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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1868
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THE TRUTH OF HISTORY.
lu the eloquent eulogy of Gen. Cameron,
in the United States Senate, on Mr. Stev
ens, which we regret that our limits pre
clude us from publishing, there is a his
torical error, winch it is but proper should
be corrected. The General stated that
Mr. S. was elected to Congress in 1850,
and failing to obtain a re-nomination, he
retired from Congress. This leaves the
impressing that he served but one term,
and was elected tOr the first time in 1850.
The fact is that he was elected the first
rime in 1848, re-elected in 1850, and served
two terms. the usual limit of Congressional
service in this county, at that period.
EH ' H'l'
Attorney fitment' West, of Ohio, has
written an opinion tin• the Auditor of the
State, taking the ground that members of
the Legislature are not entitled to com
pensation for services rendered while that
body is not in session. and that any act or
resolution directing payment for extra
svrviccs of either members or officers, not
provided for by law prior to their term of
office, is unconstitutional, and should be
rejected. This affects committees sitting
durkng the recess. The decision would
not ht at all acceptable to the politicians
of l'enns) ivania.
As the excellent wood-cut pictures of
inepresentative men which appear on the
fourth page of 1'AT111 4 :1t ATIRAIIAM—one
every week—are unsurpassed by any simi
lar productions, it is simply just to say
that these very beautiful and perfect en
gravings are executed by Messrs. Probas
co, Rea & Sharpe, Ledger Building, Sixth
and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia. Our
to-day's illustration, was not only exe
,, , but also designed by Messrs. P.
R. A S.
ON TIIE RIGHT NIDE.
Among the .Republican papers of the
state favoring Legislative reform, are the
%Bowing: The Lancaster Express, Lan
caster; the Republican, Scranton; the Min
ers' Journal, Pottsville; the Village Re
cord, West Chester; the Free Press, Nor
ristown; the State Guard, Harrisburg,
We are prowl to find ourselves in such
very good company. There are doubtless
many others with us on the question, but
tailed to come under our notice.
To-day the entire Chrimtian world is en
gaged in joyful observance of the great
i'N't•llt —the birth of the Savior of Man.
.k writer in one of the English maga
zines truthfully remarks that '• The very
rich people are to 1 pitied t!iis Christmas
season, IN-WI them, turki.\ s, champagne,
and all other ! e 111)(1 are ever Inat
t,.,of your,: they caul hardly know how
to celebrate any extra fes
tivity. Even IN'itil till' Bertsnug Of the
I-cry rich, tilt' turkey, the clianpane, &e.,
have become mere dross from the supera
hwidanee.— it i s not so with the millions
of common people of this country. Ti
coining of t'liristinas lt us, particularly
iu l'omsylvania, means the touting of
every possible luxury to s upply t h e f am il y
board; social visits, sports, presents and
congratulations; toys and good things in
numerable for the little ones; and general
.joy and festivity anion: , all classes
of people all in commemoration of the
coining of the Prince of Peace.
E A I) I T
46 5 I
The above quotation sugeests a single
idea how to inaki , Ole ••very rich pcople"
happy also. It is simply this: Remem
ber the poor. all around y011..11114 (I()some
thing to iilforti happiness. and joy. and
mirth in their humble and now cheerless
homes. It . SO doin g should fail to bring
an alaintlance nt‘ Christian joy and hap
piness to tin. — very rich, — then we shall
he lUrced to the unpleasant conclusion
that they were only created to be misera
ble. cold-hearted, selfish 11101 unhappy.
In a conversation with a nteinhoc of
house of Representatives. ii few days ago.
on t h e subject 01' legislative reform, we
were bad that the difficulty experienced
by every member, himself included, was
the fact that each one is committed and
pledged to one Or more . 'l.ietals who want
places at the Capitol d6ring the coming
session. But for this tact, he gave us to
understand, he would be ready to favor
the plan of reform—as recently suggested
in the columns of FATHER ABRAHAM.
