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DEMOCRAT AM) SEA'TISEL.
..IIEXKT C. DEVIXE.
WHITE & DEVINi:, Editors And Proprietors.
V. B. PALMER, the American
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nihxrriutinii at tbo r ites rcr.uircd by us. Ilia re-
ec.pt. will be T?.lefl M payments. His offices
jire Ronton, ScoIJnv s Bml'Jinjr : New lork, Trib-
ne Imildings ; Philadelphia, N. W. corner Third
and Chcstuut ts.
5uijVct to the decision of the Democratic Convention
FOR CANAL COMMISSIONER.
IIEMIV S. MOTT.
Suhj'ct to the decision of the Democatic Convention.)
To the Public.
Thc announcement made in this paper, No
vember 25, 1853, by the (then) editor, Mr. STpes,
that "Money, due the establishment can be paid
to Andrew J. Rhey," is incorrect ; the contract
between Mr. Sipes and myself to that effect Wing
rescinded. All indebtedness to the Democrat t?
Sentinel, since their consolidation, August 1 1 ,
1853, will be paid to" the present editors and
proprietor?, Messrs. "White & Bevine.
A. J. RHEY.
Ebciisburg, Thursday, Dec. 8, 1853.
The Presidents Message.
We hare Ken reading the messages of Presi
dents for some years past, as they periodically
earuc to our notice, but we have seldom traversed
column aficr column of these usually lengthy
documents, with as much pleasure, prcfit and
democratic pride, as the late production of our
Yankee President, Franklin Pierce, has afforded
With characteristic ingenuity, lie has impro
ved the old pattern, and while he retains in his,
the main substantial features of the old and sim
ilar papers of his predecessors, he gives an easy
grace to the sentiment, and polish to the style,
which add to our admiration of the statesman the
fascinations of the scholar.
3n alluding to the general interest manifested
by the people at the assembling of each succeed
ing Congress, he pays a merited compliment t
the intelligence of our nation (the truth of which
wc may all make a matter of congratulation)
that, that interest is " inseparable from an in
quiring, self governing community."
The PrfwuU-ut, with great propriety, adopts
the example of his forerunners, and alludes with
beauty and reverence to the abundant cause,
which we, as a nation, have, for thankfulness and
adoration to the supreme ruler of all.
Men of callous hearts and wicked and immoral
practices, may, it is true, write very christian
paragraphs ; and the lover of t ruth the pure in
heart can appreciate them, and be edified by them,
as if an angel spoke. But we are not all so rea
dy, to take good from a source for which wc feci
indifference, and are perhaps too apt to call in
mestion the character of the preacher. How
gratifying, in the case in hand, to know, that he,
whose precepts we so much approve, and which
arc only the fruit of a mind chastened by severe
Providence, and imbued with grace, is the hura
ilc and consistent practitoner of his faith.
Mr. Pierce adds encomium to the fundameutal
principles of absolute religious toleration, and
from his high, and now unqualifiedly independent
position, brings to naught and scatters the asser
tions of his iocs, who, before his election, strove
to identify him with puritanical persecution, and
After discussing with becoming care the vari
ous topics of foreign interest, the President lays
lefore us, concisely and 3-et fully, the condition
of our own affairs. The financial policy (a dem
ocratic creation) which has withstood the attacks
r.r our political adversaries until its workings
have overflowed the treasury with the splendid
sum of thirty odd millions of dollars, and silenced
st'l rational objections, will meet with no radical
changes at the hands of the chief executive and
his supporters. American policy, in .Slate and
individual practice, is, to pay debt when accu
mulated, and by a just economy, avoid it.
It is gratifying to know that the present sys
tem of cheap postage, has not been the cause of a
deficiency in the revenue of the Post Office de
partment; but although tho expenses have cx-
cc-ciieu tne receipts some two millions of dollaw
the reason is to I found in the enormous rakV
which have been extorted by Rail Road compa
nies for carrying services. Retrenchment in this
respect, will secure to the public the benefits of
a continuance of our present rates, than which
nothing caa be more desired, f-lt and appreciated
by a highly intelligent people, such as ours. We
arc eminently a letter writing nation. Every
lody, wctnay say, sends and receives communi
cations by mail, anil the Post office is a place of
interest to millions and millions.
