Centre Democrat. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1848-1989, September 15, 1881, Image 1
Sjjc Centre A 13 c m ocmt. SHUGKKT A: FORSTEB, Editors. VOL. 3. * Site jßrnortai Term* St. so par Annum, la Ailvane*. 8. T. SHUGERT and R. M. FORSTER, Editor*. Thursday Morning, September 15, 1881. Democratic County Ticket. ASSOCIATE JUDGES, JOHN O. LARIMER, of Spring, JOHN K. RUNKEL, o( I'utter. PROTHONOTARY, J. CALVIN HARPER, of Bellefonte. SHERIFF, THOMAS J. DUNK EL, of Rush. REGISTER, JAMES A. McCLAIN, of Bogg. RECORDER, FRANK E. BIBLE, of Spring. , TREASURER, DANIEL C. KELLER, of Potter. COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, A. J. GRKIST, of Unionville, JOHN WOLF, of Miles. COUNTY AUDITORS, JOHN S. PROUDFOOT, of Milesburg, F. I*. MUSSER, of Millheim. • ——- PRESIDENT GARFIELD now appears to he in a fair way to recover. There has been a gradual improvement in his condition fur several days past, and the latest accounts from Elbcrou are quite encouraging. Every one is at present"cheered with the hope that the worst is over, and that trom this time forward there will he an increase of strength, and that his restoration to health will only be a matter of time. HON. ETKLEY R. Cox E, of Luzerne, is favorably spoken of as the Demo cratic candidate for Governor to suc ceed Gov. Hoyt, also of Luzerne. The party might do wurse. Mr. Coxe is certainly an honest, conscientious man, with fair qualifications for the position. AUDITOR GENERAL SOIELL, pre vious to his retirement from office, set- tied an account against the Standard Oil Company, showing a balance in fa vor of the Commonwealth of $3,000,- 000, which that company refused to pay. Before taking an appeal, the company aked a re settlement of the account. This has been refused, and the case will now lie contested in the courts. The company we believe al lege, that being a foreign corporation, tbey arc not subject to taxation by the Ftate to the extent of the Auditor Gen eral's finding. SENATOR RECK, on his return jour ney from the Territory of Wyoming, was interviewed by the Cincinnati In quirer in reference to the statement so .extensively published, that he favored the Amli'mruf a Republican President of the.Senate, and would vote for Sen ator Anthony. Senator Beck replied that he made use of no expression which could convey such an idea —that he was not interviewed by any news paper during his absence, and there fore the alleged interview in Milwau kee was a myth, and never took place. The Senator will not now lie consider i ed so niagnauimous as the%Republi can press have been Representing him lately. AH was to be expected, Boss Canic eron, after his experience with the In dependents last winter, had his Con vention well selected, and his best lieu tenants were on active duty to enforce his commands. Independent Republi canism was to lie crushed out; the boss power of the Cameron control, and the edict* of the Cameron dynasty were to be maintained and established beyond the power of honest independent Re [ publicans to object either as to their methods or purposes. For this Quay, | and Cooper, and Magee worked, and tbey worked successfully. The inde pendents were crushed, and their de l' feat emphasized by the nomination of General Bailey, one of the immortal p* ' 306" of Chicago for Treasurer, and f (he appointment of Mahone's eulogist and the Cameron candidate for Gov k' ernor, as chairman of the Htate Corn- "EQUAL AMD EXACT JUSTICE TO ALL MEN, OF WHATEVER STATE OR TKRJ4CAMON, RELIGIOUS OR POLITICAL."—JEFFEMIB Boaa Rule at Homo. Tlio Republican County Convention passed off as neatly and nicely as the late State convention of our rival par ty. The only perceptible difference was that "Boss" Hastings held the strings instead of "Boss" Quay. Mr. Don Cameron has trained ..is Lieuten ants most admirably. He has big Lieu tenants and little Lieutenants. When he has a State Convention, lie uses the big Lieutenant. When it is only a (,'ouuty Convention, a little one an swers his purpose. Mr. Quay is a small man, yet he can run a big con vention. Col. 1). 11. Hastings is a big man and he has shown his ability to run a littie convention. It, of course, is a matter of indifference to Senator Cameron as to the size of his men. What he wauts is to have fellows who can do the work well. It must he nc akowledged Quay ami Hastings have done well. Quay nominated Baily; Hastings nominated Rankin and made himself Chairman of the County Com mittee. The beauty of the whole thing was in the way it worked. Our genial and good looking friend James I'. Co burn, of Aaroushurg,(than whom there is no better Republican in Centre coun ty,) wielded the gave! and presided over the deliberations of the Conven tion. The general personel of the del egates was good. They appeared to be representative men and evidently spoke 'for the best clement of the Republi can party in the county. Rut, while these good fellows were filling the corufortabfe chairs, in which the mem bers of the Centre county Rar arc wont to 1011, as their colleagues annoy the Court and puzzle the jury,''Ross" Has tings set up the pins and informed the good fellows how to knock thetn down. He kindly looked after the tally of tba Secretaries and saw that it came out so that there would be no confusion. After the announcement of each vote, the Col., would smile confidingly into' Mr. Coburn's face, and the subsequent proceedings were as smooth as possible. A machine is a machine. When it is a real good machine it works well. The Republicans of Centre county have reason to congratulate themselves