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I I!. L. SNYDER, Publisher
I . MMM) college notes.
t -.n f.15. S. Lakin and Hon. J. S.
I Da;-;, f 'he State Board or Control, i
J Shepherd College an official visit
on Monday, inspecting carefully the
whole material equipment and confer- f
ring with President White on
fin.ir. es and future plans of the school. 1
The last chapel assembly for the first
scmotcr was held Monday morning,
at which time both Mr. Darst and Mr.
Lakin addressed the students and impre
d them with swme of the bigger
and more serious things of life.
Another feature of the week that has
brought the attention of students to
the sterner realities of life has consisted
of a series of final examinations
which were brought to a conclusion today
at noon. Here's wishing good luck
to one and all.
Entailment for the past semester
summarised shows that a total of 59
young men and 98 young women were
resident students and that 25 young
men and 51 young women were taking
correspondence courses. The total
enrollment for the semester was 233.
This added to 168 students of the past
summer session not now in residence cr
taking work by correspondence already
makes an enrollment of 401 for the
year 1921-22, w ith another semester including
a opting term beginning April
IS to further eclipse the record of the
preceding year, when a total of 379
students was reached.
Jefferson county leads the list for
resident students this year, with
Hampshire second and Hardy third.
It is interesting to note that the percentage
of boys coming from counties
to the west of Jefferson is one-third
greater than that of girls.
Berkeley easily leads the list of correspondence
students, with Tucker second,
Hampshire third. Hardy fourth.
Jefferson. Pendleton, Morgan and Preston
each have several teachers doing
correspondence work, while the others
" 1" * ?
;r. are located in Urant, mineral, nuicigu,
Pocahontas. Kanawha, Wayne, Fayette,
Logan. Doddridge Taylor and Pleasants.
Last week's basket ball program began
on Friday afternoon, when
t Pennsylvania State Forest Academy
was met. The visitors had upwards of
a score of points when Walper started
?> in for the locals and continued his
<* good work to the end of the game, at
? which time the score book showed thirteen
pvunts to his credit. Late in the
game Wec Willie JVIusser was sent in ati
? forward. First he took his placo
1 against tlic giant guard from Pennsyl?
vania, v. lto showed signs of embarassment,
evidently due to recollection of
the story of David and Gbliath. Coach
Legge then very considerately shifted
Musser to the other forward position
opposing a smaller guard, from whom,
though captain of the visiting team,
his glory immediately departed, for(
Musser soon tossed in a counter from
a long shot. Knode and Lowe also
scored once during the encounter,
which went to the visitors, 34 to 19.
In the afternoon our girls met the
strong high school sextette at Waynesboro
and won easily. Mary Grose, who
had hitherto led in scoring, was thi$
time surpassed by Ruth Clipp, who
scored 21 out of 35 points made by S.
C. Whi c Waynesboro had twenty-three
chances from the foul line, they caged
the ball on only eight trials, the remainder
of their 19 points coming from
field goals. S. C. scored five points
ftom fifteen trials after a foul.
Berkeley Springs High School failed
to live up to advance notices, and our
boys had a field day. After the first
ten minutes Walper, Maddex, Knode
and Cletus Lowe were withdrawn
with the score 21 to 0. Reinhart took
center, Crowl and Musser went to forward,
and Donley and Rudolph Lowe
to guard. Toward the last half the
F team became very active and
mn.C many of the most beautiful and
aid cult shots seen on the local floor
V-T \?a.r ^'lc f'na' score was 09 to
' ?'n,s ^?r '^c home team were
m * aS lows: Reinhart, 18; Crowl,
H: Musser 12; Cletus Lowe, 9; Ru<#>iph
Lowe, 3; Knode, 4; Maddex, 2,
. t : r a a y afternoon our girls will
meet the famous Pcnn Hall team a!
n Uu: j;. and the outcome ?f thi?
\? <i! will "L- watched with considerable
Robbers Found Guilty.
