Newspaper of Bedford Gazette, February 8, 1867, Page 1

Newspaper of Bedford Gazette dated February 8, 1867 Page 1
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TEEMS OP PUBLICATION. THB BBBFOBB GAZETTE ii published eyery Fri dy morning by MEYERS 4 MBKOEL, at $2.00 pel annum, if paid strictly in advance ; $2.50 if paid wixuin six months; $3.00 if not paid within six months. All substriptton avcvuntt MUST be settled annually. No paper will be gent out of the State unless paid for IN ADVANCE, and nil such subscriptions will invariably be discontinued at the expiration ef the time for which they are paid. AH ADVERTISEMENTS for a less term than three months TEN CENTS per line for each in ertion. Special notices one-half additional All -©solutions of Associations; eommuniCHtions of imited or individual interest, and notices of raar -iages and deaths exceeding five liner, ten cent* er line. Editorial notices fifteen cents per line. All legal House* of every hind, and Orphan*' Court arid Judicial Sales, are required by laic to it published in both papers published in this plate. ty All advertising due after first insertion. A liberal diacount ii made to persons advertising by the quarter, half year, er year, as f l!ws : I months. Bmij|jtb-. '7®"' •One square - • { 4 ® skkis. Quarter solunsa - - M. 1!. Half eelumn - - 'ls 0® 20 00 4a 00 On. eolumn -..- Jf *45 (.0 80 00 ♦One aquare te occupy ene inch of apace. JOB PRINTING, OT every kind, done with neatneae and dispatch. THB GAZETTE OFFICE has just been refitted with a Power Pr<- s and new type, and everything in the Printing liue can be execu ted in tb nsost artistia ma iner and at th. lowest rates.*— TEßMS CASH, jy All letters should b. addressd te MEYERS & MENGEL, Publishers. at fair. JOSEPH W. TATE, ATTORNEY f I AT LAW, BEDFORD. PA., will promptly attend te collections of bounty, back pay, Ac., and all business entrusted to his care in Bedford and adjoining counties. Cash advanced en judgments, notes, military and other claims. Has for sale Town lots in Tatesville, where a good Church is ereetcd, and where a large School House shall be built. Farms, Land and Timber fceave, from ene acre te 500 acres to suit pur ehasers. Office nearly opposite the "Mengel Hotel and Bank of Reed A Schell. April 6,1866 —ly J. MCH. SHARPB. E F. KERR. SHARPE A KERR, ATTORNEYS AT LAW. BEDFORD, PA., will practice in the courts of Bedford and adjoining counties Of fice on Juliana at., opposite the Banking House of Reed A Schell. [March 2, '66. R. BURBORROW. | JOHN LUTZ. TVURBOREOW LUTZ, J J ATTORNEYS AT LAW, BEDFORD, PA., Will attend promptly to all business intrusted to their care. Collections made on the shortest no tice. They are. also, regularly licensed Claim Agents and will give special attention to the prosecution •f claims against the Government for Pensions, Back Pay. Bounty, Bounty Lands, Ac. Office on Juliana street, one door South of the "Mengel and nearly opposite the Inquirer office. JOIIN P. R EED, ATTf)RNEY AT e| LAW, BEDFORD, PA. Respectfully tenders lis services to the pnblic. Office second door North of the Mengel House. Bedford, Aug, 1, 186 L JOHN PALMER, ATTORNEY AT LAW, BEDFORD, PA. Will promptly attend to all business entrusted to his care. '• Particular attention paid to the collection of Military claims. Office on Juliana Street, nearly opposite the Mengel House. Bedford. Aug. 1, 1861. ESPY M.ALSIP, ATTORNEY AT LAW, BEDFORD, PA. Will faithfully and promptly attend te all business entrusted to his are in Bedford and adjoining counties. Military alaima, back pay, bounty, Ac., speedily collected. Office with Mann A Spang, on Juliana street, I ,fo doors South of the Mengel House. Jan. 22, 1864, If KIMMELL. | J- w. LISGENFELTER. R/1 MM ELL & LINGENFELTER, iV ATTORNEYS AT LAW. BEDFORD, PA., Hare formed a partnership in the practice of he Law. Office en Juliana street, two doors South fthe -'Mengel House," G H. SPANG, ATTORNEY AT . LAW BEDFORD. PA. Will promptly at tend to collections and all business entrusted to his care in Bedford and adjoining counties. Office on Juliana Street, three doors south of the "Mengel House," opposite the residence of Mrs. Tate. May 18, 1864. B. f. BITERS - I * w ■ DICKKRBOX. ME VERS & DICKERSON, AT TORNEYS AT LAW, Bedford, Pa., office same as formerly occupied by Hon. W. P. Schell, two doers east of the GAZETTE office, will practice in the several courts of Bedford county. Pensions, bounty and back pay obtained and the purchase and sal* of real estate attended to. jmayll, 66. JOHN H. FILLER, Attorney at Law, Bedford, Pa. Office nearly opposite the Post