Centre Democrat. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1848-1989, July 20, 1882, Image 1

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    SHUGERT & VAN ORMER, Editors.
VOL. 4.
€mixt §tmmt
Terms 81.50 per Annum, in Advance,
s. T. SHUGERT & J. R. VAN ORMER, Editors.
Thursday Morning, July, 20, 1882.
Democratic State Ticket.
SILAS M. CLARK, of Indiana.
J. SIMPSON AFRICA, of Huntin'g.
The Democratic Platform.
The Democratic party of Pennsylvania, hohlhig fast
to tin* faith that ail power not delegated hy the Con
stitution is reserved to the States and the people; up*
holding the sanctity of personal liberty, the security
of private property, antl the right of local self-govern
ment, demanding honesty and economy in the ad
ministration of government ami the enforcement of
all the provisions of the Constitution by the Legisla
ture and the Courts of the Commonwealth ; declaring
against monopolies and in sympathy with labor seek
ing its protection, and in favor of the industrial inter
ests of Penniylvanla at all times, do solemnly protest
against evils which the policy of the Republican par
ty and the insolence of its long possession of office
have thus brought upon the country; therefore,
First—We do protest sigainst what is called the boss
system, and also the plundering of officeholders by
assessments of money for political purposes. Public
offices are the property of no party, hut are open to
every citizen who is honest, capable, and faithful to
the Constitution, qualifications which Jefferson de
clared were requisites for office.
Second—We protest against the spoils system. It
is a prostitution of the offices of the people mo that
they become the mere perquisites of the politicians.
Third—We denounce alhrepudiation, .State and Fed
eral, because it is dishonest and destructive of that
public morality upon which are founded the existence
and perpetuity of our free institutions. It should he
made odious, and the political party that aids it and
abets it with office deserves public condemnation.
Fourth—We denounce spoliation of the State Treas
ury and iiuinmnity by pardon of those convicted of
crimes, whose acts were flagrant subversions of official
trusts and wrongs done the people.
Fifth—We believe the Republican party, as now or
ganized and controlled, is based on fraud, force and
corruption, and there can be no hope ot true'refonn
except by the force of the ballot box excluding it
from place and power.
Sixth—The Democratic party demands of the Leg
islature an honest just, and true apportionment.
Seventh—Upon these declarations we invite the co
operation of all honest citizens who with us desire
the reestablishiiient of lionest government.
"REFORM next year," pleads Don
Cameron and tho machine ring. "Not
next year, but now," shout the Inde
pendents. On this issue they have
agreed to disagree. Judgment to lie
declared the second Tuesday of Novem
PRESIDENT ARTHUR is a big, strong
man, but it is doubtful whether his
intellectual developements are big
enough to grasp the opportunity now
offered liiru. The passage of the
twenty million plunder bill offers rare
inducements for a just and popular
JUDGE JERE S. BLACK was caught
the other day bv a persistent western
interviewer, and forced to give his
views of the political situation, which
he did very briefly but to the point.
"Pattison will be elected Governor of
Pennsylvania, and General Hancock
will be the next President of the
United States."
TIIE Hon. L. A. Mackey, of Lock
Haven, is said to be a candidate for
nomination for Assembly in Clinton
county. Mr. Mackey was a faithful
and efficient Congressman from this
district, and if nominated and elected,
will make an equally creditable and
valuable representative of Clinton
county*!n the Legislature of the State.
official and generally does just what
lie believes the proper thing to do with
the army officers. He has abolished
the department of West Point, and
ordered that christian soldier who oc
cupied the "soft place," Geu. O. O.
Howard, to active duty in the great
west —where christian service at least,
inay be made available.
A Mrss CLOAK EY, a lady'of wealth
and respectably connected, last week
became the bride of John Miller, a
negro porter in Washington, Pa., is
now an inmate of the Dixmont Insane
Asylum at Pittsburgh. As soon as
her relatives learned that the marriage
had been solemnized, they applied to
the court for a committee de lunatico
inquireudo, which resulted in the
transfer of the fair bride of the sable
bridegroom to Dixmont. The friends
arc about to bring suit against the
colored clergyman who performed the
marriage ceremony.
