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Thursday Morning, March 41, 1852,
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A Whig State Convention will be held
at Harrisburg, on the 25th of March, 1852,
for the purpose of nominating a Canal
Commissioner, forming an Electoral Tick
et, and choosing delegites to the National
Convention. The Whigs of tho various
counties of the Commonwealth are hereby
notified to elect delegates equal in number
to their representatives in the Senate and
House of Representatives, to attend said
CHiattata Tnomsox Jorm, Secretary
rrlVe call attention to the advertise
ment of the Shirleysburg Seminary, now
in successful operation.
Also Milnwood Academy, the flourishing
institution at Shade Gap in this county.
Also the advertisement of King and
Moorhead, Pittsburg.
Also the advertisement of Bricker &
Also a Notice to the creditors of the
Huntingdon, Cambria and Indiana turnpike
road company.
We have received the London Quarterly
Review, January 1852, of the republica
tion by Lenord Scott & Co., N. Y., con
taining 152 pages. The contents arc
Memoirs on Russian and German Cam
paigns, Kew Gardens, Physiognomy, Ju
nius, Highland Destitution and Irish Em
igration, Heron's Notes, Farini's History
of the Roman States, and the French au
tocrat. It is Tory instructive and enter
legislature of Pennsylvania having passed
an act chartering a company to make this
road and authorizing towns and counties
through which it may pass to subscribe
stock, we observe that the people of North
ern Pennsylvania appreciate the impor
tance of it by active efforts to secure the
making of the road. The town of Lock
Haven proposes to subscribe $20,000 and
are willing that Clinton county shall sub
scribe 100,000 to the road. Should it be
made it will greatly add to the wealth of
that section of the State, A; form a continu
ous railroad route from Erie to Philadel
Ea Indiana Whig State convention
nominated Nicholas McCarty for Gover
nor, and passed resolutions instructing
their delegates in the national convention
to vote for Gen. Scott for President and
J. J. Crittendon for Vice President.
o:7 The Kentucky State convention
passed resolutions approving the course of
President Fillmore and declaring in Lis
favor for President. Tho Louisvillo Cour
rier is out strong for Gen. Scott.
trr' The Froo Soilers of Ohio, have
held a convention iu Columbus and recom
mead John. P. Hale of New Hampshire as
their candidate for President. They pas
sed resolutiOns in ftwor of Koasuth's doc
trine of intervention, to enforce non-inter
Canal Board of Pennsylvania• have passed
a resolution, closing the several' divisions
of the Pennsylvania Canal every Saturday
might at 12 o'clock, and to remain closed ,
until 12 o'clock, on Sunday night, exoept,'
for the passage of packet boast.
Pu ands.
The great questi fore the present
Congress appears to e the disposal of the
lands belonging to the United States.—
Bills have been introduced granting lands
for the purpose of constructing railroads
'in the States of Missouri, lowa, Alabama
and probably some others of the western
states. These have been strongly urged
and may succeed. Mr. Whitney's plan,
to build a railroad from lake Michigan to
the Pacific Ocean, on condition that the
United States shall grant him a tract of
land between those points sixty miles wide,
and without costing the government a dol
lar of money, has not been much talked
about. We look upon this as the best
mode of ridding ourselves of a strip of land
that wide, and getting in return an im
provement of unequalled importance, com
mercially, morally and politically. We
can see no reason why the proposition
should not be promptly acceeded to. Nei
ther can we see any reason why land should
not be granted in the States abovo men
tioned for the purpose of building railroads
therein, as also other modes. of communi
cation—No country can be wealthy and
prosperous without them.
There is another project—to grant large
bodies of lands to the old States and Ten
nessee and Kentucky for purposes of inter
nal improvement and education, in propor
tion to their size and population. The
amount proposed to be granted to Penn
sylvania for the above purposes, are two
millions three hundred and eleven thousand
six hundred and eighty acres to be disposed
of as the legislature of the State shall di
rect, but, at not less than one dollar and
twenty five cents per acre.
