Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, June 23, 1893, Image 1

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    Ink Slings.
— There’ are millions in’ it—The mul-
tiplication table.
—Deleware will have a great peach
crop this season. This is not peach
—There are nearly two hundred ac-
tive Geysers in the United States. The
largest one covers For AKER’S in Ohio.
—An exchange remarks : ‘‘the snake
killing season is here.” The snake
seeing season is perennial, consegently
it is with us all the time, oe
—It has come to be the fashion for
all big concerns to go into the hands of
a receiver. The receiver usually spends
his summers abroad afterwards.
—*"Seeing is believing,” but the pok-
er player often makes money by sacri-
ficing his credulity and not paying for a
peep into the other fellow’s hand.
—Every penny given a beggar only
encourages the vagabond in him and does
an injustice to your fellow-man to whom
you thus recommend idleness and va-
—1It is about time for our great rail-
road lines to tumble to the situation that
as yet rates are too high to make it pos-
sible for the masses to visit the Fair.
Let the rates tumble too.
— Scientists say that the period of
eleven years in which we will have a
maximum number of sun spots has be-
gun. Judging from present condition
these spots must be pretty hot stuff.
—The Macon, Georgia, policeman
who goes his rounds on a bicycle evi-
dently appreciates the value of some-
thing swifter than his legs to get him
away from unpleasant disturbances,
—The Fair is to remain open on
Sunday. We suppose there are lots of
hypocrites who will stay home because
of such a monumental (?) sin, but
they’ll continue talking about their
minister and gossiping about thei”
neighbors all the same.
—-There is a question that has becn
preying on our mind ever since the hot
weather set in and it must be relieved.
Can you, dear reader, answer. Do
themany who tell you “itis a very
warm day!” really imagine that you
are not aware of the fact ?
—T. P. RYNDER, our own impurtur-
bable “Toby,” was one of the big guns
at the Peoples party convention in
Williamsport, on Wednesday. He
still imagines he is in the push, but no
one envies him the empty honor of play-
ing head to a bodyless party.
—If it be the will of the omnipotent
Master, may the life of M. CaArNoT be
spared to the French people. Our sister
Republic needs the guidance of this
sagacious mind and if he is taken
there is no reckoning
might betide that
—Democracy, like everything else,
needs lots of back-bone and there is
nothing that braces up thespinal vertebra
like a little taste of the plums. We are
all Democrats from conviction of course,
but man is mortal and is wonderfully
tickled when his labors result in ma-
terial blessing. :
— Mr, SIBLEY, the Erie congressman
who thought to make himself solid with
the farmers of his district by giving his
salary to the various granges, now
finds himself in a ‘puckersnatch’” be-
cause his well served constituents all
want offices besides the five thousand
congressional divy.
—Mrs. FRANK LESLIE, publisher of
the Frank Leslie Magazines, succeeded
in getting a divorce from her fourth
husband who was Oscar WILDE'S
brother, William. It is the third time she
has been divorced and courts should now
refuse her further license. A woman who
can’t pick a man in four trials should
have sense enough to let the men alone.
—The action of the courts in re
fusing to grant an injunction to res
train Sunday opening of the Fair has
afforded gorgeous possibilities for the
good natured liar. If the millions who
“will not go (?) because the Fair isto
be open on Sunday” were only a real:
ity the managers would quickly close
the big show on the Sabbath in order
to cater to such a puritanical multi:
—The Pittsburg Dispatch’s interroga-
tory, “How to be Happy though
Poor ?”’ has brought the question of
happiness before the public in as many
different phases as the conceptions of its
meaning, by those who answered the
question, varied. The question in.
volves far mere of condition than theory,
for there can be little happiness where
there is not an inborn spirit of it. No
matter what the ups and downs of life
some people are always happy while
others, though eternally blessed, live in
constant misery. Aside from the phil-
osophic view one’s liver might have
more to do with it than we dare con-
the evil that
Dewar |
VOL. 38.
NO. 25.
Editor Smith on the Financial Trouble.
