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It. W. WEAVE*, EDITQ*,
1 loomsßnrE, WUO' -de.y,
Democrutic Nomination*.
Foil GOVERNOR.
WILLIAM F. PACKER,
of Lycoming County
TOR JUDGE Or THE i-UTK E K COURT.
ELLIS LEWIS,
uf Philadelphia.
TOR CANAL COMMISSIONER,
VIJI ROD STRICKLAND,
of Chester County.
The Nominations.
On last Monday the State Convention on
tbn 15th ballot nominated Gen. WM. F.
PACKER fbr Governor. Ha ie a man of the
people, and haa educated himself in the great
school of the world to understand thoroughly
the atructore of our political institutions and
the sentiments oi the millions of loilsmen.
For a quarter of a century he has in his dis
trict been at the head and front of the great
cause of the people ; and his fidelity and ca
pacity re well proved by malice and
-vindirtivenesa with which the Opposition
bsee asaileJ bim. His is not a negative
chancier, for art lie he has cool discretion
and foresight, he has also the soul of a man.
Jndge LEWIS is now the bead of the legal
profession in Pennsylvania, and is known
beyond the Atlantic as a man of distinguish
ed ability.
NIMROD STRICKLAND is a man of undoubted
integrity, and has a thorough acquaintance
with the public affairs or the State. We do
not apprehend that there will really be any
very serious or desperate opposition to bim
or Jndge Lewis.
Bank Reports.
Erery yesr the quarterly reports of the
banks in the State are published, and these
always represent every institution as entire-
Iv solvent. The assets ire made up of such
items as ' bills discounted," "due f rom other
tanks," "notes of other batike," tic. These
hills discounted may be those of the officers
of the bank—the other banks from whom
debts are due may he insolvent concerns;
and in this way euch institutions as the Lan
caster Bank have made their reports, looking
as il the Bank was entirely solvent. Even
tu the reports jest recently published, the af
fairs of the Erie City Bank and Newcastle
Bank look as prosperous as any. 1
Roads in Catawlt-sa.
Mr. Ent has presented a petition ia the
Hoose and read in place a bill for the repeal
of the act of 21d March, 1850, relating to the
supervisors of roads in Catawissa township
in rhis county. The act of 18£0 provided for
the election of one supervisor, and that he
should let out the repairs of the road for the
year to llie lowest bidder. It was passed by
B. P. Former, Esq , during his service in the
legislature. The act to repeat passed the
House finally, on Mr. Em's motion.
evoked 'lfcem Ont.
On last Friday the resoluimn* to expel the
four corrupt members of Congress were
up, and before any action could be bad on
them Mr. Gilbert, one of the fonr, arose and
made a short speech declaring his innocence,
and eeded by resigning his seat and walking
oat of the House. A communication from
Mr. Malterson was then read also resigning
his seat.
STATE ROADS. —In ibe House, on' lb o "'l*
oli., we notice that Mr. EST preeente'L lwo
remonstrances from citizens of Limesto.* 10
township, Montour county, for the repeal of
the act granting a State road from Limestone
to Milton.
Also, one fiom citizens of Colombia coun
ty, asking for the repeal of the law authori
zing the laying nqj of a State Koad in Con
yngham township.
Mi. Ent read a bill to repesl certain por
tions of a State Road in Hemlock township,
Columbia county.
When the Legislature makes roads in the
several couaties wbere Ibe members are en
tirely unacqtiainted conte-ili ooß generally fol
low ; and the next winter li.ei" 8 18 8 project to
repeal. These matters had al."* B ? 8 much
better be left in the county courts w£ ere a "
parties can easily be heard.
♦•••• J
17 We have tecaived the last number of
the Westminster Review, re-published by-
Leonard Scott & Co., New York. Contents
—Worlclinesa and Other-VYorMliness: the
Poet Young, Capabilities and Disabilities ol
Women, English Law: its Oppression and
Confusion, Sta-e or Italy since 1848, Revi
sion of the English Bible, Herat and ihe Per
sian War, ke , Stc.
17 The people of Danville have held a
meeting te urge that Ihe Lackawanna and
Blooassbttfg Railroad shall connect with the
Catawisaa Railroad at Danville instead of
Rupert. Aa it seems thst the gusge of Ihe
two roads w>ll be different, all objects of
transportation will have to bereebipped wher
ever Ike connection is made.
17 Persons going to the city will find the
establishment of Mr. WM. 6. PERRY a good
place to purchase books or to bave binding
done. They can depend upon being fairly
deelt with. A number of persons in tbis vi
cinity have had binding done there to their
entire satisfacticu.
17 MA- EST, the Member of this district,
was in town'on last Saturday on allying via
it, evidently in good health and fiue spirits.—
He is in every respect attentive to the interest
ol his constitneale.
17 If our roiemporsriot who steal articles
from otli columns wsek alteT week are short
of brains to concoet tbsir own
nogbt to be booeat enough to give us credit
until they can get along independently.
