The Franklin Literary Society. The regular meeting of the Franklin •iterary Society was held in the High School building yesterday afternoon, 'resident Ed. F. Ramsay presiding. The roll was called by Samuel P. Black aud the queries answered iu order. The minutes of the previous meeting were ead by Secretary Ed. L. Sholly aud ap- oved. The following programme was rendered: Selection, "A Chinese Story," Wiliam Reinhard; essay, "Lions and their Toung," James Gilbert; declamation, 'A Mother Dies," Oliver Simmons; se- ection, "Antony's Oration OverCiesar," iobn W. Harbeson; essay, "The Lion- :ss," Charles Shay; declamation, "Spring Birds," Harry M. Morgan; selection, 'Tales of a Magician," Paul Spangler; declamation, "The Brook," Harris Greier; the first part of the paper was read ly the editor; the debate followed on the question, "Does marriage increase the lappineas of the persons married ? Ed. Gill and D. Zellers spoke on the affirma- ive and James DeWitt Kerr and John towers and George Hartleibon the nega- ive. It was decided in favor of the affirmative. Selection, "Peck's Bad Boy nd Hii Pa," George Ramsay; essay, 'The Ostrich," Harris Greiner; the remainder of the paper was read; the critic's report was read by Ray Bell; the ppointments for next meeting were read by tha president; adjourned.