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THE FAR MEK : JANUARY 30, 1912
NEWS OF INTEREST TO OUR FEMININE READERS
SOCIAL AND PERSONAL
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A French Suit villi Oriental .
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Touches of Oriental em
broidery in irregular motifs
brighten this attractive suit
designed for Riviera wear.
The material is khaki brown
serge and on this are trim
mings of black braid and
brown velvet richly embroid
ered with Indian yellows.
MELTINGS OF
WOMEN'S CLUBS
; " FOR THE WEEK
TUESBAY,
Bible. Study for men and wo
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7
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men, 239 Gilbert street. (Mrs.
Featherstone. )
30 Oratario Rehearsal, Warner
Hall.
WEDVESOAT.
15 Wednesday Morning Art club.
Miss Chary Smith, 954 Park
avenue.
30 Federation of Women's clubs
in New 'Haven. All day.
00 Ladies' Sewing society. First
Baptist church parlors.
00 Ladies Aid society. Second
Baptist church parlors.
SO Ladies' Aid Society, People's
Church. Laurel avenue.
30 St. Anna's Guild, Trinity Par
ish House,- Broad street.
THURSDAY. '
00- Woman's Beneficent Society,
South Congregational Church
parlors.
30 French Club, North. Church
chapel.
30 Alethea Guild, People's church,
FRIDAY.
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00 English Literary club, Mrs. J.
P. Omans.
:00 Woman's Guild, Christ Church
parlors.
:00 Guild, Trinity Church. St.
Mary's.
:30 King's Messengers, First Bap
t;sw,.Church :00-W. C. T.: U., 239 Gilbert street.
:00 Authors club.
:00 Wednesday Workers, Mrs. W.
B. Lashar, 9 7 Clinton Ave.
:00 Round Table, Miss Ada Wood
ruff. :00 Friday Evening Book Club,
Mrs. G. D. Egbert, 71 Elm
wood avenue.
If a Girl and,. Her. Brother Disagree
jhe Girl is Generally to Blame
Says Anne MeCall.
- In a talk to girls, in the February
VVoman's Home Companion, Anne
Bryan McCall makes the following re
marks on a girl and her brother:
"There are three things essential to
a happy relationship between brother
and sister; sympathy or understand
ing; confidence or faith; honor or re
spect. Now I make bold to say that
where these things --fall. - it is very
nearly always the fault of the girl. I
go so far as to tell you that If you
told me that you and your brother
were not congenial, I would even,
without hearing the case through, be
lieve myself to be riht in saying that
the fault was. ninety-nine chances out
of a hundred, yours, not his. - The
thing is easily reducible. That at
mosphere and surrounding which fos
ters and preserves the Integrity of
this relationship between you and
him and brings it to a happy issue
is primarily the atmosphere and sur
rounding of home. Home is essential
ly your province. If the relationship
fails of fineness, that failure is due
most probably to a failure in the
ideals of home, and you. more than
he. are likely to be responsible.
"The world of men and affairs is
his world, but this fireside world is
yours. In this world of yours he is,
in a sense always a guest. It is for
ever you who must offer him comfort
happiness, and cheer. Similarly the
outside world, for which he is so sure
ly destined, should be admitted to be
his world. Here yoil are his guest;
here it is his affair, his privilege, to
offer you .that consideration which
men of gentleness and breeding in
stinctively offer to a woman. We see
the distinction between these two
worlds clearly enough in the general
social custom of entertainment that
prevails amongst us. In the home It
is you. who play hostess, who enter
tains his friends, he too, being, as It
were, a guest; in the outside world It
is he who plays host, who entertains
your friends, and you along with
them-"
WANT ADS. CENT A "WORD.
A very pleasant surprise party was
given David Reed at his home on
Hanover street last Thursday evening
by a number of Mr. Reed s friends.