Tl I. .i . - . .
formidable enough for success in anv emenf ncv
, , ,c in,) iiiieiiiiey,
fur nrmy has been pj-pportionablv the sniarictii
. , 1 . 1 . - . i.uiim ii.
the vr orld. Courage is the natural r-rowth of in-'
, , c c " oi in-
fvrsU. and wherever every man is a stockholder
" V4. vviuuk'u tia , vie li l ill let I UUUIHI Irt TO -
.ec.a h.s Si.arc. whether the common weal con- j
M -is of homes and hrrsuk. freedom or region, j
. lI t,.ofir
Jy of the objects of cair. as wtjl as the dangers j
to !,.. a they arc exjw.sed, Sit-iu to call fW an
increase of forces hi the ivar ilcpartment of the j
townuitHt.and lU: same lui been rccoimnen- (
ikd to the favorable coujiiaeraiicn of tVngress. j
Pic-ulent Pierce's message i fuu 0f iivillg cn. !
1 I"i.;';l-iii fi the maintainaiH-e of ttcs Rights ;'
l? Ut'hfu "nvtK.n of the c...n,iUuti... view- '
p.. .ncmost roweMuI,,at.onsorilh.ltpcrioiliavc tvcrv fa.iIitv to asccrtain
the globe, commanding the rwpwt 11, md i ,i- -u-.- ftf Anwrf' ' ;
: cd in the light of the original compact. He takes
! for his guide the wisdom of past experience, with
1 out any narrow reference to the giant strides of
1 rtlbrm, or timid disregard of the wants of an
4 amazingly progressive age. True to the con fi-
deriee rtposcd in ,lim ortl1: South, East and
vcst; tltc burthen of his patriotism seems to be,
; the glory of our undivided Empire. The ir.es
; sage concludes with a neat and toucjiing uutiec
of the demise of Mr. King, Vice President, lxfore
I the shouts of triumph, annonncing his promotion
to still higher honors;, had teased to break upon
the shores of the land he loved so well, and in
which, with tottering steps, he sought and found
' a grave.
Next Canal Commissioner.
"We this week hoist, as the next Democratic
candidate for the aliove office, the name of Cul.
Mott, of Tike county. ,
i obedience to nublic sentiment in
tniS SCCU01. AlC Jt Sllil, Ha UC US ia.u spi.Mg,
the choice of our democracy.
Tie ias now. liur the third time been presented
i democracy of the tenth Legion; twice
- . . , . , . . ..
have their claims been disregarded . as a matter
of ptlicy, lenvjng timiIe justice out of the ques
tion, we 'do not think it safe to turn our backs
f fofTott, like that of Gov. Biglcr's as a foregone
We will say to the Grccnsburg " Argus," that
although we are "hiidi-lamt" individuals, and
brag of it, still the double sheet of hieroglyphics
which he sent us this week, is ahead of our time
it is a nut which wc cannot ersek. If he will
send us a copy printed in any known language,
we will re-ad it with profit and pleasure. This
last number was printed in a language which has
eertamlv not vet been discovered.
Clerk of the Senate.
This subject is now undergoing discussion in
the papers ; the names of Geu. Joseph Y. James,
of Warren count-, and of O. Barrett, of the Har-
risburg Keystone, have been mentioned ; they
are both good men.
We also observe communications in the Pitts
burg Union, for and against the claims of Maj.
Thomas A. Maguire, of Blair county.
The little homeopathic dose which we last
week administered to the " Alleghanian," has
worked like a charm ; we hope that the patients
will now improve, although the danger is by no
means past, the system still being horribly bil
ious, with a marked tendency to inflammation
and excitement : another bleeding may yet be
C7 The communication signed " Senex," from
an influential Democrat, is worthy of attention.
Gen. Humphreys' claims will be very strongly
pressed this winter ; the Cambria democracy
ought to make that point if possible.
Cr"We clip the following from the Standard ;
wc have the pleasure of a personal acquaintance
with Mr. Schellhorn ; he is an artist possessing
ingenuity and taste, and is deserving of all pat
ronage. Vikw of Hollidatsburo. We looked at Mr.
