The Annual Convention of the
Protestant Episcopal Church, in the
Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, was
held in Altoona last week, Tues
day and Wednesday. Service was
held in St. Luke's Church on Tues
day evening at 8 o'clock, and Bishop
Talbot delivered his address, which
was listened to attentively by the
large congregation present. Excel
lent music was rendered by the vested
male choir. The procession started
from the Parish House, adjoining the
church, and was composed of the
choir, the standing committee, the lay
deputies, the clergy in vestments, and
the Bishop. Fifty clergymen and -fif
ty-two lay deputies were present. Af
ter service the convention assembled
in Library Hall, in the Logan House.
The Bishop presided, and conducted
the business with promptness and
marked executive ability. Lieut.
Col. C. M. Clement, of Sunbury, was
re-elected secretary. He is stationed
at Camp Alger with his regiment, the
12th, and came on a furlough for the
purpose of attending the convention.
Coi. J. G. Freeze was re elected chan
cellor of the Diocese, a position that
he has well filled for many years.
A large amount of business was
transacted, among which was the ap
pointment of a committee to report
on a division of the Diocese. Wilkes-
Barre was selected as the place for the
convention next May.
On Wednesday evening a recep
tion was given at "the residence of Mr.
Shepherd, for Bishop and Mrs. Tal
bot and daughter, which was attended
by a large number.
Altoona is a city of about 30,000
inhabitants. The immense shops of
the Pennsylvania Railroad give em
ployment to 5,000 men. Among the
residents whom it was our pleasure
to meet, were Mrs. Lewis, formerly
Miss Rose Vannatta, and Mrs. Ew
ing, formerly Miss Alice Smith, and
both former residents of Bloomsburg.
Rev. D. N. Kirkby was the guest of
Mrs. Lewis during the convention.
Commencement week for the cur
rent year, at the Bloomsburg Literary
Institute and State Normal School,
occurs June 25-29, 1898. The pro
gramme for the week is as follows :
Saturday, June 25, 8 p.m., An
nual Reception by Literary Societies.
Sunday, June 26, 3 p. m., Bacca
Monday, June 27, 9 a. m., Grand
Exhibition of Field Sports.
Monday, June 27, 2 p. m., Recital
by Music Department.
Monday, June 27, 8 p. m., Prize
Declamation Contest by Members of
Tuesday, June 28, 2 to 4p. m.,
Class Reunions ('93) and ('96.)
Tuesday, June 28, 8 p.m., Class
Day Exercises, ('98.)
Wednesday, June, 29, 10 a. m.,
Commencement. Address by Mrs.
Alice Freeman Palmer, Ex President
of Wellesley College.
Wednesday, June 29, 2 p. m., An
nual Alumni Meeting and Banquet.
Stamp Tour Checks-
O Fifteen years ago on the first of
July the use of revenue stamps on
checks was abolished. Under the new
revenue law the tax will be restored
on July Ist. next. On and after that
date checks, notes and drafts, not
bearing interest, must have a two-cent
revenue stamp affixed ; while notes,
drafts and certificates of deposit bear
ing interest will require two cents
worth of stamps for SIOO of value or
fractional part thereof. The penalty
for failure of the maker of the note,
draft or check to affix the proper
amount of stamps is SIOO for each
and every offence. Business men
will do well to make a note of this.
John G. McHenry is a very effi
cient and active chairman of the
Democratic County Committee. He
had a hard task in putting the new
rules in operation, and conducting
the primary election under them
for the first time, but he performed
his duties to the satisfaction of
everybody. His arrangements for
gathering and publishing the re
turns were complete, and his efforts
are highly appreciated. We heartily
join with our cotenporaries in ac
cording to Mr. McHenry the full
measure of praise due him for his
faithful performance of his official
Captain Charles King, the well
known novelist, has been made a
Brigadier General by President
HIB SUFFERING EN DEB-
Baltzer T. Laycock died at his resi
dence in Wyoming at 4:45 o'clock
p. m. yesterday .(Friday), the immedi
ate cause of his death being paralysis.
