Bradford reporter. (Towanda, Pa.) 1844-1884, February 07, 1867, Image 2

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    NetDß from all Nations.
—The Californians are in a muddle.
They have cut down a big tree for exhibi
tion at the Paris Fair, but no ship is large
enough to carry it across the ocean.
-There has been introduced into
the Wisconsin Legislature a bill increasing
to five thousand dollars the salaries of the
Supreme Judges of that State.
—We see it stated in one of our
exchanges that the Detroit Post, Carl
Schurz's paper,is groaning under the weight
of a $50,000, mortgage.
--The great sacrifice of the Crosby
Opera House, by the lucky winner, Lee'
gives just grounds for doubtiug the honesty
of the lottery.
—Chattanooga and Evansville each
rejoice in the possession of a fearless and
ont-spoken daily journal.
—A State election takes place in
Connecticut on the first Monday of the com
ing April.
—Snow recently fell, for the sixth
time in a century, in Louisiana.
—The Tyrone and Clearfield rail
road is to be extended to Clearfield without
—A young woman recently at
tempted to shoot her seducer in Meadville,
Pa. She missed the mark.
—Eight panthers have been killed
in Centre county this winter.
—The anniversary of the birth of
Robert Burns was celebrated by the Thistle
Club ofPittston, on the 25th ult. .
-Rev. John McNair, D. I)., a dis
tinguished and very able minister in the
Presbyterian Church, died at Lancaster on
Sunday last.
—The "Iron Clads," is the name
adopted by a newly organized Lodge of
Good Templars in Harrisburg.
—John McDufl", a man of intempe
rate habits, in Marietta, committed suicide
last week, by taking arsenic.
—An Indian burying ground has
bet n discovered near Easton. Seventeen
bodies and about a busbel of "trinkets"
have been exhumed
—To avoid imposition, Forney's
Press has a silver badge for each editor and
reporter. This cuts off pretenders.
—The old John Hancock chair, in
which he sat when the Declaration of Inde
pendence was signed, has been sent to In
dependence Hall, Philadelphia.
—The Copperhead Court and jury
of Berks county, recently convicted Jonath
an Beiber of misdemeanor, for refusing a
deserters vote. When called up for sen
tence, he presented a pardon from Gov.
—On Monday night of last week,
three men entered the house of a widow,
who lives near Mahonv City, held her, and
robbed the house of SI,BOO in greenbacks
and gold:
—Edward Gamberling, Jr., of Sel
insgrove, went out to hunt ducks. He broke
through the ice in the river, threw his gun
from him, when it discharged its contents
into his side, producing a serious and prob
ably fatal wound.
—Governor Cummings, of Colora
do, publishes a card denying the statement
in relation to the exclusion of negroes and
mulattoes from the jury box in that terri
—Jacob Rife, an extensive tanner
at Middletown, has been appointed by Gov.
Geary Leather Inspector at Philadelphia.
—The diplomatic correspondence
relating to the American colony at Jaffa
sent to the Senate. Minister Morris, at
Constantinople, reports the condition of the
colonists as very pitiable. The Sublime
Porte will not grant land to foreigners un
less they become his subjects. The Vice
Consul has been suspended for alleged mis
conduct toward the colonists.
—lt is said that Earnest, Grand
Duke ofiSaxe Coburg-Gotha, will abdicate
in favor of King William, of Prussia.
—During the great snow storm in
Providence, 11. 1., milk sold at 25 cents per
quart. Those having milk to sell thought
it providential.
A Mr. Beattie, a prominent law
yer and politician, is in jail in Joliet, 111.,
on a charge of seducing a respectable far
mer's daughter.
—A bill has been introduced into
the Senate ol the State of New York, to
double the size of the locks on the Erie and
Oswego canals.
—lt is in contemplation to tunnel
under the Detroit river, for railroad purpos
es. The old underground railroad is out of
—Gov. Wells, of Louisiana, recom
mends the passage of the Constitutional
Amendments ; and he denounces the New
Orleans massacre, in his late message.
—Wm. P. King and Abe Owen,the
train robbers, near Franklin, Ky., who sub
sequently killed Harvey King, one of their
hand, were sentenced to be hanged on the
22d of March.
The New York Tribune says that
the number of respectable persons applying
for lodgings at the City Police Stations, is
greater this season than ever before.
-Gen. Thomas has added the
weight of his testimony to the thousands of
others as to the barbarous and rebellions
spirits of the whipt traitors of the South.
—The Government of Austria has
made overtures to the Federal authorities
of Switzerland with the view to commence
negotiations for a conimercia treaty between
the two countries.
—lt is reported that the Greek hero
Kanatk intends to go to America to thank
the people of the United States for their
sympathy, and to ask the Government to
send a fleet of Monitors to the assistance of
the Cretans.
—Rogers,the seducer of Miss Falls,
in Millport, (near Elmira) after his villainy
was known and boasted of by himself, was j
permitted to sing in the choir of a church j
for many months, and until shot by his vie- j
—The United States District Court
of Washington refuse to allow atiorneys to ;
practise in that court without taking the j
test oath, notwithstanding the recent decis
ion of the Supreme Court,
—At the municipal election at
Wheeling, West Virginia, on Monday, the
Democratic ticket was elected by a decreas
ed majority.
—The constitutional amendment is
being discussed in the Alabama Legislature.
The Legislature of Louisiana is debating ;
whethei another State Convention is need- j
—The remains of the ex-rebel, Gen.
