Huntingdon journal. (Huntingdon, Pa.) 1843-1859, August 28, 1851, Image 1
t ik_ l / 4 5 Vj o '7 O 9 Al:nf ingbtln VOLUME XVI. THE SLEEPING CHILD. BY LEIGH HUNT. A brook wont dancing on its way, From bank to valley leaping, And by its sunny margih lay A lovely infant sleeping. The murmur of the purling stream Broke not the spell which bound him; Like music breathing in his dream A lullaby around him. It is a lovely sight to view, Within this world of sorrow, One spot which still retains the boo That earth from Heaven may borrow ; And such was this—a scene so fair, Arrayed iu Summer brightness, And one poor being rested there— One soul of radiant whiteness. What happy dreams, fair child, are given, To Cast their sunshine o'er thee? What cord unites that soul to Heaven? Where visions glide before thee? For wandering smiles of cloudless mirth O'er thy glad features beaming, Say, not a thought, a form of earth, Alloys this hour of dreaming Mayhnp, afar on unseen wings, Thy silent spirit soaring, Now hears the burst of golden strings Where angels aro adoring: And with the pure heliaeal throng, Around their Maker praising, The joyous heart may join the song, Ton thousand tongues are raising ! A HOME EV THE HEART. Oh 1 ask not a home in the mansions of pride, Where marble shines out in the pillars and walls; Though the roof be of gold, it is brilliantly cold, And joy mayn't be found is its torch-lighted halls. Ent seek for a bosom all honest and true, Where love ante tiwelten'd will never depart; Turn, turn to that breast like the dove to its nest, And you'll find there's no home like the home in the heart. Oh ! link but ono spirit that's warmly sincere, That will heighten your pleasure and solace your care ; Find a soul you may trust as the kind and the just, And be sure the wide world holds no treasure so Then the frowns of misfortune may shadoW our lot, The cheek-searing tear-drops ofsorrow may start, But a star never dim sheds a halo for him, Who can turn for repose ton home in the heart. A Family of many Tongues. A correspondent of the New York In dependent relates the following interes ting and curious facts concerning the fami ly of the pastor of the First Congrega tional Church in Abington. It will be seen by the article that the family is preL eminently endowed with 'the gift of tongues.' Some weeks since I visited the family of a pastor, and member of the Massachu setts Legislature, Rev. J. W. Ward, of Abington. In this family there are five children, who have been motherless seven years. The four oldest, three sons and a daughter, between the ages of nine and sixteen years, are the prodigies of these times. At family worship the father reads from the French Bible, ono son from the Hebrew, the daughter of twelve years from the Latin, another son from the Greek, and the youngest, nine years of age, from the Hebrew. They all give readily, free and correct translations of the most diffi cult passages in the Bible. Their varied knowledge is astonishing. They seem to be equally at home in sol ving difficult problems in mathematics, and discussing the doctrines of religious sects, as well as in giving the locality and opin ions of authors and public men in this country. Tho father has been almost the solo instructor, and has trained themito bo particularly useful in the garden and kitch en, independent of servants, and cheerful and social in an unusual degree in the family circle. If there is a family exhibiting such pro priety, intelligence and genius, or a father More devoted to the welfare of his chil dren, an interview would compensate for a long journey. Governor Edward Ever ett, years since, in his message, mentioned the 'Learned Blacksmith,' Burritt, as an example to the youth of the State; and I am sure the boys, and girls in this family, who when under ten years of age had conquer ed three languages, and in addition are ex act and generally intelligent, are more wor thy of mention and imitation. A letter is advertised in Buffalo, direct ed to Dr. Vandorkerhadgerdundortromp. RAIL-ROAD CONVENTION. Pursuant to adjournment the Commission ers of the Huntingdon and Broad Top Rail road Company, met with the citizens of Huntingdon and Bedford counties, in Con vention at the Court House in the borough of Huntingdon on Friday evening the 15th day of August inst., when the Convention was organized by electing JOHN WIL LIAMSON, Esq., President, .Maj. James Patton and John King of Bedford county, and John Garner, Christain Shaunce and Thomas Adams, of Huntingdon coun ty, Vice Presidents; and Charles .Mickley, William Lewis and R. Bruce Petrikin, Secretaries. The President then briefly and eloquent ly stated the object of the meeting. He said, we have mot to take into consider ation, and devise such measures, as will most speedily construct the Huntingdon and Broad Top Railroad. The proposed Rail road, commencing as it does, at the Penn sylvania Canal and Railroad at the town "of Huntingdon, and extending its whole length through ono of the richest agricul tural values in the world, until it termi nates in the valuable and inexhaustible coal fields of the Broad Top mountain, is now, as I am happy to say, beginning to assume the importance that its deserves.