enough to assist in
subjecting the old party to the purge it
is so muchin need of. It isgoing to be
drastic, but a scouring of its bowels may
save the life of the moribund G. O. P.
— While on the 14th of this month
the French were celebrating with great
‘enthusiasm the 101st anniversary ot the
fall of the Bastile, the American con-
gress was deliberating upon a Force Bill
that is more odious in its tyrani-
ical intent than anything the old strong-
‘hold of French despotism could ever
—The Inquirer, intending to be severe
LEA, says that their present attitude has
been brought about by “disappointed
hopes.” There is some truth in this.
They vainly hoped that their party
would have too much pride to allow
itself to be bossed by a treasury-raiding
—It hardly can be expected that Mr.
BLAINE will throw himself into the vor-
tex of the Pennsylvania campaign this
year, as he did four years ago, and exert
‘his magnetic influence in an endeavor
to arouse enthusiasm for the Boss’s can-
didate. The Secretary = will attend
strictly to official business while Mr.
DELAMATER is being scalped.
—The Record can’t be reasonably
‘charged with unrecessary cruelty in
publishing the Press's strictures on
-delinquencies ; but it is hardly humane
for it to prolong the torture of its es-
‘teemed contemporary by keeping that
article standing in its columns during
the entire campaign. There should be
a limit to punishment.
—At the time the charge of bribery,
forgery, perjury and general corruption
was brought against DELEMATER by ex-
‘Senator EMERY, the Philadelphia Press
said to Mr. D., “You cannot afford to
remain silent under accusations such as
these.” But it seems that so far as the
action of the Press is concerned he ean
afford to be silent, for he doesn’t say a
word and the Press makes no sign of
being “agin him.”
—President HARRISON, who in his
gift cottage at Cape May seems to have
been stung as much by public censure
as by mosquitoes, now rises to the full
dignity of his high office and declares
that he will pay the rent of the Cresson
cottage out of his own pocket. There
are no mosquitoes at Cresson to bother
VOL. 35.
NO. 28.
The Scranton Convention and Ballot
It seems to us that our esteemed
Harrisburg Democratic contemporary
is unnecessarily exercised about the
Scranton platform not being expMeit
enough in its declaration for ballot re-
form. We think that in declaring for
the Australian system, without involv-
ing it with the issue of a constitutional
amendment, the convention covered
the immediate necessities of the ques-
tion. Anything more would have been
surplusage that would not bave added
to the strength of its deliverance on
the subject.
A reformed ballot, even with some
remaining defects, would be of great
service in the Presidential election two
years hence. It would be immediately
and beneficially serviceable without
being perfected by a constitutional
amendment. The perfection which
require at least three years to bring
about. Valuable time and opportuni-
ty would be lost by such delay.
The Legislature that is likely to be
elected this year will be pretty sure to
favor the Australian system, which, if
adopted at the next session, would he
useful in the election of 1892. At any
time after its adoption there will be
nothing to prevent its being made per-
fect by a constitutional amendment that
will do away with the numbering of
the tickets which under the present law,
as required by the constitution, inter-
feres somewhat with a complete secre-
cy of the ballot. The reformed system
could go on in its operation until that
perfection should be reached. It would
in fact aid in bringing about that final
accomplishment, inasmuch as it would
in a great measure protect the ballots
of the people when they should come
t0 vote on the amendment intended to
make the system as perfect as it possi-
bly can be made.
It is odr epmion that the Scranton
convention acted judiciously in declar-
ing in general terms for ballot reform
on the Australian plan without com-
plicating the question at this time with
PT ———
The Outrageous Force Bill.
The people do not generally compre-
hend the enormity of the outrage upon
their liberties that is proposed to be
perpetrated by the Force hill which has
been devised by JounNY DavENPORrT,
introduced by Representative Lobe,
and is being put through congress un-
der the lash of Dictator Reep. It puts
the federal elections, by which is meant
the electionsof Presidents and congress
men, entirely under the control of of-
ficers selected by the leaders of the po-
litical party which, at the time, may
be 1 power.
