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Huntingdon, Tuesday, November 2, 1847 ,
An Apprentice Wanted.
A boy from the country, between 14
and 16 years of age, who can read and
write, is wanted at this office to learn
the Printing Business. Application
should be made soon. '
D. COURT will commence in Hunting
don on Monday next—to continue two
The official vote of Pennsylvania for
Governor and Canal Commissioner, is
given in another column. Notwithstan
ding the large majorities cast for the
Loco Foco nominees, we see nothing
to discourage the Whig party. It is
clearly manifest that Gen. Irvin Ims
been defeated through sheer apathy and
carelessness on the part of the Whigs
themselves. Had measures been adopt
ed and carried out, to secure a full Whig
vote, Gen. James Irvin would now be
the Governor elect of Pennsylvania.—
It is not our purpose to complain, how
ever. We do not lay the blame of our
defeat upon any particular portion or
individual members of our party. We
think en error was committed in the
conduct of the campaign, but we believe
that it was concurred in by all at the
time of its adoption. We allude to the
"quiet system." Pennsylvania has, since
the days of Jacksonism, been wedded
to the so-called democratic Party. But
Pennsylvanians are honest, and it is on
ly necessary to convince them, by rea
son and argument, of the superiority of
Whig principles to those ' entertained
and acted on by the leaders of the Loco
foco party, to cause them to reject the
wrong and support with zeal and energy
the right. In the campaign from which
we have just emerged, it is admitted by
all that the Whigs failed to present their
cause properly before the People. The
Press done all in its power, it is true, to
stem the tide of Locofoco falsehood,
slander and misrepresentation; but then
the Press, unaided by town and town
ship meetings, cannot reach all classes
of voters. This, then, is where the
Whigs failed. The champions of our
cause should have met the People face
to face, and laid our principles and pol
icy before them in a calm, clear, and in
telligent manner. Had this been faith
fully done, the result of the late elec
tion, it cannot now be doubted, would
have been entirely different, and Penn
sylvania would not have been doomed
to three years more of Locofoco rule.—
Let us, then,r,,earn wisdom from the
past, and resolve to act more wisely in
the future.
9 TAKING A NEWSP.CPI. little more
than a year ago we advised a young
man in this vicinity to take our paper,
telling him, as an inducement, that
among other advantages he would derive
from so doing, he would find it much
easier to get a wife. He took our advice,
subscribed for the Journal, paid in ad
vance, and in this number of our paper
a notice of his marriage to one of the
fair daughters of Huntingdon county is
recorded ; and this day the happy couple
passed through our town on their way
to the western part of the State, to set
tle down in life. This is no fancy sketch.
It is all true to the letter! As delays
are always dangerous, we would advise
every young man who does not take a
paper, and who desires similar good for
tune, to subscribe for the " Huntingdon
Journal" at once, and we will vouch for
the result. Remember, that as the La
dies are all firm Whigs, a part of the
secret of winning their good opinions
consists in taking a Whig Paper.
ED- Our Locofoco exchanges are crow
ing lastly over their victory, and our
Whig cotemporaries arc writing essays
on various subjects, and speculating on
the causes of our defeat.
ED -The Whigs have elected 115 mem
bers of Congress, being a clear major
ity all. The Locos have elected
100, 2 doubtful and 1 Native are also
elected. 10 remain to be chosen. Of
these 2 will be Whig—giving a clear
Whig majority of 6 in the House.
V- The American Bible Society em
ploys three hundred hands in the print
ing and manufacture of Bibles, who
make two thousand volumes a day. It
Is stated that they use eight tons of pa
per per week.
Gen. Scott
The Alexandria Gazette says:---We
rejoice to see the meed of praise that is
bestowed upon Gen. Scott by the press
of all parties, and the disposition that is
exhibited to do justice to the skill, en
ergy and gallantry, of this distinguished
commander. The prudence and fore
sight he has evinced, and the wisdom
and sagacity of his plans have all been
realized in his triumphant progress from
Vera Cruz, (including the capture of
that city,) to the capital of Mexico.
