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E4e Vatriot Union.
TUESDAY MORNING}, MARCH 26, 1861.
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The ttepublican journals are very indignant
because the Convention of Louisiana refused to
submit the Constitution of the Confederate
States to a vote of the people; and the Tribune
holds it up as an exhibition of "astounding
villainy" on the part of the secession leaders_
We are disposed to take this act as evidence
that the Convention feared the people of Lou
isiana would undo their work if afforded an
opportunity of voting directly. But the Con
vention only followed the vicious example set
them by the Republicans at the last session of
Congress, when it was proposed to submit the
Crittenden amendments to a direct vote of the
people. These Republicans had no such great
reverence for the popular will, and no such
over anxious desire to ascertain public opinion
when it might interfere with their projects, as
they now exhibit with reference to Louisiana.
True, this does not excuse the Louisiana Con
vention; for two wrongs never did make one
right—but it does not lie in the mouths of Re
publicans, just fresh from the work of defying
popular opinion, to complain.
The Great Kansas Starvation Swindle.
George W. Collamore, who has visited much
of Kansas, as agent of the Boston Relief Com
mittee, and investigated personally the wants
of the people, reports that many of Hyatt's
ancounts have been exaggerations, and that there
have been no cases of actual starvation. But
such cases would certainly have occurred in
thousands of instances if relief had been with
held. There has been very great rivalry
between the Leavenworth and Atchison com
mittees of distribution, and there are serious
mutual charges of fraud and plunder, for which
there have been large opportunities, if the agents
entrusted with the distribution were villainously
4 .fr The Boston committee publish a
showing the receipt by them of contributions
to the amount of $27,100, of which there is
$5,519 still on hand. They estimate that about
$200,000 have been received by other committees,
and that one-fifth of the amount is still unex
They do not include the appropriations of
gullible Legislatures like that of New York !
And what is somewhat cool,they ask for more.
The fact is, this last Kansas fraud is mixed
up with land speculation, politics, and a desire
to pension and keep in pay the abolition rag
muffins, who have ruined and want to rule
Abuses of Power.
The act of the Legislature, in postponing the
spring election in Philadelphia, has created the
utmost indignation among all parties in that
city, and the press is unsparing in its denun
ciations of this cowardly and villainous act.—
It was put through the Legislature under the
party lash, to afford the Republicans a short
respite from the defeat which inevitably awaits
them whenever the people obtain an opportu;
nity of passing upon their misdeeds, and, at
the same time, to keep certain men in office six
months longer than the term for which they
were elected. Nothing but a dread of popular
indignation could have dictated this reckless
disregard of right. It exhibits the most abject
fear of the people. It has not even the merit
of good party policy to recommend it, for its
effect will be to increase the indignation against
the party capable of resorting to such a con
temptible man teuvre, and make their defeat more
overwhelming when the day of retribution ar
rives. But when men are completely under
the influence of fear, thejllose their judgment;
and, upon this hypothesis, we can account for
the insanity which induced this Republican
Legislature to deprive the citizens of Philadel
phia of their right to choose their own officers.
Not content with the load of infamy which
this one act has imposed upon them, this Le
gislature is about to commit another act equally
atrocious. They are about to compel the tax
payers of Philadelphia to erect public buildings,
at the cost of some million and a half of dol
lars, without their consent. The councils of
Philadelphia protest, the . Mayor protests, the
people with almost one voice protest against
having. this enormous expense saddled upon
them ; but their objections seem to go for noth
ing. There is a fat contract in this business,
and it is more important that the pockets of
certain parties should be filled, than that the
will of the tax-payers should be regarded_
The Philadelphia public is the goose that must
The Legislature has no right to interfere in
this matter, and would not, if the interests of
individuals were not involved. Every city and
county has the right to determine what build
ings are necessary for the convenient transac
tion of public business, where and when they
should be erected, and who should construct
them. It is a purely local and municipal ques
tion. The Legislature has no more right to
compel the citizens of Philadelphia to tax
themselves for nublic buildings, than it has to
compel a farmer to tax himself for the erectio n
of a new house or barn. Those who pay the ex
pense are the best judges of what they want
and are able to pay for. Any other principle
than this makes the Legislature the supreme
dictator. Let the precedent be set of Legisla
tive interference with the strictly local affairs
of cities and counties, and they are no longer
masters of their own concerns, but the helpless
victim@ of capricious or corrupt Legislatures.
The New Territories.
It is gratifying that the Republicany, at the
last session, organized three new Territories;
Colorado, Nevada and Dacotah, without apply
ing to them the principle of the Chicogo plat
form, that asserts the policy of prohibiting
slavery in the Territories.
Colorado Territory is formed of portions of
Utah, Nebraska and Kansas, has a population
of about twenty thousand, and has 100,000
square miles. This contains the Pike's Peak
region, so rich in gold and other ores. The
Rocky Mountains run through it.
Nevada is composed of territory to be taken
from California and Utah, has in it the famous
Carson Valley, has large mineral wealth, and
runs up to the Southern boundary of Oregon.
Before this Territory is complete the State of
California must assent to allow the portion that
is to be taken from her to compose a portion of
this Territory. . .
