The Semi-Weekly New Era from Lancaster, Pennsylvania on October 29, 1892 · 2
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The Semi-Weekly New Era from Lancaster, Pennsylvania · 2

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Saturday, October 29, 1892
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2 ' - COLUMBUS DAY. THE CELEBRATIONS IN THE SCHOOLS. The Great Holiday Observed by the Schools Throughout the County with Unusually Elaborate Celebrations. Columbus Day was observed in an appropriate manner by the public schools of Manheim borough, the following programme being rendered : Music, My Country, tis of Thee; address, presentation of the flags and shields in behalf of the camp, by Rev. C. J. Waimkessel; address, acceptance and piesentation of flags to the principal by Dr. J. Francis Dunlap, President of the Board of Directors ; address by Prof. J. XI. Schenek, Principal, presentation of flag3 to the various schools ; address, by Miss Jean C. Witherow, on re-oeption of flags in behalf of the High School ; music, Guard the Flag, by the High School ; address on reception of flags in behalf of Grammar School, John B. fetroh : recitation, The American Flag, Nettie E. Danner ; music, Our Flag, by the Grammar School ; address on reception of flags in behalf of Intermediate School, John S. Matter; music, Star-Spangled Banner, by the Intermediate School; address on reception of flags in behalf of the Second Secondary, by Elizabeth J. Sellers; music, My Own Native Land, by Second Secondary School ; address, by Lizzie IJeieina, on reception of flags in behalf of the First Secondary School ; music, Kellers American Hymn, First Secondary; address, by Mary T. Wagoner, on reception of flags in behalf ot Second Division First Primary ; music, God Bless Our Native Laud by Second Division First Primary ; address, by Annie W. Swarr, on reception of flags in behalf of First Primary ; music, America ; address, Annie M. Danner, on reception of flags, in behalf of the Kindergarten; music, America, by Kindergarten; music, Doxology. AFTERNOON. In the afternoon, commencing at two oclock, the following programme was rendered: Music, America; reading of Presidents proclamation, by John W. Boyd; acknowledgement of God, by Rev. C. il. Shirk; raising of the flag; salute to the flag; music, Americas Flag, by High School; address, The Meaning of Four Ceuturies, by Chas. Long; music, Forth to the Battle, by High School; the ode, Columbias Banner. by Lizzie E. Danner; music, My Native Laud, by the Grammar School ; address, Columbus, by Thomas Whitson, Esq.; music, The Red, White and Blue, High School; address, Our Flag and What it Symbolizes, by Prof. A. U. Lesher ; music, Song of Columbus Day; address, Our Public School, by Rev. C. II. Shirk; music, doxolgy. Columbus Day was observed in a fitting manner at the East Park school, one mile east of the borough. At 2 oclock p. m. Manheim Council, Jr. O. U. A. M., No. 32, headed by the Keystone drum corps, marched to the school house, and through Rev. A. M. Hackman, of Lebanon, a member of the order, piesented a fine flag to the school. B. Frank Eshle-man, Esq., of Lancaster, made an address. A carefully-selected programme was rendered, and an enjoyable time was spent by all present. Ephrata Imposing Celebration. The Columbus Day celebration by the schools of Ephrata was an imposing affair and a success in every particular. The nine public schools with their teachers were massed in the yard of the new school building, where the entire official programme, as prepared by the Executive Committee of the school celebration of Columbus Day, w'as rendered by the schools. Dr. D. AIc-Caa, a member of the School Board oi Ephrata borough, read President Harrisons proclamation. Mamie E. Sellers declaimed the Columbus Day Ode, and Irvin P. Fessier delivered the Columbus Day address. Both acquitted themselves very creditably aud were the recipj: cuts of loud applause. Washington Camp, No. 227, of Ephrata, presented the schools with a beautiful flag, which was unfurled from a high stall on the school house. II B. Keller, D. Rhine Hertz and Miss Ida Flick made the presentation speeches, and Walter Weaver, a member of the High School of Ephrata, responded with a neat little speech. At the close of the official programme State Superintendent D. J. Waller and County Superintendent M. J. Brecht were introduced in turn, and delivered eloquent addresses. Both paid glowing tributes to Columbus, aud were listened to with the closest attention and warmly applauded. They also congratulated the citizens and school children of Ephrata upon the erection of so magnificent a school structure by the Ephrata School Board, which they claimed gave a great impetus to the school sentiment of the county. Mr. C. B. Keller, Secretary of the Ephrata Borougfi School Board, also made a few remarks, thanking the citi-zens.of Ephrata for the aid and encouragement which they gave the Board which made the erection of so large and line a public school building possible. Coinmbas Lay Celebrated at Liiitz. Columbus Day was celebrated at Lititz in a very interesting and appropriate manner. The official programme prepared for every school in the land by the Executive Committee was carried out by the public schools in the forenoon. At 9 oclock the schools assembled in their various rooms. They then marched to the yard to the beat of the drum. Captain J. R. Bricker, with a detail of eight veterans, arrived about 9:30 oclock. Warren Buch, a member of the graduating class in the High School, then read the Presidents Proclamation in a loud and distinct voice. The beautiful flag lately purchased with the voluntary contributions of the citizens was then raised and unfurled from the steeple of the High School aud the veterans led the assemblage in three rousing cheers. At the signal from the principal, A. E. Gehmau, all gave the military salute to the flag and repeated the oath of allegiance. America was then sung to the accorupani-, ment of a French bugle, blown by R. N. Welle, and the beat of the drum. The pupils again marched into the building, all repairing to the High aud Grammar school rooms, which were thrown into one, and the exercises, which were repeated in the afternoon, were concluded inside. At about 1:45 p. m. all the children again assembled at the High School building for the parade. They marched ia the following order:. First came the standard bearer of the G. A. R. Stevens Post, No. 517; next came the Lititz Band, followed by the veterans. The school directors came next, followed by the pupils of the First Primary bchool, six of which bore a ship made by Dr. Evans, bearing the inscription Columbus Day, 14412-1892. The Second and Third Primary, A and B Secondary, Grammar and High Schools followed next in order. The Warwick schools, those taught by Daniel Dietrich, bearing a fine large flag, came next, then the