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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIUS.
iimbsDAY, Jan 45 7 18151. -
The.Honse-mia called to order at-10 o'clock
A. M., and Opened with prayer, by, Rev. Mr.
Stuart, of Allegheny.
The proceeded 'to read the Jouiiial of
Mr. COWAN moved. that rum and hereafter
the reading of sOirthekot the journal a; relatz
to petitions be cliiiiedsetruith.
AELT2I9H-ealle4 Aforr-tbetiacling:of the
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Thecderlr;puiphed reading the journal.
COMMUNICATION FROM, TIT& AUDITOR GENERAL.
The-ON , W2a. laid.before the Hoese a coi
munrciittort fpiin the Auditor General, which
wtii teed -r ag follows:
AUDITOR (GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Harrisburg, Feb. 4,1861.
Bali. E. IV. DAVIS,
.3, 4 Speaker of lye lime ofil k i''4 , eipsil - } F tte:
bie l at 8m: In cknapliante"wl i th the Bth sec
tion of the Act of March 27, 1824, I have the
honor to transmit to-you„t4iT presented to the
House of Representatives, a cp#4**l state
ment of the moat! of:I4CE. tempefidea;:"lncor
porated for manufactining and mining purpo
ses, and for, the improvement of Mining:lands,!
as have made report to this Department during
the past Year; in obedience` to' provisions&
laid on the table
21,1XPORZ,OF A. COMMITIME. • • ,
Mr. BARSSLET, from the: , doii3irattee •on
Accounts, mails a report, Which was read as
.11(nostofilleprelentatives of Pennsylvania.
To Gaotios W. Poitraa, P. M. l ----Dr.
For-postage during the-last - session,
from the illstof March to the 3d of
For postage.during recess
For postage onletters and documents
sent and received from Jan. Ist,
1861, to January 81st, inclusive,
By amount applopriatedlait session. 800'00
Post Officez ItsrdSburg,
jannkt* 81st; 1861.
..,- GEORGE W. PORTER, P. M.
And that they have examined the: same, arid
find itt,o be correct, an d Offer the follOviingresO
lutiOn, viz :
Resolved, That the Speaker draw his warrant
on the State Treasurer in favor iitf George W.
Porter,. for the sum .of, three thousand six hun -
dred and ninety-eight dollars* and eighty-five
cents, in full, for
• S. C. BRESSLER.
Tha resolution was agreed to. •
ARMSTRONG. Yesterday an Act enti 7
tledl"it friither Sapplement to an Act for, the•
greater security and more secure , enjoyment-of
•real estate" was referredr to the Committee on
Estates and Eacheats. As it proposes a general
law relating to trustees I think it would •be
better to refer it to the Committee en the Judl4
ciary, (general.) .I, therefore; mote that the.
Committee on Estates' and :Escheats be d
charged from the consideratiOn of, the bill, and.
that it be:referred to the Committee on the Ju
diciary, (general.) • "
The motion was agreed to.
PRIVATE CALENDAR '
Agreeably to order • ~,
The House proceeded to consider bills on the
Private Calendar, *hen the following were
passed and laid aside fdr a second reading
Sen. 66. •Art :Act to exempt the property
of the Western and Spring Garden Soup moieties
from taxation. . •
No. 93. An Act relating to the sale Of - Meat
in the city of Reading. • • I
Mr. SELTZER offered the following amend-'
Add at the end of the 12th. line, after the
word "aforesaid," ' •
"And , that it shall not be lalifal anY i7re
guile butcher or butchers, tlietZjigente or., Fier,.
1440 4 , to expose to sale any meat Many of*
streets, lanes or alleys of saldcity." , '
The amendment Was agreed
No.'loo. An to authorize, the, erection of
a lock-np.in the borough of Tereperancevillei in
the county of, Allegheny. • ;
;'IO. 111. An Act to authorize the trustees
the St. MarY's church, in the .borough:of Lock
Haven, to sell certain real estate. . •
NO. 112. An Act , relative to , tiiedeatnAct
of bears and wild - cats in the count'
.Of Elk, Forest, Cameron; Clinton
Potter, Jefferson and Warren.
BRESSI2Zt MOveit to amend by striking
out the word " Clinton."
The amendment was agreed to.
Mr. ELLIOTT Moved -to amend by striking
opt . " the county of Fetter."' • - •• .
No.. 94. An Act in relationtoy4Mnts;driiiili.-
ards and disorderly persons • borOekh',Of
No. 96. An Act to authorize the arr.;
went of" additional notaries public to . P . A.
of Pittsburg. ' • .
No, 98. An: Act to authorize 'the ,appoint
ment of an auctioneer in Armstrong Ominty.
No. 116. "Anppleroont to en Actto protect
fruit, &c., and punish trespass fix the counties'
of Huntingdon;' Washington, Allegheny,
lencaster,4noming and Delaware." -
Mr.4.4 i T , •;•.. moved to amend by adding
Agreed to. . •
Mr. DIVENB moved to amend by adding
41 Clarion county." '
Mr. ROLLER moved to amend by adding
No. 116. "An Act to repeal pals Of 'the Act
of April ,2, 1860, entitled 'Aze Act lor the yre4"
servatiOn of fish' in Crawford tolintY:'
No. Art': Act for _the,imprbiefneiii 3 Of
the breargaVe_ p in certain counties ".extended
to the county of. Westmoreland:.