These partisan agents will be author:
ized to supervise the registra
tion of voters required by State
laws. In other words, they shall
have the power to reject from
or add to the register of voters ac-
cording to their determination as to
what would be most advantageous to
their party, They are to determine
who shall be qualified to vote under
the State laws,and that this power may
be carried to the fullest extent, these
supervisors, as they are called, shall
have the right to take any ballots
which the election officers may reject
and put them into the box with their
own hands, the election officers being
deprived of the power to prevent it.
And as an additional entrenchment
of the party that may control these su-
pervisors,the law requires that when con
gressional candidates whom the elec-
tion officers declare elected are different
from those who are declared to be
elected by the supervisors, it shall be
the duty of the clerk of the House to
put on the roll of the House the
the President, and he wants 1t to be un-
derstood that as a cottage-holder at that
summer retreat there shall be “no flies |
on him,” either.
—A Methodist church in Lowell, |
Mass., has determined to use water in- |
stead of wine in its communion service
because a communicant, who had been a
drunkard, twice returned to his old ha-
bit in consequence of tasting the con-
tents of the communion cup. Possibly
CarisT didn’t understand his business
in directing such a tempting beverage to
be used in the sacrament. At least that
is to be inferred from the action of the
Lowell Methodists.
names of the persons whose election
shall be certified to by the latter. To
completely fortify the power of these
party agents in controlling the elec-
lions, they are authorized to “employ
such part of the land or naval forces
of the United States as shal! be neces-
sary to enforce the provisions of the
law.” Thearmy and navy are thus in.
tended to be used in keeping the Re
publican party in power.
There was never a more daring and
reckless attempt made to subvert the
liberties of the people than is apparent
in the object of this bill.
such anamendment would secure would:
The Difference.
The large towns in. southeastern
Pennsylvania are not making the in-
crease in population that could be ex-
pected of them. For the capital of a
great State and a town most magnifi-
cently located, Harrisburg makes slow
progress, remaining still under 50,-
000, while the capitals of western
States, like Columbus and Indianapo-
lis, have reached or gore over the hnn-
dred thousand mark. This may be
owing to the conservatism of the Penn-
sylvania German element that largely
prevails in and around Harrisburg, For
the same reason, perhaps, Lancaster
and York continue to be only large-
sized country towns. It was expected
that Reading would make a better
showing than it has, its population be-
ing but a little over 50,000, while
Scranton, which ten years ago was a
less populous city, closely reaches a
hundred thousand. Is there not dis-
played in this comparison the difference
between the slow-going German ele-
ment and the alert and progressive
New York and New England people
who have contributed so much to the
growth of Scranton ?
The Anti-Quay Repulsiteans.
This is going to be the #4 remark-
able campaign this State has ever wit
nessed. When the fight shall warm up,
thousands of Republicans will vie with
the Democrats in performing a duty to
the State and a service to decent gov-
ernment by defeating the representa-
tive candidate of a corrupt and arrogant
Boss who has grown big-headed enough
to believe that he owns Pennsylvania
and can make her governors for his
own personal use. From every part of
the commonwealth arises the protest
otf Republicans who are going to
vote against DELAMATER for no other
reason than toretrieve their party from
the disgrace of Quayism and all the
dishonorable “and debasing attributes
which that term implies.
A leader among ‘these Republican
protestants 18 Mr. WHARTON BARKER,
of Philadelphia, who in an interview
with a newspaper correspondent last
Saturday, gave the following outline of
what the anti-Quay Republicans in-
tend to do in this contest :
“You ask me,” queried Mr. Barker, “whether
I have received any letters from Republicans
commending my step in coming out in
support of Pattison? In answer I will
say that from all over the State letters
have been pouring in from prominent Repub-
licans stating that not only would they support
Pattison, but would use every honest endeay-
or to see that he was elected.”
