Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, March 25, 1892, Image 1

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    Demorralic Waldo
Ink Slings.
—Soon the troop of spring:time poets,
With their tender little ode lets,
Will with dreams of fame unfading,
Tothe busy sanctum run ;
But in calmness waits the writer,
For he's hired a big prize fighter.
And with thoughtfulness amazing,
Sits beside a loaded gun;
An ugly looking,
Wicked shooting,
Pain entailing gun.
— A miss-print—Kissing the wrong
— Chicago has at last attained true
greatness—boodle aldermen.
— Over the bar itis set up; at the
bar it is sent up, and behind the bar it
is pent up.
— After this week’s free coinage de-
bate the House should not want for sil-
ver tongued orators.
— Winter got to its close last Sunday
night about 10 o'clock, just at the time
most mortals were getting out of their's.
— Lime will probably go up and the
white wash business receive a boom,
now that the Huntingdon Reformatory
is to be investigated.
-—Theold proverb: ‘who confides
in a woman builds on the the sand”
seems to be being verified in the falling
condition of American womanhood.
—The Philadelphia Press might busy
itself helping along the pardon for the
editors of the Beaver Star. It would be
a little round about yet all to the point.
— Because they had advertised the
«Fourty thieves” at a Denver theater,
Philadelphia people thought their coun-
cil had gone west to give entertain-
—The voluntary dissolution of the
Standard Oil trust lends some color to
Lieut. TorTeEN’s millenium theory.
Something wonderful must surely be
about to happen.
—Some of the fools found consolation
in the fact that their “green goods”
could be used on St. Patrick’s day any-
way. There was a singular appropriate-
ness about it, too.
— What an elixir, to BISMARK, it
must be to see WILHELM'S cabinet all
broken up. And to see him on his
knees begging CAPRIVI, the chancellor,
not to desert him.
—1If poor BENJAMIN vetoes the free
silver bill, the wild and wooly west will
go harder for his skin than the poachers
have been doing for Uncle Sam’s seals
in the Behring sea.
—-When a railroad passes an individ-
ual its a suresign its doing something
for some one. But when it passes a
dividend itis evident that it is doing no-
thing for itself or anyone else.
The Lock Haven Democrat says that
a First ward resident has a hen that is a
jewel because she layed an egg that
measured 6x10. If she really is a jewel
her owner should have her set in a ring.
~The fact that the governor of Texas
did not enter the list of Senatorial can-
didates and try to gobble that office in
addition to the one he now holds, proves
that he is not as much of a Hoea as
some people thought he would be.
— According to Lieutenant TOTTEN] we
are already in the beginning of the end,
but there’s still time to work GROVER
in for another term before GABRIEL
toots his little toot. If the rascals are
all turned out they will have ample time
to reform yet.
— There is one thing certain, says jthe
Chinese Minister, if the pig tail is ex-
cluded from American shores our pigs
can’t root their way into China. It is
about'six of one and a half dozen of the
other. We don’t need Chinamen and
they don’t eat pork.
—They’re only College boys on an in-
nocent lark’’ should not excuse the Yale
rowdies for breaking up the performance
of a respectable troupe, playing in New
Haven. They are usually spoken of as
College men, but ‘‘men” would be a
misnoraer in this case.
—Scarce had the news reached our
shores that the Indiana had arrived, at
the port of Libau, in safety, with her
precious cargo for thestarving Russians,
ere a cablegram, to American papers,
announced that the Czar had called a
conference to consider a plan for war on
Germany and Austria. It didn’t take
much to brace the Russians up did it?
Perhaps there was some of Hecker’s self
rising Buckwheat flour in the held of
the good ship.
~The recent uncovering of corruption
the in the Chicago board of aldermen fur-
nishes much food for thought to the
mocalist and lover of purity in politics,
One shudders tor the welfare of the land
when he realizes that just such men, as
those who put their tools into the gov-
erning board of the Windy City, hold
the upper hand in matters of State and
national import. The Statesman of to-
day has come to be the man who can
best farm public trusts for private inter-
ests, and so much in danger is the weal
of government, that we hesitate to
watch its mechanism lest we blush for
shame at the fallen virture of Ameri-
VOL. 37.
