North Branch democrat. (Tunkhannock, Pa.) 1854-1867, July 25, 1866, Image 1

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f-> R. St W. E LITTLE, A,^o^ EYS .pJ
At Law Office on Tioga street, TunkhannockPa.
Kewtoa Centre, Luserne County ra.
At£ to * NEY AT LAW
(jT Tunkhonnock, Pa. Office-'O Stark s Brick
ock, Ttoga stress-
W fice in Stark's Brick Block Tioga St., Tunk
bannock, Pa.
&jje Bugler flflust,
The undersigned having lately purchased the
BUEHLEK HOUSE " property, has already com
menced such alterations and improvements as will
render this old and popular House equal, if not supe
rior to any Hotel in the City of llarnsburg.
A continuance of the public patronage it refpect
fally solicited. GEO j, BOLTON
THIS establishment has recently been refitted an
furnished in the latest style Every
will be given to the comfort and convenience of those
Tunkhanneck. September 11, 1961.
Wm. H. CORTRIGHT, Prop'r
HAVING resumed the proprietorship ef the above
Hetel, the undersigned will spare no effort to
Nader the house an agreeable place of sojourn for
1, ... f0, it with "■•™ STRIOHT .
Xane, 3rd, 1863 _
f Late eft- RBBAIIIARD Hocsa, ELMIRA, N. Y.
The MEANS HOTEL, i* one of the LARGEST
and BEST ARRANGED Hoi ses in the country—lt
Is ftted up in the most modern and improved "tyie,
and mo pains are spared to make it a pleasant and
agreeable stopping-place for all,
v 3, n2ljj.
autogassiraerf flats
B. F. CLARK, 1
AT OILMAN, has permanently located in Tunk
{* L. bannock Borough, and respectfully teaderhi
professional services to the eitisens of this place and
surrounding country. i
Office over Tutton's Law Office near the Post
• • __
The Subscriber having had a sixteen years prac
tical experience in cuttuig end making clothing,
now offers his services in this line to the eitisens of
NICHOLSON and vicinity.
Those wishing to get Flu will find his shop the
place to get them. r
.IMVJL *• B*"*
IP" BOu'vulvi
~ Proprietor
Civil Courts open alike to the White and
Black Mas.
Laws for* 'the Protection of the
White Man good enough for
the Nigger.
A careful examination of the bill passed
by the two Houses of Congress, entitled
"An act to continue in force, and to
amend an act to establish a bureau for the
relief of freedmen and refugees, and for
other purposes," has convinced me that
the legislation which it proposes would
not be consistent with the welfare of the
country, and that it falls clearly within
the reasons assigned in my message of the
19th of February last, returning without
my signature a similar message wbicb
originated in the Senate. It is not my
purpose to repeat the objections which I
then urged, they are all yet fresh in your
recollection, and can be readily examined
as a part of the records of one branch of
the national Legislature. Adhering to
the principles set forth in that message,
I now re-affirm them, and the line of poli
cy therein indicated. The only ground
upon which this kind of legislation can be
justified is that of the war-making power.
The act, of which this bill is intended as
amendatory, was passed during the exist
ence of the war. By its own provisions
it is to terminate within one year from the
cessation of hostilities and the declaration
of peace; it is, therefore, yet in existence,
and it is likely that it will continue in
force as long as the freedmen may re
quire the benefits of its provisions. It
will certainly remain in operation as a
law until some months subsequent to the
meeting of the next session of Congress,
when, if experience shall make evident
the necessity of additional, the two Houses
will have ample time to mature and pass
the requisite measure. In the meantime,
the questions arise why should this meas
ure he continued beyond the period desig
nated in the -iginal act? and why, in
time of peace, should military tribunals be
created to continue until each State shall
be fully restored in its constitutional rela
tions to the government and shall be duly
represented in the Congress of the United
States ? It was manifest with respect to
the act approved March 3, 1865, that pru
dence and wisdom alike required that ju
risdiction over all cases concerning the
free enjoyment of the immunities and
right of citizenship, as well as the protec
tion of person and property should be con
ferred upon some tribunal in every State
or district where the ordinary course of
judicial proceedings was interrupted by
the rebellion, and until the same should be
fully restored. At that time, therefore,
an urgent necessity existed for the passage
of such a law. Now the war has substan
tially ceased. The ordinary course of
judicial proceedings is no longer interrupt
ed. The courts, both State and federal,
are in full, complete, and successful opera
tion, and through them, every person,
regardless of race and coler, is entitled to,
and can be heard. The protection grant
ed to the white citizen is already conferred
by laws upon the freedraan. Strong and
stringent guards, byway of penalties and
punishments, are thrown around his per
son and property, and it is believed that
ample protection will be afforded him by
the process of law without resort to the
dangerous expedient of'military tribunals.'
