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SHOWS SPIRIT. LITTLE TOWN OF HALIFAX It is Small, bat Old and Has Push. Halifax, Dauphin county, Pa., deserves a ereat deal of credit for undertaking in o ceremonious a way the celebration of ner centennial anniversary, it must oe rememharerl that - Hali fax in onlv a village In size, albeit aboro, and has a population of but 515, yet its people had the nerve to carry to a moBt successful completion this Important celebration and deserve a great deal of praise. They showed a thoroughness of purpose that is highly commendable, and their celebration will be talked of for years as the result of the enterprise of the people as a whole. If Halifax's centennial celebration shall work as much good for that borough as the Dauphin county centennial did for this city in 1885. we should expect to see the town take a boom and increase nojf only in copulation but in size and importance. importance. It is an acknowledged fact that the 1885 centennial celebration in ' this city did more to help Harrisburg than any event in its history. It showed the city what it could do; its citizens what they were capable of in united action. It instituted a spirit of good - fellowship in Harrisburg that was totally lacking p - e - vlously ; it led to the agitation of progressive progressive ideas out of which grew things of practical value that have simply boomed Harrisburg and made her one of the most pushing, progressiva cities in the United States. Best of all, the centennial of 1885 relegated the clam to the rear shut him out altogether, so that no longer is his voice heard in the burg of Harris. All inside inside of ten years, and the end is not yet. Let Halifax begin the boom now, and keep it up. Hhu has the location and the people. Tiibkk aru other towns in Dauphin county that will be called upon in coming years not so far off to celebrate tne centennial centennial anniversary of their creation. In 1907 Millersburg, which waa laid out in July, 1807, - will no doubt celebrate. Hum - melstown passed its centennial year in 1862, being laid out in 1762. Middletown could have celebrated its centennial seventy - five years ago, as there was a town and a church there in 1720. Linglestown was laid out in 1765, and Rockville in 1831. Shellsville was laid out in 1821, Jacksonville in 1825. Dauphin in 1826, Gratz in 1805, Berrysbure in 1819, Eliza - bethville in 1817. " Do you want to buy some ex - Confederate Confederate Confederate monev ? Fellow down in Georgia will sell you bills of all denominations from $1 to $100 for from five to twenty - five cents each. Time was when a $100 bill was not worth five cents, and Gossip heard an old' soldier who marched with Sherman to the sea tell how he offered 91,000 in Confederate money for a loaf of bread, and his offer was rejected with scorn by the good lady in the Georgia home. However, she gave him the bread for nothing, explaining that the reason she had refused the money was because it was utterly worthless and ten times the amount he offered would not even buy a slice of bread. No Baby In the House. No baby in the house, I know, 'Its lar too nice and clean ; No toys, by ceaseless Angers strewn Upon the floor are seen ; No nnger - marks are on the panes, No scratches on tlie chairs. No wooden men set up In rows Or marshaled off In pairs ; No little stockings to be darned, All ragged at the toes ; No pile of mending to be done. Made up ot lay clothes : No little troubles to be soothed ; No little hands to toll ; No grimy fingers to be washed ; No stories to be told ; No tender kisses to be given ; No nicknames, " Dove " and " Mouse ; " No merry frolic j after tea, No baby in the house I Clara G. Dolllver. CAPITOL HILL. The Attorney General's Department has plenty of work growing out of appeals in the "riser" cases. Ex - Bepresentative Flickinger, of Jfirle, is president of the State Association of Fire Insurance Agents, which is meeting here to - day. PERSONAL PARAGRAPHS. Brief Mention of tne Movements or Your Friends and Acquaintances. Senator Cameron is in the city. Joseph G. Ewinsr, Esq., is at Holly Inn. State Librarian Ele is at Atlantic City. Dr. George W. Atherton, of State College, College, is at the Lochiel. Miss Solleliac, of North Front street, is at Capon Springs, Virginia. Miss Dora Mayer, of Rohrerstown, is visiting friends in this city during this week. Mary E. Weibley, daughter of J. C. Weibley, left this morning to visit friends in Perry county. Mme. Mario Decca and a jolly party left on the tally - ho "Valiant" tor Halifax at 5 o'clock this morning. Rev. L. F. Baker left town yesterday for Mechanicsburg to attend a meeting of the Archdeaconry of Harrisburg. Master John Burtnett, - of 1103 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania avenue, has gone to Lancaster to visit his aunt, Mrs. E. P. Smith. Miss Estella Urban and Miss Clara Gaul, of Harrisburg, are visiting the