Dacotah has an area of 70,000 square miles,
and was formerly included withittthe Territory
of Minnesota, but when it became a State, was
de4tched from it. Its Northern boundary is
British America, its Southern and Western.
is Nebraska, and its Eastern, Minnesota and
The Republicans say they did not attempt to
impose the Wilmot Proviso upon these Terri
tories because there was no need of it, as the
precaution was not necessary. As the Chicago
platform says nothing about any discretion in
this matter, but sternly pledges the party to
apply this restriction in all cases, the recent
legislation may justly be regarded as a conces
sion. It is another evidence that the patriotic
men of the Republicans practically recognize
the duty of conciliation.
LETTER FROM NORTHUMBERLAND.
Correspondence of the Patriot and talon
NORTIIIMIBERLAIID COUNTY, March 21, 1861.
MESSRS. BARRETT & MACDOWELL :—Your fre
quent kind enquiries after your "old friend Nor
thumberland," complimentary and grateful as they
are, could not induce me, away up here on the bank
of the Susquehanna, (where there is but one opin
ion in regard to the present troubles of the country,)
to venture an opinion in a quarter seemingly very
different from those entertained and expressed here,
did I not know that in the main there is no diffe
rence between us : the peaceable settlement of our
I am, you know, not a very remote descendant
of a clan who, although carrying a dagger con
cealed in the leg of their stockings, ready to re
venge an insalt or an injury, have ever been found
acting on the side and in defence of their govern
ment, no matter by whom administered, so long as
it did not infringe upon the rights of the people
by acting upon the false pretensions of royal pre
rogative instead of constituted authority. Being
in some measure actuated by these views, I have
ever felt inclined, no matter how decided my op
position before an election, to give every Adminis
tration a fair time to construct and define its policy
or course of action before even expressing an opin
ion, much less finding fault in advance. What
may be the policy of this new Administration
Nor is this singular. Never since the foundation
of our - government has an Administration been
formed and gone into operation under such adverse
circumstances, and it is not strange that its policy
should not yet have been fully defined. Not being
at all dyspeptic, lawever, I can look good-naturedly
at everything, and like the Irishman when his at
tention was called to some anticipated evil, coolly
said "it was time enough to bid the_divil good
morning when you meet him."
But while we are urging, declaiming and hoping
for peace, we must not forget that Mr. Lincoln is
not omnipotent; he cannot say, "peace, be still,"
and expect by the wave of his hand to quiet
the thousands of troubled spirits now clamorous
for war. That there is a strong desire on the part
of the secession leaders that the Administration
should assume a warlike attitude, there cannot be
a doubt on the minds of any who will look on
things fairly as they are. It is the only hope by
which they can'expect the co-operation of the bor
der States. This must be prevented ; and I have
too high a regard for American statesmen gene
rally to suppose those now at the head of our na
tional affairs will not see, understand and act upon
it as the best interests of the country require.
All this, however, is prelimination, or, if you
please, surplusage. My cbject, as a Union-loving
Democrat, in commencing this article, was to make
to you a suggestion which I think will, if acted
upon by the Administration, bring things to a test
at once. Congress, you will recollect, adjourned
without even an expression of any definite char
acter in regard to the troubles that were to sur
round the incoming Administration, and what is
still more embarrassing, without giving the Presi
dent one particle more power than that which Mr.
Buchanan declared to be just nothing at an. If,
then, this power was not sufficient to enable a
Democratic President to prevent all the arms and
forts of the country from passing into the hands
of the seceders, it is certainly incompetent to ena
ble a Republican President to get them back. In
view then of this state of things, what is to be
done to bring about this peaceable state of things
which you and Iso much desire? In all your
daily appeals and warnings I have looked in vain
for the recommendation of some course of policy
by which this desirable end might be effected.—
Permit me, then, to make a suggestion : The power
given to the President to convene Congress by
Proclamation was to meet just such cases as that
now existing, and if there ever was a time in the
history of our country more than another when it
was necessary for the President to act under the
advice of the representatives of the people . , this is
that time. Should the President act upon this
power vested in him, things will not long remain
in doubt. His policy will then be defined. He
will either ask Congress to relieve him from the
protection of the public property now in the hands
of those claiming to act under another and inde
pendent government, to abannon all idea of col
lecting the revenue in the seceded States, to make
a peaceable separation, with division,of property
and territory, or to furnish him men Find money to
enforce the Constitution and the laws. To this
things must come. :Any other cannot amount to
anything but the growth of the evil. In the mean
time, we must content ourselves with hoping for
the belt. Under all the circumstances, peace will
not be too dearly bought by the acknowledged loss
of the cotton States, if b y that loss we form a more
perfect Union, and finally, intercourse with those
of the border. NORTHUMBERLAND.
REAL ESTATE IN NEW YOEK.--It is stated
that real estate bas depreciated so much in
certain portions of New York that a ma n si on
on Fifth avenue, valued at $45,000, was sold a
day or two since for $20,000, and one of the
magnificent stores recently erected upon Broad
way, with the expectation that it would be
rented for $35,000 or $40,000, will not com
The total expenses of the New York Fire
Department for the last year foot up the hand
some sum of $268,000 !
MONDAY, March 25, 1861.
The Senate was called to order at 3 o'clock,
p. m., by Mr. PENNEY, Speaker pro tem.
The SPEAKER presented a communication
from the Auditor General, relative to the claim
of Mr; De }lass. The communication is adverse
to Mr. De Hass' claim.
BILLS IN PLACE
Mr. FINNEY, an act to authorize the Craw
ford County Central agricultural society to sell
their fair grounds ; which was taken up and
Also, an act relative to the town house, in
Fairfield township, Crawford county.
Mr. CONNELL, an act relative to the Belmont
Avenue plank road company.
