Centre Democrat. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1848-1989, June 14, 1883, Image 1

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Thursday Moraine, June 14, 1883.
THE legislature of Illinois lias passed {
a high license bill. It provides for a ,
minimum license throughout the state
of 8150 for beer saloons, and 8500 fur (
the sale of distilled spirits.
IT is stated that the Pennsylvania
railroad company has refused to allow 1
the Beech Creek, Clearfield and South- '
western railroad to cross their line and 1
the canal in llaven at grade.
ed as volunteering a defense of the
record of Robeson, a former Secretary
of the Navy. It is now in order for
liobeson to wash Chandler. 1 luy are
a savory pair.
U. S. SENATOR JONES, of Florida,
was banquetted in London on Satur
day night last by the Irish members of
Parliament. —Mr. Paruell presiding.
Senator Jones is an Irisuman, and a
native of Dublin.
The divorced wife of t >eo. M. Scovillc
who became famous in the < uiteau
trial as the sister of the a--as.-in, again
makes her appearance. 1 his time it
is to ask the court to change her name
to that of Francis Maria llowe.
Gov. BCTI.EU. who is a great law
yer, may he, ami no doubt is thankful
that lie escaped the "L. 1.. D., from
Harvard. Butler could derive no
honor, from an institution that con
fers its honorary degrees upon such
men as Rutherford 1. Hayes.
ON the principal that a "bird in the
hand i-* worth two in the bush .John
Sherman declined to he a candidate
fur (iovcrnor of Ohio. The chances
to be Governor, and in direct succes
sion [for President, was eutirely too
uncertain to allow him to risk his
HON. SAM'E. J. RANPAEI. as a Doc
tor. It is announced that Dickinson
College is about to confer the degree
of "L.L.D." on the ex-Speaker. This
will relieve Harvard of the painful
necessity of honoring a Democrat, or
violating an established custom when
Mr. Randall is President of the United
THE legislature called by the Gov
ernor in extra session on the 7th inst.,
met accordingly, and made haste to
adjourn to the 10th with pay for the
recess. No doubt after a protracted
sesaiou the members needed rest, hut
as the business for which it was called
ought to he transacted in half the
time allowed for the recess, a twelve
days' adjournment is scarcely excusa
JAVIER CAREY, the Irish in forme
who gave away bis associates to save
bis own worthless life, bad better re
consider and beg to be hanged with
the rest. He cannot live in Ireland,
ami it appears England will not have
him, and there is no other civilised
country that would assure him safety.
The mark is upon him as indellible as
that placed by the Almighty upon Cain
for slaying his brother.
IN the published congressional ap- I
portionraent bills presented in the
House, it appears Centre county will
have to make new acquaintances or
stand alone without companionship.
In the Nicholson hill, she is to form a
link in a small shoestring-district, tak
ing in Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon,
Mifflin and Juniata. In the Jamison
bill, she is left out in the cold without
assignment. Perhaps our clever friend
Jamison, will allow us to associate
with Bucks or some other congenial
companionship in the east, where
Democratic votes are appreciated.
The Logisfaturo and the Appor"
Since the Republican party come
into power in Pennsylvania, the obli
gation of the legislature to respect and
obey the constitution of the state, has
been entirely ignored. F.spccially
since the constitution of 1873 was
adopted, the members of that party in
the legislature, each and every one of
whom took an oath "to support, obey
ami defend it," have apparently taken
a pride in showing their contempt for
it, and in utterly disregarding it-plain
and mandatory provisions. W hen the
present legislature met on the 2d of
January la-t, it was an open secret
that the Republicans did not intend
to pass any apportionment hills al
though required to do <> by the con
stitution itself. While apportionment
bills were introduced in the Senate,
the apportionment committee of that
body never met until the bouse bills
were sent to them. 1 ben every possi
ble delay was resorted to in order to
postjxjtie the passuge of any Hills on
the subject until so near the day of
final adjournment that the differences
between the two houses could not He
compromised or adjusted. The result
was that no apportionment hills were
passed, and the Governor hu- called
the legislature together in extraordi
nary session to do this work which the
constitution makes obligatory.
That Hoyt or Hartranft would not
have done what Fattison has i* true.