The final stroke, which resulted in his
demise, was sustained on the Ist inst.,
since which time he has undergone
Mr. Laycock was born on Sept. 15,
1829, near Spiingtown, Warren
County, N. J. His boyhood days
were spent in that neighborhood,
where he assisted his father, who ran
a "smithy." He subsequently settled
in Easton, Pa., and learned the car
penter trade, which vocation he fol
lowed for a number of years. His
marriage to Catharine Dougherty
took place on April 23, 1856. He
was a veteran of the War of the Re
bellion, having enlisted in Co. I, 31st
Regt., New Jersey Volunteers. He
saw service at Fredericksburg, Chan
cellorsville and participated in Burn
side's famous "mud march." During
this time he contracted rheumatism,
with which he suffered more or less
since. The past five years he sustain
ed four strokes of paralysis, the last
rendering him entirely helpless. The
deceased was postmaster at Wyoming
during Harrison's administration. He
was always patriotic.
Mr. Laycock was a cousin of Col.
Laycock, who died about a year ago,
and also of R. K. Laycock of Wyom
ing. He has made his residence in
Wyoming the past twelve years. His
wife and four children survive. George
W. and Mrs. J. W. Fox, who are
married and reside in Wilkes-Barre,
and Sadie A. and Harry D., who live
at home.—Wilkes-Barre Record.
The remains arrived here on the
four o'clock train and were interred in
Rosemont Cemetery. A large con
course of friends and relatives follow
ed the remains to its last resting place.
Fight Over the Judgeship.
There is a very bitter fight in Col
umbia and Montour counties over the
President Judgeship. The term of
Judge Ikeler expires this year, and he
is a candidate for re-election. Robert
Little, of Bloomsburg, is also a candi
date and has carried Columbia county
by a thousand majority. Ikeler has
carried Montour county, which makes
a deadlock in the caucus, and the
chances are that neither one can be
nominated, and if either name goes
on the ticket, the fight has grown so
bitter that the Republican candidate,
whoever he may be, will be elected.
Under these circumstances the
politicians are looking around for a
new candidate. Judge Sitser, of
Wyoming county, and Judge Bucher,
of Lewisburg, are being talked about
as compromise candidates. The
chances are that the Democratic
candidate will be taken from outside
the district.— Northumberland County
The two literary societies of the
Normal School held an interesting
debate in the Auditorium on Mon
The subject was:
Resolved, that the interests of
civilization demand an Anglo-
The debaters were : Affirmative,
W. Shuman, M. B. Riffo and Miss
Shepherd. Negative, Miss E. Kim
ble, Miss B. Higgins and Harry
Wilbur. Miss Kimble was unable
to take part on account of illness,
and her papers were read by Mr.
The arguments of every contest
ant showed research and careful
study of the subject. The first
prize, $25 was awarded to Harry
Wilbur, second, sls to Miss Belinda
Higgins, and third, $lO .0 Warren
Shuman. The Judges were H. A.
M'Killip, J. C. Rutterjr., and J.
George Brooking was drowned in
the canal out along the cinder tip
Friday afternoon. He was.in bath
ing with a lot of other boys, and it is
supposed that he was suddenly taken
with cramp, as he made no noise of
any kind, and went down before any
assistance could be rendered him.
His body was recovered shortly after
ward. He is a son of William Brook
lng, of East Seventh Street, and was
about fifteen years old. The funeral
was held from the house Sunday after
noon, services being conducted by
Rev. J. W. McNamara, and inter
ment in Rosemont cemetery.
The American and Cuban flags
have been flying to the breeze from
the top of a handsome one hundred
foot pole 011 the campus of the Nor
BLOOMSBURG, PA., THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 1898.
KILLED IN A WREOK.
The following account of a wreck
in which two lives were lost and
several others wounded is clipped
from the Philadelphia Press. Char
les Ebner, one of the dead was a
ton of Ellis Ebner, who it will be
remembered was killed by an acci
dental discharge of a gun while
out hunting above Millville last
winter. It says:
' 'At the point where the accident
occurred the Central and Lehigh
Valley tracks run parallel to each
other, but the Valley tracks are
elevated 7 feet above those of the
Central. Passenger trains were run
ning south on both roads at about
the same speed when the accident
occured. At Penn Haven Junction
a Central train stopped and the
Valley train ran ahead. Later, how
ever, the Central caught up and
maintained the lead. What caused
the accident is not known. Either
the rails spread or else the engine
broke. Whatever the cause the
train suddenly left the track. The
engine ran against the wall upon
which the Valley tracks are laid.
