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~ cy of Republican campaign methods,
—It is announced that MyLIN is
going to stick. That is bad for MyLIN,
—Uncle Sam is making encouraging
progressin converting bad Indians into
—ZEven a Billion Dollar Country may
be bankrupted by a reckless expenditure
of its resources.
—-Just in the midst of Mr. BLAINE’S
ailment Venezuela aggravates his case by
declaring that she doesn’t jwant?recipro-
--SHERMAN and ForRAKER will have
a little side-show of their own in Ohio,
The performance promises to be inter-
—What is the use of RAuM’s rushing
through 300,000 more pension] claims
only to find that there isn’t any money
to pay them ?
—The administration is making a des-
perate effort to recoup the devastated
Jfreasury by reducing the expense of the
—The trouble which ex-Attorney
General PALMER'S poem has got him
into goes to prove that it isn’t safe to
monkey with the lyre.
—The Tennessee militia who were
captured by the striking miners, don’t
appear to have maintained the military
reputation of the South.
—DMost of the administration being
away from Washington on its vacation,
comparatively but little mischief is go-
ing on at the national capital.
—It may be charitable to believe that
both the State Treasurer and the Audi-
tor General in their relations with
BARDSLEY were affected by peresis.
—The opposition there is to HARRISON'S
renomination is being gradually whip-
ped into line. There 1s a great advan-
tage in having control of the party
—The discovery of how much of the
money of the wrecked Keystone Bank
was used for Republican campaign funds
would afford an interesting piece of pub-
—The great steel works at Steelton
celebrates the tenth month of the
McKinley tarriff law by closing down
its entire plant and setting 4000 ‘pro-
tected” workmen adrift.
—It has been computed that $19
spent in every hour from the creation of
the world up to the present time would
about equal “the amount spent by the
Billion Dollar Congress.
—-Secretary FosTER can’t even fool
himself by his new form of Treasury
statement, which gives a good sized
surplus on paper but adds not a cent to
the actual cash on hand.
— While the decision of the Dauphin
county court sustains the Governor’s
appointing power, it doesn’t do SNYDER
any good. But this may be remedied
by another appointment.
—For years the State Treasury and
Auditor General's offices of Pennsyl-
vania have been close corporations.
It is about time they are opened and ex-
posed to public investigation.
—The resignation of QUAY as chair-
man of the Republican National
Committee, with CLARKSON in his
place, won’t add anything to the decen-
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STATE RIGHTS AND FEDERAL UNION.
BELLEFONTE, PA., JULY 24, 1891.
The Cost of a Constitutional Convention.
But few people in Pennsylvania be-
lieve that there is an actual necessity
for the holding of a constitutional con-
vention. There is an idea prevailing
that the part of the present constitu-
tion requiring the numbering of the bal-
lots at our elections should be stricken
out, and this idea, in the interest of
ballot reform, led to the movement for
a constitutional convention, but beyond
that single purpose no one can give a
good reason why there should be such
a convention. There is no need for a
new constitution. The one we have is
comparatively new, and if there is any-
thing wrong with it, it may be found
chiefly in the fact that it isn’t enforced.
Prudent citizens will cautiously con-
sider what may be the outcome of a
convention that is intended to tinker
with the constitution. Will it bring
about an improvement? Will influ-
ences get hold of the convention and
turn it to their special advantage ? Will
it be worth the expense ?
There will be one hundred and sev-
enty-six members, with salaries fixed
by act of assembly at $1,000 each, to-
gether with mileage. This would
amount to aver $200,000, but in addi-
tion there would be the expense of the
machinery of the convention, includ-
Governor Pattison Will Act.
The announcement that Governor
Parrisox has decided to prosecute all
those criminally connected with the
loss of theState’s money through Birps-
LEY'S rascalities will end the feeble ats
tacks which have been made in certain
Since the Bardsley exposures efforts
have been made to make it appear that
the Democratic State administration
was partially responsible for his crimes.
