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THE CITIZEN
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71th YEAB.--NO. 4
HONESDALE, WAYNE CO., PA', FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 1913.
PRICE 2 CtlB
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GARBONDALE HAD $125,000
FIRE THIS MORNING
Discovered in Green Brothers' Cloth
ing Store nt 5:30 This Morning
Four Old Buildings Consumed
But Offered Much Resists
nnco to Firo.
Fire 'broke out at 5:30 this morn
ing in Carbondale in the store occu
pied by Oreen Brothers' Clothing
house on the corner of Main street
and Salem Avenue In that city. The
cause of the blaze is unknown. The
flro spread rapidly and had a good
start before discovered and spread
to the adjoining buildings which
were soon a mass of flames. The
Carbondale lire companies fought
valiantly to check the spread of the
Are and succeeded In confining It to
four old buildings. The buildings
were about fifty years old and the
old timbers offered a great resist
ance to the flames and made the fire
as slow In advancing as if It were
burning in a brick building. The
cold weather was a big 'handicap to
the firemen. It was pronounced un
der control about ten thirty o'clock
this morning although the lire was
still burning fiercely, but was com
pletely out at noon. The damage
to the 'buildings, although they were
partly Insured, was between $100,
000 and $125,000.
From the Green Brothers' clothing
store the fire spread to the drug
store of Frank B. Dennis and from
there to the next building occupied
and owned by Mills' Brothers and
who conduct a hardware store. It
then spread on to the stationery
store of R. B. and Newell Van Ber
gen and from there to a one-story
building occupied by the Van Ber
gen brothers and Daniel Scurry
Jointly, the latter being a jewelry
store. All of the buildings were two
stories except the last named.
Frank E. Dennis, who sustained
a heavy loss, is the father of Mrs.
Silas M. McMullon of this place.
The four buildings occupy about
half a block and considering that
the remaining half of the block and
that most of the buildings on the
opposite side of the street were
frame structures, and also that the
wind and cold were evident, the fire
lighters of Carbondale must be com
mended on their good work In con
fining the fire to the four buildings
and In getting it checked as soon as
they did.
The building occupied by Oreen
Brothers was owned by the First
National Bank of Carbondale and the
store was known as the A, B & C
Store. The store had been closed for
more than a week after having been
declared to be bankrupt by the
court. It was hot known whether
the watchman, who tends to the
building was there this morning or
not. It Is supposed that the fire was
caused by a defective flue.
The total loss caused by the fire
will reach nearly ?125,000. The
loss sustained by the First National
Bank by the burning of their build
ing will be between $8,000 and $10,
000. They carried about $4,500 In
surance on the building. Van Ber
gen Brothers' loss will reach $75,
000. Frank E. Dennis' loss was
$25,000, about one-half covered by
insurance. Mills Brothers' loss was
$25,000, about half covered by in
surance. All four of the .buildings W6fG
comple' ly consumed by the flames.
It is th largest lire Carbondale has
experlen M for many years.
GRAND JURY SITS OX MONDAY.
Only Two Cnses Will Come Before
Jury Both From Starrucca and
For Larceny.
District Attorney M. E. Simons
states that there will be only two
cases to come before the grand Jury
of next week, namely:
Commonwealth vs. Irving L. Buck,
Starrucca, taking tools belonging to
the Delaware and Hudson company.
Commonwealth vs. A. F. Severson,
Starrucca. Stealing horse from
John McGInty and selling it.
ALLEGHENY FLOODS LOWLANDS
Property Loses Heavy on South Side
of Pittsburg No Loss of Lifo
I'coplo Given Wanting.
(Special to The Citizen).
Pittsburg, Pa., Jan. 9. All prop
erty in the lowlands of the -Allegheny
Itlver on the south side of
this city was flooded yesterday.
There was no loss of life but the
property loss is reported very heavy.
Nearly all the property in the low
lands was flooded and destroyed.
Several big .mills were put out of
business and thousands of workmen
were Idle as a result of the closing
of the mills. Thero are thousands
of people live In the lowlands along
the Allegheny River but they were
given warning of the coming rush of
waters and sought safety.
SLMPSON MAN HELD UP.
Threo Masked Men Kilter Clothing
Storo nt Simpson and Take $10.
(Special to The Citizen.)
