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Wayne County Organ
Weekly Founded, 1844
HONESDALE, WAYNE CO., PA., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1908.
Michigan Sufferers In Need
of Food and Shelter.
GOVERNOR ISSUES AN APPEAL
Calls Attention to Pitiable Condition
of Those Whose Homes Were
Destroyed by Blaze In
Detroit. Mich., Oct. 11). Reports from
the forest Are district of northern
Michigan were fragmentary, but there
were Indications of improvement In
the general situation as far as Immi
nent danger to life und property was
concerned. Hut ns to the victims who
survived the destruction of their homes
and villages conditions arc pitiful In
the extreme, with the likelihood of
greater distress and many deaths from
exposure In the event of a sudden drop
of temperature falling upon the half
clothed refugees camped in box cars
and open Holds.
Governor Fred M. Warner Issued an
nppeal to the people of Michigan for
contributions, and Mayor William B.
Thompson of Bctrolt has called a spe
cial meeting of the common council to
consider the matter of contributing re
lief. The Detroit board of commerce
held a meeting at the Detroit club to
arrange the details if shipping a pre
liminary carload ci ) -cy'slotis and
bedding north at noon today, and Gov
ernor Warner has directed Adjutant
General McGuerrln of the state troops
to take the Initiative In similar meas
ures at Grand Rapids.
President J. D. Hnwks of the De
troit and Mackinac railroad received
word that forest Arcs wero seriously
threatening the town of Osalneke,
south of Alpena, on Thunder bay.
Quartermaster General W. J. Rogers
of the state troops, who was sent into
the burned district to Investigate con
ditions, telegraphed Governor Warner
that there was no need of troops, as
the fire situation was Improved tempo
rarily at least. The Immediate need.
General Rogers reported, was for bed
ding and food for the refugees and
fodder for horses and cattle.
Following Lj the governor's appeal
to the people of Michigan for con
tributions: "The destructive forest flres which
have raged over the northern part of
the state during the past week And
which have been attended with such
fearful loss of life and property have
already rendered about 500 of our peo
ple homeless and dependent upon Im
mediate public charity.
"Tfac loss and suffering are so great
and the need for assistance Is so cry
ing that there should be prompt ac
tion on the .part of the public gener
ally. The men, women and children
who have narrowly escaped death are
shelterless and destitute. Food, cloth
ing, bedding, furniture, money and
building materials and forage for ani
mals should be donated at once, to the
end that the suffering of these unfortu
nate people may be lessened and that
none may perish from hunger or ex
posure. "I therefore urge upon the charita
ble people of this great state, so boun
tifully blessed with comfort and
wealth, to Immediately come to the re
lief of these stricken people. Alpena
will be the distributing point. All do
nations may be sent In care of J. D.
Hawks, president of the Detroit nnd
"I am already assured that the De
troit and Mackinac, the Michigan Cen
tral and the Pere Marquette railroads
will transport everything free of
charge, and undoubtedly all the other
railroads whose officials I have not
yet been ablo to see will do likewise."
Mayor William B. Thompson In his
"The northern part of the state of
Michigan Is being swept by forest flres
appalling In their magnitude.
"Scores of lives have nlready been
lost, thousands havo been rendered
homeless, the loss In property Is be
yond estimation, and the end has not
"The condition of the survivors Is
pitiful in the extreme. They have
been stripped of all their worldly pos
sessions, and the northorn winter Is
ready to sweep down upon them."
LIFE INSURANCE DECREASES,
Falling Off Shown by Report of Su
Albany, N. Y Oct. 10. A decrease in
the life insurance business In this
state for the calendar year ended Dec.
SI last Is shown In the forty-ninth an
nual report of the stato Insurance de
partment made public by Superintend
ent Otto Kelsey.
Compared with 1000, It appears that
the companies Issued 150,303 policies
less than last year, and the amount of
Insurance written decreased $241,466,-808.
TURKISH TROOPS MASSED.
Bulgaria's Calling Out of Reserves
Caused Activity In Meedonia.
