Butler citizen. (Butler, Pa.) 1877-1922, May 30, 1883, Image 1

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    VOL. XX.
boot Ii lit IS
largest and Finest Styles and Lowest Prices ever shown by
any Honse In Butler. All Fresh Goods
an l warranted, Our motto is FAIR DEALING WITH EVERYBODY, goods just as we rep
re»ent them, same price to all. Quick sales and small profits.
To look at ray French Kid Turn Button Boots (Cur. Kid. Mat Top Cur. Kid
Fox Boots.) Gondola, (St Goat, Pebble Goat.) Serge, (Goat Fox.
Cloth top Boots.) Pebble Grain, OLD LADIES'WIDE SHOES
AND SLIPPERS. Walking Shoes, Sandals, Opera Slippers,
Ladies' Button Boots from SI.OO and upwards. Ladies can
find in this Stock any style and priced shoe they want.
To step in and look at my Calf Boots, Calf Bals, Button Shoes London toe and
tip, Veal Calf Shoes cloth tops, Congress Gaiters, Base Ball Shoes,
Oxford ties strap shoes, Plow Shoes, 3rogsns, Hob Nail
Shoes for miners, all of these are desirable goods
from the cheapest Brogan to the Finest
Hand Sewed Boot and Shoe.
To see our School Shoes, Fine Button Boots and JBals, Slippers, &c., all
New and Nice Styles very cheap. Infants' and childrens' Shoes
in endless variety, from 25 cents upwards.
The Largest Stock of Leather and Findings of any House in
Butler. Lowest Prices.
New Goods Constantly Arriving.
REPAIRING. All kinds done at Reasonable Rates.
R. C. RtTSFLTON, Rutler, Pa.
Carriage, Buggy and Wagon Harness, Collars, Etc., Etc,
And carry a full block of Whips, Bobos, Blankets, Brushes, and all other Goods belonging to
tlie Business.
All Kinds of Repairing will Receive Prompt Attention.
CaTPluasG call aud examine our Goods and get Prices before you purchase elsewhere.
Plastering Hair Always on Hand.
Iloiker's Block. Jefforson Street, opposite Lowry House, Butler, Pa
Have KP Yfc to much larger and more commodious
Nos. 238 & 240 Liberty St. (cor. Wood St.) A large assortment and a full
WARE, LOOSE and MOUNTED DIAMONDS, Watch Material, fie., at
lowest New York Jobbing Prices. Wholesale exclusively.
#•0" Remrmlwr the change to 23S and 2-10 Liberty St., (cor. Wood,) liext door to Jos. Home «St
Co.' Wholesale Store. martt'.tm.
ABilwillenapl.Mlrcb.nl. tli. blood In tbc fnllre «*»tem In thru, ranatlu. Anr p' ii'-n wh" will t.lt. ONE I ILL
F.ACII NKiHT FROM O.VETO TWF.LVH WKBKS. «ia/ h.naUMd u> •MMidhtalth. If >uch a llitn* po.tlbla.
For eurmi Final. C<.nii>laioti th.M I'llla harenuaqual. in SoM <-<rir) » hcra,
or mm by mat! for n caata IB itamp». S*ml for pamphlet. 1. 8. JOIIK6QW & CO :; j>cxitoinMa»« : __^_^ |
r7 na for « M)CABE or UPBIOHT romewoob
Iff- 1 - M O" * M PIASOFOKTE. with Stool, liouk and llu.lc.
Bar *>miy O fur nn Uclat MMp, Sub-Bana aud OcUve-Couplcr OKCIAN.
Chanel Orguun MU, PipeOrgaua ®M. OTBKB HA HO A 1 Bill tally described
to 111— twU< which It sent FUKK wlUi full particulars.
AtfdrtM m call upon BANIEL V. BEATTY, Wuhlngtofi, Mm iemy.
| Estate of Edward Campbell.
! Letters testamentary on the estate of Ed
i ward Campbell, dee'd, late of Worth twp., But
-1 ler county, Pa., having been granted to the un
! dersigned,all persons knowing themselves in
debted to said estate will please make imrnedi
, ate payment and any having claims agaiuft
1 said estate will present thein duly authenticated
| for settlement.
