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Items from The Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa.,

Monday, March 10, 1890


Street Paving Booming.


The march of street improvement for the year 1890 has begun and the indications point to a season of greater work than last year. The ordinance relative to the paving of Seventh avenue has already passed select council and will in all likelihood be brought up at the next meeting of the common branch this evening if a quorum of that body is present. The resolutions and ordinances for the paving of Sixth avenue are also under way in councils and are likely to be disposed of, being the expiration of the terms of the present councilmen. The ordinance for the macadamizing of Ninth street will also be pushed forward rapidly as possible.


There will be considerable paving with asphalt block during the coming season. We learn that Mr. Mitchell has already obtained the names of a majority of property owners for the paving of the following streets and avenues: Fourteenth avenue from Eleventh to Fourteenth streets; Thirteenth street from Twelfth and Fifteenth avenues and probably to Sixteenth, and Thirteenth avenue from Eleventh to Twelfth street. The petitions will probably be offered this evening in common council.


Base Ball Notes.


Altoona will in all probability play in Bradford on April 21, 22 and 23, and at Wheeling on the 24th.


D. W. Nead, of the Harrisburg Call, and J. Monroe Kreiter, manager of the proposed new base ball club of Harrisburg were in Altoona on Saturday.


Pitcher Daniel Monroe, of Canton, Ohio, is expected to arrive in Altoona this evening. He comes with Manager Zecher, who has been on a business trip to Canton.


The Inter-State league schedule committee will meet at the Brant house, in this city, on Monday, March 17, and a meeting of the directors of the league will be held in Harrisburg on the Tuesday following.


The proposition to have two clubs in Harrisburg, both members of the same league, does not seem to be business. No matter how much base ball enthusiasm there is over base ball in the Capital City, it could hardly support two clubs.


He Was One of a Number of Men Who Were Employed at Widening a Cut on the Line of the Pennsylvania Railroad Near Union Furnace - A Blast Was Put Off Yesterday.
And His Skull Fractured - Brought to the Altoona Hospital - Other Cases Admitted.


The Pennsylvania Railroad company is making extensive improvements to its road about two miles east of Birmingham, and among them is the widening of what is commonly known of No. 7 cut. The object of widening the cut is to do away with a curve and run the tracks directly across the No. 7 bridge. Work is not stopped at any time when the weather is favorable. The contractors doing the work are Drake & O'Neil, and the usual number of laborers were at work yesterday under the supervision of Mr. McNeil, the junior member of the firm. About fifteen men were employed. A hole had been drilled in the rock and the blast prepared. The men all retired to safe distances as they supposed, and the fuse was ignited. Thomas McGuire, one of the laborers, was standing on the edge of a rock about ten feet from the ground and about fifty yards from where the blast was fired. An instant after the explosion of the charge McGuire was seen to stagger, and before any of the other laborers could reach him he fell from the shelf of rock on which he had been standing, alighting on his face on the rocks below. When picked up it was discovered that he had been struck on the top of the bead by a rock and a large hole cut in the scalp. It is stated that McGuire was not under cover, and that a rock about the size of a man's hand, which had been blown high into the air by the force of the explosion, in descending struck him on the head.


He retained consciousness, however, and it was not thought he was badly injured. The accident occurred shortly before 6 o'clock, and the injured man, who was bleeding profusely, was placed on board fast line and brought to this city and conveyed in the ambulance to the hospital, where the injuries were examined and it was discovered that the skull had been fractured. The injury was properly dressed, but what the result will be is not known, though the chances are against his recovery. McGuire boarded at Union Furnace, but is a resident of Schuylkill county, is about 25 years of age, single and a Catholic. His parents reside in Fremont, Chester county. J. F. Schofield, accompanied the man to this city and returned to his home later in the evening.


About nine months ago John Riley, who was employed at the same place met with an exactly similar accident and under the skillful treatment received at the hospital he recovered.


