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I "hX SNYDER, Publisher
the state road question.
present indications it looks as
est Virginia State Road ComH
ist Sound and determined
over on the people of Jef
It will be recalled that
n announced a year or
I - that it meant to construct the
| r a i between Martinsburg
T ' ** K%> MIc I'nnu n
ar.-?. ii?>? >- } ?>?.?...
e hills" route, leaving Mar
South Queen street. This
I lurdity?so undesirable
pie of the two counties, or
; them?that immediately
localized against this !
general protest was '
i he commission was informed
ute was unsatisfactory to a
prop* rtion of the people of
nd there were so many ;
a private objections that it
red the pine hills route had
I abandoned. Indeed, the present
: was g:\en out that the com- ,
n had given up the route and J
road would leave Martins
Burke street, proceed east j
county by Winebrenner's
Walper's Cross Roads,
rn there to Charles Town by a
t ute be located by its engineers.
was not wholly satisfac
e people in this neighbor
believe that the road ought
<>M established highways
H sburg to Shepherdstown 1
Shepherdstown to Charles I
t. n 11 !l there was but little ex
pressed objection to it, as it was said (
that i srur would be built to Shep- |
wn and there was liope that
t:-c r ad might be carried to Charles
Town b\ way of Shenandoah June- |
tain The people of our section of the !
counts were not especially pleased, but
hev were willing to make the best ol
A party of surveyors from the State !
H :J Commission for the past couple
of months have neen surveying tor tne :
pr posed road through Jefferson coun- j
t. Their work had caused some sus- |
p cion that the commission was going
r pet something over on us, and recent
developments have shown this to
be true The County Court of Jefferson
county lias received a map from
the commission outlining the road?
and tht court figures that the route
is t be through the pine hills after
a'.l and that it is going through our
cour.t\ K n route that will please the
least number of persons.
The route proposed is utterly objec- i
tionable to the people of Shepherdstown
and the northern section of the
courtv It disgusts Lectown, which
will he lett far to one side. It displeases
Shenandoah Junction, the most
important railroad center in the coun
ity, which will derive but trifling benefit
from it In fact, if the commission
had set out to deliberately disregard j
the wishes and the convenience of the I
greatest number of persons in the
county, it could have succeeded no bet
ter than it has done by selecting the
route that it now declares is its choice j
The limited number of persons who
approve of it are those who are direct- i
ly on the line of the road. We don't
blame them for being pleased, of i
course, but if official influence has i
been used for private advantage this is i
culpable and will be condemned.
Our Jefferson County Court is ]
highly indignant over the. matter. .A<? |
representatives of the people of t...
county they know that the proposed I
route is not satisfactory for many 1
reasons The curl '.133 1 r wi". cnic. :
protest '.gainst . ?_): 0 the serious
objections that ti;e c .trt has express- j i
ed is that the engineers ignore the '
road? and propose to con e:nn la
anj construct an entirely ne?- rortdbc !.
T urt says that it has a.l t .e
r> -* 1 that are necessary, aiu
Ipat the new lin.? should use some ol !
the?e ir.ste id of making several miles
of entirely new road an expensive
pr cedurv To condemn a new route
2nd lut tiir ugh farms will cost thous- 1
rs, and it is so utterly |
Uselv?s th t the court will resist it.
T-. . ..,.u .. ~ - .
i* i vi> m me state commis
j pi' miscd that they would not
c'-1 important matter until they l
1"iJ v^ited cur section and conferred
' ' ' i and the citizens of the j
count;. Tl.w were here some weeks
7nt themselves in the
h-anc- rt tin prominent residents
- urg, made a flying trip
'-'oir.v !-.flcrson county, stopped
ru"' ' t .it a hotel in Harper's Ferry,
ther flight out of the
The County Court had re- '
conference with the mcm'
the commission and notified
would he in session for
alun the visitors came
t\. They didn't even hes'
tries Town, where our
tv aiting them?they sped
i ' far as we know conlefferson
county folks,
red by a member of our
'f _ " the commission ignored it
h cannot understand the
'it which the commission
rniincd to place this road
' ,!- not satisfactory. The cngi
' he excused for wanting
ght road from one given
. ther, for in the narrowness
-<ional views they are not
j,r depended upon to give
, ' ration to outside met*
importance than straight
c... 1 ' do members of the
t show such disregard of
1 the people and evince
such lack of comprehension? The law
under which they operate says that
they "shall Rive due consideration to
the roads and routes designated and
approved as Class A roads and
routes." They have not done so on
the contrary they shut their eyes to
the Class A routes that have been approved
by their own body and propose
to condemn land and build several
miles of entirely new road. The
law savs that ? 1
j - . aiMii ua>c il'Kitrj
to important cities and towns, facilities
and transportation, and commercial
centers. They utterly ignore important
communities and commercial
centers and select a route sparsely populated
and far from important.
