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The Potter Journal
COUDERSPORT, PA.. Jan. 10. 1873
There seems to have been an unin
terrupted stream of accidents during
the recent very cold weather. Ac
counts of railroad disasters come by
every mail with shocking accessories
of burning of passengers. On Christ
mas evening a Baptist church in Wil
liamsport. in which the Sunday school
had assembled to celebrate the day,
gave way by the supports to the floor
and precipitated the congregation to
the floor below, by which fourteen
•were killed and forty or fifty wound
ed. The building caught fire several
limes from the lamps but these fires
were quickly extinguished. This is
one of the most distressing of fatal
disasters, since it took little children
in the midst of their festive enjoy
The third burning of Barn urn's
Museum brings up again the ques
tion whether it is right to keep wild
animals in confinement merely for ex
hibition. They must either lie burn
ed in their cages or, if possible for
them to escape, be dreadful passen
gers in the streets. Cannot science
be sufficiently illustrated by speci
mens prepared after death?
There have been several great fires
in New York and in Philadelphia—
many lives lost and many thousands
endangered. An evening-school
building in .Jersey City took lire du
ring the session of the school, but
happily all were enabled to escape.
Then there are losses on the Ohio |
and Mississippi from rise of the wa
ter and the breaking away of great i
masses of ice which had accumulated
at various points, and it really seems
to have been such a harvest of calam-!
ity as should serve to make us all re
newedly thankful to whose firesides
no terrible visitant has come.
Disasters at sea—destruction by
fire, by flood, by breaking of walls
and crushing of houses; will all these
things make us learn to take care and
pains? Is it not the rush and hurry
of the present age that brings so ma
ny lives and limbs to such horrible
THE NEW RAILROAD.
7 They had a grand time celebrating
the opening of the Buffalo, N. Y. A
Philadelphia Railroad on Saturday,
the 28th of December, and of course
all our people are very much inte
rested therein. The excursion started
with two engines, named Keat ing and
Machias, and five passenger cars,
named for towns a little distant from
the road, among which were Smeth
port and Coudersport. At Liberty
Station, at the foot of Keating Sum
mit, another engine was added.
Every tiling seems to have been
weli arranged and to have proceeded
''lt is said that the cars from Port
Allegany have been tilled with pas
sengers ever since they began to run.
It is surprising to see the amount of
business and travel that seems to
await every outlet. No sooner is any
new line opened than it is fully occu
\Ve hope ere long to hear in Cou
dersport the "unearthly shrieks of
the locomotive," and to see the bur
dened trains streaming past, bring
ing to our doors the good, and the
evil, that they must carry with them.
And speaking of shrieks, we won
der whether there must always be
POTTER JOURNAL & NEWS ITEM.
these agonizing sounds wherever the
railroad runs. It would he a grand
thing for somebody to invent a mu
sical steam whistle. /
The Buffalo Express closes its ac
count of the opening thus:
The result of the trip on Saturday was
most gratifying in every particular. The
excursionists were unanimous in their
manifestations of admiration, and the
only wonder expressed was that so much
had Iteen accomplished in such a com
paratively short period. Since the 15th
of May, at which time the Directors as
sumed charge of all the work, the track
was laid from Arcade to Emporium, a
distance of So miles. In Pennsylvania
since the 15th of May the following works
have Ijeen finished: lib bridges, 7(HMi feet
of trestle-work, culverts, -l~ miles of
stumping, 5 miles changing highways,
950, (MH) yards of excavation. 40 miles of
track. Since the commencement of work
in the spring tlie Company have dis
bursed about S-.-00,000. The work has
all been in charge of Col. Alberger, and
its successful and satisfactory comple
tion speak louder than words in his
praise, and is in itself a sufficient evi
dence of his ability and integrity. As
a matter of historical record we append
the following table of incidents:
July 15, lso" —First work commenced.
Oct. I*. ISG7—First rail laid.
.Tuny. 23. 1808 —First train to East
Aurora, 18 mil' s.
rVii. 2c, i xii—Opened I'm business to
Sept. 15, IS70 —Work commenced by
('ompauy at A m ora.
< -t. 17.1 '■7o—Finished to South Wales
14 so-ltMi miles') and opened for business.
Sept. 1, ls7o —Work commenced by
contractor at South Wales.
Jan. 31, IS71 —Oi>eiied to Holland, 4
29-1 CO miles.
A urc. 2. 1 871—Opened to Protection,
2 99-100 miles.
< )et. no. 1 Hi I—Openedl—Opened to Arcade, 6 43-
May 15, 1872—Company relieved con
tractor from further prosecution of the
of the work from Arcade to Olean.
