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BY P. G AY MEEK.
—Ts there nothing to take the place of
foot ball ?
—Cs may have been the lucky letter
this year but we'd just as soon have a
few-gilt edged I. O. Us.
——After all the speculations of As-
tronomers, in place of it being BEILA’S
comet it turned its tail this way and
proved to be a go-it.
—If the gold basis is to go KEELEY
should be allowed some representation in
the International Monetary conference
now sitting in Brussels.
--Birds-eye views are all right as
long as thethe proper kindof a bird
figures. When the *Chippie” eyeis
used then we fancy there is'nt much
—Real economy is getting to be quite
common in royal families. The Queen
Regent of Spain is building her own
coffin. She smokes twelve cigarettes
—A Johnstown lass refused to marry
her swain because he said he would
make her his angle. She was right.
How could she wear suspenders with
big wings growing out of her back.
—Emperor WILLIAM, of Germany, is
again being troubled with his ear. His
physicians think it is cancer, inherited
from his father, but others, of a less
considerative turn, have reason to think
that CAPRIVI has put a “bug” in it.
—By the time tho great telescope
which Mr. CuArRLES F. YERKES has
bequeathed to the new Chicago Univer-
sity, has been constructed it will take
its most powerful magnifying lense to
trace specks of a once Republican party.
— Washington hotel keepers are being
deluged with applications for quarters
from prospective inauguration visitors.
If the landlords of the national capitol
freat the Democracy like those of the
Windy city did——Well —we’ll stand it
again in 97.
—1Instead of its being a roll of honor
the U. S. Pension list has come to be a
roster of leeches and frauds, whose names
are making it a disgrace for honorable
pensioners to ask for the assistance they
so richly deserve. Itis to be hoped
that a pruning down will soon be
—XKansas is thinking of sending a
woman to the United States senate and
some writers have been unkind enough
to say that if such be the case it will be,
useless for that body to hold secret ses-
sions. At all events if Mrs. ENEASE
does represent the Sunflower state she
will have to weild a pretty glibe tongue
to get ahead of her predecessor, INGALLS.
~The science of Astronomy received
a severe blow last Sunday night when
the comet failed to appear. All persons
are to some extent skeptical, especially
so with reference to things astral. For
while we accept the statements of as-
tronomers mostly because of our ina-
bility to argue them, we nevertheless
gloat in such opportunities, as their
recent blunder has afforded us, to laugh
at the old fogies.
—Foot-ball, the great college game,
as well as nearly all other field sports
entered into by students, is beginning to
savor so much of professionalism that it
will only be a matter of a few years un-
til it will lose the hold which it has ov-
er college enthusiasts. Graduates can
cheer for supporters of their alma mater
far more lustily when they know that
college spirit and not a ‘‘consideration’”
is the incentive to supremacy.
—The fact that HARRISON'S message
will not be ready for the opening of
Congress is not at all asurprise when all
of the sorrow he has undergone in the
past few months is taken into considera-
tion. The United States have never
called a president whose term of office
has been so signally one characterized
by affliction as has that of Mr. HARRI-
son. His party has disintegrated, his
cabinet been disrupted and, saddest of
all, his family circle broken by death.
—Republican organs are very much
worried because CLEVELAND is not
writing as many letters as they think he
should. Mr. CLEVELAND'S epistolatory
season is over until he will be called
upon to give to Congress and the coun-
try at large the message upon which
will be outlined bis suggestions for ‘an
honest government economically ad-
m inistered.” Then they will see the
doctrines of Democracy fulfilled and
the pleas of atax ridden people an-
-—The newspapers of a country are
invariably its scape goats. Ifan enter-
prise fails the press is given the devil
for not ‘booming’ it
should it be successful the press is ex-
. pected to puff the long headed manager
whose sagacity (?) brought about the
result. The French press 1s now being
blamed for breaking up LoUBET'S
cabinet and appropriating $6,000,000
of the Panama canal funds. Itis no
wonder that French newspaper men
demanded a good round sum when they
had to shut their eyes to such a scandal.
sufficiently ; |
STATE RIGHTS AN
D FEDERAL UNION.
