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Keystone Gazette June 8 1894, page 1


Bellefonte's Home Talent Distinguishes Itself


A Large and Fashionable Audience. Greets the Bellefonte Opera Company in Our Temple of Amusement, to Witness a Supremely Successful Rendition of the Famous Opera. Glittering Costumes and Striking Personnels.

"It can be truly said that one of the most stylish and fashionable audiences that ever assembled in Garman's opera house gathered there last Friday evening.

The audience in the temple of amusement to witness the great comical and musical spectacle entitled "Paul Jones." This opera is one of the finest ever presented from the American stage, and it was a daring adventure for Bellefonte amateurs to attempt to present it without turning the sublime into the ridiculous and burlesquing poor "Paul." While this is true the young ladies and gentlemen of Bellefonte never undertake anything that they can't carry through to perfection and take the audience by storm, in so limited a space to note the merits of each individual but it is enough to say that all took their part admirably and from the first captivated the immense audience. The choruses were rendered by the following young ladies and gentlemen:

Misses Katherine Harris, Emma Montgomery, Eloise Meek, Myra Holliday, Lulu Hoy, Blanche Hayes, Aurora Moore, Ella Twitmire, Tessie Peters, Laura Rumberger, Mabel Cowdrick, Sara Malin, Tessie Lyon, May Taylor, Maud Campbell, Nellie Valentine, Helen Hastings, Helen Malin, Patty Lane. Messrs. John Bullock, Henry Quigley, Charles Richards, Philip Waddle, Roy MeCalmont, Henry Lyon, Charles Hughes, Malcolm Laurie, Bery Rayard, George Bush, John Noll, George Bayard, Jerome Harper.

They were all gorgeously attired in costumes that were rich and showy. Never before in the history of Bellefonte was there a scene so grand and magnificent as w as presented from the stage on this occasion. It was fully demonstrated that there is no town in the State that can present to any audience so many pretty, elegant and graceful young ladies, and especially when made up by Mrs. John N. Lane, who Is quite an artist in decorating the human face. The young gentlemen in the audience looked upon these damsels as fairies or angels whom the gods would delight to honor and worship.  The young gentlemen took their part like heroes and, of course attracted the eyes of the young ladies who sat in the audience. The music was thrilling and was enjoyed by those present.

The principal characters in the opera were as follows:

Paul Jones (Celebrated Nautical Hero) Lee B. Woodcock.
Rufino de Martinez (A Spanish Naval officer) J. E. Quigley

Bicoquet (A St. Malo Ship Chandler) Hard P. Harris.

Don Trocadero (Spanish Gov. of the island of Estrella) John Blanchard
Kestrell (Scipper of a Yankee Privateer) Jas. R. Hughes
Bouiliabalaac (An Old Smuggler) James Harris
Petit Pierre  (Fisher lad of St. Malo) Geo. R. Meek
Yvonne (Niece of Bicoquet) Miss Marie Meek,
Chopinette (Wife of Bouiliabaisse) Miss Kate Lundy
Malaguena (Niece of Don Trocadero) Miss Bernice Moore.

Lee Woodcock as "Paul Jones" and Miss Marie Meek as "Yvonne" took their parts admirably. The solos they sang were beautiful and in perfect harmony. Indeed they seemed the very incarnation of music. J. E Quigley, who represented a Spanish naval officer, performed his part with an air that would lead one to believe that he was monarch of the seas. He wore a uniform that bespoke a man of social standing and prominence.

Hard Harris took his part able and well. He was elegantly attired and at intervals brought down the house. The brilliant and ancient costume and his general make up gave him the appearance of a noblemen of great renown and wealth, He performed his part like a comedian who had been on the stage for years. The lullaby song by Miss Marie Meek and Hard was one of the finest things ever rendered in Bellefonte. They received loud and ringing applause which were well merited.

One of the stars of the evening was Miss Katherine Lundy, who took the audience by storm, She is quite graceful and at once captivated the large audience. Her solo assisted by the chorus was something that showed that in the art of singing she has but few equals.

