Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, January 30, 1891, Image 1

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Ink Slings.
-—The Pepper legacy to the Philadel-
phia free library should furnish spicy
—Bayonet rule would afford the South
but little encourgement to attend the
Chicago Fair.
—Dox CAMERON isn’t the man to sell
himself for forty pieces of silver. That's
far below his price.
—Liberty of speech, which was
vouchsafed by the fathers, still prevails
in the United States Senate.
—The farmers of Kansas changed
INGALLS's iridescent dream of victory
into a hideous nightmare of defeat,
—Chili affords a sample of the civil
disturbance to which the United States
may be brought by force billsand such
like revolutionary measures,
—INGALLS may be thoroughly ac-
quainted with the crooked ways of Re-
publican politics, but he doesn’t know
anything about farming,
--It should occur to the hypercriti-
cal Press that Governor PATTISON used
the same old language because he found
that he had to tackle the same old
—The senior Pennsylvania Senator
doesn’t talk any himself, but he is liber-
al enough to-object to putting a gag in
the mouths of those who have something
to say.
—It is remarkable that when Senator
CAMERON at last does something
creditable to himself as a patriot and
worthy of his high official position,
he excites the anger of the G. O. P.
Dox CAMERON did a greater and bet-
ter thing for his country in putting his
foot on the gag in the Senate than can
be credited to his father during his en-
tire senatorial service, long as it was.
—The whitewashing seas>n, which
attends the advent of gentle spring, will
not anywhere show a neater job than
was executed by the Raum investigat-
ing committee during the present win-
—CAMERON testifies that his silver
speculation netted him but $1100. No
one can believe that Down, who is ac-
customed to big operations, could be in-
fluenced in his senatorial action by such
paltry figures.
—McKivLEY has expressed to a cor-
respondent of a German newspaper his
admiration for Bismarck. But Bis-
MARCK i8 out of office and McKINLEY
soon will be. Their policies didn’t en-
able them to retain their grip.
—The banana leaf is the symbol of
friendship in some of the islands of the
Pacific. But the banana skin on the
side-walk is not calculated to excite
feelings of friendship for the fellow who
threw it there.
—-The United States will soon again
be honored with the presence of BerN-
HARDT. Whenever the immortal Sa-
RAH gets low in funds she comes to
America and goes back to her native
land positively loaded with shekels.
-—When the tin-plate protected by the
McKinley bill is being made by the ap-
plication of foreign tin to English iron
plates by imported Welsh workmen, it
may not be impertinent to ask where
in this arrangement Anerica comes ir ?
-=The cloture question may be Vice
President MORTON'S opportunity to
distinguished himself by rising above
party and casting a deciding vote
against a political outrage. But it is
doubtful whether he will size up to his
—It was but a few weeks ago that
the Republicans considered INGALLS a
model Senator and were proud of his
pyrotechnic eloquence and vitriolic dia-
tribes. Now they are beginning to say
they are glad that the grangers beat
him. Sic transit gloria Ingalls.
— Whatever may be Governor HILLS
senatorial qualifications, it can’t be ex-
pected that he will make as handsome
a Senator as EvArts, or that his hat
will assume the antediluvian appear-
ance that has made Evarr’s head-gear
an object of interest to antiquarians.
-—Merchants of Cincinnatl, St. Louis
and Chicago are preparing to bring the
McKinley tariff law before the United
States Supreme Court to hear what the
learned judges have to say about it.
Merchants in all parts of the country
have had the opinion of the shopping |
women long ago on this important
question. It is possible that the court
will confirm the decision of the |
— When we come to consider that all
the agitation and trouble involved in
the force bill movement comes chiefly
from the desire of HARRISON to have
himself re-elected, the whole thing ap-
pears as absurb us it is obnoxious. The
party, asa body, 1s notin favor of it,
and if HARRIsoN’s bificial influence’
were removed the bill would be drop-
ped in an hour. The case is one which
shows what a nuisance a little creature
invested with power can make of it-
self. !
VOL. 36.
Cameron’s Silver Speculation.
