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I ESTABLISHED 1849. I H. L. SNYDER, Publisher | .NOTES BY OBSERVER. (On Saturday of this wees a civil service examination will be i he'd ia Charle- Tbwn, when candidates for the posin' n f postmaster at Shepherdstowr. required to show their I fitness f r this important office. It is open '<> Republicans and Democrats dike and is supposed to be non-parti- | ss:. rite position being awarded to the i candidate >liowing the greatest efficienc As a matter of fact, however, I there not the slightest probability that any Dmocrat will have a chance j at the job. for it is said that not a single, solitary Democrat has been ap- 1 pointed by President Harding since he , has been in the presidential chair. The sa'.ar of the office here is $2,000 a year, end Postmaster Lucas's time expires March 8th next. u inauirv about ur>ci>ci ?.? j . the Shepherdstown postoflfice in days 1 long P-'it and has learned some in, tercsr.ng facts. Amtmg the early postmasters \> ts John T. Cookus, who kept the postoftrce in the building now occupied by J. M. Rush, in connection with a central store. Another post, master bfore the Civil War was John K White, who was prominent in business here. His store and the pbstofif fice were in the stone building on Main street ti at was destroyed by fire some years neo. just across the alley from $ the Entlcr Hotel. Daniel and Alex i Cameron were clerks. The mail was brought from Kearneysville, on the Baltimore A- Ohio Railttiad, in those days by stage coach?but there was & not vcrv much of it. Mr. White became involved financially and finally broke up with a crash, involving a ? number of persons in this community. W'.lKo?, MnnlH.->r u/hn hjiH a hir store in the building now occupied by H. P .Schley's place of business, wa^ postmaster just prior to the Civil War. He died while that great conflict was in progress. Danie S. Rcntch was commissioned as postmaster by Jefferson Davis, President of the Southern Confederacy, during the Civil War, and he kept a Confederate postoffice for about a vear. It worked all right as long as the Confederates held possession of this section. but when the Union forces came to town the postoffice would go out of busmess. Jerome Dushane was deputy postmaster under Mr. Rentch and on one occasion when a rumor tame that the Yankees were advancing on the town he gathered up the postoffice supplies in a big red bandanna handkerchief and carried them off to a safe place until the enemy had retired. Later Mr. Dushane went into the army, taking along with him for the Confederacy about $10,000 worth of Confederate postage stamps. Mr. Rentch had so much trouble with the Union people that the postoffice was finally closed. It had been located during these troublous times in the room now occupied by J. H. Schoppert's store. William Crowl was mail carrier for the Confederate postoffice, and made three trips a week to Winchester, which was a sort of headquarters for southern mail. He had some lively experiences in dodging the Yankees on his adventurous errands. Albert Humrickhouse, who had a stage route between Shepherdstown and Winchester nnH ntti/>?. ntc eon I vtllV| 3UUIII, kept up a sort of private postoffice I durinu the war. and in this way our E soldiers at the front kept in touch with I their families hack home. Then, too, I there were always messengers going I back and forth by whom letters could I be sent, though this method of earry ing on correspondence was not always I satisfactory. I On one occasion the Second VirI ginia Regiment, to which many of the Shepherdst >un men belonged, was on I duty a one the Clarke county line. u: ile at the same time the Yankees held Shepherdstown and this end of fl the countv. The women of the comI munitv were most anxious to get lef tors t*i their relatives and friends in I th s S n l Regiment, and Aunt Julia I Rurki-. .