— Not only the capitalist, the speculator, and stockjobber are impressed with the great importance of this work, but the merchant, the farmer, the mechanic and the profes sional man, all see in the completion and opening of this railroad, a source of wealth not equaled by any similar project in the world. lam pleased to see about me so large an assemblage of farmers, mechanies,l and men of all vocations, and it gives me great hopes of the sucess of the project upon which we have met to deliberate.— Of the practicability of the location and grading of this road upon the proposed route there can bo no difficulty, as the very able report and survey by the chief of engineers, Samuel W. Mifflin, Esq., sufficiently demonstrated. Mr. Mifflin es timates the whole cost of grading the road, laying a single iron track and put ting on the motive power, at the sum of s3so,ooo—although this may appear to bo a small sum, yet we are assured by Mr. Mifflin that it is a very liberal esti mate. Explorations and enquiry have been made, suf f icient to assure us that the right of way for the whole extent of the road, can be had for the asking, and owners of the richest and most valuable coal fields on Broad Top mountain, say to us, come and take onr lands "without money and without price." But to make this Rail road, land will not suffice—we need money and money we must have—and we aro re quired to raise the sum of three hundred and fifty thousand dollars—this is but a small sum, and we can easily raise it, if wo will put our shoulders to the wheel. Lot us then go to work in earnest—the day of small things I hope is past —enough talk ing has been done, let the working now commence, and by the help of the capital of the eastern cities the ammount will soon be raised. We should if possible raise at home, the whole of the money necessary to make the road; but if that cannot bo done lot us raise at the least by our home subscription, one hundered thousand dol lars, and when we have done so, we have the assurranco of reliable mon in the eas tern cities that they will fill the suberip- 1 tion sufficient for all our purposes. I appeal to you then, fellow citizens of Huntingdon and Bedford counties, with your mountains pregnant with coal and iron, your broad limestone fields rich in agrioutural wealth, and with your mill seats, and water powers unsurpassed for every variety of manufacturing purpose; to give this project the consideration which it should receive at your hands. You alone are to be bonefitted by it if3ou will but make the effort--will you fold your arms in apathy, and with purse strings tightly drawn refuse your aid, when so great a work, so beneficial and profitable not only to the stockholders, but to the people generally calls loudly and earnestly for your support. Will you withhold your money and influence from a work that will disembowel the treasures that have lain hidden in your mountains for untold ages; HUNTINGDON, PA., THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 1851. from a work that is to afford a medium for the transportation of your produce—the first link in a chain of Railroad that will bring the counties of Bedford and Hun tingdon in close communion, and tapping the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Cum berland, will connect the Juniata with the Potomac. Shall it be said of you with all your boasted wealth, that there could not be found amongst you sufficient pub lic spirit, to raise for this purpose the pal try sum of one hundred thousand dollars. Shall it be said to your shame, that posses sing ninety thousand acres of the richest coal lands in the world, that when asked to subscribe one hundred thousand dollars to make a railroad by means of which you could pour into the lap of our eastern cit ies, that great and inexhaustible mineral wealth to us now useless, because Maces , - sible, and in return would bring back to you the gold of California—when you were asked to subscribe money for your own aggrandizement—when you were told that by aiding in this project, you would give a new impulse to business, that would cut down the grass now growing in your streets, and in commerce and mineral wealth would place your counties side by side with Lehigh and Schuylkill, with greater advantages for mining and trans portation; shall it be said that you turned a deaf car to the spirit voice that called from your slumbers, and blind to your best , interests refused to pluck the golden fruit whilst it was within your grasp, and sink ing into your wonted sleep lost