Keystone Gazette November 9 1894, page 8
"The Central R. R. of Pa. The Central Railroad of Pennsylvania, between Bellefonte and Mill Hall, is now one of the most prosperous and substantial roads in Pennsylvania. J. W. Gephart, Esq., the superintendent, is devoting almost his entire time and attention to making it prosperous. Messrs Warfield and Walch, the other officers are faithful to their trusts and the result is that the road is flourishing. The passenger traffic is increasing daily and the freight has increased beyond the company's expectations. Every day very large freight trains are hauled over the road which is a practical demonstration that the road is now on a paying basis. The rolling stock is of the finest and the road is proving a benefit to Bellefonte and the community."
Keystone Gazette November 9 1894, page 8
A Cozy Residence
"It is strange what can be done when it becomes absolutely necessary. Dr. D. S. Dorworth owned a narrow strip of land or lot on the west side of East High street. To have looked at it one would have imagined that it would be impossible to erect a dwelling on the site without buying some additional land which lies vacant to the east of this lot. Robert Cole & Co., architects, went to work with pencil and pen and drew a house and plans which seemed to suit the site exactly. The residence when completed, will be one of the coziest and most comfortable homes in Bellefonte. It looks small from the outside but within there is plenty of room, and some to spare. It is complete throughout and would be just the place for some young man and young lady to commence housekeeping."
Keystone Gazette November 16 1894, page 8
Bellefonte Central's Extension
"For the past six months work been in progress in extending the Bellefonte Central Railroad from State College to Pine Grove Mills. On account of not being able to secure rails the work has been going very slowly. Recently a proposition was made to the railroad company by the people of Stone Valley, Huntingdon, that if the company would extend the road through the mountain to Huntingdon they would give the right of way and subscribe $75,000 toward the project. It is altogether likely that the proposition will be received and then Bellefonte will have another outlet to the East."
Keystone Gazette November 23 1894, page 3
GEN. HASTINGS VOTE
His Plurality is 241,397, Which Goes Ahead of Any Previous Record
Harrisburg, Nov. 16 - The official returns have been received at the State Department from all the counties of Pennsylvania of the vote cast for State officers and Congressmen-at-large at the recent election. The aggregate vote polled for Governor was 952, 885, of which Hastings received 574,801 and Singerly, 333,404; Hawley, Pro., 23,443; Ailman, People's, 19,464, and Grundy, Socialist Labor, 1735. Hastings plurality is 241,397.
For Lieutenant-Governor; Lyon, republican, received 5 64,393; Rilling, Dem., 332,465. Auditor-General: Mylin, Rep. 569,511; Magee, 330,233. Secretary of Internal Affairs: Latta, Rep., 568,700; Greenland, Dem., 330,796.
The count of the vote for congressman-at-large will be completed to-morrow.
The plurality of 241,397 by which Governor-elect Hastings was elected exceeds by 60,000 the combined pluralitics of all the republican governors elected in Pennsylvania, and, is 3000 greater than the combined pluralitics of all the republican and democratic governors chosen in this State since the formation of the republican party. The official records of tho State Department show the combined pluralities of the Commonwealth, from Curtin, in 1860, up to and including Pattison, in 1890, to be 138, 696.
Curtin was elected In 1860 by a majority of 82,116 over Henry D. Foster, and re-elected three years later by a majority of 15,335 over George W. Woodward. Geary's majority over Heister Clymer in 1866 was 17,178 and 4596 over Asa Packer in 1869. Hartranft was elected in 1872 by a plurality of' 35,527 over Charles R. Buckalew, and re-elected in 1875 by a plurality of 12,030 over Cyrus L. Pershing. Hoyt's plurality in 1878 over Andrew H. Dill was 22,507. Pattison's plurality over General Beaver in 1882 was 40,202. Four years later Beaver was elected by a plurality of 42,651 over Chauncy F. Black. Governor Patti-son's plurality in 1890 over Delamater was 16,554.
THE NEAREST APPROACH
There has never been a governor elected in this state who came within 170,000 of receiving the enormous plurality by which General Hastings was elected. The nearest approach to it was Governor Schulze, who was reelected in 1826 by a majority of 70,545 over John Sergeant, the Federal nominee. Governor Johnston, the first was elected by the smallest majority ever received by any governor of this state. His majority over Morris Longstreet, Democrat, was only 297. The distinction of having received the largest majority by which a candidate was elected in Pennsylvania Governor-elect Hastings excepted, belongs to Henry S. Mott, democratic candidate for Canal Commissioner in 1854, whose majority over George Darcie, Whig, was 190, 743 in a total vote of 294,074."
