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Bellefonte, Pa., February 3, 1922. |
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To Organize State-wide Conservation
State College, Pa., Feb. 1.—Conser-
vation leaders of Pennsylvania have
taken steps towards the organization
of a State-wide body that will em-
brace every sportsmen’s or conserva- |
tion association under one central |:
head for the purpose of united action |
on matters pertaining to the preser- |
vation of the State’s natural resourc-
es. Plans are being made for a meet-
ing of delegates from 100 or more
State organizations to be held at
State College March 30th and 31st,
at the suggestion of county conserva-
tion association presidents and oth-
ers who met at the College on Monday
It is proposed that the formation of
a Pennsylvania State Conservation
Council be effected at the March meet-
ing. At that time the State depart-
ments of forestry, fish and game will
be asked to present items concerning
their departments that a council of
this kind could give assistance with in
an educational way. Individuals in-
terested in conservation will be asked
to attend this gathering. County or-
ganizations will send one delegate and
State organizations, such as the
Pennsylvania State Sportsmen’s as-
sociation, the United Sportsmen, the
State Grange, Wild Life League, State
Forestry association, Boy Scouts and
others will send three delegates.
Because The Pennsylvania State
College is vitally interested in all
forms of conservation within the
State, this place was chosen for the
meeting. Those who attended the
Monday conference included: Grant
Hoover, Williamsport, president of
the Lycoming Forest Protective asso-
ciation; Dr. R. F. Beatty, president of
the Huntingdon County Conservation
association, Huntingdon; Ralph A.
Smith, president of the Centre County
Conservation association, Sandy
Ridge; P. H. Dillman, Bellevue, field
secretary Wild Life League of Penn-
sylvania; President John M. Thomas,
of Pennsylvania State College; Dean
R. L. Watts, of the college school of |
agriculture; Seth Gordon, secretary of |
the State Game Commission; Robert
.Y, Stuart, deputy commissioner of !
forestry; J. A. Ferguson, professor of
forestry at State College and secre-
tary of the Centre County Conserva-
tion association, and E. K. Hibshman,
of State College. Dean Watts acted
as chairman for the meeting.
Messrs. Dillman, Beatty and Watts
were appointed a committee on coun-
cil organization. Messrs. Hibshman,
Smith and Hoover will draw up a
program for the March 30-31 meeting.
Professor Ferguson will care for the
Dreaming of the Home Land.
Blackfalds, Alberta, Can.
Dear “Watchman”: —
Sitting all alone this clear, cold
night, with the mercury at 40 degrees
below zero and still going down, my
thoughts have gone drifting back to
my old home land in Nittany valley
and to the old Logan school house, and
the writing school taught by “Pro-
fessor” Baner—just thirty-eight years
ago. In memory I can see the pro-
fessor stalking up and down the room,
hear the scratch, scratch, scratch of
the busy pens and see again the
bright, young faces just as they ap-
There were John and Sarah, Shu-.
man and Julia, Dave and Emma, Ka-'
tie and Clifford, the writer and Nora,
the prettiest, blue-eyed, red-cheeked
girl that ever entered the old Logan
school house; these among the ones
who have passed off. The Dunkle
boys, the White boys and girls, the
Rothrocks, Willie Renalds, the Crouse
girls, Will Zimmerman, the Trevil-
lians, the Yarnells, I can see them all..
To me they are always young, those
school companions of mine. And I
wonder if I were to go back to the
old haunts how many of them I should
“Some are married, some are dead;
All are scattered now and fled.”
Or if any do remain perhaps they
are staid old grandfathers and grand-
mothers, and not the rollicking, har-
um-scarum boys and girls I used to
know; jolly and full of fun, but clean
and wholesome. I know they have
grown into honest, God-fearing men
and women, and some day when I
have the time I am going back to hunt
them up and see if any of them re-
member me as well as I remember
I hear the boys at the skating rink.
There must be a hockey match on to-
night, for cold has no terrors for the
young Albertan, and ice skating is
a great winter sport here. Most of
our winter has been fine, no snow and
the temperature at about the freezing
point, but last night (January 22nd)
it went down to 48 degrees below zero.
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——Furniture purchased during
February 20% discount sale at W. R.
