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    i4it2 Ceitgrao.
Wednesday Morning, January 15, 1862.
We asserted a few days since, that, from the
culmination of the rebellion at the south, the
Republican organization had been unceasing in
its efforts to conciliate the loyal men of the
loyal states, and produce such a union of all
as was essential to the success of the general
course of the Republic. blues the appearance
of that article, the Philadelphia Press has in
dulged in a most urgent appeal for the same
object, whether in response, to what....wn.ixr&.
toforetelriti - traine subject, or in obedi-
Waite to its own solicitude for the success of
the same purpose, we leave our readers to de
cide ; but one thing is certain, that between
the avowed and fearlessly sustaiuel principles
of the entire Republican party and a large
portion of what was formerly the Democratic
patty, there is no important difference, either ,
in the purposes to be attained or the manner of,
their attainment. Theretore, a union with that
wing of the Democracy is of the most simple
as well as practical character. It requires no
invitation on the part of the Republican party,
provided the men who thus boast of their ad
hesion to a principle are honest, and if there is,
any renunciation to be made, it must be de
clared by these same Democrats, who would be
expected to give up all their old preferences
with regard to men, all their currupt predilec
tions on the subject of urganizatiuus, and come
Into the enthusiastic ranks of the Republican
party, with those principles of high regard for
the . Union and respect for the Constitution,
which have so far rendered these wen decent
iu the eyes of their countrymen; and which
act would give thew a position in the politics
of the Union, which no struggle or covenant of
their own, as a separate organization, could
possibly accomplish. But to ask the Republi
can party to give up one idea of its sublime
principles—to ask them to surrender a single
feature of its creed or compromise its organisa
tion to conciliate any man or set of men, would
be as ridiculous and as unholy as the emenda
tion of the Lord's prayer, by omitting the in
junction against stealing toy conciliate the
thief, or that on murder to compromise with
the, assassin. The men who are so anxious to
unite with the Republican organization,
and yet so desirous that it should modify
and renounce certain portions of Its Pol
icy, forget that on the triumph of that policy
depends the success of the law, and on the force
of the law, rests the permancy of the Union.
If we yield to the crisis, or are moved by the
beseeching voice of time serving politicians, we
run the risk of a political abnegation, which
men battling for principle cannot afford to en
dure, and which no principle or truth can suf
fer, without the clinger of actual and complete
destruction, at least so far asp the truth can be
destroyed by affecting its influence for good
among. mankind. And thus, too, if the Repub
licariparty yields now to this spirit among a
few anxious politicians in the north, who 'regard
their own position and , consistency, 'even if it
relate to error, aSqif • more importance , to ;the.
Union than the law and authority by which it is
to be sustained, we invite into our ranks a set
of men whose first labor will be the possession
of the Republican organization, its prostitution
to their own purposes, until Republicanism is,
made what Democracy was, and is, a rotten or.—
ganization of speculators and demagogues,.
slave breeders and drivers, traitors and
assassins. In six years the Republican
party would become what the Democracy was,
under the rule of Buchanan, if such conciliation
and compromise were made, which are now de
manded by Borneo former leaders of Demo
cracy, a sacrifice too great for the end to be at
tained, particularly when it is remembered that
without these leaders, the great mass of the
Democratic party have united their political
fortunes with the masses et the Republican
rarty, satisfied that our principles are patriotic
and our policy practical. They have united
with us without compromise, and therefore it
is rather late in the day to ask for a modifica
tion of any measure of argent public policy,
that a few men may be enabled to escape the
great odium which belongs to them in having
so long clung to a Corrupt political organiza
tion, and take their places among those who
have been atrugglingfor years in the broadest
path of duty which patriotism has ever marked
out for mankind.
We report, therefore, that at this period in
the history of the Republic, when great truths
are stirring the people to greater efforts for the
right and for liberty, it would be worse than
suicidal to modify any just principles, merely
to accommodate a few men who,are anxious
to maintain their consistency. The services of
men who can make,no sacrifice for principle,
are ever of the most questionable character,
while those who ask the sacrifice of principle,
that theiepride may be preserved from humilia
tion, do the Republic more damage in an hour
of danger than those who are openly arrayed
against its existence. So far as we are oon
cerued, there is not a policy- or a prindiple in
Republicanism that we would surrender to
conciliate the friendships or support of any
man. On that policy and those principles we
rest the safe**. of • the Union. Modify and
abolish any ration of , eltbe them and we
jeopard the present and the future peace of the
Union. Maintain all in their strength and their
purity, and, although we may be forced to
struggle in deadly combat for a few years, the
end will repay the sacrifice of life and treasure,
with a free people secured in their freedom,
and a nation forever blessed with peace and
The telegraph confirms a rumor which was
prevalent in this city last evening, to the effect
that Hon. Simon Cameron had resigned his po
sition as Secretary of War. The report and its
confirmation have created great sensation in
political circles, but among the immediate
friends of the distinguished ex-Secretary of
War, it is well understood that he occupied
that position with great reluctance, and that it
has been his deterthination for a long time to
retire from.that Department as soon as he had
accomplished all the good in his power, for the
immediate organization of the army and the fu
ture' success . of the "Struggle to crush rebellion.
