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Mayor King's Political Prospects
and Items of Interest About
the City.
Advertisements and_n_(;ice of business com
municatious should be sent to C. Howard John
son, 1027 Ivy strect, ’hiladelphia.
Fepruary 6, 1883
The pohitical outlonk at present is
of a mixed character, although the
recent exposure of Mayor King by
the Press is in rather a bad light in
the face of his declaration of non.
partisanship, and unless he can make
an explanstion will be the means of
losing a number of votes that would
otherwise have been for him. The
prospects of the clection of Mr. Ja
cob Purnell to common council are
rather doubtful at present as there is
as usual 8 number of persons who are
opposed to him for personal reascns,
but we are sorry to say that such is
the csse in every chavce that a col
ored man has to advance. We, us a
people, should be above such petty
jealousies, and should use our utmost
endeavors to elect Mr. Purnell, even
if he is not our ideal as a represen‘a
tive of the colored race. We should
be aware of the fact that everything
should have a begiuning, and al
though Mr. Purneil may not repre
sent us, still his election wil: be the
opening wedge which will make our
entrance to council in the futore an
easy matter. Therefore, we hope
that the voters of the Seventh ward
will do their duty, ard show that we
are willing to embrace an opportu
nity when offered.
On npext Thursday evening the
complementary reception to the
Philadelphia Patriarchie, No. 1, will
be given at Natatorium hall. The
talent engaged for the concert is of a
fine chsrzcter, avd will give usan op
poriuusity to enjoy home talent. After
the concert the ball will be given up ‘
to the lovers of the terpsichore, who
will have a chance to enjoy them
selves. }
We are glad this week to correcta
statement in last week’s letter io
which we mentioned the death of
Mr. Geo. Keith. We received our
information from what we considered
a reliable scurce, and therefore made
use of it. Mr. Keith is not dead,
but on the reverse is steadily improv
ing, and we hope to soon see him
arcund again.
Prof. J, . Sampson delivered a
lecture st Scott's Baptist church on
Thursday evening last, which was
well attended. His subject was the
“«Dark Contizent,” which he handled
in a masterly manncr.
The James Hamilton ILodge, No.
IL, 1. O. of G. S. and D. of 8, gave
a reception at Mausonie Ilall, South
Eleventh street, on Thursday night,
which was very succeesful.
Miss Florerce Vanhorn, of New
port, R. I, who bas spent a lengthy
visit with her friend Miss Laura
Boddy, on Sansom street, returned
home last week.
The Shiloah Musical Association
gave a grand concert at the Academy
of Music on Tuesday evening to on 2
of the largest audiences ever assem
bled in this city, and long before the
concert standing room only was an
nounnced. The talent was the finest
ever presented to a Philadelphia au
dience. Mr. Frankliin Guinn was
conductor, Abram Robinson, accom
.})anist, John Lively organist, Henry
ones leader of the orchestra. The
entrance of Miss Addie Smith was
the cause of long and continued ap
plause from the audience, who gave
strict attention to her singing. Mrs.
Nellie Brown Mitchell also was
heartily received. Among the oth
ers who deserve mention for their
brilliant work were Mrs. Apna F.
Paigne and Mrs. L. L. Brown, Mr.
Wm. Johnson, of Albany, N. Y.,
and Mr. Wm, Hopkins and Louis
L. Brown of this city. The singing
by the chorus ot over two hundred
voices was indeed well rendered, and
Prof. Irwin deserves great credit for
his grand success.
A class in applied mathematics
preparatory for a course in surveying,
is in progress at the Institute for col
ored youths, under the tuition of
John S. Durham, of the University
of Pennsylvania. The following
young men are taking lessons:
Messrs. B. B. Young,J. H. Clyf
tyne, J. G. Davis, David Jones, John
Jones, G. R. Hilton and J. F. Handy.
