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KKYNOLDHYIIJJC. PKNN'A., WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 29, 1909.
Seven Children Burned to Death at SyKesville Monday Night
An Explosion of Gas In a Cook Stove
Spread .the Flames, Through the House
ramily of Samuel Bruno, an Italian, the Victims. Only the Charred Trunks of the Little
Ones Remained After the Fire Had Spent Its Fury. All the Victims Were Between the
Ages of Two and Twelve. Parents Made a Heroic Attempt to Rescue their Offspring
But were Forced to Jump From a Second Story Window to Save their Own Lives.
NE of the most frightful catrastroplies recorded in recent years in the county occurred at Svkes
ville between 11.00 o'clock Monday night and 1.00 Tuesday morning, when seven children, six
t the family of Samuel Bruno and
The residence of the Bruno's
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and a number of the children on the second. The fire in the kitchen stove had been banked at the
time of retirement and it is supposed that gas had accumulated under the coal, which exploded.
scattering the burning coal and
the flames abouthe room. It
did not, however, awaken the
Brunos, who were roused only
by the heat of the burning walls
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arouna tnem, ana long Dciore
that the fire had spread all through the
building. Grasping an infant that
slept beside them, both father and
mother bravely mounted the stairs al
ready burning benea'.h their feet, in a
vaiu attempt to rescue their children
on the second floor. At the top of the
stairs tbey found everything ablaze.
The beds on which the chtldrep slept
were wrapped In flam6s and no voice or
sound of life responded to their cries.
Even while they plunged through the
eraoke from room to room the burning
roof over their heads commenced to fall
upon them and they were forced to
fight for their own 'Ives. They found
their retreat by means of the stairs cut
off, the passageway burning so furiously
tbat they had to rush through a room
filled with smoke and fire to a window
which they broke open, and after
throwing the infant tbey carried to
persons below, both tbe man and his
wife jumped from this second story
window to the snow covered ground
below. Their scanty clothing was
charred and their persons badly burned,
but their injuries are not soriouB.
Sykesviile has no Are fighting appar
atus and while a bucket brigade did
good work in protecting other property,
it was impossible to control the flames
or make any effort to reach the child
ren in the building until tbe fire had J
exhausted itseif. When the embers
had cooled, a party of citizens com
menced tbe Bearch foe, the burned
bodies. Of the youngest child, only a
lew burned whlte bones remained. Of
the older ones, in most cases, only the
charred acd ghastly trunks .could be
found. In the fierceness of the heat
.the arms and lower limbs had been
burned completely away. The remains
were collected and given to Hughes &
Fleming, the Reynoldsvllle undertak-
The First National Bank
Capital and Surplus
Resources . .
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AN INFANT ALONE ESCAPE
one the child of a neighbor, were
was located a short distance back
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era, to be prepared for burial.
Of the Beveo children burned, tbe
oldest was about twelve years of Hge
and the youngest barely two. One of
the unfortunate children was tbe
daughter of Antonio Praeole, a friend of
the Bruno family who had spent the
evening with the Druno children and
instead of going home, had decided to
spend the night there. (
It Ib doubtful If any of the children
Buffered greatly, the Indication being
that all were suffocated by the fumes
and heat without awakening. -
All that remained of the children,
was put into one casket and burled in
the Soldier Hill cemotery yesterday
The property loss to MrTBruno will
amount to about $1. 200.
Hot Water Heater
Monday afternoon of this week the
editor of THE Star had a very narrow
escape from Borlous v injury at least.
Tbe dwdlllng we occupy Is heated with
hot water, and after being absent five
days, we filled the radiators with water
anu put a fire in furnace. About one1
hour and a half after the fire bad been
started, and the radiators were hot, we
were In the cellar and had just turned
away from In front of the furnace,
having only taken four or five steps,
when there was a heavy explosion and
instantly the cellar was filled with
smoke and -steam. When the smoke
cleared away we found that the top had
been blown oft the furnace and one
front door blown off. Had the ex
plosion taken place a quarter minute
sooner ye editor would have received
the full force of hot water, pieces of
furnace, &c, full in the face. Tbe furn
ace was so badly wrecked that a new
one will have to be put in.
