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McCOWAN & NICHOLS, Editors and Publishers. “Hew to the line, let the chips fall where they may.” TERMS *, *n
-- __ 1 y it-KMS, $1,50 per year, in advance.
&c., &c.,
The readers of the Pioneef
will certainly, upon inspection
give us credit for unusual taste
in preparing our Spring assort
ment, and we can honestly as
sure one and all that we never
offered Clothing, Hats or Shoes
at such low prices. Our styles
and general finish bespeak a
large sale, and we advise an
early visit as the first comers
have the best choice of pat
terns and sizes.
Very respectfully,
P. H. Goldsmith & Go.
91.50 PerYear.
Published every Thursday morning, at No. 00
East Commerce Street, (up stairs.)
McCOWAN & NICHOLS, Publishers.
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A young lady fifteen years old, in
Atlantic City, weighs one hundred and
seventy pounds.
A claminer named Horn, at Cape
May Court House, usually gathers
about 400,000 clams a year.
The persons who have signed the
total abstinence pledge at Plainfield,
Union Co., now number 3,000.
Major Moore, of the Salvation Army,
has been indicted in Middlesex County
on a charge of retaining *800 of the
Jackson Sooy, of Galloyway town
ship, Atlantic county, has a mare
which has foaled two colts within
eleven months.
A large quantity of silver ore has re
cently been found on the farm of John
McDonough, in Hillsborough town
ship, Somerset county.
George W. Pressey, of Hammonton,
Atlantic Co., is said to have invented
an'umbrella that can be shut up and
carried in a coat pocket.
The Rio Grande Sugar Company,
Cape May County, is about to begin
work on West India molasses and will
import 4,000 hogsheads as a starter.
The surf-boat exhibited bv the Gov
ernment at the Louisville Exhibition
is to be placed in service at Tathani’s
Life-Saving Station, Cape May county.
Mrs. L. W. Cogley, of Hannnonton,
Atlantic Co., netted a little over $30
from the sale of eggs from her (lock of
thirty-eight hens, from December 1st
to April 1st.
Jere Mecry, of Cape May, was born
in the fourth hour of the fourth day
of the fourth month, and on Friday
last attained the fourth decade of his
age, and is the father of four sons.
Henry Dobson, a well-known and
highly respected colored man living
near Cooper’s Branch, Salem county,
is one of the oldest citizens of the coun
ty, having recently entered his 98th
The Children’s Home at Mount Hol
ly is about to receive an endowment
of $20,000 from the executors of Rachel
N. Murphy, deceased, of Bordentown,
who are empowered under her will to
appropriate that amount to some char
itable institution.
In Washington, Warren County, the
temperance men elected live out of the
six Councilmen. The one license man
elected had a majority of only one.
At Hackettsto'wn the Council stands
four for license to two anti-license. At
Lambertville it is five anti-license to
four for license.
There is much indignation among
the 000 girls employed in the sample
department of P. Lorrilard & Co., Jer
sey City, the tobacco manufacturers,
owing to the recent order bv Snnerin
tendent Brown compelling them to act
in turns as monitors, for a week over
the wardrobes, and to make good any
article of missing clothing.
Colonel Charles Bully will manage
Congress Hall, and F. T. Stilles,
formerly of St. Augustine Hotel, Flor
ida, the New Columbia, at Cape May,
the coming season. The Stockton has
been leased by Colonel McClellan,
who for years was manager of the
Logan House, Altoona, and more re
cently proprietor of the Bingham, at
Samuel A. Van Sann, the oldest mer
chant of Paterson, died at his home in
that city on Saturday, at the age of 82.
He established himself in business in
1826, and built up a large trade in ag
ricultural implements, seeds, etc. In
1844 he was elected to the New Jersey
Legislature on the Union ticket. In
1860 he was a delegate to the National
Convention that nominated Bell and
Everett. When the warjbroke out he
became an ardent Republican, and so
continued. He was for five years a
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.