There could not be better evidence
of the versatile talent of the distin.
guished editor of the Philadelphia
Press than is furnished by the equal
facility with which he can devote his
oratory to the instruction of ingenuous
college graduates and to the encour-
agement of broken down Republican
politicians suffering from recent and
disastrous defeat. Scarcely had he
concluded his admirable address to the
graduating class at State College be-
fore we have had a report of his deliv
erance to the New York politicians of
the Republican persuasion, whose
bodies so thickly strewed the scene of
action, both inside and outside the
breastworks, after last November's
engagement, but have since been re-
suscitated sufficiently to enable them
to get together and be told by Editor
SmitH “where they areat.”” We heard
and admired his well chosen, judi-
ciously put and eloquently delivered
remarks to the boys at the College,
in which he encouraged them to equal
if not surpass the achievements and
merits of their forefathers, but we can-
not say that, aiter having read the ad-
dress he made to the Republican Gen-
eral Committee of New York city on
Thursday night of last week, we can,
in an equal degree, accord to it the
tribute of our admiration.
It bardly need be said that we en-
tirely disagree with the political senti-
ments of the editor ‘of the Press, but
what we particularly take exceptions
to is his unfair attempt to make the
present Democratic administration re-
sponsible for sins that are clearly
chargeable to its Republican predeces-
sor, which he essayed to do in his New
York speech. There was something
glaringly disingenuous in his ascribing
the existing financial disturbance and
business trouble to administrative in-
fluences that have not yet had time to
operate, and in his blaming a party
that has not yet had a chance to
change the work ot the governmental
machine as left by the Republicans
three months ago.
Trouble exists in business circles in
consequence of a distressful stringency
prevailing in the public finances. The
relations of trade are injuriously af-
fected by deranged monetary condi
tions. A candid publicist would say
that nowhere else should the cause of
this trouble he looked for than ia pre-
vious defective legislation and bad ad- |
ministrative policy. Ie could expect
to find its origin nowhere else than in
the action of the party that for the pre-
vious four years had been controlling
the finances of the government. In
the few weeks during which the pre
sent administration has been in power
nothing has been done either of a legis.
lative or administrative character to
affect the financial condition, or chang®
the monetary situation left by the Har-
RIsON administration, yet editor Smith
in his address attributes the business
troubled to the fact that the Democrats
have obtained control of public affairs.
He says in effect that banks are
breaking, business firms failing and
financial matters are generally disturb
ed, in consequence of an apprehension
that the Democrats will reverse the
Republican tariff policy. In other
words that the people are alarmed and
have lost confidence on account of the
prospect of their being relieved of
burdensome taxation.
In addition to the absurdity of such
a proposition, thereis something in it
that pays but a poor compliment to the
efficacy of a tariff system which, after
having protected and nourished the
industries for years, leaves them in so
weak a condition that a mere suspicion
that they may be deprived of some of
their tariff coddling throws them into
a state of prostration.
But really can the difficulty from
which business is now suffering be
traced in any shape or form to the,
apprehension of tariff reduction 2 The
chief trouble is in financial circles and
among those who have undergone an
impairment of credit at a time of mon:
etary stringency, but has a single bank
failed or business firm gone under in
consequence of a fear that the Demo-
crats will wipe out the tariff? The
difficulty is traceable to an entirely
different cause. Nowhere does the be:
lief “prevail that there will be such a
change of the tariff as will materially
affect the industries. The manufac:
turers do not believe it. There is no
class of intelligent citizens that do not
regard the “free trade” representations
of the Republicans as campaign fiction
employed merely for political effect.