It has been charged that the Governor
should have known that the Republi-
can State Treasurer had not compelled
BARDSLEY to comply with the law. In
fact, in the effort to drag some Demo-
cratic officials into the unsavory mess,
the truth has been distorted. 2
Since the Governor has announc.
ed his intention to pursue thelprosecu-
tions with vigor we can expect]a change
in the method of attack by those who
have been assailing him. Now will
come the charge that the Governor's
action is in the interest of politics and
not of justice. For doingjhis duty fear-
lessly he will be accused of trying to
serve his party and advance his own
political prospects. Meanwhile every
man in Pennsylvania who believes that
crime should be punished and politics
ing clerk hire, printing and other inci- |
dentals, in such cases always so nu- |
merous and expensive, which would !
swell the gross sum up to nearly double
the salaries of the delegates themselves, !
But itis to be remembered that the |
Legislature has no power to limit the
pay of members of a constitutional con- |
vention who compose a body that has
higher authority than a Legislature.
It exercises sovereign power ani may |
increase the amount of pay which the |
act of the Legislature says they shall |
have. This principle was recognized |
and invoked by the convention of 1873.
In that case the act ‘of Assembly
fixed the salaries of the delegates to
the convention at $1000, but, in the ex-
ercise of its high prerogative, that con- !
vention ignored the limit of pay fixed ,
by the act and determined that the sal-
ary of each of its members should be
$2,500, and they were accordingly so
The same may be expected to hap-
pen again if another convention should
be called. The question is whether it |
would be worth the cost ?
——The People's Party movement !
in Kansas appears to be on the decline.
In answer to a call for a State conven. |
tion, last week, but fifteen farmers re-
sponded. The excuse given, “too busy
with the crops,” is an explanation that
hardly explains. Had they said they
are becoming *‘disgusted with politics,”
rid of corruption will feel thankful that
Pennsylvania has such an able and
fearless champion as Roerrr E. Patri
SON to look after its interests.
——The Atlanta Constitution reports
that the white p'anters in some coun
ties of Georgia are finding it difficult to
obtain negro help in their field work.
The reason is said to be a growing dis-
position among the colored people to
work for themselves or for men of
their own race. The negro Farmers
Alliance is believed to have much to do
with this new notion, and,as it is secret
in its operations and its members ad-
here very closely together and obey in-
structions implicitly, it is likely to
cause considerable disturbance in the
old methods of labor in the southern
I TT —
An Exploded Scheme,
The sub-treasury project, which
had become a favorite scheme of the
Southern Alliance, is being rapidly
abandoned in that section in conse
quence of the vigorous attacks of the
Democratic leaders and newspapers of
the South. In South Carolina Gover-
nor TILLMAN, an Alliance-Democratic
governor, has come out strong against
it, and carries the people with him, In
Texas it has been repudiated, In Mis-
siesippi Senators Grorck and Warr
HALL, with their re-election in issue, are
on the stump against the notion, and
will carry the legislature in Gpposition
The Improved Situation in Ohio,
The factious elements that showed
themselves in the Ohio Democracy
previous to the renomination of Goy-
ernor CAMPBELL, threatening opposi-
tion under any circumstances, gave a
discouraging appearance to the situa-
tion, but since the convention things
are assuming a more favorable look.
The disaffection was chiefly con-
fined to Cincinnati, where certain of-
ficial acts of the Governor aroused a
spirit of hostility, The Cincinnati
Enquirer was the chief representative
of this feeling and made a hard ante.
convention fight against CampBELL'S
renomination, but now that the ticket
has been made the Enquirer comes out
with an editorial generally approving
the work done by the convention, par-
ticularly the platform, Overlooking
its former objections to the Governor,
it wisely says: “The question of Gov-
ernor CAMPBELL's availability is no
longer one for discussion in Demo-
cratic circles. The convention has re.
nominated the governor and associated
with him a ticket individually and col-
lectively sound and commendable. It
has set the pace for al Democratic in-
strumentalities.” The Enquirer then
gives the assurance that it will support
the Democratic ticket in accordance
with its unbroken, undeviating record.
