Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, January 24, 1896, Image 1

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    DemoreaticA chem
Ink Slings.
—Because a man is toothless it does
not follow that he is without acres.
—The Republican gingo isn’t swag-
gering as much as he did some weeks
—England’s attempt to grab s small
patch of Veuezuela’s territory may lose
her as large a tract as Canada.
— Ex - Presidert HARRISON'S first
matrimonial venture was so satisfactory
that he proposes to have a second term.
— Big appropriations will be about all
that Tom REED’s Congress will be able
to show as the result of a protracted ses-
—We have had some experience with
English “flying squadrons” on the
Lakes. PrrrY and MACDONOUGH werd
after them. :
—The President’s prudence may be
depended onto do the right thing in
recognizing Cuba’s belligerency at the
right time.
—The wind for which Chicago is
celebrated should blow success to the
party that is going to hold its National
Convention there.
—As “all the world loves a lover,”
the Republican party should be in an
amiable mood towards a Harrison
Presidential boom.
—The United States has not yet rec-
ognized the belligerency of the Cubans,
but General Campos has had reason to
be fully cognizant of it.
—Talking about pugilists, while the
undertaker may not be boastful of his
muscle, science or wind, yet in the end
he generally lays them all out.
—If Jorn BurL sends his flying
squadron nearer towards our shore than
Bermuda UNCLE SAM will have reason
to ask him whether he wants to pick a
quarrel. :
—“Reform within the party’’ at the
recent Philadelphia primaries resulted
in the triumph of the Hog Combine,
with Dave MARTIN siill in control of
the machine. :
—As the church which it is said Bos
INGERSOLL intends to join has neither
creed nor religion, the prospect of RoB-
ERT becoming an evangelist and leading
in prayer at revivals, isstill remote.
—A matrimonial and presidential
boom on his hands at the same time
would probably be more than Brother
HARRISON would be physically able to
stand. BENJAMIN is no longer young.
—General CAMPOS is about to retire
in disgust from the command of the
Spanish forces in Cuba, and the com-
mander who will succeed him will no
doubt be equally disgusted with his job.
—The loud applause which Chaplain
CoNDER’s political prayer received in
the House of Representatives can scarce-
ly be considered respectful to the Deity
to whom they are supposed to be ad-
—1If the dutch Boers, in their fight
near Jobanesburg, accomplished noth-
ing else, they can, at least, congratulate
themselves on getting rid of a couple of
very expensive and unpleasant British
—In wying to discredit the adminis-
tration’s ections with respect to the gold
loan the New York World attempts the
most reprehensible piece of Journalistic
mischief that was ever perpetrated in
this country.
—The morality of some of the Colo-
nial Damesis getting so high-strung that
they object to BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
being included among the Revolution-
ary worthies because there were a fow
specks on his moral record.
—1It is reported that Tom REED is
unhappy, and there is good reason for it,
as he has a Presidental boom on his
hands and at the same time must keep a
lot of green Congressmen from behav-
ing in a way that would spoil his boom.
—The crank who was arrested in
‘Washington for--walking up and down
the avenue crying, **Ho | for the White
House," seems to have an idea of the
amount of hoeing it takes to become
the occupant of the executive mansion.
—Almanac editors who are making
calculations ahead, predict terrific wind
storms in the vicinity of Washington
about March 4th., 1897. They evident-
ly know what they are talking about.
FORAKER goes into the Senate at that
— When-the Senatorial Investigation
Committee at Philadelphia is warned
by ite offensive smell that something
rotten has been struck it withdraws the
probe before too much corruption is
developed. It isn’t intended to go deep
enough to hurt the party.
—The Board of Naval Inspectors who
have been instructed to make a close
search for blowholes would find the
newly elected Senator from Ohio a prop-
er subject for inspection with that ob-
ject, and it-wouldn’t take much of a
search to find ForRAKER’S blowhole, as
it makes itself heard as distinctly as a
‘the determinatiou of
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VOL. 41
BELLEFONTE, PA., JAN. 24, 1896.
NO. 4.
Politics and the Monroe Doctrine.
