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Terms 51.50 per Annum, in Adrsnee,
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Thursday Morning, January 1, 1880.
Centre County Democratio Com
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J. L. SI'ANOLKR, C'tiAirmnu
Put MI E. RULE. S*-r*Ury.
KIND READER, the DEMOCRAT ex
tend- to you this morning the greeting
ot a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
THE Legislature of South Carolina
has adjourned after a session of cred
itable brevity, which might lie com
mended to some other States! Repu
diation met with no favor, and ample
provisions were made for the payment
of the State debt.
BLAINE has a large Republican
following in Pennsylvania, but it
amounts to nothing. Simon and Don
say "wiggle waggle," and the party
must obey and go for Grant. They
hold the convention nnd own the
THE MORNIHO TRIBUNE. This
sprightly and newsy sheet, published
at AltoODa, which has visited our
sanctum daily during the past year,
i- one of the very best nnd reliable
dailies always prompt with the
latest news, clear in it* discussion of
important events, nnd worthy of a
liberal and generous patronage. We
otter our greetings for a happy and
prosperous new year.
IHE famous Dan Rice is said to be
one of Moody and Sankey's converts,
and is expected to take the field as an
evangelist. Wondrous things do
occur sometimes, and Mr. Moody
should now wend his way to Maine.
I here seem to he a number of bellig
erent parsons up there who stand in
need of speedy conversion, and they
should not be neglected. Mr. Moody,
try your powers of persuasion on
•'Rant's great boom iu Philadel
phia has not made a unit of the party
in favor of a third term. Members
of the I nion League have been in
terviewed, and it is believed that n
large number, if not a majority,
evince decided and dangerous opposi
tion. Thus it will be all over the
country with decided conservative Re
publicans who think for themselves
and ramiot be driven to condone the
great wrongs he committed in the
Presidential office, nnd the disgrace
and disaster he brought upon their
•ST. Louis amusement* for the hol
idays are both novel and degrading.
A prize fight between a man and a
dog afforded amusement to an ex
police commissioner, an ex-judge,
three members of the House of Dele
gates, a very prominent physician,
and a number of business men. The
man was a professional prize fighter,
and the dog a powerful and vicious
specimen of the blood-hound tribe.
They seemed to lie well matehed, but
the prize-fighter, after being severely
injured in the shoulder from the teeth
of his op]K>nent, succeeded in van
quishing the dog. The whole per
formance was brutal in the extreme,
and large sums were bet upon the re
"KUCAI. AN I> KX ACT J t'HTK'K TO AI.L MKN, or WIIATKVKK OB PMRHVABIOB, KRI.IOIOUH OR I'Ol.tTICAL. "—JHtmon
The intense excitement which has
followed the action of the Governor
and Council in the Pine Tree State, in
tabulating and computing tho vote of
the late election, culminated a few
days ngo in a disgraceful exhibition
of mob violence at llangor. What
ever the merits or demerits of this
controversy, the attitude of the He
publican lenders in Maine lias been
and is shameful iu the extreme. They
have for selfish purposes incited the
people to riot and disorder, and all
that has occurred is directly attribu
table to the inflammatory and seditious
appeals they have made in the name
of law and good government. Even
the sacred precincts of tho Christian
church were invaded, and the vicars
of Christ upon earth were paraded
upon the hustings, calling ujion the
Jieoplc they had taught to love their
neighbors as themselves, to enact
sceues of bloodshed and murder, and
all this because the constitution and
the law had been faithfully executed
by faithful officials. The Republi
cans made the laws, drafted the con
stitution and a Republican Supreme
Court has explained the different pro
visions relating to the holding of
elections time and time again. Fol
lowing their clearly indicated line of
duty the projierly constituted author
ities counted the vote. They were
not deterred by threats of violence,
and the reaction which has followed
the fitful fever of excitement shows
that they were right and the revolu
tionists wrong. The election machin
ery in Muine is so complicates! as to
IK* almost unintelligible to the ordinary
miud. There is no State in the Union
that ha surrounded the ballot-box
with po many temptations for chican
ery and fraud. The law was cun
ningly devised for the purpose of
making Republican ascendancy per
jietual. llow well it worked will lie
readily comprehended when we re
member that (lovernor Garcelon is
the first Democratic executive Maine
has had for a quarter of a century,
and he owes his success to the Repub
licans themselves. In a letter to the
New York Herald the Governor epit
omises the whole situation in the fol
lowing brief and pungent manner:
" The simple and only question there
fore is, Shall the Governor and Coun
cil follow the mandates of the consti
tution, the law and judicial decisions
explanatory thereof, or in obedience
to popular clamor violate their oaths
of office, trample the constitution un
der their feet, and forfeit not only
their self-respect but that which they
have a right to claim from both
friends and foes so long as they adhere
to the line of duty?"
