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Huntingdon, IN ednesilay, April 28, 1817
THOMAS E. FRANKLIN, Lancaster city
JOHN C. KUNKEL, of Dauphin county
Wm. M. WATTS, Cumberland.
JOHN P. WETnann,L, Philadelphia city
THOMAS M'GRATH, Philada. county.
ROBERT M. BARD Franklin.
Tilos. M. T. AMEND/AN, Washington,
ANDREW J. OGLE, Somerset.
HAaMAR DENNY, Allegheny.
JOSEPH H. Kunms, Westmoreland.
G. J. BALL, Erie.
H. D. MAXWELL, Northampton.
J. B. SALISBURY, Susquehanna.
HENRY S. EVANS, Chester.
ROBERT T. POTTS, Montgomery.
0:7-On motion of T. P. Campbell, Esq.,
J. W. Titomrsox, was, on Tuesday of
last week, admitted to practice in the
several Courts of Huntingdon county.
GODEY ' S LADY'S Boox.—The May No.
of this popular periodical is already on
our table. It contains its usual variety
of choice Literature, and is embellished
with twenty-four engravings—among
which is a beautiful Fashion plate. We
know of no publication of the kind more
worthy of patronage than this. Terms
—s3 per annum.
(XT Ever since the nomination of
Gen. Irvin, the Globe has been crying
out lustily against " Iron Masters," and
seems to think it would be monstrous to
elect a man Governor who has been
guilty of making Iron. Now, will the
Globe have the goodness to inform its
readers what trade Mr. Shunk has fol
lowed for a livelihood ? As far back as
our recollection runs, he has held a Pus-
LIC OFFICE, and we suppose he might,
therefore, properly be termed an Office
" No FoNns."--A New Orleans paper
states that persons having claims against
the Quartermaster's Department in that
city, again behold, on entering the office,
a card, upon which is printed in huge
black letters, "NO FUNDS." Won
der whether Secretaries 11 alker or Mar
cy ever meet a like announcement when
they go for their salaries.
(]T The long editorial in the last
Globe renders it morally certain that the
veritable "gentleman from Centre coun
ty," and the "prominent Whig," whose
sayings that paper has made public, are
twin brothers of Air. Polk's "near neigh
bor," of whom so much was said in Lo
cofoco prints during the last Presiden
tial campaign.
re. Several persons had their pock
ets picked at Carlisle, Pa., on the 19th
inst., whilst visiting the Menagerie.—
The sufferers "saw the Elephant" un
Goon.—The Louisville Journal says:
We think it very likely that the people
will, in 1848, do what the Mexicans
have vainly attempted to do—run Gen.
fl The people of Wisconsin have
voted down the Constitution which the
Convention submitted to them. By it
aliens were permitted to vote as soon as
they took up their residence in the
The Illumination in Philadelphia,
in honor of the recent brilliant victories
of our arms in Mexico, passed off in
most brilliant style. The display made
at the office of the North American is
spoken of as the most attractive of any
on the occasion.
rick's Dragoons ; Capt..l. C. Biddle's,
Capt. Howard's and Capt. Bernard's
Voltigeurs; Capt. Irvin's and Moore's
Infantry Companies, arrived at N. Or-
It ans on the 11th.
The editor of the Globe was "some
what inclined to be angry" with us for
holding up to light, and then nailing to
the counter, one of the numerous fabri
cations which have recently appeared in
that paper in relation to Gen. Irvin and
his friends; but upon reflection, he says
he has determined to treat our "insinua
tions" with the " utmost contempt."—
Very withering, truly, the "contempt"
of one who can give circulation to false
charges, without the least evidence to
sustain them.
We some time since published an ex
tract from the Globe, charging Gen. Ir
vin with being actuated by "mercenary"
motives, in making his donation of fifty
barrels of flour to the relief of the suffer
ing Irish—and stating at the same time
that a "prominent Whig," of Centre,
said it might "induce the vagabond Irish
to vote for the General." We pronounced
the charge against Gen. Irvin a VILE
SLANDER—and pointed to his whole life
to sustain us in so doing. If the editor
of the Globe knows anything of the cha
racter of Gen. 1., he knew, when he
penned the article, that he was slander
ing one proverbial for his charity and
general liberality—who gave as liberally
before he was a candidate for office as
since. He knew that he was slandering
a man whose purse-strings have never
failed to relax at the call of distress—
and that, in giving to the starving Irish,
he was but acting in conformity with
his long established character for libe
rality. And if our neighbor made the
charge without being aware of Gen. l's
character, in this respect, he is none the
less a slanderer. The motives of no
man, for doing a kind action, should be
impugned at random.