Some days ago E. D. Aurandt, of Mifflin, boarding at 608 Chestnut avenue, employed as a brakeman on the middle division, while making a coupling between cars at Bellwood was unfortunate enough to have his right hand caught between the bumpers and the middle finger of the hand was broken. The injury was dressed at the hospital and appeared to be healing nicely but the young man caught cold in the finger and it will take some time for it to heal properly, if he does not lose the finger altogether. He was admitted to the hospital yesterday.


H. D. Johnson, a brakeman on the middle division, while making a coupling between cars yesterday morning was caught by the bumpers and had the first and second fingers of his right hand smashed. He was taken to the hospital where it was found necessary to amputate the first finger. He left that institution in the afternoon and went to his home at 719 Sixth avenue.


The following were the outside cases treated: C. J. Hallowell, of 1812 Sixth avenue, crush of little finger of right hand; C. H. Reed, of Houtzdale, severe contusion of left knee, and J. Beamer, of 213 Lexington avenue, for crush of thumb of right hand.


The discharges were: Mike Bototma, an Italian who has been under treatment for some time past; William McBride, the Pittsburgh division brakeman who had his hand so badly injured a few nights since, and Edward Nicodemus, of Martinsburg, who had been under treatment for fracture of two toes of left foot.


One Held Saturday Night and One Called for To-morrow Evening.


The anti-license meeting held in the hall of the Mechanics' library Saturday evening began the preparation for fighting the applications for liquor license. Although there was not a large attendance, considerable work was accomplished and a strong beginning made. The meeting was called to order by Rev. J. W. Bain, who stated its purpose and urged the people to make a strong fight against the saloon, now since Altoona had voted for prohibition by a large majority.


John G. Wolf was made president and D. W. Kuhn was elected secretary. A committee was appointed, consisting of G. B. Bowers, D. K. Ramey and James H. Craig, to draw up the remonstrance and give instruction to those who will take the papers around for signers.


The question of making specific charges and each ward making its own fight, was discussed and was thought to be more effective than a general remonstrance and was therefore adopted.


The committee on remonstrance was instructed to meet all those who will volunteer to take the remonstrance papers around for signers, and also those who have any knowledge or information regarding the unfitness of the applicants for license, at Railroad Men's reading room this evening.


On account of the meeting not being sufficiently advertised, it was agreed to hold another meeting Tuesday evening, the hall in which it will be held to be announced in the papers Tuesday morning. It is desired that there will be a large attendance at this meeting.


It will be observed that all who know of any facts which can be urged against applicants are expected to meet the committee at the rooms of the Railroad Men's Christian association; also, all who will volunteer to take the remonstrance around for signers. As the time is short, it is to be hoped all interested will be on hand this evening.


Coming Amusements.


McCarthy and Reynold's superb company will present their new and picturesque Irish comedy-drama, "Dear Irish Boy," at the Eleventh Avenue opera house, Thursday evening, March 13th. The performance is replete with new songs, dances, medleys, etc.


Denman Thompson and J. W. Byer's great comedy drama, "The Two Sisters," will be the attraction at the Eleventh Avenue opera house on Wednesday evening, March 12. It is a most natural play and while it is no better than Denman Thompson's "Old Homestead," it is equally as good.


"Natural Gas," with the greatest of all living comedians, Donnelly and Girard, assuming the leading roles, will be the very strong attraction at the opera house Tuesday evening, March 11. The play is funnier than ever before and the supporting company is a new and excellent one. The piece is constructed for laughing purposes only, and to say it fills the bill perfectly is expressing it mildly as all those who have once seen it will testify.


One of the features of the "Hilarity" company this season is the magnificent Patrol Band of fifteen instruments that are carried with it. These gentlemen are all musicians of national reputation, have had years of experience, and under the leadership of the accomplished musician, Professor Will H. Souton, and in their brilliant new costumes, make the most attractive parade of any other musical organization of the same size in the country. See their grand street parade to-day at noon. Also a grand concert in front of the opera house at 7 p. m.


Practical Cooking.