BELLEFONTE, PA., DEC. 2, 1862.
A Matter They Should bé Ashamed to
If there was the least particle of con-
sistency, or buta mite of shame, in the
Republican press there would be an
amazing falling off in the amount of
advice these journals are now giving
the Democratic party about the neces
sity of enforcing civil service ideas.
Upon our exchange list is from forty
to fifty representative Republican pa-
pers. They come from nearly every
State in the Union. We have glanced
over their pages regularly, as they were
received for the past four years, and
we doubt, if in all that time as much
was said, in all of them combined,
in favor of Civil Service Reform as
will be found in any half dozen of
them, since the defeat of their party a
little over three weeks ago.
For a party that while in power
paid no heed to any demand for the
enforcement of civil service rules;
that violated every principle that un-
derlies that idea; that put honest and
efficient men out of place simply be-
cause they were not partisan, heelers
or political toughs; that paid no re-
gard to the requirements of the law on
this subject, or no respect for the sen-
timent of the public that asked its en-
forcement, to set itself up now as a
finger board pointing the way for the
Democracy to go, and designating
what course to pursue, is as impu-
dent as it is shameless, and as shame-
less as impudent. :
When the Democratic party wants
to learn the necessities of civil service
enforcement, or the benefits the coun-
try will receive from a strict com-
pliance with the requirements of its
provisions, they will seek other teach-
ers than broken down political-hacks,
whose only idea is the retention in
place of the Republican rounders,
who now fill every government poei’
tion of either profit or trust. ps
There may be much to be said in
favor of civil service reform but it is
not the party that failed to see any of
its beauties or to realize any of the
benefits it might be to the public, until
itis going out of power, that should
attempt to be its spokesman. When
the riff-raff with which the Republican
party has filled every important place
and crowded into every clerkship, is
turned out to earn their living in some
other way than by drawing govern-
ment salaries, for service rendered the
Republican party, and honest men who
will perform the duties of the positions
fill their places, it will be time to be-
gin a strict enforcement of civil ser-
There is a time for all things, and the
time for Republican papers to have
little to say about & principle they re-
fused to recognize, or carry out, when
they had the power to doso, is the pres-
ent. The time for civil service—Demo-
cratic civil service—which means hon-
est, competent, faithful men in office,
will come as soon as the horde of Re-
publicans, who are now feeding at the
public crib, is turned adrift.
The rascals must go first—then will
come real civil service.
A Doubtful Thing That is Very Un-
After all Mrs. Lease may not have
much of a lease upon that United
States Senatorship out in Kansas:
The Legislature of that State, as it
now stands, without Coftey county, is
a tie, there being sixty-two Republi-
cans and sixty-two Populists, Demo-
cratic and Independent members. Cof-
fey county is also a tie and the matter,
as to who gets its representative, will
be determined by drawing lots. Un-
der the circumstances there are lots of
doubts as to the ultimate outcome for
Mrs. Lease, and stock in the Blue-hose
party is down at the heel and wrinkled
to an extent that is both demoralizing
The Harrisburg Patriot is rap-
idly recovering from its recent loss by
fire and will soon be in its own estab-
lishment again. If the burning desire,
| to write down the Democratic Admin-
istration and prominent Democrats of
the State, that it has exhibited since
coming under its present editorial
management, could only be quenched
for a while, there would be fewer sore
spots about it to annoy and disgust its
readers, and it might rise from the
ashes, both of property and reputation,
that it now finds itself surrounded with,
in a much shorter time than it will un-
der other circumstances.
Commence at Home.
We don’t know that acy one will
sympathize very deeply with Chicago
newspapers in their complaints and de-
nunciations of the railroad companies
for refusing to fix a cheap rate of fare
to the Exposition next year, While
the people, without exception, desire
and deserve to travel as cheaply as
possible, yet when it comes to being
robbed, and they know they are the
victims, they are not going to cry be
cause the rail-road companies demand
a share of what Chicago has set its
heart on taking.
