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BY P. GRAY MEEK.
# —The thaw has consigned the “belly-
bumper” to innvcuous desuetude.
--When the mercury gets down to
the neighborhood of zero a cheap coat
makes a cold man.
—The President’s last message con-
tains twelve thousand words. A few
commonplace ideas straggle through this
—1It ought to dawn upon even the dull
comprehension of this Bourbon Admin-
istration that the people settled the
Force Bill question at the polls.
—The fact that the Republican
House has already passed a Tobacco
Rebate bill is evidence that in tits tariff
legislation last session it bit off more
than it could chew.
- -Editor FIEDLER forgot to include
the Barings of London among the
bankers whom the Democrats involved
in financial difficulty by carrying the
—-DELAMATER’s sudden change from a
possible Governor to an actual bankrupt
affords another illustration of the un-
certainties of politics and the vicissi-
tudes of finance.
—The Cherokees have been offered
$6,000,000 for their spare land, but they
are holding out for $10,000,000. Short
rations are not likely to force such well-
heeled Redskins to go on the war path.
—The author of ‘Silver Threads
among the Gold’” married a widow
in Wisconsin. last week. * He now
stands a chance of having both thesil-
ver and gold threads snatched from his
--Among the dissatisfied Indians is a
chief who bears the suggestive name of
“White Gut.”” Probably on account of
the short rations furnished by the agents
his entrails collapsed and became bleach-
ed in consequence.
—A President of the United States
exerting his official influence to promote
the passage of a Force Bill presents a
political anachromsm. The period of
GRANVELLE or of LAUD would have
suited him better.
—Even the contents of Santa Claus’s
pack will not escape the grip of the Mc-
Kinley tariff. The malevolent monster
will insist upon crowding itself down the
chimney along with the benevolent pa-
tron of the Holidays.
—-Secretary NoBLE says that the im-
mense amount of money disbursed in the
payment of pensions ‘blesses him that
gives and him that takes.” Bat didn’t
the pension attorneys gobble up too
large a share of this beatific disburse-
-—A Chicago millionaire named IN-
GRAM has been amusing himself by
beating his wite. Under the circum-
stances the castigation of a millionaire
at the whipping post would be a fitting
addition to the sensations of the Windy
—Inquiry into the causes which have
converted peaceable Indians into hostiles
discloses the fact that the Winnebago
style of treating poor Lo, practiced by
the government agents, has more to do
with the difficulty than aboriginal cuss-
— From the circumstance that a He-
brew, an African and an Arab were all
three arrested the other day in Detroit
on complaint of a Chinaman, one may
judge of the conglomerate character
which the American population will in
—Senator PLuMB threatens to di-
vert the course of legislation in the Se-
nate from the Force Bill by interposing
the Free Coinage Bill. It would thus
appear that as a matter of change the
Free Coinage Bill may accomplish more
than one purpose.
—-Governor BEAVER is represented as
saying ‘that the present system of man-
aging the state financial affairs is the
best that can be devised.” Treasurer
BoyEer’s bondsmen won’t thick so when
called upon to make good the Jamison
and Delamater losses.
—TFor the erection of a monument to
Prince Bismarck the German people
have already raised 838,525 marks. This
is in marked contrast to the illiberality of
the American people who have failed to
come up to that mark in the mater of
the Grant monument.
—Mrs. Ayer, widow of the noted
American pillmaker of that nawe, the
other day bought a magnificent resi-
dence in Paris for which she paid $600,-
000. Can any one calculate the amount
of scraping to which American bowels
were subjected to furnish that large sum
of money ?
—The lively campaign which the two
Irish factions are about to open in the
interesting little island would be incom-
plete without meetings at Kilkenny and
Donnybrook, localities where in times
past many a point of controversy was
discussed with the blackthorn. An
Irish campaign without the shillalah as
a factor would be deficient in the train
of argument most convincing to the
c. STATE RIGHTS AND FEDERAL UNION.
The Delamater Failure.