Baxksdale, have been removed from the
field of Gettvsburg to Mississippi.
ftradfotd fUpDiytct'.
Towanda, Thursday, Feb. 7, 1867.
Under the above head the FranHin
Repository comes out in a long article
against " the hideous cancer of leg
islative corruption," declaring that
" its loathsome pollution has spread
over the entire body politic of Penn
sylvania," and that " indifference
must henceforth be criminal."
Col. A. K. M'CLURE, a prominent
acter in the politics of the State, and
a man of talents, is the editor of the
Franklin Rejx>sitory. and probably the
author of this tirade against the leg
islative character of the State ; and
the immediate cause of this attack
upon the Legislature, i 6 the fact,
that that body elected SIMON CAMERON
to the United States Senate, against
whom Col. M'G'LURE holds a bitter
grudge. Had this same legislature
elected A. G. CCRTIN to the Senate, it
would have been, in the eyes of the
Colonel, one of the purest public
bodies ever convened in the State, no
matter how, or by what instrumen
tality, the election of CURTIN had
been effected. Such is the effect pro
duced on some minds by prejudice
and partiality.
We should not notice this assault
upon the Legislature, if made by any
organ, or man, of less position and
influence. But M'CLURE and his pa
ger, assume to control, and have a
commanding influence over the re
publicans of the State ; and to allow
such wholesale charges of bribery
and corruption against a republican
legislature, merely because defeated
in a contest for Senator, and without
the least foundation for such charges
would be criminal. Already the cop-
I perhead press of the State has pick
'ed up this slang of M'CMJRE'S and
| circulated it far and near, with the
j assurance that it must be true be-
I cause it comes from one of the re
j publican leaders, and one of its se
i cret manipulators. This, too, on the
! face of the fact, that FORNEY, M'-
CI.IRE, and every other man in the
State, who has been known to make
charges of corruption against the
legislature, has been required to
come before its Committee of Inves
tigation, and testify of the bribery
and corruption of which he speaks,
and in each case, thus far, it has been
i admitted that no particular facts
I were known to exist, upon which to
found such accusations. So that it
( lias been established beyond contra
j diotioD, that these charges of bribery
and corruption come from the friends
!of the defeated candidates for Sena
tor, without a shadow of truth upon
j which to found them.
And this positive disproval of these
charges of bribery and corruption
■ against the legislature might rest
I here, but Col. M'CLURE is so incensed
: at his defeat, that he, very foolishly,
! as we think, proposes to call a Con
j stitutional Convention for the pur
: pose of so altering our State Legis
j lature, as to make it consist of five
' hundred members instead of one hun
i dred and thirty, after the model of
1 Massachusetts. This would involve
an expense of millions of dollars. A
convention, judging from the last
one, would cost enormously, and then
a new State House would have to be
built, for we have no place that would
hold the half of such a body, and
this would make millions of itself.
All because Col. M'CI.URE'S candidate
for Senator was defeated ! The chief
arguments made in favor of this
change, is, that we would then have
an honest legislature, that such a
large body of men could not be cor
rupted. The Colonel forgets the
charges that were made by the oppo
sition against the manner of Mr.
SUMNER'S last election to the United
States Senate. Charges of corrup
tion were as freely indulged in against
the Massachusetts Legislature then,
as now against our own, and alike
untruthfully in both cases. But is it
not queer that Col. M'CLURE, should
suppose that we can lind Jiee hundred
honest men to send to the Legislature,
out of the same population, where,
he alleges, we cannot lind one hun
dred and thirty annually. Surely, the
more we send of such men to the leg
islature, the worse we will be off ;
and if we send four for every one we
have heretofore sent, will we not de
grade the office, and send still poor
er material ? It has long been com
plained, that our best men would not
go to the legislature, owing the re
sponsibility and the slightness of the
remuneration ; and the Franklin Re
pository would institute a descending
scale, so that the little responsibility
we now have in the Legislature,
wmild soon slide out. But such is
the blindness, even of sensible men,
when they allow their passions, and
not their sober judgment to control
A few years ago we knew Colonel
M'CLURE as a poor printer. He was
sent to the legislature shortly after
wards for four or five years ; and he
was hardly out of his legislative of
fice, when we heard of him as a rich
man. We have always rejoiced at
the Colonel's prosperity, and do not
now mention these thiugs in an un
kind or envious spirit ; but to say,
that this wonderful accumulation of
property while in the legislature, has
giveu him the reputation over the en
tire Commonwealth—whether justly
or not, we do not pretend to say—of
not being the most- immaculate man in
the State ; and that his career in the
legislature did more to impair its fair
standing, than that of any other man
who has held a seat in it. These are
notorious facts, and we speak of them
because they are notorious ; and for
a man thus conditioned to make such
au ado about corruption and bribery
against others, seemß bold to say the
least of it, and especially so, when
he has been called upon to substan
tiate his charges, and failed to do so.
The reader must remember that Col.
M'CLURE is a Republican leader, and
yet he traduces a republican legisla
ture, without a shadow of excuse,
save only that he could not control
it ; and people might infer if he had
controlled it, that there would be
some ground for the imputations of
bribery and corruption.
We have some knowledge of re
cent legislatures, and some of more
remote ones, and we declare, and can
prove it by strong facts, that the
present legislature is one of the
purest bodies of the kind that has as
sembled in our State for years. Our
legislature of a year ago, we con
sidered a great improvement, and be
lieve this improvement has been go
ing on for several years : and confi
dently trust this improvement will
continue. But what encouragement
have men in doing right, when such
reckless and wholesale charges of
bribery and corruption are made for
doing right, as Colonels M'CLURE and
FORNEY make against the present
legislature ?
