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Items from The Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa.,

Friday, July 30, 1880




The Game Laws.


The Lewistown Gazette says there seems to be some misapprehension in parts of that county (and it might have said elsewhere) as to the time for killing squirrels. Section 2 of the act of 1878 fixes the first day of September as the legal time, and any one killing a squirrel or having it in possession before the time is liable to a fine of $5. Some hunters may not know it, but it is nevertheless the law, that the killing of or having in possession of any wild fowl - of course including ducks - is prohibited between the 15th of May and 1st of September, under a fine of $10 for each fowl. Our fish and game laws are sadly neglected, but they will strike somebody some day when least expected. On the upper Susquehanna it is contended that an outline is a "permanently set means of taking fish," and the outliners have been notified to quit.


A Card from Mr. Fraser.


EDS. TRIBUNE: My attention has been called to a windy effusion in last evening's Sun, which states that "Mr. Fraser threatens vengeance on Burchfield, Hewit and Hicks." I wish to state that the writer of that article is an unqualified falsifier and had not even a shadow of a suspicion on which to rest his blather. I have my coat off and am working for the ticket and the whole ticket - the one that is going to win in November - the Republican ticket. Respectfully, JOHN R. FRASER.


Hon. J. A. M. Passmore Makes a Stirring Address - Speeches of Messrs. Hewit, Hicks and Lytle - Good Reading for the Soldiers - An Enthusiastic Time.


The Garfield and Arthur Club of Altoona and Logan township held a ringing meeting in the Opera House last night, over a thousand persons being in attendance. Speeches were made by Hon. B. L. Hewit, J. D. Hicks, Esq., Hon. J. A. M. Passmore, P. M. Lytle, Esq., and Col. Theo. Burchfield.


The club was called to order promptly at the appointed time by President Alexander.


After the minutes were read the Committee on Music was called for and reported propositions from the Mountain City, Altoona City, Junior Greys and Citizens' Bands. That from the Mountain City Band was the most favorable and was accepted. The Committee on Constitution reported a constitution and by-laws for the club which were adopted. The Chairman of the Committee on Campaign Literature reported offers from a number of papers, and was contined [sic] to make recommendations.


Mr. McCamant, Chairman of the County Committee, was called to a seat on the platform.


At this time over a hundred greybeards came marching into the hall each with a torch over his shoulder, under the lead of the Sixth ward banner. The younger men in long rows brought up the rear. Music was furnished by the Mountain City band. The regular business having been completed speakers were then called for. They were lustily cheered throughout, and it was noticed that quite a number of veteran Democrats hurrahed as heartily as though they had not just joined the forces of their Republican neighbors.


Hon. B. L. Hewit, of Hollidaysburg, first appeared. He spoke for over half an hour, and his remarks were most heartily received. He opened his address with a discussion of the principles which should actuate every man who will cast a ballot in the coming election. The speaker said that the great Democratic party was entitled to respect for its grand achievements in the long ago. It protected its citizens in every clime and unsheathed its sword against proud England in defense of oppressed humanity. It has done much in the past, but there came a time in its history when it failed to perform its duty. The Southern members, who controlled the Northern dough-faces, demanded slavery as a national institution, and that freedom should be a sectional power. From this the great struggle of the rebellion arose and the Republican party leaped into existence. It now stands in its might, needing no keynote, but with a history written on the face of the whole country. It came into existence when its enemy said there were not the elements in the Constitution to hold it together. It fought for these principles of right and won. There is but one great mistake to lay at its door, and that was an error committed at Appomattox. The rebel leaders who now sit in Congress should have been hung as high as Haman. They failed in the war and are now trying by the aid of northern sympathizers to get their grip on the throat of the nation by intimidation in the South. And what is their object? To wipe out the statutes giving freedom to the blacks, to pension the rebel soldiers and to pay the southern war claims. They say we may not waive [sic] the bloody shirt in the North, but there is never a man there who dare present himself for office until he strips and shows his bloody shirt and wounds acquired in trying to break down the nation. The northern Democracy is not consistent. While General Hancock, with a hundred other officers just as brave, was beating back the rebel hordes at Gettysburg, the men who nominated him at Cincinnati were sitting in Harrisburg, within sound of his cannon, passing resolutions that the war was a failure and should never have been begun. They hadn't that warm feeling for him then that they show now. They have only taken him up as a kind of golden image to place before the people. But let us look at the record of the Democratic party in Washington. Immediately after their accession to power in the Senate thirteen Union soldiers, disabled in the service, who gained a livelihood by working in subordinate offices, were displaced and their situations were filled by thirteen soldiers disabled in the Confederate service. They are now, as the next step, trying to supply the United States army with ex-Confederate officers. The dough-faces Senators have their desks filled with rebel war claims, which are only kept from the light of day by the certainty of an executive veto. The Democracy presents you a great soldier for your suffrage; the Republican party presents you a General, and a statesman as well, who to-day is the leader of the Republican party in Congress, and as pure, the Democrats themselves acknowledge, as any man who has led an upright life approved by his own conscience.


