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VOL. LXXVII. J.J. BROWN, M.D. THE EYE A SPECIALTY- Eve stated, treated and fitted with glosses. No Sunday Work. 311 Market - - B oomsburg. Pa Hours—lo a. m.to sp. m. ~DR. J. 8W E l~S~F"i0 RT~ DENTIST. Uses ODONTUNDER for the painless ex traction of teeth. Dentistry in all its branches and all work guar anteed. CHARGES REDUCED. Opposite Opera House, Danv lie THOMAS C. WELCH, ATTOfINEY-AT-LAW. Dlitiut Attorn.7 at Moatoai Oouaty Ita tOT MILL STREET, DANVILLE. Charles V. Amerman, Attomcy-at-L w Notary Public DANVILLE, PA. INSURANCE, GEN'L LAW PRACTICE UNITED 'PHONE, 2»-» li Ml OOP HUM. PRESCRIPTION DRUBOIST, Opposite Opera llouse. 'JASVILUfi, - - I'KKN'A WM. KASE WEST. atiukn: y-at-law. ll*. SCO MILL STRBRT, DANVILLE. CHARLES CHALFANT. ATTORNIY-AT-LAW, It* 110 MILL STREET, DANVILLE. WILLIAM L. SIDLER. ATTORHEY.AT.LAw, COR. RILL AND MABBET STRUTS. •ANVILLB. Tsks your prescription! u. ROSSMAN & SON'S PHARMACY, MS HILL STREET, DANVILLE, PA, Tv* I«|ISUN4 Pharaaaclsta In oharK* r«ro rmk Drifi and foil Un« of Paloa* ■ •dlclßM sad IvadrlM. FIJIB OlQAlt GOOD GOLD SODA. Patronize A. C. AMESBDRY. Best Coal in Towi-. BEST FOR THE BOWELS If yon haven't a regular, healthy movement of the bow*la every day. you're ill or will bo. Keep your bow*ls open, and be well. Force, in the shape of violent physic or pill poison, is dangerous. The smoothest, easiest, moat perfect way of keepiug the bowels clear and clean is to !ako CAT 'EM LIKE CANDY Pleasant, Palatable, Potent, Taste Good, !>•■» Good, Never Bicken, weaken or Grlpei 10. 25 an.l M easts per bos. Write for free sample, and book • let on health. Address 4j3 Starling Rametfr Company, Chicago or Naw Tori. KEEP YOUR BLOOD Oim Senior Class Entertained. The senior class of the Danville lii#h school was very pleasantly entertained at a valentine party at the home of i Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Gearhart, Bloom j street, Tuesday evening by Misses Katherint* Gearhart, Martha MeOlow and Laura Maun. The valentine ■ 'heme was predominant throughout. Che evening. Those prebout were: Misses Mary Gill, MargaitU Kilfoil, Mary Moyer, i Jennie Woodside, Marg tret Pat ton, Annie Steinbrenner, Alice Peyton, Isabel Blue, Lucille Evans, Floronce Trumbower, Will McCoy, Georgo Ja cobs Rav II »mer, Maurice Dreifuss, Fred Kvan* Maurice Eugle, Joe Gill, Stanley Morris, Charles F. Kosten baudur,Hurry richoch, Robert L. Arms, Professor* D. N. Dioffenbacherand F. W. Magi 11. . Papen* are being made out to com mit Michael Malarka,a prisoner in the Columbia county jail, to the Hospital for the Insane at Danville.—Blooms burg Daily. COMMITTED TO COUNTY PRISON Albert Smethors of Liberty township was committed to the county prison yesterday to await a hearing before Justice of the Peace Oglesby on the charge of malicious mischief. Smethers, who is a single man about 28 or 80 years of age, was arrested yes terday by Constable McClellan Diehl of Waßhingtonville on a warrant sworn | out by George K. Heddens. The spe- I ciflc offense that Smothers has to an swer for Is the kicking over of a lamp in Heddens' Hall, Washingtonville.on February 2nd. On that night there was to be a dance in the hall, which is in the second story of Mr. Heddens' i building, immediately above the Btore. It is alleged that Smethers was see ing how high he could kick when he struck the lamp and caused it to fall to the floor. It broke to pieces and the , oil, which ran ont over the floor, took fire. Smethers, it seems, himself pick ed up the fragments of the burning lamp and throw them out of the win- i dow, after which lie assisted to ei- i tinguish the blaze. Prompt action i succeeded in preventing a fire. i The complainant in the case with necessary witnesses will drive down to i Danville this morning,when the hear- ] ing will take place before Justice i Oglesby at 9 o'clock. I i Purchased Furnace stack. 1 F. Q. Hartman has purchased the material consisting mostly of brick |' and mortar, that composed the stack ! t of the Bessemer blast furnace, which ; was overthrown with such spectacular j i efTect the week before last. ! I Mr. Hartman will use the material i in filling up between his silk mills ] aud the river bank. The furnace stack i contains several thousand tons of ma- ] terial, but it will all be needed along i with a great deal of additional matter < before all the space at the roar of the t mills is graded over and the river bank 1 is repaired aad protected to meet Mr. < Hartman's idea. | ■ Tiie heavy blasting heard at the fur nace site during tho last couple of days, shows that work is being pushed steadily along. Dynamite is being em ployed to break up some of the very