Solia, Oct. 19. The mobilization of
Turkey's Third army corps iu Mace
donia is regarded here as due to n
mistake on Bulgaria's part In calling
out three series of reservists. Some
days ago the government summoned to
the colors 15,000 conscripts belonging
to the same series, who for various
reasons had been relieved from serv
ice. These men were to Join the army
to undergo a course of elementary
training for enlistment. Apparently
the Turkish government interpreted
this as a grand levy, and Turkey's
nervousness Is ascribed to this cause.
On learning of the bad effect the
call had upon Turkey nnd the other
powers the Bulgarian government
countermanded the proposed enlist
ment. Army of 161,000 Men In Macedonia.
Paris, Oct. 19. The Salonika corre
spondent of the Temps gives a list of
the effective men of the Third army
corps now mobilizing In Macedonia.
They are all the Nlzams, or men of
the flrst line, and three divisions of
Itcdifs. The former consist of Ave
divisions of sixteen battalions each,
with 830 men to the battalion, a total
of 08,000. The Rcdlfs comprise forty
eight battalions of a thousand men
each, a total of 48,000. These, with
the active army numterlng 45,000,
make a grand total of 101,000 men.
According to the correspondent, guns
and munitions are being moved rap
idly. One hundred and ten rapid flrers,
ton carloads of Mausers and flftccn
carloads of munitions have already ar
rived, and 200 heavy guns are now on
Representative of 250,000 Bayonets.
Belgrade, Oct. 19. Mllovanovlcs, the
Servian foreign minister, left for the
capitals of the powers to place Ser
vla's wishes before the respective gov
ernments In an endeavor to reach an
understanding In the Balkan situation.
Crown Prlnco George In bidding the
foreign minister farewell said: "Do
not forget that you speak as the rep
resentative of 250,000 bayonets. Mnke
no concessions. Only by this course
will you be able to. return to Sorvla."
KING HAS CONSENTED.
Report Abruzzi Has Reyal Permission
to Wed Miss Elkins.
Turin, Oct. 10. Although no official
announcement has been given out with
reference to the marriage of the Duke
of the Abruzzi and Miss Kathcrlne EI
1:1ns, It is asserted that the king has
definitely given his consent.
As a consequence the duke Is pre
paring to leave for the United States.
It Is likely that he will proceed via
The newspapers, in the belief that
the marriage is certain, say that Miss
Elkins can now be considered as an
Italian royal princess, while after her
marriage she will have the position
and honors due her rank as a member
of the royal family.
Gas Kills a Candidate.
Claremont, N. H., Oct. 19. Leon E.
Page, Republican candidate for county
solicitor, was found dead In bed, with
gas escaping from a Jet. It Is believed
that be had fallen asleep while reading
from a book. A defect In the gas pres
sure Is supposed to have put out the
Earthquakes In California.
Salinas, Cal., Oct. 10. Three slight
earthquake shocks were felt here. No
damage resulted. The shocks were
also felt at Holllster.
Fair, with light to fresh wlgds, most
Santa Fe Loses $200,000 by Fire.
Amarlllo, Tex., Oct. 10. Fire destroy
ed the Santa Fe roundhouso and shops,
entailing a loss of $200,000. Twelve
locomotives were burned and several
tars loaded with coal.
Bachelors nro poor diplomats, says
the collego professor. This accounts
for the leap year slaughter In their
If cholera travels best on popular
Ignorance and bad government It Is
suro to find easy going in Russia.
If the Thanksgiving spread this
year doesn't Include the whole turkey,
blame It on too Young Turks.
Bark's Skipper Kills Himself.
Pensacola, Fla., Oct. 10. The Norwe
gian bark Nojorca, which arrived here
from Buenos Aires, reported the sui
cide of her master, Captain Ell of sen,
at sea. The captain became despond
ent because of a broken leg.
Ten Chinese Students Arrive.
