ESTABLISHED AUGUST 8, 1837
ST. JOHNSBURY, VERMONT, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 1920
83rd YEAR NUMBER 4400
The Lame Deer lhat Has!
Lonsr Roamed Over
A recent number of the Youth's
Companian has told again the fas
cinating story of old "Drug-foot," the,
lame deer that has so long lived on
Mount Pulaski and which has won a
"ThQ Nomad, in the IJostonJTra:!
script has recently gif i the Mstoiy
of a fleer that lnM; a place 1:1 the
cstccr.i of the resident; 'i' Newbury,
Vermont, and ha lo'v;' been known
to then by the name of Old Dra,;
foot. "Old Dragfoot, he records, with
evident pride, has come unscathed
through anoter hunting season, lie
is a big old buck who has lived for
years on the southern .slopes of
Mt. I'ulaski. Out of the hunting sea
son he is often seen in the orchav Is
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round tlie village, caung me nans u
young apple trees. which he is j C lub: Charles I-. Peck, r. l uazen
quite partial. He is lame and always and Arthur F. Stone,
drags one foot behind him, which leav At eight o'clock the members nd
cs a si range track that is ri ' 5 ' journed to the lodge room for the
every boy and girl in town. Evidently business of the evening. The report
in his callow youth, before '" Ivul j of the secretary and treasurer, which
iciiriiLti wis'umii, uiui;iui "-
in to foot bv some hunter. Never ,
attain for Dragfoot It is tho ambi-
tion of every man and boy in New
bury to get him, but no one eve
does. Every year for a week all tho
hunte rs in town pursue him, knowing
that he is handicapped by his lame
ness, but never do they catch si?ht
of him. Yet Pulaski- is but a little
mountain. Every yard of it must !j
beaten over by the hunters. How does
the la:ae old deer, dragging his un
less foot over the snow, escape them
all? Often the hunters know by the
freshness of the trail that he is only
n few rods away, but it is impossible
to sight hint.
"Old Dragfoot.' in .-pite
lameness, is a redoubtable buck. Tie
Ucad i ti e flock of a dozen does, whi :h
proves his prowess. year three
or four of his does were shot. But
tho second day after the. hunting sea
son was over, Old Dragfoot was down
in nn orchard in the heart of the vil
lage eating nice young apple-trio
bark. -"Again and again he han been
seen since the season was over, but
no hunv'.n being saw him during that
"The years go by, and Old Drag
foot remains an impregnable institu
tion of Newbury." '
C ro ton Incorporates a
$100,000 Lumber Firm
Articles of association have been
filed with the Secretary of State by
the Groton Mfg. Co., Inc., a $100,000
cornoration organized to conduct a
lumber business and a general store
The shares number 1,000 and thc par;
value is $100 each. The incoi-porat-
ors are Robert A. Davidson, Robert
Linwood Heath, Preston A. Smith,
Isaac N. Hall, Donald A. Morrison j
and Bernard S. Eastman, all of Gro-
Kansas has an industrial court to
avert strikes. The kid clement that
wants 7" cents an hour for cleaning
up the back yard, has not yet pro
nounced in favor of suh legislation.
School garden plans starting now,
and Dad can see wt,. fc hiv a job
lad out for him to keep thc garden
up through the hot weather.
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: CITY FORM
Emery and Brooks Arouse
Enthusiasm at Meeting
of Commercial Club
A business administration of muni
cipal affaiis was tho keynote of tha
speakers at the annual meeting of the
Commercial Club in Tythian Hall
Thursday evening and the 10(1 who
attended were much impressed with
the adavntnges of Newport s city
form of government and the commis
sion plan as found in Sheridan, Wyo.
