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VOL. 33.
Voters of Cameron! Did Dr. Smith Serve
Your Interests.
Read, Reflect and Vote Your Convictions. ]
From the Philadelphia Inquirer, July 1, 1597.
Harrisburg, July ist, 1597. —The closing hours of the session j
were exhausting in the extreme. After an all-night session that |
taxed the physical and mental energies of the members to the utter
most, the first streaks of gray dawn shone through the stained glass
windows of Grace Church, only to find two of the- most important
bills of the present session still unacted upon. These were the
General Appropriation bill, involving an expenditure of something
like $16,000,000, and the Omnibus Beer and Whisky bill, framed j
for the purpose of returning to the State about $2,500,000 in the
next two years.
The Conference Committee having the Revenue bill in charge,
made a report about 9:00 o'clock. It was a modification of the
previous measure and increased the tax upon large breweries from
SI,OOO to s6, ocx> per annum, besides making other material changes.
The fair-minded members of the House that had honestly differed
upon the provisions of the original act accepted this as a reasonable
solution to the problem. The act was not perfect—when has any
new revenue measure been so?—but it was the best that could be
evolved under the circumstances.
It was evident, however, that the professional agents were at
work, and that a conspiracy was 011 foot to defeat the bill. Word
came from the executive mansion, in a semi-official way, that if this
Revenue bill was defeated the Governor would be reluctantly com
pelled to veto all of the appropriations for private charities. But
this did not deter the conspirators from attempting to carry out
their nefarious scheme. Word was ingeniously carried to some of
the wobbling Senators that S3OO was being paid for each vote for
the measure. The absolute falsity of the charge was apparent, and
the agents found that they had overplayed their part. Every hon
orable means was taken to pass the bill. State Chairman Elkin,
with the future of the party in mind, impressed upon the members
the disaster that would be caused by depiiving the charities of their
needed money.
Senators Magee and Flinn, with a manliness that did them honor,
refused to join in the scheme to defeat the bill and joined with
Senators Durham and Andrews in urging its passage. The climax
came when Speaker Boyer left the chair and made a splendid speech
urging the House to pass the bill. The fact that this was only
the second time that Mr. Boyer has left the chair to speak on a
pending measure forcibly impressed itself upon his hearers. He
was received with cheers and the success of the bill was assured.
It passed by a vote of 119 to 69, and the honor of the State and of
the party was saved.
The names of those who voted against a liquor bill when its de
feat threatened the public schools and the charities of the State,
should be carefully preserved by the voters of the Commonwealth.
This roll is as follows:
Abrams, Ackerman, Barker, Bell, H.;Graber, Bittiuger, Britton,
Brophy, Carson, Chrisman, Clarency, Coray, Creasy, Crothers, Cut
shall, Dixon, Ellis, Graham, Griffiths, Hoy, R. R.;Kaylor. Kehler,
Kerkslager, Kerr, Kessler, Kramlich, Kratz, Lennon, Lloyd, Long,
Loden, Maple, Maust, Miller, Clarence B.; Mong, Morahan, Mor
row, Matthew M.; Muhlbronner, North, Onne, Phelps, Place,
Powell, Reinhard, Rhoads, Geo. W.; Rhode, Cyrus J.; Rice, Riebel,
Riley, Savage, Seidel, Sexton, Shane;Simon, Singer, SMITH, S. S.;
Spatz, Stradling, Stranahan, Tipton, Todd, Weible, Weiler, Well
iver, Williams, Geo. W.; Wilson, John S.; and Witman— 69.
Representative Yoorhees was one of those who took the peanut
politicians to task.
He said: "I have 110 sympathy with those people, whether they
are of the "Seventy-Six," or any other organization, that want to use
this revenue measure for factional or partisan purposes. I have
declined to be a party to any scheme that would defeat this Beer
bill and thus leave the charities of this State without a cent of
money for the next two years. They argued that Mr. Quay would
be held responsible for the conduct of this Legislature and that if
they defeat the liquor bills and thus prevent the charities from
getting any money Mr. Ouay will be held responsible.