A good deal of fuss is being made by
the Republican enemies of Senator
CaMERON about his buying silver with
speculative intent before he voted for
the Free Coinage Bill, the passage of
which would have the effect of increas-
ing the value of the commodity he had
purchased. This is represented as
committee is ofa stripe that was never
known to be opposed to using the
State money for party advantage, and
although they will recommend a reduc-
tion of the number of depositories, it
will be merely to increase the size of
the limited number of bites that will
be allowed to be taken from the cherry.
The banks to be favored are to be de-
signated by the Republican Legislature
putting the Senator in the light of be-
ing a party to corrupt legislatation. It
would make him a member of the
silver pool.
A committee is inquiring into that
to the exclusion of the Democratic
State administration from any partici-
pation in the matter,
The Democrats should resist this
alleged combination of speculative
statesmen, and on Monday Senator
CAMERON testified before it as to his
case. He didn’t deny that he bought
silver, but he said that its purchase
was the same as that of any other
commodity. He hadn’t kept a memo-
randam of the transaction, but he re-
collected that his silver was disposed
of in June aud that his profits were
about $1,100.
There is no doubt that Dox Came
RON likes to make money—hé inherit-
ed that disposition from his father—but
it is foolish to believe that his little sil-
ver speculation, which brought him in
but comparatively a trifle, influenced
his vote on the Silver Bill. His op-
ponents in his own party show their
weakness by bringing this up against
him when he is open to so many sub-
stantial charges as the head of a cor-
rupt system of political bossism ta
which they have for years willingly
and complacently submitted.
School Book Reform.
It is gratifying to observe that the
present Legislature is going to take
some action for the suppression of the
movement and insist upon the adop-
tion of the suggestion contained in
Governor PATriSoN's inaugural for the
deposit of public funds impartially and
under general laws.
A —————————
The New Road Bill.
Our readers doubtless are aware that
a commission specially aopointed for
that purpose has been having the sub-
ject of road improvement under con-
sideration and devising a law that is
intended to accomplish that object.
It has agreed upon the general
features of the bill, one of the leading
provisions of which is that when a
township shall have built a mile of
permanently improved road with some
form of stone or grave foundation] and
covering, approved by the county en-
gineer, then the county shall build an
additional mile of permanent road in
“hat township, and the State build a
third mile.
The State need not = ait for the coun-
ty in this work of road improvement,
but the State and county shall
stand pledged to make two miles of
good road for every one made by the
township, The county's hare is to
school book combination that has so
long afflicted the people of the State
who send children to sehool. With an
eye to their business profit the book
publishers have been flooding the
schools with text books far beyond the
requirements of education, making the
expense oppressive to parents. There
is ground for suspicion that this im-
position, to a large extent, has been
brought about by collusion with schoo!
authorities, and it is time that the sys-
tem of extortion be broken up.
The ohject of the school book bill is
to bring about a uaiformity of text
books and to prevent the frequent |
changes that are made for the ad-
vantage of the publishers. It is also
proposed that the State should print
and furnish the school books, but it
appears to us that the ends of economy
and correct business principles would
not be served by the State going into
the printing business in this line. It
would be a better plan for the State to
contract with some established publish-
ing house to supply the text books and
to adhere to a certain line of books
that have been tested and found suita-
ble for the purpose of common school
More Good Appointments.
The offices of Secretary of the Com-
monwealth and Attorney General were
admirably filled by the appointments
of Messrs HarrITY and HENSEL. These
have been followed by equally good se-
lections for the subordinate positions
in those departments, A. L. TiLDEN, of
Erie having been chosen for Deputy
Secretary of the Commonwealth, and
JAMES A. STRANAHAN, of Mercer, for
Assistant Attorney General. Mr. TiL-
DEN, who bears a Democratic name of
the highest grade, was the Democratic
and Granger candidate for congress in
the strong Republican district of Craw-
ford and Erie, at the last election, and
cut down the majcrity from 3,500 to
800. Mr. StraNAHAN is a leading
member of the Mercer bar and is re-
cognized as one of the ablest lawyers of
Western Pennsylvania,
Bogus State Treasury Reform.
| The popular expression at the late
‘State election indicated the desire of |
the people to have the State treasury |
| investigated. The Legislature met ful- |
ly impressed with the conviction that ;
the people want this, particularly so
far as relates to the deposit of State
funds with banking institutions. A
committee has been appointed to do
this treasury overhauling, but its com-
position is of a character that gives the
appearance of an intention to do the
work in a perfunctory manner.
