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THE DAILY EVENING TELEGRAPH PHILADELPHIA, MONDAY, MAY 22, 1871.
MONDAY MAY 23. 1871.
THE NEW DEAD-LOCK.
Another dead-look has ooonrred in the State
Legislature, originating in the determination
of the Demoeratio Senators to compel the
Republican . House to consent to certain
amendments to the Registry law. If no
compromise is effected, several bills of gene
ral interest, and a large nnmber of private
measures, will fail to beoome laws. The bill
providing for constitutional reform will be
defeated, and the Appropriation bill will be
jeopardized. , As matters now stand, both
parties threaten that they will go to the peo
ple on the issue bb it is made np, thus carry
ing the legislative quarrel into
a popular canvass. It therefore behooves the
Republican Ilouse to be quite certain that it
is well armed at all points before it aocepts
this gage of a general battle, and to carefully
consider whether a portion of the Demoeratio
demand for a modification of the Registry
law should not be granted.
There can be no doubt that the existing ar
rangements for counting the returns of the
elections of this city are dangerously defec
tive, and that the proposed remedy of having
them counted in the presence of the Judges
of the Court of Common Fleas seems to be
at once necessary and likely to be efficacious
in averting existing evils. The Republican
party, being a party of law,order, and justice,
cannot afford, on a point like this, to take
issue with the Democracy. It is no part of
its legitimate functions to shield men who
venture to tamper with fair eleotions, or to
afford to dishonest return judges opportuni
ties to nullify the popular will. The only
valid argument in favor of the Registry law
is its usefulness in preventing such frauds
as Demoeratio leaders have notoriously prac
tised in former elections, particularly in the
fall elections of 18G8; and no man will pre
sume to say this object cannot be better at
tained by a provision requiring that the re
turns shall be counted in the presence of the
Judges of the County Courts, than by a sys
tem which excites distrust and indigna
tion, and which has already led to dan
gerous scenes of violence.
On this single point, therefore, we think it
would be at ence just and politio for the Re
publicans of the House to defer to
the demands of the Democratic Senators.
Any effort of the latter to make such vital
changes in the Registry law as would onoe
more band over the city to the tender mer
cies of the ballot-box stuff era of 18G8 should
be stubbornly resisted; but it is to the interest
of all good citizens that the returns of our
elections should be peacefully and fairly
counted, and this feature of the Demooratio
programme should be at once aooeded to by
When Shakespeare wrote that "the quality of
mercy ia not strained," it was, of course, im
possible for him to foresee the performances
of John W. Geary as a dispenser of pardons.
Some of Geary's predecessors have liberated
more criminals who were removed from so
ciety for society's good, but the host of petty
offenders who have been the recipients
of Executive clemency under former
administrations cannot be made
to excuse the scandalous pardons granted by
the present Governor. Geary is to be judged
by the quality rather than by the quantity of
the pardons he has granted, and he appears to
be so determined to make his record as the
criminal's friend so clear and unequivocal
that it will be impossible for his admirers to
'draa- him out" for a third term, no matter
how anxious they may be to do so. The
Fioken pardon which, in point of fact,
was an unlimited license to shoot
small boys whenever the recipient of it might
feel in the humor to amuse himself in such a
manner proved to the satisfaction of all
honest men that Geary Is not a proper person
to fill any office of trust or responsibility;
but not satisfied with this, his Excellency
may we soon say his late Exoellency has
driven another nail in his political coffin by
granting a pardon to John H. Brill, who was
convicted on the Oth of March last
of making fraudulent election returns,
and was sentenced to an imprisonment
of one vear and to pay a fine of $100. The
evidence against Brill was clear and eui-
phatio, and as his offense was a particularly
outrageous one, as it was a blow at the very
foundation of social order and republican
government, the interference of Governor
Geary, at the dictation of a gang of trading
politicians, makes him a participant in the
crime, and demonstrates his utter worthless
Bess as an administrator of justice. There
are certain men in thin community who
look upon tuoh a crime as that of
Brill's as a meritorious and not a criminal
performance; and such as these, whether they
call themselves Repu'hcc.as or Democrats,
can be considered as uotbing else than ene
mies of society, who deserve to be jealousy
watcued, and who bhoulrt meet witn tne op
position of all right-minded citizens when
ever they attempb to push themselves and
their partisans into the management of public
affairs. A party of these professional
politicians went t Hr4lsburg ostensibly to
oversee the convention for the nomination
of Auditor-General aud Sqrveyor-Geuerl.
