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Items from The Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa.,
Friday, August 6, 1880
ADDITIONAL LOCAL NEWS.
A House Robbed.
Yesterday morning at an early hour the house of Coroner John W. Humes was entered and robbed by some miscreants. The entrance was effected through a window which was pried open with a blacksmith's poker and a gouge. These were abandoned. Once inside the thieves lighted the gas in three rooms and made themselves thoroughly at home. They were evidently boys and well acquainted with the premises. Persons in the upper rooms heard them distinctly about two o'clock, but supposed Mr. Humes was stirring around and making a noise. There were quite a number of articles of clothing stolen, including several hats, two linen dusters, coat, several pairs of shoes, etc. The rascals also helped themselves to some fruit that was in the cellar. There is a very strong suspicion of the authors of the crime and the police were engaged all day in looking after them. Several boys who were wanted yesterday left town very suddenly, apparently without cause.
An Excursion Party.
Yesterday there passed through Altoona an excursion party composed of about forty ladies and gentlemen who were bound for the Bell's Gap railroad. Charmed with the descriptions of the scenery along the romantic narrow gauge they determined to view it for themselves. The party was from the beautiful little town of Indiana, in Indiana county, and was composed of a fine, social crowd of citizens. They were well pleased with their journey, and on the way back stopped at the Logan House and spent the night there. During the ride a canvass was taken on the Presidential question and out of the whole party there was but one who was willing to acknowledge himself a Hancock man and that one was Judge Clark.
A Shirt to Fit Him.
Eli Greene, Altoona's big man, has a new shirt which fits him beautifully. It was presented to Mr. Green by Ed. Keyes, of Eleventh avenue. To show the size of this useful garment Mr. Keyes took seven men, stood them as close together as possible and then put the shirt on the whole seven at once. When he did he found there was room to squeeze in another.
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Robbed a Till.
The boy Madden who to their sorrow is known to many of our storekeepers has been at his old trick of till-tapping again. Yesterday he and a boy named Ehringer entered Smith's meat store on Sixth avenue near Thirteenth street. They robbed the money drawer of about $3.50
Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Friday, August 6, 1880, page 1
PROTECTING PRIMARY ELECTIONS.
Among the reforms agitated in this county by Republicans, and which will be reported at the next county committee meeting, is the passage of a general law by the next Legislature for the protection of voluntary political associations and to punish frauds therein. There is as much need for purity and fairness in the conduct of the primary elections as there is in our general elections. The scandalous practices which have crept into the former, not only in this county but elsewhere, have disgusted the better elements of both parties, and have prevented them from taking part in primary elections. Neither party is free from these corrupt practices, and annually the complaint comes up against them. It matters little what system of electing delegates and making nominations is adopted, unscrupulous politicians take advantage of it, and use it in such a way as to breed dissensions in the party and provoke defeat. To put an end to these corrupt practices has been the desire of every honest Republican and Democrat in this county, and the only way to do it, they conceive, is by the adoption of a law in this State similar to the one now in force in Ohio for the protection of primary elections and the punishment of their corrupters. A copy of the Ohio act, passed February 24, 1871, has been handed us for examination, and as it has been referred to previously, in these columns, we have taken pains to make the following summary of its chief features:
The first section provides that all elections held by any voluntary political association or party in the State for any delegates or managing committee, or for the nomination of candidates for public office, may be called or ordered by published notice upon the vote of a majority of the county, city or township central or controlling committee, which notice shall state the purpose, time, manner, conditions, place or places of holding such election; also the authority by which the call is published, and the name of the one who is to supervise such election, and who is to be a legal voter in the election district. Said notice shall likewise declare the qualifications of the persons to vote at such election. Section provides for the publication of notice in some newspaper or newspapers of general circulation. By the third section the persons named as supervisor, or any person, in his absence or refusal to serve, shall be first sworn or affirmed by some officer authorized to administer oaths, that he is a legal voter of the precinct, that he will correctly and faithfully conduct such election, protect it against frauds and unfairness, and carefully and truly canvass the votes cast. The supervisor shall cause the electors present to choose two judges of elections