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INDZPENDENT AND PROGREBBIVE.
LANCASTER CITY, YA.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 13,1869.
Economy, Retrenchment, Faithful Collection
et the Revenue and Payment of the Public
CIRCULATION OVER 5,0001
REPUBLICAN STATE NOMINATIONS
GEN. JOHN W. GEAItY.
For Judge of the Supreme Court,
HON. HENRY W. WILLIAMS,
OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY
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Address, RAUCH it COCHRAN,
REPUBLICAN PRIMARY ELECTION.
The Republican voters of the several elec
tion districts of Lancaster county are requested
to meet at the places where the last primary
meetings were held, on Saturday, Muy 29th,
11$9,(except in the districts hereina ft er
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28TH, 1869,
andhold primary elections,subject to the rules
adopted by the Republiean County Commit
tee, to settle candidates, to wit :
Two persons to serve for State Senator.
Fotlß persons for Assembly.
ONE person for County Treasurer.
ONE person for Sheri,
ONZ person Jo? Register.
ONE person for Prothonotary. .
Wiz person for Clerk of Quarter AS'essions.
ONE person for Clerk of Orphans' Court.
ONE person for County Commissioner.
Two persons for Prison Inspectors.
Two persons for Directors of Poor.
ONE person for Coroner.
The election in West Cocalico township will
be held at William F. Stuber's Saloon.
In Millersville, at Emanuel Wertz's Hotel.
In Ephrata, at R. W. Hahn's Hotel.
In Manor (new), at J. M. Breneman's Ho
In Sadsbury, at J. P. Knight's Hotel.
In Lancaster City-sth Ward, at Philip
Wall's Hotel. 6th Wa,rd, at Geo. Spong's Sa
The polls will open at 3 o'clock and closeat
o'oloek, p. m.
BY order of the Conuty Committee,
MARTIN B. FRY, Chairman.
Tickets and Poll Ilooke will be ready for de
livery to the Members of the County Commit
tee on and after MONDAY, AUGUST 23d.
MAJATIN S. FRY.
TO NEW SUBSCRIBERS.
Although we printed a large extra edi
tion of FATUER ,A.lll.lkyA3l. last week, in
order to furnish back numbers, the rush
was so great that the edition was exhaust
ed before Saturday night. We cannot,
therefore, supply the No. of August 6th;
but to such as do not receive it, we will
send the No. of October. 22—the second
No. after the election. We print a large
extra edition this week, and we hope to be
able to supply all subscribers hereafter
with this number.
sr We ask our friends and patrons in
other localities, to bear with us a little
longer. In about two weeks we shall de
vote ourselves entirely to the general po
litical situation.. But, before we can be
in a condition to give 7000 majority for
Geary in the Old Guard, the local Thug
ring which we are fighting must be broken,
and then we will be able to bring the hon
est and well tried Republican veterans to
the polls. We can serve the cause in gen
eral no better than by the earnest effort
now being made to . purge us of the cor
rupt local influence to which we refer. It
is a matter of great importance that we
give our entire party majority in this
It it not worth while to send com
munications for insertion in FATHER
ABRAHAM unless a responsible name ac
OUR POMITIOJ AND OUR AIM.
Some considerable fluttering has occur
red in political circles, since the publi
cation of the last number of FATHER
ABRAHAM. The plain exposure of the
corrupt practices of those who were placed
in important positions of public trust,
and the promise of further developments,
has caused the parties implicated to feel
the power of the press when used in the
advocacy of the interests of the people.
When we commenced the publication of
this paper, we determined to pursue such
a course as would commend it to the con
fidence and support of the people. We
determined to expose and denounce fraud,
corruption, and extravagance, whether
found in high places or low,—to advocate
economy in the expenditures of the public
money, to defend and maintain the
interests of the people, and give due credit
and encourgement to such of our public
officers as might deserve it, by pursuing
an honest, straight-forward, and inde
pendent course in the discharge of their
duties, and to defend them whenever they
were assailed by a corrupt combination.