The predominant element of that
| “standard prices, an advance on the
be }
granting a warrant on the county treas-
rid by the county coininissioners
NO. 4.
Side-Tracked Again.
The Force Bill has been side-tracked
again in the Senate. After it had
been shoved aside some weeks azo to
make way for the Silver Coinage bill,
its supporters persevered in pushing it
forward and hoped to get it through by
the application of the gag. The Dem-
ocratic Senators made a heroic resis-
tence, resorting to every parliamentary
means of obstruction that could throw
an impediment in the way of the in-
famous measure.
On Monday the bayonet gang were
ready to put the vote which they
thought would succeed 1n gagging the
Senate and stop any further discussion
of their revolutionary project, when
one of their own party, Senator
Wowcorr, of Colorado, moved to take
up the appropriation bill. The" effect
of this would indefinitely postpone the
bayonet scheme by setting aside the
gag resolution which was pending.
This was a test ot the strength of the
revolutionists in the Senate. They
strained every nerve in the vote on
Worcort’s motion, but were too weak
by one vote, the appropriation bill tak-
ing “precedence of the Force Bill
a vote of 35 to 34.
The Republicans who did their
country good service by voting with
the Democrats on this question, were
CaMeroxN, Joxgs, of Nevada, STEWART,
TeLLer, WasusvrN, and Worcorr.
The Pennsylvania Senator did the best
work of his senatorial life in casting
his vote as he did on this question.
Senator STEWART, another of the
Republicans who voted with the Dem-
ocrats, gave his opinion of the bayonet
bill in the following words :
We aze not children. We have seen elec,
tions, all of u 3, enough to know that a horde
of officers at the polls with a purpose to con-
urer to the township officers. The
share of the expense to be borne by |
the State will be paid with State funds.
The assistance of the latter is intended |
as an encoiragement of permanent |
road improvement. The road building |
itself is left in the bands of the town-
FE —
A Bad Way to Pay Debts.
The Alliance grangers of Kansas '
should go alittle slower ‘n devising
schemes to relieve themselves of their |
present financial embarrassment. Their
combination to prevent purchasers un-
der mortgage foreclosures from taking |
possession of the property forfeited is
contrary to the rules both of law and
morality. The sale is allowed to take
place, but when the purchaser comes
to take possession of his property he
is notified that it will not be healthy
for him to remain. When heis fright-
en off the former owner is reinstated.
No doubt there has been a good deal
of hardship connected with the Kan-
sas mortgage system in the way of
paying big interest and other excessive
charges, but the mortgagors became a
party to it with their eyes open, They
borrowed the lenders’ money and used
it. Itis both brutal and dishonest to
resort to force to prevent the payment
of their just debts.
Becoming Acquainted With It.
The Republicans said it would take
a year or two to understand the Me-
Kinley bill and appreciate it, but its
various beauties are being discovered
long before the expiration of that
length of time. To the shopping wo-
men the rise 1a the price of general
store-goods was made manifest within
a few weeks after the act went into
operation, and now we have a dispatch
from Chicago to the effect that “the
“ price of paints in small tin packages
“ will be advanced next week 15 per
‘ cent. as a result of the increased duty
‘on tin plate put into effect by the
“McKinley bill. The advance will be
‘ general throughout the country, The
“ paint dealers have themselves borne
“the extra cost since the law went in-
“to effect, but as, in addition to the
“duty, the zinc men haveincreased the
“ part of the paint trade has become a
“ necessity.”
Thus ore by one the charming feat-
ures of monopolistic protection are be-
ing untolded to public view long before
the time fixed for the people to fully
discern its beauty and fall in love
with it.
