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rejoicing Among his friends, and be lece red
hoodreds of telegrams and letters congratu-
lating him on his success. In the cities of
the State the fight was made on these issues,
and it was exceedingly bitter, ft being what
is called in politics "an off Tear," many
were in donbt as to the result on the new
issues presented during the campaign. Bat
the returns gave Captain Hart 385, 514 rotes,
while his Democratic opponent received bat
342,269, leaving the former a majority of
45.245. His term of office commenced on
the first Monday in May, 1888, and would
have expired on the first Monday in May,



Ise»r<>aat're Service at in* l«ate RmtaVaee.

Ttaoaaaeda leaved Upon Che atla*lr R«ea.

Pranlaeat Men Wea Were PraeaL

Barled Wit* Military Hauere.

Seeae ef All.

Th it which was mortal of the late Captain
W. B. Hart was Ui 1 to rest this afternoon
with the imposing ceremony incident to the
burial of a soldier This morning at 10
o'clock a funeral service was conducted at
the late residence of the dead State Treas-
urer, at which the relatives and invited friends
were present Rev. Geo. B. Stewart, pastor
of Market Square Presbyterian church, was
assisted by Kev. Wm. A. West, of the West-
minster Presbyterian church. This service
was profoundly impressive, and before its
ooaclutti* n many eyes were filled with tears.
Mr. Stewart paid a high tribute to i he worth
of Captain Hart as a citizen and neighbor,
and referred to the faithfulness with
which he hail discharged the duties of
every position he was called npon
to fUL A man of kindly sympathies hn
drew men to him and held them by the.
closest ties of friendship and an? cUosx la
the, heme, too,, ha wan the ideal hnihand and

father, and his lost there will ha soreln fete.
The reverend gentleman feelingly alluded*
to the traits of charaeter which made Cap-
tain Hart so popular and coeduded.
with a few timely remarks concerning the
lessons which his life and death teach.

Mr. West folio ved in a fervent and
touching prayer, in which he invoked God's
blessings upon the berrered family and
friends, and His guidance and support in*
the future.

Among those who came to Harrisboig to-
pay the last tribute of respect were Senator
M. S. Quay, Treasurer-elect H. K. Bojer,
ex State Treasurer William Henrv Bawle^
Senator Delamater, Senator Penrose, presi-
dent pro tern of the Senate; Senator Harlan^
Senator MacFarlane, Senator Williamson,,
Senator Crouse, Senator George Handy
Smith, Charles n Mullin, Assemblymen*
Al. Cravford. Fletcber, Findlay, Strine,.
Judge Header and others.

■tea*av*4 to tfce Capital.

Upon the conclusion of the service at the*
residence this morning the assembled friends-
took a last look at the familiar features and
then a joint detachment of the City Greys-
and Governor's Troop, under command of 7
Captain Maloney, escorted the remains to
the rotunda of the Capitol. Here tbey
were permitted to lie io state until 1 o'clock,
and thousands of his townsmen looked*
upon the kindly face for toe
la*t time. There was sadne*s depicted
upon many a countenance, and unbidden tears
rolled d >wn the caeeka of tuoss who naoV
been intimately associated with Captain.
Hart while he was still in the flesh. The-
rotunds wan elaboiately draped in the habili-
ments of mourning, and at the head of the*
casket were several magnificent fl ral pieces*.
One represented a brokeu column. It
was six feet high and co mp ose d
of the most beautiful flowers. At the
base of the pillar, tr ced upon a floral key*
stone in purple immortelles, were the word*
•'Executive Department. " A large scroll,
five feet high, was the design sent by that-
State Department The Co u mis doners of
Public Buddings sndGiounosinadechoftceoaV
a ladder as their design and it weaameatan*-
propriate pieee, showing as it did the gradual
ascent of Captain Hart to a* high place in*
the honors an < affesttone of the people* Ant
emblem representing a setting, ana wan that
contribution of. the Treasury Department*.
Upon tta cask**,, as. thai feat of tfc

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rested a modest little* wreath of ivy, inter-
spersed with roses, the whole held together
wfch satin ribbon. It was the remembrance
of the Loyal Legion, of Philadelphia, of
which the deceased was a member.

Captain Maloney st tioned a gnard of
honor at the bier, comprising Lieutenant
Lanbenstein. of the City brays, and Lien-
tenants Walkemyer, Ott and Bell, of the
Governor's Troop. The detail at the Capi-
tol was in charge of Captain Perkins.
Those who viewed the remains passed
through a double line of soldiers, who pre-
served order throughout Entering through
the main doorway and passing to the right
and left of the csskot the people emerged on
Bast State street.