Na, 110 X -1- supplement to an Ads Wenttitu/-
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age the destruction of noxious animals in cer
'WES moved bli amend by mak'hig the,
No 119. An Act to change the place of build:
dig elections lit the township of Canaan, in the
cennty. of Wayne: • '
No. 120: An, Act,to change theplace hOld 2
ing elections' the township of 'Axis, Wayne
county., • •
;,No: 122: ArlACTauthorizing the erection of
a - new' election district •in the " Twenty
ward Of the city of Philadelphia.. , -
No: 127. An Act to authorize te Preiddent
and Directors of the Citizens' Passenger Rail
bOinpany, of, the, city. of ,Philadelphia, to
sell,and convey certain' real estate. . . '
No; TB6. - A supplement to an Act toregulate,
the,tsle"of intoxicating' liquors, aWroierl':the
3161 day of - March, A. D. 1866, so far as it re'
I liites to the city of heading.
Mr s -ItA-ER
moved to amend by inserting in
the seventh line' '"th firstliar of Siarch and
the.4o day, of MO!:
Agreed to. , . •
The folio - Wing billi, - iiiijected off the calendar
list read and disposed of, as
:4172".:" . '
No. 59. ,Art., Act re-aunOZing part of Brady
township,,in I.,yrondng county, to Union coun
Mr. ARMSTRONG:- I 'object to the consider
ation of that' bill, not only because it is not on
the calendar; but: because ithe citizens
coining CoimWdesite a-better tote
heard more_fully...upon this subject than they
have yet !Ail : . .tobjeet to the consideration of
, - -
`Tlia2o4.lm. The bill must be read.'
'The read the bill.
;;Mr:NtMSTItONG. I now Ixerre,W-;10,•-bb.-
•'- TheiSITILIKER. The,bill being objected- to
last week, and now coming uples an objected
bill, it cannot again be postponed on acorkuitof
objeution. Unless 'a Majority Of'the House
otherwise determine it must be-laid- aside. and
Mr. ARDSMIONG. -.,ltobje,ct to such a dispo
sition of the - bill, fogjjc two
06.440 tiab.: fiTu
portant bill to citizens of Lycoming .. county, and
persona interested desire such an oppottunity of
being Bea d as' theylkairelia yetlatt% It may
be that ea:undo:Lents will be offered to the bill.
I . prefer that it slimild not' proceed to second,
radii until tba'.4iitrties ; interested have been
Mr. BAIL. I WOrild Ogg.* to my friend
from .Lyobtidrijid- IgageLbiril go to second
re p :; ;. and -,then:he gingiake a: motion - • for
potiriemene such iiibceddirig no in
terest will be prejudiced, and abundance of
time will be allowed for hearing from his con
stituents, and also to perfect such amendments
as inarbe 'deemed proper.
Mr. AmskspoNG. lam not deshtiius to de
toltsi nrlierird /A TI t tun prOper
tigleYblit I dii not , Wide thei,Ctlfe' , liiitter should
Mr ITAXEB.. , This been here two
months, _aid I think the House is.about as well
prepAti4t.oaut oriAt.now..as, it will, lie. catiaby
dime hexesfteF~ r ,
I • rae.b_ll) ,was laid I.3Side Artsecsuldrieitaild
No. Pt. An, Act to repeal!an . Act to innielde
Are pay. of cominissioners,=juroni and witnesses;
in certain_ courities;of ',this s Commonwealth; so
far as the ,same -relates to the county of Fay
Mr. COLLINS moved amend by striking
out allufter -she. _word? ".that"' and inserting,
"From and afterfthe first day of January,,
the Cpunty Commissioners _of Fayetta county
shall be Lentitled/to i receive ;limn. the-. County
Treariumr)twollqliars per daylor every darnot
exceeding.two 'hundred days occupied by hint
in the disehoge of the duties of said offiee in
any, - one -y_ealf, amir one dollar only. for eachlday
_subsequently_ occupied by him a abbviaming
saictypar ; and alblawsof this Commonwealth
contravening. r inconsistelitwiththeprovisions
of,this : Act, are hereby rePesded, So far as the
same relates to the countrof-Fayette.
The bill ytts laitliaside - for secoitheading.•
„No 77 gupplement to an - Act. approved
April 3, 186.0; entitled.'" an Actsexplaikatar of
an Act,to.provide• for the erection= of It house
for the employment and support of the.pcor: in
the county. of Garbon." x .
Laid radiator, rasecond:reicling.
The 'following MOS; were objected .off the eal
By Mr. BARTHOLOMEW, No. 89. An Act to
refund certain moneys:
By Mr:‘ No, 118. An Act taxing
dogs . lnitht . o7nth of
Sen. 88. .4.*Ack to. extend the - Provisions of
arFAct' f9rt4}l,79Aptiom of stkee.P and the'talc
ing of 49splp the CC 9 11 4. Of 131alriA0.110 coun
ty of ,Cra o r • •
By . Mi. 171311t e ,N0.,,,1 1 24. An Act to change
the place of holdingpe , township elections in.