Schellhorn s rough etching of a view of llolli
daysburg, a day or two ago. It was taken at
Chimney Rocks, and is a very faithful represen
tation of all the town its streets, alleys, houses,
chunhes, &C. Mr. S. is now fitting the finish
ing touches to it, after which he will take it to
Philadelphia and have it lithographed. It is his
intention to issue some two or three hundred co
pies, which he will sell at 1 each. Of course,
every body will take one.
Election of Pnblic Printer.
Gen. Armstrong, of the Washington Cnion,
was elected, on Wednesday last, Public Printer,
for the House of Representatives, by the following
Armstrong, (Union) 128
Gales, (Intel.) G4
Tucker, (Sentinel) 10
Amongst the votes for Tucker wc sec the name
of Mr. WittCj of this State.
Election of Chaplains.
Rev. Henry Sheer, of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, Chaplain to the Senate.
Rev. William II. Millburn, of the same church,
Chaplain to the House. The latter gentleman is
nearly blind, but is withal a graceful and elo
quent pulpit orator.
CC The Senate has confirmed the following
Presidental appointments, viz : John Y. Mason,
Minister to France ; Thomas II. Seymour, Min
ister to Russia ; and Robert M. M'Lanc, Minister
The President has appointed A. E. Leaman
Superintendent of thc'Public Buildings.
To be Closed.1 Col. Lytic has declared his
determination to close the Mountain House on
the 15th of next month. This will be " sad and
solcmncholy'.' news to some. Wc did hear that
it was the intention' to run passengers over the
new road by that time, but then again we hear
that it cannot be accomplished before the 20th.
If such is the fact, and the new Altoona Hotel is
not completed, the passengers must lay in a stock
of bolognas and crackeis.at each end of the road.
The Press ix Daxgeu. Garrison, the Aboli
tionist, has just returned from a visit to the West,
anti appears to be particularly incensed against
the newspaper press." He says :
" Wc have been in the editorial harness for
: mfiri t1i:m ft fmartf-r nf i prufiirr snJ jli,,'inrr
- j j, .....
' r i t . i i r i ,
. every reform that lias struggled for the nwenden-
i n i i
cy ,,., that wriod ; and wc soberlv aver as
, our conviction, that a majority of the proprietors
and editors of public journals more justly de-
i 1 . i . , ,
lhan tll0 inuia(t.s of tllosc ,aci.s gen,rar. Xo
Mon!i arc ,ost to hhnmc . 0 liars ,rJ SQ ,m
caluluniators arc so malignant
A Tvro ix Llc k The Editor of the Sentinel,
published at Selma, Alabama, wautA information
of James IC'Siephens, a practical Printer, who
lcft Wctumpka about the 2th of July last, and
requests the Press to "pass around this uoti- e.
aud-onfvr a fmor t:rou a Tvpo in Luck."
For the " Democrat and Sentixel."
Gentkvicn : Rotation in office being a well
recognized feature in the democratic creed, and
acknowledged to be eminently useful in its ten
dency, I respectfully beg leave to suggest the
name of Johx B. Guthrie, Esq., of Allegheny
County, in connection with the office of State
Treasurer. The present incumbent of the office
Gen. Johx M. Bickki., has held the oflice for four
years, and has discharged the duties with ac
knowledged ability and integrity. Tt is under
stood that he does not desire a. re election, and it
therefore behooves the democratic party or any
one cf its mcuiK-rs to name some gentleman as
It is not necessary for the author of this com
munication, to enter into a detailed statement of
the claims of John B. Guthrie, fbr that or any
other office in the gift of the representatives of
the people. That he is an honest man, all who
know him cheerfully testify ; that he is fully
competent for an honest and able discharge of the
responsible duties of the office of State Treasurer,
is equally certain, and when I say that John B.
Guthrie is an honest man, I meiely pa' him a
complrtneut that will bo endorsed to its full extent
Mayor of the Whig City of Pittsburg on accoh,
of his well known integrity, and dise-hargud the
duties of the office with great credit to hiirself,
and to the entire satisfaction of the citizens of
the second City of the Commonwealth.
