Danville intelligencer. (Danville, Pa.) 1859-1907, October 07, 1904, Image 1

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The preliminary hearing in the mat
ter of tlio grado crossing at Mill strc nt
begun Friday morning at 10 o'clr.cfc
an I continued throughout tho day, an
interested crowd filling the Court
room. Numerous witnesses and expel ts
jgave testimony and exciting events in
Eliu work of Thursday evening, Sept
femhor a>, wlieu the frog was placed
liy trolley workmen and Danville oitiz
fens eager for the trolley load's con
struct ion, were exploited. Among other
sensational incidents was the flour
ishing of a revolver by a D L. & W.
official. Close cross examination
brought out the many objections to the
overhead crossing propnsod by tin rail
road people.
A large number of D. L & W. offi
cials arrived 011 the 11:15 train. In the
part? wore 13. M. Riue, Superintend
ent ot the liloorashurg division. Chief
Engine, r Lincoln Biush, Division En
gineer G. J. Hay, Division Hoadmas
ter Scofleld, General Roadmaster P.
Dowling, Chief Special Agent .1. E.
A damson, Surveyor M. H. Dowdy and
a large number of trainmen,engineers,
surveyors, etc.
Tho plaintiffs were represented by
Ex-Judge E. N. Willard of tho Lack
awanna eonnty court, A. 1). McOlin
tofe, ot Wilkesbarro, aud lion. H. M.
Hinckley of this city.
Mr. llinckley asked permission of
the Court that the sixth clause of the
bill in equity ottered by the D. L. &
W. oitmpnny be changed to read as fol
lows :
"That W. F. Pascoe, O. E. Lippe,
W. C. Billiuan, and K. H. Koch aro
partner* doing business under tho firm
name of the Standard Construction
Company and aro ongaged under con
tract with tho Danville and Blooms
bui'g Street Railway Company to con
struct for said company its lino of rail
way and are now engaged in the said
construction, and have so located its
lino of railway as to cross tho railroad
of tho plaintiff at grade on Mill street
iu the borough of Oanvillo aud have
declared their intention to cross the
tracks of tho said plaintiffs on Mill
street at grade aud iu said ooustruo
tiou, with that intention in view,have
almost reached the track of tho plain
tilT at that point and have unlawfully
aud by force torn up the rails of plain
tilt's railroad at said Mill street cross
ing aud eudeavoieil to plaoo In posi
tion a grade crossing ovor the right of
way of plaintiff, groatly to the injury
of the plaintiff's tracks."
Counsel for both sides agreed that
the tostimony taken ill both oases
should be applicable to either: after
whioh Mr. McClintok read the differ
ent acts relatiug to merging of the
Lackawanna and Bloomsburg railroad
Into the D. L. & W. railroad.
E. M. Riue, superintendent and A.
E. Diohl, an engineer, testified that
the D. L. &W. railroad crossed Mill
street, after whiclrStatiou Agent G.
W. Eggert was called.
Mr. Eggert's testimoty was to the
effect that the crossing was used a
great deal aud that much traffic passed
over it. Ho stated that eight passeng
er and six freight trains passed ovor
the crossing every woek day, besides a
number of oxtras.
Divisiou Roadmaster Hichard Sco
fleld of Kingston, was next sworn. He
testified that it was necessary to be on
tho track before a train oould be seen
coming. And that at this pmut the
track was in sight for a distance of
750 feot in either directiou.
Mr. Rino ou being recalled stated
that though business was rathor dull
at present, it had a great possibility
of iucrease. Ho stated that 38 trains
a week woro now being run.
M. U. Dowdy, Engineer and W. O.
Moser, draughtsman were sworn to
identify a number of blue prints made
for the company by them. Tlio maps
were ofTerod as exhibits aud showod
the location of various streets, build
ings etc., relative to the case, as woll
as dimensions of Mill street iu lengths
aud widths from the culvert to Bloom
A number of photographs woro also
ottered as exhibits. Tlioro woie in all
nine views.
Division Engineer G. J. Hay testifi
ed that a view oould bo had of 588
feet east of the D. L. & VV. tracks
when ou Mill street crossing and 080
feet west aud that it was impossible
to soo a train until within five feet of
the orossiug.
At this point Court adjo irnod until
1:30 p. m.
