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8Y RP. GRAY M
—Mutes can do everything but talk,
therefore they don’t make good barbers,
—The mar who rises above party in
things political usually lives to have
his wings clipped.
— There are times when a man would
rather be alone. When he passes an
ice cream saloon, for instance.
—Good times are come indeed, but
Bellefonters will see better ones when
the Centennial days are being celebrat-
—No sooner does it get real hot, than
we all wish it cool ; then when the lat-
ter weather comes, we know another
—Spring poems, straw hats and sum-
mer under-wear wili be taken by the
average undertaker as part of his pay
for the last rites.
—A Nittany valley, Cenire county,
cow gave birth to four calves the other
day. Such a feat of animal progenera-
tion is not to be sneezed at.
—Gas ADDIcKs didn’t get to be Del.
aware’s Senator after all. The promises
he had secured turned out to have been
charged with more gas than earnestness.
— After all, this talk of dethroning
old bosses usually ends in talk. CAM-
ERON is sure to be sent back to repre-
sent Pennsylvania in the United States
—From the number of Golden Eagles
seen in Williamsport during the week
one would imagine that “Coin’s Finan-
cial School’”” had made small headway
in the Lumber city.
—The Sultan of Turkey is said to be
thinking of resigning. Should there be
any truth in the report the average Ar-
menian will have a Thanks-giving day
to celebrate thereafter.
—The A. P. A. has changed its name
to I. P. A. When such a procedure
becomes necessary for such an associa-
tion of bigots to conceal themselves it
is evidence that a final dissolution is
near at hand.
— When accidents are not happening,
labor troubles are not experienced,
thi ngs of State are quiet and the prize
fighters non talkative the weather bu-
reau man usually seizes his opportunity
to afford a subject for conversation.
—Messrs MAGEE and FLINN, owners
of Pittsburg, must be speculating in the
anthracite region now. The other day
they forced the Pittsburg councils to
pass an ordinance forbidding theuse of
soft coal except in private houses in that
—Tkere are some people who imagine
that the newspaper men don’t care
whether there is an additional tax of
twenty-four cents per barrel put on beer
or not. They are deluded by the idea
that editors always have it ‘set up’ to
them. What a delusion-to be sure.
“Things aint like they used to were.”
—Wednesday was the last day of
grace allowed by the treasury depart-
ment for the payment of income taxes.
Hereafter fifty per cent. will be added.
The situation is of little importance to
us, but we announce it because there
are some fellows so far back with their
subscription that we know they are lia-
ble to an income tax on what they owe
—On next Monday Mr. HOWARD
KrETZ, the newly appointed superin-
tendent of the mint at Philadelphia,
will take formal charge of the govern-
ment’s great store house of wealth in
the Quaker city. While it is hardly
possible that the change will please
everyone Major KRETZ is a man whose
fitness for such a position leaves little
room for doubt that he will make a
highly acceptable superintendent.
—By setting his veto to the measure
Governor HASTINGS has announced
that married women cannot have the
same rights as their unmarried sisters.
To think that any Legislator eould be
silly enough to introduce a bill that
would allow & married woman to dis-
pose of her realty is almost incompre-
hensible. Just think if that had been
allowed to become a law a woman
might have sold the roof from over the
head of her husband.
—No one denies the corruption of
politics, but notwithstanding the de-
plorable condition of the leading parties
today the only hope for anything better
lies in the interest the better people
take in issues of government. It is
crassest idiocy for good, honest men to
stand disinterestedly by, under the im-
pression that there is no use in their
trying to do anything. The success of
Dr. PARKHURST and his reformers in
New York city is not an illustration to
which we would point with much pride,
however, since that city is worse off to.
day than when it was under Tammany
control. If the good people of the
country are really good people and not
hypocrites they will take an active in.
terest in politics at all times and such
contiguity cannot but result in good for
STATE RIGHTS AND FEDERAL UNION.
BELLEFONTE, PA., MAY 17, 1895.
Now for the Whitewash.
The outcome of PENROSE's move-
ment to investigate the municipal gov-
ernment of Philadelphia cannot fail to
excite the derisive laughter of the pub-
lic. There has been a parade of hon
est intention in this matter, a pre-
tense that the purpose was to improve
the city government by exposing and
correcting the corrupt methods of the
ringsters who have had control of it
for some years past, but any delusion
of this kind that may have been en-
tertained has been dispelled by the
character of the committee that has
been selected to conduct the investiga
The personel of the committee is
composed of six Republican Senators,
noted as partisan Republicans. What
can be expected of it when a ring poli-
tician like Senator ANDREWS, of Craw-
ford, whose political antecedents have
been of the most crooked character, is
its chairman, with the other five about
as reliable, when it comes to a fair in-
vestigation that might be detrimental
to the Republican party ? That there
is no intention to make developments
that will amount to anything, and that
the purpose is to give the proceedings
a partisan conclusion, is shown by the
fact that not a Democrat is allowed to
be ou the committee.