June 1. 1872 —Opened to Machias, 6
.June 10, ls72 —Opened to Franklin
ville, 0 00-100 miles.
July 3. Is72 —Opened to Olean, 19 87-
Aug. 15. IS72 —Opened to Portville, 0
May 15, 1 s 72 —Company commenced
work in Pennsylvania.
Nov. 10, 1872—Opened to Port Alle
gany, 20 81-100 miles.
Dec. 24. 1872 —Last rail laid and first
train through to Emporium.
Jam . 1. 1873—Opened for business to
Total completed since May 15, 1872 78.66
Track front junction to new depot 77
Tracks on Blackwcll Canal 51
New Year's Hospitalities.
The President and his Cabinet Min
isters will receive the plaudits of all
true temperance reformers for the no
ble example which they set on New
Year's day in declining to furnish any
wines or spirituous liquors for their
guests. It needs 110 argument at this
time to show that the custom of ex
changing congratulations over the wine
cup, which has hitherto so extensively
prevailed, lias lieen fraught with evil
I consequences. Fashion, the imperious
tyrant that woman is too much inclined
to oliey, has held it to lie the duty of
every hostess to invite her New Year's
guests to partake from her well-stored
sideboard. Guests, whether impelled
by appetite or not, do not feel like
declining such courteous hospitality,
and the effect of repeated indulgence
through an extended iist of calls can
readilv be imagined.
This custom is one which is compara
tively within the control of woman. If
she can summon the courage to take a
stand against it, in spite of public opin
ion which she must encounter, she can
render it unpopular and may even abol
ish it. It is cheering to note in many
cities that the practice is year by year
falling into disuse. "Last year," says
the X. Y. u 'riLuru, "the best houses in
New York. Philadelphia and Washing
ton excluded liquor from their offered
refreshments." The same was true of
this and other cities, and we judge from
reports already made that there was
less of this kind of tippling this year
than last. Public opinion is strongly
setting against the whole system, and
the praiseworthy example of Washing
ton dignitaries will give the reform such
an iinix tus as will do much towards es
tablishing its popularity.
Tin TO is every reason why the ladies
should urge this reform. As a general
thing they do not make use of these
1 leverages, hut they are made the suf
ferers by its use in as large a degree as
the male sex. There is not a drunkard
in the land who is n>>t a torment and a
burden to some woman. Wiiy, then,
should they l>e expected to place the in
ebriating bowl before their gentlemen
friends, thereby approving a practice
that is caiable of bringing so much mis
cry upon them? We are very glad to
note the evident signs of improvement
in this matter, and to see that the press
of the country has spoken approvingly
of the efforts the ladies are making in
the reform. — lJajfhlo Expm ss.
We are very glad and thankful to
see that so good an example is set
before the whole country. No better
work could inaugurate the new year,
and it will cause a thrill of joy in
thousands of homes where the per
nicious custom of fashionable drink
ing lias been hitherto allowed.
Six years ago, when Gov. Geary
was inaugurated, lie and his wife set
a noble example in dispensing with
wine at all their entertainments, and
thus gave an impetus to the temper
ance work that will be long l'elt.
Whatever else may be said of his
administration, this one noble work
should never be forgotten, and if the
incoming Governor should fall be
hind him in tills it would be a great
calamity. But Gen. llartranft is also
a temperance man, we believe, and
will help by his influence to perpet
uate tiie reform.
On Sunday our minister, speaking of
the churches, said: '"They are not peo
ple gatheo'd together into mutual admi
ration societies, to speak of each other's
piety or good works, but bands of real
workers for the good of each other and
This reminds us of some expressions
often used, that show mistaken ideas
of the common motives of people in
seeking church fellowship. One says,
•"They profess to be better than other
people." Do they? or do they only pro
fess to wish to be better than they are,
and to believe in the influence of the
church as one means of becoming so?
One said/*I never thought I was good
enougli to join any church." Did you
ever think you were learned enough to
go to school ?
We belong to a reading or literary so
ciety, not because we are literary, but
in order to become so; or at least to be
come a little less ignorant thairwe are,
and any display of want of understand
ing is projier there since it is manifested
only to lie put off.
•'See there! lie is a member of the
church and has been for years, and lie
is miserable and worthless." True, and
here is one who, living under a literal
government with free education, busi
ness and social privileges, is still nar
row, grasping and bigoted.
The Declaration of Independence nev
er has made every one who profess to
believe in it conscious of bis own or of
| others' natural and unalienable rights,
but perhaps every one is some tetter for
: living in a land where these rights are
1 more acknowledged.
