Wilkes-Barre Semi-Weekly Record from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on October 23, 1903 · 6
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Wilkes-Barre Semi-Weekly Record from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania · 6

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FRIDAY. OCTOBER 23, 1903 T7ILKEE-BAI1EE SEMI-WEEKLY BECORD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, r?y$ LOCAL HEROES OF ANDERSONVILLE. Those Who Were Confined in That Memorable Prison Pen-Rtcital of Some Thrilling. Incidents ONLY EIGHT ISRAEL P. LONG WAS A TOUTH WHEN CALLED UPON TO UNDERGO THE TORTURE OF CRUEL WAR'S DECREES. Israel P. Long-, the well known letter1 carrier, who resides at 12 North Main street; Is- another of the veterans confined ' In Anderson vllle Prison during the. war and his experiences were thrilling and varied. Mr. Long was only 17 years old when he enlisted, 'hi Co. F, 7th Pa. Reserve Corps on March 2, 1SG2. Soon afterward be was fighting at the front and In June of that year was captured at Gains' Mills, Vj, and eonflned In Libby Prison and Bie Isle for six weeks, until exchans- ed. He was fighting with his regiment at the Second Bull Run a week after his exchange, when he was wounded by a fragment of a shell. After three months In a hospital he rejoined his old command and participated In several engagements. He was captured again at the battle of the -Wilderness on May 5, 1864. and confined In various southern prisons for a period of ten months, four of which were spent in Andersonville. His life as a prisoner L P. LONG. of war was thrilling, as he escaped from one prison and spent fourteen days In a swamp, pursued bv blood hounds and was finally recaptured. THE CAPTURE. "But the horrors of Andersonville are freshest in Mr. Long's mind. Speaking of his capture and experiences he said: r "It was afthe battle of the Wilderness. We were sent into the fight at the extreme left of the line. A dense wood hid us from the enemy and the first thing we knew we were surrounded by the enemy and found a Btrong . force in our rear. The entire -regiment was practically captured, but many made their escape later. When surrounded we scattered and tried to escape. Mr. Hagenbaugh and I were together and were brought up short by a rebel who fired five shots at us at long range. We dropped behind a log to save our lives and soon after were fjiauc risuuers oi war witn many others. We were taken to Lynchburg and put on a train for Andersonville, reaching the prison on May 22, 1864 The privates were penned up In the stockade and the officer n Macon, Ga. I remained at Andersonville for four months, until the latter part of September, when, with about 275 of the healthiest prisoners, I was ai u unaneston, s. C, and placed under the fire of the Union army. When the Federal troops heard of this inhuman plan, a similar number of southern prisoners were placed in a iine position and the Confederates ftgreed to stop the barbarous practice and I was sent with, the batch to an- ATTEMPTS TO ESCAPE. "When I reached Andersonville the rreater part of my apparel wag taken from me and 1 was herded in the dreadful enclosure with several thousand others. The number of prisoners rapidly increased and the number ran top to 28,000 within a few weeks. Then the horrors began and men died like flies. We had no shelter, had to take the hot sun, rain or storm as it came Half a pint of corn meal was the daily ration and some days, when the rebels would hear a story that we were dig-ring a tunnel to escape, we would get aothing to eat We attempted to dig several tunnels. . crowd would be picked and sworn to secrecy, but at the last moment somebody would squeal and our plan would be frustrated. PILES OF DEAD BODIES. "Until the stockade was enlarged there was only one entrance and a gruesome spot it was every morning. Those who died during the night were dragged to this entrance and after the .wagon would arrive with our portion of corn meal and unload It the dead would be piled up on the wagon and carted away. I saw 263 dead piled up at that gate on July 4, 1864, all having died in one night from scurvy, Termin, fevers and diarrhea,, caused by starvation and lack of shelter The sufferings of the sick and dying were horrible. 