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:1.3 it dr,114 to tapir, a ser.lettont of
this description. (Here Mr. Wright rose to cor
rect the gentleman from Huntingdon, and sai4 the
bill before Congress provided for the actual
settlement of the pre-amptioner with his family on
the land.) Mr. Mlles observed, that the linguae
was ambiguous, and struck him as being intended
for the benefit of speculators. Permanent residence,
by which the country would not be improved, and
the value of the adjoining lands increased, does not
seem to be an essential feature in the pre-emption
title which may be acquired under the provisions of
the bill. The raising of a log cabin, and the occu
pancy of it, for a short time, may give the man the
pre-emption right without his having any Inten
tion of permanent residence. Ile did not know
that this would be the certain effect of the bill, but
its doubtful character was a eufficient objection to
it, and the rejection of the amendment offered by
Mr. Crittenden in the United States Senate, extend
ing the pre-emption right to 320 acres to any ac
tual bons fide settlers, worth not more than one
thousand dollars, which was voted down by the
friends of the bill, wan conclusive evidence, that it
was not the poor that were intended to be benefitted
by its provisions, but that the real object was to put
the public domain into the possession of rich capi
talists and speculators, not only to the injury of
the poor, but to the great detriment of this and the
other states of the Union.
Now, sir, has any solid objection to the passage
of the resolutions been stated on this floor? And
what are the circumstances under which we make
our claim upon the general government I Here
we are, with a debt of about thirty-six millions of
dollars upon us, the interest of which we could not
pay without a resort to taxation. We are in debt,
too, for labor done on our public works, and in
want of means for their completion. Can gentle
men, who are so anxious that our great system of
internal improvements should not be abandoned,
in an unfinished state, justify themselves to their
constituents and their consciences,in voting against
the adoption of the resolutions? I appeal to the
improvement men, and ask them to come to our aid
in pressing the claims of the commonwealth upon
the national government for her just rights—ln the
necessitous circumstances which surround her—
and hope the appeal will not be in vain.
SINKING OF A Rivon's on.—The Havana
Faro Industrial records the sinking of the bed of
the river Almendaries to an extraordinary depth,
on the 30th June last. On 29th, there had been a
heavy fall of rain, causing a great flood, fairly '
sweeping all before it. The very next day. in
place of keeping up, the river fell to a level three
feet below what it had been at any time during the
previous severe drought. So suddenly did the river
fall, that boats, which at the time of the rise were
made fast to the trees, were found the next mor
ning entangled in the upper branches. The im
portance of thin river to the city of Havana is very
great. It supplies the basin and and acqueduct,
upon which the city now entirely depends for its
water, and fears are entertained that it may sink,
so low as to render the acqueduct useless.
FAIORTTOL RAIL ROAD Ace ais,— —The bridge
en the Reading Rail Road, over Mill Creek, near
Manayunk, gave way on the 19th inst., as an up
ward train of thirty-five burthen cars were passing it,
followed by a complete wreck of the greater portion
of the bridge and the almost total destruction of the
care, which fell through with the bridge into the
stream and road below. The locomotive had cleat
ed the bridge within a few yards when the engi
weer discovered by its trembling motion that the
structure was going. He instantly put on a full
bead of steam and succeeded in jumping oil in
safety. The frightful and destructive catastrophe
took place the same instant. The tender went
with the cars, and the locomotive having become de
tached proceeded at a furious speed to Norristown,
and was not stopped until it had gone some distance
beyond that place. Not a life, most fortunately
was lost, and the escape of the engineer was truly
providential. '1 he bridge was about eighty feet
long and elevated about thirty feet.
