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TDEsiiEe I FULLY intm m the citizent
444 of the hors ughand comity of Fltiottug
tlon, the public gene v:illy, and tio ir uld
blends mid customers hi par , ieuhr, that
they contittur to carry on busiues in tilt it
new establisment, t,ue do, I ta st of tht
north eastern corner el the I.) , l , niumi in sou'
borough, where they are pr, p. to :401:
whoksalo and retail, till articles in their
line of busim•ss; such. as
Sideboards, Seereiaies, Sot.
fax, Settees, larecr►►s,
workstands, card, pier, centre
dial air and breakfast tables;
High, Field, French, and Low Pesl
81l D S 14; A D S
ALSO—Every v;,riety of
each 7n4 Rush seat, Cane ,enißnlb. Bust
Straight tack Bn,ton paters,
4. Common Racking Chairs, tutee her
of all colors, qualities and sizes; nod Paper
Hanging of various patterns and qualities
N. B. Co ffi ns ma te and funerals ;metl
ed either in town or country, at t lie shortest
notice. They keep a splcioid HEARSE
for the accommodation at their customers.
Nov. 29, 1843.
Alk LAY/4
Office in Main street, three doors wesi
of Mr. Buoy's Jewelry establishment.
February 4, 1843.--tl.
STRAY COW.—Strayed from the sub
scriber, living in the borough t , f Alexandria,
more than a month ago, it red and whit,
spotted cow, with a white face, and a mark
on one of her horns, nearly the shape of an
0. Said cow is near calving, or probably
has calved by this time. Any infinauntion
that could be given, respecting sled stray,
would be thankfully received by tli subscri
January 15, 1895.
eir,ML&NK BONDS to Constables NI. Stu,
of - Execution, under the new law, just
printed, and for sale, at thisolhee,
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"To chant , the languid hours of solitude,
He oft invites her to the ,Macs lore."
Prone Me St. Louis Revel /c.
song of the ditor.
Sit! Sit! Sit !
rrom matin hour till twilight gloom,
He's a • fixture' there in his dusky room !
Away the moments flit,
And the world outside, with joyous din,
Moves gaily on—but the world within
Is ham, and toil. and core !
No turn knows he in the weary day
But the turn that shows the pivot's play,
As he tarns his easy chair!
Think ! Think ! Think !
In the smith's bright fr, ,, , the fire glows,
But the smith IIiMRPII the bellows blaws—
Unheard the hammer s c!ink !
Not so the lire that lights the brain
Of him who wears the gathy chain,
Or makes the press vng. gn
He must flash with light, and glow with heat,
With quill in hamd his brain must twa—
ddle never indulge a Gloat !
Write! Write! Write!
Tho' Jitney soar on it tired wing,
She must still her tribute celestial bring,
Nor own a weary flight!
And reason's power's and Mint ry's store,
Must prove their strength, and bring the lore
Antique, and sage and mystic :--
For these to the uttermost thou lit and particle,
Must go in to-morrow's leading article'—
Of argument—wit—statistic!
Lie! Lie! Lie!
If he happen to ho a party hack,
He must echo the yell of the greedy pack,
And shout the demon cry !
To Honors appeal he must never hark,
But aim, aim like Death, at a shining mark,
As he speeds the poison d dart !
And then, when the battle so tierce is o'er,
And the victor's apportion the captur'd store,
Their Martha shall he Its part
Clip! Clip!Clip!-7
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No • eablinging' she, r 4 Ilia hands doth hold,
But thew with which the current gold,
By lawful right he'll clip,—
The' Devil' in gone, but ho will not fidl
Of a prompt return with the • morning =W—
A basket full of • exchanges'--
And then the editor opens and skims—
Aceidents—deaths—di,o eri n—wl.i,ns—
As over the world he ranges
Paste! Paste! Paste!
With a camels hair brush, and a broken cup,
lie gathers the goo Ker diaorographs spy.
And sticks them on in haste:
The , Devil' appears. with a grin and a bow--
. Please sir, they're waitin' for , copy now'
He says, in accents solemn
'The foreman thinks he'll soon impose
The outside forin with scraps of prose,
And the lender may be a column !'
Pay ! Pay ! Pay !
The 'world' is done work on a Saturday night
And hounds with n step of gay delight
To hi, wife and babes away !
