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EY JAMES CLARK
VOL. XII, NO. 37.
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Huntingdon, Tuesday, September 14, 1847,
NEWS AND POLITICS.—UntiI after the
election, we will have to discontinue the
publication of lengthy Tales, and devote
all our space to news and politics. The
propriety of this will be acknowledged
by al; who feel the importance of the
corning election. The Locofocos are
industriously engaged in circulating
error and falsehood in relation to the
Principles and candidates of the Whig
'party, and it becomes the Whigs to be
equally industrious in combatting them
with Truth. In this county the Polk
and Shuck men are circulating (in ad
dition to their own reckless county pub
licqtions) large numbers of the Pennsyl
vanian, edited by J. W. Forney, Esq.,
an office-holder under Polk, at a salary
of $15.00 a year! This paper is filled
with the vilest and most palpable false
hoods in relation to Gen. Irvin and Jos.
W. Patton, intended to injure these gen
tlemen with the Laboring class of the
community. Let all be on their guard
We would suggest to our Whig friends
throughout the county the propriety of
circulating, freely, all the Whig papers
and documents they receive, among
their neighbors, who are not in the re
ceipt of any. They may be the means
of preventing their minds from being
poisoned by the vile Locofoco publica
tions alluded to.
Locofoco Attacks upon Gen. Irvin.
The Bellefonte Whig, in noticing the
slander of the Locofoco paper published
in Bellefonte, upon the character of Gen.
"The severe reverses that party has
sustained in the elections just held in
the States of North Carolina, Kentucky,
Indiona, and especially the overthrow
of Polkism in Tennessee, the President's
own State, have caused the most serious
alarm in their camp. Evidences of pub
lic opinion not to be mistaken, in our
own State, in favor of that tried and
true man of the people, Gen. Irvin, pre
saging his triumphant election, have
caused such consternation and dismay
in their midst, as to make their prospects
Nothing but that madness which is
the sure forerunner of destruction, could
have induced any man or party to pub
lish so low and pitiful a tissue of false
hoods of the grossest kind, as is contain
ed in the last " Democrat" against James
Irvin. It is so wicked, and with all so
silly, that we do not deem it worthy of
a serious reply.—We look for articles
of that kind from that party—we have
warned our readers to expect them—and
are therefore not surprised, and we be
lieve no one is. We are perfectly con
tent to let James Irvin's life and conduct
answer all such attacks. If a character
the most pure and unsullied, the result
of a lifetime of uprightness and integri
ty in all the relations to society—of dis
interestedness, kindness, and liberality
to all with whom it has been his lot to
associate--is not a defence against the
assaults of a venal press conducted by po
litical adventurers whose hopes of office
depend upon the success of their party,
then, indeed, we have fallen upon evil
times, and public virtue must be at a
low ebb. We have, however, a better
opinion of the virtue and intelligence of
the people than our neighbor seem to
have, and with an abiding confidence
that they deprecate and condemn such
conduct, we are content to let is rest
with them, without any further notice'
Every human heart must be gratified
with the prospect that famine and dis
tress in Ireland is about to be supersed
ed by an abundant harvest.
The London Correspondent of the
4merican and Gazette, under date of
Aug. 18, 1847, says:—" Thank God !
there is plenty; even in Ireland, not on
ly is the weather glorious and the har
vest abundant, but the potatoes so sound
that all fears seem to have vanished.
Premature, it may be, but who can won
der that after a year of despair, that live
ly people should delight to indulge in
Important Matters Coming to Light !
