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SATURDAY, JUNE 26,1880
Convention** in thi*» State.
Democratic State Convention,
Martinsburg, .July 28.
Republican State Convention,
Crafton, June 30.
To nominate Democratic candi
dates for Congress : First District,
Wheeling August 11; Second Dis
trict, Fairmont, July 26; Third Dis
trict, Hinton, August 4.
The Democratic National Conven
tion will meet in Cincinnati June 22.
REPUBLICAN COUNTY CONVEN
TION.
The Republicans of Berkeley
county are requested to meet in Con
vention at Martinsburg in the Court
house on Saturday, June 26,1880,
at 2 o’clock p. m., to select delegates
to the State and Congressional Con
ventions.
WILL HIS NAME BE BEFORE
THE CONVENTION?
We perceive from some of our
Western exchanges that an uncer
tainty exists in some of the counties
on the Ohio river, whether Mr.
Faulkner’s name will be before the
State convention as a candidate for
the nomination for Governor. We
say to all such, that Mr. Faulkner’s
name will be presented before that
convention for the nomination, and
that it will be earnestly pressed by
his numerous friends in this State.
CONFEDERATES.
The Fayetteville Enterprise thinks
the union element has not been suf
ficiently rewarded in the State ap
pointments of West Virginia. Can
anything be more unfounded and
absurd ? Has not every Senator
since the origin of the State been a
uuion man, except Caperton ? Are
not our present two Senators union
men ? Is a confederate to be exclud
ed from the olbce of Governor be
cause such, as he was in 1877 from a
seat in the United States Senate, ex
clusively and admittedly upon the
ground of his confederate antece
dents ? Is this war against confed
erates to continue in West Virginia?
Are we never to have i>eace ?
COUNTY COURT.
Under the proposed constitutional
amendment to be voted upon at the
October election, each county will
be required to elect three commis
sioners, w ho, If the amendment shall
be adopted, will constitute the coun
ty court. This becomes a very im
portant body. The jurisdiction of
this tribunal is greater and more en
larged than that formerly exercised
by the Board of Supervisors, as in
addition to the superintendence and
administration of the internal police
and fiscal affairs of their counties,
including the establishment and reg
ulation of roads, etc., with author
ity to lay and disburse the county
levies, they will have control of all
matters of probate, the appointment
and qualification of |>ersonal repre
sentatives, etc. We hope that for
this county energetic, active, live
business men will lie selected, and
then if the duties are devolved upon
them the interests of the county will
be taken care of and protected, and
we will have no reason to complain
of the mismanagement of our fiscal
affairs, etc., and if-such should not
be. the case the people must alone
blame themselves and no one else.
UNPROFESSIONAL.
If the i«pers in this State, which
comment upon articles appearing in
the In'depkxijext would give the
article itself and then follow it with
their comments, they could not de
ceive their readers by their frequent
gross misrepresentations o£ our
views. But this they care not to do.
They prefer to mislead their readers
hy comments not justified by the
text.
ATTENTIONFARMERS
We make the following extract
from a financial circular received of
Ilenry Clews & Co., bankers, of
New York city. Our farmers can
understand at once why wheat is sc
much lower now than it was six
months ago, and what the prospects
are for Llie future for higher prices:
“Instead of our having to supply
an extraordinary European deficien
cy in the food supply, England and
the Continental nations have prom
ise of unusually liberal borne 3up
plies; and, with abundant crops here
also, we have to anticipate a re
duced export of grain and mucli
lower prices.”
RANDALL CLUB.
The arrival in Cincinnati of the
Randall Club of two hundred young
men from Philadelphia in their blue
dresses and white hats is one ol
those indications of political demor
alization which should meet witt
public rebuke. They went there as
claquers to parade tire sheets and tc
magnify and hurrah for their patron
We remember a similar set of boo
hies, the “Pendleton Club,” which
marched all the way from Cincin
nati to New York city in 1868, laud
ing their patron—of course thej
“marched back again” with tlieii
tails between their legs. If this ex
cressence upon our conventional as'
semblies is tolerated, in a few years
more we will see it wax in strength
and whole armies of roughs and bul
lies will be found assembling tc
overawe the deliberations of the con
vention. Such accessories are neither
ornamental or useful.
JUSTICES OF THE PEACE.