former's Bister, Mrs. Howard Bird, at Norfolk, Va. Ifev. W. M. Bium, D. D., and his son, Dr. Cnarles Bium, of Philadelphia, were the guests of relatives in this city yesterday. yesterday. Conductor Fehlcisen, of the East Harrisburg Harrisburg electric railway company, is on duty again after a week's illness of malaria. malaria. Miss Bessie Smith, of Montandon, and Miss Lillian Lysle, of Cheaterville, Pa., are guests of Miss Carrie Orth, 217 Briggs street. Kimburg Black, E l ward C. Kolbfus. WilUrd Black, Robert D. Jenkins and Edward Keffer are camping on McCor - mlck's island. Cards are out announcing the wedding of Dr. U. W. McKenzlo, of Duncannon, to MIbs Katharine Hess, of Steelton, tomorrow tomorrow evening. Prof. T. C. Porter.of Lafayette College, Easton, and Mrs. Porter are guests of G. Z. Kunkol, brothor of Mrs. Porter, at 21 South Front street. Select Councilman Naudain Hamilton is contemplating a second trip around the world. It will be remembered that he made his first one several years ago in company company with John E. Fox, Esq., and County Treasurer Lynch. Hiding to Gettysburg. Captain Ott and Second Lieutenant Major, of the Governor's Troop, to - day drove over the route to be taken by the Troopers next month in their ride to camp at Gettysburg. They arranged for provender provender for the hors s and decided on the route to be taken. The troop will leave here about G A. M. and ride by way of Shep - herdstown, Dillsburg and Petersburg. The distance from the west end of the bridge is thirty - four miles. QUAKER CUT NOTES. The Record. Cucumbers are getting seedy. E?ery thief may not bo a good ballplayer, ballplayer, but he is naturally a base stealer. A man may be said to pick his teeth when he selects a false sot from the dentist's dentist's assortment. The man who carries his visiting cards in his purse is liable to loso both his purse and his good name. The girls at the summer resorts have no fear of a man under their beds, nor anywhere else for that matter. Lady (at the hoisery counter) "Are these colors fast?" New Clerk "I should think bo, ma'am; they were made in Chicago." Chicago." New Cook "No, ma'am, I can't stay any longer. Your daughter has so many dudes calling on her I'm afraid the neigh - bora will think they come to Bee me. " Dade O' Border "You want a job as a paper - hanger. Have you had any experience?" experience?" Applicant "Well, I've had ome experience at hanging. I was a sheriff in the West for ten years." Now doth ye green young country boy Ye apple eat of similar hue, And strange to say ye same doth make JUlm feel quite Wuo. BOSTON THUGS MOBBED. A Philadelphia Crowd Handles Them Pretty Roughly. ISGRACEFUL conduct conduct on the part of Tucker, Nash, McCarthy, McCarthy, Long and Duffy, of the champion champion Boston team, precipitated precipitated a riot at the Philadelphia base Dan park yesterday, the 6,000 or more specta - - t'lk. tors surgiug uut uu mc diamond and handling the above - named players, especially Tucker, in a pretty rough manner. Had the Philadelphia players and about fifty police not gone to their assistance, they would have all been in the hospital today. today. Some of them got off easy by being dropped into the grand stand. The Bos - tonians brought the trouble on themselves by their bull - dozing, blasphemous and dilly - dallying conduct. Tucker ha4 a bone in his cheek fractured. The police made several arrests. The League will be asked to make examples of the Boston i - anp. Opportune Batting Did It. Old Opportune Batting figured largely in yesterday's game here, smiling alternately alternately upon each team, but smiling last on the Anthracites. It was a good game. Smink's Maiding was away above par. score oy innings: Harrisburg. ... 0 l l 0 Pottsvilie oooo o o o 0 l 3 10 2 0 2 0 0 2 4 12 3 Wente; Wilson anl Batteries Meoney ana Digging. Umpire Rlnn. At Hazleton B. H. E. 2 113 16 5 0 X 14 16 2 Baldwin and s. H. E. 0 0 2 8 5 0 2 3 9 3 Fleming and Hazleton...... 0 3 2 2 AUentown . 4 0 15 Batteries Lukens and Moore; MlUlgan. . At Lancaster - Lancaster 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 Reading o 0 O 0 0 l o Batteries Jone3 and Goodhart ; cote. At Scran ton . Scranton 1 0 3 2 1 2 0 R. h. E. 2 112 14 1 Philadelphia... 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 5 8 4 Batteries Ycrkes and Rogers ; McGulre.Brown and Roth. Umpire Corcoran. Baltimore Still Winning. ' New York 7. Washington 2 ; Baltimore 13, Brooklyn 4; Cleveland 16, Cincinnati 7; Pittsburu 5. St. Louis 4: Chicago 8. Louisville 5: same given to Philadelphia 9 to 0, Boston refusing to abide by the umpire s decision. Standing ot the Clubs. NATIONAL LEAGUE. W. L. W L. Baltimore.. 41 21 .677 Brooklyn... 35 30 Boston 4Q 25 .613 ClaclanatL. 31 37 New York.. 41 27 . .603.SC Louis.... 31 41 PhUadelp'la 37 28 .563!chlcago 26 45 Pittsburg .. 40 31 .593 Louisville... 21 46 Cleveland.. 