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Bellefonte, Pa., Dec. 25, 1896.
P. GRAY MEEK, - -
Our Christmas Greeting.
This Christmas number marks the com-
pletion of the forty-first year of the DEM-
OCRATIC WATCHMAN’S existence. It is
presented with the hope that within its
bright cover will be found stories and news
of holiday cheer and importance. It has
been our aim to furnish a newspaper that
Js at once comprehensive and reliable; how
well we have succeeded remains for our
thousands of readers to judge.
The function of a country newspaper is
an important one in the community in
which it circulates. It can be a lever for
good or evil, as it elects. The WATCHMAN
tries to do good. It tries to elevate and
hold up the community and it is that am-
bition that prompts it to wish all: free
man and convict, noblest and most debas-
ed, richest and most lowly, a season of
greatest happiness and cheer ; feeling
that in the gladness of Christmas tide some
one might be touched by the sweetness of a
God’s love and come to know its donor.
May all the brightness and splendor that
greets you on Christmas morn not prove an
illusion on the horoscope of the New Year,
but rather may it be an abiding joy.
To the poor and wretched who know not
the ideal festal season may the Christ child
be their comfort, their satisfying all.
These would be much brighter days if
the promised boom that was to follow the
success of the ‘‘advance agent of pros-
perity,” was materializing in any way.
Unfortunately for the coantry—unfor-
tunately for the people—there is neither
promise nor prospect of any such improve-
ment in times, as was predicted and an-
ticipated, nor is it probable thas there will
be any during the next four years.
The little business spurt that was notice-
ablefor a few days after the election, and
was occasioned by the placing of orders
that had been held back for political effect
has already run its course and the markets
of the country are again glutted with goods
that the masses need but cannot buy be-
cause of the want of money, while fac-
tories are closing down, wages falling,
prices getting lower, people going hungry
and naked, with every prospect of an inter-
minable continuation of this condition of
affairs staring us in- the face.
In fact, for many, many years, the out-
look has not been as unpromising as it is
to-day ; seven weeks after the suocess of the
party that pledged so much and promised
And now that it is in power and has
complete control of all the departments of
government what is to be expected.
The great need of the country is more
money—more money with which to buy ;
more money with which to pay ; more
money that people can purchase that which
they need ; and when they can do this
there will be a demand for everything we
make and everything we produce, and that
demand will start our factories and mills,
and give permanent employment and pay-
ing wages to the tens of thousands of now
idle or poorly paid working men.
But the party that succeeded, through
the combined influence of the trusts, bank
syndicates, corporations, tariff beneficiaries
and other agents of the money power, is
pledged against more money and dare not
violate that pledge. To attempt a change
in our currency laws, that will give the
people an increased amount of money with
which to do business, is to go squarely
back on the inerests that furnished six-
teen millions of dollars to debauch voters,
and buy success for the monetary policy
that MCKINLEY and his party will be
expected to and must carry out. It is this
~ influence that will control—that should
control—the financial policy of the incom-
“ing administration and its control will
continue the contracting grip of the gold
standard, which means that money will be
made scarcer and dearer ; that the value of
farm products and property will continue
to diminish ; that the increasing apprecia-
tion of money will keep it out of business
investments, it being too valuable for any-
thing but lending at exorbitant rates of
interests to prevent the foreclosing of
mortgages or to meet pressing debts, aad, |
as a consequence, a more stringent condi-
tion of affairs than that through which we
have already passed will be upon us.
It is this situation that confronts wus and
we may as well look it squarely in the
face and recognize existing facts. The Re-
publican party, may try to tinker with the
tariff, but this will only add to the doubt
and distrust that hangs overall business ;
it may try to direct public attention to
questions of foreign policy, but this will
not mend matters at home ; it may even
change the currenoy laws, bus if so it will
be to more effectually benefit the money
lenders of the country. I$ will not—it
dare not, give us more money, and without
more money there can be no hope of better
This is our prediction, a prediction based
upon an honest belief, and which, for the
sake of the people and the prosperity of the
country, we hope may prove wrong.
——Ham and eggs usually go together
on the stage, as well as on the table.
The Danger is From Other Sources.