and two clerks to assist him in holding the elections, who shall be similarly sworn and qualified. Any violations on conviction, shall subject the offender to punishment by fine, of not less than $50 or more than $200, or by imprisonment in the county jail not less than one nor more than six months, or both. The fourth section provides for the entertainment of objections to persons offering to vote, the same as under the general election laws; the administration of oaths to such persons, and their interrogation by the supervisor or one of the judges. The questions are about as iron- clad as the oath taken by members of the Legislature or county officers on assuming their duties. It shall be deemed a misdemeanor in any of the officers of election violating any of the provisions of this section, and, on conviction, punishable as in section three. Any voter making a false statement shall be deemed guilty of the crime of perjury, and on conviction shall be punished as provided by law. The sixth section relates to the punishment of any candidate or other person who shall offer any money, fee or reward, directly or indirectly, to any elector to influence his vote at any election under this act, or any person who shall receive said money, fee or reward for his vote. On conviction the same punishment as in section three is prescribed, and in addition disqualified from voting hereafter at any election under the provisions of this act. Intimidation of electors, supervisors or judges of election by any person, or who shall interfere or disturb in any manner any election held under this act, shall be punished on conviction by a fine not exceeding $100 and imprisoned in the county jail, and be fed on bread and water, not less than twenty nor more than thirty days. Section seven provides that this act shall be applicable only where voluntary political associations or party in any county, city or incorporated village shall elect to invoke its protection and subject itself to this act. The eighth section says that indictments under this act shall be found by the grand jury of the proper county.
The above provisions are sufficiently stringent to protect primary elections, and their application to elections in this county will hurt no honest man or politician. That they will seriously interfere with the methods usually employed to carry delegates and make nominations by unscrupulous partisans, and impart to primaries a degree of fairness and purity hitherto unknown, we feel assured. The County Committee at its next meeting will do itself honor by accepting this law and taking steps to secure its passage by the next Legislature. It will even be a good thing to draw the line of distinction among legislators, to see who are in favor of honest elections and who are not. Should the Ohio law become a part of our election enactments, and be generally accepted over the State, we believe a better class of men will come to the front for offices of trust, and will also tend to make our elections, both primary and general, what they ought to demur, and no just man will.
Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Friday, August 6, 1880, page 2
BEWARE OF SWINDLERS.
The Huntingdon News says, two men named McNally and Dougherty have been circulating in this county for several weeks past, going from farm to farm trying to dispose of a quantity of dress goods, which they offered at a sacrifice, and gave ample time upon any notes they might receive. In Porter township they called upon one farmer who refused to have any of their goods, but informed them as he was getting old he would like to sell his farm. he men then replied that they would get him a cash purchaser for his farm. The farmer was induced to believe their story, and in consideration for their trouble he gave them his note for $75, they leaving some goods as collateral, and promising to return in a short time with the purchaser for the farm. The would be purchaser not appearing the farmer suspected something was wrong, and accordingly came to town and placed a warrant in the hands of Chief of Police Westbrook for the arrest of the "dress goods" men. After a diligent search they were found in a house on Railroad street in this place, when the matter was settled by the delivery of the note to the farmer, and the payment of one-half the costs. The two men next day hired a horse and buggy from Lou Port and started off in an easternly direction. On Tuesday evening last McNally returned with the horse and buggy, and stated that he had separated from Dougherty at Reedsville, Mifflin county. He failed to pay the livery hire, when Mr. Port had a warrant issued for his arrest which was served upon him by Officer Westbrook just as he boarded the 10 o'clock P. M. train to go east. He was lodged in jail. He says he was only a driver, and that his home is in Pittsburgh.
This from the Tyrone Herald: Farmers who read the Herald should be on the lookout for a certain confidence operator who makes a business of robbing country people who work for their money. He is a short, straight, spry cuss, sharp as a whip, and has gray hair cut short, gray moustache, hooked or hawk-bill nose and very red, watery eyes. He served one term in the penitentiary, and ought to be there now. If you say to him in a familiar way, "How are you, Tom?" he'll "cock up" his ears and begin to "shy off."
School Teachers Selected.