Talk about witty and humorous comedians, James Harris and George Meek are among the finest. Their ridiculous situations brought forth loud cheers. They are born comedians not made, and without them the opera would have been quite barren. "Laugh and grow fat" is a good adage, and a man could do that by looking at the actions of Harris and Meek.

John Blanchard was the star of the last act and from the time he came on the stage until the curtain went down he kept the audience in good humor. His costume was elegant and elaborate and he seamed to be sometimes in his glory and other times in very dejected spirits, although John never takes any "spirits'' yet he was in the spirit of the play and did valiantly.

Miss Bernice Moore looked just as pretty as a "peach" and in an able manner took her part. The trio rendered by Misses Meek, Lundy and Moore was something that commended itself to the heartiest appreciation of the audience which loudly applauded and encored them.

James Hughes as a skipper of a Yankee Privateer showed himself equal to the occasion and smoked his cigarette with the greatest of ease. Making a long story short, the opera was so fine that the citizens and people in general were so well pleased with this entertainment that they requested that it be repeated Monday evening. The audience was again very large and those on the stage did as good if not better than the previous night. Miss Lundy being unable to appear on the stage, Miss Katherine Harris took her part as "Chopinette," and Miss Ella Twitmire sang in the musical roll. Both these young ladies performed their parts in an artistic manner, and they deserve unbounded credit from the fact that they only had one day to rehearse. They elicited long and loud applause which gave them the assurance that their efforts were not in vain.

The success of this enterprise can be attributed to the untiring efforts of Wilbur Harris, George N. Brandon and Lee Woodcock. W. A. Goodwin assisted in the music.  Without their aid and help the great success would have been a failure."

Democratic Watchman June 22 1894, page 8

"The Bellefonte band will make its first appearance in new uniforms on the 4th of July.  The pattern ordered is a deep blue cloth, trimmed with black braid, which with marine caps will make a very genteel appearance."

Democratic Watchman June 22 1894, page 8

"While blasting stone on Water street Tuesday morning, the workmen put in a charge that was too heavy.  Stones were thrown clear over the Watchman building and broke windows in Rine's cigar store a square away.  A team of horses, owned by Messrs. Furey, standing in front of Secler's store, frightened at the report and ran away.  They hung up on a Thomas street fence after completely demolishing the wagon."

Democratic Watchman June 29 1894, page 8

"T. Clayton Brown has sold his novelty store in this place to a Huntingdon merchant.  The stock was moves to Huntingdon."

Keystone Gazette June 29 1894, page 1


Stables Belonging to Judge Furst and W. B. Maitland Destroyed.


The People of the Town Waste too Much of the Chrystal Fluid - The Taxes of Bellefonte are High Enough and Should Not be Raised Any Higher - The Thing to do is to Reduce Expenses

"Last Saturday morning about 5 o'clock the people of the peaceful community of Bellefonte were aroused by the cry of fire followed by the fire alarm, water works whistle and two or three engine whistles at the round house. Judging from the noise and tumult, one would have believed that half of the town was in danger of being swept from the face of the earth by the fire fiend. The air was calm, so that there was danger of more than one or two buildings going to destruction. At first it was thought it was the Rhoads residence on Linn street, but it soon became known that it was Judge Furst's stable in the rear of his residence on Linn street. The fire companies were on hand promptly but for the lack of water they were powerless to save the building. The boys stood with nozzle in hand waiting patiently for water while they saw the building curl up in smoke. It was certainly a great burlesque. In the meantime the horses, harness, cow and conveyances were taken out at great risk of life. There was a calf in the stable which could not be gotten out and so it was cremated.

