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Whole' No. 2902,
Poor House Business.
The Erectors of the PooT meet at the Poor
Uou.te on the 2d Tuesday of each month.
Attorney at Law,
Office Market .Square, Lewistown, will at
tend to business in Mllßin. Centre and Hunting
don countiea . mv 26
E. tf. CTJLBERTSOIT, '
Attorney at Law,
OFFERS liia professional services to tlie citizens of
Mfttlin county. Otfice with D. W. Woods, esq.
Main street, below National Hotel. wyi
DR. JOHN J. DAHL3IT,
Belleville, Mifflin County, Pa.
T\R DUILEN has been appointed an Examining
I)Surgeon for IVn-ions. Soldiers requiring eXani
iMUo„'"i;i liiid him at hi" office iu Belleville.
' Belleville, August 22, 18ti6.-y
T>F,sI'Et"rFULLY inform the. citizens of Lewistown
K ~entity, (a few doors from the Town Hall, in
M i a-ireet'ltlmt he is prepared to do all kind of work
in "i- line of his profession in the io*t scientific man
in Whole Sets. Partial Sets, or Single Teetli in
.t-rled oil Gold Silver, or Vulbanite Base, in an elegant
A i workmanlike manner, and on the most reasona
ble terms. He guarantees Ins work, or no pay.
Particular attention paid to the extracting ami tiding
'of leerti in the " lost approved tnatiuer. iov7-Cm
Teeth Extracted Without Pain!
ByTff. R. Thompson, D. D. S.,
Bv a NEW PROCESS,
/JC. Nfr without the Use of Cliloro
form. Ether, or Nitrous Ox
m ide. and is attended by no
danger or bad effects,
fig*.- •# Office west Market street,
v *: -■ 'lf near Eist-übise s hotel,
where he rai/be found for professional consultation
troin tlie first Monday of each month until the fourth
Monday, when he will be absent on professions *um
tress one week. j_scplu-t^
OFFERS his professional services to the citizens of
Lewistown and vicinity. All in want of good, neat
work will do well to give him a call. th r „„
He may be f.>und at all times at his office, three
doors east of H. M. A R. Pratt's store. Valley street.
IR_ ivt. KEEVER,
i TEETH Extracted WITHOUT PAIN
by the use of NITROUS OXIDE or
Laughing tins. Teeth in.-erted on all
the different styles of bases. Teeth
filled iu the most approved manner. Special atten
tv-n given to diseased gums. All work warranted.
Tarms reasonable. - .
at Episcopal Parsonage, Corner of Main and
Water Streets. . jytt>
'Che subscriber has just received and will
SSI keep/ml unit I a A; lee t stock of Men ?4 -
rflLI aud YaiAll's B-.htsf Ladies'. Misses and Chil
ijren'a IIoAIh ami Slhm-s of various ina
which.lie invite the attention of his
id the public generally. As it is his intention
T T6 BE UNDERSOLD
ealer in the county, those in need f winter
shoes are invited to call and examine the
ah..ve sU>c 1;*. which wHI be sold at very small profits,
but for cah only, at tlie sign of the Bia Suoz, next
door tv F. J. Hotfinau's ttore.
sepia • JOlfN CLAKIvE.
MRS. M. E. STEWART,
fig, S'AlTCnr STOKE,
West Market st„ Lewislown,*
LADIES <£ GENTLEMEN'S BURNISHING GOODS,
back-. Cloaks. Huts, Bonnets, Ladies Ktuo VJiHHS
OOffDS Ant\ Trimming*.
I'atlern* latest styles always on hand.
Millinery and Dress-Making
executed in the most approved style.
Lewistown, April IS, ISCft.tf
J A. & W. R. McKEE
HAVE removed their Leather Store to 0I1 Fel
lows' Hall, whore they will constantly keep
■ hand. Sole Leather. Harness, Skirting and Upper
1. ither. Kips, American and French Calf Skins, Mo
t -os. Lining* and Bindings, and a general assort
• it of Shoe Findings- which thev will .-ell cheap lor
( Hi cheat market priee paid ill cash for i.tdes,
Caif Skin-*and Sheep Skins.
wan'. 1. for which th<*U;ghest market price will lie
paid in Cash. p4tf
PRICES DOWN ONCE MORE.