In addition to his very excellent jicrsonal char
acter, he has always been known as a consisent
and orthcxlox democrat, true under all eiret in
stances, and on all occasions, faithful as thencjdle
to tle pole. j
As a Western deinociat I present his nam) to
the democratic members of the Legislature, Ind
ask at their hands a fair and honest investigation
of his claims, not because he is a better democrat
than others whose names will be submittal to
the caucus, but that his whole public career pre
sents as full and perfect a record of his devotion
to democratic principles, its eause and its candi
dates, as that of any other man in the Common
wealth. I btliere him to be fortunate in his ldca
t:u; equally so in his claims upon the gratitjide
of bis irt3 and very certain that he will prove
himself fully competent for all the emcrgci):ie&
of the oflice.
Messrs. Editors : The name of Gen. Johx
Humphreys, of Cambria county, will be submit
ted to the House of Representatives, of this State,
at the approaching session, for the situation of
Sergeant-at-Arms. His great worth and stead
fast course as a Democrat, connected with the
distinguished services he rendered the Nation in
the late war with Mexico, entitle him to the fa
vorable consideration of the members of the Leg
islature; who, in selecting him, would give to
the House a valuable and efficient officer, and in
a measure satisfy the debt of gratitude, due this
district, for its successful effort in the lato cam
paign to rede-em the Senate of the State.
Col. Henry S. Mott.
As this gentleman's name is now again prom
inently before the Democratic party of this State,
as its next standard bearer for the office of Canal
Commissioner, it may not be amiss to say a
word or two as to his past history, that the pub
lic may know who and what he is.
Wis father, Edward Mott, Jr., Esq., a gentle
man of talents and education, was a respectable
member of the Bar, at this place, whence he re
moved to Pike county, shortly after its organi
zation, where he resided up to the time of his
death. Whilst residing here he married the
daughter of Gen. Henry Spering, who filled the
office of Sheriff of this county before the com
mencement of the present century and from 1800
to 1821 the the offices of Prothonotary and Clerk
of the Courts. In 1814 Gen. Spering command
ed the Brigade of volunteers and militia, called
from this region of country to camp Marcus Hook.
Col. Henry Spring Mott, was born in Easton and
removed, when a child, with Ids father's family,
to Milfoi-d, Pike county, w here he was reared
and has ever since lived. In 1838 he was elected
Sheriff of Pike County but Governor Ilitner refu
sed to commission him, for no other reason but
because he was a prominent and steadfast Dem
ocrat, and commissioned the next highest on the
returns. In January, 1839, Governor Porter
appointed him Prothonotary and Clerk of the
Courts and Recorder of Tike County, to which
offices he was elected by the people, in the fall of
the same year and re-elected in 1842. In 1845
he declined being a candidate for re-election. In
1S51 he was elected a member of the House of
Representatives of this State, from Pike and
Monroe counties and re elected in 1852 on both
occasions without opposition. On the expiration
of two years service he declined being a candi
date. As Prothonotaiy, Clerk of the Courts, Regis
ter, Sec, Col. Mott has had few, if any superiors.
He discharged the duties of the offiees promptly,
efficiently and personally, and few counties can
show cleaner or more accurate records than those
kept by him. As a member of the House of Rep
resentatives he was distinguished for his business
talents and unobtrusive worth. He seldom trou
bled the House with speeches, but when he did
speak it was always to the point. On the com
mittees he was known for his working talents
and untiring devotion to business. From his fa
miliarity with the forms of transacting business,
he was calculated to be exceedingly useful, and
he was therefore kept at work. He served on hjs
full share of committees, both sessions, the latter
as chairman of an imiortant one, besiles being a
a member of others.
He is as modest and unobtrusive as he is tal
ened and industrious. He made many friends
during his legislative career, and was thus bro't
prominently before the public, in 1853, as a can
didate for Canal Commissioner. In the conven
tion held that j-ear he received a highly respec
table vote, being the next highest candidate to
the one selec'.ed. On Mr. Forsyth's being nomi
nated, the friends of Col. Mott, like good Demo
crats, heartily supported the nomination made.
The " Tenth Legion" has again brought his
name lcforc the party ami the public and will lire
and die by him. Wc think the signs f the times
show that at the next March Convention lie will
be nominated iihuot by acclamation. He is hon
est and true as steel, lie is able and capable, and
whv should we not for once, have a candidate,
thus qualified, from this part of the Stale, that
rolls up her Democratic majorities f Jo tne
Democratic party of the State we appeal for an
Publication cf the Laws.