No relation whatever exists between
the present financial slump and the
tariff question; but if the editor of the
Press would look for the cause of the
trouble, with the honest object of find-
ing it, he would discover and admit
that it has been brought about by the
bad economic management,and reckless
financial policy of a party, which four
years ago found the government in re-
ceipt of revenues amounting to $100,
000,000 a year in excess of expenditures,
with a surplus of more than $85,000,
000 in the Treasury, and a gold re-
serve of $100,000,000 to protect the
public credit, but which, notwithstand-
ing such advantages for carrying on
the governmental business handed ov-
er to it by a Democratic administra-
tion, abused those advantages; squan-
dered those large resources; produced a
deficiency where before existed supera-
bundance; mortgaged the revenues to
raise means for extravagant expendi-
ture; created obligations which have
caused the impairment of the gold re-
serve, and brought about financial
couditions that have necessarily weak.
ened the public credit thereby produc-
ing a want of confidence among the
people, and resultantly creating dis-
trust and disturbance in every branch
of business,
It may serve a partisan purpose to
represent that a Democratic adminis
tration, three months in power, is re-
sponsible for existing financial depres-
sion and business troubles, but it does
not agree with common sense, nor
comport with the trath of political his-
The Fence Law Veto.
As promised last week, we publish in
this issue of the WarcumaN, the mes-
sage of Governor PaTrIsoN vetoing the
special fence bill tor Centre, Clearfield
and Cameron counties. Much as this
section of the State would have been
| benefiited by the provisions of such an
act, and greatly as a vast majority of
our people desired it to become a law,
i no one will censure Governor Parison
for his veto, in the face ot the fact that
| the Supreme Court has already passed
| upon this question and decided that
i under the constitution all legislation
| upon the fence question, and for that
matter upon all local questions, shall
be uniform throughout the state, ap-
plying to each and every county alike.
We may, and certainly do, doubt
the wisdom of a supreme court that
contrues the intent of the constitution
in such a way, that the word “affairs,”
where it is used only in connection
with the municipal business of counties,
cities, townships, wards, boroughs or
school districts, is to made to apply also
to matters pertaining solely to indivi-
duals, thus broadening the prohibition
of that instrument so that it is impossi-
ble to secure any local legislation that
effects the affairs of any individual ;
but it is the court of last resort in such
cases, and the Governor as well as the
individual is compelled to recognize its
authority. The decision cited by the
Governor is plain and unequiocal, and
under the circumstances his approval
of the bill would only have led to ex-
pensive and useless litigation, and to
interminable trouble and dissension
among the people.
For our people who were interested
in this measure, and every land owner,
tenant and workingman in the three
counties named was, there is now no
redress. A fence law of any kind is
out of the question. The thickly pop-
ulated districts will not allow a gener:
al act to be passed. The constitution
as interpreted by the highest ‘Judical
tribunal prohibits local legislation on
the subject, and it is only good judg:
meut on the part of all to arrange their
matters now so asto conform to this
new situation of affairs,
The railroad fence law still stands
for the protection of farmers though
whose lands these roads run within the
county. All other fence laws that
could be euforced, have been repealed.
eee] 4
——It is saidsthat the Ohio fruit
crop will be something phenomenal
this year. There won't be many
plums for McKINLEY we'll bet.
An Unequivocal Policy.
There has been no equivocation cr
deception in President CLEVELAND'S
position on the silver question, nor can
there be any misunderstanding as to
the course he is disposed to pursue
in meeting the present financial
embarrassment. The people have
long ago been given his opinion
of the policy of purchasing silyer for
which there is no use resulting in the
inevitable exhaustion of the gold re-
serve required to meet the obligations
of the government. Among his ear-
liest deliverances, as an executive
officer, was the expression of his oppos-
ition to a financial system that is so
thoroughly calculated to depreciate
the currency and derange the appli-
ances of commercial exchange. No
one has had reason to misunderstand
his views in this matter, or the course
he will pursue at the earliest opportu-
nity presented for effective action on the
But his Republican censors show a
vicious disposition to force his action
on this question designing to raise
an issue in which it may be made to
appear that he is pursuing a policy
that is retarding financial restoration,
and consequently detrimental to busi.