Now that the war has been brought to a
close, the necessity no longer existing for
such tribunals, which had their origin in
the war, grave objections to their continu
ance must present themselves to the minds
of all the reflecting and dispassionate. In
dependently of the danger in representa
tive republics of conferring upon the mili
tary, in time of peace, extraordinary pow
ers, so carefully guarded against by the
patriots aud statesmen of the earlier days
of the republic, so frequently the ruin of
governments founded upon the same free
principles, and subversive of the rights
and liberties of the citizen, the question of
practical economy earnestly commends
itself to the consideration of the law-ma
king power. With an immense debt al
ready burdening the iucomea of the indus
trial and laboring classed, a due regard for
their interests, so inseparably conßected
with the welfare of the country, should
prompt us to rigid economy and retrench
ment, and influence as to abstain from all
legislation that would unecessarily increase
the public indebtedness.
Tested by this rule of solid political wis
dom, I can see no reason for the establish
ment of the "militarv jurisdiction" conferr
ed upon the officials of the Burean, by the
fourteenth section of the bill. By the laws
of the United States, and of the different
State*, competent courts, federal and State,
have been established, and are now in full
practical operation. By means of these
civil tribunals, ample redress is afoided
for all private wrongs, whether to tbo per
son or the property of the citiceo, without
denial or unnecessary delay. They are
open to all, without regard to color or race.
I feel well assured that it will be better to
trust the rights, privileges, and immunities
of the citizens to tribunals thus established
and presided over by competent and im
partial judges, bound by fixed rules of law
and evidence, and where the right of trial
by jury is guaranteed and secured, than to
the caprice or judgment of an officer of the
Bureau, who, it is possible, may be entire
ly ignorant of the principles that underlie
the just administration of the law. There
is danger, too. that conflict of jurisdiction
will frequently arise between the civil
courts and these military tribunals, each
having concurrent jurisdiction over the
person and the cause of action ; the one
jurisdiction administered and controlled by
civil law, and the other by military. How
is the conflict to be settled, and who is to
determine between the two tribunals when
it arises ? In my opinion, it is wise to
guard against such conflict, by leaving to
the courts and juries the protection of all
civil rights and the redress of all civil griev
ances. The fact cannot be denied that
since the actual cessation of hostilities, ma
ny acts of violence, such, perhape, as had
never been witnessed in their previous his
tory, have occurred in the States involved '
in the recent rebellion. I believe, howev
er, that public sentiment will sustain me in
the assertion that such deeds of wrong are (
not confined to any particular State or sec
tion, but are manifested over the entire
country, demonstrating that the cause that
produced tbem does not depend upon any
particular locality, but is the result of the
agitation and derangement incident to a
long and bloody war. While the prevalence
of such disorders must be greatly deplored,
their occasional and temporary recurrence
would seem to furnish no necessity for the
extension of the Bureau beyond the period
fixed on the original act. Besides the ob
jections I have thus briefly stated, I may
urge upon your consideration the addition
al reason that recent devclopements in re
gard to the practical operations of the Bu
reau in many of the States show that in
numerous instances it is used by its agents
as a means of promoting their individual
advantage, and that the freedmen are em
ployed for the advancement of the person
al ends of the officers, instead of their own
improvement and welfare; thus confirming
the fears originally entertained by many,
that the continuation of such a bnreau for
any unnecessary length of time would inev
itably result in fraud, corruption, and op
pression. It is proper to state that in cases
of this character, investigations have been
promptly ordered, and the offender punish
ed whenever his guilt has been satisfactori
ly established.
