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Items from The Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, May 24, 1877




An exchange makes the following observations: Since the law allows every married woman to control her own money and property she may have at the time of marriage, or that she may afterward acquire by inheritance, every married woman should refuse to part with her lawful right to own and control her own means. There are thousands of women in the world to-day who inherited or otherwise acquired means that would be a help and a blessing to them if kept under their own control, but, which having been lost or squandered by their husbands, they are now in low circumstances and even in destitution. A woman should always keep control of, or at least a firm hold on her own money and property, so that if misfortune overtakes her husband she may have something she can safely fall back on in her hour of trial and tribulation. We could point out a dozen of such unfortunate women in a small circle, and such is the case all over the land. With confidence in their husbands during seeming prosperity, they gave them every dollar. Now neither has a dollar, and some have families to rear at a time when they can least afford it. We therefore caution every woman in the land not to part with the title to her own money and property, but to hold it in safe keeping for a "rainy day."


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, May 24, 1877, page 1




Capt. Robert Johnson is in Williamsport, talking temperance.


The Tyrone Gas Company has reduced the! price of gas from $3.50 to $2.75 per 1000 feet.


Antis township has not had a licensed gin mill within its borders for the past twenty years.


A two foot vein of hard fossil iron ore was developed at Three Springs, Huntingdon county a few days ago.


Bustles are going out of fashion and a man will stand some chance of finding the morning paper after nine o'clock.


Frederick Reigh mourns a couple of demoralized toes, injured in the lower blacksmith shop, Saturday morning.


Geo. A. Patton sold 1400 quarts of peanuts last Saturday week. Just think what f-un there was among those 1400 people.


On Monday morning George Bochel, an employe of the vice shop had his right arm slightly lacerated while grinding a piece of pipe on an emery wheel.


J. Todd Hutchinson, Esq., will go to Edenburg, Clarion county, to edit James F. Campbell's new weekly which he is about to start in that place. Success.


Harvey Kitt, an employe in the machine shops, had a wound three inches long cut in his left wrist by a sharp piece of iron striking it, on Saturday afternoon.


Some of our cotemporaries down the river are becoming very profane, and contend that if it were not for the dam interference they might catch some shad as of yore.


A heavy piece of timber last week fell on the right foot of Robert Smith, an employe of the lower shops, mashing two of his toes so badly that amputation was necessary.


The store of John R. Gregory, in Alexandria, Huntingdon county was robbed of twelve pairs of boots, $15 dollars in silver, a watch and other articles in value about $100, on the 14th inst.


In the U. S. District Court, Pittsburgh, last week, in the matter of C. C. Stanberger, bankrupt, of Blair county, an order was made setting aside the sale of real estate and requiring a resale.


Robert A. Clark, Esq., has declined to deliver the oration on Decoration Day, on account of professional engagements. His place, however, will be filled by another gentleman of this city.


A sprained ankle is what troubles the senior of the Sun, all because he forsook his legitimate calling and went into the paper- hanging business. What a fall there was all around, my brother journalist!


Sister Mary Magdalene, known in the world as Miss Amanda Douglass, daughter of John H. and Margaret Douglass, of Chest Springs, died in St. John's Convent on Saturday evening, aged 27 years.


In digging a well on the premises of Owen McCann in East Tyrone, at the depth of 35 feet river boulders and a good sized pine knot were unearthed. How the pine knot got there is what bothers East Tyroners.


The Tyrone correspondent's interview of the attorneys of that place on the recorder act was a clever and decided hit, but the Mirror's attack on journalism in the same connection was a disgraceful piece of flunkeyism.


Huntingdon people have subscribed the amount necessary to secure the Belgian plate-glass works, $101,200, and the P. R. R. company has agreed to sell them land in West Huntingdon as a site for their location.


Shame on a newspaper that has no higher regard for the profession, than to permit its editorial columns to be soiled with an infamous attack upon it. But you cannot expect anything else from adventurers in journalism.


