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Republican News Item.
CHAS. LOREN WING, Editor.
THURSDAY .SLL'T. -Jv. 1898.
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REPUBLICAN XF.WS ITEM,
REPUBLICAN NOMINATIONS FOR 1898.
(ir>\ einor—WILLIAM A. STONK. of
Lieutenant < iovcrnor—LJP. S. GHlilX.
Secretary of Internal A (fairs —.IAMES
W. I.ATTA.of Philadelphia.
• I udties of the Supreme Court —WM W.
PORTER. of Philadelphia: WILLIAM
l>. I'OL'TEli. of Alleghany.
<'ongressineii at Large—GALl SUA A.
< IR< >\V, of Susquehanna: SAMI'KI. A.
I > A VEN l'< >RT, of Kric.
<'oiigressnian. 17th I'istriel—WM. 11.
\\ i M »i >1 N. of Berwick.
N. 11. i T LY K If, of Lycoming.
Representative—Dß..l.L. <ll 1! I ST I A N
Prothonotary—WlLLlAM .1. LAW
RF.XCE, of Laporte.
Sherill—ll. W. tiSLKR. of LincolFulls.
" Coroner—l >R. C, F. WA''K KNIIVTII,
THE HISTORIC CAMPAIGN OF 18S8.
And what a magnificent campaign it
was, and how adroitly managed! In
spite of the fact that the whole United
States government, with its hundreds
of thousands of officeholders, was In
the hands of the Democrats, and Tam
many Hall was then in the zenith of
its power, Harrison was elected, hav
ing carried New York, though bv a
small majority. But the contest did
not end with the close of the polls in
New York. The Tammany machine,
finding itself beaten, endeavored to re
peat the work of 1884 —count out the
Republican candidate, and throughout
that memorable night and until even
ing of the following day desperate
tactics were resorted to in the effort
to count Cleveland in. But Chairman
Quay was ready for them, having pre
pared for just such an emergency. The
great conspiracy of the Tammanyites
was foiled, and General Harrison was
duly declared elected president of the
United States. There was no man in
America more lauded then than Sena
tor Quay. By universal accord he was
declared the most masterful leader
known to American politics. Ilis suc
cessor as chairman. General J. S.
Clarkson, said of him:
"He is the greatest political general
that the first century of partisan poli
tics has developed. The Republican
party will never know, and it could
never repay it if it did know, the ser
vices rendered to it in such a time of
doubt and peril by Senator Quay."
A MAGNIFICENT TRIBUTE.
When he resigned the national chair
manship, a couple of years after the
election, the committee paid him a
glorious tribute, saying, among other
"In submitting to it Lhis resignation!,
with so much of reluctance and per
sonal regret, we desire to express from
our own knowledge of the facts of his
pre-eminent service to the party, our
sense of the deep obligation under
which he has placed the Republican
party and the cause of good govern
ment and patriotism in the United
States. He undertook the leadership
of a doubtful contest at a time when
the Republican party was disheartened
and the Democratic party confident in
the power of supreme control in the
government of the nation, and when
the odds of the contest were against
our party, and by his matchless power,
his unequaled skill in resources, and
his genius to command victory, won for
his party an unprecedented victory in
the face of expected defeat. In the
great contest of 1888. In the months of
severe effort then, and in the years of
personal association with him since,
we have learned to know the nobility
of the man, and we desire in this con
spicuous manner to place on public
record, for the present and for the fu
ture, as an enduring answer to the par
tisan assaults of the defeated enemy,
our testimony in appreciation of his
public services and his personal worth."
How different this from the vilifica
tion and abuse now heaped upon .him
by the Irresponsible band of guerillas
now tramping up and down the state,
who. though claiming to V.e Republi
cans. have made nn alliance with that
Democracy which Senator Quay drove
OUt of poWi l 111 1SN8!
MQXKY IN POLITICS.
In the campaign of ISBS a consider
able sum of money was spent by the
Republican national committee, as
there always is in invsidi ntiai elec
tions: something over $1,000,000 it was
in that contest. The amount named,
for purposes of organization and educa
tion. passed through the hands of
Chairman Quay, of the national com
mittee. This sum was raised by a
sub-committee, known as the advisory
committee, of which John Wanamaker
was chairman. And now the Hon.