We had expected that when the excite-
ment and asperities of the campaign were
past we would hear less from the friends
of a gold standard about the ‘‘anarchy’’
that influenced the action of the Democrat-
ic people. And had even hoped that from
some of the advocates of a continuation of
the then existing condition, we would have
at least a partial apology for the many ugly
things published and the many foul insin-
uations made against the good name and
‘the good repute of millions of the Ameri-
These expectations seem destined to be
unrealized and these hopes doomed to dis-
appointment. Papers that should and do
know better, and papers whose former pro-
fession should make ita work of pleasure
for them to undo the great wrong done an
honest, an intelligent and patriotic people,
continue braying about the ‘‘anarchy’’ that
would destroy our present currency system,
and the ‘‘dishonor’’ that would follow such
changes as would give ussufficient money
for the needs of business. Just as if ‘‘an-
archy’’ and ‘‘dishonor’’ and ‘‘dishonesty’’
was part and parcel of the belief and pur-
poses of all who do not believe in the
single gold standard and the constricted
money conditions it has brought about.
The truth is the public has grown tired
and disgusted with the efforts of a subsi-
dized press to discredit and dishonor the
motive of the great body of people who
voted the Democratic ticket, at the recent
election, by classifying them among those
whose purpose it is to trample law and or-
der underfoot and to upturn the founda-
tion of society. The people know, and
every honest citizen recognizes that the
contest of the Democratic party was not
that anarchistic principle should succeed or
that lawlessness and dishonesty should
triumph, but that the rule of trusts and
syndicates, of monopolies and corporations,
of the insolent and oppressive power of
over grown money interests, should not be
fastened upon the people to harrass and
oppress, to tax and to rob them.
Between these influences and the doc-
trines of anarchists there is but little dif-
ference. Both would destroy the hope, the
glory and the usefulness of the Republic.
They would leave naught but distress and
desolation in their wake. The one through
lawless means, the other under cover of
law. The Democratic party is against both.
But itis not from the ‘‘anarchist’’ or
‘“‘repudiationists’’ that danger to this coun-
try now threatens. The advocates of these
are open enemies, with courage enough to
avow their purposes and foolish enough to
exploit their expectations, to a public that
will neither approve the one nor submit to
the other. >
It is from a different class, entirely,
that most danger is to be feared, from
the men who pervert the govermental func-
tions to purposes of olass favoritism ; who
shape fiscal and currency policies to their
own advantage and with undisguised in-
difference to the injury inflicted upon the
masses ; who corrupt the elections in order
to secure the kind of government that will
promote the aggrandizement of their class
and make the general interest subordinate
to the profits of industrial monopolies and
money dealing syndicates ; who criminally
limit the currenoy to a single standard that
it may be brought within the easy control
of a money trust ; and who seek to tax the
public for the benefit of pampered favorites.
These are the real ‘anarchists,’ far more
dangerous to the country, and far more
desperate in their endeavors, than all those
who follow the leadership of HERR MosT.
It isto these influences and the men
back of them that the honest newspaper
pen of the country, will turn its atten-
——The WATCHMAN acknowledges, with
appreciation, the receipt jof ‘‘Sketches in
Crude Oil,” by rely. MCLAURIN,
author, Harrisburg, Pa. “It is a compre-
hensive volume of four hundred or more
pages, finely illustrated with half-tone
reproductions of photographs, and deals
with the history of the oil product of the
globe. All the excitement of boomed oil
territories, well shooting, and nitro-glyc-
erine men, lend to the interest of the
volume and make it highly entertaining
reading. It is substantially bound in
cloth and printed on plate paper. The
history of the oil development of the globe
carries with it many thrilling stories of
the opening of the fields in all countries,
so that Mr. MCLAURIN’S work is of ab-
sorbing interest, aside from its value as a
reference book. He is author of the
works : “A Brief History of Petroleum’
and ‘‘The Story of Johnstown.”
——And now it is rumored that ex-
judge Furst has gubernatorial aspirations ;
that he will be a candidate for successor to
Gov. HASTINGS and has already so in-
formed his friends. We don’t know any-
thing as to the authenticity of the rumor,
and we know less of the Judge’s political as-
pirations, but we do know that by the time
his ex-honor gets the bill of costs, that are
sure to follow the MILLER contest, and for
which he is held largely responsible, sad-
dled upon the people of the county, it will
take greater efforts than he has ever been
known to exert, to secure him that back-
ing at home, that would be of benefit in
securing a state nomination.
——The bill that is now before Congress
to stop the sale of intoxicating liquor in
the Senate and House restaurants is likely
to tickle the temperance people. If the
bill passes there will be lots of members
who will have to ran down onto the Ave-
nue very frequently to have the tickling in
heir throats stopped.