the prize forever. No, follow citizens, I feel that this foul aspersion shall never be cast up on you—the enthusiasm and determina tion to complete this work which now per vades all classes, gives me the bright as surenco that another month shall scarcely have passed until wo have raised the re quired sum. I see about me men able to give their thousands to help on with this great work, and the time has now arrived when I feel assured they will do so. This subject like all others must have a cul minating point, a crisis—we all feel that the crisis has now arrived—that the time has come when the question comes home to us, will we make this road or will wo not ? Will we arouse from our slumbers or sleep on ? In the faces of all around me, I have already read an answer to this question. I see a willingness and deter mination in all to contribute by their mon ey and influence to the completion of this great work; and my words for it, eighteen months shall not elapse until this road shall be completed—and the mountains of Broad Top vocal with the whistle of the locomotive, shall be teeming with her busy thousands. For the consummation of this great object we have mot this evening. Mr. Williamson having concluded his remarks, on motion of John G. Miles, Esq., the proceedings of the last Conven tion were read and approved. The Committee appointed at the last Convention to ascertain in their respective boroughs and townships the probable amount of stook that would bo subscribed, through their chairmen, reported as fol lows : Huntingdon borough the sum of pow 00 Walker township, supposed 8000 00 Hopewell township, cash 16,500 00 .- cc ~ land 80:000 00 Tod township, supposed 15,000 00 Bedford so. Hopewell township '2BOO 00 Liberty township 1500 00 Making tho amount reported, $72,800 00 The Committees from several of the districts not being present with their re ports on motion of Col. Wharton, Resolved, That the absent Committees, and all those who have not fully reported, be requested to continue their exertions and make report at the next Convention. Tho Convention was now addressed suc cessively by John G. Miles, Esq., Gon. A. P. Wilson, David Blair, Esq., and It. Bruce Potrikon, Esq. On motion of Maj. Patton, Resolved, That a Committee of three persons be appointed to ascertain what coal lands and coal rights can be procured for the use of the company,. their location and accessibility, upon what terms they can be procured, and to take conveyance thereof in trust for the Company, and to report to the next Convention. Whereupon the chair appointed Major James Patton, John G. Miles, Esq., and David Blair, Esq., On motion of Col. S. S. "Wharton, Resolved, That three persons be ap pointed to procure releases of flit right of way for said Railroad. Whereupon the chair appointed, Col. S. S. Wherton, James Entrekin, Esq., and Major Charles Mickley, said Committee. On motion, Resolved, Tlu the proceedings of this Convention be signed by the officers and be bublished in all the newspapers in Hun tingdon, Blair and Bedford counties, and the newspapers at Harrisburg. On motion, of J. Sewell Stewart, Esq. Resolved, That this Convention do now adjourn to meet in this place on Thursday evening of the first week of the next No vember Court, 13th November. [ signed by the officers.] 'Who Contracted the State debt? This appears to be the subject matter of inquiry at the present time, and as the fol lowing article from the Reading Journal, contains the fullest and clearest view of the subject of any that has fallen under our eye, and it is made up from the annu al Report of John N. Purviance, the late Locofoco Auditor General, to the Legisla ture, it must be taken as evidence, conclu sive, in the estimation of that party—it is sufficient for the Whig party, and proves all that we have assorted, and from which we iipprehend there will be no difficulty in ascertaining who it was that contracted the State Pcbt : Statement of the Public Debt of Penn sylvania. Stock, Loan per act ofApril 2, 1821 $20,332 99 do do du 1, 1826 292,224 71 do do do 9, 1827 999,211 71 do do March 24, 1828 1,997,418 42 do do Dec. 18, 1828 798,274 64 do do April 22, 1828 2,197,372 43 do do Dee, 7, 1829 50,000 00 do do March 13, 1830 3,894,800 28 do do do 21, 1831 2,481,201 81 do do do 28, do 120,000 00 do do do 30, do 298,956 43 do do du 30, 1832 2,343,437 72 do do April 5, 1832 300,000 00 do do Feb. 16, 1833 2,339,880 13 do do March 1, do 200,000 1)0 do do do 27, do 529,915 74 do do April 5, 1834 2,264,532 61 do do tlo 13, 1835 959,250 16 do do Jan. 26, 1839 2,182,583 28 do do Feb. 9, do 1,277,216 04 do do March 16, do 99,992 00 do do do 27, do 469,480 79 do do June 7, do 49,997 24 do do do 27, do 1,134,248 65 do do July 19, do 2,053,831 06 do do Jan. 24, 1840 868,789 02 do do April :3, do 853,681 95 do do June 11, do 1,938,732 88 do do Jan. 16, 1841 800,000 00 do do March 4, do 32,233 05 Loan (relief) May 4, do• 652,164 00 Stock Loan May 5, do 556,697 63 do May 10, do 909,677 01 Int. certificates July 27, 1842 3;1,016 78 do March 7, 1843 62,680 31 Stock Loan April 29, 1844 59,294 39 Int. certificates May 31, 1844 66,458 GI Stock Loan April 16, 1845 4,L55,182 15 do Jan. 22, 1847 71,651 00 do April 12, 1848 159,687 42 Inc. Plane Loan April 10, 1848} 400,000 00 '`[lt should be added that the original relief loan amounted to about $8,000,000- 00—but has been since cancelled and re duced to the present sum of $652,164 00.] 