They called themselves tu Unconditional
Republican Club, but this name, like the
pretended object of their visit to IUrrisburg,
vas a mere blind, and the tin ale end and aim
they had in view was the unconditional pr
don of Brill. UDder these circutnsUnoes the
Unconditional Pardon Club would hav brteu
a more appropriate name for the pirty
prominent in which were individuals who
Lave figured prominently in the Fioken
pardon cas and other equally disoreiiUbl
circuaistsncea. Brill had served these nidn,
end they were determined that he MuoalJ not
suffer for his fidelity to the only principles of
political or moral action they subscribe to,
which are, to get office by any possible means;
to make as much as possible out of the pub
lio by any possible means; and to remain in
office as long as possible by any possible
means. HoneRty is a word such schemers as
these have long since ceased to believe in,
and the public offices they consider
as but ' their lawful prey, and
the manipulation of election returns as the
best and safest method of obtaining office.
Brill was one of the instruments used to ac
complish their purposes, and as he had been
useful in the past so he might be in the fu
ture; at any rate, the "TJnoonditionals" con
sidered it inonmbent on them to take care of
their friends, and the prompt surrender of
Geary proves that he has a greater ambition to
be in the good graces of the friends of Brill than
to retain a spotless reputation as a man and as
the Governor of a great Commonwealth.
we understand a regular Bargain was
made between Geary and the " Unoon
ditionals" for the pardon of Brill, and the
pardon was granted not because any
good and sufficient reasons could be
assigned for the release of the criminal, but
because the Unconditional Pardon Club
guaranteed to endorse Geary and to procure
a favorable mention of him in the resolutions
to be passed by the convention. The follow
ing, which appears among the resolutions,
represents a part of the price paid for the libe
ration of Brill from durance vile: .
"That our confluence In the firmness, wisdom, ani
Intetrrlt.Y of our present worthy Governor. John W.
Geary, remains unRhaken, and that we believe his
qualifications for the otUce he now holds are un
questionable, a la clearly proven by the manner In
which be has brought the State safely through every
As there was not a man in the convention
who had the slightest confidence in either the
firmness, the wisdom, or integrity of John W.
Geary, it is diffioult to find a polite word to
characterize this resolution.
Doubtless our pardon-granting Governor im
agines that the ''Unconditionala" will repay him
by "dragging him out" as the Republican
Gubernatorial candidate a third time, or that
they may even insist upon his accepting the
Republican nomination for the Presidency;
but the probabilities are that he will find Mr.
Brill's friends less influential that he expects,
and that despite their dexterous wire-pulling
the people will conclude that the granterof the
Ficken and Brill pardons is not a proper per
son longer to disgrace the executive chair of
this Commonwealth. As for the Presidency,
the idea of Geary being the Republican can
didate is too preposterous to be thought of
for a moment. Despite our warnings Geary
has insisted on committing polilioal hari-kari.
and the Unconditional Pardon Club will not
be able to save him from the consequence
of his own act, which is political annihilation
TUB MILITIA TAX.
The Military Board of the First Division N,
G. of Pennsylvania, "believing that the sub'
ject only needs to be properly understood in
order to remove much of the unpopularity of
the law caused by continual and persistent
misrepresentation, nave publisned a pam
phlet giving . their viewa with regard to the
militia tax, with reports of the Reoeiver,
Division Paymaster, and brigade officers,
which contain the receipts of the tax
during the year ending May 2, 1871, with the
manner of their distribution. This pamphlet,
the Bubstance of which we gave last week,
is, we believe, the first official statement with
regard to this tax that has ever been pub
lished; and as it has undoubtedly been
elicited by the criticisms which the Division
Board complain of as "persistent misrepre
tations," it may be considered as a promising
sign that the division officers and their sub
ordinates of the Military Tax Office are begin
ning to have an appreciation of the fact that
the citizens who pay the tax are interested in
knowing something about its collection and
distribution, and that they are anxious to bo
informed as to whether they get the worth
of their money. While the division officers pro
fess to believe that their statements contained
in the pamphlet before us ought to be suffi
cient to silence criticism, even if they do not
make our citizens enthusiastio on the subject
of paying the tax, we find in them ample evi
dence of the correctness of our statement
that the tax is an improper one, that it is im
properly collected and distributed, and that
it is practically of no benefit whatever to the
community at large.
