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ESTABLISHED 1849. H. L. SNYDER, Publisher n il.!. NOT APPROVE ROAD. R ad Engineer B. E. Gray : ; nt, .Mr. Hawkins, ap-e ti e Jefferson County t I r dav and asked that the \e of the prooosec* State .tv.cen Kcarneysvilic ar> ( T wn by authorizing the ndemnation proceedings r rg the lands for the new coun, anvr iifurmg wnai r.tlemcn had to say on the declined ta sign the necessary J again expressed its disap the route! ins:sted upon by t v te authorities. The discussion t ut sonic additional facts that 'lencd the court in its position -r nee, it was shown that even proposed road would he confrom Charles Town to Kearas a part of the route to V -hurg it will be an indefinite nti 1 the Berkeley county end he finished, for there will have ther bond issue before Berke ;::tv is entitled to additional 's in the meant:nie JeFfer"tv would have its share of 1 funds tied up in a road that c nscd by p very limited num pic between Charles Town K arne' sville The court is i< < this idea, as it also very :ts to any route that will o 'mr county lame land when there are so many road-. "M be made available for a ! without such damages being rr ; The court "realizes, also, r r an entirclv new route acrosa 1 a. 1 0 _ 4. < SC 'CCILU, I'M y"III S HI CIITIC 'I have to be building new side r i N connect with it?an expense H r '! be continuous and heavy. < ' court takes the position that iid commission has not treated r urteous'v or fairly, hut on the o-1' r Kind has ignored it in every way. ! 1 r'cj a route that it knows is obicctmnahlc to the court and to a very l.ircc proportion of the people. It f ' t > even consult with our county nftvials in the very important matter if evading Jefferson county's prop ' a of the State road fund. Ft . i that the road would not be I until the people of the county i ! pportunitv to have a hearing het t'commission?a promise that tirclv dicregarded. The comr n iennred the court in every re it:l it was obliged to go to it v ; t' request that it institute condenmatinn proceedings. It is not unr tural that our court declines now t be > d bv the commission. B A petition signed by four of tbe five fl memrers of our county court was sent B to the State Road Commission askH ine that the new road between MarB tinshurg and Charles Town be locatB eJ bv wa\ of Shepherdstown, and that B the r< nte from this place to Charles B 1 determined bv surveys and B pub! needs. The reply to this petiB t n i- a childish and futile evasion of fl rf the rctition that has tn he seen to be, fl arpreriated. We may later publish it B at 1 ther papers in connection with the I The petition of the four members H of the county court ought to have conI sidcration from the State Road ComB why is it that they are so rers -rcntlv ignored? What influence I is it that is pu'ling the road in one fl direction, in spite of all objections? I If this road should be built from I b cp' crd- town to Martinsburg it would I pie a very large proportion of the I of Berkeley county, for it fl them access to the most I * r nte to Baltimore and WashB ire n and the wonderful system of fl ad State roads leading east and fl 1 rt . ind west too, for that matter. that the Maryland svstem has fl "'pleted to Shepherdstown. It fl tnmodate the local needs of fl of the two counties to a B r < te-1 than any other route I bu 't fron Shepherdstown to I n it would accommodate I nd south travel, which is I " important traffic in th:s coun nld connect the Maryland I ?cm w'*h tho southern roads I built by way of Shenandoah I which is both feasible and old give county connecH tb our most important railroad H ! accommodate a very large f our peop'e. If it wer H " shortest route, by way of I i vnm pa-s witnin a nait i <( the Junction. If it should rlcs Town hv way of Hall'.1 still bo accommodating 1 traffic, and by joining the "fate road at that o'ace would lerable constniction. r so manv reasons whv the 1 H come bv wav of Shepthat jt is more than strange other interest should be ' for the only argument the "tissinn has ai'-anced?that ' get to Charles Town from bv the vcrv shortest s unfair an I unwise that r interest should be sacnnc absurd pronounccf ttv.f Moore ft 1 cslic, of ' 1 . are the lowest bidder17 seven-mile stretch of C t-io'7 Town and Kesr u'l b-ing *1.19.442.50 the ^nd commission will -d t c< ndemning^the land -rsed road i not stated o' r eonety court will ' ' t in spot:ing an injunc ' p- rr<m:ssion to prevent i't c??ch a large proro-^nlo rt b'?