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AGRICULTURAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the Columbia County Agricultural, Hoiti cultural and Mechanical Association for the purpose of electing officers for the ensuing year and to transact any other business which might come before the meeting took place at the Court House Saturday afternoon. It was pretty largely attended by the members from all over the county. '1 he meeting was called to order by President of the Society R. W. Smith, of Mifflinville, and H. V. White was chosen chairman. In taking the chair Mr. White spoke of the recent very successful Farmer's Institute, and urged the Society to take some action at this time to identify its work with that of the Farmer's Institute. F. B. Hartman and Harry Barton were elected Secretaries aud Prot. G. E. Wilbur, Reading Clerk. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. Next in order was the calling of the roll. The Chairman stated that inasmuch as the Treasurer's report was printed on a slip and distributed among the members he asked that the reading of it be dispensed, with which was agreed to. The salary question was then taken up, and considerable time taken up in its discussions. There were several motions made, one to let them remain tnc .me so. last yeat, another that they be increased, while another was made that the salary of the Secretary be raised to S2OO a year, with the un derstanding that lie pay for helpers. There seemed to be a great division of opinion on this subject. It was finally decided that the salaries of the Secretary and Treasurer be increased $25 apiece, and the society pay for their extra help. There being no other questions for discussion, the election of officers for the ensuing year was taken up. It was moved and seconded that where there were no more nominations for any oue office than said office requir ed, that the Secretary be allowed to cast the vote of the convention. Carried. C. G. Barkley Esq. offered the following resolution : Resolved : As a general regula tion of the Association that the Treas urer of this Association be not held liable personally by reason of loss of the funds of the Association or injury arising by reason of a suspension or insolvency of a Bank, if the funds of the Association be deposited in the name of the Treasurer as Treasurer of this Assqciation in a creditable Bank of the town of Bloomsburg, the Bank to be selected by the Execu tive Committee. Same was unanimously adopted. Following are the officers elected : President—R. W. Smith, Vice Presidents—A. C. Creasy, J. T. Reeder, C. E. Adams, Stephen Pettit. Secretary—A. N. Yost, Treasurer— J. C. Brown, Librarian—W. B. Allen, Auditors—William Masters, J. B. Belong, W. H. Snyder. Executive Committee—F. P. Hagenbuch, I. B. E. H. Sloan, Henry Deigh miller, Thomas Mensch. W. T. Creasy was elected to repre sent the Society in work of the Farmers' Institute. Following is the report of the treasurer : JAMES O. BROWN, TREASURER, DR. To balftnrr from settlement Jan. l, 1897 $ 3883 26 " Aipount from tickets sola 6975 28 . Baggage room 18 70 " Grand stand 9jo oo To Amount Score card privilege 25 oo " " Horse entries 1770 oo " " Suspensions and Ones 125 00 " " stand rents 1898.,.,$ 3500 " " " *' 189? 1290 25 1325 25 " " Ads In catalogue '96 117 00 " " " " '97 93 00 210 00 " " Bicycle meet as 18 " " Nat. Association entries. 24 10 " " nonds sold 410 00 •• Temporary loan 1500 00 " " Cyclone loss 120 00 " '• Annual dues 74 00 * 15971 04 JAMES 0. IBROWN, TREASURER, CR. By premiums paid $ 6277 96 Police 354 50 " Watchman, gate keeper, etc 159 37 ""Water rent 4 10 " National Association dues 25 00 "Attraction .. B'OCO " Postage, telegrams, etc 77 00 " Soliciting ads. (or catalogues 60 00 " Interest aud discount paid 1186 00 " Miscellaneous 29 80 " Auditors S 00 " Suspensions and lines forwarded to National Associations 195 00 " Insurance paid 210 63 •• Electric light 70 00 ".Stabling 70 25 " Judges and expenses. 189 56 " salaries officers 2 years 1400 00 " Music 218 54 " Assistants, Secretary and Treasurer 101 00 •' Expenses delegates State Collage... 8 50 " Supplies 14 18 " Printing and advertising 560 18 " Hay and straw 170 77 " Repairs and material (or same. .. 2191 28 Balance In Treasury 219152 *15971 04 The unpaid bills and premiums at the settlement of January 14, 1897, amounted, $5773-s< with a note of SSOO discounted or a total of $6273.