The Columbia Democrat. (Bloomsburg, Pa.) 1837-1850, April 24, 1841, Image 2

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ac'lans for years, on the part of llio officers,
"without tlita sanction of tho Directors. An
ex officer hail taken a loan of 000,000 of
ine Heading Railroad, in his individual ca
pacity ami (ho "bank liatl afterwards assum
ed the responsibility. In the profit and loss
uccount, n item in relation to bank notes,
nmounling to G400.000 was doomed by tho
Committee to he uns.nisfictnty. Another
item of 4000,000 had not been properly ac
counted for, and letters had been addressed
to thoye of the ex-officers -who wero pre
sumed to be In a condition to explain the
mode in which the 3000,000 had been ex
pended 'but no Teplies had yet been receiv
ed. Notwithstanding this picture, and it is
but light to say.ihat the Report throughout
seemed to us to aim almost too exclusively
at tho ex-officers, with but little alltisian to
the ex-Directors, whoso business it was to
check and prevent erroneous transactions
the Committeo arrived at the conclusion
that there is still more than 915,000,000 of
the original capital leu to the stockholders,
and that tho shares arc worth about $40
Several documents wero read, and among
mem n letter irom fllr. Uabol, ot this city,
vindicating his firm from tny supposed im
proper agency in tho cotton speculation.
On motion.'SOOO copies of the Report
wero oidered to be printed for the stockhold
ers. On motion, S500 were voted to Mr Geo.
Sharswood, for his services as Secretary of
tne u.ommiitec.
A resolution, offered by Mr. Richard
Bayard, Esq., for tho appointment of a
committee to take into consideration the
present condition t f the Banfc to devise
the best modo to be pursued to promote the
interests of the stockholders and to report
at an sojourned meeting to be held on Tues
day next was adopted.
The committee of investigation was ap
pointed to bo such committe, with the ad
dition of the following gentlemen :
S. Breck, of Philadclph'a;
Col. W, Drayton,. S. Carolina;
John S. Nicholas, Baltimore;
Mr. Swarries, New York;
Mr. Richard Bayard, Delaware.
A resolution of thanks wa3 voted to the
Committeo of investigation, for the ablo and
faithful manner in wliich they had discharg
ed their duties.
It was also resolved, that tho-list of shares
transferred on tiro Books of tho Bank, from
Oc'.oberl, 1840, to.Aprit 1, 1841-should
be prepared by the Cashior and published.
After these proceedings, tho Report of
the Directors of the Batik was cilled for
and read. This Report gave the history of
the resumption of specie payments the
suspension of speoia payments the late
loans, negociations with other Banks, and
whioh, by the way, are already known to
the public.
Fiom the Globr.
' When, during tho last Presidential can
vass, it was declared, from personal knowl
edge, that General Harrison's age and in
firmities rendered him utterly incompetent
.lor tne endurance ol Mo labor and latigue
incident to the office, if elected, it is a re
maikabte fact that the very men who, in by
gone days, were foremost in striking from
tho list of candidates ihe name of William
H. Crawford, on account of physical ina
ability,Were Ihe first to denounce those who
would question General Harrison's ahiliiv
for four yrars scrvire, as the enemies of the
country. Events have proved the truth of
till winch was asserted nns. more; one
short month has terminated hi? career, and
Deaili hasdaslicd from his lips the cup con
taining the precious draught, when it was
scarcely tasted.
, But is it improper to inquire into tho cau
ess which led to such a result? I think not.
Justice to the dead, and injustice to the liv
ing, demands it; and while I will "nothing
extenuate, or set down aught in malice," 1
will, so far as I am able, fearlessly and
faithfully, endeavor to assign them.'
All know that General Harrison was aged
'(in his 68th year) and consequently infirm;
indcod his constitution was moro impaired
than many of his age. Instead of remaining
at homo during the canvass last summer
and fall, and permitting his friends to elec
tioneer for him, all who Know any thing of
the campaign know that he wa3 drawn out
"by 'his .partisans out in the woods hero
thero -every where engaged in haran
jguing largo multitudes to advance and se
cure his election, by proving to the people
that he was physically competent to the
office. How immense was the labor! how
-extensive the correspondence, and how
groaUho anxiety of mind, attending his sit
uation at that lime, few in all probability
!;now. But, the election over, one would
suppose that the General would have been
permitted to set himself down in peace, and
say, "the battle is won; tho victory achiev
ed; I have only to rest." But jt was not so.