TIB mceFßt METocvrto*.
To-day the chief magistrate of the republic
•ill retire from hie office end hooors and be
come t pi irate Citizen, and another citizen
from the hill* and milieu of Pennsylvania be
eome* Preaideni. The cbarauterof oor gov
ernment and people la such that this dhenge
ia made peacefully end in e 'few momenta,
while in the old world a change of rulere ia
yet often, and waa in the olden lime nearly
always attended with popular convulsions,
ar.d ■ general up-heaving of the political and
1 aoctal system. 4 N
The new President enters his office amid
the plaaditt of most cf his eoomrymen, and
wiih ihe best wishes of many more. He has
snown wisdom in the selection of suoh patri
otic counselors as Lewis Cass and Howell
Cobb—men who are conservative and safe
in every time of danger, and who are never
extremists on public questions. The new ad
ministration brings with it experience and
capacity in the management of pnblio affairs;
and it finds no embarrassment from any act
of the ont-going administration.
General Pierce will leave the banks pos'ed
op—the Treasory full to overflowing, and the
Departments all cleared up and clean for the
entrance of the cnccessor. It is easy for a
pnppy to bark at a lion, anil it has been the
fashion among some conceited and disap
pointed men of narrow mir.ds to revile the
administration nr.der whom they would not
have made respectable tide-waiters. But
the folio"."fe!S article from the Philadelphia
Ledger does entire juelirp to this ipbject, and
we prefer lo copy from a neutral piper:
" President Pierce will retire from public
office in a day or two, and some of the news
papers which have very roundly abused his
administration, now discover that there was
considerable merit in it. Like Mr. Polk's ad
ministration, it has, in spite of assault, left its
mark distinctly impressed upon the history
of the country. There is no question of for
eign or domestic policy which has arisen du
ring the last four years, which it has not
frankly and boldly met, and nearly all of
tbem have been settled upon principles ad
vantageous lo tl e nation and promotive of
its peace and prosperity. We need mention
bait the Noalheastern fishery question, the en
listment question, one of which adds to our
commercial advantages, the other lo our na
tional honor. Then came the Central Amer
ican qups'inn, which, though it lias not been
settled definitely, has yet released us from
the entanglement of a very bnngling treaty.
The Koszta affair, the Spanish difficulties,
and in fact erery question which brought us
in collision wi'h the powers of Europe by
lbs fearless enunciation of principles favor
able to Democratic progress, or in vindication
of our sovereign rights, has been honorably
and peacefully settled, and an American pol
icy evtabl'shed which hereafter must be re
garded and respected by the nations of the
world in their international conduct. Alt
these things apeadt highly of the firmness of
the executive, the wisdom of hi* counselors,
and his own appreciation of their suggestions.
In our domestic policy the same foresight,
discrimination and adherence to sound prin
ciples, have added lo the strsngth of tba na
tion and inareaaad it* p-naparily. A wise
forbearance, daring a heater.' political strug
gle,saved tfie country ffom lb4"jrvll-of a civil
war; and whatever may be the differences of
opinion respecting the constitutional 1 co.ntrnl
by government of slavery, circumstances w.'ll
hereafter show (hat the principle adopted for
the territories, is the one which best favors
freedom without producing the shock which !
t would have been caused by the attempted !
exclusion of slavery. The administration of
President Pierce we regard as one of the
most successful in its results amid its most
trying difficulties that wo have had.
STRING.— For several woeks past the rob
bins have enlived the bright sunshine as if
spring wis toady to leap laughing from the
lap of enrth. The earth has not yet donned !
her now soil, but wboevef wishes to enjoy a
nev jr suit can be accommodated at David
Lowe nberg's cheap and fashionable clothing
establish men! up street. His new stock ol
j n „ (tyhis came iSSot a* early as the rob
bhis and he h" 8 8 ,ar S 8 " nJ fine 8el0,io n
of jewelry in a >S show-case which looks
so magnificat thai', l oß ' people should sup
pose it was kept for ex hibition only, we think
it right to inform everybody and the rest of
mankind that every jewel m it is'
for sale cheap, and that a.tmHtih®® 18 me
children half price.
TRADING STORES— During the p.' B ' w eek
Mr. A. C. Mensch and Messrs. 11. C. I- W.'
Hartman have exchanged the locations
their stores. Mr. Mench is now at the Ar-
CHt -ie Building, and Messrs. Hartman at the
corner °' Main and Market Streets.
17 At a i <a,e Democratic eelsbration at
Fitchburg, MMS" B®* 8 ®*" 80 "®, the following toast
was read:—
"The Fivmont party wppphristeped by three
thousand clergymen, educated by Charles
Sumner end clothed by bleeding K.nsas;
but was arrested by Illinois for treason, tried
before Chief Justice Uniot;, Indiana on the
bench, found guilty by New Jersey, hung
by Pennsylvania between the two Black Re
publicans New York anil Ohio, and finally
sent lo the place of mourning and "solemn
silence" by Califom ia.