Tulpehocken towns i tnp; : ritrks county. '
By Mr. GORDON, N 0 . 7,128. Supplement to
an Act entitled "an Act erecting parts of Clin
ton, Elk, lii'llettn and—Potter counties into a
new county...lto: be.called Daineron, approved
!1:933'1Kr. A.OKKR,flici.ll32. thri re
lief pf the:sureties of Daniel Zeigler i , late Trate
urer of Mifflin :comity.. - ..7. „ ; '
SECOND EDADING OP, . 1 0 : bf PHiltA7. CAL S ED~R•
ODIDDELOis Of SBNPPARD4he How* pit
it:eeded to the efleardieediiigaakdooneideraticin of
bills on the .private celbudar;Tiirlien 'the 7 foilow 7
ing:weie dispose dlof gigistated"::—
.Serr.!6s. - AciVtolexenciit the firoperty of
' the tWeetern andl3pring . Garden Isouplociaties
Arr. 4BBOTI' moved. to amend by=eddingat
the end of the proviso, the iverdi,-"orlobxernf4
saidtpreperty fionV taxation - for-a longet =time
than it shall - be used for such Purposes."
Agreed to. z- • • . •
-Tlie bill then paired finally. ,
w iz 9Bl An Aetitelating 'to thesale of meat
n the city of, Reading. -,-, :',;-
Onthiition - 010 Ni. SMITH, (Barks,), the bill
was prad4iOrted fdr:thelnisent: -
No. 94. An Actinrelation tovagrants, drunk-.
arils and -disorderly, hr the - bewugh - of
Weitidieliter' . ~. Lt.-.
- OriatotiOhlof'3fr. PIERCE `the bilLwati post-;
ponedlorthe present: .',,-. -, ,• . -
40. 9b.,., An Act to authbrize the arrint
No. 98. An Act to "authorize the appoint-'
ment of_art ancticibeer in Anru.s,ticmg , &ifinty.
.Passed Aridly.' - '''" ` ' -
No. UN't.:: An Act Jo: 'cilithori the ,:erection
of a 10c,1r.-ti in the- , borough of '-frenaliOnice-
Ali.e ' ' iiisfitti - t . Allegheny.
ma g i
"INDEPENDENT IN ALL THINGS-NEUTRAL IN "NONE•"
iIARAISBURG •PA WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON , FEBRUARY 6, ' 1861
No 111-. AnAa to • authoriie the trustees
a the •St.. Mary's Chulch, in the borough of
Lock Haven, to sell certain real estate.
, No, 112. An Act relative to the destruction
a - Wolves, bears and wild cats in the counties
of McKean, Elk, 'Purest, Cameron, Clinton,
Patel, Jefferson and Warren.
Mr. BltESSLKHinciveir to amend by strilthig
out "the county of Clinton,"' where it occurs
in the title.
. Agreed to,
Mr. ELLIOTT moved to amend by striking
out"`the county of Potter," where it occurs in
the title: -
Agieed l to. • •
The bill then passed finally. , , ' •
-Mr. , SELTZER moved to re-consider the vote
orr-the postponement of House bill No. 98,•en-,
titled "an'Act relating to =the sale of Meat in
the city of Reading."
The motion was agreed to. •
No. 115. "Supplement. to Act' to protect
fruit, &c., and punish trespass in the counties.
of Huntingdon, Washington, Allegheny, Berki,
Lancaster, Lycoming and,Delaware."
Mr. BITLER: (Carbon) inoved to amend' by
, inserting "the , connty , of Carbon."
Agreed to l -` ' •
110011. moved to amoridl*-inserting "the
county of Schuylkill." ",
Mr. ROLLER Moved' to "amend 'by inserting,
"the county of Blair."
Agreed to: i•
'....51dr: COLLIN'S. Move to amend bymaking'
it a general law: • -
On the call of ,Mr. COWAN', the bill 'vias,
again rml, , and also the. oilgiUal." Act-, which it
;proposes 'to extend. • ' '
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' , I6:'COLLINS.. I withdritir my, axneiultaent.,
Mi.'llolll3B moved , to amend. by ,interti*
"the•cotinty of Nercei.' 4 •
Agreed to. .. • . .
Mr. TAYLOR moved.-to -amend by inserting
"the county of Westmoreland." . •
.mr ATT.T.II4 - KNI moved to amend by inserting
"the county- of Linerne. — . - -
Agreed to. •
.14.-411ORDON moved to amend by making the .
:bill% general law. •
- Mr. BARNSLEY moved to postpone the bill
for the preeent. • • • • , -
The motion was not agreed' to ,
On the amendment of Mr.' GORDON", •
The yeas and nays were required , by kir.