John Wanamaker is traversing the
state, denouncing Senator Quay for the
"use of money in politics." Is it a sin
ful act to "use" money in politics, and
a saintly act to raise that selfsame
money? What a beautiful distinction
this is! Surely. "Consistency, thou art
For his share in the memorable cam
paign of IKBS Mr. Quay was maligned
by every newspaper in
America, and indue time the jackals
I and coyotes or nls own party, Jealous of
' his position and Influence, took up the
I cry, and they are still at his heels.
HOW BASE IS INGRATITUDE!
For his share In the 1888 campaign Mr.
Wanamaker was made postmaster gen
eral. as a personal concession to Sen
ator Quav and his colleagues of the
national <.utimiUer, who presented only
this one v< quest to the president-elect.
And Mr. Wanamaker had no sooner
taken his sent at the cabinet table than
i lie began to establish his own machine
! in Pennsylvania, antagonistic to the
plans and purposes of him by whom he
■ was called from the seclusion of raer
' chandizing to public' life.
And still moralists write of gratitude
1 and poets sing of it!
What of Senator Quay's services in
1 the senate? No Pennsylvanian who has
! occupied a seat ill that distinguished
body has ever done so much for his
native state as Senator Quay.
He is not a handsome man. He would
not take first prize at a beauty show.
One of his eyes is a little too much out
of plumb for that. Nor would he wake
the echoes if called upon to address an
audipnce filling the Coliseum of Rome,
I or the Madison Square Garden of New
' York city. It is probable he would not
! br a success as an itinerant stumper,
j striding up and down the state, lieap
; lag abuse upon his enemies. No; he
i hasn't the voice or the lung power for
| that. Like the greatest Democratic
ttatesman of the last half of the Nine
| teenth century, Samuel J. Tilden, Sen-
I Btor Quay's voice is soft and reaches
scarcely above a whisper: eonsequent
j ly he has rarely occupied the floor of
' tlie senate during the 11 years he has
j MEN WHO TALK AND MEN WHO
The fact Is, the "great orator" period
|in American legislation has passed
' away, never to return, it is to be hoped.
1 The talking men in the present senate
are those who have the least influence.
No one ever listens to them any more.
The writer of this homely sketch was
an officer of the United States senate
for several years. During this period
he listened to one speech only—the
brilliant philippic delivered by Presi
dent Pro Tern Jngalls when he left the
president's chair to excoriate Senator
Voorhees, of Indiana. Upon every other
occasion the writer of this sketch im
mediately left the senate chamber
whenever a senator arose to make a
set speech, and pretty much everyone
else did the same thing, including the
While the "orator" was talking to
empty benches the silent, working sen
ator was busy in the committee room
or cloak room, planning, scheming and
arguing with his fellow members to
secure legislation for the benefit of his
constituents. In this latter phase of
legislation, the all important one at the
close of the Nineteenth century, Sen
ator Quay was an adept. No one will
ever know the full measure of his ex
traordinary services in behalf of the In
dustries of Pennsylvania. Sorely these
things have not so soon passed out of
the minds of the people of Pennsylva
nia. The roving band of verbose "ora
tors" now at large in the common
wealth. endeavoring to poison the minds
of the people, would be pleased to have
them forget these things.
A MEMORABLE ACHIEVEMENT.
His lirst memorable achievement was
in securing tlie passage. In IKHO, of the
McKinley tariff bill. It had been hung
up in the senate all summer, the Dem
ocratic opposition preventing its com
ing to a vote. Only a politician like
Senator Quay could have effected the
arrangement whereby action was ex
pedited and nil early vote taken, when,
of course, the bill passed. This meas
ure was of inestimable advantage to
the immense and diversified interests
HIS SKIM, AND ADROITNESS.