Carefnl Nominations Important.
THE election of delegates to the
Democratic cciuity convention under
the rules of the party will be held at
the usual places of holding elections
in the several election districts of the
county on Saturday the sth of August.
It is important that the Democrats of
the county should pay attention to
this matter and select the best men to
(ill the important but too often neg
lected position of delegates to the
county Convention. As a party, we
must not rely upon the divisions of
our opponents for an easy victory in
the important election we are now ap
proaching, but if we are true to our
selves, to our principles, and our party,
we have every reason to believe that
we shall elect a Democratic Governor
and the whole of the state ticket.
While this is almost an assured fact,
another equally important thing re
mains to be done. A Democratic Ex
ecutive administration alone, can
accomplish little in the Jway of re
form of the many abuses that have
grown up with the Republican party,
and that must continue so long as it
remains in power. Unless the Demo
crats succeed in electing a majority of
the legislative branch of the govern
ment but little can be accomplished
byway of reform. We believe we can
elect a majority of both branches,
notwithstanding that the senatorial
and representative districts made by a
Republican apportionment are so con
structed as to give the Republicans a
great advantage. The next legislature
will be one of more than ordinary im
portance and the selection of candi
dates challenges careful and thought
ful attention on the part of the De
mocracy. A new apportionment of
the state will be made into Congres
sional, Senatorial, Representative and
Judicial districts. Upon a proper and
fair construction of these several dis
tricts will depend in a great measure
the future success of the Democratic
party and the welfare of the people.
Many other measures of reform will
require the attention of the next legis
lature. Let, therefore, the Democrats
be careful and wise as to the compe
tency of the men they select to repre
sent them. As far as possible let them
be men of experience and of tried fi
delity to the party and to the public
interest. There should be no scramble
for these offices, because there is a
chance to win. There should be no
scrubs entered for the race. None but
the best men and most fitt ing should
be put forward as candidates.
We announce in this paper the
names of two very reputable men as
candidates for the lower house of the
legislature. Others may lie announ
ced in the future. As yet there is no
announcement in this county for State
Senator. We suppose the reason why
no announcement has been made is be
cause our present State Senator, the
Hon. C. T. Alexander, lnis fdled the
bill so completely, discharged his du
ties so ably and efficiently, that it is
almost the universal desire that he
should again be elected. We know of
no opposition to him in this county.
We believe there will be none, and in
deference to this feeliug, we commend
him to the Democrats of Clinton and
Clearfield counties as being especially
the man best qualified to fill the place
at this time. The esteem in which he
was held by his fellow members of the
last Senate is shown by the fact that
he was the only member of-that body
who was placed upon the four impor
tant committees, viz: Federal Rela
tions, Judiciary General, Finance and
Legislative, Congressional and Judi
cial Apportionments, What is called
and known as the courtesy of the seuate
will retain him on these committees,
even if the Republicans have a ma
jority of that body. He would thus
be in position to care for our interests
in the new apportionment as well as in
the new revenue laws to be prepared.
THE latest report from Senator
Hill, of Georgia, is that his death may
be expected any hour. He has now to
take his food through a tube.
The Key-Note.
Reform is the key-note of the Demo
cratic eampaign, says Gen. Davis o*
the Doylestwon Democrat. It is already
heard in every cunimnnitv, from the
Delaware to Lake Erie; and will
soon emblazon ten thousand banners
waving in every valley and every hill
top in Pennsylvania. In hoe signo
vinees —in this sign we conquer —will
be shouted by lmlf a million of throats
as freemen march to the ballot-box.
l'attison is the child, as well as the
disciple, of reform. He is the first
official ofl'hiladelphia, in twentyyears
who has laid bis hand upon the thief
and the plunderer when about to steal
from the public treasury. They both
fear, and hate him. His large savings
to the tax-payers of that city is evi
dence of what may be expected of him
as Governor. He will watch the
thieves which congregate at Ilarris
burg as closely as he has watched
them at Philadelphia. There are a
thousand leaks to be stopped about
the State capital. Twenty years of
unobstructed power in the same hands
has warmed a host of plunderers into
life. They believe the offices belong to
those who hold them and that free
plunder is part of our political system.
