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Items from The Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa.,
Thursday, April 4, 1861
Below we give a list of the causes and Jurors for the April term of Court, which commences on the 22d :
TRIAL LIST - FIRST WEEK.
James J Dull vs Margery O'Friel Jr
E J Bollinger vs Downs & Co
Ake Simon, Woodberry
TRAVERSE JUROR - First Week.
Breckbill Christian, Huston
Aurandt David, Huston
LOCAL ITEMS. CHEAP JEWELRY HOW IT IS MADE.
Within a few months there has sprung up throughout the country numerous institutions known from their flaming advertisements as "dollar stores." Here the most remarkable bargains can be had. Whole sets of jewelry, formerly sold for a small fortune, can be secured for the insignificant sum of one dollar. Does your wife want a set of ear-rings - one dollar will get them. Is she teazing you for a new brooch - the price is only one dollar. She wants a gold locket in which to preserve your daguerreotype - 'tis only one dollar. Your sweet heart must have a ring and bracelets - they can be procured for one dollar. 'Tis wonderful what a change has taken place in prices. This is the age of gold. Everything you touch turns into gold as it did to Tantalus of old. It is very difficult to tell which is the servant on the street - Bridget or your wife - for Bridget wears just as showy a necklace, just as shining ear-rings, just as beautiful rings, and, with the exception of her plebian gait and freckled face, is just as handsome a woman. - Then it is quite as difficult to tell who is master - John who sits on the box of the coach, or yourself sitting inside. John sports a gold watch with an immense chain and fob. He wears three magnificent rings on his fingers, and when not in charge of the horses, John swings a gold headed cane. Surely John puts on as many airs as his master, and dresses as well - how can a stranger tell the difference between John and his master? What has wrought this great change in the way of ornament? Has money become more plentiful, or gold cheaper? We will give the solution as furnished by the Scientific American. There is a new metallic alloy extensively used in this country as a substitute for gold. It is a French discovery, and is called by the French, gold oriede [oroide]. It is manufactured to a large extent in Waterbury, Conn. It bears a very close resemblance to gold in color, density and fineness of grain, so close that it deceives every one but practical dealers and experts. The fineness of the grain if this alloy gives to those objects of art composed of it a delicacy and a purity of detail that cannot be obtained from bronze. The alloy is essentially ductile and malleable, and can be cast, rolled, drawn, stamped, chased, beaten into a powder or loaves, or treated in other way the artist may desire. The discovery of this new alloy is really wonderful, and its use will have a tendency to place within the reach of all the useful, ornamental and higher products of art. An immense number and amount of articles are manufactured out of alloy and sold South and West, and none but excellent judges can tell it from gold.
If ever good house-wives had their patience tried, it was on Monday last. It Was general moving day, and it did keep people moving. It snew and blew and thew with a vengeance, from early morn till dewy eve, much to the detriment of good furniture and the clean floors left by the women folks for those who came after them. It is an old saying that "three flits are equal to a fire," but we think one less flit on such days as Monday would be worse than a fire. Of course, stoves and fires was in demand, and, as usual, pipe would not suit, or was lost, or dinged or something else were wrong, and to say that every man kept his temper, under the circumstances, would be stretching the truth. Such a thing can't be did without a large supply of restraining grace. But the day is past and many are thankful.
THE LONG AGONY OVER.
Truly "the long agony is over," and all hopes and fears confirmed or dispelled. The Post Master for Altoona has been appointed, and his name is Geo. W. Patton, at least so says Madam Rumor, and this time she speaks correctly. There was a hot siege for that position, and Mr. Blair may well feel relieved, now that the deed is done. - Maledictions dire will no doubt be heaped upon him, but it would have been the same had he appointed any other man. But one could be appointed, consequently all the others must be disappointed. Let those who have been "left out in the cold," consider how magnanimous they would have been to their competitors had they succeeded in "knocking the persimons," and show how philosophically they can take a defeat.
A great discovery of coal oil is said to have been made at Altoona and Hollidaysburg, Pa. - Exchange.
Huzza! That's news - to us at least; but it is an old saying that we must go from home to learn news about home. The great discovery of oil at Altoona and Hollidaysburg is likely about as true as many of the stories told about the great discoveries in the north and west. In consequence of this item we may expect a heavy influx of prospectors oil companies, and our farmers will no doubt put up the price of their lands 100 per cent. It is said that in boring for oil a vein of gas is first struck. We think gas is all that has yet been discovered in this region, and we are not certain that the quality we have is manufactured under ground.
The following property will be disposed of at public sale at the Court House, in Hollidaysburg, on Wednesday, April 24th.
The interest of John Yorley in a tract of 75 acres of land in Frankstown township, on which are erected a log house, log barn and other out buildings.
The interest of Patrick Garrahan in a lot in Loudensville, adjoining Altoona, having a two-story frame dwelling house thereon.
The interest of Solomon Wilson in a half lot of ground in the borough of Hollidaysburg, having thereon a house part brick and part frame.
The interest of Jacob R. Ebaugh in a lot of ground in Hollidaysburg, having a frame dwelling house and frame stable thereon.
The interest of Alfred Cannon in a half lot of ground in Hollidaysburg, having thereon a two-story frame house and frame stable.
The interest of John D. Gorley in half lot of ground in Hollidaysburg, having thereon a two-story plank weather-boarded house.