Piano selections were rendered by Gil
lie Dobba and duets by .the Misses Co
ra Shaw and Patrice Bowden. A trio
consisting of Walter Grant (last sea
son with the Vogel minstrels), Charles
Boyhan and John X. Fitzpatrick of
Hartford, rendered a number of the
latest selections. At a late hour a
fine supper was served. Among those
present were: The Misses Cora
Shaw, Patrice Bowden, Agnes Mc
Lean, Alice Deskin, Elizabeth Reed,
Katherine Tobin, Katherine Kilroy,
Myrtle Sweetland, Mae Oieda, Lucy
Poleck. Kittle Dunn. Marlon Turner,
Marie Toby, Susa Bernard, Mae Kane,
Christian Griffin, Anna Jenkins, and
the Messrs. David Held, Henry Beutel
spacher, Ray Murray, Charles Buck
ley, Raymond Donley, John N. Ff"s
patrick, Frank Lord, Frank Slady,
Samuel McCu lough, Charles Mulloy,
Gillie Dobbs, Tom Bowden, Mat Mul
len, Charles Cocraton, Charles Hurl
aman. Fred Corbaly, Bill Roach,
Charles Boyhan, Harold Splcer and
Walter Grant.
Statistics of the c'oss of 1912 of Tale
University, which have just been pub
lished, show that Laurence M. Corn
wall son of Jesse B. Cornwall, of 62S
Clinton avenue, was voted the wittles
man In the class. He was a.lo voteu
the most original. For the honor of
being the most entertaining, young
Cornwall and another student were
tied In the vote. Capt. Howe, of last
year's football eleven, was given the
honor of having done the most for
Tale and also for being- the.member
of the class most admired.
In honor of the fourteenth anniver
sary" of his birth, a party wu given,
last night, for Charles Kelly at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Corrigan,
116 Arch street. Those present were
Ar'yne Miller, Marie Sheridan, Alice
Boland, Elisabeth Forestelle, Agnes
Greenwood, Marian Forestelle, Rose
Chrlstianson, Genevieve Kelly, Lo-lne
Stapleton, William Daley, Walter Sa
pleton, Char!es Miller, Matthew Kelly,
James Kelly, Edward DeVaney, Fen
ton Kelly, Cornelius Buckley and
Charles Kelly. A bountiful supper
was served, after which the young
folks left for their homes, wishing
Charles many more happy birthdays.
WHAT EARXEST-MIXDED
WOMEN ARE ACCOMPLISHING
THE OLD ORDER CHAXGETH.
THE PRATER (UNIVERSAL.
Send some one. Lord, to love the
best that Is in me, and to accept
nothing' less from me; to touch me
with the searching tenderness of
the passion for the Ideal; to de
mand everything from me for my
own sake: to give me so much that
I cannot think of myse'f, and to
ask so much that I can -keep noth
ing back; to console me by making
me strong before sorrow comes; to
help me so to live that, while I
part with many things bv the way,
I lose nothing of the gift of life."
Hamilton Wright Mabie.
The election at Los Angeles was a
living proof of all the arguments for
woman's suffrage and a living denial
of a'l that has been said against wo
man's suffrage.
The women in a body stood for the
Good Government forces. Peace and
serenity prevailed. Leaders of both
sides were chivalrous and did not for
get that women-aithough voters, were
still women. In fact they were treat
ed with the utmost courtesy, and it
is possible that chivalry will take on
a new meaning. Mothers went to the
polls pushing baby carriages and hold
ing children by the hand.
It was a sight that will he long re
membered. It is a date In history
which the world of women will long
recall.
The women voted quickly, intelli
gently and without harangue.
It is a victory not only for Califor
nia but for women in every State in
the country.
Cleveland club women are happy ov
er the fact that a central meeting
place has been completed. Club
rooms are now tastefully furnished
and equipped. The Cleveland Feder
ation of Women's Clubs Is gaining,
strength. It now has a membership
of 2,500 members. Its slogan is "In
fluence is Responsibility." Three schol
arships are suppprted at the College
for Women.
The Congress of Mothers entertain
ed the State conference. The out
ward and visible sign of endorsement
of women on Cleveland's Board of Ed
ucation was made manifest at the re
cent election proving the value of the
Municipal School League. Cleve
land's Woman's Suffrage party has
forged rapidly ahead, and secured a
firm civic position.
From Salemv the Salem Women's
Club sends the fo'lowlng report of an
interesting feature of their work:
"The Salem Women's Club- has main
tained for ten years the only free bith
house In Salem. The first building
was burned in 1909, but through the
efforts of the club was rebu'lt in the
year 1910 and opened with great suc
cess. With the new year of 1912, the
entire debt will have been paid. This
bath house is maintained by our Club
for girls and women and no charity
carried on by the club has reached so
many votal "needs among the women
and chi'dren of our city.