heavy steam and blast pipe that still remains at the plant. It will be Bome days before they will be ready to throw the tall smoke stack or to demolish the engine house, that still shelters the big upright engine, which is considered in too good a con dition to be reduced to scrap. Should the engine not find a purchaser by the time the dismantling is completed a temporary structure will be built over it in order to afford shelter until it iB finally disposed of. Banquet at City Hotel. The Brick Layers and Masons Un ion, No. 81, of Danville, held its an nual banquet at the City Hotel last evening and the occasion proved to be most enjoyable. The members of the Danville Union and their gnosts worn seated at the bountifully laden banquet hoard at 8 o'clock. After the menu had received the attention of the banqueters, speech making and a general social good time was made the order of the evening. Those present at the banquet were L. MoClow, president of the State board; George Beyers. president; Jos eph D. Halm, vice president; Clark Heimbuch, secretary; John Albeck, treasurer; Nathauial Wvorhart,deputy; Harrison Shutt, S. of A. ; John De lauty, alternate; William F. Moyer, financial secretary; Lamar Halm, Frank Ryan, John Ickes, Peter Kelly, Jona than Rudy, Masters Arthur Beyers and John McClow. Thore were alsoprosent as visitors Benjamin Wise,of Berwick; H. Reiuard and R.F. Keller, of Blooms bnrg. A Pleasant Party. One of the largest and most pleasant social dunces o' the season was held at the'home of Mr. and Mrs. John Kitch en.at BIHCk Run, Tuesday evening. Among th 0.,0 present were: Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Christian, Mabel Cliristian, ' Fannie Christian, Mr. and Mrs. Grier Derr, Mr. and Mrs. George Wampola, Jay Derr, Lillian Derr, Mr. and Mrs. John Tanner, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram E. Cromley, Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Sees, Frank Tanner, Annie Tanner, Marg aret Kreamer,Boyd Christian, Mr. and Mrs. Clell Whitenight, Mary White night, Wilson Ande, Bossie Ande, Ar thur Whitenight, Sadie Christian, Edna Ande, Earle Whitenight, Myron Whitenight, John Christian, Ray Win terstnou, Carrie Flick, Elwood Cross ley, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Heller, Horace Geiser, Raymond Hower, Mahala Hel ler, Blaine Hartmau, William Hower, Decker Howor, Mr. and Mrs. Thorn ton Watts, Hiram Crouse, Mary Mel lick, Stella Welsh,Fannie Kline, Mer lin Reichanl,Luther Whitenight, Jacob Umstead, David Tanner, Albert Tan ner, Mr. and Mrs. Charles White, Edith Ormaa, Laura Orman, Ray Shaffer, Harry Orman, Luella McHenrv. **' To Publish Delinquent Taxables. I Mrs. Mary Hageubuch, tax oollector of Shenandoah, will havo the list of delinquent taxables ready for next , Thursday evening's meeting of Town Counoil, and it iB proposed to have it published. Consequently, there is a i rush of delinquents to the tax office, in a desire to keep their names from being printed in cold type. The only cooks that stay with a fam ily nowadays are those that are marri ed to It. •rUDOKD BUT TO TRUTH, TO ÜBXSTT ABB UW-M FA YOB BTVATB US ABB BO VIAI OBAT.L AWE" DANVILLE. MONTOUR COUNTY. PA., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 €5, 190(5. CLASS DAY EXERCISES AND COMMENCEMENT The school board held a lengthy ses sion Monday, the proceeding* being of more than usual interest. A good deal of time was occupied by the re ports of Messrs. Fischer and Orth,dele gates, who represented the school board at the convention of the State school directors held at Harrisburg last week. The delegates had only praise for the state convention and at the fine op portunities it presented for gaining information on matters pertaining to education and on what is being done for the Bchools throughout the state. Overflowing with enthusiasm them selves they had no trouble in enthus ing the whole board. Especial lnteiest seemed to attach to Governor Pennypacker's address. The chief executive complimented the dele gates—and lie requested that his com mendation be reported to their respec tive school hoards—for their zeal and interest in matters pertaining to the schools. He commended the directors especially for their unyielding attitude toward compulsory vaccination. He stated that at the next Bession of the legislature the law would in all prob ability be amended so as to impose a penalty for non vaccination. Each of the speakers were in turn taken up by the two delegates and what was now and practical in the addresses was care fully presented to the board. j At the conclusion a vote of thanks was tendered to the delegates for their ! full and able report. | Harry Sclioch and George