Sunday, Alexander Sanders was put off a freight train near Gallitzin, and attempted to get on again, but was knocked down, struck on the head by a car and badly injured. He resided at Benn's Creek, whither he was taken.


A woman of respectable dress and physique, in a beastly state of intoxication was the disgusting spectacle on Eleventh avenue last Thursday. Falling helpless at the 14th street crossing, she was assisted out of sight by Mayor Gilland and another gentleman.


The Dunkards have been passing out the Hollidaysburg branch for some days past at a lively rate. They are holding a national meeting at New Enterprise, in Morrison's Cove, which is an immense affair. Five hundred ministers are in attendance.


A transferable top buggy was stolen from Mrs. Priscilla Smith, near Cornprop's Mills, Huntingdon county, on the 14th inst. The day previous a set of harness was stolen in Jackson township. Put that and that together, and the thief, it is presumed, had a horse.


On Monday mail facilities eastward were increased by sending from the office in this city, mails for Lewistown, Mifflin, Newport, Duncannon and other places served by these offices, on Philadelphia Express, closing at 8:30 p. m. The pouch for Harrisburg on the Pacific eastward will hereafter be discontinued.


Unrequited love is said to be the cause of Ellen Croft's self- destruction, allured thereto by one her superior in the social walks of life. The murderer must feel happy over her sad fate as he struts the streets of Altoona. A fellow so mean, ought to get as heartily ashamed of himself as Judas did, and follow Judas' example.


A rule was served on Drs. Peter Malone, James Condrin and H. B. Miller, dentists of this city, by the U. S. Marshal last week, to show cause why they should not be restrained from using vulcanite, they having neglected to pay the annual license of $60 to the Goodyear vulcanite company. They will answer in the U. S. District court, at Pittsburgh, June 1st.


Some days ago Mr. Charles Olmes, a butcher on the East side, inflicted a slight wound on his hand with a saw while cutting some meat. The wound healed, but in a day or so after his arm swelled to unnatural proportions and for a time there was great danger that mortification would set in and necessitate the amputation of the member. Fortunately the symptoms assumed a more favorable character, and the arm resumed its wonted health.


Mr. Jacob Good wanted possession of property he owned and was occupied by Mr. Garnier, confectioner and toy dealer on Eleventh avenue. The latter G. demurred to removal, when the former G. armed himself with the proper legal documents and set the goods and chattels of the recalcitrant Frenchman out in the street, who took up his abode in a room on the corner of Thirteenth street and Eleventh avenue as a dernier resort.


F. W. Rauch, of Hollidaysburg, on Friday in descending the cellar way of his residence, was attacked with a rush of blood to the head, and fell down the steps, a distance of ten feet, breaking two ribs and fracturing another. He is about 70 years old, and his condition is serious.


Council Notes. - Fourteen members were present on Monday night. The water committee reported in favor of laying a 4-inch pipe from a point below the present dam, to cost about $225. The Mayor was instructed to notify parties to clean up the alleys, streets, etc., about their premises, now in bad condition. The Excelsior Hose Company has vanished and with it the apparatus. The ordinance accepting the provisions of the Recorder Act was adopted by the following vote:


Yes - Messrs. Ake, Detwiler, Flanigan, Lotz, McCormick, O'Toole, Reifsnyder and Sink - 8.


Nays - Messrs. Cunningham, Cessna, Decker, McGill, Snyder and Taylor - 6.


A vacancy occurring on the police force, Charles Whittle was elected to fill the same, receiving 8 votes, to 5 for W. W. Smith and 1 for Mr. Wyncoop. The rules and regulations in regard to the Altoona Water Works were adopted, and 2,000 copies ordered to be printed. Council will inspect fire engines on the 30th. A number of parties, owning lots, will be compelled to lay boardwalks or the city will do it for them. The bonds of A. V. Dively, City Solicitor, and P. Halton, street sprinkler, were read and filed. Several petitions were read in regard to water privileges and granted, and also reports recommending small appropriations to the Good Will and Vigilant Fire Companies, the opening of Fourth street, repairs to the lock-up, and for the better protection of the clock in the tower of the city building.


