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Business Cards.
J. A. THOMPSON, M. D., C. M..
Physician and Surgeon.
Office 05 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury.
Office Honrs, 9 to 10 a. m., 1 to 8
and 7 to 8 p. m.
Specialist Eye, Bar, Note and Throat.
No. 29 Main St., St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Homeopathic Physician and Burgeon.
Office, Union Block, Danville, Vt.
Office Hours, 12 to 1.80 p. in., 6 to 7 p. m.
E. H. ROSS.M D-,
Physician and tturgeon.
Office and residence, 84 Main Street.
Telephone connection.
Physician and Burgeon.
Ear, Nose, Throat and Chest a specialty.
Office, 29 Main St. Residence, St. Johns
bury House.
Office Hours 9 to 10 a. m., 1 to 3 and
7 to 8 p. m.
Telephone at office and residence Night calls
telephoned from office to residence;
Physician and Murgeon.
Office Hours until 9 a. m.: 1 to 2 and 7 to 8
p. m.
105 Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Veterinary Murgeon.
Graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College,
Office 118 Railroad Street.
Trained Nurses.
Trained. Nam,
Graduate of the Maine General Hospital.
No. Highland Ave., St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Slisa Alice Baker, Mia Jessie Ilisceck
Graduates of the Providence, R. I., Hospital.
28 Clifl Street, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Pythian Building, St. Johnsbury.
Burgeon Dentist.
Citizens Bank Building, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Dr. C. H. Mason's Cancer Cure can be had
at this office.
Corner Main Street and Eastern Avenue.
Attorney at Law,
Bank Block, over Post Office, St. Johnsbury.
Attorneys at Law,
69 Eastern Ave. St. Tohnsbury.
Collections a specialty.
Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Collections a Specialty.
Hardwick, Vt.
29 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Piano Tuners.
Pianoforte Tuning and Regulating.
6 Cherry Street, 6t. Johnsbury, Vt.
dradnate Tuning Department New
England Conservatory.
' Pianos and Organs tuned and repaired.
21 Main Street, St. Johnsbury.
Insurance Agents.
Eire, Life and Accident Insurance.
Steam Boiler, Plate Glass, Elevator and Em
ployers' Liability Insurance.
Dealers in Coal.
32 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Eire, Life, Accident and Plate Glass
Insurance. Real Estate.
80 Eastern Avenue, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
The Best.
W. C. LEWIS, Agent.
St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
Eire, Life and Accident Insurance.
Pythian Building, St. Johnsbury, Vt,
In the best companies. Insurance placed at
short notice. FRANCIS SWITSKR,
28 Cliff Street. St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Solicits Machine Job Work. Light ma
chlnery and model work a specialty.
Piping and Steam Engine Repairing.
M'f'a Board Mills. Jobbing a Specialty.
Mill Street. St. Johnsbury.
3 Paddock Street, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Cat Flowers and Floral Designs
For sale at all seasons of the year on short
notice. For immediate attention order by
iciegrapn, tciepnonc or special delivery.
J. M. PEItllAitl, C. E.
Drafting office, Scale works,
St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Business Cards.
Druggial and Pharmacist,
S Bank Block, Main St., St. Johnsbury.
Electrical Engineer,
St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Electric Power and Llchtins Plants In
Plans and Specifications furnished on appli
Pythian Building, St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Lunenburg, Vermont,
Open all the year for permanent and
transient guest
Horology, Pharmacy, Optical Work. Drugs,
medicines, watencs, silverware.
Watches demagnetized and closrly rated.
For Sale Furniture.
Ann C. Martin, M. D.
Ceylon arfd India Tee,
Wanted Cheap Work Horse.
Are Y.O.U Stout J. C. Stevens.
Scientific Papers Swift Bros.
Sacrifice Sale E. D. Steele & Co.
Don't Blow That $ S. A. Moore.
Side Tracked Howe Opera House.
Getting Into Line N. E. Chamberlain.
Probate of Will Frederick Fletcher's Est.
Probate of Will Samuel H. Nutting's Bst.
The Kind That Suits Barbour's Bus. Col.
Palestine Commandery, No. S, K. T.
