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: . - "--. " LANCASTER DAILY INTELLIGENCER; WEDNESDAY, JiLNlARYR, 1880.
- "WEDNESDAY EVENING, JAN. 14, 1880.
Mr. O'Coner's Convictions.
Charles O'Coner has broken a long
silence en political matters in a way te
attract universal attention te what he
has te say. Mr. O'Coner has all his life
been held te be a Democrat of the strict
est sect, and while he still considers him
self te be the most democratic
of democrats, he abandons unre
servedly some of the chief doctrines of
the Democratic party as well as the party
itself. lie became finally disgust
ed with them after they nomi
nated Herace Greeley, their open,
-notorious and life-long antagonist,
as their candidate and the champion
of their professed ideas. Very shortly
after this event, Mr. O'Coner declares,
his "convictions became settled" and
caused him te withheld from both
parties bis " confidence and sup sup
pert, hoping for the ultimate expul
sion of both from power and the
- total overthrew of party government."
DTe charges the troubles of the country
upon the "trade of politics," an art " by
which the masses are controlled for the
personal benefit of their rulers." He pro
poses remedies for the evils he sees,
which are certainly radical enough te be
very effective if there is any healing
power in them ; which is the question.
He does net expect that the present gen
eration of men, or any number of them,
will see the virtue that he sees in what
he proposes ; and in this expectation he
is net likely te be disappointed. The
startling changes which he suggests in
our method of government are net
likely te receive assent, though the
troubles which they arc devised te cure
are obvious te all men, and the result of
the criticism which will be attracted te
Mr. O'Coner's most novel prepositions
will de great geed te the country and
may eventually secure is such safeguards
as will make its government democratic
in substance as well as in form. The en
lightened wisdom of this age ought cer
tainly te be sufficient te devise some
means te secure the government of the
United States te the people te whom it
belongs,and te whom it is net new given,
as the whole world has been of late years
advised through the notorious failures of
the ballet box te secure obedience te its
Mr. O'Coner gees deep te the bot
tom and turns the nation upside down in
a wreck with the intent te rebuild it from
the foundation. That may be the way
in which our needed regeneration will
come, but it will only be after we have
passed through a violent revolution and
the people have been aroused te a forci
ble resistance te usurpers who have
changed the republic into an empire. It
is net likely that the states will be abol
ished, as Mr. Coner wants them te be, by
their own unceerced act ; but that would
be the inevitable result of the abolition
of our democracy, and only when it is
restored again can it be determined
whether Mr. O'Coner is right in charging
- upon our state organizations the dissen
sions and civil war that have been
our chronic afllictien. The empire
bids fair te come upon us, as
Mr. O'Coner agrees with the popular
apprehension in believing, through
Grant's elevation te a third term ; which
he considers will be suicidal te the lie
publican party, in depriving it of the inter-state
issues which have been its
stock in trade, and destructive te its
leaders in transferring the control of
the spoils te a chief magistrate seated
for life and independent of them.
Mr. O'Coner considers it absolutely
impossible tliat, " anyone called a Demo
crat ' should succeed in the coining na
tional election ; and bases his conviction
upon the belief that the Xew Yerk Leg
islature will take care te secure the clec
teral vote of the state for the Repub
lican candidate, as it has the power
te de by cheesing the electors itself or
by causing them te be chosen in the
congressional districts, a bill te which
effect has already been introduced into
the body. Mr. O'Coner may be right.
If lie is, and the people submit te this
legal means of depriving them of their
presidential choice, we may readily as
sent te Mr. O'Coner's ether declaration
that the elected candidate will claim the
plaee for life.
Things will then ripen towards that
revolutionary stage when the general
overturning will take place that will give
Mr. O'Coner's radical ideas a chance for
adoption, if their wisdom is approved by
the patriots of this revolution of the next
century who survive te deal with it.
Why is this Thus ?
There is a notable subsidence in the
demand of the Xcic Era and its faction
of the Republican party in this county,
upon the chairman of the county com
mittee and his associates, te call a pri
mary election te elect delegates te the
state convention, according te the rules
of the party. There is no question that
under these rules there is'ne proper au
thority te elect these delegates except a
primary election ; nor is there any doubt
that after the call of the state committee
sufficient time was left for the county
committee here te be assembled, and for
a primary election te be ordered and
held. It is net te be assumed that the
Xew Era's editor gives up the contest for
the law of the party as a hopeless one ;
since he cannot forget hew, some dozen
years age, when the county committee
usurped the power of electing state dele
gates, the sharp and strong opposition of
the Ex)ress dislodged the enemy and
forced him te take the field.
Wherefore then are it and its party
silent while the rules are being strangled
in the county committee ?
Twe explanations are offered for the
matter. One is that the chairman of the
county committee and his associate
Bull Ringers threatened that if they were
forced into calling a primary election
new they would provide for the nomina
tion of the whole county ticket; the
ether faction, which objects te being
called the Heg Ring, net being prepared
for this, agreed te abandon the demand
for a primary election. The ether sug
gested explanation is that theCameron theCameren theCameron
peeple,being desperately in earnest about
capturing th e state convention, have en-
forced their old claims upon the proprie
tor of the Xew Era and made his paper
keep quiet regarding the violation of the
rules that is te take place in his county.
