Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, March 19, 1897, Image 4

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    Terms, $2.00 a Year, in Advance.
Bellefonte, Pa., March (9, 1897. -
The Shrievalty Contest Ended at Last.
The tax payers of Centre county can now
take a long breath as the last peg by which
ABRAM MILLER could hang on to the of-
fice of sheriff has been pulled and the con-
test that has been disturbing the public
mind since last December is positively
On Monday Judge LoVE filed the follow-
ing decree with the prothonotary, finally
disposing of the case and practically grant-
ing the prayer of MILLER’S counsel, pub-
lished in our edition of the 5th inst., and
asking that the costs be placed on the
R. V. MuLier et al (In the court of Quarter Ses-
sions of the Peace in and
versus for Centre county No. 3
W. M. Croxister. | January S. 8. 1897.
In this case the contestants filed their petition
December 3, 1896, laying the ground to contest the
election of W. M. Cronister, sheriff of Centre
county, who had been returned as duly elected at
the general election of Nov. 3, 1896, by a majority
of sixteen votes over Abraham V. Miller, his com-
petitor for the office.
The chief ground for the contest alleged specific-
ally in the petition was that a number of ballots,
in the several districts named, had been illegally
marked by the voters that were counted for W.
M. Cronister that should nov so have been count-
* ed, and that a number of ballots in the several
districts named were legally marked that should
have been counted for A. V. Miller, the contest-
ant, that were not counted for him, and that a re-
count of the ballots would show that the said Mil-
ler had been duly elected by a considerable ma-
jority of the legal votes polled. We held the pe-
tition, which was in due form and specific in its
allegations of fact to be sufficient, and called upon
the contestee to answer.
The answer of contestee was duly filed Jan. 2nd,
1897, denying generally the allegations in the
contestants petition and alleging additional mat-
ter, charging that a large number of illegal votes
had heen polled and counted for the contestant.
At the same time to wit, Jan. 2nd, 1897, the con-
testee filed quite a number of affidavits of election
officers, denying generally, that illegal votes were
polled or counted for the contestee in a number of
the precincts named in the contestant's petition,
but did not specifically deny thatany ballots were
marked as alleged in contestant's petition.
Jan. 2, 1897, contestant presented a petition ask-
ing for the impounding of certain ballot boxes.
As the best evidence of how a ballot is marked is
the ballot itself, we made the order that the bal-
lot boxes be impounded.
Jan. 16th, 1897, the contestee (notwithstanding
the affidavits of the election officers, filed Jan.
2nd, 1897), presented a second petition settin
forth that a large number of ballots were marke
with a cross in the circle attop of Democratic
ticket, and with a cross opposite the name of A.
V. Miller that were ato Miller, and should
not have been, and contained other allegations of
ballots illegally marked and counted for contest-
ant and asked that certain ballot boxes, about
twenty in number, be impounded. The order im-
pounding the same was made,
Knowing that the best evidence of illegally
marked ballots was the ballots themselves, and
believing that an examination and a recount of
“the ballots, impounded at the instance of both the
. contestant any the contestee, would most prob-
ably determine the contest one way or other, on
Jan. 28th, 1897, we appointed C. P. Hewes, Esq.,
examiner and competent clerks, and ordered a
recount of the ballots. The examination of the
ballots and recount evinced that the information
upon which the contest was based was incorrect,
and practically made no change in the result of
the election as returned by the election officers.
This the contestant admits by petition present d
to the Court, March 2, 1897.
While we are satisfied the contest was commenc-
ed in good faith, and upon what was regarded as
reliable information as to how certain ballots were
marked, yet we are gratified to know that the in-
vestigation, so far as it went, clearly shows no
illegal voting to have been done and that the re-
sult shows that W. M. Cronlster was duly and
legally elected as returned by the election officers.
The only question left to determine is the dis-
position of the costs, which are as follows :
Examiner's fee..... ....8110 00
R. F. Hunter, clerk. . 56 00
H. C. Brew “on 55 00
Constable Montgome:
days impounding boxes 65 30
Constable Dunlop, mileage 455 and 19 days
IMpoUNAIng DOXer.... ........ccccicrieererirnes
$350 60
Inasmuch as the ballot boxes were impounded
at the instance of both the contestant and con-
testee, each practically asking for about an equal
number of ballot boxes to be impounded, Bo as
the contest was commenced in good faith, we are
of the opinion it is proper that the county pay the
costs, and so order, and now March 15th, 1897, for
the foregoing reasons it is ordered that the coun-
ty pay the costs as above set forth, and the record
costs in this case,
By the Court,
Jonx G. Love, P. J,
The ruling of the court in placing these
costs on the county will tend to encourage
other office grabbers to contest as MILLER
did. In addition to the costs recited above
there are $26.10 record costs and about $12
for returning ballot boxes. This would
run the total up to $388.70 which should
have been divided among the thirty signers
of the MILLER petition. The amount
would have been only $12.95 a piece yet it
would have proven a dear lesson to some of
those men, who either went into the con-
test through partisan bitterness or decep-
tion. It would have taught the latter class
to be more careful and given the former a
taste of what might have been a very bitter
dose had the contest been allowed to goon.
