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Items from The Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa.,

Monday, March 14, 1898


William Short Tries Suicide to Make His Wife Feel Badly.


William Short, a brakeman, who resides at Sixth avenue and First street, attempted suicide by cutting his throat about 1.30 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Short had been drinking, and when he came home his wife remonstrated with him for his bad conduct. In reply Short seized a razor and drew it across his throat, inflicting a gash about four inches long. His wife seized the razor before he could inflict more than one cut.


The ambulance was summoned and the would-be suicide taken to the hospital, where it was found that the keen-edged blade had missed the arteries and just scraped the windpipe. Short was still wildly drunk when he reached the institution. The cut was stitched up and Short was afterward taken to his home.


"I'll know more about it the next time," he said to the operating physician. "I see where I made a mistake. I didn't cut back far enough."


Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Monday, March 14, 1898, page 1


Freedom's Popular Literary Society - A Number of Personal Notes.


A phonographic entertainment was given in the hall in Freedom Saturday evening.


Hon. Alvin Evans, of Ebensburg, candidate for congress, was a caller in our sanctum last week, as was also W. L. Hicks, esq., candidate for district attorney.


Elder H. B. Brumbaugh, dean of the Bible department at Juniata college, Huntingdon, is delivering a series of lectures in the church here this week on Jerusalem and Palestine.


Mr. F. A. Noffsker, the energetic teacher of the Smith school, Freedom township, gave an entertainment on Tuesday night of last week. A debate was one of the features.


The staff of surgeons at the sanitarium at Roaring Spring performed a successful operation on Mrs. Martha McCormick, of Freedom, last week, removing a cancerous tumor from her side. Mrs. McCormick has many friends who will hope for her speedy recovery.


Mr. A. H. Kane, who has had charge of the blacksmith shop at this place during the past year, leaves this week for Altoona, where he has secured a situation. Mr. Kane is not only a first class mechanic but a good social fellow, who made a host of friends while here who are sorry to hear of his leaving.


The interest in Freedom's popular literary society does not abate with the return of spring. On the contrary the crowd was larger than ever and the entertainment was first-class Friday evening. The monthly election of officers resulted as follows: President, H. M. Sell; vice president, Samuel Strayer; secretary, Miss Ella Gonsman; editor, Miss Sadie Trout. Features of the entertainment were a solo by Miss Mary Ingold, of Hollidaysburg, and Howard McKee, of the same place, a recitation rendered in his inimitable style. These exercises were highly appreciated by the society. The question debated was, "Resolved, That single blessedness is more conducive to happiness than a state of matrimony." M. E. Sell, C. R. Croyle and R. E. Butler represented the affirmative, and J. C. Sell, A. H. Kane, F. A. Noffsker and W. C. Weyant the negative. We need not add that the foregoing is a coterie of Freedom township's handsome bachelors. The judges, three of whom were married, and two single gentlemen, decided unanimously in favor of the negative. The question for debate at the next session is "Resolved, That the editor wields a greater power than the orator."


Accident to Charles Jones - Coming Lecture - Candidates Make Visits.


Mr. Rudolph Sechler, of Mount Union, was a guest of Harry A. Thompson on Saturday.


Colonel Daniel D. Woods departed yesterday at noon on day express on a few days' business trip to Philadelphia.


"A Baggage Check," a farce comedy, James T. Kelly in the leading role, will be the attraction at the academy of music Thursday evening, March 17.


E. F. Spencer, county treasurer of Cambria county and Ed. James, esq., both of Ebensburg, were political visitors in the Central City on Saturday.


Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Weise and baby, Charles, of Altoona, are visiting. Mrs. Weise's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Picher, on Fifteenth street, Tyrone.


Since the fire scorch the department store of D. G. Owens & Co., has been closed, everything being topsy turvy. After a week's arranging the stock and assorting the good from the bad, they will open up this morning.


Under the auspices of company 65, Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias, Dr. H. G. Furbay will deliver his lecture, "Damon and Pythias, or the Mission of the Ideal," in the academy of music Wednesday evening, March 16, at 8 o'clock.


