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COMMENCED AUGUST 8, 1837.
ST. JOHNSBUHY, VT., THURSDAY, DEC. 27, 1888.
VOLUME 52 NUMBER 2G83.
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K;wh Sulcriler will find on his paper in con
neciion with his name, the date to which lie has
paid. No otlier receipt Is necessary.
TOWN AND COUNTY NEWS.
Weather Kecord.
At Bingham's drug store, tor the wee,k ending
Dec. 26, iScrt.
Highest. Lowest.
Thursday. 7 8
Friday, ,3 8
Saturday, 2 12
Suuday, 's fl
Monday, 18
Tuesday, 33
Wednesday, 35
A dash f J indicates below zero.
BRIEF LOCALS.
We wish you all a happy New
Year.
All the public hcIiooIs open on
Monday, January 7.
A pension ha Wen granted to
Dennis V. Hurbank of St. Johnsbury.
The band stand in court bouse
square ban been covered for the win
ter. The meat firm of II. A. Folsom &
Co., Main utreet, in dissolved, William
Daniels retiring.
It is now feared? that the dedi
cation of the Catholic church will have
to 1k postponed to the 20th.
The New Year opens with a total
eclipse of the sun. The eclipse is in
visible throughout New England.
Nathan French has moved from
the old Curtis house on Summer street
to William Moore's house on Central
street.
Kev. Mr. McCartny of Pittsburg
will supply the Presby terian pulpit for
three months beginning the first Sun
day in January.
-
The Citizens bank has declared a
dividend of $2.25 on a share of $75.
This represents a semi-annual divi
dend of 3 per cent.
Charles Locke of East St. Johns
bury received a severe kick from a
strange horse in Mark Russell's barn
on Monday. Mrs. Locke was taken to
the Brattleboro asylum this morning.
i ry,7 -"T"""1 company had a big
S&ho week but not as
large as last year. Mail Agent Simp
son saj-s that the number of packages
this year was considerably less than
formerly all along his route.
William Kooney has moved from
the Shaw house at the head of Summer
Btreet to Anthony McCormick's tene
ment on Railroad street. M. J. Page
has moved from the Ward block to the
Walker block.
At the farmers' meeting to be held
here next week in the discussion on the
topic, "Should Vermont farmers raise
trotters T' Mr. Winslow will take
strong ground against it. If there is
anything to be said in favor there will
be an opportunity to say it.
Officer Ryan arrested Joseph Myers
late Christmas eve and on Wednesday
he was taken before Justice Worcester
and lined $5 and costs for drunken
ness. The police report very little in
toxication on the holiday, a fact for
which all are thankful.
It is pretty well understood that a
petition is being passed on Railroad
street remonstrating against the decis
ion of Postmaster General Dickinson
as to the final location of our post of
fice. It is not true that the petition is
headed, ''Private ; use wisely."
Rev. John Ward of the Advent
church preached at the Free Uaptist
church last Sunday as Rev. F. E. Da
vison had gone to Manchester with his
little boy to have an operation per
formed upon his eves. The children's
Christmas concert at this church will
be held uext Sunday evening.
Anchor ice and sticks got into the
wheel pit at the pump house last week
causing some annoyance. After these
obstructions were removed the pump
was started up Saturday afternoon
when one of the plungers on the big
pump broke driving out the cylinder
Lead. It took several days to repair
the pump.
The subject of Rev. Dr. Aubrey's
lecture in the Y. M. C. A. course next
Thursday evening is "English liberal
view of the home rule question." Dr.
Aubrey comes to this country at the
personal solicitation of Mr. Gladstone
to enlighten our people on this vital
problem. He is a prominent English
statesman and oue who will have
something interesting to say.
The Lake road begins on a new
time table next Monday. The mail
tr;iin gets here from the West at 9
MK-k, connecting with the mail train
South on the Passu in psic road, and
leave fr tUe East at Returning
t arrives at St. .f-.l.nsburv at 3.05 and
lavft at :j.:a)f connecting with the
"otareal express for the North. Go
ebt the mixed train leaves at 7
" "truing at 9.15 p. m.
PERSONAL MKNTIOX.
Ed. Farnsworth, the telephone clerk,
is quite sick.
Albert L. Farwell spent Christmas
at his home in Sherbrooke.
Congressman Grout is home again
through the holiday recess at Wash
ington.
Miss Wei then M. Glines has been
visiting her friend, Mrs. P. K. Gleed of
Morrisville.
Arthur R. Brooks of Olcott and Fred
II. Brooks of Worcester spent Christ
mas at the old homestead.
Edward II. Ross is in the Passump
sic Savings bank during the vacation
of Dartmouth medical college.
Owen II. Gates of Union theological
seminary, Neiv York city, is spending
the holidays at his old home in this
place.
Mrs. II. C. Bates, who has been stop
ping in Montpelier since Legislatuie
closed, returned to St. Johnsbury Mon
day. D. A. Morrison was called this week
to Manchester, N. II., to attend the fu
neral of his brother, the Hon. G. W.
Morrison.
Mrs. S. T. Brooks and son, Frank
Brooks, are at Plymouth today to at
tend the wedding of Col. Henry C.
Hastings and Miss Belle M. King.