Jacobs : representing the graduating class of ! the high school appeared before the I meeting relative to the proposed de parture at commencement innagurat ing a class day and a class play as pro posed to the school board by a com mittee at the previous meeting. The committee last night reported that af ter disenssing the matter with the faculty of the high school the class had decided to abandon all idea of a class play but would ask for the privilege of holding a class dav. by which it was understood that a portion of the ex ercises that belong to commeur-ruont proper would be held in the atternion and that the commencement exercises follow the same evening. The lattor, which under the old order were very long and tiresome, will he shortened down to an hour or so and will in clude little morn than the salutatory, valedictory, graduating oration with appropriate musio. The class day ex ercises during the afternoon will make it possible to extend the entire pro gram a great deal, obliging all the graduates to participate in the exer cises. I On motion of Mr. Pursel it was ord ered that the request of the graduating class as to a class day be granted. On motion it was also decided that the high school committee of the school board act in conjunction with the graduating claßs to Belect and secure a suitable place for holding class day and commencement exercises. The truant officer presonted his re port for the month just ended, whioh showed that 215 pupils were detained at home by illness. There were ten truants itwolve were kept out of school for want of Buitable clothing. Fifteen notices were sent out. Tho following members were pres ent: Adams, Orth, Pursel, Haring, Vonßlohn, Werttheiser, Fischer, Trum bower, Grone, Burns and Heiss. Treasurer Schrara presented a report of finances to date, which showed a ' balance on hand of $8516.26. The following bills were approved i ' for payment: : Ginn & Company $8.12 • Montonr County Democrat . . 4.00 j ■ Robert G. Miller 6.25 j William Miller 3.75 |' Standard Elec. Light Co 1.40 William Aten 1.80 . John Hixson 7.09 J. W. Lore 3.10 H. R. Moore 8 73 j Jacob Fischer 6.90 i W. H. Orth 8.65 Boyer Brothers 2.00 DANVILLE BOY IN CANADA. j W. E. Lunger has received a letter trom his son Howard, who is located at Montreal, as draughtsman for the Canadian Car Company. Howard, who was with the American Car and Foun- j dry Company at Berwick for about j two years, entered upon his position j at Montreal on December Ist. He is much pleased with his new position and sees in it fine opportunities for gaining experience and for rapid ad vancement. He is in the best of health and spirits. The winter sports for which Montreal is famous appeal to him very strongly, especially the ex ercise on snow shoes, with which he already has become more or less ex pert. Mercury, he writes, frequently drops to 20 degrees below zero. Pet Dog In a Runaway. The horse attached to A. M. Peters' delivery wagon took fright at a pass ing sleigh on West Mahoning street yesterday forenoon and indulged in a slight runaway. He was caught near Grove's office, East Mahoning street. There was no damage done. The black pet dog of Mr. Peters was in the wagon when the horse started and he took in the whole trip evident ly enjoying the ride. As the driverless wat r ou dashed np Mahoning street the dog had all he could do to balance him self and maintain his position on the seat where he was accustomed to sit with the driver. The spectacle amused a good many people. Met Death, at Pistol's Point "Corky" Jones Instantly Killed Tuesday Night in Peter Dietrich's Hotel—Tragedy the Re sult of an Argument. A tragic end came to a human life in Danville Tuesday, when James A. Jones, familiarly known to many peo ple as "Corky" was shot to death by Peter Dietrich, at Hotel Dietrich, on Upper Mulberry street. The horrible rumor began to be cir culated about 12 o'clock that a man had been shot at Hotel Dietrich. The physicians and police hurrying to the scene of the tragedy confirmed the re port, and the few people who were awake at the time were horrified to learn that the worst features of the story were only too true Both Peter Dietrich and James Jones are men very well known in thb city, the former for many years having been a hotel proprietor here and the latter a heater at the Structural Tubing Works. Two others, beside Dietrich and Jones, were in the bar room of the ho tel when the tragedy occurred; Andrew Rogers aud John Woll, and it was to the former's story that the coroner's jury listened when it was later assem bled about the dead man's body. Justice of the peace W. V. Oglesby empanelled the following jury at Ho tel Dietrich Tues night: John