ARRESTED FOR PERJURY. - On Friday and Saturday last there was quite a commotion among certain of our Hebrew fellow-citizens, and their frequent visits to the Mayor's and Alderman McCormick's offices, induced us to inquire into the cause. In April last Solomon Graff was arrested and had a hearing before Alderman Poffenberger, charged on the oath of Casper Leff with taking one five dollar bill from Leff's pocket, and attempting to take another one. Graff was bound over to April term to answer, but the grand jury ignored the bill. Mr. Graff was not satisfied with this determination of the matter, and brought suit against Leff for perjury. Leff was arrested and imprisoned in the lock-up. Two writs of habeas corpus were issued for a hearing, in behalf of the prisoner, before Judge Mann, but owing to some informality in the writs, His Honor refused a hearing in both cases, and remanded Leff to the jurisdiction of Alderman McCormick, by whom he was held on Saturday in $500 bail to answer at the July sessions. Leff is also charged with assault and battery with intent to kill, and was bound over by Mayor Gilland in $300 for his appearance at same court to answer this charge. So it may be asked of Leff, as Ahab asked of Elijah, "Art thou he that troubleth Israel?"


Personal. - J. R. Durborrow, Esq., of the Huntingdon Journal dropped in to see us last week. J. R. publishes a good paper, and deserves a much better support from the Republicans of Huntingdon county than he gets. Call again.


Col. Wm. Hester, of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, gave us a call on Tuesday evening. The Colonel is en route to California, on a visit, and is a pleasant and affable gentleman, and a thorough newspaper man. He was much pleased with our city, surprised at its extent, gratified with its stores, and the amount of business transacted. We hope the Colonel will have a pleasant trip. Call again, Will.


"The Orphan," popularly known as Joe Hudson, the "boss" traveling salesman of Pennsylvania, swung his magnificent physique into our sanctum on Monday. He was as usual full of wit and anecdote.


But last not least came George Schrom, Esq., of the Newport Ledger. He is a good printer, has a fine office, and publishes a very readable paper.


SUDDEN DEATH. - James McClain, a laborer, who had been in the employ of Campbell Bros., while walking down Tenth avenue on Thursday morning last, when at a point in the rear of Dazin's dye works, was seen by several parties to fall to the ground. They went to his assistance and called Dr. W. R. Findley to administer to his wants. He found McClain dead. He was removed to Tipton's undertaking establishment, and Coroner Humes summoned, who held an inquest over the body. The jury returned a verdict "that James McClain came to his death from a stroke of apoplexy, superinduced by exposure and stimulants." The deceased, up to within a short time, had been working on the Campbell Bros.' contract on the West Penn Railroad, and on its completion came to this city, and was stopping with Mr. Thomas Doyle. He leaves a wife and six children in Ireland. His remains were taken in charge by friends, and on Saturday interred in St. John's (Catholic) Cemetery from the residence of Patrick McClain, on Second avenue and Sixth street.


FIGHTING AT A FUNERAL. - A Bell's Mills correspondent of the Globe, publishes this disgraceful episode: "On Friday evening while the train of Conductor Irvin, of the middle division, was pulling eastward through the lower yard, he discovered three young men on board, whom he politely requested to step down and out. They refused to comply, and the conductor thereupon used sufficient force to compel obedience to his request. The train at the time was running about four miles an hour. Thinking they had a sure thing of the conductor, as the train was in motion, the young men hurled a volley of stones at the cars. The conductor at once had the train stopped, when he and two of his brakemen alighted and administered to the assailants a well-merited flogging. Nothing further resulted from the affair until yesterday, when Conductor Irvin was attending the funeral of a friend near Fostoria. The funeral had reached the cemetery and the corpse was about being lowered to its final resting place, when one of the young men before mentioned, whose name is Taylor Hammond, approached the conductor and made an assault, accompanied by the most abusive language, upon him, evidently intending to be revenged for what the conductor, in the simple discharge of his duty, had done. In order to defend himself, the conductor found it necessary, at that solemn moment and in that sacred place, in the midst of weeping friends and relatives, to throw the blackguard to the ground." What the ending of the matter will be is not stated, but will likely have a judicial determination.