With the tens of thousands who ex-
pect to visit the Exposition it will only
be a matter of who gets their money.
If the railroad companies do not take
it, Chicago will. So that in any dis-
putes there may be about the rate of
transportation the people need bother
themselves but little.
A specimen of how Chicago can rob
the public was given at the time of the
last Democratic convention, and their
is no one anywhere who knows aay-
thing of that bunco business, who is
going to bother himself in the least
about the amount of money visitors to
the fair will have to pay to get to Chi-
cago. The less they have when they
arrive there the less the sharks of that
city will have when they come “away.
It is after they put themselves in
charge of the hotel, boarding-house
and restaurant keepers, the barbers
and boot-blacks, the cabmen and cof-
fee-houses, and the thousands of other
big and little thieves that Chicago
gives shelter and protection to, that
they may expect to, and will, be fleeced.
So that under the circumstances we
don’t see that the public has mach in-
terest in the matter one way or the
other. It isto be fleeced any + , and
just who does it, or whether Cn. a0
or the railroad companies get the lazg-
est share of the swag, is a matter of
However, before Chicago newspapers
make much ado about full fare, to the
show, being charged by railroads, or
the patriotism these = corporations
would exhibit by arranging a half-rate
schedule, would it not be in place for
them to point out some Chicago inter-
est, or enterprise, or individual, that
proposes charging halfrates, or any-
thing less than full or double rates, for
anything they expect to do for, or fur-
nish to, the people attending the show.
Uktil those who will reap the greatest
financial harvest from the success, it is
to be hoped, the Exposition will prove,
show a disposition to arrange and enforce
a reasonable rate of charges for what
they expect to furnish the public, there
is ro reason why they should demand
of other interests a reduction of their
Let Chicago first guarantee the pub-
lic fair treatment at reasonable rates,
and after that it will be time enough
for it to complain if railroad fares are
higher than they should be.
Give Him the Opportunity.
As the Democratic end of Mr. Con-
greesman McALEER's party, the fellows
who talk about being Democrats, but
whose business seems to be to trade off
the Democratic ticket whenever op-
portunity offers—have done their can-
didate the honor of giving hima politi-
cal reception, would it not be in place
for the Republican party, whose regu
lar and only candidate he was, to show
its appreciation of his work by doing
likewise? A candidate who can pose
all the year round as a Democrat and
on election day always assist the Re-
publicans, is certainly deserving of
some little recognition, after election,
from the party whose success he labor-
ed for and whose candidate he was, Mr.
MoArLeer told his alleged Democratic
followers how the State could be car-
ried for the Democracy. What's the
matter with our Republican friends
giving him a chance to advise them as
to the best courseto pursue to retain-
their grip on Pennsylvania ?
——What a lucky thing for the
Democracy that the comet did not
materialize, and that we were not all
knocked into “Kingdom come’ by it-
Had such a disaster overtaken us at
this time, it is just as certain as fate
that the Democrat, who would have
survived the wreck, would have found
some Republican sticking his head out
from among the debris of a bursted and
broken world, howling that it was ¢ll
due to the recent election.
May be Troublesome to Others as Well !
as to the Democracy.
It is strange with what complacency
our republican exchanges treat the
fact, that their party, in going out of
power, will hand over to the Dem.
ocracy a Treasury depleted and in
debt, and a record for mismanagement,
carelessness and extravagance, that
has no parallel in the history of
The fact that they have squandered
two billions of dollars of a surplus, that
the Democratic administration left in
the Treasury when it turned the con-
trol of the country’s finances over to
them, only four years ago, as well as
all the immense revenues of the gov-
ernment and a hundred millions of the
gold reserve, is treated by them as a
joke on the Democracy. They talk
as if the incoming administration
would find more trouble in providing
for their deficiency than the outgoing
one will have in explaining its reckless
extravagance, to the public that has
In their estimation this whole ques-
tion of a deficiency may be a light mat-
ter. To them it may afford considera-
ble pleasure to see the incoming admin-
istration hampered for funds to meet
demands made by their proflagacy, and
it is probable, also, that they will not
burden themselves with an attempt
to explain or apologize to the people of
the country, whose money they have
so wantonly squandered. Under these
conditions they possibly feel happy.