Engine and the baggage car were
instantly a mass of splinters.
The smoking car rolled down
the embankment into the river.
There were twenty passengers in
the other coaches, which remained
on the track. When the engine ran
against the wall Engineer McHale
was tossed out and landed on the
Valley tracks ; at this moment the
Valley train came along and cut off
a leg. He was also badly cut other
wise and was killed. The body of
the newsboy Ebner was also found
011 the same track, but whether he
was struck by the Valley train is
Baggagemaster Taylor is badly
iujured about the head. Fireman
Yeomans was taken to his home at
Easton 011 the train which passes
Mauch Chunk at 7.30, and was un
conscious. In the smoking car,
which went down the embankment
into the river, were many passen
gers. Fortunately the river at this
point is very shallow, and all suc
ceeded in getting out safely. Harry
Fuller, of Mauch Chunk, who was
in the smoker, was injurrd at the
arms. The car took a complete
turn and landed with wheels down
in the river. The roof was toru off.
Fuller says he found his hat hang
ing on the gas jet.
Roeder and Smith are both
severely injured about the shoulders
and arms, and Meyer at the hands
and legs. Two brakemen were bad
ly cut and bruised all over the
bodies. Conductor Heath was bad
ly cut. The rest of the passengers
were slightly injured. Debris was
scattered all over the Valley tracts,
and the train which came along
plunged through it successfully."
While returning home from the
show at Danville Monday night Irwin
Snyder and Stephen Reice met with
an accident. They were about one
mile this side of Danville, when a rut
in the road upset the carriage, turning
it completely over on its top, The
two occupants were unab'e to free
themselves until assistance reached
them, which fortuuately was near by.
Snyder had his arm sprained while
Reice escaped with a few bruises.
The top of the vehicle was smashed
to pieces. It was a very narrow es
cape, for had the animal attempted
to run away, they would have un
doubtedly had a serious time of it.
J. R. Fowler's barn, at Pine Sum
mit, was totally destroyed by fire Sat
urday night. One cow, a lot of
chickens, about forty tons of hay, be
sides corn fodder, farm implements,
and a steam thresher, were also lost.
The tenant Edward Patton, discov
ered the flames, but not until it
had gained great headway, and saving
the building was an utter impossibil
ity. The flames were fed by a shed
and several other small buildings
standing near by. The loss to both
Mr. Fowler and Mr. Patton will be
heavy. There was a small insurance.
If a mau comes your way claim
ing to be an agent of the govern
ment in quest of horses, wants to
buy two or three and gives in ex
change a check for an amount larger
than the debt and wishes you to
pay him the difference in money,
run him off your premises. He is
an impostor and is trying to get
away with your money.
Charles Hassert drove over the
bank while returning from Danville
Monday night, fracturing three of
of the entire GIDDING & CO. stock,
is now going on in full force. Everything is
to be cleaned out without reserve.
Hundreds of buyers from every section
are crowding the store daily, taking advan=
tage of these Exceptional Prices.
REMEMBER-Upwards of 40,000
dollars worth of goods must be cleaned up,
as we are to close out this business as soon
as the stock is disposed of.
Gidding & Co.
CELEBRATION AND RACES, JULY 4,
Extensive preparations are being
made for the celebration and races
here July 4th and sth, and from
present indications Bloomsburg will
have gala days. We present pro
10 a. m. Grand Street Parade of
Fire Companies, Lodges and So
cieties. Two prizes are offered, one
of sls for the largest body in line,
and one of $lO for the body making
the finest appearance.
i p. 111. trotting and pacing races.
2129 class trot and pace, purse S2OO.
2:50 " 150.
Free for all " " " 300.
Bicycle races interspersed.
Novice, prize S2B.
Mile open, diamond 60.
3 mile handicap, " 65.
TUESDAY, JULY sth.
2:24 class trot and pace, S2OO.
2:40 " " " 150.
The D. L. & W., C. P. & W.,
and B. & S. railroads will sell spec
ial excursion tickets good to return
All lodges, societies and organi
zations are cordially invited to par
ticipate in the parade.