For the time it was thought that the Rhoads stable on the left and Crider's stable on the right would go but fortunately the water came just in time to save the buildings. The flames communicated with W. B. Maitland's stable located north of the burning building.  The second story was burned off the building together with two tons of hay and some corn. The stable was so badly damaged that it might as  well burned to the ground. In addition to the calf in the Furst stable a  set of harness, hay and some feed was also burned together with the melting of several tons of ice. The flames we re then subdued without any further loss of life or property. The firemen and citizens worked hard to keep the flames from doing more damage. As to the origin of the fire there are several theories, but how it originated remains a mystery. The loss on Mr. Furst's stable will be probably $500, on which there is an insurance of $200 in George L. Potter's agency. Mr. Maitland's loss will be about $400 insured in Charles Smith's agency for $200.


When water could not be obtained everybody wanted to fall on the neck of Samuel Rine, engineer at the water works. This is unfair because Sam tries to do his duty but the fault lies with those citizens who leave the spigots and water closets run all night. Mr. Rine says that o'clock Friday evening the reservoir was filled and if it had not been for the extravagant use of the water during the night there would have been an abundance of water with which to extinguish the flames and probably have saved both buildings. It seems every time there is a fire there is to be a scarcity of water. Bellefonte is in pretty bad shape, and something should be done at once to remedy this defect in our fire department."

Democratic Watchman July 13 1894, page 8


"A new and what promises to be a very popular resort for picnickers will soon be opened on the line of the new Central railroad of Pennsylvania in the vicinity of Hecla furnace. The rail-road company is now at work getting it in condition for the enjoyment of pleasure seekers and it will not be long until the grove is in first class order.

The points that make this a specially desirable picnic ground are the fine wooded, large level area of ground, good water for drinking, a large dam near by where boating and bathing can be enjoyed, its accessibility because the rail-road runs right through it and its Central location on the line.

To add to natures attractions for the out-door pleasure seeker the railroad company is erecting a large covered dance pavilion, a well equipped kitchen, and many other little structures that will add to the convenience and beauty of the grounds.

Though these grounds will have had picnic parties before that time their formal opening will not be made until Thursday, August 9th, when the Logan Steam Fire Engine Co., of this place, will hold its annual picnic there. The firemen are preparing to give their guests a gorgeous time and will doubtless not disappoint any one. They have secured a band and orchestra to furnish music during the entire day and a number of novel athletic contests have been arranged for the program.

The Logan's steamer will be taken down and set to work so that all may see a high class fire engine in operation, and the many other features that go to make these picnics such a yearly success will not be missing.

Remember the day and date, Thursday, August 9th, and that the benefits will be given to the Logans to help pay the balance due on their engine. All you will need do is put on your hat and go. The firemen will do the rest. They will furnish all the refreshments and a good time into the bargain. You are not to understand from this, however, that you cannot take a basket, for it is a special desire of the firemen that everyone who wants to shall take a basket and with his entire family enjoy the day at the Park. The Logans have gone to the trouble of making expensive preparations and they want everyone to go and enjoy the day with them. Young and old alike. The round trip fare will be only 25 cts from Bellefonte and a correspondingly low rate from all other points along the line."

Keystone Gazette July 13 1894, page 1


Horse Thief Miles Walker Longed for Freedom.


"Strong walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars it cell," thought Miles Walker, the horse-thief in our county jail on Wednesday morning and here by hangs a tale.

Sheriff Condo on Tuesday discovered that there was something brewing among the prisoners in his charge. In order to break the suspense he resorted to a nice piece of stratagem by informing the prisoners on Wednesday morning that he and his family were going away, and asking them to behave while he was gone he bade them goodbye. But instead of going he ordered everybody to remain as quiet as possible about the jail while he and his deputy would watch and await developments. The "affectionate farewell" had hardly been taken before a rough grating noise was heard in one of the cells. Attention to that particular department revealed Walker digging like a beaver to get out of his window. The window led to the roof of the jail and had he gained an egress here he would have had easy sliding down the spouting on the outside wall. When the sheriff though it was time to stop him he stepped up and remarked,

"Pretty hard digging, ain't it ?"

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