Brachbill’s means dollars saved. 5-1t
Death of an Esteemed Citizen.
Mr. George S. Gray, one of the old-
est inhabitants of Centre county, died
at his home in Halfmoon valley on
Saturday, January 21st, at 10:30 p.
m., his death being due to a stroke of
The son of Isaac and Catherine
Gray, he was born in Halfmoon val- |
ley, July 24th, 1829, on one of the
farms he owned at the time of his
death, his age being 92 years, 7
months and 27 days. |
All his life was spent in Halfmoon
valley where he was an esteemed and
respected citizen. His keen intellect-
ual and business ability, his deep in--
terest in public affairs and his pro-
found religious convictions placed him .
above the average man. Mr. Gray
loved the country and his entire life,
with the exception of one year when
in the mercantile business in Storms-
town, was spent in farming, in which
he was very successful.
Until stricken by his last fatal ill-
ness Mr. Gray was greatly interested
in all the current events of the day,
although for nine years previous to
his death he had been so badly crip-
pled by being run over by an automo-
bile, driven by Irvin Thomas, of
Stormstown, that he was unable to
walk from that time on. A patient
invalid, he never complained that so
many years had to be spent in suffer-
ing, confined to his bed or his wheel-
chair. The devotion of his daughter,
Miss Anna L. Gray, did much ta alle-
viate his suffering and brighten his
life during this prolonged period when
he was a helpless invalid.
For seventy-two years Mr. Gray
was a fatihful and consistent member
of the Methodist Episcopal church. In:
all his dealings he was sterlingly hon- |
est, his motto being “the golden rule.” |
Mr. Gray was married three times, |
all his wives having preceded him to
the grave. His first marriage was to
Miss Martha P. Ross, of Pine Grove
Mills. To this union were born six’
children, Mrs. Alice S. Elder, of Phil-
ipsburg; Mrs. Belle M. Mattern, of
Unionville; Mrs. Agnes G. Foster, of
Montrose; Miss Anna L. Gray, at’
home; I. G. Gray, of Pittsburgh, and .
John T. Gray, who died in infancy.
Eleven grand-children and nine great
grand-children also survive. Mr.
Gray’s first wife died in 1870. In
1872 he married Miss Margaret V.
Harris, of Bellefonte, a sister of John
P. Harris. After her death in 1883
he was married for the third time in,
1885 to Amelia Mattern, of Warriors-
mark, who died some years ago. The
funeral services were held at his home.
Tuesday afternoon by his pastor, Rev.
H. W. Reeder, assisted by Rev. W. K.
Foster, a son-in-law, of Montrose.
Burial was made in Gray’s cemetery.
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PETERS.—Mrs. Mary Miles Peters, !
widow of the late George W. Peters,
| passed away at the home of her’.
daughter, Mrs. Robert G. Foster, 2816
north Broad street, Philadelphia, at
two o’clock last Saturday, of diseases
incident to her advanced age.
Her maiden name was Mary Miles
Lucas and she was born near Union- |
ville on June 8th, 1843, hence was in!
her seventy-ninth year. Her married .
life was spent in the neighborhood of |
Unionville but following the death of |
her husband over thirty years ago she |
came to Bellefonte with her family |
and lived here until her removal to ,
Philadelphia. She is survived by the :
following children: John Peters, of |
DuBois; Davis I, of Walla Walla,
Washington; Mrs. Frank Grau, Anna
T. and Mrs. Robert G. Foster, of Phil-
aedlphia, and Mrs. Cheney K. Hick-
len, of Bellefonte. She also leaves
these brothers and sisters: Edward
Lucas, of Huston township; Mrs. Al-
vira Peters, of Boggs township;
George W. Lucas, of Philipsburg;
Mrs. William Witmer, of Bellefonte,
and Curtin Lucas, in Ohio.
Funeral services were held at the
Foster home in Philadelphia on Tues-
day afternoon after which the remains
were brought to Centre county and
taken direct from the train at Union-
ville to Upper Dix cemetery, where
burial was made.
MARKS.—William J. Marks, father
of John F. Marks, of Bellefonte, died
quite suddenly on Monday morning
at his home at Derry, as the result of
a stroke of apoplexy. Mr. Marks
worked for the Westinghouse compa-
ny and was stricken shortly after
going to work, passing away in less
than an hour. He was 69 years old
and is survived by his wife and four
children, G. A. Marks, at home; Mrs.
