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Cambria Co. Contested Election Case, j
In the llnuv of Representatives, on Thursday. t< Urn
%rj 3. Mr. KIVN'EY. from the -elect ommittco appointed
jn the case of the contested ele tion from < 'aiiibrin coi nty .
wherein Itichard l'roiidfnot is contestant, and Tie-was j
H. Torter rwpoudent, submitted the followiii|f if|H>rt, -
The committee appointed in 'lie ease of t ie
contested election for the countv of Cambria,
wherein Rielmrd .1 Proud foot is contestant
and Thomas 11. Porter respoiulent, respect- ;
fully report :
That, in accordance with the law in such
cases made and provided, they procetietl to.
hear the said parties lv thein-elves and their
counsel, their proofs ami allegations, and to
examine the election returns and other papers
connected with and appertaining to said eon j
By the returns made of the election held in
the said county of Cumbria on the 12th day of
October, 1858, it apppeured that for theoffi'T
of Representative for said county, Tuomas II j
j -ter had 2091 votes, and Richard J. Proutl
f<>ot had 1779 votes.
It is alleged, however, by the contestant, |
that the election held in the township of \\ ash- ,
ington, in said county, for said office, was un
due, illegal and void, because of the irregular
ities and disregard of tlie requirements of law
in the formation ot the election Board in said
township, and of the gross frauds perpetrated
by said election Bourd in conducting said
The evidence taken in the said contested
election case, and accompaying documents and
pajiers, are herewith presented as a part of this
report ; and from such evidence your commit- :
tee have the following facts, viz :
Albert T. Cantwell, who acted as judge at
said election, was at the time Post Masiir in
said township, and thereby wa disqualified by
law to act in that capacity.
Charles Geisnian, who acted a one of the
clerks, was at that time Deputy Post Master
under the said Albert T. Cantwell, and was
thereby under the same disqualification.
W erner Bender, who acted as one of the in- j
speetors, was appointed to that position by the
said Albert T Cantwell, ami by virtue of that 1
appointment alone exercised the functions of ;
In making such appointment, the 23 I section ;
of the General Election Law was entirely <l:s- |
regarded. By the returns of the township!
election in said township, held on the 19th of
February, 1858, Michael Mover was chosen
one ot the inspectors. Upon his failure to at
tend at the general election, the act referred I
to makes the person receiving the second high
est number of votes for judge the inspector, j
which the said return show.-, was Joseph Crist
Upon his neglect to attend, then said act re- |
quires the legal voters present to elect an in !
specter. None of these requirements were coin- |
plied with. •
John Short, who acted as the other clerk, I
was appointed to that office by the said Wr- j
ner Bender, nnd exercised its functions by vir- j
tue of that appointment alone.
The board so constituted was sworn, ifsworn
at all, (which fact is regarded by the comm t- |
tee as every questionable indeed, for it appears j
by the testimony of several reliable witnesses, !
that not even the form of an oath was admin j
istsred,) by one F. M. George, who was not u
Justice of the Peace, and who had no anthori
tv to administer an oath. His commission for
that office expired more than a year previous
to that time, and the fact that he had imposed !
himself upon his neighbors, and held out to the 1
public that he was such an officer, by assuming ,
and exercising its important and sacred func '
tions, nnd jeopardizing thereby the peace oi
the community and the rights of property,.
does not in opinion of the committee to any
extent whatever legalize the swearing of said
board. And the other fact, that he had n
year and a half before been re-elected, but did
not take his commission, cannot redeem his
It further appears from the evidence, that
the said Werner Bender was so deficient in a
knowledge of the English language and of tin
election laws, that he was not qualified to dis
charge the duties of his office. His own testi- I
mony shows that when a portion of the election ,
law was read to hirn by the Judge, nine words '
out of ten lie did not understand. He could !
not comprehend questions asked him by the:
committee, and could be examined only by
means of an interpreter. He could study out 1
short words, hut could not read Your com :
mittce, therefore, believe that an office which
seems to require an understanding of the Klec- i
tion Law, the examination of naturalization,
papers and the reading and counting of votes, !
could not he poperlv filled by a person so de
ficient in these requirements, and an election !
board so formed, is but little better than a !
board with but one Inspector.
The committee do not say that this fact
would invalidate the election at that poll, but
it would tend to render the result of such dec-1
tion doubtful and uncertain.
It further appears that of the 437 persons
represented as voting at that poll that day, i.y
the tallv list returned by said board but 171
are found on \he assessment of said township
for that year. Presuming that the 171 were
legal voters it leaves 266 names on said tally j
list without any persons in said township to re
present them. It also appears that from 150
to 200 persons only were at the election that I
day, and some of the evidence fixes theirnum- !
ber at below 1 GO. These facts lead your com 1
mittee to the conclusion that such excess of
vot-s was most fraudulently stuffed into the 1
ballot box by said election board, and names
represent them were in the same false and
fraudulent manner entered upon the tally lists
by the clerks.