This is what the Bulletin of the Amer
ican Iron and Steel Association, one of
the most conspicuous trades organs in
tile United States, said in reference to
Senator Quay's connection with the
"Both in the senate and in the com
mittee of conference Senator Quay's
assistance was invaluable in securing
the adoption of the rates of duty which
were embraced in the McKinley bill as
it passed the house. His effort to se
cure the retention of the original Mc-
Kinley rates were in the main success
ful. But this was not the only service
Senator Quay rendered to the Indus
tries of his state and the country in
connection with the McKinley tariff
bill. The bill was jeopardized in the
senate by tin federal elections bill of
that year, the so-called 'force bill,'
which Republican senators were de
termined to pass, and which Demo
cratic senators, who were in the minor
ity, were determined to defeat by ob
structive tactics, or. in other words, by
talking the bill to death. If this scheme
of the Democrats hail been carried out,
they would not only have succeeded
in defeating the 'force bill.' but they
would also have prevented the passage
of the McKinley tariff bill through the
senate, as the time consumed in kill
ing the 'force bill' would have pre
vented the consideration of the Mc-
Kinley hill. Senator Quay had the
skill and adroitness to rescue the Mc-
Kinley bill from this serious dilemma
by securing the adoption of an order of
business which gave it the right of
way over the 'force bill.' Thencefor
ward the McKinley bill had plain sail
ing in the senate."
It was chielly the passage of this
measure that gave us our magnificent
president, whose name it bore, and who
was the original author of it.
Again, in 1594, when the Democratic
Wilson tariff bill was before congress.
Senator Quay displayed his great gen
eralship in legislation, and his devotion
to the cause of protection as understood
and practiced in Pennsylvania. Upon
this occasion he found voice enough to
talk. Indeed, he threatened to talk
the Wilson bill to death unless the In
terests of Pennsylvania received better
treatment in the measure: and in fur
therance of this threat he delivered his
famous obstructive speech, occupying
12 days in April, May and June, with
the promise of more before the bill
should come to a vote. He succeeded
i even beyond his expectations. This Is
what The Manufacturer, another prom
inent trades journal, had to say rela-
I tive to Senator Quay's services at this
DEFENDING PENNSYLVANIA'S IN
: "Whatever may be the faults or the
j deficiencies of Senator Quay, the man
ufacturers of Pennsylvania and the
country win not soon rorget beyond
dispute that to his resolute and long
continued exertions Is due the fact that
the Wilson tariff is not more unfriendly
to domestic industry. Some of the
most important schedules, affecting
great Pennsylvania industries, were so
modified under the compulsion of Sen
ator Quay as to be deprived of their
murderous qualities. The manufac
turers and the workingmen in Pennsyl
vania are better off to the extent of
many millions of dollars because of his
faithfulness, and now. when he is as
sailed upon every side, it is but just
that an acknowledgment should Ih>
made of the value of his services and
of the skill and fortitude shown by him
In defending the principles of his party
and the welfare of his constituents.
The contest for higher tariff protection
is not yet ended. Jt will be renewed
during Mr. Quay's term us senator, and
his services will be again in demand
for the defense of home industry from
the assaults of foreign capital and
European cheap labor."
Strange, isn't it. that tlie new allies
of the Democracy, the so-called "Re
formers,* now roaming the state, make
no mention of Mr. Quay's splendid ser
vices in behalf of tariff legislation, so
vitally important to every Pennsylva
nian? llow different their coarse
words of malignant vilification and
abuse from this splendid tribute from
one of the best known men in Penn
sylvania, Mr. James M. Swank, editor
of the Bulletin of the American Iron
and Steel association:
THE PEOPLE SHOULD BE GRATE
"Keiley and Randall are dead, but
Senator Quay, who so valiantly took
up the battle for the Industries of his
native state when the strength of these
giants failed them, is still living, and
as senator for four more years he will
still have these industries in his keep
ing. It would seem that common,
everyday gratitude should now lead the
manufacturers of Pennsylvania to
manfully stand by the man who has
so faithfully, stood by them."
Senator Quay's senatorial labors In
behalf nf Pennsylvania's Interests have
been noteworthy in other directions
than that of tariff legislation, particu
larly In the matter of internal improve
ments. He secured a federal appro
priation of several millions of dollars,
which rescued the Monongahela river
from private control, whereby the vast
industries of Pittsburg and western
Pennsylvania were given a free and
adequate outlet to the sea, through
that, the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.
Even greater benefits have accrued to
the commerce of Philadelphia and east
ern Pennsylvania by the gigantic
scheme, for which he has secured con
gressional and governmental approval,
whereby, by the appropriation and ex
penditure of many millions of dollars,
the Delaware river will become navi
gable to the largest ships th.-t sail the
seas, and the port of Philadelphia
made as accessible as that of New
York, resulting in the revival of the
practically defunct commerce of the
former city and adjacent territory.
