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COMMENCED AUGXTST 8, 1837.
ST. JOHNSBURY, VT., THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 1888.
YOLUME 52 NUMBER 2680.
PUBLISHED BVRBT THURSDAY BT
C. M. STONE & CO.,
Opposite th Athenapnm, St. Jotinsbury, Vt.
F.aterrd at the Pot-fJUe at St. Johnsbury, Yt, a
Srennd-elain Matter.
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(In advance. Pontage paid by Publishers.)
Clergymen in service, per year l.OO
Kach Subscriber will find on his paper in con
nection with bis name, the date to which he has
paid. No other receipt is necessary.
TOWN AND COUNTY NEWS.
Weather .Record.
At Binahara's drag store, tor the week ending
Dec. 5, 188.
Highest. Lowest.
Thursday. 35 29
Friday, 3( 29
Saturday, 33 25
Sunday, 27 14
Monday. 29 25
Tuesday, 26 23
Wednesday. 32 82
A dash indicates below zero.
BRIEF LOCALS.
Harvey &. lirowu will make a
special announcement for Christmas
next week.
The North church sociable and
Christmas sale comes next Monday
e veiling.
1 he Jennie Calef Comedy compa
ny gave two meritorious exhibitions at
the Opera house this week.
There is to be a holiday book sale
in the South church vestries Monday
afternoon and evening.
Pensions have been granted to
George N. Harriman of Sutton and
Amos A. Scott of Walden.
Kev. C. P. Morse calls attention to
the New People's Cyclopedia as a
Christmas present. See his business
notice.
The Citizens bank has called in
the balance of their unpaid capital and
will legin the year with a capital of
$ro,(xx.
The ladies of the Free Baptist so
ciety will open a stock of Christmas
goods in one of the vacant stores on
Main street next week.
The Catholic church was beauti
fully illuminated Thanksgiving even
ing, and over 500 sat down to the sup
per that was prepared for them.
- E. E. Barak at of Damascus, Syria,
gave an interesting address at the
North church vestry last evening, and
lectures at Association hall this even
ing. Besides Rev. T. P. Frost's Thanks
giving sermon on the second page, the
reader will find an interesting article
on the third page by Kev. J. E. Han -kin
on "Woman in temperance reform."
A canvass of this village is being
made in the interests of the candidacy
of Gen. V. V. Henry of Burlington for
the position of collector of customs.
The other candidates are G. G. Bene
dict, ex-Gov. Roswell Farnham and B.
J. Derby.
.
Over 500 tons of new GO-pound
steel rails have been received to bo
laid on the Lake road between here
and Danville. The 50 pound rails at
present on this section will be laid on
the west end of the road where the
grades are easier.
John Bishop, son of the late John
J. Bishop f this town, brought the re
mains of his wife to St. Johnsbury for
burial on Friday. Mrs. Bishop was an
adopted daughter of Joseph Parker.
For the lat ten or fifteen years they
have lived in Brooklyn.
Mrs. J. A. Hadley of Summer
street has been laid aside for a num
ber of weeks by an injury- to one knee.
The injury was of such nature as to
require repeated surgical treatment.
Although the trouble has been very
severe and pain u I, a slow recovery is
now expected.
Our advertising columns give full
particulars of several attractive Ray
mond excursions to the Pacific coast
and Mexico. No more delightful meth
od of travelling can le invented and a
trip to California on a Raymond ex
cursion is all that can be desired to till
one's cup of happiness.
It would seem from the develop
ments of the past two days that the
Caledonian last week was about right
in its exposure of the electric light
scheme. Some people in town have
not quite forgotten the Buzzell dyuas
ty that saddled a debt of $S 1,000 on
the village, and want no more of that
kind duiiug the present generation.
In their report of the fatal acci
dent to Mrs. K- K. Richards at this
place Septemlnr , the railroad com
missioners, after re-telling the story
without any special addition as regards
the facts in the case, find "that the ac
cident was due, as Mrs. Richards her
self stated to several persons, to her
becoming dizzy and falling as before
stated."
The lody of Col. George A. Mer
rill reached here Thanksgiving day
and brief funeral services were had at
the cemetery, conducted by Rev. C. M
Luimsou. 1 lie remains were accom
panied from St. Paul by the son,
James Arthur Merrill. Mr. and Mrs.
L. W. Reding ton of Rutland were also
present at the burial. Quite a number
of citizens who knew Col. Merrill so
well when a resident of this town, fol
lowed the body to its last resting place.
PERSONAL MENTION.
Miss Anna S. Morse of Newbury is
visiting at Harvlin Paddock's.
E. N. Randall is in market this
week picking up the balance of goods
for the holidays.
Fred E. Carpenter spent Thanksgiv
ing with his sou Herbert, who is now
studying law in New York city.
Charles E. Somerville of the Western
Union Telegraph oflice is enjoying a
vacation in other parts of the state.
William J. Willard and wife of Bos
ton, speut the New England festival
with Mr. Willard's parents in this
place.
George P. Stebbins of the Spring
field Republican, spent Thanksgiving
in this town with Mrs. Stebbins' rela
tives. E. M. Hall of Green street, who has
spent the summer working at his trade
in New Hampshire, returned home
last week.
Frauk Taylor closes his engagement
at the Fairbanks dry goods store Jan.
1 and goes to Hardwick, into McLoud
& CeV. store.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Moore of Wells
River have come to St. Johnsbury to
spend a few months with their daugh
ter, Mrs. Dr. Nelson.
Mr. and Mrs. Hairy McWilliams of
Kansas City spent Thanksgiving time
with Mrs. McWilliams' grandmother in
this place, Mrs. Russell Hallett.
