Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, September 11, 1891, Image 1

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Cw in —
Ink Slings.
—Auditor General McCAMANT does
not seem to be moved by an irrepressible
desire to turn the rascals out.
-—The Democratic State platform
sounds like a bill of indictment against
a criminal in the dock, and the verdict
of the people will pronounce ita true !
—If the Appraisers of Philadelphia
were appraised according to their merits
they would find a lodgment in the pen-
itentiary as the result of the appraise-
—DReedbirds are rather small spec-
imens of the feathered tribe, and
when a President of the United
States goes out and shoots a dozen or
two of them he engages in rather small
—The whereabouts of WriLLIAM
Lavsey, cashier of the Pennsylvania
State Treasury, is becoming an interest-
ing question. The interest is intensified
by his loitering within easy distance of
the Canada line.
—The colored cotton pickers of the
South have formed an organization, half
a million strong, to control wages. There
is no use to be solicitous about the ed-
ucation of thosa fellows. They are
learning fast enough.
—TILLMAN, the Alliance congressman
from South Carolina, boasts that he nev-
er wore an overcoat and that it is a very
cold day when he puts on an undershirt.
Itis evident that he wants to discount
sockless SIMPSON.
—The injunction “Thou Shalt Not
Steal,” as applied to high State function
aries of the Republican persuasion, illus-
trates the appropriate and forcible use
that may be made of the decalogue as a
campaign document.
—When the telegraph monopoly
tackles the telephone monopoly the peo-
ple are not interested as to which one shall
come out ahead. They are willing that
the devil shall take not only the hind-
most, but both of them.
—-The financial officers of the State of
Pennsylvania are lingering near the
borders of Canada, ready to step over on
the safe side of the line if there should
be too urgent a call on them to give an
account of their stewardship.
—~Cashier L1vsey of the State Treas-
ury wants to resign. When difficalties
overtake a man itis a great virtue to
be able to meet them with resignation,
but in Mr. L1vsEY’s case it does not ap-
pear to be adapted to the difficulty.
--The Harrisburg Patriot remarks
that “vipers must no longer be warmed
into venomous life at the public fire.”
The frame of mind which our esteemed
contemporary has been in for some time
led us to fear that it would soon begin to
see snakes,
— Complaint comes from Liberia that
the American negroes who have migrat-
ed thereare bossing the natives. Those
intruding darkies are merely following
the carpetbag example that was set them
by the white scallawags in the South
+ during the reconstruction period.
—Chairman PATTON, of the Prohibi-
tion State Committee, expects that his
party will do great things in this
year’s campaign. No one will begrudge
our cold water friends the pleasure they
derive from the hope that springs eter-
nally in the breast of the Prohibitionist.
— If; after such an exposure of Re-
publican rascality as has been made in
Philadelphia, tbat city shall give a
majority for the larcenous old party, it
will have to be confessed that she is tied
to her idol by a band so strong that in
comparision with it a hickory withe is
mere packthread, i
—The “grand old partv’’ papers ap-
pear to think it something to brag about
that Republican diplomacy has succeed-
ed in getting the American hog iato
Germany, but the great need of the pre-
sent period is some means of keeping the
Republican hog out of the State treas-
ury, inthe contents of which he has
had his snout for the last quarter of a
—A Republican exchange relieves it-
self of the following high-toned expres-
sion: “Our patriotic devotion and
practical political service shaald take on
all the enthusiasm and intensity of ex-
pression and action that belong to a do-
minating passion of the soul.” This is
& vecy neal way of putting it, but such
fine words cannot disguise the fact that
the dominating passion of the Republi-
can souls to foot a State treasury and | They will find
knock the stuffing out of a fas surplus. |
—-HPopular amusements are among
the chief causes of good government, as
the people are never troublesome when
happy,” remarks the Reading World.
If there is any philosophy in this it
would be the part of good statemanship
to spend a liberal portion of the surplus
in subsidizing Bar~um and Forg-
PAUGH and furnishing everybody with
free tickets to their great aggregations.
Probably better use could be made of
the public money in this way than by al-
lowing it to be stolen by Republican
NO. 35.