37 33 .552 ! Washlnjt'n 19 51 .538 .456 .431 .377 .333 .271 STATE LEAGUE. L. ! AUentown. Lancaster.. Scranton... Pottsvllle.., .875 .625 .625 .571 Reading.... Hazleton Harrisburg. Phlladelp'la .429 .375 .375 .125 Uauerstowa Takes the Second. Lykens lost yesterday's game at Hagers - town, the score being 82. Carpenter and iuulhill were Hegerstown's battery and Smith and Foster were in the points for Lykens. ' , Bits of Sport. A team that defeats the present Pottsvilie Pottsvilie - iggregation has to pHy bill all the time St. Liurence German Catholic church, Walnut and Fifth streets, will picnic at Highland Springs to morrow. Pitcher Mackey has bean sent a ticket and will bs here Monday. He should be uiven a fair trial. His eyes are said to be all right. REPUBLICAN LEAGUE. Convention or Clubs to be Held Here In September. The executive committee of the Republican Republican State League met at the Lochiel Hotel this afternoon to arrange for the annual r.onvention, which will be held in this city Wednesday, September 5th, at the Opera House. It will be a large gathering gathering of the enthusiastic ycung Republicans Republicans of the State, and as the opening of the campaign promises to attract - many party leaders. General D. H. Hastings and many other popular Republican favorites favorites will be present. One of the features will be a great mass meeting, which will ba addressed by speakers of national reputation. The local committee, with H. P. Miller as chairman, is taking care of the arrangements arrangements here in behalf of Harrisburg and Dauphin county clubs. President John B. Robinson was in the chair and called the meeting to order in the parlors of the hotel shortly after 2 o'clock. There was a very full representation representation of the committee. The convention will meet at 10 o'clock on the morning of the 5th ot September at the Opera House. There will be a mass meeting in the evening and President Robicson said he was hopeful of having all the Republican candidates and several national leaders present. He stated that he had seen Congressman Thomas B Reed and expected to have him as one of the Speakers. Governor McKinley, of Ohio, and others will also be invited. President Robinson appointed as a Committee on Transportation: N. D. Young and J. B. Lukens, Philadelphia, and F. C. Miller, of Pittsburg. It was understood that the officers of the League would arrange for speakers. Spencer Simpson, of Philadelphia, was chosen official stenographer of the convention. convention. President Robinson mde a little speech urging the members of the committee to communicate with the clubs in the various districts and secure their admission to the League. Many new club3 are being formed throughout the State. The local committee had a conference with the executive committee and arranged arranged details. The outlook is favorable for a large and enthusiastic convention. A. Wilson Norris, chairman of a subcommittee subcommittee on resolutions, reported the following, which were adopted: Wherras, The Republican party recently recently assembled in State convention has placed before the people of this State a ticket composed of men distinguished for their ability and unswering in their Republicanism, Republicanism, Resolved, That we, the members of the Executive Committee of the Republican League of Clubs, not only reaffirm our allegiancs to Republican principles, but heartily and unqualifiedly endorse the candidates nominated and solicit the earnest support of every member of the League throughout the Commonwealth. Resolved furtJier, That in order to conduct conduct a successful campaign we urge upon every officer of the League the importance of a large attendance at the annual convention convention on September 5th next and the necessity of thorough and efficient organization organization in the local clubs. CAME TO HARRISBURG TO WES. Charles llenery, of Steelton, and Miss Eva JacobSjOfHummels town, United. Charles Hencry, a prominent baker of Steelton, wedded Miss Eva Jacobs, of Hummelstown, at the home of John Nell, 2014 North Fifth street, last evening evening in the presence of about one hundred invited guests from Philadelphia, Lancaster, Lancaster, Reading, Steelton, . Hummelstown and Millersburg. Rev. Martin P. Hocker, of St. John's Lutheran church, Steelton, performed the ceremony in the pretty parlor decorated by Floral Caterer Mc - Farland. Martin Gland, of Steelton, was groomsman and Miss Sa villa L. Weaver, of this city, bridesmaid. George Adams, of this city, was usher, and Miss Katie Warden played the wedding march. The bride and bridesmaid wore China silk and carried a handsome bouquet. The wedding presents were numerous and costly. Mr. and Mrs. Henery are now on a wedding trip to Philadelphia, Atlantic City, New York, Boston and other points. They will reside in Steelton. Board of Control Contracts. These contracts have been awarded by the Supply Committee of the Board of Control : General supplies to Roberts & Meek, wholesale stationers, Market square; for writing and pencil tablets to Mt. Holly stationery and printing company, of Mt. Holly, represented by Zac T. Meixell,1216 North Third street, this city ; for slates to Central book store, Market street. Called to Lebanon. Rev. W. E. Stahler, of Shippensburg, has been called to be the successor of Rev. Dr. Dunbar as pastor of Zion Lutheran church, Lebanon. He has not indicated his intentions as yet. Rev. Mr. Stahler declined a call to the pastorate or Messiah Lutheran church,this city,afew years ago. ONE HUNDRED YEARS CENTENNIAL OF HALIFAX Interesting arid Creditable Celebration Celebration of the Anniversary. AN IMPOSING CIVIC PARADE. Governor Pattison and Other Distin - guished Visitors Present. Splendid Display of Flags and Bunt ing. Special to the Telkgbaph. Halifax, July 18. One hundred years is a ripe old age, but historic Halifax, along the Susquehanna, which it has been said possesses "a higher morality and a lower death rate than any settlement of similar size in the Keystone State," never smiled more youthfully upon her admirers, admirers, nor decked herself in more gorgeous gorgeous holiday attire than she did to - day in honor of the completion of a century cycle of birthdays. The county has been talking about and waiting upon the Halifax centennial for weeks and it is only fair to say 'that when it came to toeing the scratch for attendance attendance the inhabitants of Dauphin were there. They were there early. To use a common but expressive phrase, they were there with both feet. They were the feature of the occasion, and the features were not lacking in numbers either. They poured into the pretty town soon after dayiignt in venicies ot every description, and the heavily loaded trains brought the more distant sightseers upon the ground by the hundreds. Madame Decca, who sang this after - Doon, drove a merry coaching party from Harnsbure on the tally - ho "valiant. They started at 5 o'clock along the river drive, reaching Halifax about 9:30. Those who occupied seats cn the coach were Madame Decca. Mrs. M. VV. MCAiarney, Miss Martha McAlarney, Dr. and Mrs. Zenas J. Gray, Professor and Mrs. Gause, Miss Laura Gause, Miss Margaret Ingel.of Lexington, Kentucky, who is Madame Dacca's guest at the Villa Decca; Major and Mrs. J. u. smith, Miss tsene Mac - Dowell, Mrs. Grissinger and Robert E. MacAlarney. Among the Harrisburgers seen on the streets were Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Tech - meyer, Fred, and James Yingst, C. S. Seeger, Samuel Kuhn, Wm. Kelker, C. Metzger, Miss Edith Rhodes, Mr. and Mrs. Fortney, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Freeburn, Charles Cilley, Abram Breckenmaker, John Hummel, Fred. C. Frasch, Jerome Hue, Mr. and Mrs. Anson hi. 1'help?. Mrs. Spong, Edward Weese, Stewart Hoffman, Benjamin Brightbill, C. J. Brubaker and Squire Booser, of the county commissioners' commissioners' office, Prof. J. H. Kurzenknabe, H. W. Techmeyer and Major Sheaffer. The county politicians were there. Ex - Sheriff Saeesley and ex - Sheriff Wells Buser rubbed elbows with the present Sheriff Shellenberger. The Harrisburg newspapermen were Wilmer Crow and Charles Straw, of the Star - Independent; Wm. Underwood, of the Patriot; Ellis F. Mumma, of the Call; Zenas J. Gray, of the Telephone, and Robert E. MacAlarney and W. G. Rlfferl, of the Telegraph. Streets Packed. The streets here are jammed with the rush of sightseers. That is the two streets are. There are but two main avenues in Hali ax, but they are pretty ones and the houses are frilled with flags and flounced with bunting in a lavish manner. Governor Pattison arrived this morning shortly after 9 o'clock and was drawn trom the train in state to his headquarters. Prothonotary John Mellick accompanied him, and they were seated in the carriage opposite Mr. D'arnswortn, the orator ot the day. It was a lolly car that brought the Har risburg G. A. R. men into town. The stations along the line were enlivened by the strains of "Rally Round the Fiag" and other national airs. Coroner and G. A. R. Commander Frank Hoy was master of ceremonies. He officiated by turns at the cymbals and snare drum. The coroner was a mounted aid in the parade and galloped galloped around upon a dapple gray with the grace of a Centaur. 