A Hungry Pack
0, no, they are not a bit hungry ! They
don’t want office! They are not after pub-
lic salaries ! They don’t want places, not a
bit of it, you see.
In this county there are 63 post offices.
Six of these are so situated that no changes
in the persons running them are likely to
be made, leaving 57 that will be subject to
such changes as the incoming administra-
tion may see proper to make. To fill these
57 places, some of which are worth less
than $50 a year, we have in our possession,
the names of two hundred and twenty-
nine Republican applicants, an average of
over four to a post office. There is one
commissioners’ clerk to be chosen, and
eleven applications have been filed for that
position.’ There is one commissioners’ at-
torney to be selected, and five Republican
lawyers have signified their desire to be the
chosen one. There is a janitor for the
court house, and thirteen able bodied Re-
publicans are hustling around, trying to
bring influences to bear upon the commis-
sioners, that will land them as chief of the
dust-pan and spittoon department. A
Democrat was elected sheriff by a majority
of 16 and the Republicans have begun a
contest, to secure that office, that promises
to put upon the tax-payers of the county
costs that will not be less than ten, and
may reach twenty, thousand dollars. This
is only the local situation. How many
scores of applicants for positions at Har-
risburg, Washington and elsewhere there
may be among these purely patriotic (?)
people we have no means of ascertaining.
And yet they are not, politically, a
hungry crowd ! No, the pinched entrails of
a South African hyena are mild in their
demands for food, when compared to the
desire of a Centre county Republican for
——If the QUAY peopledefeat WANA-
MAKER as badly as they profess to have
him defeated now there won’t be anything
left of poor old JOHN to tell the tale after
the fight for United States Senator is over.
It is one of QUAY’S shifts, however, to do
as much scaring us possible before the real
fight comes off. You remember how he
scared the combiners, the night before the
election for state chairman, in Harrisburg,
by having his delegates parade, and having
more than enough men in line, whether
credited or fake delegates, to show that he
had a majority.
——The latest is that the celery erop of
Kalamazoo, Mich., lies rotting in the
ground because political disturbances spoil-
ed its market. Since celery is said to be a
brain maker this oondition of under-con-
sumption explains the recent Republican
victory. The masses didn’t eat enough celery
to bring them into a state of mind in which
they could realize their real need.
‘We welcome to the Central Penn-
sylvania newspaper fraternity Messrs. GR.
E. OWENS, ex-commissioners’ clerk, and
CHAT HOWE, two Clearfield gentlemen,
who have purchased the Republican of that
——It was all right for his gold friends
to give chairman GIVEN a dinner at the
Art club, in Philadelphia, but giving him
a silver loving cup was all wrong. It
ought to have been a gold one.
——Cambria and Blair counties will
more than likely instruct their Represen-
tatives to vote for PENROSE for the United
——Congressmen want their salaries raised
from $5,000 to $7,000. This is only a por-
tion of the prosperity we are all after.
——The Altoona Daily News, whieh is
Congressman HICK’S new paper, is out for
PENROSE for United States Senate.
——Governor HASTINGS has announced
that he is going to advise the coming Legis-
lature to do much for education.
Spain Was Denounced.
NEW YORK, December 21.—Two great
demonstrations in favor of struggling Cuba
took place in this city to-night. One was
o street parade of the organization called
‘The Friends of Cuba ;"’ the other was a
mass meeting at Cooper Union called by:
the Cuban League of the United States.
Several thousand men took part in the
street parade and many thousands lined
the sidewalks and cheered enthusiastically
along the line of march. An American
flag was carried at the head of each battal-
ion, with two Cuban soldiers as escorts.
A number of transparencies were
shown, illustrating Spanish massacres.
One showing the killing of Maceo bore the
title, ‘‘Spain’s latest triumph in murdering
under the flag of truce.’’ :
Cooper Union was packed to the doors
when the meeting of the Cuban league was
called to order by its president, Ethan
Allen, a lineal descendant of the general of
the same name of revolutionary fame.
The list of vice presidents was read and in-
cluded the names of some of New York’s
foremost and richest citizens, among them
being Governor Morton and Governor elect
Speeches denouncing Spain were made
and resolutions condemning the Spanish
government in strong terms and favoring
Cuban liberty even at the price of war.