I want to say that while I have been against him and am against
him now, I will never consent to any such scheme. I expect to
continue to fight Mr. Quay, but I propose to fight him fair and not
at the expense of the charitable institutions of the State. This bill
is a good one I believe in taxing liquor and in taxing it for all it
jjj Lloyd's LEFTS H^S B Forecast oF the Weather FOR EM ISD I VICINITY. I
* FRIDAY, - i lain; warmer; easterly winds.
SATURDAY, < loiuly, probably clearing- during afternoon or night; west winds: cooler. SI XDA Y, Probably fair and cool. t)
We arc having a jubil- eat our store everyday. In one day nine of the beautiful women <»f our town looked over our assortment of stationery, win-
f i ■-a r dow shades and wall paper, showering us with compliments, upon our beautiful store room and stock of goods. THANKS. We do not know how
. Til |\| jA A > many more beautiful women did the looking and said nothing. We do know that every man, woman and child in this county could do it and be con- '4.'
112 0 LlUliviUi \ vineed just as the nine were. We are always pleased to see "lookers" and just now e specially so, for the assortments are full, generous and at their jt_
112 )* 3 best of things useful and things beautiful. Look them over and ask questions. You may save money by it. We desire to call your attention
especially to our juvenile books, books that you are paying agents one dollar for, we can furnihli you at twenty-five cents. Take note of this when you
are purchasing your Christmas books. Leave your order with us for The Ladies Home Journal, a magazine for the l;tdirs. We can set you any paper, book or magazine published by leavingyour > v,
A order with us, you would find it at our store instead of the postoffice. Let us furnish yon with your reading matter a s well as your writing paper.
Fourtli Street. IL&.OYO.
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"Liberty and Union, One and Inseparable."— WKßSTF.R.
Republican candidate for Representative-in-Congress.
will bear. I believe it is very fitting that the liquor interests that fill
our charitable institutions should be compelled to support them."
The amended'bill provides that brewers, the production of whose
brewery in the preceding year was less than iooo barrels, shall pay
$250; 1000 barrels and less than 2000 barrels, $300; 2000 barrels and
less than 3000, $400; 3000 barrels and less than 5000, $500; 5000
barrels and less than ro,ooo, .#750; 10,000 barrels and less than 20,-
000, $1000; 20,000 barrels and less than 30,000, $1,250; 30,000
barrels and less than 40,000, $1,500; 40,000 barrels and less than
50,000, $1,750; 50,000 barrels and less than 60,000, $2,000; 60,000
barrels and less than 70,000, $2,250; 70,000 barrels and less than
80,000, $2,500; 80,000 barrels and less than 90,000, $2,750; 90,000
barrels and less than 100,000, #3,000; 100,000 barrels and less than
150,000, #4,000; 150,000 barrels and less than 200,000 $4,500; 200,-
000 barrels and less than 300,000, $5,000; all in excess of 300,000
barrels, $6,000; brewers licensed by State Treasurer under existing
law to pay according to the foregoing classification.
Distillers shall pay annually a license fee according to the follow
ing classification: Distillers, the production of whose distilleries
111 the preceding year was less than 50 barrels, shall pay $100; 50
barrels and less than 100 barrels, #200; 100 barrels and less than 200,
$250; 200 barrels and less than 300, $300; 300 barrels and less than
400, $400; 400 barrels and less than 500, $500; 500 barrels and less
than 3000, $1,000; 3000 barrels and less than 5000, $1,250; 5000
barrels and less than 10,000, $1,500; 10,000 barrels and less than
20,000, #1,750; all in excess of 20,000 barrels, $2,000.
Bottlers shall pay according to the following classification; SSOO
in cities of the first and second classes; $350 in cities of the third
class and all other cities; $250 in boroughs; $125 in townships.
Wholesale dealers shall pay according to the following classifica
tion: SI,OOO in cities of the first and second classes; SSOO in cities
of the third class and all other cities; S2OO in boroughs; SIOO in
The conference report 011 the foreign insurance tax bill was
adopted by a vote of 141 yeas to 12 nays. The Senate amendments
which increased the tax upon all insurance companies transacting
business in Pennsylvania, but organized under the laws of the several
States oftlie United States other than the State of Pennsylvania, and
foreign countries, were stricken out, leaving the tax 2 per cent., as at
present. It is also agreed to increase the taxes upon banks and
savings institutions, also to lay a tax upon all express companies,
which heretofore have practically escaped taxation.