“I tell you,” and Mr, Barker's hands came
together with an emphatic slap, “there will be
nothing short of a revolution in Pennsylvania
politics in November. The Republican ma-
jority will dwindle away until nothing is left
and the Democratic majority loom up in its
place. It will be but history repeating itself,
when Folger was snowed under in New York.
I have received word from several exception.
ally well-known Republicans, telling me that
they intend taking the stump this year in the
interest of the Democratic candidate. I am
not at liberty to mention their names yet, as
plans for the campaign have not yet been for-
mulated.” ;
“What are those plans?”
“Well, in a few days, probably a week, a con-
ference of leading Republican politicians from
the interior of the State will be held in my of-
fice and a plan of campaign agreed upon. To
each man will be assigned some particular dis-
trict, and he will have sole charge of working
against Delamater in that section.”
“Will you work in conjunction with the
Democratic Committee ?”
“No; that point we wish to make particularly
apparent, We want to show that the Demo-
cratic State Committee and the Anti Delamater
Committee are totally distinct organizations.
The election of Mr. Pattison as Governor of
Pennsylvania is,of course, the common object-
ive point, but there will be no collusion of the
Democratic and the Pattison-Republican
“But why should you wish that fact made
particularly apparent ?”’
“For this reason ; we want to show that the
Democrats unaided would have probably—no,
sureiy—lost. The entering of a Republican
Committee in the interest of the Democrats is
our protest against Quayism, and we—the Re.
publicans who will not be ruled—will elect
Mr. Pattison. We draw no party lines; we
want to show to the entire United States that
in this State at least there are men who, in the
interests of honest government will rise su-
perior to party politics and help elect the man,
who, in their minds, is best fitted for the posi-
tion. Mark my words: In November you will
see nothing short of a revolution in Pennsyl-
vania politics,”
This'is the programme which will be
carried out by a large number of Re-
publicans in defense of their party
against theobloquy of being merely the
personal property of such a character
as M. S, Quay. So far as they are con-
cerned their part in the campaign will
be a vindication of Republicanism
against such a stigma.
Bribery in a Congressional Nomination.
An ugly case of bribery has been de-
veloped in the twenty-fifth congressional
district of this State composed of the
counties of Beaver, Butler, Mercer and
Lawrence. In the Republican confer-
ence which did its work last week,
TowxsexD, the Beaver county candi-
date, who was Quay’s man, was beaten
by MoDowgLr, of Mercer, after a long
and tiresome contest. It now appears
that the successful candidate resorted
to the Quay tactics in defeating the
Boss's candidate by buying the Beaver
county delegates, Tate, Dow~ine and
Scmarrer. All of them have confessed
their guilt, each having received $650,
and $250 was paid to the party that ef-
fected the sale. One of the scamps who
allowed themselves to be used as politi-
cal merchandize has made affidavit giv-
ing the.details of the deal.
MoDoweLr, who got away with the
nomination by the use of money, thus
beating the Boss and bis man at their
favorite game of boodle, has adopted
the Quay policy of silence and declines
to say anything about the ugly charg-
es that are made concerning the man-
ner in which he obtained the nomina-
tion. Probably he thinks that by say-
ing nothing he will amply vindicate
himself. In this he follows the example
of the Boss. It remains tobe seen
whether the people, and particularly
the outraged Republicans of the dis-
trict, will aceept it as a vindication.
—It appears that the sum of $3,
134.45 has been screwed out of the
school children of the State for the
erection of a monument to E. E. Hia-
BEE, late Superintendent of the com-
mon schools of Pennsylvania. As
there was nothing in Mr. HicBer's of:
ficial conduct to deserve such a memo-
rial this contribution of the children “s
money, misapplied.
