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HARVEY SICKI.EK, Editor.
Wednesday, Sep t. 2, 1863.
S. M.Pettengiil At Co.—Xo. 37 PARK ROW
NEW YORK, & 6 STATE ST. BOSTON, arc our Agents
for the N. B. Democrat, in these cities, and are author
iied to take Advertisements and Subscriptions
us at cur lowest Kates.
" COUNTY TICKET."
H. L FUKGERSON,
FOR REGISTER AND RECORDER.
OK NIC HOLSON.
HR. J. C. BECKER,
OF TUNKIIANNOCK LORO.
OF CLINTON, 3 years.
E. D. FAS-6ETT
OF WINUHAM, 1 year.
DEMOCRATIC STATE NOMIS.UKm
HON. G. HV. WOODWARD,
FOR JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT
WALTER H. LOWRIE,
OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY.
Democratic State Central C ommlttee. ~
The following is the State Central Committee as
appointed by Ron. FIXDDAY PATTERSON, of
Washington county, who, as President of the late
Democratic Convention, was authorized by a resolu
tion of the body to announce the Committee. It con
sists of a Chairman, and Representatives of the sever
al Senatorial Districts into which the State is
HON. CHARLES J. DIDDLE, Chairman.
| Theodore Cnylcr. ")
Ist Dist, Hemphill '.p.., , ,
] John FuHerton Jr. ' 1 hiladelphia.
(Isaac Leech, ' I
2d " John D. Evans, Cheater counjy.
3d V\ m. 11. U itto, Montgomery county,
4th " Wm. T. Rogers, Bucks county.
sth " Thos. neckman. Northampton county,
6th '• Ilicstcr Olymcr, Berks county
7te William Randall, S;hulykill county.
Bth " As a Packer, Carbon county.
9th " Michael Mylert Sullivan county.
10th" Stephens. Winchester. Luzerne county.
11th Mortimer F. Elliot, Tioga county.
12th ' John II Humes, Lycominfi csunty.
13th •' William Elliot,Norteumberland county.
14th " Samuel Hepburn, Cumberland county.
15th " William M. Brisbin, Lebanon county.
16th " 5 George Sanderson, ? r
( James Patterson, ) Lancaster co.
17th '• John F. Spangler, York county.
18th •' Henry Smith. Fulton county.
19ih " J. Simpson Africa Huntingdon county.
20th " At illiain Bigler, Clearfield county.
21st " Thomas B. Seawright, Fayette county,
23d " W. T. 11. Bauley. Green county.
94H1 (Geo. W. Cass, ? ... .
( James P Bnrr. \ A > le f? ha ny oounty.
25th " James Campbell, Butler county.
26th " David S. Morri , Lawernee county,
27th " Thos, W. Grayson, Crawford county,
28th " Kennedy L. Plood, Jefferson county,
JG3T A delay in gwtliug our paper in
time, and scarcity of help, has put off this
issue of our paper for a day. We hope to be
able to catch up by nest week, and will en
deavor to issue our paper regularly as here
The counties of Sullivan, and Montour,
where the Democrats have held their Con
ventions. have respectively renominated
Hon. Geo. D. Jackson, and John C. Ellis as
candida'es for the Legislature. Their nomi
nation will doubtless be concurred in by the
conferrees of all the counties in the District
which conference will be held at this place
on Friday the 11th in. t.
Mr. Ellis at last accounts was a private in
the ranks of Capt, Ciialfant, of the " McClel
lan Guards" —Chalfant is the so-called cop -
perhead editor of the Danville Intelligencer.
MASS MEETlNG.— Arrangements have been
made for holding a Mass Meeting at this
place, on Monday the 21st inst. lfon, Ileis
ter Clymer, of Berks, Col. Y. E. Piolette, of
Bradford, and other distinguished speakers
will certainly be in attendance.