IVe beg the gentleman referred to, and
all others, to remember that these pledges
are of a private nature, and entirely be
tween themselves and their place-hunt
ing friends; that with such arrangements
the people have nothing to do; that they
are members elect to represent the inter
ests of their tax-paying constituents, and
that, if the system of extravagance and
speculation which characterized the I eg
islature last year is continued during the
coming session, a justly indignant people
will hold to a strict account cvcy man who
will dare to present himself before them
for re-election. Let this matter be well
understood now. The question is a very
simple one—Whether you, gentlemen, act
in, on,t,w thn 4. hIO • • ~c
will continue the system by which over
thirty thousand dollars of the pelvic's
money has been wrongfully abstracted
from their troasury, or, whether you will
accept the proposition which we have
made, to do the work of pasting, folding
and packing the public documents for live
thousand dollars, or by some other re
thrmatory measure, reduce this item of
public expenditure to an equally low fig
Tv remove all doubt 118 to our sincerity
and good faith in this matter, we intend
to prepare a written contract, duly exe
cuted, with bond and good security in the
sum of twenty thousand dollars, condi
tioned that the terms of the contract shall
lw faithfully perforated on our part, and
that all property entrusted to our charge
be secure against the swarm of
thieves who have for years infested our ;
State Capitol. You will then have your
choice, either to award us the contract as ,
proposed; to adopt some other plan equal
ly favorable to the State, or to continue
todisregard the interests of the tax-payers,
and keep up the brigade of private friends
to gobble up and carry on' everything they
con lav hands on.
On our lirst page, to-day, the readers of
FATHER A int.m.ol will find Mr. Dickey's
first effort on the door of Congress, being
the formal announcement of the death of
his distinguished predecessor, TH A DDEUS
STEVENS. Tim following extracts from
editorials and correspondence of leading
papers, having come under our notice, will
be read by the constituents for Mr. liickey
with great satisfaction :
With these points settled by the people.
Gen. Grant's administration will have
high vantage ground from the day of it:
inauguration. Its responsibilities will in
deed be great, its power will be large, its
opportunities will be splendid; and to meet
them all we have a true and tried man,
who adds to his other great elements of
strength, that of perfect trust and with
" Mr. Dickey made au impression to-day asr' 7
a man of great ability. His voice is not so
deuce on the part of the people.
loud and strong as it should be to enable the - -
galleries, which, to-day, were crowded to hear. THE AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE.
Only Judge Kelley, Mr. l'staynard and General ;
Ashley could be distinctly heard all over the HON. THOS. H. BUItIIOWES, of this
House."—Coe. Phi/. inquirer.
city, has set vigorously to work to reor-
The Baltimore Son says :
gauze the Agricultural College of Penn
"As soon as the journal was real Mr.
Dickey announced the death of his distin- sylvania, to whose presidency he has just
guished predecessor, and reviewed his life to been called. It is to be hoped that under
the nine of his appearance in the'halls of Con
gress, leaving a review of his congressional his administration the troubles whichgress,
life to him associates of the House. This was have so thickly strewn the history of agri-
Mr. Dickey's first effort in Congress, and he, I cultural education in our State will disap
in all respects, acquitted himself with honor."
pear, and our knowledge of Mr. Burrowes,
"The speech of Mr. Dickey the successor
of the deceased statesman was a noble effort and his success as State Superintendent of
and attracted the undivided attention of the , Common Schools and Soldiers Orphans'
floor and galleries. As the maiden effort of Schools , justifies the expectation that they
that gentleman it was a decided success."—
" Mr. Dickey's opening eilbrt will commend
him favorably to the country, which will be
too apt to look critically on the successor of
the grand old statesman. Modest in tone,
well weighed in language, and thoroughly
earnest in the affection and kindly feeling
evinced in honoring the memory of a dead
friend and preceptor, it will be received this
morning by the nation at large as a flattering
credential of the new member."—Phil. Press.
HON. 0. J. DICKEY.