THE undersigned has a large stoek of Loth
I llomc-inade and Eastern manufactured Boots and
Shoes, which he offers- at prices lower than he lias
-'.ld for four years : ....
Men'.- hick, d. 800 Unwarranted, from 52..& to 5.00.
K;o. - - o 4.00 to 6.00.
" Calf! " " extra . 4.50 to 6.00.
Boys' Boots, 1.00 to 8.00.
Men's thick Brogans, double-soled, 2-tiO to 2.50.
Men's split '• warranted very bad, 1.10.
Boys' Shoes, price ranging from 1.25 to 2.25.
A- the tax.-anre t ho red need again on the first day
< f August, i#fclso'enables us to>cduoe our prices.
IIOME-M vSjE. WORK of all kinds made to
. r.ior at ro prices. So come ou boys and girls
and examine fHlourselves.
TniuksjM'aiises and Carpet IJags
kepi on harnVGcntltmen will bear in mini! that no
g.c.ls will in' ir ven out unless paid for, and if re
turned in go.■ i urder. tlu; money will be returned, if
requested. But when goods have Ix-en soiled or
s-tii. th.-y wiil not lie takefl b<-k—please f>ear this
m mind—souxWotka think that wearing for a
stiort nni - don't injure the sale of them afterwards.
augl-tf BILLY JOHNSON.
To the Voters of Central Fenna
TLF:<TION is ovor and ilhabefen decided by about
■Li 2",H0.. ma|ority that the Totiacoo ami Cigars sold
h. ■■ rysiHger's Tobacco and Sugar Store cannot be
aurpn-'sed, either ; M QuuliUkOr will.
'" "• ut the Price-, get some of the goods, and com
with all others, and you will I>e satisfied that you
f ! ! w ". r tli of your money at Frysinger's.
:•>-uiger'a Spun Roll only sl.oo per pound.
rry-.nger's Navy - >
r tytiger's Congress " " "
u :y ,n^; r 's Flounder " " " "
"lltOlt Navy u u m M m
Cronoko Twist - < "
■ ml other Plug Tobacco at 40 and W cts. per lb.
'■ and Dry, 40 .ud 5o ets. Granulafcd Tobaccos at
•' >'. 'XI ct— ,*0 Cts. SI.OO, $1.20. and $1.50 per lb.
' m chewing, tu $1.40 and $1.20.
- >r- at l, 2. 3, 5 ail j jo ets. each.
i n g FI . a t variety; also Cigar Cases. Tobacco
; iull ' Boxes, Match Safes, and all articles
r t T : in n "rt-clag I'ohaceo and Uigar Store.
v , .I ''' r -hants, I offer the above goods at prices that
enable them to retail at the same prices that I
Uo ;'nd realize a fair profit.
ucu - E. FRYSINGER.
Splendid Syrup Molasses.
ONE of tlie best articles at 25 per quart, at
Oct.24. F. J. HOFFMAN'S.
Sugar at 12 1-2 Cts.
OUR article at this price is good. Also. White at 17. at
0et.24. F. J. HOFFMAN'S.
TO eo to HOFFMAN'S lor your PAT
Y'OU can buy your Par Iron at5J. Also
on hand Steel Horae-Shoe Calk* and Horse
Shoes, at F. J. HOFFMAN'S
Hubs, Spokes, Fellows,
STKKL Runucrs, Ac. A roat assort
ment at F. J. HOFFMAN'S.
Coal Oil and Lamps,
A T F. J. HOFFMAN'S.
AND a variety of other heating: Stoves
for sale low for cash at F. J. HOFFMAN'S.
Sole Leather, Upper,
CIALF Skins. Murrocco, &e, at
J Oct. 2*. F. J. HOFFMAN'S.
