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August 11 1899/1999

Heart Lake - The excursion on the DL&W railroad from Elmira, Binghamton and intermediate stations along the route to Heart Lake on Sunday, was patronized by over 300 people, who spent the day drinking in the natural and acquired beauties and attractions of that popular resort. It is said that two excursions are to be run by the DL&W to Heart Lake next Sunday, one from Scranton and another from Elmira. It is probable that under the new administration of the DL&W, excursions will be very frequent, and it is feared by some that the privacy so much desired by cottagers will be rudely shattered by these weekly incursions of motley crowds of pleasure seekers.

South Gibson - Several from here went huckleberrying over on the Forest City mountain. AND - A lady from Harford was bitten on the lip by a kissing bug here, recently. She with several others was on her way to Elk Mountain for a picnic.

Franklin Forks - The floor in the new Hall at the rear of the Alliance Store was completed Tuesday in time so that the young people enjoyed the playing of many games.

Hallstead - Rev. H.A. Williams, pastor of the Hallstead M.E. church, preached a sermon Sunday evening on the killing of Byron Cook, Aug. 1. It was just such a sermon as is needed in many communities where rowdyism is winked at. The sermon could not fail to open the eyes of the people to their personal responsibility in promoting order and good government. (About 20 witnesses were examined by the Coroner's jury, all evidence showing that the shooting of Cook was accidental, the unfortunate man being himself more responsible for the fatal result than was anyone else, and released Nate and Daniel Crandall from custody.)

Jackson - The lamb-Hall reunion was held yesterday. The Lamb's and Hall's are about the nicest people in the State.

Susquehanna - Tim Hurley left on Tuesday night for New York where he is to fight Harry Fisher, of Brooklyn, before the Broadway Athletic club, August 18.

Rush - The Auburn and Rush baseball clubs met in a friendly but spirited contest on Saturday afternoon on Haire's flat, the game resulting 18 to 5 in favor of the Rush club.

Montrose - Twenty-seven hundred glasses of chocolate, to say nothing of the countless glasses of other flavors, have been served thus far this season from Morris' soda fountain, to appease this unparalleled appetite of the public for Morris' chocolate syrup. AND - The electric lights installed at the Presbyterian church last week were given their first public trial at the union service held in that edifice on Sunday evening and they gave perfect satisfaction.

East Lenox - Miss Grace Evans and her two sisters, of Carbondale, are rusticating at E. Snyder's.

Kingsley - Mr. U. Sloat was obliged to draw his mill pond off to repair leaks in the dam and the people of Kingsley and vicinity have been having some fine fish for several days.

Hopbottom - Geo. W. Strupler has returned home from the Klondike with lots of relics and filthy lucre. AND - The Foster House is now lighted by Acetylene gas. E.M. Tiffany's store will be furnished from the Hotel plant.

Auburn Centre - There will be a game of base ball played at this place Saturday, Aug. 12th by the Regular Nine and the Volunteers. A hot time is expected and all are invited.

Lawsville - Perry Wandell has bought a new Champion reaper and binder and is ready to do work for any who may want.

Brooklyn - Charles Tiffany is laying pipes for supplying good spring water to such as may desire it.

Brandt - One of those terrible deeds which occasionally occur to shock and sadden humanity, was the killing at Brandt, near Susquehanna, by Charles Yeager, of his three little, motherless children, he afterwards attempting suicide. And the reason given is most pitiable. Shortly after commencing work at the factory in Brandt, Yeager met with an accident by which he lost all the fingers of his left hand. Being thus crippled, he could command only small wages. It is reported that this pittance was recently reduced, making it so difficult to provide for his family that his mind became deranged, and while in that condition he took the lives of his children. A search of Yeager's house showed that a small piece of meat and a few crackers were all that it contained in the way of eatables. At last report Yeager is still alive.

Lanesboro - For several weeks Mr. Geo. B. Giles, of Carbondale, has been engaged in putting in a water plant at Lanesboro; a land, it is said that is the home of rattlesnakes. A day or so ago, some of the men in his employ chanced to meet one of these reptiles and knowing that George delights in reptiles of the docile and tractible order, they decided to capture it. So they got an old barrel and several long, crotched sticks and drove the snake into it. As it lay coiled up, shaking its rattle, the men had no idea as to its length, but they soon found out how long it was. No sooner had it been driven into the barrel, which had been turned on one end and an attempt was being made to place a board over the top, when the snake made a leap for its captors, its head coming above the top of the barrel several inches. After several attempts the board was fastened and the barrel was presented to Mr. Giles & a splendid little speech was delivered by one of his men. Highly appreciating the gift, Mr. Giles brought it to his home. The snake is over 4 ft. long and has 12 rattles. In color it is yellow, a kind very unusual in this section. Mr. Giles presented the reptile to Ernest Downton, who is studying medicine in Philadelphia and his snakeship was shipped to the Quaker City to be used in some experiments to be made in poisons by various members of the college faculty.

Compiled By: Betty Smith

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