.1 W .'.reliant and L. F. Arvin, the
t'*> Hum wick men who were charged
^ith robbing the store of C. A. Kiblcr
at but'e'ds of a large quantity ol
mere, c some w eeks ago, were
f in j. ?y in t^e Circuit Court ol
Jefk-r-i >unty this week. Arvin was
,ri<-: 1 iuesday and Merchant on
* edncsd t The jury had but little
d ^ cultv in rendering a verdict of
Rl'ih\ in v.,ch case. Judge Woods has
r ' '-t pronounced sentence upon the
dr Kibler has been highly commen.h.j
tor his determined and successful
efforts to bring these robbers
justice. As soon as the burglary
?'as di>ci vercd he took the trail, and
kt-Tt on it until he found the goods
arJ the guilty men. He now has the
satisf action of knowing that a bad gang
0 marauders ha9 been broken up.
< rges against the men for robbing
a store in Virginia and for stealing
rom cars nn thc B. & O. Railroad are
Kt to he faced.
Arvin was a locomotive fireman on
'*> & O. Railroad, and is a step*f,n
'f Merchant. Thc two are acof
a number of other robberies
a"' it is said that several other persons
I a" implicated with them and may be
l arr?.stcl
Mrs. Carrie B. Caton, wife of Walter
Caton and daughter of James P. Staley,
of this vicinity, died last Saturday in j
the King's Daughters' Hospital in
Martinsburg, following a surgical operation
performed several days previously.
Mrs. Caton had been in declining
health the past year from a
complication of diseases, and in the
hope that an operation would afford
relief and prolong her life she was
taken to the hospital. The operational
however, revealed such a serious condi-1
tion that it was manifest her days werd
numbered and she passed away about j
half-past ten o'clock on Saturday. Her
death brings sorrow to her family and
friends, for she was a devoted wife and
mother, a good Christian woman, and
her life was spent in service to others.
She had been for years a consistent
member of the Reformed Church. Besides
her husband and father, she is
survived by two sons, Guy and Forrest
Caton, and a brother, Walter Staley j
The funeral service was conducted in'
the Reformed Church in this place on I
Monday by her pastor, Rev. Dr. S. L.j
Flickinger, and the tody was interred
in F.lmwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Sarah Travers Coc, widow of
W. W. Coe, died at her home in Charles
Town Wednesday night of last week, j
She had been in failing health for!
, some time past, and about two weeks i
!nrin, V? ,4-o.U K, I
jr-.-vi ?vs 11v uwaiu osiw uccauic utUlUbl,
j finally passing away. Mrs. Coe was
one of the best of women, and was esteemed
by many friends who will sor;
iow at her passing. Cultured and re- j
i fined and kindhcartcd and consider'
ate, she was respected by all who knew
1 her, and she will be greatly missed in
the community in which her long life i
: was spent. She was a daughter of the
I late Wm. H. Travcrs, in his day a lead- ;
j ing member of the Jefferson county
bar. Her husband died in Marchj |
! 1920. Surviving are a son, Travers
Coe, of New York and London; a
daughter. Miss Sara Coe, and a sister,
Miss Elizabeth Travers, of Charles
Mrs. Susan E. Kephart, widow of
Jacob Kephart, for many years a highly
regarded resident of the Duffields
neighborhood, died recently from the
infirmities of old age, following an illness
of several months. She was in
the 80th year of her age. She was a
daughter of the late William Rider, of
Harper's Ferry district, and all of her
long life was spent in this county. Shd
was a good woman, devoted to her family
and her home, and was esteemed
fbr her many womanly virtues by all
who knew ner. ane is survived by
three sons. Walter A., Arthur B. and
Elmore Kephart, all of the Duffields
vicinity, and by a brother, the venerable
J. Wm. Rider, near Harper's Ferry. Af
ter funeral service in the Methodist
Church at Uvilla, conducted by Rev.
J. H. Haley, the body was laid to rest
in the cemetery adjoining.
Josiah Kitzmillcr, a native of
Keedsyville, Md., and a former resident
of Shepherdstown, died recently at his
home in Auburn, Nebraska, in the
74th year of his age. Mr. Kitzmiller
first came to Shepherdstown ftiore than
fifty years ago, when he worked as a
carriage-maker for the late John P.
Hoffman in the shop still standing on
Princess street. He left here for a
I time, but returned some twenty years
, ago and worked as a carriage painter
and repairer. He then went West, locating
in Auburn, where he had lived
for a number of years. Besides his
; wife, he is survived by a daughter,
i Mrs. Daniel P. Keedy, of Omaha.