William T. Abbott, George E. Min
er, John C. Ross, Irving Sanborn,
Frank Trull and Herbert J. Willard
are back from Dartmouth college.
Frank II. Waterman of the class of
84 at the Academy has left the Mason
ic Mutual Life Insurance company, at
Grand Rapids, Mich., and is now book
keeper for one of the leading lumber
firms iu Minneapolis.
Mr. and Mrs. William II. Horton w ho
have been spending some months with
their son in Montreal have returned to
this place and to their new home at the
foot of Summer street. Mrs. Horton
is slowly improving from the effects of
her fall a year ago.
Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Miles and Mrs.
II. II. Wheeler went to Montpelier
Christmas to attend the wedding of
their neice, Hattie Norn's, who was
married to T. R. Gordon, a lawyer of
that town. Miss Norris is daughter of
the late Samuel Norris of St. Johnsbury
Centre.
Rev. Dr. Arthur Little of the New
England Congregational church at
Chicago has accepted a call to a leading
Congregational church at Dorchester,
Mass. Dr. Little was chaplain of the
1 1 tit Vermont regiment and a few
summers ago preached very accepta
bly for several Sabbaths at the North
church.
Gen. Roger A. Pryor of New York
city, who was interested in a court
case here Friday, is a man of about 70
and one of the leading lawyers of the
present time. Ho has figured in the
Beecher trial, the final appeal of the
Chicago anarchists to the United
States supreme court, the liell tele
phone cases and others as famous as
these.
A Change In Mileage Tickets.
Boston & Maine or Boston & Low
ell mileage tickets will not be accepted
on the Lake road after Jan. 15, but
new ones will be issued at the usual
price for this rond only. Old mileage
tickets can be redeemed at Boston, St.
Johnsbury, Hyde Park and Morrisville.
A Green Christmas.
Chiistmas day was one of the quiet
est of the year and aside from family
reunions and services in several of the
churches there was absolutely nothing
going on. The weather was so mild
as to make the day seem like Fast day
and all prospect of the customary
sleigh ride was destroyed early in the
week. Notwithstanding the weather
the local merchants report a brisk
trade throughout the week.
Two Men Drop with an Elevator.
The freight elevator in Silas Mastin's
department at the scale works fell
Wednesday morning giving the pas
sengers, John Henry and Justus F.
Shedd, a thorough scare and several
bruises. The men started with a heavy
load of scales at the top floor and at a
distance of about 20 feet from the bot
tom the chain broke letting everything
down with a crash. Mr. Shedd was
cut about the chin while his compan
ion escaped with a severe shaking up.
Penniman-Lcwls.
Homer N. Penniman of this place and
Clara M. Lewis were married at the
home of the bride's mother in Hard
wick, Christmas day by Rev. A. B.
Blake. Tin y are to reside here on Mt.
Pleasant slu t 1, Mr. Penniman's father
having purchased a house and fitted it
up for them. Among the many pies
ents received wi re two elegant chairs
and an oil painting from Mr. Penni
man's customers here whom he has
served so well for the past 10 years.
They have the good wishes of all their
acquaintances.
Village Meeting Tonight.
The meeting tonight to see if the vil
lage w ill endorse action of trustees in
their electric lighting scheme promises
to be of more than ordinary interest to
the taxpayers. The ring has had sev
eral meetings, is well organized and
has its plans and motions all matured,
from the man selected for moderator to
the man who "seconds the motion."
Meanwhile Judge Ross has arrived
home and will doubtless be present and
have something to say altout that in
junction. It is reported on the street
that responsible parties will be present
with offers to light the streets better
and cheaper than the Thomson -Houston
offer.
RECENT DEATHS.
Albert 8. Wood Itea at Sea.
Wood. A telegram received by Ly
man P. Wood last Sunday evening an
pounced the death of his brother Albei t
at -sea, between Costa Rica and Ha
vana, on Dec. IS. The first news of
this sad intelligence was received by
the mother, Mrs. L. P. Wood, and her
oldest son, Walter, who were in New
York awaiting the arrival of the
steamer. Mr. Wood had been absent
some weeks on a business trip to Pana
ma and the West Indies and expected
to reach New York in season to spend
Christmas with his friends in St. Johns
bury. A letter from the captain of the
steamer "Dee" states that Mr. Wood
took the steamer at Kingston, Jamai
ca, on Dec. Gth and was in apparently
good health until the 12th. He was
then siezed with violent headaches ac
companied by a high fever and other
unfavorable symptoms and died on the
evening of the B3th quietly and with
out any apparent suffering. The
steamer surgeon called it a case of
acute malarial fever. He had no friends
on the steamer, except the many that
were attracted to him on the voyage,
and the burial took place on the fol
lowing morning "with only a cross
on the map to mark his tomb."
Albei t S. Wood was the second son
of Mrs. L. P. Wood and though never
a long resident of this town he had
made many friends in his numerous
visits home. He was 21 years old and
had been in business for several years.
He was a young man of rare promise
and loved by all who knew him. The
sad circumstances attending his death
and the abseuce of home friends
through his sickness and burial makes
the case a peculiarly sad one. The
family have the heartfelt sympathy of
a large circle of friends in many other
places where ho was known and loved
besides St. Johnsbury.
