American patriot. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1814-1817, October 29, 1814, Image 2

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Som Tm TTI IS EE T= Se ts me eames en
“To speak his thoughts—
Is every Freeman’s right.
It is a pretty popular opinion, that if I-
saac Wayne had been generally known
throughout the state, as a candidate for
Governor, he would have been elected.
It does not savour much of goodness to
augh at the mortification of a fellow-man ;
but, we confess, we should feel not a little
amused to see him scratch his head at that
act of imprudcnce which mistaken policy
prompted him to commit: we mean his
declining at one time to be a candidate.
«The wise will sometimes err.”
To the Young Men of the Borough nnd
vicinity of Bellefonte.
My Young Ferrow CITIZENS,
WAR, with all its concomitant dis-
quiciundes 3 with all its consequent evils,
now unhappily pervades our country. Is
it not mect, then, that we should consult
our bess interests, and manifest what we
feel both for our character & enjoyments, by
using such exertions, and by resorting to
such measures as are best calculated to
confound the haughty pretensions of an in-
solent foe, and effect an honorable termina-
tion to the present conflict.
The present period, more than any other
since the war of the revolution, calls for
these measures and exertions.” The gloo-
my horizonof our peluical world—the dark
forcbodings which a war conjures up, im-
periously demand the co-operation of our
citizens to re-produce peace as well as safe-
Among the most efficient means of na-
tional safeguard, may justly be reckoned a
thorough acquaintance in its citizens with
military discipline and the evolutions of the
to the production of this knowledge, is but
or if it be, a
zlance at the militia, if not immedi-
That the militia system is inadequate
too cv&lent to be doubted ;
ately within ihe sphere of our notice, 2¢
least in the neighborhood ; will speak con-
viction to the most dubious.
To obviate as much as possible tne e-
vils growing out of this defect, is
%vhich the
a duty
e present state of affairs carnestly
enjoins, By me eting four or five times in
a year, a practical insight in military affairs
cannot be acquired ; since the lethean ef-
fects of the long period between the days
of trainin, Ww holly dept rive the majority of
the imperictt Geas, few lours
which a
cfore, might have
To remedy these defects of our esta-
blished militia system, we should meet
more frequently, either in our present or-
ganized militia company, as has been pro-
posed ; or by forming ourselves into an
Infantry or rifle corps. We must attain
to suchadegree of military knowledge as
will render us useful in the day that
brings home to us the necessity of
this military knowledge.—-In the day
war. That day I have already said, has
but do we feel conscious of our
Do we feel
arrived ;
ability to pass it with honor ?
assured it will éventuate in our advantage
or toour fame. Surely we cannot so long
as the means by which this confidence is ob-
tained, are unused or unexplored.
1 have addressed myselt to the Young
Men of this place, because it is more par-
ticularly in their power to profit by the ideas
I have thrown out, or may advance.
In almost every neighboring town, there
is a company of one or the other of the a-
bove description of corps. Many of these
are not organized in a more populous sec-
tion of the country than the one 1n which
Why is this the fact? We will
I hope, be slow to confess’ there is less of
we live.
the love liberty among us than our neigh-
bors. Why then should we be more re-
1iss in those exertions which tend preserve
that liberty ¢
have it as much in their power to devote a
The Young men of this place
portion of their time to such exercises as
will increase their military knowizdge as
those of other places ; and no one will sup
pose they have a lighter sense of the on-
joyments which flow from security. They
have thus far been inactive, from a hope
that the clouds which darkened our national
horizon would ultimately subside.—But as
as these hopes have been lost in the sad re-
alities of tbe present gloom, it now expect-
ed of our young men, that they awaken out
of their present inglorious supineness ; and
that snch as have it in their power will form
themselves into an infantry or rifle corps,
and be prepared to act as the exigencies
of their country may require,
It is a matter of minor importance, whe-
ther their services be formally tendered to
government or not, upon every occasion. A
country will always know how to appreci-
ate the advantages of always having within
its bosom a band of disciplined citizens ;
and these citizens will never behold with a
disinterested eye the woubles of their coun-
try. Nor will they see its rights and liber -
ties in danger, without stepping forward to
their rescue. But the first and most im.
portant object is to acquire the ability of be-
coming useiul to our corntry If we
possess the ability, the wi/l need not be
It is therefore expected of the Young,
Men of} M-lace, that they will see the
propriety, si ulaking themselves acqnainted
with military duty. That for this purpose
they will endeavor to raise a uuiform coms=
pany. The tranquility of our homes, and
the honor and safety of our beloved coun-
try, have equal dependence on the martial .
knowledge and valor of our citizens. We
may then, I trust, entertain a just hope, that
while we regard the blessings of the one,
we will not neglect the means which will
cherish and protect the other.
M. M.
The question of a temporary removal of
the Seat of Government from the City of
Washington, was taken in the house of re-
presentatives on Saturday last, and decided
in the negative by a majority of nine. So
that itis put to rest for the present session.
Return of votes for Governor, osdar a8 ia
Ba % &
Snyder Wayne
Philadelphia city and |
¢o. including camp 4573 5673.
Delaware (majority) 649
Montgomery 2057 1831
Bucks 2485 2066:
Northampton 1370 696
Berks, Shuylkill & camp 2955 1966
Dauphin, Lebanon and do. 1840 rr
Chester 2707 3014
"Jnion 1127 65
Columbia, about 1000
Ceaticy Clem field, & ; 1127 3]
Huntingdon 1150 83!
Mifllin 1290 5
Cumberland 2281 944
Adams 447 1239;
Franklin 1745 1 3451
Bedford 1422 346
Somerset 913 658
Westmoreland " 1333 7 60 3
Washington 2808 4p |
Allegheny 1366 31%
gs Tho foregoing returns are taken
partly from the secretary of the commons
wealth’s office, and partly from Newspa
pers. They are not materially incorrecty
We shall complete the statement, as S00
as the returns come to hand.
Irom Albany, Oct 17.
There i is little to communicate by th
morning’s boat, unless it be that Gen Iza
1s stated to have crossed the Niagara from
Buffaloon the 11th. and was marching
down the river at the head of 8,000 men. 3
* Ww "
[He is the senior officer to Gen. Brown.
From Sackett’s Harbor a friend wiites
under date the 14th, that on the 12th “the
British were heard scaling their guns, and
it was expe iol their large ship was out,
but an attack was rather desired than fear-
ed at the Harbor, the troops under colonel
Mitchell being well prepared to receive
them. N. Y. Columbian,