I and a brother, Augustus Kitzmiller, of
Kecdysville. Samuel Avey, another
! native of Kecdysville, also died in Au1
burn recently, aged 58 years. He sold
I j pianos and accssories.
Mrs. Emma Jones, wife of H. Kyd
jones, cuea iasi aaiuraay ar ner nome
,, in Shepherdstown, following a painful
and distressing illness from can,
cer. She had suffered greatly, and
death came as a merciful relief to her.
' Mrs. Jones, whose maiden name was
Derry, lived in Harper's Ferry before
her marriage, and was 45 years years
. old. BesiOTs her husband, she is sur,
vivd by twt> sons, Kenneth and Roger.
| and two daughters, Mrs. Katherinc
| Cochran, of Rohrersville, Md? and
Cecil at home. The funeral service
was held at her late home on Monday,
, Rev. John A. Grose officiating, and the
body was interred in Elmwood Ceme.
j tery.
Daniel Webster Snyder, who lived in
j Shepherdstown many years ago, died
! last Friday at his home in Baltimore,
i | in the 64th year of his age. He was
i j a son of Webster Snyder, who was
; a brother of John, Conrad at.d Joseph
j Snvder, well-known resident- of this
, palce in yeors gone by. The deceased,
! | wno nad been blind Tor a long time,
was a first cousin of Mrs. Get). F.
| Turner and Mrs. Bcrnie Billmyer. of
. j this place.
I Charles Edwin Reed, a prominent
resident of Fairmont, W. Va., died at
' j his home in that city last Friday night,
1 flged 55 years. He was a brother-inlaw
of Maurice E. Miller, formerly o'
Shepherdstown. He is survived by his
wife, his aged mother, three brothers
;: and a sister, Mrs. Miller. He was very
; j highly regarded in Fairmont, where he
had long been active in business.
i John R. Ellyson, a well-known shorfstory
writer of Richmond, Va , dropped
dead on the street in that city
last Friday. He was for many vears
i engaged in newspaper vtirk He is
j survived by his wife, who was formerly
Miss Marie Elizabeth Holt, of
rdstown, Jefferson County, \V
Harper's Ferry. He was 60 years
John G. Conard, a well-known an
highly-esteemed resident of Neersvillt
Loudoun county, Va., died very sudden
ly on January 24th, aged 75 years. Hi
wife died suddenly about two year
ago. The deceased is survived b
eight children, one of his sons beini
C. Elbert Conard, of this vicinity.
James W. Gore, for many years man
ager of the Shenandoah Milling Com
pany, which was later merged into th
Northern Virginia Power Company
died Tuesday night at his home nea
Millville, aged 74 years. Three daugli
ters survive him.
William H. Miller, one of Berkelc
county's old residents, died last wee
at his home in Back Creek Valley
aged 77 years. He was the father 0
fifteen children, of whom ten are sti
living. His wife also survives him.
Marvin P. Landis died last Sunda
at his home at Bcdington, Bcrkele
county, in the 86th year of his ag<
Three sons and two daughters sui
vive him, one of his sons being Grar
Landis, a Charles Town merchant.
Rev. Dr. David B. Floyd, a wel
known Lutheran minister and for soni
years a professor in Susquehanna Un
versity at Selins Grove, Pa., died la!
week, aged 75 years. His body wa
taken to Martinsburg for burial.
Mrs. Delia Catherine Byrd, wife i
D. W. Byrd, died at her home in Mai
tinsburg last Saturday, aged 76 year
Her husband, lbur sons and thrc
daughters survive her.