Not a State but a National Issue.
The New York Sun is of the opin-
ion that the Pennsylvania Democracy
have shown the way to be followed if
the country is to be redeemed from the
general corruption and maladministra-
tion wnich the Republican party has
fastened upon it. Speaking of the ac-
tion of the State convention last week
it says:
The Democrats of Pennsylvania have
pointed out the way to Democratic success,
not in that State alone, but in the whole coun -
try. Casting aside all distracting and divid-
ing questions, they have united upon a p'at-
form which appeals to every Pennsylvanian
whois sick of the dishonor which financial
corruption, assisted, manipulated, and protect-
ed by political eorruption, has brought upon
thisState. Instead of bickering about the
tariff or silver, they have set themselves to
the task of restoring honest administration.
What the Pennsylvania Democrats are seek-
ing to do for Pennsylvania, the national Dem-
ocratic party should seek to do for the United
States. It should strive to restore honesty,
economy and efficiency to all departments of
the Government. The Billion Congress is the
Barpstey and the Quay for it to fight. The
Republican party has been for years essential-
ly what it is in Pennspluania, extravagant, cor:
rupt, the shield of malversation in office, the
tool of speculators aud thieves. Divided by
insane and fruitless disputes as to questions of
political economy, the Democratic party can-
not hope to break down the domination of ex-
travagance or end the reckless use of the
powers of the Government, stretched beyond
all reasonable and constitutional limitation.
The National Democratic party must unite,
as the Pennsylvania Democracy has united, to
bring back the reign of honesty and economy;
and the rejection or subordination of all issues
upon which the party is not a unit is the in-
dispensabie condition of victory.
This is, in the main, an excellent
view of what the people must do to re-
store honest government in this coun-
try. But, as advice to the whole coun-
try, it errs in representing that tariff
reform is not an essential factor in the
restoration of honest administration.
It is true that in the immediate contest
in Pennsylvania the tariff is not an is-
sue, for the battle is to be made on
questions of State governineat, but in
the broader field of a Presidential con-
test tariff reform is the most vital issue,
for upon iti a large measure hinges
the great question whether corruption
in the administration of the govern-
ment shall or shall not bes con-
It was by means of a tariff, taking
the money from the people through
unnecessary taxation and pouring it
into a treasury where legitimate use
did not need it, that a Billion Dollar
Congress was enabled to practice
its astounding extravazance. Through
thatagency has been derived the means
by which every branch of the govern-
ment has been corrupted. It has been
the exhaustless source of public pluu-
der. It has enabled the payment of perni-
cious subsidies. The money that has
been thussupplied has given the pen-
sion sharks their opportunity to pervert
the pension system from a beneficent
object to a regular scheme of public
robbery. The cariff beneficiaries are
encouraged to contribute money for
the corruption of our elections in re-
turn for the pr tection which a high
tariff affords their monopolistic inter-
ests, and in every respect this system,
of which the McKinley bill is the
most recent product, tends to govern-
mental and political corruption.
To overcome administrative extrava-
gance in the general government and
the reckless and corrupt use of gov-
ernmental power, the surest and most
direct way is to strike at the source—
to stop that influx of money into the
treasury through superfluous tariff tax-
ation which furnishes the means of all
this public demoralization It 18 true,
this is not an issue in our State con-
the tariff question, but it will be an is-
sue of the highest importance in the
broader contest of next year.
——Our Republican contemporaries
are making ineiieciual efforts 10 cast
| ridicule on the Democratic State plat-
form. But that game won't work.
it no laughing matter.
When a party is arraigned for pecula-
| tion, embezzlement, treasury raiding
and general theft, with the facts to
prove the charges, there is no ground
! for ridicule.
I ——The Williamsport Sun asks:
“In what sense is Mr. HArRRITY a boss ?
' Can you point to any of his appointees,
"or appointees made through his influ-
ence, who are not men of integrity?
Did he ever have a hand in robbing
the treasury? Is he a thief? Quay is
a boss, Harriry, a leader. Mark the
test, which can have na bearing agaa.{
A Great Platform,
The platform of the Damocratic
State convention is a trenchant docu-
ment. It speaks for itself. In its ex-
pression there is no mincing of words.