But their is another view of the case
which, if considered, may have a ser-
ious side for some of them, even if they
are dieposed to consider it a smart job
to create a deficiency, that an excuse
may be had for continuing extortion-
ate tariff taxation ; and that is, that
this very deficiency will lessen appro-
priations and compel an economy in
public expenditures, that may very
materially interfere with local calcula-
Take Philadelphia for instance.
That Republican city has long been
clamoring for a new Mint. It has au.
thority now that would assure it one
if fhere was money in the Treasury to
parchase the site and erect it. But
there is not. How is that city to get
the desired appropriation? The Re-
publican deficiency, that its papers
seem to think a good thing, or at least
a light matter, will simply prevent ap-
propriations at this time, for purposes
of the kind, and it, along with other
localities in the same fix, are the ones
that will suffer most from this condi-
tion of affairs.
Possibly by the time the deficiency,
they treat so lightly now, is made
good, and the public finances are got-
‘ten into such a condition as will allow
of appropriations for purposes such as
Philadelphia wants $200,000, its news-
papers and politicians may conclude
that a deficit in the Treasury, is not
much of a joke after all, and that oth-
er interests, as well as tbe Democratic
administration, has been harrassed by
What it Means.
When the Democratic party gets
through with the pension question, no
old or deserving soldier will have cause
for complaint. It will be the frauds,
whose oaths and not services, put them
upon the pemsion roll—the camp fol
lowers and bummers, the fellows who
have done their fighting with their
mouths since the close of the war end-
ed their opportunity to rob the real
soldier, who will hear something
“drap” that will not be as pleasant to
their ears as ‘music, or as profitable
to them as the paths in which they
have been traveling of late.
Pension revision according to Demo-
cratic ideas, means to make a diftereace
between the real soldier and the sham:
between the man who did his daty
while in the service and he who did
This is its interpretation, and the
real soldiers and the public will be
alike satisfied with it.
——1It ie not much opposition the
labor organizations will encounter, in
their efforts to wipe out armed PiNk-
ERTONISM in Pennsylvania, during the
next session of the legislature. Public
opinion is about as determined that it
shall go as it was that the Republican
part should be given a long rest.
PinkerroNisy and protection will take
their farewell leave together.
For the Good of All.
From the Chicago Press.
If there are honest Republicans who
really believe what their party journals
"and speakers have told them—who
fear that Democratic success in the
national contest threatens danger or
disturbance to business—to them we
say, your fears are idle
The majority of the people ot the
United States, represented by the great
i Democratic majority, do not mean in-
jury to themselves. This country is
their country. Its business interests
are their interests. Its prosperity is
their prosperity. Its honor and wel
fare is their concern.
This victory does not mean free
trade. It does not mean the unsettling
of industry nor the derangement of
commerce. It does not mean distur-
bance of whatever is sound in finance.
The President elect is the very em-
bodiment of conscientious caution.
He is pre-eminently conservative. His
Administration will mean economy,
reform, retrenchment in every branch
of the Government.
The victory does mean putting a
stop to the riot of exiravagance, pro-
fligacy and corruption, It means the
end of the reign of Plutocracy. It
means relief from the monstrous rob-
bery of the masses by unjust and un-’
nessary taxation. It means a veto
upon the looting of the Treasury and
the hideous waste of hundreds, aye
thousands of millions of dollars in the
course of a generation by unmerited
pensions, It does mean lower and
Jjuster taxes and larger freedom of
trade. It does mean good money, and
good money only.
Our party has triumphed under the
happy union of a great issue and a
great man. The Republic is stronger
for this Democratic victory. The Re:
publicans themselves will be more
prosperous and in the end happier be-
cause of it. Government of the people
is safe in the hands of a great majority
of the people.
For Love of His Country Alone.
From the Cambria Freeman.
Samuel J. Randall, Pennsylvania's
great commoner, died a very poor man
—how poor in worldly goods was not
known until last Friday, when Mrs.