These ends having been accomplished, Gen.
Cameron feels constrained to return his port
' folio to the President, and ask to be relieved of
the immense labors and responsible duties of
the War Department.
Before that resignation was accepted, Presi
dent Lincoln pressed on the acceptance of Sec
retary Cameron, the post of Minister to Russia,
mule vacant by the resignation of Qualm M.
Clay. In consideration of themanner in which
'the position was tendered, and the wide, el
it presented'for the abilities
and experience,weAnorerstand that it has been
"v. tecliAly-tccepted as it was tendered, and
that the nomination. of Secretary Cameron as
Minister to Russia is now before the Senate.
;The political and personal friends of General
Cameron receive the news of his retirement
from the Cabinet with regret only equalled by
the high - esteem and consideration in which he
ie held throughout his native state of Pennsyl
vania. Bat that • regret is mingled- with the
satisfaction that he is to go hence to represent
the Republic in a sphere where his exalted vir
tues and plain republicanism will adJ addi
tional lustre to the esteem in which our coun
try and cause is held- by the Crir of Russia.
The appointment of the Hon. Edwin 11.
Stanton- as the successor of Gen. Cameron in
the War 'Department, must 'become very popu
lar, notwithstanding Mr. Stanton is so little
known to the, mass of
~the„people.,, Re is.a
men a .tile: 4,108 t. edurmanding ability, '6f 'the
largest and most comprehensive views and
opinions, and in every respect fully capable to
administer the War Department with the suc
cess and the vi'gor which distinguished its de
tail@ during the past nine months.
We have frequently referred to the fact, that
as politicians the Democracy were the most
uncertain allies and dangerous friends the Re
publican party could possibly cultivate, and
when we made these assertions we referred
more particularly to the leaders or representa
tives of that organization. As an evidence of
this fact, we intend briefly to bring forward an
incident which occurred during the organiza
tion of the House.of Representatives. The Re
publicans of tha Roost, as fs wi.ll known, agreed
to sustain a regular Union organization, and in
good faith voted for John. Rowe as Speaker.
But when the election of clerk came up, and
the candidate nominated by the same caucus
which placed in nomination John Rowe, two
Union Democrats—one from Lancaster coun
ty, Mr. Worley, and one from Hunting
don, Mr. Scott, refused to vote for Mr. Rouch,
the Union - crin - diditte, bebanse he was a Rep . utli
can, and unconditionally cast their votes for
another candidate. These men may claim that
they had a right Uq vote for whom they please,
bat they had pledged themselves by every high
obligation which is binding between gentlemen
and patriots to sustain a certain number of
candidates nominated Ina caucus of which they
formed a portion, and when they succeeded in
electing.a man to• the Speaker's their of their
own political proclivities, it illy became them
to desert the candidate of the same caucus for
the clerkship, because he is %Republican. We
allude to these facts now, to keep the record
pure- The Representatives from both:Lancas
ter and Huntingdon, who thus basely betrayed
their covenanted trust, could not have been
elected to the House on the issue which they
made• the test in voting- for the clerkship of
that body.
Bat these men are welcome to.the opportunity
of thus evincing their deep prejudices in favor
of:a corrupt old organization.. When theY re
turn to their
, constitnente they . will be treated
with the worn and contempt which we have
%either time or room to deal out to them in
these columns.
We print to-day the argument of the Hon.
Ross Forward, before the committee in the con
tested election case of John Cessna against Geo.
W. Householder. A perusal of this argument
will aVonce convince the public that, Whatever
maybe the action of the committee, the facts
of the case are all in favor of the setting mem
ber, Mr. Houstiholder, and in strict justice he
is' entitled to his place in the House. It will
be impossible successfully to answer thiS argu
ment, as it will be difficult justly to deprive
George W. Householder of hisseat in the House
of Representatives.
