Butler citizen. (Butler, Pa.) 1877-1922, April 15, 1887, Image 2

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Governor Hill of New has
vetoed the High License bill passed
by the Legislature of that State.
WITH one exception we succeedel in
getting inserted all the communica
tions of friends this week. It will ap
pear next week-
THE Brookes High License bill
passed in the House at Ilarrisburg
Tuesday by a vote of 123 for to <>2
THE rig is being put up for a new
gas well on the lot of Mr. Samuel
McClymonds, in this borough, South
THE Female Suffrage bill before the
Senate at Harrisburg passed thai
body on Tuesday last by a vote of 28
for to 17 agaiust.
Hon. 11. L. Richmond, John J.
Henderson, Esq., and Messrs Daven
port and Ray are candidates for the
Republican nomination for Judge in
Crawford county.
BY an ord nance of the Town
Council of this borough, passed April
11th, all bar-rooms, saloons, or other
places where intoxicating liquors of
any kind are sold, shall be closed at
10 o'clock at night, local time, and re
main closed till 5 in the morning, un
der a penalty of sf>o for each violation
of same.
United States Senator Reagan, of
Texas, has astonished the people of
that State bv coming out squarely
for Prohibition. The question is now
before the people of Texas for a vote,
just as it soon will be in Pennsyl
vania, and Senator Reagan thus takes
ground in favor of the measure.
WHEN the Billingsley oil pipe bill
was on final passage in the House,
last Tuesday, Mr. Thompson of this
county took occasion to state the
cause of his absence when a previous
vote had been taken. He was un
avoidably absent on account of sick
ness iu his family. Both he and Mr.
Showalter were friends of the bill and
voted for it.
AMONG the bills passed finally in
the Senate at Harrisburg was one
"To punish the giving of false pedi
grees of cattle."
The bill providing that the death
penalty in capital cases might be car
£ ried out by means of electricity was
lost on third reading.
The repeal of the scalp law, which
had been defeated in the House, was
reconsidered and passed finally.
Judge Livingston, of Lancaster
county, has decided that the law ap
proved June 25, 1885, providing for
the election of an officer to be sty led
collector of taxes, and regulating the
collection of taxes, is unconstitutional,
coming within the inhibition of the j
constitution prohibiting local legisla-.
tion. If the Supreme Court should
sustain the learned Judge in his opin- j
ion the collectors elected at the re- j
cent election would be without au- i
thority to collect taxes.—Ex.
License Granting.
In this week's CITIZEN will be
seen several communications on the \
action of our late Court in granting
licenses in this county. One of them
is in defense of the action of Judge
Hazen. Also another letter written
by Judge Agnew on the power of
the Courts in the matter. While our 1
own opinions have undergoue no j
change on the question, yet we pre
fer to give these communications and j
to now hear from others. Our col- j
umns are therefore open to all, and <
for anything written in a proper spirit '
and that may afford any additional j
light on ths subject.
The question came up in this coun-!
ty this year under different circum
stances from that existing in any of
the neighboring counties. There
were no licenses granted in this
county last year, while there were
some granted in all neighboring coun
ties. From this fact alone our peo
ple had looked forward and expected
none would be granted this year, j
Their disappointment was therefore !
the greater on learning some
granted. There is no doubt of the 1
-general public sentiment being]
against the granting, and that far j
more general satisfaction would have
been given if none had been granted. ,
This is more particularly the case in
this town, where it was thought the
"number and character" of those re-'
monstrating would prevail with the ]
Court, as on last year. And here v. e
are compelled to differ witn those who
give 9uch a strained consti 'ictiou to
the word "character" as ns«v' in tie
act of 18C7. Wc think it means per.
soncd character,standing in communi
ty, as good, moral, useful < itiz'»ns,
L having an interest in the' welfare of
the place, and not character as to
means or ability to know certain facts
• concerning certain places or things.
I This difference in this definition of
that word may have had much to do
with the question here. But it is not
our intention at this time to go over
I any of the ground on the question, but
L as we say, prefer to hear from otherß.
Judge Agnew's Reply.
Some two or three weeln ago wc
published in the CITIZEN a letter ad
dressed by Judge Agnew to a meet
ing of his fellow-citizens held at
Beaver Falls, Pa. This letter was
regarded as a very important and able
one on the liceuse question. Coming
from the author of the oft-misquoted
"Schlaudecker case," we conceived
that he had very satisfactorily shown
that the judicial discretion spoken of
in that case, to be used by the Courts
in the grantiug of licenses, was a
very different one from the duties of
the courts under the law of ISG7,
where the number and character of
the petitioners for and remonstrants
against license were mainly to be
considered, as more recently defined
by the Supreme Court in the Ileed
case. But the Bea7er Argus and
Radical undertook to criticise the let
ter and the following is Judge Ag
new's reply to that criticism. We
copy his reply as written for the Ro
chester (Pa.) Daily Argus, and as
found in the Beavar talis Daily Tri
bune, of April 9. It does seem to us
that in this reply Judge Agnew
leaves no ground for auv court to
stand upon that grants licenses over
the heads of a majority of the people
of a place interested, as expressed in
their remonstrances to the court. We
invite a careful reading of what he
says, as it covers all points that just
now happen to be discussed in our
MR. EDITOR : Your kind editorial
on my letter to the Beaver Falls
meeting is quite flattering. It is also
pleasant to sec the versatility with
which vou have exchanged the edito
rial tripod for the judicial robe. Your
remarkable similarity of style as edi
torial judge and editorial reporter
would almost induce us to suppose
that the editor and the judge had ex
changed places, only we know that
the editor would not suffer, and the
judge would not descend, to write un
der cover.