BmIost by Rev. Dr. Chambers.

At 1 o'clock the hall of the House of
Representatives was filled with l eople to hear
the address of Kev. Dr. Chambers, pastor of
the Pine Street Presbyterian church. After
reading the 90th Psalm, the reverend orator
spoke substantially as follows:

A funeral service furnishes a Christian
minister n special opportunity for a presenta-
tion of that Gospel which he is commissioned
to preach. At snch a time there can be
pressed upon men's minds the great truths
which have been revealed concerning their
relations to God, their need of Him, and the
conditions upon which they may secure an
entrance into the world of light and love.
The most impressive fact in a man's history
is then thrnst upon our attention, and starts
a whole train of inquiry. What has Death
done for him who has gone from among
men? What and where is that spirit that
charmed and delighted the companions cf
earth, that loved and sorrowed, that toiled
and aspired, -that imparted joy to the soci'-l
circle, and that meditated upon the mysteries
of life and destiny ? What Has Death dune
for that thinking, immortal nature? These
are questions which the minister may a»k,
hot he does not originate them. He only
-voices what the occasion itself suggests to
every reverent and thoughtful mind.

Not only does the minister find at snch a
time as this a special opportunity for solemn
troth, bat he also finds a receptive company.
Sor, I believe, that in this large assembly
there is no one who is not responsive to the
voice of Providence, which has brought him
here. I address those who are to day
specially sosceptible to the fact which has
flattened the community, and to the other

facts which death emphasizes— our personal
accountability to God, our immortality, and
(he immense importance of preparation f < r
the world unseen. These things invest this
occasion with a significance for each one of
ns, for the event which has befallen our
friend must sooner or later happen to us;
we, too, must pass through the experience
of dying. In us, as well as in him, the
solemn announcement of holy writ mnst
have its illustration: "It is appointed unto
men once to die, and after this, judgment."

If Death is a qnickener of thought respect-
ing ourselves, i: is also a quick ener of mem-
ory respecting the departed. Ai such a time
as this grief finds some mitigation in the re*
view of the life and the character of the
friend whose removal has caused sunn gen-
eral sorrow. The Providence of God which
makes it dutiful for us to give his hody a
reverent Christian burial, also br ngs out
those relationships which he so recently sus-
tained to us. and which he adorned by his
simple and sterling integrity. The story of
that life has been read with a friendly, and
in many places with a fearful interest. It is
my simple duty at such a time to speak
rather of its principle and its high motives
than of its details, and to give expression
to the sorrow at the Providence
which has taken from the family
such a loving husband and fa* her;
from a wide circle of friends such an
honorable companion; from the community
snch an exemplary citizen ; from the State
such a high minded and faithful official.
Born on March 15th, 1842. near Norristo'vn
Captain Hart was in the prime of manhood
when he died in this city on November 9th,
1889. He very early in life showed the
spirit of indnstry and independence which
characterized his whole career. His boyhood
was largely spent in toil, and he was thus de-
veloping a stordiness of character, and habits
of application which were some of his marked
traits in later years The call of his country
in 1861 met in him a prompt response; the
boy of 19 became the soldier.

At 'his point Dr. Chambers dwelt upon
the military career of Captain Hart and re-
viewed his life to that period in which he
served as cashier in the Treasury Depart-
ment. Continuing he said :

It was in the year 1888 that he was called
by the voice of the people of the Common**
wealth to the honorable and responsible of-
fice of State Treasurer. His official term

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would have expired iu Mav, 1890. A higher
voice has called him from his post of honor
and usefulness. The record which he leaves
hehiud him of a painstaking devotion to
the interests of the State it will be
the privilege of his successor to imitate and
emulate He has sustained important busi-
ness relations to this community also. His
character has bean known and read of all ;
it ha* commanded universal esteem. His
conscientious determination to act in others'
interests as though fchoy were his own; his'
kindly intercourse with his fellow men,
which threw around his business dealings
such attractiveness; h s jeal <u* r.-gari for
that "good name" which the B ble tells us
is "better than riches, " these facts charac-
terised his relations to us, his neighbors, as
a man ol business.

