Franklin Repository: June 15, 1870Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Wanted (To Be) A Democratic Candidate for Congress
(Column 01)Summary: This editorial mocks the Democrats for attempting to nominate someone who meets the "Jeffersonian standard" for Congress. The author argues that no such person exists in the local Democratic party.
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We proposed to suggest a candidate for the Democracy for Congress from the Sixteenth District, when our eye fell upon the qualifications prescribed by the Fulton Democrat, and we gave up in despair. "He" (the candidate) "must be up to the Jeffersonian standard of honesty and capability, and for this attainment," (for such a candidate, we presume) "individual Democrats will lay aside their personal preferences." It is absolutely impassible, gentlemen, if such conditions are imposed, to furnish a candidate. Besides, what is the use of putting such impossible barriers in the way of the large and interesting body of aspirants for Congressional honors that we were about to exhibit to the public? Why don't some judicious person take care of the Fulton Democrat until we get through with this nominating business? If it were only reasonable in its demands we wouldn't care. If it asked for a candidate no more than that he should know enough about the Constitution to declare everything except the rebellion unconstitutional, that he should pronounce himself in favor of the "white men's party" and such other trifles, it would be well enough; we could furnish scores of such candidates in this district. But when it demands an exponent of the broad and universal principles of Justice and Equality, as understood and defined by Jefferson, great heavens, how can we be expected to find him in the ranks of the Democracy. We know no way of satisfying the Democrat unless it come over to the Republican party, where we are sure it can be done.
Perhaps the other counties of the district are not so high-toned as Fulton, and may be contented with a candidate whose qualifications are less god-like and more Democratic than the article she is in search of. If they are not, let them take our word for it there is no such a Democrat in the district and if they want the entertainment to go on they must accept such material as they can get. In that event we can give them the chance of a dozen, more or less. To begin at the beginning; there is Brevet Brigadier General Alexander Hamilton Coffroth, ex-Congressman, a famous constitutional lawyer, an orator of portentous mien and stentorian lungs who loves himself and all his fellow men, except Judge Kimmell, who always happens to be a rival candidate when it does not suit the aforesaid B. B. G. He breathes the Somerset air and thrives on it. He would consent to be a candidate for the Democracy on any reasonable platform but he can't stand the "Jeffersonian standard." He hates "niggers" because they vote the Republican ticket and would greatly prefer that they be doomed to forever consignment amid the cohorts of destruction." But in spite of this formidable threat he is by no means a blood thirsty man, and we seriously recommend him to the Democracy as their candidate.
Then there is B. F. Myers, Esq. of Bedford. We do not think that his military rank is above that of Major, but he is a wonderful hero on paper, newspaper. He owns two newspapers, the Harrisonburg Patriot and the Bedford Gazette. It is in the columns of the latter that he has achieved his greatest triumphs. Here he displays his fiercest epithets. Here, with the high altitude of Bedford as a vantage ground, he sends forth his most dazzling flashes of lightning, and along its mountains reverberate his loudest thunders. The Democracy of Bedford have long gazed in wonder at his brilliant pyrotechnics, and profoundly listened to his loud detonations. They propose to show their appreciation and gratitude by sending him to Congress. They think this is due him because they are a selfish and exclusive set of people. They have immense beds of iron ore and coal in their county, to which other counties want to make railroads so that they may dig up their beds of ore and coal and carry them away, and build furnaces and factories to consume their produce and make things lively generally. To build these railroads and carry away from the people of Bedford county these native treasures, and consume their products these other counties importune Congress to help them by giving them a protective tariff. This protective tariff Mr. B. F. Myers has always bitterly opposed, and hence the Democracy of Bedford county gratefully wish to make him their Congressman. He also always strenuously protected his people from the arrogance and selfishness of the negroes, in the columns of his newspaper, and for this, which they have keenly felt and appreciated they wish to honor him. But though he is a very clever Democrat he wouldn't answer for the "Jeffersonian standard."