Doster, Calvin Mincemoyer, John Russell, T. R. Angle, Lewis Byerly and W. E. Young. A verdict was not rendered, iiowever, as it was thought necessary to hear more complete testimony and also to hear the result of the autopsy. Andrew Rogers, who was present when the shooting occurred, was sworn before the jury and told of the affair as he saw it. He said that there was no ill feeling existing between the two men that wonld have led to any rash act. The conversation had drifted un to the subject of shooting,and Dietrich having at one time been in the western part of the country, claimed to be an expert with the revolver. Jones ban teringly told him that he didn't think that he conld shoot. Dietrich all the while was playing with a revolver and now stood against the bar holding the i weapon in the crook of his arm, while Jones was across the room half reclin ing on a bench. Of a sudden the sharp report of the pistol rang' out, and as the men, startled, leaped back, Dietrich quietly remarked: "Never mind I didn't shoot him". Woll, however, walked over to Jones and seeing the blood oozing from a wound under his eye, told Dietrich that the man was Bhot. Dietrich then walked over to the bencf/, and saw that Joneß.who all the time had not moved or uttered a sound, was bleeding and was unconscious. Woll and Rogers were at once dis patched for a doctor, and Dr. Paules was the first to arrive on the scene. He found Jones to be quite dead. Chief of Polioe Mincemoyer also testified be fore the coroner's jury. He said that when he went into the hotel he met Dietrich coming down stairs. He at once gave himself np, also surrender ing a 32 calibre, 5 shot revolver, that had two empty and three loaded cham bers. Chief Mincemoyer took Dietrich into custody and lodged him in prison. James A. Jones was 44 years of age. He is survived by his wife, three sons, James, David and Kimmer; two broth ers, John and Thomas, both employed at the Structural Tubing Workß; two Bisters, Mrs. Jennie Hughes, of Potts ville and Mrs. Mary Bevan, of New Castle. CORRUPT PRACTICES BILL. I By the terms of the Roberts corrupt practices bill which has been sent to the Governor for signature, candidates must, after the bill becomes a law, itemize every dollar expended by them for political purposes and verify these expenditures under oath. This plan has been adopted in other states with a degree of success dependent only on the Borutiny of the district attorney as to the correctness of the returns , made. An honest candidate needs no public accounting for the funds he in | vests in a political way and the dis honest one will glibly swear to any thing necessary either with or with out a law governing the subject. The only advantage in favor of such a mea sure is that it gives a double hold up on the political crook in case anyone gets virtuous enough to proseoute him —lie can be held for unlawful expen ditures as well as for perjury in mak ing his return. But the bill is an evidence of reform thinking in any event. A Jersey City man wants a wife so that there will be someone to mourn his death. Experienced observers will deem the Jersey City man an unusual ly trustful person. VERDICT OF CORONER'S JURY. The tragedy that ocourred at Hotel Dietrich Tuesday in which James A. Jones was shot to death caused a re markable furore of excitement about town yesterday, and the shooting and the possible outcome of the situation was almost the one topic of discussion. Peter Dietrich in the Montour coun ty prison is bearing up as well as can be expected under the terrible strain. Early yesterday morning after he had boen incarcerated his nervous condi tion was shattered,but last evening he had quieted down considerable and was resting much easier. The coroner's jury held an adjourn ed session at 3 o'clock yesterday after noon at the office of W. V. Oglesby, Esq., where complete testimony and the reault of the doctors' autopsy was held. The facts as related in the Nows yesterday were substantiated, but in addition the testimony taken yester day afternoon brought out several significant facts. [ The flrst witness called was Andrew Rogers who had testified before the jury at its first meeting. He told the story of the shooting as on the pre vious occasion. Dr. Panles aud Dr. Patten were then called and gave the result of the autopsy that they had per formed in the morning. It was their opinion that death had been cansed in stantaneously by the bullet, which,en tering a half incli below the left eye, had ploughed a course through the brain and lodged in the bones of the skull. John Woll, the only other eye wit ness of the shooting beside Andrew Rogers, was then called. He said that he and Jones had