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vol.. <;. She Crntrc rraocrat. Term* 51.50 par Annum in Ailvunc# Thursday Morning, February 14, 1884. GEN. W*. T. SHERMAN was placed on the retired list of the army on Friday last, under provisions of the act of con" gross making retirements of officers compulsory at the age of sixty-five. SECRETARY CHANDLER'S estimates for the nnvnl appropriation bill, which were placed nt $22, WO,QUO, were reduced I ,y the committee to $14..W0,W0. The amount estimated for the four steel cruisers was allowed, but that for patch ing up the old rotten monitors was re fused by the committee. HONORABLE mention is due the three Republican members of congress from Pennsylvania, who had the manliness and independence to vote for justice to Gen. Fit* .lohn Porter. They were Messrs. Payne, of Pittsburgh, Manner, of Philadelphia and Smith, of Lancas ter. All honor to them. W. F. HARITV, Esq., of Philadelphia, is strongly recommended by the Voting Men's Democratic Association of that city, a one of the dolegatcs-at-large to the Democratic National convention* Mc has earned for himself an enviable reputation as a Democrat of high integ rity and sterling worth, and we have no doubt his selection would be jipliciou*. PKXNSVLVAXIA'S favorite candidate for : President upon the Democratic ticket is William A. Wallace.— Canton Democrat, Yes. and if any other state in the I'nion has a favorite to excel him in all the attributes to make a great, fearless and honest President, who doe- not press himself to public notice or dicker for the office, let them trot him out. • MRS. PATTISON, the mother of Gover nor Pattison. died at the residence of her son-in-law in Alexandria, Va., la<t week. Her remains were taken to Cambridge, Md., for burial, and many friends of the Governor from Pennayl vania and Maryland were present at the funeral. We notice that Congressman '"urtin. Krnientrout. Muchler and Rah. dall were among the pall bearer*. THE Kentucky senatoral deadlock has at length had an end. Representative Blackburn is the successor of Senator William* in the senate of the United States. This was a protracted and animated contest, but the fact that the result was not made dependent upon either side by measuring "barrels" is a subject of congratulation. Mr. Black burn will at least be an honest, con scientious senator, and will not discredit the honorable record he has made by a 'en year service in the house. SENATOR JONES, of Florida, is chair man of the committee on Revolutionary claims in the senate, which may proba bly have a case of that kind to conaider once in three or four years. He, of course, to keep up appearance and maintain the dignity of the position, must have a clerk. He has accordingly appointed hia son to the onerous posi tion at a salary of $1,200. Senators and members of congress to considerable extent consider the scriptural injunc. tion that "he who will not provide for his own household is worse than an infidel," as binding now as ever. So it is, But if we read the Scriptures cor rectly, theft or downright meanness was not contemplated as among the means to be adopted for that purpose. Rut it goes to say that Republican senators and representatives did not form any part of an American congress until some centuries later. The Mahone's and Joneses, and such, were a subsequent product snd ean not trace these exam pies back a dozen years, when nepotism began to lose the contempt accorded it in the departments of government. A DKMOCIAT comtpunfoate* the follow ing suggeative Heviptural *e*t to the Philadelphia CkrmieU i The citizens of our city hafe the re markablo opportunity to secure: "A King who shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment und jus Woe."—Jer. 23-v. A Hunter who will hunt the ringaters "as a fieroc lion."— Job IQ-xvl A Shepherd who will scatter the rirgalers "as aheep that have no shop herd."—l. Kings 22-xvii. THE disastrous Hoods which have prevailed during the last and present week, has not been partial in their ' visitation, but have been present wherever there were streams in the country to receive their resistless tor rents. The Allegheny and Ohio have done much damage in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and the neighboring towns on their course to the Mississippi. The Susquehanna has been rampant and threatening, but no very serious damages arc rejiorted. llut our little modest Juniata, as if jealous of the Allegheny, has been on her ear plung ing over her hanks and destroying buildings and property and bridges with a looscut-hs that might satisfy her distructive craving for years to come. The village of Alexandria, Hunting don county, suffered severely, and we are sorry that our excellent friend the, Hon. H. I. Mclntyre, is anilhg the unfortunates, hut we believe not to any large amount. The destruction of property in the village is estimated at $lO,OOO, hut the damage in the immediate neighborhood will reach many\ thousands more. This to a small village is very serious, but when many of these building are rendered insecure, and others entirely misplaced by the torrent is an inconvenience not to be estimated. We sincerely sympa thize with them and the best advice we can give is to desert the trencher- I otis Juniata and come to the hills of Bcllefonte where their enterprise in building up comfortable homes cannot he subject to such vicisitudes. - ■" TIM name of Blaine, it appears, will not down in Pennsylvania at the com mand of Bo** Qu:iy and President Ar • tbur. Notwithstanding the Plumed Knight of Maine is announced as out of therin:-of Presidential candidates, hi* nam-- figures prominently in the pre liminary meetings of the "g. o. p a/- the j roper nun to lead it with any Icq e of sued ". Still, however friendly th rank and file of the Pennsylvania Re publicans may feci for the Maine state* man, it is no evidence that ID- will be the choice of the convention when it assemble* to name the representative to Chicago. The ring machinery which WRA somewhat demoralized a year ago, is again in full power with Malt. Quay and fliri Magee. th<- lieutenant boNe*, working harmoniously under command of the Master I'*?** "ho i conveniently absent, will control a* they have done heretofore. They declare for the sue eessor of the aasinated Garfield. EX-SESATOB PATTKRCOX, says the Washington I'oft, of South ( arolina, with the quantity and quality of whose statesmanship the country was at one time tolerably familiar, is out of poli tics just now— fortunately for politics —but is personally in favor of Mr. Arthur's rcnomination. He knows, however, that the President doesn't want it. How he knows it is because the President himself so told him — months ago. "To be nominated," says Mr. Arthur, according to Patterson, "would only bo gratifying to mc in case it came spontaneously. But Ido not want the Presidency again." That would seem to settle it, if the word of ex-Senator Patterson is good for any. thing, and we give Mr. Arthur full benefit of the doubt on this point. Now, if John I. Patterson is the only authority for this declaration of the President, just write it down a fie, for the fellow is as incapable of telling a truth as he is destitute of an honest impulse. * THE Republican gerrymander of t the congressional districts of Ohio, in which they claimed fifteen districts, giving six to the Democrats, has been ' repealed by the present legislature, 1 and a new bill passed which gives the Democrats ten districts, the Republi cans nine and two doubtful. > THE legislatures of Ohio and New Jersey have each passed civil rights laws for the protection of colored cititen*. These are intended to take , the place of the law of congress, which . the Supremo Court declared uncon stitutional. £ ' ' * V "XQCAL AND KXACT JUSTICE TO ALL MKX, OR WIIATEVKK HTATK OH I-KRSUASIOW, RELIGIOUS OR POLITICAL. "—JmBtitou BELLKFONTE, PA., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1881. Receipts and Expenditures of Centre Co Last week we sent out a full itemized j statement <>f the receipts antl expendi : tures f the county for the vear IHH3. 1 • ■ The statement being itemized, every j tax payer in the county can see exactly how much money was received and for ! what purjoae it was expended. This i ! a great advantage to the people. If; they desire they can make a minute ex- | ami oat ion, and from the statement it self, determine whether any of the*mo- . neys belonging to the public have been , misapplied or wrongfully appropriated. If in their judgment any of the county 1 funds have been s<juardered or wrong fully applied, let thcin not only call at- j tention to the matter, but appeal to the '"ourtsand have it judicially investiga ted. The present board of Commission- ' ers followed no precedents. They were elected on the reform current, and to ' reform they must be rigidly held. Their | statement shows a determined purpose j to conceal nothing. They have set out j the name, the amount, and the purpose I in every instance for which they paid , out money. They Imve gone a step fur. , ther. and have set out under the head > of ''Road and Bridge views," the money ; paid out by the County Treasurer with- J out orders l>eing drawn on him by the j Commissioners, so that the tax-payer may know exactly how his money has been expended. The statement sent ; out also reveals two other f.ict* that must be gratifying to the tn*-payer. ' One i that with very few exceptions ! tin outstanding taxi - have !.• n collec ted and settled up to i- s 2. and nearly all the duplicate* for that year have been settled. The other i*. that in the j two years in which the present board has managed the atFir of the county, j there has been paid of the county debt J sdl,o2'>.