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COMMENCED AUG. 8, 1837.
ST. JOHNSBURY, VERMONT, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1904.
VOL. LXVII NO. 3518
We are prepared to supply
young in Dress Goods, Table
and Gents' Slippers, Children's
Men's House Coats, Umbrellas,
Fur Gloves, Fur Lined Gloves,
Toilet Sets, Mirrors, Fancy Clocks, Views of St. Johnsbury,
and many other things we have not mentioned.
Do You Keep the "HOT STUFF?"
" No," said I, " I sell it. I can't keep it, there's such a
demand." Then he wanted some.
BUYS A GIFT THAT LASTS FOREVER.
It entitles you to receive one membership in the
' TABARD INN LIBRARY.
Foil paid for yourself, your heirs or assigns forever. It entitles you to
one book in any Tabard Inn Station in the country, and the book is FOR
We have some special combinations to offer you. Come in and look
over our list of books available to you on these
Special Xmas Offers.
C. A. CURRIER & CO.,
109 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury, Vt.
SpeaKing of CKristmas
We have the finest line of goods suitable for presents to smokers
ever shown in this city. Gome in and examine them.
F. N. Brown & Son,
Dry Goods Co
your wants for both old and
Daiuask, Bed Blankets, Ladies' E
Toys, Men's Clothing of all
Dress Lint Shields, Fur Caps,
Dry Goods Co.
Has well Royal Arch Chapter, No. n.
' Stated Convocation, Friday evening, Dec.
Lbighton P. Slack. H. P,
Delos M. Bacon. Secretary.
Patsumpslc Lodge, No. 27, P. and A. M.
Regular Communication, Thursday even
ing, Dec. 22.
George F. Cheney, W. M.
Dsi.es M. Bacon. Secretary.
Palestine Commandery, No. 8, K. T.
Stated conc'ave Tuesday evening. Jan. 17.
Christmas observance. Monday, Dec. 26,
New Year service at Wells River, Jan. 1. Ins.
pection of Commandery. Wednesday, Jan. 11,
Wm. S. Boynton, Em. Commander.
Delos M. Bacon. Recorder.
Knight of Pythias.
Regular Convention of Apollo Lodge, No,
2, Tuesday evening, Dec. 2S.
" . E. F. Tinker, C. C.
H. W. Ellis, K. R. S.
NEW ADS. THIS WEEK.
Pres. of Account James Northrop's Est.
An Egigma C. C. Bingham.
Not Decided Yet ? Lawrence P. Leach.
" Hot Stuff "Moore & Co.
Don't Skip W. W. Sprague.
Only Three Days Berry-Ball Dry Goods Co.
$1.50 C. A. Currier & Co.
The Palace Chas. F. Pettee.
Bankruptcy Notice Byron D. Bickford.
Dec. 25. Christmas Day.
26 Christmas Dance.
26. Annual Meeting Brigatlook Hos
Persons wishing to purchase bibles
or testaments may find them for sale at
cost at the bible depository kept at the
Rowell book store.
The Athenaeum will be closed on
Saturday evening, Dec. 24, Christmas
Eve, also on Christmas holiday, Monday
The continued cold weather without
any snow has resulted in frerzing the
ground to a depth of six feet and the
frost will penetrate further unless snow
comes. The Christmas trade is never so
good without sleighing and the mer
chants as well as everybody else wish (or
about a foot of snow.
There seems to be a general misunder
standing about the tunning of the "air
line" trains Sunday afternoon, bat now
it is officially announced that the service
will be continued the rest of the year 1904
which is, of course, only one more Sun
day. The ladies of the Episcopal church re
ceived their share of patronage at the
sale and supper, Friday evening, and the
society was enriched by about $100. All
the departments were well patronized
and the haggis proved to be the attrac
tion at the supper, all of which was of
usual excellence. This dish had never be
fore been served publicly here, and many
words of praise have been spoken of it.
Beginning January 1 all the millinery
stores will close every night in the week
excepting Saturday evenings, until about
the middle of March.
By special invitation the next regular
meeting of the W. C. T. U. will be held at
the home ot Mrs. A. L. Bailey, Tuesday
afternoon, Dec. 27.
As Christmas falls on Sunday the
day following will be a national holiday.