Italy With Us.
A Motion Regarding Cuba to belntroduced in the
Chamber of Deputies.
RoME, December 21.—In the chamber of
deputies to-day a member of the radical
party gave notice of his intention to intro-
duce a motion expressing the sympathy of
the chamber of deputies with the Cuban
insurgents. The Marquis Di Rudini,
prime minister, intimates that the min-
istry would opppose the adoption of such a
motion by the chamber. His remarks
evoked violent protests on the part of the
radical’s. In the course of the discussion
Signor Imbriani, the radical leader, declar-
ed that his party at least would join the
American and other civilized people in
hoping that the Cubans might be victor-
ious in their struggle for freedom.
They Look For War.
Spanish Newspapers Think There Will Be Trouble
MADRID. Deo. 21.—The newspapers ‘‘El
Imparial el Heraldo’’ and ‘‘El Liberal”
do not believe that a pacific solution is
possible of the problem of Spanish relations
with the United States. They consider that
Mr. Olney’s utterances are simply those
of a secretary, and that they carry little
weight with the great body of American
citizens, in whom, it is pointed out, is the
fountain of all power, overruling hoth the
legislative and the executive.
These newspapers express the belief that
Congress, backed by public opinion in the
United States, is bent upon gaining inde-
pendence for the Cubans. Mr. McKinley,
they say, will also follow public opinion
and his own convictions and will declare
the independence of Cuba and terminate
the war in the island, even at the cost of
armed intervention by the United States,
if the war shall be prolonged beyond the
month of March, when he assumes the
Presidency. The Republican press express-
es similar views, urging the necessity of the
government preparing for war with the
The revolutionary Republicans, headed
by Nicholas Salmeron, who defended Julio
Sanguily, the American citzen held in Cuba
for treason and conspiracy, upon his appeal
to the Madrid court from the Havana court,
purpose entering upon a strong propaganda
in the Spanish provinces and preparing for
a revolutionary action.
‘El Heraldo’’ asserts that the minister
of war, General Azcarraga, is preparing
numerous pamphlets on the geography,
typography and military condition of the
United States to the chief officers of the
No Money for Ships.
Lack of Funds Will Curtail all Repair Work—E ighteen
Hundred Men to be Laid Off.
NEW YORK, Dec. 21.—Now that there is
a possibility of the ships of the navy being
called upon at any time for active service,
there comes a report that for lack of suffi-
cient funds that work of making repairs to
the vessels at the navy yard will have to be
curtailed. Only the most urgent repairs
to some of the ships will be made, while
many of the vessels now tied up to the
docks at the navy yard will have to be
sent to sea in the condition they are in at
There are several ships now at the navy
yard awaiting repairs. Others are on their
way to the yard. With the exception of
the flagship New York, the battleship
Massachusetts and the corvette Essex no
repairs are being made to the other vessels,
which are the cruisers Columbia, Mont-
gomery, Marblehead and the monitor
The appropriation of $2,000,000 that had
been made for repairing the vessels until
the next appropriation becomes available,
which will be in June, 1897, has been re-
duced to less than $100,000, and this will
be expended within the next ten days..
Most of the repairing to the ships has been
done at the navy yard at this station.
Many of the men had been kept at work
night and day, getting the vessels ready
for service. There are more than 1,800
men employed in the various departments
connected with the yard.
‘‘When this matter concerning Spain
came up,’”’ said an officer, ‘‘nearly every
ship near a navy yard was ordered to be
repaired and made ready for efficient ser-
vice, not only with the Aslantie, but with
the Pacific squadron. A large number of
men were given employment. Now the
available funds are about exhausted and
the work of repairing the vessels is not half
completed. The men will have to be dis-
charged, as there will be no money with
which to pay them.” ;
Never in the history of the navy has
there been such activity at this station.
Ships have heen repaired which, under
ordinary circumstances, would have been
put out of commission.
Insurgents Near Havana.
Attacked d Garrison Within Two Miles cf the Cap-
ital and Made Them Run.—They May Attack The
Town.—Dr. Zertucha in Hiding and Waiting a
Chance to Leave.—Public Trial for Pubblicity.
HAVANNA, Dec. 21, via Key West Fla.