In this -connection'we will only offor a word
in reply , to the silly otiarges which , were made in
this morning's-Patriot and Union in reference to
the printed report of Mr. Rose Forward's arga-1
ment. By the merest accident, the compositor
substituted the prefix Wall. for Ron on the
sub-titliof the pamphlet, when the conclusion
of the argument is correctly priuted with the
signaturtrof Ross Formant). This error'is' made
use of by the - Patriot to damage the force of the
argon:tent and principles laid down in the
pamphlet, bat the intelligent reader had made
his own -correction before the wisdom of the
&lona of the Patriot hid moved their moun
tain and brought forth its mouse.
Boni T. HURD, of_ the Broansvias Clipper, says
" no two mutts will mono- a brighter Page in
the history of this Ivor for the restoration of
the:Union, than those of Simon Cameron and'
Andiew,fii Onrtin." ' '
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Pennopthania Ctligtapti itlebncobapMorning , Januar') 15, 1862
Synoptic of Vie Argument Delivered by the Hon
the seat of Geo. W. Householder, member elect from
the district of Somerset and Bedford, is contested by
John ammo, Esq., of Bedford county.
He bases his claim to the seat, upon tho un
constitutionality of the apportionment bill of
1857, connecting these counties in the same Le
gislative district.
The 4th section ot the first article of the Con
stitution, on which is his main reliance, reads
as follows : "Within three years after the first
meeting ot the General Assembly, and within
every subsequent term of seven years, an enu
meration ot the taxable inhabitants shall be
made in such manner as directed by law.—
The number of Representatives shall, at the
usual periods of making such enumeration, be
lined by the Legislature aud apportioned among
the city of Philadelphiai and the several coun
ties, according to the number of taxable inhab
itants in each; and shall never be less than sixty
nor more than one hundred. Each county
shall have at least one representative, but no
county hereafter erected shall be entitled to a
separate representative until a sufficient num
ber of taxable inhabitants shall be contain*
within it to entitle them to one repiesentative,
agreeably to the ratio which shall then be es
tablished. This section, as well as the , previons
ones, is verbatim the constitution of 1190, not
having been altered or in the least Amended oy
the convention to revile,theircoistitution, and
whose amendments .were adopted in 1838. It
consesuantily 'relates only to the counties as
thry existed in 1790, and not as they were in
1838. A position which the new counties were
disposed to contest at the first apportionment
after 1838, but very soon abandoned, because
there was no re-ivactment of the previous con
stitution at that time, but simply an adoptiOn
of the amendments as made by the convention.
Now, hlr. Cessna's claim to a seat for Bed
ford county cannot be sustained for two princi
pal reasons :-
Ist. Because the question of the constitution
ality of the law has been decided by the only
tribunal having any authority over the subject,
and its decision, whether right or wrong, can
not be inquired into or reversed by the present
Legislature, or any committee thereof.
2d. Because Mr. Cessna is eutirely at fault in
his construction of the constitution. And the
apportionment law of 1857, when examined iu
the light of the facts Connecting the counties of
Bedford and Somersekt, will be found strictly in
accordance therewith.
In support of the first position we have only
to examine the constitution, and observe to
whom is entrusted the carrying out of its pro
visions, and on whom we are to depend for its
preservation. The powers of the government
are divided into legislative, executive and judi
cial. The members of the Legislature, sworn
to support the constitution, there is confidence
reposed in them that they will make no enact
ments contrary to its provisions. If, however,
they should fail in their judgment, it is the duty
of the Executive, should he think differently to
interpose ; but if his opinion simply is opposed
to,two-thirds of the Legislature, the enactment,
notwithstanding, becomes I.lw. If any citizen
thereafter feels himself aggrieved, he may re
!use to comply therewith, and bring the ques
tion before the Judiciary, who enter their
judgment in the matter, and if the law is ad
judged to violate the fundamental law, they
refuse to compel obedience, or carry it into
effect, and the law properly fails. Now their
decision may chance, in fact, to be wrong ; but,
however, otherwise desired by any man or body
of men, it cannot be interfered with or modi
fied, without a change in the fundamental law
itself, procured under proper forms and regula
tions fur that purpose.