Some liberty-loving persons coming
1 from despotic governments to this land
|of the free are chagrined and aston
i ished, tii find so many very little better
than the masses in the country they had
We are placed in families, neighter
lioods, towns, for our mutual benefit.
We form schools, societies, churches, in
which to work more effectually for what
ever good we desire, and the more close
ly we draw together in sympathy the
more we shall be able to accomplish. It
is always cheering to see a drinking man
join a temperance society; it is asking
and engaging t he whole moral power of
the organization to assist him in his
struggle against temptation, to strength
en the good in him, and to help remove
him from the associations that injure
and wrong him.
So we ask the church to receive us.
and to help us. against whatsoever be
sets us from within or without, and
the more weak and helpless we are. the
more should we seek such help.
11 hi; k are some excellent resolutions
by a baptist Association. When
churches speak in this manner, there
will he no need of other people saying it
Tie. bridgewater baptist Association,
at its s. ssioii in Montrose last August,
gave its views in favor of some active
Temperance efforts, as follows :
/b.v'Jco/. 1.4, That the Temperance
cause rightfully demands the wisest
counsels, and the most earnest and un
tiring efforts of all Christians and Phi
lit .so/n<l, 2,7. That churches, organ
ized after the New Testament plan, are
Christ's reformative bodies, most wisely
adapted to and etlieh lit in every good
liesohnl, 3d, That churches which are
not practical as well as theoretical Tem
perance organizations, are not worthy
to be called < hristian.
■Uh, That churches which
turn the Temperance reform work over
to conglomerate workers outside, wlieth
t r public or secret, are recreant to legiti
'tlh. That all church mem
bers ought unhesitatingly to engage
with outsiders in this, as well as every
gtiud word anil work, just so far as they
can without compromising Christian
/,'• .v.'iv ■/'. nth. That the Association
reeomuu nds all the churches which it
represents t<> come up more fully to the
New Testament idea of churches on the
subject of Temperance, as well as every
other reform subject, making them
selves reformative powers in the land —
living Christians—organized deniers of
oft-repeated assertions that other organ
izations are tetter than tlie churches.
A. J.. POST, I
A. A. MAKYOTT, 'Committee.
B. T. 1)A VIES, )
The memters of the Baptist churches
and congregations will be found as gen
erally voting for **No License,"as those
of any other persuasion, judging of the
future by the past. Co. WORKER.
New Year's lias been celebrated with
great splendor, in our own and in various :
foreign capitols. The l'ri.m lias a letter
WASHINGTON, Jan. 1,1873. j
Despite the unpleasant weather over- j
head and under foot, the time-honored
custom of making New Year's calls
was thoroughly observed here to-day.
Pursuant to ancient usage, the cere- i
mony of receiving callers was inaugu
rated by the official formalities at the
Executive .Mansion, officials and citizens
generally receiving from about noon. '
after many of them had paid their re
spects to the President of the United
The reception at the White House
commenced at 11 o'clock, at which
hour the President, heralded by the j
strains of " Hail to the Chief," entered
tiie Blue Parlor, accompanied by Mrs.
Grant, General and Mrs. Babcock, and
at once the ceremonies were opened.
The parlors through which the guests
passed on their way to the East Room,
after extending the courtesies of the
seasons to the President, were resplen
dent with brilliant jets of gas and redo
lent with the perfumes of the choicest
flowers in the conservatory. The recep
tion took place in the Blue Parlor,
Secretary Fish presenting in due and
I usual form the members of the diplo
matic corps, many of whom were ac
companied by the ladies of their fami
Prominent among the throng were
sir Edward Thornton and Mrs. Thorn
ton; Henry Howard, Esq., and Mrs.
Howard, of the English Legation :
Baron Lederer, of Austria; Colonel
Ireye. of Peru; Count Corti, of Italy;
Mr. Kura von Schlozer, of Germany;
the Marquis de Noaillesand Madame la
Marquise de Noailles, of France, with
many other gentlemen of distinction in
diplomatic ranks, and their wives.
At the same time there were present
the various representatives of the Cabi
net. and Messrs. Bout well, Robeson,
Belknap, Cowan, and Williams, with
the ladies of their households, assisted
the President and Mrs. Grant in respond
ing to the courtesies of the diplomatic
corps. Postmaster General C'reswell
was not present, because of the illness
of Mrs. Creswell.
After enumerating a great many dig
nitaries, it adds:
At one o'clock the gates were thrown
open, and the general public were ad
mitted to pay their respects to the Presi
dent. the ceremonies closing at two
Nearly all the members of the Cabi
net held receptions, as well as a very
large number of private citizens. Offi
cers of the army thronged the house of
Gen. Sherman, where Mrs. Sherman
dispensed the hospitalities of the season.
