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VOL. LXXVII. J.J.BROWN,M. 1.1 THE EYE A SPECIALTY- Eye «3sted, treated and fitted with glasses. No Sunday Work. 311 Market >t. - •• Boomstrarg. Pa Hours —10 a. in.to sp. in. DR. JT SWEfS F O KT, DENTIST. I'see 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. Wfcl/wH ATTOnNEY-AT-LAW. &>istrict Attorn*j of Montoar County Hm. 107 MILL STRBBT. DANVILLB. Charles V. Amerman, Attorney-at.L « Notary Public DANVILLE, PA. INRIiItANCE, GEN'L LAW PRACTICE UNITED 'PHONE, 202 G. SMOOP HUNT. PRESCRIPTION DRUBQIST, Opposite Opera lloune. NVI Li.*., I'ENiN'i WM. KASE WEST. ATTOi-.NrY.AT.LAW. lis. 850 MILI. STREET, DANVILLE. CHARLES CHALFANT. ATTORNEY-AT-LAW, R*. 110 MILL STREET. DANVILLE WILLIAM L. SIDLER, ATTORNEY.AT.LAW, COl RILL AND MARKET STBERT3, BANVILLI. ROSSMAN & SON'S PHARMACY, 145 MILL STREET, DANVILLE, PK. Two JU|l«toro4 Pharmacist* In oharg* par* Frotk Drag;* and full ltn« of Patent ■•dlctaci and fnadrloa. VIM! 01OAB8 GOOD COLD IODA. Patronize A. C. AMESBURY, Best Coal in Towtr. BEST FOR THE BOWELS If yon hßTen't a regular, healthy movement of tho bowela every day, you're ill or will be. Keep your bowels open, and he well. Force, in the shape of violent physic or pill poison, it dangerous. The smoothest, easiest, most perfect way of keeping the bowela clear and clean is to take Pleasant, Palatable, Potent, Taste Good, Do Good, Never Sicken, Weaken or Gripe; 10. 25 and 60 cents per box. Write for freo sample, and book let on health. Address 433 Sterling Remedy Company, Chicago or New York. KEEP YOUR BLOOD CLEAN WILL BEGIN SUIT IN TEN DAYS There will be no time lost in filing the bills in equity to recover for the State the variom amounts paid to former Commissioners of Insurance Luper, Lambert and Durham, and the latter's confidential clerk, J. Clayton Erb, from fees collected by Ilobert B. Forster as actuary of the Insurance Department. Within ten days Attorney General Carson annouucos that he will have the papers prepared and that he hopes to conclude the case without any de lays. The action would he bogun dur ing the present weok except for press of work in the Attorney General's ofllco and the care necessary in pre paring the papers. In view of the change which has taken place in our clime cautious per sons are now thinking of providing _ themselves with summer overooats. HORSES COMMAND JOOD PRICES A very interesting liorse sale at Hoke's livery stable, Saturday, broke up the monotonj of au otherwise very dull day. The fiorses wore fine and what was of equal importance the crowd was large, made up of horse men great and small. Under such cir cumstances the bidding was spirited and the horses as a rule brought about what they were worth. .Tolmuy Will iams, of Bloomsburg, was auctioneer, which makes it hardly necessary to add that things were kept moving and that the sale—which bogan at one o'clock—was over shortly after five. Tho horses—twenty-one in number— were shipped from Canada and arrived here on Friday afternoon. Naturally they showed the signs of fatigue and slight indisposition, from which they shonld recover in a day or so. Hon. Alexander Billnieyer bought probably one of the best teams, a bay and a brown, for $430. He also bought a flue dapple-gray for |220. A very fine team of bays was knock ! Ed down to liveryman Hoke for SBOO. Bruce Kelley, of Washingtonville, bought a dapple-gray for $2lO. Theodore Hoffman bought a nice lit tle black for $l2O. A toani of blacks was knocked down to John Crossley of Valley township for $195. A handsome team of largo blacks brought S4OO. They were purchased by a man near Suubury. The horses were shipped here and sold by P. G. Waldron, who deals ex tensively in horses and conducts salos in Luzerne, Columbia aud surround ing counties. Notwithstanding tho expansion of trolley lines, and the uso of automo biles there is no apparent decrease in the demand for horses. Indeed, they are said to be scarce in this section, a fact attested by the good prices com manded at the sale Saturday. This is owing to the fact that few if any horses are beiug raised in this section, experience proving that under the pe culiar conditions here a full grown horses can be bought for less money than it costs to raise one. This leaves the field opon for a fluo trade in horsos aud experienced dealers liko Mr. Wal dron do a profitable business. Ineependent Telephone Line. A movement is on foot in Valley aud West Hemlock townships to establish a telephone system, wholly independ ent of any other rural system, which will place the farmers in communica tion with Danville The farmers arc very much in earn est and have already held a meeting and effected