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SHORT SESSION. BY LXST EVENING'S
Since the election in October last, [Correspondence of the Huntingdon Journal.]
which resulted in giving the Whigs a Election of State Treasurer.
majority in both branches of the Legis. Dian Sin—The members of the Sen
lature, the Whig press have been unan- I ate and House went into Convention to
mous in the recommendation that the day s for the purpose of electing a State
present session should be a short one. Treasurer. The following is the result:
The policy and almost absolute necessi- Banks had '72 votes.
Snowden, 55 "
ty of this suggestion appeared to be con-
Sherlock, (Native) 1 "
ceded by all. It is true, that the amount -
We return our sincere thanks to Yours, &c. S.
those of our patrons who have, during saved to the Commonwealth in one sea
the last week, voluntarily come forward sion, will not be very materially felt, but
Santa Anna and the American Desert
the precedent will be most salutary, and I
itnd planked down to us the "one thing A letter from Montereyto the N er e s W
needful," in a business point of view. result in an immense saving to the Com-
Orleans Bee, notices the arrivalat San
It makes us feel better, and elevates our monwealth. If the present Legislature
opinion of human nature materially. It' goes to work in good earnest, and
journs say by the middle of March, the
also causes us to look do4n upon the few
miserable, theiving spe.cimens of human-
one that succeeds it will not dare to pro
ity, who have taken our paper for more
tract their sitting much beyond that pc
than a year, and then either sent it back riod, unless extraordinary circumstances
marked " refused," or left for parts un-
known, without paying their dues to
We hope that the people will keep an
eye upon the legislative proceedings, and
tempt. The are informed that, although
us, with renewed and redoubled con
hold to strict account every member that
they have cheated us, the devil will have is instrumental in unnecessarily delay
his due. And should they leave this ter-
ing the business. This is frequently
restrial sphere without rendering to the done by long spcches, calling the yeas
printer some satisfaction, they will be and nays on unimportant questions, and
marked as "refused" an entrance into a factious opposition to the will of the
happiness above, and turned over to the majority. We happened to be at the
tender mercies of his Satanic Majesty Capitol for a few days, and thought we
with as little ceremony as we now erase
could discover, on the part of the Loco.
their unworthy names from our books.
foco members, a disposition of this kind.
Neither can they succeed in this world We say to them beware: you may pre
-it is morally impossible. We have a
vent a short session, but on your heads
case in point. A wealthy friend of ours,
will rest the responsibility. The peo
in a neighboring county, took our paper le have discrimination enough to know
for about eleven months—just to encour-
where to lay the blame, if their wishes
age us—and then sent it back without
in this matter be thwarted; and rest as
surd, they will mete out to the guilty
remitting his dues. At the last elec- 1
tion he was a candidate for an impor-
their reward. They will not much
longer pay taxes to be thrown away for
tent office ; and although the balance of
the Whig ticket prevailed throughout, the mere amusement of dishonest public
he was most ingloriously defeated.—
From the bottom of our soul we re-
But we do not wish to be understood
sponded amen! to that decision of the
as desiring to shift from the majority
people. And our prayer is, that such any of the responsibilities under which
they stand before the tax-payers of the
men may always meet with similar suc
cess. Commonwealth. They are the represen-
Huntingdon, Wednesday, January 20, 1847,
We do not wish to apply any portion.
of the above to those unable to pay for
their papers. We are always willing to
furnish our paper to the honest poor
man, and grant him any indulgence he
may desire, when he honestly informs
us of his situation. Our remarks are only
intended for dishonest sneaks, that no
thing but the terrors of the law prevents
from being public thieves.
DAVID BLAIR, Esq.—The speech de
livered by this gentleman, in the House
of Representatives, on Saturday last, in
favor of the American Tariff of 1842,.
and opposed to the British Bill of '46,
is spoken of by the press as a very able
and eloquent effort. We hope Mr. B.
will write out his speech, so that we
may be able to lay it before our readers.