Our government is not only justi:
fiable in taking high ground in sup-
port of the Monro doctrine but it is
its duty to maintain every point as"
sumed in the original declaration of
that principle. This is necessary not
only to prevent foreign encroachments
| upon weaker republics of the con
tinent, but to preserve our own bound-
aries intact. The land grabbing which
England is attempting on the Venezue-
la gold district she is showing a dis.
position to try in Alaska on gold pro-
ducing territory that belongs to the
United States.
Not only for the protection of our
weaker neighbors, but for our own
safety, a halt must be called upon the
foreign trespasser. This can be ac-
complished by our government taking
its stand firmly on the principles of the
Mon~roE doctrine. The scope of that
doctrine has not been clearly defined,
but its general purpose isto prevent
the extension of European possessions,
and influence, on this side of the At-
lantic, and to protect the autonomous
governments that have taken the place
of former European colonies. Presi
dent CLEVELAND'S message comes with-
in this general purpose of the doc-
trine, and in its application to the spe-
cial case of Venezuela sets forth with
sufficient distinctness, and emphasis,
the American
people and government that this con-
tinent shall no longer furnish a field
for European encroachment and domi-
nation. The enthusiaem with which
the message was received showed that
the people fully endorsed the Presi:
dent’# interpretation of the doctrine.
But it eeems that some of the Re-
publican politicians are not satisfied
with CLEVELAND'S version of this great
American principle. If there is any
political capital to be made out of it
they would like to have a share of it.
Senator SEweLL evidently thinks that
the best way to do this is to depreciate
the President’s position by declaring 10
a resolution that he has gone too far
in maintaining the MoNRrOE doctrine ;
that bis action has been not only
“premature,” but so ‘inopportune’ as
to have injured the business and finan-
cial situation, the Senator's purpose
being to belittle and misrepresent a
patriotic action in order to gain a
partisan advantage. Senator Davis,
with the same motive, takes another
tack with a resolution, the purport of
which is that the President has not
gone far enough in sustaining the
MoxroE principle. He would go to
the extreme of having the United
States assume not only a protectorate
but a controlling supervision of the
foreign relations of the countries South
of us.
This is not the MoNRoE doctrine as
contemplated by its originator, nor: is
that doctorine susceptible of any such
interpretation. 1t is merely Republi
can jingoism endeavoring to turn a
patriotic question to political account.
May Have an Early Death,
Czar Reep’s tariff bill lies in a hope-
lees condition in the hands of the Sen
ate finance committee. It was rushed
through the House in three hours and
forty minutes, but it is likely to stick
in the Senate for the balance of the
session, She Senatorial tariff doctors
are puzzled to determine what treat-
ment should be applied to it. The free
silver Senators are; indifferent about
tariff politics. They have been given
almost absolute control, and if they
could advance the silver interest by
throwing the tariff bill in the Senator-
ial waste basket, they would not hesi-
tate a moment about doing it. The
sugar Senators are trying to doctor the
bill in the interest of the Trust, and
the Ohio shepherds are doing what
the can to restore the duty on wool;
but the whole business looks so much
like playing at legislation, particularly
io the face of a sure veto from the
President if it should be passed, that
it would not be surprising if the bill
were allowed to draw its expiring
breath in the Senate finance committee,
~——The hot politics of Pennsyl-
vania so impaired the Governor's
health that he had to resort to the
Hot Springs of Arkansas for relief,
probably on the homeepathic principle
that ‘like cures like.”
Sample Pension Cases.
A writer in_the Philadelphia Call,
who is by no medns opposed to every
worthy veteran receiving a reasonable
pension, if his circumstance require
such assistance, gives the three follow-
ing cases connected with the pension
system, they being within his personal
knowledge, :
“Oae of these cases is that of an old
soldier who is a house painter by trade:
Singe the close of the war his physical
condition has enabled him to work at
his business every day—when not
drunk ; aod he is sure to get drunk
whenever he draws bis pension, Some
weeks ago his pension wae increased,
with the result that the spree be im-
mediately got on was of larger size to
conform with the increase of the gov-
ernments bounty. The query ie, how
much good does the pension system do
that veteran, and why should a heavy
burden be imposed upon the govern-
went to provide for such a class of
beneficiaries, thousands of whom are
on the pension rolls ?"