Colonel John W. Stewart, the new
Military Agent of Pennsylvania, and
his assistant, Lieutenant Colonel
Cook, have commenced operations at
Washington. Additional order and
energy are to be infused into an in
stitution which has the interests of
more than three hundred thousand
Union soldiers of our State in charge.
Col. Stewart, the head of the bureau,
is a citizen of Alleghany county, of
commanding influence and experi
ence, and his assistant, Lieut. Col.
Cook, of Westmoreland county, is
known for his extiaordinary efficien
cy as the friend of the soldiers during
the war, and for his powerful writ
ings in support of the principles of
the great Union party. The amount
of time and money that will be saved
by this organization of the deserving
citizens directly interested is beyond
The agents issue the following no
tice to the public, which is of great
importance to those having claims
against the Government:
By order of His Excellency JOHN W. GEA
RY, Governor of Pennsylvania, notice is giv
ASHINGTON.D. C. , will attend with prompt
ness, and WITHOUT CHARGE, to the adjust
ment of the claims of soldiers for pensions,
bounties, etc., from the United States, as
well as to those of widows, orphans, and
other relatives. That claims can be sent
directly to the parties interested in them,
or, if they prefer it through local agents or
The Agency was originated for the bene
fit of the living soldiers and the widows and
orphans of those who died in defence of the
country : and it is the special desire of the
Governor that it be continued for the meri
torious purpose for which it was establish
ed, and that no effort be omitted to increase
its efficiency. Blanks and instructions can
be furnished.
Communications may be addressed,
D. C., LOCK BOX 71."
Those desirous of obtaining infor
mation in regard to pensions, boun
ties, &c., should address the State
Agency, as above, and not tbe mem
ber of Congress. The Agency attends
promptly to all inquiries without
A cause which has lost the presiiye of nov,
elty, has, with many, lost its surest appeal
to their sympathies, and its strongest claim
on their support. How many a beggar has
been turned away because "it is the same
old story "—how many a charitable enter
prise has been suffered to languish, because
" one gets tired of giving to the same thing
year after year!" The cause of the freedman
is no exception to the rule ; many who in
the early days of his new-found liberty, were
ready to congratulate him on his new pos
session, to take him by tbe hand and bid
him God-speed in the career opening out be
fore him, are now grown weary of the tale
of trial and disappointment which has fol
fowed, and are almost ready to join with
their political opponents in crying down
"that everlasting nigger."
It is not our object at present to enter in
to any philosophical inquiry as to the causes
of this phenomenon of the human mind,
neither is it our intention after deprecating
this inordinate taste for novelty, to pander
to it by the relation of any new and startling
fiicts— our aim is at once more humble and
more consistent, and the facts we have to
lay before our readers are the simple and fa
miliar tale of suffering and wrong, the like
of which they have probably heard a hund
red times before.
Around Fortress Monroe a wretched pop
ulation has gathered, comprising probably
the most degraded, ignorant and helpless of
the colored race. They live in mud huts,
often without fires, barefooted, hungry and
cold, the aged and sick, the young and help
less huddled together in squalid wretched
ness—so that confinement in the '-bull pen"
(a place of punishment for petty offences) is
a penalty often willingly incurred, inasmuch
as with all its severity it secures to its in
mates shelter and food sufficient to maintain
lite. '-But why don't they work?" asks the
caviler. Because the Government has no
work for them, and there is no white popula
tion able to afford employment for miles
around. '-Then why don't they go where
work can be had ?" My good friend, pray
imagine yourself for an instant, in the posi
tion of these freedmen, placed suddenly in a
condition for which the training of your
whole life had unfitted you, ignorant of the
world, bred to no trade, without money,
without friends, with scarcely clothing enough
to cover you, encumbered perhaps, with a
sick and helpless tamily—do you think that
under these circumstances you would be
very bold and enterprising in striking out a
new career? Would you be very ready to
venture into unknown regions and struggle
for the prizes of life with such fearful odds
against you? No, believe me, you would
act just as the black man does, when he
cowers over the hearth-stone of his mud hut,
and wonders in a dumb, helpless way, what
is this wonderful boon of freedom, which
the white man has given and yet so cruelly
But let us look at another picture. In the
neighborhood of Yorktown a settlement was
formed under more favorable auspices—con
fiscated lauds were assigned by Government
to the freed-people, in small portions. Stim
ulated by the pride of ownership, a feeling
hitherto unknown to them, they fell to work
to improve their farms, with such zeal that
in an incredible short time the little hamlet
became a modeLof thriving industry. Teach
ers sent from the North were busily engag
ed in that work of elevation of the mind
which can only be successfully carried on
when the body is sufficiently provided for—
so that here at least we might have expected
to find at lest an answer to the queslion,
"Is the negro capable of freedom?" But
here the story ends so far as it is "an ex
periment of freedom," the rest of the tale
belongs rather to the records of tyranny. In
pursuance of the universal pardon system
these lands were restored to the rebels who
had formerly owned them—the cabins erect
ed by the freedmen, the gardens so carefully
cultivated, the fields already planted, all
were given into the hands of those, whose
only qualification was that they had betray
ed their country, defied its flag and shot
down its defenders.
These scenes are occurring every day, let
us not comment upon them lest we "speak
evil of dignities"—but let us set ourselves
to the work of mitigating the sufferings oc
casioned by injustice and oppression.
