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THE HUNTINGDON GLOBE, A DEMOCRATIC FAMILY JOURNAL, DEVOTED TO LOCAL AND GENERAL NEWS, &C.
DEMOCRATIC STATE CONVENTION
HARRISBURG, March 4th.--Pursuant to the
call of the Democratic State Committee, a
Convention of Delegates from the several Sen
atorial and Representative, Districts of the
State met in the
-Hall of the House of Rep
resentatives at the Capitol, this morning, at
Di °Vea l to, nominate candidates for Judge
of the Supreme Court and Canal Commis
sioner, and for the transaction of such other
business as pertains to the, authority of the
The Convention was called to order by Mr.
C. R. Backalew, chairman of the State Com
Mr. Arnold, Plumer nominated Victor E.
Piolett, Esq., of Bradford county, as tempo
rary Chairman of the Convention.
The nomination was agreed to, and Mr. Pi
olett took the chair, after briefly returning
thanks for honor.
Mr. C. J. Rhodes, of Lancaster, and Mr.
Benjamin Grant, of Erie, were elected Secre
The list of delegates was then read,
1. Philadelphia.—Alfred Day, L. C. Cassidy, Wm. lamb,
Geo. Williams. -
2. Chester and Dolaware—J. B. Rhoads.
3. Montgomery—Dr. J. Martin.
4. Bucks—Edward T. Hess.
5. Lehigh and Northampton—Hiram S. Shantz.
8. Berke—Micbael K. Boyer.
7. tztchnylkili—Michael Cochran.
8. Carbon, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne—N. B. Eldred.
9. Bradford, Susquehanna, Wyoming, and Sullivan—
10. Luzern—R. B. Wright.
11. Clinton, Lycoming, Centre, and Union—D. K. Jack
12. Snyder, Northumberland, Montour, and Columbia--
C. It. Buciralew.
13. Tioga, &c.—L. D..Parmalee. •
14. Cumberland, Perry, Juniata, and. Miiffin—henry
15. Dauphin and Lebanon—E. Hertzler,
16. Lancaster—J. Buchanan, Geo. Stineman.
17. York—Charles M. Sniper.
18. Adams, Franklin, and:Fulton—Q . . W. Douglas.
12. Somerset, Bedford, and liuntingdon—lsaac
20. Blair, Cambria, and Clearfield—Theodore Snyder.
21. 'lndiana and Armstrong—S. S. Jamison.
22. Westmoreland and Fayette—W. A. Stokes.
23. Washington and Green Win. EL Ringcaid.
24. Allegheny—A. B. M'Calmont, John C. Dunn.
25. Beaver and Butler—Thomas Cunningham.
26, Lawrence, Mercer, and. Venanwi—Lewis Taylor.
21. Frio and Crawford—James C. McFarland.
25. Clarion, Jefferson, Forest, and Elk—James L.Gillis.
Philadelphia- 4 11cnry S. Seimßinger, Stephen Benton,
George McGinnis, Edward Riley, Eugene Ahern, James
O'Hara, Alexander Crawford, Geo. W. Wunder, Michael
Cahill, Joseph Farrell, Hugh Clark, Wm. 0. Kline, Andrew
Noble, Andrew 3. Holman, John K. Gamble, Jonathan K.
Messinger, Wm. Laughlin.
Del:, Edward Clyde.
Chester—Samuel Holman, E. C. Evans, W. Wheeler.
Montgomery—George Amoy, J. S. Yost, S. Feathers.
Bucks—Colonel F. va.nzant, Silas IL Beans.
Northampton—John Davis, Leslie Miller.
Lehigh and Carbon—C. Lockhart, N. Weiser.
Monroe and Pike—Jas. IL Walton.
Wayne—F. M. Crane.
Lucerne—A. 11 Dunning, J. W. Campbell. Henry Stark.
Wyoming, Sullivan, Columbia and Montour—J. It. Jones,
Levi L. Tate_
Lycomlirr and Clinton—T. F. Abrams, George White.
Centre—john A. Morrison.
biiffiin —lsaiah Coplin.
Union, Snyder, and. Juniata—George Sebnure, John S.
Schuylkill—F. W. Hughes, IL S. Cooks, li. L. Cake, Pe
Dauphin—Speel, R. 3. Haldeman.
Berks—H. JL Manderbach, M. T. Limgood, M. A. Sellers.
Lancaster Adam Z. Ringwalt, IL H. Brenneman, C. J.
Rhodes, James Cross.
York—D. Wilson Grove, Wm. A. Stable.