In any event the JVeie Era preserves
unwonted quiet, and will no doubt cheer
fully tell the reason te the "inquiring
friends " who send their conundrums te
The Philadelphia Times continues its
researches into the depths of presidential
sentiment among the newspapers of the
state. Te-daywe are favored with what
the "thoughtful and influential leaders "
of " independent thought " think con
spicuous among them being such power
ful journals as the Litiz Sunhcnm, the
IJryn Mawr Heme Xacs, the Zelienople
Valley Xeics. and the Glen Reck llera,
A fatal defect in the Times list is the
lack of reports from the Wajfcnlese
Wecchter, the Cliristlkher KiirvUdinftcr,
and 'Squire Kafreth's Farmersville
Timid people need net be alarmed at
the preposition for a change in the mode
of electing presidential electors m .New
Yerk by which the Republicans are said
te contemplate capturing two-thirds of
them. Such a thing may be seriously
proposed and strenuously attempted, but
it will net be carried out.
The abatement of the riot losses te
less than two million dollars affords pre
sumptive evidence that the lobbyist was
right who said the four million dollar bill
contemplated " two millions for the cor
porations and two million for the boys."
Hasxibal IIami.in has returned from
Maine te "Washington a sadder and a
The new St. Dotelph club of Bosten has
Fuaxcis Paukman for is president. Pre
fesser Alexander Agassiz is one of the ex
The widow of the late Landgrave of
Ilessc-Philinsthal and daughter of the
Duke of Wurtemberg lias been declared
Senater Lama it's illness is new believed
te be vertigo rather than paralysis. His
condition is considered " serious but net
The wife of General Ciiksti:ii A. An
num, of Xew Yerk city, died en Monday
night. She was a daughter of the late
Captain W. L. 1 lemon, of the United
Senater Antheny, Isaac W. England, of
the Sun ; Whitclaw Reid, of the Tribune ;
General Graham and Ex-Governer Rice, of
Massachusetts, were among the pall-bear-cars
at the funeral of Fuank Lesmk, in
New Yerk, yesterday.
The name of Mr. R. A. Malexk, of this
city, is included among the prominent gen
tlemen occupying scats en the platform at
the monster meeting in Music hall, Cos Ces Cos
ten, en Monday evening, at which Messrs.
Parnell and Dillen made their plea in be
half of the Irish tenants. Mr. Malenc is
new engaged en a large contract is Bos Bes Bos
eon. A Maine gentleman, at present residing
in Bosten, and claiming an intimate ac
quaintance with the private and domestic
life of Dr. Gaucei.ex, pointedly denies the
statement (reported te have been made in
a Springfield prayer meeting) reflecting
upon the moral character of the ex-gov-cruer,
and alleging that he married another
man's wife while her husband was in Cali
fornia. ClIAKLHS X. VAU.AN-DIOI1AM, tllC SOU of
the late Clement, has introduced into the
Ohie Assembly a bill te create a pardoning
beard, which shall consist of the lieutenant
governor, secretary of state, auditor, treas
urer and attorney general. It is proposed
te give the governor power te disregard the
recommendations of the beard. There is
likelihood that the New Yerk Legislature
also will consider the establishment of such
a beard at the present session. Yeung
Vallandigham, by-thc-by, is the only
Democratic member of the Ohie Legisla
ture who voted against Thurman, because
he charges that the latter swindled his
father out ef'the scnatership in 18G7-G8.
Riciiaku A. PitecTOK, the astronomer,
takes a shy at an American fashion in this
style : " Doubtless there arc geed reasons
for eschewing here the rule which makes
evening dress essential in European opera
houses and in the stalls and dress circle of
all the better order of theatres, though for
my own part I think a house deprived of
nine-tenths of its beauty when ladies arc
in bonnets and hats. But if in a free
country ladies must go as they plcase te
theatre and opera, se far as bonnets and
hats arc concerned, might they net devise a
headgear of moderate dimensions, se that,
for instance, a lady should net hide mere
of the stage from these behind her than a
man net exceeding, say, seven feet in
height and proportionately bread ? A hat
adorned with white ostrich plumes (and
doubtless very beautiful) reduced mc last
Thursday evening te the abject necessity
of rolling my overcoat into a cushion, by
which I was enabled te sit some four or
five inches higher, a proceeding which I
frankly admit would be perfectly repre
hensible save in self-defence. My friend,
who sits no higher than myself, had no
occasion thus te elevate himself, though
he was sitting behind a tall and pertly
Lucky Oil Explosion.
Several workmen were engaged in filling
one of the large oil tanks at Pratt's astral
oil works, Williamsburg, X. Y., when
there was a terrific explosion. The top of
the tank was blown off, its contents burst
out, and the oil, of which there was a large
quantity, was quickly spread ever the
whole premises. The men who
were employed at the works
had a miraculous escape from death.
Three men were slightly injured and all
came very near drowning in oil. The
works arc se well constructed that any
escape of oil through leaks or bursting
of pipes cannot come in contact with fires.
