Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, March 15, 1895, Image 1

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Ink Slings,
—Tyrone chickens, like Democratic
roosters last November, are mighty few
ard far between.
—If BARDSLEY is to be pardoned it
will only be in accordance with a
prophesy made in this paper over a year
—Since the Methodist preachers have
beseiged Tyrone the busy chicken hen
is giving all her attention to ‘‘layin
low” instead of eggs.
—WorTH, the great Parisian dress
maker, is dead. It is cruel to say such
a thing, but we’ll bet their will be lots
of fathers and husbands glad to hear the
—The riot at New Orleans has about
subsided and international *‘etiket’”’ will
demand Uncle Sam to ask pardon of
JoHN BULL for having allowed one of
his subjects to be killed. But that
won’t bring the dead seaman back to
—The mad fury of the Republicans
of the Indiana Legislature, on Monday
night, was a pretty commentary on civil
freedom. Determined that they would
oust a Democrat from office they almost
killed several members in their fight to
keep the Governor’s veto of the enact-
ing measure from reaching the speaker
of the house before its adjournment.
—The resumption of the WESTING-
HOUSE air brakes works at Wilmerding,
after a seven month’s idleness, is an in-
dication of better times. It would be
well if the first consignment of the lock-
ing devices made were put on the Re-
publican calamity howlers. Had they
been furnished with air brakes some
time ago the business of the country
would not be in such a weakened con-
— When we read of the notorious pro-
ceedings that disgraced the Indiana
Legislature on Monday and, for that
matter, the free citizenship of every
American, we have little wonder that
labor riots and class wars are continual-
ly causing trouble. It Legislators are
tolerated in such resort to blood-shed to
carry partisan measures what can be ex-
pected of those for whose guidance they
are supposed to be criterions ?
—A new department is about to be
added to the State portmanteau and
through it the farmers are given a
chance to whack a little for themselves.
It will be found that by the time the
positions are all apportioned out there
will be more politicians who have be-
come farmers than a few. Farming is not
80 much out of their line after all, since
the only difference between them and the
genuine husbandman is that the latter
tills the soil while the former soils the
—The Senatorial apportionment bill
introduced in the Legislature at Har-
risburg, on Tuesday, proposes taking
Clinton county off this district and
tacking it onto Cameron, McKean and
Potter counties. With all the frightful
gerrymandering to be expected from
this Legislature we cannot but heave a
sigh of joy at such a change. The fact
that such would-be Senators as Mr. S.
‘Woops CALDWELL are to be put out of
reach of us is some cause for thankful-
ness at least.
—The legislative cheers that greeted
the reading of HAsTINGS’ apology fol
having signed the MARSHALL pipe line
bill may bave been intended to make
the people of the State believe that his
action was exactly what they wanted,
but the public will easily see through
the flimsy excuse the Legislators try
to enshroud themselves in for having
passed such a measure. Let any of
them read the condemnation of the
citizens of the oil regions if they want
to know what cause they had for
—Representative Fow is father of a
* bill that proposes a change in the exist-
ing libel law. His idea of justice in
cases of libel is that an offending news-
paper should have a chance to retract.
It is very kind of Mr. Fow to give his
time in interest of newspapers, but his
bill would not prove very elevating to
journalism. There is no reason, what-
ever, why any reputable journal should
ever be guilty of libel and to put an
avenue of escape in front of a class of 30
called journalists, who are continually
getting into trouble of this sort, would
only increase the injury done through
the columns of their papers,
-—Senator CAMERON is to keep open
house at Harrisburg long enough for
him to ‘‘hornswoggle’” the Legislature
into passing a resolution favoring free |
silver coinage. The Senator has not |
given up his hopes of being a silver can- |
didate for President yet and has had to | |
do with Pennsylvania Legislatures long |
enough to know exactly how to bring |
them around. Like his old father his |
political ascendency was brought about
on the free silver—or any kind of money
you like—basis, and the Middletown | &
| by Governor ParTIsoN, but in dealing
bank was the treasury from which
it was issued. DoNaLD will get what
he wants if he has to keet open house
for a year.