We are very strongly encouraged in our
effort to call the attention of the public to
the enormous system of extravagance
which has characterized the last two or
three sessi4)4ls of our State Legislature.
The Norristown foss, the Scranton
I?rpubi.ican, and a number of other lead
ing Republican journals, as well as
our neighbors of the Lancaster I Ey
po•tss, are very emphatic in their demand
for the needed reform, and as there is no
getting over this suhjf et; as Owl ., can be
no more successful whitewashing or hum
bugging the people, as Was done last year.
when Honest" .'tuck irmstron ! , Iva";
made chairman of the Special Committee
on Retrenchment and Reform, we hope
and expect to sec I very rospectahle Re
publican paper ill the State come out and
take its position on one side or the other
of this important question, for. if ; , 1
party, 1' of no L dect to carry out some
substantial reflrm at the e 0111111;
We will be very 'mull wealoatod, io :-.ay th , •
least, when \PI' (.1)111c to prosi,lll one (.1111. , 1*-
11:1101'110 canlli,lalc In lirep , 'ol , lo (4 Ill,'
'i.:11.0 till' ::,,1
It won't do for us to v,ait ill, meet
in!, of our state ( and see w h a t.
that body will ha , . c to say in its, platform
on the subject of retrenchment and reform.
'lt) (I() us any ;441011 0- :I pllrty: to I , l•ve
taX-payee , of tile CollllllollVit abh and de
serve their continued confidence and sup
port, the Legislatur, ,
Shim publishing our proposition to tako
a contract to do all the work of Pasting
and Folding — thr the 110u544 of ileprosen
tativcs f o r ,5,tt0t.1. which work has e,)st. the
State about I.oot/ during the session of
ISra, and nearly or quite to.CY)t) during
last session, we have received a number of
letters, including several from members of
the Legislature. all expre,sing astonish
ment at the facts and figures stated in our
first article. Among these enquirers arc
several nuuulters of the House from the
democratic side, which leads 11R to suspect
that they meal) to place themselves right
On the question of Reform, and thus make
all the political capital which the subject
affords, during the coming campaign, tin.
themselves. This we cannot allbrd. We,
as a party, cannot ignore the stupendous
system of extravagance in question. and
thus stand committed as the responsible
party, and expect to win at the next elec
tion. 1 .et us not flatter ourselves that the
issues during the coming State campaign
will be such as Equal Rights, Suffrage, Re
construction. Klu Klux, Itepudiation,
for these have been virtually settled by the
triumphant election of (;rant and ( 'olfax.
The issue will be, chiefly. on State Reform
—just such questions as the one IxTore us,
and if the leading politicians of our own
party can see victory at the next election'
with such a load of extravagance to ant.
swer for, without an earnest clihrt on their
part to put an end to it. then, we confess.
they can see more than we can.
WHAT WAS CAINED
With the election of General Grant comes
a higher standard of American citizenship
—with more dignity and character to the
name abroad, and more assured liberty
and security attaching to it at home. Our
diplomacy will be rescued from the sub
servient tone by which we have so often
been humiliated in our own eves and in
the eyes of Europe, and the true position
of the first nation of the earth in rank and
' prestige will be asserted; not in the spirit
of bravado, or with the mere arrogance of
strength, but with the conscious dignity
which belongs to power, and with the
monleration which is the true ornament of
justice. And with this vindication of the
rights and the rank of our citizenship
abroad, will come also its protection and
its panoply at hom ,, . That provision of
the Federal Constitution which solemnly
guarantees that the tit i zais of each State
shall be entitled to all the privileges and
i mmun itie s of citizens in the se veva! Sta les' •
Will not be a dead letter under the admin
istration of (;eneral Grant, as it in fal.t has
been from the foundation of the Fealtral
Government down to this hour. Renee
; fo)rward it is to be practically cull )roed
throughout all our borders; and every ell
izen of the Republic, himself observant of
the law and of the rights of others, shall
go where it may please him, and speak as
110 may see fit, unawed by mobs, unharmed
bv murders, unmenaced life, limb, or
A i.i.i:ctiEtiv : A man named Wood
was arrested on a charge of having forged
the name of I. Swaney, of Beaver county,
to a bond given by himself as agent of the
Pettus v lyania Litt. Insurance Company
Wesley I lama n. aged 37, unmarried. com
mitted suicide in his boarding house, at
Pittsbur , , 011 till• nth iust. , 13, - shooting
himsellthrough the heart with a pistol
The dead body of a female intitnt, was
fmnd in an out-house in the city of Pitts
burg, on the roth inst., having a female
stocking tied around its neck. The guilty
party is unknown.