It is claimed by the respondent, Mr. Porter, :
that 156 legally qualified electors voted for 1
him at that poll on that day, and which, if al- i
lowed, would still entile him to tin-seat It is 1
also claimed that those legal electors should
not be disfranchised by throwing out the entire [
po!| ; hut that the committee should go behind
ttie frauds of the election hoard, and count tin
votes of such legal electors wherever it can be
done. That 156 legal voters of said township j
did so vote for Mr Porter was admitted by the 1
contestant pro forma, and for the purpose of
of the argument in this case only. Your com- j
mittee is unable to see how 156 legal voters de- j
positing their ballots with a board.-o constitu 1
ted, could to any extent whatever purge it of
its illegality and coi ruption. They might as
w ell have deposited their ballots with any other I
collection of nten. The vote pre supposes a legal- I
ly constituted board to receive votes, to deposit
them in the ballot box, tocoout and tally them, 1
and then make a proper return of thesaine. It I
is the duty of such qualified voters to see tlua
a legal and property constituted board is sitting
to receive and count their ballots. The whole
matter is in their hands, and theirs alone. If
they neglect their duties in their own behalf.
and are thereby defrauded, iheyanno't reason
ably complain if they are disfranchised. I here
are eases in which communities should be held
responsible for t heir icts.as well as individuals,
ami the facts before tis present such a ease.
The right ot tins com mittee to throw out an
entire poll on account of irregularities and
trends on the pirt of the election hoard, is
cti-arlv reeogmz- <1 in the case of Cussitlav and
Mann, tried in Philadelphia, in 1856. Judge
Tiioiii|m, in hi.- opinion in that ease (page
431 of l lie report) says, that had not tile charge j
of frauds ami irregularities on the part of the j
board been erased from the petition, upon ap
plication to the court for that, purpose, which
act he then regretted, he should have thrown
out the return of every division tarnished with
friu luh-nt conduct on the part of the officers
charged with the performance of such solemn
and responsible duties. The opinion of Judge
Taylor, recently given in ail investigation of
this identical t-lertion poll, but in a contest ,
between diff-relit parties, establishes the saint
doctrine, lie says, "the facts, in our judg
ment, discloses such fraud as renders the whole i
poll undue and void."
With all these faets before the committee,
nnd with these recent precedents to guide tiieui,
they have adopted the following resolution :
llesolvetl, That in consequence of the irregu
larities and disregard of the requirements of
the law in the formal ion of the Election board
in the township of Washington, Cambria co.,
on the 12th of O-toher, 1858, and of the gross
frauds perpetrated by the said Board in the
said election, the said election in said township
was null ami void, and hereby rejected.
lirsiJrfil, That at the general election held
in the county of Cambria, on the 12th day of >
October, ls.'iS, for Representative, Thomas II
Porter received 1690 legal votes, and Richard i
J. ProudfmV, having leeeived a inajotity of j
I all the legal votes polled, was duly elected to
| said office, and is entitled to his seat in this
i House as a member from the county of Cam- j
All of which is respectfully submitted.
Abstract of Congressional Proceedings, i
THCBSDAY. Feb. 3, LSAD.
In the SKSATK, a memorial was presented
j from the proprietors of a new line of steamers
between New York and Havana, off-ring to
' carry the mails at $1 50 per mile. A in -ino
I rial from the Legislature of New York wa>
presented by Mr Seward, asking for an appro
priation to promote the efficiency and security '
i of the harbor* at the termini of the Erie Canal
: on Lakes Ontario and Erie. The Judiciary
Committee reported adversely to the claims of
Me-srs Lane and McCarthy as Si nators from
' Indiana ; the matter will lie discussed next
i Monday. Mr Huston, of Texas, introluced
, a bill, the object of which was to remove Judge .
Watrotis. In a speech of some length, Mr II \
asserted that a mammoth conspiracy existed, in I
; which Judge W. and a number of Ni w York
; ers w< re deeply implicated to obtain bv t'ratid
; ulent means large portions of the public domain
j in Texas.
In the HOI SK, the Judiciary Committee was 1
instructed to inquire into the expediency of j
r porting a bill to define and provide for the
I punishment of polygamy in the Territories of '
the United States, and to restrain the people
ami authorities therein from interference with
the Federal Judiciary. The Senate bill, re
lative to the New York Indian reservation iu
Kansas, wha also passed, with amendments.— I
This bill sets apart three hundred and twenty J
acres for each individual Indian who is remov
ed from New York to the reservation assigned
to tlietn under the treaty of 1858. The Indi
ums to have one year within which to make
! their selection, and pre-emptions to lie secured
from the date or settlement The money deriv-1
; ed from the sale of lands, other than those
selected by the Indians, to be paid into the
treasury for'heir benefit. A debate ensued Oil
the reduction of the item of appropriation for
boxes supplied to members of Congress, the !
question of economy being involved ; and the ;
i:em of $5,000 in the executive, legislative,
and judicial appropriation bill was ordered to
' stricken out.
FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 1559.
In the SENATE, Mr. Green reported a bill
to organize the Territories of Daeotah and
I Arizona. A bill was passed appropriating $7, j
000 to repay Governor Douglas of Vancouver's
! Island, for money loaned to the Gov-ruor of!