1 saw a man who got the scurvy In his mouth pick all his teeth out of tils Jaws with his fingers. Next if. h!L,beaime raving maniac and died. We had no water for a time except what came from a swamp, and that became so bad during the warm weather and from the crowd of dying men lying about it that It was unfit lor cattle. Then we had to keep sixteen feet Inside the walls of the stockade, and any person who stepped across the dead line was shot down without a word of warning. Home sick soldiers wouid reach over the dead line in an endeavor m i , the stream less contaminated with the t.n or ine camp and would promptly shot by the guards. be FROVIDENTIAL. TrovMfnce ram to our aid in our deepest dlFtrewn. On dy, the latter part of July, a heavy rain storm came vp find wahed nway a place In the nariK and a stream of pure, cold water nih-d out that afirrnnrds supplied u with pure water, Having thousands or lives. I b'Hpve the npiing I running to this diy and I rifsr there Is mv etone monument built over it. One of my fonst r'iri t R0 n there niryln and drink Sme of that water. The boys called It Trovl-rrtnj Spring." "He r"-irw about a fin full of f"'rt mnl dry fr, our rations. T rrif iif i xhf solder on a rant"n n-1 r,);ri our mtnl in the half. I ; Hnjt a little fire nf ehavihns cut f" n i'jz. A n fre rot permitted to r no knivi, fnvr smugrled Into fu" 11 '' 'n rrer-t 'msM for cut-l - ? jr firff.ood. (For those four : llliWliilliil lilPii" JM , WILKES-BARRE SURVIVORS, Concluded from last issue. months the outside world was a blank to us. We saw a few rebel papers, but they were filled with stuff telling that everybody north was - licked and tnat our soldiers were deserting. I entered the prison with a party or n ve. tu t t wo of t hem died there. When we entered the stockade there was no law or government in it. Each man was his own guard so far as law and order were .concerned. We had all kinds of men there. Some robbed and killed their fellow prisoners and things -became so bad that 'we finally formed a . vigilance committee to watch for the raiders. Men were appointed to stand - guard nights- and e - finally caught six men in the act of murder and robbery. A bad gang had a brush lot in one corner of the stockade and would not allow the rest of us near it. This was their headquarters, but after we caught the six the brush lot-was examined and, - several gold watches and a lot of other stolen stuff was found buried there, also the bodies of some prisoners whom they murdered. These robbers were supposed to be our own men and after we caught them we had a regular -trial and all were found guilty. The verdict was sealed and sent under a flag of truce to Gen. Sherman, who approved it, and the six were hanged together in the new part of the stockade. One jof the Union prisoners, a scout for Gen. Custer, known : as "Limber - Jim,'- acted as hangman. The rope broke with one of the six and while they were preparing to string him up again he tried to escape and ran Unto a swamp filled with the filth of the camp, where he stuck fast. I helped to carry him back, and although he begged for his life, he was strung up again with the others and on the second attempt his neck., broke instead of the rope. After the hangings there was better order In the stockade, but the vigilance committee was continued until after I was taken away. - UNIVERSALLY HATED. " j "Old Wirs used to come into the stockade ; every few days and was especially severe if he heard there was an attempt to escape. The dead line, sixteen feet from the stockade, was guarded so closely that a piece of wood that ' lay:a few feet, beyond the line could not be lifted before the man who tried to do to would bo shot. I asked Win one day to let me get the stick and he growled at me, gave me a kick and said: 'Get oudt. What yo.u....wanjL-around . here; you Dutch man Mean.' He could do nothing mean enough to the prisoners and was universally hated. LEAVING THE PEN. 'I left the prison in September, be ing picked out as one of the healthiest and best able to walk. I waa In tatters when I left, one of my pants legs being rotted off. I kept a diary of my experiences in the prison and also took the addresses and last messages of many- who, iiedr promising-to-notify their relatives if I ever was released. But when finally on shipboard for the Union lines, I was taken desperately sick with fever and the soldiers who were caring for me did riot know the value of the diary in my knapsack and threw the knapsack into the sea. It would ' take pages to tell of the horrors l, witnessed during my four months at Andersonville. I hope to visit the place again on the reunion of its' Pennsylvania prisoners in November." BERJAMLt F. DILLEY. SOME STARTLING INSIDE HISTORY NOT BEFORE PUBLISHEDWAS CLERK FOR WIRZ EXCITING INCIDENTS FROM MR. DILLEY'S RECITAL. Benjamin F, Diliey, one of the best known and most highly esteemed residents of Wllkes-Barre, was a prisoner at Andersonville for probably a longer period than any other Union soldier, and there are few men now living who had such an Interesting and varied experience there. He is probably the sole survivor of those able to give the truth of what transpired outside the stockade or the motives and causes for so much' of what took place within. Mr. Diliey was at Andersonville Prison over a year, and while there served as clerk to the famous commandant of the prison, Capt Wirs, being in a position to learn much of what transpired on both sides of the stockade. While Mr. Diliey is too mod- S . -... . . B. T, DILLEY. est to speak of his services, it Is known that he was Instrumental In aiding many poor Union comrades, victims