TROOPS AT ELECTIONS —By the 95th sec
tion of the Act of Assembly of the State of
Pennsylvania of 21 July, 1839, it is enacted
"NO BOBY OF TROOPS IN TIIE AR
MY OF THE UNITED STATES, OR OF
THIS COMMONWEALTH, SHALL BE
PRESENT, EITHER ARMED OR UN
ARMED, AT ANY PLACE OF ELECTION
WITHIN THIS COMMONWEALTH, DU
RING THE TIME OF SUCH ELECTION."
J Read Hon. C. R. BITE A LEW'S pa
triotic letter, published in another column*
The ticket formed at our County Conven
tion on Monday, and to-day placed at the
head of ourcolutnns is a good strong one and
will not fail to receive the hearty support of
every Democrat in the County.
AIIIKA GAY, our candidate for sheriff is a
man upon whose record as a citizen, and a
conscientious unflinching Democrat, there is
not a spot or stain. His claims upon the
party are based upon a life long devotion to
its principles, and service to its success. A
more zealous an 1 faithful advocate it never
had. To say that he deserves the office, and
will do honor to it, and himself, would only
be saying what every man who is acquainted
with him, already knows, acknowledges, and
will act upon. Ilis election is certain.
H. L. FURUERSON, our candidate for Pro
thonotary, is an active, energetic business
man. Having for many years been an acting
Justice of the Peace, and as an officer, and
in the capacity of local Attorney for his neigh
bors, been extensively engaged in the draw
ing up of contracts, Leases and Legal instru
ments of all kinds ; he will assume the duties
of the office, to which he has been nominated
and will certainly be elected, with little if
any of the diffidence and difficulties which
new men firs' feel and experience. As a
Democrat he is as firm as the rocks and hills
of the Township he hails from. We know
him, and the people who have presented him
to the Derm cracy of the county, well; and
we feel warranted in saying, that no man
will ever regret ever having given his voice
and vote to elect him.
LEWIS PARISH, the candidate for Register
and Recorder, as wi.'l be seen by the publish
ed proceedings of tiie convention, was a
prominent candidate for the office of Pro
thonotary. lie is a young mau who by dint
of perseverance has acquired a good educa- i
tion ; and by his honesty, straight-forward
and gentlemanly conduct, has a stronghold
upon the confi leaca anl affection ot all who
EDWIN STEPHENS the? TI TRAINEE for corninis
sioner is a man whose talents and sagacity
as a business man peculiar!) qualifies him
f r the position to which he is nominated.
He was not present at tfie convention; never
asked or aspired to this, or any other county
office. His nomination will surprise no one
more than himself. The office sought the tnan,
not the man the office. No better evidence
than this Could be adduced of his fitness for
the position. That he will be a faithful
guardian of the interests of the county, no
man who knows him can doubt.
Dr J. C. BECKER, Our candidate for coro
ner—a German by birth and education—is
a highly educated and accomplished man;
and one of the most eminent surgeons in
the country. The office though important
in many places and necessary everywhere,
in this county is almost and we have reason,
to hope will be a sinecure as to employment,
if not in emoluments. A more competent
man for the office could not have been se
HENRY NEWCOMB, one of the candidates
for Auditor is a man with whom we are but
slightly acquainted ; hut living as he does,
in Factoryville, it is sufficient for us to know
that his fidelity to Democratic principles
has been unshaken amid all the fanaticism
bigotry, and intolerance with which he has
has been surrounded,
E. I). FASSETT, the other candidate for au
ditor is a ready, accountant and ripe scholar.
Though quite a young man, he will bring
more than ordinary talents to the perform
ance of the duties of this very important,
though.comparitivclv profitless office'
A correspondent of the St Louis Republi
can relates the following horrible affair ;
" On the 4th iust,. eighteen, negro soldiers,
fully armed, came from the camp on Island
No. 10 to Compromise, Tennessee, and weDt
to the house of Mr. Beck am, on the river,
and murdered him, aged forty years, his old
father, (Major Benjamin Beckam, aged eighty)
and four children of Mr. F. Beckam. Laura
aged 14; Kate, aged 10 ; Caroline, 7, and
Richard 2 years. They first caught Mr. F.