On the other hand, we determined to ex
pose to the public gaze any dereliction of
duty on the part of those who have been
placed in honorable and responsible po
sitions by the people. We have endeavor
ed to do this, thus far, to the best of our
ability ; and our numerous patrons (and
they are increasing daily,) we feel assured,
are satisfied with our course. We
shall continue on in the work, and " fight
it out on this line." We shall not abate
one " jot or tittle" from the line marked
out, and when the time conies—if it ever
does come—that we cannot publish such
a paper as indicated above, we shall quit
the business, and turn our attention to
some other honest employment.
We have no personal interests to promote,
except to make an honest living ; we have
no special interest in the success or defeat
of any individual ; we do desire to dis
charge our duty to the people and the Re
publican party, and we shall de so, ac
cording to the best lights we have, with
out "fear, favor, or affection," and no
silly cry of "injuring the party" or our-
Selves, shall deter us from pursuing the
course we have laid out.
Copperheads call for a refOrm iu the
management of the financial affairs of the
State and Federal government. Under
Republican management the state debt has
been largely reduced and the taxes upon
real estate abolished, while in the first five
months of Grant's administration $43,000-
000 of the national debt has been made off
and the Internal Revenue taxes reduced
at the same time. What reform do cop
perheads want? Under copperhead rule
in Pennsylvania the debt and taxes con
tinually increased for years, until the debt
exceeded $40,000,000, and every foot of
land in the Commonwealth was taxed.
Under a copperhead administration the
national treasury was completely bank
rupted in the time of peace, before the war.
Which do the people like better, Copper
head or Republican management? If they
prefer increase of debt and taxes, let them
vote for Copperhead candidates. If they
desire to continue paying off debts both
State and Federal, and the abolition of
taxes, let them vote for a continuance of
The affidavit of Mr. Ilyus, in another
column, in reply to the card of Mr. Arm
strong, published in the _Express last week,
does not clear anybody's skirts on "the
Ilyus grab." It only proves that all we
have said about it is true. Ilyus got money
from the State Treasury he never earned,
and Stehman arid Armstrong helped kim
to it. We are disposed to think that they
are equally guilty, only the " Oily Gam
mon', of Pcnn-twp. was cunning enough
to cover up his track!' for a time. Let
them settle it—" it is not our funeral.”
GEN. ROSECRANS DECLINES!
Gcu. Rosecrane telegraphs from San Fra
ncisco declining the Copperhead nomina
tion for Governor of Ohio. This Is just
what was expected from this gallant hero
who so bitterly denounced the Copperheads
during the war. He gives as his reason
that he is no resident of that State, and is
doubtless surprised that they should select
a " carpet-bagger " for their standard
bearer. This leaves the Ohio rebels and
cops in rather a bad way. Poor fellows,
we pity them muchly I The Republicans
of the Buck Eye State willgive them a ter
rible rebuke in the fall.
Some people are very uneasy jubt now
about demoralizing the Republican party
in this county, in such a way as to " bring
it into discredit in other parts of the
State." This is cool, in this warm weather;
especially from people who are sometimes
Thug and sometimes not—" sometimes
pig and sometimes puppyl”
TEMPORARY EDITORIAL CIIA.WOR : We
learn that the editorial columns of the In
quirer are to be under the control of R. J.
Houston, esq., during the absence of Mr.
Griest, who is traveling the county in the
interest of his candidate for Senator, Joseph
D. Pownall, esq. It is supposed a " ring"
is about being formed, the "head centre"
of which will be Mr. Pownall.
THlJOilffitY NO. 2-LEGOILATITE
Last week, under the head of " Thug
gery number one," we referred only to
the original George Brubaker branch of
the political family of innocents, common
ly called Thugs. To-clay we have a little
story to tell about the Slokom, Greist .it
Co. branch of the same party.