- But while the Judiciary is the only resort to
determine most Constitutional questions arising
upon enactments of the Legislature, there is
one kind of question which the Curistitution
confides to the Legislature itself. It' provides
that the number of representatives shall be
fixed by them, and apportioned among the
several counties. It is lett to them entirely to
decide how they will apportion it. Confidence
is placed in theta that they will do it according
to the Constitution, but if they should fail;
their decision cannot be reviewed or reversed;
for they are the only tribunal having jurisdic
tion over the subject. And it is the province
of' the present Legislature to decide upon the
qualification of its members, according to the
!My r prescribed' by a previous Legislature, under
the provisions of the Constitution. They
dare not enact a new law to confirm their
own membership. For it is only a previout
Legislature that can prescribe the district, and
direct how the members 'of the succeeding Le
gislatures shall be chosen. If it was otherwise
there is nothing to prevent anybody of men,
chOsen according to the fancy or pleasure of the
several counties, assembling here and assuming
that they are the Legislature of the State. And
if it is alleged, they have not been elected ac
cording to any previously enacted law, they
have only to go to work and enact, that, • the
manner in which they were severally chosen,
was proper and constitutional, thus making
thdruselves a self-constituted body. This would
be Subversive of all law and order. It must be
conceded thqu that the previous Legislature
haOng decided upon the manner of chosing
from the people the members of the succeeding'
Legislature, it remains only for them on assem
bling to inquire whether this law prescribed by
a proper authority has been followed 'by the
people. lii so far as it has it must be sustained.
Otherwise it is a fraud upon their rights: The
proper authority has told them how to elect,
and they have obeyed. .You now tell them
they should not have done so, but should have
elected according to the construction of the con
stitution by some wise head, who undertakes to
bring the construction of the Legislature in
question, and who has no more wisdom than to
say that although the law is unconstitutional,
and there is therefore no law on the subject,
yet the people shall elect according to a law
which, though not enacted, should have been.
For the law of '67 being unconstitutional,. tlte
result would be there is law, and therefore
Mr. Cessna must fail in getting a seat as a mem
ber, sent here from Bedford county, even, if
Mr. Householder should be rejected.
Mr. Cessna's complaint then is not, that the
law has been observed, but that it has been,
which concedes all that you have any right to
inquire concerning. For it does not become
this Legislature to decide that the man elected
according to . the provisions of the same law,
which is alone the test of their own membership,
Was - iinproperly elected. Where is the power
given! in the constitution or by virtue of what
law, Can a committee of nine members, chosen
in groat part by lottery, from the present Legis
lattini, undertake to veto and make null and
void that which has been .previously enacted by.
the Senate and. House of itepre.sentatives, and
been fully carried into effect by the action of
the people. Having full authority, as has been
heretqfore Shown, the judgment of the Legisla
ture was expressed, and the law pronounced,
and it has been executed by the citizens who
were bound by its action. ,It is too late now to
apply the remedy for that which is past. there
is no power and no authority given anywhere
to any, man or body of men to interfere with it,
except: to the whole Senate and House of Rep
resent4tives, with the approbation of the
iktechtive. If they think the prelim's
legislature erred, they might alter the law
fur fuLure membership, but they dare lot
Contested Election Case.
Ross Forward
take upon themselves the authority to alter the
law so as to affect the Luella,. rbl, p of the pi L,eut
Legislature, and thereby take ad vantage of the
people, giving them a representative they had
no thought of choosing. It would be such a
disregard of the established usage and prece
dents, for the last seventy years, that it is hard
to imagine bow any man could conceive the
idea of attempting it, and still harder to think
it possible that he can convince any body of
sane men of the propriety of so doing.
But let the first position be decided as it may,
there can be no question as to the false construc
tion, which is attempted to be made of the 3rd
section, of Ist article of the constitution. Mr.
Cessna reads it as though it said, "each county
shall have at least one representative," and there
stopped. But the men who made that constitu
tion had wisdom enough to know that in the
progress of time, it would become necessary to
make new counties, and they in anticipation of
a difficulty which might be raised, proceed to
say iu the same sentence, "each county shall
have at least one representative, but no county
hereafter erected shall be entitled to a separate
representation, until' a sufficient number of
taxable inhabitants shall '.3e contained within
it, to entitle them to one representative agree
ably to the ratio which shall then be estab
lished." If then the new county is not entitled
to a separate representation, the necessary con
sequence is,
that it must be included with
the county, or some one of the counties,
from which it is, stricken. But in that
case, what becomes of the right of
the original county to a separate representation
as claimed by Mr. cessana. Why it has no ex
istence in reality, because it is founded upon
the fiction that this right of representation was
given to a mere name instead of all the people
within the bounds of a certain district known
at that time as the county. It was not given
to the people who might, half a century after
wards, be within the bounds of what should
then be known as Bedford county, for perhaps
the present district may be divided and subdi