Tue Freedmens' Relief Association has al
ready a branch society in Towanda, let it
have a support worthy of the reputation of
the town, and worthy of the cause. FEED.
DOUGLAS has said " The negro needs liberty
and not old clothes." The negro does indeed
need liberty in the largest sense, he needs
that enfranchisement of the mind which can
only be effected through the gradual pro
cesses of education : but he also needs, and
that sorely, those necessaries of (life without
which intellectual culture would be a mock
ery. Send, therefore, your contributions
both of money and clothing, aid in this good
work by your influence as well as by your
gifts, and look for your reward in the grati
tude of an ever grateful race, and in the in
creased prosperity of a state whose lowest
class shall have been elevated to the position
of useful and industrious citizens.
-from Cjarvisburg.
Special Correspondence of THE BBADFOBD
HABBISBUEG, Pa., Feb. 4, 1867.
It seems as though there is to be a perpet
ual strife iu our political ranks for Senatori
al honors. We have scarcely come out of
one contest of prodigious pioportions, until
another is to be thrust upon us. Already do
we hear of prominent politicians pressing
their claims for the seat now occupied—and
which will continue to be occupied for two
years to come—by BUCKJLLEW. A number
of gentlemen have been named as candi
dates. They are mostly from Central, North
ern and Western Pennsylvania. The East
ern frontier of the State has no claim to urge
in this connection, as it now has the Gover
nor, Attorney General, a U. S. Senator elect,
besides other officers, and the Chairmen of
nearly all the prominent committees of both
branches of the Legislature. It seems rath
er early to be agitating this question, as it
will mix into the State and County elections
of 1867 and 1868, and cannot but be product
ive of evil. Would it not be better to let the
matter rest for a year at least ? A twelve
month hence will be early enough to begin
the contest, and there will then be ample
time for the various aspirants to go to work
and urge their claims upon their friends and
the public.
There is a probability that the present
Legislature will pass a bill calculated to ef
! feet in a great degree the present rules in
force in our State relative to the reception of
testimony. The proposed measure is in
tended to give persons the right to appear
in Court and give evidence in suits in which
they are interested. This is a privilege grant
ed in nearly every State but Penn'a, and its
adoption here would doubtless work the
most important reforms. The subject is
worthy the attention of our law-makers.
One of the most important measures in
troduced in the Legislature this winter, has
been passed by the Senate. It is an act to
create a loan for the resumption of the over
due loans of the Commonwealth, and pro
vides that, inasmuch as bonds of the State,
and certificates of indebtednesss, amounting
to twenty-three millions of dollars have been
overdue and unpaid for some time past, and
it is desirable that the same should be paid
and withdrawn from the market, the Gover
nor, State Treasurer and Auditor General
shall be authorized to borrow, on the faith
of the Commonwealth, in such amounts as
they may deem expedient for the interests of
the State. $23,000,000. and issue certificates
of loan, or bonds for the same, bearing in
terest not exceeding six per cent.—the prin
cipal of said bonds to be payable as follows :
$5,000,000 after five and within ten years ;
$8,000,000 after ten and with fifteen years ;
$10,000,000 after fifteen and within twenty
five years. No certificate to be
issued shall be negotiated for less than its
par value. The bonds and certificates now
over due shall be receivable in payment of
the new loan. All loans of the State not yet
due shall hereafter be exempt from State,
municipal or local taxation after the pay
ment of the interest due Feb. 1, 1867. The
bill was introduced in the Senate by Mr.
COSNEUL, of Philadelphia, and is said to
have been approved by the State Treasurer
previous to being presented by the Senator.
A joint resolution has passed both Houses,
instructing the Military Committee, in con
nection with the Governor and Adjutant
General, to frame a militia law for the Com
A resolution has been adopted in the Sen
ate instructing the General Judiciary Com
mittee to inquire into the power of the State
to control and direct legislation, so as to reg
ulate the charges of railroad corporations
for passengers and freight, to prevent extor
tion, to assert the power of the State govern
ment to secure the rights of citizens, etc.,
and report by bill or otherwise, at an early
Mr. Shoemaker has introduced in the Sen
ate "an act for the better and more impar
tial selection of persons to serve as Jurors in
the several Courts of the Commonwealth."—
It provides that at the general election in
October, 1867, and tri-ennially thereafter, the
qualified electors of the several counties
shall elect (as other county officers are elect
ed) two sober, intelligent and judicious per
sons to serve as Jury Commissioners in each
of said counties, for a period of three years
ensuing their election, but the same persons
shall not be eligible for re-election more
than once in any period of six years—pro
vided, that each of said qualified electors
shall vote far one person only as Jury Com
missioner, and the two persons having tpe
greatest number of votes shall be duly elect
ed Jury Commissioners for such county.
The Commissioners shall meet at the sent
I of Justice of the respective counties at least
I thirty days before the first term or the Court
' of Common Pleas in every year, and there- 1
upon select alternately from the whole male
taxable citizens of the comity at large, a
sufficient number of sober, intelligent and
judicious persons to serve as Jurors in the
several Courts of such county during that
year, and as soon as such collection shall be
I completed the said Jury Commissioners
shall, in the mode and manner directed by
law, place the names of the persons so se
lected in the proper Jury wheel.