They seemed to care n little for the
obligations of their oath "to support,
obey and defend the constitution," a*
the legislature did. It is different
now. That the Republican senate is
responsible f>r the failure of the ap
portionment hills and conscquwothr.lDr
the ex|K"!)-'" of Mi i eu'.n, no
impartial or candi? n m can <)< v.
That from the a—embling <>f the 1-v *•
latere to the adjournment mi t! ■ h
■if Juno, the Republican 1> xhr* in
tended to prevent tli" so hills fr m
passing is known to every intelli„' nt
|wr-on familiar with IVnnsylvnnia
[Hilitics. Ist the responsibility re>t
upon them, and let the people hold
them to a -trirt accountability for tl >•
re-ult. But, is the Democratie house
altogether blameless in the matter? If
not, let tlie people understand it nnd
hold its members to their share of the
responsibility. That Speaker Faunee
had an unusually difficult ta-k to |*r
form in tlx- selection of his committer *
at the beginning of the session, in
consequence of the great number of
new nnd untried men is undoubtedly
true. That mistake# were made in
selecting the leading men on many
important committee# is probable.
But had the Sjieaker nnd the other
experienced Democrats in the house
looked after these green committeemen
as they should have done, the inex
cusable delay would not have occurred.
There is no good reason why every
apportionment should not have passed
i the house and Imen sent to the senate
j liefore the middle of February instead
lof the middle of April. Take as an
| example: The judicial apportionment
hill read in place in the house January
15, was not reported from the com.
mittce till March 9th, and did not
pass the house until nfter the expira
tion of the first hundred days of the
session. Why was this delay ? That
the Democratic members of that com
mittee wilfully and intentionally held
| the bill hack in order to play into the
1 hands of the Republican leaders who
1 desired to prevent its passage, we do
not believe. It resulted from their
incapacity or their inexcusable stupid
! ity. Again, early in the session the
Republican senate passed a joint reso
lution to adjourn finally on the 30th
of March. This resolution the house
held for months and then amended it
i to make the final adjournment June
| 3th, the earliest possible time after
their ten dollars per diem ceased,
without waiting to see whether the
apportionment bills and other reforma
tory meurej| hih were demanded
by the peopl#ould become laws or
nut. Home of them seemed to cure a*
little for their oaths a* their Rcpuldi
rnii colleagues did. Their daily pay
was of nioto consequence to them than
the most solemn mandates of the con
stitution. We are glad that the re.
cords show but few Democrats in this
li-t. Their record, however, should
lie made public, and their constituents
should know how they have been be
trayed by the selfishness and venality
of their representatives. At the extra
session let the course of every Demo
crat, whether in the house or senate,
he watched and whoever flinches and
refuses to stand by our < iovernor in
his demand that the constitution shall
he obeyed, be mercilessly exposed that
he may be properly punished by his
constituents. l/ t no flim-v excuse
such as private business, or the heat
of the weather bo sufficient to justify
any Democrat for leaving his post, or
voting for a recess until all the appor
i t ment bills are finally passed, and
that too in such a shape as to meet
with both I'.xccutive and popular ap
i proval.
Gov. I'ATTISOX called an extra
| sion of the legislature immediately af
ter the adjournment star die on the Oth
instant to commence the following
] day. Hi- reason for so doing are
, sound and clearly stated in the Proc
lamation. In this, as in all other acts
lof public duty, the (iovernor has
shown himself equal to the emergency.
His prompt recognition of ini|>eralivc
duty under his official obligation to
maintain and defend the constitution,
will find its echo in the plaudit- of the
|M >plc whom h< represents with such
courageous faithfulm -s. The legisla
j tore failed in it regular session to ap
! portion the State into Congressional,
Senatorial as 1 Representative dis
tricts. Th r ■ -titutiou imperativi-lv
demanded this, and their own oaths
. ■ quire- the members to do so. hut to
obtain a mean political advantage, a
p irtion of the-e members determined
frotn the first tliat they would defeat
the passage of any hill that would not
give the same unjust party advantage
of the infam us and unjust geryman
der at pre-ent existing under the law
enacted years ago to dominate the
Stat® by machine politi -s. With this
kind of trifling with sacred duty, the
< iovernor of course, can have no sym
pathy, and having performed his own
i duty in the premises, may rest the re
sponsibility of the continued outrage i
of unconstitutional and unjust aj>- j
portionraent upon those who d< -ire to
lie infamous. The Democracy desire
no unfair advantage, but they want
justice and an honest division accord- J
j ing to their numbers in districts fairly '
and lawfully arranged.