But round the editor, see ! a score
Of honest jaurs' who tense him sore—
And ho may not he unbeedful ;
Tho' blight is the wit that eon furnish there,
The means to relieve them all from rare,
By shelling them out the needful !'
Prom the Weekly Argus.
The little man Tale.
Folk say I've got a little tnan,
No more my heart does ache ;
Folk say he's small, 'tis all they can,
I love him, he's my JAKE.
O how some girls do fret and cry
You'd think their hearts would break:
'Tis I can toll the reason why—
Because they've got to JAKE.
Young tnaids a lesson take from me,
While young he wide awake;
For all our old maids must agreo—.
That's hard to tind a JAKE.
Many fair men are happy now,
Whom I refused to take;
A silly girl was I, I crew,
But fortune gave me Joan.
Since ktune bath thus favned me,
In dreams, or wLon awake;
I vow I cannot happy be
When absent from my Jo o.
To a Child with Flowers.
Let thy life he like the flowers,
Springir g in their wild•wood bowers!
Springing. seen not and alone,
From mill nook and niossy stone;
Starting up by silver rill;
Slumbering 'neatli the shadowy hill;
Hidden in the tangled grass.
Noted sealer, by those who pass,
Sweeter here than sweetest sound,
Breathes their fragrant breath around!
Let thy life be like the flowers,
Springing in the wild-wood howersi—
Clouds may darken up the sky;
Angry witah go tas coping by ;
Patter down the chilling rain;
Yet mid all they ne'er complain,
But front out their quiet nooks
Scatter smiles and pleasant looks;
Searching thus the hearts of all,
Sweet content, whate'er befall.
POVERTY.—Is poverty a erime I Certainly, it
must be so, for we see the rich rascal courted, his
offences forgotten ! while a poor man, with no
stain upon his character but poverty, is shunned
and of no repute! There ie a redeeming grace in
gold which hides all iniquity.
In the House of Representatiaes, February 4th.
Against the B:t for theerection of Blair county
out of parts of Huntingdon and Bedford.
MR. I3RE WSTER roee and said
Mn. SPEAKER is with some degree of pain,
sir, that I appear before you in the attitude of a ,
public speaker. I have never been accustomed to
it, and esperially do I feel on the present occasion.
and before the present assemyy, that embarrass..
mint which is so natural, so peculiar to my coosti-
Whim But. painful as it is, mid unaccustomed as
I am, I yet feel myself impelled by a high and im
perative sense of duty to my constituents, to raise
my puny arm in opposition to the passage of this
bill. I feel strongly inclined to say something on
this question, besides merely casting my silent neg
alive upon it. That the town of Hollidaysburg has
grown up to be n place of considerable note mid
importance, is a fact that I arn quite free to admit,
That the people themselves are an enterprising, en
ergetic, and generous people. I am no willing to
' subscribe to. I am happy to have some acquain
tances there, with whom I have hail interceurse of
a most pleasing and friendly character; neither am
I going to deny their right to seek for themselves
and their town all that emolument—all that advan
tage—and all that ag.g,randitement of which flick
locality is susceptible, yet when the question arises,
whether we shall erect theta, together with a few
adjoining districts, into a separate county, at the
expense and eaMilice of so many other highly im
portant .d conflicting interests, I am compelled to
demur and object. Were the division a matter of
very general utility—were the people generally of
that section of the county really laboring under any
great inconvenience or disadvantage as they now are
situated, or were it a subject of wowing and very
general discontent, that they have not been stricken
off. limn would there be some good grounds why
we should grant the prayer of the petitioners.
But sir, I believe that on a careful examination
and review of the petitions, remonstrances, and
documents, presented here from time to time, this
will be found not to be the fact.
The people of Hollidaysburg are, sir, the grand
central, moving principle of this panorama. The
project originieed there, and that is still the centre
from whence every other minor alteration proceeds.