NO. 12.
A Wrong About Which They Are Silent.
It ought to be about time that we
hear something about political appor-
tionments from that portion of the
newspaper press of the country, that
arrogates to itself all the honor that in-
dependent action brings, and parades
its efforts as being exclusively for the
benefit of the whole people.
Last fall when Governor Hiuy and
the Democratic party of New York
were making the fight through the
courts of that State for the sanctity of
the law, and the success of the Demo-
cratic party, this same newspaper
press, that takes so much glory in an-
nouncing its independence of all par-
ties and its contempt for political or-
ganizations, spared neither space, ef-
forts nor words, to convince the pub-
lic that the sole purpose of this Demo-
cratic persistincy was to secure con-
trol of the Legislature of that State, in
order that a political gerrym ander of
congressional and legislative districts
could be enacted.
That “gerrymander,” as it was then
thought proper to stigmatize any effort
of the Democracy to secure a fair ap-
portionment, is now in the course of
passage through the Democratic legis-
lature ot that State, and if these es-
teemed ealumniators, the independents
and mug-wumps, will only take the
trouble to examine it, and compare it
with a measure of similar import that
the Republican legislative caucus of
Ohio, has determined to enact for that
State, they will find food for consider-
able thought, and evidence of the most
incontrovertal kind, that all the vil-
lainy and viciousness of modern poli-
tics, is not to be charged tothe Demo-
cratic party.
With a Democratic majority of 45,-
000 at the last election, the Democratic
lezislature of New York, proposes to
so district the State that of the thirty
four congressmea to elect, the Repub-
licans will have fifteen, the Democrats
gixteen, and leave three doutbful dis-
With a Republican majority of less
than 20,000 at the last election, the
Republican legislature of Ohio, has
presented and determined to passa bill
districting that state, so that of the
twenty-one - congressmen to which it
is entitled, the Democrats snall have
five, and the Republicans sixteen.
Getting down to figures, Democratic
New York, proposes to take one cou-
gressman for every 40,000, Democratic
resentative to every 43,000 Republican
votes, basing their apportionments on
the last presidential election.
Republican Ohio, fixes up her dis-
tricts so that every 26,000 Republican
votes can secure a representative in
congress, whileit allows to the Demo-
crats but one for every 79,000 votes.
Could anything show more plainly,
a determination to recognize the rights
of the people and to do what is fair
and honorable, than the action of the
Democratic legislature of New York?
Or could anything be more infamously
wrong, or villainously outrageous,upon
the right to representation as supposed
to be secured us under the constitu-
tion, than the inexcusable gerrymander
that is to be fastened upon Ohio by its
Republican law makers?
Aud yet, has any one heard, the
boasted, virtuous (?) self-lauded, inde-
pendent (?) newspaper of the country,
commend the one or denounce the
When Democrats appealed to the
courts of New York for the enforce-
ment of Republican laws, and forcing
that party to recognize the enactments
it had passed, secured control of both
branches of its legislature, there were
no words strong enough in the english
vocabulary, to express the horror and
contempt these self-righteous editors
had, for such methods, in obtaining
power. Bat now when 266,455 Demo-
crats in Ohio are to be practically dis-
franchised ; when counties areso bunch-,
ed that men chosen to congress do not
represent the people, but the merest
fraction of them ; when this rape on
popular rights aud this wrong on the
principles of representation, is proposed
by the Republicans, not a sentence in
condemnation or a word of warning is
heard from one of them.
Verily these political pharisees could
look over a barnyard reeking with
Republican foulness and discover a
fly-speck on a Democratic stable door.
Will Have Judicial Determination.
The question of the Constitutionality
of the Baker ballot reform law will be
determined by the supreme court. That
question, has got before that body in
the regular way, by an appeal taken
from the decision of the court at
Scranton, and there will be no way in
which the learned Judges who occupy
the supreme bench, and who plead infor-
mality ot proceedings, as an excuse for
not considering it some weeks ago, to
get round a direct confirmation of the
law or a decision that will render it
entirely inoperative.