Fannie W. Randall, widow, and ad-
ministratrix of the estate, filed an an-
swer in the Orphan’s court to proceed-
ings brought by a creditor: ot the es-
tate'to compel an accounting. Mrs.
Randall said in answer that her hus-’
band left no real or personal estate,
save a few personal efiects, and that
after the payment of funeral expenses
and the settling of her $300 widow's
exemption, there was nothing to ac-
count for nor enough money of the es-
tate left to pay the costs required by
To Make a Clean Sweep.
From the Philadelphia Record.
The craze for combination has struck
the Milwaukee broom makers, who
have formed an organization and ad-
vanced prices 30 per cent. There is
also a corner in broom corn, manipu-
lated by a number of Chicago dealers
operating under an “agreement be-
tween gentlemen.” The curse of mon-
opoly has struck 1ts roots so deeply in-
to this trust-ridden country that the
romoters of these sneaking and nefar-
lous schemes of plunder not only see
nothing wrong in thend, but think
themselves entitled to admiration as
excessively smart fellows.
From thegPhiladelphia Inquirer.
A Boston paper has ascertained that
a woman has no moral right to wear a
big hat to the theatre, because she robs
the man behind her of what he has
paid tosee. This is getting down to
business. In duetime some one will
ascertain by an equally laborious pro-
cess that America was discovered as
much as a year or two ago. But the
theatre hat will still go on.
Alas, It Seems the Case!
From the Scranton (Pa.) Times.
An exchange predicts that at the
rate at which the pension list is in-
creasing before the close of Mr. Cleve-
land’s Administration it will aggregate
$250,000,000, which is a sum far in
excess of all other expenses of the Gov-
ernment. Shades of Ulysses S. Grant,
what are we coming to? Are we here-
after to be known as a nation of pa-
triots for revenue only ?
How Does This Strike “the Calamity
From the Lancaster Intelligencer.
According to a dispatch trom Wash-
ington, Mr. Frick has been telling the
secretary of the navy that the Carnegie
company are about to erect additional
mills and invest largely in new ma-
chinery. Considering the result of the
election and the situation at Home-
stead this is remarkable, if true.
Had His Yachting Cap On.
From the Westmoreland Democrat.
Very lucid, indeed, is the explana-
tion which National Chairman Carter
gives of the shock which struck the
g. 0. p. craft in the jimpoop and knock-
ed it clear out of water. He says:
“The defeat can only be attributed to
a reaction against the progressive poli-
cies of the Republican party.”
Spawls from the Keystone,
—Berks County reveled in a snow storm.
—Reading made 75,000,000 cigars this year.
—Easton’s new electric road was opened
—An institute for the blind is building in
Counterfeit $2 dollar bills are plentiful in
—An infant's body was found in a box near
—Reading’s policemen have been ordered to
let politics alone. :
—In their glee, Wyoming County Democrats
Saturday ate an ox.
—The Somerset County Court has debarred
all lawyers of other counties.
—Jack Clifford will be the next Homestead
striker to be tried for murder.
—At Wilkesbarre, John Fisher was acquitted
of the murder of John Washington,
—Sleuth hounds have struck a hot trail in
the Graeff murder mystery at Shamokin.
—Farmers in Berks County cure hog chol-
era by rubbing turpentine on the swine’s loins.
—The corner-stone of the big State insane
asylum at Wernersville was laid on Tuesday.
—While walking on the railroad track at
Duryea, Charles Danielson was killed by a
—A wind storm blew a gate against Henry
Kegeries, at Reinhold’s Station, causing fatal
—A black bear from the mountain poked its
nose in the doors of several Hollidaysburg
—Two burly ruffians assaulted and robbed
Mrs. Mary Wilkes, an old woman, near New
—Having sat down to rest on the railway
track in Pittsburg, Thomas Jones never got
—Francis Murphy, now touring the States,
has secured 14,000,000 names to the temper-
—Thousands of enthusiastic Democrats rati-
fied the victory by a parade in Johnstown and
—Copper ore which is 50 per cent. clear met-
al has been found in Paradise township, Mea-
—Dime novels made John Ellis,of Expert,
Ind., a raving maniac, and he is now in a Pitts-
burg asylum, :
—Tumbling headlong downstairs, Mrs. An-
ne Connelly, of Sunbury, was picked up with
a broken neck.
