Abstracts, The Agitator, June 5, 1867

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The Agitator
Wellsboro, Penna
June 5, 1867


The trial of John H. Suratt has been postponed to the 10th inst., important witnesses being absent. We hope the trial may go on. If Suratt is guilty he deserves punishment. If innocent, he deserves an honorable discharge. There is little probability of his being convicted, or if convicted, of his execution. There has been enough shuffling.


Fatal Daring. - On last Saturday morning a party having a lumber raft in charge, on the river opposite this place, determined to run over the dam, instead of the chute, as is the usual custom. The water was at a high stage, which seemed to favor their daring project. The party was composed of five men, who were warned not to attempt it, but the pilot considered it a big thing about which he would be able to brag when he got home. The raft, when it entered the reaction was completely torn to pieces; some of the logs forty feet in length, being raised up on their ends and tossed about like ??? By clinging to the logs, four of the men kept themselves up until they were rescued by boats from the shore, but the fifth man, named Curtis Bloom, disappeared in the reaction and his body has not yet been recovered. -Sunbury paper

Deacon Moses Hall, formerly of Geneva, died at his son's residence in Williamsport recently aged 90 years. He settled in Geneva in 1800, and was for fifty-five years an useful and esteemed citizen. He was born in Muncy, and when he settled in Geneva, was obliged to go by boat to Northumberland, and thence up the North Branch of the Susquehanna to Tioga Point, and thence poled the boat to Elmira, then called Newtown, and a mere settlement in the wilderness. He became a member of the Presbyterian Church of Geneva in 1800, the only one of that denomination in Western New York. He was a good man during his long life. -Corning Journal

We saw a poor woman the other morning notifying the different Hotel and Saloon keepers not to let her drunken husband have any more liquor. Before she had fairly made the round of the places where her liege lord was in the habit of imbibing, the worthless fellow employed a comrade to go into a bar room and procure a glass of whiskey for him, and bring it out on the street, where he drank it in sight of his exasperated spouse, who invoked all sorts of maledictions on her "baste of a man" who she declared should "get his pay" on his return home. -Bradford Argus.

Sentence of Kingsland -The motion for an arrest of sentence and a new trial, in the case of John Kingsland, convicted, murder in the second degree, was heard by the Judge, on Monday last. The new trial was refused, and Kingsland sentenced to solitary confinement in the Eastern State Penitentiary for the term of eight years. The Sheriff, on Tuesday, started with the prisoner for Philadelphia. -Bradford Reporter

Some weeks since the wife of a respectable citizen of Troy died after a brief illness, leaving her husband something like five thousand dollars which she had carefully saved from money which had came into her possession, and of the existence of which her husband was entirely ignorant.

ADMINISTRATOR'S NOTICE - Letters of administration having been granted to the undersigned upon the estate of Saml. B. Strang, late of Elmira, N.Y., dec'd., notice is hereby given to those indebted to and all having claims against said estate to call and settle with
F.E. Smith, Adm'r.
Tioga, June 5, 1867

ADMINISTRATOR'S NOTICE - Letters of administration having been granted to the undersigned upon the estate of S.M. Butler, late of Chatham., dec'd., all persons indebted to said estate, and all having claims against the same, will call and settle with
Lucy Butler, Adm'r.
Selden Butler
Chatham, June 5, 1867

ADMINISTRATOR'S NOTICE - Letters of administration having been granted to the undersigned upon the estate of Philip Taylor, late of Osceola., dec'd., all persons indebted to said estate, and all having claims against the same, will call and settle with
C.R. Taylor, Adm'r.
Sarah Taylor
Osceola, June 5, 1867

ADMINISTRATOR'S NOTICE - Letters of administration having been granted to the undersigned upon the estate of Danl. R. Seely, late of Knoxville., dec'd., all persons indebted to said estate, and all having claims against the same, will call and settle with
Joseph Guile, Adm'r.
Lawrenceville, June 5, 1867

ADMINISTRATOR'S NOTICE - Letters of administration having been granted to Amos C. Stearns, on the estate of Jno. O. Stearns, late of New Jersey, dec'd, all persons indebted to said estate, and all having claims against the same, will call and settle with Jno. W. Guernsey, at his office Tioga.
Jno. O. Stearns, Adm'r.
Tioga, May 29, 1867

ADMINISTRATOR'S NOTICE - Letters of administration having been granted to the undersigned upon the estate of Hezekiah Wood, late of Bloss township., dec'd., all persons indebted to said estate, and all having claims against the same, will call and settle with
S.H. Wood, Adm'r.
Bloss, May 29, 1867

WILD CATS - Master Alpheus Hall, Farmington, lately caught two wild-cats, in a trap which he ad baited with fresh meat for that purpose. Mr. R.T. Hall brought the skins to town on Monday and drew the bounty at the Treasurer's Office. The animals were quite large.
The same young man also caught a bald eagle which measured seven feet from tip to tip of the wings.