John W. Weller, aged 66 years, die
last Monday at his home at Pikesid
near Martinsburg He is survived t
v.:- ...:/? 1 r-? - -*--- -
mo hue iinu iivc sons ana aaugniers
John M. Dooley, a native of Charh
Town, aged 73 years, died recently i
Staunton, Va., where he had been und<
George S. Anderson, a former res
dent of Martinsburg, died a few da}
ago in Burlington, Iowa, aged 65 year
The Riverton correspondent of tl
Winchester Star gives the followir
notice of the death of Wm. M. Righ
stine, a native of Shepherdstown, wl
died at Riverton on January 21st:
W. M. Righstine, of Riverton, died c
j Sunday morning of Bright's diseas
He had been a sufferer for some tin
with this malady, but his illness ir
mediately preceding his death was i
only a short duration. He was a wi
ower and was 74 years of age. M
Rightstine's first wife was a Miss Ha
ris, of Riverton, and the second Mi
McCarthy, an aunt of Mrs. W. E. Ca
son, both of whom preceded him tto tl
grave. Since his last wife's death 1
had lived with Mr. and Mrs. Lew
Willis near Riverton. Mr. Rightstinc
death marks the passing of one of tl
old citizens of the community and h
death will be mourned by many <
his friends and neighbors. For tl
past few years he had been employ*
as bookkeeper at Baker and Company
wholesale erocerv house, attending re
i ularly to his duties there in spite of h
advanced age and rather frail constit
j tion. He was some years ago boo
keeper at the Baker flour mill of WI
i Chester. The funeral was conducti
on Monday from the Baptist Chun
at Riverton, of which deceased w
a member, and the burial took pla
in Prospect Hill cemetery at Fro
Royal, Rev. Mr. Moncure officiating.
Madame Hugh Here.
Madam Ethel Hugli, of Berr
Switzerland, delightfully entertained
! large audience in the Shepherd C'
I lege auditorium last night, havii
come here at the invitation of the W
man's Club of Shepherdstown Pistrii
She was introduced by Mrs. ?m.
Snyder, president of the club.
Madame Hnpli devoted the hour ai
a-half which she used to a descripti'
of Switzerland, and illustrated tb
1 wonderful country by a series of bea
j tifi'I and interesting slides showi:
mountain and valley, river and lak
! city and chalet. Best of all, howeve
I was her rendition of the folk son
; of the people, which she sang in Freni
j and Italian and Germany, the thr
languages used in the three main c
visions of Switzerland. Her p'easii
| voice, well trained and of great swec
! ness, enabled her to sing these soni
most delightfully, and she was warm
applauded. Her address was alroget!
er pleasing, and everybody who w.
, present enjoyed the evening to tl
! fullest extent.
Madame Hugli was former:y Mi
Ethel Camp, of Washington, and fro
her youth has been popular in She
herdstown, where her pleasing pcrso
ality has won for her warm frieni
who find her the more gracious at
agreeable as the passing years add
ner cnarm. wniie nerc sne was 11
guest of Mr. H. L. Lyne and Mr. ar
; Mrs. Frank Lyne. She sails for Euroi
on February 18th, but hopes to r
turn to America next year, as she hi
been pressed t*> make another toi
of the United States
Bakerton Hall Sold.
W. L. Manuel has bought from
O. Knott and C. D. Carter the publ
hall and adjoining residence proper
at Bakerton for $2,905. Mr. Manu
will occupy the residence as a hon
and will convert the hall into a stnr
room. The people of Bakerton a
..much disturbed at losing their ha
the only place there in which they cj
, hold entertainments of a secular m
^est Virginia. Thursday. Fehrnar
^ Among the visitors to Shepherds:i
town on Tuesday were Hon. James S.
Lakin and Hon. j. S. liarst, of Charless
j ton, members of the State Board of
s Control. They visited Shepherd Coly
lege and both made addresses at the
8 chapel exercises. While here they
i inspected the school property and the
Rumscy monument grounds. They stat[
ed that plans havc? been made for the
e new athletics building, work on which
r( will begin the first of next July, when
r the appropriation will become availi.
able. This structure, which will be
large enough to accommodate all indoor
sports and exercises, will probv
; ably be located on the lot now owned
* I by the State at the corner of Princess
' and High streets. It will hive a
' large floor for games, with dressing
" rooms, shower baths, lockers, etc., and
balconies ample to scat the largest audy
y Mr. Samuel M. Huyett and Mr. and
Mrs. William Huyett, of the Lectown
'* neighborhood, were callers at the
Register olVtce on Tuesday. Mr. Huyi
nit <Cr will hoor? nf cfnrlr fflrm.
inn implements, etc., on Tuesday, Febie
ruary 28th. He will move the first
j. of April fit>m the Stridcr farm near
;t Lectown, where he has lived for a numis
her bf years, to the Small farm thnat
he purchased a few months ago, located
west of Shcpherdstown.
