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Sept. 11, 1844.-6 m.
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417017 OR'S NOTICE.—The under
signed, :tuditor appointed by the Court of
Uummuti Pleas of Huntinolon county, to
apporpriate the money arising from the
Sheriff's Sale of the real (state of Jno. Spur
ogle, Jr., hereby . gives notice to all persons
interested that he will attend fur that pur
pose at his office, in Huntingdon, on Friday
' e 25th Octobez• next, at 1 o'clock, P. M.
Sept, 18, 1844
AUDITOR'S NO I'ICE.-- The under
signed, appointed auditor by the Court of
Colon. Pleas of Huntingdon county, t, ap
ite the moneys arising from the Sher
iff 's sale of the real estate of Robert Lowry,
deceased, hereby gives notice to all persons
interested, that hr will attend for that put •
pose at his office in Huntingdon, on Friday
be 25th October nott, at 10 O'Clolk, A. M.
AUDITOR'S NOTICE.—..The under
&gned, auditor appi,intud by the court of
common pleas of Huntiiigd.o county, to ap
propriate the moneys arising from the •Sho.-
iff 's sale of the real estate of Smuel S. Bar
ton, hereby givcs notice to all persons inter
ested. that he will attend for that purpose at
his office, in Iluntingd,m, on Friday the 25th
day of October next at 1 o'clock, P. M.
. GEORGE 1 AYLER.
Sept. - 18, 1844. Auditor.
AUDITOR'S NOTICE.—The under
signed, auditor appointed by the court of
common pleas of Huntingdon county, to ap •
propriate the moneys arising from the Sher
iff 's sale of the real estate et Kueedler,
hereby gives notice to all persons interested,
that he will attend for its it purpose at his
, ffice in Huntingdon, on Friday the 25th of
October next. at 1 o'clock, P. M.
Sept. 18, 1844. Auditor.
AUDITOR'S NOTICE.--The under •
signed, auditor appointed by the court of
common pleas of Huntingdon ccunty, to
make distribution of the assets in the hands
f Randal Alexander, Fsc). and Nathan
Rickets, assignees of David W. Rickets,
hereby gives notice to creditors and all in
terested in said distribution, that he will at•
tend for thrt purpose at his office in Hunt
ingdon, on Friday the 25th October next, at
1 o'clock, P. M.
AUDITOR'S NO ;'ICE.---Take notice,
that the undersigned auditor appointed by the
Orphans' Court of Huntingdon county, to
d istvibute the assets of the estate of John
Cloyd, late of Cromwell township, det'd.,
in the hands of David Burket, his adminis
trator. will for that pupose attend at his
office in Huntingdon on Friday, the 4th of
October next, at 10 o'clock, A. M., when
and where all persons having claims against
said estate will present them, or he forever
debarred from coming in upon said fund.
GEO. I'AYLOR, Auditor.
September 11, 1844.
AUDITOR'S NOTICE ---Take notice,
that the undersigned auditor, appointed by
the Orphans* Court of Huntingdon county,
to distribute the assets of the estate of Levi
Westbrook, late of Walket township, clec'd.
in the hand; of his Executor, will tor that
purpose attend at his office in Huntingdon,
on Friday, the 4th day of October next, at
10 o'clock, A. M., when and where all per
sons having claims against said estate will
present them, or be forever debarred front
coming in upon sail fund.
Sept. 11, 1844. Auditor.
AUDI TORS' NoucE.—Notice is here
by given to all persons, that the subscribers
have been appointed by the Orphans' Court
of Huntingdon county, Auditors to appor
tion and distribute the real and personal es•
tate of Peter Swoope, late of the borough
of Hunti.gdon, in the county of Hunting
don, deed. ,to and among his heirs, lega
tees, Exc., agreeably to his last will and tes
tament ; and hat they, the said auditors,
will, on the 11th day of October next, meet
at the office of Geory Taylor, Esq., in the
borough of Huntingdon, to perform the du•
ties assigned to them, when and where all
persons interested may attend if they think
J A COl4 MILLER,
THOS. F ISH
Aug. 28, 1844. Auditors.
AUDII'OR'S NOTICE.--Take notice
that the undersigned auditor, appointed by
the court of common pleas of Huntingdon
county, to distribute the proceeds ot the sale
of the real estate of Samuel Caldwell, will
for that purpose attend at the office cf Isaac
Fisher, Esq , in Huntingdon, on Friday the
18th of October next, at 10 o'clock A. M..
when and where all persons are required ti
make their claims known, or be debarred
from coming in upon said fund.