The above proposed grants have all lau
dable objects, but there is another mode
for the disposal of the public lands, more
accordant with the real purpose for which
all lands were made. We have long look
ed upon land, as having been made by
the Creator for the sustenance of all his
creatures that live and breathe and have a
being, from the wisest philosopher and
most puffy lordling down to the dirtiest
worm and most poisonous viper that crawl
upon the earth. As the great owner of the
world and the beasts which are in it, man
takes the privilege and has the right, to
destroy noxious animals, and to use the
rest in such way as shall most conduce to
his comfort and happiness. But we deny
the right of a few, or any great body of
men to hold the ownership of the earth
while a portion of their fellow beings can get
no place to plant a potato or build a cabin.
The history of the land titles of the world,
is the history of its despotism. No mon
arch ever reigned from the time that Nim
rod first brandished his sabre on the plains
of Babylonia until the mature autocracy of
Russia, who did not in a greater or less
degree control the real estate of his King
dom. The feudal monarchs of Europe at
this day aro, in contemplation of 11w the
ultimate owners of the land in their re
spective Kingdoms. Millions of their sub
jects do not owa a foot of ground and can
not buy the privilege. The monarchs
and nobility have enslaved the people by
holding the keys of their stomachs. Give
men land upon which to raise their bread,
and homes and titles to their homes, and
they never can be enslaved.
In view of those things, what should
be done with the government lands? We
say, let every man or family, who may desire
a permanent home, settle on a tract of land
containing about one hundred and sixty
acres, by paying to the government only
the feel of location, survey and procuring
the title—a perfect transferable title only
to be bad by residence and cultivation for a
limited number of years—the privilege to
be open to every citizen of the United
States, and every one who may have de
clared his intention to become such. This
will keep the public lands out of the hands
of speculators and furnish homes to such as
may desire them—while it will vastly en
hance the general wealth of the country.
_ _
NED.—The Now Orleans Delta, a Demo
cratic paper, refers to a foot of which it
says it has been seine time cognizant, that
Gen. SCOTT, when in the city of Mexico,
aftor its capture, was offered by several of
the wealthiest citizens of the Mexican ro
publio to be made President of that coun
try; and, as an inducement to the offer,
they bound themselves to settle upon him
, the sum of ono million of dollars. "The
splendid offer," says the Delta, "was de
clined by the General, with scarcely a mo
ment's consideration. The brave old sol
dier could not be tempted by such induce
meets to abandon the flag under which he
had achieved so much renown and honor."
lEr The Whig members the Legisla
turo of Delaware have pa esolutions
Lecommending Gen. Scott sideut.
At an adjourned locating of the citizens
of Huntingdon and vicinity, held, on pub
lic notice, at the Court House in the bor
ough of Huntingdon, on Friday evening
last, WM. ORBISON, Esq., having been
appointed President, JACOB FOCKLER and
GEO. GLAZIER, Vice Presidents and James
7'. Scott, Secretary, the following Pream
ble and Resolutions, reported at a former
meeting, being discussed and amended,
were with great unanimity, enthusiastical
ly adopted, viz :
The alarming increase of Intemperance
under existing partial prohibitory laws, has
induced the friends of humanity through
out our land to investigate the subject with
a view to devise ways and means not only
to arrest its progress, but if possible, to
suppress it entirely. Taught by experi
ence, the community has at length discov
ered that nothing short of total legal pro
hibition of the use of intoxicating liquors
us a beverage, will answer the purpose.—'
The inconsistency of past legislation on the
subject, and the anomaly in our laws au
thorizing the sale of intoxicating liquors,
and at the same time imposing tines and ,
inflicting punishments on those who use
them to excess, have become apparent to
the most casual observer. The abuse of
an ingredient which in its natural effects
deprives the recipient of his reason, and
robs him of moral power to refrain—is the
legitimate fruit of the daily or even repeat
ed occasional use of such ingredient. That
it is evident, that under the existing laws
of the Commonwealth, drunkenness, and
necessarily all its consequent evils are le
galized—and why For the ostensible
purpose of raising a small pittance of rev
enue at the expense of the loss of the es
, tates, lives and souls of thousands of the
community, and while tax payers are coin
polled to pay annually more than ten times
the amount thus raised, in consequence of
the pauperism and crime superinduced by
this destructive vice. For these and many
other reasons which might be adduced, and
in view of the auspicious signs of the times—
Resolved, That it is now the imperative
duty of the Legislature of this Common
wealth, in compliance with the petitions
and known wishes of a large majority of
the people to prohibit by legal enactments
under severe penalties, the manufacture,
importation, sale or donation of all intox
icating liquors, except for sacramental,
medicinal or mechanical purposes.