Mrs. John B. Garden, of Wheeling.
s* president of the State Federation of
>e Woman's Clubs, is in Shepherdstown
today, guest of Mrs. Wm. B. Snyder,
president of the Woman's Club of
!<* I Shepherdstown District. Mrs. Garden.
e? who is a woman of charming person?y
aljty and very popular in West Virginia.
is to speak before our woman's
;s club this afternoon.
" Mr. T. I). Gray, horticultural spec"r
ialist of the West Virginia University
at Morgantown, spent yesterday in
i- Shepherdstown, where he was advises
ing with persons interested in regard
s. to a system of tree planting for this
i community. He also made suggeste
tibns concerning the adornment and
tg beautifying of the grounds about the
t- Rumsey monument,
it) j
Mr. Geo. W. Freeman, of the NaItional
Highway Garage, was called to
Mont Aim, Pa., the first of the week
by the serious illness of his father.
Mr. J. W. Freeman, who had double
pneumonia. The latter is now safelj
rpast the crisis and Mr. Freeman has
d- returned.
r. Mr. Geo. W. Burgan, of Bridgeport
was among our callers bn Tuesday
~~ He has finished the repair work or
ie his section of the canal in anticipa<
ie tion of next season's business, includis
ing two new concrete wasteways al
s Locks 39' and 40.
!c Col. and Mrs. John P. Lucas and
their child have been spending the
past week at Kcarneysville with Dt
and Mrs. C. C. Lucas, the Colonel's
parents. Colonel Lucas is new sta's
j tioned at Fort Sill. Oklahoma.
i Mr. Charles Goldsborough, of Culu-!
peper, Va., and Mrs. Llewellyn Mo
k-j Veigh, of Richmond, have been at Leen-1
land this week, having dome home tc
cd help celebrate the birthday of their mo:h
! ther, Mrs. Netta Goldsborough.
^ Mrs. Chas. W. Brown, of Bethlehem
Pa., is here to be with her mother, Mrs
i Henry C. Marten, wht> has been ver>
! ill the past week or two, with bul
| little hope of her recovery.
; Mrs. Bramhall Campbell, of Luray
ie' | Va., is here to spend some time with
.a her sister, Mrs. Chas. B. VanMetre
^ l Mrs. Campbell was formerly Miss Flor^
ence Furrey, of this place.
ct. i Mr. and Mrs. Piquettc Mitchell, ol
B Detroit, were in Shepherdstown foi
I several days the past week, having
id I been called here by the illness of Mr
on Robert Gibson.
at Mr. O. H. Kaylor, of Washingtor
u" J county, Md., visited the Register office
1K last Friday and had us print his sale
:c bills. He will have a big sale or
!r' February 22d.
-H Mr. W. A. Cessna and Miss Reta
co Cessna, of Rainsburg, Pa., are spend1lj.
ing this week with the family of Rev
John A. Grose at the Methodist parson t
I age.
Z* Mrs. G. A. Randolph, of Richmond,
Va., is here to spend a few weeks with
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fonrose
as Shipley, at the Shipley Hotel.
Mr. Wm. A. Moler, of the Dufflelds
ss neighborhood, called at the Register
m office yesterday and renewed his subp.
, scription for another year.
n* ' Mr. Olin McKec has been on the
sick list this week, threatened with
id appendicitis. He is very much better
to now and is able to be out.
lcj Mrs. Marie MacBrien, of Washing5C
ton, spent the past week in Shepherdse_
town with Mrs. Fonrose Shipley at the
Shipley Hotel,
ur Mr. R. V. McDonald, of the Kcarneysvillc
neighborhood, was among
the callers at the Register office the
past week.
S Mr. and Mrs. Charles Henry, of
ic Charles Town, spent the week-end in
ty Shepherdstown with Mr. and Mrs. G.
el W. Harper.
1C Mrs. Henry Dcrr and Mrs. John
e" Mentzcr, of llagersttiwn, were callers
at the Register office on Monday last.
in Misses Nellie and Lillie Marshall, of
a-; Moler's Cross Roads, are visiting relt
atives and friends in Hagerstown.
y 2d, 1922.