THE TELEPHONE IN ALTOONA. - We have already described at length in our columns the workings of this wonderful and ingenious instrument. There was a trial of it on Monday afternoon over the railroad wires between this city and Cresson - a distance of fifteen miles. The conversation carried on in the General Superintendent's office was plainly heard at Cresson, more rapidly, it is alleged, than the sound of talking in an adjoining room. A song sung at this end of the wire was heard very distinctly at Cresson. Mr. J. Chester Wilson, of the Superintendent's office, operated the instrument at Cresson. The experiment was quite successful, and afforded satisfaction to all who witnessed its wonderful performance.


ARRANGEMENTS FOR DECORATION DAY. - Another meeting of the Soldiers' Memorial Association was held in the Council Chamber Friday evening last. Col. F. B. Stewart occupied the chair and Lieutenant D. H. Munson acted as Secretary. The minutes of the last meeting were approved as read. A communication was read from Professor R. B. Mahaffey signifying his willingness to conduct the musical part of the ceremonies, and suggested the following from which he requested the Association to make selections:


"No More the Bugle's Stirring Blast." Words by Samuel N. Mitchell; music by C. E. Prior.
"We Shall Never Forget." Words by T. V. Briggs.
"Reverence the Hero." Words and music by R. B. Mahaffey.
"Soldiers' Decoration Song." Words by E. R. Latta; music by R. B. Mahaffey.


Capt. E. M. Warren, chairman of committee on orator, reported that R. A. Clarke, Esq. had consented to deliver the oration and that Revs. M. K. Foster and M. Spangler would officiate in capacity of ministers. Dr. Ross reported the willingness of the Second Presbyterian Sunday School to participate in the decoration ceremonies, in case the children would not be required to do too much marching. Capt. E. M. Warren then moved that the route be as direct as possible from the Council Chamber to the cemetery and return, which motion prevailed. It is also to be understood that the Sunday schools will be at liberty to dismiss at the cemetery. The following schools, societies, etc., have signified their intention of turning out: First Methodist, Third Methodist, German Lutheran, Second Lutheran, A. M. E., Moore Chapel, Second Baptist, probably, First Baptist, First Lutheran, United Brethren, Jr. Order United American Mechanics, Brotherhood of the Union; Logan Artillery, Latta Guard. Mr. Munson announced that the Young America Clothing store had determined upon presenting a handsome silk banner to the Sunday school turning out in the largest number on Decoration Day, and requested that a committee be appointed to receive and present the banner to the school. Capt. D. A. Jones and Lieutenant Valentine were appointed said committee. On motion Major John R. Garden was unanimously chosen Chief Marshal and Capt. Geo. B. Hite First Assistant Marshal. Major Garden, in a neat speech, returned thanks and hoped that by the co-operation of all interested the affair would be a success. The Secretary was instructed to notify the schools, etc., to select their own Marshals, they to report to the Chief Marshal, who will assign them positions in line. It was ordered, on motion, that the line form at 9 a. m. and move at 9 1/2. On motion, adjourned to meet Tuesday evening, May 22, at 8 o'clock.