John Dinoeu, tlio D. L. & VV. cross
ing special watchman at Mill street,
was the first wituess when Court con
vened again at I:80 p. m. Ho narrat
ed tlio events of the laying of the frog
at this crossing, which are all woll
known to the p ople of this city. He
testified that he roccivcd a crack in
the forehead when removing ties,
which were thrown back on the track
moro rapidly than they were taken off.
George Kggort, the 1). L. & W. sta
tion master, who was on the stand
in the moruing was recalled and gave
testimony similar to that of Diuoen,
but added that VV. F. f'aseoe directed
the work for the trolley company. He
told of tlio arrival of the D. IJ. & W.
train from Scranton at 3:85 a. m. aud
the running of the engine on the cross
ing while ties wore being thrown iu
front of it. Attorney Scarlet's ques
tioning brought out the acknowledg
ment that the wituess had drawn a
revolver, but ho donied pointing it at
Mr. Pacsoo or any particular person,
and said ho drew it while ou the com
(Continued on Fourth Page.)
slllllO FOR
Tho Council mot in special session
H'riday to receive plans and speoifi
ciit niis for the undergrade roadway at
A street, which the Hliiladelphia &
Heading Railway Clump my was es
pecte.l to present hut the riilroad offi -
oia's wero nut pro our. I'r sidont Davis
was iu the chair and all members of
Council responded to roll call: Messrs
Vastiue, Keifsuyder, Swank, Boyor,
Foustermaohor, Gooser, Montgomery,
Doitrich, David Gibson, Lloyd and
Josoph Gibson.
Mr. Goeser, when the consideration
of the undergrade orossiug matter was
under way offered a resolution to no
tify the Philadelphia & Reading Hail
way Company to putin writing tlieir
proposition, and Burgess Fursel sug
gested having a meeting of the Ooun
oilmen, railroad officials and trolley
pooplo libxt Wednesday night, prior to
the rogular meeting,so that intelligent
and defiuito action can he taken at the
regular meeting. The clerk was in
structed to commuuioate with the rail
road poople to try to have them get
thoir loproseutativos here next Wed
A conuiiauicatiou of Borough En
gineer George 112. Keefor to the Board
of Water Commissioners was read ad
vocating the building of n Hiopo or re
taining wall from the north abutment
of Stato highway bridge to the Water
Works. For a 200 foot wall with 3 foot
bottom and P., foot top and an eleva
tion corresponding witli the bate coarse
of the Water Works building, footing
of concrete 4 foot by 18 inches to be I
feot belo.v the natural snrfaoe, the
estimatod cost is {2,200. This includes
the county's share, or the oost would
bo $l,<!00 without the county's share.
I'he estimatod cost of a retaining wall
of the samo length witli 8 foot bottom
and 3 foot top is {3OOO.
Superintendent Keefer of the Water
Works, urged the need of protection
and asked for an allowance of at loast
{I,OOO to start tlio work. A motion of
Mr. Fenstermachor to allow tho Water
Commissioners to spend {IOOO on a
wall to protect the bank that is likely
to bo carried away by tho water was
carried after considerable debate, all
voting for it oxcept Mr. Lloyd. The
plan is to protoot the Dauville part of
the bank and let tho county side go for
tho present.
Laid to Rest
Tho funeral of the lato Mrs Levi B.
Sochler took plaoo from the family
rosidouoe, Grand street, yesterday af- !
ternoou at two o'clock. The obsequies
wore attonded by a large number of
ftiends, many boiug present from a
The Kov. S. B. Evans of Saint Paul's
M. E. church officiated. The follow
ing nephews of tho deceased acted as
pall bearers: Charles Hunter, Charles
Kramor, Frank Borguer, Walter Swank,
John Knsliner and Claud Edmondson.
Interment was made in the Episcopal
Those present from a distance were:
David Everson and wife.Mrß. Eliza
beth Blocksbire and Mrs. Charles Ev
erson of Kingston ; Mrs. Flem Hough
ton, Mrs. Bert Gemberling, Mrs. David
English and Mrs. Emma Miller of Sun
bury; Mrs. Adelia Wlllet, Mrs. Davis
and Mrs. M. K. Appleman of Blooms
burg ; Clarence Swank aud wife, and
Goorgo Kashner aud wife of Elys
burg ; Charles Kahler.wife and daugh
ter of Jameson City, Wilson Deshay
and wife of Sbamokln, Mrs. William
Kilfel of Harrisburg and Norris J.
Sochler sou of the deceased, from De
troit, Michigan.