- The court’s apology for placing the costs
on the county will cause a smile to flit over
the countenances of most who read it. Had
the MILLERites not brought the proceed -
ings Mr. CRONISTER would not have had to
-a8k anything in his favor. From the view
. that judge LOVE takes of it we would infer
that Mr. CRONISTER was expected to sit
with his hands folded and let CHAMBERS,
FURST, ef al, go for him without making
any defense, whatever. However, it is all
over now. The tax payers will remember
who tried to steal their franchise and “pile
oosts onto them. :
It is not probable that the master’s re-
port will ever be filed so that there will be
no ruling on the ballots reserved for the
court’s inspection and we must take the
actual count for Mr. CRONISTER'S majority.
It was found to have heen increased from
16 to 26.
Two Fine Posies and Their Wants
From the Altoona News,
Congressman Arnold, of the Clearfield
district, has been looking around and, find-
ing that almost every other Member from
Pennsylvania is a candidate for the next
Republican nomination for Governor, has
concluded to get into the business himself.
Senator McQuown will now want to have
the capitol removed to Clearfield.
——Subseribe for the WATCMAN.
will be our turn then.
Concluded from page 1.
Congress Convened in Extra Session.
Mr. McAleer, of Philadelphia, who got a
pretty good seat on the Democratic side,
was screened from view as soon as he took it
by an immense floral shield three feet high
bearing a design of a keystone in red rose-
buds and adorned with yellow ribbons.
James R. Young, the Philadelphia newspa-
per man who defeated Mr. Reyburn, was
the only other Pennsylvania Member who
had flowers on his desk.
Regretting the necessity which has required
me to call you together, I feel that your as-
sembling in extraordinary session is indis-
pensibie because of the condition in which we
find the revenues of the government. It is
conceded that its current expenditures are
greater than its receipts, and that such a con-
dition has existed for now more than three
years. With unlimited means st our com-
mand, we are presenting the remarkable
spectacle of increasing our public debt by
borrowing money eet the ordinary out-
lays incident upon even an economical and
prudent administration of the government.
An examination of the subject discloses this
fact in every detail and leads inevitably to
the conclusion that the condition of the reve-
nue which allows it is unjustifiable and
should be corrected.
We find by the reports of the secretary of
the treasury that the revenues of the fiscal
year ending June 30th, 1892, from all sources,
were $425,868,260.22, and the expenditures
for all purposes were $415,953,806.56, leaving
an excess of receipts over expenditures of
$9,914,453.66 During that fiscal year $40,
570,467.98 were paid upon the public debt,
which had been reduced since March Ist,
1889, $259,076,890, and the annual interest
charge decreased $11,684,576.60. The receipts
of the government from all sources during
the fiscal year ending June 30th, 1893,
amounted to $461,716,561.94 and its expen-
ditures to $459,374,887.65, showing an excess
of receipts over expenditures of $2,341,674.29.
Since that time the receipts of no fiscal
year, and, with but few exceptions, of no
month of any fiscal year, have exceeded the
expenditures. The receipts of the govern-
ment from all sources during the year ending
June 30th, 1894, were $372,802,498.29; and its
expenditures $442,605,758.87, leaving a def-
icit, the first since the resumption of specie
payments, of $69,803,260.58. Notwithstand-
ing there was a decrease of $16,769,128.78 in
the ordinary expenses of the government, as
comipared with the previous fiscal year, its
income was still not sufficient to provide for
its daily necessities, and the gold reserve in
the treasury for the redemption of green-
ks was drawn upon to meet them. But
this did not suflice, and the government then
resorted to loans to replenish the reserve.
In February, 1894, $50,000,000 in bonds
were issued and in November following a
second issue of $50,000,000 was deemed nec-
essary. The sum of $117,171,795 was realized
by the sale of these bonds, but the reserve
was steadily decreased until on February Sth,
1695, a third sale of $62.315.400 in bounds, for
$65,116,244 was announced to Congress.