Mr. LANDON, supplement to an act autho
rizing president judges to hold courts out of
their several districts.
Mr. MEREDITH, an act to enable the or
phans' court of Armstrong county to make
distribution of certain property.
Also, an act to enable the county of Arm
strong to compromise with the Allegheny Valley
Mr. BOUND, an act extending the provisions
of an act for the better security of wages to
the counties of Columbia and Montour.
Also, a supplement to the act incorporating
the M'Caulley Mountain railroad company.
Mr. FINNEY, supplement to an act for the
protection of game.
Mr. GREGG called up an act to incorporate
the Farmers' and Mechanics' mutual insurance
company of Centre and Clinton counties;
Mr. HALL called up an act authoring an
examination of the claim of Jesse Herbert;
which was passed.
Mr. HAMILTON, an act for the relief of
William Griffith, a soldier of the Indian war;
passed. _ _
Mr. HIESTAND, an act relating to the trans
fer of stock in the Dock coal company ; laid
Mr. IRISH called up Muse bill, entitled
"An act to authorize the school directors of the
borough of Sewickly, to borrow money;" which
was agreed to.
Mr. KETCHAM called up an act to author
ize the erection of . a poor house, in the town
ship of Blakely. in the county of Luzerne ;
which was passed finally.
Mr. LANDON, supplement to an act incorpo
rating the Barclay railroad and coal company;
which was passed.
Mr. LAWRENCE, on leave, read a bill in
place for the preservation of fish in Middle Fork
of Ten Mile creek, Washington county; which,
on motion, was taken up and passed.
Mr. MEREDITH called up the act to incor
porate the Brady's Bend iron company; which,
after some amendment, was passed.
Mr. KETCHAM called up House bill, enti
tled "An act to extend the limits of the bor
ough of Prompton, Wayne county;" which was
Mr. PARKER called up an act to release the
Angle library company from a portion of the
enrollment taxi Negatived—yeas 7, nays the
Mr. ROBINSON called up an act to establish
a public ferry over the Allegheny river, near
the mouth of Oil creek ; which was passed.
Mr. SCHINDEL called up an act supplemen
tary to an act incorporating the borough of
Easton ; which, after being amended, was
Mr. WHARTON, House bill, entitled "An
act to authorize the trustees of the Methodist
Episcopal church of Bloody Run, Bedford
uourt.ty,.to convey certain real estat_e-
Mr. BLOOD called_un aR I - tat - int the relief of
administrators or William Armstrong; which
was passed. -
Mr. BOUGHTER called up joint resolution,
relative to the pay of James T. Williams;
which was Pissed.
Mr. BOUND, a supplement to the act to plr
feet the charter of the United Lutheran Re
formed congregation of Selinsgrove; which
Mr. GREGG called up an act authorizing an
examination of ,the claim of David M'Cormick ;
which was passed.
Mr. CONNELL called up a supplement to an
act relating to certain courts ; which was pas
Mr. MOTT called up an act relative to the
collection of taxes in Carbon county ; which
Mr. CRAWFORD called up House bill, enti
tled "An act to repeal road laws ill Miller
township, Perry county ;" which was passed
Mr. HAMILTON called up an act to incorpo
rate the Barks and Lancaster County railroad
company; which was passed. Adjourned.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
MONDAY, March 25, 1861.
Mr. SHEPPARD, Sneaker pro tem, called the
House to order at 3 o'clock.
Mr. ACKER, on leave, reported a supple
ment, to the Philadelphia and Westchester rail
road. The rules were suspended and the sup
Mr. MOORE, on leave, reported an act to
exempt the American Protestant Hall building
and American Mechanics' Hall from taxation;
Several petitions and remonstrances on va
rious subjects were presented and referred.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
Several reports of the standing committees
were received. Among them the following:
Mr. ABBOTT, an act making sundry amend
ments to the general banking law.
Mr. RHO.ADS, With a negative recommenda
tion, an act to change the tenth division of the
20th ward of Philadelphia, into two election
Mr. WILDEY called up the resolution that
the Legislature adjourn on the 3d of April.
Mr. PATTERSON hoped the House would
not consider the resolution. It would be im
possible for the Legislature to adjourn at that
Mr. GORDON was in favor of calling up the
resolution, so that some day could be fixed for
adjournment, so that the House could work up
Mr. BRYNE thought, if necessary, we should
sit here ten weeks longer. We were sent here
to legislate for the State of Pennsylvania.
Mr..LEISENRING wanted to know whether
while we had been here, we had legislated.for
the people of Pennsylvania, or the Republican
The yeas tied nays were ordered on the mo
tion to call up the resolution, and the question
was determined in the negative.
BILLS IN PLACE
Mr. SHAFER, a further supplement to the
borough of Phoenixville, Chester county. By
consent the bill was taken up and passed.
Mr. PEIRCE, a supplement to the Mechan
ics' lieu law.
Mr. IRVIN, an act to incorporate the Perry
Warm Springs hotel company.
Mr. HUHN, an act to lay out a State road in
Barks and Schuylkill counties ; also, an act to
incorporate the Ashland water company.
Mr. PRESTON, a supplement to the act for
the measuring of marble and for the appoint.
ment of a marhle inspector.
Mr. DUFFIELD, an act to incorporate the
American Trust company for immigrants.
Several unimportant bills were taken up and
MURDER IN JAIL BY A LUNATIC.—On Wed
nesday evening John Louis was committed to
the jail ofAllegbeny county, Pa., for vagrancy,
and was placed in the same cell with Andrew
McMullen, who was confined for drunkenness.