The example of the Enquirer will soon
be followed, it ie hoped and believed,
by the Hamilton county element that
opposed CaMPBELL'S nomination, [n
such an event there will be a reason-
able hope of a Democratic victory in
The insurance commissioner of
Pennsylvania has completed his re-
port which is full of interesting figures,
The business during the year has been
very large and a great increase over
that of the year previous. The pre-
miums paid amounted to over $26,000,-
000, of which one-fourth went to home
companies and the remainder to com-
panies in other states. Of the $2,000,-
000 increase of premiums over last year
nine-tenths went to companies outside
of the state. The life insurance policies
issued numbered 387,620, insuring
$120,355,273. The insurances in force
number 877,430 policies insuring $448,
888,115. The average insurance is on-
ly about $500 per policy, but the large
number of policies in proportion to
population shows that the insurance
idea as a matter of precaution, not of
speculation, has taken a strong hold
upon the community.
The announcement that Senator M.
S. Quay has decided to retire from the
Chairmanship of the Republican Na-
tional Committee will create no sur- |
—After mature deliberation the
French authorities have come to the de-
termination not to admit the American
hog into Republican France. This is
shabby treatment coming from such a
—The attempt to make BLAINE out
an invalid waiting at death’s door to be
called to a better world, has completely
failed. A man with as much politics
it would have been nearer the truth,
Looking after the crops will pay
Cleveland's Summer Home.
A correspondent of the New York
Times draws a pleasant picture of the
summer home of ex-President CLeve-
'TAND on the shores of Buzzard’s Bay,
Mass. It is a place of 100 acres, with
a roomy, comfortable house, which has
as there is in Jim would hardly make a
— When for seventeen years Republi- |
can Legislatures have refused to pass |
laws for the enforcement of the present |
organic law, what sort of a new constitu-
tion could be expected of a convention |
dominated by that party ?
WANAMAKER has been lecturing his |
Betbany Sunday school on ‘‘the Mira- |
cles.” If hecauld explain the miracu- |
lous disappearance of the money which |
BArDsLEY had charge of, he would |
bave an attentive and highly interested |
—The platform on which LixcorLx |
wus elected demanded economy in pub- |
lic expenditures. So great has been the |
change since then that a member of the
present Republican cabinet defends the
extravagance of the Billion Dollar Con- |
gress. Itis time to turn the spend-
-—The announcement that Cruve-
LAND has engaged to make six speeches |
in the Ohio campaign shows that there |
will be elements in that contest that will |
make it extremely lively. The great |
champion ot tariff reform taking the |
stump for the principle he so conspicu- |
ously represents will afford a spectacle |
highly interesting to the American :
' neighborhood privileges in a formal
' manner” by the people of Sandwich,
county seat of Barnstable, at a recep-
‘The governor of Massachusetts and
other notables will be present,
80 many gables painted gray that Mrs,
CLEVELAND has given it the appropri-
ate name, “The Gray Gables.” The
view is said to be very fine, and salt
water is so near that Mr. CLeveraxp
can take a sail in his catboat, “The
Helen,” whenever he feels inclined.
He feels inclined very often, having be-
come an enthusiastic salt water fisher-
man. Here he and Mrs. CLevELAND
lead an unpretentions,” whalesawe life,
on friendly terms with all around them,
and especially intimate with Joseph
JEFFERSON, the actor, whose summer
house is across the fields. On the 25th
Mr. CLeveLaND is to be “taken into
tion and dinner in his honor, for which
great preparations are being made,
—— On the first of July the Signal
Service, from which the public gets the
weather prognostications, was transfer
red from the War Department to the
Department of Agriculture, and will
hereafter be known as the Weather
Bureau. There was no necessity for
this transfer other than to give Secreta.
ry Rusk's department something to do.
to-it—Fn Texas, Arkansas, Missouri,
Georgia and Kentucky the Alliance
is dividing on the question and rap-
idly reaching a condition of mind that
will make it a dead and gone issue.
There is nothing in it that will stand
discussion before intelligent men. Pat-
ting it aside removes all obstacles to
the active co-operation of the Alliance
and the Democrats in the’ Southern
States, and it is therefore a happening
of considerable political im portance.