Now, as you have taken up the
role of a judicial critic, judicial fair
ness admits of a comment on the
criticism. The first is that you have
failed in judicial discrimination. If
one side is wrong it does not follow
that the other is right. Both may be
wrong, or partially right and partial
ly wrong. Thus, if Mr. Stranahan
contended that the court must look
solely at the necessity for selling li
quors, and not the necessity of the
hotel, he is wrong. The court must
look at both, but if the evil of selling
intoxicating drinks at that hotel over
balances the necessity for the hotel a.-!
such, the act of 18G7 requires the li
cense to be refused. So Judge Wick
ham is clearly wrong if he looks
wholly at the necessity of the hotel,
and disregards the greater evils of
selling intoxicating drinks there, as
shown by the evidence of remonstran
ces under the act of 18C7. The Su
preme Court says that the act "pic
scribes the method by which the ne
cessity shall be ascertained.
Next, you have omitted entirely to
notice that Schlaudccker's license, as
proved by the record, was refused on
other evidence, and not on the evi
dence of remonstrances, and therefore
that case is no authority for granting
a license against the weight of the re-;
monstrances, under the act of 18G7
A blundering lawyer may confound !
cases, but a good judge never does.
So you do what a fair minded law
yer or judge never does, viz: you ap-,
ply the language of my opinion iu
Schlaudecker's case to another whol
ly different from the oue I was con
sidering. It is not judicial, indeed |
it is not fair, to distort language to j
meet a different question.
You also err in criticising my state- j
ment that the act of 18C7 stiil regards i
the necessity of the hotel as an ele- j
ment of decision. You ought to have |
gone further acd said that 1 regard J
both elements—the necessity of the j
hotel, and the evil and injury of sell
iug intoxicating driuks in that hotel—
as essential to a just decision; and if, 1
in weighiug those, the evils of the j
latter oyer-balance the necessity for
the former, the act of 18C7 (which,
the Supreme Court says, prescribes |
the rule of determination) requires
the license to be refused.
Now, as a judge, you ought to have j
noticed that the Act of 18G7 says
.nothing about the other evidence con
tained iu former laws, but on the con
trary puts the decision of the court
wholly on the petitions for and remon
strances against the application.
Suppose we read the first section of
the act of ISG7, viz: "That when an
application is made to any court oi
Quarter Sessions for license to sell in
toxicating driuks, it shall be lawful
for said court to hear petitions in ad
dition to that of the applicant in i'avur
of, and remonstrances against the ap
plication lor such liceuse, and in all
cases to tejuse the same, whenever,
iu ihe opinion of the court, having
due regard for the number and char
acter of ibe petitioners for and aguiast
such application, such license is not
necessary lor the accommodation of
the public and entertainment of struu
gers and travelers."
Can there be anything plainer than
this? 1 have used italics to make it
Now, when the act of 18G7 says
j nothing about other evidence or facts
! but prescribes the duty of the court
! solely upon the petitions and remon
! stranees, do you not see how my ian
! guage in Schlaudecker's case is db
j torted when you say I said: "It is
( the duty of the court, therefore, to
hea.* and eletennine each case on its
' evidence and facts, meaning,cf course,
I all the evidence and all the facts, cot
| simply that portion of them embraced
I iu the petitions aud remonstrances."
| Now, I meant no such thing, for that
case was decided on other evidence
■ and facta, and not on petitions u:id
j remonstrances, and that I showed by
i the record in my letter.
It is true the act of 13G7 existed
when the opinion w£3 written, but it
is wholly untrue that my opinion had
auy reference to the evidence of peti
tions and remonstrances under the
act of 18G7. It is true also that
Common Pleas judges have differed
in fhe interpretation of the act. But
the reason is obvious Their per
sonal opinions often guided them
Some granted nearly all licenses,
others refused nearly ail No wonder
that the legislature now liuds it neces
sary to compel judges to observe the
act of 1867. Besides, uciil the case
of Reed c&ine up from from
ton there ha* been no opinion of the
Supreme Court to guide them on the
effect of remonstrances.
As editorial repor.c-r you say
Judge Wickbam stated tbis opinion
was only ft dictum. But what did
the Supreme Court pay? "We see
that the petitions and remonstrances
are for the purpose of determining,
without regard to the character of the
applicant, whether such license is or
is not a matter of public necessity.
Furthermore, th" Legislature ha*
j reset ilea the method by which the
necessity shall be ascertained, that is
bv the number and character of those
petitioning for or ugaintt such appli
This is no dictum, but a decision,
on the very point made before the
court The fact that the case finally
went off on the ground that the plain
tiff had no remedy by writ of certi
orari did not change the nature of the
decision on the question made. The
court frequently decides upon the
errors assigned, and yet finally dis
misses the case on other grounds. A
dictum is something said by a judge
outside of the question to be decided.
As to counting names, the argu
ment is evasive. The cause has re
gard to character as well as number
of names. It would be a legal out
rage to grant a license in disregard of
the fact of a great evil evidenced by
the largest number and names of the
beat men in the community asserting
by earnest remonstrance that the sell
ing of intoxicating drinks at the par
ticular hotel would be an unmitigat
ed evil. As u judge you will agree
with me that the "prescribed method"
of the act of 1807 cannot be so disre
garded. It would be contrary to
good sense, sound law, moral fitness
and the public welfare, so to disre
gard the law. 1 feel assured that as
an editor, your own good- sense as a
temperance man would forbid a dis
regard of a rule of decision intended
for the public good, and to avert the
terrible evils and crimes of drunken
The House Gives it a Large
Majority on Final Passage.
IIARRISBCUG, April 12. —Mr. Bil
lingsley aud the friends of hid pipe
line bill scored a sweeping victory iu
the House this morning, when the
measure was passed finally by a vote
of 132 to 39. Its triumphant pas
sage was somewhat of a surprise,
even to those who have watched
with a close eye the progress of the
fisrht since the first day Billingsley
introduced ihe bill until the end ot
the battle, a3 far as the House is
concerned. To-da) there was a scene
of unusual activity abjut the State
legislative halls several hours before
the session began. The barefaced
lobbying occasioned by the fight for
and against high licence was of little
consequence compared with the wire
pulling of last night and to-day.