BREWSTER and Dfir. WILSON, and were- as
faloWs, viz:; - - •
YEAS—Messrs. Abbott, Acker, Aleiander, An
derson, Armstrong, Austin, Ball, ascii-I:4ler,
Blanchard,lßliss, -Boyer, Bresiler,:qinins,i But
the good roads which are perfected, lea - hitt° .
the remainder of the township roads to -be,built
over the mountain and through cliffigUltdpiiits
of the township ; yet no resitirces Would 'be
left to accomplish these. ini_PraVeineate. • With
regard to the persons living in that pied the
township that would lertudn:coruiected_yfiAli
Coining. I believe ill of then Fare opposed
to this measure; and they - have Sent to us ye-
monstrances expressivb of that oppoiaition.' -
With regard to the business intereiniof the"
township, the Case is this. The TeW Ifersons
who are obliged to attend the Giulia, come gen
erally by, railroad. And With.regind ttil other
purposes which ins* call thern to Willianisport,
they will come whether this township ,le, or.
nut of 'Lycaming qouniy. : The change3lll not.
affect ' their billinais interests ;' they will come to
Williamsport; When they must "cotue, whether
it is or is not their own county Seat.
This bill last session passed both houses,, but
was vetoed by ; Goy, PacAer, upon the ground
that the proposed annexation brings ; the, line of
this,township with* six miles of the,borough
of,Williamsport, making the county l entirely
lop sided, and .rernoving the ; interests of the
-PaNsTshiP ir9n .centre of business,
There seems to .be no. pressing necessity; or
this measure. On :the contrary, -the people of
the township themselves-are- largely divided
upon the questikm ;-Imad , ;the • persons resident
within the seetion - Whieli it in.proposed shall re
main with us are - decidedly and uucomprorni
singlY hostile:to tt tinder circumstances like
these, upon .a purely loca.l:4umtioti v with both
members from this district. decidedly opposed to
the measure, are the ; members of this House
prepared to yote'for a division of the township ?
hopethat such will not . be the action - of the
z HUHN. gr. Speaker, it is not•my desire
to haterfere with the local matters of anycoUnty
outside of the county 4Schuylkill. But during
.lait summer Thad owl/ilia to visit BradYlOwn-
ShiP,in 4i:en:Ling cohrity. I ate well aegnainted
With the citizens of that township, or White
Deer Valley as it is called-=that section Which
it is proposed td cut'off from-Dyikoiiiing en.
, nex to Union icounty: - WhlileckWas there, some
of the citizens (I refer to if.r.'llutter, CuteL
ki*Sil and other citizens of Brady
endeavored todemoniitnitertO me the cileadi , antr
ages - resulting- firs* their connection with the
county of liyoninirig . .) 7l llleylare'44luated, I be
giefe; on the sotitit' 1 14e' •kot 'the 'Bald Eagle,
intruntain:- -Thei:saythlit vvlien ttie citizens of
thrit'tdivighlf are sumnmed'to ihia,.Courts, or
}~ve biiairiess' at the 'county seg. Of ketaning,
they have iday r !tidi- upon - one or twii toll
bridges . ; they hayetO 'cross a large mountain.
They say that the bfainty.aent is entirely too :
far removed frentthern ; and. the OltPeasea no -
Ciislay,attendeat upon their going.to, and re
-00:Ong from the (..zonritiaeat, make the present
connection. with I.4ycoming county.. a great in
gonvenience to the citizens ofthat portion of
, have beenaskirid.by members of-the./lut
'ter family (and ;the gentlemin. from' Dycoming
will bear me, out in what "A col shout. to .I*h)
I /rave ' been assured by, members Of .that fami
ly, who own a large,pertion of the property in
Brady, township, winding some of lte most
Valuable farms—t h
-14. ave ben: e assured- o
a n this
uthority, that 'they promisee frond the
gentlenum frorrtyanning; and from that .4-
,trict,.`Ahat, although they could not - genetic - ea
the bill; Still they would not oPpOsa it upon
this floor, . •
Mr. ARMSTRONd. No, sir, • I hegleavo . to
interrupt the -- gentle Man. _ !Gutekunst is
here and can answer, for man has
a'tight to say, that I :made such, promises.
never 'made any Proixdses of the, sort, ; in any
manner or shape : - •
Mr. rPATIV:SQN,. aeiire some;wa the
y, firing the merits of this question befOre
Rouse, and iherefore I submit a motion for in
definite postponement, which I. shall hermitter
withdraw This township, years 'ago, helOPfied P?'
.o . 4 9R99 l 4T ity.was annexed to - 1.4379959.44
minty when the ce•Mityiseat`Sof 1:11:dym
was removed from" Ififilinbing to New
The, eason whichnt that time madetheinin4a
,out such ; a4ang9;
4:Pitis o Ps*S r P 0 1 - I SO cross a Witi.tfilai
and suffer other iriconVemenees,, in.. order to
reach the county seat. Since that time the.
county seat'of Union county has been 'removed
to Lewisburg, eight milei from this seetion.—
There is a good road from- this township. to
Lewisburg along the river. But as the township
belongs to Lypoming county; the residents are
obliged, in order to reach the 'county seat, to
traveldifteen miles to Williamsport, over the
13014 , 8ag1e Mountain, across the river, andoier
a turnpike, They are obliged to pay turnpike
`and bridge folL These things make it very in
"convenient to them.