We are reluctant to believe that the
commission is influenced by any other
consideration than the public welfare,
but we are puzzled to know why in this
instance it so entirely disregards the
principle of the greatest good to the
greatest number why it gives no
consideration to our County Court,
which certainly is supposed to knowmore
about what the communities*
needs are than the men sitting afar off
and who have not informed themselves
concerning local conditions. It was
said in the beginning of this controversy
that a certain influential politician
who has extensive orchard
holdings along the pine hills route
was pulling the strings tn his own personal
advantage. It has been recently
asserted again that this same gentleman
has declared that no matter what
tho people of the two counties might
do or siv ?Vi_ ?ni?~ ...... ii -
__ _. ?j, ...c ...inK iixuu?iiihi
no argument or representation would
have any effect upon the commission
He seems to be right, for all protests
have fallen upon dull ears. It doesn't
go down very well, however, with ordinary
folks, that the wishes and the
rights of such a considerable proportion
of the people of two counties
shall be ignored in order that a powerful
politician and a very limited numoer
or his associates shall have a
State road along their orchards. The
cost of a road by this route, requiring
as it will many miles of new construction
and rebuilding and an expensive
bridge, will be tremendous?
it would be cheaper for the State to
buy out the holdings of the orchard
owners at a big price and then utilize
an established road that would not be
so expensive to construct and which
will serve the public needs.
If the commission persists in its
attitude, we suggest to the people of
the communities that are deprived of
their rights, or to our County Court,
that the example of some of our Maryland
neighbors be followed. The
Maryland State Road Commission ordered
the improvement of a certain
road in Frederick county as a State
road. Twenty-seven farmers and residents
of the county objected, on the
ground that public convenience had
been ignored by the commission, and
that the location was contrary to
reason and justice. The commission
refusing to change its decision, the
protestors went into court, contending
that the improvement should be
made to another road, an old-established
highway that would cost much
less to reconstruct and which would
accommodate many more persons than
me iuuk loiuicu uy me commission.
The commission filed a demurrer to
their bill of complaint, but the court
last week overruled the demurrer. Riving
a victory to the people. The coin'nmsion
has ten days in which to file
an at wer, but so far the court is sust.'
n' ig the people who claim that
'h r rights are disregarded. Our
Mi Jefferson county people doubtless
hsvo the rip" t t" go into court, as our
y>".d neighbor na< o erne, and we
iV i' '.t the- v " I do wc 1 ta protect
erosc vs ir t an inj t'.e that is
> ap. n*. d whicl. will I _ so costA
Not a drop of rain has iallen in this
section for twenty-four days, and the
country is about as dry as it ever gets.
The Potomac river is very low, and
rocks and bars that are very seldom
seen arc now plainly in sight. The
water is very clear. The drought is
general in West Virginia, Virginia,
Maryland and other States, and in
some sections the lack of water has 1
become a serious matter. Fredericks- ;
burg, Va., and Frederick, Md., are very
short of water, and public utilities
are suffering because of the lack of it.
At the first-named place the Rappnhan
iiock river is saia 10 nc aimosi ary.
Because of low water in the Shenandoah
river Harrisonburg is without
electric power part of the time, and
other towns in the Valley of Virginia
are suffering from water shnrtac
Shepherdstown i$ to be congratulated
that we have an abundant supplv of
good water, with no likelihood that
the supply will ever be short. The
ground in this section is dry as punk
and the pasture fields are becoming
sere and lifeless. A good rain w:H
be very acceptable all round.
A news items from Luray says that
the drought is the worst that has ever
been experienced in that section of
Virginia. In Western Pennsylvania
conditions are most serious. Some
streams have Rone fry ant in the
coal regions mines have been shut
down because there is not enough
water to supplv the most meagre needs
From every section come reports of
failing water supplies and great inconvenience.