Washington Territory. The SENATE decided 1
i to-day should he devoted to the business of the
District of Columbia. Mr. Johnson, of Ten- \
i nessee. gave iiot.ee of his intention to call up
the HOCSE homestead bill at the first oppor- j
In the FLU SE, a report was submitted de
! elaring Bird I>. Chapman entitled to a seat as
delegate from Nebraska, instead of A. F. Fer
gnson, the sitting member. Mr. Phillips, of
| Petiua., got the floor, and was about to point j
: out what he considered mistakes in the estimates
' of the Secretary of the Treasury, but lie yield
ed it. at the request of a number of members,
for the ronsi em 1 ion of private bills, a number
of which were passed.
No DEMOCRATIC PARTY.— The Washington 1
I States declares that' there is no longer a Dem- j
i ocratic party, and cites, in proof of its assertion
! tin- dissensions between President Buchanan
and Secretary Cass on the question of squatter
sovereignty, between Buchanan and Floyd on
-tl o question of the Pacific Railroad, and be
| tweeu Buchanan and Cobb oil the Tariff ques
tion. It says that on no single issue is there
: concord in the party, and asserts that the con- •
fusion of Babel was not equal to the present 1
I discord of the Democracy.
THE SINBIRY AND ERIE RAILROAD.— The
i Clinton Democrat says, we announce with i
pteusuresthat the work on this road is pro- !
i gressing with all possible expedition The ;
sections between Williainsport and Lock Haven
j are all finished and ready lor the cross-ties and
rails, which will lie laid as soon as the ground i
| will admit.
| We leuru also that the sections between this ,
place ami Siniiainnliouing are nearly all com
pleted ami ready for the rails.
WHEN EASTER COMES. —It will be interesting
to learn that Easter, which will be on the 24th
' of April this year, last fell on that day in 1 791, i
and will not fall on the same date again till i
■ 2011 Since the introduction of the Gregorian I
: Almanac this has only been the case in the j
' years 1639, 1707 and 1791. The period in
which Easter can fall, reaches from the 22d of
March, (earliest da e) to the 25th of April '
(latest date,; leaving thirty-five different days)
for the celebration of this festival. In this
century Easter will fail only once (IBso| on '
i the latest date, the 25th of April ,
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E. O. GOODRICH, EDITOR.
Thursday Morning, February 10, 1859. I
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for it* safe delivery.
SSfThe usual letter of our Harrishurg cor
respondent lias failed to reach us this week.
We lmve looked carefully throiiffli the pro
ceedings of the Legislature without finding
anything of special interest to our readers.
THE HOMESTEAD BILL.
This matter of legislation, of such incalcu
lable advantage to the Working Men of the
North, was taken up in the House of Repre
sentatives, on the Ist inst., and passed by a
vote of 120 yeas, to 76 nays. Amongst the !
latter is the name of but one Republican. The !
bill provides that any person who isthe head of
a family, and over twenty-one years of age. and j
a citizen of the United States, or hns filed his
intention to become such according to the nat
uralization laws, shall be entitled to enter a
quarter section of any vacant or unappropria
ted land, and hold the same on condition of ac
tual settlement and cultivation.
This liberal and beneficent project has been a
favorite measure wit h Mr. GROW for some
years, and he has not failed at every session to
introduce a Homestead 8.11. We believe a
somewhat similar measure has, on a previous '
occasion, been passed by the House, but failed
in the Senate. So thoroughly is the latter !
body under the control of the Slave Democra
cy, that it is doubtful whether the present bill, 1
which would meet the wishes of three-fburths !
of the people of the Union, can be passed.
Much credit, however, is due Mr. GROW for j
the perseverence with which he has pursued
this object, and the parliamentary skill dis- I
played upon its final passage, when the inost
skillful tacticians of the Slaveocracy sought to
kill it, by every conceivable maiueuvre.
The reply of the Secretary of the
Treasury to the House resolution calling for
the actual and probable revenue receipts for
this and the next fiscal year, and for his opin
ion as to whether they would be adequate to
meet the necessary public expenditures, was
sent to the House on Friday. To realize his
estimates, the importation of dutiable goods
for the present fiscal year must reach $250,000
000, and for the next fiscal year, $280,000,000. ,
He feels compelled to say that the receipts will 1
not he adequate to meet the public expendi
tures, unless the latter should be materially
reduced ; and this lie sees 110 prospect of.—
After suggesting various methods by which
the estimates could l>e cut down, the Secretary
reiterates his opinion, heretofore expressed, '
that the public debt ought not to be increased j
by a loan, and comes to the conclusion that 1
the present tariff should be so modified as to i
supply such deficiencies as may exist To meet *
| the immediate pressing exigencies of the Gov- '
eminent, he recommends the reissue of Treasury
notes for one or two years, which can lie done 1
by extending the provisions of the act of De- i
1 cc tuber, 1857.
tea?" A private letter from Salt Lake, dated
: January 7th, says that Judge Sinclair had ad
journed tlie grand jury sine die on the petition
of nine members, in which they declare their
inability to proceed with the examination of
witnesses in consequence of the excitement and
i violence manifested. The jury was composed
1 of nine gentiles and twelve Mormons, and the
1 factious spirit rose so high in the jury room that
j revolvers were drawn, and a general fight was
j with difficulty prevented. The letter adds that
| the idea of an impartia' jury or justice being
' obtained in that city is preposterous, und mar
' tial law w ill probably be established.