SAY-* Senator Beck in a recent re
j view : "The majority of the people in
j the I'nited State** are tired of what
J you might call Republican bosisni,
hut don't think yet that we, the Ifenio
crats, can lie trusted." The Senator
I places too much stress on the alleged
lack of confidence in the Democracy.
The elections of 1870, I*Bo and 18*2
show that if the two parties had equal
; facilities—if the ones were not the
"ins" and the other tho "outs"—the
Democrat* would be ahead by a mil
lion votes. Fraud nullified the Dem
ocratic victory of 1876 ; money by the
million bought a narrow margin for
(iarfield in I*Bo, and the jieople rose
up almost en masse against the Re
publicans in 18#2. There is no evi
dence in these facts that the people
distrust the Democracy. Rut the Sen
ator gives sensible advice a* to the
manner in which the Democrats
should hold public confidence : "We
have a majority of the next Congress,
and the result will depend upon what
we do. If we organize and go hon
estly to work to legislate for the good
of the whole country, put down mo
nopolies without disturbing industry,
carry a genuine reform of the civil
service into effect, and keep clear of
the idea that power is to be used only
to reward political friends, we will
elect the next President."
1 s't 2 \
A Docop.ivo Talo.
It is not Hurp isi ig that the an
nouncement !H again made that Keua
tor J. I). Cameron lion determined to
retire from public life. The announce
ment of his safe arrival on the other
side of the broad ocean was sufficient
excuse fur the Washington correspon
dent to return to this somewhat thread
hare story. That the correspondent
was equal to the emergency is proved
by the telegram to the New York Sun
of yesterday which is reprinted in the
/'ntrnit this morning.
The reprinting of this story at this
time may or may not have been owing
to the accident of u scarcity of news at
Washington. The offer of the senator's
Washington residence for sale wa
known before lie sailed, and the sub
sequent lease of it was published
broadcast at the time the tran.-action
occurred. It i- obviously to the ad
vantage of tlx-senntor's political lega
tees to spread the impres-ion of his re
tirement, and the details with which
the statement if fortified may he apart
of their plan.
But Senator Cameron has nut re"
tired and doesn't propose to do so
uide-- the action i forced by the ad
vance verdict of the popular voice-
On the contrary it i- an open secret
that before his departure he perfected
hi-< plans for managing the machine
during his absence with all the scrup
ulous care that has heretofore char
acterized his political dictatorship.
He not only selected the ticket to lie
nominated, hut in certain counties
went so far as to name the men to he
sent as delegates. Senator < 'ameron
hn- probably found politics a costly
, luxury but having paid the price he i
j not going to relinquish the pudding.
This mav as well be understood now
as again.— lfnmtbury Patriot.
caster lntrU*gn\rrr emerges with great
credit from his first association with
the legislature. During the long sea
| sion which ha-just ended he ha- dis
charged the duties of his gubernato
ial office with zeal, intelligence and
gf>od judgment. He ha- cheerfully
scrutinized the acts of the Legislature,
ami has withheld hi- approval from a
good number of them ; in every in
stance his veto ha- been sustained bv
the legislature and approves! by the
people. The success with which the
| Governor has wielded tho veto power
is remarkable, especially in view of
the fnct that lie lias had no previous
i experience with legislative work. At
the commencement of the session there
was sonic little jolting in the c<*mmu
| nication between the < iovernor and the
I>"gi-iature, due to bis inexperience in
legislative ways; but that ha- long
since disappeared, and there will bo
found no one to challenge the patent
fact that Governor Fattison has prov
ed equal to his situation ; and that nt
the close of the session lie stands sup
erior in public esteem to the very un
usually able legislature with which
he was connected in the discharge of
his duties. Not only did he find in
their work projier subjects for his veto,
but in heir adjournment, without pas
sing the apportionment hills, he has
been given just occasion to reprove
them and to recall them to the dis
charge of a clearly-neglccted duty. No
doubt Governor Fattison's judicious
action is partly to bo credited to his
judicious confidential advisers ; but a
man who knows enough to recognize
good advice when he gets it, and is
wise enough to act upon it when he
sees it, is just the man who may be ex
pected to be always equal to the situa
tion in which he finds himself.