This is certainly not the utterance
of a conspirator who is treasonably
endeavoring to strike down the liber
ties of the people or subvert the gov
ernment of a great State. It is rath
er the language of an honest man,
who in the discharge of important
trusts has brought with him a consci
entious regard for the sanctity of his
official oath. When wc recall the
fact that the venerable Governor of
Maine is over seventy years old, and
that throughout his long and active
career has borne his name unsullied
and his character without stain, it will
be difficult to believe that now in the
sere and yellow leaf of his life, with
his head crowned by the frosts of
seventy winters and standing almost
within the portals of eternity, that he
would deliberately besmirch the record
of a long and honorable career by
the commission of a heinous ofTense.
One of the mott eminent lawyers in
the country, who is politically opposod
to Governor Garcclon, said in a recent
interview that from his knowledge of
the law, —and from his situation he is
well calculated to judge,—the Govern
or and Council could not have acted
differently, and this will be the dis
passionate judgment of all men when
reason once more resumes her throne.
In the meantime it is the duty of all
LEFONTE, PA., THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 1880. ~
good citizens to sustain tho legally
constituted authorities of the State.
It will he a dangerous precedent to
establish in .Maine or elsewhere to re
sist the legitimate government in the
lawful exercise of its powers. The
fate of I)orr, in Rhode Island, should
he a sufficient warning to ambitious
THE twenty-first triennual conclave
of the Grand Encampment of Knights
Templar of the United States is to
meet at Chicago on the 17th of Au
gust next. The preparations, which
arc far advanced towards completion,
are on a collossnl scale. The invita
tions, which have been seut out, have
an illuminated fronds piece, having
the insignia of the order printed iu
half a dozen colors. Encampment
tents will he erected on the lake front
of the Park, which will lw lighted by
electric lights, and a building erected
upon the Park in forni of a passiou
cross. It is exacted that twenty
thousand Knights, in full dress, will
participate ip the parade, and prepa
ration is being made to scat fifty
thousand at,the banquet. The Chi
cago committee have chartered fifty
vessels for a moonlight excursion on
the 17th, which, with other uttrao
tions, will exceed in grandeur any
thing yet attempted in this country.
Tit ERE arc about 1200 negro emi
grants at St. Louis in a most destitute
condition on their way to their funded
Arcadia. They are mostly from Mlß
sissippi and Arkansas, and are in a
most forlorn condition, quartered upon
the resident blaeks, to await the trans
portation promised them by the hrut<
who have enticed many of them from
comfortable homes. .Some idea may
IK- obtained of the means used to de
lude the poor creatures by t be. fol lin
ing description of photograph* dis
tributed largely among them, headed,
"Emigrant Life in Kansas
i "A cottage in the villa tyle. IW.n
open, showing ologsnt furniture and an
°P-' N grand piano, at which others parly
attired in the latest fa-hlonahle style are
sauntering through the hall, and piazzas,
or surveying parterres of flowers in the
adjoining ground. The landscare, present,
a fluid of waving grain, with horww and
mules in an adjac.-nt pasturage browsing
on clover waist high. In the midst of all
ibis luxury a tino buck lope* up within
j easy rifle range from the vtlla door ready
; to bo shot for the day's repast.''
Attorney Genkrai. I'ai.m er has
given the opinion thai building and
' loan associations are subject to a three
mill tax under the general revised law
passed by the legislature last winter.
This is nn im|>ortant deeision, and it
is probable n decision of the courts
will be invoked by the building and
loan associations by resisting payment
|of the taxes. The Attorney General
ha also decided that the loan nnd
bonded indebtedness of corporations
arc liable to a tax of four mills, to be
deducted from the interest clue on
such loans, and # fo be paid into the
State Treasury, unless the bonds are
held by non-resident holders, who are
Lexempt by decision of the .Supreme
Tiie plan adopted by the Radical*
to change the political complexion of
the Htate of Indiana by the importa
tion of negroes, is beginning to show
very decided evidences of failure.