According to the report of the Re
ceiver. the sum of $22,1521 -02 was col
lected during the year ending May
Of this amouet S.i5'.i3'27. or nearly one-
fourth, was absorbed for necessary expenses,
Now a tax which costs such a percentage as
this to collect ought to be very important in
deed, especially when it is attended with so
manv irritatina and obnoxious features as is
this militia tax, and the majority of plain,
practical common sense people will not be
long in coming to the conclusion that 12
per man, which was the largest dividend made
during the past year, will scarcely do enough
for the support of the militia of the First di
vision for the citizens of Philadelphia to be
annoyed as they are in its collection. The
reason given for the non-collection of a larger
amount is curious. The Receiver in his re
The dlscrepanoy which exlsti between the total'
number of citizens enrolled aa liable to military duty
by the assessors, ana me uumoer wao pay me
Uiutation tax, w besienempimea ut a
with the figares of tha Eiguth ward:
Total number enrolled rt5S5
Number paid 84s
jCieropt lor service uuu uionum..j i
he DION ed
Cannot be found (suppoietl rem ved) 925
Here is a practical confession on the part of
the Receiver that out of 2 j0."i persons en
rolled 177'., or nearly three-fourths, have not
paid the tax or excused themselves in a legal
manner. Further than this, it is a fact, for
which proof can be prodaoed, that persons
have been excused without the production of
Mifticient evidence, and that the tax has not
been collected " in cases where those liable to
it hve bhown a sturdy disposition to contest
its payment to the last. It can
also be proved that the Collec
tor of Delinquent Taxes has sent his
impudent circulars to persons who have
already paid the tax, but who, in case their
reoeipts were lost or mislaid, would have no
remedy but to pay it again. Can it, in view
of these facts, be asserted that the business
of collecting this tax is conduoted in other
than a loose, irregular, and improper manner?
It is useless for the Division Board, the Re
ceiver, or the Collector to contend that
they have not ample power to get
every dollar due them under tha law,
for all 'the enactments with regard to
the militia tax have been prepared in this city
by those interested and carried up to Hirris
buTg and engineered through the Legislature
If those entrusted with the collection of the
tax have not sufficient power they themselves
are alone to blame. The fact is, however,
that no persons are better aware of the utter
inutility of the militia tax, to any but those
who get their living by its collection, than
the Division Board and those in its employ;
and the officers of the board, in the statement
before us, freely admit that the prinoiple of
supporting the militia by a commutation tax
is wrong in principle and practice. We ap
prove decidedly of a tax for the support of
the militia, but it should be sufficient
for the purpose, and it should be paid by the
public at large, and not by a portion of the
community only. We hope, therefore, that
the Legislature will begin the work of reform
by abolishing the present useless and odious
commutation tax, and then proceed to reor
ganize our militia system upon a proper basis,
and provide suitable means for its support
which will bear equally upon all.
It is now definitely understood that the
Reading Railroad Company has nearly per
fected arrangements which will, in the near
future, place under its immediate control a
sufficient body of anthracite coal lands in the
Schuylkill and Mahanoy regions to supply the
present and prospective demands of this re
gion. Ibis business change is one of no
Blight significance, as it will lead rapidly to a
consolidation of all the diverse interests
hitherto represented by coal-land owners,
operators, and various transporting compa-
. under one uniform management, so
that the Reading Railroad will acquire well-
nigh absolute power in regulating the supply
and determining the price of ooal in the vast
region supplied by her wide-spreading iron
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