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Runtingdon, Tuesday, October 19 1847.
Sickness, absence of mails, &c.
&c., is our excuse for not issuing a pa.
per last week. We shall not ask the
indulgence of our readers for a like
omission soon again.
WOOD ! WOOD ! Will those of our
subscribers who pay us in wood, have
the kindness to bring us some immediate
ly. We are a little chilled by the elec
tion returns, and therefore require more
fuel than our Locofoco neighbors to keep
our blood in circulation.
tp-On our first page will be found
two interesting Letters from the West,
by a native of this county, who has
taken up his abode in the "Sucker"
State. We hope to hear from him
O :-On our first and third pages will
be found all the news from the army,
received since our last issue. It will
be seen that no hope remains of a speedy
Zuntingdon County.
By reference to the official table pub
lished in this paper, it will be seen that
OldHuntingdon is still true to her ancient
faith. The majority for Irvin is not so
large as it should have been ; but con
sidering the way things have gone else
where, and the disorganization produced
in our ranks by opposition to the Sher
iff candidate, we think all will admit
that the Whigs of this county have sus
tained themselves well. The whole
Whig ticket, with the exception of Sher
iff; has been elected. NN e shall not of
fer any reflections upon the defeat
of Mr. Stewart, at this time, further
than to remark that it has been brought
about by Whig votes, and that before
the meeting of another Convention to
nominate a Ticket, we shall comment
upon the nomination of Mr. Stewart, the
opposition to him and his defeat, freely
and fearlessly. At present it would
be of little avail.
'lce a Newspaper.
The election is now over, and we shall 1
have more time and space to devote to
the wants of the general reader. In view
of the present situation of our own coun-
try and the world, no family should be
without at least one weekly newspaper.
The war is still going on, and no one
can now foresee its close. An impor
tant session of Congress is about to con
vene, the proceedings of which will be
interesting to every American reader.
Next fall a President of the United
States is to be elected, and the People
will soon be called upon to choose their
candidates. These matters of public
importance, together with all local news
of interest, will find a place, and be ani
madverted upon in the columns of the
Journal. We therefore bespeak, not
only a continuance of the favors of pres
ent friends, but ask them to aid us in
extending our list among their neigh
bors. If each subscriber now on our
list would secure us an additional name,
we think we can safely say that Loco
focoism wi!l not soon again rejoice over
the defeat of a Whig candidate for an
important County office, in Huntingdon
county. Let the Whigs, therefore, ex
ert themselves a little to aid us, and we
promise, in return, to aid them in ad.
vancing their principles, and to give
each one who patronizes us, more than
an equivalent for his money.
have carried four out the six Congress
men, being a gain of twa. The Locos
have elected their Governor. The Whigs
have also secured majorities in the State
Senate and House of Delegates, which
secures two Whig U. S. Senators.
GEORGIA ELEcTiox.—The returns from
this State are not yet complete. It is
thought the Locos have carried their
Governor and the Whigs both branches
of the Legislature. The sessions of the
Legislature are biennial, and during the
corning term two U. S. Senators are to
be elected.
fl We wish every Whig who cut his
Ticket in this county, could have wit
nessed the excitations of the Locofocos
in this town at the defeat of the Whig
candidate for Sheriff'. It would have
effectually cured them of voting for Le
oofocos in future.
From the returns already received,)
we conclude that Gen. Irvin has been
badly beaten in the State. This result
has come upon us like a thunder-clap.—
And we have no desire to conceal our
disappointment. That he would be tri
umphantly elected, was the opinion of
some of the most sagacious politicians
in the State, of both parties. That he
has been most ingloriously defeated, is
now rendered positively certain. In the
language of the Pa. Intelligencer, it is
useless to lament or speculate upon the
probable causes of our defeat. The
Whigs defeated themselves. Had the
friends of Gen. laviN been half as effi
cient in the management of the cam
paign as were the Locofocos, the result
would have been different. But as Jacob
Faithful says, " what's done can't be
helped—no use crying for spilt milk—
better luck next time." Cheer up,
Whigs ! Instead of striking your flag,
' raise it still higher, and be ready to
" pick your flints and try your Whig
rifles again." Whigs must 4 ‘ NEVER
S URRENDER." Remember that " TRUTH
TAIN." Then do not despair. Stick to
your party and your principles and
maintain your organization. Let us pro
fit by the experience of the past, and all
will yet be well.
