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THE DAILY EVENING TELEGRAPH PHILADELPHIA, TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1871.
4 toning ffirtcgtiipli TUESDAY, AriUL 25, 137L 7 HE MILITIA TAX SWINDLE. The male citizens of Philadelphia hive, a number of weeks past, been annoyed by an impudently worded circular informing Ihem that if they do not call within five days at the office of Isaac C. Pearson, colleotor of delinquent taxes, No. 721 Sansom street, and pay the militia tax for 1870, with costs, their goods will be subject to distraint and they will be made liable to additional costs. This circular has been sent alike to those who have paid the tax and those who have not, and also to those who ought to be upon the collector's books as exempt. The whole object of the persons who sent it out is to gouge the public as much as possible, and the collection of the tax is managed in such a manner as to accomplish the double purpose of annoying the male taxables of the city and of putting an immense sum of money into somebody's pocket. The colleo tor of this tax has never made a publto ex hibit of his receipts and expenditures, so far as we are aware, and there fore any calculations we may make must neoeBsarily be approximate. It is certainly within bounds, however, to say that there are 0,000 citizens of Philadelphia liable to the militia tax, which, if properly collected, would yield $50,000 to be divided among our 4 'soldier companies." There are C016 officers and men in the First division by paper count, which does not represent the actual strength of the Philadelphia home guards by any means, as the force available for active servioe is much smaller than this. Taking the figures as they stand, however, it would be interest ing to know what beoomes of all the money collected, ine last division of the tax re ceipts gave each man $125 or at least we will assume that it did for the sake of argument, for in reality several regiments did not get more than G2k cents per man at which rate the total of the dividends would amount to $7520. May we be permitted to inquire what has been done with the balance of $42,480? The collector or the members of the division hoard may perhips consider the question im pertinent, but as the citizens of Philadelphia are obliged to submit to all the annoyances of the militia tax they have at least the right to know in what manner their money is ex pended and into whose pockets it goes. There is another feature of the militia tax swindle with regard to which there is no doubt, and that is the enormous emoluments of the collector and his assistants. The col lector's office last year was on Vine street, this year it is on Sansom street, and next year it will probably be somewhere else, so that it will be impossible for any one desirous of paying the tax in time to find it without infinite difficulty. Indeed, the calculations of the collector appear to be based upon the idea that the tax in a majority of instances will not be paid in time, and that he will consequently be able to pocket the costs. The circulars now being issued demand $2 05, and assuming that one-half of the 50,000 taxables have not paid and we are certainly much within bounds in this estimate the collector will pocket tne very pretty sum of $2G,250 as his share of the swindle. It is an outrage that such a tax as this should ever be imposed, and it is an aggravation of the outrage that it should be collected in the manner it is. Our militia system is certainly not as efficient as it should be, but be this as it may, it is certain that the tax does not support it, and the principal end and aim of the whole affair is to furnish Mr. Isaao O. Pearson, or whoever is fortunate enough to hold the collectorship, with an opportunity to make a large fortune in a short time with very little labor. We have considered the militia tax swindle in only one of its aspects to-day, but as the subject is one that well deserves ventilation, we will re turn to it hereafter. THE EIGHTEENTH STREET SWINDLE. Fbom all accounts the present session of the Legislature has been "dull and unprofitable" to those