Oue year ago those now constituting
these two branches were a unit. Since
then they have been very seriously dis
turbed and unable to agree in the division
of the spoils. Indications now are that
they will use themselves up on the 28th
inst., as eilbetually and entirely as did the
Kilkenny cats. How they came 4o fall
out among themselves, will be readily
derstood on reading the following interest
ing and somewhat amusing little commer
After the election last fall, a prominent
candidate for United States Senator, he
being a lousiness man of considerable
sagacity and well-earned reputation, went
after votes, and well knowing the kind of
argument needed to get them, he came to
Lancaster and made diligent enquiry as
to the real status of the chosen Represen
tatives of this county, and very soon, and
very naturally too, he found himself in the
presence of the head functionaries of the
Thug ring, and at once proceeded to busi
ness. After fatly discussing the cash
value of the stock, the parties agreed, and
three of the four Representatives were
bought from Slokom, Greist & Co., for
the sum of $3,500 each, making $10,500,
and the further sum of $3,000 as commis
sion or brokerage for the family of Thugs,
making a total of $13,500, for which sum
the Senatorial candidate gave his check,
which passed into the hands of Mr. Slo
kom, and the names of the three Repre
sentatives thus bought and paid for were
entered on his list, and he considered him
self just three dots nearer the Senatorship
than he was before lie came to Lancaster.
At the proper time the parties appeared
in Harrisburg, and " setting up" was
going on among several candidates for
Senator and State Treasurer. Unfortu
nately for the gentleman who had invested
so liberally in Lancaster County stock,
the principal Harrisburg financier was on
hand, representing other Senatorial in
terests, who, being provided with a much
larger pile of stamps, was enabled to "go
better," and thus became the centre of
attraction, and the first party referred to
soon saw that he couldn't make it, where
upon he and the said Harrisburg financier
met and agreed, the former to assign, set
over and transfer all his right title and in
terest in the Representatives he had bought
up in various localities, for which the
latter would pay him first cost, cash down.
Next followed a show of hands—the ex
candidate handing over to the financier his
invokes. The latter looked at it, when
his eagle-eye at once lit on the Lancaster
County item, which he pronounced a bare
faced and villainous fraud! He denied
the right of any man or set of men to sell
said members, as he himself claimed
original and unquestionable proprietorship,
by reason of having met the expense at
tending their nomination, amounting to
the sum of two thousand dollars. There
fore he would agree to no such transaction
as buying in his omen goods and (*antes !
Strongly suspecting that his investment
was a bad one, the ex-candidate at once
directed his attention to his check, but
too late! The cash had been drawn by the
Thug-ring brokers, whose style of bus
iness it is never to refund. Whether the
unfortunate victim ever got his money
back, or was ,made " whole,” or partly so,
by the Financier of Harrisburg, we are
unable to state. Of course, the latter
kept a sharp eye on his stock, so as to
keep it from being stolen a second time,
and at the proper time lie used it to good
advantage in the election of his own can
didates for Senator and State Treasurer.
We now retttrn to old Lancaster.
Thirteen thousand five hundred dollars
made by tl.e Ring in this single transac
tions was not to be sneezedat. Probably
because the sale or transfer wasn't a legal
one, by reason e4' having had really no
right to sell that which 'rightfully belong
ed to the 'Harrisburg operator, as
and looking upon it as a mere side job by
a little ring within the ring of Thugs,. the
holders of the cash concluded to do with it
as they pleased. George was ruled out
entirely, and received nothing. ilow the
matter was arranged between the con
tracting parties, Slokom,Greist & Co., and
the members, is best known to themselves.
But George wouldn't give it up so. He
claimed a lien on this stock of Represen-
tati'es of $2500, and as his own partners
in Thuggery "went back on him," and
refused to divide, ho put
. in his claim_ on
the Representatives direct, by demanding
from each one his share of said amount--
six hundred and twenty-five dollars—
which was also repudiated, at least by
Rome of them.
Further than this we are unable to
furnish the history of this particular trans
action. We have stated enough, however,
to enable the reader to understand the re
lation of the two branches of the original
Thug family towards each other at this
As already stated, and as is well known,
George Brubaker supports, for Senator,
John M. Stehman, and fur Representa
tives, Dr. Gatehell, of pasting and folamg
notoriety, and John E. Wiley, of Conoy,
and opposes the re-nomination of Messrs.