J. D. Hicks, Esq., of Tyrone, was called upon and received with cheers. He gave a brief outline of the glorious history of the Republican party and that of their leaders during the past twenty years. He pointed with pride to the record made by President Hayes and insisted that as the party of the people the Republicans cannot fail to secure a victory at the polls in November. The mission of his party is to give to the southern freemen the right to cast that ballot which the laws give them. We knocked the chains of slavery, fastened to their necks by the Democratic party, from off them, and must now protect them in their dearly bought freedom.


Hon. J. A. M. Passmore, late Republican candidate for Auditor General, and the opponent in the nominating convention of Colonel John A. Lemon, was present and was vociferously called for. Mr. Passmore is a resident of Schuylkill county and although, recently his opponent, is a warm person friend and a supporter of Colonel Lemon. He happened to be in the city on business. He stated his feelings toward Colonel Lemon, saying that in 1877 when running for office he had no better friends in the State than the Republicans of Blair county. In the present canvass he promised that so far as he could advise them the Republicans of Schuylkill would give Colonel John A. Lemon the same kind of support. Mr. Passmore further said: In my travels through the State this summer I have never seen the rank and file of both parties more active than during the present year. Active, energetic work is being done on every hand, and I believe from present indications that Pennsylvania can safely promise between twenty-five thousand and thirty thousand majority for Garfield and Arthur. I further believe Hancock to be a good, honest man, but if he has got into desperately bad company that is his lookout and not ours.


P. M. Lytle, Esq., of Huntingdon, was introduced and made one of his characteristic speeches. Mr. Lytle said: I had a twin brother once and he marched bravely away at his country's call. I had a great love for him but he died at Spotsylvania with the blue upon his back. I also had, and still have, as great a hatred for the Democrats who shot him. I could not vote for one of them. I could vote for Hancock - if he were in the right place. He is a brave General. He went out to kill the Ute Indians. While there he spent nineteen million dollars and got just two Indians killed. Democrats want me to vote for them and often ask me, but all of them were either not in the army or were on the side that shot at me, and so I won't do it. Fellow soldiers, as sure as the Democrats get control of the government at Washington, mark my words, one of two things is certain - either your pensions will stop, or pensions will be paid to disabled rebel soldiers.


Colonel Burchfield was vociferously called for, but as the evening was late he made no speech but proposed three cheers and a tiger for the ticket, which was given with a hearty will that made the building fairly rattle.


After thanking the speakers present for their attendance the club adjourned.


A Wedding Party.


Last evening at the residence of Henry B. Miller, No. 1422 Second avenue, Miss Annie Miller and John Hitching, of Hollidaysburg were united in marriage by Rev. Mr. Baker. About twenty of the friends of the contracting parties witnessed the ceremony. The bridesmaid and groomsman were Miss Anna Shuster and William Barger. At the conclusion of the ceremony all present, about twenty in number, partook of a great supper. The presents were numerous and beautiful. They were, Mrs. McGarvey, fruit stand; Mrs. Askew, half dozen dessert dishes; Mrs. Dunn, pair of fruit stands; Miss Annie Askew, half dozen linen napkins; Miss Linnie Shuster, bread plate; Mrs. Clement, dozen napkins; Mrs. Miller, pillow shams; Mrs. Kase, quilt; Miss Cornie Reffner, pair of spoon holders; Mrs. Shuster, dozen of cut glass goblets; Mrs. Elway, tea set; Miss Anna Shuster, half dozen dessert dishes; Mr. Barger, half dozen silver spoons and butter knife; Mrs. D. H. Miller, pair of fruit dishes. The wedding party passed a very pleasant time, and showered congratulations on the happy couple. We wish them a pleasant life journey.


Ready to Pay the Creditors.


J. W. Curry and W. M. Jones, assignees in the Lloyd estate, this morning report that they are ready to begin paying out the 5 per cent dividend in the Lloyd estate. Any creditor who receives a postal card from the Register can get his check, which is payable at any bank in the State. There are between eight hundred and nine hundred creditors. The Lloyd bank will be open from 8 o'clock in the morning until 6 o'clock in the evening.


The Soldiers' Debt to the Administration.


EDS. TRIBUNE: This morning those of our comrades who, when with us in the late war, now inmates of the Soldiers' Home, of Dayton, Ohio, will have for their breakfast boiled mackerel, potatoes, bread, butte and coffee. For dinner, oyster soup, bread, bread pudding, crackers, pickles and butter. For supper, cheese, bread, butter and tea. Soldiers and their friends, this home for our disabled soldiers has been organized under the present administration. - A COMRADE.


Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Friday, July 30, 1880, page 1


The Presence of Mind - A Singular Story. Spirits or Clairvoyance?