Sqir.re t^ratt on Shenandoah Junk. I
Squire Nihiscr Spratt threw his quid
of tobacco into the coal scuttle Tucs'
day and settled himself in a chair in
the Register office. "I sec you had
my name in your paper last week." he
remarked. "My wife didn't like it
' very well, for she says first thing 1
know IM get a thrushin* if I keep
on expressin' myself so free." He
looked around cautiously. "I don't
mind if >t?u put a piece in statin' what
I think of that station at Shenandoah
I Junction," lie went on, "provided you
don't get me into trouble with that
great big agent out there, Mr. Huddle.!
1 or Dan'l Willard, or this here Mr. Van
Horn up to Cumberland.
"I was out to the junction the other |
Jay, to meet my niece, who was coin|
ing on a B. & O. train. Thq train was
; late, and I had to wait tbr some time,
j Say, that young woman who named the
| place Shenandoah Junk hit the nail on
i the head. Everybody calls it that rtow,
and it will never get rid of the name 1
until they build a new station. I
noticed that they have varnished the
scats in the old place," said the squire.
"But, laws, that just makes a smooth
race course for the bugs. Honest, it
was awful the way the people talked
about the railroad officials. One family
that had been in the station a long
time was for lynching whoever was
responsible for the old shack."
The o'd squire heaved a sigh, and
shook his head. "Mebbc we are a
mite too hard on them B. & O. fellers,"
he said. "Perhaps they are afraid of
making another big mistake at Shenandoah
junk. You remember that a few
years ago they installed an interlocking
switching system there, costing
some fifty or sixty thousand dollars.
Well, they used it a few months and
found out that they didn't need it afltr
all, and all that money was wasted.
Mebbc the B. & O. fo'ks arc afraid that
if they go to work and join wttn the
Norfolk & Western people in building a
nice new station that these here flying
machines will be established permanent
and take all the passenger business
from the railttoads. They'd feel
awful foolish if they should have an
! elegant passenger station on their
hands and no passengers to use it."
"Do you think that the flying ma|
chines will really become practical as
a means of carrying passengrs?" the
' squire was asked.
| "Well, no," he replied. "I agree
with this here man D<X)ley, in Chicago.
~'Dooicys?ys that a flying machine to be
penccny sate must oe Duut arter tnc
similitude of a bird, and I never etfpect
, to trust myself in one of them until
i they invent the kind that can lay an
? egg."
The squire poked some tobacco in
i his pipe and lighted up, remarking:
I "Lobks as if we will have to travel
through the air, though. Our roads
are getting so bad and railraad fareq
' are so high we'll just have to do somc!
thing. I wish I was an angel right
i 0
Great Snow Storm in the East.
The worst snow storm that has pre
vailed for many years passed along the
eastern coast last week, beginning on
Friday and Continuing until Sunday,
i From North Carolina to Philadelphia
the snow fall was enormous, in many
places attaining a depth never before
recorded. Eastern North Carolina and
? Eastern Virginia were smothered uit<
der a great white blanket such as the
' oldest inhabitant could ntit recall an
' equal. In Richmond and Roanoke
there was ten to twelve inches of snow.
Washington had 27 inches and Baltl|
more 25'/j inches, these two cities being
in the centre of the storm. AI
; Philadelphia the snowfall declined 114
about ten inches. West of the Blua
Ridge mountains the storm was not
! at all severe, only four or five inches
of snow falling in Shephcrdstown. All
5 railroad travel was blocked in Wash.
ingmn and Baltimore, the trolley linesi
were tied up and the highways clos,
ed. By Monday travel became nor
, mat ukuiii ?nu iransporiation was restored.
11 Mr. Chas. D. Wysong and Mrs.
Frank Lyne left last Saturday morning
'! tor Baltimore, the former to spend the
week-end with Mrs. Wysong and Mrs.
! Lyne to visit friends. When they
started from Shcpherdstown they knew
nothing of the terrible storm that was
raging eastward, but by the time they
J | got to Washington Junction thev be,
j gan to see something of it. Their
train was late reaching Washington,
and it took about three hours to make
; i the run of forty miles on to Baltimore.
They arrived in Baltimore about
Ave o'clock, and found that city covered
with a foot and a'-half of snow,
with great drifts in some of the streets
and no cars running. They were
1 fortunate enough to get a taxi, and
Mrs. Lyne was able to reach the home
: of her aunt, Mrs. McClcary, while
Mr. Wysong eventually found relatives.