Democratic Watchman December 14 1894, page 8
THE FORMAL OPENING OF THE NEW ARMORY
"To-night will see the realization of the dreams of the Bellefonte military men, who have been looking forward to the happy opening of the handsome new armory which Col. W. Fred Reynolds has built for them in this place. Everything is in readiness. The immense hall where the dance and reception will be held has been artistically festooned in the national colors by a Harrisburg firm of decorators and Geo. Baldwin, the florist, has left the trade of his pretty work in the delicate flowers and potted plants that will lend an additional charm to those who behold it for the first time to-night. The Cathedral band of Pittsburg composed of twenty-six pieces under Peter Danhart, director, will furnish the music during the reception that is to last from 8 until 9 o'clock. Then the band's orchestra will render the music for the military ball that will conclude the evening's entertainment.
There will be no speeches, only a reception in which Gov. Pattison and his staff and other distinguished military men who will be present will participate with the following patronesses: Mrs. D. H. Hastings; Mrs. J. A. Wiley, Mrs. W. W. Greenland, Mrs. W. Fred Reynolds Mrs. E. W. McCaskey, Mrs. F. W. Kinkaid, Mrs. J. L. Spangler, Mrs. Wm. F. Reber and Mrs Wilbur F. Reeder. It is to be regretted that Mrs. Pattison, who was to have been one of the patronesses will be unable to be here on account of illness.
Govornor-elect Hastings and his entire cabinet will be in attendance. Gen. Frank Reeder having telegraphed his intention of being here yesterday morning.
Following the reception will be the grand march led by Governor Pattison and Mrs. D. H. Hastings, then the dancing will be begun. At mid-night ref refreshments will be served, by Cedars, in the gun room and will consist of rolled bread, tied in red, white and blue ribbons; meat sandwiches, salads on plates garnished with lettuce, assorted creams and cakes and coffee.
After refreshments the remaining numbers of the twenty-four dances on the card will be completed.
The affair is expected to mark the zenith of anything in the social line that has ever been attempted in Bellefonte and the indications now are that it will even surpass the hopes of the most sanguine. Certain it is that from the point of distinguished people present it will surpass any gathering ever held in this portion of the State. On the floor of the armory will be seen the only living ex-Governors of Pennsylvania, the present Governor and the Governor to be. This will be an incident which probably has never before occurred in the history of the commonwealth.
The committee having the reception in charge composes : Capt. Wm. F. Reber, Lt. Wilbur F. Reeder, Lt. Geo. L. Jackson, Corp. P. W. Burkett, Corp. James Harris, Pr'vt J. G. Harper, Pr'vt Beverly Potter, Pr'vt Geo. W. Rees.
Among the distinguished men who have sent their acceptance are: Lieut. Co. Rufus Elder, Maj. McNamara, Maj. Kenney, Lieut. P. D. Foster, of the 5th Reg., Col. Austin Curtin, Div. Com., Maj. Frank Patterson, Col. W. P. Bowman, of Philadelphia ; Lieut. Thos. Kinkaid, U. S. N. stationed at State College; Col. Jas. Coryell, of Williamsport ; Gen. James P. Gobin, of Lebanon; Col. Norman M, Smith, of Pittsburg Maj. Strayer of Altoona; Col. Jas. P. Coburn, of Aaronshurg ; Col. James Duffy, Marietta ; Hon. Alex Patton, Curwensville; Geo B. Orlady, Huntingdon ; Hon. S. R. Peale, Lock Haven ; President Judge Martin Bell, Altoona ; Supreme Court Judge Hon. John Dean, Hollidaysburg ; Congressman-elect William Arnold, of DuBoise; Representatives Harry C. Curtin, of Roland, and P. E. Womelsdorf, of Philipsburg ; Senator-eloct M. L. McQuown, of the 34th Dist. of Clearfield; ; President Judge Cyrus Gordon, of Clearfield.
Governor Robert E. Pattison and wife; Secretary of State William F. Harrity and wife; Adjutant General Greenland, wife and daughter ; Major General George R. Snowden, Brigadier General John A. Wiley, and daughter; Col. Theodore P. Burchfield, Col. Rich and S. Edwards, Lieut. Col. Alex Krumbharr, Col. Ed. Morrell, Lieut. Col. Savory Bradley, Col. Henry D. Paxton, Major Albert J. Logan; Capt. C. S. W. Jones, Lieut. E. W. McCaskey, John M. Major, Gov. Troops, Harrisburg; Quartermaster W. F. Richardson Eighth Regiment; Major J. J. Miller, Pittsburg; Capt. John P. Penny, Pittsburg ; Lieut. Col. C. P. O'Niel, Harrisburg.