More than a hundred oil producers
worked in the interest of the bill and
the shrewdest emissaries in the em
ploy of the Standard 0.1 Company
did their best. General Superinten
dent of the Nation Transit Company
Seheide, had charge of the work for
the Standard, and he made a gallant
fight. He talked with each of sever
al members for more than an hour at
a time, and he was at work a few
minutes before the vote was taken.
After the vote had been announc
ed a recess of It) minutes was taken,
£0 great was the excitement. Mr.
Billingsley's hands were grasped by
the supporters of his biil, hats were
thrown in the air and hearty congrat
ulations were indulged ii. Then one
enthusiastic individual shouted,
"There's a God in Israel," aud the
rejoicing crowd left tho hall's of the
legislature to further celebrate the
victory. There was no discussion
over the bill to-day. Graham, of
Allegheny, wanted soma information
about the merits or defects of it, but
no one seemed disposed to say a
word, and the vote was quietly tak
Anti - Woman Suffragists in
Kansas Pleased With Their
Sisters' Chagrin.
This city to-day witnessed the re
markable sight of a procession iu
which 300 of the most promi
nent and respected ladie3 of Leaven
worth, iu their private carriages, took
part. The procession was in celebra
tion of the defeat of the nominees of
the woman suffrage movement. Be
sides the ladies, the business men of
the city were also in line, in carria
ges and ou foot. All wore badges
with pictures of S. F. Neely, the In
dependent candidate fos Mayor. The
vehicles and many of the business
houses were decked with flag?.
A review of the field here discov
ers the fact that much money was
used in the election for the purchase
of women's votes, and the attendaut
expense of carriages to convey them
to the polls has made it the most ex
pensive municipal, election in the
history of the town Some of the
ladies were deterred from voting by
women of the other side threatening
to ventilate their reputation. The
most personal and bitter animosities
wire engendered, scandals revived
mid unwarranted attack-* were made
upon reputations. It is the opinion
of politician;} here that the Female
Suffrage law, in this city at least,
will be a dead letter iu the future.
Eastsr Eggs for the Minister-
ALI.ENTOWN, PA., April 12.—Sun
day night, during services in the
First Ward Evangelical Church, a
strange incident occurred while the
officiating clergymen was in the midst
of his sermon. A woman apparently
f)0 years of age, entered the church,
walked boldly up the middle aisle and
handed the ministers four Easter
eggs, then took a seat in a corner of
one of the front pews where she list
ened to the baiance of the sermon
with apparent interest, and alter ser
vices went home with the other peo»
Gil Matters,
The oil market shows a disposition
to advance a little, hut very slowly
Tbis week it opened at this piace
generally at about <*>4 _V On Wed
nesday the bigSie.n point reached was
05 cents, autl on tliia, Thuraday
morning, it opened at 6ij,
From lle.ibold w■> have little addi
tional news. In which direction the
field will extend i 3 as yet uncertain,
but that it will extend in some direc
Uou iustfjps to be generally believed.
A pretty gOt,\d we!! has baen ob
tained on the .)aiii!» lurm,
Fenn twp. This farm lays
£ontb of the Uuiton farm aud the
strike deemed a very important
one, as being urtueiii sou th from the
Thorn creek extension field i-han n:y
well yet obtained in that section.
"Truth is stranger than tiction,"
and in some places much scarcer, too.
We are led to this remark upon read
ing the action of the W.C.T.U., in re
lation to the license question. The
preamble charges, that the court dis
regarded the wishes and testimony of
a large majority of th>' best citizens
of the count;/. This is a startling
charge to come from those who repre
sent and illustrate the "law abiding
christian sentiment of the county."
But the charge loses much of its force
when the number of persons whose
testimony was thus disregarded is fix
ed at 5000. The population of But
ler county is near C.0,000 —but 5000
of these (>O,OOO constitutes a "large
majority of the best citizens of the
county." Such is the modest declar
ation of these best citizens themselves.
If 5000 constitutes a majority of the
best citizens it is manifest that the
whole number of such good ones is
less than 10,000, leaving 50,000 who
are not good law abiding and Chris
tian people. Therefore the action of
the court in holding that 5000 are not
a majority of 60,000, and in not de
claring that these remonstrants con
stitute all the best and all the decent,
law abiding people of the county, is a
"Judicial outrage." If this associa
tion insists that they represent, or
are the best people of the county,
would it not be well to ask the pa
pers of the county to publish a detail
ed statement, of the rumber and char
acter of those who did not ask the
court to refuse license instead of mod
estiy asking these newspapers to pub
lish a statement of the number and
character of the "remonstrants whose
wishes have been so arbitrarily disre
garded ?" No doubt the association
entertains an exalted opinion of its
own importance and a deservedly
high one of the superlative excellence
of its individual members, but tha'
alone neither proves these opinions
to he true nor convinces anybody
that 5000 are a larger majority of
either the decent or law abiding citi
zens of Butler county.
Humility is a Christian virtue.
Charity is its sister and we believe
that true humility and charity—in
tense and pure—are found among
thousands of citizens besides thoee
who modestly assume that they pos
sess all of these. We dare not believe
this. Besides, true merit is not osten
tations, It does not proclaim itself
en the street corners; not publish
its virtues in the newspapers—charity
is kind, not revengeful, itenviethnot
'Charity vaunteth not itself, is not
puffed up." It is not easily provok
ed. Charity "beareth all things,
hopeth all things, endureth all
things." We hope that there are
good and law abiding citizens besides
those who signed the remonstrances
and respectfully prayed the court to
refuse all applications for license.
We believe that this W.C T U , com
posed as it is of good, honest aod
true women, does not embrace all the
good and true women of Butler coun
ty, and that such an assumption
would be untrue and insulting.
