Valley Spirit: April 03, 1867Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
Veto Message of the President
(Column 4)Summary: Provides a transcript of President Johnson's message to the House of Representatives, vetoing the supplemental military bill.
(Column 1)Summary: Announces that B. F. Meyers's nomination for Collector of Internal Revenue has been rejected by the Senate. As a result, Jeremiah Bowles, of Bedford, and Frederick Weimer, of Somerset, will continue to perform their respective duties as Collector and Assessor of the district that includes Franklin county.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: B. F. Meyers, Jeremiah Bowles, Frederick Wiemer)
(Column 1)Summary: It is reported that Governor Geary has signed a bill requiring railroad operators to permit black women to ride in the ladies' car and to share seats with white women.[No Title]
(Column 1)Summary: Accuses Radicals in the legislature of proposing a raise that would place their salary at $1,500 per session.Military Rule
(Column 1)Summary: The article labels General Sheridan's decision to replace several high-ranking state officials in Louisiana as proof of the Radicals' disregard for the "social order."
Full Text of Article:"A Timely Warning"
General Sheridan, commanding in Louisiana, has, by virtue of his military authority, appointed a new Attorney General for the State, and new municipal officers and a new Judge for the city of New Orleans!-If some military potentate will now "establish a religion" and "create an order of nobility," we believe there will then be left unviolated no single provision of the Constitution of the United States.
The removal and appointment of Judges of courts of law by a military officer, is one of those significant strokes at the very foundation of social order, which mark the stage of revolution which we have already reached. It is a new conception; till now, it probably never entered the brain of any one living in a civilized country; its effect on the minds of the American people, will show how much they may retain of the love of civil liberty which burned in the breasts of their forefathers. The Radical leaders assume that the whole land is ripe for servitude; their hands are raised to snatch the judicial power from the judges and the executive power from the President; all is to be engrossed and wielded by the Radical clique, through bureau and military agents. But, in their intoxication, we think they misjudge the American people; each act that displays the Radicals in their true colors, encourages our hope that their rule built on impudence and deception, is destined to no long continuance.
(Column 2)Summary: Despite the Republicans' pledge last year to refrain from forcing black suffrage upon the South, Radicals' actions in Congress thus far appear to repudiate all such claims. As evidence, the article includes a copy of a bill introduced by Senator Wilson that would make it illegal to deny the vote to any male citizen of the country on the basis of his color or race.
Origin of Article: AgeFull Text of Article:
Nobody has yet had time to forget, says the Age , that nearly every Republican organ and representative pledged themselves in the political campaign of last year, that their party harbored no design to force negro suffrage, even on the Southern States. Every imputation of that design, they met with the most positive and solemn denial, and they pointed, a proof, to the express terms of the proposed constitutional amendment, which, they said, left the whole question to the people of each State. The Congress elected on these solemn pledges has not been yet in session a month. They have, however, already passed a "supplemental reconstruction bill" fastening negro suffrage upon every Southern state, pinning it down on them with the point of the bayonet. The second act of the performance opened on Saturday last in the Senate, when Wilson brought in a bill to force negro suffrage on all the Northern States; and to cap the climax of impudence, this is based on the very "amendment" which purported to leave the whole matter to the States,-- Here is his bill omitting only a long lying "whereas" which precedes it as a preamble. Its title is "a bill to regulate the elective franchise in the United States:"
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of American in congress assembled. That there shall be no denial of the elective franchise to any male citizen of the United States by any State on account of color or race, or previous condition, anything in the constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.
SEC 2. And be it further enacted, That every person who shall violate the provisions of this act shall, on conviction in any court of the United States, be fined for each and every offense not less than one hundred dollars, or be imprisoned not less than six months, or both, at the discretion of the Court.
Let it be remembered that Connecticut and Ohio have, by very recent acts, determined to uphold the governing prerogative of the white race, as it is established in Pennsylvania, and other States of the North. But the Radical leaders are now, they think, strong enough to trample down public opinion and to dispense with further disguises. The "negro suffrage: that was excused and palliated in the last Congress as a necessary "war measure" against States that were charged-though falsely-as being still in rebellion-this same "negro suffrage" that was excused and palliated in the last Congress as a necessary "war measure" against States that were charged-though-falsely-as still being in rebellion-this same "negro suffrage" is now to be thrust upon the people of Connecticut and Pennsylvania, who were never before supposed to have forfeited the right of self-government, in the matters that belong to the States.
Now, this example may plainly show, even to the blindest, how great an interest the Northern people have in the struggle that is now going on in our country between the principles of free constitutional government and of despotism. It is common enough, to speak of the Southern people with some commiseration-to depreciate the infliction on them of the oppressions that shock humanity, in the case of Poland, Hungary and Ireland. But we have an interest deeper and nearer than this.-The freemen of the North have their stake, too, and a great one it is, in the reckless desperate game the Radicals are playing for despotic power. All our liberties are at stake. We see the denial of the rights of the Southern States followed up promptly and surely by the denial of the rights of the States of the North. The negro suffrage forced on the South yesterday, is to be forced on the North to-morrow. If Congress has power to establish negro suffrage, so has it the right to institute military tribunals to enforce it. They are what Wilson means, no doubt, by "any court of the United States." The late decision of the Supreme Court declaring them illegal is now openly treated with contempt. A military commission is still the favorite engine of Radical despotism; it appears in all recent plans of reconstruction, though even Benjamin F. Butler does not hesitate to charge it with the murder of a woman.-The case of Mrs. Surratt, who was dragged in chains before an illegal tribunal, tried in furious and unfair haste, and, according even to Butler, condemned "without any evidence of guilt," may serve as an instance and a warning of what follows when passion and party violence triumph over law. If we are ever again to have law and order among us, it is time their rule should begin. It is no longer "a time of war" in which there was a claim to universal license. The people of the South, with a sincerity of which now, at least, there can be no doubt, are earnestly seeking the restoration of free constitutional government. They have learned to know its value. And must the Northern people learn it from its loss; or shall we be wise in time? Let every freeman who has a vote to give in any approaching election ponder well this question.