Every one who wants a pood Cooking
Stove, should call aud see this.at
0et.24. F. J. HOFFMAN'S
1) F. LOOP is receiving new goods every week.di
-1 . reel from the eastern factory, anil is prepared to
sell Boots cheaper than the cheapest, having a large
assortment of all sizes and styles.
Men's Boots from S3 50 to 5 00
Hoys' 2 50 to 3 50.
d< 2 00 to 2 50.
Children's 1 25 to 2 00.
A good as-ortmeiit of homemade work on hnnd,
aud constantly making to order all the latest styles.
THE PATENT BOOTS
are now creating a great excitement, and all who wish
to havo a pair of those pleasant boots can be accom
modated at short notice.
Call at the old stand. P. F. LOOP.
CROVER & BAKER'S
yi'E wish to call the attention of Tailors. Shoeinali
l ers, Saddlers, Coach Trimmers and Families Co
these machines, us they are
OPERATED WITII THE GREATEST
THE NOISELESS MACHINE,
Persons selecting a machine can have their choice
OF SHUTTLE STITCH, OR
GROVER & RAKER STITCII,
the peculiarity of each stitch being cheerfully shown
Extracts from Acw York Paperst
"The Grover A Baker noiseless machines are ac
knowledged to be superior to all others."
'•The work execnted by the Grover A Baker Ma
chine lias received the highest premium at every
Statu Fair iu the United States where it has been ex
N. B—We make no charge for
LE A ItNING I'll ItC IIA S EIIS TO SE W.
We call them tho
CHEAPEST FIRST CLASS MA
NEEDLES, SILE TWIST & THREAD.
P. P. LOOP, Agent for tle above,
800 l and Shoe Maker, in the public square. Lewis
K. A H. T. ANTHONY <fc CO.,
Manafaelnrers of Photographic Materials,
WHOLESALE AXD RETAIL,
•SOI Broadway, N. Y.
In addition toour main business of PHOTOGRAPH
IC MATERIALS, we aro headquarters for the follow
Stereoscopes and Stereoscopic Views,
Of American and Foreign Cities and Landscapes,
Groups, Statuary, Ac.
Stereoscopic Views of the Var,
From negatives mane in the various campaigns and
forming a complete Photographic history of tne con
Stereoscopic Views on Glass,
Adapted for either the Magic I-antem or stereo
scope. Our catalogue will be sent to nny address on
receipt of stamp.
We manufacture more largely than any other house,
about 200 varieties from 50 cents to SSO each. Our Al
bums have the reputation ol being superior in beau
ty and durability to any others.
Card Photographs of Generals, Statesmen,
Actors, etc., etc.
Our catalogue embraces over FIVE THOUSAND
different subjects, including reproductions of the
most celebrated Engravings, Paintings, Statues, Ac.
Catalogues sent on receipt of stamp.
Photographers and others ordering goods C. O. D.,
will please remit 25 per cent of the amount with their
order. oThe prices and quality of our goods can
not fail to satisfy. jel3 ly
has now open
A NEW STOCK
.which will be made up to order in the neat
est and most fashionable styles. apl9
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 1867.
o E T IFt
For the Qcuettc.
Rest for the Weary.
BV BECKIB 8. S.
O when shall we rest?
When shall we be among the bleat?
When the trials of life are o'er.
And we ou earth are seen no more,
Then we hope to rest.
What are we living for, O God?
Why do we read thy holy word /
Help us improve thy blessings giv'n.
Thai we may learn the way to heaven, —
There we shall rest.
0 help us loam the cross to bear,
That we the golden crown may wear;
May God of mercy and of love
Help us to live as to meet above-
There wo shall rest.
When we on earth our work have done,
And a faithful race have run,
Then with those we hope to meet
We'll shout and praise at Jesus' feet—
Then wo shall rest.
Tlie Sons of Angels.
There's a song the angels sing,
And its notes with rapture ring.
Round the throne whose radiance fills the heavens
Shepherds heard the distant strain,
Watching on Judea's plain,
•Glorv, glory, glory be to God, to men be peace
Chorus. — Through the earth and through the sky,
Let the anthem ever fly.