Whenever any person or society
loses its temper and dignity because
its wishes have been arbitrarily dis
regarded by the court it concedes its
unfitness for giving either legal or
moral instruction. Courts are not
constituted to register private wishes
and when it refuses to cater to the
private wishes of anybody its action
is not mysterious nor strange. Seri
ously, the action of the W.C T.U, is
regretted by all who entertain a
proper respect for the opinion of
others. The conclusion so inconsid
erately reached and so promptly pub
lished to the world is too hasty, too
ill-tempered, not to say egotistic, to
command the respect of thoughtful
citizens. While the determination to
abandon the fight is an exhibition of
spleen in strong contrast with the un
selfish purposes and the exclusive
Christian virtues of these disappoint
ed ladies.
Besides all thin, may the court not
be right lifter all'/ Pennsylvania has
over sixty counties besides Butler;
courts are held in every one of them,
presided over by hocest Judges. In
most of these counties licenses are
granted by the courts under the same
law which governs ours; among all
tbe Judges one and one only has re
fused all licenses, while over sixty
have felt constrained by their official
oaths to grant; and yet the action of
this court is said to be arbitrary and
a Judicial outrage. The surround
ing Judges—Judges Wickham, Mo-
Michael, Mehard, Church. Taylor,
Wilson, Brown, Hart, Hunter and
Xeale —have all granted licenses.
Did they commit a Judicial outrage
or is their conduct strange or mysteri
ous? TLc suggestion, ''That wc will
hold the Judge responsible for the
evils and crimee!'' is in perfect har
mony with the arrogant and dicta
torial attitude maintained through
As to the men whose appetites for
strong drink have been overcome,
while they were unable to get at it,
there is little to soy. A man who is
sober only when he can't get drink,
and who will not restrain his appetite
is not to our mind entitled to much
sympathy. And we believe that if
svmpathy were wasted on subjects
more deserving aud the drinker told
that he is a beast when drunk, in
stead of a hero aud saint when acci
deutlv sober, it would be much better
for him and the community. We
have great sympathy for the wife and
children of such a man—none for him
He deserves none. Just as long as
female sympathy is lavished on
drunken vagabonds and the tempor
ary reformer lionized by them, just so
long the crop will be grown, aud fresh
subjects furnished to order.
Let us reform ourselves and cease
to be judges of others.
Resolutions of the Butler Pro
hibition Club.
WHEREAS, The Butler county Li
cense Court, in its late grant of 17
liquor licenses, has disregarded the
majority wibhes of the citizens of the
county brought before it, has treated
with contempt the late decision of
the Supreme Court, which declares
: that the necessity for a licensed house
is to be ascertained "by the number
: and character of those petitioning
! for or against it;" and has thus shown
j its preference for the licenced liquor
bar rather than for the public weal,
i therefore,
Resolved, Ist, That we deplore, in
thiii action of the court, the use of its
"discretion'' in thy interest of the
most active enemy of civil law aud
social order, and against the welfare
of society; making Itself the legalizer
and endorser of the open liquor bar,
when it was within its "discretion"
lq refuse it legalized life, and to pro
tect the people f;orj its ravages.
2i. That we tender our
to the W.C.T.U,'a of the borough and
of the county iu the- defeat they have
sustained, after haricg fairly earned
victory by carefully gathering over'
5,000 signature*, (utterly disregarded
by the Court), to their remonstran
ces God bless the women who are
laboring in this noble work.
3d. That we express our high ap
preciation of the clearness and ability
with which the counsel for the re
monstrants brought the matter be
fore the court, so that the court did
not err of ignorance, but of its own
wish, and in the clear light that the
people of the county, in great major
ities, do not want the licensed liquor
4th. That we express our sympa
thies with all persons brought into
new joeril by this unchaining of the
tiger in the borough and in the county;
with young men compelled once more
to pass the open doors of legalized t
liquor bars; with the former victims
of drink now subject to new tempta
tions, and with women always the
chief sulferers from the legalized
liquor crime.
sth, That to one and all laboring ;
for the public good, in the direction !
of banishing the legalized liquor bar, !
be sent this word of greeting and j
courage: Hold on; go forward; j
where defeat is sustained to-day the
forces will camp in victory to-mor
'"Ordained of God."
MESSRS EDITORS:—In an article,
commenting on the W.C.T.U. resolu
tions, published last Saturday, the
writer begins by quoting Scripture.
Taking for his text the paragraph
from Romans XIII, 1, "Let every
soul be subject to the higher powers;
for there is no power but of God, the j
powers that be are ordained of God." I
he uses tbe expression "ordained of ;
God" in five different connections.
'The perpetuity of a government is j
assured because it is ordained of God, j
Christians respect the 'powers that }
be' because they are ordained of God, ;
the Judge who executes a bad law is i
ordained of God, the Judge who con
strues the laws is ordained of God,
and infidels and anarchists
attack tbe officers ordained ol
God." According to the writer our
government, the "powers that be" j
and particularly our Judges are "or- j
dained of God " I believe in G,J, 1
the Supreme Power, the Creator of
the heavens and all things that iu
them are,and the Creator of the earth
and all things that on it is, but as far j
as this government is concerned,l be
lieve with Lincoln, that it is "of the
people, by the people and for the peo
ple"—always relying on the Creator
for His guidance God has ordained
that the sun should give us heat and
light, that tbe crops should grow,that
the winds should blow and that the
rain should fall, but every people
makes its own laws and chooses its
own officers. Twelve years ago, and
again, two years ago every big and
little politician in this Judicial Dis
trict was ordaining who should be
our next Judges
God has ordained that his crea
tures should dwell upon this earth,
but who will believe that He ordain
ed that men to whom He has given
health, strength, wisdom and manly
beauty should by their own acts be
come the most putrid rascals in the
community. God has ordained that
the hens should cluck in the spring,
but who will believe that He ordain
ed that lit in that back office or a
thousand other disagreeable and dis
graceful incidents in the history of
Agaiu the writer says that our Sa
viour was betrayed by a kiss and
wants to know if Judicial rectitude
and official purity should be purchas*j
ed with the same money. He seems
to forget that tbe Savior was betrayed
by a man and not by a woman,and I
have heard no insinuations of Judge
Ilazen having been seduced by either
the wiles of a liquor seller's wife or
by a false member of the W.C.T.U.