Church Struck.--Tho Sullivan (New York)
Whig of Thursday states that in a severe thunder I
storm on Sunday last, during the afternoon service,
the Presbyterian church near the voltage of Liberty
in that county, was struck by lightning, which
knocked down some ton or twelve of the congrega
tion. None was killed on the spot, but Mr. Henry
Burr was so badly hurt that his life is despaired of,
and Mr. Young was so seriously burned that he
is in great danger. Moot of the others were also
seriously burned and otherwise injured, but it was
believed not fatally. The interior of the church
was much shattered. Of course there was no light
Drararrc - erra TORNADO.—A violent Tornado
passed through Chambersburg on the 19th, accom
panied with heavy hail. Culhertson's large paper
mill was prostrated, there being at the time about
one hundred persons in the building. Those on
the ground floor escaped unhurt, while most of
those in the second and third stories were greatly
injured. Dr. Culbertson, the proprietor, was caught
between the joist, and remained in extreme agony
for half an hour or more.
WATER Mew/v.--A gentleman yesterday sent
us a small slice" of a watermelon, raised in Mis
&ssippi. It was not so small as it might have been,
however, for it weighed over twenty pounds. It
was cut from a melon of which the entire weight
was 77 pounds. A gentleman at Woodville sent
it to the city as a sample of the present crop. It
was as remarkable for its delicious flavor as its great
sine—it could not have been finer.—N. 0. Pic.
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THE HUNTINGDON JOURNAL
•'One country, one constitution, one destiny."
I:22eaztaCt a aa zpcia co La 9
Wednesday morning, July 31, '44.
.V. B. PALMER, Esq. (No. 59, Pine street
below Third, Philadelphia,) is authorized to act as
Anent fur this paper, to procure subscriptions and
"Once more our glorious Banner out
Upon the breeze we throw;
Beneath its folds, with song and shout,
Let's charge upon the foe!"
FOR VICE PRESIDENT,
OF NEW JERSEY.
CHESTER BUTLER, of Luzerne.
TOWNSEND HAINES, Chester.
at District—Joseph C. Clarkson, of Philadelphia.
2d John P. Wetherill, do
3d John D. Ninesteel, do
4th John S. Litteil, Germantown.
sth Elleazer T. M'Dowell, of Bucks co.
6th Benj. Frick, of Montgomery.
7th Isaac W. Vanleer, of Chester.
Bth William Hiester, of Lancaster.
9th John S. Hiester, of Berks.
10th John Killinger, of Lebanon.
I Ith Alex. E. Brown, of Northampton.
12th Jonathan J. Slocum, of Luzerne.
13th Henry Drinker, of Susquehanna.
14th James Pollock, of Northumberland.
15th Frederick Watts, of Cumberland.
16th Daniel M. Smyser, of Adams.
17th James Mothers, of Juniata.
18th Andrew J. Ogle, of Somerset.
19th Daniel Washabaugh, of Bedford.
20th John L. Gow, of Washington.
21st Andrew W. Loomis, of Allegheny.
22d James M. Power, of Mercer.
234 William A. Irvin, of Warren.
24th Benjamin Hartshorn, of Clearfield.
OF WESTMORELAND COUNTY.
FOR CANAL COMMISSIONER,
OF LEBANON COUNTY.
The Democratic Whig citizens of Huntingdon
county aro requested to meet at the Old Court
House, in the borough of Huntingdon, on
Wednesday evening, 14th August next,
at the ringing of the bell, for the purpose of res
ponding to the nominations of the Delegate Con
vention which will assemble in the afternoon of the
same day, and to adopt such measures as may be
deemed expedient for the promotion of Whig men
and measures at the ensuing General and Presiden
tial elections. By order of the County Committee,
TIIEO. H. CREMER, Chairman.
July 31, 1944.
THE WHIG MASS MEETING
ON THE 24TH INSTANT.
The meeting on Wednesday last, notwithstand_
ing the unfavorable season of hay and oats harvest,
was an unprecedented outpouring of the honest
yeomanry of the country and the hardy eons of
Early in the morning, while most of our citizens
were yet wrapped in slumbers, the delegation from
Williamsburg, numbering about 150 men, landed
in this borough, and marched in procession through
our streets, with martial music, and a sheet iron
banner, with this motto on one side—. Clay, Fre
linghuysen, Markle, Guilford and the Tariff of
1842," and on the• reverse the following—" One
term and less veto, our cause is just and victory is
certain." This delegation carried another banner
upon which was inscribed, in bold capitols, Clay
and the United States." After marching as above
stated they were dismissed for breakfast.