Adams, 700
Allegheny, 1300
Armstrong, 609
Bedford, 220
Centre, 707
Cumberland, 426
Cambria, 165
Columbia, 1400
Dauphin, 918
. .
Delaware, 200
Franklin, 450
Huntingdon, 371
Lancaster, 3800
Lebanon, 600
Montgomery, 1400
Mifflin 144
Phil. dity & County, 1691
Schuylkill, 1020
York, 909
Fayette, 572
Northumberland, 742
Sullivan, 260
IVestmoreland, 2200
Lehigh, 342
Luzerne, 1200
Washington, 200
Greene, 900
Clinton, 250
Perry, 900
Union, 891
Carbon, 307
Clarion, 900
Indiana, 650
Lycoming, 400
Northampton, 500
Venango, 450
80,000 Whig Voters at Mane 1
D a- The Penn'a Telegraph says:
From the returns that have come in
from different points of the compass, we
have no doubt but 50,000 Whig voters
in this State, did NOT go to the polls on
Tuesday last! These apathetic, or lazy
Whigs, were as good to the Locofoco
candidates as 25,000 votes, at least ; and
had half of them done their duty, Penn
sylvania would not now be destined to
three years more of Locofoco misrule,
Gen. Apathy has a monstrous army in
the Whig ranks in this State.
THE CANAL.—The Board of Canal
Commissioners, Messrs. Burns, Power,
and Hartshorn, passed through this place
yesterday. They are examining the ex
tent of the injury to the canal by the
late flood. 'We understand they intend
to commence repairing forthwith. The
water has been let into the Canal west
of the mountain.
Lost Child,
We learn from the Hollidaysburg Reg
ister, that on Tuesday the sth instant, a
lad named James Fisher, son of Mr.
Isaac Fisher, of this place, left home,
and has not since been heard of. He
has blue eyes, light hair, pleasant coun
tenance, two teeth out before, and a very
sore head, caused by Scrofula. j - le is
nine years old, had on light cotton pants,
long brown coat very much worn, with
out shoes or stockings, and an old white
hat. Any information of said boy will
be thankfully received by his distressed
father, and may be communicated
through the mail or left at this office.
An important ukase has been pro
mulgated in Russia, which commands
all civil functionaries who possess a for
tune to state exactly in their returns by
wh'ze Invms eh.y leave acquired it!
"Ilurd's Grammatical Corrector."
An advertisement, with appended no
tices of this popular little work, which
appears to be all the go just now, in the
Eastern cities, will be found in to-day's
Journal. The favor with which it appears
to have been received by the public, and
the extent and rapidity of its sale and
introduction into schools, are not only
unusual, but unparalleled. We had de
signed to write a more extended notice
of the work, but finding it done to our
hands by the Newark (N. J.) Daily Ad
vertiser, we adopt the comments of
that paper.
[From the Newark (N. J.) Advertiser.]
—We had supposed the material for any
thing rare, interesting, or really valua
ble, pertaining to the Grammar of our
language to have been long since exhaus
ted ; and yet we have before us a neat
little work of 124. pages, containing
" nearly two thousand Barbarisms, Cant
Phrases, Colloquialisms, Quaint Expres
sions, Provincialisms, Fa - ^ Pronuncia
tions, Perversions, 3 I ist., plication of
Terms, and many other kindred errors of
the English Language," embraced in no
other work.