*l. This should t-e gratifying to every man who pays taxes in ''entrej county. A loaTof over s4<',ooo lifted , in two y car-, aiwiin tli.it time it has not j l-een found necessary to Furrow a dollar to meet the current expense*. With this showing, it is not out ot pls. e to commend the present board of, Conim.siioncrs. They Lave all acted, with an honesty of purj>oe to faithful- ; ly and intelligently serve the people, j and the bc*t evidence the people have of their fidelity is the statement sent to their constituent* last week. No one member of the board deserve* credit over another. They all acted in harmo ny in every matter relating to the pub lic good, and have thus met the qualifi cation of the public officer laid down l>r I Jefferson—they have been honest and capable. bet the public examine thi* state ment thoroughly, and if need* he. criti cise it, or the acts of the officers send ing it out mercilessly. They have eer tainly not intentionally done any wrong or misapplies! any of the public fund, and by the stats-men t referred to can stand upon their record. Before dismissing the subject, it is hut just to say that the loard of commis sioners were ably advised by their at tor ney, I). F. Fortney, Ksq., on all question* of law. and hia opinions on all economic methods where a departure from the usual routine of business in the office were made a necessity, have been strict ly followed. He is an able counsellor, and devoted to relieving the people of all unnecessary burdens of taxation. Bribery In the Star Route Trials. Kx Senator Dorucy he* just pub lished a chapter in the history of the Sur route prosecution which ought to require the attention of congress. He declares that he was offered immunity from prosecution if he would pay $.'10,000 and that "one Of the p; incipal contractors'" actually escaped by the payment of $200,000. These arc de clarations that involve the adminis tration of justice at Washington and should not be permitted to stand un challenged by the officials whoso con duct they affect Who was it that proposed to save Mr. Dorsey harmless for $30,000 T Was he an officer of the federal gov ernment ? If not he must have been one who believed himself able to con vince Mr. Dorsey that be could influ ence the power* that be. And who was it that saved "one ol the principal contractors" from indictment lor the sum of $200,000 f ll* er thsf must have wielded considerable influence over the Department of Justice and the criminal court of the District of Columbia. Perhaps the grand jury was the only part of the machinery of justice at Washington that was influ enced by thi* immense bribe, but it i may be reasonably supposed that so large a sum would hardly he given to effect that simple purpose. These "expenditures" in the depart ment of ju*tic • are not exactly the kind that Mr. Springer's committee is authorised to investigate, but a* they were intended to counteract the official j expenditure and according to Mr. Dorsey had in one case the desired effect, the committee might inciden tally inquire into the matter. If, how j ever, such an inquiry does not come within the province of that committee, | congress should not fail to order an investigation by a special committee ■ fully authorised to send for persons and pajx-r*. The true inwardness of I the Star route prosecutions ought to I lie revealed to a mystified public.— Harrinlurj I'ulriot. W; sec it stated that Congressman | Hayne believes that Senator Camcrou's I choice for President i* General I>ogan, lof Illinois. That being committed to Arthur he remain* abonad to avoid personal interference in his behalf, and allow Quay to fix up the convt-n* i tion for lgan in his own way. The congrc-sman ought to be able to judge them pretty c- rrectly. lie knows both Cameron and Quay, and that in politics there is not a spec of honesty ■n the composition of either. When they declare for one man, the only safe rule is to read their professions backward, and doubtless it is on thi* i principle that Mr. Pavnc lands them ! in the 1,-gan convention. Stnlwartiam Rcdivivus. It might be going too f..r tft y that the Administration is conspiring against the i "ivil Service law, but fact* appear to warrant the conclusion that several of :be l.xei Hiiro departments have come to a mutal understanding to discounten ance thi* law, in various w ays, with the palpable intent of bringing it into gen eral disfavor. Inai-mucb a* the acts of hca 1* of de partments are virtually the act of the head of all the departments, it i area •onable assumption that recent mani feMationofa spirit of hostility to the Civil Service law have not occured in opposition to the President's desire*. Immediately after the election of by which the Republican party was jutly scourged for Civil Service abuse*, the Administration and mod of its follower* professed conversion to Civil Service reform. In his message to Congress a year ago last December, the President admitted all