The Snyder township School Directors have elected the following teachers for the current school term of six months, commencing the third Monday of September: Emanuel Woomer, of Hickory, $35; W. H. Woomer, at Bald Eagle, $35; L. A. Root, at Pines, $35; Arnold Green, at Baughman's, $35; J. E. Stewart, at Elk Run, $39; Joseph Cryder, at Cold Spring, $39; Miss Ella Kane, at German Settlement, $24. The Antis township directors have selected the following for the term of seven months, commencing the second Monday of September, at a salary of $30 per month: For Riggle's school, M. Krider; Smith's, Thomas R. Fleck; Furnace, C. O. Templeton; Bellwood, Annie Esterline; Root's, H. S. Henshey; Beech Grove, Luther Crawford; Oak Grove, S. B. Green; Laurel Run, J. A. Atlee; Tipton, A. R. Markle.
What A Farm Hand Found.
The Tyrone Herald says it is reported that a farm hand in Bald Eagle valley recently found a large portfolio containing a photograph, some lottery tickets and several thousand dollars in bills. The mysterious package is supposed to belong to the man who went through the valley about two weeks ago and drained the finances of that region by selling bogus tickets purporting to insure the holder a large and magnificent endowment. Some of the initials on certain private papers were marked "T. L. W." This man is well known as an old confidence operator.
Mr. Atwood Explains His Position on the Tariff.
EDS. TRIBUNE: The statement in your comments on the speech I made last evening that I "was evidently a strong free trader," was an entire misapprehension (unintentional, no doubt, of my meaning). I did not intend to express an opinion on that subject at all, but since the incidental allusion I made to the subject may have been misunderstood by others, as well as yourself, I will say that I believe that all commodities that cannot be produced in this country should be admitted free of duty, and all that can be should be absolutely prohibited. Very respectfully, N. L. ATWOOD, Altoona, August 5.
Death of Hugh Madden, Esq.
Hugh Madden, Esq., died of inflammation of the bowels at his residence in Zanesville, O., on the 24th ult., in the 67th year of his age. He was born in Huntingdon county, June 10, 1814, and at the age of 21 years went west, walking to Delaware county, Ohio. In a few months he returned to Huntingdon county and married Nancy Greenland. They located in Zanesville, where Mr. Madden engaged in contracting for stonework, and amassed a considerable sum of money. He leaves a widow and four children.
THE HARMONIOUS DEMOCRACY.
The following has been handed us for publication. As the TRIBUNE is liberal is its views, it proposes to accommodate its Democratic friends when other avenues of publicity are closed against them. It is printed for the public:
John A. Doyle, Chairman Democratic County Committee: I hereby resign my position as a member of your committee from this district. My reasons for so doing are that you appointed as my colleague a man that never voted in our district; has only resided therein about three months and is not a pronounced Democrat. My constituents are under the impression that I had a hand in this appointment. Furthermore, your behavior at the last county committee meeting is not calculated to inspire confidence in your ability and judgment to lead the Democracy on to victory. - JOHN W. BASAL, Bennington Furnace, August 2, 1880.
We, the undersigned Democratic voters of Bennington district, feeling dissatisfied with the actions and expressions of Chairman Doyle at the county committee meeting at Hollidaysburg, and feel that it would be to the interest of the Democratic party for him to resign and make room for a man that the party has confidence in and will lead us to victory.
John W. Basal,
Bennington Furnace, August 2, 1880.
A party of Hollidaysburgers visited Rhododendron Park yesterday and were delighted with the place and their ride over the little narrow gauge railroad.
Yesterday Miss Ella Bollinger left for Ramey, Clearfield county, to attend to her nephew, Robert Bailey, who we are sorry to learn, is suffering from typhoid fever.
Rev. James M. Stiffler, pastor of the New Haven, Connecticut, Baptist church, at present visiting his father, Mr. John H. Stiffler, of Allegheny township, will preach in the Baptist church on next Sabbath morning.
A WONDERFUL SNAKE.
Mr. Luther Wertz informs us that he still owns the wonderful double snake, and as he is the only man who can dance the celebrated bear dance, expects to make a fortune by combining the two and starting in the show business.
AN OLD STOVE.
Yesterday we fired up our office stove, a rather remarkable job for August 5. But what is as remarkable this stove has been doing service for the last forty-two years. It was made by the late G. R. McFarlane in 1837, and purchased by Mr. John Lowe in 1838; has been in use ever since, and to-day is as good as new, all but a fire crack in the cylinder.