He compares Judge Ilazen to "Cie
sar strickeu in the temple by his be
trayers," forgetting or not knowing
that CICIAR was stabbed to death iu
the Roman forum and by his person- j
al friends for treachery to them and
treason to the people.
The whole article is a curious mix
ture of truth and blasphemy, emanat
ing from a perverted mind. The
devil always could quote Scripture
and always will. The women feel
like translating '' El tu Brule " to
"and you, you brute," and I am
Prospect Tangents.
EDS. CITIZEN:—It is discovered:
—That the entertainment at the
opening of the academy was a grand j
—That there are sixty students
now enrolled.
—That Prof. Fullerton, of New
Castle, is assistant teacher.
—That Burt Martincourt has roof
ed his hotel.
—That District Attorney McPher
rin makes our town a flying visit
every now and then. Right, Charlie,
tor your young client, should become
familiar with the rules of tho court.
—That Shannon and Warren are
fixing Young's hall for tbe I O O I
—That John McLure, Alex Bor
land, Frank Critcblow and Douth
Frazier have formed a elee club. If
you want to hire them see Dr, Leigh
ner, manager.
—That P. A. Shanor, of West
Newton, was home over Easter.
—That Mrs Martin lleyl is recov
ering from her late illness.
—That a fire in Shaffer's woods
last Sabbath destroyed a big lot of
new rails and some fence.
—That a couple of our enterprising
farmers intend to dabble in carp cul- \
ture. "Fresh fish" will soon be
—That the time of Sunday School
and choir reorganizations is at hand.
Attocd if you should have to put
others to inconvenience.
—That Dr. Roth is attending to j
Dr. Leplev's unfinished dental work.
Saxonburg, Pa.
Surprise—Five beers on Tues- i
--Astonishment—Druukeniicss. j
—Tuesday came in warm with plenty
to quench the thirst, causing men to
stagger along the streets.
—Nothing worthy of ujentiou un
til Saturday evening when it would
have done the honorable Judge's heart;
good to look into the homes of some j
of our citizens, and travel some of
our streets.
—One man on bis way home was
stopped by two drunken fellows who
made au attempt to loosen the wheel
of his wagon.
—The mail carried on his way
home from Sharpsburg was stopped
and detained by some men who had
taken in too much of the Judge's de-,
Uncommon and hideous yells
make the roads leading from Saxon
burg during the evening very un
—A home that has been a place of
peace and quietness for a few years
was again the scene of disorder. The
husband got too much "fire-water"
and made things lively in his home
for a while by knocking down bis
wife and then kicking her for fall
—Of course "there is no time like
the old times."
—ln another family the wife is
brought to sorrow and tears knowing
that she and her children must suffer
hunger and the inclemency of the
went her from her husband's drinking
; proclivities.
—We send a most cordial and ur-1
' gent invitation to the Judge to visit
our little burg iu the near future.
—The chairs and furniture in an
other family are made to danca the
Indian war jig. Sunday brings no j
rest to the weary.
Unionville School."
March 31, 1887. )
The report of Uuiooville School
for six months ending March 31,1887. ;
Two months taught by Miss Ilaitie
Gruver and four by the subscriber.
Whole No. of pupils enrolled dur-j
ing the term, 87.
No. of pupils that missed no days, !
No. of pupils that missed 1 day, I
3. |
No. of pupils that missed 2 and 3
days, 3.
Average attendance, 52; per cent
of attendance, 85.
Conduct middling good. Progress j
General condition of the school j
The school was visited by the Co. j
Superintendent, directors and a few
of the parents, The plan of seating
! and heatiug the room is very unsatis- j
1 factory. The house could be heated ,
with one-half the expense and trou-1
ble. If the heating was right the j
' seating could be arraigned conveni- j
i eutly. The tiu roof rattling and the
noise caused by the folding lid of the
desks make it diffcult to keep good
order in the room. Smith's Physiol
ogy and Hygiene is very unsatisfac
tory, and it is desired that the Direc
tors will make a change and adopt
some complete series with a primer
and advanced book. The study of
Hygiene and Physiology has been I
very satisfactory in my school this
winter. A few of the pupils objected !
to the study but they were easily in- [
duccd to take the study and then they
made good progress, as good as iu
any of the other branches taught.
The Legislature of Pennsylvania
was fully satisfied that Mrs Hunt re
ceived no royalty from the book pub
lisher. If Ohio Statesmen were led
to believe thut Mrs. Hunt received a
royalty on books and therefore did
not pass a bill introducing the study
in the schools is no reason why the
Legislature of Pennsylvania should
have done the same, especially when
members of the Pennsylvania Legis
lature were petitioned so strongly by
their constituents. Even admitting
that Mrs. Hunt does recieve a royal
ty on books, which we believe "she
does not, the Temperance study is
a good branch and should be taught
to every pupil in our common schools
in proportion with the other branches
required by law to be taught. Give
the pupils good books and require the j
teacher to do good work.