Ban Francisco, Oct. 10. Ten Chinese
students arrived. Eight of them arc
bound for Harvard, Yale and Cornell,
and the other two will be matriculated
t iAo University ot California,
Candidate Has a Day as the
THEY WSCUSS THE CAMPAIGN
After Conference With the Chief
Executive the Former War
Secretary Says, "He's Not
Washington, Oct. 19. "I expect to
be elected to the presidency," said
Judge Tuft, standing In the White
House facing newspaper men who had
congregated to meet him after he had
spent the day as President Roosevelt's
The answer was In response to n
question after a brief discussion of
Mr. Taft's recent tour through the
southern states, of which he had
spoken as a pleasing experience. Judge
Tnft expressed a delicacy in revealing
the Issues which he nnd the president
had discussed, and when pressed for a
statement as to tho president's view
of the situation he would only say that
"the president Is not a pessimist."
"Nor am I," he added.
They spent practically tho entire day
In the company of each other nnd for
the most part with others excluded.
It Is known that they discussed most
of tho subjects that havo come to the
front since the campaign opened and
that the president offered some sug
gestions on minor points which the
secretary will probably adopt.
Not only was the secretary Invited
to breakfast, luncheon and dinner, but
ho was taken Into the White House as
If It were his own home, and In addi
tion Mr. Roosevelt remained nway
from his own church In order to ac
company Mr. Tnft" to his church. Ho
also took him for a stroll after the
service and then crowned the day by
asking In a number of political nnd
personal friends to meet the secretary
and go over tho situation.
Tho president and Judge Taft at
tended divine services at All Souls'
The sermon was preached by Dr. U.
S. G. Pierce, the pastor of tho church,
but It contained no reference whatever
to either of the two distinguished au
ditors. At the close of tho service the con
gregation remained seated long enough
to permit the president and the secre
tary to pass out. They did not stop
to greet any one, but Immediately
started on a brisk stroll back to the
During the afternoon a number of
callers visited Mr.-Taft after the lunch
eon guests had departed, among them
John Hays Hammond, president of the
National League of Republican Clubs.
About 3 o'clock tho president and
Mrs Roosevelt took leave of their
guest and went for a horseback ride,
leaving Mr. Taft in full possession of
the White House for the afternoon.
Robert Oliver, assistant secretary of
war; Brigadier General Clarence Ed
wards, chief of the bureau of insular
affairs, and General Henry C. Corbin
called and paid their respects
He spoke to the newspaper men of
his voice and said that notwithstand
ing It had not been as good as he
would like, still It had served all his
needs. He reforred with some appre
hension to his prospective tour of New
York stato and expressed a determina
tion not to make as many speeches In
small places as he has been In the
habit of making.
He was asked If he Intended to
speak for Governor Hughes in New
York stnto. To this question he re
plied that he believed he was going
to speak with Mr. Hughes on several
occasions while he was In New York
stato, the principal meeting when he
would thus speak with Mr. Hughes
being tho one in Madison Square Gar
den, New York city.
MINER MAKES RICH STRIKE.
Gold Taken In Chunks From Claim In
Port Arthur, Ont., Oct. 19. Peter
King, an American prospector, has
startled people hero by a phenomenal
ly rich discovery of gold In the Stur
geon lake district. He exhibits rich
samples of gold bearing quartz from
which the gold is protruding in
It Is by far the richest gold find ever
made in this part of Canada or In tho
whole Dominion, even eclipsing the
rich mine near Wablgoon owned and
operated by Anthony Blum of Boston.
Kills Girl and Himself.
Omaha, Neb., Oct. 19. Sewell Sleu
man, reputed to be worth half a mil
lion dollars and well known ns n bro
ker, shot and killed Eva Hart, whoso
company he had been keeping for
some time, and then took bis own life.
LEST WE FQRGET.
Trouble Among the Pioneer Mer
chants. FOUKT1I AKTICI.K.
That "twoof a tradecannever agree,"
though not an absolute truism, is an
axiom of great age and common accep
tance. At least the saying was as well
known when Honesdale was in its swad
dling clothes as at present, and compe
tition between the village merchants of
the thirties of the last century as keen
as iu the first decade of this.
