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ST. JOHNSBURY, VERMONT, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 1920
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Little Folks Work
for Altar Vestments
The Helping Hand Society of St.
Andrew's church netted nearly $35
from a sale Saturday afternoon in
the; parish house. The proceeds will
be used to purchase an altar cloth.
The society is made up of the little J
R R. STATION
girls of the parish and they have
I been working industriously for weeks
PhlllS Considered for Cong'l under the direction of Mrs. Charles
Dennett, Mrs. ilobert fish and Mrs.
Churches to Acquire AH
Y. M. C. A. Property
At a specially called meeting of
the South church "Wednesday evening
the committee appointed to report on
the desirability of having a parish
house made their report. The com
mittee consisted of Fdgar R. Brown,
chairman. George I. Green and A. C.
Noycs and they recommended that a
arish house be built not to cost
$20,000 whenever two thirds of that
amount had been raised by pledges.
Tha committee further recommend
ed that a building- committee be ap
pointed and this committee was chos
en: Rev. F. A. Poole, pastor and a
number ex-oflicio, J. II. Brooks, 10. i
II. Cowles, J. A. Davis, Miss
Caroline I. Kly Mrs. Ruthy P.
Fairbanks, Mrs. Rebecca i Fair
banks, Edgar R. Brown.
.the special committee ceporteu
that it had come to them on
they believed was good authority
that the V. M. C. A. building anil
the Colonial Theater property could
be secured if those buildings were
devoted to religious and institutional
work. The committee believed that
it was wise, expedient and advisable
to recommend that the building com
mittee from the South church act in
conference with a committee from
ini! jsortii church to eonsMcr aeiiir-in-
the the two properties above
mentioned a :d maintain the same
jointly for social community work.
The North church will be duly in
formed of the action of the South
church committee and the public will
await with much interest the final
action on such a broad-visioned plan.
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Parish Supper at
Grace M. E. Church
The Grace Methodist church people
held a parish supper Thursday even
ing which was well attended and an
enthusiastic meeting followed. It
was decided to adopt a budget '!'
R7,000 for the coming year and
.$-'1,000 of this amount was pledged at
tho meeting. The increase in the
budget MWvUW-fiMa. wise ia-fehe pas
tor's .salary and the extension of
many of the church's activities. Ovr
$3,000 towards the lWO budget win
pledged at this meeting and loyal
sneeches were made by Rev. Or. K.
W. Sharp, Rev. George A. Mnrtin, K.
N. Randall, A. L. Bailey, C. F. Dovn-
ton and Charles F. Goodall.
If Miss Darling, the new secretary
of the Girls' Community league has
her way there will be something doing
every minute at the YV Oman's Club
house. Plans were outlined last night
at the da-v.'ing party at Pythian Hall
given by Uk: Industrial committee of
the W oman's Club plans that ap
pealed strongly to the more than 100
eager, interested girls gathered
around their enthusiastic leader. "We
wh it want to fill the clubhouse with girl'',"
said Miss Darling, "with girls having
the best kind of times. The piano is
being tuned up to jazz possibilities,
and there wjll be suppeis and hikes
and plays and games, as well as class
es for millinery and other things. We,
are going to have a glee club, too,
and many other things."
Nearly 1 I girls have signed up for
the league id the work is well under
way. Miss "i fai ling was introduced last
night by Mrs. F. G. Cundy, chairman
of the Industrial committee of the
Woman's club. It was her committee
that planned and carried to a succcs
ful finish last night's dancing .social, i
Fully one hundred mi
girls and boys danced and froliced
from 8 to 1.1. Music was furnished
by Mrs. Wilkie's orchestra and Mi.-s
Darling lead the happy throng i.f
dancers in some new and novel
Mrs. Bundy was assisted by these
members of her committee, Mrs.
Amos W, Scott, Mrs Thomas Wal
lace, Mrs. Gordon C. Weeks, Mrs.
Kate Cowles, Mrs. Myles Gilman and
Mrs. James Baldwin. Ice cream and
fake were sowed by the social com
mittee of ths Girls' Community league
Wm. Moffett in Jnil Charged
with Stealing at South
On complaint lodged by States
Attorney Campbell Sheriff Worthen
went to South Ryegatic. Friday to in
vestigate the robbery at the Mont
pelier and Wells Riv?er station on
Thursday evening, t.n investigation
disclosed the fact tbat the intruder
had effected an cnu ance through
cellar window and U icn came up the
trap door into the office. The cash
drawer was ripped out and some $80
taken that belongs d to the railroad
and the American .Express Company
A gold watch was; also taken.