The statement of the Pittsburg Collec
tor is bringing important matters to
light, exhibiting the manner in which
our public works have been conducted
under men bound by party interests, in
stead of the interests of the Common- '
wealth. A Captain of a Canal Boat
gives the following explanation of why
the tonnage of this year exceeds that of
the last year more than 18,000 tons,
when the number of boats exceeded
those of this year nearly 1000: He (the
Captain) says "that some time last sum
mer while coming up the Canal—just
before he came to a weigh lock, he pass
ed a line boat, (as they are called,) a
boat running through to Pittsburg. It
was a large boat and heavily freighted '
whilst he was in the office of the weigh
master, the Captain of this line boat
came in and asked to be passed through
without weighing; said that he had
twenty tons on board, did not wish to
be detained, &c.—The gentleman from
Union county turned to the officer, at
the same time taking a $lO bill out of
his pocket, and told him to weigh that
boat, and that if he did not find that it
had forty tons on board in place of twen
ty, the money should be his. The of
ficer replied : They were not in the
habit of weighinc , these boats, that the mas
ters of them they had always found to tell
the truth," erc , and at the same time
passed the boat regularly through
as having only twenty tons on board,
when our informant is certain, from the
way she was sunk in the water, that her
load must have exceeded forty tons."
This statement was made to the Edi
tor of the Union County Star, who holds
himself in readiness to furnish satisfac.
tory proof of the statement if required.
'The people will here see a specimen
of the manner in which our Public Works
have been conducted under the rule
of Shunkism ! They will also learn, as
the Erie Gazette well remarks, why our
Public Improvements have not been
more 'productive in former years. In
this connection, an important inquiry
suggests itself, which the people, we
trust, will answer at the ballot-box. It is
this: if one Whig member of the Canal
Board has succeded in drawing largely
increased revenue from the State works,
what might not be expected from the
conjoint exertions of two 1
Voters of all parties should ponder
this question, and let its forcible sug
gestions impel them to a truly Pennsyl
vania course of action.—Lancaster
Irvin and Taylor
Gen. Irvin is evidently destined to be
elected Governor of Pennsylvania in
1847 and Gen. Taylor President of the
United States in 1848. Both are ob
jected to by some folks on account of
their being engaged in the IRON num
?: ESE. Gen. Irvin MAKES iron, and Gen.
Taylor USES it. Each seems to under
stand his branch of the business well—
and each may be said to be " ROUGH"—
the one because iron-making is "rough"
work—and the other because he makes
" rough" use of the article. To the
Mexicans, Gen. Taylor has been a
" rough" customer—and to the Locofo
cos, both he and Gen. Irvin will prove
"rough" candidates. To try to defeat
such " iron-masters" is a " rough" un
dertaking—and to fail in the effort is a
" rough" mortification. The whole bu
siness is a "rough" one, and may be
parsed thus : Gen. Taylor beating the
Mexicans—ROUGli ; en. Irvin elected
Governor—ROUGHEß ; Rough and Ready
going to the White Huse—ROUGHEST.—
SINGULAR COINCIDENCE.-It IS men
tioned that Santa Anna was "passed"
into Vera Cruz on the 14th of August,
1846, and that on the same day in the
present year Gen. Paredes "slipped"
into the same port. If Paredes gives
our Government as much trouble during
the ensuing year as Santa Anna has
done during the past we shall have an
awful addition to the sacrifice of life
and an immense national debt.
HUNTINGDON, PA., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1847.
The Old Office-Beggar ! 1
Ott - TAx-PAYERS ! read the following
items and then turn to your tax receipts :
Item Ist.—Mr. Shunk received for
two years services as Clerk in
the Land Office, at $l,OOO per
year, the sum of 2,000
Item 2d.—For two years services as
Assistant Clerk of the House of
Representatives, at $9OO per
year, $lBOO ; extra compensa
tion per year $250 for the same
time, ssoo—making 2,300
Item 3d.—Nineteen years services
as Clerk of House of Represen
tatives—salary per diem and ex
tra compensation amounting per
year to sl,soo,—making $28,-
500—Perquisites, viz : copies of
laws, certificates, pens, ink, pa
per, pen-knives, candles, sales of
documents, &c., amounting to
$5OO per year, being $9,500 for
the same period—making the
round sum of 38,000
Item 4th.—Six years services as
Clerk of the Canal Board at $l,-
500 per year, 9,000
Item sth.—Four years services as
Clerk of the Commonwealth and
Supd't. of Common Schools at
$2,500 per year 10,000
Item 6th.—ln '3B, after being Clerk
19 years, he charged and receiv
ed extra pay for arranging House
Item 7th.—ln 1838-9, from Dec.