17 In looking ovi'r the "asset*" of tho 1
Lancaster Bank we periteive that three mem
ber# of the Bachman ami three of Ihe Long
meeker family are indeb ted lo the bank at
the present time in the itggtegale sum of
8101,361! Who would'ot have' a bank in
"the family "I
17 The Rer. Theodore Parker says
"Washington hsd not a great reason, no phi
losophic power, no imagination, no fondness
for beauty in art or-*ieraire. At times he
pooreu' ont !be ghastliest oaths, was not an
affectionate matt, end few flowers of benevo
lence gleamed across his path." Mr. Parker
is one of the "sensation" mioisitera. He
would rat bet be striking than true, and never
allows a slaveholder to pan witbont thinking
it bis spatial duly to hit him as hard as he
can. Bat it i likely that Washington's char
acter will aland avaa Mr. Parker's belhcosi
<f bntatiohol.
Txtimlnatlou* and BxhlMiloas-
The Upper-Glade School of this plaoe will
hold its public examination eierclestt at the
Methodist Church on next Friday afternoon
ind evening. We have no doubt they Will
be creditable to the school and teachers.—
The public are invite I lo attend.
On Saturday, the 14th of March, the Up
per Grade School at Light Street will hold
its public examination in the Academy, and
in (he evening there will be a public enter
tainment of declamations and compositions.
SCHOOLS IN BI.OO.nSBURO.
The schools of this district have improved
very much, and there is again the order, dis
cipline and decornm becoming the children
of civilized society, which list winter seem
ed all lost. The Upper Oracle School under
Mr. NASH and Miss MORRIS is as well in
structed and managed as any parent need
desire for his child ; and the scholars show
quite creditable proficiency tn their studies.
The Directors have recently purchased for
this school a set ol Holbrook's School Appa
ratus, embracing a planetarium, an orrery, a
tellurian and mathematical tables.
In the lower room of the Academy Miss
Sharpless is quite successful! with the pri
mary department of girls, and makes her
instruction interesting and agreeable to the
little learners. The class in reading could
teach some teachers, nd those in Ariihme
tic and Geography, though just beginning,
are in the rrglll dwectlon.
But our most agreeable surprise was in
the Irondale school, under Miss SUSANNAH
RICHART. We expected to find a school rath
er backward ; hut it is one which haa few
equals in the county Tn the thoroughness
and correctness of the instruction, and the
promptness and regularity of the scholars'
answers.
Miss CATHARINE WEAVER has an orderly
and progressive primary school opposite the
American Houso, and Miss DEBORAH KNORR
one very much like it in Hopkinsvtlle. Be
low Hopkinsville the Direoiors have built a
comfortable new school house where Mr.
JAMES STOKES does all he can lo train and
teach the wayward young.
Mr. EUAS HICKS has charge of the primary
boys' soliool in the Academy, and THOMAS J.
MORRIS, Esq , of the school in Scott town.
Hie Remedy.
We have been asked several limes wheth
or IMX payers are justified in refusing lo pay
(heir taxes when the Board of School Direc
tors hire incompetent teachers without cer
tificates, or otherwise violate the law. We
do not think the tax-payer can constitute
himself a judge and take this summary rem
edy into his own hands. The proper remedy
is in such cases to have the Directors re
moved by the Court under the plain provis
ions of the school law. But the schuol lax
must be paid to be expended by just officers
for legitimate purposes. It has been adjudged
that this remedy of removal supersedes the
old one of indicting Directors for a misde
meanor in office; and much more would it
supersede the summary and lawless redress
of a ainale individual's opinion or will, which
would generally be more easily movetTby a
desire to esoape taxation than bf one for bet
ter schools.
But the School Department sustains no
such relation to the Directors as does the
citizen of the district. It cannot remove the
Bo.vd, and therefore is not precluded from
taking its only other just remedy and with
holding lho State appropriation from the de
linquent D. : reotors. Its duty is lo see that the
public money goes only to those who use it
for legitimate purposes.
But the question arises whether directors
are liable to township in a civil suit, if by
'.heir negligence the State appropriation be
lost. They canr.ot be liable in an action of
debt or assumpsit; but there is nothing lo
shield their liability from an action on the
case for the negligence aud maladministra
tion.
Musical Concert.
On last Thursday evening Mr. J. W. ALEX
ANDER and the class which has during the
winter been under his charge gave a musi
cal concert in the Court-house to the gratifi
cation of our towna-people and a number of
i visitors from neighboring town*. Though
there are not many voice* In the class which
give evidence of musical genius, (be exer
cise! showed fidelity and artistic skill in both
pupils and teacher. But one member of the
class— Mitt Mary Mclirult —has a voice of
the highest and finest capacity and compass
t0 be found among musical prodigies. It is
a trcas.' ,re i *"d may be a fortune to her. We
havt' beat' 1 ' 'h® Seguin Opera Troupe and a
number of o.'ber popular Opera singers, and
wo believe /.here '• a K'ft the voice of this
young girl in the va.'ley of the Susqueh.nna
which by culture might equal the music of
the most famous topranot imported from
Italy.