of th prison pen, and making their fate less hard, and there are some yet living who testify to his assistance and kindness. The story sf Andersonville Prison from the outside was never truthfully told and how for the first time a light Is thrown on many things through Mr. Dllley's narration, which gives a new coloring to some of the. Incidents. While the other prisoners . speak of what took place on the Inplde, his rem-Inlwcencei denl principally with Wirs and he incidents TutMJe the stockade. II 13 CAPTURE. Benjamin F. DUly enlisted on Dfc. 2, Ififil. in the first brigade of the department of West Virginia, and participated In many engagement in the Potomac campaign, until finally cap-tured by a mounted force In one of Ofimore's raids. He was a sergeant at thnt time and In charge of company In wint quarters at Patterson's Creek. Va. On Frb. t, 1?4, Gllmore stid his raiders, dred Inblue. like Union soIiIIts. dashed down on the f Rtip, surprised the sentinels, who took them for Men, and captured the company. Mr. Diliey was confined In : M Belle Isle Military Prison, which he says was worse than Andersonville, and on March 8, 1864, was taken, to the latter place, being among the first batch, of prisoners who arrived. He remained at Andersonville until March 18. 1&6S. one year and one week, a long' er period than any other soldier of whom there is any record. . There were about 300 men in Ander sonville when Sergt. Diliey arrived, one of a large batch of starving, dying .men from " Bell? Isle. He -was an ex cellent penman at that time, and learn ing that commandant Wirs was look Ing for a few good clerks among the Union soldiers to assist in keeping a record of the prisoners, he tendered his services. Wirs was so pleased with his penmanship, which was shown in a printed letter of application, that he at once engaged Sergt. Diliey,, and then began for the latter a year of exciting incidents, although with less privation than those confined on the inside. SUFFERING NOT EXAGGERATED, "The suffering among the prisoners inside the Andersonville stockade1 has not been exaggerated," said Mr. Dil iey. "Pen cannot do Justice to the horrible picture, but the causes, of the deaths and suffering, and the responsibility for them has sometimes been misplaced. I was on the outside and talk- from -knowledge- and experience, and I say that if the Union prisoners on the outside had done their duty things would not have been so bad on the Inside. The food could have been distributed better. It could have been cooked, there could have been more of it and the men could have had some shelter and firewood, but the prisoners appointed for this work failed te do their duty to .their comrades on the Inside. The system was bad and when 30,000-men were crowded in there during the trying days of July and August It seemed that every man looked out for himself and did not seem to care what became of ; the others. There were 900 prisoners on the outside and they did very little for those shnn j they were to serve. At first I went into the stockade daily with Wire, taking a tablet to Jot down notes, so I got a knowledge of what was going on the requests of the menand the orders of the commandant. ESCAPED FROM GUARDS. "After we arrived the prisoners asked permission to go out to gather wood. WIrz consented and sent ten guards with a squad of 100 men. After thev tat-'OTirstde-ltre-'pTisOTe me guaras and made their escape. They were recaptured and Wirz became more stringent in his rules. Afterwards, when further requests were made to gather wood, five prisoners were allowed out with two guards, but the same thing happened.' The guards were again overpowered and the prisoners ran away. After that Wirz would not allow any out. He said that if they considered it their right to get away it was his to prevent them. "Then Wirz did not have sufficient men to guard the place without the strictest regulations. There were 1,000 Confederate soldiers as the full force and they had to guard three stockades, not one, as some imagine. The big prison stockade was the important one, but there was also the hospital stockade and another where officers were confined. And 1,000 men guarding 30,-000 had to be strict or they would be overpowered. The guards were poor examples of Confederate soldiers, mostly farmers, old men and boys. The veterans were ail at the front fighting. The garrison force at Andersonville would have been overpowered and captured If the Union prisoners had not betrayed each other's plans. t BETRAYED COMRADES. "I remember one day when there were rumors of a big plot to rush the guards and escape, a Union prisoner in the stockade sent word to Capt, Wirz that he wanted to Bee him on a very Important matter. Wirz said: "Let htm come in and we will hear what he has to say." I was standing there at the time and heard all that was said. The prisoner came in and told that his comrades were digging a tunnel to throw down part of the stockade and had planned to rush and capture the guards and make a general escape. "After the man had given all the information Wirz looked at him a moment in silence and then said: 'Take him back into the stockade. "The man had expected to be liberated for giving the information and when he was ordered back he fell on his knees and begged to be paroled. He said he had a wife and two small children, whom he wished to see and that he betrayed his comrades In the hope of getting out, as he feared he would .die Inside. " "Take him back," repaeted Wirz. 