Autumn Arbor Day
October 21) th is tho dato of the sec
ond annual rounion of tho Twelfth
Kegimont Association of Spanisb-Aui
cricau War Voterauß. The meeting,
which is to bo held at Milton, will
doubtless bo well attended by Dauvillo
veterans,since this city had an especi
ally strong company when the mon
startod out to down the Spaniards.
Tho Dauville company numbered ICHS
The first rouniou of the Association
was hold at Williamsport. It was an
interesting aud altogether enjoyable
gathnriiiK, about 100 veterans attend
ing aud among them a Danville dele
gation of creditab'e size. Notice will
be given soon of a meeting to perfect
plans for the local men togo to the
Milton reunion.
The arrangements for this year's re
union should secure a signally success
ful one. The effort will be made to
got a large turn-out from Danville,
and if fifty or moro men decido togo
a special Philadelphia & Heading train
will bo chartered to tako them to Mil
ton aud back.
Cars on Schedule
Cars ou tlio Danville ard Blooms
burg trolley lino will run on schodulo
time this morning, tlio first car leav
ing the Phila lolphia and Reading
crossing. Bloom stroot at 0:20. Oars
will leave for Sloomsburg every 40
Yesterday braso blocks wero put ou
the curvo at tlio Fishing Oroek bridge,
and the guard rail was re-set. Also
one half mile of the overhead work
between the Fishing Crook bridge and
Bloomsburg was completed.
On Tuesday evening at the Reform
ed church parsonage Mr. Frank Love
and Miss Etta L. Mauser,both of Dan
ville, were united in the holy bonds of
matrimony, Rev. George E. Limbert
officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Love will
begin housekeeping ou Bloom street.
Cornelius Barrett, son of Mrs. Mary
Barrett, of Railroad street, near the
East end. was found deail 011 the Phil
adeplhia <Ss Reading railroad hotwren
Spruce and Homlook streots early Sun
day morning. His body was cruelly
mangled and mystery shrouds his
tragio end.
.Tames Mullen, of First street, Welsh
Hill, claims to have stumbled upon
the body about 1:30 o'clock Sunday
morning, finding it lying betweeu the
rails. He camo to the oentral part of
tlio city and notified Officer J. G. Voris
and night watchman Lewis Byerly,
telling them ho had found Barrett's
dead body on tho track and taking
them to the spot. Dr. S. Y. Thompson
was oallod about 2a. m. He found
the young man's body lying on the
grass ou the north side of the track,
whither it had boon removed,and pro
nounced life extinct, attributing death
to hemorrhage. A thick lino of blood
was clotted upou the cinders aud the
dead man was so pale that it seemed
nearly all of the blood must have drain
ed out of his body.
Dr. Thompson examinod Barrett's
body, finding his loft leg cut oft aslioit
distance below tho hip joint. His loft
arm was severely crushod about four
inches bolow the shoulder and his face
was lacorated as if his head had been
sliovod into the cinder. His skull was
aompressed above the right eye, fract
ured above the loft ear aud tliero also
was a fracture at the base of tho skull.
Either of tho head wounds would have
oaused death, Dr. Thompson states.
The young man's right arm and
right leg wore not hurt. His right
hand was in his hip pockot, which
only adds to tho mystery surrounding
his death, showing that it came with
such oxtremo suddenness us to kocp
him from even throwing out his hand
and from this it might appear that lie
fell upon the track in the path of a
'Squire James Dalton,acting as cor
oner, also weut to tho place whero tho
lifeless body was found and turned tho
remains ovor to uudortaker John Dost
ers Sons to prepare for burial.
Tho deceased was aged 2!) years. Ho
is survivod by his widowod mother
aud three brothers, two of Danvillo
aud ouo of Shamokin.
'Squire James Daltop, Monday
morning investigated the death of
Cornelius Barrett, whoso lifoloss body
was fouud ou the Philadelphia &
Reading railroad track early Sunday
morning. He took the tostimony of
James Mullen,who stumbled upon tho
corpso when walking ou the railroad,
aud of persons who had seon Barrett a
few hours before he was killed. His
verdict was that death was accirlontal,
aud lie thought an inquest was not
Very Useful Tool
A very useful tool, and one tlint
is destined to become an important
factor in the mechanical world is now
being manufactured at tlio Hooley &
Tieruey foundry.
The device consists of a drill, anvil,
block and holder combined and is in
tended for the use of blacksmiths, tin
smiths and small shops where the pur
chase of separato tools cau bo elimin
It will bo found particularly useful
to farmers iu making repairs on farm
machiuery aud its value is mucii in
creased inasmuch as it is portable and
can be carried about with ease. It
takes the place of four separate tools
aud the retail price, $20.00, brings it
within the reach of everybody.
