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Items from The Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa.,

Tuesday, August 10, 1880




Martin Burkholder Makes a Narrow Escape from Being Ground Up by a Thresher. The Telephone Exchange Being Extended - Ex-Governor Bigler Dead.


James P. Wills, a painter, while engaged in painting the roof of the Globe Hotel met with a frightful death yesterday morning. After finishing his work he, in a playful, not to say foolhardy, manner began jumping from the roof of the main building to the roof of another wing running parallel with it, between which there is an intervening space of about five feet. He had successfully accomplished the feat twice, against which his employer, Mr. J. H. Bergstresser, who is also Wills' brother-in-law, strongly remonstrated, but he was deaf to all advice and warning, and remarked that he was not at all afraid of the undertaking. On the third attempt he slipped on the comb roofing of the western wing, and fell a distance of fifty-four feet, striking on the plank flooring between the two buildings. His head was shockingly crushed in, and he expired almost instantly. In his descent he struck the wall of the eastern wing. Coroner Humes held an inquest over the body and rendered a verdict of accidental death. He was about 34 years of age. His remains were taken to undertaker Tipton's establishment, on Eleventh avenue, and prepared for burial. His parents reside at Warriorsmark, Huntingdon county, whither his remains will be taken for interment. His brother Benjamin was killed at the Centennial building in Philadelphia in 1876, about a month before the opening of the Exposition, by the fall of a scaffold on which he and a number of others were standing while painting that edifice. In this case, however, James owes his death simply to his own indiscretion and heedless disregard of the warnings of his fellow- workmen.


A Narrow Escape from Death.


Last Friday while a threshing machine and grain separator were in operation on the farm of Perry Burkholder in Antis township, Martin Burkholder, aged about 20 years, son of John J. Burkholder, made a narrow escape from instant death. He essayed to tighten a screw of the knuckle-joint of the separator, when he was caught by the wristband of the shirt and wound around the shaft, which was revolving at the rate of 200 revolutions per minute. Before the young man could be extricated from his perilous situation nearly every stitch of clothing was torn from his person. When the machine was stopped the shaft was holding him by the hair of his head, after the body had been denuded of clothing, while his feet were pressed against the haft. When released it was supposed that he was dead. His injuries consisted of a severe cut in the back of his neck, cuts and bruises on his head, and the spraining of the leaders on one side of his neck, causing his head to hang to that side. Notwithstanding these severe wounds he is in a fair way of recovery. He had been repeatedly warned against turning these screws while the machine was in motion, but exemption from accident hitherto had made him bold in braving danger. Should he recover it will be a severe lesson which he will doubtless regard in the future.


Respect the City of the Dead.


Visitors to Fairview cemetery on Sunday afternoons indulge some privileges which the management will not tolerate. These are removing the seats from the localities where they have been placed, and breaking off flowers and shrubs. The habit of lounging, regularly practiced by some parties, will not be permitted in the future. While the cemetery authorities invite rather than forbid the visits of our citizens, they desire a compliance with the rules governing the sacred place. They have gone to considerable expense to improve the cemetery, and propose yet further improvements as their means will permit, and do not wish those already consummated impaired or destroyed. It will be well for all persons to see that they do not infringe upon the privileges and proprieties of the place.


Something About the Telephone.


The Telephone company, we are glad to learn, contemplates keeping open all night, subject to calls at all hours, so that in case of fire or burglary the telephone may be brought into requisition. There will, of course, be no Sunday hours. Within three days about ten new offices will be opened, including Bell's Mills, Lloydsville, McFarland's Mills, Vowinkle's, and lumber mills beyond the latter place, on the Bell's Gap extension, and Plack's and Glant's mills, on this side of the county. Also, to Roaring Spring, McKee's Gap, etc. In conversing with McFarland's yesterday we could hear as distinctly as if talking with any one of the city offices. Once the company gets its wire network over the county we have reason to believe the telephone will become very popular with all classes of business men.


Meeting of the Second Ward Republicans.