4.[Thifi loan was created for the purpose of avoiding the Inclined Plane on the Co lumbia Railroad,—a work of great practi cal utility, and ono which greatly redounds to the interests of the Commonwealth.] The above is taken letter for letter and figuro for figure from the Official State ment in the last Auditor General's Report page 120. Lot us now see under what ad ministrations this debt was accumulated. Date .ddmin. Debt Contracted. 1820 to 23—J. Hoister, loon, 2.0,3'22 99 1823 to 29—J. A. Shultze, 6,337,501 85 1829 to 85—Goo Wolf, $16,04,009 78 1885 to 38—Jos. Ritner, Whig NONE. 1838 to 44—D. R. Porter, L. 13,100,856 9G 1844 to 48—F. R. Shunk, 4,786, 523 60 1848 to 51—W. F. Johnston, 400,000 00 Examine the above figures carefully and then say whether the locofoco party of Ponnslyvania, is not the DEBT CRE ATM PARTY. Except $400,000 00 loaned in 1849, created for the purpose of avoiding the Inclined Plano on the Colum bia Railroad, not ono DOLLAR OF THE PUBLIC DEBT, was treated by a Whig 3thainistration ! Gov. Ritner cam into of in 'Deem- ourn ata&D ber, 1835, and went out about the Ist of January, 1838, and as will be seen, not a single cent was added to the debt during his administration. Then Commenced the administration of David It. Porter, under whom the public debt was increased at the rate of over two millions a year ! Next came the " lamented" Skunk, who added his mite to the sum total at the rate of over a million a year, until the debt was swelled to the enormous amount of Forty millions of dollars ! In July, 1848, Francis It. Shunk died. Thereupon William F. Johnston became Governor and in the following October, the people affirmed the selection at the ballot box. Before this the affairs of the State were in a deplorable condition. The interest on the public debt had not been paid by the Loeofocos for some time, and Pennsylva nia. had become a by-word and reproach throughout the civilized world. Well what did Governor Johnston do? Why ono month after his induction into— in August, 184 S, ho paid the interest promptly, without resorting to the locofoco expedient of a loan—a thing that had not been done for years before—and ever since it has been paid promptly, when duo in gold and silver. But this is not all. The very first year of his administration he paid off a temporary loan of two hundred thousand dollars, and a floating debt of four hundred and sixty thousand dollars left by the previous locofoco administra tions. Nor is this all commenced paying off the MAIN DEBT, which as appears by his last annual message, was decreased since the 30th November, 1848 over HALF A MILLION OF DOL LARS ! Besides this, ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS has been paid for the completion of the North Branch Canal, a work commenced under previous locofoco administrations and abandoned for want of funds. This work will soon be completed, and then we will have an important source of revenue for the payment of the State Debt. The crowning feature of Gov. Johnston's administration has been the creation of a SINKING FUND for the redemption of the main debt. The act creating this fund was recconnuended by Gov. Johnston, and has thus far been eminently soccessful.— During the year 1849 and 1850, there was received into the Treasury on account of this fund the handsome sum of $421,- 833 75 as appears by the la,st report of the Auditor General, pages 126 27. This sum was expended in the purchase of loans of the funded debt amounting in the ag gregate to $459,122 98. It would be well for the people of Penn sylvania to remember these truths. Gov. Johnston has already .paid off a large amount of the funded debt, and if contin ued in office, he will be able during the remainder of his term, to continue doing so at the rate of nearly or quite ONE MILLION OF DOLLARS PER AN NUM, without any additional tax to the people. Wo have here the ACTS of the Whigs against the high toned profenionx of the Locofocos. 40,677,214 68 Elect Johnston and Strohm, and this gratifying state of things will oontinuc.