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Republican iNews Item
CHAS. LOREN WING, Editor.
i lIUUSDAY NOV. 17,
'•FIRST OF ALL--THB NEWS."
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REPUBLICAN NEWS ITEM,
The Licking River ghost has been
out more during the summer of 1898
than for many years. While the terror
it once caused has been largely ex
plained away, yet there are many peo
ple who are still uncomfortable when
it comes out, and newcomers here often
si end anxious nights when the phe
nomenon makes itself manifest.
Away back in the sixties the part of
Zanesville known as the Terrace, be
tween the Muskingum and the Licking,
was perturbed by ghostly occurrences.
Unusual noises were heard. Latches
rattled at the touch of unseen hands.
Windows shook uncannily. The first
and most natural theory was that a
colony of ghosts had invaded Zanes
ville. But while this theory was ac
ceptable to many, others doubted. For
ghosts do not haunt in droves, the
Terrace had never done anything wor
thy of so general a visitation. The
supposed ghost flock came and went.
It by no means confined itself to noc
turnal visits. It also came by day.
Servants declared they would not livo
in the haunted houses. Many actually
left. Often there would be a period of
immunity lasting for several months.
Then the latches would rattle, the
doors and windows shiver, and the gen
eral state of ghost activity would re
People came from the other side of
the river and spent nights in the af
flicted houses. They always told the
same story. They always heard a very
persistent and creepy rattle which
! ; e< mod to affect every loose window
latch or ornament. Tho ghost colony
began to affect the price of real estate.
Houses which, could not be warrants?!
against unearthly noises seemed about
to enter on a career of vacancy.
It was all explained by the return of
a bride and bridegroom from their
honeymoon. Of course, they had been
to Niagara Falls. The bridegroom
took his bride to live in one of the
haunted houses. A few nights later
the house, in common with some twen
ty-live more, was visited by the ghost.
The strange rattle began. It. never
seemed to stop. A window which shook
as if it were in fear itself would be
stilled by the pressure of a palm, but
the noise began again when the pres
sure was removed.
"Why," said the bride suddenly, her
face lighting, "that window acts just
like the one in our hotel at Niagara
"What of that? There are no falls
here, none to speak of," said her hus
"But if you'll think the thing over,
you'll remember these ghosts appeared
right after the Dillons putin their new
dam," she said.
Then he saw it, too. The theory was
eagerly grasped. Investigation showed
it to be the real explanation. x\ geolo
gist confirmed it. The cause was
known, and the phenomenon to this
day is known as the Licking River
The dam in the Licking River is just
at its confluence with the Muskingum.
The famous old "Y" bridge which spans
both rivers is located there. A dam
had been built and the water fell upon
a ledge of limestone which ran through
the Terrace. When the water reaches
a certain height it sets the ledge in
vibration,* which accounts for the
This summer the Licking River ghost
was often out, on account of the wet
weather. But in spite of the excellent
explanation many people still feel the
gooseflesh rise when the windows and
doors begin their uncanny rattle.
Why tt> Get Tired.
It is the general impression among
athletes that exhaustion and "loss of
wind" are due to the inability to con
sume sufficient oxygen and exhale rap
idly enough carbonic dioxide. When
the muscle is moving rapidly and for
cibly it is true that it demands more
oxygen and gives off to the blood more
'carbon dioxide than when at rest.
When a man is running as fast as he
can make his limbs move he is able
to keep up the pace but for a short
distance, unless, like the hunted hare,
he runs to his death. On account of
the forced, vigorous and rapid muscu
lar action in this case, the poisonous
materials are thrown into the blood, to
be carried to all parts of the body—
muscles, nerves, brain. The heart is
affected by this poison through the
nerve cells controlling that organ; the
muscles of respiration arc similarly
disturbed. The panting, distressed ef
forts of breathing, sidelong tumbling,
anhelation and final semi-conscious
ness of the hunted stag or hare are a
good example of acute auto-intoxica
tion ending in death. This latter de
plorable condition is not unknown
among the annals of human strife for
athletic honors, even with our present
advanced Knowledge of physiology.