'Any . who would betray his comrades would betray me.' "The man prayed not to be sent back inside the stockade, saying the other prisoners had suspected that he had betrayed them and that they would kill him that night, but Wirz still despised him as a coward and had him taken back. , CAUSED WIRZ'S EXECUTION. "Strange, but it was that same man, that traitor, who was the cause of Wirz being hanged. When taken back he saw that he was suspected by his comrades, that they knew he squealed, and before he would submit to their vengeance he deliberately walked over to the deadline and lay down to be shot by the guard. An old untriier mi guard saw the man walk out and lie J uown. ana ininmng him crazy hesitated to kill him and fired a shot over his head. The man never moved and the officer of the guard was called and the man removed. Wirz was told of the occurrence, learned the Identity of the man and told the guard to shoot him If he crossed the line again. Within a half hour he walked out again and the guard shot him through the head. "Except this case, it Is not on record that a Union prisoner was shot at Andersonville by a Confederate soldier That was the only murder proved sgirrnst Wirz at the trial, he having given the order to shoot the man If he crossed the line and the commandant was hanged for It. "To warn the Union soldiers that he knew of the plot to escape, Wirz posted notices about the stockade, telling of his knowledge and warning the prisoners that the guard and battery were ready and prepared to shoot on the first sign of a movement to carry the plan Into effect. "Every plot and tunnel made by the prisoners was told to Wirz by tome of those Union traitors, the kind that would not prepare food or glvs all that was allowed to the prisoners. Those people mere responsible for much of the sufferings and deaths among the men. NO STARVATION, "Now. this talk of dying of starvation at Andernnvle Is not true. None died of starvation. The deaths were caused by scurvy, diarrhea and other dle. Trio men brought to Andersonville from Belle JMe were thoe who died off by hundreds. They were starved at Belle Isle and 6,000 of them wer taken to AnderscnviHe dying of starvation. On the road to the latter prison they were given small pieces of raw pork. This was poison for starving men, although those who gave It might not have known it. The soldiers had not tasted meat for months and la their starved, weakened condition the raw pork caused a diarrhea which, in nearly all cases, proved fatal. It was such weakened, starved men sent to Andersonville from Belle Isle and other prisons which made the death roil so large. They were dying when they reached us and the crowded prison and poor food at Andersonville finished them. Many lacked for food at Andersonville. but the strongest man got the best and most of it. x Andi this talk of blood 'hounds. I saw no blood hounds. There, were a number of dogs, curs and beagles, who snade a great racket and would tear a man if he ran. ' One of our men tried to escape several times, but was always recaptured. Once he was torn on the legs by the. dogs, and when taken back Wirs admired his pluck and had him cared for and sent to the hospital. He said: 'Poor fellow; I would give him a parole if he aked for it, but he is too d . proud and would rather try to escape.' THE RAIDERS. V : "The stories of th nrlun meneing killed and robbed Inside the srocKaae, reacnea tne ears or Wirz and he took steps to have it stopped. He sent for the flftv urnanti In nksrs of the squads of prisoners, questioned mem ana saja: -ay u l am going to have this thing stopped and I want you to help fne," -. ,..... "One of the sergeants applauded and said: 'Bully for you. "Wlr B-ftt anirrv and renllait. -v you say bully for me now, but when I get inside the stockade it is go to h you organ grinder.' . "I remember nf ihS armt .kA..f thirty of the raiders shortly after that They were tried. Some were punished to ball and chain, some to run the eauntlet. and were nlmnt hon.n death, and six were sentenced to be nangea. j.ne sentence was put in an envelODe and addressed bv ma in th Jieadauartera at RMmnnit nn back approved. On the day the sen . v.... V. LUill tence was returned wirz sent for the six condemned men and spoke to them. T rememher thA flieno -amil ah . ' v . . ah n C1C standing on a sort of a platform, with me rays oi me setting sun shining urtnn them - Wirs aM' 'Tf vi have any word or confidential letters to send to friends I will see that they are sent, u you desire a priest oh, we have a priest here and if you want a minister of nnv other riannmlnotlnn T will send to the town for one. but mark my woras,' and tne commandant point ea to tne setting gun, which threw a ruddv lteht on the rrotin. p nn aa that sun Is setting you will never see anomer sunset.' "One of the prisoners lans-hed and Andlherotherslsashowed' some brav- 'ju. uui aicer- mey were- returned -1 me orison inev rem-ixen ihot thcip fem. had come and one sent for the priest. ine uonreoerates did not wish to take pnv nart in tha oTamitinn m r ... ...u t.vv,u..uii, oaju 'MrDiIIe-V-T'hrft"-thPv--p-H-i7-i--ii.