H. C. Love, of Pittsburgh; Mrs. H. T.
Kidder, of Philadelphia, and John F.,
of Bellefonte. The latter received
word of his father’s death after he
had gone to work at the penitentiary
on Monday morning and in the after-
noon left for his home in Derry.
WALKER.—Elisha Hale Walker
died at his home at Woodland, Clear-
field county, on January 19th, aged 78
years, 9 months and 4 days. He was
a son of Adam Walker and was born
at Yarnell, Centre county. The elder
Walker gave the ground and was
largely instrumental in the erection
of the United Brethren church at Yar-
nell and after the son located at
Woodland he helped to organize a
United Brethren congregation there
and also asisted in building a church.
He was an ardent prohibitionist all his
life. He is survived by his wife, two
sons and one daughter, as well as
three step-children. Burial was made
at Woodland on January 22nd.
Bellefonte on Tuesday morning an-
nounced the death on Monday night
of Mrs. Margaret Hewitt, widow of
the late Rev. John Hewitt, at the
home of her son Stafford, in Georgia.
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Mrs. Hewitt’s maiden name was Mar- Centre Countians at State Farm Some Spring Changes in the Eastern
garet Pierson, and she was born in
Baltimore, Md. Her husband died at
Coldwater, Mich., on February 19th,
1918, but surviving her are two sons,
Charles, of Albany, N. Y., and Staf-
ford, in Georgia. Particulars of her
illness or time and place of burial are
unknown at this writing.
ZELLER.—Mrs. Elvira Jane Zeller,
wife of W. S. Zeller, passed away at
her home on Allegheny street on
Tuesday morning, of bronchial pneu-
monia. She was taken ill on Satur-
day of last week and rapidly grew
worse until the end.
She was a daughter of Hon. James
and Jane Armor McManus and was
born in the house where she lived all
her life and where she passed away.
Forty-eight years ago last Saturday
she was united in marriage to W. S.
She was a life-long member
‘of St. John’s Episcopal church and a
woman whose kindness of heart and
gracious manner won her many warm
friends. Her only survivors are her
husband and one sister, Miss Margaret
Funeral services were held at her
‘late home at 2:30 o’clock yesterday
afternoon by Rev. M. DePui Maynard,
after which burial was made in the
“A voice is heard on earth of Kkinsfolk
The loss of one they love;
But she has gone where the redeemed are
A festival above.
The mourners throng the way, and from
The funeral bell tolls slow;
But in the golden streets the holy people
Are passing to and fro,
And saying as they meet, ‘Rejoice! another
Long waited for has come;
The Saviour’'s heart is glad, another sister
Has reached the Father's home.”
ter, Mrs. Ida McCann, in Altoona, fol-
lowing an illness of some weeks with
a complication of diseases. She was
a daughter of Henry and Martha
Reese and was born in Boggs town-
ship on February 28th, 1859. A good
part of her life was spent in Centre
county. She was a lifelong member
of the Baptist church and a woman
highly respected by all who knew her.
Her husband died a number of
| years ago but surviving her are the
following children: Mrs. Ida McCann,
of Altoona; Mrs. Frantz Ayres, of
: Los Angeles, Cal.; Boyd R. Tate, of .
Akron, Ohio, and Mrs. Marie Steven-
son, of Cleveland, Ohio. She also
leaves two brothers and one sister,
Charles P. and Joseph Reese, of
Reese’s Settlement on the Allegheny
mountain, and Mrs. Lawrence Crider,
Funeral services were held at the
McCann home in Altoona at eight
o'clock on Tuesday evening by Rev.
Clayten Grinnell, of the First Baptist
church, and on Wednesday morning
the remains were brought to Belle-
fonte for burial in the Meyers ceme-
SHUEY.—Miss Frances Shuey died
at her home at Centre Furnace last
Friday morning following an. illness
of some weeks as the result of a goi-
tre. She was a daughter of Charles
and Mary P. (Frankenberg) Shuey
and was born near Bellefonte on April
14th, 1856, hence was almost sixty-six
years of age. She never married but
is survived by the following brothers
Emma Houser, of Pleasant Gap, and
John, of Lemont. Rev. M. C. Piper
had charge of the funeral which was
held on Tuesday morning, burial being
made in the Shiloh cemetery.