At tho banquet which preceded the
business of the evening and addresses
Mis. S. J. Somervillc served chicken
pic as the piece !e resistance and the
members enjoyed one of the best sup
pers the organization ever held. At
the. head table with President Asselin
wore the gue Col. C. S Emery of
Newport and I.. II. P.rooks of Sheri
dan, Wyo., Major Melrose, Principal
.1. A. Davis, Kcv. Dr. F A. Poole and
the;:e directors of the Commercial
- -i r
accepted. The secretary in his report
spoke of the success of the recent
Fourth ot July celebration, the
ganization of Company D, the exemp
tion from taxation of Taubcr, Lip-
ton & Co.. the Cary Maple Sugar
Company, J. W. Davies, owner of the
Plymouth Creamery; tho. encourage
ment of the boys and girls, and other
activities of the organization. The
past year 35 new members have join
ed and the club ended the year with
124 iv embers and a bank balance of
S.")1G.71. The report also referred to
the fact that three of the staunchest
supporters of the club have died dur
ing the year, Henry G. Ely, Judge
Walter P. Smith and George H. Cro.;s
The following new members were
admitted: Major Melrose, E. E. Uur?
gles, C. Roy Calderwood, Dr. W A.
Gage, Mr. McCarty, W.. II . Taylov,
O. A. Ulrich. L. A. Wood, Dr. F.
W. Magoon, W. H. Jenks, Carroll
II. Fox, TV. C. A. Babcock, Mr. Haff
ner, Morton J. Heed. S. E. RichajJ
t.on, P.r. Dale-S,-AwKlrI.-JIst-.
ings, Dale II Simpson. '
President Asselin in a brief ad
dress of welcome said it was a great
delight to him to see such a large and
enthusiastic gathering. He believed
that it indicated that the members
were interested in their town an 1
were glad to serve where they could
to make St. Johnsbury bigger and
better. He spoke of the success of
tho Fourth of July celebration and
said that with all bills paid there was
a balance left over of $802.11. He
said the directors had voted to place
this fund at interest and keep it ssp-
amte f.om the rest of the club's tnon
fiy as (l Speciil fund. He spoke 'n
tne highest praise of the success of
j y u10oks in raisiffg the money, of
tne f!el.viccs of Charles G. Braley as
treasurer of the fund and said he
meant to have read at this meeting
thc list of over 100 members of the
various committees that worked so
hard to make the soldiers' welcome
the great success that it was. A vote
of thanks was then voted to J. If?
Brooks, Charles G. Braley and all
members of the various committees
for the hard work they did. to make
the celebration so successful.
(Continued on pago six)
Hardwick Granite Plant
Sold to F. F. Fuller
E. R. Murch has sold his granite
manufacturing plant in Hardwick on
the line of the Hardwick & Woodbury
railroad to Floyd F. Fuller, who takes
immediate possession. Mr. Fuller
will increase the force and devote all
his time to building up his already es
tablished business. Mr. Murch will
occupy a part of the shed for the pre
sent and later devote his time to man
aging his quarry. The shed was built
in 1900 and is well-equipped with all
the equipment for granite manufac
turing. REV. C. 6. BUSS
' RESIGNS AT
Savs He Cannot Stay
Salary of Six
Kev. A. E. Gregg of Bamet ex
changed with Rev. C. B. Bliss, pastor
of the Congregational church at Mc-
Indoes Sunday and at the close ot
the morning service read the follow
ing letter from Mr. Bliss:
Dear Friends in Mclndoes:
You had vour community meeting
to choose your pastor for the coming
, mi,,,.,i,. t u
Wednesday ney. rar. nsner Bu t-
the official notice of your invitation
to remain with you another year.
This is my first chance to reply.
I deeply appreciate this vote of
confidence, and thank you for it
most heartily. I also appreciate the
loyalty of those Boy Scouts who have
been so insistently begging 'me to
stay with them.
But I ought not to go on with the
salary of six years ago "'
and you for your own good ought
to pay your pastor more. At the
same time it may be easier for you
to make the proper increase for a
new man. and of vastly more lm-
nortance there is the chance that
you yourselves might be more per
fectly united under new leadership.
For these reasons I am setting a
date for the ending of our partner
ship. , .
Easter Sunday will be a good time
for the change, with its appeal to
both'of us for ricw''en'fliusiasm .fir.the'
service of' the risen Christ. Mr.
