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SIIUUKRT A FORKTKR, Editors.
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I T SHUGERT .nd R. H. FORSTER. Editor*.
Thursday Morning, Jannary 15, 1880.
Oentre County Democratic Com
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Far.* E. Riiu, j*cr,.|ary.
FRANK LESLIE, the famous publish
er of illustrated literature, is dead.
He die<l in New York on Monday
last of fibrous cancer of the thront.
THE Governor of Alabama has ap
pointed the Hon. Luke Prior Senator
to supply the vacancy occasioned by
the death of Senator Houston. He
will serve until the Legislature meets
and elects a successor.
BY applying the opinions of the Su
preme Court of Maine, that is, thelaet
mined opinion made to accommodate
the chickens that come home to r>ost,
to the election of 1870, Samuel J. Til
den would be in the Presidential chair
instead of the present fraudulent occu
pant. Apply the same opinions to the
late election in New York, and Clark
son N. Potter would be the Lieut.
Governor instead of the present Re
MP.. HAYES has again invaded the
domain of the imperious C'oukling.
This time it is the I'ticn Post-office.
The term of Mr. Conkling's home Post
master expiree!, and Mr. Hayes has
appointed another man, uot in accord
with the shot-gun hero, who is not at
all pleased, ami may probably renew
hi- former complimentary mode of
treating the defac-to President's nomin
ations when conflicting with bis per
THE Ohio legislature was fiercely
excited the other day because a saloon
kee|,er refused to permit Williams,
the negro member of the House from
Cincinnati, to dine at his place. The
legislature is anxious to know whether
(>r not its dignity has been infringed
upon, and threatens an investigation
to find out. In the meantime the
dusky member will bring suit against
the proprietor of the saloon under the
rivil rights bill.
MIL HAYES has found an Ohio man
to fill the acanry in the Washington
pet-office. Now, can't he secure an
other Ohio man to fill the vacant Rus
sian mission? The man appointed post
master of Washington is said to be a
relative of Mrs. Hayes, and it is possi
ble the estimable lady may have other
Ohio relatives out of present employ
ment, some one of whom would do for
the lrosty atmosphere of Russia.
THERE has been a little stalwnrt
emokednes*. or a trifle of had man
agement, in the stalwart State of lowa,
*ith the school funds. In the last
Wven years they have been diminish
>nK in amount at the rate of $70,000
* year, which, for the time named,
•baches the very snug sum of $490,000.
Somebody is wanted to explain. Had
this occurred in any Democratic State
*hat lectures would be read to the
*orld upon the wickedness of Demo
nic official* and the degeneracy of
the I)emoeratic party in general. Not
even the school funds safe from their
"KqUAL ANI> EXACT JUSTICE TO ALI. MEN, or WHATEVER STATE OR PERSUASION, RKI.IMIOUH OR POLITICAL. "-J. ff.nK.n,
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Gov. HOYT linn mustered up cour
age enough to ap|K>int his friend, ('ol. |
Stanley Woodward, Additional Law
Judge, in Luzerne county, to till tin
vacancy made by the recent appoint-, i
nieut of Judge Rice to the President
Judgeship of that district, vice Judge
Harding, resigned. When the resig
nation of Judge Harding was receiv
ed, and the time dame for the ap
pointment of a successor, the Govern
or's inclinations were to give the place !
to (.'ol. Woodward, but a heavy pres
sure was brought to l>ear agaiust it j
by the Republican politicians who de- ;
munded the appointment of Senator
Payne. The Governor jiermitted him
self to be bulldozed into yielding so
far as to ap|>oiut Judge Rice, a Re
publican, who was last fall elected ,
Additional Law Judge. There seems
to be a sort of Dainou and Pythias
friendship between Hoyt and Wood
ward. Woodward haul ull his life
liecn known as an active, persistent
Democrat, but when Hoyt became tie
candidate of the opposition for Gover
nor, he allowed his Democratic antece
dents to weigh so little with him that he
would not conceal his preference for his
friend. He oja-nly proclaimed his in
tention to support Jloyt on the ground
of "personal friendship." Many Dem
ocrats thought he made an unnecessa
ry and even a brazen parade of his
purpose to the public, and were not
only greatly surprised but very indig
nant at his course. Rut when the time
came to appoint a successor to Rice,
Hoyt, despite of radical protest and
threats of indignation, returns the fa
vor of the past. It is, as our irre
pressible friend, Ben. Burroughs, of
Harrisburg, would understand it, sim
ply a "quid pro i/uo," and the Repub
licans of Luzerne may as well take it
with cheerfulness, instead of trying to
kick up a big rumpus in the stalwart
| camp over it as they are reported to
jbe doing. Tearing down Gov. Hoyt'*
| portrait and tramping it in the mud,
as the Hoyt club of one of the Lu
! zerne county villages is reported to
have done u few evenings since, will
not mend the mntter.
