Johnstown weekly Democrat. (Johnstown, Cambria County, Pa.) 1889-1916, June 27, 1890, Image 1
VOL.XXVIII. HOW IT IS LIKED. What Republican Paper* Have to Say About the Nomination of Delamater. Pittsburgh Leader. Senator Quay "vindicated" himself yesterday by forcing the nomination of George W. Delamater as the Republican candidate for Governor. There is not, and there cannot be, anything more than the feeblest pretense that the nomination conforms to the sentiment of the Repub lican party in Pennsylvania, considered as a fie: agent and without reference to the machine government of which it is the victim. Delamater is a figurehead for Quay. Any of the opposing candi dates is personally more popular and more respected than he, and that this fact is recognized by citizens of ail classes, irrespective of partisanship, is attested by the storm of protest against the nomina tion which his gone up from Republi cans. The Democrats can make the struggle a close one if they choose. Their only hope at all is the nominating of a pure, honest candidate—one who is known to be free from obieclionable associations and capa ble of discharging the functions of chief executive ot the commonweal h without fear or bias. Such a man is Ex-Governor Robert E. Paf.ison, who, during his pre vious term of office, demonstrated his ab solute integrity, trustworthiness and in dependence of thought and action. With such a man as Pattison the Democrats could make the contest exceedingly close, but even with Pattison to oppose him, we feel that Quay can safely land Delamater. Pittsburgh chronicle Telegraph.. The Republican Stale Convention yes terday was a most grotesque affair. A Republican Convention which had 204 members was made up according to the first ballot thus : The field, 120 ; Dela mater 84. These delegates weie thought to be representatives of the [Repub lican voters, inasmuch as they were chosen at primary elections, and in many cases these elections were held after the merits of the several candidates had been thoroughly discussed. An Adjutant Gen eral. a member of Congress, the Secre tary of the Commonwealth and a veteran soldier citizen thought they could have something to say about the nomination of Governor. This is where the first grotesque effect is seen. A boy listening to the ticking of a telegraph instrument and a man in a smoking-jacket and slippers down in Beaver were convention and delegates all in themselves. The delegates were torn from their moorings and rushed to new alliances by the arbitrary will of him in Slippers. The wid of\ue voters was anni hilated ; this, too, was grotesque. Dele gates sworn to Montooth in Allegheny de serted him at a critical moment, when victory was possible, in response to the command of Quay ; and delegates from Philadelphia deserted Hastiugs when he might have won by steadfastness, because of orders from Quay. Delegates elected and instructed for special candidates were voted by Quay for others. A boy was the pilot who steered the convention on the rocks where it lies. This, too, was grotesque. The most remarkable coolness prevailed after the nomination. Men of influence utterly refused to have any connection with the candidate elected, Gen. Hastings refusing to take the responsibility of the campaign. Pittsburgh Dispatch. The political agony is over, and Dela raater gets the Republican nomination. Of all the candidates before the conven tion he was the only objectionable one, and the only one who was bitterly, and upon substantial grounds, opposed both within and without the party. But he had the giip on the machiner ; and got there. To carry theelectiousis, however, quite another matter. Hastings, Montooth or Stone would have won easily. Dclamater, on the other hand, is handicapped from the start by intense antagonism, partly on factional, largely 011 public grounds ; by open predictions from prominent Repub licans that " any Democrat can bcut him : " and, most serious of all. by a record at Harrisburg which places him under the greatest suspicion, if it does not absoluiely prove, that he was moro distinguished there as a useful and con spicious agent of powerful corporations than as a valuablo servant of the public. The weightiest complaint in illustration is that in the interests of the Standard Oil Company, he killed the Billingsley bill, which was intended for the relief of the oil producers. As Delamater stands, he is a weak and undesirable candidate. But the Republi can majonty in Pennsylvania is so great that even a weak and undesirable candi date may be elected if the Democrats do not put up one who is singularly strong and acceptable. They have such a man in Pattison—a tried, trusted and capable gentleman. Pattison once before won ever the Republican majority, and gave excellent and fearless service as governor. The public will wait with curious interest now to see whether he is to run again. If so, it will be safe to look out for the clos est and most exciting race so far seen in Pennsylvania 'politics. JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY. PA.. FRIDAY. JUNE 27, 1890 DELAMATER IT IS. The Crawford Man Nomi nated on the Third Ballot. THE HASTINGS ANII MONTOOTH MEN KREAK OVER. The Mailed Hand of M. S. Quay Make* li ne It Felt With the Expected Results— The Organization of the Convention and the Platform. Special to the Johnstown Democrat. HARRIBBURG, June 25.