au organization. Their plan is to build a polo lino from Swe noda to Mausdale,taking in Kaseville. From Mausdale their plan is to uso the pole line of the United Telephone com pany aud they have already submitted a proposition to the United peoplo. They want to string two wires on tho poles of the latter company, connect ing the indopeudeut system with Dau villo exchange. Just what arrange ment with reference to tho wires they will make with the United Telephone people, or whether the two companies will be able to get together at all can not be determined at this time. The group of farmers see some ad vantages in being on a line wholly with themselves, where they would be required to share in tho responsibility of keeping up only a limited number of poles. They believe that the service would be i>erfectly satisfactory by rea son of the proximity of the new sys tem to Danville aud tho oaso aud in expeusiveness with which they might got their wires carried into the ex change at that place—provided of course that the United Telephone com pany agree to accept their proposition. Sustains Broken Jaw. While attempting to escape being buried under a ton of oartlt Saturday morning, wliicli caved in just over "where lie was working, Charles R. Dietterich, of Bnckhoru, wlio is em ployed at the Normal School field, fell on a plow, breaking his upper jaw, knocking out his front teeth and reoeivtug other serious injuries. With seveval other men who are digging the cellar for the new science building, Deitterick was plowing in the excavation, which is now eight feet deep. The frost leaving the round causeil the bank to givo way directly over Deitterick. In trying to jump out of the way, he fell on his plow, striking his jaw on the beam. While avoiding being buried, ho sustained painfnl injuries. The upper jaw was badly broken and splintered and all his front tcoth knocked out. Several cuts were also inflicted in the face. Ho was hurried to tho hospital, and when he arrived thore ho was so weak from the loss of blood that the physi cians were at first unable to do much with the fractured bone. The jaw was reset and tho man taken to his home in Buckhorn Saturday afternoon. Eloped Again. Jacob Freehand Miss Parnell, of Mt. Carmel, have eloped for a second time and nothing is known of thoir whereabouts. Several weeks ago Freeh and Miss Parnell loft their respective families and ran away together. Lnt er they wore located in lowa and offic ers brought them back. Freeh was brought to the Sunbury jail but was re leased when a settlement was reached. : He obtained employment in Sunbury and Miss Parnell visited him thcro : several times. On Wednesday of last week both of them disappeared. -PLKDGKD BUT TO TBUTH, TO LIBKBTT ASD LAW—HO FAVOR SWATS US AND NO RAI IHALL AW*" DANVILLE. MONTOUR COUNTY. PA., FRIDAY, MARCH 1900. JUDGE LITTLE PASSES AWAY Hon. R. R. Little, president judge of this district, died at his home ill Bloomsburg at Ave minutes after four o'clock Monday afternoon. The condition of Judge Little who has been seriously ill since his break down in court on Thursday, February S)th,took a serious turn Saturday night by developing into pneumonia. Since Sunday noon he was unconscious. He was attended during tho last few days of his illness by his sister-in-law, Dr. Ruth Tustiu.who came to Bloomsburg from Maine, where she lias a medical practice. I Robert R. Little was born at Ber ( wick May 30th, 1862,and was the sou of 1 Ephraim H., and Eliza (Seibert) Lit tle. He was eight years of age when his parents moved from Berwick to Bloomsburg, aud there he was reared, receiving a good education in the Bloomsburg State Normal School from which he was graduated in 1872. He j subsequently entered the University | of Rochester at Rochester, Now York, i and then attended Hamilton College, at Clinton, New York. In 1873 he entered his father's office aud applied himself with such dilig ence as to be able to pass the bar ex amination two years later. Ho im mediately became his father's partner and he practiced law under the firm name of E. H. and R. R. Little until the former's retirement. Judge Little after that practiced alone. He served as district attorney from 1875 to 1881, two terras in all, aud filled out two terms as county solicitor. He was al so solicitor for tho council of Blooms- ] burg for ouo term. He was elected 1 president judge of the twenty-sixth judicial district oil November Bth, 1898. October 15th, 1878, Judge Little was united in marriage with Deborah T. Tustiu, of Bloomsburg, and they were the parents of three children : Henry J.,now of Light Street; Isaiah T. and Catherine T., who reside at home. Socially lie was a member of