Beckham an i his aged father, tied them,
marched them to the edge of the river, shot
and stabbed them, and threw their bodies
into the water. They then threw little Dick
into the river, tied the two youngest girls
together, and threw them in, then forced the
the oldest girl and beat her over the head
with their muskets until she sank down. The
bodies of old Major Beckham and the young,
est child have been recovered. Many of our
passengers and myself went to the house and
saw them. Fortunately, two of the family of
children were off at school and the mother
and one child, four years old went to Ow
ensboro', Kentucky, with us on oer last trip
All the rest were murdered.
Twelve of the negroes were caught by our
cavalry, and are now confined at Island No
10. Six are yet at large. The immediate
motive for the deed was thought to be th
fact that Mrs. Beckham took up the rive,,
with her a negro girl as nurse whose rrother
had run off, and was at Island No. 10. The
negroes had before endeavored to steal the
girl away, but Mr. Beckham drove them off
Such is ouc of the results of putting arm p
in the hands of the neg'oes, and teaching
them abolition doctrines. We ask where i
the man not lost to all sense of humanity
who can approve of a scheme of which the
above horrible occurrence is onlythe begin
ning of the end desired and sought after ?
LIST It is said that Simon Cameron re
fuses to support Gov. Curtin, giving as a rea
son that his administration has been corrupt!
That may be well enough—but coming from
Cameron, it is " enough to make the dogs
1 augh ?"
B±3T There is nothing new from Charles
ton ny the late mails.
Wyoming County Democratic Convention,
The Democrats of Wyoming County met
in convention at the Borough of Tunkhan
nock on the 31st day of August, 1863, and
called to order by Dr. J. V. Smith Chair
man of the Standing Committee.
Theron Vaugn was chosen President of
said convention, and Nathan P. Wilcox, Dan
iel llankinson were elected Secretaries.
The Townships being called the foliowiug
delegates presented their credentials and
took their seats in the convention.
Braintrim.—Edward Merritt, Ezra Kecn
Clinton.—J. G. Mathewson, Henry New
Eaton.—Wm. Benedict, Geo. Jayne*
Exeter—Wm. Coolbaugh, T. D. Ileadly.
Falls—Wm. B. Weller, A. Fitch.
Forkstoo—John B. Hitc'ucook, Daniel
Lemon. Miles Avery, B. P. Carver.
Nicholson—.N. P. Wilcox, Perry Stark.
Northmorcland A. 0. Lutes, Levi Win
North Branch.—Patrick Stafford, N. G.
Overfield.—Joseph G. Osborn, Lewis
Monroe.—Milier Patterson, Wm. F.
Meshoppen.—D. llankinson, Clark Burr.
Mehoopany—Theron Vaughn, Peter Au
Washington.—J. C. Luce, Lymon Ells
Windham.—lliram W. Keeney, Wm.
Tunkhannock Twp —Earl Carey, Win. M.
Tunkhannock Boro.—Wm. M. Piatt, P.
The following named persons were return
ed as vigilance committees of the respective
Townships for the ensuing year.
Braintrim; E. J. Keeney, Wm. Neigh,
J. J. Knapp.
Clinton ; Lewis Armstrong, Satnl. Carpen
ter, J. G. Mathewson.
Eaton; John Noy, Alexr. Rjgers. B. B.
Exeter; Thos. D. Headley, Wm. Cool
baugh, John Workheiser.
Falls; G. W. Sherwood, D. C. Post, D. C.
Foikston ; Albert Garey, Chapman ILtc h
cock, Danl. L Vaow.
Lemon; ll.B.Travis, Geo. Lewis, Ziba
Meshoppen ; Jeremiah Allen, Juo. Win
ans S J Cortnght.