GREEN.—The remains of Theodore
Green, colored, who died at the Dan-
ville hospital last Friday, where he
had been a patient seventeen years,
were brought to Bellefonte last Satur-
day for burial in the Union cemetery.
He was about forty-eight years old
and a son of the late William and Ma-
ry Green. Two brothers and two sis-
sp em pe
Name in Chinese on Penn State
For the first time in the history of
The Pennsylvania State College, Chi-
nese letters were used in inscribing
the name of a graduate on his diplo-
ma at the mid-year commencement
exercises which were held on January
31st. The diploma was issued to Wil-
liam Tien Hwo Ho, of Foochow, Chi-
na, who has successfully completed
the agronomy course in the school of
agriculture. The English name was
printed first, followed by the Chinese
characters. The latter were first
written by Ho and were then copied
onto the diploma by assistant regis-
trar W. S. Hoffman.
There are now thirty-six foreign-
born students enrolled at the College,
Russia leading with eight. Italy and
Austria have three each; Canada and
England two each; and the following
countries one each: Denmark, Fin-
land, Germany, Holland, Ireland,
Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Norway, Pal-
estine, Poland, Spain, Syria and Tur-
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——A man who gave his name as
Adam A. Baweic, and home town Nan-
ticoke, was arrested at State College
last Friday evening for bootlegging.
Nine quarts of whiskey were found in
a suit case he carried. He was brought
to Bellefonte and at a hearing before
‘Squire J. M. Keichline was held in
$1000 bail for trial at court. The
young man communicated with his
father at Nanticoke who arranged his
bond and he was then set at liberty.
Nancy Jane Tate, :
widow of Wesley Tate, died on Sun-
day morning at the home of her daugh-
Isaac Shuey, of Belle-
fonte; James and Ellen, of Rock; Mrs. !
Solo, selected - -
A good representation of Centre
county farmers attended the State
farm products show in Harrisburg
last week, included in the number be-
ing Thomas Beaver, A. D. Smeltzer
and E. J. Gentzel, of Bellefonte; J. D.
: Neidigh, John S. Dale, J. W. Miller
and Homer Grubb, of State College;
‘John G. Miller and A. C. Kepler and
wife, of Pine Grove Mills; J. M.
Campbell, Charles Meyers and I. O.
Campbell, of Pennsylvania Furnace;
Philip Musser,r Centre Hall; W. V.
. Brungart and Randall Brungart, of
County farm agent J. N. Robinson
and John B. Payne, vocational educa-
tion director of Centre county, were
also in attendance and had charge of
the educational and farm crops exhib-
its from Centre county. Some of the
boys and girls who exhibited and won |
prizes at the Centre county farm
products show again came to the front
and won prizes in the boys’ and girl's
exhibits at the State capital. Joseph
Swabb, of Spring Mills, won third
premium on white cap and yellow dent
corn, and Charles Campbell, of Penn-
sylvania Furnace, won fifth premium
in the same class. Mary Bright, of
Spring Mills, won fifth premium on
flint corn. Competition was unusual-
ly keen which accounts for the failure
of Centre county farmers, as well as
boys and girls in winning more pre-
The following boys represented
Centre county in the judging contests:
Dairy cattle—David Hosterman, of
Spring Mills, and Fred Ross, of Boals-
burg. Corn—Ward Hosterman, of
Aaronsburg, and Eugene Lee, of
Spring Mills. Poultry—Eugene Sla-
gle, of Spring Mills, and Philip Mus-
ser, of Centre Hall.
A Delightful Musicale.
Music lovers have a delightful treat
in store for them in a musicale to be
held in St. John’s Episcopal church
next Tuesday evening, beginning at
7:45 o'clock. Talent from Bellefonte,
State College and Lock Haven will
take part. Singing soprano will be
Miss Leah Lark, Miss Betty Croll,
Mrs. Robert Walker, Miss Mildred
Locke and Mrs. Russell Blair; contral-
to, Miss Pauline Flinchbaugh; bari-
tone, E. H. Rolston; bass, P. J. Dun-
can and James Seig; tenors, D. V.