No parent, no teacher, no private in
dividual desirous of avoiding or having
his chilrren or pupils avoid such a host
of the common blunders and barbarisms
of speech, need be told of the immense
value of this little work, either as a
school-book or a hand-book.
We perceive that it has passed the or
deal and received the sanction not only
of the Public Press, but of the Public
and High Schools of Philadelphia, where
it was published. These facts, however,
are not necessary to satisfy any one of
its merits who will examine its pages
for himself. The author is SETH T.
HURD, whom many in this section will
doubtless recollect, and who will require
little further proof of the merits of the
work and its claims to public favor,
than that it is the production of this
distinguished grammarian."
Mr. Clay and Gen. Taylor.
The Pittsburg Gazette, noticing the
recent letter from Gen. Taylor, in which
he says that if he had voted at all in the
last election, he would have voted for
Mr. Clay, adds :
" We have been made acquainted with
the receipt of a more marked letter than
this from Gen. Taylor, in which he
speaks in warm attachment of Henry
Clay, and the Whig principles of this
eminent Patriot and Statesman. These
are evidently esteemed by him, as in
truth, they are, based upon the most
correct and honorable estimate of the
Constitution as appreciated by the early
Presidents. The views of Gen. Taylor,
in regard to Mr. Clay, accounts" suffi
ciently for the shameful treatment he
, has received from the Administration."
Powder Mill Explosion,
A correspondent, writing from Cin
under date of October 15, says:
" We learn from Nashville, that a most
terrific calamity occurred there on Tues
day evening. During the prevalence of
a violent thunder storm, the lightning
I struck a powder magazine and the stroke
was followed by an awful explosion,
which could be compared to nothing but
an earthquake!
At least one hundred houses were des
troyed and the loss of life cannot yet be
told. Ten dead bodies have already
been recovered, and the citizens had
turned out en masse to search the ruins
either for other corpses, or perhaps to
extricate those who may be lingering
wounded or in agonies worse than death.
This dreadful calamity has fallen upon
the city of Nashville with appalling
Commercial Journal says letters have
been received in that city, with the in
telligence that Lieut. Col. Black, and,
we presume, the greatest part, if not all
the First Regiment of Pennsylvania
Volunteers were at Pueblr on the 12th
of September. They cook not, there
fore, have been engaged in the late op
erations around Mexico. The Second
Regiment was in garrison at Perote pre
vious to Gen. Scott's advance from
A correspondent of the N. 0. Delta thus
writes of General Scott's demeanor in
Gen. Scott at the head of our army
during the engagement received a slight
wound in the leg, and what is very re
markable, no person whatever except
himself was aware of it until after the
battle was over. A great deal has been
said and written in reference to the
ability of Gen. Scott as a military man,
but those who have not seen him in
command and under fire, cannot form
any just conception of his abilities. His
cool consideration of every thing around
him—his quick perception—his firm re
solve and immediate execution—equal
if they do not surpass those of any of
the great generals whose deeds have
been made so conspicuous in history.
One of the greatest and most alarm-
ing Floods ever known by the oldest
inhabitants, took place in the Juniata
River on Thursday night, 7th inst. Rain
commenced falling a few days previous
and continued without intermission until
Thursday sight about 10 o'clock, when
it came down in a perfect torrent.. Never
has such a scene of devastation and des
truction of property been witnessed up
on this River ! Farms were completely
overflowed by the rushing flood—dwel
ling houses were suddenly lifted from
their foundations—stacks of grain and
hay were torn from their places—fences
torn up—canal boats torn from their
moorings—all came rushing down in
mad confusion upon the bosom of roar
ing flood. Citizens residing near the
banks of the canal, in this borough and
adjoining villages, were driven, in the
dead hour of night, from their dwellings
to seek shelter elsewhere. It was in
deed a most frightful and distressing
scene to behold !
