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Keystone Gazette January 10 1896, page 1


A Gazette Reporter's Interview With One Who Knows


The Machinery Will be Put in Operation - New Ore Fields to be Developed Which Will Give Employment, to a Large Number of Men - The Landlords of Bellefonte Should Not Raise the Rents and Thus Become a Stumbling Block in the Path of Progress.

"It is stated that a newspaper can build a railroad or start some other industry on paper and unless he has a big bank account he can go no further.  This may be true but in many cases where an industry has been built on paper it has resulted in something more permanent, so never despise a railroad that is built on a newspaper.  The newspaper scribes of Bellefonte have heard rumors about Collins furnace and several times had them started on paper and as usual they proved a fake. This was not the fault of the newspapers but the source from which those reports came proving unreliable, while at the same time the scribes had every reason to believe that they were correct. This week it was rumored again that the Collins furnace would be put in operation by April 1st. A Gazette reporter went direct to the fountain of information and found that the report was well founded and that negotiations were about being closed with parties who would start the furnace by spring. From what we can understand the gentlemen who are about to take this industry in charge are monied men and will make it go if there is any go in it.

New ore fields will be developed which will require the employment of a large number of men who will rejoice that such is the case. The plant is one of the most complete in the state and is located in the center of one of the greatest ore regions to be found in the United States. Under such favorable circumstances It cannot help but be a boom for Bellefonte.

This announcement does not mean that the landlords of Bellefonte should form a combine and raise the rents so that it will be impossible for them to live anyways respectable. The rents in Bellefonte are exorbitant and just as high as though all our industries were in full blast About six months ago it was rumored that the nail works were to be put in operation and a certain landlord in Bellefonte notified his tenants that he was going to raise the rents. Now this is unfair and such a man is no good in a community that has a desire to boom. A man should have a fair interest on his money but when his greed for gain makes others poor he should be called down.

Keystone Gazette February 6 1896, page 8


Prof. W. H. Goodwin Puts the Legal Screws to a Number of Bad Boys

"Bellefonte is infested with a number of bad and mischievous boys who imagine that to insult people on the street is smart. It is getting to be that a gentleman is afraid to walk on the street with a young lady for fear some of these smarties will come up and pull your coat or offer an insult. A large number of these young wreckers of good morals and decency had been tormenting Prof. W. A. Goodwin, organist at the Episcopal church, for a long time. He kindly remonstrated with them but all his talk seemed like pouring oil on the flames. Forbearance ceased to be a virtue and on Monday he had Arthur Brown, James Mayhue, Thomas Pennington, Charles Foreman, Paul Longacre and Fred Martz arrested and arraigned before Squire Keichline where they were charged with being a common nuisance guilty of malicious mischief. Different witnesses testified as to the conduct of these young offenders, and Squire Keichline bound them over to court.

The action of these boys have placed their parents in a bad predicament and before it is over will cost them some money, but what else could be done? There are some larger boys in Bellefonte who had better take warning from this and keep their mouths shut when on the street. Prof. Goodwin did right and we admire him for his sand anti pluck. It is to be hoped that this will teach the boys of Bellefonte a lesson that they may never forget, and that hereafter pedestrians may travel our streets without fear of being molested by boys who think they are smart."

Keystone Gazette February 28 1896, page 1


Foster Young, of Coleville, Becomes the Victim of Foreigners.


Shovels and Picks Used to Commit the Dastardly Act

"Tuesday afternoon Foster Young, of Coleville, a suburb of Bellefonte, was employed in loading stone on a car at A. G. Morris' quarries which are located along Buffalo Run. One Italian was employed on the car leveling off the stone while three other Italians and Mr. Young were employed in throwing stone into the car. As Mr. Young threw a stone into the car a spawl flew off one of the stone and struck the Italian on the car in the face. It was simply an accident but in a moment and without warning, the four Italians pounced on Mr. Young and with picks and shovels began to do him up. They nearly accomplished their task for by the time Mr. Young received assistance from some of his American friends the brutal foreigners had almost made mince meat of his face and head. He was taken home in a conveyance and during the night he almost bled to death from the wounds inflicted.

This is an instance where the lynch law would serve its purpose well, and the perpetrators of this atrocious crime should be tarred and feathered and driven out of this community. We have no use for such cattle and we are surprised that such beasts and fiends can find employment in a community which preaches and pretends to practice protection to American workingmen. The borough of Bellefonte is keeping men and their families who if the Huns and the Italians were driven out could find honest employment. The manufacturer who is employing foreign labor, when he sees Americans nearly starving around him, cannot be an American in the truest sense of the word. The extent of Mr. Young's injuries are such that it is hard to determine the result.

Later re ports say that one of the Italians struck Mr. Young in the calf of the leg with a pick and the point penetrated through t he flesh making an ugly wound. Before any attempt w as made to arrest the parties they skipped and it is likely they will never be brought to justice."

Democratic Watchman March 13 1896, page 4


"In our issue of Feb. 28th, we propounded the following problem to the readers of the Watchman, the only correct solution which has been received came the other day from a mathematician away out in Iowa.


Three farmers went to market with eggs. Farmer A had ten eggs in his basket. Farmer B had thirty eggs in his basket. Farmer C had fifty eggs in his basket. That evening each sold a portion of his stock, receiving the same price per egg. The next morning eggs advanced to three cents each and they each sold what they had left. When they got home they found they had sold their eggs at the same price per egg and had each received the same amount of money. How many eggs did they sell the first day and at what price per egg; how many eggs did they sell the second day at three cents apiece, and how much money did each receive in all ?"