1 have heard, and believe it, that previous to
his departure for Washington, he had ie
ceived bushels of letters, and he wbs abso
lutely run down by visiters from every part
of the Union in quest of office.
On tho road eastward, at every point ho
was assailed by office beggars. Those who
ihad denounced the Van Burcn men as
spoilsmen, and proclaimed themselves as
aiding only from motives of the most disin
terested patriotism and lovo of country ,utct
him at every slopping place and soma ac
enmpanied him for miles on the road, while
their demands for compensation for the
services they had rendered wero incessant.
So completely ;worn out was tho President
that at Baltimore he had to shake hands by
Tie came to "Washington, marched on
foot, through the snow and rain of one of
the most disagreeable-days of last winter, to
Hie City Halt, where he' was harangnrd by
the Mayor, and delivered an address in re
ply, and was then taken to his lodgings
hut not to rest. Thero was no rest for him.
The privacy of his own rooms could not
shelter him from the cry of'Give !' 'Give!'
Giver" Can this bedenitdhy any one who
was acquainted with what transpired dur
ing the few days after the President leached
the city!
Ho went to Virginia to visit the home of
his childhood, and the scenes of early life;
hut vc are told that on his way thither,
whilst there, and on the road,back,hjs mind
was kept almost constantly on the stretch
by application to consider claims for office.
The few days that intervened before the
inauguration he had to suffer tho infliction
of the importunities of the offico begging
members of Congress:, who had the knowl
edge of, and access to, his whereabouts.
The day of Inauguration came. The old
President was mounted on horseback, and
instead of proceeding directly to the Capi
tol, was marched by a circuitous route of
nearly two miles through an atmnsphcro of
dust. To use the language of one of his
political friends, when he arrived there,
"his dress was as white as a millet's, and
he was so faint that alcohol and ether ap
pliances were required i- bathe his head and
temples." After speaking bareheaded in
the open air for an hour and a half with a
"trumpet toned voice,"js was said by a pa
per in this city, to the immense multitude
present, he waB again placed on horseback,
and rode to the White House; but when he
arrived there was he permitted to retire for
rest and refreshment afier the immense ex
ertion of the dny? Nay, he had to stand
until the vast assemblage could be individu
ally introduced to him. I have heard and
believe, that as the visiters came to offer
their hands, professedly in congrlulation,it
was, 'Here, General, here are my letters,'
and, 'Here, General, here are mine!' On
one occasion he was so besjeged that the
Marshal of the District was called upon In
relieve him. The Marshal went through
the throng, which continued to crowd the
apartments of the Presinent's House, pub
lie and private, for several days after tho in
auguration, and expostulated with them;
but all .his efforts to induce the office claim
ants to leave, by urging the great press of
public affairs on the President, was in vain.
Before attempting compulsory measures,
this efficient public officer suggested to the
- - -r .! .f- IS-.,,.
their better feelings in a short address. He
did so; but they still insisted in pressing
their demands upon him, although, as he no condition to attend to them at tho
moment. They came forward with their
papers until his pockets were filled. The
Marshal was loaded in the same way, and
still tho crowd was reluctant to retire.
From the day of his inauguration until
the day of his death, the uvonues to his
house were thronged, the house itself was
crowded, as were, the public offices. Dp
mands the most peremptory were made for
the expulsion of the incumbents in office,
and the grinting of situations. By day and
by night that old man was beset; when ho
walked out in his office at meal times
so that, to use an expression of his own to
n gentleman, 'Sir, I have hardly time to
eat.' Once or twice, it is said, he went to
one of his public offices, and requested a
messenger to show liim to a private room,
to retire from the multitude of office seekers
who pressed upon him.
Several respectable citizens, and several
ministers of the Gospel who happened to
be in the city, called at the President's
House, for the purpose of paying their re
spects. They found it part of the private
portion of it too crowded with so many
persons, that they at fhst declined proceed
ing, but when pressed by a friend to go up
and see tho President, he (the President,)
frankly told them " Gentlemen, there never
was a poor devil liarrassed as 1 am on e.irth;
you must excuse me; good morning; I must
go;" and off he did go, before they had
time to say " how are you V much less
" good bye;" and before they reached the
front dooi, he was a considerable distance
on his way to tho Treasury Department.