incorruptible patriots whe misrepre sent the people at Harrisburg, and whose votes are as purchasable a commodity as ham or hominy in our markets. The large corpo rations, fortunately for their finances, have needed but little legislation the past winter, and all attempts to "Bet up a big job" have thuB far failed, although the "Roosters" in the House and lobby have labored earnestly and with determined energy to make a "divvy." The "commission schemes" pro mised for a while a rich return; but the unex pected, widespread, and determined indigna tion of the people made them unwillingly relinquish for the present their iniquitous measures for their enslavement. Baffled in this division of spoils (which pro mised to be large), these paid highwaymen again turn their greedy eyes towards our city in search of plunder. Although nearly all our public highways have been sold by their predecessors to pliant corporators, still two or three remain unpurchased of the Legislature, and these they propose to out np and divide among the ."Ring" and the willing tools who loan their names as cor porators. The people of Philadelphia had foolishly but fondly hoped that the Twelfth and Six- teenth Streets Railroad job would be the last of the kind imposed upon them for many years to come, but from all appearances the attempt will be seriously made to grant railroad pri vileges upon Eighteenth and Twentieth streets. These disinterested patriots are not particular about building the road. As in the case of the Twelfth and Sixteenth, they may he able to Bell the franchise to soma company which occupies adjacent streets, and which will purchase the right to save its interests from ruin. In any event it is a barefaced And wicked swindle. So far as the wants of the people on these streots for passenger railroad facilities are concerned, they are fully met by the Seventeenth and Nineteenth Streets line, which runs cars every three or four minutes. In a great city like Philadel phia there should be a few streets running east and west, north and south, upon which carriages and wagons may pa?9 without the incouvenience, interruption, and danger attendant upon a street where passenger cars are thundering Along as n every right and privilege of the community, so far as travel is concerned, was vested in them. Eighteenth street is the favorite drive north to the Park. Hundreds of carriages pass over it every afternoon and evening. The wretched condition of the streeti oc cupied by passenger railroads makes it unsafe for those who drive light carriages. Such a street as Eighteenth is not only a conveni ence and a comfort, but almost a necessity to our city. But two or three streets running north are unoccupied by railroad tracks, and yet it is proposed to destroy the best and most beau tiful of those remaining. The members of the Legislature from this city and the would be corporators of this iniquity are perfectly aware of these fac's, and are further aware that ninety-nine out of every hundred por sons living on or near these streets are opposed to the proposed road. With them it is not the will of the people or the welfare of the city that is consulted. The only question is, How much plunder is there in the scheme? The question that presents itself to their vision is not how much inconvenience to the people and how much injury to the city will result from this proposed legislation, but each one calculates closely how much will be his individual share of the ill-gotten proceeds. There is no interest of the citizen or oity so sacred that they would not trample under foot. How long, oh patient citizens, will you endure this burden of shame and injustice that annua'lyrobs you of your most cherished rights and privileges under the name of law ? Will you arise in your just indignation and strike down these unworthy representatives, and hold up to public contempt the would-be corporators in this scheme, who would sell the dearest rights of the people and sacrifice the highest interests of the city for personal greed ? THE PUBL1 C BUILDINGS. The following editorial from the Press of this morning covers the whole ground of the