A course of lessons in practical cooking by Mrs. S. T. Rorer, principal of the Philadelphia Cooking school, will be given in the chapel of the Second Presbyterian church, Eighth avenue, beginning on Thursday next, the 13th, at 2 o'clock p. m. The specific subjects for each of the six lectures will be announced later. The whole course will be concluded within a few weeks.


This eminent teacher will cook as she talks, and so practically illustrate the lectures, the object being to teach economical as well as wholesome cooking. Within a day or two the subjects and actual dates with the menu of each will be announced.


The class forming is already large, and the matter is creating a great deal of interest, especially among the ladies who desire to make themselves even more thorough mistresses of the culinary art.


A full return of $2.50 for the course is positively assured.


The Public Building Bill.


The TRIBUNE has already printed the text of the bill which Senator Cameron has introduced providing an appropriation for the erection of a public building in this city. The following letter will show our readers that Senator Cameron is interested in this matter and will exert his influence on its behalf:


WASHINGTON, March 3, 1890.


Hon. A. P. MacDonald, Altoona, Pa.- - My dear sir: Referring to your letter of the 28th ult. I beg to say that I have this day prepared a bill providing for the erection of a public building at Altoona, Pa., which is similar to that of Representative Scull, and will introduce it in the senate at as early a day as practicable. I will also speak to Senator Stanford, chairman of the committee on public buildings, and endeavor to have its consideration expedited as much as possible.


Yours very truly,


Deaths of Children.


Carrie, daughter of John and Isabella Lutz, died at the residence of her parents, 2910 Seventh avenue, at 2 a. m. yesterday, of diphtheria, aged 6 years, 10 months and 16 days. Funeral from the residence of the parents at 2.30 this afternoon. Interment in Oak Ridge cemetery. Rev. R. E. Wilson will conduct the services.


John Louis, aged 6 years, son of Louis and Annie Hoffman, of No. 1711 Ninth avenue, died Saturday. The body was taken to Chambersburg, Franklin county, at 10.40 the same night, and the interment will probably be made to-day in that city.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Monday, March 10, 1890, page 1




HARREN - STEWRER. - At the Methodist Episcopal parsonage, Duncansville, Pa., on March 6, 1890, by Rev. H. N. Minnigh, Mr. David H. Harren, of Duncansville, and Miss Lena Stewrer, of Altoona, Pa.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Monday, March 10, 1890, page 3


Local Brevities.


"Hilarity" at the opera house to-night.


Common council meets to-night in adjourned session.


Quite a number of drunks were visible on the streets on Saturday afternoon.


On Saturday evening ice five inches thick was cut from the dam up the Dry Gap road.


Mr. P. M. Bussard and family, of Ashville, Cambria county, spent yesterday with relatives and friends in Altoona.


An attempt was made by thieves to break into Mateer's drug store early Sunday morning. They were frightened away.


The ladies of the Union Veteran Legion will hold a pipe social in Kipple's hall, Twelfth street, between Seventh and Eighth avenues, to- morrow evening.


A small wreck occurred in the yard just below Twelfth street yesterday afternoon. Two cars of a west-bound freight had their tracks knocked out from under them and the platform along the tracks suffered some damage.


An enjoyable party was given at the residence of Mr. John Robison, at Reservoir, Thursday, the occasion being the anniversary of the birth of Mrs. Robison. There were about thirty people present, all of whom enjoyed the occasion to its fullest extent.


Mrs. Layyah Barakat, the Syrian who was advertised to lecture in the First Presbyterian church on February 13, but who was prevented, will give her illustrated lecture on Thursday, March 13, at 8 p. m., in the First church. Tickets can be had at the drug stores as before.


"Peck's Bad Boy" was given at the opera house on Saturday evening. The performance proved very attractive to the gallery gods, but failed to do so with the larger portion of the audience. The play of "Peck's Bad Boy" should follow the example set by the book of that name - retire from public view.


It is a source of gratification to the persons who had in charge the entertainment given in the opera house Saturday night, the 1st inst., for the benefit of the hospital, that their efforts were so successful. On Friday the committee in charge handed over to the trustees of the hospital $163.50, the net proceeds of the entertainment.