“The second case is that of a work-
man in the writer's mill, who, since
the war, was able to earn good wages.
While industriously engaged in his
business he never thought of a pension
as a reward for his condition was not
such that he needed it. But the back-
pension bill was paesed, and unfor-
tunately for him, a lawyer got hold of
his case, worked it up, and got him
$2000 back pay and a monthly pension,
Such fortune was entirely “too rich
for his blood,” the result was a spree,
followed by others, and never since
that day bas he bad a steady job, as
he cannot stay sober long enough to
hold one. The query that was applied
to the first case is applicable to the
A pension abuse of a different order is
mentioned by the writer ds within his
personal knowledge. It is that of the
senior partger of a large banking house,
worth a million and over, who having
done some service in the war draws
$30 a month from the pension fund.
Such cases furnish food tor reflec
tion at a time when on account of a
reckless expenditure of its means, en-
tailed by past legislation, the govern:
ment finds its resources crippled and
experiences great difficulty in main.
taining the public credit. Among its
burdens is the enormous pension ex-
pense, a very large percentage of which
is required for such cases as are meo-
tioned above. We believe that we are
within bounds when we say that half
of the $140,000,000 annually appropri
ated would be sufficient to meet every
worthy pension claim.
A Backset for Quay.
Just at the time when Boss Quay
was preparing to dance a final Indian
war-dance on the prostrate bodies of
the enemies he had scalped in the bat.
tle of the factions, they sprung at him,
tomahawk in hand, renewing the fight
with a vigor that should convince him
that they are far from being ‘‘dead In-
juns.” In Philadelpbia the MarTIN
“combine” routed the Quay faction at
the primaries, carrying a majority of
the wards and capturing the city com-
mittee, while in Pittsburg } Mace
holds his old stamping ground against
the henchmen of the Boss.
The result in Philadelphia shows
that Quay is not supreme in the city,
and that the defeat of the state admin-
istration gang last summer, which he
claimed to be the greatest victory of his
political career, has not impaired the
ability of that faction to keep up the
fight. Italeo shows that the develop-
ments of Quay’s investigating commit-
tee has bad no effect in turning Phila.
adelphia Republicanism against the
corrupt practices of its machine politi-
cians... The fact is that the preference
of the old party strongly inclines to
rascally politics; but even if this were
not 80 the want of confidence, in reform
engineered by Quay, would prevent the
investigation of hie committee from
making apy impression upon public
sentiment, :
The backset of the Boss in Philadel-
pbia and Pittsburg indicates that the
opposite faction is in condition to con-
tinue the fight. This sbould be a
source of eatislaction to those who hope
that better politics will eventually pre
vail in this state. There is encourage-
ment in the prospect that the corrupt
domination that has so long misruled
the State will be broken down by the
contention of its factions.
A Shattered Idol.
From the Philadelphia Times of Sat-
urday last we get the following, refer-
ring to evidence produced before the in-
vestigating committee that is looking
into the management of the affairs of
that city :—
The worst case of all was that which accuses
House Sergeant Saddington, of the Chestnut
Hill station, with having assaulted an 8-year-old
girl in her parents’ home in 1891 Although
held for court and indicted by the grand jury, he
has never been tried and is still on the force.
Five times the case has come up in the Quar-
ter Sessions, and each time it has gone over.
The little girl, her father and a physician all
told their stories on the stand.
Let us see , don’t Philadelphia have
a District Attorney by the name of
GRAHAM—GEO. S. GRAHAM if we are not
mistaken—a much vaunted, thorough-
ly advertised and often referred to ‘re.
former,” and for whose unswerving
fidelity to every trust ; to whose ability,
and determination to see that the laws
are fully enforced against all criminals,
to whoee integrity as an official and to
whose watchfulness and fearlessness as
a public prosecutor, the Zimes has
time and time again vouched ?