The force of the explosion and the report
was very great. Windows of all the houses
in the vicinity were blown out, and in
these near the corner whole sashes were
shattered te pieces. People asleep in
in them were nearly thrown from their
beds, and they fled from their apartments
te the street in their night clothes, sup
posing there had been an earthquake.
An Important Discovery.
New Yenl Herald.
If the Republican voters de net wish
Grant as a candidate they have it in their
power te send up anti-Grant delegates.
'S ist kalt.
Atheks, Greece, has thirty-four news
papers, and in the provinces there are
An enterprising cigar dealer has get out
a "Franklin and Marshall " brand. They
are " two-fers,
but are guaranteed te
When a Denver man shouted that he
wanted the Utes se that the crowd might
lynch them, a blue-coated soldier, who was
en guard, said, " Why don't you go up
into the mountains and get them, as we
Sexateu Ingalls, of Kansas, is an in
neccnt man. The telegrams by which it
was expected te prove his guilt have been
kindly burned up by employees of the
Western Union. Nobody ever doubted
that Senater Ingalls would compare well
with the generality of Kansas politicians.
The Xew Yerk Herald finally " tum
bles te it" that Grant seeks the Republi
can nomination, and hopes and wishes te
get into the White Heuse again. But in
all this the Herald sees nothing te make
people lese their heads though it nearly
lest its own ever " Csesarism," a few
The term of collectors of internal rev
enue, unlike that of most federal offices, is
indefinite. It is new proposed at Wash
ington te change this. Commissioner
Raum has already suggested that it would
be a geed plan te fix the tenure of inter
nal revenue collectors, and the matter was
discussed in cabinet meeting en Friday.
The Xew Yerk Times thinks the proposed
change would be a step backward, and de
clares its true inwardness te be the motive
of the politicians, who regard with jeal
ousy any position that is net open te their
assaults at least once in four years.
The late Bishop Gil Haven was once of
fered the editorship of the Xew Yerk Inde
pendent, and though he declined it, he was
pleased with the offer and se warm a friend
of the paper that " after his death, he
wanted it sent te him in the ether world
if there were any ' mails that would reach
there.' " The Independent, with an idea
of coming as near te the boundary as pos
sible, premises te send a copy te the " Ha
ven normal school, Wayncsboreugh, Ga.,
for the use of colored students." A reli
gious contemporary suggests that if the
Independent ever gets across the line, its
able, genial, but perhaps tee lihcrel editor
might emit the advertisements, and espe
cially the prominent insurance department,
as it is believed no previsions against death
and fire arc needed in the land te which
Bishop Haven has gene.
The Senate of the United States cou ceu
sists of 7G members, and of this number
59 arc practicing lawyers, 8 busi
ness men or merchants, 1 doctor, 1
editor, 2 planters, 2 farmers, 1 banker, 1
mine owner and operator and 1 .of no pro
fession or buiiness. Senater Hamlin is
the eldest member of that body in years,
and the eldest in point of service, count
ing from the time of his first election.
Senater Antheny has been longer in con
tinuous service than any ether senator.
Besides the 219 lawyers in the Heuse there
are 25 merchans, 5 bankers, 3 capitalists, 2
inventors, 5 manufacturers, 2 teachers, 12
farmers, 0 physicians, 1 architect and
builder, 4 editors, 2 ministers, 1 stone
cutter, 1 insurance agent, 2 millers and 3
owners and operators of transportation
lines. The eldest member of the Heuse is
Mr. Wait, of Connecticut, who is sixty-nine
years of age, and the youngest member is
Mr. Frest, of St. Leuis, who is twenty
eight years of age. Fernande Weed has
been longer a member of the Heuse than
any of his associates, and next in point of
long service is Judge Kellcy, of Pennsyl
vania. Mr. Stephens, of Georgia, is
generally spoken of as being elder than
any member of the present Heuse, but Mr.
Wait has about one year the advantage of
him in that respect.
NEW YORK'S ELECTORAL. VOTE.
A 1'lan te Make it Sure fur tlie Republican
In the Xew Yerk Legislature last even
ing was introduced a bill for a radical
change in the electing of presidential
electors. If it becomes a law the people
of Xew Yerk next fall will elect their
presidential electors by congressional dis
tricts. The bill provides that two clecters-at-largc
shall be chosen; that is,
each electoral ticket placed in the
ballet-box next fall will bear the
names of three electors. There is
no doubt about the inspiration of this bill.
It is said that the men who prepared it
have done se because they regard it as
likely te meet much less opposition than
the suggested election of electors by the
Legislature. It is also believed that should
it become a law at least twenty-three of
the thirty-five electoral votes of the state
are certain te be cast for the Republican
nominee for president. It is also certain
that many of the leading members of the
Legislature were consulted about it. It
was known some days age in Washington
that this bill would net only be intro
duced, but that every effort will be made
te secure its passage.
The General liraggs.