Dr. J. B. Lincoln, relief surgeon, left Saturday at noon on a visit over Sunday to his parents at Lititz, Lancaster county. He took with him the red fox captured by John and Ben Calderwood some ten days ago at the Hundred Springs, after an all day chase.


A large and appreciative audience greeted the Derthick Musical Literary club at its inaugural meeting in Pruner's Arcade on Friday evening. Miss Roberta Barr was elected president and Miss Roberta Flynn, secretary. A very interesting programme was well rendered.


John Wesley Blake, candidate for assembly, H. H. Pensyl and James M. Stiffler, candidates for director of the poor, and Samuel J. Breth, candidate for county treasurer, and William C. Smith, candidate for state delegate at the coming primaries, were interviewing voters in town on Saturday.


Alvin Evans, esq., of Ebensburg, candidate for congressional honors, was an all day visitor on Saturday and took in all the wards in town and met many voters, by whom he was kindly received and greatly encouraged in his canvass. He thinks our town is pretty well spread out and rather hefty republican.


Charles Jones, night clerk at the Ward house, between 3 and 4 o'clock Saturday morning made a misstep and fell down a stairway in the building, alighting on his head on the cement floor of the cellar. When discovered, an hour afterward, he was unconscious. A large gash was cut in his head and his face considerably scratched. Dr. B. J. Fulkerson was called and dressed the wound. He will be all right in a day or so.


In one of the schools of an adjoining township in Huntingdon county the scholars had become somewhat tardy at the morning session. To remedy the growing evil the teacher gave notice that hereafter at 9 a. m., the door would be locked and all seeking admission would have to bring an excuse or they would not be admitted. A day or so afterward all the scholars had assembled promptly on time, and no teacher. Some ten minutes elapsed and the door was bolted. Shortly the teacher came panting and tried the door. No go. Open this door! Can't; it is too late. I say open this door or I will break it in! Have you an excuse? The door was finally unlocked to admit a mad school master.


Body of an Unknown Child Found - Death of Mrs. Ellen Benton.


A special meeting of the borough council will be held this evening to adjust water rent rates for the court house.


The County Capital Building and Loan association will loan $2,000 in sums of $200 and upwards next Monday evening.


Sheriff Adam L. Hare, recognizing the good home advantages of the county capital, will shortly leave the township of Kate and make his permanent residence here.


The remains, partly decomposed, of an infant child were found in the stump of a tree on the ridge above Newry one day last week. The authorities are investigating the circumstances of the affair.


Mr. W. Lovell Baldrige has resigned his position as secretary and treasurer of the Juniata Limestone company, limited. He will assume the management this week of the brick plant of the Portage brick works at the Y switches.


Congressman Josiah D. Hicks, suave of speech and magnetic in greeting, built a straight line of political fencing hereabouts on Saturday. David G. McCullough, of Altoona, and William L. Hicks, esq., of Tyrone, were also engaged in feeling the public pulse of the town.


Hungarian joint whisky was responsible for the scrapping matches in Gaysport on Saturday night and yesterday afternoon. One of the participants had his nose broken in the melee. Dr. George W. Smith restored the injured organ to its natural position.


Ellen, wife of Henry Benton, died at her home in Bucyrus, O., on Saturday morning. She is survived by her husband and four children. The deceased was a native of Hollidaysburg, and also resided in Altoona for many years. Mrs. Hannah Hewit, of this place, is a sister. The funeral will occur at Bucyrus tomorrow.


The Blair county criminal courts will convene here this morning at 9 o'clock. Jurors will report for duty at 10 o'clock. District Attorney Hammond's calendar of cases is unusually small, and the labors of the court will be correspondingly light. The six Shay-Clark burglary prosecutions will form the county capital's contribution.


The Excelsior Social club, with thirty-nine members on its rolls, now has its headquarters in the Wolf block. The club is officered as follows: President, John Riley; vice president, Ed. Lowe; secretary, John A. Fox; assistant secretary, Samuel Cooper; treasurer, John Kitzinger; directors, Charles Smith, George Bender, Charles Benton.


