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Items from The Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa.,
Thursday, June 25, 1874
Special Correspondence of the Tribune.
The subject of cremation, which is being so generally discussed at the present time, might perhaps have another argument advanced in its favor, from the manner in which country graveyards are often neglected. A visit, sometime ago, to the old Antis burying ground near this place, painfully suggested to me the words of Rip Van Winkle, upon his return to the village of Falling Waters, after his prolonged sleep: "How soon we are forgot when we are dead." The old fence enclosing the above graveyard had almost gone to decay, and roving sheep and cattle frequently destroyed the flowers and evergreens which were placed on graves by loving hands. A year since a committee was appointed to solicit subscriptions for the purpose of repairing and re-fencing the graveyard, and a concert was given by the Aeolian Quartette Club of Altoona, for the same object. Sufficient means were thus realized to justify the committee in commencing the much needed improvement, and a neat and substantial picket fence is now in process of construction, but some additional funds will yet be required before it can be finished. It is hoped that all those having friends buried here and whom the committee have been unable to reach, will assist in defraying the expenses which these repairs have necessitated. Contributions by mail can be sent to Lemuel Ale, chairman of committee, Sabbath Rest.
The land for the Antis graveyard was donated in the early part of the present century by Daniel Ale and Geo. A Domer, each having given half at a point where their lands joined. The portion given by Daniel Ale was first brought into use, and the donor himself, dying shortly after the graveyard had been laid out, was the first one to be buried in his own ground. The part given by Geo. A. Domer has only been required for use within the last few years, and a daughter-in-law of the donor was the first one to be buried in it.
Adjoining the above graveyard is the old Antis church, owned jointly by the Lutheran and United Brethren denominations. The former was served for a period of nearly twelve years by Rev. H. Baker, now pastor of the First Lutheran Church of your city. Subsequently to Mr. Baker's departure from this charge the Lutherans decided to build a new church, which has since been done, on a lot given for that purpose by Mr. Henry Reigh, not far from the old house of worship. The new church is known as Salem Lutheran Church and the present pastor is Rev. M. L. Schultz, of Huntingdon. Mr. S. was preceded by Rev. Father Crist, who completed his fiftieth year in the ministry while in charge of this congregation.
On Saturday last the Sunday School connected with the Salem church held a pic-nic in the new Park adjoining. The little folks enjoyed themselves hugely, as of course they always do when spending a day in the woods. Among those present from other places was a delegation of fair ladies from the Mountain City.
The proprietor of Salem Park, desiring to contribute to the enjoyment of others, kindly offers the use of his grounds, free of charge, during this season, to private parties and Sunday Schools for pic-nic purposes. Being so convenient to Altoona many from your city will no doubt avail themselves of this kind offer and pic-nic in this pleasant grove. The trains will suit your people admirably, they being able to spend the whole or only a part of a day here as may suit them best. The fare for the round trip is only twenty-six cents and special rates can be had from the railroad company where cars are chartered.
A recent notice in your columns that a celebrated fisherman from Fostoria had in one night caught upwards of one hundred and ninety eels, snapping turtles &c., in one of our streams, has brought a tidal wave of fishermen to this locality. Among others who visited us were a druggist from East Altoona and the leader of one of the West Altoona choirs,
"Two souls with but a Single thought,
on the subject of piscatorial sports. They were provided with a suitable conveyance to transport them fish to town, and had all the necessary tools and things to fish with. The choir man, having had considerable experience on the "high C's,'' was supposed to be perfectly familiar with the habits of the scaly and slimy inhabitants of the deep, and on him the druggist largely depended for success. The testimony is very conflicting as to whether they got one or two eels, and as to "snappers," they remarked that they cared very little for them at any rate.
The druggist and singer were followed on the succeeding night by a quartette of jolly fellows, also from your city, one of whom had a very large basket of provisions on his arm, and a painful boil on his nose. They left at four o'clock next morning, sadder but wiser men. They carried their bait in long, queer-looking, black bottles, in which an eel might stand up straight without bumping his head against the cork. To us grangers such a receptacle for bait was quite a novelty. We use collar boxes or tin cans.