*?b' , . ^n-cct cider. at Rose " ^ K Styepl output. SIlEPHEKl) COLLEGE NOTES. Christmas holidays begin in S. C. this Thursday at noon. All the tests for 1922 have been finished and the students that haven't already gone home will leave today. President White will spend his vacation with his family ;n Shepherdstown. Mr. Kenamond and Mr. Legge will also be in Shepherdstown during the holidays. Mr. Taylor will spend his vacation here, too. Miss Trotter will spend the time with her sister. Mrs. Stemple, at Aurora. \V. Va., and Mrs. Gardiner will be with her sister. Miss Francis Henshaw^ in Martinsburg. The other members of the faculty will gos, to their homes?Miss Shriver to Morgantown, Miss Baumgardner to Washington and Miss Williams to Ha1 gerstown. Miss Turner will be at home for Christmas, but she will spend a large part of her time doing work in the Congressional Library in Wash' ington. Our vacation will end on New Year's Day and we will return to our studies. The students and teachers were picasca to nave with them at the last : chapel before the vacation time Mr. William B. Snyder, wh0 sang for us "The Mistletoe Bough." Mrs. White als0 favored us with a special Christmas selection, "The Gift of the Magi." The program was enjoyed very much. Rev. Br. Flickingcr preached an inj tcresting sermon to the Y. M. C. A. last i Sunday morning, his subject being "Trophies of Youth." The Y. M. C. A. went in a body to church. The play, "Step Lively," which the Senior Class had been preparing, was , given very successfully on Monday J night, to an appreciative audience. The play proved to be. a good, clean comedy with cast well chosen and j coached. The plot was somewhat dif; fercnt from the usual comedy. About | two hundred seats were sold. The least was as follows: Joseph Billings .... William Harris Joseph Billings.Jr Lee Emery ' Theo. Cunningham.. Floyd Flickinger Horatius Thimple .. Cornelius Carter Mary Smythe Marv Payne Rose-Marie Smythe, Elizabeth Clayton j Juliet Smythe Dorothy Martin i Beverly Smythe *. .. Mavbclle Kinney | Gwendolyn Smith .. Pauline Sbahan Martha Holton .... Rosalie Skinner Lucille Loveland .... Mildred Rogers Carry Arry Mary Grose Nora Alice James Jernsha Billings . . Rosemary Cavalier The Ciceronian and Parthenian Literary Societies held a joint meeting in the auditorium last Friday afternoon. The program was given by members of both societies and was well prepared and was much enjoyed. We had with us President White and Mr. Taylor as visitors. We hope to* have another such meeting soon. Joe and Scott James, former students of Shepherd College, now attending Penn State, State College, Pa., spent a few days visiting friends in this city. The students of Shepherd College are glad to hear that Sylvester Harr is able t0 be out again after a long spell of sickness. Mr. Harr will not enter school again until the second semester. The college basketball team under the supervision of Coach Legge journeyed to Frederick Tuesday night and dropped the opening game of the season to Company B of the Maryland First National Guard. The game was listless and slow. The college boys have not had much practice and were not in the best of condition. The Maryland team, which is not considered to be very strong, has played : three or four games already this year. I and this accounts for the defeat of | ^heohcrd College. They Took Their Own Lives. W. T. l.awson, an elderlv man who lived at the l'ttle""vinage of Skectersjville. a mile east of HuPRelds, committed suicide last Thursday afternoon by shooting himself in the head with a shotRon. Law?nn, who made his home with his son. made deliberate preparations for the shockinR deed. He went to Kibler's store at Duffields earlv in the afternoon and bouRht a connle of shells. He returned to his i home. loaded a single-barrel shotgun, tied a string to fb#* trinecr, seated himself at a table and pul'ed the string. His head was almost blown from his body, and death was of course instantaneous. The bodv was taken to Charles Town and prepared for burial Mr. l.awson ws a man of eood habits, ou'ct and reserved of manner, and it I is thought tb"t He mn<-t have been tem! norarily deranged t-'o ?