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As a result of a movementupon tha part of the chief magistratos of the thirtean origiual states, seven governors of as many commonwoalths niet in Philadelphia recently to arrangre for a fitting observance of the centennial anniversary of the promulgation of the constitution of the United States. This centennary will occur on September 17, 1887. Ten states were representad. New Hampshire, Massaohusetts and North Carolina were not represented. The following governors were present: l'attison, Pennsylvania; Lee, Virginia; Lloyd, Maryland; Stocklwy, Delaware; Wetmore, Rhode Island; McDaniel, Georgia, and Shepard of South Carolina. New York was represented by Lieutenant-Governor Jones: New Jersey by a committee of the state legislature. and Connecticut by ex-Gov. Bigelow. At the Continental hotel Gov. Pattison delivered a brief address of welcome. Ther were present also many other distinguished yisitors from the varióos states and a citizens' committee of entertainment. After Gov. Pattison's speech the party divided into pairs and marched down Chestnut street to the old state house. Here the party halted in the room where the Doclaration of Inilopondence was signed. and standing under the canopy of red, white and blue they listened to the address of welcome by Mavor Smith. jCarpenter's Hall, the old hall where in 1774 the flrst colonial congress met, eleven provinces being represented, was the next place visited. At this place also a meeting wa held. The governors arranged themselves around the large table near the center of the hall. Richard K. Betts, one of the oldest mombors of Carpenters' company of the city and county of Philadelphia, welcomed the visitors and briefly reyiewed the history of the time-worn meeting place. Hampton L. Carson delivered the oration. The business meeting of the Governors was called to order by Gov. Pattison. Gov. Lee of Virginia, was invited to take the chair. Mr. Carson was elected secretary. Letters were read from the Governors of North Carolina, New Hampshire and Massnchusetts regretting their inaliility to be present and assuring the Governors that they were in sympathy with the movement. Col. J. E. Peyton, who originated the idea of a celebration and who has charge of the arrangements was invited to the stand to make any suggestions which mlght have occurred to liim. The colonel in reply said that it would be a good idea to nave every state in the union represented at the celebration next September by a regiment of soldiery. It seemed to hiin that the yonng men in the various states would gladly avail themselves of the opportnnity to particípate in the celebration. On motion of Gov. Pattison the organization was made permunent. The Governor suggested also that a committee consisting of the governors of the thirteen states and representativo citizens from those states be appqintod to prepare a plan for the celebration. On motion of Gov. Rtockley of Delaware, the chair appoicted a comniittee consisting of five members to draft a plan. The governors of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island, Maryland and Georgia were appointed. During the session in Carpenter's Hall resolut kms were adopted that each state and territory be Invited to vrjite in preparation for a proper nation. elebration of the adoption of the federal constitution, to be held in Philadelphia in September of next year, and that the president be invited to formally communicate to confress, at their next meeting, the fact that is administration closes the first century of constitutional government, and to urge upon that body the propriety of taking measures to render the celebration worthy of an occasion of suoh dignity and importance; that the executive of" every statu and territory in the union be formally communicated with and urged to press upon the attention of their people the fitness of their hearty co-operation, A resolution was also passed requesting that delegates from the different states and temtories be sent to meet December 2nd, next to organize a permanent organization worthy of the ovent. Resolutions were also adopted looking tq the appointment of a commitee of citizens to co-operate with the permanent organization, extending sympathy to the earthquake sufferers in South Carolina, and thanking the Carpenters' company for the use of the hall. ____ The Officors Exonerated. The secretary of state some time ago transmitted to the treasury department a complaint made by the Chinese minister that certain Chinese females, who arrived at San Francisco on the steamer San Pablo, where, on their landing, searched all over their persons by male customs offleers of the wharf in the presenceof many spectators, and that some of them had to take off their onter dress reluctantly by eompulsory orders. After an examination of the facts a reply was made to the secretary of state, stating that the females were searched by male customs officers in the temporary absence of a femóle inspector; that no personal search was made, but that the females were compelled to remove from their bodies certain new and unworn overcoats which they wore in addition to their usual raiment, for the evident purpose of smnggling the same into the United States. Furthermore, the report states that "althougb it was plain from external view that those females had on their bodies large quantities of other unnecessary clothingor other material, believed to be smuggled goods, yet the surveyor did not order their persons searched, for the reason that there was no inspectress to perform that duty." The Imprisoned Priest Father Fahy, the Catholic priest who was sentenced to six inonth's imprisonment on a charge of having made a threat against the owner of an estáte from which one of the priest's parishoners at Woodford had been evicted, has been moved from Woodford to the Galway jail. The people are greatly excited over the priest's nniirisonnient. Jn connection with thö Fahy affair eighteen persons have been urrested at Woodford on the charge of assaulting the pólice. The prisoners were taken to Galway under a strong escort. A mob numbering several thousand persona attacked the escort with stones and other missiles. After they had oonveyed thoir prisoner to a place of safety, the pólice cbarged the unob witb fixad bayonets. Many of the rioters were felled to the groiiud, but 'none of them were seriously njuied. Some of the pólice were cut by lbo alone? thrown at tlu-m. The Returns All In. Chairman Manley of the Eepublican state committee, telegraphs as the final result of the Maine election the following to the editor of the New York Tribune: "Official returns from every city, town and plantation in the state give Bodwell, Republican, for governor 14,000.majority over Edwards, Democrat. The Republicans elect 148 members of the legislatura and the Deuiocrats thirty-flve. Special effort was made by the Demócrata to capture the legislature and defeat Hale, hut he will be renominated by acclamation and elected by the largest vote ever thrown in Maine for United States senator. Our victory, taking it all and all, is the greatest Republiean triumph ever achieved in Maine." anottier Tewksbury The notorious Tewksbury, Mas., almshouse scandal gl v-es promise of repitition in Waltham. For soveral days there has been a suspieiou that something was wrong witb the almshouse, as the city pbysiciauü report did not appear in the joint report of the various city departments. A copy has Hnally leaked out, though i'vi'i-v effort bas been made to supfress it, and it shows a bad state of aGfairs. t states tbat eouvalescents are obliged to stay in tbe same room in which there are patients with oases of contagious disease, and that the inmates are frequently left in tbe room where patients have died wbile tbe boiiies ars allowed to retnain, without any faro or attention for bours. The i'ontents of t his report are just getting noiseJ urouijil town and tbeie is ereat excitoineat. An investigation will be deiiiau.leil at oncu. Btarved to Doath Wbile Asleep. Lena Fry, the little danghter of Daniel Fry, at Humptown, Londoun county, Va., who astonished the physicians in that vicinity by her long sleep, is dead. She was 15 years old. Her first long sleep lasted sixty-six hours, Then ■ sbe was thought to be dead. Her last and final sleep lasted nine days. She begged those about her not to let her go to sleep, but they could not releive her of the drowsiness which took possession of her. All efforts to awaken her were useless. The doctors say she starved to death while asleep.


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