“VOL. 40
NO. 11.
The Surrender to the Standard Oil
The lawmakers who rushed the
Standard oil company’s bill through
with ench unseemly haste, were so de-
lighted with the Governor's approval
of it that when the message givingit
his sanction was read to them they
manifested their pleasure by vociferous
applause. Such a display of satisfac
tion in being the willing tools of the
most odious of monopolies, was doubly
disgraceful and offensive in view of the
fact that these same legislative roosters
have pigeon-holed the bills presented
in the interest of the working people,
and are likely to ignore any that may
be offered during the balance of the
In giving his excuses for signing the
Standard company’s bill the Governor
“doth protest too much.” His special
pleading in its behalf is insufficient to
change the opinion of the public in re-
gard to the character and purpose of
that most heartless corporation, or to
induce the people to forget how its
grasping and over-bearing greed divert.
ed into the pockets of a few individuals
the larger part of the benefits of one
of our State’s great natural resources.
The success of that company in
strangling competition has robbed
Pennsylvania of the best part of her
petroleum product, and now in the de-
cline of that production, it is an insult
to the inteiligence of the people of the
State, and an abuse of their patience,
for Governor HASTINGS to represent
that in disposing of what is left of the
petroleum deposits competition will be
promoted by allowing the Standard
company to get control of all the pipe-
lines, which will be the effect of the
bill he has signed.
It might not have sounded well, but
it would have been more candid, if the
Governor had admitted. as a reason
for passing this bill, that the obliga:
tions of the Republican party to the
great oil monopoly, as well as to other
kindred corporations, on account of
election contributions, are such that it
cannot ignore their demands.
Legislative Flunkeyism.
Nothing could more clearly exhibit
the flunkey character of our Republi-
can state lawmakers than the avidity
with which they take up the proposi-
tion to make a county that shall bear
the name of Quay.
The State constitution wisely places
obstacles in the way of the disturbance,
contention and expense incident to the
ambition of some locality to separate
from its old connections and set upa
county of its own, usually to satisfy
the aspiration of some town that wants
to be the county seat. So formidable
are those constitutional obstacles that
since they were interposed no new
county has been made.
The people about Hazleton have for
some years been hankering after a new
county, with the court house in that
town. Their Hazel county, as they
proposed to call it, didn’t prove a suc:
cess. But they have now iit upon the
ingenious expedient of christening it
after the Republican state boss, and
the magic name of Quay, attracting
his legislative henchmen as rats are
attracted by the odor of toasted cheese,
may have the effect of embellishing
our state map with a county deriving
its title from that illustrious states-
] aa———— dpa
When the bill allowing the
Standard oil company to secure con-
trol of the pipe-lines passed through
the Legislature as slickly as it it had
been greased with a pecuniary lubri-
cant, the popular mind turned to Gov-
ernor Hastings with the thought that
it was the kind of bill that would test
the rigidity of his backbone. Those
who believed it would be stiff enough
for such a responsibility seem to have
been ignorant of the gelatinous nature
of the Republican backbone when sub-
subjected to the pressure of corporate
influence, HasTINGS’ spinal strength
| proves to be no greater than that of
the average Republican statesman
when the monopolies demand his ser-
vice. A similar bill in the interest of
the Standard oil company, passed by
Republican Legislature, was vetoed
with the corporations PATTISON’S
spinal column wasn’t found to be made
of jelly.
Money Paid for Titles.
Lverybody should rejoice that the
display of snobbing in the newspapers,
for a nnmber of weeks, over the mar-
riage of J. GouLp’s daughter to a
French nobleman, was brought to an
end by the young woman with the
multiplicity of dollars marrying the
man with the big titles, and packing
off to Europe to enjoy their honey-
moon among an “effete” nobility.
Rev, J. MapisoN Perers, of New
York, whose pulpit oratory is apt to
run into the sensational, went so far
as to preach a sermon in which he
severely criticised this matrimonial
episode that eo largely occupied the
attention of a curious public. Bat
marriage is so private and personal a
matter that it is dufficult to see how the
wedding of any particular party, what-
ever the circumstances may be, can be
appropriately made the subject of a
public discourse.