Sheriff Worthen traced the alleged
thief to SherbrookO: and on Saturday
arrested in that city illiam Moffett
of Woodsvillo and charged him with
the crime. The yioung man, who is
10 years old and unmarried, had con
siderable money wiiii him and a gold
watch and was brought to the Cale
donia county jail Saturday. Here he
was given a hearing' Saturday sifter
noon before Judge I hye of the muni
cipal court and bottind over to the
June term of the CViledonia county
court under $1,000 bonds. In default
of payment he was detained in the
Former Academy Teacher
Author of Pageant
The current number of the Congre
gationalist and Advance gives con
siderable space to "My Brother's
Keeper", a pageant showing the dutv
of the church to the Pilgrim Fathers,
to the present day immigrants and to
their children s children. The pag
eant was given recently at the Union
Congregational church in Boston. It
was written by Mary Alice Emerson,
Ph. I)., a former teacher in St.
Johnsbury Academy, a woman pleas
antly remembered here.
Gathering of Caledonia Co.
Town Officers to Dis
Jt'ftcS. D'.- Somerville, chairman:
The work of the Girls' Community
league is well launched with Mrs. I.
II. Brooks, chairman, Mrs. Rebecca
Fairbanks, Mrs. F. G. Bundy, Miss
Kate Wakefield, the committee, as
sisted by Mrs. H. W. Blodgett nd
Miss Alice Hall in charge of the
younger girls of the league.
In Vermont, May 18
Vermont voters will participate in
the presidential primary on Tuesday,
May 18, and the selectmen have post
ed the check list throoghont the town
and, announced that the ballot box
will be open from 12 noori. to 8 p. m.
twenty-five j The voting will take place in the St.
Johnsbury town hall. The official
ballot will contain onlj two names,
Gen. Leonard Wood ij'nd William
Grunt Webster, a New York lawyer,
whom nobody seems to know, but
who secured 500 name in the western
part of the state and so gets on the
primary ballot. There, will be no dem
ocratic candidate although it had
been reported that Henry Ford's
name would appear. A movement to j
nlace Herbert Hoovtr s name on the
ballot was headed off at Mr. Hoover's
request, and this will not prevent his
friends from writing .his name in.
There will be. many names written in
by the voters, as thcrte are a number
of favorite sons in both parties, and
it is hardly necessary to impress upon
the citizens of Vermont that the pri
mary gives them the chance to ex
press a .preference for the man of
A Brand New Idea
That Makes Better
Clothing Values Possible.
If you will notice the kind of clothes
successful men are wearing every
where, you will discover that they em
body the same sensible styles without
"fads" and "frills" that are found in
The elimination of these "short life"
features which add to the cost and do
not improve the appearance has enab
led us to give a man far greater value
in style, fit and wear with the sale of
Our Spring line is complete not "com
ing." Already here in our Cabinets
ready to show.
$30 to $60
Steele, Taplin & Co.
W. A. TAPLIN, Proprietor
On the Hill
One of the events of the year at
the Fairbanks Museum is the annual
exhibition of bird houses and feeders
constructed by the boys of the 7th
grade in the manual training depart
ment of the public schools. For sev
eral years the Museum has given
prizes for the best houses judged on
three points namely fitness to pur
pose, excellence of workmanship and
general appearance. This year mucn
thanks is due Charles E. Peck of the
Peck Company for his generous con
tribution of ?5 worth of tools to be
used as prizes in addition to those
given by the Museum.
There were 40 entries in the contest
all being well-made, desirable bird
homes or feeders. The work of the
boys improves from year to year, each
class trying io out do its predeces
sor. The judges were C. H. Horton,
J. Stanley Steward and John A. Far
ley and the prize winners were as fol
Dolloff Eastman, 1st, Sterna Out
fit. Albert Brooks, 2nd, Compass.
Harold Piper, 3rd, Ruler.
Ralph Harris, 1st, Suw.
Eugene Karlcskent, 2nd, Scout Axe
Nathan Ricker, 3rd, Knife.
Francis W'alch, 4th, Flashlight.
Albert McBain, 5th, Compass.
Edward Mcnut, 0th, Brass Com
Gerald Reis, 1st, Plane.
Cartel- Merrill, 2n Hand Drill. - - j
Clinton Brickett, 3rd, Scout Axe.
John Willey, 4th, Flashlight.
Chester Worthen, 5th, Chisel.
Leo Carrol, 6th, Small Flashlight.
Norman Pidgeon, 7th, Compass. .