public buildings controversy, and we lay it before our readers as an admirable statement of the exact situation. The only journals which have opposed the Penn Square site and the plans of the commissioners are those which have pecuniary interests in the neighborhood of Washington and Independence Squares, and this fact deprives all their arguments of any value they might have had under other cir cumstances. The Press previous to the Oo tober election advocated the Washington Square site, but its conductor is too shrewd to oppose his private interests to the publio wishes in such a matter, and the Press ao cordingly gracefully accepted the situation when the result of the election was known it weuia nave Been more creditable to one or two of our contemporaries if they had imi tated its example. The editorial of the Press is as follows: The dead-lock being over, the attention of the Legislature during tne remaining days of Its session will be devoted, uo doubt, to matters of deep con cern to the people of tne State. Phlladelphians are especially interested in tne settlement or tne vexed question as to the municipal buildings, and It Is to be hoped such action will be had at Harrisburg as will eDable the commissioners to proceed at once in ine penormance oi weir amies. Our readers are, perhaps, tired of hearing speeches and reading articles upon this subject, when tiiey need work; and it is therefore with much reluctance we venture to recapitulate a few of the reasons why uic iiKBf uii uuaiu biiuuiu oo permuted to proceed : First. The act creating it was acqutesoed in bv all parties (both Interested and otherwise), and no ob jection to its creation was suggested until after the election in October. Second. The opposition to the Bulldlnar Commit. sion is In a great measure limited to those persons who are interested in real estate lu the neighborhood of Independence Square. Tniru. it was wen understood and agreed that the decision by the ballot should forever determine the question of the location of the buildings; and that question was aeciuea uy is.uuu majority, which must necessarily have included votes from both po litical parties, because the highest majority of votes polled for an; one candidate was 8042. Fourth. If the present commUslon is abolished, the old board, by the same act, is revived, and will, of coarse, proceed to build npon Independence Square, against the expressed will of the people by ballot. Fifth. Unless the work Is proceeded with at once there will be l'ttle prospect of having it completed by 1876, and Independence Square and its wretched court-rooms ard public oillccs will remain to illus trate the nou-enterpriseof the manufacturing centre 01 me l 11 1 tea mates. Sixth. The press of PhlladelDnla almost unani mously favors the will of the people, as expressed in October last, being obeyed. aeventn. Any act of the Legislature tending to retard this great and necessary work will be an en couragement to future factious antagonism to public Improvements, while an honest adherence to and compliance with the well-ascertained views of the people or Philadelphia npon this subject will do much to check such embarrassing opposition la the iuiure. FOOT-PATHS IN FA1RH0 VNT PARK. Faibmoumt Pakk is the glory of Philadelphia. At this season of the year, especially, the many thousands of citizens who throng ta its de lightful avenues bear testimony to the utility and to the universal appreciation of its many charms and its health-reviving qualities. The Park Commissioners deserve credit for their general good management and for the care with which they have avoided tawdry orna ments and patchwork display. But it is inti mated that, in one respect at least, even their management is not above criticism. It is said that while the work of completing broad carriage-ways goes bravely on, compa ratively little attention is being paid to the construction or foot-paths for the use of pedestrians. There should be no room left for cavil or criticism on a point like this. Tbe Park is intended quite as much ay. even far more for the million than for the millionaire. It should be adapted in every respect