Thousunds of Republicans are indig
nant, and it is now believed that for
every negro vote thus obtained they
will lose fifty or a hundred white
votes. The instigators are already
sick of the job.
Grantiam in A. D. 1666.
" The Emperor, like ninny poten
" tates before and since, was fond of
" great political spectacles. He knew
" their influence upon the masses of
" mankind. Although plain, even to
" shahhines* in his own costume, none
"ever understood bitter than he how
"to arrange such exhibitions in a
"striking and artistic style."—J/ot
ley't Dutch Republic, Vol. 1, p. 95.
A dm act Rous Are occurred in
Boston on Sunday last. It laid waste
several acres of the business portion
of that city. The loaa is estimated at
a million nnd a-hnlf of dollars.
Cost of an Investigation.
pf the com mi tteeV appointed hy the
Icnslnturc last winter to'hivestigate
utpallcged over-issue of State bonds in
the year 1853, did not succeed iu es
tisl.ing the fact that there had
bppl such an over issue, it has at least
stgbcedcd in rtiniiiug up a tine hill of
expenses for to pay as a re
turn for its vuluahle services. Those
patriots and immaculate
stalwnrt statcsmcu, Elisha W. Davis
and Henry Huhn—by the l*>ys famili
zrly called 'Lish and Harry—the first
uamed, as chairman*, and the other, as
clerk, of this committee, have return
ed to the Auditor General's office, at
ftarrishurg, accounts for expenses ag
gregating the snugaum of 810,41 H.l 8,
on which nmouut warrants upon the
treasury amounting to 88,.j;il.08 have
been drawn aud no doubt paid—leav
ing a haluncc of nearly stand
ing unsettled and awaiting the action
< the department. Some of the items
l.iat go to make up the aggregate are
sxnewhat astounding. For instance,
$•5,000 for the board bills of the com
mittee. \\ hat stomachs in
vestigators must have! Then, $2,000
fog car fare, carriage hire and other
travelling expenses. It would be in
teresting to understand how the vouch
esMbr ear fare were made up, consider
iujfc that probably every memlier of
thweommittee and all connected with
it on free passes furnished by
tij^ailroads. We do not know this to
l*ja/aet, but itwould lie a "ucwdepart
from old customs if it was other
wise. Probably it would be very un
; boidjfitiidr fhe Auditor Gener
al- d/tpartmeut or any memlier of the
[ cA >ftiiUyfexcept Davis and his clerk,
fur this unblushing
ptfdW Don lit let#
!in due course of time we shall have
, | toiuted and explicit disclaimers from
the members of the committee of any
i part or lot in the disreputable work ;
and the Auditor General will fall
back upon the law of 1879 providing
appropriations for the |<avmcnt of
special committee*, including the one
to inquire into this bond hutineas—
which seems to have been purposely
:rained to facilitate the pcrix'tration
of just such frauds upon the treasury
jus the one under consideration. This
j law takes from the Auditor General
: the duty of auditing and settling such
accounts in the* old manner, and re
quires nothing more than a certificate
from the chairman of a committee
that the vouchers are correct —thus
leaving nothing to the nuditing officers
to do but issue the warrants. Under
a loose law of this kind it is easy to
understand how swindling raids eau
lie made upon the treasury, and how
difficult it may be to interpose ob
-tacles when |x>litieal shnrps have all
the power necessary to successfully
make them. Hut after all, should
wc complain ? Indeed we think it al
most a duty to advise the people to
he patient and forbearing—to take
the burden upon themselves and hear
it without making ugly faces. Home
doubting Btid unsophisticated individ
ual may ask in astonishmeut, why?
Will that individual please answer a
question? With a pair of liberal
minded and practical roosters like
Davis aud Huhn at the head of a
committee—the one to do the figure
work and the other to certify—is it not
a great wonder that the amounts sent
in for payment are not two or three
limes in excess of $10,416.18? Is it
not, therefore, a lucky escape ?
1870 I 1879
Glad. j Had.
1876 I 1079
Glad. I Mad.
GEM. GRANT'S friends say that he
will not go into a scramble for the
nomination for President. Then he
will not be a candidate. The scram
ble he cannot evade, and it is getting
more doubtful every day whether he
can succeed with it. The third term
was unpopular in 1876, and the great
booms have contributed nothing to
make it otherwise now.
