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fiLOOMSDURG, PA., THURSDAY JANUARY 57, 1910.
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The Splendid Work Done by this In
stitution and the Increasing
Demand Upon it
NECESSITY FOR ENLARGEMENT.
When the Joseph Ratti Hospital
was first established in Bloomsburg,
there were many who were some
what skeptical as to its success,
but the great work that has been
accomplished there has more than
justified the expectations of its
founder and alj who were instru
mental in its creation.
Its limited capacity has been
constantly filled, and the demands
upon its services have been such
that many have not been able to
secure treatment there, though no
serious cases have ever been refus
The Hospital has reached a point
now where its enlargement is an
absolute necessity. This will re
quire, a considerable amount of
;.ioney, and the only way that the
Hospital authorities can secure the
necessary sum is by the caopera
tion of the public. A compara
tively small appropriation has been
received from the State, but this
sum has been more than expended
in the treatment of charity patients.
The Joseph Ratti Hospital is not
a Bloomsburg institution. Patients
from every section of the county
and from adjoining counties have
been treated there, and its doors
have never been closed to any case
where it has been possible in any
way to make room for it.
An appeal will probably soon be
made to the public for funds with
which to erect the new and enlarged
building necersary for its work, and
this appeal should be promptly and
cheerfully responded to by residents
of the county generally, as well as
by those in neighboring communi
ties to which it is convenient, and
from which patienis are willingly
received up to the limit of the ca
pacity. An appropriation of $15,000 was
made by the legislature at its last
session, but this was cut down to
$5,000 by the Governor, and it will
be secured only on condition that
$10,000 more are raised by the Hos
pital during the present year. But
this will not be sufficient to make the
institution what it should be, aud an
additional $20,000 will be required
for the erection and equipment of
the new building. Last year the ap
propriation was $1578.02. Thecost
to the Hospkal for patients treated
free of charge was $2216.46. We
append the financial report for
1909, and also the report of the
medical staff, both of which will be
found of much interest.
The financial report as submitted
by the superintendent is well worth
a careful study. The total income
for the year was $4,925- n 1 of which
sura $1,578.02 were received from
state appropriation; $268.95 from
donations; $2,946.11 from patients
and $132.03 from other sources.
The income was wholly expended
in the maintenance of the hospital.
There were 200 of what are termed
in-patients and 30 dispensary pa
tients treated during the year.
The in-patients were treated in the
hospital a tctal of 3,336 days, which
would make an average cost per day
of $1.47 2-3, or a cost per week of
$10.33. Of the patients treated in
the hospital 72 were charity cases,
11 were admitted as pay patients,
but failed to pay, and 8 have paid
but a small portion of their bill.
This makes a total of 91 patients
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Democratic Party Held Caucus Last
Friday Evening and Nam
The Democratic Caucus was held
in the Town Hall lasr Friday even
ing, with County Chairman, James
II. Mercer, presiding, and John
Watson and W. W. Barratt acting
The nominations opened, and
Dr. Charles F. Altmiler was named
as candidate for President of Town
Council, and II. C. Pollock, Harry
Rulon and Dr. I. L. Rabb, for
Geo. E. Elwell was nominated
for School Director for the three
year term, and C. W. Jones for
Guy Jacoby was again acclaimed
as nominee for Justice of the Peace.
The nominations for election of
ficers of the different wards were
For the First Ward, Geo. E. El
well acted as chairman and Paul Z.
Harman and James II. Coleman as
secretaries. Nominations were as
follows: Judge of election, W. W.
Barratt, inspector, William E.
Kuorr; registry assessor, Wm. A.
S. J. Johnston called the Second
Ward caucus to order and A. N.
Yost aud N. J. Hofer were appoint
ed secretaries. For judge of elec
tion, Clark Runyon was nominated;
for inspector, Geo. Belig; for reg
istry assessor, William C. Homer.
K. M. Savidge acted as chairman
for the Third Ward, and Harry
Stroh and John Ti inkle secretaries.
W. W. Black was nominated for
judge of election; Edward Strohm
for registry assessor, and P. II.
Freeze for inspector, the vote being
Freeze 16, Stetler 12.
Clark Miller acted as chairman
and Harry .Rhodes and Wellington
Kasner secretaries in the Fourth
Ward caucus. John Fry was nom
inated for judge of election and
Daniel Mericle for inspector.
Bert Kramer and Joseph Roat
were the candidates for registry as
sessor and the first ballot resulted
in a tie, both receiving 19 voles.
The second ballot gave Kramer 20
votes and Roat 18.
FIREMAN'S RELIEF ASSOCIATION.
A meeting of representatives of
the fire companies of town was held
in the Town Hall last Friday even
ing for the purpose of organizing a
Fireman's Relief Association.
Charles Miller, Chief of the De
partment, presided. Calvin Girton
was secretary. A committee was
appointed to draw up by hws. It
was stated that the Town Council
would give the association the
taxes received annually from
foreign insurance companies which
amounts to about $285 every year.
The twenty-four representatives
present all signified their intention
of joining the association.
The Associate Judges evidently
thought that there was necessity
for more bars in Columbia county,
for they overruled Judge Ivvans'
objections and granted six new li
censes last Saturday . One of these
wasforthe new hotel at Market and
Sixth streets, which was asked for
by Anthony Menzbach. F'ive oth
ers were granted in West Berwick.
The latter raised a storm of indig
nation, for that borough already
had an overflowing quota of bars.