A gentleman at the door, seeing the condi
tion of the President, and tho crowd in tho
house, significantly remarked, " Well, I
will agree to die, if it is not time to null
the the latch string into the door of this loir
At another time, two respectable gentle
men of this city called and found the Pres
ident in tho passage leading to the saloon.
He asked them in to tho tire, and with a
frankness that surprised them said : " Gen
tlemen, I have been almost run down, I can
not stand it: this turning out pf worthy
men I never will consent to. Only just
new, a beautiful, young looking woman cal
led on me, and said, My husband is turn
ed out of employment, and wo arc actually
here in this expensive city having nothing
to eat.' My dear sirs," continued the Pres
ident, " it almost kills me;I cau hardly stand
if: the unworthy will not go out, and tho
worthy shall not be turned out." Now,
this is a fact that can bo established upon
good authority
l tic immediate cause which worked up
his feverish excitement into a paroxysm, I
was a emu produced by being caught in a
light rain, being so closely beset as to be
detained on his way home after a walk.
But when ill, letter after letter came, bear
ing from this one and the other applications
fur office, Some of them were left in the
hands of friends in this city, and never de
livered. Day by day, during President
Harrison's illness, men wc turned out of
office. Some who had been expelled be
fore his illness, appealed to him; ho assur
ed them that lie knew nothing of it, though
it was affirmed that he did it. And, but a
brief space before his death, several were
dismissed from their employments.
Thus excited by continued applications,
many of them of a conflicting charactor,
and the mortifying reflection that although
'he had denounced proscription, he was forc
ed by those around him to do what he nev
er intended, when dozing, his mind was
continually running on the distress inflicted
on tho many helpless families within hail
of his own dwelling; and yet proscription
was still pressed upon him 1 Who that has
ever saw n man laboring in the last stage of
mltamation allecting all his vitals the state
in which the President died docs not
know that when a subsullus lendinum
comes on, and the muttering dclirum, as
was the case with the President, often in
terrupted by broken expressions whilst
the nutient is pinching and pullin? the bed
clothes the mind js ever and anon recur
ring to and dwelling on whatever was pres
sing on it and producing anxiety during
health. '1 his was the case with President
Harrison. Hundreds of individuals had
been here from tho first of March demand
ing the places of others, whose proscription
they insisted on. Their letters, their per
sonal applications, weio forced on the Pies-,
ident, and their claims were pressed by the
Wabmet. At last, the President is told that
if his political friends are not rewarded, his
forces will be disbanded, and at the called
session of Congress he will find himself in
the minority. The wotk of excission is
pressed on. ihe President is ill, absent
from his family, without the kind attentions
of tho wife of his bosom, most of his chil
dren and grandchildren aro distant. lie
beheld the friends who had accompanied
bi n to Washington around him, but with
out the power to resist tho torrent and re
lieve his feelings. Ho hears only of his
cabinet, to know that they aro paying off
their political friends, by depriving whole
families of the means of subsistence. The
Preachers of the Gospel, the members of
Chriaiian Churches, tho meek quiet citizens,
who came here to get offices, and who staid
here until they got them some of them
just on the eve of tho President's death
had received their pay; but whete aro those
lovely women and children who have no
bread 7 In this state, laboring under a clc-
liriom it.o Uat nfTnru nf hts.distracted mind
were turned towards the victims of the cru
el policy of his cabinet, and expressions
constantly escaped him deprecating the
cruelties which he had endeavored in vain
to arrest.
It was in this wav President Harrison
died, and who will say he was not persecu
ted to death 1
Nine Children Burned to Death Ik
the St. John Gazette of the 8 ill inst. we
find the two following melancholy para
graphs. "Un Monday last a very melancholy ca
tastropho occurred at Maijjarci's Bay four
children, belonging to Mr. John Coolan,
wore burned to death, "during the absence of
their mother, who had gone to the river for
water. The premises of Mr. Coolan, were
entirely consumed ho has also lost J217 in
cash, and is perfectly destitute."