The banks, and Museum will be closed
and the post office will observe its usual
Palestine Commandery, No. 5, K. T.,
worked two orders on a candidate Fri
day night after which a banquet was
served by Caterer Atwood.
The Westchester Fire Insurance Com
pany of New York have entered the
Hastings agency. This is one of the old
strong companies, being 68 years old
and having assets of three and one-half
millions. Mr. Hastings says this makes
an even dozen fire companies now in his
agency, every one of them American com
panies, and that he doubts if another
agent in the state can show a cleaner
and stronger list for that number.
The Parochial scools closed Tuesday
for the Christmas vacation and the Con
vent schools close today. Next Wednes
day evening at St. Agnes Hall, the boys
of the Parochial school will give a public
The annual meeting of Brightlook
Hospital Aid Association will be held at
the hospital, Monday afternoon. Execu
tive board meeting at 2.30; regular
meeting at 3 o'clock.
The Woman's Association have
added $393 to their treasury as a result
of the recent North church sale. This is
the largest sum ever realized at one of
their sales and the returns are not yet all
Don't skip, slight or slur
our Insurance or Annuity offerings or sug
gestions. You can make "Christmas" all
the time and Happy New Year" forever for
the ones you work lor, if yoo will explain the
circumstances to us and take our advice.
54th year, doing business in 41 states. Nat'l
Life Ins. Co. of Vt. (Mutual). ORGANIZED
1850. Jf. T. Phelps & Co., State Agts., 159
Devonshire Street, Boston.
W. W. SPRAGUE,
Gen. A.gent for Northeastern Vermont,
SU Johnsbury, VU
The Academy closes Friday for the
holiday vacation, and the winter term
will begin Tuesday, January 3.
C. D. Gilbert, local representative
for the International Correspondence
Schools, wishes to announce that after
this date he will be in his office, 47 Rail
road street, Monday evenings instead o
Saturday evenings, as has been the
A branch of the Carpenters' Union
was organized here Saturday night.
The ladies of Grace Methodist church
were unable to supply the demand for
their chicken pie dinner, Thursday, and
many were obliged to go away without
being served. Those who were fortunate
enough to be served, which was a large
number, had an excellent dinner.
Two Small Fires.
Just before midnight Friday Mr. and
Mrs. Ernest Brown stopped into the
grocery store of Brown Brothers in the
Union block to fix the fires for the night
and Mrs. Brown thought she discovered
signs of fire. A close investigation re
vealed the fact that there was a fire in
the partition near the chimney and the
ringing in of the fire alarm brought out
the fire department. The prompt use of
a chemical extinguisher put out the blaze
which would undoubtedly have destroyed
the entire block had it not been discovered
in time. The fire caught from the burn
ing out of the chimney and the loss will
The alarm was rung in Sunday from
a blaze in Ed Goss' house in Summerville.
Quite a hole in the woodwork bad been
burned around the over-heated chimney
when the department arrived, but the
fire was soon extinguished with slight
Lecture on South America.
John W. Titcomb, now of Washington,
spoke in one of the high schools of that
city one day last week on his recent
trip to South America.
He spoke, says the Washington Star,
of his investigations, which carried him
into the heart of the country, and told
how he encamped two months near the
north border of Patagonia and Chile,
Probably few individuals of Argentina
have seen so much of their country as
did Mr. Titcomb during his sojourn of
seven months there. His lecture was
quite out of the ordinary line of travel,
and he had many anecdotes and illustra
tions of human interest.
Argentina is regarded as the most pro
gressive of South American countries,
and it is astonishing, said the lecturer,
to learn that Buenos Ayres is the fourth
largest city of the western hemisphere,
ranking in population with Philadelphia.
It is a modern, up-to-date city, well gov
erned and with streets as clean as the
city of Washington.
Speaking of Paraguay Mr. Titcomb
said that it was very noticeable to see
the predominance ot the women of the
country in all industrial matters, and
that this was brought about by the scar
city of men, who were killed off during
tne long war," a great many years ago.
Bishop Hall at St. Andrew's.
Bishop A. C. A. Hall held a service of
confirmation at St. Andrew's church,
Monday morning, when a class of five
from Victory was confirmed, two from j
that place were baptized, and the service '
of Holy Communion was administered.
The rector. Rev. James Thompson, and
the rector from Lyndonville, Rev. George
M. Mead, were present at this service.
The bishop gave a very helpful talk on
the meaning of the term "grace," its
general signification being "help." The
bishop and Kev. Mr. Mead were enter
tained while here by Rev. and Mrs.