Last winter there appeared in this valley a man and woman, who represented themselves as working in the interests of some home missionary society, and who made a protracted stay in our midst. The remembrance of the good living furnished them by our farmers caused this venerable pair to return lately, but the cordial welcome which they anticipated was not forthcoming this time. If this zeal in good works were half as great as their ability displayed in demolishing good provender and their tenacity in sticking to a farmer after gaining access to his house, this migratory couple would be considered invaluable adjuncts to any missionary society. Their visit has however taught our farmer's one good lesson, and now potato-bugs, grasshoppers, and army worms are looked upon as only among the minor afflictions to which a farmer is subject. Were I convinced that this missionary couple were duly authorized to act for any religious society, or that they were earnestly and in good faith trying to perform a Christian work, I should not say aught against them, however eccentric their manner might appear, but the representations made by them on the two occasions when they visited this locality are so widely different, and when reminded of this fact their explanations are so unsatisfactory, that I am persuaded their memory has become sadly deficient or they do not appreciate the story of Ananias as interpreted in strict accordance with Hoyle! - SEMI-OCCASIONAL.
Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, June 25, 1874, page 1
[ But which Ananias? Most likely to be a reference to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananias_and_Sapphira ]
ARGUMENT CASES. - As intimated in yesterday's TRIBUNE, Monday was the commencement of Argument court for the April Term. The following cases came up and were disposed of:
Sam'l. Baird's administrators vs. Jno. Freidenbloom. Rule to show cause why credit should not be allowed. Continued till next Argument Court.
In the matter of the exceptions to the report of John Campbell, (lunatic,) exception overruled and report confirmed.
Samuel S. Barr vs. A. P. Wilson's administrators - Certiorari - Rule to show cause why judgment should not be opened. Argued and rule discharged.
Blattenbarger & Himes vs. David Mattern - Certiorari - Judgment reversed and proceedings set aside.
Wm. M. Lloyd vs. Wm. Shomo. Rule to show cause why defendant should not have a credit of $102.52. Rule discharged.
Nathan Bros. vs Dan'l. K. Ramey - Ordered that judgment be entered upon the verdict for defendant.
Jos. Feay vs. P. R. R. Co. - Argued.
B. M. Shellenbarger vs. P. R. R. Co. - Report of viewers and exceptions thereto. Argued and exceptions overruled and judgment ordered to be entered. On reports of viewers, same.
Anthony Hoover vs. same - By agreement of parties exceptions withdrawn and report of viewers for $500, with stay of execution for twenty days.
Rule on H. C. Nicodemus to show cause he should not pay over certain money. Rule absolute, and attachment awarded.
Rule to show cause why John Skyles should not be discharged as trustee for Barbara Lehman. Continued by consent.
J. Glasgow vs. Sarah Glasgow - Rule to show cause why Decree of Divorce should not be set aside. Rule discharged and A. J. Riley, Esq., appointed to take testimony.
Margaret Van Zant vs. Michael McCullough - Rule to show cause why judgment should not be set aside. Continued.
Thos. Foster vs. Mary Doll - Rule to show cause why fi. fa. should not issue. Rule absolute.
In the matter of the report of Levi Agnew, administrator of Mary Shermer, deceased, and exceptions thereto. Continued.
Mathew Riley vs. M. McCullough - Rule to show cause why judgment should be marked satisfied. Rule discharged.
In the matter of the supplementary report of John Cresswell, Esq., Auditor in Casper Dilling's estate. Argued.
D. & C. Moore, vs. A. Hartle, owner and A. Mock, contractor. Rule to show cause why lev. fa. should not be set aside. Rule discharged.
Jno. Brotherline, vs. Jonas Croyle. Rule to show cause why judgment should not be set aside. Rule discharged, and A. Bobb appointed trustee to sell the land and report before first day of next term.
Jno. Brotherline vs. Geo. W. Domer. Motion for a new trial. Ordered that if within thirty days defendant file a paper remitting the amount of the certified verdict in the case that then, judgment be entered on verdict for defendant, otherwise a new trial granted.
B. F. Bridenbaugh vs. Clemens Ribley [Ridley?] - Rule to show cause why credit should not be allowed. Argued.
Wm. W. Lyon vs. J. W. Thomas - Rule to show cause why judgment should not be opened. Argued and Rule discharged.
Commonwealth vs. John Valentine - Surety of the Peace. Nol Pros entered upon payment of costs by prosecutor.
Commonwealth vs. Isaac Brimmer - same - continued, and defendant order to enter into recognizance of $100.
Commonwealth vs. Sarah A. Thompson - same - continued until next term.