If rain ever comes we will be ready
for your needs?Ball Brand rubber
foot-wear. At Schley's.
?rdstown, Jefferson County, Wes
Mr. and Mrs H. S. Magley and their
daughter Marguerite, en route from i
Jersey City to Florida in their au- 1
tomobile, stopped off in Shepherds- (
town the first of the week and ealled i
on the editor of the Register. When | 5
the National Editorial Association vis- s
ited Florida a year or two ago Mr. r
Magiey was among those who hos- 1
pitablv helped entertain the scribes,
and the editor of the Register was delighted
t0 renew acq* aintance w ith J
him and to meet his family.
Mr. Walter E. lierr. who ha? been
teaching in the publiv chools at U il- j,
liamstown, W. Va., n Parkersburg. t
has returned to hr <mc here, the
school having been ed on account -j
of an epidemic of .theria. There i f
were eight cases o? disease in the t]
town, and the hea officers ordered 5
the schools to b?. osed, all public
meetings suspended, and children upder
1*> years of age to be kept off the e
streets at present. I'll
Mrs. Harry B Sigler had sale of ?
her household effects in Shepherdstown
on Tue. iay, . 1 1 in a few days j F
will go t0 \X ashine ,i City, where)41
she will make her r.ome with her a
daughter. Miss Louise Sigler, who is I?
ill tho nfttfArnmuM* : **
f,". w. ..i.ivui sti via- inert*, mrs.
Sigler will take her little grandchil- c
dren to Washington with her.
Mrs. M. H. Crawford and her niece,
Mrs. Earl Dingwell, of Pasadena, Gtl.,
wh0 has been visiting her, left yes- I1
terday for a drive through New York "
and New England in Mrs. Crawford's ; F
car. Mrs. Garnett expects to join 1
them in Baltimore and go with them T
on the tour. K
The family of Mr. I). D. Pcndle-|t,
ton have returned to their home in j.
: Pittsburgh after a pleasant season at ; a
their summer place near Shepherds- j (
town. Their friends here regret their t
(departure and shall hope to find them
among our earliest summer colonists
j next year. 11
_ e
The family of Mr. Edwin S. Jarrett n
! left the first of the week for New a
York, where they will spend the winter, j |,
i and the Wild Goose mansion has been s
! closed for the present. It is likely , |
that they will come down again for the ,
' Christmas holidays, as is their cus- s
i torn. L.
Miss Amanda Titus left this morn- s
ing for a visit of a month or so with f
relatives and friends in New York '
and Doylestown, Pa. She will also
I spend a week or two in Cape May and ^
I visit in Philadelphia before she re- c
] turns. i.
Mrs. Louisa Bevans, who spent sev- f
eral weeks here with her aunt, Mrs. t
Katie Snyder, has returned to her a
home in Scranton, Pa. Mrs. Snyder f
accompanied her to Hagerstown and e
spent the week-end with friends in that a
; city. d
Mr. Edward T. Licklider, who for n
, many years has lived on his farm v
southwest of town, has moved with v
his family into the apartment in the 0
Herrington building on Main street,
formerly occupied by H. T. Licklider. p
Miss Gertrude Muldoon has gone j J*.
to Point Pleasant, W. Va., where she I')
: has been appointed teacher of cco- 1 j1
I nomics in the high school of that
I place. She is also in charge of the J"
I cafeteria a feature of the school.
! w
Mr. Wardell McDonald, wh0 was d
in the World War and was the only ' c;
Shepherdstown man to be wounded in 0
action, leaves today for Cumberland, ft
Md., where he will take vocational h
training. w
Mrs. Etta Knott, who has been ^
spending some time near Shephir 'r
town with her sister, Mrs. W. J. Knott
has returned to her daughter, Mrs. ' s<
G. Hoffman, at Bunker Hill, Bcrkele. c<
Hon. James S. Lakin, of the State
? f /-> _ 1 oi 1 ? ?
DUdlU ?JI V>UMIIUI, V^l I <1 I IvTblUIi, WltS 111
Shepherdstown for a brief visit on sf
Tuesday. He was accompanied by w
Mr. Offutt, of Oakland, Md. , b<
Rev. Dr. Charles Ghiselin is in :
Front Royal this week attending the ' |r
regular meeting of Winchester Pres- j
bytery. He will return by Sunday and
fill his usual appointments.