• . This proposition has no political bearing what
ever. The township last year polled, I believe,
eight Republican votes, and I do not suppose
they could hurt any body. Thepeople of the sec-.
tion proposed to be annexed are almost unani
mously m• favor of the proposition, and Union
county is willing to receive them. That county
has, of course, no particular interest •in the
Matter, but is at all tines glad to receive good'
citizens. Lyeoriling is a very large county, and she
-would not miss•the small portion of territory to
which this bill ,refers. The citizens of the sec
tion .to be annexed, the - persons most deeply
intereated, liave been for the last two years pe
titioning the , Legigature to mike this -change ;
and'l think it
,but an act of justice that . their
fFequest should now be granted.
L withdraw,my motion to postpone indefi
Mr. ARMSTRONG. I renew .- that 'motion.
I hope: this :subject- will be 'postponed for
,the reason that this meagure proposes a change
; which must affect,very
M aterially. the interests.
:of lyooming county. 'A vast body. of the
:people "ttif that county are decidedly opposed to
it:l hope members will not consent to vote
on- this question until they understand its
merits. I have not gene around soliciting the
votes of Members of thiiHouSe. lam not in
the'habit ordping so ; I doubt the policy and,
proiriety otauch a course ; believing that- hills
hheirild be judged on their merits as 'preiented ,
The members from this district are decidedly
cippoSed to this measure. It is a purelY Ideal'
• -Mr. PATITRSON. 'Will the gentleman al
low-me to ask him atmestion?
Mr: ARMSTRONG. Certainly.
Mr. PATIVISON. Does the gentleman say
that' a large-majority of the people of theterri
p;ny to be annexed protest against it
.Mr: ARMSTRONG. I cannot =speak.to the
Treeise number. can only , say that several
remonstranees have been sent here from citi-
Sens of this•towiaship,- a- -part of whom reside
within the di#t,ict proposed-to be cut off.
The Situation , ot -this-township is- a peculiar
one.. It lies:on one side ota,niountain,,extend
jog to the top of.the mountain, which is ,merle
the. dividing line., 'The whole .bedy of pod
landin the - tOwnhilip in ithe'valley. The
-Pripposed -division would cut' the township in
such a; warner, -as to throw" -almost every
good ,farm 'of the township into Union
etuantY - whilst it would' leave upon the Side of
the Mountain, eiteriding to the top; anda little
down into .the ;valley, a 'parcel of .land,
Inc infee scarcely one 'good-SIM. ..The proposed'
diVision would take from the township,nearly
all 'the sehool houses. It would take also all
(Carbon,) Butler; (Crawford,),Collinspeope,•
Cowan, DiVins, Hanley, :Douglass, Duffield,
Elliett,..Goehring; Gordon, Graharm, Harvey,
Hayes, Hill, Hillman, Hood, • ,Hoflus, Huhn,
'Kline, Koch, Lawrence, Icisenring, Lichten-
Waliner,"llFGonigal, 'Manifold, Marshall, Mullin,'
.ober, Pattersen, Peirce, Preston; Pughe, Ran
dall, Reiff, Rhoads, Roller, Schrock, Seltzer,
Shafer, Smith, (Berke,), Smith, (Philadelphia).
Stamen, - Taylor, Teller„ Walker, White, Wil
dey; -Williams and Davis,-Speaker-85.
.Nsxs--Messrs. Ashcom, - Barnsley, Blair,
Brewster, Brodhead, Byrne," Caldwell, Clark,
Dismant, Dunlap,' Guilin, Heck, M'.Donough,
Moore, Morrison, Myers, Osterhont, Ridgway,
Sheppard, :Stoneback, Strang, Thomas and
'Wilson- -28 . : 1
So,the : questiort WaS detereaMed M. the affirm
The bill as arnended was then passed.
No. 116. An Act to.repeal part'of the Act of
April 2, 1866, entitled "an Act for the preser
vation offish in Crawford county."
No: 117: An Act for the improvement of the
breed of sheep in certain counties, eitended to
the county of Wedmoreland..
NO. 118. A supplement to an Act to encourage
the destruction of noxious anirnals -in certain
counties:: . - •
No. 119. An Act to change the place of hold
ing elactiOnsin the township of Qaaiia" n, in the
o 'wily of Wayne:
Pawed finally:, • -
12Q.M Act to change the, place of hold
ing elections in the township of Texas Wayne
county. • ,
No: 1221'. AnFAct autheriaing.the'erection oof
new 'election district in.. the 28. d; ward of the
city: f Philadelphia.
- • ' -- • ' -
Strike out, attho I.othline, the words, "The
voters residing within the limits aforesaid, shall,
in the manner and 'forth provided by law, se
lect a proper place for holding the general mu
nicipal and special elections," and hishrt,
"That the, general, municipal and special elec
tions in said 13th division shall be held at the
himiae of Allen Vandegrift, Penn street Ta
The amendment was agreed to. '
The bill then passed finally.