Aside from his efforts in the national
senate in behalf of the material inter
ests of Pennsylvania—whereby inesti
mable benefits have come alike to the
workingman and to the employer—the
taxpayers of the commonwealth have,
in the way of state legislation, been the
recipients of incalculable advantages
as the result of his Interposition.
THE PEOPLE NOT BLIND
The people of the state know these
things, though Senator Quay's viiiiie's
would fain have them forgotten. lit
the midst of the harrassing cares at
Washington, endeavoring to secure
such legislation, through congress, as
would best aid and protect the material
interests of his constituents, Senator
Quay has turned aside from his en
grossing duties at the national capi
tal sufficiently to enable him to give
some attention to important phases of
state legislation at Harrisburg, em
bracing the measures indicated above,
as well as many others for the public
welfare. Yet his official duties at Wash
ington, which he has sworn to dis
charge to the best of his ability, have
made it possible for him to closely fol
low the details of state legislation at
Harrisburg. For instance, throughout
the entire session of last year, covering
nearly seven months. Senator Quay
was in Harrisburg only a few hours.
Yet the grand cavalcade of guerillas
and scandal mongers now perambulat
ing the state would, if they could,
make the people believe that Senator
Quay is personally responsible for all
the shortcomings and the long goings,
the doing and undoings, of the famous
legislature of 1897. Fortunately, the peo
ple of Pennsylvania do their own think
ing and their own acting. They are not
to lie misled by appeals to their preju
dices or their passions, which are only
effective when addressed to Ignorant
This Is the Matthew Stanley Quay
who entered politics In 1555 and whose
life has been an open book to the public
ever since; the Matthew Stanley Quay
who fought valiently for the honor and
perpetuity of his country during the
civil war: the Matthew Stanley Quay
who defeated the Tammany conspiracy
of 18S8 and elected Harrison president:
the Matthew Stanley Quay who, upon
every occasion since he has been in the
senate, has given his best energies in
behalf of the industries of his native
Is there anything displeasing In this
picture, based upon facts known to all
men, and without the garniture of
A VICTIM OF VINDICTIVE ABUSE.
Yet 110 man known to American poli
tics, save only Alexander Hamilton,
has been the recipient of so much and
such vindictive abuse. The vials of
calumny, heaping to overflowing, have
been poured upon him time after time,
yet he has never been defeated. The
plain people, who are not vlllfiers and
caluminators themselves, have not be
lieved the miserable stories told by his
jealous enemies, and they have stood
by him. In 1885, when a candidate for
state treasurer: in 1892, when a candi
date for re-election to the United States
senate, and again in 1895, when a candi
date for chairman of the Republican
state committee, he was vilitied as no
other man has ever been in Pennsyl
vania. Yet he Was always successful,
simply because the plain people, whose
personal ambitions did not clash with
his, believed In him, recognized his
Jillltary, public and party services, and
f.tood by him.
STRAIGHT FROM THE SHOULDER.' j
Continued Prom Page Eight.
lslative district or the friends of Mr.
Wanamaker, who confined their help ,
to those members of the legislature I
who were willing to sign a written
pledge agreeing to support him for j
United States senator.
13. 1 he statement that the chairman
of the Republican state committee en
deavored to destroy meetings through
out the state during the presidential
campaign Is so false as not to need
refutation. Everybody in the stale
knows that there never was such a
speaking campaign as that conducted
in 1896. We had meetings everywhere
and speakers too numerous to men
Just another word and I have done.
I cannot stop, however, without re
minding Mr. Wanamaker and his co
terie of disappointed office seekers,
whose principal business and sole
pleasure seems to be an attempt to dis
rupt the Republican party, that I have
never been much impressed with the I
class of persons who stand on the street
corner and In public places, proclaiming
in.loud tones of voice and voluble utter
ances their allegiance to the Republi
can party, but who always lind some
excuse for opposing its candidates. The
political attitude of Mr. Wanamaker in
the treatment of the party in which he
has been honored recalls to my mind
the story of Joab and Amasa. You
will ret ail, no doubt, how they met be
fore the great stone in Gideon. Joab
approached Amasa with fraternal and :
friendly greeting, saying, "Art thou In j
health, my brother?" took him by the i
beard as if to kiss him, then, with j
treacherous sword stabbed him under
the fifth rib. Centuries have passed
since then, but history fails to record
anything but censure for that ignoble
act. X have answered the inane
charges and Insinuations made by Mr.