Mrs. Norman H. Pyles, of Washing- 1 th
ton, formerly of this place, has been ! g(
in Shepherdstown this week visiting j Ir
her sis-er, Miss Lou Koontz. h<
Lee Coldsborough, Jr., has gone to l *
Brunswick, Maine, where he has en- '
rolled as a student in famous old '
Bowdoin College. .
Miss Julia Fngle, of Washington, th
has been visiting Mrs. Bessie Watson w
in Shepherdstown this week.
Mr. R. S. Grandstaff. one of our .
Charles Town subscribers, was among
our callers last Saturday.
Mrs. W. T. Stringer has been here I n|
this week visiting her sister, Mrs. I).
Frank Hill. m
Nice New Pavement.
The Jefferson County Telephone H
Company is doing a good work?if is n
having, a new concrete pavement laid f<
in front of its building on Main street o|
in Shepherdstown and is also renew- th
ing the paving at the alley between its o
premises and the Register building, in
This crossing has been in bad condition.
and the new work will be appre- Si
ciated by the public. Robert 1. H u. di
is the contractor. There arc still a L<
few bad pavements along Main street. b<
Our city fathers would do well to urge te
the owners of the premises to join the ol
improvement procession and lay new Si
; sidewalks. j PI
t Virginia, Thursday, October!
Mrs. Edwin S. Jarrett made a v er\
merest inn nnd thoughtful talk ia*''
rid.iy afternoon befor.> the Vl'oman's
:iutv Her subject was "Some As>ect
of Democracy as Illustrated bv
ihakespeare's Julius Caesar and lb
en's Enemy of the People." and she <
cad extracts from these plays to il-jl
ustiate the points she made.
\X M. Nicholls. manager of the :
'nitcd Realty Company, Mas in Shcp- ,
icrdstown Monday, arranging for the |
dvcrtising of a biR lot sale at Charle (
own next Monday. October Oth. The |
nts to be sold, as well as some larser |
racts, are at Vinton Heights, former- ,
y the estate of Frank J. Manning |
'he parcels to be sold range iru si/c ;
n m ordinary lots up to 150 acres, as (
here are ,*Sti acres in the entire tract
><-e advertisement in this paper.
The Charleston ladies who attena- I
d the convention of women's c'i <
n Shcpherdstow n a few weeks as I
nd were entertained in the Shepherd i
oiIcrc dormitory were genuinely ap- '
reciative of their treatment there, and 1
tew days ago sent to Mrs. Cavalier I
handsome picture, beautifullv fr-m.. i
d. lo he hung in the reception toon '
f the dormitory. They wrote a letter)1
xpressing their enjo>mcnt of their , I
tay here and the courtesies that were '
hown them.
The Norfolk & Western Railway is '
aving the Shenandoah Valley Divis- ! |
in rclaid with new rails. The 85- |
ound rails arc being taken up and
OO-pound rails put down, and the
oadbed is at the same time being put i'
n fine order. The work has been 1
one from Hagerstown to Shcpherdsr?wn.
One gang of about thirty men 1;
s finishing up on the bridge this week, l'
nd another is working from Morgan's!1
rove. A third gang is working on '
he Charles Town section. I|
For several weeks past a midnight
narauder has been raiding the chick |
n house of Jos. R. Cookus at the i
inrth edge of town,. stealing chickens)
nd eggs. Mr. Cookus set a trap for ,
lim, and the other morning had the |
atisfaction'of finding the thief firm- i
y caught by the tail in the teeth of '
he steel trap. It was a big, fat 'pos-11
urn, which had been living high on ;
ggs fresh and otherwise. The postim
had an unusually heavy coat of
ur?another sign of a long, cold win- '
Among the patients in Dr. Beddow's
lental office last Saturday was the venrable
Wm. H. Martin, from north of
own, who called to have a tooth filled.
Ar. Martin is in his 92nd year, but he
tas nearly all of his teeth and they
ire in excellent condition. In his up ,
IPr JflU'o PVPfl' frxrxfK* ie *"***
-'v./ iwui ?a J'vncil, IKMIw
if them having a filling in them and
II being sound and healthy. Dr. Bedlow
sa\s he has never seen such a re- i
narkable ease. Incidentally, Saturday
,as old folks day, for Miss Jennie Hill,
.ho is in her 82nd year, had a couple
f teeth extracted.