Richard McClain vs. E. C. Z. Judson - Certiorari - Rule to show cause why certain papers, alleged to be in possession of Justice, should not be filed. Argued and judgment reversed.
In the matter of the petition of John Pfeiffer for rule to show cause why attachment should not issue vs. W. Lee Woodcock. Continued.
In the matter of the petition of T. Crawley for Rule to show cause why attachment should not issue. Rule discharged at costs of S. M. Woodcock.
L. P. Work vs. Amanda Work - rule to show cause why decree for counsel fees and expenses for litigation should not be made. Ordered that libellant pay to respondent the sum of $80, counsel fees in these proceedings. R. A. Clark, Esq., appointed to take testimony.
A. Lockard for use Jacob Good vs. John Adams - Rule to show cause why judgment should not be opened. Rule discharged.
A. B. Good vs. P. R. R. Co. - Report of viewers and exceptions thereto. Exceptions overruled and judgment ordered to be entered on report of viewers.
A. Clabaugh vs. Same - Report of viewers and exceptions thereto. Settled by the parties.
Harrison Gorsuch vs. Same - Report of viewers and exceptions thereto. Exceptions overruled and appeal of claimant squashed. Ordered that judgment be entered on report of viewers.
Geo. A. Streit vs. Barbara Berringer - Rule to show cause of action and why defendant should not be released on common bail. Discontinued by plaintiff.
Rule on F. P. Tierney to show cause, etc. Answer filed and C. A. V.
Sol Laugham and wife vs. Otho Harlin et al - in the matter of the exceptions to inquisition in partition, etc. Inquisition set aside and alias writ awarded. - Mirror.
A SAD SUICIDE. - Emma Lee was the housekeeper of Alcester Kerr, of Pittsburgh. On Friday she had some trouble with Kerr on account of his coming home intoxicated and abusing her, and she made an information against him before an Alderman. The case was decided against her, and she was required to pay the costs. At this she flew into a violent passion, and determined on killing herself. She swallowed some arsenic while in the Alderman's office yesterday morning. She went home and was taken very sick and Dr. Covert was called to attend her, but she died from the effects of the dose Tuesday night about eleven o'clock. Previous to her death she requested the physician to write to her sister, Ella Lee, at Tyrone, Blair county, Pa. She also stated that her mother lived on Broom street, New York, but the doctor forgot her first name. An inquest was held, and a verdict returned in accordance with the facts.
LETTER FROM THE SUICIDE. - The following letter, written by Emma Lee or Kerr, who committed suicide in Lawrenceville, an account of which was given in these columns yesterday morning, came into the hands of the coroner of Allegheny county, Tuesday:
PITTSBURGH, June 13.
I have taken this poison to end my days. I loved this man; he has given me $100 to leave him, but I cannot part from him in life; I will in death. I have lied to get this poison. I hope God will forgive me. This is all ___'s fault ; blame him and ___ for this. I cannot live without him. Oh, my God, forgive me and my enemies. He promised to marry me and now he won't. I hope he may prosper. The $100 he gave me to leave him will bury me decently. I hope I shall die and will live to answer at the great day. He threatened to kill me but I save him the trouble. I hope his children will do well but he has ruined me forever. I hope I may haunt him in his sleep.
EMMA KERR, Forty-fifth street.
- On Saturday or Sunday last, a party in the vicinity of Bennington were having a little jollification, which ended in a slight row, and one of the party getting a pistol ball through his leg. On Monday constable Shollenberger visited Bennington and arrested the party who did the shooting. It appears that the party using the pistol and the one who received the wound were friends, and that the shooting was not intentional, consequently the affair was amicably adjusted.
MARRIED. - On the 16th inst., by Rev. J. A. Melick, at the parsonage of St. Paul's M. E. church, Vine street, Harrisburg, Mr. George McCahan and Miss Alice Baird, both of Hollidaysburg, were united in marriage.