15v the arrival of another overland mail at
St. Louis, we have three days later news from
' California. A rnmcr prevailed, before the
mail left, that three hundred prisoners had
been aecidently poisoned in the jail at San
j Francisco. Great excitement existed at San
I Jose in consequence of an awful murder having
| been committed near tliat usually quiet place.
The difficulties between the Probate Judge of
Carson Valley and the anti-Mormons had not
I been settled, and a collision was expected be
tween the parties. The war against the Indi
ans continued, great numbers of whom had
been killed and many taken prisoners.
BEFORE a committee of the Board of Alder
, men of New York, Col. Tal. P. Sluiffner. the
electrician who has been largely engaged in
I connection with European telegraphs, express
ed his opinion that the Atlantic cable had never
transmitted u message, and intimated the opi
nion that the public had been humougged in
I regard to it.
j THE Fayette (Ky.) Circuit Court has re
cently decided, in a suit between the Northern
Bank of Kentucky and the Farmer's Bank,
that a bauk note, fraudulently muti'atcd, is of
no value, even in the hands of an iuuocent
holder, and the bank is not bound to rtdeem
LOCAL AND GENERAL.
Scsqcsh.wn a Count v.—RAVE understand,
Bay the Montr..se Republican, that Mime very extrava
gant report* are current in the County concerning the
email pox to Montrose- The tact* are that Mr. Wordcn
Sliipman came home to hi* father'*, in Montr.**, alpuut
three weeks ago, from Syracuse, where lie had attended
a person sick with the small pox ; und, having been pre
1 vionslv vaccinated, lie has hud the varioloid since his re-
I turn. He i* now recovering. Xn other ru-e Ims occurred
here to our knowledge, nor is it probable that any other
will occur, as precautions have la-en taken to prevent the
spreading of the infection.
—On 'i hursday last, Richard Walthall ami Catharine
Roouey of Auburn township, were arrested and brought
before Thomas Adams, of that township, on a charge of
poisoning Andrew Roouey, husband of said Catharine.
Andrew Roouey died last New Year's morning, after an
illness of three or four days. The accused were arrested
i on complaint of Peter Roouey, a son of said Andrew and
1 Catharine ; and alter a hearing which continued two
days, they were committed to jail to await further exam
ination, after an inquest mortem examination to
he held by Coroner Blackmail.
Catharine Roouey is an Irish woman, rather under the
j middle size, and about thirty or forty years old. Richard
• Walthall is an Englishman, about twenty-two years old.
I —On Friday of last week, Judge JKssrr, with his neph
! ew, Mr. H. C. Honnsox, left Montrose by carriage for
! Carbondale. On reaching the Martin Creek hill, west of
| Oakley's Depot, the breast strap of one of the horses
| broke, when he commenced kicking, and loth ran with
fearful violence downAhe hill and liecame entirely iinman
! ageabic. Tln-y succeeded in getting one of the horses in
j to the ditch on the upper side, hut upon coming to a gul
! ly cutting through the hill, the horses sprang hack into
' the road, and the carriage was dashed on the stones on
, the opposite side of the road, throwing Judge J., and his
j nephew upon the ground under the carriage, which was
: turned completely upon the forward end. Judge JJKSSL-P
! struck upon his head, inflicting a severe bruise ; his col
j lar bone was dislocated, and he was also severely injured
l in the right side. Providentially his nephew escaped
j with a slight bruise upon his head.
! The Judge was enabled, with some difficulty, to lie
! brought home on Saturday, and we are happy to learn is
1 now quite comfortable, though it may be some weeks lie
i fore he will he aide to be alsiut again.
After leaving the carriage, the horses ran flown to the
I bottom ol the hill, but not lining able to turn upon the
bridge dashed <>fl upon the pond.striking upon their sides.
' and slid to the middle before they stopped. One of the
j horses was killed by the fall, while the other was scarce
tea?*Thc attention of fanners is invited to an
advertisement in another column of the " Excelsior
: Churn." which, it is claimed, takes precedence for its
usefulness. H. F. Brier, of Riugtmry, is the agent for
te3-An accident occurred on the Williams
port and Klmira Railroad on Tuesday last. Some fifteen
miles below the former place, the train passed overahro
j ken rail while running on a curve dug into the side of a
■ mountain. On the left was a precipitous declivity of so-
I venty-five feet to the river. The engine and baggage car
j went over gap and kept the track, but the first passenger
car, in which were Co!. Palue,the post master of Roches
ter, and seven other gentlemen, uncoupled Mth in front
: and rear, left the track and started down the precipice.
It turned over once and a half in going twice its length,
' and then brought up against some rocks, where it lay at 1
; an angle of about forty-five degree*, with the passengers :
' and all the fixtures in it,including the stove, in a promis- !
j cuouspile at the lower end.
