Huntingdon journal. (Huntingdon, Pa.) 1843-1859, July 13, 1847, Image 2
THE JOURNAL. Huntingdon, Tuelulay, July 13, 1847 W HIG NOMINATIONS. FOR GOVERNOR : GEN, JAMES IRVIN , OF CENTRE COUNTY. FOR CANAL COMMISSIONER: JOSEPH W, PATTON , OF CUMBERL.IND COUNTY. V. B. PALMER, Esq., N. W. corntr Of Third and Chestnut streets, Philadelphia. is dilr authorized agent for receiving advertisentents and suhsclip tions, and collecting and troceipting for the some. Da- We invite attention to the article on our first page, beaded " British and American Iron." Let it be read by the Laboring man as well as the Manufac turer. "Reasons for the study of tire Languages "—a well written etiniintint cation-fhas been received, and shall ap. pear in our next. WHIGS OF HUNTINGDON COUNTY ! In less than one month you will be I again called upon to renew your organ ization, and put in nomination a County 'Ticket, to be supported at the election in October. Are you prepared to enter upon these important political duties with that cordiality and unanimity, so essential to the healthful, energetic and united action of the entire party at the polls 1 A "Practical Whig," writing from Birmingham, calls upon us, (after throwing out some important hints of his own,) to give our views in relation to the primary arrangements of theparty —and without any desire to dictate, we comply with the request of our corres pondent, by proceeding to make some' general observations to our Whig friends in relation to coming political duties. The election of last fall (being the first since the diVision of the county) established one important fact, beyond all cavil or dispute, viz : that the Wings have a very decided majority in Hun tingdon county; a majority which, if we are true to ourselves, can and will be, more than doubled at the coming elec tion. Our ditty, then, what Is it ? In the first place, it is of the greatest impor tance that an unexceptionable County Ticket be formed ; a ticket, around which the undivided party of the county can rally with unanimity and enthusiasm.— It is not for us to say who shall be put upon that ticket. To the people of the several townships, in their primary meet- i ings to elect delegates, belongs the im portant duty of deciding on the claims and qualifications of those named in con-' nection with the various offices. And in our opinion, the only legitimate (pies• lions in regard to a candidate for office, are, " Is he honest 1" " Is he capable' " Has he been a faithful and consistent Whig 1" " Would he, if nominated, add strength to the common cause, and if elected, be of service to the county, and a credit and advantage to the party which elects him 1" " Does he, in short, com mand the respect and possess the oonfi• dence of the people 1" If these can be answered affirmatively, for every one put in nomination, further inquiry would be superfluous and irrelevant.— And we do not hesitate to say, that such a Whig County Ticket, headed by the honored names of laviN and PATTON, will receive a majority in Old Hunting don that will send a thrill of joy to every Whig heart in the Commonwealth, and carry dismay into the ranks of the office holders. The people should be careful to turn out in their strength at the primary meet• ings, and in all cases select as their del• egates, honest and tried Whigs, who have the good of the cause at heart, and who would not therefore trade off the in terests of their party to promote their own selfish ends. Such as are entirely disconnected with all cliques, and who are unpledged to particular candidates. This system of "making delegates" is pernicious, and if tolerated, will even tually end in the destruction of the or ganization of the party. We do not de sire to be understood as objecting to can didates announcing themselves as such, or visiting the people personally forhhq purpose of making the fact as generally known as possible, but in the name of the people, we do protest against candi dates nominating fhemsel yes, by going from one district to another, extorting pledges from one or two in each district, and then managing to have those so pledged, selected as the delegates for such districts. Thus leaving nothinK for the Convention to do but to ratify in form, that which they had previously rendered certain by their own ingenuity and industry. Some of the baneful effects of this system are forcibly illustrated by our correspondent above alluded to, and we call upon all interested, to set their faces against it. But while we would caution our Whig friends against allowing the Convention to be ' , packed," We Would