come to Hotel Diet rich together, aud that after a while the talk drifted to shooting. The wit ness stated that Jones had "dared" Dietrich to shoot, and that the report of the pistol had followed closely upon the dare. Woll, however, did not see Dietrich fire the shot. Chief of Police Mincemoyer told the jury of his going to Hotel Dietrich af ter the shooting and of his taking Dietrich into custody. He said that when Dietrioh surrendered himselt it was with the words: "I shot the man but I did it in self defense.'' I Upon question, however, both Woll ' and Rogers stated that neither had Jones a weapon about him nor had lie made a threatening move of any kind. The Jury after deliberation rendered the following verdict: "An inquisition taken at Hotel Dietrich, on Upper Mulberry street in the Fourtli Ward of the Borough of Danville, County aforesaid, on the Fourteenth day of February, A. D. 1906, upon view of the body of James A. Jones, then and there lying dead, before William V. Oglesby, a justice of the peace in and for said County, there being no lawfully appointed Coroner for said County, upon the solemn oaths respectively, of John L. Russell, William E. Young, John Q. Voris, W. Dosii Holloway, John Doster and Theodore R. Angle, six good and lawful men of the County aforesaid, ciiarged to inquire on the part of the Commonwealth,of Pennsylvania, when where and by what means the said James A. Jones came to his death, who, upon their respective oaths, do say, that it appears from the view of the body and from the evidence pro duced before them, that the said James A. Jones came to his death, on the Thirteenth day of February, A. D. 1906, at the said Hotel Dietrich, on Upper Mulberry Street in the Fourth Ward of the Borough of Danville, County of Montour and State of Penn sylvania, as the result of a wound in flicted by a bullet discharged from a revolver in the hands of one Peter Dietrich, proprietor of the said Hotel. "In witness whereof, as well the said acting coroner as the said jurors, have to this inquisition"set their hands and seals, on the day and the year first above mentioned.'' VALUABLE PHOTOGRAPHS. A series of very interesting pictures may be seen at A. H. Grone's book store showing the old Bessemer blast furnace in its partly dismantled state, one of the most interesting being a snap shot taken just as the big furnace stack and elevator shaft were in the process of falling. In the photograph the ponderous mass hangs suspended in the air at an angle of probably forty five degrees. The views artistically are quite up to the standard and show that Mr. Poulterer, the gentleman in charge, is quite as much at home with the camera as he is directing the wrecking of ob solete industries. The photographs should be prized very highly as they will Berve to keep In mind an impor tant industrial establishment, whose walls were familiar to a whole genera tion of our inhabitauts, but which af ter a few more blasts of dynamite have done their work will be wholly a thing of the past and the spot where they stood will be a part of the common. The St. Louis police have been or dered to arrest every man who swoars on the street. If the Danville police were to do that they'd never get any thing else done. CROSSING BLOCKED HALF AN HOUR This paper finds it necc isaiy to call attention once more to the hardships ' imposed on our citizens by the practice of blocking the railroad crossings, ; which is quite persistently indulged ' in at least on one railroad passing through town. The trainmen are shamefully indifferent, not to say in solent in the matter,simply consulting their own convenience and refusing to cut a train on the crossing even when requested to do so by people in wait ing. As a result regardless of the weather persons are held up from fif teen minutes to half an hour at a time. Drivers manage the best they oan to control restive horses, while pedestri ans take fearful risks trying to gain tiie opposite side of the track by climb ing over the cars. The experience of a lot of people driving out North Mill street between 7 and 8 o'clock Tuesday evening forms a case in point. Arriving at the P. & R. crossing they found the track block ed by a long coal train. The crew was engaged in switching cars into the Reading Iron Works. They took their own good time for it and simply ig nored the people waiting. For one half an hour they blocked the crossing. : They refused to cut the train,although repeatedly asked to do so by several , persons very anxious to cross. The above forms an instance in which "forbearance ceases to be a vir tue." The limit of time for which a crossing may be blocked was long sur passed ; the number of people forced