For many years most of the mercan
tile establishments of this place were
what were known as "canal stores,"
mainly dealing in supplies for the boats
and boat crews navigating the Del. nnd
Hud. canal. They were located along
the basin below Eighth street for the
most part, with their fronts opening on
Main street and rear doors on Basin
street, or what was more generally call
ed "the towpath," in the heyday of
boating. Ship chandlers' goods ropes,
pitch, oakum, candles nnd oil ; hay and
oats for the horses ; and pork, ham,
corn-beef, mackerel, codfish, potatoes,
bread, pie, Hour, molasses and kindred
homely fare for the captain, bowsman
and driver, were the principal articles
of trade, and through their sale, and
the interests many merchants had in the
actual running of the crafts themselves,
a number of very considerable fortunes
were acquired by those who embarked
in the business.
Among those who engaged in this lu
crative trade was Joseph Belcher Wal
ton, who came to Honesdale from
.""ooperstown, N. Y., where he had serv
ed as sheriff, in the fallof 1829, and took
charge of the collector's ollicc of the D.
& 11, Canal Co., as its lirst local incum
bent. He was prominently identified
ivith Grace, Episcopal, church from its
organization in 1832 until his death in
ISIS, and was in every sense of the word
i woitliy and highly esteemed citizen,
lie was exceedingly popular with the
)oatmen, and the personal liking they
iad for bun, coupled with a natural de
iije to stand well with the collector,
nib whom their main dealings were
tad, nttracted the bulk of their pat
ronage to his store, and consequently his
mercantile operations grew to large and
profitable proportions. This, it may be
inferred, stirred up the proverbial jeal
ousies of others in the same line, and
iltliough Mr. Walton's general popular
ly was such as to prevent any open or
'.ctive hostility, there were frequent
iticisms as to the propriety of his using
lis ollicial position to promote bis per
s mal interests in another branch of trade
where all competitors wero entitled to
like chances of success. In support of
his contention it was urged that aside
from the principle of ethics involved,
ihe Pennsylvania Legislature had evi
lently recognized the propriety of ex
cluding company agents from interfer
ing with any other business than such
as pertained to their special calling, by
providing in the Act of April 1, 182.",
"(hat it is not lawful to engage in bank
ing or manufacturing, directly or indi
rectly, within the jurisdiction of the
After Mr. Walton's death, the latent
opposition to company stores, or mer
cantile operations by corporation, agents
or employees, became more aggressive
and outspoken. What had been toler
ated out of regard for him, was, if pos
sible, to be suppressed by absolute pro
hibition in the future ; and the agita
tion just then commencing over the tak
ing over by the Stato of that portion of
the works of tho Company located in
Pennsylvania, soon reached the point of
demands for supplementary legislation
to remedy the incidental ills complained
of. Accordingly petitions were drawn
up and circulated among tho residents
of Honesdale, Prompton, Canaan, Beth
any, Mount Pleasant and other towns
principally among the merchants ad
dressed to the Legislature of the Stato
as follows :
To the Honorable the Senate and
House of Representatives of Pennsyl
vania, in General Assembly met. The
Petition of the subscribers, citizens of
Wayne County and vicinity, respectfully
prays that the following section be add
ed as an amendment to No. 29i , t ilo of
en as an amendment to jno. j, r,
the House of Representatives, I
bill entitled, "A Further Supple
the Act entitled "An Act to imp
navigation of the river Lacka waxen."
Sec. "No agent or person in tho em
ployment of the said President, Mana
ge! s and Company of the Delaware and
Hudson Canal Company, shall, during
the time he is in their employ, be en
gaged, directly or indirectly, or in any
way concerned in the business of buying
ana Felling or merchandizing, coal, lum
ber, provisions, dry goods, groceries, or
any other articles of merchandise or
trallic, nor phall such agent or person,
during such lime bo engaged in or in
anyway concerned in any kind or
branch of manufacture within the coun
ties in which said Company's works or
any part of them are or may be located.