--TTnCT prisoners facilities and opportunities to ao me joo. a requisition ror 'heavy llimher to hlltM fl 'ahori' -wan rmmntl. honored, although both sides knew the 'shed' was to be a scaffold. The rope was also smuggled in, although none knew where It came from. On the mornin&r of the erepiitlnn rrtx Vie tha drivers bringing in food for, the prison ers noticed -a con or rope lying in the middle of the road. He knew what it WAR tn he iinerl fnr and tnamnA It nn v.1. wagon and brought it inside the stock- aue. ; wnen au was reaoy. wirz delivered the six prisoners to a committee or our men and they were marched to the scaffold. I saw the one man who tried to run away when the rope brokq ano saw mm Kicked and beaten. Some would have tnrn him tn nluiaa h h& was marched back to the scaffold and nanged with the others. MORE ABOUT WIRZ, "This talk about Wirz abusing the prisoners and striking them with his fistS iS not true Wfr waa a fiHnnla rheumatism or something, and he could scarcely use nis nanos. sometimes his hands and wrists were bandaged. When he entered the utAclrnriA ha aowIo n revolver along his side In one hand, but uon i mm iy could strike a prisoner with It And his horse I saw pictures of Wirz riding a horse so spirited that it stood on one leg. Now the truth Is tnat wirz rode an old mare about 13 years old and he mounted it by a stalr- wav. He could not null hla mm- nut of its scabbard when he went out to review nis troops and some one always drew It out for him and put it in his hand. Yet he was a brave man and died brave. When called out to be executed he reached up to where he kept his plug of tobacco, cut off a piece, which he put In his mouth, and turning to the guard said: 'Go ahead. I am ready.' He said nothing else, but walked up on the scaffold and was hanged. "What was said about Andersonville and what happened there cannot be made too bad, but the Winders were more responsible than Wirz, and they were more deserving' of punishment than he was, CHILD BORN THERE. "Very few know that a child was born In Andersonville prison," concluded Mr TMllev. "A man n-am as a Union soldier or spy and brought into tne camp. He was accompanied by his wife, who wjjuld not leave him. and shortly afterwards she gave birth to a child." Mr. Diliey has many Interesting reminiscences of Andersonville," many of which were never published and would throw new light on many things which transpired there. His experiences and knowledge of the prison, would make an Interesting book. EP WORTH LEAGUE CLOBB OF THE CONVENTldN OF WYOMING CONFERENCE IN BINGHAMTON. Elnghamton, N. Y., Oct 2t Special to the Roord.Th closing session of a most successful annual conference Ep-worth League convention was held at tha Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church this evetpng. A good representation from the Wyoming Valley wss present. Rev. J. L. Thomas of Parsons conducted the singing throughout ths convention. Among the het addresses wpre those of rs, II. W. Tilmer of Wllkes-Bsrro on "The boy problem" and by Rev. Dr. E. M. Mills of Klmlra on "Civic rlghteousnewi.' Oeorge D. Oenung of the Waverly (N. Y. Kr- Press, the- conference president, did much toward contributing to the success of the convention. The principal address given this evening whs delivered by Stephen J. Herben. -Utant editor of the ChrlntlAn of New Yerk City on '.m vital factors in ire oeveinpment or Meinodlnm." Rv. J. M. Taber made some touching remarks and offered prayer. ZAIN-WIIDONER WEDDING. fDsily Record. Oct. 21 At the manse of th Memorial Church last evening Miss Gertrude M. Wlldo-ner of ptttston was united In marring to Chre D. Znln of this elty, by Rev. A. J, Kerr. After the ceremony they went to their newly furnished homi on f-fit Market street The. bride Is US. . Z L . "' lnm rea- i byterlan Church of Pittston and ths groom nas charsa of the ca n i I nigniy esteemed worker I. .V- laD'e 4 4 I JenningsYille. Correspondence, Oct. J1J , Bare Icman. and Robert Shoemaker acted as Jurymen last week. Charles Grow of New Mexico is visiting his parents here. . Martin Garey of Sayre is visiting friends here. . Dana In man. who has heen ennftned to the house for some time la able to oe arouna. Miss Bickford Le Doux visited here aunt Mrs. J. G. Taylor on Saturday and