But it must be admitted that the
eagnerness shown by too many Ameri-
can heiresses to marry foreign adventur-
ers for the sake of their titles, exhibits
a vulgar snobbishness that cannot but
be offensive to Americans of better
gense and greater refinement of feeling.
In fact it is a reflection upon the breed-
ing of the American people, for when
the foreign world sees the rich women
of this country, who presumably belong
to the upper class, eagerly prostituting
themselves by a purchased alliance
with nobility, it will naturally conclude
that the generality of Americans are
snobs and vulgarians.
It isin this way only that the “no-
ble” marriages of these ill-bred rich
girls concern the sensible and better
portion of our people. If they are
snubbed and abused by husbands who
married them only for their money,
that ie their own business. They have
plenty of time to repent the folly of
"bartering happiness for a title.
Compulsory Education.
It is questionable whether a body
like the present Legislature of Penn-
sylvania can entertain a sensible idea
in regard to education, and therefore
there is a risk of its bungling in any-
thing it may attempt on that subject.
In its purpose to improve the common
school system by compelling the atten-
dance of pupils, it is likely to do more
harm than good.
Compulsion is of but little avail as a
means of effecting a good object, in
most cases defeating its purpose by ex-
citing resistance. A compulsory edu-
| cation law, however plausible the argu-
ments in ite favor, must necessarily be
obnoxious to citizens whose private
rights it invades as guardians of their
own children and to whom the com:
pulsion involved is a grievance. That
it is impractical is sufficiently proven
by its failure in every State where it
has been tried. Its offensiveness has
caused it to become a dead letter.
There are other ways of improving
our common school system instead of
ingrafting into it methods that cannot
be enforced. It surely needs improve-
ment in some way if the political bum-
mers and corporation pimps who com-
pose the majority of our state Legisla-
ture are to be accepted as the fruit of
two generations of common school ed-
—— We scarcely believe that it is in
the interest of art that Senator OsBorN
has introduced in the State Senate a
bill requiring every public school in
the State to be provided with two hun-
dred and fifty photographic illustra-
tions. The ostensible object is to im-
part pictorial instruction, but there is
ground for the suspicion that the nig-
ger that is concealed in this photo:
graphic wood pile is eome syndicate of
photographers who want to work off
a job on the State. The estimated cost
of the photographs proposed by this
bill is about $300,000, entirely too
large a sum for school ornamentation
that would be of no practical good
whatever, and would answer no other
purpose than to afford a profit to some
firm of photographers willing to make
a “divvy” with those who would give
out the contract.
Governor Hasrtines has signed
the MarsHALL pipe line bill and thus
early in his administration has put
himself on record as in favor of corpor-
ate interests.
Imbecile Remonstrance.
There could not be a more pitiful
display ot imbecility than is tarnished
by the comments of such Republican
newspapers as the Philadelphia Even-
ing Chronicle and Evening Telegraph
on Governor Hastings’ approval of the
Standard oil company’s pipe-line bill,
known as the MarsmaLn bill. Both
these papers profess to entertain objec-
tions to the Governor’s act, one of
them saying that “‘he has given his ap-
proval toa piece of legislation which
ends all hopes of relieving the
independent oil producers from the ex-
actions and schemes of the oil trust
magoates ;”’ the other, after asserting
that the Governor “has thrown down
the barrier that restrained the oil
monopoly,” continues its strictures by
saying, as a warning, that “the people
do not forget ; they are having a long
and hard struggle with the monopolies
of the time ; they will yet triumph.”
All this may go for what it is worth,
but the very papers that make these
comments are responsible, to the ex-
tent of their influence, for the State of
affairs about which they complain.