Bender, R. A. Roxley and Russell
Instrumentalists will be Mrs. Louis
Schad and B. M. Herman, violin; W.
T. Putney, flute; Mrs. C. C. Robinson
and F. J. Holden, piano; Mrs. C. C.
Robinson and Mrs. Russell Blair, or-
gan. The program as arranged is as
“Onward Christian Soldiers”
1—Anthem, “The Wilderness” -
2—Trio, -‘“Pastorale’’, ....- ..=-
(Violin, Fluté and Piano)
3—Solo, “Like as a Father Pitieth
His Children” - - =
5—Quartette, “Be Strong”
Clarence C. Robinson
6—Anthem, “I Waited for the Lord”
7T—Violin, “Legende” - Wieniawski
8—Trio, “There is a Green Hill
Far Away” - - - - Gounod
9—Trio, “Nocturne” - - Cesar Cui
(Violin, Flute and Piano)
10—Anthem, “Gloria from
12th Mass” - - - Mozart
Teacher Training Class Commence-
Commencement exercises of the
teacher training class of the United
Brethren bible school will be held in
the United Brethren church on Sun-
day evening at 7:30 o'clock. Seven,
members constitute the class, as fol- |
lows: Grace Shope, Adaline Bathurst,
Anna Kovaciec, Dora Stine, Violet
Shope, Charles T. Stine and Roy H.
Grove. The program will be as fol-
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow
Hymn - - - - - -
Scripture Lesson and Prayer }
Miss Russie Cole
Synopsis of Old Testament Violet Shope
Synopsis of New Testament Dora Stine
The Church in All the World Anna Kovacic
Piano Duet - Grace and Violet Shope
The Modern Sunday School
Charles T. Stine
Roy H. Grove
The Pupil - -
The Teacher - -
Bible Characters - -
Solo, selected - - Miss Russie Cole
Address - Hon. Ives L. Harvey
Presentation of Diplomas
Rev. Geo. E. Smith
Greetings from S. S. Supt. Mr. Waite
Hymn - - - - = No. 132
Class Text and Aronic Benediction by
Class and Teacher.
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Trial List for February Court.
Following is the list of civil cases
down for trial at the February term
Charles H. Donley vs. Catherine Flick.
American Fruit Co. vs. Frank Balistrer.
Ferdinand Hasson vs. Pool Hasson.
Blair L. McKillip vs. Leslie P. Gifford
and Josiah Pritchard, trading and doing
business as Gifford & Pritchard.
Mrs. Emma Cooke and E. C. Cooke vs.
Hugh J. Crumlish and Ruth Crumlish.
Oscar Johnston vs. Samuel W. Claster.
Esther Johnston vs. Samuel W. Claster.
Elsie M. Hall, widow, for herself and in
behalf of Ralph E. Hall, Mildred L. Hall
and Lis G. Hall, minor children of Elwood
S. Hall, deceased, vs. State-Centre Electric
Co., a corporation.
J. Fred Herman, vs. Thos. D. Boal.
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——The road supervisors of Centre
county will hold their annual conven-
tion in the court house next Wednes-
day, February 8th. A good attend-
ance is desired.
Part of the Town.
‘Roy Yarnell will move from the
cemetery property on east High street
to his new home on the same street,
purchased from Mrs. Resides; William
Resides leaving there to go to the
Henry Resides property on Penn
street. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lanning
will go into the house vacated by Roy
Charles Saxion will move his family
from Reservoir hill to the property he
bought from Mrs. Robert Cassidy on
east High street, to be vacated by
Captain George, of the U. S. cav-
alry, will go from the Bush house to
the Dr. Kirk property, occupied by
the Paynes, as soon as Mr. and Mrs.
John Payne leave to take possession
. of their new bungalow on Linn street.
Wallace Markle, who bought the J.
L. Spangler property on east High
street, will move there from the apart-
‘ment over the Trust Co.