Pattison believes that a public office is
a public trust, and should be adminis
tered in the interest of those who pay
the taxes.
There is a wide field for reform,and
few walk therein. For twenty years
our State government lias been admin
istered in the interest of a political
ring. The first tiling a new Governor
was expected to do, after his seat was
fairly warm, was to cast about to see
how he could serve the clique which
had nominated, and elected, him ; how
lie could concentrate both the money
and political power of the State in the
interest of the bosses. Reforms were
not thought of; good government was
not considered a necessity; the people
were only looked upon as instruments
to elevate the bosses to power and keep
them there. The fact that the govern
ment belongs to the people, and should
lie administered for them, never enters
the heads of those who possess the of
With Pattison in the Executive
chair, there will be presto —change-
He will administer the government in
the interest of those who confided the
great trust to him. Reform will
become a vital, living principle;
economy will take the place of extrava
gance, and honesty will occupy the
seat now usurped by corruption. Good
government will be the rule and not
the exception. Pass round the watch"
word among the people.
THE recent attempt of the Cameron
stalwarts to capture the rebellious In
dependents by diplomacy, was a fail
ure. Instead of putting the Independ
ents in a hole, the stalwarts themselves
stepped in. The object seems to have
been to save the boss ring manage
ment by^plausible offers of compro
mise,but .Stewart's amend meut or coun
ter proposition providing for the with
drawal of the candidates composing
both the Republican opposing tickets,
and ull to be made inelligible before
the primaries on a new deal, was not
in the stalwart programme. County
committees could be relied on to make
nominations to order, but when hotly
contested on new men before the
masses by fair methods, the results
could not be counted on with sufficient
degree of certainty to make it desira
ble. It is probable, therefore, that the
fight goes on to tho end, to determine
who is to rule the party —whether by
popular voice or individual dictation.
We predict for them a happy time, in
which the contestants will have enough
to do without wasting their usual abuse
on the Democrats.
THE Ohio Republican association
at Washington proposes to purchase
Garfield's house in that city for $lB,-
000. Mrs. Garfield assents to tho sale,
and will contribute SI,OOO for a library
lor the club.
Promise and Performance.
The Washington Post reproduces
the following passage from one of the
numerous circulars of the Natioual
Republican committee of 1880. These
cold-blooded and dishouest appeals lor
votes may be profitably recalled by
laboring men now :
"The Democrats, if successful in the
present election, will, as promised by
them, largely reduce the important duty on
all kinds of foreign goods, and conse
quently immense quantities of these
commodities will be imported. Work
ingmen engaged in manufacturing these
goods all over the country will either be
thrown out of employment or will have
to work for the very low wages paid in
Europe, and their present favorable
position will be reduced to the level of
European workingmen, whilst the posi
tion of the latter, under a better de
mand for their products from thiscnun
try. naturally will he improved! Now, if
you want to work for these starving wages,
vote for Hancock and English. On the
other hand, if the Republicans are suc
cessful in the present election, wages
naturally will he the same as they are now.
Therefore, if you want to be sure that
your wages wilt remain high , and that you
will have steady work, vote for Garfield
and Arthur."
It was an effective piece of dema
Thousands of workingmen were de
luded into casting their votes against
the candidates of their first choice and
against their old party predilictions
by this specious argument, addressed
to their fears rr.ther than their reason .
to their immediate instincts of self
preservation rather than the sober
second thought, which only dawned
upon their perceptions \yheu it was
too late to undo the misdoing.
"If you want to work for starving
wages," says this extraordinary pro
nouncement, "vote for Hancock."
There is neither logic, truth nor com
mon sense in it, yet to the toilers of
the shop and mine, with their task
masters standing over them, it was a
note of alarm to which men unversed
in the art of the partisan politician or
the mysteries of political economy,
dared not turn a deaf ear. How many
of these men have since realized their
folly and are now working for starva
tion wages? How many have been
driven to desperation for the means of
a livelihood, which their votes were to
make easy and plenty ;
Let the miners, the mill men and
iron-workers, the freight-handlers and
boiler-makers, who are to-day in open
revolt against the unrelenting despot
ism of capital, make answer.