Peters and Summy. Messrs. Greist,
Slokom & Co. are known to support
Joseph D. Pownall, of Sadsbuay, for
Senator. Who they will support for
Assembly is not fully developed.
We do not believe that George
Brubaker cares much for any one
but Stehman for Senator and know he
will endeavor to run him along with dif
ferent candidates, as his interests in the
various localities may suggest. And so
also with the other branch of the broken
ring—they will make their principal effort
on Pownall, and against Stehman. Both
factions, probably, will, as far as possible,
vote their candidates alone, so as to lessen
the risk of being beaten by any one they
may vote for incidentally. And so, also,
perhaps, for Representatives, as it is not
yet known that either party has a full set
running as their own candidates. Each
may be acting according to the maxim of
Henry Clay who once said " half a loaf
is better than no bread."
We might just now name quite a num
ber of ring candidates for the various offi
ces, but as there is yet plenty of time, we
prefer to wait sb as to assure entire accu
racy, and do injustice to no one.
HOW DINOCFST 2
The Examiner says that the story that
five thousand dollars has been sent to this
county to secure the nomination of John
Stehman is a " villainous fabrication."
Where does the immaculate Jack get his
information from? Is he in the Treasury
ring at Harrisburg? Does he know what
his "fellers" are doing up there? It
will take something else than mere asser
tion on the part of the Examiner to con
vince the people that there is nothing
in the report, especially when it is known
that the State Treasurer threatened weeks
ago, in Pittsburg, to do that very thing.
Another reason why pelsple will believe it
is, that last year money was sent from
Harrisburg to secure the nomination of
the " Thug" and "Ring" candidates for
the Legislature, and if Madame Rumor is
not a lying jade, Jack knows all about
that transaction. As for being "taken for
grass and being eaten up by cows," the Ex
aminer will find shortly that the people
are not that kind of stuff, as he supposes,
and he cannot " poo-pooh" things down
in that sort of way. Ire tried it on in the
pasting and folding question, and has got
some of "our fellers" into a bad snap
about this time. The truth is, Jack is for
Stehman, but don't want anybody but his
" fellers" to know it.
Query: Is the Recortintr the official
organ of the State Treasurer?
,t FEW QUESTIONS.
Prominent Democrats assert that though
Asa Packer is a very rich man, that fact
is not su flicient to infuse new life into the
party. People are asking, too, how he
.used his vaet wealth during the rebellion.
lle gave half a million dollars to the Le
high University, but
How much has Asa Packer given to
ward the support of the Union soldiers?
How much toward the Sanitary and
How mach to the soldiers' widows and
how much did he take of the various
war loans of the Government?
Does he now hold the bonds for such
subscriptions? If so,
Is he not a " bloated bondholder?"
These are some of the questions we see
thrust at Mr. Packer's political friends.
Whitt answer will our Lancaster organs
make to these pertinent questions?
No oue, we conclude, doubted that Sen•
ter for Governor, and a sympathising Le
gislature, would be elected in Tennessee.
The majority does not much matter. It
will be large enough, soMewhere between
twenty-live and fifty thousand. We shall
not undertake to fathom the mysteries of
Tennessee politics. If it is said that An
drew Johnson and ”,unrepeutant rebels"
rejoice over Stoke's defeat and Setter's
election, we have it to say that Brownlow,
and many others like him, supported Sea
ter, while Horace Maynard, and others
like him, stood aloof from the contest.
Which was the better Republican, Stokes
or Seater, was a matter of dispute between
those gentlemen and their friends all
through the canvass. The administration
has the earnest support of both factions.
How much reason the Andrew Johnson
people had for desiring Setter's success
will be determined by what will follow.
BEHIND THE TIMES.
A York county correspondent thinks
FATHER ABRAHAM is " injuring the
party" by showing up the legislative
" roosters" and " pinchers, " who are can
didates tor nomination in this county.
That is exactly the opinion of the afore
skid " roosters" and "pinchers," but we
"don't see it" in that light, neither does the
honest people of the " Old Guard." The
large number of subscribers we ate adding
to our list daily, is a proof of this. Our
York county friend don't know what he
is talking about, and is behind the times.