Workmen have been engaged the j
ast month in painting the failroad (
ridge at this place and giving the ,
es a coating of preservative. One of (
te men while so employed accidental- j
r dropped his gold watch, a valuable 4
mepiece, and it fell into the water /
hundred feet or more beneath. The |
ater at this point is six or seven feet c
eep, and it is no easy matter to lotte
the watch. A liberal reward was
Pfered for its recovery, and some of
te boys and men of the community
ave been diving for it, but so far
ithout result. The water is so cold
tat it is not safe to remain in it very
?ng, and the amateur divers are a
it shy. If it were July qt August
imc of our local water rats would
trtainly have found the watch.
Farmers are sowing wheat this j
cek, the operation being a little latdV
tan usual and yet possibly a bit too
>on after all, considering the warm
eather and the dryness of the seed
:d. The ground is well prepared,
id there nuph? to be a fine crop next
:ar if the old saying holds out: "Sow
i the dust, reap you must." Seedig
has been delayed a few days be- *
tuse of fear of the fly, which at
iiiw .. ;icni (iioi u'liics up uciwrc
ie frosts, and which has caused a a
lod deal of loss in the past few years. P
i another cili'mn of the Register may
i fourd a statement concerning the J
eevil, wh i .or farmers will do well
i read. Mr. Hodges, our local gra'in '
jfhority, says that the weevil is al- i'
;adv getting in its work in this year's ! !j
eld, and he urges the farmers to give I J
ie matter their attention if they;'
ottlci ' ! -er'ntis loss.
Mrs. John Ruhl, State president 11
r th f Women Voters, call- d
1 a conference on September 15th, ?
Jtlining the activities and ambitions 's
I the league, and Mrs. F.. L. Golds- a
irough was elected temporary chair- h
an. At a meeting held Tuesday after- 'a
>on a League of Women Voters was t
ganized in Shepherd' town with Mrs. a
. A Downs, presiden'; Mrs. E. I., 'a
oldshnrough, secretary; and Miss -s
Tssic Trotter treasurer. The women f
' th y arc invited to join.fl
lis organization. Tuesday evening. '
ctober 1 Oth. at 7 -V) o'clock, a class
i citizenship training will start under ! a
ie direction of Mrs. William B. IJ
nvder. These classes will be con- j
acted under the auspices of the
eagtie of Women Voters, but will i 1
: open to the public, and everyone in- t
rested in knowing more of the laws ?
' West Virginia and of the United
latcs are cordialiv invited 'o join e
lease bring notebooks and pencil. e
5th. 1922.
Heiskell Arganbright, a prominent
resident of Staunton. Va.. JicJ at his
hotne in that city Tuesday morning
Although he had been in poor health
for a year or. two, his diath was sudden
at the last, as he had been at his
oWee the previous day. Me was well
known in this section. havlttR married
Irene, eldest daughter of .NVv
Susie Knott and thc late Hon Oharle
H. Knott. Mr. ArRcnbright. who was
about 50 years of age, was tor a number
of years clerk of the city court i
nf Staunton, and had a wide circle of
friends whn will sorrow at his death
Resides his wife, he is survixed by a
son, Hugh Colston ArRcnbriRht, and
his oRcd mother. He was buried in
Staunton today. Dr. S. T. Knott, of
this vicinity, attended thc funeral.
Rev. James l.atimer Kibler, a retired
minister of the Baltimore Conference
of the M. E. Church South.
Jied suddenly from heart disease last
Friday morninR at his home in Washinernn
Pitv i>?,i u- ".-i? 1 -
J. ..... . mi. rviuicr, WHO
was a native of Luray, Va., was 75
icars old. He served as a minister of i
the Gospel for about fifty years, re- j
tiring from active work some eight or t
ten years ago, since which time he had !
been a chaplain at the Walter Heed
Hospital in Washington. He was pastor
of the Shepherdstown Church
from 1890 to 1894. and is remembered
here as an exemplary minister. He'
is survived bv his wife, two sons and I
two daughters.
Mrs. Sarah Ellen Hill, wife of J.
