TO THE VOTERS
Of the United States of America.
The Democratic Congressional
Committee has issued the following
Clothed with the right of elective
franchise, on the eighth day of No
vember next, you will be called upon
to exercise the highest duty ot citizen
ship. Upon your action depends the
control of the next House of Repres
entatives of Congress. Every vote for
a Republican candidate will be an in
dorsement of the Republican policy
and approval of the record made by
the last Congress.
The Republican party has come to
be the agent of the trusts, the great
corporations, and the great banks.
The truth of this statement is borne
out by the public records of the past
thirty years. Since the close of the
Civil war every demand of the money
power made of Congress while under
Republican rule has been substantially
complied with and every demand of
the people substantially denied.
At the dictation of the money power
the legal tenuer money put out during
the war was destroyed, whereby prices
were cut in twain. By legislation
hostile to silver and treasury notes the
volume of the currency has been kept
so limited that prices have again been
cut in twain since 1873, so that dur
ing a period of thirty years, by means
of financial legislation the producers
and laborers of the country have been
impoverished while the wealth of the
rich has been quadrupled. By means
of this legislation more than fifteen
billions of wealth created by the thirty
millions who live upon the farms has
been transferred from those who pro
duced it to the coffers of the rich.
The Republican party opposed an
income tax even in time of war.
They passed the Dingly bill, inten
tionally framed so as to favor the great
trusts which have contributed millions
of dollars to the Republican Campaign
In the last Congress they surrender
ed to tne Pacific railway steal; they
voted against taxing corporations; they
even voted against taxing the trusts.
They authonzed the issuance of five
hundred millions of bonds when there
was not the slightest necessity for any
issue. They have abandoned inter
national bimetallism and are now
thoroughly committed to the single
Those appointed to office in the
army were the sons of the rich or dic
tated by those with a political pull.
The worthy and competent were turn
ed down for the ignorant and incom
petent resulting in more sickness, suf
fering and death in our army than
came from Spanish bullets and Spanish
For the great wrongs done our vol
unteers no one is punished. Only
whitewashing committees, holding star
charnDer proceedings are organized to
cover up the outrages and excuse if
not justify crime.
Vast sums of money have been
wasted in extravagant contracts given
out to special favorites or to corpora
tions which make political subscrip
tions; and where speculations have
been discovered the records contain
ing the proof have mysteriously dis
appeared after reaching the War De
Only a Democratic Congress can
be expected to* investigate these
wrongs and bring the guilty to the bar
of public opinion and to punishment.
The shadow of the Gauge bill hangs
over the country. If the next House
be Republican that bill will become a
law. All existing federal currency
save gold will be destroyed. The en
tire circulation of the country will be
in the hands of the banks to whom
the sovereign prerogative of issuing
money is to be surrendered. A bu
reauocracy is to be established whose
officers are to hold their places for
twelve years so that three presidential
terms must pass before they can be
dislodged. Bonds are to be issued
without limit to buy the goV. with
which to redeem the bank notes. The
government is to get out of the gov
ernment business and go into the
guaranty business for the benefit of
the banks. A monster banking trust
is to be organized to swallow up all
the banks outside of the great cities,
for these agents of the Rothschilds
are to have the power to establish
branch banks wherever they will. If
this monstrous conspiracy is to be de
stroyed it can not be done by return
ing a Republican majority to the next
It is given out from the Treasury
Depaitment that the war revenue bill
has come to stay. So it will be if the
Republicans continue to contiol Con
If the war revenue bill is to be re
pealed, if taxation is to be made more
equal, if the power of the trusts and
the monopolies is to be checked, if the
monster hank conspiracy is to be
throttled, candidates who oppose the
Republican party must be elected.
The very foundation of the Repub
lic is being sapped. The money oli
garchy is in the saddle; they must be
unhorsed or we are lost.
We therefore call upon every honest
voter, regardless of past political affili
ations to go to the polls on election
day to save the republic. Duty calls
to us. Patriotism appeals to us. Let
us once more have a government so
administered as to bring equal rights
to all, and to give exclusive privileges
to none. Let the decree go forth that
hencetorth ours is to be a government
not by, of, or for the syndicates and
trusts, but of, by, and for the people.
Ot she twelve million vofers in this
country, more than eleven millions
are vitally concerned in the accom
plishment of this result.
Let their voices be heard in thun
der tones on the Sth day of Novem
INO LEASE HIS MAJORITY-
Senator Cochran Deserves a Unanimous
Vote in His Home County.
From the Philadelphia Times.