The Republican party must vindicate
itself by repudiating these political bum
mers, or it will meet with a crushing and
deserved defeat. We shall pursue the
con The laid out for ourselves, and thus
contribute our share towards preventing
so unfortunate a calamity.
LET THE TRUTH BE KNOWN
The FATHER ABRAHAM says Judge
Packer voted for Breckinridge at the
Charleston Convention in 1860. We
think the rail-splitter is decidedly incor
rect in his statement. Let him investi
gate the fact, and he will find that Judge
Packer voted for Stephen A. Douglas,
whose election would have prevented years
of blood and misery.—Reading Eagle.
FATHER ABRAHAM happens to be well
posted in regard to the political record of
Judge Packer. At the time of the Charles
ton Convention, the esnior editor of FATH
ER ABRAHAM resided at Mauch Chunk,
and published the Gazette, the office of
which was in Packer's own building, on
the corner of .Susquehanna street and
Broadway. When the news came to
Mauch Chunk,whilst the Convention was
yet in session, that Judge Packer had
taken a decided stand for and with Jeff
Davis and-Breckinridge, and against Doug
las, he was openly and bitterly denounced
by William R. Otis, A. G. Broadhead,
Jack Taylor, and the other real and pro
fessing friends of Douglas in Mauch
Chunk. And when, after Douglas had
received the required majority of two
thirds, and became the regular democratic
nominee for President, Mr. Asa Packer
bolted the nomination, and
.joined the seces
sionists, and afterwards, at Baltimore, par
ticipated in the nomination and voted for
John C. Breckinridge as the secession can
didate for President, he was yet more
severely denounced by a majority of the
democrats of Carbon county. And after
his retu ru home, in conversation with the
writer of this article, Judge Packer open
ly and unconditionally denounced Doug
las as a demagogue, and expressed his
purpose to support Breckinridge, regard
less of consequences. Very soon, two of
the gentlemen named—Messrs. Broad
head and Taylor--changed from Douglas to
Breckinridge, whilst Win. R. Otis, also a
leading local politician of Mauch Chunk,
remained firm. The Carbon Democrat,
also, yielded to Packer, and changed from
Douglas to Breckinridge.
Neither .Judge Packer nor any one of
his home friends will deny a word we
have stated in regard to his bolt from the
Charleston Convention, and his open iden
tification with the avowed secessionists of
the cotton States. Nor will they deny
that in 185,5 he bolted the nomination of
Hon. George R. Barrett the regular Demo
cratic candidate for President Judge of
the Court of the Carbon District, and his
support of Bell, the independent Know
The re-election of Mr. Billingfelt to the
State Senate is regarded as a question of
greater than mere local importance. lion
est men everywhere throughout the State
take a deep interest in the matter. The
Philadelphia Press, in speaking of the
fact that Mr. B. has consented to become
a candidate for re-nomination, says :
" This will be good news to the people,
who have watched the upright and inde
pendent course of Mr. Billingfelt in the
Legislature, and who are anxious to see
that body redeemed from the vices that
have so often disgraced it. As a general
thing, the nominations for this year are
better than usual ; but the loss of a manly
and outspoken patriot like Billingfelt
would be felt everywhere throughout the
State. We hope,.therefore, that he will
be eagerly re-nominated by the sturdy Re
publicans of Lancaster. Their candidates
are selected by the popular vote, on the
Crawford County system,' and we look
for a heavy majority for Billingfelt. Never
a favorite with ' rings' or mere politicians,
he is esteemed and honored by the people,
who know his worth and honor his integ
rity. If they are awake his renomination
The Pittsburg Coiiim,ertial has the fol
"Senator Billingfelt has consented to
become a candidate for re-nomination from
Lancaster ; and to defeat his nomination
efforts have been systematically planned
by the rings, to whom he has ever been a
steadfast opponent. He is, however, a
favorite with those who admire personal
integrity and official fidelity awl intelli
We clip the following from the Phila
delphia Sunday Republic.
