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Items from The Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa.,

Thursday, May 10, 1877






Springfield furnace will be blown in shortly.


The Clearfield fire-brick works have large orders.


Springfield mines employ about 175 men and boys.


Hon. G. Harry Spang of Bedford has joined the Murphyites.


There was a right smart frost in this latitude Monday morning.


Tyrone has the plate glass works fever bad. So has Huntingdon.


Rev. De Moyer of Hollidaysburg can snatch type bald-headed.


The Bell's Gap R. R. Company are building twenty-five new coal cars.


The Bedford Inquirer says Rev. James Curns is the largest man in Everett.


W. Gary, of Huntingdon, has been granted a patent for an electro-magnetic motor.


Greenwood Furnace, Huntingdon county, will go in blast about the 15th or 20th inst.


The steward of the Cambria county poor house planted sixty barrels of potatoes last week.


A slight fire, without doing much damage, occurred in the Altoona rolling mill, Friday night.


Armstrong Crawford, an old citizen of Tyrone, died on the 1st inst., in the 77th year of his age.


The carpenters on the new court house have completed their contract, packed their "kit" and left.


Two unsuccessful attempts were made to burn the Hollidaysburg colored school building last week.


The roof of Hamer & Ramsey's steam flouring mill in Tyrone was slightly damaged by fire on the 1st.


The Beaver Dam mill was burglarized on Friday night of 275 pounds of flour belonging to Peter Stiffler.


The rumor that the Blair Iron and Coal Company would close two of their furnaces is unfounded.


Those of our brethren of the press who extended their sympathies in our recent illness have our thanks.


Council has appropriated $9,000 to carry on the city government for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 1877.


A locomotive grate bar fell on the great toe of Thomas Butler's right foot, Friday, sadly demoralizing that member.


W. F. McFarland of Hollidaysburg has secured the contract for furnishing the officer's desks for the new court house.


The temperance wave has struck Bellefonte, and Judge John H. Orvis is among the distinguished reclaimed, besides other legal luminaries.


Charles Stetler of Tyrone, while hunting near Tyrone Forges on the 2d inst., had one hand severely injured by the bursting of his gun.


What is the population of Altoona (about)? We judge about 12,000. - Lewistown Democrat. The census of 1875 showed a population of 15,329.


Wm. Butler of Hollidaysburg was severely injured about the shoulders and arm, Monday morning, by being caught between two coal dumps.


William Bell, son of Maj. F. M. Bell, Tyrone's new postmaster, has been appointed baggage agent at that place in place of his father, resigned.


The "liberal soul" who gives away one and two dollar bills is making a successful tour down the Juniata Valley. He "did" the greenies of Huntingdon.


Bell's Mills is enjoying a genuine sensation, and society there is shaken from centre to circumference over the affair. We have no wish to probe the scandal.


Fred. S. Ehrenfield, supervisor of Gallitzin, has been awarded for the third time, $100 for the best section of road, by the inspectors of the Pennsylvania Railroad.


Postmaster Patton has appointed Mr. Adie B. Hicks to a clerkship. The selection is a good one, and Adie will prove himself a very competent and obliging officer.


Michael McDermott, brakeman, residing near McGarvey's Station, had the thumb of his right hand mashed while making a coupling in the yard, Monday morning.


The school-house at Barree Forge was entered Thursday night, and the Sunday-school library case broken open, and a valuable Bible taken therefrom and torn up.


Last Thursday Sheriff Stiffler escorted to the Western Penitentiary Basil Moore, colored, and bigamist, "Dr." McEwen. Both are sent up for a year - the former for larceny.


Among the bidders for the 5 per cent. State loan of eight millions was the Blair County Banking Company. It wanted $15,000 at par, but the successful bids ranged from 103 1-10 to 105 13-100.

Four young Johnstowners have been arrested for trout-fishing on Sunday. There are some like Sabbath-breakers in this neighborhood that the constables ought to make interview offended justice.