The machines are being built for VV.
L. Gouger, who iu turn is selling
county rights. Three of them were
finished at the fouudry yesterday and
are vory neat iu appearance.
Two Piers Soon Finished j
The bridge work yesterday develop- j
od several new features and progressed
well. The construction company ex
pects by next Wednesday or Thursday
to have the abutment, first and second
piers on tho Booth Danville side com
pleted. provided that the stouo arrives I
when it should.
Yesterday an engine was moved from I
tho third to tho fourth pier, where ex
cavation for a foundation will bo made
as soon as possible. Ou the third pier
tho big stones were putin place up to
tho water line. Tlie coffor dam at the
first pier ou the Danville sido is now
boiug constructed aud will bo fiuishod
in a day or so. On the Danville sido
the abutment is boing rapidly razed, j
Broken flain Closes Factory
Blool£& Benzbaoh's pants factory |
was closod for a while yestorday af tor
noon and the employes had a holiday.
The broken gas main near tho Mill
street crossing was tho causo of the
troublo, making it impossible to run
tho gas engine of the plant.
This industry now employes about a
hundred hauds. It is having a busy
season and has a good outlook for fu
ture work.
Basket Ball Team
Tho junior class of tho Eanville High
School has organized a basket ball
team and elooted Robert Arms as cap
tain aud Morris Droifuss, manager.
The first praotico game was played
yesterday afternoon, tlio teams being:
chosen from the following hoys:
Jacobs, Morris, McOoy, Kostenbaud
er, Welliver, Engle, Spade, Dreifnss
I aud Arms.
Argnment wan heard before Depnty
Attorney General Fleitz yesterday ou
the petition of the Dauville and Sun
bnry Street Railway Co. for a writ
of quo warranto directed against the
Danville and Kiversido Street Rail
way Company and the Danville and
Bloomsburg Street Railway Company,
requiring the latter to show cause why
thpy should not be dispossessed of
their charter rights. A decision is not
expected for some days.
Both the petitioning and respondent
companies were chartered under the
Fooht street railway act of 1901. The
Danville and Snubury Company allege
that tho Danville and Riverside oom
pany nover attempted to exercise any
of their charter rights, nor to make
use of the provisions of the franchise
granted them by the borough of Blooms
They also claim that tlio original
charter was defective in that it con
tained a clause permitting the Dau
villo and Sanbary Compauy to übo
2,500 feet of the route of the Berwick
and Bloomsburg Street Railway Oom
pauy, which clause the Supreme Court
has declarod to be unconstitutional.
The Danville and Bloomsburg Com
pany sets up the defence that because
of the unconstitutionality of this
clause they wore justified in getting
out a charter for the same route before
the required two year limit had expir
ed. The Danville aud Sunbury Com
pany secured their charter after the
expiration of the two year limit.
The suit means much to street rail
way interosts in general, aud involves
about 4350,000 already oxpeuded by the
Danville and Bloomsburg Company
whose line betwoeu Danville aud
Bloomsburg was only oponed for travel
this week.—Harrlsburg Patriot.
Tlio Danvillo and Bloomsburg Com
pany wore represented by Hon. Graut
Herring of Bloomsburg,Ex-Judge Kooh
of Readiug and James Scarlet, Esq.,
of this oity. The interests of the Dan
villo aud Sunbury Company were look
ed after by Hou. Lyman D. Gilbert of
Harrisburg, Hon. C. B. Whitinor of
Sunbury,C. C. Yetter of Bloomsburg
and W. Kase West of this city.
Seven Hen Injured.
At Kingtowu at 5 o'clock Sunday
evening two cars ou tho Philadelphia
& Heading railroad wero derailed by
a brokon flange aud the Oatawissa aud
Mahanov Plains wreok trains were
called out, the formor arriving first
aud at ouce beginning work. One oar
was loaded with iron two inches square
and iJO foot long, each bar weighing
500 poundß. Tho oar tilted over when
dorailed. Before it could be placed in
position again some of tho iron had to
bo romoved, aud when engaged in un
loading tho iron seven men,all of Oat
awissa, wero iujurod.