Sept. 25, 1844. -luditor.
TO ALL NA HCM IT MAY CONCERN.
—Take ',mice that the members of the Ist
Presbyterian Church of the borough of
Hollidaysburg, by petition at August Term,
last, ~f the Court of Common Pleas of Hun
tingdon county. have made application tin•
a Charter of Incorporation for said church ;
and if no sufficient cause is shown to the
contrary, the said court will, on the second
Monday of November next, decree a charter
of Incorporation to the mid church.
JAMES STEEL, Protley,
Proth'ys. Office, Hunt
ingdon, Sept. 11, 1844. 5
J. SE‘N ELL S I EWART,
Office in Main street, three doors west
of Mr. Buoy's Jewelry establishment.
February 14, 1843.-11.
Prom Mc Pittsburg Anterican.
r. SET.Vallt and the Catholics I I
We have made frequent allusions to a fact well
known in this cit , , and never denied here, either by
Mr. Shunk himself or his friends, in regard to his
tampering with the Dutch and Irish Catholics with
no other ostensible view then of obtainiag their
good offices at the coming election. So long as it
remained undenied we rested upon our simple charge
of the fact, so well known in this city; but seeing
that it has been openly and publicly denied in some
of the Philadelphia papers, we now proceed to the
formal substantiation of the charge. The " Penn
sylvanian," published at Philadelphia, under date
of 7th September, after copying our article, or part
of it, goes into . a denial of (Mr. Skunk's) having
walked itt procession with the Catholics, or in any
way participating with them in any of their Church
ceremonies, and says:
"Nor did Mr. Shunk ever take part in any Ca
tholic ceremonies, as the writer above quoted asserts.
He has never, indeed, witnessed any of the observ
ances but once, and that was when he was present
at the laying of the corner stone of a Catholic
Church, in company with many other citizens of
Pittsburg, of every variety of sect. He was merely
as a spectator, taking no pert whatever in what was
going on. It will therefore be seen that a greater
number of flagrant falsehoods could not easily be
packed together than are to be found in this con
temptible effort to excite prejudice against Mr.
Shank and to make political capital from unhappy
And now for the proof.
"Seeing it stated in a newspaper called the
Pennsylvanian,' published at Philadelphia, under
date of 7th September last, that Francis R. Shunk,
at presents candidate for the office of Governor of i
this Commonwealth, did not participate in the cer
emonies of laying the corner stone of a Catholic
Church in the city of Pittsburg, and that he was ,
only there, like other citizens, and "merely as a
spectator, taking no part whatever in what was go
ing on," we make the following statement of what
we witnessed on the occasion of that Catholic pro
cession, at the laying of the corner stone of the i
German Catholic Church in the sth ward of said
city. That we, the subscribers to this instrument
saw the said procession passing through the streets
of Pittsburg. Several priests, or persona dressed
and appearing as such, headed the procession, hav
ing a cross carried with them ; that immediately
behind the priests, or in the forward part of the
procession, we distinctly observed FRANCIS R. !
SHUNK, Esq. walking bare headed end in the
procession, as one participating in the ceremonies
thereof. That at th, time ua saw him, us aforoaaid,
he was walking linked arm in arm with Mr. Antho
ny Bcelen, a respectable merchant of this city, be
longing to the Catholic Church; and further state,
that of all those we saw in said procession, Mr.
Shunk was the only one known to us as not belong
ing to the Catholic Church. That many citizens,
with ourselves, were looking on said procession as
spectator., but that the procession was a distinct
thing from such a crowd.
J. W. Lightner, James Montooth,
John H. Cassel, Matthew Sloan,
John 'Wilkinson, Robert Waisey,
H. Mitchell, John W. Harbach,
Abijah Ferguson, John Taylor,
To this list we, could add names of dher well
known citizens sufficient to fill out a page of our
paper. For further testimony on the subject,should
such be required, we refer to
Mr. GEORGE MILTENBERGER, one of the oldest
citizens of Pittsburg.
Mr. JACOB PAINTER, merchant, Liberty street.
Mr. TOBIAS Mrves, merchant, Liberty street. rias;angton, Pa.. Dee. 10, 1843.