SAMI'EL 11. MOORE, Executor,
j Graut City, Lawrence Co., Pa.
Estate oW. P. Mechlins, dee'd
Letters of administration in the estate of
W. P. Mechling, dee'd, late of Washington
township, Butler Co., Pa., having been grant
ed to tiie undersigned, all persons knowing
themselves indebted to said estate will please
make immediate payment and any having
claims against said estate will present them du
ly authenticated for settlement.
Baldwin P. 0., Butler county, Pa.
Estate oi Mary Wright.
Letters testamentary with the will annexed
having been granted to the undersigned on the
estate of Mary Wright, late of Jett'erson twp.,
Butler county, Pa., all persons knowing them
selves indebted to said estate will please make
immediate payment and any having claims
against said estate will present them duly
authenticated for settlement.
Saxonburg P. 0., Butler Co., Pa.
Administrator's Xotice.
Whereas letters of administration on the es
tate ol Andrew J. Moore, late of Centre twp.,
Butler county, Pa., dee'd, have been duly is
sued by the Kegister of wills in aud for the
county oi Butler, Pa., to me Nuucy J. -Moore,
widow of said decedent. Notice is hereby given
to all persons knowing themselves indebted to
ttie said estate to call and settle the same, aud
all persons having claims against the said estate
will please present the same duly probated lor
payment. NANCY J. MOORE,
Administratrix of A. J. Moore, dee'd,
Butler, Pa,
Notice is hereby given that A, O. Boyd, As
signee of Wm. 8. Boyd has filed his linal account
in the office of the l'rothouotarv of the Court of
Common Pleas, of Butler county at C. P. No.
357, March term, 1878, and that the same will be
presented to said Court for confirmation an al
lowance on Wednesday the oth day of June, 1883
M. N. GItEEB, Prot'y.
Prothonotary's Office, May 7, 1883.
Notice is hereby given that Rev. F. A. Ed
monds, Assignee of David Zeigler. Jr., has Clod
his account in the office of the Protbonotarv of
the Court of Common Pleas of Butler connty, at
Ms. D„ No. Jnne Term, 1882, and that the
same will be presented to said Court for confir
mation and allowanco on Wednesday tlio 6th
day of June, 1883. M. N. GItEEB, Pro'y.
Prothonotary's office, May 7, 1883.
Insolvent Debtors Notice.
Notice is hereby given to the creditors of J ihn
Frantz of Cranberry twp., Butler county. Pa.,
laborer and shoemaker, that he has applied to
the Court of said county for a discharge from
all his debts under the insolvent laws of the
Commonwealth, and that the Court has fixed
Monday the 4tn day of June, 1883, in the Court
room as the time and place for hearing said ap
plication. W. H. LUtsK, Esq,
Notice is hereby given that Levi. Boyer, Com
mittee of Isaac L. Boyer has filed his second
partial account in the office of the Prothonotary
of the Court of Common Pleas of Butler county
at C. P No. 500. March Term. 1870, and that the
same will be presented to said Court for confir
mation aud allowance on Wednesday the 6th
day of June, 1883. M. N. OBEEIt. Prot'y.
Prothonotary's office, May 7, 1883.
Notice to Contractors.
Healed proposals for the erection of a new
church building will be received by the building
committee of the English Lutheran congrega
tion or Zelienople, Pa , until 8 p. m. on Tuesday,
June 12, 1883. Plana and specifications can be
seen after June Ist at the store of G. I>. Swain,
Harmony, Pa. The committee reserve the
right to reject any or all bids.
V. B. Christy, J
G. D. SWAIS, r Committee.
J. L. Lytle, )
may 23 3t.
Road Reports.
Notice is hereby given that the following
Road Report has been confirmed nisi by the
Court and will be presented for confirmation
on Wednesday, June Oth 1883, and if no excep
tions are filed it will be confirmed absolutely.
No. 3 December term, 1882, Road in Adams
and Middlesex, beginning at or near the house
of R. McCandless, in Adams town ship., to lead
to Denny's Cross Roads, in Middlesex town
ship. W. B. DODDS,
Clerk Q. S.