The following account of a remarkable dream, and its still more remarkable fulfillment, is clipped from the New York Sun of July 10th, and inasmuch as the persons concerned in it were, and some still are, residents of this county, our Martinsburg correspondent sends it for publication. Through the courtesy of A. J. Anderson, Esq., the correspondent is permitted to say that the lady to whom the dream occurred is his sister, and named Mrs. Carroll, now of Salina, Kansas. David Anderson, Mrs. Carroll's "favorite brother" and the subject of the dream, was engaged in the wholesale dry-goods business with the firm of Garretson, Blakemore & Co., Market street, Philadelphia, and will be remembered by many in this section. Here he contracted disease of the lungs and by the advice of physicians sought the genial climate of Cuba, in the hope of restoration to perfect health. It was on his return from Cuba that two days out from New York he died. At this time Mr. A. J. Anderson and his father were in Philadelphia purchasing goods, when a telegram was handed them announcing the arrival of the vessel containing the remains of David in New York. Thither the Messrs. Anderson repaired and shipped the body home, accompanying it themselves. On their arrival at Altoona what was their surprise at meeting Mrs. Carroll, who had been led to come from Terre Haute, Ind., by her belief in the truth of her dream, she having had no other information of her brother's death. It was found on their arrival at the home of Mr. Anderson, at Freedom, that Mrs. Carroll's dream was verified even to its minutest detail. The account as published in the New York Sun is inaccurate in only two particulars, viz: in the name, which should be David instead of "Dan," and in the statement that "lung disease was contracted by exposure in the army of the Potomac," Mr. David Anderson never having been in the army. This dream and its fulfillment is certainly most remarkable, (and unlike many of the so-called wonderfully fulfilled dreams,) the truth of it is fully substantiated by persons well known in our own community for probity and honor.




I have intimate acquaintance with a lady in one of the counties of Kansas who is of Scotch descent, well bred, intelligent and truthful. Within a part of her family relationship she exhibits at intervals an exceptional mental endowment, either subjection or impressions on the brain from great distances, or the pervasion of space with her sense and sensibility, or clairvoyance, or spirit mediumship. Which is it?


The periods at which this condition is active coincide with misfortunes to distant members of her family. Her sisters are endowed as she is. Throughout their lives they have had immediate intelligence of disaster in the family by dreams, subsequently in every instance by letter or telegram. These dreams are visions of things seen, not messages by word or sound. They are pictures of events as seen with the eyes in the daytime.


My Kansas friend has a dream, bare in outline, severe in simplicity, with not a word of speech, rap, or motion of pantomime in it, with no ghostly shade in the chamber. She wakes up with a full knowledge of a misfortune that has happened to a blood relative. Her vision intelligence covers only relations by blood. Relatives by marriage may die, be wounded, or violently killed, and the sisters will know nothing of it. And this clairvoyance or mediumship does not extend to the male line of the family. It is restricted to the females. Now for a dream which Mrs. _____ describes:


"My brother Dan had disease of the lungs. It was aggravated by exposure and hard service in the Army of the Potomac. Rendered unfit for duty, he threw up his commission in the Pennsylvania Bucktails and went to Cuba. At that time I was living in Terre Haute, Indiana. My husband was absent in the Army of the Cumberland. A lady friend lived in the house with me. Dan was my favorite brother. At short intervals he wrote to me. One day I received a letter from him in which he said that he was strong, that the disease of his lungs seemed to have passed away, and that he intended to take the next steamer for New York, and then go into the leathercracker region of Pennsylvania and settle his business affairs. The settlement made, he intended to return to Cuba and engage in business. He urged me to meet him at Altoona, and be with him during his short stay in this country. An impending battle in the Southwest, where my husband was stationed, made me undecided about going. I hesitated, not knowing whether to meet my brother as he requested, or remain at home until after the battle and until I had heard from my husband. I went to bed at 10 P. M., and dropped to sleep at once.


"At 10:30 o'clock I was awakened by a short, vivid dream of warning. Alarmed, I roused my friend and said, "I have my warning. Something is the matter with Dan." My friend laughed at me. I soon recovered from my nervousness, and again dropped to sleep. Instantly it seemed the scene was changed. I was on the cars traveling east. Opposite me sat a white-haired man who had a covered basket on his knees. There was a hole in the cover of the basket. The aged man occasionally peeped into this hole. I was curious about the contents of the basket, and was pleased when I discovered there were fish in it. The train stopped for dinner. Getting out I met a lady I knew and we had dinner together. I have forgotten the name of this station, but I remember that there was a misspelled sign over an adjoining restaurant. The incidents of the dream were those of a journey from Terre Haute to Altoona. I was happy, pleased with the changing scenery, and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. I looked forward to meeting my brother at Altoona and in the dream I never doubted that I would meet him.


"Soon after my western train ran into the depot at Altoona, the eastern train came thundering in. I stood by a post on the platform watching the passengers get off the train, expecting to see my brother. I began to doubt his being on the train, when an expressman passed me wheeling a great box on a truck. I looked through this box as though it were clear glass. In the box was a coffin, and lying in the coffin was my brother. Once glance showed me he was dressed in heavy gray Scotch twill. From a buttonhole of his coat hung a black ribbon. On his feet were shoes that had perforated toes. Never having seen shoes of this style, they attracted my attention. The buttons on the coat and vest were very peculiar, and forced themselves on my notice. The expressman wheeled the box past me and it was put on the express car for Hollidaysburg. I got on the Hollidaysburg train also.