Revs. J. Walker and M. P. Doyle are now in Westfield, Illinois, attending the quadrennial session of the General Conference of the United Brethren Church, as delegates from this (Allegheny) conference.


A party of nine young men were arrested for disturbing the religious services at Chestnut avenue M. E. Church on Sunday evening, the 29th ult. They had a hearing before Mayor Gilland and were fined and discharged. Right.


Mrs. John Snook has applied for a divorce from her husband. He was convicted at the last Court of abortion on the oath of Miss Settlemyer, but was granted a new trial. In default of $2,000 bail he languishes in Castle McClure.


The planing mill of John Wagner and the foundry of the Messrs. Hart in Chest Springs, Cambria county, were destroyed by fire on Thursday morning last. Loss $6,000. Wagner's loss $1,000; insurance $2,000. Harts had no insurance.


The Board of Poor Directors discussed at a special meeting on Saturday the question of water supply for the almshouse, without arriving at a definite conclusion. It will cost about $4,000 to pipe the water two or three miles to the institution.


The Blair county Republican primaries to nominate a ticket under the "Crawford county system" will be held on Saturday the 2d day of June. A full set of rules for the government of the elections were adopted, which we will publish in our next issue.


A fire at Wallaceton, Clearfield county, Saturday, destroyed three million feet of pine lumber and about 25,000 shingles. The railroad track was destroyed about 100 feet. Four telegraph poles were burned and communication interrupted. Loss, $20,000; partly insured.


Thomas Patterson of Newry last week plowed up a den of vipers, and succeeded in killing seven of them, each of which was about 30 inches in length.


"Dad" Bowers, Deputy Prothonotary, spent 610 hours of solid work indexing the new judgment dockets, transcribing in that time 29?.890 names. Good for "Dad!" He is a lively sort of a "cuss" anyhow.


Mr. Thomas Morgan, residing in Logan township, one mile west of the city, lost two children on Monday by scarlet fever. Three others are down with the disease, while his wife is also in delicate health.


William Banks, a moulder by trade, formerly employed in the P. R. R. Foundry, this city, fell from the hay mow in the barn of Albert Hileman, Frankstown township, Saturday, and fractured his thigh bone.


A Granger organization was effected at Good's school house, on Piney Creek, on the 28th ult. This makes the fourth organization of this kind in Blair county. The State Grange is to be held in Hollidaysburg next December.


James Cross of this city, while passing over some coal cars at Marysville, on Tuesday, putting on brakes, slipped and fell into one with a drop bottom, breaking his left leg below the knee. He was taken to the Harrisburg hospital.


Prof. Dare, a gymnast and rope-walker, gave an exhibition of himself on Tuesday afternoon, on a rope stretched across Eleventh avenue, east of the TRIBUNE office. His feats were witnessed by a large crowd, and rapturously applauded.


Mr. John Redding of Eldorado hired a couple of tramps last week to help him with his farm work. They worked satisfactorily up to Saturday evening, when Mr. Redding paid them off. The next morning they were missing, as well as $25 in money and some wearing apparel. Put not your faith in tramps.


Mrs. Gilmartin escaped from the almshouse last week, came to this city and got full of the "devil" on Whisky Row. She went to the house of Henry Brunell on Seventh avenue, and wanted to run the same to suit her own notions. The police were notified, and she was calaboosed and sent to her old quarters.


James Gardner, of Hollidaysburg, and Nat Ramsey of Bell's Mills, were on Saturday elected Representative delegates to the State Convention by the Republican County Committee. Instructed for Hon. John A. Lemon for Auditor General. The Senatorial delegate was conceded to Cambria county.


A petition signed by members of the Bedford bar to have the name of Thos. H. Greevy, Esq., of this city, stricken from the list of attorneys of that county, was presented to the court last week. The offense consisted in a criticism of Judge Hall, in the Globe, for his conduct in the Alden-Hamlin trial.


