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It appears in the form of a large hand that rises up from the floor and jumps out of the ceiling and cupboards at the most unlooked for times, knocking people about in a promiscuous manner and frightening everyone silly. It is said the hand even slapped a bad little girl's mouth one day when she said naughty things. And another time some one got off something smart out in the yard when the hand suddenly popped out of a rose bush and, threw a boquet at the witty one.     

Democratic Watchman, September 27, 1895, page 8

Hymen Baffled

"Considerable amusement was afforded the people of this place last week when it became known that Pat Toner, a well-known Logan street character, had taken it into his head to stand between marital relations which his pretty daughter Mary and George Gares, a son of policeman Gares, had planned.

When the young people had found out that they loved one another sufficiently to warrant matrimony they sought paternal consent and blessing, but instead of giving it old Patrick jumped on to them in a manner that nearly tore all the wing feathers out of poor little Cupid. In fact he became so obstreperous that his good wife came very near being offered a sacrifice on the altar of Pollux.  Her safety was found in flight, however, and the first thing the obdurate pater knew he was in jail, charged with threatening to kill his wife.

Such a state of affairs was not calculated to help the wedding along, which had been set for last Thursday evening, as it was necessary to got the father's consent in order that a license could be secured for his minor child. This was just the opportunity he wanted, for when the anxious -to-be groom appeared get his consent to the marriage he flatly refused, unless his release from jail, would be forthcoming. The case was growing serious but, nothing daunted, the young folks hustled around until they got him out of jail, when, happy in the thought of their assured union they went for his signature. Imagine their chargin when Pat laughed and said "No I'm out and I wont give it."

The wedding day arrived, and with it the hour for the nuptials, and the guests and the minister, but Pat remained obdurate the whole evening through. The wedding feast was spread and, as it could not be left to spoil, it was eaten, but the wedding did not take place.

Next day the old gentleman was again locked up, whereupon he changed his mind and gave his cheerful consent to the union, which was made Saturday evening and none seemed to be happier thin Patrick himself."

Keystone Gazette September 27 1895, page 8

Held in High Esteem

"The colored citizens of this community have an able, scholarly and representative preacher in the person of Rev. H. A. Grant. His sermons, articles for the daily press and kindness to every one have wrought largely upon the morals and the advancement of the people in this community in many respects. Understanding that he goes to his annual conference sometime on or about the 9th of October next, the thought struck me, what course will his friends take to have him returned here again? Now, as an admirer of a preacher who preaches the solid gospel as against the sinfulness and "no harm pleasures" of this age, and who does so without fearing the result, 1 will give ten dollars on his salary if he comes back and would willingly give one hundred, if I were able. I frankly confess that I used to have some strange notions and views about colored people, but Rev. H. A. Grant's ability as preacher and writer, have thoroughly converted me to see that t here is no difference between and among people w ho are properly trained. Any community does well to keep such men as long as possible.

I am yours for the good of the community.

A. H."

Keystone Gazette October 4 1895, page 8

Thank You

"C. M. Thompson, the new manager of the State College foot ball team is reported by the Bellefonte Daily as having said that "Bellefonte's papers advertising State College affairs did not amount to anything," which is supplemented by the Gazette's reporter who heard him say, "we don't need your Bellefonte papers here. We have our city reporter here and don't need your papers at all.  We are under obligations to Mr. Thompson for the valuable information, as we on many occasions crowded out news in the issue of the Gazette to make room for State College announcements, thinking we were doing the boys a great favor, and since he has been so kind as to give us this bit of news we shall not annoy him in the future. The team should dip this gentleman's head in alum and shrink it."

Keystone Gazette October 11 1895, page 1


How They Affect Centre County's Industries


The Higher Court Reverses the Decree of the Lower Court and Orders that a Traffic to and From the Furnace Must Go Over the Pennsylvania Road - The Collins Case vs. the Bellefonte Central Railroad Company Ordered Back to be Tried Again in the Courts of Centre County.

"Among the decisions handed down by be Supreme court in Pittsburg Tuesday were the following:

Bald Eagle Valley Railroad company, Nittany Valley Railroad company, Centre; decree reversed and special decree made.

Collins vs. Bellefonte Central Railroad company, Centre; reversed.

A lawyer reading the cases as stated above would probably understand them without going into details but for the benefit of the majority of the readers of the Gazette we will try and make it a little more explicit. In 1887 when the Centre Iron Company, with B. K. Jamison, of Philadelphia at the head, erected the new furnace on the old Valentine furnace site, near Bellefonte. The Pennsylvania Railroad company purchased at par. $75,000 worth of bonds upon the agreement that the iron company would give the Lemont railroad and the Bald Eagle Valley railroad company, connecting lines of the Pennsylvania Railroad company, all the traffic to and from the furnace and ore banks. That is, all the iron manufactured and the raw material used should be shipped over the Pennsylvania railroad. This agreement. was in force up until October, 1890, when default was made in the interest of the hands and the furnace was sold by Sherriff Ishler on a mortgage covering them. At this sale the entire property was purchased by the Valentine Iron Company with J. W. Gephart as manager. The Pennsylvania Railroad company became stockholders in the new company to the amount of $75,000 but the Valentine Iron company claim that no arrangement or agreement was made that the traffic should be shipped over the Pennsylvania Railroad. They considered such an agreement null and void.

After the new firm had commenced operation the Central Railroad of Pennsylvania came into existence and in a short time there was a competing line, not only from Bellefonte to Mill Hall but to the Eastern market over the Beech Creek and Reading Railroads. After the new road was completed the Valentine Iron Company began shipping over it almost entirely.