vided, until, what is lett to be known as Bed
ford, is but a mile 'square, with one hundred
inhabitants. To say that they shall still be
represented by one member when the ratio is
perhaps 10,000 for the balance of the State,
shows the absurdity of such an idea. It was
to the people then included, or who might in
all time to come be included, within certain
boundaries then known as counties, that was
assured the right to one representative. And
so long as they have one, two or three or more,
electing in conjunction or respectively within
these boundaries, according to the directions of
the Legislature they bave all that is guaranteed
Now iu 1790 and for some years afterwards,
every foot of land now in Somerset county was
embraced within the boundaries of Bedford
county. - Tne people of that portion of Bedford
county applied by petition to the Legislature in
1795 for a separate, county organization, and,
they deeming it: advisable to grant the privi
leges prayed for, on the 17th of April of that
year, erected the new county of Somerset. Then
came up the question of representation, how
was that to be arranged ? Why just as the
framers of the Constitution contemplated. They
agree to give them a separate county organiza
tion, but say in effect as to the matter of repre
sentation, you shall continue as heretofore con
nected, with the parent county, and- within
the limits of what was known as Bedford
countyat the making of theConiititntiori,and to
which was assured a member, there shall be
three members elected. Somerset, a part of
Bedford county, and that part left, still known
as Bedford, shill together elect three representa
tives. Such is the provisions of the Brut enact
ment which gave a certain portion of Bedford
county a new name and certain privileges, which
did not at all interfere with the constitutional
right of the people in that district, to be repre
sented in the Legislature. Is there any man of
sound judgment, who can really think this was
an unconstitutional proceeding? There is Ger
' tainly nothing in the constitution u prevent
ch. organization of new counties within the old
I ones. And when done, how are they to be rep
resented except in connactinn with 011 , 4 Pe
CA4lWatieB to which the territory originally be
longed? And who but tue Legislature of the
State shall direct how this representation shall
be arranged? And if they have the power
on the first ; separation of thd county,
have they not the same power at all times after
wards? Bedford and-Somerset for the first ten
years elected their representatives together.
Then Cambria, which had also been in great
part originally Bedford, was erected and was
joined with Somerset. Then Cambria and Bed
ford was connected for some pins, Somerset sleet
ing alone, and in 1857 Bedford and Somerset
were again united. .
Neither 13edford or Somerset had sufficien
taicables, according to the ratio then establish
ed, to entitle theni to a member. The ratio
was 5976. Somerset had 5254 and Bedford
: And:Mx.. Canna, in order to oliviate the
crushing lorce of this fact upon his claims to a
seat from Bedford county, undertakes to con
strue the latter clause of the 4th section as
meaning "that when a new county has once
obtained the number of taxables agreeable to
the ratio then established, it is forever after en
titled to a separate representation, no matter
bow far it may fall short of it at the times of
subsequent enumerations and apportionments.
A construction - that is directly in opposition to
its plain words and obvious meaning. " But
no minty hereafter erected shall be entitled to
a separate representation until a sufficient num
ber of taxable inhabitants shall be contained
within it to entitle them to one representative,
agreeably to the ratio which shall Taw be
tablished." Now what does this word then refer
to P Certainly to . the several periods of making
the enumerstion and fixing the apportionment
by the legislature as contained in the previous
And any county not being an original county,
and failing to have at any one, of the several
periods of enumeration and appointment agree
ably to the ratio which is then established is
positively prohibited by the Constitution from
having a separate representative. Admitting,
Mr. Cessna, now then that Bedford county as
she now is, and not as she was in 1790, is enti
tled to have at least one representative, although
she had not the number of taxables Somerset
was not an original county, and can make no
such claims ; and having fallen behind the ra
tio then, in 1857, established,lis properly, and of
necessity connected with another county in rep
resentation. • And with what other can she be
more fairly joined than with the original county
to which she belonged.
But even if Somerset should have had
the requisite number it was a matter entirely
it the discretion of the Legislature, depending
upon their judgment of the necessity or con
venience of so doing, in districting the State. For
the latter clause of the 4th section of the constitu
thin is merely declaratary of a right which the new
counties should nothave, and not a positive en
actment that they should have a seperate represen
tation, whenever they had the full ratio of taxa
bleS at the time of making the apportionment. If
they had the number, it would be proper and con-
stitutional for the Legislature to, give them a
member. But en-necessitate it must depend
upon its position and connection_ with other
counties which had not the ratio, and which
the Constitution positively direct shall not have
a seperate representation and must be connected
with some adjoining county. To take any
other :view, is to say we have had no constitu
tional apportionment from 1801 to the present
time. And that under the present apportionment
there are now in_the Legislature 22 members
front unconstitutional districts. The following
table, :including the two .from Bedford and
Somerset, gives an exhibit of these districts—
one or more countieain which wouldbe entitled
to lheparate representation, halting more than
the ratio of 6,976-taableo.