The receipts of the government for the
fiscal year ending June 304k, 1895, were $390, -
373,203.30, and the expenditures $433,178,-
426.48, showing a deficit of $42,805,223.19. A
further loan of $100,000,000 was negotiated
by the government in February, 1896, the
sale netting $111,166,246, and swelling the
aggregate of bonds issued within three years
to $262,315,400. For the fiscal year ending
June 30th, 1896, the revenues of the govern-
ment from all sources amounted to $409,475,-
408.79, while its expenditures were $434,678, -
654.48, or an excess of expenditures over
receipts of $25,203,245.70. In other words
the total receipts for the three fiscal years
ending June 30th 1896, were insufficient by
$137,811,729.46 to meet the total expenditures.
Nor has this condition since improved. For
the ‘first half of the present fiscal year the
a of the government, exclusive of
postal revenues, were $157,507,603.76, and its
expenditures, exclusive of postal services,
$195,410,000.22, or an excess of expenditures
over receipts of $37,902;396.46. In January
of this year the receipts, exclusive of postal
revenues, were $248 316,994.05, and the ex-
penditures, exclusive of postal service, $30,-
269,389.29, a deficit of $5,952,395.24 for the
month. In February of this year the receipts,
exclusive of the postal revenues, were $24,-
400,997.37, and expenditures, exclusive of
postal service, $28,796,056, a deficit of $4,395,-
059, or a total deficiency of $186,061,580 for
the three years and eight months ending
March 1st, 1897. Not only are we without a
surplus in the treasury, but with an increase
in the public debt there has been a corres-
ding increase in the annual interest from
$22,603 683 in 1892, the lowest of any year
since 1862 to $34,387,297 in 1896, or an in-
crease of $11,493,414.
It may be urged that even if the revenue
of the government had been sufficient to meet
all its ordinary expenses during the past
three years, the gold reserve would still have
been insufficient to meet the demands upon
it and that bonds would necessarily have
been issued for its repletion. Be this as it
may be, it is clearly manifested, without
denying or affirming the correctness of such
a conclusion, that the debt would have been
decreased in at least the amount of the de-
ficiency and business confidence immeasur-
ably strengthened throughout the country.
Congress should promptly correct the ex-
isting conditions. Ample revenues must be
ge not only for the ordinary expenses
of the government but for the prompt pay-
ment of liberal pensions and the liquidation
of the principal and interest of the public
debt. In raising revenue, duties shall be so
levied upon foreign products as to preserve
the home market, so far as possible, to our
own producers to revive and increase manu-
factures ; to relieve and encourage agricul-
ture ; to increase our domestic and foreign
commerce ; to aid and develop mining and
building and to render to labor in every field
of useful occupation the liberal wages and
adequate rewards to which skill and indus-
try are justly entitled. The necessity of the
passage of a tariff law which shall provide
ample revenue, need not be further urg
The demand of the hour is the prompt en-
actment of such a measure, and to this ob-
ject I earnestly recommend that Congress
shall make every endeavor. Before other
business is transacted, let us provide suffi-
cent revenue to faithfully minister the
government without the contracting of fur-
ther debt, or the continued disturbance of
our finances.
[Signed] WiLLiAM McKINLEY,
EXECUTIVE MANSION, March 15th, 1897.
Jerry Simpson Wants Room.
But He is Willing to Wait Four Years For
WASHINGTON, March 14.—Jerry Simp-
son, of Kansas, formerly a picturesque fig-
ure known as ‘‘The Sockless Statesman
from Medicine Lodge,’ is here again as a
member of the House of Representatives.
He says : ‘I am glad to be called a Pop-
ulist, but I am not here as an obstruction-
ist. The Republicans elected a President
and also elected a majority in the House
of Representatives. They havea right to
pass a tariff bill. They made lavish prom-
ises of prosperity, and they ought to have
a chance to redeem those pledges. I be-
lieve in free trade and direct taxation.
When my party comes into power in 1900
I want the Republicans to step aside and
let us try our theory on the people. It,
It is their turn
now. If their ideas practically carried out
can bring prosperity to the people I will be
a Republican again. But I haven't any
idea that a tariff bill with higher protec-
tion than was contained in the McKinley
bill will give us prosperity. But we will
give the old party a fair show.”
Corbett Knocked Out in the Fourteenth
A Fast and Furious Fight.—The Californian Lost
By One False Move.—His Blunder Fatal to Him.