Letters Held at the Postoffice.


Improperly addressed: Miss Effie Riggle, 200 Ninth street; E. P. McCormick, Fourteenth avenue and Twelfth street; John F. Black, First avenue and Seventh street; Mrs. Ellen Connolly, 1320 Fifth avenue; Ezekiel Ames, 2421 Seventh avenue; Mrs. Kate Kuhn, 1109 Seventeenth avenue; Mrs. Jennie Robinson, 1507 Seventh avenue; George Weisman, 1118 Fourth avenue; P. Good, Eleventh avenue; Chalsmore Piper, 810 Ninth street; M. Farabaugh, 1314 Second avenue; Miss Ray Keith, 803 First avenue (2); J. L. Hetrick, 513 Eighth avenue (2); Alex. Hildebrand, 319 Sixth avenue; George Graham, 1128 Eleventh avenue; Samuel Isenberg, 2427 Maple avenue.


For postage - Miss Clara Corbin, Houtzdale, Pa.; Butterick Publishing company, New York.


Death of a Resident of Collinsville.


Mr. William Hampton, an aged and respected resident of Collinsville, died at his residence in that place on Saturday. He was 65 years of age and well and favorably known to many of the older residents of this city, he having come here about thirty-five years ago. He is survived by his wife and one brother. The funeral will leave his late residence at 2.15 p. m. to-day, to proceed to St. Luke's Episcopal church, where services will be conducted at 3 by Rev. A. S. Woodle. Interment in Oak Ridge cemetery.


Citizens Loan and Building Association.


The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Citizens loan and building association for the purpose of electing officers and to transact other business that may be necessary, will be held in Alexander & Herr's association room, on Eleventh avenue, Friday, March 14, at 7 o'clock.


Three hundred shares of stock in the fourth series will be issued. Stock can be had by applying to the following officers: N. C. Barclay, P. H. Kelly, Paul Sharp, J. D. Overcash, Thomas Lynam, John Blake, A. J. Anderson, E. T. O'Friel, Joseph Hoofnagle, John Gwin, E. H. Flick, or to the secretary.


N. C. BARCLAY, President.
H. L. NICHOLSON, Secretary.


People's Building and Logan Association.


The annual meeting of stockholders of the People's Building and Loan Association will be held Thursday, March 13th, at 7:30 p. m., in building association room, 1224 Eleventh avenue, to elect officers and to transact any other business.


A sixth series of three hundred shares will be issued. The books are now open to any who may wish to take stock.


M. H. MACKEY, President.
D. S. KEITH, Secretary




A party of young ladies and gentlemen were very agreeably entertained at the house of Conductor Isaac Berg and family on Spring street Friday evening last, given in honor of their guest, Miss Sallie Tyson, a very pleasant young lady from Philipsburg, Penna.


A meeting of the Citizen's Steam Fire company will be held in their room in the public building this evening at 7.30. A full attendance of the members is requested.


Among the officials who graced our town with their presence on Saturday was John Wighaman and C. Blythe Jones, county commissioners, and John Orr, sheriff. All bent upon official business.


W. N. Multen, of Pittsburgh, assistant state secretary of the Young Men's Christian association, was in town over Sunday and addressed several meetings. He was well received.


The entertainment of the season will be given in the opera house to-morrow (Tuesday) evening, when the Denmam [Denman] Thompson company, in the great play of "The Two Sisters," will occupy the stage. The company is an excellent one and the play a good one, a combination not frequently found, and those of our people who desire to be entertained will miss a grand treat if they fail to attend.


Oliver J. Dannley, of the TRIBUNE force, with his wife, was in town Saturday, called here upon a sad mission in attendance at the funeral service of his mother.


John S. Morrison was visiting friends on the old stamping grounds yesterday, at Mount Union.


George C. Waite will begin to-day, and will be engaged continuously until April 1, as auctioneer at public sales in this and adjoining sections mostly of farm stock and farming implements.


