The Columbia Democrat. (Bloomsburg, Pa.) 1837-1850, July 15, 1837, Image 2

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    derations, and'ho never smiled during the
time he hold that weapon in his hand. U
course was diffcit.from thaYof-rrtolti-'
crs who had wielded weapons far whiic
they used all their efforts to destroy' the
wall, he exerted himself Hvholly ' to drive
away those who were plastering it over
with mud to destroy itstransparency. He
drove them away and kept them in check,
till his associates cooly purified the -partition,
-washed tfff tire Wood, mud and impu
rities with which his adversaries had pol
luted it until having secured its transpa
Tency, the multitude with one accord carri
ed our hero and placed him on the greatest
eminence in the path of preferment, "from
which, after a s'easbn, he cheerfully de
scended and took a path which conducted
him directly back to the road of "domestic
avocations"r from which ho was trans
planted to an eminence at the termination
tff-the way, "This man," said the inter
preter, "is Georoe Washington."
My interpreter requested me to turn my
attention to another quarter. I complied
with his request, and beheld a young man
issue from the goalontho righthaiid road,
which he -travelled a short time, but-imper-'ccptibly
drew over as he advanced. Hav
ing passed the parly wall without lnuch
commotion, he ascended the elevations 'one
after another with rapid strides, sword in
hand, and quickly arrived at the extreme
verge of the left hand road, and drew a
whole troop from the former road after
'him, which lie, as by magic power, raised
to some eminence to which each individual
hspired. I observed that the first eminence
on which ho seemed disposed to rest was
supported by an arch, but by some dexter
ous shift he removed it and substituted a
pillar this pillar was founded on a Sword
but strange to tell, the sword Was found
ed on another foundation resting partially
on the aflections of the people. I observed
that this man, after having arrived at the
extreme margin of the road, found himself
'in company with none but such, as had en
tered at the goal, who hated him with the
most implacable malice. I now perceived
him assailed from various quarters, and that
lie parried the many blows with surprising
dexterity, till finally ho pursued one of his
adversaries with so much force that he did
not perceive a trap door in an elevated spot
which he had in view, till he .was so near
that all his efforts barely prevented his
falling through it instantly. In this peri
lous situation, hanging to the corner of the
'door, he was likely to be assaulted by a u
nited troop of pursuers, so he had barely
time to bwinghis body so as to drop upon
the top of a naked pillar, which prevented
his falling infinitely, though lie fell so far"
as to bo out of hearing of his friends and
below the malice of his enemies. He did
not however remain inactive on his barren
point, but" actually did, by means which I
cnuld not distinctly perceive, ascend by a
spider webb, or some other pygmy cofd, to
the top of his former column and the mo
ment he entered on tho one corner, the per
son who had mounted it after his fall, has
tily dropped off at the opposite. Having
regained his former position he looked be
low and saw that the foundation of the col
umn had been materially changed since his
former abode on it; but such was his desire
to remain, that he settled down, and prepa
red to sustain his hold. He was soon dis
placed by a combination of his enemies,
und attempted to pass over to the road of
his early life, but being arrested, he was
cast.through a trap door and never seen in
either road any more. "This man is
Napoleon," said my friend.
My preceptor percoiving that I was puz
zled, questioned me as to the cause of my
embarrassment. 'My astonishment,' said I
"irises from the factthat I seo the whole
.multitude follow those who have attained,
or are likely to attain, some high place,
and though they see the accidents that dai
ly happen, and the dangers to which they
.ere constantly exposed, they pursue the
same-bauUle with blind infatuation, the pur
suit 6f which precipitated their predecess
ors into the gulf below, or oblivion or infa
my, At the termination o the wty." "Tho
causes of ttits error," said my preceptor,
"are. two old. First: They do not per.
ceivc tho danger clearly in consequence of
their proximity, for the sarao reason" thaf a.
person camjot eico tho rock on tho side or
summit Of a mountain- an clearly when at
the baao of it, as if stationed at a distance,
or on the summit of a neighbouring ridge.