( devoted friend of the ConI federates, un lertook to deliver them. K On a certain day she gathered up a I number ' U tters and notes and nc-j I quire 1 many verbal messages and I s'}" ut. She walked to Duffields, B vhern ?K Union lines were estabI Of course she was halted by j' I ut. assuming the air of an I ' old country woman, she in stated bn going on to Charles Town I fo see r Mck daughter who had sent I It was finally agreed that I '1 co on her way provided she I rnit to a thorough search. I ' ly agreed to this, and throwI 1 'wlr?n the grass in the yard. n into a House, where she was I can ly searched by a "loyal" woman. n contraband was found, and it I reported. She was told she ' po on her way, and picking tip I her she tendered effusive thanks I ' ' Yankees and trudged along. The were delivered the next day I bad been concealed In the shawl I *v V-i she had left so carelessly in the I I folks back home rtot only took I 'of every chance to send letI nd messages to the soldiers in I It on distant fields, but, when I rfunlty offered, sent them prol ' articles of clothing and V things as they needed or might I ervi On one bccasion a team was I Co up the Vallev to where our men I v ' located, and there was a scurry1 to send them good things Sheph Unfortunately, not everybody had opportunity to send something to the soldiers?possibly some articles might have disappeared en route. At any rate, the joy of those who received nico things from home, including fresl) pudding and sausage and spare-rib and backbone, was only equal ed by the intense disgust of those who felt that they had been forgotten. Hence originated a Shepherdstown classio?a brief, curt note sent to his wife by a soldier who had had no portion in the good things received by the men of Company B. It said: "Some git puddin' and sausage and some git none. Send my socks by Chris Emory." Some time during the war t>r immediately afterward Elias Baker was appointed postmaster, and the rostoffice was kept in the general store of David Billmyer in the old building which was afterward torn down to make room for the business block in which the Farmers Bank is located. Thrrp wac a lSttl* /^oea ^u*-1 ? - M ..mv voov \J 1 PHJCUI1-IWIC5 that sufficed to hold all the mail that came to town. Observer's earliest recollections go back to the unique method of distributing the mail at this place. About noon Butch Crowl, driving Adams' stage coach that made daily trips to and ffom Kearneysvillc, would pull up in front of the store and deliver the mail sack. Mr. Baker would take the pouch into the store, a window facing the street would be raised and then the postmaster would call out the letters to the crowd waiting outside. If the person to whom the letter was addressed was present he wt>uld call out "Here!" and the letter would be passed out to him. If no response was made, the letter would be put in a pigeon hole to await the later call from the owner. This method of distribution was not satisfactory to everybody, but the regular habitues of the postoffice?how much alike those of the present day they were fifty-odd yearj ago?knew just who had gotten a letter today. The mail was limited id those days?a handful or two of letters, three or four daily papers from Baltimore, a few weeklies and a magazine ntow and then. There was no parcel post, and the great mass of circular:! and papers of every sort that now encumber the mails had not been thought of. The distribution of the mail through the open window by calling out names was later objected to by the t)Copie and was discontinued. Letters ev viy in/w anu men gui uiiu me wrong hands, and it is said that some spicy scandals were narrowly averted. We think Van Underdonk succeeded Mr. Baker as postmaster, and lie kept the postoffice in the room just cast of the Register building, next to the alley. Later Joseph Welshans got tha office, and the mail was distributed from a little red brick building on King street, which was next the old Register printing office. The arrival of the stage from Kearneysville was awaited with eagerness each afternoon and the peoole assembled as they do now. During a later term Mr. Welshans remodeled his ancient blacksmith shop, further along King street, and it was long used as a postoffice. How spry Miss Ellen Welshans was in handling the mail, and how interested and accommodating in her relations with the folks whose letters passed through her hands. Good Miss Ellen?how the people have missed her! James D. Fayman was another postmaster in the days after the war, and later Wm. A. Chapline conducted the office for a long time in the room next to the Register building on the east. Shepherdstown never had a better postmaster than Mr. Chapline. The uniform of his Office was a flowered dressing gown that he wore almost all thq time he was on duty. He was remarkably accurate, and the records of his office would be passed quarter after quarter