Itis as plain as anything can be
that this committee is intended for
whitewashing purposes. Their inves
tigation will be conducted chiefly with
the object of uot getting at the facts.
Neither of the Philadelphia factions,
from whose disagreement over the
spoils sprang the idea of having an in
vestigation, wants an exposure of the
general rottenness of Republican rule
in Philadelphia. They could not af-
ford to bave it done, and least of all
could Quay afford it.
There are citizens of Philadelphia,
many of them Republicans, who are
not satistied with the manner in which
the rings and bosses govern the city.
They bave more than a suspicion that
the entire municipal fabric is a mass
of rottenness. Under these circum-
stances what could better serve the
purpose of the machine politicians,
who are interested in maintaining bad
city government, than to put a com-
mittee to work that will conduct a
sham investigation and use the white-
wash brush in making their report?
Itis by such a process that the ring-
sters and bosses hope to close the eyes
of the citizens who are dissatisfied
with the character of their municipal
government, and fool the people of the
State into the belief that there is noth-
ing wrong with Republlcan adminis-
stration in Philadelphia.
Clemency for a Great Embezzler.
Concerning JoHN BARDSLEY'S case,
it has been the impression ever since
his incarceration for embezzling pub-
lic funds, that a movement would be
made for his release from prison as
soon as there should be a Republican
Governor and pardon board to act in
the matter. While a Democratic Gov-
ernor was in office, clemency for so
great an offender could not be expect-
ed. Conditions now exist for a move-
ment in that direction, and accord-
ingly application is about being made
for the pardon of the defaulting treas-
urer ot Philadelphia.
When it is considered that his of-
fense was of a kind that is prevalent
among the Republican politicians of
that city, and that he happened to be
found out while the others manage to
conceal their thefte, it may be asked
why he should be kept in prison and
they be allowed to be at large?
Especially at this time, when a sena-
torial committee has been appointed to
whitewash the record of the munici-
pal rascals of Philadelphia, consist
ency would require the release of
BARDSLEY, who should not continue
to be punished when the others are to
be given certificates of good character.
No doubt the incarcerated ex-treas-
urer has maintained his remarkable
reticence upon the promise that if be
should keep quiet and pot *‘hurt the
party,” by exposing the leading Repub:
lican scamps in Philadelphia, be
would be pardoned as soon as a Re-
publican state administration would
have the opportunity to do so, and
now that promise is going to be ful
Delaware's Senatorial Fizzle.
The failure of the Republican ma-
jority in the Delaware Legislature to
elect a United States Senator was a de-
served punishment for the corruption
that was the controlling element in
the contest. AppIcks put in his claim
to the Senatorship on the ground that
he had furnished the money that ena
bled the Republicans to carry the State
and elect the majority in the Legisla-
ture that would choose the United
States Senator. He based his claim
on the principle of a sale. He had
given a money consideration for the
office and he asked that the goods
should be delivered, as in the case of
any other sale.
It cannot be doubted that when Ap-
picks advanced the campaign boodle
last fall he was given to understand
that he should have the Senatorship
in return for such pecuniary assist-
ance. It isthe custom of the Republi-
can party to sell high offices in this
way. WANAMAKER got the post-mas-
ter generalship in consideration of his
contribution to the campaign fund in
1888. Abpicks looked for a similar
return for what he had given to belp
carry Delaware. He openly an-
nounced that his money had done the
business, and, as such things are man-
aged among Republicans, his claim
was considered valid by the party
There can be no doubt of a corrupt
bargain, but the hitch came when Ap-
picks found that there was opposi-
tion to carrying out the terms of the
sale. While the public must view
with disgust the huckstering of offices
for campaign contributions, they can-
not help regarding with contempt the
politicians who after having sold an
office, refuse to keep faith with the
Appicks’ persistence in holding on to
his purchase has resulted in there be-
ing no election of a" United States Sen-
ator by the state Legislature. At the
last hour of the session the Republi-
cans, in sheer desperation, put in a
sham claim of having elected DuroNT
on a technicality, but there can be no
fair denial of the right of the Demo-
cratic Governor to fill, by appointment,
the vacancy in the United States Sena-
torship caused by the failure of the
Legislature to elect a Senator.
cans that both the State of Pennsylva-
nia and the city of Philadelphia, each
of which is an extreme example of
Republican administration, are hard
up in their finances and may be com-
pelled to resort to loans to enable
them to meet their obligations. Such
a situation is evidence of bad public
The shortness of funds in both cases
comes from the same cause—reckless
and extravagant expenditure. The
State authorities find themselves con-
fronted by an empty treasury, with
their income insufficiently supplied
by defective revenue laws. Expenses
have been authorized which cannot be
met by inadequate sources of revenue.