If Bill VBIHCf
AT Till! BALLOT BOX
Tho Late State Campaign and the
Significance of Colonel William
A. Stone's Election.
THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN.
tho Guerrilla Methods of John Wan
amnUor and Sllan C. Swallow Have
Been IJoptullated by tho Sovereign
Voters of Pennsylvania, Who llavo
I'eufllrmcd Their Devotion to Ito.
Harrisburg, Nov. 15.—The battle of
the ballots lias been fought and won.
Colonel William A. Stone has been
chosen governor of Pennsylvania by
a majority of 119,326 over George A.
Jenks, the Democratic nominee. Such
a majority under ordinary circum
stances would bo remarkable. Under
existing circumstances, considering the
character of the campaign waged, the
majority is a phenomenal one.
Genuine Republicanism lias been vin
dicated, and guerrilla methods, as ap
plied to political warfare, have been
The fight against Colonel Stone was
conceived in vindictiveness ond born in
hatred. The day following John Wan
amaker's defeat for the United States
senate, in January, 1597, he registered
a vow to destroy, if possible, the po
litical leaders whom he held responsible
for his undoing, even though ir should
be necessary to smash the Republican
party to bring about that result. A
program was outlined and agreed upon,
and the campaign for vengeance was
begun. A newspaper and literary bu
reau was established at Harrisburg,
and the work of "educating" the peo
ple was begun. Information was sent
out day after day regarding the
movements of those members of the
legislature who had not voted for Mr.
Wanamaker, facts being distorted, mis
representation being indulged in, and
falsehood being resorted to whenever
everything else failed. This was kept
up until the close of the session in July
of that year. As the inevitable result
of this port of work, continued day af
ter day, the minds of the people be
came impregnated with the poison. In
sidiously instilled into them, until,
when the legislature adjourned, the
public was disposed to believe it the
most corrupt and extravagant body
that had ever met at Harrisburg,
whereas it was not one whit worse than
any one of its predecessors, and, so far
as extravagance went, not nearly so
bad as the legislature of 1595, immedi
That was the first chapter in the
Wanamaker campaign of vengeance.
The newspaper and literary bureau
was continued, one of the shrewdest
newspaper men in Pennsylvania being
in charge. Week after week the smut
mills of the Wanamaker bureau ground
out the poison throughout the balance
of 1597 and until the close of the polls
on the Bth of November of the present
year, such interior state newspapers as
were under the control of or in sym
pathy with the Wanamaker program
being the vehicle through which the
vile stuff reached the people.
The second stage of the conspiracy
was attained early in 1S!)S. when it was
determined to defeat Colonel William
A. Stone for the governorship, if at all
possible. No serious effort was put
forth at the primaries to elect dele
gates, but a bluff fight was made in
the interest 'if Mr. Wanamaker, simply
to create public sentiment against Col
onel Stone, to be used later on.after
the state convention, for the benefit of
Swallow or of the Democratic nominee,
as might be deemed beat, at the proper
time for decision.
But a difficulty confronted the cabal
of Wanamaker schemers. After the
most critical scrutiny of Colonel Stone's
public record and private life, both
were found to be absolutely without a
flaw. In no possible manner could
there be any personal assault made
upon him, nor was there throughout
the memorable campaign just closed.
There never was another such con
spicuous case. Even I'olonel Roose
velt, the Republican gubernatorial can
didate in New York, was viciously as
sailed upon personal grounds, but Col
onel Stone was not. Mr. Wanamaker
and his henchmen were in desperation,
compelled to resort to the silly expedi
ent of piling upon Colonel Stone's back
all the sins of commission and omis
sion, real and manufactured, of the
last legislature, in spite of the fact
that his duties as a member of con
gress kept him continuously in Wash
ington, preventing him, had he been
otherwise disposed, from making a sin
gle visit to Harrisburg while the leg
islature of 1897 was in session.
From the moment of Colonel Stone's
nomination for governor, in June last,
up to the close of the polls a week
ago, he was made the target of the
mud guns mounted behind the earth
works of the Wanamaker bureau, and
this was supplemented by the oratorical
tirades of Mr. Wanamaker, Dr. Swal
low and the smaller fry from the
stump. In nearly every county, more
over. the Republican candidates for the
legislature v.ere assailed, despite the
fact that out of 229 nominees only 73
were members of the last legislature,
and of these only "0 had voted for Mr.