" FAthiat ABRAHAM says that it is
reported that $5,000 have been sent into
Lancaster county from Harrisburg to de
feat Senator 'l3illingtelt. We trust this
reportia—not. true ; tett if true, the man
who would dare to use money to defeat
one' f the most hbncirable and conscien
tious of legislature Will LSAT •0. 4 100.1ful ac
count VI • • thenntire
State, f itiltested
in set ' •
; f 77 , tax
payers - 4 • " • It."
. 1000VOIMi4id .
Other EX** of * . .exacter
appear in Aber MUSS itigetted. locali
ties, but our spew fortklitiik, libeir publi
WON'T OWN HIS.
The Matta Chunk Gam* 'protests
against the 'Atha of Aeo *KIM to be
considered. al II 010611111411( Carbon county.
It says that helms koala liatao. end that
most of his money warn made is that region,
but two years ale he rimmed hhi resi
dence to the Sl.X.th Ward of Philadelphia,
in order to escape local taxation. It was
only by legal proems that the County
Commissioners and Borough authorities
succeeded in collecting the taxes-that bad
been assessed before be moved. From this
refusal to pay taxes in that county, the
Gazette insists he has no right to claim an
abode there. It is an old saying that.men
grow meaner as they grow richer. If that
be true, it is not wonderful to hear such
accounts of the owner of twenty millions.
igarWe again advise parties remitting
money to us for subscriptions, &c., to send
the same by checks, money orders or
THINGS IN PHILADELPHIA
The Great Fire—Another Murder—Parades and
Pic-nits—The new Temperance ticket—Repu
diation, ((T., &c.
PHILADELPHIA. August 11, 1569
DEAR ABE : We have had considerable ex
citement during the past week, notwithstand
ing things have been remarkably dull during
all the summer months. The great fire at
Front and Lombard streets, and a murder
case in one week, are indeed a rarity in these
On Weduesthty evening last the immense
structureion:Frout street, extending from Lom
bard very nearly up to Pine, suddenly gave
way, on the Lombard street aide, and in a
very short time afterwards the building was
discovered to he on fire. The structure was
used as a warehouse for storing whisky, and
at the time contained upwards of thirty thou
sand barrels of the liquid, which, taking fire,
caused an immense conflagration, the like of
which has never been seen in our city before.
All night long the flames raged, and it was by
the utmost exertions of the firemen that the
buildings on the opposite side of the street
were saved. As it was many of the houses in
the neighborhood were more or less damaged
by tire and water. The cost to erect this
warehouse was $500,000, and there was a per
petual insurance thereon of $2,500,000. The
loss by fire far exceeds the great conflagration
of 1850, though there were three hundred
buildings destroyed then, which were estimated
to be worth nearly two millions dollars. whilst.
the total loss by the late fire will be about five
millions and by many estimated even higher l
On Thursday of last week, Francis Wykoff
and Henry Carr, two journeymen barbers, got
into a dispute over the sale of a looking-glass
at a barber's shop at Fifteenth and Shippen
streets. Wykoff challenged Carr to settle the
dispute according to the revised rules of the
P. R., but the latterf fearing he might get the
worst of the bargain thereby, decided to settle
the matter in his own peculiar way, and lie did
so by adopting the very novel method of throw
ing a huge butcher knife at his adversary,
probably endeavoring to try his hand at the
Chinese impaling feat. The knife unfortunate
ly lodged in the left breast of Wykoff, and he
died shortly after. Carr made his escape but
was caught on Saturday night, and committed.
The cold weather of the last few days caused
a grand rush from the country and seaside.
Both Cape Lay and Atlantic City have been
decided failures this year, notwithstanding
newspapers and correspondents did their best
to make believe that the season was an extra
ordinarily lively one at the seashore. Money
not being so plentiful this year as upon former
occasions, is the cause.
On Monday and Tuesday our Teutonic friends
were enjoying themselves. Monday the bakers
were out in great force, and after a street pa
rade in uniform, went to one of the retreats and
enjoyed themselves. On Tuesday the Beer
Brewers paraded with hands, flags and decora
tions, and made quite a handsome display.
