1863 Tyrone and Clearfield Railroad to Pburg
CORRESPONDENCE OF THE "JOUBNAL " '.Letter from Philipsburg, Pa. Philipsbcro, Penn'a, Ang. 1, 1863. Dear Journal: At long last lam able to inform 'all tbe world and the rest of mankind" that the' Tyrone & Clearfield Rail Road is completed to Philipsburg, and in a few days tbe long looked for "pair of 'em cars" will have made their debut on tbe virgin soil of this "old town." I remember the time when the rail road, just finished, was first agitated by our citizens. Meetings were held but the audiences were abont as slim as the copperhead copperhead caucuses of the present time. Doubts were largely in the ascendant. The "lordsTof the soil" viewed it with a suspicion of curtailing curtailing the internal revenue of tbeir "old stockings," their farms would become a howling howling wildernessjinhabited by branch rail roads, switches, sidings, and snorting, hissing, rampant rampant iron horses, consuming no grain, but on the contrary, bawling across the mountain more at one trip than they bad ever been able to comprehend, and thereby glutting the market, market, aud grain would go down to a very low figure, lowjer than they could possibly afford to grow it on their fertile farms. Lumbermen and owners of coal lands were about tlje only friends tbe R. R. had. But now all are its friends. The farmer sees that with the march of. improvements, the country is rapidly increased increased in population, and consequently the demand for all the products of their farms is" much greater, and advanced in price beyond their most sanguine expectations. Our town is now on the high road to perfection perfection in numerous ways, improvements, business, business, population, society, and everything requisite requisite to the making of an A, No. 1, town. For heaPh, it is unequalled, the pure mountain mountain air, boundless forests, sparkling streams filled with speckled beauties, and towering hills that are in the vicinity ,all serves to make the town a healthy one, and a place that the invalid can visit without any doubt of being benefited. The day is not fir distant when Saratoga, Newport, Cape May, and Bedford Springs will bo among the things that were, and Philipsburg the Italy of America, and the Delphi of the world. Coming events casts their shadows before them. Our hotels are filled filled with sojourners, now enjoy ing the salubrious salubrious and braceing clime of the Alleghanies. -There seems to be some "body hurt" at your conespondents communications and particularly particularly the one that appeared in your columns columns on the 2d of July. I notice a pair of "squibs" ot very small "bore" in the Republican Republican of this week. "Citizen," with his blank cartridge, seems to have retired from active duty, and "Demas" takes up his weapon having having "A Democrat" on his personal staff. They both bail "Leroi" for telliDg a lie, because "Citizen" made the lie. I would tell De-mass and A Democrat, to put on tbeir specs and read over Leroi's letter, that they say Citizen replied to, carefully, and then announce that I am a liar if tbey can find that I called the militia that went from this place Abolitionists, Abolitionists, or any other political party, creed or faction, faction, and that all "extensive property holders are copperheads." "A Democrat" seems to be "mortally wounded" and says that he is "as good a Democrat as Citizen." Well, my poor fellow, I am doubtful of your recovery, if you are no better. I am afraid that the virus virus of Copperheadism is so completely instilled instilled into you, that you must go the way of all traitors, hemp awaits yon. I have always kept aloof from party, in my correspondence to the Journal." Copperheads I class in the same boat as rebels, traitors, secessionists, secessionists, abolitionists and all other clans, isms or factions, that are not union ; out and but thorough thorough going war men. When the war broke out we all remember what an excitement existed. In our county, as in many others, war meetings were called, and the monied men were asked to come forth and subscribe towards a fund for the maintenance maintenance of soldiers' families. A meeting was held at Bellefonte. Our citizens bad timely notice, and we would suppose that the "extensive "extensive land holders" ot Philipsburg put down their thousands. How stands the record 1 Two men, neither of them being "extensive land holders," attended the meeting; one a Republican, Republican, tbe other "A Democrat" in every sense of the word. Tbe Republican put down $500; the other man was perfectly willing, but was a mechanic, had a large family to support, and of course could not be expected to put anything down. But where are all tbe rest ot the "extensive land holders" of the patriotic town of Philipsburg; Republicans and Democrats? Many of them possessed dollars where Deitber of those two had cents. Where 1 yes, echo answers where ? Why at home brim full of patriotism, war to the hilt, but "nary a nick." No indeed, "a tender spot is toucbed,and we can't endure it." And so it has been from that time to this, not a "red" has been given directly to the prosecution prosecution of the war. True, some grocers, merchants, merchants, &c, have credited the wives, of soldiers soldiers ; but I do assure you they "read the papers" papers" and keep a sharp eye on the whereabouts whereabouts of the paymaster, and when the wives receive their packages by Express, they soon enquire for the "boys," and "when did you hear from them?" "are they paid yet?" and so on until tbe proper time to pop the question, "did he send you any greenbacks?" Yet they say they are doing more for the war than any other set of men in town. And they re, but it is the war for the increase of the "worth less" greenbacks to their pile. Such men !. Would draw iron tears down Plato's cheek." Yours, Lkroi.