A State law prohibits the sale of
liquor within a mile of the bridge over
Wesley Lake, Monmouth County. A
man named Sylvanus Cottrell has been
selling liquor for some time at his
house on the south side of Great Pond
under a Government license. James
A. Bradley, the founder of Asbury
Park, belived that Cottrell’s house was
within the limit, and he had the dis
tance measured. It was found that
the house was fifteen feet inside the
limit. Cottrell was notified, and he at
once stopped the sale of liquor. He
will move away.
John Lewis died at the residence of
his grandson at Franklin Furnace,
Sussex County, on March 31, aged 104
years. He was a native of Ireland,
and emigrated to this country about
the beginning of the present century.
He had been sick but a few days dur
ing his life, and up to the day before
his death was able to read newspapers
without glasses. ,
Jacob Buley, an old man in his
dotage, who belonged in Ulster Coun
ty, N. Y., returned from a visit to his
son, near Baltimore, and arrived in
Jersey City on Friday morning. Mrs.
Castell, his daughter, was to have met
him at the depot there, but she arrived
too late, as the old man had wandered
away. She notified the police, and a
search was made for the wanderer.
On Saturday morning he was found in
a dying condition in Stevens’ woods,
near the Hackensack river. While be
ing conveyed to the hospital he died.
Morris Simpson, who died recently
at Franklin Furnace, aged eighty-four,
was one of the old time stage drivers,
and the Dover Eru says: “Mr. Simp
son entered the service of Jackson &
Jolley, of this place, some time before
the war and drove one of the stages
between Dover and Hamburg for a
period of twenty years, going one day
and returning the next. The distance
traveled per day was twenty-two miles,
or nearly 7,000 miles per year, so that
in twenty years of his service his jour
neys aggregated more than five times
the circumference of the globe.”
Mrs. Anna Friess, aged G5 years, of
Philadelphia, committed suicide at
Ocean drove, on Friday, by drowning
in the ocean. Her body was recovered
on Saturday by a patrolman of station
No. 17. Mrs. Friess had just recovered
from a serious illness, and since then
she has been depressed in spirirs, and
at times her mind wandered. On Fri
day morning she eluded a relative,
with whom she was shopping, and took
the carsfor Ocean drove,where she had
friends. She was seen on the beach
soon after her arrival and as she neg
lected to call on her friends, it is
thought she visited the drove with a
determination to there end her life.
Farmers living near Knottsville, in
West Virginia, are much excited over
the reappearance of a huge reptile,
which for thirty years past has occa
sionally been seen in that neighbor
hood. A party of young men saw the
reptile a day or two ago on the farm
of David Baker, and describe it as
eighteen or twenty feet long and thick
as a man’s body, carrying its head
about two feet above the ground
while traveling. It was first seen in
1855, and it was then about ten feet
long. Many stories regarding it have
been revived. Men who saw it in 1874
declare itlefta track through tall grass
like that caused by dragging a heavy
log. A party is on guard day and
night at what is thought to be its
Last Friday being Tree Planting
Day in New Jersey, in Newark, School
Superintendent Barringer directed the
principal of the public schools to spend
the last hour of the afternoon session
in bringing forest tree planting to the
attention of the pupils. He suggested
that (iov. Abbett’s proclamation on
the subject be read, and that the chil
dren take part in planting one or more
trees in the school yards, or in the
street before the school buildings. At
nearly every school a tree was planted
and at several schools there were spec
ial exercises. At the Eighteenth ave
nue school an oak was planted in the
yard. A tree was planted at the Bur
nett street school and two in the yard
of the Brower Industrial School. In
Verona forty trees were set out in the
school yard.
William Myers, residing at Quinton,
Salem county, is 101 years of age. He
has been married twice, and is the
father of twenty-two children, eleven
of whom are living. There are also
living sixty-eight grandchildren, thir
ty-five great-grandchildren and two
great-great-grandchildren, nearly all
of whom reside in various portions of
West and South Jersey. Mr. Myers is
still a hale and hearty man and tells
many wonderful tales of pioneer life in
New Jersey. He takes daily walks
around the town, and says he hopes
to meet Michael Potter at Woodstown
Pair next Pall. About five years ago,
when Mr. Myers was nearly ninety-:
seven years of age, while crossing a j
field at Quinton, he was attacked by a
ferocious bull, and seizing a fence rail |
he beat the bull off and succeeded in
thwarting its attempts to injure him.