With a force comparatively iasignifi
cant, lie has encountered and success
fully surmounted every obstacle, and
lives, at least, to hear the plaudits of his
countrymen, and to be certain that he
has earned for himself a name which
will be forever remembered in the an
nals of the republic. Scott should be A BEREAVED WIDOW.—Mrs. Hoffman,
met by his country with open arms. of Baltimore, lost her husband, while he
With all odds against him, and his own was serving his country in Twos less
plans not carried out by the government ' than two years ago, in the capacity of
Lieut. Colonel to the 7th Infantry. In
he has yet filled the highest hopes that the winter of 184.4, she lost a son, Lieut.
were raised, in view of the acknowl- A. T. Hoffman, of the 2d infantry, who
edged bravery of his troops. Nothing died of a disease contracted while ser
more could be asked ; all has been done ving in Florida. At the battle of Char-
Nuvbaussco, killed , h y s •zi l n e ge se st r
v a i n n d g f i a n vo t
that the most exacting could require.
i e t e l
e c t h
B ild
y general consent, lie must be admit-
S. Artillery, in the capacity of Lieut.—
' ted to be not only a fortunate, but a In the same engagement she had nautil
Iconsummate commander. er son wounded, Capt. Hoffman, of the
6th infantry, who is reported as posses
sing superior attainments as an officer
and a gentleman.
[The Locofocos profess to think,
says the Louisville Journal, that tha nc-
quisition of New Mexico and the Cali-
mEXICAN AFFAIRS.---A letter from
fornias would be an amp'e renumeration 1 Washington, in the New York Journal
for all our losses in the war. If, a y ear jof Commerce, says---"I have reason to
and a half ago the question had been i believe that orders have been sent out
asked whether our country ought to be , to Gen. Scott,"to take measures for dis
willing to purchase these territories at arming the Mexicans, in all parts of the
the cost of one hundred and fifty mil - country as far as practicable."
lions of dollars and the lives of ten or ' ------r
fifteen thousand of her heroic yeomanry LEARNED WOOD SAWVER.—We have
who is there among us that would not in this city, says the Detroit Journal, a
have thundred forth an indignant neg. German about 30 years of age, who
. .
tive 1
Where is the Locofoco that can tell Universities. He is an excellent Latin
us the relative value of wild lands ist, a good Greek and Hebrew scholar,
and human life? How many acres of and speaks and writes French, Spanish,
Mexican ground will reimburse us for German and English, and is an excel
the death of Ringgold? How many for lent mathematician. With all these ac
the death of Ridgely? How many for complishments he is compelled, for want
the death of Clay? How many for the of better employment, to saw wood for
death of Hamer? How many for the a living.
death of Butler? How many for each of Mum—John Spencer was killed by
the heroic privates that fell at Palo Al- Irvin Welch, on Friday week, at the
to, at Resaca, at Monterey, at Buena cross roads in Beaver Dam district, in
Vista, at Vera Cruz, at Cerro Gordo, at this county. They were at a shooting
Contreros, at Churnbusco, and at the match. Spencer had beaten Welch
city of Mexico? shooting, and they got into a quarrel,
when W. shot S. in the left side with a
gun. He died that night. Both were
under the influence of liquor. Spencer
leaves a wife and one child. Welch
was also married and had several chil
dren.-- Washington (N. C..) Whig.
standing, says the North American, the
loud huzzas of our opponents in politics,
there is much in the aspect of the recent
State elections which is gratifying to
us as Whigs. A balance of the books
will show that in Maryland we gained
two members of Congress and an in
creased majority of the Legislature, lo
sing the Governor on local questions :
In Georgia we gained the Senate and
secured two United States Senators,
and lost the Governor : In Ohio we
gained the Senate and retained the joint
ballot : In Pennsylvania we lose the
House, but increase our majority in the
senate : In Florida we elect for the first
time a Whig Legislature and secure a
United States Senator. Thus in all na
tional aspects, the recent elections have
been advantageous to the cause of con
CO- The New York 11 big State Con
vention adopted an address to the peo ,
ple of the State, in which we find the
following declaration :
" The Union as it is, the whole Union,
and nothing but the Union—we will
stand by it to the last. No more Terri
tory is our watchword, unless it be
KrAt the late Election in this State,
votes of the people were taken in Schuyl
kill County to determine whether the
Seat of Justice should be removed from
Orwigsburg to Pottsville, and in Dela
ware County whether it should be
changed from the Borough of Chester to
a site in Upper Providence Township.