EDITORIAL CONVENTION.—We hope the
project of holding an Editorial Conven
tion, as originally proposed by the Hol
lidaysburg Standard, may not be aban
doned. We have recently conversed
with a number of our editorial brethern,
who think that Saturday, the 6th of
March next, would be a very proper
time. What say all concerned to this 1
The Locofocos of this county held
a meeting on Tuesday night of last week
and appointed Gen. A. P. Wilson their
delegate to the State Convention, with
out instructions. We do not know how
the General feels towards Mr. Shunk, but
recollect well that he was decidedly a
"one term" man in regard to Mr. Blanch
ard last fall.
ec:r The Native Eagle is informed that
we never asserted that the " Killers" and
"Bouncers" were Natives, and therefore
have no "erroneous impressions" to cor
rect. To the Hollidaysburg Standard
and Huntingdon Globe, ,belongs the
credit of politically classifying the vol
unteers from Pennsylvania.
O :71. W. BREWER, Esq., formerly
editor of the Globe of this place, has
become editor of the Anthracite Gazette,
Pottsville, Pa. Mr. B, has eschewed
Locofocoism, and says he will conduct
the Gazette on independent grounds.
Success to you, old neighbor.
Oa- Hon, John Blanchard, John Mor
na- We rejoice to learn that John Q.
rison and David Blair, Esq'rs., each, have Adams' health is improving. The Bos
our thanks for numerous favors during ton Courier says, "we saw him at church
the past week.
yesterday, looking apparently as well as
The Whigs of Pittsburg achieved I he has for the last four or five years."
another triumph on Tuesday last, in the W HIG STATE CONVEZ.TION.—Luzerne,
election of their candidate for Mayor by
Northumberland, Clinton, Cambria and
a majority of 600. Allegheny city also
ilndiana counties, have recently appoint
went for the Whigs by 286 majority, 1
ed delegates in favor of Gen. Irvin.
York and Cumberland in favor of Mr.
Cooper, and Allegheny for Walter For
• 0:7.' Hon. John Banks has received
the nomination of the Whig members of
the Login!elf/ for State Treasurer,
tatives elected by the Whig party, and
that party expects them to faithfully
carry out their wishes. The Whig press
in urging the propriety of a short ses
only reflects the true sentiments of
those for whom they speak. We say,
then, the majority have it in their pow
er to render unavailing the efforts of the
Locofocos to retard the work of reform. ,
When suggestions of a salutary nature
come from the minority, let them re
ceive due consideration ; but when it is
manifest that they are attempting to re
tard the business by frivolous pretexts
and factious movements, let the majori
ty apply the curb. If this courst., be
adopted, and adhered to, there will be
no difficuly in bringing the present ses
sion to a close by the middle of March.
Let the Whig members, then, see to it,
that this be made a short, working ses
sion, and they will receive as their re
ward the thanks and further confidence
of an oppressed and tax-ridden people.
a - Does the Hon. John Blanchard
take the Huntingdon Globe 1 If not, he is
informed that the last number of that
paper cautions him against sending any
more " Tory Documents" into his dis
trict, under no less a penalty than being
denounced by that paper as a " traitor"
to his country. The Globe does not
specify the objectionable documents, but
we presume it refers to Polk's message
and Walker's report—wherein the for-
rater unblushingly admits the "treason"
of having allowed Santa Anna to return
home to lead the Mexicans army on to
battle against the American forces, un
der Gen. Taylor—and the latter recom
mends a TAX upon the POOR MAN'S
TEA and COFFEE. These being the
only "tory documents" that has been
sent out by Mr. 8., he will have to be
careful, if he desires to avoid the awful
denunciations of the Globe, to send no
more copies of these offensive, "tory
documents," into this district.
11:7- The Locos of Phildadelphia city
and county have appointed delegates to
the State Convention in favor of Shunk.
This, says the friends of the Governor,
settles the question of the nomination in
Luis of the first American deserters from
our Army. It says that they presen
ted their several orders • for money to
Sitnta A nna, when he informed them
that he had not enough funds to feed his
own soldiers, They were worn down
by travel, hungry, and without the means
of getting a living, so they concluded as
a last resort, that they would join his
army. When they applied to him for
permission to go into the ranks, he re
plied that they ivould leave him should
lie get into a tight place. They affirm
ed to the contrary, when Santa Anna
plainly told them that any man who
would desert one army would desert an
other, and he wanted nothing to do with
such men. And so they left him—men
who had been seduced off under the
bright promises of command and money,
denied even the privilige of earning their
bread in the ranks of the enemy. The
beauty of it is, that neither the French
nor English residents will give them
work or food, and they would no doubt
give their right hands to be back in Uncle
Sam's ranks. No less than 46 were met
on the road from San Luis to Saltillo."
