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Items from The Altoona Times, Altoona, Pa.,

Saturday, March 28, 1885


A Little Girl Falls From the Pilot of an Engine and is Cut in Two - Curtin McClain Must Hang - A Track Walker Killed, Etc., Etc.


A shocking railroad accident occurred at 11 30 o'clock yesterday morning about two miles above Kittanning Point, on the railroad leading to Glen White. Delilah Tittler, a little girl aged 12 years, the daughter of a widow woman who resides near Baker's Coke Works, at Kittanning Point, was sent to the Glen White postoffice for an expected letter. She had often made the trip before, usually riding up on the engine. Yesterday morning when she arrived at the lower end of the road a train was about to start up, hauled by engine No. 1, Glen White Coal and Lumber Company. The little girl climbed up on the pilot of the engine, and was allowed to ride there.


Two miles up the road the engine stopped at the water plug to take water, and when it started again with a jerk she was jostled off. She fell across the track in front of the cruel wheels, and was run over, her body being cut completely in two. The trainmen took up the remains and conveyed then back to the child's distracted mother. Her exact age was 12 years and 5 days. Mrs. Scott Woodring, of this city, is a sister of the poor girl.


Coroner Glenn did not learn of the accident until late last evening, too late to visit Kittanning Point. He will go up there this morning.


The remains of Delilah will be interred in Hutchinson's graveyard to-morrow afternoon.


A Little Too Rash.


While Robert Croff, a teamster, was doing some work near the Good Will engine house yesterday afternoon, a gang of rowdy boys gathered about and began teasing and annoying him. Croff threatened the boys, and tried to drive them off, and finally becoming enraged he picked up a brick and threw it at his tormentors with great force. The boys dodged the missile but two or three gentlemen who were passing at the time, didn't see the danger, and narrowly escaped being struck. One of the gentlemen made information against Croff, and he was arrested by Officer McFeely. He was fined $3.85 by the Mayor, and advised to take other means of punishing his tormentors.


Out of His Natural Channel.


From the Bellefonte Watchman: "The handsomest insurance agent in Bellefonte for the past few days, among the small army of them congregated there, is Mr. H. O. Kline, of Altoona. Mr. Kline was formerly a teacher in this county. He was educated for a lawyer, and we believe was admitted to the bar, but afterwards turned his attention to insurance, as being the speedier method for a young man to make money. He had a 'career' before him, had he chose to walk toward it. Smart and talented, it is a pity he allowed his mind to be diverted from the natural channel in which it was running."


The Princess Rink.


The Princess Rink will be opened this morning at 9 o'clock, under the management of Mr. V. Hudson. The Altoona band will give one of their finest concerts at 2 p.m. Spectators' admission fee 10 cents.


Band Concert This Afternoon.


The Altoona City Band will give a concert at the Princess Skating Rink this afternoon, commencing at 2.30 o'clock. The following programme will be rendered:


March - "Duquesne Grays"
Waltz - "My Queen"
Galop - "Hoping"
Quadrille - "Convention"
Polka - "Der Alpen Glecken"
March - "Fanfani"
Waltz - "Clasping Hands"
Masourka - "Pearls of Dew"
Quickstep - "Charleston Blues"
Schottische - "So Sweet to Live"
Waltz - "Sweet Home"


Altoona Times, Altoona, Pa., Saturday, March 28, 1885, page 1


Another Budget of Interesting News from the Lower End.


The Juniata river and Bald Eagle Creek are on the raise.


Insurance Agent Fleming, of your city, was in town yesterday.


Engineer Tom Bell looks as though Southern sun agreed with him.


The water pipes at the Ward House barber shop are rusted tight shut.


Mr. William R. Miller, of Sandy Ridge, still lingered with us yesterday.


Mrs. Kate McClellan, living on Washington avenue, is lying at her residence quite ill.


Master Leo Zerbe took a relapse yesterday, and from what we can learn his disease is diphtheria.


This column is open to advertisers, and contracts for the same can be made with the Tyrone correspondent.


Proprietor Schuyler, of the Fallon House, at Lock Haven, passed through here yesterday morning on his way to Lewistown.


Dr. Ewing dressed the arm of the tramp who was injured on last Wednesday, instead of Dr. Gemmill, as we stated yesterday morning.


Mr. J. N. Holmes wants to sell his Tyrone Times printing establishment. This is a good chance for some enterprising Democratic editor.


When Mr. D -- made the post-mortem on that cow that lately belonged to Mr. Cal. Stewart and exclaimed: "Holy Moses, she has two paunches!" why didn't "Occasional" give him another and make it three?


