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WAGNER'S 2,000 VICTIMS.
In Frederick county, Mil:, about
2,000 of the suite instituted by Dr.
Harrison Wagner, the professional lit
igant, against citizens of the county,
were settled, the defendants being com
pelled to pay various sums, ranging
from 850 to 875 iu each case. The
operations of Wagner are without a
• parallel in the United States. About
two years ago he was geuerally con
sidered to be harmlessly insane. Ilis
actions were calculated to confirm this
theory, ami his eccentricities were re
garded with indifference by every one
who knew him. In the fall of 1870
Wagner caused much amusement by
going before an obscure country mag
istrate, and entering several hundrid
suits for damages against leading citi
zens, chosen at random in all parts of
the county, who hud never seen or hud
auy dealings with him. The amount
of damages sued for in each for in
each case was between 890 and 8100,
the limit for which suits cau he
brought before magistrates in this
Stale. No attentiou was paid to the
supposed lunatic's suits, and the cases
were soon forgotten, but were several
times recalled to memory by notices of
hundreds of other suits beiug brought
by Wagner, who frequently entered as
high as one hundred claims against
Early in 1879 Wagner disappeared
from public notice, but in the fall of
that year the entire community was
thrown into a furor of excitment when
it was learned that Wagner had com
menced proceedings to enforce judg
ments in 1,800 of the suits. It was
then learned for the first time that the
Krsons sued, having failed to appear
fore the magistrate to answer, judg
ments had been entered in each case
for the amount named iu the com
lilaint. Wagner made no effort to col
ect the judgments until a year had
expired, when by law the power of
appeal had lapsed. In November last,
therefore, he was possessed of 1,800
judgments, averaging 875.00, against
about three hundred county residents
and corporations. Each judgment was
endorsed, "by default and "no appeal
taken," and of course they amounted
to a lien on any property owned by
During Wagner's absence several
persons against whom he bad obtained
judgmeuts died, aud his first move was
to file the judgments in the orphans'
court as claims against the estate.
Martin Shank, one of his victims, had
died and left an estate valued at
$8,500 to bis wife and three sruali
children. Wagner filed judgments
against the estate amounting to 80,200
and the orphans' court was compelled
to postpone the hearing of the claims
several times in order to avoid the
necessity of admitting their validity.
At length several citizens employed
counsel for Mrs. Shank, who filed an
application for an arrest of judgment
on the ground of fraud. The same
policy was pursued by all the other
victims, and since that time the cases
f have beeu dragged along in the court*,
the indications poiutiug to Wagner be
ing eventually successful in enforcing
all of them. The courts ruled that
the failure of the victims to contest
the suits was in law a virtual acknowl
edgment of the justice of the claims,
while the further failure to take an
appeal from the magistrate withiu the
period prescribed by law placed them
'After be had begun to enforce the
judgments Wagner found the county
hi) hot to hold him, and went to New
York city, where he now is. The pro
ceedings against his victims have been
carried on by counsel there, and the
settlement made in nearly all the cases,
it is thought, will net him nearly $lO,-
000. He does not pretend that he
had any legal claim for damages in
any of the cases, yet be has succeeded
id obtaining considerable portions of
the estates of several deceased resi
dents of the county, besides mulcting
hundreds of farmers of hard-earned
LUMBER made of straw is a recent
invention. An exchange, describing
it sa j* : "The new material appears to
be capable of beiug worked under the
plane and other tools of the carpen
ters, and has the special advantage of
being free from knots and not liable
to shrinkage, swelling, warping and
splitting. The material, judged from
the sample, resembles hard wood in
appearance, being about as dark as
oak, but more dense in texture, and
with a specific gravity one-fifth great
er than thoroughly seasoned black
walnut. Its tensible strength is r*-
ported to be about double that of
of the same thickness.
TOM is the sound practical advice
that is given bv a misanthrope . "If
ever you should be so unfortunate as
to be attacked by night, never shout
"Murder I" for no one will bother
about you; but yell "Fire I" and
everybody will be out of doors in a
ltllfro* says that "beauty is God's
handwriting. Milton didn't know
anything about paint, powder, balm,
bangs, bustles and false eyebrows, or
he wouldn't have written that.
You may safely commit the child's
clothes to the servant, but the rest of
the little one you bad better take care
Aw electric watch has been made in
Owing to the death of the President, time of dosing
extended until October 15.
Open Day and Evening until October 18th, 1881.
Exhibits of Pennsylvania State Fair remain until
the close of Exposition.