"Procrastination is the thief of time." Procrastination is what time may develop. - Mr. Herald. Do you note the difference?


Dr. G. W. Burket is confined to his home on West Juniata street suffering with neuralgia of the face.


At 3 o'clock yesterday morning, a short distance east of No. 10 bridge, an engine hauling freight from Altoona ran into the cabin car attached to a Tyrone coal train, injuring the engine and wrecking the cabin car. No one hurt.


The remains of Mrs. Eliza Dannley, a former resident of this place, were brought from Ramey station (where she died on last Thursday), on Saturday morning and taken to the Methodist Episcopal church, where funeral services were held, conducted by Rev. George Leidy, after which interment in Tyrone cemetery.


The Blair County Children's Aid society will meet to-morrow afternoon at 2 o'clock in the basement of the Methodist Episcopal church, Logan and Allegheny streets. Ladies of all religious denominations are invited to attend. The main object of this society is to provide homes for orphans and friendless children. This association commends itself to the benevolence and friendly office of all denominations of Christians and those having at heart the best interest of humanity.




Hon. Samuel Calvin was taken ill on Friday last and his condition is regarded as critical. He is suffering from heart failure.


The residence of Mr. A. C. Milliken bas been leased by Mr. P. S. Duncan, who will take possession April 1st. The family of Mr. Milliken will leave for their new home at Pottsville in a few days.


The lecture in the Presbyterian Church on Tuesday evening by Mrs. Layah Barrakat will have an increased interest from the fact that it will be illustrated. Young ladies will be attracted, as Syrian maidens and Syrian children. Mrs. Barrakat is spoken of by those who have heard her as a delightful speaker, and her lecture is full of interest.


Mr. Thomas Woods is on the sick list and it was reported on Saturday that his illness was of a serious nature.


Ralph Bingham, the celebrated boy orator, will be the attraction at the opera house on Saturday night. The history of this phenomenal youth is well known to most of our readers, and many heard him with delight when he appeared at the opera house in this place four years ago. The entertainment is for the benefit of the reading room.


An April Trip to Washington.


On April 3 the Pennsylvania Railroad company will offer a most desirable opportunity of visiting Washington. It is a period of the year when the handsome city wears its most attractive aspect, and it is also a time when the government departments are busiest. Excursion tickets, valid for ten days and bearing stop-over privilege in Baltimore, in either direction, will be sold from Pittsburgh at $10, and at correspondingly low rates from the stations mentioned below. A special train of parlor cars and day coaches will leave Pittsburgh at 8 a. m, but those who prefer to start in the evening may take the trains leaving at 7.15 or 8.10 p. m. The following are the rates and schedule of special train:


City. Rate. Train Leaves.
Pittsburgh $9.00 8.10 A.M.
Cresson 7.35 11.02 A.M.
Martinsburg 7.35 10.00 A.M.
Hollidaysburg 4.35 11.10 A.M.
Altoona 7.35 11.50 A.M.
Bellwood 7.35 12.03 P.M.
Bellefonte 7.25 10.25 A.M.
Clearfield 7.25 9.40 A.M.
Philipsburg 7.25 10.32 A.M.
Osceola 7.25 10.45 A.M.
Tyrone 7.25 12.15 P.M.
Huntingdon 6.65 12.48 P.M.
Bedford 6.65 9.55 A.M.
Mt. Union 6.30 10.09 P.M.
McVeytown 5.95 1.28 P.M.
Lewistown Junction 5.60 1.45 P.M.
Mifflin 5.25 2.05 P.M.
Port Royal 5.15 2.09 P.M.
Newport 4.60 2.35 P.M.
Duncannon 4.20 2.53 P.M.
Washington Ar. 8.15 P.M.


Those who care to make flying side-trips farther south may purchase at Washington reduced rate excursion tickets to Mt. Vernon, Richmond, Petersburg, or Old Point Comfort. Return coupons will be accepted on any train within the limit, except the Pennsylvania limited.


Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Monday, March 10, 1890, page 4




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