Samuel Wasson will vacate the
Mendis house on east High street, to
go to the Welty property on east
Howard street, now occupied by the
Poorman family, who will go into
their new home near by on Howard
George Tibbens will leave the house
he is now occupying on Howard street,
to go to his new one farther out on the
same street; Jesse Wolford and his
family moving from east Bishop street
to the home vacated by the Tibbens
family. The Marshal family will
leave one of the Tibbens properties
on east Howard street to go to the
Clevenstine property on east Bishop
street; the Moyer family from Pleas-
ant Gap moving into the house va-
cated by the Marshals. -
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Schad will go
to their new bungalow on Curtin
Harry Boyer will leave one of the
Schad properties on Lamb street to
go to the home now occupied by the
Fromm family on east Logan street;
the Fromms will move to the Bailey
house on Bishop street. Maurice
Fromm will leave one of the Schad
homes to go to the Thad Hamilton
house on east Logan street. Mrs. Ed-
ward Brown will leave the Resides
home on Penn street and go to one of
the Schad properties.
Chaplain Young and his family and
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Cassidy have se-
cured the two second floor apartments
Mr. Schlow is making out of the flat
so long occupied by Mrs. J. A. Aikens
and her daughter.
Frank Deitrick having sold his
frame house on east Bishop street,
will move into his double brick house
near by, vacated by the Bloomquist
family, who will go into the Cohen
property now occupied by Chaplain
Young and his family; the other side
of ‘the ‘Cohen house being vacated by
M. C. Hansen; who goes to his new
bungalow on Linn street.
Mrs. Elizabeth Hull will leave the
Joseph Thal house on north Thomas
street to go to east Howard street.
Edward Kline will vacate one of the
James Potter houses on Railroad
street to go to the Thal house. Joseph
Kane, who is now occupying one of the
Haupt flats will move into the Potter
house Mr. Kline vacates.
Eleanor, the elder daughter of
Dr. and Mrs. George S. Green, of
Lock Haven, has been in.an extreme-
ly critical condition since Sunday.
While convalescing from an attack of
scarlet fever a sudden development of
trouble with her heart, has been cause
for great alarm concerning her recov-
— At the annual convention of
school directors held in the court house
last Friday Ralph H. Shook, of Gregg
township, was elected president; W.
H. Long, of Howard, vice president;
. Charles F. Cook, secretary, and A. C.
Mingle, treasurer, the two latter being
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Wage Cut Opens Mine.
A prominent operating company in
the Clearfield district, where Union
mines prevail, was able to resume op-
erations last week owing to the fact
that one of the local Unions surren-
dered its charter to the United Mine
Workers so that its members could
get employment at some of the mines
where the 1917 scale is being paid. It
was a question of work with the mem-
bers of this particular local, and they
agreed, as a body, that it was better
to work at a wage that is obtainable
and fair, under the circumstances,
than to contend for a scale that they
In this connection the pay sheets
of a certain well known company op-
erating in the Potomac field, where
wages were recently adjusted, shows
that even with reduced wages, many
of their miners are making from $90
to $100 every two weeks, or around
$200 per month. At this particular
operation, it is stated, an average of
from twenty-five to fifty miners a
day are seeking employment, these
men coming from other regions where
the news of the operation of this mine
had reached them.
Robert M. Harpster and Florence
A. Rossman, Pennsylvania Furnace.
Frederick Weitman, Osceola Mills,
and Florence Rockmore, Powelton.
Samuel L. Hubler, Rebersburg, and
M. Elizabeth Reifsnyder, Millheim.
George R. Rockey and Mabel H.
“I thought I told you that I
wouldn’t rent this apartment to you
if you had any children.” “These are
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Get your job work done here.
104 KILLED IN THEATRE CRASH.
Washington, Jan. 31.—Official po-
lice recads early.on Monday placed the
known dead in the Knickerbocker the-
atre disaster at 104. Elimination of
duplicated names brought the final to-
tal down from the unofficial peak of
112 at which the toll of the catastro-
phe was placed on Sunday.
The list of injured stood at 134
with 14 listed as “seriously injured.”
The official list, according to the
authorities, contained the names of all
those whose bodies had been recovered
up to midnight, from the ruins left
wnen the roof of the theatre, over-
weighed with snow, collapsed on the
audience which had braved the Satur-
day night storm to witness the com-
edy featured on the evening program.
‘The volunteer workers including po-
licemen, firemen, marines and cavalry
from Fort Myer, had practically con-
cluded their search of the wreckage at
midnight, the only portion of what had
been the orchestra remaining to be
searched being a far corner in which
it was not expected additional bodies
would be found.