Senator Cochran, of the Lycoming
district, will, of course, be re-elected,
but his faithful services to the state
during his present term fairly entitle
him to a verdict from the people of
his district that will strongly emphasize
their appreciation of his ability and
fidelity to a public servant.
Senator Cochran's district is strong
ly Democratic and he is cordially sup
ported by all shades of Democratic
sentiment, and as he well deserves. He
will be greatly needed in the next sen
ate and his influence and usefulness as
a legislator would be much strength
ened by his return to his public duties
with a largely increased majority.
The next legislature will have excep
tionally important duties to perform,
and senators of the ability and integ
rity of Senator Cochran will have a
wide field for their legislative efforts.
No matter who may be elected gov
ernor, the question of slate reform
must be a most vital one; and with an
earnest and practical Democratic lead
er like Senator Cochran and an able
and aggressive Reyublican leader like
Senator Henry, of this city, the reform
agitation should give substantial fruits
of the people. Senator Cochran's con
stituents should re-commission him
for his public trust by an overwhel
Take the Money-
Next Tuesday is election day. Dur
ing the past week, and trom now until
election, every effort has been and will
be made to obtain Democratic votes
for Republican candidates. It is cur
rently reported tnat money is being
lavishly used to influence Democrats
to split their tickets. While it is not
honest to take money that is not earn
ed for any purpose, it is more honest
for a poor man to accept money for
political support than it is for a wealthy
man to offer it, and it is also more
honorable. Any self respecting man
who is offered money for his vote
should take it as an insult, and spurn
the offer with indignation. Of course
the heelers and rounders who make a
business of getting all they can out of
all the candidates, irrespective of party
will not be insulted by such an offer.
But since there is a "bar'l" in this
campaign, our advice to Democrats
who may be approached, is to take all
the money that is offered, and then
go to the polls on Tuesday and resent
the insuit by voting the straight
Meeting Monday Night.
The Democratic meeting in the
Opera House next Monday night
will be addressed by Hon. Jas. T.
Stranahan, of Harrisburg, Robert
R- Little and Fred Ikeler, Esqs.
Th's will be the night before elec
tion. Every Democrat in Blooms
burg should be present.
Paper Free for One Month.
THE COLUMBIAN will be sent free
to any person in the county, on re
ceipt of the name and address on a
postal. Don't be afraid to ask for it.
You will get it only four weeks, unless
ordered to be continued.
Go to tho polls and vole early next Tues
day. Then see that your neighbor gets
there. VOTE THE STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC
BIJOOMSBUKG, PA., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, IS9B.
FIRE DESTROYS TWO HOUSE?.
About three o'clock on Thursday
morning of last week the prolonged
sounding of the fire alarm, aroused
the residents of town from their slum
bers and it was soon learned that fire
had broken out and was rapidly des
troying a house on the Light Street
road a short distance above the Town
Hall, occupied by W. H. Magill. The
fire companies were quickly on hand,
but owing to the great distance of the
water plug from the burning building,
and the muddy water, which could
not be run through the engine for
several minutes, it was some time be
fore they were able to start the water.
The engine was soon in good working
order, however, and the fires extingu
ished but not until it had entirely des
troyed the house in which it started
and also damaging the adjoining
house owned by Harry Eshleman and
occupied by him and John Wolf,
to such an extent that it will have to
It is a mystery how it started as
Mr. Magill and wife, had locked up
the house on Monday and gone to
Philadelphia. Nothing was saved
from the house, the furniture, clothing
and other goods, all burned up.
Mr. Eshleman, who lived in the
lower side of the double house, also
lost his furniture, and household
goods. He had not heard the alarm,
and was awakened just in time to
save himself and two little girls. Mrs.
Eshleman was in Philadelphia at the
Had it not been for a strong wind
from the south west a conflagration
could not have been avoided, because
had the next house below caught fire
the whole row consisting of six or
seven houses which are built quite
close together would probably have
4 Pretty Home Wedding.
A number of invited guests as
sembled at the residence of the
bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. K.
Miller, 011 Centre Street, Wednes
day forneoon at 10:3 c to witness the
marriage of their daughter, Miss
Mary, to Mr. Samuel R. Bidlemau.
The rooms were handsomely and
artistically decorated with lestoous
of everg "eens and carnations, while
beautiful potted plants were dispos
ed of in nooks and corners. The
wedding inarch was beautifully
rendered by Miss Maud Runyon.