By the way how is it that our friend
Clyftyne can change the etomology
of his name without applying to the
Miss Adelaide G. Smith, the bril
liant young cantatrice of Boston,
scored a signal successat the Academy
on Thursday night, as was evidenced
by spontanity of applause and pleased
comment of the vast audience. Miss
Smith has a pure soprauo voice of
unusual range and sweetness, which
she manages with the consumate
skill of a trained artist. She was
schooled by Charles Adims, the pop
uler opera singer.
. This week I shall give a few po
litical notes from the Fifth ward, as
_John H. Davis cats a swell in his
d'l:;xon; be is the only dandy in the
:Elegant Reception Tendered by
the A. F.P. Club to their Friends.
It bas been a great many years
‘since Harrisburg’s young men gave
‘such a reception as was held Wed
‘nesday night, at Barr's Hall. Those
'who were so fortunate as to be the
‘guest of tho A. F. P. Club, on this
~oceasion, will long remember it as
‘the grestest social event which has
‘occurred here for years. Barr's Hall
~was tastefully decorated, and about 9
P. M. the guests began to arrive in
carriages. The invitations were lim
ited, and but few who received them
failed to put in cu appearance. The
gentlemen were in full dress, wearing
the conventional black. The dressing
of the ladies has never been sur
paseed in Harrisburg. To attempt a
deseription of the many elegant cos
tumes woin wonld require more space
than we have to devote to a detailed
eccount of the many handsome and
costly costumes. Justice could not
be done otherwise. Suffice it to say
the ladies vied with each other in the
elegancs of their attire and if there
was any one wbo carried off the hon
ors we are unable to select that one
from the many present. The beautiful
strains of Vogt's orchestra played
the grand march, in which about
forty couples indulged, after which
many indalged in tripping the light
fantistic, until about 12 M, when
lunch was enjoyed. Mr. William
Adore, the Market street restauranter,
furnished the lunch, assisted by the
lady friends of the club. At a sea
sonable hour the festivities came to a
close, and was voted by all present
recherche. Among those present
were Mr. and Mrs. L. Taylor, Mr. and
Mrs. Carlisle, Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Shaw, Mr. and Mrs. David Williams,
Mr. and Mrs. John Marray, Mr. and
Mrs. J. C. Campton, Mrs. Dickioson,
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Howard, Mr. and
Mrs. N. L. Batler, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Taylor, and the Misses
Eva Williams, of Mackinaw, Mich.;
Caddie Johnson, of Steelton; Mary
Adley, Lulu Wilson, Bessie Dennee,
Aggie Saunders, Mary Porter, Libbie
Taylor, Annie Hall, Miss Boyd, of
Trenton, N. J.; Annie Stewart, Hat- ‘
tie St. Clair, Eila Marshall, Anuie
Brodie, Julis Leech, Miss Georgie.
Lydia Zedricks, Marie Simpson, Cor
lonia Popel, Fannic Williams, Mrs.
Mary Thomas, Miss Florence Smith,
Miss Fox, Mr. and Mrs. George W. l
Scott, Mrs F. C. Battis, Miss Selina
Barnes, Miss Jennie'! Price, Mary i
Popel, Lillie Taylor, Mr. and Mrs.
Alex Dennce, Alda Weaver, Messrs. |
M. 11. Layton,- J. G. Popel, Charles
Popel, Msj. J. W. Simpson, John
Able, C. and R. Johnson, of Carlisle,
J. Covington, John Cregwell, Harry
Robinson, Theo. Frye, Jas. Stewart,
C. Branes, J. G. B. Marshall, Carl
Williams, Chas. Johnson, Steelton,
James Auter, Samuel Hill, Steelton,
Wm. Shirk, C. Porter.
Church for Colorad Baptists.
New Yorxk, February 8.
At the meeting of the Baptist Pas
tors yesterday, the Rev. Dr. Evarts
spoke of the intended parchase of the
old Fifty-third street Baptist Church’
for the use of the co!oretf people. It
is proposed to make it a metropolitan
colored church, where future missions
among the colored people will be or
ganized. The property is for sale for
850,000, one-fifth of which has al
ready been subscribed. The building
has a fine organ worth $5,000. It is
at present occupied as a free church
for white Baptists.