In the event of the adoption of the
proposed constitutional amendment,
although the magisterial districts as
they are now arranged will remain
the same, yet the jurisdiction ol
Justices of the Peace and the duties
which they are to perform will bt
somewhat changed. As the selec
tion of proper men to fill these posi
tions is beginning to excite some in
terest, at the request of some of out
subscribers and as a matter of gen
eral interest, we will brielly state
what changes will be effected by the
adoption of the amendment. Jus
tices of the Peace will no longer bt
members of the county court or havt
any control or management of the
internal i>olice and lisc.il affairs ol
the county. Their jurisdiction wil;
extend throughout the couuty tt
actions of assumpsit, debt, detinue
anil liens, if the amount claimed, ex
elusive of interest, does not exceei
three hundred dollars. In all othei
resects they will have the same
jurisdiction and outhority that thej
have now, except if the second
amendment to article three should
be also adopted, where the value in
controversy exceeds twenty dollars,
exclusive of interest and costs, eithei
party can require a jury, which jurj
may consist of six persons. Th<
trial of causes l>efore them will lx
similar to what it was under tin
constitution of 1863.
MAP OF BERKELEY COUNTY.
John Baker Kearfoot is now pre
paring and lias nearly ready a may
of this county, of which we may all
be proud. It will embrace every
county road, every farm, and the site
of every dwelling. It is the result
of more than forty years’ labor of
himself and his venerable and com
petent father, aided by previous sur
veys found in the surveyor’s otlice.
It will be complete and jierfeet in all
of its details, and present a beautiful
specimen of lithographic engraving.
Our last county court did no more
than its duty in making a contribu
tion to this desirable enterprise. The
law makes it imperative upon the
court to have a county map with all
the county roads and districts dis
played upon it. For one-half of
what it would have cost the court to
have any ordinary map made, it se
cures the completion of one which
will be an honor to the county, and
besides gets twenty copies for public
uses. Mr. Kearfoot expects some
remuneration for the labor which
this task has cost him and his father,
by the sale of the m tp at five dollars
per copy. We have no doubt there
will be a prompt demand for it.
This is now the fourth map which
will have been made of Berkeley
county. The first eighty years ogo
by the French engineer Varley—
the second, fifty years ago by the
State of Virginia, preliminary to the
great map of the State, and the
third, some thirty years ago, by John
P. Kearfoot, and the fourth, their
last and most perfect of them all,
the result of almost a century of
labor.
HANCOCK.
The Cincinnati Convention put
General Hancock at the head of the
Democratic Presidential ticket, and
the issues of the campaign are now
fairly joined. The nomination of
Hancock, in some respects, is a strong
one. It will take the “bloodyshirt”
out of the campaign, and force a
square fight on live issues. lie is
strong in the fact of having no civil
record to be defended, and his mili
tary record cannot be assailed. Ilis
weakness, if any, consists in the fact
of his being a soldier, although he
has shown some of the elements of
statesmanship. There is a large and
growing desire among the people of
this country to have once more in the
presidential chair a statesman—a
born statesman—without military ti
tle or service. We have had “too
much military,” so to speak, in our
civil affairs for a number of years
past, and the people would like to
see real ability and statesmanship to
the fore once more. The three Pres
idential candidates now before the
people are generals, and the present
incumbent of the White House, who
is a general, will be succeeded by an
other general. It begins to look as
if the road to promotion in civil af
fairs was only through the army.
Garfield is not the strongest nomi
nee the Republicans could have made’
as Hancock is not the strongest that
could have been put forth by the
Democrats. Each is the child of
circumstances which forced their re.
spective conventions to seek availa
bility rather than real ability and
statesmanship.
HAS THE EASTERN PAN-HAN
DLE ANY CLAIM TO POPU
LAE CONSIDERATION?
We think it has. We are an im
portant part of the State. We have
twenty millions in value of rich lands
and personal property. We pay our
taxes into the treasury of the State
promptly, and we contribute largely
to the education of less favored
counties. We have stood by the
State in all of her troubles, firmly,
bravely, gallantly. Honor after hon
or has been showered on other por
tions of the State—in some places
richly and profusely, not “simply
raining but pouring.” Still we have
never complained, but have added
our voice to the general result. May
we not claim some reciprocity in the
general distribution of the honors ?