Kissel Hill, Lexington and part of the Brunnervilie schools. Many of the children were gaily dressed in red, white or blue dresses, caps, etc., with sashes, flags and drapery. It is estimated that there were nearly six hundred children in the procession. The parade marched out Orange street to Broad, down Broad street to Stoners store, back to Main street, down Main street to Pfautzs blacksmith 6hop aud thence up to the Moravian church where it ended. The body of the church was soon filled wii the children, and the audience yvas obliged to occupy the galleries, organ loft, chapel aud vestibule. The pulpit and the galleries were tastefully decorated with bunting, flags, autumn leaves, vines and chrysanthemums, thanks to the ingenuity of the Misses Mary Evans and Mary Tshudy and Dr. E. E. Evans. In the pulp.t recess was a portrait of Columbus, wreathed with vines and resting upon a background of the national colors of Spain and the United States, with the dates 1492 and 1892. A pyramid of flowers on the right of the pulpit formed a prominent feature of the decorations. The exercises began with an anthem rendered by the Moravian and Lutheran church choirs entitled, Magnify Jehovahs Name, from Bucks Collection. Rev. C. L. Moench, of . the Moravian church, the leader, then made a few introductory remarks, and Rev. C. B. Shultz, Principal of Linden Hall Seminary, read the 147th Psalm. Rev. A. A. Delong, of the Evangelical chnrcn, led in prayer, after whicn the children and congregation sang God Bless Our Native Land! Rev. I. W. Bobst, ot St. Pauls Lutheran church, made a briet address on The Blessings of Religious Liberty. The children and congregation sang the Song of Columbus Day. A declamation, The Meaning of the Four Centuries, was rendered by Louis Seaber, of the High School. The choir sang America, by Keller, aud then Captain J. R. Bricker addressed the boys and girls on Our Public Schools. llis talk was practical, brief and pointed. Alter another hymn by the children and congregation, My CountryTis of Thee, Miss Catherine Frederick, of the High bchool, recited Edna Dean Proctors ode Columbias Banner, in an excellent manner. Rev. F. Pilgram, of the Reformed Church, madotne closing address on Perils of the Hour and How to Meet Them, the choirs sang Blest of God, the God of Nations, by J. Elliot Trowbridge, in conclusion, aud the audience was dismissed with the singing of the Doxology and the benediction was pronounced by Rev. C. B. Shultz. Columbus Lay at Liucoln. Columbus Day wTas fittingly observed by the citizens of Lincoln. Several of the business places were decorated with flags and bunting aud a laige flag was flung to the breeze on the school house. Several trees were planted by the schools. In the evening all w ended their way to the Evangelical church, where, by the kind consent of the trustees, exercises suitable for Columbus Day were held by the Lincoln schools. The church was decorated with flags and bunting. A crayon picture of Columbus, drawn by William Irwin, a pupil of the Secondary School, was the main feature of the decorations. The schools met in the school house and, headed by a color-bearer and a guard of veterans, marched to the church in a body. The exercises were of an interesting and patriotic nature, several good recitations being given by the members of the schools. The different parts were interspersed with music by the schools, in which the Secondary School ranked among the best. Miss Cora Hollinger presided at the organ. Addresses were delivered by Rev. S. S. Schweitzer,Dr.G.C.Kiuard, Professors S. H. Haiu aud S. E. Bard. The evenings exercises were closed by singing the good old song, The Star-Spangled Banner. The teachers, L. O. Hacker and S. G. Zerfass, are worthy of praise for so suitably observing the day. The Observance at Iutercoarse Intercourse Secondary School cele-brated Columbus Day in the afternoon. At 2 oclock in the afternoon the scholars aud a large number of the patrons of the school and visitors asseembled. Quite a lengthy and very fino programme was tendered. Reading and recitations were prominent features of the entertainment, mingled with patriotic songs. . After the Columbus Day programme was completed the assembly adjourned to the school yard and here witnessed the presentation of the flag. The presentation address was made by Rev. Mr. Esterline. Alter the presentation address the flag was run up on the staff which had been . presented by the teacher and pupiis. The address of acceptance was made by Harry i M. Brown, teacher of the school. The . salute to the flag was next given by the pupils of the school and they sang Cheer, Cheer, We the Flag; The Raising of the School House Flag Was read by Sallie Diller, alter which America was sung by the audience and then : the people adjourned, rejoicing to seethe . Stars and Stripes floating over the school. Strasburga Tribute to Columbn. At half-past nine the Strasburg bor-' ough schools inarched to Massasoit Hall, followed by the teachers aud Board of Directors. It was a pleasing spectacle to see the future men and women of the borough, who now occupy the Primary, " Secondary, Grammar and High Schools pass up Main street, each decorated with J a miniature flag. In reporting the exercises wo refrain from making any distinction as to honor or merit. Without an exception, the I exercises manifested patient training on s the part of the teachers, and great credit is due them. The use of the hall was 3 generously given to the school on the occasion free of charge, for which we j make special mention, and extend thanks 1 to Messrs. Joseph Potts and Shultz for 1 the same. The following was the pro-3 gramme as rendered on this memorable J and patriotic occasion : Presidents Proclamation; salute to the r flag; hymn, All Hail the Power of Jesus 1 Name; Acknowledgment of God, Revs. David Giles and J. T. Satcheil, D. j D. ; song of Columbus Day ; oration, The Meaning of the Four Centuries, I Mr. Landis Tanger ; recitation, Col-I umbias Banner, Miss Lillie B. Hull; America; Columbus Day, by First s Primary School ; The Story of Colum-s bus, by the Secondary School; recita- tious, by Willie Clark, Park Ingram and , Park Denlinger ; The Story of the Nation, by the Grammar School ; recitations, by Pearl Ingram and Park Bach- man ; address, by Rev. David Giles ; ad-! dress, by Rev. J. T. Satcheil ; chorus, Oh, Columbia. Appropriate programmes were rendered by the scholars in the various schools in I the township. Through these exercises the children have been taught four hundred years of history, and unconsciously enlightened many a spectator. It is . the expsession of a widely-diffused, if not a profound, patriotism; a great, if not a wholly self-restrained aud intelligent, pride of country, and a joyous, if some-' what iil-detiued, hope for the future. A Colombian Entertainment At Strasburg. A pretty and novel entertainment, i