sth to January 15th, he acted
as Clerk to the House, when he
resigned and became Clerk to
the Commonwealth—for which
he received for one month's ser
vices $457, and perquisites
s3oo—in all 757
Item Bth.—For five days services as
Clerk of the House in 1843, he
received $3O per day, amount
ing to, for those five days, 150
Item 9th.—For three years (ending
January next,) services as Gov
ernor of the State at $3,000 per
Making a grand total of $7l ,707
It will thus be seen that FRANCIS R.
SHUNK has sucked the Commonwealth
out of Seventy-one Thousand Seven Hun
dred and Seven Dollars ! And yet has
the modesty to beg $9,000 more! The
old Prince of Beggars!
The Locofocos and Gen. Taylor.
The following is the vote of the Penn
sylvania delegation, in the last Congress,
on Mr. Faran s amendment to the reso
lution of thanks to Gen. Taylor, which
provided "that nothing therein contain
ed should be construed into an approval
of the terms of the capitulation at Mon
terey," thus construing the vote of
thanks into a direct vote of censure.
For this vote of censure (Faran's
amendment) we find the names of every
Locofoco from Pennsylvania, save one,
in favor, and every Whig against it.
Here are the names from the Journal.
For the Vote of Censure. against it.
James Black, Andrew Stewart,
Rich. Brodhead, Jas. Buffington,
H. D. Foster,
W. S. Garvin,
C. J. Ingersoll,
0. D. Leib,
J. S. Yost.
J. Blanchard, C. Harrah,
J. H. Camboll, Jas. Thompson,
Yet we are told the locofocos are for
This was "elevating Gen. Taylor
with a vengeance !" About like the
"holster" Brutus and his co-conspi
rators gave to Ctesar in the Senate
Chamber.—B. er S. Journal.
READING.—Not one in every ten thous
and—nay, peradventure, not one in ev
ery hundred thousand—know bow and
feel how to do justice in reading or re
citation to our English tongue. Men
may learn most things abroad in schools
and colleges ; but the secret is, to read
English well, the boy must learn to read
at home under the guidance of gentle
and accomplished parents, who know
how to read themselves and have music
in their souls. Read well, and you will
disclose passages to the charmed ear in
prose and verse—in Bacon, in Boling
broke, in Burke, in Shakspearc, in Spen
cer, in Milton, and in a host of
others, the leaders in our mighty litera
ture—which are altogether unequalled
in fervor, grace, and melody, except in
[l:7- A good liver in Cincinnati the
other night had all his champagne stolen
by a wag of a thief, who left this note
in the cellar:
Dear Mr. S.--I tried your wine—it
, tits,pet hard to take!
[CORRECT PRINCIPLES-SUPPORTEII BY TRUTH.)
Speaking of the recent Whig victory
in Tennessee, the New York Tribune
says, in such a canvass, wherein the
Tarifl; Currency, and other controver
sies of the day, but especially that res
pecting the origin, conduct and objects
of the War on Mexico, have been thor
oughly and ably discussed in the hear
ing of the whole People, the verdict of
confidence given for Mr. Polk in the
contest of '45 has been reversed, upon
the heaviest vote everpolled in the State,
except possibly that of 1845. a Whig
Governor, Senate and House of Represen
tatives, all in place of those friendly to
the Administration, have been returned,
securing a U. S. Senator for sixyears
from March, 1849, to replace Mr. Jarna
gin. Without noise, violence or undue
excitement, this revolution has been
wrought, and Mr. Polk again stands be
reft of the support of his own State —a
calamity which never befel any of his
predecessors, unless it were John Tyler.