Simpson, Juno 9. Joseph Rosen
bluth, who owns a clothing storo
on Main street of this place was
held up in his .place of business last
night when three masked men came
in and ordered him at the point of
guns to open the cash register. He
refused at flrst but was soon over
powered and the men got away with
$40 from the cash register. Ros
enbluth'a wife and three small chil
dren were in the store at the time.
The county detective at Scranton was
notified and has began a search for
the robbers. About a year ago a
similar holdup took place in Rosen
bluth's store.
Mrs. Joseph Stahl, who resides In
the Baumann building, Main street,
has diphtheria.
MAN MISSING SINCE CHRISTMAS
Terry Caffrey, of Preston, Last Seen
at Poyntclle While on Way to
AVork Fear Something Has
Hnppcttcd to Him.
Terry Caffrey, 'a resident of Pres
ton township, about half way be
tween Poyntelle and Lake Como,
has been missing from his home
since the Monday before Christmas
and it is ifeared by the people of that
neighborhood that the man has met
with foul play or has been lost.
He was last seen at Poyntelle
while on his way to build a water
trough on the place owned by Mr. P.
J. McCufker who lives about a mile
from Poyntelle. He did not reach
his destination, however, and has not
showed up again In the neighbor
hood since that time. That was
about December 23d when he disap
peared so completely. After a rea
sonable length of time had elapsed
and he did not return the neighbors
became anxious and decided to make
a search for him. The men banded
together and went In all directions
over the surrounding country in the
hope of locating the man alive or
dead. Tuesday about fifty men
searched over a territory comprising
about one thousand acres tout in
vain.
Mr. Caffrey lived near the home
of J. L. Sherwood. Ho was 63 years
of age. His wife has been dead some
years but has 'five sons and one daugh
ter living. Two of the boys live in
New York state and the others, all
small, are at home. He was a car
penter by trade and worked at many
jobs In that neighborhood. There
is no known reason why he should
disappear willingly and If It should
be that ho. has met with foul play
the body will undoubtedly be re
covered at an early date. It Is hop
ed, however, that Mr. Caffrey will
be found soon and be brought to his
family of small children.
COUNTY SEAT MORTALITY
RATE ,91
Forty-Two Deaths and Forty-Six
Births Occur in Year 1012
Heart Disease, Tuberculosis and
Pneumonia Claim Many.
During the past year, according
to the Registrar of Vital Statistics,
there has been one hundred and
fifty seven births and one hundred
and thirty-one deaths in the registra
tion district comprising Honesdale,
Prompton boroughs, Texas, Berlin
and Oregon townships. These fig
ures were taken from the annual re
port of Dr. Li. B. Nellsen.
Many facts of Interest were re
vealed "In the report. Honesdale,
the county seat of Wayne county,
can boast of forty-six births, twenty
boys and twenty-six girls, last year
as against a death record of 'forty
two or a mortality rate of .91.
Honesdale Is supposed to have a
population of about 3,000. In Tex
as, 'last year, with a population of
twice that of Honesdale, thero were
sixty-seven deaths while there were
ninety babies born In the township
outside of Honesdale.
Under the state law all births
must be reported to the Registrar
within ten days, and all deaths
within a period of five days.
, ;lh Orefeon township there were
eight births recorded and five
deaths, while Berlin is proud over
the fact that there were fifteen bab
ies' horn. There were six boys and
nine girls. By districts the births
were as follows:
Male. Fern's
Honesdale 20 23
Texas 38 '52
Berlin C 7
Oregon 14 4
In 1911 there were ono 'hundred
and nine deaths and ono hundred
and sixty births recorded In the same
registration district. This compared
to the one hundred and fifty-seven
deaths and one hundred and thirty
one births of 1912 shows an increase
in the death rate and a decrease in
the birth rate. In Honesdale, how
ever, the number of births increased
during the past year sixteen over
1911. In Texas township tho birth
rate decreased by eighteen. In Ore
gon township tho rate remained the
same and in Berlin township there
was a decrease of eight.