Sl ————————
News and politics are equally fea-
tures of the WarcuMaN.
trol elections, having a right to inspect the
ballots, having a right to arrest, having the
right to keep order, having the rig.t of sup-
| pressipg everything, will exercise an over:
whelming power at a general election, With
the prestige at the polls of the general govern-
| ment we all know that local elections will be |
dominated in every State, and we shall have
the spectacle by mixing these elections to
| gether of having the election of members of
| congress and the election of presidential elec-
| tors all commingled; they would be commin-
gled in the next election, and probably forever
| you would have the spectacle of a President
appointing marshals a.d judges to assist him
in continuance in office.
There is now good encouragement
‘to hope that the political outrage so
forcibly portrayed by Senator StrwarT
will never be perpetrated in this free
country, In all probability its sup-
porters wi ll not be able to shove their |
force measure off the side-track on |
‘which it has been pushed a second |
| time.
A Proper Protest.
The Legislatures of Alabama and
Tennessee are fully justified in resolv-
ing to withhold appropriations for
State exhibits at the Chicago Fair in
case of the passage of the Force Bill.
That revolutionary and destructive
measure would intlict serious injury
upon their industries and material
prosperity through the political dis-
turbance it would create. Under its
operation the section most affected
would be neither in a condition or a
mood to participate in a demonstration
intended to show the industrial pro-
gress of the country.
It is probable that other Southern
States will take the same stand if the
party in power shall persist in employ-
ing the bayonet as an instrument of
sectional oppression and political dis-
turbance. Under such circumstances
what encouragement would they have
to take part in an exposition intended
to exem plify the peace, prosperity and
progress of a country one half of which
would be brought under a political
despotism enforced by military appli-
ance ?
The Proposed New Poor Law.
The poor laws of this State are ac-
knowledged to be very defective, and it
was for the purpose of improving them
that a commission was appointed by
Governor Beaver to overhaul them
and suggest such improvement as wonld
make them better serve the object for
which such laws are intended. This
commission having applied itself to its
work during the past, year, has re-
ported a bill which the Legislature
will consider and act upon at this ses-
It provides for a salaried State offi-
cer to be call the Commissioner of the
Poor, who will supersede the State
Board of Charities and take charge of
all the institutions and arrangements
which the State has instituted and au-
thorized for charitable work. :
In regard to counties the existing
poor authorities are to be superseded
by three Poor Directors, one to be
elected at every annual election, who
will do for the entire county the work
that is now done for the separate bor-
oughs and townships by the overseers
of the poor. This will furnish a more
systematic organization, but unless it
can be shown that great advantage
will be derived from it, it is doubtful
whether the Legislature will agree to
such a wholesale revolution of the pre-
sent system.
I A ———
Ingalls Not Wanted Any More.
It would be useless to deny that
Democrats feel an especial gratifica-
tion in the defeat of INcants whose
ambition to be re-elected to the United
States Senate failed in consequence of
a majority of the Kansas Legislature
electing somebody else in his place last
Tuesday. His successful opponent is
Judge W. A. Prrrer, who received
the full Alliance vote.
This is the end of INGALLS'S cavort-
ing ia the Senate. He was possessed
of an abusive style of oratory which
gave him a reputation as a sharp
tongue speaker, and too frequently he
aired his blackguard rhetoric on the
floor of the Senate. At the last moment
he made aspeech, intended to secure the
favor of the grangers, in which he
went back on principles he had long
advocated, but it failed in its object
and INGALLS is now out in the cold.
Judge PEFFER, his successful oppo-
nent, wasja member of the Republican
party until a year ago when he joined
the Alliance. He avows himself as be-
ing in favor of unlimited coinage of sil-
ver and a conservative expansion of the
| currency along other lines; he believes
in reasonable protection, but is doubt-
ful whether the best protection comes
. from high tariffs. His preference is an
average advaloram duty of twenty per
The State Should be Protected.
