Montrose - The "roughers" in the cut glass factory have been working a couple of hours over time each night this week in order to keep in advance of the "smoothers." Work is coming in more plentiful and it is expected they will work full time when the election is over.
Hallstead - Edward and Ray Hazard, aged 14 and 12, were out shooting last Wednesday, when Ray espied within tempting reach a red squirrel. He had been told that the powder he was using was not strong, so he had used a double amount in loading. After having fired at the squirrel, he found himself holding in each hand a portion of the gun, fragments of which had scattered in every direction. One part was found later in his shirt bosom. He then noticed that his left hand was apparently all blown into ragged pieces and the blood spurting in a large stream. Instantly placing his thumb on the artery he called to his brother who tied a handkerchief above the wounded portion of the wrist in the manner described in school physiologies. This was done so scientifically that Dr. Schoonmaker did not remove the bandage until the operation, in which he was assisted by Dr. Lockwood, amputating the thumb and skillfully taking out portions of the wrist and replacing other injured parts in such a manner that they hope to save the rest of the hand. It is considered a miracle that, under the circumstances, the boy was not instantly killed. When the accident took place the boys were on a hill some distance from their home, which is more than two miles from Great Bend, and the wounded boy would doubtless have bled to death before help could have reached him, had it not been for the presence of mind of his brother, who so successfully stopped the flow of blood.
Friendsville - With the decision to erect a new St. Francis Xavier's church, it is time to reflect on the old. The present edifice is fast falling into decay and is one of the oldest churches in the county. As originally built, in 1831, by Edward White and others, it was small and plain. Improvements were made later by Fr. Mattingly, new deceased, who also supplied it with a fine-toned bell, whose notes will likely be heard from the belfry of the proposed new edifice. In the graveyard of the old church are two mounds of historical note. Resting there are Patrick and Ellen Griffin, the parents of the gifted Irish poet and writer, Gerald Griffin, who later became Brother Joseph, of the Order of Christian Brothers. In one of the monastery cemeteries in Ireland, the remains of this gifted man sleep, his gift to the literary world being book after book of pure and excellent thought. A complete description of the new edifice has not reached the newspaper office.
South Montrose - We have heard of Paddy keeping his pig in the parlor, but never heard of any one keeping a cow in the cellar, until one day last week. In bringing his cows from the pasture, one of our farmers missed one from his herd. A search was made but she could not be found. It was continued next day, but without avail. Having occasion to go to his cellar the farmer found his bovine contentedly munching his apples and potatoes. Moral, "Always keep your cellar door closed."
Silver Lake - Miss Emily C. Blackman [author of our county's history] visited friends at the lake last week, Tuesday. It was Miss Blackman's first visit in 20 years and the place had changed so much in that time she could scarcely recognize it.
Harford - Prof. J. A. Sophia is tearing down the old red shop, one of our oldest landmarks, built in 1824 by Joseph Sweet.
South Gibson - Oscar Belcher, after an absence of several years spent in the Klondike, Siberia, and the far West, has returned to his old home at East Mountain, where he will spend some time with his parents.
New Milford - Carl Tracy Hawley, associate professor of drawing in Syracuse University, returned to Syracuse yesterday after a year spent in study abroad. He will take up his work again in the Fine Arts College at the beginning of the fall term. Honors that are the acme of every artist's ambition were granted in Europe, for in the salon of the French metropolis were hung the pictures which he completed while in France. In addition to this, many of his artistic efforts received recognition in the exhibits of the American Art Association in Paris. His studies were pursued in the art schools of Colarossi and Julian, where the most celebrated of modern painters gather to do their work. Carl is formerly of New Milford.
Jackson - Miss Matie Curtis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Curtis, a trained nurse in the city of Denver, Colorado, but formerly of Jackson, will spend the winter in California.
Beech Grove, Auburn Twp. - Several of the neighbors made a surprise bee for Mrs. Hattie Fuller, Wednesday, and dug over 50 bushels of potatoes. The ladies also took their shears and thimbles and made themselves useful in a general way, all of which was very gratefully received.
Hop Bottom - The Auxiliary of the Universalist church will hold a masquerade social in Tennant's Hall, Monday evening, Oct. 31st, in celebration of Hallowe'en. Come and have your fortune told.
Great Bend - An attempt to wreck train No. 3 on the Erie just west of this place, was made on Sunday night. The accident was averted by a freight eastbound train discovering a tie upon the track. It was soon removed from the track.
News Briefs: The State Game Commission has instructed its wardens and agents everywhere to arrest boys using slings as a weapon with which to kill song and insectivorous birds and already some arrests have been made. AND "Christy" Mathewson [of Factoryville, PA.], pitcher for the New York Giants, is to be a member of the Los Angeles Pacific Coast league team, until the close of their season, on or about Jan. 1905. AND The New York City subway opened on October 27.