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VOL. 3.
lElu (Crutrr jDmocrat.
Terms II.AO per Annum, in Advance.
S. T. SHUGERT and R. H. FORSTER, Editors.
Thursday Morning, February 10, 1881.
THE Congressional delegation from
Illinois has recommended Robert T.
Lincoln, son of the late President, for
u member of Gen. Garfield's cabinet,
lie is presented for Attorney General.
A MISTAKE. It was not Mrs. Gar
field that said "the General was quite
stubborn when any one attempted to
drive him." This remark was un
doubtedly made by Itoscoe Conkling,
of New York.
IT is said plans arc being perfected
in the Wisconsin Legislature for re
districting the State so as to give the
Republicans seven out of the eight
Congressmen to which the State is
entitled. This is Republicau honesty,
very prevalent in all the States where
they have the opportunity to make it
is mauifestiug his disappointment and
vengeance in a small way. Because
the Democracy of Tennessee preferred
for Senator a sound, honest man to a
vindictive demagogue, the poor clerks
suspected of Democratic tendencies
are proscribed and removed from the
office controlled by this chronic office
IN twenty-one days the lease of
power awarded by fraud to a spurious
occupant of the Presidential office will
expire. Hayes, the fraud, with the
savings of a stolen salary, will retire
to obscurity to receive the contempt of
the world. Gen. Garfield will be in
augurated as a legitimate Presideut,
to be respected as such, and to be
judged by his acts with the candor
and justice the American people will
not fail to award in true measure.
JAY GOULD'S telegraph combina
tion is triumphant. The combination
is complete and publicly announced.
The restraining suit brought in New
York amounted to nothing ngainst
Gould's millions, and was dismissed
by the courts. This marks another
victory for corporatcd wealth and cor
porate control of the government and
the people.
THE city councils of Heading have
reduced the appropriations for the cur
rent year more than $25,000. This
would not be a bad precedent for other
corporations. Our own little tax-rid
den borough might note the example
with great propriety, and by lopping
off expenditures, or at least re-funding
its debt, relieve its citizens of a roost
onerous and oppressive interest tax
burden. Respectfully referred to our
Borough Fathers.
THE Hon. Eckley B. Coxe has been
ananimously renominated by the Dem
ocrats of the twenty-first Senatorial
District. This is the honest, upright
gentleman who failed to qualify at the
opening of the session, as he could not
conscientiously swear that he had not
"contributed money or otbejr valuable
consideration" to secure his election.
We hoje to hear of his election by
such a majority as will inspire charac
ter and decency in future aspirants for
legislative honors in Pennsylvania.
Such an example as Mr. Coxe has fur
nished was much needed.
IN the Senate the Democrat* forced
a vote to the affect that the Vice Pres
ident was not charged with the duty
of counting and declaring the electo
ral vote, but that it is a duty belong
ing exclusively to the Senate and
House jointly. The Republicans, find
ing that filibustering would not win,
sAt in their seat as dummies while the
resolutions passed. This resolution has
not yet been considered in the House,
but will no doubt pass that body, pro
vided a quorum of the Democratic
members can be got together, so as to
render filibustering by the obstruc*
tionists of no avail.
Tin: proposition of the Republicau
majority in the Legislature to uccord
the Democrats a fair ap|mrtionruct
of tin* State in consideration of aid to
elect the ring candidate for Senator is
a humiliating confession of their dis
honesty, not only in the present hut in
the past. That the Democratic tax
payers and voters of the State have
been shamelessly ami wickedly dis
franchised in the present apportion
ment no one dares to question, and we
confess to little hope that the Ixgisla
ture now in session will act more just
ly or with greater regard to the oat hi
theij havr taken than the legislature
which framed and passed the hill of
disfranchisement now in existence. It
is true a very considerable number of
Republicans have shown a reputable
disposition to curb the enor lity of
Ross rule, but whether they will carry
this indication of fairness and decency
into the consideration of questions af
fecting the general interests and rights
of all our citizens is yet to he seen.
While we hope that there is still some
honesty left in legislators—some re
gard to the constitution and laws they
are sworn to maintain, yet the general
approval and participation of the Re
publican party in the infamous gerry
manders of the present law gives little
encouragement to ex[iect much im
provement. The party have the pow
er. Official oaths seem to have lost
their sanctity and are taken at least
with mental reservations so far as the
party interest may be subserved by a
departure from the straight lines of
moral duty and official integrity.