1 he streets were dusty for the paraders. although all Halifax labored last night with hose and barrels ot water wetting down the route of procession. The sun came out hot though this morning and the welting of the night before was scarcely perceptible. There are flags everywhere. many ot tne wayside towns have them in profusion. Crowds from Everywhere. Perry county i migrated across the river at Clark's Ferry for the day at an early hour this morning. Madame Decca sang in the afternoon in the covered pavillion erected at the corner corner of Front and Market streets. She gaveEckert's "Echo Song" immediately after Governor Pattison's remarks. At the close of the programme she sang 'The Star Spangled Banner," assisted by a chorus of Halifax singers under the direction direction of I. N. Toomey. The diva was in exceptionally good voice, and her singing singing was a marvel of power and sweetness. She wore an elegant French costume of gray cloth embroidered in steel, with hat, shoes and gloves to match, and received a most enthusiastic reception. Mr. Toomey entertained Madame Decca's party during Iheir stay. The tally - ho "Valliant" and its fair freight was one of the marked attractions attractions of the procession. Photographer Musser, or Harrisburg. took numerous pictures of the procession ana town. Good Nature Prevails. The crowd is a good natured one and up to 11 o'clock but one dog fight has marred the paacef ulness of the celebration. No cases of picking pockets have been re ported, and taken as a whole it is an ideal country centennial - celebration. There are bands ealore. Good, bad and indifferent from the neighboring hamlets. The morning trains brought in numerous raitirs ana tne ever present peanut and hand - painted lemonade stands haunt the street corners in good old circus - day style. it has Deen a great day lor the countrv beaux and their sweethearts. White gowns rule upon the streets, and white shoes seem to hold popular favor in spite of the dust. The Odd Fellows turned out strong in the parade, nearly every town in the county sending delegations. Editor Shope, of the Halifax Gazette, inarched through the dust and played the cornet with the Halifax band. Oration by Mr. l"ariiswortli. The platform at the corner of Market and Main streets was occupied by Governor Governor Pattison, W. C. Farnsworth, the orator orator of the day, Judge McPherson, Hon. B. F. Meyers and other distinguished persons persons when the centennial exercises were held this afternoon. The programme consisted consisted of an invocation by Rev. Henry White, of the M. E. church; brief addresses addresses by Governor Pattison and others ; music oy the ounoury Dana and the singing singing of Madame Decca. The historical address of Mr. Farnsworth was, of course, the chief feature. He spoke as follows: In the bright sunlight of this beautiful mid - summer day, this multitude has as sembled to celebrate in a fitting manner, an important event in the local history of Dauphin county. One hundred years ago, perhaps at this very hour, two men of sturdy German ancestry, dedicated to the world what is now the borough of Halifax. Halifax. Their act was unaccompanied by any such demonstration as that by which we are now surrounded; there were no bands of martial music, no throngs of marching men, no outbursts of glowing oratory to add imprcssiveness to the scene. More likely those two patriotic pioneers, who were engaged in the difficult task of carvin a town out of the virgin wilderness, wilderness, were compelled to dodge the flying arrows thrown by the skulking, treacher ous redskins, who infested the fore3ts of this vicinity. George bheaiter and reter nice, the men to whom Halifax owes its origin, were neither philanthropic millionaires nor real estate speculators, in the modern acceptation acceptation of that term. They were, upon the contrary, men of the most meagre educa tional advantages, poor in everything save ambition and industry in their selection ot a town site, governed solely oy neaiiu - ful location and beautiful surroundings. Town building, in those days, was not a mere matter of skillful financial manipu lation. as at Dresent. but was either the re - suit or in anticipation of the development of contiguous resources. There are several reasons which might be assigned as being responsible for the birth of Halifax. Its location is most condusive to general health, its river front the most beautitui along the whole course of the Susquehanna, Susquehanna, from source to mouth ; and it is, in addition, the natural outlet of two large and fruitful valleys. But ncrhana the most powerful inllu ence contributing to its location was the previous construction, at the mouth of Armstrong's creek, of;Fort Halifax, from which the town took its name. This fortification was erected in 175G, by Col onel William Clapham, in obedience to instructions from Governor Morris, of Pennsylvania, who recognized at once the strategic importance of the site, as a means ot colonial defense in the a rencn ana Indian war. The maintenance of lort Halifax brought to this immediate vicinity vicinity not only the considerable number of soldiers composing the garrison, but as well many actual settlers, who were attracted attracted to this neighborhood by the close proximity of this means ot aeiense againBi the attacks of their enemies. It is impossible impossible for us. after the lapse of one hun dred years, to accurately estimate the siren gin or euner oi tnese inuutuicL no moving caU3es for our municipal existence. existence. But be that as