Next came the Snyder township delegation, com
prising four wagon loads, each drawn by four horses,
and well filled with such as as "earn their bread by
the sweat of the brow" at the forges and furnaces
of that truly democratic township. Upon their
principal banner was this inscription—" Snyder
township—she knows and will do her duty." This
delegation also went their way rejoicing in the mu
sic of the drum and fife.
Then arrived the host from the " Big District,"
numbering between 150 and 200. They left their
boat at the packet wharf and funned a procession,
and marched, after martial music, up Allegheny
street to the upper end of town, and then down
Main street to the lower end of that street, where
they were dismissed. " Clay and Markle, and the
Whig Tariff of 1842--The Big District Always
Right" was emblazoned on one aide of their banner
and on the other was a large portrait of the lamen
ted Harrison. Upon the heads of their horses floa
ted appropriate flags.
Delegations also came from 'Warrioremark, Frank
lin and other parts of of the county, of which we
have not space to give a more extended notice. In
deed in all directions could be seen vehicles loaded
with human beings to swell the crowd; and eques
trians and pedestrians came hastening in from every
hill and valley, to mingle with their fellow Whigs
in the " feast of reason and the flow of soul," in
course of preparation.
The delegation from Philadelphia had already ar-
rived, consisting of the following gentlemen ...—J. P.
Wetherill, G .W. Jones, Josiah Randall ,Esq., Col.
John Swift, and the Hon. J. R. Ingersoll, accomPa.
nied by Ulu lion. James Irvin of Centre county,
and several other persons, whose names we are not
able to give.
At half past ten o'clock the meeting artaemiAcd
at the Old court Howie, at the ringing of the bell.
In a few momenta the house was filled, and a crowd
remained outside. The meeting was organized by
calling Gen. James Irvin to the Chair, who upon
taking his seat, stated that it was expected the com
mittee of arrangement would report officers as well
as the order of proceeding; but as that would not
be announced until noon, he would preside at the
preliminary meeting, which was assembled for the
purpose of giving JOSIAII RANDALL, Esq., who was
in feeble health, an opportunity of addressing at
least a portion of the assembly in a covered build
ing. Several young gentlemen who travelled with
the Philadelphia delegation for the purpose of see
ing the country and joining with their Whig breth
ren in their outpourings" and 4 . ingatherings,"
were then called upon by Mr. Jones to sing a song
from the book with the yeller kiver," to the coon
metre. After singing "That Same Old Tune," on
page 33 of the said "yeller kiver" book, and the
Mississinewa War Song," on page 4, Mr. Ran
dall was called on for a speech.
MR. RANDALL remarked that although he was
from the city of Philadelphia, lie was, like those
who attended the meeting, a plain man, and he
would give them a plain speech, in which he inten
ded to address himself to the understanding of those
present. We are afraid to give an epitome or even
a passing notice of the argument of the speaker,
knowing that we must do injustice to it in attempt
ing to do so. We call the speech an argument, for
unlike most speeches on similar occasions, it
, bore no resemblance to declamation, but was an ar
gument so close and logical as to convince every
hearer of the correctness of the positions which he
contended for. He took the ground that up to the
year 1824, when Mr. Clay, from a sense of duty to
his country, thought proper to vote for John Q.