MISSISSIPPI, tbr one of the most be
nighted of the "barbarous" Htates, as
| our Republican friends are so fond of
asserting, appears to be in an exceed
; ingly healthy financial condition what
ever other diseases muy lurk in its
body politic, or whatever may be the
moral short - coinings of its people.
According to the recent message of
the Governor of the State to the Leg
islature, now in session, the State debt
Was reducer! $220,000 in the last two
years, and there is an actual cash
balance of SBOO,OOO in the treasury,
with only $370,000 of outstanding in
K. T. HAM., of Columbus, Obi*, is
in possession of the first Patent issued
in this country, and proposes to sell it
to the Government for $."00. It wns
issued in New York July 31, 1790, to
Samuel Hopkins, of Philadelphia, for
an improvement in making potash
and jicarl-ash. It is signed by George
Washington, certified by Ed. Ran
dolph, Attorney General, and its de
livery to the grantee certified by Tho
mas Jefferson. This is certainly an
ancient relict, and as dating the first
legal act for the promotion of the use
ful arts, under the attestation of illus
trious names, ought to be in the ar
chives of the Government. Secretary
Bchurz recommends an appropriation
to enable him to make the purchase.
"TRET refused to allow any Investiga
tion, or even an examination and compari
son of the returns. Republican editana'
entitled "The. Maine Di*;rraee."
They followed an excellent prece
dent—that of the 8 to 7 Electoral Com
mission. That illustrious tribunal re
fused "to allow any investigation or
even an examination and comparison
of the returns," aud as a consequence
of that refusal the frauds of the Flor
ida and Ix)uisiana returning boards
are in full force to-day. A wanted
in-man occupies the place to which Mr.
Tilden was elocted.
BKULEFONTE, I>A„ THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 1880.
Tho Wrongs of Irelund.
For almost ages a pitiful wail of j
distress has been wafted across the 1
waters from the Green Isle. Under
the subjection of a heartless landed
aristocracy, upheld by the power of
the British government, the condition I
of the Irish peasantry has gone from
Imd to worse until at this day it has
reached a depth of degredation and
poverty that excitcH the sympathy and *
eommisseration of the civilized world
outside of England. To add to the
misery of the poverty-stricken nias&s
a famine now stares them in the face,
and unless speedy and abundant re
lief is afforded them by more favored
communities the misery aud suffering
of men, women and children, in a land
that should, and, under reasonable and
bonigu influences, would be one of the
garden spots of the earth, will Is- such
as the mind cannot conceive or pen J
The wrongs of Ireland are an old |
story. The policy of the British gov- |
eminent in its treatment of Ireland 1
and the Irish people has always been
narrow, Selfish, overbearing and ofteu
tyrannical in the extreme. The worst
of the evils under which the natives
of the country sutler flow from an uu
just and oppressive land system under
which the actual tillers of the soil are
at the morcv of a few owners. Mr.
I'aruell, the Irish member of l'urlia
ment, now in this country, asking aid
in behalf of his starving people, drew
the following sketch of the Irish land
system in his speech before a great au
dience, at the Academy of Music, in
Philadelphia, on .Saturday night:
| "The Islets are in the hand* of tworlsM
;e* directly O|)|MHU*I to each other < )ne < IMSR
are owner* and the other tiller*. On the 1
i one hand the Knglirh con<|Ueror*, who came
and forcibly ei/.ed the land*, and * h
! for the mo*l part not modenU Of Ireland.
lOn the other hand wo have the iruh or.
I fettle race, who remain on the land*, Tut
have no control over them beyond their
cultivation. Thi* odiou* yicm ha* been
tried in variou* other countries and In
every instance it broke down by it* own
onjuu weight. Tho *y*tem exitled in
France, hut wa* abolished hv the Kerolu
-1 lion. Since that abolition Frnnco hit*
: been one of the most prosperous countries
in Europe and one of the flrt nation* of the
earth. The same iniquitiou* system wa
in vogue in Prussia, and when the Kinc,
obliged by the dangers threatening his
throne, sought for advice, lie was told to
j give the land to hi* people. He followed
that advice, and it was well for the con sol
! elation of hi* kingdom that he did so.