We have already referred to a bill
offered in the Legislature to reimburse
the counties of the State for the money
expended in rebuilding or repairing
bridges destroyed or injured by the
flood of 1889. The proposition embod-
ied in this bill deserves favorable con-
| sideration, for the loss incurred in that
| way has been severe, and some of the
poorest counties have suffered most
severely in the loss of their bridges by
the flood.
But it has been suggested in connec-
tion with this State bounty, that a pro-
vision should be made to protect the
State from imposition when it reim-
burses the loss of these bridges, by as-
certaining the real cost of rebuilding
them, and not the fancy prices which
county commissioners may have paid
to favored contractors. If a couaty has
paid more than a bridge was wokrth,
through corrupt collusion between the
commissioners and contractors, the
State should know it and pay oaly
what the bridge or bridges actually
cost, to be ascertained by the investi.
gation of competent engineers. This
1s unquestionably reasonable and just.
The State can afford to assist its unfor-
tunate citizens under extraordinary
circumstances, but it should not be
SC ————
Illinois Alarmed.
The Legislature of Illinois is be-
coming alarmed at the probability of
the South's declining to participate in
the Chicago Fair if the Republican
Congress shall persist in using the
bayonet to suppress the political rights
of the Southern people. It is natural
that Illinois should take a great inter-
est inthe success of the exposition,
and even the partisan rancor of its
Republicans cannot be blind to the
justness and propriety of the position
taken by Southern Legislatures that
held in a State whose Senators and
Members of Congress shall have voted
to bring Southern elections under the
control of military force. It was on
this account that a resolution was in-
troduced in the Illinois Legislature in-
structing the State's representatives in
congress to vote against the Force Bill
in the interest of the fair, which resolu-
tion passed the ITouse.
the South has no business at a Fair |
Spawls from the Keystone.
—An epidemic of measles prevails at Wer-
—Bristol ice dealers have gathered 3000 tons
of ice.
—The Bucks county jail has thirty-two in-
—Pottstown capitalists will encourage enter-
prises to locate there.
—There were fifty-two arrests in Harrisburg
on Inauguration day.
—There were 861 inquests held in Pittsburg
last year at a cost of $19,484.
—The Chester county Prohibitory League is
getting ready to fight applicants for license.
—Nearly 6000 persons used the elevator at
the Capitol building at Harrisburg on the 20th.
—Mary Bradford and her 10 year-old son
walked from Preston, Ky., to Pittsburg to find
—A Lancaster shoemaker drove his children
barefooted out of the honse into the snow-coy
ered streets.
—Reading Railroad ongine-cleaners will,
after February 15th, have their wages reduced
24 cents a day.
—Max Goldman, a hoot and shoe dealer of
Shenandoah, was arrested for using the mail
for lottery purposes.
—Solomon Selig, a Pittsburg brakeman, has
been arrested for bigamy. He had a wife at
each end of his “run.”
—Nearly two hundred concerns, with a total
capital of $12,000,000, were chartered in Alle-
gheny county last year.
—Henry G. Wagner, of Straustown, killed a
huge catamount with a club after it had maim-
ed several dogs in a fight.
—One faction of South Bethlehem’s new eon-
gregation of Hebrews has seized all the fur-
nishings of the synagogue.
—Track-walker Erdley found a beheaded
tramp on the Lehigh Valley Railroad near
Sorth Bethlehem on Monday.
—George Hallenbach, Sanatoga’s postmaster,
will plant seventy acres of peach trees at Jack-
sonville, Pottsgrove township.
—Tramps on Wednesday night robbed the
smoked meat warehouse of E. E. Rin’s Sons,
of A ilen town, of $100 worth of goods.
—Luzerne county is probably the only one
in the State which can boast of a tipstaff doing
steady duty in court who is worth $50,000.
—Dudley A. Martin, of Duboistown, has a
pair of handcuffs that were worn by a neighbor
of his while confined in the Libby Prison.
—Henry Eckert, of Gordonville, Lancaster
county, died on Saturday, aged 86. He was
one of President Buchanan’s pall-bearers.
—The third annual meeting of the Pennsyl-
vania State Association of Agricultural Soecie-
ties met in Harrisburg and elected officers.