Talk ahout “pigeon-holeing’’ cases for
five years for ‘criminal aesaults’’ upon
little girls, while Gro S. GramaM is
District Attorney! Who would believe
it Mr. Zumes, in the face of your mul-
titudinous professions that this same
GRAHAM is a “model official I" the per-
sonification of independence, prompt-
nees, and purity in public place I”
‘“‘the only lawyer in all of Philadelphia
deserving of being elected by the
unanimous vote of the people.” “A°
Republican worthy the support of all
Democrats I” “a Reformer entitled to
the vote of all reformers ?’
Holy Moses, bow our idols are shat-
tered and reform beauty fades !
Fraudulent Reform.
It did not require much sagacity to
see at the start that the movement for
the investigation of abuses in the
Philadelphia city government was in-
tended to be a fraud. Everything that
has been eo far done by the invegti-
gating committee shows that reform is
about the last thing that is to be ex-
pected of its operations.
Among the abuses that have been
exposed by the investigation was the
interference of the police in the elec.
tions. It did not require a committee
to bring this disgraceful fact to light,
for ii was a matter of shameful notorie-
ty that in a large number of the voting
divisions in the city the polls were sub-
jected to the intrusion and control of
the police at every election. It was
no new development, therefore, when
witnesses appeared before th e commit
tee and proved this fact in the most
positive and direct manner. But what
good has it done? If reform had been
the object, such exposure would have
had the effect of checking this evil,
but in the very face of the testimony
that brought to the notice of the inves-
tigators the interference of the police
at the polls, the same thing was repeat-
ed atthe Republican primaries last
week as flagrantly as ever. It was
done openly, deliberately and at the
instance of the faction, headed by the
Mayor, that has control of the city
government, The farce of exposing
such abuses before an investigating
committee, with the alleged object of
reforming them, is made apparent by
this circumstance, as well as by ot hers
of a similar character.
Additional Bills For the Tax-payer.
The tax-payers of Pennsylvania, who
viewed with astonishment the extrava-
grant proceedings off the last session of
the Legislature, had reason to believe
that the appropriations were liberal
enough to meet all necessary anda
large variety of unnecessary expenses.
Liberality was no name for them, a8
they ran into absolute profligacy ; but
notwithstanding these lavish provisions
for demands on the State Treasury for
1895, they are about three millions
short of what is required. This short-
age will have to be met by the tax;pay-
ers ot the State, and should serve as a
remembrances of a State administra:
tion and Legislature that were put in
power by the biggest majority on re-
cord, which was rolled up to colossal
proportions as a vindication of Repub-
lican “protection.” A nice protection
it bas been to those who have to foot
the bills.
Looking to the Right Man.
From the Washburn (N. D.) Leader.
“There is a man in the Slate of
Pennsylvania who now lives in com-
parative retirement in the city of Phila-
delphia, He is a man of magnificent
proportions—mental and physical. In
contour of profile he much resembles
George Washington's picture at the
age of fifty. He is in robust health,
Twice this man has been nominated
by the democrats of that State for Gov-
ernor to lead a forlorn hope—having to
face the Republican’s usual State ma.
jority of from 125,000 to 150,000.
Twice has thie man overcome that ma-
jority and was placed in the Governor's
chair and a sturdy, good Governor he
made. Although in his own city 4000
“trading” Democrats, under orders
from corrupt party bosses were thrown
to his opponent, 100,000 “Dutch” and
Quaker farmers grandly offset the
treacherous work of these mercenary
hirelings, for convenience sake labeled
“democrats,” although they rarely
ever vote the Democratic ticket. :
Among the farmers of Pennsylvania
ex-Governor Robert E. Pattison is as
strong as ever. He made an ideal
Governor and they all know it. They
believe he will make a good President.
Pennsylvania is next to New York in
electoral votes. Quay knows well the
feeling “in his state. Let things go
wrong—with him at St. Louis—then
look out for the Democratic possibility.”
Have Got His Measure.
From the New York Sun.
1t Colonel Pat Donan, that multi-
vocal son of genius and wandering wind
of poesy, is really to become the editor
of a Duluth newspaper, then Duluth is
to become mightier in the mouths of
men than Chicago or Cripple Creek.