also have them be on their guard against the insidious appromthes of the artful and designing, not candidates themselves, but who sometimes have their own selfish ends to accomplish in the selection of partic ular men. Such persons are always to be found about a town in which there is a „ , t n Court ouse erected, and it is hot un -1 fair to presume that our ancient Borough has her fair proportion. Complaints are often made, and with reason too, in many inrtantes, of the undue influence exer cised by these men in making nomina tions., by pouring into the ears of unsus pecting delegates, unfair arguments for and against those spoken of as condi= dates. Let the People's representatives beware of theist. There are professed Whigs, tdo, who never appear to be interested in any, thing but nominations. The Ticket once formed, whether in accordance with their views or net—in the main—these men fold thCir arms, and leave others less officious than themselves in select ing the candidates, to elect them They content themselves with being grunabl ers and of nothing which is done by the true Whigs to ad• vance the cause ; and when the election , day arrives, it is not rare to see them illustrate their ardent attachtnent to the principles of the Whig party, by Voting I the entire Ticket of the opposition 1— With such men we have no patience.— Their opinions in relation to political arrangements i deserve but little atten tion ; and we would caution the honest Whigs of the county against the little petty obje c tions which such persons al , most invariably urge against every prom inent Whig spoken of as a candidate for office. Let them show by their actions that they honestly desire the success of , the Whig party, before they set them selves up as its chief counsellors. The above reflections are the result of ' general observation, and aro put forth with the view of endeavoring to aid our Whig friends of Huntingdon county to avoid errors, which we have seen prove fatal to the organization and success of our Whig friends elsewhere. And with this object in view we commend them, together with the views of our correspon dent, to the consideration of every true friend of the Whig cause in the county, The Thrift ido long MOP present tariff remains undisturbed, the prices of provisions must remain high.—Nosh. vide The above is from a pet organ of Mr. Polk in Tennessee. Since its editor penned the parapraph Flour has fallen (says the North American,) nearly Four ' Dollars a barrel, Corn fifty cents, meal a dollar and a quarter, Rye Flour about the same and Rye forty cents! With these evidences of fluctuation in the prices of Provisions, we cannot be a convert to the theory of the Union. The fact is, we are now about to experience I the full effects of "the blessings and benefits" of Free Trade and Low Wa ges. Gaunt Famine in Europe has put off for a season the hour when the effects must be developed. Now the person who would desire a return of the late high prices of provisions must anxious ly anticipate tjte news of bad harvests in England, another potato rot in Ireland, short crops on the continent and misery everywhere. Is Mr. Polk's Tariff to be prosperous only when other countries are calling upon us to save them from starvation! Are we to speculate and grow rich upon the want and misery of our fellow ceatures! To what strange shifts is Locofocoism reduced in the sup port of its most repugnant anti-protec tive policy. Di The weather for the past few days , has been very warm, accompanied by de lightful showers of rain. The corn, oats and potato crops are in a very prom ' ising condition. 05i- The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad comb y have determined on making Wheeling the western terminus of their ruad. THE ISSUE IN Tills STATE. The last election, says the North American, demonstrated that the whigs are, in a fair contest, a major ity in Pensylvania. Since that result, there have been muny and potent rea sons for a widened and heightened pop ular sentiment against the party now in power. A debt, national and nascent, has spread, and is spreading, it shackles Over the country, as a spider spins its web over its coverts it dohstitutes secu rity and tthpire to executive power, but a net to die in for the ghats Out of office. We have direct taxation, endless war, boundless extension of slavery and oth er pleasant imperial luxuries promised in the future. The crisis may be the last Which the ballot box of free voters will decide. Before the autumn of 1848, (should Mr. Shunk be re-elec ted,' every national issue may be secured against