Taylor Hill, died on the 8th of Scptem- 1
ber at her home in Colusa county, Cali- 1
fornia, aged 7(3 years. Her maiden |
name was Moler, and she was born
and raised in this vicinity. With her
husband she went West some forty *r j
fifty years ago and had since lived in
California. They had lived in Colusa i
county for thirty-eight years. Hcsid. i
her husbnnd. to whom she was nr
ried in 18/4, she is survived by a
daughter. Mrs. Margaret Smith, ano j
three sons. Frank, Harry and Ralci,
Hill. She had been a member of th
Methodist Church for (35 years. S
was buried in College City
R. L. Cloud, a Berkeley county farmer.
died last Friday at his home near !
Martinsburg, following u long illness. I
The deceased, w ho was 53 yenrs old. | (
was formerly a resident of Frederick L
county, Va. He is survived by his n
wife and seven children. t
Charles E. Roach, retired merchant '
and prominent resident of lingers- (
town, died in that city last Sunday, [l
aged 84 years. Many years ago he I'
conducted stores at Falling Waters and
Kcdington, in Berkeley county.
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Piper, wife of
J. Win. Piper, died in Martinsburg \
Tuesday from pneumonia, aged 24
years. The deceased was a native of
CIarke county, Va. ,
Harking Up the Wrong Tree. I
It looks as if the Register has been
barking up the wrong tree in criticis- 1
ing thc Baltimore & Ohio Railroad for
the maintenance of the wretched hovel
tsed as a station at Shenandoah Junc:ion.
In a letter received on Monday t
ast from Mr. James S. Murray, as- ]
iistant to President Daniel Willard. |
Vlr Murray, referring to the item in (
ast week's Register about this much (
liscussed station, says: v
"You seem to be under the impress- '
on that the Baltimore & Ohio Raiload
owns the . *tion at Shenandoah *
lunction. Fn y? - information, it c
!oes not. The tat l belongs to and '
s operated by \ c i or? !'< & Western 1
Railway, a r coot a.. ' * should '
herefor. r r t . iIr ??;! -st thc c
ialtimcrs < 0? ' a urn- ?
ou woulu c .re f have your c rcr v
minted out, tout you m?.y cr :c *
t in future statements." '
Truly we arc glad to have Mr. Mur- f
ay make this matter plain, so- that ^
he responsibility may now be placed p
ihere it properly belongs?on the ne- ?
arious Norfolk & Western. Thc B. & s
). is quite justified in repudiating t
ny responsibility for thc disgrace- (
ul shack at Shenandoah Junk, and we
lereby tender, sn far as that road is
oncerntd, profuse apologies for all .
spersions that have heretofore ap- ^
'eared in these columns.
But who would have thought that
he Norfolk Western would willing- ^
y and wilfully tolerate such condi- r
ions! With thc commodious and com- '
oname sranons ir na^ erected in reent
years at Shephcrdstown, Charles 1
'own, Berryville, Boyce. Riverton
unction, Luray and on down the
ine, and which are the pride of its
latrons, why, oh, why, does it refuse 5
o ameliorate conditions at Shenan- t
loah Junk? Our high regard for the ^
Norfolk & Western, which has heen '
0 considerate of all the other import- '
mt stations along its line, will now '
<e diminished "Why maintain such '
1 hovel a recent writer to the Regis- c
er refers to it as a "bedbug hovel"? ?
it Shenandoah Junk, its most import- *
int passenger traffic point, when it has J
o satisfactorily provided for its pa- [
rons at other places? Let President
rtaher explain this matter! <
Meantime, nobody could probably \
dame the B & O. if it should turn in i
ird construct a station at Shenandoah 1
i?r* una vi inc n. a w. s?o nang.
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The Woman's Auxiliary of Trinity '
Jpiscopal Church vrill have a silver t
ea at the home of Mrs. R. C. Grove,
!r., Friday evening, October fi, from
'.3D to 9.10. Ham sandwiches, chick- (
n salad, cocoa and coftee will be serv- <
rd. Proceeds for Sheltering Arms |
NEW VOL. 58?No. 40.