Palestine CommandervNo. 0. Knieht Tem.
plar holds a Special Conclave TueBday eve
ning, January 25. The order of Knights
Templar will be conferred
P. F. Hazbk, Commander.
D. M. Bacon, Recorder.
Knlghta of Pythias.
Regular convention of Aoollo Lodge No. 2
Tuesday, Jan. 18. Installation of officers.
work in ".rage" rank.
W. O. Shaw, C. C.
H. T. Fisher. K. R. S.
At Bingham's Drug Store, for the week
ending January 19, 1898.
Highest Lowest
Thursday 40 10
Friday 20 2
Saturday 26 20
Sunday 25 5
Monday 20 5
Tuesday 10 17
Wednesday 18 7
Two snow storms during the week
have much improved the sleighing.
About 40 from here attended the dis
trict meeting of the Eastern Star lodge
at Lyndonville Wednesday evening.
Boynton & Eastman commenced
their fire and water sale Wednesday, and
since that time the store has been well
filled with customers.
N. 0. Mollica lost a horse at Barnet
last Friday. In going down the' mill
bill the animal fell down suddenly, injur
ing him internally so that he died in a
lew hours.
S. D. Atwood has placed a full line of
candies and bakery goods in B. F. Weeks'
new store on Railroad street and bakery
goods are delivered daily to both Mr,
Weeks' and F. A. Scott's stores.
Company D is enjoying its new
armory, and now possesses a place ol
rendezvous that cannot be surpassed,
for convenience and adaptability to its
purpose, by any armory in the state.
Typical winter weather has been the
order for several days past a bracing
atmosphere, fine sleighing, and, aside
from the ordinary run of colds, the com
munity is in a gratilyingly healthy con
dition. The N. E. 0. P. will give a social
dance in the Stanley Opera House for
members and invited friends, Friday
evening, Jan. 28. Supper will be served
in the hall. The balcony will not be
opened to spectators.
Lucius K. Hazen has sold his house
to George C. Cary, the reported price
being $6000. Mr. Cary takes possession
in the near future and the many friends
of the Hazens regret to learn that they
contemplate leaving town.
The firm of Hunt & Babbitt of
Waterbury, insolvent debtors, have paid
their creditors 33 cents on a dollar, and
hope to pay seven cents more. Both
members of the firm once were in partner
ship at East Hardwick and are well
known in this vicinity.
James C. Mooney, ngeut of the
Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Co. ot
Hartford, Conn., has distributed some
handsome calendars giving pictures of
four naval battles in our country's his
tory and the commander of each. This
insurance company has paid over $37,
000,000 to its policy holders.
The Department of Agriculture have
issued an illustrated year book, which
contains much of interest and practical
value to farmers. In order that these
books may reach those who will care
most for them and to whom they will be
most useful, they will be distributed free
of charge to those who write Senator
Redfield Proctor for them before Feb. 1st.
Academy Glee club will give a recep
tion to students and their friends this
evening at 7.30 o'clock in Academy hall.
The club will be assisted in the evening's
programme by Thomas Shufelt and Miss
Emma Sbufelt, vocal soloists, Miss
Florence Ranney, pianist, Mrs. Anna
Spencer Frost, reader, and Miss Boyn
ton, violinist.
The annual meeting of the Woman's
Christian Temperance Union will be held
next Tuesday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, in
the Y. M. C. A. ball. Reports of super
intendents will be given and election of
officers for the year. Each superinten
dent of a department is invited to bring
ber report of the year's work. All mem
bers are earnestly requested to be present.
The Bank of Commerce of Albuquer
que, N. M., of which Ilarley J. Emerson,
formerly of this place, is assistant cash
ier, hasjust closed a prosperous year's
business and has paid its stockholders
seven per cent in dividends. The business
of the bank for this year shows a com
fortable increase over the business of last
year. The deposits January 5 were
The Jews at the upper end of Rail
road street got into a row Sunday morn
ing that resulted in a sore head to one
and the loss of about $18 to the other.
Lewis Baker during an argument with
another Jew used a chair on the head of
his opponent in an attempt to knock his
idea of the question involved into it.
Baker was taken before Justice Worces
ter Monday and fine and costs amounted
to $13.01. To establish former friendly
feelings "between the two Baker agreed to
pay the Jewish church at Burlington $5.