The story about a "prominent Whig,
of Centre," stigmatizing the Irish popu
lation as "vagabonds," the Globe admits
to be untrue, by failing to furnish one
tittle of evidence to sustain it. And yet
the editor has the coolness to invite us
to publish the entire article from which
this most ridiculous false and slanderous
extract was taken. This is asking a
little too much. When our neighbor
admits his inbility to establish the truth
of ten lines of his Roorback article, he
should not expect us to occupy our space
in publishing a half column of slang,
merely to satisfy his depraved appetite
to see falsehood in print.
As to our anxiety" to engage in an
" editorial fight" with the Globe or any
other paper, we can say with truth, that
we have no aspirationsof the kind. On
the contrary, it is entirely at variance
with our taste. But as a public jour
nalist, loving truth and fairness, we shall
not fail to denounce falsehood and slan
der whenever and wherever they make
their appearance, and characterize the
authors as they deserve. If editors have
no more regard for their own charac
ters, or so little respect for their read
ers, as to publish what they know to be
destitute of truth, they deserve to be
exposed and held up to the indignant
view of a truth-loving people in their
true colors. When this is faithfully
done, their base fabrications are render
ed perfectly harmless.
Rico.--In reply to our call upon the
Globe to establish the truth of some of
its Roorback stories, the editor becomes
highly indignant at the idea of asking
for proof to sustain anything that may
appear in that paper, and comes back
upon us with the following rich sen
"If another Inquisition, such an one
as existed in the days of Ritner, Stevens
& Co., is to be established again in the
good old Commonwealth of Pennsyl
vania, why be it so ; but we would say
to the Huntingdon Journal, do not as
sume the cloak of a Juggernaut before
the people har•e willed it."
Not being old enough, we never voted
for Mr. Ritner, and never wore any offi
cial " cloak " under the administration
of "Ritner, Stevens & Co."—not even
that of a Justice of the Peace ! ! much
less a "Juggernaut !" Can the editor of
the Globe say as much ?
IN A Fix.—An editor out West makes
the following apology for neglecting the
editorial department of his paper. His
readers must indeed be hard-hearted, if
they don't accept his apology:
"Protracted family affliction, requir
ing much of our attention; the absquat
elation of our oldest apprentice ; the
necessary absence of our Jour for seve
ral days, and a press of extra job-work,
have pressed us too closely to the stick
and rule during the week to pay any at
tention to the editorial department!'
The election for Judges in lowa,
has resulted favorably to the Whigs.
The Village Record says it's a great
misfortune that Gen. lavix is an iron
master—according to the Locofoco or
gans, Failing to find more solid objec
tions, they cry out " he's an iron-mas
ter !" 0, monstrous! ! It's the first
discovery that an iron master was so
formidable an enemy to the public wel
fare. But the world's growing wiser,
every day ! What a great country this
are ; and what an age of improvement
we live in ! It will soon be considered
unsafe to nominate for office, a Master
Carpenter, or Master Mason, or Master
Blacksmith, much less an Iron Master
or even the School Master ! What's
Gov. Shuck ? He ain't an Iron Master
—no, nor a Master Carpenter; no—he
never followed such mean occupations.
We'd like to know of those who object
to Iron Masters, and who are afraid of
the Iron Master, what trade Gov. Shunk
followed. We never heard of his fol
lowing any other trade than Politics !
The People may choose, therefore, be
tween the Master Politician and the
Iron Master !
dates to the 29th ult. from Monterey,
which was garrisoned by the Louisville
Legion. Gen. Taylor was encamped at
Walnut Springs, about four miles from
Monterey. His force consisted of a
squadron of dragoons, under Col. Faun
telroy, and the Mississippi regiment of
volunteers, under Col. Jefferson Davis,
the latter numbering only 248 men.—
Col. May expected soon to visit the U.
States. Gen. Wool, with about 5000
troops, was encamped at Buena Vista.
It was reported that Gen. Urrea was at
Linares, at the head of 2000 cavalry,
and a corps of artillerists. There was
some prospect of "an affair" coming
off, between the respective forces of
these two Generals.
Reading Journal states, on Monday mor
ning the proprietor of the " Locofoco
Head-Quarters," in that city, not hav
ing the fear of an indignant and outraged
community before his eyes, run up the
old party flag, bearing on its broad
stripes' the names of " Polk, Dallas and
Shunk," but the indignation of the be
trayed followers of these old party lead
ers compelled him to take it down and
replace it with another not so disgraced.
This act proves conclusively that the
mass of the party spurn the heads of the
present National and State administra
tions with the contempt they deserve.
Gen. Taylor's Polities.