Fred. Douglass’'s Ex-Housekeeper.
Bosrox, Mass, Feb. 7.—Fred
Douglass says the story that Miss
Sprague, the sister of his son-in-law,
who had been his housekeeper for
several years has brought suit against
him to recover for services for 11
years, is a surprise to him. Heis re
parted ss saying: “Louisa bas lived
with me for 11 years as a member of
my family. 1 have treated ker like
a daughter, have kept her elegantly
clothed and given her what spending
money she needed. She took um
brage at my marriage and left me.
On Monday an hour before I left
Washington, my soninlaw Mr.
Sprague, her brother, care to me
and said that he thought Louisa
ought to be paid $2O a month for
her services. I had no time to do
anything about it then, but I told
him to have her make out a bill for
what she thought was due her and if
it wat reasonabls T would pay it. I
bave always treated ber as a daughter
and there was no agreement or con
tract as to what she should receive,
and kept no account of what I gave
her. Ido not think she would take
this action herself, and the announce
ment of a suit is a complete surprise.
I shall retarn to Washington at once
and meet any charges that may be
brought. '
Items Gathered from all Parts of
the Country.
Mr. Mackey, the deceased Con
gressman of Sonth Carolina, had a
colored wife.
Joe Blackburn, fire eater from Ken
tucky, has been elected to the United
States Senate.
Robert T. Small will probably be
elected to succeed the late Mr. Mack
ey, of South Carolina.
The Denver (Col) Inter Ocean
says: “Dennis Kearoey has found
his level. He is selling pies at a
California health resort.” Pies at a
health resort!
The Chicago Z7'ribune says the
City Council of Chicago has become
notoriously corrupt, is apparently im
pervious to criticism or restraint, and
resorts to blackmail upon every pos
gible occasion.
Friends of Jefferson Davis say that
he has determined not to attempt to
make any more public speeches, and
that he_has lately given evidences of
failing in health rapidly. The change
from month to month being very
Indianapolis papers sllege that for
nearly a dozen years past the history
of the United States since 1830 has
been allowed to be taught in the pub
lic scheols of that city, all accounts
of the rebellion and subsequent
events being suppressed by special
order of a majority of the School
Board. The politics of that party
need not be mentioned.
The Little Rock (Ark.) Gazette
speaks very kindly of the late Wen
dell Phillips, and mentions with evi
dent gratification the fact that one of
the last letters he wrote was to a
Vicksburg lady, thanking her for an
invitation to deliver a lecture in that
place, and expressing the kindest
feelings for the nmew South, whose
progress had far outstripped his ex
The call for the Pennsylvania Re
publican State Convention provides
that it shall select delegates at large
to the National Convention and nom
inate ‘candidates for Presidential
Electors and Congressman at Large,
and requests the several county com
mittees to provide for the district
delegates to the National Convention
in accordance with the rule adopted
by the National Committee.
Bethel Literary.
The following programme was
presented at the DBethel Liter
ary on Tuesday ovoeing Keb.
sth. Reading by Master William
Powell. Duet by Masters John
Bond and William Carr was nicely
rendered. Reading by Miss Mary
Smith, entitled *“Nobodys Child.”
Solo by Mrs. Lizzie Stokes, we will
say tor Mrs. Stokes that she has a
nice voice and her rendition of
“Nearer My God to Thee” was very
nice, with more confidence she will ‘
make her mark. Reading by Miss ‘
Grant. Reading by Miss Bertie Dou
glass which was remarkably good.
Quartette by Mrs. Stewart, Messrs.
Douglass, Cumpton and Napier.
Reading by Master William Bond.
Essay by Robert Smith. Reading
by Miss K. Shaw. The programme
ended with a reading by Master Rob
ert Cumpton, entitled ‘“Hold your
head up like a man.”
.@) @ Aet
A Jury Severely Censured.
Meseis, Tenn, Feb. 7.—The
jury in the case of Pat Haly, a young
Irishman charged with killing Alex.