The Jury Commissioners and the Sheriff
of the county, or any two of the three shall
draw from the proper Jury wheel panels of
Jurors for the trial of issues in fact which
may be taken in any action in any of the
Courts of the county, in the manner now
practiced and allowed, but before the said
Jury Commissioners and Sheriff shall pro
ceed to select or draw Jurors in the manner
aforesaid they shall take the oath or affirma
tive now prescribed by law to be taken by
the Sheriff' and County Commissioners, be
fore selecting and drawing Jurors. The acts
or portions of acts that now make it the duty
of the Sheriff and County Commissioners <to
select Jurors shall cease to have any force
and effect.from and after the second Tues
day of October, 1867— -provided that all acts
and parts of acts now in force in relation to
the custody, sealing and unsealing, locking
and opening of the jury wheel, and all acts
and parts of acts now in force imposing any
penalty or punishment on the Sheriff and
County Commissioners, or either of them,
for anything done or omitted by them or ei
ther of them in relution to the keeping, lock
ing, opening, sealing, or breaking the seal
of any jury wheel, or in relation to the se
lecting or drawing of Jurors, shall be applic
able to the Jury Commissioners and Sheriff.
The pay of the Jury Commissioners shall bo
the same per day as is paid to the County
Commissioners in the respective counties, to
be paid out of the treasury thereof.
The penalty for neglect or refusal to at
tend to and discharge the duties of the office
shall be one hundred dollars for each offence
—to be sued for and recovered before any
Justice of the Peace in the county as debts
of like amount are recoverable ; ten dollars
to go to the person suing and the balance to
the county treasury.
In case of the inability of either or both
the Jury Commissioners, by sickness, death
or other unavoidable causes to discharge the
duties of said office, the President Judge of
the county shall appoint a suitable person or
persons possessing the necessary qualifica
tions, to perform the duties during such va
cancy—the persons appointed to comply
with all the requirements demanded of our
elected Jury Commissioners.
This bill should be passed. The public
good and justice demands it. It is a well
known fact that in the Copperhead strong
holds the juries are composed almost entire
ly of Copperheads, and in many cases it is
impossible for a Republican to obtain jus
tice. The Copperhead members are, to a
man, opposed to the bill.
It is quite probable that the bill passed
last session, granting pensions and annuities
to the soldiers and widows of soldiers of
1812, will be repealed this winter. The
State has been imposed upon and swindled
to a fearful extent by parties who were never
intended to come within the provisions of
the act referred to. Already some $200,000
have been paid out of the treasury to meet
the claims for pensioners and annuities.—
The bill was passed for the benefit of the
really indigent, but the claim agents in many
places have taken hold of the claims, and,
in fact, presented bogus papers, upon which
the money was obtained. While the repeal
of the law would not be just towards the real
ly deserving, it would effect a great saving to
the Commonwealth.
On the 29th, in the Senate, the rules were
dispensed with, and the act relative to roads
in certain townships in Snllivan County, was
considered and passed finally.
In the House, on the 29th, the act to
change the venue in the case of the Com
monwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Jessy R. Mc-
Carty, Joshua McCarty and Charles Norton,
from the Court of Quarter Sessions of Sulli
van County to the Court of Quartrr Sessions
of Bradford County, was objected to, and.
under the rule, must lie over one week.
The House has passed finally an act to au
thorize the borough of Troy to increase the
taxation for borough purposes. In the Sen
ate the same bill has been referred to the
Committee on Judiciary Local.
The House has passed finally an amend
ment to the act relating to the sale of land
for taxes in Potter county, so as to extend
the provisions of the same to Warren and
Bradford counties.
Mr. LANDON has presented to the Senate a
petition from citizens of Bradford county,
praying for the repeal of the first section of
an act to prevent the Hpread of Canada this
tles, approved March, 1862. Referred to the
Committee on Agriculture.
The Senate committee on Judiciary Local
has reported, as committed, a bill repealing
the provisions of an act relating to the fees of
District Attorney in certain counties of the
Commonwealth, so far as they relate to the
county of Bradford.
Also, a supplement to an act to change the
mode of criminal proceedings in Erie and
Union counties, extending the same to Brad
Gov. GEABY has adopted a series of regu
lations for pardons that arc likely to put an
end to the too free use of the pardoning
power. They are as follows :
First. No pardon will be granted until
notice of the application therefor shall have
been given by publication, once a week, for
two consecutive weeks, in a newspaper print
ed in the county in which the conviction
was had.
Second. No pardon will be granted un
less notice of the application shall have
been given to the judge who tried the cause,
to the district attorney, or to the attorney
who prosecuted, proof of which notice shall
be furnished this Department
Third. All applications for pardon must
have with them the following papers, writ
ten in a clear and distinct hand :
1. A certified copy of the whole record,
including docket entries, minutes of court,
copy of indictment, pleas, and all other pa
pers on file in the court relating to the
2. A full statement of the reasons upon
which the application is based, setting forth
all the facts ; the notes of evidence taken
on trial ; letters from responsible persons
in the community where the crime was com
mitted ; a recommendation lrom the jurors
who sat on the trial, and if any of them re
fuse to recommend a pardon, reasons given
for such refusal; letter from the district at
torney or counsel who tried the case ; and
a letter from the judge, setting forth his
views upon the subject of the application.
3. Recommendations for pardon for un.
expired terms of sentence, must have a copy
of the whole record as before required. Al
so, a copy of commitment, petition from
prisoner setting forth reasons, and state
ment from Warden and Inspectors of Prison.
5. No personal application will be per
6. All of the above papers, when submit
ted, must be accompanied by a printed
copy of same, in pamphlet 'form, twelve
copies of which, at least, must be sent to
this Department. If the parties are too
poor, the paper book need not be printed.