Mr. Lea’s Arraignment of Quayism,
The letter of Henry 'C. Lia, of
Philadelphia, addressed to the Repub-
licans of the State, which we repub-
lish in another column, is a remark
able document as coming from a Re-
publican, in that it gives the strongest
reasons why members of his party owe
it to their self-respect and to the honor
of their political organization to oppose
the election of a State ticket that has
been made at the command of a politi-
cal boss who, charged with grave of-
fenses, is unable to defend himself
against the criminal imputations
brought against him.
Mr. Lea is correct in assuming that
the Republicans are really more inter-
ested in rebuking the arrogant roguery
of Quay, and in resisting his impudent
assumption of supreme political control
in the State,than are the Democrats, for
in addition to the interest which they,
alike with all other citizens, have in
incorrupt and honest State government,
they arealso interested in rescuing their
party from the stigma of being ruled—
in fact, owned—by a character who
can't refute the charge of being a pub-
lic thief.
That DELAMATER was nominated
solely because Quay had determined
that he should be, is a fact which is
self-evident to every Republican, and
itis also evidentthat Quay intends that
the election of his man shall be a vin-
dication of himself. Republicans have
stood a good deal in supporting ques-
tionable measures and upholding ob-
Jectionable leaders—doing so for the
supposed “good of the party,” but when
they are called upon to vindicate a
treasury-raiding leader by electing a
ticket which he has made to suit his
own purpose, many of them will come
to the conclusion with Mr. Lea that
they had better vindicate their party
against such a Boss by defeating his
ticket. The Republicans, as a matter
of self-respect and party reputation,
have more to gain by such a course
than have the members of the opposite
—The Republican candidate expects
to make his fine shape and genteel de-
portment the chief factors of his cam-
paign, and will put them on exhibition
in every part of the State ; but,although
under ordinary circumstances they might
be considered recommending qualities,
the people won’t accept them as a suf-
ficient counterpoise to the fact that he is
the creature of a corrupt Boss and an
instrument of the Standard Oil mo-
A Big-hearted Journal.
It was an inspiration of genius that
prompted the Philadelphia Press's
Most Popular Teachers’ contest. As a
newspaper enterprise it was uniquely
original, and its originality had com-
bined with it a large element of benevo-
lence. In comparison with it the Nel-
lie Bly enterprise was a mercenary ad-
vertising scheme. The Press succeed-
ed in arousing a wider and livelier in-
terest than ever before attached to a
newspaper undertaking. There is no
exaggeration in saying that the hearts
of millions were in it. It was a whole-
sale enlistment of popular sympathy.
And it is gratifying to b:lieve that the
far-reaching friendship that was dis-
played for the fair contestants has ex-
tended to and will abide with the big-
hearted newspaper that has done much
more than it promised. One lady teach-
er was to go to Europe, but three are
sent across the ocean with a carte blanc
to be happy to the extent of their ca-
pacity for happiness and to the fu'l
limit of the Press's ample means
Great is American journalism! Great
is the Press!
Se vmts——_
Mr. Delamater’s Personal Canvass.
The Republican candidate for Gov-
ernor proposes to make a thorough
canvass of the State and personally in:
teryiew, as far as he possibly can, such
members of his party as may be way-
ering in their support of the State tick-
et. This may afford him an opportuni-
ty to convince such dissatisfied Repub-
licans that the following charges made
against him by ex-Senator Lewis Ex-
ERY, jr., a prominent member of his
own party, are not true:
I charge that he (Delamater) purchased his
election to the Senate of this Stale in 1886 ,
that he directly bribed citizens of Crawford.
county to vote for him at the general election
and that when a memorial bad been contem
plated to prevent him from taking the oath of
office he paid large sums of money for the sup-
pression of the said memorial.