Chamberlin. Mrs. Elery Chamhcr
1 i 11 died at her home at Paddock vil
lage Thursday evening, under peculiar
ly trying circumstances. She had been
preparing through the day for a little
birthday party of family friends to cel
ebrate her son's 25th anniversary.
About four o'clock she complained to
her youngest daughter of pain in her
stomach. She grew rapidly worse and
before her daughter could get her un
dressed for bed she was comparatively
helpless. The son coming homo at
this time went at once for a doctor.
Meanwhile Mrs. Chamberlin vomited
profusely ami grew cold. Warm
drinks were administered and mustard
applications over the stomach, but all
to no purpose. She seemed perfectly
conscious and wnen askeu oy ner
daughter if she did not think she was
dying, replied in the negative; but she
passed away between 5 and 6 o'clock,
before a physician arrived or her son
had returned. Mrs. Chamberlin had
been a vigorous, hard-working woman
all her life and was in usual health the
day she died. Physicians attribute
her death to either apoplexy or heart
disease. She leaves a husband and
three children Marion, Adah and
William. Her maiden name was
Martha Rollins and she came herefrom
Concord, N. II., 25 years ago. She had
been a member of tho North Congre
gational church for the past 17 years.
Steak. Mrs. S. M. Spear died last
Sunday in her 84th year at the home
of her son-in-law, Rev. E. T. Sand ford.
She was born in Appleton, Maine, and
lived for many years in Warren in the
same state where her remains were
taken for burial on Monday. She had
lived hero but a few years, devoting
herself to the care of her daughter,
Mrs. Sandford, who died last June.
Mrs. Spear was in comparative good
health until a short time before her
death.
Dickinson. David C. Dickinson,
who died at St. Johnsbury Centre on
the 5th inst., was the son of the late
Rev. L. C. Dickinson .and a prominent
Methodist in this section. He was
born in Woodstock in 1853 and in 1871
he became an active member of the
Bellows Falls church. He had taught
music in Boston, Littleton and else
where and in 1884 he accepted the po
sition as vocal teacher in the Vermont
Methodist seminary at Montpelier;
was also leader of the Methodist church
choir and remained there two years.
He leaves a mother and two sisters,
Mrs. Geo. Kelley of Littleton, N. II.,
and Mrs. Amos Scott of St. Johnsburv
Music at Newport.
The Orleans county musical associa
tion will hold a convention at New
port Jan. 8 11, with II. G. Blaisdell,
conductor; Mrs. Shepard, pianist, aud
Daisy Hoyt, reader. Among the so
loists appear the names of Harry May,
C. S. Conant, Misses Alice Esty and
Lillian Smith of Boston. Blaisdell's
quintette club also appears. Half fare
on the railroad north of Wells River.
Annual Village Meeting.
The call is posted for the annual
village meeting on Wednesday, Jan
2, warning all voters to meet in the
Town hall at I o'clock to act upon
these articles : To elect these officers
for the ensuing year, president, clerk
tax collector, five trustees, seveu fin
wardens aud three auditors; to raise
money for current expenses and inter
est on the funded debt due in 18d9; to
transact any other business that can
legally come before the meeting. Our
village meetings have usually been
very interesting and it behooves al
voters to attend this which promises
to be a very important one.
CHRISTMAS OBSERVANCE.
Several of the churches held appro
priate Christmas services last Sunday
while others will not observe the day
until next Sunday.
At the Methodist Church
At the Methodist church the child
ren gave a concert Sunday evening
which' was largelj- attended by the
parents and friends of the participants
The little folks rendered their recita
tions and songs in a very creditable
manner eliciting much admiration and
praise from the audience. Rev. T. P.
Frost followed with a short address in
which he urged that the story of the
Christ-child should be made as real as
possible to the children. The myth
Santa Clans had better be shipped to
Tarshish ; Christians have no need of
him. ' Let the children bo taught that
the gifts come from the hand 'of the
Lord. Supt. A. L. Bailey congratulat
ed the children on their highly success
ful concert, and said that instead of
having a tree with presents for every
body the experiment would be tried
this year of giving where a gift was
not expected in return and a collection
would be taken to provide new singing
books for the Sunday school. The
boxes were passed by three little girls
and $9 raised for this purpose.
At the IVortU Church
There was an appropriate and beau
tiful religious service on Chi istmas eve
commemorative of tho One who was
born on Christmas day. The chapel
was illuminated by the candles from
two evergreen trees. The musical
part of the service included a solo by
E. A. Silsby and songs by the choir.
The pastor spoke of the meaning of
the day to Christians and tho church,
how Christ was the light of world, and
how it was the duty of the church
members to carry the light of the gos
pel to all people. At tho close of this
rief service the audience exchanged
1 olid ay greetings with one another.
Christmas will bo further observed
it the North church next Sabbath at
he different services. The musical
program of the morning is:
relndo. Christinas Pastoral. Mcrko.l
Anthem.
Ambrose
Dndley Buck
Handel
'hristnias Hymn.
ostlude. From the Messiah.
The Sunday school concert conies in
the evening together with this musical
nograni :
1 elude. March from Solcnncllc. Lo Naiero
Anthem. Dudley Buck
istlude. Festival March. Smart
At tike South Church.