As another reason against the necessity
of the legislation contemplated by this meas
ure, reference may be had to the Civil
Bights bill, now a law of the land, and
which will be faithfully executed so long
as it shall remain unrepealed, and not be
declared unconstitutional bv courts of com
petent jurisdiction. By that act it i 9 enact
ed "That all persons born in the United
States, and not subject to any foreign pow
er—excluding Indians,not taxed—-are here
by declared to be citizens of the United
States ; and such citizens of every race and
color, without regard to any previous con
dition of slavery, or involuntary servitude,
except as a punishment for crime, whereof
the party shall have been duly convicted,
shall have the same right in every State
and Territory in the United States, to make
and enforce contracts, to sue, be parties
and give evidence, to inheirit, purchase,
lease, sell, hold, and convey, real and pei
sonal property, and to full and equal benefit
of all laws and proceedings for tbe security
of person and property as is enjoyed by
white citizens; and shall be subject to like
punishment, pains, and penalties, and to
none other, any law, statute, ordinance,reg
ulation, or custom, to the contrary notwith
standing." By the provisions of the act,
full protection is afforded through the Dis
trict Courts of the United States to all per
sons injured, and whose privileges, as thus
declared, are in any way impaired, and
very heavy penalties,are denounced against
the person who willfully violates the law. I
need not state that that law did not receive
my approval, yet its remedies are far more
feasible than those proposed in the present
bill, the one being civil and the other mili
By the sixth section of the bill herewith
returned, certain proceedings, by which
the lands in the Parishes of St Helena and
St. Luke, South Carolina, were sold and
bid in, and afterward* disposed of, by the
Tax Commissioners, are confirmed and rat
fied. By the seventh, eight, ninth, tenth,
and eleventh sections, provisions are made
by law for the disposal of the lands thus ac
quired to a particular class of citizens.—
While the quieting of titles is deemed very
important and desirable, the discrimination
made in the bill seems objectionable, as
does also the attempt to confer upon the
Commissioners judicial powers, by which
citizens of the United States are to be de
prived of their property in a mode contrary
to that of the Constitution, which declares
that no person shall be deprived of life, lib
erty, or property with due process of law.
As a general principle, such a legislation is
unsafe, unwise, partial,and unconstitutional.
It may deprive persons of their liberty who
are equally deserving objects of the nation' 8
bounty as those whom, by this legislation,
Congress seeks to benefit. The title to
the land thus to be proportioned out to a
favored class of citizens most depend upon
the regularity of tbe tax sales under the Lw
as it existed at the time of the sale, and no
subsequent legislation can give validity to
the rights thus acquired as against the or
iginal claimant. Jhe attention Congress
is therefore invited to a more mature con
sideration of the measures proposed in
thtse sections of tbe bill.
ID conclusion, I again urge upon Con
gress the danger of class legislation, so well
calculated to keep the public mind in a
state of uncertain expectation, disquiet and
restlessness, and to encourage interested
hopes and fears that the national govern
ment will continue to furnish to classes of
citizens in the several States means for sup
port and maintenance, regardless as to
whether they pursue a life of indolence or
of labor, and regardless also of the consti
tutional limitations of the national authori
ty in times of peace and tranquility.
The bill is herewith returned to the House
of Representatives, in which it originated,
on its final action.
Washington, D. C., July 16,1866.
Advice of an Old Lady.
44 Now, John, listen to me, for I am older
than you, or I could'nt be your mother.—
Never do you marry a young woman be
fore you have contrived to happen at the
house where she lives, at least four or five
times, before breakfast. Y'ou should know
how late she lies in bed during the morn
ing, or whether the morning wash aud the
towel have robbed her of her evening bloom.
You should take care to surprise her so
that you could see her in the morning dress
and observe how her hair looks when she
Is not expecting you ; if possible, you sho'd
be where you can hear the morning con
versation between her and her mother. If
she is ill natured and snapish with her mo
ther, so she will be to you, depend upon it.
But if you find her up and dressed neatly
in the morning, with the same countenance
the same smiles, the same neatly combed
hair, and the same ready and pleasant an
swers to her mother, which characterized
her appearance and deportment in the eve
ning, and particularly if she is iending a
hand to get the breakfast ready in good
season, she is a prize, John, and the sooner
you secure her to yourself the better."