'Tho premises of Mr. J. G. Nelson, of
Truro; were burned to the ground on Wed
nesday lust, and melancholy tD relate three
of his children an apprentice and servant
girl perished in the fire. Mr. Nelson
and his wife bately escaped participating
tho f.ue of their unfortunate offspring and
Two strangers recently visited Bunker
Hill, and ascended to the tap of the Monu
ment. After they had asked a number of
questions, which tho superintendent answer
ed very politely, he told them it was cus
tomary to pay a small sum for ascending
the Monument. At this they were highly
indignant, and said they thought it was a
free country, and this place should be free
to all; they would not be gulled out of
their money by a Yankeo ! an Englishman
ought to bo allowed to go free to such pub
lic places, tic. The superintendent bowed
very politely, and said, " I wish you had
mentioned that you were Englishmen be
fore, for they are tho only persons we ad
mil free : we consider that they paid dear
enough for ascending this hill on the nth of
.limp. 1T71 "
Florida War Resumed. A parly of sev
en Indians attacked a party of United States
soldiers; who were hunting in the neighbor
hood of Fort King, on the 4th insl. Private
Thompson, of company H. 2d infantry,
was killed. A detachment of troops was
sent out from the Fort, in pursuit of the
savages immediately. More massacres may
bo looked for.
Remarkable Coincidences. Harrison fc
Tyler were both Sorn in the same county in
Virginia. The father of oach wag in turn
Governor of the Stale.
"tiiutu without feah "
SJITUIUK1Y, .tmiljH, 1841.
The. Williamsport Freeman, in giving an
account of the Firo that occurred in that vil
lage on Saturday evening last, says : Our
town was visited with one of the most de
structive fires that has ever before occurred.
Tho firo was discovered about 10 o'clock
in the stable of Thomas Hall, Esq. The
alarm was given, and the citizens repaired
to the epet immediately, and every exertion
was made that human aid could resort to,
to arrest the progress of the flames but all
was in vain. The stable and tho adjoining
buildings wero consumed in a few minutes,
and threo valuable horses and several fine
hogs perished in the flames. A light south
west wind carried the course of the firo in
the direction of Mr. Hall's Brick Hotel,
and in a short time the entiro building was
laid in ruins 1 Adjoining Mr. Hall's house
was tho store loom of J. Grafius & Son,
the beautiful brick dwelling of J. Grafius,
Esq. and the dwelling house of Mr. Joscm
Grafius, all of which were burned lo the
ground, together with their stabling, &c.
The tannery belonging to Tiios. Upon
grait. took fire also, but the buildings,
through the indefatigable exertions of our
citizens, were preserved, with one excep
tion; the bark house, together with about
100 cords of bark, was entirely consumed.
The only thing, in our opinion, that prevent
ed the further destruction by fire, was the
prudent couise pursurcd by our citizens in
pulling down several small framo buildings
which wero occupied as offices, and situat
ed in a vacant space between Alt. Grafius'
and Sir. Wilson's large brick dwelling.
The wind, however, had subsided a few
minutes beforo the fire vr.s checked, and a
light shower of rain full, which helped in a
'""-j- gioat-Jogr.o i. oxtinguUh. the burning
Mr. Hall succeeded iii securing some
part of his furniture, but a very large quan
tity was consumed with the building. Mr.
Grafius & Son, also saved their household
furniture' and tho greater part of the mer
chandize. Mx. Joseph Grafius, wo under
stand, lost the greater part of his furniture
with the house. The property belonging
to tho different persons which has been sav
ed, was very much soiled and damaged in
the hurry and bustle to secure it. The
whole amount of the loss sustained is esti
mated at from 30 to $40,000, We arc in
formed that the buildings of Mr. Hall and
Jacob Grafius, E6q. aie insured, but we do
not know for what amount.
Not the least doubt exists as to the cause
of tiiis calamitous affair. But one opinion
prevails, and that it is the woikof an incen
diary. Tho North Branch Canal is now in full operation,
tho water having been let in on Saturday last. The
breaches caused by the late freshet, have all been
thoroughly repaired by tho indefatigable exertions of
tho ofllccrs having euro of the lino.
President Tyler has issued a recommen
dation "to the people of the U. States, of
every religious denomination, that accord
ing to their several mndet of worship, they
observe a day of fasting and prayer, by
such religious services as may be suitable
on the occasion," and he recommends the
14th day of May next, for that purpose.
Some Comfort fer the, Cast. The Gen
eral Post Office, now in course of erection
at the seat of government, will be one of
the most msgnificient edifices in the nation
al capital. There aro some expectations
that it may be completed and ready for oc
cupancy within the prqsent year.
From Mexico. The rumors are renew
ed, of an invasion of Texas by the Mexicans.