Specific offenses are set forth in direct
terms, and time, place and circum-
stances are given. It arraizns the Re-
publican State officials who made
BARDSLEY's robberies possible, and its
condemnation of the corrupt and vi-
cious practices in the treasury through
which Quay was enabled to be an em-
bezzler, is terrific in its force, truth and
directness. The Republican State
Convention is righteously condemned
for condoning the offences of faithless
Republican officials who sat in its
councils, and this is followed by de-
nunciation of “the corrupt and shame-
less domination” of Boss Quay in the
politics of the State, and the servile ac-
ceptance of his leadership.
This declaration of the representa-
tives of the Democracy must have a
profound effect upon the mieds and
feelings of the people. In trumpet
tones it calls their attention to facts
which already had aroused their
alarm and excited their apprehension.
It now challenges their consciences and
places the responsibility of a continu-
ance of these evils upon their shoulders.
Thus appealed to, the people will not
fail to discharge their duty by putting
an end to the shameless control of the
financial offices of the State by men
who have stolen millions from the
treasury, demoralized and corrupted le-
gislatures, administrations and the pol-
itics of the State, and so dishonored the
cominonwealth that it has become a
reproach throughout the Union,
The platform clearly defines the is-
sues upon which this war for honesty
and good government will be waged,
The champions of treasury corruption
will endeavor to divert the public
mind their own misdeeds by
springing issues that have no relation
to State affairs, but the platform clear-
ly defines the points upon which the
battle will have to be fought. The
enemy will not be allowed to dodge
the vita! issues of the campaign,
a ————
Mr. PowperLy is not favorably
situated as a candidate for delegate-
at-large to the constitutional conven-
tion. Thousands of Republicans wili
not vote for him because he is a Dem-
ocrat, and there are plenty of Demo-
crats who won't vote for him because
he is in bad company in being on the
Republican ticket. And have no
doubt that there are Knights of Labor
who will not vote for him because
they see that the machine managers
expect to work the labor vote for their
State ticket through his name.
ee —
Ballot Reform in the Constitution.
When the Democratic State Conven-
tion declares that “the whole advan.
tages of the Australian ballot system
should be secured to the people of
Pennsylvania,” and proposes to secure
them by means of a constitutional con-
vention, it means something more sub-
substantial in its purpose than the
spurious ballot reform law of the last
Quay legislature that made easy the
way of the briber and bulldozer. That
law has no earnestness of purpose ex-
cept the purpose of deceiving those to
whom ballot reform has been promis-
ed. But the Democratic convention
declared that the ballot law passed by
the recent legislature “needs to be sup-
plemented by measures to protect the
secrecy of the ballot and to secure re-
form in registration. To this end, and
for these purposes only, we favor
the assembling of a constitutional con-
There is no mistaking the purport
of these words. They mean that if jt
can possibly be done by Democratic
action and influence the Australian
ballot system and honest elections
shall be guaranteed to the people by
constitutional provision,
Re a—————————————————
~The Columbian ZTndependent,
whose editor was a brave and expe
rienced soldier during the war,entertains
a correct idea of the situation Geueral
Grece would be in if elected Auditor
General on the Republican ticket. He
says: ‘GREGG in the saddle and un-
der command of Gen. Georee GorpoN
MEeape could not go wrong, but Greece
in harness and in a tandem under the
command of Gen. MATTHEW STANLEY
Quay would not be allowed to go
A Contrast.
After spending most of the summer
in differeat parts of the country, away
from their posts of duty, the various
members of Mr.HARRISON's cabinet are
straggling back to Washington to re-
sume their official business which
they had left in the hands of their
clerks. They have had a nice, easy
summer, recruiting at the popular re-
sorts, without doing any work while
their pay went on. They had the ex-
ample set by their chief, who has
been away from his post since early
in the season. His transcontinental
trip was commenced in the spring,
which was followed by other excursions
and a sojourn by the sea that have
used up the summer pretty thoroughly
without giving him time for public
duty. There is a pretense of official
work at Cape May Point,but that isn’t
the place for the perforinance of a
public trust, and there is very little
time for it when there are so many fish
to be caught and reed-birds to be shot
in the neighborhood. In fact, for the
past yearMr. HarRIsON'S mind has been
more occupied in intriguing for a second
term than in attending to public mat-
ters calculated to benefit the people.
