Franklin literary Society. The regular meeting of the Franklin Literary society was held in the high school building yesterday afternoon, President President Cox presiding ThTTroU'w'ns calleo* by Treasurer Black and the queries answered answered in order. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Assistant Secretary Hartman and approved. The fellowing progr m of exercises was rendered: Selection, "The Baby's First Tooth," J. Tingst; essay, "Columbus' Anniversary,"' H. Greiner; declamation by W. Reinhard; selection "The River," D. Pott. The debate followed on the question: "Resolved, Should Criminals Be Compelled to W.ish ? " The speakers on the affirmative side were J. Sowers, .D, Zellers and S. Honck, and those ou the negative side were C. Shay and O. Simmons. Simmons. The judges decided on the affirmative. affirmative. The first half of the paper was read by Editor Ramsay.. Essay,"Snakes," R. Schroop; declamation by E. KnUztr; essay. "Trees," J. Katzenberf;; declamation, declamation, "The Riiiny Dny," D. Kerr. The second half of the paper was lead by the editor. The censor's report was read by P. Spangler. On motion, adjourned.