Sir. Ilucbuunu's luuogk'ral Bull-
Mr. Buchanan has gnt his inaugural "°at
made by an honest Dutch tailor of Lancaster,
who has patriotioally stitched It with stars,
representing the thirty-one States of the
Union. The idea is a good one, and eould
only have originated in Lancaster county,
where the Union is a cardinal principle with
the Duteh yeomanry, who will hot have it
separated without tearing the whole fabric,
material sod workmanship, into shreds. It
is also symbolical of Mr. Buchanan's admin
istration. With the Union stitched into the
Democratic policy, and with the right kind
of buckram in the cabinet to stiffen it, it will
wear out its term—a credit to the manufac
turer, a satisfaction to the wearer, and the
admiration of the people.
Rut baa presented to the House •
petition of Mary Silvester, of (hie county, for
a divorce her husband, Jeremiah Stives
ter. _
OT The Preaident ha." > MU ®d hie procla
mation, ordering the sale of fb® Indian Trual
Lands in Kansas, in May and June next
There are about 650,000 acres of them lande,
which will be sold to the highest bidder, but
not at less than the appraised value.
TUB INAUGURATION.
The arrangements for the inauguration to •
day are as follow* J— The Senate Chamber
will be opened as early as 11 o'clock for the
admission of Senators and the privileged
gnosis, ex-Presidents and Vice Pisrident*,
the lodges of the Snpreme Court, diplomatic
corps, heads of departments and member* of
Congress* the aimy and navy,
w t>°> by n*m%ba*e received be thanks of
Congress, Governors of Stales, &c. At 11
of Arrange
ments, w President's
room, and at 14 o'clock, when the Senate
shall assemble, the President and President
elect will be introduced by the Committee
of Arrangements to (he seats prepared for
thttn in front of the Secretary's (able in (be
Senate Chamber, With the judges on the
right aod the diplomslic corps on the left.—
The whole body will then go to the eastern
p*rtico ef the caphol, where the President
Will take his seat in front of the pisiform
with the officials, &o , named above, in or
der in the rear. The oath of office will be
administered by the Chief Justice. If (be
weather should prove unfavorable, the cere
monies will take place in the Senate Cham
ber.
The Lycoming Gazette hits off some
of the foolish little practices wbicb editors
too often indulge for want of belter ex
cuses, whicb go far to weaken, if not destroy
(be tnfluetiaa.of jhy prey*. We append the
article of lbeC3SikHr the hope toai It will
destroy the fvhciiceb
"Every l<jw weeks we see in soma of our
exchanges * notice after this fashiou: 'ln
consequeuct of the laige number of new
subscribers added to our lift since our out
side was wotkad off, wa ara compelled to
send a half sheet to macy of ou: subscribers
this week.' Would it not be well for our
brethren of the press to discontinue that
practice! It's worn out. If Ibey are unable
to issue more than a half sheet, we recom
mend them, hereafter, to say so, instead of
perpetrating spch. transparent humbuggery.
Another joke that might as well be aban
doned i*, to write a notice that "in conse
quence of our heavy advertising patronage
we shall soon be compelled to refuse adver
tising patronage we shall soon be compelled
to refuse advertisements or enlarge our pa-
IjgjwbeUiterc&urse will probably be pur
stted.' wlfefi Tblf nead-V advertising patron
age consists of * column and a half prospec
tus of the New York Tribune, fot which the
editor gets paid in the ptivilege of exchan
ging with it for one year; three-fourths of a
column of lottery advertisements, a pill ad
vertisement, worth one huudred dollats, but
inserted for twelve, and a score of others of
like chancier. Gentlemen of the press would
do well to bear ill mind that this is an en
lightened age and nation, and that there little
dodges are out of date. They bring discredit
upon Ihe whole fraternity by their shallow
ness. The former class should stop opera
tions when they feel the necessity of such a
paragraph, while the latter would do a sensi
ble thing to "refuse advertisements"—par
ticularly such as we have named.".
P erM flQj9* t| i( e stamps.
HOD. 11, HIE Postmaster"
General, baa recently introduced an improve
ment in the postage alamps, which adds
greatly to their public convenience. He has
had them prepared on sheets with peforations
arouod the borders of each stamp, so that
they can be separated, one from the other,
without using a knife or a pair of scissors.