A number of our Pennsylvania exchanges have
given favorable responses to our articles advoca
ting the publication of the laws of this State in
two or uiore of the paicrs of each county. F'rom
the unanimity of sentiment thus far expressed,
we are iuJuced to believe that the subje-ct will
have its due weight with the representatives of
the people, and that the useless and" expensive
custom of publishing the laws in pamhkt form
will 1 abandoned. This mode has fallen far
short of subserving the purpose intended by
thosf who authorized it. Every year-the Stato
pavs thousands of dollars for pamphlet law print
ing, anil our citizens have long regarded the ex
pnse as one without consideration. The con
tractor does the work in whatever time may suit
lis convenience, receives his pay, and a few cop
iers are forwarded to the several counties, from
eight to twelve months after the laws were pass
ed by the Legislature. In speaking of this sys-
te-m, the Erie Observer &ys :
t v ilium nit; - f ictimiivt. lun' i -... t..h. 1vrn
fully tested, and if there is a man who has the
hardihood to saj' that it has not proved a failure
an entire and complete failure for all the pur
poses intended we should like to see him. Hun-li-edsof
thousands of dollars have leen extracted
from the pockets of the people to pay for the pub
lication of these laws, mm! yet bowman- of those
who it was intended to enlighten with them, have
ever seen them ?"
The Washington Examiner gives several good
reasons why the newspaper mode of publication
should be adopted. It says that the laws of the
last session of the Legislature have not yet been
received in Washington county. This fact of it
self should le sufficient to convince our law-ina-kers
of the importance, the necessity or the change.
In a short time, a new session will commence,
and new laws lie enacted for the government of
our people, lcfore they have an opjortunity of
knowing how many or how great have been their
legal sins for the last year. This is a crying
wrong, and must be redressed, and we hope that
every press in the State will speak out plainly
and freely on the subje-ct. Some change is de
manded by the interests of the people, and if any
better than the one we have suggested can be ad
vanced, we shall be happy to announce and en
dorse it. Pitts. U)iion.
A Worthy Ally.
A certain Mr. Drum, member of Congress fiom
Indiana county, has been bracing himself up to
play a tune to the fifing of the inimitable but ob
scure Merriman. A worthy ally but for what
reason we know not. Mr. Drum is out in a long
letter in which he rattles away at the Canal
Commisssioners quite fiercely, and charges them
with all manner of frauds ; but as usual, he pro
duces no proof to substantiate these oft exploded
charges. What induces Mr. Drum to play sec
ond fiddle to Merriman is shrouded in mystery
whether he was one of the secret partners of Mer
riman Sz Co., who tried to chizzlc the Common
wealth out of an enormous amount of money be
taking large contracts on the new Portage Road,
or whether he was disappointed in getting a fat
pull single handed, we do not know but we do
know that he has made a ninny of himself by re
peating charges fir some sinister end or other,
that a majority of forty thousand of the people of
Pennsylvania put their seal of condemnation and
unlnrlief upon but a few months ago. He has
chalked out his course we predict for him a tat
too that will surprise him should he ever come up
before the people of his district for a second term.
The New Year, 1854.
On the first of January next, " Gleason's Pic
torial " will commence its sixth volume, and will
appear vastly improved in all respects, with a
superb new heading, new type and dress through
out, and will be printed upon the finest paper.
As the proprietor of the " Pictorial" has purcha
sed the entire good-will of Bamum's New "i ork
" Illustrated News," and has merged that jour
nal in the "Pictorial," the public will reap the
advantage of tliis concentration of the strength of
the two papers upon one, both in the artistic and
literary departments. The same brilliant host
of contributors and artists will be engaged on
" Gleason's Pictorial " as heretofore, and a large
addition is also made to the corps, both in talent
and number. The most liberal arrangements
have been completed, and such as will enable the
proprietor to produce by far the finest illustrated
journal et published, and much superior to the
present issue of the paper. The columns of the
" Pictorial " will constantly be beautified by all
that can please and instinct in art and nature,
and its literary department will fully sustain the
high reputation it has so long enjoyed.