And we have abundant testimony from
the journals and letter-writers in his in
terest that the War was the main issue,
and Mr. Polk everywhere charged by
the Whig candidate with having need
lessly and unconstitutionally originated
it. On this charge issue was joined ;
this issue the People of Mr. Polk's own
State have adjudicated. Is it strange,
then, that the journals in his interest
have such difficulty in suiting themselves
with Election Returns from Tennessee)
Old Don C—a is — abont despatching
a messenger to Vera Cruz, and has pro
mised to enclose a letter for me, and as
opportunities are now scarce to commu
nicate with our friends,
I embrace this
chance with pleasure. Nothing of very
great interest has occurred since your
departure except a short spiteful little
fight we were engaged in at La Hoya.
It was at the time General Cadwalader's
train was expected, and although all of
Colonel Wynkoop's messengers had
been stopped by the Mexican troops,
still he (Col. W.) ascertained through
Mexican information the time he would
arrive, and made known to us his deter
mination of assisting him by attacking
the enemy in the rear. Accordingly he
chose his favorite plan of night attack,
and left the castle at 9 o'clock in the
evening with 250 men including Capt.
Walker's rifles, (which you know are
attached to his command.) The infantry
were companies B, C, F, H and K. We
came upon the enemy's pickets the other
side of Las Vegas at 2 o'clock in the
morning. They challenged and then
fired—we advaricA quietly in column
of platoons, they firing and falling back
continually. Finding they were moun
ted, (from the rapidity with which they
fell back) Col. Wynkoop ordered Capt.
Walker, who was in rear, to charge
them which he did gallantly, when the
(logs run, losing one man killed. At day
break, finding the enemy all around us,
and hearing no indications of Gen. C's
appearance, we fell back upon Las Ve
gas, and sent out three companies as
skirmishers, who killed seven men be
fore sunrise. Walker at this time re
quested Col. Wynkoop's permission to
move on in the advance half a mile for
some green feed for his horses; which
he received and had not been absent ten
minutes when we heard firing. We
ware immediately formed and led on a
run to the ground. Arriving at the top
of the hill we saw the rifles behind a
stone wall, engaged with about 500 of
the enemy. With a yell we followed
our gallant Colonel down the hill and
came upon them like a storm. They
seeing us "broke" down a meadow. The
I Colonel turned the column over the hill
and met them at that point. We gave
them several volleys and then dashed at
them in pursuit ; at the same time Cad
. wallader's column came up and joined
in. The enemy's loss was about 100
killed and 100 wounded. Your friend
Hanson, (the orderly,) killed an officer,
and Peter Dowly of Company B made
way with two more. All hands behaved
well. Major Bowman kept up the pur
suit until the last. lie behaved very
Colonel Wynkoop sustained his char
acter as a brave and gallant soldier.—
Gen. Cadwallader and Col. Childs say
he stole the fight from them. His aids
in this affair were Captains Binder, Dil
ler, and Lieut. Goff. They were all in
the thickest of it. Truly yours.
J. H. Ewing,
J. R. Ingersoll,
A. R. Mcllvaine,
ID" The following is the transcend
ental for "Miss will you take my arm?":
" Young lady, will you condescend so
far to sacrifice your own convenience
to my pleasure, as to insert the five dig
nitals and part of the extremity of your
contiguous arm through the angular ap
erture formed by the crooking of my
arm against the perpendicular portion of
my frame 1"
Prom the Army.
CASTLE OF PEROTE, Mexico,
^ Aug. 6, 1847.
The St. Louis Reveille says :—A cor
respondent writing from Fort Mann,
Arkansas river, under date of the 25th
ult., says that for several days previous
to the massacre of the eight men of Col.
Easton's command, the Indians had
been driving herds of Buffalo close in
towards the line of march, for the pur
pose, manifestly, of decoying the troops
from the main body. They had also
piled fuel at various points on the south
bank of the river to decoy the men
across. It was in the latter manner that
they succeeded in entrapping the mur
THE WRONG MAN HUNG.-A young
printer, named Boyington, who served
his time in the office of the New Haven
Palladium, was hung a few years since
in Alabama, upon a charge of having
murdered a companion with whom he
was travelling. He protested his inno
cence to the last, but without avail.—
Recently, the landlord in whose house
the murder was committed, confessed
the crime on his death bed ! Boyington
was a young man of fine talents and
prepossessing appearance, whose guilt
was deemed conclusive only from the
fact that he was the last person seen
with the murdered man. So much for
' circumstantial evidence."