The Ohio Platform,
The Ohio Democrats make a very
plain expression of their sentiments in
their platform. They declare in favor
of “free unlimited coinage” of both
gold and silver, in which declaration
they no doubt express the sentiments
of a majority of the people not only of
Qlio, but of the entire west,
The tariff plank contains the very
essense of Democratic belief in declar-
ing for a tariff no higher than what is
necessary to meet the expenses of gov-
ernment enonomically administrated,
Iu this there is a declaration of war
against a system which places the great
mass of citizens under tribute to a few
beneficiaries of protection, and supplies
the means of extravagant and profli-
gate public expenditure. The Ohio
plattorm cheerfully accepts the chal-
lenge of the supporters of a monopolis-
tic tariff and pledges the Democracy to
an unfaltering stand against the Me-
Kinley bill, calling upon the people to
decide. The tariff question will be the
great issue in the fight, and if the fac
tional difficulties in the Democratic
ranks can be composed, there is reason
to look for the election of Governor
CAMPBELL on this issue,
prise in Pennsylvania. Even the most
earnest supporters of the junior Sena-
tor acknowledge the wisdom of the
move. QUAY can gain nothing by re-
taining control of the National ma-
chinery, while his continuance in office
would seriouely handicap his party..
In fact, under the existing circum-
stances, it would be the height of po-
litical folly for any Pennsylvanian to
loom up prominently in the manage-
ment of the Republican party. It would
be a constant reminder of one of the
most gigantic political thefts of the
age, and would place in the hands of
the Democracy a powerful weapon
which would be felt wherever the Re-
publican party has a following.
No matter how opinions may difter
as to Mr. Quay's methods, every in-
telligent observer must concede that
there are but few who can exceed him
in political shrewdness. M.S. Quay is
about to retire because he recognizes
that nothing can save the Republican
party from defeat in 1892. He wants
to be in a safe place when the structure
QuaY's retirement can be taken as
an acknowledgement that this shrewd
leader recognizes that the Republicans
have before them no prospect but that
of a hopeless campaign.
——The American amateur athletes
showed the Britishers that they are
made of first clags material. The boys
ended a brilliant tour in London by
sweeping the big share of the prizes
and doing some record breaking. When
one of our crack boat crews goes over
and distances the Oxford boys, we will
be ready to look for more worlds to
Heading Towards the White House.
The New York Herald thinks that
Governor CampBELL, of Ohio, is head-
ing towards the White House. Of
course everything in this conuection
depends upon his re-election for Gov-
ernor, but he is certainly the one man
whom it will be hardest for the Repub-
licans to defeat. They must beat him
or they will be completely lost in 1892.
They already see the necessity of con-
tributing very generously to tlie cam-
paign fund, and it is safe to say that
the market price of voters who are on
the fence will run up to a unprecedent-
ed figure in the Ohio contest,
Governor CaMPRELL. is a man of
marked ability. To a record which
defies investigation is added an integri:,
ty of personal character which has nev-
er been assailed. He isa politician of
limitless resources, shrewd, long head-
ed and daring. Those who know him.
best accuse him of being something
more than a politician, and- deliberate-
ly charge that he has many of the
qualities of the statesman; They in-
sist that he can serve the country ef-
ficiently in a wider sphere than the
State of Ohio affords, and declare that
the hand of destiny is pointed in the
direction of the White House.
Tammany for Cleveland,
Congressman BeL12HO0OVER, Of Car-
lisle, who represented Pennsylvama at
the Tammany Fourth of July demon-
stration, is credited with saying, in re-
ply to the question whether Creve
LAND or HILL is Tammany’s choice,
“Tammany is unquestionably for
CLEVELAND, and while HLL has many
friends there, the preponderance is for
CLEVELAND, nine to one. The issue in
the next campaign will be tariff; pure
and simple. Pennsylvania is for
CLEVELAND first and Parison. second,
and if CLEVELAND is once out of the
question ParrisoN will get the solid
In arranging tor their State cam-
paign the Republican leaders in Ohio
have made a systematic division of
the labor that is to be borne by each
of them in the contest. Thus Senator
SHERMAN will give his attention on the
stump particularly to the silver ques-
tion, as he is recognized as the leading
gold-bug of the country, Secretary
Foster will address himself to the task
of convincing the voters that the last
congress did a praise-worthy act in.