Danlap, an aged negro, last summer
by cutting his throat with a butcher
knife, returned a verdict to-day of
not guilty. This was Haley’s second
trlal he having been convicted of
murder in the first degree, but a new
trial was granted on a law techni
cality. When the jury today an
nounced their verdict in body, Judge
Green remarked that it was a parfect
surprise to the court and a disgrace
and an iosult to any civilized com
munity. He had the jury polled and
their name spread npon the minutes,
with instructions that they be never
again sammoned as jurois in bis
Funeral of Gov. Pattison’s Mother. ‘
The funeral of Gov. Pattison’s mother
took place this afternoon at Cambridge,
on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Sec
retary Stenger left this morning to be
present at the services. Attorney General
Cassidy, Senator Gordon, Congressmen
Randa{l, Curtin, Ermentrout and other
prominent Pennsylvanians were present.
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Hunting Her Husband.
Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson is the name of
‘an Altoona lady who isin the city in
search of her husband, whose where
abouts she is anxious to learn. The hus
band, Joseph Johnson, is a carpenter
who has been working at some industrial
‘establishment in the city for about three
weeks, and who wrote to his wife to jain
“him here. Her lectters in refi)ly have
probably been miscarried, as Mr. John
son failed to meet her at the train. She
would be glad to hear of him through the
Mayor’s ogice. Their household goods
wfl! arrive from Altoona to-day.
Extract From a Speech Delivered
by Rev. J. H. Hector, of York,
at the G. A. R. Delegate
Laxcaster, Feb. 8 —Undoubtedly
the feature of the evening were the
two addresses of Comrade Hector, of
York, one of the dozen colored dele
gates present. IHe declared that he
was not from Pittsburg, even if it
was a “dark and smoky city.” He
expressed his joy at the opportunity
of addressing his comrades, and his
pleasure at being able to add beauty
to the assemblage by throwing on a
little coloring. Ile related how his
good old “ Missus ” had recommended
the drinkiog of buttermilk to change
bis complexion, and how <.ue evening
he went into the cellas to
«Dleach or bust.” The dociws ...d
his life, and now he was here to re
mind his hearers that they »+d homes,
churches and schocls to fight for,
while the dark-skinned people of his
own race had neither flag nor country
and a very poor home; nevertheless
they went shoulder to shoulder with
the white man, *“and now I greet you
and you greet me as comrades of the
Grand Army of the Republic—the
only association this side of heaven
where black men and white men
mingle on a foot of equality.” Mr.
Hector concluded with a poetic refer
ence to Abrabam Lincoln’s name.
The hall fairly shook with the pro
longed applause that ensued. Ile
was again called to the front. He
explained that it wasn't his fault ‘that
he was black. “If I had had my
way I would bave been an angel.”
In conclusion Comrade Ilector en
tered a complaint; he declared that
he was a Methodist preacher, and
now would be compelled to undergo
the chagrin of seeing this vast au
dience go away without having the
opportunity of taking up a collection!
Mesting of Wesley Literary.
Wesley Literary was greeted with
an exceedingly large audience Thurs
day evening, and those present were
amply repaid }for their attendance by
the excellent programme presented.
After the usual proceedings of open
ing, the programme was opened with
a selection by the choir, under the
leadership ot Joseph G. Popel. This
was followed by a select reading by
Laura Green. The other pleasing
features of the programme were a
reading by Miss Ellen Johnson, Mas.
ter John Robinson in a solo, an essay
by J. I". Scott, on. ‘“Ilome.” Mr.
Geo. W. Scott’s solo, ** Man the Life
Boat,” was well sung and highly
appreciated. Little Maudie Deering
amusingly recited Miss DBessie
Dennce read “The Modest Sabscri
ber.” Mrs. Kate Scott sung a pret
tily arranged solo from ‘¢ Gerber.”
A solo by Carrie Staunton, was sung
sweetly, and was deservedly encored.
Miss Auonie Brodie commented on
“Silence and Meditation”’ in a well
written essay. An instrumental
duett for organ and cornet by Mr.
and Mrs: G, W. Thomas, was highly
enjoyed. Mrs. C. M. Robinson, by
request, sang a selection from Faust.