Mr. BENJAMIN WEAVER, merchant, Liberty BEAR Stn.—Numerous friends have called on
street, and lath Sheriff of Allegheny county. me recently in consequence of the report that has
got into circulation that Fr ancis li. Shunk, had,
Mr. ANTHONY B EELEN. shortly after his removal to Pittsburg, marched in a
Capt. ASIIBRIDGE, one of the present Overseers Catholic procession, and participated in laying the
of the Poor, and many oilier citizens. corner stone of a German Catholic Church in your
cite, for the purpose of making political capital;
To this we append the statement of Mr. Cssuct, and that on the occasion referred to, there were
an old and highly respectable citizen of Pittsburg, great rejoicings, firing of cannon, military parades,
giving a more detailed account of the order of the &c., &e., by the Catholics of your city.
. e report e
injuring Mr. Shunk'e
procession. Attempts are made, as well in the above T.
article, as by Mr. Skunk himself, to represent lain Christian , .
ian, would attempt to republican,
a toconne . et religion with
merely as a spectator—a looker on like other Proles- politics, and make it an instrument for his personal
taut citizens lathe ceremonies. How completely the and political aggrandizement.
for t he
of t i le .,
e o7 ru t i o h be
z i d
reverse of this is dr., fact; will be found by
eluded to write to you on the subject, assuring you
at the same time, that if it he true, much as I admire
M r. Skunk, and strenuously as I advocated his norni:
nation, I will most assuredly oppose him with all my
In this it will be seen that Mr. Cat;key has given
a graphic account of the procession, with a dia
gram of the order of march, by which the Priests,
with Mr. Shunk, at the lead of the column, are
made to describe the form of a double caoss the
position of Air. Skunk forming a beam thereof.
MR. CASKEY'S STATEMENT,
I certify that I saw the procession of Catholics
on the occasion of their la! ing the corner stone of
the Getman Catholic Church, in the fifth ward of
the city of Pittsburg. That Francis R. Shank
walked in procession in a distinguished manner.=
That the order of said procession was as follows:
First was the host; second the Bishop; next two
or three priests ; next came the crucifix ; then three
priests; next to these came Francis R. Shenk, An
thony Beelen and a priest, after these, two priests.
all walking bare headed as did Mr. Shank, also;
these were followed by theblaity walking two and
two. The following describes the order and head
of the procession t
P. P. P.
P. P. P.
P. S. 11.
That I saw the procession on its march to St
Paul's Church near the entrance to said Church:
That I do not remember seeing any other person
than Mr. Shank, except Catholics, in said proces
sion. That Mr. Shutik, to all appearance, wee
participating in the ceremonies of the day as much
as any member of the Catholic Church, and onto
elated with the priests thereof. That he was in the
procession, not in the crowd of spectators. That I persons, the majority of whom are members of' the
I was standing at the time in Grant s hill, and after ! German Catholic Church, recommending Francis
the procession entered St. Paul e, I saw no more of :R. Shunk for Governor. This list, also contains
it. That the mid procession was proceeded at some i the names of some leading influential members of
distance by the military carrying the United States , the Catholic Church, who are somewhat noted for
flag. I prostituting their holy religion to purposes of politi.
-- "Certified and signed this thirteenth day of Sep. Cal, as well as personal aggrandizement. This is
tember, 1844. not all, those venal and corrupt Editors of the
JOSEPH CA SKEY, Moro mg Post, one of whom is apparently a de-
Mr. Caskey is a gentleman of wealth and respec- vout Catholic, previous to the event refe.rred to. were
tibility, well known throughout this city—as a a n tzei,t,,l. - o ,: e d
C 4 ,707. i 'L"L: 1 0Hor:tili,t, h erobgsetti
member and communicant of the Rev. Mr. Black's that Mr. Shook was disposed to conciliate, by the
Church. i most abject and contemptible sycophancy, their
. . . . . . .
In addition to this, we append to this paper near-1 Catholic. brethren, they suddenly turned their backs
1 f u t to n n dtt tl h ilir a f n o d ni t t l e t r e fa b v i oritea, forgetting the claims of
ly the whole of an article which apnearcd in a lo gnatt,iohtotstBott'ftgadravtiatundde,wttolladvo
cofoco paper, called the Republican, and printed at cate the cause P of a o ma i
Washington, Pa., under dste of 9th of February i elevate himself in the political world, at the rick of to
the peace and quiet of that church for which they
last, when Mr. Shank. was spoken of as a eandi. 1
, profess so t much veneration. My friend, if you
date for Governor in opposition to Mr. Hultlenberg.