~~~il /71 f<2'
Lehigh t Carbon
}coming & Cliutou ..2
Cumberland a Perry
Franklin & Fulton ....2
Arrest' g a, Westmorel'd 3
Beaver C Lawrence.... 2
Mercer & Venango.....2
Clarion & Forrest 1
Crawford & Warren.. ..2
Potter & Tioga
But the law being merely directory, it is a
matter of favor or convenience resting upon
the judgment of the legislature. And surely
in the matter of doubtful interpretation of the
constitution, that one, which has been unques
tioned, and sanctioned for three-quarters of a
century by the legislature ''and the people, is
not now to be overturned, when there- are but
two years left within which the question can be
mooted. For the amendment of 1857 going
into effect in 1864, has abolished the wholeidea
of separate representation as embodied in the
2d and 4th sections of the constitution of 1790,
as impracticable and unfitted to the ever-chang
ing condition of population and geographical
boundaries which pertains to these times. In
1790 there were but 21 counties, while at the
last apportionment there were 65.
Mr. Cessna claims to have obtained the opin
ion of many eminent lawyers and judges, all of
whom support the position taken by him.—
Granting that he has such opinions, upon
what are they based—on the statement of the
case as he puts it, not on the facts as they
really are, and of which they may have known
nothing. He has no opinion whatever that
touches the points, made in this argument, based
upon the law and the facts. And I venture to
assert that he never will obtain any. But salt
is notorious that lawyers as well as judges will
differ, he is careful not to inform us what emi
nent lawyers and judges, in the course of his ap
plications for opinions, decided the case
against him. It needs no one particularly
versed in the law to form a correct judgment in
this matter. And I venture to say that nine
tenths of the voters of the State will undertake
to say that they can and do understand it. And
if the outrage of throwing from his seat Mr.
Houssaowsa, a member acknowledged to be
duly elected by the voters of the district, form
ed by the only proper authority, is perpetrated,
it will be met by such a howl of indignation,
such universal derision and contempt, as
should make its authors and perpetrators Vail.
Counsel for (leo. W. Householder.
Pennsylvania Legislature
TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 1862
The Senate met at 11 o'clock, A. m. Prayer
was offered by Rev. Mr. R. Dewitt.
Air. RE ILLY presented a petition of two
hundred and sixty-four citizens of West Penn
township, Schuylkill 09unty, praying tit the
repeal of the act of February 17,1869, relating
to a stricter accountability of public) officers,
far as the law relates to said -township. Re
ferred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Hr. CLYMER one from Samuel J. Walker,
getting forth an affidavit showing that he has
erroneously overpaid colateral, inheritance tax
on the estate of Joseph Sellers, deceased, aba
asking that the earns be refunded. Referred
to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Mr. CLYMER read in place a bill, entitled
"an Act to refund to Samuel J. Walker certain
monies erroneously paid by him as colateral
inheritance tax on the estate of James Sellers,
deceased. Referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary System.
Mr. BOUGHTER one to incorporate the Har
risburg Exchange and Mercantile Company.
Referred to the Committee on Corporations.
The Senate, after a protracted &bite, ref used
by a tie vote to concur in the amendments of
the House to the joint resolution of the Senate,
providing for the payment of ten days' ser
vices to the retiring officers.of the last Legis
The chairman of the committee on the part
of the Senate of the joint committee of the
two Houses, anthorized to contract for the pub
lication of a daily Legislative Record, sub
mitted a report, accompanied • by a contract
made with George Bergner, which was read
and unanimously concurred in.
The Senate then adjourned. •
The House was called to order at 11 o'clock,
P. M.
The SPEAKER announced the :followln,g
Standing gpmmittees for the session:
Ways and Means—Messrs. Armstrong, Smith,
(Cheerer) Bighorn, Abbott, Ross, (Luzern,)
Alexander,Pershing, Chatham, Craig, Windle,
Zeigler, G amble, Beaver, Brown, (Mercer,) and
Judiciary, (General)—Messrs. Scott, Williams,
Smith, (Chester,) Shannon, Strang, Banks, Vin
cent, Brown, (Northumberland,) and Dennis.
Tudicituy (Lccal)—Messrs. Bigham, Duffield,
Pershing, Chathain,• Ziegler, Cochran, Ryon,
Grew:Aar& and Bliss.
• Pawns and Gnituities—liesars. Bliss, Graham,
Giant, Ross, (IMMO Bates, Potteiger and Rus
Estnies and Escheatt—Messre, Strang, Kaine,
Vincene, M'Culloch, Quigley, Blanchard and
Agriculture and Manufactures —Messrs, Gross
Caldwell, Windle, Thompson, Barron, Hatch
man and Lehman.