That it has been largely patron
ized and appreciated Is shown by the
fact that during three months of the
present summer, 8.S40 batbs have been
taken an average of over one hundred
a day. As the patrons are served but
four hours daily, this meant a vtry
busy time for the matrons, attendants
and committees."
POINTS OF INTEREST.
Reliable Furs
at clearance sale prices at E. H. Dil
lon & Co., 1105 Main street.
Guaranteed Endless Trousers.
Guaranteed to us by the makers,
and guaranteed to you by us, the
guaranteed "Endless" trousers are
values which will more than please
you in texture, workmanship, and
servceiableness. All shades and sizes.
Frank Jacoby, 1083 Broad street, op
posite post office.
Special Notice
A. ' El wood and Son, Inc., the gen
eral auctioneers, will sell at public
auction on Wednesday, Jan. 31, com
mencing at 2 p. m., at their sales
room, 171 John street, a great assort
ment of consignments which have
been entered on their books for im
mediate disposition, as the owners of
same have no use for them. The
stock comprises in part the following
showcases, pianos, two bakers' out
fits complete, dining tables and chairs,
kitchen ranges, mission furniture, one
brass bedstead, sideboards, dressers,
oilcloth, refrigerators, dishes and tin
ware, etc. The sale will be held, as
stated above in their new, warm
salesrooms at 171 Jphn street, where
everything will be comfortable. Each
lot will be sold absolutely to the high
est bidder, so do not fail to attend.
THE PRETJIEST FACE
and the most beautiful hands are of
ten disfigured by an unsightly wart.
It can easily be1 removed in a few days
without pain by using Cyrus' Wart
Remover, for sale only at The Cyrus
Pharmacy, 253 Fairfield avenue and
186 Cannon St.
J1T
REDUCING THE WEIGHT
T is more difficult to reduce the weigh1
permanentlj- than to decrease meas
urements. Indeed it is quite possible to
lessen the size of the waist and hips eon
sderably with exercise, while the weight
remains the same. It may even increase,
because muscla is heavier than fat.
A daily record of both weight and measurement
should be kept by those seriously trying to improve their
proportions. A fight against flesh is like a struggle
against any other physical ailment. When the patient
does not grow worse, there is ground for hope and grati
tude. One who has a strong tendency to increase in flesh
should be" thankful when the scales show no additional
weight. After the system once begins to yield, the pro
gress is more rapid, but not usually uniform. One case I
know of, a woman worked very hard for three weeks with
out making the obstinate scale take off an ounce. Then
quite suddenly one day they yielded two pounds. There
was a hard fight for a number of days to hold them to that
record, then they yielded another pound. It was three
months before ten pounds had been removed, and it took a
year of watchfulness to permanently establish the lowered
standard. Several times since it has required determined
effort to prevent the recurrence of the flesh habit. But
it has not been so difficult to master as the first time.
Where there is a general fleshing up of the whole body
all invigorating exercises which call into play as many
muscles as possible should be practiced. There is nothing
?o good as outdoor exercises for the purpose. The fresh
air is a very helpful agent. Rapid walking, running,
bicycling, swimming, horseback riding, are excellent ex
ercises, lurkish baths are good; one a week is effective m
holding down the weight. Free perspiration is desirable
for the stout. If one cannot patronize a Turkish bath es
tablishment, a cabinet can be fitted up in the home at low
cost.
A British Benediction
California has at last acquired Afri
can ostrich feather Industry. For
thirty years English money, time and
effort have been put into this profit
able business in California. A dozen
Engl'sh ostrich farmers have sunk
their fortunes and wrecked their lives
in the attempt to endow the Ameri
can republic with the African ostrich,
and at last success has perched upon
their banners, and now the field is
occupied by the Americans, whiie the
remaining English victors in the fight
have retired to the seclusion of their
English monarchy there to spend the
millions of dollars made out of Amer
ican women in this Interesting and
decorative form of commerce.