7. As 'these rules are intended to sub
serve the administration of justice, they
will be strictly enforced, 'and relaxed only
when good reasons shall be furnished for
so doing.
Qn Fnday the Legislature adjourned over
until Monday evening. Affairs are quiet at
the Capital, many of the members having
goae home on a brief visit. BEX.
Personal and Political.
—llou. Samuel C. Pomeroy and
Hon. E. G. Ross have been elected United
States Senators from Kansas, the former
for the full term and the latter to fill a va
cancy occasioned by the suicide of Senator
Lane. The election of Mr. Ross is a radi
cal gain.
—Hon. Timothy 0. Ilowe, Republi
can, has been re-elected United States Sen
ator from Wisconsin.
—Hon. Thomas Swann, Conserva
tive, has been elected United States Senator
for Maryland.
—The Hon. Nathan B. Eldred.died
at his residence in Bethany, Wayne Co., on
the 27th inst., aged 72 years.
—The Hon. Garret Davis has been
re-elected United States Senator from Ken
tucky for six years from the 4th of March
next. The Rebel and the Copperhead vo e
was combined upon him.
—Win. Harbesou, who has been
Deputy Collector of Philadelphia for the
last 15 or 20 years has been appointed Col
lector ol the Port of Philadelphia vice Win.
F. Johnston rejected. Mr. Harbeson's ap
pointment was recommended by nearly all
the commercial men in Philadelphia.
—The President said, to a promi
nent physician of Louisiana and to others,
in recent interviews, that the worst thing
he ever did in his life was to pardon Mayor
Monroe of New-Orleans, and then sustain
liim in his wicked career. He indicated
much sorrow at the course things have ta
ken in New-Orleans, without having ex
pressed any regrets at his own connection
with the crimes committed there.
—Governor Brownlow is at Knox
ville in reasonably good health, but as full
of spirit and determination as ever. He will
be easily renominated for Governor on the
22d of February. The changes in East Ten
nessee are something remarkable, Coun
ties heretofore highly conservative are now
extremely radical.
—Gov. Cox, of Ohio, peremptorily
declines re-nomination. He urges "duty to
his family, his profession, and his private
affairs" as his justification for withdrawing.
—Wiiliain Mintzer, President of
the Bank of Pottstown, died at that bor
■ ough on Saturday last. He was one of the
most useful men in Montgomery county,
and a Republican ever zealous for the right.
—Hon. David Ritchie,of Pittsburg,
Pennsylvania, died on Thursday morning
last. He had been in his usual health un
til Sunday evening, January 20, when, on
retiring, ho complained of severe and pain
ful illness. He did not rise from his bed
The Union National Committee
meeting in Washington, on Friday,
adopted a series of important resolu
tions, beginning with a preamble, in
. which Mr. Johnson is defined as a de
serter from the principles he was
pledged to defend, and the reorgani
zation ol the party is declared to be
required by his treachery. The head
quarters of the Committee are appoin
ted in New York, and the members
of the Union party throughout the
country are requested to correspond
with its Chairman. Nebraska and
Colorado are congratulated on their
admission, and the crowning resolu
tion declares that while the Union
party is anxiously desirous of the re
storation of the rebel States, it be
lieves that no reconstruction can be
safe or just that does not secure im
partial sufl\age to all the loyal peo
ple of those States.
Thursday, Feb. 1. 1867.
Mr. Sumner offered a resolution in
the Senate, Thursday, which which
was adopted, calling upon the Presi
dent for copies of any correspondence
that has taken place between the
State Department and our foreign
Ministers relative to the policy of)
the Administration toward the re
bellious States. The resolution call
ing upon the President for a copy of
the letter on which the Secretary of
State predicated his letter to Motley
caused considerable debate, but the
morning hour expired before a vote
could be reached, and the further
consideration of the subject was
postponed until to-day. The Tariff
Bill came up and received various
amendments, some of which elicited
extended discussion. The subject
was resumed at the Evening Session,
and at 12:30 was read a third time
and passed by a vote of 27 yeas to
10 nays, 15 members not-voting.
In the House yesterday the Consu
lar and Diplomatic Appropriation
Bill was considered. The amend
ments adopted in the Committee of
the Whole prohibiting the payment
of money for the support of the mis
sions to Rome and Portugal were
not agreed to. The bill passed with
those appropriations included. A
preamble and resolution, reported
from the Committee on Enrolled Bills,
setting forth that the bill depriving
the President of amnesty powers,
and also one regulating the franchise
in the Territories, had been sent to
him, and that he had neither signed
nor returned them, and directing the
Secretary of State to inform the
House whether said bills had been
deposited in his office, gave rise to
considerable debate. The resolution
was finally adopted. The bill pro
posing the transfer of the manage
ment of Indian affairs from the In
terior to the War Department was
discussed fully. Some of the mem
bers preferred the Senate bill, but
none were in favor of continuing the
present system of dealing with the
Indians. The bill passed—Yeas 76,
nays 73.
Friday feb. 2.
In the Senate, Friday, the bill to
regulate the duties of the Clerk of
the House was taken up, and, after a
short discussion,was passed by thirty
one yeas to six nays. The Bankrupt
bill was then taken up, and pending
discussion of an amendment from the
Judiciary Committee, the Senate ad
journed without taking action either
on the bill or amendment.