A COUNTRYMAN'S TROUBLE.
Yesterday three men from Blue Knob brought to town a wagon load of sheep and calves which were sold to our butchers. They invested some of their money in whisky, but not being satisfied with what they had swallowed and stored away in bottles, stopped at the Kellerman House and demanded another drink. Their demand not being complied with, one of the party knocked the water cooler from the counter, making a wreck of it. They then got into their wagon and drove up the pike at a fast rate. Constable Houck followed them, and the race was nip-and-tuck until a wheel flew off the wagon and the Constable won the race. The captured countrymen promptly paid the damages and cost amounting to five dollars.
THE LEGISLATIVE TICKET.
EDS TRIBUNE: That "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," no man will question, and that the Republican party of Blair county may not be blinded or led off in any way, we deem it our duty to warn them of the danger that threatens it in the selection of our next Legislators. It may not be generally known, but it is nevertheless true, that Mr. Gilland, one of the Democratic candidates for the Legislature, is striving hard for this election, which he has a perfect right to do, but which he is going about in a very peculiar way. We know it to be a fact that his party are resorting to every means to secure his election, and in order to effect this they have dropped their other candidate, Mr. Smith, and are trying to trade votes in any possible way for Mr. Gilland. They do not expect to elect Mr. Smith and have decided him out of the contest. Republicans, remember this, that we elected a United States Senator in our next Legislature, and we cannot afford to send men there like Mr. Gilland, who would undoubtedly cast his vote for such a man as Wallace. Mr. Hewitt and Mr. Burchfield can represent us and our interests in a better and more satisfactory was than Mr. Gilland or any other Democrat. Vote the straight Republican ticket. - STRAIGHTOUT.
A Pleasant Trip to Bell's Mills.
EDS. TRIBUNE: I wish to say that last Sabbath I took a drive to Bell's Mills. Not having been there for some time, my attention was first arrested by the marked improvements that have been going on. At Mr. James Lowther's, buildings have been remoddled, old ones torn away, with a general fixing up all around. About the railroad depot a great many new buildings are in course of construction. Among them we note Dr. Thompson's and Irwin's. Some distance back from the railroad the foundation for new shops for the Bell's Gap railroad are being excavated. Numerous other improvements of a permanent character are being made.
After a drive around the Mills, it being near church time, we drew up at the Presbyterian Church. Were met in front of the church by Dr. Clark, who made us welcome in his usual courteous and affable way. Our first visit was to the Sunday school, of which Rev. J. H. Mathers is Superintendent. The school numbers about 70, has an organ and good singing. Afterward, we entered the main audience room and listened to an excellent sermon from the pastor, Mr. Mathers. He is a man of fine abilities, and as a Christian gentleman and citizen has no superiors. The church singing was excellent under the lead of Mr. W. P. Wray and Miss Campbell organist, whose musical skill and abilities are first-class. Our reception by pastor and people was kindly and hospitable, for which they have our thanks. - T. C. M. Altoona, August 4, 1880.
Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Friday, August 6, 1880, page 3
CITY AND COUNTRY.
Things Briefly Told.
Four car loads of emigrants made up yesterday's quota.
Dysentery is prevailing in Petersburg, Huntingdon county.
Mrs. Rhoades and her husband returned home last night to Altoona.
One western bound Chineser attracted attention at the depot yesterday.
Gust. Klemmert has left his other business and taken up plowing for a living.
Councilman Sampson Taylor is rusticating near Tyrone, drawing the big fish out of the wet.
"Dave" Rosenthal has arrived home from an extended tour to the watering places.
The Mount Union Times will take notice that Albert Stutzman is not a "special reporter" of the TRIBUNE.
Edward Pellett, employed in the company's boiler shop, had his left eye injured by a piece of steel striking it.
The telephone is being extended to Tyrone. Yesterday the TRIBUNE received a message from Elizabeth Furnace.
Robert Calderwood's team was yesterday driven against a post at the Ninth street crossing and badly wrecked.
The origin of Saturday's fire at Fourth street has never been determined, but it was likely caused by spontaneous combustion.