In both cases, the measures proposed
were carried by heavy majorities in
their favor.
Law.—The Supreme Court of this State,
now in session at Pittsburg, have deci
ded the No License Law" of Pennsyl
vania to be unconstitutional. The opin
ion has not yet been published.
RIIODE ISLAND has joined in the con
gregation of States who will unite in
Thanksgiving on the '2sth of November.
This is the eighth State, and it is high
ly probable that on that day the whole
Union - will bow down as one.
Martinsburg Gazette states that this
body convened in Martinsburg on the
14th, and closed its sessions on the 20th
ult. The Gazette says, "the subjects
brought before the Synod seemed to be
of a deeply interesting and exciting
character, though the several speakers
exhibited, throughout the discussions,
that courtesy and brotherly kindness
towards each other, which should ever
characterize an assemblage of Christian
brethren. In some instances, consider
able forensic talent was displayed, while
one or two of the reverend speakers
displayed an ingenuity in treating the
subject under discussion, which inclined
us to suspect they were bred for the
bar. 'The preaching was well attended
and is highly spoken of. The pulpits
of the Methodist, German Reformed,
and Presbyterian Churches, were occu
pied by members of the Synod on Sun
was educated in one of the German
Galveston Civilian, of the 16th, says--
Mr. Chisholm has arrived at Austin, in
12 days from Monterey, and reports that
Gen. Taylor has left the latter city on a
visit to his family. Mr. C. says that on
the receipt of the intelligence of the vic
tories of Contreras and Churubusco,
Gen. Taylor said "the fighting was at
an end"---that he would return to his
family, as he believed there would be
no farther need of his services in Mex
BE CAUTIOUS...-We learn from the
Phoenixville Pioneer, that recently two
infants have died in that village, by the
incautious use of laudanum. When but
a few hours old in one instance, two
drops were given, in the other, five
drops. The one-half of a drop is a full
dose for several of the first days of in
Da-The Locofoco Convention of New
York, to nominate their candidates,
quarrelled like drabs. The Old Hunk
ers, the allies of the southern Slavehol
ders, carried the day. The Van Buren
ites are denouncing the proceedings of
the Hunkers vehemently. When rogues
fall out, ect.
been considerably injured by high wa
ter. The little Miami was unusually
American Minister to China, died in
Canton on the 28th of June last.
D . -Alexander's extensive printing of
lice in Franklin Place, Phila., was des
troyed by fire on the 19th inst.
A SPUNKY Womax.—An Amazon in
Pittsburg, a few days since, soundly
thrashed her husband for daring to leave
her and her little ones, and enlist for
the war. That fellow got what he de
served. It is rather a stretch of patri
otism for a man to go to the wars, leav
ing a wife and children to public char
ity.— Charleston .ilercury.
A Suggestion
The "Mexican Whig" State of Ken
tucky has furnished for the Mexican
war five companies more than is wan
ted, or will be received by the Pres
ident ; while the patriotic Democratic
State of Alabama, that has been called
on to furnish only five companies, lacks
just five companies of the number regal
red.—Now, we have to suggest to those
companies of Mexican Clay Whigs of
Kentucky, who are desirous of enga
ging in the service of their country and
have been refused there to come down
to Alabama and they can have a chance.
We want just five companies, and there
seems to be no prospect of getting them
in this Democratic State. Our people
seem to have a decided dislike to "vil
lanous saltpetre."