Immediately after the adjournment of the Association the Executive Committee met, Lieut. Munson in the chair. The committee. men from the different wards were instructed to secure two ladies from each ward to decorate the graves. The Chief Marshal announced the following route of procession:


Form at Thirteenth avenue and Twelfth street, move down Twelfth to Eleventh avenue, east on the avenue to Eleventh street, up the street to Chestnut avenue, east on the avenue to Ninth street, up the street to Fairview Cemetery. Returning move down Ninth street to Eighth avenue, west on the avenue to Twelfth street and disband. From this point a committee of five or more, previously appointed, will proceed to St. John's Cemetery and decorate the graves of the soldiers reposing there. The following was decided upon as the programme for the occasion:


Music by the band.
Decorating graves, during which the choir will sing, "We Shall Never Forget."
Poem by Harry L. Woods.


After various suggestions, discussions, etc., the committee then adjourned. Another meeting will be held on Saturday evening, at seven o'clock, in the Council chamber, to complete arrangements. A full turn out is requested.


RAILROAD NOTES. - Janney's patent car-coupling will be used on all passenger cars of the P. R. R. company, the inventor having made a contract to this effect.


Passenger travel over the P. R. R. is said to be better than it was two or three years before the Centennial year.


The post office department has ordered an extension of mail service on the Pennsylvania Railroad from Lewistown Junction to Selinsgrove Junction, forty five miles, commencing June 1.


The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, at their meeting on Friday last, ordered a reduction of ten per cent. on the salaries of all officers and wages of employes. When the order goes into effect is not stated.


The Pennsylvania Railroad expects to carry 10,000 car loads of fruit over the road this season.


The other day a steer fell out of a car, west of the mountains, and was killed, when some parties hung the defunct animal up to a telegraph pole and skinned it. Some brakemen on passing freight trains mistook the carcass for that of a man, and at the next place they stopped they raised the report that a party of tramps had killed a man and hung him up to a telegraph pole. Later advices betrayed the "true inwardness" of the murder, and an organized army for the capture of the tramps dispersed to their homes.


Matthew Baird for many years connected with the Baldwin Locomotive Works, died in Philadelphia on Saturday, aged 60 years.


P. R. R. is shipping large quantities of coal to the southern market.


At Gibson's Point, about one mile below Gray's Ferry, the Pennsylvania Railroad Company has purchased sixty-eight acres fronting the river, at $800 per acre. Four years ago the tract was purchased at the rate of $140 per acre.


Hon. J. W. Curry has been appointed Passenger and second-class freight agent at Curry Station, vice Messrs. Curry & Smith.


The Pennsylvania, New York Central, Baltimore and Ohio and New York and Erie Railroad companies agreed last week upon a basis for pooling West bound traffic out of New York, to go into effect July 1, each company being entitled to the percentage then agreed upon between them. This arrangement, it is supposed, will greatly improve the revenues of all the several companies named in their Western bound traffic, and put an end, probably for all time, to all cause of disputes as to other business competed for by all the companies. The pooling agreed on is evidence of good feeling and that unity of purpose so essential to a lasting adherence to engagements. The Erie and New York Central are each to receive thirty-three per cent., Pennsylvania twenty-five and Baltimore and Ohio nine per cent. A general agent is to be appointed, whose duty will be to superintend the signing of all bills of lading and to see that the agreement is carried out. Shippers are to be allowed to designate which route they wish their property sent over. No further contracts for carrying freight are to be made hereafter, as the "pool" will control rates.


What is the population of Altoona (about)? We judge about 12,000. - Lewistown Democrat.


The census of 1875 showed a population of 15,329. - Altoona Tribune.


And, possibly, the slackness of work in the railroad shops has reduced it since. - Lewistown Democrat.


We don't think so. However, we shall know all about it in the course of a month, as those who are engaged in taking the names for a new directory, are also, we believe, taking the census of the city.


FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Saturday morning about 3.20 o'clock, Charles L. Cook, of 38 West Washington street, New York, was instantly killed at the depot in this city. It appears that he was beating his way over the railroad, and had been put off the trains at several points along the line. He was put off the Fast Line at Tyrone on Friday evening, and when the Pittsburgh Express stopped there on Saturday morning he boarded the cars and came to this city. While the train tarried here - it is supposed that for the purpose of escaping observation - he got off on the side opposite to that usual to passengers, and ventured out on the second freight track, where he was caught by a section of the national freight line, which was being dropped down the yard, and terribly mangled. Cook had formerly been a news agent on the Vandalia and Terre Haute road. His remains were properly coffined at Tipton's undertaking establishment to await the disposition of his friends. Mayor Gilland telegraphed to several points east and west to discover them, and finally received a dispatch announcing New York as the home of his relatives. On Sunday morning in the Fast Line his remains were forwarded to Jersey City, where his parents telegraphed they would meet them.


METHODISM IN ALTOONA AND BLAIR COUNTY. - The number of members on the rolls of the several churches in Altoona and Blair county March, 1877, is set down as follows in minutes of the Conference:


First Church - Altoona, 305
Eighth avenue, 570
Chestnut avenue, 312
Hollidaysburg, 200
Duncansville, 162
Martinsburg, 395
Williamsburg, 162
Logan Valley, 239
Tyrone, 325
Total, 2,670


The number of deaths during the year ending March, 1877, was, of full members, 28, and of probationers, 9. The value of church property in Altoona is set down at $65,500, and of parsonages $9,000; in the county, outside of Altoona, $57,500 for churches and $13,000 for parsonages. The indebtedness resting on these churches and parsonages is $3,500 on the First Church of Altoona, $6,568 on Eighth avenue, and $6,753 on Chestnut avenue; on Duncansville $460; on Martinsburg $960, and on Logan Valley $1,500. The number of Sunday- schools in Altoona, 4; teachers, 103; scholars, 1,124; in the county, excluding Altoona, schools, 20; teachers, 232; scholars, 1,722.
NOT ALTOGETHER SQUARE. - On Friday evening last Conductor Knepper, of the local freight on the Branch road, arriving in this city about 9 o'clock, discovered on the platform of one of the cars a boy named James Oakes, seriously wounded in the left leg. The boy's story as to how he received the injury, is that he was employed by a farmer near the Y switches, and while plowing in a field near the railroad, the horses took fright and ran away, and by some means either the point of the plow or the share struck him on the leg below the knee, cutting an ugly gash to the bone. The farmer on discovering the boy's misfortune had no further use for him, and sent him adrift. If this be correct, then that farmer's conduct is reprehensible and inhuman. The train employes took Oakes to the city building, and handed him over to the authorities. While he remained at the station-house, his wound was dressed and his condition made as comfortable as possible. Mayor Gilland had him transferred to the alms house on Saturday afternoon. Oakes informed us that his home was 7 1/2 miles this side of Indiana, Pa.


FARMERS, DON'T GIVE YOUR NOTES TO STRANGERS. - The Tyrone Herald prints an account of the arrest of a man named H. N. Hawkins in that place on Sunday, the 13th inst., on the charge of forgery and false pretense, and taken to Huntingdon on the following day to answer the charge. He was selling an improved pruning knife, and on Saturday sold 135 pairs to Mr. A. J. Stewart, of Franklin township, Huntingdon county, for $4.00 per pair, half of which was to be paid or secured on signing the contract, and the balance on delivery of the goods. The contract was signed and a note for $270 given, payable in six months. It seems that Mr. Stewart did not like his bargain, and the arrest was for the purpose of getting the note back, which he did, and Hawkins was released. We are not prepared to say that this was or was not a swindle, but again warn our farmer friends to beware how they put their names to notes in favor of men they never saw before and will probably never see again.


COUNTY TEMPERANCE UNION. - A number of temperance people met in the Phoenix Engine House, on Thursday afternoon, for the purpose of considering the propriety of organizing a county branch of the National Temperance Christian Union. N. P. Ramsey, of Bell's Mills, acted as Chairman, W. H. Schwartz, was made Secretary. W. H. Benner, of Altoona, N. P. Ramsey, of Bell's Mills and Dr. W. C. Roller, of Hollidaysburg, were appointed a Committee to draft constitution and by-laws. The Secretary was instructed to notify the various local unions to select delegates to represent them in a Convention to be held in Hollidaysburg, on Monday, July 20, at 10 o'clock. A. M. On motion, adjourned to meet on above date.