Worshippers at this church fouud
the beautiful memorial windows in,
when they came to church on Sunday.
Pile one on the north side nearest the
ul pit, in memory of J. K. Colby, has
a Latin inscription for the central fig
ure with a crown above and a cross
below. Opposite this is one presented
by the Sunday school in memory of
Ephraim Jewett and his wife. The
central design here is the Holy Bible.
The window in memory of Joseph P.
Fairbanks and wife contains a figure
of St. John, robed in green. The win
dow opposite, on the south side, in
memory of Thaddeus Fairbanks and
wife, contains a figure of St. Paul, rob
ed in red.
The service Sunday evening was a
Christmas exercise rendered by the
Sundav school. The pastor followed
with brief and appropriate remarks.
On Christmas eve the children of the
school were handsomely entertained
tt the home of their superintendent,
'rof. Henry Fairbanks, over 200 gath
ering there for a social evening.
At the Presbyterian Church.
Though without a pastor this church
lad a very pleasant Christmas service
and tree on Christmas night. The
members of the Sunday school partici-
tated in the exercises with recitations
and songs that were all well rendered.
The children were all made vory hap
py with candy bags and other gifts
from the brilliantly-lighted tree. There
was a large attendance at the exercises.
At the Episcopal Church.
lne usual (Jiiristmas service was
omitted at this church this year as no
rector could be secured for the occa
sion. I lie lestivities on Christmas eve
were in the society's room in Music
hall which was handsomely decorated
with Chinese lanterns. Santa Claus
was on hand with his gifts for the
children and a supper was served. It
was entirely a church a Hair and large
ly attended.
At the Universal 1st Church.
Here the children of the Suuday
school and their many friends made
merry on Christmas night. A Christ
mas tree made the festivities complete
besides making the children very hap
py with its presents. The "bell party'
on Saturday evening was a great sue
cess.
At the Catholic Church.
One of the bells of the chimes was
moved into the new church before
Christmas and rang forth Tuesday in
its new position. All the services of
the day were held in the old church
and were largely attended, especially
midnight mass. The musical program
at the services was of a high order.
Y. 31. C. A. Notes.
Those who desire to purchase any of
the hymn books used in the Christian
Workers conference may do so by call
ing at the secretary's office. The price
is 25 cents per copy.
The meeting for men Sunday at 4 p
m. in the Association hall will be con
ducted by George II. Hale of St. Johns
bury, now a student at Amherst col
lege. AH men are cordially invited to
attend.
The meetings held in the Association
building Sunday mornings at 9.30
o'clock, are open to both men and
women.
lilfjHTS OP PYTHIAS.
&
I lIcatlon of Their VSevr Hall.
Apol!o lodge, No. 2, Knights of
Pythias, dedicated their new hair in
B. G. IJowe's block Wednesday even
ing with imposing ceremonies. The
way to the hall was gaily lighted with
Chinese lanterns and at 8 o'clock the
lodge r-om was well filled with the
members of the order and their lady
friends
The Rail and ante-rooms occupy the
entire second story of the block, and
Apollo lodge is to be congratulated up
on having one of the cosiest society
rooms ifi this part, of the state. The
hall is 10x25 feet, finished in cherry,
with a jlado of ash extending around
tho roofi.
The furniture and officers'
desks ae also in cherry. The room is
carpeted' and the corrugated iron ceil
ing v .: so juely frescoed . Open i ng
out from the hall is a convenient coun
cil chamber, a small room for the
Knights' paraphernalia and a hallway.
The entrance to the lodge room is from
the Avenue house.
Tho members of the order from
abroad were Frank J. Pillsbury of
Concord and J. F. Chute of Portland,
keepers of records and seal in the
grand lodges of New Hampshire and
Maine respectively, and 0. W. Farrar,
now of Dover, N. II., supreme master
at arms in the state grand lodge. At
8 o'clock the St. Johnsbury orchestra
opened the program with music, after
which C. A. Norton, supreme chancel
lor of Apollo lodge, announced the
business of the evening and left the
lodge in charge of the supreme officers.
The dedication was then performed )
by these supreme officers : Chancellor,
O. W. Farrar ; vice chancellor, T. C.
Fletcher; prelate, 0. II. Henderson;
master at arms, J. F. Chute; herald,
F. J. Pillsbury ; inner guard, C. F.
Shepherd ; outer guard, J. F. Marsh ;
M. of E., E. D. Steele ; K. R. and S.,
N. P. Bowman. The exercises were
both pleasant and instructive and the
ritual was full of beautiful sj'inbolisms.
After the dedication Supreme Chan
cellor Norton called Mr. Farrar to the
desk and, after reminding him that
Apollo lodge owed its origiu and pres
ent prosperity to his untiring efforts,
presented him in behalf of the Knights
with a beautiful French clock. Mr.
Farrar happily responded, after which
tho audience adjourned to the hotel
where Landlord Howe had 100 covers
laid for a sumptuous banquet.
After the feasting Dr. C. F. 0. Tink
er was introduced as toastmaster aud
the choice was a happy one. Mr.
