Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.) 1864-1928, December 02, 1880, Image 2

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Lancaster intelligencer.
The Treasurer's Acceant.
The finance committee of councils
seem te be unanimously at issue with
the city treasurer en the question of the
correctness of his account. This una
nimity of the committee would carry with
it! a supposition that the committee was
right, hut for the fact that a little while
age they presented another report en the
same subject which they new admit te
have been wrong. The statement they
make of their difference with the treas
urer is net sufficiently full te let the peo
ple clearly see the matter at issue. They
report apparently a deficiency in the
treasurers accounts of some seventeen
hundred dollars and create the im
pression that he has been found
te have really received that much
money with which he has net charg
ed himself, and they ask that the city
solicitor be instructed te collect this sum.
A careful examination of the report,
however, shows that a part at least of
the alleged deficiency consists of moneys
which have nel been collected by the
treasurer, but for which the committee
say that the law makes him liable by
reason of his net having reported by a
certain time the fact that they had net
been paid te him.
What the law may b in this regard
we de net knew ; but we de knew that
the citizens of Lancaster de net desire
that moneys which their treasurer has
net received should be collected from
him. If the law requires him 10 notify
the fact of non-payment, and he has net
done se, it is right that the law officer of
the city should be asked te compel him
' te de his duty, but he ought hardly te be
held responsible, for such a neglect,
for the payments of taxes which he did
net get and which it was net his duty te
collect, unless they were offered te him.
We judge from the report of the finance
committee that the real grievance it has
against the city treasurer is that he
will net exhibit his bank account. By
the questions which they report that
they put te $. they seem te believe
that he docs net have en deposit
in any bank the sum of money
which he acknowledges that he
.ewes the city. And no doubt
that suspicion is justified. There is no
doubt either that the city's interests
demand that the city treasurer should
keep the city moneys separate from his
own and en deposit in a reliable bank.
But the city has net se provided. It has
elected a treasurer whom it has required
te give it bail in an amount fixed by it;
and it has net provided where he should
keep its moneys. It has therefore no
right te demand that the treasurer shall
inform it where its moneys are. When
he correctly reports the amount due by
him te it, he has reported all that can be
demanded from him. They must be sat
isfied with tiie knowledge that his bail is
geed and responsible.
We agree that this is net a sufficient
satisfaction, since no man can be full'
trusted, and bail have very slippery ways
of getting out of their responsibility when
they are caught, and the law's delays in
I'.elding them are very annoying and ex
pansive. Tin city councils would de
well at the first opportunity te enact
that the treasurer shall at all times keep
the balance due the city en deposit in
bmk te thecity's credit. Theu its finance
committee may demand te see the
treasurers bank book and satisfy itself
that the city's moneys are within its
grasp. But there is no need te charge
the treasurer with money he did net get, the committee is net sure that
it will get. when it has a right te call for
it. the lMiiiiey he did collect.
Steam Flogging.
Mr. Henry Bergh has net lest all his
geed .-ense in "lis lifetime of devotion te
the interests of the brute creation. One
often has occasion te think, in hearing of
his proceedings, that he permits his sym
pathy for dumb animals and his entliusi
:isni in his life work te cloud the intelli
gence of his endeavors and te force him
ever the line which common sense sets
up against his definition of cruelty te an
imals. Manifestly Mr. Bergh has no
sentimental feeling which keeps him
from desiring te inllict pain en man
wJipu man deserves it, and he shows
plenty of vigorous geed sense in discuss
ing the subiecl of the proper punishment
of criminals. His preference for whip
ping is one which we decidedly entertain,
awl which is growing daily in popular
favor", owing te its obvious and positive
advantages' There is nothing urged
against it save that it would have a ten
dency te lower the self-respect of the
criminal sufferer. But, as Mr. Bergh
aptly remarks, the self-respect of the
professional criminal is net of a kind
that is entitled te consideration. There
is nothing of it te save.
There is no doubt a prejudice againt
flogging which has come down from the
days when it was the punishment of
sailors and slaves, for every sort of
offense; it then grew into deserved dis
repute : for it is net te be disputed that
it is a degrading punishment and one net
te be indicted lint for a crime that has
;;hewn already the degradation of the
criminal. There has grown up in this
ceuiliyy t great class of professional
criminal' or every degree ; and certainly,
te men who make a business of crime,
the lash would, be a fitting retribution.
They are deliberately" evil and arc net
entitled te the cnnsid3f3tieii properly
extended te the impulsive violator of
the law.
Mr. Bergh Y. head is level also ou the
method of administering the punish
ment ; one great objection te which is
the practical difficulty of executing it,
decently and with equal justice te all.
Mr. Bergh asks for the invention of a
machine that will work by steam power,
and no doubt ibis will come with the
necessity for it; just as that neat
instrument of quick dispatch, the guil
lotine, came when it was wanted for
wholesale beheading. There is no dif
ficulty in imagining a proper steam Heg
gin It might fellow the guillotine
ilea ; orreight be put up in the style of
a sausage stutter, intef'which the crim
inals could be rapidly fetl at one end of
the tubs and be dropped out adequately
dogged at the ether. We have no fear but
that when dogging comes into fashion
plenty of humanitarians will place at the
service of the state, free of charge, most
excellent devices te polish off the guilty
with neatness and dispatch. Let it come.
A. grand reception will be giveu General
Grant upon his arrival in Washington
December 13.
Mr. Ctrcs H. McCekmick has given
another large sum 8100,000 te the Chi
cago theological seminary.
Cardinal JIcCleskev expects te visit
Charleston and ether cities in the Seuth
within the next few months.