Colonel Paine clung to his seat, and in all the leaping
| and rolling of the car, never let go his hold. Seeing the
1 hot stove coming down the aisle towards hitn, he checked
I it with his foot and prevented it from striking those he
! low with as much violence as it would otherwise have
done. The car took lire before any of the passengers could
| extricate themselves, but they dually broke through the
windows ami made their escape. Judge l.yman was se
verely bruised. A Mr. Bcelie, of Rath, was also hurt se
verely, anil a young man troni Baltimore, who went into
fit* afterwards, owing probably to the fright. A Catholic
I priest whose name is not known, was slightly injured. 11l
' fact, nobody in the car, save Colonel Paine, escaped.
tea?" Assistant Bishop Bowman is visiting
the Churches within his Diocese, and will be at this place
, on Wednesday. Feb. Ifi, on which day services will lie
held at Christ Church.
tesSH'ulilic exercises will he held at the hall
; of the Alpha Epsilon Society on Friday evening next.
I commencing at 7 o'clock. A debate will take place and
lan address be delivered by GEO. I)K I. A MONTANYE, Esq.
I A general invitation is extended to the public.
tea?" The bojrgnge house of the Cattnwissa,
, Williamsport A Elmira Railroad Companies at Williams
■ port was destroyed by tire, on Wednesday evening. The
; building was a small weather-boarded frame, and no bag
j gage of consequence was destroyed. The loss is incon
tea?" We are requested to state, that in con
sequence of sickness, the County Superintendent has
been unable to visit the towns where lie was expected
Concert. —The Towauda Brass Band will
give a (fraud Concert, at the Court House, on Monday
evening. February 21. at which a new and entertaining
programme of both brass and string music will lie per
formed. Tickets 2.~> cents, to he had at the Bookstores
and at the door.
tea?" The Rev. Thomas K. Bf.kciier will lec
ture at the new Congregational Church in Ix-Raysville,
on Thursday evening, iTtli inst.. for the benefit of the
Church and Society.
This church has a heavy indebtedness which it is anx
ious to remove, and Mr. BEECH KR has kindly given his
services to forward this laudable object. Those who at
tend may bp certain of being entertained and instructed
by the lecture, while they are contributing to a praise
Ji'dc.k Wll.mot delivered the eiphth in the
j Course of Lectures on Monday evening last, by request
repeating his lecture on Ancient and Modern Philosophy,
of which we have previously spoken.
Pnrsrox Bank. —Through the energy and
exertions of our late townsman, CEO SANDERSON Esq.,
the Pittston folks are to enjoy the benefits arising fiom a
Bank in that place, based upon a substantial foundation.
The following persons have been choseu officers.
Directors —Leo. W. Scran ton, Thomas Dickson, Geo.
Fi>her, J. T. Fuller, Geo. Sanderson, Scranton ; G. W.
Palmer, Abington ; I. Strong, R. D. Lacoc. P. Polen, E-
D. Corey, Pittston ;Wm. Swretland, T. F. Atherton, O. A.
I Burton, Wyoming.
The board of direction subsequently elected GEO. SAN
DERSON, President, and T. M. BOSTON, Cashier. It is ex
pected that the Bank will soon lie in operation, and we
have no doubt, will be so managed as to add to the pros
perity of that region.
[For the Reporter.]
TIIF.TI'NKHANNOCK ABDUCTION.t- MT.EPITOR:
In your issue of January 27th, you give us a piece of news,
taken from the Tunkhannoek Democrat, 011 which 3-011
made some very sensible remark*. I was very much pleas
ed with the remarks, for there is nothing that I so much
dread, as an anti-Catholic excitement nmong the qniet,
and simple people of our rural districts. I have never 3 - et
seen it result in good to cither party.
This would have been all well, and no doubt you would
have heard no more of this matter, hud it not been that a
correspondent of February 3d, embraced the opportunity
to read the Protestant readers of your worthy paper, a
lecture on Protestant prostatism, Catholic tolerance,and
I have neither lei*urc nor inclination to enterinto a
controvert' with TV, and T would have Veen triad If there '
had been no necessity tor ray remark*. But 1 think that
his article was uncalled lor, and that it was a covert at
tack upon fort/-ninefifthleth* of the readers of the Re
porh i . Had It. Ween acquainted with the circumstance
of the case, tiien it would have been well to havegivento
the community tlat knowledge, and no one woulo liave
reail it with greater pleasure itian myself*. But without
any knowledge of the matter, be calls upon the Democrat
to " come up to the requirement* of law, and A/me Wy .and
give the excited public, the truth, the whole truth, and
nothing but the truth." Certainly this is very cool—
Whilst I would ugree with you, Mr. Kditur, in believing
that there are two sides to this affair, IK* very far
from impeaching the Democrat'* integrity and hnnexty,
until 1 knew more about the matter than I>. professes to
do. lie should be very caritful, aud not bear false wit
To me the matter appears much worse now, than it did
before TVs. rommunicution, and I think it would have
been much better for the Catholics if he had never taken
up his pen in its defence. Indeed, all through his article
there is apparently so much of the " stop thief, and Bah.
and Nero policy," mentioned by himself, that one cannot
" help being inclined" to mailc the application. True he
speaks of the " prudence and piety " of the " venerable
priest of Choconut." All this may be true, but it does
II t help the matter. No doubt I), believes that the Holy
Father at Rome, Pious IX, is just as prudent, pious aud
venerable as the priest of Choconut ; yet in the light of
day.and of the nineteenth century .lie carried off a child of
Jewish parents, to bring it up in the Catholic faith.