In the matter of the assignment ot Julia
and L. B. Rocssing for the benefit of
Those indebted to the above estates will take
notice that the accounts are ii> my bands for
collection. Prompt pnyincnt is positively re
quired, or the collection ol the accounts will be
enforced by law
Mar-14tf. Agent for A. ROESSING,
P. S. I will be at Miller Bro's. furniture
store,JJeirerson nt., Butler, I'a., on every Satur
day lor tlio coming six weeks for the purpose
ol meeting the debtors. J. R. KEARNS.
South Main St., Butler, Pa,
Keeps Constantly oil Hand a Full Stock of
Watches, Clocks, Jewelry,
At the Lowest Cash Prices.
Fine Watch Repairing a Spec
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Thin is tlio liook that has lung been wanted. It
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Every bachelor, mariied man or woman, widow
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postpaid for only 25 cents. Address HUDSON
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ergetic Mon. Halary and Expenses paid.
The Business easily learned.
Kieffer Pear. Champion Quince, Hansell Has
berry. ami all the most desirable fruits and orna
Only those need apply who can devote their
entire tiino and attention to tho work.
Address, B. G. CHASE 4 CO., Philvdolphia, Pa.
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Interview With the Prostrated
Engineer of the Brooklyn
What He Thinks of the Great
Work Now Nearlng Comple
NEW YORK, May IS.— A quiet
street is Columbia Heights, Brooklyn,
although removed not three minutes'
walk from the noisest. busiest part of
the citv, and within ten minutes by
boat from the centre of New York's
industrial paudemonium. It runs par
allel with the river, 100 feet above it
and 300 feet away from it, and the
damp air so hastens the growth of vege
tation that now, while elsewhere lawns
arc yet mottled with brown and trees
half bare, the turf is a rich velyet of
verdure and a heavy arboreal shadow
rests upon the pavement. The house
of wood, brick and brown and olive
yellow sandstone, are all old fashioned,
even antiquated; but they are spacious,
richly furnished, and of such value that
only the millionaire can afford to live in
one. From the upper windows of one
you can almost toss a biscuit into the
river, you can over-look the river and
bay from Sandy Hook to Hell Gate,
New Y r ork, the cities on the Jersey
shore, and the Blue Orange mountains,
25 miles away.
I called yesterday for an hour at
one of these pleasant homes, and was
ushered into an upper room, on the
side of the house next the river.
There was a bay-widow in it almost
overhanging the river, and in the bay
widow a telescope, its tube pointing
northwest toward the mighty span of
the East river bridge. Gazing stead
fastly through the instrument sat a
well-built, powerful-looking man, in
the prime of life, with a head wonder
fully like that of General Grant, only
less stern and stolid. The deep blue
eyes smiled pleasantly, but under them
were cruel furrows that told of pain
and struggles with disease. His hair
and whiskers were streaked here and
there with gray, and as he rose and
took a step toward me he trembled un
steadily, telling how much less his
strength was than it seemed.
It was Colonel Washington A.
Roebling, Chief Engineer of the great
est bridge man ever built, but upon
which he never has and never will, I
fear, set foot.
Eleven and a half years have now
passed since a fire broke out in the
huge wooden caisson upon which rests
the Brooklyn tower of the bridge. On
that occasion Col. Roebling exposed
himself too much to the compressed air
in the caisson, and fell a prey to that
strange and terrible malady the "cais
son disease." From that time to this
he has been a confirmed, helpless inva
lid, nursed and attended like a baby by
his devoted wife, who has aided him
invaluably in making the multitudin
ous and intricate calculations required
in planning the great bridge. From
his window he has watched closely
every operation by means of the tele
scope, and has received such minute
reports and given such explicit orders
that he has practically supervised the
stretching of every wire and the fast
ening of every bolt. But as I have
said, he has never set foot upon the
structure, and probably never will,
though he hopes to sometime to be
driven across it in an easy carriage.
I asked Col. Roebling if, on the
whole, he was entirely satisfied with
his work.
"Yes," replied, "I am fully satisfied
so far, but of course I do not know
how I will regard it when it is finish
ed and put iuto practical use. I hope
to like it as well then as now."
"Then it is not," I asked, "yet out
of the realm of experiment ? Can you
not judge by other similar structures
how this will bear the test of use?"