without an error or mark against him. He was as accommodat1ing as he could be, yet he guarded the interests of the office with zealbus nuciiiy. ii is a cuinuiuence inai nis daughter, Mr6. Helen Wendell, is now assistant postmaster?she is as accurate as her father was, too. "When the Democrats elected a President finally, Mr. Rentch again became postmaster, using the room in the building where now S. L. Cooley has his store. E. H. Reinhart, another Democrat, was afterward postmaster, with the postoffice in the Register building. H. E. Mundey got it when the administration changed again, and moved it into its present location When President Wilson came in and Mr. Mundey's term expired Wm. L Reinhart became postmaster, and upon I his death John C. Reinhart filled his unexpired term. Armistead S. Lucas followed him and has since been holding the office. The Republicans will take it from him at the end t)f his term in just one month from today. Who will be the next postmaster? Observer knows, but will not tell unj til the appointment is made. Woman's Club Program. The following program will be givI en Friday afternoon at the regular meeting of the Wbman's Club of Shepherdstown District: Paper explaining the Muscle Shoals project, Miss Eleanor Potts; reading. Mrs. H. C. Malone; vocal solo, Miss Etta O. Willams; short parliamentary drill, Mrs. Mabel Hcnsbaw-Gardiner. The demonstration lecture on "The Art of Good Dressing," by Mrs. Buchannwn. of Washington, previously announced for Friday afternoon has been indefinitely postponed. Ijer&sl M0NTAN1 SEMPER L erdstown, Jefferson County, Wet THE DEATH RECORD. Lewis T. Byron, onebf Hagerstown'sj wealthiest residents and leading busi- i ness men, died at his home in that i city Monday afternoon. He was taken ( ill the latter part of last week with an , attack of bronchitis and became rapid- < i ly worse. On Monday morning his | condition became alarming, but it was i not considered that he was critically < iii. nor was it tnougnt that the end was < near. His collapse in the afternoon ( was sudden and he died very quickly, i | Mr. Byron was probably interested in < business affairs to a greater extent i than any other individual who ever < j lived in Hagerstown. He is said to I have kept in close touch with and | largely directed the manifold Byron in- | terests?the tanneries, the shoe com- j i panies and various other industries. 11 He was also one of the principal 11 owners of the Hagerstown Morning | Herald and the Daily Mail. He was a native of Massachusetts and was 51 years old. He is survived by his ' i wife, a son, Lewis T. Byron, Jr., and a 1 ! daughter, Mrs. W. P. Lane, who was j' married just three weeks ago. Frederick Dexter White, whose wife j I was formerly Miss Mary Lentz, of , ! Shephcrdsttiwn, died in Kansas City | Mo., on January 8th, according to in- , formation received here. Mr. White , was one of the wealthy and prominent ( business men of Kansas City, having , been at the head of the corporation ] that controlled the ice business there. , Mrs. White's friends here will sym- < pathizc with her in her bereavement. Mrs. Florence Pitznogle, wife of i l Chas. O. Pitznogle, of Berkeley coun- ;; ty, died Tuesday morning in the King's ! Daughters' Hospital in Martinsburg ; from rcrifnnitic f ? 11 ~ - ? ... r~. ..x/.mi.o, iuuum iiik an upcm- j tion. The deceased, whose maiden ; name was Ramsburg, is survived by j | her husband and a little son. She was i 26 years old. I, Mrs. Frank H. Drish, aged 21 years, ! > died last Monday at her home in Charles Town, following? an illness of , five weeks from influenza and pneu- j ( monia. She is survived by her hus- |! band and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. | J. W. Symons, of Hagerstown. M iss Lethia C. Swisher, formerly of i Hampshire county, W. Va., a popular j telephone operator at Berryville, Va., died a few days ago in a hospital in . Richmond, following a surgical opera- I ( tton for goiter. Jacob C. Peterman, a well-known | ( farmer residing near Antietam Station, died last Saturday night from pneu* , m*mia, aged 58 years. He is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, a broth- 1 cr and a sister. 