Michael Campbell, a brother of Morris Campbell, the Gaysport bridge barber, is a sailor in Admiral Sicard's fleet at Key West. In his last letter he writes that there is every prospect of war. Everybody engaged, nobody idle, supplies of ammunition coming down on every boat. He further states that, judging from the formidable appearance of our men-of-war, Spain would not last long.


Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Monday, March 14, 1898, page 2


A Pleasant Social Event.


A very enjoyable birthday party was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. Trout, No. 230 Cherry avenue, Saturday evening. The following persons were present: Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Glasgow, Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Moore, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. White, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lloyd, Mr. and Mrs. A. Pataschke, Mr. and Mrs. M. Stover, Misses Minnie Trout, Minnie Glasgow, Della Johnson, Anna Clark, Bertha Brant; Messrs. James Glasgow, sr., James Glasgow, Jr., of Bellwood.


The party spent the evening in a pleasant social way. Games and music were the principal features of the evening. Refreshments were served at an early hour, when the guests departed for their homes, expressing themselves highly pleased with their evening's entertainment.


Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Monday, March 14, 1898, page 3


Gleanings from the Aldermanic Offices and the Police Station.


Mayor Barr and his friends have been chewing free gum recently. A prisoner arrested some time ago left a valise filled with gum as security and never returned to claim the stuff.


John Sheehan, who was arrested some months ago on the charge of highway robbery, has been held for court in the sum of $200 bail. He could have settled the case by returning the stolen money and paying costs, but he refused.


The Spanish highwayman who held a man up in the woods below Tyrone last September was captured at Uniontown on Saturday, and was returned to Tyrone on fast line this morning.


The minor arrests by the police for Saturday were: One drunk by Officer Watson, one drunk by Officer Tompkins, one fighter by Officer Orner, two drunks by Officer Clymer.


Cloyd Dean was run in Saturday night by Officers Vaughn and Watson on the charges of drunkenness and disorderly conduct.


John O'Neil is serving a seventy-two hour sentence for drunkenness and resisting arrest.


Sue [sic] Moore, the boxer, was arrested on Saturday by Sergeant Peters for street fighting.


Pat Hollingshead is serving a forty-eight hour sentence for drunkenness and fighting.


Frank Harris, arrested by Officer Heddinger for interfering with an officer, was fined $15 yesterday.


Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Monday, March 14, 1898, page 4


One Near McGarvey's and the other at Tyrone Station
Struck by a Train and Found Dead - His Head Was Crushed In - Other Victim Was John F. Aurandt.


William Allen, a miner employed by W. H. Piper & Co. at Lilly, was found dead along the Pennsylvania railroad at McGarvey early yesterday morning. The back of his head was crushed in, his left leg was broken below the knee and his right arm dislocated, showing that he had probably been struck by a train while walking on the tracks.


Allen, who resided near Lilly, left his home about 9 o'clock Saturday night to come to this city, where he intended visiting his brother-in-law, Walter Miller, who resides near BO office. Not finding Mr. Miller at home, he boarded a freight train to ride back to Lilly, but was put off. After this experience he probably started to walk back to his home, but nothing more was heard of him until the body was found.


The remains were picked up and brought to this city where Undertaker Rollins took charge of them. The body was identified by papers found in the pockets, and the news of the death telegraphed to the family. Sherman Allen, a brother of the deceased, came to Altoona yesterday afternoon and directed that the body be shipped back to Lilly on an afternoon train. This was done.


Coroner McCartney investigated the death yesterday afternoon and decided that an inquest was unnecessary.


The deceased was aged 37 years and leaves a wife and eight children. He is survived by his mother who resides in Johnstown; two brothers, Sherman, of Lilly, and Frank, of Apollo, besides three sisters who reside in various parts of the state.