- So. The cash in treasury was $3383 - 26. The excess of liabilities being $2890.24 for the year 1896. The bonded debt being $19,600 at that date, or a totai indebtedness January 1, 1897, of $22,490.24. The bonded debt January 1, 1898, is $20,000 to which add a temporary sum of $2,000 making a total of $22,- 000 ; to this should be added about $105.00 interest and bills unpa'i, making an indebtedness of $22, A 5. After deducting cash in* treasury, $ 2 )'9 r -5 2 ) 'h e actual indebtedness January 1, is $19,913.48. This indicates a reduction during the year from the proceeds of the Fair of 1897 of $2576.76. "PRISONER OF WAR." The production of "A Prisoner of War," at the Opera House Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights of last week was worthy of the cast who presented it. Although the patronage was not up to what was expected yet the young people had the satisfaction of knowing that the piece was well played and that everyone who attend ed was highly pleased. Miss Clara Turner, who took six different characters, rendered each and everyone in fine style, and in the role of Jake Slack, was undoubtedly the best boy impersonator that has visited this town in a long time. She is possessed of a sweet voice, and her many songs were catching and well received. Bert Miller, as Michael O'Honey, and Old Muggins was simply great, his witty sayings never failed to bring down the house. Of the other characters that were taken by young people of town, f oo much cannot be said ; they all took their parts in professional style. The tableaux "Defense of Old Glory," "Oath of the Vendetta," "Dawn of Liberty," "Rock of Ages," and "Reunited Peace," at the end of each act were beautiful beyond de scription. The play was for the benefit of the Sons of Veterans, and while they didn't get wealthy over it, yet they cleared a little money. Arrangements are being made for a return engagement, and we bespeak for t hem a big business. AN AWFUL DEED. One of the most shocking tragedies ever heard of was brought to light in New York City Tuesday morning when the lifeless bodies of John H. Matthews, his wife and two children were found lying in their home at 426 Columbus Avenue. It appears from evidences discovered about the house that the terrible butchery had been made ont and agreed to by the parents some time previous. The following note written by Mrs. Mat thews was found on the table : "Herman is - going to die, and I am going with him and we are going to take the darlings along." Then the woman had written of her illness, saying that she had been two months in St. Luke's Hospital Jlast summer and had an operation per formed. She wrote : "I want my little girl buried in a white casket, and I want to be buried at highlands." She also asked that her cousin pre vent publicity of the tragedy. Matthews had evidently followed suit as another note signed by him was found The man was in fairly good financial circumstances had a bank account of S9OO and the only cause given is poor health as the note refers : , "No healthy man or woman ever commits suicide from poverty or busi ness reverses. He is so healthy that hope and activity are boiling rampant within him. "My wonder is that suicide is not more common. It seems to me a wonderful provision in nature that one need not live when life is burden some. On Saturday evening a large party of our towns people gathered at the home ot A. W. Jones on First Street and at 6:30 covers had been laid for forty persons when Mr. Jones and his genial wife were invited to partake of a bounteous repast to which all did justice. The evening was pleasantly spent, the guests returning to their homes feeling that it was good to be there. Mr. and Mrs. Jones have a large circle of warm friends here, who feel sorry to see them leave our town and wish them success in their new home at Wilkes-Barre. Isaiah Hagenbuch was on Saturday nominated by the Republicans as their candidate for Poor director of Bloom Poor District. BLOOMSBURG, PA., THURSDAY. JANUARY 20, 1898. GYMNASTIC EXHIBITION AT NOR MAL SudOOL. The Normal School gymnasium was well filled last Thursday evening by an audience composed of Bloomsburg's best townspeople, a number of people from a distance, and the many friends of the students who took part in the gymnastic exhibition. This was the fifth annual exhibi tion since the opening of the gym nasium, and it was in every way a success. An overture by the Normal