ANOTHKK ovulatory clergyman hat
l>ecn discovered. This time he lives
in Koxbury, Delaware county, Penn
sylvania, aud he ha<l been kissing
pretty little Mrs. Williams with whom
he boarded. He says it was a "holy"
kiss and especially sanctioned by the
Scriptures. (The other fellow over in
Brooklyn said it was a "paroxysmal"
kiss.) The evidence against the Itox
bury Dominie shows that he is an
adept at kissing and knows all the
points. The young lady who saw the
performance says the reverend gentle
man had the right arm alwut Mrs.
Williams' waist while she had both
her arms around his neck and that he
kissed her three times within a minute.
The position is accurate, but the num
ber of kisses to the minute is a little
below the average. At this time there
is a vacaut pulpit at Koxbury and a
nice little woman wanting to see what
kind of a looking man the new minis
ter will be. We wonder how it is that
whenever a preacher has any "holy"
or "paroxysmal" kisses lying around
loose he always bestows them on the
best looking woman in his congrega
Now when the session of Congress
is about drawing to a close the mem
bers are deciding questions of contest
that ought to have been determined
near two years ago, and the legally
elected members confirmed or admit
ted to their seats. Y gates, Democrat,
was last week seated to represent the
First District of North Carolina, here
tofore held by Martin, Republican.
It is no doubt right, but the delay in
ascertaining the right is not at all
creditable either to the party or the
members having the subject in charge.
It is given out that the Republicans
are preparing to unseat a number of
Democratic members in the next Con
gress from the Houth. They doubtless
will act more promptly, and in this, at
least, will deserve more credit than we
can accord to the Democrats, however
discreditable and wrong their methods
and objects may be.
JOHN WLUI, "the golden calf of
the Philadelphia snobs," as the Har
risburg Cameron organ aptly styles
him, is presented as a dark horse to
reconcile the contending Republican
factions at Harriaburg. The name of
this sanctimonious pretender was not
received with any degree of enthu
Auditors' Stateraont for 1880.
The statement of the Auditors of j
Centre county, which first appeared in ,
print last week, presents to our citizen*
an interesting, and, on the whole, u
very favorable exhibit of the transae- ]
lions of the County Commissioner.*'of-1
lice for the year I**o. Indeed we
hazard nothing in saying that it re
flects great credit upon the officials
charged with the important and re
sponsible duty of administering and
controlling the financial business of
the county. It is only necessary to go
back one year to show that the work
of these officials has tended in the
right direction, that is toward* econo
my and a cutting down of expenses, j
Comparing the statements of l s 7!' and
1880 it will he found that there has
been a considerable decrease in the I
expenditures of the la-t year. The
county orders paid in 1*79 amounted
to 853,204.73, while the orders paid in
1 **o amounted to 8 1 1,307.*9 —mak
ing a difference in favor of I*Bo of
$8,050.84. This, however, is slightly
in excess of the actual saving because
of a few outstanding orders on the Ist
of January. But the following table j
will show the difference that the two
years present under the various heads
of expenditure that appear in the
statement of each year, and for which '
orders were draw n :
11 • t l*w I*7 .
(Vniini ra'pay. Inrlttding CUrk ll.w'T <1 fl Ks 4*
Jury CotufßlMtOMr*' |>ay 74 42
la 111 r. |-*% KID O
Im|>ruwiurtita and iU|ir 'J7 • '*'7 It
K|*tiw l* . w, ,\M
Oaaatf l*rtai Bsimnm Ijft $ -a '
i'ouuly I'rlutiu* ... 7V vij si; *7
Hrf lgwa C 7 • • ••
4>rlinfy ........ 'l.o*l 4> 7-1 ,
fl- -if.
According to these figures the differ
ence in favor of I**o i $7,2.55.90. i
The items which show an increase arc
Improvement* and Repair*, County j
Prison and County Printing, the in
crease being s93*. *5. The item*
which show a decrease are Commis
sioners' pay, .Jury Commissioner*' pay,
Court Expenses, Bridges and Ordinary 1
Expenses, the decrease in these
amounting to $8,184.22. Deducting !
the items that increase from those thai
decrease, we have a net decrease of
On the first day of January, I**o,
the liabilities of the county exceeded
the assets by $7,815.09. On the first
day of the present year the statement
of the financial condition of the coun
ty places the balance on the other side
of the account, the excess of assets
over liabilities being 81.0X8.H1. Not
the leat gratifying feature of this ex
hibit is the fact that during the year
the Commissioners were able to pay
and cancel outstanding notes and bills
of the county to the amount of sll,-
592.2-". This item of indebtedness
in the statement for 1879 was $93,-
564.70; this year it is $82,581.94,
showing an actual reduction during
the year of $10,983.98.