Adams in preference to Andrew Jackson for Presi
dent, his (Mr. Clay's) democracy was not doubted
any where, at any time ; and at that period he was
the acknowledged leader of the Democratic party
in the United States. The history of the country,
and the reminiscences of those who were and arc
his contemporaries, is the most convincing proof of
this fact. And Mr. R. challenged any Locofoco
present to any when or where Mr. Clay ever gave
an anti-Democratic vote since that period. He
paused for a reply. No one, by word or otherwise,
referred to any vote that Mr. Clay ever gave, mili
tating against Democracy. The speaker paused and
stood forth in all the majesty of conscious right, no
one doubting that he was prepared to meet and able
to refute any response that could be made to the
challenge. He then proceeded to prove that the
cardinal principles of the Whig party—the Protec
tive Tariff system, the Distribution and the Cur
rency questions, were advocated by the Democratic
party until the accession of Gen. Jackson to the
Presidential Chair, during whose administration of
eight years, and Mr. Van Buren's four, the party
gradually changed its former doctrines and now op
poses all of them. During the twelve yens' adminis
tration of Jackson and Van Buren nothing but the
charm in the name of " Democrat" held the party
from falling from its united and indivisible condition,
into atoms. If the charm of that name could have
been dispelled the people would much sooner have
risen in their majesty and asserted their rights. In
speaking of the gradual changes of the doctrines
of the Locofoco party, Mr. R. called to his aid an
anecdote, at the same time very apt and argumen
tative. An elderly lady, in the east, bought herself
a pair of fine black silk stockings, which she kept
to wear to meetings on Sundays. Presently she
discovered that holes were worn into the heels of
the black silk stockings, and having nothing else to
darn them with, she used white woollen yarn—and
every Saturday night she would send her grand
daughter to the wardrobe to get her black silk stock
ings, and she continued to dam them with white
woollen yarn till at last none of the black silk was
visible, but the whole stockings had changed to
white woollen ones; and yet every Saturday night
the good old grandmother would send Mary to bring
her " black silk stockings" to darn and wear to
meeting the next day. The "black silk stockings,"
said Mr. R. were like the "Democracy" of our op
' poncnts. They have darned and patched it till it
has not a particle in it of what it was when
new. Only four years ago the rallying cry of the
party was, "Van Buren, Johnson, and Democracy."
Now it is "Polk, Dallas and Texas"—Democracy
is lost altogether.
Mr. R. referred eloquently to Mr. Clay's course
in regard to the Last War, a movement in which
Pennsylvania felt a greater interest perhaps than 1 1,
any other State in the Union, and sent more men
and loaned more money certainly to carry on the '
War than any other State. It was in that glorious
struggle that Henry Clay stood forth, the giant of
Congress, and urged the declaration of war for the
honor of the country: and by his eloquent appeals
and his bold and manly efforts aroused the people,
encouraged the soldiers, and covered himself and
the nation with unfading glory. Mr. R. read sev.
eral extracts from Mr. Clay's patriotic speeches in
favor of the war, as published at the time in Niles'
Register. And from the zealous efforts of Mr. Clay
in Congress, the speaker turned to the bloody con
flict that was then waging on our frontiers, the suc
cessful efforts of General Harrison and his " fight
ing captain," (now General) Markle, the present
candidate of the Whig party for Governor of this
Commonwealth. This was a noble theme, and no
wonder that the speaker became warm, and asked
" where was James K. Polk then? and where was
Henry A. Muhlenberg? It might have been an
swered that Mr. Polk was with his Tory grandfa
ther and that Mr. Muhlenberg was then fighting the
Devil in the Church and got licked aeon after Mar
kle licked the Indians. The crowd might have re
sponded thus, but they did not—they hailed the sig.
nificant inquiry with a tremendous burst of ap
plause. There were then present in the Court
House four gentlemen from Philadelphia, and only
four, who were old enough to bear arms in the last
war; - Col. John Swift, sword in hand, marched a
• company to the field of battle, and so did the Hon.
Joseph R. Ingersoll; Josiah Randall, Esq. and 1 olin
Price Wethorill each shouldered his musket and
marched forth to conflict at their country's call.—
Strange coincidence, but not more strange than
true. James K. Polk, if his age has been correct.
ly stated, is as old as some of these; but what part
d?d he take in the war Keep dark," say his
To such as were acquainted with these facts it
was pleasing to call to recollection the scenes and
the deeds of the last war—to hear of the candidates
—Clay and Markle—and to hear and ace the friends
of the former and the companions in arms of the
latter. A glorious party—great men—the doers of
noble deeds !