SHOOTING AFFAIR AT GALLITZIN. - On Monday evening about 9 o'clock, a most tragical and unfortunate affair occurred at the fair grounds in Gallitzin on the hill. Officer P. A. Burns, constable of the borough, had a warrant for the arrest of Manis Patton, Joseph Murphy, John Bigler and John Smith, on a charge of assault with intent to kill a man named Frank Burke some time last fall. The particulars of the assault were narrated at the time. The constable went to the fair grounds to make the arrest, when three of them surrendered, but Patton started to run, when the officer cried "Halt!" He still kept up his pace, and was in the act of jumping over a fence, when Burns fired - three shots having been discharged, two of which missed, one taking effect in the left shoulder. Patton, upon being shot, fell off the fence, and died, it is supposed, in about ten minutes afterward. It is also supposed, that in the fall Patton broke his neck, but this will be either established or disproven by the coroner's inquest, the particulars of which have not reached us at present writing, but which we hope to have in full before going to press. The officer paid no more attention to Patton, but arrested the three others and took them to the Ebensburg jail. It is reported that the body of Patton was taken away shortly after the shooting. The body now lies at Tunnel Hill, Blair county. Patton's friends sent to the Summit for Squire John Sharbaugh to hold an inquest, but Coroner Harrold, of Cambria county, who runs on the Johnstown Accommodation, was telegraphed to by the District Attorney to hold an inquest and to send for Dr. Deveraux, of the Summit to make a post mortem examination. When the coroner proceeded to the discharge of his official duty, however, he was prevented from doing, it is said, by threats, and Justice Sharbaugh summoned a jury and proceeded to hold the inquest previous to the appearance of the coroner, the result of which was not then announced. Harrold insisted upon his right and duty to hold the inquest, and announced his determination of doing so at all hazards.
Constable Burns, upon arriving at Ebensburg with his prisoners, and upon a statement of facts concerning the shooting, surrendered himself into the custody of the Sheriff to await the action of the coroner's jury, although it is generally conceded no blame can attach to him in the premises.
Considerable excitement was occasioned by the affair. An inquest was held, but we have not (at present writing) received the verdict.
Patton resides in Blair county: a short distance from the Cambria county line, but the shooting took place in Cambria county.
We dispatched to a reliable party in Gallitzin, before going to press, inquiring whether the coroner's jury had returned a verdict, and received the following in reply:
GALLITZIN, Pa., June 16th, 1874. - MESSRS. McCRUM & DERN: A Justice of the Peace from the Summit held an inquest at three o'clock this morning, and returned a verdict against Burns. The coroner came up this morning from Johnstown, but was not allowed to sit.
BURGLARIES. - About daylight, on Tuesday morning, Mr. Lowder, Sr., who sleeps in Lowder & Steely's store, corner Eleventh avenue and Eleventh street, was awakened by hearing men talking in the room under the store, formerly used as a grocery, and in which there is still a stock of meat, cheese, crackers, &c. Mr. Lowder went to the doorway leading to the grocery room, but feared to go down upon the parties not knowing how many there might be in company. Turning from this, he raised the sash and opened the shutters of the window overlooking the outside doorway leading to the basement room. Immediately one of the burglars appeared at the door, when Mr. Lowder shot at him. This frightened the party, and they retreated through a back cellar, broke open a window and made their escape. An examination of the grocery room showed that the burglars were after something to eat, having helped themselves to a quantity of meat, cheese and crackers, which, in their haste to depart they neglected to take with them.
About the same time, the stove and tinware store of Messrs. McCartney & Turner, two doors above Lowder & Steely's, was entered through a back window. The intruder after gaining access to the building, opened both front and back doors, so that he could have an opportunity to escape should he be discovered. A careful examination of the premises reveals no loss to the proprietors. A next door neighbor gives as a reason why the burglar did not carry away a range, or one of the big stoves, that they are too high priced; and he was afraid he could not sell them. Another intimates that Bill did not have them sufficiently polished.
Some time during Monday night or Tuesday morning, a determined effort was made to force an entrance into the news depot and notion store of Jas. Bigham, on Twelfth street, East side. An augur hole was bored through a panel of the door, but the door being double thick, they gave that up. A crowbar, or some other instrument of the kind was then brought into requisition, as the marks indicate, but the lock was too heavy and well secured to be broken or forced off, or the parties were frightened away. Mr. Bigham noticed two or three parties hanging around his place when he closed up, but cannot say that they were the depredators.
The meat market of A. F. Olmes, Eighth avenue, East side, was entered on Monday night, and some two or three dollars worth of nickel abstracted from the till. Suspecting a certain party, unknown to us, Mr. Olmes charged him with the burglary. The party confessed and promised to return the change yesterday afternoon.