Sickoess interfered with the school |
work some this winter, and death j
claimed one of our bright little boys i
and the following is a resolution of
respect passed by the school:
WHEREAS, It has pleased Almigh
ty God in his wisdom to remove bv
death our beloved pupil and school j
mate, Walter McCandless,
Resolved, That we, the scholars ,
and teacher of Unionville school,hum-'
bly bowing in submission to the will
of Him, who doeth all things well,do
hereby extend our sympathies to the !
bereaved family and relatives. And j
that we are admonished by the re-1
raoval of Walter to be more consider- i
ate for the welfare of each other, and
to act in kindness to al), not knowing
who will next be taken from the
sthool on earth to the school in hcav-;
Thanking the County Superinten-1
dent, Directors and patrons for their
help and kindness,we remain a school
teacher. J. G. MCCULLOUGH.
Fifteen Persons Burned to Death !
ATCHISON, KAS , April 12—No I
less than fifteen persons have been
burned to death by the prairie fires :
which, starting near Nicodemus, Gra- ■
ham county, haye swept northwest ,
on an air line into Norton county.
The lire has destroyed everything J
on a path that in places is from two |
and a half to seven miles wide—a)
great roaring sea of flame, rolling in ;
tremeudtious sheets under the impe
tus of the high winds that prevailed
all day Saturday and night.
Starting on the South Fork of the
Solomon river, iu G'aharn county,
the fire swept north to the North
Foik, where it crossed 4 'at Ed'' ond |
a station on the Central Branch Rail
road in Norton county, and at last ac
counts it was still sweeping across
the Norton county in the direction of
Decatur, the adjoining county on the
west, carrying destruction and death
! in its path
Thousands of head of stock
of all kinds have been burned, and
thousands of tons of hay, corn aud
wheat and from 100 to 175 houses
and barns have been destroyed, The
people living along the line of the fire
; have been left homeless and desti
It is impossible n3 yet to learn the
names of those who perished in the
Q&mes. Tremendous excitement
i prevails all through the burnt district,
■ which extends a distance of over sixty
: miles in length by two and a half to
! seven in width, with fires still spread- j
ing west and notrhwest.
• The fire is still raging furiously, and
! the people along its path i*re terror- j
! stricken. The destruction of the tele- j
graph poles and wires between Green- j
leaf and Edmond prevents the obtain- |
ing of further details. Relief will be ;
forwarded at once from towns east of j
! the fuc.
—Sixteen new members were add- !
ed to the English Lutheran Church of
this place last Sunday, and one hun
dred aud eleven participated in the
Communion services of the church on
' same day,
Absolutely Pure.
This ili-r bever vai iw. A niftrvi I ol
purUy, t-trensrth atiJ wfcoleson: ess More
| 330nouiienl ti'.at l lie ordinary kiml-. ;infl oin
| uot be t-oM in romp.-tUiou with the multitue
ol low sho't weight,a'unin or ptios-pbate
j powderv. Sold on'y in vans
ICO Wall Street N. Y. I
Railroads Robbed.
One of the most startling discover
ies has been made at Pittsburg.
Freight Railroad conductors and
brak 'iuen, to tho number of sixty,
were arrested there last Sunday night
on the charge of systematically
J stealing from the freight trains of
1 which they had charge The steal
ings by the # e mp'oyes had been going
!on for about two years, and were
! principally ou the Panhandle road,
between Pittsburgh and Dennison,
Ohio. The company has been pay
! ing largely for th« se lost articles, and
the discovery of the real thieves is a
j matter of great interest and impor
i tance.
The Pittsburg papers of Monday
■ give the following, among other of
! the many particulars of the arrests
, made:
The day policemen, part of the
! uighc force, the detectives, many of
I the constables in the city, and many
persons connected with the city and
county government, were in the line, j
Detective Coulson headed a portion
of the force that marched toward the i
Panhandle track ou Try street. Con- ]
stable P. Murphy took charge of the
main party that marched up Grant 1
! street. The greater part he led
around to the big railroaders' hotel
! kept by A. M. Brown on Washing-1
| ton street, above the Union depot, j
! while smaller detachments were I
I sent up the hill aud out I'enn ave- j
It was 1:15 o'clock this morning j
when the first fruits' of the move - j
ment were preemptible. At that |
time Detective Coulso:t and another
officer marched up to the jail with
two prisoners. Assistant Warden
Gang was on duty and in apparent
readiness to receive his early morn
ing visitors. These first men came
from Try street, and were speedily
followed by others, who came from
the same locality and from Brown's
The prisoners were ail railroad
men, conductors and brakemen. The
scene at Brown's Hotel,where almost
all the boarders are railroad men,was
very quiet. A crowd of officers were
on Washington street, a few were
scattered along Fountain street, and
Detective Shore and Constable Mur
phy sat on a box at the end of the.
| long foot bridge and near the Pan-
J handle Railroad dispatcher's office.
; A watchman had been impressed iu
jto the service and through him the
j affair was conducted with all possible
decorum. He would be told that a
certain man was wanted and would
disappear in the big door of the hotel.
When he reached the room of the !
| man he wanted a kuock would waken
I the sleeper, and a quiet "You are
I wauted at the dispatcher's office"
! would instantly arouse a man who
| belongs to a class that is always j
ready for duty. When the man !
I wanted came out of the hotel he was
i unmolested in his approach to tbe
j dispatcher's office.
Then Shore and Murphy won Id in
tercept him.
"We want you," was the notice.
"What do you want me for?" would j
be the reply. The answer to this was !
! always in a tone too low to be heard j
|by any save the cflteers. Then the j
prisoner would be handed over to j
some of the waiting men aud started
! for the county jail.
Similar scenes were occuring at j
other places, and at 2:30 this morn- 1
ing IS men had passed into the jail j
aud there was nothing to indicate
when there was to come a stop. The j
officers were reticent and absolutely j
refused to talk, to say by whose or- j
ders tbe arrests were made or upon j
what charge. At the jail admission
was refused and no one had time to i
talk. The men arrested were the!
freight brakemen and conductors
employed on the Panhandle Rail
Not only in this city but nil along j
tbe Panhandle from Pittsburg to
Columbus were arrests made It hid j
been so timed that men wanted were
on duty within reach. It was a part j
of Norris' scheme. The thne had i
i lieen fixed at midnight last night,and
all the officers were on hand, and, so
far aa heard from,captured their men.