The difference in oustanding taxes,
an item that stands conspicuous in our
county statements, and the Commis
sioners in past years have l>een greatly
censured for permitting it to grow on
their hands, has decreased in the
past year $3,178.00 —the outstanding
amount on the first of January
oue year ago being $87,023.38, while
on the same day of this year it is
We might follow these comparisons
to a still greater extent, hut deem it
unnecessary to do so. We cannot
conclude this brief roview, however,
without saying that our county man
agement during the year 1880 has
been exceedingly good. The taxpay
era will be benefited by it and have
ample reason to be satisfied with their
officials. The figures they present,
not only justify, but lead directly to
to these conclusions, and it is only
just and proper that these gentlemen
should receive due recognition and
commendation for the ability and fi.
delity with which they performed the
duties committed to their care by their
fellow citiiena.
Butlor and Conkling
'>n Monday la-t Senator Butler, of
South Carolina, took occasion in the
Senate of the United States, to call
attention to the gross misrepresenta
tions of the census of South Carolina
which were part of the stock-in-trade
of the Republicans during the late
Presidential campaign. The accuracy
of the census enumeration of that
State has been fully demonstrated
since the election, not only by all the
tests tliut could be applied to it by the
census bureau, but by another enume
ration. This, however, has gone for
nothing. The campaign slanders ac
complished all that was expected of
them, and since then they have been
quietly ignored by those who used
them. Senator Butler in the course of
his remarks UJSJII this subject made an
allusion to the campaign speech de
livered by Senator Conkling in which
the census slander was given to the
public. This provoked a few personal
remarks between the two Senators.
With that lofty disdain so character
istic of him, Mr. Conkling exclaimed
that "the vnporings of the Senator
from South Caroliua hail no concern
for him." Butler, "the Senator
has said that the vaporing* of the
S nator from Smtli Carolina are mat
ters of no concern to him. He will
pardon me for saying that the swag
gering insolence of the S. nator from
New York is a matter of no concern
to nie."' Conkling, stili haughty and
scornful, had the last words, a fol
lows : "I do not need to have heard the
Senator in order to ascertain that he is
a person with whom I do not care to
Imndy epithets here or elsewhere, least
of all here." The matter was then
dropped and in a moment the ordina-
rv business of the Senate was resumed.
All this reads very much like the
famous between Conkling and
lUitinc when they were members <>f
the other branch of Congress in 1866.
Said Conk ling, on that occasion, " I
do not wish to have anything to do
with the member from Maine, not
even o much a* to yield to him the
floor. If the member from Maine
had the least idea how profoundly
indifferent I am to his opinion on this
or any other subject personal to me, I
think he would hardly lake the trouble
to rise and express his opinion."
lilaine, in his turn, took the floor and
said : "As to the gentleman's sar
casm, I hope he will not be too severe.
The contempt of that large-minded
gentleman is so wilting, his haughty
di-dain, his grandiloquent swell, his
majestic, super-eminent, overpowering,
turkey gobbler's strut ha* Iwcn so
crushing to myself and all the mem
l>ers of this house that I know it was
an act of great temerity for me to
enter upon a controversy with him."
Maine said more, but Conkling re
mained silent and from that day to
this they have not spoken to each
other. Probably from this time for
ward there will be no personal inter
course between Conkling and Rutler.
Well, the world will still move.
A BREAK in the legislative dead
lock on the election of a United
State* Senator wu expected yesterday
but at the hour at which we went to
press yesterday afternoon there was no
word that it had occurred. The vote
on Tuesday stood as follows: Wallace
MO; Oliver 77 ; Grow 52; Agnew 1;
Phillips 3 ; Curtin 1 ; Shiras 2; Mac*
Voagh 3 ; Baird 1 ; Hewitt 2. Whole
number of votes cast 222.
AOCORDTJIO to the Xation Mr. H.yea
has during the past year pardoned or
reduced the sentence* of thirty-one
army officers found guilty of drunk
enness and much resulting scandalous
misconduct. "What we deduce from
this sorry performance is simply that
Mr. Hayes is weak and irresolute."
OHIO'S legislature is vigorously en
gaged in the passage of a bill for the
destruction of bawks. An Obio man,
an exchange remarks, knows a hawk
from a handsaw, but is so ambitious
for an office that he generally loses
sight of bath.