The funeral of the late Col. Frederick
Fletcher was held at the residence on
Main street, last Friday afternoon, quite
a number of our townspeople attending.
A brief service was read by Rev. H. M.
Mill of St. Andrew's church, and the
bearers were L. D. Hazen, Robert Mac
kinnon, Crawford Ranney, C. P. Carpen
ter, D. M. Bacon and J. C. Clark. Many
beautiful flowers were sent in by intimate
friends. Forty-three members of Pas
sumpsic Lodge, F. & A. M., reached the
house just as the service there closed, and
the Masonic ritual was observed at the
cemetery, Col. Fletcher having been a
member of that order, though never hav
ing severed his connection with the Bur
lington lodge to unite here.
Death of firs. E. B. Parker. Mrs.
Eleanor B., wife of the late Samuel
Parker, died at Sunset Home on Tuesday
morning. Mrs. Parker, was born June
2, 1820, and has been a resident of St.
Johnsbury since the death of her husband,
which occurred about 14 years ago. She
has been one of the family at the Home
since it was established. She was a con
sistent member of the North church, being
a regular attendant at all its services
and especially interested in the Sunday
School. The funeral was held at the
Home Wednesday afternoon, conducted
b; Rev. Dr. A. H. Heath. Mrs. Parker
left one son, John Parker of Lowell,
The Choral Union. The next re
hearsal of the St. Johnsbury Choral
Union will be held on Tuesday evening.
The executive committee are making an
effort to increase the interest among our
singers and secure new members, and it
is to be hoped their success will be all that
can be desired. A special committee of
12 has been appointed to canvass the
village for the sale of season tickets ad
mitting to the rehearsals yet to be held
by the Union and also to the chorus
privileges during festival week. An
active choral union is an organization
entirely worth the community's most
cordial support, and it is to be sincerely
hoped that the effort made by the com
mittee to thus ensure a satisfactory
financial outcome for festival week will
be substantially endorsed by the scores
of singers and other persons interested in
music, whose presence and influence will
count for so much toward that end.
Candidate for Commander. The
Caledonian heartily endorses the Lyn
donville Journal's nomination of L. B.
Harris of Lyndonville for commander of
the Vermont Department, G. A. R. He
is well known throughout the state, has
a remarkable army record and would
grace the place if chosen. The Journal
presents him as candidate in the follow
ing terms:
"The next encampment of the Vermont
Department, G. A. K., is near at hand.
Who is to bethenextcomniandcr r Many
in the northern part of the state desire
the election of one of its favorite sons,
Luther B. Harris of Caledonia county.
We would say that Mr.-Harris is well
known as one who is always ready to
extend his hand to a comrade, and when
needful with something in it. He is fre
quently called on to deliver memorial ad
dresses, as his sufferings in Andersonville
prison nnd his record on the battle-field
enable him to paint a most graphic word
picture. He is also honored with many
positions of trust in his vicinage. With a
fine physique and power of speech, with
a record as soldier, citizen nnd man of
affairs of which any of us might be proud,
he would well meet every requirement as
Department Commander. Northern Ver
mont has ngnin and again aided the
southern portion to elect thcircandjdate,
and doubtless those counties will now
step forward and return the compliment
by electing L. B. Harris of Lyndonville."
Daniel Carpenter is confined to the
house at present. ;
Hon. John B. Peckctt of Bradford was
in town on business this week.
Alex. Dunnett left yesterday for Boston
on a several days' business trip.
Rev. James C. Alvord of Woonsocket,
Rhode Island, is visiting at "Elmwoode."
William C. Tyler made a brief visit to
his sister, Mrs, M. H. Buckham, of Bur
lington, this week. '
Mr. and Mrs. E. VZ Sargent were called
to Barre last week to attend the funeral
of Warren F. Colby. ;
Rev. Dr. and Mrs. A. H. Heath re
turned Tuesday from1 a two weeks' visit
in Boston and New Bedford.
Louis Smith, residing on Green street,
has been dangerously ill for some time
with a complication of diseases.
W. H. McMillan has concluded his en
gagement with the broker's office and he
and his family are going to California to
Mrs. Victor Harriman is recovering
from a serious eye trouble, having epent
most of the time for the past five months
in a dark room.
