Clipped From Pittston Gazette
- ANOTHER II CAVE I AT DURYEA LAST NIGHT; ' CHURCH DAMAGED ! i . k The residents of the back road section section of Duryea borough, the scene of so many surface disturbances in recent recent years, have again been in a state of great anxiety since last evening on account of a new manifestation on the i surface resulting trom mining operations operations in the William A. colliery, of the Lehigh Valley Coal Co., the shafts pertaining pertaining to which are on the West Side of the Lackawanna river, the workings extending a milp or mora to tho en.qr - ward. As a result of last evening's! disturbance, the old brick M. E. church building has been seriously affected, also a portion of Marcy Cemetery and several fine dwellings in the vicinity of the church. This latest surface trouble developed developed quite suddenly last evening between eight and nine o'clock. At this time the children of the Brick M. E. Sunday school were in the Sunday school room of the church, in company company with some of the older members of the school, rehearsing the Christmas Christmas programme. Suddenly the people people in the church were startled by rumbling noises under their feet, and by the crackling of timbers and of plastering. Some of them had been through similar experiences before and they needed not to be told what was in progress. There was some alarm among tne children, but the older ones calmed calmed them, though at once giving the order for the children to leave the building. When the children reached the ' door leading to the outside, they were unable to open It, the building having subsided so much that the casing had been disarranged, - thus binding the door slightly. Fortunately the trouble was not so serious as to prevent the door from being opened as soon as the strong hands of the men were laid on them, and within a few minutes after the first alarm all of the people in the church had departed from it For half an hour or more the grewsome sounds caused by the subsidence subsidence of the overlying rock strata and earth into the mine workings continue continue and then ceased almost as suddenly as they began. It was known last evening that several residences residences In the vicinity of the church had also been affected, but - not until daylight this morning was it possible to determine very definitely how extensive extensive and serious the cave had been. As to the church, It was found that a number of cracks had appeared in the stone foundation and the brick superstructure. The plastering on the interior had also been affected in many places and the doors and windows windows were binding. The trouble seems to be worst at the rear of the building. The entire plot , of ground occupied by the church 'seems to have settled gradually, but the depth of the settling is hard to determine at a glance. The walls of the church building, which is a two - story structure, structure, with the auditorium on the second second floor, are not in any danger of falling at present, but it will be necessary necessary to make extensive repairs to them, and the officers of the church have decided that no services shall be held in the building until further notice. At the rear of tho church Is Marcy cemetery, portions of which have been affected by caves in the past. A portion of the cemetery not previously affected was within the territory that dropped last nlgh, and some of the graves dropped slightly. However, no deep cave holes appeared. appeared. Three neat residences in the vicinity vicinity of the church are also affected more or less. These are the Methodist Methodist parsonage, situated Just north of the church; the house dt Contractor J. EL Breymier, located just south of the church, and the two houses of Contractor William Bown, . situated on the opposite side of the road from the church. . The foundations of the houses: are affected, as. also are the interior plastering, the doors and the windows.; The earth' under all of these properties seems to have subsided subsided subsided - gradually, as also did the street on which they stand. A couple of small water pipes were broken by the subsidence. The residents in the vicinity of the affected territory have been feeling very anxious ever - since the trouble began last night, but It was stated this afternoon that apparently no further trouble had occurred since about 9 o'clock last night. The large store building of Edsall & Clausen, which was badly damaged damaged a few years ago by a mine cave Is only a few hundred feet below the section disturbed last evening, but the proprietors - noticed no change in the surface in the immediate vloln - Ity of their property, today. SUSPENDED nniTniftrn nil CONTROLLER'; - ; . Scranton. Dei. 10 Judge Edward in court this morning, suspended sen - teni e in the cast - , asainst School Controller Controller Thomas E. Price, former School Controller W. 1). Oakley and Architect Architect V. F. Hross, men indicted by th special Tand jury that probed the affairs affairs of the Scranton school district, and who enterej pleas of nolle conten - dre when their cases were called a week ag - o last Monday. Controller William H. Hoffman and Frank Ricca. two others who enterei pleas, are to be sentenced later. They were both too ill to appear in court today. Sentence was suspended at the suggestion suggestion of the district attorney's rep resentaUve. FAMOUS TOLL ROAD HAS BEEN MADE FREE Stockholders of the Lehigh Valley Transit Co., in vAllentown. yesterday unanimously - voted to dissolve the Chestnut Hill & Spring iHou e Road Co. President R. iP. Steven ts declared the company dlssolv d anj its thoroughfare thoroughfare a free road. In its t'me the turnpike a. th Chestnut Hill & Spring pHouse Road Co. was the best piece of highway in North America. It was over this road that the Liberty Bell was hauled tw 1777 to prevent Its falling into the hands of Lord Howe's army. The deathblow to .thi turnpike, a toll roaj came lri 1907. when t Montgomery County Court appoint a iury. which condemned! it. The Le high Valley Transit Co. yesterday received received from the Montgomery County Treasurer a check for $68,000, principal, principal, interest and tolls, in settlement of all its claims. 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