The TRIBUNE is indebted to its Tyrone correspondent for the following:


John F. Aurandt, acting conductor of an east bound beef train, was killed instantly at this station on Saturday evening at 7.10 o'clock. His train had waited the passage of mail express east, No. 12, and had commenced moving and at the time of the accident was running at the rate of four miles an hour. Mr. Aurandt was passing over the cars on his way to the cabin. He had just spoken to Brakeman H. S. Liddick, and going from one car to the next he missed his footing and fell between the cars and onto the track, the wheels passing over him. His body was cut in twain and otherwise terribly mangled. Death was instantaneous. The remains were picked up and carried to the surgical rooms. Dr. George W. Burket was summoned but his services were not needed. The remains were afterward taken to the undertaking establishment of Burley & Graham and prepared for burial. Coroner T. C. McCartney came to town on Pacific express in the evening and returned home on oyster express yesterday morning, deeming an inquest unnecessary. The remains were placed in a casket and sent on day express at noon yesterday to his late home at Harrisburg, Pa. He was aged about 35 years and was married, but had no children. Engine 1338, Engineer J. H. Gallagher, Fireman H. T. Stewart, was hauling the train.


One Keen Crook Has a Clever Scheme for Collecting Money from Renters.


A clever, gentlemanly fellow, who struck the town during the early portion of last week, has been identified as a swindler who has been operating extensively in Altoona, collecting rents fraudulently. Saturday morning he went to the residence of J. Nelson, in Juniata, and represented that he had bought the house from Mr. E. S. Forney and asked to have the rent paid up to date. After collecting $6 he departed, promising to make extensive repairs to the house.


The same man visited six other properties which Mr. Forney is renting, relating his tale with variations everywhere.


At the residence of John T. McDowell, 1504 Third avenue, he collected $10 by his scheme, representing that he had bought the house from M. A. Green. Reports from all the real estate men in town indicate that the fellow worked extensively and probably secured a handsome sum altogether.


As soon as Mr. Forney heard of the matter he started out on a still hunt. From the description given him, he recognized the swindler as a man from Johnstown with whom he had been in conversation several times. A close search by the police Saturday night showed that the rogue had left town. He is described as being a handsome, well dressed man, weighing about 170 pounds, with a gray mustache.




During yesterday morning's church service two young fellows called at the parsonage of the Church of God and asked for Mrs. C. D. Rishel. When the lady appeared at the door one of the men asked if she was the mother of David Rishel. After receiving a reply in the affirmative, one of the men said: "Your son David is down at Marks's cigar store and he sent us up for his gold watch."


"My son is over in church and he has his watch with him," Mrs. Rishel replied.


"Are you sure of this?" she was asked.


"Certainly," remarked the lady. Seeing that their game had failed the fellows departed hastily. The young men wore mustaches and side whiskers, which, it is thought, were false.


Two Aged Gentlemen Pass Away - Estimable Lady Dead.


Mr. Martin Shoemaker died suddenly at the residence of his nephew, John Shoemaker, 516 Fourth avenue, at 8 o'clock Sunday morning. He had been in his usual health, and when seated at the breakfast table suddenly complained of a pain in the region of his heart. He went into an adjoining room, while his nephew sent for a physician. Hearing a footstep, he went to the front door, scarcely reaching there before he heard a noise in the room. Quickly returning he was just in time to catch his uncle, who was in the act of falling. Death carne while he was in this position. The cause was pronounced neuralgia of the heart.


Mr. Shoemaker was born in Baden, Germany, and was 79 years of age on the 10th of October last. He came to the United States about 1872 and until some five months ago resided in the vicinity of Tipton. His house was burned and since then he lived with his nephew here. He was twice married, both wives being dead. Two daughters survive him, being Mrs. Lena Speak, of near Tipton, and Mrs. Hannah Reisman, living in the west. He also leaves one brother, Andrew Shoemaker, of this city. By trade he was a carpenter and his last illness was comparatively his first one. He was a member of St. Mark's Roman Catholic church. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.




At twenty minutes after 2 o'clock, Saturday afternoon, Mr. William McCaulley, a well-known and much respected citizen of Blair county, died at the residence of Mr. Douglass McCartney, near Juniata. He had been confined to his bed about four weeks and death was the result of infirmities incident to old age.