that bad been charged in relation to compulsory political assessments, making pathetic mention of poor placeholders who handed over a part of their salaries to Ifubbell "for fear of what might befall them in case they should refute." The word ha* passed along the Stalwart line* that there must be a cessation of the coarse abuse of the other and better faction* of the party—the faction that was opposed to prostitution of the Civil .Service and would not admit that the office# -hould be farmed out to the bosses. Then a deep hush fell on the organs. They put a away their stock of standard epithets, and, following the lead of the President, the Stalwart politicians fell in with the Civil Service reform element of their parly, and for a few months moved to the same music—the music of reform. Is it possible that the opinion which had then become almost a settled con viction in the Stalwart mind, and was echoed by sundry Administration organs—the impression that their party must go down and out in ISB4 recon ciled them to a law which would give their party a good share of the offices even in defeat? Are we to conclude that because "the devil was sick," very eick, indeed, in thoee days, the sudden ohange of front occured? And shall we say that having gotten over the scare to some extant, and see ing (bat there is yet a fighting chance the mask la now thrown offandStal wartiam appears in its true colore? It la urged against the Civil Service Commission that it oostsperbap* a bun r . ' f dred thousand dollar* a yetr to k<-ep f its mechanism in operation. Thia j- statement lias Ie-n made by a member of the Cabinet. Well, a hundred t thousand dollars is a good deal of money ■ but it isn't equal to a third part of the ' amount squandered by officials on } pleasure trip la-t summer on pretence of "inspecting" and " exploring." And \v>- remember that when Mahone • in virtual command of the Norfolk * Navy Yard, charged $109,000 to repairs , on the Pints, the Administration made i no outcry. It is due, however, to the Administration and it* Virginia deputy I a* well a* to the cause of Ugtii jd jus j lice, to make record oj the fact that | according to the report Vrf a'*Vavai | board; the "I'iota" was not made any ' more utineaworthy by Mahone'• 1 ivil , | Service operations on her shaky bull, i ! The Htalwart* in Congress will not . ! have the courage of their conviction jin thi* matter. Whatever msv be the *enlitnpnt| of the Administration, the Republican Senate will not dare to strike out the Civil Service appropria ' ' tion that be sent over from the Demo' critic Hou-e. The Commission will le j continued, because the politicians in Congress will not take the risk of of fending the people by killing it off. , It's all up With Mo." ' AX OLD AIMV omnia kii.uo.Nß or TWO riEsi-nr.ATK at ;*uL.tas. lii suiso, Pa., f . b. 10.— A dc-perale ! encounter with two burglar- took plsc. i yesterday morning at the cottage resi ! drnoe ofCspUin I. If. Ko-aler, ofMyers- I town. About 1 o'clock bis wife awoke him to inform him that she beard a j noie at one of the windows of their bedchamber. 1 lie faptain armed him self with a revolver and ascertained . i that the noise proceeded ft m aw indow ! of the sitting room adjoining. He was j able to see through the inside lattice two | burglars on the outer sill, one of whom | was *lowly rai-ing the window. The captain threw open the lattice aod saw one of the burglar* drawings revolver, " ; whereupon Captain Dossier quickly fired ' .and the first burglar dropped back from ' j the sill and fell to the ground. The ; -toond burglar then fired at the CAP , tain, the bullet whizzing pa*t his le ad j and lodging in the wall, The captain was about to fire a second time when 1 the remaining thief jumped back and j caught bold of hi* wounded companion, II | whose blood was pouring from a terrible wound in the abdomen. The burglar j made a strenuous effort to help bis j confederate who was hoard to exclaim. "No, sir, Joe. you get away: it's all up with me." The firing aroused the neighlor*. who, together with the cap tain, traced the blood marks with lantern*, anil finally found the wounded burglar near a stable *> out fifty yards away. He was placed in the custody of < onstsble Mover, who put the man in a sleigh and took him to the Leba non jail, where he is now dying. The physicians were unable to find the hall. The prisoner is very weak, but seem* indifferent to his fate and positively refuses to say anything more than that his name is Miller and that he oomes from Philadelphia. It is believed that the two thieves were those remaining of the band of three who recently visited Salunga, Lancaster county, and where one was shot deed in a scuffle with Mr. Stouffer- The remaining two tramped aero** the country and undertook [to rob Captain Bo*alcr. Quite a number of robberies have been perpetrated in the Lebanon valley recently. A