—He Qave Fitz the Opportunity to Land on His
Stomach and the Cornishman Ripped in the
Smash That Was Followed by One on the Jaw
and Thus the Battle Was Ended—Corbett Was So
Mortified and Angry That He Lost His Head After
He Was Counted Out And Made Another Rush at
His Opponent, Who Took The Assault Calmly.
CARSON, Nev., March 17.—After two
years of doubt and vexatious postpone-
ment, the heavy weight championship of
the world was decided beyond cavil when
Robert Fitzimmons sent James J. Corbett
helpless to his knees with a left hand blow
under the heart after one minute and 45
seconds in the 14th round of their battle in
the arena. here to-day. The contest was
won in the simplest manner and the knock-
out was the result of one unwary move on
the part of Corbett. After the first minute
of the 14th round had been spent in a few
harmless clinches and counters Fitz made
a fake lead with his right for the jaw. It
was a simple ruse, but it caught the Cali--
fornian napping. Instead of keeping his
body inclined forward and throwing back
his head just a trifle to allow the blow,
which was of the very slightest kind to
slip by, Corbett contemptuously bent his
head and chest backward and thus pro-
truded his abdomen. Fitz's eyes flashed
and like lightning he saw and availed him-
self of his advantage. Drawing back his
left he brought it up with terrible force,
the forearm rigid and at right angles to the
upper arm. With the full force of his won-
derful driving muscles brought into play
the Cornishman fairly ripped the blow up
the pit of Corbett's stomach at a point
just under the heart. Corbett was lifted
clean off his feet, and as he pitched for-
ward Fitz shot his right up and around,
catching Jim on the jaw and accelerating
his downfall. Corbett sank on his left
knee, and with his outstretched right
grasped the ropes for support. His left arm
worked convulsively up and down while
his face was twitching with an expression
of greatest agony. Referee Siler threw up
his hands on the call of ten and left the
ring. There were some cries of ‘‘foul”
when the referee declared Corbett out, but
they were unheeded by anybody, as the
battle was won fairly and squarely.
“I never saw such a clever man in my
life” said Fitz, this evening. ‘‘He got
away from me time and again when I
thought I had him dead to rights. I knew
I could wear him out, so I kept coming
right along until my opportunity arrived.
He was weak in the last round, and all his
cleverness could not kéep him out of that
left punch under the heart. The only
blow that really worried me was the one
which split my lip. The others I never
felt. He fought fair, and hereafter he may
have my respect if he continues to merit
it.” .
Corbett’s version of his own Waterloo
did not vary greatly from Fitz’s ‘‘I made a
mistake in not keeping away,”’ was the
way he put it. “Fitz I knew to be a ter-
rific puncher, but I never calculated on
his being able to reach me. If the sixth
round had lasted 10 seconds longer I would
have landed him to a certainty. His nose
was clogged with blood and his legs were
wobbling. The gong sounded just as I
was about to plug him with my right and
end the battle. He recuperated wonder-
fully and I stayed away from him until I
thought he was about right for another drub-
bing at short range. My neglect in not
standing off when he tapped me on the
cheek in the fourteenth lost me the char
pionship. That heart punch simply choked
meoff. I could not breathe or move for 15
seconds, and it was several minutes before
I realized that I had committed a breach
of etiquette in trying to follow up my op-
ponent after he put me out. I meant it
when I said I would be his friend here-
after. He whipped me fair and square,
but I don’t think he is the best man yet,
and we will have another go if money can
bring him into the ring.”
CARSON, Nev., March 17.—The delegates
to the convention began to gather at the
Coliseum soon after breakfast. The
weather was of incomparable lovliness.
The Sierras were marble, the sky turquoise
and the wind was tempered to the lambs
that were shorn later in the day. The
amphitheater, which, like a huge bowl
with tiers of benches ascending from the
platform in the center to the upper rim,
filled gradually till by noon it contained an
audience of seven or eight thousand well
dressed, orderly, decorous, average Ameri-
can citizens, miners, merchants, farmers,
cowboys, ranchmen, lawyers, with some
toughs and crooks that, like beasts of prey,
follow every crowd, seeking whom they
may dzvour. There were a few women in-
terspersed among the multitude, attended
by fathers or husbands or brothers. The
boxes, which were little pens with chairs
near the platform, in which the price of a
seat was $40, were partially occupied by
men in the garb of cities with Vandyke
beards and the aspect of opulence, culture
and refinement. It had been bruited
abroad that the event would occur at 10
o'clock, but there was the customary delay
for belated trains, for the kinetoscope, or
‘some reason not disclosed, and it was near-
ly noon by the time the gladiators entered
the building. During the interval the au-
dience was good humored and patient.