So that as we review this life from those
toilsome years of boyhood up to the time
wnen be was honored with the confidence of
this great Commonwealth we sum up its
characteristics in the words: Industry,
Bravery, Integrity. Those hands now mo-
tiouless were early familiar with hard and
honest work ; they struck brave blows for
the country he loved; they were c'ean
hands, aud the grasp they gave was
that of an upright man who believed
that he could not be too faithful to the trust
given him by his fellow citizens. The boy
who was not ashamed of work, the soldier
who was not afraid to hunt for his country,
the pure and incoiruptible official who care-
fully guarded the interests of the Sute, is at
rest to-day, and we are here, to testify our
respect for such a life, our high appreciation
of such a character. Every one who is here
to-day is glad to be known as a friend of
Captain Hart. His business associ ttes have
expressed thnir appreciation <f him in terms
which show that theirs is no merely perfunc-
tory or formal action. Their intimacy with
him was cordial and enjovable. They will
.miss him. They knew his fidelity, his high
sense of obligation, his geniality, his gener-
osity. They are here to-day to testify their
pleasant remembrances of him, and their
high regard for him. Iu such feelings all of
us ask the privilege of joining. But may I
not take advantage of this occasion to im-
press upon the minds of all who are here the
supreme claim ol Jesus Christ on every man?
We all need Him. This is the supreme need
of every one of as who has a God to meet
and an eternity to live.

It is no part of this funeral service to un-
veil the grief of the household from whom
God has taken one so tenderly beloved. His
nuf ailing kindness, his gentle considerate-
ness, his love for them, his attachment to his
home, his affectionate planning for their hap-
piness—these things need not be dwelt on
here. We respect the sacredness of that
grief. We commend these sorrowing ones
to Him whose compassions fail not. We
tender them the utmost of oar sympathy —
realizing that

"D ep grief cannot oe reached.
Wisdom to heal a broken heart

Must not be wisdom preached."
My brother man ; in this hour when you
are so close in thought to the unseen world,
when you are reminded of the frailty of
earthly hopes and plans; when you see that
no science of man can frustrate Death; that
there is an appointment for yon which yon
cannot put off; that there is this debt of na-
ture whicb you cannot compromise; when
thoughts of the eternity force themselves
upon \ou; let me repeat the open secret of a
noble life, and a hopeful death, and a glori-
ous destiny. "Whosoever belie vet h in me,"
saith the Son of God, "hath everlasting life. "
March to the Tomb.
Wheu Dr. Chambers had concluded his
remarks he offered a prayer and the arrange-
ments for the march to the grave were
then completed. Capta.n Maloney had
made a detail of two non commissioned
officers from each company to act as pall-
bearers. Thty were Corporals Nicholas
Tack and Wm. Mailey, of the City Grays;
Sergeants John Major and Paul A. Knnkel,
of the Governor's Troop, and Sergeants W.
A. Darr and W. H. Shorn pp, of the Gobin
Guards, of Carlisle. These carried the
casket, about which was draped an
American flag and on which Post
56, G. A. K., placed a handsome floral badge
of the fraternity, to the hearse, which was
waiting at the West State street
entrance. When all was readj

the three military companies formed, and
with arms reverse I marched with funeral
tread oat State street toward the cemetery.
Then came the long line of carriages,
reaching from the railroad to the
Capitol. First the clergy, Beva.
Dr. George S. Chambers, George B. Stew-
art and William A. We«t, followed by the
hearse. Then came the carriages con-
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-after these ia order other carriages,
in which were Governor Beaver and Private
Secretary Pearson ; Auditor General Kirkpat-
rick and Secretary Stone; Auditor General
McCamant, Secretary of In.ernal Affairs
8tewart and ex-State Treasurer Livsey;
'Deputy Secretary Loogenecker and Senator
A. F. Thompson; Major John Lockhart, ex-
ecutive clerk, and Wilson M. Gearhart, chief
clerk of the State Department; Superin-
tendent Stackpole and Florist Looan ; then
the clerks and attaches of the several de-
partments. After these came carriages con-
taining prominent citizens from Hairisbnrg
4md elsewhere. In one of these sat State
Treasurer-elect Boyer and President Pro
Tern. Penrose. Last of all in this
solemn cortege marched the veterans
-of Post 58, G. A. R., whose ranks
are fast thinning out. Hundreds followed
the procession to the cemetery to witness the
final scene in this last ceremooial. The re-
mains were lowered into the grave and then
the nsnal military salute was fired by the
Governor's Troop, Bugler Bell sounded taps
•and all was over.