A musket drill by Sergeant Theodore
Frye, which was executed excellently,
finished the programme.
George W. Saundera, after spend
ing a pleasant time in Philadelphia
returned home on Monday.
Rev. James Davis preached an in
teresting sermon at Elder street
P’resbyterian church on last Sunday
Mr. William Stewart, Sr., is lying
quite ill at his residence on South
Mr. Glenie Goodrich, formerly of
York, Pa., but now residing in Sag
inaw, Michigan, was in the city on
Mr. Charles Barnes spent a few
days in the city, Charlie is looking
Rev. M. M. Ross of Philadelphia
spent a day in Harrisburg.
Mr. William Howard formerly of
Harrisburg but at present with Ken
nedy the leading caterer of Wilkes-
Barrre is in the city on a vist to his
family. |
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Increase Capital Stock.
The M’Camant oil company, of Brad
ford, M’Kean countg', has notified the
State Department of an increase in its
capital stock from $300,000 to $2,000,000.
The M’Camant company is the largest
oil producing company in the oil regions,
and is continually developing new fields.
Its last year's operations were very profit
e (et
Close Quarters.
An engine was taken over the Cum
berland Valley railroad the other da{
that had an occupant in the fire-box. It
was & monster 34-ton locomotive in
tended for the Norfolk and Western rail
road, and the man sent with it had estab
lished his quarters in_the large fire-box
beneath the boiler. He slept, cooked and
ate In his singular apartment and ap
l peared to be as happy as a clam at high
Gathered by Journal Report
ers A%out Town. -~
Stickers printed. i
Election tickets printed.
Send in your job work.
We print election tickets.
Oh, for that leap year party.
Primaries to night, turn out.
Hiave you sent your girl a vglen
The ice in the river passed off
Don’t get angry because your val
entine only cost a penny. :
Anud still the market sheds linger
like winter in the lap of spring.
Jos. 8. Popel is not a candidate
for assessor of the Eighth ward.
Maj. J. W. Simpson is making an
active canvas for the aldermanship.
The colored statesman of the Sixth
ward got left at the naming meeting.
George Gailbraith is on agtill hunt
for the aldermanship of the Kighth
Prof. Wm- Howard Day, declines
entering the field for school di
Mr. C. M. Brown is mentioned as
a possible candidate for school di
rector in the Kighth ward.
The primsries are the place to de
feat objectiovable candidates. Turn
out and vote for the men of. your
Owingto unavoidable absence from
the city Mr. J. H. Howard did not
address the Bethel Literary as was
A Social Event.
The birthday party given on Fri
day evening, the lst inst., by Mra.
Samuel Bennett to her charming
little niece, Miss Bessie Tucker, was
an affair that the little folks will long
remember. Among those present we
noticed the following : Misses Lulie
Butler, Maggie Williams, Lilly Gait
or, May Price, Ida E. Brown, Clara
Stokes, Katie Enons, Cora Williams,
Cornelia Brown, Carrie Williams, Ida
Williams, Eva Bell, Sadie Burton,
Carrie Weinton, Alice Bell and Bes
sie (. Tucker.
Trained Horses.
Altoona Ohronicle.} vy
Barrnoromew axp His Horses.—
Professor Gecrge Bartholomew, with
years of patient toil, hss demonstrated
that the horse has reasoning powers
subject to wonderful development by
proper teaching. His school, which
is composed of a few thoroughbreds
and mostly of animals of ordinary
breed, shows what can be done with
almost any horse. They can be
taught to understand the spoken lan
guage as 8 medium for an intelligent
cuide to all action. He has horses
that know right from left, how to make
a circle or the figure eight, know the
difference in colors, have the reason
ing power to bnlance themselves and
each other on a teter plank, to dance,
moving the muscles of each leg, can
shape their gait to walk and march,
trot and gallop, know their own
names and numbers, and those of
the others of the school and each
other's duties. Go and see them at
the Opera Ilouse. For one week,
commencing February 11.