It was roported at New Orleans on the 2d,
that about 8,000 Mexicans, with twenty
pieces of artillery, wore at Mler and Camar
go, and wcie making preparations for a cam
paign against the Camancho Indians, and
that a road was being cut from Miet to Laredo.
Pursuant to public notice, a meeting of
the Democratic citizens of Columbia coun
ty, in attendance at Court, convened at the
Court House in Danville, on Monday, tho
lOili inst. and organized by calling the
Hon. GEORCE MACK, to the Chair.and
appointing Emanuel TiAitARUs.and Samuel
Creasy, Esquires, Vice Presidents, and
Levi L. 7'ac,and L. B. Rupert. Esquires,
Secretaries: When on motion,
The following gentlemen were appoint
ed a committeo to draft, a preamble and
resolutions expressive of the sense of the
meeting, viz : H. Webb, Richard Fruit,
Ncal M'Cay, Iiam Derr, John S. Wilson
Paul Lcidy, G. W. Mason, Col. Daniol
Follmer, Wm. E. Roberts, Geo. Mears,
John Ful '.on, J, W. Dietcrich, who after
retiring a short time returned and repor
ted the following preamble and resolu
tions :
Wiicrkas, tho majority of the Legisla
tare have acted solely with tho- view to
throw distrust around our worthy Gover
nor for political effect, without any regard
to the welfare of the people, in their late
enactment relating to tho currency, muI
Whereas, tho deranged state of the curren
cy of the nation, requires the united ener
gies of the people, lo bring about a reform
in tho present banking system, that will
give stability to, and confidence in, the
banks it behoves every well wisher of his
country's good lo throw away party feel
ings and plirly prejudii:et,and purpose and
adept such measures as aro calculated to '
benefit the great mass, without regard to tho
benefit it may have upon this or that candi
date. Therefore
Resolved That Go vernor Porter; wss
perfectly justifiable, in every point of via v, '
in vetoing the bank bill lately presented to
him for his signature, it being conceived in
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sin, miu oiuugiii mini in 111141111 uuu cal
culated alone to benefit the banks and trad
ing portion of tho citizens of Philadelphia
city lo the destruction of the country banks,
and citizens generally.
Resolved That unless the majority' of
tho Legislature, can form a resolution to
pass some bill relating to the banks, that
shall give equal privileges to the people as
well as to the banks, they had better resign
their commissions to their constituents, that
they may appoint other agents, who will
cany put their wishes in this particular.
Rrsolved That the truly patriotic course"
of GOVERNOR PORTER, since he was
placed in tho Executive chair, meets widi
our warmest approbation, and will endear
him to a great majority of the people.
Rcsolued That we are highly gratified
at the re-nomination of Governor DAVID
R. PORTER, an 1 that we will give him
our united and hearty support.
Resolved That a committee of three in
each township, be appointed by the'ehair,
whos eduty it shall be to superintend the
general interest of tho party in their re
spective townships, and adopt such meas
ures as shall tend to advance tho election
of DAVID R. PORTER, and correspond
with the chairman of the state county com
mittee. On motion of David Petrikcn, the fol
lowing were adopted as an amendment to
the report of the committee.
Resolved That this meeting consider
the law passed by the present legislature of
this Slate, relating to Tavern Licenses, a
unnecessary, oppressive, and demonstrat
ing clearly what tho men composing tho
majority of both Houses, would do, if they
had the power, uncontrolled by any check.
We consider it as unnecessary, becausa the
law in force was all-sufficient to prevent or
correct all abuses : if more taverns were
licensed than was necessary for the accom
modation of tho public, it was because the
Judges of the Courts did not discharge their
duty; if tavern keepers violated the laws
with impunity, it was because Constables,
Justices of the Peace, Grand Jurors and
Courts wanted either moial honesty or mor
al courage, to do what their oaths required
of them. Wo consider the law oppressive
and unjust, because it wantonly increases
tho expense of obtaining license, without
any accruing benefit to tho public morals,
or diminishing tho number of tavernsin
directly imposing a penalty indiscriminate
ly on the innocent as well as the gnilf j
upon those who aro poor, as well as'
those who are rich on the tavern keeper
on the roads over our lonesome and dreary
mountains, as those in populous towns;
upon the plain and humble hotels for the
accoraradation of plain and humble people,
who are compelled by business to leavo
theii homes, as upon the lordly palaces