Gay Zenola McLaren.
This young lady was received by an
appreciative audience at Music Hall,
Friday evening, notwithstanding the
many other calls upon everyone's time
the same night. Her appearance here
before had won for her a good audience,
and the interest aroused by her admirers
added to the number. She is a very
attractive young lady, her impersona
tion of the manv characters being ex
cellent, and her appearance on the stage
very pleasing. Many of the parts in
The Christian" are quite difficult of
impersonation, but she was not lacking
in any of them, and the audience followed
the story to its close with intense interest.
To Close Out Before Christmas
BooKs and Box Paper
AT STI LE S
Finest Line of Box
Flinch 39c, Sherlock Holmes
values in Pocket, Wallets, Fountain
Loss Will Exceed $75,000.
The Ide Mill and Fiber LeatKer
Plant in .AsHes.
The continuous blowing of the steam
whistle at the Fiber Leather mill at
Passumpsic just after 6 Monday morn
ing gave a general alarm of fire at that
mill and within an hour both the plant
of the Passumpsic Fiber Leather Com
pany and the adjoining grist mill of E.
T. and H. K. Ide were burned to the
ground. So quickly did the flames
spread that all that was saved at the
leather factory was a carload of finished
product which was pushed down the
side track awayfrom the hot flames and
a few bags of meal at the grist mill. The
only part of the burned district that is
standing today i9 the boiler house of the
leather board factory and the boilers are
believed to be in good condition.
It is supposed that the fire caught by
spontaneous combustion in the leather
room of the leather board plant. George
Hall's house, which is opposite the Ide
mill, was badly scorched by the flames,
as was also the blacksmith shop and
Parker Morgan's house which are on the
north side of the road, but these build
ings were saved by the work of the
Passumpsic people. The flames kept
smouldering all day Monday and as a
wind had arisen late in the afternoon it
was decided to send to St. Tohnsbury for
assistance. A force went down with the
old Torrent hand engine Monday after
noon and played on the flames until 3
o'clock Tuesday morning.
The Passumpsic Fiber Leather Com
pany is the heaviest loser and they esti
mate their loss at about $45,000 above
their insurance of $18,000. The company
is capitalized at $50,000 and it9 officers
are George F. Cushman of St. Johnsburv,
president.'Stephen Chase, manager, Theo
dore Chase, treasurer. They had spent
about $75,000 at this plant and its an
nual output of leather board was 800
tons. Much' of the time they had been
running night and day and their daily
output was three tons of finished product.
They employed a force ot 18 men. At the
time ot the fire they had about $5,000
worth of finished product on hand and
nearly $3,000 worth ot stock in process
of manufacture. Tbey have made no
plans for rebuilding, but all hope they
will rebuild as it is understood they were
doing a good business and the loss of
this busy plant to the village of Passump
sic would be very great.
The Ide grist mill stood on historic
ground. It was one ot the oldest mill
sites in the state, the first mill having
been built there in 1790. In 1813 the
property passed into the bands of Jacob
Ide and the plant has been in the Ide
family ever since. There was an insur
ance of $8500 on this property and Mr.
Ide estimates their loss at about $7000
above the insurance. They employed six
hands at the mill which happened to be
filled to its utmost capacity, a carload of
mixed feed having been crowded into the
granaries the Saturday before in addition
to all the other stock on hand. Mr. Ide,
is undecided as to his future plans, but it
may be safely said that such a desirable
water power as this will not be allowed
to lie idle. The dam had recently been
extensively repaired and the Ides were
using about 200 horse power and the
leather board mill 550 horse power.
Mr. Cushman was unable to give the
list of his policies, but the Crawford Ran
ney agency carried $4500 with the Home
Paper in Vermont.
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36j, $1.50 Books at $1.10. Best
Fens, Books, Candy and Standard
Insurance Co., of Philadelphia, $1500
with the Fire Association of Philadel
phia and $1500 with the Insurance Com
pany of North America, also of Phila
delphia. The insurance on the Ide prop
erty was placed as follows: Vermont
Mutual. $6500. Union Mutual of Mont
pelier, $1000; Boston Insurance Co.,
The fire is a sad blow to the village of
Passumpsic and throws two dozen men
out of employment in midwinter, be
sides entailing heavy losses on the stock
holders of the two corporations.