— But if the destinies of the Commonwealth arc again committed to the opposition we shall have a return of the days of Wolf, Porter, and Shunk• and the State will once more be plunged into irretrievable ruin and embarrassment. How to Draw the Sinners. Several years ago we were a resident of northwestern Louisiana, near the confines of Texas. The people there, as a . gener al thing, were not much given to religion. An itinerant preacher happened along in the neighborhood during this dearth of re ligion, and set about repairing the walls of Zion in good earnest: But his success was poor. Not over half a dozen could be got together at his Sunday meetings.— Determined, however, to create an interest before leaving the neighborhood, he pro cured printed handbills and had them post ed up in every conspicuous place in the dis trict, which read to the following effect : Religious Notice.--The Rev. Mr. $40,677,214 68 NUMBER 33. Blaney will preach next Sunday, in Damp seys Grove, at 10 o'clock A. M., and at 4P. M., Providence permitting. Between the services, the preacher will run his sor rel mare, Julia, against any nag that can be trotted in this region, for a purse of five hundred dollars !" This had the desired effect. People flocked from all quarters, and the anxiety to see the singular preacher was even great er than the excitement following the chal lenge. He preached an elegant sermon in the morning, and after dinner he brought out his mare for the race. The purse was made up by five or six of the planters, and an opposing nag produced. The preacher rode his sorrel mare, and won• the day amid the • deafening shouts, screams, and yells of the delighted people. The con gregation all remained to the afternoon service, and at its close more than two . hundred joined the church some from mo tives of sincerity, some for the novelty. of the thing, some for excitement, and sonic because the preacher was a good fel low. The finale of the affair was as flour ishing a society as can be found in the whole region thereabouts.—Spirt of the Times. • INDUSTRY Every young man should remember that the world always lute and always will hon or industry. The vulgar and useless idler whose energies of mind and body are rust ed for the want of exercise, the mistaken being who pursues amusement, as relief to his enervated muscles, or engages in ex ercises that produce no useful cud, may look with scorn on the laborer engaged in, his toil; but his scorn is praise; his con tempt is au honor. Honest industry will secure the respect of the wise and good among wen, and yield the rich fruit of an easy conscience, and give that hearty self respect which is above all price; Toil on, then young men and young women. Be dilligent in business. Improve the heart and the mind, and you will find " the well spring of enjoyment in your own souls," and secure the confidence and respect of all those whose respect is worth an effort to obtain. Cr." -- In Texas, a variety of Generals present their claims for office. Besides these the Houston Beacon publishes the address of "General Internal Imrove ments :" He wants to bo Governor, he says he is a Democrat, and his policy car ried out, canals shall be constructed across every man's farm, every house shall be shingled with biscuit, and framed with Cheshire cheese, buckwheat cakes shall grow will on the prairies, and the swamps bafilled with molasses and springs of hot coffee, and milk and honey shall fall from the clouds. EDWARD A. ITANNECIA N.-7h ix some what noted and notorious personage, says the New York Express, has been defeat ed as a candidate for the Legislature of In diana, by an eleventh hour nominee, who owes his election to something like a coali tion upon a point of local consideration, and pretty much irrespective of politics. An Indianapolis paper copies an extract from a speech said to be delivered by Hon. Jas. Barbour of Va, when a candidate to rep resent his county in opposition to a very illiterate follow, by the name of Davis, and thinks that Hon. E. A. Ilannegan, Ex-M. C., Ex-Chairnian of the Committee on For eign Relations, Rjt-Senator of the U. States, and Ex-Minister Plenipotentiary to Prussia might just now make a similar speech, in view of his recent defeat for the petty office of member of the Indiana Legislature . . Fellow-citizens, said etov. Barbour, I had the honor to represent my county for several years in the Assembly of Virginia. I was for some years Governor of this an-. cient Commonwealth ;' I was for a consid erable time a representative of this district in the Congress of the United States ; I had, fellow citizens, at a subsequent period, the honor to hold a seat in the most august legislative body in the world, filo Senate of the United States ; at another period I had the place of the Secretary of the War department in the administratieti of John Quincy Adams, and was after wards Minister Plenipotentiary and Am-, hasssador Extraordinary near the Court of St. James ; and now, fellow citizens, you may picture to yourselves the humiliation that I feel at finding myself hero to-day engaged in a damned little pitiful county contest with Tom Davis."