Aiwa/ion— Messrs. Elliott, Duffield, Blies,
Diiins, Donley, (Greene) Boileau, Early,
M'Clellan, Twitcnell, Householder, FOX, Kline,
Rowland, Hopkins, (Philadelphia,) and Wim
Banks—Messrs. Crane, Ross, (Luserne,) Ab
bott, Tracy, Worley, Roads, Brown, (North
umberland,) Cochran, Gross, Neiman, Dennis,
Chatham and Hoffer.
Accounts—Messrs. Schrock, "Gaskill, Twitch
ell, Rex, Kennedy, Leber and Fox.
Vice and Immorality—Messrs. Wakefield, Don
ley; (Greene,) Dennis, Warner, Vincent, Peters
ana liutchman.
Election Districts—Messrs. Happer, Tutton,
Bates, Leber, M'Coy, Hall and Delone.
Claims--Messrs: Tracy, Worley, Qaakill, Cow
an, Greenbank, Gamble, M'Culloch, Beebe and
Raids, Bridges and Canals—geasrs. Liehten
wrdineri Hopkins; (Philadelphia,) Russell, Hess,
kV Manus, Peters, Ramsey, Rhoads and Pot
Corpraiion.s—Messrs. Banks, Cowan, Shrock,
Wildey, Kaine; Smith,•` (Philadelphia,) Henry,
Manus, Roes, (kfielin,) Ritter, leClellan,
Kenedy, Rex, Bushy and Quigley.
Library—Messrs. Williams, Smith (Chester,)
Rao Cemiies and Cbunty Stato—lifesers. Blan
chard, Rapper, Beaver, Elliott, Ramsey, Hoo
ver, Wolf, Ample; Lehni4n, Tata • and TAW.
onnjxzre Bills-Messrs. ifoore, LichtenWall
ner, Early, Rowland and Busby.
s. Taxaldes.
Lehigh 10,000
Carbon 4500
Lycoming 7474
,Clinton 3600
Cumberland ...7904
' Perry 4700
Franklin. 8381
Fulton 1898
Armstrong ....687.1
Westmorel' d .11,482
Beaver 6101
Lawrence 5026
Mercer 7828
Venango 4814
Clarion 6268
Forrest 212
Cmwford 9674
1 Warren 8769
Tioga 6618
1 Potter 9000
militia Sy,,n.: --;11er,
(Washington,) Smith, ( P hiladelphi a ) .. ili '
~ - , . , t t,
Wimley, Crane and Myers.
Railroad)—Nlessrs. Hopkins, (Wliint,,,,
Alexander, Sellers, Moore Dougherty, mr,:.,,
Tate, Craig, Barron, Al-Makiu, Freeli;ud, I-'
nelly (Philadelphia') and Grant.
City Passenger Railroads—Nl, ssrs. Wilde), ii a „.
per, Divans, Graham, M'Coy, Caldw e ll, ((-' i
ner, Ritter, Brown, (Mercer,) Thomp scu , na
Mines and Minerals —Messrs. ltyou 8.,i1i,.„
Householder, Wakefield, 11 :Mackin. i i. , ,
Wolf, Hoover, Delone, .Tosephs, 1,,,,:,),„.,:.,..
(Philadelphia,) Kline awl Weidner.
Printing—Messrs. Cowan. Ndurtn, ),,,.),;,,
Tate and Henry.
Public Buildings—Messrs. Dutheld, lii,,.:l_,rt;
and Freeland.
Mr. GROSS submitted the fellowiti.
Whereas, Some six hundred men
gaily recruited in the county of
the purpose of being attached t n
brigade in Virginia : and tt havin:z 6 , 1 1 4%;
tained that said men are in a '
•• , fr
suffering pondition, ti erotic
Resolved, That the Governor of Penn-vicar,:
be requested to furnish to this
as possible, all the facts vonnetnal
case, and indicate at the same matt 10 Irha
manner relief can be afforded.
The preanible and resolution wa, a lo: , to'
Mr. HOPKINS, (Washington,: off-r, I a
solution that the • onamitten on tn.- I.;
system be instructed to bring it, a t,i 1 • r tt.
repeal of an act of the last ses-i
latute entitled "An Act for the rei,tl
TOnliage Duties:" agreed to.