Gregg exchanges with me today, but
I-yill be with you on Palm Sunday
and Easter the two best days of
thc whole year.
T have enjoyed my work with you,
and have noted with ' satisfaction a
steady approach to conditions which
would make possible a community
spirit of progress and uplift, under
the leadership of the church. I sin
cerely hope you will go forward to
the realization of your splendid pos
sibilities. Faithfully yours,
C. B. BLISS
So far young doctors who are pre
scribing alcohol do not report any
difficulty in getting a practice started.
Daylight burglaries reported in
many places. Probably the burglars
don't want to disturb the rest of the
The alleged uninteresting quality
of after dinner speaking nowadays is
perhaps not due so much to the lack
of eloquence of the orators, as to the
dryness of the auditors.
APRIL 12 to 17
The Hangings At
Window of Your
should be selected with care and study of their surroundings.
This curtain section has, from thousands of materials and de
signs, selected only those that experience has approved of being
superior in quality and beauty. In other words, the curtains
you wish to see in your home, are now shown in this ; depart
Watch for our Special Display.
French 'Government Pre
sents Memorial to Am
erican Soldiers '
The memorial service by the W. It.
Knapp post of the American Legion
at the Armory Sunday afternoon w is
a fitting recognition of tho boys who
had made the supreme sacrifice and
attracted a large attendance. Mem
bevs of the post attended in a body
and marched through the hall with
the color bearer leading. Commander
Harold G. Powell presided and the
service opened with a selection by tho
Commander Powell then introduc
ed Comrade Bernard Daniels, chair
man of the Memorial Day service,
who briefly and fittingly stat
ed the object of this pa
triotic gathering. He said this was
the first time that the American Le
gion had gathered to pay tribute to
the comrades who made the supreme
sacrifice. He said the service had
an even greater significance as the
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tificate to honor their memory.
Tho Scripture was read by Rev. f. j
B. Richards and prayer was offered!
by Rev. Dr. F. A. Poole. The Honor j
Roll was then read after which
'Nearer, my God to Thee," was play-
A splendid address followed by
Rev. George A. Martin which vividly
portrayed the .stining scenes of thc
world war, the part the American
soldiers played in that momentous
struggle, and the sacrifice the com
rades made. After describing, the
great German offensive of two years
ago when 750,000 of Germany's best
soldiers were thrown against the line
held by Gen. Goff's troops of the
Fifth British Army and as a result
tnere were ztiii.uw acad anil woundea
British soldiers on the field, Mr
Martin said "Thank God that though
thc line bent it did not break. All
eyes were "now turned on Americjj
and from June 3 to C the great her
alded, thrust of tho Germans . met
their opponents at Chateau-Thierry.
.Tien was hetH'd that o.vv 'They coin
the'. Yanks..' Tho vanguard , of
100,000 held that line and reinforced
by. millions more held that line, until
the armistice was signed. . All .the
Allies heard -(he (Tall for service and
as if in ope language, Protestants
and Catholics, Jews and Gentiles,
Bhahmins.and Confu'cianists marched
abreast to victory. ,
. I wish I could make you boys un
derstand the spirit of patriotism of
the people at home. The success of
the Red Cross drive, the Y. .M C. A.
drive, the Knights of, Columbus drive
and all tho other drives is a story
that would tnrui you an i nere was r,; . f p..
a patriotic devotion of all the frater- j "SI IOT lie IOl
nities and all the churches, and over J Presidential Primary
every altar was a service flag. j William Grant Webster of New
"These comrades whom we honor . y0l.k city has iled r)5C signatures of
today fought to preserve our chev-j nuajfled vcpublican voters in Vcr
ished institutions. Never was there a j mont with tne c-gtary 0f statc Sat
generation facing such serious prob- lu.day jn his candi(jacy fol. president,
lems. Never an era of reconstruction jhe name; fm. the most part wcrc
that is marked either for failure or RCCUred in westen, Vci-mont, Middle
success. The only thing that can give 0G. Bennington 83, Burlington
us success is that which is found m,nRH. nlltr,n. ,Rn. vvinnun m
i, : .hi. c
ine principles ui tne i eiigiuu ui ncau
Christ. Sometime we will build
suitable memorial for these boys, but ,
the finest memorial is to live thc
(Continued on page ,si)
Sudden Death of
Conductor E. A. Hvde
News was received in St. Johns -
bury Wednesday morning of the sud -
den death at his home in Swanton
at about ! o'clock Tuesday evening
of Edtr.tr A. Hyde, the veteran con
ductor on the St. Johnsbury & Lake
Chnmplain railroad. Mr. Hvde com
pleted his . run from Swanton to
Cambridge and return Tuesday after
noon and died the same evening. 116
was the third oldest passenger con.
