Franklin literary BoeUty. The regular meeting of the Franklin Literary Society was held in the High school building yesterday afternoon, President Edward F.Ramsay in the chair. The roll was called by the treasurer, C. E. Hartman. The minutes of the previous previous meeting were read by the secretary, Edward F. Sho!!.", and approved. The following program of exercises was rendered: Selection, Charles Shay; essay, "The Necessity of Onr Society," DeWitt Kerr; declamation, "The Village Blacksmith," Harris Greiner; essay, "Stockholm, Sweden," George Hartleib; Hartleib; declamation by John Sowers; selec- ! tion, "Capture of Major Andre," James ! Gilbert; selection, "An Indian Fable," ' John Houck; essay, "The History of the ' Perseverance Fire Company," Ray Bell; declamation, "Virtue," Joseph Katzenberg. Katzenberg. The first part of the paper was read by the editor, George Ramsay. Tbe debate followed on the question: Resolved, That the death penalty for crime should be abolished. Willie Reinhard and Harry Eisenhaner spoke on the affirmative side and Charles Shay and Edward Gill on the negative. It was decided in the affirmative. Selection, "Tickled all Over," Oliver Simmons; the remainder of the paper was read by the editor; tbe critic's report report was read by Oliver Simmons; adjourned. adjourned.