The greater part of his article is on pniselytism, in re
lation to which lie says, "Catholics are invariably its vic
tims." He is very eloquent in comparing the outrages
on Catholic feelings, with the Mortara case—in speaking
of the "desolated hearths," saddened heartsjuid of the la
naticism of our own free land, in open defiance of our
vaunted religious equality. I feel sorry that 1 have to
spoil all this tine ontlmist of natural eloquence, (for it is
truly natural) liy matter of fact. Instead of Catholics
lieing " invariably its victims," in proportion to their
number, they are more seldom so than Protestant*. I too
can give oases "in this county" and other places of Pro
testants t>citig coerced to the Church of Rome, in such a
way* a* to appear almost incredible : truly this is among
the foreign population—they fear to encounter Ameri-
Tiiese are not only facts of observation but of per
sonal experience. Liberty of conscience lias not been allow
ed ; where persons having lieen convinced ol the errors
of Itoine, have been forced back to her. by mean* too
wicked to be named here, especially if they refused a wil
ling return ; even in this free country, t > say nothing of
American and Rnglish Protestants in the City of Rome.
Bit I have no fault to find with the Church of R one
lor proselyting, if she only does it by lawful nieaiis.as did
thp apostles "We persnacle men.'' They proselyted Jews
and heathens; Rome proselytes heathens and heretics,
and l*r (testants proselyte heathens and Romanists. The
Apostle savs : " Knowing the terror of the we per
simile men.B it the priests know that their Church is
meltiug away before the light of our Bibles, and the in
fluence of our free institutions ; hence this cry of prose
'* Experience," he says, " has long ago demonstrated,
that the multiplication of hypocrite* is the only result of
proselyting Catholic*." Ido not know how 1). got his
information on this point, without he believes that sin
cerity dwells alone with him and his. Indeed, it there
are any hypocrites, they are on the other aide—persons
who, for the sake of peace, kerp the heretical faith with
in, aud profess the Roman.
Mr. D. speaks of a malignant British press. I know not
n what it lias been so, except it lie in spreading the truth
of the Mortara child—a subject extremely painful to the
Catholic Priesthood. These as a body never love a free
pres*. hence there is no real freedom of the press in strict
ly Roman Catholic countries. This is indeed a *ad pic
ture, for where there is no free press there is no real lib
No wondpr that the priesthood is so sensitive in rela
tion to the Mortara case. It was indeed a sud blunder in
IMus IX. and it has done more to show the true spirit of
the Church of Rome than many more barbarous acts. 1
think I), mistakes the case altogether ; he seems to insin
uate, that the law which forced the child Mortara from
its parents was merely a law of the State, and that the
Church had nothing to do with it. My impression is that
it is a law of the Church, reaching to every place where
the civil power will lend its aid to give it force. Had it
la-en a law of the State, the l'ope would have been influ
enced by the remonstrances of France and other Catholic
powers whose influence at Rome is unbounded. But even
if it he a law of the State, it must be the will of the Holy
Father, w hose trill is law at Rome. If " the statute is a
cruel one," then the Holy Father must be a cruel man,
and no christian: and if he is no christian, how can he
be the Iteiid of a Christian Church.
He seeniM to exult the tolerance of Rome, (don't laugh.)
alum- Massachusetts, Sew Hampshire, London and <ieue
va. He cannot be in earnest in this ; there is no part of
the history of these places, when their religious intoler
ance could in any way lie < ompared with that of the city
of Rome. 1 admit that religions intolerance has existed
in protcstant countries ; but this is a matter of the past,
this spirit was borrowed by them from the Church of
Rome; only one Protestant country is now intolerant,
and to that country a remonstrance has gone up from al
most every Protcstant Church in the world. But Rome
is still intolerant, as inay be seen in the recent Mortara
case, and all the dust raised about what Massachusetts,
London or Geneva irrrt, cannot hide the truth from the
people. Intolerance is a principle of the Church—a black
spot un its character, which no Fullers' soap can whiten.
Your correspondent close up his article with quite a
burst of eloquence, the full benefit of which we will give
With this short defence I will leave him, trusting that
1 will not soon be called again from my other labors to a
defence of the truth, yet ever willing to give a reason of
the hope that is within me. Yours,
Liberty Corners, Feb. 5. W*. ARMSTRONG.
A I.KTTER from Washington in the New
York Evening Post a ays: "Mr Buchanan is
reported to be in a great rage in consequence
of the treatment he has received fiorn those
he has served so well. He just begins to dis
cover that he has only been used by the South
as a tool ; and now that they have no further
use for him they fling him aside as unceremo
niously as they always have all the Northern
doughfaces who have gone before him. South
ern free traders and tnxationists curse him
with as much freedom to-day as they applauded
liis iufamous Lecompton policy last year."