Washing ton Lodge, No. 265, F. & A., being past master of that order; ho was also a member of the P. O. S. of A., of tho Grange and of Caldwell Consis tory. Ho was for many years a mem ber of tho trustees of tho Bloomsburg State Normal School, a director of the Rosemout Cemetery Company and of the Bloomsburg Water Company. In religious attachments ho was a mem ber of the Baptist church. Repairs Nearly Completed. Tho repairs on the Thomas Beaver Freo Library are practically complet ed and the building will no doubt be thrown open yet duriug the present week. The walls wore completed first and tlioy show up most beautifully. The woodwork was nearly finished yester day aud for today uothing remains but to apply some finishing touches. The woodwork of tho library is exception ally fine aud oruate. Probably no oth er building in this section contains such fine specimens of wood carving. The quality of the wood,too, is fine and under tho painter's brush, the whole has taken ou a lustre and a beauty, which makes the interior appear like a now building. Tho walls of tho ladies' reading room are calcimined an electric green with the ceiling yellow or cream col or. The men's reading room is finish ed in terra cotta, the ceiling being of a somewhat lighter hue. The color employed in the hallway is also terra cotta, a shade lighter ttian the calci mine in the men's reading room. The colors have been carefuly selected to harmonize with the building as a whole and the general effect could not bo im proved upon. Iu tljfi library proper, where the books are kept aud the patrous are waited upon the wainscoting aud the base work of tho system of shelves have been carefully gone over and jjolished up to correspond with the woodwork in the other portions of the building. The floor in this part has beeu polished anil the books have been removed from tho shelves aud the lat ter renovated, after which tho books were replaced. The effect has been to give this part of the building a clean ness and freshuoss which is apparent as soon as oue inhales the air. The chairs,the tables aud all tho ap purtenances have been polished to look liko uew. Especial care has been bo stowed upou the stairway with its flue decorations. It is polished clear to the top of the second story, as far as the woodwork is exposed to the eye from the lower floor. After today but little will remain to be'done but to put down the rugs and rodress the chandeliers. Jesse Beaver yesterday stated that he thought the building might be open by Saturday. Work on the repairs began about the first of the month. COLDEST OF THE SEASON. Mercury yesterday did not get down to zoro within 8 or 10 degrees, but the day was very disagreeable and in effect was the coldest day of the season. This was due to the effect of the high northwest wind prevailing, which cut through the clothing. The weather continued shaip during the night, al though the wind subsided somewhat. By last evening the river was pretty well filled with floating ice, the sec ond crop of the season. It is not con sidered likely that the river will close any more this season. Now for the reign of the March lion. FEBRUARY COURT PROCEEDINGS The grand jury in the case of Com monwealth vs. Peter Dietrich Mon ' day afternoon returned a verdict of i murder. Court convened at 10 a. m. with His Honor Judge C. B. Staples aud As sociates Frank G. Blee aud Charles Wagner on the bench. Business at once began to move briskly along. W. G. Bird was appointed tipstaff to wait up on the grand jury aud Charles Rudy and Amos Albeck tipstaffs to wait up on the court. The grand jurors were called. Tho whole number—twenty four—beiug present the court asked if there was not ono who wished to be jxcusod. Two responded, David Gib son aud George W. Miles. The latter, as the eldest man, was permitted to 1 ithdraw. John C. Campbell was i worn as foreman of tho grand jury, after which the whole bodjp was sworn and Judge Staples proceeifed with his charge. In defining their duty to the grand jurors the court emphasized tho im portance of secrecy, which he declar ed, is a point of the obligation not ob served as it should be. At consider able length Judge Staples explained the importance of secrecy in its rela tion to a full and uutrammeled per formance of duty by the grand jury, it becomes the duty of grand jurors, he said,to see to it that the laws pass ed by the legislature are strictly ob served in their respective communit ies. It is their duty if they know of any bawdy houses, gambling places, violation of the liquor law, or viola- I tiou of any sort that is injurious to the morals of the community upon meeting together to report the same to the other