In the House a private bill relative
to the re-extension of a patent for
improvement in machinery for cutt
ing Bcretys occupied most of the
morning hour, and went over at the
expiration of that time. The bill to
regulate the tenure of office was
then taken up. Mr. Stevens' amend
ment declaring all persons nomina
ted and rejected by the Senate for
appointment to office to he incapa
ble of holding public office for one
year was rejected. Mr. Williams ott
ered an amendment making the bill
apply to Cabinet officers which wan
rejected, and a motion was made to
reconsider the vote rejecting it Oth
er business intervened before a vote
was taken. Reports from the S ere
tary of State were presented, referr
ing to Mexican affairs and appoint
ments to office. The House soon af
ter adjourned.
The new plan of the House for re
organizing the States, and for giv
ing civil Governments to those which
arc at present unrepresented, differs
in some essential particulars from
the scheme of Mr. Stevens, embod
ied in his North Carolina bill, and
the general impression will be that
the alterations are improvements.
It is provided that there shall be
held in all these States, elections for
delegates to revise their Constitu
tions. At these elections, all persons
who can take an oath of loyalty dur
ing the war, and none others, arc to
be allowed to vote —the principle
being to exclude the Rebels from
participation in framing the organ
ic law. After the Constitution of a
State has been framed, and pending
its adoption by the people, a Provis
ional Government is to be formed by
the Convention, to supersede those
created by the President, and to con
tinue during the political interreg
num. It is especially provided that
the Constitutions to be framed shall
embody the following principles :
Equality of suffrage, without dis
tinction or exclusion on account of
race or color ; a fair and equitable
distribution of civil privileges ; a
disqualification of unpardoned and
unrestored rebels for places of trust
and power ; a submission of the
State to the federal authority in all
matters of divided jurisdiction : the
endorsement of the Union war debt,
and the unconditional repudiation of
• that incurred by the Rebels ; a
change in the basis of representation,
which shall place it upon the stand
ard of the voting population.
The Southern States have reject
ed the proposed Constitutional amend
ment. There is no reason to suppose
that this action will be reconsidered.
But one course is therefore left to
the majority in Congress, represent
ing the loyal eentimeut of the coun
. try. These States must be recon
structed upon a basis of assured loy
alty, and harmony with the Federal
Government. There is no possibility
of attaining this result, while their
present political organizations con
tinue in existence. But those Gov
ernments,illegal though they are,and
. existing only by sufliance, cannot be
changed without the direct interven
tion of the National Legislature, and
the substitution of others in their
stead. A8 the Rebels who are em
ploying the franchise constitute the
only barrier to an effective and
speedy reconstruction, it follows
that they must be deprived of power
for mischief; and there is no more
certain way of accomplishing this,
than by enforcing the national law
which makes them incompetent to
exercise the highest functions of cit
izenship, forfeited by their treason.
Nero 2li)Dcrtisements.
TAKE NOTICE.—AII persons in
debted to W. A. Bockwel!, will please give
prompt attention to settling and paying, and 1
will close Book Account on and after the first
day of April next, 1567.
jFeb.J, 1867.
VENDUE. —The subscriber will sell
at public outcry at his residence,in Orwell
twp., Thursday, the 14th day ot February, 1567
commencing at 9 o'clock a. m., the following
property, to wit: One pair matched 2 year
old Colts, "25 head of Cattle, consisting of Cows,
3 year-olds. 2 year olds, and yearlings, 74 sheep
to be sold in lots of ten, one Mowing Machine,
Horse Fork, 1 three spring Democrat Wagon, 1
Buggy, about 20 tons of Hay, 120 Sap Tubs , 1
Sap Boiler, Dairy Fixtures, firming Tools,
Household furniture, and numerous other ar
ticles. Terms.—All sums under $lO cash down,
and all sums over $lO a credit of one year will
be given on approved notes.
M. B. PORTER, Auctioneer. 1eb467,1t*
Valuable Farms, Mill Properties, City and
Town Lots for sale.
Parties having property for sale will find it
to their advantage by eaving a description of
the same, with terms of sale at this agency, as
parties are constantly enquiring for farms &c.
Real Estate Agent.
Office Montauye's Block. Towauda, Pa.
Jan.29, 1867.
W. K. HILL, having purchased the Bakery
and Eating Establi hment and Grocery recent ly
kept by Pettes A Hovey, first door south of the
Ward House, Main street, Towanda, Pa., and
having re-modelled the same, and having asso
ciated with him IRA SMITH, they are prepare d
1 to fn nish their customers and the public with
everything in their line at reasonable rates
Is fitted up in the most approved style and
meals are served at all hours, and their store is
filled with a good assortment of
They will keep in store and sell at wholesale
and retail or manufacture to order
°/ a ,\'kinds. Also will keep the best Crackers
of all kinds in the market, by the barrel or
pound. Freak Oysters cowtfautly on hand by
the keg or diah, cheap as the cheapest. They
will nse the beat materials in every thing and
will try to please the most fastidious.
46F" Wedding and other fancy Cakes made to
tar Families supplied daily and promptly
with anything desired in oar line.
They employ none hut the most skilful work
men, and use only the best materiaL They are
determined to keep a first class establishment.
Give us a fair and candid trial and you will find
it to your advantage.
Towanda, Jan 2J, 1867 yr.
hereby given that all persons indebted to
the estate of JONATHAN VANDIKE, dee'd.,
late of Albany twp., are requested to make iai-'
mediate payment, and those having claims
against said estate mast present them duly au
thenticated for settlement.
„ , . . R. H. RICHARD.