We had proposed to deal fairly with the several counties and give the Democracy the choice of a candidate from each, but as Fulton don't seem to want any possibly because she can't comply with the demand of the "Jeffersonian standard," we are half tempted to pass her by. The Democrat says:
Fulton county, too, has a claim for the honor which must not be overlooked, and if she presents a candicate of integrity and ability, we will be in duty bound to support him as far as practicable without compromising the great end in view.
Well, if she has a claim, why throw it away on Bedford. Geo. Smith, Esq., is neither a military man, nor has he a newspaper but he was a candidate two years ago, and withdrew after a solemn promise that he should receive the nomination the next time. We won't pledge him good for the "Jeffersonian standard," but we'll warrant him to come quite as near it as any of the others named. So we take the liberty of announcing him, even though the Fulton Democrat does show him a bit of coldness, and falls down and worships Myers. Why should Myers have so much? Smith may not hold as good a hand; he has no newspapers, and can't thunder; but he has a quiet way with him that may carry him further than all the machinery of the other.
"Franklin county will scarcely lack a candidate for Congress while Kimmell stays," we heard a Democrat say the other day. That Democrat's head was very level as far as it went, but it didn't go far enough. There are two candidates, one is Judge Kimmell and one is W. S. Stenger, Esq., our neighbor of the Spirit. Both have merit. Kimmell has some military fame, we don't dare to name his rank, and Stenger, though he has never been honored in that way, has done enough ten times over for the party to entitle him to a commission.
We don't intend to press either of these gentlemen, however, we only suggest them as among those who stand at the door and knock. They both hate the "blasted nigger," but neither of them possesses the merit of Myers, who hates him equally as bad as they, and can discount them both in opposition to the protective tariff. It doesn't suit the people of Franklin county to oppose the tariff very bitterly. These two gentlemen managed to get themselves involved in certain promises and pledges to some of the other candidates in a way which might seriously impede their efforts to secure a nomination. We mention it here because we fear they are in danger of forgetting them. Mr. Stenger pledged Franklin county to Myers last winter and Myers accepted the pledge and condition on which it was based in good faith. Judge Kimmel pledged himself, two years ago, in consideration of Smith withdrawing from the contest then, not to be a candidate now. We merely remind these gentlemen, of these facts, besides expressing our grave doubts of their coming up to the "Jeffersonian standard."
If there were no better reason than our desire to treat all alike fairly we could not stop until we name a candidate for Adams county. There is a better one, however. Wm. McSherry, Esq., has been honored by Adams county in his nomination and election to the State Senate, and in the discharge of his Senatorial duties he did not fail to reflect credit on those who sent him there. The Democracy of Adams wish to send him to Congress, and though that is carrying the joke a little too far, because the Democracy of this district have not the power to elect a man over the Republican nominee, if they could, they would fail to find a better man among their prominent politicians than the choice of Adams. He would not come up to the "Jeffersonian standard," since if he did he would cease to be a Democrat. Now, gentlemen, having paid your money you can take your choice. You are not in earnest, of course. Hon. John Cessna will be re-elected to Congress, and as this nominating Democratic candidates is just a joke anyhow; why not nominate Judge Kimmell again?
(Column 02)Summary: The Repository defends Republican John Cessna's absences from Congress and mocks the Spirit for attacking him.
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THE Spirit fears John Cessna and hasn't shrewdness enough to conceal it. Every week it manifests the wholesome fear it feels, in something it says and does. Last week it discovered that Cessna hadn't voted on the question to amend or strike out the Income tax bill, and at once it went to yelping and howling.
Of course, said the Spirit, Cessna was afraid to vote for an Income tax bill, because the people would condemn him at the polls if he did. And he dare not vote against it because he fears the army of Internal Revenue Officers and their assistants. Hence he dodged.