A meeting of the Second ward Republicans was held in the old Mountain City band room on Eighth avenue last night. They organized by electing Blain McCormick, President; John R. Garden, Secretary; E. M. Warren, William Guyer and J. R. Snowden, Vice Presidents; and John Elway, Treasurer. On motion the Chair appointed the following Executive Committee: John R. Garden, Chairman; J. S. Elway, T. Clabaugh, D. K. Wantz, A. E. Hollar, Thomas Houck and Martin Mackey. The committee will meet at the house of the Chairman, No. 1113 Eighth avenue, on Saturday night, for the purpose of organizing. The following committee was appointed to secure a hall and report at the next meeting: Messrs. Captain E. M. Warren, Daniel Wantz and A. E. Hollar. The Committee on Finances was as follows: Messrs. Elway, Warren, Guyer, Clabaugh and Thompson. At the close of the meeting over fifty persons signed their names to the club roll. The club will meet in the Opera House on Friday evening of this week.


The Logan Township Cross Suit.


In the Logan township assault and battery cases heretofore referred to the parties were before Alderman Rose yesterday afternoon. Thomas Burkholder and George Brown were bound over in the sum of $300 each for their appearance at Court. They are charged with pounding the boy Myers. In the case before Alderman O'Toole, that in which David Myers, George Proh and Mat. Sisler are charged with an assault on Mrs. Funk - a hearing was also given. The Alderman held the case under advisement until 4 o'clock this afternoon.


Loss of a Good Citizen.


Mr. William Allen, of the First ward of this city, and for quite a number of years employed in the passenger-car shops, has been compelled on account of failing health to give up his situation and seek employment more suitable for his health. He contemplates removing his family to Philadelphia. Mr. Allen has the best wishes of his many friends and their sympathies in his affliction.


Hand Crushed.


Samuel Grove, who lives near Ninth street and Green avenue, had the misfortune to get a hand crushed in the lower yard yesterday. He was coupling cars at the time. Fortunately no bones were broken but the flesh was severely pinched, and he will have to lay off for a few weeks.


Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, August 10, 1880, page 1




Friday's Accidents - Condition of the Injured - Funeral of David Robinson.


H. E. Hamilton, of Pittsburgh, is visiting friends here.


A few days ago a small dog bit a young lady on the hand, which has since become greatly inflamed and very painful.


We understand a Garfield club will be organized the present week, but the night of meeting has not yet been announced.


Mr. John Stouffer and his son called to see us yesterday. He is one of the best citizens our town has sent to Altoona.


Theo. Sickles lost a valuable horse. Its death was caused by being kicked by another horse. This is the second animal Sickles has had killed by this same vicious animal.




The late Jacob Eckard, a wealthy farmer living in King township, Bedford county. about two miles from Claysburg, we are credibly informed, lived fifty-two days without taking any kind of food, even refusing water, thus beating the remarkable fast of Dr. Tanner twelve days. Mr. Eckard died on the fifty-second day of his fast.




About 6 o'clock on Friday evening the roof of the fine brick residence of Jacob Andrews, on Canada avenue, was discovered to be on fire. Although "that alarm whistle" failed to blow by reason of the remonstrances made by some of the citizens, the Good Will boys - who always have their pickets posted - were soon on the ground and extinguished the flames without the other companies being notified of the fire.




Superintendent Stephens held the examination of applicants for schools in Blair township yesterday. At the conclusion of the examination the following appointments were made by the board: Rhodes' - J. W. Green. Reservoir - Theodore Lindsey. East Hollidaysburg - J. R. Smith. Catfish - H. C. Tussey. Walterstown - Captain F. Cassidy. The term was increased to six months. Messrs. Green and Lindsey will receive $38 per month, the other gentlemen $40. Blair township is well to the front in the line of progress.