The bridge across the Juniata at this
place so much injured as to render it
impassable for some time. The farms
in the neighborhood of this town have
all suffered severely. So, too, with those
lying along Stone-Creek; some farmers,
in addition to having their fences des
troyed, losing their entire corn crops.
Raystown Branch we learn was sev
eral feet higher than ever it was known
before, and the farms lying along its
banks have suffered severely. Bridges
across this stream have also been much
Indeed we are unable to give any
thing like a correct account of the dam
age done to Public and Private Proper
ty. The Canal between this place and
Petersburg, is almost in ruins. A por
tion of the Huntingdon Dam is gone,
and the Lock entirely swept away.—
The towing-path bridge below Peters
burg gone, and the two Guard-Locks
very much injmred.
The destruction to private property
in Petersburg and vicinity, has been
very great. Shoenberger's Iron Works
, completely inundated, and four horses
1 belonging to Mr. S. drowned. At Alex
andria the damage to private property
we learn has not been so great as in '3B,
although many have sustained serious
We shall not attempt to specify the
numerous breaks in the canal banks.—
The Lock and a portion of the Dam at
Water-street, gone; and the canal
banks in the short level above, we learn,
are entirely swept away.—Between
Water-street and Hollidaysburg, we
learn the damage to the canal is not so
Below, we learn the destruction has
been none the less severe. Jackstown
and Shaver's Aqueducts are both gone.
Drake's Ferry and Mill Creek Bridges
are both gone—several houses at
Lewistown carried away, and Iron .
‘t orks very much injured. At Duncan's
Island, McCoys Tavern is swept away,
and great damage to the Canal. We
are unable at this time to give further
particulars, as we have received no mails
from any direction since the flood.
[The above was prepared and put in
type with the view of issuing a paper
last week. Since which, we have re
ceived papers from the neighboring
counties, containing additional particu
lars, which we append.]
The Hollidaysburg Register says:—
"During the morning of Thursday, the
Juniata rose rapidly, and by 3 o'clock
in the afternoon had swollen beyond
its banks. The water unable to find an
outlet under the viaduct between this'
place and Gaysport, gradually dammed
back until the whole of Gaysport was
overflowed. In the houses on the North
side of the Railroad, it rose to the height
of two or three feet on the first floor.
Several buildings were carried ottamong
which were the Store-house of Mr. Jas. 1
R. Patton, Snyder Carr's Barbershop,
Justice Smith's Office and Store, Her
ron's Blacksmith Shop, Charlton's Tai
lor Shop, and a Warehouse of S. J. Roy
' er & Co. These buildings were swept
into the current of the river, and crush
ed to pieces by the boiling flood against
the walls of the viaduct. The damage
done to private property in Gaysport is
immense. Stables, fences and lumber
were swept off, and entirely lost.—The
bridge over the dam, on the upper basin,
was carried away, as was the Aqueduct
of the Feeder, about a mile below town.
Houses, fences, bridges, locks, and
grain have been destroyed, and the
country traversed by the River, and Ca
nal presents a scene of desolation and
distress never before witnessed in our
We have just returned from a ride
down the Little Jnniata,' and such a
scene of destruction we have never gaz
ed upon as marks the course of that
stream. From the very head of Pleas
ant Valley to the mouth of the river
fences were swept, and other damage
done, but from Bell's Mills down, the
devastation and destruction is wide
spread and fearful. Davidsburg was
entirely inundated. The street is wash
ed in deep gullies, and strewed with
drift-wood. The Tannery of Mr. John
Campbell suffered severely. One of the
abotnients of the bridge just below the
town was torn so much as to make the
passage of the bridge on horseback dan
gerous. Messrs. MeCarnant and Crotz
er have sustained heavy damages; so
also Messrs. Lyon, Shorb & Co. at Ty-'
rone works.—The little town of Irons-
villa suffered severely. Wm. Caldwell's
Tanyard is greatly injured. Union Fur- ,
nace and mill there are complete wrecks.