Deceased was born in Antis township, this county, on June 30, 1822, being 75 years, 8 months and 12 days old. He was reared in the county and before and after the civil war was one of the leading republican politicians in the county. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in company G, of the Twelfth Pennsylvania volunteer cavalry, and served during the entire war. In 1880 he removed to McKean county, where he lived until 1893, when he returned to Logan township.


He is survived by six daughters: Mrs. John H. Dougherty, of Dougherty Mines; Mrs. Samuel Kratzer, of Ashville; Mrs. William Perry, of Coalport; Mrs. W. S. Bookwalter and Mrs. May Kingston, of Altoona, and Mrs. H. K. Ash, of Burnt Cabins, Fulton County, and one son, William Allen, of Chippewa Falls, Wis. Two brothers, Robert, of Mt. Jewett, McKean county, and Thomas D., of Logan township, and one sister, Mrs. Douglass McCartney, also survive.


Funeral services will be held at the home of Douglass McCartney this afternoon at 2 o'clock; interment in Fairview cemetery.


(McKean county papers please copy.)




Bertha E., wife of Elmer G. Christian, died at her home, 2918 Walnut avenue, at 4.20 o'clock Saturday morning of heart disease, after an illness of four months. Deceased was born in Alexandria, Pa., September 21, 1869, and was consequently aged 28 years, 5 months, and 21 days. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Ayres, 2911 Broad avenue, who survive her, together with her husband, three sisters and two brothers, as follows: Mrs. Annie Snoberger, Mrs. Maud Hall and Miss Lillian, of Millville: Charles and George L., of Pittsburg, and one son, J. Herbert, at home. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran church, Millville, for many years.


Funeral services will be held at her late home this afternoon at 1 o'clock, conducted by her pastor, Rev. E. J. Metzler. Interment will follow in Carson Valley cemetery.




Catharine, 5 weeks old, daughter of John J. and Catharine Molloy, died at the parents' boarding place, the Franklin house, yesterday morning. Private funeral this afternoon at 2.30 o'clock.


Wendell Phillips Lodge of Odd Fellows, No. 2513.


The thirteenth anniversary of the Wendell Phillips lodge, No. 2513, Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, will be celebrated in the Sixteenth street A .M. E. church this evening at 8 o'clock, by the rendition of the following programme:


Ceremony, Opening Ode. Lodge
Prayer, Chaplain. Rev. J. H. Toliver
Address of Welcome. Rev. W. N. Young
Response, behalf of order. Rev. E. D. Tyler
Singing, "Let Us Go Forth" Choir
Master Ceremony, Wendell Phillips Lodge. J. B. Posey
Singing, "The Light of the Sabbath Eve" Choir
Address, The History of the Order. W. A. Jackson
Solo, "Left by Angel Hands Ajar" Miss A. Jackson
Address, Fraternity - Its Adaptability to All Stations in Life. D. B. Parker
Duette, "Ashamed of Jesus Never" Misses M. Tyler and E. Kelly
Address. The Spirit and Power of Odd Fellowship. D. Keith
Singing, "Worthy was the Lamb that was Slain" Choir
Collection. G. W. Green
Singing, "Sing Unto the Lord" Choir
Ceremony, Closing Ode. Lodge
Prayer, Chaplain. Rev. J. H. Toliver


Social entertainers, Messrs. Taylor, Green, Stuard, Howe, Dangerfield and Lewis. Entertainment free. Ice cream and cake will also be given away.


(Evening papers please copy.)


The Pool Tournament.


The third night's play in Altoona-Johnstown pool tournament in progress at J. S. Stier's cigar store on Saturday night resulted: O. E. McGough, 125; Mead Long, 99.


Messrs. O'Brien and Carey will play to-night. The tournament is attracting a great many people to the rooms, many of the games being exceptionally well played.


Marriage Record.