Paul Hurley, 8th, Compass.
Frank Cummings, 0th, Whistle.
Francis Harwood, 10th, Screw
Gerald Flanders, 11th, Try Square.
House Made from Section of Tree
Harold Gage, Special, Sterno Outfit.
The. annual parish meeting of
the Church of the Messiah was held
Tuesday evening preceded by an ex
cellent supper. The attondanco" was
larger than usual at both the supper
and the business session which fol
lowed. At ho latter session the
minister was engaged for the third
year, freedom of speech endorsed in
the pulpit, dedicated to the discus
sion of the Univcrsalist theology and
social problems. The report of the
treasurer showed that more money
had been raised and expended than in
I any previous year, and the balance in
me treasury was also larger. l h:
church has completed its first year
under the budget system and found
it worked out splendidly. The report
of the collector for the big drive
showed over one-third of the amount
pledged already paid in. The pas
tor's salary was increased for the
coming year and the budget system
These officers were elected: Presi
dent, Miss Martha Jcnncss; clerk
Charles P. French; treas., Milto;
Montgomery: trustees for two year.
Mrs. Sarah F. Hovcv and Archie
Ill .' III
A. B. Pratt of Lyndon
I Dies in Burlington
Albert B. Pratt, treasurer and gen
( oral manager of Our Husband's Man
ufacturing Co. of Lyndon, died Tues
day night at the Green Mountain
Sanitarium in Burlington. The body
will be brought to Lyndon Wednes
day and the funeral held there when
necessary arrangements can bo made.
Burial will be beside Mr. Tratt's
mother in New Vineyard, Mc.
Mr. Piatt come from Bristol, R. I.,
to Lyndon 15 years ago, buying the
controlling interest in Our Husband's
Manufacturing company. He develop
ed the business, making it one of the
biggest plants in the country for the
manufacture of proprietary medi
cines for cattle.
For the past few years Mr. Pratt
has been handicapped by ill health.
In January of this year he went to
California. Ho returned from the
coast two weeks ago and a week latar
went to the sanitarium.
Hon. Stoddard B. Bates of Derby,
state highway commissioner, and
Marshall M. Stocker of Danville,
district commissioner, met the road
commissioner:;, selectmen and patrol
men of the various towns in Caledo
nia county in Pythian hall Wednes
day for the annual road conference.
n ,v. ., n
oeverai omciui.s irom towns in
Orange and Essex counties were
present. Mr. Bates told the men ;t
was the largest of all the conferences
he had held this year,
Mr. Bates did most of tho speak
ing but throughout the morning and
afternoon sessions ho was frequently
inxerrogatecl Dy tne men whose prob
lems were discussed at the open fo
rum. Mr. Bates explained the various
features of the road law and touched
upon many interesting points in con
nection with road construction and
He said in 1919 the state had 1,518
miles of patroled roads and the en
tire expense of this work cost
$270,362.10. He expected that 1,800
miles woul d be patrolled in 1920 and
he thought the limit had about been
He said the bridge question was the
biggest problem the department had
and that in the past four years be
tween 250 and 300 bridges had been
built in the state. Ho spoke of the
necessity of having strong biidges be
cause of the increased use of heavy
trucks, and believed that tho time was
soon coming when the roads would be
classified thr some roads might be
protected from the traffic of the
heavy trucks. He urged the officials
to keep their bridges in good repair
as the town was liable in case of acci
dent, and he explained the advantage
of having the planks laid lengthwise
on the bridge instead of crosswise.
He urged the selectmen to keep a per
manent record of the condition of all
their biidges and to have the bridge?
carefully inspected. He went into
some detail telling tho officials pres
ent pow the state would help them
build their bridges and urged cement
construction instead of plank when
ever practical. The approaches muot
be carefully guarded and he favored
having a level of 10 feet on the ap
proach to the bridge to prevent
"pounding" when an automobile run
ning at a high speed struck the
Mr. Bates spoke of how the Feder
al government was aiding the state
in building good roads. He said that
Vermont's allotment from the nation
al treasury for the, five year period
was $1,244,000. This was apportioned
according to the area, population and
road mileage of each state. In allot
ing this money to the various coun
ties in the state on the same plan Mr.
Bates said .he had set aside
$183,635.31 for Caledonia county.