The Hollidaysburg and Gaysport Hancock and English club met in the Masonic Opera House on Saturday night and effected a permanent organization by electing Hon. John Criswell, President; Captain John Murray, Captain Thomas Holland, G. W. Diehl, Hugh Craig, Sr., David Murray, Colonel William Stone, Adam Schmidt, Frank Vogle, Andrew Leep, Charles Curry and John Fitzharris, Vice Presidents; S. Gibson Barr, Recording Secretary; W. H. Swartz and Robert Bollinger, Corresponding Secretaries; Colonel William Jack, Treasurer, and Hugh Smith, Color Bearer. A committee of three in each ward and election district was appointed to procure speakers and to see that every Democratic voter is enrolled. A committee of three was also appointed on banners. Major Crisswell, who has voted the straight-out ticket for forty years, on taking the chair made a neat little speech. He said one of the encouraging signs was that the old men of the party had enthused and were working and encouraging the young Democrats. Major S. G. Barr offered the following preamble and resolutions, which were unanimously agreed to:


WHEREAS, The Democratic Party of Blair county for more than forty years has had the earnest co-operation and assistance of Hon. Thad. Banks, who is now in inferior health, and


WHEREAS, This club has learned of his enthusiastic admiration for General Hancock, the "soldiers' statesman," and his anxiety for the success of the national ticket, be it


Resolved, That the club sympathizes with this faithful and distinguished Democrat in the present condition of his health, with the expression of a hope for his early and permanent restoration.


Resolved, That he be invited, if compatible with his physical condition, to address the club at such time as may suit his convenience and ability.


Resolved, That a committee of two be appointed to place in his hands a copy of this preamble and resolutions.


S. G. Bart and Colonel William Jack were appointed the said committee.




The sad accidents of Friday last have cast a gloom over our entire town, which time alone can dispel. The first was the announcement of the serious mine accident to our townsman, Mr. John Gardner, who was so seriously injured by a fall of slate in the Frankstown slope. Although Mr. Gardner's back was broken, and he sustained other painful and serious injuries he still survives, but death we have no doubt would be a welcome visitor to release him from his sufferings. Soon after our entire community was shocked by the announcement that Mr. David Robinson had been killed and his estimable wife probably fatally injured by being thrown from their carriage. In suddenness of Mr. Robinson's death he was spared the intense suffering his wife has since endured, and she still lies in a semi-conscious condition and may never realize that her husband had preceded her to that better home. Living but a short distance from our town and on the most public road, their hospitable door was always open and a kind reception given to rich and poor alike. It was only natural that all our people should be sad and cast down when the announcement was made and confirmed. The funeral of Mr. Robinson, which took place yesterday, was, without doubt, the largest procession of carriages ever before seen passing through our town, numbering one hundred and thirty; but that was not all, as many that attended the services at the house did not accompany the remains to the grave. Mr. Robinson was born within two miles of Birmingham, Huntingdon county, on the 22d. day February, 1805. He owned the farm on which the business part of Altoona city is now located, and sold it to the railroad company for $12,000; he soon after purchased the farm on which he has since lived. Mr. Robinson's two sisters, Mrs. Galbraith, 86 years of age, and Mrs. Vantries, 78 years, both still residing near the old home, attended the funeral. He has three brothers living, Moses, Samuel and Andrew, but they were not present. Moses Robinson, the oldest brother, 83 years of age, lives in Clearfield county; his wife is also living and is 89 years of age. They married 62 years ago. The other two brothers, Samuel and Andrew, live in Iowa, and both have passed the allotted three-score and ten years. The deceased was a member of the Baptist Church for many years, and his pastor, Rev. H. F. King, assisted by Revs. Cornelius and Baker of Altoona, and the venerable Dr. Gibson, of Duncansville, conducted the funeral ceremonies. The pall-bearers were eight in number, consisting of Colonel William Jack, Edward McGraw, Jacob Mattern, ex-Sheriff Bobb, Simon Baird, John R. McFarlane, Hon. David Caldwell, Andrew Biddle.




Disastrous Fire - Barn of John Hetrick, in
the Cove, Burned - Personal.


Mrs. T. J. Maitland and Mrs. Reynolds, of Altoona, spent Saturday in this place as the guests of Mrs. W. A. Nicodemus.