under the auspices of the Loyal Tem- - perance Legion, celebrating the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America, was rendered on Friday evening, October 21, in Massasoit Hall, Strasburg. The l programme comprised the beautitul mel-, odrama and cantata, Water Fairies, acted by thirty of the young talent of - the town. Miss Lillie Hull appeared as 5 Queen, in costume, her queries and T replies in soDg. Misses Clark, Book and , Hildebrand were soloists; duet, Misses THE NEW EB A LANCASTER , SATURDAY . OCTOBER 29, 1892. Herr and Eager. Combined with choruses and marching, it was very pretty. The remainder of the programme was as follows : Recitation, by Miss Mary Nicolas, subject, The Rumsellers Legal License ; recitation, Are the Children Safe? by Miss Maggie Bowermaster, followed by A Doll Drill, by sixteen children, costumed to represent little mothers, each bearing a pretty doll; marching, singing and dancing. This was well executed. Recitation, by Miss Alice Bender; subject, Jonn Burns of Gettysburg;5 instrumental trio, by Miss Sallie Hildebrand, Messis. Shilling and Hildebrand, followed by the crowning act of the evening, Drill of the Patriots, by sixteen young ladies, costumed in national colors, each bearing the stars and stripes, led by the Goddess of Liberty, represented by Mis3 Alice Bender, in the forms of the following figures : Parallelogram, triangle, circle, double circle, spiral,St. Andrew.s cross, wheel, columns, square, single and double file, &c. When the Goddess of Liberty came on the stage the patriots formed an arch, with their flags, through which she passed, bearing a large American flag, first saluting the audience, then the patriots, leaving at the conclusion in the same form. The exercises vas interspersed with national airs, in solo and choruses. This has been pronounced one of the best entertainments given in the hall. The young lolks were greeted with a full house. All acquitted themselves creditably. The drills and music were so pleasing to the audience that a number of requests were made to have them repeated. The Ladies Aid Society of the M. E. church have arrauged a programme, including The Patriots aud Doll Drills, with other varied additions, solos, instrumental music, &c.,to be presented on Saturday evening, November 5, in Massasiot Hall. At Terre Hill The Columbus Day exercises at Terre Hill were participated iu by the Primary and Secondary schools of the western end, under the direction of J. S. Rodgers and A. E. Richmond, teachers of the schools. The exercises proper began at 1:30 p. m., when the following programme was rendered: Prayer, by Rev. C. K. Fehr ; song, Joy, Joy, Freedom To-day ; introductory remarks, by the Principal, Mr. Rodgers ; solo, Long Ago, by Carrie Fehr; story of Columbus, a concert exercise by fifteen children of the primary school ; recitation, Columbus, by Horace Smith; dialogue, Landing of Columbus, by three pupils; song, Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean; acrostic, Columbus, by eight little girls of the primary school, followed by a song, Columbus, by the primary pchool ; recitation, Flag of Our Nation, by Willie Shiffer ; The Story of Our Country, an exercise by eight girls ; song, America; recitation, Discovery Oi America, by David Ammon ; recitation, Glimpses of Eaily Navigators. by Louis Smith ; song, Flag of the Free; an instructive address on Columbus by Rev. O. K. Fehr; song, Freedoms Flag; recitation, Rhyme of Christopher Columbus, by Samuel Weaver ; charade on the word Columbus ; song, Beautiful Bells; recitation, Mutiny, by James G. Wechter; song. Vive L America ; recitation, Christopher Columbus, by Carrie Fehr ; song, Our Land is Free; doxology. The songs were all accompanied by the organ, presided over by Viola G. Weaver. The school building was beautifully decorated with flags, both within and without. In the morning s'x trees were planted and named after Columbus and his wife, Ferdinand and Isabella Colombo, and Alonzo Pinton. Throughout the exercises were interesting aud enjoyed by all who participated in the same. The school rooms were beautifully decorated with the Stars and Stripes, as was also the outside of the school building. After school a number of the scholars were taken through town in buses, decorated with flags, singing patriotic songs. The Columbus and Arbor Day exercises were participated in by the primary and intermediate schools of the East End, Terre Hill, taught by Mr. I. B. Good and Miss Emma Sensenig. The school took in at the usual time. The programme consisted of readings, recitations and dialogues, bearing on the subject of Columbus and the discovery of America. Patriotic songs were also sung. The afternoon was spent in planting trees in the school ground, thirty maple aud two apple trees being planted. The exercises were enjoyed by all present. Wide Hollow School. The following was the programme rendered by the Wide Hollow scholars, East Earl, taught by Mr. John W. Mentzer : Saluting the Flag, by the school; Discovery Day, by Charles Schaeffer ; Childrens Hymn of Praise, by school ; Our National Banner, by Cora Ruth ; The Better Way, by Rena Kauffman ; Song of Columbus Day, by Annie Ruth ; Columbus acrostic, by several pupils; Return of Columbus, by Eva Kauffman; Columbus, by Annie Ruth; A Boys Recitation, by John Lutz, Louisa Pierce, Dora Biihas aud Bertha Ruth ; song. Our Fair Land Forever, by the school; The Ballad of Old Glory, by John Kauffman ; Discovery of America, by the history class; Our Country, by Alice Sheaffer; charade on the word Columbus, by John Kauffman, Lizzie Carpenter and Annie Lutz; Flag of Our Nation Great, by Rena Kauffman ; song, Many Flags in Many Hands, by the school; Christopher Columbus, by Willie Kauffman; song, My Native Land, by Annie Ruth ; a selection, by the teacher ; address by (J. Howard Preston, the silver-tongued orator ot Terre Hill. Next in order was tree planting. Nine trees were planted and named by the following persons : First tree, by Lizzie Carpenter and Susie Lutz, named Columbus ; second tree, by Annie Ruth and father, Jacob Ruth, named America ; third tree, by Alice Shatter and Dora Ruth, named Discovery Tree; fourth tree, by Chas. Sheaffer and Isaac Renninger, named Santa Marie; fifth tree, by Isaac, Israel and Barton Mull, named San Salvador ; sixth tree, by B. F. Lutz and Daniel Keller, named Patriotic ; seventh tree, by John Kauffman and Adam Bear, named Brave Admiral ; eighth tree, John Lutz and Jas. Eshel-man, named American Banner; ninth tree, by remaining pupils, named Wide Hollow. The school room was beautifully decorated with flags, a large flag beiug Jes-tooued across the north end of the building. Mt. Joj'b Hist Day. That Columbus Day was the biggest day in tne history ot Mt. Joy is a iact attested by a number of its oldest citizens. To the Board of Directors and teachers of public schools aud the press