Will the Kentucky papers have the
goodness to lay this proposition before
the "Mexican Whigs" of that "rascally
Whig State," and if accepted let the
five companies come on forthwithl—
abbile .ddvertiser.
the Austin (Texas) Democrat, of the 2d
October, we find the announcement, that
General Taylor started from Monterey,
on a visit to his family the day before
Mr. Chisolm left there for Austin, 12
days previously. The N. 0. National
of the 14th, also says : "An officer of
the Army twenty-four days from Gen.
Taylor's camp, informs us that Gen.
Taylor may be expected here in the
course of a week or ten days. He was
preparing to leave Walnut Springs when
our informant last saw him."
By the Northerner at New York
[Tranelated.for the Chat leeton Courier, from the
Special Correepondimce of La Petrie.]
VERA Couz, Oct. 1, 1847.
GENTLEMEN—I wrote you yesterday,
giving you all the intelligence which
had come to hand relating to the latter
events at the capital, and I now take my
pen to inform you that 1 have been as
sured by several individuals that they
have seen and spoken to an A•Camp
of Santa Anna, and also a groom who
accompanies the latter everywhere in
this city, where they arrived two or
three days ago. Although it has been
impossible to ascertain anything there
on, it is confidently stated that Santa
Anna is now at this very moment in the
vicinity of the Coast, intending to take
passage on board of the English steam
er Medway, which starts to-morrow
for Havana.
He is everywhere denounced as a trai
tor. A few days ago Santa Anna was
positively in Puebla, and since his Aid
de•Camp and servant have been here,
nothing more has been heard of him.—
If I learn any thing more positive on
this subject, I will communicate it to
you instantly.
The Verdict.
The Pennsylvanian insists that the
election of Gov. Shunt: is a verdict by
the people of Pennsylvania in favor of
the Mexican War.
If this be true, it is also an expression
of approbation by the same people of
the robbery of the Churches of Mexico,
for that was proposed by the acknowl
edned organ of the President.
It is also an approval of the "Pass"
given to Santa .Bnna by President Polk,
by which he was enabled to head the
Mexican armies.
It is also an expression of opinions in
favor of buying peace, for the President
asked and obtained three millions of
dollars for that purpose.
It is also an approval of the extension
of Slavery over territory now Free, for
that is the object of the Mexican War.
—.Yorristown Herald.
Importance of One Vote.
The majority for Shunk in Mercer
county over Gen. Irvin is one! and the
Whigs lost one of the members of the
Legislature by six votes, one Whig can
didate for the Legislature, and the Whig
candidate for Senator being elected.
In Washington county, George V.
Lawrence, one of the Whig candidates
for the Legislature, was defeated by
twelve votes.
Mr. S. Bentz of 'Washington county, '
Md., has inve"ted a machine which he '
called the Wheat Rubber, and which is
applied to the wheat before grinding for
the purpose of taking off the hull, or in
other words of taking off the bran—bolt
ing the wheat before it is ground ! We
have examined specimens of wheat run
through this machine. The bran was
entirely taken off and all that remained
was the very interesting little lump of
pure flour, ready to be mashed and put
into barrels. A committee of the New
York State Agricultural Society have
examined the machine, and say they
are impressed with its great value to
the wheat growing districts of their
State.—Baltimore Sun.
in Faneuil Hall, Boston, on Friday even
ing last, on the occasion of a lecture on
temperance being belivered by John B.
Gough. The disturbance was suppres
sed, after a good deal of difficulty.
ID- The Ohio State Journal says that
at the late Fair of the Columbus Horti
cultural Society, Peaches were exhibit
ed measuring over a foot in circumfer
ence, and weighing 11 ounces.
Mexican War.
The National Intelligencer publishes
a communication on this subject, of
which it says, "that the position, social,
geographical and political, of the writer,
and the opportunities which he has had
of acquiring knowledge on the subject,
entitle every word that he utters con.
cerning it to the grave attention both of,
the Government and people of the Uni
ted States." We presume it is from
the pen of the Hon. WADDY THOMPSON,
and extract the concluding paragraphs:
.North .thnerican.