"The intense vividness of the dream awoke me. I sat up in bed crying. My friend arose, lighted the gas, and talked to me. With tears streaming down my face I insisted that Dan was dead. The hands of the mangle clock indicated 11 P. M. Knowing that something was wrong I resolved to go home on the day that my brother had requested. Again I slept, this time a heavy, unrefreshing sleep that lasted until morning. Good-humored ridicule from my friends had a beneficial effect on me, and after two days I was almost persuaded that I was attaching too much importance to a dream.


"The day of my departure came. I entered the car in the Terre Haute station. I seated myself and looked about me. In an opposite seat sat a white-haired man. I recognized him at once as the man I had seen in my dream. He had a fish basket on his knees. The faces of the passengers were familiar to me. At the dinner station I met the lady I had seen in my dream, and we had dinner together. Arriving at Altoona I stood watching the eastern train come into the depot. I was sure my brother's body would be put off the train. As I stood watching the passengers hurry into the dining room, the express man I had seen in my dream said to me: 'Please give way, madam.' I turned to look at him, and on the truck lay a large box that was addressed to my father. I took the Hollidaysburg train and on arriving home was met by my father, who said: 'Dan is dead. He died at sea five days ago from heart disease.' In answer to my question as to the time of day he died, I was informed that it was at 9 P. M. The difference in time of the East and the West showed me that Dan had been dead some four hours before I saw him. Silently I stood in the house by the side of the box to see it opened. The lid of the coffin was removed and there lay Dan, dressed exactly as I had seen him in my dream.


"I have no explanation to make of the dream. I simply tell you the fact of my having seen an apparition of events that were to occur, an apparition of inanimate objects, of dozens of strangers, and of my dead brother's body."


Knowing the truthfulness of the lady, I believe her strange story. - FRANK WILKERSON.


Adjournment of Court - Next Term Begins First Monday of October.


Court was called to order at 9 o'clock A. M.


H. T. Heinsling was appointed auditor to distribute the funds in the hands of James C. Hughes, assignee of Henry Herr. He to make and presents his report for confirmation.


John D. White passed the confines of naturalization and became an American citizen.


The jury in the case of the Commonwealth vs. James Holler rendered a verdict of not guilty, but that each party pay half the costs.


Commonwealth vs. Edward Dunn. Indictment - Selling liquor to minors. Jackson and Stevens counsel for Commonwealth; Tierney and Flanigan for defense. Commonwealth allege that Dunn furnished and sold to a minor liquor or beer, after he had a legal notification by a brother of the minor. The defense claimed that the notification referred to an elder brother and not to the minor; that upon application of this or any other minor he persistently refused; that if any was sold it was to parties who from appearance or reputation were of age. The jury returned a verdict of guilty in manner and form as indicted. Sentenced same day to pay a fine of $50 and costs and undergo an imprisonment in the county jail for ten days.


On motion of F. Jaekel, Esq., the auditor, H. H. Snyder, appointed to make distribution of the monies in the hands of S. P. McFadden, Esq., was charged to perform the same duties for the assignee of E. M. Jones, and John Cresswell, Jr., who was appointed for said Jones, was ordered to audit J. R. McFarlane & Co.'s account.


T. Jackson, Esq., presented a petition for the incorporation of the Concordia Singing Society under the usual rules.


William Cusic, charged with larceny of a watch and coat was sentenced to pay a fine of $25 and costs, and undergo an imprisonment in the county jail for nine months.


The petition of the Neptune Steam Fire Company, of Tyrone, asking to be incorporated.


Jurors of general panel were discharged.


Sortie McMichael, who was found guilty of larceny, was sentenced to pay a fine of $5 and costs, and undergo an imprisonment in the county jail for thirty days.


W. I. Woodcock presented petition of Miles Lingenfelter, executor of Barbara Blake, deceased, for order to sell real estate. Order of sale decreed.


W. I. Woodcock presented his certificate that M. A. Young, Esq., had been a student of law for the last three years, and requested to be examined. Referred to the Committee on Examination.


S. C. Baker presented through his attorney a petition for swinging gate. Received, and John Louden, L. P. Work, E. M. Jones, Peter Miller, David Bell and Elihu Crawford appointed the viewers.


Mr. Reed presented a petition of Joseph Crawford, administrator of Mathew C. Wilson, deceased, vs. John H. Homer for rule on defendants to show cause why they should not enter plea. Returnable at Argument Court.


Commonwealth vs. Jacob Osterlie. Indictments - selling liquor without license, selling liquor to minors, and selling liquor to persons of know intemperate habits. All were continued on application of the defendant.


Commonwealth vs. Sanford Stover. Indictment - fornication and bastardy. Continued on application of the defendant, and he is ordered to enter into recognizances in the sum of $500, conditioned for his appearance at the next session.




A number of petitions and motions were handed in and read, which are of a nature uninteresting to a majority of the readers of the TRIBUNE, and we omit their publication. We had intended to give publicity to the names of parties who were naturalized this week - of which there were fifty-nine - but they are so unpronounceable and unspellable that we spare your type stickers the risk of being attacked by these newly-made citizens for the erratic notice.


Court adjourned at 12 M. [sic], having transacted a larger amount of record business than at any previous session and in the unprecedented time of three and a half days, until the fourth Monday in August, at 10 o'clock A. M., when the continued argument list as well as anything that may be placed thereon will be disposed of.