AT the Demcratio State Convention canons,
Thursday eveuing, at Hartford Conn., strong
resolutions were adopted in favor of Stephen
A. Douglas, as the Democratic candidate for
The Senate, Thursday, confirmed the nomina
tion of Samuel Black, for Governor ot Nebras
ka, ana of Wilson McCandless, for judge of
the western district of Pennsylvania, in place
of Judge Irwin, resigned.
t&- An adopted son of Mr. Gibbs, foreman
of the Niagara Falls paper mill, fell into the
Niagara river, about fifty roods above the falls,
on Saturday afternoon last, and was carried i
The famous Captain Brown has fled from
Kansas to Nebraska, whither a party have
gone in pursuit of him.
46?" A daily line of stages is to commence
running from Leavenworth City to the Pike's
Peak gold region of Kansas, about Apiil I. I
tine/, OIK; of the Democratic organs of c \
, U very decidedly " fernenst " t~h e U u u ?! ,ria .
Hear it: r f le
j "We say broadly and boldly tint
rather that the right hand which God'" 0 " I ''
should wither, than that it should cast a* " s
for Ilim (Doujrlas) for the highest or *1 V ° te
office in the gift or the American |ople. 1
' Toss.v.v. TAX.— The Philadelphia R
states that the peni.sylya.iia Railroad c
I pany refuse to pay the tonnage tag j m n
by their charter, to the Comn.m,
intend to test its constitutionality i„ ,j ie '
as advised by their counsel, in an
cently published. The amount due at th ' fe "
sent t.rae, for the lust six months, is over J'
fair The Pennsylvania Railroad Com
have commenced the improvement of??
Main Branch of the canal from Colmui,;.
the Junction, giving it such a dentil? l °
admit live feet of water.
Wm. H. PRBSCOTT, the distinguished .
■ ricati historian, died suddenly of a paral
attai k at his residence in Boston, Friday ti"'
28th ult„ in his sixty-third year *'
jnvy BV ; THOBAB k. BEECH ER W
BSf at the New Congregational Chur li I f TiV""'
VILLI*:, mi THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17 uT Us
o'clock, P. M., for the benelit of the Church at .,i !■' st ' ; i
••"Tickets, 25 cents, to be bad at the door.
w THE TO VV AX D A BRASS BAND
Aww&aniiouiice that they will give a ' * !: . v
I wTMSfr G R A N D CU X CERT
At the CO CRT HOUSE, MONDAY KVrv.v
FEB. 21, 1H.V.1. f ' N| N'..
A new ami entertaining programme of both Bra
: String Music lias been selected for the occasion *
Admittance 2.5 cents. Tickets to be obtained >t .k.
book-tmes aud at the ,1 or. .. "
A MEETING OF THE PEOPLE -Bv.n Z
1 Qfir of the Legislature of Pennsylvania,utJ?,!
April, A. D. I*s*. the mode of assessing the dim „
aud the settlement of claims and demand- a 'm
• State, in relation to the '* location, construction r-', '!*
management or use, of any of the divi-ioos ui Uic
was wholly changed, leaving the people to f* proves •
for by legislation subsequent to the donating of ft..J".','
' Canals to the Sunhury ft Erie Railroad Company
the amounts so claimed against the State to be m
■ the individuals or companies purchasing the saus- /'I
amount to lie ascertained and payment thereof mei.- '
the legislature Bay direct, and since nu such ase, a
can be made or done." until Legislative action is bad nr
vidiug for such damages. All those pers >n* in favo-!r
tlie companies, to wlmiu the State Canals have been .
islatcd. paying the full amounts of such damages
along the line ot the North Branch Canal, to the
rightfully entitled to receive them, are requestedt
at the COURT HOUSE in Towanda, on MON'IHYKV
EN ING, FEB. 14, 1*5:1. at 7 o'clock, to take such a, t,„-
and consult such measures to lie presented to the I* ■'!'
; latare, asking them to enact such laws, and uiakr-D
j provisions as will fully secure the rights uf the pe, i
along the line, and elsewhere, interested.
James McCarty C. Rockwell
D. B. \Valker Edward Miller
tl. H. \ andyke Norman Shaw
Edward Walker I/>renz<i Watkins
1 8. S. Eot kwood Thomas Mather
C. W. Hoicotnb A. Newell
William McCarty E. Lockwood
R. Douue " A. B. Smith
William H. Howmin J. L.Oardiner
Ellianaii Smith Henrv W. Bu-.-ett
E. Overton. Jr. Allen McKean
I). 1 . Barstow John Mather
Jas P. la>wis Daniel Decker
K. A. Coolbaugh J. Ilai-vey l'hiuncv. Jr.
Win. Watkins J. D. Goodenough'
J. W. Deuison H. B. McKean
M. J. Coolbaugh J. Ho loom b
In Standing Stone, on the 2d inst.. bv Rev. J. Foster, V*.
JOSEPH POWELL, of this Boro', to Mi-s HAN.VIII
T. NOBLE, of the former place.
In Standing Stone January 2i1., by the Rev. M. F.Rulwrtv
Mr. DAVID VOUGIIT, to Mr>. SAI.I.Y BRANDY.