ductor on the Lake road, having en
tered the employ of this railroad Aug
10, 1881. Ho had long been a resi-
dent of St. Johnsbury, but after the' built somo 75 years ago by Gov. Ho
change was made and through trains) race Fairbanks, and now owned bv
!TmThM ' Theodora F.
portion of the Lake road from Cam- " lllai'tl of Boston, has occn sold
bridge Junction to Swanton. makino- thl'ouff" thc A. B. Dow real estate
his home in the latter town. He aency to the Oilman Brothers for
leaves a wife and one daughter. He $:55'000- The deed will have to be
was an exceedingly popular and j :iont to Imlla fei" tho owner's signa
faithful conductor and his finn-h ; ture as Miss Willard is now taking a
comes a shock to a wide circle ,f
ot JohnsbUiy SoldieS Gets
Compensation f rom After
WniHno- Ono Yajv
After waiting nearly a year and
filing enough affadivits to establish
a dozen claims Harlie Fern Page rc-
1 ceived on Maich 10 a cheek of
j f,1'"01;61 "! comPensation . fl0J" h.e
V"' Stat8 government for his
j J"!1- Mr' PaSe enl'tCf , f,m
J O 4 Tnkltnkil k m n M 1 vn 1 a h h tut hill rim
charged on March 27, 1019. He was
operated on soon after for a diseased
hip and has been in Brightlook hos
pital most of the time the past year.
Since September he has not left
Mr. Page started his claim in June,
1919, and a few months after thc de
partment began to call for affidavits.
These were furnished by the local
branch of the Red Cross, and furnish
ed several times. Finally the case be-
came so involved in red tape that the
AlllCllVail JJGglUll bUUK II. Up.
Page's case was given a special hear
ing at the recent state gathering of
tho - American- .Legion at Montpelicr
where,; as it happened, the head, of
the war insurance -bureau was pre
sent.; "He promised that he would see
thc case through. -In the meantime
Adjutant-General Johnson interested
Congressman Porter H. Dale in the
case and as a result of the combined
efforts of the local Red Cross, the
American Legion, thc head of the war
insurance bureau, Adjutant-General
Johnson and Congressman Dale, Mr.
Page now gets what was so long due
him. from now on he will receive
$90 a month.
" - "
i i,, -itf tm r,t.
111 lun jicitivilll mi. 1, cunin I
ol.g ovcMe intcnrcntion in Moxico
if neccsary to protect our citizens or
thc security of our republic. He ad
vocates rigid economy, freedom of
Mr. Webster has filed papers for
speech on the press and universal
vice-president in vurimm western
St. J. A. Gil'ls Win ,
Basket Ball Game
The Colebrook high school girls
came down here Friday to play the ,
iu. i l'"
gins warn oi at. joniisuu. Acuueiny ,
and the game was played at the Y. j
M. C. A. gymnasium that afternoon
The local team proved much the las-
ter and were oAsv winners bv a score
of 25 to !5. Following is the line-up
St. J. A.
F. Bannister, rf
R. Jamison, If
M. Schoff, c
A. Titus, c
M. Edwards, rg
F. Duke, rl
G. Frost, If
O. MfClary, c
M. Rathbun, c
M. Brooks, rg
D. Covell, If
uasKets lrom noor, muss "UKe, 4, , mail southbound was geven hours late
Miss Frost 8; fouls, on St. J. A.,into st Johnsbury Friday morning
Miss Frost 1. Baskets from floor, j the nol.thbound mail was about
Miss Banister; fouls on Colebrook,, r0U1. hours late.