members of the grand jury. Unless the grand jurors live up to their obligation as to secrecy the members in all cases will not feel free to report violations of law wherever found aud the ends of justice to that extent will be interfered with. The court reported that there were no violations of tho law returned by the constablos. It was explained that there was but ono case togo before the graud jury the present term. This, however, was a very important bill charging one of our citizens with murder. The court at length defined what constitutes murder in the first degree. There would be but one count in the indictment. It was the graud jury's duty only to make out a prima facio case audit had nothing to do with deciding upon the question of degree. The court called attention to the new law as to roads, which goes into effect this year aud under which the duties of the supervisors are much different from what they wore before. It becomes the duties of the grand jur ors to look aftor the enforcement of the new road law. The supervisors must uudertsand that tliev have not merely a perfunctory duty to perform. The new road law does not relieve them. If the roads are neglected they can not shift the responsibility to the road commissioners, but the supervis ors themselves will be held responsi ble and can be brought into court aud fined for neglect of duty. Attention was called to the new law as to automobiles. In this relation al so the supervisors have an important duty to perform, aud the graud jurors should see to it that it is not neglect ed. Merely to observe the speed regu lation is not all that is required of the chauffeur. He must a'so have regard to the place he is in. The speed per mitted ou a stretch of country roadH would not bo safe in swinging around | a curve or at other places where a view ahead is obstructed. Here again a duty devolves upon the supervisors: at ev ery corner or b6nd in the road where a growth of bushes tends to obstruct the view ahead these should be cut down by the township to the end that auto drivers may be able to see danger ahead aud thus regulate speed accordingly. It becomes tho duty of the grand jur ors not only to see to it that automo biles comply with the law, but al so that the township supervisors at tend to their duty by seeing to it that the bushes are removed as above de scribed. Judge Staples explained to the grand jurors that Judge R. R. Little, Presi dent Judge of this district, was lyiugat the point of death. In case of his de mise he said some complications might arise relating to holding court here and he therefore requested the graud jury to proceed with the business of the session as expeditiously as possi ble. Somo miscellaneous matters were at tended to, after which court adjourn ed until 3p. in. By 11 :30 o'clock the grand jury had heard the more import ant witnesses and it likewise adjourn ed until 2 o'clock. Constables present made their retirns as follows: Amos Albeck, An thony township: Philip Boyer, Cooper township: George Pursel,Derry town ship; Charles L. Gouger. Limestone township: William S. Bogert, Liberty township; Charles H. Rudy, Mahou ing.township; G. W. Bennett, Valley township; Mont. Gearhart,West Hem lock township; WilliamE. Bird, Lim estone township; McClellau Diehl, Washingtonville; W. E. Young, First Ward, Danville ; Edward Bitter, Sec ond Ward; B. B. Brown, Third Ward ; Benjamin Cook, Fourth Ward. Soon after court reconvened at a p.\ m.the grand jury came into court re turning as above stated a true bill in (Continued on page 4) MEETING OE POMOM GRANGE The regular quarterly meeting of Pomona grange No. 81,of Montour and Northumberland counties was held in G. A. R. hall, this city, yesterday. Owing to the exceedingly cold weath er and the bad roads the attendance was slim, farmers from the northern part of the county dreading to start out on the long drive. Two sessions were held, one in the forenoon and tho other in the after noon ; both were business sessions aud therefore the public (vere excluded aud the program of recitations, music,&c., which generally adds interest to the quarterly meeting was not in evid ence. Deputy State Secretary of Agricul ture Mart in,accompanied by his wife, was present at the session of Pomona grange. C. H. Dildine.of Rohrsburg, member of the executive committe of the State grange, also accompanied by his wife, was present to install the officers-elect,of Pomona grange No. 31, as follows: Charles V. Amermau, master ; A. H. Litchard, overseer ;J. W. Lowrie, lecturer; I. A. Eschbach, steward ; Calvin Derr, assistant stew ard ; Mrs. Cora Derr, lady assistant steward ; W. R. Mills, chaplain; Na than Becker, treasurer; Harvey