Chute responded for the grand lodge,
giving sin account of the rapid growth
of the order since its foundation 25
years ago. Kev. J? . a. Jr lsiier gave tne
story of Damon and Pythias, showing
what the story meant to all true
Knights, and also told of the origin of
tho order among the order among the
clerks of the navy department at
Washington and how it spread from
there all over the land. Mr. Farrar
expounded the principles of the order,
and Elisha May responded to the toast,
"Our new home." E. II. Blossom ex
tended a cordial invitation to the visi
tors to join the order. O. 11. Hender
son spoke of the relationship of the
Odd Fellows to this and kindred or
ders, while Major Bowman responded
in a felicitous manner to the toast
"Woman : whose heart is as gentle as
her face is fair."
By this time the hands on the clock
were neariug midnight and the ban
queters adjourned to their several
homes after congratulating one anoth
er on the new hall and the prosperity
of the lodge which in eight months has
grown to a membership of nearly 70.
The officers of the grand lodge left for
St. Albans this morning where the
third lodge in the state will be insti
tuted. The New Dam Pronounced All Right.
Mr. Ordway of Woburn, Mass., came
here Saturday iu the interest of the
owners of the Belknap water power
company to inspect their new dam.
After a careful examination he pro
nounced it safe, suggesting only a few
minor changes, among them being a
recommendation to build a boom to
catch tjie driftwood. Mr. Ordway con
structed Wilder's new dam at Olcott
and is well posted upon hydraulic en
gineering.
Mr. Ordway advised the strengthen
ing of the underpinning of the flume
aud this will be done as soon as the
services of a diver can be secured. It
is proposed to place car axles beneath
the flume to make it perfectly strong
The wheels will not be placed until
this is done. Work has been rapidly
pushed upon the house for the electric
light plant and it will be completed in
a short time.
A Cold Villain.
One evening of last week a domestic
in a family on Main street was called
to the door about nine o'clock by the
ringing of the door-bell. On unlock
ing the door a stranger man undertook
to push inside, but the plucky girl push
ed In in back and locked the door. The
intruder then demanded entrance or
he would break in ; but when the gir
called for the man of the house the
ruffian ran as fast as his legs would
carry him. It was evident that the
man who thus undertook to force him
self inside the house supposed the
family were all gone from home except
the domestic. It would be a good
plan for householders to keep a good
heavy "headache-stick" just inside the
door for ose on villains who roam
about nights. It would be more
effective than a revolver and a good
deal safer for the party handling it.
THE FRATERNITIES.
Four lodges were represented at the
last meeting of the district union,
Good Templars, at West Burke. There
was a good attendance and the numer
ous short speeches indicated a pros
perous condition of the order. The
next meeting will be held with River
side lodge at Lyndonville on the first
Friday in March.
The annual meeting of Mount Sinai
Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine
was held at Montpelier last Friday
evening, but no members from St.
Johnsbury were in attendance. This
order was instituted by Kalif Alee,
son-in-law of the prophet Mohammed
of Mecca, Arabia, in G5G.
The pnblic installation of thenewly
elected officers of Chamberlin post, G.
A. R., will be held on Saturday, Jan.
5. Comrades Bonett, Blodgott, May
and Sprague attended the camp fire of
the D. Rattery post at West Burke
last week Wednesday where W. W.
Sprague was called ont and responded
by giving a racy as well as thrilling
account of his life at Belle Isle prison.
Some Christmas Remembrances.
At the regular meeting of the Oxford
league at the Methodist parlors last
Monday evening there were fully 75
present and a nice literary program
rendered. After this the presiding offi
cer, Lewis Grow, in a very happy
speech presented the pastor, Rev. T.
P. Frost, with an easy chair and a dic
tionary holder in behalf of the mem
bers of the league. The pastor re
sponded in a pleasant way after which
all present went up stairs where cake
aud coffee were served.
George Bangs of Mt. Pleasant street,
a pattern maker at the 6cale works,
was generously remembered on Christ
mas day with a purse of $70, contrib
uted by his friends at the shops. Mr.
Bangs has been sick for several months
with gastric fever and is slowly im
proving and able to be out.
Some of the North church people
presented the janitor, George R. Cros
by, with a valuable cloak on Christ
mas day as a testimonial of his faithful
services at that church. The gift was
greatly appreciated by the recipient.
Frank Bailey was generously re
membered on Christmas day with a
check for $10 by his employer, George
Rauuey.
Uncle Sam's Christmas.
Postmaster Bowman and his efficient
clerks were kept busy from Sunday
until after Christmas day distributing
the packages and letters that fairly
Hooded the office. Nearly 50 sacks of
merchandise, exclusive of the regular
mails, were handled at the office early
in the week. twenty sacks passed
through the office Monday aud 18 more
on Christmas day. In these figures
are included both the sacks received
aud those sent out. The first mail
Christmas morning brought in 2,000
letters, the largest number ever re
ceived in one mail since the present
force have been in the office. The
local service in Christmas cards was
arger than usual. The packages were
better wrapped than in former years
and ouly one package now remains in
the office without an owner. The
force of clerks was not increased dur
ing these busy times and they certain-
y deserve a big credit mark for the
promptness with which they handled
the mails.
What Electric Lights Cost.
The New Haven Electric company
has compiled the cost of lighting by
electricity of 180 cities and large towns
in various parts of the country, togeth
er with the names of the system used.