Penrose for the TTnlted Stales senate.
Not content with vilifying Colonel
Stone and the Republican candidates
for the state senate and house
of representatives, the mud bat
teries of the opposition were leveled
against Senator Quay, loaded to the
muzzle with vituperation, misrepre
sentation anil falsehood, the brutal at
tacks upon him culminating in liia
sensational arrest, for political effect, 30
days before the election.
The combined work of the notorious
bureau and of Mr. Wanamaker
and Dr. Swallow upon the stump was
supplemented by the support of four
Philadelphia morning papers The
Press, The Times, The ledger and The
Record, to each one of whom Mr. Wan
amaker pays yearly for the six
column stoi advertisement which a -
pears six days each week In these
But ail of these agencies were of lit-
t-e i.oiisequenco compared with that !
finally resorted to, to wit: the employ
ment of vast sums of money at the
close of the canvass and on election
day. As Is well knov.-n, Mr. Wanamaker
is a multi-millionaire, he being worth,
so it is understood, about J1G,000,000. He
Is .1 free spender, as was demonstrated
in his campaign for tlie United States
senate two years ago, and his agents
are not too particular as to methods
of expenditure, as will appear by re#>
erence to the court records of Schuyl
kill county, In the famous Van Valken
It was toward the close of the cam
paign that the Wanamuker barrel was
tapped, and its contents distributed '
throughout the state, "where they
would do the most good."
Finally came the Sth of November, a
day long to he remembered. The day 1
of the scandal monger, the political li- i
beler, the public falsifier, was over! !
The day of the plain, everyday voter j
was at hand! Kvery form of mlsrep- |
resentation and deception, written, !
printed and spoken, had been indulged j
in for months, but the case was now j
before the most majestic jury upon j
earth—the voters themselves, face to i
face with the ballot box.
The verdict of that jury is known to j
all men. By a vote of almost half a I
million freemen—473,o6B, to be exact— j
being 119.326 more than the vote given ■
his nearest competitor, Mr. Jenks— I
Colonel William A. Stone has been I
thosen chief magistrate ot the old Key- |
stone state. As the result of this ver
dict. moreover, a legislature has been ;
elected in which the Republican ma- j
jority is overwhelming—almost two to I
And thus have the sovereign people I
spoken: and.in speaking, they have j
repudiated John Wanamaker, Silas C j
Swallow and the whole coterie of dem- j
agogues, who, for weeks, have traveled '
up and down the state, maligning their
fellow citizens and seeking to over- l
throw Republicanism in the citadel
of Its strength. The campaign of ven- 1
geance has come to naught. The Re- i
publican party of Pennsylvania emerges
from the contest stronger than ever. :
And Governor Stone and the incoming
legislature will demonstrate to the peo
ple of the state that the affairs of gov- :
ernment an legislation are safe In Re
A VERY LONG FALL
lie Nevi.r Would Have ISelirveil It If 110 j
lla<l Not Se«*n It.
The iuau with a hunch of twine for j
whiskers was shaking his chin at the
company of listeners, one of whom had
shortly before read from a newspaper
a story of a man falling down u well j
and sustaining no very serious In- j
"Which reminds rne, gents," he said,
"That what I am about to relate to j
you is a fact, a clam cold fact, that 1 i
wouldn't" think of telling you if it was
anything else. It happened out in one
of the deep mints oi' Colorado, where
there was a st.ra'-;lt' shaft SSU fee: deep.
Some said it w. s »":■. hut, gents, I'm
a truthful man.and I know it was
twenty-five feet one inch short of that,
for 1 measured it mvse'.f. Well, to
make a long story short, one day there ;
was a man out to see the mine from j
New York to buy it. He had a pot
of money, and he looked like he carried >
it around under hi°. vest, for he was
as big through as a base drum and built
on them proportions. I guess he
weighed 000 pounds, though it might
have been only 295. Anyhow, he was
standing around the mouth of the shaft
one morning, and by some chance or
other he toppled over and down he
went, i was looking right at him when
he toppled, and 1 never want to see
another man's face look like his did
then, gents, indeed 1 don't. Not much.