squandering a billion dollars, because.
this is a billion dollar country: Me-
KiNrey will attend exclusively to the
tariff’ part of the programme, his pur-
pose being to carry conviction to. the
citizens that fie conferred a great bene:
fit upon them by taxing everything
they use in their daily living. To
ForaxER is assigned the general dirty
work of the campaign, including per-
sonal’abuse ‘of the Democratic candi-
date and vigorous blowing of the fog
horn. There is not much love between
these four champions, who have an-
tagonistic ambitions to serve, SHERMAN
and Foraker, for instance, being
ready to knife each other at the first
opportunity, but as so much depends
upon carrying Ohio their systematic ar-
rangement for carrying on the cam-
paign will no doubt be carried out.
The fact that the money in the
treasury is exhausted by indulgence in
extravagant expenses does not deter Pen:
sion Commission Raux from announce
ing that 350,000 new pension cases are
to be “considered” this year, and there
is scarcely a doubt that nearly all of
them will be granted. It is a mystery
where ail these claimants come from,
but how they are to be paid with an
exhausted treasury is a greater mys~
Senator MyLiN, of Lancaster
county, was slated as the Republican
candidace for Auditor General, he be-
ing the choice of Boss Quay. Rat the
having shown itseif in such a formid-
able way, it 1s probable that MyrLiy
will be withdrawn and some one not
80 conspicuously the choice of Quay
substituted. Itis proposed to get up a
soldiers’ ticket and to allay the opposi-
tion to bossism by an appeal to the old
war sentiment, But behind the smoke
of the old battle fields the Boss will be
concealed pulling the wires.
opposition to the dictation of the Boss |
Spawls from the Keystone,
—Work has begun on York's Government
—Drought is spoiling some of Berks coun.
ty’s crops. .
—The Evangelical camp meeting is in pra.
gress at Gordon. :
—Four Chinamen have applied * for naturats
ization papers in Easton. .
—The Lebanon Watch Company, capital,
$30,000, is chartered. :
—Burglars got $400 worth of ‘smokes : from
Lebanon’s Keystone Cigar Factory...
—A bee stung Charles Mohr at the- Lancase
ter caramel factory,and he came neardying,
—A vicious cow attacked Mrs, Samuel M,
Wahl, of Fleetwood, and injured her terribly
—“White Cap’ notices have been sent: to
John Wormkessel and William Motz,.of. Cres"
—A Pittsburg lawyer objects to his wife act.
ing as his typewriter; he want the : genuine
—For doling nut lager beer in his store Wil
liam Squires;- of ‘near Reading, has-been ar.
—The National Encampment of the Union
Veteran Legion will begin in R eading on..Oc.
—John Boscher, an old man from Hazleton,
hanged himself in the Almshouse at.. Schuyl«
—Five thousand people attended . the. opens
ing of West End Park, in Lancaster, on Wed
nesday night. :
—Lack of employment caused John Kelly,
aged 50 yearss to hang himself at. Turkey Run
—Thieves got several boxes of, shoes from
the Reading’s freight station at: Landingyville
on Tuesday night.
—Mrs. Joseph Jones,aged 60 years, of Tamas
qua, while demented, cut her throat. with a ras
zor, and may die.
—A. gang of -twenty Italians nearly killed
Fred Davis, a resident of Locust Gap, . and all
have been arrested. '
Unlicensed peddlers in Lehigh county arg
followed by a Philadelphia prosecutor; who ex.
pects handsome fees.
—The opening of the Heavenly Recruits
camp meeting, near Royersford, was attended
by nearly 10,000 people,
—The Pottsville Iron and. Steel ‘Company »
has blowa.out its furnaces, and will . remain
closed down indefinitely. .