— The first three ballots in the Republican State Conven tion held here to-day resulted as follows: First ballot—Hastings, 64; Delamater, 84; Montootb, 30; Stone, 15; Osborne, 8; McCormick, 3. Second bal'ot -Hastings,6l; Delamater, 99; Montootb, 20; Stone, 16; Osborne, 2; McCormick, 2. Third ballot —Hastings, 58. Dolamater, 105; Montooth, 19; Stone, 15; Osborne, 2, McCormick, 2. Necessary to a choice, 103 ; Delamater is therefore nominated, The convention then took a recess and during the recess Montooth will probably be persuaded to accept the second place. Harrisbcrg, June 25. The Republican State Convention was called to order this forenoon at 10 o'clock by Chairman An drews, George S. Graham, of Philadel phia, was made Temporary Chairman. The several committees were appointed, when the Convention took a recess. Upon re-assembling, the permanent or ganization was effected by the selection of Walter Lyon, of Allegheny, as Chair man. After a recess of two hours the Com. mittee on Resolutions reported the follow ing platform, which was adopted with a hurrah : THE PLATFORM. Once more the Republicans of the Com monwealth of Pennsylvania in conven tion assembled, send fraternal greetings to their party brethren throughout the nation, and congratulate them and our selves upon the victory won in 1888 by the purity of Republican principles and the patriotism of Republican citizen ship. For the Chairman of our National Com mittee, Hi . <4 tay, we feel a lasting sense of gratitude for his matchless set vices in the last Presidential campaign, and com mend his bearing under the slanders which his successful leadership of our party has purchased for him. As a cili zoo, a member of the General Assembly, as Secretary of the Commonwealth under two successive administrations, as State Treasurer by the overwhelming suffrages of his fellow citizens, and as Senator of the United States, he has won and retains our respect and confidence. In keeping with the sympathy and the duty of our party we make the following declaration of principles for the better ment of political government and the lien, eflt of our fellow-citizens : We believe that every lawful voter has the right to cast a free ballot at every public election, and have it properly counted and certified : and we call upon Congress to adopt such legislation as will prevent a supprcssian or falsification of the votes of our fellow citizens at elec tions for officers of the National Govern ment and will end political slavery throughout the nation. Our care for the welfare of those who upon the fieid of battle carried triumph antly the principles of Republiean faith will end only when the last loyal soldier of the civil war shall have entered into his honored rest, and we ask Congress to grant a per diem service pension to every Union soldier anil sailor who served in and was honorably discharged from the army or navy of the United States. This claim which the citizens of the border counties of our Commonwealth make up on the General Government for reimbursement for the loss they sustained in their homes and property at the hands of the enemy during the last war is one which National patriotism should respect and honor, and we urge upon our Con gressmen the use of every proper effort to have it quickly and completely satis fied. We endorse the tariff bill called the "McKinley bill" in the form in which it was passed by the House of Representa tives, and we denounce the criticism 1 passed upon that bill in the English Par liament as an unwarranted interference by a foreign nation with the right of the American people to protect American in dustries. We reaffirm one of the earliest princi ples of our party when we declare that American workers should, like American manufacturers, receive National protec tion, and we request of the General Gov ernment the strictest enforcement of the laws forbidding entrance into and the em ployment in this country of pauper and contract laborers of foreign nations. We urge upon Congress the immediate necessity of passing such legislation as will prevent the importation and sale of oleomargarine and of intoxicating liquors in this Commonwealth cmtrary to our acts of Assembly regulating and restrict ing the same, and