Cumberland and Pdrry—Chas. J. T. Mclntire, Samuel
Adams—Dr. E. P. Shorb.
Franklin and Fulton—G. W. Brewer, of Franklin, James
Kelly, of Fulton.
Bedford and Somerset—J. C. Everhart. A. 11. Coffroth,
tin place of Calhoun.)
- Huntingdon—Dr. Orlady.
Cambria—Jas. C. Noon.
Armstrong and Westmoreland—Alexander McKinney, J.
Clarke, John K. Calhoun.
Fayette—John L. Dawson.
Greene—Geo. W. Miller.
Washington—William Hopkins, William Workmen.
Allegheny--Henry McC - allonglol. I. Stewart, Matthew
Harbison, L. B. Patterson, William M. Stewart.
Beaver and Lawrence—Shorb, J. N. M'Eluffen.
Butler—J. G. Campbell, S,. 3. Mitchell.
Mercer and Veuaugo—A. Planer, William B. Corwin.
Clarion and Forest—John Keatlev.
Jefferson, Clearfield, Elk, and McKean—J. Spyker, T. J.
Crawford and Warren—V. Phelps, 3. Y. James.
Erie—B. Grant, B. F. Sloan.
Potter and.Tioga—Timothy Ives.
Bradford -11. J. Madill, l'. E. Violet.
number of contested. seats were passed
over for the present.
A resolution was adopted, that in all cases
of contested seats, each party shall he allowed
five minutes to state the case.
It was moved and adopted that the contest
ants for seats have five minutes each, either
in person or by proxy.
Mr. Win. Hopkins offered a resolution, that
a delegate from each Senatorial district be
appointed to select permanent officers. Mr.
L: C. Cassidy offered as an amendment, that
the Convention select officers by a viva voce
vote. Mr. Hopkins opposed the amendment,
because he asserted.i.t was opposed to imme
morial usage. F. W. Hughes contended that
the object was to secure the popular will of
the Convention, which could. only be secured
by a' viva voce vote, and not by one man from
each of the thirty-three districts choosing of
ficers. Mr. Miller called for the reading of
- the resolution, together with the amendment.
• Resolved, That a committee be appointed
of one delegate from each Senatorial district
to select officers for the permanent organiza
tion of the Convention.
Mr. Cassidy's amendment leas to strike
out all after resolved, and insert,
That we now proceed to the nomination
and election of a President for the perma
nent organization by a viva voce vote of the
Convention; and that there be thirty-three
vice-presidents .to be selected from the Sena
torial districts respectively, according to the
Senatorial representation, by the delegates
from such districts respectively.
Judge Jones, of Sullivan, argued in favor
of the amendment. General Weidman and
Captain Alfred Day followed on the same
side. J. L. Gillis opposed the amendment.
The question was taken on the amend
ment, and the Chair decided the nays had it.
Theeas and nays were loudly called for
from all parts of the house. The Chair re
fused to call them, when a scene of great
Mr. Cahill declared "he would never be
31r. Hughes said, in reply to the Chair,
that "the first - disorder comes from the
The Chairman finally agreed to take the
yeati and nays, which resulted in negativing
the amendment by a vote of 58 yeas to 68
A. resolution was then adopted that the
Representative and Senatorial delegates from
the several districts choose one member of
a. committee on permanent officers.
The following committee was then chosen:
William Laughlin, Joseph Buckman,
Lewis C. Cassidy, Wm, H. Brenneman,
George Williams, W. Grove,
A. G. Holman, J. H. Douglas,
Wm. Wheeler, Isaac Haynes,
John A. Martin, Joel Spicken,
Edward T, Hess, E.. D. Patterson,
John Davis, Mew,- McKinney,
Michael K. Boyer, G. W. Miller,
:Michael Cochran, John C. Dunn,
John H. Walton, A. B. McCalment,
.Abira Gay, Lewis B. Mitchell,
A. B. Dunning, Lewis Taylor,
George White, Jas. E. McFarland,
Levi L. Tate, Jas. L. Gillis,
Samuel Hepburn, E. E. Garvin,
Ephraim Hertzler, Timothy Ives. -
The Convention then adjourned till 2/ o'-
clock P. M.
The committee on permanent organization
reported as follows :
President—Hon. John L. Dawson, of Fa
, VICE PRESIDENTS.