The facts arc their !aid down, and upon locofoco 1 1 red i t a o n , y re s ad ro t n l g iren c c o lo n s fi ed nua e t e io rt l ifi o c f at t e h , e report 'gd re i f y "-
number of respectable demo rata of t i' l l tis ne) county, l
authority. 'wire article is in the following words: i
! some of whom are pious and zealous members f
a With whet true instinct which governs dema
gogues, when seeking political preferment, Mr 1 I. h ,i e t h e t n g lic dChurch' but who larne : t• in common
Shunk, believing that his only chance for the nomi- ! clone ' should citizens, that
the vilep o u f rp o o u s r es S o o f
tion for Governor would be to make himself a 1 political aggrandizement.
. . . _. .
As I do notwish to be drawn into political Western Man, came to Pittsburg a short time ago,
knownussions of any kind, I beg of you not to make
and made a temporary lodgment in Allegheny coon-unless Mr. Skunk P 11.11.1 deny
ty, where he is styled the Anti-Porter candidate, ttrutli myof name,l in that event lam
prepared overt these
r t e t r i l,, t t itt uarvee,
and gives the people to understand that he c:Ss op
posed to certain anti-democratic measures of Gov. by indubitable
Porter's administration, particularly the Special I I am, very truly yours,
Message, the "infamous Relief Law," &c. NOW
let us examine this matter, and see how the fact
stands. The Special Message--so disgraceful to
the Governor himself, and insulting to the Legisla
ture as well as the Democratic party of the State
—was delivered by Mr. Shank to both Ifouses in
his capacity of Governor Porter's Secretary of the
Commonwealth, and although he now says be was
nut aware of the contents of the Message when he
carried it to the Legislature, it is presumable that he
did know, or that he was very remiss in his duties
as Secretary of the Commonwealth. If Mr. Shank
really disagreed with Governor Porter in relation to
those very objectionable measures (the Special Mes
sage and the Relief Bill) it waa his bounden duty,
as an honorable man and a round Democrat, to re
sign his office and leave the cabinet of Governor
Porter. Instead of doing,a, however, he remained
in his cabinet for nearly two years afterwards, and,
no doubt, would have remained tl.ere to the present
day, if Governor Porter had not refused to re-ap
p4 'ut him.
Mr. Shunk's friends urge hie claims on the ground
that he is poor; and yet he has been kept in tare,
and fed at the public crib nearly all his life, having
been Secretary to the Canal Board, Clerk to the
House of Represent%tives, excretory of the Com
monwealth, &c., &c., &c. His father-in-law has
been Governor of the State, Treasurer of the Mint,
Senator in Congress, &c. One of hi, brother-in
laws, the Into lamented James Findley, of Pitt.
burg, has been Secretary of the Commonwealth,
and (mother at the present •'time is Judge of the
Mayor's Court and Recorder of the city , of Lancas
ter, which taking all things into consideration, is
doing very well for one family.
To satisfy the people of this county that Mr.
Shank is unworthy the confidence and support of
the upright and honorable Democracy, read the fol.
lowiag correspondence with a very respectable citi
zen of Pittahury.
I am, very reepeetfuliy, yourr.&e ;
Pittsburg, Jan. 25,1644.
My Dear Sir—Your note of the 10th ult., in
quiring into the truth of a report circulating in
your county that Francis R. Shunk actively partici
pated in the ceremony of laying the corner stone of
the German Catholic Church in the fifth ward of i
the city of Pittsburg, was duly received ; but in
consequence of sickness in my family, and bug-
ness engagements of an important character, I have
not been able to reply to it until the present time.