In 1882 the first Englishman ar
rived in California heading a tribe of
ostriches: he wandered up and down
the Golden State trying to vend his
ostriches and feathers in vain: at
length he was introduced to some
Sheriff in some County of California
and his African ostriches vended to
various students of natural history to
pay the debts he owed employes. The
fame of his arrival had been herald
ed by the'American press all over the
land, so that other worthy English be
came enthused on the subject and
saw in the genial climate of this
American sanatarium a suitable hab
itat for the African ostrich; they also
saw countless fortunes made by vend
ing American ostrich feathers to
American women, for they knew that
the love of this class of finry was as
strong in America, as it is in Eng
land.
The next British hero accompanied
to this country by African ostriches
sequestered for five years amid the
eunscorched areas of Fallbrook, a vil
lage in Southern California: weary or
the eternal sunlight and m Arabian
landscape he turned over his" ornitho-
ogical assets to a couple of show
men, or menagerie proprietors, one
named Hagenback,. who resides in
Germany and another at San Diego.
Three more unfortunate Englishmen
endowed with philanthropic ostrich
ideas arrived in the land and started
ostrich farms near Los Angeles: their
bons financially speaking cover tne
slopes of the sundried mesas of
Southern California, one of them
wearying of Egyptian life discharged
a gun into his interior and is now
sleeping beneath. grass guaranteed by
the cemetery authorities to be kept
eternally wet.
A last came the Ostrich King: this
was no ostrich farmer at all, but a
young English college man, who had
resDectable connections in England
and belonged to the class that exists
Just below the aristocracy and above
the shop-keepers; he brought ntty
birds from Africa lust in time, for a
few days after he left the shores of
the Dark Continent, the local au
thorities imposed a duty of five hun
dred dollars each on every bird taken
from the land. He was independent
of American patronage and cared not
whether the chamois-colored Califor
nia women purchased his ostrich
feathers or not: he was af that genus
so numerous in California known as
"remittance men," who decorate the
landscape with their presence and
pass the time in playing golf, tennis,
polo, cricket, varying these amuse
ments by frequent acquisition of
whiskey and soda as restoratives. For
thirteen years this self banished Eng
lish aristocrat remained like John the
Baptist in the wilderness, isolated
from the world and exciting the sym
pathy of the ignorant American rur
a's by his pursuit of the strange os
trich business. Money was common
to be made out of hogs, but whoever
heard of any money being made out
of ostriches. Teir in and year out
he adjourned to the little village post
office a mile or two away and re
ceived his European mail freighted
with the precious remittances, which
he feu to his ostriches and family. In
the year 1900 the ungel of the Lord
appeared to him in a dream, so to
speak, and bade him appeal to the
uncounted patriotic American women
of the lund to support the American
ostrich, to wear its feathers and fin
ally thus to destroy forever the profits
that the English have been making
out of Americans for the past fifty
years in the ostrich feather trade.
The response was instant and most
gratifying: over the rugged moun
tains and sterile plains began to f'ow
a stream of gold equal to that which
startled the Argonauts in 49 in
Northern California. The last of the
unrortunate English ostrich farmers
saw his financial salvation and knew
that he was to become as illustrious
hl any other money-crowned king of
the Golden State. For live years he
piled up the American gold eagerly
contributed by the American women
and then set sail for the seat of im
perial government, forever shaking
the adobe dust of the land of the
free and the home of the brave from
his aristocratic feet. He left a stock
comDanv to conduct his Immense
ran
business, while he sought surcease of
ennui among the British aristocracy
at the game of golf. This corpora
tion to the delight of the stockhold
ers has paid forty per cent, per an
num ever since and at the same time
multiplied the value of the assets by
three.
Last year a collection . of Los An
ge'es bankers fixed their desiring eyes
upon this new industry' and seught to
purchase the interests of the English
illustrious in it: overtures were made
and the Ostrich King was induced to
return to America from his baronial
castle in England to listen to the
vocies of these "tltioners regarding
the possession of part of his vast in
terests. Weary of the American
Palestine he yielded to their solicita
tions and accepted a check for one
million three hundred thousand dol
lars as his share of the swag, that is,
in exchange for his Interest in the
business. As soon as he received the
money he once more turned his back
on this Holy Land, where he had
spent so many weary years among
the leather colored inhabitants, and
returned to the green and grassy
meads of old England. His dreams
even have been acquired by the Los
Angeles bankers, for they have agreed
to establish ostrich feather stores in
every city in the Union and pay pub
lishers in every locality to exploit this
new California product. This will in
crase the manufacture -Qf American
ostrich leathers and thus give em
ployment to thousands of worthy
white women, many of whom are
now laboring at the industry, in Cali
fornia. This in a State cursed by
Asiatic labor is indeed a godnd and
places the Ostrich King among the
benefactors of his race. Women and
ostriches are multiplying in Califor
nia; the infancy of the industry has
just been terminated; uncounted cap
italists will be produced out of it and
the time is certainly to be even in
this ereneration when every American
woman will wear the American os
trich feather or none at all. And,
why not?