To the people of the state who must
bear the expense of putting this new |
law into effect, the supreme court owes
it as a matter of justice, to render a
decision on this question at once. If
the law is constitutional and is to be
enforced, it will take from this time un-
til the election to get the masses to un-
derstand its workings, and the para:
phrenalia of elections ready for use.
If itis unconstitutional, any further
bother or expense about it would be a
useless waste of time and money.
As long as it is before the cours the
people, and officials charged with see-
ing that it is pat into operation, will
not know what to do.
As the matter must have judicial de-
cision now, let it be hurried up as
speedily as possible. There can be no
excuse for delay.
If the Democrats in some of the
counties of this state, which could be
named, would make half the effort or
show a tithe of the earnestness, in har-
monizing their difference and organiz-
ing. for the fall campaign, that they
do in trying to elect delegates to the
coming state convention and to instruct
them for their particular favorites,
there would be a very different result,
from that anticipated this fall. A
party that wastes its energies and di-
vides -its forces in foolish, factional
fends, can expect and get but little, and,
in trath, deserves no more than it gete.
Is it Only Wind.
The Quay Republicans up in Blair
county are feeling awfully hilarious
over the fact that they literally, to use
a streetism, “wiped up the political
floor” with the opposition to the Beav-
er boss on Saturday last. After all
the professions and pretense of a deter-
mination on the part of the Republican
: | masses to rebuke the incompetency,
votes, and to give one Republican rep- |
that has disgraced them, their party
and the state in the United States Sen-
ate, and elect a reputable citizen
with character and capacity enough to
make at least a respectable senator,
the action of the Blair county Repub-
licansis a surprising disappointment.
It don’t pan out well with Republican
promises, or;their pretended. purposes.
It don’t furnish any evidence that the
much boasted opposition to Quay is
anything more than talk, or any hope
that Pennsylvania is to be relieved,
through Republican action, of the dis-
grace that must cling to a common-
wealth that persists in presenting as
its highest representative, a man with-
out character, qualification or stand-
If there are no more votes 1n other
parts of the state in proporuon {0
the blow, against QuaY-iSm than is
shown by the returns in Blair, the
anti-Quay Republicans are a long way
from making a hopeful fight, and the
state a number of years from securing
a Senator whom any one will respect.
A Few Points in Politics.
Roger Q.' Mints is the new U. S.
Senator from Texas. ;
The free silver bill is now being de-
bated in the house.
have all nearly recovered from their
recent serious illness.
A large majority of Pennsylvania
counties have already declared for
rr e—
—— The Democratic county Com-
mittee of Perry county, at iis meeting,
on Monday last, recognized the public
sentiment of that section by instruct-
ing its delegates to the state conven:
tion to support national delegates who
will favor CLEVELAND as a first, and
Parrison as a second choice for presi-
dential nomination. At the present
time this seems to be the general sen-
timent of the Pennsylvania democracy,
An Issue that Wont Materialize.
The Jingo statesmanship(?) that
would rejoice if i6 could kick up a war
with England, nntil after the election,
in order that the tariff and other issues
as well asthe record of the Republican
party might be forgotten, is not getting
along very successfully in its efforts in
that line. While Mr. Harrison and
his friends may need a new question
and anew campaign cry, to make a
show next November, Mr. SALISBURY
is notin that fix, ani can afford to
deal with the Behring Sea differences
in a way that will settle the question
amicably, and to the credit of both
countries, without either blood shed or
the blow or bluster of war. While
Mr. Bayarp was at the head of the
department of state, this seal fishery
dispute was honorably, and satisfac-
torily adjusted, but the desire of Mr.
BLAINE to twist the lion’s tail, of Mr.
HARRISON to bring new issues into the
next campaign,and of a few “Canucks”
to disregard law, treaties and govern-
ment lines, has brought the matter up
again, in a way, that if England was
as anxious to forget the condition of
her business interests and the local
questions bearing upon them, as this
Republican administration is, we could
have a war commenced in about twen-
ty-four hours.