School orchestra, opened the evening's enter tainment, and was immediately follow ed by a grand march of about two hundred and fifty-five students, repre senting nearly all the members of the different gymnasium classes. In this march the little folks from the Model School, bringing up the rear, called forth considerable applause. The con trasting suits of the different classes, gave additional variety to the march. The Junior grade of Model School pupils gave the first exhibition of practical work. The audience was well pleased with this, especially with the hopping and jumping exercises of the little people, which caused con siderable laughter. Eight girls and twelve boys from the Senior grade of the Model School gave one of the most beautiful wand drills of the evening. The airy white dresses of the girls, and the combina tion white and dark suits of the boys made a pretty contrast to the wands wound with red, white and blue. The accompanying music to this drill was The Star Spangle! Banner, sung by the Normal School chorus class. The horse work and other special work on rings, parallel bars and hori zontal bar by Messrs. Berry, Apple man, Frederickson, Oplinger,Stephens L. H. Dennis, Fred. Dennis, Hart, Waltz, Shipe, Knauss, HoWarth and Rarick, showed both skill and careful training. Another special feature of the exhi bition was the height jump of eleven feet by Mr. H. E. Aldinger. For the first time at these exhibi tions, special work was given by ten of the girls on parallel bars. This was done with considerable skill. An Indian club drill by fifty-five of the Junior girls, and a wand drill by thirty-six Junior boys, was followed by an exhibition of broad sword and single stick practice, given by Prof. A. F. Kennedy, physical director of the Y. M. C. A., Scran ton, and Mr. Geo. Russ. Prof. Kennedy gave also during the evening, cavalry sword exercises, and cavalry pursueing practice. The largest drill of the evening was a dumb bell chorus given by seventy five of the Senior girls. After an exhibition of fencing, by Prol. Kennedy, Mr. Geo. Russ, and Mr. Stuart Plumley, a fancy march was given by eight ladies aild eight gentlemen selected from the graduate class. This was the most beautiful thing on the program, and was repeat ed in response to an enthusiastic encore. The extension drill by thirty-three Senior boys was one of the most picturesque, and perhaps the most difficult drill given. This closed the exhibition. The work done by all of the students did credit to the efficient training of the director, Prof. A. K. Aldinger, and his assistants, Miss Margaret Bogenrief, and Mr. A. L. Smethers. These annual exhibitions are not only highly entertaining to those who attend, but also show the good results of regular and skillful physical train ing. The last exhibition is especially an evidence of the rapid growth of the department of physical culture since the opening of the Nor nal School gymnasium six years ago. Bit His Ear GIF. Jack Spellman, and Eugene Strunk, two woodsman who reside near Jami son City, fought Saturday evening, and as a result Strunk is minus one of his ears. The two had been on bad terms for some time, over one thing and another. Saturday they both had been drinking, and when they met a fight was immediately started. Besides losing his ear Strunk was badly bitten in several other places'. Ohango of Date, The date fixed for the entertain ment to be given by Miss Ada Benfay in the Student's Lecture Course, was February 7, but this date has been changed to February 14th, in order to avoid conflict with the Crary Lecture course, which begins in the Opera House on the evening of Feb ruary 7. LIOENBE COURT. When the Court House bell rang at ten o'clock on Monday morning the room was well filled with persons interested in the proceedings of the license court. All old applications where there was no opposition were granted. Remonstrances had been filed in three cases, viz. J. L. Girton and W. S. Fleckenstine, new applicants for hotel license, and J. R. Fowler, applicant for restaurant license all of Bloomsburg. Judge Ikeler and Associates Fox and Kurtz were on the bench. The Girton case was first called. B. F. Zarr, C. C. Evans and G. M. Quick Esqs. appeared as counsel for the applicants, and Ex-Judge H. M. Hinckley of Danville and R. R. John Esq. represented the remonstrants. The objection was that the license was unnecessary. The witnesses called in support