Prudence would dictate the curtail:
ment of every unnecessary outlay, but
instead of such retrenchment new ex-
penses are authorized by the creation
of new offices and the enlargement of
salaries. In their financial dilemma
the state authorities propose to tide
over the difficulty by robting the
schools and charitable institutions of
the money that is justly due them, and
there may be even a necessity for the
State going into the loan market and
becoming the victim of the money
Philadelphia is found in the same
plight. Her treasury has been deplet-
ed by wasting vast sums in extrava-
gant building, and on defective public
works, such as reservoirs that won't
hold water. Her means have been
exhausted by rings that have grown
rich in public emoluments, and her
ability to meet her obligations has be-
come so impaired that the process of
mandamus is required to enforce the
payment of her debts. She too, like
the State, will find it difficult to keep
out of the loan market.
We give the great Republican State
of Pennsylvania, and the great Repub-
lican city of Philadelphia, as samples
of the effect of Republican financial
| reduced all along the line.
| played a sad contrast of employers’
| profits increased by ‘protection’ while
Teis bad refloation on the Bepnblh | parties that the inter-State com-
General Increase of Wages.
Every day, from all parts of the
country, is heard the glad news of in-
creasing wages, Whether the reporte
are from the cotton and woolen mills
of New England, the iron and coal op-
erations of Pennsylvania, or the vari-
ous industries of the South and West,
they bear the same refrain of better
pay for the working people.
Among these pleasant incidents the
most notable last week was the in-
crease of 10 per cent to 5000 iron"
workers at McKeesport. Another case,
calculated to make labor smile, was
the advance of 20 to 25 per cent in
wages for the workmen in the large
furnaces at Sharon, with the expecta.
tion that a similar advance will be
made to 3000 furnacemen in Mahoning
and Shenango Valleys, Ohio. There
are some strikes, but quite different in
their result from what was the case in
McKINLEY times, the strikes now be-
ing usually followed by concessions to
The New York Herald of the Tth
inst. published the names of over a
hundred industrial operations, includ-
ing woolen, cotton, silk, linen, paper,
leather, iron, steel, coke, coal and a
number of other industries, in all sec-
tions of the country, which during the
wonth of April and the first week in
May advanced the wages of their
workmen from 5 to as high as 40 per
cent, That paper estimates that fully
three hundred thousand people enjoy
the benefit of these advances. The
second week in May opened with an-
nouncements of an increase of 10 per
cent in the wages of 800 employees of
the Riverside iron works at Brent-
ford, West Virginia ; a similar advance
to the workmen of the largest tube
works in the world, at McKeesport,
this State, and the same increase for
6000 iron-workers at Wheeling, West
Lists were published in the first
year of the McKINLEY tariff, but they
contained the mournful record of wages
the pay of the workman was reduced.
The change that has now taken
| place, displaying an encouraging con-
trast to the McKINLEY record, is cal-
'culculated to make everybody happy
but Republican calamity howlere.
——1t is being discovered by inter-
merce law is unconstitutional, and it
may be expected that they will soon
have the matter before the United
States supreme court to secure a de-
cision of that tribunal against a law
that is intended to protect the public
interest. The disposition of that court,
as shown in its treatment of the income
tax, is to interpret the constitution in
support of corporate interests. The
inter-State commerce law was devis-
ed to protect the people against the
discriminations and exactions of rail-
road companies, but it would not be
surprising if the supreme court, after
the way it has mutilated the income
tax, should decide that it is unconsti -
tutional to impose such a check upon
those wealthy corporations.
Work is progressing slowly on
the revenue bills with which the fi-
nanciers of the state Legislature are
wrestling. The problem that is both-
ering thew is how to raise revenue
enough to meet the greatly increased
expenses without resorting to such an
increase of taxation as will excite the
wrath of the taxpayers. It can't be
done, and there is where the trouble
—— Although he missed the Sena-
torship, Appicks proclaims himself the
Republican leader of Delaware. That
will depend upon whether he will re-
peat his contribution to the boodle
fund. Cash constitutes the chief
qualification of Republican leadership.