The interest of Alfred Cannon, John D. Gorley, Solomon Wilson and Jacob R. Ebaugh, in three unimproved lots in Hollidaysburg.
The interest of Edwin F. Shoenberger, in the property known as the Gap Furnace property, with all the iron ore, privileges and whatsoever hereunto belonging.
The interest of Job D. Miller in a lot of ground in Fostoria, having thereon a two-story frame dwelling house.
The interest of John W. Cramer in a lot of ground in Tyrone borough, having thereon a two-story frame house, frame store house and frame stable.
The interest of Wm. R. Finley in a lot of ground in Frankstown, having thereon a two-story brick house and frame stable.
The interest of Joseph Kemp in a tract of land in Antes township, containing 401 acres.
The interest of Wm. Conly in a lot of ground in Tyrone Borough, having thereon a large double two-story frame house and frame stable.
The interest of Joseph Hoover in a tract of 154 acres of land in Woodberry township, having thereon a dwelling house and stable.
The interest of Wm. Elder in a tract of 401 acres of land in Antes township.
Council met pursuant to adjournment. Present, A. A. Smyth, President, R. Greenwood, Daniel F. Laughman and C. R. Hostetter.
The minutes of last meeting were corrected, and then approved.
A bill from Hall & Neff, for services rendered as counsel for the Borough, was read and laid on the table.
A bill was presented and an order granted to W. W. Snyder for service rendered as Supervisor.
On motion of Daniel F. Laughman, Resolved, That, the Assessor be, and he is hereby required to observe, and carry out the provisions of the Ordinance passed the 13th of July, A. D. 1854, relating to the assessment of a tax on dogs, &c., in this borough.
A memorial from the President and other officers of the "Fair-View Cemetery Association," asking the privilege of holding its sessions in the Council room, was received, and on motion of R. Greenwood, the privilege was granted on the express condition that said Association will defray all expenses for fuel, &c., consumed during its sessions.
A memorial from the members of the "String Band" of Altoona, asking the use of the Council room, was, on motion, thrown under the table, for the reason that by the provisions of the deed for the Borough property, the Council are precluded from using the Council room for such purposes.
On motion, the President appointed R. Greenwood and C R. Hostetter, a committee to procure a draft or plot of Altoona, to be filed among the records of the Borough.
On motion adjourned to meet on the first Monday of May, 1861, at 7 1/2 o'clock P. M. - Extracts from the Minutes.
LADIES' MITE SOCIETY.
The Ladies' Mite Society, of the Methodist Church, will meet at the house of Mr. J. W. Webber, on to-morrow (Friday) afternoon, at 2 o'clock. A full attendance of the members of the society is earnestly requested, as officers to serve during the ensuing year are to be elected, and a statement made of the receipts and expenditures of the past year. While there has not been as much interest taken in this society as there should be, those who have given their mite may well feel satisfied with what they have accomplished. - Turn out, ladies, and lend your aid to this slow but sure means of accomplishing great results.
Mr. E. M. Jones, who, for several years past, has acted as Agent of the Adams' Express Company, for this place, has resigned his position, and Mr. Daniel Laughman has been appointed in his stead. The change took place on Monday last. Mr. Jones was an obliging Agent and served the Company faithfully, as is evidenced by the fact that he has held a position with it for about ten years. - The office of the Company will hereafter be at Laughman's Clothing Store, in the Altoona House building. Look out for the neat sign in a circle of gold letters over the door.
On Thursday evening last, our citizens were alarmed by the cry of fire, occasioned by a bright light seen to rise above the hill northwest of Altoona. A general rush was made in that direction, but it was soon discovered that the fire was some two miles out in the country, at the house of Wm. McGenty. When we arrived within sight of the fire, the house was almost consumed. The barn which stood close by was at one time thought to be on fire, but was shortly extinguished. We have not as yet learned whether there was any furniture burned.
A NEW INVENTION.
A few days since we examined a new invention got up by our ingenious townsman, Mr. James Widney. It is a new coupling for cars, by means of which the danger attendant upon coupling cars, by the present mode, is entirely obviated. It is not entirely a self- coupling, although after the coupling pin is adjusted it requires no further attention, and in this is really a self-coupling. We are not sufficiently posted in the names given to the different parts of these appendages to cars to give a lucid description of the invention, but will give it hereafter, when the improvement has been more fully tested. It has been placed upon the passenger car on the Branch Road, between this place and Hollidaysburg, and gives satisfaction. We learn that it is also being placed upon a number of freight cars for the purpose of fully testing its merits. We think, from what we have seen of its workings, that it is a good invention and likely to be adopted. One good feature about it is that it is not likely to get out of working order, being very simple in its construction, and, we believe, costing less than the couplings now used.
On going into the shoe store of Mr. Shoemaker, in Masonic Hall, a few days since, we were surprised to find it "transmogrified" into a grocery and provision store, and our portly friend behind the counter ready to attend to the wants of customers. His stock consists of all kinds of groceries, flour, corn meal, spices, raisins, soap, candles, tubs, buckets, and a variety "too numerous to mention." He still continues to manufacture boots and shoes to order and has a large stock ready made. Call and see for yourselves.
POST MASTERS APPOINTED. - The following persons have been appointed Post Masters in this district, up to this date. -
James Bingham, Hollidaysburg.
The Memorial School.
The Female department of the above School will re-open on Monday the 8th inst., at 8 1/2 o'clock A. M. R W. OLIVER.
Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, April 4, 1861, page 3
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