We hardly think the box of clothes, which the occasional correspondent of THE TIMES saw at the express office, came from Goetz, the tailor, as they looked like second-hand, or ready made clothing. Scullin, Tyrone's boss tailor, always puts up his clothing in neat packages.


"A nasty, little sparrow sat on a limb nearby, jerking out his sharp twitter, and seemingly watching for an opportunity to pick a quarrel with this pretty harbinger of spring." - Hollidaysburg Correspondence of the Tribune. Just so; we'll bet a big apple that the above sparrow is one that was left over from last November.


A man has 60 chickens for sale and wants to realize all out of them he can. One man offers him $2.00 for every five chickens which would amount to $24.00. Another one offers him $1.00 for every three chickens, taking the one half of them while for the other half he agrees to give him $1.00 per pair. How should he sell them to realize the most.


There was a "mum" festival held in the Presbyterian church on Thursday evening, and a good deal of pleasure attended it. Some of the young boys, however, having been compelled to keep their mouths closed during the exercises came to the conclusion to slip into the belfry and give the bell a few taps. They succeeded in bringing out the fire department and causing a little excitement amongst our citizens.


Through the exertions of the railroad friends of the late Mr. Bullick, there was collected for his widow and children about three hundred and ten dollars in cash, besides quite a lot of provisions. This is certainly a good showing and proves that man's humanity to man is not entirely played out, but that it burns deeper down into the hearts of the poor than it does in the hearts of the rich, as the latter class gave very little.


Miss Mattie Vickers, whom everybody knows in Tyrone, is coming to Conrad's Opera House on the evening of April 1. She is one of the greatest favorites that ever appeared in this place, and it is only to be announced that she is going to appear in "Jacquine, or Paste and Diamonds," to insure her a crowded house. Already seats are being grabbed up like hot cakes at Stewart's, and we verily believe that tardy ones will be compelled to stand.




Rev. Pardee and family arrived last evening and were received by a committee of members of his congregation of the M. E. church.


Orie, little daughter of Mr. William Glasco, while engaged in doing work about the stove, accidentally scalded her lower limbs badly.


Rev. George Leidy will make Tyrone his future home. He has purchased one of D. D. Woods' five properties on Lincoln avenue. Consideration, $3,500.


The advertising Goetz, the tailor of Altoona, has been showering on our people is certainly magnificently fine, a foreshadowing of the quality of clothing he turns out.


Freddie Vogt, little son of William Vogt, who was so unfortunate as to fracture one of the bones of his right leg on Saturday last by a fall, is getting along reasonably well, though it is feared the bone will be crooked.


Oh, for a spanking April shower to wash off some of the superfluous filth that covers the face of mother earth in Tyrone, that the boys may have a chance to show off their new spring suits made by Goetz, of Altoona.


This week, while Mrs. Cune Edmundson was standing on a barrel, bottom up, engaged in cleaning house, the bottom gave way, and luckily for her, she caught a firm hold on the wood-work which she was cleaning and thus saved herself from probably serious injury.


The business of the roofing and patching has begun in good earnest, and in a few days the flap of the paint brush can be heard, the stone masons will be sending the cold chills down the spinal column lay the shrill scrape of the trowel, the birds will sing, the geese will chatter, and everything will be as merry as a marriage bell.


A false alarm on Thursday night brought out part of the fire department and put them to the trouble of hauling their hose carriage as far up town as the Presbyterian church, in which locality the fiery element was reported to be raging fiercely. The alarm having been given by the ringing of the Presbyterian bell by some person or persons in attendance at the Mumm sociable held in that place, which was not long since dedicated to the Worship of God, but last night for secular, anti-religious purposes, and the bell, whose clear notes were intended to summon the people thither for worship, was desecrated by employing it as the instrument of pealing forth reports false and criminal, which entailed inconvenience and fatigue. We do not wish to be skeptical nor arbitrary, but we very much doubt the propriety of permitting the house of God being brought into such disrespect. Its capacious halls should be held sacred, and any gathering partaking of, or countenancing the conduct of that Thursday night ought to be prohibited entirely from entering its hallowed portals and contaminating its sacred precincts.


Altoona Times, Altoona, Pa., Saturday, March 28, 1885, page 3




A special meeting of the Altoona Athletic Club will be held this evening at 7 o'clock.


Mrs. Wm. Pitzer left last night on Fast Line for Riverton, Virginia, to visit relatives there.


The Philipsburg Journal no doubt regards itself as being the pink of perfection. We Bairly mention this as a compliment to that paper.


Mr. Andrew Gruhler, who has been visiting the Faderland, the past three months, arrived in New York, yesterday. He is expected home to- day.