"Ah no," he replied with a smile
and a shake of his head. "There is no
similar structure. The Cincinnati
bridge could be judged by the Niagara
bridge. But this one is so stupendous
in dimensions that it stands as much
alone as though no other suspension
bridges had ever been built in the
world. It is all experiment, and I
have had to make experiments without
number to test all the work as we went
along. The latest and one of the most
important experiments was made just
the other day by Mrs. Roebling. She
is my right-hand man, yoa know."
"Yes." joined the lady, "I tried a
yery important experiment. I drove
across the bridge in a carriage, and I
was the first person that ever did so."
"But was that such a wonderful ex
"It was. I wanted to see the effect
on the bridge of a horse trotting over
it. So Mrs. Roebling drove across
briskly, aud the engineers watched the
effect very carefully."
"Aud vi hat was it?"
"Nothing. There wasn't the slight
est vibration visible or perceptible auy
"What other experiments do you
want to try on it?"
"I am curious to see tho result of
military marching on it. You know,
soldiers generally break step and the
bands stop playing while crossing big
bridges, because the rhythmic pulsa
tions set the structure to vibrating ter
ribly. But I think it will be perfectly
safe for our regiments to march across
the bridge as usual on the opening day.
Of course I will have the engineers
keep close watch, and if there is any
vibration, the boys will have to break
I step at once."
"What are the especial factors of
stability in this bridge not enjoyed by
others ?"
"First and most important, perhaps,
is the use of four cables instead of two.
These cables, you know, arc drawn to
ward each other in pairs in tho centre
of the main span. Thus they form
lateral arches, and against any side
strain, such as a high wind, make tho
span as rigid as granite."
"Colonel Roebling," I asked, "what
do you think of the action of the trus
tees in establishing a system of tolls,
even for foot passengers."
"I'm very glad they had so much
good sense, and dared oppose popular
clamor so. Of course, I believe in a
free bridge, eventually, except for pas
sengers in the cars. But at first, we
need tolls, to make the bridge unpopu
"Unpopular ?"
'Yes; to keep people away from it.
Now, if the bridge was thrown open,
free to every one, what would be its
condition on the opening day ? Why
a mob of 100,000 persons would crowd
upon it from the Brooklyn end and a
mob of 200,000 from the New York
end, and they would meet like two
tidal waves. For days there would be
such a throng of idlers upon the bridge
that no one could cross it with any de
gree of comfort, if at all. Do you re
member how that mob of young hood
lums acted the other Sunday when
they sot the upper hand of the gate
keepers? Well, if that bridge was
made free at the outset, such scenes
would be repeated for days ; but if a
fee of a cent is charged, it will act as a
check upon them, and only those will
cross who wish to do so as a route of
travel or who take enough interest in
it to pay for the privilege. Then after
the bridge has been open for a few
weeks or months, the novelty will have
worn off and people crossing it will not
be annoyed by crowds of riotous
"The cable system of cars, of course,
meets with your approval ?"
"I think that is the only system the
trustees should allow. Not that it
would be unsafe to use locomotives.
The bridge is strong enough to bear
anything you can get on it, and a train
of three cars and a small engine, such
as run on the elevated roads, could
cross it as safely as Mrs. Roebling's
carriage did."
"There has been some talk of Pull
man cars, has there not ?"
"Yes; aud some alterations were
made in the plaus to admit of their
passage. To these changes I agreed,
but I am opposed to running such cars
on the bridge. Doubtless the bridge
would bear them, and on certain special
occasions it would be well enough to
run them across. But I am opposed
to having them cross regularly for the
same reason that leads me to oppose
the use of locomotives. This is not a
railroad bridge. It is not part of a
through truuk route. It is a purely
local link between these twa cities, and
should be devoted entirely to such use.
If you run locomotives across you will
frighten horses, and by smoke and
steam make it unpleasant for foot pas
sengers. If you let regular railroad
trains cross it, you interfere with tho
cable-car system and with the regular
local traffic. This is a bridge for the
people, not for railroad companies. It
the railroad companies want a bridge,
let them build one."
"How fast will the cable cars be
run ?"
"In trains of three, on from half a
minute to three minutes' headway, ac
cording to the time of day and amount
of travel; and they will run across in
perhaps five minutes. The cars will
easily carry 100 persons each, so that
during the buisy part ot the day the
bridge can convey, in its cars, 36,000
persons an hour each way, beside foot
passengers and vehicles."