Miss Jamison 1. Timekeeper, Sted-j
man; scorer, Harry Tillotson; -lines-, WEST WATERFORD
men, Harry Noel, Robert May; re-1 There was a barce ride Wednesday
ferec, Miss Tuttlc. Time, three ten :
Formerly the roadsides were lined
with blacksmith's shops to keep the
workhorses of the country shod. Now
they are lined with garages to keep
the pleasure cars repaired.
! r IHUIU AO I
IS SOLD TO
- jMisS Theodora F. Willard
Disposes of This Beauti
"Pinehurst," tho beautiful estate
tour of thc world in a Raymond &
tri.U....l. ..i... mi ...... t
Whitcon.b party. The purchasers
have not decided what, they will do
with their property.
This estate, long regarded as one
of the most beautiful in the state,
consists of about) 15 acres in the
heart of the village and in other davs
days was one of the most hospitable
homes in this community. The real
estate extends from the head of Wcs-
tern avenue around to tho lower end
of Summer street, and includes the
deer park and all the buildings on
tho property. Since the death of Gov.
and Mrs. Fairbanks the large green -
houses have been razed to the ground
but otherwise there has been no
change to the buildings.
The mansion which overlooks the
sloping lawn was once filld with the
choicest wo: y-m" "'-t, jtmny of which
have recently' oecn placed m the Art
t,llery of the St. Johnsbury Athe
naeum. A generation ago Pinehurst
was tho social center of the town
and was often opened to large social
gatherings, tho hospitality of Gov.
and Mrs. Fairbanks being unbounded.
The most distinguished people that
have ever visited St. Johnsbury, in
cluding such men as Sir Henry M.
Stanley and President Harrison, have
been entertained there, and when Ho
race Fairbanks was elected governor
in 1870 many of our readers will re
call the big reception he gave the
townspeople on Fourth of July.
For many years after the death if
j Gov Fah.banka hu gracioUiS and
queenly wife lived in thc home and
received her many friends with the
same friendliness that had character
ized hep-husband. Upon her death.
the property passed to her daughter
in Boston, Mrs. Ashton R. Willard.
By the death of Mrs. .Willard about
10 years ago, thc property, passed to
he ronly child, Miss Theodora F.
Willard of 4.'V Commonwealth Avenue,
This is the largest real estate deal
in the residence line .that has ever
been consummated in St. Johnsbury,
if our memory is correct, and the
public will be greatly interested in the
future plans of thc new owners.
Fishing Season Extended
Until April 1st
The season for fishing through the
ice has been extended again by State
Fish and Game Commissioner Linus
Leavens. The season for pike was
supposed to close on March 1, but
this was extended until March 15 and
another extension has been made to
This will include all thc lakes in
the county inhabited by fish which
-imav be caught at this season of the
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year according to law and includes
pike, pickerel and perch.
Mr. Leavens has made no ruling
as vet on the request for permission
to shoot pickerel next month, having
been absent from the office for a
short time on account of illness.
There are two opinions about this re
quest, some favoring the proposition
while others claim that it reduces the
fish population at too rapid a pace,
if io i.nhn)il t.hnt. the spason will
be limited, that fresh water brooks
where the pike run will be barred and
that it win dc necessary io uac .-i
rifle instead of shotguns, but these
have not yfit bce
decided upon but there is a v-'My
that thc re( uest may n0(
juest may not bfaietl
p,.;.i1i YViwk nn C P Tt
IClgilt WieCK On r. K.
at Newport Center
Five cars were derailed near New
port Center on the Boston & Maine
railroad at 11.30 Thursday "i"Vlf. out
of a train of 32 cars. Thc train was
proceeding southbound and it was
3.00 Friday morning before the track
i was cleared for traffic. The night
evening to Miss Carlie Streeter's.
About 20 enjoyed the affair.