Although much averse front the habit and feeling
to meddling with political questions, yet on account
of our long end confidential intercourse, anti with
a view to giving information to any of my fellow ,
citizens who may feel interested in this subject, I
have taken much pains to ascertain the truth of the
report referred to. For the purpose of acquiring
correct information in relation to this matter, I have
applied to persons entirely unconnected with poll- I „ Nor did Mr. Shank ever take part in antil
tics, and in whose veracity I have the moat implicit
catholic cerernanies, as the writer above asserts.—
confidence, and they have muted use, that the re
port is ti ue in its length and breadth, and, moreover, He has never, indeed, witnessed any of the obser
that many of Mr. Shank's political as welt as per- vaneea of that persuasion but once, and that was
when he was present at the laying of a corner-stone
send friends speak of his conduct on that occasion
in terms of 111111thilified condemnation.
eta Catholic Chard), in company with many other
The fact of his participation in this ceremonyis
a matter, of general notoriety, and in his commu-
citizens of Pittsburg, of every variety of sect. He
nity there are but few people who have charity was merely as a spectator, taking no part what
enough to attribute it to honorable motives. The ever in what was going on. It will therefore be
success of this political movement,for I cannot con-
seen that a greater number of flagrant falsehoods
I sistently with truth give it
any other name, may be
could not easily be packed together than are to be seen by referring to a han dbill published some
months ago, and signed by three or four hundred found in thin conteimptable effort to excitepredutliee
The following arc a few of the leading German
Catholics, the handbills alluded to cumulus about
fox hundred more.
C. I loeveller,
The undersigned certify that the facts set forth in
the above letter aro true.
0. W. Hunt, David Wooster,
Calvin Gun, W. S. Moore,
J.H. Newton, Noah Mason,
Thos. 0. Kennedy, John Y. Carroll,
Edw. P. Muhliken, Sineus Conklin,
W. F. Maeguire, Zenas Hastings,
D. 1,. Lynch, Samuel S. Foster,
Chas. P. Ramsey, Duncan Stewart,
;eO. F. Trotter, David 0. Reilly,
11. A. Welsh, George r.v Dolman,
A R. Swearengen, Samuel C. Lashy,
John M. Lisle, George H. Geddes,
Patrick M. Doran, J. B. Galt,
lather Rice, Samuel Mcßoberts,
J. MeDorney, John Dangerfield,
Toney Proctor, William Gillett,
George Maguire, Henry Muse, Jr.
S. Iticlehurgh, R. C. Owen,
Amer M'Carthy, William Gresham,
Benj. F. Edwards, Donald McLean,
Green Taylor, Nath. Phillips,
James Gudwity, Hump. Ricketson,
R. A. Galloway, Barnet Romer,
i John M. Kellar, Gold P. Silliman.
Thus you will perceive by the evidence adduced,
that Mr. Shook, (iflu, ever had any claims on the
West) has, by his pondering to religous prejudices,
forfeited the respect and confidence of all high
minded and honorable democrats.
The above is as we find it in a Locofoco pa.
So much therefore for the denied procession and
Mr. Skunk's share in it. We shall he equally per
emptory in relation to the desecration of the flag on
the some occasion, for we intend to get for Mr.
fhunk, All the political Catholics) that his cervices
in their cause can fairly claim for him.
[From lli,e Pittsburg Spirit of Me Age, a neutral
FRANCIS K. SIIIINIC AND THE FOR.
To the Honest Voters of Pennsylvania.
ILLOW-C ITI zErte—The approaching guberna ,
tonal campaign renders it proper that every circum
stance tending to throw light upon the present po
sition of the candidates of all parties should ha laid
before the voters of our State, whilst the conduct of
any one of them, which may render him an unfit
man for the office, should be fully exposed.
With this view of the matter, as an American
citizen and a native of the Keystone State, I take
the liberty af addressing you on a subject of vast
importance to us all, trusting that all honest men
will weigh the matter calmly and decide under-
stand in Aly.
FRAN., %Pawn: is now the candidate of a
powerful party in Pennsylvania for the office of
Governor. I believe that it can be fully established
that this man, like W. H. Seward, the late Whig
Governor of New York, bowed low for FOREIGN
VOTBS, thus manifesting a contempt for his fel
low-citizens of native birth and A merle. education,
who have inherited American principles from their
forefather/, which you /Mould not aulrer to pass un
rebuked at the BALLOT BOX.
It having been charged that Mr. Shunk had (al
though professing to be a Protestant) actually par
ticipated in the ceremony of laying the corner-stone
of a Catholic Church, erected by our German cit
, lune, the Pennsylvanian, a Philadelphia paper sup-
porting him, published the following denial of the
I charge t
\lo.Y'Llaar)llcm• ~®v ,c-.),(iia.
against Mr. Shunk and to make political capital
from unhappy sectarian excitement."