He will salt the seas discovered by the
Hon. P. Knott. He will hop up to the
zenith and pin it with a star. With
molasses and with manna, with vast
mensageries of adjectives and uncount-
ed herds of wild tropes, with Mam-
moth caves of the wind of the tongue,
and with Metropolitan museums hung
with his own gorgeous and panti-
chromatic wordpaintings, Colonel Pat
Donan sails over the lands and skips
acrogs the seas. If’tis a match be:
tween Duluth aod him, the eagle in the
porthwest will not content herself with
screaming; ehe will have to buy a
calliope. =
An Agricultural Boom.
From the New York Sun.
The Hon. Simon P. Sheerin exhibit.
ed at Washington yesterday duly re-
corded and registered photographs of
a red cow and a dun cow with a crump-
led horn, and also affidavits that said
cows have been milked, personally and
without assistance, by the Hon. Claude
Matthews of Indiana, the Farmer
Democratic candidate for President.
Popcorn raised by Farmer Matthews
on his own garden patch was distribu-
ted among the members of the Nation-
al Committee, and a large oil painting
representing Farmer Matthews driving
his celebrated tandem ox team, Buck
and Bright, to light harness and a two
wheeler, was much admired.
Exactly the Way It Works.
From the Dubois Express.
The textile business is in a very
flourishing condition under free wool.
A trade journal has listed over 350 new
mills which were built last year, in ad-
dition to a large number of enlarge-
ments. Even the Reynoldsville mill,
of which Mr. Sykes is the buyer, is do--
ing a greatly increased business, The
most pleasing feature of the activity is
that the 70,000,000 people of these
United States are able to buy home-
made cloth, blankets, flannels, shawls,
carpets and other woolen goods at low-
er prices and of better quality than be-
The Father of Our Financial Ills,
From the Clearfield Spirit.
John Sherman 18 the daddy of the
financial legislation which precipitated
the accursed panic which overwhelms
the business interests of the country,
and now the old sinner has the hardi-
hood to stand up as a self-appointed
Moses to lead the country out of the
wilderness of “Black Fridays™ into the
sunshine of better days. The old man
isin his dotage and his head is full of
notions that are no good.
The Way They Talk About Their
Preachers in the West.
From the Walla Walla, Wash., Statesman.
A fast preacher doesn’t travel about
the country with & young grass widow,
and keep her in his house, and pay her
money, for nothing but friendship of a
platonic nature. But a man whois so
“fly” with red-headed grass widows
should give up the game and retire
from public view shen he allows an old
female swindler to pull his leg.
More Wind Than War.
From the Chicago Record.
Some of those war scares seem to be
destined to be fought out on the Fitz.
simmons Corbett high-pressure oratory
plan of warfare. =
—=Subscribe for the WATOEMAN,
Spawls from the Koystone,
—Reading factories employ 18,248 hands.
—Port Clinton with a population of 700,
has no physician.
—The Superior Court has adjourned and
‘will next met at Williamsport.
—Schuylkill county has paid $50,000 of
its floating debt the past three weeks.
—The Westinghouse Electrical Works
in Allegheny eounty are idle, owing toa
—The Brocker Iron Works, at Birds®
yo have closed for an indefinite per’
—There were 3000 cases of typhoid fever
in Allegheny City and Pittsburg last
—Cuban cigarmakers who come to
Pennsylvania are often driven home by
the cold.
—The third attempt to sell the Susque-
hanna and Tidewater Canal failed at York
on Saturday last.
—Disappointment in love induced
David D. Steher, a farmer near Erie, to
shoot himself dead. :
—Northumberiand county has a hotel
the name of whose landlord has not been
changed for 100 years.
—The shanty in which John Meisel
lived at Dubois, burned and he was suf-
focated by smoke on Sunday.
—Crawford county citizens are excited
over what they believe to be a discovery
of a coal deposit in Stuben township.
—Hon. J. H. Hopkins, the last of the
Lancaster county iron masters, died at
Conowingo,Furnace on the 18th inst.
—Mrs, Joseph Southwood, of Mt. Carmel
has sued the Philadelphia & Reading
Railroad Company for $45.000 damages.