—The superior court has by decree, dated
December 15; ordered the president of the
criminal court to appoint two other magis-
trates, who, with three who already had
charge, Valpoz Pages, Recorda, Maya and
Jose Novoy Garcia, shall make a bench of
five to give Julio Sanguillo Govit a public
hearing. The accused has been instructed
to name a new advocate, as Don Miguel
Veondi, who was the prisoner’s counsel at
the last trial, is now a prisoner in Las Ca-
banas. The president of the court has, in
order to have the trial commence, Decem-
ber 21, appointed Adolfo Astudillom de
Guieman and Manuel Vias Ochoteco the
other two magistrates, who with the three
named above, shall constitute a court.
The accused on being informed of the
above facts ask that those days be especially
granted him to obtain counsel, because, be-
ing a counsel prisoner, he must employ an
attorney by letter, which must necessarily
consume this time.
The case of Louis Somelian Mercerant,
who was arrested about five months ago,
and put into prison because he received an
unsigned message from Key West, reading
as follows: ‘‘Maria arrived yesterday,”
which, interpreted by the Spanish authori-
ties, meant three friends sailed yesterday,’
has had his trial set for January 8th. There
is nothing new regarding the trial of the
The insurgents attacked the garrison of
25 men between Regla and Guanabacoa two
nights ago, and the garrison hurriedly de-
camped to the city, all but three of the
men leaving their arms. Young M. Lee,
with some friends, told me he was visiting
there with friends, and saw part of the run-
ning fight, and heard the fusilade.
All this was within two miles of Havana
and Pinar del Rio are pacified.
The people of Havana do not believe
that Maceo is dead. There is a mystery
about it that no evidence yet shown ex-
Dr. Zertucha is quietly “in hiding’’ un-
til the first ship sails for Spain. Thereis a
story current here, started 20 hours ago,
that the insurgents had threatened Ha
vanna on the night of the 24th, and the
people are terribly excited.
No Secret Trial.
The Competitor's Crew Have not Been Sentenced Yet.
HAVANA, Dec. 21.—The second trial of
the crewof the American schooner Com-
petitor, captured April 29th last by a Span-
ish gunboat while apparently landing a
filibustering expedition on the coast of
Cuba, is still in its preliminary stages, and
consequently, according to Spanish law,
the proceedings are yet private. The
stories circulated in the United States of.
the secret trial, sentence and approaching
execution of the prisoners are wholly false.
Thought He was in Hell.
From the Philipsburg Bituminous Record.
Dr. F. B. Read, of Osceola, had a new
experience the other day while getting
John Roach, of Powelton, in shape to
have one of his fingers amputated. Roach
is a driver at Powelton mine, and had two
fingers caught between the bumpers of the
two mine cars. While being etherized, he
suddenly sprang up, and declared that he
would have his head out off before he would
take any more of that ‘‘stuff,” and that
‘‘he had been in hell.”” No persuasion on
the part of the doctor would induce him to
take any more ether, being perfectly will-
ing, however, to have the finger taken off.
He stood the operation without so much as
the twitching of a muscle, and after it was
over remarked that he would rather have
a dozen fingers amputated than suffer the
torments in hell for ten minutes.
Major Warren Will Represent Pennsylvania in the
CINCINNATTI, Dec. 21.—Hon. D. D.
Woodmansee, president of the National
Republican league, to-day appointed the
following league members as the inaugura-
tion committee: General E. A. McAlpin,
New York ; Major Everett Warren, Penn-
sylvania ; Judge C. W. Raymond, Illinois ;
Hon. Frank J. Higgins, Virginia; E. J.
Miller, Ohio, and Dr. W. L. Booze, Mary-
President Woodmansee has called a
meeting of this committee at the Ebbit
house, Washington, for Friday of this week,
to perfect plans for the part to be taken by
the league at the inauguration of President-
Pine Grove Mention.
To alla Merry Christmas and a Happy
Miss Nannie Bailey is visiting relatives in
Masters Joe and Wilson Ard, two of Wood-
ward's promising youths, came up to size up
our new railroad.
The I. O. 0. F. 276, will celebrate their
twenty fifth anniversary on the last night of
1896 with a banquet.
Messrs. John and Edward Meyers, of the
Branch, are sight seeing in the mountain
city, during the holidays.
Prof. J. Herbert Ward, late of Shamokin,
has had all of his household goods shipped
by rail to our town, where they will be in
storage for the present.