Office. [apr.2o,'66. —ly. ghtisirians and grnttetsi. D H. PENNSYL, M. D., BLOODY , Ruk, Pa., • late surgeon 56th P. V. V.,) ten ders his professional services to the people of that place and vicinity. Dec. 22. '65-ly* WT W - JAMISON, M. D., BLOODY f V a RBN, Pa., tenders his professional servi ses to the people of that place and vicinity. Office •ne door west of Richard Langdon s store. Nov. 24. '6s—ly T\R. J. L. MARBOURG, Having I / permanently located, respectfully tenders his professional services to the citizens ot Bedford and vicinity. Office on Juliana street, east side, nearly opposite the Banking House of Reed A Schell. Bedford, February 12, 1864. J.N.HICKOE. I J. ®. MIKKICH. JR., DENTISTS, BEDFORD, PA. Office in the Bank Building, Juliana St. All operations pertaining to Surgical or Me shanical Dentistry carefully performed, and war ranted. Tooth Powders and mouth Washes, ex sellent articles, always on hand. TERMS—CASH. Bedford. January 6,1865. DR. GEO. C. DOUGLAS, Respect fully tenders his professional services to the people of Bedford and vicinity. OFFICE—2 doors West of the Bedford Hotel, above Border's Silver Smith Store. Residence at Maj. Washabaugh's. aug.24,'66. MEIUMPH IN DENTISTRY! TEETH EXTRACTED WITHOUT PAIN, by the use of Nitrous Oxide, and is attended with no danger whatever. TEETH INSERTED upon a new style of base, which is a combination of Gold and Vulcanite; also, upon Vulcanite, Gold, Platina and Silver. t TEMPORARY SETS inserted if called for. Special attention will be made to diseased gums and a cure warranted or no charge made. TEETH FILLED to last for life, and all work in the dental line done to the entire satisfaction of all or the money refunded. Prices to correspond with the times. . IJf I have located permanently in Bedford, and shall visit Schellsburg the Ist Monday of each month, remaining one week ; Bloody Run the 3rd Monday, remaining one week ; the balance ot m y time I can be found at my office, 3 doors South ot the Court House, Bedford, Pa. u0v.16,'66. WM. W. VAN ORMER. Dentist. gankfrs. JACOB REED, | J - SCHELL, T) EED AND SCHELL, r\j Banters and DEALERS IN EXCHANGE, BEDFORD. PA., DRAFTS bought and sold, coKeotions made and money promptly remitted. Deposits solicited. W RCPP 0. E. SHAMMOR F. BENEDICT V)UPP, SHANNON &CO., BANK |V ERS, BEDFORD, PA. BANK OF DISCOUNT AND DEPOSIT. COLLECTIONS made for the East. West, North and South, and the general business of Exchange r..nsacted. Notes and Accounts Collected and ££ ; promptly made. REAL ESTATE b o ught and sbia. Oct. 20, 1865. Hht lilcftforb BY MEYERS & MENGEL. "EgjDA&*MORtfiNG, FEBRUARY 8, 1867 , jruflS, PfdirittfS, &r. TL LEWIS having pturfcaged the # Drug Store, lately owned by Mr. H. C. Rea -1 mer takes pleasure in announeing to the eitiiens of Bedford and vicinity, that he has just returned | from the cities with a well selected stock of i DRUGS. ME DIC INKS. DYE-STUFFS. PERFUMERY. ! TOILET A R TICI/ESf STATIONERY, COAL OIL. LAMPS A ND CHr dNEYS. REST BRANDS OF CIGARS SMOKING AND CHEWING TOBACCO FRENCH CONFECTIONS, 4-r.. <J-r The stoek of Drugs and Medicines consist of the purest quality, and selected with great care. General assortment of popular Patent Medicines. ; The attention of the Ladies is particularly invi- i ted to the stock of PERFUMERY, TOILET and FANCY ARTICLES, consisting of the best perfumes of the day. Colognes, Soaps, Preparations for the Hair, Complexion and Teeth ; Camphor ice for chapped j hands; Teeth and Hair Brushes. Port Monaies, Ac. Of Stationery, there is a fine assortment: j Billet, Note, Letter, Leaf and Mourning Paper. Envelops. Pens. Pencils, Ink, Blank Deeds, Power , of Attorneys, Drafting Paper, Marriage Certifi- i cates. Ac.. Ac. Also, a large quantity of Books, which will be sold very cheap. Coal Oil Lamp Hinge Burner, can be lighted without removing the chimney—all patterns and prices. Glass Lanterns, very neat, for burning Coal Oil. Lamp chimneys of an improved pattern. aXamp Shades of beautiful pattern*. Howe's Family Dye Colors, the shades being light j Fawn, Drab. Snuff and Dark Brown, Light and ! Dark Blue, Light and Dark Green, Yellow, Pink, I Orange. Royal Purple, Scarlet, Maroon, Magenta, ■ 1 Cherry and Black i Humphrey's Homeopathic Remedies. Cigars of best brands, smokers can rely on a j good cigar. Rose Smoking Tobccro. Michigan and Solace Fins Cut. Natural Leaf, Twist and Big Plug, Finest ana purest French Confections. I PURE DOMESTIC WINES, Consisting of Grape. Blackberry and Elderberry FOR MEDICINAL USE. attention of physicians is invited to the stock of Drugs and Medicines, which they can purchase at reasonable