E. C. Evans, Solomon Fenther,
11. H. Mundarbach, H. B. Eldred,
Henry Bask, Jacob Youngman,
Jno. Weidman, Jno. K. Gamble,
Geo. McGinnis, Jacob E. Cross,
Chas M. Smyber, Henry Orlady,
J. C. Everhart, W. Workman,
Robt. Morrell, Arnold Plumer,
J. Y. James, Silas. 11. Beans,
H. J. Shantz, Peter Aurand,
IL J.' Stevens, J. J. Abrams,
C. J. T. Mclntyre, John Keighley,
H. F. Schellinger, Andrew Noble,
A.. Z. Ringwalt. E. F. Shortz,
Theo: Snider, Jas. C. Clark,
Henry McCullough, Thos. Cunningham
0. J. Rhodes, B. Grant,
F. M. Crane, Jos. Campbell,
Stephen Barton, L. L. Jack
A. IL Coffroth, L. B. Patterson.
The report was adopted.
The President, on taking the chair, deliv
ered a speech of much force and eloquence.
After returning thanks for the honor confer
red upon him, he referied to the importance
of the occasion for which the Convention has
assembled. Ile treated at length the various
duties to be performed, and referred in com
plimentary terms to the Administration of
Governor Packer. Ile then proceeded to treat
on the Kansas question, sustaining the Pres
ident's views, and urging. the propriety of
giving some decided expression of sentiment
on this great question, which was so violent
ly agitating the country. lie entered upon a
review of affairs in Kansas, and argued that
the Lecompton. Constitution was legally
formed and was a legal instrument. If it
embodies, as is charged by the opposition,
only the of a minority of the people of
Kansas, it was the fault of the majority in
not attending the several elections, and they
had no right to complain of the Constitution.
It ought to be ratified by Congress and the
State admitted into the Union under it. The
Constitution could be altered by the people
whenever the majority may see fit. The ad
mission of the State will give peace to Kansas,
peace to the country, and peace to the Ad
The party would sustain uo permanent in
jury by endorsing the course of the National
Administration on the subject. It was a
party of principle, and would march steadily
on to success, and the Sober second thought
of the people would bring all right in the
The delivery of the speech was frequently
interrupted by the most enthusiastic applause.
Mr. Wright moved the appointment of a
commitee of thirteen on resolutions, to be
appointed by the chair.
Mr. Coffroth moved to amend, so that the
delegates,of the several districts select one
from each senatoral district as the Committee
This motion was negatived, and the origi
nal motion for a committee of thirteen was
The chair then appointed the following com
mittee: Messrs. Wright, Buckalew, Hughes,
Day, Plumer, Hopkins, Dunn, Stemmer,
Brewer, Haldeman, Sloan, Cunningham, and
Mr. Weidman moved that all the resoluts
offered in the Convention, regarding the pol
icy of the party, be referred to the Commit
tee onßesolutions without debate:
After some discussion this motion was
Mr. Wright moved that the committtce
have leave to sit during the sessions of' the
Convention. Agreed to.
Mr. Wright also moved that no nomina
tion for candidates be made till the resolu
tions, which may be reported by the commit
tee be adopted.
Mr. Cassidy asked the reason for this ex
traordinrry movement? Mr. Wright replied
that lie wanted the candidates to know what
platform they stand upon.
Mr. Cassidy took it for granted that no
man would accept the nomination who was
not willing to face the music on any platform
that may be adopted. But he opposed the
measure as a violation of all precedent.
Mr. Wright pointed, as a precedent to the
action of the Cincinnati Platform.
Mr. Cassidy said he anticipated this reply.
He knew very well what it would be. But
there were some who think that the Cincin
nati platform had been violated: indeed,
many thought so. He wanted the nomina
tions made in a regular way.
Mr. Wright had no doubt the resolutions
would meet the approval of the Convention.
Mr. Hugus said it was unprecedented in
the precedings of the Democratic Conventions
in Pennsylvania. The indication of what the
resolutions would be was plain. Everybody
knew what would be their character before
the committee was appointed. He was in
formed they would be fair, but the committee
was all on one side. One branch of the party
was only represented, and the other branch
had no voice at all• He warned the party to
beware of what may be a vital matter.
Mr. Miller objected, that such remarks
were a reflection on the Chair.
Mr. Hugus continued : When the action of
a Democratic Convention is of such a charac
ter that it cannot bear discussion, and honest
interests connot be expressed, then God help
the Democracy! lie denounced the attempt
to apply the "gag," and insisted on the right
of a fair discussion, and a fair representation
in the committee.
Mr. Coffroth opposed the motion, and de
nounced. the movment as an attempt to "gag."
The minority of the Convention bad not a
single representative on the commitee. Was
this done to choke off a minority report?—
Every Democrat who has a regard to the
principles of his party would repudiate this
attempt and stand by the old landmarks.