On % Thursday morning Louis was found in a
dying state, having been brutally beaten with
a club by McMullen, and died soon afterwards.
McMullen was.recently the inmate of a lunatic
A LARGE AND SPLENDID ASSORTMENT OP
RICHLY GILT AND ORNAMENTAL
Of various Designs and Colors, for 8 cents,
TISSUE PAPER AND CUT FLY PAPER,
At Onar2B SCHEPFER'S BOOKSTORE.
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.”—The lion.
Joshua R. Giddings, the father of the Ohio
"irrepressibles," has been assigned by the new
administration the post of Consul General of
the United States at, Montreal. This stations
him at the northern terminus of the U. G. R.
R., where he oafs superintend the arrival of
the passengers, and take the general oversight
of the road. -
KILLIW INsrANTLl.—George W. Gilman, of
Meredith, N. 11., one of the proprietors of the
Senter House, was accidentally killed at Centre
Harbor on Tuesday. He was witnessing the
operations of workmen engaged in removing a
building, when the building suddenly settled
and threw a large lever round upon him, break
ing his skull and killing him instantly.
MOisißY WON BY A DEAD MAN.—At Koethen,
Saxony, recently, a gentleman engaged in play
at a faro table, and died in his seat. His death
was not discovered until his money, by being
left on the table all the while, had won a heavy
sum. A law suit resulted between the banker
and the dead player's heirs, which was decided
in favor of the latter.
TENACITY OF LIFE.—In Portsmauth, N. H ,
during a snow storm on the 16th January last,
a Shanghae hen was buried beneath a drift.—
On the 13th of February a thaw occurred, and
the hen stepped from her prison, apparently as
lively as ever, but much reduced in weight.
It is stated that the Hon. Geo. W. Summers,
of Va., has been offered by Mr. Lincoln a seat
on the bench of the United States Supreme
J. Wilkes Booth, a brother of Edwin, is now
playing in Alb'any, N. Y. He is quite young,
and will not venture to play in New York until
confident of' success.
The wife of the Rev. S. L. Baldwin, a mis
sionary in China, died lately on the passage to
New York, and within one week's sail of that
J. B. Henry, Esq., assistant United States
district attorney for New York, and a nephew
of en-President Buchanan, has tendered his
A bridle has been invented in France, with
which a runaway horse's nostrils are suddenly
closed, an effectual method, it is said, to stop
Mrs. Bloomer, inventor of women's " petti
loons" and short dresses, has beeome one of
the editors of the City Item, at Waupan, Wis.
lym. W. Life, a teacher of penmanship,
committed suicide in Philadelphia, on Friday
Stephen H. Payne, a clerk in the Brooklyn
(N, Y.) postoffice, fell dead in the street on
Governor Magofftn, of Kentucky, has vetoed
the bill authorizing the banks of that State to
issue $4,000,000 in notes.
John T. Shaaff, of the Dristict of Columbia,
has been appointed a captain in the army of the
Col. J. Watson Webb, who refuses the mission
to Turkey, is to be made surveyor of the port
of New York.
Capt. Ericsson is about to obtain a patent in
England for his hot-air engine.
Mr. Michael Baker, a respectable farmer
near Carlisle, Pa., committed suicide last week.
LATEST BY TELEGRAPH
News by Overland sail.
INDEPENDENCE, Mo., March 25.
inst., arrived to-day. having been only thirteen
days out. Capt. Halloway, Lieut. Boyce and
Lieut. Kelley, of the U. S. Army, came through
as passengers. Lieut. Kelly has resigned his
commission, and is en route for Louisiana to
join the Southern Confederacy. Captain Hol
loway reports an abundance of stores for the
army in New Mexico, with the exception of
flour, which is very scarce. There is great
scarcity of provisions among the people of New
Mexico and some suffering is anticipate& Col.
Loring, who takes command of the departmenit
of New Mexico, was met at Fort Wise getting
along well.. The cause of the failure of the
mail last Tuesday was owing to none having
been started, from Santa Fe on the 4th inst.
The probability is that hereafter this mail will
start promptly and make the usual time, as an
abundance of stock, corn, &c., has been sent
out on the road. The Indians on the route are
to all appearances friendly but no confidence
is placed in them, and an attack-from them at
any time would not surprise any one. The
road is in a fine condition and the grass on
the Arkansas is very good. The report from
the San Juan mines is not very flattering.—
Other mines have been discovered but none
that will justify working.
From Washington. -
WASHINGTON, March 25.
An important Cabinet meeting was held this
morning, the result of which is not yet known;
but it ii understood that the subjects before the
Cabinet were first the Southern difficulties, and
secondly, the New York appointments. Messrs.
Opdyke and Weed have visited the President
in reference to the latter_
Mr. Fox, the special messenger from the
Government to Major Anderson, who paid a
visit to Fort Sumpter last Thursday, has re
turned, and laid his report before the President
to.day. The evacuation of the fort will take
place about Wednesday next, as it will be im
possible for Major Anderson and his garrison
to hold out longer.
The President and his Cabinet are at a loss
what to do in reference to the recruiting for
the Southern Army, which is going on here as
well RS at other places out of the Southern
Confederacy. Not having recognized secession,
they cannot treat the matter as if it were re
cruiting for a foreign State.