FUN ON THE MOUNTAIN TOP. - On Wednesday evening a party to the number of five or six, prominent among whom were two young men, Bill Howe and Mattie Burns, both of Gallitzin, visited Portage station for the purpose of having a little fun. They dropped in at a house of ill-fame, tried to swallow the "revolving top cook stove," to eat the wall paper and injure table cloths, when the woman in charge became angry and knocked Howe down with the shovel. Afterward the contending parties became reconciled, and whilst they were having a jolly good time apparently, Burns became exceedingly jealous of the attentions bestowed upon Howe by the woman of the house, and quietly drawing a revolver fired it at him (Howe), the ball entering one of his arms and inflicting a slight flesh wound. No arrest!
POST MORTEM EXAMINATION. - Drs. Deveraux and McConnell, both from the Summit, the same locality in which eleven or eight more doctors are scattered around, made a post mortem examination of the body of Manis Patton on Tuesday afternoon. The learned medical men gave it as their opinion that death resulted from hemorrhage and exhaustion. Notwithstanding the foregoing opinion it is fair to presume that Patton died from the effects of a pistol shot. The deceased was buried in the Catholic cemetery "on the hill" yesterday afternoon, the funeral being very largely attended.
PLACED UNDER BAIL. - Constable P. A. Burns, the man who shot and killed Manis Patton, at Gallitzin, on Monday evening, was yesterday afternoon taken before His Honor, Judge Dean, at Ebensburg, and placed under bail in the sum of three thousand dollars to appear and answer the charge of murder at the next term of the Cambria county Court.
(From Saturday's Tribune.)
As soon as assistance could be obtained from this city and elsewhere, the work of searching for the body of Pringle was commenced, it not being known at the time whether he was dead or alive. After a prolonged effort he was removed from among the debris, yet he was found to be bruised, battered and bleeding on every side. He was removed to the company's station house, at Wilmore, where he is still lying in very critical condition and receiving the best possible medical skill.
The dead body of engineer Gray, which was shocking mangled, was properly cared for preparatory to its shipment to Conemaugh, where the unfortunate man leaves a wife and family to mourn over the terrible bereavement so unexpectedly visited upon them - the loss of a husband and father. Pringle, we believe is unmarried.
By the accident a number of cars were demolished, possibly fifteen or twenty, and the locomotive was badly used up. Travel was impeded for several hours ere the wreckers succeeded in removing the obstructions from the track.
THE GALLITZIN SHOOTING AFFAIR. - "Cambria county's greatest Coroner," Jack Harrold, Esq., was in the city yesterday morning. In conversation with a number of young men at the depot he said that in obedience to a telegram he visited the scene of the tragical affair for the purpose of holding an inquest over the dead body of the unfortunate man named Manis Patton, having summoned a jury of six men to assist him as the law directs. The friends of the dead man, however, were in attendance in a body, possibly seventy-five of them, and the result was that Coroner Harrold held no inquest. The body was subsequently sent to Blair county when an inquest was held by one esquire Sharbaugh, of the Summit, and if we have been correctly informed a verdict was rendered to the effect that the constable who did the shooting was "guilty of the murder in the first degree." Rather a queer verdict for an acting coroner's jury to return, ignoring at the same time that the justice who held the inquest lived in Cambria county and the inquest was held in Blair county. The shooting and everything incidental thereto seems to have been a botched affair. Of one thing we are assured - Patton is dead.
FATAL ACCIDENT. - Miss Jane, sister of George and Joseph Mingle, living on Zinc mine farm, near Birmingham, met with an accident on Thursday evening of last week, which resulted in her death. In the barn yard stands a wagon shed, and from this shed to the gate leading from the yard the grade inclines downward pretty rapidly. In the shed was a four-horse wagon, which was usually kept locked to prevent it from running down the hill. On the evening above named Miss Mingle was in the yard milking, and some of the cattle started the vehicle, which was not locked at the time, down the hill by rubbing against it. In order to stop the wagon and prevent it from knocking the gate and fence down, the unfortunate lady ran to catch the lever of the brake, but unfortunately, in her daring attempt to do so, the coupling-pole, which projected to the rear (the wagon was running with rear end foremost) struck her in the stomach, throwing her to the ground, just as the fence was reached. The accident occurred at half past six o'clock in the evening, and the lady was a corpse at ten thirty-five the same night. Her age was about fifty-eight years. - Tyrone Herald.