lIEAV>•:u (!ot - NTY : The Beaver rgus
last week opened a terrible hot-shot batte
ry on Mr. Quay's new paper just started.
Tie' county temperance convention
;15 held last Friday, at Beaver The
.lous appears in a beautiful new
Sl )1 . popular untertaiuments arty
;uniounced hy the Alissionary Society ot
the .7q.. E. Sunday school, to come oft'
during tho holidays.
13ri: Cut7NTY . : A Christmas
will he held at the Orphans' Irome, 11'0ni,.1,,,10rr,
ni ,.1,,,l or r, to-morrow (S:tturday) evening.
t ' , quay Institute will continence
:it Po•adim , to-morrow, the .2.ilth inst.
'flier,' an. lifts-nine cast's on the trial list
disposed of at the January term of
di. , county Court The Keystone State
Nornial 5 ., •h001. at KIIIZIOIVII, \vitt reopen
~n Monday, Jantiary sttli
Itallin.2, :on! turkey sn , alitn - ,r are among
th,• 10 , iittlar anni‘onients of Ite:olitm7
Tn , : I names the following
as smile of the improvements of
nest par: A public llall,
, t ; :1 110 W City hail, by
tint•ity ratheis; an ext 'itsive nets depot,
by the P. E. It. lt. company: new Iron
1 . 1 , rk,: another t 'lturch and several large
on Penn ;street 1 ladies'
lair is n‘lw heing• held in Etnauttel
t 11t01 , nr , .. The County l'( , neliers'
Institute I .1111111eneed lls seSSIOIIS 011 Muir
(l:l\-. An openitn , address was delivered
by the ('aunty Superintendent, Professor
Ermelit rout •Oldt•ess I veleonle by Prof.
!ste \yard. of the Ilealling high Seltool:
Prt A s .
V,:IS al pOilltA chief secre
t:tr\ Hamm.. stake, Ntr. Tho
mas and Mr. liolwrts a committee to se
lect words for spelling ext:reiscs, and 'Aliss
Jones and Miss harper were appointed to
criticise the!Yeneral delivery of the speak
ers in their !mauler. grammar, &c.
( EsTErt ( 'nu Nrv.--- A meeting was
Itch] at (lieter Springs, nu the kith inst.,
G. adopt measures for the construction of
the Pickering Valley railroad— front Pine-
Dixville to - Dorlan's station, on the Way
ilesburr railroad. A subs;Tiption of
oil° is pledged by the people' of the vicinity
(;hest- r Springs The warehouse of
John K. Malone, at Pcnningtonville, was
entered 1)y burglan , , rect , ntly, and fifty
dollars stltlen. At envelope containing
..)50 was Overlooked by the burglars
Here llall for the use of the Knights of
Pythias, at Penningtonville, is talked of..
Nlary V. wire of Eli l'arnall, of
n, was so badly - burned on Sun
(la.7.. night as t) canse death on the follow
ing. tiny. She liad been lying on the loune.e
reading, ttitlt a light on the talge near by,
:1114.1 . 11er husband and the children had
y•tirrd. .Ibout midnight het• cries arous
ed the family, and they immediately came
down stairs and found her enveloped in
dames. which were speedily extinguished.
'1'1)1. diseased was sixty -three years of nor.