Our illustration is from an old photo
graph which does not show a large ad
dition to the Fiber Leather Company
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GIFTS FOR ALL.
Men, Women and Children.
NUTTING PHOTOGRAPHS of our own beautiful Vermont. We have
the pictures, frames, screw eves and cord. These are a joy to every member of the
family everv day in the year.
ARTISTIC CALENDARS with Nutting Pictures.
FRAMED PICTURES or the Parlor, Dining Room, Hall and Den.
SOLID and PLATED SILVERWARE and CUT GLASS to furnish
the table. SILVER NOVELTIES in all sorts of odd pieces.
JEWELRY. Stone and Plain Rings, Bracelets, Buttons. Children's Pin and
Button Sets, Brooches, Scarf Pins, Collar Pins, Fob Chains. Ladies' Chatelaine Pins
and Chains for the watch. Gent s Watch Chains.
BOOKS. Latest Fiction, publisher's price $1 50, our price $1.20. Art Books.
Full line of Fiction, "Right of Way." "The Virginian," "The Climax," "When
Knighthood Was in Flower," etc, cloth bound 50 cents. Books for boys and girls.
Children's picture books.
STATIONERY. Eaton & Hurlbut's .beautiful Box Paper, very nice for
Opera Glasses, Field Glasses, Umbrellas.
FOUNTAIN PENS. Five different makes.
LEATHER GOODS. Music Rolls, Traveling Cases, Pursis, Bill Boaks
Card Cases etc.
GAMES. Sherlock Holmes, Flinch, Pit, Printing Outfit, Sewing Cards, Paper
Dolls, etc. ' '
Souvenir Postal Cards.
Cor. Main St. and Eastern Ave.
LADIES' WINTER JACKETS
All our Ladies' and Misses' Winter Coats marked down from 3.00 to
$5 each. There are 50 coats to select from. New styles this season. They
make choice Christmas gifts. Come in and select one, will keep it tor yon
' make the choicest presents. We show- a line of Fur Boas and Muffj from
5.00 to $50.00 set. Ladies' Electric Seal Fur Coats. Ladies' Wool Seal
Fur Coats. Ladies' Imitation Buffalo Riding Coats. Ladies' Imitation
Astrachan Riding Coats. Something which will keep out the wind.
Useful CHristmas Goods in all departments. Orders
by mail promptly attended to.
Ritchie's T)ry Goods Store,
The Caledonian has received some
handsome calendars the past week and
thanks the donors publicly for them. A.
S. Haskins is distributing one with a
beautiful profile, the Summer Street
Laundry has a variety of designs, and J.
M. Cady, manager of the Prudential In
surance Co. is giving to the patrons of
this company a useiul calendar pad and
a pretty calendar.
The Metropolitan Fife Insurance Co. are
distributing , through their corps of
agents a handsome panel calendar repre
senting children's faces peering from full
Annual fleeting K. of C.
At the annual meeting of the Knights
of Columbus last Wednesday, these offi
cers were elected :
Grand Knight, D. P. Healey.
Deputy Grand Knight, T.J. Tierney.
Chancellor, John A. Gunn.
Warden, Dr. T. . Walch.
Rec. Sec'y., F. H. Pnilbert.
Finan. Sec'v., F. C. Mayo.
Treas., F. G. Landry.
Trustee for three years. W. F. Welch.
Lecturer, John McCaffrey.
Chaplain, Rev. J. A. Lynch.
Inside Guard, W. J. Cox.
Outside Guard, George Caldbeck.
Kurn Hattin Homes.
Charles E. Bishop, superintendent of
the Kurn Hattin Homes at Westminster,
spoke at the Church of the Messiah Sun
day morniug and at the North church in
the evening upon the work of the insti
tutions ot which he is the head. The
homes at Westminster and Springfield
accommodate 50 boys and the homes
are now full so that applications tor new
comers have to be refused. The boys are
exceedingly happy there, do all the work
in the house and on the farms of nearly
200 acres and go out into the world
thoroughly equipped for their life work.
Mr. Bishop said the Homes needed an
endowment and more money to support
their growing needs and urged all his
hearers to remember the institution in
49 Main Street,
St. JoHnsbury, Vermont.
39 Railroad Street.