u)M>n having a good machine and a competent engineer to run it. Gil. Hastings will see to all the cogs and keep them well oiled. Pennsylvania is panning out well. The State con vention makes the first score. Beau tifully; yes, artistically, the coun ty convention of Centre comes to its support. Hastings, smiling like a May morning, beams on Cameron. Hat in hand, he says, "My good sir, here is Centre county." The great boss gently strokes his blonde mus tache as he says "Thank You." Thus does the game go on. Colonel Hast ings showed commendable modesty in not wanting a vote taken upon his nomination for Chairman of the Giunty Committee. His modesty was charming. He knew he had the G>n vention in bis coat tail pocket and his coyness was just awfully nice. Now if there arc any thunderbolts to hurl, let us have them. It is the boast of some of these wise men that the ticket placed in nomination on Tuesday will defeat the regular nom inees of the Democratic party, Wc welcome the issue. The day of boss isra has passed. The passage of a Pharisaical resolution of condolence with the President, does not disguise the fact that the machine in Penn sylvania and Centre county ia in ard ent sympathy with what is known as the third-termers. Call a halt, Col- Hastings. The machine is powerless. The people in their majesty are to the front, and so long as outraged public sentiment confronts the action of bos ses, so long will bosses find that their occupation is gone. The doom of boss ism has been decreed. The long roll has been sounded ; Wolfe has called on the reserves and bossism must go the rear. To Col. Hastings, we will say in that kindness the Colonel knows we feel for him, that any effort oft, hi* part, to copy the imperial THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1881. methods of Quay, 1 bring disaster II|MIII him and deserved reprobation on the party to which he belongs Gd. Hastings, in all candor we ask you to pause. —— Tho Republican Ticket. The ticket nominated by the Re publicans of Centre county on last Tuesday is not one to give any alarm to the Democrats. The gentlemen composing it are personally good and respectable citizens, but not one of tlicm will conuiiund Democratic votes enough to muke any material change in the usual Democratic majority of the canity. The Republican w ill, of course, elect one commissioner and one auditor, uud we do not believe tho most sanguine members of the party will claim that they have t,hc ghost of a chance to secure anything more. It is uut a ticket that should receive Democratic votes, ami we therefore call upon our friends to stand firmly and unwaveringly by their own candidates. No scratching; no trading ; hut a solid vote for the Democratic ticket. la*t this he the motto of every Democratic voter, and a glorious triumph will IK; the reward of the party in November. PofTMAHTKT GeNKKAI. J A MISS, after making creditable efforts to wind up the frauds of his department, has now introduced the civil service machinery which his predecessor talked about as a thing that might lie employed ad vantageously. Hereafter competitive examinations arc to be enforced as a means of "ecuring coni|ielent and effi cient service in the Post Office Depart ment. This scarc-crow, as put in ope ration by the Curtis'commission in the Grant administration, wa used as a mtuiof getting rid of persistent place hunters,by plying them witli irrevelant and difficult questions which could have no bearing upon the character of the work to be performed, and which none but favorites were prepared to answer satisfactorily. The best test of qualification to discharge im|>ortant trusts, is character, and experience, and adaptability to the work to IK; per formed. A failure in these prove un fitness, and the applicant or official should be allowed to seek employment in business suited to his capacity, how ever efficieut he may have been in the service of party. Rut it is fair to be believc that Gen. James' comjwtitive examinations arc principally confined to the promotion of trial and deserv ing officers in the public service, in order to secure efficient admistralinn. And in. this he is to be commended, if, in filling vacancies thus created, he uses his own good judgment in making character and adaptability to the duly to be performed the test of fitness. THE call of Arthur to the Presiden tial office during the disability of the President, it ap|iears,is still under dis cussion. The accumulation of execu tive business, and the uncertainty that the President under the most favora ble circumstances will lie able to transact any business for months to come, it is said nccesitates an im mediate decision, and that Gen. Ar thur must be called to the higher chair. It is undoubtedly a pitiable po sition in which the Republican party is placed. They have little confidence in Arthur, and are afraid to trust him, hut they elected him as a stalwart, and a stalwart created the necessity which calls him to the front. Their disquie tude seems to arise in some measure from au impression that if Arthur takes the office it would be for the term ar.d not for the period of disabili ty. In this tbey doubtleaa do the Vica President injustice. Base as he may lie as a politician, we cannot entertain so mean an opinion of the second officer of the Governmenl as to believe that he would take advantage of the posi tion which the assassin'* pistol placed io his hands, as to desire to retain the place after the President became suf ficiently convalescent to perform its =/- fli . £ . : ■ feik. | duties. Hiu own