is due the credit for first agitating the question, and to the citizens in general lor so enthusiastically carrying on the project too much praise can not be given. The forenoon exercises were conducted on the school ground. The audience wjs large and appreciative. The programme in full is given below : Reading of Proclamation, C. L. Arnold; Flag Presentation, G. A. R. ; Flag Acceptance, School Board ; Salute to Flag, pupils; music, America, audienoe ; recitation, American Flag, Miss Annie Engle ; Tribute to Flag, pupils ; Acknowledgment of God, Rev. Grissinger ; music, Star-Spangled Banner, Lan-disville Band; address, The Four Centuries, John Reed; music, Song of Columbus Day, audience ; the Ode, Miss Mame Miller : Columbus Exercises, pupils First Primary Room ; music, Out in the Sunshine, Third and Fourth Primary; recitation, Columbus, Miss Mamie Bowman; music, Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean, pupils; address, Our Country, Howard Stoll; music, Columbus, First and Second Primary; flag drill, girls of High School; address, Rev. Weber; Doxology; benediction, Rev. Hood. While the exercises in the forenoon were highly creditable to the committee on arrangements, the parade, which was under the direction of Dr. F. M. Harry as Chief Marshal and about twenty aids, was still more so. The order was as follows: G. A. R. and drum corps, Town Council, Friendship Fire Company, Newtown Band, Florin Knights Mystic Chain, Maytown Band, Florin schools. Joint school, Garfield school, Breneman school, other visiting schools, Mount Joy Band, Mount Joy bchool Board, Mount Joy schools, visiting School Directors, Miss Gables Kindergarten, I. O. of O. F., I. O. of Red Men, Rothville Band, cotton mill employes, Senior American Mecbauics, Knights of Pythias, Knights of the Golden Eagles, Junior American Mechanics, Landisville Band, Grey Iron Company, other industries, wagons and floats. It has been estimated that about fifteen hundred persons were in line, aud that at least a few thousand persons were spectators. Truly it was a gala day. Kaaffmans School in Leacock. The Columbian exercises of Kauffmans school, Leacock township, were held on the afternoon of the 21st inst. The Stars aud btripes were raised in the morning on the belfry of the school house. The opening prayer and Presidents Proclamation were delivered by Mr. Benjamin Esbenshade, of Gordon-ville, of the G. A. li. The Four Centuries was recited by A. Hershey Lea-man, and the ode was read by Miss Annie Hershey. Miss Annie Beiler read a paper on Travel in the Olden Times, aud Elmer Leaman one on Farming, Then aud Now. The other pupils had short exercises, and patriotic songs were sung. The Directors were represented by Mr. Christian Beiler, whose well chosen words were appreciated. The teacher read bhip Ahoy, after which the pupils marched through the school house aud yard, when they halted in line ana saluted the flag, pledging their allegiance to it. A walnut tree was then presented by Mr. Beiler, planted aud named Columbus. America was sung , as pupils aud lriends surrounded tne treet and the pupils were dismissed. Locust Grove School. Last Friday the patriotic sons and daughters of Rock Hill and vicinity, who attcud Locust Grove school, celebrated most patriotically the great Columbus Day. The pupils took great delight in participating iu the programme, which consisted ol appropriate recitations, readings and songs, after which their teacher interested tfiem by a talk on the love and duty they owe their country. A pole was raised iu honor of Columbus, irom wbioh ten flags proudly wave, and an oil painted picture of Columbus, framed in a large wooden horseshoe. Marticvilie School. Columbus Day was fully observed by the Marticville school. The school, headed by the drum corps of the club, with flags and banners, on which was printed Columbus Day, marched through the village and were cheered by the inhabitants. They sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic as they marched and the scene was very impressive. Four pupils, Susau Clark, Ida and Mamie Good and W alter Bleacher, represented the four centuries by essays which they prepared and read. W alter Herr recited the Morning of the Discovery; David Herr, Columbus Barbara Huber, America in 1492; Barbara Heiney, America in 1892 ; Ira Parker, The American Flag. The national songs from the Franklin Square Collections were sung by the schoql, Hail Columbia, Star-Spangled Banner, America and My Own Native Land. At Spring Talley School. Few events in the lives of those present at Spring Valley school, Manor township, will be more keenly remembered than tLe exercises commemorating Columbus Day. The teacher, Mr. A. B. Myers, deserves great - credit for the splendid arrangement of the exercises. The official programme was gone through, after which a supplemental y programme was rendered by the school on topics taken from history and relating to the life of Columbus. Alter school was dismissed, the older pupils prepared a table loaded down with good things for the inner man aud at a signal all prepared to do justice to the viands set before them. The table was also tastefully decorated with floweis and alter beiug surrounded with forty-two expectant children was a sight which will long be rdbaembered by those who saw it. More than one hundred children and patrons partook of the feast and there was enough left to feed several hundred more. After dinner the pupils planted some trees in the school yard and alter singing aud speeches tho school adjourned, well satisfied with the days exercises. The school is in excellent condition, 52 pupils enrolled and last months average attendance was 49. Mr. Myers is making an excellent record in the school, despite the fact that he has no hands, having lost both arms through a premature explosion in a stone quarry. At Eden School. Eden school, in Manheim township, taught by Ida L. Lownsbuig and Mary M. Tussey, had an elaborate celebration. The programme was as follows: Reading the Presidents Proclamation, Miss Tussey; The Meaning of the Four Centuries, May ltohrer; salute to the flag and song of Columbus Day; reading, The Men to Make a State, May Harnish; recitation, The Morning of the Discovery, Lizzie Cooper; song. Our Fair Land Forever, A Class; reading, God in History, Katie Zeamer; essay, America in 1492, Lillie Arnold; essay, America in 1892, Amy Rohrer; song, Battle Hymn of the Republic, by the school; declamation, Landis Heller ; recitation, Columbus, eight pupils; solo, Theres No Place Like Home, Ada Mease ; recitation, Barbara Frietchie, May Rohrer ; song, Marching Through Georgia, school; recitation, The Grand Review, JBertha Heller; essay, The Worlds Fair, Katie Zeamer; recitation, Chicago, Eva Heistand ; salute to the flag ; singing, Star-Spangled Banner sentiments and singing, Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean; recitation, Columbus, Mamie