to the use and enjoyment of those who have not the means to drive through its spacious grounds in their private coaches or in hired carriages. In the Central Park equal care was simultaneously manifested through out in the opening of foot-paths and carriage roads, and a similar policy should prevail here. NE W PAIL WA Y COM DIN A T10NS. The late flurry in the stock market in the pi ices of the shares of the Camden and Amboy Ilailroad is supposed to be indicative of the ppeody ratification of the long-talked-of lease of the New Jersey Railroads by the Pennsyl vania Railroad Company. There is apparently little doubt that this consolidation will soon be made. A series of railway connections of almost inconceivable magnitude will then be placed under one management. The combi nations of the New York railway rings, gigantic as they are, will be completely overshadowed by those perfected and projected here; and in one important sense Philadelphia will, to a much greater extent than any other point in this country, be the centre of its railway sys tem. This city should manifestly derive great advantages from such a condition of affairs, but the question whether she will reap them depends largely upon the degree of activity and enterprise manifested by her merchants and manufacturers. If they properly im prove the facilities for cheap and speedy in tercommunication with all points in the West, South, Southwest, Northwest, East, and Northeast which are daily increasing, they can undoubtedly render Philadelphia the leading mart of internal commerce; and this is, after all, the great point to be aimed at by the cities which are striving for commercial supremaoy. The foreign tra!e of the United States is of small importance when compared with its varied and wonder fully extensive domestic interchanges; and the American railway system opens up fields for traffic which far exceed in extent and produc tiveness those opened by water transporta tion. In this field Philadelphia should and can, by proper efforts, become supreme; and every step towards the perfection of her rail way system should incite her business men to renewed exertions. Quite a number of the collieries in various coal districts are about resuming operations. Industrious miners and coal operators are equally weary of protracted inactivity, and while complete harmony is restored at some points, at others the only obstacle to resump tion is the fear of violence. If the laws of tbe Commonwealth are not worthless paper, and if the Executive and Judicial authorities are not wofully incompetent to discharge their duties, that fear should speedily be dis pelled. If there is any one offense for which men deserve to be severely punished, it is the crime of arresting the natural of course indus try, and preventing laborers who wish to work from peacefully pursuing their chosen avocations; and by the stringent enforeoement of the correct doctrine on this one vital point, nine-tenths of the troubles of the oaal strikes will be avoided henceforth and forever. The Scnday Dispatch. With its last Issue the Sunday DitpatcH completed Its twenty-fourth year and Its twenty-fourth volume, arald the good wishes of a host of friends, who have found much to ad mire in its able management and in the sturdy In dependence with which it has discussed many of the important public qun.tlona that bare arisen from week to week during Its career. The Dispatch was the first successful Sunday newspaper ever established in Philadelphia, and It has not only conquered many of the prejudices which existed a quarter of a cen tury ago against such a publication, but it has won a high place for itself among the journals of Phila delphia as an able and eloquent exponent of public opinion. The Sunday Dinpatoh has been essentially a local paper, and It baa advocated the local Interests of Philadelphia in a manner that has obtained for it the regards of public-spirited citizens of all parties. Many important reforms have been brought about mainly through the Influence of the Dispatch, and its conductor! are entitled to the congratulations of their fellow-journalists as well as the public at large upon the near approach of their sliver anniversary, when they will celebrate a quarter of a century of personal prosperity and intelligent efforts to promote the interests of the public. . NOTICES. 