—Michael Walsh, of Shenandoah, has been
imprisoned for burglary in breaking into a
saloon on Sunday and stealing a keg of beer.
—Conductor Orwig, of the Reading Railroad
Company, has been sent to jail at Doylestown
on the charge of robbing North Penn freight
—During a fight at a ball in Reading, John
Kemp was picked up and thrown over the
balustrade in Maennerchor Hall. He was
very seriously hurt.
—Oliver Rhoads and John Haas, two victims
of Monday’s culm bank disaster at Ashland,
are d2ad, and the recovery of James McGrath
and Councilman Fleming is doubtful.
—A twenty-five-foot fall in an excavating
bucket intoa well he was helping to dig at
Montelare, Montgomery county, killed Wil-
liam Wadsworth, aged 21, on Saturday,
—At Allentown on Saturday two: new briek
dwelling houses, belonging to James F. Galla-
gher, collapsed and were completely wrecked
in consequence of weak foundation. walls.
—John S. Tice, ot Jonestown, who packed
thousands of dozens of eggs last spring, is now
engaged in shipping them at favorable rates,
and has more orders than he can supply.
—A man of 30 years, part of a hand
eaff on his right wrist, was seen onthe Spring.
field Mountains, near Shamok im,_on Thursday
“evening, but he escapad offic ers who went in
search of him.
—In Order to get none bat resident contrae-
tors upon city work and to secure none but
union-made brick and nine hours a day’s. work,
the Central Labor Union take a hand in Lan-
caster’s coming election,
—Theonly “kiting” ot checks: through the
Tradesmen’s National Bank of Pittsburg was
on the part ofa depositor,and was not done by
bank officials. One hundred and eighty thous-
and dollars was involved.
—Harper Wetzel, an 11-year-old of North
Middleton township, Cumberiand county, has
just gotten a piece of penknife blade out of his
foot which had been there for- fifteen months
withouu his knowledge,
—Frank L. Ackerman, a Pennsylvania Rail
road conductor, had his headiout eof the win-
«dow of the engine near Columbia on Monday
morning and was struck by a coke-car stand-
ing on the siding, fracturing his skull.
—They have only just identified a skeleton
found on the mountaln back of Mauch Chunk:
on Christmas day as.that of Driver Algert, of
Parrysville, who was employed by Dunn & Co.,
of Easton, to canvass country stores.
—Dr. Conard, a veterinary surgeon, of Ken-
net square, reports a case of a mother and
daughter contracting lung disease from a cow
they milked which had tuberculosis, and will
advise legislation to guarantine such cattle.
—William K. Arnold, of Reading, is presecut-
ing Dr. John Ege. of that city, and Secretary
Hoff, of the Merchants’ Protective Association.
for conspiring to bla:ken his character by col:
lecting a bill through the association’s. agency.
—The work of Reading firemen in extin-
guished a $7500 conflagratiqn was interfered
with and delayed by the conduct of some
drunken firemen who had beenat a ball, An
investigation will be made by the department.
—Alleghany’s Sandusky Street Reformed
Presbyterian Church stands by its pastor, Rev.
J. R. J. Milligan, recently deposed by the
preshytery for advocating the rights of citi~
zenship and the ballot with or without God in
the Constitution.
—The trial of E. B. Entursee, H. O'Shea, an 1
A. J. Moxham, charged with an attempt to se-
eure the plans of the Narth Branch Steel Com-
pany, opened at Danville. A large part of the
day was spent in the selection of a jury. Emis
nent counsel are present.
—The wife of William Russell, a book-
keeper at York, was awakened on Thursday
nigit by a burglar i1 her bed-room, and she at
once grappled with him, but before her hus.
band was aroused the burglar had escaped
with the money he found in Mr. Russell's
| pocket.
—Farmer Mumma, who lives near While
| Bridge, Dauphin county, late on Friday night
found a stranger in his stable. who refused to
answer any questions, whereupon Mr. Mumma
| discharged a shotgun, tearing away part of an
! ear of the silent intruder, Amos Dinsler, a mae
son who lived at Hummelstown,