Has not the time arrived when Con
gress should demand of the President a
distinct and specific t-tatement of the ob.
sects of the war, and the mode and the
extent of its further prosecutionl So
repeated have been his mistakes that he
certainly now has no claim to the blind
' confidence of the country. But for the
performance, not of one but a succession
of miracles, the armies of Scott and
!Taylor would have both been sacrificed
no thanks to the Administration that
they were not. Never has there been
heard such a burst of indignation,
loud and deep, as would have pervaded
the whole country, if those results had
happened which, but for a succession of
miracles, would have happened.
I said long ago that, to obtain any prac
tical results by an advance to Mexico
an army of fifty thousand men was ne.
cessary. Who now will deny that
proposition! With adequate garrisons
and the road kept open, how much pub.
lie property and how many lives would
not have been savedl If any maces.
sinus were to be obtained by force from
Mexico, it would only have been yiel
ded to such an overpowering army.—
The handful of men which we now have
in the capital only stimulate:: and en.
courages further efforts. If Gen. Scott
had left Vera Cruz with thirty thousand
men I do not believe that any resitance
would have been offered or one Amer
ican life lost in battle. I have also said
that the occupation of the city would re.
tard instead of expediting a peace. We
shall see.
I will now venture two other predic
Ist. All efrorts to procure funds from
the Mexicans to pay the expenses of the
war, to any considerable amount will
end in failure. Goods may be sent
there, and the duties paid on them, but
when the drawback is deducted for
goods sold our army, very little will be
left. As to levying contributions in
any other way it cannot be done, for the
simple reason that they have no money.
They are a poor, indolent, and unpro
ductive people, There are not twenty
wealthy Mexicans in the whole Repub
lic. If the property of the Church is
seized, that property consists mainly in
houses in the cities and estates in the
country, which, for twenty reasons, will
tot bring money—the first of which is
that the money is not in the country—
and the jewels and church ornaments
will be secreted.
2d. if an adequate force is sent to
Mexico, the drain of specie which will
be thereby caused will seriously affect
our momentary system. This may be
in some small degree prevented, or vath
postponed; by authorizing our comman
ders in Mexico to sell bills on England.
But these bills must be paid iu specie
or its equivalent, and the balance in
Enland against us will thus be increas
ed. This difficulty we should already
experience but for the extraordinary
flow of specie to our country for provis
sions. That state of things no longer
exists. The last suspension of the Bank
of England, which continued for twen
ty-two years, war caused by the dis
bursment of specie in a foreign war.
Whatever specie we send to Mexico is
lost to us: there is no returning tide to
bring it back. T.
There has been another brutal prize
fight in New York, and one of the com
batants has been so terribly beaten that
he can never recover entirely. A New
York paper furnishes the disgusting de
tails of the ferocious encounter, but the
following from the N. Y. Tribune is
quite sufficient:
Two bullies known as Awful Gard
ner and Alex. McFee, attended by their
friends, went yesterday morning to
Spuyten Duyvel Creek, about 25 miles
from the city, for the purpose of a prize
fight. Not many persons were present,
as the matter was not generally known,
and there was no interference on the
part of the police. The fight lasted 69
minutes; 33 rounds were gone through
with, when the notorious Yankee Sulli
van, who was present as the friend of
McFee, withdrew his man from the ring,
to save him from being killed. At the
time, he could scarcely stand, his face
was beaten to a jelly, and he had recei
ved several severe injuries about the
neck. One blow in particular behind
the ear, not only felled him, but was
followed by a copious discharge of blood
from the throat, that for a moment cliow
ked him severely ; probably he' can
never fully recover from the wounds he
received. The sum of money at stake
was $3OO.
COSTLY.—Queen Victoria's " best go
to-meeting clothes" cost half of a million
of dollars.—Those that Bonaparte used
to wear, when Emperor, on state occa
sions, nearly a million.,
The Home and Foreign Market.
The following brief article from dm
Boston Mail presents the superiority of
the Home over the Foreign market in a
strong and clear light. We will not
weaken the force of the brief argument
by any comment :
[From the Boston Mail.]