Mehoopany; Richird Lott, Moses S Kint
n er 1) Webster Sweatland.
Monroe ; Danl. Morgan, Wm. Sehooley,
Nicholson; Daul. Decker, Elvvin Stephens,
Northinoreluud ; G>r ion Pike, Miles Eg
gleston, Theodore L Shaw
North Branch ; Ilenry Champin, Welling
ton Iloxie, Russell Kisson
Ovcrfield; Chas. M Dailey, Isaac Lattier,
Tunkhannock Twp.; Elisha Jenkins, John
Wilsey, Ed Sampson
Tunkhannock Boro. Geo. D williarns, L 0
Conklin. F G Osterhout
Washington ; J C Luce, Paul Stephens,
Windhaui ; Peter F llupe, 11 L Palmer .
J II Rogers
Win. M. Piatt offered the following reso- I
lution which was adopted.
Resolved, That E. Mo wry Jr. and Nelson
Lee be ami are hereby appointed Represents
live Conferees to meet the other conferees
in this district to place in nomination Candi
dates for Representatives. Abira Gay, ami
C. D. Gearhart were placed in nomination
for Sheriff. P. W. Redfield before proceed
ing to a ballot withdrew the name of Mr.
Gearhart, stating that under all the circum
stances he deemed Mr. Gay entitled to the
nomination, and moved that Ahira Gay be
unanimously nominated by this Convention
tor Sheriff, which motion was agreed to with
out a dissenting voice.
Win. M. Piatt, offered the following reso
lution which was adopted .
WHEREAS, It has always been the policy
of the democratic party, to encourage rota
lion iu office. Therefore
Res lived, That no democrat is entitled to
a nomination at the hand of this convention
who has held an important County Office
for the space of two full terms.
On motion of Mr. Piatt, (the above resolu
tion was reconsidered and J laid upon the table
The following nominations were made for
the office of Prothonotary. Wm. F. Terry
Lewis Parrish, F. C. Ross, Eli N. Bacon, 11.
L. Furgerson, John G. Spaulding, Charles
Harris and D. D. Dewitt.
The Convention proceeded to ballot and on
the 7th Ballot, 11. L. Furgerson of Falls re
ceived 20 votes and was declared duly nomi
nated, on motion Wm. M Piatt the nomi
nation was made unanimous.
The following named persons were placed
in nomination lor Register and Recorder.
Wm. F. TERRY,
S. G. BRENTON.
On the first Ballot Wm. SchrageJ had 17
votes, Terry C votes, Parish 11 Brenton 2
On the 2nd Ballot Sehrager had 17 voles.
Parish 17 votes, and on the 3rd Ballot Lewis
Parish of Monroe had a majority of all the
votes cast and on motion the nomination was
The following nominations were made for
Hiram liodle, Warren Briggs, Ira Robinson
John Wilsey, Arab Squires, Timothy Jayne )
Edwin Stephens, and on the 4th Ballot Ed
win Stephens of Nicholson Township received
a majority of all the votes and on motion was
unanimously nominated for County Comnuss
On motion of Wm. M. Piatt, Doctor John
C. Becker of the Borough of Tuukhannock
was unanimously nominated for Coroner.
Edmund D. Fasset Auditor for 1 year.
Henry Newcombe—Auditor for 3 years were
nominated unanimously by the convention.
Wm. Benedict offered the following resolu
Resolved, That Wm. M.Piatt be Repre
sentative Delegate and C. 1) Gearhart Sena
torial Delegate to represent this District in
the next state Convention with the right to
select their conferees should meeting be nec
The following persons were chosen the
Standing Committee for the ensuing year.
C. M. KOON,
A. P. BURGESS,
S. D. IIEADLEY.
Wm. M. Piatt offered the following reso
lutions which were agreed to.