Of tho one hundred and thirty
one persons who died In this district
during the past year, heart disease
in Its various forms was responsible
for the death of eighteen of the num
ber. Eleven were claimed by tuber
culosis and eight by cerebral hem
orrhage. Four persons died of pneu
monia, eight of Brlght's disease and
six of apoplexy. There was one
death by suicide and four deaths
were the result of accident or burns,
while two were caused by lightning
stroke. Out of this number Hones
dale claimed three from tuberculos
is, three of pneumonia, and two
from accident and one from burns
and one from asphyxiation by gas.
DIRECTORS' CONVENTION.
The State School Directors' Asso
ciation will hold its annual meeting
at Harrlsburg February C and 7.
The following directors were chos
en as delegates for Wayne county: S.
N. Cross, Sterling; B. F. Blake,
Bethany; F. C. Schoell, Honesdale;
J. J. Perhara, Mt. Pleasant; G. H.
Knapp, Clinton.
The County Association authoriz
ed each delegate to select an alter
native in case he can not attend the
meeting himself. It is important
that our county has a good represen
tation at the coming session.
RATS EAT POSTAGE STAMPS.
Washington, D. C. Rats have eat
en $370 worth of postage stamps in
tho last twelve months. Postmaster
General Hitchcock presented to the
House an Itemized list of the losses.
ALTER ELECTED SPEAKER ON
FIFTH BALLOT
Greatest Contest in General Assem
bly In Years Brings Victory
Gerbericlt Heads Senate Now
Era in Law Making.
HARRISBURG. Jan. 7. Law
making in tho Pennsylvania legisla
ture took on new life and a new
purpose to-day. The senate and
house of representatives both organ
ized, the former by choosing Daniel
P. Gerberlch, of Lebanon, and the
house organizing with George E. Al
ter, of Pittsburg, as speaker. Mr.
Alter was chosen on the fifth bal
lot after one of the most notewor
thy contest In the history of the
general assembly.
Far more Important to the legis
lators than the election of the speak
er and president pro tern, were the
decisions in both houses, reached
unanimously to have the commit
tees appointed by a committee se
lected on the floor of hoth houses.
In the senate are two Republican
regulars and two Progressive Re
publicans on tho committee with one
Democrat. In the house the com
mittee on committees Is made up
of four Republican regulars, four
Progressives and three Democrats.
The rules of the house and senate
are to be changed to make Impossi
ble the throttling of legislation.
Both houses received the .message
of Governor John K. Tener, In
which the governor recommended ad
vanced laws.
It was decided to send a brigade
of the State Guard to the National
capital to participate In the Inau
guration of President-elect Woodrow
Wilson March 4.
Alter's Promise to People.
George E. Alter, of Allegheny,
tall, gaunt, ungainly, loose-jointed,
but earnest, stood in the speaker's
chair of the house of representatives
this afternoon at the close of a six
hour session of the house and said:
" The people of Pennsylvania expect
great things from this general as
sembly. Let us see that their ex
pectations are fulfilled. With God's
help and by our utmost exertion and
devotion to duty we will accomplish
tho things that we have here to do."
Mr. Alter was elected on the fifth
ballot, after there had been a grad
ual slipping away to his support of
men who lined up on previous bal
lots in favor of other candidates.
The nomination of Mr. Alter was
made unanimous and he was escort
ed to the chair amid thunderous ap
plause. Before the Speaker was elected
the house appointed .a committee on
committees In which' Northeastern
Pennsylvania, was not represented.
The house TUles are going to -be
changed, however, so as to abolish
the gag rulo and make possible the
consideration of measures that in
other days would have been buried
in committee.
Shorn of Primary Power.
While the Progressives were or
ganizing the house the organization
men were in charge of the senate,
revising rules however, and appoint
ing a committee on committees In
that house as well. Daniel P. Ger
berlch, of Lebanon, was elected pres
ident pro tern of the senate.
The presiding officers of both
houses were therefore shorn of their
primary power, that of appointing
committees and revised rules will
make it impossible for the presiding
officers to assign bills to a commit
tee equipped with sleeping powders.
One instance mentioned to-day In
the houso by John R. Jones, of
Schuylkill, was that of a bill he in
troduced last session. The commit
tee refused to support the measure,
and was discharged from considera
tion of It after the bill had been
given in the safe keeping of a mem
ber who managed to be absent when
ever Mr. Jones asked about it. The
day of burying bills Is past.