Mrs. W. D. Brown and children, who
have been visiting relatives in Burling
ton the past month, return home the
latter part of this week.
Mrs. W. W. Wright went to Ryegate
Wednesday to meet her brother, Robert
H. Whitelaw of St. Louis, who is making
a short visit in the east.
Rev. M. J. Carmody left Monday for
Denver where he goes to benefit his
health. His many lriends hope he will be
greatly benefitted by the change of cli
mate. V
Miss Addie Marshall, who is in the
University of Vermont, is seriously ill
with typhoid fever. J Mrs. John Marshall
has gone over to Burlington to help care
for her.
Miss Nellie C. Tyler has returned from
a several weeks viit with her sister,
Mrs. Buckham, in Burlington, and is
now ready to resume her occupation as
nurse, a line of duty in which she is very
D. C. Barber and D. A. Stone, G. W.
Lowery and Sayles Nichols, representing
Washington lodge, No. 3, F. and A. M.
of Burlington, were in town Friday to
attend the funeral si' the late Col. Fred
erick Fletcher.
. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mackinnon
reached their 25th wedding anniversary
on Sunday, Jan. 16, and on Monday
evening a few of their friends gathered to
extend congratulations. A host of
friends will wish them many more anni
versaries. Hon. M. F. Allen and wife of North
Ferrisburgh, Michael Quinlan, superin
tendent of the Fletcher farm at Shel
burne, and Carl C. Fletcher of the St.
Albans Messenger, were in town during
the past week to attend the funeral of
the late Col. Fletcher.
A New Hampshire paper speaks of A.
H. Brooks, choir master of the Church
of the Good Shepherd at Nashua, N. H.,
formerly of this place, as follows: "The
new choir master of the Church of the
Good Shepherd at Nashua, A. H. Brooks,
is winning golden opinions. He is an
organist of great ability and some weeks
since gave a very enjoyable recital in the
church which was attended by a large
number of persons. The programme
was exceedingly well chosen and de
lightfully rendered."
Orleans County Husical Festival.
This festival will be held at Newport
Feb. 7-11. and promises to be an exceed
ingly interesting affair. The conductor
will be Prof. Blaisdell of Concord, and
his fine orchestra will also be in attend
ance. Mrs. Shepard has retired from
active service as pianist after a long and
honorable career, but her place will be
ably filled by Miss M.Josephine Page of
Laconia, N. H. Dr. George Clark of
Boston is to be basso, and his old St.
Johnsbury friends will give him a hearty
welcome. Miss Luella Wagner ot New
York is to be soprano, and commands
the highest salary even given a soprano
by the association. Miss Black and Miss
Barnes of the Priscilla Quartette will be
the contraltos. Miss M.Ernestine Banks
of Boston will be the reader of the festi
val and comes with the highest of testi
monials. There will be four grand con
certs besides the promenade Wednesday
evening. No pains will be spared to
make the festival instructive as well as
entertaining. Usual courtesies from rail
roads and hotels. For prospectus giving
full particulars, programmes, etc., apply
to C. F. Ranney, Newport, Vt.
A Beautiful Calendar. The Equitable
Life Assurance company of New York
has issued one of the finest calendars of
the year. It is a work of art consisting
of three panels with dainty figures in
old-fashioned costumes on each. It is
printed in several colors and is an orna
ment to any room or office. Some idea
of the magnitude of this company's busi
ness may be gained from the fact that
they wrote lustyear $150,000,000 worth
of new insurance, and are now carrying
$950,000,000 of insurnnceon their policy
The Agricultural Society Votes to Disband.
The annual meeting of the Caledonia
Agricultural society was held in the di
rectors' room of the Merchants bank on
Tuesday morning. Eleven members of
the society were present, a marked de
crease in attendance from previous years.
President George M. Gray presided and
the treasurer's report showed that the
premiums paid out amounted to $916.64
and there was a balance on hand of $1.07.
The receipts included $212 from entrance
fees and membership tickets, the balance
of the money being furnished by the treas
urer of the Fair Ground company.
The following officers were then elected :
President, B. K. Graves, Waterford.
Vice presidents, T. G. Bronson, East
Hardwick, F. A. Hovey, St. Johnsbury.
Secretary and treasurer, Arthur F.
Stone, St. Johnsbury.