ness interests. The malcontents
would have had him call congress to-
gether immediately after his inaugura-
tion, that he might be confronted by a
question which would be sure to em-
barrass his administration with con-
tention at the very start. Three
months, or two months ago the senti-
ment of the new Congress could not
have been relied upon as aytagonistic
to the Sherman law, noris it certain
that when it eventnally gets together
the majority will favor the repeal of
the silver purchasing act. The Re-
publicans who have clamored for the
convening of Congress to adjust this
question have been actuated more by
the hope that it would involve the ad-
ministration in difficulty than by the
desire to afford relief to the financial
The wisdom of the President hzs
been evinced by his disinclination to
act hastily in this matter. He has
pradently avoided the contention on
the silver question by which his polit-
ical enemies would have liked the
opening of his administration to have
been disturbed and demoralized. The
delay he has wisely adopted has given |
the country an object lesson. of the
workings of the Sueraax law. Cen-
sure is heaped upon him for not having
taken immediate action that would
have prevented the present financial
embarrassment, but it is not the busi-
ness of a President, nor the mission of
the Democratic party to bolster bauks
and business firms that have over-
reached themselves in their operations,
and to provide for the relief of specula-
tors who have risked their fortunes in
stock gambling. The present difficulty
does not go deeper than ‘such superfi-
cial interests. There is no material
impairment of the bed-rock interests of
the country. :
It is the duty of a President, and it
is the purpose of the Democratic party
to enforce the laws as they are found on
the statute books, and if there ia an
injurious law, such as SHERMAN's gil-
ver-purchasing act seems to be, the
best way to insure its repeal is to give
the country, for a season, a full sample
of its quality. The experience of the
effects of the Silver law which is. now
being affored is more likely to incline
Congress to repeal that law in’ Septem-
ber than would have been the case if it
had been called to act upon it soon
after the Precident’s inauguration,
——German politics ‘are just now
absorbing a large share of public in-
terest, The varied fluctuations of the
Imperialist and Socialist chances for
control of the Reichstag ‘is watched
with the greatest concern by Emperor
WiLLiax and his subjects. He be-
lieves in paternalism, thinking himsell
the father of all the people, but the
trouble just now appears to be ‘in the
indications that the people don’t wan't
him as pap.
—— The Harrisburg Patriot is kick-
ing because the State furnished a thou-
sand dollars worth of soap to the last
Legislature. If the Patriot only knew
it took far more than a thousand dollars
worth of soaping to make clean roads
for some of the Legislation.
Facts for Those Who Don’t Know the
Waris Over.
Frox the Philadelphia Record.
Governor Fishback, of Arkansas, says
that the white taxpayers of that State
pay about 98 per cent. of the tax for the
support of the public schools, and that
they are educating a larger percentage
of both white and negro children than
are educated respectively in the States
of New Hampshire, New York, New
Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut,
Rhode Island, and even cultured Massa-
chusetts. Those persons who do not
for these facts are especially referred to
the figures set down in the United
States census. This splendid showing
from Arkansas should serve to open the
eyes and shut the mouths of some of the
political preachers of sectionalism who
are fond of describing the people of the
Southwestern States as but one remove
from savagery.
Using the Law as its Own Antidote.
From the Mercer Western Press.
Ah Wing is sojourning at present in
the Montana State Prison under the
disabilities of a life sentence imposed
by a State court. Naturally he has
uot registered as required by the
Geary law. He now maintains that
the United States statute is paramount
law, and that in accordance with its
provisions he must be taken out of the
Montana State Prison and deported to
China for his failure to register. He
has employed a lawyer to prosecute
him for his violation of the Geary stat-
ute and if his legal point is well taken
he will have accomplished the most
ingenious legal release from a penal
sentence that is anywhere recorded.
The Kind We Always Meet.
From the Lancaster Intelligencer.
It is one of the most common exper-
iences of the newspaper man, to find
gentlemen who leak all over with in-
formation for him about matters that
they want to be published, develop a
remarkable sensitiveness when he seeks
information upon subjects which they
do not desire to be ventilated. They
think then that it is none of the pub-
lic’s business. They are very sure of it
and very emphatic about it, and are
apt to iose their temper in considering
the impudence of the request.
Apply it to Centre County,
From the Scottdale Independent.
Stopping the sale of objectionable
papers in Fayette county should raise
. a howl about enforcing the laws and
all that sort of thing. The majority of
the people who care atall for the
! welfare of the young will sanction the
| movement however and help it along
| to the extent of their ability. The
| work should be carried on until no
{ papers of an immoral tendency could
| be sold in the county.