A MISTAKE, —Neighbor Talkinton was
about six feet and a lialflong, and was fa
miliarly known as "Tallkitten." His pedal
extremities were so well developed that No.
15 bftots were too limited for his under
standing. Ho was compelled to furnish a
special pair of lasts, and pay an extra
price to protect his foundation from incle
ment weather. It took several liberal
nips of long range whiskey to put "life
and metal in his heels," but on 6 day op
portunity being favorable, he succeeded in
getting aboard an extra supply, and came
home in the night cold and very badly fud
dled. Mrs. T. and her son, a boy about
five or six years had retired for the night
She observed him enter the room and take
a seat, before the embers, and placing one
heel on the other toe settled kown to warm
and take a quiet nap. After dozing some
time Ve awoke chilly; the embers were
completely hid from view and seeing his
feet mistook them for his little boy, when
with a majestic side wave of his hand he
said, ''stand aside my little son and let
your poor father warm himself."
who fought for the restoration of the South
ern States to the Union, how do you like
the programme adopted by Congress to
keep those States out of the union. How
do you like the expenditure of millions to
keep up the Negro Bureau, whilst you and
your families must eat your bread by the
sweat ot your face! How do you like the
continual, persistent and endless legislation
by Congress for the blacks, whilst not a
single enactment is made for your relief, —
How do you like the doctrine of the Rad
icals that you fought for Negro Suffrage
and Equality of the Races instead of for
the Union and the Constitution? If you
like all this, vote Gen. Geary. If not, cast
your ballot for Heister Clvmer, the candi
date of the Union men, and the white men
of Pennsylvania,— Ex.
SDN STROKE. —In these very hot days
the liability to sun stroke is great Many
cases occurred throughout the country in
the early part of last week. It behooves
every person exposed to the sun to take
all precautions to avoid the danger of coup
de soliel.
A good preventive for those who are
exposed to the burning rays, is a wet hand
kerchief, or a handful of green leaves in the
hat. Another thing: avoid, as you would
the plague, ice water when over-heated.—
Do not drink when perspiring from exer
cise ; wait a few minutes or so till the
blood is cooled. The sudden shock to the
system from pouring cold water into an ov
er heated stomach has killed many, and we
doubt not, will kill many more ; but the
wise man foresees the evil, and tries to
avoid it.
one of the many black bills introduced re
cently into the United States Senate by
Charles Sumcer, occurs the following sec
tion :
" Section 5. That any citizen who has
been a slave.or is the descendant of a slave,
or who does not belong to the so called
white race, that may hereafter be unlaw
fully deprived of his vote by any person,
may maintain a suit or suits, and recover
damages of any such person in any dis
trict in which such person may be found."
The bill was ordered to be printed.
tar Some of the citizens of Lancaster
started on a turtle hunt last week, and re
turned with seventy two "snappers."
A Tale of Horror-* A Model Story,
Jane Ann Pillkinhorn was the only dar
ter of poor but honest parents. They had
no other child but her. She wai their all,
and besides the dog Towzer, (who was *
dog and warn't pertiklerly overbudened
with hranes,) she was the only human beio
their had to lav. That, howsumdever,was
their misfortin and not their fault. Her
ize shone like a new brass kittle, and her
cheeks was as red as a temperance leck
terer's nose. Her hare was the color of saf
ron tea, and her form was as graceful as a
hound pup. So much for Jane Ann Pill
kinhorn !
Jethro Snodgrass was an adopted son of
the Rev. Modeeai Mumblechops, the vil
lage parson. He was a "fair and kumly
youth," as the poet sez, and stood six feet
in his stockins. (That is in the Winter.—
In the Summer he don't wear stockins.) —
His compleckshun was as clear asthecom
pleckshun of a taller candle, and his hair
curled as nateral as the tail of a yelpin cor
when getten a bastin from his master. But
Jethro had one falein. Althow adopted,
he was in every respekt, a minister's Aon !