WHERPAS, The American Constitution was or
dained and established by our fathers, in order to
far in a more perfect Union, establish justieo, ensure
domestic tranquility, provido for the common de
fence, promote the general welfare, and secure the
blessings of liberty to posterity.
Resolved, That tho only object of the Democratic
party is the restoration of the Union as it waf, the
preservation of the Constitution as it is.
Resolved , That the true an J only object of the
war is to restore the Union and enforce the laws. —
Such a purpose alone is worthy the awt ul sacrifice
which it costs us of lite and of treasure ; with such a
purpose alone can we hope for success. And those
who from sectional feeling or party or private mo
tives would give any other direction to the efforts of
our armies are unjust and unworthy to be eutrusted
with power, and would eause all our exertions,, ex
traordinary and unparalleled as they are, to prove
futile in the end
Resolved, That we justly view with alarm the reck,
leas extravagance which pervades some of the de
partments of the Federal Government, and that a
return to rigid economy and account anility is indis
pensable to arrest the systematic plunder of the pub
lic troasury by favored partizans, and that in view of
l ho recent startling developments ot trauds and cor
ruptions at the i ederal metropolis and throughout
the country that we hold an entire change of admin
'stration to be imperatively demanded.
Resolved, That the party fanaticism or crime,
whichever it may be called, that seeks to turn the
slaves of Southern States loose to overrun the North
and enter into competition witn the white laboring
masses, thus degrading and insulting their manhood,
by placing them on an equality with negroes i n
their occupation, is insulting to our race and merits ,
and most emphatic and unqualified condemnation.
Resolved, That wo denounce Northern Abolition
ism and Southern Secession as the co-operating sour .
ces of our present calamities— al'ko treasonable to
the Constitution and mimical to the Union. The
only way to a restored Union and a respected Consti
tution with returning peace, and prosperity is through
the overthrow of both.
Resolved, The Democracy of Pennsylvania i
equally opposed to all sectional legislation and geol
graphical parties, which base their hopes for contin
ued success on agrari.iui.-m of emancipation and hy -
pcrcritical philanthropy, abolition, because neither
is known to the Constitution, and both are inten led
to aid disunion aul subvert the Constitution and to
prevent the restora'ion, unity, peace and concord
among States and people.
Resolved, That the Constitution and the laws are
sufficient for any emergency, and that the suppress
ion of the freedom of speech and of the press, and
the unlawful arrest of citizens and.suspension of the
writ of habeas corpus in violation of the Constitution
in States where civil authorities are unimpeded, i
most dangerous to civil liberty, and should be resist
ed at the ballot-box by every freeman in the land."
Resolved, That the seitional Republican party
shall go down, shall be voted out of power, all laws
shall be observed as well by the President as by
Resolved, That we are opposed to the confiscation
of private property, except for crime judicially ascer
tained and that emancipation is not to be tolerate I
by the Federal power at the expense of the Fed era
Resolved, That the certain way to regain our
former happy condition is by a return to the good
old order of things, to stand by the Constitution in
all its provisions, and maintain the union as estab
lished by our fathers, we are in favor of the admin
istration of the government upon the principles of
honesty and economy, with an eye single to the gen
eral welfare of all the people—and that the repre
sentatievs of such platform are the standard bear
ers of the democratic party, and we call upon all
good citizens to unite with us in electing th cm to
the offices for which they have been.
Resolved, That as the neighbors, acquaintances
and friends of Gecrgo W. Woodward, who have
known him intimately all his life,we take pleasure in
bearing testimony in lavor of him as a moral, up.
right man, as an eminent jurist, and well qualified
statesman, and will do honor to the position for
which the Democracy have selected him—and will
receive our cordial support.
Resolved, That the Hon. Walter 11. Lowrie, our
candidate for Supreme Judge, is deserving of the
support of every man who desires a fair and impar
tial administration of the law. We can point to his
long public life and can say in truth that no' blem
ish is found upon it, he is sound and reliable upon
the important issue of tho day -but with groat pru
dence refrains for participating in politics—believ
ing with the democratic party that the Bench and
! the Pulpit is no place to proclaim the angry issues
of the day.