empower every State to enforce its local laws regulating thereto in the manner and in accordance with the intent and purpose with which they were enacted. Ballot reform is, and will remain, the watchword of our party in every State, and we esfAcially congratulate our polit ical brethren in New York upon the fact that although their Democratic Governor could deform, he could not wholly defeat their efforts to secure a free ballot for every American voter throughout tneir State. We charge the members of the next General Assembly with the duty to pass such laws, and, if necessity should ansc, to provide for such changes in the constitution of our State as will in sure to every voter perfect secrecy and freedom in exercising his right of suf frage. For almost thirty years the finances of this State have been under the control of our party. During this time we devised a system of taxing corporations, which serves as a pattern for and has been taken as a guide by many sister States in their efforts to collect revenue for public pur poses. We have paid off the debt which the Democratic party of this State created during a time of peace ; we have almost extinguished the debt which the Demo cratic party of the Southern States in flicted upon us during the civil war, aud years ago we lifted from the lands and homes of all our fellow citizens the bur dens of State taxation. But the depres sion under which our agricultural inter ests now suffer has made the preseut sys tem of taxation bear too heavily on them, and we therefore pledge ourselves to lighten that burden and as far as possible to equalize taxation. To that, end we recommend that the surplus revenue derived from State tnxa tton be used to lessen the taxation now laid upon real estate for local purposes by applying it, so far as it will in legislative wisdom avail, to the increase of the ap propriation for the support of the common schools, and to making appropriation for the care of the indigent insane for the ex penses of the jury system, and of holding the general elections. If thereby- there should be necessity for enlarging our surplus revenue, we favor a just and equitable insrease in the taxation of property of corporations. We recommend that the local system of taxation be so reformed as to permit the taxation of money capital for local purposes iO such an extent as to enable the local authorities to reduce the rate of taxation upon real estate loan equitable basis. We require of the General Assembly vigilance in making appropriation of the public money, and of our charitable insti tutions receiving State aid the strictest economy in expenditures. HOW IT ALL ENDED. The Clotting Scenes of the Convention—The Ticket as Completed. HAKRISBCBG, June 26. —Following is the ticket as completed last night by the Re publican State Convention : For Gov ernor, George W, Delamater, of Mead ville; Lieutenant Governor, Louis A. Wat res, of Scranton ; Secretary of Internal Affairs, Thomas J. Stewart, of Norris town. During the recess, following the nomi nation of Delamater, there was another attempt to persuade Major Montooth to take second place on the ticket, buthe re mained firm and declined all offers. When the Convention reassembled at 7 o'clock, Prof. Lyte, of Lancaster, was the first man recognized after Chairman Lyon had declared nominations to be in order for si eond place. He placed before the Convention the name of E. K. Martin. Mr. Wan en, of Lackawanna, presented the name of Senator Watres. Samuel E. Cavin, of Philadelphia, placed J. A. M. Passmore in nomination. Mr. Browu of Schuylkill, seconded the nomination of Passmore. The nominations closed with Mr. Brown's speech, and the roll call was im mediately ordered. By the_ time Alle gheny couuty had cast its almost solid vote for Watres it became anparent that tlio Lackawanna man was the winner, and Mr. Brown withdrew the name of Pass more to simplify matters. The ballot then continued to the end with Watres and Martin as candidates. The ballot result suited as follows: Watres, 106; Martin, 110. Mr. Watres was declared the nominee, and his nomination made unan imous. Thomas J. Stewart was renominated for Secretary of Internal Affairs by accla mation, upon motion of W. R, Leeds, sec onded by W. D. Porter. Meanwhile Chairman Andrews had been substituted for one of the Crawford coun ty delegates, and sprung the nomination of General D. 11. Hastings for Chairman of the State Committee from January 1 next. The question was immediately raised whether the General would accept. Chairman Andrews and Permanent Chair man Lyon both stated that he would. With this understanding the election was made by acclamation. Alfred Grady, of Philadelphia, then moved that all the Gubernatorial candi- dates of the day and the nominees be invited to appear before the