Have you heard of the Temperance move in
our city? Some time last week thirty-eight
prohibitionists assembled in Concert Hall, and
after organizing the Convention (?), nominat
ed itself for the various city offices, and they
now ask aIL who favor Reform" to support,
their ticket. I need not tell you that this is a
democratic dodge, and that everybody fully
understands the game, so that the vote cast for
the " Reform" ticket will be very light indeed.
Already Trinity Temple of Honor, a temper
ance organization, repudiates the reformers,
and I have authority for saying that nearly all
the temperance societies throughout the city
will follow the lead of Trinity Temple.
The Republic, of last Sunday, speaking of
the report that money'has been sent into your
county to defeat Senator Billingfelt, pays a
high compliment to your Senator, and the peo
ple should not fail to return him to the State
Senate, more especially as he has a reputation
throughout the entire State of being among
the very few members of the Legislature who
had the interests of the State at heart.
Messrs. Editors: Some years ago, Mr. John
M. Stehman, a member of the House of Repre
sentatives from Lancaster county, was in
structed by his constituents to vote against the
Sunbury and Erie Rail Road bill. In viola
tion of both his pledge and his instructions,
he voted for it and the bill passed. The Lan
caster Express charged that he had been bribed .
Mr. Stehman prosecuted the editor for libel ;
but shortly after the election, when Stehman
was defeated, the prosecution was withdrawn,
and the costs paid by Mr. Stehman's Attor
ney, Mr. George Brubaker, without apology
or retraction from the editor. On this state
ment of facts, I would like both Mr. Stehman
and Mr. Brubaker to take the witness stand,
and answer, without evasion or reservation,
the following questions, in a clear, distinct
and specific manner:
1. Was this Mr. Jno. M. Stehman, the same
Mr. John M. Stehman who !snow a candidate
for the State Senate?
2. If so, why was the prosecution with
drawn Mid mete paid, without apology or re
traction by the editor ?
3. Were the charges made by the editor
true or false?
4. Was not P4r. George Brubaker the Attor
ney of Mr. Stehman, and did be not withdraw
the prosecution and„pay the costs?
5. Did .ot aid not Mt. Brubaker urge and
encourage Mr. lite/mm to vote for this bill ?
6. Did not Mr. Brubaker bore other mem
bers for the passage of the bill, and was he
not pecuniari4 rewarded for its passage ?
7. Did any member from Lancaster county
receive any reward or compensation fOr his
Tote ; if so, please state from whom and how
much? A. VOTER.
ILMMMaliii. EDITOR/1 : wish I was a pilot.
It In such a nice taus to be pilot. You know
a pilot is a genius;a man e function ; a man
of importance whom all love to honor ; whose
office or duty it is to steer ships along a coast
or into and out of a harbor or a bay ; to steer
rafts, or arks, saw-logs or pipe canoes where
navigation is denim/ea, as in Stahl's ripples,
Turkey-hill, Hog-hole or Spinning-wheel, and
other terrible plume on the raging and tumul
tuous Susquehanna. A pilot is a guide ; a
director of the course of another person ; a
leader ; a man who knawssomething and per
haps a little more than other men ; who can
direct the steps of his fellow man as a finger
board on the highway ; an index of all that is
great, good and noble, and wlpo can see &little
farther into a mill-stone than any other man.
For such a superior animal I always have the
highest veneration, and lie awake of nights
wondering why lam not a pilot. Hence, I
conclude, that a pilot is no common man ; be
must be born a pilot, and cannot be made out
of the common elbments.
Education is here at fault ; for it is clear you
cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear,
any more thanyou can make a pilot by edu
cation. I, therefore, give it up. I cannot be
a pilot, as my soaring, towering, heart-aching
ambition would lead me to be. For behold
the magnificence of the position. Often, in
my fancy have I beheld myself as in a mirror
on a glowing raft of loge, wildly galloping
through the lofty foam-clad billows of the
briny deep, in the bounding 'chute below Co
lumbia where in the greeld cataract, as in Ni
agara, life Is made tb bang upon a single at
tenuated thread, upon.* mare dip of the oar.
But I must commit manslaughter upon my
ambition and surrender all hope of earthly
and immortal honors.