of the application were J. L. Girton, C. H. Sterner, J. M. DeWitt, Levi Shoemaker and Thos. Chrisman, who thoaght there was a necessity for the hotel, on Main street near Leonard. W. O. Holmes was Called and said he believed that J. L. Girton was a fit person to keep a hotel. In opposition were called W. T. Wayne, G. W. Correll, Jacob Brobst, Benjamin Vinton, Frank Bomboy and W. L. Lemon, who stated that there was no necessity for the license. J. R. Fowler's case was next called. He was represented by Fred Ikeler Esq. The objections were that Fow ler is the manager of the Opera House, and that there is an inside passage between the restaurant and the Opera House, and that the law forbids a license to such a place. The following witnesses were called by the remonstrants: W. B. Cummings, who had rented the Opera House of F'owler on Jan. 2, ; J. R. Stout who cut a doorway leading from the res taurant to the Opera House : Jacob StiDer who saw men go through the doorway j Chas. Fornwald who saw J. R. Fowler on the stage last Satur day night giving instructions how to shift scenery ; A. M. Wintersteen who knew there was an entrance from the saloon to the Opera House. J. R. Fowler was called for cross-examina tion by Judge Hinckley. He said he got a license in Feb. 1896 ; was in dicted Dec. 8, 1896 for selling liquor on election day. On Dec. 7th the license was transferred to John Gross. On Dec. 8, 1897 it was transferred back to Fowler. Door leading to Opera House was nailed up about Jan. 4th. Man agement of Opera House has been leased to Harry Stees. Arguments were made by Judge Hinckley and Mr. Ikeler. The case of W. S. Fleckenstine was heard, the witnesses for the license being W. S. Fleckenstine, James DeWitt, Alfred Gross, C. P. Girton, Stephen Hill, A. C. Hid lay, William Wirt. In opposition were called Geo. Whary, W. M. Lemon, John Pifer, Chas. Rabb, Jacob Brobst. The court held the cases under advisement, and a decision is look ed for on Saturday, to which time court adjourned. A REVIVAL NEEDED. A genuine revival of religion is greatly needed both in and out of the churches of Bloomsburg. Those who love God and souls should earn estly pray and labor that the unsaved may be brought to accept Christ. God's children of every name are ask ed to pray for the revival of religion now in progress in the Methodist Church. The interest in these meet ings is growing. Several have pro fessed salvation and others are serious. The meetings are held every night commencing at 7:30 o'clock. The public is cordially invited to attend. Will Meet at Harrisburg. The state board of agriculture, com posed of representatives of every county agricultural society in the state, will hold its meeting in the supreme court chamber on Wednesday, Jan uary 26. Officers will be elected and papers presented. State Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Edge is secre tary. Fred R. Graeber, who it will be remembered lost a leg and almost froze to death on the fateful Sunday evening of January 24, 1897 last, when he and Miss Maud Gothie, together with his team were swallowed up in a cave-in on Bunker Hill, near Shamokin, has settled his case with the Mineral Railroad and Mining Company, and received between $14,000 and $16,000. SEE OUR GOODS AND PRICES IN OUR SHOW WINDOWS. THIRD WEEK OF JANUARY REDUCTIONS. RED LETTER PRICES. Our Great - Stock Reducing Sale Has had an effect. Never has there been a sale touching what we have on hand at present. It's the unusual conditions —over- stocked. No extra push would have carried off these surplus goods. The onty way we knew was to make prices so low that buyers could not turn away from them as we did. As near as we can figure you are getting double for your money. Make no de lay in attending this great sale. Come to-morrow, Saturday. Men's Suits. $ 6.00 Suits reduced to $ 3.50 8.00 " " " 4-95 10.00 and 12.00 Suits reduced to 6.75 15.00 Suits reduced to 9.50 18.00 " " " 11-75 20.00 " 14-75 Men's Overcoats & Ulsters. 7, 8, 9, and $lO Overcoats and Ulsters, $ 6.75 11, 12 and sl3 " " 9.75 19, 20, 21 and $22 " " 15-75 Boys' and Children's Department. The price of every Suit, Overcoat, Ulster and Reefe* in the house has been reduced for this great sale. Two garmt its for almost the price of one is an offer that no economical mother can afford to miss. Bring us your boys to-morrow if you want to save money. BOYS' ULSTERS. $5 Ulsters $3.85 6, 6.50, $7 Ulsters !.... 