Fortune-Hunting Lord Jilted. Mis* Jennie Flood, the California beirea*, who is reported by a London paper to bo engaged to a British peer, is in Chicago and emphatically denies the report. It is understood, too, that Miss Flood deniee that she was jilted by young Grant, but claims the match waa broken off by mutual consent. Mi*s Flood ia an accomplishod and amiable lady, highly esteemed by all who know her. She possesses io her own right $2,500,000 in government bonds, pre sented to her on a recent birthday. The Knglish noble referred to by the Lon don paper is believed to be Lord Beau mont, who was in San Francisco not long sinoe. It is understood that tha young noble made overturee for the hand of the wealthy voung beirees, but demanded a dowry of $5,000,000, which old man Flood indignantly refused. Quite a number of Chinese residents of Peoria, IIL, are members of the Young Men's Christian association Bibla - class, TKKMS: $1.50 prr Annum,in Advance. ' All Sorts I - , In G.-orgia it it claimed that prohibi I tion work* well. The U-mi>eranc<- qUMtion there in kept entirely out of , politic*. i The Altoona 'lt-nut nominate* Hon. • W. A. Wallace for the Presidency. No better timber could be presented by i any uto. Small pox hat made it*appearance in 1 tb; aoulh, ami a number of caae* are ' rep rted at Louinvi.le, Ky , and Sbreve -1 port, La. In our reeolb ' tion, tereral newipa per* bavetna>lc great men, but very few gr. at men indeed have ever succeeded in qiitking a newspaper. Homeraet county paid f 11,485.77 for tiie maintenance of her poor last year, and Bedford county diabuned >12,168 for the tame purpose. Lch I nited .State* Senator i* to have a clerk at *0 per day—and the Houte should *ee to it that the Senator* them reive* pay for the luxury. John Sherman'* ?eal in investigating the Lan ville and other outrage* raiae* the suspicion that he is bargaining for jOutbern delegate* witb William Mabone. A Vigilance r inmittce io Ncbra-ka it doing a staving bu-ine* . It ha* hang ed eleven lata and i* looking for more Unlet* thit committee it disbanded the lb-publican mjyority in Nebraska is *criou*ly threatened. The ground on which an lowa man ekt f>r a dirop • .* that hi* w.fe is a drunkard: and the peculiarity of the complaint i- it* specification that ahe acquired the habit of intemperance while tending bar in hit own saloon. An lowa boy aged 15, worked a month for the physician of the neigh . borbood, and wa- g.ven, instead of the (10 which he expected, a bill for profes sional services which the doctor had rendered on the oc.uion of bis birth. The \\ athington •Star remarks : "A very jolly cham,-agne lunch given yester .day by i newly fa.tailed Senate clerk, in the Senate restaurant, raise* the question whether, it. the opinion of the Senate experts, that beverage is in j toxical.ng. A t'xnnecticut lawyer ha* sued oneo* hi* client* for a bill (i0 for iwrvice ren" jdered. It appeared that the client's I suit had involved a um of about (50, and had continued through 21 terms, on each of which the lawyer charged a (20 term fee, ■fame* Lick, the California millionaire, left ('-O.Otsi to pay for the erection of a j monument to Key, the author of "The Star Spangled Banner." The trustees have ,just decided to build the monu ment. Ten year- have pa**ed since the death of Mr. Lick. A man in Nebraska City i* actively promoting starvation by giving aw*av flour to the poor. He distributes it in sacks, one to every purchaser of 100 drink* at his bar j and. under the cir cum*tances, the winners are bound to be losers. President Barrio*, of Guatemala, haa invented a new way to build rail roads. He haa issued a decree oom pelting every man in Guatemala to take (40 of stock in a railroad he has projected to the Caribbean ooasL He expects to raise (8,000,000 at least by these forced subscriptions. I>r. H. W. Buchanan, of St, Paul, Minn., died of typhoid fever in Potts ville a few days ago, I>r. Buchanan was a prominent cttisen of St. Paul and a second cousin of the late President Buchanan. He was thirty seven years of age. His remains were taken to Huntingdon, Pa., of which place he was a native, for interment. The Republican leaders who during the special session of the legislature hooted at the idea of the possible dis franchisement of Pennsylvania in the next congress are beginning to tremble in their boots over the prospect that such will be the ease. Cel. <juay now wants an extra session. Too late. He and his party played idiot, If not rascals when there was one. No bureau of the Government exceeds in importance the United Stale* Talent Ofiioe. From the start it has been •elf-sustaining and now has sn un expended balance to its creditof about (2,500,(XX)- This money is the reeu't of i fees paid by inventors to secure the > patents which protect their invention!. 1 The business of the Potent Offiee hen increased with each year of Its gxbtcaw, NO. 7.