"It is proposed in Clearfield county,'
says the Wellsboro Agitator, "te put Sen Sen
aeor Wallace at the head of a railroad
Senater Lamar, of Mississippi, is in very
feeble health, and it is regarded as possible
thar he will never be able te leave his
home or take his scat in the United States
Hayes it said te be troubled by the
question as te whether or net he shall put
his message in print. He fears that if he
should give the message te the printer the
newspapers will get heid of it in advance
of its delivery.
Abraham Lincoln's old home at Spring
field is reported by the Sangamon, Illinois
Monitor te ba "a calaboese for vagrants."
The building was vacated by a bearding
housekeeper recently and since then
tramps hhavc found lodging therein.
Jami;s Clei'iiane, au old and well
known printer of Washington, died yester
day in that city, at the age of GO years.
He was a Scotchman by birth, and assisted
as a compositor in the setting up of the
Waverley novels. His cennec tien with
Washington journalism extended ever a
period of fifty years.
A new Democratic paper, for which, it
is said 150,000 has been pledged, is te be
started in Brooklyn, New Yerk.
Gen. X. P. Banks lectured iu Chickcr
iug hall, New Yerk, last evening, en "The
American Volunteer." Rev. Dr. Morgan
Dix, presided. General Grant was seated
en the platform, and made a brief address
after the lecture, referring te the services
rendered by the volunteer system of the
Teun T. Crawford, an eccentric man,
who died in Cincinnati about fortnight
age, left an estate for the building of a
home for aged colored men. The will di
rects that the home shall be built en a
trit of 1812 acres en College hill, but it
caunet be probated, as one of the witnesses
is dead, and the ether, Jehn K. French, is
a soldier in the regular army somewhere
in the West. The property is variously
estimated is worth from $.10,000 te $100,
000: Tnes. J. Brady, second assistant post
master general, has purchased the control
ling shares of the National llepuhhcan of
Washington, and will assume full editorial
and business control en the 1st of January.
Mr. Clapp, who has controlled the paper
for several years, retires. The paper has
been in a precarious condition for some
time, and Mr. Clapp has grown weary of
the responsibility. Mr. Brady is expected
te speak with a geed deal of authority for
the Garfield administration.
An Indiana congressman is of the opin
ion that Harrison's chances for the United
States Senate arc net really se geed as
they appear en the face ; that there is a
strong combination of all the ether contes
tants, moved by the common purpose of
" anything te beat Harrison." This com
bination leans towards Orth, the strongest
man iu the field. Orth's friends attribute
his withdrawal from the gubernatorial tick
et te Harrison and will strain every point
inside party lines te defeat the latter.
A temperature of 7C degrees iu the shade
was experienced in New Orleans yester
day. A tire in Durham, North Carolina, de
stroyed eight stores and factories and
several ether buildings, causing a less of
about $40,000.
The steamer State of .Pennsylvania,
which arrived at Glasgow from New Yerk,
lest her boatswain overboard en the pas
sage. The receipts of hogs at Chicago during
November, were 1,104,000 head, a larger
number than were ever received in one
mouth at any market.
Shcre Ali, who governed Candahar under
the British throughout the war, has ob
tained the viceroy's permission te retire te
India, with his family.
Frem some unknown cause the train due
at Leck pert, N. Y., about 8 o'clock, yes
terday morning ou the New Yerk Central
read jumped tliree miles west of the city.
Three persons were injured. The track
was obstructed for some time.
The secretary of the interior issued an
order, yesterday, providing for an addi
tional 50 Indian pupils te be educated at
the Hampton, Virginia, cchoel, and an ad
ditional 100 te be educated at the indus
trial school at Ferest Greve, Oregon.
The electieu commissioners of Warren
county, Mississippi (Gen. Chalmers is dis
trict), charged with violation of the elec
tion laws, were acquitted yesterday by
direction of Judge Hill, of the United
States court.
At a meeting of the Louisville &
Nashville railroad directors iu New Yerk
yesterday, Mr. H. Victer Newcomb ten
dered his resignation. In his letter of
withdrawal from the position of president
Mr. Newcomb recommends the extension
of the Memphis division into Arkansas
and asks the beard te complete the Knox
ville branch at once.
All the mail trains due in New Yeik
yesterday mrruiug were behind lirne, en
account of the snow. The snow-fall in
New England was especially heavy. In
New Hampshire six inches fell, and the
reads were obstructed drifts. A furious
northeast snow storm prevailed along the
Hudsen river yesterday, the depth at Ren-
deni being eight inches. It was believed
this sterRt would end river navigation be
tween CatskHI, uuasen anu nonueut.
Casting ttft Klecteral Vete.
The electoral colleges of the different
r.tatcs met yesterday, and cast their votes
for president and vice president according
te their political complexion. There was
no meeting of the electors of Georgia, ow
ing te the state law which provides that
the meeting of the electors shall take place
en the Wednesday following the first Mon
day in December, instead of the first Wed
ncsday in December, as ordered by the
United 'States statute. It is clahnsd by
Republican lawyers and officials in Atlanta
that the electors hate no right te meet and
vote next Wednesday, and say therefore
Georgia's electoral vote may net be counted
for Hancock and English.
He Entirely UpaeUa Frixra Reform Confer
ence by Suggesting Whipping
Scamps by Steam.
Carrying nis Audience With Uim Applause
ter- lilts urmiur nnu v vry ajiuit?
Meney fur. the Cause.