Attention is called to the card of Mr. A. L. Holliday, of Hollidaysburg, announcing himself as a candidate for Register and Recorder. Mr. H. is one of the oldest Republicans in the county; has never before asked office, is thoroughly competent, and his claims are worthy of consideration at the hands of voting Republicans.


The Standard says there has been another of the semi-annual, wholesale destructions of fish in our river, the banks of which are covered with millions of fish of all kinds and sizes, from the beautiful speckled trout to the little horny chub. It is said to be caused by the emptying into the stream of the lime and other poisonous substances of the tan vats at Duncansville.


John and Adam Cahoe of Gallitzin, while fishing on the Big Moshannon, last Monday week, came across a bear with two cubs. They seized the cubs, but the mother made it hot for them, treed one of the men on a stump, and to appease her wrath he was compelled to surrender the cub. They succeeded in getting away with the other, which they brought home with them on Tuesday evening in the mail train. The youngster was quite a pet among the passengers, and loved to be fondled by them.


RAILROAD MATTERS. - The train agents are not to be suspended.


There are no locomotives of the "I" class to be built at present in the shops of this city.


The new schedule for the running of passenger and freight trains on the Pennsylvania Railroad will go into operation on the 13th of the present month. The new head light numbers introduced on the engines of the Pennsylvania Railroad, are an excellent improvement, and of great benefit to signal tower men.


The Pennsylvania Railroad will return, free of freight charges, all goods sent for display at the Philadelphia Exposition this month.


The Harrisburg car manufacturing company is pushing its contract for iron tubular oil tanks with vigor, turning out from one to two substantial cars per day. The tanks are painted red, white and blue.


The Baldwin locomotive works of Philadelphia have just closed a contract for the construction of nineteen locomotives - fourteen of which are to be broad gauge and five narrow gauge - for a railroad in Brazil.


Shifting engine No. 111, probably one of the first "dinkeys" used in the yard at Harrisburg, is to be brought to this city and cut up into scrap iron.


Several "ticket scalpers" were arrested in Baltimore last week, and some $7,000 worth of supposed stolen tickets of the Pennsylvania Railroad seized. The tickets were taken up by train agents between Philadelphia and New York and not cancelled by punching, and were sold to the "scalpers" at the end of the trip, principally to J. W. Knapp, of Jersey City.


Mr. George Mitchell, P. R. R. agent at McVeytown for the past sixteen or seventeen years, died at that place Sunday morning, after a week's illness. His long service proves that he was a competent and honest official.


The employes of the P. R. R machine shops of this city are agitating the matter of organizing a mutual aid society, by the establishment of a fund for the benefit of individual members in case of accident or sickness.


The earnings of the P. R. R. for the quarter ending April 1st were $400,000 in excess of last year. Railroad men say that through freight has increased perceptibly within the past few days.


The P. R. R. proposes this season to renew No. 11 bridge, near Tyrone, which is an iron structure, with stone arches. A force of men are now at Gallitzin quarrying stone for the same.


ANOTHER CUTTING AFFAIR. - Late on Saturday evening as Mr. Peter Vetter and Mr. Martin Hoele were returning home from the East Side, they were met by a stranger between Eleventh and Twelfth streets, on Eleventh avenue, who sought a quarrel with them. When near Fries' hardware store, the stranger struck Hoele over the head with a billy, knocking him down. Mr. Vetter interfered to protect his comrade, when the midnight assassin began cutting Vetter in the face and about his person. One of the cuts in the face is quite severe, beginning below the eye and running entirely down through the nose. He also received a deep gash across the palm of the hand from the first to the fourth finger. Hoele was cut in the scalp, and also received a slight wound in the right shoulder, besides having his clothing cut in several places. Neither of the assaulted party had ever seen the man before, nor would they be able to identify him, hence there is no clue to the villain, and he will probably escape arrest.