Provided always that nothing herein
contained shall prevent any agent of said
company from selling coal for and in
behalf of said company."
This petition was signed by nearly
every merchant, manufacturer and
dealer in Wayne and Luzerne counties,
but the agitation attending its circula
tion proved to be a "tempest in a tea
pot" after all. When presented to the
Legislature, not only was there no op
position to its passage, but the late
William II. Foster, having interviewed
William Musgrave, then Vice President
of the D. and II. C. Co., that ollicer
voluntarily endorsed on the back of a
copy of the petition shown him. "The
Company has no objection to the pass
ing of within section as an Amendment
to the bill now before the Legislature,
and shall use no measures to defeat it,
and I shall instruct their agents to op
p.v;e no obstacle to its becoming a law,
as it will bo a means of satisfying the
complaints of the citizens of Honesdale
Mr. Foster, on his return to Hones
dale, made nllidavit before Ksquire
Rtkanah Patmor of the authenticity of
the. endorsement, and swore further
that at the time of signing Mr. Musgrave
declared that a Resolution of like tenor
atid effect had already been adopted by
Texas, No. 2, Rally.
The Texas, No. 2, Republican Club
had an enthusiastic rally on Friday
evening last, F. W. Bunnell presiding.
Addresses were made by Geo. P. Ross,
W. J. Barnes, Joseph Stevens and
Harry Webber. Mr. Ross called atten
tion to tho "economical administration
of county affairs" by tho last Democratic
board of commissioners by figures taken
from the records, nnd asked if the people
wanted another term of that kind of
economy. Mr. Rarnes spoke of Taft's
qualifications for the oflice of President,
and the fallacy of Rryan's theories. He
also spoke of the candidates on the dis
trict and county ticket,s and showed the
inconsistency of giving complimentary
votes to Democrats. Mr. Stephens, of
White Mills, spoke from labor's stand
point, and urged all working men to sup
port protection and the Republican tick
et. He said that he had labored under
tree trade in England and docs not want
any more of it. Mr. Webber told what
the White Mills club had done and hoped
to do, and urged all voters to support
Col. Pratt for Congress.
The members of Texas, No. 2, club
anticipate showing what organized effort
will do when the votes are counted on
November 3rd. They propose to sec
that the polls arc watched, and that
complimentary votes are few. They feel
that for many years past they have been
giving these complimentaries, and this
year they expect some in return.
Oct. 17th. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mar
tan are entertaining a young son.
J. J. McCuIlough returned from King
hamton last Saturday morning.
The Misses Shiveler, who have been
visiting Miss Mabel Skinner, left for a
visit with Kastou friends, on Monday.
Rev. and Mrs. Theron Kritton, of Mid
dletown, N. Y., were guests of Mesdames
Connor and Nichols, last week. Mr.
Kritton was for years pastor of the Pres
byterian church at Cochecton, N. Y.
Charles Gordon, of Middletown, was
in town over Sunday.
Miss Jennie Dolso'n, of Deposit, N. Y.,
has returned from a visit with New Jer
sey relatives, and is now the guest of her
niece, Mrs. Henry Langc.
Miss May Skinner, of Narrowsburg, is
visiting her sister, Mrs. A. Kaird.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lange have re
turned from a trip to' Bingham ton, De
posit and Hallstead.
Mrs. McKee, of St. Louis, Mo., Mrs.
Stevenson and Mrs. Tremain, of Damas
cus, were recently entertained by their
cousin, Miss Gay.
Messrs. Jenkins and Jones, of Hones
dale, were in town on Wednesday last,
enroute for Damascus, with a high'grade
piano for George Abraham.
Miss Minnie Gay and nephew, Mon
tcith Brown, will visit relatives in Scran
ton, this week.
M. Lee Bram an, the genial candidate
for Sheriff, was in town on Monday last,
shaking hands with old friends and' look
ing over the political field. Mr. Kraman
found everything looking favorable in
this part of the township, nnd will in all
probability poll a large majority of votes.