Resolved, That the Committee of Ways
and Means enquire into the expediency
of bringing in a bill supplementary to
the act of 22d April, 1846, entitled "An
act to provide for the reduction of the
public debt :" repealing so much of said
act as makes book accounts and moneys
due on contracts subject to taxation.
• Mr. Blair has also reported the fol
lowing acts :
I A further supplement to the act erect-
James M. Power, Esq., the new- ing Blair county.
ly elected Canal Commissioner, took his A bill to incorporate the Huntingdon
seat in the Board on Tuesday last. One and Broad Mountain Railroad Company.
of the first acts in the way of reform, The time of the Senate was taken up
says the Harrisburg Telegraph, was the
to-day in rending local bills, among
which was one reported by Mr. Morri
son of Thomas L. Wilson, Esq., son to incorporate a Railroad and Iron
to he Secretary, in the place of David Company in the county of Blair.
Mitchell, Esq. Mr. Wilson held this The Speaker laid before the House
office formerly, and was a good officer. this morning a communication from the
State Treasurer, in answer to the reso-
ID- A volunteer for Mexico, who left lution of the House, calling upon that
Augusta, Georgia, a few days ago in the officer for information in regard to the
cars, was killed by having his head
ability of the State to meet the Februa
crushed between the cars and a water- ry interest.
The Treasurer thought the interest
tank. Iwould be paid—(although a deficit might
exist on the first of February)—by the
adoption of proper measures on the part
of the State Treasure;.
Mr. Ladley introduced rt resolution
instructing the ConunitteejaWays and
Means to bring in a billiptitlirßizing the
sale of the public wor a of this Cott
'fills resolution received the opposi
tion of the Locofocos, but was adopted
by a party vote—yeas 55, nays 41. The
people have already decided by an over
whelming vote, in favor of this measure,
but their wishes have been thwarted by .
ILocofoco I,lation. A resolution call
ing for aMb of votes cast upon the
RD - The damage occasioned by the sale of the public works, has been admit
recent freshets in the Sciota, Miami, and ed.
Mad Rivers (0.) is set down at about A resolution was introduced by Mr.
two millions of dollars ; over one mil- Knox, requesting the Committee on Vice
Ilion of bushels of corn have been swept and Immorality to enquire into the
pei brnging in illaltering
from the Sciota Valley alone. The whole the law o of f last s
year requiring alteri
country was inundated. townships of this Commonwealth to de
! cide by ballot whether intoxicating li
toxicating liquors shall be sold, so as to
extend and apply to the whole Common
Messrs. Ed ie, Hasson and Mackey op
posed the resolution. The latter said he
was in favor of temperance reform, but
by grasping at too much, we might lose
all—and frustrate the progressive refor
mation now going on. This House had
hitherto granted to every section of the
State requiring it, every reasonable aid
to"abolish the profuse use of ardent spi
rits, and is still ready to accede to the
wishes of any other section of the State,
when such wishes are made known. At
this time there was no petition before
the House, and he thought no good
could be derived front premature action.,
Mr. Mackey did not wish to be misun-I
derstood on this subject. He would pay
the strictest regard to any petition sent
to this House on this or any other sub
ject, and go as far as any man to effect
the abolition of any vice in the commu
nity, consistent with his duty and the
will of his constituents. His present
station demanded this. He thought that
the resolution before the House went too
far:. it required a general state law,
where we had no evidence of such a
The balance of the morning was taken
up in the discussion of resolutions in
structing our Senators and requesting
A letter writer at Santa Fe, on the
18th of November, states that Col.
Price's regiment is stationed at that
place for the winter, and that great sick
ness prevailed among the troops. There
has been as many as seven deaths a day.