What a contrast with the conscien-
tious discharge of duty on the part of
President CLevenaNDp, who restricted
himself to about 30 days’ leave of ab-
sence during each year he was occu-
pant of the White House. His cabi-
net officers followed their chief's ex-
ample, and gave their time and atten-
tion to the public business without
spending two or three months of each
year away from the seat of govern-
ment. It was the strict business
methods employed by the Cleveland
administration which commended the
administration to the people and help-
ed to pile up a comfortable working
surplus in the United States treasury
which has since been squandered by
careless management and reckless ex-
Sm ——
The South has made extraor-
dinary progress in cotton manufacture
with the last ten years. In 1880 there
were (67,854 spindles operated in the fie influeios and power of party leads
Southern mills, while in 1891 the num-
ber reported is 2,130,823. This shows
an increase of 240 per cent. The
greatest improvement has been in the
States of Georgia and North and South
Carolina, which have two-thirds of the
spindles in the South to-day. South
Carolina, which has been laboring
zealously and earnestly of late to de-
velope its cotton industry, has ad-
vanced nearly 500 per ceat in a little
more than a decade. The bulk of the
new cotton mills haye been erected in
the cotton producing States, and in the
midst of jthe cotton fields. Arkansas
and Mississippi, on the other hand,
while large [producers of the staple,
manufacture but little of it into cleth.
A Good State Ticket.
The Democratic convention did ex-
ceedingly well in making the State
ticket. Better men for the positions
could not be fonnd than Roerr E.
WrieHT and A. L. TILDEN.
Their records are clean. Their pri-
vate and public lives have been such
as to command the respect and confi-
dence of the people. The harmony
with which they were nommated was
a proper tribute to the worthiness of
their + characters, and it pro-
mises the full support of the par-
ty. Apd the ticket composed of
such material will be supported not
only by a united Democracy, but also
by thousands of citizen who are not
The convention acted (ndicionsdy in
basing the campaign wholly on State
issues, presenting the question directly
to the people whether the finances of
of the State shall continue to be cor-
ruptly managed, or whether there shall
be a change to more honest manage-
ment. The rortenness in the financial
department of the State government
can be exposed only by putting Dem o-
crats in the offices of Auditor General
and State Treasurer, and WricaT and
TripeEN are the mea for the task.
They will open the books andllay bear
the rascalities ot the past quarter of a
century, and after this duty 18 perfor m-
ed, will turn the business of those de-
partments into the channel of honesty
* and responsibility.
Too Thin a Humbug.
This yearthe American farmers are
going to do a big and profitable busi-
ness in shipping their produce to Eu-
rope. A Republican organ, speaking
of this circumstance, says: “It is im-
portant for our farmers to remember
that the millions that will flow to
them through reciprocity will be the
direct result of the Republican policy
of protection.”
It does not surprise us that the high
tariff champions have cheek enough to
credit the McKinley bill with the bene-
fit which an abundant harvest will
confer upon the farmers, If that Lili
hadn’t passed probably there wouldn't
have been any crops.
Fortunately the American farmers
this year have an abundance to sell,
but of this abundance they would sell
no more than the usual limited amount
to European customers if there had
not been almost a total failure on the
other side of the water. There is noth-
ing in the McKinley bill or the Repub-
lican tariff policy that induces this for-
eign purchase of our products, but it
is owing to the scarcity abroad. If it
were not for the failure of the crops 1m
Europe our immense surplus of bread.
stuffs and provisions would largely re-
| main on our hands, with no possibili-
ty of its being absord by the home
market which is said to be created by
And at this time when we aresend-
ing millions of bushels of wheat every
week to Europe, in what light are we
to look upon McKiNLEY's putting a tar-
iff of 25 cents a bushel on wheat to
protect the American farmer against
the competition of foreign wheat grow-
ers? Was there ever a more transpar-
ent humbug designed to put the farm-
ers under the impression that they are
protected by the tariff? And when was
it ever necessary, or ever will be neces-
sary, for the; products of American
i farms to have such protection ?