IT appears that Gen. Crook was not
captured and slaughtered in the moun
tains of Mexico as rumored last week.
On the contrary he has not been able
yet to find the bloodthirsty hostile#
who are still hid in their hiding places,
no doubt watching hi# efforts to pene
trate the rough unknown defence# of '
Indian outlaws in the Sierra Madras
mountain# with wonder and surprise.
The Call to Duty
The I lurrihiiurg J'utriot covers the
i whole ground and sums up the duty
of the house in the following t< r-o MIX
teuces :
"Now let the legislature do ils
The responsibility of the extra ses
sion i* upon the Stalwarts and if tlxy
attempt to prolong the struggle whi< !i
upright men are making for a fair ap
portionment let them hare no u--i
-tance from the Democracy.
The work of the extra ses.-ioii can
he performed in a week if a decent
respect tor the rights of the people nnd
an honest purpose to make just ap
portionments aniuiat' the legislature.
Let there he no evasion of duty, no
parley with tricksters, no compound
ing of the crime which Stalwart arro
gance and greed have committed
against the people,
The Democrats of the lygi-lature
have thus far enjoyed tlx- confidence
'J the people. is t them continue to
deserve it by manfully discharging
the duty imposed upon them by the
extra ses-ioti. '
The legislature i- summoned to the
performance of a sjiecific duty neglect
ed ill the r- gulur sc.-si m. Tlx r< i- no
necessity f.,r delay in the performance
or the continued expense to the com
monwealth, which an extended -. --i n
will involve.
Jt'iH.i. K is-, i , ha- hi■ n nominated
a-the Democratic candidate f<>r ( >ov< r
nor ol I wa, and promises an aggres
sive campaign. The contest in that
state will probably lie largely influ- ]
cured by local i.— uc- which will af- j
ford matter fur a lively fight, but
with a Republican ma rity • f .7,-
<HM to overcome, it would he nsxt
thing t * a mire ie, if vi< t ry should j
(Kirch un the standard of tlx Democ
JUDI.E FOUAKI u, of Cincinnati, ha
been nominated as the Republican
candidate for Governor of Ohio. It
wa- <x|>ecU-d that the Republicans
would bring out Sherman, or some
man of national reputation and thus
t re an earlv di-cu--ion of national
issues a- a commencement of the cam
paign of ]-s }, Hut thi- nomination of I
a comparitively obscure man, localir< -
the fight for victory in the stat>-, and
i a matter of congratulation to alf.
the great work of DM i- nt to
tx- commenced in I*Bl. The candi
dacy of Judge Foraker is supp -id t
lx in the interest of G v rnor Charles
Foster, who apires to the s< nt of Fen
d let on in the -•naif of the l'nitd
States. The local issues of Ohio arc
of a disturbing character, and have
already worried the Republicans con
siderably. Thc v are let at nil likely to
add largely to tlx ir liappines- in tlx
coming struggle.
THE member# of the House of Rep
resentative* at tlx- final adjournment,
as usual, had their mutual admiration
meeting, in which very handsome
presents were dispensed to the faithful
and meritorious officers of that body.
The speaker. Mr. Faunco, was in re
ceipt of a solid silver tea service wash
ed with gold, and a beautiful gavel.
Chief Clerk Meek, a silver tea set and
a gold-beaded cane ; Reading Clerk
Johnson, a silver tea set ; Resident
Clerk M'Conkey, a silver water pitch
er. and Journal Clerk Shad le, a
gold watch. These presents were well
merited and from the manner of pre
sentation, every member of the House
participating, marks a proud record 1
for the recipients. Chief Clerk Meek '
presents a venerable and imposing ap
jiearancc, leaning on his gold-headed
cane, which he values very highly as
an unexpected token of respect of the
little page boys under his official di
♦ -
is certainly not measured by the length
of hi# name, else he could not have
drafted an apportionment bill con
ceding the Democrats seventeen mem
bers out of the fifty of which that
body i# composed. He might at least
have been satisfied with the present
gerrymander which his party have en
joyed for ten years, and by which the
Democrat# have twenty member#, five
or six lea# than they are honestly en
titled to.
TKKMS: |n r Annum, in A<hunc.