The Locofocos are trying to gull the
People with the belief that old Rough
and Ready is a genuine Polkofoco. A
more gross insult could not be offered to
the Nation's brave champion. The Na
tional Whig says—" We are happy in
having it in our power to contradict in
the most positive manner any such as
sumptions on the part of the party in
power. We are authorized to declare, that
General Taylor is and always has been a
ington correspondent of the New York
Tribune understands "from official
sources, that if all the claims occurring
so far during the war were to be imme
diately liquidated, the sum of ONE
would be required, including of course
the regular expenses of the army."
don Morning Post has again the gratifi
cation to announce the approach of an
event calculated to increase the domes
tic happiness of the Sovereign and the
Prince Consort, which, it is confidently
stated, will take place in August next.
& Co. of Philadelphia announce as in
press, the Life of this distinguished Gen-
eral, from the eloquent pen of Judge
Conrad, of Philadelphia. The Subject,
the Author, the times and the circum
stances all combine to render such a
work eminently popular.
Anna says that, in the council convoked
after the battle of the '27th of February,
all his officers were perfectly unanimous
in advising a retreat and he concurred
with them. What a harmonious band
of heroes !
Ca- A dealer in Philadelphia adver
tised an article which he calls "'Taylor
candles " for the illumination, which are
warranted " not to run."
ID.- Why are Generals Taylor and
Santa Anna, like a blacksmith and his
bellows 1 Because one "blows " and
the other "strikes."
[From the North American.]
We have returns as follows from the
6th Congressional District :
Botts, W. Lesko, L.
Richmond dist. 948 310
Henrico C. H. 537 350
Taylorsville, 146 47
Louisa C. H 74. 84
Mr. BOTTS 904 ahead and his majority
will be about 500. Mr. Clay received
but 239 in the district.
R. T. L. BEALE, Loco, is reported as
elected over Willoughby Newton, but
no figures given. This is a close dis
trict, which gave Mr. Clay a small ma
jority. In Fredericksburg the vote stood
—Newton 202, Beale 219.
JOHN S. PENDLETON, Whig, the "lone
star " from Virginia in the last Con
gress, has been re-elected, in this true
Whig district. One report estimates
his majority at 400, another at 300 ; but
neither is reliable.
We have returns from Frederick coun
ty, which gives ANTHONY KENNEDY,
Whig, a majority of 40, but there can
be no doubt of Mr. Bedinger's (Loco)
election, who has 276 majority in Jeffer
son county.
The Whig young men of Auburn,
N, Y., having presented to HENRY CLAY
an office chair "as a slight memento of
their long cherished and continued re
gard," drew from him a reply from which
we extract the following paragraphs :
" You express your regret on account
of the unexpected issue of the last Pres
idential election. I ought to feel none
for myself, personally. Besides being
relieved from a vast responsibility, it
furnished the occasion of the exhibition
of testimonials, and the outpouring of
affection from the hearts of my friends
and countrymen, of which 1 had no pre
vious conception that I ever could be
the honored object. Their spontaneous
and disinterested manifestatious are
worth far more than the Presidency
"For our common country, I do re
gret the issue of the contest. Had it
been otherwise, we should have preser
ved the Protective policy, under which
we had made such rapid and encour
aging advances ; the march of improve
ment in our rivers and harbors would
not have been arrested ; and above all,
we should have avoided this unneces
sary war of aggression with a neighbor
torn to pieces by internal dissensions.
The brilliant achievements, and the glo
rious laurels acquired, during its prose
cution, gratifying as they are to our na
tional pride and character, can never
compensate for the exceptional manner
in which it was begun, the brave and
patriotic lives which have been sacrifi
ced, and the fearful issues which, I trem
ble in contemplating, may grow out of
its termination. But I have not now a
heart to dwell on this painful theme.—
I turn from it with hope and dutiful sub
mission to Hint whose no doubt wise but
inscrutable dispensation has permitted
this awful calamity to visit our beloved
"I pray you, my dear sir, to accept
assurances of my gratitude for the kind
manner in which you have executed the
duty toward me assigned to you by the
higs of Auburn, and of my being with
perfect esteem and regard,
Your friend and ob't serv't,
A BRAVE MAN," said the Danish
creed of honor, "should attack two—
stand firm against three—give ground a
little to four—and only retreat for five."