We have been digressing. We re'urn to the
speech of Mr. Randall. Re took up the Tariff and
Distribution questions; and proved by documentary
evidence that Mr. Clay is the friend and advocate,
yea the father of the Protective System; and that
Mr. Polk is the friend of Free Trade, or in other
words, the advocate of a Tariff for Revenue only;
and he showed that for this reason Mr. Polk and
his party oppose the Distribution of the Proceeds
of the Sales of the Public Lands. As long as the
proceeds of the sales of the public domain go to
defraying the expenses of the General Government
a low tariff is sufficient for revenue; and therefore
they oppose the Distribution. For the same reason
Mr. Polk opposes granting Pensions to old soldiers
and the widows of old soldiers. Mr. R. contended
that Mr. Polk's hostility to granting Pensions is not
because he is anxious to withhold the money from
those worthy veterans, but because they would take
money out of the Treasury, and, to meet which,
higher duties would have to be imposed ; and to
obviate this necessity and to promote Free Trade,
Mr. Polk opposes measures which lie cannot but
believe to be in themselves right and just. Mr. R.
noticed the attempts of our opponents to create a
belief that Mr. Polk is in favor of a Tariff. They
contend that the views of Mr. Clay and Mr. Polk
on this subject are the same because they both vo
ted in favor of the Compromise Act. Mr. R. gave
a succinct history of that Act, in which he show
ed that while Congress was endeavoring to estab
lish a Tariff, great difference of opinion an 3 differ
ent wishes prevailed in different sections of the
country, and after long discussion and arduous ex
ertions on all sides, there was great danger that
Congress would break up without passing any Tar
iff bill at all; and to avoid this result, the compro
mise was effected. In this the Noah and the South
stood as plaintiff and defendant in a suit. Each
party, as the term " compromise" itself implies,
gave up something; and it is idle and absurd to any
that their interests were identical. Mr. Clay was
in favor of a high, Protective Tariff, and Mr. Polk
in favor of a Tariff for Revenue merely ; and as
this threatened open rebellion and common disas
ter, each surrendered a part of his ilemand—they
met each other half way. This is all the
credit Mr. Polk deserves for voting in favor of the
Compromise Act. He knew that it contained the
lowest rates of duties that the Whigs would sub
mit to, and rather than leave the Government with
out revenue he voted for the bill.
Mr. R. next commented upon the Texas ques
tion, in which he condemned John Tyler and his
alders and abettors, in the most unqualified terms.
He alluded to Mexico as a sister Government--the
oldest in America--one with whom we have been
on terms of peace and friendship. Now Mr. Tyler,
Mr. Polk and other leaders of the Locofoco party,
in violation of solemn treaty obligations, are anx
ious to seize upon part of the territory, towns and
villages of Mexico, and have no other plea or ex
cuse to offer than that Texas is too weak to take
care of herself. For this reason they would An
nex her to the United States. Pirates who seize
upon the treasures of all nations, floating on the bo
som of the ocean, have a moral sense as good as
these men who would wrest Texas from Mexico.
Mr. R. said that it was the pride of the Govern
ment of the United States, that in all her diploma
cy, she never took a dollar from any government,
nor appropriated to herself a foot of ground belong
ing to any other country without giving an equivo
lent for it. This honesty was our pride and boast
—and was unequalled by any other Government.
Yet by Annexing Texas to the Union, Mr. Polk
and Mr. Tyler would tarnish over honor, disregard
our treaty, and rob the oldest of the American Go_
vernments of that which she still claims, and which,
by the law of nations, she has a right to claim.
In conclusion, Mr. R. urged the duty of the Peo
ple of Pennsylvania to rally to the polls at the
Gubernatorial election in October. If the Whigs
carry this State for Gen. Markle, the Locofocos
will not deem it worth while to make an effect at
the Presidential election on the first of November.
The speaker said he knew that Mr. Clay could be
elected without the vote of Pennsylvania, but he
hoped that it should never be said that Pennsylva
nia, for whom Mr. Clay had done so much—to
whom she owed an accumulated debt of gratitude,
would withhold from him her vote at the last op
portunity of showing her respect for him, and her
gratitude for his persevering efforts to promote her
Mr. R. addressed the meeting for about an hour
and a half, during which time he enchained the at
tention of his audience by his masterly eloquence.