partisans may think they know him better, hut we doubt ! whether uuy Democrat could be found j who would concur in such a degraded ! opinion of one who ha* been elected by the people to the Vice Presidency of tliia great country. If the same opinion were expressed of Rutherford 11. Hayes, who was not elected, con* , currencc would be universal. Wolfe's Revolt. The organs will find that they can not laugh Wolfe's candida< y for .Slate Treasurer to death. Wolfe is impul sive and bo is somewhat erratic at times, hut in all bis madness of the past few years there has been delib erate method. His haired of Cameron may arise from motives that arc not above suspicion. Rut that docs not | enter into the question. The fact is as [latent as the sun at noonday that Wolfe has been the head and front |of all the independent Republicans Pennsylvania has produced. He did | not make one protest against boss ism and then rest. At first he was laugh ed to scorn, jeered at und hooted out of Republican conventions. His fellow members of the legislature refused to listeu to him. Rut his own people stood by him and at la*t even haughty party leaders had to bow to his power, and arrogant, corrupt and powerful lobbyists, intrenched in wealth and influence, bad to nnswer for thc'.r crimes against public morality in a court of justice. When the prison doors closed on such as Wm. 11. Kern ble, Charles 8. Wolfe was vindicated and his persistent fight of years was crowned with success. His candidacy now is notice to the bosses that there is to be no cessation in the battle against the machine. He will fight— and those who know him know how he can fight when his blood is up— until be has routed the enemies of popular government in bis party, ilehind him stand the Committee of One Hundred and the Industrial league. The sinews of war are thus assured. Twenty thousand independ-' cut voters iu Philadelphia alone will vote for Wolfe iu vindication of their own course in the past. In the western part of the Slate, especially in the oil regions, he will be stronger than Raily. Gentlemen of the Republican press, make up your minds that this is no pleasure excursion. There is a good deal of pure, unadulterated bus iness in store for you. Wolfe will make the welkin ring when he gels on the stump. He can tell more of the devious ways of the bosses than any other man iu the State. He knows their method* and understands their crooked processes. He will en lighten the Republican masses and he will make the endorsement of the administration of the wounded Presi dent a distinct issue of the campaign. He will at least have the hearty sympathy of the greater portion of his [tarty. He claims that he can be elected. We do not believe any Republican can he elected this year, but if there is one to be elected we incline to the belief that Wolfe lias an equal chance with Raily. The in dependent voter has been abroad in the land this year. Democratic may ors have been elected in the strong Republican cities of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Chicago, and now the mast independent of all Republicans comes to the front and unfurls his independent banner and call* upon the independents to do or die. Ix!t the procession move. AN attempt was made on last Bun day night, by a sentinel on guard at the Washington jail, to shoot Guiteau. As he was relieved front duty before the aatassiu's cell he turned and dis charged his musket through the iron grating of the door. The ball just grated Guiteau'* head and saved him for the punishment that will come to him iu the future. The soldier who fired the shot has been reported to General Hancock, who commands the department. There is talk of civil pro secution, hut District Attorney Cork hill can take no action, as the case bus not been officially brought to his notice. Gen. Hancock will deal with this insubordinate in a very thorough fashion, lie will doubtless recall the regulations of the army and the man who forgot 'his duty will have to suf fer. S implea of Political Conaistency 'l lie Washington J'ut hits the Mas. *achusetts Senators square in the eyes by comparing the liberality of the law- of Virginia and Massachusetts with reference to suffrage. These hon orable hypocrites, in their correspond ence with Muhone, urge the Repub licans to make common cause with the Repudiation party because the laws of Virginia require the payment of a small tax for the support of common schools as a qualification for the right of suffrage, while at the same lime a tax qualification is required in Massa chusetts, under which thousands of citizens have been deprived of the privilege of voting. And this with the concurrence these Senators. The I'oH says : "If a citizen of Massachu setts, no matter how honorable his life may have been, fulls into such distress that he is compelled, in a single in stance, to accept public charily, his name is stricken off the poll lists. He may have liecn a heavy taxpayer in the past, but that does not count. Let him but accept a coffin for his dead child or medicine for his sick wife, and the laws of the Bay State, by and with the advice and consent of Sena tors Da we- and Hoar, designate him a "pauper" and disfranchise bim as a convict. In the terrible period that followed the financial crash of 1873, when millions of honest men in this country looked in vain for labor by which to earn bread fur their dejiend eut families, there wore some fthou sands of the sons of toil in Massachu setts who lost their right to vote. They could find no work, liecause in- duslry seemed to have