O- Tl ZD DISPLAY OF
MILLING MACHINERY IN OPERATION.
Magnificent Display of Cut Flowers Daily.
TRIALS SPEED IDAAILY,
UNTIL CLOSE OF EXHIBITION.
Classes all filled, 292 Entries. Music by the
Great Western (18th Reg.) Band, Morn
ing, Afternoon and Evening.
Buildings and Grounds Illuminated by 64 Electric Lights.
ADMISSION, 28 Cents.
E. P. YOUNG, General Manager.
J. W. BATCH LOR, President.
i. a. rtAU. a.
P;ALE A MCKEE,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW.
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IN THE WEST BRANCH VALLEY.
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Han an able Editorial and Reportorial Staff!
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Any per>n g Hint ap . rlab of At. new yearly Mb
•rrfben tar the Wmir os .so Hernia, will receive
a copy tor one year rsaa
IN the matter of the estate of Daniel
Pninua, deceased, late of Mile* Inwnehlp, Ceatre
roanly, P.: To John Ream*. Henry Kmiw. Daeld
Ream*. William Rim hau-l Ream.. Sarah Rraa.
Saaannah ilrdlof eiher, Kiluleth Wright. Jacob Ruh
el. Michael Riehel, Catherine Rb.lll. Anna Stover, W ll
eoa Hboll, Dtllah Klerkuer, Thuma, Myrr. Henry R.
Myar, and In lb* rhltdr** "V Da.ld and Susannah
Ream*, deceaaed. wboaa name* are ankaawa. the heir,
and legal rapraaenlatl.ea ut Daniel Pmxraan. deceas
ed. take notice that by rlrtaa at a writ <4 partition,
lamed mi nf lb* Orphans' Cnnrt at Centre eannty,
and to me directed, an liH|newl will lie held nt the late
residence nf liantal Poorman, deceased. In the inwn
ehlp at Miles, and county of f'entr*. nn THI'RSDAT,
Ibe I.lth 'lay f OT-TuRER. A. D lk*l. at IU o'ctre-k
A. M. of laid day. for the pqipa, nf making partltlna
of tb* real satate at aald deceased la and among hie
batr* and legal representatives. If Ibe same ran b*
done althost prejudice la at *tdling at tie* • bale,
otherwise to Value and appralae the eame acceding t
law, at which time and place you may be present If
yon tblnh proper.
JOHN BPANGLRR, Sheriff
Sharif-a OWce. BalMmle, Pa , Sept \ IMI. w
S. <C A. lAt Eli, General Merchant*, AUegheny-St 9 , licitcfonte, Pa.
Ivl OT ZE3IERS,
WE ARE NOW READY FOR YOUR
OUR SPRING AND SUMMER,
ARE NOW ALL IN.
THE LARGEST ASSORTMENT EVER EXHIBITED,
EXTRA PATCHEB IN EACH SUIT;
BILK HANDKERCHIEFS IN EACH COAT
—OF THE CELEBRATED—
STEIN, ABLER & CO/S MAZE, of Rochester,
WHOSE REPUTATION IN THIS LINE STANDS FIRST IN THE UNITED
To be had ONLY at the Popular Establishment
DEALERS IN GENERAL MERCHANDISE.
J NO. D. HA I LEY. Au't Man. 4c Caebier
JO. PATTEHBON, Secretary.
. IQSO-1. 198 CXL
The Patriot, Daily & Weekly,
For the Ensuing Year.
The lotertptlon prtre of the Wmti pirtloT bu
been reduced In lI.OU p copy per annnm.
Tu clolw id Kim and gpaaM) lb* * itilT Piralot
■ 111 b furakbxl at Uia 'ilnnnllurll, elm, rata of
76 rent* per con, per annum.
Thi Paih Piniut will be aenl In an, aMraa.
during Ibe eeeetone of Coagreaa and lb* Laglalatara al
the rale of Mi rent* per moolb.
Coder Ibe act of Congreaa lb* pobttaher prepay*
tha prertaga and eobacrlber, are relieved from thai
Every ruber Option in ml be accompanied by lb*
bow la lb* lime In ruler rib* The approarbtng
nee lone of I'oagrem and the Lectetature will be of
more than ordinary inter**! and their proceeding*
■ 111 be fully reported fur Ibe Pally and a complete
eynopal* ef Ibea will be give* la ibe Weekly
Add ram PATRIOT PI'BI.IRHIXO CO,
7-if *** Market Rtreet. Harrtebarg.
r rHE undereigned would rwpwtful-
I fully lelma hie frtende fhrnagboal Centre coaa
fy that he la at preaenl aelUag Iba
Family Sinitcr Sewing Machine,
PROP t.KAP and TWO PRAWER* for TWRXTT
PITB btILLIM; and Ibe aame machine, with Table.