Henry S. Young, who has been look
ing after his interests in Colorado the
past summer, ha returned to St.
Johnsbury for the winter.
M. W. Aiuger left Tuesday for
Southern Dakota where ho expects to
locate. Jefferson Cowles of Burke
goes to Nebraska the same day.
Amos, brother of the late John Bel
knap, received a pension with quite
an amount of back pay some time ago
which he invested in a little place down
at Monroe where he will live.
Col. John R. Thomson, who deliver
ed the Memorial day address here last
year, is a member of the executive
committee in charge of the inaugural
ceremonies at Washington for March
4, 1880.
Lambert Packard of this town is
"mentioned" for the position of super
intendent of public buildings in place
of the present incumbent, Hiram At
kins. He has one qualification for the
place certainly in that he knows some
thing about the business.
Nelson F. Irish, for some years em
ployed in the Merchants bank, has ac
cepted a position in a bank in Alber
querque, New Mexico, an institution in
which a brother of Supt. Folsom of
Lyudouville is interested.
Miss Carrie E. Frost, who has been
in Boston for the past few mouths tak
ing lessons in oil painting and china
decorating, has returned borne. She
brings with her many specimen of
her work of a meritorious character.
Miss Frost will devote most of her
time to the business.
- - -4-
The Fatal River.
A woman who is a constant reader
of the Caledonian, and who lives by
the Passu mpsic river in this place,
furnishes the names of seventeen per
sons who have been drowned, in its
waters near this place since she has
lived on its banks. Six of these were
drowned at Paddock village :
Willard Batchelder, July, 1854.
Nathaniel B. Randall, July 15, 1855.
Francis Hancock, July 1, 1808.
Frank West, June, 1 872.
Jerrv Rogan.
Charles A. Chedel, July 3, 1881.
The following persons were drown
ed near the Portland street bridge:
Emma O'Niel, 1874.
Emily Powers, Oct. 20, 1877.
Patrick Dougherty,
John Denlv,
Matthew Welch, all June 17, 1877.
Edmond Gingras, Dec. 4, 1887.
Alphonse Lafaire, July I), 1888.
The following were drowned below
the dam :
Florez Gorham, May 2, 1807.
Eddie Smith.
Arthur Auger, June, 1879.
John Belknap, Nov. 27, 1888.
mi i .
i nese, witn the score or more who
have been rescued half drowned, make
a feartul record for the river at this
place.
Aldrich-Ross.
A very pretty home wedding was
solemnized at the home of Judge Ross
yesterday noon when his daughter,
Miss Julia, was married to Dr. Albeit
C. Aldrich of Somerville, Mass. The
ceremony was performed by the bride's
pastor, Rev. Edward T. Fairbanks.
The bride was given away by her fath
er, and her brother, Edward II. Ross,
was lest man. After the ceremony a
wedding breakfast was served to the
relatives and friends that were pres
ent. The display of flowers was very
elaborate and a large number of beau
tiful gifts were received. The happy
couple left yesterday afternoon for
their new home in Somerville, followed
by the best wishes of a large circle of
friends. This removes from our place
a young lady of high social standing
and culture who has been a successful
teacher in our schools and academy
where she made many friends, and one
prominently identified with religious
work in her church.
The I-ievy Concert.
The next entertainment in the lec
ture course comes tomorrow evening
and will be given by the Jules Levy
concert company. Of Jules Levy,
"the greatest living iierformer on the
cornet," it is unnecessary to speak.
He will be supported by his own com
pany. Miss Costa, soprano, Miss No
mani, contralto, Sig. Marion, tenor,
Mr. Hragau, baritone ami Mr. Standini,
musical director. This company will
be assisted by Miss Lizzie Gleasou,
reader.
FOUND AT LAST.
John Belknap'a Body Recovered in
30 'eet or Water.
The body of John Belknap, who was
carried over the dam and drowned in
the Passumpsic river Tuesday after
noon of last week, was recovered Fri
day forenoon at about 11.30 o'clock by
Charles West, section man on the Pas
sumpsic railroad. A diver was pro
cured on Wednesday and the search
for the body was kept up all that day
and on Thanksgiving day without suc
cess. The diver went down a number
of times near where the body was final
ly found and described the place as
both deep and dangerous, logs and de
bris covering the bottom of the river.
He gave up the task Thursday. Fri
day Charles West, who with John
Couley and others had been searching
for the body since the accident, rigged
up an a flair with gas pipe some 30 feet
long, with a metal plate at the end
from which hung a number of large cod
hooks. Not far from the place where
Mr. Belknap was last seen was a deep
spot in the river near an overhanging
ledge and it was while at work at this
spot, where the water was more than
30 feet in depth, that two of the hooks
caught on to the object of the search,
one hook going through a hand and
the other catching on to one' of the
sleeves of Mr. Belknap's coat. An ex
amination of the body showed that he
was probably not seriously injured in
going over the dam as there were no
bruises observable. The boat in which
he went over the dam lodged just
where it struck when it went down and
there remains. From the time of the
accident to the hour of finding the body
large crowds gathered about the river,
particularly on Thanksgiving day,
watching the men engaged in the
work. Some money which Mr. Belknap
had about him was found uninjured.
Funeral services, conducted by Rev.
B. M. Tillotson of Woodstock, were
held at the late residence of the de
ceased on Railroad street Saturday af
ternoon, and the burial took place at
Passumpsic where Mr. Belknap's father
is buried. ;
In an obituary notice of Mr. Belknap
n last week's issue we; unintentionally
omitted to state that a sister of the de
ceased, Miss Ann Belknap, a most
worthy woman, is living in this place.
The brothers and sisters were all pres
ent at the funeral services.
Christian Worker's Conference.