A singular mistake took place in Wash
ington en Xew Year's day. An cx-unieu
and an ex-rebel officer met, and were con
gratulating each ether en the happy man
ner in which they were bridging the bloody
chasm, when the union officer speke in
most complimentary terms of Gen. Bragg,
et Confederate, as well as Mexican, war
fame. He said that although General
Bragg was still a bitter rebel, he rather
admired him for his gallantry at Buena
Vista, and was glad he had te-day met and
s'aaken hands with him. "Shaken hands
with him te-day !" said the ex-rebel, con
temptuously, "why our Bragg has been
dead several years. Yeu must have met
the ether fellow who is less of bullets and
mere of a braggcr, who fought en your
side during the war, but has been wiggling
areuud ever since te get en ours. He is
from Wisconsin, a member of Jee John John
seon's sub-committee en military affairs,
and our fellows regard him as a
small tail te a very big kite."
A Most Unkindest Cut.
Jelly Jack Hiestand, ex-naval officer
under Grant and prospective something-quite-as-geed
under the restoration, lacon
ically says " Grant for me !" He regards
Blaine as a little weak en the Chinese
question that most vital issue in the
county of Lancaster and weaker still en
the force bill of 1872, but probably forget
te mention that Blaine is weakest of all en
naval office expectations.
Prospective Mid Perspective.
"Cry, Trojan, cry, a Helen and a wee.'
Mrs. Grant is quoted as having said the
happiest period of her life and the general's
was when they lived in Galena "in a small
brick house and kept one servant."
Why was that the happiest period of
their lives '.' There must be some geed rea
son for Mrs. Grant having said what is at
tributed te her, or she never could have
been "quoted" as having said se. Gen.
Grant has net only been a brave soldier,
but also a fortunate one. There have been
many soldiers in the world as brave as he,
but few, if any, that have been as fortun
ate. He has placed his name high en the
column of military fame, and has been lav
ishly compensated, and yet neither he
nor Mrs. Grant are correspondingly happy ;
and therefore, we, the common people,
would like te knew the reason why? The
following excerpt, which we quote from
the same journal from which we quote the
above, may faintly foreshadow the why :
Three eminent drinkers turned down
their glasses and did net take a drink of
wine during the dinner, and have, taken
nothing since. They were General Grant,
Senater Matt Carpenter and Senater Cam Cam
eeon. That sounds very much like the lan
guage that temperance lecturers usually
apply te broken-down or damaged topers
and soakers. "Three Eminent Drinkers"
we don't consider ourselves very fastidi
ous in regard te our social and moral
status, but at the same time it seems te us
that we would as seen be considered one
of three eminent blacklegs, or three cmi cmi
rewdies, as "three eminent drinkers."
Xew, these arc net Democratic cogitations,
for our " quotations " are from the news
columns of a Republican paper, and the
cogitator himself voted for Gen. Grant,
and his vote was one of the great mass
that made Gen. Grant our president. But
we did net then knew that he was an " emi
nent drinker." Xe wonder Mrs. Grant
and the general were happier when they
lived in a " small brick house in Galena
with one servant."
We are by no means in harmony with
all the "fuss" that has been made about
the "third term." We accept the propo prepo
sition that the aspirations of the friends of
Gen. Grant or Gen. Grant himself te
the presidency, cannot be fairly deemed a
"third term " in the sense usually applied
te such a contingency heretofore ; but, not
withstanding all that, we think it would
certainly be impolitic te elect him a third
time ; if for no ether reason than that of
giving him an opportunity te come out
from among these eminent drinkes, in order
that Mrs. Grant and the general might
again enjoy their aforetime happiness in
their little brick house, with one servant, in
Galena. Mrs. Grant is a sensible woman
and doubtless fully apprehends both the
prospective and perspectie of her hus
band's career. Gen. Grant is legally, pe
litically and socially as eligible te the
presidency as any ether man in the Union,
but he is net se prndentially, patriotically,
or demecratical!y. "When went there
by an age in Reme when there was but
one man ? " Is there no ether name " that
can start a spirit as seen as Csesar?" Gen,
Grant's ability and his renown as an exec
utivc officer of our Union were nothing te
brag of the Imaum of Muscat and the
Mikade of Japan, te the contrary, netwith
standing. What de these potentates knew
about the qualifications necessary for an
American president? If we are te take
our cue from the monarchists of foreign
countries as te the fittest man for our pres
ident, then we might as well abandon self
government, or " sell out " at once te seme
enterprising political adventurer. But,
we don't believe he really wants the presi
dency another term. If he does, then we
admonish him that he will net only vie
late the law of common prudence, but
also that dignified retirement which was se
becoming te a Washington, a Jcllersen, a
Madisen, and a Jacksen. General
Grant is new a private citizen a
fellow American republican. Had he been
placed in the presidential chair without the
prestige of having emerged from a success
ful and victorious war career, his adminis
tration would have been regarded as a fail
ure ; as it is, his military fame has barely
covered his civil inadvertencies, aud these
latter, in a very few years, would have
been forgetteu, or obliterated through the
splendors of his military reputation. " The
Empire ! " Well, we don't think that any
one, whose opinion is entitled te respect
really believes that wc shall ever, or "hard
ly ever," have an empire ; at least net
in name. As it is, our laws arc se per
verted, or se defective, that it is neither
impossible or improbable that imperial
powers will be exercised yea, and have
been, especially in the matter of succession.