convention. Mr. Grstz, Wm. Fhnn, and Gen. E. F. Fisher were sent out to look up the gen tlemen whose presence was desired. The only one they brought in was Delaroatcr. Senator Delamater read a speech ac cepting the nomination and when lie had finished Maj. L. G. McCauley and Wm. R. Leeds announced the declination of | the chairmanship by General Hastings and moved its acceptance. Delamater appeared disgusted and Chairman Lyon looked around in vain for Chairman An drews and Frank Willing Leech, appar ently being at a loss what to do. Col. Carter, of Crawford, relieved his embar rassment by moving the re-election of Chairman Andrews, which was accom plished forthwith, and then the conven tion adjourned tine die. MUCH MARRIED MR*. WESTON. •She Attktt the CourtK to Free Her of Her Nine Time* llusbaiMl. PROVIDENCE, R. 1., June 20.— The di vorce records of this term will be enriched by the entry of a very peculiar petition from Mrs. Stella Weston, the wife of the Rev. Charles Weston, a Wisconsin min ister, who will contest the petition. Mrs. Weston took the preliminary steps this morning by instructing her lawyer to make out her remarkable story for pre sentation to the Court. The woman is thirty-two years of age, and bus been married nine times, all within the space of eight years, Mr. Weston being her first and her ninth husband. He is also her second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, aud eighth husband, all her marriages having been solemnized with the same bridegroom. According to her statement the Rev. Charles Weston is a marriage maniac, that is, he is ever seeking to be married, never insisting upon a new bride, but being perfectly content with Mrs. Weston in that role. Owing to this matrimonial mania Mrs. Weston says her married life has been one long and harrowing honeymoon. They were first married at the little town of Millbrook, in Wisconsin, and according to the forms of the Methodist Church. Europe was selected for a honeymoon tour, and while In Dublin he told her he thought their marriage was not eccle siastically perfect bee mse the parson who united them had not been ordained by apostolic imposition of hands. He held that this was absolutely necessary and made arrangements for another mar aiagc in Sr. Pactrick's Cathedral, of Dub lin. She thought him over-scrupulous, but consented, and there was another wedding. On their return home in tl e steamer he discovered another flaw. He had learned that St. Patrick's Cathedral had once been a catholic cathedral; that the mass ha 1 ' been sung there, and that the cathedral had not been rededicated since it ceased to be used for Roman Cath olic worship, This omission he held to be fatal and another marriage was ordered! Then lie forced her to be married on board ship by a Presbyterian minister. Rev. James Munroe. Attendance atone of Ingersoll'slectures where John Calvin was denounced, con vinced him that this was illegal. Mar riages by Baptists, Unitarians, Sweden borgians and Spiritualists then followed, and then, a year ago, his wife got weary, left him, and removed to this city, where she is now living with her sister. She has had letters from her husband telling her that he has ascertained beyond all possible doubt that a Congregational marriage is the only one that has the in dorsement of heaven, and that if she will but consent to a wedding in a Congrega tional Church he will forgive her flight and promise that this shall be positively the last nuptials he will aslt her to par ticipate in. The Murder of I>avil .Moore. NKWBCKOII, June 26. —The David Moore lured to his death in Allen Park, Ottawa, 111., and robbed of $1,200, is a native of this city. He was the son of David Moore of the wholesale lumber iirm of D. Moore & Co., who was one of Nowburgh's fore most citizens, a man of wealth and intlu ence, and the heaviest lumber dealer. Twenty-five years ago in this part of the State David succeeded to his father's busi ness and failed. Subsequently he went to Chicago and then further West, continu ing in the lumber trade as a salesman. One of his brothers is Thomas Moore, a well-known lawyer of Brooklyn. David was about forty-five years of age. Johnstown Talent WHIM, In the contest for the championship in music at St. Joseph's Academy, Seton Hill, Miss Rose Sloan, of this city, came out victorious. The test of skill was con ducted by three eminent musicians who were strangers to the contesting young la dies, and took place a few days prior to the commencement, which was held on Wednesday. At the commencement Miss Sloan was awarded a gold medal for her proficiency. Died uk the Result of a Fall. 