He wa9 not able to get to wheTe
Mrs. WySbng is staying until Monday
afternoon. They say that they have
never seen such a remarkable snow
storm, and they counted themselves
i very fortunate to get to their destinations.
Many persons had to re,
main in the stations all night?even
the stalled street cars served as hotels
Saturday night. Mrs. Lyne returned
;home on.Tuesday and Mr. Wysong was
1 expected last night.
If you want the best advertising and
the most attractive sale bills, have your
work done at the Register office.
Boswell has Lord Calvert coffee?j
what you have been reading about.
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NEW VOL 57--No. 5. |
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A road engineer in writing to the
Pegister recently in protest against
the remarkable decision of the State #
rtoad Commission locating the pfcS
rt". 1 S's'e road between Martin
burR and Charles Town by way of tlu
i'inc H;llr of Berkeley county, makes
this statement: w
"The on'y permanent thing about a"
road is its locution. Let us try t*> get"
that right." *
The commission has as its ver/
Hrst step in this section of the State
made a wrong location. No matter'
how much money may hereafter be1
spent, the locatton of the road will'
always be wrong?unless it shall bo
changed to a route satisfactory to ar
I least a fair proportion of the people '
Our correspondent very truly saysf..
that having carefully studied the pro-*.->
pbscd route between Martinsburg and .
Charles Town, he has arrived at the
conclusion that it will not meet the .
needs bf cither local or through traffic
in the most practical manner." ,
Why, then, has the commission made
such a selection? It is by long odds .
the mbst costly route that could hav?>..
been chosen, so economy could not be
inc reason, u accommodates a ies?number
of persons than any othcT*
route that wa9 suggested, for mucK ..
tof the road is through a barren and*.'
sparsely settled section of country, the
fine Hills of Berkeley county being
notoriously poor.
There is not one first-class farm between
Martinsburg and the Berkeley
county line, with pbssibly one except,
tion, though the good roads law say*'
that in selecting a route due consider*
ation shall he given to agricultural*'
The law says that the commission ,
shall give due consideratibn to im
portant cities and towns, facilities of
transportation and commercial centers.'
In this case the commission has re-'
versed the law. It avoids Shepherdstown,
the second largest town in the
ctounty; it ignores Shenandoah June,
tion, the most important railroad center
in the county; in fact, in the en-,
tire distance between Martinsburg and
Charles Town it goes near but one vil- '
lage, Kearneysvillc, passing along its
southern border.
By selecting the obscure Pine Hills.
rt>utc the commission disregards the '
main traveled roads, with their solid
roadbeds and wide right-of-way and ex'ccllent
alignment, that have been used
for a hundred and fifty years, and
which could be converted into firstclass
highways at a minimum cost.
It loses the opportunity to connect
Shepherdstown with the magnificent
system of State roads of Maryland and
Pennsylvania leading North and East
An apologist for the commission
says that it has selected the Pine Hills
route so as to avoid railroad ciossings.
It has not escaped them. There are
two branch lines to be crossed near
Martinsburg, beside* the main line of
the Norfolk & Western, the Valley
Branch of the B. & O., and the Belt
Line in Charles Town.
Besides, for what it will cost to
bridge the Opequon and make the
necessary fills at Riley's Ford, it is
i probable that every crossing on the
Shepherdstown route could either be
bridged or tunneled by permanent "
Dr. Stephenson is the Democratic
member of the board. We do not
charge that partisan politics influenced
the board's action?we do not believe
that this is the case. But we do
think that he ought to have been more
regardful of the interests of Jefferson
tuuni)?me ume cwc inmo 01 uemocracy
in West Virginia.
The State Road Commission has made
a wrong decision in the selection of the
Martinsburg-Charles Town route. It
selected the location without having
gone over the ground. It ought to do
the right thing and change the route
so unsatisfactory to the people of this
New Electric Signal.
1 Electrician Fisher is installing for
testing purposes a new electric device
at the Norfolk & Western Railroad
crossing #n Main street in Shepherdsfgvn.
As a train approaches ^hc
creasing the signal swings around and
shows the word "Stop," while a red
fight Rashes off and on. When the
train has passed, the signal swings
back tout of sight, showing that the
crossing is safe. This new danger
signal is being installed here for testing
purposes, and it is understood that
if tt is satisfactory a number of
them will be bought and installed along
the raihoad.

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