Mr. Piolett thought gentlemen were con
demning the committee in advance, and call
ed for the question. The Committee might
introduce a platform to which all could
The President disclaimed any design to
"pack" the committee. when he appointed.
it, he knew only the opinions of four or five
on the Kansas question. If the others were
of the same opinion, it was entirely acciden
Mr. Ilugus said if this was the eaee, the
President was exceedingly fortunate for hiS"
Mr. Stokes wailglad to hear thes
disclaim any design in framing the cornitfitii
tee. Ho thought he could not have been.4.'
party to so gross and flagrant a legislative'
fraud. He was glad to be 'able still to regard
him as an honorable man. But the effect of
his action was to gag the Convention and
throw the whole power of the Convention
into the hands of the committee of thirteen
men, and was a self-constituted oligarchy.—
He would move to make an addition of four
to the number of the committee. Ile thought
the evil would thus be corrected. If not,
the party would be putting the knife to its
own throat. Ire spurned the attempt to de - -
prive him of his rights. lie was born a free
man, and would never die a slave. He
wanted to see the agitation about Kansas
quieted, but he never would agree to sacrifice
the cardinal principles of the Deniocratidpax
ty by a question of expediency. Ho would
- tell gentlemen that there was a higher power
than the power within these walls. He in
sisted upon his motion for four additional
Mr. McCalmont said gentlemen spoke of
two branches of the party. He wished to
know, if there was a division, where it care
from. There was no attempt to gag the ex
pression of opinion. When the committee
report, if the rosolutions do not please the
members, they might move to amend or in
troduce a resolution to approve the Douglas
platform. He did not want to gag any one,
but wanted a fair and free discussion. ' He
believed that James Buchanan was right, and
would support the policy of his Administra
Mr. Hughes took the same ground, and de
nied. that President Buchanan had violated
any principle of the Cincinnati platform.
Mr. Hepburn followed in a similar strain
Mr. Cassiday opposed especially the motion
to prevent the nomination of candidates- till
the resolutions were adopted. He said it was
contrary to the usage of the party.
Mr. Ahern opposed the motion. The great
question for the Convention to decide is to sat
isfy the yearning minds of the people in rela
tion to Kansas. The opinions of the people
are not to be misunderstood—not to be disre
garded or set aside.
The motion of Mr. 'Wright was adopted.
Mr. Stokes moved to add four additional
Mr. Wright opposed the motion, and Mr
Stokes advocated it.
The motion was fully negatived—yeas 47,
Mr. Stokes moved to increase the commit
tee to thirty-three.
Mr. McCalmont favored the motion, and
Mr. Hughes opposed it.
Mr. Stokes said that it was his desire to
put on record the evidence of the tyranny
under which the minority of the Convention
The motion was negatived—yeas 20, nays
Adjourned till 8 o'clock.
The Convention Met again at 8 o'clock.
It was announced that the Committee on
Resolutions was not prepared to submit their
Mr. McKinney moved that the committee
be compelled to report within five minutes.
Mr. Xifines suggestedthat if the committee
was smaller in number, or confined to the
chairman alone, it would be more likely to
be unanimous, and be able to make an early
After some light skirmishing, Mr. Stokes
said he was willing to give the committee all
reasonable time Co make their report. He,
however, intended to hold them to a strict
accountability, but wanted to give them time
to perform their work well.
Mr. McKinney withdrew his motion:
Mr. Coffroth moved that the Chair appoint
the State Central Committee of not less than
one from each senatorial district.
Adjourned till 9‘3, o'clock to-morrcW.'':'".
SECOND DAY'S PROCEEDINGS
TlARRisnuuo, March s.—The Convention
met at half-past nine o'clock, pursuant to ad
Mr. Miller, of Greene co., made a per
sonal explanation in regard to objections
urged privately against his right to a seat in
the Convention, and requested to be excused
from voting if the objections were made.
Mr. Wright, chairman of the Committee
on Resolutions, took the stand, and after
stating that there had been no difference of
opinion among the committee, made a re
port which had been unanimously agreed
The report was read by the' chairman of
the committee, Mr. Wright, as follows.
Resolved, That the principle involved in the
repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and as
serted in the Kansas Nebraska act, that the
people of the Territories shall have the ex
clusive control over their domestic constitu
tions, is the only sure guarantee against the
agitation of the nation in regard to the local
institutions of particular States and Territo
Resolved, That by the uniform application
of this Democratic principle to the organiza
tion. of Territories, and in the admission of
new States; with or without domestic slavery,
as they may elect, the equal rights of all the
States will be preserved, the original com
pacts of the Constitution maintained invio
late ; and the harmony and perpetuity of the
Union of the A - aerican States be ensured.