Peace, good will to men, and glory be to God on
*Tis a song for children toa;
To I lie Saviour 'tis their duo:
Let its grateful notes ascend to him again;
Join with angels in their song.
And tne heavenly strain prolong,
"Glory be to God. good will and peace to men."
Chorus. —Through the earth, Ac.
Soon around that throne may wa
With those hippy angels be,
Strikiug bjirps to strains that nevermore Bhall
Mingling love with loftiest praise,
Still tlie chorus there we'll raise,
"Glory be to God. to men good will und peace."
Chorus. —Through the earth, Ac.
1 was once a thoughtless wanderer,
__ Far away from God;
Earthly cares absorb'd and charir.'d me,
Sinful paths I trod.
Some around me found their Saviour,
And fn-m guilt ivore free;
Joyous er their hopes of heaven
'Twas not so with mo.
I was troubled with my burden,
Hard i' was to bear;
Ro I sin gnt. but could not find it,
Peace I could not share.
I had stray'd and sinn'd so often.
Lost I seem'd to be;
Many were in Jesus happy:
*Twas not so with me.
Now, deliver'd from my burden,
Peace and joy are mine;
On uiv heart are ever failing
Beams of light divine.
I have sought and found my Saviour;
Dear he ,-eoms to be;
And as others loved and praised him,
Now 'tis so with me.
Sinner worn with grief and sorrow,
Come to Jesus now.
Let your heart with true repentance
Law before him bow;
He invites you, he entreats you,
"Sinner, come to me!"
And while others are rejoicing,
"Twill bo so with thee.
-A. GOOD STORY.
TIIE MEW YEAR'S GIFT.
It was New Year's Evojacold, blus
tering night. Tho wind dashed the
frozen sleet furiously against the sturdy
wall of the old Red Stone Farm house,
making tlie bright fire that was burn
ing in tho largo old-fashioned kitchen
seem doubly grateful, and around
which wert gathered Williams, his wife
and liis four children.
Tho weather-bronzed faeo of the
farmer had a care-worn and a discon
tented look. lie was one of those who
'make haste to bo rich,' and though he
is surrounded by many blessings, and
every reasonable want is supplied, as
the close of the old year finds no sur
plus in bis purse, his heart, instead of
being lifted up with gratitude, is filled
llis gentle, meek browed wife is sit
ting beside him, and her countenance
wears a look of chastened sorrow, and
tears glistened in her eyes as they wan
der to the corner of tho room where
stands a vacant cradle, from which
smiled, a week ago, tho rosy-cheeked,
bright eyed boy, upon whoso little
gravo to-night the snow is drifting
Tho silence was broken by a heavy
knock at the door.
Farmer Williams opened
it, revealing a rospectable, middle aged
colored man, who held carefully in his
hand a covered basket.
'Does Mrs. Williams live here?' he
'Tho lady who buried a little child
'Well, hero is a New Year's present
Thrusting tho basket into the far
mer's hands, he turned and walked
quickly down the road, where could be
dimly seen the outlines of a coverod
sliegh, from which could be distinctly
heard the sonnd of stifled sobs.
Bewildered and astonished, Farmer
Williams carried the basket into the
kitchen, and carefully set it down upon
As he did so, he was startled by a
plaintive cry; and upon opening it,
there lay a lovely boy,apparently about
three months old.
Farmer Williams sprang to the door,
but tho sleigh and its occupants wore
now hero to bo seen.
In the meantime Mrs. Willaimsand
tho children gathered around tho bas
ket with exclamations of surprise and
pleasure. As the babe saw tho sweet
nontle lace that bent over it, it sudden
ly stopped crying, and smiling, stretch
ed out its little hands to her.^
Tho heart of the bereaved mother
now yearned toward tho child, and
taking it up in her arms sho pressed it
fondly to her bosom. Just thon tho
husband eamo back from his fruitless
'I declare it's an imposition!' ho ex
claimed, stamping tho snow oft* his
boots. 'But I won't submit to it. I'll
take it over to the town farm tho very
first thing in the morning.'
'I can't bear the idea of its going
there, John,' said his wife. 'Just sou
what a sweet babe it is ?'