Soues, secretary; Hon. Charles A. Wagner, gate keeper; Mrs. Montgomery, Ceres; Mrs. C. C. Billmeyer, Pomona; Mrs. A. L.Martin, Flora. Among the well known and promin ent grangers who attended tho meeting were: Dr. McHenry, of Benton ; M. S. Bond and Miss Emma Lewis, of Chulaskey; Miss Eva Kurtz, Charles Black and William Boeber, of Milton, and Mr. aud Mrs. J. A. Merrill, of Valley township. Valley grange will provide a place for the noxt quarterly meeting, which will take place ou Wednesday, May 30th. Benton Trolley flay Result. Extensive trolley operations that will link every town in the anthracite coal region and make it possible to journey from Philadelphia to Shamokiu,a dis tance of about 165 miles, on electric cars, will bo commenced this spring and pressed to completion before next fall. Last week the Alleutown, Tatnaqua and Ashland Electric Railway com pany was incorporated at Harrisburg. William Lindsay, of Pittsburg, is the president of the company and it is cap italized at $500,000. The company has had a corps of engineers working in the vicinity of Mahanoy City for sev eral weeks. It plans to build a line between Slatiugtou aud Lehightou and between Tamaqua aud Mahanoy City, thus making it possible to journey from Alleutown to Shamokiu on con necting lines. When the Hazletou Traction com pany extends its line to Delano, and a branch is built from Mahanoy City to that place by the Schuylkill Traction Company a series of connecting links will be established between Mahanoy City aud Scrautou, thus miking it possible to journey by trolley from one end of the regiou to the other. The Union Traction company, oi Pottsville, announces that it will on April 1 commence the work of extend ing its lines from Middleport toTama qua and also from Pottsville to Shenan doah by way of Frackville. It is said that the Schuylkill Trac tion company, of which W. S. Leib, formerly Sub-Treasurer at Philadel phia, is the president, behind all these movements, aud that the ultim ate purpose is to bring about a huge combine of all the roads in the lower anthracite region. Women's Benevolen Association. The Women's Benevolent Associa tion of Danville will hold its regular meeting today in its rooms on the third floor of the Thomas Beaver Free Library. It will be an all-day session, commencing at 9a. m. The work on repairs in the library, which is now practically completed, will not inter fere with the meeting. There is a considerable' amount of sewing to be done aud the ladies ex pect to finish a good deal of it today. A good attendance is desired. Cold Stops Bridge Work. Owing to the severity of the weath er yesterday, no work was attempted by the bridge workers on the Cata wissa river bridge. It has been found by experience that the work of con- ! struction cauuot be carried onto any advantage when the temperature drops below 28 or 30 degrees. Yesterday morning the mercury stood at 12 de grees, and while it gradually rose to 20 degrees at noon, none of the men were called out to work on the struc ture. flet This Horning. The members of the Montour county bar will hold a meeting in the prothon otary's office at 9 o'clock this morn iug to make arrangements for attend ing the funeral of Judge Little,which will take place at Bloomsburg at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The bar will also pass suitable reso lutions on the death of the late Judge. There will no doubt be a large at tendance at the funeral from Montour county. Nearly the whole bar accom panied by the courthouse officials will attend. The Danville contingent will goto Bloomsburg in a body, leaving on the 11:4Q car. As previously announced the various offices of the courthouse will be closed . this afternoon out of respect to the [memory of Judge Little. (LOOKING AEIER S ' AITENDANCE | A pupil was excused from attendance at school ou the strength of a physi ! ciau's certificate at the meeting of the | boardf Monday, as provided for by a now rule adopted to make it impossi ble for parents to shield children when 1 out of school by falsely representing them as ill. A good bit of this, it is alleged, was done by thoughtless aud irresponsible parents or guardians. The only way the truant officer could see out of it in such cases was to refuse to accept the excuse offered aud to hold the parent or guardian responsible until excused by the school board, which, if there is any doubt, of course will demand conclusive ovideuce iu the form of a physician's certificate. The case last night was not iu the questionable class, but it illustrated how uicely the rule works. The cer tificate, issued by ouo of our leading physicians,was addressed to the teach- ! er aud