The failure of the Delamater bank
at Meadville, last week, produced a
sensation. Its coming so close upon
the failure of the BArRkERs, the firm of
Jamison & Co. and other banking es-
tablishments, was a startling addition
to the succession of collapses; but the
circumstance of the recent Republican
candidate for Governor being connected
with it gave it additional interest.
The firm consisted of G. W. DeraA-
maTER and his father and brother. It
had the reputation of being a solid one,
the members having been reputed to
be millionaires. But the misfortune
which has overtaken them discloses a
condition which was the inevitable re-
sult of injudicious or, rather, reckless
operations. It appears that G. W.
DEeLAMATER invested $90,000 in Mo:
FarLaNg's financial schemes in Phila-
delphia, which resulted so disastrously
in the earlier months of this year,
branding with fraud the principal man-
agers of the syndicate. The McFar-
LANE failure, with the disclosure of
rascality which attended it, occurred
at the time when DELAMATER was
being pushed for the nomination for
Governor, and to protect his candidacy
from the scandal which would have
resulted from a connection with the
McFarvaNe default, he paid the full
amount of his liability, which required
the large sum of $90,000. This appears
to have been more than he could afford
to lose, but, following it, he plunged
into an expensive campaign for Gover-
nor to which his personal means were
largely contributed. His father, the
head of the banking firm, is said to
have put $100,000 into the fight, while
candidate DELAMATER'S campaign ex-
penses are set down at $50,000. Long
before the nomination it is related of
his tather that he said that the family
could expend $200,000 in behalf of the
son's candidacy and not feel it, and
there is reason to believe that their
campaign expefses nearly reached that
have felt it, and very seriously, too.
Of course, they counted upon sac-
cess, a delusion caused by the habitu-
ally big Republican majority, which in
this instance wasn't realized. If the
young man had been elected Governor
ence would have commanded, would
have more than compensated the fami-
ly for the inves‘ment of $200,000 in the
An incident of the DELaMaTER fail-
ure will be the loss to some one of
$100,000 of the State funds deposited
in the bank. State Treasurer Boyer
says that this money was secured by a
judgment bond from the firm, but if
the firm is bankrapt the quality of the
security is extremely dubious. In case
of the DeLamaters' inability to repay
the amount Mr. Boyer's security will
be answerable. He had left $25,000
with the broken Jamison Company,
which, followed so closely by the prob-
able loss of $100,000 with the Dgra-
MATERS, should sharply impress him
with the danger of the vicious practice
of giving speculative bankers the use
of state money. The Delamater bank
was also made the depository of Craw-
ford county funds, $47,000 of which
was on deposit at the time of the fail-
ure, while the School Board, Sheriff
and Prothonotary were also depositors.
It will be remembered that Capt. Mox-
ris, the Republican candidate for
Treasurer of Crawford county whom
DeraMaTer opposed and helped to de-
feat, was made the object of his oppo-
sition because he would not promisdé to.
deposit the couuty money in the Dela-
We see in some of the papers expres-
sions of sympathy for the brokeu
banker and politician. Why this feel-
ing should be entertained is not appar-
ent to us, The object to which it 1s
extended belongs to a class of financial
operators whose way of doing business
is not to be commended. Those who
will suffer from his business methods
are most to be pitied. And as the im-
pairment of his financial standing was
largely due to the money he diverted
from his business to the corrupting of
a state campaign, the swift retribution
which followed may justly be regardea
as a legitimate punishment for such a
——The Warcrmax will keep you
booked on correct political topics.
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the bank’s unrestricted use of the mon- !
ey of the State, which his official influ-
NTE. PA., DECEMBER, 12, 1890.