When an election is pending they are
habitually found supporting party
candidates whose success will be to the
inevitable advantage of monopolistic
corporations, From the past policy of
the party, from the influences enlieted
on ite behalf, from the interests involv-
ed in its success, from the character of
its candidates and of his political asso-
ciates, it was as certain as anything
humanly could be, that the success of
the Republicans in the last State elec-
tion would be followed by every con-
cession that the corporations and
monopolies might demand. Yet these
Philadelphia papers, which now as:
sume to complain, were foremost in
helping to swell the vote whose very
magnitude was construed as a license
for such acts as the signing of the
Standard company’s pipe-line bill.
They say “the people do not forget,”
yet when their party service is required
{at an election they display the utmost
zeal in their efforts to make the people
forget the consequence of putting a
monopoly party in power. Such being
i their habitual conduct, their complaint
about the Governor's action is either
rank hypocrisy or pitiful imbecility.
A Cartoon That Would Mean Some-
It cannot be expected that so politic-
ally dissolute a paper as the Philadel-
phia Press will manifest any serious
objection to Governor Hastings’ sur-
render to the petroleum monopolists,
and yet it is a subject for a cartoon
that would have infinitely more pith
and point than the fat-witted pictures
on political subjects with which the
Press is io the habit of offending the
good seuse and good taste of its read-
The WarcaMaN office is not suffi-
ciently supplied with artistic appli-
ances to get up the cartoon for its own
columns, but our Philadelphia contem-
porary can have the benefit of the sug-
gestion that the Governor's recent exec-
utive action would be strikingly illus-
trated by a picture representing him,
with his veto blunderbuss firmly braced
against his stalwart shoulder, firing
away at the “Birds of Pennsylvania,”
while right under his nose, as it were,
within reach of his gun, but unshot at
and unmolested, sits the Standard oil
vulture that has already gorged itself
with most of the petroleum wealth of
Pennsylvania, and proposes, with the
Governor's consent, to gobble what is
left of it.
The artist could impart a realistic
appearance to the picture by filling the
air with the feathers knocked out of
the robing, pee-wees and catbirds by the
Governor's unerring shot, and portray-
ing the vulture, insolently perching
under his protection, grown fat and
swollen to gigantic proportions with
the spoil of Pennsylvania's oil regions.
Such a cartoon, in addition to its ar-
tistic merit, would have its moral, im-
pressing the people of the State with
the conviction that his excellency de-
serves but little credit for shooting such
small game and allowing so ravenous
a bird of prey to continue its depreda-
--There is no license at Tthica, N.Y.
and the Cornell University students are
doomed to go dry or provide themselves
with side-boards. Since liquor is to
troubled with ‘‘JoEN JOHNSON."
: i censured.
stop flowing there Cornell will be less !
Cumpulsory Education.
From the Doylestown Democrat.
The Farr Compulsory Education
bill, which has attracted general atten-
tion, will doubtless become a law, as
it has passed the House by a vote of
136 to 38, and its passage inthe Senate
cannot be prevented. We have doubt-
ed its utility from the first, because we
do not believe the will of the people is
behind it, nor does the vote in favor of
the bill represent the wishes of the
people. The old adage that you ‘can
take a horse to water but can’t make
him drink’ applies to the case. The
idea of one being compelled to send
his or her child to echool begets a re:
bellious spirit right away. If parents
do not sufficiently appreciate education
to send his or her children to school
without compulsion, they will hardly
do it with, for they will find many
ways to render the law inoperative as
to them. The law will generally ap-
ply to the children of foreigners, who
care the least about education, and
they will be the hardest to reach with
the penalty. A large class of children
within the school age, in both city and
county, are kept at home to help make
a living for the family, and, in numer-
ous cases, both ends cannot be made
to meet without their assistance. In
such case it would seem cruel to take
away part of the support of an indi-
gent father or mother for the purpose
of sending the child to school. Such
cases will come up everywhere. If all
things were even, the law might be
found a good one, but, as things are
very uneven, we think it will be found
a bad one.
What the Last Congress Saved.
From the Pittsburg Post.