•Historical, Biographical and Genealogical.


Old Fire Companies.-— Among our notes
we find the following references to old fire
-companies in Harrisburg:

"Upper Ward Fire Company," in the
Perm.' a Republican, of Dec 29, 1812.

"Hope," in the Chronicle tot Jan. 3, 18U,
and Jan. 10, 1814.

"Union Fire Company," in the Intelli-
gencer ot April 13, 1821. John Capp, Sec-
retary of, in 1823 Revival of, in February,

"Harrisburg Fire Company," in 1831.

Can any of our older residents give us any
-particulars concernirg these companies ?

Lafayette's Visit to Hakrisburg. —
In reply to a coi respondent requesting the
particulars of General Lafayette's visit to
Harrisburg we give the following references:

Meetings relative to were held on the 21st
4tnd 28th of August, 1824.

In September following the Dauphin Cav-

alry acted as the special esort of His Excel-
lency, Governor Shulse, to Philadelphia.

In the Intelligencer for February ], 4, and
25, are to be tound full particulars of his
visit to the Capital city.

Old Mills.— At the time of his death in
1813, Henry Acker owned the mill one mile*
from Harrisburg on the Middletown and
Harrisburg road. This was the present Lo-
chiel mill.

Corbett's mill was twelve miles from Har-
risburg, in Hanover township, in 1824.

Stephen Harrison's foiling mill, toe same
year, was located on the Manada, eleven
miles from lianrisburg.

Darby's mill in West Hanover, on the
Swatara, in 1824.

Reiter's mill in West Hanover in 1824.

What mills are the latter ?

Isaac Ferree in 1813 had a manufactory of
gunpowder on "Wikiniski creek, Ly can's


In 1747 a road was laid out from "Conog-
ochege to Chambers' Gap, to the head of
Conogochege water, at the foot of the moun-
tain. " There were only a few white settlers
west of the river in Cumberland Valley
prior to 1730, owing to the fact that no one
was permitted to remain there before that
date by the Penns. Nevertheless, there
were quite a number of squatters, some un-
der the guise of Indian traders as early as
1725. Prior to this latter date,
Letort lived in Doneral upon his
farm adjoining James Harris' land at May-
town. Of course at various times he had
his store below Harris', at Letort' s Spring,
and later at the forks of the Susquehanna, at

Martin Chartiere, who settled at the
mouth of the fellow Breeches creek, was
the son of Peter Chartiere, who had a trad-
ing post close to the Susquehanna Indian
town at now Washington below Columbia.
He lived there in 1 "01 Chartiere died upou
his farm, which laid between James Patter-
son's and the river, Manor township, in Lan-
caster county. About the 20th day of April,
1718, James Logan attended his funeral.
This farm he gave to his son Martin, where
he remained several years. I have a draft
of his farm and Logan's letter. s. B.

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Matthew Smith, the son of Robert and
Mary Smith, was bom March 13, 1734, in
Paxtaog township, Lancaster, now Dauphin
county, Pennsylvania. His father was an
early settler in Paxtang Valley, dying in
March, 1757, leaving a wife Mary and
ehildren as follows:

i. Matthew.

it. Rebecca, m. Samnel Allen.

Hi. Robert.

iv. David.

The son Matthew teceived the limited edu-
cation of pioneer times, and was brought up
as a farmer. During the French and Indian
war he was in service in Bouquet s expedi-
tion. He comes, however, into promineuce
by being one of the delegates appointed by
the inhabitants on the frontiers to present
their memorial of grievances to the Assem-
bly during the "Paxtang Boys' " foray
against the perfidious Indians cm Conestoga
Manor and in the work -house at Lancaster.
Save as the bearer ol that petition, be was
not connected with the so-called "massacre."

In June, 1775, the roll of the drums of
the Revolution called him from the quiet of
his farm, and he enlisted a company of vol-
unteers in Paxtang to inarch to the siege of
Boston. His company included many
famous characters, and one of its members.
Judge Henry, has preserved a record of their
wonderful march, under Arnold, through
the wilderness of Maine to Quebec. The at-
tack on Quebec, and the capture of Smith's
company, are graphically told by Judge
Henry. Captain Smith was probably ex-
changed in the spring of 1778, for on the
28th of May, that year, he appeared in the
Supreme Executive Council as the member
for Lancaster county, in which office he
served during the years 1778-9.