it may, Halifax was laid out substantially on its present site on the 18th day of July, 1794, and it is the one hundredth anniversary ot inis event we are commemorating by these ex ercises to - day. This charming little town, nestling af fectionately upon the eastern shore of the broad and picturesque SuEquehanna, has made no marvellous advance in industrial development. It is not the center f teeming teeming commercial activity, nor are its streets the scenes of busy manufacturing enterprise. enterprise. Its growth has ever been slow, as its people have always been conservative. Its most valuable product has been the men of brain and brawn, whom it has sent into the world to make their impress upon the history of other and more progressive communities. And, after all, my fellow citizens, the town or city which produces a race of men superior in intellect and ambition to the general average, does more towards building up our institutions and elevating the tone of our national character character than those who contribute nothing save a heterogeneous increase to the total population. The men and women of Halifax nativity have left the stamp of their individuality upon every section of this great country. They have risen to eminence and prominence in all the learned professions; they are directing large educational institutions, with their incalculable influence upon the future of the race; managing gigantic railroad cor porations, controlling vast business enterprises enterprises and fliliag high official positions with a dignity, grace and efficiency that would add lustre to the fame of any community. community. Many of them are among those assembled here to - day to do honor to old Halifax, and it is a source of much personal personal pleasure for me, representing those in authority, to welcome them back to the town of their birth, which has become famous largely through their achievements. achievements. But, my fellow citizens, aside from all this, what is the object and purpose of this and kindred celebrations except as a method of temporarily stopping the ponderous ponderous wheels of industry and calling the attention of a busy people to the triumphs which flatter or the dangers which threaten the institutions of which we are all so proud ? What can be more comforting comforting for us than to look back over the history and progress of our own country during the time that has elapsed since the event we celebrate took place? What more encouraging than a study of the past century's advancement and a dream of the next century's achievements ? What more gratifying to a patriot than the knowledge knowledge that since the birth of Halifax this great nation has risen fiom obscurity to its present proud position among the States of the world, and that all the while our liberties have been growing deeper and broader and our citizenship more sacred and valuable ? That the same period of time which covers the existence of this little town marks the growth of the nation nation from three million people to upwards of seventy millions, its wealth from nothing nothing to seven thousand million dollars and the development of its industries and the multiplication of its enterprises to a degree degree hitherto without a parallel in the history history of the world. The century, whose completion we are now celebrating, has little significance special to the borough of Halifax. We are not here to receive congratulations upon the building of a great city during the ten decades just coming to a close, nor have we made such advancement in me chanic arts or commercial supremacy as entitle us to the felicitation of our less fortunate neighbors. We are but one of the indivisible, and I was about to say invisible, invisible, parts of that grand union of States, which, beginning practically with the birth of Halifax, has had srch a career of triumphant progress that the whole course of human government throughout the world has been literalized and improved as a result of that experience and by force of that example. Individual, personal liberty has become the rule rather than the exception, and the influence of our achievements upon the domestic institu tions of two continents is incalculable and unmeasurable. Nor is this the only feature feature of the past century's advancement. That period has been the most important in the history of the race In all that goes to make life worth living, the past one hundred years have witnessed a greater development than all the preceding centuries back to the creation of man. These years have been freighted with ac complishments ot the most transcendent importance and those ancient citizens now before me, who are bowed beneath the accumulated accumulated snows of many winters.have had the good fortune to live through the most dramatically mementous years that will ever fall to the lot of human kind. Science has illumined the path of progress with the torch