SE ——————
The Cure for the People.
From the Montesano Washington Economist.
“Lack of confidence,” say some of our
financial doctors, ‘‘is the cause of all
this money trouble, and business fail-
ures,” Sufficient, is it not, to condemn
a system that makes possible such a
condition of instability and want of con-
fidence? Let us have a system that
would encourage confidence in it, with
the government as the centre instead of
Wall Street.
A Jonah Office.
From the Lebanon Star.
Financial ruin has been the fate that
has overtaken six Governors of Ohio,
Bishop, Democrat; Hoadly, Democrat;
Young, Republican; Campbell, Dem-
ocrat ; Foster, Republican and McKin-
ley, Republican. It is doubtful wheth-
er the honor is commensurate with the
penalty that seems to be its price.
That Forlorn Hope | Will Need a Re-
ceiver E're Long.
From the Kittanning Times.
The bankruptcy of Messrs. Foster,
McKinley. and Zimri Dwiggins sug-
gests to some that John Sherman will
be the next Republican financier to go
under, But he will not be, for he never
lets go anything—not even his utterly
hopeless hope of the Presidency.
From the Tionesta Democratic Vindicator.
"A one dollar bill having written on
its margin, “the ‘last of a great for-
tune,” which was recently received by
a bavk, must have been a part of the
big Treasury surplus that was turned
over to ‘the Republicans, March
4, 1889. :
Reform on the March. !
Frm the Philadelphia Times. ;
Commissioner Lochren’s reforme are
000,000 the coming fiscal year. The
will ‘soon turn ower on. his back for
Speed the Glad Tidiags.
From the Savannah News.
Georgia presents her compliments
and northwest, and begs to announce
that the water melon season is now
open. Got a knife ?
wish to take Governor Fishback’s word |
already calculated to save about $25,
shark nawrally turns on his back to!
bite, but'at this rate the pension variety
good. r 1
to her less-favored sisters of the north’
Spawis from the Keystone,
—York preachers are fighting Sunday street
cars. :
—Myerstown will be linked to Lebanon with
a trolley. BEL ny
—Farmers in Berks are making hay. The
crop is good.
—A gang of counterfeiters at Connellsville is
being shadowed.
—In six days, 50,000 boxes of strawberries
were sold in Reading.
—A train near Carlisle fatally crushed a lit-
tle son of William Kuntz.
—Nearly all the local coal dealers in Alle-
gheny county will consolidate.
—A cow at Armville treed halfa dozen men
and badly gored Elias Bomberger.
—Frank Swanger, a Harrisburg boy, was
accidentally shot by a lad, and is dying.
—Five hundred miners at Enterprise Col-
liery, Shamokin, struck for more wages.
—The Truman M. Dodson Coal Company, of
Bethlehem, capital $150,000, was chartered.
—A wild steer stampeded Reading, injured
two boys, swam the Schuylkill and escaped.
—Frank Lee, a Bethlehem Chinaman, was
beaten almost to death by unknown rokbers.
—The Reformed Church centennial anniver.
sary was celebrated in Allentown yesterday.
—Climbing after a bird at Lancaster, Free-
land Bowers tumbled from a tree and may die.
Baccalaureate sermons were on Sunday de-
livered at Lafayette and Muhlenberg Colleges.
—State Senator William Flinn was elected
chairman of the Pittsburg Republican Com-
—Ex-Governor Powell Clayton, of Arkansas,
has been visiting his brother, Judge Clayton,
at Media.
—Of the 240 shade trees planted on the Beth-
lehem Fair grounds a year ago only one failed
to grow.
—While walking in her sleep at Lebanon,
Mrs. George H. Uhler fell down stairs and was
badly hurt.
—Sergeant Quackenhbos, who was injured in
the Hungarian riot at Reading, isnowin a
critical state.
—An accidental discharge of a revolver sent
a bullet into the lung of Michael Umberger of
—Ib a Pennsylvania Railroad freight wreck
at Huntingdon 21 coke and merchandise ears
were smashed.