The failure of the great house of Prime,
Ward & Co.—hitherto considered the
strongest house on this continent deal
ing in exchange on Europe—is only dne
among the many evidences of the supe
riority of a domestic over a foreign
market for the produce of the country.
The trial of a foreign market for the
past year has been under the most pro
pitious circumstances that could be con
ceived for the argument of free trade ;
that is, an unparalleled supply at home,
and an unparalleled demand abroad.—
Yet after all, how Much has the country
gained, in real and substantial property,
by the course of trade. To say nothing
of the very large number of cargoes
that have been lost by shipwreck, and
the large number damaged during the
transit—which is so much actual loss
to the country, whether sustained by
the insurance offices or by the shippers
—we haven still heavier loss by depre
ciated prices and the return of protest ,
ed bills, Of course we have no data by
which to calculate the actual amount of
these losses, for " the end is not yet,"
although we think we can see the "
ginning" of it,
But let us look at the home market.
Here Massachusetts has been purcha
sing millions of dollars worth of bread
stuffs, and paying for them at the tip
top prices,' either in cash, in domestic
fabrics, boots and shoes, in codfish and
other articles of real value, of her own
produce or manufacture. Scarcely a
dollars worth has been lost during the
transit, and not a dollar's worth in pro
tested bills. All the btead-stuffs that
Massachusetts wanted have been bought
and paid for, and the proceeds; in one
shape or another, have gone into the
pockets of the producers, and both par
ties have made an actual accumulation
of property by the operation. The whole
profit on the labor producing the bread
stuffs, and the manufactured goods
which paid for them, has been kept with-s
in the country. But of the bread-stuffs
sent abroad, some have been lost by the
"perils of the deep," some have been
lost by the failure of foreign houses to
meet their drafts, while others have
been paid for in manufactured goody,
the profit on which has been made abroad
—and in almost direct competition with
the labor of our own country. The on•
ly good feature in all this extraordinary
export of bread-stuffs, is the rather lib
eral quantity of specie that has return
ed to us as the balance of trade ; and
even this through the fatuity of our po
sition, has been more than absorbed in
paying the expenses of the war with
Can any one look nt the facts, and
then say that a home market is not the
best of all markets for the produce of
the country 7 and that the true policy
of the country is not to foster this home
market, by encouraging manufactures
until they shall be fully adequate to the
wants of the country I
TAIN.—Among the exports from Great
Britain to the United Stateoin the first
six months of 1846 and 1847, we find
the following:
1846 —Yard.. 1847—Yardth
Plain Calicoes, 6,116,285 22,571,485
Printed Calicoes, 7,643,856 23,619,581
Total, 13,760,14.1 46,191,066
Showing an increase of 32,500,000
yards, equal to 250 per cent. increase.—
These are some of the beauties of the
British Tariff of '46. Forty-six mil
lions one hundred and ninety-one thou
sand and sixty-six yards of calicoes int ,
ported in six months under the Polk
Tariff, which at an average of 10 cents
per yard, has taken away the enormous
sum of $4,619,106 from the manufactu
rers and workmen of this country. And
this is but one small item of the exten
sive imports that have taken place since
the operation of the tariff of '46 !
ter from Washington states that one of
the first acts of the Treasure, at the
opening of Congress, will be to renew
the Tariff proposition of Mr. Walker at
the last session of a 20 per cent tax on
tea and coffee, and an advance on Pent . -
sylvania iron. At the opening of Con
gress a debt of more than fifty millions
will stare them in the face, with the cer
tainty of an increase of it to more than
one hundred millions before the war is
closed. A new loan of heavy amount
will be immediately called for to meet
the pressing demands upon the Treasu
ry, This will be denied at first, at
headquarters, but it will be called for
in the first week in the session. So
much for the reign of .1. K. Polk.—Bal
timore Patriot.
Common Pleas, in Boston, decided in
the - case of Wm. White vs. Asap!' E.
Buss, that mony lent at a card table,
while the parties were playing, is not
recoverable at law.