It is a fact too notorious to be overlooked or mista
ken, that there are manly a few property holders in
the town of Hollidaysburg and its immediate vieini
ity, who urge this project so strenuously. And not
only, sir, is that the case, but many of them are
property holders, by virtue of that right conferred
upon them through or rather under the Shetirs
hammer. Property inherited by them under the
most ruinous and disastrous circumstances to the
original owners. Sir, they would gravely ask this
legislature to grant a law, or act by which this pro
perty, thus obtained, is to be entranced to perhaps
four-fold the price at which they bought it. This
would he speculation mdeed. This would he spec-
Motion with a vengeance. To understand this
matter thirty. we must be made aware of the flirt,
that a revulsion or pretty general bankruptcy has
taken place fur the period of two or three years gone
by, in the town of Hollidaysburg, and that property
there has in a great measure changed owners. The
town under the auspices of the public works ad
vanced rapidly, but like many other towns within
my knowledge, it outstripped its own futility; it
overreached its own local resources, and hence the
revulsion of which I speak. And hence, 1160 the
LdOlid to that speculation of which I have gaven you
but a faintoutline. Land jobbers and speculatora,and
overgrown monied individuals, some of whom are
no doubt, at flits present time within tho range of
my voice, having watched these operations with an
eagle's eye, have pounced upon the sacrificed pro
perty of a suffering community, bought up at half
it- rest value, and these aro the individuals—these
tho people, generally speaking, who ask the the di-
vision contemplated by the bill now under consid
eration. Why, sir, were it proper, or were in ne
cessary, I could mention the names of individuals
living in the very hr rough of Huntingdon,w here os a
matter of course, a division is strongly opposed, who
by the exercise of that influence and authority
which set of men always hold over another, have
got up petitions, signed by persons living in the lin
nictitate vicinity, and for aught I know, some of
them living in the very borough, praying for this
division. Ono of the petitions I had the honor of
presenting to this honorable body, was one of that
character. Another potitition I had the honor of
presenting, praying for'the'erection of new county to
be culled Blair was got up in my own immediate
neighborhood, henee, I can speak about it with cer
tainty and precision. A gentleman I find has been at
the head of it, with whom I am personally well ac
quainted. eis'an iron master, and has the lease ofa
furnace, which will expire in a short period front
this time, when, according to his nun declarations,
he to going to leave. This gentleman, who is a
renter where Ito now is, has a wealthy Puller living
in the upper section of the county, somewhere in
tho vicinity of Hollidaysburg, consequently it may
be easily seen where this gentleman's feelings and
where his interests tend. Now, sir, when I looked
over the names to' this gentleman's petition, did I
find the names of the landholders, the tax payers,
the merchants or the judicious mechanics to it?—
No, sir. But I found a large proportion of them to
be his own furnace hands. His wood-ch?ippers. his
waggoners, together with sundiy others over whom
he holds an influence, but who do not collectively
pay $5O tax in the course of a year. And since I
am on the subject (if:petitions. I may as well advert
to two other petitions I have had the honor of pre
senting. They purported to be petitions of sundry
inhabitants of the borough of Shirleysburg. Now,
sir, Shlrleysburg is the town where I live, when at
home, hence I know, or ought to know all about
their wishes and their feelings on this subject, and
what, forsooth is their pies, that they ask for this
division? Not, certainly, that they can he benefit
ted immediately by the erection of this new county
of Blair, for Shislcysburg is more than twenty-five
miles from the nearest border of this proposed new
county. No, sir, this cannot he th 6 plea; but the
idea is, that if a new county is stricken oil above,
the town of Huntingdon being no longer near the
centre of the remaining part, will cease to lie the
county town, and that Shirleyshurg from its central
position will become that favorite spot called the
seat of justice.
T 1 show how correct I have been in my opinions
regard to their reasons for division, I shall here
read an extract from a letter which my friend Mr.
Morrison of the Senate, received from a certain gen
tleman of the borough of Shirleysburg, in answer
to some interrogatories, he (Morrison) put to him
in relation to this matter. The utter t read thus,
" we think in seine future day we can get a new
county oil the lower end of Huntingdon, Bedford,
and part of Franklin counties, and then wi may
stand a good chance of getting the county town
Now, sir, were I selfish in this matter; were I
willing to r•acrifice that trust committed to my care,
on the altar of selfishness or individual emolument,
the course poinred out to me would seem to be that
of favoring or advocating this Blair county scheme;
but, sir, I have a duty to perform—l have a trust
resting upon me that rises fir superior to these sel
fish considerations, and I trust that no sinister or
selfish inducement, however great and alluring, will
tempt me to swerve from that upright straight for
ward ',course, which a high sense of obligations will
The Hollidaysburg people complain of the dis
tance they have to travel in going to, and coming
from the present county seat. That distance aceor•
ding to the bent information I can obtain is 28 miles.