prices. Country Merchants' orders promptly filled. Goods put up with neatness and care, and at reasonable prices. J. L. LEWIS designs keeping a first class Drug Store, and having on hand at all times a general assortment of goods. Being a Druggist of several years experience, physicians can rely on having their prescriptions carefully and accurately com pounded. [Feb 9, '66—tt (TlotUing, tit. J) ALLY! RALLY! RALLY! Come one, come all, • and examine THE EXCELLENT STOCK OF GOODS AT LIPPEL'S CLOTHING EMPORIUM AND FURNISHING STORE. A rare chance is offered to ALL to purchase good and seasonable goods, at the lowest prices, by cal ling at Lippel's. If you would have a good suit of Ready-Made Clothing call at Lippel's. If you would have good and cheap Ladies' Dress Goods, Calicoes, Muslins, Ac.. Ac., Ac., Call at Lippel's. If you would have furnishing goods of all de scriptions, notions, etc., call at Lippel's. If you would have the best quality of Groceries, buy them at Lippel's. Goods of all kinds, sold at the most reasonable prices, and country produce of all kinds taken in exchange for goods, at Lippel's, 5ep.28,'66. CLOTHING EMPORIUM. —GEO. REIMUND, Merchant Tailor. Bedford, Pa., keeps constantly on hand ready-made clothing, such as coats, pants, vests, Ac.; also a general as sortment of cloths, cassimeres, and gents' furnish ing goods of all kinds; also calicoes, muslins, Ac., all of which will be sold low for cash. My room is a few doors west of Fyan's store and opposite Rush's marble yard. I invite all to give me a call. I have just received a stock of new goods. may25,'66. JJICHARD LEO, Manufacturer of CABINET-WARE, CHAIRS, AC., BEDFORD, PA., The undersigned being engaged in the Cabinet making business, will make to order and keep hand everything in his line of manufacture. BUREAUS, DRESSING STANDS, PARLOR AND EXTEN SIGN TABLES, CHAIRS, BEDSTEADS, WASH STANDS, Ac., AC., •will be furbished at all prices, and to suit everv taste. COFFINS will also be made to order. y attention paid to all orders for work. on West Pitt Street, nearly opposite the residence of George Shuck. July 10,1863.—tf RICHARD LEO. DANIEL BORDER, PITT STREET, TWO DOORS WEST OF THB BED FORD HOTEL, BEDFORD, PA. WATCHMAKER AND DEALER IN JEWEL RY. SPECTACLES, AC. He keeps on hand a stock of fine Gold and Sil er Watches, Spectacles of Brilliant Double Re ined Glasses, also Scotch Pebble Glasses. Gold Watch Chains, Breast Pins, Finger Rings, best quality of Gold Pens. He will supply to order any thing in his line not on hand. Oct. 20, 1865- R. ANDERSON, Licensed Scrivener and Conveyancer, CENTREVILLE, BEDFORD COUNTY, PA., i will attend to the writing of Deeds, Mortgages, Leases, Articles of Agreement, and all business jsually transacted by a Scrivener and Conveyan cer. The patronage of the public is respectfully jolicited. '66-tf- 1Q / —BLACKWELL & Co., have 1(M ) | now ready their revised Catalogue of 1867—Newspapers for 1867, containing all the 1867—principal Publications, for which they re 1867—ceive Subscriptions at the regular rates, and 1867—0n many of them offer the advantage of 1867—subscribing tor 3 months. Send for a copy 1867—containing full details of our admirable 1868—system of operation. We refer to the Pub 1867—lisher of this paper. BLACKWELL A CO , Office, 82 Cedar St., New York. jan4m3. BOX 4298 p. o. JJRINTERS' INK has made many a 1 I lrnsitt— map rich We ask yon to try it in the v>ltrains of THE GAZETTE [lite gftod Written for the Bedford Gasette. "DAS ALT SCHEIE HAl'S,"' JR. , Vie! yarrahjiiftH do war ich kleiu, te viel gut, j Da shftkin si§ ffifen in de schule, Mit saup-ducTi for ein hut. ' .. • ; * '" * Ich habgar weid iii schule gehat, un<lh:Rb^^_ We Ich in schule* A.r lehret mich rnein aTB. C., Es nemt ihn gar net lang. ! Es sch wamp sell ule-haus war alt un kaft, Es war gar nach am wake, | Es war aeh nach am grenawald, Woo spiela bu und maid. I Das grenawald. is urn gahfickt, Das haus is week genum', Un wu qiir unser spiel-grund habt, Wert now geplucht der grund. Und viel das in die schule sin gang', Sin now im ruhegrab, Viel andere sin now wide von wu Sie gelernt der erst buchstab'. i Und andere wohne nach am platz, Wu's alt sch wamp schule-haus war, I Und mehen dart das grena gras, So oft als komint das yar. . Ich hab net arrich viel galernt, For Ich war arrich dura, Und for de uresach ist mein sang Ein wenig schep und krumm. LEGISLATIVE REFORM—IT MIST BE FEN DAMENTAL. The people can no longer close their eyes to the fact that the hideous cancer of legislative corruption has spread its loathsome pollution over the entire body politic in Pennsylvania; and