—The State Fish Warden burned or chopped
to pieces a score of boats in the Allegheny
River illegally.
—Hugh Ross, the Homestead strike leader,
has gone to Scotland to claim his mother's
large inheritance.
—Schuylkill County Poor Directors have
been called upon by Orwigsburg to battle with
the smallpox scourge.
—James M. Guffey, the Democratic leader
of Allegheny county, was elected president of
a comic opera company.
—Cumberland county’s bar was increased
sixteen members by admitting the graduates
from the Dickinson law school.
—John f. Foose, who accidentally stabbed
and killed Clayton Eisenhart at York, has
been arrested for manslaughter.
—Claiming $50,000, Jennings got a verdict at
Scranton of $2,500 for injuries received in the
Lehigh Valley wreck at Mud Run.
—Bellmore Colliery, near Mt. Carmel, and
which utilizes 600 hands, will resume work
July 1, after two and a half years of idleness.
—To escape the officers, Chauncey Arnold,
arrested at Lykens and handcuffed, jumped
from a running train near Harrisburg and was
not caught,
—Since the elopement of Webster Michael
and Emma Maurer, of Reading, last winter,
nine lawsuits between the lover and the girl’s
family have developed. :
—In some sections of Berks county, owing
to scarcity of farm hands, farmers are offer-
ing $1.75 per day for good hands during hay-
making and harvesting.
—At the iustance of the Philapelphia and
Reading Company, Thomas Courtney, Michael
Madden and Bernard Moss, of Mahonoy City,
were seized for stealing beer.
—Philadelphians have offered the Carlisle
Town Council the sum of $75,000 for the exelu-
sive use of the market house for ninety-nine
years. No action has yet been taken.
—The Oil City Blizzard serves notice that
henceforth parties killing rattlesnakes for
puclication must bring along the rattles as
circumstantial evidence of good faith.
—Suit has been begun by H. H. Heise, Jonas
Holt, I. H. Wilmot and others to recover a
tract of land in Columbi® borough owned by
George Tille. The case involves property
worth $100,000.
—Conrad Smonse tried to dynamite flsh at
Eleanora and is now in the hospital with his
right hand blown off, his ribs and hip broken,
his head and face roasted, his scalp bared and
his windpipe exposed to view. Yet the doc tors
think he will live.
—The Punxsutawney Spirit says: “As a
specimen of hen truit James Mogle, of Covode,
has something to exhibit that is remarkable
for its size. It is the product ot a Scotch Bra-
mah and weighs exactly a quarter of a pound.
In circumference it i3 seven inches one way
and nine the other.”
—A stalwart tramp walked into the kitchen
of Farmer Allen Heist, at Little Oley, four
mijles north of Pottstown, and asked Mrs. Heist
for victuals which she refused, because she
did not care to go into the cellar while he was
- | in the house. He became quite abusive,
The Last of the Republican Debauch.’
wheraupon she belabored him with a broom
about his shoulders and head until he ran
from the premises. His bruises were so se.
vere that he was forced to apply to a physician
for relief.
—There is a new bug in town. Swarms of the
famous Lancaster lice have arrived here in
their westward march, says the Altoona Trib.
une. They were lying in great heaps on the
Gayport pavements, and covered the trees
from the ground to. the topmost lib, The
citizens are trying coal oil and cther remedies
to find relief from the plague. The little yel-
low bug reached the west side of town last
evening, Phese little (bug)ers get into one’s
eyes, and the sensation is anything but please
ant. : :
—The erows in the vicinity of Beech Pond,
Wayne county, are in high teatherand the
people in tribulation. Some as yet unaccount-
able fatality has attacked the catfish for which
the lake is noted, and they are reported to be
dying by the thousands. So many, in fact
wash ashore that, notwithstanding the help o!
the crows, who devour them by the bushel,
residents whose farms reach to the water line
have found it necessary ‘to bury the decaying
and malodorous fish. Strange to say, no other
fish are thus affected, although the pond is
filled with nearly every variety.