The . is one road by which they can go in 24
' We ah. 11,1 put down the distance at 28
miles, wide!' is the distance on the turnpike.
Now, sir, if this distance should seem long teeny
one, let bin' consider the distal., cf many other
county seats from sonic of their borders. There are
very few of the counties I presume but have elate
unties farther oil' than this, nod thin distance cons
! plait.] of by the Hollidaysburg people dwindles
into mere insignificance when compared with the
distance and (Hl% wittier', some oldie inhabitants in
other sections; of Huntingdon county have to travel
in visiting the county neat. The inhabitants of the
whole South-eastern border or base of the county
are obliged in getting to Court, &c., to travel a
distance of from 35 to 40 miles. Not only have
they to 'ravel this distaneo but they have to travel
over roads that are often had—roods that wind
through gaps and mountains, crowing creeks and
rivulets', that are often swollen and sometimes itn
pomade on account cf ice or some other cause.—
Here. sir, would be grounds of cornplaint—here are
grievances' indeed—here are dittiultirs and incon
veniences to overcome of which they know nothing,
and to which they are not nubjected, and, sir, were
a division to be granted at all on the ground of dis
tance from the county town, the people on thin bor.
der °fate county have much better claims than finale
of Hollidaysburg. Again: this distance of 28 miles
about which they complain, will be very much di
toinished in our estimation, when we ...Rider the
travelling facilitien that are afforded to the people of
Hollidaysburg, in their intercourse with the neat of
justice. Hollidaysburg is situated at the head of
the Juniata Division of the Pennsylvania Canal on
which are placed comfortable and pleasant Packs
boats, which pass upwards and downards every slay I
during the navigation season; besides this time is
the great northern turnpike road, which diverges
from this place. passes through the towns of Hun
tingdon and Hollidaysburg. and on to Pittsburg;
thin channel of intercommunication is also open to
them continually, and ott one or the othet of these
modes of conveyance Call the people of Hollidays
burg be accommodated every day in the year, with
di ect, safe and convenient passage to the scat of
Another plea held out by the people of Holli
daysburg is, that suits have accumulated on the
county docket, and that the issues upon these fruits
have been tardy and long delayed. This plea how
ever plausible, is tome feigned than real—more for
effect than a real grievance. That a good many
suits remain on our county docket, I ant not about
to deny ; but sir, this is in part to he attributed to a
certain want of despatch in our judicial proceedings,
and in part to other causes. It is notorious to all
that our courts do not manikst that prompt and
energetic characters for business, which ought to
distinguish the legal proceedings of our judicial bo
dies, and which our did manifest under former and
better auspices. Where, or to whom the fault is to
Le attributed, I take not upon me to say. I would
only say, that from what I can learn, the fault
should be distributed over a good deal of ground,
and that the parties in the silts, as the judicial tri
bunal itself, and perhaps the gentleman of the bar
ought all to sustain a share of this blame.
Medrding to the best information I coull obtain
on this subject, (and I have been careful and dili
gent to inform myself on all subjects connected with
this unpleasant oilier,) these suits are generally
speaking of a trifling and unimportant character,
and that any that are of importance remaining un
issued, have been, and are purposely delayed anal
kept hack at least one of the parties concerned. fear
ing that the result or issue would not be such as to
meet his approbation or wishes. Not only is this
the tint, but in the long catalogue of suits which me
or will he paraded here for effect, are a large amount
judgments or liens against property which ore
merely entered up for security against bankruptcy,
and cannot fairly and legitimately be nut forth as
proper suits to appear on the trial list ; anal that all
I have stated 2n this head may assihrie the charac
ter of indubitable truth. I would here state that I
have known our courts at periods not long since, to
be dismissed at an early stage of their sessbms,
merely for want of any business being before them
on which they might act.
This plea of the accumulation of suits is sir, n
mere filllacy—a mere stroke of policy, and in not
entitled to that weight which they wunkl attach tort.