Alas! gentlemen of the Sixteenth Congressional District, you are in a very great strait. You are burdened with an army of Internal Revenue officers and their Assistants. Miserable Cessna, between two such conflicting interests. Unfortunate people weighed down by an army of Revenue officials. But Cessna dodged twice, says the Spirit. He failed to record his vote when the question to tax the United States bonds came up. And this too is accounted for. He couldn't vote to tax them lest the bondholders would be "after him with a sharp stick." He did not dare to vote against taxing them lest the masses would give him "Hail Columbia."
Perhaps no poor devil was ever in a worse dilemma than was John Cessna, or would have been if there was a word of truth in the Spirit, and he had not been attending Court in Bedford and trying important causes during the week when attending Court in Bedford and trying important causes during the week when these questions came up in Congress. Why don't Cessna send the Spirit word when he must be absent from Congress and save it from the terrible fury into which it lashes itself when it fails to see his "aye" or "no" when any question is voted on? If he has any humanity in his nature he will see to it hereafter that his absence from the halls of Congress be duly chronicled for the benefit of the Spirit. If he fails we will not be responsible for its actions. Madness comes with the dog days, and the Spirit's symptoms are already alarming.
(Column 04)Summary: "Radical" writes to endorse I. H. McCauley as Republican candidate for the legislature. The correspondent asserts that he had the ability to "commend as well as defend the cause to intelligent and reflecting men."The Legislature
(Column 04)Summary: "Many Republicans" write to suggest Thad M. Mahon as Republican candidate for the legislature. "He is a young man of ability and integrity, always standing firm to the principles of his party and an active worker in its ranks."
(Column 01)Summary: This article reports the number and value of Wilson College lots recently sold and announces a future sale.
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The sale of the Wilson College lots advertised in our columns, came off on Saturday afternoon. The sale was held on the ground, there was quite a large attendance of the citizens of the town, the bidding was brisk and the sales were made at good figures. None of the large tracts advertised were put up, nor were all the acre lots sold, owing to want of time. The sale was continued to Friday next at one oclock, when the balance still unsold will be disposed of.
There were twenty-eight lots of an acre or more in size sold, at prices ranging from $250 to $500 per acre. Four lots fronting on the turnpike were sold at $500 each, and all the lots lying on each side of Broad street, with one or two exceptions, were sold , at the following prices:Lot No. 28. Col. D. O. Gehr $285 per acre " 29. P. J. Grimison 255 " " 30. Dr. B. S. Schneck 250 " " 31. " 250 " " 32. Wm. G. Reed 250 " " 15. C. M. Duncan 280 " " 16. " 287 " " 17. " 265 " " 18. C. H. Taylor 255 " " 19. E. W. Curriden 261 " " 20. Benj. Chambers 250 " " 21. J. M. D. Sharpe 250 " " 22. " 250 " " 23. W. L. Chambers 250 " " 24. Dr. W. B. Haycock 250 " " 25. T. B. Wood 250 " " 33. W. G. Reed 255 " " 34. G. W. Brewer 250 " " 35. " 250 " " 36. J. N. Snyder 250 " " 37. J. S. Nixon 250 " " 26. J. W. Fletcher 250 " " 27. " 250 " " 6. L. B. Kindline 500 " " 7. Wm. G. Reed 500 " " 8. J. S. Shoemaker 500 " " 38. Judge John Huber 250 "
The aggregate sales on Saturday amounted to $8,167 78.
On next Friday, the 17th inst., at 1 o'clock, the remaining lots will be offered. They consist of six splendid acre lots fronting on the turnpike eleven pasture lots lying in the rear of those fronting on the east side of Broad street, sold on Saturday, and fronting on an alley, a seven acre, lot lying along the railroad, the Grapery lot of 7 acres and 143 perches on the west side of the turnpike, a very valuable and beautifully located piece of ground, with good improvements; and a lot of 7 acres and 14 perches lying between the last described and the College buildings, also well improved. The most desirable lots are among those still unsold, and judging from the liveliness with which the others were taken, it is not likely that these will lack purchasers.
The close proximity of these grounds to the College, which we are assured will be opened up to scholars this fall under very favorable circumstances, makes them desirable as places for future residences. The town is growing in that direction, and these lots cannot fail to increase in value.