'Squire John M. Strayer, a contracting carpenter, of Portage, fell from a build ing in that place on Wednesday and so badly injured himself that he died yester day morning. THE MIXER*. The Rescuer* Reach the Mine— Delayed liy I'rreniitlons-Oreat Anxiety A Shut- Down In the Coke Region. DUNBAR, Fa., June 24. At 6 o'clock this morning the little town was astir with the news that the Hill Farm mine had been reached. The news spread like wildfire, aud in a half hour the newspaper men and physicians were plodding up the hill to the pit mouth. When the mouth of the mine was reached it was learneil that about 3:30 this morning a hole was broken through the coal into an opening on the other side. At ouce arrangements were made to keep out the air. The hole was bratticed up with muslin and a canvas door made. Then a test of the air was made, and it was found to be very good. Au hour and a half was lost in waiting before the in spectors would permit the men to pro ceed. The shift working now is clearing the space in the opening. No one knows what is ahead, but if the maps are correct there should be but little trouble from the falls of slate and stone. I saw Mine Inspector Keighley, who said : "We broke into an opening this morning. lat once had the hole closed. We lost an hour and a half waiting to have the air testui and the currents fixed. It would be fatal to turn in the air now. We have fifty men working, and I must protect them. That is why lam using so much caution. I hope to know the fate of the men before 2 o'clock this afternoon. Of course it may take longer." "If the men survived the explosion, and the air in that entry in the Hill Farm mine is as good as the opening you struck, what are the chances of the men being alive ? " " Very good. Under such conditions I think we can bring some of them out alive. You can rest assured we will do the very best we can." Every one was wearing a more hopetul expression this morning, the agony be ing almost ended, and it will be a most joyful day if the men are brought out alive. A few moments later I saw District Master Workman Kerfoot. He has been at the mine since early this morning. He said : " 1 can only learn that the men have struck through the coal, as they have been doing all along. They don't know any more where they are now than they did yesterday. They can't know where they are nntil they strike the flat. Theu they can tell something. At 10 o'clock I visited the mine again. Inspector Blick had just come out of the mine. He looked very cheeiful and said h felt much encouraged. "We are still working in the 'gob," but have only a few feet to go till we reach the line." "What about the hole vou made through the coal ?" I asked the Inspector. "Well, you see we did breakthrough and found the ventilation all changing. Of course this put us to our metal. We worked very hard to find whele it came from. We don't know yet, but we do know that it did not come from the Hill Farm mine, and that it is not going that way." ''What progress are you making ?" "We are pushing things at a most lively rate. We are making better headway than at any time during the past three days. The 'gob' is loose, much looser than we have had for some time." "How far are you from the line ?" "From 8 to 14 feet, and 1 think we will be there soon. The men are work'ng like beavers and arc anxious to get through. All of them are satisfied that we are doing the best we can." District Master Workman Kerfoot this morning ordered out all the miners in the entire coke region. They are to meet at Scottdale to-morrow in convention. The subject to be discussed is the recovery of the imprisoned men, dead or alive. Kerfoot is reported as saying that with his force he could iiave cleared away the entire surface of the lii'l in which the Hill Farm mine is located. The officials of the company say they would be glad to have their coal exposed. It is certain that Kerfoot will be kept out of the Mahouing mine. It is also ascertained that Inspec tor Keighley and his men will push along in the same direction they arc going. The Inspector said he can get all the men needed, and would keep on the line for ten day 3 if necessary. Mr. Seldon Taylor, a civil engineer from Pittsburgh, was down the mine twice this morning. The last visit he paid was just a short while before 11 o'clock. The talk around the mine has been concerning the action of Col. Kerfoot in stopping the woiks throughout the region, Mr, Taylor said : " Every one can say that Peter Wise has worked right aioDg through this trouble like a man. He told mo in talking of this order of Kerfoot's that ho could not understand it. He said Kerfoot had no authority to issue such an order. He further added that every member of the Board of Knights of Labor who had visited the mine since the work of rescue began had approved of each step. It strikes me that this is pretty hard on Kerfoot. "Just what good this convention which Kerfoot has called will do, is not known by many people. The law of the State NO. 10. provides the Mine Inspector, in whose district such an accident occurs, shall take charge of nflairs and go right ahead. If necessary he has the authority to call for the militia through the proper chan nel. Mr. Keiehley is determined to push through on this line a d Mr. Kerfo u i may meet with more trouble than he antici pates should he attempt to take posses sion of the mine for the purpose of direct ing the work of rescue." At 12 o'clock to day the air at the head ing where the men were working was reported as the very best. The tempera ture had fallen from 100 degrees to 70. Work is proceeding rapidly and results may be expected most any tune. DUSBAK, PA., June 25.