Federal projects had already been
developed in Hardwick and Baraet
and a third project was under con
sideration. After a road is built by
tho joint expenditure of the Federal
and state money the state has to pay
for its maintenance. Mr. , Bates
thought eventually this would be
such a problem that the Federal gov
ernment would have to keep the
roads in repair. He said he had a vi
sion that many of those present would
live to see the day when Federal con
structed roads extended from state to
state, and that the projects in Ver
mont were built with the hope that
eventually thoy would all be connect
ed as trunk lines. Answering the
question as to where the public came
in that did not live on these Selected
highways and state roads, . Mr. Bates
said that the state had an appropna
Smith College Women
The St. Johnsbury College Club
will hold a meeting Wednesday after
noon at 3.30 in the class ro.om of the
The program for the meeting is
m the hands of the Smith Coliege
women, and will include nirtm-rc
me college and some information .-
garciing the $4,000,000 Fund and its
needs and uses. Mrs. M. B. Cum
mings of Burlington, president of the
state bmith College club, is expected
to be present and speak.
STORY OF HON.
T. N. Vi
Rfiring zephyrs wafted romance
into the hearts of a Hartford maid
and a young man last week
says Saturday's Hartford limes,
of Hartford, Conn, and Cupid,
commanding father's automobile,
transported the two to a
New York minister who fulfilled their
dreams by uniting them in marriage.
Flora Roberts, of No. 380 Woodland
jurat, Btuuuni, in me upper tnir.i ; uncie. as a young man .
class at high school, is the maid and the railway mail service, w
Bertrand McNamara of No. 426 by side with Harry G. P.
Woodland street, the youth. Thurs- tn, ,,,.,,. V-l .
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v. "' uvvR, uii; wail tuui wk:
F. Stone, Well Known
Vt. Journalist. '?vmm
(The following story
life of the Hon. Theodori
is written by Arthur F
known Vermont journal!
man who knew Mr. Vai:
ally. He tells some ine: -Mr.
Vail's life which h
tofore never appeared i
By ARTHUR F. STI .
Theodore Newton Vail
in Carroll county, 'Ohio1,
Quaker stock July 16, 1845
son of Davis and Phoebo
Vail. He was educated at I
town, N. J., Academy and
studied medicine two year
automobile belonging to Timothy W.
Mcwamara, father of Bcrtrand, and
quietly slipped away to New York.
This morning the parents of the
couple received letters . from them
saying that they had been married in
New York and asking the parental
nf -r ;.. .1.. I
uit.-niiiK. mis. iuciumitia is me
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred F.
Roberts and her marriage is the re
sult of a high school courtship.
Bcrtrand, 19 years old, was a student
in the high school last year.
The letters receive this morning
by the parents of the couple said
that they would return to Hartford
in a few days and both families will
welcome then home and give their
blessing. Mr. McNamara expressed
his attitude toward the marriage of
his son today when he said "If he is
satisfied, I am." I
The bride is a former St. Johnsbury !
girl, going from here to Hartford
with her parents a few years ago.
Sho is the sister of Mrs. Harold Bean
of Eastern Ave.
At the annual. stockholders meeting
of tho Woman's Club House
association at St. Johnsbury,
Monday afternoon the work . of
the year was reviewed. Improve
ments to the grounds had been made
by the removal of several trees. The
rest room had been well patronized,
and both the parlor and rest room
had been used by the members of the
Industrial class for social gatherings.
Through the efforts of the dircctorsj
and other interested women, the
Girls' League has been formed and
a community leader, Miss Darling of
Burlington, has been secured.
Tho Industrial class last winter,
under the leadership of the Woman's
Club Committee had the largest en
rollment in its history, 94. The sub
jects included dressmaking, typewrit
ing, basketry, stenciling and dancing.
As tho work is entirely- undenomina
tional the classes included girls from
all churches, Academy students,
workers in shoos, stores and homes.
At the business session the old
board of directors was re-elected, and
later ovcranized as follows:
President. Mrs. George C. Cary;
vice president, Mrs. Sarah Hovcyj
secretary, Mrs. Arthur F. Stone;
treasurer, Mrs. H. F. Balch. Mrs,
George H. Cross was elected honorary
Miss Allen Is Bride of
Joseph M. Cheney
3r.n.inl tn ThB iTalfiflonian I
tion of $75,000 to be used exclusively. WASHINGTON, D. C, April 13
on unsclected highways. TKo WC(,jnK 0f Miss Beulah Fletcher
Mr. Batqs spoke in closing. of the I ucn daughter of tho late Mr. and
gift to the state of the Federal . Mr(. sto(i(al.ti n. Allen of North
trucks that were cither used or built , p .bunr Vermont, an I Joseph
to usa in tne war. ne sniu vermoni s
allotment was 101 trucks, many of
them absolutely new, and that a ga
rage costing $75,000 had been built
at Montpclier to house them when
not in use. The state has already re
ceived 87 of these. The trucks when
received were not equipped for roid
work and had to have new bodies and
other changes to make them suitable
for peace rather than war purposes.