A petition, numerously signed, has been
forwarded to the post master-general at
Washington, praying to send us our mail by
rail. This, of course, would do away with
.the mail route from this place to Shingle
town which would get its news via Boalsburg,
morning and evening, but our town would
have three mails a day and would get the
eastern and western news but a few hours
later than Bellefonte. Let ’er go Gallagher.
On the evening of the 16th, everything was
thoroughly explained when F. A. McClintic,
of Potter township, and Miss Ida B. Wilson,
of this place, were united in the bonds that
made the two one for life, Rev. C. T. Aikens
officiating, in the presence of but a few in-
vited guests. After the ceremony a splendid
supper was served by Mrs. Frontz at the J.
H. Mitchell farm mansion, near town. The
bride is an estimable lady. The groom is one
of Potter township’s popular young men,
They have our hearty congratulations and
best wishes for their.future happiness.
Nittany Valley Items.
The young people's social held in the
Lutheran church at Snydertown, last week,
was largely attended, and quite a financial
success. The young people deserve much
credit for the energy they put forth in trying
to entertain our people in a pleasing and
A freight engine set fire to the weeds in
the field near our village last week. The
flames swept toward the stables with a ven-
geance and had it not been for Mrs. Robb and
Alpha Pletcher, who fought the fire until
other assistants came, our town Would have
gone up in smoke.
Thomas Grooms is seriously ill with con-
sumption. He Was formerly an employe of
the Bellefonte nail works, and we sympa-
thize with him in his affliction.
William Webner and Daniel Dorman are
busily engaged in cutting paper wood for the
Tyrone paper mill.
Turkeys are so scarce that none are to be
had for Christmas. 8 cents per pound is the
price offered but there is none to be pur-
Mr. Ferguson, ticket agent of Clintondale,
attended the funeral ofa relative, at Jersey
Shore on Tuesday, who died from the effects
of an operation for appendicitis.
Our teachers who attended Clinton county
Institute, held at Renovo, were well pleased
with Sapt. Snyder's corps of instructors.
The people of the town entertained the
teachers royally and Supt. Roberts of the
Pennsy’s shops gave them the pleasure of
visiting all the departments of the works.
The Evangelical church will be dedicated
Dec. 27th, Rev. Koontz, pastor in charge.
W, H. Markle, teacher of our school gave
his scholars a treat last Friday, there are fif-
ty-three pupils enrolled and for a teacher to
deal out as liberally as Billy did, would
knock a hole in $30, his monthly salary.
Professor Rearick is erecting a neat look-
ing building to engage inthe printing and bi-
cycling business. The Professor has some
experience in both, having been a printer for
several years, and then drifted into the bicy-
cle business. Now he intends combining the
two. It reminds me of a sign I once observed
which read ‘‘confectionery, fresh cakes and
The applicants for postmaster of our vil-
lage, has dwindled down to about four, a lit-
tle more boiling and the number will be still
less. Some of them have petitions three feet
long. They forget that the Bellefonte ring
cares very little about signatures and testi-
monials, they generally do their political
figuring without them. The influence of
two or three factors of the machine is more
potent and powerful than all the signatures,
in a dozen postal districts.
A party of five gentlemen driving down
the valley, on Monday night last, to attend
the horse sale at Millheim on the following
Tuesday, met with an accident a short distance
below our town. In suddenly turning the
hind wheels broke down throwing them all
out. Four of the gentlemen were severely
bruised, one escaped unharmed. The horses
after running a short distance were caught.
Commercial agents report business dull,
even orders for holiday goods are exceeding-
ly light. The “advance agent of prosperity”
must evidently be asleep. Previous to the
election, we were prciaised unbounded pros-
perity, but since his triumph what do we see
and hear almost daily ? Mills shut down,
commercial disasters, bank failures and in-
creased depression all over the country. It
is going from bad to worse.
Charles L. Grimm, of Madisonburg, and
Miss Minnie J. Coates, of Tyrone, were
married at noon on Thursday last at the
beautiful residence of J. W, Shook, one of our
prominent citizens. Rev. Rearick, of Centre
Hall, officiated. The wedding was very
largely attended, the presents were numer-
ous, and many of them valuable. The happy
couple left for the east in the afternoon train
amid a perfect shower of rice, good luck
shoes and with the best wishes of all their
The entire family of W. L. Baker, of our
village, section manager of the P. R. R., con-
sisting of seven members, were ill at one
time from diphtheria. With two of the
children (girls) the diseases rapidly assumed
malignant form, and after an illness of a few
days both died. A third child was very low,
but is now slowly recovering. The other
members of the family are also convalescing.