A New Chairman a net a Now
fc 'IMi>H day J. L. Hpaugler, Esq., as
sumes, under the rule* of tlie partv,
thy,dutics'of the chairmanship of the
Democratic committee of Gentre coun
ty fur year in "place of D.
F. Fortney, Esq., who served in that
capacity ably ayd faithfully during
thenar 1879. In bin retirement we
believe Mr. Fortney taken with him
the good will and reapcyt of a large
jnajority of the party in Centre couu
ty. His fidelity to the Democratic
cause and the excellent result of the
election iu our county last fall,
brought about largely bj his activity
and energy, in the face of adverse cir
cu instances and some uujust criticism,
richly deserve an expression of com
mendation and most cheerfully do we
give it. There are still higher honors
in store for Mr. Fortney and beyond a
peradventure the party will award
them to him iu due time.
With the announcement of this
changtMu the official head of the party
we are*lso enabled through the cour
tesy of Mr. Spangler to lay In-fore the
readers of the DEMOCRAT a list of
the memliers of the county committee
selected in the various election dis
tricts to aid him iu his work. The
list seems to be made up of active, in
influential and working Democrats—
excellent material throughout for n
committee —and will no doubt give
good satisfaction t the party iu all
sections of the county. We predict
that Chairman Spangler will prove a
host iu himself. Ho is young, able
j and energetic, has;good judgment, ex
cellent organizing.capacity, and under
his control and guidance the work of
preparation and organization for the
apppoachuig great the
[continue without interruption orintei*
I mission until victory settles upon the
Democratic banners ucxt November.
Hut a word of caution to our friends,
j Too much must not be expected from
the chairman and his committee.
Everything must not bo left to them.
The rank and file of the party have
something to do. Let us aid them to
thj extent of our power iu the good
work on hand. Let all of us who
have the triumph of correct theories
i '>f government at heart—the true
; theories of Jeffi rsonian Democracy—
| aud desire the success of Democratic
principles give a helping hand to the
cause, and, our word for it, Centre
county will give such an account of
herself at the next election as will as
tonish even ourselves, let alone the
THE Vie murderers nre still at
large. Ourav and other chiefs select
ed to go to Washington, have come to
j the Los I'inos Agency having in cus
tody a part of the Meeker murderers.
They were surrendered to Gen. Hatch,
who refused to leave until all the pris
oners demanded hy the commission
were surrendered for trial. Ouray
asked for further time, and five days
were granted to deliver them. The
success of the commission is very
doubtful, and the army may yet lie
compeled to endure the rigors of a
winter campaign, with the snow from
five to fifteen feet deep on the range.
Ouray is acting in good faith with an
honest desire to surrender the priaon
crsjuid save further trouble, or else is
a diplomat of no mean capacity thus
to successfully evade the demands of
Mr. Hchurz's commission until his
friends are out of their reach.
AT the meeting of the Republican
State Committee, held in Philadelphia
on Tuesday, it was resolved to hold
the Republican State Convention at
Harrisburg, on Wednesday, February
4. An effort was made by some of
the members to fix the time in April,
but the influence and tactica of Quay,
Negley, and the irrepressible George
Handy Smith were too much for
them. "Short, sharp and decisive"
the Grant campaign is to be. The
machine works smoothly, and the
anti-third termers may as well surren
der at once.
TERMS: SUV) pet- Annum, in Advance.
, Sesj> u-HciiTOt. CoxVKxrwx. —On
Tuesday, Thi' 2fl l Ult., I hi* Centre eountv
Hahbath-scbonl Association h'*M a district
at Lpmont, consisting of morn
ing. afternoon <tn<l*ev*eing sessions. There
was BNurgo Hltenilan<e on the exercises,
which were of jtn interesting nature.
Among the subject* that came under dis
cussion Were the following; "The Object
of Suridg^-school Instruction," by Rev. It.
Crittenden and £rof. John Unrein "The
Duty of Superintendent* t" their School*."
by WtO. Thompson, Sr., John I. Thomp
son, dr., John Haiqilton, Rev. J. A*
Hover, Rev. Ifarnill, I). D., and
Rev. It. Crittenden. "Dutiesof Sunday
scboo! Scholar* to their Officers and Teach,
era,' by llev. .1. A. Kotor, Prof. John
Hamilton and ftev. R, Critufhden. "How
to Increase the Interest of Parents in the
Sahbath-vchpoi," by William Thorn f *on,
Sr., and Rev. R. Crittenden. Dr. R. 11.