While Mr. Randall was addressing the meeting
in the Court House the Alexandria and Porter and
West township delegation landed, headed by the
Alexandria Band of music. This delegation, we
are informed numbered nearly two hundred men;
and carried a banner bearing the following inscrip
tion—.. Alexandria Clay Club—Protection to the
People is Protection to the Nation."
The meeting in the Court House adjourned un
til I o'clock, at which time they met again at the
same place and formed a procession in order to
march to the " Log Cabin" on the farm of John
McCahan, Esq., in the vicinity of this borough.
Besides the delegations already enumerated, was
that of the borough of Huntingdon and the adja
cent country, bearing a large transparency upon
which was painted " Clay, Frelinghuyeen and
Markle, and that same Old Coon grinning exqui
sitely, and a Log Cabin, with the smoke curling up
from the chimney and the latch string Imaging out ;
and also another Pilken banner upon which was in
scribed—a Victory the Reward of Vigilance." They
were, like Markle at Missiminewa, accompanied
with the music of the drum and fife.
The procession was formed and proceeded to the
appointed place under the direction of David Blair,
Esq., Chief Marshal and Thomas McNamara,
Capt. Patton of Petersburg, and A. K. Cornyn,
Having arrived at the appointed place, a beauti
fully shaded grove, where a stand had been erected
for the officers and speakers, and seats for the au
dience, the meeting was organized agreeably to the
directions of the proper committee. Judge Mc-
Cune presided, anointed by Samuel Royer, Israel
Grating and T. H. Hulings, Vice Presidents, and
L. G. Kessler and J. P. Jones, Secretaries. The
minstrels then opened the "yeller kiver" and sung
"Clay and Frelinghuysen" to the tune of Old
Dan Tucker, on page 1, and "Jimmy Polk of Ten
nessee" to the tune of Dandy Jim of Caroline ,
from page 2, which were received with the most
hearty cheers. The President then introduced the
Hon. J. R. Ingersoll, who addressed the meeting in
a most eloquent and chaste speech. Although we
feel certain of falling far short of doing justice to
his remarks, yet we will attempt to give a brief out
line thereof, so that our numerous readers may con
ceive a faint idea of what was said.
Mr. INGERSOLL commenced by remarking that
we were all members of one great family, our in
terests were alike, and our destiny 711118 i be the
same—all of us equally interested in whatever
promotes the interests of our common country.
His first inquiry, was—what are the principles of
the party that support James K. Polk and George
M. Dallas? and when summed up, they amounted
to no more or no leas than Polk and Dallas, Texas
and Oregon. These, said he, are the only principles
they have openly avowed, and the only ones they
seem willing to stand by, unless it is Free Trade.
He showed most clearly that the Whig party,
the party that supports Mr. Clay avowed and main
tamed principles that had something in them—
principles upon the establishment of which de
pends the prosperity of this country. Among
those principles was the Protective Tariff and the
Distribution of the Proceeds of the Public Lands,
and that they had on all occasions openly and fear-
lovely proclaimed it in the North and in the South,
in the East and in the West; and wherever floated
a Whig standard or a Whig banner, there was
written in lettere not to bo misunderstood, Protec
tion to American Industry. He took up the po
litical history of Mr. Polk, and as he turned it over
page after page without distorting or misrepresent
ing, it disclosed a steady, determined, and deep
seated opposition to the Protective Policy. As to
Mr. Dallas, he considered him a good natured, gen-
tlemanly Lawyer, who, during the last war, was in
London, dancing the exciting and agitating waltz
to the great admiration and uelight of the ladies—
while Henry Clay was standing up, Ajax-like, a
"head and shoulders above all men," not in Lon-
don, not at a cotillion party, but in the American
Congress, doing battle for America and its dearest
interests. Mr. Ingersoll opposed the annexationof
Texas in a forcible manner. He represented it as
a measure worthy the head and the heart of such a
man as John Tyler. He said we did not need, nor
did we want Texas, although we might obtain it
for nothing. Gifts, said he, are often dear and
dangerous. It was the gift of an apple that robbed
mankind of felicity. It was the gift of a wooden
horse that reduced Troy to ashes. Gifts in oil ages,
and in all countries, have been instrumental in se
ducing the Legislator and bribing the Judge. Let
us have nothing, said he, but what we earn, and
earn honestly. Let us not seek to extend our do
minions by fraud and injustice. Let us deal hon
estly and fairly with all nations, keeping the Amer
ican flag unstained, and unspotted, by treachery
Mr. Ingersoll next touched upon the contest for
Governor. He told the Whigs they had a candt
date of whom they might be proud ;—a patriot
and a soldier, who bore upon his honest breast the
scars of a hard fought field—a man who had not
only given himself', at the call of his country, but
had given the last dollar he had, and pledged the
farm on which he lived ;—a man against whose
fair fame nothing can be said.