Tho removal of part of tho irou
lightened tho weight of the partly
oyortnrncd car to such an extent that
the car tilted back in place aud tho
mou working with the irou bars wore
caught by thorn as they rolled in the
Solomon Fonstermacher sustained a
compound fracturo of ono of his legs,
tho bones being crushed. Ho was tak
en to the Miners' Hospital, Ashland,
where his leg may liavo to be amputat
ed. John Bogert had an auklo bruis
ed and a hole cut in bis leg aud Goorge
Krnuim also bruised an ankle and
lacerated a leg. Mudgot Funstermach
or's right arm aud shoulder were bruis
ed. Harry Campbell bruißert aud cot
au ankle aud leg aud Superintendent
John McHardy sprained both ankles
lin jumping from the car. Cashier
' William Vastiuo, of tho First Natiou
> al Bank, of Catawissa, mashed a fing
er. A. R. Anthouy, train dispatcher.
; had a narrow eßOape. The uninjured
j members of tho aufortuuate orew as-
I sister! tho others,all of whom aro bed
{ fast, except Solomon Feustermacher.
Tho gridiron gladiators will now
covor thnmsolvoH with mud, gore and
glory to their fullest desire.
The Columbia and Montour trolley
road is to be extensively improved and
a new powor plaut that will ocoupy a
50x50 foot building will be erected at
Berwiok. In it will be installed a 200
kilowatt generator and a 850 horso
power engine. It will be just au aux
iliary plant. A 150 kilowatt rotary
oonverter will bo stationed at Willow
Grove, where now there is a 100 kilo
watt oonverter, and the uew one will
make it possible to continue operation
even if accident should befall one
machine This work will be done
within six months.
A charter has been granted for the
Berwick belt line, an extension of the
Columbia and Montour, which will
reach Nescopeck as soon as the bridge
is up. It will ran up Market street,
Berwiok, to the steel plaut and will
connect at West Berwick with the
present system.
RFD Routes are Increasing
A second successful year for the rural
free delivery system in Montour i-oun
ty closed last week, ou Septembei 80.
The R. F. D. routes are especially
serviceable for the people living far
from post offices and all of the farmers
are warm in their praise of it. That
the rural delivery system has given
satisfaction and provon a great con
voniouoe is evidenced by au increase
in the mail handled in this section,
which has been fcllowod by alike
growth of the number of routes. In
fact there are now just about twice as
many of them as there were a year
There is no gainsaying that it is a
very fine thing for the men on the
farm to be ablo to take au hour after
breakfast for looking over his oity
newspaper, fresh from the press aud
received the same morning it is pub
lished. When it is recalled that the
news even of his own section hitherto
did not reach tho farmer until it was
a couple days old it can readily be un
deistood that the rural froe delivery
means something to tho country folks,
giving them equal advautages with
their city friends so tar as mail facil
ities go.
Y. M. C. A. Notes.
The miuing town of Douglas, Ari
zona, ou the southwestern frontier,
whioh doubled its population last year
aud now has (i.OOO people,mostly men,
is to have a Y. M. C. A. clubhouse
costiug $30,000. It will help to relieve
the hard conditiona of life in this raw
town, where the saloon is the popular
meeting place. Tho El Paso aud South
western Company has recently offored
|5,000 toward this building, and one
of the smelter companies has contribut
ed an equal sum, and it is oxpected
that at least 110,000 will be secured
from business mou and miners in tho
camp. Great interest has boeu man
ifested in the project by the meu.who
demand a popular headquarters aud a
chance to spend their spare time iu do
cent surroundings. C. G. Titus, a
Topeka, Kali., man who has boon sec
rotary there for six yoara is to shape
the now organization. Mr. Titns is
the kind of mail who ought to mako
the Association a popular place in
such a town. Beforo becoming an As
sociation secretary ho had a goneral
experience as messenger boy, boot
black, farm hand, student, newspaper
reporter, aud policoman and daputy
6herilT. Ho thoroughly understands
the conditions of life in a Western
mining camp, whioh that Association
"will bo expected to meet.
A Busy Scene.
Mill street was a busy looking
thoroughfare ou Saturday night do
spite the torn up condition of the sido
walks. The peoplo wero out in full
The theatre drow many people out
and the advent of full shopping gave
the storoH all they could handle. As
has recently bhon the rule there was
little dlsoider and the police had a
quiet timo of i«.
•Tnst lit this time wheu the politi
oi mis and candidates are making cal
culations as to the result of the cool
ing election, which will be held on
Tuesday, November the Bib, the fol
low ing statement of registered voters
in Montonr oounty is of interest. The
total number registered is 3618 voters.