[This measure passed the House by a vote of 141 for and 12
| against. The member from Cameron voted against the bill. .See
Legislative Record, 1897, page 3,712. ]
When the General Appropriation bill came up for final passage
in the House these patriotic agents tried to defeat it in the hope
that an extra session of the Legislature would be necessary and that
Mr. Quay would be held responsible for it. They went among
1 some of the week-kneed and avaricious members and told them
what a desirable thing it would be to obtain the extra SSOO, but
1 this scheme failed, too, and the schemers retreated from the House
after a day of failures.
[This measure passed the House by a vote of 1321047 —-Dr. Smith
voting "110." This measure carried with it the appropriation of
! $11,000,000 for the support of the public schools for two years, the
salaries of every State official, the Judges of all our courts, as well
as every State department. Had it failed to pass the Governor
would have been compelled to call an extra session of the Legisla
j ture. Was Dr. Smith voting in your interest, or was he after that
extra SSOO salary? See Legislative Record, 1897, page 2,949.]
An Old Line Democrat
for Mullin.
Emporium, Pa.
MY DEAR SIR: — I have been a
strict Democrat all my life and
seldom vote for a Republican.
I have labored zealously for the
election of my party's candidates, j
but T cannot see a neighbor and !
a friend misrepresented with-;
out resenting the wrong. I shall ;
give you my support, for I know !
you are a gentleman who always j
labors for the advancement of!
your fellow men and never stops j
to ask whether they are Demo
crats or Republicans—as many
poor men in this county can tes
tify to. I wish you success and
as far as lies within my power I
shall assist in your election. I
am in my 74th year, served in
the Mexican war and the late re
bellion and I know you have al
ways assisted old soldiers and
they should help you. The peo
ple of Cameron county should
send a man to the Legislature
who will serve them as you can
and will.
First Lieut. Co. H, Fifth
Penu'a Reserves.
Emporium, Pa., Nov. '2, 1898.
Beautiful Record.
Public officials are but the servants
of the people and the watchfulness
that these officials show in looking
after the interests of their constituents
determines their worth. This is
especially true of a member of the
Legislature. The first duty of a mem
ber of the Legislature towards his con
stituents is to be promptly on hand at
every one of its sessions in order that
he may acquaint himself with every
detail of the work. Another duty
equally important is to work and vote
for every bill that may enhance the
interests of his community and to vote
and work against every bill that works
harm to the people who placed him
there. What has been the record of
our last member of the Legislature
on these points?
On the House bill No 123, "An Act
providing for the ordinary expenses of
the Executive, Judicial and Legislative
Departments, interest on the public
debt, and for the support of the public,
schools for the two fiscal years, etc." 47
votes were cast against it. Our mem
one of them. Was this in the interest
of the people? See Legislative Record,
Page 3,727.
House bill, No. 539, "An Act to pro
vide revenue, and regulate the sale of
malt and brewed liquors, etc." In
order that our public schools and
charitable institutions might not suffer
this bill was introduced to raise revenue
and compel the great brewers of the
State to pay their proportion of rev
enue It is conceded by everybody
that the township and borough hotel
keepers pay their share of license, but
the extensive brewers of the State do
not, and these are the men that have
made more money in the last ten
years than any other class of business
men. 71 votes were cast against this
bill on final passage. Our member of
the Legislature, Hon. Sylvester S.
Smith, voted against it. See Legisla
tive Record, page 3,710.
House bill, No. 620, "An Act to pro
vide revenue by taxation." This bill I
levies a four mill tax upon express
companies, foreign insurance com
panies and individuals having large
amounts of capital invested and at
interest, and upon the capital stock of
banks and savings institutions. So
unanimous was the House on this bill,
irrespective of party, that but twelve
(12) votes were cast against it. Our
member of the Legislature was one of
the 12. See Legislative Record, 1897,
page 3,712.
Can any man of ordinary intelligence
see where these are votes with the
people as against the trusts and cor
porations ?
We see here outlined the policy of
Dr. Smith in the last Legislature. Do
you want a man to represent you in
the next General Assembly who votes
in the interests of trusts and corpora
tions; who votes to maintain the giant
liquor monopoly at the highest rate of
I profit at the expense of higher morals,
| higher education and better citizen
| ship; who votes to deprive the hand of
I charity of the means of its angelic
i mission and to curtail the advance of
i civilization by divesting our public
I schools of the possibilities of their
j existence ?