_ . _
Resolved, That the nienil;ers of the Le
gislature of the State of Maine, who were
the first to interpose their legislative power
to banish from their Commonwealth the
degrading vioe of Intemperance, with the
prospect of entire success, deserve the last
ing thanks of their country, and that their
names should be handed down to posterity
as the benefactors of mankind, inasmuch
as the faithful execution of the laws which
they have enacted, and the enactment and
execution of similar laws by the other
States of the Union, will effect a deliver
ance from the most abject, debasing moral
slavery ever inflicted on the human race.
Resolved, That it is not a valid objec
tion to the enactment of a law, that it may
be evaded and will not prevent the com
mission of the crime against which it de
nounces punishment. It might as well be
said that it is useless to pass laws for the
punishment of murder, arson, theft, or any
other crime. A breach of all these is of
daily occurrence. Why not strike at the
root of the evil? It is admitted that nine
tenths of all the crimes committed against
the persons of individuals and many of
those against property are committed under
the influence of intoxicating liquors.
Resolved, That while the sincere friends
of Temperance may conscientiously differ
as to the best means to be used for the
permanent accomplishment of the end at
which they all aim, there is no difference
of opinion about what that end shall be,
viz:—The total prohibition of the manu
facture, use or sale of intoxicating liquors,
as a beverage, within this Commonwealth,
and that all agree that now is the time for
action, while the whole community is fa
vorably excited on the subject. That de
lay will afford liquor sellers and dram
drinkers time to devise and mature plans
to defeat the object desired—and more
over a postponement even for one year will
enable these heartless traffickers in human
woes, to consign their thousands of victims
to a drunkard's grave, and inflict irrepara
ble ruin on broken hearted wives, sisters
and destitute orphans.
Resolved. That in a representative gov
ernment it is the privilege of constituents
not only to instruct their representatives
on legitimate subjects, but also to censure
them for any glaring disregard of their
known wishes. That in the present crisis,
when an opportunity is all'orded of confer
ing untold blessings on millions of the pre
sent and future generations, he, who, re
gardless of the opinion of the wise and good
of his race, and the tears and supplications
of the suffering victims of intemperance,
and reckless of the retributions of eternity,
can hear with scorn or neglect the praying
petitions for relief, will justly deserve, and
should receive the contempt and abhor
rence of every friend of humanity.
Resolved, That, so far as this meeting
is concerned, the Senator from this Sena
torial District, and our Members in the
Douse of Representatives, are hereby in
structed to advocate and vote for the pas
sage of au act similar in its features to
"the Maine Liquor Law."
Resolved, That we deprecate the neces
sity of resorting to the ballot-box at a fu
ture election in order to obtain the relief
demanded at the hands of the Legislature
now in session, and would blush for our
State to see the question "Drunkenness or
Temperance" submitted to the vote of a
people professing christianity. Should such
be the case, the disgrace and consequent
political evils resulting from such a course
must rest on the heads of those who have
the preventive power and refuse to exer
cise it.
Resolved, That the proceedings of the
meeting, signed by the President and Sec
retary, be handed to the editors of the
Iluntingdon Journal and Globe for publi
cation, and that copies of the Preamble
and Resolutions adopted, be transmitted to
the Governor and to the Speakers of both
branches of the Legislature, with a request
that they be presented to their respective
Houses. WM. ORBISON, Prest.
J. T. SCOTT, Seery.
Her Influence.
The class, in community, that is kept in
ignorance, will be the serf and slave. The
mind is the measure of power and influ
ence, and any rise to either must be through
and in proportion to its improvement.—
Both reason and experience teach us that
first principles are all important—that the
"small beginning" has very much to do with
the "great end." For illustration, pre
paring the soil and sowing it with well se
lected seed is at least one of the great se
crets of successful husbandry.