"If you want to be sure that your
wages will remain high and that you
will have steady work," said the Re
publican National committee, "vote
for Garfield and Art it nr." What lias
been the outcome of this false and
fraudulent assurance? Whose wages
have remained high? Who are hav
ing steady work at increased pay?
Where is the workingman, who, hav
ing been forced or frightened into
voting'for Garfield anil Arthur, is to
day the better off? The startling
chorus of five hundred thousand men,
women and children, whose homes are
darkened and whose scanty subsistence
has been made more scanty by the
pending strike, furnishes an eloquent
ami all sufficient response.
HUHBELI, is still progressing in his
assessments. Having made his levies
upon the women employed as teachers
and servants in tho Indian schools at
Carlisle, be lias progressed to the day
laborers employed in tunnelling "Hell
Gate" in New York, and demands
817.50 of each for Republican elec
tion expenses. All this, with the en
dorsement of Guiteati's President. It
is an atrocious piece of mcanuess, but
Republican Senators and members of
Congress directly represented by Hub
bell, claiming to be respectable, offer
uo protest.
TUB Democratic State committee
will meet at Harrisburg cm the 25th
inst., to outline the work of' the cam
paign. With the able and energetic
chairman at the head of that com
mittee, we may expect that after the
outline is agreed upou there will be
no lag in the execution.
As Tin: dog d iys approach Congress
begins to talk of adjournment, but the
lobby who have control now, have not
yet signified ttieir assent, and until
they get all the jobs through no time
will probably bo agreed upon.
THE Cincinnati Enquirer bits the
truth at the first guess when it says
"The factions of the Republican party
in Pennsylvania cannot trust each
other. This is owing to their long
and intimate acquaintance."
THIS time the people of Pennsyl
vania have determined to try Pattison,
He saved millions to Philadelphia in
a single terra of the eontrollor's office,
and routed the thieves who preyed
upon her finances and credit. He will
save as much to the commonwealth,
and disperse the horde of plunderers
who surround the State expenditures
and swell the taxes upon the people.
He is no mere professional politician,
hut an aggressive reformer, honest and
fearless in the performance of duty.
THE Republicans in Congress 'are
making efforts to secure the attendance
of a sufficient number of absent mem
bers to insure a quorum to dispose of
the contested election cases before the
adjournment. They have determined
to seat the spurious pretenders and
oust the Democrats, and they may as
well do it now as at the next session.'
If the books are fully posted now, the
settlement in November will perhaps
be facilitated and more thorough than
if left open until December.
THE House of Representatives lias
passed a bill allowing Mrs. Garfield,
widow of the late President 85(1,000,
less any sum paid the President on
accouut of bis salary. This, with the
annual pension of 85,00', and other
appropriations and subscriptions, ren
ders the widow of the President a very
rich woman. .She is a lone widow,
but certainly not so poor as to require
the country to pay the debts properly
due against the e?tale of her husband.
widow of Ex-President Lincoln passed
away ot the residence of her sister in
.Springfield, 111., on Sunday evening
last, her deatli being the result of a
paralytic stroke. Shesurvived several
previous attacks, but she has not been
well, mentally or physically, since the
assassination of her illustrious bus.
band, and was deserving more com
miseration than was accorded by those
who fluttered around the portals of
power in the days of her distinction.
liutgei Col lege, New .Jersey, lias ac
cepted the Presidency of the State
<'ollege located in this county, and
will enter upon his duties immediate]) •
He is said to be a man of much ex
perience and marked ability to give
l ii'e and vigor to the institution, pos
sessing a thorough knowledge of in
dustrial colleges and a high rank a>
an educator. Great pains have been
taken by opponents of this college
inspiied by jealousy and the misrep
resentations of incompetents, who for
a short time were employed in its
management, to discredit it in ditto*.
ent parts of the State. These diseou
teuts have been recently re info teed by
the miserable desire of foolish politi
cians to obtain a very small inosity of
capital against a candidate for Gover
nor who happened to be President of
the Board of Directors. These ditti
cullies the new President will have to
encounter and overcome. It will take
some time and judicious effort, but we
trust he will be equal to the occasion.