—-Notwithstanding General GrREGG'S
good personal character and his
military record, the trouble in his
| case is that he represents a party that
is interested in prolonging abuses, and
ers will be too strong for him to resist.
That is the obstacle in the way of re-
form within the Republican party. It
sounds very nicely, but it can’t be at-
tended with practical results. One
man, however good he may be, cannot
bring about reform when all the party
managers are against it.
Turn the Rascals Out.
The dishonest conduct of the Mer-
cantile Appraisers of Philadelphia,
who were in league with the Bards-
ley steal, had grown so apparent
that their removal and punishment
became imperatively necessary for the
ends of justice and the protection of
public interests.
had obtained such evidence of their
guilt that he felt justified in calling
upon Auditor General McCamaNT to
suspend the inculpated Mercantile Ap.
prasers and to bring criminal prose-
cutions against them. The Auditor
General declined to do this, showing a
disposition to shield these unfaithful
public officers, but Mr. Wricar, who
was appointed by the Governor to suc-
ceed BARDSLEY as custodian of the
plundered city treasury, is zealous in
the performance of his trust and de-
termined that the ‘guilty shall not es-
cape. He has produced such evidence
of the gnilt of the Appraisers that there
is no longer room for doubt, and even
MeCamant is forced to consent to sus-
pend the dishonest officials and then
prosecute them. The rascals must
not only be tnrned ont, but they must
also be punished.
——@Geuneral HastiNgs has already
opened the campaign with a speech at
Allentown. In regard to his early ap-
pearance in the field the Philadelphia
Record remarks :
i8 no fair weather soldier. Despite the
bedraggled condition of the Grand Old
Party he has already begun to rub her
down, smooth her tattered draperies |
and recommend the old harridan to
the merciful consideration of the peo-
ple who have been shamed and plun-
dered in her name. General Hastings
has undoubted talents ; the more pity
'tis that he should use them in the su p-
port of a doubtful cause,”
Treasurer WRIGHT
“General Hastings |
Spawls from the Keysions,
—Burglars have ransacked five Orwigsburg
—Typhoid fever has numerous victims in
—Nearly 250 criminal cases are on the Berks
county tral list.
—Roger Kinzel tried but failed to commif
suicide.with a razor in Tamaqua jail.
—Over 15,000 pieces of baggage were handle
ed at the Reading office in Reading last month,
—Harrisburg people have asked Attorney
General Hensel to stop Sunday cars there.
~The Fame Fire Company, of West Chester,
will lead the fireraen’s parade at Lock Haven,
—Jchn D. Zehring, of Johnstown, Lebanon
countv,aged 77, walked fifty miles on Satur.
—The State Veterinary. Association met at
Willkesbarre on Tuesday in semi-annual cons
—Halfthe street car companies in the State,
are delinquent in filing annual reports at Hare
—Reading Railroad trackmen near Phosnix
ville had Patrick Shehan arrested for stealing
their coats.
—A mad dog in Chester township, Berks
county, bit three cows , several dogs, and. was
then shot.
—David Butfamoyer, residing near Lebanon,
raised 104 bushels of potatoes on a quarter
acre of ground.
—Knights of the Mystie Chain to the nume
ber of 1000 paraded on Tuesday at: Allentowd
and had a prize drill.
—Thieves made a big haul of valuables from
thestore of Bubb & Lieb, .at Roaring Branch,
above Williamsport.
—The State Christian Endeavor Association
at Williamsport on October 6,7 and 8, will ate
tract 1500 delegates.
—Harrisburg petitions-ask to use the name
of the State in a suit to stop the East Harris.
burg street cars on Sundays.
—Benjamin Frantz, wanted in Kansas for
alleged forgeries of $1300,. has bsen capiured
at Doylestown.
—The 3 year-old son of Paul Utdie, of Sugar
Notch, near Hazleton, was drowned in twenty
inches of water.