to wait in the chilly winter atmosphere constantly increased as the weary half hour dragged along. It was not one person, but many, who was delayed aud put to inconvenience. The fact oc curs to one how easily one of those held up for half an hour might have been a physician responding to an urg ent call and where every moment lost lessened the chance of saving a linman life. On the South Side conditions are not much better. The Pennsylvania rail road crews havo but little regard for the traveling public and it is no un usual thing for the important orossiug there to be blocked for fifteen minutes at a time. Some crews in taking wat er are considerate enough to detach the locomotive leaving the bulk of the train standing below the crossing while the locomotive runs up to the tank. Others—and it is a question whether these do not form the major ity—are unwilling to do so much for the public and simply pull their train up over the crossing where it is per mitted to stand. At this crossing, es pecially, it is very much feared that an accident will occur among men and boys who become weary of waiting and attempt to climb over the cars. Ferry Cable Taken Down. The long wire cable stretching across the.river was taken down Tuesday afternoon,and a tall pole reaching sky ward on each side of the wide channel is now all that remains of the free ferry, which for nearly two years was such an important factor at Danville. The big ferry boat having served its brief dav was sold and torn to pieces last summer. The heavy cable,which, like the boat, was new when installed represents considerable valuo and the County Commissioners hope to dispose of it to some advantage. Stretching the cable when the ferry was installed was found to bo a very strenuous task. The big wire rope dropped into the river, where in the strong current it became almost un manageable. Remembering their ex periences the commissioners decided that the proper time to take the cable down would be when the river was covered with ice so that the current would not be a factor to reckon with. As the ice was increasing daily the commissioners had intended to post pone taking down the cable for a few days longer, but the warm weather Tuesday suggested that a break-up might not be far distant and they somewhat hurriedly decided to tackle the job at once. The ice was found to be eight inches thick on the river, strong enough to bear half a dozen oables and a small army of men. The work was very easily accomplished. The big cable— which by the way weighs 2400 pounds —was released from the top of the high poles and permitted to drop upon the ice. The end on the Danville side was secured to the large reel on which the cable was shipped here nearly two years ago; it was cut entirely loose on the South Danville side and drawn ov er the ice by means of the reel, which was operated by several men. It was nearly dark, however, before the cable was all wound np. When this was ac complished the work was abandoned for the night. County Qets Fortune. There lias been lifted in Schuylkill couuty 1,185 liquor licenses. This rec ord is several more than last year. There are still a half dozen in the hands of the court to be finally passed upon. The receipts from these licenses thus far aggregate more than $209,000. The Law and Order crusade against violat ors of the license law closed up a num ber of stands, but the renewal of li censes to places refused last year and those granted to new stands outnum ber them. They do say the new voting mach ines vote like an individual. But, then, we have always had a lot of in dividuals that vote like maohints. THOUGHT BOILER HAD EXPLODED The Reading Iron Works, this city, shortly before 2 o'clock Saturday morn ing was the scene of a most unusual ac cident, in which a workman narrowly escaped being killed and which came near causing a panic among the work men. The trouble was caused by the explosion of a cinder tap,or to be more explicit the slag which had drained out of a heating furnace. The accident took place at No. 9 heating furnace in the bar mill. The usnal lot of slag had accumulated out side just below the door of the furnace and was in process of cooling when one of the workmen, a Polander, came along for the purpose of removing it. Before the cinder can be hauled away it has to be broken up into small pieces. | The cinder in front of No. 9 furnace, was still a little too warm for break ing and in order to hurry along the process of cooling the Polander took up the hose and began to sprinkle wat er upon it. i All of a sudden there was an explos ion that shook the mill; the Polander was hurled soma fifteeu feet, while the hot oinder In oliuuks as large