Kr The Legislature of Delaware has
elected Prestly Spruance U. S. Senator
from that State, in the place of Hon.
Thomas Clayton. The new Senator is
a decided Whig.
Da - It has been ascertained that the
amount, in small sums, sent to Ireland
from New York alone, during the last
year is $BOB,OOO. During the last sixty
days $175,000 were sent out. This
I speaks volumes in favor of the warm
heartedness of the Irish.
OD.. Mr. Newton, Whig, is said to be
elected to Congres to fill the vacancy in
the Arkansas delegation, caused by the
resignation of Col. Yell, Locofoco, who
is at present with the division of the U.
S. Army, under command of Gen. Wool.
Shocking Accident—Seven Men Kiiled,
A dreadful accident occurred on the
Reading Railroad on Thursday,by which
seven men were instantly killed, by the
explosion of the boiler of the engine.—
They were standing on the platform near
the engine at the time of the explosion,
and all were instantly killed. So violent
was the explosion, so imtnense its power,
that one corpse was found at a distance
of 400 yards from the train, while an
other was blown through the boughs of
a large and lofty tree.—Daily Intelligen
GEN. SCOTT.—The Washington Union
" A letter from Major GEneral Scott, our Repesentatives in Congress to use
now commanding all the land forces in their efforts to repeal the Tariff of 1816,
Mexico, dated December '2B, from Bra- 1 and substitute in its stead the American
zos Santiago, states that he should leave Tariff of 184'2. The Locofocos, during
the next day via Matamoros and Comer- this discussion, have thrown off the
go, in search of official news, by which mask, and boldly sustain the Free Trade
he should be governed accordingly.— bill of 1846.
Referring to the reports of the move- Mr. Cooper (Speaker) made a most
ment of the enemy, he states that, in effective and truly eloquent speech in
the meantime, events may take him to behalf of the protective policy. S.
Monterey ; and that, " if Santa Anna be
on the offensive, he must be repulsed."
PENNSYLVANIA LEGISLATURE, synopsis of the Legislative proceedings
up to the adjournment on Wednesday.
Correspondence of the Huntingdon Journal. On Thursday Mr. Cooper concluded his
HARRISBURG, Jan. 14, 1846. able speech on the Tariff, after which
The business of the session is now
Mr. Knox took the floor. Nothing else
fairly under way, and the petitions of the of general interest transpired in either
people asking for legislation on various (House. .
subjects, pouring in in great numbers. The following is taken from the Daily
A large number are being presented ask-
ing to have the law, giving the people l
the right to decide by ballot whether
Ispirituous liquors shall be sold, extend
led to various counties. The people of
your neighboring county, Blair, are ask
ing for the incorporation of a company
to manufacture Railroad and other iron.
A bill in conformity with their petition
has already been reported.
The resolutions of thanks to Gen.
Taylor and the American army, have
passed both Houses unanimously. They
are as follows:
Resolved, That the thanks of this Le
gislature be presented to Maj. General
Zachary Taylor, for the prudence, skill
and bravery with which he has thus far
conducted the war with Mexico.
Resolved, That this Legislature fully
appreciates the suffering, services and
patriotism of the troops in Mexico, reg
ulars as well as volunteers, and tenders
to them its hearty thanks for their gal
lantry and good conduct.
Resolved, That the Governor be re
quested to transmit copies of these reso
lutions to Major General Zachary Tay
On yesterday your representative,
Mr. Blair, introduced the following im
portant resolution, which was agreed to,
viz : •
A correspondent has given ne above n
FRIDAY, Jan. 15.
HOUSE. --The Tar2ff.—The Tariff re
solutions came up in order.
Mr. Knox having the floor proceeded
in some general remarks as to what had
been said on the merits of the resolu
tions. He endeavored to reply to Messrs.
Blgham and Cooper, who had advocated
the passage of the resolutions. He was
opposed to the resolutions, and argued
Mr. Leyburn took the floor when Mr.