Rev. G. H. Hemingway, pastor of
the Presbyterian Church, tied the
nuptial knot. An elegant dinner
was awaiting in the dining room,
which was profusely decorated with
flowers. The bride was attired in
a broadcloth traveling dress. The
maid of honor was Miss Edith
Miller, sister of the bride, and the
best man Frank Miller of Drifton,
cousin of the bride. The ushers
were Samuel H. Harman and R.
Frank Colley. A very large num
ber of presents were bestowed, con
sisting of cut glass, silver, linen and
china. After hearty congratula
tions Mr. and Mrs. Bidleman left
011 the 11130 train 011 the Phila
delphia & Reading railroad for an
extended trip. They will be at
home at corner of Centre and Third
Streets, after November 16th. The
good wishes of a large circle of
friends and acquaintances go with
them in their new relations. The !
bride is ajpopular and accomplished
young lady. Mr. Bidleman is the
proprietor of a book and stationery
store, and ranks as one of Blooms
burg's foremost young business
Several city dailies have recently
contained a dispatch furnished by W.
H. Woodin, or his friends, stating that
an effort had been made by a "promi
nent Democrat" of this county to
bribe Mr. Woodin's private secretary
to furnish letters and information con
cerning Mr. Woodin's canvass, to Mr.
Polk. On the 4th page appears Mr.
Polk's statement of the matter, and
his denial of the charge. The private
secretary had a row with Woodin,
and then ttied to sell out for spite, or
else the whole thing was a scheme to
trap Polk. Whichever way it is, the
thing was a flat failure, and will react
upon those who instigated it.
The official ballots, which are being
printed at this office, will contain
eight columns, namely, Republican,
Democratic, Prohibition, People's,
Socialist Labor, Liberty, Honest Gov
ernment, and a blank column. The
size of the ballot is inches by 21
inches. With the stub it is 21 by 19.
The "plum tree shake" will be
out of fashion after November 8.
WHY PUT IT OFF ?
The buying of your Fall and Winter Clothing and
Footwear at this store means the saving of many
dollars, and then why put off getting your actual
needs, when you can buy them of us now without
paying one cent's profit. This sale will last but a
comparatively short time, and every day sees the
stock growing less. In possibly 2 months we shall
bid our friends(who have been loyal to us and helped
us build this business to its present size), good-bye.
It's a harvest time for buyers of Suits and Overcoats, Storm Ulsters, Boy's Reefers, Men's
Underwear, Gloves, Hats, Caps, Boots and Shoes. The profits are knocked completely off. It's
an exchange of Goods for money.
Suits, Overcoats and Storm
Ulsters for Men at
$ 3.90 from $ 5.00.
4.50 " 0.00.
5.50 " 7.50.
7.50 " 1000.
10.00 " 13.50.
12.00 " 15.00.
A Saving on each of from
$1.50 to $4.00.
Boy's Suits and Reefers and
$1.50 from $2.25.
2.00 " 2.75.
250 " 3.50.
300 " 4.00.
3.50 " 5.00-
A Saving on Each of from
50c. to $2.00.
Th.e T7v r li.lte ZE^rorLt,
Nearly Opposite Court House. Two Doors Below Postoflice
Jenks Tells What His Election Will Meiu-
Not a Victory (or Free Trade or Free Sfver,
But tor Economy and Reform in State
I am informed that Mr. Stone, at |
Pittsburg, Saturday, announced that |
my election as Governor of Penn-1
sylvania will be a victory for free trade i
and free silver and that I will so
claim. This is not true. It will not.
be a victory for, nor will I claim it as |
a victory for, either. If I did I would j
be false to the platform adopted by ,
the Altoona convention. My elec-1
tionwill simply mean economy and I
reform in State affairs. Votes cast j
for me will express a determination j
by all good citizens to drive out of,
public office those who have robbed
the State and corrupted our govern
ment. My purpose is and shall be
to introduce an honest, economical,
just and fair State administration. I
now say to all voters in Pennsylvania
who wish to vote tor me on State
issues that I do not, and will not if
elected,"claim that my election indi
cates aught except a desire for reform
in our State. National issues will be
settled in the Presidential election of
1900. My election as Governor in
Pennsylvania should not and shall
not be used to affect the next Presi
dential election or the issues which
may then arise so far as I can pre
(Signed) GEORGE A. JENK.S.
Huntingdon, October 31, IS9B.
Buckhorn lost one of its oldest
and best residents 011 Monday in
the person of Esau Shoemaker, who
died at his home in that place in
his seventieth year. His health
had been declining for some time.