freedom, by the admission of a a sufficient number of stolen slave States to render our birth rights a blank. The people of Pennsylvania have a gecat, a holy duty before them. We fear that they do net realize it. That a large majority of our people are op posed to the present war, to the exten sion of slavery, and to the wrongs done by the Administration to the country, we know; but we hold that every Whig, that every citizen, who, realizing the crisis, awaits the worst without the struggle, vehement and vigorous, which it demands from the friends of the pure, the peaceful and the eternal Right, is respontible for the issue. There are a few to whom political du ties are pleasant. The grubs that feed upon and destroy the roots of people's prosperity doubtless wriggle in their corruption with a reptile's sense of en joyment. But the duties of patriotism to the mass of the people are cold and pure and stern, and need moral constitu tions fitted to breathe the inspiring air whirls is nearest Heaven. We ask this, all this, from the Whigs of Pennsylva nia. We ask ardor, vigor, diligence, attention to ever duty, even the minu test. What Whig will dare own that lie is a member of that pure, elevated and patriotic party after his precinct shall have been tarried by Locofocos in con sequence of %% hig lethargy'! Eloquent words are well enough, and the lip-valor of aspiring politicians rings with a gal lant echo in anticipation of unearned victories. But something more is de manded. The time has arrived When no Whig can be regarded as wholly true to the duty which he oWes to his principles, who sleeps over a consciousness that his own vicinity has not been aroused to the call of the country. We trust that ev ery Whig in the Keystone will realize that the responsibility of this contest rests upon him. And especially do we trust that the young Whigs, those in Whose bosoms our country is cherished and mirrored without 'a taint of selfish ness, will rally in their counties and townships for the sacred duty before them? The result is not the less mo mentons that it does not ask the sacra lice which Mr. Polk demands to sprin kle upon the altar of slavery—the blood of freemen: but not the less is the duty, not the lighter the penalty if that duty be disregarded. The contest in this State cannot he doubtful unless whig lethargy renders it so. The Whig candidate for Governor is worthy our most earnest and enthusi astic confidence and zeal. There is no human virtue that he does not illustrate, There is no movements in behalf of the moral amelioration of his kind that his aid and example do not strengthen.— Lofty, pure, gentle and charitable in his personal character, Gen. Irvin is among the clearest, soundest and most patriotic statesmen of the nation. Nor will this praise be contradicted by any respecta ble member of the party which opposes hint. With such a candidate, and with such a cause, there cannot be a doubt, unless false security or guilty lethargy baffles the hopes of the party. From every section of the state we receive the most encouraging intelligence; but while we are assured that the majority of Gen. Ir vin cannot under any circumstances, be less than ten thousand, we urge upon our friends the necessity of complete or ganization, constant activity, and in short, an ardent and earnest and unti. ring devotion to the sacred duties before us—duties which involve, not the mere triumph of it party but the salvation of a land—and that the land of our birth and our affections. Hon. RICHARD BIDDLE, formerly member of Congress from Allegheny county, and one of the most eminent Lawyers in western Pennsylvania, died at his residence in Pittsburg, on the 6th instant. lry- Hon. Ner Middleswuth is propo sed in Union county as Senator for the unexpired term of Dr. V% agenseller.-- No better selection could be made. Mr. M. would be a credit to the district, and of great service to the State. BOROUGH ELECTION.