Mr. L. P. Wilson and Miss Julia Stevens, of this city, and Miss Annie Martin, of Williamsburg, are visiting friends in Petersburg.
Miss Kate Fortney's counsel last night sent notice of a suit for damages to Counsel. She fell on Eleventh avenue one day this week.
A drummer from Johnstown was captured in the city yesterday for selling cigars without a license. The Mayor imposed the usual fine.
Mrs. Rebecca Lang, youngest daughter of the late Samuel Dean, died at Williamsburg on Wednesday of consumption, aged about 39 years.
The Altoona car works have been suspended during the week on account of the scarcity of material. Work will be resumed in a day or two.
Bruce Heckerman, of Chambersburg, and a printer by the way, was in the city yesterday, stopping with A. W. Houser. He left for Philadelphia last evening.
Presiding Elder Swallow was in the city yesterday on business connected with Methodism. He is looking remarkably well after his bout with the Western shakes.
The coal shipments over the Tyrone and Clearfield road for the week ending July 31 amounted to 37,926 tons, an increase of 7,312 tons over the corresponding week last year.
That most transcendentally beautiful Sun monkey is going to start out with a Punch and Judy show next week. He will first exhibit at Pottsville. When an electric light is needed he will take off his hat.
The city hardly gets through with one payment of taxes to the State until it is again threatened with a suit if more is not forthcoming. The State now wants $1,223.25 for tax on bonded indebtedness for 1879, and no money to pay - as usual.
As the syndicate organ had the "communication of the staunch Democrats of Bennington" since last Friday it has taken a long time to consider what to do with it. But squelch prevailed. However the TRIBUNE makes it all right this morning.
The members of the Second Baptist Church will hold a bush meeting in the grove near McCauley's shops on Sunday, August 8. Rev. G. W. Jackson, of Pittsburgh, and Rev. William Robeson, of Cumberland, Md., will be in attendance.
The attendance at the Juniata Valley camp meeting this year promises to be very large. Every preparation has been made for the accommodation of tentholders and visitors, and the best of order will be maintained. The management are determined on the removal of everything calculated to offend.
Miss Maria A. Kemp, daughter of Joseph Kemp, Esq., of Frankstown township, will go to Denver, Colorado, on the 17th of this month, where she will take the second position in a prominent educational institution. Miss Kemp is a young lady of fine education, and has some experience in teaching. We wish her much success in her new, far-off field of labor.
The Sun reporter attempts to make a big thing out of Dr. Sloan's misfortune. It will be well for him to consult some of the doctor's neighbors about the amount of cash he had with him, and the value of that watch which he offered to sell for fifteen cents. The less Dr. Sloan seeks to probe his experience in Altoona, the better it will be for him.
Spare the Children.
Any person walking around our streets at night cannot help noticing the thousand smells which emanate from outhouses in all parts of the town. This is the most sickly season of the year among children and much of the disease is caused by these odors. It will cost little and save many a childish ache if householders would spread a little lime around their premises. The air, too, would be all the purer for it.
MEETING OF COUNCIL.
The Special Water Committee Summarily Discharged
An adjourned meeting of Council was held last evening at which all the members were present except Messrs. Brannan, Miller and Taylor.
The first business was the consideration of the ordinance relating to the water loan which was read and laid over under the rules. It is as follows:
An Ordinance relating to the appropriation
Be it ordained by the Common Council of the city of Altoona, etc., that the increase of indebtedness of the water fund, authorized at an election held on Monday, August 2d, A.D. 1880, shall be limited to the sum of sixty thousand dollars and that it be and is hereby appropriated for the purposes hereinafter provided:
First. For the purchase of all the necessary grounds, right and title to any stream or streams, right of way for pipes and the payment of all damages caused by the erection of said improvements.
Second. For the improvement of the water supply by the erection of a storage reservoir of the minimum capacity of one hundred million gallons of water, and all necessary valves, pipes and fixtures for the full and perfect completion thereof.
Third. For the full and necessary repairs to the present reservoir situated on Prospect Hill.
Fourth. That the remaining portion of said loan shall be applied to the laying of distributing pipes in localities not at present supplied with water in the several wards of the city, in such manner as hereinafter provided.