The pages of " Gleason's Pictorial" will con
tain views of every populous city in the known
world, of all buildings of note in the eastern or
western hemisphere, of all the principle ships and
steamers of the navy and merchant service, with
fine and accurate portraits of every noted charac
ter in the world, both male and female. Sketch
es of beautiful scenery, taken from life, w ill also
lie given, with numerous specimens from the an
imal kingdom, the birds of the air,, and the fish
of the sea, and will present in its mechanical ex
ecution an tligant specimen of art. It will con
tain fifteen hundred and sixty-four square inches,
giving a great amount of reading matter and il
lustrations and forming a mammoth weekly pa
per of sixteen octavo pages.
Terms : Three dollars per annum. Publish
ed every Saturday, by F Gleason, corner of Trc
niont and Bromfkld Streets, Boston, Mass.
All a Hoax. 'Ihe martyrdom of fv little Nor
wegian boy named Iverson at Chicago, for refu
sing to steal, turns out to he a hoax, and akin to
the " pious frauds" chronicled among the super
stitions of old. A boy of this name, however,
was drowned, and a jury of his own countrymen
mostly decided that his death was purely acci
dental. We derire these facts from the Chicago
Tribune. The sum of $1,200 had been collected
to build a monument to the supposed martyr.
UvIn another column will be found a call for the
State Teachers Association, to be held in Lancas
ter, Tuesday December 27, lr52.
XXXIII CONGRESS FIRST SESSION.
W.fruixt;Tox, Dec. 14.
Sex ate Mr. Shields int reduced a bill autlior
iy.ing Illinois to select the residue of certain lauds
granted to that Stafe in 1J27 to aid in the con
struction of canals.
Mr. Seward made a motion that all the papers
on file relating to the Nicaragua ship canal be re
fwredto the Cc mmittce en Commerce. .-Vlop-ted'.
Mr. Adams introduced a bill granting land to
Louisiana and Mississippi for railroad purposes.
Mr. Badger introduced a resolution authorizing
committees to employ clerks.
Mr. Sumner offered a resolution directing in
quiry as to the expediency ef having the Ciiited
States statues revised and corrected. Adopted.
Mr. Hunter presented credentials of Mr. Clay,
Senator ele-ct from Alabama, who appeared and
was sworn in.
Mr. Dodge, of Iowa, introduced a bill to organ
ize tlie territory of Nebraska. Referred.
The Sen ale thev adjourned.
IIorsE Mr. Benton stated that by courtesy be
was appointed chairman cf the Military Commit
tee, but while lie was willmg to serve on the
Committee, he felt it inconvenient t discharge
the duties of that jwst. Therefore he had decli
ned, and a Committee had apoiiited Mr. Bissel
Mr. Norton offend a resolution instructing the
Committee on Commerce to report a bill, as soon
as practicable, for the completion of the public
works, fjr which appropriations were made by
the last Congress. Laid on the table.
Mr. Bissel introduced a bill leaking grants of
land to the States and Territories for the benefit
of indigent sane. Referred.
Mr. Went worth, of Illinois, introduced a bill
extending the benefit of the Pension Laws to all
persons serving in the late war with Great Brit
ain and the Indian wars.
Mr. livnu introduced the Homestead Bill : also
a similar lilt was pi ctured by Messrs. Hau svii
Numerous bills were presented, granting lands
Mr. Boycc offered the following:
Pcsnlred, That in view of the large- and increa
sing surplus in the Treasury, the duties on im
ports. should be so reduced as only to raise such
revenue as ma3' lie necessary for ai eronominal
ahiii ir ist ration of government, and that the duties
should be so imposed as to equalize as much as
possible the burdens of taxation to all classes and j
sections, and to insure the abstraction from the
pockets of tins people as little as iossible, over
and above what is paid into the Treasury. Laid
Mr. Ir.ersolt submitted a resolution, callingon
the President fr the correspondence between this
and the Spanish Government relative to the sei
zure and imprisonment and citifcl treatment of
Capt. Beecher and crew, of the schooner North
Carolina, at Porto Rico, some three years since,
fir which no redress has vet been had.
Great Fire in New York.
The Establish mrnt of Messrs. Harper tc Brothers
and other Buildings destroy J Loss $1,000,
000. Ku- Youk, Deo. It. P, M.
At 1 J o'clock yesterday afternoon, the Ciy
Hall bell sounded an alarm of fire for the Seventh
District, which proved to 1e at the immense
book establishment of Messrs. IIarjcr & Broth
ers, which is located at Nos. 80, 82, 84, SO and
88 Cliir street, and extends through to Pearl st.,
occupying the same numWr ;f buildings, viz :
Nos. 325, 327, 329, 331, and 333, two of which
were just erected, and were being finished off.