The fifth New England conference of
Christian Workers, to which attention
has already been called in these col
umns, comes next week Thursday,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A list
of 15 or 20 of the prominent men who
will be present has already been pub
lished. Here is the piograin for the
first three days as now arranged :
THURSDAY F.VKNISG, DEC. 13.
The call to be read aud the coufursnce formally
opened, followed by meeting for prayer, led by
Col. F. Fairbanks.
FRIDAY.
Morning : Biblo study for personal profit, opened
by C. K. Ober. IHble Reading, The Holy Ghost :
In the Church ; In the World, by Russell Sturgis.
Afternoon: Christian responsibility for the un
saved, opened by Goo. II. Slade. Indifference to
church obligations, opened by F. O. Wiuslow.
Evening : Is the faith once delivered to the
saints adapted to the present age f opened by S.
M. Sayford. Evangelistic work in the church ;
how to be done, and by whom, opened by George
II. Shaw.
SATURDAY.
Morning : The need of moral heroism in Chris
tian life, opened by S. M. Sayford. Christian
Stewardship, opened by II. M. Moore.
Afternoon : Sabbath desecration ; its cause,
Allen Folger ; its oure, E. B. Dillingham. The
Bible : How best studied by business men ; how
command the time, Howard L. Porter.
Evening : Personal experience in conversion and
growth in grace. To be thrown open to the con
gregation, but. the meeting will be nuder the
charge of U. M. Moore, closing with consecration
service.
Sabbath services announced Saturday evening.
Rev. G. II. Bailey Goes to ISurlington.
Rev. G. II. Bailey closed his labors
with St. Andrews Episcopal church
Sunday and left with his family for his
new home at Burlington on Monday
At the Sunday morning service he re
f erred to the change he was about to
make, expressing himself as pleased
that the relations between rector and
people that had always been of the
pleasantest character so continued to
the last hour. Ho gave his people
some good advice concerning the sup
port of the chinch and bade them good
bye in fitting terms. It is understood
that Mr. Bailey receives $1800 salary
at Burlington, nearly double the
amount of his salarv here.
County Court.
The December term of the county
court convened on Tuesday with Judge
J. M. 'Iyler and Assistant Judges
Cloud Harvey and Joseph T. Gleasou
The case of Harvey Foster v Thomas
Ward was continued at defendant's
expense. John O. Hale v Grand Trunk
railway is set for trial next Monday
Francis A. Cushman v Willis A. Sein
ers is now being tried. These cases
are set for trial : O. W. Tyler v Ira
Humphrey, apt. ; Albert E. Fort v St
J. Sc. L. C. R. R. ; Salmon Steam v E.
P. Clifford ; C. W. Phillips v J. and C
Winter; Ida McLaughlin v W. II. B.
Weeks; J. L. Hopkins v E. II. Shaw;
Sias Randall v II. C. Hastings; Emily
Cheney v II. S. Calderwood ; Jennie E.
Grady v Daniel Donley ; John Petti
grew v H. II. Miller; W. J. Bray v C
N. Coriiveau.
Academy Notes.
Urout c ot Williams 'tsrJ was in
school Monday morning. Ide aud Ha
zen of Dartmouth, Misses Rankin and
Fairbanks of Smith speut Thanksgiv
ing at home. Mr.Putney gave a recep
tion to the students Thanksgiving
evening. A large number were present
and enjoyed the occasion. On account
of the absence of Professor Chapman
the work in elocution for Monday was
I postponed until x riday.
SOUTH CHURCH IMPROVEMENTS.
The TVorlc Completed.
The improvements and repairs that
i.ive been in progress in the South
church for three months or more are
tbout completed and the church will
be open on Saturday evening for in
spection. So great has been the
change wrought, that those who have
not been in the audience room since
the work began would hardly recog
nize it were it not that the general
form of the room remains unchanged,
the only material alteration in this re
spect being that the entrances to the
gallery are now from the church prop
er instead of from the vestibule as
formerly.
The frescoing is in light colors,
mostly various shades of yellow and
terra cotta, and in keeping with the
Greek style of architecture of the
oom. .The congregation will surely
commend the good taste of the com
mittee in one particular the church
will be sufficiently light in the day
tune to admit ot ones recognizing
one's friends.
The pews have been entirely re-
nodeled, the old-fashioned doors dis
carded, new ends put in and the gen
eral form so changed as to make them
nuch more comfortable than formerly.
The organ has been raised 1G inches
and brought forward four feet; the
space in front reserved for the choir
being cut off from the rest of the room
by a rail and pet tier. The carpet is of
a light shade, blue predominating.
The old windows of many panes and
common glass gives place to new and
beautiful works of art in stained glass.
There are eight of these in all, four of
them memorial windows, though the
atter are not yet fully completed. The
one on the south side nearest the pul
pitis presented by Prof. James F. Colby
n memory of his father, James K.
Colby ; the one directly opposite on
the other side is presented by the Sun
day school in memory of Ephraim Jew
ett; the second window on the south
side (which will contain a figure of St.
Paul) by Rev. Henry Fairbanks in
memory of his father, Thaddeus Fair-
anks, and the one opposite (which
will contain a figure of St. John) by
the pastor, Rev. Edward T. Fairbanks,
in memory of his father, Joseph P.
Fairbanks.
The simple .appliance formerly in
use for lighting the church give place
to a massive chandelier of burnished
brass, that is suspended from the ceil
ing in the centre of the room. This
chitndelier was purchased with the
legacy left the society by Miss Emma
Taylor and may properly be called her
memorial. It is an elegant affair, was
made expressly for the place it occu
pies and will prove a very pleasant re
minder of one who did so much to aid
in the work of shedding abroad the
ightof the gospel. Two smaller chau-
deliers of the same pattern are sus
pended over the gallery.
