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   Lock Haven Express (Newspaper) - August 1, 1890, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania                                NINTH YEAH-NO. 130. LOCK HAVEN, PA.. FRIDAY. AUGUST 1, 1890. PBICE-TWO CENTS EVENING EXPRESS K1NSLOE BROTHERS---P0BLISHER8 CURRENT COMMENT. As ykt there oomcs no message from Mr. \V allace over tho sea announcing on whut dates be will speak on behalf of Mr. Patcisan. The thoughts whioh burn arc anonymous communications. Never Bend them to a newspaper office, and you will save postage. The English free traders openly ac knowledge their only hope of capturing tho American market is by Democrats national asoendancy. This is an instructive oonfetaion. Eighteen newspapers have died within three years in Sao Diego, Cal. Still, the last one which came made the usual an nounoemest that it appeared to "fill a long felt want." President Harrison has sent a speoial message to Congress asking for the pas-sage of "severe and effective legislation,' that will purge tbe United States mails of all letters, nowspapors and circulars relating to tbe lottery business. The House of Representatives will be sustained by tbe country in oarrying out the proposition to unseat CliftoQ It. Breck-enridge as a Representative of the Second District of Arkansas. After the murder of John A. Clayton, Congressman Breck-eufidge ought to have been prompt in re sigining bis seat without waiting for the action'of the House. The cheek of some people is simply col lossal. Here is Boodler Duffy, of Hew York, just returned from five years exile in Canada, suing another boodler to recover his share of the Broadway railway franobise bribe, which be claims was never paid to him. And District Attorney Fellows, cognizant of all this, says he cannot make out a case against the returned boodlars. Under the recent law confiscating all tho property of tbe Mormons in XJtab, in order to deprive them of tbe main source of their power, only a limited amount has been found. It seems the Mormons prepared themselves for such an emergency and have transported their available cash elsewhere for investment.. It has besides been placed in tbe names of single individuals, so tbat its identity cannot be traced. The reasons for the kitting of Mr. Cook in.Jasper county, Mississippi, are very frankly stated in the Birmingham Age-Herald, a Demooratio organ. Cook was making a canvass under the management of the Kepublioan County Committee. After filling two appointments a committee of citizens waited on him and asked him to stop bis canvass, Its It was arousing "a spirit of uneasiness" among the whites, and they warned him that if he went on he would be sorry. He went on and was assassinated, and his assassin is known by leading Democrat* and will never be punished. "Prohibition Convention. The Prohibition County Convention was held in the Court House last night. The ] attendance was small, less than two dozen persons being present. G. M. Hills was elected President and John A. Shearer Secretary. The following nominations were made: Assembly, John Morris, of Loganton i Associate Judge, Josiah Miller; Sheriff, Charles Kyle, of Lamar township; Prothonotary, C. U. Scbiefile, of Look Haven; County Treasurer, Lewis Putt, ef Renovo; Delegates to State Convention,' Rev. James M. Byera and I. C. S toner, of Salona. 6. M. Hills was elected Chairman of the County Committee. Yesterriav's Kxcurslon, The exoursionists to Nippeno from this city yesterday had a very pleasant time. While people here in Lock Haven were sweltering with tbe heat the excursionist* were enjoying themselves immensely in the coot and shady park. Tbe pionie parties up tbe river and at Strayer's grove also had a pleasant timo and all were returned to the oity without acoident. Colored Masons Festival, The members of the Lodge of Colored Masons in this oity are making extensive preparations for their festival and cake walk whioh will be held in the Armory August 7th. A gold watoh which is displayed in the window of Goldstein's jewelry store will be oontostod for by Thomas Culuy and William Hamilton. Sona or Veteran* tiistiMijitntnl The National Kuoimpment of the Hoob oi Yeioranfi iv;]l meet ueiL month at Si. Joseph, Mu. Tiib delegates will go via Indianapolis ami Si. Louis and the Wabash railroad. The route has been agreed upon by tbe CommiLtee on Transportation and all eastern delegates will take it. HISTORIC AND OTHERWISE Something About Tort Augusta That was Built by the Provincial Authorities EXAMINING AN ANCIENT DKAWDtG Only single fare for the round trip to Harrisburg and roturn to witness "Last Days of Pompeii" Tuesday, August 5th. Speoial train in both directions. Daniel Beckley, the Oldest Court Crier In the State, Who ffM Once a Bugler Claa In Crimson Regimentals - Interesting Notes Around Abont the Town of Snn-bnry. Etc., Etc [Special Correspondence. 