Unluckily for Mr. Harrison and
the Republican party, their war pro-
jectsdo not pan out any better than did
their promises of good times under
their McKINLEY tariff bill; and the
chances are now ten to one, that in
place of hurrahing for the flag and try-
ing to wallop England next fall, they’ll
be put to the straits of explaining their
record and lying about the effects of
their protective tariff.
A Burning Comparison.
The Meadville Republican predicts
that the Republicans “next fall will
sweep th: country like a prairie fire.”
No doubt they will if they sweep it
at all. Where a prairie fire goes it
spares nothing. What it wants it
takes. It licks up every thing within
ite reach. It lives only while it finds
plenty and is fiercest when it has the
most to ravage upon and destroy. In
its approach is roaring, tumult and
smoke. In its embrace is strangula-
tion and death. In its wake are the
ashes of desolation.
How apt the comparison—a prairie
fire and a Republican victory.
An Organization of Which it Seems to
Have no Knowledge.
Between squelching that “terrible”
Reading railroad deal, a matter that
the courts have now before them for
determination ; downing “boss” HAr-
riTY; teaching the Attorney-general
the law and his duties,and maligning a
Democratic administration, the Harris-
burg Patriot seems to have more than
it is able to accomplish, and at the
same time give attention to other mat-
ters of public import. If its readers
have ever heard that there is a Repub-
lican party in this state and through-
out the entire country that has com-
mifted sins that should damn it in the
eyes all decent citizens, and perpetra-
ted outrages, upon the rights of states
and individuals, that should forever
prevent its receiving the support of any
honest voter, they have read it in some
other newspapers, or been told so by
some one else. So far as the Patriot's
efforts go, they seem to indicate that it
knows nothing of such a party, or that
certain departments of government
both ut Harrisburg and Washington,
are under the control of theiving Re-
publican rings, that in many people’s
estimation, are much more detrimen-
tal to the interests of the state and the
citizens, than it will ever be able to
make them believe this Democratic
state administration is.
——The sweetened bait that was of-
fered by the Sugar Trust, has caught
Cravs SprECKRLS at last, and the only
formidable opposition that gigantic
combine bad,vanishes, By the arrange
ment that has been entered into,
SpERckELS makes $3,000,000 in addi
tion to what be will realize from the
gale of his plant; the trust males it:
self absolute dictator of the price this
necessary commodity will command, |
while the people are made to “pay the
Doing Good Work.
From the Tunkhannock Democrat.
The Democratic House has already
begun the work of retrenchment. The
estimates of appropriation * for the
District of Columbia were reduced $1,-
000,000 in round numbers, and the
Military Academy bill, as passed the
House, carries 20 per cent. less money
than was urged to be appropriated by
an extravagant administration.
Protection from Home Competition
From the Honesdale Herald.
The Pennsylvania ironmasters will
soon be crying out for a protective tar-
iff against southern manufactories.
Recently, large lots of Birmingham,
Alabama, iron have been shipped right
into the midst of our iron furnaces and
rolling mills. What can be done to
remedy this distressful state of affairs ?
The trouble is that the colored labor
of the South is so much cheaper than
that used in this section, which males
it just as bad as if they were “foreign
pauper laborers.”
Reluctant to Let Go the Teat.
From the Philadelphia Record.
Having been in office in Nebraska
for a score of years, ex-Governor Thay-
er is evidently reluctant to quit posing
in the public eye. He accordingly de-
termined to move in the State Supreme
Court for a reopening ot the case of
Boyd vs. Thayer. This is cheeky, in
the face of the fact that the Court de-
cided that if anyone but Boyd could
occupy the gubernatorial chairit would
be Lieutenant Governor Majors and
not Thayer, who had no colorable title
to hold over. These veterans in poli-
tics die hard.
Blathering about War and Asking
From the National Democrat.
While the administration is threat-
ening retaliatory legislation against
Canada our Northwestern farmers are
asking for the “privilege” of the use of
the Canadian canals on the same terms
as the Canadians. How likely our
farmers are to get any favors from
Canada while the administration is
threatening to go to war with England
and invade Cadfda may be isferred
from the fact that the Canadian gov-
ernment has been asked by the Marine
Association of the Dominion to levy a
toll of two cents a ton on American
goods passing through Canada on
The Laboringman’s Judas.