The general effect as one enters the
room is most pleasing. No effort has
been made to produce startling im
pressions. Excellent taste has charac
terized the work of the committee, aud
the total result is a church interior en
tirely different from any other in the
place but second to none in attractive
ness
'e
The work of improvement has ex
tended to the vestries also. The new
ly arranged passage ways from the
vestibule to the rooms below first at
tract attention. The two vestries and
the ladies' room have all been taste
fully frescoed; open fire places of
pressed brick have been put into each
room, not for ornament but for actual
service, and the rooms are all neatly
carpeted. liesiues these there is a
conveniently arranged toilet room, etc.
The only change thus far effected in
the exterior of the church is the erec
tion of a covered piiizza on the south
side for the protection of those who
have occasion to enter the vestries from
the outside.
These improvements have been tin
der the general direction of Lambert
Packard of the Fairbanks works. The
frescoing was done by W. J. McPher
son of Boston, who also designed and
procured the stained glass windows
and the chandelier. Committee on
improvements: Jonathan Ross, Harv
lin Paddock, C. II. Hoi ton, Miss Orris
Paddock and Miss Julia Ross. Com
mittee on subscriptions: A. II. McLeod,
P. D. Blodgett, C. II. Ilortou, Mrs
0. Chase, Miss Mattie Ross. Between
$5000 and $0000 have been expended
A Perilous Situation.
A short time ago while Mrs. W. J
Roouey of Mt. Pleasant street was en
gaged about her household duties, the
back side of her dress caught fire from
the kitchen stove. In what manner
she does not know, but her first inti
niation of danger was discovering the
dames running up the back of her
dress. She screamed for help but at
the same time had the presence of
mind to throw herself upon the floor
and by vigorous and persistent rolling
succeeded in extinguishing the flames
before her sister, who was in another
part of the house, reached her. It was
a very narrow escape from a horrible
death.
The Board of Agriculture Coming.
There will be a two day's meeting of
the State board of agriculture at the
town hall in this place the week before
Christmas. The days of the week and
the topics and papers to be discussed
will be annouueed next week. The
board will le welcomed formally by
W. P. Stafford, Esq., and a meeting o
use to all interested in agriculture and
kindred pursuits is hoped for and ex
pected.
ST. JOHNSBURVS FUTURE.
Some Moral and Legal Aspects for Citi
zens to Think Of.
As was intimated in these columns
ast week, when the electric light ex
citement has subsided there will be an
opportunity for a little serious reflec
tion on some matters of more vital im
portance to this town's welfare. There
are several considerations that should
lead to sober thought. The men who
have given the town a name and in
fluence and whose munificent benefac
tions and wise counsel have made St.
Johnsbury one of the best known and
most desirable places for residence in
all the land, are nearly all crone.
Death and emigration have made sad
inroads, and the men who are to give
shape to affairs for the next decade are
mostly, new and untried. The ques
tion comes without the asking, are
the.vHifficient for these things? St.
Johnsbury cannot live and thrive
much longer on the reputation of what
t has been. If it shall maintain and
perpetuate what is worthy in its record
it can not much longer refuse or neg-
ect to grapple with the evils that
threaten its peace and prosperity.
Prominent among threatening evils
is lawlessness. This shows itselt in
many ways from the boys who attend
the public schools or carry their fa
thers' dinners and who wantonly curse,
quarrel and use indecent language, to
the grown rowdies who parade the
streets evenings, hang about public
places and street corners in groups,
emitting tobacco juice and vulgarity,
and making insulting remarks to or
about every woman or girl that passes.
If the boasted civilization -of this place
is worth anything the weakest and
poorest person who lives in it should
be protected in his or her right either
on the street or in places or public
gathering. Not only should the wives
and daughters of the place be free from
lersonal danger on the street but also
from the slightest approach to insult.
Every one who witnesses the reckless
throwing of snowballs, stones, crab-
ipples and other missiles, in the busi
ness part of the town especially, must
be aware to what risk the people who
lave a right to the streets, especially
lelpless women and children, are need
essly subjected; while women and
girls whose business or pleasure takes
them to post-office, store, hall or
church evenings, are liable to gross
insult. No citizen can raise fruit in
this village. Apples are stolen while
yet green, aud if the fruit trees are not
broken and injured by these vandals
tho owner may be thankful. Nothing
about one's premises is safe from youth
ful marauders.
Such a state of affairs brings up the
natural enquiry, where are the authori
ties and officers of the law, elected for
the express purpose of protecting the
people in their inalienable public
and private rights? Echo answers,
"Where?" This town is of such size
and is made up of such elements that
the appointment of officers that will
dispense stern justice is imperative.
Otherwise citizens may as well give up
entirely to the hoodlum aud lawless
element.
If the above are a few plain facts, as
many readers know them to oe, the
duty of the citizen is not far to seek.
His first duty is to save the youth if
possible from the evils which so seri
ously threaten him. To this end the
parent is first and largely responsible.
The second step is to elect peace of
ficers who will see to it that the dear
est rights and privileges of the citizen,
male and female, are not trampled
upon.
RECENT DEATHS.
Walker. Mrs. Frank (Powers)
Walker, after an illness of less than a
week, died at her home on Summer
street Wednesday night of last week.
Mrs. Walker was a native of Lyndon,
the daughter of John Powers, where
she was born 58 years ago. In 1854
she was married to Frank Walker of
this place. Mr. and Mrs. Walker set
tied at once in the house on Summer
street where they have lived during
all the intervening 34 years. Her
death removes another of the earlier
residents of St. Johnsbury, so many of
whom have passed away in the last
two or three years. A quiet, home
loving woman, whose first thought and
care was alwavs for those of her own
family, she nevertheless made many
friends in this community where she
was highly esteemed and respected
But one child, a son, was born to her,
Arthur, of the firm of Smith & Walker
on Eastern avenue. Besides her hus
band an only brother, John Powers of
Lyndon, also survives her.