On the 3d of August, 1779, he writes from
Sunbury that he had arrived there with
"sixty Paxtang Boys," to look after the In-
dians and British who had captured Fort
Freeland on the 28th of July previous. On
the 11th of October, 1779, he was chosen
Vice President of Pennsylvania, but resigned
shortly after, owing to the heavy expenses
connected with the position. On the 4th of
February following he was appointed pro-
thonotary, &c, for Northumberland county,
filling that office until the 25th of Septem-
ber, 1783. Captain Smith afterwards re-
moved to Milton, where he resided until his
death, which took place on the 22d of July,

1794, at the age of sixty years. A coropaaj
of light infantry, under Major Pratt and Cap*.
James Boyd, marched with the body six
miles to Warrior Run burying groaui.
"Many tears were shed at the old patriot 'a
burial, and after his remains were deposited,
three volleys were fired over his grave."'
Captain Matthew Smith was as brave a
soldier, as ardent a patriot as ever lived. He
served his country long and faithfully, an-
daunted by the detraction of Quaker his-
torians, who sought t" throw a stigma
npo.i his character from the fact that
he was one of the bearers of the
memorial of the frontiersmen to the
Assembly for redress of grievances, and
designating him as "the leader of the Pax-
tang rioters." That he was nowise con*
nected with the bloody transactions at Cones-
toga and Lancaster may reasonably be in-
ferred, from the fact that he was chosen aa
the representative of the "back inhabitants."
With "a price set upon his head," no par-
ticipant would have ventured into Phila-
delphia. History fullv exonerates hiss,
and his brave and heroic after-life, beggar-
ing himself in behalf of his country which,
needel his patriotic services, has been left aa
an example of the pnre and disinterested
spirit of the days of the Revolution. Aa
one of the wat eagles of that illustrious era,
his name and fame are a glorious herit-
age. We have little knowledge of CoL
Smith's family, save that in the tidal wave
of emigration to the Presqn' Isle settlementa
his descendants went thither, and a son, Wil-
son Smith, who settled at Waterford, was
an officer ot note in that section during the
war of 181214, and represented his district
in the Pennsylvania Senate in 1817. A son
of his, Matthew Smith, resides at Water-

UARUiSBUftU IN 188S-1&40.


The years between and including 1828 and
1840 were the first "golden cycles" in the
history of Harrisburg. Within this period
the Pennsylvania canal was opened for navi-
gation, railroad communication was estab-
lished with Philadelphia and Chambersburg; "
the constructor, of water works commenced,
and the boundaries of the fc*wn enlarged —
four events to which more than anything
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Prior to this, the transportation facilities
of the town were of the most meagre char-
acter. Troy coaches, or stages as they were
more commonly called, were the great
vehicles of passenger travel, and dash*
ing lines of these conveyances left
the stage office in Market tquare daily
towards every point of the compass. Then
it was quite an event to make the trip to
Philadelphia, and to cross over the Alle-
gheny mountains to Pittsburgh involved
nearly as much preparation, thonght and ap-
prehension as would exercise the mind now
if projecting a trip to the South Sea
Islands !

The merchants, at this time, very gener-
ally divided their patronage between Phila-
delphia and Baltimore, and their goods were
brought from those cities in Conestoga
wagons — great lumbering vehicles, with
semi-circular tops of sail cloth, drawn by
six stalwart horses.

The prod acts of our manufactories as we
shall presently show, were few and mostly
consumed at home. What little found its
way to the surrouuding towns and farmers
were conveyed by private vehicles.

There was but very little anthn cite coal
consumed in the town. In an estimate of a
year's household expenses for a family of
six (which will appear later on) no mention
is made of the item of coal, but an al-
lowance is given for wood. Indeed, even as
late as 1840 wood was the fuel in general
use, the hotels and a few private families
preferring the "black diamond. " The small
amount of coal then used was from the
Wilkes -Bar re or Pittston mines, and before
the completion of the canal was brought
here by ark on the river. It was excessively
hard in grit, and mostly came in lumps
weighing from ten to forty pounds. Of
course these had to be broken before use,
and it was always a vexed question among
boys whether between pegging awey with a
long handled iron mallet at a tough lump ot
anthracite coal with a chance of a stray
shot on one's foot or an eye blinded by a
flying "spawl," and sweating and blowing
like a grampus over the ** wood- horse" saw-
ing a knotty stick of cord wood, the latter
was not the most preferable.

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