—Pittsburg Republican manufacturers are
beingassessed for the expenses of the McK in-
ley campaign in Ohio, .
—The Slate Sunday sehool Convention will
meet in Bethlehem on September 29,.the- time
for convening having been postponed a.week,
—Lancaster county’s best tobacco erop on
record (the present one) covers 18,500 acres,
and will yield 50,000 cases.
—H. D. Avery, of Eagle's Mere, is the owner
‘of a dog that gave seventeen pups at
one time, fourteen of which she raised.
—Prospects are reported to be: good: for the
building of the Reading and Chesap eake Rails
road from Reading, Pa. to Havre de Grace,
—Mrs. Catherine Heitand died at Lancastep
aged 87 years. There survive four children,
fifty grand-children and 1(1 great-grands
—The Reading :Raiiroad has purchased par
ot Mervine Hill, at Shoemakersville, where
the big wreck occurred a year ago, and will
cut away the bank to reduce the dangerous
—The Lancaster city School Board iat its
meeting last week shortened the school hours,
Children will now be in school five hours each
day instead ®f six,
—Two hundred and. fifty members and
friends of Lincoln Post, No. 11, G. A. R., of
Newark, N. J. arrived at Gettysburg last
night on a three-days visit.
Angelo Volpi was fatally shot by | Lewis
Hoar while eating apples on the latter's farm
near Scranton. Hoar was arrested and lodged:
in jail.
—Charles Dietrich was shot in the face by
Amanda Long, another boy, who mistook him
for a squiriel moving through the foliage,
near Altonah Church, Northampton county.
—At Thursday’s meeting of the Pennsyls
vania World's Fair Commission Benjamin
Whitman, of Erie, will probably be chosen
Executive Commissioner, in place of Charles
8. Wolfe, decea-ed. i
—A harrow, one-tooth of which fell on the,
foot of 60-year old Charles Kutz, of Kutztown,
and. a splinter run into Mrs. Oscar Becker's
foot: at Fleetwood, caused the two to die of
—Patrick Munley and two other men are
wanted on a warrant for knocking insensible
and robbing of his month’s wages at Pottsville
John Dempsey, of Tremont.
—Henry Leinger, of Schuylkill Haven,
thrashed Lewis Boyer, who opposed Leinger's
father’s nomination for Poor Director, Boyer
an employe at the Almshouse, stabbed Lein
ger in self defense, and was arrested.
—Labor Day was generally observed
throughout the State. Parades were held in
St. Clair, Lancaster, Pottstown, Shenandoah,
Pottsville, Altoona, Wilkes-Barre, York, and,
other cities, and business was suspended.
—While a gang of Italian laborers were at
work near Pottstown a tramp. gathered an
armful of coats belonging to the men and ate
tempted to escape. The Italians at once gave
chase and soon captured the man, who ser
riously stabbed several of his pursuers before
being landed in jail.
—The tobacco crop of Lancaster county near«
ly harvested is the largest ever grown, the
acreage reaching 18,500 acresand the yield 50,
20. Gases. The durage by hail asd rast i§
about 5 per cent. of the whole crop, the gualit
of the remainder being very fine.
—Trouble has arisen between the Philadel.
phia& Erie Railroad Company and the Wile
liamsport authorities over the attempt of tha
latter to close cermin crossings which the com-
pany claims are not public highways. By an
! amicable arrangement the matter will be tests
ed in the eourts,
~Warrants have been issued by the Unions
| town Law and Order Society against the presi.
| dent and directors of the Fayette county Agri.
cultural Association, on the charge of aiding
I and abetting gambling at the fair last week,
Permits had been issued by them to the pros
prietors of a number of games, who reaped a
ries harvest on the fair grounds.
—A defective main at Easton caused consid.
erable damage to property. Streets caved in
and the foundations of several buildings were
I badly affocted. A new reservoir was put in
service about three weeks ago when new pipes
| were laid.
—All was quiet in Lebanon Sunday. Three
| men, Jesse Weidler, Edward McLaughlin, and
| James Ritter, are in custody, and further are
i rests will be made on account of Saturday
night's riot. The better element of the strike
! ers denounced the attack,