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Democratic Watchman January 4 1878, page 8

"It appears to be a fact that the Alexanders have actually struck a nickel vein on their property at Sunnyside, near town.  This is a piece of good fortune that our friends, "Cye" and "Jim," well deserve, and we hope it will make them independently rich."

Democratic Watchman January 11 1878, page 8

"The following are the names of the newly elected officers of the Centennial Temperance Club for the ensuing six months:

President - R. A. Laird.
Vice President - H. H. Montgomery.
Secretary - John I. Irvin.
Treasurer - J. W. Gephart.
Master of Ceremonies - John Wagner.
Doorkeeper - Lot Stratton.
Trustees - J. L. Spangler, Dr. Hibler.
D. H. Hastings."

Democratic Watchman January 11 1878, page 8

"An attempt was made to fire the stable of Mr. Jacob D. Valentine on Wednesday night of last week, and it would probably have been successful if it had not been for Mr. John W. Moore, who, in going home from his photograph gallery, noticed the light and was just in time to prevent a big conflagration. The arrangement was a most devilish one, being a kegin which some rich pine had been placed and then covered over with hay.  Mr. Moore was lucky enough to grab the whole concern and pitch it out doors."

Democratic Watchman January 25 1878, page 8

"A. A. Dale, Esq., who went from here to Colorado about a year since, has returned to Centre county, and will probably remain in his native shire."

Democratic Watchman January 25 1878, page 8

FIRE ! FIRE !

"Destruction of Three Stables - Three Horses Burned to Death On Saturday night last about half past 12 o'clock a fire broke out between the warehouse and stable of Thomas H. Hicks and Brother, and from thence communicated to Lyons's stable and the stable of Mr. Joseph Miles, on the opposite side of the alley. The fire was first discovered by Mr. Michael Dolan, who was awakened by the reflection of the light against his bedroom windows. Hastening to the spot, he bursted open the door at Miles's stable and let out a cow which was inside, and which was thereby saved. In spite of all attempts to subdue the flames, the stables were all three burnt to the ground and three valuable mares perished in the horrible furnace. One belonged to Mr. Thomas Hicks, one to Mr. Harry Hicks, and one to Mr. George Eaton. The sufferings of the poor animals were terrible and their snorts and groans hear trending. One got loose and with her eyes burnt out and ears and tail burnt off, fell at the corner of Miles's stable, and was directly shot, to put her out of her misery. Five sleighs and one top buggy belonging to Howard Spangler's livery and his handsome back wagon, called "the Mountain Echo," which appear to have been stored in Lyons's stable, were totally consumed, and a pile of green lumber was considerably damaged. Mr. Miles lost a load of cornfodder ; and a lot of hard ware, consisting of some half a dozen stoves, pots, pans, &c., were greatly rusted by the water poured upon the building in which they were kept.

The origin of the fire is not known, but is supposed to have been the work of one or more of those devilish creatures, termed incendiaries. The town watchman, Officer Musser, said that he had been up around the stables about twenty minutes before the fire broke out, but there was no sign of a conflagration then. The buildings were old and burned with great rapidity. Both fire companies were on hand, but could only save adjoining structures. Spangler's livery stable was just across the alley from Dolan's stable and it is a wonder that it was saved.  Garman's stable was in close proximity, and all these might have been destroyed, together with their valuable contents, animate and inanimate.

People living at points remote from the fire did not know anything about it until next day, and some not until Monday morning. Although a very large fire, the lateness of the hour and the rapidity with which it burnt, prevented the assembling of as large a crowd as generally attend upon a conflagration, and there was less than the usual amount of noise and fuss. We are told that the Cummings house people, near by, knew nothing of it until Sunday morning. And some of Garman's guests slept quietly until daylight, unconscious of the danger.

Mr. Howard Spangler's loss is about $500.00, mostly covered by insurance. The Messrs. Hicks loss nearly if not altogether $500, partially insured. Mr. George Eaton's lose about $150.00. Lyons's loss, probably $400.00, mostly covered by insurance. Mr. Miles's loss about $200.00, covered by insurance.