No. 127. An-Act to authorize the president
and directors of the Citizelue Passenger railway
company of the city Of'PhilitlielOhia, to 'w3ll and
convey certain real estate. l• Passed finally.
No. 135. A supplement town Act to regulate
- the sale of bktoxicating liquors; approved the
81st.day of March, A. D. 1E366, so far as it re
latei to the city of Reading:
bill passed second reading, and. was then
laid over, :the House.rifusing
.to have the bill
transcribed fora.third reading. •
-;. No. 69. An Act, re-annexing ;.part of Brady
town,ship, in Lycoming county to Union county.
Mr. ARMSTRONG moved that the considera
tion of the bill be postponed for the present
• Mr. PATIRRSON.• I trust this motion will
.not prevail. This measure has been before the
tegbgature for two years. The bill contemplates
annexing part of Brady township, Lycoming
counly, to Union county_ The tract• proposed
to be annexed is not the whole township.,
Lbeiie ve ; abo v t
..th e half. There are .IR the
hands of the Committee, from whom this bill
was reported, petitions signed by more than
one hundred and'forty'citizens of the township,
in:favor of the:proposed annexation.. I believe
some eight or nine citizens of the township ob
ieeted tothe.Measure ; but more ,recentlrfoni
or ife of thenaaVe asben4o:tethe 1111- _
The SPEAKER (Mr. SHEPPARD in the Chair.)
The gentleman will allow the Chair to say that
the motion to postpone for the present is not de
FiIJBN, I spoke from information, and
I have given my authority.
Mr. .ARMSTRONG}. : Well, sir, I ,felt com
pelled to correct the gentleman's mistake.
Mr. HUTIN. I will say that r had =nu
ances from Mr. Hutter that not a single person
in Brady township included within the part,
which is proposed - to' be annexed to Union
county, but was peifectly satisfied and wished
the annexation to be, mule. Persons residing
in this portion of the township have experienced
the inomveniente attendant upon their" con
nection with' the 'county - of Lyooming. The
House will be able - to understand these incon
verdenoei when it is stated .that this' sectioMis
situated in the southern extremity of the znenty_
of Lycoraing. In order to reach the county
seat, persons must cross "a Mtiuntain; Must $3 ,
toll.upon several toll, bridges, and altogether
must. travel a distance of sixteen or seventeen
miles from the county seat. 'Fanners generally
use their own conveyances when going' to the
county seat, at which "busineas generally cen
tres, and the inconvenience is of course orrait.—
The people of that portion of, the township are,
as I was informed upon good authority, Unani
mously in favor;of the proposed annexation to
the county to which they originally belonged:
By this change the county seat will be much
more conveniently Ideated, the distance being
some six miles Aetz, and the travel.ill be more
economical, by some fifty to seventy cents On
the expenses of a trip. The wishes of thetie
persons should, I think,, be, consulted and their
'request 'granted. This legislature 'of the peo
-ple's reprowntatives.is here,,as lunderstand, to
legislate for the wishes of the people ; and if
the people of any township Mid that their con
nection with a:partiottlar countf le inconvenient
And unsuited - to their busimis and their neces
sities, in my opinion Itis the duty;of this legis
lature to grant, the wishes of those citizens and
annex the Section to the county which they
deem best for their interests--especially where
the reqUest, coming from the parties imme
diately interested, is unanimous.
Mr. PATTERSON: lam sorry to differ with
my friend fromLycoming, (Mr. Asarernosa;) but
he certainly is misinformalin regard to.the re
monstrances from the district propoSed to be
annexed; -At-the outside, not more than nine
or ten land-holders have remonstrated against
the passage of this bill. The petition .in favor
Of the annexation is signed by over one' lum
dred and forty citizens of the township. It is a
safe-rule - for this Legislature always to consult
I know that the people living in the npper
end of Lycorning; from which this dietirict is
proposed to'be cut off, do not feel the ineonVen
lames which, with,, those rimmediately inter
ested, constitute the reason for thisehange: Of
course, the people of Lycoming are inclined - to
object to" any proposition which takes away a
part of their territory and diminishes the ag
gregate receipts from taxes. But it-is •the duty
of this Legislature to consult the wishes' of the.
'people living : in the .district; Who pay the taxes
and have a right to be consulted. TheyeeknoW
to be 'connected with 'Union 'county:" Why!
Because if the &angel:fa made they'can reach
the county-seat by a drite of an hour and a
lalf, whilst. now they Must, commune . three or
four hours in a tedious journey across the
The gentleman talks, about going by `rail
road. That only increases the `expense. )( l en
all know that if a partyiesurinuoned as 'a wit
ness the arm which he receives do not cover th'e
expense `and' inconvenience which he suffers.
Now it is the duty of this Legislature to reduce
the expense's of these people in .reaching the
seat of government. One of the very objects of
this bill is to diminish' the expenses of persons
attending Court, the distance to Lewisburg.be
ing so much 'less than that' to' Willhunsporf,.