Another argument made use of, and urged upon
this occasion is, in my opinion, vogue and !don:eth
er fallarions. it is, that a large proportion of the
auitio that have accumulated on our county docket,
originated in, and belong to the upper seetion M the
county, where this division is asked for, and that
consequently they ought to have a court of their
own to try these causes. Hut in:o.dd this being
an argument in favor of division, it is, in my hum
ble opinion, an cornet against it—a reason why it
aliould nut I, granted. What is the fair arid Irgi
throats+ inference that may be draw❑ from this fact
or admission. I. it not, tar, ilint they are a litigious
and rucontentious people? And shall we, in the
solemn capacity of Legislators, grant facilities to
litigation I Shall we create law fecilities and cost
them into the very lap of a law-loving people
it not absolutely certain that it, proportion to the in
ducements held out, and presented to the, corrupt
principle. and ',minions of the human heart, just in
the game proportion will the exercises or actions
proceeding from those principles, increase and
abound. Hence, if the people of Hollidaysburg, at
the distance of twenty-eight miles from the seat of
Justice, have instituted nod multiplied suits, so as to
I crown the county docket in such a manner that they
cannot be gone through with, how wool.' it be wets
the Com, of !mince brought to their very dui-.--.
The inference is, in my opinion, sir, irresistible, and
the argument they would build upon thin grounol,
is any wrested from them, and may he wielded
against them. Another argument made use of is,
that Huntingdon county iu large, and therefore
ought to be divided. %Veil, we admit that geogra
phieally considered, our county is pretty large; but
in another point of view, we are nut no very lioge
—perhaps not above inediiierity. We toy, p!oi;-
ty large territorial suriace. Bur wind kind o f n
elflike,: is it ? Is it not one intermioable ledge of
rockit fr o m one extremity to the other one comm.
tied eximnhe of mountains, whether we consider it
letistlm int., breadth who, or diagonally. it is true,
this picture is raornewhat relieved by the appearance
here and there of fruntid 'allies, the products of
which reward the labor and toil of the husbandman,
and even 'on the summits of these mountains, and
atoll; their bases may be heard the 140111111 of the
woodchopper's xc—the regular jingle of the mi
ner's shovel, and all the busy din and bustle of fur
nace operations—yet the general character of the
soil is Minis as I have represented. Hence, although
our territorial limits may seem large, yet from the
rough and broken nature of our soil, and COUFO•
quently the abstnee of firming facilities, our pop
ulation must always remain thin and sparse. And
we never cats arrive to that degree of wealth and
population to which many of our sister countres
nifty arrive, that are of much lead territorial extent
than we. And one of the main objections we have
to this division is, that it cuts off a large portion of
our best soil. Huntingdon county has really none
of her good soil to spare—she needs it all—to place
her on a par of equality with her sister counties,
and I would just remark here by the way, that eve
ry remark I have made under this paragraph, with
regard to Huntingdon county, applies equally to
Bedford. Every one must know that these are two
of the roost broken and mountainous counties in
the Stale; and we canna but resist the attempt
made by the Hollidaysburg prolate, as well as we
love and respect them, to cut oil' a considerable
section of our choiscat and very best territory, and I
erect into a county of which they are to be the focus. !
I have thus, sir, gone over what f conceive to he connty ,
the principal ground on which the argument is has- And the common idea Is, and the common lim
ed in favor of this division. I shall now, as briefly j gunge isi we will wor l, an d t re . e , and t ormen t
as I can, endeavor lo advance some of the reasons the Legislature till they grant it. Now, sir, it is
why we object to it. And, Ist. a object to it on high time, in my humble opinion, that the Legisla=
the ground of the increased taxation it will impose lure should undeceive the public mind on this head.
upon us. I need not tell you that we have a State Let it he known that it will not he Worried into el
debt suspended over us to the amount of some 40 measure that is not right In itself.
millions of dollars, for the payment of which every H omo are now before us some half d ozen pro j ect ,
individual is, in n certain sense bound. We all, , for the erection of new counties all awaiting the
too, very well know (for we individually feel it) issue of this Blair county hill. And if it is saccessa
that the citizens of thin Commonwealth are groaning ful, the others will he urged with ten-fold impetus
beneath the immense weight of taxes that are now I.asity and violence; and in a short time we shall
iinposed upon them ; and that, too, merely to pay j behold tho sad spectacle of our noble State being
the interest 011 this debt. Now, I would ask, is it dismembered and cut up into little petty fragments
wise, is it politic, nay, is it even just, to increase —puny, insignificant internal principalities or cora
that load under which we are now borne down to porntions, possessing neither weight nor respects
the earth, unless it would l•o for the attainment of batty.
