Centre Democrat. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1848-1989, May 12, 1881, Image 1
NIIIGIRT & FOUNT Kit, VAitors. VOL. 3. She Ctnftt iPrmocrat. Terns* St .so per Annnm, in Advance. S. T. SHUGERT and R. H. FORSTER. Edtlort. Thursday Morning, May 12, 1881. TIIK dead-lock in tho Senate bad to succumb to the unfaltering purpose of the Democrats to prevent a great wrong; but when is the Mahone-Re publican treaty to be ratified ? Gor kam and Riddlcberger would like to know. HII.LIXGDL.EY, of Washington coun ty, and perhaps Myers, .of Venango, are the mere echoes and rural agents of the Philadelphia roosters in the Legislature. They are relied upon to lead the country Republicans in any dirty business the roosters may have on hand. Billingsley's apportionment bill will show what kind of dirty job he is now required to favor. GKX. GRANT lias made a speech in the city of Mexico, in which he dis claims any intention of gobbling up that country or of converting it into an empire. He doubtless has a lively recollection of the fate of Maxaniil ian, besides restless ex-President's aspirations for empire may be in an other direction. He has given cause for such belief to many of his coun trymen. POSTMASTER JAMES has created quite a consternation among the thieves since his connection with the Post office Department. He unearths the astounding fact that over $2,000,000 have been stolen annually for four years by the Star route thieves. This in one department only, under the Christian statesman whoadminisitered the affairs of Government through successful fraud. HENRY WARD BEECHER, in pass ing through Maryland the other day, was served with a writ at the suit of the Maryland Agricultural and Me chanical Society, who claim to have been damaged to the amouqt of $lO. 000, by the excentric divine. It ap pears that Mr. Beecher engages! to de liver a lecture at one of their fairs which was extensively advertised to draw a large crowd. He failed to fill his engagement, and the Society bring suit to recover damages. SENATOR CONK LING on Monday last made his great effort in the Re publican caucus, and announced some damaging statements reflecting ujwn the sincerity and reliable character of the President. He charges him with straight-out lying and deception in re gard to the appointment of Judge Robertson to the collectorship of New York. The fight between the great Republican leaders promises rich de velopments of character that may prove interesting summer reading to the party of "great moral idea*." Ix;t the funeral procession move on. IN Auburn, New York, a negro was appointed a policeman, and in conse quence the chief of the force and one other resigned. They could not de grade their respectibility by serving with "the man aud brother." If this had occurred in the South, the bloody shirt would have waved and Dawes and others would howled themselves hoarse with indignation over the out rage against the rights of the colored citizen. But what is proper enough in the North, is criminally improper in the South. GFX>. C. GORIIAM, the Mahone-Re publican candidate for Secretary of the Senate, who is also the editor of the Washington National Republican, is defending the Star route thieves. In doing so, he bitterly attacks the President for permitting the investiga tion to be made, and threatens him with exposure. He intimate) broadly that the President asked that a por tion of the thieves swag should be applied to carrying the elections in Indiana and New York. Gorham ought to know all about it. He was there. "KI4UAL ANO KX ACT JUSTICR TO AI.L MKN, OK WIIATKVKII HTATK OK FKHMUASIOIf, KKLIOIOCB OK POI.ITICA I.."—J<-fTiTn. FOUR hundred citizens of Lacka wana county presented a petition in tho House of Representatives asking proceedings to be instituted for the impeachment oftJov. Iloyt Hnd Attoi ney General Palmer. They charge that the Governor and Attorney Gen eral conspired corruptly to shield Kcmble and other criminals from the punishment due their crimes against the law ; that they have confederated with politicians to inqiosc upon the citizens of Lackawanna an unconsti tutional judiciary, in defiance of the decision of the Supreme Court; that I the said Attorney General, with the approval of the Governor, has disre garded the petition of the citizens to test through quo warranto proceedings the right of the associate judges of said county to exercise judicial func tions. The petitioners express their readiness to present such facts as will prove that said Iloyt and Palmer have used their offices to carry out infrac tions of the Constitution and laws. And what if they did? It would form no exceptional case, and even if the |ietition were received as a meri torious case, which we doubt, it would not lie one of sufficient mark to arrest the attention of the majority of the Legislature as now constituted. Offi cial infractions of the Constitution and laws are too common to make them novel. The people of Pennsylvania seem satisfied with that kind of gov ernment, and would scarcely l>e