Oneer and one prawcr for TWRXTT DOLLARR
The old company la eetline ibe aame macblae* for
Rfly dollar* and thirty llie dollar*.
why >l bay from ami My machlaee are gaarma
teed for TIVE TEARR
I alao band I e ORUAMS of Ibe eery led maba.
D. M. COWHER, Agent.
P4n Rturmmowa. Centre Cbaaty. Pa.
I) AU.EHIIEXV *T , BRLLRPOKTR, PA.
WILLIAM M< K KEY KK, Manager.
Good Sample Room on f'irtt Floor,
Rip-Pree Bee* la and from all Traiaa Rpertal ratee
lo arfliiMiiini and Inrotw. IHy
WITHOUT KNIFE, and io moat
caam ■ttbeal pala. Apple lo
C. W. P. riRiIRR, Boalefmrg,
IR-Rm* Centre Conaly, Pa.
HKCHLKIt © CO., Grocer*, Bttnh lloune Block, Bcllefonte, l'a.
We have endeavored to get the very best of every thing in our line, and
now have some really choice gooda.
Fine Cream Cheese, Extra Large French Prunes,
Select Oysters, Sweet Potatoes,
Large Ripe Cranberries, Prunelies, Imperial Figs,
Bright New Lemons, Florida Oranges,
Princess Paper-Shell Almonds, Evaporated Dried Peaches,
A FULL LINE OF CHOICE CANNED FRUITS.
Preserved PEARS, PEACHES, CITRON,PLUMS, PRUNELLE3.
PLAIN CANDIES, FINE CONFECTIONERY,
GOODIES of all Sorts and Kinds.
BT Wo invite the people of Centre County to call and inspect our
NICE GOODS, which cannot fail to please.
I- S P ICIEICX I .H*\JEZJ &C
II In Oarman'aHaw Block.
BKLLKPOXTE, PA. 1-lj
watcAM. ami, jtwaLar. Ac.
All work nrally aiarnlad. Oa Allafhany atrrat,
aadat Broakarhoe Howaa. d-tf
DEALERS IN PUKE DRUGS ONLY.
2 T ZELLEIT ft 80N, i
m tf a IBl <IIAT8.
3 Bo A. Broekarboff Bow. jj
g All tha Standard patent Madlrlnaa Pta- a
BaertpUoaa and Family Haclpan armralaly a
prnparad. Tn—i a, Hboaldar Bracaa. Ac., Ac. 3
J* 4-tf g
r ouis DOLLT
1 J PAAIIIOBABLB BOOT A MInEMAKBB,
Brarkarbuff Bow, Alleghany atrrat.
1-ly Ballnfoata, Pa.
A acata, Prra't. A. P. bauri*. Oaab'r.
I?IRST NATIONAL BANK OF
Allaghaay aural, BallafocU. Pa. 4-tf
PENTRE COUNTY BANKING
Aad Allow Intarrat.
Plat rural Koaaa;
Buy and Ml
Oold aad Oospoaa,
J rata A. Burn, Prraldant.
J. D Meant.Oaahlar 4-tf
HK. HOY. M. D.,
a Oftca In Cowrad Ilooaa. nbnra Fortaay'a
UwOAoa. RKLI.RPOBTK. PA.
•pralal attention pint to OpantUta Burgrrj an t
Chronic Dtaawaaa. li-ly
IYR. JAS. H. DOBBINS, M. D.,
I ' PHTRICIAB ABD ICROBOX.
OBra Allegheny It, or or UflaO IHn* a lor a.
Mf lIKLLKPOBTK, PA
ma J. W. RHONE, Dentist, can
I fotind nl hla oßra aad raaldaara oa Karib
alda at High atrrat tbrra Aoora Baal of A liar ban 1,,
Ballafoata. Pa. ]|A
Philadelphia Branch Pimping Ilou*c, HeUefvntr, Pa.
& CHEAT VIBTQHY!
THE SUCCESS OF TIIE
THE PEOPLE TRIUMPHANT!
POLITICIANS KNOCK "UNDER!
THE PHILADELPHIA BRANCH
On the Side of the People!