"You will soon resign your position
as Chief Engineer, Colonel ?"
"Yes; immediately after the success
ful opening of the bridge. I have held
the post 14 years. My salary has been
SIO,OOO a year. And for more than
eleven years I have been an invalid.
Perhaps I will never be anything else
now. But I am content. I have
finished my family monument."
"What do you mean by that ?"
"My father was the original engin
eer of the bridge. But before its site
was fully decided upon he met with an
accident that cost him his life. lie
was stauding on the ferry dock, point
ing out tho spot where operations
should be begun for the Brooklyn
tower, and where in fact the tower
now stands. A ferryboat entered the
slip, and striking the piliug caught and
crushed his foot, and be (lied with
lock-jaw. I succeeded him, and not
long after I fell a victim to this caisson
disease, from which I may never re
cover. It has at any rate taken from
me 11 years of the best part of my
life. So father and I have practically
given our lives to tho building of the
bridge, and for him and myself I ask
no other monument and no other
"Will you attend the opening ex
ercises ?"
"No, I am not strong enough. An
artist is making a bust of me, and they
tell me it will be placed on a pedestal
on the platform on that occasion as my
representative. But I shall open my
house that day and receive all the
friends who wish to call upon me—at
least as loilg as my strength holds
"But you don't look upon this as
your last work ?"
"I don't know. I will not try to do
anything more until I regain my
health. If ever I do get well, I sup
pose I will find plenty of work to do in
this busy world."
Colonel Roebling's voico was grow
ing weaker, and there was a weary
look in his eyes, so I left him to rest.
A table loaded with bottles aud glasses
stood in the adjoining room, telling
mutely of the desperate struggle ho is
making, with the aid of medical skill,
to keep in subjection ibe disease that
has long been preying upon bim.
"He must have more rest," said Mrs.
Roebling, as I went out. "He is not
so sick as people might imagine, but
he iB very weak. If ho talks long, or
reads, or works out problems, or has
any excitement, a period of prostration
and debility is sure to follow. I will
be glad when the bridge is finished for
that reason; for now we are so busy
with details of every sort that he has
little time for rest; but tnen there will
be nothing to disturb him or worry
him, and I believe in a year or two he
will be perfectly well."
And surely that this belief is well
founded must be the hope of all.
The Work of the Cyclone.
Some of the'stories told concerning
the work of the late cyclones in Wis
consin and Illinois are almost beyond
belief, yet their truth is so well vouched
for by many witnesses tbat they must
be accepted as trustworthy. At Kel
logg's Corners, Kenosha county, W r is ,
the cyclone which a few minutes later
visited Racine with such disastrous re
sult, swept a millpond dry, carrying the
water in a blinding sheet to the barn of
Charles Herriek, which was literally
deluged, and a cow, stabled therein, was
drowned. A new brick school house
at Aztalan, Jefferson county, Wis., was
destroyed by hail. The stones were as
big as eggs, and came down in such
numbers and with such velocity as to
make the building look as though it
had been destroyed by a cannonade.
Mrs. Northrop and her son, who lived
on a farm in Racine county, near Union
Grove, were standing at a window
watching the cyclone, when they
noticed that the funnel was coming to
ward them with terrific momentum.
They jumped into the cellar, and had
no sooner laoded on their feet than
their house, a substantial frame, was
picked up like a balloon and carried
over their heads a long distance down
the road.
The residence of Mr. Page, south
east of Springfield, 111., was demolished
and every outbuilding blown down.
Some of them were carried completely
away, especially a large ice house, of
which no vestige could be found within
a radius of a mile. Mr. Page, with
his family, took refuge in the cellar of
the houße on seeing the approach of the
cyclone. They had a narrow escape
from being crushed to death by the
foundations of the building, composed
of brick, which came tumbling in npon
them, seriously bruising Mrs. Page.
The house would at times rise several
feet off the ground, but, strange to say,
with the exception of being unroofed it
settled down almost on the old founda
tion. Near the house, and in the track
of the tornado, were found several huge
logs which bad evidently been a part
ot some los: house, but which Mr. Page
bad never seen before and did not
know whence they came. The wagon
standing near the house was carried
several rods away and turned upside
down without being much damaged.