Well, to make a long story short, we t
looked at each other for a minute as he :
we.\t down the uole, and then we broke
foi ilii- cage, which was fastened up I
ye,, and two of is started down after j
hir.i. oxi-cc.ing to find him a mangled j
mas; a! the bottom, lint we didn't,
and as v.e began to near the bottom we
he.id him yelling.like a coyote to hold
up or we'd mash the life out of him. :
That scared us worse than the other,
and we wanted togo back, but we
couldn't do that, so we went slow and
goc down to him all right. Well, to
make a long stor.v short, by sum, do
you know that we found that he had
gone down that hole so fast and he
filled it up so full that he had com
pressed the air in it to such an extent
that by the time he got pretty near
to the bottom he wasn't moving faster
than he would have moved through
that much water, and he had realiy
stopped ten or fifte, a feet from the bot
tom and couldn't get either way, which
was what scared him m as we come
down on him in the cage. Very pecu
liar occurrence, gents, and if 1 hadn't
? • nit with my own eyes 1 never would
have believed it in the world. Never."
A liUMUllilili'-ISil'ir* I mitre Un.
in front of a window where i worked
was a butternut tree. A humming
bird built her nest on a limb that grew
near the window, says a writer in the
American Sportsman, and we had an
oppoiiunity to watch her closely, in
fact. <vc could look right into the nest.
One (".ay when there was a heavy show
er roming up, we thought we would
see if she covered her young during
the rain. Well, when the first drops
U'll she came and took in her bill one
: two or three large leaves growing
close by, and laid this leaf over the
nest so as completely to cover It; then
cli I'ew away. On examining the
:eaf. we found a hole in it, and in the
-i'k- of the nest was a small stick that
he !• af was fastened to or hooked up
ou. \fter the storm was over, the old
hire! c.ime back and unhooked the leaf,
and the nest was perfectly dry.
Napoleon's cabbage palm at Long
wood has been blown down. It was
the last tree of Its kind on the island
of St. Helena, and the species has not
been found elsewhere.
The Slate Normal School of East
Stroudsburg, l'a., furnishes its stu
dents' rooms complete. The only
school to carpet its students' rooms
with fine Brussels carpet. The first
and only school to introduce plain
and fancy sewing,without additional
cost to pupils. .Set? advertisement in
.1. \V. i'.ncli Ims a nici line of horse!
•J'«v 4 fir«- CiMi^UiuKHMi
Taki* • '.»>! liMits t iimy Cutnur. »c. 10c or 25c.
1 Hi', v.. C. fail incur", ilrtitfjrists refund money.
! For wall paper, window shades and
carpet paper. <»o to John W. BuckV.
lJuti't •••» S*>it :»».< i >.•
: To %?*::« - t •»•«> *•.•.. • f>«i i.i • .<\ 11- iii i *
! tic tie*. tv-'A i •, i" • jinrt t,' it, ,W»-To
| liac. the v.*v«i i»:t r r \\ r-v : n^n
I Flror.jT. /ill linipjnxn, or cl. i'ure ruur:.ii
j teed. Hook)fr umi ? unpin live. dross
' Sterling ltcmedy Co.. chi« mo N» vv Yorlc
Goto J. W. Buck, Sonestown, for
!dry goods, boots, shoes, caps, under-!
; ware etc.
i Willi CHieAretH.
Cantly ' rf tr, euro con.iiiptition forever.
| 10.'.1f i'. O. C. fall, druggists ivfimrt money.
For shoes and rubbers fro to.l. W.P.uck
To Constipation forever.
I Takef'asi-iirets CuntivCathartic. 10cor25c.
If i' C*. fuil to cur". <tni::j;isi s rffuiul money.
For batter crocks goto •' W. Buck's, i
Su-Tu-Hik' fiis' 1 i." ,v C'ujitn.
j (.tiarantot tl tobnta-o irj'n!T ncro. mp.ltes weak
j mrn strong, t pur- - :'. frttc.st. All drilcifists.