Democratic Watchman, March 20, 1896, page 8

An Electric Gas Engine

"Such a name doubtless  strange to you, yet it exactly describes the compact little two-horse-power engine that has just been completed by Jenkins & Lingle, at their shops in this place.  It is a decided novelty because of the simplicity and originality of its construction, but if it meets with the reception that its undoubted practicality warrants it will prove as wonderful an invention as the Jenkins upright helve hammer.

For some time this firm has been at work on the model of the engine we saw in operation on the floor of the machine shops, Tuesday evening.  Though about completed now there are still a few finishing touches to be put on ere it will be ready for the market.  The engine is a small, horizontal machine, covering a space of 8 x 8 1/2 feet and is about 8 feet in height.  The energy that drives it is generated by the explosion of a jet of gasoline that is ignited by an electric spark.  The electricity is supplied by an ordinary cell battery and an automatic breaking and completing of the circuit produces the spark simultaneously with the automatic liberation of the gasoline jet.  The explosion that follows is the origin of the energy that drives the engine.  Its working power is regulated by a small governor, very like a pendulum, attached to the arm that releases the gasoline.  By this device the amount of energy generated is dependent entirely upon the work the engine is doing.

The whole machine is so simple that is impresses one more as a pretty little toy than as an efficient engine that can be made to transmit any amount of horse power.  Its utility has been made the highest because it can be operated with either gasoline or gas.  The former can be had at any place so that the
engine is not hampered by any conditions.  Its estimated consumption of gas per horse-power is 1 cent per hour.  This is the only expense attached to the operation of the engine.  No other fuel is needed; no engineer, as everything is automatic; and a minimum of expense for repairs because of its simplicity.  It is almost noiseless in its working and is altogether an excellent invention.

Jenkins & Lingle's new shops afford them facilities for manufacturing that they have never had before and it is to be hoped that their business will soon get in such a condition as to warrant their employing all the men the plant will accommodate.  In their hammer and this engine they have two machines that are unsurpassed in their particular fields of usefulness.  The hammer is recognized all over the world as being the best tool of its kind on the market and with such the case we have often wondered why Bellefonte, who are continually running after "promoters" for untried enterprises, don't invest their money in this plant and push a thing the worth of which is undisputed."

Keystone Gazette March 27 1896, page 8

"The Centre county jail contains a young lady 16 years of age who is as pretty as a picture. Her name is Bertha Harris, daughter of William Harris, of Philipsburg. Though pretty, she is bad and has gone so far down in the path of vice and sin that the only way to stop her on her downward career was for her father to have her arrested and placed behind the bars. Tuesday Constable Jerry Funk of that place brought her to Bellefonte, but her general appearance does not indicate that she has been leading a licentious and desolate life. She will remain in jail until after the court says what shall be done with her."

Democratic Watchman April 3 1896, page 8


"The frame dwelling on Half Moon hill, this place, owned and occupied by Samuel Fisher, took fire at 12:35 yesterday morning and was entirely destroyed before assistance could reach the place. All of the house hold effects were consumed, the family having barely escaped with their lives. The fire was discovered by the choking of one of the children.

Loss partially covered by insurance.

Democratic Watchman April 3 1896, page 8


"The interviews with a "Philipsburg capitalist," published in Monday's Pittsburg and Philadelphia papers, relative to the building of the Bellefonte and Clearfield railroad, are all buncombe. And simply the made up story of guessing correspondents at this place.

Any one who has any acquaintance with the project must have seen the discrepancies in the articles at once. In the first place the proposed line was called the Philips-burg and Bellefonte railroad when such is not its name. Then it was announced that the line would connect with the Reading at White Deer and in the same sentence it stated that it was to connect with the Wilkesbarre & North Western, two competing systems. And lastly, the story is branded as a fake, because there is not a capitalist in Philipsburg who has any connection with the Bellefonte & Clearfield railroad project.

Keystone Gazette April 3 1896, page 1


The Terrible Accident Takes Place Along Spring Creek

"It is said that accidents happen will the best of people and, in a measure, this is true, but the duty of man is to be careful and thus avoid as many as possible. Saturday afternoon shortly after 1 o'clock Charles McClure, oldest son of Mr. anti Mrs. James McClure of Bellefonte, and four students of the Academy left here and went up Spring Creek to shoot ducks. Sometime in the afternoon three of the young men returned to Bellefonte while McClure and Eldridge remained to continue their search for game. They came to a point where they were compelled to ford the stream. McClure's boot having a little hole in it he started to cross the creek on a fence, and after reaching the opposite side he took hold of the gun which by accident discharged. He must have had his left hand on the muzzle as the contents entered the fleshy part of the hand and tore the flesh and bones off to the tips of his fingers. The injured young man, realizing his dangerous position, secured a strap and by the aid of Eldridge he tied it tightly around his arm and in this way partially stopped the flow of blood.

McClure walked over one mile until he came to the farm home of Mr. Thomas, who brought, him to Bellefonte in a buggy. He was taken to his home on the corner of Spring and Logan streets where Dr. George F. Harris and Dr. Seibert were summoned.

The hand was mutilated that it was a puzzle to know just what to do. After a thorough examination and a brief consultation it was decided to amputate the hand at the wrist. The wad from the gun struck his right eye and for a long time he was totally blind in that member. The young man is about twenty years of age and to him the misfortune is great.  He is getting along as well as can be expected under the circumstances."

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