Whether Gen. Grant is new or ever has
been an " eminent drinker " wc knew net,
from personal knowledge. Mrs. Grant
knows mere about that than any ether per
son in the world, but the apparent yearn
ings after the happiness of the little brick
house, with one servant, in Galena, seems
te indicate that he has at least filled the
measure of his own glory, and any further
honors conferred upon him would only ac
crue te the benefit of these who desire his
elevation te power again te these eminent
drinkers with whom he would again find
himself associated. Gen. Grant has mere
at stake, and mere te sacrifice, than any
ether man in our entire country, and his
followers arc sure te involve him in politi
cal demoralization if he listens te their
siren songs. Wc think his friends are sad
ly mistaken when they say his call te the
chief magistracy of the country is the spon
taneous wish of the people. If it is, then
the people arc mistaken. Hew different it
might havebcen for Ca;sar and Reme, or
Xapoleen and France, had they stepped in
their career at the proper time. General
Grant ought te profit by their example.
Wc have often heard of these indeed
we have known these who have eschewed
the cup by " swearing off" for a year, six
months, or longer or shorter periods, and,
although it is better se than drinking te
excess, yet the very act of swearing elf
shows a state of previous abandoned man
hood, that is likely te return as seen as
the "tabooed" period of abstinence ex
pires. Turning down their glasses and
refusing te take wine during a dinner,
with these who were previously in . the
habit of taking it, indicates that they took
it tee freely, and felt the necessity of
mildly swearing off. We would never
feel exactly safe in delegating such per
sons te transact important business for
us, and it is questionable whether wc
ought te trust them with the execution of
civil or political power. This perspective
of Gen. Grant, in our estimation, does net
present a favorable prospective for our
victorious here nor for his country. Mrs.
Grant, no doubt, foresees that an elevation
te the presidency might be as fatal te her
happiness, the reputation of her husband
and the geed of her country,as Helen was te
Trey ; and hence, like peer, demented An An
deomache, she practically cries, "'A Helen
and a wee," abandon all aspirations te the
presidency, let us keep our glasses turned
down and return te our little brick house
and one servant in Gelena again." It is all
nonsense te suppose that no ether man is
competent te administer our republican
form of government. If there is net, then
give it a lerm anu a head, which will be
mere.permancnt, and abandon republican
ism entirely. It is humiliating that se
many, who themselves are seemingly con-
petent for president, should be willing te
play second fiddle, or even the bass drum
te General Grant. Our government, wc
had thought, was founded upon principles
and net en men. Principles are eternal,
but men are ephemeral. It lived without
Grant long age ; it lives without Washing
ton te-day, and may live without either a
century hence. Sylla-Bvu.
We use the word" democratically "here in
its broadest and most catholic sence mid net
at all in a partisan sense.
t Thi term we also use in its catholic s-ense
and net politically that is, wc mean it as cen-tradistiiiKui-lied
from these who were mon
archists and federalists.
LATEST NEWS BY MAIL.
Cincinnati has fixed upon May 18 te 21,
inclusive, for the annual musical festival.
A strike among the operatives of the
Aquidneck and Perry cotton mills, at
Xewpert, R, I,, is threatened.
Henry Green shot and killed W. Stubbs
yesterday at Ilunten station, Ky. The
cause is unknown. Green lied.
Mark McCandless, of West Elizabeth,
fell into the river from a skiff and was
The Augusta, Ga., factory and ware
house was totally consumed by fire last
night, with 1,500 bales of cotton. Less,
$80,000 ; insurance, $GO,000.
A special dispatch from Assumption,La.,
reports the killing of W. Parker, jr., col
ored, by Allan Ilite, a justice of the peace.
Richmond, Va., had its iirst snow of the
season en Monday night and in the twelve
hours preceding sunrise yesterday the
thermometer fell 150 degrees.
The collections in Richmond for the re
lief of famine suflercsin Ireland aggregate
of date about $2,500 The fund by the
Duchess of Marlborough new amennts te
A coroner's jury in the case of the cellu
loid accident, which occurred at Xewark
recently, returned a verdict that the ex
plosion was the result of natural causes .
Edward Dowd, another victim, is dead.
Gen. Garfield was yesterday formally
elected United States senator te succeed
Thurman. Thurman was supported by
the Democrats but was defcatee by a vote
of CG te 44 in the Assembly and 20 te 13 in
The Xatienal Metropolitan bank, of
Xew Yerk, has deposited $2,200,500 in
the sub-treasury at Xew Yerk for the re
tirement of the same amount of its circula
tion. The bank withdrew $2,450,000 in
four per cent, bends.
The brig S. P. Smith, Captain Trim, Xew
Origans, for Providence, with molasses
and cotton, struck inside of Brenten's Reef
Rhede Island, en Monday night, during a
heavy snow-storm. She lies in an easy po
sition and has net yet bilged. If the wind
remains favorable she will fier.t. Wreckers
have gene te her assistance.
The Heuse committee en elections met
en Tuesday and took up the case of Mc
Cains vs. Orth, Xinth Indiana district, en
the pending motion te dismiss the appeal
of the contestant. After some discussion
a vote was taken, resulting : Ayes, G ;
nays, 8. The committee adjourned until
Tuesday next, pending a motion te take
The Senate military committee failed te
obtain a quorum en Tuesday, owing te
the occupation of several of its members en
ether committees ; but subsequently, by
common consent, the chairman was au
thorized te appoint a sub-committee te
consider the bill for the relief of Fitz Jehn
Perter and report upon it te the full com
mittee at a future meeting.