From tho very beginning thi* system fn
Ireland was without the small* signs of
succeeding that it might have had in
France or in Prussia All conditions
were unfavorable for it, because we had a
class of people, who were the owners, at
war with the tillers. The consequent evils
have been a hundredfold worse in Ireland
than in France or Prussia. Now, we ask
that the example of France and Prussia
be followed in Ireland. This system must
be abandoned. We propose to abolish
thi* system with the least possible dam
age t<> the landlords who have performed
their duties so badly. One of the most
iniquitous feature* of* this system i* that it
deprive* the tenant of all security and per
mit* hearties* evictions and arbitrary rais
ing of rents. A struggle has commenced
which must decide which shall go, the
landlords or the tenants. But the trouble
about sending away the Inndlords is that
no people seems very anxious to take them
to their bosom. They value themselves at
a high price, saying that it would take
£2-50,000,000 to buy them. Well, we'll
sen after awhile whether they can't be
brought down a little."
It is under this system of oppression
that the Irish ]>cßanntry have groaned
for centuries. It has reduced them to
and at this hour it is estimat
ed that a quarter of a million of them
ore suffering for want of bread. .Sure
ly their condition strongly appeals to
the charity and sympathy of the
world. In the cities of tho United
State* which Mr. Parnell has visited he
has met with hearty receptions, and his
humane mission with much encourage
ment. We trust his success will con
tinue. A sense of duty to suffering
fellow-creature*demand* that itshould.
But aside from the requirements of
duty, the. generosity of other people
may yet awaken some slumbering
spark of liberality in the English heart
that will grow into a sentiment suffi
ciently strong to compel a redress of
wrongs, and end in obliging the Brit
ish government to dea) justly and fair
ly by a long suffering people.
Ik his journey through the South
(Jen. Grant received friendly and re
spect Ail treatment, but his trip did not
develops much third-term enthusiasm-
Now You Sco It, And Now You
I here is an interesting and highly J
exciting game of political battle dore, i
and shuttle-cock now in progress, in ;
the stalwart State of Blaine. On the 7th
of the current month, the members of''
the Legislature holding legal eertifi- I
cates from the Governor and Council,
met in Augusta and organized the
Senate and lower branch under ull
the forms of law. Senator Blaine's
jumping jack, Hule aud
a Prof. oung, both Republicans,
qualified with the Fusionists in the
House, this making what they would
otherwise have lacked, a quorum.
Finding, that in his zeal and anxiety
to shine as tho bright particular star
in the firmament of his party's trou
bles, he had overreached himself, Mr.
Hale absented himself from the delib
erations of the Iwjdv in which he had
voluntarily qualified as a member,
thus depriving it of the constitutional
number necessary for the transaction
jof public business. The Senate organ
ized with a legal quorum, and the Ke
; publican members holding certificates
were all sworu in und participated in
j the election of officers. It was not
and is not denied that the Senate was
legally organized and that its presid
ing oflicer, Hon. -las. D. is
under the constitution of Maine act
ing Governor until Alonzo Garcelon's
successor is elected. And vet with an
utter disregard of the law both funda
mental and statutory, ex-Governor
J Chamberlain, in his capacity a* Major
, General of the State militia, has
ajtumed the civil administration and
•efltod upon it# ruins a provisional—
Ailarv government. That such a
sSng could actually occur in the loyal
■ft* of Maine almost passes belief.
W* tßunp4iaate the situation to a still
greater degree a crowd of ambitious
statesmen assembled in the State
House the other evening and under
the inspiration of little Mr. Hale or
ganized a rump legislature. Of course
this movement was revolutionary and in
violation of all law. Our Republican
! contemporaries in large display line*
announced this as "A recapture, by
the Republicans," and now on last
Tuesday morning the Fusiohiat* re-re
captured the State House hack aguiu
and propose to remain in continuous
session until the knotty problem is sol v
' ed. In the meantime Gov. Lnmsou has
assumed the executive chair and is-
I sued a proclamation calling upon the
I State troops to disregard the order
; of General ChamlK-rlain, and to re
| port to him its Commander-in-Chief,
j What the followers of Blaine
failed to do by bribery they have en
i deavoreii to encompass by bold aud
dariug robbery under the protection of
the military. It is a sad commentary
on the stability of our institutions
when designing men cau overthrow
civil authority and mount to power
under the shadow of military des|H
THE Lycoming Republican* bnvc
instructed their delegate* to the 4th of
May Convention iu lavor of Passmore
of Schuylkill, for Auditor General,
| He was an unsuccessful candidate for
the same office in 1877. They do not
i ndicate auy choice for the Presiden
tial candidate. That is as the Camer
ons shall order. It may be Grant-r
it may lie "uncle John," or it may lie
some other fellow that Dou cau deal
with to advantage. All the same to
the Lycoming Republicans.
