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Democratic Watchman October 1 1869, page 8

"We are told a little story wherein the gallantry out our police force is concerned.  Our police force is an efficient body.  It is a terror to evil doers.  Its members are good-looking man - handsome man - brave man.  We admire them.  We feel secure when they are about - half a mile off.  But a young man was standing in front of a store on Main Street, on Saturday night last, when he heard what he imagined to be an ominous sound.  "Chiep - chiep" - it said.  The young man ran around to the rear of the building to "see what he could see," but nothing did he see, save the darkness and the stars in the quiet sky.  Astonished, he returned to his former position, when "chiep - chiep" - it said again.  Thinking he heard indications of a thief and a robber, he started to find a police man and came across one whom he roused from bed and induced to go with him to see if he could hear "shiep- chiep," too.  Directly the alarm spread, and other policemen arrived, and other folks gathered around.  They all heard "chiep - chiep."  Convinced that it was an attempt to and the store from the rear, a council of war was held, when it was resolved to open the front entrance, go in in a body, and surprise and sees the murderous villains at their nefarious work.  Pistols looked to and "billies" affectionately secured, the gallant preservers of the public peace, made a grand rush into the store."

"darkness there - and nothing more"

disappointed and confused, the policeman hesitated.  Still "chiep- chiep" it said.  Emerging again from the gloominess of the building into the dusky shades of the outer night, another council is held.  Some sensible fellow suggested "up stairs."  Than there was a clambering up in on to -

"gain the fearful landing.  Lo and behold - "A man, a brother!"

on his knees, without intent, a noble African!  An "African citizen" with a large cloth in his scans is discovered slopping water over the floor of Reynolds Hall, late Watchman office.  And as he slopped, fearfully it said "chiep - chiep!"  Discomfited the gallant preservers of the public peace turned and fled.

"and the colored troops thought nobly!"

Democratic Watchman October 1 1869, page 8


"There was a large and enthusiastic meeting of the citizens of Harris Township held at Boalsburg on Saturday last, to devise means and measures to build the L. C. and S. C. R. R.  The meeting was organized by electing Samuel H. Stover, president, S. Glasgow, Jacob Moyer and others vice presidents, and Dr. Fisher, secretary.  The meeting was then addressed by A. B. Hutchison, Esq.  Mr. H. stated many interesting facts concerning rail roads, urge the great necessity of having one to run through Penns Valley.  Mr. Hutchison was followed by D. F. Fortney, Esq., Mr. F. among other things estimated probable cost of the road, gave the assessed value of the real property along the route, and should how easily it would be to complete the road in contemplation.  He is currently furnished us to figures, and we give them to the public.  Allowing the length of the road in Centre County to be 50 miles, from line into line, he takes, the assessed value of the real property of each township separately.

Ferguson Township, $430,926; Harris Township, $522,833; Potter Township, $539,288; Gregg Township, $345,048; Penn Township, $239,220; Miles Township $282,183; Haines Township, $323,184; whole amount, $2,688,682.

The amount being only one third of the real value of the real property, he multiplies this amount by three, giving the enormous sum of $8,066,046.  Taking 5 percent of this, he has $403,802.30.

Calculating the cost of the road to be $8000 per mile, he has even at his very low estimate more money than is necessary to build the road the entire length of Centre County.  Harris Township, has at his calculation $1,568,499 worth of real property, and the percentage allowed, which is low.  She can raise $78,424.95, eight or $10,000 more than is needed to build the road through her entire limits.  Then he left out a consideration more that owned only personal property that will contribute largely to so great and useful and enterprise.  Mr. F., was followed by Ed. Blanchard, Esq. Mr. B. made excellent speech, giving his experience in railroad matters generally and how they pay an estimated that a railroad would increase the value of real property at least 10 percent immediately, through Penns Valley and showed the former statements that the people still gained more money than the need invest.  After passing resolutions, &c., the meeting adjourned."

Democratic Watchman October 8 1869, page 8

"Contrary to our anticipation we did not get our new office and to complete trim last week, and, as a consequence, visitors have not seen as looking our best.  We have been delayed a little by the painters, but we looked well enough to justify our boast that we have the finest office in Pennsylvania."

Democratic Watchman October 8 1869, page 8

"The match game of base ball played between the Bellefonte club and the West branch club of Lock Haven, on Wednesday, resulted in favor of our Bellefonte boys.  The score stood 27 to 21, as follows:


Hoover, ss, 3, 4
O. Curtin, cf, 2, 5
Reifsnyder, c, 1, 5
D. Rider, p, 4, 3
Essington, 2b, 2, 4
Lane, lf, 4, 1
Campbell, 3b, 3, 3
J. Rider, rf, 5, 1
H. Curtin, 1b, 3, 1

Total, 27, 27

West Branch

Cooke, 2b, 5, 1
Chapman, ss, 3, 1
Countryman, cf, 4, 2
Farnsworth, 3b, 3, 3
Frederick, c, 2, 4
Brown, lf, 3, 2
M'Ginnes, p, 3, 2
Gifford, 1b, 3, 3
Donaldson, rf, 1, 3

Total, 27, 21

Runs made in each inning
Bellefonte, 4, 6, 3, 4, 2, 2, 0, 4, 2 - 27
West Branch, 4, 5, 0, 4, 5, 0, 3, 0, 0 - 21

Left on Bases - Bellefonte - Essington, 1; Lane, 2; Campbell, 1, Reifsnyder, 1; H. Curtin, 2 - 7; West Branch - Cooke, 1; Campbell, 3; Countryman, 1; Brown, 1; Donaldson, 1 - 7
Fly Catches - Bellefonte, 10; West Branch, 3
Out on Fouls - Bellefonte, 1; West Branch, 8
Umpire - Capt. R. S. Barker of Lock Haven
Scorers - Bellefonte - J. W. Gephart, West Branch - J. M. M'Closkey

Our club express themselves much pleased with the rulings of Capt. Barker, of Lock Haven, who acted as Umpire, and gave his decisions impartially."