The origin of the fire was owing to the instanta
neous explosion of some camphene fluid, in a
small room of the upper story of one of the buil
dings, which was used for the purpose of wash
ing the rollers. The flames burst through the
partitions with great fury, and swept in all direc
tions ol the rooms, from building to building, un
til five of them were entirely envelope d in llames.
The alarm and panic was terrific among the
male and female operatives, who barely had time
to fly for safety, and many of the girls found no
other means of egress except from the upper sto
ry windows ly the firemen's ladders.
As the fire appeared perfectly uncontrollable,
and kept increasing with great rapulity, the gen
eral alarm of fire was given by the fire bells, and
the firemen were quickly increased.
There was great anxiety to know whether the
employees of the establishment were safe.
In the various departments there were some
five or six hundred men and women employed
There were two young ladies rescued from the
flames, with severe burns about their arms and
breasts. They were taken to i drug store in
Pearl street, and carefully attended to.
The injuries will probably not prove fatal. The
flames having raged fiercely for about a quarter
of an hour, it was thought they could be deaden
ed in time to save a nortion of the establishment.
The fire became more and more furious, and it
was out of human power to check the flames that
were sweeping all before them through the solid
block from Cliff to Pearl street.
The whole of Harpers' establishment is gone
presses, machinery, stock and everything the
loss to the firm cannot lie less than $5OO,W0.
Next to Harpers', on Cliff st., is Dohcrty'scaid
factory, containing a paper slock of $500,000.
Sixteen buildings in all were destroyed.
After burning southward, (in consequence of
the breeze blowing from the north-west.) the
wind changed and stayed the progress of the fire
toward Frankfort street. Blowing slightly from
the southward, the flames were confined to the
buildings already on fire, and did not spread fur
ther. In the meanwhile three or four houses
opposite Harpers', in ClifTstreet, had caught fire.
Efforts were made to restrain the further spread
of the conflagration iu this quarter, and they
were happily confined to those houses. They
were totally destroyed.
The firemen have worked nobly. The walls
haye fallen in several places. The whole of Har
pers is down. No lives have been lost so fas as
Nearly all the Insurance Companies In this ci
ty will lose more or less bv this conflagration.
The fi re is a dreadful calamity, not only on ac
count of the immense value of the property de-
stroyed, but 011 account cf the great number of;
work people who arc thrown out of employment I
at thi inclement season A the ycai . J
NEWS ATJD MISCELLANY.
The Roman Catholic Bishop of Bufi":ilo has
addressed a letter to the congregation of tU
church at St. Ixmis, in that city, threatening
excominunicate them if they do not conforuj t,
the decision of the Papal Nuncio, and deliver tin lr
church property into his hands.
'SZf A young woman in Puerto Principe, i,ot
yet seventeen 3-cars old, and at her first nrou b.
ment lately gave birth to four stout and hand
siome boys within an hour. They were naimd
Desiderio, Donato, Dronysio, and Deinctiro.
J- The N. Y. Tribune thinks that if Russia
conquers and annexes Constantinople it will in
troduce an effeminacy into the czar's government
that will work its ruin.
(7 Rev. Alanson Lawson, of New Bosmii.
who was injured on the Boston and Maio ILl
rood", at the time the son of Gen. Pierce was
killed, has commenced an action against the
road. His rnrjnry is so severe that he is uuabk
to preach, and he is partially blind.
CCT A grave stone lately cut in Newai k has at
the top a daguerreotype of the deceased
neatly set into the stone.
yi'he States of Delaware, Massachusetts
and Rhode Island, have all rejected projjosit ions
to amend thir constitutions.
" rpjwit SfaiBicns has been arrested at
Chicago for murdering iv"t L.r. need t-i-..
j-cars, by beating, and drowniiij her in a tub. .
The mother was intoxicated.