Although some towns run their lights
.ill night others cease at midnight. The
table published gives the price per light
for all night. If the light is wanted
only until midnight the pi ice would bo
about one-half as much. Below are
given the figures as they are in various
parts of the country :
Price per light
for all night.
Hartford, Ct $.55
New Haven .55
Fitchbnr, Mass .50
New Bedford .53
Weetttold .50
Trov, N Y .47
Dayton, O .45
Denver .41
Lafayette, Ind .'M
Logansport .31
Terre Uanto .25
Bloomington, III .31
Freeport .28
Qnincy .33
Winona, Minn .34
Nashua .30
Plainfleld, N J .23
Yonkers, N Y .13
Yonngston, O .13
Zanesville .21
The above figures it will be remem
bered are for a light of 2000 candle-
power burning all night for 305 nights
in the year. For a light burning only
until midnight 21 nights in a month the
cost would hardly be over one-third of
the above. For lights of 1200 candle
power the cost would be still further
reduced. It is safe then to say that if
1200 caudle power lights should be
furnished this town 21 nights in the
month, lighted till midnight, for 15
cents a light per night this town would
then be paying considerable more
than the average paid in the above
towns and more than double what
many of them now pay. Yet even at
this rate it would bring the lights of
this place down to less than $38 each
per year. And if St. Johnsbury could
get its light as cheap as Yonkers does.
burning only until midnight, it would
cost onlj' $10.24 per year per light
Another significant fact in relation to
the above is that only six of the 180
towns enumerated use water power
and not one of the towns in the above
table.
COURT HOUSE REPAIRS.
The New Law and It Provisions.
At the last session of the Legislature
the following law was passed provid
ing for repairing the court house and
levying a tax on the county :
It is hereby enacted by the General
Assembly of the State of Vermont :
Sec. I. Hon. Jonathan Ross of St.
Johnsbury and the Assistant Judges of
Caledonia county court are hereby ap
pointed commissioners for the purpos
es named in this Act.
Sec. 2. Said commissioners are here
by authorized and empowered to re
pair the court house iu the count' of
Caledonia, including any alterations
thereof, deemed necessary, and to pro
vide suitable offices and vaults for the
county officers, in auy manner most
economical and for the best interests of
said county, in the judgment of said
commissioners; the whole expense to
said county not to exceed ten thousand
dollars. , . :
ec. 3r$aid commissioners are here
by authorized in carrying out the pro
visions of Sec. 2 of this Act, to pur
chase the whole or any part of the in
terest of the town of St. Johnsbury, in
said court house, if in the judgment of
said commissioners it is deemed advi
sable. Section 4 levies a tax of eight cents
on the dollar of the grand list of the
several towns in the comity. Section
5 provides pa' for the commissioners
at $3 per day, and section 0 piovides
if any money raised is not expended ou
the court house it may be applied on
other county liabilities.
Pursuant to these instructions the
county treasurer has issued the war
rants to the selectmen of the 17 towns
in the county. The selectmen will
doubtless avail themselves of the pro
visions of the fourth section and draw
their order upon their town treasurer
for the amount assessed and include
this amount in the next tax-bill issued.
These are the amounts assessed upon
the several towns after deducting three
per cent, for abatements :
Barnct
Burke
Danville
Groton
Hard wick
Kir by
Lyndon
Newark
Peacham
Ryegate
St. Johnsbury
Sheffield
Stannard
Sutton
Walden
Waterford
Wheelock
Total
$)7.5G
4!).G5
G84.I7
270.32
504.04
154.1!)
1,052.93
155.43
470.CO
038.30
2,740.20
174.41
48.02
202.77
212.83
380.37
55.1)2
$9,297.12
The commissioners have held only a
few meetings and have not attempted
to determine upon any plans as yet.
The two plans most feasible are the
purchasing of the town's interest in
the court house, or building a small
fire-proof structure a little distauce
from the courthouse to be used for offi
ces and vaults. If the former project
was carried out the present structure
would be remodeled, the offices eu-
arged aud the vaults made fire proof.
The latter plan would not necessitate
any purchase from the town nor any
extensive improvements in the present
court house. The commissioners pro
pose to thoroughly investigate the
matter and decide upon a plan before
spring. Specifications and bids will
then be called for and the alterations
made.
Farmers' Meeting.
The meeting under the direction of
the Board of agriculture will be held at
St. Johnsbury next week, Thursday
and Friday. These gatherings are of
much interest and profit not only to
farmers and stock raisers, but also to
the general public. Ladies are invited
to all sessions. Following is the pi o-
gram :
THURSDAY. JAN. SO.
10.00 Address of "Welcome, By W. P. Stafford of
St. Johnsbury
10.30 Dairying iu Wiuter and In Summer, By
Kollin C. Smith of Pittsford
11.30 Discussion.
2.00 Should Vermont Farmers raise Trotters t By
C. M. Wiuslow ot Brandon
Discussion.
M usic.
3 00
7.00
7.15
7.45
fi.15
Dairyiui and the Corn Crop, By J. II. Kin
erson of Peacham.
Breeding Dairy Stock, By Homer W. Vail of
Pomtret
Discussion.
4PUIDAT. JAN. 4TI1.
10.0(1 "What shall we do with the Imysf By J. H
Walbridgeof Concord!