(Column 02)Summary: The Horticultural Society held a successful festival in Repository Hall on Friday and Saturday. The Chambersburg Nursery Association also contributed to the large exhibition of produce. The society now has several hundred members, both men and women.Bridge Contracts Let
(Column 02)Summary: The commissioners awarded two contracts for bridges in Franklin County. Gilbert and Co. received the contract for iron work on one bridge for $24.50 per foot and Miller and Eakle received the contract for stone work at $2.85 per perch. T. B. Wood and Co. received the contract for iron work on the other bridge for $14.75 per foot. Peter R. Shields got the stone work for $2.90 per perch. The editors are pleased that all the work will go to Franklin County firms.Suicide
(Column 02)Summary: A man known as "Dutch Louis" committed suicide in the county Poor House. Dutch Louis's real name was Charles Louis Frederick and had been a soldier in Europe. He lived for many year in Chambersburg working as a hostler at the hotels. He was "addicated to intemperance," and in recent years had become "feeble of mind" and was placed in the Poor House for observation.Reformation Proposed
(Names in announcement: Charles Louis Frederick)
(Column 02)Summary: A representative of each religious denomination of Fayetteville met at the house of Rev. J. A. McDonald on Tuesday. The discussed organizing a Union Prayer Meeting for the advancement of Christ's Kingdom. Charles W. Lego was appointed president, J. H. Youst secretary, and Daniel Yaukey treasurer. A meeting will be held every night in Bethel Church.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. A. McDonald, Charles W. Lego, J. H. Youst, Daniel Yaukey)
(Column 02)Summary: The paper reports that between 200 and 300 laborers are employed in grading the road bed of the Southern Pennsylvania Railroad that will extend from Mercersburg to the Cumberland Valley Road near Marion. It is expected to be completed by September or October.Odd Fellow's Picnic
(Column 03)Summary: The Odd Fellows will hold a picnic at Brown's Mill on Friday. A special train will run on the day of the event.[No Title]
(Column 03)Summary: J. B. Crowell and Co. of Greencastle received the contract for erecting a town hall in Greencastle.[No Title]
(Column 03)Summary: Prof. C. Hunting has returned to Chambersburg and will be offering piano lessons.Novel Ceremony
(Names in announcement: Prof. C. Hunting)
(Column 03)Summary: The members of the U. B. Church held a foot washing ceremony after the communion of the Lord's Supper on Sunday evening.
Origin of Article: Valley Echo[No Title]
(Column 03)Summary: The citizens of Quincy raised $80 at a recent ice cream festival that will be used for the benefit of the band.[No Title]
(Column 03)Summary: Henry F. Carpenter of Greencastle has secured a patent on a beehive he constructed.Married
(Names in announcement: Henry F. Carpenter)
(Column 04)Summary: John L. Black and Miss Sarah J. Jeffries, daughter of John Jeffries, all of Chambersburg, were married on June 9th at the residence of the bride's parents by the Rev. L. A. Gotwald.Married
(Names in announcement: John L. Black, Sarah J. Jeffries, John Jeffries, Rev. L. A. Gotwald)
(Column 04)Summary: Lewis B. Eyster of Chambersburg and Miss Mary E. Harrison of Hagerstown were married in Hagerstown on June 9th by the Rev. S. W. Owen, assisted by Rev. L. A. Gotwald.Married
(Names in announcement: Lewis B. Eyster, Mary E. Harrison, Rev. S. W. Owen, Rev. L. A. Gotwald)
(Column 04)Summary: John S. Buck of Roxbury and Miss Catharine Hite of Amberson's Valley were married on June 9th by the Rev. A. E. Fulton at his residence in Spring Run.Died
(Names in announcement: John S. Buck, Catharine Hite, Rev. A. E. Fulton)
(Column 04)Summary: Mrs. Nancy M'Cullough, wife of John M'Collough, died in Mercersburg on June 6th. She was 67 years old.
(Names in announcement: Nancy M'Cullough, John M'Cullough)