in difference must henceforth be criminal. For years venality has been entrench ing itself in the citadel of delegated power, steadily growing and widening its ramifications, until its monstrous sweep lias drawn a legislature into its seething whirlpool, upon the very threshhold of its official labors, and bartered the choicest gift and the most responsible trust the loyal people have to confer. Nor in this crowning wrong alone do the appliances and fruits of legislative degradation appear. Around it, in it, through all its channels of power, and all its tributaries, the monster sits en throned supreme. clamorous were its shameless votaries for plunder, that the important committees of the pop ular branch, which control vital and profitable interests, had to be divided and subdivided, and even then the number almost doubled to swell the , chances for ill-gotten profits; and the , subordinates of the two branches have s been increased to glut insatiate appe- ( tites until they number within one- ] fourth of the whole legislature. Sons, ; fathers and other relatives of legisla- ■ tors crowd around it in idleness, and j profligacy and venality rule while the \ People have treachery and taxation as j their reward. . j "Reform the Legislature by the elec- j tion of upright men," respond all who, , with the affectation of integrity, wish j corruption to maintain its sway. We < answer —it cannot be done. It has ■ been tried, time and again, and it has j signally failed. We have seen, and : served in, reform legislatures, and the j only perceptible difference was the in- \ creased license to debauchery by the reformers because of their sup- ; posed standing at home. It is idle to < attempt reform by any such process, < But few who have the stern integrity , for such an effort will undertake the ] thankless task, and supple reformers, | who are demoralized by the very hope ] of contact with peculation, are very , to proclaim their own virtues to < the people, and betray them by a dou- < ble fraud. There is one simpie, practical, effect- < ual remedy, and if the People move in * earnest they can enforce it. Thereform ] must be radical—it must be fundamen- s tal. A Constitutional Convention, and i that only, can reach the terrible dis- < ease, and that is attainable at any time < the legislature shall submit the ques- j tion of a Convention to popular decis ion. It should be demanded by peti tion, by delegations, by mass meetings, by the manly utterances of an unshaek- 1 led Press, until even the corruptionists i themselves shall bow to the thunder of j their masters. Let them demand a < Convention to incorporate in their or ganic law provisions substantially as ' follows: 1. That the Senate shall consist of one hundred members, to be chosen by single districts. 2. Thatthe House of Representatives shall consist of four hundred members, each to be elected in a single district. 3. That all legislation relating to cor poration interests shall be by general laws, and that no special charters or corporate privileges whatever shall be ! granted but by the courts. 4. That there shall be no special ap propriation of money from the treasury to claims except upon a judicial finding. 5. That the members of the Legisla ture shall be paid five dollars per day,; for the period of sixty days; and be j prohibited from appropriating to them selves any additional sum for protract- j ed sessions, or for extra or adjourned ! sessions beyond sixty days in the year.! 6. That no subordinate officer shall be appointed in either branch, or re ceive any compensation for services, unless a bill shall have been passed by both branches creating the office and defining its duties. 7. That no bill of any kind shall pass either branch without receiving a ma jority of the whole vote on a call of the yeas and nays. "It would be most expensive reform," answer the quibblers who, unwilling to meet the issue squarely, wish to de- WK-the (Jay of the effectual reckoning £osjEnet£eople. We answer thatitwould he vastly economical. The whole cost of a legislature consisting of five hun dred members and the necessary officers, under the foregoing provisions, would not be as much as our present legisla ture costs-with but one hundred and thir ty-three members, asd there would be the incalculable advantage of the arrest of the profligate appropriation of mon ey for any and every purpose that will pay the lobby; and in addition to the ad van tages of saving the jaihlic treasure, it would secunMionest legislators for two reasons: 1. It would place the legislature be yond the control of lobbyists because of its numbers, and would arrest the "snaking" through of bills m a slim house and without a recorrf of each man's vote. In a few of the New Eng- each town (corresponding tolir townships,) sends a member of