'I don't see but what it looks liko all
other babies,' returned John, gruffly,
doing his best to steel his heart against
tho little stranger, in which he only
partly succeeded, for, rough as he was
in his farmer's way, lie had a kindly
nature if one could only reach it.
'Any way tffo authorities will have
to take care of it,' Farmer Williams
continued,'we can't—we havegot more
mouths to fill now than we can find
Mrs. Williams' lip quivered as her
thoughts reverted to the little grave in
tho church-yard. All, to her heart there
was ono too few.
'Dear John,' said Mrs. Williams,
pleadingly, 'it seems as though God
had sent this babe to take tho place of
our own little Willie, whom he has ta
ken to himself. Let me keep it. It
will not fail to bring a blessing upon
us, you may be sure.'
Farmer Williams' countenance ro
laxed somewhat as he looked into those
'Well, well, Mary,' he said in a soft
ened voice, 'l'll think about it. If wc
do, you and tho children will have to
go without a good many things, for
those are hard times and likely to be
harder. So you had bettor weigh the
thing well before deciding.'
Mrs. Williams did so, and the result
was that tho New Year's present be
came a fixture in the Red Stono Farm
house. He grew up a merry, winsome
boy, twining even around the farmer's
rugged nature, and taking in the heart
of his adopted mother the place of her
lost darling, and loved and chorished
by her with equal tenderness.
Many sacrifices did Mrs. Williams
make, many toilsomo hours did she
spend, in order that her husband might
not feel the expense of his maintenance
too heavily. And well did his grow
ing intelligence and beauty, and tho
ardent affection he evinced for her, re
pay her for all. There was nothing
about him that would give tho slightest
clue to his parentage. Simply a bit
of white paper pinned to his frock, on
which were these words, evidently
written by a woman, in a graceful but
unsteady hand :
'ARTHUR; born Sept. 23. I was a
stranger and yo took mo in.'
Farmer Williams made somo inqui
ries in the neighborhood, and learned
that a lady with an infant, accompan
ied by a servant, had been stopping
for a week past at the village tavern;
that she was very beautiful, but very
palo and sad, and kept hor room most
of tho time. But thoy disappeared
from there almost as suddenly as thoy
It is just ton years since Mrs. Wil
liams recoived her New Year's gift.—
Let us take another peep into the Red
Stono Farm-houso. Tho farmer who
murmured ten years ago that ho had
so many mouths to feed, has now only
one child left him—tho little ilaxen
haired girl that is sitting beside his
knee. The rest are sleeping in the
A hoavy misfortune has befallen him;
the thirst for riches has brought its
usual curse. Possessed with tho man
ia for speculation, he mortgaged his
farm-house and all it contained. The
gilded bubble burst, and tho dawning
of tho New Year found him a ruined
and homeless man. This was tho last
night that ho and his wore to stay in
the old homestead, that had been in
the family for four generations, and
was linked to his heart by so many
tender memories. On the morrow
they knew not whither to go. It is
true, that many of the old neighbors—
kind, good souls had offered him a tem
porary home; but it was hard for the
proud, self-reliant man to accept char
ity from any.
'What can wo do? Where can we
goto?' ho groauod as ho thought of
'The Lord will provide, John,' said
his wife, lifting her patient eyes to his.
*He never has forsaken us. Neither
will he forsake any who trust in him.'
But the farmer tacked the christian
resignation that made that gentle heart
such a haven of peace and love.
'Aye, that's what you've always
EffiOHPIMHS (DCS/ISrsnre'a IHBJJSTo
said, wife,' ho retorted, impatiently,
'and you sec what we havo come to.
For my part, I don't think the Lord
troubles himself much about us any
Mi's. Willidms might havo said that
he had brought this upon himself, but
she wisely forcboro. Just then there
came the sound of a quick, buoyant
step, and thero burst into the room a
fine, sturdy lad of about ten, his eyes
bright, and bis checks glowing from
the kcon, frosty air.