Noted arrivals were greeted with applause
and delegates Sullivan, Sharkey and
‘‘One-Eyed’’ Connolly made brief ad-
dresses from the platform upon issues of
the day. The entrance of Fitzsimmons
and Corbett in grotesque bath robes, bare
headed, with attendants bearing red fans,
bundles of cloths and sponges, buckets ands
bottles, was like the opening procession of
one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operas, and it
may as well be said here as elsewhere that
the entire performance, with the single in-
cident mentioned hereafter, lacked earnest-
ness and sincerity, and left the impression
of a duel on the stage. The convention
was called to order by the national chair-
man, who announced the name, of the ref-
eree, timekeepers and other officials and
presented them to the audience, which re-
ceived them with applause. Corbett’s
countenance was dark and drawn, lined
deeply with the furrows of care and con-
cern. He posed obviously and smiled com-
placently. Fitzsimmons had the visage of
a freak, with a silly, open-mouthed grin,
and an uncouth, awkward, shambling gait
like a ‘clown. Their appearance, when
their robes were thrown off and they were
stripped for the ring, was grotesque. = With
the exception of a small breech cloth they
were naked. Their stockings were rolled
loosely down over the tops of their thin,
flat soled shoes. Laced to their wrists
were stuffed gloves that prevented cutting
or mutilation. Three minutes for sparring
and one for rest was a round. The blows
fell muffled and the contestants seemed to
be on good terms and frequently smiled
even in the most violent encounter. When
the gong was struck by the time keeper
they promptly retired to their respective
corners, sat down in their chairs and were
diligently fanned, rubbed, sponged and
wiped by the men in red sweaters as
grooms care for a horse. They seemed to
be fatigued early, perspired profusely and
breathed with their mouths open. During
some of the rounds Corbett hit Fitzsim-
mons on the face, making him look like a
great school boy, with his glove, and gazed
around with a smile like Banquo at the
banquet of Macbeth.
And so it went on for nearly an hour,
the audience sitting quietly as at a theater
or in a circus or at a ball game, with oc-
casional cries of applause at some agile
movement, or some resounding blow, and
then without warning the most surprising,
unexpected and inexplicable event occurred,
the first, the last and the only dramatic in-
cident of the occasion, like the catastrophe
of a tragedy that falls before the climax
has been reached.
The auditors bad grown a trifle listless.
Bets were still offered at 100 to 75 on Cor-
bett. He was not marked by the attacks
of his adversary, whom he seemed to touch
almost at will. But it was observed that
his blows had little effect npon the tough,
obderate trunk of Fitz. They lacked
steam and force. The early predictions of
a short, sharp, and decisive battle by the
partisans of both had already been dis-
proved. 7
The tension was relaxed among the spec-
tators, who had apparently concluded that
the struggle might be indefinltely pro-
longed without decisive results. Corbett
advanced from his corner tothe last round
rapidly, with agile step and confident
smile. There was the customary display
of gymnastics, feinting and prancing for-
ward and backward, ducking and dodging,
followed by a repetition of the apparently
harmless exchange of futile blows which
had become fatiguing by their previous
monotony. The pugilists had separated
near the western side of the platform, and
Fitzsimmoms turned with a buffoon grin to
the audience, when Corbett, who was still
erect, suddenly tottered, a swift spasm
shuddered through his limbs, he sank slow-
ly upon his left knee, his head fell forward
upon his knotted chest and a deadly pallor
overspread his features. He leaned for an
instant upon his right hand in the precise
attitude of the dying gladiator in the famil-
iar statue described by Byron when his
manly brow ‘‘consents 10 death, but con-
quers agony.”’ Then he clutched the rope
with his gloved hand and pulled himself,
with tremendous effort, to his knees.
Meanwhile, the fatal bell was tolling its
knell—one, two, three, four, five six,
seven; eight, nine—and before he had fully
regained his feet it struck 10, and the bat-
tle was over. The audience seemed quite
as much dazed as the defeated pugilist for
an instant, and was uncertain what had
happened or how it was done. There was
tremendous tumult, hubbub and confusion
and a wild rush for the platform, with
cheers for ‘Fitzsimmons. Corbett, mean-
time having recovered from the effects of
the concussion of head or heart, and ex-
asperated by defeat,’ sought to renew the
conflict, and for a moment a general fracas
seemed imminent. The platform was a
furious hurly-burly of struggling attend-
ants, officers, detectives and spectators,
which the referee was powerless to calm.
But it soon subsided, the victor and the
vanquished had an amicable interview in
the conqueror’s corner, and Fitzsimmons
departed for glory, fame and fortune.