Democratic Watchman January 25 1878, page 4

ARREESTED ON SUSPICION

"Charles Mills alias Richards was arrested on Wednesday afternoon last on suspicion of having fired the stables that were burned down on Saturday night last. He had a hearing before Justice Gephart the same evening, when sufficient evidence was elicited against him to testify his commitment to the county jail, in default of $2,000 bail, to await his trial at the coming term of court. He was seen near the locality of the fire near about the time it broke out, and from certain incoherencies of talk and manner to his family the same night before he retired to bed, strong chain of condemnatory evidence has been linked together. It would not be proper, however, for us to publish anything that might prejudice the public mind prior to his trial, and therefore we refrain from giving the facts as recited to us. Mills has served a term in the penitentiary heretofore. The prosecuting counsel are Messrs. Spangler and Hastings."

Democratic Watchman February 15 1878, page 8

"There is a good joke going on night-watchman John Musser, who, they say, fell asleep in Valintine's store Tuesday night about ten o'clock, while sitting on the counter. It being about closing up time, the clerks thought they would let him snooze, so putting out the lights and locking the doors, they left him alone with his dreams. Then stealing around to the back entrance to the cellar of the establishment they began a terrible racket as if trying to break in. This woke up our friend Musser and likewise alarmed the dog, which apprehending that all was not right and that Musser, sitting there alone in the dark, was the cause of the trouble, went for that gentleman with open mouth and terrific bark. "Murder ! Help ! Murder ! O Lord ! Come quick, somebody !" yelled Musser, and all the clerks came rushing in, demanding an explanation of the disturbance. The night-watchman was quick to perceive the situation, and after the first impulse to anger wore off, joined heartily in the laugh against himself. But it will be a long time before he will hear the last of that adventure."
Democratic Watchman February 22 1878, page 8

THE ATTACK ON DR. POTTER

"On Saturday evening last as Dr. George L. Potter was standing in front of William Mills's barber shop, talking to a couple of friends, he was approached by a young man, of this place, who, without ceremony, deliberately struck him on the forehead, knocking his hat off. The Doctor, astonished at such familiarity, demanded an explanation, saying that he considered himself a gentleman, and would not stand such conduct, or - something to that effect.. The young man, then went on up street, and fell into the hands of Captain Montgomery, who would have arrested him, if it had not been that the Doctor, who had followed on up, requested him, in the kindness of his heart, not to do so. The Captain then said, if the Doctor did not want the arrest made, he would not make it, and the young man was permitted to depart. But it was a bad move for the Doctor, for in a couple of minutes after, as he was on his way back to the barber-shop, he overtook a man, who turned around and said, "D-d you, you insulted my wife."  The Doctor, astounded more than ever, said: "I don't know you ! Who are you? I never insulted your wife nor any other man's, and if you say that you are a liar, sir," and then in self-defense struck at the man, but missed him, and himself received a blow that knocked him to the outer edge of the pavement, rendering him partially unconscious. Jack L. Spangler, then interfered and took the man away, and the Doctor picked himself up, as best he could, and while standing in a half-dazed condition, waiting to get into the barber shop to have the blood washed off him, was again attacked by the same man, who knocked him down again and then jumped on and beat him terribly about the face and head. By this time the police arrived and took and put the bruiser in the cage, and Dr. Potter, bruised, bleeding and half unconscious was taken into his office by Dr. Hibler, where he remained all night, being unable to get to his room. He was covered with blood, and, his nerves being all unstrung, he passed a most restless and uncomfortable night. At this writing, Wednesday, his eyes are still bloodshot and discolorations are to be seen on his face, the effects of the blows he received. One of his ears is badly cut up, and he complains of having had pain in his head ever since. In conversation with him he laughingly remarked that it would have been better for him if he had let Captain Montgomery make the arrest in the first instance, and he guessed if he had it to do ever again, he would. ''But," said he, "I didn't want the poor devil to go to jail, for I knew he would have to stay there till Monday morning, and then most likely he would have been fined five or six dollars to boot." It was the Doctor's kind heart that got him into so much trouble.

The young man appears to have been one of a party of young fellows who were on a drunk that evening and intent on kicking up a row. Half a dozen or more were of the party, but do not seem to have done any particular harm to anybody, except, themselves, but altogether, they seem to have had a high old time of it. The whole party were arrested, we believe. Two of them at the hearing on Sunday morning before Justice Gepheart and the Chief Burgess, were committed to jail, and the others bound over to appear at Court. While in the Lock Up one of the two was terribly maltreated by the other, himself getting as much if not more punishment than he gave Dr. Potter. Several others were also concerned to some extent in interfering with the police while making arrests, and warrants are now out for them we are told.