FASHION AND BUSINESS
Popularity of Hobble Skirt Has" De
stroyed Market For Feminine
Wearables.
French textile-makers complain bit
terly that unless the hobble skirt can
be retired by a conclusive dictate of
Dame Fashion, they are. undone," says
the February Munsey editorially. "It
takes ever so much less cloth to make
a dress in hobble style. Worse yet,
the hobble.in its properest or improp
erest -development, must be so closely
fitted to the figure of the wearer that
petticoats become taboo with the true
devotees of fashion, thus destroying
the market for other goods."
VACCINATION CAUSES
YOUNG GIRL'S DEATH
(Dispatch to Philadelphia Press.)
Chester, Pa., Tetanus, resulting
from vaccination, caused the death of
(Mabel De aney, twelve-year-o'd daugh
ter of Patrick Delaney, of Upland, to
day. The parents of the child place
the responsibility upon the Upland
Board of Health.
Mabel was of a nervous tempera
ment and her mother objected to her
being vaccinated. The girl attended
the borough schools and Mr. and Mrs.
Delaney were informed of the compul
sory feature of the education act con
cerning vaccination. Final".y they
corsented.
Dr. Edwin C. Bullock, the Upland
Boari of Health's physician, contends
that the girl would hstve come around
all right had not the mother attempt
ed to treat the girl s arm, which be
came inflamed, by applying a salve.
MASONIC XOTES.
Hamilton Commander', K. T.
Stated, conclave, Thursday evening
at 8 p. ' m. The Order of the Temple
will be conferred.
DeWitt Clinton, L. of P.
Fraternal visit Friday evening to
King Solomon, L. of P., New London.
Brethern will leave this city on the
4:23 train returning leave New London
on the 10:48 arriving home in time for
the last trolleys.
Pequonnock Chapter, R. C.
On Monday evening. Feb. 5. a special
assembly will be held. The Seven
teenth and Eighteenth degrees will be
conferred.
Why not inquire nto the methods and
wnlrimpnt of
Ti.e COURTLAND SCHOOT,
hefore placing: your children else
wnerpT visitors weir-ome. second
Half Year Begins Feb. 1. A18 uj
SCHOOL MASTER
IN BAD AGAIN
More Trouble at Georgetown
Because of' Persistency of
FormerPrincpal
FORCED ENTRANCE TO SCHOOL
Mr. H wis; (ion is Put Out as He Starts
to Bead the Morning Prayer.
South Norwalk. Jan. 30 As he was
reading the Lord's prayer in the
Georgetown Public School yesterday
morning, James W. s. Hodgdon, the
ex-principal, was grabbed by the col
lar by the stalwart little committee
man, John W. Ferris, and pushed
through the hall and down the flight
of twenty steps leading to the yard.
These were the same steps that the
physical culturist took headlong when
forcefully ejected by the same com
mitteeman three weeks ago.
Mr. Hodgdon was just able to get
out of bed yesterday after his last at
tempt at resuming sessions. He in
tends to bring his action for J1.000
damages against Mr. Ferris today.
The committee will have legal papers
issued restraining Mr. Hodgdon from
entering the school.
The principal was summarily dis
charged the Saturday before the pre
vious fight. Testerday morning some
one picked the school lock with a hair
pin. The fact immediately reached the
ears of Mr. Ferris and he was soon
upon the scene. The committee main
tains that Mr. Hodgdon is a busybody.
The pupils cling to him, and after his
latest ejectment they made so loud a
demonstration that Mrs. Harry Brown
low, the substitute, had to dismiss
the school.
Official Statement.