One of our esteemed contemporaries
think it a very small matter that the
appropriations of the late congress fell
below those of the Reed billion con-
gress about $45,000,000. Despise not
the day of small things. Forty-five
millions of dollars is a comfortable
sum of money, even for a wealthy peo-
ple like those of the United States. It
will pay the army and navy appropria-
tions for a year. It is an amount
equal to the annual average of all ap-
propriations for the support of the
government when Franklin Pierce was
president. It is about the amount we
expended a year when carrying on the
Mexican war, which brought such
large additions to the territory of the
Union. Republican taxation and pro fl-
igate expenditure have accustomed
the people to big figures. We are not
struck with any great admiration for
the late ‘congress, but even the gentle-
man in black should have his dues. It
it had handled other questions as dis-
creetly as the money question in the
matter of making appropriations it
wouldhave had a record of honor.
The Wilson Bill Will Prove a Blessing
and Don’t You Forget It.
From the Williamsport Sun.
Anomalous as it may appear, Ameri-
can cloth is being sold in the English
markets and in the English manufactur-
ing districts. United States Counsel
Meeker, who has reported the fact to the
state department, says that this seems to
justify the passage of the Wilson tariff
act. He states that a representative of
an American house has been buying
English cloth ia England and has at the
same time been selling American cloth
there. The American cloth is woolen
stuffs suitable for coatings and men’s
suitings, selling at fifty to sixty cents
a yard. English merchants pronounce
it superior cloth for the grade made of
short wool, and cannot see how it can be
produced and sold for the price.
Looking for an Easy Man to Defeat.
From the Philadelphia Record,
Everybody will be rejoiced to know
that ex-President Harrison is recover-
ing from his late serious illness. He
made a better President than even his
own party anticipated. He has been
a dignified ex-President. He is also
the most suitable man prominently
named for the Republican nomiaation
for the Presidency next year. The con-
dition of his health is a matter of na-
tional concern.
He Is Sure the Experts Were Fooled.
From the Pittsburg Post.
Editor Palm, of the Meadville Mes-
senger, comes to the front with affidavits
from the makers that the butterine ex-
hibited by him at the February Mead-
ville fair, and which took second prize
as butter, was really butterine.
plements this with his own affidavit that
the butterine sent him: was placed on ex-
hibition. Unless disproot is oftered Mr.
Palm must be considered as having won
his case, to having fairly shown that
butter experts cannot tell good factory-
made butterine from good cow’s butter.
What Most of Them Must Have Been
From the Easton Sentinel.
The Argus is kicking because Howard
Mutchler voted to give the Louisana
sugars planters a bounty out of the
United States treasury amounting to
several million dollars. That’s a small
matter, and Howard ought not to be
He had no time to attend to
such trifles. He was looking after post-
He sup- |
spawls from the Keystone,
—A Board of Trade has been started at
—Pottsville now has a Firemen’s Relief
—Judge Weidman,’ fot Schuylkill coun-
ty, is seriously ill.
—In Lehigh eounty 260 applications for
liquor license have been filed.
—The Fraternal Legion’s Supreme Com-
mandery is in session at Pittsburg.
—Ina trolley car accident at Reading.
Conductor William H. Ritter was severely
—Eight thousand Pittsburg coal miners
have been granted the sixty-eight cent
—Smallpox has been brought by James
Delaney from Hot Springs, Ark., to Pitts.
- Lancaster’s Court Saturday refused
all new applications for hotel liquor li.
—Bonds for $400,000 will be issued by
Luzerne county to pay for the new Court
—The electric railway to South Wil-
lLiamsport from the city proper was open-
ed Saturday.
—A large gate closed upon and crushed
to death the little son of William Mall.
near Brandon.
—Delaware County’s grand jury scored
Justices of the Peace who send petty
cases to Court.
—A tannery, a bark mill and the leach
house at Jamison City, near Bloomsburg,
were destroyed by fire.
—While playing with a revolver Charles
Desbrow, of McKeesport, dangerously
shot his little brother.
—In attempting to steal arideon a train
at Williamsport, young George Sweeds
fell and was cut in two.
—Amanda Keener, a 23 year-old maiden,
of East Berlin, York county, 1s believed
tohave drowned herself.