Resolved, That oar Senator and Representatives
in the next State Legislature be and nro hereby in
structed to vote for the unconditional repeal of tho
charter of all corporations within this commonwealth
that have prevented the free circulation of Demo
cratic newspapers among their employers or their
circulation aud sale on the passenger cars of their
Resolved That the delegates Iv rcby pledge their
best Sorts to secure tho elect iou of ail the candi
dates this day nominated.
The Convention adjourned with three
cheers for the state aud county ticket aud
thrcec cheers for the Union.
N. P, WILCOX, } c ,
D. HANKINSON. $ fsccy -
THE RON VAUGHN, President.
FIRK IN KINGSTON. —The Ladies Boarding
Hall of the Wyoming Seminary was burned
to the ground yesterday morning. The ori.
gin of the fire is unknown, but supposed to
have been incendiary, as it broke out in the
upper story about 4 o'clock in the morning
The adjoining buildings were saved. Loss
about $7,000. Insured in the for
$4,000 on building and SI,OOO on furniture
It will no doubt be at once rebuilt The
building was just receiving the finishing touch
of a thorough renovation— Record of the
Mlt. BU C KALE WS LETTER.
To the Meeting at Hughesvtlie, Eastern
Lycoming, August 22d, 18li3.
GENTLEMEN OK LVCOMING You are to
bo commended for assembling yourselves as
men opposed to the Administration at IJar
risburg and Washington, and I|am glad to
contribute to your proceedings the express
ion of some few earnest words.
An issue between Power and Liberty is
distinctly presented us by the policy ot our
rulers, and if we stand indifferent to it, or
acquiesce in its decision according to the
pleasure of those who aspire to ha our mas
ters, what shame will be ours ! what loss
and injury ! what degradation and etenal
By liberty I do not mean license, but that
regulated freedom established by our ances
tors which we have enjoyed hitherto with
out question, and the example of which we
have held forth proudly before other nations
as the reproof of their systems and the glory
of our own.
By power I do not mean legitimate author
ity, but authority usurped and lawless, pur
suing its own ends over a broken Constit u
tion and through the baleful flames of civil
Between these—between power and lib
erty—can you hesitate in your choice ? Will
you hold up a balance and weigh, doubtfully,
the arguments which sustain liberty against
those which oppose it ?
Necessity—Safety—are these t he magical
words by which despotism is to be changed
in character, and made fit for our adoption ?
Shall the plea of tyrants be accepted as our
standard of public rule ? Shall we concede
force, and justice and wisdom, to one of the
most impudent, false and injurious doctrines
ever intruded iuto the discussion of public
But there is a necessity (quite different
from that asserted on behalf of power) which
we must now admit as most evident and ur
gent-—a necessity that wc rid ourselves oj
those who plead necessity as the justification
of their misdeeds Those who cannot gov
ern lawfully and justly are not to govern at
all, but to give place to others. For it is
in instrous to say that the incapable an 1 vi
ciousshall lord it over their fellows. The
rulers who say they cannot govern bv law
and according to r-ght, stand self-con lemn
ed. Judged out of their own mouths, tliev
are unfit for rule and should be voted out o'
Gentlemen : the greatest son of New Eng
land .-pent mot of his life and won his great
fame in this C< tmnonweallh. \\ e are proud
that he became a Pennsylvania:! and took
rank in our history with the founder of this
State, wu'ti the illustrious nun who estab
lished it' 4 in deeds of peace." Let us trv
the logic of tyranny by the judgment of that
man. Let us invite the apologist of arbitra
ry power an 1 advocate of '■ strong govern
ment.'who fiils our ears with impassioned
discourse upon pnblic safely, and national
life, and necessity , to go with us to our great
Commercial metropolis and there stan I with
us be.-ide the modest slab which marks the
resting-place of " Benjamin and Deborah
Franklin." Oh ! how weak, and pitiful, and
low, and utterly false and detestable will
there sound all these apologies for wrong
alljthese pretexts for stealing away or tak
ing away from the people, the rights and
liberties achieved for them by the great men
of former times ! We will hear the voice of
Franklin sounding in our ears those memor
able words of wisdom and warning which
should be written up or hung up in great
letters wherever the people meet for consul
tation in times at public danger ; " THOSE
WJI WOULD UP ESSENTIAL LIBEKTY TO
PAR CHASE A LITT7.E TEM FOR AY SAFETY, DE J
SERVE NEITHER LIBERTV SOU SAFETY !"
