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I H. L. SNYDER, Publisher
(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 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
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
erdstown, Jefferson County, Wet
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.
>t Virginia, Thursday, Februar
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
- /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
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
Mr. Edgar Rouzee, of Washington
las been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Will
Bntler in Shepherdstown the past j
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.
y 9th, 1922.
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
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
i nmz
NEW VOL. 57--No. 6
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.

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