Local and Personal--To Taxpayers
(Column 2)Summary: Announces that, due to the inclement weather over the past few weeks, the deadline for receiving a 5% abatement on taxes has been extended from March 31st to April 25th.Local and Personal--Licensing Hotels and Restaurants Penalties for Selling Liquor Without License
(Column 2)Summary: Provides a copy of the supplementary bill authorizing penalties for hotels and restaurants that sell liquor without the proper licenses.
Full Text of Article:Local and Personal--The Damage Bill
The following supplement having passed both branches of the Legislature received the Governor's signature and is, therefore, now a law:
Section 1. Be it enacted, &c., That when an application is made to any Court of Quarter Sessions of this Commonwealth for license to sell intoxicating drinks, it shall be lawful for said courts to hear petitions, in addition to that of the applicant, in favor of, and remonstrances against the application for such license, and, in all cases, to refuse the same whenever, in the opinion of said court, having due regard to the number and character of the petitioners, for and against such application, such a license is not necessary for the accommodation of the public, and entertainment of strangers and travelers, and upon sufficient cause being shown, the said courts shall have power to revoke any license granted by them; and all laws inconsistent with this section are hereby repealed. Provided, that the sureties in the bond required of the applicant for license shall be signers to his petition.
Section 2. That applications for license to keep an eating house, beer house or restaurant, authorizing the sale of domestic wines malt and brewed liquors, shall hereafter be made in the same manner and to the same authority as application, for license to keep a hotel, Provided , that the regulation in relation to bed rooms and beds shall not apply to applicants for an eating house, beer house and restaurant license; and the tenth section of the act of 20th April, 1858, authorizing county treasurers to grant an eating house or retail brewery license, is hereby repealed.
Section 3. No license to keep an eating house, beer house or restaurant, under the provisions of the second section of this act, shall be granted in any incorporated city, for less sum than fifty dollars, nor elsewhere for a less sum than twenty dollars.
Section 4. If any person, after the passage of this act, shall sell spirituous and vinous liquors, domestic wines, malt or brewed liquors, without having obtained a license authorizing him to do so, such person shall on conviction in the Court of Quarter Sessions, be fined, for the first offense in any sum not less than fifty, nor more than two hundred dollars, and for the second, or any subsequent offense, such person shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars, and in the discretion of the said court, be imprisoned in the county jail not less than thirty days, nor more than ninety days.-Provided , That nothing in this act shall be construed to repeal the provisions of the act of Assembly, passed March 31, 1858 relating to sales by druggists and apothecaries.
Section 5. That the provisions of the first section of this act shall not apply to the city of Philadelphia or to the county of Allegheny. Provided , That nothing in this act shall authorize the granting of licenses to hotel and inn-keepers to vend vinous, spirituous and malt liquors, and to license beer houses, eating houses and restaurants, in any locality where licensing of hotels, inns, beer houses, eating houses or restaurants is now prohibited by law.
(Column 3)Summary: It is reported that the legislature passed the Damage Bill, which appropriates $500,000 for the border communities -- Adams, Franklin, Fulton, Bedford, Perry, York, Cumberland, and Blair counties -- affected by the war. To secure a portion of that sum, the piece says individuals will have to take a "test oath" of loyalty.Local and Personal--Tribute of Respect
(Column 3)Summary: Contains a copy of the resolutions passed by the Loudon Lodge, No. 197, I.O. of G. T., on March 23rd, 1867, in memory of Harriet McCurdy, recently deceased.Married
(Names in announcement: Harriet McCurdy)
(Column 4)Summary: On March 21st, Robert Fleming, of Shade Gap, Pa., and Rachel Annie, daughter of Andrew Campbell, were married by Rev. William A. West.Married
(Names in announcement: Robert Fleming, Rachel Annie Campbell, Andrew Campbell, Rev. William A. West)
(Column 4)Summary: On March 24th, Joseph Sollenberger and Sarah J. Wolfkill were married by Rev. J. Keller Miller.Died
(Names in announcement: Joseph Sollenberger, Sarah J. Wolfkill, Rev. J. Keller Miller)
(Column 4)Summary: On March 27th, Jane Blood, 73, died.Died
(Names in announcement: Jane Blood)
(Column 4)Summary: On March 18th, Samuel Parker, 48, died at the residence of his brother in Orrstown.Died
(Names in announcement: Samuel Parker)
(Column 4)Summary: On March 22nd, James Gamble, 86, died at the residence of his son, David Gamble, in Spring Run.Died
(Names in announcement: James Gamble, David Gamble)
(Column 4)Summary: On March 28th, John Geary, son of Andrew and Sarah Heintzelman, died at age 5 months.Died
(Names in announcement: John Geary Heintzelman, Andrew Heintzelman, Sarah Heintzelman)
(Column 4)Summary: On March 17th, Philip Stech, 74, died at his residence in Welsh Run.
(Names in announcement: Philip Stech)
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