explaiued conditions at home relatiug to sickuess that would impose something akin to hardship on the family, if the child could not be kept at home for a few days. I The board relying ou the physician's judgment decided to excuse the pupil for the time being aud ou motion the secretary was directed to "ok" the doctor's certificate aud return it to the teacher with instructions that she no tify the truant officer of the school board's action. Without positive evidence that illness exists the truaut officer fiuds it impos sible to cope with the situation. Tho children of Charles Switzer, Montour Row. have been out of school a great deal of late aud the truant officer doubt ing that any good reason existed last eveuiug had the father brought up be fore Justice Oglesby. Tho father,back ed by the mother, however, put iu a stroug plea that illness roally existed aud was finally left off with the pro mise that he would hereafter send the children to school or furuisli the board with indisputable evidence that sick ness exists. Profossor Frank Magill was before the school board to ask for the pur chase of a mimeograph to be used in the commercial department of the high school. The mimeograph,ho said, is in well uigh universal use in bnsi uess offices aud iu order to be fully equipped for positions ho thought graduates of the High school should be familiar with the use of all such de vices. On motion it was decided to purchase a mimeograph for use in the school. Ou motion it was decided also to purchase a quantity of practice paper for uso iu the commercial department. On motion Borough Superiuteudeut Gordy was granted permission to at tend tho State Convention of city aud borough Superintendents to be held at Altooua on the 7th, Bth and 9th of March. The following members were pres ent : Adams, Ortli, Bums, Pursel. Haring, Werkheiser.Trumbower, Fisch er, Harpcl and Von Blohu. The following bills were approved for payment: Standard Gas Co. $3.20 Ezra Haas 75 E. S. Drury 6.25 U. S. Express 40 E. C. Heath Co 1.81 tlemiugton Type Writer Co .. 8.24 Ginn & Co 6.05 FLIES IN WINTER. Where the flies goto in winter is partly solved by a discovey made by the crew of wreckers employed at the Bessemer blast furnace, who have just completed their work. Upon overthrowing the walls they found flies in immense numbers, in a torpid or lethargic state, lying in the interstices between the brick wherever the mortar had dropped out. The great smoke stack especially,overthrown last week, had been sought by millions of flies as a good place to hibernate in. Upon gathering up aud sorting the brick the countless number of flies were found. Although apparently dead at first, under the gonial suushine of the mild weather then prevailing the flies soon begau to show signs of life aud begau to crawl about. The frost of the succeeding night, however, put them to sleep agaiu. Whether they will survive their ill fortune and em erge from their hibernation next spring good healthy flies is oue of those questious that it would take a naturalist to answer. Pursel--You rig Miss Agues Young, of this city, and S. W. Pursel,of Valley township,were united in matrimony last evening. The ceremony took place at eight o'clock at the homo of the bride, Mill street, and was performed by Rev. C. D. Lerch,pastor of the Mausdale Reform ed church. The ceremony was witnessed by the immediate family, in addition to which Miss Sarah Waters aud Miss Olive Wertz were present as guests. After the ceremony a wedding dinner was served. Pardon Recommended. The board of pardons, at Harrisburg yesterday, following au argument by W* E. Elmes, Esq., recommended a complete pardon for George Bellas and Jacob Naugle, the West Berwick offic ers, convicted at Bloomsburg of shoot ing Vincent Verdi, a foreigner,at Ber wick, aud who are now serviug a sen tence of two years in the eastern pen itentiary. HEARING BRINGS DEVELOPMENTS A hearing with some extraordinary and uulooked-for developments took place before Justice Oglesby yesterday moruing, which followed as an after math of the arrest of the supposed bur glar on tho premises of Franklin Boy er, Tuesday night, which was accom plished under such sensational circum stances. The man arrested proved to be the toughest problem that the just ice ever faced—either the most astute and accomplished actor that ever don ned workman's apparel for disguise or merely a piece of human driftwood whose diseased mind was a perfect phantasmagoria of wild delusions. The man was dirty aud unkempt aud his appearance ou the whole resembled more a rolling mill employe than a professional hobo. Upon beiug brought iuto the office of Justice Oglesby about 9:30 o'clock he