Now we leave for the reader, to joint
these two thoughts and apply them, for wo
do not wish to irk him with a repetition of
what truths have a thousand times been
told as to the capabilities of the female
mind, her province and her responsibili
ties. Whoever doubts, at the present day,
that woman is the great foundation builder
both in morals and religion, could hardly
be persuaded either by figures or philoso
phy to accredit the important truth. Yet
why not? We own a great first cause that
moves and manages the universe yet attach
importance to the secondary. We own
that every chord which vibrates in Nature's
grand melodeon is touched and tuned by
the finger of Omnipotence, yet believe that
each must sound its proper part to render
all a grand and touching melody. We
own that every event which falls out is
traceable to God; yet in the chain—for ex
ample—that connects a nation's destiny
with its rise, we discover a link of most
delicate, yet most durable make, and find
by a little further inspection that ten thou
sand convergent trains of causes are cen
tred in it—yes, find that female influence,
like the hidden main-spring, is moving the
moral world—giving important shapes to
the course of things and leaving its impress
on every character. Look here, the broth
er says, "sister I'll be noble hearted if
thou art worthy." The parent—"daugh
ter, I am happy if thou art esteemed."—
The husband—"wife, I'll be devoted and
industrious if thou dost charm and enchain
me." And the cradled infant, smiling what
as yet it is unable to articulate, says
"mother, if I am to be good and great, a
giant man to go abroad and bless the hu
man race thy hand must fashion all my
Then, does the female know it? She
lays the first foundation of every moral
structure. Does the female know it? her
station and influence is the measure of light
enjoyed or darkness endured by mankind.
Does the female know it? it is hers to give
the color of things and fashion all the sce
nery in the play of life. • Yes, a Washing
ton and a Lafayette or even an Alexander
and a Napoleon may look down from the
lofty height to which they may seem, by
their own energy to have scrambled, and
credit a mother with all their glory. And
the busy world may look back to the cra
dle and the nursery, if the dimmed eye can
now penetrate so far, and there behold
itself a busy world in miniature, taking all
its features under the pencil of the artist
mother. BIRMING 11A31.
is one remarkable fact connected with the
fall of rain, which has never yet received
satisfactory explanation. Over any given
spot, more rain falls at the surface of the
earth than above it. Herbedon made some
experiments to ascertain this fact, in the
following manner : he fixed a rain gunge
on the square part of the roof of West
minster Abbey, away from the western
towers, which might obstruct the clouds,
another on the roof of a neighboring house,
a third on the ground. The number of
inches of rain caught on the Abbey roof
was fourteen, on the house-top, eighteen,
and in the garden twenty-two. The illus
trious French Astronomer, Arrago, has for
many years noticed the fall of rain at dif
ferent heights at the Observatory at Paris,
and his results, with which hundreds of
others agree, arc like those of Ilerbedon.
It is well known that the quantity of ruin
which falls at the foot of a mountain is
considerably larger than that deposited on
its summit. Many explanations have been
offered of this curious fact, but none to
which the scientific have given sanction.
SMALL Pox.—Dr. Field, of Wilining
ton, Del., says that one table-spoonful of
of good brewer's yeast, mixed with two
table-spoonsful of cold water, and given
from three to four times a day, to an adult,
and in less quantities to children, is a cure
for tho small pox. This disease is very
prevalent at the present time. The reme
dy above stated may bo of use to persons
affected with it who have not yet consulted
a physician.
Apportionment Bill.
Mr. SCIIELL chairman of the Commit
tee on apportionment in the House of Rep
resentatives reported a bill to district the
State for members of Congress, yesterday.
The following are the provisions of the bill
las reported:
Ist. District, Southward, Moyaniensing,
Passyunk, Kingsessing, and West Phila
delphia in the county of Philadelphia, and
New Market, Square and Lombard wards
in the city to form the first district and
elect one.
2. The city of Philadelphia, except the
above wards, to form the second district
and elect one.
3. The Northern Liberties and Kensing
4. Spring Garden, North Penn, Rich
mond, Frankford, Lower Dublin, Oxford,
White Hall, Bridesburg, Aramingo, and
unincorporated Northern Liberties in the
county—to elect one.