Ilarnill *j.oke on "The fluty of the Church
to the Sabbath-school." The question,
"How to Increase the Devotional Element
in our Sabbath-school" was discussed by
Prof. John Hamilton, Rev. It. Crittenden,
Dr. Ilarnill and Austin Curlin. "How
the Home may help the Sabbath-school,"
was discussed by Rev. J. A. Koser, and
Rev. S. K. Kurst followed on the subject
of "The I'nner cssary Work in the Sabbath
• -hool. John W. He* ton told what kind
of a roan the teacher of a Sabbath-school
■hould class he, after which Mr. William
Thompson, Rev. S E. Furet, Prof. John
Hamilton, Rev. It. Crittenden and Dr.
Ilarnill gave aorne advice in the best way
to employ the four Sabbath* of thia year
for which no special lessons aro given.
Several other addresses and music rccupied
the time of the convention, President
Austin Curtin closing with an address.
W mot so TUESDAY NIGHT.—A happy
••vent took place Ut Tuesday night at the
Vwidcncv of 'Squire Klinger, of tbi* place,
It the marriage of his daughter, Miss
Maggie, to Mr. Simon Harper, of the pop
lar mercantile firm of Harper Bros. The
ceremony took place at seven o'clock and
was solemnised by Rev J. F. Delong, of
the Reformed church. The happy couple
%• lo.r l'jitjadwi piss U~
the bride, is a very fine young lady and
will make an excellent companion for life,
while the handsome groom is well known
• a pleasant, agreeable gentlemen. We
wish them both much happiness.
TEBRIIII s DISASTER tx SCOTI, tan.
LOSDOX, Dec. 29.—A portion of a
bridge across the Frith of Tay was
rdown down while a train from Edin
burg to Dundee was crossing last night.
I he gale was so strong that the steam
boat* were unable to reach the scene
if the disaster, but several mail bags
have been washed ahore four miles
from the bridge and there is no doubt
that the train is in the water. The
passengers, who are all drowned, are
variously estimated at Irora l.'H) to 200
LATER.— The gale having moderated
somewhat the provost of Dundee and a
number of leading citizens started in a
steamer for the scene of the disaster
but have not yet returned. The excite
inent at Tay bridge station is appalling.
Many thousands of jaople are congre
gated to await definite intelligence from
The Tay bridge, one of the finest en
gineering works of tiieage, was finished
two years ago. It is two mile* long,
and is the largest iron bridge in the
world. It crosses the Frita of Tay
about a mile and a half "/estward of
the city of Dundee, which it connecU
with the North Rritih Railway system
in Fife. It is at its highest jioint 92
teet above high water, and leaves KS
(eel for the |iasssge of shipping, and its
lowest grade above high water is 78 feet.
For a mile and a half it is perfectly
straight. It hss 84 spans—l 3of tbem
covering each 2JO teet. Then there are
spans over I.V), I.V, 120,80, f>o and 27
teet respectively. It has • number of
piers—fourteen of which are founded
u|>on the rook. The superstructure of
the bridge consists wholly of wrought
iron girders. Tiie bracing is of the
double lattice form. At each end of
the bridge there ia a curve of about a
quarter of a mile radiua.
Six hundred hatter* of Reading )nm
aked for an increase of wage* after the
first of January.
It ia said the Russian Mission haa been
offered 10 (to*. V*n Z*nt, of Rhode
Island, and that he has accepted.
Sheriff Start well, of McKean county,
report* a prisoner to the jail there who
has been thrown into the deepest de
spondency by visions in which he sees
I racy, who was recently hanged.
Thompson Brothers' woolen mills, at
Lewistown, Mifflin county, have manu
factured idio yarn and stocking*, store
the first of March last, 80.000 pound* of
wool. These work* will operate thirty
five knitting machine* the coming year.
The palacial residence of ex Senator
Stewart, of Nevada, was destroyed by
fire, at Washington, on Friday evening.
Mr. Stewart waa not in the city, and
Mr*. Stewart was attending a reception
Her little child, 6 year," of age, wn
sleeping in an upper chamber and was
rescued by the servants. J-oas estimated