—On Saturday last, DANIEL AFRICA, Esq.,' was elected Bur gess in place of David Snare, Esq., re signed. RICHARDSON READ was elected Super visor, in place of Andrew Harrison, re signed. WAR ON THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, The "Catholic Observer," of a recent date, has an able and interesting article condemnatory of the outrageous propo= sition of the administration journal, to sequester the Mexican cliuiches to de fray the expense of the war. A more base, disreputable and sacrelegious pro position Was never submitted to a free people, and the Catholics have every reason to feel indignant at the authors of it. Indeed it has excited a univer sal burst of indignation throughout the whole country. The following are the concluding paragraphs of the article in thd "Catholic Observer." "Moreover it is worthy of note, that not a press, so far as we have seen, friendly to the Administration, has de nounced it. This fact is expressive. Such a a proposition, made in the official organ should have excited a universal burst of indignation throughout the whole country;but no opposition has been manifested only by the party opposed on other grounds to the administration, with the exception of one or two of our Cath olic presses: There is something alarm ing in this silence, this aquiesence of the friends of the Jichninistration: As Catholics, we of course denounce such A BASE AND SACRELIGIOUS POLICY. We bold the property of the church, the gift of the faithful, the pious, and the charitable, to be sacred, and that tt ctinnot without sacrilege he di verted frbm the purposes intended by the donors: If our Government may proceed to divert, to sequestrate it to other purposes in other countries, it may as the next step proceed to do it at home. If it is willing tb do to anywhere, it shows that it recognises no law of reli gion, that it holds nothing snored, and that we have and can have no security that it will dot do so whenever it has the power, and finds it or fancies it for its interest to do so. But we denounce this proposition still more vehemently as American Citizens. W e are Catholics, hut we arC also Amer icons —Aineriean Citizens—and have as deep an interest in the honor and pros perity of our country as those who are at the head of affairs. We have hereto fore believed our Government ranked among civilized Goveimments, and we wish it to continue to do so still and there fore are indignant when it attempts to carry oti a war in ti Manner that is Con , . trary to the rules of civilizdd Warfare. It is not in accordance with the modern rules of war, as recdgnized by civilized nations, to make war on the religious and charitable institutions of our ene mies; and a war of propagandism by a Government which professes no religion but recognises the equal right of all to the protection of the laws, is too great a solecism to be tolerated in open day." Vaal and Distressing Accidents. On Thursday last, Mr. William Wil son, brother of Judge Wilson, of Lewis town, was killed by falling front a barn which he was assisting to raise, near Potter's Mills, Mifflin county. He lived but a few hours after the fall. On the same evening as Col. Wm. Butler, Gen. John Potter, lawyer John Potter, Gen. James Potter, Wm. Betonis and Lex Potter, were coming down the hill near to Dr. Wilson's, of Centre coun ty, on their return from a fishing excur sion, the horses became frightened, end in endeavoring to stop them, the wagon was upset; when it was righted it was found that Col. Butler had his leg badly fractured in two places below the knee s the bone protruding from the flesh—sev eral small pieces were splintered from the bone, which he himself picked out of the wound. He suffered excessively during the night, and some danger of lock-jaw is apprehended. Gen. John Potter lied his collar bone broken and was otherwise injured. Young John Potter had his collar bone broken and the bone protruded hear two inches out of the flesh, Gen, James Potter and Mr. Betonis had et) bones broken, but were severely bruised. No More Gambling, The law for the suppression of gate• bling in Pennsylvania, went into opera tion on the first of July, and its provis ions are of the tnost rigorous and search ing character—well calculated to put an end to all gambling in this State. By this law keepers of Gambling apart. ments are liable to a fine of from $OO to $6OO. Persons engaged In gambling as a means of living, or found with gam bling implements, may be imprisoned in the Penitentiary from one to five years, and required to pay a fine of $5OO. Any one inviting or pursuadmg another to visit a place used for gaming purpo ses, shall, upon conviction, be hold res ponsible for the money or property lost by such persuasion or invitation, and fined from $9O to $5OO. It is made the duty of all sheriff's, constables, and .prosecuting attorneys, to inform upon and prosecute offenders against the act, under a penalty of $9O to $5OO. All suspected places may be broken open with impunity. SPECULATION.