Resolved, That it is the right of the people
of any State or territory to exercise their sove
reign power, through duly chosen represen
tatives, and through them to enact such a
Constitution and Government as they may
delegate to such :representatives . ; the mere
limited power to prepare their form of goi
ernment reserving to themselves the right of
ratification—and that either mode of giving
existence to State institutions is consistent
with the doctrine of popular sovereignty and
the established practice of the States of this
Reeolved, That the Kansas nbr - iskti bill
having asserted and recognized the right of
the people of the territories to form their own
institutions in their own way; and the duly
organized Government in Kansas having the
regular process provided for a Convention of
the delegates of the people, with instructions
and power to form a Constitution ; and such
delegates having assembled in Convention and
enacted a. Constitution under such instruction
and power, such Constitution being republi
can in form and the territory having the num
ber of inhabitants to justify it, Kansas should
bo promptly.admittecl into the Union.
.Resolved, That the people of Kansas, undei
the Constitution enacted by their Convention,
may, "at all times, alter, reform or abolish
their government in such manner as they may
think proper ;" that the provision contained
:therein as to a particular mode of alteration
'after the year 1804, does not forbid any other
I *Ode ,the people, by regular process, may
vhoose to adopt, either before or after that
tune ; and this construction is warranted by
the practice of Pennsylvania and other States,
and may be regarded as based upon a settled
principle of constitutional law.
Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Con
vention that the time has come when the dif
fieulties and troubles in Kansas shonid cease,
and to determine whether the schemes of bad
men are still to agitate that territory ; that
the question should be local, not national;
and that dangers are to be apprehended to
the Union and the cause of free government,
by the further delay of her admission as a
Resolved, That if the Constitution of Kan
sas is not acceptable in some of its provisions
to the majority of the free State men of that
territory, their own obstinate conduct has
produced the result ; they have no cause to
complain, and their mouths should be forev
Resolved, That we have evident reason to
believe that the Abolitionists in Kansas and
out of it have much greater desire to over
throw the Democratic party of the nation,
than to ameliorate the condition of the slave ;
and while they are bold in their protestations
against what they call the slave power, they
conceal a thirst and desire for a political
place, which they would grasp, at the cost of
the broken and shattered bonds of the
Resolved, Therefore, that we.unhesitatingly
do approve of the measures of Mr. Buchanan
in his Kansas policy ; and are ready and wil
ling to sustain him in all other measures of
his administration thus far di4closed. We
entertain the belief that he will not abandon
an article in the Democratic creed.
Roolved, That the Democracy of Pennsyl
vania acknowledge with pride and commen
dation the able and timely support which the
Hon. Wm. Bigler has given in the U. S. Sen
ate to the policy of the National Administra
tion ; His wisdom in council, his logical skill
and talent in debate, his industry and integ
rity, constitute him a representative to whom
the interests of his constituents may be safely
Resolved, That in electing Wm. F. Packer
as . Governor of the State, the Democratic par : -
ty have secured the services of one in every
way well qualified to administer all the affairs
of the State for its best interests. With an
enlarged experience he combines administra
tive ability of no ordinary character, and we
have every confidece that he will, by his ad
vocacy of the true Democratic policy, secure
the prosperity of the people and the honor of
Resolved, That we recommend to the Leg
islature of this State such measures of reform
and economy as will lesson, as much as pos
sible. the heavy burthens imposed upon the
people by taxation; and we particularly re
commend such a revision of the system- of
banking, as may prevent, in the future,, the
troubles and difficulties that the people of
the State have lately encountered.
Mr. Jones, of Warren, moved that each
resolution be voted upon separately.
Mr. Stokes, of Westmoreland, submitted a
series of resolutions as a substitute for the
report of the committee. The following is
Ist. The fundamental basis of American
liberty is the right of the people •to make
their own laws.
2nd. That this was the great subject of
the contest at the last Presidential election,
and an adherence to popular sovereignty
gave the victory to the Democratic party.
3rd. That this victory was supposed to
give security to the people of the Territories,
and full right to establish such institutions as
the majority desire free from all interference.
4th. That the full exercise of the indiviclu
al right of suffrage is the true test of the va
lidity of a constitutional Government.
sth. That Congress should admit no State
into the Union, unless the Constitution is
submitted in all its parts ; without such sub
mission, the honor of the Democrotic party
6th. The policy to force Kansas to accept
the Lecompton Constitution would be Con
gressional usurpation, and the Democratic
party of the State of Pennsylvania, in Con
vention assembled, declare that the members
of Congress voting for the Lecompton Con
stitution arc guilty of moral treason.,
7th. That the toleration of differences of
opinion regarding party policy is consistent
with the party organization.