8pr no. Spuing Suits. Spuing Styles. Spring Overcoats. Spring Busimss Suits. Spring Jackets and Pants for Boys. Spring Chester! ields and Suits for Youth. spring Fancy Suits for Children. Spring Stock or Fink Ready-madk Clothing. The largest, the best, and the cheapest we have ever made up. Our assortment comprises all the very newest designs in Children', Boys', Youths'.and Men's suits, and tbe greatest care bas been taken to produce the very best c' ass of Clothing ever made by any establishment in this country. We guaran tee perfect satisfaction in every respect. Our prices have never before been so low as now. Call and ex amine our Nkw Spring Stock. WANAMAKEa A. BROWN, Wanamaker & Brown, Wanamaker &. Brown, Oak Hall, Oak Hall, Oak Hall, The Largest, Thb Best, The Cheapest Clothing House, Thb 8. K. Corner Sixth and Market Sts. groceries, eto. Burlington Herring, First of the season, just in store. E. BRADFORD CLARKE. (SUCCESSOR TO SIMON COLTON A CLARKE,) S. W. Corner BROAD and WALNUT, 1 81 tuthstf4p PHILADELPHIA. FINE STATIONERY AMD Card Engraving. HO. 1033 CIIESNUT STREET. 13 UtOSjSD W tla n No. 904 CHESTNUT STREET. FRESH CHINA PMTIIfiSGS. WHITE RED CHECK, AND FANCY STYLES. 50 PIECES FRENCH AXMINSTER. 83 25 PER CLOTHINQ, MEN OF PHILADELPHIA! AROUSE I In vour roleht to the Importance of mafclncr an early 1 exsmlnailon of our vast stock or Elegant Spring Clothing. You are freely Invited to come to our "CrKEAT brown hall.," ana loos cioseiy at our assortment. Ton will And that you have come TO A. Most unparalleled wealth of fine raiment, la every variety and of every stylo. Men of good SENSE will he struck In a moment with the magnitude of the preparations we have made for the satisfaction of everybody this Spring. Gentlemen of Philadel phia, if you want to get the worth OF YOUR Mr ney, if you want to be satisfied with perfectly fit ting garments, if you wantto be protected la the ex ercise of your RIGHTS! Bay your Spring Suits at the WHEAT BltOWN HALL or ROCKHILL & WILSON, 603 and 605 CHE5HUT 8TRKEH 'f ULLADLlPHIAj pa with Barest Beauties of Fabric and Finish Filing our counters, And with Able Interpreters of Style To display them, and And to assist you In your CHOICE, We request the custom of the public. Additionally A Large Ready-made Stock of Clothing. FricesJVarlous Styles. WESTON & BROTHER, TAILORS, S W. Corner NINTH and ARCH Sts, PHILADELPHIA. A full assortment now In store OF THE CHOICEST NOVELTIES OF THE SEASON FOR GENTLEMEN'S WEAR. A 8UPERIOR GARMENT AT A REASONABLE KICK. 4 88mrp PIANOS. STEIN WAY fc SONS' GRAND SQUARE AND UPRIGHT PIANOS. Special attention la called to their PATENT UPRIGHT PIANOS. CHARLES BLASIUS. Warerooms, No. M00 CHESNUT Street, Phtladel. phla. 13 tfrp S C II O N A C K E It &. CO., GRAND SQUARE AND UPRIGHT PIANOS. Special attention Is called to our Upright Pianos. Thev Dossess the hlghuBt improvements of any in- strumenta made, and are unrivalled (or tone and durability. Also, sole Agents for the celebrated BURDETT ORGAN. SCIIOMACKER & CO., 4 13 lm4p No. 1103 CIIESNUT Street. PIANOS AND ORGANS. r-" GEO. STECK & CO.'S.l BRADBURY'S, V PIANOS, HAINES' BROS', AND J MASON AND HAMLIN'S CABINET ORGANS. GOULD ITiSUHKK, No, 23 ouesnut Street. t. B. OOtTLD. No. 1018 ARCH Street. Wl. O. FISCDKB. 1 It tf4p AUOTION SALES. For additional Auction m thr Savtntk Pug. II ENRY W. k B. SCOTT, JR., AUCTIONEERS, ao. iuv itiutnui aireet, uirar now. Thursday, May 11. Mil T. J. FENlMOHli 8 sale of all his finished pictures, to which will be added a very Important picture by THos. HILL, "De Goose Falls," Canada. Til K IKONSIDIU HllfTHIlMl anrl HS " by Xantbua Smith, and works by Miss Ida Waugh, Konutatr. N. H. Trotter. E. Moran T. Moran, and others. All on exhibition for oae week, with cata logue, previous to sale. ww TH7ANTSD SUMMER BOARDINU FOR A ' gentleman and wife, with invalid sister, and servant, where but few other boarders are taken. The place must be well shaded, convenient to rail road or steamboat station, not more than ten miles from tLe city. One aliy, comfortable room on the first floor is Indispensable. Address, with particu lars, M. li. P., No, 41 S, BROAD Street. 