A. F. Hobbs, of the Sixth Lacka
wanna district, In seconding the
nomination of Mr. Alter gave an
original poem that struck the legis
lators. The poem ended like this,
" In our efforts we must not falter,
till we've located Mr. Speaker Al
ter." Mr. Alter made his campaign on a
no caucus platform. He bad the
backing of prominent state officials
and the support of Republicans,
Washington Party men or Progres
sives and other independent mem
bers. Both of his leading oppon
ents were nominees of caucus meet
ings. John R. K. Scott, of Phila
delphia, his Republican opponent,
was the choice of the party caucus
and after Mr. Scott's selection by the
caucus he had tho solid support of
Congressman W. S. Varo, State Sen
ators E. H. Varo and J. P. McNlch
ols and other political lieutenants in
Philadelphia; of United States Sen
ator Penrose and of Mayor William
Magee, of Pittsburg. Tho rivalries
of Alter and Scott created a politi
cal situation -unequalled In Pennsyl
vania In the last decade. Charles
A. Shaffer, Alter's Democratic op
ponent, was the choice of the party
caucus.
Tho 'final vote for speaker was as
follows: Alter, 107; Shaffer, 53;
Scott, 47.
The Ballot That Decided.
The fifth ballot was as follows:
For Alter Adams, Alworth, G. A.
iBaldwln, R. J. Baldwin, Bergey,
Bernthelsel, BIttles, W. A. Blair,
Beloch, Brosius, Brownlee, C. M. C.
Campbell, Carter, Cheeseman, Clay
comb, Cleary, Currier, De Frees,
Dickinson, Down, H. B. Dunn, Ehr
hardt, Ely, Gibson, Glenn, Grant
F. Gray, Heldlnger, Hemmlnger,
Hess, Heyburn, HIbshman, Hobbs,
Hoffman, J. Howard, G. C, Irwin, II.
H. Irvln, Jackson, E. E. Jones, J. R.
Jones, Kaufman, Keeport, Kenna,
Kennedy, Kuhn, Latshaw, Lenker,
Leslie, Light, Lohr, Lowers, Martin,
(Continued on Page Eight)
COSTS $55,784,90 TO RUN
COUNTY IN 1912
Lackawaxen Bridge Likely Com
missioners Closo Year's Business
Big Business Done in Pro
tliottotary and Register's
Offices.
The county commissioners met in
their office in the court houso Tues
day to transact business and close up
all business .for the year 1912. Tho
old officers were re-elected for the
coming year John Male, president,
of tho board; Thomas Y. Boyd, clerk
and Homer Greene, Esq., was again
chosen as deputy solicitor. Tho com
missioners present were John Male,
of Cherry Ridge; Earl Rockwell, of
Ariel, and Neville Holgate, of Hones
dale. All old business was finished up.
The matter of the foot bridge to span
Park Lake in the Lackawaxen river
at the foot of Court street, was
brought up and discussed. Viewers
were appointed for this bridge on
January 16, 1911, and the petition
has heen confirmed absolute by the
court. It only awaits the action of
tho commissioners to have it erected.
It was stated yesterday by the presi
dent of the board of commissioners
that it was possible that the brige
would bo erected this coming year.
After the imeetlng Tuesday after
noon the commissioners went down
to the site of the proposed bridge
and viewed tho situation, and were
very much Impressed by the neces
sity of a bridge at this point as it
would be a great convenience to
many whose places of abode are on
East street above the river and also
to the many workmen In the Hones
dale Footwear company's factory and
also the Irving Cut Glass factory.
Mr. Male stated to a Citizen man
yesterday that they Intended writing
to several bridge companies asking
for specifications and plans and esti
mates 'for the building of the bridge
and that this spring some definite
action will probably be taken hy
them.
A report of the expenses of run
ning the county for the past twelve
months" was -submitted to the com
missioners 'by their clerk, T. Y.
Boyd. The figures were taken 'from
his books and' are subject to the
correction of tho auditors. The
items of expense are: Assessing",
$2946.88; advertising, printing and
stationery, $1452.92; appropria
tions, $481.35; bridge and road view
ing and Inspecting, $509.18; bridge
building, $7541.05; bridge repairing
$2363.06; burial of indigent soldiers,
$600; insane asylums, $975.60;
coroner's accounts, $234.48; county
buJJsUvgs. $83,8. 95j clerk of courts,
$737; court cqsts,""$5799;457 com
monwealth costs, $1911.'53; election
expenses, $2574.70; Insurance, $37;
light, heat, water and telephone,
$1243.72; miscellaneous, $1260.55;
notes and Interest, $8206.66; non
resident poor, $130; prisons and
reformatories, $966.62; poor ac
counts, $57.29; road accounts, $424.