2 © w Political Party.
i Wey :
The meeting of representatives of the
Farmers’ Alliance at Ocala, Florida,
which concluded its business this week,
terminated in the incipiency of a new
political party. Their purpose, deter
mined upon at this meeting, is to hold
a National Convention in Cincinnati
next February, which will formulate
the principles and outline the objects of
this new political organization, and
ask for them the favorable counsidera-
tion of the American people. All the
farmer organizations and labor unions
of the country have been invited to send
delegates to this convention with the
object of uniting elements that are dis-
satisfied with existing political policies
and organizations, and of forming a par-
ty whose purposes will be more par-
ticularly directed to the protection and
promotion of agricultural and labor
Among the subjects which will be
brought before this convention to be
worked into the declaration of its in-
tentions, will be “the emission of legal
tenders to do the business of the coun-
try ou a cash basis; " free and unlimit-
ed coinage of silver dollars ; confisca-
tion of land held by alien owners; con-
trol of therailroads and all other means
of transportation and communication,
with a view to eventual government
ownership; equal taxation “so as not
to build up one class of interest at the
expense of another,” and the limita-
tion of revenues to the necessary ex-
penses of government economically and
This is certainly a comprehensive
programme, but we fail to find in it the
paternal project of government ware-
houses in which the farmers may de-
posit their surplus productions with the
gnarauntee of payment from the public
treasury equivalent to the value of such
The financial part of the programme
has the color of the old “greenback”
doctrine ; and the unlimited coinage of
But 1t appears that they | silver dollars supplements the cheap
money idea of the party which whilom
demanded an unlimited issue of paper
In asking the government to assume
the ownership of all the railroads and
avenues of transportation and commu-
nication we are afraid the new party
would be asking Uncle Sam to take a
burden upon his shoulders under which
he would be liable to break down, as
his constitution and the build of his
political system were not designed for
the bearing of such a load.
In its demand for equal taxation “so
as not to build up one class or interest
at the expense of another,” and for the
limitation of revenues to the necessary
expenses of government economically
and honestly administered, what could
the new party ask more than has been
demanded and practiced by the Demo-
cratic party ever since its organization?
Thesereally are the only practical points
in the policy of the Alliance, which
they have ample assurance of securing
through the confirmed opposition of the
Democracy to monopoly tariffs which
favor the few at the expense of the
many, and the Democratic hostility
to taxation exacted beyond the require-
ments of economical and honest gov-
ernment expenditures. The attain-
ment of these feasible objects may be
accomplished by che Alliance helping
the Democrats to bring them about.
A new party, however, would not fur-
nish that assistance.
——Senator EpMuNDs deceives him-
self when he says that “it is impossi-
ble for any one to know within twelve
or possible twenty-four months wheth-
er the recent tariff will produce an in-
crease of prices.” The women knew
it in less than two weeks after the tar-
iff wentinto operation. It was brought
to their attention by the fact that they
had to pay more for the goods they
bought. Itmay be said that the store
keepers put up the prices without any
cause attributable to the tariff. But
that's the way a tariff operates. As:
sure the producer or seller that he! is
protected against competition and he
is at once tempted to increase his prof-
its by increasing his prices whether
there is a substantial cause for it or
——Prof. Kocn calls his lymph
“paratolidin.”’ Even so formidable a
name will not discourage the consump-
tive patient who wants to be cured,
PARNELL’s overthrow has been prac-
tically effected. After a hard struggle,
not much to his credit, to maintain his
leadership of the Irish; nationalists, he
was deposed by the aggion of a majori-
ty of the Irish members of Parliament
last Saturday. A meeting was held
the proceedings of which were attended
with much altercation and bitterness
of feeling, but the majority were
against the long recognized chief, for-
ty-five members of the Nationalist par-
ty withdrawing, a small minority re-
maining with the discredited leader.
His conduct at the meeting is said to
have been unreasonable and violent,
and his declared determination to ad-
dress an appeal to the Irish people is
not likely to repair his damaged lead-
Archbishop Wars demanded his
removal from the head of the national
movement. Mr. GrapstoNE declin-
ed to co-operate with a leader whose
moral reputation had been damaged.
The Catholic clergy can not be expect-
ed to condone such an offense as that
which PARNELL has been guilty of, and
GLADSTONE has expressed the belief
that with such association Home Rule
would be ruined. Without the Catho-
lic hierarchy and without GLADSTONE
what chance would there be for the
success of the Irish cause?
