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7 Aug 1878
A gentleman from Northern Chester county, while driving into West Chester on Saturday morning, the 27th ult., saw a sight which was quite novel and interesting. It was just after the bulk of a shower had fallen and the highway was literally covered with toads, ranging in length from one to two and a half inches. In one place, a distance of about fifty fee, and about two yards wide there were at least 500 of these reptiles.
John Wilkins, Esq., postmaster of Hemlock, this county, was arrested on last Saturday and conveyed to the county jail. He plead guilty to a charge of embezzlement at last court, and sentence was deferred until Agrument Court, at which he failed to appear. He will remain in jail until September Court when he will be sentenced. His embezzlement occurred, we believe, as Treasurer of the School District of Washington township.
W. W. Harris, Esq., of Jackson township, has practically demonstrated that tobacco culture can be successfully carried on in this county. He has about an acre of ground in tobacco which looks exceedingly well. The plants are very large, having from 12 to 20 leaves on each. The leaves are 2 feet long by 18 inches broad. The Squire thoroughly booked himself on the culture of tobacco, and in the first venture has as fine a lot of tobacco as ever was grown in the State.
NOEY -- In Conemaugh borough, on Thursday, the 1st inst., Mr. Conrad Noey, aged 89 years.
TAYLOR -- In Johnstown, in Thursday, the 1st inst., Ella Mabel, daughter of F. and M. E. Taylor, aged 1 year and 21 days.
ENGELBACH -- In Johnstown, on Wednesday, the 31st ult., a child of David C. and Mrs. Strayer, aged 8 months.
SAEGER -- In Johnstown, on Wednesday, the 31st ult, Otto, son of Anton and Mrs. Saeger, aged 8 months.
MANGUS -- In Johnstown, on Sunday, the 4th inst., a child of Mr. and Mrs. Mangus, aged about six years.
SANDERSON -- In East Conemaugh, on Monday, the 5th inst., a child of Mr. and Mrs. Sanderson, aged about 1 year and 3 months.
O'BRIEN -- In Franklin borough, on Monday, the 5th inst., an infant child of E. A. and Mary O'Brien.