the legislature. Th us thepopuktr branch of the Massachusetts legislature num bers several hundred, although the State has not half our population, nora tithe of our commercial, mineral or ag ricultural interests to foster or care for. In such legislatures corruption is un known. The body is too large for the lobby to control, and it doeg not blot the history of that State as it does in our mighty Commonwealth—still mighty in spite of the vampyres who batten upon her in the name of guardians. 2. It would bring the representative into immediate relations with, and di rect responsibility to, his constituents. If Franklin county elected four repre sentatives instead of half of two, each district would be composed of several townships, and the People would have personal knowledge of the man they elect, and he could not err in ascertain ing their wishes upon any question. He could not plead, as do faithless men now, that some interests in a remote part of his district demanded his be trayal of other interests, and thus cloak his shame. There would be direct and positive responsibility from each mem ber to his own people, and they could not be deceived, nor would theyexcuse a disregard of their wishes. It would call to our Legislature a different class, of men. Intelligent farmers and busi ness men could afford to go, as there would bo only general legislation to enact, and the sessions could rarely ex ceed thirty to forty days, instead of from three to four months, as now, de voted to passing half a score of general laws and a thousand of a private char acter. Unless the People of Pennsylvania adopt this remedy they must continue to be at the mercy of corruptipnists. jvh ■matter what parly is in power, the same disgraceful history is written. It cannot be done by proposing constitutional amendments in the legislature. That would require two years even if it were possible to effect the reform through that channel. But will the votaries of plunder write their own just history and open their own tombs ? They may profess to proffer a reform, but it will come with all the reservations, most plausibly covered, that the lobby de sires. Let the people demand a Con vention. The Legislature can author ize a vote in June next, adjourn to meet after the returns are officially received, and provide for choosing delegates to the Convention at the regular election lin October next. No matter which of the two great parties should carry the Convention, substantial Reform would come, for no man would venture to run on any ticket in opposition to it. Ad monished by the People, as they would be, in the overwhelming success of the most earliest Reform members, the end of shameless debauchery in our places of power would be triumphantly attain ed. —Will the press speak? It is the outer sentinel of popular liberty and safety, and cannot be silent but by com plicity with crime. Will the People speak? It is their cause; it involves their interests, their honor, their boast ed fabric of free government, and they can be indifferent only to become piti able suicides! We have deemed it proper to give place to the aboye excellent article from the pen of Mr. McClure, that our readers may learn what a leading and influential opponent thinks of the dan gers which beset us in our State Gov ernment. Many of theargumentswill strike the reader as unanswerable, and the earnestness with Wffich they are enforced, show that the writer feels keenly the necessity of a radical re form. Whether Mr. McClure is jult the proper person to conduct to success the sweeping reform that he proposes, there are some matters in his political career that may well raise a doubt. When a man assumes the lofty role of a political reformer, certain rare moral traits are requisite. He should possess, above all things, an enthusiasm that reverses and defeat can only stimulate. He should be a man incapable of sacri ficing the rights of a minority for the sake of a partizan triumph. There should linger about him no suspicion that under a pretended zeal for the public, he is cloaking disappointed am bition or wounded self love. He who would a great popular reform movement, should be as pure, unselfish and chivalrous as one of the middle age knights who, wltn#n> his mistress woven in his sword knot, i defended her to the death. §uch a he ro is sadly needed to drive off the har , pies that hover atfout the capitol