—The coal line has been reached. At 10 o'clock this morning fifteen feet of coal had been mined. Drills are going, and Inspector Evans has ordered a longer one. It is expected that the men will be through in a few iiours. There are about sixty feet of coal to go through, and the rate of speed is from six to ten feet an hour. The visit of Secretary Robert Watch oru, of the Miners' Union, has most ef fectually squashed the kicking of the out siders, who have been so very free in the'r criticisms of the manner in which the work wa3 being done. Col. Kerfoot, the District Master Work man, has rescinded the order calling for a close down of the region and a convention at Scottdale to day. No one will hear any more kicking from the men who have stood on the outside, with their hands in their pockets, while their comrades were inside doing all that could be done by men. At noon there had been no definite change. Mr. Hazzard, at that hour, said that he thought the men would not get through the coal before early to-morrow morning. The survey shows that by the line they are following they have sixty feet to travel. They can go at the rate of four to six feet an hour. Every foot advanced is with the greatest care and caution. Too many lives are at stake to make a false move. DDSBAK, PA., June 2(l.— The miners are driving nearer the imprisoned meu in the Hill Farm mine, but they are yet a day's journey from them. There is absolutely no telling what the shifts are going to strike. Last night Secretary Watchorn was sure that the entry for which the men Tire driving would be reached by t night. This morning when he went to the mine and found that the miners were still in the •' gob," he changed his mind, and thinks it will be night before a drill hole is forced through into the entry. Yesterday coal was struck, and the men dug away with a vigor and will. About fifteen feet put tliem through it, and then they ran into the " gob" again. It was "gob," too, of the stick iest kind. It was jammed together in an almost solid mass. Only seven feet was gone through by the shift which went in at 2 o'clock this morning and remained till just a little over a foot an hour. Three different sets of timbci were placed in position, and this also took time. I saw Peter Wise this morning. For years he has had a reputation as an agi tator, but in this disaster he was the coolest labor official who has been here. He was not only cool, but has been right down in that narrow passage way working and toiling with the rest of the men. Mr. Wise said to me: " We aie still in ' gob.' It was mighty tough work during the night. Now it is loose and sliding. His last is a sign that we are nearing something. It is the first time that this has happened to us, and wo feel encour aged by it. I think wc may find the en tries on both sides worked lip further than the maps show. If this is the case, then wo will make more time than we antici pate when we strike the coal." Mr. Hazzard was on the ground early this morning. "My advices," he said, " are that the men are pushing right along. They went through coal yester day. It was a pillar of some kind, and I think when they strike the coal line they will have so much the less to go through. The maps show that there should be about sixty feet of coal." " Do you think there is a possibility of the miners finding the coal on the line all cut away, Mr. ilazzard f " "I do not. There is no opening through from our mine to the Mahoning mine. The line may have been cut into on each side, but not to any large extent. Of course, if this has been done, it means that men will have that much less distance to go when the coal is reached. I don't see, though, how they can have less than thirty five or forty feet to go when they reach it. That means nine to ten hours' work. Then comes—what ? " The crowds which used to gather around the mine every day have all dis appeared. The police have but little work to do, and the few who do come aro friends and relatives of the men inside. The tent is the place where most of the men now sleep, and it and the commis sary department are the busiest places In the place.