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Gen. W. S. Hancook is tlio coming Demooratio cam.lid.ito for Governor oí Pennsylvania. Thbbb ave five paira in tho present Seríate - the Oamorons, Jonesea, Ferrys, Johnsons, and Morrüls. The State Treasurer oí' Penneyhttaia announoes that Une treasury is empty, and tho overworked legislatora have been obliged to go home with unfllled pocketbooks. Thk Hartford Post announóes thal I'. T. Bamum mil be the Eepublioan candidato for Mayor of Bridgeport al tke approaching munioipal elootion. Tin; mutations of politicé and social lifeinoni country are somewhat strikLngly emphaaiaed by Míe fact that while Mr. Bruce (coloree!), of Msaissippi, takes his Beat in the United Sfutra Bonate, bis oíd teacher, Mr. Farren, of New Haven, is au appHcant for the position of messenger to the snme body. Mi:. Withbbs, the ne-w Virginia Senator, was a phyaician at tho breaMng out of t!i" war. After serving threc years as Colono], he was so severely wounded that he had to leave the army. Trom 1806 tol669he edited the Lynchbnrg Ni ws, and from 1869 to 187:5 the Richmoud Enquirer. He han eleven living children, of whom ten ure daughters. S]!iïetaby Bkistow h taking his turn now a.s a I'ivsidenüal candidate, and is reeeiviug about au general oommendatíon as ex-Speaker Blaine did just aftcr Cougress adjourncd. The Útica HercUd saysMr. Briatow is "one of the ablest and worthiest men iñthe-pnbüc service," and tho Rocheetei Democrat 'and L'hronieh remarks upon ojíb: "This estímate of Gen. Brktow will bc cordiidly indorsed by thonsands of eamest Republicana. IIím nominatiou for President k öertainly among the posedbüifies, il' not among the pröbabiliMos." The following are the distriete, deprived of represontation by the recent cleath of membors, inwhich 'special clections are pending, togeöier with the party majorities at the last Congresuu mal election : Massaehtiaetta (Mr. Buifinton's), Repnblioan majority 5,70( j i-ouríJi Uistnctof Mame (Mr. Hersey's), Republican majority 2,953 ; Niuth .District of Georgia (Mr. MoMüIbü'b), Democratie majority 6,567 ; Niutli District of [lliaois (Mr. WhitingV) Republican majority 260 ; Foorth District of Tonneasee JMx. Head's). Democratie majority 10,130. J Thbbe seems to be aome opposition to the Hon. Fernando Wood ns the Democratie Spcakerof the uext House out in Indiana. The Indianapolis Sentinel says: " The sooaer the Demoeraoy gets rid of idea that Fernando Wood can be müdc Speaker the botter. The Con; gressmen-elect ought to undewtand that the party will not tolérate the leadership of snch (i man, no matter what kind of dinners he gives. Whether jaaüy or uu[ justiy, Fernando Wood boe earned a reputaron tliroughout tlio Eastern StateG more uneavory, perhaps, than (uit of any public man except Tweed. To select him as Speaker wonld be simply ruinoua to the prospecte of the party. He is wealthy, poüshed, and able, and he : may 1; honest, bat he has a reputation that would damn tho political prosperity of the Demoeraoy in ita preeeat tender j and delicate condition. Ho cannot count upon the support of a leading man or a leading newspaper in the State of New York." The Buffalo Courier thinks it an error of our political system that a Congressionaj candidate must resido in the district he is to represent. It argües that our States in their capacity as indepeadent and self-goveming wealtha are snfflciently represented in the Sènate, and that a member of the House representa his constituency on tlie one hand and the whole peoplo of tho United States on tho other. Hometimes it happens that a district has no capable man who is willing to be its Representativa, and in that event, the Courier claims, the constituojicy should be permitted to seek a oandidate elsèwhere, "On the whole," it condudes, " we believe that the prevailing practioe hos neither beneflted the States nor tlie several Gongresaional district, and it may bo pointed out as onc of the reasons why the House of Bepreaentatives gonerally consista so largely of inferior material. If ever a oonstituency sluill go outside their own district and end to j Congress a man of experierioe and 1 lesa national reputation from another part of the State, without imposing on liim a change of residenee, they would ■vrin by such action general praise and higher satisfaction tlian ordinary local vanity lias ever to expect as its reward'."


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