Dunlap ; duet, May Rohrer and Amy Rohrer; dialogue, Annie Esbenshade, Martin Arnold and Matnie Lipp ; commemoration ode, Amy Rohrer ; speeches, Mr. H. Heller, Mr. H. Esbenshade, Mr. Harry Herr ; singing, America, Bchool aud audience. Columbus Day at Christiana. Columbus Day was an event among the school lads and lassies of Christiana. Two of the schools in the town, those taught by MissEvaCarter and Miss Emma Maule, united in celebrating the event with appropriate exercises. In addition to other things they had a pole raising, which was crowned with an American flag. There was a large concourse oi citizen present and the audience and children were addressed by Hon. A. G. Seyfert and James M. Walker. It was a gala occasion and enjoyed by all. Appropriate exercises were also held at the other two town schools. Cedar Groves Celebration A handsome flag that was presented to Cedar Grove school. East Earl township, by Hon. A. G. Seylert, was raised on Friday. Addresses were made by Wm. J. Hoar, John S. W allace, W. Souders and M. 31. Weaver. The children rendered an excellent programme and sixteen trees were planted. Superintendent S. S. Ranck having this in charge. In the township yesterday 126 trees were planted on the thirteen school properties. At Uird-in-Hand, On Friday morning the pupils raised a handsome flag with appropriate exercises. Rev. Geo. Kerr, of the Slethodist church, offered prayer. A programme, consisting of sougs, recitations, dialogues, etc., was rendered by the scholars and an excellent paper ou America was read by Miss 3Iariauna Gibbons. The Columbus address was a fine effort on the part of Hon. A. G. Seyfert. Kaat Drnmore Schools. The eight schools of East Drumore township gathered at the Conow ingo school house on Friday and celebrated Columbus Day in a suitable manner, under the supervision of the Board of Directors. The programme included music and recitations, the pupils alone participating. A number of Grand Army veterans raised a flag amid the cheers of the assembly. A big dinner was a feature of the affair. In Drumore township exercises were held at the Oregon school house, there being music, recitations and addresses by Director John N. Long and Squire John 3Ioore. At Osceola school house, iu the same township, an interesting musical and literary programme was rendered. Exercises at Rohrerstown. Prfetty exercises in honor of Colun.bus Day were held on Friday morning at the Rohrerstown graded aud primary schools, Misses 31yers and Van Scoyoc, teachers. Rev. H. W. Behney, of that city, delivered an address aud th3 scholars gave recitations, dialogues, etc. A tree was planted in the yard to mark the day. SHOOTING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP The JMountville Gun Club Oeieats Lphratas Crack shuts. An article published in Tjie New Era some time ago, in wnich tlm Mountviile Gun Club issued a challenge to shoot a l'rieunly contest with a tea n of six men from any regularly organized gun club ill the county, was accepted oy the Ephrata gun club. The correspondence between the two clubs resuited in the arrangement of a series of three matches to decide which was the better team. The conditions are, American Shooting Association rules, twenty-live targets per man, rapid tiring system. The first match was shot on Friday, on the grounds of the 3Iouutville club. Everything was lavorable lor good scores except a strong wind blowing across the traps Irom leit to right, which made the shooting somewhat difficult. Following were the scores of the two teams : Ephrata Gun Club: W. L. Bixler, 19; H. Gier, 13; 8. L. Sharp, 18; D. W. Winters, 20; Jacob Krouse, 17; Fred. Stroble, 17; total, 104. 31ountville Gun Club : H. O. Leach y, 19; B. F. Savior, 18; George Crane, 12; George Uofiman, 23 ; Samuel Hoffman, 19 ; F. L. Clark, 17. Total, 106. Brunnerville Notes. 3Ir. T. Jeff. Ilartranft, coachmaker, has begun to build a double house, which he expects to finish this Jail yet. A few more houses are reported to be built in the near future. Houses are scarce in this village and are in demand. Mrs. Catharine Brunner, while visiting her daughter, 3Irs. Jacob Fetter, near Mecbanicsburg, was stricken witfi paralysis. She was brought home and is doing as well as can be expected. 3Ir. Thomas Eitnier is building an addition to his butcher shop. He will place a six-horse power engine in it, which will be a great, improvement. Our village cornet band has employed Prof. Chas. Specht, of Sinking Spring, as their teacher. 31r. Specht is an able teacher and no doubt our . band will be greatly benefited by his instructions. Mr. Frank Royer, who lived on Dr. Hertzs farm, near Brickerville, moved to this place the latter part of last week. Our public school was closed on Friday afternoon to give the pupils an opportunity to attend the Columbus Day exercises at Lititz. 3Ir. Abner Risser has remodeled his house on the outside, which gives it quite a new appearance. Saturday was the day appointed for viewers to lay out a road in this village, but owing to one of the viewers not being present, no business could be transacted and the view was postponed to Saturday, November 5. Rev. C. G. F. Aliller, the newly appointed. pastor of the U. B. church, preached his introductory sermon on Sunday evening in the English language. Leacock Locals. On Friday forenoon the 3Iaple Grove school, taught by J. H. 3IcGlaughlin, celebrated Columbus Day in an appropriate manner. The school house was decorated with flags and the blackboard was filled with flags made of colored crayons. Among these was the flag of the United States enclosed in the centre and surrounding it were the flags of Holland, Germany, Great Britain, Peru, France, Mexico, Egypt, Rus.-da, Argentine Republic aud Hayti. Many of the patrons and lriends were present and it w. as certainly an enjoyable occasion for the teacher, pupils aud all. 3Iechanicsburg school had exercises of a similar nature in the afternoon. John Clark and tnree of his children husked 224 shocks of corn at three cents a shock for Cyrus Huber. This was a big days husking. 31. M. 3Iyer was fishing on Friday with the gig and caught fifty-two line ones again. A Fire Causes Serious Kmbdrraasment. We are informed by Mr. E. L. Reinhold, manager of the Marietta Alanufac-turing Company, who have been furnishing the voting booths for the State of Pennsylvania, that the works of the Fenton Metallic Manufacturing Company, of Jamestown, New York, were burned to the ground on Friday. This company, in conjunction with the 3Iarietta Manufacturing Company, had the contracts to furnish the guard rails. They had a large number to supply and this work will now devolve on the 3Iarietta 3Ianufacturing Company. 31r. Reinhold states that this unexpected occurrence, coming at a tune wheu they are already taxed to the utmost to complete the booth orders, will require a great amount of work to be doue in a short time. The unfilled orders of the Fenton Company require about 6,000 standards and 15,000 feet of chain. 