The residence of Supervisor Grubb, in
the same neighborhood, was unharmed,
but a summer kitchen was thrown out
of shape. The stove, which was
heated at the time, was raised up and
carried about 200 yards and lodged in
a straw stack. A fire followed, and
the barn and other buildings adjacent
were consumed.
Near Dawson, further east, the
tornado was very violent. Along its
track nothing could be found tbat had
not been damaged. In all the fields
wero dead horses and cattle. Trees
were prostrated, fences blown away,
and the roads in some places blockaded.
In one place a haystack in a shapeless
mass impeded travel. It had been
blown from an adjoining field. Tb&
cyclone at Dawson and other points,
according to the testimony of eye wit
nesses, presented the appearance at
times of a vast ball of fire, shaped as a
funnel. It seemed to possess heat and
power at the little end. Nothing of
human construction could survive its
A few miles north of Virginia, 111., a
hedge fence was raised root and
branch and carried away. A big pile
of railroad ties lying near tho track
was scattered far and wide. On
Spring Geld Round Prairie a horse was
found with a piece of rail thorough his
body. At the residence of Major Hess,
one and a half miles east of Springfield,
the chimneys were tumbled and the
windows were broken. In one of the
windows sat a largo wooden bowl.
This was split midway, one half being
left in its original position and the
other half carried of!' by the cyclone.
At one place a flock of geese were
found naked this morning, their feath
ers having been stripped from their
backs and hung upon a hedge.
Ou a hill near Howard, 111., the
Btorm was very severe. On Friday
afternoon this knoll was well covered
with houses and barns. On Saturday
morning not a stick of timber was to
be seen. The veßtige of houses or
barns now left are the cellar walls.
The trees are filled with torn garments,
remnants of bed-clothes, and the en
trails of animals, and strewn over the
ground are bushels of grain and corn.
At Grafton, sixteen miles southwest of
Jerseyville, 111., large stones were lift
ed off the bluffs and hurled with tre
mendous force into the Mississippi
river and upon the town below, caus
ing the utmost consternation and fear
among the inhabitants. The Wabash
track was covered for several miles
with stones thrown by the force of the
wind from the bluffs. A car of stone
weighing 42,000 pounds was lifted
from the track, and the stone scattered
in every direction. Michael Lamed
was taken up bodily and carried away.
Search was made and his body found
in a culvert of the Wabash Railway,
a distance of one hundred yards from
where the storm struck him. His
head and face were split in two, and
his body badly bruised. Large pick
ets were carried a long distance and
into truuks of trees.
One of the most miraculous escapes
recorded was that of tho family of
Peter Scbaffer, living a few miles
south of Mount Pulaski, 111. The
house was torn from its foundation,
and in an instant the air was filled
with flying timbers and human bodies.
Mr. Scbaffer was thrown into tho
branches of a largo cottonwood tree
that?hud been prostrated by the storm.
He found his wife lying at the base of
the tree in an unconscious condition.
Further ou, under a pile of rail*, he
, | found bis little girl, also unconscious,
and, as was afterwards discovered, so
• baily injured tbat she will probably
die. The baby did not receive even a
| scratch, and was found complacently
' viewing the spot where its homo had
I stood but a few moments before. Not
: a vestige of the house remained,
i Everything had been swept away.
Near Murraysville, 111., the grcund
was blackened with hedges, large trees
twisted into shreds, and the bark whip
; ped from bushes. A great deal of
stock was either killed or crippled, and
! fowls were stripped of their feathers.
The path of the cyclone is covered with
the debris of bouses, barns, furniture,
clothing, bedding, valuable papers,
home treasures, rails, boards and
A few miles from Carlinviile, 111,
the residence of George Banter was de
molished, and his wife and three chil
dren were killed. Their bodies, shock
ingly bruised, were found in the top of
a tree. At Poutiac, 111., the house of
John Duff was carried several hundred
yards away, but it came down right
side up, and the inmates, including two
children in bed up stairs, were not in
Theil College.
MESSRS. EDlTOßS: —Knowing that
Butler county has sent a number of her
boys to Theil College and is also rep
resented in the faculty by two natives
of the county, namely: Prof. Roth,
President of the college, and Prof.