at ! Harrisburg. For several years, rumor with her i thousand tongues, has associated the name, of the author of the article in , question with much of the evil which i has existed at Harrisburg since the ad vent of the Know Nothing Legisla ture of 1800. We know how easy a matter it is for slahder and the envy of defeated rivals to make the accusations of which Mr. McClure has been so fre quently the victim. In the tainted at mosphere that has for years surround ed the capital, it was impossible that a man of his mark should escape detrac tion, the cry being often started by the gang that infested the lobby after find ing that their victim was proof against their blandishments or their bribes. But this irrelevancy apart, there is another accusation against him, which resting upon more substantial founda tions affects more nearly his character as a reformer. no other man in the State are the Democracy more indebt ed for the unjust and grossly partial apportionment that has been made in Pennsylvania. While thoughtful and earnest men in America, as well as in England, were anxiously seeking for remedies to protect the minority, while these efforts of statesmen can not have failed to attract the attention of so watchful an observer, we find him in the Pennsylvania Legislature, using j all the means that partizan ingenuity I could devise and the unscrupulous power of the majority could apply, to deprive the Democratic party of the rights to which their numbers entitled them and in which they were guaran teed by the Constitution. By bis in fluence Bedford county is defrauded of a separate representation, being tied to Somerset to give the party to which he belongs two members. Instances can be multiplied all over the State, to show the utter wantonness with which, under the lead of Mr. McClure, the rights of the minority were tram pled upon, so that in Pennsylvania, with a popular vote standing, in round numbers, 300,000 Republican and 285,- 000 Democratic (the scale so evenly balanced that it might readily decline either way) the Republicans have man aged to secure nearly two-thirds of the Legislature. To him, then, belongs the grievous fault that so much of the bad material of which he complains, lias been precipitated upon the Legis lature ; and we must say that it is a had start for a political reformer. No wonder that he shrinks back appalled from the consequences of his own work; Like the bewildered magician in East ern legend, who released the genie from the vase sealed with the seal of Solomon, in which he was confined, he now calls upon the people to drive from the Capital the harpies whom he had let loose. Had he and those who fol lowed him, maintained the Constitu tion, and had they shown a proper re gard for the rights of a minority, they would not now be red uced to this ex- tremity. The author of that paper must not complain, then, if people manifestsome caution in accepting his propositions, no matter how plausible they may seem. They have some reasonable ground for making inquiry whether his present course is dictated by a zeal ous, sincere and patriotic desire for re form, or whether it is inspired in the heart of a partizan suffeiing the pangs of baffled ambition and wounded self love. In the very paper which we quote, he cannot conceal the track of the demagogue, in telling the farmers and business men that his scheme will send them to the Legislature, instead of the kind of men that have been heretofore elected! There must be some reform wrought in the constitu encies before it can have q very saluta ry effect upon the Legislature. And there are some people who thi ik that under Mr. McClure's plan, those who ply the trade of bribery will only have to get smaller change for their bills! If the Convention is to be called, it is not likely that the representation will be upon a different basis than that of the Legislature, and the Democracy will not have the influence to which they are entitled. We hope that Mr. McClure and those whoagree with him in the Legisluture, will demand such an apportionment of delegates as shall give to every county in the State at least one member, so that there may be the fullest and freest deliberation in re gard to important and organic changes in the government. If thisis not done we shall have little hope of any good VOL „i.