Fifth. The distribution of the distributing pipes to the several wards shall be fixed by a resolution of Council and the laying thereof shall commence in the Seventh ward.
Mr. Ball called for a report from the special committee appointed to have charge of the surveys for the new reservoir. Mr. Kerr stated that a report of one survey had been published and that reports of two others would be ready shortly.
Mr. Ball made a motion that the special committee be discharged and that the matter be referred to the Committee on Surveys. Carried. This motion was a regular fire-brand and caused recriminations from all sides, one member even going so far as to tell another in very strong language that he misstated facts. The trouble seemed to be that Mr. Kerr, a member of the committee had, as he says, acted himself when he could not get the committee together. He also charged the members favoring the dismissal with having pet schemes, which they wanted to push through. They made counter charges of pet schemes against Mr. Kerr, and said he wanted to run the affair himself and would not call the committee. The President took a hand by saying he thought the committee had been treated very unjustly in being discharged when it had but partly completed its work.
Mr. Ball then made a motion that the committee on surveys be instructed to secure the services of a competent engineer to take charge of the work.
He also reflected severely on what he termed Mr. Kerr's management in securing the services of several railroad engineers besides those of the chief engineer. [In justice to Mr. Kerr we would announce that the assistant engineers' services were offered without cost to the city. ]
Mr. Kerr, in an excited manner, told him it would be simply ridiculous to suppose that these engineers did not know how to make the estimates for a reservoir.
Mr. Ball's motion was put and carried. Later in the evening Mr. Kerr, however, accomplished his point by getting a resolution passed instructing the Committee on Surveys to procure and present to Council all the surveys and estimates made by the railroad engineers.
The Clerk read a proposed ordinance, which had been laid over, dividing the city into four sewer districts. Mr. Keough was very strongly opposed to it, but it passed, Messrs. Keough and Snyder voting in the negative. In discussing it Mr. Maxwell said that Council could not help itself now that it had adopted the Wallace act, and he was of the opinion that they would get enough of the act before they were through.
An ordinance offered by Mr. Ball was then called up. It provided that no unauthorized debt of over twenty dollars be contracted. Mr. Kerr stated that the ordinance was superfluous, as the Wallace act required all work of every description to be contracted for. The matter was then indefinitely postponed.
Mr. Kerr made a motion that the City Engineer be instructed to make an estimate of the cost of a twelve inch terra cotta sewer on Green alley from Ninth to Eleventh street and from Green avenue up Tenth street to the alley. This is the same locality where a sewer was put in some time since and many citizens refused to pay their frontage, alleging that it was not deep enough to benefit them. Mr. Ball offered to amend the above by adding "provided the parties on Chestnut avenue who are benefited first pay the frontage assessed against them for the first sewer." The motion and amendment were both carried.
Mr. Kerr stated that if the ordinance in relation to the new water bonds was passed it would be necessary to provide a tax for payment of the interest and to provide a sinking fund. He then offered the following which was laid over under the rules: An ordinance to provide a tax for the payment of interest on the new water bonds and to provide a sinking fund for the redemption of the same.
Be it ordained by the Council of the city of Altoona, and it is hereby ordained by the authority of the same, that three mills of our present water tax is hereby constituted a separate and special tax, and all monies derived from the said tax are hereby set aside as a special fund for the payment of the interest on the new water bonds and to provide a sinking fund for the redemption of said bonds as required by act of Assembly approved May 23, 1874.
SECTION 2. And it is further ordained that the receiver shall keep a separate account for said fund, and all monies of said fund shall be applied, as provided in Section 1, and for no other purpose.
The matter of engraving the new water bonds was then brought up. In relation to the loan, several members stated they had offers to take the whole amount. Mr. Casanave was in favor of giving the First National bank the entire management of the new loan. Much discussion ensued but nothing was done.
A number of bills for expenses of the city election were presented, but it was noticed some of them charged $1.50 per day and others $2 per day. On motion they were referred to the City Solicitor.
Mr. Ball made a motion which was carried that the Street Commissioner be peremptorily ordered to lay a number of crossings in the Eighth ward which had previously been ordered.
On motion an order for $1171.02 was granted to pay the State tax now about due.