Benjamin F. Isherwood of New York, has
been appointed Engineer in Chief of the Navy,
vice M. Archibald resigned. Henry R. Wood
bridge, of Vermont, has been appointed i'sy
Master of the Navy. The Cabinet is in session
to-day on appointments to fill vacancies which
it is necessary the Senate should act on previ
ous to its adjournment, which will take place
probably on Wednesday.
From the Pacific.
NEW YORE, March 25
The steamer Champion has arrived from As
pinwall with the California mails of the Ist
inst. Her news has been anticipated by the
Pony Express, and her specie and passenger
list already published.
The revolutionists had gained several suc
cesses in New Grenada, including the capture
of a Government flotilla on the Magdalina
The dates from Valparaiso are to the 16th of
February, and Calloa to the 30th. Nothing new
The Champion has $699,000 in specie. The
principal consignees are as follows: Duncan,
Sherman & Co., $95,000; Wells & Fargo, $91,-
.000; Eguene Kelly, $60,000; American Ex
change Bank, $74,000; A. Belmont, $80,000;
Bullin & Sanders, $30,000 ; Metropolitan Bank,
$30,000 ; Straussßrothers, $17,000 ; Coleman
& Co., $35,000; Seligman & Co., $24,000.
Death of Hon. Mr. Scranton.
The Hon. G. W. Scranton, member of Con
gress from this district, died at his residence
Sc RANTON, March 25
0.. N ORDINANCE PROHIBITING
NUISANCES WITHIN THE CITY OF HARRIS
BURG, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES —SECTION 1 Be
it ordained by the - Common Council of the City of Har
risburg, That no person or persons shall erect or main
tain any hog-sty adjoining any street, lane or alley, or
adjoining the private property of any individual or SO
city, within the inhabited parts of said city, under the
penalty of five dollars for each and every violation of
the above provision, and the expense of removing the
same by the supervisor of the district or ward in which
Said nuisance may be erected or maintained.
SEC. 2. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That any person or persons who shall erect or
maintain any hog-sty in the interior of his, her or their
lot or lots in the city aforesaid, he, sb e or they shall keep
the same so clean that the smell thereof shall not be
offensive to his, her or their neighbor or neighbors, or
other citizens of the said city; and any person offend
ing against this section, and being thereof duly con
victed, shall forfeit and pay the sum of two dollars for
every such offence and costs of prosecution.
SEC. 3 And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That if any person or persons shall ride on
horseback, or shall drive any carriage or sleigh through
or along any of the streets, lanes or alleys of the said
city, faster than at a common traveling gait, or shall
drive his, her or their wagon or cart through or along
the cane faster than a common trot or pace, he, she or
they so offending, ant being thereof convicted, shall for
feit and pay the sum of ten dollars for every such of
fence and costs of prosecution.
Ben. 4. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That if any person or persons shall hereafter
make and set up, or cause to be made and set up, any
bulk, jut-window or incumbrance whatsoever, whereby
any passage of any street, foot-way, lane or alley shall
be obstructed, or shall place or cause to be placed, any
spout or gutter, whereby the passage of any street, lane
or alley shall be incommoded ; everyperson so offending
shag forfeit and pay for every such offence the sum of
five ollars ; and shall, moreover, remove the said nui
sance, or cause the same to be removed; and, on the
failure thereof, after notice to him, her or.thein, given
by order of the Mayor, then, in that case, the supervi
sor shall• - remove the same, or cause the same to be re
moved, and the costs and expenses attending such remo
val shall be paid by the party or parties so offending.
SEC. 5. And be it further ordained by the autaority
aforesaid, That if any individual or society, holding
lots within the city of Harrisburg, shall suffer water or
other offensive matter.to stand upon said lots, so as to
become putrid and offensive to any of the citizens of the
said city, the same shall be deemed a nuisance; and
upon information being given of the existence of such
nuisance to the Mayor or any of the Aldermen of said
city, he shall issse his warrant to the reguLtors, requi
ring them to regulate and point out the manner in
which such water or offensive matter may be drained off
or removed ; and also shall give notice to the owner or
owners of such lot or lots, requiring him, her or them
forthwith to have the said water or offensive matter
drained off or removed from said lot or lots, or filled up
with earth, according to the direction of the said regu
lators; and, if the said owner or owners 'Mall neglect or
refuse to have their said lot or lots drained or filled up
as aforesaid, or the said offensive matter removed, for
the space of six days after having been notified as afore
said, he, she or they, so offending, shall forfeit and pay
a fine of twenty dollars for refusing or neglecting to re
move said nuisance, agreeably to the provisions of this
ordinance, to be recovered before the Mayor or any or
the Aldermen of said city, as other fines under the City
Charter are by law recoverable.
Sec. 6. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That if any person or persons, after the due
promulgation hereof, shall cast or lay, or cause to be
cast or laid, any shavings, mud, straw, ashes, stones,
brick-bats, dung, or the heads, entrails or other offal of
fish, or any dead carcass, excrement or other filth or an
noyance whatever, on any pavement, foot-walk, street,
lane or alley within the said city, he, she or they, so
offending, and being thereof convicted before the Mayor
or any of the Aldermen of said city, shall forfeit and pay
the sum of five dollars for every such offence ; and shall,
moreover, pay the expense of removing such nuisance or
Sao. 7. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That if any person or persons whomsoever.
shall cast, carry, draw out or 1.4 y any dead carcass, or
excrement, or filth, from vaults, privies or necessary
houses, and shall leave such dead carcass, excrement or
filth any place within the limits of the said city, and
out of the inhabited parts thereof, or shall cause the
same to be done, without burying the same a sufficient
depth to prevent any disagreeable smell arising there
from; every person or persons so offending, and being
thereof convicted in manner aforesaid, shall forfeit and
pay the sum of five dollars for every such offence ; and
shall, moreover, pay the expense of removing such nui
sance or nuisances.