—Dr. Thomas G. Porter, of Lafayette College,
will lend his splendid collection of grasses io
the World’s Fair.
—The Committee on Principles of Taxation
of the State Tax Commission is in Harrisburg
preparing a report.
—The Senatorial Investigation Committee
Friday shook the dust and got out of the
smoke of Pittsburg.
—The Central Pennsylvania Alumni Asso-
ciation of Princeton held its annual dinner ia
—Burgess McLuckie, of Homestead, whe
was in Younstown, O., returned to Pittsburg
Monday and surrendered.
—The report of the Oil City Relief Commit
tee shows that $79 954,49 was contributed for
the victims of flood and fire.
—Seven years and six months is the sen-
tence imposed upon Carmel Tucco for killing
Andrew Unko at Tomhicken.
—Little Joseph Henry, near Hollidaysburg,
touched his clothes with a lighted match and
was burned beyohd recovery.
—Frederick Dewey, a wealthy fruit grower,
at Jersey Shore, was found in his barn with
his throat cut—his own victim.
—Adjutant General Greenland has drawn
$9476.77 for payment to the Sixteenth Regi-
ment for service at Homestead.
—Trying to thaw out dynamite with hot ash-
es Austin Gibbons, of Mill Creek, Luzerne
County, had both hands blown off.
—Ellis Watts, who was knocked from his
cart by a train at Chester, lay within a few in-
ches of the rail as the cars passed by.
—A train on the Lehigh and Hudson road
parted at Martin's Creek and Brakeman H.
Lester was mangled into lifeless clay.
—An odd wedding was that at Scranton of
Thomas Pembridge, aged 80, and Mrs. Saran
Von Storch, aged 70, Yoth grandparents.
—The Philadelphia and Reading Railroad
has made David J. Dampman chief dispateher
of the main line, headquarters at Reading.
—In the telegraphers’ contest at Reading
for fast sending, G. C. Williams, of that city,
won first prize, with 249 characters in a min-
—During a political parade in Uniontown a
year ago Albert Robinson was struck on the
head with a stone by A. Ritchie and he died
—At an actor’s dinner in Pittsburg, Wilson
Barrett and others decided to issue a call for a
convention of the actors of the world next
—Cofrode & Saylor, of Philadelphia Bridge
Works, will furnish the iron superstruction
for a bridge across the Schuylkill, at Reading,
—For the killing of a son of George Evilbock
while in the employ of the Reading Railroad
at Bowmansdale, a jury has awarded the father
—Berks County Court has been asked to
compel three doctors to correct their testimo.
ny in the case of Buccieri, who murdered Sis-
—A lighted lantern was held in an oil tank
at Aubarn by Foreman Kykes of the Bolt
Works, and was hurled many feet by the con-
—The last claim for damage by the great
Mud Run disaster four years ago, were settled
by Lehigh Valley’s paying Andrew McGurren,
of Scranton, $10,000.
—Delirious with typhoid fever, Miss Maggie
Hamilton, an Allegheny school teacher, visit-
ing Kittanning, leaped from bed, fell into a
river and was drowned.
—To simplify voting at the polls with the
new ballot, Pittsburg Republicans will nomi-
nate all the city candidates at one convention
instead of three, as is customary.
—Taxpayers of Berks County feel an honest
pride in the fact the assessment averages 95
per cen!, of the actual property value, while in
other counties it is as low as 15 per cent.
—The jury in the suit of Henry 8S. Ives
against the estate cf James Callery for $20,000
in connection with the City Bank deal in Pitts-
burg, has been discharged, and the case may
~"rank T.O'Kell, Republican, has begun
contest proceedings against John Quinnan,
Democrat, elected Assemblyman from the
First district, Lackawanna County, alleging er~
rors in the count.