WANTED—A. Lester Sheffer, agent for
the Columbia and Hartford bicycles, wants
to trade bicycles for two horses. Enquire
or addresshim at his rooms, in the Ex-
change, Bellefonte, Pa.
— ll ts
——Ex-sheriff John P. Condo moved to
Millheim, on Tuesday, and the band of
that town gave them a delightful serenade
on the evening of their arrival. Mr. Con-
do will embark in the store business in
Millheim and his old deputy, C. A. Weav-
er, will be one of his clerks.
——The second public rehearsal of the
State College choral society will be given
in the chapel, at that institution, this
evening at 8 o'clock. Thirteen instru-
mental and vocal selections are on the pro-
gram and the best talent at the College has
been drawn upon for the evening’s enter-
—Do you ride a bicycle? If you don’t
and want to learn you now have an oppor-
tunity as A. L., and Paul B. Sheffer have
opened their riding school, for the season
of '97, on the 3rd floor of the Centre Co.,
bank building. Open each® Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday afternoons and
evenings. For terms apply to A. L., or
Paul Sheffer.
TROUBLE.—John Corrigan, Jr., the State
College liveryman, got himself in trouble,
in Lock Haven, the other day by trading
horses with a man named Bewers, of Jersey
Shore. The two dealers met at Look
Haven to “swap,” but before the bargain
was closed Corrigan is accused of having
taken the Bowers’ horse from Peck’s stable,
leaving his own, and driving off home.
Bowers got a warrant out for Corrigan and
followed him to State College where he gave
bdil for a hearing in Lock Haven. He
settled the trouble, on Tuesday, by return-
ing the hose and paying the costs.
Corrigan claims that he understood that
the trade had been fully agreed to and had
no idea of sneaking Bowers’ horse away.
Miss Ella Holter.
The sudden death of Ella Leah Holter.
daughter of H. C. Holter, of Howard, was a
sorrowful shock to her relatives and friends
in that place last Saturday morning. The
‘young girl had been troubled with a gore
throat for a few days and the night before
had complained somewhat of it, but it was
not supposed to be serious. She arose Satur-
day morning and was sitting at the break-
fast table when she became much worse and
died before 8 o’clock.
Deceased was 16 years old and was very
popular in Howard. Her amiable disposition
and lady-like manners made her hosts of
friends who are grieved at her sudden death.
Her remains were buried in Schenck’s ceme-
tery on Sunday morning, at 10 o’clock. Her
parents, five brothers and four sisters sur-
vive. Others of the family have been troub-
led with sore throat, an ailment similar to
the one with which she suffered and it was
thought to have been diphtheria, but they
are improving now.
The Howard High school, from which she
would have graduated this spring, passed the
following resolutions on her death :
WHEREAS, It has [least Almighty God,
in his allwise providence, to remove from
our midst by death our most worthy and
esteemed schoolmate, Ella L. Holter, there-
fore be it
Resolved, That we bow in humble submis-
sion to the will of Him who doeth all things
well, trusting that our schoolmate has been
taken from ournumber to that union above
where ties have no separation.
Resolved, That we tender the family our
heartfelt sympathy in this their hour of sad
bereavement and commend them to Him
who has promised to relieve the sorrowing.
Resolved, That by the death our dear
schoolmate our school has lost a worthy
studenggnd the family a loving daughter.
Resolved, That a copy of this resolutions
be sent to the family of the deceased and
published in our county papers: that the
classmates wear a badge of mourning and our
schoolroom be draped in mourning until the
close of the school term.
Signed by the committee in behalf of the
High school. NELLIE KLINE,
Services in the Reformed church next Sun
day evening at 7 o’clock.
Rev. J. M. Runkle made a flying visit to
Altoona this week.
Mrs. Love, of this place, has been laid up,
the past week, with grip.
Mr. Cole, of Loveville, spent Sunday with
his friends in this place.
March weather seems to be very pleasant
over-head but humanity is in the mud below.
Joseph Kinzer, of Lancaster, Pa., recently
made a short visit with his uncle, Ed.
L. Bergstresser, of this place.
Miss Ida McAuley, of this place, and Miss
Hattie Hockman, of Bellefonte, are at pres-
ent visiting friends and relatives in Lock
On Monday Wm. Zimmerman moved his
household effects from Nittany to Hecla,
where he contemplates building a house dur-
ing the summer on his own property.
Adam Garbrick, of near Coleville, made a
flying tour down through Nittany valley in
the interest of his soap manufactoring estab-
lishment, which he has erected near the
above mentioned place.