THE closing argument in the contest
ed election case of Curtin vs. Yocum
has boen made and the papers have
been submitted to the sub-committee
charged with the consideration of the
case for final action. Chairman Sprin
ger has indicated his determination to
examine the papers and re|>ort at once.
.There appears to lie but one opinion
in Washington and thi* to the effect
that the case made out by Governor
Curtin is impregnable and absolutely
conclusive of'his right to the seat and
insure* a favorable report from the
IUK i'liiladclphia Thncn, recogniz-|
ing the fact that the local press is the
sufcM and surest index of public opin* i
ion, recently sent circular letter* with '
blank circulars enclosed for answers, |
to the 040 newspapers published in j
Pennsylvania, requesting from the
editors an expression of the feeling of
the people in their respective locali- '
ties upon the presidential question. '
The first of the responses to the Time*
inquiry, were luid before its readers on
Monday,aud showed a decided prepon
derance of sentiment for Blaine over
the man on horseback, with a sop :
here and there thrown to the Sherman
whale. ()u 1 uesday the Time* gave
the second installment, this time from
the Democratic press. Tilden is first
choice with Bayard a good second and 1
Hancock and Kevtnour inside of the
distance flag. The Time* will con- j
tiuue these publications until it has an
expression of opinion from ull the ■
•540 pa|>crK interrogated.
IT is a beautiful and editying spec
tacle to see the frugal and eeouomie
Secretary of the Treasury decapitate,
with Roman firmness, the official head
of one of his department underlings
for the excessive expenditure of money
while traveling gpon public business.
It counted for nothing that the gentle
man in question promptly offered to
refund the overcharge when his atten
tion was called to it. This would have
deprived "Honest John" of the exqui
site pleasure of appearing before the
| country in his new and altogether gro
i t*qe character of a careful watch dog
of the people's treasure. When we
puusc to thiuk of the magnificent sums
of money Mr. Hherman ha* annually
drawn from the Treasury to pay ex
f>en*e* of himself and friends while os
ten-'bly inspecting our coasts and hur-
IFOFK in government vessels, we are M
| to the inevitable conclusion that the
wily ry has. nAri the pruning
knife of economy in the wrong place.
An attempt is to l>c made in Con
gress to make the General Govern
ment liable for the IOKS sustained by
the colored people who deposited their
savings in the"Frwdman's Saving and
Trust Company" in Washington. The
i claim is made, we believe, on the prin
ciple that because the Republican
('ongrcss chartered this fraudulent
concern to afford their stalwart friends
facilities to rob the negro of his earn
ings, therefore the Government is re
sponsible for the robbery. If such a
principle were adopted, making the
, public treasury liable for the acts of
all the had men put- in place under
Republican administration, the pre
sent national debt would pale in insig
nificance to the amount which would
swell its liabilities.
! "WE cannot but believe that the poltti
| clans of thi* day and country have reached
the very achnie of proficiency in the prac
i tice of chicanery and fraud."— Repubhrnn
editorial entitled "The Maine Di*r/raee."
Yes, that fact has been patent to the
most ordinary understanding ever since
John Sherman, with the help of the
"visiting statesmen" and Eliza Finks
ton, induced the infamous Louisiana
returning board to make a false count
of the vote of that State in 187(1, by
which the people were basely cheated
out of their choice for President. That
rascally business was a sample of
"proficiency in the practice of chican
ery and fraud" that will not be soon
forgotten. We think the "achiue"
was reached about that time.
AN election lor a iucmler of Con
gress was held, on last Saturday, in
the seventh district of Missouri, to fill
the place of Mr. l<ny, who died during
the second week of the present regular
session. Col. John F. Phillips, an able
aud prominent Democrat of the State,
was elected by a majority ranging from
two to three thousand over Ex-Oov.
McClurg, Republican. As soon as
Col. Phillip* takes his seat the roll
of the House of Representatives will
again be full.
"THE future historian will |Bve no hesi
tation in characterising the present a* the
age of itral."—Repuhliean editorial enti
tled "The Maine Dieijrace.''
No trouble about that, neighbor.
The aforesaid historian can date the
age of steal from the time the Repub
licans stole the Presidency.
TERMS: $1.50 per Aiiiium, in Atlvanw.
' >ne million pound* of tobacco chang
ed hands at Lancaster on Satwrday.
Some ol Kdison's electric lamps have
bean burning for 450 bom a without so
rnnch as a flicker of weakness.
General Grant will probably sail for
Havana on the steamer Admiral next
week, and may visit Nassau before go
ing to Ilaratia.