1be Alarietta company is equal to the emergency by running day and night and expect to have the orders filled, aud will forward them by Adams Express. Sale of Hotel Property. Jacob M. Summy, formerly proprietor of the American House, 3ianheim borough, has purchased from 31artin Snyder his hotel property, known as the Washington House, on Market Square, Manheim, lor $3,500. CRUSHED TO DEATH. HORRIBLE ACCIDENT IN A BRICKYARD A Great Bank of Clay in Prangleya Brickyard Gives Way, Crashing the Life Oat of One Man and Probably fatally Injuring Another. A frightful accident occurred Thursday morning, which threw the southwestern section of the city into a state of great excitement. The scene of the tragic affair was James Prangleys large brickyard, situated iu the rear of 31anor street, near the boundary line of the city. rl he victims weVe two workmen, William Stark and David Ulliuger. Stark was killed aud Ullinger was terribly huit, with a probably ratal outcome. The accident occurred between halfpast seven and eight oclock. About seventy-live yards from the engine aud machiue house is a large pit, from which hundreds of tons of clay have been removed. The method pursued to takeout the clay was to undermine the bark aud then, with the use of heavy iron bars, handled by men on top of the bank, many tons of the red earth were thrown on the bottom of the pit. A party of men were at this work this morning. Their names are Joseph Boyer, J. t. Ulrich, Henry Urich, William Stark and David UliingCr. A cart had been backed in to within a few feet Irom the point where Stark and Ullinger were engaged in undermining the perpendicular wall of clay. Stark was using a pick, digging away the foundation of the bauk to the depth, of about a foot. Ullinger was at his side, handling a shovel, tossinr the dirt into the cart. Alessrs. Boyer, Ulrich and Urich were ou the other side of the cart, each throwing the clay into the cart with shovels, file wall of the pit is about twelve leet high, and Stark had undermined it for a space of about twenty-two leet. Suddenly the clay wall trembled, but Stark and Ullinger did not see it. Boyer, Ulrich and Urich noticed the tremor iu the bank, but before they could utter a word of warning the cave-in occurred. They just managed to toss their tools aside and spriug way from the perilous spot. With a heavy, dull suuim the bank came down and Boyer, Ulrich and Urich made exceedingly narrow' escapes irom meeting the same terrible fate as their companions. Part ot the fallen bank struck the cart, buried it aside as though it was made of paper and crushed the rear end to the bottom of the pit. The horse was lifted clear irom his four leet and was dangling in the air when a party ot men rusned to the scene. Stark and Ullingers companions were so shocked at the suddenness of the occurrence that they stood there, not knowing what to do. They looked at the spot which was occupied by the men, but saw notiiing but a big pile of red clay. They thought they had been saved like themselves. Just then Harry Dommol aud Christian Kettermafi, employes of the yard, .who were near at hand, ran into the pit. Ketterman heard terrible groans coming irom the heap of clay. They could not see any part of the men and they could not locate the position of their faces. They listened until they heard the groans again and then went to work at the point they seemed to issue from the ground. In a few minutes they had succeeded in uncovering the heads of the men. Both exclaimed, Oh! my God, help me ! Willing hands then prosecuted the w'ork of rescue vigorously and the bodies were uncovered. They were buried under four feet of clay, a lump, weighing about 500 pounds, lying across their bodies. Stark was in a stooping position when the cave-in occurred and when he was uncovered he was found to be lying on his back. Their heads were about three feet apart and Starks legs were crossed on Ullingers. Stark uttered a few words after he made the exclamation noted above and then became unconscious. As he was being lifted out be caught hold of Harry Dommels coat, but the clutch relaxed and his arm dropped. Ttie insensible form was placed on an improvised stretcher; made from a door, and was carried out of the pit. As the engine house was neared' the unfortunate man drew a few long, breaths and was dead. Ullinger was also gotten quickly out of his living grave. He was conscious all the time and was at once taken to his home. No. 456 Fremont street, in the city ambulance. Had it not been for the quick uncovering of his face by Harry Domruel and Christian Ketterman and thereby giving him air, he would no doubt have smothered, to death in a few minutes. After the men had been removed an examination of the fatal pit was made. It was found that the bank fora width of five feet at the top had broken away the entire length it had been undermined tweutv-tvvo feet. The amount of clay that fell was about twenty-five cart loads, most of it in huge lumps. An immense boulder was dislodged, but this did not come near the point where the men were working. When the party began work one of them mentioned somethiflg about the danger of the bauk caving in and warned all to he careful. He was fearful something would happen as a portion of the bank had caved iu on Wednesday and several workmen made narrow escapes from being caught under the lalling earth. After the bank caved in the clay wrall was perpendicular as before and a workman pointed out its dangerous character. The lower stratum of the bank is sand and above this is the hevy red clay. It was the sand foundation that Stark and Ullinger dug away. Running through the clay are water veins and the presence ol these is the fruitful cause of cave-ins and falls of earth. The Coroners Inquest. Upon the death of Stark Coroner Honaman was notified and an inquest was held on the body of the victim. The following jury was empanneled : IL G. Keller, Harry Gardner, Daniel Brown. Wm. Gast, Joseph 'Wilson and Jacob Fasnacht. Dr. Bolenius, Coroners physician, examined the body and found no bones broken. The only mark was an ugly cut above the left eye. Death bad resulted from suffocation by being covered with the earth and a verdict was rendered accordingly. The body - was taken in charge by Undertaker A. C. Rote and removed to the home of the de-oeased. The Victims William Stark w'as a respected citizen and a hard-working, industrious man. He went to work about four weeks ago at the brick yard. He was about thirty-eight years of age and lived iu one of Mr. Piangleys new houses on South Water street. He w'as a stone mason by trade and was a good workman. For many years he worked on the Pennsylvania railroad as a stone mason. He leaves a wife, who is a daughter of Wro. Shay, living on West Vine