A meeting was held in Cooper institute,
New Yerk, en Tuesday eveuing, under
the direction of "The Gilbert Library and
Prisoners' Aid society," te further prison
reform measures and projects tending te a
diminution of crime. The attendance was
net large, and the Rev. G. W. Slackie,
chaplain of the beard of managers of the
society, in calling the meeting te order,
said he could net account for the fact that
of the clergymen announced te speak only
one, the Rev Dr. Armitage, was present.
All the ethers had premised te be there.
Mr. Charles A. Bunting, manager of the
Christian Heme for Intemperate Men, was
made chairman, aud seen afterwards the
Rev. Dr. Gottheil, Mr. Sinclair Teuscy
and Mr. Peter Cooper came m.
Mr. Mackie was the first speaker. He
briefly presented the objects and claims of
the society. It had been organized in Ma)',
1877, and its leading objects were te have
libraries put iu all penal institutions ; te
give incentive te all prisoners te reform ;
te obtain legislation separating young crim
inals from these elder ; te institute even
ing schools in ail penal institutions, and te
help prisoners, alter they arc released, te
obtain employment. Of ever G3.000 crim
inals imprisoned in the United States 40
per cent, were illiterate, winie 43 per cent.
were between twenty erthirty years of age.
These facts showed the necessity of edu
cation. Almest all discharged prisoners
were peer, and they needed a helping hand
te prevent them from again falling into
criminal courses. The work of the society
which has been se well begun by Miss Linda
Gilbert, its founder, had grown te such
proportions thata large permanent endow
ment of nearly a million of dollars was
needed te carry out its objects.
Dr. Armitage said he did net wonder
that se few of the doctors of divinity were
present, because only five minutes were te
be allowed te each speaker. He thought
that mere radical beneficial measures than
the establishment of libraries were neces
sary te accomplish the ends aimed at.
Dr. Gottheil made a plea for fair play
for convicts, and favored the kind aud leni
ent treatment of prisoners. A man disor
dered in his conscience should net be treat
ed like a demon, but should be given a
helping hand te lift him up te a higher
piano than he occupied.
Mr. Henry Bergh was called from the
audience and surprised and electrified all
present by differing radically from the sen
timents expressed by the previous speak
ers, aud vehemently and pungeutly an
nouncing himself in favor of whipping men
into reform. He said : " I had no mere
idea of speaking when I came te this meet
ing te-night than I had of dancing a pas
st-ul (laughter). But yen have called en
me te s;eak and you must take the conse cense
qusr.ces. All I shall say will be in direct
opposition te the sentiments that have
been here expressed. (Sensation.) Ne
man should commit crime. If a man can
not exist among us without committing
murder, kill him ; 'get him out of the way
as seen as possible.' (Great applause.)
What did we recently see in the Tombs ;'
A man who was imprisoned for a most
atrocious murder, whose heart was
as black as his skin ( applause )
was fairly besieged by beautiful
women, who begged the favor of his
autograph, fed him en luxuries, made his
cell a bower of flowers and fruit, aud did
all in their power te maki him imagine
that he was a saint and a here. This
maudlin nonsense should step. (Tumul
tuous applause.) Why, kind-hearted,
honest peer men were starving while this
vile miscreant was being pampered iu
luxury. (Applause.) I have been sire
teen years in the criminal courts looking
after the welfare of what are called the
lower animals, but I have a greater re
spect for them than I ever had before I
had an opportunity of comparing them
with some of the base aud miserable sam
ples of humanity that I have met in theso
courts. Animals never commit such acts
as some of these horrible miscreants com
mit. (Applause.) A great deal has been
said .about special institutions being re
formed. I would abolish all of them except
the higher grade of prisons for the incar
ceration of the worst criminals, and
I would set up whipping pests everywhere
te scourge the miner eifenders. (Great ap
plause and laughter.) And te make sure
that the lash would be put en feelingly, se
that politics could net creep in te help the
offender, I would eiler a prize or reward
for a steam machine that would have no
mercy and could net be bribed. (Ap
plause.) Criminals are pampered iu :uch
a manner and given such comfortable
quarters in the Tombs and en the Island
aud have se much better feed and are se
much better ledged than thousands
of peer working people are, that
they commit all the miner crimes
in order te be sent te these comfortable
public hotels. (Applause.) When will
this nonsense step? (Applause.) We
should have the bastinado here. It is a
charming style of whipping aud makes the
recipient cry out lustily that he will net de
se any mere and he generally keeps his
word. (Laughter and applause.) When
I was iu the East I asked my dragoman if
these men kept their premises net te de se
any mere, aud he looked at me with
almost indescribable surprise, as he re
sponded, "Oh, yes, they always keep
their word : they are quite contented.
(Laughter and applause.) We want a
geed deal of that contentment here.
(Laughter.) The idea of a whipping low
ering a man iu his own estimation is a
farcical euc. Hew much estimation has a
pian for himself when he preys en society '.'
Ne ; a whipping is the best kind of moral
suasion you can give a criminal. (Laugh
ter.) Seme want te take the confirmed
criminal by the hand as seen as he comes
out of prison and de something for him
perhaps give him au office, perhaps scud
him te Congress ; but they should net de
that. Fer mauy bad men are already in
effici). (Laughter and applause.) The
best thing you can de te a man who has
served a term in prison is te get him sent
off where he is net known aud let him try
life anew ; there is no chance ferhim where
he is known, and any attempted reforma
tion based en the supposition that there
is is false and injurious. I have ex
pressed my honest sentiments, and
I hope I will be pardoned by theso
who differ with me." (Great applause.)
Chaplain Mackie immediately came te
the front of the platform and, with a very
red face and iu a tone of great excitement,
cried : 'Yeu cannot reform men by estab
lishing whipping-pest, Yc want te get
some money te-night."