(*lt A w roit D COI' ST.—The !ormea ut
vine Courier says a lady's fur collar was
found by a livery man in his sleigh, and he
promptly took it to the house of the man
who had hired the sleigh, and gave it to
his wife, who said she knew nothing about
it—hilonged to somebody else-- would keep
it and ask her husband how it came into
the sleigh—whom it belonged to—inter
esting domestic scene, &.c James Gil
lan, a driller, was burned to death at an
oil well near Pleasantville, on the Stli inst.
Ile was in the Engine llouse, which took
tire through a leakage of gas, and before
he could reach the door he was overcome
by the flames.
DAUPHIN COUNTY : George W. Hol
land, a colored man. whilst crossing the
canal opposite M'ister's Furnace, on Fri
day evening, broke through the ice and
being unable to extricate himself, remain
ed in the water for half an hour. when he
was rescued, but life was nearly extinct,
and all efforts to restore him, fitiled, and
lie died the same evening George Berg
ner, Esq.. was re-appointed Prison In
spector The little child, Willie Gabriel,
who was severely burned, at Harrisburg,
on Thursday of last week, died on Friday
evening - On Sunday morning a child
was found at the entrance of the 4th street
Lutheran church, Ilarrisbur ,, , which was
tat n to the Mayor's office, and nobody
appearing to claim it, was sent to the
county Poor llonse A. free whisky
tight at Harrisburg on Saturday night
last Theft 11 (fru jib says they have a
` • Nvhat is it" in liarrisbui•g. Isn't this a
mistake ? The Legislature won't meet
until week alter next.
Lt - zEn NE COUNTY. - The Scranton city
Police appeared iti uniforin last week
Jennie Jones. aged sixteen, whilst cross
ing the L. & 11. railroad track, near the
Susquehanna river bridge, fell between the
limbers of the cattle guard and was una
ble to get out of the way before a train
came along, and passed over one of her
legs which has been amputated above the
knee Carbondale has a (local Templar
Lodge -.IJIO strong, a Temple of Honor and
a strong Father Matthew Society—all tem
perance organizations Christmas will
be celebrated at Wilkesbarre by a Fire
Company ball, A. M. Zion Church fitir,
Presbyterian Church fair, M. E. Sabbath
svhool entertainment and a concert by the
Welsh Glee Club.
LYCOMING Corm' v—G leanings from
thell(tin: I. M. Gernard has been ap
pointed Notary Public for Muncy Re
ligious revivals in Price chapel, and in
Third Street chapel, Williamsport, were
successful, adding a number of new con
verts to their churches. At Montoursville,
a revival is also going on with good results.
A riot took place in a Lager Beer saloon, at
Williamsport, on the evening at' the 10th
inst., in which about twenty individuals
were engaged, demolishing tumblers,
chairs, bottles, &c.
HOMICIDE IN WASHINOTON Co.-011
the 7th inst., Pr. I'ennin►ore, of Hickory,
whilst working in a corn field, with his
two step-sons, undertook to chastise one
of then►, when the oldest interfered and
prevented hi►u. On the same evening the
oldest brother went up stairs to pack his
clothes, saying he was going to leave the
house. and on his way down stairs the
step-father met him with an axe and struck
at him twice, when the boy drew a revol
ver and shot him twice, from the effects of
which he since died. Before he died he
requested that the boy should not be ar
rested. The latter is ready to give him
self up at any time.
WARREN COUNTY : couple of Good
Tem plays were married in Pittsfield Lodge
No. 1;19, one niglit last week. The eere
mony was pertimned by the chaplain,
under the order of " new business."
WAYNE Cot: N'T Y.- -Christian Hauser,
whilst at work on the railroad near Hones
dale, on Wednesday of last wee lia was in
stantly- killed by a tall of earth Much
activity at Honesdale during, the holidays
by getters up of Church fairs, entertain
YORK COUNTY. --The Lower Windsor
Teachers' Institute met at Prospect School
House on the 2Sth ult On Monday
night of last week an accident happened
at Goldsboro, on the N. C. It. IL, which
resulted in the death of one and the serious
injury of two other men. The deceased,
Joseph Lewis, the Fireman, and Mr. I;u
-me the Engineer, were running the en
!due Lady 'Washinelon, which was used
to run up and down the road by officers
paying the hands, and tbrgetting to stop
at Red bank Station, they passed nn and
collided with the up passenger train, caus
ing the Lady Washington to explode her
boiler and killing Mr. Lewis instantly.