street, and six children. David Ullinger is twenty-two years of age and came from Reading about two years ago. He began work at the yard about the same time as Stark. Previous to that time he was employed as a moulder (that being his trade) at Slaymaker, Barry & Co.s lock factory. Dr. Netscher arrived at the yard when the men were taken out of the nit, but his services were of little use iu poor Starks case. He made Ullinger comfortable and then attended the latter at bis home, No. 456 Fremont street. An examination showed that both legs were broken, and probably 6erious internal injuries were received. The injured man complained of pain in every part sof his body, particularly in bis chest and stomach. He was terribly cut about the head and face, and one eye was forced out of its socket and was resting against the cheek when he was taken homo. Ullinger has a wife and one child. Dr. Netscher made a second examination of the injured man aud found that one leg was not broken, but terribly bruised. The other leg sustained a compound fracture of both bones below the' knee. Severe injuries were inflicted on the groin, and his condition is quite serious, although the full extent of his injuries cannot yet be ascertained. CURRENT COURT BUSINESS. Divorces Granted and Subpoenas Issued A Question os Election Watcher. Court met last Saturday at ten oclock for the transaction of current busiuess. Constable AL S. Brady presented his answer to the citation to show cause why his bond as constable should not be revoked, his sfirety being insolvent. The answer was a new bond with John K. Diehm, of Leacock township, as surety, aud the constable will continue in office. Jonathan Stull was divorced from Barbara Stull, on the grounds of adultery ; J. H. Girliu Irom Susan Girfiu, desertion. The preliminary injunction in the equity suit of the Crescent Pipe Line Company against the Pennsylvania Canal Company has been continued for further hearing. John . 3Ialone, Esq., presented a petition from five citizens of the 65th election district .of the county, the Spring Garden district, asking for the appointment of two watchers for the election on Novembers. The Court inquired as to the provisions ol the Baker Ballot Law on this subject. The petitioner read to the Court a section of the State Constitution permitting the appointment of two watchers, and also section 24 of the new ballot law, which permits the appointment by the Couuty Commissioners ol three watchers, who are remunerated by their respective parties, instead of by the County. The Court took no action on the petition, the Constitution only permitting, and not directing, the appointment, and the new ballot laws pioviding for watchers appointed at no expense to the County. ' Subpoenas in divorce were issued today in these cases : 3Iary E., against Lemuel B. Clark, for cruel tieatiuent ; II. B., against Clara A. 3Iiilor; Moses, against Rena McCarty, desertion. ' Court adjourned until ten oclock Monday morning. Is It Best to Plant in Fall or Spring? To the Editor of Thu New Era. On land that is very wet in winter or early spring fall planting is not desirable, but on well drained laud, or sandy soil, fall planting has many advantages. The planter has a long time in w'hicb to do his work, usually all through October aud November, a time of the year when other work is not so pressing. Then, too, the ground is in nice condition for planting. In late springs the plantings are delayed by cold and wet until the spring crops, oats, potatoes and garden truck, require attention, and often before the planter gets ready for tree planting the trees have oommenced to grow, and then we often hear the remark, I did want to plant trees this spring, but the season was so short I could not get time. As soon as the leavesare killed by frost is the time to plant, or by stripping oil' the leaves planting can be done early in October. Currants could have been planted a month ago with advantage. Grapes, raspberries and blackberries can be planted now. These commence to grow very early in the spring, and the buds are so easily broken off by handling. In fall planting it is important that the ground be well firmed around the roots; when the ground is moderately dry you cannot make it too solid. Later in the Jail it is a good idea to bank up the earth around the plants. This answers a threefold purpose it keeps out excessive wet, keeps the plants Irom heaving out by frequent freezing and thawing and keeps the mice from girdling the plants. In the spring this banking should be leveled.. It is said peach trees are more liable to freeze when fall planted. The limit of hardiness in the peach is about twently degrees below zero. N Fall planted peach trees would probably not bear over fourteen degrees, so that in localities where that amount oi cold prevails planters should defer peach planting until spring. In my locality nine-tenths of all tree planting is done in the spring. W hy ? Probably from the old, old habit of deferring work to the latest moment. H. Sales of Keal Kstate. Rebman & Sons, auctioneers, have sold the lollowing real estate : Oct. 12, lor Frank Landis, administrator ot Ezra Landis, deceased, a farm containing 50 yards, with improvements, in Upper Leacock township, to V. F. Knosp, of 3Ianheim township, at $122.50 per acre. Oct. 13, for Lizzie Stehman, a house and lot at Rohrestown, for $850. Oct. 15, for the estate of Conrad Wahl, deceased, in Manheim township, a tract ol land containing 26 acres and 20 perches, with improvements, to Christian Lipp, of Warwick township, at $6,000. October 18, for the estate of Amos H. Witmer, in Alanheim township, No. 1, a tract of land containing 20 acres, with improvements, to John B. Witmer, at $4,200 ; No. 2, a tract of land containing 13 acres, in Manheim township, with improvements, to Henry Wagenman, at $4,000. October 19, for Andrew L. and Abram L. Lane, a house and lot in 31ountviilc. to John Pennepacker, of Mountville, at $1,000. October 20, for Francis Myer, administrator of Samuel Myer. deceased, a tract of land in East Lampeter township, containing 10 acres, with improvements, to Jacob VWidman, of Ephrata township, at $3,005. The executrix of the estate of the late James K. Trego, of Ephrata township, sold on Friday aiternoon at public sale a tract of eight acres of farm land, with house, barn and other outbuildings. The purchaser was Daniel Mutidshower, aud the price paid $2,880. A dwelling in Ephrata was withdrawn at $2,200. Executions Issued. C. G. Bassler, Esq., attorney for Geo. Dellet, has issued an execution lor $1,241 against H. W. Dellet, ol this city. II. W. Dellet is a grocer at the corner of Duke and Chestnut streets, and the Sheriff closed the store on Wednesday morning. B. F. Kshleman, Esq., for E. II. Kauffman, has issued an execution for $1,500 against Frank B. Kendig, of this city. A Farraern Sudden Deaths While driving to