I charge that he did take the oath of office,
thereby committing a crime against the good
name and statutes of the Commonwealth,
I charge, also, that during his services in
the Senate he attempted to alter a public re-
cord by framing a conference report ‘on a bill
before it had been properly considered, eon-
trary to all rules and practice, and signing or
having had signed the names of the commit-
tee, and in so doing offended the dignity of
the Legislature and the law of the Common-
wealth. :
I make these charges without fear of con-
tradiction, and court an action at law whereby
I may set my proof before the people oath-
bound. :
Although these charges were made by
ex-Senator EMERY some months ago,
Mr. DeramaTer has not yet denied,
nor even so much as taken notice
of them. He shouldn't be silent about
them when he has his interviews with
the Republicans who are disposed to
kick, but should give them the fullest
proof that he has been misrepresented.
Nothing short of this will satisfy
them. If Mr. DeramaTer can not
do this he had better not have his
personal interviews,
Re ——————————————
\ Mr. Wallace Is All Right.
A sarcastic grin prevailed among
the Republican editorial fraternity im-
mediately after the Scranton conven-
tion, occasioned by the report that Mr.
WALLACE was 50 soured by the result
of the convention's proceedings that he
would go to Europe and remain out of
the country ‘while the campaign was
going on. In the meantime his friends
would be very lukewarm in the con-
test. . There 1s nothing in this report
that can afford the Republican papers
any substantial comfort. Mr. War-
Lace will be called away to England
for a few weeks by pressing business
but the ticket will receive his hearty
support, he having declared that on his
return, which will be about the first of
September, be will do his full part
to secure its success, and that
his friends will not be backward
in giving it their support. The ex-Sen-
ator is too good a Democrat to be in-
different at such a political juncture as
this, and too much interested in the
honor and welfare of Pennsylvania to
be out of a fightiin which Republicans
as well ‘as Democrats will array
themselves for the resciie of the State
from the disgrace and rnin of corrupt
and disreputable bossism.
Rt —————
—Secretary BLAINE is opposed to the
Force Bill. He has also subjected his
high tariff views toa considerable re-
vision. If he goes on improving at this
rate he will in. time become almost as
! good as a Democrat.
Spawls from the Keystone,
—The Cornwall [ron Ore Mines supply
(welve furnaces.
All games of chance will be prohibited at
the Berks county Fair.
—A relief fund has been started at Pittsburg
for the Dunbar unfortunates, *
—Lyeoming county is overrun with millions
of toads the size of a grain of corn.
—Alleghany county has made an increase of
51 per cent. in population in ten years.
—Berks county census enumerators sat
down to a banquet together at Reading.
—A Chester street railway company gives
its employes an annual ice-cream treat.
. .
—Pittsburg’s modest councilmen have re-
fused to have their pictures taken in a body.
—The Lebanon: match factory received an
order for ten car loads of matches recently
— An undertaker has been arrested at Pitts-
burg for obstructing traffic with a funeral.
—A candle fell into & child's coffin at South
Easton, and the corpse was nearly cremated.
—This year’s crop of wheat in the Schuylkill
Valley will average twenty bushels to the acre.
—The Women’s Christian Temperance Un _
ion of Chester will war on' indecent cigarette
—Fish wardens sayjsay that the Hungarians
along the Schuylkill kilt the fish with dy-
—The Sheriff of Montgomery county’ com-
plains that he is kept too. busy selling out
failing farmers.
—A residentof Wayne eomplains that no
enumeration of the census of that place has
been taken yet.
—The total contributions raised from the
schools of the State for the Highbee memorial
amount to $3134.45.
—At Pittsbnrg a suit for assault has been
brought against a man who rubbed his stubbly
beard over a child's face.
—A notorious woman of Laneaster went
driving with an old lover after she had just
been married to another man..
—The annual meeting of the-State Commis.
sion having charge of the Soldiers’ Orphan
School was held at Harrisburg.
—Detective Lyon, of Reading, who was
recently acquitted of blackmail but saddled
with the costs, will have $365 to pay.