10.45 Cultivated anil Sowed Crops, By llliani
Cbapin ot Middlesex
11.30 Discussion.
2.00 Fruits and Vegetables, By C. W. Minottof
the Vermont Experiment Station
Discussion.
M usic.
3.00
7.00
7.15
Economy in Stock Feeding, By M. W. Davis
of V estmi nster
Discussion.
8.15
Expenses of the Village.
The forthcoming village report will
show that the expenses of running the
village of St. Johnsbury lor lco are
about $200O iu excess of the amount
required for '87. In round numbers it
requires $19KK) a year to pay village
expenses. Of this amount about $0000
is received from water rents, etc., and
the balance of $13,000 is raised by tax
on the grand list. The outstanding
debt is yet $00,000. The luxury of
living in St. Johnsbury comes high
and with an increase of $2000 a year i
will soon be too high to be properly
appreciated. I lie running excuses
compare with last year as follows
Highways this year $2494, last year
$2297. Sewers this year $704, last
year $428. Sidewalks this year $455,
last year $00. Street lighting this
rear $095. last year $710. Police this
year $480, last year $518. Fire de
partment this year 02, last year
$1101. General expenses this year
$1339, last year $1227. The water ex
penses are not reported this year iu
gross as last year, but reckoned ne
$903. Last year the gross expenses
were reported at $4095, with $0000
receipt from water rents, etc. This
makes the apparent expense of the wa
ter works some $3O00 more than last
year, but probably they are not so
much in excess of last year as this
would make them appear.
Vermont President ial Officers.
Following are the dales of the con
firmations of Vermont officials .-appoint
ed by the president, together with
their salaries accord inc to Ihe latest
official publications :
DISTRICT OFFICIALS.
John Robinson, United States mar
shal, June 24, 1880, $200 and fees.
Bradley B. Smaller, collector cus
toms, August 2, 188(. $100 ami fees.
C. 11. Pitkin, United States attotnev.
January 23, 1888, $200 and fees.
POSTMASTERS.
Henry L. Kenyon, Noithfi. hi. March-
9, I88U, $1 100.
Dudley C. Brown, Brandon. Febt na
ry 26, 1887, $1500.
Asa M.Dicky, Bradford. Febiiiuv
2(5, 1887, $ 15(H).
W. L. Howard. Fairhaveii. Febrnarr
26, 1887, $1500.
M. B. 1 brasher, Newport. IVIi ii iiv
26, 1887, $1300.
W. B. Vail. West Randolph. Februa
ry 2(5, 1887, $1400.
Charles H. Reynolds, Swaulmi. Feb
ruary 2ti, 1887, $1100.
George W. Beck with. I5ui lin-Mon.
February 2(, 1887, $2700.
N. I . Bowman, St. Johnsburv. Jan-
nary 10, 1888, $2000.
Ira Goddard, Ludlow, Jamiaiv KI,
888, $1200.
II. W. Martin, Benniiirt4in. January
10, 1888, $1700.
C. G. Allard, Winooski, June 30,
888, $1000.
Fred W. Moist , Mnt i li. r. July
, 1888, $2300.
A Card.
We wish to express our thanks to our nrililior
and trieuds for the kindness thi-v liavit show 11 11
n our deep affliction and limit ot trouble.
KLBUT ClIAMIlKltl.lN A Nil FAMILY.
itucklcu's Arnu.A Salve.
The Host Salvo in the world lor Cuts. I'.i uiscs.
Sores, Ulcers, Salt. Kheiiui, Fever Soles. Tetter
IMiaiiiicil Hands. Cliillilaius. Corns, and all Skin
Eruptions, and positively cures Piles, or no nav
required. It is guaranteed to aive pel Tret satis
faction, or money refunded, l'riee 5 cents per
box. For sale bv Flint liros. t iau it 9
Don't Experiment.
You cannot afiord to w.-tste. time in experiment
ii2 when vour turn's are in dauirer. t'oiisiimoiion
always seems at first, only a cold. Do not permit
any dealer to impose upon you with some cheap
imitation ot nr. Kings ISew Discovery lor Con
sumption, coughs and colds, but lie sure you get
the genuine, ltecause he can make more profit lie
may tell you he has .something iust as good, or just
the same. Don't be deceived, but insist. iikui get
ting Dr. King s New Discovery, which is guaran
teed to gi ve relief in all throat lung aud chest af
fections. Trial bottles free at Fliul liros.
oh e w t doc 16.
A Sound Legal Opinion.
K. Baiubridge Mnnday Ksi.. Count v Ally . f lav
Co., Tex. says: "Have used F.lectric Hitters with
most happy results. My lirother also uas very
ow with Malarial Fever and Jaundice, hut was
cured by timely use of this medicine. A in satis
tied Electric Bitters saved his life." Mr. D. P
Wilcoxsou, of Horse ('ave. Ky.. adds a like testi
mony, saying: Ite positively liclievea lie would
lave died had it not heeu tor Kleclric Hitters.
This great remedy will ward oil, as well as cure
all Malarial Diseases, and for all Kiduey, l.iier
and Stomach Disorders stands iiueqiialed Price
5)c aud $1.00 at Flint Bros. ch e w t de 16, 84
Advice to Mothers.