Knox sat down. He referred briefly to
the result of the late election in his own
county (Schuylkill), which had formerly
given heavy majorities, from 500 to 1000
in favor of the so-called Democratic par
ty ; and considered the change which the
late election evinced, a decided expres
sion in favor of the Tariff of 1842. He
made some further remarks of a very
sensible character, in relation to the two
Mr. Hasson spoke against the resolu
tions, and made some sweeping asser
tions against the Whig party; declaring
in amount that that party always took
sides against this country when a con
troversy between it and another nation
Mr. Klingensmith made some remarks
of a very practical nature in relation to
the operation of the Tariff of 1842, in
his own county, tending to show its be
neficial effects upon all classes of com
munity—the farmer and laborer in par
ticular. He declared that he, with others
of his party, had told the people of his
county that Mr. Polk would not disturb
the Tariffof 1842; and that he was bound
to stand by it. It suited his constituents
and accorded with his own views. His
remarks were listened to with deep at
tention, and were highly applauded for
their independence and spirit—Mr. K.
being a democrat, and coming from a de
Mr. Bigham replied in a very severe
way to Mr. Hassan. He thought it queer
that a foreigner, whose brogue betrayed
his origin and his principles, should
stand up here and throw out such foul
'imputations upon American citizens !
Mr. B. continued in this strain for some
time, castigating most unmercifully the
member from Cambria, Mr. Hasson.
Mr. Blair took the floor, and made a
few remarks, when he gave way for an
adjournment. . . _
On Saturday the nomination of candi- l our camp, which is about four miles be
dates for State Treasurer were made in low the city—on the same ground upon
both Houses. In the Senate the follow- which the British were encamped at the
ing.gentlemen were nominated : John .battle of New Orleans, and where the
Banks, Thomas Nicholson, James Ross Yankees, under the command of old
Snowden. Hickory, gave them a complete and final
In the House, James Ross Snowden, drubbing, something similar to the ono
John Hanks, .J. Ball, T. Nicholson, we intend giving the " magnanimous "
F'. Parker, Joseph Ritner and L. Shus- , Mexicans in a short time.
ter. The weather here is about iid
...re is about as mil..
The discussion on the T4lri was con- lasitis in Huntingdon in the month of
tinned in the House. The I . .gencer ' May ; and were it not for the frequent
says : Mr. Blair finished his r arks in 1 showers of rain with which we are vis
favor of the resolutions. li ivery 1 ited, we should be able to pass the time
is fine, and his arguments wer list- away pleasantly ; but our camp being on
ably strong. His speech is admon low ground, it gets very soft, and ren
al] hands to have been a very five. ders it rather unpleasant.
National Appropriation Bills. '
It is generally believed that we shall
A remain here until about the 10th inst.,
By the following letter, which we Hind tvhich is contrary to the wishes of near
in the Baltimore American, it will be ly every man in the regiment—all being
seen that the expenses of the Govern- anxious to know something of the reali
ment are amounting to a snug little sum ties of war, and also to avenge the death
of money; and at a time too when the of their countrymen who have already
fallen in the battles of Palo Alto, Re-
British Tariff is curtailing the revenue, secs de la Palma and at Monterey, and
& the detectable Sub-Treasury is throw- whose bones are bleaching on the plains
ing the financial operations of the coup- of Mexico.
try info the most beautiful confusion My friend Mr. Ellis, of your place,
and sapping the credit of the Govern
took very ill while coining down the
ment : 1 river, and is still unwell ; however he is
recovering fast. He was attended to as
well as he possibly could be under the
circumstances, and wanted for nothing
which could be procured for him. Messrs.
Condo and Woods, also from old Hun
tingdon, joined the Jackson Blues of
Pittsburg, and are here, in fine spirits,
eager to reach the field of battle. lam
very sorry that I cannot go on and name
other representatives from my native
county, particularly after the demonstra
tion made by the young bloods on the
evening of my departure.
I have just been notified that I shall
be called on guard in about twenty mina
utes, and consequently must draw this
imperfect epistle to a close. However,
I shall do so with the consciousness of
having at least attempted to discharge
the duty I owed to my friends: If I
should be so fortunate as to reach Mex
ico,you may expect to hear from me
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 1847.
The appropriation bills reported in
the House this morning from the Com
mittee of %% ays and Means, amount in
the aggregate, to nearly forty millions
of dollars; and it is supposed that those
which are to follow will swell the amount
to fifty-five or sixty millions.