1 Mrs. Hattie S. Rodrick, widow of ? Chas. W. Rodrick, died at her home in Martinsburg last Saturday, aged" 70 , years. She was a native of Loudoun ( county, Va. Mrs. Jennie May Miller, .vifc of < Joseph Miller, died from pneumonia last Sunday at her home near Ger irdstown, Berkeley county, aged 40 years. ' John A. Tebo died at his home in < Martinsburg last Monday from pneu- ! I ?tinnid aoA/I U 1 iiviJin, yj\j 13, ne Id survivca by his wife and one Sbn. Benjamin Tyson, a farmer of thq * Glengary section of Berkeley coun- | ty, died from pneumbnia last Sunday. , Dr. Knott's Lectur*. Dr. John O. Knott, the well-known J Chautauqua lecturer, delivered his an- J ticipated address in the Shepherd Cor* , lege auditorum last night to an interested audience of his friends and t kinfolk from this community. It was s a most pleasing event, and though it 1 was probably the most difficult audience that the lecturer is ever called t upon to face?composed, as it was, of " his boyhood friends and neighbors and < relatives?he entertained them delight- * fully and held the closest attention from start to finish. Dr. Knott's sub- 1 ject was, "What the Wbrld is Talking I About.'* The world for months past, of \ f course, has been talking of the conference on disarmament in Washing- t ton, and he took this important proposi- t tion as his theme. He gave a clear ? view of the motives and characteristics of the men and the nations involved, and put our own United States on a i high plane, declaring that our chiefl t representative, Secretary Hughes, was the equal of the most skilled and subtle of the diplomats of the old world. He I praised Mr. Hughes for his ability and 1 frankness, and eloquently appealed to his audience to place patriotism and | I their moral duties above partisan feel- ( i ing. His address was instructive and inspiring, and will be commended as 1 easily the best feature of the course. Dr. Knott was warmly greeted by our people here. He was introduced by H. L. Snyder, his old school-mate and boyhood friend, and in the course of his lecture he took occasion to refer to the Register, which he has read from 1 his youth up. He commended it for its independence of thought and ex- ; pression and for having always stood IVor the morals of its own community and of the country at large. He cleverly referred to the new class of voters? the women?and urged upon them patriotic and intelligent use of the ballot. It was quite apparent that he has no fear of the women being dominated by the men in casting their votes and gave Biblical illustrations to show that woman's will usually pre- I j vails. Wc were delighted with Dr. Knott's lecture. He is doing real good in go- I ing about among the people explaining world affairs and appealing to the best instincts of the citizenry. toum IBERI. >t Virginia, Thursday, Februar PERSONAL NOTES. I Mro Inh. U r~?J ? JV..H u. \jaiucu, proiucni 01 l the West Virginia Federation of Wo- ! man's Clubs, made an official and so:ial visit to Shephcrdstown last week At a tea given in her honor Thurslav afternoon by iMrs. Wm. B. Snyder, president of the local club, Mrs. Garden met a number of Shephcrdstown la- j lies, by whom she was cordially greet- j ?d. In an informal speech she told of the aims and purposes of these clubs ind outlined the work that she hoped will be accomplished through the State jnd local organizations. It has been iccidcd to accept the invitation of our local club, and the next State conven- I tion will be held in Shephcrdstown, probably the 12th to the 15th of September. This will be an important gathering and will be attended by many women prominent in West Vir1 ginia affairs. Robert Gibson, whose serious illness has been referred to in the Register Tor several weeks past, was taken to the City Hospital in Martinsburg on Monday. Last week he seemed to have improved a good deal, but the improvement was not substantial and it was lhn?nht w:? .1 m.uuA.i> i'vjl hi ihmt iiiti1 10 II1C Hospital. He will be under treatment and observation there and if necessary nn operation will be performed. Reports from the hospital this morning state that Mr. Gibson had a bad night last night and is very weak and ill today. His friends are very apprehensive. Hon. George S. Laidley, Hon. W. C. Cook and Prof. W. L. Burns, of the State Board of Education, and Mr J. Frank Marsh, secretary of the board, ire in Shcpherdstown today on an of^ ficial visit to Shepherd College. State Superintendent of Sdhools Geo. M. Ford, had expected to be here also, but ft-as unable to come because of a pressure of other business. He will make a visit to the college a little later. President W. H. S. White of Shepherd College made an address at a community meeting at Wardensville, W. Va., last Friday night, and Monday night of this week he attended anothe< meeting at Paw Paw and spoke to the school people on educational subjects. We were pleased to have a call on Tuesday from Mr. D. Shirley Nichols, one of the Register's Harper's Ferry friends. Mr. Nichols is prospering in the drug store business in that place. Mr. R. C. Moler, who lives on the Hause farm, east of town, was among our callers on Monday and arranged Tor the advertising of his sale, which wilj be held on Monday, February ?