TKRMN: sl.r>o per Annum, in Advance.
1 itK British Parliament seems to he
the equal in turbulence to the most
advanced of American legislatures.
They indulged last week in a Parlia
mentary riot which resulted in the
forcible ejectment of Parnell and the
entire Irish delegation by the police.
In consequence of these violent pro
ceedings there is intense excitement
both in England and Ireland, and the
end is not yet. Permanent peace to
government will probably only come
by the establishment of Irish in
dependence. Certainly the coercive
measures now proposed in Parliament
against the Irish people are ill-timed
and will serve no good end iu the ab
sence of needed propositions for the
relief of the Irish |easantry from the
exactions and oppressions under which
they have suffered for almost ages.
THE State of Indiuna, in the ah
seuce of the excitement of election
campaigns, is now being amused by
the indictment and trial of politi
cians for alleged election fraud*. Any
amount of this kiud of work might be
done if there were sufficient time be
tween elections. Bui if the people
and courts cannot make the business
more effectual in Indiana than they
do in Pennsylvania,some other amuse
ment might adopted more agree
able and healthful.
CONKI.INO, it is said, could not con
trol the appointment to the Treasury
port-folio and wa mad. It i* now
believed that he will lie given control
of the Post Office Department. The
largo patronage of this department, it
is expected, will placate and Ijeal the
wounded sensibilities of the imperious
—The Philadelphia Branch leads all
other prubiishminu in this vicinity in the
amount of men's and boys' clothing sold
—The ronm of the Library Association,
of this place, hare been closed for lack of
funds to pay expenses.
How can they afford it' is the ques
tion of ]] who sec the fine clothing sold
so reasonably at the Philadelphia Branch.
—The uontl monthly meeting of the
Borough Council was held last Monday
evening, but nothing of importance trans
—Our fro-rid Geo. W. Batrhclor, Esq.,
of Lock Haven, it usually very choice of
his companion* and we were of course
much surprised to see him come into the
Brockerhoff House one evening last week
and register in connection with, "Joe"
Wilson, of Baltimore ; "Bill" McEwen,
(not "Bill' MrMullin), and "t'nrle Jim"
Young, of Philadelphia. AH that wa*
needed to complete the galaxy was the
deficient signature of the Hon. Michael
Mtilhooly, M. C., and the chaste name of
Blossom Brick, Esq. Mr. Batehelor lost
no time in shaking the "gang" and getting
back borne.
Mr. George P. Bible, of Milesburg,
the young gentleman who delighted large
audiences during the late Tear hers Insti
tute by bis fine elocutionary powers, will
give an entertainment in Humes' Hall on
Friday evening, the IHth inst. Mr. Bible's
programme embraces many popular selec
tions, and we bespeak for him an audience
commensurate with his abilities and the
high character of his entertainment He
has a fine, flexible and well modulated
votce, which, coupled with polished dra
matic force and intelligent acting, maksw
him an elocutionist whom it is a delight
to hear. His programme will soon be
made public and we bo|>e it will prove at
tractive enough to crowd Hume*' Hall on
the occasion of hit appearance.
—The municipal political pot is begin
ning to simmer and seethe as the time for
holding the spring elections approaches
The Democracy as usual stand quietly
back and give their brethren of the domi
nant party full swing. The principal con
test appears to be for the borougb treasu
rership with the present incumbent James
Harris, and 8. Durbin Gray, as tbs leading
Republican candidates for the nomination.
Mr. Gray is making his canvass upon the
broad platform of "Reform and Rotation
In Offlca," wbiia Mr. Harris is rallying his
forces with the cry of hit past record and
aflclancy. In tbs different wards where
school directors and counrilmen are to be
elected the canvassing is vary animatad.
Tbs caucuses of both parties will be held
on next Saturday evening and then the
agony will be ever so tar as the nomina
tions ars concerned.
McHr. Woodcock and Taylor of Al
toona, arc cycling n large lenm saw
mill near Vansroyoc elation, on the
Tyrone aud Clearfield railroad, and will
soon begin to cut and ship large quanti
tie* of flret class lumber.
A new sheep disease which is killing
of! flocks has made its appearance in
tireene county. The sheep are taken
with a soreness in the mouth which pre
vents them from eating and as a result
they starve to death.
