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ST. JOHNSBURY, VERMONT, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1904. VOL. LXVII NO. 3518 The Berry-Ball Only ri We are prepared to supply young in Dress Goods, Table and Gents' Slippers, Children's kinds. Men's Men's House Coats, Umbrellas, Fur Gloves, Fur Lined Gloves, i nree IxoJb Toilet Sets, Mirrors, Fancy Clocks, Views of St. Johnsbury, and many other things we have not mentioned. The Berry-Ball 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. &L50 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 EVER EXCHANGEABLE. 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., The ApotKecaries, 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 D fore your wants for both old and Daiuask, Bed Blankets, Ladies' E Toys, Men's Clothing of all Bath es, Dress Lint Shields, Fur Caps, Mufflers, Ties, Dry Goods Co. filltl gg FRATERNITY MEETINGS. Has well Royal Arch Chapter, No. n. ' Stated Convocation, Friday evening, Dec. 23. 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. Books Stiles. " 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. Local Events. Dec. 25. Christmas Day. 26 Christmas Dance. Basket Ball. 26. Annual Meeting Brigatlook Hos pital Aid. LOCAL GATHERINGS. 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 Dec. 26. 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 hodiday nonrs. 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 entertainment. 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 in. 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 custom. 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 be slight. 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 loss. 1 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. Thompson. 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 Diaries. Graphophones on hi i 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. i l i I'll 36j, $1.50 Books at $1.10. Best Fens, Books, Candy and Standard Easy Payments. Passunpsii 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., $1000. 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 property. I- 9 - - S !) I i 1' ' ii - ' J ROUE 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 gifts. 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. RITCHIE'S. LADIES' WINTER JACKETS MARKED DOWN. 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 until Christmas. CKristmas Furs ' 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, riore Calendars. 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 blown roses. 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 their gifts. ART STORE. 49 Main Street, St. JoHnsbury, Vermont. 39 Railroad Street. St. JoHnsbury