SAD ACCIDENT. - James Clark, a young man employed in one of the coal mines in the vicinity of Bennington, met with a sad accident at the east end of the Gallitzin tunnel on Thursday morning last. He had got on the rear end of an engine tank for the purpose of riding to the east end of the tunnel, and in jumping off his left foot caught in the track, when the engine passed over it crushing the member so badly that amputation was deemed necessary at the knee-joint. The operation was performed by Dr. Fay, of this city.


COURT PROCEEDINGS - SECOND WEEK. - Our report closed with the case of S. I. Fries vs. Elizabeth Brown on trial. This was a feigned issue to determine the validity of a judgment entered by Elizabeth Brown against W. H. Brown. The amount in controversy was $450, and the question depended on the transfer of a deed for property situated in the Second Ward of this city. Prior to May 12, 1870, John W. Brown was the owner and occupant of the property, but on that date he transferred this property to W. H. Brown his brother, who, in turn immediately gave judgment in favor of Elizabeth Brown his mother, for $450. The same year W. H. Brown transferred this property back to John W. Brown. The plaintiff in this suit brings in a bill of goods sold to John W. Brown, for which he had obtained judgment against Brown. Plaintiff claimed that John W. Brown was insolvent at the time and that he made the transfer for the purpose of defrauding his creditors. The defense in this action was that every transfer of the property was a regular bona fide sale; that the two brothers, John W. and Wm. H. Brown, had been jointly interested in contracts and building houses both in the oil regions and in this city. When they separated John W. Brown continued in business as contracting carpenter and W. H. Brown went to work in the shops. John W. Brown had borrowed from his mother $450, and at the time this deed was made he owed several judgments amounting to $800 or $900. About the month of May, 1870, John W. Brown, in order to move to Pittsburgh, sold his property to his brother by a perfectly honest transfer, the brother, W. H. Brown, paying over $300 in money assuming the judgments that were against the property. John W. Brown, finding that his Pittsburgh enterprise did not pay as he had expected, relinquished his business there and returned to Altoona within a year and bought the property back from his brother, giving him an advance of $300 on his bargain, all of which it is claimed was a perfectly honest transaction. The jury rendered a verdict for the defendant.


A similar case of S. I. Fries vs. J. Warner et al. was passed to await the verdict of the jury in the foregoing case.


Abraham Rhodes vs. Mary Rhodes' executor. Feigned issue to test the right to the proceeds of two notes, one under date of October 1, 1872, for $3,487, payable in one year to the order of Abraham and Mary Rhodes, the other dated April 1, 1873, for $100, payable to the order of Mary Rhodes. This case occupied all of Wednesday nearly in hearing the testimony of witnesses, which was of a tedious though spirited nature, giving rise to some warm discussions on the part of counsel for the parties interested. Mrs. Rhodes, the wife of Abraham Rhodes, willed all her real estate to her husband's sister, Mrs. Wise, together with the interest of her money during the life of her husband, the consideration being that Mr. Rhodes should be well cared for, and his personal wants attended to for the rest of his natural life, he being quite old and infirm in health, and requiring a great deal of care and attention. After the death of his wife, Mr. Rhodes, declined to take under her will, and suit was brought to recover the money of these notes, which were in the hands of Joseph Fichtner Esq., of Newry. Mr. Fichtner then brought the money into court and asked for a decree to direct him to whom the money should be paid; hence the action. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff of the amount of the large note, $3,487 with interest from October 1, 1872, and also found for the defendant the value of the small note, $100 with interest from April 1, 1873.


George and Mary Burkhart vs. Home Loan and Building Association. Feigned issue to try the title to certain personal property, consisting of horses, plows, wagon, cooking stove, beds, table, lounge, chairs, straw, grain, in short all the farming tools and household furniture with all the products of the farm of the plaintiff which had been levied upon by the Sheriff. Since the levy, however, the stove, chairs and bedding were released and the sheriff was directed to proceed with the sale of the other property. Mr. Burkhart had signed an exemption note which the Building Association took this way of collecting. The plaintiffs claimed that Mr. Burkhart, being an illiterate man, did not know the real character of the note he was signing, and that the property belonged not to him but to his wife. The jury found a verdict for the plaintiff, two horses, one stallion, one two horse wagon, three setts of harness, one cart, two plows, one harrow, one lot of hay, one lot of grain in straw, and all other personal property, and found for Mary Burkhart two cows and one bureau, also found for the defendant, one lounge, one cook stove, and one corner cupboard.