From the Steubenville (0.) Gazette.
John Jarrett will get a salary of
$5,000 a year for helping the Iron
Manufacturers’ Association to cut down
wages. Perhaps Mr. Jarrett thinks a
dollar a day is enough for a working-
man. He is not a workingman him-
gelf in this controversy. When on the
other side of the table as President of
the Amalgamated Association, his
heart bled for the poor workingman at
bigger wages than he could get as a
common everyday iron worker. The
conditions have not yet changed in such
a way as to cause a change of mind on
this point. The workingman is just as
worthy of his hire now as he was then.
In fact what he then considered low
daily wages was about equal to the
weekly wages that he now will work to
have reduced, simply because he can
get more mouey himself out of it.
Wwilfally and Bigotedly Blind.
From the Port Allegheny Reporter.
Even as all roads led to Rome, so, to
the protectionist all things center in a
high taritt. To him there 1s no other
force in nature or potency in civiliza-
tion. To him, cheap and abundant
lands, limitless forests, and inexhaus:
table mines, or a hardy and industri-
ous population are ciphers, mere dust
in the balance when weighed against a
statue, in building up a great and pros-
perous nation, A free press, free
schools, inventive genius, the energetic
and progressive type of manhood
evolved from the intermingling of all
the best races of Europe, under our free
institutions, all coant for nothing in
his mind. He cannot, or rather will
not, see that the working population of
the country being able to employ itself
upon free government lands has been,
to a degree, independant of capital and
therefor able to command good wages:
or that wages are always high in a
densely populated country, whether
tariff be high or low. He deliberately
closes his mind to euch facts and attri:
butes every blessing we enjoy to protec-
tion and eyery evil that afflicts us,
when he can be brought to admit that
any evils do afflict us, to the want of a
little more protection. In short he not
only throws to the winds experience
and observation, he not only despises
history and plain facts, but in order to
bolster up high tart goods, which,
dagon-like will be satisfied with noth:
ing less than our very bodies a living
sacrifice; he pillories reason and cru:
cifies common sense.
——1f you want printing of any de-
scription the WATCHMAN office is the
place to have it done.
Spawls from the Keystone.
—Steelton counts on an opera house.
—There’s splendid sieighing in npper Berks
County. 4
—Christian young women are organizing in
—The Montour Iron and Steel Works, at
Danville resumed Wednesday.
—The snow was three feet deep on some of
the Schuykill County roads.
—Hemorrage of the brain killed William C.
Dreis, of Watchville, in bed. :
—XKatie Acker (white) eloped from Pittsburg
with John Burleigh {colored.)
—There are snow drifts 10 to 18 feet deep in
the upper part of Northampton County.
—The sitting Criminal Court at Reading
has nearly 200 cases for its next docket:
—Lenhartsviile, Berks county, a borough
covering 40 acres, has only 150 population.
Scarcity of farm laborers and poor times are
driving Berks Ccunty farmers out of busin ess.
—There were seventy-five accessions to the
Duncannon Presbyterian church last Sun-
—Launching a log-floater’s ark at Caledonia,
Woodsman Dick Roserick was crushed to
— A burglar robbed the house of Hiram Mc-
Hase, of Bethlehem, of $200 while the family
was at church.
—Too shorta squib cost Miner William
Schwarlz a fatal wound in exploding a blast
near Ashland.
—Mill girls at Jeanesville are reported to
have been discharged for wearing green on St.
Patrick’s Day.
— A charter was issued yesterday to the Col-
umbia Coal Mining Company, of Philadelphia 3
capital, $150,000.
—A Reading town meeting recommended an
appropriation of $200,000 for storm and house-
drainage systems.
—Pittston has raised the $5000 necessary to
secure the State’s $15.000 appropriation for a-
miners’ hospital.
—The Shenandoah and Ashland Electric
Railway has been completed from Rappahan-
nock to Lost Creek.