As we said on a former occasion,
this important county of Berkeley
has never had a State officer since
the settlement of Virginia in 1607,
and so it mighthave continued.with
out complaint on our part if we had
1 it not in our i>ower now to present
to the people of West Virginia a
man for the office of Governor whoso
qualifications for the place will be
disputed by no one. He has a record
“without fear and without re
proach,” one that challenges the
scrutiny of the world. As a promi
nent Democrat of thirty years’ ser
vice in the party, as a friend of the
laboring man, as a supporter of the
free school system, as the promoter
of public improvements, as the im
placable champion of West Virgin
ia’s interests, wre may champion his
record with any in the State. But
for his decided position and indefati
gable labors, it is more than ques
tionable whether those two splendid |
counties of Berkeley and Jefferson
would now be a part of West Vir
ginia. Can such a record as this be
passed by in silence and contempt ?
Lyman Trumbull, the Demo
cratic nominee for Governor of Il
linois, is 67 ye«rs old, changes but
little in appearance from year to
year. His youngest child is not
yet two years old.
MORAL GUNNERY.
The Rev. S. P. Ilenson, a Baptist
minister of Philadelphia, delivered
a very brilliant address to the liter
ary societies of the West Virginia
University, at its late commence
ment, subject, “Gunnery,” in which,
with great artistic skill, and strik
ing oratory, he likened a youth in
the process of education to a gun,
subdiving his discourse, with admir
able effect, into the material of
which a gun is made, the amunition
necessary to give effect to its power,
and the aim which alone crown its
results. It was of a character with
the “.Sermon of a Plough,” by the
celebrated Bishop Latimer, more
than three centuries ago, where he
adopted the similitude of the plow,
treating the “preaching of the Gos
pel as one of God's plow works and
the preacher as one of God’s plow
men.”
CHARACTERISTIC
A gentleman in our presence a few
days ago expressed his surprise that
Mr. Faulkner was not at the Cincin
nati convention, and inquired of
him why he was not there :
Mr. Faulkner.—For the simple
reason that I have no business there,
whilst I have much to do upon my
farm at home. Haymaking and har
vest have come upon us this year
with a rush. I am no sight-seer. I
never go any where unless specially
invited, or where I have some public
or private business. I should never
have gone to Eupope if I had not
been officially sent there by the Gov
ernment, and I doubt if I would
have seen our grand Centennial Ex
hibition if I had not gone there as
one of the invited representatives of
the people.
Gentleman. —Well, I suppose
you think everything is safe at Cin
cinnati ?
Mr. Faulkner.—I think it is
out of the power of that convention
to make so poor a nomination ttiat
we cannot win in November.
PRACTICE VS. PRECEPT.
The Kanawha Gazette, a paper, wre
presume, of some circulation in the
Kanawha valley, contains a very
striking communication from “An
“Old Democrat,” which is worthy
of some notice. ’ We give the follow
ing closing extract from it:
“Furthermore certain Democratic
newspapers in this Congressional
district are not preserving the time
honored Democratic plan that old
father ltitchie used to pursue in the
Richmond Enquirer, which was
where there were several Democratic
candidates for the same ollice, never
to advocate in the editorial columns
the claims of any one candidate over
the others before the nominating
convention met and decided who
should lie the standard bearer of the
party. All candidates were treated
alike until the nomination was
made.
“Only by a strict and faithful ad
herence to those time-honored
usages of the Democrecy can we ex
pect to maintain the supremacy of
the Democratic party in the State
of West Virginia, for it is here that
the strength of the party lies. If the
party machinery in this jiortion of
the State is allowed to run much
longer as it has lately been run, and
in some localities is still being run,
the time is not distant when defeat
must follow.
“True Democracy requires that
Democratic newspajiers should not
advocate, before the nominating
convention meets, the qualifications
of any particular candidate to the
exclusion of rival candidates for the
same office.
“Let every Democrat consider well
his future action and endeavor to
restore the old-time usages of the
party, and thereby retain and con
tinue in power the Democratic [tarty
in West Virginia; otherwise the
seeds of discord and dissatisfaction
already sown will bring defeat.
“An Old Democrat.”
No paper has more signally violat
ed the sage advice embraced in its
own columns than the Gazette.