With regard to the former, they can attend
Court in the morning and return in the evening,
which they cannot do with regard to Williams-
Mr. ARMSTRONG. I hold in niy hand n
map or diagram - of this' township. By this it
appears/hat the proposed division line: uts off
of the valley the land lying upon the-river—
cuts off about two and three-fourths miles of
the valley land, leaving of the valley, land
along' the, river in.the township, only two him
dred and ninty -perches. The entire` amount of
taxation leided upon tbat portion of the
townshipleft by this division amounts to only
one hundred reid seventeen dollars. If, then,
this division be made, what to become of this
township ? . There is almost nothing left of it.
It cannot by taxation raise enough to support
the schools, to bUild and keep in repair the
'roads; to take care of any essential interests of
.the township. The gentleman tallm ahout the
expenses :of -attending: Court. Why he luipwi3
very well that When people:go to. Court, with
railroad facilities", they never take their horses
and wagons. They are compelled to press the
river whatever way theyehoese,to go.. By rail
road they are quite as far, if-.not farther, from
the county seat of Union County
.than they are'
Mr. PATTKRSON. I beg the gentleman's
pardon ; the distance is only about one-third Or
- one-half •asbfar -it is only about eight:miles.
Mr. ARMSTRONG. .I think the gentleman
is in error. The distaoce however is.not much ;
it is -a mere trifle either way. • But 'they never
take their horses.. The , gentleman spealm of
tolls. But the question of tolls is no. proper
consideration of the case, becatise upon other
than Court business
_Ow, people. must: go;
whether the township be Adivided or not. The
business interests of Williamsport are large ;
and men from all parts of the county are
brought there by their business ,relations. They
must of necessity go there frequently, because
it is the centre, of,business,-and because they
can then attend to, their business with greater
facility and _convenience.; They combine in' a
large degree theirXenend business interests With
their Court business.
In the discuieion upon this question the gen
tleman fo rgets rg the interests , of that, part, of the
, township which is left. What is to become of
, • ,
'it? It must be attached to some 'other toWn
ship, because pot be, able, to, support the
Mcpenses of its organization. ..
The changeis manifestly 'Unjust to those re-'
siding in that portion - .of territory which will
remain after the division. They haveA Tilts
'which ought 'to be'' consid'ered. Vlsope \ the
.House will takethis view bf the case, and - not
inflict upon them a very serious injury.
Mr: PATTIKEISOIL With regard to the part
-of the = township to -be ' left in- connection
with Lycomipgcodity, the gentleman admits
that it is th'e smiler part of the township. 'The
larger part is stronglyamfavor of. this measure.
Now, we all:rep:gum the Deniocratic principle
*at the biajetity' th'i people shoild rule. If
the majority 012 this township _are. in-lay - or of
annexationtoUnion , county,. and, the sthager
part secede and piefentoTemain With Lied - fat
me.,carknot ;help. ; let them stay ;:but the
wishes of-that_ =ell portion •of „Pf•PPAe shpudd
not be su ffe re d 'te overrule the - desire of that
larger body who are now earnestly petitioning
for this measure.
ftsam tinting fits.
Having procured Steam Power Presses we are
prepared to execute JOB Wed BOOK PHENVINtS. of every
description, cheaper that It oau be done at any other re
tablishtnentin the country.
RATES - OF ADVBRTISING.
/Fr Four lines or less constitute one-tudr square. kik h
hues or more than four constitute a square.
Halt Square, one day
one mouth .,.. •
• t• three months
" six months
one year ......
_.one Square one day
. - ; ono week
one month.... . ...... . 3 00
three months.... „ „ . 5 00
• " six months. 8 00
one year 10 00t
1. Business notices inserted in the Lead column, or
beforeliarriages and Deaths, FIVE CENTS PER LINE
; for each insertion.
• lia'grarrlages and' Deaths to be charged as rapist
advertisements. ' -
NO. - 29.
With regard to the business interests of Wil
liamsport, the gentlethan says that the people
combine their Court business with their other
business purposes, and attend to both together.
This constitutes just 'what they' complain of.
They.are, compelled go there to transact their
Court business, and While there they
ness in Wilwa sport which they wobld not other
wise do there--which they would prefer to
traniact . at LeWisburg. At that place they can
get'everything they want just as conveniently
and profitably. They want to transfer their
business to Lewisburg ; and the reason why
they cannot do:so ._now is bemuse they must at
anyrate go to Will'orusport to attend to those
matters Which can only be - attended to at the
Mr. HOFIUS. lam very much., disinclined,
on all oeossions, to interfere with private bills.
I think tttat - members from the particular dis
tricts interested should control those matters
entirely to suit themselves. But with regard
to :the case now before us, I desire simply to say
that ; he gentleman from Lycorning (Mr. ARM
'arizoso) has heretofore interested himself in a
Similar case, and that he is not now consistent
with his own doctrines hitherto avowed.
I have undersbzrod that gentleman heretofore
to take a poSition-in favor of peaceable secession.