as a man's head was scattered in every dir ; ection, several large pieces flying np to the roof. The report was deafening. The impression all through the plant was that a boiler had exploded and the workmen involuntarily dropped thoir tools and were on the point of scampre ing out of the mill when the true na ture of the accident bocame known. It was only a moment until several employes reached the spot and picked up the Polander. It was found that he was not injured beyoud a few scratches upon the face. Tiie shock, however, was terrible and the poor fel low seemed to think he was fatally hurt. He was no sooner assistod to his feet than he fainted. He was later assisted to his home on Sycamore street,. The explosion, it is thought, was caused by the water working its way under the tap and coming in contact with somo of the molten slag. No one about the mill could think of an ex plosion just like it—none so violent, in which the whole mass of cinder was scattered broadcast. It was merely a coincidence that the spot where the cinder exploded was practically desert ed at the time; otherwise no doubt a number of workmen would have been injured. "Aunty" Ritter Passes Away. Mrs. Christine Bitter, widely known about town as "Aunty" Ritter,one of the very oldest residents of Danville, departed this life at 7 :30 o'clock Sun day moruing. Had she survived un til May 15th she would have beeu 91 years of age. The deceased was the widow of Ben jamin Bitter, who has beeu dead very many years. She was born in Berks county but when 8 years of age her parents removed to Lewisburg,, later taking up their residence in Snyder oounty. '' Aunty" Bitter was a compar atively youna woman when the family removed to Danville and it was here that the greater part of her long life was Bpeut. Probably no ono was better known in Danville aud vicinity or more kind ly remembered. She was a nurse and for forty years she followed that voca tion being employed by the leading families of this city. She was recog nized as an experienced aud skillful nurse and the success of her labors con stitute a record to be proud of. Her Judicious aud geutle ministrations made many a bed of suffering easier ; in her capacity as nurse she came in contact with people in a way tlmt was sure to establish a boud of sympathy and feeling, out of which grew the general respect and affection for the venerable woman that was shown on every side aud which helped to make the declining years of her life content ed aud happy. Death was clearly due to the infirmi ties of old age. Although in bed since January 2ud she did not suffer any pain aud death came at last like a peaceful sleep. The deceased was the last of ten children. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mary A. Mun sou.East Market street, at whose home death occurred. "Aunty" Bitter was consigned to the gravo in Odd Fellows' cemetery Tuesday. The funeral took place from the residence of Mrs. Munson, daugh ter of the deceased, East Markot stroet, at two o'clock. The services were conducted by Rev. Edward Haughton, rector of Christ Episcopal church. The pall bearers were: T. J. Price, Sam A. McCoy, W. V. Oglesby and Frank Q. Schoch. The funeral was private. Tlio flow ers wore very beautiful, comprising tributos from a large number of well kuown people, among whom might be mentioned James Scarlet, T. J. Price, M. G. Youngmau, Robert Y. Gear hart, Dr. Jno. Sweisfort and William Russell. A sheaf of wheat from Mrs. Maria Rhodes formed a beautiful and very appropriate offering. The funeral throughout was impres sive and abounded in tributes of re spect as became the last sad right* ov er one whose life had been so long and who had done so much for others. BAD FALL. John R. Miller,the well known jnnk dealer, took a bad tumble while walk ing on the sidewalk near his home on East Mahoning street yesterday morn ing. He trod upon some ice which caused him to slip. Mr. Miller is a heavy weight and he come down with great force striking the back of his head on the bricks. The man escaped broken bones but sustained a terrible shock which kept him confined to the house yesterday. Dr. Wintersteen administered. NO 12 'CRAFTY DETECTIVE WORK SUCCESSFUL I There is quite nn interesting detec tive story being told in Sunbury and if all the details are true the stories of Sherlock Holmes and Nick Oarter an equalled,|if not surpassed. ! From what has boeu learned several years ago an officer in the United States Army, at that'time located la the Philippines, suddenly deserted while under arrest for stealing a large sum of money and also charged with a number of other crimes, some of them of a very serious feature. Owing to the man's many bad