91; registration of vital statistics,
$242; refunds, $15.67; school ac
counts, $727.52; sheriff's accounts,
$1277.09; commissioners, $1860.77;
clerks, $1,263; janitor, $56.50; dis
trict attorney, $500; county solici
tor, $300; auditors, $389.20; Jury
commissioners, .$215.36; state ac
counts, $5593.12; uniform primar
ies, $1561.77; total, $55,784.90.
The commissioners' accounts sub
mitted last year totaled $63,757.44.
The accounts this year showed a de
crease of $7,9 72.64 over last year.
During the past twelve months
there was $1,422.10 paid out by the
commissioners 'for sheep claims, dog
tags and for the killing and as
sessing of dogs. The amount paid
out In 1911 for these same claims
amounted to $2,462.85.
W. J. Barnes, prothonotary,
made out his first statement for the
auditors yesterday. In It was set
forth the number of judgment notes
and concessions which amounted to
$133.50. The fees of the ofllce
amounted to $393.48. There were
one hundred more judgment notes
filed with him during the past year
than during the preceding year.
In the office of W. B. Lesher, Reg
ister and Recorder, thero was a rec
ord business during tho past year.
The figures given below are subject
to change by tho auditors. There
were 680 deeds recorded during the
year; 171 mortgages; 144 miscel
laneous papers; 57 bonds and 93
wills were recorded.
A. M. LEINE GETS FULL CLAIM
Arbitrators File Award Allowing
Him Face of Policies in Flro of
Last May.
A. M. Lelne, the Rexall druggist,
received full claim of Insurance
against five companies on Thursday
whon Arbitrators W. B. Lesher, Geo.
W. Taylor and Thomas Y. Boyd filed
their award In favor of the plaintiff.
Since the 'former suffered a loss
by fire on the 21st of last May no
settlement has been made with the
five Insurance companies In which
Mr. Lelne was insured. The ques
tion of salvage was disputed hy the
insurance adjustor.
The arbitrators award favored the
plaintiff, Mr. Lelne, In the 'following
companies In sums stated, being full
amount of the policy carried: Home
insurance Company, $2,036.67.
German Alllanco Insurance Com
pany, $2,036.67. (Insurance Com
pany of the State of Pennsylvania,
$1,018.33. Fire Association of
Pennsylvania, $1,425.67. Seva Fire
and Life Insurance Company, $1,
018.33. B. C. Mumford represent
ed tho plaintiff, while Searle & Sal
mon was counsel for the defendants.
No witnesses testified in the defend
ants' behalf.
THE D1TTRICH BANQUET.
The annual banquet of the house
attaches of the Lyric theatre of this
place proves that Manager Benjamin
H. Dlttrlch has far surpassed any of
his previous efforts as host. The
banquet was held at Taeubner's popu
lar restaurant. That's enough. The
menu:
Saltlncs.
Tomato Consumme
Celery Hearts Ollyes
Lobster Salad
Roast Chicken
Sliced Tomatoes Green Peas
Mashed Potatoes
Cold Sliced Ham Salt Tongue
Home Made Pie
"Cigars Coffee Cigarettes.
After the Inner man had satisfied
himself with the various viands, the
party consisting of some twenty peo
ple adjourned to the spacious music
room where music and monologues
were indulged in. Among the out
or town guests was Chas. "Buck
Faatz, who spoke on "The Advantage
or Higher Education In Our Public
Schools." His discourse was both
intelligent and educating. When
called upon for the toastmaster. Ted
Armbruster responded with "What
would we do without electric light
and woolen sweaters." Some of the
other toasts responded to were as
follows: Manager Dlttrlch on "What
to do with "punk" acts." Japanese
uanamaster Dorin spoke on "The
Destruction of God-given Harmony."