—So confident were the New York flour speculators of receiving favorable news from Europe, that so soon as the steamer was telegraphed, they purchased several thousand barrels at an advance of a shilling per barrel. Of course, they were sadly bitten when they received the news! A Noble Act. The Harrisburg Telegraph states the following fact, as one of the many acts of Gen. Irvin's life Which so endear him those who know him, and can appreci ate disinterested benevolence: About a year ago, the the Rev. Mr. WILSON, a Presbyterian missionary to China, returned to this country after a lengthy absence, bringing with him a native youth for the purpose of being ed ucated and instructed in the learning and religion of the Christian, that he might be qualified to return to his na tive land—qualified to dissetninate truth and cultivate science among the "far off isles of the sea." The youth was with out friends and without funds. No one seemed ready or willing to undertake the expense of his education. Applica tion was made to Gen. Irvin. The ap peal was not in vain. Suffice it to say, the young man is now a pupil, at Gen. Irvin's SOLE EXPENSE, at La Fayette col lege, in this State, where it is ex pected lie will continue for a period of not less than five years, untill lie shall have acquired a thorough education.— Facts like the above are nuiterous, and require no iteration, among those Who know Gen. Irvin. They are only how adverted to, for the purpose of of dispel. ling the nialignant slanders, which are circulated by his political opponents, to injure him, in the districts of the com monwealth where his private benev olence is not as well understood. ARRIVAL OF THE CALEDONIA:—The steamship Caledonia arriVed at Boston on Saturday, with 16 days later intelli gence from Europe. There is no politi cal news of general interest. Tile ex treme favorableness of the weather, and the promising appearance of the grow ing crops, had caused another decline in breakstuffs. Flour has fallen 6 shillings per barrel, Corn 10 shillings per quarter. The rumors of the reappearance of the potatne rot, though unconfirmed, have not yet subsided. The news has had a depressing effect on our own markets. The steamer Caledonia brihg no specie this trip. TIIE WASHINGTON UNION says:—“We had the pleasure of seeing yesterday Father McElroy, who returned on Sat urday from Mexico in good health. lie had not been further west than Mata amoras. His colleague (Father Rey) had been cut off by assassination, to the great reget of every one who was ac quainted with his holy mission and his noble character." NALTIt OF COAL LANDS.—A letter from a gentlerrian in Wilkesbarrd i (Pin) says: ....Business here is brisk. Property is on the advance; coal lands especially.— Three sales of very ordinary lands, worth Very little but for coal, sold last month-100 acres for $10,000; 140 acres for $13,000; 330 acres for $33,- 000. It almost frightens us; and yet, if we could reason from facts developed last year, $5OO an acre would not be a fourth of the value. The Hudson and Delaware Company, taking their coal from this country, 330,000 tons made a clear profit of ssB2,ooo—more than a dollar and a half a ton; and an acre will yield from fifteen to twenty thou sand tons." DUNCAN L. CLINCH, the Hero of With lacooche, has been nominated by a Whig convention as a carididats for Governor of Georgia. The convention adopted resolutions favorable to the nomination of Gen. TAYLOR as President, and a vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Calhoun for his course in the United States Sen ate. RAILROAD MDETING.—On Tuesday evening at Blultimore, a meeting took place for adopting measures to complete the Baltimore and Susquehanna Rail road to fiarrisburg—Gen. Cameron pre sided. POLK AND HIS GENERALS."-- The Vicksburg ‘A hig says that this new Work will shortly appear. The princi pal " Generals h sketched are Antonia Lopez de. Santa Anna i Thomas Hart Ben• ton, and Gideon Pillow. The Whig predicts for it an immense—fun COUNTY PAPERS.—The West Chester Jeffersonian says, men who do not pa tronize and pay for their county papers, have no right to expect their support to any station. Country editors should set their faces decidedly and equiv ocally against such monstrous absurdi ties. FAME PTE COuratv.—The Whigs of this Bounty nominated JOHN W. Names and WILLIAM COLVIN, for the Legisla- ture. "MEASURES, not men i " is the motto of the Democratic party.