Sunday. Misses Mattle Storey and Frances Haiowut, accompanied by Rev. William Prutzman of Noxen attended the aid at ran Robinson s, Porks ton, on Wednesday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Irving Price and Ed ward Watkina visited at W v Veirh line's thla week. A. B. Sharpe. an old and respected citizen, aepartea mis lire on tTlday. He leaves a wife and fr.ur i-hiMr-.n- Sarah and Arthur, who are at borne, "rvin, or ciarn s Hummit, and Mrs. Gefsham Bunnell of Auburn Corners. The funeral was held at tha h Sunday. Interment in Vaughn Ceme tery. - ' PITTSTON. Correspondence, Oct 20. Early yesterday morning Mrs. J. O'D. Mangan passed away at her honw on William street after an illness extending over a fortnight. Her condition seemed at nn tlma allrmlnr anH hopes were entertained for her ulti mate recovery. was a snock to the community when her death was announced. The deceased was a native of this city, being born twenty-eight years ago in the house adjoining her present residence on William street She was the daughter of Mrs. B. A. O'Malley and the late Dr. Peter O'Mal-ley, and a granddaughter of the late Michael Reap. Her early education Was aCOUlred With tha slatera nf tha I. H. M. in this city and Scranton, and lunciuueu ner studies witn tne Men-dames of the Sacred Heart Eden Hall. Torresdale, Pa. Two years ago she was united in marriage in St. John' Church by Rt. Rev. E. A. Garvey of Altoona, to John O'Donnell Mangan, who survives her with - two children. Thomas and Mary: her mother, Mrs. B. A. O'Malley, also survives. . The deceased possessed a happy and -unassuming disposition, and by her kindly feeling and. pleasing qualities trnv-anl all won a legion of friends throughout both counties. Called away in th beauty of her early , womanhood. - a shadow has been left where but a short time ago a bright face cast its happy glow upon the world. Yesterday morning occurred the death of Joseph, the 14-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lyons of Lambert street. The child died with fin attack of convulsions. ' The funeral of Mrs. Margaret Frederick took place yesterday morning from her late home on Carroll street A mass of requiem was sung in St Mary's German Catholic Church by Rev. W. Brehl and interment was made in St, Mary's cemetery, Ham-town, The following acted asx PU bearers: Frank Nowak, John Call. Frank Baumgardner, John Kress, Joseph Frederick and Joseph Huien. The opening day for the new Union Savings & Trust Co., which resumed buiinea5estrdax-at12o.rlhain. street was very encouraging. The place had a hustle about it during banking hours and many people visited the place and iviewed the interior with much pleasure. ' Treasurer Mc-Cracken and his assistants, Mr. McMillan and Mullin, were kept busy, Mr. Trumbower. n director si, on- corded the first honor among the of- """ " ueposu tne nrst account, and when the bank closed over 130,000 had been taken in. "About 8 o'clock last evening a team of horses hitched to a heavy dirt wagon coming down Market street became frightened-at the headlight on one of the Laurel Line cars that was stopped Sr,.the atatlon and dashed down the hlirat a mad pace. The driver was unable to tontmi ttum rtn Mnihih. Main street one of the horses fell and was araggea a short distance by the other horse, when both horses became tangled in the harness. Several people got one horse on its feet, but the other one was unable to rise, as Its spine war injured and it could not use Its hind feet. The animal will nmhnKi., have to be shot. The team and wagon uciuuk lo liveryman Fitzpatrick. The wagon was damaged. The driver, Brennan by name, waa thrown off and received a deep gash over the eye, from which the blood flowed freely. Chief of the fire department John J. Hart has reason to be thankful this morning for his narrow escape from instant death. Last evening Mr. Hart was on the D., L. & W. train that leaves Scranton for Pittston about 6 o'clock. When nearing Lackawanna station he turned in his seat to speak to some One In the eent hahlnri him . i the same lnstaat a bullet came crashing through the car window, whizzed past his face, over the head of a passenger in the onnoHtte car and nut tha other window. If he had not turned to speak, the bullet would no doubt have gone into his head. No one knows who fired the shot At the meeting of the Holy Name Society last nleht Jnhn Allan pointed instructor. It was also decided that the encletv meat nna a week to take up the rehearsal of music. Next Sunday evening the first rehearsal will be held and every member Is expected to be present Mr. Allan Is becoming one of the leading bass sing- riH in mis section. He has tone and quality and, with his fine voice, is a fine acaulsitlnn tn fit Jnhn'a n r Church choir. Correspondence, Oct 21. Dial Rock Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held Its annual meeting at the home of Mrs. Charles Law on Luzerne avenue, West Pitts-ton, recently. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Regent, Mrs. Annette Gorman; first vice regent. Mrs. Selah H. Van Nes; second vice resent Mr s A tirnnhirf retary. Miss Martha Lance; treasurer, nirs. joaepn iangford; board of monument, Mrs. -Thomas Ford. Mrs. Day, Mrs. Samuel Fear, Mrs. Ferriej Smith. Mm. Dr fleverann- advlanrv and committee Rev. Dr Keverann Samual Fear, C. I. A. Chapman. Joseph Lang-ford; entertainment committee, Mrs. Van Ness, Mrs. Hlleman, Mrs. Keeler, Mrs, Yeager; membership committee, Mrs. S. Judsnn Stark Mra. Thomas Coward, Mrs. Relrhard. Plymouth; Mrs. Johnson, Miss Mary A. Smith of Forty Fort. The sneclat work tn he taken tin bv the chapter during the ensuing year Is the erection of a marker on the site of old Pittston Fort, which was commanded by Curtain Jeremiah Blan- chard. The ground formerly occupied by the fort, at the foot of Parsonage street, Pittston, la now ths property of J. EL. Patterson, who ha kindly do nated a plot on which the. marker, bearing a suitable memorial tablet, will be erected. Vr wm n... n.na,imn mltad at .art, iiiii iiiwniii"u ...... ... this office Inst night and stated that she is BUDjectea 10 mucn annoyancn oj boys who seem to take delight In throw- si j s ' ill j JT:iipsin '"' Ing stones at her house and breaking the windows. Last Friday nig nvs men broke Into her home and might have done her harm, but they were frightened away by ths sppearsnte of neighbors. Mrs. J. II. Collier of firnad street and nklMran avtMA within a few ifava tu Join Mr. Collier at Mlnersvllle. Their furniture waa shipped yesterday. Mr. Collier Is Interested with Mr. Nell and others In a large breaker snd their coni shipments are growing quite large. For several months workmen havs keen erecting a modern Jinnee, which will be occupied br Mr. Collier snd family. Pitmen l"ea sn tiprisht cltlsen In Mr. collier. Jle startei lire a strurgie at the foot of tne ladder and worked bla . . . . , Collier. Jle started life's strurgle at ne he gamrd the confidence of hit JWa.Tiaii!r- It . I ' October ;; 1,5 I Is the Day the . We will fit you out this week with a complete outfit by which you may enjoy the pleasures afforded in the "Strenuous Life" which all are now anticipating;. ' " Have you before considered the cost of a complete equipment as extravagant, if so, we will surprise you in giving jou the latest and most reliable equipment ever offered as follows ' I Syracuse Hammerless Gun, ioo Smokeless Powder Shells, f Water-Proof Hunting CoaV I Pair Water-Proof Leggins, I Water-Proof Shell Vest, ALL FOR THE SUM OF. . $25.O0 See our Windows for Sample Outfit. PHELPS, STRAW & CO. I : .....................................,... employers, Mr. Nell, quick to perceive his ability as a business mail of sound gment.--va.a anxious tha tlje. should become Interested in their enterprise. Mrs. Collier and children depart with the well wishes of many friends. Last evening two of the large engines used on the mountain cutoff of the Le high Valley collided In Coxton yard and caused considerable damage to both engines. One engine waa pulling out of 'ox" yard and the other coming down one of the leader tracks onto the track of the other engine In the same direc tion. The engineer of the latter did not see the otlwr engine and collided by side-wiping it. Both were thrown oft the rails and the roadbed and tracks were torn up. The cowcatcher and cyl inder rods were torn ofr and other damage done. No one was hurt. It took five hours' work to clear up the wreck. A hearing was given two Polandera named Peter and John Lagoosh. of EM- wardsvllle, charged with assault and battery by the Shalnuck brothers of EMwardsvllle. Officer Weathers brought his prisoners to .this city . yesterday afternoon. The alleged 'assault was committed on Monday evening. The defendants entered bail in the sum of S5Cfi each for appearance at court. Correspondence, Oct 22. The funeral of Mrs. John O'D. Man gan took place from1 her late home on William street yesterday morning and was the largest that entered St. John's) Church in some time. . At least one half of those present were from the various towns In the two valleys, There were many beautiful floral pieces from the many friends of the deceased. A solemn high mass of requiem was sung In St. John's R- C. Church at 9:30, Rtev. Father O'Malley being the cele brant; Rev. Father Qulnnan of Wyo' ming. deacon : Rev. Father Jordan, sub-deacon, and Rev. Father Manley, master of ceremonies. Occupying seats in tne sanctuary were Rev. Father Crane of Avoca. Rev. Father Greve and Rev. Thomas O'Malley of Upper Pittston and uev. Jtrathor Keeley of Inkerman. -The choir sang the Gregorian mass. At the offertory Miss Kearney sang the beau- tuui and appropriate hymn, "Angels Ever Bright and Fair.' At the close Rev. Father O'Malley delivered a beau tlful eulogy of the deceased. As the funeral was leaving the church the choir sang "Lead, Kindly Light." Interment was made In Market Street Cemetery. The - pall bearers were: Michael. Joseph. Frank.. Leo and Aloyslus Reap, alt cousins of the deceased, and James O'Boyle. Several marriages took place yester day in St. John's R. C. Church, there telng three couples united. Tha last marriage, which took place at 4:15, was that of Myles Burke of Plains and Miss Margaret Loftus of Sehttstonol. "Rev. Father O'Malley officiating. The bride was attired In a gown of tan crepe de chine with fibre lace and she carried a white prayerbfwk. The bridesmaid was Miss Anna Curley of Pugar Notch who was similarly gowned and - carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums. The best man was Richard Burke, a brother of the groom. The couple were recipi ents of many costly presents. After the ceremony they were driven to Hotel sterling, where an elaborate supper was served, at the conclusion of which they repaired to their newly fumlnhed home on South Main street, Wllkes-Barre, where they will Uke up housekeeping. During the ceremony Mies B. Langan played the wedding march. At :M In St. John's R C. Church James McCue and Miss Margaret Mo Mar&man. popular young people of Browntown, were united In marriage by Rev. Father O'Malley In the presence of a large number of friends. The bride and her attendant, Mies Matilda MeMns.msn. her slter. were sowned In white silk, trimmed with medallions and lace. Both wore picture hsts. Ambrose Kenrrts, nephew of the bride, officiated ss bet man. After the ceremony the bridal party went to Wllkes-Barre, where wedding breakfast was served, after which they left for New York, where they will spend their honeymoon. The groom I a popular Lehigh Valley brakeman. while his bride was an efficient school teacher In Pittston Town- hlp for some time previous to her mar- tisge. In the sfternon Rev. Tsther O'Malley united' In marriage Michael Nolan, a prominent "ymirg man of Dupont, snd Miss Marie McTIals, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thorn as McHale of Cork Lane, The bride were a dark blue ens-f.ime, with white trimmings, snd a hat to match. Her maid wss Ml Irene Melvln of Port nriffith snd the best rran was Jamen Murphy of Avoca. At the conclusion of the ceremony the bridal party enjoyed a drive to Wllkes-Barre snd lat evening wretendered a recnMin at the home of the bride's parent, whro Mr. and Mrs. Nolan wlw twrtde for the prert. The groom l a son of Mr. anl Mrs, Peter Nolan cf Du tMrift.iiiLitittiii,tririiiTrifniitM tni wtumi Spoit Opens. For I Corduroy Hunting Cap, r I Water-Proof Gun Case, I Jointed Cleaning Rod, I Shell Extractor, , I Bottle 3 in I Oil, Jl: I m . m m I 4 and 6 North'Main Street ' ' w. f 8 tm sssssssssssssissssij - pont and is employed at the Chapman mine. 1 Alderman .Barretxw ho lajecpgnlzed io o an aoie aeaner in justice, had a rather complicated case last night. It was that of a disappointed lover, who wooed, but his affections were not returned by the young woman. The young man lives in West Pittston, while the girl lives on the east side. She is exceptionally good looking. Some few weeks ago the young man presented her with a costly ring. ; After several ealle at her home she -would leave the house when he came. . Tiring of the cold receptions, he desired the ring bacl. but she would not return it.-The young man aa a last resort had a warrant issued before the alderman for the return of the ring. The good natu-red alderman tried to be a peacemaker in his private office, but the girl would not yield an inch. The twain left the office, she taking the rear entrance while the young man 'went out the front door. Sne uttered the last parting words most emphatically: "Never speak to me on the street." A further hearing will be had to-day and if it is In the alderman's power he will straighten out matters. They have been keeping company for the past four years. Miss Margaret Ollroy of South Main street was agreeably surprised last evening by a number of her young friends calling on her. Several flashlight pictures of the group were taken. Among those present - were: Misses Eleanor Burke. Mame Bonner, Anna ' Bonner. Helen Harklns, Mame Whalen, B. Cummlngs, Rose Grant, Mame Burke. K. Morris and Miss Zink, Will-lam Kearney, James Moran, P. Joyce, John Coyne, Eoyd Harklns, M. F. Con-Ion M. A. Wynne, James Donnelly and Thomas Maloney. - Mrs. E. T. Giering of Wllkes-Barre, Mrs. Thomas Devaney and Mrs. John Gilligan of Newtown were among those who attended the funeral of the late Mrs. John O'D. Mangan yesterday, morning. NEW Buckwheat flour . Maple Syrup. New Comb Honey,' j Pancake Flour. ' . Pure .Cider Vinegar. Fresh Vegetables ' Daily. Pineapples, Grapes, ' ; -' FRUIT Apples, Oranges, Bananas. Rockford Melons. .New Canned Goods. Strictly Fresh Eggs. Fancy Butter. W. D. BEERS 13 West Market Street DR. A. GORDON FINNEY. PAINLESS DENTIST. Palnleas Zitractlon, tS cant Pt Bet of Teeth. S OS. Fillings, M cents end up. Nineteen years etperiaoca Open till I d. m. PUBLtC SQUARE X J

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