On motion of Mr. Bartley the Street Commissioner was ordered to lay a crossing at Fifth street and Ninth avenue.
Bids for printing the Wallace act were then received as follows: From the TRIBUNE and Sun at 2 cents per line and $40 for four thousand, supplements; from the Call and Advance $150 for inserting the act in their papers and $20 for four thousand supplements. On motion the Committee on Printing was directed to give it to the lowest bidder.
Mr. Maxwell called for the report of the special committee to look into the condition of the Good Will engine house. They had not held a meeting. Mr. Ball made a motion that the committee be instructed to have plans and specifications drawn up, that it receive bids for a new house, and that it report to a special meeting of Council. Carried.
Mr. Ball also moved that the committee be instructed to examine the present house and if it was in a dangerous condition then to have the engine removed to a place of safety. Carried.
Council then adjourned.
Meeting of the Garfield and Arthur Club.
The Garfield and Arthur Club, of Altoona and Logan township, met at the headquarters in the Opera House last night. A large number of persons were in attendance. Quite a number of persons signed the roll of the club. The Committee on Speakers reported that speakers would be in attendance on the next meeting night, and that Congressman H. G. Fisher, of Huntingdon, would be present on Thursday night a week, August 19th. The Committee on Equipments reported that the different ward clubs had resolved to equip themselves, and they had taken no action in regard to the equipment of the central club.
Mr. William Humes of the Third ward offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That a committee of seven members of this club be appointed for the purpose of getting an expression of the Republicans upon the question of forming a permanent club in this city immediately after the close of this campaign and that they make a full written report to this club, with their recommendation, some time before the close of this campaign.
A resolution was also passed giving a special invitation to Senators Blaine and Conkling to visit Altoona at their convenience.
A committee was appointed to report the advisability of organizing a club of the Boys in Blue, and to report at the next meeting. The club adjourned to meet on next Thursday evening.
There will be a meeting of the Sixth Ward Garfield and Arthur Club in the new wigwam on Saturday evening. As there are so many Germans in the ward arrangements have been made to have Rev. Mr. Jaekel make a speech in German. There will also be speeches in English.
The Eighth ward Garfield and Arthur Club will meet this evening in the old Mountain City Band room on Eighth avenue.
The First and Seventh Ward Garfield and Arthur Club will meet in the Opera House on Saturday evening. All are requested to be present, as business of importance will be transacted.
The Philadelphia Times says the Hancock Veteran Club of Altoona numbers one hundred and forty-four members; the syndicate organ says about eighty-seven. How is this? Probably that is the way the story gets out that so many soldiers are going over to the enemy.
The Music Committee of the Central Garfield and Arthur Club will meet in the Opera House on Monday evening.
There will be a meeting of the Millville Garfield and Arthur Club at their headquarters this Friday evening.
An Ominous Sign.
Ever since the large and magnificent flag has swung to the breeze at the Garfield headquarters, the Hancock and English banner just went of it has hung its head in very shame. Some say the stars looked down on English's name and wept, and then hid themselves in its wrapped and silent folds. It now refuses to float in the pure Garfield atmosphere, and wraps itself tightly around the rope by which it is hung over the avenue. There it sullenly sleeps, indicating the sleep the Democracy will take after November next. The Garfield banner, clean and bright, waves defiance to the collapsed Hancock rag. But perhaps it will be made to do duty when Chairman Good recovers from his pilgrimage to Governor's Island.
The Good Will Engine House.
To say that the Good Will engine house is in a bad condition is putting it mildly. It is settling down into the ground and has made several inches' progress within a few days. The whole structure is going down together. Yesterday the members, not wishing to have their goods destroyed, packed up all their pictures, hats, belts, etc., and removed them to a place of safety. The top over the main door has come down so that the engine could not be taken out without cutting a piece of it away. On Wednesday night some evil-disposed person opened the back door of the building, walked in and stole all the coal and wood out of the engine. The machine itself is kept in splendid condition, but it appears to be pure recklessness on the part of Council to keep such a valuable piece of property in a building which will in all probability crush it within a month if things are allowed to remain as at present. The front door of the house has had to have the bottom cut off of it and the back one has been barred shut.
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 - "Persienne," Strauss
Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Friday, August 6, 1880, page 4
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