Walter W. Greenland, Prothonotary of Clarion county and the originator of the social reunion of the clerks of the courts of the State, to be held at Bedford Springs on the 3d and 4th of August, visited our town to-day and was the guest of our esteemed and efficient Prothonotary, J. P. Stewart, Esq.


We all the attention of the court-going public to the order of His Honor in changing the time of holding the October session from the second Monday to the first Monday of the month.


A Brutal Husband - Little Fisherwoman. Small Notes on the Fly.


The United Brethren picnicked at Flowing Springs yesterday.


Ice sells in our town at one cent a pound, and only those who are regular customers can get it at any price.


We are creditably informed that a certain man, while intoxicated, beat his sick wife in a most inhuman manner, and that his neighbors are determined to prosecute him for his acts. (Hope they will not weary in their good intentions. - ED.)




On Thursday Mrs. O. A. Traugh treated her own and several neighbors' children to a romp on the banks of the three-mile dam at old Soap-fat Furnace. The little girls caught fish enough for a big dinner and supper. Miss Ella Condron, a 10-yaer-old lady, caught, besides several nice bass and sun-fish, a large pike.




A new and elegant show case has been placed in Snyder's drug store that has many advantages. It was designed by Mr. P. M. Snyder, and made to order in Philadelphia, intended for displaying his stock of Colgate soap and perfumery. It is three feet long and five feet high, the plate glass extending from the floor, forming a combination of three show cases. The trimmings are silver, and the whole is on rollers and can be easily moved without danger to the case or contents.


Telephone Extension - A Distressed Woman. Personal and Political.


Misses Maggie Longenecker and Ellie Bare, who had been visiting in Tyrone for a week, have returned.


Mrs. Rosa Stayer, wife of Dr. A. S. Stayer, has been suffering from an attack of fever during the past two weeks. She is slowly recovering.


B. W. Slick, who farms for Jacob Biddle, near Sharpsburg, reports a large yield of wheat. From three dozen sheaves three and three- eighths bushels of wheat were threshed. It was Shoemaker wheat.


S. M. Newlin, Esq., of Tyrone, and John L. Travis, Esq., of Graysville, Huntingdon county, are the guests of S. H. Cree, Esq. Mrs. Cree is slowly recovering, despite the unfavorable conclusions of her physicians and friends.


The Telephone Company are extending their line to McKee's, Rodman Furnace and Roaring Spring. The Gap Furnace Company will use it at McKee's; J. King McLanahan, at Rodman; Morrison, Bare & Co., and J. P. Shoemaker will use it at Roaring Spring.


The members and children of the Sabbath school of the Reformed Church picnicked here yesterday. They have been holding their annual picnic here for several years. They consider the beautiful Roaring Spring grounds the most delightful place that they could go to.


A meeting has been called to organize a Garfield club at Roaring Spring on Saturday evening next. Preliminary steps will be taken to get up a good organization. The young Republicans are just boiling over in their enthusiasm for General Garfield and the whole Republican ticket.




E. C. Dixon, Esq., the Superintendent and Foreman in the paper mill of Morrison, Bare & Cass here, has resigned his position to take a similar situation in the paper mill of Armstrong, Dixon, of Lock Haven. Mr. Dixon is a partner in the firm. He is a first-class paper maker and understands the business thoroughly. His numerous friends here wish him success.




The pretty mansion of D. M. Bare, Esq., which was thoroughly remodeled by Williams, is completed. Mr. Bare is loud in his praises to all the workmen who were employed in the house. Mr. Williams the carpenter, Messrs. Reeds the painters from Hollidaysburg and J. M. Hite the paper hanger. The painting is certainly an excellent job, and is a good recommendation to these knights of the brush.




Rev. John C. Hoover, pastor of the Mt. Carmel (Pennsylvania) Charge, Church of God, who had been visiting friends in this section of the county during the past month, will return to-day to his field of labor in the good cause. He filled the pulpit for Rev. Esterline at this place, and at Martinsburg on last Sabbath. Rev. Hoover's services have been very acceptable in his charge. Mt. Carmel is in a mining region, the tramping grounds of the Mollie McGuires.




We are creditably informed that there is considerable talk of procuring the water supply from the reservoir or from the Roaring Spring stream to supply the city of Altoona. We are inclined to think this is a wise project. It is true the expense would be large, but then the supply of water would be inexhaustible. A better suggestion, however, would be to remove the city of Altoona to the Reservoir or to Roaring Spring.




A lady pedestrian passed through Roaring Spring on last Saturday. She was poorly clad, very much depressed in spirits. Her tale was this: that she was going to Altoona; her husband had deserted her, taking with him her two children; stating that her parents lived in Altoona. No one was able to learn from where she came or to ascertain her name. She was an object of pity in her distress.


Donation by Superintendent Pugh - Mr. W. H. Schwartz Attend - That Walk.


George Shiffler was in Hollidaysburg on Saturday.


Harry Spang was at Roaring Spring on Saturday. A fair damsel is supposed to be the attraction.