PARrNELL's resistance to being depos-
ed-is not creditable to him. It savors
too much of a selfish determination to
maintain his leadership with reckless
disregard to the injury that would be
done the national movement by a lead-
er who has lost the respect and confi-
dence of his followers.
——State Treasurer Boyer takes a
happy and contented view of the
State's complication with the failures
the Delamater bank. He says he, as
Treasurer, can’t lose anything; he is
sure that his bondsmen can’t lose any-
tii and quite certain that the State
can’t lose anything by the failure.
May be it is entirely a false report that
Deramarer has gone financially up
the spout. This isthe only hypothesis
upon which to explain the State Treas-
urer’s confidence that nobody is going
to lose anything.
The Farmers and the Force Bill.
If the meeting of the Farmers’ Al-
liance at Ocala shall result in nothing
more, it certainiy has done a good
thing in bringing the sections of the
country together and placing the stamp
of condemnation on the politicians who
since the war have served their parti-
san ends by maintaining sectional ani-
mosity. It is said thatthe patriotism
and conscience of the country stand be-
tween the plow-handles, and when the
men who wield the plow get together
from every part of the Union and
evince the fraternal feelinggnatural to
fellow countrymen, it is clearly evident
that sectionalism has lost its power to
divide the American people. The oc-
cupation of the bloody-shirt waver is
In no act of the farmers who assemb-
led at Ocala did they display their 7u-
triotism and solicitude for the peace
and weltare of the whole country more
fully and pointedly than in their de-
claration against the Force Bill. They
could not fail to recognize in it a last
but most dangerous effort of a sectional
party to maintain disorder in the South-
ern States by which they may be po
tically benefited. It was the declara-
tion of peaceful farmers against the
reckless scheme of using the machin-
ery of war to control the federal elec-
tions. The adventurers at the head of
the government have had but little re-
spect for constitutional or prescriptive
restraints in carrying out their revolu-
tionary and arbitrary measures, but
possibly they may give some heed to
the farmers’ condemnation of the Force
Death of Ex-Senator Allen.
We have the painful duty of an-
nouncing the death of ex-Senator Ros-
ERT P. ALLEN, of Williamsport, which
occurred at his home in that city last
Saturday. He had been ill for some
time, his ailment being Bright's dis-
ease, which baffled the skill of the best
physicians that could be procured, ter-
minating his life at the age of 56.
The Ex-Senator was one of the most
prominent members of the Lycoming
county bar and stood high in the com-
munity-as a citizen as well as a lawyer.
He was among the foremost Democrats
of his section, occupying prominent
and responsible posjtions in the party.
In 1883 he was a member of the Demo-
cratic State Executive Committee and
a delegate in 1884 to the National Con-
vention that nominated Grover CLEVE-
LAND for President. In 1874 he was
elected to the State Senate, and, being
re-elected, served two terms. Inspeak-
ing of his death a Williamsport paper
feelingly and truthfully says: “In
every walk of life Mr. Allen was the
very soul of honor; he was never
known to avoid doing a good deed, and
now that he is gone there is no man
who can say he ever sustained an inju-
ry at Mr. Allen's hand, His loss is a
public calamity, and Williamsport sin-
cerely mourns for one whom she can
ill afford to spare.”
——The financial failure of the late
Republican candidate for Governor as-
sumes larger proportions as the particu-
lars are more fully learned. The lia-
bilities of the broken bank with which
he is connected have not yet been defi-
nitely ascertained, but they are now
thought to be about half a million,
though one report places them as high
as $800,000. The firm has issued a
letter saying that depositors would be
paid in full if time be given. Some
comment was excited in Philadelphia
by the unfortunate banker's obtaining
money in that city og worthless checks
after he knew that his failure was in-
evitable, but it is to be hoped that this
is susceptible of explanation which
may clear him of the intention of com-
mitting a fraud.
The Handwriting on the Wall.