Besides the saving of lime in this improve
ment, there is greater security that the stamp
will adhere to the letter, for the points or
rough edge left bjwte peforations will stick
better to the letter, there being none of the
risk of ike edge turning up as when it is
contiuous. This pJan of peforaling latter
stamps is pracised in Europe, and Mr. Camp
bell had the conicactor to procure a machine
from that country for use here. The con
tract is made with Toppsn, Carpenter & Co.,
of this city, and, in addition to a supply for
Philadlpkj£j4MMMitaM. have already been
sent to New "Writ, Boston, Baltimore, Cin
cinnati, St. Louis, Mew Orleans, Chicago and
Albany. The amount of letter writing in the
United States may be inferred from the num
ber of postage stamps used. The number
•old by the Government last year reached
nearly one one hundred and fifty millions of
stamps ! — Ledger:
Mantnfe Kxirordinary.
In the little village of Montgomery, Orange
couuly, (N. Y.,) a widow of about fifty years
of age, was married a short time since to a
green half developed wight of twenty. The
woman has had some experience in such af
fairs, as litis is her fourth marriage. The
first husbaid was thirty years older than her
self ; her yecond consort look to hard drink
ing after his marriage and soon
died; her thW tajnill living and has given
aid to having hired the
boy to marry her, giving him five dollars as
a start in housekeeping and his good will.
'1 he M'licaa treaty.
The following i> probably the oorraot ver- j
sion of the new Mexican treaty. It contem
plates a loan as $15,000,000, of which
$3,00b',000 at o lobe applied to the payment
of American claiifOt to he adjusted by a joint
commission, and the remainder is unrestrict
ed. Twenty perioent. of tha receipts from
customs by Mexico is to ba appropriated for
tha re-payment of the loan. It also contem
plates a joint poshl arrangement via Tehaun
tepeo as well aa a transit route. There is no
stipulation fot a cession of territory, arid
Congress or the ['resident have ao authority
to contract such ■ loan.
" —♦* ,(> > .
SLEIGHING IS NEBRASKA'.—A correspondent
of the Cleveland tlaindealer writes:
"Mv attention "was attracted this morning
by twoWJlbWdfjfr feaflie houses moving
through our streets upon roc new, and drawn
by lonr horses each. Stove pipes protruded
through the roof, indicating oozineai and
comfort within. VTiqdovvs adorned the sides,
and tin y icicles glittered in the sunlight pen
dant from the eaves. Upon inquiry we
learned that these bousee contained the fam
ily *,of an old acquaintance, Hon. Isaac Par*
tisb. formerly of Ohio, Who is moving from
his home In lows,to a new one at the town
Of Do Bota, in the territory."
FROM CALIFORNIA.
Ex-Governor Burnett ha* bean appointed
Judge of the Supreme Court of California
The A pacha Indiana have been torn milling
great depredations in Sonora. The copper
mine at Fort Yuma'ia developing richly. The
earthquake en the 9fh extended throughout
California and lasted several minutes. Wall#
and chimneye were prostrated, and one wo
man killed. People ruihed out of tbeir
houses greatly alarmed, and many streams
diverted from lhair used channels. The Su
preme Court has declared Invalid the act im
posing a tax of fifty dollars on persons not
intending to become citizens. It is rumored
-that a filibustering expedition against Sonera
■is about leaving San Francisco. The Cali
fornia Price Current adviaei a suspension of
shipments from thn Atlantic cities, the mar
kets in California being already over-stocked,
and the -eceipls of merchandise con tinning
exceedingly heavy. The cold weather in
the mountains has prevented minirg opera
tions.
Land Warrant.
Of land warrants Messrs. Sweeny, Ritten
honse, Fant & Co., in their finanoial circula
tion of to-day, says: " Warrants have ad
vanced 3 oenta -per acre since our last repot t.
We quote the market to-day firm, with a do
oided upwards lendeney.
Buying rate. Selling rate.
dO's Si 12 per acre. SI 15 per acre.
80 s 1 03 " " i 06 " "
160's 1 02 " " 1 04 " "
ISO's i oo • ' oa " "
Revoln'ry scrip 1 05# " 207 " "
"Large orders continue to come in from
the Wert, in anticipation of the opening of
the-land office in lowa, Kansaa and Nebras
ka."
"A bill introduced by Mr. Cobb, of Ala
bama, is now pending before Congress to
place warrants issued under the act of March
3d, 1855, on a footing with those issued un
der the act of 2817 and 1850, which author
izes the issues under the acta to be received
in payment of lands on railroad grants and
at public sales. Should this bill become a
law, warrants must, in our opinion, enhance
lha value.—Cor. Baltimore San, Feb. 18th.
Valuable Gold Mine I
Among the assets of the Lancaster Bank
is n gold mine located somewhere, we be
lieve, in North Carolina. This same gold
mine a lew" ye art ago was file moans of puf
fing into notoriety and magnificence the great
financier of Lancaster who owned it. The
papers teemed with accounts of its richness
—the proprietor grew fat and saucy in anti
cipation of its abundant yield—the Lancas
ter Bank was drawn upon for funds to de
velops it, receiving as security a judgment
upon the "gold mine," which the appraisers
now return under oath as worthless.—Lan
caster Examiner.
Denth of l)r. Kane.