, Cascar. i ■ .■ i...<«-»»•; ti:- it won-
I derful lii' ili.'::. t- "i •iio n»:c. pie;?>
j ant. and i-i-i'r -Ittue to He ta .ie, :<c
!a ad t>i"»'ti> yon iu>iue\ s. ii ■ fand i 'i> we's,
clcauiiiiig tin' • -I•.rii-« iokis,
, cure. lii'inlaolie, 112. ver. liaiiii ial constipation
; and biliousness. Please iaiy ami try a box
■ofC.C. C. to-day; 10, fiO i-i'iits. Sold r.ud j
I guaranteed t-o cure by all drusrp-ists.
| G. A. Rogers
to TS.W. Fawcett.)
| Bicycle repairing. Bicycle fiiindries.
Fishing tackle, :it lowest possible
You owe it to yourself
to call and take advan
tage of special bargains
in our new supply of
At prices barely shading over
To quicken the selling of our
large line of
we marked at a very low
You can safely buy any article
from our large stock as new
goods. Its one of the occasions
of rare good fortune that care
ful buyers are quick to profit
No Shoddy Goods.
Everything first-class at
at MODERATE PRICES.
E. L. Place,
Every corner of the store is
bright, with the newest things
for Women's wear and Men's
wear and Children's wear.
We are glad to have you come in
and see the new life of the old
store and look at its excellent
line of goods.
for Men, Women and
in conjunction with
the inviting varities, all
prices will be found more
than ordinarily small.
A new and fresh sup
ply of Groceries have
have just arrived.
Three Big Stores- MUNCY VALLEY,
An Explosion of Values.
PRICES BLOWN TO ATOMS.
I wo or three reasons for this —liberal supply, bet
ter qualities, less in price than found elsewhere.
Ladies' Dress Wares.
They are the kind women want, and our prices will
cause lively selline.
CORSETS Selling at Corset Prices.
No other line in these stores has such decided
growth as that of Corsets. Augmented sales each
month demonstrates the superiority of brands.
There is to be found a general line of seasonable
goods constantly on hand.
Remember the Place.
!i ' c#
We keep in stock at our mills a
complete line of dressed lumber
MANUFACTURERS OF hemloCk har <^OOd.
I Gang Sawed and frimmeT Lumber,
Hemlock Novelty or German Siding,
Hemlock Ceiling 7-8 or 3-8 stick, v
Hemlock Flooring any width desired,
Hemlock Lath both 3 and 4 feet long,
Hardwood Flooring both Beech. Rirch or Maple.
The same woods in 3-8 ceiling.
Buy Good Goods!
And you will be surprised
how cheap they are in the end.
We have just unpacked such a stock of coats and capes 10 which we are pleased
to call vour special attention. We do not pretend to handle the cheapest
coats in the market, but we do say we have the BEST and neatest fitting
garments made. Our coats and capes are made to order, and in the latest
styles with prices to suit cverybodv.
IN DRESS GOODS WE WERE NEVER BETTER
PREPARED TO PLEASE YOU THAN AT THE
PRESENT, AS WE HAVE THE LARGEST AS
SORTMENT IN THAT LINE EVER DISPLAY
ED IN THE COUNTY.
Ladies and Misses, Boys and Men, you need not go hall frozen 'this winter for we
have plenty of underwear for you all, both in cotton or wool, red or gray and
the pr ces are very low, ao low that when you see the poods yon will ha aston
•«bed that we are able to give you such bargains.
One word in regard to foot wear:
Uur shoe department ivaa never more complete and if you will Jlavor us with
your attention for a few minutes when in town we will convince you that we
have the most carefully selected line of line and heavy bo<<ts and shoes ever
brought before the public. On crockery we have just received some very
pretty designs in Decorated Dinner Sets to which we invite your attention.
The buying of country produce has always been a i-pecial feature of ou
Business, and we still continue in paying the highest each prices for Butter
Kay: o and Wool.
E. G. Sylvara dushorejpa.
Wright & Haight,
M. R. BLACK, Forksville, Pa.
Fur«itur4 b , ndsHa(ijl|i)
Doors, Sash, Moulding, Flooring, Ceiling etc.
Full and complete seasoned stock always on hand.
A fine line of furniture etc. The most complete line of
Coffins and Casket to select from in Sullivan County.
iThe finest hearse in the county, with equipments to match.
Embalming a specialty. Funerals directed with
safety and dispatch.