The entire community sympathizes with Mr.
and Mrs. Baker in their sad affliction. No
other cases are reported.
A. V. Miller contesting Mr. Cronister’s
election at an expense of from ten to twenty
thousand dollars to the county, is denounced
in language more emphatic than polite by
his political friends in this section. Like the
Democrats they feel that the tenet of the in-
vestigation will simply sustain Mr. Cronis-
ter’s majority, if not materially increase it.
This is twice Mr. Miller was defeated for of-
fice, twice in succession within a dozen
months, what more did he require to satisfy
him that the people have no use for him, po-
litically ? Drop ouf of politics Mr. Miller,
the people have become tired of your office
begging, and this expensive contest only
makes them more so.
All Through Brush Valley.
Joseph Wolf is home from a months stay in
An epidemic of mumps is prevalent in
Several weddings will be solemnized dur-
ing the holidays.
Daniel Royer’s brother, of Zion, visited
him this week.
Mrs. John Ocker and son spent Sunday and
Monday in Union county.
Sup’t. Gramley is conducting the annual
institute at Bellefonte this week.
Mrs. George Fehl, of Aaronsburg, was the
guest of Rebersburg friends last week.
In the spring Thomas Royer. of Rockville.
will build a new house in the west end of
Rebersburg. If we had a few factories, some :
good sidewalks and street lamps we would
be up with the procession. .
Miss Mattie Goodhart, of Centre Hall,
visited her Rebersburg friends last Friday.
Henry Kreider is home from Lancaster,
where he is attending college, for the Christ-
Mrs. Jane Stiver, of Flemington, came to
Rel®rsburg last Saturday to make her moth-
er a pleasant visit.
‘The Brumgard boys and Win Morris, who
are attending school at Selinsgrove, are
home on their vacation.
Messrs. Henry Detwiler, Wm. Limbert,
Luther Mills, N. John Moyer, Thomas Au-
man, and Cal Morris, are attending institute.
The Rebersburg people are speaking of the
possibility of getting a trolley line ; this is
what our burg should have in the near future.
Mrs. Henry Meyer and her daughter, Mary,
of Rebersburg, are spending the holidays
with Mrs. Jennie Weber, who lives near
W. W. Sholl, of Dickinson Seminary came
home last Thursday with a city smile. While
home for his Christmas helidays he expects
to do a little hunting and we wish him
Port Matilda Pointers.
Snow has come at last and George Wood-
ring was the first to enjoy a sleigh ride.
Dr. D. S. Monroe preached one of his ex-
cellent sermons in the M. E. church to a large -
audience last Sunday evening.
Rev. Maxwell, of the U. B. church, is
meeting with good success at his revival
meetings at Black Oak chapel, two miles
west of town.
Jacob Woodring, one of our most industrious
farmers, is so badly afilicted with rheumatism
that he is confined to the house.
Since the hunting season has closed our
sportsmen have busied themselves making
bear traps, as it is said bears are very plenty
in the Alleghenies.
Mrs. Catharine Johnson, who has been
suffering for a year with cancer, died on Sun-
day, the 13th, and was buried on Wed nesday
in the Friends burying ground in Half-Moon.
The periodical chicken thief has given
notice that he is still doing business at the
old stand. Last Saturday night he relieved
merchant A. W. Reese of a lot of fine fat heng
and one big white rooster which must have
given trouble as his head was twisted off and
left by the barn. Mr. Reese tracked the
parties a mile, by the scattered feathers, and
if they ever show up around his chicken
coop again will give them a warm reception.
The Knights of the Golden Eagle, of this
place, are going to hold a public meeting on -
Jan. 12th 1897, in the Baptist church. There
will be two sessions, one at 10 o’clock and one
at 2 o'clock. Among the prominent speakers
who have promised to be present to address
the ‘meetings are : past supreme chief, H.
C. Lytle, of Altoona; grand chief, L. N.
Tobin, of Philadelphia ; past chief, W. T.
Morrison ; C. M. Bower. and high priest,
Rev. Gearhart, of Bellefonte. The following
castles have been invited to take part in the
exercises Philipsburg, Osceola, Tyrone and
Bellefonte. After the afternoon meeting the
members and their invited guests will be
refreshed with an oyster supper in the K.
G. hall. You are cordially invited to attend