NO. Ij.
Muhonc iu'a llud Box.
Another <-ir*<:t of thi- election will bo
to clove the door* of the National Ho
pubhr in con volition again**. Mahone,
Il* expected to go there with a'Jelega*
lion, and to make hi* own terms for
admission. 1 lie negroes whom he mis
led will now desert him, and the origi
nn! Republicans, who were proscribed
by the bargain arid sale, will Le re en
forced by these deserters, and become
stronger than they were at first. 'I he
imitators of Mahone in other State*, who
were led to follow his example by tbo
expectation of ofllce and by tlie promise
of reward, w.,1 find the.r bu-;iie* sadly
of I, for if nothing succeeds like
s.ucce. , so nothing fails like failure.
Mahone has four years in the >enate a*
his remaining capital, and he will make
the most of it. R.ddleberger has six
years before hirn. and, like "Number
1 'lie, he knows how to take care of
hicn-eif. He i.j ;tomi/.ed his politician'!
bis princ.j !es .n saying, "We are for
Arthur because Arthur is for us."'—.\V
Y.rk S
I ui, final iiiterrnerit of the remains
of .1 !ui 11 ward I'avne, the author of
iloim . Sw . t Horn. , to -k place in
Wa-hington, ■ n Saturday last. They
were entomb- >1 in the < >ak Hill Ccm
| cterv, in the beautiful sjiot provided
by the liberality of \V. \V. < irroran,
. amid creniouit-. The pro
: cc'-ioti and pag< antry of the occasion
; part •' k of the character of a national
: tribute t th< deceased p -'t whose im
mortal v> r- - have given hi- memory a
| place in the le art- and homes of the
American | • pl* : r all time to come.
Ir is indeed gratifying to the lr ; ends
of .lames i'-uchanan to hare h.s charac
, or n* a ) atriot, true friend of the I nion
and a christian fuliv vindicated, even if
his enem.c have u-ed tongue arid pen
for twenty oi l years to vill.fy. misrep
resent and distort h.s language, as well
a create for him a fabe position con
cerning -jUeetions of vital interest at the
time, questions that there could l>e but
one true p -ition without bringing d.s
honor ari<l shame. Ihe pure private
life, and e-tablished reputation of .lame.*
1 uclianan when he- assumes! the I'resi
dential office should have saved bim
from the base charges of the radical
press impugning his devotion to bis
co intry ar. 1 love of her institutions.
Hi I'nion principles were based upon
I'etnocratic doctrines, and he never
- allowed such sectional utterances as
those coming fr -m Thaddeu* Steven*.
dohn I'. Hale, /achar ih ' handler and
1 I'avi l Wibnot to j -ss h.s lips. >uch
men were sem; -eces- onists. while l'u
rhanan was a true friend of an undi
vided t'nion, and would not listen to a
severance of the States.
' >.rr.
AM •V the charges made by !.x <on
gressman I'enondorf wa- one to the
etlectthat the steam tug f'intahad been
repaired at enormous expense at the
Norfolk Navy Yard, not with the pur
pose of making the tug of any use. but
to furnish employment at good wages
to a large number of men who would
be useful about election time. The
board ordered to investigate the matter
have just made a report to the Secretaiy
| of the Navy fully sustaining the charge.
P>y this report it seems that the repaits
cost flOfi.'JSl-.Vi, which was much more
than the original cost of the vessel. The
repairs are diplomatically declared by
the committee to have made the tug to
more unseaworthy than she was befoie
they were made. In other words, the
j hundred thousand dollars has been
thrown away. If thi* i a specimen of
' the Norfolk Navy Yard management
Mr. I'en-ndorf should do some mote
unearthing in that quarter. Mahone
may be a necessity to the administra
tion, but such wasteful management of
naval affairs is not a necessity to people
who make and unmake administrations.
The meanest dead heading yet repor
ted is in Portland, Maine, where the
board of mayor and aldetmen have vo
ted themselves admission to all pieces
of amufcmcnt frep. and have decided to
wear a badge "of aotne appropriate de
sign"' so that their identity mey bo
known to the doorkeeper.
The Kelt I.ake Trtbunr denounce* the
rtah Commission as unfaithful and in
competent, and declare* that it* action
thus far ha* thrown back indefinitely
the cause of good government in the