Ileie nearly all the audience rose and be
gan te go out. Mr. Mackie called eat
again : 'We want money te pay for the
hall. Won't some one volunteer te take
up a collection ?" A thin young man took
a Derby hat te go around, but this only
irigiiteiicu the few who bad remained in the
auditerum, and they started for the doers
with the exception of about twenty, some of
whom gave small contributions and when
the hat was handed up te Chaplain Mackie
h face was a perfect study of surprise
and chagrin. Mr. Bergh had upset. .the;
raecimg anegcinsr,
Mrs. Susan Willis, alias Fletcher, was
arrested en beard the steamer Anchoria en
the arrival of that vessel from New Yerk
in the river Clyde en a charge of fraud by
means of alleged ".spiritualism." She and
her husband left Londen two months age
for America. The husband is wanted in
connection with the same fraud, but; he
remains in America,
A Letter te the Beading Stockholders.
Yesterday President Gowen.ef the Read
ing railroad, addressed the following cir
cular letter te the Reading stockholders :
Philadelphia, Nev. 30, 1880.
As I am about te visit Europe en busi
ness for the company, and as it is possible
that I may net return until the first week
of January, I think it proper te call your
attention te the fact that it is highly im
portant that all shareholders who can pos
sibly de se attend the annual meet
ing in Philadelphia en the sec
ond Monday of January. An effort
will undoubtedly be made at the
next election te control the management
of the company in the interest of rival
lines,' and if the effort is successful the
future of the Philadelphia & Reading rail
road company will be little, if any, better
than that of the Philadelphia & Erie rail
road company. It is known that ever 04,
000 shares of the stock of the company
are owned and held in the interest of this
adverse movement ; but as ever 31,000 of
such shares have beeu transferred en the
books of the company tee late te entitle
the holder te vete at the January election,
the real adverse holding is but "4,000
If preper attention is given te the elec
tion by the shareholders, this amount of
stock can de but little injury, but owing
te the apathy of shareholders and their
neglect te exercises the right of voting,
such an amount of shares held in one
ownership might secure the control of the
The following table shows the number of
votes polled at each election for the last
ten years :
1871 :il,S".- 1S7 23,559
1872 11,844 1877 25,:S0S
187.1 .V1" 1S 275,130
1874 U0.404 1870 15.r.
1875 0,437 1SS0 14.7315
I trust that you will be able te attend
the election in January, but if you are un
able te de se, and desire te sustain the
present management, I will be glad te re
ceive from you the enclosed proxy, which,
when executed, can be sent te me in the
envelope enclosed for the purpose. In
my absence all such communications ad
dressed te me will be received by
a proper person who will retain
the proxies until my return. Within
a week there will be sent te you a priutcd
statement prepared by me shewiug the
present tinancial condition of the company
aud embracing a plan for its immediate
restoration te geed credit, which, I am
glad te say, is likely net only te prove en
tirely successful, but te be satisfactory te
all parties interested in the securities of
the company. Advising you net te part
with your shares at the present market
I am very respectfully yours,
F. B. Gewen, President.
Thieves arc active around Alteena.
Mrs Dalrymaple, of Marshall township,
Allegheny county, attempted suicide a few
days age by sheeting herself. She will
probably die.
Charles II. lvcnreth pleaded guilty yes
terday te selling academic degrees of the
Eclectical medical college of Pennsylvania
and of the American university; of Phila
delphia. Peter Harrigan. stone-cutter, of Phil
adelphia, was sentenced yesterday in the
general sessions court, New Yerk, te
seven and a half years in the state prison
for burglary and attempting te sheet the
police officer who arrested him en the 23d
of last month.
The Oil Cityll)e,ricL report of the oil
operations for the month rolls up a total
of 1550 wells completed, with a daily pro
duction of 8,304 barrels. The drilling
wells for the month number 481, and the
rigs up and building 414, while October
completed 378 wells with a total produc preduc produc
tied of 0,009 barrels. There is a positive
decrease tee iu the number of rigs and
drilling wells.
Jehn B. Gillespie, one of the Republi
can candidates for the Assembly in the
Sixth (Scranton) representative district,
has filed a petition iu the prothenotary's
office contesting the election of Samuel
Amcrmau, the Democratic candidate, who
wr.s elected by a majority of seven. Gil
lespie alleges that a large number of per
sons voted for Amcrman who were net
entitled. te vote ou account of the fact
that their names arc net ou the registry
lists. Judge Handlcy granted a rule en
Mr. Amerman, requesting him te attend
the hearing which is fixed for the 21st
Court or Common I'Icus.
Iii the case of Henry Weiss vs. Philip
Bernard, the defense made several offers te
prove different things. They were overruled
by the court, and the jury were iustructcd
te find for the plaintiff, which they did in
the sum of $431.23.
In the case of Markley vs. Burkheldcr,
which was tried last week, a rule for a new
trial was granted.
Hanover Junction & Susquehanna rail
road company vs. M. II. Moere. Action
te recover twenty-live shares of stock sub
scribed te plaintiffs railroad by the de
fendant. After hearing the evidence this
morning, for the plaintiff, iu regard te the
subscription, the defense opened. They
claim that as therailread company did net
fulfil their contract they cannot held dc
fendent liable. They allege that they sub
scribed te the stock en condition that the
railrpad would run within 500 yards of their
mill. Instead of doing this the read was
graded 700 yards farther away from the
mill, in all 1,200 or 1,300 yards from it.
On trial.
Before; Judge Patterson.