Scarce a sheet issues from its press
that does not contain a high-wrought
partizan eulogium upon its favorite
J. 1L Jackson, and more than that
the Gazette is seeking, with cheek
and boldness, to stuff him down the
throats of the people of the Third
District by the rspeated and extrav
agant declaration that nine-tenths
of the people of that district are for
him. This is a rash declaration to
lie made of any district; it is a reck
less and unfounded one as it regards
that district, or the people have not
silken their sentiments in the meet
ings which have been held there.
Has one single public meeting in
the Third District declared him its
choice ? But here is a paper, which,
through its columns, preaches pru
dence, forbearance, unpartizanship
to all the other Democratic papers
of the State, and yet, claiming ex
emption from its own precepts, it
seeks by loud blaster, lusty crowing,
and whooping and holloing, to give
a “boom” for its own favorite. This
may be good strategy in the Third
District, although we doubt it. It
would not benefit any man in this
section of West Virginia.
The Gazette not only violates the
doctrines preached through its col
umns by its extreme and violent
partizanship, but it violates the or
dinary rules of justice and courtesy
by omitting to publish a refutation
of a slander (everywhere in circula
tion in the Third District) against a
distinguished Democrat of this
county. Mr. Faulkner may not
covet the office of Governor, but he
is a man of that temper that he will
not permit the voice of the people, if
in his power, to be frustrated by ma
chine politicians.
Xews Gleaning*).
The salary of the! President of
the United States is $50,000 a year;
of the Vice President, $10,000.
N. P. Catlet, Esq., cashier of
the Augusta National Bank died
at his residence in Staunton last
Monday night. ,
The exact date of the manufac
ture of the first violin is not fixed.
Violins were in use as far back as
the twelfth century.
Indiana w’ill vote in October this
year; tho Supreme court of that
State having decided the amend
ment deferring the election until
November unconstitutional. The
Hoosier State will therefore have
the honor of leading the van as
in 1876.
Madame Louisa Kossuth Rutt
Kap, the only surviving sister of
Louis Kossuth, who presides over
his home in Italy, is the guest of
Miss Charlotte W. Hawes, of Bos
ton.
A recent traveller in South Afri
ca has placed in the hands ot Dr.
Cameron, M. P., a whip, more
formidable than the “cat” of the
British navy, with which he says
that tho missionaries near Lake
Nyanza are in the habit of flog
ging refractory converts The sub
ject will probably he officially in
vestigated.
Blondin says in a letter: “I an
ticipate revisiting America at the
close of my European engage
ments, and propose to cross direct
ly ov*r Niargara Falls at a height
of 100 feet above the cataract and
nearly 250 feet above the bed of
the river. I have studied well the
difficulties and dangers of the at
tempt, and feel confident I can
meet and surmount them.”
Father Marcelline, a Catholic
priest,at the Six Portages.Ontario,
had his skull fractured on Sunday
last by ston?8 thrown by two
drunken men, while endeavoring
to prevent them from destroying
the property of a member of his
congregation, who kept a temper
ance hotel. Marcellitie is not ex
pected to live
The house that Tweed built at
Fort Washington, on the Hudson,
adjoining the estate of James Gor
douBennitt, has been purchased
by Mr. Libbey, a member of the
firm of A. T. Stewart & Co. The
late Mr. Stewart look it from
Tweed to pay for furnishing the
Metropolitan Hotel, when the
Boss was about establishing them
in hotelkeeping. It cost Mr. Stew
art about $27.r>,000, but has proba
bly been sold at less than half that
sum. The house is a perfect cas
tle in the midst of a tract of 20
acres.
Hon. James Barbour, a former
paominent Virginia readjuster,
who is a delegate elect to the dem
ocratic national convention, has
written a letter, in which he says:
' I shall go to Cincinnati with the
single view of rescuing the coun
try from the present political re
gime. Twenty years of power has
brought misery and degradation.
A change must now be made or the
facile decent must be uncontrolla
bly accelerated. Until this is effect
ed minor issuos must be postpon.
ed.”
Lizzie French, a white girl of
New Orleans,a few days since left
her home and was married to
Frank Skillman, a bright mulatto.
While she was concealed in an
apartment- rented by Skillmau,
and her parents were searching
for her, not knowing of the mar
riage, a white woman who had
been living for eight years as his
wife made her appearance, and
telling her story, the unhappy girl
made her way back to her parents.