" I say Jim, can you spell potatoes
with only one letter 1"
" No—neither can you, you fool."
"Now I reckon I can, you fool."
"Let's have it then."
" Well, we will put one o—put two
o's—put three o's—put four u's—put five
o's—piit six o's—put seven o's—PUT.
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Notice of General Election.
PURSUANT to an act of the General
Assembly of the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania, entitled " An act relating
to the elections of this Commonwealth,"
approved the second day of July, A. D.,
1839,1, JOHN ARMITAGE, High Sher
iff of the county of Huntingdon, in the
State of Pennsylvania, do hereby make
known and give notice to the electors
of the county aforesaid, that a
will be held in the said county of Hunt
ingdon, on the SECOND TUESDAY
(and 12th day) of October, 1847, at
which time State and County officers,
as follows, will be elected, to wit:
One person for Governor of the Com
monwealth of Pennsylvania.
aie person for Canal Commissioner
of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
One person for State Senator, to re
present the Counties of Huntingdon,
Bedford, and Blair, in the Senate of
One person to fill the office of mem
ber of the House of Representatives, to
represent the county of Huntingdon, in
the House of Representatives of Penn
One person for the office of Sheriff
for Huntingdon county.
One person for the office of County
Treasurer for Huntingdon county.
One person for the office of County
Commissioner for Huntingdon county.
One person for the office of County
Auditor for said county.
In pursuance of said act, I also here- i i
make known and give notice, that
the places of holding the aforesaid gen
eral election in the several election dis
tricts within the said county of Hunt
ingdon, are as follows, to wit :
Ist district, composed of Henderson township,
and also a part of Porter township, and all that
part of Walker township not in the 15th district,
at the out House in the borough of Huntingdon.
2nd district, composed of Dublin township, at
the house of Matthew Taylor, in said township,
3d district, composed of so niucn of Warriors
mark township, as is slot Included in the 19th dis
trict, at the school house adjoining the town of
4th district, composed of the township of Hope.
well, at the house of Henry Zimmerman, near En.
trekin'a new mill, in said township.
sth district. composed of the township of Blares,
at the house of James Livingston, (formerly John
Harper,) in the town of Saulsbury, in said town
6th district, composed of the township of Shir
ley, at the house of David Fraker, in Shilleysburg.
7th district, composed of Porter and part of
Walker townships, and so much of Vl, eat town•
ship as is included in the following boundaries, to
wit: Beginning at the sou , h-west corner of Tobias
Caufmarce farm on the bank of Little Juniata riv
er, at the lower end of Jackson's narrows, thence
in a northeasterly direction to the most southerly
part of the farm owned by Michael Maguire, thence
north 40 degrees west to the top of Tussey's moun
tain to intersect the line of Franklin township,
thence along said line to Little Juniata river, thence
down the same to the place of beginning. at the
public school bossy, opposite the German Reform
ea Chu rch,ig, horoush.RE A lexandrio.
EDITOR AND PROPR JETOR
WHOLF, NO. 607.
Bth district, composed of the township of trent+ ,
lin, it the house of Jacob Menem. now occupied
by George W. Matters, in said township.
9th district, composed of Tell township, at the
Union school house. near the Union Meeting
house, in stud township.
10th district composed of Springfield township,
at the school house near Hugh Madden's, in said'
hilt district, composed of Union township, at
the school house near Ezekiel Corbin'a, in said
12th district, composed of Brady township, at
the mill of James Lane, in said township.
13th district, composed of Morris township, at
the house no‘v occupied by A brsham Moyer, (Inn
keep,) late Alex. Lowry, Jr., in the village of Wa
terstreet, in said township.