—WHOLE No. 5,379. f i results mi this Convention; for, it , will then remain in thesame hands and . be manipulated by the same men who . control the Legislature. ; I There Is no' reason why the reform movement should halt at the point ip ■ dicated in this article. Let the Con i vention, when it shall meet, make a I clean sweep of all the offices 011 "the i Hill." The Attorney General, State Treasurer and Secretary of State should be elected by the people. The office of Surveyor General, (which is only a ref uge for political rats) should be abol ished, and, with a clerk and draftsman, attached to the State Department . The people can better select an office to take of the public funds than the Leg islature, which makes a mere job of it; and the people can select a cabinet for the Governor as judiciously as that of ficial can do it. Some of these reforms can be made, we are aware, without the action of a Convention. But let the reform be sweeping and thorough, and in that hope we are prepared to second the call for a Convention. '* . A DEFEASE OF CRISiOLISF. The London Court Journal recently published the following observations on crinoline which shows, although there has been a reduction in size, the good qualities of the style are still acknowl edged : "No beauty of form or splendor of material in costume can compensate for manifest inconvenience to the wearer. No dress is sanctioned by good taste which does not permit, and seem to permit, tne easy performance of any movement proper to the wearer's age and condition in life; for it defies the very first law of the mixed arts—fitness. Form is the most important element of the absolute beauty of dress, as it is of all arts that appeal to the eye. The lines of costume should in every part conform to those of nature, or be in harmony with them. We must, therefore, regard as the elementary requisites of all dress, that it be comfortable and decent, con venient and suitable, beautiful in form and color, simple, harmonious with nature and itself. The taste for the very wide, full skirts and large ju pons, which has so long prevailed, is now beginning to decline; and ladies distinguished for their good taste are adopting a moderate style of crinoline. Many persons are apt to run into ex tremes at the least indication ofa change in fashion, but nothing can be a greater error. Fashion, as we have hinted, changes by almost imperceptible de grees, in accordance with the progress of public taste; and every new style which is introduced must, to become successful, be an improvement on those which preceded it. It is, therefore, lu dicrous to see a few ladies who have quite discarded the jupon without mod ifying the form of their skirt, thus leav ing the dress to trail on the ground, and form very ungraceful folds. Obser- j rations on Crinoline, Adley Bourne, No. j _ 117 Piccadilly. The following remarks !' on the subject of crinoline are extracted from various French periodicals; 'ls j< the reign of crinoline over? No —de- > 1 cidedly no; it has only changed its ; 1 form. More elegant and moderate in j its proportions, it is now more than ev- ! ( er indispensable to an elegant toilet. ' —La Revue des modes , September 1866. 'Crinoline is not dead; it is modified.— Figuro , October, 1866. 'Crinoline re tains its proportions, having, in an im- ( proved form, obtained a new lease from fashion.' — La Revue des Salons de Paris, ' October, 1866. 'Even muslin skirts ' must be upheld by crinoline; the new s shape, though hardly noticeable, must 1 form the basis of all tasteful toilets. If s some of the old forms of crinoline were 1 absurd, how much more absurd to rush * into the opposite extreme of limp, in elegant discomfort.'— J [usee des Fam- ( illes, October, 1866. "'Tomorrow,' - we are always told, "crinoline goes out of * fashion ;" that to-morrow will be long A coming.'— Petit Courrier des Dames , Oc- . tober 6, 1866. 'No modest woman 1 should venture into the streets of Paris on foot without crinoline.'— Revue Illus tree, October 8, 1866. \ You CAN'T CATCH IT.—YOU can't catch it, boys or girls. You may be as fleet of foot as the antelope, or you may fly as on the wings of an eagle, but you can't overtake it. Cannot overtake what? The bad word which has passed your lips! It has fled to heaven, and writ ten itself upon the book of God. You can't catch it. The wicked deed you performed! It soared to the judgment, and wa# stere otyped on the memory of the Judge. You can't catch it. The sinful thought you indulged! Its image was caught by the light of God's eye, and photographed on the roll of your history. You can't catch it. Beware, then, O my children, what you think, what you do, what you say. WHEN you see a man on a corner on a moonlight night, trying to convince his own shadow that it is improper to follow a gentleman, you ihay set him down as a sign for a whiskey shop. WHEN Sheridan