happy under honest, conscientious officials who could make the Constitution and laws paramount to political or person al advantage. No, proceedings of this kind would be an unnecessary waste of time, even if they had merit as their base- C'-OSKI.INO set things up very nicely in the Republican caucus to handicap the President in the matter of ap pointment*, but things wouldn't stay fixed. In agreeing to break the dead lock and permit executive sessions to be held, the wiley Senator had a rule adopted that the objection of a single Republican Senator from any State should prevent action upon any ap pointment of the President. This was to reach the case of Judge Robertson, and prevent his confirmation for the position of collector of customs at New York, and still leave the chances o|>en for the confirmation of a number of C'oukling'a personal friends, who had also been nominated for various positions. Rut the President headed this little arrangement by withdraw ing all the New York appointments, except that of .lodge Robertson. This I aetiou on the part of the President ha* given him the advantage, but per- I hap* intensifies! the fight with his im perious antagonist. It is now victory or death. - TIIK President is now engaged in an effort to solve the conundrum as to who is President of the United Ktates —whether James A. Garfield or Ros coe Conkling. The chances are in favor of the former now, but the final solution is not yet reached, and may depend upon the stiffness of Garfield's back-bone. If this weakens and fails him in his contest with the New York dictator, the Ohio statesman will fall to the level of a third-rate Iluckeye politician. MANY of our Republican friends begin to realize that they have a couple of Confederate elephants on 1 hand in the persons of Mahone and Riddlcberger—not as to the men par- 1 ticularly, but the manner of obtaining ; them by a trade that no Senate ever before was base enough to attempt. The stench will continue to be offen sive, and no number of attempts at 1 disinfection will remove it IT appears from investigations that 1 there are a number of Philadelphians connected with the Htar route frauds in which one Congress men, at least seems to be implicated. Congressmen 1 Harmer will probably be called upon 1 for explanations. BEEEEFONTE, I'A., THURSDAY, MAY 12, 1881. Ex-Sonator Wallaco Refutes a Slander. The silly slander that appeared last week in a number of newpa|K*rH alle ging that a large sum of money had been contributed by the Star mail route contractors to aid in securing the nomination of (ien. Hancock for the I'residency meets with a prompt and decided refutation from ex-Henntor Wallace. The following letter from Mr. Wallace in relation to the matter uppcarcd in the Philadelphia Times of last Sunday: To thr Kdltor of thi |'hll<LljMa Tlinti. Certain Washington correspondents of the Philadelphia I'rr.ix, New York Timet r, Huston lierahl, uiul other uew papers give currency to statement* "that money to a large amount, receiv er! from the Star route ring, was used to aid in nominating General Hancock at Cincinnati"that money from the same source was used in the Pennsyl vania Democratic Convention ot IfysO," and that in my capacity as chairman of the subcommittee of the Senate ap propriation committee on the Post < f --tice appropriation hills I aided the Star route ring. It is not my habit to contradict news paper falsehoods, hut the truth touches the purity of General Hancock's nomi nation, and therefore I write. No money whatever came from any source to carry the delegation from his own State lor General Hancock and none wus used. His enemies and mine trumpeted the result of that conven tion as a victory over General Hancock and his friends. General William It. Franklin was in charge of Hancock's headquarters at Cincinnati and con trolled the expenditure of all moneys used there. No such sum as (CiO,OUG was either raised to expend or was ex ponded there. The whole sum expend ed did not exceed $1,.J00, and this was for rent, music, banners, badges, etc. Those in charge of his interest there did not believe in securing either his nomination or his election by the use of money. In the passage of the Post < iffiee de ficiency bill of Ibhii, as chairman of the subcommittee 1 was asked for a hear ing by those interested in routes which would be cut otf by tailure of the ap propriation. They complained that the House committee refused to hear them. The sub committee—Senators Beck, Booth and mvself—gave them a hearing. It was public and the state ments made to us were printed. We reported Hie bill back to the full com mittee favorably. Our report was adopted and I was instructed to call it up and put it upon its passage. It pass ed the >enate without a call of tbeyeas and nay*. I gave my views of the sub ject then, which are in the record. In our action u|>on that bill the guilt or in nocence ol no public official wa* passed upon, but we acted solely upon the con viction that it would be unwise public policy to brrak down the mail service west of the Mississippi by refusing to vote the money to carry it on. Very respectfully yours, WILLIAM A. WALLACE. Clearfield, Pa.. May, IKHI. 