Secondly : They forget that similar effects
usually flow but from similar causes. And
which many persons starting in the right
hand road have.nrriycd, and, heard of the.
glonous' resiingVptacdslo whicltheylfc'
bcch'comtnitled ai the end th'uy ar'e led to
conclude in tho excitement which is life
cdricoinilant of eagenress, that they can at
tain equal success. On such occasions it
is quite common to forge't that in their eager
ness they have thrust thclnselvcs through
tho party wall at their own bidding, and
arc unwelcome guests on tho eminences
upon which they have Obtruded. They do
not perceive in the hurry of the chasc'that
they arc escaping danger only by accident,,
and that no true security for "elevation can
exist except in popular affection and that
can only be procured and permanently re
tained by means similar to those which kept
their eminent predecessors inposscssion of
it. This cardinal point once lost sight of,
various artifices are usually resorted to
and the fraud once discovered often ends
its inventor more speedily in tho very gulf
he desired to avoid-. Another eminent
cause of this Infatuation is, that the adven
turers having heard of the efficacy of glasses,
provide themselves with those articlcs(
through which they constantly look but
owing to the obliquity of them, they usual
ly conceive themselves much nearer the
object of trreir desires, than they really are,
and hence are induced to follow a hbpclcss
journey, that every one, but themselves,
discerns must end in misfortune: some pro
euro retrospective lens, through which they
peep into futurity, and arc of course con
stantly in error. Thus the multitude in
their eagerness sec a "Washington, or a Cin
cinnatus, on the most enviable eminence,
and their false mediums point them an easy
road to similar cites."
I expressed my gratitude for the l&ssori
and my preceptor, replied "I will show
thee one thing more." He then reversed
the lens in his tube, and handed it to me,
observing that "he dare not show futurity
clearly, but that the glasses are now ar
ranged so as to be moderately prospective."
I looked and saw the party wall become
more transparent, less cloudy; the path on
the left less precipitous and uneven, and
fewer persons at the extreme verge of it.
In proportion as the wall became more
clear and the persons on the left consequent
ly more under the supervision of those on
the right, I observed the attempts to force
a passage diminished; at which phenome
non I expressed much surprise. "Why,"
said I "aro tho temptations to pass less
powerful when the restraint appears to be
weaker?" "It is because no honest man
evor attempts to pass forcibly," said my
preceptor, "and those who do make such
attempts, are those who owing to tho "evil
of their ways" desire to escape behind sdme
opaque body, to hide their deformity."
"Besides" continued my friend, "it does
not follow that the wall is weaker and easi
er overthrown when transparent, than when
opaque. On the contrary, it follows, as a
consequence, that the more opaquo and cov
ered with blemishes and stains it is found,
the less likely will travellers be to observe
the wounds inflicted tfpon it by Knaves,
till they have perforated and probably irre
trievably, ruined it: and hence the extreme
necessity of preventing one blemish. Any
object having an infinite number of figures
on it, may receive one more earh day for a
long time and yet those who see it every
day will not perceive tho increase yet had
there been more originally, the first would
be instantly detected, and the perpetrator of
the offenco exposed and pnnished."
I inquired if 1 might be permitted to sec
the actual operations of future travellers,
which being answered in the negative, my
friend bade me look above the road. I com
plied and saw a dark body hanging over
tho whole plain which appeared moat
gloomy on the right. I gazed upon it with
anxiety and saw the darkness assume an
infinite variety of shapes. At one time it
assumed tho shape and form of a cloud, at
another appealed like a mountain, a lake,
an abyss, a gulf, and then transformed into
vacuum. "Now," said ray preceptor,
"this cloud, under whatsoever shape it-assumes,
is tho primary cause of all tho spots
and opacity which continue in tho party .
wall. This doud shuts out tho rays of the
sun, serves as a convenient covering for
those who arc underhandedry cutting
through the wall, and by reason of its trans
formed shape, ts extremely difficult to coun
teract, guard against, or overcome, When
travellers have by experience learned to de
feat those who use its mantlo in the shape
of a cloud or a mountain, by hearing the
operations of thctr adversaries, in tho ab
sence of light, it assumes the appearance of
a gulf, which combinesdarkness with.roud
sounds, and'tttus the cars of the traycljer
arc rcnderccLus'cless also. And so ofjlll'its
othcpultipllcd shapes; and when no oth
er appcJKancjSwlll longer delude vacancy
serves noucccivo all the$mscs at once."'
'(it is perfectly rational," continued he,
"lo conclude that evil men who started on
the left, or who have entered it in after
life, should endeavdur to preserve tho di-.
versified spots and the entire density of
the wiill, in 'order to cover their own wick
edness and -procrastinate the day of retribu
tion and therefore men of this description
havo commonly raised all the vapour in
their power to increase the density of tho
mass; And if for one moment they per
ceive, a likelihood that the clotfd will ho
dispelled an attempt is mado to change the
aspect of it." "And now Confucius!"