5. 13loekly, Manayunk, Roxborough,
Germantown township, Germantown bor
ough, Bristol, Byberry, and Moreland
in the county of Philadelphia and the coun
ty of Montgomery—one.
6. The counties of Bucks and Lehigh
7. The counties of Chester and Dela
8. The county of Lancaster—one
9. The counties of Bucks and Lebanon
10. The counties of Northampton, Car
bon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne—one.
11. The counties of Luzern, Columbia,
Sullivan and Wyoming—one.
12. The counties of Bradford, Tioga
and Susquehanna—one.
13. The counties of Lycoining, Mon
tour, Union, and Northumberland—one.
14. Tho counties of Dauphin and
15. Tho counties of York and Adams—
16. The counties of Cumberland, Frank•
En, Perry, and Fulton—ono.
17. The counties of Blair, Huntingdon,
Juniata, Mifflin and Centre—ono.
18. The counties of Somerset, Fayette
and Green—one.
19. The counties of Bedford, thuubria,
and IVestmorcland—onc.
20. The counties of Washington, and
21. The county of Allegheny, except
Findly, Moone, Ohio, Franklin, Pine,
West Deer, and East Doer townships—
22. The above townships and the coun
ties of Butler, and Lawrence—one.
23. The counties of Venango, Mercer ;
and Crawford—ono.
2.1. Tito counties of Erie, Warren, Mc-
Kean, Potter, Elk, Clearfield, and Clinton
25. The counties of Armstrong, Indi
ana, Clarion, Jefferson, and Forrest—
The bill is a gerrymander, and does not
give the Whigs a show. It is not to be
presumed that such a bill can pass.—Har.
Tel. 21st inst.
A VILLIAN.-A fellow named Thomas
Maitland, residing in Reading, basely de
serted his wife and two children a few days
ago, and eloped with, it is said married, a
highly respectable girl in the vicinity of
Norristown. Before leaving Reading,
Maitland bought a carriage on credit from
a coach maker of this city, under pretence
that he had a job to sell patents in the
South, at $BOO per annum. He also bor
rowed $5B in cash from his brother, and
to complete his rascality, took $2l) from
the wife he deserted, and meanly pocket
ed her gold watch and chain, leaving a
penny on the table; with a small note tell
ing her to live upon that until his return.
Ile also bought various articles of clothing,
&e., on credit, before leaving home. A
brother of the unfortunate girl was in
Reading a few days ago, in search of Mait
land. It is said he left Norristown in fine
style, with wife (if such can be called who
is no wife) horses, carriage, .&c., to seek
his fortune. When last heard of ho was
in Lancaster city, travelling westward:—
It is to be hoped that the arm of Justice
will bo long enough to reach and bring
back the scouudrel.—Reading Journal.
TURNED.—Many of our readers will re
member the account published in all the
newspapers, nearly two years ago, of a
California emigrant, who crossed the plains
"on foot and alone," with a wheelbarrow,
conveying all his earthly goods, that is,
his provisions, clothes, tools, &c., in that
humble vehicle, and outstripping in his
march numbers who started for the land
of gold, with more showy and expensive
appointments. His mune was Brookraire,
and ho is an Irishman by birth. His re
sidence is at Warren, in Pennsylvania,
where ho left a wife and a family of child
ren in very indigent circumstances, when
ho went over the Rocky Mountains to "try
his fortune." Brookmiro has lately re
turned from California, with about $15,000
of the "dust," all of which he dug and
washed out with his own hands. And as
it is very apt to pour when it rains, his
wito received legacies during his absence
to the amount of $lO,OOO, falling to her
upon the death of some relations iu Scot;
land.—S yracuse Journal.
Elopement and Marriage.