The eighth approves the President's for
eign and fi►ia:ncial policy.
The ninth endorses Gov. Packer's course,
especially his inaugural vindication of the
right of the people of Kansas to vote upon
Mr. Hopkins, of Washington, addressed
the Convention in regard to his position.—
The county convention which nominated him
passed resolutions against the Kansas policy
of the President, with the knowledge of his
sentiments on the subject. He declared in
the Convention that he would never cast a
vote in censure of Mr. Buchanan, either in
relation to the Kansas question or any other
measure. lie spoke at some length in lauda
tion of Mr. Buchanan. He regretted that
the Lecompton Constitution had not been
submitted to the people, but he would sus
tain Mr. Buchanan in his position. He in
voked moderation and conciliatory discussion.
Mr. Coffroth, of Somerset, moved an amend
ment to the resolution condemning Know-
Nothingiem. He made a lengthy speech in
opposition to the report of the committee,
and in favor of Mr. Stokes' amendment.
He opposed the Lecompton Constitution,
not out of hostility to Mr. Buchanan, but in
support of the cherished principles of the
Mr. Miller moved that the speakers be con
fined to thirty minutes.• Agreed to.
Messrs. IVlcCalmont, of Allegheny; Hep
burn, of Cumberland ; Smyser, of York, and
Mitchell, of Butler, spoke in opposition to
the amendment of Mr. Stokes, and advocated
the adoption of the committee's report.
Messrs. Calhoun, of Armstrong, atd
gus, of Somerset, took the other side, and
cautioned the Convention to beware of the
action recommended by the majority. Mr.
Hugus said that, if Mr. Stokes' resolutions
were voted down, he would move to incorpo
rate with the resolutions of the committee a
provision, specifying that, •if Kansas be ad
mitted under the Lecompton Constitution,
it shall be submitted to the people of the
Territory for their ratification or rejection.—
If this is not granted by the majority, the
Democracy would be a beaten party nest
Pending tho question, the Convention ad
journed to meet at 2 o'clock P. M.
AFTERNOON SESSION.—The Convention re
assembled at two o'clock.
Mr. Stokes's amendment to the report of
the committee on resolutions was taken. up.
Mr. Cassidy, of Philadelphia, addressed
the Convention. He gave in his adhesion to
the report of the committee. The Philadel
phia.delegation, he said, would stand by Mr.
Buchanan and his policy. Mr. Buchanan
had no stronger friends than the- Philadel
phia delegation. He said, by authority, that
William A. Porter would stand on any plat
form the Convention might adopt. With re
gard to the proposition for the admission of
Kansas with the condition that the Constitu
tion be submitted to the people for ratification
that could not be done. The moment Kan
sas was admitted under the Constitution,
Congress had no further power over the sub
ject; and. the Constitution must therefore be
accepted, or rejected, as it is.
Mr, Hughes, of Schuylkill county, took
similar ground, and argued that the people of
Kansas could at any time alter or amend
their Constitution „es they pleased. There
fore they should be admitted promptly under
the Constitution before Congress.
Mr. Stokes opposed the report of the Com
mittee and the admission -of Kansas under
the Lecompton Constitution. He said there
was no use in trying to conceal facts. The
Democratic party was in a situation of great
difficulty and danger, and should move with
caution. Although the majority of the Con
vention had the power to do as they pleased,
they were still bound to look beyond tempo
rary triumph by the exercise of brute force,
to the interests of the party and the country,
and should do nothing to impair the integri
ty and strength '4fthe party. He charged
the President of the Convention and others of
the majority with having, in their speeches,
deserted the great principle of the Democratic
party—that of the right of the people to gov
ern themselves,. He made argument to show
that the people of Kansas could not alter
their Constitution before 1864. 'Whereas in
that Constitution the models specifically point
ed out by which the Constitution could not
be altered, it was impossible to alter it any
other way. The courts would so determine
without besitati,* The cry of alteration
was a delusion. ; Me administered a severe
castigation to those men who are seeking fa
vors of Mr. Buchanan, claiming to be his
particular friends, whom he denounced as
despicable rnan-wbrshippers, crawling at the
foot-stool of pciwer. He despised them and
so did Mr: Buchanan himself. There was a
radical principle involved in this question,
which should override all questions of expe
diency. The moment the principle of the
right of the people to govern themselves was
violated, the Democratic party was gone.—
His first four resolutions were based on the
doctrines of Algernon Sydney, uttered in the
reign of George 111, of England. For utter
ing them Sydney lost his head. For utter
ing them here, he (Mr. Stokes) is told he
will lose his head. Sydney was decapitated
in open day. According to the opinions,
expressed by the president and others here,
his head would be taken off in a meaner
Iris speech was very bold and thrillingly
eloquent and elicited much applause.