—In a letter to a friend at Pottstown Henry
8. Longaizer threatens to bring a “pet” taran-
tula home with him from Missouri.
—Nockamixon township, Bucks county,
boasts of a four-legged duck, which uses them
all in a way that is a sight to see.
—Hamilton Assembly, Knights of Labor,
will have the semi-monthly pay act enforced
in all Lancaster industrial establishments,
—Charles Kern, of North Whitehall, Lehigh
county, lies dangerously ill from the effects of
an attack made upon him by his own dog,
—The committee having charge of the Royer’s
Ford camp meeting has decided to allow the
ice-cream stands to do a Sunday business.
—Reuben Watson, Superintendent of Mrs,
G. Dawson Coleman’s farms, near Lebanon, on
Tuesday fell from a haymow and was killed.
—While the wheat crop in Chester county,
except in’ the southern portion, is a short one,”
the yield of hay is unprecedented in quantity,
—Sixteen telegraph poles out of nineteen
just South of Ottsville, were struck by light.
ning during Thursday's storm and knocked to
pieces. :
—Harrison Rider, a Chester miser, was bad-
ly injured by a fall out of a window a week
ago, and has refused to secure medical atten.
—In a lecture at Susquehanna on Wednes-
day night Mr. Powderly said the Knights of
Labor are not at war with any other labor ore
—After a barn raising in Lancaster county,
the structure was tested by placing in it
eleven women whose combined weight was
2040 pounds.
—A pair of hogs weighing 900 pounds both
died of the heat while being carried to Phil-
adelphia last week in a wagon from West
—At Swamp, Montgomery county, Clinton
Shereck, a farm hand, shot Louisa Brundt, 14
years of age, dead, and then put a bullet into
his own brain. i
—Mrs. Adam Wuchter, of White Hall, who
has been fasting for 105 days, is failing rapidly
but refuses to eat, as she says she “wants to
go where the angels dwell,”
—Al Lawrence, of Chester, made a flying
machine, with which he flew(?) from the roof
of his house down into the yard. He had ex.
pected to make a tenmile trip. g
-—County Treasurer Mogel has brought suit
against forty-five person in different sections
of Berks county to recover the mercantile tax
recently levied by the Appraiser.
—A premature blast at the Pennsylvania
Railroad Company’s quarry, near Huntingdon
last Friday killed G. L. Secrist, of Hill Valley,
and badly injured Robert S. Houtz, of West
—Hon. James W. Latimer, Additional Law
Judge, was appointed President J udge of
York county in piace of the late Judge Gibson.
The successor of Judge Latimer has not yet
been appointed.
—Ex-Councilman William Thompson, of
Reading, was arrested in church, where he is
an exhorter, charged with inflicting probably
fatal injuries upon Charles Wesley, while
ejecting him from his house.
John Hammer, a Lancaster county farmer
in good circumstances, was found dead from
paralysis of the heart on the banks of Chickies
Creek last Saturday. He had left home an
hour before for a day’s fishing.
—Bepjamin Kalis, a young man residing at
Steeve Station, near Pottstown, in attempting
to board a train, fell under the wheels, there-
by losing his left arm and leg and a portion of
his right foot. He is still living.
—Rufus Johnson, of Northumberland, was
arrested on Friday on a warrant sworn out by
Alonzo Robbins, President of the Pharmaceu -
tical Examining Board, charging him with
keeping a drug store without a proper
~The Gettysburg State monument comm is.”
sion had a meeting with representatives from’
the 1st, 2d, 5th, 6th and 11th, Pennsylvania
Reserve Regiments at Gettysburg. Sites for
the memorials of the various regiments were
i —The corner-stone of St. Mark’s Catholié
Church, at Altoona, was laid with appropriate
ceremonies last Sunday. Rev. Father Wall,
Vicar General of the Pittsburg diocese, deliv-
ered the address to about 5000 people. The
church will cost $33,000. 1