Two hundred and ninety five war
rants had I e?u issued for railroad em
ployes, and though tbe work began
at midnight last night it was not an
ticipated that all the men would be
gathered in until to-night There
was a report that other roads were
interested, but officials denied this.
Colonel Norman M. Smith, who is
connected with Pittsburg Transfer,
with headquarters at Twenty-eighth
street, was seen about 1:30, and cor
roborated ihe details as gathered by
Dispatch reporters above. He said:
"For three years past the Panhan
dle road has beeu systematically rob
bed. Cars on sidings and cars in
moving trains were broken open and j
, goods stolen, including every descrip- ,
! tion of merchandise. It is estimated !
| that at least $300,000 worth of goods j
j were taken, for which the company j
I had to pay. In August kat we got |
a clue and the company determined :
jto push it to the end. Detectives j
! were employed who followed up j
; every scent, and finally we had the ;
information upon which to proceed.
! When everything was ready we do- j
' cided to make a move all along the
line from Columbus to Pittsburg, and ,
12 o'clock Sunday night was fixed to
strike the blow.
"About 80 warrents were issued
for men in Pittsburg; I can't tell how
many for other plawa, but it was at
every point tilonjj the lino; it will run
up ia tho hundreds. It i«s the big
gist tiling "f the «ir.»i that ever hap
pened in i'iit-hurp.or in railroad mat
ter- in the world, for nothing like it
his ever happened before " Colonel,
Smith refused t > talk farther or pive
a-.y names o! ringleaders. He declin
ed to say whether or not any persons ]
outside railroad circles were impiieat
[ td.
All the men arrested were brought
to the jai>, r.nd ato'clock this morn
ing there wt re men in jail, and 75
were expected. Some of them had
been pulled off trains on the bridge
across the Monongahela river The
trains v.vre (lagged and im n taken off,
while others were put on to ru i the
the train into the yards. One of
these w.»s a mau naiucd Baker, and i
it is said there arc 3.*»charges against
Women Cast their Votes for the
First Time in Kansas.
Kansas City, April s.—Scattering
returns from Kansas indicate that the :
municipal elections in general passed
oft' quietly, and as far as can now be .
judged the introduction of female suf
frage does not work great change in !
the character of results. In some
cities and towns the women availed I
themselves quite generally of their j
newly acquired privilege. The effect i
of the experiment canuot be divined
as yet. The issues involved, how
ever, are local. At several points !
women were elected to membership
on the school boards.
im: a bid.
AUAMj —GUi'.Elt —At the M. E. Parsonage
iu Parmiugt-jn, Hutlei Co., Pa., April 1,
1.-S7, by Rev. L. P. Merritt, Mr Amos O.
Adam?, of Allegheny twp., aad Miss Miu
nie E. Greer of Venango tap.
IIENSHEW—At her homia Port ersvil le,
Tuesday, April o, ISS7, .Mrs. Aionzj Hen
shew, of scarlet fever aad diphtheria.
ALKY—It Butler, April 8, lSs", Julia,
daughter of Jac-jh S. A ley, i 20 years.
O'DONNELL— Iu Oakland twp., Friday.
1 April s, lS;>r, Dennis O'Donuell, aged 75
WATKINS— At his home iu
i Sunday, April 3, 1887, Erau Watkins.
Mi EL WEE— At her home in Oakland tvrp.,
Pridaj, April 8, 1887, McElwee,
daughter ol Jacob MeElwee, aged about 30
| LEITHOLD— ApriI 10, 1887, of typhoid fe
ver, Annie, daughter of William Liithoid,
j of Clearfield twp.
; STRAVK.K— At Jefferson Centre, on Fri
day, Apr ! 8, l s ""7, Mrs. Strawick, aged
j about 80 years, niter an ex (ended illness.
HAIIDLS'>N— Ncsr Miilerstown, on Monday
April 14, Mrs. Susan Harbison, sister
j of Mrs. Strawick, after a short illness, in
the 75 th year of her age.
NEIGII— Oa Tuesday, April 11, at his home
! in Summit, tp. John Neigh, aged about 75
j years.
WALKER—At the home of James Kildoo,
in (.'lav township, on Saturday, April !•,
ISB7 Mrs Mary Walker, aged about 35
j years. She was a daughter of Mr. Kildoo,
| and at the time was home on a visit.
[Hooinpf 1
The importance of purifying the blood ran
j not he overestimated, for without pure
blood you cauuot enjoy good health.
At this season nearly every one needs a
good medicine to purify, vitalize, and enrich
the blood, and Ilood's Sarsaparllla is worthy
your confidence. It is peculiar in that it
strengthens and builds up the system, creates
ail appetite, and tones the digestion, while
it eradicates disease. Give it a trial.
Mood's Sursaparilla is sold by all druggists.
| Prepared by C. I. IIooU & Co., Lowell, Mass.
IOC Doses One Dollar
j The following are the selling prices of nier-
I ohvnts of this place :
j Apples, per bushel, 75 to .§1.25
Butter, per pound, 27 to 30 cts.
Beans, per «jt. !> to lOets.
Cabbage, new, 5 to 10 cts.
Candles, mold, 14 to 15. cts.
Carbon oil, 10 to 15 cts.
Cheese, 15 to 18 cts per lb.
Crackers, 7 to 10 cts. per lb.
Chickens, per pair, 35 to 10. cts.
| Coffee, liio, lt> to 20 cts.
j Coffee, Java, 25 to 28 etc.
I Coff Roasted, 20 to 25 cts.
| Coffee, ground, 20 to 2o ets.
. Eggs, 18 ets.
| Fish, mackerel, 10 to 15 cts.
; Piour, per barrel, .$4.50 to $6.
i Flour, per sack, 51.15 to $1.50..