The speech all through was 1 masterly production.
Mr. Ingersoll sustained his high reputation, roaming
occasionally into the regions of the most cots
mantling eloquence. His tone was high, manly,
and dignified ;—no appeals to the passions and
prejudices of men ;—no attempts to excite and lead
estray ; but simply to ascertain where the truth lay
seemed to be the single desire of the gentleman.
In fine, it was just such a speech as an eloquent
mid honest man would make.
lion. JAMES IRVIN being called for, appeared
on the stand, and addressed the meeting for nearly
an hour. His first topic was the Tariff, and in his
remarks thereon, ho showed, by the acts of the res
pective parties, that the Locofocos were opposed to
the Tariff and would, as soon as they obtained the
power, repeal the present rates of duties; and that
the Whig party, to a man, were in favor of the
Tariff, and desired to make it permanent. To
prove this, ho read from the speeches and letters
of prominent members of the Locofoco party, as
well as from those of Mr. Clay. Gen. Irvin also
made an able defence against the slanderous at
tacks upon the character of Gen. Joseph Markle—
contrasted his qualifications and claims with those of
Mr. Muhlenberg, in which our candidate stood upon
the vantage ground—and the speaker urged the
duty of every friend of Mr. Clay, and Whig prin.
ciples to be active in the support of our candidate
for Governor, and to continue exertion until the
ballot boxes shall be closed.
In conclusion, Mr. Irvin renewed his acknowl
edgement of thanks to the Whigs of this county,
and this Congressional district, for the liberal sup
port which ho has more than once received ; and
he wished it to be understood that lie declined being
a candidate for re-election to Congress—that he
has had the usual term allotted to members from
this district, and he had no desire to be a candidate
I again—that he made this announcement not
; through any fear of the result of the approaching
eleetiotrfor he believed sincerely that whoever
shall receive 'the nomination of the Whig party
will be Itiumphently elected. Upon the whole, his
speech was shin, desk and forcible, and was listened
to with great attention.
Mr. SKATES, a young gentleman from South
Carolina, next addressed the meeting in an able
speech' of about half an hour in duration, which
was devoted chiefly to a refutation of the nume.
roue slanders heaped upon Henry Clay, by that
common libeller, Amos Kendall, and his echoes
throughout the United States.
JOHN SWIFT Eng., was then introduced to the
meeting, but as it was already growing late in the
evening, ho made a short speech, in which he set
the principles of the two parties into a very clear
light, and commented upon them in a very terse
and forcible manner.
Mn. RANDALL at length occupied the stand for
a few minutes, stating that he was not aware until
lately, that the mode of electioneering by the Loco.
feces in the interior of Pennsylvania Was to feign
objections to the personal or private charettir of
our candidates; he therefore stated the estimotiort
in which Mr. Clay's acquaintances of both parties
held his character—that he was universally beloved,
and admired by those who have mingled with and
On motion of J. G. Miles, Esq., the thanks of
the meeting were tendered to the Philadelphia dele
gation for their attendance, and their zeal in tho
good caul after. which the meeting adjournei
wi i th thre . cheers for CLAY, FRELINGHUY
SEN an MARKLE.