'I ROt'Ht.K for the Rcpuhliran-Mn hone treaty is thickening. The situa tion is not at nil lovely for the Sena torial contractor*. Gorbatn and Rid dleborger are virtually laid out cold ; war to the knife, is inaugurated be tween the administration ami the stal wart Senator of New York and bis lieutenants. The treaty it not rati fied and there is no prnpability that it will lie, while honest Republicans in Virginia repudiate the union with the Mahonc faction and the conservative Readjustees denounce the cflbrt to sell and transfer them to the Republican party for a few paltry offices. Indeed the Reptibliean control of the Senate by an assumed majority disgracefully if not unlawfully attained by the cast ing vote of the Vice f'resideot does not pan out in the hopeful results ex pected. RAWAM.Y and unfair as the appor tionment of Senators and Representa tives in this State has been for years past, it carries some show of decency— some regard for the official oath of the Representative under the Constitu tion, when coin pare* I with the in. famous bill now before the Legislature for the approval of that lody. And yet the men getting up this enormity profess to be friends of a free ballot and equal laws. Hhame ! —The evidence of the Star route ring steals of llrady, Dorsey A Co., under the last administration, must lie very interesting reading to the retired Fraud. He did not need any of the swag thus floating around, as Tilden's salary provided bim a handsome com petence. WHY should tho Republicans of Pennsylvania go South to discover whether a free ballot is strictly observed—whether the rights of citi zens nre properly respected ? Let them investigate Philadelphia, Lan- j j caster, or indeed any of the strong | j Republican districts for information ! jof this character, hut above all, let j them examine the disgraceful gerry | mundering of the Legislative uppor | tioiiment hill recently introduced by ! j tho cbairmau of the Legislative Ap-j portionniont Committee in the House jof Representatives. If this will not I satisfy them, they need not go South or anywhere else to find evidence of the most abandoned villainy—the ' most reckless disregard of official morality as well as the absence of any thing like a decent respect for the right* of pitizens and of communitic-. j This hill alone will furnish all the . needed data, without traveling out ol j the State to s<s-k it. PRESIDENT GARFIELD apj>ears to j have more hack-hone than he was | given credit for. He slii ks to his ap |sjintmeut of Robertson ami defies j the power of the imperious Senator Ironi New ork who d>-muiidcd it* ! withdrawal as a condition of his favor ; and support. Instead, he, the Prcsi-j dent withdraws the appoint incuts of! !u number of Mr. (kmkliug's j r.-unal j friends, and thus emphasizes his de- • termination to assert hi- independence ! j of threat* uud dictation in the dispell- ' i sation of executive patronage. The , 1 issue between these chiefs of the Re- J ( publican lamily isthus squarely joined, j Neither can withdraw from the con- ' t'-t it involve* without the exhibition j jof the most abject cowardice. It is a war for position only to be deter- j j mined by the humiliation of one or j ; the other. The President ha* taken j the helm. < 'an lie hold it ? I THE authorities at Washington have J caused the arrest of several JM r-011- in*| Philadelphia on the charge of fraud in connection with the Star route mail contracts now undergoing invotiga tion. This may be all right. But why not tackle some of the corrupt ; official* who were in collusion with the (contractors? We Itelieve with the Philadelphia Record that merely "ask- ! ing Brady and McGrew to resign,; while beginning criminal suits against 1 such small fry a Funk, Black, Black man and Coson, seems to the outside public a very crab-like way of going at the Star route rascals. What kind ; of a net is it that enmeshes the little 1 fish ami let* the big one* resign ?" I HE Philadelphia Time* show s how the Star route plunderer* thrived un der Brady by giving a statement of five routes iu which the contract* were raied from $1(10,500.25 to $7 14,1 l.", when the entire postal receipt* to the government from them were only so•'!,- 7 18. 7)7. The first route i* in Texas, the second in New Mexico, tho third in Dakota and Montana, the fourth in Wyoming and the fifth iu Arizona. The following table exhibit* the origi- 1 nal hid*, the inereae made by Brady ' nnd the gross postal receipt* : Ofljrliml lntri#sl l'*. C*V. Rsreltil* N'>. ll.lv) |I U-ti.tn s:'<<*" • .•!•) : V' XZO/I < .