James Trimble & Ce. vs. Thes. D.
Kelly. Issue te test the ownership of cer
tain goods, stock aud fixtures of a tea and
coffee store in this city, claimed by Themas
D. Kelly and seized en a levy by Trimble
& Ce. in an execution against Wm. D.
Kdlly. It was shown that the property
was sold by W. D. Kelly te Themas D.
Kelly en October 13, 1879, and the levy
made November 17. 1879. The defen
dants allege that the sale was net betla
fide. On trial.
Will the l'urtriuge rcrisli ?
The early snow of this season, it is said,
will be severe en the partridges. These
birds, hidden in the grass and brush, re
main in their haunts while the snow falls,
which covers them up. They remain thus
covered for days, and may perish under
the hardening snow crust. Hunters fam
iliar with this habit of the birds often
catch them alive in these hidden places.
The warm breath of the partridge causes
the snow te melt and their presence may
be detected by the air-hole seen en the sur
face of the snow. Many birds will starve
for want of feed after the snow covers the
earth. Farmers should new protect and
feed the birds about their farms. Take
pity en the peer partridges ; they arc hard
workers, when the crops arc growing, in
destroying worms aud insects.
Sales of Keal rJstate.
Abner Rinear has sold te Henry W. Le-
fevcr a frame house and stable alone the
railroad in Quarryvillc for $1000.
II. H. Lefevcr has sold the stone double
house in Quarryvillc te Abucr Rincar for
I. Galen Lefcver has sold te Reuben
Mathias for $375 a frame house aud stable
iu Quarryvillc.
Henry Barr of Quarry villu has sold te
uanici 4ann his property of 10 acres with
new buildings in Providence township en
private terras.
JUere About the City Treasurer's Accounts
Tee Finance Committee's Spicy .Interview
With that OBcial The Mayer Grapples
With the Water Question The NewjCity
Digest Passage of the Market Stall Ordl
. nance Assemblynian-elect Snyder's Suc
cessor, ete.
A stated meeting of select aud common
councils was held last evening in their re
spective chambers in city hall.
Select Council.
The following named members were
present :
Messrs. Barr, Bering, Eberly, Franklin,
Judith, Zecher, and Evans, president.
The minutes having been read and ap
proved Mr. Zecher presented the monthly re-
portref the city treasurer and receiver of
taxes for the month of November, from
which it appeared that the receipts during
the month had been $28,490.21, the pay
ments during the same time, $4,849.50 ;
and the balance remaining in the hands of
the treasurer $23,G40.G4.
The committee te revise the city digest
made report that the work had been ac
complished, and GOO copies of the revised
edition printed for the use of the city. The
report was received and the committee
discharged. Common council concurred.
William J. Fordney, chief engineer of
the fire department, reported that there
were several sections of city hese in the
hands of the several companies, which had
burst while in use at fires ; and that the
makers of the burst hose had offered te
replace it with new hose. The chief en
gineer recommended the burst hose te be
gathered together,. and the manufacturer
notified te replace it.
On motion of Mr. Eberly, the recommen
dations of the chief were approved, and
the committee en fire engines and hose
companies instructed te carry them out.
Common council concurred.
The City Treasurer's Account.
Mr. Eberly, from the special committee
appointed te examine and report upon the
acceuuts of the city treasurer and receiver
el taxes, presented tnc following report
Te the Honorable Select and Common Council
0 tne City of Lancaster:
Your cemmittee appointed te examine
the accounts of the city treasurer and re
ceiver of taxes, and funds in the treasury,
aud report the same te councils; respect
fully report.
That in accordance with the action of
common council your committee met Ne
vember 12, 1880. at 2 p. m., present,
.Barnes, jeeriy, teener ana .bvans, in se
lect council chamber. On motion of Mr,
Zeeher, Mr. Clarksen was requested te ask
tue treasurer te bring Iuu books and papers
te select council chamber ; he re
turneu anu stated tee treasurer had gene
te the country. When Mr. Clarksen was
requested te get the city journal, used by
the treasurer, he returned and reported
clerk told him that he was net allowed te
let any of the books be taken out of the
office. Mr. Zecher, chairman of finance
committee, then went after the book, but
returned ana stated the cierk said his or
ders were net te allow any of the books te
go out of the emce.
On motion committee adjourned te meet
en Tuesday m-jlit at 7 p. in., aud clerk in
structed te notify the treasurer te be pre
sent with his books and papers, and his
bank acceuut. On November 10th com
mittee met, present, Barnes, McMulIcn,
Levergood, Zecher and Evans.
City treasurer appeared, but could give
no information of unpaid city tax or water
rents. He was asked te prodnce the jour
nal, but declined te bring it, but stated
the committee could have access te his of
ficc te examine his books. After some delay
the treasurer produced the journal, but
refused te produce his bank account, and
stated it was his own private property.
Your cemmittee find that en October 12,
1880, the treasurer charged himself en the
journal with $1,003.10, amounts he re
ceived in 1877-'78-'79 aud emitted charg
ing himself with, as shown in Mr. Clark
son's report ; but that is no payment, and
his present bail would net be liable for de
ficiencies in former yeais.
The following amounts appear due the
city from the treasurer's books as ascer
tained by Mr. Clarksen :
Market rents ree'd, no credit.. $."; .V.i
Water rents rcc'd,lS77. necreilit. 11 00
City tax received, 1S77, no credit. SO 00
City tax received, 1878, no credit. 7 31
City tax received, 1879. no credit. 7!Ki i7
Errors in drawing warranli 12 7:5
yl.MM 111
1877. IfenrvShcnK.Third ward
' .1. 1. Krcidcr
1S7S. Henry Drachbar
' Henry i'ranke's estate...