of marvelous discovery.and even religion has felt the stimulating effect of modern enlightenment. Education, mental mental and mechanical, baa largely increased the usefulness of man, and in an equal degree lessened the duration and eased the burden of his daily toil. The development of the arts and the refining influences of modern civilization have added much to our capacity for enjoyment and robbed life of its stale and tedious monotony. Who is there among you, pausing to - day to contrast the condition of our country one hundred years ago with that prevailing now, can fail to become better citizens and stronger patriots ? Whose love of country is not intensified and whose Americanism made more pronounced ? And what, after all, my fellow - citizens, are these celebrations, ; occurring almost daily iu some partof this great country, but schools of patriotism, where young and old drink freely from the fountain of liberty and thereby become more strongly attached to the institutions and measures which make the enjoyment of that liberty possible ? These are some of the lessons taught by such exercises as those in which we are now engaged, and while celebrations of this character are clothed in the garb of local significance they are really purely national in importance. importance. It is not, however, my desire, purpose or intention to dwell upon or discuss at length either of these propositions. Those who will follow me are a thouiiand - fold better qualified and equipped for that duty and my task is ended when I have pointed out the object of the celebration and extended to the multitude now surrounding surrounding me the freedom of our little city. What we lack in sizs we make up in hospitality hospitality and on this occasion we have unlocked unlocked the gates of the town and thrown the keys into the river. Upon the part of the municipal authoritieti and citizens of this borough I bid you all welcome thrice welcome to Halifax and trust, as I believe, believe, that when this centennial is over and those of you who reside in distant cities and towns have returned to your several homes that you will industriously refute that malicious malicious slander, which has become historical, historical, that going to Halifax is synonymous synonymous with a visit to that famous brimstone brimstone factory, which all good Christians seek to avoid. Permit me in closing to again extend to all the strangers within our gates a thoroughly sincere, cordial and heartfelt welcome to the little town of Halifax. An Imposing: Parade. The parade, which included civic socie ties, u. A. li. I'osts and other organiza tions, moved at 10:50 over the announced route in the following order: Chief Marshal - Isaac Lyter. Aids E. F. Koppenheffer. Dr. C. C. Miller, Miller, C. C. Zimmerman, Harry Uhricb, O. C. Nace and L P. Bixler. First Division. Marshal F. IL Hoy. Aids S. B. Fortenbaugh and W. B. Nace. Sunbury Military Band. Harrisburg G. A. R. Posts. Millersburg G. A. R. Post. Duncannon G. A. R. Post. Fisherville G. A. R. Post. Halifax G. A. R. Posts. Harrisburg Sons of Veterans. Distinguished guests in carriages. Second Division. Marshal Major J. Frank Miller. Aids Chas. Moyer and Samuel Bowers. Millersburg Cavalcade. Millersburg band. Millersburg P. O. S. of A. Mahantango P. O. 8. of A. - Halifax band. Halifax P. O. 8. of A. Union town P. O. 8. of A. Liverpool band. Liverpool P. O. 8. of A. Third Division. Marshal J. B. Seal. Aids Valentine Lenker and John Deibler. Berrysburg band. Millersburg Knights Golden Eigle. Harrisburg Red Men. Fisherville Knights of Pythias. Georgetown band. Georgetown Jr. American Mechanics. Fort Hunter Jr. American Mechanic?. Heckton band. Jacksonville American Mechanics. Millersburg Odd Fellows. Dauphin Old Fellows. Duncannon Odd Fellows. 1794 - 1894. Some Halifax Historical Matter of Special Interest To - day. Halifax, July 18. The town of Halifax Halifax was laid out July 18th, 1794, by Peter Rise and George Sheafer, who had a survey survey map made, upon which the lots, streets and alleys of Halifax were designated designated substantially as they exist at the present. The earliest deed executed for land in this vicinity was that given by Thomas and John Pecn, proprietors, t Robert Armstrong. The warrant of survey survey bears date the 17th of April, 17Gl,and the deed the 8th of February, 1775. Robert Armstrong is supposed to be the first settler in the neighborhood. The survey for and map of the town were made by John Downey, and the lots were sold for $20 each. Up to 1785 Halifax was a part of Upper Paxtang township Lancaster county, Dauphin county not having been formed until that date. From 1785 to 1803 it was a part of Upper Paxtang (now called Paxton) township. Dauphin county, at which date the township of Halifax was created by order of court. From this time it continued part and pircel of Halifax township until 1875, when it was incorporated incorporated as a