There was good reason for not
patting any Democrats on PENROsE’s
investigating committee, When it is
intended to do a neat job of Republican
whitewashing, it would be foolishness
to allow Democrats to interfere with
the handling of the brush.
A ——— TAI
——One of the defects of the FARR
bill is that under its provisions the
“catcher” would get bigger pay than
An Excellent Idea
From the Williamsport Sun.
There is a movement in several states
to make the state history a text book
in the public schools. This seems
eminently proper, for all citizens
should be thoroughly acquainted with
the history of their own states, says an
exchange. All of our states (the older
ones at least) have histories of which
their sons and daughters should be
proud, but only very small portions of
it are embodied in the general history
of the country. The only objection
that we have heard to commencing
historical studies in our public schools
by a history of the state in which they
are situated is that it would tend to
cultivate state pride. Well, suppose
it does? Is there any reason why
Pennsylvanians should not be proud of
William Penn, or Rhode Islanders of
Rogers Williams? We think not and
fail to see that there is any national
danger in teaching the history of a
state which has been loyal tothe un-
ion. Even the history of the southern
states can do their people no harm if it
is taught without prejudice and in a
truly national spirit. It carries its own
moral with it.
Hauling Down the Bloody Shirt.
From the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph.
The fraternization of the Federal
troops and militia from Northern,
Southern, and border States, as they
formerly were called, at Memphis is an
encouraging sign of the times. These
organizations are composed almost en-
tirely of young men, with whom the
civil war is not even a memory, who
took no part in that great struggle, but
who are worthy and patriotic Ameri-
can citizens, earnestly desirous of serv-
ing their country whenever needful
and in any section. Everything that
tends to bring together the representa-
tive elements of the younger genera-
tion is to be heartily encouraged. The
lessons of patriotism drawn from na-
tional history must not be overlooked,
but the men of to-day should not in-
herit the sectional bitterness which
prevailed amongst the men of a genera-
tion ago. National reunion in every
essential particular should be fostered,
in order that sectional lines may be
We Hope So.
From the Pittsburg Post.
We believe it will be found that the
reports of damages by frost to the fruit,
vegetable and other growing crops will
prove to be greatly exaggerated. We
have noticed that this is almost uni-
formly the case as to spring froste.
There are interests that make profit
out of discouraging reports of the com-
ing crops, and it is natural for them to
take and circulate a blue view of the
damage done. Probably it will turn
out to be bad enough, but nothing like
so great or widely extended as reported.
The prospect before the recent eccen-
ric weather was for the greatest fruit
yield of recent years, and there is a
great deal of leeway to cover before we
reach the conclusion such devastation
as has been reported is a sett ed fact.
And This from a Republican Senator's
From the Raftsman’s Journal.
The lnmbermen of the West Branch
report a big improvement in the mark-
et. Lumber is finding a lively sale,
buyers are paying promptly and there
is more life in trade than has been felt
for three years. All the saw mills are
running now and there is decided ac-
tivity in shipping.
The Clearfield lumber company state
that they sold more lumber during
March and April than during these
corresponding months in any year
ee. I ————————
Evidence of Better Times.
From the Easton Argus.
Men employed in the McKeesport,
Pa., tube mills are to participate in the
benefits of the reviving times by re-
ceiving an advance of ten per cent. Al-
though this is but a sample of the
many other increases and starting up
of factories all over the country, the
very extent of the mills, the number of
men employed (5,000), and the output
of the pipe mills of this country, argue
the importance of the raise and give an
idea of the widespread turn for the bet
ter in the industrial sitaation.
But No Gerrymandering.
From the Williamsport Sun.
This session of the Legislature should
not adjourn until congressional and
legislative apportionment bills have
become laws. This is a much more
important matter than the creation of
new offices or the increase in salaries
of old ones. Yet it seems to be mak-
ing slow progress.
A Republican Paper's Plaudit for the
From the Altoona Tribune.
On the whole the house did fairly
well yesterday, No new office was
created, although a bill creating one
passed second reading. No salaries
were increased and a couple of sinister
measures were beaten.
Spawls from the Keystone.
—Eight new suburban trolley lines are
projected in Pittsburg.
—Eastern Pennsylv ania Baptists are in
convention at Reading.
—The boom in oil has started many op-
erations in Potter county.
—A train near Mahanoy City snuffed cut
the life of John Marshley.
—The Sheriff of Elk county was fined
$25 tor killing trout with lime.
—Lightning Saturday killed Abram
Manscoy, at Dallas, Luzerne county.
—The Hendricks murder trial is expect-
ed to be ended at Wilkesbarre to-day.