Passed Through.
Wm. H. Still, esq.,, of Reading,
passed through our city on Monday
evening for Lancaster to attend the
meeting of the Grand Army of
the Republic. Our genial friend
smiled upon his many old and
tried friends in this city where he
has hosts of them. Mr. Still was a
valient soldier during our late un
pleasantness. He was a member of
the Fourteenth, Rhode Island,artillery
and seen very hard service in the far
south on maoy battle fields. He car
ries on his person honorable scares
of a brave soldier.
Mr. M. Spriggs, Esq., of Pittsburg
passed through the city on Tuesday
on his way to Lancaster to attend
the meeting of the G. A. R.. Mr.
Spriggs is a delegate from a Post in
Pittsburg. He served in the pavy
throughout the whole war and was
in all the naval engagements under
Admiral Porter, he was several times
wounded and promoted for his
bravery. e carries on bis person
many honorable scirs and was as
brave a sailor as ever shiped in Uncle
Sam's navy. He is now quietly and
peacefully pursuing his profession in
the city of Pittsburg, having one of
largest and finest barber shops in the
smoky city. He was also accompan
ied by his estemable wife. Mr.
‘Spriggs possesses those beautifal
side whiskers and is one of the best
Republicans of Pittsburg.
The Colored Burial Bill Passed by
the Senate.
TrentoN, February 6.——~The Hack
ensack Cemetery Company's refusal
to bury the body of colored Sexton
Boss led to a werm partisan debate
in the senate to-day. The matter un
der discussion was the bill making it
a penal offense for any cemetery com
pany to refuse to grant the right of
interment to colored people. The
proviso that led to the difference be
tween the Governor and Senator
Youngblood the other evening—that
exempting church burying grounds
from its operation—had been elimi
vated on Senator Youngblood's own
motion, and the bill came up for final
passage without it. Gov. Abbott's
record as a civii rights man was at
tacked by Senator Youngblood and
defended by Seuators Cochrane,
Brinkerhoff and Carpenter, snd Sen
ator Griggs made a peat little speech
on a text selected from Mr. Coch
rane's address. Senator Brinkerboff
subsequently declared that the bill,
in being applicable only to cemetery
companies, did not probably include
church burying grounds, aud he
moved to recommit, but his motion
was defeated, and the bil went
Drift Wood.
There is no danger apprehended to the
At 2 o'clock this afternoon the river
was 13 feet above low water mark.
Unless the water rises to 15 feet Har
gest island ‘will not be damaged greatly.
The residents of the lower wards have
not yet begun to pack theitr things to get
The Fairview nail works were com
pelled to suspend work yesterday after
noon by the water of the Susquehanna
riging and extinguishing the fires.
It was learned this afternoon that one
span of the bridge at Millerstown had
been swept away.
A huge cake of ice containing two chick
ens went down this morning. The poultry
did not seem to enjoy the situation.
This morning several spans of a bridge
passed down the river, supposed to be
that portion of the Thompsontown bridge
which was swept away yesterday.
The old railroad bridge at Dauphin is
in danger, according to advices received
late this afternoon. The bridge was the
one abandoned a few years ago by the
Northern Central railroad.
Between land 2 o’clock this afternoon
the ice from a gorge passed down. Itwas
piled up 15 feet high, and some portions
were from 60 to 80 feet long. The huge
piles struck the piers and were crushed
to fragments.
The Chesapeake nail works, C. L. Bai.
lev & Co., suspended operations at noon
on account of the rising waters. At 3
o'clock a gentleman at the works tele
phoned the TrLEGrRAPa that the river
was rapidly rising. No further particu
lars could be obtained.
Paxton creek at 3 o’clock had not
overflowed its channel to any econsider
able extent, though the lowlands in
several places were inundated. 'The
creek is rapidly rising and it is likely
that, the water will fill the cellars of the
dwellings in the lower portions of the
High Water In Ten Years.