Mr. Day, of Philadelphia, spoke in favor of
the resolutions of the committee and of the
passage of the Lecompton Constitution.
Mr. Cunningham, of Beaver, took the same
side,.and indulged in a fling at Govenor Pack
er's Kansas sentiments in the inaugural. Ile
said the inaugural was finished before he came
to Kansas, and should there have closed. He
might as well have dragged in Utah.
Mr. Brewer, of Franklin, vindicated the
Lecompton Constitution and its friends. It
was legally framed, and ought to be adopted
by Congress. He would vote for the resolu
tions, not on the ground of expediency, but
because they were right.
Mr. Wright, of Luzerne, spoke in defence
of the repert of the committee. He came
here not for strife or war, but for conciliation
and peace. lie came with the olive branch
in his hand, and hoped that all would unite
with him. The committee acted with a spirit
of compromise and concession. They desired
to harmonize, and meet the minorityhalf way,
and thought they should be satisfied and take
the - platform and candidates of the Conven
The vote was taken on Mr. Stoke's resolu
tions, which was negatived--yeas 21, nays 109,
as follows :
YEAS—Messrs. Abrams, Clark of Westmoreland, Clyde,
Cake,'Coffioth, Calhoun, Gamble, Garvin, Hughes„ Tames,
Jackman, McKinney, Madill, Noon, Wady, Pell, Schnure,
Stokes, White, Workman, and Selliuger.
NAYS—Mesrss. Ahern, Army, Armand, Benton, Beans,
Brenneman, Brewer, Boyer of Clearfield, Boyer of Berks,
Buchanan, Buckalew, Capital, Clark of Philadelphia, Camp
bell of Imzerne, Campbell of Bulls lin, Cross, Cassidy,
Cochran, Cunningham, Davis, Don qr,: - 7.,: 3 unniug, Dawson,
Day, Dunn, Erans,Everhart, Eldred, l . rail, Feather, Gay,
Curve, Gillis, _Grant : Haldeman, Holman of Philadelphia,
Ilassinger, Holman of Chester, Hughes, Hepburn, Hop
kins, liess, Ives, Jones, Jameson, Kincaid, Keatley,
Laughlin, Lowrie, Livingwood, Lamb. Mattes, McGinnis,
Mclntire, Miller of Northampton, Miller of Juniata, Miller
of Green, Mitchell, Manderbach, Martin, Morrison, Masser,
Moron, McCullough, McGurtin, McCalmont, McFarland,
Noble. O'Hara, Parmalee, Patterson of Allegheny, Patter
son of Blair, Piolett, Plummer, Phelps, Reilly, Bingwalt,
Rhodes of Lancaster, Rhoads. Shellinger, Sellers, Statile,
Shorb, M. J. Stewart, Wm. M. Stewart, Spykcr, Sloan,
Shoals, Spantz, Snyder, Srayser, Stienman, Stephens, Tate.
Taylor, Yansant. Val ton. Wheeler, Weiser, Weidman, Wil
liams, Wright, Wunder, Yost.
Mr. Calhoun offered a preamble and reso
lution as a substitute for the first resolution
reported by the committee, declaring it un
wise and impolite to change the fundamental
principle of the Democratic party, as enun
ciated by the national Conventions at Balti
more and - Cincinnati. Not agreed to—yeas
18, nays 109.
The resolutions•of the committee wore now
before the Convention. Mr. Stokes called for
a division on the question. Mr. Gillis, and
eleven others, called for the previous question,
The resolutions of the committee were then
adopted. Yeas 111, nays 1.
[The anti-Lecompton members declined to
vote, excepting Mr. Workman, of ,Washing
ton, who said the vote was in accordance with
the instructions of his constituents.]
On motion, the Convention then proceeded
to make general nominations for Supreme
The following nominations were made :
Win. A. Porter, of Philadelphia; Wm. El
well, of Luzerne county ; George Sharswood,
of Philadelphia ; Rasselas Brown, of War
ren county; James Burnside, of Centre conn
ty ; Joseph S. Bell, of Chester county.
The Convention then adjourned till eight
EVENING SESSION.--The Convention reas
sembled at 8 o'clock.