By the same, at the Methodist Par-cms, e. in Rene, hi
2A<l. Mr. HENRY FHO.v AT. to Mi-* TANNER F.
COGSWELL, both of Jessup, Susquehanna count} ih
By the same, in Rome, Feb. 3d, Mr. WILLIAM PERRY,
j of Suiithlield, Pa., to Miss JANE K. M. DItAKE.
In Wysox. Jan. 12tli, by Rev. 17. F. Roliert-, Mr. JOHN
WEBB, of Monroe, N. Y.. to Miss FRANCES LENT.
/ 'OLLIKGWOOD cV LKVKKK H BUR-
V VEYOHS. ENGINEERS, AND DRAUGHT-MEN.
arc prepared to iniike surveys, attend pruiessk/nallv a>
CIVIE. MECHANIC, OK
Execute ARCHITECTURAL, TOPOGRAPHIC. AN!
and transact all business connected therewith, with neat
ness, accuracy and despatch.
; OFFICE, with Collingwood Brothers, Jewelers, 13Uls
street. ELM IRA . N". Y.
F. COLLINGWOOD. G. LKVKRKH.
REFERENCES.—B. Benjamin. Tracy Beadle. Kltnira:
Geo. Sidney Camp, Esq.. Owego ; Judge D. Hoarfwan.
1 Ithaca. Fell. 7, ML
CAN NOW 8: HAD AT ROCKWai'J
* I *HE SUBSCRIBER has still nu hand ajtinc a- ctr
A of French and English Meriuoes, Plain an.i I've:-
Deluiines, i'olka, aud all wool Delaiines. Union I ic-'i-.
I Shawls of all kind* for Ladles, Gentlemen an! <"b
\ Bonnet Velvet*. Winter Trimming-, Lidic- t'LitD
i and Knit Goods, and many other winter Go d- 7
which will be .-old at COST PRICKS, for CASH <■*';
| sirely. as he wishes to make room for a new ami dm .'-
stock of Spring Goods, No. 1, Button's Block, cemw
i Main and Bridge streets.
February 9,1859. tfM. A. ROCKWEU
ir AUDI AX'S BALE—By virtue of
I vJ order of the Orphan's Court of Bradford
j will In* exposed to public sale, on the premie. oo Tl * V
DAY, the 10th day of MARCH. l*s!,at 1 o'clock.P-*-
I the following property, : Thirty-Four acn*s of ' ,nu
| thcrealsiut-, situate in Pike twp . bounded on the n-''-
by land of Ebenezer Dibble, ou the cast by Ainlmev ID
worth, 011 the south by lands of Milton llnstee anil D ■
(!agc. and on the west by Jonathan Brink. aV'iit tw-'t
, six acres of which is unimproved, with one half nfaM*
' and half a liani tliereon. the line ot Dibble's land nißu
-through said house and turn. To IK- sold a- the*"''
jof Frederick K. Whitehead, a minor. Attendance f u
and terms made known on da v of sale.
ALON'ZO B. WHITEHEAD, Guardian.
February 7. I*,">:i.
MANUEL KKOMKII desirous
J ing up wiih the times, wi! hereafter do Blacks;
J ing at the following prices, for CASH :
Setting one shoe, new cffie.
Corking one shoe Id
I Setting one shoe
j Setting one new tvre on lumlier wagon 75
" " " " buggy [
" " old tyre on lumber wagon 31
! " " " " buggy "aj
Newlumber wagons ironed lor, troro #l2 to t <*■'
kinds of Blacksiuithing d >ne on equal low rates
trade or credit the usual price will be charged .
All work warranted.
_Towaiula, Feb. ill.
/ Tho public are here'
j ed against purchasing a note given ''. v V,
j about the 18th day of December. l v s, payaldc \ ,
I WS, to Washington Baldwin, or bearer, for titty ' '
j lars. Not having received any value for said ■ '• ■
not pay the fame unless compelled by law, and
I sist the collection of it by everv legal means.
Dwell. Feb. 8.18.53.
ADM IX fSTR A TOR'S NOTICK.--^
is hereby given, that all persons indebted _
estateof ZEPHENIAH HICKS, deed., late of t
'must make immediate payment, and all per-'.n- xd .
; demands against said estate will present them 1 '•
thenticated for sottlement.
ARTHI'R Y ATES, ) vdm i ß Wrat'"
GEO. 8. HICKS, )
Feb. 10, 1*53. j
SELLING OLE AT LOST;
I HE Subscriber anxiou* of closing up hi- e nt "
X business will, after February G. ' a ....n-'* 1 '
stork of Dry (foods tt the actual City cost. > j| enl as,
1 in part of a good assortment ot Prints. IMsiiui _. | tt , nf |i-.
j Detieges, Denims, Ticks, Cloth, t J* ,r<
Sheeting, Shirting Stripe*. I.in*eys. ' " it h ;i h'*'
I lion net ts. Dress Trimmings, Ac., together j
assortment of Hats and Caps. Hoots ami.',. A TT' ,V "
general a*sortmcut of Hard Mare. ...i. 71q. .1;
l BLOCK. •' " U:V N '
I Towanda. January 31. 1