In "Martinsburg Matters," of Saturday last, the intelligent compositor credited Dr. S. M. Rodgers with the successful removal of a tape worm. We wrote the name Dr. S. M. Royer.




On Sunday night about the hour of 11 o'clock Mr. John Hetrick, who lives one mile southwest of Woodberry, near Keagy's foundry, and on the road leading to Waterside, was awakened by a bright light shining in his room, and at the first glance in the direction of his barn found the building enveloped in flames. Rushing out Mr. Hetrick, by dint of hard labor, succeeded in getting all his horses and cattle, except two calves, out of the burning building; but all the other contents of the barn, consisting of about 1,200 bushels of wheat, a large amount of oats, his entire hay crop, gears and a lot of farming utensils, together with the building, were entirely consumed. The barn was quite a large structure, being 45x90 feet in size, and the loss is roughly estimated at from $3,000 to $3,500. The fire was evidently the work of a party or parties who were stealing meat. Mr. Hetrick states that he kept his meat in the granary, securely locked, and that when he entered the burning building on Sunday night he found the door of the granary standing wide open. Whether the fire originated from burning matches, accidentally dropped by the thieves, or was started with the intention of covering up the theft, is of course a mystery. It is said, however, that circumstances point very plainly to the guilty party and that his arrest and conviction is only a question of time. At this writing we are unable to state whether or not the barn and its contents were insured.


A Garfield and Arthur Club - New Saw Mill. Personal.


We are happy to welcome our esteemed friend; M. F. Beamer, back in our midst from New York State, where he has been doing business for the pipe line company.


Hurrah for Duncansville! Diehl & Co. have purchased from D. S. Gibboney a lot of timber adjoining Duncansville, and intend putting their saw mill on the premises this fall.


At the examination of teachers for Allegheny township on Friday, the 6th inst., at Duncansville, the following teachers were appointed:


Duncansville Grammar School, H. S. Wertz; Primary School, J. H. Black, Jr.; Foot of Ten, Charles Reinwaldt; Poor House, Miss Stiffler; Sugar Run, Miss Black; Carson Valley, George Wilt.


The Garfield and Arthur club of Duncansville met at 8 o'clock on Saturday evening, and was called to order by John Gibboney, Esq. The first business was the report of the Committee on Rules and By-Laws, for the club, which was adopted. The election of permanent officers resulted as follows: J. K. Patterson, President: G. P. Kelley and A. B. Hicks, Vice Presidents; D. C. Confer, Recording Secretary; A. C. Long, Corresponding Secretary: J. M. Gibboney, Esq., Treasurer. On motion of Christ. Musselman, Jr., the club was made a marching club and James Adams appointed Captain; John Hicks and C. Musselman, First and Second Lieutenants, and Robert Sanders Color Sergeant. On motion a committee of five was appointed by the President on equipments. The President then appointed the following gentlemen: A. B. Hicks, J. M. Hamilton, Robert Sanders, Christ. Musselman and William Hitchings. A committee of two was appointed to procure and invite speakers for the campaign; also, an invitation was given to any present to sign the roll, when the number swelled from forty-five to seventy-five.


On motion the time of meeting was changed to once a week, on Saturday evenings, at 8 o'clock sharp. The club then adjourned to meet on Saturday evening, the 14th.


Agricultural, Musical, Religious and Personal.


This corner of the land is always astir.


The hay harvest has just ended up in this corner.


Welcome, is the countersign of the Logan Sunday school to all.


Miss Katy Miller, who has been quite ill for some time past is slowly recovering.


Mr. Bently claims to have the greatest oat crop, among the hills here this season.


Mr. John Rodeland, who has been sick with typhoid fever, is mending slowly. He is being seen to by Dr. Graham.


The longest timothy stalk in the region is claimed by John Isaac, it being seven feet five inches. Who can beat it?


Mr. Owens has been reappointed to the same school he taught last winter. He is well liked here, and a general welcome is granted him.