The injuries of Mr. Ettny are also very se
rious Wm. McConkey. Esq., is Pres
ident of the Wrightsville I.oan and
Building .Issociation, W.F. Lloyd, Treas
urer. and .1. 11. Smith Secretary 1t
York, potatoes sell for :1:1.00(,/ 1.25 p er
bu s h e l; eggs 30(a 35e. ; }utter 31110 -P)r.
chickens, per pair, 40c.1a 4.1.00; beef, 12(. ,
2.'ic.; laid, Lka 20c.; white wheat, per bus,
2.00((t'3.20; red do. at :F 4 1.70«i and
ef.al from i4S.Olka WO.
BRUTAL MURDER OF A FARMER.
Fnan tho Marietta ((tido] Itegktor. Doe. 17
Thomas A. 'l'. Jett, of this township,
was murdered for his money last Satur
day evening, on his farm, about live miles
cast of town, on the Little Muskingum,
just above Long Run. Ile had been in
town that day to get his two horses shod
and to pay his taxes. Ile had considera
ble money with him, probably .+.400, or
perhaps ' , :f.;500. Ile started home, and just
at dusk was seen at . the Brick Church,
some two miles below his place. lie wag
a bachelor, and at the time be was living
alone. On Sunday morning, a German
woman, who lives a neighbor, went to the
house to carry him a plate of meat, and
finding no one, went to the stable door.
which was swinging, and there lay Mr.
Jett, across the passage at the rear of the
horse-stalls, with his head in the second
stall from the door. She was alarmed,
and without waiting to examine, went for
her husband, who came, when he was dis
covered to be dead and frozen stiff. His
head was badly beaten up, the hack of the
skull and the forehead both beaten in;
also, the right cheek-bone and jaw both
broken; besides, there were several cuts
and bruises, evidently done with sonic sort
of a club; the bleeding was profuse. Dr.
S. D. Hart, Coroner, held an inquest, and
the jury found that the deceased came
to his death by violence at the hands of
sonic person unknown" to the iury, using
some heavy, blunt weapon."
It atmonr.. that when Mr. Jett arrived
at the stable, just after dark, he turned
his horse in; they went past their stalls,
and one of them was found the next morn
ing with his bridal still on, and said to be
shivering with fright, as if front the vio
lence and the smell of blood. Doubtless
the assassin was concealed in the stable,
and as Mr. Jett went into the door he re
ceived the deadly blows. It would seem
as if the murderer had laid the dead body
with the head at the foot of the stall, to
create the impression that the violence had
been done by the horse's heels. A year
and a half ago, Mr .Jett had $340 stolen
from his house, in the day time, while he
was out on his farm. Since that he had,
as his friends say, carried his money with
him. Ile was seen to have a large roll of
bank notes in town on the day of the mur
der. No money could be found about the
body or the premises, after the murder,
but a purse was found in the house that
was not his. Mr. Jett was a son of the
late Deacon Thomas Jett, was born here,
and was nearly 50 years of age.
Simeon M. Devol and Lafayette La
grange (an uncle of Devol's) were arrested
Tuesday evening, and lodged in jail that
night, by Marshal Darius Towsley and .
Constable L. K. Dutton, on the affidavit
of Wesley T. McKibben, brother-in-law
of Mr. Jett. As we go to press they have
not yet had their examination. The affi
davit charges the parties with killing Mr.
Jett, rubbing him of $4440 or $5OO am? four
or five pounds of tobacco. Deyol 11:40 a
family in the neighborhood of the murder,
and Lagrange a family at Moss Run.