The meeting from first to last, was conducted
with perfect order and decorum. A number of la
dies were in attendance, which added not a little to
the interest of the occasion. There were also se
veral Locofocos present, who no doubt learned a
salutary lesson from the matter and style of the
speeches as well as from the manners of the speakers.
We could say much more in relation to the proceed
ings of the 24th if our space permitted. Above
we have endeavored to give the proceedings in a
condensed form. So commenced—so progressed--
and so ended the great Whig Mass Meeting.
On Sunday last, in this place, by Daniel Africa,
Esq., Mr. GEORGE WES FBROOK, to Miss
On the 27th of June, 1844, at the residence dills
father-in-law Samuel Royer Esq., Springfield Fur
nace, Huntingdon county, Dr. ROBERT HAM
ILL, aged 29 years. He has left an interesting fam
ily and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss
Cut down in the pride of manhood, Dr. Hamill af
fords an instance of the uncertainty of human life,
and his death is another warning to those whose
youth and health promise them long life, to prepare
to meet their God. But it is also calculated to cheer
the prospects and encourage the the hearts of hum
ble believers, for he died not as those who are with
out hope. For sevital years past Dr. Hamill has
by a chaste life and a godly conversation, adorned
the doctrines of Religion: and when death stared
him in the face, he had no vain regrets for days
misspent—no gloomy apprehensions of the future,
' but all was bright and cheering, and as he sank to
rest in the arms alibi Saviour, he could testify to
the power and efficacy of salvation by faith. May
we imitate his virtues and secure his reward.
Bright be the place of thy soul!
No lovelier spirit than thine.
E'er burst from itsmortal control,
In the arms of the blessed to shine."
STATE OF THE THERMOMETER,
(in this Borough.)
2. r. w. 9 r. x.
7 A. Ar,
Jut 23 - - - -
24 - - - 77 -
25 - - - 72 -
26 - - 69 -
27 - 62
28 - - - 66
29 - - - - 63 -
Auction ! ! auction !! !
Notice is hereby giyen, that public auc ,
ion will be held at
MOORE'S CASH or EXCHANGE
STORE, every night, during the first week
of the August Court, where and when the
'whole assortment of goods will be offered
for sale, consisting of
Sattinetts, Merinoes, Bombazine,
A Ipacha, Calicoes, Bonnet and Dress Silks,
Ribbons, Laces, Bobinete, Hosiery.
Books and Stationary, Glass
and Queensware, Drugs,
Groceries, Boots and
Shoes, Hats and
Saddlery. Zinc, 2
Hanging Lamps, Mor
rison's Patent Scales, 1 Pair
small Scales, 1 large Super Coal Stove,
1 Rifle, and an assortment of Nails, &c. &c.
During each day the goods will be open
for inspection or private sale.
Huntingdon, July 31,1844.
The War:lens and Vestrymen of St. John's
Episcopal Church of Huntingdon haring it
in contemplation to erect a C hurch in the
Borough of Huntingdon, invite proposals
for the construction of a suitable building,
35 feet by 50. A draft and specifications
may be seen at the store of Thomas Read—
and sealed proposals for the building will be
received up till the 9th of August next, ad
dressed to THOS. READ,
A. P. WILSON,
Wardens of St. John's Episcopal
July Si, 1844.
THE undersigned would re
-41,11.181,ZA specttully inform the public
W , arriS'A that he has commenced tha
Saddle & Harness
making business in all its various branches
in Market street, Huntingdon, 3 doors wes
of Buoy's Jewelry Establishment, where he
is prepared to accommodate all who ma)
favor him with their custom. He will keep
constantly on hand SADDLES. BRIDLES,
HARNESS, TRUNKS, V ALICES, &c.
By strict attention to business, he hopes to
receive a liberal share of public patronage.
0:7 All kinds of grain, poik, and hides
taken in exchange for work.
JOHN BUMBAUGH, Jr,
Huntingdon, July 24, 1844.