said my 'companion, "all that I require of
thee in return for the use of my glass is,
that through thy whole life thou wilt Use
thy endeavors to remove arid dispel this
cloud. Be assured my friend, that it is in
vain to scour and clarify the wall, in vain to
guard it with force of arms, in vain to build
it high and impregnable, while it remains
enveloped in darkness! It is in vain to sta
tion honest men by the wall on the right to
walch the operations of those on the left,
while the light is excluded! Those who
aim at securing the permanency of the di
vision by requiring those on tho right and
those on the left frequently to change pla
ces, will, in all probability, be disappointed,
if tho exchange bo made under the cover of
this mist: and those who, to'prevent the
division from becoming' too dense, would
entirely remove it, and thus throw the
whole plain into one common field, will also
be disappointed, if this darkness remain, be
cause it is better for men to have a material
guide which carUibefr in the dark, than
no guide at all. If thou wouldst prevent
those on the left from oppressing those on
the right, and prevent those on the latter
walk from raising in sedition against those
on the former; if thou wouldst prevent those
on the path of "domestic avocations" from
becoming sycophants and slaves, bowing to
the mandates of their neighbours, keep up
tho wall, in its most transparent state, clear
of blot, breach or stain. Let it be of the
most clastic material! Let it be easily pass
ed and show no derangement! Let it bo
closed quickly on having beon brushed asidey
and let the roads from side to side be equal?
ly travelled. Let them be kept clean, which
can only be done by admitting the rays of
the sun of reason in its meridian splendour.
This infusion of light can only follow the
expulsion of the cloud; and as the cloud
can only be driven away by gentle means,
properly and continually applied to the
causes on which it remains suspended;
therefore, Confucius apply thyself to its
expulsion in this manner, but abstain from
all force." Here my preceptor left me,
and my wife having become alarmed at my
long absence, came to the arbour in search
of me, and awoke me.- I retorned with her
to my cottage and found a table spread with
a clean eloth on which my rustic meal con
sisting of a wheaten loaf and cool milk from
the spring house, with fresh strawberries
for a desert. I found the infant in' the cra
dle fluttering with joy at my approach.
These arguments in favour of domestic
tranquility which I found in the cottage,
added to the stronger one, which hung on
my arm, induced me to adopt the resolu
tion to get back to the private road as soon
as I could (if at any time I found myself out
of it) &, to labor for the removal of the cloud
of ignoranco as tho most eligible mode of
promotingthe lappiness of man.-
Telegraphic Courtship Last week
the young girl who manages the signals at
one of the telegrapic stations, Bidston; we
believe, had tho following query put to her
by signal: "How d'ye do, my dear.'"
To this she immediately replied, adopting
the same mode of communication, "Mind
our own business, sir, and don't be ogling
the girls."
An editor in New York inquires ofanoth-
er how much would be left of him after rrarimr
him down to a statfl of truth and decency?
A very pertinent, and at tho same time im
pertinent question,
An Athenian, who' wanted eloquence,
but was very bravo, when another had in a
long and brilliant speech promised great
aiiatrs, got up and said, 'Men of Athens,
all that he has mid, I will do,
This convention-assembled -afllarrisburg
. . i. , a1- -i. - - - r..
on the 4th mst. nnu aticra temporary oiga
mzation it adjourned to.thfeet next1morning.
The following delegates were in atten
Armstrong Wm. Curll.
. n., n at ir:. n- t t.,
VH;il. VI UU. ill. 4X1.1111, JSI kl . I J VJ 11
again, John Ititter, Mark Darrah, Gen. "Win.
it- i. t t it -. T;l i i.i t nr..
riign,viauou uunr, i uiur rnuuri, .inu. ti mi
ner, Wm. Shocner, Henry Shaffer.
Bradford Dr. Seth Salisbury Almon
II. Read.
Centre. Dr. S. Stroeckcr, Wm. Sinyth.
'Clearfield. A. It. Wriirht. Tims. II enin-
hill, Jno. Campbell.
Columbia. John Rhoads, Geo. Smith.
EzraS. Hayhurst.
Lrauyurd. JJavid fll. JL'arclly, ucorgc
Cumberland. David Hume, J. C. bun
lap, Samuel Fought.
JJauphin. Samuel D. Patterson, John
Kncpley, Charles C, Rawn, John M. Eber
man, George Fisslci, George Boycr, Jacob
Smith, Henry Sprigman, Herman Alricks.
Delaware. Jocsph Williams.
Indiana. Jaiiics Clarke.
Jrjfjrson. Thos. Hastings-
Juniala. Andrew Parker, Wm. Zeiglcr,
John Cummin.
Lycoming. John A. Gamble, Thomas
Tuggard, Robert Fleming.
Mifflin. Maj. Cummings, Capt. II. Mc
Ilwaine, Ephraim, Banks; James Corbctt.
Montgomery. Gqu. ll. Sheets, Joltri B.