Farnsworth. It will be remem
bered that in the Caledonian of Nov. 1,
mention was made of the golden wed
ding of Mr. and Mrs. Farnsworth of
Northfield, the parents of Rev. C. II,
Farnsworth of the Vermont Conference
and R. U. Farnsworth of the old Third
Vermont. On the return of the latter
to his home at Topeka, his mother ac
companied him to Providence, R. I.
where she visited her sister, Mrs. Ira
Harvey. While there she had a para-
Ivtic shock which terminated in her
death Sundav, Dec. 2. She was 71
years of age. Burial was had at Lyn
don.
WEST BARNET.
Killed in the Woods.
Lreorge Whitehill ot Groton was
killed iu the woods on Tuesday while
chopping. Not returning to dinner as
usual his wife went into the woods and
found him dead, with his skull crushed
in. Evidently the limb of a tree fell
and struck him on the head killing
him instantly.
ELECTRIC LIGHTS ON THE WANE.
An Injunction Served on the Village to
Stay Proceedings.
A new and important phase of the
electric light problem developed yes
terday when Judge Jonathan Ross
served an injunction on the village en
joining the trustees from doing any
thing towards carrying the contract
with the Thomson-Houston electric
company for lighting the village into
execution, or from making any pay
ments or incurring any expenses under
or by virtue of said contract. Judge
Ross states that he is acting for him
self as a taxpayer and in the interests
of taxpayers ; that he believes the trus
tees were not authorized to make such
a contract as they have closed with the
Thomson-Houston company ; that they
(the trustees) could not and did not
act disinterestedly for the village ; that
the contract is null and void, etc. I
That a clear understanding may be
had concerning this injunction, which
can hardly fail to create interest, the
substance of the bill, omitting legal
phrases, is herewith given together
with the vote of the village uuder
which tho trustees have acted.
The Injunction.
To the court of chancery to be hold
en at St. Johnsbury in June, 1839,
comes Jonathan Iioss and complains
against the village of St. Johnsbury
and Thomson-Houston electric compa
ny, and says that he is a tax payer ;
that the village trustees are T. C.
Fletcher, I. H. Frost, C. A. Calder
wood, 0. P. Bennett and A. L. Bragg;
that June 9 the village passed this vote:
"The- voters of the village of St.
Johnsbury iu village meeting assem
bled for the purpose, hereby authorize
and empower the trustees of the vil
lage of St. Johnsbury to enter into and
close a contract for and in behalf of tho
village of St. Johnsbury upon such
terms and for such time and with such
person, persons, compauy or corpora
tion as in their judgment is most for
the advantage and interest of the vil
lage, for the purpose of lighting the
streets of the village with electricity,
aud they are authorized and empower
ed to expend a sum of money not ex
ceeding $1300 per annum for that pur
pose." Orator avers that the plain import of
said vote is and was understood by the
voters to be that the trustees, if they
entered into any contract, were to se
cure tho reasonably full lighting of all
the village streets for $1300; that said
sum was meant to be and is a limita
tion upon the power of the trustees to
expend for that purpose; that trustees
have no right to expend any part of it
without securing the reasonably full
and fair lighting of all the streets ; that
otherwise the motion could not have
received a majority of the votes, and
that $1300 is about twice as much as
the village had been paying for lights.
Further, the trustees, protessiug to
act for the village, signing not the
name of the village but their own
names as trustees, have contracted
with Thomson-Houston company to
pay $1300 for 20 arc lights, each nom
inally of 2000 candle power, for three
years; that the company agrees in ad
dition to give the village 13 additional
arc lights for the first year of 1889 and
after the first year to furnish such a
number above 20 as the village may
order at $70 per light, the additional
13 lights purporting to be a gift by the
company to the village lor the first
year.
Orator avers that t;0 arc lights will
not fairly light the village; that the
pretended g'.ft of tho additional 13 was
to provide for carrying out the pur
pose of the vote for the first year, tho
trustees and company well knowing
that the 20 lights contracted for would
not fulfill the requirements of the vil
lage vote ; further that from 37 to 40
lights will really be needed to fairly
accomplish that purpose. Orator
further avers that said 13 lights being
furnished without compensation are
not legally lequired by the contract
and that the company is under no legal
obligation to furnish them : that con
tract is not within the limits of the
scope of the village vote; that trustees
had no authority from said vote or
otherwise to bind the village by said
contract; that the village is not legal
ly hound thereby ana tho contract is
void.
Orator brings this bill in behalf of
himself and all other taxpayers and
avers that if contract is not set aside
much trouble is likely to arise aud
many suits to spring up in attempting
to assess and collect taxes to pay said
$1300.
Orator further avers that during the
present year T. C. Fletcher and I. II
Frost, with three others, bought a wa
ter power privilege on the Passumpsic
river, and since the passage of said
village vote have been erecting a dam
across the river; that said parties em
ployed Trustee A. L. Bragg to super
intend and manage in erection of the
dam. Whether said Bragg had or has
any interest in the property beyond
his employment, orator is not inform
ed, but believes and charges that said
Bragg became greatly interested iu the
success of the enterprise and felt under
particular obligations to Fletcher and
Frost to do all he could to make it a
success, and was not a disinterested and
impartial person in regard thereto.