Harrisburg with his wife ou Tuesday afternoon. Samuel Kauffman, a prominent York county larmer, whosehomeis near New Cumberland, suddenly expired of heart disease. Fire at Oxford. The extensive mills and lumber warehouse of D. W. Chandler, at Oxford, Chester county, were destroyed by fire on Tuesday. The loss will reach $20,000. COLLIERIES SHUT DOWN. GENERAL SUSPENSION OF MINING. The Reasons Assigned Are the Great Scarcity of Water and the Unparalleled Freight Blockade ou the Reading Railroad. Potts yi li, e, Pa., Oct. 26. Late last evening instructions were received by the Philadelphia and Reading coal and iron officials here to cease work at all the collieries until further orders. At many of the collieries, just as the hands . were ready to go to work this morning, the mine bosses received this notice and the men were compelled to return home. There are various reasons assigned for the cessation of coal mining, chief of w hich is the great scarcity of water at the mines and the unparalleled freight blockade on the railroad, which w as the cause of Mondays teirible accident at Alaua-yunk. 3Iahanoy Plane, by which the greater part of the Readings freight traffic Is hauled over the mountain, from the 3Iahaoy Valley to the Schuylkill Valley, has also been shut down, and work has been commenced at putting iu a new set of boilers, some thirty in number, showing the immensity of the plant, which may require several weeks to complete. This fact alone is evidenco sufficient to show that the shutting down of coal mining will last for some time. From what can be learned at this point the Reading railroad and coal aud iron officials have determined on taking heroio efforts to break the lreight blockade and stop the costly running of collieries by means of water that had to be carried twenty to thirty miles by rail. Notwithstanding that the latest processes were used to purify the mine water, which Las been used to a great extent to supplement the fresh water supply, this practice has boon lound to be fearfully injurious to tho boilers and machinery generally on account of corrosion by the sulphur water. Tho lreight blockade on the railroad has almost completely demoralized the operation of the Reading main line, all trains arriving at this point being from twenty minutes to several hours late, and in consequence there ib a great lalling oil in the passenger business. THE NEW REPLY POSTAL CAROS. Thirty Thousand of Them for Lancaster. What They Are Like. The general post-office authorities have notified our post-office officials that thirty thousand double, or reply, postal cards, lor domestic use, would be forwarded here. The new cards are of a light manilla color, the printing on them being black, and their size is three and a-half by five and a half inches. The card is in two partb, one for the original message, the other for the reply, aud the parts may be easily separated by reason of a scored line. On tho original message part there is a three-quarter face picture of General Grant, in a lined frame, aud on either side of it is a white btar in a small circle. Above the frame are the words, Message Card, and below the frame the words, One Cent. To the left of the picture, which constitutes the stamp, is the information, Postal Card, With Paid Reply, and under this is, United States of America, while beneath this is the direction, This Side is For Address Only. In the lower loft hand corner of the card is the Cqrther direction, Detach Annexed Card for Answer. The reply section of the card is practically the same as the part described, except that in the upper part of the frame about, the picture are the words, Reply Card, while to the lott of the stamp the inscriptiou, Reply Postal Card, is substituted for tho other words of the message card. The advantage of this class of postal card lies in the tact that the sender of a message may send a card that will entail no expense on the person receiving it, and will, therefore, more often enable persons seeking information lor strangers to receive an answer to their inquiry. The postal cards wore received on Wednesday afternoon aud are ready for sale. A FORTUNATE DISCOVERT. . Narrow Escape From a Serious Conflngra-tion at Alunlieim. What might have proved a serious conflagration was averted ou Wednesday by Josiah II. Gibble, ot 31auheim. In the office of the Manheim flour mills was a wooden spit-box filled with sawdust. Someone must have thrown a lighted cigar in it some time Tuesday evening, and it evidently smouldered during the night, aud fiualiy broke out in flames. 3Ir. Gibble, who is an employe of the mill, came there between 5 and 6 oclock next morning and smelled smoke, lie soon ascertained the cause. Ou opening the office door ho was almost overcome with smoke. lie dashed a few bucketslul of water on the flames and extinguished them. lie then discovered that a good-sized hole had been burned through the floor and that the railing which divides the inner office from the outer was badly burned and charred. Had this timely discovery not been made a serious loss would have been the result, as the lumber yard of A. Kline and the foundry and machine shop of John II. Irvin, Esq., are iu close proximity to the mill. Florin Notes. There is a good deal of sickness in Florin and vicinity at present. Miss Keener, daughter of John Keener, carpenter, has been very poorly. She is somewhat better at this writing. A son is also down with fever. John Raffens-burger, Martin Weltmer and several other persons are down with something of the nature of typhoid fever. A good many children are sick also. The 3It. Joy and Florin Columbus celebration was a grand affair. Nothing like it was ever seen in Alt. Joy or Florin. Young and old turned out to do honor to the memory of Columbus. Air. Newton Sample, of Philadelphia, called to see his brother, Edward, a few days ago, they not having Been each other for twenty-three years. Donegal Notes. The Donegal Springs school did not join in with the Mount Joy and Florin schools in the parade on Columbus Day, but they had a very interesting programme themselves. Orations, dialogues and tree planting formed the days exercises. 1 ' 1 Air. Daniel Shank, tenant farmer on one of Air. Camerons larms, will move in the spring to a small farm belonging to Mr. H. Witmer. Air. Shank is considered a first-class fanner. Corn husking in this vicinity is pretty nearly over. To Prepare for the Poultry Show A meeting of the poultry aud pigeon fauciers will be held at the Franklin House, Lancaster, pn next Monday morn-ng, October 31, at 19 oclock.for the purpose of making arrangements for holding a poultry show some time during the coining winter. All interested are invited to attend. Execution luaed. P. D. Baker, Esq., attorney for himself, has issued an execution for $500, against Elizabeth Kendig, of this city.

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