Mrs. Isaac Bender left on Fast Line last night for Bendersville, Adams county, Pa., to visit her father, who is lying very low with an attack of paralysis.


There is a man in Huntingdon, who has a decorated Easter egg 139 years old. He proposes to smash it next Easter, and the inhabitants are all preparing to move to Colorado the night previous.


Rev. W. H. Logan, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Millerstown, Perry County, and wife, also, Mrs. Annie Gilfillen, formerly of that place, stopped in this city a couple of hours yesterday on their return from the exhibition at New Orleans.


There is a sensational story afloat that part of the remains of Noah's ark have been discovered in one of the main streets in Lewistown. It may be proper to remark here, however, that the truth of this story is generally doubted by scientists.


Miss Norah Coleman, youngest daughter of Mr. Matthew Coleman, proprietor of the St. Cloud Hotel, is seriously ill, and her recovery is very doubtful. The young lady is 16 years of age. She is greatly beloved by her associates, all of whom will receive this information with sincere sorrow.


The institution of Rev. Alonzo Potter Diller, S. T. B., as rector of St. Mark's Protestant Episcopal church, of Johnstown, took place yesterday. The services were conducted by Bishop Whitehead, assisted by Rev. R. S. Smith, of Uniontown, and Rev. Allan Sheldon of this city, Mr. Woodle delivering the institution sermon.


A telegram received yesterday evening by Mr. Cassimer Reigle, of this city, announced the death, at his home in Cambria borough, of Mr. Albert Bender, a former well-known hotel-keeper at Gallitzin, whose age, we presume, was about 47 years. We are without further particulars, except that his funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon.


Joseph Sholtz, proprietor of the West End Hotel, celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday. In the evening the members of the Concordia Singing Society, accompanied by their ladies, surprised him by paying a visit to the hotel, for the purpose of offering congratulations. A pleasant sociable followed, all the guests enjoying the host's generous hospitalities.


And now our e. c, Newt. Bailey, of the Bellefonte News, turns poet. In yesterday morning's issue, he caps the "latest news" by wire:


"A lion's roar
That surely means war."


Pretty tough poetry, but it will pass for an amateur, Newt!


We have been requested to state that a communication from the Water Superintendent explaining to Councils his reasons for neglecting to have a nozzle attached to the water pipe at the corner of Sixth avenue and Twenty-fourth street, as directed by the aforesaid Council, would be mighty interesting reading to the people residing in that locality. There is a Baer possibility that the W. S. will gratify their curiosity.


A Tramp Fires on Officer Houck.


About 10 o'clock yesterday morning Railroad Officer Houck drove a gang of tramps, consisting of ten negroes and two white men, from an east bound freight train upon which they were attempting to steal a ride. The officer then boarded the train for the purpose of keeping off another gang further down the road. He mounted the deck of one of the cars and had ridden about a hundred yards from the place where the gang of negroes were standing, when one of them shot at him four times. The bullets went wide of their mark, and the officer still lives. He remained on the train and went as far as Bell's Mills, and while returning on another train saw his assailants walking on the track a few miles below the city. They were the hardest looking crew that has visited these parts in a long time.


Otto Changes His Location.


Mr. Joseph Otto will open his place of business, 1325 Eleventh avenue this evening. The rooms have been tastefully papered and painted, and will be a pleasant resort for those who indulge in ice cream and confections. The general opening will take place on Tuesday evening of next week, for which occasion the services of a first-class orchestra have been secured. Oysters alone will be served this evening. Mr. Otto has gone to considerable expense in his new venture, and we bespeak for him a fair share of public patronage.


Funeral of W. George Steel.


Mr. W. George Steel, who died at the residence of his brother-in- law, Mr. Edward Clifford, No. 1812 Tenth avenue, on Thursday evening, was aged 33 years. He had been a freight conductor for a number of years, and was always trustworthy and highly regarded by his superiors, as well as by his fellow employes. His illness was not generally known, and the announcement of his death was a great surprise to his friends. The funeral will take place from the residence of Mr. Clifford at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Services will be held previously at the house. Interment in Fairview cemetery.


When musing Sorrow weeps the past
And mourns the present pain,
How Sweet to think of peace at last,
And feel that death is gain.


Installation of Officers.


At the regular meeting of Altoona Encampment, No. 129, I. O. O. F., held on Thursday evening, the following officers were installed by the D. D. G. P., Charles B. Fields, assisted by P. C. P., H. Perchy, and P. C. P., William Guyer; H. P., D. L. Paightel; C. P., S. B. Miller; S. W., Howard Lukins; J. W., D. F. Miller; Secretary, E. F. Miller.


Altoona Times, Altoona, Pa., Saturday, March 28, 1885, page 4




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