•••• LVV-WZN - No. V,.1W1 2,V*><* l TN.KX.M < JW . TT ' No tT.lt'> |o..vr: M **,Tft* 1 1 a,)*'- -Z 1 No. LVH.OO IV. On |n.M* I* Total SlW.Mllll'. rDt.l'M'. >.l.:i*AT TIIE liogtis life insurance companies, which are claimed to be founded upon the co-operative principle, nre still in 1 the active operation of their swindles in differeut parts of thi* State. They have recently placed policies of insur ance upon the life of a feeble old col ored woman in Harrishurg, eighty year* of age, to the amount of 8110,- 000. With such proof of their work, can any sane person lie deceived ? THE General Assembly of tho Pres byterian church is to meet at Buffalo, New York, on the 19th of May, and is expected to be in session two week*. This la the general legislative body of the church, representing 5,000 church es and half a million communicants. The Party of .IcftcrMoii and Other Statesmen. In a speech recently delivered in tlii! United States Senate, Senator Pendleton gave the Republicans notice I that their corrupt bargain with Ma j hone and the Virginia repudiationists ! cannot ho carried out. In closing his eloquent speech Senator Pendleton suid : It wan the Democratic party, not tho outrages of the South, against which they 'the Republican*.) made war. It i was not the Confederate Brigadiers; it wan not the outrages upon the negro in the South. Rut it wa- the hatred for the Democratic party which inspired the fervor of the Republican philanthropy. 1 he solution of the Southern question rested in harmony ami good will be ; tween the races and against that solu tion the Republican party set its face. What wa* tho Rourbon Democratic party? It wan the party ol Jefferson, of Madison, ol Monroe and of Polk ; the parly that had given Texas. New Mexico and Ualifornia to the Union. It was tho party which had loog ago j made the <Constitution and for sixty years administered it so that in the | government there had been no law higher than tho Constitution. It wa* the party that in the cycle of its years had drawn to itself every able and pa triotic statesman, who was not willing to walk in the awkward ways of sec tionalism. It was the party which in storm and tempest ami winter's blast ; had stood like an ocean light-house un i moved and immovable, while other par ties 1 including the t>asted Republican party had surged arid swayed with un ; even and inconstant motion. like the i waves that obeyed the fitful bidding of ' the fickle moon. The spray might have | covered it, its side waters might have i washed its summit, but every reception ' of the storm had shown it* light wa* nnquenched and its lustre undimmed. \ Ihe Republicans asked that party to help them in using the offices of the t Senate to debauch the people of Vir ginia. Ho said in conclusion: "You 1 forget what the Senate i*. You forget what we are -one half thi* Senate, the ' peers of you all ; Representatives of State* which, wiili slight limitations, are sovereign . you forget the character of the work in which you ak our co njuration. I tell you now, I tell you j here, you will not have that cooj.era -1 tion for that purpose at any time." A MA-* MEETING of the citizen* of ; Philadelphia who favor a reform in the manner of collecting delinquent l ! taxes wa* held in the Academy of Mu- ic on Saturday evening. Among the officer* of the meeting and sjx-ak crs were gentlemen of prominence, representing the reform clement in Isith jMrlitical parties. There i* a bill now jrending in the Ix-gi-lature for the repeal of the law of l*7!t under which a separate department for the collection of delinquent taxes i was created. The delinquent tax of fice i a regular Imnanza for the "ring" politicians, and the mx** meeting 011 Saturday was c alled main ly to give expression to the sentiment lof the independent voters iu favor of it* abolition. THE New 5 ork Turn* make- a loud j call upon the Senate caucus to unload * iurham, the Republican-Mahone can didate for Secretary of the Senate. It says the Republican pnrty can hotter afford to do without the aid of Mahnne I than they can afford to carry so prom inent an aj>ologit of the Star route ring fraud*. The President ap|>ears to he in jwrfect accord with the Time*, |so far a* Gorham i* concerned, hut j they might probably both possess them selves in peace, as the 1 Vmoci at ic .Sen ators have already served notice of 1 the unfitness of the caucus nominees. Thair doom i certain in pite of Re ! publican rflbrt* in their favor. ♦ Two liu ml nil Mormon proselytes from Kurope lately landed in Now York. Announcements of this kind are not uncommon. Why do not some of tho missionary societies send out ! able men to antagonize the work of the Mormon recruiting agents? Or why not start colonization societies so that poor persons who desire to come to the United Htates to better their fortunes need not embrace a vulgar faith in order to secure transportation and get a home when they arrive ? (STANLEY MATTHEWS is not to be an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee of the Senate have reported adversely to the confirmation. Mr. Lamar, it ap pears was the only member of the committee who favored an affirmative report. TKKMN: SI.OO |m t Annum, it, Atltaiir*. THE Repudiation Senator from Vir ginia Ijhj- been almost entirely obeeu red by recent event* at Washington. | The war between the Executive and the New York Senator—the br<ak of