The Pennsylvania Railroad Company brought an injunction against the Valentine Iron Company to restrain them from shipping over the new road. The case was argued in the lower courts before Judge Furst who decided that when the furnace was sold by the Sheriff the Pennsylvania Railroad Company forfeited all their claim as to such contract with the Centre Iron Company. The case was then taken to the Supreme Court who reversed the decision of the lower courts which practically means that the contract made between the railroad company and the Centre Iron Company is valid and still in force. What action the Valentine Iron Company will take in the matter is not known.

In the case of the Collins vs. the Bellefonte Central Railroad Company Justice Dean reversed the common pleas court of Centre county, and ordered a new trial in the case of Philip Collins against the Bellefonte central railway company. In 1885 two connecting short railroads, the Bellefonte & Buffalo Run and the Nittany Valley & Southeastern, were consolidated. Under the original grants the new company had authority to construct and operate a railroad from Beech Creek to Bellefonte and thence by way of Buffalo Run to State College, in Centre county. To raise money for it the new company executed a mortgage to the Fidelity Insurance Trust and Safe Deposit Company as trustee, to secure the payment, of $600,000 in bonds. The contractor, Frank McLaughlin, for certain consideration, transferred his interest in the rolling stock of the company to Collins, the plaintiff in the case.

Collins was also a director in the company, and in December 1890, the directors authorized the purchase of the rolling stock owned by Collins, the stock to be held as security by Collins until fully paid for. Later all of the rolling stock was leased to another company. Collins sued to recover rents on the rolling stock held by him, and recovered a verdict of $12,000. The supreme court reverses the lower court and orders a new trial, which will take place in the Centre county courts."

Keystone Gazette October 18 1895, page 1


Teacher John Sheffler Thought it a Plaything


He Throws a Cartridge Into the Stove Which Was Followed by a Quick Report and Volumes of Flames and Smoke - The Stove Withstood the Test and Nobody Was Killed or Injured - The Studies are Resumed and the Fright is Soon Over.

"One day last weak singular accident took place at the school house located along the pike about half way between Bellefonte and Milesburg. The school is taught by John Shaffler of Bellefonte, who perhaps is the old teacher in the county - that is, he has been teaching the young ideas how to shoot longer than most teachers in the county. Most children going to school get tired of their studies and become mischievous, and Mr. Sheffler has made it practice to take their playthings from them, and, if worthless, he would sling them in the stove. On the day in question a little boy brought to school a package of dynamite caps which he distributed among the other children. During the session of the school the children began playing with the caps. Not knowing what they were, the teacher told them to put them away but it seems that one or two of the boys disobeyed orders.  Mr. Sheffler went and took the caps from the unruly boys and put them into the stove. The next instant there was seen coming from the door a flash of fire followed by a loud report, and it seemed as if the entire stove had been blown to pieces. The room was soon filled with smoke and the children became almost frantic end began running to and fro in order to get out.  It took some time before order could be brought out of confusion but after the smoke had cleared away the children were quieted and the school resumed its work.

It was very fortunate that the cartridges had thus been distributed among the scholars for had the entire pack been thrown into the stove, the result would have been very disastrous, and probably the entire school would have been blown up."

Keystone Gazette October 18 1895, page 8

J. W. Gephart Devises a Plan to Get the Y. M. C. A. Out of Debt

"J. W. Gepahrt is the man who started the Valentine furnace and built the Central Railroad of Pennsylvania from Bellefonte to Mill Hall, and while he is one of our busiest men he has found time to try and get another institution out of the rut and put it on a firm basis. He was recently elected president of the Y. M. C. A., and he has become so thoroughly enthused in the work that he is devoting considerable time in devising plans whereby he can make the association more efficient in the future than it has been for twenty-six years in time past.

The association is in debt and on Sunday afternoon he held a largely attended meeting, at which he selected one hundred young men who volunteered to raise $10.00 each by $1.00 subscriptions. The money is to be raised this week and the scheme is working so well that some of the young men have collected as high as $25.00. Like Gideon of old he has selected a band of young men around him who will accomplish the work, and will stand by him in all cases of emergency.  Every christian young man and woman in Bellefonte ought to lend a helping hand to this organization which is do' lug much in maintaining the morals of this community."

Keystone Gazette November 8 1895, page 4


John P. Harris Takes His Place in the Valentine Iron Company

"Owing to the late decree of the Supreme Court relative to the Valentine Iron Company, of Bellefonte, J. W. Gephart has resigned as President of the corporation and to-day has nothing to do with its operation.  At a recent meeting of the bond and stock holders held in Philadelphia, Mr. Gephart's resignation was accepted and John P. Harris, cashier of the Bellefonte First National bank, elected to take his place. Mortimer Donohue was elected president of the Nittany Valley Railroad. Harry C. Valentine has become a director in the furnace company, and Robert Valentine still remains its secretary and treasurer.

A committee from the Valentine Iron Company and one from the Pennsylvania Railroad company held a conference about the same time and it was agreed that, as far as practicable, all the product of the furnace should be shipped over the Pennsylvania Railroad. This shipping has a freight value of from $150,000 to $200,000 annually.  Formerly under the management of J. W. Gephart the shipping was done over the Nittany Valley road and t hence via Reading to a market.

This, however, will not make any change in the running of trains and the management of the Central Railroad of Pennsylvania with Mr. Gephart as its president, will devote his entire time to railroad matters.  It was through his energy and business tact that the Valentine furnace was in operation and kept going through the panic, and whatever he has done for the welfare and prosperity of Bellefonte has been a success and a great benefit to the community. Mr. Gephart assures us that t he decision of the Su pre me Court will in no way affect the Central Railroad of Pennsylvania."

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