We had a small wreck here on Saturday. Three freight cars were badly demolished. Nobody hurt. We did not learn the cause.


The Bennington correspondent was out at Hollidaysburg on Saturday. That was one of the rampageous Doyle's committeemen, 'Squire?


Mr. Fred. Prothers, who had his foot mashed by the cars some time since, rendering amputation necessary, we are glad to note is able to be around again.


Superintendent Pugh presented to the widow of the late A. B. Cooper, deceased, fifty dollars. This was an act of charity, well fitted. Mr. Cooper was an employe of the Pennsylvania railroad.


Mr. Michael Cooney, a pit boss at the water works, thought he was a patent stump puller or some kind of a puller. He languishes with a strained back after trying to pull a rock loose.


A young man by the name of Symberline broke an arm while fighting bumble bees. He stirred them up and then tried to fight and run backward. In both these feats he failed. He fell on his arm and fractured it.




We have secured the Union church at Bennington for the purpose spoken of by W. H. Schwartz, Esq., and would cordially invite him to deliver a lecture in the near future. Please let us know in time to notify all about this part when you will be here. We will gladly receive you.




Mr. Augus Carregan, the man who was so severely burned at the furnace, is in a critical condition. Fears are entertained that he will lose a foot. He is a stranger here, being a native of British America, and yet he finds a mother here. Mrs. Lynch deserves much credit for the kindness she is bestowing on this unfortunate man.




Three young men went out walking,
And one was Thomas Dalton;
Another was Piper Tom, a boy
Who the ladies all enjoy.
They went out to Polecat -
All wore a new straw hat -
And their ladies number three,
Clara, Maggie and Ellie.
Said Maggie, if the reporter finds this out,
Won't he make the people laugh and shout?
Yes, said Yeckley George, from Tunnel Hill;
For that correspondent's an infernal pill;
He'll give it to the MORNING TRIBUNE,
And they'll call me a picayune.


Miss O'B: Please don't be offended; my umbrella told me of this trip. It was along.


Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Friday, July 30, 1880, page 3


Things Briefly Told.


But five emigrant cars came along yesterday.


Five printers are drawn to serve as jurors at the October term.


The Greenback campaign will be opened in Blair county next week.


The Baptist Sunday school picnic yesterday at Lloydsville was a grand success.


A catfish 21 1/2 inches in length was caught by a Lewistown party at Vineyard Camp, Mifflin county.


There was stiff frost at Cresson yesterday morning. The depot platform was white with it.


No arrests yet. The march up the hill was beautiful, but the retreat down again was very cowardly.


Some twenty odd tents have already been taken by Altoona parties at the Juniata Valley Camp Meeting.


A meeting of the Greenback City Executive Committee and friends will be held at the Advance office this evening.


There were several kegs of syndicate campaign thunder at the freight depot yesterday, appropriately addressed.


Will some one of our lady readers inform a subscriber as to the best method of preparing yeast and baking bran or Graham bread?


Robert Vanormer, of McVeytown, yesterday ran a pick through his foot while working in an ore mine. The injury was severe.


Henry Vogle was appointed a member of the Republican City Executive Committee in the Eighth ward in place of John Gracely, deceased.


Prothonotary Greenland, of Clarion county, was in the city yesterday. He was returning home from the funeral of his mother in Huntingdon county.


Bishop Jones A. Shorters will preach in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, on Sixteenth street, above Eleventh avenue, this (Friday) evening at 7:30 o'clock.


A second-class freight agency has been established at North Houtzdale, on Goss Run Branch No. 2, of Tyrone and Clearfield railway, and Edward C. Humes appointed agent thereat.


The Mayor yesterday had three colored men arrested for keeping the crowd back and "wanting to see fair play" at the fight in the depot on Saturday night. They were each fined $3 and costs.


It was John Anderson, the father, and not George N. Anderson, the son, who died on Wednesday afternoon. It was correctly printed under the regular head. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock.


Some of the citizens who pay for the use of the street sprinkler think it rather mean in their neighbors not to do likewise, as they all get the dust alike. A little more liberality in this direction would be of advantage.


Mr. Fred Olmes is about as successful in farming as in butchering. He raised this season on his farm, a short distance north of the city - which a few years ago was among the poorest land in this neighborhood - on six and a half acres, 225 bushels of wheat.


Harry Piper, an employe of this office for the last year or so, departed on Chicago express yesterday for Warsaw, Indiana, where he will probably locate. Harry is a good workman and a perfect gentleman, and will make friends wherever he goes.


There is a very good prospect of having Senator Blaine in Altoona to make a campaign speech some time during the latter part of September, when it is proposed by the Republicans to get up a monster mass meeting. He would be most enthusiastically welcomed if he were to come.


On the emigrant train yesterday there was a big English woman who evidently wanted a husband badly. She grabbed one of the depot employes named "Cooney" and would have inevitably captured him had he not froze fast to an ice bucket until his companions rallied to his rescue and made a charge.


A Democrat said to Chairman Cessna while here on Wednesday that he supposed when he got down to Philadelphia that he would remind Don. Cameron, McManes, Leeds and the other fellows that he was going to run this campaign without them. "No, sir; I want them all with me." "That's not the way we do business here," remarked the Democrat.