Dr. F.lisha Kent Kane, the great Arctic ex
plorer, died at Havana, Cuba, on the 16th
inst. His remains reached New Orleans on
Monday, en route for Philadelphia. Dr.
Kane was only 35 years old, but no living
man of his age had acquired a greater fame.
| His death will be daapU- J ■■ -a-iy lament
r-cJ, fui'ire Iwiien wherever civilisation
extends.
Shooting Cese In Washington,
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28.—David Hume went
to the Pension Office this morning to de
mand the retraction of a charge by D. C.
I.ee, a clerk in that office, that he (Httme)
had picked Lee's pocket at the President's
reception last night. Lee declined to retract,
when Hume struck him with a stick. Lee
thereupon shot him dead with a pistol, and
soon after delivered himself to the officers.
DECIDED IMPROVEMENT.—In Maine they
make as much of their murders as they do
in New York, human curiosity being pretty
much the same in an "inland village" and
in a "metropolis," though the self-conceit in
the latter is amazingly ahead. In New York
the refined and intellectual citizen* gather in
the neighborhood of a house in which a
murder is committed, and gaze for hoars at
the doors and windows, as if they expected
them to open and make a revelation of the
murderous mystery. In Maine the ladies,
old and yonng, take their knitting and sew
ing with them to the Conrt House, and im
bibe the sanguinary horrors while they man
ufacture worsted stockings and lace capes—
a union of industry and cariosity in "village"
customs and habits decidedly to be preferred
to the idle inqnisitiveness of "metropolitan"
manners.
tr The "City of Tiffin," a village of five
thousand inhabitants, in Ohio, appears to
have been giver, over to the Evil One:
A young man named Coffman, burned hie
father's barn, valued at SI3OO, and then stole
$l3O of money from the old man ; another
youth of the name of Frasvr robbed bis father
of $200; tbe body of an unknown man was
found in the streets, who bad been murdered
by some ODe ; tbe cholera is decimating the
bogs ; a series of fights, riots, etc., had oo
carrad, within a week, and the Postmaster
at Melnore, near Tiffin, has recently robbed
the mail of monied letters, but escaped be
fore tbe officers could catch him.
HORRIBLE.— The editor of the Scalpel, in
the February number, in an artiole on tbe
"Education ol American School Girls," has
discovered that a frightful praciioe prevails
among young ladies of eaiiug chalk and slate
pencils and drinking vinegar to avoid gaining
flesh. "Very few persons," he eaye, "ima
gine the extent to which this suicidal perver
sion of the natural instincts wi'.i go in young
women who are under tbe influence of thair
imaginary superior*, in what they consider
Iraceful thinneaa ; much bat been said about
ght lacing, and because the corset has par
tially gone int# disuse, people imagine that
eompreaaion of the lungs had ceased; it ia
far otherwise, book* and eyes and whalebone
bava taken thair plaoe, and the insane devo
tee willingly starves herself by the year."
OT Tbe election of State Treasurer, witb
the consent of both Houses, will take place
on the llth instant.
Secret Service Money.
When we recently published the facts re
specting the #360,000 of secret service money
distributed by' General Scott while in Mexico,
we expressed our humiliation Si the facta
which it indicated. That dffieers of high rank
in Mexico were willing to sell their country
for a private consideration seemed indeed
bardly credible. And yet the recent report
of the Committee of Inquiry show, that the
uses of another sort of secret service money
are by no meana confined loforbign capitals
or to times of,fee* In Waahiogion, some of
our own membensoftongteas can, it aaems,
be reached "by snob oonsidoradona mote ef
effectually (ban by any other.
That the action of the Committee of Inqui
ry was independent, manly, acd influenced
by the purest and most honorable motives,
there osn be uo question. That it took a bold
but roilJ view of the oaae we have no doubt.
Bal whether they have got really to the bot
tom of the matter seems quite doubtful.—
Suppose three or fonr members to be expell
ed, would it be quite safe to ait down and
say, as A the Committee, that ail beyond is
irreproachable and above scvpicion ? It is
true that it was lot the interest of the eon
epiratora, if aver so few, to magnify their
numbers, get up a report of members of Con
gress being so linked, in order to fleece mon
ey more profusely out of parlies thus to be
shaved T No doubt they exaggerated the
corruption, to swell the amounts, just as aeme
of-them professed to be very indignant at the
rascality of .the whole thing, while coolly
swallowing tba plundtr. But, after all, wtll
the country believe the other members of
Congress to be immaculate? It ie true that
a certain ex-member from New York testi
fies that he knows of no corruption. But is
that enough? Perhaps he acd others might
differ as to what is corraption, for Mr. Simon
ton tells as that be had seen this same ex
member oall oot twenty or thirty members,
and after conversing with them they had
changed their votes. Why was not thia re
porter asked tn state who they were? Prob
ably he would have forgotten.