He thought the towns should pay a
fair price rental for the use of these
trucks and the highway dcpartmcn
had decided to charge a rental of $5
a day for tho trucks, the town to pay j
for tho oil and gasoline untf to pay;
the wages of the driver which the
state would furnish. He urged the
town officials to arrange their road
work so that all towns that desired
could uso these trucks during the
season when road construction could
bo done at the best advantage.
Commissioner Bates left for New
port Thursday morning where the
annual road conference will be held
with the officials of the various towns
of Orleans county.
Merriam Cheney, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Clinton Cheney of Chicago and
grandson of Henry M. Cheney of St.
Johnsbury, Vermont , occurred at the
home of the bride's sister, Miss Mary
Pratt Allen, Northbrook Courts,
Washington last evening, Rev. Jamca
Taylor, D. D., pastor of the Central
Presbyterian church officiating. The
bride wore a gown of white satin with
tulle veil and a coronet of orange
blos.-.oms, and carried a shower bou
(iuct of roses and lilies of the valley.
She was attended by Mrs. Helen
Bain Triggs of Wilmington, Dela
ware, formerly of Middlcbury, Ver
mont, as matron of honor and was
given away by her cousin, C. LeKoy
Parker ot this city. The best man was
Harry T. Worthington of Baltimore,
u college classmate of the groom.
Tho bride graduated from the
Castleton, Vermont, Normal School
in 1913 and later from the Brightlook
Hospital Training School, St. Johns
bury. The groom is a graduate of
Dartmouth College, Class of '16. Mr.
pnd Mrs. Cheney will rciido in
city, in the first railway hoi
between New York and .W
In the early 70's he was.l
to the run on the Union-P
Council Bluffs to Ogden, t
first achieved fame by gctti
Rocky mountain divide whe
both ends of the blockade
od in snowdrifts. This
came to the attention of G
Hubbard, who was trying t
the Bell Telephone Compa i
England, but before Mr, V -the
telephone service he
made assistant superintend
railway mail scirice in 187S
general superintendent in
general superintendent in
the meantime he had rc-or
service and became th
the country who had a com
view of the railways 'and
of the United States.
It was at this time that
bard went to Washington
suaded this young' wan
manager of the BU,Telqp
pany. This was in 1878 a
this position until 1887;, ;H
a love for electricity as
father and uncles had Ht
jersey and had backed Sa
Morse in his experiment
electro-magnetic , telegrj i
original company waif cap
$300,000 and Mr. Vail's sal
eral manager was $3,500 a
story of the development
phone from 1878 to tpe I
is the growth of a gjeeat
which Mr. Vail was for
president at a salary 6f-$J
invention of the long dis
phone, and last but least tl
When Mr. Hubbard hired !
wrote him, "Wo rely upot
cutive ability, you- fidelitj
unremitting zeal," and M
plied "My faith in the sue
enterprise is such that I .
to trust to it, and I have
that we shall establish k
and cooperation that is es
the success of an enterp
kind." One of the creates
ties in the history of elect
tions soon started when &
Union Telegraph Compan;
suit against Mr. Vail's;
company, demanding an
claiming that the Western '.
the patents on the telepho!
it was not invented by'llB '
1000 witnesses were exam'
trial that lasted more .than . ;
the result of the lawsuit .
lablishment of the vatydjtj
dcr Graham Bell's invent!
dentally of the great rise,
the Bell Telephone stock,.
When Mr. Vail left th
phone Company in 1887 I
he had left it for good an)
to 1891 he traveled ,exte
lived for a portion of'l
Beunos Ayres in Argentic
a friend he became inter -tramways
of the great S
can capital, organizing si
syndicates to purchase. tl
systems of that city. He. .
American interests , fe
$12,000,000 and return
country, expecting to W
farm near Boston. Soon ft
came to Lyndonvillo . ' a;
charmed with the view fro
hills west of the village i
bought the property JOT
Speedwell Farms and star
large and magnificent ph
opment. He once told the
in all his travels in Europ
America he never saw a
charmed him more than i
had from "The House",.
the Passumpsic river ai
beyond. Until recently tl
his real home and whereV
eled he always registered i
"Thco. N. Vail. Lyndon, 1
It was to this sightly
(Continued on pas ;
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