The festivities of the day have teen
aim • universally observed, and in the
midst ot t! ie £( ncral observance them
l as ln-i>n a noteworthy exhibition of
ipintude anil decorum throughout the
Till: PAY IN NEW YOKE.—' The gen
eral suspension -of business and the
bright and genial atmosphere gave an
opportunity, which was availed of, to
observe New Year's in the time-honored
way—making calls upon friends and
officials. The streets were thronged
with pedestrians from early morning
until late at night, and carriages and
sleighs tilled with merry parties making
the rounds were numerous. Compara
tively few cases of intoxication were
iVu and Scissors;.
I NATOI* NATIONS. —Governor Pix, of
New York, Gov. Washburn, of Mas
sachusetts, and Gov. ( 'aid well, of North
Carolina, were inaugurated on New
Year's day, with subordinate officers.
A great change takes place in the gov
ernment of New York, with the open
ing year, city as well as state.
Mil. BEKCHEII'S church proposes to
raise a fund of fifty thousand dollars, to
lie called the"Plymouth Mission Fund,"
for the endowment of the two missions
under the care of the church. This
fund will serve as the memorial of the
THE Boston Advertiser says that the
Bay State Brick Company, of that city,
had fifteen millions on hand at the time
of the tire, but did not raise the price,
and sold only to regular customers, who
will take all the stock. A difference of
three dollars advance as lietween that
and the old price would be $45,000.
This the Treasurer considers as the
Company's subscription to the relief
THE FLIGHT OF THE METEOKS.—
New Turk, Jan. 1. —Ship U. C. TPtu
th("/, from Antwerp, reports Nov. I'7.
latitude 34 13' north, longitude 17 19'
west. Madeira Islands bearing smith
half east, distant 100 miles, had ,i Me
teoric shower, commencing at dnrkxwb
lasting two and a half hours. The first
hour, as near as could be judged, there
were from 900 to 1-00, the second hour
from 400 to 000, and in the last half
hour were gradually disappearing.—
Alnuit four-fifths of the meteors ap
peared like small balls of fire moving
through the air leisurely, but others
moved with great velocity, leaving in
their track a trail of fire resembling that
in the wake of an army rocket.
CHANGE OK OWNERS. —Cony, Pa.,
Jan. 1. —The Buffalo, Cony & Pitts
burg Railroad, upon which occurred
the fearful disaster at Prosjiect station,
has l>een purchased by Col. Phillips, of
Pittsburg, President of the Alleghany
Railroad and Oil Creek and Allegliain
River Railroad, thus making a contin
uous working line of road from Pitts
burg to Brockton, on the Lake Short
THE LOCAL OPTION LAW.—TLI
first election under the Local Option
Act of last session of the Legislature
took place in Clearfield county, on the
20th of December. At the nnuiiciiia.
and township elections held there on
that day a majority of upwards of 6Ut
votes was cast against liquor license
This result in the strong Democratic
county of Clearfield maybe taken as:
fair indication of what will be the de
cision when the question shall come uj
in the several counties and cities next
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY.-
| Toronto, Dec. 31. —The Leader of to-day
\ says that a body of English capitalists
are ready to subscribe the necessary
capital to build the Canadian Pact I
Railway on the terms of the act of Par
liament of last session, in case the other
arrangements are not carried out.
A COLLEGE of Science, to cost I>-
000. is proposed at Leeds. England,
is to lie hoped that so noble and valvw
an idea will not remain simply a i
ter of pleased or jiompous talk,
very proposition is a streak of (lawn.
THE body of a man was found in "'
canal near Rochester, recently, anfl
was decided t hat while walking on t '
tow-path he iiad a lit and fell in.'
evidence of the fit lieing a bottle
whiskey in his pocket.
IN KAKLY times in CalifornianiiF
ry titles as handles to the name
very common. John Pluenix tclF
story that he was one day leaving *
Francisco hy the steamer. Every! l
else was taking leave of friends, but
did not know a soul in the cn iW
Ashamed of his loneliness, as the F
sheered off, he called out in a loud v' :
"(Jood-bye, C olonel!" and, to his
delight, every man 011 the wharf t ,p
off Ins hat and shouted: 14 Colonel, g<*
CNDEK the last apportionment t
lower House of Congress will COBF
29:2 members, of which the Coal-;
have elected 89, with New
and Connecticut still to elect. K ;U
! a poor show for the Reformers.