SEC. S. And be it further ordained by the authority
afore,saia, That if any distiller, soap-boiler or tallow-
Chandler within the said city shall discharge any foul
or nauseous liquor from any still-house or work-shop,
so that such liquor shall pass into or along any of the
said streets, lanes or alleys; °l'll any soap-boiler or tal
low-chandler shall keep, collect or use, or cause to be
kept, collected or used, in any of the said inhabited parts
of the said city, any stale, putrid or stinking fa.", grease
11i.: Is u r gr ete joia lL gyni h a l c; h g e a r rg i z ill keep e lt i or near
or filth . o , hoteoever, so as to annoy any of 'the inhabitants
of the said city, or anyother person., he, she or they so
offending, and being thereof convicted in manner afore
w.id, shall forfeit and pay for every such offence the sum
of five dollars.
SEC O. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That if any person or persons shall willfully
stop or obstruct the passage of the waters of any com
mon sewer, made or to be made within the said city, or
shall in any manner injure or damage such sewer or
sewers, he, she or they so offending., and being thereof
convicted in manner aforesaid, shall forfeit and pay the
sum of five dollars for every such offence.
SEC. 10. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That if any person or persons,
corporations, except in such eases as are hereinafter ex
cepted, shall place or cause to be placed, any logs, scant
ling, boards, stone, brick, lumber, firewood, stone-coal,
cars or locomotives, wagons, carts, stages, carriages, or
any other obstruction whatever, in any part of the pub
lic streets, lanes, alleys or footways within the said city,
and shall permit the same or any part thereof to remain
after notice by the supervisor to remove the same forth
with from said street, lane, alley or footway, every such
offender or offenders, either neglecting or refusing to
remove said obstructions, shall forfeit and pay for the
use of the said city a sum not exceeding ten nor less
than three dollars and costs, upon conviction thereof
before the Mayor or any Alderman of said city, and also
the expense of removing said obstruction: Provided,
That in the case of firewood and stone-coal, or other
fuel intended for household purposes, the owner or own
ers thereof shall have one day after notice by the super
visor to remove the same.
Sac. 11. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That all and every person or persons who now
have brought, or may hereafter bring, materials into
any public street, lane or alley in the said city, for the
purpose of building, shall not occupy- more th.in one
third of any of the streets, and in the ' lanes and alleys
not more than six feet on one side, and such materials
not to remain longer than six months, under the pen
alty of five dollars per week, upon notice and conviction
. • .
Sze. 12 And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That if any person or persons shall ride or
drive any horse, mare or gelding, or shall drive any wa
gon, cart or other wheel carriage, along or over any foot
pavement in any of the streets in said city, he or she so
offending shall ; on conviction thereof, forfeit and pay
the sum of one dollar for every such offence: Provided,
That nothing herein contained shall prevent any person
from riding, driving or leading across any of the foot
ways any carriage, cart or other vehicle or horse or
beast of bur fen into or out of any lot, stable or tene
ment by permission of the owner of such lot or tene
Sec. 13. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That if any store-keeper, mechanic or other
person shall lay or cause to be laid on his, her or their
pavement or foot-way any boxes, hogsheads, barrels,
wood or other annoyance, more than five feet from the
front of his, her or their house, on the pavement or
foot-way on Front, Second, Market, State and Broad
streets, and more than three feet on any other pavement
or foot-way in any other street within the city, he, she
or theyso offending shall, on conviction thereof, forfeit
and pay the sum of three dollars for every such offence.
Sac. R. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid. That any store keeper, mechanic or other
person may set up boxes or barrels on the outer edge of
their pavements, for the purpose of exposing to .view
their goods, &c., from sunrise to sunset: Provided,
That not more than four feet of the outer edge of the
pavement be occupied along Front. Second, Market, Stagy e
and Broad streets, and not more than three feet of the
outer edge of the pavements be taken up thereby along
the pavement in any of the other streets of the city:
And provided also, That the said boxes, &c., be re
moved at or before sundown of each day; and if any per
son shall occupy any greater space than is hereby al
lowed. or shall not remove their boxes or barrels as here
in specified, he, she or they, on conviction thereof, shall
forfeit and pay a sum not exceeding three dollars, nor
less than one dollar, for the use of the city, for each
Sac. 15. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That no locomotive engine, with or without
cars attached thereto, shall be suffered, by the engineer
or conductor, to run at a greater speed than five miles
to the hour within the limits of the city; and any en
gineer or other person guilty of a violation of the pro
visions of this section shall, on conviction thoreof, be
fined in the sum of five dollars for each offence, to be
levied and collected for the use of the city.