•It's bitter cold, I tell you!' ho ex
clairaod, flinging his cap boy-fashion
upon the kitchen sottoe, and stepping
up to tho kitchen fire. ' Not but what
I've boon as warm as a toast, all but
my ears and fingers,' ho added, blow
ing up the latter as ho spoko.
' Here is something for you, mother,'
be said, seating himself on a stool at
her feet, and tossing into her lap a
shining piece of gold.
' Why, Arthur, whoro did you get
' The strange gentleman down at tho
tavern gave it to mo, mother, 110
asked me into his room, afld gave me
as many nuts and raisins as I could
'I wonder who he is?' she said, mu
' I can tell you,' exclaimod her hus
band, his eyes flushing angrily. 'Ho
is the man who bid against me on tho
few articles I wanted to rosorvo. Tho
eurso of tho homeless rests upon him!'
'Nay, John,' interposed his wife,
gently, ' perhaps ho did not know how
highly you had prized them.'
'Yes he did; Parson Brown stepped
up and told him, hut he only smiled,
and said ho wanted to buy everything
just as it stood.'
' Well,' said the boy, gazing thought
fully into the fire, ' I can't help pitying
him, ho looked so sorrowful. He ask
ed mo a great many questions about
you, mother, and all tho rest of us, and
kept walking up and down the room,
wringing his hands and groaning as if
ho was in great trouble.'
' I will buy you a new coat with this,
Arthur,' said Mrs. Williams, as she ex
amined anew tho gold coin. 'You
need one badly enough,' sho added,
glancing, with a sigh, at his well patch
'You shall do nothing of tho sort,
mother/ said thegenerous-heartod boy.
' You shall buy yourself and sissy a
nice warm shawl.'
Before Mrs. Williams could reply
thero was a quiet knock at tho door.
Farmer Williams opened it. It was
only a boy who brought a small par
cel for Mrs. Williams.
'Another New Year's gift, I sup
pose/ ho said bitterly, as he handed it
to her, for ho was in a bitter mood.—
Mrs. Williams glanced reproachfully
at her husband.
'God grant that it may bring us
much comfort,' sho said, laying her
hand fondly upon tho head that was
resting against her knee.
As sho oponed it sho uttorod an ex
clamation of surprise. It was a deed
of Red Stono Farm-houso, made out in
her name. On tho inside wrapper
were these words:
' Inasmuch as ye did it unto tho least
of these, ye did it unto me.'
There were grateful and happy
hearts beneath the roof of the old home
stead that night, though with Mrs.
Williams' joy there was mingled an un
easy feeling. Sho was well assured
that it was in somo way connected with
Arthur, and trembled with apprehen
sion lest somo one should appear who
had stronger claims to him. This fear
was dissipated the next morning by a
letter that came to her in the first
mail. It contained a check for five
thousand dollars, together with these
' Tho boy that you so generously re
ceived ten years ago, and have so ten
derly cherished since, wiil never bo
taken from you. The mother, forced
to relinquish tho babo, dearer to her
than life, is now in heaven. The
father, who so basely forsook his child,
and her whom he had sworn to cher
ish, is unworthy of so sacred a trust.
In S Bank you will find the sum
of twenty thousand dollars deposited
in the namo of your adopted son, of
which ho is to come into possession
when he is legally of age, and the inte
rest of which is to be appropriated to
his support and education during his
To this singular letter there was
neither date nor signature. Thero
were various conjectures in rogard to
the stranger, who had been in tho vil
lage for somo days, and from whom it
was evident this letter came as well as
the package received the night before.
But when Arthur recalled to his
mind tho look of sad, remorseful ten
derness with which ho had regarded
him, he felt that it must have been his
father. Yet he often said, as he look
ed into tho face of his adopted mother,
that ho wanted no dearer frionds than
those ho already had. And as for Mrs.
Williams, among all the blessings that
Vol. LVII, No. 2-
surrounded her, there was not one that
brought her a purer joy than ho whom
she had taken to her heart when a
friendless babe, her New Year's Gilt.