d<»ed« and the manner in which he so easily escaped the United States Government wu very anxious to apprehend him. Es pecially anxious was present Secre tary of War Taft, who at the time wai Governor General of the Philippine* and who desired that the erring officer should be severely punished, i Mr. Taft gave special instruction* that no effort should be spared in try- I ing to capture him and the case wa* placed in charge of one of the best de tectives in the Seoret Servioe. The well known sleuth immediately took up the case and the chase after the fal low was soon a merry one. He waa | traced to this couutry but realizing that lie was being closely pursued he managed to elude the deteotive on numerous occasions. He was located at different places, but always managed to get away before his arrest could be made. Finally after a search through the anthracite coal regions of this State it was learned that the fellow was some where in this section and when the detective picked up the due he visited the towns in this neighbor hood. When all trace of him was again lost it was believed that he had been in Sunbury and was possibly still there. The detective soon went to Sun bury and decided to make a thorough search. Securing employment on a delivery wagon ho kept a careful watch and believed that he was on the right track. He later secured several other different positions in Sunbury and at last finally spotted his man who was working for the Pennsylvania Rail road Company. Dogging his every move lie was convinced that lie had the right party and Monday last week the arrest was mudo and the man was taken to Buffalo, New York. The de tective kept very quiet while in Sun bury and it was not until he was sure of his man that he told anything con crening the case. Even then he was very reticent but before leaving Sun bury stated that the man committed so many crimes and of sncli a serious na ture that if given the limit he could bo sent to prison for ninety-four years. More of the details concerning the story will likely be learned later. Party Near Washlngtonvllle. Mr. and Mrs. John Bobbins delight fully entertained a surprise party at their home near Wasliingtonville, Sat urday evening, in honor of their daugh ter, Miss Margaret's birthday. The evening was spent very pleasantly with social chat,music on the grapliophone, cards and other games. Refreshments were served after which all left for their homes wishing Miss Margaret many returns of the day. Those pres ent were: Mr. and Mrs. Will Corneli son, Miss Myrtle aud Master Nelson Cornelison, Mr. aud Mrs. Ben Ware, Misses Stella and Minnie Ware, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miller, Misses Kathryn, Edith and Tlielma Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Bay Golder,Elmer Qolder, Missel Olive, Auuie and Maude Oolder, Mr. and Mrs. Will Boat, Mr. and Mrs. Will Steinman, Messrs. J. A. Smith ers, John Fruit, Baytnond aud Sidney Bogart, Israel and Clarence Hagenbuoh, John Heudricks, Freeman and Martin Bobbins, Misses Kate Mainzer, Flora and Nancy Fruit, Mary Springer, Wilda Panuebaker, Flora, Lizzie and Mary Bobbins, of Danville B. F. D. No. 1; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bobbins, Mis* Gortrude Bobbins,of Milton; Mr. Nor mal) Brofeo.of Catawissa ; Miss Emily Lewis, Messrs. Spencer Arter and Purdy Arter, of Danville; Messrs. Clarence Seidel, Elwood Deitrioh and Isaiah Gresh, of .Wasliingtonville; Misses Mary and Verna Zartman, of Billmeyer's Park. Sleighing Party. A jolly sleighing party from Elys burg enlivened the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Still, oorner of Water and Cedar streets, Tuesday evening. The neighborhood was apprised of the ar rival of the party by noisy demonstra tions as they passed up Front street. After a pleasant social time and the serving of refreshments they began to think of leaving as midnight approach ed. Finally by the combined efforts of all the young men the party was successful in locating the hostler who had charge of their team, and soon, with jingling bells and tooting horns the happy party sped away. Those present were: Misses Jennie and Grace Miller, Hattie and Dora Pitner, Ada Pensyl, Delia Teitsworth, Mabel Christian, Mossrs. Howard E. Vouglit, Howard McWilliams, John and Marshall Fahringer,Calvin Chris tian, Addison Rodarmel and Jesse Teitsworth, of Elysburg ; Roy Shultz, Miss Jnlia Russell and Mrs. N. M. Keim, of Danville. The 107 th. The death at Mt. Carmel on Wednes day night of Goerge Simmons result ing from being struok on the head with a brick thrown by Blink Red dinger, makes the one hundred and seventh killing that has occurred in Northumberland county in twenty ' years.