*7au - /III. Mrs. J. W. Gaines, of Alexandria, Ca., is visiting Mrs. M. E. Jacobs in Shepherdstown this week. She brought icr daughter, Miss Ethel, to attend Shepherd College State Normal School, Messrs. Harry L. Byrer and Wade C. Kilmer, two of Martinsburg's leading tttorneys, were in Shepherdstown ori Saturday last and favored the Register jffice with a call. Mrs. Charles Scanlon, of Pittsburg, .pent the past week in Shepherdstown with her daughter, Miss Ruth ScanIon, one of the students at Shepherd College. Mr. William Gehri, a student at tho :heological seminary at Kenyon, Ohio, spent his vacation during semesters visiting friends in Shepherdstown. Miss Louise Rightstine, one of thq eacners ai ine pumic scnooi, was quite tick the past week, but is now able to )e on duty again. Mr. Wm. A. Riely, the enterprising stock dealer of Charles Town district, vas a caller at the Register office last Saturday. Mr. Edgar Rouzee, of Washington las been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Will Bntler in Shepherdstown the past j week. Mr. M. M. Skinner, from east of own, long a subscriber to the Regiser, was among our callers on Tuesiay. Mr. Herbert Engle, of the Engle I leighborhcod, was among the Regis-, er's callers the past week. Miss Anne Sanbower, who is in the government service in Washington, is lome for a vacation of several weeks. Mr. A. J. Mills, of Sharpsburg district, was a caller at the Register jffice yesterday. Making Their Home Attractive. The Shepherdstown Fire Department s doing good work in the way of imjroving their quarters in the community building. The members at their )wn expense recently had the stona work of the entire building pointed, making it much better in appearance is well as preserving if. Their assembly room has been prettily painted, ind a room adjoining has been fitted uy nicciy us a lunti anu wasn ruuvn. rhcy are now accumulating funds to install a sink and other facilities in the kitchen, which will add much to th<J convenience of that part of the building. The ntoney they are spending 1s being used very judiciously, and they arc to be commended for the good work they are doing. The firemen will have a good old-fashioned chicken soup Saturday night of this week, to which the public is cordially invited Patronize them and help them in further improvements to the building. Uegi y 9th, 1922. LITTLE LOCALS. Wheat has made a net Rain cl seven cents a bushel the past week and | is quoted today at $1.25. Corn has ] advanced three cents and is 51) cents a bushel today. We arc requested by Milton O Rous* to announce that a meeting ?r the Jefferson County Farm Bureau and all persons interested In its work will be held Saturday afternoon of this week in the court house in Charles Town It is hoped that there will be a larRc attendance. It is said that there is a bread wat on in Waynesboro, Pa., where Hagerstown competitors are underselling local producers. Wish it would extend to Shephcrdstown. The Hagcrstown and Martinsburg bakers still have a very tight combination here by which the* 1 keep bread above a fair price. T. E. Zimmerman, of Emmittsbura, Md. has taken charge of Robert Gib son's drug store, next to the Register building, during Mr. Gibson's illnoaa. Col. Trcadwell, who had been in charge, was obliged to return to hia home in Albany, N. Y., last Saturday because of important business. Deputy Sheriff Geo. C. Link took to the State Hospital at Weston an old cofcued man named Albert Hanson from Charleston. The poor old fellow was rational on every subject save one?he imagined that spirits were about him all the time and saw them hovering in the air or wherever he happened to be. The Treasury Department advertises for bids for the erection of the United States postofflce building at Charles Town. Bids are to be opened March 7th. The plans show that the building is to be of red and gray brick with stone trimmings, fronting on Washington street 59J4 feet and running back on George street 40'/j feet. R. J. Hamrick, who has been off on sick leave for six or eight weeks, has resumed his work in the passenger station of the Norfolk & Western Railway in Shcpherdstown. J. Harry Bender, employed at the Shcanndoah Junction station, who has been sick fol the past month or more, is improved in health, but is not yet able to go back to work Mrs. G. W. Freeman, who had bargained with Mrs. Bernic Billmycr for the purchase of the Adams property on Main street Occupied by the Model Bakery, did not conclude the sale, and Mrs. Billmyer has sold the place tc Mrs. George Kemp, of Scrabble. Mrs Kemp's brother, John P. Tabler, bought the adjoining Rickard property from J. M. Rush some months ago. The Maryland State Game Commission recently shipped 102 "snowshoe" hares from Maine to Hagerstown, where they were to be liberated with the hope that they would live and propagate and afford good sport for hunters. Seventy-six of the animals died on the way, but the others were distributed through the county by Frank L. Bentz. These rabbits are much larger than the ordinary kind. A meeting will be held in the council room next Tuesday night at 7.30 o'clock, which will be participated in by the town council, the directors of the light and water company and interested citizens. The purpose is to discuss the rates for light and water and to arrive at some agreement in regard to matters in controversy. The people who are interested are invited to attend this meeting and present their views. Our friend Harry L. Entler, of Wilmerding, Pa., an old Shepherdstown boy, writes us to renew his subscription to 1924, and says: "It is a great pleasure to do this, as I feel that I am receiving more than equal value for my money. I do not know who Observer is, who writes occasionally for your paper, but I assure you his notes are very interesting to me. "With kind personal regards and best wishes for your success, I am," etc. The board of governors of the Opequon Golf Club of Martinsburg have chosen the following officers for the ensuing year: President, Hon. unas. j. rauixner; vice-president, George W. F. Mulliss; secretary, L. DeW. Gerhardt; and treasurer, W. F. McAneny. It was announced that the club has made all its necessary financial arrangements for improvements, and that as soon as weather condittong will permit the construction of the i club-house and the preparation of tha golf course will be commenced. Among our callers on Tuesday was W. D. Bender, of the Scrabble neighborhood. He reports all quiet in thai orderly village, but says there will be a number of changes the coming spring. C. W. Foltz has sold his store at Newtown to William Bartles, wh( will take charge the first of April. Mr , Foltz will move to Martinsburg. George Tabler will continue the store at Scrabble, much to the satisfaction ol the people of that place. Alex Kin ; sell is talking about enlarging hit broom factory. Dyson Kemp may rui for mayor. Both of the other candi dates for this office, James Staley am Lige Willard, live on the Berkeley coun ty side of the town run, and the Jeffer son county people feel as if they mus i have a candidate. Miller Rush am Clarence Osbourn are electtoneerinj strong for the Jefferson county candi date and will put money in the cam paign. There is talk of having a join debate in Tabler's store the next ful moos. star. $1 50 A YEAR IN ADVANCE. i nmz NEW VOL. 57--No. 6 ORCHARD MEN REASSURED. Fruit growers in this scctton of I West Virginia who have been pro> testing against the orders for value uon or land ar its true and actual value were reassured at a conference with State Tax Commissioner Fl alia nan, ft Charleston, who met a committee from the State Horticultural Society in Mar, tinsburg last Friday, and went over informally with them the tax situation in >X'est Virginia and convinced them, it was generally conceded after the meeting, that he had made out a ca^e and there would be no objections to the application of his plans. Commissioner Hallanan supplemented his inI formal assurances in a formal speech 1 at a post-meeting banquet of the fri^it > men last Friday night, in which he Assured the 150 growers present that the purpose of the revaluation order wi? not so much to