stepped directly up to the justice aud with a foreign accent said: "Charlie Johnson." Tho justice asked him where he was the night before. The auswer to the question aud many others that follow ed showed that the man evidently had no idea of what he was up against or even that he had committed an over act; one vagary seemed to suggest an other to him and his statements were irrational and contradictory. The only facts deduced from his dis connected and rambling talk, that bore the stamp of probability was that he was a Swede, named Charles John- j sou,forty-nine years of age—that near ly all his life he had followed the sea —that up to a recent date ho had been working at the steel plant at Berwick. According to his own confessiou he was given to drink and it was a ques tion whether his derangement of mind is temporary, the result of a prolong ed debauch.or is permanent, following as the result of other causes. It was,evident that he could not be held accouutable for his escapade in getting into Mr. Boyer's house. Mr. Boyer,himself, who was present at the hearing was one of the first to bo im pressed with this fact. Ho was very anxious, however, to know how the man had gotten into the house, as the front door was locked aud there was no other way open for admittance. He put the question to the man. Iu reply the fellow said: "Why John, the man there, let me in—the woman she was there. The other fellows—the Huns—they were ou the roof. They were cuttiug a hole through the ceiling. I fastened the windows down; they had a lasso—they waut to haug me." He was reminded of the presence of the dog by one of the officers. "Oh, tho dog," he said; "he no good. He just staud aud bark—ho not bite." Iu reply to further questioning he said two other fellows came in the front door with him and were lying on a bed beside him in the parlor. There was au element of stroug pathos iu the situation accentuated by the brokeu down condition aud the sad plight the follow was in. The j justice asked: Have you been sick? There was a slight hesitancy aud the Swede replied: "Yes, I have been sick.—of drinks " From what could be gathered from the man he had come to Dauvi le from Berwick. Monday,proceeding the same day to Milton where failing to obtain work he came back to Danville on Tuesday. It was while fleeing from imaginary enemies who were pursuing him with a rope for the purpose of haugiug him that the poor fellow took i refuge in Mr. Boyer's houso. He was uuder the impression that Danville was a seaport town and iu i trying to accouut for his movemeuts on Tuesday uight ho said before going' iuto the house he had beeu down to the dock, where he had shipped ou a Nova Scotiau vessel, which was lying out iu the stream. The captaiu aud the mate had rowed iuto the dock aud it was with them that he had engaged to sail, repeating the entire couversa- | tiou that passed betweeu them. He j was bound for Australia, he said. The | justice asked him where the dock was | aud he replied: "Down below the steel plaut." Ho seemed happy at the prospects of i leaving this section, where his enemies | were giving him so much trouble aud quickly arising with his soiled cap in his haurt started toward the door. "Hold OH there!" Chief Mincemoyer called out, 44 where are you goiug?" 44 I'm going home," was the reply. Asked where liis home was he inno cently replied: 44 At the present time I am living in a building down here," pointing in the direction of the lock-up. Officer Voris asked him if ho didn't know that ho was under arrest. He implied to the effect that he had not been arrested since Saturday night. The officer asked him where he was arrested then and he replied: 44 Here,I guess; You arrested me." It was seen that thel Swede was a hopeless case but the officers had one more question to ask. They wanted to know why he gave two names on Tues day night. His explanation was plausi ble. It appeared that he had been em ployed by a contractor at Sayre, who arrived at the couclusiou that there wero too many Charlie Jolmsous in his gang and lie obliged our Swede to take the name of John Patersou. The latter explained that he was in a 44 big hurry to get home Tussday night" airl he got the 44 two named mixed up." This seemed satisfactory to the justice aud the man of many stories was re manded to the lock-up. Chief Mince moyer was uudecided yesterday as to what disposition he should make of the case. Although badly scared Franklin Boy er said he had sustaiued no loss of any consequence and uuder the circum stances was willing to forgive all. NO 14. FIRE THREATENS. PUBLIC SCHOOL i The borough of Washingtonville was i thrown into a furore of excitement yesterday morniug when