Scrabble is onf? r>f ?H?
lagcs in Vt'cst Virginia just now. and
many places ? dozen limes larger arc
not showing as much activity. One
reason is because of the drought. The
long dry spctl has dried up so m iny
veils and caused so many cisterns to
be empty that the farmers from e\ rj
direction have to drive their cattle to
the Scrabble run t0 water them. Morning
and evening the town is crowded
with stock Charlie Miller has to
bring his stock over twice a day, and
the\ arc so thirsty by the time they
get back home they want to return
right away. The dust is awful on the
main ronds. The drought Is getting
really serious some of the farmers
hardly have enough water in their
wells to water milk with. Alex Kinsell
only has water enough left in his
cistern for two more wash days. Harry
Greenwood has resumed his painting
at Boyd Small's house. He expects
to have it Hnishcd by Christmas. Harry
has bought a pair of second-hand
shoes. He sava thm ? '
_ v) mic uuicn
better than new ones, for when you
want to trim your corns you can just
kick "cm off without any trouble. One
of the prettiest babies in the two
counties has been crying off and on
ever since the Morgan's Grove fair.
Although it was clearly entitled to the
first premium, the judges failed to
give it what it justly deserved indeed,
it is said that they never e\en
looked at if. Doubtless they were
icalous. Jim Porterflcld was in the
village Tuesday, looking over the
chickens. It is taken as a favorable
sign, as there will be probably one of
those old-time chicken and waffle s ippers
before long. We know of a ladv
from New York who will come down
as soon as the date is set. ScrabMc
is petting ready to pull off something
big about Christmas time, but the
facts are so carefully guarded that our
reporter has not been able to get the
particulars It is known that fifteen
dollars worth of fireworks have been
ordered and there will be big doings.
Some of the Scrabble folks who were
at l.uray recently and visited the wnr.
dcrful caverns there were so pleased
and s0 impressed with the drawing
powers of th<? caves that they are advocating
a similar attraction for their
home town. The idea is to enlarge
one of the ground-hog holes that
abound in that neighborhood, close to
(own. and fit it up in accordance with
modern cave designs. If everybody
will help dig during the dull times the
coming winter they ought to have a
pood-sired cave by next spring The
onlv trouble about the project is, what
will they do with the dirt that is e>cavatcd?
Harry Greenwood has of
fcred to serve as caretaker and do the
interior painting. The hnr chnlpm
continues its ravages in the town and
neighborhood, and many persons have
lost their porkers. There seems small
prospect that the editor of the Register
will get any pudding or sausage from
that neighborhood fhi* fal'. Fortunately
there seems to be plenty of rahJits.
A Fine I'lav Coming Here.
The Woman's Club of Shepherdsown
has contracted with the Devereux
Blayets for the presentation of a deightful
plav in this place on Monday,
October Ifith. A representative of the
ompanv was here on Tuesday with a
erv attractive proposition because of
he fact that it has an oncn datr on
rrrunt of a long lump to Harrisbnrg,
>a . and the guarantee asked was so
mall and the division of profits so
air that the club at a special meefng
Quickly signed an agreement. The
"Jevereux Plavers is a most excellent
ompanv after the stvle of the Coburn
Mayers, th- rompanv that a few
ears ago plavcd "As You Like It" in
ihepherdstown, giving us thc most deightful
performance our town his
*er enioved. The company is hendd
hv Clifford Devereux and Zinita
iraf, two stars of known popularity,
nd there are fifteen persons in all
(.nnected with the troupe. The play
elected for Shepherdstown is "The
krms and the Man " a popular comedyrama
that is the sooken version of
The Chocolate Soldier." This is a
nost enjoyable plav, and we are sure
^nt the people will he pleased with it.
*ue price of admission has been fixed
t the verv modest figure of one dolar.
vuth no extra charge for reserved
cats. The nlay will be given in the
.'d town h: II on October Idtli. Fur
her particulars will be given next
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Maryland Road Builders Busy.
The fine weather this week has en- ;
ihled the contractors to make rapid
>rr.gress on the Maryland State road
*etuecn Sharpsburg and Shcphcrdsovn.
The road has been completed
mm the west end of Sharpsburg to
^flenherger's lane, this side of Antieam
Station, which ends the original
? ntract. The contractors are now en>aged
in constructing the concrete"
"ection from the canal to the top of
Douglas hill, opposite Shepherdstown.
rhe grading of the hill was finished
Tuesday and the pouring of the con- '?
:rete will now be pushed along as
Slickly as possible. While this werk
? under construction travel will have ?
n be detoured, and the road along the Vja
:anal by way of Miller's saw mill is
ieing used. It will be about three jgj
veeks before the concrete section wilT H
c open for travel. B
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There's good reading on avery page H
>f the Register this week. An Inter- jg|
sting article bv St. John Byer may be zM
Found on one of the inside pages. fa

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