the dead-lock, and the failure to ratify j the contract and confer official ptmi j tion upon Gorhatn and Itiddleberger, ' for which the Virginia Senator acrifi | ed li in honor and independence, place* him in a pitiable position. Ho in of no i account now, a mere wreck to hang to the tail of the Itopublican kite, despi sed by all, in the first two mouth* of liia official life. Steel ami Iron Halls. Secretary Swank, of the Iron and Steel Association, ha* jut obtained from the manufacturer* complete re- I turn* of the production of iron and j steel rail* for the year 1880. The figure* show that the production of all kind* of rail* throughout the United State* 1 last year far surpassed the production of any previou* year. It reached the ! enormous quantity of 1,461,837 torn-. ' This i* 31 T>er cent, more than the pro duction of 1879, in which year 1,113,- j 273 net ton* of lieuemer *teel rail* were made. The rail production of 18SO wa* compoed of 954. 460 net ton* of Bessemer t-l rails, 493,762 net ton* of iron ran* and 13.615 tons of open I'.earth *teel rail*. The total production of Beaaemer ateel rail* wa* '270,496 ton* or 40 per cent, moie than that of 1879; that of iron rail*, 71,602 ton*, or 18 |w-r cent, more, and that of open Hearth steel rail*, 4466 ton*, or 49 per cent, more. The Bessemer steel rail produc tion includes 36,86s net ton* of rail* roiled by rolling mills, mainly from im ported hloom*. The production of steel rail* in 18Q, included in the total pro duction for the year, amounted to 16,- 844 net ton*, of which 805.6 ton* were He**emer and open llearth *tcel rati* and the remainder were iron rail*. <>f j the total production of rail* Pennviva , nia contributed 46 per cent., or 670,198 I net tons. Some of the Kittanning iron worker* are on a strike. They complain that they are obliged to work twelve hour* out of the twenty four for from $1.25 to lixt a day and demand an increase of twenty five cent* or eight hour turns. Ac odd contest took place at a West 1 I'itttton mine a few days ago. IteU for : considerable mm- were offered and | taken that Patrick Huane could load a I coal car more quickly than Patrick Kirby. Huane i* a man of middle age ; Kirby i tpentytwo year* old and thirty pound* leas in weight than hi* compet itor. The car to be loaded wan capable of holding s.f**) pound* avoirdupois. In the presence of alsrge crowd Huane I loaded the car in eighteen minutes; Kirby loaded in eleven minute*, which i* considered in tbe mining di*trict* a wonderful and unprecedented feat. The latest commercial sensation is tbe re|>ort that some 16,000,000 bu*hels of wheat, now on tbe Pacific *!ope, is about tobe moved overland for shipment via the Gulf of Mexico, instead ol around <'pe Horn. The rumor was started some weeks ago, but wa* revived to day and came up to the front a*"good aa new." I'here is not much reason for the fear that the rumor will ho verified now. whatever insy be the future course of wheat shipments from < 'ahfornia to Ku rope. The wheat referred to is really in ; " a straight betwixt two"—or three. Mr. Frederick A. Pott* who wa* the Republican candidal* for Governor of New .lersey last November, recently *ent two of his three sons on a pleasure irip to Kurope. New* came that both the young men were dangerously ill in Naples, and the third son left on the next stosmer. Shortly after the steamer had sailed a report of the death of one of the young men, Harvey Potts, was received. 1 hereupon Mr! and Mr*. Pott* sailed for Kurope and they are now on th passage. On Sunday a cable dispatch announced the death in Pari* of George H. Pott*, the one who went to the asi*tanceof his brothers. Mr*. Garfield is reporter! a* seriously ill. She i* prostrated with a sort of bilious intermittent fever snd the Pre*, ident is alarmed slxmt her. Mr*, Gar field ha* not been ol robust health for *ome time and the duties of her new position ss mistress ol the Executive Mansion have weighed heavily upon her. She was sent to New York a few , day* ago, but the social pressure there was even worse than at the White House and hc returned to Wa*hingtcn to take to her bed. Mm. Garfield j literally a martyr to society. Her am bition to do honor to her huslnind's friends ia beyond her physical endur ance and ahe is now suffering the |*n> l *ity. The Pacific Slate* have long been at enmity with the small coin, nut hard times have made an improvement. Formerly everything wa* sold by the bit's worth. A bit wa* supposed to mean twelve and a half cent*. You Ixjught • bit s worth of your grocer and handed him a quarter. He gave you back ten cent*. Tbe next time you paid htiu only ten cents. If vou fre quently paid him only tbe dime be * probably spoke to you about it. Two bit* are a quarter of a dollar. It waa cheapest to buy two bit*' or four bita' worth of anything. Hard time* brought the five cent piece. A child who want ed a cent's worth of peanut* was put to great distress. The Pacific coast ia rapidly approaching the time when a rich man will find five cents in his vest pocket. NO.