14th district, composed of that part of West
township not included in the 7th district, at the
public school house on the farm now owned by
Miles Lewis, (f rmerly owned by James Ennis,)
in said township.
15th district, composed of that part of Walker
township lying south wei t of a line commencing
opposite David Corbin's hoots, at the Union town
ship line, thence in a straight line, including said
Corbin "s house, to the corner of Porter township,
on the Huntingdon and Woodcock valley road, at
the house of Jacob Magnhy, in said township.
16th district composed of the township of Tod,
at the house now occupied by .1. Henderson, in
said town , hip.
17th district, composed of that part of West
township on the south-east side of Warrior ridge,
beginning at the line of W, at and Henderson town
ships, st the foot of said ridge, to the line of Barre°
township, thence by the division line of Banes
end West townships to the summit of Stone moun
tarn, to intersect the line of Henderson and West
townships, thence by said line to the place of be
ginning, at the house now occupied by Benjamin
Corbin, on Murray's Run.
18th district, composed of Cromwell township,
at the house now occupied by David Etnire, in Or
19th district, composed of the borough of Bir
mingham, with the several tracts of lend near to
and attached to the same, now owned and occupi
ed by Thomas M. Owens, John K. McCahan. An
drew Robeson. John Gensimer and N illiam Gen
simer, situate in the township of Warriorsmark, at
the public school house in raid borough.
20th district, composed of the township of Case,
at the public school house in Cassville, in said
21st district, composed of the township of Jack
son, at the house of Robert Barr, now occupied by
John Hirst, at McAleaq's Fort, in said township.
22d district, composed of the township of Clay,
at the house of Joshua Shore, at the Three Springs,
in said township.
23d district, composed of the township of Penn,
at the school house on the farm of Jacob Brum
baugh, in said township.
I also make known and give notice,
as in and by the 13th section of the
aforesaid act I am directed, "that every
person, excepting justices of the peace
who shall hold any office or appointment
of profit or trust tinder the government
of the United States, or of this State, or
of any city or incorporated district, whe
ther a commissioned officer or agent,
who is or shall be employed under the
legislative, executive or judiciary de
partment of this State, or of the United
States, or any city or incorporated dis
trict, and also, that every member of
Congress, and of the State Legislature,
and of the select or common council of
any city, commissioners of any incor
porated district, is by law incapable of
holding or exercising at the same time,
the office or appointment of judge, in.
spector or clerk of any election of this
Commonwealth, end that no inspector,
judge, or other officer of any such elec
tion, shall be eligible to any office to be
then voted for."
Also, that in the 4th section of the act
of Assembly, entitled "An act relating
to executions and for other purposes,"
approved April 16th, 1840, it is enacted
that the aforesaid 13th section "shall
not be so construed as to prevent any
militia officer or borough officer from
serving as judge, inspector or clerk, of
any general or special election in this
Pursuant to the provisions contained
in the 67th section of the act aforesaid,
the judges of the aforesaid districts
shall respectively take charge of the cer
tificate or return of the election of their
respective districts, and produce them
at a meeting of one judge from each dis
trict, at the Court House in the borough
of Huntingdon, on the third day after
the day of election, being for the present
year on FRIDAY, the 15th of October
next, then and there to do and perform
the duties required by law of said judg
es. Also, that where a judge by sick
ness or unavoidable accident, is unable
to attend said meeting of judges, then
the certificate of return aforesaid shall
be taken charge of by one of the inspec
tors or clerks of the election of said dis
trict, and shall do and perform the duties
required of said judge unable to attend.
Also, that in the 61st section of said
act it is enacted that " every general
and special election shall be opened be
tween the hours of eight and ten in the
forenoon, and shall continue without in
terruption or adjournment until seven
o'clock in the evening, when the polls
shall be closed."
Given under my hand at Huntingdon,
the 10th day of September, 1847, and
of the Independence of the United
States the seventy-first.
JOHN ARMITAGE, aerif.
[001) SAVE US COMMOHWIALTE.]