J. HOWARD BRYANT I There are now living but sixteen I men who were delegates to thn Phila-I Phila-I delphia convention of June iS, 1856, which resulted in the birth of the republican re-publican party . and the nomination of John C. Fremont for president Every effort was rece'ntly made, forty-four years later, to have as many as possible possi-ble of these survivors attend as hon-. ored guests the republican national be turned into en abolition meeting. After that calls came from all part3 of the house for Mr. Lovejoy, and the latter advanced to the stage, and, Mr. Bryant says, made one .of the strongest strong-est abolition speeches he ever heard. Mr. Bryant, during the war and for a number of years afterw?rd, was active ac-tive in party matters, and held a cumber cum-ber of important nnsitinns In 1S7S convention. Among those who would have liked to accept the invitation, but whose feeble health finally compelled him to decline, is John Howard Bryant Bry-ant of Princeton, 111., the oldest of the survivors of the convention of 1856. John Howard Bryant is the last survivor sur-vivor of the Dr. Peter Bryant family, of Cummington, Mass., and is a brother broth-er of the poet, William Cullen Bryanf. Mr. Bryant, although he has now he became a supporter of Horace Greeley, Gree-ley, and since that time has bean identified with the democratic party. Taxing Wral'h, A decision of the Kentucky supreme court gives to a city the full amount cf taxes collected on the value of a franchise that owes its value entirely to the city's existence. The Frank- Nation and reservoirs outside the city valued at $5S,400, while within the city there are mains and other property-valued property-valued at $16,520. The constitution o! Kentucky provides that every corporation corpora-tion exercising "any special or exclusive exclu-sive privilege or franchise shall, in addition to other taxes imposed on it by law, annualy pay a tax on its franchise fran-chise to the state and a local tax thereon to the city town, or tax district dis-trict where the franchise may be exercised. ex-ercised. The state board of assessment assess-ment fixed the value of the Frankfort water franchise at $79,891, and apportioned appor-tioned this sum between the city and the taxin? district outside its limits in proportion to the property owned inside and.outs'de the city limits. The city objected and brought suit, claiming claim-ing that it should have all of the taxation tax-ation on the franchise, as the privileges privi-leges under the company's charter apply ap-ply solely to the district within tho city limits. The supreme court has JOHN HOWARD BRYANT, reached the advanced age of 92 years, Is still possessed of that vigorous intellect in-tellect tnat has been pronounced In him during his life. His memory Is good. In speaking of the free soil con- vention in Pittsburg, which led up to the one in Philadelphia, he said there was one incident that took place there that has always left a marked impression impres-sion on him. During one of the sessions ses-sions there came a call for a speech from Owen Lovejoy, who resided in Princeton and that year was elected to congress. Horace Greeley, he said, I rose and remarked that he did not understand un-derstand that this convention was to upheld the city's contention. The fact that it has thus been decided that a franchise is worth $79,891 for taxing purposes in addition to the $74,920 that is the actual value of the property prop-erty is now being advanced by some quarters as an argument in favor of requiring payment for franchises when a city purchases a public serv'ce company. com-pany. In Kentucky, for Instance, it would have peculiar force.