Church Missionary Society.


The ladies of the Second Lutheran Church met yesterday afternoon and completed the organization of a Women's Home and Foreign Missionary Society, with Mrs. Ellie C. Beegle President, Mrs. S. B. Trees and Mrs. J. S. Alexander Vice Presidents, Mrs. D. K. Ramey Treasurer, Miss Lizzie A. Cole Recording Secretary and Miss Kate L. Moser Corresponding Secretary.


A Runaway.


Yesterday morning a horse frightened at the cars as it was passing the Ninth street crossing, and ran off. It came from the Dry Gap road soap factory. A boy was spilled out, a wagon was kicked to pieces, and a cut up horse were the results.


The Dangerous Condition of the Building Not Exaggerated.


The Fourth ward school building, which has been the subject of much discussion during the past few days, was yesterday thoroughly inspected inside and out by a TRIBUNE reporter. The reports of the condition of the structure are in no particular exaggerated. From top to bottom it is bowed, bent and sprung, and stands a monument to the builder's greed for money and the school directors' easy plan of overseeing the work. The cellar walls are two feet thick and made of a limestone which on exposure to weather crumbles into a shale. If the building was razed and the stones taken out they would be too rotten to make even good pike stone. The cellars were so low that a heater could not be put in, and after the building was completed they were dug deeper. As a consequence the foundation wall is now at its bottom ten inches higher than the cellar floor. It is laid on a loose earth, which soaks full of water, and indeed until lately, when a drain was put in by the janitor, a puddle of water constantly lay on the floor. Next as to the base course of stone. These are sound, but instead of being level, no two of them in the whole building are at right angles. They have been bulged out by the heavy walls. The brick walls are constructed of a miserably poor rough material, and are at the base by thirteen inches thick. The different courses of brick have not been dovetailed together as is customary, but the wall has been split in the middle are there are the two courses of brick inside while between them and the outside course is a space of two and a half inches, caused by the wall bulging. A stout man could pull this entire shell down. The east wall is in pretty good condition and is the only one probably would stand if the building was burned. The others would topple over of their own weight. These other walls bulge out in places as far as six inches, and may tumble down at any time. Inside the same evidences of ruin are apparent on every hand. Broken plaster, great cracks, rain-stained ceilings and sloping floors all show the work of destruction. This building was contracted for in 1873, at which time a man named Copeland contracted for the Fourth, Sixth and Seventh ward buildings. He began their construction but failed before they were finished. To him the people must look as the man who has thrown them into thousands of dollars of unnecessary expense, which we leave for the School Board at that time to explain. It is alleged that none of these buildings are in the best condition and all will in time have to be rebuilt, although that in the Fourth ward is by far the worst. The others will last for years to come. It has been decided by the present board that the Fourth ward building shall be no longer used, but that in its place they will use the frame buildings. The rotten brick structure is so near to them that unless it is torn down it will possibly during some heavy storm fall over and crush its smaller frame neighbors. The school board is at present erecting an excellent building in the Second ward and its finances are in such condition that nothing can be done to any of the others in the way of extensive repairs the present season. The understanding with the board at present is that in the Fourth ward the frame buildings will be used and that next year a new house will be erected. There are about five hundred and thirty public school scholars in this ward, three hundred of which have been seated in the four rooms of the brick, one hundred and fifty in the frame buildings and eighty in McDowell's hall, at Seventh avenue and Fourteenth street.


How Johnny Doyle is Campaigning.


Yesterday Johnny Doyle, Chairman of the Democratic County Committee, was seated with a Republican playing checkers. The game was to decide the outcome of the election. If he won, it presaged a Democratic victory; if he lost the Republicans would win. He lost. Therefore, Johnny has no more heart in the campaign, throws up the political sponge in advance, and will probably resign his command. It is all over now with the Democracy for the thing has been settled by a game of checkers against them, and there is no use of bothering themselves any more about "bar'ls" and voters.


He Did Not Attempt Suicide.


An article appeared in an evening paper yesterday of a decidedly sensational character in regard to Mr. William H. Rhoads and to the unfortunate conduct of his wife. We have been requested by members of the order to which Mr. Rhoads belongs to say there is no truth in the report that he attempted to commit suicide. The trouble occasioned Mr. Rhoads by the conduct of his wife and this publication particularly has caused him great mental anguish. We make this statement at the request of those who appear to know the facts in the case.


Fatal Accident at Philipsburg.


About 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon John Tomlinson, a young man aged 22 years, unmarried, who was employed at J. B. Hoyt & Co.'s tannery, in Philipsburg, Centre county, accidentally fell through the hatchway in the dry house, from the fifth floor to the landing on the first floor. When picked up he gasped a few times and expired. On examination his neck was found to have been broken. He went there, it is said, from Williamsport.


The Logan House Concerts.