taught school,- he had in one class a boy who always read partridges for patriarchs. "Stop," ex claimed Sheridan, "you shall not make game of the patriarch?." HOI)EBX DICTIONARY. Witter—A-clear fluid, once used as a ! drinkj Honesty—An excellent joke. Rural Felicity—Potatoes and turn ips. Tongue—A little that is contin ually running awayf^V Dentist—One who finds work for his own teeth by taking out those of other people. My Dear—An expression used by man and wife aHfcpt*Wmm<*ficeraentof a quarrel. Policem^— A man employed by the corporation 1o in the open air. Bargain—A ludicrous transaction, in which each party thinks he cheated the other. Doctor—A man who kills you to-day to save you from dying to-morrow. Author—A dealer in words, who of ten gets paid in his own coin. Friend—A person who will not assist you before he knows your love will ex cuse him. Editor —A poor wretch who empties his brains in order to till his stomach. Wealth—the most respectable quality of men. Bonnet—The female head dress for the front seats of the opera. Esquire—Everybody yet nobody, equal to Colonel. Wisdom ami Wit. —A representa tive, in his maiden speech on the floor of Congress, in reply to an opponent, by his telling hits and witty speeches and puns, kept the house in a roar of laughter for nearly halfanhour,closing amid quite a demonstration of appro bation, and, as he thought, with great success. What was his astonishment, after having received the congratula tions of several friends at the close of the day's proceedings, to be greeted by Mr. Benton, who, taking him aside, said: "Sir, I have your speech. I have been here This is your first session. Will you permit me to give you a bit of advice?" "Certainly, sir," was the shall feel honored by your coun^^kf' "Well, sir," said Mr. speech was exceedingly brilliapt; it sparkled with wit; it was laughed heartily at it; but never do such a thing here again if you wish to advance as a statesman or a politi cian." "What!" said the astonished debu tant, "never make a speech?" "No, sir, but don't make people laugh," replied Benton. "Not make people laugh, Mr. Benton! Why it requires some genius to make a witty speech." "True, sir, but the public has a poor appreciation of genius. Youraustgain a reputation for wisdom, not wit. You can gain a refutation for wisdom .in Congress by not speaking a single word during the session." "A reputation for wisdom?" "Certainly. Sit still and look wise. Mankind is prone to reverence the sol emn ass!" Jury—Twelve prisoners in a box to try one or more at the bar. State's Evidence—A wretch who is pardoned for being baser than his com rades. Public Abuse—The mud with which every traveler is spattered on the road to destruction. Modest—A beautiful flower that flourishes in secret places. Lawyer—A learned gentleman who rescues your estate from your enemy and keeps it himself. The Grave—An ugly hole in the ground which lovers and poets wish they were in, but take uncommon means to keep out of. Money—The god of the nineteenth century. OUR little four-year old Carrie went with her aunt to a revival meeting.— The preacher was very earnest in his delivery, and she was much interested. "Mother," said she, when she came home, "I heard such a smart minister, he stamped and pounded, and made such a noise! and by-and-by, he got so mad he came out of the pulpit and shook his fist at the folks, and there wasn't anybody dared to go up and fight him." - i . "WHY, doctor," said hjjpdck lady, "you are giving me the samCfmedicine that you are giving to my husband— why is that?" "All right," replied the doctor, "what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander." WE once heard of a very rich man who was badly injured by his being run over. "It isn't the accident," said he, "that 1 mind, that isn't the thing, but the idea of being run over with an infernal swill cart makes me mad." "FIGGERS won't lie, will they?" muttered a seedy genius, holding on to a lamp-post. "Well, perhaps they won't; but I's a figgeras won't stand, anyhow." IT has been discovered that Othello had a legal as well as a military office in Venice. He wasa-tawny.general. DON'T argue with a man who has been in the penitentiary. He is past conviction. WHEN have married people passed through the alphabetoflove? When they reach the ba-be. FARMERS say they cannot well do without a fine rain now and then, be i-ause it is so much mist. THE speaker who took the floor, has since been arrested for stealing lum ber. W IIEN is a vessel smaller than a bon net? When it is cap-sized. A wife's farewell to her husband on his going out—Buy, by.