During the spring and summer season we have had musical treats also from Professor Ward, of your city, and E. B. Rees. They are both good singers.


Moses Thompson, the happy and eccentric farmer, says he's all right, having plenty to eat and drink and wear and a politician of the first water. He knows how to entertain a person.


William McGintz, one of our most stirring and enterprising farmers, claims to have the longest pumpkin vine in the hollow, it measuring twenty-four feet precisely, and he says that he has no more room for it to grow any longer.


The other evening while sauntering over the hills around here, we were compelled to sit down under the shadow of an old oak tree and listen to the sweet and melodious strains of music brought forth from a stringed instrument in the hands of one Jonas Croyle. For a fact it was good. "The Flowers of Edenburg" seemed to be his favorite piece.


"Hancock Flag May Not be Feared by the Democracy - They are Entitled to Use It if They Don't Abuse It.


EDS. TRIBUNE: The attention of the writer has been called, by several gentlemen of this borough, all of whom did good service during the war for the Union, two or three having enlisted early in 1861, and honorably discharged after the supposed honorable surrender at Appomattox, to the following, which is clipped from the Altoona Sun of the 6th inst.:




To the Editor of the Sun: I see by the Altoona bloody shirt sheet, the TRIBUNE, that it denounces the stars and stripes that we of the Eighty-fourth regiment fought under and led by the gallant and brave General Hancock to victory. It is proposed by the filthy sheet that the "Hancock rag" be pulled down. I have voted the Republican ticket all my life and was sort of on the fence until I read that article this morning. From that time I made up my mind to vote and do all I can for Hancock and English; and would further say, shoot the first man on the spot who attempts to pull down the "Hancock rag."


A VETERAN OF THE EIGHTY-FOURTH, Hollidaysburg, August 6.


The conclusion is, after carefully comparing notes, 1. That there is no "veteran" of the 84th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, (and it is presumed this is what is meant by 84th), a regiment whose valor and loyalty cannot be questioned, in Hollidaysburg or vicinity, who would write such an article as the above. 2. There is no veteran of the 84th Pennsylvania volunteers, who heretofore voted the Republican ticket, and will next fall vote the national Democratic ticket. 3. There is no veteran of any regiment in Hollidaysburg or vicinity who voted the Republican ticket all his life who will now vote for Hancock and English. 5. The "Veteran of the Eighty-fourth" who wrote the above article never served in the Eighty-fourth Pennsylvania volunteers or any other regiment during the war, and if he attempted to do so he was a "skulker" or "hospital bummer," and too much of a coward to shoot anything, to say nothing of shooting "on the spot" the vile traitor who would attempt to pull down the American flag, whether it had Hancock's or anybody else's name inscribed upon its honorable folds. All of know that the TRIBUNE never suggested such an idea, and from reading its article no such an inference could be drawn. Very respectfully,


CALVARY. Hollidaysburg, Pa., August 10, 1880.


The Base Ball Game at Tunnel Hill.


EDS. TRIBUNE: In regard to the game of base ball between the Stars and picked nine at Tunnel Hill on Saturday, an error appears in the Gallitzin Gossip. It is stated that the picked nine were from Hollidaysburg and Altoona. This was not the case. There were some from Altoona but none from Hollidaysburg. B. W.


Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, August 10, 1880, page 3


Things Briefly Told.


Rev. Dr. Wilson was visible on our streets yesterday.


Mrs. Nunemaker, an elderly lady of Williamsburg, died yesterday morning.


Harry Woods will act as Secretary of the Eighth ward Republican club.


Byron Ward, who was injured in the lower shops on Saturday, is recovering.


William M. Ashmead, wife and family, of Jacksonville, Florida, are stopping at the Central Hotel.


The Logan House concert will be on Friday evening of this week instead of Thursday evening.


Frank Rhinehart, of Tyrone, has the contract for building the cellar walls of the new Court house at Ebensburg.


There was a great fight among the boys at Ninth street and Ninth avenue last night, in which any amount of stone throwing took place.