The amount of the Army bill is $29,
538,704,25. Of this sum there is for
the pay and subsistence of officers and
men ; transportation of troops ; purchase
,of horses, mules, &c. ; ordnance and
ordnance stores; manufacture of arms,'
8;c. &c., for the army proper, $6,813,
373 25 ; for the pay, subsistence, ord
nance, and transportation and supplies
I for the volunteers, $17,932,331 ; and to
supply deficiencies in the existing ap
propriations for the pay, travelling al
lowance, transportation and supplies of
volunteers, under the act of the 13th of
May, and joint resolution of the Bth of
The amount of the Navy bill is 141,-
920,204 49, of which $2,500,000 is for
the increase and repairs of vessels; $469,
417 for improvements on Navy Yards ;
41275,000 for the Dry Dock at Brooklyn;
and $320,546 for the support of the
Marine Corps. - .
The amount of the Indian appropria
tion is $1,179,324, of which $124,000
is for fulfilling the recent treaty with
the Cherokees, and $llO,OOO for that
with the Pottawatamies.
The bids for the public printing for
the next session were opened this morn
ing by the Secretary of the Senate and
Clerk of the House, and the contract has
been awarded to the Albslny Argus junto.
Correspondence of the Huntingdon Journal,
CAMP NEAR N. ORLEANS, J an. 1,1846.
FRIEND CAPTAlN—According to pro.
mise, after having struck our tents upon
the field, I set myself down in tent No.
1, with a board upon my knees, and a
pen which is about equivalent to a sharp
stick, in my fingers, to write you a few •
lines, if you will allow me to use that
word in speaking of this homely scrall.
This being New Year's Day, our boys
have generally left the camp to enjoy
themselves in the best way they can, and
I concluded to attend to a duty I owe to
my friends in old Huntingdon, as I don't
expect to find myself alone soon again.
We left Pittsburg on the 22d ult., on
board the boat St. Anthony, in company
with Capt. Binder's corps of German Ri.
fie. The boat we found very comforts
ble, and the Captain a very clever fellow.
IThe fare was rather poor, as the officers
, put us down to the rations of a U. S.
soldier immediately on going aboard.
We reached Cincinnati on the 24th,
where the companies were formed and
marched through the principal streets
of the city. Our spirits were somewhat
revived by the smiles of the fair daugh
ters of the "Queen city of the West,"
who crowded the doors and windows on
either side of the streets through which
we passed, cheering us on by their sweet
est smiles, and the waving of their pearl
white 'kerchiefs. Cincinnati is a beau
tiful city, and may well be termed the
"Queen city of the West." For its 10.
cation, plan, architecture, its inhabitants,
and everything connected with it, it is
calculated to make it the most pleasant
and beautiful city in the Western coun
try ; and it will also compare with any
of its sisters of the West in a business
point of view.
We reached Louisville, (Ky.) on the
25th, where we also marched through
the streets. To be brief, I will just say,
that were I seeking a residence• in the
valleysof the Ohio or Mississippi rivers,
either Cincinnati or Louisville would
be my choice—Louisville coining next
to Cincinnati in my estimation. We
did not stop at any other towns worthy
of note, until we reached New Orleans,
having passed through Memphis, (Ten.
nessee) and several other towns, in the
night. 1 cannot say anything favorable
of New Orleans, except that it is one of
the greatest business places in the Uni
ted States. It is a very filthy place, - and
the atmosphere will sicken a Northern
man immediately upon inhaling it.
We were permitted to go ashore at
New Orleans, where we remained a few
hours, when we were again called on
board, and proceeded down the river to
Please remember me to my friends in
And I shall ever remain '
Your obedient servant,
W. THOMPSON WILSON.
D- The Legislature of Ohio have
taken measures for the removal of the
remains of Gen. Thomas L. Hamer from
.41exia, to the soil of Ohio, at the ex
pense of the State.
BABIES.-" A baby in a house," says
Tupper, " is a well spring of pleasure,
a messenger of peace and love, a resting
place for innocence on earth, a link be.
tween angels and men."