The appended table shows the num
ber of voters of each ward, borough
and township:
Danville, First Ward 56#
Danville, Second Ward 402
Danville, Third Ward
Danville, Fourth Ward 446
Mahoning Towuship 314
Liberty Township 260
Anthony Township 232
Derry Township 188
Valley Township . 181
Liiuestjne Township..— . 157
West Hemlock Township 90
Oooper Township 84
Waslnngtonville Borough 64
Mayberry Township.. 51
Total 3618
Tho First and Third Wards of the
Borough have respectively 56i) aud 580
voters registered and it has been the
judgment of tho elcctiou officers of
these wards that each should bv ;iivid
ol into two voting precincts, as the
labor imposed on the bouds as things
exist at proßont, is entirely too much
wheu it is considered that the pay ot
election officers in a precinct polling
only 100 votes is the same as for those
where 500 votos are polled. Thin mat
ter should receive the attention of tli9
proper authorities for the good of all
concornod and if doemed advisable a
division of the First, and Third
wards into two precincts should be
Touring with Sousa's Hand
S. Ross Millhouse, oornetist wit'i
Sousa's concert band,sonds the follow
ing uewpsipor clipping from Mitchell,
South Dakota.
"Messrs. J. W. Richardson,R. Mill
house and Henry Heidelberg,members
of Mr. Sonsa's band have Imd tlioir
tlrst oxporioneo in shooting prairie
chickens and jack rabbits. They were
taken ont Thursday by L. C. Thomas,
with whom they are stopping, aud
givon a touch of western hunting on
tho prairie. They were successful in
bagging tour prairie ohiokens aud
three jack rabbits, aud they declared
it was tho greatest sport they ever en
joyed. Dowu in New York they said
they usually got prairie chickens after
they had bsen killed a week and that
they were hardly worth eatiug. The
party had gnat sport with Mr. Heid
elberg. The first jack rabbit that pop
ped caused much excitement aud they
all shouted "see the wolf," for the
jack labbits in this country are mam
moth in size. Mr. Heidelberg was so
i.fraid that it would not be shot that
he attempted to run it dowu, despite
tho effort of Mr. Thomas to call him
baok. He tore along at an oxcitiug
paoe while the jack would run a short
distance aud thou stop and look de
risively baok at his panting pursuer.
Mr. Heidelberg fiually gave up the
ohaso, aud when the next two jacks
putin appearauoe he took off his hat
to the fleetnesß of the South Dakota
jack rabbit, aud went after him with
his gun."
Mr. Miilhouse was engaged by Prof.
Sousa early in September. The baud
is mnkiug a tour of the west, giving
concerts in all the large oities. From
Oct. 10 to 33, the baud will play in San
Francisco aud will then work east to
New York oity where a couoert will
be givou Christmas night. Ou Wed
nesday, December 28th, the baud will
sail for England aud will makt. a tour
of tlio British proviuoes and Ireland.
The European tour will close with a
two weeks eugageinout in the city of
Mr. Millhouse was born in Danville
aud resided here until he was tweuty
years of a?e. He win at one time a
member of Stoes' Band aud Strick
land's orchestra.
Here's a Good Record
The ouo solitary pritoner iu the
Montour oouuty jail must bo having a
lonely tiina of it indeed. Sheriff
Maieis yesterday stated that he has iu
oustody now just ono man out of all
Montour county and unless the teud
eucy to law-breaking boeomes strong
er very suddenly this year will bo a
record ono for the small number of
The fact that only ouo prisoner is in
tlio jail is especially significant at this
timo. With the improvements now
making being carried on by uumorous
foreigners it would be but natural if
there were au unusual lot of disorder.
Danville citizens and the residents
generally of Montour county can be
gratified over this demonstration of
the peaceful, law-nbiding nature of
the community.
"A Break for Liberty."
One of the host attractions coming
to Danville will bo presented to the
thoatre goiug public of this city next
Saturday evening. It is the great
scenic melodrama in five acts, "A
Broak for Liberty," written on tho
daring escape, pursuit and subsequent
death of the late Biddle brothers.
Special soonery is carriod for every
act mid is oomplote with all eleolrical
The company is well chosen aud
litimbors some of the best known peo
ple in the profos«ion. The production
comes to this city highly recominond-
THE V. M. C. A.
A visit to the Young Men's Christ
imi Association of Danville these days
is a source of pleasure and profit. The
handsome Association quarters, as fine
as any in the state,now appear to bet
ter advantage than ever, having beeu
refitted and improved in a substantial
The early history of the Y. M. O.