He driv a fast boss, and was pertiklerly
fond of female sosiety. He smoked segars
and drinked beer, and was very much in
kiined for sosiety of wimmin. He played
keerds and pitched quates for a shillin a
game, and was constantly runuin artcr the
gals. He liked to danse all nite to the
feerful raspin' of the country fiddle; but his
topmost pashun was a bankeriu arter the
opposite sect. Otherwise lie wouldn't have
been a minister's son ! And there's where
the laff come in ! So much for Jethro
I believe that I have previously intimat
ed that Jethro Snodgras was fond of wim
min ot the female sect. But of all the
wimmin in town, Jane Ann Pillkinhorn
was his fust choice and his best holt. He
luved her very muchly,and she dittoed him
full as muchly if not niuchlier. Their too
luvs blended together Jike bordinhouse bis
ket, (which can't be pulled apart without
using the pinchers and a clawhammer.) —
And ean it be possible that too fond hearts
like theiro must be forcibly ripped asun
der ! Yes, gentle reader! it is possible, and (
a good deal possibler!
In was a cold night in the month ofJan
newary. Jerusalem! how cold it was! It
was cold enuff to freeze the noze on a graven
immidge, It was enymost as cold as a rich
relation's greeting. Jane Ann Pilikinhorn
and Jethro Snodgrass were "trippin the
light fantastic hoof," (as Spurgeon sez,) in
the dancin hall of Bill Baxter's tavern.—
"The taller candles shone o'er fair wimmin
and brave men, and all wentjollyasa din
ner-bell." But hark! what sound is that ?
That feerful sound kawses the dancers to
dry up on their dancin, and even the fid
dler to cease his onairthly stranes 1 Jane
Ann Pillkinhorn has fainted and tumbled
kercbuck on the bare floor!
"Water! water!' shouts Jethro Snod
grass, pathetically.
Remarkin as bow that was the fust time
in ten years that he'd heard young Snod
grass call for water, and that he didn't
keep the stuff in bis house, Bill Baxter (the
tavern keeper) run to the bar and fetched
np a decanter of airthquake jin which he
throwed into Jane's face. Jane Ann im
mejuntly rekivered! Jethro Snodgrass
took her into his arms and toted her into
the parlor. She put her arms clean around
his neck, cxclaimin —
' My preserver ! my preserver!"
"Not by a darned site!" sez Bill Baxter,
who was standin by, and who had a sneak
in noshun after Jane Ann himself (bein n
bachelor andonraarried,) and was there
fore jelns—"not by a darned site 1 You
ncver'd come to if I hadn't slung thirty
seven cents worth of jin in your face, and
now Snodgrass is gittin the kredit of it."
"Beware!" sez SnodgrasL "Beware
how yon pre oke my wrath or I'll smash
our jaw!"
Bill Baxter not bein a fitin mar. immejuntly
rctreetid, vowin venjunce onto Jethro.—
And he had it speedily!
Ten ininntes arterward Jethro Snodgrass
entered the bar-room, and throwin' three
cents onto the bar, exclaimed into a voice
of thunder and litenin—
44 Gi 7e me a glass ot your best jin !"
Bill Baxter, with a lere in his sore eyes
such as only a fiend inkarnitcood immytate
sot up the bottle. Jethro poured out a
tumbler full and drank it down at one gulp.
In less than ten sekunds he clapped both
hands on his stummick, and hollerin' 44 Pi
zened ! pizened !" he danced around the
floor in fearful aggcrny!
From that shock he never rekivered, bat
after a lingerin illness of three days he ex
pired. Jane Ann Pilkinhorn was kerricd
home in a wheel-barrer in a state ofankon
shusness, ravin and tarin her bare like a dis
appointed John 801 l Englishman arter in
vestin all his property in the Konfederate
Loan. She is now thirty years old and
aint much on her marry. To the last chap
that popped the question at her she replied
with tears in her eyes that she 44 didn't see
it,'' and "that if he hadn't no more feeling
than to come gallivantin ronDd a young
gal that was mournin the loss of her lover
the best thing he cood do was to go and bag
his head."
Bill Baxter the tavern keeper was arrest
ed and tried for highbougery in third per
son singular, but on akkount of th® maeo-
Wt9MDB g^oo
after Celibrity. —"Say, Mister, what are
yous terms for printing folks' on
your currency ? I see most everybody's
getting bis picture on."