it was dis covered tlint the public school bnild ing was on fire. Citizens responding quickly to the call for aid succeeded iu getting the fire under control with but small loss to the building. The school,which is taught by Miles j .1. Dorr, was iu session at the time, 1 and it was one of the pupils who dis j covered the firo. Great excitement en j sued in the school, and the children 1 coming from the building, spread the | alarm. Iu a remarkably short time ' people from all over the little borongh cattle trampiug to the scene, carrying buckets, tubs and receptacles of any | description that would hold water. The fire was iu the loft of the build ing, which is very hard of access on accouut of there being no opening from the outside. It was necessary, there fore, to take the water into the loft through a hole iu the ceiling of the school room. The loft was dark and he air thick with smoke, but the flames soon succumbed to the deter mined efforts of the fire fighters. The fire is attributed to the fact that the pipe leading from the stove was too near a joist iu the loft,and on accouut of the cold weather a heavy draft was kept on the stove, which served to iguite the timbers. The lose to the school property is in considerable. No session was held yes terday afternoon, but school will be resumed this morning as usual. Five Civil Cases Are Settled. Five of the soveu civil cases, which have been before court for a year or more past, continued from term to term, were brought to a settlement by Judge C. B. Staples Monday. He con tinued two of the cases where sickness of the plaintiff stood iu way of pro ceeding and ruled the rest for trial. Under the circumstances, a settlement was agreed upon. The cases settled were: J. Miles Reed vs. Lehigh & Wilkes- Barre Coal Company. Trespass. •JgCarr and W. B. Carr vs. Lehigh & Wflkes-Barro Coal Company. Tres pass. Theodore F. Moyer vs. O. R. Drum heller. Appeal. L. Nevi vs. Polish Lithuanian Brew ing Company. Appeal. A subpoena iu divorce was granted iu the caso of Arthur F. Robinson and Lizzie Robiuson. John Seidel was appointed guardian of Arthur Raymond Bogart. The auditor's report was confirmed nisi iu the estate of Benjamin Fry, deceased. | Alfred Bleclier was appointed tax j roceiver of Cooper township. | The report of the auditor was con firmed iu the estate of Edward Hofer, deceased. Iu re Horace B. Bennett et al vs. K. Olive Thompson, committee,etc. Rule on parties to accept or refuse, etc., and return to the Sheriff of the same was filed. The case of Simon Fleishman vs. Paul P. Sweutek, trespass, was con tinued on accouut of the sickuess of plaintiff. The case of Simon Fleishman vs. Michael Breckbill was also continued on accouut of sickues of plaintiff. An opiuiou aud order of the court was filod iu the divorce case of Dora E. Robbius vs. W. Edward Robbins. Horace B. Beuuett., et al vs K Olive Thompson, committee. Iu partition; property awarded to Lewis Rodenhoff er for the sum of $3230, he being the only bidder. An inquisition upou the body of James A. Jones was approved by the court. Grand Jury's Report. It has probably very seldom if ever happeued that the graud jurors got through with their work iu one day, especially when such important and responsible dutios devolved upon them as during the present term. Mon day, therefore, was a record breaker. The grand jurors did not come iu un til 10 o'clock, yet between that time and four iu the afteruoon they receiv ed their charge, passed upon two im portuut bills, one murder aud the oth er aggravated assault aud battery—ex amined tho public buildings, presented their report and were discharged. Fol lowing is the graud jury's report: To the Honorable Judges of the Court of Quarter Sessions of Montour Couuty. The graud jury is pleased to report that it has performed its dnty under the order of the court as expeditiously as possible. It lias examined the pub lic buildings aud fiuds the same in fair condition. Tho graud jury would recommend: At tho court house—painting of the buildiug outside, a closet put under rear steps iu hall; also glass iu panels of the front and back doors of hall. At the jail: Pniutiug the wood work of the interior; also the cages. Tho grand jury would recommend the painting of all couuty bridges wher ever deemed necessary. JOHN L. CAMPBELL, Foreman. To Diet Prisoners. County Commissioner J. G. Lesher of Snyder couuty, took a look into the couuty jail at Middleburg on Tuesday and as a result the bill of fare will be cut down to plain prison rations. Lesh er snys that each prisoner's board is costing the couuty fifty cents a day. He says that this charge is excessive aud will tako steps to reduce expenses.