Auditors, Albert Harris, F. H. Shep
herd. After the officets were elected the mat
ter was brought up of winding up the
society's affairs provided the Fair
Ground company would take entire
charge of the fair. The matter was fully
discussed by all present and all felt that
if the Fair Ground company paid all the
bills they ought to have entire charge of
the fair. The result of the discussion
was the passage of the following tesolu
tion :
Resolved, That if the Caledonia Fair
Ground company decide this afternoon
to run the fair of 1898 then this meeting
of the Caledonia Agricultural society
shall be null and void with all its pro
ceedings; and said society shall be dis
banded; if the Caledonia Fair Ground
company decline to run the fair then these
proceedings to remain.
The annual meeting of the Caledonia
Fair Ground company, which was held
in the afternoon, was much better at
tended. President T. R. Stiles presided
and the report of the treasurer was first
given. The sale of new stock did not
quite pay the ociety's old debt and the
directors were obliged to expend nearly
$500 on permanent improvements. Not
withstanding the fact that there were
three good days the receipts could not
quite meet the expenses of the fair and
the balance of the debt. There is there
fore about $600 debt on the property at
the present time.
The president appointed a nominating
committee tnd they reported tliitXtickct
for directors: T. R. Stiles, T. N. Vail, W,
W. Grout, H. N. Turner, Harry H. Carr,
J. C. Gray, Frank H. Brooks, Arthur F,
Stone, W. A. Taplin, W. A. Ricker, F. S,
Harriman. These gentlemen wereelect d
directors and B. K. Graves and Albert
Harris were chosen auditors.
Quite a spirited discussion then arose
over issuing tickets to stockholders.
Some favored the present plan, others
wanted the number reduced and there
was a strong sentiment for having every
body pay ior a ticket one year and see
if the society could get out of debt. The
whole matter was left to the adjourned
meeting, Feb. 1, 1898, at 1.30 p.m.,
when every stockholder will have a
chance to vote on the proposed change.
The secretary will send out ballots this
week and if the stockholders cannot at
tend the meeting they can express their
preference by mail.
The society voted to accept the propo
sition to run the fair of 1898 as nearly as
possible along the lines of the fairs of
previous years.
Poultry Association. The annual ex
hibition of the Vermont Poultry and Pet
Stock association which will be held htre
next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday, wilUbe the largest in the
history of this organization. Over 300
entries have already been made from the
following parties:
Misses L., Mae and E. Billings, P. H.
Clark, James Aitken, Woodstock; George
F. Reed, Barton; Minor &' Walker,
Brattleboro; W. B. Eastman, St. Johns
bury; George J. Hardy, Bradford; S. R.
Batcheldor, Bernardston, Mass.; John
W. M. McCarty, Windsor; C. A. and W.
F. Blodgett.W. L. Swett, St. Johnsbury;
Harry A. Dickey, Bradford ; Walter H.
Little, North Montpelier; B. P. Elmer,
Lower Cabot; John Cumming Sher
brooke; Dr. A. I. Parker, Bellows Falls;
F. H. Ranney, St. Johnsburv; H. W.
Heath. Piermont, N. H.; F.C.Brown,
Quechee; M. A.Jenkins, Bradford; W. E.
Mack, Wpodstock; Warner Biugham,
West Concord; W. G. and A. H. Bartlett,
Danville; George Powell, St. Johnsbury;
D. A. Langmaid, North Danville; M.J.
Leach, Woleott; A. B. Ashley, E. H.
Norris, Newport; George W. Farr,
Daniels & Dean, G. P. Moore, J. C. and
A. C. Underwood, St. Johnsbury.
Whist and Billiards. In the tourna
ment games between the Mystic ' and
Lyndon Clubs at Lyndonville Wednes
day evening Hastings defeated Dodge
100 to 63 ; Page defeated Jewett 100 to
53; Dodge defeated Toussant 100 to 63,
making the lead now held by Lyndon
Club 57 points on billiards, with one
more evening and three more gmnes to
be played. The Mystic Club whist team
won two tricks over the Lyndon Club,
making the Lyrdon Club lead now on
whist 43 tricks, with 12 more boards
and three tables to be played to finish
the tournament.