Isett's store at the mouth of Spruce I
I Creek is swept away, and all-along the
river are wrecks of buildings of various
kinds, houses, stables, &c., which have
been carried down by the raging flood.
Lewistown suffered severely. The
Gazette says :
.‘ On Friday morning until about elev
o'clock, the river continued to swell
, with great rapidity, having by that time
attained a height of eighteen or twenty
' feet above low water mark. From that
hour until about three o'clock it rose
very slowly, and created a general hope
that it would not be much higher. This
belief, we regret to say, was ultimately
productive of much loss, a great amount
of property having been subsequently
injured or destroyed, which at that time
might have been removed with safety.
As evening approached, the water again
commenced swelling at the rate of from
twelve to fifteen inches an hour, and
continued to rise until after midnight,
when, it is stated by old watermen and
others, to have been from thirty to thirty
one feet above low water mark ! A mighty
torrent like this, it may well be suppos
ed, did not sweep by us in its wrath
without leaving ruin and desolation in
its course."
The merchants of Miffiintown, we
learn from the Sentinel, first moved their
goods on the second story of their ware
houses, and on Friday night were com
pelled to remove them either on the third
story or out on the street. The Perrys
ville Bridge was raised from the piers
and swept off about 12 o'clock on Friday
night, and the Bridge at Millerstown,
or at least a portion of it, has shared the
same fate. The first span , of the Mifflin
town Bridge, next to town, was carried
off about daylight on Saturday morning,
and the second span so seriously injured
that it is doubtful whether it can be re
paired without taking it down ; the re
mainder is but slightly injured. lii
Mexico the loss of private property was
considerable—a Grocery, Warehouse,
Stable, and several other smaller build
ings were carried off.
which has proved so destructive here,
has extended in various directions thro'
Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.
The damage along the Susquehanna has
been very extensive. We understand I
that the Canal at Duncan's Island, above
Harrisburg, is swept away, as much soi
as after the flood of '46. The West
Branch has been so seriously damaged,
that it will be impossible to repair it du
ring the present season.
The Pennsylvania Canal,between Har- 1
risburg and Columbia, is also seriously
injured, the Tide-Water but slight
ly. A colored boy was drowned at Har
risburg on Sunday. The farmers along
1 the banks of the river have suffered se
verely, many of them having had their
entire crop of corn swept away. The
lumber merchants have not escaped ;
and at Columbia, lumber to the amount
of $7OOO dollars has been lost. We
learn, however, that the authorities will
make the most vigorous efforts to re
pair the Canal breaches as rapidly as
The Pittsburg Journal of the 11th
inst. says:—
The Allegheny commenced rising
last Friday morning and the water reach
ed an unusual height. A vast quantity
of rubbish, sheds, one or two houses and
a bridge, were swept past this city on
Saturday morning. We have heard of
a death by drowning a few miles up the
The Philadelphia Bulletin, says:
" We have letters from Williamsport,
which give a fearful picture of the dis
asters caused by the almost unpreceden
ted rise in the West Branch. On Fri
day the river commenced rising with
alarming rapidity ; and late on Friday
evening, the citizens of Williamsport
were alarmed with the ringing of bells
and loud cries of 'turn out,' 'turn out,'
'the flood,' 'the flood,' Sze., &c. Men,
women, and children, rushed from their
dwellings, and alarm, trepidation, and
excitement seemed to be the order of
the night.. Every effort - was made to
guard against an inundation ; but at
about 4 o'clock on Saturday morning,
the river broke - ever the embankment at
the Foundry, and came through the town
with a rush, filling the houses on the
low grounds to the second floor. A cor
respondent writes us that he found no
difficulty in making his way in a boat
from the Eagle Hotel, which is on the
main street, to the packet boat landing,
Pine Creek aqueduct in reported to have
been swept away ; and en the creek
above it, the destruction of property has
been immense. On Friday afternoon,
at one time, one mile of saw logs, as thick
as they could run, passed by Williams
' port. The flood in the West Branch is
said to be 2i feet higher than that of . 04
1810. We have no direct or reliable in
telligence from the North Branch."