Orator further avers that Fletcher,
Frost and others engaged in erecting
the dam took steps to become incorpo
rated under the name of the Belknap
Water Power company and in publisl
ed articles of association named as one
of the associates Trustee C. A. Calder
wood ; whether all the necessary steps
had been taken to make a complete
corporation at the time of making said
contract, orator is not informed, but
believes and charges that Calderwood
was at the lime ot making said con
tract interested in or expected to be
come interested in said Belknap com
pany ; that at the time of making and
sijrnintr the contract for lighting the
village, four of the trustees, Fletcher,
Frost. Calderwood and isragg, were
each directly or indirectly interested
in making the erection of said dam a
pecuniary success, and so far interest
ed that they could not act impartially
for the village in entering into said
contract and so were legally incapable
of acting in that behalf.
Orator avers that an integral part of
said contract for lighting village was a
contract signed by k letcher, r rost and
associates with Thomson-Houston Co.
for a lease of the water power or a por
tion of it at a rental of $1500 annually
for 10 years for operating the electric
lights ; that the lease of the power to
Thomson-Houston was one day earlier
than the date of contract to light the
village, but orator charges that said
ease and said contract formed a part
of one transaction ; that the Thomson -Houston
company could not have se
cured said contract for lighting the
village without taking a lease of said
power; that while t letcher and Frost
were parties to and indirectly interest
ed in said lease, and Bragg and Calder
wood were either directly or indirectly
nterested therein, all four acted in ex
ecuting said contract. Whether Trus
see Bennett had any interest iu the
water power enterprise orator is not
nformed, but states that he was inti
mately conuected in business with
some of those engaged in erecting the
dam.
So orator charges that there was no
disinterested board of trustees who
could legally act in entering into said
contract for lighting the village; that
the contract should not be binding bo-
cause not made oy a disinterested
board who could legally act for the
village and bind it and the taxpayers
by said contract, and that the contract
should be declared void. Orator
further avers that if Fletcher and Frost
should alone be found to be directly
nterested in the lease of the power the
contract should still be void, because
t does not follow that the other three
trustees would have entered into the
contract if left to themselves unin
fluenced by the advice, counsel and so-
lcitations of Fletcher and Frost.
Orator believes and states that a
power suitable to run said electric
ights, tully equal to that secured by
said lease, could with proper competi
tion have been secured for one-half or
ess than one-half the rent agreed to be
paid by said lease to Thomson-Hous
ton's; that said Thomson-Houstou com
pany paid an exorbitant price for said
ease because it was necessary aud they
knew it was necessary in order to se
cure the contract for lighting the village
and that because of the large rent the
cost of lighting is much greater than it
otherwise would be. or would bo if
such lighting was under the control of
trustees who were not directly inter
ested in securing a large rental for the
use of the w'ater power.
This injunction is granted by Judge
James M. Tvler, chancellor. The
trustees or Thomson-Houston compa
ny may present a motion before the
court now in session to dissolve the in
junction, in which case a hearing
would be had and the injunction
would hold or be dissolved as the court
decided. If no such motiou is present
ed the injunction holds until the
chancery court in June 1889. It is
claimed that the Thomson-Houstou
folks are satisfied with their contract
and that the affair will result in litiga
tion, ending nobody knows where
There is some talk, also, that the trus
tees will call a villace meeting: aud
seek to have the whole business rati
fied. Meanwhile the work of putting
up the poles for the lights and wire is
about completed.
Secretary C. It. Page Resigns.
Charles L. Page resigned his posi
tion as general secretary of the St
Johnsburv Young Men's Christian As
sociation at the regular monthly meet
ng of the directors Saturday evening,
to accept a call as pastor's assistant at
the Dudley street Baptist church,
Boston. He begins work in his new
field at once, leaving here about the
tenth of the month. The directors
as well as everybody interested in the
welfare of the association regret Mr.
Page's decision to accept this call
His work here during more than three
years has been everyway successful
During this time a burdensome debt
has been cancelled, the work of the as
sociation iu all its branches has been
thoroughly systematized and the or
ganization has steadily gained in its
hold on the community. His influence
for good over the young men of this
village in particular can hardly be
overestimated. lie leaves a united
and harmonious association and takes
with him the good wishes of all the
people of the place.
Edward N. Folsom of New London,
N. II., succeeds Mr. Page, having ac
cepted a call to the position, lie is a
young man of considerable and suc
cessful experience in the work, comes
well recommended, aud, better than
all, is on the ground ready for business
Thanksgiving Services.
Rev. T. P. Frost's Thanksgiving
sermon will he round entire on the
second page of this issue. It will well
repay a careful reading. The services
which were held iu the Methodist
church, were well attended, the audi-
euce room being full. Mr. Frost com
manded the close attention of his
hearers throughout. His - genera
treatment of the subject, his references
to the recent election, the present con
dition of the country, the attitude o
the political parties and the outlook
for the future were all timely, and the
sermon was an able production. Rev
Edward T. Fairbanks offered the open
iug prayer. Singing was furnished by
the choir of the church, the services
closing with America, very hearti
ly rendered by the audience.
A Card.
To the friends who so kindly rendered assist
ance and sympathy during our trouble, we desire
to express our most hearty thanks.
FRANK WALKER.
ARTHUR F. WALKER
A Card.
We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for
the generous assistance, kind sympathies, and
beautiful flowers with which they have remember
ed us in this our great affliction. May they never
lack friends in time of need is the heartfelt wish
of MR. and MRS. GEO. R. CROSBF.
A Card.
The undersigned desire to express our most
sincere thanks to the neighbors and many friend
who extended to ns their sympathy, aid and com
fort in our great affliction and especially to those
who so persistently sought tor. and rested not
until they had found the body of our dear husband
and father, which afforded ns such unspeakabl
relief. MRS. J. BELKNAP,
HARRY A. BELKNAP
Itucklen's Arnica Salve.