Young Leiter, the wheat gambler
of Chicago, who was the direct
cause of creating millions of hungry
stomachs within the last year be
cause of his many wild plunges in
the wheat pit, has at last encounter
ed the wrong end of the market
and collapsed. As a consequence
the cereal has taken a big tumble,
and the world is glad. Every time
a gambler attempts to corner the
market on any of the necessaries of
life Providence or an indignant
public should remove him. The
fate of Leiter ought to be a warn
ing to the many other reckless ones,
but it won't be. The other gamblers
of the country, who are going the
merry pace that kills, will attempt
the same game, but will, like
Leiter, come out "busted."
Strawberries are down to within
reach of the common appetite. Al
most every gardener at the curb
stone market Tuesday morning had
the delicious fruit for sale.
Naval Code Signals.
"Some newspapers," says a naval
officer quoted by the Philalelphia Re
cord, "have published pictures of a
string of flags purporting to signify in
the international signal code 'Remem
ber the Maine !' This is not right, as
it is impossible to secure the official
signal letters of the lost warship or
any other vessel of the United States
navy, because the government refuses
to divulge such information. The
Maritime Exchange telegraphed to
Washington for the Maine's letter
some time ago for use in a flag display
and received a very prompt refusal.
All code books carried on warships
have leaden backs to them to make
them sink if lost overboard. The
letters in the book, moreover, are
printed with a peculiar ink, which
fades away when it comes in contact
with the water. To make things
moie safe the letters are changed
every few months by the navy depart
ment. Even on the warships few
officers know their vessels official
The Largest Flag in the Country.
The citizens of Mauch Chunk will
shortly fling to the breeze the largest
flag in the United States. It is to be
54 by 75 feet, and will be attached to
a wire rope between two mountains
and suspended over the Lehigh river.
The rope needed will be two inches
thick. The flag, when finished, will
weigh 265 pounds and cost S4OO.
The material required for the con
struction of this flag will consist of
774 yards of bunting, 100 yards of
muslin, and 19 yards of 12-ounce
duck. Every star will be 52 inches
"This room is very close " re
marked a guest to a waiter at one
of our hotels the other evening,
' 'can I have a little fresh air ?''
The well-drilled automaton raised
his voice to high pitch. "One air!"
he yelled,after a pause,adding "and
let it be fresh."
A very interesting program of
Children's Day services will be ren
dered in Trinity Reformed Church
next Sunday evening, beginning
at 7:30 o'clock. The church will
be prettily decorated. The public
is most cordially invited to attend.
Kaiser on the Stand-
Charles O. Kaiser, Jr., who is
under sentence of death for the mur
der of his wife, was on Monday
tried by the commonwealth as a
witness against James A. Clemmer,
who is on trial at Norristown charg
ed with having been an accomplice
in the crime. The prosecution de
cided Sunday to resort to the unus
ual proceeding of placing a con
demned murderer on the witness
stand to testify against his alleged
accomplice. Kaiser was brought
into court handcuffed to the jail
warden. After consulting with his
attorney, George B. Carr, of Phila
delphia, he took the stand, and
swore that Clemmer killed Mrs.
Sixteen thousand dollars is said to
be the record price paid for a cable
gram, that price having been paid for
a message sent by Henniker Heaton
to Australia in behalf of the British
Parliament. Reuter's account of the
murderer Deeming's trial, 4000 words,
cost sSooo. An 1800-word dispatch
from London to Argentina cost
$7500. The most expensive private
message so far is that sent by the
King of Italy to the Duke of Abruzzr
at Rio Janeiro, imforming him of the
death of his father, the late Duke ot
Aosta, which cost $2670.
Three homing pigeons, numbers
7, 11 and 12, were freed at Cham
bersburg Sunday morning at 8:25.
They reached home at 11:25, cov
ering the distance, which is just
exactly one hundred miles (air line
measurement), in three hours ten
minutes. It was a bad day for fly
ing, it being dark and' stormy,
nevertheless it is considered excel
lent time. They were from the loft
of Boyd Evans.
Blanco refuses to exchange Lieu
tenant Hobson and his brave men
who sunk the Merrimao in the en
trance to Santiago harbor. In con
sequence of this Attorney General
Griggs has given orders to hold all
persons captured on Spanish prize
ships until further orders. No
Spaniards will be paroled until
Hobson is released.
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