The Pettsvillc Daily Chronicle died with
poetry en its lips.
Craycraft writes te the Pittsburgh Tele
grapli that Tem Scaright was defeated for
census supervisor in the Wise-Coffroth dis
trict, though the congressmen were for
him, by Senater Wallace's opposition.
Jehn Cully, 80 years of age, who has
been missing since Friday, was found by
Lieutenant Tayler, of the Thirteenth police
district, Philadelphia, in the kitchen of an
old beuse en Queen's Lane, Roxbury, sit
ting upright en a chair in front of the
In Philadelphia this morning there was
a big fire at Xew Market and Pollard
streets, just east of Canal street. It
started in Scott's spring works, took in
Ofil's cabinet manufactory, Withington's
machine shop, Pluckcr's furniture factory,
and Buckley & Ce.'s spoke works. Total
The Philadelphia Times recapitulates the
presidential preferences of 11G independent
papers in this state as fellows : Fer James
(!. Blaine, 24 ; anti-third term and any
body te beat Grant, 10 ; for U. S. Grant,
8 ; for W. S. Hanccck, 8 ; for Themas F.
.Bayard, 7 ; for Samuel J. Tilden, G ; for
Jehn Sherman, 5 ; scattering, 10 ; no
The llefermcd Church Messenger's edi
tor confesses that he is anxious te edit a
paper fit for the Eastern penitentiary of
tins state. It may be sufficient explana
tion of this, for the present at least, te say
that no journal is 'admitted te that institu
tion that contains bleed -and-thunder stor
ies or sensational records, which exalt
criminals te the standard of heroes.
Charles La Ferest, the property man at
the Pittsburgh opera house, en Tuesday
met with a singular accident that may
prove fatal. While steeping ever a mortar,
pestle in hand, mixing the materials which
make the "blue fire" used te light up tab
leaux en the stage, the chemicals exploded.
Beth eyes were burned terribly and his face
was tern until his features are net recog
nizable. The shipments of coal by the Philadel
phia and Reading railroad for the week
ending with Saturday last were 102,435
tens, 5 cwt., which was an increase of 15,
397 tens, 15 cwt., ever these of the corres
ponding period of last year. The tonnage
since the beginning of this year was GG0,
175 tens, 5 cwt., an increase of 272,471
tens, 8 cwt., ever that for the same time
The McKecspert sportsmen's association
have contracted for five hundred quail the
first let of which was received from Mem
phis en Saturday. They havebcen bought
at a reasonable cost and will be forwarded
during the season as fast as the firm at the
Seuth can get them in. The first installment
came en in most excellent condition and
about March 1 or perhaps later, the whole
number, it is expected, will be received
and when all danger from deep snows are
past the fleck will be set free en the terri
tory of the association in Allegheny and'
Westmoreland counties. Twe or three
thousand acres are included in their terri
tory and trespass notices are nailed te
fences and trees in all quarters of it.
(iKKAT FLOODS AT T. K1TTS.
Terrible Disaster in tlie AVcst India
Archipelago Inundations AVashing the
Rich Valley of Basseterre Twe Hundred
Xews has just arrived of terrible floods
en the island of St. Kitts, by which 200
lives have been lest, prepc. I v te the extent
of $250,000 destroyed, anil the whole
island wasted. The land sweeps up
from the shore, slowly at first, through
a rich, fertile and cultivated soil, and
then mounts abruptly toward the central
mass, the rugged peak whereof is known
by the name of Mount Misery. The eleva
tion of this summit is nearly four thousand
feet, and it overhangs the broken walls of
an old crater the last lcmnant of an inner
cone that has been washed away. The
mountain is clothed with pasture and
woodland, and at its skirts, in the rich
val!eyef Basseterre, is the arable portion
of the island, which is mainly devoted te
sugar. The island itself, known as the
" Mether of the Antilles," is twenty-three
miles long, five miles bread, and covers an
area of sixty-seven square miles.
The floods occurred en Sunday last.
The temperature had been unusually high
for the time of year. The winds were
blowing from the south at early morning.
Toward neon they changed te the north
east, and the temperature fell suddenly.
The streams en the mountain side rapidly
became torrents. Congregating into a
gulch at the feet of Mount Misery, they
rose from their narrow channels aud poured
down upon the arable land in a resist
less stream. The inhabitants were at
once alive te their danger. There was a
general stampede toward the coast. The
confusieu was terrible. Blacks and whites,
natives and English, all made for the
nearest point of safety The torrent
rolled en into the town of Basseterre,
among the newly built houses and public
edifices, carrying with it roettrces, timbers
and branches of trees. Landslips added
te the terrors of the scene. Sugar tields
were levelled te the ground or tern up in
masses, deep gullies were washed in the
reads, sugar houses and dwelling places
were borne bodily away, and the waters
rushed headlong te the sea with their
freight of drowned cattle and struggling
The scene was pitiful. The whole pop
ulation of the island does net exceed
twenty-five thousand, and of these two
hundred perished and many of the rast
were homeless. People huddled together
en the reefs, wild with terror. The au
thorities went immediately te work te
relieve the distress. But the task was tee
great for them. Large quantities of pro pre
visions and all the sugar ready for ship
ment has been swept away. Earnest ap
pcalshavc been made for help. St. Kitts has
known no such calamity since 1722, when
a terrific hurricane nearly destroyed the
island. But it is singular that en July 8,
18G7, Basseterre was destroyed by lire,
all the business portion of the town and
most, of churches and dwellings reduced
te ashes, and five lives lest. A movement
is being set en feet for the relief of the
devastated island. St. Christopher, or St.