The college is pleasantly located in
a healthy atmosphere, excelled by
noue in tho commonwealth, surrounded
bv a rich industrial neighborhood of
as perfect morality and excellence as
could be desired for the example and
safety of studeuts against the common
temptations of more pretentious locali
ties. In a short time it is expected
that railway communication by the
Buffalo Run route from this place to
the College, connecting with the Lewis
burg and Tyrone road, will be com
TERMS: $1.50 per Annum, in Advance.
Tim able aud interesting speech of
the Hon. A. G. Curtin, made in the
House of Representatives on the 27th
of June, is on our files for publication
in the DEMOCRAT of next week. This
speech of our distinguished represen
tative is on the subject of the reduc
tion of revenue taxes, which he dis
cusses with his usual ability.
pendents, has called his committee to
meet on the 27th inst., to consider the
terms of compromise offered by the
Cameron committee. The result of
their deliberations will, of course, be
about the same as that of the Inde
pendent candidates, which require the
absolute withdrawal of both tickets,
none of which are to be candidates in
the selection of a new ticket in the
convention proposed to be held.
thirty thousand Democrats will vote
for the stalwart candidate for Gover
nor. If it requires this vote to secure
the election of Gen. Beaver, his
chances to be the Governor of Penn
sylvania are anything but flattering.
This preposterous claim is said to be
based on a proposed trade with the
leaders of the Irish Land League in
Philadelphia for Democratic voters.
•Some enterprising speculators may
thus dicker with Cooper and take his
money, but when it comes to transfer
Irish Democrats into the service of
their old enemies it will be another
thing, and prove a profitless venture
to the Cameron dynasty.
AMONG the amendments added by
the Senate to the civil service bill, as
passed by the House, was one making
appropriation of 833,000 to pay mile
age to Senators for the special session
of last October. The House sat down
upon this amendment as a "very small
salary grab" and refused to concur.
The most remarkable phase of this
transaction is that the House would
fail to concur in any little steal of this
kind from the plethoric surplus in the
Treasury. Perhaps it was in conse
quence of the insignificance of the
amount, but whether or not, the Sena
tors missed the "grab," and the House
is entitled to one "very small" credit
on the monstrous load of obloquy
which attaches to the present Congress
as the most lawless and extravagant
body ever convened at the American
General Items.
The Louisville Courier-Journal boils
down Mr. llubbell's circular to the fol
lowing couplet:
" The clerk who'd keep his daily grtil> 'II
Fork over prompt. Yours, t. Jar HIBBLL'*
The issue of standard silver dollars
from the mints for the week ending July
15, was $155,000, against $140,000 for
the corresponding period of last year.
A Long Island jury found that a wo
man on whom an inquest was held died
"by the visitation of God in a natural
way and not otherwise." Could any
thing be more comprehensive ?
Km est Spencer, author of the Spen
cerian system of penmanship, has been
missing from bis home at Millwaukie
since early on Sunday morning. The
boliee believe he has been kidnapped.
A gun having both barrels heavily
loaded stood in the chamber of Wallace
Brock's house, Kairview, N. J., where it
was struck by lightning. The gun was
not discharged, although the stock was
torn to splinters.
The Secretary of the Treasury has re
ceived a conscience contribution of S2CO
from New York. If oonscienoe could
reach out to Robeson, and some other
members of Congress, this fund could
be swelled to large figures.
A Mormon elder of Salt Lake has had
his thirteen wives photographed, both
in group and separately. The pictures
have been placed in an elegant album,
and under each woman ia a quotation of
sentimental poetry suggestive of her best
That was rather an ingenious explana
tion of his vagaries given by Agust Kara,
a Williamsburg tramp. "I live," he said,
"and if I worked, 1 could only Hve, so
what is the use of working? If I work
ed I could not go about and see what I
do, ao I don't work."
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