The nominations of Judge Burnside and
Brown, as candidates for Judge of the Su
preme Court, were withdrawn.
On motion, the Convention proceeded to
ballot for candidate for Supreme Court, and
William A. Porter was nominated on the first
Wm. A. Porter;'of Philadelphia, 115
G. Sharswood, Philadelphia, 13
Wm. Elwell, Luzerne, 6
Thos. S. Bell, Chester, 5
G. P. Hamilton, Allegheny, 1
The announcement of the result was hailed
With much enthusiasm, and the nomination
was made unanimous.
The Convention proeeded to nominate a
candidate' for Canal Commissioner. Three
ballots' were taken, when Wesley Frost, of
Fayette, - received a majority, and was decla
red nominated': " • ,
Westley Frost, of Fayette,
David Lowrie, Lehigh,
Tho. Ostenhout, Wyoming,
Wm. F. Murray, Dauphin,
Adolphus Patterson, Blair,
Robert P. Linton, Cambria,
Thomas Brooks, Crawford,
David Riddle, Washington,
George A. Irvin,
Thomas Adams, Indiana,
Chas. It. Foster,
On motion, the nomination of Mr.. Frost
was made unanimous.
A vote of thanks,waatendered to the Pres
ident and other officers of the Convention.
The President returned his thanks for the
•courtesy and kindneSs extended to him dur
ing the sitting of the Convention. He hoped
the' delegates would return to their homes,
willing, anxious, and determined to elect the
ticket nominated triumphantly, and battle
manfully for the principles here re-asserted.
Mr. Cassidy replied to all, thanking. the
Constitution for the complment paid to Phil
adelphia by the nomination of Mr. Porter,
and pledging that Philadelphia will give a
hearty response to the nomination and give a
good account of herself.
Messrs. McCalmont, Uugus, Hughes, Buck
alew, and Holdemon, were severally called,
and made short speeches, which were 're
ceived with applause.
The Convention then adjourned sine die.
0 INVALIDS.—Dr. Hardman,
Analytical Physician.—Physician for Diseases of the
unys, Throat and Heart—Formerly Physician to thc,
CINCINNATI MARINE 110SPITAL, -
Also to Invalids Retreat, Author of "Letters to- Invalids
IS COMING I See folloving Card: •
DR. IfARDMAisT Physician for the
disease of the Lungs, (formerly Physician to Cincin
nati Marine Hospital) will be iu attendance at his room's
as follows :
Huntingdon, Jackson's Hotel, Tuosday, March 18
Hollidaysburg, Exchange Hotel, l5
Lewistown, National Hotel, . 4( 17.
Dr. Hardman treats Consumption, Bronchitis, Asthma,
Larryngittis and all diseases of the throat and lungs, by
Medical Inhalation, lately used in the Bromton Hospital,
London. The great point in the treatment of all human
maladies, is to get at the disease in the direct manner.—
All medicines are estimated by their action upon the organ
requiring relief. This is the important fact upon which
Inhalation is based. If the stomach is diseased we take
medicine directly into the stomach.' If the-lungs are dbl.
eased, breathe or inhale medicated vapors directly into
the lungs. Medicines are antidotes to disease and should
be applied to the very seat of disease. Inhalation is the
application of this principle to the treatment of the lungs,
for it gives us direct access to those intricate air cells, and
tubes which lie out of reach of every other means of ad
ministering medicines. The reason that Consumption,
and other diseases of the lungs, have heretofore resisted
all treatment has been because they have never been ap
proached in a direct manner by medicine. They were in
tended to act upon the lungs, and yet were applied to the
stomach. Their action was intended to be local, and yet,
they were so administered that they should only act con
stitutionally, expending their immediate and principal ac
tion upon the unoffending stomach, whilst the foul ulcers
within the lungs were unmolested. Inhalation brings
the medicine in direct contact with the disease, without
the disadvantage of any violent action. Its application is
so simple, that it can be employed by the youngest infant
or feeblest invalid. It does not derange the stomach, or in
terfere in the least degree with the strength, comfort, or
business of the patient. •
Oilier Diseases Treated.--In relation to the folloWing-dis
eases, either wizen complicated with lung affections or ex
isting alone, I also invite consultation, I usually find them
Prolapses and all other forms of Female Complaints, Ir.
regularities and Wealcness.
Palpitation and all other forms of Heart Disease, Diver
Complaints, Dyspepsia, and all other diseases of storaaah
and bowels, 4:e.
All diseases of tho eye and ear. Neuralgia, 'Epilepsy,
and all forms of nervous disease.
S. D. TIARDSIAN,3I.D
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