Tbe cause of the explosion Is a
mystery. It is the first case known
of in this seotion of a hot water beating
J. 0. Kwn, Vlue-Pres. K. G. Sohcckirs, Cashier
'J.O. King Daniel Nolan John H. Corbett
J.S.Hammond . K. H. Wilson
burned to death while they slept.
of Smith's Hotel, in Sykesvillei
Bids for the Institute
Spirit Approves Of Having A
Good Thing Passed Around.
The Punxsutawncy Spirit clipped the
item from lust week's STAR rel
ative to holding the institute at other
places than Brookvllle and comments
on it as follows:
"Everyone will agree with the editor
of THE HTAR that Brookvllle, should
not have a monopoly on the Institute.
It would be an excellent idea to pass
it around to Reynoldsvllle, Brock ay
ville and Punxsutawney, Brookvllle
likewise taking its turn every fourth
When It comes, however, to advanc
ing claims to the Institute, Punxsu
tawncy has everything that fcould be
asked for, and Is undoubtedly-better
situated and equipped to take care of
tbe big event than any other 'town in
Punxsutawncy has excellent railroad
facilities and is easily accessible. It
has more Hotels and can accommodate
twice as big a crowd as any town in the
county, and the quality of the hoBtelrles
is not to be questioned.
There 'are twice as many school
teachers bore as in any one borough
in tbe county, and, as for a suitable
place to bold tbe convention, can Brook
vllle, Brockwayville or Reynoldsvllle
offer such a place as the Jefferson
When Mr. Fisher's new theatre is
completed Reynoldsvllle wilt have as
good theatre as Punxsutawney has. We
will not take a back seat for accommo
dating the county institute.
Reynoldsvllle, Dec. 18, 1909.
Notice is hereby given tbat the regu
lar annual meeting of the stockholders
of the Reynoldsvllle & Falls Creek
Railroad Company will be held at the
Company's office in Reynoldsvllle, Pa.,
on Tuesday, January 18. 1910, at 5.00
p. m. for the purpose of footing a Pres
ident and a Board of D ivctors for tbe
ensuing year, and for ihr transaction of
such other business, h may properly
come before the meeting.
Lucius W. Kohinson, Pres.
B. M. Clark, Seo.
Notice to Stockholders.
Reynoldsvllle, Fa.. Deo. 18, 1909.
Notice is hereby giyen that tbe regu
lar annual meeting of tbe Jefferaon &
Clearfield Coal & Iron Company will be
held at the Company's officeao Reyn
oldsvllle, Pa., on Tuesday, January 18,
1910, at 2.30 p. m. for the purpose of
eleoting a Board of Directors for the
ensuing year and for tbe transaction of
such other business as may come before
Lucius W. Robinson, Pres.
Lewis Iselin, Secretary.
' Stockholders' Meeting.
The reguiaffennual meeting ot the
stockholders of the First National
Bank of Reynoldsvllle, Pa., for tbe
election of directors for the ensuing
year and for the transaction of any
other business that may properly come
before it, will be held In the Banking
Room on Tuesday, January 11th, 1910,
at 3.00 p. m.. K. C. Schuokbrs,
Hon. E. Heath Clark
Expired at Brookville
Was Once Judge of Jefferson
And Clarion Counties.
Eon. E. Heath Clark, a former judge
of the Eighteenth Judicial district., com
prising Jefferson and Clarion counties,
died at bis home In Brookville Friday
morning, December 24th. His health
hiid not been good for some time but
final dissolution came very unexpected-
Judge Clark was born In 1839, mak
ing him about 70 years old at time of
death. He studied law to the office
of George W. Zelgler, la Brookvllle,
along with W. P. and George A. Jenks,
and was admitted to the bar In 1806.
Tbe trio who had studied law together
In Zelgler's office later formed a law
partnership and all three rose to high
distinction in the state In their pro
fession. In 1891 Mr. Clark formed a
new law partnership with George W.
Meats, to which firm Mr. Clark's old
est son, B. M., was afterwards admitted
under the firm name of Clark, Means &
Clark. In 1891 E. Heath Clark was
elected president judge of the counties
of Jefferson and Clarion, tbe Eighteenth
district, on the Democratic ticket. In
1895 this district was divided, Jefferson
county having gained the necessary
population to entlt'e it to its own court.'