The readers of the Caledonian will be
interested in the picture given here of
Major C. M. Bonett who was created
major of the First Regiment, V. N. G.,
last week at the officers' school. Major
Bonett was born in Waterford in 1857.
He enlisted in Company D June 1, 1884,
serving one year as private. For the
next five years he was quartermaster
sergeant of the company. "In 1890 he
was elected first lieutenant and in 1892
he was promoted to captain which posi
tion he has most acceptably filled to the
present time.
Y. M. C. A. Notes. Last Sunday
Rev. G. W. Patterson ot East St. Johns
bury delivered a scholarly adderess at
the men's meeting.
Thursday evening, January 27, the
Junior members will be given a reception
from 7 to 8.30. A program calculated
to please the boys will be rendered and
the ladies will serve sugar on snow. All
members of the Junior department, their
parents and jynior sisters are invited
Next Saturday evening, Jan. 22, the
St. Johnsbury Academy Students' Basket
ball team will plav the seniors of the Y
'M. C. A. in the Stanley Opera house at 8
o'clock. Admission, 15 cents. A close
game is expected. Attend and encourage
the boys.
On February 4 a supper will be served
to those who have taken part in the
membership contest chicken pie to the
winners and mush and milk to the losers.
The "reds" are now ahead by about ten
L. P. Slack has been appointed chair
man of the religious work committee
and P. E. Popeol thereceptioncommitee.
These places were made vacant by the
resigning of Nathan Thompson and
Harry Nelson.
C. E. Simanton will have charge of the
4 o'clock service next Sunday.
Church News.-Rev. Walter Dole will
supply the pulp itat the Universalist
church Sunday.
"The Couchant Beast Waiting for his
Prey," followed by the visitation of "The
Flight of Cain," will be the subject of
Rev. Mr. Tyrie's lecture next Sunday
evening at Grace Methodist church.
The Ladies' society of Grace Methodist
church will give a six o'clock turkey din
ner at the vestry next week Friday even
ing from 6 to 8 o'clock. Make note of
this and don't forget it.
During Rev. M. J. Carmody's absence
from town the parish of St. Aloysius is
in charge of Rev. John Lynch, a former
St. Johnsbury boy who has been supply
ing since his ordination at Swanton.
Rev. S. Lewis B. Speare of Boston
supplied the North church pulpit last
Sunday in the absence oi the pastor.
The South church was dedicated 46
years ago, Jan. 14, 1852, when the dedi
cation sermon was preached from the
text found in Zech. 14: 6, 7. In com
memoration of this event Rev. Dr. Ed
ward T. Fairbanks preached a sermon
last Sunday from the same text. During
all this time the church hns had but four
pastors, Rev. Samuel G. Clapp, Rev. Dr.
George N. Webber, Rev. Dr. L. 0. Bras
tow, Rev. Dr. Edward T. Fairbanks.
Daughters of the Covenant. It was
a very enjoyable gathering that the
Daughters of the Covenant held at
Underclyffe, the residence of Mr. and
Mrs. F. H. Brooks, on Tuesday evening
last. Some thirty young ladies were
present, and to the pre-arranged features
of the meeting was added a social hour
which afforded the company much pleas
ure. The programme which claimed at
tention during the first part of the even
ing included an informal talk by Miss
Adelaide M. Ide concerning everyday life
in India; the reading of notes from a
diary written by Miss Annie Idc during a
visit in Ceylon; remarks on the govern
ment in India, by Miss Henrietta Marie;
the reading by Miss Fullington of an in
teresting article on the conversion of a
high caste woman ; and some remarks
by Mrs. P. F. Hazen. A special contribu
tion to the interest of the meeting was
the exhibition by Miss Adelaide M. Ideof
curiosities which her sister had brought
home with her from Ceylon. Delicious ice
cream and cake were f.erved.
Essex County Sunday School Con
The Essex County Sunday School As
sociation held a successful convention at
Lunenburgh last week Thursday. The
day opened stormy and bad travelling
prevented all the expected delegations
from coming. Only the country towns
of West Concord, Guildhall, South Vic
tory and Granhy were represented.
From outside the county Hardwick and
Lancaster were represented. Rev. Byron
F. Gustin of Guildhall was expected to
open the services, but not being present
Rev. E. F. Blackmer supplied.