Charles Rauch vs. Lawrence Knapp & Co. Feigned issue to ascertain the title to the personal property of the Rauch Brewery in Hollidaysburg, together with all the household goods of the family which had been levied upon as the property of F. W. Rauch to satisfy a judgment of Knapp & Co. The plaintiff alleged that the property in question belonged to Charles Rauch, and not to his father, F. W. Rauch. The jury found for the plaintiff 144 barrels of beer, more or less, 15 casks, one horse and one wagon.


Philip Dempsey and wife vs. Wm. M. Loyd [sic], S. C. Baker and Thomas McCauley. Action of debt to recover the price of a tract of land near this city, containing 37 acres, 92 perches. Defendants had bought this tract at the contract price of $400 an acre, and paid $5,000 of the purchase money, but failed to pay the balance, and this suit was brought to enforce full payment. Messrs. Baker and McCauley, testified distinctly that they had signed the agreement with the understanding that Mr. Lloyd would join with them in signing it. Mr. Lloyd refused to sign it, and defendants never made a payment on it, never authorized any one to do so, and never took possession of the property. When they discovered that Mr. Lloyd refused to share in the transaction, these two witnesses erased their names from the contract. The case was given to the jury at six o'clock Saturday evening, and in a few minutes they found a verdict for the plaintiffs, $10,632.23. This closed the April term. For the facts in the above we are indebted to the very full report of the Mirror.


A SHARPER ON HIS TRAVELS. - The Johnstown Tribune says "that liberal individual who gives away a five-dollar bill for four dollars, a two for a one, and so on, was in Greensburg on Tuesday. Plenty of people bought money, and when he sold watch-chains at one dollar each returning two dollars to the purchasers, there was a perfect rush of greenies to secure them. Finally a lot of chains were sold at five dollars a piece, and the eager buyers were waiting patiently to rope in their ten dollars each from the eccentric salesman; but that wasn't the game. He drove off rapidly with some sixty dollars clear cash, and the individuals who bit at the tempting bait won't even wear their ten cent watch chains, which were warranted to 'look and last as well as gold.' This transparent trick has been exposed time and again, but people who get taken in are the kind who won't subscribe and pay for a newspaper." The same individual visited Hollidaysburg on Friday, and succeeded in "doing" several citizens of that village out of about $65 by practicing the above dodge. He held forth in this city in the evening of the same day, and succeeded in victimizing a number of innocent young men out of their money by the foregoing process. But people love to be humbugged.


CITY RECORDER. - The City Council at their meeting on Monday evening did not pass an ordinance accepting the act passed by the late Legislature establishing the office of City Recorder in cities whose population does not exceed 30,000 and is not less than 8,500 inhabitants. We do not think that Council ought to entail any more offices upon the people of this city; they are now sufficiently taxed for all practical purposes. We notice that some of the leading journalists of other cities, which come under the provisions of this act, take strong ground against its acceptance, regarding it as a useless appendage, productive of no benefit to anybody except the person chosen to the office. We can see nothing in the act which would prove beneficial to this city, or even be a relief to our courts. The acceptance of the act we don't believe would be a wise thing for Council to do. We may be mistaken in the opinion, but we have failed to see the benefits and advantages to accrue to the city pointed out by the advocates of the measure. We advise Council to make haste slowly in this recorder business.