The Rost Salve in the world lor Cut Itnili..
Sores, Ulcers, Salt Rlicnm. Fever Sores, Tetter
Chapped Hands, Chilblains, Corns, and all Skin
Eruptions, and positively enres Pile, or no pay
required. It is guaranteed to give perfect satis
faction, or money refunded, l'rice 25 cents per
box. For sale by Flint Bros, t inn 24 80
Brace I "p.
Ton are feeling depressed, vour anittit w iiri-
yon are bothered with Headache, you are fidgetty.
nervous and geuerally out of sorts, aud want to
brace np. Brace up. but not with stimulants,
spring medicines, or bitters, wlii -h have, for their
basis very cheap, bad whisky, and which stimulate
von for an hour, and t li.n l.-- ;n u-.... ......
dition thau before. What ron want is an altera
tive that will imrifv vour blood, start luMtlthv .
tion f liver and kidneys, restore vour vitality.' and
give renewed health and strength. Such a mdi
ciue you will Hud in Electric Itinera, and onlv 60
cent.a a bottle at Flint Bros, drug store.
en e w t uec 10
Their Business Rooming:.
Probably no ouo thin sr his caused ttuuh m. innrl
revival of trade at Flint Hroa. Druir S Lore aM tliMir
giving away to their customers of s. mauv free
trial bottles of Dr. King's New Discovery for
Consumption. Their trade is simply euormoua in
this very valuable article from the tact that it
always cures aud never disappoints. Coughs,
Colds, Asthma, lironchitis. Croup, aud all throat
auu luug tuseases quicKiy curen. l uu can tost it
Wore buying bv eettins atrial bottle free, larvn
sise ft. .Every bottle warranted, che w tdec 16 K8
Advice to Mothers.
Are yon disturbed at niirbt and broken ef vour
rest by a sick child sutteriug and crving with paij
of cutting teeth I If so, send at once und get a bun
tie of Mrs. AVinslow's Soothing Syrup tor children
teeihing. Its value is incalculable. It will relieve
the poor little sufiererimniediately. eend upon
it. mothers, there is no mistake about it. It cures
dysentery and diarrhoea, regulates the stomach
and bowels, cures wind colic, softens the gums,
reduces inflammation, and cives tone and eiieryv
to the whole system. Mrs. Winslow's Sootbiug
Syrup for children teotliing is pleasant to the taste
aud is the prescription of one of t lieoldest and best
teniale nurses and physicians in the Uuited States,
and is sold by all druggists throughout the world.
Price 25 cents a bottle. I (.-!
rnvehrs' (guide.
Koston & Maine IC. K. i'Mssiimpsie Itiv.
Oct. 21. 1SS8.
TRAINS MO VINO SOUTH.
Mail N Y D Ex Mxd MxdiNMl'Kx
a.m. a.m. p.m. p. m.'p. uijp. m a. m
Newport.. 7 15 1 05 I fi 40 lit 5u-l US
W. liurke. 8 81 x 30 Vi lOj
Lyndouv'll 8 42 2 lJ 5 30' 9 (Nl'l-j 311 1 18
Lyndon... 8 45 5 3.V 9 05 ... I
St. J. Cent. 8 58 5 5d 9 20 ...
St.Joh'sb'y 9 07 2 30 6 10 , 9 33 12 55 ' I 35
Passmu'sic 9 14 6 25 ! 9 47 I 03'
E. Bar net . 9 24 K 43 10 03 ... I
Barnet 9 31 7 OO 10 13 1 24!
Mcludoes. 9 3fl 7 15 10 23 1 35
Wells K... 10 03 3 07 8 00 II 00 I 5:1! a 15
W.R.Juuc 11 45 10 40 I 45 3 15!
Bostou I
p.m. p. in. p. in., p. ut.ja. in. a. m 'a. in.
TRAINS UOYINIi .SOUTH.
a. in. . m. a. m. p.m. p. ni.ip. m
Boston 8 30 9 00 j
p.m. p.m. p. in. p. in. a.m. a. ui. a. m.
W.R.Juuc 1 55 i 5 25 7 30 It W
Wells li... 3 45 2 3tj' 7 55 10 lo 2 25; 1 2D
Mcludoes. 4 05 2 53 ts 25 10 40 2 45 :
Baruet 4 11 H 35 10 50 2 Mi
E. Barnet. 4 17 8 45 II no j 1 4U
Passu m 'sic 4 27 U 02 II 17 3 otij
SLJoh'sb y 4 38 3 19 : 9 30 1 1 3u 3 15 2 04
St. J. Cent. 4 45 1 9 40 1 1 3S i
Lvudou... 4 59 1 9 55 II 5;
Lyudoiiv'U 5 Oft 3 3ti 10 00 12 30 3 38' 2 21
W.Burke. 5 23 1 ... 12 55 3 58;
Newport.. 7 55 4 ii' 2 50 ti taij 3 30
p. in. Ip. in. p. m. I p.tu. a. ni.M. m.
St. Johnsbury & Lake t'liuiiiplniu Kailroad.
Oct. 8, 1888.
TRAINS R AST.
Read down.
T BAINS W RET.
Read up.
Mail Mxd Frt
p. ui. a. iu. p.m-
7 50 li fts
6 25 10 10
4 57 9 01 8 10
4 48 8 52 7 35
4 3H 8 43 7 35
4 21 8 24 6 45
4 00 7 45 6 07
3 30 7 00 4 ."Wt
a 2 51 2 45
2 45 2 25
2 ?i 2 10
2 27 1 50
2 18 I 15
2 12 12 V.