The above is the substance of Dr. Potter's own statement of the affair, as related to us on Wednesday. There are other reports of the matter, but all agree that the Doctor was a badly usedup man, and he has the sympathy of the whole community."

Democratic Watchman March 1 1878, page 4

OVER THE BANK

"Going home at noon, on Tuesday last, we noticed a crowd on Linn street, about opposite the residence of Major Reynolds, gazing down into the hollow made by the high embankment in that locality, and another crowd below gathered around what appeared to be the remains of a dead horse. A cart stood close by into which was piled the harness, the whole scene suggesting the probability or a disaster having occurred to somebody or something. On inquiring we learned that there really had been a disaster and it might result in the death of a horse, or mare, rather, belonging to a Mr. Price or Miller, on Lamb street. It seems that while dumping a load off the cart over the embankment, the momentum was forcible that not only the load but the cart and horse, likewise, were precipitated backwards over the embankment; injuring the animal very severely, if not insuring his death outright. The poor beast was not able to get up and lay there suffering for long time. A blanket was humanely put over it, in the hope that perhaps something could be done to relieve it, or administer to its recovery. Otherwise it was to be shot. The same man lost a mare only a few weeks since."

Democratic Watchman March 15 1878, page 8

"The bridge across the creek from Water street to the Bush House stable gave way on Friday last under the weight of a lot of mules, which were being driven across it. Half a dozen or more of them were precipitated into the water ,and one was pretty severely hurt, having fallen on its head. It was a bad break and the wonder is that there were not more serious results."

Democratic Watchman March 15 1878, page 8

"Somebody effected an entrance to the Methodist church on Sunday night last, through the rear window on the Howard street side of the church. Whether it was somebody who wanted to steel, or only a fellow looking for a place to sleep, we do not know. It may have been a chap who was locked up in the church over night, having gone to sleep during the services of the evening previous, and overlooked by the janitor, climbing out. Whoever or whatever it was, though, Mr. Green says he'll bet he'll fix those windows so that they can't be hoisted hereafter."

Democratic Watchman March 22 1878, page 8

Dr. Thomas Rothrock was arrested on Saturday evening last and lodged in the jail in this place charged with being concerned in the procurement of on abortion upon the person of a lady of this place, recently deceased.  He had a hearing before Justice Gephart on Monday evening, and was remanded to jail in default of bail to await the April term of Court. A man by the name of Woodhouse was also arrested on Saturday, and held for complicity in the case.

The following from Dr. Rothrock will explain itself:

Friend, P. G. Meek: You have always stood by me as a friend - you have known me for years, and knew I have been more sinned against than sinning - one of Joe Neal's "Wholesouled Fellows," "No one's enemy but his own," "a boiler without a safety valve, doomed sooner or latter to explode with fury," resulting in disastrous chances of hair breadth escapes and immediate or prospectly wreck," and "not altogether free from flaw in the region of the occipat." I ask a suspension of public judgment until I prove myself innocent or my accusers prove me guilty. Justice but no persecution.

T. Rothrock Bellefonte, March 19th, 1878

Democratic Watchman March 29 1878, page 8

MILITARY

"The line officers of the Fifth Regiment, National Guard of Pennsylvania, met at Huntingdon last week and elected. Lieutenant Colonel Burchfield to the Coloneicy of the Regiment in place of Colonel P. B. Wilson, recently deceased. This was a good selection, and a compliment that was well merited by the Colonel, who is a good officer, a brave man, and a quiet intelligent and polite gentleman.

But the most surprising thing was the election of Paymaster D. H. Hastings, of this place, to be Lieutenant Colonel in place of Col. Burchfleld. Hastings only joined the Regiment last July, at the time of the railroad war and never dreamed of the promotion that has been given to him.  He was made paymaster of the Regiment, and it was said of him that he was one of the bravest men at the table ever seen in the Logan House. Nothing in the shape of provisions could stand before him. Lieutenant Colonel Hastings is a good soldier.

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