borough. The first houses were erected along the river, on Water street. The pioneers of Halifax were largely of Scotch - Irish extraction. There was also a considerable sprinkling of English and Germans. The first storo started in Halifax was probably that kept by Mr. Perdue. The first manufacturing enterprise, enterprise, a nail factory, was started by John Wood in 1800. Almost from the very settlement of Halifax it has been the homo of various small enterprises. The first hotel in Halifax was opened in 1800 by George Rahn on the corner of Market and Water streets. There was also a public house called the "War Office,' which originated from the fact that it was used as a recruiting recruiting station during the second war with ifin eland. 1812 to llu. This stand remained open as late as 1830. In its iearly history Halifax waa the scene of the largest shad fishery in the State, and sixty teams were engaged in transporting the delicious fish to market. After the building of dams in the river this industry finally went out of existence. The growth of Halifax, while necessarily necessarily slow, has bsen of an encouraging character, and it is the belief that the next century holds great things in store for the town. Newspapers. The first newsnaner was started in 1814. the 224 of February, called the Halifax Herald. It was Democratic in politics. Its motto was, "We aim to serve the people people and to promote the greatest good to the greatest number." It lived a little more than three years and was moved to Liverpool. Uenrv Shammo was postmaster in ion and an advertisement in the Herald says: "Office open all day. but persons are re quested to get their mail in the evening." Alter the collapse 01 the ueraui mere was a long period of time elapsed until the next journalistic venture was undertaken. undertaken. In March, 1887, C. R. Shope, who had previously been working for the Uah - risbukq Telegraph, started the Halifax monthly, which he continued until 1888, when a partnership was formed with his father, and the paper changed to the Halifax Halifax Gazette. The Gazette has been a suc cess. The firm of J. w. Shope .v Hon was dissolved October 1st, 1893, when the paper passed into the control of U. it. Shope, the present proprietor. Ruffians at the Celebration. This afternoon a telegram was received by Mayor Eby from the burgess of Halifax asking lor police assistance to quell some rioters from Perry county, who were alleged to be trying to run the town. Owing to illness of members of the force Mayor Eby was not able to spare any men. There were several fights among the drunken toughs and some bat tered heads. Xotes of the Day. The parade was a success. The programme is replete with splendid features. Band concert to - night, corner Main and Market streets. The Fort Hunter and Halifax base ball clubs played this afternoon. Over 1.700 tickets were sold at Millers burg this morning for Halifax. There were not less than 0,000 visitors and at least 1,500 men were in line. There will be a fine display of fireworks this evening to top off the day. - The one hundredth edition of the Halifax Gazette to - day made a popular hit, a large number being purchased. The magnificent decorations everywhere to be seen in the town, and the unanimity with which the national colors are displayed displayed alike everywhere have made a strong impression among the visitors, and demonstrated conclusively the fact that the fires of potriotic zeal and fervor glow brighter than ever in the hearts of the people. Lykens accommodation had six cars and all packed. At least 300 people at Millersburg Millersburg were unable to get on. A special train from Sunbury had sixteen cars and all were packed. They arrived at 10:10, one hour and ten minutes late. About 600 people came from Millersburg. The Lykens Valley and Powells Valley turned out by the hundreds. Dikes to Protect Sunbury. Sunbury. July 17. The voters of this town balloted to - day on the proposition to create a $10,000 loan with which to construct a dike along the Susquehanna river as a protection against; floods. It was decided by a large majority to make the loan. ; STATE HEWS. A hail storm cut to pieces the com and oats in the upper end of Bucks county. A fund to buy ice and sterilized milk for the poor has been started at Chester. United Friends of Pennsylvania yesterday yesterday held their Grand Council at Lancaster. Lancaster. A heavy stick of timber fell upon and crushed Christ McManus, a Shenandoah miner. The annual convocation of Calypso Sunday School Assembly began last night at Bethlehem. Four Reading lads were arrested for an attempt to burn Steeiy & Weinhold'a large planing mill. The cave - in at Reading is spreading and the Berean Baptist church has suffered considerable damage.

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  1. Harrisburg Telegraph,
  2. 18 Jul 1894, Wed,
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