Kitts, was settled by English colonists
under Sir Themas Warren in 1G23, was
held afterward by the English and French,
and finally ceded te Great Britain by the
treaty of Versailles in 1783. In 1872 it
joined the confederation of the Leeward
Islands, the legislature of which sits at
St. Jehn's, Antigua aud Basseterre in
alternate years. It belongs te Great
Britain, and is governed by it president, an
executive council appointed by the crown,
and a legislative assembly, half of whose
members are elected. In 1SG1) the imports
were valued at 198,712 ; experts, 222,
Acting Governer Lamson sent a note te
Majer General Chamberlain asking
whether Chamberlain was prepared te
recognize his authority as governor of
Maine? General Chamberlain replied that
he was acting under the order oL'Ge!ior
Garcelon "te protect the public priferty
and institutions of the state until his
(Garcelon' s) successor shall be duly quali
fied." He could net recognize Lamson as
governor, unless bound te de se by a de
cision of the supreme court. The Repub
lican questions te the supreme court will
be submitted te-day.
The City of Brotherly Leve.
Editor Mcl'Iicrseii en Editor McClure.
The Times needs te be mere honest and
mere truthful, that it may be mere useful.
The Press has only contempt for its disre disre
putable editor and his dishonorable
methods. And with this we dismiss him.
"Oefty Geeff at Fulton Hall.
Last evening Augustin Daly's " Under
the Gaslight," was presented at the opera
house by "Oefty Goeft" (Gus Philips)
and a dramatic company. The audience was
of very geed size, the gallery being crowd
ed. The play is very sensational and is
full of thrilling scenes. Mr. Phillips ap
peared as Snarkey, the German messenger.
He is a geed actor of that kind, his dialect
being especially pleasing. The characters
of Laura Ceuitland and Pearl were well
taken by Missscs Adelaide Thornten and
Grace Reth, both of whom are pretty young
ladies and painstaking artists. The
impersonation of Hay Trafferd by W. II.
Southard was deserving of praise.
J. R. Spackman, in the character of liyke,
"the heavy villain," was very natural and
his make-up was appropriate. Miss Alice
Wren, asPeactblossem, was very lively and
her singing was clever. Ed. Clcary made
a geed Irish apple waman and his neat jigs
assisted in making him a favorite. Miss
Bessie Cliften, as Old Judas, was very peer,
the character being entirely outside of the
peculiar line of talent. Most of the acting,
especially that of the here and the heroine,
was loudly applauded and there were
enough sensational situations te fill a dime
One of the best features of the show was
the introduction of the train of cars en the
stage, but this was greatly marred as, in
making the trip, the train came in contact
with the scenery and a piece of it was car
ried across the stage by the little engine.
Octoraro U. I. Church.
The Philadelphia presbytery of the
United Presbyterian church (secedcr) is
in session in Philadelphia. A call from
Mount Pleasant and Evansburg congrega
tions for the pastoral services of Rev.
David Andersen was presented and de
clined. A call for his services as stated
supply was also received from the Octerara
charge, of Bart township, this county,
late Rev. Win. Easten's. The following
constitute the committee te visit Octoraro
this year : Revs. James Crewe and H. A.
McDonald and Elder J. C. Ken-.
Sale of Ileal .Estate.
Henry Shubert, auctioneer, sold at
public sale last evening, at the Leepard
hotel, the property belonging te T. B.
Ircdalc, situated en the north side of East
Lemen street, between Duke and Lime
streets, Xe. 135. Te Jehn II. Metzler, for
Events Acress the County Line.
Dr. K. B. Ewing has been re-appointed
surgeon for the Baltimore Central railroad
The McCullough iron works at Row Rew
landvillc, Md., started in full blast en
Monday of last week,
Hen. R. A. Lambcrten, of Harrisbur",
has accepted the presidency of the Lehigh
The Xerth Cornwall furuance has
chilled, causing a cessation of the casting
process for about two weeks te come.
Judge Pearson en Monday filed his for
mal decree quashing the remaining in
dictments made last August in the riot
bribery cases. Xew bills will be sent in
next Monday and if found the trials will
begin en Tuesday.
Seven new ice houses are te be built en
the Susquehanna river, near Havre de-
Grace, by J. C. Peisel & Ce., of Philadel
phia. Tlie contract for building them has
been awarded te A. M. Carrell, of Balti
more, at a bid of $13,700.