Mr. Wm. A. Kelker, familiarly known
as the clerk of the weather, who has kept
the weather record for a long term of
years, sends us the high water statistics
for ten years, as follows:
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£ DN . ... i dE
1000 Feleusry 38..........0c000 .- 110
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1883, to-day, February 8, at n00n....133
The Concert at the Opera House Last
Post 58 deserves credit for giving Har
risburg a novelty in the way of a per
formance at the Opera House last even
ing. The ‘“War Songs’ concert, with
the adjunct of a “Day in Camp,”” was a
complete success, and of all the large
audience there was not one but ex
pressed the greatest delight at the very
pleasant entertainment. The first part
of the programme was devoted to the con
cert, participated in by the Y. M. C. A.
orchestra, a chorus of ladies and gen
tlemen, and several soloists. Harry A.
Van Horn sang ““We've drunk from the
same canteen,”” W. P. Chambers played
a cornet solo of patriotic airs, and Mrs.
J. N. Deeter sang with much feeling the
*Bugle song,”’ Mr. Chambers assisting
with the bugle echo. Robert A. M'Fad
den recited ‘““‘How Persimmons Serbed in
de Wah,”” and was loudly applauded.
In the first part. The ladies participat
ing were atuired in black, with decora
tions of ribbons of national colors. The
gentlemen wore small flags pinned on
their coats.
While the stage was being prepared
for the second part of the programme
the orchestra Vg]ayed a stirring march
from Faust. hen the curtain went up
there was revealed a realistic camp scene,
with tents, camp fire, guards, etc. Then
followed in rapid succession the reveille,
breakfast call, sick call, assembly of
guards, fatigue call, drill call, dinner
call, company driil, dress parade, re
treat, supper call, tattoo, taps and to
arms, the whole closing with a grand
chorus, “To Thee, O, Country.”” During
this part there were solos sang by Mrs.
Decter, Mrs. Rahter, Miss Annie Reel,
Mr. Van Horn, Mr. Herbert Coates and
other sweet singers, with choruses. Frank
Hoy drilled his awkward squad as only he
can drill it, and their performance
was all the fnnnielr'l bgcam(u: it
was not e rated. The City Grays,
under Captx.sfifiomy, gave an exhibiu)c')n
drill, remarkable for its accuracy and
precision. During the whole perform
ance the audience entered into its spirit
‘and were lavish with their applause.
Many an old veteran lived over again
the camp life of his younger days. Ina
word the entertainment was a perfect
success, and fully deserved the large au
dience that was delighted by it.
NO. 488.
The River Rising Rapidly at this
The ice on the broad surface of the
Susquebanna is moving off without any
destruction to property in this vicinity
and unless the river rises several feet
higher there is no cause for alarm. To be
sure, the usual damage to fences and loss
of loose materials along the banks of the
river will ensue, and is unavoidable, but
no considerable loss of property is appre
hended. At noon the water guage on
the pier of the bridge at Market street
registered twelve feet above low water
mark. It was rising rapidly and the
surging waters swept onward with a
mighty rush that was resistless. The
surface was covered with ice and drift
wood, much fine lumber in the
shape of saw logs having paséed
down. The banks were covered with
people at noon watching the swelling
river and speculating upon the probable
losses resulting from the deluge.
The disagreeable rain apparenily
had no effect in keeping Jwrsons
away from the .shore, an the
usual number of venturesome DLeys
and men were to be seen. The latfer
row out m smalil boats and tow huge saw
logs to the land at the imminent risk of
their fragile boats being crushed by the
ice floe and (hemselves being drowned.