Gentlemen; Your political opponents
think that patriotism should be called loyal
ty. and made to consist in unconditional, un
questioning devotion to an aduvnistration of
the government. 1 believe you will agree
with me that this great virtue requires no
new name borrowed from the literature of
m triarchy ; that it is shown in devotion to
the Constitution and laws of the United
States and of the several States, and that
'he true patriot regards public officials with
a respect precisely proportioned to their ob
servance of law, justice and right, and to
their skill, wisdom and honesty in the per
formance of their public duties.
Judge your public men fairly but freely.
Let no man put a padlock upon your lips,
nor impose upon you any of the false and
pernicious sophisms of arbitrary power.
An important election approaches in this
commonwealth, and another important one
succeeds it next year. At the-e, you are re
quired to judge those woo have ruled or mis
ruled you since 1860, and to determine, as
far as your votes will go, the policy ot the
future. You need no labored exhortation
from me to inspire you with zeal, courage,
determination and fidelity in the discharge
of your electoral duties. Behold ! the evils
which aflict the nation and the dangers which
threaten it! These exhort you. beyond art
of mine, to right action, and justify that
opinion which we hold in common, that up
on Democratic success in the elections just
mentioned, depend the existence of free, lib
eral and ju6t government in this country;
a restoration of Union founded in consent;
the avoidance of future wars, ard the preser
vation and growth of that material prosperi
ty which results from good government when
vouchsafed to an united, industrious and vir
I am, your fellow-citizen,
and obdt. servant.
*C. R BUCKALEW.
\ * Works of Franklin, bj Sparks, v. 111. pp. 107
| 429, 430.
This was the declaration of the Provincial Assem
bly of Pennsylvania, November 11, 1755, in answer
to Governor Morris, upon the question of exempting
I Proprietary proj>erty from taxation. Despite the
fact of Indian depredations in the border settle
ments and the danger of extended hostilities, the
Assembly refused an appropriation of mon^yfor
military purposes unless the Bamo should bo raised
or repaid in a just manner, by placing thfl burd<j n
equally upon the property and resources of the col
ony Equality of taxation as an essential princi
ple of liberty was then sternly vindicated by the
men of Pennsylvania and military necessity wu
plead to them in vain as a reason for surrendering
or waving their rights as freemen, and bending their
backs to a Lurden of injustice. I>r Franklin was a
member of the Assembly ar.d prepared most of the
documents on its behalf, in the dispute;— See LiJ
by Sparks, Works, v, I pj,. 179-80. 196.