Below will be found the programme prepared by the Logan House quartette under the leadership of Mr. Praetorious. Exercises will begin at 11:30 A. M.:


March - "Inman Line," Warren
Overture - "Ten Daughters and No Husband," Suppe
Serenade, Tittle
Selection - "Traviata," Verdi
Waltz - "Village Swallows," Strauss
Cello Solo - "Ave Marie," Gounod
Selection - "Bohemian Girl," Balfe
Galop - "Tick Tack," Strauss


List of Those Who May Think Themselves Fortunate and Unfortunate.


The following persons have been drawn to serve as Grand and Traverse Jurors for the October Term, commencing on the first Monday, the 4th:




Altoona - T. Cole, James Hughes, William S. Humes, W. S. Lingafelt, J. H. McCullough, John Owens.
Antes - Thomas Beyers, W. S. Stevens.
Catharine - Thomas Isett.
Frankstown - William Cartright, G. M. Eicholtz, Samuel B. Smith.
Freedom - Andrew Ott.
Greenfield - John Dibert.
Huston - William Bloom, B. F. Hoover.
Juniata - George P. Kelly.
Logan - Jonathan Hamilton.
Martinsburg - Charles Clabaugh, J. L. Keagy.
Tyrone - R. G. McLanahan.
Woodberry - William Eicholtz, Hon. A. McAllister.




Altoona - Samuel Abrahims, J. W. Curry, William E. Craine, E. F. Epler, William C. Jacobs, W. B. Kettler, Scott Miller, Henry Miller, Thomas Myers, Richard Rowan.
Allegheny - Emanuel Clapper.
Antes - Andrew Cherry.
Blair - G. W. Rhodes, D. N. Sickles, Henry Shaw.
Catharine - Milton Hileman, John Smith.
Freedom - Cyrus Weaver.
Greenfield - Thomas Nowland.
Hollidaysburg - Joseph Brenner, John Bollinger.
Huston - Henry Powell.
Juniata - Abraham Lingenfelter.
Martinsburg - David Sohn.
North Woodberry - J. S. Burket, Elias G. Glass, Michael Morris, O. H. Ormsby.
Snyder - Joshua Gorsuch.
Taylor - E. C. Dixon, William Shiffler, P. Yingling.
Tyrone Borough - J. R. Heller, C. S. W. Jones, George Stroop.
Woodberry - Harry Snyder.




Altoona - C. Campbell, George Freet, A. J. Greer, Thomas L. Houck, W. H. Houseman, Gotleib Houser, John Hurd, William Kennedy, Frank McCullough, Charles W. Mason, Harry Slep, John Tinker.
Antes - A. Zimmerman.
Blair - Albert Robeson.
Catharine - John Potter.
Frankstown - M. F. Brennaman, William Bouslough.
Freedom - Thomas Bancroft, William McGraw, F. P. McConnell, David G. Mauk.
Greenfield - George Imler.
Hollidaysburg - Martin Ounkst, J. C. West, Thomas Woods.
Huston - Samuel B. Isenberg.
Logan - James Bolger, Thomas H. Dougherty, John Mitchell.
North Woodberry - John T. Beimer.
Taylor - S. B. Replogle.
Tyrone Borough - William Carothers, James McQuead, John Sample, John Wallace.
Tyrone Township - James Crawford.




Altoona - Stephen Bewley, Fred. Ball, Charles Cavender, John H. Carr, D. R. Christian, Joseph Gardner, George F. Marsh.
Allegheny - Anthony W. Sevitz.
Blair - P. M. Wertz.
Catharine - Benjamin Gorsuch, William Henry.
East Tyrone - Daniel Donnelly, Christ Crider.
Frankstown - Alexander Snowden, J. B. Warfel.
Freedom - Jesse Hartman, H. C. Lorenz.
Gaysport - James Glasgow.
Greenfield - John Stine.
Hollidaysburg - Moses Brown.
Huston - Adam Mock.
Logan - John A. Anderson, Charles Coplin, Douglass McCartney, William McGarvey, S. S. Stains.
Snyder - David Adams, Ed. Waring.
Taylor - Lewis Bowser, Jacob Biddle, James Dunn.
Tyrone Borough - W. F. Conrad, John Fleck, E. J. Pruner.
Woodberry - J. H. Blackburn, F. Koebler.


Picnic of Music Scholars.


Mrs. E. J. Kerns gave her class of music scholars a very pleasant picnic at Eldorado on Wednesday. The principal feature of the day was a cantata performed by the ladies of the class, entitled "Quarrel Among the Flowers." The flowers represented were: "Crocus" by Maggie Smiley; "Dahlia," by Josie Dougherty; "Snowdrop," by Annie Fickes; "Sunflower," by Sue Kemmerling; "Water Lily," by Loa Vaughn; "Pinks," by Bertha Armstrong, Maggie Carson and Fannie Royer; "Violets," by Mollie Wilson and Ida Mahaffey; "Rose," (chosen queen of the flowers) by Maud Kerns. Each young lady was dressed in beautiful costume representing the character taken; the piece was very well rendered and was a credit to both scholars and teacher. Mrs. Kerns regretted the absence of five scholars as she intended having the entire class take part in the cantata. An elegant dinner, provided by the scholars and their friends, was taken to the grounds through the kindness of Mr. D. S. Wilson, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.


Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Friday, July 30, 1880, page 4




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