We have the extreme satisfaction of announcing that the
Philadelphia Branch ii now ready to do
BETTER THAN EVER IN CLOTHINB,
MEN, BOYS AND CHILDREN!
AND ARE, AS ALWAYB,
AHEAD OF ALL OTHERS FOB GENUINE HOODS,
Clothing Manufactured by their Own House and every
Article Marked and Warranted.
SAMUEL LEWIN, the Sfawff*?,
Now Defies the World and the Rest of Mankind.
IN HIS OWN MAKE OF CLOTHING,
The PHILADELPHIA BRANCH sever vu best, never will be best
and never ran be best for the CHEAPEST CLOTIUNQ offered in or
ostaide of Centre county.
All that ia enid here ia meant GO AND SEE, and carry the newt to
your neighbor, that
MONEY CAN POSITIVELY BE SAVED AT THE
Baugh's Fertilizers have stood Field Tests for 25 Years.
BUSHEL*. HOT ACRES.
8 ATI If OS IT IT IBINO
BAUGH'S TWENTY-FIVE DOLLAR PHOSPHATE,
Prtaa, NLOO P.r T.i .f SOOO Poo.do
BAUGH'S ECONOMICAL FERTILIZER ror rOTATOES,
(sontalalß 4 to I par cool. o( Aolpbada of p„uah.
PHe*, SSO.OO Par Taa of SOOO Pauls.
ALL GOODS SOLD ON GUARANTEED ANALYSIS.
Besrrtptive Circulars Sent Free upon application.
BAUGH St SONS. 20 South Delaware Avaaue, Pniir.clelphia.
For tsle by J. H LONG, FlemingUin. PB, Agent for Clinton sod Centre Oountiet.
\f ILLHEIM HOTEL,
ITA MILLUEIM. CEBTEE OOVKTT, rnnt-A.
W. 8. MUSSKIt, Proprietor.
Til* town nf Mlllbatm la localnd la Pnn' V allay,
itoal two aitlra Ihaa Ontan Station, na tW Uvla
bnrj. Oaatr* and Apnea Croak Ball road, altk aur
maflap Ibal aiaka It a
PLEASANT SUMMER RESORT.
Onod treat ftahlnc ia tka lataadlala atrial!?. A cab
raaa to aaary train At tba Ml II balm Dalai arras
■a riallwa will ba band BrnPclaaa and tarma Brim
ala Jaaa g. HTS-lya
\J (Oppnrita tba Railroad button.)
MILRSBCm, r BUT KB OOIXTT, PA.
A. A. KUIILIIKCKKK, Proprietor.
THROUGH TBA T EI.BBA <m tka ml I mad aril) And
Ul< Dulal aa aaoallaat plana la loach, or procara a
Bail aa ALL TRAIBB At Maal B atlaataa. IT
THE retail price for I/M3AN CE
>J NDT oa and attar Ibl. data (Ma? . IW1) will
0 (two dollar* m harral aad an cbarf* for lap or
Wltala £lb-tf 1 II A HICKS.
thry Good* and Groceries.
f PRIKO iTRKrr, BELLEPOKTR. PA.
Have their counter* end (helve* filled with
(BANKRUPT RATE 3
Purchased At J BANKRUPT RATES
t BANKRUPT KATES
WHICH THEY OPFKR A*
_ ooksutimo or
BOOTS and SHOES
BOOTS and SHOES at very low price*-
BOOTS and SHOES
HATS and CAPO
L*le*t style* of HATS and CAPS
„ d HATS and CAPS
OM*prMaterM7tkJMjnMata U few 4 to a tat.
BPRIKQ STREET, . . RELUKTOMTE, PA.
COtJIITRY PRODCCR takes la irks* at tfc
blCfeaM market pnr. j_j
♦7O * WERE. fit a dy at Ins* istlt mad*.
♦ /AOntoljOwa.aw. AMratoTROI A CO., Am
r pHE CENTRE DEMOCRAT
BOOK and JOB OFFICE
ts MOW ONTERIRa
TO THOSR WIBHTVa PIMT^UM
Plain or Fancy Printing.
We bar* unusual facilities for printing
CARTES DE VISITS,
CARDS ON ENVELOPES,
AND ALL KINDS OP BLANKS.
NT-Orders by mail will receive prompt
MP Printing done in the best style, or
•hurt notice and at the lowest rate*.
A FARM containing Fitly Acre*.
. at tirtu tovrew. vM a rwt> JTORY