Sec. 16. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid. That it shall not be lawful for any person or
persons to erect any wooden awning or sign across the
pavement or foot-way of any of the streets within the
city under the penalty of ten dollars, to be recovered
for the use of the city as other fines are by law recov
Sue 17. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That if any person or persons shall erect,
maintain or keep any old privy vault or sink in the in
terior of his, her or their lots in the city of Harrisburg,
so that the filth or other matter coming or proceeding
from said privy, or old privy vault or sink, shall be so
offensive as to annoy any of the inhabitants of said city,
or shall suffer the cont-nts of said privy. old privy vault
or sink to overflow or leak through the sides thereof so
as to run upon any of the streets, lanes or alleys, or
upon his, her or their lots or any adjoining lots, or in
anywise be an annoyance to his, her or their neighbors,
or be a nuisance to the citizens generally, shall, upon
conviction thereof before the Mayor or any Alderman
of said city, forfeit and pay a fine of not less than five
nor more than ten dollars and costs for the use .of the
city aforesaid; and, upon conviction as aforesaid, the
said Mayor or Alderman shall forthwith issue his war
rant to the supervisor of the ward or district wherein
the nuisance exists to remove the said nuisance or an
noyance complained of at the expense of the defendant.
Sao. 18. And be it further ordaia,d by the authority
aforesaid, That it shall be the duty of the lot holders,
within the inhabited parts of the city, within twenty
four hours after the fall of a snow, to have the same
removed from their pavements and gutters into the
street in front of their dwellings or lots, under the pen
alty of one dollar for each offence, to be recovered for the
use of the city as other fines are by law recoverable.
Bac. 19. And be is further ordained by she authority
aforesaid, That it shall be the duty of the supervisors
of the city or the Chief of Police Constable to see that
the several provisions of this ordinance be carried into
effect ; to keep the streets, lanes, alleys, highways and
cross-walks, within the city, clear, free open and in good .
repair ; to remove or cause to be removed therefrom any
dead carcass or other nuisance, or obstruction or imped
iment, in tie way of the citizens passing or re-passing
along the same, and to take care that no water be suf
fered to remain upon any of the said streets, lanes, al
leys or highways so as to become offensive to any of the
inhabitants, under the penalty of four dollars for every
neglect of uty hereby imposed, to be recovered on con
viction before the Mayor or any Alderman as other fines
by law are recoverable.
Sec. 20. And be it further ordained by the authority
a. foresaid, That no person or persons shall be allowed to
open and exhibit any menagarie or collection of animals
or circus, within the limits of the city, until he, she or
they shalt have first obtained from the City Treasurer a
license for that purpose, for which license he, she or
they shall pay to said Treasurer the sum of twenty dol.
lars ; and if any such person or persons shall be guilty
of making or causing such exhibition within said lim
its, at any time, without first having obtained such li
cense, he, she or they shall forfeit and pay for the use
of said city the sum of forty dollars, to bo recovered
before the Mayor or any of the Aldermen as other fines
are by lair recoverable.
SEC. 21. Anti be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That no person
.pr persons shall hereafter
build or erect any privy vau or sink in the interior of
his, her or their lot or lots', within this city, nearer to
the line of the adjoining lot of his neighbor than sigh
teen inches, under the penalty of twenty dollars for any
violation of this section ' • and in any case of conviction un
der this section before the Mayor or any Alderman of
this city, it is hereby made his duty to issue his war.
rant to the supervisor of the respective ward to have the
evil or nuisance complained or removed at the expense
of the offender or offenders, as the case may be: Provi
ded, That this section shall not apply to any case where
the privy is connected with a sewer.
Sac. 22. And be it further ordained by the auth or i ty
aforesaid, That all cross-walks within the city are to be
kept and reserved free and clear from any sleghs
gone, carts or carriages of any kind being placed ih ere .
on, except so far as may be necessary in crossing the
same, without continuing thereon any longer; and the
owner or driver of any sleigh, wagon, cart or other car
riages of any kind offending against the provisions of
this section, shall be fined in any sum not exceeding
three dollars and costs for each and every offence.
ScO. 23. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaa, That no person or persons shall hereafter re
remove, or cause or permit to be removed, or shall aid
or assist in removing any building into, along or across
any street in the city of Harrisburg, without permission
from the Common Council or Mayor, and under such
restrictions, limitations and conditions as they may deem
necessary to impose for the puplic good, under the pen
alty of twenty dollars, to be recovered as provided by
the City Charter.
SEC. 24. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That hereafter no person or persons shall be
permitted to saw wood on the pavements or foot-walks
in this city ; and any person or persons offending against
this provision, on Conviction thereof before the Mayor
or any Alderman of the city, shall be fined one dollar
and costs for each and every offence.
SEC. 25. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That it shall not be lawful for any person or
persons to back any wagon, carter other wheel carriages
upon, over or along any foot-pavement or side-walks,
within this etty, for the purpose of unloading coal, goods
or other material therefrom on the said pavements or
side-walks, or throwing the same into any cellar through
the window or door thereof; and any person or persons,
their alders and abettors, or any one who shall assist or
advise the same to be done, or the owner of anywagon,
cart or other wheel carriage, as aforesaid, who shall aid,
assist or permit any violation of this section by those in
his employ with any of his vehicles, as aforesaid, he,
she or they so offending, and being thereof duly con
victed before the Mayor or any Alderman of said city,
shall be fined in the aura of five dollars for each and
SEC. 26. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That it shall not be lawful for any person or
persons hereafter to push or pull any band cart or other
wheel carriage, or any wheel-barrow, with swill, slop
or mortar thereon along and over any of the foot pave
ments or side-walks, ow any of the cross-walks, within
the limits of the said city of Harrisburg; and any per
son or persons who shall be guilty of a violation of this
section, or any one who shall aid or assist in any way in
the same, including the employer of any hand cart.
wheel-borrow or other wheel carriage, as aforesaid, and
being thereof duly convicted, as provided in the fore
going section, shall be fined in any sum not exceeding
three dollars for each and every offence : Provided, That
bread carts shall be allowed to pass over the pavements
until 10 o'clock, a. In., of each and every day, and on
Saturday lrom 2 o'clock, p. m., until sundown: And
provided further, That this section shall not be con
strued to include any carriages for the exercise or
amusement of children.