He has scarcely ever been ill and does
not appear to be as old as he is. Sev
eral of his children might be taken for
brothers and sisters to him.
The following despatch from Phil
lipsburg, Warren County, this State,
shows what an interesting state of af
fairs the two rival showman, Barnum
and Forepaugh have created in that
neighborhood: ‘‘Some weeks ago Bar
num’s advance agents literally covered
Easton and theadjoining country with
hand-bills and large posters, announc
ing that the greatest show on earth
would exhibit here the 15th of May.
This announcement elated the small
boy as well as the countryman. Two
years ago when Barnum was an
nounced to show here, he was pre
vented from doing so by a very heavy
rain, which made the ground so muddy
that it was impossible to get the heavy
wagons anywhere near where he had
pitched his tents. The great showman
lost about $5,000 at that time, although
he would have made money had he
been able to exhibit, for there were
fully 10,000 strangers in town notwith
standing the disagreeable weather.
Burnuui may have rain this year also,
but he has something almost as expen
sive as rain to annoy him already.
Adam Forepaugh has stolen a march
on him. tis circus will exhibit here
the 30th A this month. It looks as
though Eprepaugli comes here for no
other purpose than to bother Barnum.
But Barnum is not going to be out
done. Wherever Forepaugh posters
are seen, Barnum's men either tear
them down or pay some one to do so.
Then they put up a Barnum poster.
Ill every 8t,OrP. nr hnsinaca nlonn Rok
num’s men will give complimentary
tickets, and even money besides, if the
proprietors will put up their posters
instead of Forepaugh’s.
For several days Barnum has had
half a dozen wagons out around the
country, whose occupants tear down
Forepaugh bills and put up his own.
He has had a large banner stretched
across the main thoroughfare of the
town, which attracts everybody’s at
tention. Countrymen, when they
come into town, stare at it in amaze
ment. The other day Barnum had a
sort of a parade. He employed six
teamsters with horses and wagons.
In the parade, the first wagon con
tained a band; then followed four
wagons with immense bill boards, cov
ered with all kinds of circus posters,
and lastly came a large wagon filled
with hand bills, which a lot of boys
were industriously distributing. Dod
gers littered the streets like snow.
Out here in the country this was a
novel way of advertising and took
well. From the crowds that were on
the streets one would have thought
there was a big celebration of some
kind. Every street car in both Eas
ton and Phillipsburg is covered with
“Wait for Barnum and Jumbo, May
It is the intention of Barnum to keep
up the excitement until he arrives.
He is going to have parades once or
twice every week. A circus out here
is a big thing. The public schools
always close when Barnum comes,
and even the factories shut down for
the day. The newspapers are reap
ing a harvest in advertising. Fore
paugh is after Barnum, and is making
it warm for him; but Barnum is away
aucuu ou iar. JLLlbU. gOOU tiling lliat
the circuses are coming, for it livens
up the town. It has been more dead
than alive since the first of the year.
Mrs. Usury, the wife of a farmer liv
ing sixteen miles south of Shelbyville,
111., has met with a terrible death. A
few mornings ago she had a quarrel
with her husband and determined on
frightening him when he came in to
supper. She emptied the contents of
the coal oil cau over her clothes, and
then proceeded to do the same with
the lamps, throwing each one out of
the window as she emptied it. By
this means she became thoroughly
saturated with oil, and her young
children, frightened, called in one of
the neighbors, who stayed until her
husband came home. He paid no at
tention to her on entering the room, so
she deliberately walked up to the stove
and ignited her dress. She was immedi
ately enveloped in flames, and, rushing
out of the door threw herself into a
ditch close by. Her husband at
tempted to rescue her from her fearful
position, but could not succeed in tear
ing off her clothes until it was too late
to save her life.