\ ennor, the weather prophet, is de
scribed as "a red headed man of about
-J', years—a weather beaten fellow who
has been surveying and exploring in
' anada since 1*0.1." He is a naturalist
and is now engaged in getting up a
book on "The J'.irds of Canada. '
Mr. Patrick Donohoe, of Jtoston, dur
ing the month of December, khi the
■gent for transmitting to the old folk*
in Ireland nearly f.30,000 from their
children orer here; nearly f 190,000
were aent over during the past year.
Wyoming cattle raiaera declare that
the loss of atock thia winter through
aevere weather has not been perceptibly
greater than usual, and that the snows
will help the grass nest season. Mr. A.
W. Armour, of Kansas City, predict* a
IOM of 10 per cent, on the ranche# of
Miss Florence Neat, a young woman
of Bee Camp, Ind., became a convert
during a revival at a Madiaon church
two week* ago. < >ne night after her
conversion *he fell into a trance, which
lasted for *iz day*. She appeared to he
dead while the trance was on, but now
abe i* up and about.
There ia an old woman of Newbury
port, Ma**., in her 90th year, who a few
day* ago was out coaating with the
young people, and appeared to enjoy
the aport a much a* any of them. She
complained, however, that the young
men did not hold her quite ao tenderly
a* they did the girl*.
A Clarion county farmer on going to
church recently took a roll of money
containing $l4O and placed it in a fold
in hi* purse. The next morning he
looked for it hut found it miasing ; he
then went to the sled in which be bad
ridden to church ; the cow* had eaten
the straw out and in one corner ho
four.d hi* money chewed to a pulp.
The .January report of the field ope
ration* and production in the Pennsyl
vania oil region indicate* go >1 prosj>ect
I for thi* industry during the present
1 season. The summary for January give*
2nl well* completed, with a production
of 5337 barrels, a decline over Decern
ter of f.l well* and 1438 barrel* per day.
The number of "rig*" up and building
|i given at 426, and of well* drilling
334. a decrease in the latter of 32 well*.
The total amount of field work show* a
decrease of 7 per cent., and decrease of
well* actually drilling of 15 per cent.
The trustee* of the Peabody Kduca
tional fund m<-t in Washington on last
Friday. Mr. Samuel W. Wetmore wa*
again choaen treasurer, Mr. George
IVabody Hussell secretary and Hon.
Theodore Lyman aaiistant secretary.
The discuasmn of the normal college
question was taken up. The arrange
ment made by the late Ir. Sear* with
Dr. Stearn*. chancellor of the Normal
College at Nashville, Tenn.. waa approv
ed and the general agent instructed to
i carry it out. The arrangement ia for
the establishment of one hundred or
more permanent scholarships for that
The land l.muuc In America.
IVtAToH, Ma**., February 4.—The fol
lowing proclamation i issued : "Iriah
National Land League of the United
TVotrox, February 4.
, 7V> Mrm of (ht I/and I*ngu end the
A mt risan Pmplr .
A criaia haa I eon reached in Ireland.
It is not the unexpected that happened
—the suppression of free speech. arreaU
without bail, the darkening of the land
with spies and aoldiera, coercion, the
blow liefore the remedy. All thoae
I were inevitable. K.ngland move* but
alowly towar<l*juatice. Heboid her well
worn weapon* 1 There i a new Ireland;
in the raw of her people courage, pa
triotism, real, endurance, leade ship,
capacity sufficient for the time exist.
Strong, thoughtful, resolute men lead.
If they are silenced others will leap to
fill the vacant places. Ireland cries for
justice. The Land league ia her voice.
Kngland must build more jails before
the voice can be stifled. To the outrage
upon the people's representatives, the
attempt to place Ireland on her kneea,
to beat and scourge her before righting
her wrong*; to the arrest of hrave
Michael Davitt, let America answer in
protest. As the be 1 fire flamed upon all
the hills in that olden time when the
edict went forth, so now, in every Amer>
ioan city, let the fire of your indigna
tion blase. Gall public meetings every
where at once. As you aaved the Irish
people from death and raised them
from despair show that your sympathy
is still with them in their grand strug
gle for justice.
Members of the League, knit closer
together, add to your numbers, form
new branches ia every place where ten
friends of the cause can be found.
Place yourselves in immediate commu
nication with us. Ireland moves fast
to her supreme crisis, and we must be
close together when the hour strike*
Trust the patriotism, the wisdom and
prudence of the Irish leaders. They
are cheered by your sympathy. Make
your sympathy more marked. Organise
# very where. P. A. Coi.nxs,

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