LARGE FISH STORIES. - The Standard last week noted that a Gaysport fisherman hied himself to the Conemaugh river, and while fishing in that stream caught a stone jug in which was a large catfish. The "catty" had taken up his abode in the jug when a youth, and remained there until he had grown to such proportions that he could not get out. The Gaysport man's bait and hook found its way into the mouth of the jug, and the catfish swallowed the bait, was caught and landed on terra firma with his stone house. And now the Osceola Reveille sees the above story, and goes one better, as follows: A boy living near Elliott's mill, while fishing at the head of Osceola dam, felt a gentle nibble, and drawing his hook toward the shore, observed a half gallon fruit-can trailing on the bottom. Having secured the vessel, he was greatly surprised to find that a large catfish had taken up his abode therein and remained until his increased dimensions did not admit of egress. He had evidently flopped around in his tin parlor until a hole was made in the rust-eaten bottom, through which his tail protruded. In this condition, the catfish had power to navigate from one place to another, and must have been regarded by his aquarian neighbors as a kind of iron-clad monitor.


RELIEF OF THE POOR. - The relief committee of the Y. M. C. A. make report of their doings in way of relieving the poor from November 25, 1876 to March 24, 1877. The number of families relieved were 157, averaging five to each family. The value of provisions distributed amounted to about $900, embraced in 160 pounds of meat, 1,626 loaves of bread, 1,235 pounds of corn meal, 28 barrels of flour, potatoes, rice, hominy, coffee, peas and many other articles, besides clothing, boots and shoes, and 56 tons of coal. The cash contributions amounted to $439.17, viz: from the Musical association $246,87; Centennial celebration committee, $56.94; J. W. Findley, $11.75; collections in the several churches, $47.01; John P. Levan, $20; G. W. Strattan, $10; Col. F. B. Stewart, John A. Sprankle, Jos. Darr and A. F. Hess, each $5, and the balance in smaller sums from individuals and committees. The committee return their thanks to J. H. Dysart & Co., John Copely and Campbell Bros. for coal; P. R. R. Co. for free transportation; Prof. Mahaffey and H. C. Delo and the benevolent musical association for their concerts, and the several ward committees for their faithfulness.


PLATE GLASS WORKS. - The location of Belgian plate glass works has been the engrossing theme of the Huntingdon and Tyrone people for some days past, growing out of the visit of Mr. August Gobert, and Mr. H. Brasseur, of Belgium, who are looking up a site for the location of the works. At Tyrone they have been wined and dined and serenaded, and every attention paid them that would have a tendency to impress them favorably as to that place being the very best location, and their efforts do not appear in vain, and we hope may ultimately be successful. The plan and drawings of Mr. Brasseur for the works call for a building 1033 feet long and 135 feet in width, with a capacity of 2,000 square feet of plate glass per day. The works would employ upwards of 500 hands and consume fifty tons of coal per day. The capital required to put in operation such works is $1,000,000 - $800,000 for the erection of the necessary buildings, machinery, etc., with $200,000 as a reserve for their operation. The above is the estimate for works of the largest capacity. What the ultimate determination of Messrs. Gobert and Brasseur may be as to the site is only problematical, as they extend their observations as far west as Indianapolis. Where the most money is subscribed to the capital stock, that is most likely to be the place where the Belgian plate-glass works will be located.


LIABILITY OF HOTEL KEEPERS. - Mrs. Ellen J. Null brought suit against Lewis A. Crouse in the Bedford County Court to recover $5,000 for the death of her husband, David R. Null. Crouse was a licensed hotel-keeper in the town of Bridgeport, and on the night of October 23, 1875, Null with a number of others went into the bar-room of Crouse and drank frequently and heavily. It was shown that Null became very drunk, and in this condition he started for his home in Fair Hope, six miles west of Bridgeport. This was between 10 and 11 o'clock, and was the last that was seen of Null alive. The next morning he was found on the track of the Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad, a crushed and mutilated mass of flesh, unrecognizable except by his clothes. After a patient trial, the jury, after being out fourteen hours, brought in a sealed verdict of $1,500 damages for the widow. A motion for a new trial was made. Crouse since this transaction has failed, but his bondsmen are responsible, and if this verdict shall stand, then they will have to pay the damages.