4.45 8 and $lO Ulsters 5.95 CHILDREN'S REEFERS. $3 Reefers $2.00 4 " 225 5 " 335 6 " 4-45 7 and $8 Reefers 5.00 G-IIDIDUITC3- &c GO. Minister Scores Bis Congregation. Tyrone Divine Makes Some Perlinent Re marks Concerning Devotion to Society. Rev. H. L. Jacobs, of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, Tyrone, has caused a sensation in bis congrega tion. A successful revival is in progress at the church. On Friday n'ght last there was a society ball in town Ja making his usual announcements to the congregation Mr. Jacobs referred to the revival meeting on the same night as one of unusual interest and spiritual power and which continued until a late hour, it being about 10.20 before it finally closed. He thought there should be no com plaint as to the lateness of the hour, "when some people dance until 4 o'clock in the morning," and contin ued by saying that all, whether sitting in the choir or the pews as members of the church, who were at the social function on Friday night, he desired that they take a less prominent place in the revival services in the future, and if any members of the official board of stewards, trustees or others in prominent places were there he hoped they would place their resig nations in his hands at once. It has not developed that anything of this kind has been done as yet. This summary action of the pastor has created considerable town talk, and he is generally commended. The entertainment given by Mrs. Duy's class of St. Paul's Sunday school last Saturday evening, was a success in every way. The gross receipts were over thirty-one dollars. The Parish House was well filled, though the weather was inclement, and a pleasing program was given, consisting of piano solos by Miss Runyon, vocal solos by Mrs. Melick and Mr. Harding, recita tions by Fred Ikeler and H. A. Mc- Killip, and a duet by two little tots, Misses Armstrong and Vannatta. Sherbet and cake were served by the young ladies. The pictures were not all sold, and ar desiring to purchase, can do so by calling on Mrs. A. W. Duy. They are pretty and very cheap at the prices asked for them. The usual sale at the Ladies' Ex change in Clark's basement Saturday morning. CHILDREN'S SAILOR. MIDDY AND JUNIOR NOVELTY SUITS. $3 Suits reduced to $2.25 4 and 4.50 Suits reduced to ... 3.35 5 Suits reduced to 3.85 6 and 7 Suits reduced to 4.45 Two PIECE SCHOOL AND DRESS SUITS. 1.25, 1.50 and $1.75 Suits SI.OO 2, 2.25 and $2.50 Suits, 1.65 3, and $3.50 Suits, 2.35 4 and $4.50 Suits, 2.05 5, 6 and $7 Suits, ~85 8, 9 and $lO Suits,. 6 65 NORNAi, LECTURE COURSE. The Students' Lecture Course has been fully arranged, and will open next Monday night with the Mozart Sym phony Club, a splendid musical organ ization. On January 29th Rev. Sam Jones, the Evangelist, will lecture. This is the first time the people of this sec tion have had an opportunity to hear him, and a large audience will be present. On February 14th, Miss Ida Ben- i fey, a talented elocutionist of Boston, will appear. Her entertainment is much like that given by Leland T. Powers, so well-known and so popular here. The course will close with George R. Wendling on February 26th.. He has been here several times, and never I failed to give satisfaction. A large number of course tickets have already been sold, and the course . - will prove a success. Seats can be secured at Bidleman's Book Store. NICHOLAS KINDT, Nicholas Kindt died at the home of his son, G. F. Kindt, in Greenwood township, on the 28th of December, ' < aged eighty-five years. His son G. F. and Mrs. Richard Kitchen are the i only surviving children. Mr. Kindt A was born in Germany, and came to this county in 1836 and settled at Rohrsburg, and followed blacksmith ing for many years, and then bought 1 a farm, and spent the remainder of " his life there. He was a man of bright and cheerful disposition, a member of the Presbyterian church, a staunch Democrat, and a good citizen. He was one of our oldest and most esteem ed subscribers, and his occasional visits to this office were always pleasant ones. His last illness was of about three week's duration, and he died I leaving behind him the record of an honest and upright man. 1 Mrs. P. R. Kocher died at her /4, home at Fowlerville on Monday. She had not been ill, and her death was very unexpected. Her husband ' Prof. Kocher, was at one time Prir/- cipal of the Bloomsburg Pulllic I , Schools. The funeral was he d yesterday. NO.