Stereigcre. Joel K. Mann, Dr. Sellers.
Northumberland. Montgomery Swo
ncy. Hamlet A; Kerr.
Perry. JaHies Black, Martain Stam
baugh, Alexander Magee, Thos. Bc.wcr,
George Stobp.
Philadelphia city. Eli Dillon, J. Wilt
banks. Philadelphia county. E. A. Pcnniman,
Charles Brown, Pierce Butler, John Foulk
rod, Wm. J. Young, G. W. Riter, Benj.
Martain, Charles J. Ingcrsoll, John Jj Al'
Cahcn, Thomas E.irle
Schuylkill. Kfcps.
Union. IL C; Eydr, Samuel Rcbcr", II.
A. Zellcra;
Venango. Christian Myers;
Westmoreland. John Y. Barclay;
On Wednesday the committee appointed
for that purpose reported the following 6fli
cers and order of business
For President,
JAMES BLACK, Esq. of-Pcrry county.
For Vice Presidents:
Thomas Hemphill, of Clearfield
Col, Samuel Redeii, of Union.
John Wiltbank," of Philadelphia city.
John Knepley, of Dauphin county.
Maj. David Cumuinos, of Mifflin.-
Dr.- Samuel Stroecker, of Centre.-
John Rhodes, of Columbia.
Montgomery Sut.ney, of North'land.
For Secretaries.
Hamlet Jl. Kerr, of Northumberland.
Charles C. Jldwn, of Dauphin.
E. JJ. Penniman of Philadelphia.-
Andrew Parker, of Juniata.
. 1. That the convention appoint a com
mittee of - to submit resolutions Xo it, for
its consideration.
2. Thattlie Convention appoint a com
mittee of- to draft a memorial to Coiigross,
upon tho subject of the currency.
3. A committee of to prepare ari address
to me people of Pennsylvania.
The above report having been read it
was unanimously adopted.
On motion of A. H. Read, Esq. of Brad
ford, the blanks, were filled with "nine."
I he President announced the following
gentlemen as composing the above committees.-
7'o draft Jleslulions.G. C. Rawn, W.
Smyth, Ezra S. Hayhurst, Tho. Hastings,
M. Sweuey, Benj, Martin",-Sam. Stroeckcr,
John Foulkrod, David Cummings.
To memorialize Congress, C. J. In
gcrsoll, John Y., Barclay, David Hume,
John Wiltbank, Robert Fleming, Ephraim
Banks, A. It. Read, Joel K. Mann, George
To draft an Mdress to the People. S.
Salisbury, George M. Keim, D. M. Farrel
ly, Henry C. Eyer, James Clarke, Gen. II.
Slicctz, A. K. Wright, Eli Dillon, John M.
The convention then took recess; and in
tho evening the following preamble and
resolutions were-reported and adopted.
Whereas, the present banking system
of this state is entirely inconsistent with the
spirit of our free institutions, and especially
detrimental to all the productive industry
of tho country, ruinous to' agriculture and
manafactures, and pernicious to private
morals and tho common weal; therefore,
Resolved, first: That it bo respectfully,
but earnestly recommended to tho people of
Pennsylvania at the ensuing gonoral elec
tion, to chooso only such members for the
legislature, as will pledge themselves, and
may be relied upon for temperate, but ef
ficient, and thorough reform of the bank
ing system.
Secondly. And who win advocate tho
eailiest possible suppression of all bank
notes and paper money tinder twenty dol
lars, and tho gradual increase of the metall
ic basis, as far and as fast as the public
interest will allow, so as to render tho pre
cious metals, ns
. . " i'viuiu, jiiu circu
lating medium of the country.
'Phirdly. And who will maintain the
principle, that the legislature is empowered
to modify or repeal bank charter. ,.i 4
the ntlbllck interest reniiifpq. IVim,,.,
terms, and contlitiona' as shall do equal at I
bound, bv tho most R.nrrnil ntil id
puuimumy io eniorco inc contracts ofbanU
t. nnf. tltrtif hnfna 11 rrnlil nti1
jit.jr iiivii ui'bva in guiu uuu FJHVCr.
Fourthlu. And who will Im trim
melioration of the constitutional 1
Talse banking system whose advocates 4
1LLLUUI lllUUlllLailUHt UIIU ULJ1 111' ;i I I Mil nl ll a
puics 10 government inc. present distress
iiivwuiinjt ...mi. ... uiiubiui,-! "ncrinabli
no aci oi government, nut to the viccn
o system itself. i
Jlcsohcd, Thati nm system ofbanlh, '
permitted, it ouidit to t; nnn ini
uaiuiiu niiiat liLMiia uiiu iikiviinrrnQ nm
member of tho community, desirous o
nvailitifr himself of thrum nml ?f n.n. i..J
, 0 ., - . cuar j
ters be granted, thev omrhf to Im
i.i V i . " . - viiiu, j
mnil with 'imnin rntiti-inf inno n i
; -"uimuiioi akt-uu Ill's aj
ic against imposition, loss, and delay tj
llcs'olued. That weannmra nfthn K...