Themas Hartmun
" Henry Prentiss
" Amanda Quigley
" Mrs. P. Kcgcnnas
' Catharine Spidcl ,
" Christian Topp
1S70. diaries lieehm
" James llrysen
I.$ ISO!)
. 4 32
.$ 1.1 23
. 1 11 40
. 3 00
. 17 40
. 5 40
. IS 00
. J3 20
. 7 80
.$ 1 40
4 ."
. 2S 00
. 1)1 00
. 1 0
. 1 .V!
. M 00
. 100 00
.$ fiOO
r, te
l oe
. 8 00
. 3100
S 22
221 10
M. jirsuiy
" Fred. Cnri
' Demniert
Mrs. M. Pcmcr
" .lehn Kam
" Lancaster Park
" Philip Manner ,
" McFadden
' Abraham McKIm
' Paulsen
" J. F. Sciier
" W. I. Sprcelicr.
Water rent, 1878 :
Jehn Casper, 140 S. Queen
Jehn Copper, 142 S. Queen
ts. M. Myers, 233 W. Lemen
Jacob Kelnheld, Sit 2t. Queen. . . .
Lewis Sprcelicr, X. II. pike
2"i0 !i'.
: e.)
K. BeniKesser, C8. . Queen.
.lenn Ueipler, .U.N. (juecn
Philip liaker, 231 lteckland
;co. J). Sprechcr, 135 X. Shipptm
Interest en above amounts
33 00
120 0.1
$1,717 81
The law requires the city treasurer te
return all unpaid city tax and water rents
te the mayor after a certain date ; any
emission en his part, his bail becomes lia
ble. The above amounts the treasurer
neglected te hand ever (as required by or
dinances) te lie collected.
The communication addressed te coun
cils by treasurer November 3d, in relation
te report of your committee, was untrue ;
Mr. Clarksen never placed a report in the
hands of the presidents of councils show
ing a credit due te the treasurer, but en
the contrary mtermed the committee and
treasurer, en November lGth, that the
above account was correct, as shown by
treasurer's books.
The citizens of Lancaster can judge
whether the treasurer would charge him
self with $1,005.10 en October 12, 1880, if
there was no deiiclt in his account. We
have net included in the above the differ
ence in Fourth ward tax for 1S77. The
amount returned by treasurer te councils
December, 1877, was $337.88 ; the amount
ward duplicate shows $020,70, beiug a dif
ference of $82.82, but the collector's book
could net be found te show items.
The princial differancc in amount due,
as shown by Mr. Clarksen's first report
comes from taxes handed te city solicitor
ptiuding open en treasurer's duplicate.
The city solicitor examined the offices,
and the amount found returned we have
deducted from first report.
Your committee would recommend the
"Hetelteti, That the finance committee
are hereby instructed te demand from the
city treasurer and receiver of taxes the
said sum of $1,717.81 ; and if net prompt
ly paid te instruct the city solicitor te
proceed immediately te the collection of
the same."
The committee ask te be discharged
.? r. oe
15 00
7 00
10 00
from further consideration of the subject.
Rebert A. Evass,
Jenx Levergood,
Geerge W. Zecher,
Jenx H. Barxes,
D. JIcMcllex,
A. J. Eberly.
3Ir. Eberly moved the reception of the
report and the adoption of the resolu
tion. Mr. Bering denounced the report as a
fraud, and said it bore a lie en its face.
The committee in a former report had
charged the city treasurer with being a
defaulter te a still larger amount and when
their report was disproved they went te
work and get up this one, which is as
false as the ether. The evident intention
of the committee is te deceive the public
and traduce the treasurer. It was insti
gated by malice against both the treasurer
and him (Mr. Bering), no repeated that
the report was a lie and would be proved
te be one. On the question of receiving
it and adopting the resolution attached he
demanded the yeas and nays.
The yeas and nays were called and re
sulted as fellows :
Yeas Messrs. Barr, Eberly. Judith,
Zecher and Evans, president.
May .ur. uenng.
The resolution was declared adopted.
Repert of Finance Committee.
Mr. Zecher, from the finance committee,
presented the following report :
Te the Honorable Select and Common Councils
of the City of Lancaster :
Gextlemex: Your committee en fi
nance and accounts respectfully present
the following report of audit of the city
treasurer's books, up te Nev. 1. 1830,
made Nev. 22, 18S0 :
City tax collected up te Sept. 1, 1930,
full amount, as fellows :
Real Estate $3,411 7."
Tenants 38 OS
Single Men 15 40
$3,4r 2S
City tax collected up"te Xev. 1, 18S0:
Real Estate 717 41
ACllHill . . . a
SinglcMcii 1 40
-$ 73- 12
Water rents collected after July 1, 1SSJ, ." n,v
cent, added :
On Regular Assessment 3,'i'i ."iS
On Extra Assessment 321 4t
$3,'.U7 U
Market Rents collected up te
Xev. 1,1880 $ 200 90
After verifying the receipts, warrants
and expenditures with the journal, the
committee adjourned without attaching
their names te the journal as having au
dited the same.
Nev. 30, 1880, the cemmittee met at the
city treasurer's office at 7A o'clock for the
purpose of attaching their names te the
audit made en November 22, 1830, pro
vided the treasurer complied with the act
of Aprile, 18G7(Digcst of erdinnccs of 1873,
sec. 2 page 24) as fellows :
" Sec. 2. The accounts te be kept by
the treasurer shall exhibit all the receipts
and all the expenditures of the city in an
intelligible myuncr, in which the particu
lars of each item of charge and discharge
shall fully and precisely appear. The said
treasurer shall verify his cash accennt at
least once in every month te the satisfac
tion of a standing committee of councils."