Now in the Awe before us, as I understand, cer
tain persons' who have been connected with Ly
coming county. express their desire peaceably to
secede. That being their position, I should
suppose that according to the gentleman's doc
trine he could not have a word to say against
Mr. ARMSTRONG: The gentleman is quite
mistiken in his view of the case. I have sl
yer: been opposed to secession ; lam opposed
also to ittly coercion, and I hope it' may not be
Applied- in this instance.:,
Mr. WILLIAMS.. I have no Inclination, of
course, to' interfere with what may be called a
private bill; if this be one. • On this proposition
I shall be governed in my vote by considerations
as to what are the true interest of the people of
the district. But there is a difficulty connected
with this matter other than that suggested by
my friend from Mercer (Mr. Homo.)
It used to be considered in olden time that
counties were mere local sub-divisions, for the
purposeei of the adminirdstration of justice,
and thatthey were, entirely within the control
of the Legislature—that we might make and
unmake them at our pleasure. Since,
however, the inanguration of the new doctrine,
under the auspices of our Supreme Court, that
counties maybe converted from public corpo
rations into - commercial partnerships turned
into railmid-mainfactories, without their own
consent; &wither, and a very grave question,
presents itself to be adjusted and settled by the
wisdom of, the Legisistbre of Pennsylvania, or
at all events - by the superior wisdom of the
tribunal to which I have referred.
In matters of partnership or private corpora
tions, the Legislature can not interfere, that is
Clear. .far as regards the construction of
ommties„they, although gilled corporations, do
not rest upon the foundation'of contract. We
may create them and we may destroy them.—
Now, there is a question here ;—suppose that
debts'have been contracted; (I do not know
whether the people of Union or of Lycoming
comat7have been involved in this way,) there
liter 'be debts to pay, and there ought to be
some adjustment and distribution of the assets
Mr. PATTERSON. I will say that the coun
ty, of Lycorning has no railroad bonds.
IV:ULM:I4 They are a happy people
then. [Laighter.] I wish to make this re
mark--(and it is what has prompted ine to speak'
on this question.) A citizen of my own county
is, now before you. A bill relating to his case
is upon your files, having been reported upon
favorably, if I mistake not, by one of your
Committees, though sincere-committed. That
citizen of my county asked to be allowed the
privilege of withdrawing from Allegheny coun
ty. He is on the northern side of the county
adjoining Butler, which is comparatively a fa
The test of us, by and by, if not relieved by
the Legislature of this State—if they will, not
afford us_the protection to Which we are enti
tled under, the lawi—willbe under the necessity
of seceding absolutely, of going over into the
counties of Westmoreland and Fayette. Ido
not know whether we shall hot be under the
mecessity of applying to this Legislature, if it
decide that counties may be changed now under
the ruling of - the Supreme Court, and asking
that Allegheny • - c. ounty may be wiped out of the
map of Pennsylvania. It may be done, un
questionably, as the law stood heretofore.—
Whether it can be done now is the question.
My friend from Lycoming is a lawyer ; and I
think it worth hiS'while to look into this ques
tionio ascertain whether- there is not now a
constitutional objection, to, changing - the lines
of any counties of the State.
Mr. ARMSTRONCI. I )gpuld remark that by
a more careful examination of this map, I find
that it is 'thirteen miles from 7Jidontown to
- Lewisburg, the county seat of Union county.
Uniontown lies upon the very edge of this pro
poSed diiision line, neared to Union county.
The township line. ow proposed, as I have be
fore remarked, brings the township within
about silt Miles of the borough of - Williamsport,
tha county. seat.
The gentleman from Allegheny, (Mr. Wit
t:am) has suggested the question as to the ex
.istence of any debts. Now there is ft debt, al
though we are happy in not having any railroad
debts. We have been building anew Court House,
and. whether it be any_part of the intention of
the citizens of this part of Brady township to
avoid the payMent of their`proportion of the
liability : for ; he erection of that, building, I an,
not here to say. It is sufficient to, know that
such"would be the effect of the proposed divi
sion,. ,A Court Rouse is building, which is to
cost some fifty thousand dollars, I presume—
perhaps more: . The rich township of Brady
ought,properly to pay a portion of this eapend
fture ; and they ought not now to be permitted
to - out -of the county, thus avoiding their
liabilities in this respect.
RAYEB." I must differ from my friend
as-reripects the distancefrom thaidritoiin to Lew
isburg-. I have TA FT . heard it estimated at
iricie than eleven miles. .iticipipectli the buil
ding. of the Court I belioid ttffisproposed
annexation was agitateilar i vitral years before
the building of the Court Rinse wasle.gon.
Mr. ARMSTRONGP. 4 InCkicaftirt House has
been in contemplation ageod, many years,.
Mr. HATES. It - ivas — abon(otte
Mr. ABMSTII,I34IG. I think about two
1_ Mt:: HAYES. .At k atigrate.the _bill is a just
one, and -, it ought to. pass.! ,I hope the House
• motion.to postpone indefinitely was not
agireed to, ,
The - qiteilion reclining' on i the original ino
ticin, Viz - ito.postPonefor the pre,sent,
The yeas and pays were required 'Py . Mr.
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