One thing ie certain; the public generally
will take a more favorable view of this case
than the committee have taken. Those who '
defend men charged with such infamoua do
ings, by the mere empty declamation againat
''star chamber" proceedings, will be suspect
ed, whether justly or unjustly we know not,
but they will be mupectiJ of being 100 elosely
linked in with them to pursue any other
course.
The friends of some of the accused parties >
will, no doubt, feel sore, and many will be-I
lieve them not culpable to the extent that '
the report of the Committee would make it
appear. All this was to be expected. There
might not be unimpeachable evidence against
some of these men of directly taking bribes,
sufficient to convict them in a court of justice,
as courts now-a-days seem to arrange mat
ters. But that is not the point exactly. An l
honorable body, like Congress, whose votes
decide all questions of national importance,
must be kept not only pure, but above all
suspicion. The corrupters of public spirit are
bad enough, but if to this it should once be I
understood that the members can be individ
ually accroached by direct bribes, what shall
we come to* It may oegm n a little book
jobbing, for 914,000; it may go on at the rate
of #1,500 for a vole on a railroad, till it cut up
a quarter of a factory or use #IOO,OOO to work
through a bill; but will it atop there?
Will not the section of the country (hat
can carry the heaviest purse, by and by se
cure the tariff? And when the vote comes
on claims affecting treaties, on questions of
North and South, peace or war, what is to
prevent the country being sold in its honor
or :ls dearest interests, for some private mesa
of pottage ? The fact of such a thing as the
possible bribery of Congress votes, to say
nothing of the reproach, is so unsettling in
its consequences of all public repose and
confidence, that it is not enough that mem
bers be not proved guilty, but they must be
above all reasonable ground of suspicion— |
men of sufficient carefulness and discretion
not to be cotqpromised nor to compromise
Congress by any approach to corruption. '
When in Rome gold could purchase voles
and the highest offices of State, it was not
long before the country was utterly destroyed.
Thus we have been saved the curse of a
standing army, beoause all were willing to
submit to the votes ol the majority. But once
let it be understood that it is not numbers
and not justice '.hat decide the questions be
fore Congress, but gold and bribery, and the
whole foundation and stability of the govern
ment is overthrown. Henceforth a govern
ment must iuevitably arise resting upon an
other basis—^ force. I.et any great question
once come up, involving vast interests, aud
who will submit to have it decided by tbe
purse, unless it be backed by tbe power of
the aword?—Public Ledger.
0T An imposter calling himself Cap*.
Charles Shores, who has been gathering
funds for the relief of Kankas sufferers, iu
this and other free Stalee, wee arretted in
Milwaukie recently, after having success
fully swindled the Kansas sympathisers in
the different States out of a pretty nice sum.
He deserves and will probably get leave to
finish his education in an institution where
the science of weaving is dugbl in tbe high
est perfection.
17* The Perm, published at Havana, an
nounces the arrival in that oily of tbe Mexi
can General D. Joaquin Raogel, who, it says,
is on his way hither with "the projeet of a
protectorate of tbe United States over the
Mexican nation;" the realization of which,
the Pcnsa thinks, would be a death blow to
the Maxioaa Republic. Gen. Rangel will
remain in Havana but a few day* longer,
whan he will proceed to the United States.
OP* Child (toiling, ih# New York pipen
(ay, is practised to a great extent in that city.
Probably, on an average, two children a week
are abduoted from their hemes while playing
on Ibe sidewalk, and are detained until the
afflicted patent offers a reward for them,
when the kidnappers bring their little victims
to light and receive the raonej. They ought
to receive s place in Ibe State prison.
AN RITUALISM.
It lb claimed by the followers of this urn,
that there are sixty thousand spiritualists in
Philadelphia, or about ten per eent. of tba
population. We do not believe that any soch
preposterous namber of persons labor under
this delusion; bat we do know that many
persona ara affscted by the mania who would
not be suspected of any tnch silliness. A
young man committed sakide in that city
last week, and from papers in his possession,
which were examined after his death, it wn
made manifest that the destruction of hit life
bkhis own hsgd was instigated by spiritual
ism. The suicide was Charles Whippo, a*
medical student, aad a son of Dr. Whippo of
Newcastle, Pa., • young man of education,
and his associations were with accomplished
people. The papers of thia young man also
disclosed the fact that the father of the de
censed, —also an educated man, and in high
social position—was a confirmed spiritualist,
and moreover it seemed that a respectable
educated lad) of whom the deceased was en
amored, was a believer in this delusion.
These are startling facte, and in view of
them it ie not to be wondered at that each
vulgar impostors the prophetess, Anna
Meivter, whose doings in tke oily h*ve exci
ted public attention lately, should find dopes
among the ignorant and uneducated. It is
fashionable to iaugh at and deiide the believ
ers in demonology and witchcraft who were
so numerous in (be seventeenth cer.tory; bat
we incline to to the belief thai foolj are about
as plentiful now at tbev were two centsries
ago. Mitlertsm, Murmunlnti sad Splntusfl
ism will certainly compare in point of wick
edness and folly with any of the isms of the
day* of the Mathers.