— Wash. Union. "Exactly," says the Sciota Gazette, "the Mexican war is one of your meas ures, but when you want men and Generals to fight, you cull upon the Vs hiv." VITAR Nil Wig; The New Orleans papers contain some further news from the seat of war; which is thus summed up by a cotem pbrary. News reached Vera Crut on the 24th, that the large train which had left that city on the 18th, strongly guarded and under command of Gen. Pillow, was sud denly attacked by n large party of ran cheros, who lay in ambush about 15 miles beyond the National Bridge. Gen. Pillow immediately ordered the dragoons to charge upon the assailants, which be ing gallantly done, caused the enemy to make a precipitate retreat, leaving 30 of their companions dead on the field, and some 50 wounded; 8 or 9 American's were lost in the encounter, and some 20 wounded. The guerillas along the route are beeorning bolder every day and in• creasing ih ntdribers. The general tencr of the news we re; gret to state, is very unfavorable to an early peace. Accounts frbm the city of Mexico state that Santa Anna has again attained to all the power of a Dictator ' by the arrest or removal from command of such generals as are opposed to him; and by the more adroit manwuvre of in; clueing Congress to postpone the count ing of the Votes for President till the 15th of January next! The 15th of June was the day fixed by law for that pur , pose. By the postponement Santa Anna prolongs his own power indefinitely, and for the time being May be deemed Dic tator if feet, ir not in name. Great activity Was manifested at the capital in the work of fortifying the en , virons of the city with a view to an obsti nate defence: Seventy pieces of Artil lery had arrived from Acapulco and oth er points, which they were mounting al fast as possible. The letters mentioned the arriival of Alvarez ft the head a 8,000 men, and they set down the entire force in the city at 20,000 alined militia and 16,000 troops of the line. These letters further say that the clergy are taking an active part in the business; that arms of all kinds were pouring into the capital, and considerable sums of money. . _ In the mean time Gen. Scott, with about 5,000 men, was at Puebla awaiting re , in forcements, without which it would be hazardous to move upon the capital. It Was thought that he would move on, ds soon as Gen. Cadwalader's division would come up. Every thing gives in; dication of ahother terrible conflict be fore the capital falls into our hands.— Had Gen. Scott's forces not been redo; ced by the bungling policy of the Ad; ministration, he would have been in thd city long since, without a blow being struckon either side. As at Buena Vista, the blood of those who fall in this en , counter will cling to the skirts of the Administration. A SIGN.-- , The Imcofoco State Conven , tion of Georgia; gave Gen. Taylor the go by. Resolutions in his favor Were defeated in their Convention by the efforts of Mr. Howell Cobb, who was a member of the last Congress, and wilti has been re , elected to the next. Mr. Cobb Was one of those who Voted to censure General Taylor in the House df Repre•: sentatives. "VEL, VOT or ITV"—If Francis R: Shook did receive $l5O for five days' services, vot of itl Vy nothing; it only shoWs hd's fond of change, that's all, BRITISH MEDITATION.—]n the House of Commons on the 11th of June, in re.; ply to a question from Mr. Bowring, Lord Palmerston said that an offer of meditation on part of Great Britain be , tween Mexico and the United States had been Made by the fernier as *ell as by the present Goirernment, but that at yet it had not been accepted by either of the belligerents. , 4 Der Centre Beobachter," is the name of a new German paper started at Aaronsburg, Centre county. It supports Gen. TAYLOR for President, Gen. JAS: IRVIIi for Governor, and Maj. JOS. Wi PATTON for Canal Commissioner. RIOT AT ANNAPOLIS.—On Monday last a steamboat left Baltimore on a pleas are excursion down the bay. There . were about 1000 persons on board the' boat including two volunteer companies:• The bodt reached Annapolis about noon] and remained until evening, the pas , ' sengers spending the day in the ancient* city. Nothing occurred to produce ill , feeling until about the time the boat was prepared to leave on its return• to' the city, when a difficulty sprung up be-; tween some rowdies on the boat and °tit: ers on the wharf: The affray sotin becatne general, mis tiles of all kinds being showered to and fro between those on board and those CM shore. Finally the rifles of one of the companies on board the boat NVere put into requisition, and a number of balls fired, which seriously wounded five per sons on shore, some of them respectable citizens of Annapolis,• who were endeay. oring to quell the riot. As seen as the difficulty commenced, the captain cut loose the boat and ran it out into the stream, to put an end to the fray. It is feared that two of the wounded will die of their injuries.