—Texas flies are burrowing . about : the base
of northern Berks county cattle’s horns, caus.
ing the horns to drop off.
—Harry Hendrickson shot Johnny Peters in
the left breass at Middletown . while . the boys
were inspeeting a revolver. .
—A Blaek bear attacked. Davis’. pigs at Lock«
port, Clinton county, and Mr. Davis and an ax
turned the intruder into steak.
—Mrs. O'Neal, a Pittsburg bride, was taken
home by her mother and spanked beosuse
she got married ahead of time..
—Farmer Ephraim S. Mack, of New Hanover,
Montgomery county, was killed : on Saturday
by his hay-wagon running over him..
—Squeezed between car-bumpers and ime
paled on a coupling pin at Palo Alto, Brakes
John McGuire, of Mill Creek, was killed..
—A horse tramped through the skal. of 12
year old Edgar Arp, who fell from.. a. load of
hay near Williamsport. The boy will die.
—Stanley Verbo, wanted for the murder of
John Irgo at Seottdale two years. ago, has
been arrested at Hazleton and taken. weat.
—Charles Plow, aged 56, jumped. into the
+ canal at Honesdale and was drowned in an up
right posture, his feet stickin in the mud,
—Two hundred and fifty miners employed
by Stephen & Con, Pittston, have struck. They
claim that two months wages are -due them.
—Only three out of sixty of the applicationg
for a professorship in the Reading Boys' High
school appeared for competitive . examination,
—Thirteen year old Mary Mularkey is dying
from a rattlesnake bite. She was bitten while
berrying in the Moosic Mountains. near Scran.
~ For a reward of $190:;two York Haven pa-
per mill employes recovered the body of Jacob
King from. the Susquehanna, Rimer, near the
—A red hot pipe coiled several times around
the leg of Donald Ralstan. at the Middleton
Tube Works, and burned him. so that he will
—Tramps stole $100. worth of jewelry and
money from Milton T.. Swaxr’s house, near
Witmer Station, Lancaster county, while the
—#4 celluloid collar worn, by a Meyerstown,
fireman ignited from too close proximity to a.
barn afire, and burned his-neck and discolors-
ed his face.
—Mary Thomas, a thirteen year old wife of:
Jeseph Philipus, of Norristown, eloped with:
Antonio Richie, and. was captured at Buffalo
on Saturday night.
—Mrs Mc€affrey apd Mrs. Faris each gave
their children carbolic acid in mistake for
cough medicine at. Pittsburg. One is dead
the other dying.
—Ex-Congressman McCormick, of Willigms.
port, says. that he will nos be a compromise
candidage-for President of the State League of
—An.erstwhile “best girl” being called a
“chump” by James McGreever, of Scaanton,
the young lady landed her fist in his face and
knoeked hin down. :
—Inasaloon fight st Lavelle, near Ashland,
on Tuesday night, a Frenchman named Quin.
ton seriously stabbed Edward and Samuel
Zertman, and escaped.
=A 4 year old son of Constable John
Schwenk, of Allentown, whose six year old son
had his legs cutoff by the cars six weeks 880,
was fatally scalded on Saturday.
—Herman Normandors persisted in rocking
thefboat in which he and two companions were
sailing on the Susquehanna near Marietta. Ik
upset and he was the only one drowned.
—Prostrated by the heat from the kitchen
fire, Mrs. John Canada, of Bernville, fell and
struck a kettle of scalding jam, so that i
was spilled all over her face, breast and arma,
—Irwin Hettinger, of Myerstown, has been
arrested, charged with poisoning a dyove of
cattle belonging to John H. Smith. He want «
ed their carcasses to transform into phosphate,
—Emma Shiffext, of Friedensville, Lehigh
county, has brought suit for $1000 damages for
slander against Elizabeth Ueberreth, who is
alleged to have falsely accused the Shiffert
woman of stealing her petticoat.
—Shipping Clerk George B. Heller, of Ease
ton’s Miller Hardware Company, has been are
rested for wholesale thefts from his employ.
.| evs, He has confessed that in several year
his thefts patted him thousands of dollars,