If you elect Sylvester S. Smith and
! approve of his policy, we have not,
! neither should the people have any
j complaint; they have wrought out
j their own destiny and should not
j groan if the burden be heavy upon
j them.
TERMS: $2.00 —$1.50 IN ADVANCE.
My entire time being devoted to the
political canvass for the Legislature,lit
is utterly impossible for me to fill the
position as editor of the PRESS, there
fore from this date, until further notice,
I shall not be held responsible for any
thing that may appear in its columns.
Emporium, Pa., Oct. 13th, 1398.
What Did He Do?
Editor Press:
When Hon. H. H. Mullin was a
member of the Legislature from Cam
eron county, what did he do?
He voted against trusts every chance
he had and ho labored all the time, in
season and out, for the benefit of the
poor man, the laboring man, on whose
shoulders rest this, as every other
Commonwealth. Mr. Mullin intro
duced the "Homestead Act," which
was known as the "Bill of Mullin, of
Cameron." There are thousands of
acres of public lands untaxed in Penn
sylvania and this bill provided for the
free distribution of this land in parcels
of 40 and 60 acres among poor men
who would improve the land, and at
the end of five years pay five dollars
for a deed, free and clear, from the
This bill Mullin, of Cameron, intro
duced, and passed through both
Houses, against strong opposition.
That the "Homestead Bill" was vetoed
by the Governor, through a misappre
hension as to its terms, after the Legis
lature had adjourned, is no fault of Mr.
Now, the Hon. S. S. Smith, the
Democratic nominee has also served
one term in the State Legislature.
What did he do? What bills did he
introduce ? What bills did he cham
pion through even a single reading or
reference? None! Not a bill! What
did he do?
Well, he voted against the passage
of "An Act to provide revenue and
regulate the sale of malt, brewed,
vinous and spiritous liquors, or any
admixture thereof."— Home Journal,
1597, Vol. 2, Page 2,904.
And, the Hon. S. S. Smith voted
against the passage of "An Act to pro
vide revenue by taxation," of Banking
Corporations and Express Companies
doing business in this State. — Ibid,
Page 2,908.
And, It is recorded on page 2,949 of
the House Journal for 1597, that S. S.
Smith voted against "An Act to pro
vide for the ordinary expenses of the
Executive, Judicial and Legislative
departments of the Commonwealth,
support of the public schools and un
paid bills."
And the Hon. S. S. Smith voted
against the bill to close the liquor
establishments of Pennsylvania on
Memorial Day, that day almost as
sacred as the Sabbath. See Legislative
Record, page 1,100.
And the Hon. S. 8. Smith voted
against the bill entitled "An Act to
allow the common school houses to be
used for Sabbath Schools and for re
ligious services." The bill passed by
a vote of 101 to 45, yet Dr. Smith voted
"no." Did he represent you, christian
fellow citizens, when he voted to pre
vent the dear children from congre
gating at the little red school house to
singsongs of praise and listen to the
teachings of truth? How many com
munities in this Commonwealth would
have been debarred from assembling
to worship God had this desire of your
member from Cameron been upheld
by the majority of the Legislators?
Many sections of this State are com
pelled to depend upon their school
houses in which to hold religious
worship. Why should they be denied
the privilege? They should not be
denied the privilege and a great maj
ority of the citizens did not so
The life of this great Nation depends
greatly on the little red school house.
Dr. Smith did not so believe when he
voted against allowing the use of any
public school house for religious wor
ship. See his vote recorded in Legis
lative Record, page 1,419.
Gibson, Oct. 31at, IS9S.
Parsonage Robbed.
i While the Hov. T. i>. Downey was
jut Vesper- Sunday evening, sueak
j thieves effected an entrance to St. Marks
j rectory where lliey stole a gold watch be
j longing to the housekeeper, a gold pen o!
I Kev. Downey's and the church collec
l t ions lor that day. We earnestly hope that
j the parties who were so depraved as to com
j init a trick of this kind, will shortly be
i apprehended by the proper authorities.
NO. 36.