Feed, chop, per 100 pounds, jl 25.
. Feci, bran, per 100 lbs. sl,
'• Grain, wheat per bushel, >l.
1 Grain, oat.-; per bushel 40 ets.
G r ain, corn per bushel 40 cts.
Lard, 10 cts.
Jfams, 14 cts.
Honey, 15 to 20 cts.
I Shoulders, 10 cts,
[ Bacon, 12 cts.
Dried beef, IS to 25.
i Corn meal, per pound, 2 ets.
Peas, green, 15 e.ts per peek.
Potatoes, new, 40 to 45 'p bus,
! Rice, 8 to 10 ets.
Sugar, hard, 10 cts,
i Sugar coffee, 7 oU.
Sugar, i a >v, ti j ets.
So' l i>, <> to 10 ets.
Salt, per barrel, §l.lO,
Tea, Ilvson, Gunpowder, etc., 50 cts. to sl.
Tea, Japan, etc , 50 to <; > cts.
Tea, Breakfast, 10 to 80 cts.
Tallow, 8 cts.
Timothy seed. §2,25. '
Clover " §4,50
Wool2o to 30 ets. I
This Magnzinc portrays Anieri>
can thought and life from ocean to
ocean, is filled with pure high-class
literature, and can be salely wel>
coined in any family circle.
Sample Copy of current number mailed upon re
ceipt of 25 cts.; bach numbers, 15 cts.
Premium List with either.
R. T. BUSH Sc SON, Publishers,
131 > & 132: Pearl St., N. Y.
Particular attention givcu to the Retracing ol
old lines. Address,
B.F. IK 11,ILIAK I>,
Co. Siirvej or
North Hope P. 0., Butler Co., Pa.
WANTED —LAOY Active «u<l litellliront, to
, My 1 "l"' '•"« ' '. tH 1 ownVmlty I
ID i, J i I c, " t lxNuiirccL i'trmamnt ixmittoii
•ud*ovJMUrj-. OAV « Blt'.is., k Uarvia* jr.
are I.)
und.r :
of ,U
Primary Electio
June 4 u h.
W. c. GLENN,
Of Sun' ry borong*
Ot ■ township.
ot '• . . iycreek township'
Of . iigheny township.
< i ( rfrard township.
< 'i Centre towuship.
Oi lirady township.
Of V "infield township.
Of larion township.
Of Clay twp. if,utrly of Penn twp.)
j \V. M.SHIUA,
lAte of Washintoa i.vp.—now of Butler,
j CAPT. JOHN G. 81l ITS,
Oi Op k land township.
' Clinlen township.
( Buffalo township.
c.' Summit township.
Of Jack-r,: township.
Of Butler borough.
Of Brady township.
O. utler borough.
Of Venango township.
Oi t linton township.
Of C'eatreville boroug!:.
Of Cranberry township.
Of Pa itvii-w township.
Of ISutier borough.
Of Muddy creek twp.
Ot ConnotjiHsiessing township.
Of Clay townshij»,
Of Centre township.
Of Fairyiew twp. (Tormwly of Coucord.)
W. J. CROWE, _
Of Forward
Of i'arkcr
Of Butler borot^H
Of Slipj>eryrock twp. S
Of Franklin township. 1
Of Buffalo township.
Of Clearfield township.
Of Wa '.-ingtonjtownsh ip.
Of Butler borough.
Of Slippery rock twp.
Of Sunbury.
Of Concord township.
Of Clinton township.
Of Summit township*
Of "utler township.
For County Superintendent.
(Dlrrrtsrs Con rent ion of May 8<1.)
\V. (i. IJI'SSKI.L,
IlestlU Co. Stlp't of Schools.
>fr George Moon luis withdrawn from the
canvass for Sheriff, giving as a reason his
I physical disability to m:ik. a canvass.
iffliTuil HOTEL
No. 88 and 90, S. Main St.,
Near New Court House formerly Donaldson
i House—good aei:omni. (i:,i oils for travelers,
(iood stabling connected.
U-y-Vt; Iyj 11. EITENMUI-LER. Prop'r.
W. Jefferson St Butler Pa.
Flick & Kennedy
Have opened a ffrst-clr.ss livery stable on
West Jeffersou St., wit everything new—
\ horses, harness and w,;g< n-.
Particular attention jel! to the transient
trade. When in Butler »veus a call.
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Swithin C. Shortlidge's Academy,
For Vonnjr Men and Hnys, Mcilis, l'a.
12 miles from Plilliide;pl;!i. Fixed price covers
every expense, even iHMii Ac. No extra
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tion lor adliil slon. Twelve experienced teaeh
i'rs. all men an<l all grwtm 'cs. special oppor
tunities for apt students o advance raptd.y.
special drill for <lul and In kward boys. Pa
trons or students may select any studies or
choose the regular Eruillsn.Scientific. Business.
Classical or civil Knglnecit. u course, students
tutted at Media Aeadem. c now In llunard,
Yale. Princeton and teii othtr Colleges and
rolvteclintc Schools, to students sent to col
lege In 1.V13. 15 In ISN». to ISSS, 10 In 18M. A
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ratorr, cvmnaslum and Ti >|i oround. 1500 vols,
ailded to IJbrary In is<;, ; livslcal apparatus
doubled In lsss. Media h s'ven eliurches and
I a temperance cliart erwhi • prohibits the sale
of all Intoxtcatlni; drinks. For new Illustrated
circular address the Prir r>at and I'roprletor.
SWITIII> < SIIOKTI.11M;. , A. tl., (Harvard
uraduate) Media. Pa. s-<i-»6-ly
County Auctioneer,
Is prepared to serve the public of this section
at vendues, etc. Having had many yeais of
experience he can guiran.ee perfect satisfac
; tion it rates that will suit all. Leave word
at this otlice. 3,5,84.1y
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