Her fatherland brother want in
search of Skillman, and pistol
shooting commenced. Oue of the
bullets from French's pistol passed
through a partition into another
room and gave a fatal wound to
Sarah Barker, a girl 10 years old.
(ierardstowa.
Gerardstown has caught the
building fever at last. A new
dwelling is being erected by Mr.
C T. Crim. and a stone house by
Messrs. Miller and Griffith will
soon he under contract.
Rev. VV. C. Griffith, assisted by
the Presiding Elder, Rev. Wider
man, will hold a quarterly meet
ing in the Methodist church in
this place on July 31 and 4th.
Four days during the heated
term we enjoyed ourselves in the
wheat of Col. Frank Silver, bind
ing up the sheaves, and under the
leade-ship of Daniel Emory and
Smith Peterson we cut over six
miles of wheat per day, a half
m le to the through from one end
to the other, making six rounds a
day.
The Good Templar picnic will
he held in the woods of Mr. Sam
uel McJ\o>vn about a half mile
from town on July 31. The fol
lowing Lodges are invited and ex
pected: Darkesville, White Hall,
Middleway, Leetown, and Hed
gesville. 1 he speakers are James
West, Rev. Rice, Smith J. K.
Louthan, of Berryville, Dr. Best,
Brucetown, Va., J. J. Kettsell, of
Paw' Paw. Refreshments will be
found on the grounds. The
Shanghai Cornet Baud will be in
attendance. The procession will
form at 8 o’clock a. m. All are
cordially invited. No ardent spir
its will oe allow on the grounds.
Pluto.
lledgesville.
Your correspondent failed to get
his report in last week. I will
give you all the news as far as I
know up to this time.
Miss Laura B. Harley’s com
mencement took place here on
Tuesday night, June 8th, at the
Masonic Hall and was a success.
Everybody was well pleased.
Mrs. Smith’s commencement
took place at the Masonic Hall on
last Tuesday night: There was
quite a crowd present and every
thing passed off to the entire satis
faction of all The Hedgesville
brass band was present.
Mrs. Allen Bobbins died with
consumption near .North Moun
tain on Last Wednesday, June
23d, and was buried at Hedges
ville on Thursday last.
Politics are beginning to boom
up a little here: I suppose the
ball will commence moving as
soon as it is known who has been
uominated at Cincinnati.
There has been but few arrivals
and departures from our town.
Mr. P. J. Mussetter, Proprietor
of the Mansion House has every
thing in order for the receptiqn of
summer visitors.
The most of the farmers are
through harvesting. The wheat
crop from all reports is good.
Mr. C. J. Porterfield has been
heard from. He is now residing
at Leadville, Colorado.
Miss Kate Ellis is visiting
friends at Smithtield, W. Va.
Two young ladies from Cum
berland, Md., are visiting friends
in this place.
Mr. Cyrus H. Wayhle, the cen
sus taker of Falling Waters Dist.,
is very nearly through with his
work. Beforteks.
C'crarriNtown.
We take the following items
from the Gerardstown Times, of
the 19th:
Mrs. Caroline Sibole fell down
the steps one day last week and
was considerably bruised about
the face but was not seriously
hurt.
Our lively friend, Miss Anna
H. Coe, left the village last Mon
day morning on a visit to friends
and relatives in Old Virginia.
Our -uburhan neighbor G. N.
Heironeiuous, had a valuable
hors**, which he rode three years
in the army, to die a short time
ago. One by one the veterans
fail.
The young folks held Iheir an
nual Fishing Party at Grantham’s
ford on Saturday last. An unusu
ally large number of persons were
present and the day was a most
enjoyable one to all.
Preparations are being made to
render the picnic to be held at this
place on ' July 3d, by Cham
pion Lodge of Good Templars, a
grand affair. Eminent speakers
are expected, several neighboring
Lodges will be present, arrange
ments have been| made for vocal
and instrumental mu^ic, refresh
ments, Ac., Ac. The public is
cordially invited.
After an absence of eight years
Mrs. Ellen M. Silver, daughter of
Samuel Mcivown, Esq., reached
her old home, near this place, on
Wednesday last. She left Win
field, Kan., on Monday morning,
and accompanied by her two
children, made the long trip safely
and quickly, arriving at the time
above mentioned. A thousand
welcomes home!

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