He is a thorough-going, up-to-date busi
ness man, who believes a man's life is
largely what he makes it, a success or a
failure. Mr. Kraman began his light
with the world while only a boy, scarcely
in his teens, when he handled the rein's
over a team and drew bark from Bra
man's to the Beach tannery at this place.
Reliable business men wlio know him
personally, state that they have always
found him courteous and honorable, a
temperate man, who pays dollar for dol
lar, and who, if elected to office, will
discharge his duties in a satisfactory
Mr. and Mrs. Watson Young and child
ren, of Scranton, who have been visiting .
tho former's mother, Mrs. Eliza Young,
have returned to their home. j
Mrs. Willis Tyler is spending the week
with her mother, at Kenoza Lake, N. Y.
Mrs. John Sherwood entertained the I
Ladies' Aid Society, on Thursday last.
riurns. bruises nnd scratches. Me and little
cuts or in fact anything requiring a salve.!
are best uiul milt-kcst soothed nnil healed by I
HeWltt's Carfmllzed Wltrli Hazel Salve. Tlio !
best salve for piles. Ho suro you get De
Witt's. Hold by VEIL, The Druggist- I
For County Commissioner.
J. K. HORNBECK.
LEAKE POUNDS BRYAN.
"Crucified Democracy on the Cross
of Socialism," Democratic Con
Congressman Eugene W. Leake, of
the Ninth New Jersey district, wh-, al
though a Democrat, repudiated Bryan
on the lloor of the House, last winter,
advocated tho election of Taft in a speech
at a Republican Club meeting at tho
Star Theatre in Harlem. He accused
Bryan of having "crucified the princi
ples of Democracy on the cross of social
ism," and said his own refusal to accept
bis parly's candidate was justified by
these words spoken bv Mr. Hrvan in
"An individual member of a party re
serves at all times the right to vote
against a nominee of his party whenever
in his judgment his duty to bis country
demands it." "Bryan "is a right living,
clean man," Mr. Leake said, "but he is
a political fakir, and it is an insult to
the American people for him to expect
that a profitable purgatory spent on the
Chautauqua circuit before Y. M. C. A.'s
and clmreh societies, with his Prince of
I'eace, will atone ,for his insincerity. No
man" of his stamp lias ever been chosen
for the Presidency. "If such a calamity
should occur it "will be. due not to the
fact that the American citizen is less pa
triotic, but that he is politically stale and
indifferent, not to the fact that Bryan
represents the ideal of America, but be
cause the people have been fools.
"It is amusing to hear Bryan speak of
Roosevelt stealing his ideas. Why from
the standpoint of the Populist and the
Socialist. Bryan is a political kleptoma
niac. The result of his imitation of
Roosevelt's career reminds me of the
t ry ot Ksop's ass, who after watching
his 'friend, the dog, sportively clapped
'lis fore feet on his master's shoulders;
!ut a cudgel instead of a caress greeted
"Shall the people be fooled into pre
ferring Bryan toT.ift? Byran, a vacil
'ating, uncertain quantity"; Taft, a de
termined man of action. Bryan without
any record ; Taft one of the nation build
ers", with a record of successful accom
plishment unsurpassed by any contem
porary. Bryan without any experience
m administrative affairs; "Taft better
qualified than thecandidateof anyparty
within many years ; Bryan, who has been
devoting his energies "and talent to dis
covering and enlarging discontent in tho
land and using it to his immediate com
mercial advantage on the lecture plat
form and in the newspaper; Taft, who
has been serving his country at a grossly
inadequate salary in some of the most
important affairs" which have demanded
our attention since the civil war. Bryan,
a wealthy man; Taft, a poor man. Bryan,
a political fanatic ; Taft, a statesman.
Bryan, without judgment ; Taft, with it.
Bryan, who dispels confidence; Taft,
wlio commands it.
"Taft is qualified for the Presidency,
and Bryan is not.
For County Commissioner.
T. C. MADDEN.
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Infants', Children's and Misses' win
ter Cloaks at Mknxeu&Co.'s. New in
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