The committee then propounded the fol
lowing questions te Mr. Welehans, the
city treasurer, ami the clerk was directed
te note the same with the answers there
to :
By Chairman Zecher: Question Where
de you make your deposits ?
Answer I withheld my answer.
Question On Nev. 1st you report a bal
ance of $23,518,00?
Answer That is my report.
Question Will you show us your bank
account for that money ?
Answer I withheld tha- answer.
By Mr. Eberly: Question Did yeti'i
have the amount as reported by you en
Nev. 1st in any banking institution in this
city ?
Answer Considering that au impudent
question, I refuse te answer.
By Mr. Barnes : Qucstien Have the
amounts net used in the appropriations of
1879 been credited te the appropriations
of 1830?
Answer Yes, sir ; every one ; the books
will show that.
By 3!r. McMnllcn : Question Will you
procure for this committee a certificate of
your bunker, showing amount of your
balance as treasnrcr en November 1st.
Answer I withheld that for the pres
ent. Respectfully submitted,
Signed G. W. Zecher.
-A. J. Eberlv.
Jenx II. Baknks.
The Water Question.
A message from the mayor was laid be
fore council in printed slips. It is printed
in fnl! en our first page te-day.
On motion of Mr Zecher, the message
was referred te the water committee.
Mr. Bering wanted te knew hew seen
the special committee would be ready te
present facts substantiating their charges
against the city treasnrcr.
Mr. Zecher replied that he would answer
any question the gentleman chose te ask
when he was in his sober senses. The re
pert of the committee had been read and
adopted, and the gentleman might have
heard of it if he had kept his cars.epcn.
Mr. Bering said he was in his sober senses
and would like te ask hew long the com
mittee had been engaged in examining the
books and gathering the facts presented
in their report.
President Evans answered that he
thought the investigation commenced last
.Ur. liering then (ironically) eiierctl a
resolution that the zeal and energy dis
played by the finance and special cora cera
mitttccs in investigating the acceuuts of
the city treasurer are deserving of the
thanks, net only of councils but of the
public generally.
The president, evidently annoyed, ruled
the resolution out of order.
Mr. Bering then moved that the report
of the finance committee be recommitted
te the committee. The motion was net
Mr. Bering again deneuueed the special
and finance committees in severe language
and left the room, but seen returned and
made a rambling speech in defense of the
treasurer, whom he declared would come
out all right despite the efforts te ruin him.
Mr. Judith presented the report of the
sixect committee with amendment
relative te the removal of awnings.
Common Council.
The following named members were
present :
Messrs. Albert, Barnes, Beard, Bees,
Berger, Brown, Cermcuy, Davis, Downey,
Hartlcy,Hays, Jehnsen, Lichty,McMullen,
Smeych, Springer, Stermfeltz, AVhite,
Yackly, Levergood, president.
Kcslgnntlen et U:n G. Snyder.
The minutes of the November meeting
having been read and approved. Presi
dent Levergood handed te the clerk tha
resignation of Klim G. Snyder, of the
Ninth ward, member-elect of the stale
Legislature ; the clerk read as fellows :
Te the President and Members of. Common
Council of iMncatter City, Pa.:
Gestlemex : I herewith tender my res
ignation as a member of your honorable
body and in connection desire te say that
I am by no means indifferent te the kind
treatment I have received from one and all
of you while acting in the capacity of
councilman, and hope that wherever any
of our lets may be cast among men
the same pleasant relations that charac
terized this body may always be curs.
Most truly yeu: s
Emm. G. SxybiCk.
Laxcaster, Pa., Nev. 9, 1330.
Dr. Davis moved that Mr. Snyder's res
ignatien be accepted, which motion being
agreed te, Mr. McMulIcn moved that ceun
cil new proceed te fill the vacancy thus oc
casioned, Hrhich motion was also agreed
Mr. Downey nominated J. H. Oster
mayer. 3I-. Beard nominated Harry A. Schroy Schrey
er. Oa Dr. Davis's motion the nominations
were closed and the roll being called, all
the Democratic members, every one of
whom was present, 1C, voted for Mr. Oster
mayer, and the Republican members,
7 of whom were in their scats, voted for
Mr. Schroyer." Mr. Ostcrmaycr was de
clared elected.
Fer Kei'iilrs af Streets.
Mr. McMulIcn offered the following res
olution :
Besotted, That the sum of $773, being
the balance remaining of the sum of $30.
000 appropriated in July, 187S, for defi
ciencies iu the repairs of streets te June 1,
1870, be added te the fund for the repair
of streets for 1SS0.
The resolution was unanimously adopt
ed. Select council concurred.
North Queen Streec llelslau l'.Ieck.
Mr. Barnes offered the following resolu
tion :
Bcselvctl, That the sum of $1,670.01, paid
te the chairman of the street committee
by subscribers te the Belgian block pave
ment, en North Queen street, be pUccd te
the credit of the fuud appropriated for
laying said pavement, and that the chair
man of said committee be directed te pay
the same ever te the city treasurer for that
This resolution was likewise unanimous
ly adopted. Select council concurred.
Mr. Berger presented the petition of
citizens of the Seventh ward praying for
the erection of two lamps en Factory read
between Ann street and property of Dr.
Carpenter, and removal of lamp new at
Dr. Carpenter's gate te the lane that gees
down te Lamparter's,where,thc petitioners
declare, it was originally ordered. Re
ferred te tha lamp committee. Select coun
cil concurred.