—The dozen puddling furnaces of the
Lochiel Rolling Mills, Steelton, resumed
Monday with 125 men.
—A. Shoppell, a Bethlehem blacksmith, has
challenged rivals to shoe kickers (including
mules) as fast as he can.
—Steelton expects to have a Federal build-
ing. The borough's postal receipts are up
wards of $30,000 a year.
—In an Fast Penu wreck near Temple, a
number of cars were piled up and brakeman
William Rush was crushed. . .
— Edward Nelson was fatally stabbed by a
fellow negro workman on an Ohio River
steamer below Pittsburg.
Harry Brownsberger, of Lancaster, who was
shot by Jay Leachey during a quarrel, will re-
cover- Both are boys of 12.
—Morey and Hess, alleged proprietors of a
gilded gambling den with liveried attendants,
have been arrested at Scranton,
—Johnstown magistrates say that if the sa-
loons do not soon open they will have to close
their offices forwant of business.
—Hazleton borough bonds are missing
since the town has become a city, and there
are lively developments promised.
—In trying to stop a fight between a cat and
dog, John Dautrich, of Ruscombmanor, Berks,
County, was severely bitten by both.
—Mrs. Lydia Stief, of Reading, aged mother-
in-law of murdered Officer John Merget has
quickly followed the latter to his grave.
—Revival meetings in Franklin have se
cured 500 converts in a few weeks and practi-
cally closed the playhouses of the town.
—Frank Cuffenberger, who stole beer:
and other articles trom Reading Railroad cars
at Lebanon, has been arres ted at Reading.
—The store of Samuel Pershing, of New
Florence, Westmoreland county, was robbed
of boots, shoes, clothing, etc, to the value of
$300 .
—Hon. Michael Fitzharris, of Cambria
county, is not a candidate for fresh legislative
honors. One winter at Harrisburg was enough
for him.
—Fourth-class postmasters appointed Fri.
day: H. Steel, Elwell; A. L. Diffenbaugh,
Greenland ; P. Smith, Gurner;S. A. Toombs
—While driving down South Mountain with
a pair ot fractious horses, E.M. Sebastian, of
Reading was thrown from his wagon and
—Charles McGuire, of Bell Township, near
Greensburg, saved his life by jumping into a
spring of water after oil on his clothing had
—Fourteen guests at the Exchange Hotel
in Montrose were daugerously poisoned by
eating biscuits in which rat poison had found
its way.
—Thirty kegs of beer, seventeen Italians
and eighteen gallons © whisky were caught
in conjunction at Mrs. Noll.s “speak-easy,’
—A Polish laborer, in Pittsburg, while
asleep on a pile of slag, was almost covered
with red hot slag, and his entire body was
burned up.
—The Young Men's Christian Associations
of Berks, Schuylkill, Dauphin snd and Colum=
bia Counties have just closed a lively convin-
tion at Reading.
— William Swann, supposed to be of Phila
delphia, died at Altoona yesterday. He had
his leg cutoff by a train. He had plenty of
money in his pocket.
—Formal apeal was made to the State
Board of Pardons Tuesday in behalf of Mellon
and Porter, the imprisoned Beaver editors who
ibeled Senator Quay.
—Monroe County officers as well as those
from Lancaster are after Joseph Greener. or
«Bucksin Joe,” the alleged swindler of veter
ans seekin g pensions.
——Robert McClure, an agent of the Pittsburg
Law Order Society, was Friday indicted for
perjury in having & South-side newsdealer
fined for selling on Sunday.
—The one hundred laborers of Wilkesbarre,
who intended to emigrate to Montana, in April
have abandoned the unaertaking wing to un
favorable reports from that State.
-—A 14-months-old child of Anthony Sher-
utzki, of Johnstown, swallowed & quantity of
concentrated lye Wednesday morning. She
was living at 230 a.’ m., but the doctor said
death was inevitable.
— William Johnston, a young colored man
living in Dubois, was found dead in bed the
other morning, and the verdict of the coro-
ner’s jury was that whisky did the business.
Rum will gel there every time, regardless of