—Another cotton press for Texas weigh-
ing 500,000 pounds, and to cost $50,000, will
be built by a Reading firm.
—There were twenty fatal accidents in
the Pottsville anthracite district in 1864,
against 270 the previous year.
—Twelve blocks of model cottages for
miners have been built by the Silverton
Coal Company, near Pottsyille.
—Tax Collector Reynolds, of Bethlehem,
is pushing delinquents. He has put one
in jail and has 600 others on the list.
—His inability to eat a night lunch in
less than an hour and a-.half resulted in
the dismissal of Policeman Yeich, of
—Rocco Gentile, who was stabbed at
Conshohocken by Giuseppe Coecovia,
while acting as a peacemaker, refuses to
—F. A. Blackwell, the well known lum-
berman, will float about 47,000,000 feet of
timber from the head of Bennett's creek
this spring.
—The base ball season will open in Wil-
liamsport on the 20th of April when the
Demorests will play the Lancaster state
league team.
—Applicants for naturalization papers
in Northampton must hereafter be able
to read English and have resided in the
county one year.
—Actor A. S Lipman, of the “War of
Wealth” company, felland broke his leg
so badly in Pittsburg that he will be laid
up for two months.
—An elaborate farewell reception was
rendered Monday night to Bristol’s popu-
lar Methodist minister, Rev. E. E. Burris,
who goes to Philadelphia.
—Tyrone has a new paper box factory,
will soon have a race track and now they
are trying to get something there to man-
ufacture their mud into tile.
—Judge Biddle has granted a rule on
Clerk of Courts Heller, at Carlisle, to
show cause why he should notallow pub-
lication of marriage licenses.
—At St. Gabriel's Church, Douglassville,
John Kurst, the organ blower, was over-
come by coal gas and the congregation,
without music was dismissed.
—Allegheny’s License Court opened
Monday, and where no remonstrances are
filed against saloonkeepers the applica”
tions are granted without question.
—Isaac Taylor, an aged and respected
citizen of Trevorton, died Sunday last,
aged 80 years. He wasa member of the
engineer corps that laid out the original
borough of Shamokin.
—Dr. McManigal of Dudley was arrested
at Huntingdon Sunday night on a charge
made by Lizzie Winters also of Dudley
with committing malpractice. He is sup-
posed to haye been attempting to escape.
—Williamsport hunters talk of restock-
ing the woods in that vicinity with quail
from Dakota. A subscription is now be-
ing taken for that purpese. The present
winter has been very severe on game of
all kinds.
—Lawyer John Smith will take testi:
mony at Pottsville to show cause why the
scandal case of Almshouse Steward Wel-
lington Hartman should not be tried out.
side of Schuylkill county.
—Chester County Commissioners’ rul-
ing, that inquests should not be held as
to certain classes of deaths, would have
indefinitely postponed Mrs. Rosanna
O’'Brien’s funeral, set for last Wednesday,
at West Chester, if they hadn't rescind.
ed it.
—B. ¥. Swan, ex- Postmaster of Portage,
Cambria county, was arrested on Friday
and brought to Altoona to await a hear-
ing on the charge of aiding Postmaster
Dayid Mehaffey, of Coalport, Clearfield
county, to make false returns and there-
by inerease his salary.
—A party of chicken thieves dropped a
match into a coop in Hollidaysburg Sat-
urday night. The fire spread to Joseph
Condron’s planing mill and four adjacent
buildings all of which were destroyed.
The loss is $7,500 upon which there is no
—The Blair county auditors are investi-
gating the accounts of the county com-
missioners. They are hearing testimony
and have unearthed many irregularities
much looseness, and unexcusable extrav,
agance. The investigation is giving the
tax payers something to think about.
—Jonathan Kelchner, age 63, a shoe-
maker of Altoona, was recently divorced
from his wife. Last week he married a
young woman more than forty years his
junior. Friday Kelchner was arrested
and held for trial on charge of breach of
promise preferred by Miss Annie Dressler: