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TOWSON, Mri Saturday, - January 27, 1900. LONONECKER BROS.. Editors and Proprietor*. 11.60 per annum—inadrance. Pestay) pre paid. Xo subscription taken for lent than fix months. .LOCAL ITEMS. 3ALKB ADVKKTISED IN “THE UNION.” Monday, January 29. by R. R. Roarman, trustee, near New Market, 7th district, the personal effects of Smith D. Bond. Thursday, February 1, by H. Carvil Green, on the farm of the late Joshua R. Green, near Upper X Roads. Harlord county, horses, cows, carriages, hay, etc. Thursday. February 8, by Jesse Slingluff and Jefferson D. Norris, trustees, on the prem ises. real estate at St. Dennis. 13th district. Tuesday. February 0, by Jarrett Franklin.about IX miles from Reisterstown. near the West minster pike, horses, mules, cows, steers, hogs, farm implements, etc. Wednesday. February 7, by Louis P. Knox, at 0-Mile House, Harford road, a gray mare for Monday, y February 19, by D. Meredith Reese, attorney, on the premises, houses and lots In Highlandtown. —♦ Alice Breckenridge, of Pikesville, has secured a Government pension at the rate of $8 per month. ♦ Arrangements are being made to pay the salaries of the public school teachers on Fri day, February 9th. '—♦The citizens of Catonsville want the Legislature to pass a law to regulate the speed of electric cars passing through that town. ♦ A trotting circuit is about being formed for the present year, which will include Timo nium and other leading tracks in the State. —♦Next Thursday will be the first day of February and the first month of the last year of the century will have taken its departure. ♦Clarence W. Fox was this week appoin ted a constable for the 4th district, upon the recommendation of Mr. CharlesA.Councilman. —♦ We have enjoyed some real spring weath er the past week, but the calamity howling weather prophet says we’ll have to pay up for U J!^Complaints were made to the County Commissioners this week of the bad condition of Homeland and Gittings avenues, in the 9th district. . ~, • ■—♦A good many “canaries" found their way back to The Union office this week and no ' doubt the “flights” will keep up for some time to come. „ . , , is unlawful to fish for brook trout in Baltimore county until the Ist of March. Those who do so lay themselves liable to arrest and fine. , ... —♦A number of robberies have lately been committed in Back River Neck, but no arrests have been made. In one instance a house was burglarized. —♦The United Farmers’ Agency has been organized in Baltimore, with a capital stock of 110,000. William T. Hutchins is among the incorporators. ♦This is the census year and very soon the enumerator will be going around with a pencil behind his ear and a lot of troublesome questions on his tongue. . ♦The Milk Producers’ Association is still holding the fort in Baltimore, even if they are “doing their plowing” in the Atlantic Trust Building on Charles street. —♦Mr. Elisha Carback, a farmer of the 15th district, had three ribs broken a few days ago as the result of a collision between his wagon and an electric car. —♦ Large quantities of farm produce have been going to Baltimore byway of the York road this week, corn, hay and baled straw be ing the leading commodities. —♦Road Supervisor Shepperd, of the 9th district, says he will not use any soft material for top dressing the roads under his care. Right you are, Mr. Shepperd. —♦A second ice crop has not yet material ized, but let it be remembered that only one month of the winter of ’OO has passed. Don’t forget the blizzard of February, ’99. —♦The Reformed Mennonites will hold ser vices in the hall at Lauraville, Harford road, Sunday, January 28th, at 7.30 r. m. Preaching by Henry Strickler, of Waynesboro, Pa. —♦ Mr. E. M. Kuechler, the Towson elec trician, is making an effort to secure the co operation of farmers in furnishing information in regard to farms for the U.S. Census Bureau. —♦ Mrs. James A. Gary has presented Druid Hill Park with eleven Algerian finches, small singing birds, of beautiful plumage, that she secured in Europe last summer. __* was well represented M ’ $ . %, HPF Union's local ■Pffl!!W!en silent a long time. They • should wake up and let the outside world know wbat is going on in their respective neighbor hoods. —♦A little daughter of Mr. Charles W. Smith, of Sunnybrook, 10th district, was se riously scalded about the body a few days ago by upsetting a pot of boiling coffee upon herself. ♦The Trout House, in Stewartstown, York county, has been leased by Mr. Buck Birmingham, of the 7tli district of this county, who has also purchased a livery stable in the same place. —♦Letters of administration on the person al estate of the late Frank M. Lee, of the Bth district, were granted on Wednesday to Mr. W. H. De Coursey Wright, who bonded in the sum of $30,000. —♦The Griffith <fe Turner Company, so well known in this county, has issued its catalogue for 1900 and it is more complete than in pre vious years, enclosed within an artistic and beautiful cover. . —♦Several citizens of Towson were at Music Hall, Baltimore, on Saturday night last and heard the speech of Col. William Jennings Bryan. They were completely captivated by his oratory. —♦The road supervisor of the 15th district has been directed to expend not over $1,200 in shelling the North Point road from the Spar row's Point road to North Point, a distance of about four miles. —♦Mr. Osborne I. Yellott will give a magic lantern entertainment in Armory Hall, Tow son, Thursday evening, February Ist, at 8 o’clock, for the benefit of the Boys’ Brigade. Admission 15 and 25 cents. —♦John T. Wright, while riding on a Spar row’s Point Railroad train, complained of lack of ventilation and because he could not raise the window, smashed the glass with his fist. The fine and costs aggregated $9. —♦The directois of the Second National Bank of Belair are preparing to erect a hand some bank building in that place. Ex-Sena tor Thomas H. Robinson is president of the bank, which is a flourishing institution. —♦The members of the Board of County Commissioners went to Annapolis on Thurs day to confer with Senator Hubner and the members of the House of Delegates from this county relative to needed local legislation. —♦Charles H. Stanley will give two of his illustrated patriotic temperance entertainments in Calvary Baptist Church, Towson, Thursday and Friday evenings, February 15th and 16th. Prof. Bamberger will have charge of the music. —♦Among the other vagaries of this Janu ary weather was a brilliant display of light ning on Saturday evening last. The wiseacres who say that cold weather always follows lightning in winter missed it this time, at least. —♦The tramp who blossoms into a railroad rider becomes a very expensive specimen of humanity to the taxpayers of Baltimore coun ty. If we must have him with us some plan should be devised to get him at a cheaper rate. —♦The farm oftbe.lateCol. Edward O’Dono van. near Sweet Airi haa been purchased by his son, Mr. Edward J. O’Donovan, for about $4,000. It containslSOacres and was owned by Mrs. Amos McComas, sister of the purchaser. —♦Paper of every kind is advancing in price, some of the lower grades having nearly doubled in the last two months. Some of the mills would be reaping a harvest just now if they were not obliged to remain idleon account of low water. —♦Mr. James A. Bosley, of Bosley post office. who manufactures a stock and poultry powder that has proven very effective, has made arrangements to increase his output this year, last year’s saleshaving fully justified this step upon his part. —♦The County Commissioners this week received a letter from Mrs. M. O. O'Conner, of Mexico. Missouri, askingforsomeinformation about Joseph, James and John Johnson, or James Carlisle, who, she says, lived in Green Spring Valley in 1861. —♦Ex-Mayor William T. Malster, of Balti more, paid $11,500 for his country place, situ ated on the north side of the Frederick road, near Catonsville, the deed for which was re corded at Towson this week. It contains 11 acres and is well improved. ♦The Baltimore county Farmers’ Institute will be held in the Court ’House, at Towson, Monday. February 12th, with two sessions— morning and afternoon. Experienced men will discuss subjects of general interest, and the attendance should be large. ♦There was another little “breeze” in the County Commissioners’ office on Tuesday, out siders being the cause of it. This room had so long been a sort of fighting ground that it al most seems that people begin to get pugnacious as soon as they enter its portals. —♦On Friday night of last week thieves visited several of the limestone quarries about Texas, Bth district, and carried away the brass from the pumps, causing a temporary suspen sion of work. The quarries of the late r rank M. Lee were among those visited. —♦There is a prospect that Towson will en joy a mild building boom next spring. There are plenty of beautiful sites near the town, and there is ho more desirable suburb about Balti more. when elevation, water and pleasant sur roundings generally are considered. —♦There were a goodly number of strangers in Towson on Tuesday, among them a fair sprinkling of those who are looking out for places for themselves or their friehds. Ex- Congressman Talbott, who was here two or three hours, was in general demand. —.Rev. I. Addison Ingle, missionary to ; China, will lecture on Saturday night, Janua- j ; ry 27th, in the Sunday school room of Trinity j Church. Towson, on the work in China, com- j mencing at 7.30 o’clock. The lecture will be i illustrated. Public cordially invited. —.Mr. Charles E. Ehmann. ex-road super visor of the 9th district, has the contract for i stoning the York turnpike from Towson to the j city limits. He is a general contractor for ! stone work of all kinds, with headquarters on : the Yotk road, near Arlington avenue. —.The Wilson & Kenny Company has en- j : larged their Towson office in order to provide j additional room for their retail trade in hard ware, paints, &c. The business of this com pany, both at Lutherville and Towson, has grown rapidly in the past two or three years. —.Mr. William R. Hoff, of Sherwood, N. i C. R. R., has a very fine breed of English set ters, some of which have lately been sold at i prices that would make the non-dog fancier ; open his eyes. He also proposes to add to his kennels the finest strains of pointers and beagles. —.Since the beginning of the New Year j business of nearly every kind has been slack and there are those who believe there will be i no improvement until the adjournment of the ! legislature. As a general thing Presidential years have a rather depressing effect upon business. —.Mr. Thomas W. King, who lived near ; New Market. 7th district, died on the 18th inst., after a short illness, in the 57th year of his age. For many years he w ? as a member of the choir j of New Market M. E. Church and had an ex cellent bass voice. His remains were interred in New Freedom Cemetery on Sunday. —.John G. Lynch, of Harford county, by his attorney, Mr. W. W. Preston, has filed a bill in the Circuit Court at Belair for a divorce from his wife, Catherine McVey Lynch, of Baltimore county. The bill says they were married in October, 1898, and that she deserted him on the sth of January of this year. looks like the County Commissioners were going to have no little trouble in the set tlement of the water-plugquestion. The com panies say they will not accept less than $25 per year for the use of each plug, and the Com missioners say they will not pay more than sls. And so the matter remains at present. has been taken as rather poor indica tion of the extension of the electric line on the Belair road that the company is now engaged in putting strong railings along the dangerous places on the road in order to prevent acci dents. It is reasoned that if the road is to be built further out this work would not now be done. —♦There is some talk of increasing the number of days of the sittings of the County Commissioners from two to three a week. It has been suggested that if this be done, and the nay of the members of the Board corres pondingly increased, that payment of mile age should be discontinued. Doubtless the Commissioners would accede to this proposi tion. —♦And now the Water Registrar of Balti more city has notified the County Commis sioners that on and after February Ist, 1900, the city proposes to charge SSO per year for each water plug used by the county. This is worse and more of it. And the Registrar says that unless this demand is acceded to the water will be cut off. The present charge is $25 for each plug. —♦Messrs. John H. Richardson, A. F. Hart man and William Leyshon, the three 12th dis trict justices of the peace who were turned down by the Senate, appeared before the Coun ty Commissioners on Tuesday and made de fense of their official acts. They claimed that they had done nothing illegal and that there had been no collusion to collect improper fees from the county. —♦A delegation of citizens of Govanstown appeared before the County Commissioners this week and asked for the appointment of an ad ditional policeman for that place. Among them were Messrs. Henry M. Walker, Edward Rider, H. J. Gallagher and John C. Pape. They also presented a petition recommending Winfield 8. Bell for the place. No action was taken by the Board. —♦Mr. Beale R. Howard, of Washington, who spends his summers in Harford, at his home near Taylor, has sold to Washington dealers part of his fat cattle, which averaged 1,400 pounds, at nearly’ six cents a pound. The cattle were in prime condition and brought the top of the market. Mr. Howard is an ex tensive cattle raiser and his cattle bring good prices.— Harford Democrat. —♦ Late rains have had the usual effect upon the public roads of this county and already the annual complaints are beginning to be heard. When the weather remains good our roads are all right, but a little freezing and thawing and some rain is too much forthem. A gentleman who lately traveled in forty-eight counties in New York State says he did not see anywhere as miserable roads as he struck in a certain district in this county. —♦A young lady living not far from Tow son wore a beautiful bird in her hat. Last Sunday night, when she returned from church, she placed the hat on a chair in the hall until she was ready to retire. When she went to get it an hour or so later the sight that met her . - arflfl ■tknKrhrr and what it did to that bird “was a plenty.” Moral: Don’t wear birds in your hats. —♦Two men have been in Towson lately following thergang who have been stringing the copper wires on the new poles of the Postal Telegraph and Cable Company. They pick up the smallest clippings from the new wires and no doubt make a living selling them for old copper. All the longer pieces that are cut off are taken care of by those who are putting up the line, but these men take no account of the smaller bits, the securing of which furnishes an occupation for the two. Change in the Public School Law.—The Charles county Independent says: “It is be lieved that several of the leading members of both houses of the Legislature have been in consultation on the subject of changing the governing boards of the public schools in the counties. The Senate Committee on Educa tion. of which Senator Marion V. Brewington, of Wicomico county, is chairman, is maturing a bill, or probably two bills, in connection with this subject. In the last campaign the Governor and other Democratic speakers on the stump took decided ground in favor of the divorce of the school system from politics, as far as possible. It seems to be the determina tion to thoroughly reorganize the publicschool system of the Stale, but how to keep political influences away from it is a difficult problem. “Whatever may be done, however, the prin ciple of minority’representation in the county boards will be recognized. The majority of the members of the county boards at present are Republican and the minority Democrats. It is not proposed to take the appointing power of the school commissioners from the Govern or, and any comprehensive scheme of reor ganization would change the control from Re publican to Democrat. Such a change, it is considered, is desired by the Democrats of most of the counties.” First Case Results In a Big Judgment.— The Baltimore Sun of Wednesday says : "The first suit tried in the City Court. Judge Richie, since the court was removed to the new Court House, terminated yesterday in a verdict for $1,931.77 in favor of Mrs. Mattie Adey against Gideon P. Hopkins. Mrs. Adey is the wife of Rev. Charles Adey, pastor af Sater’s Church, Baltimore county. Her suit was on a promis sory note and was instituted against Mr. Hop kins and Lewis K. Wright. As Mr. Wright did not defend the action, judgment by default for $2,400 was extended against him last Wed nesday, when trial was commenced before a jury of the action against Mr. Hopkins. The question at issue was whether Mr. Hopkins, whose name appeared on the back of the note, which was given by Mr. Wright to Mrs. Adey, was an indorser or joint maker, the note not having been protested for nonpayment. The jury found by its verdict that Mr. Hopkins signed as security, and not as indorser. Wil liam Colton and Benjamin Rosenheim, attor neys for Mr. Hopkins, filed a motion for a new trial. J. Cookman Boyd appeared for Mrs. Adey.” Can’t Reduce the Price In This Case.— Mr. John W. H. Geiger, cashier of the Canton National Bank, is also secretary and treasurer of the Chesapeake Electric and Water Com pany. which supplies Canton and Highland town with water, and he has been notified by the County Commissioners that a reduction in the rent of fire-plugs would be made from $25 to sls per plug, taking effect from January Ist, 1900. Mr. Geiger says the Commissioners lose sight of the fact that they have a contract with the county, which dose hot expire until July Ist, 1900, and that they are, in a measure, bound by the agreement. Mr. Geiger said that $25 was not extortionate, as the company had only recently gone to the expense of putting up a reservoir of 4,000,000 gallons capacity, en tailing large expenditures. The company had to maintain the sameamountofpressurenight and day in case of fire, and that this was a heavy expense. If the Commissioners would take cognizance of these facts he said they would see that the profit of the company was a very small one indeed, and that the rate charged is smali in comparison with that of other towns. Bids for County Bridges.—On Wednesday the County Commissioners opened bids for erecting ah iron bridge over Western run, in the 3d district, also for a wooden bridge, the distance between abutments to be 45 feet and roadway to be 16 feet in the clear. The bidders and prices named were as follows : Iron bridge —The King Bridge Company, of Cleveland, Ohio, $9lB ; the Youngstown Bridge Company, Baltimore, $1,099 for steel joists and $999 for wood joists; the Pittsburg Bridge Company, $1,000: the Horseheads Bridge Company, Horseheads, N. Y.,5912; Wrought Iron Bridge Company, of Canton. Ohio, $948. Wooden ; bridge—B. H. Mays, $587 ;D. W. Cross. $474; William Ronssay, $639. The contract was not awarded. They Want Commutation Tickets.—A i letter from Ellicott City says : “Over seventy persons have signed a petition to W, A. House, superintendent of the United Railways and Electric Company of Baltimore asking for the issuing of commutation tickets between Elli i cott City and Baltimore, or for a reduction of passenger fares similar to that now practiced by other suburban electric roads. It is stated that the matter i 3 not altogether objectionable ■ to the railroad company, and that definite ac tion will be taken at ah early date.” Fork, 11th District.—Mr. Lewis Dohler mashed the middle finger of his left hand while hauling ice about three weeks ago. The j injury turned into a bonefelon and he has suf fered very much with it. It was lanced nearly ; the entire length of the finger. Dr. J. F. fl. Gorsuch attended him. John Allender, son of Mont. J. Allender, has j been kept from school by an abscess under his arm. The old Belair road, from Kingsville to the ! Little Gunpowder, is being piked by the coun ty, the farmers having contributed the stone and some money towards the work. The part already finished is a great improvement over the deep mud that now prevails on the balance | of the road. If all land-owners would con tribute the stone to pike in front of their re i spective farms, instead of throwing them in the fence corners, or trying to sell them to the county, it would be a great help, ar.d then the county could crush and spread them, instead | of wasting money each year throwing a little dirt into the road 3.. It is not generally known that the Italian painter, F. Costaggini. is a resident of this sec tion. He lives on his farm, opposite Bt. ! Stephen’s Catholic Church, below l pper Falls. 1 He is the artist who painted the dome of the I Capitol at Washington, considered, I believe, the finest work in any public building in the i world. He is now painting fourteen pictures representing Christ from the time of Pilate’s condemning Him to be crucified to the time Joseph of Aramathea buries Him in His own new tomb. These are very large and are being done for a Philadelphia Catholic Church. Nine have already been finished and shipped. Vis itors are always welcome at his studio. Fork Literary and Debating Society recent ly debated the question, “Resolved, That the U. S. Government should acquire and operate the railroads of the country.” This is a very important subject and one that has been agita ted a long time. Some foreign countries con trol their railroads and give the people excel lent service. Our Government could do the same and give us much cheaper rates for pas sengers and freight, as it would operate them, the same as our postal system, which is the best in the world. R- Monkton, lOth District.—Miss Mabel Miller, daughter of Mr. Thomas J. Miller, is sick at her home near this place. The Hereford Juniors, an association of young people of Hereford, will give a musical and literary entertainment in Monkton Hall, on Wednesday night, January 31st. Justice John F. Heisse, of this place, was very agreeably surprised on Monday, 22cl inst., (his 70th birthday,) by being the recipient of a beautifully finished solid oak writing desk and a very handsome office chair of the same material. Mr. H. E. Miller, station agent at Monkton, (no doubt having been let into the secret,) received the articles by early freight on Monday and had them at once conveyed to the office of Mr. Heisse and unpacked. The articles are greatly admired by those who have seen them. The present is from the children of Mr. Heisse, of whom there are six, viz: James B. Heisse, of Hebbville; A. A. Heisse, of Beardstown, 111.; Rev. J. Fred. Heisse, of Washington, D. O.; E. W. Heisse, of Balti more ; Mrs. Charles E. Cuddy, of the 10th dis trict, and Mrs. R. Belle Wolfe, of Shippens burg, Pa. Rev. J. Fred. Heisse, Mr. E. W. Heisse and Mrs. Wolfe arrived here on the 11.30 a. m. train and warmly congratulated their father. Miss Hester R. Heisse, of Wash ington, and Master Wilbur Heisse, of Balti more, grandchildren, were in the party. It was impossible for all the children and grand children to be present on account of the dis tance and their different occupations, which was much regretted. After a time spent in pleas ant conversation the party adjourned to the newly fitted up “Hotel Nelson,” where an ex cellent dinner was served. On account of ur gent engagements the party had to separate and take an early train for Baltimore, thus leaving their father to his own cogitations. Such is life. Business and bustle with one, much needed rest in the declining days of life with the other, and so on. 11. Hereford, 7th District.—The entertain ment given by Eureka Council, No. 97, Jr. O. U. A. M., of Hereford, in the Odd Fellows’ Hall recently, wa3 such a success that it will be repeated at Heptasophs’ Hall, Mount Car mel, Saturday evening, January 27tb, at 8 o’clock. The program consists of readings, recitations, comic and plantation songs, to gether with warscenes in Cuba. Prof. Edward Moores’ orchestra will furnish music for the occasion. The oyster supper held by the ladies' aid society of the Hereford M. E. Church was largely attended on the evening of the 20th and was a financial success. Proceeds to be applied to contemplated repairs to the church, Messrs. Edward Wisner, Frederick Roe bost and Thomas Peregoy, of Woodberry, spent Sunday last visiting friends in Here ford. Mr. Peregoy was formerly a resident of this place. A new stable, recently built, adds much to the appearance of the Baptist parsonage prop erty at this place. .loanimtia Matt Kaicfl xloxvLtxx* spending some time with Miss Martha Arma cost, had been very ill, but at this writing is much improved. Mrs. Little, wife of Dr. D. Calder Little, has formed a class in crochet and fancy work for the benefit of the girls of this locality. A highly commendable undertaking is this and a number have availed themselves of the op portunity for self improvement. Mr. Edward Hamilton is improving his cozy little home by building a summer kitchen. Mr. Benjamin Nicoll, second son of Rev. William J. Nicoll, of Baltimore, who has been visiting in this place, lias returned to the city. Mrs. George Ellicott, who had been unwell for some time, is convalescent. A. Cronhardt, Bth District.—Patrons, pupils and friends of School 6,3 d district, were greatly shocked on Monday last to hear of the sudden death of Miss Edith L. Brady, who had been, for the past nine years, an assistant teacher in this school. On hearing the sad news the flagon the school house was placed at half mast and school closed on Wednesday to attend the funeral, which took place from 1814 St. Paul street, Baltimore. The inter ment was at Bonnie Brae Cemetery. In the death of Miss Brady parents and pupils have lost a sympathizing friend and a conscientious teacher, one who fearlessly did her duty, with out fear or favor. The bereft father, who had buried his wife and now his last child, has the heartfelt sympathy of the people of this neigh borhood. Mr. George S. Forwood, farm manager for General Felix Agnus, slaughtered ten hogs one day last week that weighed in the aggregate 3,160 pounds, on an average of 316 pounds each. Mr. Noah Klinefelter, on going to his barn one morning last week, found that a cow had gotten loose during the night and so horribly gored another one that she died from the effects of the injuries. A good argument this in favor of dehorning cattle. Many reported changes are to take place the coming spring among farmers and farm man agers in this section. Some argue that “a set ting hen never gets fat,” while others are quite sure that “a rolling stone gathers no moss.” Mr. Charles H. Cronhardt is clearing up a piece of woodland lately purchased from Gen eral Agnus, which, when finished, will greatly enhance the appearance of his farm. C. C. Marble Hill, Btb District.—The election for officers of Union Chapel Sunday school, at Sparks’ Station, 10th district, took place Sun day last, after the regular service of the school. Rev. J. T. Marsh, pastor of Monkton Circuit, representing the executive committee of the appointment, presided. The officers elected are: Superintendent, Mrs. Mary M. Austin; assistants, A. C. Brooks, Emory C. Kbaugh, and Mr. Ormiston ; treasurer, Miss Sue Un derwood ; secretaries, John Hartman and Al len Brooks; organists, Mrs. W. C. Brooks, Miss Cora Pearce and Taylor Mays ; librarian, J. Griffith Price. Rev.J.T. Marsh, who made an excellent address, preached at night. Mr. Calvin D. Price, treasurer of the school last vear, reported receipts, $59.04 ; disbursements, S4O 98; balance $18.06. The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Western Run Turnpike Company was held Friday, 19th inst., when the following officers were elected: President, Joshua G. Bosley; secretary and treasurer, Edward E. Scott; di rectors, Thomas C. Bosley, Thomas C. Pearce, T. Waltham Davis, J. M. Fowble, D. W. Bosley, E. E. Scott and J.G. Bosley. The report rendered was more favorable to the con dition of the road and the finances of the com pany than last year’s. Since the placing of the toll-gate near Western Run more money has been collected and less travel noted. Be fore the gate was placed there a large number of persons would use about five miles of the road and then take the county road to Texas, thus entirely shunning the toil-gate at Marble Hill, where that pike connects with the York turnpike. Knoebel, lOtb District. —The public thor oughfares throughout this part of the country areinan almost impassable condition fortravel. The mildness of the weather, causing the frozen ground to thaw, makes the mud axle deep in some places. This docs not reflect much credit on the road supervisors. An Eng lishman seeing men putting a pile of stone here and another pile there, and then covering them with dirt, asked “if they expected the two piles to grow together.” Why not stone the entire road and not little patches of it? It looks strange even to native born inhabitants. While cleaning out his well lastTuesday Mr. A. G. Kolk killed a snake measuring two and a-halffeet in length. This is quite a strange thing for this time of the year, but it is thought that the thunderstorm of Saturday night had an awakening effect on the reptiles. Mr.and Mrs. John V. Wilson, of Long Green Valley, entertained a few friends at supper Saturday evening last. The well known hos pitality of the host and hostess was not lacking. Among those present were Dr. John S. Green, Miss Edith Green, Miss Lizzie Marshall. Mr. and Mrs. E S. Dance, Mr. Alex. Dance, Misses Sallie and Moilie Green, Misses Annie and Marian Wilson and others. The friends of Miss Eleanor Meisner greatly regret the severe illness that has confined her to her bed for some days. She is rapidly con valescing under the care of Dr. R. P. Smith. Mr. Paul Hilgaertner, of Baltimore, is spend ing a few weeks with bis parents, at Sweet Air. Miss Carrie Conkling is visiting friends in Annapolis for a few weeks. Percy. • j Perry Hall, 11th District.—On Monday 1 ! night, 22d instant, a jolly party from BalU i more, conveyed in a four-horse ’bus, arrived -about 10 o’clock at the home of Mr. George A. ■ ; Walter, in this place. They brought with them plenty of music and soon the entire i neighborhood was aroused. They took pos s session of the entire house and at 12 o clock ■ an excellent supper was served. Dancing was the principal amusement audit was kept up ■ until 3a. m.. at which hour lunch was served. After partaking of this the party from the i city started on the return trip, highly pleased with the night’s enjoyment. Among those • present were Misses Lizzie and Mamie Scarffi . Slinnie Kraft, Lizzie and Sallie Bechtold, Dora Ruppert, Mamie Bntler, Lena Cappler, Lmnie Burkley, Moilie and Agnes Burkhart, 8. D. Jefferson and Mary Burkiey, all of Baltimore; ■ Misses Jennie and Lanra Wirsing, of Kings i ville; Mrs. Voneif and daughter, of Necker; Mrs. Mary Reichert, of Perry Hall; Harry i and Fred. Jones, John Carback, Morris Biddle, Wo. Arthur and son of Baltimore; William and Gilbert Smith, of White Marsh ; August Wildberger, of Reckord, and Wo. Walter and William Reichert, of Perry Hall. Mr. David Billingsley has been very sick for some time. Dr. H. T. Harrison, of Cub Hill, is attending him. Mr. William Billingsley, of this place, had a sale of all his personal property on Monday last and on Wednesday his family removed to Havre de-Grace, where he will engage in bus iness. Mr. Wallace Richardson has taken possession of Mr. Billingsley’s farm. Truck farmers are already preparing to set their hot-beds. This is rather early, but the mild weather of the past week coaxed them out. Hall. Blenheim, 10th District.—Mr. George Fox, teacher of No. 7 school, at this place, has re sumed his duties after an illness of several weeks’ duration. is in a flourish ing condition. A great necessity for this school building is a bell. The present one cer tainly attracts the attention of every person who hears it by reason of its inharmonious sounds. A recent visitor to the neighborhood, wbo had never heard its “silvery chimes” before, thought it was the groaning of an ani mal that had escaped from a circus. The Sunday school of St. John’s Lutheran Church has discontinued its sessions for the winter months. “The Faithful Workers,” a society that has recently been organized by Rev. John Eber lein, pastor of the Lutheran Church at this place, held a meeting on Sunday evening last when the following officers were elected: President, Rev. John Eberlein; vice-president, Miss Lydia Moniberger; secretary, Miss An nette Arurein ; treasurer. Mr. Charles Lins; visiting committee. Misses Estelle Green and Hannah Lins and Messrs. George Kolk and Conrad Shermer. The next meeting will be held Sunday, January 28th, at 7.30 p. m. The shooting match which was to take place January 20th, at Mr. W. R. Amrein’s, was postponed on account of inclement weather. Mr. J. Kellar. who purchased the farm of Mr. John Momberger, is improving the build ings. M. Verona, Bth District.—Mr. G. Albert Mays, to whose lot it fell to make the greatly needed repairs to what is commonly called the Glencoe road, is doing the work in a creditable and substantial manner that will prove a last ing monument to his good judgment. Mr. John P. Chiicoat, the new road supervi sor for the Bth district, has been traveling over the district familiarizing himself with the highways and their needs. It is thought he will make a capable official. Dr. Frederick G. Mitchell, the well known physician of this place, is kept very busy at tending to his large practice, there being just a great deal of sickness throughout this section just now. He is not only a good physician, but also a kind neighbor, and enjoys the con fidence and respect of the people. Verona is a small vilLge, but it can boast of a successful Sunday school, with the names of nearly one hundred children on the roll, with a good average attendance throughout the entire year. This is a dull season among the farmers, but in a few weeks all will be life and bustle among them, preparing for the spring seeding and planting. Jack. Will Try to Break Up the Dangerous Habit.—Health Commissioner Junes, of Balti more city, has written a letter to Mr. William A. House, general manager of the United Rail ways and Electric Company, calling his at tention to the frequent violation of the ordi nance forbidding expectorating in the street cars. Dr. Jones has determined to have the law enforced, and with this object in view, will endeavor to obtain the co-operation of the rail way company. Mr. House has already signi fied his intention to do all in his power to pre vent violations, and it is thought, therefore, that the evil will soon be effectually abated. The physicians of Baltimore, almost unani mously, are in sympathy with Dr. Jones in the matter. It is now admitted as an axiom by the medical profession that there is no more public places. The law forbids the practice in street cars and public buildings and were it rigidly enforced the general public would be relieved of much danger from the great “white plague.” Since the discovery of the tuberculosis bacil lus the fact has been recognized that the rava ges of consumption may be easily forestalled by the adoption of proper precautionary meas ures. As the disease, when once contracted, is practically, and many physicians say utterly incurable, it is evident that the smallest effort at prevention is of infinitely more avail than any amount of uncertain attempts to find a cure. For these reasons all doctors advocate some method of destroying the discharges from the lungs of consumptives. When these dis charges are expectorated in public places every person who breathes the dust which arises from them when dry, is exposed to contagion. A Popular Western Maryland Conduc tor.—On the lstof January, 1900, Mr.J.Thorn ton Wright began his thirty-first year of ser vice as a conductor on the Western Maryland Railroad. Speaking of his connection with the company lie said n few days ago : “When I entered the service of the road the track was laid and the line operated only ns far as Double Pipe Creek Station, 51 miles from Bal timore. The superintendent was Mr. P. H. Irvin, now a civil engineer with the Baltimore and Ohio. “I ran as conductor the last passenger train west over the Green Spring branch road just before it was abandoned for the present line to the city, nearly twenty-six years ago. I also run the first passenger train west from Hilien Station upon its occupancy by the railroad company. “I take a great deal of pride in the fact that in all my thirty years of service I was never once late in getting to my train, though I have generally run on the early milk train which has left Union Bridge as early as 4.40 o'clock in the morning. I do not have to have a watchman call me. either. “On July 14, 1879, 1 was the happy recipient of a fine gold watch voted me by the patrons of the road. There were five contestants.” Funeral of Mr. Lee.—The funeral of Mr. Frank M. Lee, of “Montrose,” near Cockeys ville, wbo died suddenly on the 17th instant, took place from his city residence, 926 Cathe dral street, Baltimore, on Saturday afternoon last. The remains were removed to Emanuel P. E. Church, corner of Cathedral and Read streets, where the service for the dead was said by Rev. Thomas E. Pattison, assistant rector, assisted by Rev. Arthur C. Powell, of Grace Church. The choir sang several beautiful hymns and the service throughout was most solemn and impressive. The attendance was large, many of Mr. Lee's Baltimore county friends being in the audience. The active pall-bearers were selected from among the employes of the deceased. The honarary pall-bearers were Messrs. William Gilmor, Clapham Murray, Joseph Whyte. John S. Gittings, Waiter'll. Brooks, Jr.. William R. Hoff Henry A. Parr, John C. Poor, John J. Chew and "Major Charles L. McCauley, the three last named being from Washington. The interment was in the family lot in Green mount Cemetery. The death of Mr. Lee will prove a great loss to tbecommunity in which he lived, this being particularly true of the poor and the unfortu nate to whom he was uniformly kind and generous. Settled Their Differences at Last—A Remarkable Case.—The suit for divorce of Thomas C. Cnappeil against Mrs. Mary Bell Chappell, which has been in the courts for the last five years, was dismissed in the Circuit Court at Towson la9t Saturday. Mr. Chap pell and his wife have become reconciled and the marital relations between the two are to be resumed. Mrs. Chappell is now in Boston, where she has been for several years, but will go to New York within the next few weeks to rejoin her husband, who has now taken up his residence in that city. The case has been a most extraordinary one. The bill for divorce was filed in March,’ 1895, by Mr. Chappell, asking for an absolute sepa ration. The bill contained about thirty sepa rate and distinct sections, one of the main al legations being that his wife was laboring under mental difficulties, and that this existed at the time of their marriage. The case had never been tried upon its merits, but has been to the Maryland Court of Appeals four times upon questions of alimony, counsel fees and many complex questions of law. Accompanying the papers filed here was a written assent, on the part of Mrs. Chappell, to the dismissal of the case. Dr. Sappington Makes an Excellent Suggestion.—On Tuesday Dr. Purnell F. Sappington. of the 9th district, formerly secre tary of the local Health Board, reported to the County Commissioners that he had discovered that a pupil in the Willow Avenue school, near Govanstown, was suffering from malig nant diphtheria and that it had associated with the children at the school long after it had contracted the disease. Two children who had been constantly in the company of the affected child were still going to the school. He said he had given the child antitoxine, and had paid for it himself. He suggested, however, that in future the physicians be permitted to buy this antitoxine for children wnose parents were too poor to pay for it. and that the county should reimburse them. The Board promised to consider the matter. Farmers Discuss an Important Sub ject.—At the last meeting of the Deer Creek Farmers ? Club the subject discussed was “Grasses.” We publish below the views of some of those present: Mr. Harry Silver said that while it was a subject he knew very little about yet it was a matter of vital importance to the fanners, especially in the region of the members of the clttb. Of late years Deer Creek land will not hold grass. _ He thought that the cause was on account of it being a sandy loam and needed tramping. It seems now of very little use to sow clover as it is hard to get it to stand. Either the dry weather in summer or the cold of winterkills it, but people continue to sow it nevertheless. He was favorably inclined tow’ards Kentucky blue grass. Had sowed some once and had also tried orchard grass. The right time to cut timothy was when the blossom falls and clover before the head is dead. He did not consider the former good for beef cattle, as it will not produce fat. Orchard grass makes watery hay. Mr. Albert P. Silver had had no experience except with timothy and clover and it was almost impossible to grow the latter. Even if the stand is good it will afterwards disappear. Formerly the first crop of grass cut was nearly all clover and the timothy came in gradually afterwards. The farmer is now lucky if he gets any, even the first year. He believed in sowing early. Stone lime he considered bene ficial for grass. Oyster shell lime is injurious. His theory for the’cause of the light grass crop was that the soil was gradually growing lighter. Mr. Griffin T. Milton thought that the light soil was the cause of the lack of clover. Blue grass will not grow except on good ground. This grass he said was not indigenous to Ken tucky. It was brought from Sherman Valley, Virginia, in 1780. Only fifteen counties of the former state now raise it. There is blue grass in this county. One of the fields on the Wool sey farm is set with it. Mr. S. Martin Bay less said the best thing to use was stable manure and lime. He thought that a small field of orchard grass was also a good thing. It is also a good thing to sow in gutters and will choke out sorrel. He bad r?fed crimson clover and rye and found that the stock would eat the rye and leave the clover. Lime will make clover grow and he was going to try it on corn. Will spread about forty bushels to the acre. Too much will sour the ground. The right way is to use little and often. Mr. Frederick Lochary had not had any ex perience except with timothy and clover and be had obtained better results by sowing them alone than with wheat or oats. He had used lime and succeeded in getting a good set of clover. The portion of the field he skipped using it was very apparent. The best way to improve a grass field is with a light top dressing of manure. Mr. John Moores’ experience was like the other members of the club. He had never seen timothy fall. He sows it before the drill not later than the twentieth of September, if possible. Sometimes he has a little clover. After two crops are cut off then the natural grass commences to grow, but the ground must be rich. At the present prices of pro duce there is, however, no money left to buy fertilizers. We take too much out of the ground to pay these bills. Grass comes natur al on good ground and this is the best kind. He would buy near-by clover seed, if possible. Mr. R. Harris Archer said that any one wno has a good old sod had better keep it, as grass land pays four times better than any other. Speaking of lime, be noticed a field of Mr. James Lee which was covered with lime about three years ago and now it has no grass on it. He thought that grass land needs tramping as it is too loose. Ir. is equal to fertilizer to put stock on it. He tvould sow blue grass for per manent pasture. Mr. William W. Finney had a wheat stubble which did not take in grass, so he put a spike tooth harrow on it and sowed the seed again. It was the best sod he had seen. Grass will take after a crop of tomatoes. He instanced the value of tomato juice as a fertilizer for grass. Mr. John L. Kelley has had scarcely any clover and was anxious to know’ what was the matter. Something always occurs to prevent a good set. He thought it a good idea to try lime. He will try sowing clover in the fall and spoke of a case where a farmer had had splendid results. Mr. John B. Wysong said that judging from observation the farmer had better stick to clover and timothy. One good way to get a set of clover was to top dress the ground. We ought to be satisfied with one cut of clover. No doubt but what grass will follow manure, but the question is where to get the manure. Mr. W. Beatty Harlan considered this an important question, as grass and clover is the foundation of all good farms. Since he has been farming he has used a vast amount of seed, but has curtailed somewhat in the past few years, as he did not get the worth of his money back. Clover was valuable for the ni trogen it contained, but the farmer could not afford to pay 14 to 15 cents a pound for it and he was thinking of trying cow peas. His ex perience with lime was indecisive. With re ft firiratwi ritntniry, clover antr oiue grass wfc very good. He has. sowed the seed after the last working of corn and succeeded in get ting a good set of grass. Dr. John Sappingtoti did not agree with the club. It was no trouble to raise clover. The secret was to prepare the land well, then spread thirty bushels of hot lime to the acre and sow seed in front of the drill. He had cut four tons of clover to the acre off of wheat stubble which had yielded him forty bushels the previous year. Mr. George E. Silver said there was no ques tion as to the importance of hay and grass. In 1897 the acreage was forty-two million and the product was worth §401,000,000. The land in pasturage far exceeded the hay. It is un doubtedly the leading production of the United States. Permanent pasturage was the most profitable. The ground should be thoroughly prepared, as the roots are different from corn or wheat. They are more delicate and tender. To get good grass the land must be full of plant food. It is important to get (lie old green grass, but this is impossible unless the ground is good. Every farm, however, is not Urge enough to afford permanent pasturage. We should frequently top-dress the grass and not graze too close, especially in dry weather. This is true more especially of cultivated grass. During the dry spell we should supplement with the ensilage and soiled crops. The grasses for us are timothy, clover, orchard and natur al. Millet is hard on land, but has some ad vantages. Clover is the best for beef. It draws nitrogen from the air. It contains protein, which is essential for any growing animal. Would rather lose a crop of wheat than miss a set of grass. Harford County Agricultural Society.— The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Harford County Agricultural Society was held in Belair on Monday, when the directors clott ed last year were unanimously chosen to serve during the ensuing term. They are James Lee, S. A. Williams, Robert C. Richardson, Henry C. Bruns, C. Smith, Joseph B. Hanway, Joseph W. Archer George C. Proctor, Morgan Mitchell, Charles A. Andrew, John H. Reck ord and Martin E. Ridgeiy. The board or ganized by unanimously re-electing James Lee, president; Joseph B. Hanway, vice-presi dent ; Jamea W, McNabb, general secretary, and Robert C. Richardson, treasurer. The report showed that the receipts of last year’s fair amounted to §4.037.74; also that 11,278.70 bad been expended forimproving the property. In order to prevent any one member from having more than one vote, the following by law was unanimously adopted : “In all meet ings of stockholders each stockholder shall have but one vote, regardless of the number of shares of stock he may hold.” A resolution was also passed “that a com mittee of three be appointed by the chair to see to the amendment of the State law in re gard to State appropriations to county fairs.” The Poor Profiting by the Over Supply. —The poor of Baltimore will profit by the fact that the United Milk Producers’ Associa trofi is unable todisposeof all its milk. With in a few days, whatever surplus remains each morning will be turned over to the managers of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, and by them given free to the public at 8 South Gay street. The hours for distribution will be from 11 a. m. to 4 P. m. daily.— Baltimore Herald. Mr. James B. Councilman, secretary of the association, says the milk is perfectly good, having only been skimmed. “We can get 4 cents a gallon for it,” he said. “Some persons have gotten the impression that it is milk which has been condemned and cannot be sold. All condemned milk is spilled at the railroad depots and cannot even be given away.” Death of an Old Farmer.—Mr. Isaac Francis died on Saturday night last, at “The Caves” farm, in the 4th district, in the 80th year of his age. He was born near Fork, in the 11th district of this county, and had been engaged in farming nearly the whole of his life. He had been living at “The Caves” a number of years and for some time his health had been failing. In early life Mr. Francis married Maria Proctor, of the 11th district, who, with two sons and two daughters, sur vive him. He had been a member of Towson Lodge of Odd Fellows about thirty-five years and a delegation from the lodge attended the funeral, which took place on Tuesday morn ing from his late residence, and assisted in the services at the grave. The interment was in the grave-yard at Fork M. E. Church. Death of a Well Known Citizen.—Mr. Frederick Faulsticb, a well known and re spected citizen of the 3d district, who for years conducted a store near Pikesville, on the Reis terstown road, died on Tuesday, after an ill ness of about two months. He was a native of Germany, but came to this country about forty years ago, shortly thereafter locating near Pikesville, where he continued to reside up to the time of hisdeuth. He is survived by a widow and three children. Mr. Faulstich was a member of the order of Odd Fellows. Encampment, Knights of Pythias, and also of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Pikesville. Prices at the Eastern Hay Scales.—The following were the quotations at the Eastern Hav Scales, Baltimore, on Thursday: Timo tbv hav, per ton, sl4 and §ls: clover hay. sl3 to'sl4; wheat stiaw,s7.so to $8.50; rye straw, §•3 to sl4; oat straw, *7.50 to §8.50; corn, por bbl„ §1.90 to §2.00; husk, §9.00 to 810.00. Personal Mention.— : —Miss Lena Massenburg, of Macon. Ga., is i visiting her uncle, Dr. R. C. Massenburg, of Towson. —Messrs. Jarrett and Edward Rtandiford, of Upper Falls, 11th district, are visiting friends in Pittsburg. —Mr. C. 8. Davis, manager of Warren Mills, who has been suffering with a carbuncle for some time, is now improving. —Mr. Peter G. Zouck, a well known busi ness man of Glen Morris, W. M. R. R., has been very sick for the past two weeks. —On Tuesday night Mr. George W. Snyder, grand exalted ruler of the order of Elks, paid an official visit to Towson Lodge of Elks. —Mr. J. Hail Pleasants has retired from the Baltimore firm of John P. Pleasants & Sons. He owns a fine farm near Glencoe, N. C. R. R. | —The Misse3 Valentine, daughters of Mr. ! George Valentine, of Ruxton, gave a tea at the j Baltimore Country Club last Saturday after noon. Mr. Alexander Tarbert will succeed his i late brother, John Tarbert, as head gardener at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, near Towson. —Mr. Redmond C. Stewart, of Baltimore county, has been appointed a member of the Standing Committee on Game and Fish in the House of Delegates. —Mr. George C. Tracey, who for several years has been conducting Hotel Towson, in Towson, will shortly retire from the business. The house is now offered for rent. —Mr. Charles T. Crane has been re elected secretary and treasurer of the South Baltimore Car Works, which concern is now running on full time and employs nearly five hundred bands. —Mr. John W. Iglehart, farm manager for Mr. Charles J. Bonaparte, in the 11th district, who has been very sick several months, is now much improved, although still confined to the house. —Mrs. Fowler, wife of Chief Judge David Fowler, was among those who assisted Mrs. Smith, wife of the Governor, to receive at the Executive Mansion in Annapolis, on Thurs day afternoon. —Mr. T. Edward Hambleton, of Baltimore county, has been elected president of the Nashville Railway Company, which is a con solidation of all the street railway properties in Nashville, Tenn. —Mr. G. S. Watts, the veteran sportsman of Catonsville, ha 3 just returned to his home after a seven weeks’ hunting trip in Virginia. He is 77 years of age and lately celebrated his golden wedding anniversary. —Mr. and Mrs. Clinton L. Riggs, of Catons ville, and Miss Elizabeth Cromwell, sailed from New York for Europea few days ago. Mrs. Riggs and Miss Cromwell, who are sisters, are daughters of Mr. Richard Cromwell. —On Tuesday night Judge N. Charles Burke, of Towson, delivered a lecture in Hampden Hall, Hampden, under the auspices of St. Thomas’ Branch of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Subject—" Civil and Religious Lib erties.” —Mr. J. C. Proctor, who had been renting the farm of Mrs. Thomas H. Moore, near Brooklandville, for several years, is now hold ing a position at the House of Rufuge. He will sell his farm stock, &c., some time next month. —Messrs. Charles O’Donnell Lee, Alfred Jenkins Sbriver, Milton W. Offutt, J. Harry Lee and George It. Willis are among those who were on Wednesday elected directors of the re cently incorporated Security Fire Insurance Company. —Mr. C. Harris Collings, of Lutherville, who has been under treatment at the City Hospital since last October, is now thought to be in a fairway to recovery and his physicians say he will be able to return to his home in two or three weeks. —Mr. Thomas C. Kennedy, of Mt. Washing ton, the well known architect, was in Towson on Friday. Notwithstanding the extraordi nary advance in the price of building material of all kinds he thinks building operations will be brisk in the spring. —A very enjoyable dance took place in Grange Hall, Towson, on Tuesday night, which was attended by the young folks of the surrounding country as well as by many from Baltimore. The chaperones were Mrs. John I. Yellott, Mrs. John Grason and Mrs. Thomas C. Bruff. Mr. John F. Heisse, a well known citizen and justice of the peace of Monkton, N. C. R. R„ celebrated the 70th anniversary of his birth last Monday evening, upon which oc casion his children called and paid their re spects. He received several useful presents, among them a handsome desk and chair. —Col. Charles B. McClean, of Towson, who is an applicant for the office of Adjutant-Gen eral of Maryland, went to Annapolis on Wednesday with a strong delegation, but owing to the indisposition of Governor Smith, who is suffering from an attack of grip, they were unable to see him. They will go down again next week. —There were two men in Towson on Wed nesday who resemble each other so closely as to occasion remark. They are Mr. Joshua F. Cockey, president of the Cockeysville Nation al Bank, and Mr. Benjamin F. Parlett, of Wnite-rtcc, IVrfrvticvi -rUrilß'ery aira.e-;hrv.rl>Llto characteristics may be noticed. —Mr. and Mrs.'W. 8. G. Williams, accom panied by their little daughter and two maids, will sail for Europe, March 13lh, and remain abroad until October, spending much of the time in Paris to enjoy the Exposition. This will be the twenty-fifth trip across the ocean for Mr. Williams, and, for a man of his age, will be a remarkable record in ocean travel. —Miss Margaret Kathman and Mr. John Brehm were married on Tuesday, at St. Al phonsus Catholic Church, Baltimore. A wed ding breakfast was afterwards served at the home of Mrs. A. M. F. Billingslea, of Govans town, who is a sister of the bride. Later in the dav they went to New York and the next day sailed for Europe for a three months’ tour. —Mr. Benjamin P. Butler, of Towson, who is an applicant for a clerkship in the Comp troller’s office at Annapolis, had a strong dele gation to call on Dr. Hering on Wednesday in his behalf. It was composed of Senator Hub ner, the members of the House of Delegates from this county, Hon. J. FredC. Talbott and othprs. Mr. Butler was for two years chief clerk in the office of County Treasurer Shanklin. Burglars Pay Another Visit.—At an early hour on Wednesday morning last the store of Mr. John A. Sheridan, at Chase, P. W. and B. Railroad, was entered by burglars who bored a hole in the safe in the office with the inten tion of blowing it open, but no doubt became frightened before carrying their purpose into execution. They were evidently professionals as they succeeded in entering the store without causing the burglar alarm to ring. They left without securing any booty. An entrance was effected by sawing out a panel in the front door and then a glass panel was removed from the office door. A number of burglars’ tools were found, including a jimmy and an auger, which was stolen from the blacksmith shop of Howard Brazier, near by. The burglars first unsuccessfully attempted to bore the safe door near the handle with a sixteenth of an inch bit, and afterwards unsuccessfully used a three inch bit. The hole was almost through when they evidently became alarmed and went away. There was §75 in the safe and a number of valuable papers. The attempted robbery was discovered by Benjamin Kolb, a clerk in the store. The store of Mr. Sheridan appears to be a shining mark for burglars. It has been robbed several times within the last few years and every effort that was made to ferret out the guilty ones proved unavailing. Even the burglar alalm which the proprietor put in the store has failed of its object. Wants Question of a Road Settled. — Rev. H. 8. Nagengast, pastor of the Catholic Church at Gardenville, Belair road, appeared before the County Commissioners on Wed nesday and asked that they set straight a per plexed road dispute. The road in question is located in the village of Gardenville and leads through the church property to the Belair road from the Harford road, and lias a total length of about three miles. Father Nagen gast said that the road is. as far as any records disclose, merely an easement acquired by the public as user, 'and by the calls in certain deeds of contiguous property by persons owning the fee. No record of condemnation proceedings had ever appeared, and the road is not as wide as a county road should be, lacking several feet of the" requisite 30 feet. He is anxious that the Board shall determine whether or not the road is a county road, and if not, that they accept it as a county road and widen it. The Commissioners said that they would themselves personally investigate the matter. The Officers Must Do Their Duty.— Chief of Police Streett has issued some new in structions to the county police and he says they will be rigidly enforced. They set forth that any patrolman who shall not do every thing in his power to enforce the liquor and gambling laws shall he reported to the County Commissioners for dismissal. Each patrol man will be required to report every two weeks as to whether or not there has been any violation of the liquor law on his beat. The use of liquor by any member of the force while on duty is strictly prohibited. Any member of the’force found under the influence of liquor will be reported to the County Com missioners. with a recommendation for dis missal. Prisoners shall not be detained in the station-houses over twelve hours before having a hearing, or over twenty-four hours after | wards. The Prisoners Set at Free.—On Saturday last Sheriff Todd received two commitments from ex-Justice A. F. Hartman, of Canton, whose nomination was rejected by the State Senate. The commitments were for Samuel Smith and William Leonard, charged with riding illegally on railroad cars. Sheriff Todd consulted Chief Judge Fowler and Associate Judge Burke, who were sitting on the bench, and they advised that ex-Justice Hartman, 1 having been appointed by ex-Gov. Lowndes i during the recess of the Legislature, and when 1 his nomination, in accordance with law, was ! sbumitted to the Senate and rejected, he then '■ ceased to have any title to the office. Sheriff Todd accordingly released Smith and Leonard. Circuit Court.—Herbert R. Lintbicum vs. the Rock Creek Steamboat Company of Anne Arundel county ; verdict for defendant. The Walter A. Wood Mowing and Reaping Ma i chine Company vs. Nicholas J. Hutchins, of Belair, transcript of record from Harfordcoun . i ty ; verdict for defendant. COCKEYSVILLE POSTOFFICE AGAIN. Easy Prey for Burglars—They “Crack” ! the Office Safe for the Fourth or Fifth Time. The postoffice at Cockeysville, on the North- i ern Central Railway, was burglarized between 12 and 1 o’clock on Thursday night last. The j safe in the office was blown open with dyna mite and robbed of the valuables it contained. ; The railroad track-walker at that place heard j the explosion and at the same time saw a man standing in the middle of the turnpike. He i raised his lantern to get a better look at him when the fellow coolly ordered him to move on, and he did so. Others heard the explosion and some one notified Mr. Frantz, the post master, who live3some distance off, that the postofflee was being robbed. He walked to the railroad crossing and saw the man stand ing in the road and went no further. Two men who live in the house where the Cockeysville National Bank is located also heard the ex plosion and saw the man standing in the road. They had a gun but did not fire it off to alarm the village and the burglars appear to have had an easy time of it. They proceeded very leisurely and when the job was done, drove off. This is the fourth or fifth time the Cockeys ville office has been burglarized, only a few months haring elapsed since the last visit of the cracksmen. Evidently the work is being done by the same gang and they have become emboldened by past successes. That two or three men should have the audacity to enter a village at night and "hold up” the entire popu lation almost surpasses belief. She Left a Large Family.—Mrs. Louisa Fuller, widow of Samuel T. G. Fuller, who was a resident of Bavnesville near Towsnn. died on Monday night last, at the home of her son, Mr. Joshua L. Fuller, at Wagner’s Point, Anne Arundel county, aged 77 years. She had an attack of grip, which developed into pneumo nia, resulting in her death. Mrs. Fuller was a very large woman and always enjoyed remark ably good health, being almost entirely free from the aches and pains incident to advanc ing years. A few months ago she sustained a fall and since then her health gradually failed. She was a very kind hearted and cheerful old lady and had many friends. Her husband died in 1861. Mrs. Fuller leaves five sons, twenty grandchildren and thirteen great grand children. Her funeral took place at Hiss' M. E. Church, on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. T. S. Long officiating. The pall-bearers were her sons, William H., John T., George W., How ard P., and Joshua L. Fuller, and her grand son, William H. Fuller, Jr. Recess Appointments Confirmed. —The State Senate on Wednesday confirmed the fol lowing Baltimore county nominations made by Governor Lowndes after the adjournment of the Senate in 1898: Election Supervisor—Purnell F. Sappington, M. D. JUSTICE OF THE TEACH. Third District—Samuel B. Mettam. Fourth District —J. Albert Slade. Fifth District—George W. Jordan. Sixth District—Henry Wilhelm. Seventh District—Edgar E. Burns and Wm. Rutledge. Ninth District—Joseph B. Herbert. Eleventh District —John T. Ambrose and Campbell Carrington. Thirteenth District—Henry Schaeffer. Fourteenth District—J.C. Councilman, John C. Evans and Edwin Devins. Fifteenth District—Sumner M. Drayer, Charles Peilert and Joseph H. Volz. Mr. Hutchins Won the Case.—ln the Cir cuit Court here on Thursday the case of the Walter A. Wood Machine Company against Mr. Nicholas J. Hutchins, of Belair, formerly of My Lady’s Manor, was tried before a jury. It was brought by the company to recover 52G6.80, alleged to be due on notes taken by Mr. Hutchins while serving as an agent for the company. The suit was brought in Har ford and removed to Baltimore county. While serving as a salesman or agent Mr. Hutchins made a number of sales and took notes for the amounts due. He indorsed the notes as guar antor. Partial payments were made on some of the notes, and action was taken to recover the balance from Mr. Hutchins. The defense claimed that the company should try to re cover the money from the makers of the notes, and not from Mr. Hutchins. A plea of limitation was also set up, and the jury ren dered a verdict for Mr. Hutchins. Pretty Church Wedding.—At 11 o’clock on Thursday morning last Miss Marie Joseph Lilly, daughter of Mr. Henry J. Lilly, was married to Mr. Richard Edward Lay, son of Captain Lav, U. S. N., at St. John’s Catholic Mto-rtWraren ■‘ay-Refri-i/c-V. YflrtClf. TT77! ushers were Mr. James Coulter, Mr. Edward Lilly, Mr. Alphonse Barry and Mr. Alfred Hoen. The bride’s sister, Miss Lilly, was maid of honor, while Mr. Archie Coulter was best man. The bride entered the church on the arm of her father, who gave her away at the altar. She wore a white satin gown, with lace and tulle veil, and carried a prayer-book. A reception followed at the home of the bride, near the church. The young couple went South on a wedding tour and upon their re turn they will reside on West Lafayette ave nue, in Baltimore. Death of an Aged Presbyterian Minister. —Col. Charles B. McClean, of Towson, receiv ed a dispatch from Lewistown, Pa., on Friday morning, 26th inst., announced the death in that place the night before of his father, Rev. Oliver O. McClean, an aged Presbyterian minister who resided there. Mr. McClean was a native of Gettysburg and graduated at Dickinson College and also from a Presbyterian theological seminary. Before entering the ministry he published a newspaper at Emmits burg and also studied law. About 1800 he re tired from active ministerial work, but preach ed occasionally. The father of Mr. McClean was Alexander McClean, a civil engineer who assisted in locating Mason and Dixon’s line. Col. McClean, upon learning the sad intelli gence of the death of his father, left at once for Lewistown. Pleasant Surprise Party.—On Wednesday evening, January 24th, the young friends of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Reinhold, of White Ground, Ist district, tendered them a surprise party and spent a very pleasant evening, vocal and instrumental music, recitations, etc., ad ding much to the enjoyment. Miss Mamie Reblich presided at the organ, and Mr. George Frixzell sang several solos. Among those pres ent were Misses Sallie, Carrie and Ida Reiblich, Bertha and Stella Henicks, Lizzie and Meta Eitmiller, Mary and Bertie Kirk, Grace and Cora Betts, Katie Hidey, Mamie Smith, Elsie Kolb, Beulah Emmart,Mabel Bremer.Wilton Peil, Vernon, Berry and Norman Zimmer man, Elmer and Clarence Kirk, George, Willie and Harry Reiblich, Clayton Sauter, John Bayers. Harry Tucker, Herbert Bayne, Clar ence Mullinneaux, Wilber Green, John Cloy ami others. An Officer Suing; the County for Dam ages.—Judge Ritchie and a jury in the City Court are engaged in the trial of an action for damages in a suit against the Commissioners of Baltimore county, brought by Eugene Burke, a deputy sheriff'of the county. Mr. Burke on January I3tb, 1899, was driving in his buggy, and l>y one of the wheels running into a hole, caused by work of the district road supervisor, was thrown out and badly injured, as he claims.— Baltimore News. The accident occurred at night on the cor ner of Delaware and Chesapeake avenues, in Towson. The suit is for §5,000 damages. Mr. William Colton and Mr. Frank I. Duncan are counsel for the plaintiff, and Mr. John T. En sor represents the county. Church Services,Sunday, January 28th. —The following announcements are made for next Sunday : Long Green Circuit, M. E. Church. —Waugh, love feast at 10 a. m.; preaching at 11 a. m. by Rev. W. 8. Edwards, D. D.; Wilson, 3r. M. ; Union 7.30 r. m. ; preaching by the pastor. Fourth quarterly conference at Waugh, Satur day, 27th, at 2 P. M. Patapsco M. E. Church, Between Fifth Avenue intended and H>is Avenue, North Point lioad. — Services every Sunday at 11 a. m. and 8 P. m., Rev. W. F. Roberts. Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gar denville. —English services the second Sunday of every month, at 10.30 a. m. Rev. Karl Buff, pastor. _ County Agricultural Society.—The new Board of Managers of the Baltimore County Agricultural Society held its first meeting at the Maryland Hotel, Baltimore, on Saturday last, all the members being present except two. The principal business was the election of officers for the current year. The presidency was offered to several of those present, all of whom declined. The election of a secretary was deferred until the regular meeting of the l Board on Saturday, February 3d. Mr. Alex ander McCormick was chosen vice-president, and Mr. James P. Reese, treasurer, the latter to serve temporarily. As already stated the date selected for the fair of 1900 is the first week in September, commencing on the 4th. An Aged Farmer Dead. —Mr. John Day hoff, a farmer and highly respected citizen of Carroll county, died at his home, near Friz zellburg, on Sunday night last, in bis 87th year. His wife died only a few days before, and he then expressed the hope that he might speedily follow her. They had lived together fifty years and were childless. _ After Mrs. Da.vhoff's death the aged man failed rapidly, and though apparently suffering from no dis ease. passed away as stated. He was a faithful member of the Reformed Church and an earn est Republican. Purchase of Land.—Mr. Robert H. Wright, of the Maryland Bleach Works, on the Falls road, has purchased from Mr. Howard L. Rider, six acres of the old John G. Rider homestead farm, situated on the north side of the county road leading from Hunt’s Church ' to Hinton’s Hotel, on the Falls road. It is Mr. Wright's intention to build a residence for himself on his new purchase. A Serious Burning Accident.—Maggie j Flannigan, daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Flan nigan, of Towson, met with a very serious ac | cident on Wednesday evening last. She ac cidentally knocked a coal oil lamp from a ' mantle and it fell upon a stove igniting the oil i which set fire to her clothing. Before the flames could be subdued she was very serious ly burned about the body and arms. l)r. R. | C. Massenburg was promptly summoned and did what he could to relieve the sufferings of j the unfortunate young woman. By the ad | vice of the physician she was removed to a j hospital in Baltimore on Friday. Cows With Tuberculosis.—Dr. R. H. Smith, of Hagerstown, appeared before the State Live Stock Board on Tuesday and re ported the prevalence of tuberculosis in a herd of milch cows owned in Washington county. Dr. Smith recommended the slaughter of the animals, but desired the Board to reimburse the owner. After some consideration it was decided to send Dr. A. W. Clement to make an examination of the matter, and the Board will be guided by his report. Nine cows are affected by the disease, all of which have been isolated and the milk destroyed. MARYLAND AS A WHEAT STATE. Baltimore Herald. The chief statistician of the Agaicultural Department at Washington has figured out the total value of the crops of corn, wheat, oats, rye, buckwheat, hay and white potatoes raised in the United States last year to be $1,666,576,- 156; he doesn’t need to add that it was one of the greatest years known to agricultural Amer. ica. It is needless to say that Washington sta tistics of crop values, made up sometimes from conflicting market reports, and often from estimates, do not tell exactly what is the money the farmer himself gets for his crop; yet §1,666,576,156 is a large enough sum to permit a merry jingle in the farmer's jeans. The figures just given out indicate n total ovnp At' Ml 9M hisoKnlo, n n A |n* of $319,545,259, or about 58i cents a bustier; a7 total corn crop of 2,078,143,933 bushels, valued at §629,210,110 or about 30.18 cents per bushel; a total oat crop of 796,177,713 bushels, valued at §198,167,975, or about 24.8 cents per bushel. Maryland, considering her size, occupies a very honorable position in the column of wheat-raising states, in which all are taken into account out Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Florida and Louisiana. Maryland’s crop is es timated at 10,710,960 bushels, and its value at §7,283,457, or an average of almost 68 cents per bushel. Only one Eastern State surpasses Maryland, viz., Pennsylvania, with her 20,- 472,932 bushels. Even the great Empire State ranks behind Maryland, New York’s wheat crop being a little over 7,000,000 bushels, which is valued, however, at close to 80 cents a bushel. No Southern State reaches Mary land's figures, either. Virginia’s crop is put down at 6,330,450 bushels. Of course, the great wheat-producing sec tions are in the Middle West and the North west. Minnesota leads the states, with over 68,000,000 bushels, while North and South Da kota together show a total of 89,000,000 bush els. The Middle West, Ohio, Indiana, Michi gan, Illinois and Wisconsin, in the order, show 103,000,000 bushels. Kansas, Nebraska, lowa and Missouri together contributed nearly 87,000,000 bushels. Out on the Pacific Coast California, Oregon and Washington raised 77,- 000,000 bushels, while Oklahoma nearly doubled Texas’ crop of 9,000,000 bushels, which ranked the Lone-Star State below Mary land. Maryland is seventeenth ns a wheat pro ducer, but twenty-second in corn, and thirty third in oats. Illinois this time led lowa, Kansas and all the rest in corn and oats. Some Interesting Old Wills. Baltimore Bun. Messrs. J. Philip Sindall and John W. Mc- Cormick, who are refiling the original papers of the Orphans’ Court in the new Court House, came across a number of interesting wills. One was the will of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, with three codicils annexed. The will was executed September 2d, 1825, and the codicils on February 25, 1827, January 25tb, 1830, and November 18th 1831, respectively. The will, with the codicils, makes a bulky package. It was filed for probate November 19th, 1832, and was recorded February 13tb, 1834. Another interesting will was that of Mary Caton, wfdow of Richard Caton and daughter of Charles Carroll of Carrollton. The will is dated June 13th, 1845, and has annexed two codicils, dated respectively October 13th. 1845, and September 10th. 1846. The will and the first codicil are written on large size blue writing-paper. The second codicil is on white paper and is dated "Carrollton Hall.” The will of Captain Charles Ridgeiy is writ ten on large-size sheets. uf.parciuuuut . and wheiTfofdeil’to lit into the filing cast made a large, square package. In marked contrast with the bulky wills is that of Major Samuel Ringgold, of Ringgold’s Battery, who was killed in the Mexican War. It is not dated, but was admitted to probate September 4th, 1846. Major Ringgold made known his last wishes as follows : “I by these presents do intend to make a short will and testament, and to give and bequeath every thing of which I may be now possessed to my dearly beloved sister, Anne C. Schley, wife of William Schley, of Baltimore, Md.” The witnesses to the will were Randolph Ridgtdjr and August F. Hammer, who were lieutenants in Ringgold’s Battery. There are two curidus wills in the court. One is written on the flyleaf of a volume of Heine’s poems, and the other was written by a colored woman in a large family Bible. The books were not mutilated by tearing out the leaves containing the wills, but were filed in court intact. The will in the book of poetry, it is said, was written by a gentleman who had been fatally injured in a driving uccident. As no other paper was at hand for the purpose, it is said, he wrote his will in the book of poems. Don’t Say Mean Things. Hartford Couranl. A successful business man of a neighboring city used to say to his clerks, “Never write a sharp letter. It only makes the other fellow mad, and it does no good except to relieve your feelings. Write a brief, firm letter, but don’t try to be sarcastic.” There is a good deal of truth in the advice, and we question whether a sharp, saucy letter does even relieve the feel ings of the writer ; it has the effect of working him up to a greater pitch of irritation. Es- Jiecially in discussing public questions, an ob urgatory manner is useless or worse. Of all irritating manners, the assumption of superiority is the worst. No one in America can speak as one having authority or dictate opinion to the people from the standpoint of education as an inspired prophet. Whoever tries to do so raises at once the presumption that he is not of us, but an outsider from some superior sphere, superior at least in his own estimation. His words are of no avail; he is as one preaching in the wilderness. In saying that polished sarcasm is in Ameri ca absolutely useless, if not harmful, in politi cal discussion, we do not, of course, exclude fun or humor, or even wit, if it does not as sume the tone of the superior to the inferior. There is certainly no stronger political weapon than humor, but it is not in everybody's armory. An expression of honest indignation is not out of place in public discussions, if it is not based on the assumption of possessing the only copy of the decalogue and holding a monopoly of the sentiments of virtue. The people are continually looking for some one to feel confi dence in, and they are continually making mistakes. But they will never feel confidence in a man, however cultured, who tails in epigrammatic phrases that they are "mostly fools.” That, as Mr. Dooley remarked, is "a mane thing for any man to say.” And it has the additional disadvantage of being untrue. A Highly Commendable Action. Pittsburg Dispatch. A voluntary advance of ten per cent, in the wages of employes and a reduction in the hours of labor of men on freight trains give proof of the wisdom and humanity of the Pennsyl vania Railroad management. Undoubtedly the Pennsylvania has been getting its full share of the flood of prosperity—in fact, more than it has been able to handle comfortably. It signalizes the fact bv an advance in wages. But it exhibits a higher motive in reducing the hours of labor of that class of employes which it would be most tempted to work over time in order to move tremendous traffic. This will necessitate the employment of more men and the company can hope for no other compensation than the more conscientious ser vice of men who appreciate good treatment. It probably has not considered that factor in a commercial light, but it cannot be doubled it will derive that benefit as a reward for its hu mane disposition. Morman Congressman Unseated. A dispatch from Washington, dated January 25th, says: “Brigham H. Roberts made his last appearance on the floor of the House as a member-elect of the Fifty-sixth Congress this afternoon, for at 7.20 o’clock Speaker Hender son announced the resolutions submitted by the majority of thespecial com mt tec appointed to consider his case bad been carried by a vote of 268 to 50. , „ “The resolutions were to the effect that Mr. Roberts was ineligible to hold a seat in the House, and his seat was declared vacant. “Mr. Roberts saw which way his case was going when the vote on the minority resolution was taken, and left the House at exactly C o’clock. He had been defeated, but he stilt carried himself with the same self-contained air which had characterized his appearances throughout his struggle to gain the seat in the House to which he had been elected.’ A Govkrxmest report, popular belief to the contrary, says that bachelors outnumber the spinsters by a large majority, there being 7,427,767 bachelors to 3,224,494 spinsters.