DEDICATION OF THE NEW COURT HOUSE. - The committee having charge of the arrangements for the dedication of the new Court House have fixed on Monday, the 2d day of July, the first day of Argument Court. Hon. Jeremiah S. Black, who held the first court in the county, is to deliver the address, and Hon. Judge Dean is to prepare a judicial history of the county. All the living judges who have ever held court in this county are to be invited to participate in the ceremonies of dedication. This much has been agreed upon, and at the meeting of the committee on Saturday next, further arrangements will be made.


DEAD. - Mr. Theodore Ainsworth, who was run over by a caboose car at the Fourth street crossing, about one o'clock on the morning of the 13th of April, died on Monday morning. He sustained such injury to his right leg that amputation was deemed necessary at the knee-joint. The shock produced by the accident was so great that he never rallied from its effects, and which terminated fatally as above. He resided in Logan township, and was 25 years, 7 months and 27 days old.


GAS OFFICERS ELECTED. - At an election for officers of the Altoona Gas Company, held on Monday, to serve the ensuing year, the following were chosen: President, J. B. Collin. Managers, W. H. Wilson, Wm. Darlington, Enoch Lewis, H. C. Dern, Geo. W. Patton. Treasurer, W. D. Couch.


SCHOOL PICNIC. - On Saturday, Mr. James Treece, janitor of the First Ward School-house, took the scholars belonging to Misses Durborrow and McCormick's schools to Calvert's woods to enjoy a holiday. The children each took with them a basket well supplied with provisions, and they had a very pleasant time of it, enjoying themselves hugely. Nothing occurred to mar the pleasures of the little folks, and they returned homeward about five o'clock, singing as they entered the city "Hold the Fort," and other familiar songs. The janitor is quite popular with the little ones.


ALL FOR THE BETTER. - The late term of our Criminal Court was a decided improvement over the January term. The criminal business in January occupied nearly the whole of two weeks, while that of the recent term not much more than that many days. There was also an absence of the fearful swearing that disgraced the January term, which created in the minds of those who either heard or read the evidence grave suspicions of perjury on the part of some of the witnesses. Our criminal business has been entirely too large for some years past, and if the diminution evinced at the April term shall prove to be permanent, it will be hailed with delight by all good citizens.


BILL IN EQUITY. - The counsel of certain creditors of Wm. M. Lloyd, bankrupt of Altoona, on Friday filed a bill in equity in the U. S. District Court, Pittsburgh, against S. C. Baker et. al. Mr. Baker belongs to this city and the remaining defendants are distributed throughout the State. The plaintiffs allege that the defendants are debtors to the estate of the said Wm. M. Lloyd, and the Court is asked for an injunction to restrain them from conducting their business, a commissioner to take testimony and the adjustment of the indebtedness of the defendants to the said Wm. M. Lloyd. A subpoena was awarded.




LYCUM - RALSTON - May 8, at the Lutheran parsonage in Martinsburg, by Rev. D. Stock, Albert J. Lycum to Miss Mollie E. Ralston of Waterside.




SLEP - In this city, on the 2d inst., Freddy Becht, son of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Slep, aged 1 year, 11 months and 2 days. Brother Slep has our sympathies in this bereavement.


NUMER - In this city, on the 4th inst., Sarah Numer, in the 26th year of her age.


BURBANK - In Duncansville, on the 5th inst., Mr. George Burbank, aged 75 years.


GLASGOW - In Gaysport, May 2, Eliza J., wife of James Glasgow, aged 52 years, 3 months and 15 days.


HARTZELL - Near Elizabeth Furnace, May 4, Mr. Jacob Emanuel Hartzell, aged 79 years, 11 months and 6 days. Mr. Hartzell was a highly respected citizen of the community in which he resided.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, May 10, 1877, page 3 




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