Committeeman Ferris has given out
an official statement in reference to
the discharge of Hodgdon and subse.
quent events which in part follows.
"Mr. Hodgdon came to Georgetown
under a contract which called for his
attending the Danbury Normal sum
mer school for the full term of four
weeks and securing there his state
elementary certificate. He failed to
fulfill two conditions of the contract
leaving Danbury without remaining
the entire session of the summer
school and he has never received his
state certificate. This made his con
tract void. He was therefore permit
ted to teach under a temporary cer
tificate issued by the Wilton school
board, with the understanding that
he was to get his state certificate. Mr.
Hodgdon was discharged because he
was guilty of conduct unbecoming a
gentleman and teacher while in the
school, his failure to secure a state
certificate, and for on January 4th in
citing the children in his charge to
acts of Insubordination and for threat
ening to repeat his action If the su
pervisor came into his room and crit
icised his work. The committee of
the town of Wilton revoked his certi
ficate, and he was discharged on Jan.
13th. On January 15th he broke into
the school building by pulling the sta
ple in one door and picking the lock
on another. At 8:45 he attempted to
force his way Into the building but
slipped and fell on the top landing
of , the stairway. He did not fall down
stairs, and after being placed on his
feet by the committee walked down
stairs and off the school grounds."
Hodgdon's home is snid to be in
Maine and it is alleged that a year or
more ago he suffered severe injuries
to his head in an accident.
Sentiment With. Hodgdon.
The sentiment in Georgetown is
against the action of the school com
mittee. This fact is borne out by the
following petition which has been
signed by nearly every resident of the
town:
"Georgetown, Conn., Jan. 27, 1912.
Wilton town school visitors. Gentle
men: "
"We understand that Mr. J. W. S.
Hodgdon has been discharged from the
position of principal of the No. 10
district school of Wilton. If this is
true, WE HERE EXPRESS OXJVt
DESIRE TO HAVE HIM PUT BACK
IN THE SCHOOL.
"He has always conducted himself
as a gentleman, so far as we know.
he has encouraged our children in
their work and under his teaching
thev have progressed well and rapid
ly. " We believe that he is a most
competent teacher.
HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
At the Criterion hoard meeting yes
terday after school the selection of
Judges from the English- faculty for
the prize story and poetry contests
was left to the editor in chief. As
the next Daner comes out on Febru
ary 29, i it will very likely be called
a "Leap xear .rumDer.
Owlne- to the hisr doors at the Con
gress street entrance being acc'dental
ly locked yesterday morning about 150
students were locked out. The doors
were opened, however. In time to save
them from being tardy.
Testerday afternoon -there was a spe
cial meeting of the Senior Commer
cial Class to elect the officers and
speakers for Senior Day. ,
Prayers will be offered in chapel ev
erv morning during the rest of the
week for the benefit of those having
examinations to take.
Tonv nf the Senior fellows attended
a stag party Saturday eveninir at the
home of Eugene 4.euy -io jommer
cial.
All the pupils were informed 'yester
day how many examinations they had
escaped. Those havin'g no examina
tions to take will have a vacation
for the rest of the week.
Stories and poems for the Criterion
contests may be handed in any time
before Monday afternoon. The extra
time was given for the benefit of those
having examinations to take.
At a recent fire drill of the after
noon department the school was emp
tied In just 60 seconds.
All Freshmen failing to pass in
three or more subjects will be given
a forced vacation for the rest o" the
school year. Quite a few Freshmen
are 'expected to avail themselves of
this offer.
Many of the afternoon students have
srent an hour studying in Room 8.
This is the penalty for 'being tardy.
The project of the Senior Commer
cials of holding a social in the near
future was brought up at the last
footing. It was decided to take no
action until the plan could be consid
ered. .
The picture of the Commercial Class
of '11 will have a place among- the
many other photographs in Room 8 as
soon as enough space can be secured.
Plans are now well under way for
the presenting of the second annual
minstrel show. The boys will get
down to the real hard work right af
er the examinations. - Those attend
'ng are asked in their enthusiasm not
'o toss any quarters or half dol'ars
-n the stage as donations to the Ath
'etic association as these will be much
more gladly received in person by the
' reasurer.
Farmer Want Ads. 1 Cent a Word.
THE CLEARANCE SAI
Comes but twice a year.