Judge Clark remained on the bench
of the Clatlon district. At tbe close
of bis term be returned to Brookvllle
and has since been one of tbe county
seat's most highly esteemed citizens.
Funeral services were held at Brook
ville at 2.15 Monday and burial was
made in the cemetery at tbat place.
Wants Good Roads
Working in Harmony With
Farmers for Improvement.
Following up its campaign In tbe
IntoreBts of good roads in the states
through which it operates, tbe Pennsyl
vania Railroad bas arrangod with D.
Ward King, tbe good roads expert, to
deliver lectureB on methods for making
good roads. The series of talks was
started at Lancaster, Pa., Deo. 27th
and addresses will be given by Mr.
King at other points in the state in
tbe near future.
For the past, few months the Pennsyl
vania Railroad has made a study of tbe
good roads movement and on November
18th its activities in this line were
started with a meeting of its agents
from tbe Williamsport and Susque
hanna Division at Williamsport, Pa.
TboBe employes of the railroad were
addressed ny experts in tbe use of the
King Split Log Drag, a device whicb
farmers themselves make after patterns
furnished by D. Ward King. The
meeting at Williamsport was followed
by a meeting of the General Manager's
staff in Philadelphia on December 17th,
at whleh time there was a discussion
on tbe methods for improving tbe roads
radiating from tbe company's stations.
Tbe object of all this campaign is
to make tbe roads to tbe railroad
passable so tbat farmers can receive
and deliver freight during all kinds
of weather. '
There are approximately 90,000 miles
of country road In the state of Pennsyl
vania, and of the total only 2,000 miles
are macadamized. In view of the fact
that It will cost approximately 110,000
per mile to macadamize these roads,
tbe solution of the problem of improv
ing the country roads in the state of
Pennsylvania, lies In the employment
of less expensive .means. It is to intro
duce such methods to tbe farmers
tbat tbe railroad company bas under
taken its good roads campaign.
One hundred more men arrived on
Saturday at Mahoning to go to work
on the new Shawmut railroad and
despite the cold weather great progress
is being made. Twelve steam shovels
re now in active service and dinkey
engine used for hauling oars of dirt
Is running daily In the vicinity ot
Raady'a Mills. A good start Juts-been
made on the tunnel near Mahoning and
the ad vaaoe guard under the direction
of D. L. Nulton, of KltUaning, is now
lonstad about four miles up the creek.
Well Known Old .Resident
Expired Suddenly Last
Patrick McEnteer, one of tbe best
known of tbe older residents of West
Reynoldsvllle, died very suddenly at
the home of his son, Thomas C. Mc
Enteer, on the west side, about 6.00
o'clock Christmas morning, December
25, 1909. He had been very feeble for
several years and death was the result
of tbe gradual decay of old age. Satur
day morning as he was rising from bis
bed be fell backwards and before others
In tbe borne hearing the unusual noise
could hasten to bim his spirit had fled.
The funeral was held at tbe Catboilo
church at 9.00 a. m. Monday morning,
Father P. J. Lynch celebrating the
mass. Burial wasmade in tbe local
Catboilo ecemetery. Henry Prlester
was funeral dlreotor.
Six grandsons were pall bearers.
Mr. McEnteer was born In Butler
dounty, Pennsylvania, August 8, 1827,
and was 82 years, 4 months and 17 days
old at time of death. HIb boyhood days
'were spent in Butler and Erie coun
ties, where he followed the life of a
farmer. In 1859, following the gold
excitement along tbe Pacific coast, be
went to California to try his fortune,
but returned four years later to Erie,
in this state, where he stayed a short
time and then removed to Wilcox and
entered the employ of tbe Pennsylvania
railroad company, and the balance of
his active life was devoted to railroad
affairs. In 1871, when tbe Allegheny
Valley railroad was first surveyed
through this section, Mr. McEnteer
came to 'Reynoldsvllle and ever after
resided here. He became supervisor of
tbe Low Grade Division and held it
until about 1885, He owned a comfort
able home In West Reynoldsvllle and
lived there until the death of bis wife
and departure of children from home
after marriage loft him alone. For the
past ten years he had lived with his
son, T. C. McEnteer. He bad become
very weak and bis eyesight had failed
in the last year or so of bis life.