The large majority of the victims,
both killed and injured, were residents
of this city although many came re-
cently from other places. Explora-
tion of the ruins went on unchecked
after dark, but those in charge believ-
ed few additional bodies would be
found. Without regard to their own
risk, soldiers, marines, sailors, police,
firemen and citizen volunteers had
fought their way beneath the wreck-
age over practically the whole floor
of the auditorium.
The exact number in the theatre
when the steel and concrete span of
the roof buckled and fell under its
three foot load of snow probably nev-
er will be known. The stories of per-
haps a hundred who got out uninjur-
ed have been reported. These account
for a few more than 300 in the audi-
ence that was roaring in laughter at
a film comedy when the roof fell on
them like a blanket, carrying down
the front of the wide balcony in its
Normally, the theatre has had every
seat filled at that hour and nearly
2,000 persons was its capacity. The
same unprecedented snow fall which
brought death to the venturesome few,
kept the many at home. Street car
traffic had been abandoned and streets
and sidewalks were all but impassa-
ble with drifts.
There has been no time as yet for
official inquiry as to the cause of the
disaster. The ruins themselves dis-
close, however, that the entire mass of
steel-held concrete that formed the
roof had come down. The crash swept
the supports out from under the bal-
cony, apparently, and this hinged
down at an angle of 45 degrees adding
to the tangled mass of wreckage on
the floor below.
The building stands in an acute
angled corner at Eighteenth street
and Columbia Road, Northwest, the
heart of the most favored residential
section of the city.
This whole theatre stood roofless to
the sky a moment after the first hiss-
ing sound of the breaking roof gave
warning above the music of the or-
chestra. There is only one survivor
thus far who has told of having heard
| that warning and seen the ‘first pow-
dery handful of snow sift down over
the head of the orchestra leader in
time to make his escape. From his
seat well forward on the main floor,
he raced for the doors at the back. A
great blast of air expelled as the roof
came down and hurled him out
through the doorway to safety.
Most of the bodies were recovered
from the floor of the pit beneath the
wreckage of the balcony or from the
front of the balcony itself.
(Included in the list of killed were
ex-Congressman A. J. Barchfeld and
his daughter-in-law, Mrs. E. A. Barch-
feld, of Pittsburgh. Congressman
Barchfeld has frequently visited Belle-
fonte during the time that his step-
son, Gilbert Meyers, was a student at
the Bellefonte Academy.—Editor).
St. Agnes’ Eve.
January 20th was the eve of St.
Agnes, celebrated by Tennyson, Long-
fellow and Keats in beautiful poems.
It commemorates the execution of the
Roman virgin, St. Agnes, during the
reign of Diocletian, early in the
There are varying accounts of the
history and tragic death of Agnes, the
girl saint. She was between 12 and
15 years old, and very beautiful. Be-
cause of the Christian faith she is said
to have been subjected to horrible tor-
tures and finally beheaded by Diocle-
tian’s orders. One legend has it that
her beauty attracted the son of one of
the Roman praetors, whom she escap-
ed through miraculous blindness that
fell upon him, and that her prayers
later restored his sight.
St. Agnes’ day is really January
21st, but popular celebration is ac-
corded the “eve” before. It is regard-
ed as a time of prophetic promise to
all those in search of husbands. One
of the ancient divinitations to ascer-
tain one’s future life companion was
to take a row of pins, and pull out one
at a time while slowly repeating the
I stick this pin, this pin I stick,
To know the thing I know not yet;
That I may see
The man who shgll my husband be,
Not in his best or worst array,
But what he weareth every day,
‘ That I tomorrow may him ken
From among all other men.
The pins must be stuck fn the sleeve
of the girl’s gown and she must sleep
in this waist all night.
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Cities in Thunderstorm Spots.
The conclusion has been reached by
a well known engineer who has given
the subject considerable attention that
certain cities, if not indeed most in-
land cities of say 100,000 population
or more, appear to be “thunderstorm
spots.” The observation has been
made by E. R. Horton, of Voorhees-
ville, N. Y., who also points out that
“a shallow lake with sandy margins
located in a forest may serve as a
thunderstorm breeder” and cites as
proof observations made by him over
Oneida lake, New York.
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