Democratic Watchman October 15 1869, page 8

"As the sporting season is at hand, we would advise those wishing a good reliable gun to call on Mr. Theodore Deschner, gunsmith, High St., who has as complete an assortment of double rifles, and breech loaders and revolvers as can be found in any establishment this side of Philadelphia or New York.  He has also just received a superior quality of powder, shot and bar lead, which he will sell lower than can be bought at any place in the county.  Give him a call."

Democratic Watchman October 15 1869, page 8

A man said to live somewhere below Milesburg, well under the influence of liquor on the evening of election Day, fired a pistol through the show window of the millinery establishment of Miss McBride, on Allegheny Street, at a woman whom he supposed to be his wife, who, it seems had him for some cause or other.  The lady, however, happened to be Mrs. Kurtz, wife of J. G. Kurtz, of this place, who, fortunately was not injured.  Two or three other ladies were also sitting in range of the shot, but happily, escaped unhurt.  Up to the present writing we have not learned of any arrest the made.

Democratic Watchman October 15 1869, page 8


"On Wednesday evening interesting ceremonies were had in the new school building and Bellefonte, situated on the corner of Allegheny and Linn streets.  The ceremonies commenced with a song by the children of the several schools, accompanied on the melodeon by Mrs. Donham.  Rev. James Mullen native prairie after which Dr. Thomas H. Burrows, who may almost be said to be the father of the common school system and the state, having been for the past thirty five years identified with, and instrumental in furthering it, made an address replete with interest, tracing, the growth of the system from its incipiency to the present time.  He was followed by Rev. Mr. McGann and Rev. Mr. Mullen.  The exercises altogether were pleasing and we only regret there was not a larger turnouts of citizens and ladies."

Democratic Watchman October 22 1869, page 8

"Our friends of the "National" last week worked up the "murder" case on Allegheny Street, according to the latest style.  There's been more talk and damage."

Democratic Watchman October 22 1869, page 8

"Mr. J. G. Kurtz has painted an elegant sign for Seckler & Co., of the Bush House grocery.  Kurtz excels in this kind of work, and really handles the brush with the highest artistic skill."

Democratic Watchman October 22 1869, page 8

"The improvements in the rear of the court house are steadily progressing.  Our borough fathers are bound to have things convenient.  We suggest that Brown be sent four to pass his opinion upon the arrangements."

Democratic Watchman October 22 1869, page 8

"The Snowshoe Railroad Company or about putting up a line of telegraph between Snowshoe city and the intersection, which will, of course, connect Bellefonte with that place.  We understand that the work of putting and posts has already begun."

Democratic Watchman October 22 1869, page 8

"The "Sanctuary to the Lord" on Allegheny Street, now being built on the Episcopalian congregation, is approaching completion.  Although not so large as the Presbyterian Church, it will nevertheless be abundantly ample, and a credit to the town as well as to that congregation."

Democratic Watchman October 22 1869, page 8

"Are genial friend, Mr. W. H. H. Brainerd, Esq., alias "McCracken" late of the Republican, has become connected with the National in an editorial capacity.  It seems Forney and B. F. Taylor didn't come to time and so our pleasant friend Gould, "beckoned" to McCracken.  All right, gentlemen."

Democratic Watchman October 22 1869, page 8

"Rev. Mr. Wiley, who received a call from the Presbyterian Church of this place to become its pastor, has not yet arrived, a lien to a severe sickness by which he has been afflicted.  A letter from him was ready and the pulpit last Sunday by Mr. Hughes, which states that he expects to be here by the first of November."

Democratic Watchman October 22 1869, page 8

"The building of the new street along the east bank of Spring Creek, to connect high streets with Linn and the Milesburg Pike, has been commenced.  The object of the street seems to be to bring the trade and travel from that direction directly into the business portion of High Street - a fact that may possibly not be agreeable to the business community on Allegheny Street."

Democratic Watchman October 22 1869, page 8

"To work on the Presbyterian Church edifice is progressing finely and rapidly growing to a close.  The walls are already lathed and plastering has begun.  By the first of January, 1870, it is expected that the building will be completed and ready for occupation.  Our Presbyterian friends will then have the satisfaction of knowing that they possess the finest church edifice in this part of the country and one of the finest in the state."

Democratic Watchman October 22 1869, page 8

"A disastrous fire broke out in a wooden building in the rear of Loeb, May and Loeb's store, on Monday evening last, between 6 and 7 o'clock, which communicated to the storeroom and eventually to the dwelling of Mr. Turner, adjoining.  The store in the residents were both under one roof and owned by Mr. Turner, and the upper stories of both were ruined.  The fire gained the roof, and the entire upper part of the building was burned.  Had the walls not been of brick, the whole building will undoubtedly have been destroyed.  But the efforts of the hose company aided very materially to the saving of the lower story.  The walls, ceilings and floors, however, were seriously damaged by the floods of water poured upon the building, and much other damage was done in carrying out the goods and furniture.  We do not know what the loss of the mercantile firm is, but believe it is mostly covered by insurance.  Mr. Turner, we understand, had some insurance also, but his loss will nevertheless be serious, as much of his furniture was injured by the efforts to getting out of the house.  During the progress of the fire, Allegheny Street was one dense mass of people, the ladies turning out in great numbers.  At one time but Conrad house was on fire, and fears were expressed for its safety, has also for the safety of the hotel stables immediately in its rear.  But that region was saved by the effective working of the nose and the calmness of the evening."

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