THE BAR. -Messers. F.A.W. Strang, Walter Sherwood, and Morgan Hart, were admitted to practice in the several courts of Tioga county, during the present term. Mr. Strang goes West, where we hope he may be abundantly prospered. Mr. Sherwood will probably go into business with his father, and has the best wishes of his numerous friends for success, as also has Mr. Hart, wherever he may hang out his shingle.

CHILDREN DROWNED.--A most distressing casualty, resulting in the death of two bright little boys, children of Mr. C.C. Guila, of Lindley, N.Y, took place near Baliard's mill Thursday evening of last week. The boys were of the age of 6 and 8 years, respectively, and were at play in an old boat lying in the tail trace of the mill. They were missed at about six o'clock, and on search being made their hats were seen floating in still water, until the bodies were found nearby. The body of the eldest was found standing in about four feet of water, and the younger was lying at his feet. It is supposed that the younger one fell out of the boat and the older brother in trying to assist him lost his balance and fell in after him. The occurrence plunges a worthy family in deep distress and casts a gloom over the neighborhood. The funeral was attended on Sunday by over three hundred people.

OBITUARY. -Thomas Skelton, of Delmar, who was buried last Monday week, is entitled to something more than a passing tribute of respect.

Mr. Skelton was born in the village of Wilberforce, Yorkshire, England, in August, 1843, and was brought to this country by his parents, now living in Delmar, in the year 1844. The subject of this notice enlisted in Co. A, 149th Pa. Volunteers, Capt. Scheld, in the summer of 1862, being then about 19 years of age. He served faithfully until May 6, 1864, when in one of the terrible battles of the Wilderness, he receivee a gunshot wound in the right arm, and was sent back to Washington, and assigned to Finlay Hospital. Here he submitted to a resection of the elbow joint; it being thought preferable to amputation; and he for nearly a year hovering between death and convalescence. It was in the summer of 1865 before he was discharged and sent home, the wound, still festering and discharging. During the first year of his detention in the hospital it was the privilege of the writer of this to see him every week, and to mark the heroic fortitude and patience which he at all times exhibited. From the day of his disabling to the day of his death, which took place on the 25th of May - more than three years- he was a great, but always a patient sufferer, never very hopeful, and never utterly cast down.

So passes away another of the men whose lives have purchased the redemption of the republic from meditated destruction by traitors. Thomas Skelton was a true patriot; and if any may claim remembrance of the living, his claim is equal and pre-eminently just.

MARRIAGES
Rice - Spoor - In Bennettville, May 15th, 1867, by Rev., C.A. Stone, Mr. M. D. Rice of Charleston, and Miss Henrietta Spoor of the former place.

Pritchard - Morse - In Tioga, May 20, 1867, by Rev. D.R. McDermond, Mr. Walter B. Pritchard, of Clymer, and Miss Mary L. Morse, of Charleston.

Benjamin - Rumsey - In Sullivan, May 26th, 1867, at the residence of the bride's father; by Rev. G.P. Watrous, Mr. Watson K. Benjamin, of Mansfield, and Miss Olive M. Rumsey, of Sullivan.

DEATHS
Sofield - In Wellsboro, June 2, 1867, Mrs. Julie A Sofield, aged 60 years.

Baldwin - In Ridgway, Bradford Co. Pa., April 2d, 1867, Mrs. Eva A., wife of Vincent Baldwin, and daughter of Daniel D. and Minerva Dewey of Tioga Pa., in the 27th year of her age.

EXECUTOR'S NOTICE.- Letters testamentary having been granted to the undersigned upon the last will and testament of James Seacord, late of Westfield township, deceased, all persons indebted will make immediate payment and those having claims will present them to
Kate A. Seacord, Ex'rs.
Richard Krusen,
Westfiedl, May 22, 1867

ADMINISTRATOR'S NOTICE - Letters of administration having been granted to the undersigned upon the estate of Daniel Lamb, late of Richmond, deceased, notice is hereby given to those indebted to, and those having claims against the same, will call and settle with
W.F. Lamb, Adm'rs
Jno. W. Guernsey
May 8, 1867