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Democratic Watchman January 8 1892, page 8

YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION

"The Young Men's Christian Association which has been closed for past two or three months was reopened last Monday. All the old friends of the Association are invited to drop in any time between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., and any one will be given a welcome whether "old or new friends."


The General Secretary extends a cordial invitation to all young men to make these rooms their home and will do all in his power to make their calls pleasant. The rooms are being rearranged and general a very pleasant place to spend one's evenings. Classes in the gymnasium will be started shortly.  "The Electric system" is the one that will be used this year and anyone wishing to join can do so by leaving their name at the rooms."

Democratic Watchman January 15 1892, page 8

"If we should make mention in this issue of all the persons in Bellefonte and vicinity, who are either suffering from the grip or recovering from an attack of it, there would not even be room for advertisements."

Democratic Watchman January 15 1892, page 8

THE BELLEFONTE CENTRAL

"The newly organized company to operate the lines of the Bellefonte, Buffalo Run, and Bald Eagle Valley Railroad company has elected Robert Frazer, of Philadelphia, to succeed John Riley to the presidency and the road will hereafter be known as the Bellefonte Central.  Thos. A. Shoemaker, of this place, has been continued as superintendent of the road and his election is a fitting testimonial to the careful and judicious manner in which he has directed the road since its completion.  It is thought that the branch from Krumrine's to State College will be built in the spring and that will give the new company control of a large freight trade, as well as a greatly increased passenger traffic."

Democratic Watchman January 15 1892, page 8

OUR NEW JOURNALISTS

"The Bellefonte Republican and Daily News have gone from the control of E. P. Tuten and Charles Gates and are now published by the firm of Beers & Dillon.  Just what the new proprietors propose doing with the two papers we are at a loss to know, but from appearances we judge that they have marked out a decided line of improvement in both "sheets."  Within the week the Daily News has come out in a decidedly cleaner form, than we have seen for a long time, and its grist of local happenings has been replete with all items of interest to readers in this community.  We wish the new firm success in their journalistic career in this section."

Democratic Watchman January 22 1892, page 8

"William Kelley, a prisoner who escaped from the Bellefonte jail nearly four years ago was re-arrested on Saturday morning.  He escaped from the jail by using a skeleton key which he had manufactured before he had been in jail forty-eight hours, but he'll more than likely serve his sentence this time."

Democratic Watchman January 22 1892, page 8

"Coasting is at its heighth and Bellefonte's many hills are alive with young and old.  All joining merrily in the gay winter sport.  High street affords the best course at present though the descent is somewhat more dangerous than some others.  On Wednesday night there were fully five hundred coasters on the hill."

Democratic Watchman January 22 1892, page 8

THE Y. M. C. A. TO BE OPENED SOON

"On the 1st of February the Y. M. C. A. rooms will be opened with a reception to the new General Secretary, Mr. D. S. Bearsley, from Watertown, N. Y. and then they will be kept open and running in their old time way. It is the intent of the association to have a tenant for the house, who will keep the rooms in order and take proper care of the gymnasium as well as to look after the general interests of the Association.  With such an arrangement and an active Secretary we can look forward for good results from the organization. The reading rooms will again be regularly open to the public and it will be the attractive rendezvous for many of our young men who are forced to spend their evenings at unprofitable places."

Democratic Watchman January 29 1892, page 4

A FRIGHTFUL COASTING ACCIDENT

"On Thursday evening about 9 o'clock, and just a little too late for out last weeks issue, there occurred an accident which, in all the merry and popular sport of coasting, has never been surpassed for awfulness.  High street was alive with coasters and about every minute the great long cutters, carrying from fourteen to twenty persons, would shoot past this office with lightning rapidity.  All went well until a sled steered by George Baney started down the hill.  It was fairly flying along, gaining speed with every second until the High street bridge was reached.  There an accident which made one's blood run cold occurred.  Just as the cutter reached the bridge the Brockerhoff House bus team came up the street and the driver, instead of taking the left crossing, continued on up the right side where the coasters were crossing.  The center of the bridge had been reached when, with a crash, the long load of young people shot under the feet of the big horses.  A few shrieks and groans and it was all over. 

Soon strong hands were picking up the wounded young people and when Miss Rosa Gill was found she was taken into Green's drug store where a hasty examination disclosed the fact that her right leg was broken and that she had sustained internal injuries which might prove fatal.  She was taken to her aunt's, Mrs. Howard's in Bush's addition where she is slowly improving.  Her home is in Snow Shoe, but she has been living with John Powers, on Spring street.

A number of other boys and girls were painfully, though not seriously hurt."

Democratic Watchman April 8 1892, page 8

THE ROAD FORMALLY OPENED

"Just twenty-seven days sooner that was anticipated first regular train, over the Bellefonte Central Railroad, steamed into State College.  When the Watchman first mentioned the proposed extension we little thought the work would be pushed through in such haste, but it is complete now and the citizens of State College are justly jubilant over their first direct connection with the business world."


On Saturday afternoon Thos. A. Shoemaker, the superintendent, took his private car up over the line.  On board it was a party of reporters who accompanied him on the first trip.  When the train ran into the College a large crowd had assembled.  The superintendent invited them to board the train and the party was brought to Bellefonte on a little excursion.

The road enters the College grounds just in the rear of the new Machine Hall and cars can be switched right into its coal house.  Sat back twenty feet from the road leading to Pine Grove Mills is the pretty Queen Anne Station, now in course of erection. It is 67 X 30 ft and will be an ornament to the College grounds. From the main wagon road a curved drive will lead up to the platform and geometrically designed flower beds will lend a charm to the surroundings. A telegraph and express messenger will always be in attendance to serve the wants of the patrons of the road, as well to look after the company's property.

