Webpage 3 of a series of articles from the newspaper The Democracy, which started publication May 30, 1854.
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Wednesday, January 31, 1855 - Page 2, top of Column 5

                      Senate - Albany, Jan. 30


Passed - The special order being the Bill in relation to conveyance and devises of real estate for religious purposes, being announced, Senator Putnam spoke for an hour and a half and the further consideration of the bill was made the special order for Monday next. Adjourned

Friday, February 2, 1855 - Page 2, Column 3


SENATOR PUTNAM'S SPEECH - The Albany correspondent of the Courier and Enquirer speaks thus handsomely of our townsman's speech upon the Church Property Question:
"To those who know Legislative habits, I can give no stronger evidence of the effective SENATOR PUTNAM produced than by stating the fact, that during its delivery, the New York papers of the morning, were allowed to lie unread on the desks." The following points were made by Mr. Putnam in his speech:

1. The State should have a uniform policy in relation to the tenures of church property.

2. That the concentration of the power which would be vested in the clergy by allowing them to hold the title of consecrated grounds is antagonistic to the whole theory and policy of our government.

3. That it would tend to restrain the rights of free worship and of conscience.

4.That it would tend by the acquisition of power in the hands of the clergy, not legitimate to their office as spiritual preachers, to some of the most flagrant evils resultant from the union of Church and State.

5. That such acquisition of real estate in the hands of the clergy is dangerous to free institutions, and lends to all the mischiefs which the English acts of Mortmain have for centuries sought to prevent.

Friday, February 2, 1855

BEGGING AS A PROFESSION - the Republic tells an anecdote which, if not true, is not without its parallels in this city. A gentleman borrowed $500 of a German, who offered to lend him as much more. When the business was concluded, and the gentleman was about taking his leave, he met at the door three or four children, coming in with baskets of cold victuals, and whom he recognized as regular applicants at his house for charity!

Saturday, February 19, 1855

CHILD FOUND - A little girl, aged about eight years, of German parentage and who gave her name as nearly as could be understood, as Fursch, was found wandering about the streets yesterday. She had been sent out to purchase some molasses, and had lost her way. She states that she is an orphan, but cannot give the name of the family with which she has resided. The child was left, for the night, at the grocery store of A. BANKS, corner of Eagle and Niagara Streets.

Wednesday, February 14, 1855

NEEDY EMIGRANTS REFUSING WORK - We have given several instances of the refusal, on the part of the poor and houseless emigrants, to accept work at the terms offered them by contractors and others. These cases have come within our own observation - we have been present at the office of the Agent of the Emigrant Commissioners when these people refused to work and demanded pecuniary aid. From the Commercial of last Monday we extract the following, which only goes to confirm what we have ourselves stated:
"Happening to drop in at the office of the Emigrant Agent, Mr. Short, this morning, we observed some thirty or forty healthy and comfortably clad Germans, who had come there for relief. Mr. Short offered them all employment on the canal at six shillings per day, which was, without exception, refused. Some thought it was too cold - others too hard work, &c., so Mr. Short told them their wives and children should be provided for if the men went to work; this, however, seemed to be no inducement - as not a single man appeared willing to accept the offer.

Wednesday, February 21, 1855

SUICIDE - A deaf German bookseller, toy dealer and billiard keeper, name Achert, who occupied a little shop on Main Street, just below the North Church, committed suicide by hanging himself with a bed cord, on Sunday afternoon last. Some letters which he left behind him, contained instructions for paying the clerk in his store and some small debts about town. The man was either insane or laboring under the effects of liquor, as learned from the Police Office, that a dozen wine bottles were found, the contents of which it was inferred he had drunk. A short time before his death he had handed in at the German Telegraph office the announcement of a Lecture, to be delivered at some billiard saloon, on "The Life of the King of Humbugs". Among the letters left by the suicide, was one in which he stated the cause of the act to be "circumstances which occurred in early life." An inquest was held and a verdict of "Felo de se" rendered.

Saturday, February 24, 1855

CONCERT THIS EVENING - We would call the attention of all charitably inclined persons to the advertisement of a concert to be given this evening by the German "Liedertafel" at American Hall, for the benefit of the poor. We are are [sic] assured that the entertainment will be one of the highest interest, and this fact together with the object to be attained, will, we trust, ensure a full attendance.

Friday, March 2, 1855

FOR THE POOR - The avails of the concert of the "German Liedertafel" have been handed to Mr. JASON SEXTON accompanied by a handsome note, The amount was $110.37

Monday, March 12, 1977 - from page 2, column 4 under the "POLITICAL" heading

MORE COMPREHENSIVE THAN INTENDED -"SENTINEL" says that "the Religious Property Bill seems to be moulding into another shape than that in which it was presented. It is now openly declared by leading Senators that as well Episcopal and Dutch Reform Churches must be brought under it, as the Catholic. It means that it is proposed to repeal all laws which allow the associaion of an eccesiastic as a Trustee, as in the case of the churches I have designated, where the Minister, Elders and Deacons, and the Rectors and other officers, are the offical style of the Corporation. Certainly it is a very new light that arises in the State - when churches which, like these, have known no other use for their money than to help the mechanic and the laborer and the architect to work; who have adorned city, village, hamlet, town; who have enabled thousands to hear in peace and comfort the holy words for which hearing is given - when such institutions are pronounced dangerous."
Gentlemen, you have got to stand up to the rack. Equal laws for all citizens and all creeds, is the doctrine in this country. Don't wince.

Tuesday, March 13, 1855

HIGHWAY ROBBERY - A German, whose name we did not learn, was attacked, on Sunday night, at about half-past nine o'clock, and robbed of some money and a watch. The occurrence took place in Main street, just below Genesee, and while the streets were full of people. No clue, we believe, has been obtained to the perpetrators of the outrage.

Friday, March 16, 1855

THE SIXTH WARD CONTESTED SEAT - We notice that the Common Council has appointed a committee of five to investigate the claim of PHILIP A. REINHARDT and SOLOMON SCHEU to a seat in the Council from the Sixth Ward.

Saturday, March 24, 1855

CHURCH PROPERTY BILL - On Thursday this measure passed our Senate by a vote of 26 to 4. In the Pennsylvania State Legislature, the committee to whom was referred by remonstrance of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Pittsburgh, in reference to the tenure of church property, reported to the Senate thereon adversely.

Tuesday, March 27, 1855 - bottom of page 2, column 3

A HINT FOR FARMERS - To make hens lay perpetually, hit them on the head with a big club. Other modes have been recommended, but this is the only one we have found effectual.

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