® L MW Administrators.
hereby given that all persons indebted to
the estate of ROSWELL R. ROGERS, late of
Canton twp., dee'd., are requested to make Im
mediate payment, and those having claims
against said estate must present them duly au
thenticated for settlement.
Feb, 4, 1907. Executors.
Having concluded to close the it ,
ofiei their entire stock ot
The assortment goud, and well worthy l
tiution ot purcha >ers.
All persons indebted to this firm, are urge:,
re que-ted to pay before the first day of M.
Towanda, January 30, 1667.
The subscriber bigs leave to tall the
tion of the citizens oi
To the fact that lie has opened a
In the
Being intimately acquainted with leading x .
ufacturiiig, Importing, acd Jobbing Hoc -
his line, and having had extensive ex;
in both city and country trade, he flatter-1,
self that, by low prices, and prompt:.,-,
accuracy in business, he will merit L.- •
dence and patronage of the public, A iho:
knowledge of
Enables him to manufacture in the U.- r.
ner and keep on hand ail the leading ~r e,
tious of the Pharmacopo ia.
Extra inducements ottered to tin M...
protessi ill
Prescriptions carefully and accurate v
Rome, Jan. 30,1867.
CALS and Patent Medicines , at
Oils. Varnishes, Benzine and Turpenti
Books, Writing Fluid, Ink, Pens, Pern.'.
Slates, Pa per Slates, Visiting Cards. It- v,
Card s, Writing Desks, Ac., at
kinds for sale very low. at
tracts. Tooth and Hair Preparations :
a vaiietvof Toilet Articles, at
O nish, Sash, Cloth, Hair, Tooth, Na.i..
other kinds ot Brushes, at
and Diaries for 1867, for sale at cost
nais. Pocket Knives, Combs, an I *:
stock of Druggists' Notions, at
Wicks and Chimneys, at
porters agency for Genuine Italian Vi '
Strings, I'ianoes, Melodeons, Cabinet Or;*:-
Brass, Silver and all other kinds ot Musi
strnments. \Jso Sheet Music and Musk L.
of all kinds procured to order, at
and Monthly Publications, for sn!
Vials. Breast Pumps, Nursing B-:-.1
Nipples, Nipple Shell- . Syringes. Ac., a:
ileal (Estate.
FOR SALE. —The subscriber oil
tor sale his farm situate in Wyalusing tw,
about one mile from Camptown, and three ml: -
from Rummeriield, o.i the road leading fr :.;
Montrose to Towauda. The farm as well wa
tertd and well timbered: with a good L
and fruit trees thereon. For particulars en
of WM. GRIFFIS, Towauda, or the propria
at Camptown, Pa. JAMES FEE.
Feb. 4,1867 ti.
ber offers his farm for sale, situated ...
A sylvm township, throe miles from Tower;:
along the Susquehanna River. Contair.
about 100 acres. 110 improved, with two ha
two barns, two goed orchards, good fence* a-,
well watered. The whole under a good state
cultivation. A Rope Ferr> belonging to U
farm. For terms ap ply to the subscriber on :
place, or E. M. BIS HOP, Wyalusing.
, „ , J. M. BISHor.
Jan. 20, lSb7.
T The subscriber offers for sale his iarin ...
Wy&lusiog twp., Bradford County. It con>i>'
oi 73 acres, of which 68 is improved, and iu
upoii it a new house. large barn,with die; a'
tacked, and about 150 young fruit tiees. ii
well watered and well fenced, and situated
the midst of a good neighborhood, with cbur;.
es and school houses
The farm will be sold at a great bargain a
lerms made to suit the purchaser. Il in! *
by first of April next, it will be rented.
_ vvyalusing, Jan. 1, 1867 3m*
FARM FOR SALE.—The subset
seriber offers tor sale fliis (arm in Or*'
towusbip. near the roiM Irom Orwell to .- ■
boro'containing about lr6 acres, 90 acres i
proved, with good framed house, barn and -nc
a young orchard in Thriving condition, an.:
large sugar bush, well watered and under ,
Terms made to suit the purchaser. Fu
sion given the Ist of April next.
Orwell, Jan. 23, IS67.—3w*
FOR SALE.—A valuable and wt
established ?!lotel Property, on Main v '
Towanda. Enquire ot G. D. "MONTANYK
Towanda, Dee. 11.1866.
t LANDS FOR SALE—The under-.c
otiers his Circular Saw Mill and One P. ."
and Fitly acres of heavy timber lands lor
Also if desired, a Farm of One Hand i !
'seventy acres, mostly improved, with ..
buildings thereon, both situated about J'■
mile from the N. 0. R. W. in South Crcik '*
Terms easy, enquire on the premises.
South Creek, Jan. 24, 1567. w4
FARM FOR SALE.— The fuibsn
ber offers his farm for sale, situate i :
ry township, one half mile from Terry w:i !
tel, on the Snsqueh mm River. Containing 1
acres, all i npntved with a good house, fraiay
barn with cellar stables, and cow sheds atta.
Ed, horse barn and o her necessar v ontf-ailJii-
Goo fruit of all kinds, ru ning" water at ti.
door, and barn, the I rm being well watered
every respect. For further particulars eiie
on the premises, or address
A. 11. PLACE.
Terrytown. Pa.. Jan. 29,1867.—w0*
Poplar street,in rear ot Ward House, To*--,
da. Pa , where he will make to order all I
ot Boots and Shoes lor ladies and Gent Kn
on the shortest notice, also
AH work warranted as good as t e be.-t ?
share of patronage respectfully solicit d.
Jan. 20, J867,