SEC. 27. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That it is hereby made the duty of the super
visors of the respective wards, in all cases, where any
individual or individuals have been convicted before the
Mayor or any Alderman of this city of keeping or main
taining, or having erected, kept or maintained, in anyof
the streets, lanes or alleys of this city, or in the interior
of his, her or their lot or lots of ground any uni 2 smte
or other thing prohibit..d by this ordinance, or any other
ordinance adopted by the Common Council of said city,
forthwith to remove or abate the said nuisance or pro
hibited thing upon the order of the Mayor or any Al
derman of said city, to him or them directed for that
purpose, at the hosts or expense of the party keeping,
erecting or maintaining the same.
Sao. 28. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That the assembling and collecting together
of men and boys or other persons on the streets, at the
street corners, and on the crossings or on the pavements
in said city, in such manner as to block up and obstruct
the free passage of any of said streets, street corners,
cross-walks or pavements, (except when and where some
lawful public meeting of the citizens may be held,) is
hereby declared to be a nuisance, and unlawful ; and it
is further made the duty of the Chief Police Constable,
or any other Constable of this city, to disperse any as
semblage or collection of men arm boys or other persons,
as aforesaid; and in every case where men, boys or
other persons, as aforesaid, shall refuse or neglect to
disperse forthwith upon being requested or notified so
to do by any of 'the officers aforesaid, it shall be the
duty of the Chief Police Constable, or any other con
stable, as aforesaid, to arrest or cause to be arrested any
such person or persons so refusing or neglecting to dis
perse, as aforesaid, and to take him, her or them before
the Major or any Alderman of said city, who shall at
once proceed to hear the case, and if satisffed of the
guilt of the person or persons, under the provisions of
this section, the said Mayor or• Alderman, as aforesaid,
shall impose a fine of one dollar and costs upon the per
son or persons so found guilty ; and in case the offender
or offenders shall refuse or be unable to pay the fine, as
aforesaid, he, she or they shall be committed to the
Dauphin County prison for any period of time not ex
ceeding twenty-four hours, at the discretion of said
Mayor or Alderman before whom the case maybe heard.
BM 29. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid, That the owner of every cart or other car
riage employed in removing or carrying any offensive
wet manure or filth of any description along or over any
of the streets, lanes or alleys of the city, shall have and
keep the same in such tight and secure condition that
such manure or filth shall not be scattered or suffered
to fall on any of the streets, lanes and alleys aforesaid,
under the penalty of five dollars for each and every of
SRO. SO. And be it further ordained by the authority
aforesaid. That all other ordinances heretofore paned
on the subjects embraced within the provisions of the
foregoing sections, so far as they may be inconsistent
therewith or contrary thereto, be, and the same are
Passed. March 13, 1861.
D. W. GROSS,
President of Common Council
Attest; DAVID HARRIS, Clerk.
Approved March 22, 1861.
AN ORDINANCE FOR THE PRO
TECTION OF PROPERTY BELONGING TO THE
CORPORATION.—Sscrion 1. _Be it ordained by the
Common Council of the City of Harrisburg, 7 hat any
person or persons, unless with the permission of the
Mayor or Fire Committee, who shall carry away for pri
vate purposes, or aid or cause the 'same to be done, any
fire engine, ladder, books, hose or any other property
belonging to the said city, from the place assigned by
the authorities thereof for the keeping the same, or
shall, in any manner, injure or abuse the same, or cause
it to be done, except when the Fame is in public use, or
shall occupy and use the market houses, engine houses,
or any other property of the •said city, for any other
purposes than such as are strictly lawful within the said
city, or shall wantonly injure and abuse the same, shall,
on conviction before the Mayor or any Alderman of said
city, be fined and compelled to pay any sum not exceed
ing fifty dollars for every such offence.
Famed March 13,1861. D. W. GROSS,.
President of Common Council,
Attest: DAVID HARRIS, Clerk.
Approved March 22, 1861.
WM. H. KEPNER, Mayor.
WARRANTED TWELVE MONTHS!
ANOTHER LOT OF
MORTON'S UNRIVALLED GOLD PENS!;
PERSONS in want of a superior and really good GOLD
PEN will find with me a large assortment to select from,
and have the privilege to exchange the Pens until their
hand is perfectly suited. And if by fair means the Dia
mond points break off during twelve mouths, the pur
chaser shall have the privilege to select a new one,
without any charge.
I have very good Gold Pens, in strong silver-plated
cases, for V, $1.25, $1 50. $2.00
For sale at SOH E PFEIL'S BOOKSTORE,
mar 26 No. 18 Market Street, Harrisburg, Pa.
TOR RENT.- SEVERAL COMFORT
ABLE DWELLING HOUSES, conveniently and
pleasantly situated. Inquire of
CHARLES C. SAWN.
HARRISBURG, March 25, 1861.-2wd.
82.000 T 0 LOAN! $25-000
Inquire of JOHN SHANNON, Agent.
mar2s-ltd North Front Street, Harrieburg, Po.
AT LOW PRICES, at
SCUEFFE RIS Book-store.
Near the Barriiburg Bridge.
WBf. 11. KEPNER, Mayor