Prince Leopold was the only mem
ber of his family who ever was in a
police court. He went into the Bow
street witness box to give evidence as
to the outrage on the Queen committed
by the crazy lad McLean, of which he
had been an eye witness, seated as he
was in the carriage with his mother.
He gave his evidence with great clear
ness and succinctness.
A wonderful faith cure is reported
from Clyde, Ohio. Mrs. \V. H. Painter,
, a minister's wife, has been miraculous
ly cured. Her complaint was of the
lungs, accompanied by general debility
and frequent recurrences of a most dis
tressing sick-headache, which caused
her prostration for days at a time.
For many years the doctors have as
serted that one of her lungs was en
tirely gone and one year ago, while
living in Brooklyn Village, her remain
ing lung became so much affected that
for many weeks her life was despaired
of. Since then she has been living at
Fredericktown, where she was again
prostrated with a severe illness, five or
six weeks ago. As soon as Mrs. Paint
er rallied slightly she was taken to the
home of her daughter, at Clyde, seem
ingly more dead than alive. The
change did not seem to bring much
benefit, and for several weeks she had
remained much prostrated, being able
to sit up only a few minutes each day.
Among the persons admitted to see
her were the Rev. G. W. Ball and his
wife, of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, who encouraged her with the
hope that there was yet power in faith
in the Lord to raise one as weak as
she. Grasping this hope, it was made
the subject of special prayer for several
days, until a few days ago, when read
ing in her Testament, she found a
passage which confirmed her faith in
the fullest degree. A few minutes
later she was impressed with the
thought that the work was done. She
rose and went rejoicing through the
house. shontinD' “Glnrv tr. Cinri Hie
wonderful manifestations of goodness'.”
The news of such an unusual occur
ence spread rapidly and caused a de
cided sensation. Mrs. Painter re
mained up during the day, and talked
with and received the congratulations
of nearly forty friends without showing
much fatigue when evening came. She
walked about forty rods to meet her
husband, who knew nothing of the
change which had been wrought in the
two days in which he had not heard
from her.
A charming matrimonial romance
was brought to an abrupt ending re
cently in one of the law courts of Rome.
A young fellow of 26 years of age, of
handsome and elegant appearance,
and a young creature of 17 years of
age, his wife, were charged with theft.
He had been cook and she housemaid
in an Irish gentleman's family. A rob
bery having occurred in this family,
the young couple were suspected and
imprisoned. When they were brought
before the bench both burst into tears.
As soon as they could be calmed the
young man, as usual, was asked his
name, and, covering his face, he replied
that he was Count Riccardo Strozzi, a
legitimate descendant of one of the
most illustrious families in Italy. The
wife, though not of so noble a birth,
is .also of a very good family. They
had fallen in love with each other and
ran away, traveling about in disguise
in order not to be discovered. At last,
being penniless, they had entered the
above family as servants, as already
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was proved as clear as day. The coin
cidence of their flight with the day of
the robbery was thoroughly explained,
and they were set at liberty amid the
cheers of the whole court. It is not
stated whether the stern parents re
lented or not, or whither the young
couple went.
Iu Reading, Pa.,preparations are go
ing on for the erection of a large num
ber of houses. In excavating for the
cellars lime stone rock was struck,
which requires blasting. Stones weigh
ing from ten to twenty pounds were
thrown, and to break these rocks into
small pieces for the city's streets was
the task undertaken by two middle
aged women named Shultz and Fries,
respectable residents of the city. The
women with hammers are at work iu
the open air breaking stones. They
receive thirty-five cents a ton for their
work, and each can break a ton and a
half a day. They sit on small stools
on the edge of tlje quarry, and swing
their hammers lustily, not caring for
the gaze of the hundreds who stop to
view the novel work of two native
born women. They work only eight
hours a day. The women are widows
with children, and say they prefer that
sort of work to washing or other house
hold drudgery.