some very valuable object, an object of much greater I Again; We ha on proof irrefragible that several
importance than any contemplated by this bill: of the townships within the premed limits cif th
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That this division will increase our taxation fat
county and judicial proceedings, will. I presume, be
evident to every one. The entire assessed valua
tion of the taxable property in the county of Hun
tingdon was at a recent period $9.,,,61,946, and the
assessed valuation of that part which would he
stricken off at the Wile period wan $3,166,573,
leaving a balance of $5,135,373, or not much more
than the one half as the us*esod value of the tax
able property of the old or remaining part. should
this division go into effect. Having therefore still
the seine round ofjudicial proceedings to go through
(for I presume our courts will not be cuttailed or
diminished either in number or duration)—having
our jurors and commissioners still to pay as before,
and all the appendages and expertses of a court
and county business, and hut one half the means to
pay it with, is it not clear Bin' our LINOS' Mink con
sequently he increased nearly one hundred per cent:
--and that he who now pays one dollar must then
pay nearly two. Again, the immense loud of taxs
ation it will inevitably fasten on the citizens of the
new county themselves, is a subject that should itt
my opinion be carefully taken into considerntion.--
It is true :he advocates of this bill will tell us dust
this will ie borne willingly by the people; but this
do. not Nnswet the objection satisfactorily ; it may
answer the objection partially. but far from univer
sally. We bane positive evidence before US in the
Penn county petitions, that the citizens even of Mid
proposed new county are far froti being all agreed,
or nntistied, or willing to come under this yoke of
bondage. A large arid respectable portion of them
remonstrate ageing it as strongly and as vigorously
as we do. Many of the remonstrances against this
new county of Blair were got up in the richest and
most taxpaying portions of it--signed by the most
respectable and deeply concerned inhabitants within
, its limits. Why, sir, I had the honor of presenting
one petition in the course of this cursor , from chi.
lalms of Newry and vicinly, a town situated only
2i or 3 miles from Hollidaysburg. most respectably
iand numerctusly signed. remonstrating. against Lhiti
new county. Here, sir. are it large class irl the ve
ry butte and sinew of the country' opposed to it, and
on whom we try the passage of this bill impose an
exhorbitent tax against their will and consent.—
tint only so, but taking into consideration the of the county, and necessarily the seanti
flees of their means, we impose a tax on them that
well be intertninable—a burthen they can never get
rid of--a load they never con shake from them.—
Consequently the position assumed, that the people
themselves are willing to conic under this yoke, can
not be sustained ; at beat, it is only partially, correct.
Another considerntion which we think Iran
rthle weight in this matter, and which is calculated
to awoken in tiA serious apprehension, Is thig t that
if the division is effected according to the Prayer of
tire Blair county petitioners, and a pert of the coon
' ty be stricken trlf above, the present county sent
will then he entirely out of the centre. The din
mire from the borough of Huntingdon to one edge
of the county, (that is in a direct line,) will then
.t be more than 5 or F, Mil* whereas, on two
other opposite extremities it will be 35 to 40 miles
hence the county will have lost its counterpoise--
it will have lost its symmetry and balance. And
the next shower of petitions we shall have kefore the
Legislature will he either for the removal of the
county seat to a position More central, or preying
for another division somewhere along the Franklin
comity line, where as I have before stated the peo
ple are so remote front the present sent of justice.
Now, sir, either side of this alternative presents us
with a case which eve would deplore, and which we
would deprecate. We like neither horn of the
dilemma. Our county has been ni the expense only
two or three yettra ego, of erecting a clever, stilistan
tial court house--with all the offices commonly con
nected with auch buildings--suitable and convenient
in all respects—and at a cost of some ten or twelve
thousand dollars to the county. Our jail is suffi
cient for all purposes to Which buildings of that
kind are usually put; therefore, to he obliged in
these perilous times, at the whim or caprice of ano- ,
ther set of petitioners to perform this labor over
again--to sustain this tax—this ex pent e in the new,
is really more than we are able to heir.
Some may think that this is a mere imaginary
evil lam depicting; that it is ideal, end not likely
to occur; hut I tell you, sir, that It is no idle pies
tore flint I have been pirtraying. No fanciful crea
ture of the imaginatiOh. There are, sir, people just
waiting the lesue of this Blair county division, and
if granted, t have not the least doubt that the next
Legislature will he presented with petitions, either
fur the object of removal, or as I stated before, fdr
a new division at the opposite extremity of the