Titzel, your correspondent takes the
liberty of sending a report of one of the
Literary Society entertainments of the
college, believing that it might be a
matter of interest to some of your sub
scribers. A consideration in making
the following report is, that mauy or
the most of the students from your
county are connected with the Chres
tomathean Society. Rev. Asa Waters'
sons (himself originally from Butler)
have all in turn been among the stand
bys in the brass band of this society.
The other society, the Chryaostomos,
has a string band in good shape. The
lady students also have a literary
society, which is, at present, very pros
perous. Two of Rev. Swingle's sons
are members of the Chrestomathcan
Band, the elder, W. M. Swingle, being
leader. A son of Rev. J. A. Delo,
deceased, (both of the last mentioned
ministers having formerly been resi
dents of your county). Mr. P. A.
Shanor, of Prospect, and Mr. Adam
Schweinsberg, of Butler, are also mem
bers of the band. Mr. I). E. Dale, one
of Butler's most popular young men,
was connected with the band while at
tending Thiel College. W. F. Gallaher,
of Prospect, and M. L. Negley, son of
J. 11. Negley, Esq., of Butler, are to
be found in the vigorous ranks of this
The Chrestomathcan Literary Socie
ty gave their ninth annual entertain
ment in the Opera House on the even
ing of May 11th. A full house was
found in attendance at the appointed
time. The evergreen and floral deco
rations of the stage were very attrac
tive, much taste being displayed in the
arrangement. The motto of the So
ciety, "Alliora, Qiurrimus," in white
letters, placed on a background of ever
green, with the stars and stripes grace
fully draped back of all, was a study of
beauty. As the curtain was raised at
the opening of the performance, the
gaze cf the audience was at once fixed
and delighted by the band that occu
pied the stage. The boys looked their
best and their instruments glittering in
the light produced a ffne effect.
The Salutatory, by Mr. B. Keine, of
New York, was to the point and had
the merit of not being tedious. He al
luded to the progress of the Society, its
aims and successes with a very apt re
minder that criticism should take into
consideration that new members must
be trained yearly to take the place of
those who annually leave their ranks.
A declamation, "The Fall of Jerusa
lem," by Mr. A. Schweinsberg, of But
ler, was presented in very good style.
"The Heir of the Ages," an essay
by Mr. G. E. Merkley, of Upper ('ana
da, was treated in the well-known style
of the author, as bo lead us up from
the ages of superstition, on to the
gradual revelations to the mind of man
of the beauties of art, the knowledge of
philosophy and the power of science
with the great possibilities tbat yet
await the future "Heir of the Ages.''
The Select reading, "My Experience
with the Mormonß," found favor with
the audience, and with reason. Mr. S.
Elson, of Ohio, displayed a pleasing
gift for rendering the humorous, sedate
and pathetic portions of his selection.
The oration by Mr. John Shunk, of
Canada, "A Truly Honorable man,"
could not fail to carry conviction to
every mind that the gentleman was
convinced and impressed with the
truth of wl.at he said.
An original poem, "Tho Talents,"
by Mr. 11. W. Elson, of Ohio, reflected
credit on the author both in the reel
ing and composition.
A declamation, "Scene in the Are
na," by Mr. J. Maurer, of Lower Cana
da, was rendered by him in his usual
telling manner. Mr. Maurer has the
reputation of an orator and fully sus
tained himself on this occasion.
"Hither and Thither," a lecture by
Mr. F. A. Bowers, of Nova Scotia, :»]>-
pearcd to be sufficiently amusing to his
listeners to elicit considerable laughter.
"Life's Ideal, its Guiding Star,'' an
oration by Mr. VV. M. Swingle, former
ly of Prospect. The speaker laid down
the proposition that a man's career in
life was measured by his ideal. Mr.
Swingle's manner is earnest and unem
barrassed, but wanting somewhat in
The Valedictory was by Mr. S. 11.
Sbeakley, of Greenville. His style is
the orator's, fluent and earnest, accom
panied by freshness of thought anil ap
propriate gesticulation.
The music by the band and glee
club added materially to the intorest of
the evening's performance. The last,
piece given by the band was particular
ly beautiful and appropriate.
A. B.
NO. "28