A.,erected in 1888 by the late Thomas
Beaver, is well known to peoplo of Uus
city, who are proad to point out the
fine structure to strangers. But many
of them go no farther than this, not
i knowing what'an excellent work for
boys and young mon is being doue by
, the Association and not taking the in
terest they should feel in the welfare
of the Y. M. O. A.
The Danville Y. M. C. A has stead
ily progressed ever since its institu
tion aud with the completion of the
interior chauges that have recently
been underway it is second to none iu
the state. When tho size of the town
is considered aud the cost of carryiug
on the work all who are familiar with
tho doingj of the Associations of oth
er cities admit that the results ob
tained in Dativille equal the work ac
complished in any piaoa iu the coun
try. The equipment of tho entire
building is neat and attractive. To
keep it modern, aud of course boing
up-to-date is an essential in success
ful work,entails considerable expanse.
It is understood that even now the
Danville Association is a little behind
with current oxpeuses as a result of
making improvements. Were the mer
chants of Danville and others who are
able to do so to help even to a small
extent the Association oould very
readily be plaood on a sound financial
footing. Of course the institution is
a part of a world wide organization
aud is here to stay, but it is up to the
people of Danville to say how it shall
be conducted, whether in a way to do
the best work possible or just to drag
slowly along.
Popular institutions of this kind
play a prominent part in stamping a
city bh a desirable place. Merchants
who holp support a Y. M. O. A. need
not look solely to religious ends but
doubtless can find commercial advant
ages accruing from whatever help they
may give. Their clerks unquestion
ably are improved through the Y. M.
O. A., which benefits the city gener
Tho Danville Y. M. O. A. is run by
efficient men. Secretary William D.
Laumaster has given nine years of
good service here and Physical Direct
or 0. O. Oarpouter for three years has
helpod the boys aud men to acquire
stroug, healthy bodies. The cleauli
uess and order of the local quarters are
noteworthy aud the care of Janitor
Frank Burguer is largely responsible
for this desirable condition.
What the Dauville Y. M. O. A. has
may be briefly summed up as follows:
A line hall that will seat 300 persons,
equipped with organ and piano; num
erous coay rooms for small gatherings;
a beautiful parlor with music box and
phonograph for eutertaiument and
comfortable ohairs for re«t; <» well
stocked reading room of periodicals
and newspapers; a gymnasium con
taining tho best of modern apparatus.
The gymnasium is worthy of espec
ial uotice. The shower baths have been
enameled and fine white porcelain
tubs tiave been installed A boiler
heats the water for fcli* u.*thers aud a
larger one keeps the whole Y. M. C.
A. building comfortable in the cold
est weather. Bright and cheerful, the
rooms are very attractive to the young
fellows ou a sharp frosty night aud
that they appreciate it is shown by
the large attondauoe. The gymnasium
classes now are at work aud the meu
are more enthusiastic than possibly
ever before.
With this noble physical work, a
good spiritual atmosphere attending
the men's meetings and Bible classes
and the Boys' Bible class of 200 mem
bers, and the sooial featnres of the
right kind, the Y. M. O. A. is a safe
plaoe for any boy. It is a help to any
young man. It deservos the support
of every citizen.
Be Careful of Your Vote.
Voters who desire to cast a ballot at
tho election in November must soe to
it that their poll tax is paid. If the
voter has not paid such a tax within
the last two yoars.lie cannot vote this
fall. This is an important matter and
Bhould be attended toatouce. Friday,
October 7th, is the last day on which
tho poll tax can be paid. Voters should
immediately hunt up their tax receipts
and learn whether or not they are
oligible to vote at tlio comiug election.
Work at St Hubert Church
Tho addition to St. Hubert's Cath
olic church, Bloom street,is beginning
to show up as a solid and pretty struc
ture. Tho work on tho new building
is not very far from completion and
the annex alroady groatly improves
tho appearance of the church.
The slaters now are ready to start
on the roof, all of tho brick work be
ing done. The lathers will also be
gin operations at ouoe, so that it will
not be long before the inside of the
building will be finished.
Improving the Crossing.
The Philadelphia & Reading cross
ing at Bloom street yo9terday was be
ing improved by the laying of new
timbers and the sidewalk also was be
ing repaired.
The initiatory step to secure an un
dergrade crossing at A street was tak
en by Council last evening at a speci
al session attended by Philadelphia &
Reading railroad and Danville and
Bloomsburg trolley compauy officials.