81 ftu2ff YARD. WATCHES. JEWELRY, ETO. SPECIAL AGENTS rOR THB American Watch Co , WALT II A 31, JIAS.S., AND E. Howard & Co., Boston. An Immense Stock of these desirable WAT 311 ES, In Gold and Silver Cases, at GREATLY REDUCED RA1ES. Send for pilce list to RGBBIN3, CLARK & DIDDLE, No. 1124 CHS8HUT Street, 424 2trp PHILADELPHIA. J USX 01U3ii:i 1SY JEWELLERS, No. 002 CHE8NUT Street, Paris Clocks and Bronzes, Fans and Fancy Goods. 9 1J BfaUlliy tetallisliecl iu 1854. WATCHES. EVERGOING STEM-WINDERS, KEY-WINDERS, QUARTER SECONDS, MINUTE REPEATERS, ETO. ETO. ETO. C. & A. PEQUIGNOT, No. 608 CIIESNUT STREET, 4 25 2m PHILADELPHIA. HENRY HARPER, No. 722 CHE8NUT Street, A NEW STOCK AT LOW PRICE J OP WATCHES, OPERA AND VEST CHAINS, FINE JEWELRY, SILVER BRIDAL PRESENTS, Rogers', Sllver-Plated Spoous, Fork, Tea Sets, Castors, Ice Pitchers, Etc. 4191ru4p l:fstulliliMl iu 1 703. Art Galleries and Warerooms, No. 910 CHESNUT Street. Oil Paintings 3Iirror( Tables, Frames, Cornices, Etc. All Chromos reduced 30 per cent, on former prices. 1 stuth 6mrp Philadelphia Hardware House. LAWN MOWERS IN GREAT VARIETY. JAMBS M. VANCE & CO., No. 211 MARKET STREET, 4 22 12trp PHILADELPHIA. VOR BALE-A PAI1 0F BLACK CAR- riKge Horses, Id hands high, sound and kind. IL VAN BEIL, 4 20M No. 1310 CHESNUT Street. SEWINQ MACHINES. IJ H If WHEELER fc 971LSOH suwinu RiAtiiinu, For Sale on JCaty Tertn$. SO. 914 CIIESNUT STREET. mw4 PHILADELPHIA. DRY GOODS. 1871. "THORN LEYS" Special Opening of Suitings. BUFF LINENS, CHOCOLATE LINENS, FLAX-COLORKD LINENS, GREY AND BL AY LINENS, PONGEES AND JAPANESE GOODS, MOnAIRS. ALPACAS, ETC. ETO. The above goods range from 20 cents per yard op, and are beautiful. BLACK SILKS, STRIPED AND CHECKED SILKS, FASHIONABLE SHAWLS, SUN SHADES, PARASOLS, KID GLOVES, ETC JOSEPH H. THORBLEY, NORTHEAST CORNER OP EIGHTH and SFRIKO GARDEN St., 1 8 thstnf PHILADELPHIA. 127 CHESNUT STREET. ALEXANDER RICKEY, Importer, Jobber, and Re tailer of Dry Coeds, DEfOT FOR THE SALE OP CHOICE FABRICS IN DRY QOODS, AT POPULAR PRICES, STOCK DAILY REPLENISHED Whh the CHEAPEST and CHOICEST OFFERINGS of this and other markets. ALEXANDER RICKEY, 81 tothstf No. 72T CHESNUT Street. THE NEW YORK Dyeing and Printing ESTABLISHMENT, STATEN I8LAND, 40 N. EIGHTH Street, PHILADELPHIA, No. 93 DUANE Street, New York. DTE AND FINISH IN THE BEST MANNER, Silks, Satins, Velvets, Crapes, Ribbons, Tlssnen, Bart ges, Merinos, Cloths, Alpacas, Reps, paramat tas, Mosiln Delaines, Fringes, Trimmings, Hosiery, Kid Gloves, etc. Also, cleanse Lace Curtains and Linen Shades In a superior lnanner. Goods called for and delivered in any part of the city. 4 is stuthmrp D I A m O N D - M E 8 H HERrJATJSES. We bave received an invoice of these Desirable Goods, for which there was so great a demand last season. PERKINS & CO., No. 9 South NINTH Street,' S S3 tuths3mrp PHILADELPHIA. N. B.-Every variety of HERNANI in stock. ELY, HUNSBERGER & ELY. No. 1126 CIIESNUT STREET, Have now open a MAGNIFICENT ASSORTMENT OF FIGURED AND STRIPE Bilk (rcniullue. Itlack Ilernanlcs, all qualities. tripe Silks, all qualities. 4 11 tuths3m SILKS, SHAWLS AND DRESS GOODS CEORQI3 FRYER, No. 91G CIIESNUT STREET, Invites attention to his stock of SILKS OP ALL KINDS, ' INDIA AND OTHER SHAWLS. Novelties lu Dress .ml Fancy Goods, INDIA, PONGEE,; AND CANTON CRAPE IN SUAWL8 AND DRKS3 QOOD3. 413 2tnrp FINANCIAL.. TRAVELLERS' CREDITS. Our Letter of Credit gives the holder the privilege of drawing either on DllEXEL, 1IA1UES & CO., Paris, IN FRANCS, OR ON Henri A. S. FETRIE & CO., London, IN STERLING, As may be found most convenient or profitable, and is available throughout Europe. To parties going abjoad we oiler special facilities, collecting their In terest and dividends during their absence without charge. DllEXEL & CO., Bo. 84 SOUTH THIRD STREET. PHILADEPPDIA O T O C K S. LOANS, ETC., O KOI OUT AND SOLD AT THE BOARD UK BKOKERS, BY GEORGE J. BO VI). 4 X5 tutlmsnirp No. 1$ S. THIRD Street.