The first trains, on Monday, were crowded with passengers.  Some of whom were traveling out of curiosity to see the road, while others found it the most advantageous route for reaching their destinations. Express and mail were carried and when the settling up of the day's business was made in the company office, all hands were delighted with the satisfactory results. An incident of the first run was the making up 10 minutes time between the college and this place. This proved conclusive that the schedule of 50 minutes for the 20 mile run, with all stops, is not too fast.

The officers of the new concern have every reason to congratulate themselves on the success of the extension."

Democratic Watchman April 22 1892, page 4

"We wont vouch for the truth of the following, which we get from a correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

If anyone is anxious to know how correct or reliable the story is we presume he can find out by inquiring of Major Curtin, who is made sponsor for the story:

"Everybody in the National Guard of Pennsylvania knows what a strict disciplinarian James A. Beaver was when he was Governor. Austin Curtin, who is from his native town, told me this reminiscence about him at the Coleman House the other day. While Beaver was lieutenant-colonel of the Forty-fifth Regiment he was sitting in front of his tent one day, when a slovenly soldier with a very badly fitting uniform lounged up and asked:

"Vere ish dar doctor ?"

"Sir; is that the way you address your superior officer ?" roared Colonel Beaver.

The German stared at him in amazement without saying a single word.

Then Colonel Beaver said: "Take this chair, sir and I will show you how to address an officer."

"An me vas der boss or der regiment ?"

"Yes, sit here and I will show you how to act."

The new recruit sat down in Beaver's seat and the Col. Walked off a few paces, turned about, returned to a position in front of his temporary substitute wheeled around and making a military salute, inquired: "Colonel, can you inform me where I can find the surgeon of the regiment ?"
The recruit arose and look seriously at Beaver, replied: "
D--- if I know where he is."

Democratic Watchman April 29 1892, page 8

BELLEFONTE SHAKEN UP

"On Wednesday morning, at 8:30, a most terrific explosion occurred at the quarries operated by McCalmont & Co., just a short distance below town, and as our buildings shook and trembled many residents ran out into their yards thinking that an earthquake was come.

Down about the quarries everything was excitement. Men were running to and fro vainly trying to find some trace of the dynamite warming house, while others were excited that they did not know what they were doing. The cause of the explosion no one could tell. It was evident that the warming house had been "in it" however for no trace of it has yet been found. It was a little 8x8 building in which the dynamite was placed in warm it up preparatory to using.  A stove was always kept going in the place and the dynamite sticks were laid along on shelves.  At the time the explosion took place there were about forty pounds of dynamite, and ten of Judson powder in the place and Theo. McNichols, the boss quarryman says everything was right when he left it just a short time before.

The report was heard for miles and the shock was felt throughout the entire community.  Windows were shattered, cisterns cracked and plastering broken.  While down near the  thrown violently to the ground. Wild ideas of California earthquakes and Parisian bomb throwers flooded through our mind as we heard the report and the only reason why we didn't count our beads and throw our wealth into the creek was because we didn't have any."

Democratic Watchman April 29 1892, page 8

OUR NEW PARK

"Last fell the Watchman told its readers that a movement was on foot which, when consummated, would give this county one of the finest recreation parks in the State. We are pleased to say now that the ground has been secured and in the course of a few weeks will be thoroughly equipped for outing parties.

The new park is located on the line of the Bellefonte Central railroad, at Hunter's station and embraces a beautiful grove rising, in a gentle slope from the railroad to a cleared plateau where the athletic grounds will be laid out. Gigantic pines and oaks are dominate and the ground is covered with a velvety sward, though at places great bowlders and roots crop out to lend a romantic appearance to the place. A spring will be the feeder of a miniature lake, over which several rustic bridges will be swung and pavilions, toilet houses and everything for convenience will be erected.

On the athletic field the Bellefonte team will play its games, to which excursion trains will be: run from the union depot. A round trip ticket including admission to the games will be sold. One of the valuable points of the field lies in the fact that it will be a neutral ground for College championship games. Nest week we will give a more extended account of it."

Democratic Watchman May 6 1892, page 8

"The Bellefonte Glass Works were sold at Sheriff's sale, on last Friday, and Wilbur F. Reeder, purchased them for $1600 subject to a mortgage of $2000.  He bought them for Jno. P. Harris and the 1st National Bank."

Democratic Watchman May 7 1892, page 8

AN IMPOSITION ON THE PEOPLE

"It is really too bad that our people are taken in so often, but in this case we cannot see who is to blame as no one knew of the wonderful prestidigiator, magician and necromancer who has turned up in our midst. On last Saturday we had Kellar who is supposed to be the world's greatest magician, but his tricks and illusions have been so thoroughly (?) explained that we feel like thumping our shallow, for having been deceived by his bungling (?) performances.

Did you read Monday's daily Gazette ? If you did you thinking what miserable dupes you made of yourselves, at the opera house, on Saturday afternoon. And if you didn't do so, by all means, for perhaps if Mr. Kellar's sleight had a tendency toward shaking your belief in reality then the consciousness that you are really yourself will return."

Editors Note: Born in Erie, PA, in 1849, Harry Kellar was known as the "Greatest American Magician."  Known as a perfectionist, every word, every movement, of his act was carefully planned and scripted.  It was Kellar's attention to detail and his reliance on his talent and skill in this area that allowed him to create the innovative, lavish productions that won him admirers all over the world. It was said of his shows that each and every one was completely flawless.

In the early 1900s, Harry passed the torch to Howard Thurston, who


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