Gen. Taylor has established a new creed
for Americans. It is to attack four—
stand firm against eight—give not an
inch of gronnd to a dozen—and retreat
under no circumstances.—Matamoras
Cc:7- The Clinton Floridian advertises
as—Wanted—The mantle of glory with
which Santa Anna covered the Mexican
nation at Buena Vista. Also—One of
the bayonets that terrified the enemy.
eral Washington says in his farewell
address—" It is the first duty of the
citizen to be faithful to his country."—
The "Harrisburg Union" says—" The
first duty of every Democrat is to be
true to the cardinal principle of party
frp Let the starving population of
Ireland take courage and rejoice. It is
true that our Locofoco Congress refused
an appropriation of money to save them
from famine, but the Locofoco State Con
vention of Pennsylvania has unan
imously passed a resolution expressing
sympathy for them."
We were about to say a word in re
gard to recent Presidential movements,
when the following remarks from the
Yark Pa. Republican met our eye, and so
well expresses our own views, that we
adopt and give them to our readers in
lieu of what we intended to say on the
subject :
" The political elements have been
very much agitated for several weeks
past—ever since the news of Old Rough
and Ready's last victory arrived—on the
subject of a Presidential Candidate.—
That brilliant achievement, announced
after a long period of painful suspense
and anxiety, caused the public mind to
become elated with joy, and the hero of
the event, whose course for a year past
had been watched with so great inter
est, and attended with so much glory,
became at once an object of the most en
thusiastic popular admiration and afilic
tion. Not merely his military exploits,
but the remarkable modesty and ability
of his official despatches, and the hu
manity which actuated his conduct amid
the sanguinary scenes, proved him to be
a man of the largest mould, and caused
his countrymen, disgusted with the pig
mies in Administration at Washington,
to consider the splendid contrast which
their Government would present with
him at its head, to its present condition.
They know too that the minions of these
same politicians had been firing their
blank cartridges at the old hero, when
' he was exposing himself to the spotted
guns of the foe in the battle field; and
their kindling indignation was fanned
into a blaze when the glory of his last
achievement, rendered almost desperate
by the manner in which he had been
stripped of his forces, revealed itself to
their eager senses. The Press and the
People seemed to be actuated by a com
mon impulse, and a movement which
could not have been preconcerted imme
dietely connected the name of ZACH
ARY TAYLOR with the Presidency.—
So overwhelming is this popular expres
sion, which has already and almost sim
ultaneously been displayed in almost
every section of the Union, that it is ad
mitted on all hands that if Gen. TAYLOR
be a candidate, he will be c;ected by an
unprecedented majority, if not without
organized opposition.
This state of things is any thing but
agreeable to the official personages at
Washington. This War they consider,
as it truly is, theirs ; they planned and
put it in operation, and they think that
all its glory should enure to their benefit.
It is hard in their estimation that the
project which they so unscrupulously
contrived, should turn out to be the very
thing which is to work their political
ruin. They never dreamed that TAYLOR,
or SCOTT or any one should stand in their
way, or be any thing else than porters
to carry their fortunes. They thought
they had the hero of Chippewa and Lun
dy's Lane when they jeered him about
his "hasty plate of soup," and sup
posed that they had come it over the old
soldier by attempting to make him ap
pear ridiculous. TAYLOR was then their
hero in opposition to SCOTT. They ex
ulted over Palo Alto and Resaca de la
Palma, and not a few sneers were launch
ed at the Commander-in-Chief of the
Army, kept in Washington. SCOTT was
then considered a " rival " of Polk ! and
lie must be put down. Monterey fell,
and then an ominous whistle broke upon
the cars of the men in power. TAYLOR
was becoming too dangerous—he was
winning too many battles—he was get
ting to be a " rival " of POLK ! They
set FICKLIN, THOMPSON and "Billy Wick"
on him in Congress—they found fault
with the Capitulation of Monterey—they
ordered him to break the armistice, and
they got up the device of a Lieutenant
General, and when foiled in their first
attempt, endeavored to gain their object
in an indirect manner, but failed there
too. They all at once became " sweet "
to Gen. SCOTT, though they designed to
suporcede him too if they could have
fastened the epaulettes on Colonel BEN
TON'S shoulders, and they formed his ex
pedition to Vora Cruz, advising TAvunt
to retire to Monterey, so that he might
be cooped up in that fortress and not be
able to gain another victory. Although
they took away all the old General's Reg
ulars, he refused to take their advice,
and Whipped Santa Anna at Buena Vista.
Then the cloud which had so long been
threatening these political schemers,
burst in right earnest, and they know
now that they are in TAYLOR'S power.—
Their conduct in this predicament is
sufficiently ludicrous. They profess to
love him vastly ; but, notwithstanding
their professions, they cannot complete
ly disguise their disrelish of his election
to the Presidency. Theirs is the fateof
children who handle edge-tools; they
can manage a caucus or convention of
purchaseable politicians, but heroes of
the true stamp are too large for their
grasp. Whig papers and meetings nom
TAYLOR. Oh ! says a Locofoco
Editor or some double-faced neutral, he
won't consent to run—why he's said so
often. Ah! says another, you are nice
ly taken in—why TAYLOR'S a first-rate
Democrat--always was—never voted
any other ticket, though, to be sure,
he was a personal friend of CLAY,
and we intend to elect him ourselves.—
, So they go on, evidently in a quandary
—not liking the state of affairs at all,
yet knowing that they can't get out of
the scrape.