The song service, last Sunday evening, was
lead by John Hoy Jr. The program was
very admirably carried out. Subject : “The
World's Need of a Redeemer.” H. E. Bierly
read a very appropriate essay on the same
subject. Select readings were made by Mrs.
L. H. Yocum, Charles Lee, and others. Rev.
J. M. Runkle gave a very interesting talk on
the subject. The attendance was very good
and we invite everybody to attend this ser-
vice, for it is an excellent auxiliary to get
people interested in church work. :
Pine Grove Mention.
Grandmother Keichline is suffering with
throat trouble.
Mrs. Ira Hessand her two interesting little
boys are visiting Centre county relatives.
Pine Grove academy will open April 5th,
for a term of ten weeks. The prospects in-
dicate a large school.
Cap’t. J. M. Kepler has returned from an
all winter's stay at Hot Springs, in Arkansas
hale. hearty and well.
At the communion services in the Preshy-
terian church, last Sunday quite a number of
people were taken into the church.
We hope the bounty bill now hefore the
Legislature will become a law so that Ed.
Bubb need not be out of a job.
The many friends of Hall Bottorf will be
glad to learn of his improvement from an
operation for appendicitis, which was pér-
formed in the German hospital in Philadel-
phia on the 10th.
Congratulations are being showered on
John Niece upon the arrival of a little girl at
Grandpa Koch's. W. B. Ward is doing
duty as nurse for number seven who is a girl
doing well, but Mrs. Ward is very ill.
There are many sick people all through the
valley. In fact in many of the schools half
of the scholars are unable to attend on ac-
count of bad colds or the grip, which has as-
sumed the proportion of an epidemic.
Rev. D. Y. Brouse and family are spending
their yearly vacation with friends here. Last
Sunday evening the Rev. preached’ an ex-
cellent sermon in the Methodist church and
it was thoroughly appreciated by the goodly
crowd. SE
Forty dollars were realized from the supper
given in the lecture room of the M. E. church
on the afternoon of the 11th. Twice that
amount could have been made had the com-
mittee in charge kept up the supplies. It
was largely patronized by the Bellefonte ex-
Thursday of this week Mrs. Athalia the
better-half of Rev. C. T. Aikens reached her
thirtieth year stone, and in honor of the
event the fatted gobbler was killed. Mrs.
A. presided over the feast with her customary
grace and dignity and the guests thoroughly:
enjoyed the occasion. :
Our former townsman Dr. Thomas, of
Latrobe, is among the office seekers at the
Washington. The Doctor has a foreign mis-
sion bee buzzing in his head and will be con-
‘tent to represent Uncle Sam at Honolulu,
and enjoy the invigorating effects of the
Sandwich islands. :
At a congregational meeting held in the
Presbyterian lecture rooms last Monday at
2 o’clock, David Barr presided. Mrs. Kate
Woods was elected treasurer, A. S. Bailey
trustee and W. H. Roush janitor. Treasurer
Mitchell’s report was accepted as read and
showed the church in a creditable condition.
More funds have been paid to missions
than for many years. °
Last Thursday, at 2 o'clock, at the parson-
age, Rev. Aikens pronouced Emanuel B.
Weaver and Mary A. Goodwin man and
wife. They journeyed down Pennsvalley, and
upon their return will go to housekeeping in
part of Miss Sue Campbell’s large brick
house, at the Glades. The groom is an up to
date farmer and is deserving of a good wife
which we hope he got.
The hack load of boys, who came from the
College to this place last Thursday evening,
had better made their calling and election
sure or else return the large church lamp,
Miller Wagner's little dorg and everything
else they could lay their hands on, as our
town dads have found out who the boys
are and are seriously thinking of making
matte.s interesting. Turn on the light boys.
Centre Hall.
John Foster, of Aaronsburg, accompanied
by his sister, Mary, spent Monday evening
-among friends in town. John isan ardent
An account was given in last week’s issue
of the sad accident of Miles Arny We are
pleased to say he is in perfect health again,
and is now teaching school.
Our enterprising manufacturer of wheels
W. W. Boob, is now fitting vehicles with rub-
ber tiresand ball bearings and during the
summer months will keep bicycles in stock.
Miss Grace Alexander, who is taking a
course at State College, spent Sabbath in
Centre Hall. 'Tis strange we always have
strange young men in town when Miss Grace
returns. :
Miss Roxana. Brisbane has just returned
from an extended visit, to her sister,
Mrs. Boone, of Schnectady. N.Y. ; also friends
at Albany, N. Y. and Williamsport. She
reports having had a lovely time.