MUST BE STOPPED. - On almost every one of the fifty-two Sundays in the year, a number of the residents of the old village over the hill, that is known by the sobriquet of Duncansville, make a practice of visiting Musselman's Hill, south of the village, for the purpose of slinging the pictured pasteboards at each other. Now this is to give notice that unless the men who engage in the game of "penny poke" cease and desist henceforth and forever from initiating boys of tender ages into the mysteries of Hoyle, the consequence will be that in addition to the publicity of their names they will be required to present themselves at Judge Dean's next reception, and be compelled to show cause why they violate both the laws of God and humanity with impunity. Gray headed men should either spend the Sabbath Day in the home-circle, or else in a house of religious worship. A milk and water christian is of the worst stamp.
QUICK WORK. - A. R. Paup, the well-known bricklayer and one of Altoona's most finely developed and muscular men, recently did some quick work in the matter of building a stone wall for one Dr. Edwards, of Jaynesville, Clearfield county. The wall is one hundred feet long, two feet high, two feet thick and was built between two lines (double faced) in the short period of fourteen hours, the entire work having been done by Mr. Paup. The amount of stone used in its construction was sixteen perch four feet. The work was performed in the most substantial manner and Mr. P. is willing to put up a note of the denomination of fifty dollars that he can put up a stone wall in less time and of a better class than any other bricklayer, or stone-mason either, in the little country known as the United States of America. A fine opportunity is here afforded for some ambitious trowel-slinger to make a national reputation.
FRAUDS IN BANK BILLS. - Attention is called to frauds practiced in the manipulation of national bank bills, by cutting them lengthwise, and pasting the pieces together in such a manner that out of each seven bills cut up, an extra bill is produced. These bills are different from those made on the older plan of cutting bills up and down, and it is said they may readily be detected by measuring them, as they are a quarter of an inch narrower than bank bills untampered with.
- A burglar forced an entrance into the residence of Mr. Levi Kellitz, of Tyrone, on Sunday night last and stole therefrom twenty- eight dollars in money and a silver watch. Mr. Kellitz is an engineer on the Tyrone Division and the watch belonged to the railroad company. It is of the Elgin manufacture, open-faced, and numbered 542.
ATTEMPTED BURGLARY. - Sometime during the early part of the week a midnight prowler attempted to force an entrance into the woolen mill of Mr. John E. Noble, at Bell's Mills. A German who sleeps in the mill was awakened by the movements of the unknown burglar and succeeded in driving him off.
(From Monday's Tribune.) INJURED AT THE POINT. - On Saturday morning a tramp named George C. Clark was struck by a locomotive near Kittanning Point and knocked off the track. He was immediately picked up, placed on board an engine and brought to the railroad company's oil house, in this city, where his wounds, which consisted of an ugly gash on the top of the head one on the left side of the forehead, a cut on the hand and a bruised left foot, were dressed by Dr. J. M. Gemmill. At the time his injuries were being cared for the tramp was in a delirious mood, and among other strange sayings remarked that he had an uncle killed in the same manner that he had been killed. He was en route from Minnesota to his home in Waltham Mass., and his father resides in Medford, Mass. Later in the day he was removed to the county Poor House where he will be permitted to remain until able to resume his journey homeward bound. While his injuries are very painful they are in no way serious.
FUNERALS OF THE VICTIMS OF THE WILMORE ACCIDENT. - The funerals of John Grey, the engineer, and Keys Pringle, the fireman, who were killed in the railway wreck at Flynn's Curve, near Wilmore, took place yesterday morning, the former at nine o'clock and the latter at ten o'clock. The body of engineer Grey was deposited in the Jackson township graveyard, Cambria county, whilst that of Keys Pringle was committed to its final resting place in the Pringle graveyard, near Summerhill. The funeral obsequies of both were largely attended, there being a number of railroaders who reside in this city present. On Saturday, March 14th, of this year, George Grey, a brother of John Grey, was instantly crushed to death by being run over by a passing freight train at East Conemaugh. The tragic death of the two brothers has caused deep gloom to pervade the community in which they reside and where they were highly respected by all acquaintances.