MR EDITOR :
the inhabitants of the usually qui
et village of Mehoopany, wero thrown into great
confusion, on the morning of June 25th, at the aa
nouneement of a Loyal League meeting, which wag
to be held the following evening , at the basement at
the Methodist church Advertisements were poatec
in the most popular places, by Judson, the gra£M
warrior, and mighty man of wisdom, who, it ap
pears, spared no pains to make the meeting a grand
affair, it was really amusing to see him wattling
the street, with his hands in his pockets, heaa thx owa
back—while his breaking resembled the scund •'
At the time appointed, might have been seen an
interesting company wending their way towards the
church, while the sound of the drum and fife, the
barking of dogs and the bellowing of cows gave
" speed to their flight." No doubt the roar of the
cannon would have greeted our ears, had it not beefl
seriously injured by Wesley, at the taking of Rich
The Secretary, in speaking of the meeting, says :
"It was held for the purpose of promoting loyalty
at home, and for the encouragement of those noble
sons in the field, who are shedding their blood for
their Countr>/s righs, &c." (Why did he not say
for the negroes 1")
>*• 011 may " our worthy Brother" extol the "no
ble sons,' of others, while Burton is finishing his
education, and Wesley's eyesight is failing, (caused
by the too frequent use the spy-glass, on washing
days, we presume,) so that there is no probability of
his ever hiving any "noble sons in the field"
The meeting was addressed by " Billy of the Re
publican." But apart of trie auditory was forced to
acknowledge the truthfulness of the saying, namely :
" There is more ploascre in anticipation thafl in
participation, 1 ' from the fact that Bitty, not know
ing exactly how biaek they arc in Mehoopany, was a
little too white for them.
The meeting finally adjourned, to meet at the
' same place, on the evening ot Jrrly Bth. But when
said evening arrived no " Union Leaguers" we:c to
be seen—their loyalty having been washed off, at
Forkston, during a hard shower, about noon of the
4th ; which cnused the creek in Itis place, to look
very dark indeed.
Thus we leave the " Patriotic people of Mehoopa
ny, but we shall long carry with us happy recollec
tions of their Loyal League meetings
" A CORRNR.HEAD."
Mehoopany, Aug. 10, 1303-
MORE SOLDIERS Several companies of
cavalry, comprising 700 or 800 men, with
their burses, equipment-, baggage trains, &c.,
passed through this borough cn Monday
morning. Where they came from we could
not learn, exc pt that rumor nitu her hun
dred tongues tol l us it was a regiment that
had been stationed in Schuylkill county and
was now on the inarch for Scranton, to be
used in enforcing the draft. They made
quite a warlike appearance as they passs
through the streets. Mmyof their liars?
looked sorely jaded. Liu. Union.
THE DRAFT IN NEW EAGLAXD. —OnIy 5
out of CO conscripts ol Maiden, Mass., ha> .
In the Second District cf Massachusetts,
out of six hundred and fifty examinations up
to Wednesday last, four hundred and ninety
So numerous are the exempts in Boston
that the government has sent ins,ectorsto
that city to ascertain, if possible, the cause of
the excessive disability prevailing there—
But the oxempt'ons in Boston are no more,
in proportion, than they are in a dozdh other
places in NEW England.
A negro conscript of Boston, wrote to the
Provost M irshal General, asking him the
price demanded to exempt a colored con
script, as §3OO would exempt a white man>
b i' a negro would not be received as his sub
slitute, thet'ef r colored exemption should be
less. ll* wis toll in reply th it all, not
otherwise exempt, must pay §3OO, or serve.
JACKSON —To Nicholson Aug. 28th, 1863. WILLIE
Ross son of Theodore A. and Elizabeth A. Jackson
aged IS months and 5 days.
TITTLE.—At her residence in the Borough of
Tunkhannock Aug. 27th 1863, widow SUSAN S.
TUTTLE, in the Sixty Eighth year of her age.
Ts hereby given that my wife Melenda has loft tnv
house without just cause. All persons arc therefore
forbidden to trust her on uiy account.
JOHN D. SCHOOLEV.
Monroe, Aug. 18, 1363.
• IVTOTrCE is hereby given that fetters of ndmin-
IN istration of tho goods, chatties, Ac , which
were of Abraham Trausue, late of Northmoreland.
Dec'd, have been granted to tne. All persons in
debted to said estate are notified to make payment,
and all persons having demand against the samo
are notified to present the same to me at my house
in said township, dulv authenticated for settlemer
CHARLES lIOUSER, Adra'r.
Sept. I, 1863
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