Rev. J. B. Shaver, of Hollidaysburg, paid his respects to the TRIBUNE office yesterday. He is a pleasant gentleman and a good preacher.


The portly form of the genial Father Caldwell, of Nolo, Indiana county, was to be seen treading our avenues yesterday.


Colonel R. G. Galbraith, of Sinking Valley, was in the city yesterday, returning from the funeral of David Robison, at Hollidaysburg.


There will be a meeting of the local Garfield and Arthur club at Millville on Tuesday evening of this week, which will hereafter be the regular meeting night.


W. M. Fay, son of Mr. George Fay, of Williamsburg, left yesterday morning for Fort Fred Steele, Wyoming Territory. He goes into the employ of the government.


Mr. D. R. Donnelly, of this city, was called to Williamsburg yesterday evening by reason of the illness of some of his family, who have been visiting there for some time.


Frank Tomlinson, of the Sixth ward, showed our reporter an egg which was "some pumpkins" in its way. It measures in circumference eight by six and a half inches.


The Democratic County Committee of Cambria county met at Ebensburg yesterday, for the purpose of placing in nomination a Register and Recorder, Surveyor and Coroner.


James F. Carothers, manager of the Singer Manufacturing Company at Charlottesville, Virginia, and correspondent of the TRIBUNE, is at home visiting his many friends in this county.


Mrs. Robinson, who was so seriously injured on Friday night, is still lying at the house of Mrs. Hileman, near Frankstown, in a semi- conscious condition. There is no change in her symptoms.


Annie Baer, aged 12 years, residing in Lincoln township, Huntingdon county, killed a white snake about two feet long while out berrying a few days since. The snake is believed to be of the viper species.


Dr. J. P. Thompson and wife, formerly of Williamsburg but now of Johnstown, were in the city yesterday, returning home from a recuperating tour to Bedford Springs. The doctor was looking remarkably well.


The Committee of Arrangements of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows' picnic of this county, requests us to say that the price of the excursion to Flowing Spring is fifty cents for the round trip instead of sixty, as stated in some of the city papers.


Samuel, aged 2 years, a son of Judge A. J. Beaver, of Penn township, Huntingdon county, met with an accident one day recently by a barn door blowing off its hinges during a storm. The little fellow was standing near the door, when it fell on him and broke one of his legs at the thigh and the other one above the ankle.


The quantity of coal and coke carried over the Pennsylvania railroad for the fourth week of July was 138,788 tons, of which 104,854 tons were coal and 33,934 tons coke. The total tonnage for the year thus far has been 3,902,258 tons, of which 2,936,536 tons were coal and 975,822 tons coke.


The TRIBUNE yesterday held communication by telephone with McFarland Mills, two and a half miles beyond Lloydsville. Our friends, wherever the telephone extends, will please message us news of interest that may occur in their neighborhood, when mail and other facilities are not practicable.


Mr. Peters, Leechburg, Pennsylvania, of the show of Boyd & Peters, arrived on Saturday night from Somerset, and immediately swore out a warrant for the arrest of A. W. Davis, one of the managers, and C. W. McCune, of the Buffalo Courier Company, on a charge of conspiracy. Davis was immediately put under arrest and taken to Kittanning. This will likely put an entirely new face on the whole affair, and may lead to the true inwardness of the abduction of Saloam Burket.


A Lost Basket Found.


Yesterday Alfred Eaby, while out picking berries in the vicinity of Glen White, found a lunch basket apparently lost by some one. It contained a plate, pie, cup of jelly, shawl, skirt, pants and other articles. It had doubtless been set down by some berry picker who could not find it again.


A Domestic Quarrel Leading to the Discovery of the Guilty Perpetrator.