Miss Fifield went home to Cabot
Wednesday for a few weeks' vaca
tion. I he people in tne district where
at Mr. Simpsons inday evening,
Orange County Rebubl
Committee Sayg He D
serves the Election
The Republican committee oj
ange county has endorsed the c
dacy of Curtis S. Emery of NV
for governor of Vermont, asse
that Mr. Emery is "deserving: of
amply qualified to receive the hjj;
honor that the party can beit
The endorsement is as follows:
To the Voters of Orange County
The members of the Omnffo c
ty Republican committee heartily
I : vo,0 ,el ""'i
! 7 ,wiwrt. as the Kcpublicun ca
! ,lll;,c ,for Kr of Vermont.
Colonpl mety Is a native of
onffe count'- a"tl "sided here
! ma"-v 'eal's- " held T"any
aml. count' omcs' PorforWing;
J c,utles of cach such Position '
that characteristic devotion, fid'
aml 0 fficiency which demonstrated
: questioned ability,
In every campaign he worked
; al,V. unselfishly and effectively
Republican success. He is deser
1 of and amply qualified to receive
highest honor thut thc party can
tow, and Orange county would
honored by his nomination.
If nominated we believe that
will be the strongest candidate a'
able, and if elected will give
state a sound; business-like adm:
tration, doing justice, to all pai
Harvey W. Eaton, Bradford. .
Selva H. Thayer, Braintree.
Elmer E. Ellis, Erookfield,
William II. Sprague, Chelsea.
Alfred C. Jackman, Corinth.
B. Walter Abbott, Fairlee.
Jerome B. Hale, Newbury.
Charles W. Emerson, Owtngc.
Hayden M. Gaylord, Randolph
William P. Stone, Strafford.
Charles S. Wilmot, Thetford. i
Henry B. White, Topsham;
W. C. Mitchell, Tunbridge.
George E. Stacy, Vershire. ,'
Martin W. Chamberlain, WashJ
ton. , ' ." ',' ' .
' John Ht Coplt, West firlee.
Azro A. Reed, Willfanjstown.
Orange County. .RflpuMicaCS
mittee. ' ""' '
Was Life Wr f4sldeh
William Hjggins dldit hiii hll
at the head 0f;CoBio.lti IjteihMejS!
day evening aftpr ap; ULK jOftaw
six weeks. ; ' v- V I
Mr. Higgips, Wag . (
Johnsbury, May 88, it '
farm bought by hsj fMevs-0
Higgins, in 830.V .JfeeojrtVl
farm all his life n,d be&f) Of&l
the town's best knowhj afif subW
tial -farmers. , He -married .'in. 1
Julia C. Blinn, who died in 1913. )
is survived by three children, Char,
H. Higgins of Arlington, Massl, J
bcrt J. Higgins and Miss BUie- '
Higgins of St. Johnsbury, . 'fo
grandchildren and three great grtui
children. The funeral will be held
the house Wednesday afternoon,,
two o'clock. .
i Mr. Higgins identified himself wl
ed for 14 years on the board of sele(
men. For ten years he was the fit
selectman and for several years 1
was the road commissioner. He yft
for many years an officer and coi
sjstent supporter of the Caledon:
Fair Ground Company. He had ,
wide experience in administering ei
tatcs, some of the most complicate
in this vicinity being settled by hiB
These estates were always manage
so that all the nterested parties t
peared to be satisfied. With plat
New England common sense ha h
an unusual power of clear judffrneo
and understanding of law and equiJj
while his grasp of fundament
truths was equalled by his ability ti
state them clearly. v :
He was a successful farmer aw
financier, up to date in method an
equipment, . with a philosophy that
made him accept whatever lif
brought without complaint. A man
of few words, he inspired trust, .and
lived his later and less active-years,
with a broad outlook on world Blat
ters; a keen interest in community
affairs, and an uncritical. attitude ifli
individuals. ' Serene, patient through
many years of suffering and Hi-,
health, with a sense of justice nrid
integrity, not too common in then
days, his years were rounded out with.
terest in all worth while Subject
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