THE FRESHET—The Susquehanna.— Ac
counts have been received from , the whole
line of the Tide Water Canal, that it
has received no injuiy by the late fresh
et. A report was published that the
Port Deposite bridge had Ix en carried
away. This is a mistake. Some sta
ging that had been erected under the,.
bridge to make some repairs, was car
ried off, but the bridge itself was not in
jured. The telegraph wires over it
were swept away. Preparations are
making to have them replaced, as well
as for putting up some poles that have
been washed down on the tow-path of
the anal. The tide was very high at
Have-Grace on Saturday and Sun
day, overflowing most of the wharves;
but there was no damage of any conse
, quence done to either the wharves or
the property on them.
Further Particulars,
Lock Haven Inundated—Great Destruc
lion of Property.
Letters from Lock Haven dated the
10th inst. state that the destruction of
property by the flood of last week was
immense. The West Branch was swel
led to a greater height than has been
known since 1810, the river being eiglla
feet higher than it was at the time of the
memorable Pumpkin Flood. Lock Ha
ven was completely inundated, the wa
ter being ten feet deep in Main street.
The citizens were obliged to take their
horses, cattle, &c. into their dwelling
houses to save' them. The destruction
of property in the town . was very great.
The steam Saw Mill of Mr. G. E. KIN
ZER was completely overflowed, and the
machinery somewhat damaged. The
destruction of property alt along the
river above Lock Haven was immense.
Houses, Stables, Saw Mills, Grist Mills,
Fences, &c., were swept off, and many
farmers lost all their grain, cattle, &c.
—Pa. Intel.
The Encarnacion .Prisoners.
Several of these liberated prisoners
arrived at New Orleans pn the steamer
McKim. Their sufferings while in
Mexico were very great. The New Or
leans Delta of the 29th says:
The night after the fight of Swigert
and his companions, a much larger num
ber of the prisoners started from Hue
jutla, the place of their captivity. They
were hotly pursued by a large force, ar
rested some eight leagues from the toiVii
and marched back. They were all then
I huddled into an old, damp, badly-venti
i lated monastery, where,- with a large
; guard over them, they were kept in
I close confinement night and day, and
on bad and insufficient food, till a few
days before the battle of Churubusco.
They were then, numbering in all over
one hundred and forty, marched to a
town some thirty-six leagues farther
into the mountains, within about six
1 day's march of the city of Mexico. On
this march, as well as on their return to
Tampico, they suffered much, some of
them being without a shirt, some with
out shoes or hat, and scarcely any of
them having a coat. Bud as was their
condition, it would, but for the prover.
bial humanity of the Mexican women,
have been measurably worse. Many of
them they supplied with garments, and
1 both while in prison and on the march.
1 they would break in through the guard
and supply them with nourishment.
A scamp, clerically dressed,
ing himself McMann, and representi4
himself to be a student of theology of N V:
the Episcopal Church, is travelling about
and swindling pious people out of their
money. His last operation' was in
Wilmington, Delaware.
ALL persons who have found goods
or merchandize of any description, along
the river or canal, since the late flood,
are requested to send them to the store
of Fisher er aleAlurtrie, Huntingdon,
for the Reliance Transportation Company,
as soon as convenient.
The only boat containing Dry Goods,
&c. which was lost above Huntingdon
belonged to this company, and her car
go, consisting of Dry Goods, Hardware,
Queensware and Groceries, were being
transported by them to Pittsburg.
All reasonable charges fobs finding, ta
king care of and delivering any part of
the cargo of said boat will be paid by
Fisher & 1 1 4cMurtrie, or by the under
signed, agent of said company, now at
Huntingdon. F. B. DENNISTON,
.gent for Reliance Transp'n Co,
Huntingdon, Oct. 19, 1847,