Green exalted Ivory Thumper to King
Dlttrlch. General Ticket Chopper
Carroll, "The Value of Keeping on
(or off) Key While Singing." "How
to regulate the Appetite," by Master
Hlsted. "Tho Value of Automobile
Parts," by Claude Mitchell. "Drops
and Borders," by Thos. Bracey. And
then the party adjourned much too
soon. Jos. Bodle who presided at the
piano, rendered several Scotch and
otherwise selections and soon found
'favor with the bunch.
One of Them.
ARCHBALD GROSS-EXAMINED
BY JURIST
Three Days Allowed for Arguments
Judge Defends nis Conduct
Testimony is All ncard.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7. The im
propriety of a federal Judge's writ
ing to an attorney on one side of
a case that had been argued before
him, for Information or argument to
clear up doubtful points, became the
point around which members of the
senate to-day fired question after
question at Judge Robert W. Arch
bald, of the United States Commerce
court, now undet trial by Impeach
ment :for alleged violation of his fed
eral oath. '
Cross-examination of the accused
Jurist begun by Representative Ster
ling, one of the Wuse managers who
are conducting the prosecution, was
virtually taken out of his hands
when that charge was reached In
volving Judge Archbald's corres
pondence with Attorney Helm Bruce,
of the Louisville and Nashville rail
road. Members of the senate de
manded of Judge Archbald time and
again whether he did not think It
Improper and unfair to the other
parties in a suit to request of one at
torney ah explanation or correction
of evidence without giving like priv
ileges to the other side. He insisted
he thought there was nothing im
proper In his conduct.
Judge Archbald held tho witness
stand for nearly four, hours. The
end of all testimony in tho case
came before the close of the day's
proceedings. There remain now
only the closing arguments and the
vote of the .senate as to whether or
not Judge Archbald Is guilty of any
of the charges against him. The
senate determined to give threo days
to the arguments, the time to bo
equally divided. It Is expected that
at least five of the house managers
will participate In the opening at
one o'clock to-morrow.
The Louisville and Nashville
charge centered about Judge Arch
bald's request of Attorney Bruce for
Information as to a certain point in
the so-called Montgomery rate cases,
which had been argued before the
commerce court. Judge Archbald
said he had differed with tho bal
ance of the court, and In writing a
dissenting opinion, he asked Mr.
Bruce to clear up a controverted
question about whether or not cer
tain rate changes violated the old
"Cooley arbitration" agreement, that
had long operated over tho south
western rates.
Ho declared. the correspondence be
came of no consequence because lat
er the other members of tne court
except Judge Mack, took a view sim
ilar to his own, and presiding Judge.
Knapp finally wrote an opinion fav
orable to the railroad.
" Was It not due to the argu
ments you got by writing Mr. Bruco
that the court reversed its earlier
position and gave a decision favor
able to the Louisville and Nash
ville?" asked Representative Sterl
ing. "Absolutely not," said Judge Ar
chbald. Senators Reed, Pomerene, Cul
berson, Shlvely, Nelson, Hoke Smith
and others plied him with questions
as to his intent, and as the proprie
ty of his act.
"Why did you not give tho attor
neys 'for the other side a chance to
present their views?" asked Senator
Reed.
"The point amountod to so little
that it did not affect tho decision of
the case," replied Judge Archbald.
REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.
Jacob F. Katz, Honesdale, to Katz
Brothers Underwear Company,
Honesdale, lots Nos. 1 and 2 on Sixth
street and part of lot 17 on Second
street In rear of lots on Sixth street;
consideration, $1.
Alice L. Haag et ux. of Dreher, to
Maurice Haag, of same, land in Dre
her township; consideration, $4300,
PAVE PARAMOUNT QUESTION
President Catiflcld Appointed Com
mittee at Special Meeting Tuesday
to Ascertain Cost and Durabil
ity of Amicsite.
At a special meeting of the town
council held last Tuesday evening
In the town hall, at which all mem
bers were present with the exception
of S. T. Ham, action was taken re
garding the paving of Main street.
In addition to the members of tho
council and Solicitor C. A. McCarty,
tho street and highway committee of
the Greater Honesdalo Board of
Trade was also In attendance. Tho
committee was represented by its
chairman, J. D. Weston, C. P. Searle
and s. A. McMullen, Jr.