About two weeks ago Miss Sarah Jane
Hughes and Jerry Van Riper eloped from
Newark, N. J., and came to this city, where
the lady was placed by her lover in a
boarding houso up town, and he took rooms
in the immediate vicinity. Matters be
tween them passed very pleasantly until
yesterday morning, while walking down
Broadway arm in arm, the loving couple
encountered the amazed father of the girl,
who had come to the city to look after his
truant daughter. The old man seized hold
of Jerry in his excitement intending, as is
supposed, to carry him off; but he refused
to go along, and the old man had to give
'up in despair. Ho then entreated his
daughter to go home with him, but she re
fused. By this time, a large crowd had
collected, and among them officer Patter
son, of the lower Police Court, who, being
one of the inquisitive kind, felt anxious to
see what was going on; so having pulled
out his star, he made a rush In Ofdei to
gain an insight into the matter,. and soon
I found himself via-vis with the old gentle
man and lovers. On hearing the old man's
story, lie decided to arrest the lovers, and.
did so, taking them to the Third ward sta
tion house. Here the old gentlemanzigain •
urged his daughter to go home with him,
but she would not consent. He tip:ln-told
them that he would not leave them until'
ho saw them married. They readily am
seated, and a message was sent to Alder
man Sturtevant, who soon arrived and tied
the gordiau knot. The parties then loft,
apparently satisfied with themselves and
everybody else.—[New York Herald.
MYSTERIOUS.—A letter in the Rich
mond (Va.) Times states a few days age,
while several men were engaged in blast
ing out limestone, near Buchanan Botett
court county, they discovered a cave, with
an entrance of some six or eight foot in
height, and upwards of one hundred long,
with two apartments. In the first they
found some earthen-ware and a large stone
cross; on the cross there was some carving,
but it was so much defaced by the hand of
time that it was hardly discernable. A
number of citizens, with a lantern, subse
quently entered the second apartment,
where they found a skeleton seated on a
huge iron chest, with its back resting
against the wall. On opening this chest
they found it to contain gold coin, perfect
ly smooth on one side, and a cross with
sonic characters on it, on the other. The
gold in the chest, by weight, is worn► sev
en hundred and eighty-three dollars.
ington Telegraph states that Mr. De Bi
bery has invented one of the most import
ant life-saving and swimming apparatuses
we have ever seen. Application has been
made by Mr. De B. for a patent. It is a
kind of frock, or doublet, of ordinary
dress material made double, iuterlaid with
small metallic boxes, inflated. This doub
let may be worn as an overall on shipboard,
and it is impossible for the wearer to sink
below the shoulders, and Mr. Do B. as
sorts that a person may remain in the wa
' ter any length of time, and the water has
no effect whatever on the buoyancy of the
the late Locofeco Convention in Maine, af
ter the nominations had been made, Mr.
Dunn, of Portland, who assumed to be
leader upon the occasion, called for "three
cheers fur Gov. Hubbard:" they were ac
cordingly given, "Now, gentlemen," said'
he, three groans for Gen. Scott." This'
was attempted also; one dismally faint groan ,
was heard, when a member of the Conven
tion exclaimed. "Ah, gentlemen, you arc
much mistaken if you imagine that Scott is
a man who can be groaned down. It can't
be done." It is needless to say the other
two groans were omitted.—Boston .gtlas.
Captain Seabury, of the whale ship Monon
gahela, of New Bedford, writes at sea to
the New York Tribune a long account of
' the capture of tho celebrated sea serpent by
himself and crew. The monster ho says is
103 feet 7 inches long, 19 feet 1 inch around
the neck, and 49 feet 11 inches around the
large4t part of the body. The whole ac
count reads like a pretty considerable fiali
Suip FEVER.—The ship fever is said'to
be prevalent in some parts of New York
city. Mr. Samuel Reynolds, an assistant
captain of the Fifth Ward police, died of
this disease. The doorman of the station
house in the same ward, also died of the
same disease a few days ago, and a numr
her of the policemen are math.) be suffer
ing from it. •
COFFINS, which are made to contain the
body, have been used by the lovers of
brandy in Maine for the conveyance of the
spirit into that State. .11 coffin of brandy
bottles is noticed among the late seizures
under the new liquor law. A large quan
tity of gin, in quart bottles labelled
'Schenck's Pulmonic Syrup,' has also be
come the prey of the alert officials.
07 - Those who speak without reflection
often remember their own words afterwards
with sorrow.