Mr. White presented the petition of citi
zens of the Third ward, asking for the
erection of a lamp en Mifflin street be
tween Lime aud Duke. Referred te the
lamp committee with instillatiens te have
the work done. Select council concurred.
The ordinance changing the time of let
ting the market stalls, which passed select
council at the October meeting, was taken
up, read three times and passed by a vete
of 10 te 1. Mr. Albert alone voting no.
and he basing his objection en the greuud
that the ordinance, instead of facilitating
the collection of the cilv revenue as was
I-designed, would prove a drawback there
te. Nobody, lie said, will pay cash for
their stalls if they can get credit.
Mr. Brown answered the objection by
pointing out that the ordinance provided
for the payment of the market rents en
demand, and if desired the committee
could make that, demand immediately
upon the letting of tha stalls. The fol
lowing is the text of the bill :
An ordinance changing the time of let
ting the market stalls and stands :
Sectiex 1. Ic it ordained iy thu select and
common council-; of the city of l.ancuter in,
eniincll.sasM.'inbled. Tnat lorthepurprHeef la
cilitaiin tin; payment oftlieeurrent indebted
ness of the saitt city in eaeh year, that the lut
tin of stalls and stands shall he made by auc
tion en the lirst Wednesday et April next, for
the term of nincmeiitlii fieni thei'ute
letting.), and that all future !c.ttlni;s shall take
place en the third Wednesday of December in
each year, for the term et one year, coinincnc ceinincnc coinincnc
ineutht lirst Wednu-Way in January follow
ing. And thu person who shall hid tlichilie-d
sum a: a bonus r prcmi-i m, iu addition te thr
Hxcd annual runts of tin: several stalls or
stands, shall lie held te lie thu lesseu for the
ensuing year. Vacant stalls or stands may he
let by the market committee for thereniaiiider
et the term ending with the market year.
Sectie.v2.AU ordinances or parts)t" ordi
nances inconsistent with the foregoing are
When the report et the special commit
tee appointed te audit the accounts of the
city treasurer caine ever from select coun
cils (in the proceedings of which body is
printed the full text of the lectiinenl)thcre
was some discussion participated in by
Messrs. Karnes-, Bcaid and Brown, in
which the two latter gentlemen expressed
their great surprise that for such a len,
period the finance committee had regularly
reported the treasurer's accounts te be all
right and new se suddenly discover the
startling deficiency : white Dr. Davis cx
presbed ft is conviction that this is the first
actual audit of the account.", that has been
made ; the doctor thought the gentlemen
of the special committee had carefully and
intelligently performed their duties. Com
mon council then concurred in select cenn
oil's action.
When the nuvyer's lengthy message en
the water question (published in full ou
our fiist page) was presented, Dr. Davis
moved that as the question was ene of
great importance, and each member had
been supplied with a printed copy of the
paper, its reading be dispensed with, and
action ba postponed for one month, in
order te allow tiie members te read it care
fully and form an intelligent judgment.
The doctor's motion was agreed te and the
members each stuck a copy of the message
into their coat pockets for ' Sundav reail-insr-"
Dr. Davis presented the petition of
Peter Hubcr,a tax-payer of the First ward,
reciting that there is $20 city tax charged
against him for 1S7-1, and statiug that he
had paid said amount te William Pewcil,
late collector, deceased, who had told him
he would iive a receipt, but had been
robbed and had died a short time subse
quently, se that-thc petitioner had never
KOt the-recfipt. Mr. Hubcr petitions te
be exonerated from the repayment of the
After speeches by Messrs. Davis. L'chty
and Brown, who testified te the character
andwoithef the petitioner as an honest
ar.d industrious citizen, whose word would
be sufficient evidence for them, common
council by a unanimous vote exonerated
Mr. Hubcr from payment of the tax.
A 1'acxed Heuse Last Might.
If the paper had been scraped from the
walls of the opera house last night it would
have been impossible te pack any mere
people into it te witness the per
formance of Ilavcrly's colored minstrels.
Before S o'clock, every part of the house
was crowded, and plenty of people were
obliged te stand. The .curtain rolled up
at 8o'cleck, showing lifty-fivejaersens seat
ed en the stags i:i tiers, j'herc were
twenty end men, five jaw-bone end men
and three interlocutors. Billy Kcrsauds
occupied the extreme tambourine end. nc
seemed te ba the most popular man there
and certainly made a hit. as he received
at least four encores te his song, of " Keep
in the Middle of the Read." Uilly Banks
led the bone end and he is also a geed
comedian ; he and Pete Devencarsang new
songs and I5eb Mack told several goedstoncs
in aged negre style. The muiis was excel
lent in the first part, but the ballad sing
ing was net up te that heard in white
troupes. The finale, entitled ' Recruits
for Giimerc, " was very funny, with
Charles Andersen as the Preach drummer.
The clog dancing of the syxtette was net
vcrygoed. The Blackvillc jubilee singers
drewferthgrealapplausc. Aba Cox and
Beb Cox gave an old but geed barnyard
scene. Judge Crusoe's remarks were hu
morous and the playing of the banjo orchbs erchbs
tra led by Jas. Bohec was excellent. Alex.
Hunter's imitation of the Scotch bagpipe,
steamboat, Calliope, saw and planing mill
freight train, &c, was the feature of the
evening. The performance closed with
'The Christmas Jubilee" in which Uke
whole company ware seen. In this act
fourteen song and dance men were seen
and a number of specialties were intredn-duccd.