The precaution has been taken at the
water house of placing in position the
flood doors, yet the water at noon was
still ten feet below the mark of 1865. The
old inhabitant, as usual, was on the
ground and related the regular Munchau
senism about high water when he was a
boy. In kis opinion the present flood was
a mere freshet and not deserving special
attention. People have lost confidence,
however, in the truthfulness of the o. i.
and pay little heed to his remarks. -
Independence island is wholly sub
merged, except the slight promontory on
which the house stands. Above this
island the river is one vast sea and the
volume of murky water is increasing
Hargest's island is still considered saf
and those living thereon have not thought
about moving to the main land. Several
acres are under water, but the danger is
not considered sufficient to warrant the
vacation of the dwellings. There is no
telling what the next few hours may
bring about, but at this writing there
is ne uneasiness felt by those on the
The huge ash pile which projected out
past the wall of the water house was
swept away last evening by a large cake
of ice which struck it and carried it down
the stream. When the immense block
struck the heap, over which a lot of hot
cinder had just been thrown, there was a
report like a cannon and there were
those who thuoght a serious accident had
occurred af the water house. The ash
heap was cut away clear to the wall and
{.ncre is little of the great mass of refuse
The ice passing down at noon was not
so compact and in such solid blocks as
that which came down yesterday, conse
quently lessening the danger to low
bridges or structures which are in jeo
Itis the general impression that the
flood will subside witliout the usual loss
of property, but should the »resent un
favorable weather continue this roseate
view may need revision. Thereisa great
deal of icc and snow in the mountains
and the tributary streams will rapidly
empty their volumes of water into the
Susquehanna. It is to be hoped that the
present condition of the river will be suc
ceeded by nothing worse.
The River Higher at Several Points than
It Has Been Since 1847.
A representative of the TELEGRAPH
rode through the Juniata Valley yester
day afternoon, and the scenes witnessed
along the banks of the river from which
the valley takes its name were in many
instances of the most exciting character.
The continuous rains and melting snows
caused the river to rise rapidly, and as
the tributary mountain streams -Dbe
gan peuring their torrents into it
the ice broke, and crashing against
the banks was swept down the river on
the mighty flood. Frequent gorges oc
curred and the swollen waters were
checked in their onward course only to
back over the lowlands and submerge
buildings too near the shore. Residents
along the river in several cases removed
their household goods and fled to places
of safety. Fences were lifted bodily from
their p{nces and carriecd away, while
small out-buildings were crushed
to atoms by huge blocks of ice. A num
ber of bridges which span the riverat va
rious points were in imminent danger,
and the people living near them anxiously
awaited the result, being powerless to
prevent their evident destruction. Pas
sengers in the cars pressed their faces to
the windows and scanned the rushing,
roaring river with its sea of broken
ice, the latter Ylunging and cavorting
like so many leviathans. The river
reached the tracks at a number of places
and timid passengers regarded the waters
with looks of ill-concealed anxiety. As
the train crossed bridges under which the
flood surged and tossed the blocks of ice
on its surface the nervous passenger
{;ripped the side of the seat and his face
hlanched with fear. a sigh of relief
escaping from him as the train again
touched the firm carth. The Western
Union telegraph line was broken down
in several places and the poles hidden
under the ice. Linemen were promptly
at hand to temporarily repair the wires.
At Alexandria considerable damage was
caused. At M’Veytown the two
bridges whicii connect the town
with the railroad depot were in
great danger, and all commmunication
with the place was cut off. An island
divides the river into two channels at
that point, and the bridges from either
bank touch the island. This latter was
covered yesterday by ten feet of water.
and as a gorge had occurred some dis
tance Dbelow, both bridges and a barn on
the island were expected to move off
with the ice when it started. Longfellow,
the next station east, was almost sub
merged and the furniture had been re
moved from the building. At other
points the danger was equally great and
the banks were lined with people—some
curious and others interested in
saving property. At Thompsontown
the Dridge, two spans of which
which had heen swept from the picrs,
was lying on the gorged ice in a sheet
of flame, the structure having been fired
in order to save the bridges below. 'Fhe
river was higher at M’Veytown and else
' where than it has been since 1847 and the
destruction to property will be propor
tionately large. It was rumored
last night that the two bridges at
the latter place had been carried away,
but the report lacks confirmation. The
fide through the valley under these con
ditions was not without interest and ex
citement. Many passengers breathed
freer when the train had crossed the long
bridge at Rockvilleover the Susquebanns,
and they felt that all danger to the train
was passed.

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