4DRESS OF LOUS W. lIALL,
OF BLAIR COUNTY,
Ou Taking the Ohair as Speaker of the Sen
ate, January 1,1867-
SENATORS: —Time honored custom
would seem to demand a brief expres
sion of the feelings which animate me,
in entering upon my duties as your pro
siding officer. Whilst the honor you
have conferred, affects mo sensibly, I
cannot felicitate myself upon its at
tainment, unless I prove equal to tho
discharge of its functions. I shall con
sider myself fortunate, if I shall bo en
abled so to preside as to maintain tho
dignity of this body, by a strict and
impartial observance of parliamentary
rules, whilst every Senator is treated
with a proper degree of deference and
respect. Tho Senate of tho ancient
Roman Commonwealth was looked
upon with roverential awe. It was
not that forced deference which is paid
to imperial power. It was due to tho
, virtues, tho services, and the illustri
j ous lives of tho Senators themselves;
to tho noble 6cntimen(s they enuncia
ted, tho wise laws they enacted, and
the gravity and dignity which presi
ded over their deliberations. Our State
is modeled, to a great extent, after the
ancient Republics. Well may we strive
to imitate tho Roman Senate in tho
Halcyon days of the Republic, and to
emulate its members in the austerity
of their morals, the purity of their pa
triotism and the loftiness of their aspi
rations. By candor and moderation
in council, by a firm adherence to our
i convictions of truth and right, by the
I utter exclusion of paltry personalities
and partisan rancor, by having an eye
single to the welfare of our Common
wealth and of the nation, we may hope
to attain to the true ideal of a Repub
Men may well differ in opinion—dif
fer honestly. The time has passed,
long passed, and passed no doubt for
ever, when good men proscribed men
equally good, because they differed in
opinion. Good men may well be in
earnest. Life is no pastime. Since
unquestionably it is an earnest and
! solemn thing to die, it is an earnest
j and solemn thing to live. The world
! SHOULD be growing wiser every day.
j We have the light of experience streara-
J ing down from remote antiquity over
I fallen States and Empires, to guide us
in the way of national safety. The
session upon which we have just enter
ed, imposes upon U3 new duties and
new responsibilities, to which we should
all bo fouud faithful. Our State is one
of a great family of States. But whilst
its interests are identified with those
of the Federal Union, and whilst we
as Senators cannot bo indifferent to
the great problems, arising from the
attitude of the States lately in robol
lion, nothing should be wanting, on
our part, to promote the development
of the internal resources and mineral
wealth of our entire Commonwealth.
Happily, the rebellion with its tor
riblc slaughters, sufferings and desola
tion, is past. There remains to us tho
present and tho future, and tho*duty
to read the lossons of the past aright,
and to apply the truth taught aright,
so that our national life shall come out
of tho peril which has environed it, so
strengthened, guarded and shiolded,as
to make its future perpetually secure.
" New occasions teach new duties,
Tluie makes ancient good uncouth,
They must upward still and onward,
Who would keep abreast of truth.
Lol Before u gleam her camp-drest
We, ourselves must pilgrims be.
Launch our May-Flower, and steer boldly
Through the desperate winter sea.
Nor attempt the future's portal, with
The Past's blood rusted Key."
The rebellion has been very far from
showing that a Republican form of
Government is a failure, or indeed that
it has any inherent or essential ele
ment of woakness. On the contrary,
it has conclusively demonstrated its
great strength and durability. Our
weakness lay in this, that our Govern
ment was not really Republican. Our
strength in tho future will be in the
fact that we will have a Government
Liberty has survived, and come out
purified from tho shock of arms.
" Liberty's vitality, Ilk* truth.
Is still undying. Like the sacred Are
Nature has shrined In caverns, still tt burns
Though the storm howls without."
All men are to bo henceforth equal
before the law, and this an equality,
not in name alone, but in fact. Tnt
mighty arm of the Republic will bo
stretched forth to protect from opprea*
sion and wrong the weakest and most
In our legislation, affecting the vast
interests of a Commonwealth of threo
millions of people, may we all be en
lightened to a faithful and conscien
tious discharge of our whole duty.
Be pleased to designate a Senator to
administer to me the official obligation
I am required to take.