The following marriage license was granted by J. L. Hartman, esq., clerk of the orphans' court, at Hollidaysburg, since our last report:


To William W. Keisler, of Altoona, and Ella McElwee, of Harrisburg.


He Turns out to Be a Well-Known Young Man Around Town.


About 9 o'clock Saturday evening while Mrs. Jack McGarvey was passing the corner of Fifth avenue and Thirteenth street, she was attacked by a man of the "hugger" variety. The lady screamed and attracted help, but the man jumped over a fence, ran across lots and escaped.


About an hour later while two young ladies were passing down Thirteenth street, they were accosted near Sixth avenue by a young fellow who gave one of the girls a good, old-time hug around the neck. The girls screamed and ran. Driver Joe Kruise of No. 2 fire engine company saw the affair from the engine house and captured the young man after a sprint. The prisoner was taken to the mayor's office, where his identity was established as Horace P. Knight. He was released on security, pending a hearing. Yesterday afternoon he called on the ladies and apologized for the escapade.


Savage Held for Court.


The case against the four members of the Juniata Gap Union church, who were charged with disturbing a religious meeting, was concluded by Alderman O'Toole Saturday evening. James Savage was held for court under $200, the remaining three defendants being discharged. Alderman O'Toole did his best to have the case settled out of court, but both sides are stubborn and get in their determination to fight it out to the last.


Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Monday, March 14, 1898, page 5


Third Annual Statement of the Juniata Board Recently Presented.


The following is the report of the board of health of Juniata borough, recently submitted to council:


GENTLEMEN - The board of health takes pleasure in submitting to you its third annual report for the year ending December 31, 1897.


On the third Tuesday of January, 1897, the board met at the office of the president, Dr. R. J. Hillis, and organized for the year's work by re electing Dr. Hillis president and U. G. Pheasant secretary, and reappointing our very efficient health officer Mr. E. C. Kinch. During the year Mr. I. R. McNeel resigned as a member of our board and, at our request, your body appointed Mr. M. T. Cox to fill the unexpired term of Mr. McNeel.


While we do not claim perfection, we do believe that the sanitary condition of our town is as good as the most sanguine could hope for under existing circumstances. Many things brought to our notice were only temporarily improved, because we did not wish to subject anyone to expense in the face of the great financial crisis through which we were passing, unless absolutely necessary, but in view of the fact that times are improving, and believing that permanent improvements are more economical in the end, we promise more and better sanitary improvements the coming year.


In our report for 1896 we urged the introduction of water into our borough and a complete sewer system. We are very glad the water has been supplied. We believe that with a few minor improvements our water system, and the water itself, would be second to none in Central Pennsylvania. This board had the pleasure of personally inspecting the reservoir and the stream supplying it, and found nothing in either that would render the water impure. The only suggestion we have to make regarding the reservoir is that a substantial fence be erected around it, and if possible prevent anyone from driving through or in any way trespassing along the streams which supply the reservoir. We believe your honorable body has the fencing of the reservoir in contemplation, but we wish to impress you with the fact that the project cannot be carried out too soon.


In regard to a sewer system, we are aware the same seems a great way off because of the present indebtedness of the borough occasioned by the introduction of water, but if in some way you could give the borough this much needed system, it would result in a great deal of good to its inhabitants. We trust that ere we render our report for 1898 some move will have been made in this direction.


We wish to say to you, and to all the citizens of the borough that our dealings with all with whom we have had business the past year were impartial, and our decisions were such as we thought would result in the most good for all concerned and for the public at large.


During the coming year we earnestly hope for your hearty co- operation, and the co-operation of all good citizens who have the health of our people at heart in carrying out the health laws of our state, that we may have nothing to regret one year hence.


Following is a financial and statistical summary:




Cash from licenses - $5.00
Cash from permits - 13.25
Cash from fines - 0
Total - $18.25




Salary of officers - $145.00
Abating nuisances - 14.25
Stationery, printing, etc. - 13.25
Total - $190.75




Ministers - 3
Physicians - 2
Aldermen - 2
Scavengers - 2
Marriages - 2




From disease - 12
Accident - 1
Suicide - 1




Male - 31
Female - 36




By order of health officer - 53
By official notice - 6




Typhoid fever - 3
Scarlet fever - 0
Diphtheria - 6


Respectfully submitted, U. G. PHEASANT, Secretary.


Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Monday, March 14, 1898, page 7


Brief Notes of Happenings in and About the City.


Maple trees are blooming.


Spring oniyns [sic] and radishes are on the market.


Mr. John A. Lauver has retired from the Times company and will henceforth engage in farming near Bellwood.


George, the 7-year-old son of George Wymer, of Millville, broke his right arm on Friday evening in falling off a fence.


Mr. P. J. Riley, formerly with Julius Blumenthal, but now representing the Imperial Cigar company of Lancaster, is in the city.


Miss Linda S. Garrett, of Bordentown, N. J., who has been visiting friends in Altoona for the past three weeks, returned to her home on Saturday.


Both branches of city council meet this evening in adjourned sessions. It is probable the appropriation ordinance will be considered in committee of the whole.


On Saturday last Mr. William W. Keister and Miss Ella McElwee, both of Altoona were married by the Rev. G. M. Hoke at the Simpson Methodist Episcopal church parsonage.


The house belonging to the Turner estate, and located on Chestnut avenue opposite Seventh street, is being changed into a double dwelling. It was formerly used for the purpose of stores.


The Huntingdon Daily Local News suspended publication on Saturday. The Semi-Weekly News, however, will be continued. The daily was essentially a local paper and gave all the local happenings. The semi-weekly will now step into the breach and fill the vacancy.


The official ticket as furnished by County Chairman Patterson for next Saturday's primaries is being printed at the TRIBUNE office. Candidates desiring extra tickets for distribution should place their orders early this week. All orders will receive prompt attention and be furnished on short notice.


Some miscreant during Saturday night threw about half a bushel of offal at the west end of the Twelfth street bridge in the street. Chicken heads, a calf head and the entrails of animals constituted the "mess." Dr. Charles Long, president of the board of health, offers $5 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the guilty parties.


That Was the Verdict Rendered in the Tighe Case.


The coroner's jury in the Patrick Tighe case met at Coroner McCartney's store Saturday afternoon to hear the testimony of Drs. William M. Findley and Horace R. Smith who performed the post mortem examination. The physicians found a blood clot in the heart - very ample cause for sudden death.


After taking the physicians' sworn statement, the jury, after a short deliberation, rendered a verdict that Tighe's death "was due to natural causes."


An Altoona Man in Serious Trouble Over Collections.


James M. Sissler, of this city, who has been acting as agent for Weldon & Co., a merchandising house in Pittsburg, has been held for court under $300 bail, on the charge of embezzling $364.74. It is alleged that Sisler collected this money in his capacity as agent, but failed to hand it in.


The man was arrested by Constable McFeely and the hearing took place before Alderman O'Toole on the 9th inst. The magistrate withheld his decision until the 11th inst., when he decided to hold Sissler for court. Attorney R. A. Henderson appeared for the defendant and Madden & Heinsling for the prosecution.


The Two Bills.


On account of an advertisement sent out by our hustling druggist Mr. W. H. Irwin, of corner Eleventh avenue and Sixteenth street, some of our citizens jumped at the conclusion that our estimable and worthy candidate for register and recorder W. H. Irwin, had withdrawn from the race. This was wrong and Druggist William Henry Irwin, corner Eleventh avenue and Sixteenth street, had no desire to convey such an impression. Druggist Irwin wants the public to distinctly understand that William Hamilton Irwin, register and recorder, office in McCullough block, is a candidate for register and recorder and is in the race to stay; also that William Henry Irwin, not a candidate for office, is in the drug business and desires your patronage.


(We desire to say that the above explanation was not solicited by any member of the TRIBUNE staff and we believe it is an honorable effort to correct what might be an injury to Recorder Irwin. - Eds. TRIBUNE.)


Morning Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Monday, March 14, 1898, page 8




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