The object of the meeting was to
discuss the paving of Main street
which the Greater Honesdale Board
of Trade recommended In a special
report to tho town council last
April. The matter of paving Main
street from the State bridge south
to tho Gurney Electric Elevator
plant was discussed at length. No
definite action has been taken since
last May when the council appoint
ed Burgess C. A. McCarty and Coun
cilman George W. Penwarden a com
mittee to wait upon State Highway
Commissioner Blgelow to ascertain
what aid the State would give to
ward paving or macadamizing Main
street.
The paving of Main street with
brick from the State bridge to the
elevator works, which Is about 13,
333 square yards, Is claimed to cost
In tho neighborhood of $40,000.
This amount does not include
drainage nor curbing. It will "re
quire 6,000 lineal .feet of curbing at
about $1 per 'foot. At this point of
the discussion, M. T. Coakley, rep
resenting the General Crushed Stone
company, of Easton, was Introduced
to the council and Board of Trade
committee. Mr. Coakley presented
a new kind of road material, called
"Amleslte." It Is crushed rock and
is coated with a composition of fluid
asphalt. Mr. Coakley demonstrated
to the board tho many good feat--ures
connected (with the material
that is claimed to make It in great
demand. The new composition, Is a
waterproof pavement. It will stand
wear, is free from dust and is not
affected by heat or cold. It Is not
slippery nor does the calks of
horses' 'feet Indent It. Mr. Coakley
told of several cities and towns
where Amleslte Is In use. In Wil
mington, Del., a strip has been laid
for eight years. Three streets in
WIlkes-Barre have 'been treated to
the composition. Easton has sever
al roads treated with. Amleslte,
while a section of road near JJaltoh,
If being ;buIlt-,wlihtf-AmleSI.ta All
road's have proTOfito be highly sat
Isfactory'and" where, once tried sev
eral other yards of Jthe material have
been laid in the same city. Amleslte
Is considerable 'cheaper than brick
and not as noisy or slippery.
Chairman Weston claimed that he
has heard several remarks made hy
out-of-town people concerning tho
condition of Main street. They
speak in words of highest praise of
Honesdale, but draw tho line when
It comes to the muddy streets.
"The mud Is a blot on the town,"
remarked Mr. Weston. Honesdale
voted for mud or brick a few years
ago and mud won out. To-day the
feeling has entirely changed and tho
sentiment is strong for paving or
another road as substantial or dur
able. It was expressed at the council
meeting that all members favored
Improving Main street, either hy
paving or otherwise. The members
realized that It will improve the
town and as a result enhance the
value of the abutting property own
ers. The council want to do what
It feels Is right and proper for the
interest and betterment of Hones
dale. President Caufleld was so em
phatic In his assertions concerning
paving that ho stated that If ho
could afford It he would do it him
self. Under a new law enacted al
tho last session of the State Legis
lature It gives the borough council
power to pave Main street without
obtaining a two-third vote of tho
taxpayers of the town". In all prob
ability the council will advance, un
der this act, although It may not. It
Is evident, however, that the only
way to pave Main street Is to pave
It. The council has tho power to
act.
President Caufleld appointed two
members of the council on a special
committee to ascertain the cost of
brick and Amleslte pavo, their
durability and receive the sentiment
of the citizens of the towns In which
they are used as to their wearing
qualities, etc. The committee Is
composed of C. A. McCarty, G. W.
Penwarden and W. H. Kreltner. J.
D. Weston of the Board of Trade was
later added to work In conjunction
with the committee. He was also
asked to visit the several towns and
cities where Amleslte Is In use.
Amleslte consists of tho best grade
of crushed stone obtainable. It Is
coated, without heating, with an as
phallc cement composed of natural
and refined asphalt containing about
99 bitumen.
nigh School Program, Friday.
The following is the program for
the exercises at the High School Au
ditorium next Friday commencing at
3 p. m.:
Music .... High School Orchestra
Essay "Progression of China".
Alice Sluman
Music "Santa Lucia"
High School Chorus
Oration "Rohert's College" ....
Fred Saunders
Essay "Our National Forests",.
Blanche Sluman
Vocal Solo .... Mrs. Harry Rockwell
uration "The Stourbridge Lion"
Raymond Short
Rocltatlon "Tho Fate of the
Grumbler" Rose O'Neill
i'4 l.U ,1. .... JllfiU vfuueoiltt

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