Last March, it will be remembered,
Mr. ANprEW CARNEGIE, the mest fit-
ting representative of the tariff favored
class, gave a gorgeous banquetin New
York for ‘the entertainment of. the
President, his cabinet and the delegiltes
to the Pan-American conference. No-
body could have gotten up such a spread
in more lavish shape than could the man
to whom money, wrung from highly
taxed steel consumers, was no object.
In making a speech in the Senate soon
after this Belshazzar feast, Mr. Vor-
nies alluded to it in the following
My earnest prayer and belief is that a hand-
writing, beginning in the banquet halls of un-
righteous monopolies, and spreading over the
walls of all the farm houses and homes of labor
in the United States, is now heralding the
speedy overthrow ofa system of extortion and
robbery more wicked and criminal in the sight
of God and man than all the sins of Babylon
when herrobes were most scarlet with iniquity.
It scarcely can be believed that when
the Indiana Senator indulged in this
philippic he expected;that the hand writ-
ing on the wall would be followed by
such a swift response at the ballot box.
Even Secretary NoBLE hasbeen mov-
ed to express indignation at the amount
of plunder which the pension agents
are getting out of the pension system.
He disapproves of the robbery by
which the sharks manage to secure
$150,000 to $375,000 per week out of
the money which the government pays
to its pensioners, in many cases for
services that are entirely unnecessary.
But wasn’t the ten dollar fee allowed
by the disability bill, and is it to be
supposed that the bill would have been
passed if the pension agents hadn't
been stimulated to work for it by their
desire to get those ten dollar fees?
A practical interference with the
plunder of the pension sharks was ef-
fected last week by a Democrat, Mr.
Dockery, of Missourr, who offered an
amendment to the pension appropria-
tion bill providing that hereafter no
fee shall be paid to any attorney for
securing an increase of pension under
the disability act. This is in the in-
terest of the veterans who get the pen-
gions; but the agents may have cause
to complain that it isn’t according to
the contract with the party leaders who
agreed to give them a liberal share of
the pension plunder in consideration of
campaign services rendered.
——An exchange says that Home
Rule is dead and PARNELL killed it.
This is nonsense, A cause that de-
pends upon the reputation of any one
man for its existence isn’t fit to live.
But the Home Rule cause isn't of that
spawls from the Keystone,
—Berks county has 370 physicians.
—A Lancaster man has been held for stealing
a pile of manure.
—Two Reading girls have been charged
with safe robbery.
—An umbrella thief, at Montrose has been
sentenced to seven months.
—Harrisburg hotels have all their rooms en-
gaged for inauguration time.
—A Womelsdorf man has made a wager to
eat 500 oysters at one sitting.
—Myerstown, Lebanon county, shipped twen =
ty-two tons of turkeys to Easton.
—No more Sunday coal trains will be run by
the Reading Railroad Company.
—Charles Willig, of Reading, was attacked a
few days ago and robbed of his clothes.
—The recent session of the Franklin county
court cost the taxpayers just $50 an hour.
—A ghost armed with a revolver is said to
stop Tyrone persons at the pistols point.
—There are twenty-five applications for
Mercantile Appraiser in Lehigh county.
—John Brooks, of Plymouth, has been made
the victim of thieves for the four the time.
—Three colored girls engaged in a street
fight in the business part of Chambersburg.
—A big bear escaped from its Italian keeper,
and is now roam ing through Lancaster county.
—Lackawann Judges hope to decrease di
vorce applications by ordering public hear-
—Neither side scored a point at a recent
football game at Laucaster, but a man was
—A horse belonging to Edward Shug, of
Easton, had one of its legskicked off by a vi-
cious stable mule.
—The band of Shafferstown, Lebanon coun
ty, has a drum that was carried all through
—William Hanley, of Reading, for fifty-two
years a workman on the Reading Railroad, is
its veteran employe.
—The 5000 new freight cars of the Reading
Railroad will be built by the Pullman Com-
pany at a cost of §2,500,000.