"Security mulliJ.icd a hundredfold
stands guorduti at Ine Lank.
Ihc duty of a Bank Director requires tkat
he know positively that (lie affair
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The Rumored Combination of Trolley
and Light Companies Proves
to be Large One.
PHILA. AND SCRANTON CONNECTED.
The merger has been officially
announced. After weeks of guess
ing on the part of the public. Mr.
E. R. Sponsler, president of the
Columbia Power, Light and Rail
ways Company, has given out a
statement disclosing one of the
biggest associations of capital which
has ever taken place in this part ot
the couutry. A holding company
is to be formed, and is already fi
nanced, which will combine the
Columbia and Montour, Danville
and Bloomsburg, Northumberland
Light Heat and Railways Compa
ny, the Shamokin and Edgewood
Company, the Shamokin and Mt.
Carmel Company and the Schuyl
kill Railways Company, and twenty
electric light plants and five gas
properties in Berwick, Bloomsburg,
Danville, Sunbury, Shamokin, Mt.
Carmel. Centralia, Ashland. Gi
rardville, Shenandoah, Mahanoy
City and McAdoo.
Seven million dollars will be ex
pended, two millions being speut
in this section. The entire line
between Berwick and Danville will
be rebuilt over a private right of
way, work beginning in June.
The lines will be extended to Sun
bury and Wilkes-Barre. The Har
wood current will be used.
An express train service will be
instituted, with a forty mile-an-hour
speed, which will eventually
be extended from Wilkes-Barre to
The lines of the Shamokin and
Edge wood Company will be ex
tended 20 miles to Suubury and
this connection with the Shamokin
and Mt. Carmel aud the Schuylkill
Valleys Railways gives the connec
tion without interruption from
Shamokin to Mt. Carmel and Cen
tralia and thence to Ashland and
Mahanoy City via Girardville and
By the junction with the Schuyl
kill Vailey lines and with the Le
high Valley Traction Co.'s lines at
Tamaqua, extending to Easton,
Bethlehem, Allentown, Reading
aud Philadelphia, the links are
forged that connect Philadelphia
The engineers have heen over
the ground, and there now remain
only the final preparations for cre
ating the big network of trolley
lines and connecting the lighting
plants ot this entire section.
BREAK IN PIPE LINE.
The oil pipe of the Tidewater
Pipe Company was broken by the
ice last I'riday at the point where
it crosses the Catawissa Creek at
Mainville. The pipe crosses the
stream about ten feet above the
normal water level, but with the
rise in the creek, the ice reached
the pipe, causing the break, and
entailing a loss of about $6,000.
The crude oil poured into the
stream, aud made unpleasant con
ditions around Mainville. The wa
ter was five feet deep in the Kester
mill, and the oil ran in, which ne
cessitated much cleaning when the
The Mount Carmel postmaster
ship has gone begging for a long
time. Why not hold a municipal
raffle, and settle the thing ?
nere is a matter of
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Good Showing of Stock at the Mid'
way Makes a Fine Display.
The Midway is filled with feath
ers and notse this week, for the
Poultry Show is in progress. All
of the local fanciers have exhibits
of their birds, and there are also
great numbers of out of town birds
from all over the eastern part of
the state. Chickens of all sorts.
ducks, geese and pigeons, and Bui
gian hares are there in big bunch
es, and present an excellent show
ing, a remarkable one indeed, when
one considers that this is the first
show of the kind in Bloomsburg
The Midway is entirely filled
with coops, five double rows of
them, in two and three tiers. The
judges will award many valuable
prizes, including cash and silver
cups, which are on exhibition in
the Gelb display window.
The management of the show is
to be congratulated in making this
first exhibition the success that it
has proved to be.
BUGGY SMASHED IN RUNAWAY.
As Mr. aud Mrs. W. W. Craw
ford were driving up Main Street
near Barton Street on Sunday af
ternoon, their horse became fright
ened at Dr. R. E. Miller's automo
bile. Its antics toppled over the
buggy and threw the occupants to
the ground. The horse then start
ed on a little journey of its own,
incidentally throwing the buggy
against a pole, and tearing itself
out of the harness, then making a
dash for Mr. Crawford's farm pur
sued by Dr. Miller and Mr. Craw
ford in the automobile.
There was comparatively little
left of the vehicle aud harness, but
Mr. and Mrs. Crawford were fortu
Caldwell Consistory is now in
session iu the Cathedral. The first
meeting was that of Enoch Lodge
of Perfection 140, held on Tuesday
evening. Yesterday was taken up
with work up to the sixteenth de
gree, and to-day it proceeds to the
thirty-second, which will be con
ferred this evening. At teu o'clock
a banquet will be tendered to all
members of the Scottish Rite in the
Valley of Bloomsburg.
Many out of town members are
present, including several thirty
third degree Masons.
The first of the winter series of
informal dances given by the Crafts
man Club was held iu the Cathe
dral last Friday evening. Owing
to the disagreeable weather, the
attendance was not so large as was
expected, but a goodly number
Elwell's orchestra furnished the
music. Light refreshments were
served by H. D. Edgar, of the City
The other dances of the series
will be held Februaiy fifteenth aud
Ranslow George, a resident of
Cleveland township, Columbia
county, died Friday morning at 6
o'clock of Bright's disease, aged 56
years. The deceased is survived
by a wife and 6 children. The fu
neral was held Sunday morning
from the home.