Circular, and that we deem it expedient aw 1
proper for the general government to re 1
; ii ii. i if i ... a
i uiru a I uiL- mmiic. uue.q in nn nun in
and silver, and that we recommend to it, t-.
uissoive an connection with banking insy
tutions in the disbursement and coliectio:
ilits revenues.
Resolved: That the issue anil n:o nf.
poration notes or certificates of loan, as t
circulating medium, by whatever nnmo.i.
situated, and bv whatever nftfwviitlii. nv. 1
, ' -J 1 n
cd, wc repudiate as worse than the diseasi
it.... i 1 . 1 . . . i
liil"v w n lnmnripri in rnmwiv
It was then agreed that when this cornea-"
uon auiourns, it win adjourn to meet aa i
i . . ? !
av nun nasi o ciocK. io-morrow morniri'.
1 A . 0
Thursday, Juhi 0; 1837.
On motion of Mr. A. E. Pcnniman, it ;
was agreed to rc-considcr a vote of the con-'
vention yesterday made, by which a res
olution in that dav's nrnremlinrrs. u-na 3.
dontcd as a Substitute fortlm fnltrm-i
olution, reported by the special committee
T l mi j . .i . . it... ... J
xiusoivcu, i nai uic stocKlioiuers el al i
banks slinnlil Im linlrt rnannneiMn Vr ik.'i
debts of their resncctlVG institutions, in iTinr i
ll-wll II Irllinl Bnnnn! I lt. ... . . ' 1
meir pnvaio popertyj
The said resolution being" under consider
ation various amend
by Messrs. Brown, Butler, Earlc, Pcnn
mart; of Philadelphia county, and others, and
Oh motion it was agreed tlfat when tlm
convention adjourns, it will adjourn to inee.
at half past 2 o'eldck this afternoon',
Afternoon P. M. Convention met:
And proceeded with the consideration of
the resolution this morning before the con
vention making the Stockholders liable,
which after various propositions of amend
ment was finally adopted as reported b)
tho committee, adding the words, as "part
ners in trade." at the end nf thn wsnlnlinn
as reported.
Mr. E. A. Penniman of Philada". county, .
offered the following resolutions which we're
unanimously agreed to.
Jicsolved, That the evils which the peo
ple of Pennsylvania arc now afflicted with,,
ai'e the results of that system which sub
stitutes paper for gold and silver, arid will
only ccaso when that system is abolished.
Jlesolved, That the action of this conven
tion looks to the gradual, constitutional, yet
effectual abrogation of the entire banking :
monopoly system, and a restoration of the
lawful currency of the country, gold anl
On motion of John M. Eberman of Dau
phin, the' following resolutions was unani
mously adopted.
Ptsohed. That we havo undiminished
confidence in the tnl
publican virtue of Martain Van Burcn, Pres-
lllnnt nf llin TTnl.swl Ci.i .1 . 1 .
will pursue and carry out the principles
and policy of his venerable and patriotic
predecessor, Androw Jackson.
Upon a suggestion that the committee
appointed to prepare an address to tho peo
ple of Pennsylvania, and the committee la
prepare a memorial in ii,noi,
: . h 1 ' 1 ' miuouu
jeet of the currency, were not ready to re
On motion, it was Resolved, That the
committees to rennrt nn ulilrnco i 1, ,nn.
pic of Pennsylvania, and to prepare a me-
uiundi 10 vongress, upon tho subject of the
currency. boauthnri7iPfl
lish tho respective documents submitted to
their charge, after the adjournment of thiJ
On motion, it l'na 7?cn?mt,7 'Pl.nt tlm
thanks of this convention aro hereby ten
dered to the Commissioners of Dauphin
county, for tho use of the court house.
wn wonon ot u. sprigman or Dauphin,
Jlesolved. Tlmt tli
od by the officers of the convention, and
published in the democratic papers of the
JAMES BLACK, President.
1 homas Hemphill,
.Samuel Runisu.
John Wiltdank,
John Knepley,
David Cumminos,
Samuel Stroecker,
John Rhodes,
Montgomery Sweney,
Hamlet Ji. Kerr, ?'
Charles Jl. llnun c sno.:
ji. I'enmman,
Andrew Parker,
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