A widow in Hulialo has won three re
volvers, a sword cane and a pair of
dumb-bells in late rallies, and is now
ready for marriage proposals.
The Russian budget for the year IKHO
shows an exact balance between the
income and expenditure of the Kmpire,
each being fif-0,000 000 rouble*.
Algernon Nartoris, the Knglish son-in
law of General Grant, ha* arrived in
this country, but Mr*. Nellie Grant
Sartoria does not accompany him.
An order received by a New York
jewelry firm is from an Knglish lady in
that city for a bangle of beaten gold set
with every known precious 'stone, to
South Carolina seems to be fast re
turning to the pious ways of other days.
I he Legislature just adjourned sat ex
actly thirty day* and passed over two
hundred hills and joint resolution*. It
cost the State less than $40,000.
Ihe ( incinnati Ent/ulrer ha* it from
New \ ork that General Grant will go
to Australia and New Zealand before
hi* return to the United State*. He
will not be hack before the Republican
National Convention shall have met
Senator Houston, of Alabama, re
cently deceased, had been in public
life for over forty years. lie served
eighteen years in the lower house of
CongreM before the war, and since the
war was Governor of his State and at
the time of bis death U. S. Senator.
W. H. l'reece, the Knglish electrician
ridicules the news of Kdiaon's latest oc
•ess, and Charles Blight writes to the
I London Ttmrs to say that Edison hasn't
solved the problem. But meanwhile
j the London gas companies are reducing
1 he Senate in executive session, on
Monday, confirmed the following nomi
nations : George B. Cork hill, to be Unit
ed State* Attorney for the District of
;<k>lumbia; United States Attorneys
Chyles S. Varien, for the iHstriot of
Nevada; John K. Valentine, for the
Kistern District of Pennsylvania.
. h#tfc Jv. J- W Kite, jLawyer, gar* U*-
; chael kmealy, a brother of the bar, tne
lie direct in a St. Louis court room last
Friday, Kinealy threw an ink stand at
him with such bad aim, that Judge
i Wickham was obliged to adjourn the
court to wash the ink drops from hi*
(ace. Before adjourning, however, the
Judge took great pleasure in fiuing
; both lawyers fifty dollars each.
"We were shown on Christmas Day,
by Mr. Robert Ware," savs the Colum
ou* Ya. j Kn>fitirer, "a box ol fully ri|>e
| ind matured strawberries, which he
gathered on his place about a mile from
ihe city. They were grown in the
open air, and he represents that the
vines were full of blooms and young
strawberries, and if the cold does not
come ami kill them large quantities
can be gathered in a few days. They
received only the ordinary cultivation
, and attention."
One of the aged men of the throng
j who shook hands with Mr. Hayes on
New Year's perpetrated a joke that
was all the belter for being uninten
tional. Said the venerable party, a* he
grasped Mr. Hayes' tired band and be
gan the pump handle motion : "I have
voted at all the Presidential elections
for more than halt a century, and of all
; Ihe candidates I have voted for you are
; the only one who was elected." Mr.
Hayes "smole a ghastly simile" as the
ancient moved on, unconscious of Ihe
| *ting he had given.
There was a christening in Baltimore
lon New Year's day that was not a
christening. A Methodist preacher
went by request to the house of acquuin
j tances to baptise a child in the presence
! of a lew invited friends. The ceremony
proeeeded smoothly until the parents
were asked to name their child, when it
I was discovered that the house was di
; vided against itself, the mother giving
j one name and the father another. Net
ther would yield, and the clergyman
extricated himself from an embarrass
ing situation by postponing the cere
A Boston lady, whose husband was
frequently visited by nightmare, was
| one night awakened by a noise and to
tier horror saw her husband sitting up
| in bed saying in a whisper, "Now 1
Jiave him, he can't escape 1" and point
, ing his pistol at an imaginary burglar.
Ilia Hnger was on the trigger and he
was aiming direct for the baby's head
>in the cradle, (juick as lightning, his
wife said in a low tone: "Too low 1 aim
higher!" He raised the pistol, she
snatched it from his hand, and the
danger was past.
There is a grain "lock-up" at Chicago.
| The elevators of the city, with aoapaci
! y of 16,000,000 bushels,' are almost full,
and the railroads are refusing transpor
tation or grain to that market for want
of storage capacity there. For this con
dition of affairs the only explanation is
that the grain syndicate, ol which James
R. Keene ia the representative, have by
constant purchase forced the market
price of wheat in Chicago to a point
where it ia e dead leas to ship it to New
York, and to a point where itcennot be
abip(KHl from New York to Liverpool,
even at the providing low rates of ocean
freight, with any prospect of a return
of tnV money invested.