Division Superintendent Turk and
Statiou Agent P. H. Foust, of the
Reading, and W. F. Pascoe and At
torney Soarlet, looking after the trol
ley interests, met with the Council*
In the abseuco of President Davis,
Clerk Patton called the nicciittg to
order. Mr. Vastiue was chosen Presi
dent pro tem. The members answer
ing roll call were Messrs. Vastiue,
Reifsnvder, rioyer, Goeser, Montgom
ery, Dietrich, D. Gibson, J. Gibson
and Lloyd.
After the object of the meeting was
stated Mr. Pascoe was given the floor.
He stated that the trolley people and
railroad people had conferred with the
Borough Solicitor and decided to ask
for the passage of a resolution author
izing the ordinance committee and
Borough Solioitor to prepare an ordin
ance before the regualr mooting of
Council Friday evening, giving per
mission for the building of tho A
street undergrade crossing,which will
be 30 feet wide, and the abolition of
the Cross street crossing after the new
one is completed aud acoepted.
Mr. Reifsuydor desired to learn
what expeuso the proposed changes
would make for the Borough. Mr.
i'ascoe showed plans and profilo for
the undergrade roadway and explain
ed that the ordinance would be so
framed as to relievo the Borough of
any expeuso whatsoovor. He stated
that the railroad aud trolley compan
ies would stand all of the cost of con
structing the crossing aud afterward
the trolley company will do just wliaS
the ordinance recently passed requires
—keep and maintain tho road between
the rails aud two feet on eithor side
of the track. He further stated that
the vacation of tho Cross street cross
ing would not have to occur until the
undergrade shall bo completed and ac-
At this point the resolution offerod
by Mr. Pascoo was passod on motion
of Mr. Goosor, seconded by Mr. Reif
snyder. Attorney Scarlet then spoke
of the need of giving the borough, the
railroad and the trolley company all
the proper protection which can be
secured by embodying in the ordin
ance all of the requirements.
Superintendent Turk stated that the
Reading people feel justified in asking
for tho vacation of Cross street cross
ing in consideration of the large sum
the railroad company will have to
spend for tlie improvement. (As pre
viously published, the crossing will
oost about $8000.) Mr. Turk believes
tho crossing will really benefit Dan
ville more than either the railroad or
the trolley. Of course, in this connec
tion it may be explained that tho do
ing away with the Cross street cross
ing will enable the Reading to haudlo
the many trains passing over this divi
sion with greater dispatch.
Mr. Goeser moved that the ordin
ance committee draw up a resolution
covering the matter by Friday. The
motion prevailed and Messrs. Swank,
Reifsnyder and Montgomery will at
once start on the task imposed upon
Council at 8:30 o'clock,after receiv
ing an invitation from Mr. Pascoo to
take a trolley ride at 9 o'clock, ad
journed to meet Friday evening next.
Local Foot Ball Team Organized
A number of Danville boys have or
ganized a foot-ball team, and expect
to play a series of games this fall.
Names prominent in tho town's foot
ball history are included in the list,
so that a strong aggregation will bo
developed from the material on hand.
At a meeting held Tuesday evening
Hert Slattery was elected captain aud
Ben Johnson, assistant captain. Wal
ter Raver was chosen to manage the
team for the coming season.
Challenges have bean received from
Sunbury, Catawissa and Berwick.
Diehl-Brondon Wedding
Ralph B. Diehl, clerk at the post
office and Miss Nan Brandon, daughter
of Mrs. Clara Braudon, East Market
street, were married yosterday morn
ing at 9:30 o'clock.
Tho ceremony was performed at the
bride's home by the Rov. Edward
Haughton, reotor of Christ Episcopal
church. Only the immediate relatives
of the young couple were present.
Mr. and Mrs. Diehl left on the 10:19
D. L. & VV. train for a trip to New
York city.
Launch Tampered With?
George Hulliheu's launch which his
son, Charles, has been operating, is
out of service, tho air mixer being
brokon. Mr. Hulliheu believes some
one tampered with the boat aud dam
aged tho machinery. 110 will try to
have it running by the end of the
Preparatory Services.
Tho Lord's Supper will be celebrat
ed in Shiloh Reformed church next
Sunday. Preparatory services will bo
held on Friday evening at 7 :30 o'clock,
at which time the Rev. J. E. Hutchi
son, pastor of the Mahoning Presby
terian church,will preach the sermon.
AH the members of the church are
urged to be present.