Cameron County press. (Emporium, Cameron County, Pa.) 1866-1922, November 03, 1898, Image 1
THE CAMERON COUNTY PRESS. ESTABLISHED BY C. B. GOULD, MARCH, 1866. VOL. 33. THE RECORD. Voters of Cameron! Did Dr. Smith Serve Your Interests. Read, Reflect and Vote Your Convictions. ] CLOSING HOURS OF THE LEGISLATURE. 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. MAGELI AND FLINN ASSIST. 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. SCORED BY VOORHKF.S. 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) ~"4K 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. .« _«c#3os:*%.:?%xc&ye&r#;V ❖ * *<> *. : joc#> '..AJ:♦ <► "Liberty and Union, One and Inseparable."— WKßSTF.R. EMPORIUM PA., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3,1898. HON. CHARLES W. STONE, 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." KILL'S PROVISIONS. 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 townships. FOREIGN INSURANCE TAX. 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. HON. H. H. 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. SAMUEL SHADMAN, 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 ber, HON. SYLVESTER S. SMITH, was 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. 16 PAGES. NOTICE. 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. H. H. MULLIN. 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 county. 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. Mullin's. 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 believe. 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. TRUTH. 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.