—Lutherans at Orwigsburg will next
Wednesday dedicate their $25,000 church.
—Clinton Haines, of Reading, was rob,
bed of #300 while visiting at Shickshinny.
—Slate quarrymen, who struck at Ban-
gor, have returned to work at their old
—Brakeman D. D. Huss was knocked
from a car at Hanover and had both legs
—Many Lancaster county farmers are
taking up potato culture instead of to-
—Thieves drugged and robbed James D.
Peck, at Exton, on the Chester Valley
—Lancaster’s Young Men's Christian
Association will spend $150,000 on a new
—Rascals at Columbia scattered tacks
in the street and the tires of 30 bicycles
—Aged Samuel Money “was probably
fatally injured in a runaway accident at
—A new hospital, to cost $1,000,000, is to
be erected on the site of the West Penn in
—Green worms are said to be doing
great damage to the corn in Westmore-
land county, Pa.
—Little Irwin Knoblock jumped from
the threshing floor on a Port Clinton barn
and was killed.
—The estate of the late Dr. Martin
Luther, of Reading, paid $3297.75 collater-
al inheritance tax.
—Reading’s seven national banks have
$4,857,465.38 in loans and discounts, and
83,772,094.24 on deposits.
—Northampton county Democrats will
be addressed by State Chairman Wright
at Walnutport on Saturday.
—The new National Tooth Company to
be organized at York has placed orders in
advance for 50,C00 sets of teeth.
—Harrisburg’s Common €Couneil refused
to concur with Select in a 6 mill tax rate,
believing a 7-mill tax necessary.
—The mills of Lees & Sons, at Norris.
town, will soon start with new employes,
who will replace the strikers.
—Schuylkill County court Monday
drove the Dubsite Evangelieals from the
Ebenezer church at Shenandoah.
—In 10 years 12000 people have been
married in Lehigh county, which is about
one-sixth of the total population.
—A new rolling mill, 214 feet long by &1
feet wide, is being built by the Pennsyl.
vania Steel Company, at Steelton.
—A wagon box beneath which he was
playing fell upon and crushed to death,
William Burns, a Mechaniesburg lad.
—The Luzerne County Bar Association
has indorsed the Judges’ Retirement bill
It met Monday night at Stroudsburg.
—Window glass manufactures of the
United States met at Pittsburg yesterday
to take action on the proposed trust.
—The funeral was held Monday at Bris-
tol of Warner Hawk, who was a Pennsyl-
vania Railroad conductor for 30 years.
—General C. L. Young, of Ohio, assumed
the superintendency of the soldiers’ or-
phans’ school at Scotland on Wednesday.
—It is still doubtful if Frederick Hum-
mel, the Wyoming Seminary student, who
was hit by a baseball at Stroudsburg, can
—The boiler on the towboat Rescue ex-
ploded in Pittsburg and seriously injured
Engineer McGinnis and Fireman Claude
—A Doiler burst in Carnegie’s Home-
stead mill and fatally hurt Theodore Mc-
Henry, who was visiting his brother at
the steel works.
—Daughters of the Revolution at Nor.
ristown have formally protested against
the removal of General Haneock’s body
—Lehigh University faculty and officers
accompanied by the members of Lehigh
Chapter, Delta Phi, "attended Eckley B,
— An engine without a train, on the Jer-
sey Central Railroad. near Wilkesbarre,
ran a mile in 41 seconds, or almost 90
miles an hour.
—Bethlehem police are looking for a
scoundrel who has on two occasions plac-
ed dynamite bombs near Mrs. Esther Mil-
—Suits for $40,000 were Monday brought
at Carlisle by the New York Electric En-
gineering Company against the Cumber’
land Valley trolley.
—John Greenley, of Rostraver town-
ship, Westmoreland county, had his neck
broken by a fall from. a colt, which he
was trying to break.
—The moral crusade has struck Wilkes.
barre and Mayor Nichols fined Elizabeth
Stewart $1000 for renting a house for a
—To break up the boycott of the Ham.
burg post office, Superintendent Jackson,
of the railway mail service, will hereafter
not accept letters on trains.
—A tree fell across the Neversink Moun-
tain Railroad near Reading and the quick
work ofa motorman saved his car and
passengers from a disastrous crash.
—The Pittsburg District Executive
Board of Miners will to-day present a
summary of the strike situation before
the District Convention in that city.
—The Delaware, Lackawanna & West.
ern Railroad has reduced passenger fares
from Scranton to New York over 10 per
cent., and a cut-rate war may be started.
—The City Solicitor of Reading has de-
cided that the five year contracts of the
city with lighting companies are illegal
and that a contract for a year is the