—The remains of Brigadier General
Charles A. Heckman, who died in Phila®
delphie, were yesterday buried at
—It is said that more timber will be
made in Clearfield county this winter
than has been made for se 1 winters
—Eleven fatal accidents have been re-
ported at the collieries in the Sixth dis-
trict of the anthracite region since Jan-
uary 1.
—The alleged leader of the Maffai at
Hazleton, Mike Speri, who was arrested
in Chicago a week ago, was lodged in jail
—For perjury in the famous Duse case
John Weggie, an aged Economite, of
Beaver county, has been sent to prison
for a year.
—Pittsburg is obliged to pay 5 per cent.
interest on a loan of $60,000 recently made
and as much more must be horrowed to
meet a deficiency
—Congressmen Leisenring and Col. N.
‘J. Harvey will probably be the National
delegates from Luzerne county. This is
an anti.Quay victory.
—The Bethlehem Iron Company has
shipped material for four and five-inch
guns to the Washington Navy Yard. The
shipment weighed twenty-five tons.
—The property of the Turners’ Singing
Society, at Altoona, Pa, was seized by
the Sheriff on Friday last on an execution
of $1200 issued by the Columbus Brewing
—Between Lisburn and Lewisberry,
Cumberland county, there are sixty acres
of solid ice with a surface as smooth as a
floor, to which skaters for miles around
are flocking.
—E. H. Wetzel, proprietor of the Ash-
land House and one of Ashland’s leading
citizens, died at his home here of spinal
trouble, from which he has suffered the
past six months.
—Martin C. Herman, one of the ablest
lawyers at the Carlisle bar and Judge of
Cumberland county from 1874 to 1884 died
at his home in Carlisle in on the 18th inst.
of pneumonia, aged 55 years.
—By the deaths of Mrs. Anna Me€arthy
and Josiah Kurts, at Connellsville,
Fayette county lost her two eldest citiy
zes. Both were born in 1800 and were,
therefore in their 96th year.
--The report of adjutant general Stew-
art of this State shows the strength of
the national guard to be 685 commissioned
officers and 7,987 enlisted men. The total
expenses from June 1st to Dec. 17, 1895 are
—Christopher L. Magee has swept the
Quay forees in Allegheny county into the
sea. Charles Geyer was nominated for
Mayor on the Republican ticket, after
one of the hardest fights ever fought in
the county.
—Burglars made attempts to ente
seven houses at McVeytown on
Sunday night succeeding in three of them
where they ransacked a great part of the
houses. The only booty secured was &
few cents.
—Robert Weimer, the 15-year old son of
Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Weimer, of Gibson
Fayette eounty fell from the top of a box
car and broke his neek. He was playing
“railroad brakeman’ with & number of
—At a hearing before Wnited States:
‘| Commissioner E. H. Reppert on Saturday
last Nelson Wiltrout was bound over for
trial in the United States Court on the
charge. of robbing’ the Wooddale post
office, in Bullskin ‘township Fayette Co.
—While returning on the ice from
Northumberland, early Sunday morning,
George Seers of Lewisburg drove into a
large hole from which the ice had been
eut near Winfield, drowning his valuable
horse and narrowly escaping the same
fate himself.
—Several well known mining men of -
Pittston, have leased the Gweenough
tract of coal land near Shamokin and will
begin to operate it as soon as possible. A
breaker to havea capacity of 800 tons of
coal per day, costing $50,000, will be erecs-
ed and 500 men will be given employ-
—At the annual election of the Altoonar
Clearfield and Northern Railroad held in
Altoona on the 20th. F. G. Pattison was
re-elected President and W. W. Yon
Thomas H. Greeyy, &. T. Bell, John K.
Patterson, E. M. Amies, H. J. Davis, John
W. Ebert, Frank Brant and W. Scott
Gwinn, Direetors.
—As showing the decline in farm values,
a sale ot one of the finest properties in
Berks county was made on Saturday last
at about one-half the price (that it would
have commanded a few years ago. It was
the farm of Jonas Shalter, five milesnorth
of Reading containing 120 acres which
was sold to John 8. Dreibeiss, of Maxa-
tawny township, for $16.000. I has been
valued as high as $30,000.