BROKE JAIL. - On Monday morning last, between the hours of 12 and 1 o'clock at night, five prisoners escaped from our county jail, by first breaking the blind door locks, and then through a hole in the wall, which was made with a small iron bar. The warden says they must have dug through the wall on Sunday, in one of the vacant cells, which he says was locked, of which they were supposed to have a key. After getting through the wall into the yard they built scaffolding from old doors and windows, which were lying around the yard, and by that means they got over the jail wall. The following are the names and crimes of the escaped prisoners, viz: Henry Daughenbaugh for burglary, in Martinsburg, sentenced at April court for larceny of flour, apple butter, &c.; Frank Kelley, same; John Snook, abortion; Hen. Black, larceny of goods from the P. R. R. cars. - Hollidaysburg Register.


WASTING AWAY. - The readers of the TRIBUNE will recollect the circumstances of a painful accident which befell Mr. John H. Fitzgerald of Harrisburg, while in this city in the discharge of his duty as flagman of the Way Passenger train. The accident occurred as the train was coming into the depot, and was caused by Frank Woods firing a small cannon immediately in front of his father's hotel, on Tenth avenue, on the 22d of February, 1876, the wad striking Mr. Fitzgerald's leg, who was standing on the platform in the rear car of the train, inflicting injury to the limb. The Patriot says he has suffered severely from the effects of the wound ever since, and is now confined to his bed, at his father's residence, on Pennsylvania avenue, wasting away gradually from the effects of the injury. The sympathies of numerous friends in both cities are with Mr. Fitzgerald in his probable fatal misfortune.


SERIOUS ACCIDENT. - On Thursday last, Mr. William Johnston was hauling a load of straw to his stable in town, and when near George Rhodes', in the Loop, his little grandson he had on the wagon with him, was in danger of sliding off. In the efforts to save the child the old gentleman slid off alighting on his head, seriously bruising his head, back and breast. He was able to get on the wagon again but soon became insensible. Mr. Jerome Rooney coming along, and seeing something wrong, drove the team to town. Mr. Johnston is very seriously hurt, but along with his many friends, we trust he may speedily recover. - Hollidaysburg Register.


FELL FROM A TREE. - We learn from the Tyrone Herald that our valued friend Mr. M. L. Fleck, of Sinking Valley, had the misfortune recently to fall from an apple tree which he was trimming, and in the fall was seriously injured in the back, which laid him up until last Tuesday the 15th. Although able to be about, his back is still very painful, and it may be some time before he fully recovers. And to add to his misfortune, while he was confined to his house, a valuable horse died for him, which is a heavy pecuniary loss these wretchedly distressing times. We regret this misfortune and loss to Mr. Fleck, and sympathize with him in them.




ALLEN - WEST - May 16, by Rev. Knapp, J. H. Allen of Clarion, Pa., to Miss Maggie West of Antis township, Blair county.


PIER - WHITE - In Chambersburg, on the 13th inst., at the residence of the bride's parents, Chas. M. Pier of Altoona, to Annie E. White.


HAGEN - REED - May 19, by Rev. M. K. Foster, Charles Carroll Hagan to Miss Mary Alfaretta Reed, all of Altoona.


BROWN - LOCKARD - May 14, at Steubenville, O., by Rev. Mr. Lowry, David Brown of Hollidaysburg, to Miss Della J. Lockard of Steubenville.




PLACK - In this city, on the 22d inst., Carl, son of Louis Plack, Esq., aged 1 year, 1 month and 12 days.


EVANS - In this city, May 17, Mrs. Nancy Evans, aged 51 years.


IRWIN - In this city, on the 20th inst., Matilda Irwin, aged 63 years.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Thursday, May 24, 1877, page 3




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