The fifth or sixth death by accident at
the Valley Creek improvement of the
Pennsylvania railroad, occurred a few days
age. A bank of earth fell upon Merris
Ladda, the boss of the gang operating the
htcam shovel, killing him instantly.
The store of Felix Fluhrer of Yerk was
broken into by burglars yesterday morning
and robbed of $225 worth of pistols, a $50
gun. a keg of powder, and a quantity of
ammunition and and small amount of
Minnie Voght, of Yerk, who bail just
been released from jail, broke a large pane
of glass from the front deer of a store en
Geerge street. She stated that she broke
the glass that she might be sent back t
jail, having no place else te go.
J. Rollins Abrams, very worthy and
highly respected citizen of Cecil county.
Md., residing near Brick Meeting Heuse,
died en Friday last at Xettingham station
where he had taken a lead of poultry te be
shipped te market.
Jehn S. Pennell of Little Ilritian town
ship, Lancaster county, has sold his pair
of fine bay horses te Moses Moses of Bal
timore, for a high price. These horses
took two or three first premiums at the
Oxford fair, for best pair of carriage
The Conowingo bridge company made
12,781.11 last year and declared a dividend
of $1 per share. The old beard of directors
wcie unanimously elected, viz : James t
Bell, president ; Richard B. McCoy, of Har
ford county, Hen. Jacob Teme, of Cecil
county, Levi K. Brown and .Tames S. Pat
terson, of Lancaster county,
Wilmington Krcry Etcniwj announce
"officially" that last year's Peninsular
peach crop was 8,031,228 baskets, and that
the net profits were mere than $1,000,000.
Every Keening suggests that if northern
papers would step talking about a matter
they de net understand and wait for its.
spring estimates of the crop they would find
themselves lacking in material for their
threadbare joke about the Delaware iseach
Mayer Tyson, of Reading, sent his first
annual message te councils Monday even
ing. The debt of the city is stated te no ne
il, 134,700, of which sum $522,500 is the
debt of the water department. During
the past year the debt was reduced $17,
450. The credit of the city is reported
geed, the 5 per cent, lean commanding 1
per cent, premium.
Xever was there mere hunting of foxes
in Chester county than new. The sport
has been increasing iu popularity steadily
for the List five years, after having gene
almost out of vogue for awhile before that.
In and around West Chester there are new
several packs of fox hounds,seuiK of which
are daily in the field, and en almost every
morning of the sueular week a party of
bold riders may be seen setting forth in the
gray light before sunrise for a chase.
It was no wonder the colored man Jehn
Xewman was burned te death at the Cam Cam
eeon furnace, Middlctewn, yesterday. A
large barrel filled with oil was located en
top of the feeding house, or tunnel head
at the furnace. While Xewman was in
the act of filling his lamp with oil from the
barrel, while the wick was burning, the
fire came in contact with the oil, exploding
the barrel. The blaze which followed the
explosion lit up the sky for many hundred
yards around the furnace and set fire to te
the frame work of the feeding heuse and a.
portion of the inclined plane.
CKIMIKTAL " IlVSINKhS.'
A Lint of Duplicated Canett.
A correspondent writes that in
ever the list et cause ler
next week,atthu January quarter sessions,
he was amazed at the number of cases du
plicated for no ether purpose than the
costs. Th following are a few of them.
One indictment, if it would have te con
tain two counts, ought te be sufficient in
these cases :
J. L. Winters Wciler, seduction.
J. L. Winters Weiler, fornication
Jehn T. Warden, seduction.
Jehn T. Warden, fornication and
Gee. Wall, felonious assault and battery.
Gee. Wall, malicious mischief.
Gee. Wall, surety of the peace.
Michael II. Kauffmau, false pretense.
Michael II. Kauffmau, larceny as bailee.
Jehn Dichm, assault and battery.
Jehn Diehm, surety of the peace.
Jas. F. Dalten, seduction.
Jas. F. Dalten, fornication and bastardy.
Jacob Rcsscl, seduction.
Jacob Ressel, fornication and bastardy..
Jehn Grau, desertion.
Jehn Grau, surety of the peace.
F. Hildebrand, adultery.
F. Hildebrand, enticing a miner..
Leonhard Scheenbergcr, assault and bat
tery. Leonhard Scheenbergcr, surety of the
Milten Shultz, felonious assault and bat
tery. Milten Shultz, surety of the peace.
J. B. Dennis, conspiracy.
I. B. Dennis, dissuading a witness.
W. F. Brcndel, violating liquor 1 aws,
Conetteza Circle Ne. IIO.
At a meeting of Couestega Circle Xe.
110 B. U. (II. F.), of Pa., the treasurer
submitted the following report :
Amount In Treasurer's hands July 1,
Received from July, I,1KT3, te July 1.18S0. 213 SO
Invested in Building Association fiO 00
Paid out for Pick llcnellts
Funeral Ucneflts ferwife
Fer Kelief of Widows and Orphans.
Donations and ether expense
.$ 13 00
. C5 00
. 13S 0-2
Total assets of Circle, Jan. 1, 1330 $3 31
The Circle wa.s organized in 1874 and
lived through the hard times, during which
it encountered very heavy Iesses.but is nevc
in a flourishing condition.