The Osceola Reveille says that on the 21st of September, 1875, old Esquire Shoff was fished out of the dam at Madera, and it was supposed at the time - and the Coroner's jury so returned a verdict - that the old man met his death by drowning. Many of the citizens at that time, who viewed the body, freely expressed the opinion that the old man never met his death by drowning. When asked why they entertained this opinion they would answer, "Who ever saw a drowned man without any water in him?" This appears to have been a fact. Not a half teacup of water came from the old man's mouth after he was taken from the water, notwithstanding the fact that the body was rolled repeatedly over a large keg. It was sworn before the Coroner's jury, by one witness, that during the night a pitiful cry of distress was heard and that it sounded like the voice of Shoff. Another witness swore that he had not seen Shoff nor been in his company on the day or night of the 21st, while several witnesses swore that they had seen them together, drinking, and the hotel keeper swore that Shoff and this witness had been in his place together and drank whisky; that this witness poured the whisky into a glass and made Shoff drink it; that this was late at night and about the last place Shoff was seen alive by any person.


At this late day, it is remembered by a number of persons who saw the body, that over the eye there was a bruise and underneath a cut, and that the eye was swollen almost shut, and a cut behind one of the ears large enough to admit the end of a man's thumb. It seems from the best evidence obtainable (A. K. Shoff, a brother) that no examination was made by a doctor.


A strange part in all this affair is the fact that very recently, a woman living in the vicinity of Madera, said that she overheard a certain woman cast up to her husband, that he had killed Shoff and thrown him in the dam; but the strangest part of all is the fact that this husband turns out to be the very witness who swore before the Coroner's jury that he had not seen Shoff on the day or night of the 21st. We understand that the woman who heard the conversation between the husband and wife, in regard to this murder, went to a Justice of the Peace and made a statement, under oath, of what she had heard. There should be a full investigation, by the proper authorities, of the mystery that surrounds the case, and if the man who is suspected, proves to be guilty, let him suffer the consequences of his crime.


"There is Still Work for the 'Fool Killer'" - Particularly at the "Sun" Office.


The rage of the syndicate organ knew no bounds when the little game of that desperate corporate gang against the TRIBUNE was made public yesterday. The TRIBUNE obtained its information from a Democrat who was appointed on one of the committees, but who declined to serve. A Democrat of the Sixth ward yesterday, when closely pinned on the subject acknowledged that committees were appointed in all the wards to prevail on the Democrats to quit taking the TRIBUNE, and we stand ready to prove the fact by three persons to whom this special committeeman made the admission. Further we have the evidence that the same movement is on foot in Hollidaysburg. The very action of the syndicate orators, in the published proceedings of the meetings held under their auspices, proved pretty conclusively what was in the wind. The attack of syndicate director Molloy in Council, and the intended attack of the syndicate President at the Fourth ward meeting on the TRIBUNE, all show that the services of the "fool killer" are especially needed in the office of the syndicate organ. In further proof of how their dirty little scheme will miscarry, a Democrat of standing hands us the following:


DEAR SIR: When the Sun gets an editor, I will succumb to the demands of the syndicate. Respectfully yours,


ONE OF YOUR READERS. Altoona, August 9.


Further we know of Democrats who have been importuned to quit the TRIBUNE. It is an easy matter to bawl falsehood, but quite another to prove it. The high plane of dignity on which the gutter snipe Democratic organ ranges is simply amusing, particularly when the sources of education, get up and the drift of its instincts are taken into consideration. If it can get down to any lower level, then some new field of scum and filth will have to be explored for it.


What Company D is Doing.


Company D, Fifth regiment, of this city, will this afternoon at 4 o'clock go out for target practice. The company has a range on Martin Runyan's farm on the Dry Gap road.


The company will turn out about forty men for the inspection at the State encampment near Braddock station.


In a few days the company will be equipped with new canteens, haversacks, knapsacks and cartridge boxes furnished by the State department.


Malicious Mischief.


A few evenings since a gang of boys who frequent the blacksmith shop opposite the warehouse got to behaving in an outrageous manner. They tore up the building and one of the worst of the gang pulled a revolver out of his pocket and fired a number of bullets into a sign- board. A few days of this warm weather in the lockup would be a first-class antidote for such behavior.


Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, August 10, 1880, page 4 




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