An American titrl-
Two or three weeks ago, several deserters
from the British troops stationed at Kingston
madejlbeir way across Wolf Island and tho
St. Lawrence to the United States. Some of
them were badly frozen on the way, and one
was taken in and cared for by Mr. Pinches,
on Carlton Island, wttbin the jurisdiction of
the United States. Ou the 29th ult. a Brit
ish officer, with a file of men, came upon
the island, and endeavored to purauade the
deserter to go back to Kingstou, promising
that he should not be punished. He refused,
and the officer determined to lake him by
force. Mr. Plutohee, with one of his hired
men, was absent. Another man was chop
ping wood at the door, and Mrs. Plutcbes
and two daughters were in the bouse. Tbe
women sent the man off after Mr. P. and
his companion, and eoon afterwards tbe offi
cer ordered the deserter to be brought out.
Five soldiers rushed into the house, but the
others were prevented from entering by the
eldest daughter, who dashed the fifth man
back as he entered, and he rolleJ upon the
ground outside. She then closed the door,
and locked it, and taking her position before
it, declared that if the four who were left in
side took the deeer'er out, they would have
to pass over her dead body. By this lime
Mr. Plutches and hit men were seen return
ing, and the officer out doors called for his
men to come out and run. The thing was
either said then done, however, as Ihs btave
girl maintained her post, and it was only
on a solemn promise given by them to ob
serve the laws and respect the soil of lite
United Slates in future, that the imprisoned
soldiers were released, and with their officer,
allowed to beat a hasty retreat.
tST At the cock pit in Havana recently
battles were fought for large sums of mon
ey. His Excellency the Captain General,
with the Marqueas (his wife) were there
one day, and were so interested in one of
the battles that they wagered some money
upon one of the birds, whioh, killiog its op
ponents, they won their wagers.
ar The widening of the Union Csnal will
be finished, and that Canal will pars the lar
gest class boats on and after the first o r April
next. This improvement is thns finally ac
complished in the right way, without ma
king the State liable for the interest on the
money expended in widening the Canal.
HOLLOWAT'S OINTMENT AND Puts.—lmpa
rities of the blood are often developed in
disgusting eruptions, ulcers, tumors, scrofu
lous sores, boils, and other external affec
tions. For all there distressing and dangtiy
oos complaints, Holloway'a Ointment-u lit
erally a healing balsam. It neutralizes the
malnies morbi, or seeds of diseases in the
exterior secretions, and dispels the inflam
mation. Nature does the rest. The expe
rience of every human being who has tested:
the efficacy o* the Ointment is the same. It
haß never failed. When the internal organ*
are alone afleoted,as in liver complaint, dys
pepsia, and irregularities of the bowels, a few
closes of the Pills afford certain and perma*
nent relief.
~ SG&AMAMIBTR"
On the 26:h ult., by the Rov. J. Eyer, Mr.
REUBEN RACCH to Miss MARGARET BARTII,
both of Montour township.
On the 19th of February, by Rev. E. A.
Sharrells, Mr. BENJAMIN MILLER of Lime
Ridge, and Mise CATHARINE ALE, of Ml.'
Pleasant townahip, Colombia county.
On the Jflth ult. by the same, Mr. SAMUEL
WALTER of Hemlock township, and Mise
SUSAN RICII-ELDIFER, of Bluomsbuig.
On the 19th ult., by B. P. Fortner, Esq.,
MI. WILLIAM RKITZ to Miss SAVILLA MARTZ,
all of Franklin township, this county.
In Berwick, on Thursday the 26th ult., by
the Rev. Isaiah Bahl, Mr. STEPHEN THRASH
ER, of Fishingcreek,and Miss HELENA RHONE,
, of Benton township, Columbia county.
On lbs same day, by the same, Mr. TO*IA
SUOVER, of Hollenbacb, and Miss CAROUNB
METERS, of Dorance iwp., Columbia co.
In Beaver Valley, on the 19th ult., by Ibd
same, Mr. WASHINGTON EMBER, and Mise"
LUCINDA BITTENBENDER, both of the farmed
place, Columbia oounty.
On the 34tb ult., by tbe Rev. Geo. Wss,'
Mr. SII-AA S. n..R01 r, or Columbia county,
and Miss MATILDA REEDY, of Bloomiburg,
Columbia county.
On February the 10th -ll., by the Rev. JL
, A. BeMoyer, Mr. Joeuox FRITZ, of Sunarloaf
Iwp., and Miss MARIETTA M. BAKER, of Jack
son iwp., Columbia oounty.
On Tuaaday, Feb. 24th ult., by the same,
Mr. WM. KRESSLER, of Scott Iwp., aud Misid
LOUISA HENRY, of Fishiogoreex lownshipJ
Columbia oounty. X
~ . J
In Wasbingtonville, on the 20th of Febufl
ary, Mrs. SUSANNAH REISER, aged 69
6 months and 6 Days.

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