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THE FIRST TRAIN WRECKED     continued

The combination car was dragged from the track and stopped half way down the bank, but the second car did not leave the rails. As the fill at that point was made nearly all of clay and with very little stone, the cars and engine were not as badly battered up as they might otherwise have been.

When the crash came there was general pandemonium among the passengers, most of whom were excursionists from this place, but when they got themselves together enough to scramble out where they could find th at aside from a pretty general shaking up, no one was hurt they were all quite thankful that it was no worse.

General Superintendent hart was on the train and when he climbed out to survey the disaster which his pet locomotive and cars had met with he exclaimed, "Well, we can repair machinery, but we can't do so with lives." A very philosophical view of it.

The Beech Creek R. R. wreck crew was called at once and the track straightened up for other trains after which a track was laid down to the engine and it was pulled up and to the shops repair. Trains were delayed for many hours, but by Wednesday they got schedule time as usual."

Democratic Watchman December 22 1893, page 8

"The Y.M.C.A. gymnasium was re-opened the the public Friday evening.  The baths are proving popular additions."

Democratic Watchman December 22 1893, page 8

THE BOARD TRADE BANQUETS THE NEW RAILROAD PROMOTERS

"The dining rooms of the Bush House were ablaze with lights last night, heavy festoons of ever-green hung from the chandeliers, rich cut glass shimmered on the tables, and Mayers' orchastra lent its talent to please the fancy of the one hundred and six men who sat about the
banquet board.  Among them were railroad men, knoen all over the United States, Ex-Governors, would be Governors, prominent coal and iron men, bankers and all the leading merchants of the town.

It was a banquet given by the Bellefonte Board of Trade in honor of those men who conceived the project and pushed the new Central Railroad of Pennsylvania to completion. At half past nine o'clock, the gentlemen, who had previously assembled in the parlors and corridors of the hotel entered the dining room. The tables were arranged in the form of a hollow square with a small one in the centre. At its head James Harris, president of the Board of Trade, and presiding officer took his place. Each cover was numbered, so that the guests had little trouble in finding the places assigned them.

There was general bonhomie as the various courses of he following menu were served:

Blue Points in Ice
Green Turtle Consomme in Cups
Sheepshead baked in Wine, Pecan Sauce.
Julienne Potatoes
Appolinaris
Bonesless Turkey, Current Jelly
Baked Ham, Champagne Sauce.
Canvas Black Duck a la Gephart
Punch a la Romaine.
Broiled Quail on Toast
Sweetbreads au Gratln in Cases
Saratoga Chips
Crab Salad
Chicken Salad
Strawberry Ice Cream Marangue
Roman Cherry Ice
Fruit
Assorted Cakes
Roqueford Cheese
Fromage de Brie
Cafe Demi Tasse
Cigars

With cigars once lighted and the blue smoke rings curling among the laurel leaves over head a feeling of good fellowship seemed to prevade the entire party. Just then toast master Harris let fall his fork on the table and in a brief talk expressed his pleasure at having an opportunity to participate in a banquet which celebrated such an important event in the history of our town.  He then introduced ex-Governor James A. Beaver, who delivered the address of welcome.  Hon. Charles M. Clement, of Sunbury, who is really the daddy of the charter of the new road, made the response. D. F. Fortney Esq., responded to the toast "Bellefonte in the Past," while J. W. Gephart General Superintendent of the road was called upon to foretell "the Future of Bellefonte." Then followed impromptu talks by Ex-Governor Curtin and others of the distinguished party.

In itself the banquet was a decided success, but those who were not there look upon it as hopefully as the ones more fortunate. In it they see the signal of a new Bellefonte and through it expressed their appreciation of those who have taken the first substantial steps toward giving us an active business town.

Among the distinguished guests were: E. T. Stotesbury, of Drexel & Co., Phila.; E. S. Welch of Phila. S. H. Hicks Vice President C R. R. of Pa. ; I. A.. .Sweigart, General Supt. Reading railroad; C. G. Hancock, Gen. Pass. Agent Reading railroad; Hon. C. M. Clement, of Sunbury, a Director of the road; C. W. Willheim, of Reading, a director of the Valentine Iron Co.; A. G. Yates president B. R. & P. R. R. B. G. Welch, Gen. Manager Williamsport, & North Branch R. R.; A. G. Palmer, Gen. Supt. of the Beech Creek road; and J. S. Ward, Division Sup't. Reading R. R. at Williamsport. Frank Warfield, General Freight Agent C.  R. R. of Pa. and Gephart, General Superintendent of the new road. 

The visitors arrived here about noon over the Central, and during the afternoon were shown about the town under the direction of Col. William Shortlidge, Mr. James Harris, Robert Valentine, Wm. Lyon, R. F. Hunter, O. L. Kurtz and other members of the Board of Trade."


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