WHY DON'T YOU LEARN A TRADE!
This question was propounded in our
hearing, a few evenings since, to :1 voung
man who had been for several months un
successfully seeking employment as a
clerk or salesman in some of otu• leading
houses. Complaining of his ill-luck., one
of his friends who knew his mechanical
talent, but doubted whether he could make
himself useful either as clerk or salesman,
put the interrogatory to him which we
have placed as the caption of this article.
The reply was, that a trade was not so
respectable. as a mercantile occupation.
Under this delusive idea our stores are
crowded with young men who have no
capacity for business, and who, because of
the fancied respectability of doing nothing,
waste away their minority upon salaries
which cannot possibly liquidate their ex
Late, too late in life, they discover their
error, and, before they reach the age of
thirty, many of them look with envy upon
the thrifty mechanic, who, in the days of
their boyhood, they were accustomed to
deride. The false views of respectability
whick prevail in the soi distant fashionable
society of the present day, have ruined
thousands of young men, and will ruin
A SENSIBLE JUllt4E.
Pringle Jones, late Judge of the
Courts of the Lehigh and Northampton
district, recently charged a Jury, in the
latter named county, as follows:
"Gentlemen—lf you believe the testi
mony of the prosecutor, convict. If you
believe the evidence of Shirk, acquit.
find there is no use in any extended re
marks to jurors in this county."
on Wednesday of last week, in the Senate,
Mr. Morton, of Indiana, made a long speech
on the financial 9nestion, anti the resumption
of specie payments. II e favored an early re
sumption, but our limits prevent even a synop
sis of his remarks. Mr. ('onness, of Cali
fornia, presented a bill, some days ago, pro
viding that the eight hour spstem shall make
no reduction of the pay of Governmentern
ployees, but the Senate refused to consider it.
Current business was disposed of, and an ad
journment was carried. The House received
some bills, among others, one from the Com
mittee of Ways and Means, to postpone the
operation of the tobacco tax to the 15th c , f
February next, which was passed. Mr. done.,
of Kentucky, offered a resolution, giving fe
males in Government employ the same wages
as males for similar services, which was
adopted by a vote of 128 to 27. Right. Other
business was transacted of no special interest.
On Thursday, in Senate, a copperhead pr.-
settled resolutions for the protection of mi
norities. Poor fellow. The resolution of cen
sure of the President for his financial recom
mendation in his Annual Message, was passed
after a long debate—the seven ialabious vot
ing for it. "Locking the stable after the horse
is stolen." But the Senate keep them in pc
sition ! "Great cry and little wool." Bah
The House was occupied in listening to the
eulogies on the "Great Commoner," the "cc
blest Roman of them all"—the man who d -
ed to do right.
On Friday, in the Senate, a bill was in : -
duced to straighten up the rebels in Georgia,
and compel the Legislature of that State to
carry out in good faith the re-constructio:.
laws, declaring that the present State gover7-
ment is heyt , s. A new Executive :‘ lansio.l
was the subject of another bill. Several othe2
bills of no special interest were introduced.
The death of lion. Thaddeus Stevens havi:lg
been officially communicated front the House,
Mr. Cameron intmluced the usual resolutior.=,
accompanying them with a brief addre....-
Mr. Ituckalew and Mr. Morrill, of \lemon!,
and ...Mr. Sumner, of Mass., also made sonic
remarks. We extract front the speech of
Sumner, the admirable closing sentences:
" It is as a defendor of human rights th.,'
Thaddeus Stevens deserves our Mnage. liez ,
he is supreme. Already he takes his place
among the illustrious names which are CA ,•!
common property of mankind. I see !din now
as I have so often seen him during lite. His
venerable form moves slowly, and with en
certain steps; but the gathered strength of
years is in his countenance, and the light of
victory in his path. Politician, calculator,
time-server, stand aside—a hero statesman
has passed to his reward."