VALUABLE HORSE STOLEN - Twenty-five Dollars Reward. - Late on Saturday morning it was discovered that sometime during the previous night a valuable dark brown horse, the property of Mr. A. F. Brandt, dry goods dealer, No. 1404 Eleventh avenue, had been stolen from the stable in the rear of the residence of Rev. R. M. Wallace, Thirteenth avenue and Fifteenth street. Entrance to the stable was gained by scaling the fence surrounding the lot, and the animal taken therefrom through a side door which is secured by a hook only. The left hind foot of the horse is white; small white streak under the girth; heavy mane and tail; paces only under the saddle and is five years old. A saddle, bridle and halter were stolen at the same time. A reward of twenty-five dollars has been offered for the return of the horse, yet up to a late hour last night no tidings of the missing animal or the thief had been received. The horse is valued at three hundred dollars.
(From Tuesday's Tribune.)
SLIGHT FIRE AT BLAIRSVILLE. - Early on Sunday morning the sparks from Dave Ginter's locomotive set fire to the roof of a storeroom, at Blairsville Intersection. The engineer and fireman, and another engineer, who are all members of the Altoona Fire Department, were prompt to the rescue. Mounting a ladder they were on top of the roof in a jiffy, and succeeded in extinguishing the flames before any damage was done, notwithstanding one of the party came in such violent contact with the woman of the house during the excitement, as to turn her upside down. She escaped uninjured.
THE PUDDLERS AND HELPERS IN COUNCIL. - The puddlers and helpers from the Altoona and Hollidaysburg rolling mills, met on Saturday last at the Juniata Riflemen's Armory for the purpose of considering the proposition of the iron masters to reduce the price of boiling from $5.75 to $5 per ton. At the meeting it was unanimously resolved that they would not accept the reduction, and that if the wages were brought down on the first prox., below Harrisburg prices, which is claimed by the puddlers to be the agreed or accepted standard, that they will at that time quit work. It looks like business.
BALLOON ASCENSION. - Hollidaysburg people will positively witness a balloon ascension on the Fourth of July, the arrangements having all been perfected therefor. On that day Prof. John A. Light will light out heavenward in one of his monster air-ships. The committee having the matter in charge is composed of such gentlemen as Col. John A. Lemon, Capt. Jim Milliken, Col. William Williams, Col. D. M. Jones, and a few other military gentlemen and private citizens, and they will not permit the affair to fall through. It will be the Professor's first ascension this year and will doubtless be witnessed by a rousing crowd.
EAST BROAD TOP RAILROAD. - The first passenger train that ever passed over the East Broad Top as far as Scottsville, contained a joyous excursion party on Saturday last. The train left Mount Union at 12:45 P. M., and returning left Scottsville at 2:50 P. M. The Superintendent of the road, A. W. Simms, Esq., had charge of the excursion. It is expected trains will run regularly to Scottsville on and after July 1st, and that the road will be completed through to East Broad Top by the first of August.
FOUND DEAD - Frightful Accident. - A physician named Green, of Scottsville, Huntingdon county, was found dead on the roadside a few days since. He had started to drive from Orbisonia to Scottsville in a sulky, and from some unexplained cause the horse, sulky and driver were thrown down a steep embankment. It is supposed that in their descent the horse fell on Dr. Green and crushed him to death. He was found lying under the shafts of the sulky the following morning.
DEATH OF MRS. McATEER. - Mrs. Mary McAteer died on Saturday morning, the 20th inst., at the residence of her son, Mr. S. A. McAteer, in Logan township, in the seventy-fifth year of her age. Deceased was the mother of Hon. Harry J. McAteer, of Alexandria, Huntingdon county, and of Matthew McAteer, Esq., of Harrisburg, Pa., both of whom were in attendance at her funeral yesterday morning.
HABEAS CORPUS. - On Saturday afternoon Capt. Jim Milliken sued out a writ of habeas corpus for Thomas Smiley, who was charged on oath of ___ Reigh with having procured the signature of said Reigh, to a vendue note, by false pretense. Judge Dean heard the case and fixed the bail at one hundred dollars.
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Correspondence of the MORNING TRIBUNE.
Oliver W. Taylor, a prominent miner, and an employe at No. 3 mine of the Rock Hill Coal and Iron Company's Mines at East Broad Top, was fatally injured one day last week in the mine above named, by a heavy fall of coal. It appears Mr. Taylor had a contract for driving a cross heading, and had with him one or two other men. At the time of the accident Mr. T., was about to leave the place for his boarding house, but previously had put in a blast, which fired, but the coal did not fall. Being anxious to know the cause, he went back to see, and while examining under the heavy mass, it fell, a lump weighing probably 600 pounds, striking him on the chest.