At Erie, Pa., in 1848, Mr. McEnteer
was married to MUs Ellen Tobln, who
died in May, 1895. The surviving
daughter and four sons are as follows:
Mrs. Margaret Gannon, of Olean, N.
Y., M. J. MoEnteer, of DuBols, W.
J. McEnteer, of Kane, T. C. McEnteer,
of Reynoldsvllle, and Frank P. Mc
Enteer, of Bakersfield, California.
The deceased man possessed a fine
character and was highly esteemed by
all. In tbe course of his long life be
bad been rigidly honest and upright
in his dealings with bis fellow men and
bis generous disposition won for bim
The following out of town relatives
and friends attended the funeral: M.
J. McEoteer, two sons and daughter,
Frank, Benjamin and Miss Irene, of
DuBols, Mr. and Mrs. Will J. McEnteer
and three sons, Thomas, Lonnio and
Edward, of Kane, Wm. Gannon, of
Olean, N. Y., R. B. Moore, Bollivar,
N, Y., Wm. J. Burke and wife, Pitts
burgh, Margaret Murphy, of Johnson
burg, Herman Butler, of Rochester, N.
Y., Frank J. Black, Anita, Mrs. C.
Gleason, M. J., L. R. and Miss Kath
leen Gleason, of DuBois, John Mulroy,
of Beanezette, Joseph Dwyre, of Sabula.
BENJ AMIN FRANKLIN SAID, "If you
would knowjthe value of money, go and
try to borrow some."
Do you know where you could borrow a
fewjhundred dollars if sickness or misfortune
should come to you?
The time to save is while you have health
and are able to work.
We invite you to open an account with
this bank. One dollar or more will do it.
Better do it to-day.
To Local Miners
The Re-Elected U. M. W. Of
A. Chief Speaks.
Thomas L. Lewis, recently re-eleoted
president of the United Mine Workers
of America, bas Issued a letter to tbe
local unions of wnlch the following is
"It Is well known to our members
that wage agreements expire on March
81st, 1910, and new agreements should
take effect on April 1st.' Evyy local
union should be equally Interested In
preparing for any Issue tbat may pre
sent Itself when we meet In our Inter
national convention and later when we
meet the operators to negotiate wage
contracts. It is unnecessary for me to
suggest that the ablest men In the
ranks of the miners should be selected
as delegates to the annual and joint
conventions. Men selected as dele
gates should have your confidence and
be able to represent you fearlessly and
"This Is a time of the year when
gladness and sunshine should be1 in
every home. We realize that there is
not that joy and happiness In the homes
of many of our members' tbat should
exist, due to the uncertainty of mining
conditions and tbe failure of many of
our members to secure that employ
ment necessary to bring oomfoit and
happiness to the homes of those depend
ent upon our fellow workers. Every
member of the organization should do
what he can to encourage Bis fellow
worker and to say and do those things
that carry hope into the hearts of our
people and joy and happiness In the
homes of the mine workers."
A Thrilling Rescue. ''
How Bert R. Lean, of Cheoy, Wash.,
was saved from a frightful death is a
Btory to thrill the world. "A hard
cold," he writes, "brought on a dee--p
irate lung trouble that, baffled an
expert doctor here. Then I paid $10
to 115 a visit to a lung specialist In
Spokane, who did not help me. Then
I went to California, but witbgut bene
fit. At last I used Dr. King's New
Discovery, which completely cured me
and now I am as welt as ever." For
lung trouble, bronchitis, coughs and
colds, asthma, croup and whooping
cough its supreme. 50o and $1.00. ,
Trial bottle free. Guaranteed by H.
L. McEntire. . ,
Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
The regular annual meeting of tbe
stockholders of the Citizens National
bank, of Reynoldsvllle will be held
to their banking rooms on Tuesday,
January 11, 1910, at 1.30 p. m., for the
purpose of electing directors for the
ensuing year and for toe transaction
of any other business that may properly
come before tbat body.
J. W. Hunter, Cashier.
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bruises, sores, scalds, boils, ulcers,
eczema, salt rheum. For sore eyes,
cold sores and chapped hands its
supreme. Infallible for piles.- Only
25c at H. L. McEntlre's.