1 Su'nbuby, July 31.-As early as 1728- one hundred and sixty-two years ago-wo have an account of white men having visited the plaoe whore Sunbury now stands. It was then called Shamokin, and it was a rallying point for the aboriginal inhabitants. Situated at the junction of the two rivers which form the tortuous Susquehanna, it became the objective point of tbe early white settlere, and for the protection of the frontier, the erection of Fort Augusta was commenced hire by tho Provincial authorities in 175G. It was built on the south bank of the river, opposite the point of the island and directly under the shadow of "Blue Hill," that rooky promontory whioh has been the admiration of travelers for a hundred years. The great fort, which played such an important part in the early settlement of the valley, and served as a place of refuge for many a fleeing settlor, has long since disappeared and not a vestige remains to mark its site. A brick house now stands on the ground it occupied, but no one unacquainted with the facts would think for a moment that fifteen heavy cannon once guarded tho river at this point and their thunders often awoke the echoes of "Blue Hill," and caused the painted savages who peered over its frowning precipices in search of scalps to flee into the wilderness. The old magazine, however, is still pointed out. It oonsists of a hole in the ground, down which stone steps lead to a large underground room arched with English briok. It is still in a good state of preservation, and steps should be taken to preserve it as a relic of the past by placing an iron fence around ii. Judge Rockefeller _ relates that on his visit to London in 188S he called at the British war office and asked if there was a drawing of Fort Augusta on file in the archives of that institution.- Tbe fort was built under tbe direction of English engineers when Pennsylvania was a province of Gteat Britain*, and h� was curious. to know if a record of it bad been preserved. He was courteously received by a clerk, and on making known tbe.objeot of bis visit, was informed tbat a search would be made for tbe anoient document. He remained seated abont an hour, when the olerk appeared with the drawing and carefully spreadirfg it out before him said: 'This is tbe plan oi Fort Augusta; you can examine it, but (lease do not touch it, as it. onoe belonged to George the Third." It is needless to add that the Judge carefully gated dpon tbe time-stained drawing and wondered wby, if it once belonged to the English King, it should be regarded with such veneration. In thus speaking of Judge Rockefeller, am reminded of the fact tbat Daniel Beckley, bis court crier, is the oldest man in Pennsylvania who officiates in that capacity. Mr. Beckley was born in Berks county, February 2, 180'J, and is now well along in his 8Uth year. Tbe venerablo court crier yet performs bis official duties with a grace aad dignity that elicits the admiration of his friendB, and oommands the awe and reverenoe of country swains who may be called in his presence by the stern mandate of the law. As far back as 1857 be was elected Prothonotary of Northumberland county and served two terms. He was then chosen Sheriff and served one term. Away back in the misty past, Bay sixty or seventy years, ho served as bugler to the Northumberland troop of horBe, and being a musician of note tbe shrill blasts of his bngle never failed to arouse the martial spirits of the troopers, and cause them to charge the imaginary enemy with the dash and energy of veterans, and to impart a martial bearing to his appearance, he woro a beautiful red cap and coat, whiob raado him a conspicuous object at the head of the dashing column.- They were made of tho finest red cloth, (not flannel) and the yonng maidens never failed to proudly wave their bandkerohiefs as the gay bugler dashed by ou his foaming charger, lie now a sedate and grave court oiliciat, and v.'lien ho pioclaims in solemn tones, tho �jpbuiuj; aad closing oi' com I, he preaouts 
                            

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