increase existing valuations as to equalize the assessments. Fie further stated that the State administration contemplates convening the Legislature in special ses| eien in June, after the assessment i records for 1922 are completed, at which time he will present the new schedule to both houses with the increases indicated and recommend enactments ' which will place a limit on the levyire ' bodies of the State and counties ana oiner agencies in order (o Keep tne tux bills within what they were this year. 1 He indicated further that he would recommend steps towards writing a ' constitutional amendment to the organic law which would set $1.25 as the total maximum levy tor property outside qt municipalities and $1.50 for property i in municipalities. While no formal statement was isi sued after the informal committee | meeting, it was learned authoritativtI ly that the Tax Commissioner had indicated $300 as the basis for assessI ing orchards, that figure being accepted as the pcr-acre value of the best benring orchard and other orchards 1 being graded down according to the standards which the assessors have indicated they will use. It was also indicated that orchards under Ave years of age and still not bearing , would be listed only as farm land, the value of which would be determined by comparison with land adjoining. Assessors will be instructed to regard this general scale in their valuations of orchard lands in all the ' fruit counties in order that discrepancies as between the different counI fles nay be minimized, it was said. 1 Trying Ordeal For Mr. IIoff nun. John C. Hoffman left last Thurs dgy for pnnadeiphia, and on Monday entered the Episcopal Hospital in that city for a course of treatment and an operation that will continue for about four months. Mr. Hoffman was badly hurt several years ago when the hearse he was driving was struck by a locomotive of the Norfolk & Western Rail* way at the Main street crossing in Shepherdstown. He has been verjl lame ever since, and recently haa been getting worse, suffering greatly at times. A few weeks ago he went t) Philadelphia, where an X-ray of his hip was taken. This showed that his I hip had been broken at the joint and , had never reunited. The Philadelphia surgeons said that unless he submit* ted to an operation he would become , helpless, but held out the hope that he could be cured. He decided to take his chance, though the treatment will be painful and costly. For two week* he will be abed with a weight on his foot to pull the leg into its proper place. At the end of that time he will undergo an operation, which will involve bone grafting, and afterward will be enclosed in a plaster cast that he will have to endure for three months or more. The surgeons have expressed their confidence in their ability to make him entirely well again, and his frlenrfa hnn* that thio mou result. He has been anxious to try the experiment, notwithstanding ths severity of the ordeal, for life has been a burden with his broken hip. Couldn't Fool the Junk Bugs. Last week a chemist was sent from ' Roanoke to fumigate the old shack . used as a station at Shenandoah Junk , and at the same time kill off the roaches and other vermin that have made . this place horrible to railroad travels' era who must wait there for trains. ' He turned loose a lot of poison gas , guaranteed to knock out any living i thing?and doubtless it would have i accomplished its purpose if the bugs > had remained in the station. But they wouldn't stay. When they got the first few whiffs of the noxious 1 fumes they simply left the building ' and sat around on the platform and the ' railroad traekc urlth ' gers until the gas had dissipated. ' When the air was clear again they re' turned to their old haunts, nnd that ' night they were livelier than ever. It - Is believed that a few of the older and s sicklier bugs lost their lives, not being ' able to escape quickly enough, but the ' fittest survived and are on the job as ' usual. i o ! Farmer Goes Into Bankruptcy. I B. L. Tharpe, a well-known farmer of - tflg Kearneysville neighborhood, who - has been operating Mrs. Robert Stewt arrs farm near Kearneysville for the * pest eight or ten years, has been adS judged a bankrupt in the United States Court. Mr. Tharpe suffered a - heavy lass by fire last year when fire t destroyed the barn on the place, toll gcther with most of his implements and produce.