This was certainly explicit enough—all it lacked
was TRUTH. To prove that Mr. Shunk did
..take part" in such a ceremony, I refer to the
following certificates, signed by respectable citizens
of Pittsburg, whose word cannot be disputed. But
first I may remark that I would not oppose Mr:
Shank for taking part in this ceremony, because it
ryas Catholic, but because HE IS NOT A OATH
, OLIC, and had no business there; he could only
have been actuated by a base desire te Get German
Catholic votes, by a course displaying so much of
the demagogue in it as to render him an unworthy
r man to be trusted with the office he aspires to by
such contemptible truckling to foreign feelings—by
such a shameful attempt at an" union of Church and
State," which all true republicans must condemn.—
The following certificates will bear me out in ell
I have stated above:
' , Seeing it stated in a newspaper called the 'Penn- ,
sylvanian,' published at Philadelphia, under date
of 7th of November last, that Francis R. Shank, at
present a candidate for the office of Governor of this
Commonwealth, did not participate in the ceremo
nies oflaying the corner-stone of a Catholic Church
in the eity of Pittsburg, and that he was only there,
like other citizens, and 'merely as a spectator, ta
king no part whatever in what was going on,' we
make the following statement of what we witness
ed on the occasion of that Catholic procession, at
the laying 4 the corner atone of the German Cath
olic Church in the sth ward of said city. That
we. the subscribers to this instrument, saw the said
procession passing through the streets of Pittsburg•
Several priests, or persons dressed and appearing as
such, headed the procession having a cross carried
with them; that immediately behind the priests, or
in the forward part of the procession, we distinctly
observed Francis R. Skunk, Esq., walknig bare
headed, and rt the procession, as one participating
in the ceremonies thereof. That at the time we
saw him, as aforesaid he was walking linked arm
and arm with Mr. Anthony Becton, a respectable
merchant of this city, belonging to the Catholic
Church; and further state, that of all those we saw
in said processions, Mr. Shank was the only one
known to us as not belonging to the Catholic
Church. That many citizens, with ourselves. were
looking on said procession as spectators, but that
theproccssion was a distinct thing from such a
J. W. Lightner,
John H. 6Resel,
"I certify that I saw the procession of Catholics
on the occasion of their laying the corner stone, of
the German Catholic Church, in the Ffth Ward of
the city of Pittsburg. That Francis R. Shenk
walked in said procession in a distinguished manner.
That the order of said procession was as follows: Ist
was the host; second the bishop; next two or three
priests; next came the crucifix ; then three priests;
next to these came Francis R. Shank, Anthony
Beelen and a priest; after these, two priests, all
walking bare headed, as did Mr. Shur* also; these
were followed by the laity walking two and two.—
The following describes the order and head of the
Three Catholic Priests.
Three Catholic Priests.
Priest. r. R. chunk. A. Beelen,
Two Catholic Priests.
German Catholics in Procession.
"That I saw the said procession on its march to
St. Paul's Church, near the entrance to said church.
That I do not remember seeing any other person
than Francis R. Shank, except Catholics, in said
procession. That Mr. Shank, to all appearance,
woo participating in the ceremonies of the day as
much as any member of the Catholic church ,
and associated with the priests thereof. That he
was in the procession, not in the crowd of spode
' tors. That I was standing at the time in Grant's
hill, and after the procession entered St. Paul's, I
saw no mom of it. That the said procession was
proceeded at come distance by the military carrying
the United States Flag.
" Certified to and eigned this thitteenth day of
To this conclusive evidence I might add much
more, and can now refer to Mr. Geo. Miltenberger,
one of the oldest citizens of Pittsburg, Mr. Jacob
Painter, merchant, Liberty street ; Mr. Tobias My
ers, merchant, Liberty street t Mr. Benjamin Wea
ver, merchant, Liberty street, and late Sheriff of
Allegheny county ; Mr: Anthony Beeler., of the
Catholic church; Capt. Ashbridge, one of the pre
sent overseers of the Poor, and many other citizens.
It is unnecessary to speak further upon this:subject.
I leave the reward of such conduct to the freemen
of my native State, confident they will treat it as
It is proper to state that, after the procession, Mr.
Shook accompanied Mr. Beelen to his house, where
as some reward for his base bowing to foreign influ
ence, he was toasted as the next Gover
nor of Pennsylvania!
Will the voters of Pennsylvania confirm this
A NATIVZ Of PiNNITLTANI,
Sept. 14, 18:4.