A sect is said to have been discov
ered in Rostov, South Russia, who
poison children with narcotics. It was
founded by a woman who murdered
her children in order to relieve them
from earthly suffering and procure for
them celestial happiness.
There are two colored men in the
present Congress, Smalls, of South
Carolina, and O’Hara, of North Caro
lina. The former has long been a
power in his State. Among the ne- '
groes of the coast counties he rules
like a king. Smalls sprang into noto
riety by a daring act he performed
early in the war. He was a slave, but
had been trained to the sea, and was
loaned by his master to the Confeder
ate Government to act as pilot in
Charleston Harbor. While serving in
this capacity one very dark and stormy
night he ran the steamer Planter into
the Federal fleet and surrendered her
before anybody on board discovered
his purpose. The newspapers were
full of this feat at the time, and Smalls
became famous. He went into the
Union navy, came north and was lion
ized in New York, Philadelphia and
Washington. The act made him rich
as well as famous. With the prize
money the Government gave him he
purchased an extensive plantation near
Beaufort after the war. During the
carpet-bag reign in South Carolina he
was active in politics and materially
increased his wealth.
Smalls lives in fine style at Beaufort,
and drives the handsomest pair of
horses in South Carolina. He is a
widower, but has a daughter who
keeps house for him. She is well edu
cated, and unusually intelligent. In
Washington he boards with a colored
iamny on Jj street, near sixteenth.
O’Hara is a native of New York, a
graduate of Harvard University, and a
lawyer by profession. He went south
in reconstruction times, and has been
pecuniarily successful in politics. He
has his wife and family with him at
Washington, and lives in good style on
Fifteenth street, near M. Mr. and
Mrs. O’Hara are both devout Catholics
and attend the colored church of that
faith near their residence. O’Hara
employs a white tutor to educate his
A gentleman of this city passing
Herkness Bazaar, in Philadelphia,
during a sale of fancy cattle, not long
since, concluded to drop in and look
around. He noticed a cow before the
auctioneer’s stand and heard that
worthy say “75 I am bid, who says
76?” Being somewhat of an agricul
turist, he concluded the animal was
cheap at $76 and bid the amount.
Someone in the crowd went one dol
lar better, but he promptly followed
suit until the auctioneer was calling
“88.” Then he reasoned to himself
that the other man probably wanted
the cow and it would be rather low
down in him to run it up, seeing he
did not really' need the animal and
would only be bothered getting her
home should she be knocked down to
him, so he stopped bidding. The auc
tioneer promptly notified the other
gentleman that it was his cow for
$6S8! The Salem man went out into
the open air to catch his breath. Next
time he bids on anything in a strange
place, he proposes to be in at the start
and know what he is doing. A $688
cow would have been a bitter pill for
him to swallow.—Salem Sunbeam.
In point of longevity, Mansfield is
credited with the best record among
Connecticut towns. The oldest inhab
itant is ninety-eight years old, and
in the last half century twenty-eight
persons have died whose average age
was ninety-seven years, four of whom
were over one hundred years old. Mrs.
Mary Southworth died at the age of
one hundred and two. About one
hundred persons, it is said, have died
within fifty years upward of ninety
years old. At present there are forty
nine persons over eighty years old in
the place.
A wealthy Scandinavian from Bis
marck, Dakota, arrived in St. Paul,
Minn., last week, and said he wanted a
wife. At the depot he met for the first
:iwe a man to whom he offered $200 if
ae would find him a wife on short
lotiee. The man took him to his own
louse and introduced him to hi?;
laughter. The bargain was quickly
made, and, as a guarantee of good
faith, the man from Dakota transferred
f40,OOo worth of Bismarck property to
liis intended bride. The marriage took
place a few days later.
Major Weirman, formerly Private
Secretary to President Johnson, and
prominently connected with Western
railroads, died suddenly in the Cole
man House, at Broadway and Twenty
eighth street, New York, Wednesday,
April 16th. It is said he contemplated
suicide, which death prevented. He
was engaged to be married shortly to
a beautiful and wealthy girl.

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