2 01 12 30
m. a. tu. p. in
I'rt Mxd Mail
a . iu. p. m. a. m.
3 20 io00
ti 24 1 1 27
5 44 7 4ti 12 4U
6 03 7 55 12 5U
b 40 8 04 1 09
7 20 S 24 1 29
8 14 8 45 I 50
9 00 9 15 2 20
10 15 3 25
10 35 3 35
10 50 3 44
11 20 3 53
II 35 4 02
11 40 4 08
12 Ob 4 19
p.m. p.m. p.m.
Maquaiu
Swantoii
Cambridge Jc...
Hardwick
E. Hard wick
(5reensbore
Walden
Danville
St. Johnsbury- 5
E. St-Johusbury
W. Concord .
X. Concord
M iles l'ond
K.Concord
Luneuburg
At I "each a in, Dec. 1, a daughter to Mr. aud Mrs.
E. C. JilaiK hard.
At Moutpclier, Nov. 29, a daughter to Mr. aud
Mrs. Win. Arthur Jones.
At St. Johnsbury, Dec. 5, by Rev. E. T. Fairbanks
Dr. Alliert C. Aldrich ol Somerville, Mans , and
Julia, dau-rhter of Jude Joiiatbau Ross of St.
Johnsbury.
At St. Johnsbury, Nov. 28, by Rev. E. T. Saud
ford. Charles E. Shaw of Victory and Carrie M.
(iaskill of St. Joliiisbury.
At St. Jolmsmiry, Nov. 29. Iiy Kev. h. I. Nanu
ford. Frank II. Cusliniau of Waterford ami Minnie
F. Crow of Barton.
At North Haverhill. N. H., Nov. 28. by Elder
Fred Richardson, Albort C. Hall aud Lillian B.
Bemis.
At Rusliford, Minn.. Nov. 1. by Rev . I).
Cbaiuplin, Summer C. Gibson of Rosedale, Da . for
merly of R5'ejate, and Faunie A. Nelson of Kye
jrate. At Passuiupsie, Dec. 4. by Rev. J. T. Buzzell,
Gardner M. Currier of Ma;;oj, I". Q., aud El ia M.
Chambers of Richford.
At North Danville, Nov. 29, by Rev. M. Atwood.
John I. Weeks and Mrs. Emma Hollis'er. both of
North Danville.
At Albany. Nov. 2. by Rev. J. McDonald. Oliver
Martin and Florine Barrett.
At Albany, Nov. 17, by Rev. J. McDonald, Fred
Watson and Mertie Carter.
At Albany, Nov. 29. by Rev. .1. McDonald. Dr.
J. Campbell and Helen M. Vance, Isitb of Albany.
At I'lainfield, Nov. 28, by Uev. L. K. Fortuey.
Whitney S. Smith and Miss Aneuette Randall,
both of llakerstield.
At West Concord, Not. 21, by Rev. John P.
Eastman, William L. Reed ami Gerlrudo K. Bur
roughs, both of West Concord.
At St. Johnsbury, Nov. 2i, Mrs Louise II.
Powers, wife of Frank Walker, aed 58.
At St. Johnsbury. Nov. 30. Addison P. sou of
George R. Crosbv, as;ed 7 months.
At St. Johnsbury Centre, Iec. 5, David C.
Dickinson, aged 30 years.
At Brooklyn, N. Y., Nov. 28, tt pneumonia,
Elizabeth Go.HJwin, wife of John Bishop, formerly
of this town.
At Passumpsic, Nov. 25, Mrs. Ann Hoag. aged
72, tormerly of Waterford.
At Greenslsiro, Dec. 2. Alice Flauders. daughter
of George Flauders, aged 16.
At Peacham, Nov. 29, Mrs. Adeline (Stocker)
Williams, aged 71.
A t Peacham. Dec. 2, Mrs. J. O. Cowles.
At Baruet, Dec. 4. Miss Nancy Gilrillan. aged 76.
At Holly Springs. Miss.. Aug. 8. Mrs Mary
Barton, wife of the late Win Clarke, formerly of
Lunenburg and St. Johnsbury, aged 55.
At Claremont, N. IL, Mrs. Cynthia Hastings
Leland, aged 92 years. The death of this aged
pilgrim occurred on Thanksgiving day. She was
a native of St. Johnsbury, and eldest sister of
Hubbard Hastings, Esq.
At Montgomery, Nov. 28, Mrs. Jelb-rsou Martin,
aged 75 years. Mrs. Martin was the only sinter of
the late Judge Poland.
1.MNE WATCHES REPAIRED and ratd at
A. D. ROWELL'K.
Tenement to Ilent.
On South Park. Enquire of GEORGE WAR
NER, Fairbanks shops.
To I.eiil.
An unfurnished front loom ou first floor. En
quire at 82 Main Street.
79-80
For Sale.
Cheap for cash and at once-, one large i-d kitch
en range in good working order.
tf Apply to Rev. G. II. BAILEY, 2 Railroad at.
IIors4 Tor Kale Cheap
If taken soon. Enquire of W. H. PRESTON.
78 80
Clean Jewapr.
For sale at F. O. CLAKK's. Every family need
them. Only 25 cenU per 100.
Bargains.
Five, 10 and 25 cent packages of Kmbosaod Pict
ures aud Cards for Scrap Books. F. O.CLARK.
Banjo and ciitar.
MissR. E. Thompson, Instructor on the Banjo,
Guitar and Mandolin. Also dealer in above named
Instruments. No. It Railroad St., St. Johnsbury.
For Sale.
Horse and sleigh for sale.
Mare II years old, good roailer, in foal by Gold
finder.
Sleigh, Portland style, almost new.
LYMAN P. WOOD, Lock Box fc76.

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