Wanamaker and his chief henchman,
not that they merit serious considera
tion, but because misrepresentation and
falsehood unanswered mislead the peo
So far as specific charges have been
made against the Republican party, 1
have tried to give direct answers. The j
trouble with most of the attacks upon |
us is that they are of that evasive and i
general character that makes them a* 1
hard to cope with as the devil flsli. I
These disappointed office seekers cloud I
discussion with charges of oppressive
taxation, although not one man In five
hundred within the sound of my voice
pays one farthing of state tax. These
persons cry out against imaginary dis
honesty in tlie administration of the
state finances, although they cannot
truthfully assert that one dollar was
ever lost to our commonwealth by rea
son of the default or dishonesty of any
Republican state otlii iul. I have neither
time nor inclination to follow these
political disturbers In their quixotic ad
ventures. and henceforward this
doughty knight can fight bis wind
mills In time of peace as he loves to do. !
and his squire, the garrulous Sancho,
can hug bl master's promises and
dream of bis island empire.
Latch String Always
an endless variety of
high grade foot-wear is
now on sale and for the
there will positively be
No War Tax
put upon my prices.
E. L. PLACE'S
Every corner of the store is
liri<>-lit, with the newest tilings
for Women's wear and Moil's
wear and Children's wear.
We are glad to have you come in
and see the new life of the old
store and look at its excellent
lino of goods.
for Men, Women and
In conjunction with
the inviting varities, all
prices will be found more
than ordinarily small.
A new and fresh sup
ply of Groceries have
have just arrived.
Three Big Stores- MUNCY VALLEY,
An Explosion of Values.
PRICES BLOWN TO ATOMS.
Two t>r three reasons for this —1 iberal supply, bet
tei qualities, less in price than found elsewhere.
Ladies' Dress Wares.
They aie the kind women want, and our prices will
cause lively selli v/.
CORSETS Selling at Corset Prices.
No other line in these stores has such decided
growth as that of Corsets. Augmented sales each
month demonstrates the superiority of brands.
rhere is to be found a general line of seasonable
goods constantly on hand.
Remember the Place.
We keep in stock at our mills a
complete line of dressed lumber
MANUFACTURERS OK h™hVood.
Gang Sawed and Trimmed Lumber,
Hemlock Novelty or German Siding,
Hemlock Ceiling 7-8 or 3-8 stick,
Hemlock Flooring any width desired,
Hemlock Lath both 4 and 4 feet long,
Hardwood Flooring both Beech, Birch or Maple,
The same woods in 3-8 ceiling.
Buy Good Goods!
And you will be surprised
how cheap they are in the end.
We have just unpacked such a stock ol coals ami capes to which we are pleased
to call vour special attention. We do not prelend lo handle the cheapest
coats 111 the market, hut we do say we.have the BEST and neatest fining
garments made. Our coats and capes are made to order, and in the latest
style- with prices to suit everybody.
IN DRESS GOODS WE WERE NEVER BETTER
PREPARED TO PLEASE YOU THAN AT THE
PRESENT, AS WE HAVE THE LARGEST AS
SORTMENT IN THAT LINE EVER DISPLAY
ED IN THE COUNTY.
Ladies and Misses, Boys and Men, you need not go hall frozen 'this winter lor we
have plenty of underwear for you all, both in cotton or wool, red or gray and
the pr.ces are very low, so low that when you see the goods you will ha aston
'"lied that we are able to give you such bargains.
One word in iegard to foot wear:
Our shoe department was never more complete and if you will flavor us with
your attention for a few minutes when in town we will convince you that we
have the most carefully selected line ol line and heavy bouts and shoes «ver
brought before the public. On crockery we have just received some very
pretty designs in liecoriiied Dinner Sets to which we invite your attention.
'l'he buying ol country produce has always been a special feature of on
l'>usin?ss, and we still in paying the highest each prices for Ruller
eT'g. Sylvara dushore, 'pa.
Wright & Haight,
M, R. BLACK, Forksville, Pa.
Fur n iture tfiidertj(ijll3
Doors, Sash, Moulding, Flooring, Ceiling etc.
Full and complete s<?ason«*l stock always on hand,
A fine line of furniture etc. The most complete line of
Coffins and Casket to select from in Sullivan County.
The finest hearse in the county, with equipments to match.
Embalming a specialty. Funerals directed with
| safety and dispatch.