Five more days and this
one will be over. Ifaf
fords unusual savings;
make use of its opportun
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FACTS ABOUT
TAXATION OF
WOODLAND
Public Hearing Before Spe
cial State Commission at
Hartford, Today.
The invitation recently sent out for
a publ!c hearing at the Capitol on the
subject of taxation of woodland has
brought out some lively discussion.
Here is what some Connecticut people
say.
An owner in Litchfield who has
many acres of woodland and is plant
ing new forest, writes the secretary
of the commission as follows:
"I' am distinct'y and positively of
the opinion, however, that intensive
forestry will not make very great fro
gress in Connecticut or anywhere else,
unless some change in the tax laws
is made so that the owner of wood
land will not have to pay repeated
annual assessments on property
which produces no annual income.
Aside from this, however, my own ex
perience leads me to believe' that a
tax on timber when it is cut would
bring more to the community than
any system of annual taxation which
it wou'd be possible economically to
devise, certainly more than the sys
tem now in force. For the present
system takes almost no account of the
timber value, except when it is extra
ordinarily high. When timber is cut,
the assessment of the land is reduced,
but it is almost universal in this
State, I believe, to ignore the timber
value after it passes the cord-wood
stage. When the timber is assessed,
the rate becomes such as to compel
immediate ' cutting-. It is the uncer
tainty as to when such an assess
ment will be made that discourages
the investment of capital in the large
acreage of .'and in the State which
is suitable for nothing but forestry
and which ought to be profitably em
ployed." A member or the last General As
sembly writes in reference to refores
tation. as follows:
"In recognition of the fact that our
State is parting with one of her most
valuable assets by the indiseriminat
ing cutting of the forests, and the
terrible destruction wrought on our
most valuable timber by the chestnut
blisrht. that such encouragement
shou'd be given to the reforestation
of our waste places as. shall be a
benefit to the State, without mater
ially reducing the revenue of the town
in which the land is situated.
"The enactments of the last Gen
eral Assembly, together with previous
enactments, remove from taxation
tracts of land that have been planted
under certain conditions, the exemp
tions might be still more enlarged.
"Rough p'aces and rocky, hillses
where planting as specified cannot he
attained, or where land is growing up
to a desirable growth, and reforesta
tion would be advantageous: such
land, if valued not to exceed $10 per
acre, might be exempt, say ror ten
years.
"The weak point in our provisions
re that much of tne land mat snouia
be in wood, is so situated as to ren
der it impossible to comply with the
requirements. If best results are to
be obtained a graduated system is
necessary to meet the varying condi
tions and greater latitude granted to
the supervisor now determining what
should be required of each- tract if
concessions are to be obtained.
"The smal'er towns canot stand for
a diminished revenue, consequently
only land that is lasted low should be
included -in the exemptions."
A manufacturer and owner of wood
land says:
"I am glad you are busy with the
question. It would seem to me that
we ought to develop along the line of
taxing land and timber separately,
putting only the most nominal tax
on he latter while growing, a little
higher while mature, and a fair tax
based on market values when cut and
sold. We must have such a change
in tax laws as will not only cease to
penalize ho'ders of forest land but
which will encourage owners of land
to keep same planted. The large
benefits which come to the people, as
a whole, from growing timber, justi
fies us in a policy even of generosity
to all timber growers, so that steps
such as above asking only for justice
ought not to be hard to take.
'T am interested in this matter not
only as a citizen but as Secretary of
the" Sunset Rock Association which
has made a beg'nning in the owner
ship and conservation of timber land
in our suburbs, and because of my
connection with a Company which is a
!arrer consumer of hard woods of
which Connecticut could supply a con
siderable larger part if foretry in the
State were given a good chance."
Equitable taxation of woodland is a
live question now in all the New
England states. It has been the sub
ject of special investigation recently
in New Hampshire and in Wisconsin.
As early as 1905 Massachusetts be
gan looking into this question.
At the first conference of New
Eng'and tax officials held January 18
and 19 this year at Boston, Mass. this
subject was given a place on the pro
gram and it brought out lively dis-
cussion and much valuable informa
tti ) I
(I
c
0
tion.