—The death of Charles Cochran, of Eden-
boro, was entirely due to overexertion in lift=
ing a heavy weight on a wager.
—Benjamin Erb,a Reading Railroad fireman,
was killed while performing a voluntary duty
to help out a crippled train crew.
—The Equitable Engineering and Construc-
tion Company of Philadelphia, with a capital
of $50,000, was charterediat Harrisburg,
— Lancaster's Coroner will make an effort to
secure a dead-house. He says he is tired of
using the railroad baggage-room as a morgue,
—The Lehigh Valley Bible Society is en-
gaged in the annual task of supplying every
passenger car on the line with a new Bible,
—Clergymen of Oxford made a round of the
pool rooms of the the place recently, and the
natives are wondering what will be the out-
—The Merchants’ Protective Association, of
Reading, has a delinquent list of 1490 names,
representing an aggregate indebtedness of
—Richard Beers, a Justice of the Peace for
South Canaan, Wayne county, dropped dead
on Wednesday while testifying in Court at
—A monument has been reared in Dauphin
county by the living members of the Enders
family on the spot where Captain Enders sets
tled in 1764. 2
"A 1500 pound bell, which was being hoisted
into the tower of the Penn school building at
Williamsport, fell 75 feet to the ground, but
—A Chester gunner has discovered a spot on
the mountains above Harrisburg where pheas-
ants sit on the railroad tracks and dust in the
—The statement made by a Pheenixville
man living along the Reading Railroad that
he never bought any coal lead to his arrest for
robbing coal cars.
—The Reading members of the Patriotic
Order Sons of America have pledged thems
selves to see that all national holidays are
— Thomas Weikel, the 83-year-old Constable
of Horsham township, missed a train a few
days ago, and walked to Norristown in order
to be present at Court.
_—At the recent loan exhibition at Lange
horne, Bucks county, one of the attractions
was a Bible used by the signers of the Declar-
ation of Independence.
—Diphtheria is making deadly ravages av
Bangor, Northampton county, at Stroudsburg,
Monroe county, and at Allentown and other
points in Lehigh county.
— Frank Arner, a German tramp who was
killed at Norristown recently, is said to have
stepped deliberately in front of the engine
and smiled as it approached him.
—A skunk got under the stairway ot the
First National Bank of Warren the other day,
It is said that the money market was very
strorg while the little animal tarried.
—Loppes, the burglar who broke jail at Gets
tysburg on Friday night, has been captured in
his unele’s house by Deputy Sheriff Mecllhens
py. The horse thieves are still at large.
The Forestry Association of Lancaster are
arranging to have meetings held in all the-
small towns of the county, to arouse an inter».
est in forestry on the part of the farmers.
—Adam Miller, of Harrisburg, many years.
ago proprietor of the stage lines between Har»
risburg and Wiliamsport, and Lancaster and
York, died suddenly at Lebanon, cn Wed:
nesday, aged 8% years,
—At Serancon a jury remained out a week
because of the obstinacy of one man, andiak
the end of that time a mutual arrangement
was made between counsel to accept the ver.
dict of the eleven men.
—The officials of the Bethlehem Iron Com-
pany say the 1000 men thrown out of work will
be able to resume just as soon as eertain re-
pairs are made, and that then the works will
be kept busy all winter.
—Jealousy prompted a Pittsburg girl to
falsely swear a charge of larceny against hey
rival in a love affair, but the true state of af-
fairs was discovered before the innocent girl
had been sent to prison.
—Aaron Abbott, of Norristown, charged
with feloniously assaulting a girl 11
in whose case the jury disagreed at the Octo-
ber term of court, was tried a second time, and
the jury acquitted him.
—For nearly twenty years past a man who
gave his name as Augustus Wanner, who pre-
tended to be deaf and dumb, has obtained a
living by begging from Berks county farmers,
On Thursday night he was found drunk in the
streets of Reading, and papers on his person
showed his name to be John Moore. He was
neither deaf nor dumb at the police station.