A special train leaving Philadelphia this morning will bring a party of distinguished men, including the Govornor's party to town this evening."
Democratic Watchman December 21 1894, page 8
MORE NOTORIETY FOR BELLEFONTE
"Bellefonte or some of her people seem to be continually gaining notoriety in one way or another. Last week it was the dedication of the new armory that attracted attention from all parts of the country. This week the town of Bellefonte is being talked of because of the escapades of one of her former sons.
Charley Valentine, oldest son, of Mr. Abram Valentine, formerly of this place, now of Atlantic City, N. J., was arrested in El Paso, Tex., one day last week, while eloping with a Mrs. Mulvaney, whom he had met at the seaside resort and who had grown tired of her ancient husband.
The story runs as follows: The Mulvaneys were wealthy and Charley met them at the shore. Mrs. Mulvaney, young and pretty, had married for money and was consequently little in love with her husband. When he fell from a carriage last September and broke his wrist, the doctors advised a western trip for recuperation. They decided to go but the Mrs. insisted that her husband should have a nurse and as Charley Valentine had nothing in particular to do, the wife thought it would be just the plan. Well Charley was just looking for that kind of a job, so the party set off, with San Francisco as their destination. The nurse kept the old man's nerves up by liberal doses from a "black bottle," but by the time they reached Omaha, Neb., such a metamorphosis had transpired that Valentine had become Mulvaney, while old Mulvacey was known as Valentine. The patient was in a stupor and was put to bed at a hotel, where Charley left instructions that he and his wife were going away for a day and the old man should not be disturbed.
Immediately upon their departure the suspicions of the hotel people were aroused and going to the old man's room they found him lying on the bed fully dressed. When he regained consciousness he would not believe that his wife had gone off until be missed $10,000 in cash and $7,000 worth of jewelry. Warrants were issued and the elopers were arrested in Tex as. Mrs. Mulvaney promptly furnished cash bail for the two, but they were held on other charges.
Charley Valentine is well known here and this escapade is a great surprise to those who knew him. It is not thought here that he drugged old Mulvaney with the intent of putting him out of the way, as the city papers assert."
Keystone Gazette December 21 1894, page 1
SHERIFF CONDO'S NEW BOARDERS
Thirteen Prisoners Put in the Bellefonte Jail Monday.
A FREE NEGRO FIGHT
It Took Place on Quaker Hill Between Frank Borstell, His Wife and two Other Gentlemen of Color. Fists, Chairs, Dishes and Stove Pipe Flew Around as if by Magic - Several of the Contestants Badly Disfigured But Still in the Ring.
"Monday seemed to be a red letter day in the history of Bellefonte from the fact that many of its citizens were kept busy running from one Squire's office to another to hear testimony taken in several interesting criminal cases. Monday morning after the 9:15 train had reached Bellefonte there was considerable excitement on the streets when seven big burly negroes were taken off the train and escorted to the office of John B. Linn. They were in charge of A. R. Barr, of Tyrone, who is the railroad policemen in that city. He was accompanied by Allison H aupt, a passenger conductor, who is well known in Bellefonte, and who is the plaintiff in the case. John Blanchard, Esq., was present, and conducted the testimony from which we gathered the following:
The names of the colored people are William Swan, - Richard Coleman, Jack Johnston, John Newberry, Walker Charles and William Gaskin. Conductor McMunarmin is building a new railroad near Osceola Mills and had this African tribe and ten others in his employ. The colored individuals live in Bellwood and on Saturday afternoon eighteen negroes came to Osceola to take the Tyrone and Clearfield mail train going Tyrone. They we re all drunk and after getting on the smoker they began to make things lively. Charles Gray, of Tyrone and William Sensor were among the white passengers on the train and soon the negroes to pick a quarrel with these gentle men. One word brought on another and soon the sons of the sunny South were reaching for the whites of the North and in a few minutes the air was filled with razors, revolvers and clubs. According to the testimony of George McCahren (white) things looked as some one was going to his long resting place. Allison Haupt, the conductor, interfered and then the black gang pounced onto him and threw him down between the seats. Had it not been for the timely interference of some of the white passengers Mr. Haupt might have been severely injured. Besides using Mr. Haupt up pretty severely the car seats and three of the windows were badly smashed. When the train arrived at the Summitt the telegraph was cal led into play and assistance asked for from this station. When the train arrived here Andy R. Barr, chief detective, had a posse on hand and captured six of the disturbers and landed them in the borough bastile.