Mrs. John Puff is seriously ill, having been
confined to her bed for a long time with con-
sumption. Her little baby, aged six months,
is not expected to recover from an illness of
considerable length.
Veterinary surgeon John Rider is kept busy
these days looking after the good health of
cattle and horses. The doctor also assists
State veterinary Pearson in the examination
of cattle infected with tuberculosis,
Miss Emily Alexander has returned from
an extended visit to the East and will now
be ready to give her attention to those de-
siring to study instrumental or vocal music.
Those who know her musically will not
hesitate in saying that she is peculiarly fitted
for that popular art.
The public sales through the valley are, as
a general thing, largely attended. Stock is
selling at good prices. Cattle of all kinds
and hogs are sold at figures which return a
profit to the seller. Farm implements, when
in good repair and of good make, also bring-
ing all they are worth.
Rev. M. S. Derstine and wife are paying
the formers’ mother a visit. Rev. Derstine
is a young minister, who will receive his first
charge at the coming conference. He is able
in every respect and will gain the confidence .
respect and love of his people wherever he is
Messrs. Wolf and Crawford, of the central
produce company, are shipping almost week-
ly a car load of produce, apples, potatoes,
etc. The company handles a large amount
of produce, that heretofore was almost
dead stock on the farmer's hands. While
prices are low at present, the producer is still
able to sell since shipping is regularly carried
on by the firm noted above.
Penns valley is to have a new mutual fire
insurance company. The formalities nec-
essary prior to the issuing of a charter by the
State are being effected. One of these
requisites is the guarantee of having
$200,000 insurance, which has already or
about been secured. There is considerable
interest being taken in the new insurance
company by business men all over the val-
ley. It is not definitely settled yet where
the headquarters will be. Let the ball move,
and when a loss occurs the proposed com-
pany should pay its insurance “instead of go-
ing into the building business.
Mrs. Eisenberg’s Sunday school class of
the Reformed church gave an entertainment
Saturday evening. Those who took part in
it displayed more than ordinary talent, and
taken asa whole the affair was an entire
success from every point of view. Among
the new features introduced was the singing
of “The Lorely,” a German hymn, known to
every one acquainted with that language.
The tableaux were beautiful and original,
the colored lights showing them to the best
advantage. The singing by the class, as well
as the solos rendered by Misses Kreamer and
Alexander, were well received. Many of the
other participants arc entitled to special
mention were it not for limited space.
Some few weeks ago the building of the
proposed grange hall was urged in these col-
umns. While it is regretted that the an-
nouncement can not be made that the hall
will be built this coming summer, the readers
will be gratified to know positively that the
enterpriseis not dead, but is occupying the
minds and attention of the proper persons,
which will culminate within at least three
years in the completion of a structure of
modern design costing nearly or altogether
$5,000. This is not talk on paper, nor was
your correspondent’s informant talking
through his hat when the statement was
made that Progress grange could, without
hampering itself, erect a hall, this year, cost-
ing $2520, and beside equip it in such a style
that would surprise those not acquainted
with the resources, ingenuity and business
tact of the promoters. Don’t sneer at the
grange or its officials, it is an institution
worthy of the respect and support of all. If
you will consider the bustle and stir about
town during the September days for the last
ten years, you can get a hint at what the
grange acpiviplishal in our midst.and that
without a dollar's capital to start with. The
writer could surprise the most sanguine ex-
pectations of the optimist if he were per-
mitted to give to the public the plans laid by
the head oflicials of the grange movement for
the advancement and completion of the
various projects now under wayin connec-
tion with that organization.
Mrs. Alex Henderson, who has been sick at
her daughter's home in Tyrone, returned
home on Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs. C. F. Smith, wife of Dr. C. F. Smith,
started on a pleasure trip to Philadelphia on
Tuesday morning.
Messrs. Theoph and Will Pletcher, two
prominent farmers who reside near this place,
are confined to the house with pneumonia.
W. L. Cooke, station agent and one of the
most prominent citizens of this place, at-
tended his cousin’s funeral, Mrs. Emma
Mahaffey, at Mahaffey, on last Thursday.
The newly organized board of health is
having its first experience with diphtheria.
Five cases and one death were reported last
week. They have quarantined the houses,
thus keeping the disease from spreading.
On last Wednesday the scholars of the
High school gave a birthday surprise party
for their teacher, Mr. E. S. Latshaw, who re-
sides on Walnut street. He celebrated the
32nd year of his life that evening. Ice cream,
cake and all kinds of delicacies were served
and every one who was there reports having
had a good time. .