IHlA'It is announced by a Neapolitan paper
that Gavazzi has lcn excommunicated by ih
Ir'Mrs. Nicliols, of Vermont, and Mrs. Fow
ler, of New York, are canvassing the State of
Wisconsin in favor of the Maine Law. ,
Bishop Ives' look, setting forth his reason;
for transfe-n inz Ins all gience from the Protestant
j K'piscopal to th Romay. Catholic Church, is to,
I ake its appearance in Ixmdon this month.
J" TL? New York National Democrat takes
strong ground1 i fvor of cheap jiostage, and
against a reduction of exitlir rates. Public
seutiiueiit is undoubtedly against any increase.
yy The Railroad war at Erie seems to be still
progressing. On Friday night, the men and
women of Harbor Creek, near Erie, turned out iu
force, and tore up the track again, which had
Wen relaid on the pre ions night by the Coiupa-
j ny s Jaborers- to , ....
To the Teachers of Pennsylvania.
STATK TEACHER'S ASSOCIATION.
The First Annual Meeting of the Association
will be held in Lancaster, commencing Tuesday.
December 27, 1853. The sessions will be contin
ued for three or four days. The active friends of
General Education throughout the State will be
present; and all who feel themselves interested
in the cause are respectfully and urgently reques
ted to. attend, and take pari in the discussions
As stated in the call for a previous meeting, it
is the earnest desire of the present members of
the Association, that it should embrace the Pro
fesses and Teachers in all grades of Schools in
the State. The great object proposed to begain
tJ i to lead to more. lilrial ud enligutencd ac
tion upon the part of every community, in sup
porting schools for the proper education U the
youth of the State, f .r the dutie-s of citizenship :
V) secure such additional legislation as may It
neccsary: to infuse into the minds of Teachers
a love for their profcs';cu. and a desire to honor
it by the highest attainment jn the performance
of their responsible trust; anA to give to the
cause of General Education f'uch a vlacc in the
public mind as iu high importance deanjs.
Humanity, patriotism every high and hoV; mo
tive leads to the fostering and building up of st-h
an Association ; and in view of this wc ask of the
Pulpit and the Press, the People and their Kcj
rcsentatives, their continued and vigorous sup,-,
port. The cause i one ; the action ought to be
harmonious: the cause is universal emancipation
from the thraldom of ignorance : the action uiuU
be spontaneous, cheerful and untiring.
Addresses may be expected from G.M. Whar
ton, Esq., t.f Philada., and from Prof. Jacobus,
D. D-, of Pittsburg.
Business prepared by the last meeting to coiuc
lefore the next meeting
1. A memorial to the Legislature of Pennsyl
vania on the subject of Normal Svliools. Com
mittee Thos. II. Burrowes, J. U. Brown, Prof.
2. The Primary School the Teacher and the
Mode of Teaching. Committee; A. M- Gow, J,
P. Wickersham, S. D. Ingrain.
3. District School Libiaries. Committee-.-Rev.
C. Plotts, P. A. Cregar, T. R. Ilashard.
4. Examination of Teachers. Committee L.
Osgood, John Gregory, M. Gantz. "
5. State and County Superintendents. Com
mittee Elias Schneider, Geo- A. Piper, W. W.
6. School Discipline. Committee R. N. Av
ery, T. F. Thickstun. L. H. Eaton.
Arrangemeuts have been made for a liberal
deduction fiom the usual fare 011 the Railroads, in
favor of jM rsons attending the Association ; the
hospitalrfc city of lAiicaster will welcome the
memliers ; the Committees on the subjects above
named will spare no pains to make their reports
interesting and valuable, and every jpducemcnt
justifies the expectation of a large, enthusiastic
and profitable meeting.
J. P. WlCKERSUAM,
J. M. Bakxktt,
S. D. Ingram, -Geo.
A Pipkr. .
False Awsatiox. A person looking over
the catalogue of professional gentlemen of the
bur, with his pencil wrote against the name cf
one who was of the bustling order ' . .
" Has been accused of possessing talents."
Another, seeing it, immediately wrote und.er,
" He has been tried and acquitted."
New Employment for Women'. We see it
stated iu the city papers that women have taken
up the trade of shoe and boot making that their
specimens thus far arc confined to summer shoes
and gaiter boots, mostlvfor children and their
sex. One writer savs that the work is eoual in
strength and beauty to man's, and that women
can make their 512,50 per week, at this trade,
ca .ilv a. the one purler cf it in fa-trici.