His immediate survivors are a wife
and six children, three sons and
three daughters. The funeral took
place yesterday morning, conducted
by Rev. Harttnau. Interment at
Dutch Hill cemetery.
Don't risk losing your whole vote by^trying
to scratch your ticket. If it is not marked
right the whole ballot is thrown out. VOTE
THE STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC TICKET.
Mens and Boys Hats and Caps.
19c. from 25c.
39c. " 50c.
50c. " 7 sc.
75c. " SI.OO
SI.OO " 1.50
1.50 •' 200
2.00 '• 3.00
Mens, Womens, Misses
and Children's, prices that
were never heard of before
for such qualities.
For hundreds of pairs of
Mens, VVomens, Misses and
Children's that retailed at from
$1.50 to $3.50. Rubbers,
Rubber Boots, Felts, Gaiters,
all at and below cost.
A Stout Republican Indorsal-
From the Pittsburg Leader (Hep ), Oct. 22.
The candidacy of George A. Jenks
has been the means of causing a com
plete union of the Democratic factions
in the work of the Gubernatorial cam
paign. Williaui F. Harrity and his
lieutenants arc as pronounced in their
advocacy of Mr. Jenks as are Golonel
J M. Guffey and those who aided him
in the handling of the A Itoona conven
tion. On all hands it is understood
that Mr. Jenks is not a politician, in
the ordinary sense of the term; that he
cares nothing about the ups and
downs of the factions in his party, and
that his one ambition in seeking the
office of governor is to acquire the
opportunity of cleansing the state gov
ernment, abolishing official criminality
and maladministrtion and restoring
the management of public affairs to a
plain, honest business basis. The
Democratic candidate is not a new
man before the people. Under Presi
j dent Cleveland he tilled the high office
Jof Solicitor General of the United
States and acquitted himself with dis-
I tinguished ability. On laying down
! that office he returned to private life,
making no endeavor to seek further
political preferment on the strength of
the success already achieved; but the
worth of the man, his integrity, his
trustworthiness and his splendid quali
fications for service in an administra
tive capacity could not be hidden
under a bushel, and, by a peculiarly
happy inspiration, the Democracy
turned to him at the moment when
the naming of an irreproachable candi
date meant everything to that party.
Having the solid support of the
Democracy and the certainty of heavy
accessions from the Republican ranks,
Mr. Jenks' prospects are unquestion
ably of the most promising character.
The only obstacle remaining in his
path is the disposition of many bolting
Republicans to give their support to
Dr. Swaliow, the Prohibitionist, rather
than violate empty traditions by sup
porting a Democrat: but this bids fair
to be removed before the campaign
reaches its climax.
Special revival meetings are in pro
gress in the Methodist Churcn.
and Outfittings of
Every Kind at the
Boy's Waists at
A Ohurch Wedding in Orangeville.
On last Thursday evening a marri
age was solemnized in the Knion
Church of Orangeville, in connection
with a series of services held by Rev.
A. Houtz. Although it was the inten
tion to keep the affair a secret until
after its occurrence, it however leaked
out. A wedding secret is hard to keep,
it is like mercury in a porous vase.
'•Vhen the pastor entered the church,
he observed the altar stand neatlv
decorated with chrysanthemum, and
an unusually large congregation was
in attendence and all seemed to wear
the expression of expectancy as though
they anticipated something more than
a sermon. At the conclusion of the
regular religious service, a wedding
hymn was sung, after which the con
trading parties Mr. O. S. McHemy
of Stillwater and Miss Almertie Her
ring of Orangeville, presented them
selves before the altar for the con
summation of their marriage vows
While the oiganist played suppressed
strains of music, the beautiful church
marriage service was read and the
holy rite of marriage solemnized. The
two were made one and introduced to
the audience as man and wife. Many
warm and sincere congratulations were
expressed by the host of friends
present. As this little bark has launch
ed out on the sea of matrimony, we
trust it will have a calm sea, a happy
and prosperous voyage, and at last
reach in safety the haven of the glori.
fied and redeemed in our Father's
Some of the young people who were
out celebrating on Hallow E'en went
beyond the fun limit, and destroyed
considerable property. In several in
stances locks were broken and doors
torn otf of buildings and smashed. A
large settee in front of Dr. Purman's
house on Third Street was smashed to
splinters. Such conduct is far from
sport and if the perpetrators are
caught it will go hard with them.
Our conclusion is that all the indi
cations point to the election of George
A. Jenks by an overwhelming plurah.
t)> an d utter overthrow of Machine
Rule. — Philadelphir Record, JVOTJ. J
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