We neither run up the TAYLOR flag to
the head of our paper, nor intimate at
present any preferences of our own on
the Presidential question. Certain it is
that the popular enthusiasm in favor of
Old Rough and Ready is widely spread
and signally displayed. He has shown
qualities in his illustrious career which,
attract to him both affection and confi
dence ; but he has a right to be heard
on his own behalf in regard to this
The following letter is from a soldier
who has already participated in four of
the principal battles fought by our army
in Mexico. It contains no facts that our
readers have not already seen, but com
ing from a native of this town, will be
read with interest. We have published
several from the same source:
March 30, 1847. 5
* * * Not having had an opportu
nity of giving you the slightest infor
mation concerning the siege of Vern
Cruz ere this, you no doubt thought I
was among the missing. Life yet re
mains, but it required action and vigi
lance to preserve it thus far. I cannot
now give you a full account of the siege
—but a few words in relation to it, may
give you some information.
Vera Cruz and the Castle of San Juan
are ours. You may ransack the history
of battles, and you will not find a victo
ry recorded equal to the one just achiev
ed over Vera Cruz. The destruction of
people and property is great; but not
having bad a personal observation of the
city, I will will reserve a description for
a few days.
On the 7th inst., the day appointed
for landing within five miles of Vera
Cruz, and thinking the enemy might op
pose our landing, 5,000 of our army, all
that could laud at once, formed in gun
boats, on the water, in military order,
and rode ashore safe, under cover of the
Navy guns, although the enemy was
but a short distance from us. We then
encamped for the night, or rather stood
guard, with nothing but ammunition for
shelter and protection.
On the Bth our army advanced, until
we formed a line around the city from
shore to shore, which completely block
aded the town in rear, and also cut of ail
communication between the enemy and
other forces.
Several regiments of volunteers who
were in front, among whom were the
Pennsylvanians, acted as skirmishers;
and in the course of three days, succee
ded in driving the enemy from the chap
parel into the city, with the exception
of about 3,000, who were cut off, and
consequently could not unite with the
forces. When they found we were de
termined to take our position close to
the city, and intrench, and not charge,
as they expected, the city and rustle let
loose upon us, and fired shot and shells
in every direction, and fcr two miles be
yond us, without ceasing, until the .'26th,
when they sued for peace. During that
time they fired about 50,000 shells among
our army, and they have not killed and
wounded over twenty men, as near as I
can ascertain.
On the 22d the commander of the
city, waking from his lethargy, found
an entrenchment within gun shot of his
dominion, for the purpose of placing
heavy guns and mortars to cannonade
the town. Ile immediately sent the
white flag and notice to Gen. Scott that
he should have four days to march his
army away. Gen. Scott replied that he
(the commander of the city) should have
but four hours to surrender the town and
castle. After the expiration of the four
hours, we commenced bombarding the
town, although not prepared for it. On
the 2 6th the castle and city were sur
rendered, with the condition that all
ammunition and government property - if
every description, are to be turned over
to the United States;
and all o ffi cers
above the rank of a Lieutenant to be
retained as prisoners—the remainder to
march out without arms.
The surrendering of the castle was
gall to them, bnt they were compelled
to it, for they knew that unless they did
so, their city would be ruined.
Our Navy fired considerable on the
town, but could not get close enough to
do good execution on account of the cas
tle. The castle commands the town,
and could knock it down ►n a short time.
After we were entrenched, which was
done principally in the night, the ene
my commenced firing their heavy shells
but without effect. The number of citi
zens and soldiers killed and wounded in
the city is not yet known, but supposed
to be over one thousand.
TIIE Caors.--The Lancaster Examiner
says :—'4 The WHEAT FIELDS in many
parts of this county have a very unpro
mising appearance. It is thought by
many experienced farmers that even
should the remainder of the season prove
favorable, there will scarcely be an aver
age crop.
More ground is being prepared for
corn than was ever cultivated before in
this county. At the present prices corn
is by far the most profitable crop that
can be raised.
[CP. Old Zack has made more people
happy, and oftener than any man of the
age. It will presently come to pass,
says the New Orleans Picayune, that
whenever his name is mentioned some
body will shout right out.