Mr. Clar-k — 44 We should be happy to
oblige you, but I'm sorry to say they've
shut down ou us at head-quarters, and
we've got to give up the business."
If A man painting the cornice of a
house in Hartford a few days since fell
from the ladder, and it was supposed was
badly hurt. Immediately after the fall a
young man ran to inform the painter of the
misfortune that had Overtaken his workman
The "boss" listened to the tolling descrip
tion of the fall, and with the ruling passion
still strong in him asked, anxiously u did he
spill the paint 7'
fiS" A lawyer and a doctor were once
discussing the antiquity of of their respec
tive professions, and each cited authoHty to
prove his the more ancient. <4 Mine." said
the disciple of Lycurgus, "commenced al
most with the world's era; Cain slew Abel
and that was a criminal case in common."
"True," rejoined Eseulapius, "but my pro
fession is coeval with creation itaeif. Old
mother Eve was made out of of a rib taken
from Adam's body, and that was a surgical
operation." The lawyer dropped tba
green bag.
PR® VERBS. —Don't swap with your rela
tions unless you can afford to give then®
the big end of the trade.
Marry young, and if circumstances re
quire it often.
If you can't git good clothes and odica
tion too git the clothes
BfSay, "How are you ?" to everybody.
Cultivate modesty, but keep a stock of
impudence on hand.
Be charitable; three cent pieces are
made on purpose.
It costs more to borrow than to buy.*
If a man flatters you, you can caUcelate
be is a rogue, or you arc a fnle.
Keep both eyes open, but don't see
mor'n half you notis.
If you itch for fame go into a grave yard
and scratch yourself against a tcme-stone
Two armies generally agree nntil en
Who till now ever saw waterfalls canght
in nets ?
Scarlet and yellow are both very good
colors for dresses bad ones for fevers
There are comparatively few business
men who understand the art of advertising
Some men advertise for a short time after
they commence business, and think that is
sufficient; others omit advertising after
they hare established a flourishing bnsmesa
by its aid. From the moment a bouse
ceases to advertise, however large its rep
utation and standing, it begins to decline.
The changes are so rapid in this country
the public mind is so constantly occupied
by new applicants for its attention, that to
be out of the papers, where everybody
seeks information on every subjeet, is to be
forgotten. The press is daily becoming
necessity, and its usefulness as an adver
tising medium is as constantly increasing..
No man is wise or just to himself who un
dertakes to do bosiness without availing
himself of its advantages.
A blacksmith would be looked upon as
foolish, if he were to pile coal upon his
forge, apoly tbe fire, and neglect to
The merchant who fills bis store, or the
tradesman who opens bis shop, aod to>
keep the fact before the people, is equally
shortsighted. The trade may eoroe, but
it will be sTow indeed. Be up and doings
show peeple that you are at work—striving
to snceeed, and we warrant you hard times
will never knock vary long or loud at your
door. Providence helps those who help*
themselves, and the largest crop* coma
from the beet tilled fields every time.
VOL. 5 N0.49
facterer of the gin that Bill told bein fore
man on the jury, the jury coodent agree
and Bill was discharged. Afw months
arterwards be waf smashed to death under
a pile driver and was obleeged to go sooth
for his health. Sich is life.
Morril.—Don't drink airthquake jin.
jar A little girt,fcmr years old, defined
thunder a® M a greet big stone rolling around
in Heaven."
GUARDED.—"Were yon guarded in your
conduct while in New York T said n Hither
to his soo, who had just returned to his
home from his visit to the city. "Yes sir,
part of the time by two policemen."
tW An exchange paper says : "We
laid before our readers, last week, a natty
sketch of the proceedings of Congress."—
The editor undoubtedly meant to say hasty
sketch, but the types evidently knew the
propriety of names better than he did.
jar A clergyman was once sent for fa
the middle of the night, by one ot the fa
dies of his congregation.
"Well, my good woman," said he, "so
you are very ill, and require the coosola
tions of religion f What can I do for yoo 7
"No," replied the old lady, "I am only
nervous and can't sleep,"
"How can I help that P asked the par
"O, sir, you always put me to sleep so
nicely when I go to church that I thought
if you would only preach a little for me I"
The parson made tracks.
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