died. The spindles aud loom* of the factories ! were still, the shoe chops were closcd. i < irini poverty stalked abroad, and the j wolf howled at many a door where i -toiling plenty had sat in happier lavs. All who preferred public char ! itv to death from starvation in that awful time were disfranchised, like j convicts, by and with the advice and consent of Senators Dawes and Hoar. We are not particularly anxious or perplexed about the Bay State. That ancient Commonwealth has her good qualities to offset her had ones. If she sells paupers at public auction in the gentle spring time, if she disfranchises for the crime of having been poor and distresses!, it is also true that she con tains many noble characters and leads the way in many paths of progress. But we confess that',it moves our eon tempt and derision when Messrs. Hoar and Dawes, after assisting in the dis franchisement of so many of their poor neighbors at home, go down into Vir ginia to weep and howl because an able-bodied man is required to pay a day s earnings annually into the school fund, or forego the luxury of voting till another year." SPEAKING of the late Republican Stale Convention which came off at Harrishurg last week, the New York Timet regrets that "some of the vigor which was shown in the vindication of party discipline in the convention, did not communicate itself to the declara tion of party principles." The TViaes is too ionoccot by half! There were no principles in the thing at all. It was nothing but discipline. A certain class of Republicans, who thought they possessed sufficient capacity to think and Act for themselves without the in tervention of a boss, had the temerity to revolt against the Cameron dynasty and the third-term ring, and it was the business of the Commttioa to disci pline the malcontents, and to show thetn how completely the party is sub jugated to the will of the homes, TERMS: If 1.60 per Annum, In Aihunrr. Ambrose Everhurt Burnstdo. The sudden and totally unexpected death of Senator Burnside, of Rhodo Inland, will recall the vicissitudes and triumphs of a man whose name hut a few years ago was in every one's j mouth. First he came into national prominence when he was assigned | command of the Army of the Potomac on the 7th of November, 162. He came to this position after having j gained some renown in his North | Carolina expedition, and his parlici- I pation in the buttles of South Mount | ain and An tie turn, to succeed McClel i lan in the command of the army. ! Thus for the first time was General | Burnside brought into great promi ! ncnce. His disastrous campaign is | historical. The terrible reverse at ! Fredericksburg closed his career a* a great captain. The war over, he returned to his native State of Rhode ! Island and soon spoke for her as a United Btales Senator in Congress* His career asva civilian has been marked by none of the terrible mis takes that followed him as a soldier. He has been a creditable, fair and conscientious Senator. His part Las been small, but he has successfully enacted it. As a soldier he is held in high esteem, despite the disaster which followed bis army on its march to Richmond. It is but just to the memory of General Burnside to say that when the powers: at Washington ] displaces] his chief and made him general of the army, that he said be, could not command so great a body I of troops, and that General McCleliaa j was better able to command the army ! than any of his officers. General Burnside, on maur occasions, has borne willing testimony to the fitness of General Mcdc!lan for the position be j occupied, and which he was compelled 'to assume. The country will hear of (General Burm-idc's death with sincere i sorrow. He was not a great man, but j lie tried to l>e an honest one. | Tin: Cameron dynasty rule? the Ilc : publican party once more snpreme in i Pennsylvania. The "Independent*" | walked into the State Convention with their all in their hands; they were I caught as between two millstones and ground to fine powder. The memory I of what they did at Chicago and what they threatened to do in the Senatorial contest of last winter availed them not; the "machine" rose by force of might and laid all opposition low. It now remains to lie seen whether the work of the machine at Ilarrisburg will be endorsed by the people at the f>olls nexi November. FEMALE ATTORSETS are not want ed in Massachusetts. A Miss LeliaJ. Robinson, who took a regular course in the Boston University law school and graduated, applied for admission to the bar to practice as an attorney. Her application was dismissed by the court on the ground that under the laws of the Commonwealth women are not entitled to be admitted as attor neys. Lclia must therefore carry her legal lore to some more liberal market. WE PRERIDKNT C A wurr, of the the Pennsylvania Railroad, besides being an accomplished railroad mag ■ate, is also a successful farmer. It is sqjd be has the finest crop of tobacco on his farm, near Rurwin station, -a the State. The yield of his crop, it is believed, will average eighteen hun dred pounds to the acre, and the leaf being of superior quality, will sell for thirty cents per pound, and bring five hundre-i dollars to the acre. CHARI.KS S. WOLFE'S independent candidacy for State Treasurer offers a fair opportunity to lest the relative strength of the Independent Repub lican* and the Cameron machine. Wolfe represents the Independents, and Baily the machine, "You pays y>ur money, and you takes your choice." THE bosses to the front. Indepen dents to the rear. —Neaator Quaere*. NO. 37.