The forest differs from every other
crop in that it requires 35 to 100 years
in which to mature. Other cVops
mature annually and furnish an in
come to the owner. Tobacco, fruits,
and corn and other grains on land
Indicate in a measure Is productivity
and are a guide in valuation for pur
poses of taxation. The crop may or
may not be there when the valuation
is made.
In the case of the forest the land
and the one crop are taxed each year
during the growth and maturing of
that crop. Investigations have shown
that, in the case of woodland, if the
law Is ful'y complied with and the
present and actual value of land and
crop are taxed each year that as high
as 85 of the yield of the forest is"
taxed away during its life time.
In the past low valuations for the
most have been the rule but in re
cent years there has been a decided
increase in the va uing of forest lands
and especially those who are seeking
by forestry methods to renew and
bul'd up their woodland or who are
setting out waste land with trees to
make new forests.
The "work of the State Forester is to
experiment and to assist private own
ers to improve their woodland or plant
new forests of suitable species. He
can tell the approximate expenditures
in care and management of woodland,
the average cost of planting, thin
nines, fire protection, etc. and the
estimated returns based on actual
measurements of forest stands. What
he cannot tell is the amount to be ex
pended in taxes or how much of the
yield is going to be taxed away un
der the present system of woodland
taxation. Both in theory and practice
the general property tax as app ied to
forest land is wrong. The fact that
low valuations in the past have pre
vented great harm being done is no
assurance as to the future practice.
The improver and rebuilder of the
forest must look at it from the prac
tical investor's standpoint. Will he
invest under the prospect of his final
yield being largely taxed away?
These subjects wil' be discussed at
the first public hearing of the special
Commission on Taxation of Wood'and,
created by the last General Assembly,
and a good attendance is expected,
judging from answe'i to Invi'ations
sent out by State Forester Sprirg,
Secretary of the Commission. Ex
Governor Woodruff is Chairman of the
Commission, and other members are
State Tax Commissioner Corbin, Prof.
Chapman of the Tale Forest School
and F. H. Stadmueller, Secretary of
the Connecticut Forestry Association.
All interested in the subject befene
the Commission next Tuesday are
cordial'y invited to be present and ex
press their opinions.
FIRE PROOF HOUSE
IN NORTH MATX ST.
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Hopaii
Building Handsome Residence of
Unique Construction.
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Hogan
have been receiving many congratu
lations upon the fire proof residence
they are building at Main and Salem
streets. The structure is of reinforc
ed concrete with hollow tile floor con
struction and is also equipped with
hollow tile outside walls and interior
partitions. The almost entire absence
of wood in the construction has been
the cause of much comment. The
lines of the house are those of the
old iSpanish missions. William E. Ho
gan, son of Mr. and Mrs. William H.
Hogan, who is an electrical engineer
and formerly an instructor in Cornell
University, supervised the construc
tion of the building.
New York Encased
In Sheet Of Ice
(pecial from United Press.)
New York. Jan. 30. New Xork
awakened, today, to find the city cov
ered writh a vast sheet of ice on which
it literally slid to work. S'eet and
rain, which froze the instant it touch
ed the sidewalk, made vwalkmg so
dangerous that all the hospitals re
ported unusually large numbers of
minor accidents. The elevated lines
in BrooKlyn were hardest hit, the
cake of ice on the third rail delayine
traffic greatly. Horse traffic was
almost abandoned because of the
slippery condition of the streets.
ST. ANTHONY'S OF PADUA'S
Sunday masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.
m.. On week days, mass at 8 a. m.
On Tuesday evening, bt. Anthony s
devotions at 8 o'clock. Confessions
will be heard on Thursday afternoon
and evening.
Fridav. being Candlemas' day and
the first Friday of the month, mass
will be said at o:o(J ana preceded by
the blessing of candles. Saturday, be
intr the feast of St. Blase, the blessing
0fthe throats will take place after the
S o'clock mass ana at :jo in tne ev
ening. Tne memoers 01 xne cnurcn
choir are busy making arrangements
for their yearly whist to be given on
Thursday evening, Feb. 8, in the par
ish hall.
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SOAP.
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Instantly removes Stove Polish. Rust,
Grease, Ink, Paint and Dirt. For th?
hand or clothing. Large can 10 cent?.
Manufactured by Wm. R. Winn, 244
Stratford Ave.

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