In the House, after some current businese,
the death of Mr. Finney, a representative
front Ptmsylvania, was announced by his suc
cessor, Mr. Pettis, and eulogituns were spoken
by Messrs. Dawes, Blaine, Cullom and Beck,
from other States.
On Saturday, the Senate had a short session.
Very little business was done. A resolution
was adopted requesting the President to in
form the Senate whether any rent had been
paid for Libby prison, at Richmond, and if so,
by what authority. Well, suppose there was,
what will you tie about it? That's according
to rule. It's an outrage, of course, but the
great "criminal was acquitted," and he can do
what he pleases. The resolutions passed by
the Legislature of Louisiana, on the death or
Mr. Stevens, were presented by Senator Kel
logg, of that State. The Mouse was not LI
On r%londay, both Houses adjourned unti
Tuesday, the .ith of January, without trazto
acting any business ,if importance.
EDITOR!'" FATHER Anamt.m-- Now,
since Betsey killed the Bear, and the dan
ger is past, I have crept out of my fossil
ized shell, and mean to take a little exer
cise in gymnastics, to bring my muscles
in play again. ('old and indifferent as I
was, I was warmed up by reading Cie-
Lancaster Intfiliyencer. I became inter
ested in its daily productions, I studied
the animus of its editors, with as much
curiosity as a physician studies the ac
tions of a madman, if possible to ascer
tain the cause of the aberration of min.d.
manifested. How to account for such per
verse views, dishonest garblings, and boll
brazen, unfounded assertions and contor
tion of facts, was a puzzle to me. A. - 4
men, they were gentlemanly and friendly,
but as politicians they seemed ambitious
to immortalize themselves with Valiant!.
ingham, Brick Pomeroy, and Andy John
son. A Southern rebel, like Lee,l can
respect, but such dog-berry, doug-fitecti
Northerners out Herod Herod himself. I
allow, that in politics, like in war, schem
ing and flanking is perfectly admissible,
but to don the "blue'' and act the "gray"
is neither honorable or fair. Pampering
to the prejudices of foreigners, playing
upon the jealousy of religious denomina
tions, to a degree that disgusted the most
intelligent readers of these cht sses, it seemed
as if bent upon doing what mischief it
could, and if it had been possible would
have inaugurated civil contention and
war, to the knife, in our midst. Truly
the spirit manifested appeared to me de
moniacal. And well it is that such a mor
bid incendiary spirit could not exert 3
great influence in an intelligent and law
abiding community. Save, setting a frv. ,
rowdies to mob visitors,because these vki -
tors wore red breeches, or capes, these un
terrified Democrats, like sturdy turkey
gobblers, could not abide the display of
red in the streets of Lancaster. But these
are by-genes. So let them rest. But I
had hoped that they would lessen their
sail and tack ship, after seeing how the
wind blows, but not they. There ar
none so blind as those who can not see.
You may ask why I take the Pape r? Juat
to study what perverted minds can do.
Since the conflict is between darkness and
light, I take an interest to study the Sen •
tituents of the great opposers of advance
ment. The Express now and then gives
them a whipe, but they effect little good,
only that it may aid those whose ideas arc
crude in such matters, to get the truth on
the subject. But what have they to do
with truth 9 If the reading of their paper
on political questions, operates on other
minds like upon my own—let them go
ahead—for great good will come out of
that great evil. When error becomes
rampant, public opinion will be wakened
up, and the law of equilibrium will estab
lish a healthy public sentiment. It need
extremists when the moral pulse beats
slowly in the masses, therefore, like the
vulgarity and impudence of Brick Panic •
roy. Sober, thoughtful citizens will with--
draw themselves from them until the op
posing forces shall be marshalled under
their respective banners, and right and
wrong in arms against each other. That,
none may ignorantly cling to error, give
them rope, and let them spread themselves,
and fairly ventilate their notions; it is the
best service they can do, to point out the
dividintr m line, and bring each to affiliate
with those whose aims are for pressing
forward from "good to Weer," and those
holding on to the fogy skirts, and pulling
back with the endeavor to go from " bad
to WOW." So says