His comrades being present, he was soon extricated, at which time he remarked: "I will only live a short time." He died in two hours after. By direction of Mr. Wm. Foster, the Superintendent, he was removed to his home at Cherry Grove, Fulton county, Pa. This was purely accidental. No blame whatever, is attached to Mr. Foster, whose orders to suspend work were promptly and cheerfully obeyed. The funeral was largely attended, and was under the direction of several lodges of Odd Fellows, viz: Broad Top city, Waterfall, Three Springs, and Mount Hor, of Cassville. There were over one thousand persons in attendance, many of whom were from a distance. Among the attendants were A. T. Pearson, Wm. Foster, J. F. Mears. He leaves a wife, who can rest assured that the sympathy of all who knew him are with her. - J. S. S.
ALMOST A FIRE. - Porter's Chemistry informs us that phosphorus is a wax-like, and nearly colorless solid, readily ignited by heat or friction. When phosphorus is cut it should always be under water, and every particle not used should be immediately returned to a bottle containing water. But we wanted to say when we started out that a can containing phosphorus and water has stood for some time past in the cellar under Patton's Drug Store, and yesterday morning it was discovered to be on fire from the supposed cause that the can had "sprung a leak" and the water all disappeared. Fortunately it was discovered just in the "nick of time" or else a most disastrous conflagration would doubtless have ensued.
BURNED OUT. - The grocery store of Chas. E. Butler, at East Freedom, in this county, was burned out last night. The fire was observed about 11 P. M., cause not known, supposed to have caught from matches, or a stub of a cigar. Loss, about $2,000. No insurance. - Mirror.
WARM SPRING INDIANS. - Early Monday morning a car load of Warm Spring Indians passed through this city en route for Washington. A number of Indian celebrities were in the delegation.
- Letter of J. S. S. from Everett, Hopewell and Broad Top City is unavoidably laid over until next week.
HATCHEL - EGENBACHER. - On the 20th inst., by the Rev, M. Wolf, Mr. George M. Hatchel to Miss Margaretha Egenbacher.
CLARK - GALL - On the 18th inst., by Rev. A. C. Whitmer, Mr. Edward E. Clark to Miss Mary E. Gall, both of this city.
BOEHN - ECKERLINE - On the 18th inst., by the Rev. M. Wolf, Mr. Adam Boehn to Miss Mary Eckerline.
EDWARDS - NONAKER - On the 17th inst., at the Eighth avenue M. E. Parsonage, by Rev. R. E. Wilson, Mr. Nathaniel G. Edwards to Miss Annie Nonaker, both of Huntingdon.
McCAULEY - McCABE - At the same time and place, by the same, Mr. John G. McCauley to Miss Alice McCabe, both of Huntingdon.
RAWLINS - BOHN. - In the Presbyterian Church at Hollidaysburg, June 16th, 1874, at 2 1/2 o'clock P. M., by Rev. D. H. Barron, Col. I. H. Rawlins and Miss Mary C. Bohn, both of Hollidaysburg.
It has been written by some one that "none but the brave deserve the fair," and in this instance the brave and the fair have met, clasped hands, and started on life's journey. Fully convinced that the Col. is as good as he has proven himself brave, we consider the bride as blessed in her choice; and equally convinced that the bride is as lovely as she is fair, we must commend the Colonel's choice and congratulate him on the successful issue of his suit at hymen's law. May Providence so direct the course of their lives that happiness and prosperity shall be their constant guests, and a green old age vouchsafed them.
General D. S. Elliott and Miss Delia Banks officiated as groomsman and bridesmaid on the above occasion. The parties took the Cincinnati express east, yesterday evening, for a trip among friends, and to watering places. We wish them a pleasant excursion and a safe return to their home.
McATEE - At his [sic] residence in Logan township, Blair county, Penna., Mrs. Mary McAtee, aged 75 years.
COURTER - In Pittsburgh, on the 27th ult., Mollie A. Courter, formerly of this city, aged 21 years. The deceased was a child of affliction, having been for a number of years confined to the house. She was a consistent member of the M. E. Church, and died in full hope of a blissful immortality in a world where sickness and sorrow are unknown.
Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, June 25, 1874, page 3
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