Are you disturbed at night and broken of vour
rest bv a sick child suffering and crying with naii-
of cutting teeth ( If so, send at once and get a Imd
tlo ol Mrs. Winslow s Soothing Syrup tof children
teething. Its ralne is incalculable. 1 1 will relieve
the poor little sultererimmediately. Itepetid upon
it. mothers, there is no mistake about it. It cures
dysentery and diarrhoea, regulates the stomach
aud bowels, cures wind colic, sol lens the gums,
reduces inflammation, and gives tone aud energy
to the whole system. Mrs. W inslow Sootlimi;
Syrup for children teothiug is pleasant to the taste
and is the prescription ot one ot the oldest ami ties!
female nurses and physicians iu the United Stales,
and is sold by all druggists throughout the world.
Price 2j cents a bottle. Uoci-U
At St. Johnsbury, Dec. 23, a sou to Mr. and Mrs.
E. Cii ley.
At Hard wick, Dec. 20. a daughter to Mr. and
Mrs. Henry Henderson.
eiQdrriiiQcs.
At St. Johnsburv. .Dec. 24. bv Filler J. Ward.
Edson Jeniifta aiid-.l'-Doi a Chapiiel, both uf St.
Johnsburv.
At Hardwick. Dec. 25, by Kev. A. It. Blake,
Homer N. Peiiuiman ol St. Johnsbury and Clara M.
Lewis of Hardwick.
At Milea Pond, Dec. 25. by Kev. John P. East
man, A. Oscar Astle ami Nellie. M. hold.
At Sawverville. Canada. Dec. 19. bv Kev. M.
Pratt, Kobert McCrackin anil Annie Jane Klliott,
both recently of St. Johnsbury.
At Montpelier, Dec. 25, liy Kev. .1. t. Sliei liurn,
assisted bv Kev. K. A. Bishop, Truman It. (iordon.
F.sq. and 11 at lie 3,1. JNorns, formerly ot St. Johns
burv Centre.
At St. Johnsburv, Dec. 1, Charlie Carson of
Central City, Colorado, aud MavlH-lle Moultou.
At Newport, Dec. Sre, ly Kev. s. ft. Nohhs. tlal-
sey H. Packer of Burke, and Mary 1. Whitlock of
Haralioo, Wis.
At sea. Dec. 13, between Costa l.'iea and Havana,
Albert S. Wood, son of Mrs. I.. P. Wood ot this
place, aged 21.
At St. Johnsbury, Dec. 20. Martha Kollius, aged
55, witeol Elery J-Cliamlierliii.
At W aterlord, Iec. 2.1, Alnal JCichardsoii, aged
tiG.
At West Concord, Dec. 24, Mrs. A. Wilson, aged
93
At Sheffield, Dec. 20. Willard McNeal.
At F.HSt Hurke, Dec. 24. Lemuel Walter, aued 74.
At Lancaster. X. II.. Dec 9, C- W I'.alch. aed
5'J, formerly of St. Johnsbury-
At St. Johnslmry, Dec. !B. Mth. s. m. spear,
:iged X4, widow of the late Joseph Spear of Warren,
Me.
At North Danville, Dec. 24, John D. Harris.
'MNE
WATCHES KKPAIKED and ralol a
A. P. KOWKI.I. K.
For S:il' or to Item.
The F'rench F. Carrick place in Suiouie. ville.
INEZ OtMlDAI.I..
fn aC St. Johnsbury East, Vt.
T voS'aleI Sleigh Tor Sale.
Keene make both xile and shafts. Euquiie at
this office.
Sleijjli lor Sale.
A single sleigh with top. Will lie sold at a low
price.
623
II. C. KI.V.
For al'.
Two 2 seated sleighs, Hiugle sleighs, two horse
sleds, one horse sleds, woik hallos cs (hiving
harnesses, butlalo and widf roltes, one yearliug
bull (Jersey). Enquire ol
m-3 W. H. PKKSTOX.
To Item.
A small and pleasant office ia splendid location,
with all the modern conveniences, including aa,
steam heat, toilet, etc.
eltf ('HAS. S. HASTI.VtlS Over Post office.
Clean J'ver
For sale at . O. Clark's. F:ve.ry family ueed
them. Only 25 cenU er 100.
Bargain.
F'ive. 10 and 25 cent packages of lCiiiWonsed Pict
nres aud Cards for Scrap Books. F. o. Cl.A HK.
Banjo ami nilur.
MiSftK. E. Thompson, Instructor on the I'.anjv,
Guitar and Mandolin. Also dealer in almve named
Instruments. No. 15 Kailroad St., St. Johnsbury.
For Sale.
The Langdon J. Cuminiugs premises. Good
bouse and barn, and five acres ot excellent land.
Mtf Euquireof W. II . I'KKSIuX.
Wanted,
Energetic men iu every town to sell the best
subscription book in America. Highest commis
sions paid. Address T1CKNOK & CO, 211 l ie
mout St., Boston, Mass. t"6
For Clergymen.
Neatly engraved Marriage Certificate tor sale
at this office. Prices, with envelope to match. 15
and 20 cent each, according to quality. It order
ed by mail, send nothing larger than two-ceat
stamps.

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