Mr. HOPKINS, (Philadelphia,
solution that this House will proce-1
nesday next at 12 o'clock it, to the - ti,:
a committee to investigate ai ,d try uis
tested election in the arse of !tics-tut Wtti,
now a sitting member of this L. , 4141aut--
The resolution, after a protract,l &bd.,
adopted, as follows;
YEAS—Messrs. Biuks.Bar lon ,11,ilow l 1; r0
(Northumberland ,)Caldwel I , rowan, 1
lone, Divine, Donley,(Grßene.)DAl,..llv El!,
delphia,)Duffi Id, Early,Giskiil,llrallou.or:
bank, Gross, Hess, Hoffer. II iov. r.
(Philadelphia,) Hopkins, (Wa4hiciLlo n , l
Kline, Labar, Llehtenwallner, t ,.
Mackin, M'Manus, Neiman,
Potteiger, Quigley, Rex, Rho a d s ,
Rowland, Ryan,
Scott, Shannon, late, I
son, Tutton, Wakefield, Weidner, W,ry
Wolf, Worley and Zeigler—TO.
NAYS—Messrs. Abbott. Alexamk, A
strong, Bates, Beaver, Beebe. High VII. NM
ard, Bliss, Brown, (Mercer.) I.l[llley. it , ; ,
Cochran, Dennis, Dough, rty, Elliott . F
Freeland, Gamble, Grant, ilapiw r . ii
Householder, Hutchman, Josephs. Reun
Lehman, M'Clel:nn,
Ritter, Ross, (Luzerne,) Russell, S.,tr,ck,.
lem, Smith, (Chester,) Smith,
Strang, Tracy, Twitchell, Vincent,
Windle and Bowe—Speaker- 1 .
So the question wa determinc.l iii it
The Renee then adjourned.
tr 2bntrttsrinintl
STRAXED away on the night ei
inst., a Red and While Sent IN q, :
old, had on a chain collar, without name Wt..
return Paid Dog or give inforinat,or w:,er
found to Philip Lynn or alien C tuior,
above reward.
PERSONS who are good ''T
era" can find employment :n IV.iz L.Lo.
calling on the undersigned at ma in. H
tweet' the hours of 2 and 4 o'clock, I.
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A GRIKEABLY to the direction , at AL a
id_ the General Assembly of [hi= l:01111
wealth, approved the ninth day of
1856; I hereby give notice that the Si elk..
the Senate and House of rt
_.epreintoitr ,-
said Commonwealth, will receive propse , t
til the fourth Tuesday of January,
28th day of January, 1862, for dollat ti,e
lie Printing and Binding for the term f
years from the first day of July next. at
taro rate per centum below the rates ,pe
in the act relating to the Public trace
Binding, approved the ninth day of
1856, and according to the mode and IL,
and conditions therein specified.
Said Proposals to specify the rate I,r o:
on the whole of the rates of said act t tk,
gether, and not a specification of the rat
centnm below the rates on each item.
lowing is the form of proposals fe r State
ing and binding :
"I propose to do all the mate
ing and Binding in the manner and
respects subject to the provisions or t .
of the 9th of April, A. D. 185 i, fur I.
riocl of three years from the tint
July next, at the rate of per
below the rates specified in sail ad
should the State Printing and built
aforesaid, be allotted to me, I will I.e
forthwith to give bond with sufficient :of
for the faithful performance of the work
lotted," which said proposals shall be
and endorsed, " Proposals for Polite Pr
and Binding ;" and shall be directed to fl
Speakers, and be delivered to one or I
them to be opened, announced and
the 28th day of January, inst., agteealt!y,
provisions of the act of 9th uf April, I'D
janl4-6t. Sec'y of the Comuo.fevea
AT "JONES' STORE" there are,
And some other Goods whioh will lie
tow cost to close out
OWNER WANTED.—A fine Sca - I ,
, land Dog followed a 12011tienal to lOAC
days since. The owner of the animal caii or , "
information as will lead to his illionve,ry l.y
We office. ,I
ON Saturday evening last, be tWeen
Old School Presbyterian church
`43.d' Mr.rd t
came to No. 9, Market Square, SUiLlb y rdA
.03 d2t*
A. H I.„
AT THE OLD STAND corner or iii oLLv
Court Rouse, Market street, Ilarrli.hoe.,,
Thankful for the patronage beret.dotror 1. , •ug ,d
the late firm of A. Hummel k Co, •
tentlon to businedS, and by keeplog A 1 E Ecan
OP Goya.] LO merit a roniatiauer 01 thc_rr b
Please call and examme our tToC, tiUd
buying elsewhere. A GUMMI
Goods are purchased direct from ho loutamar
cash enabling thorn to Kell very 10W.
large Invoice of New Styles e" reaji 131'
Owls received this moral ng
AVylC,Aftf & BROM
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