After singing by the congregation an
address of welcome was given the vis
itors by the pastor and responded to by
the president of the association, F. T.
Forsaith of West Concord.
The Hon. F. D. Hale opened the after
noon discussion, presenting the question
"How can Bible study be best promoted
in the home." He spoke of the variety
of subject matter contained in the Bible
and of various means and methods of
study employed. The more pupils there
are in the Sunday School the more study
of the Bible there will naturally be in the
home. The Sunday School workers have
a mighty influence in the home in virtue
of the interesting nature of the Sunday
School exercises. He laid especial em
phasis on the entertaining of an intense
interest and a definite purpose in Sunday
School work, closing with the expression
of a living hope, feelingly expressed, that
the Word might be indeed "a lamp to
our feet and a light to our path."
Rev. F. F. Lewis of Hardwick spoke in
the interests of normal work, empha
sizing the value of intelligent experience
Lin a teacher. Touched some fine points
in memorizing and also in geography,
history and biography of the Bible.
However the Bible is studied we must
find and teach Jesus Christ and teach
him from personal experience as well as
from intellectual knoweledge.
Reports from schools were next given.
A tabulated statement gathered from
eighteen schools by the secretary which
was reproduced on a large blackboard
by the pastor, revealed the fact that
about 8 per cent of the people in Essex
county were members of the Sunday
School, a fact imposing great responsi
ties on the Sunday School and the Sun
day School workers.
Re-organization was effected by con
firmation of the work of a .nominating
committee appointed by the president.
The list of officers confirmed is as follows :
President, F. T. Forsaith ; vice presidents,
Lunenburg, Rev. W. J, McNeil, Guild
hall, Mrs. F. A. Hannafcrd, Concord
Corner, Mrs. George Howard, South Vic
tory, Mrs. Myra Lunnie, Granby, Mrs.
M. A. Wilson; sec. and treas., MissLotie
Barnard, Lunenburg; executive commit
tee, F. T. Forsaith, Miss Lotie Barnard,
John Cole, E. F. Hobson, E. F. Blackmer.
The evening session was opened with
excellent music on organ and violin by
Mrs. Sherman and Alden V.Vance. Later
in the programme they rendered a gloria
in a splendid manner. Rev. F. F. Lewis
spoke upon the educational posibilitiesof
convention work, giving significance to
discussion of vital principles, displays of
literature, reports and examination
papers, and then brought to the front
the primary department. He further ex
pressed himself upon the rendering of
suitable music, which he intently appre
ciated. After singing Miss Jennie A.
Silsby rendered "The Other Wise Man,"
a beautilul reading from Van Dyke. The
audience which nearly filled the church
listened attentively to the graphic de
scriptions ot the varied scenes in the life
of the other wise man as he passed
through various vicissitudes in search of
the Great King. It was an elocutionary
effort finely done and greatly pleasing to
all present. A thoughtful paper on "In
termediate Work" by Mrs. P. F. Mars
ton of Lancaster, N. H., was practical
and helpful, illustratingsomeof the many
ways ot baiting the gospel hook with in
cidents in history, biography and other
departments of knowledge weaving all
upon a spiritual warp in the construc
tion of the glorious fabric of Christian
labor for Christian character. Rev. W.
J. McNeil gave an interesting essay on
the "prepared teacher. He divided
them into two classes, the "defective"
and the "effective" teachers, showing
that the difference lay largely in the
equipment, purpose and energy of the in
A collection was taken which amounted
to defray all the expenses of the conven
tion not met by the school apportion
ment, leaving a small sum in the bands
of the. treasurer.
Mrs. McNeil spoke in the interests of
primary work, emphasizing a mastery of
details in the preparation of the lesson,
as a requisite lor interesting the little
ones. The talk was finely illustrated and
proved a helpful stimulus to all. Gov
ernment of the class was merged in one
word "interest."
The pastor spoke briefly on the line of
"Character study as an impulse to Bible
study," using as the main point the per
fect character of Christ and pointing out
the fact that that best character was at
tainable inasmuch as Christ was God's
best gift to man.
The president spoke appreciatingly of
the welcome extended and the interest
manifested by the people, after which the
benediction was pronounced. It was al
together a very helplul and inspiring oc
casion for all interested in Sunday School

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