-ac about 70 | vears old and was a widower. He | came to this en*'ntv 'rom ths Front j Roval neighborhood about 25 years , apo Four or five venra nPo one of his sons was killed tv a train on the Baltimore and Oh'o Rmirnod. Allen J. wananng. a nnrocr, III Wartinsbnrg. c mm't'e ' suicide at his home in that place last Wednesday by shooting himse'f in the breast with a j revolver. The d~cof>cH, who was 40 years o'd, was decrease' because of troubles of v.ir'qm sorts. A meeting of the taxpavers was held in Shepherdstown last ^ M'rdav. when var'nus subject; concerted with tax affairs and other public matters were discussed by those rrcs -ot. The justice of the assessments made by the . board of eoualirath n and review, it 1 was resolved, will be examined into. J and a committee was appointed for that j purpose. Another meeting is to be i held in the h'eh school huilding Satj urday afternoon of this week, and the : taxpa ers of Shcobertstown district are invited and urged to attend. Ijcc&st M0NTAN1 SEMPER L rdstown, Jefferson County, Wes PERSONAL NOTES. .Mr. J L. Mohler, of Grottoes, Va.. is in Shcpherdstown to spend the hoi- idays with his niece, Mrs. I. V. John- I son, and his friends here are glad to t meet him again. We won't tell Mr I Mohler's age, but we venture the as- \ sertion that there is hardly another man in the two States who is his equal in health and activity at 83 years of age. Full of energy and buoyant of y spirit, straight as an arrow, active and lively and enjoying perfect health, he is a truly remarkable man. He bidi, fair to reach the century mark and ?? hope that he will. Among the callers at the Register j office the past week were Messrs. O. J J. Blackford and Newton Snyder, of t the Shenandoah Junction neighbor- , hood. Mr. Blackford has had mighty bad luck w ith his i ogs this year. He I had 83 hogs and pigs w hen the cholera i got among them, and 59 of them have died while the four that are living arc sick. He estimates his loss fully I at S500. Mr. Snvder. who is a near i neighbor of Mr. Blackford's, rejoices . that his porkers were not attacked by . the disease. Among the Register's friends who I called to renew their subscriptions the past week were Messrs. Henry M Snyder, Walter M. Bcmory, W A i Turner, W. L. Herr. W. M. Rush, T Butler Jones, A. C. Kinsell, Br. S. T. Knott, R M. Lucas. E. Hugh Mc- | Kee and H. H. Hendricks. | Mrs. F. A. Bycrly, formerly of this place, spent the past week In Shephcrdstown with Mr. and Mrs. George , Grim. She has been at Patterson's < | Grek, W. Va., since last summer. She says that the weekly visits of the Register arc very pleasant reminders | of Shcpherdstown. Mr. Wardcll McDonald, who was the only soldier from Shepherdstown to be wounded in Jhe World War, and who was also gassed while fighting in France, has gone to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington for treatment, as he has not been well for some time past. Mr. Charles S. Cookus, the well-, known young auctioneer of Berkeley I county, was a caller at the Register office on Monday. He savs that there will be a large number of farm sales in Berkeley county the coming winter and spring. He has booked a Rreat many already. Among our callers yesterday was Mr. i N. W. Myers, of the Zoar neighbor- I hood. Mr. Myers expects to move the j coming winter into his dwelling near Duffields, formerly the Albert Link property, which he is having fitted up with modern conveniences and other Improvements. Mr. Charles Mitchell, who went west more than forty years aRO, and who I for a long time has been living in Okla- I homa, returned to this section a week | or two ago and is making his home 1 with his brother, Mr. John W. Mitchell, I east of town. Mr. W. C. Welsh, of Berkeley coun ty, was among our callers on Monday. He renewed his subscription to the Register and also brought us the name of a new subscriber. Such visitors are more than welcome. Mrs. Henry Clay and her little daughter are here from Annapolis, Md., to spend the holidays with Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Staley. Mr. Clay will be here the latter part of the week for Christmas. The Register had a pleasant call yesterday from Mrs. C. E. Willis, of Martinsburg, and Miss Anna McDonold. of the Kcarneysville neighborhood. Mrs. Wm D. Himes has gone to Washington City, where she will spend the holidays with her home folks. Mr H:mcs wi'l !oin her tomorrow and remain until the first of the year. Mrs H. R. Sigler, formerly of this C, place. who went to Washington with v : her grandchildren several months ago ^ has returned to Berkeley county, where she will make her home. Mrs L. T. Potterflcld has returned n from a very pleasant visit of seven a weeks with relatives and friends in i Washington, Baltimore, Braddock ! Heights and other place$. Among our callers yesterday was j Mr. H. N. Sampsell, from west of town, who renewed his subscription to the Register and brought us a new subscriber in addition. Mr and Mrs. Arnold J. Mnlcr. of 1 the Engle neirhborhood, called at the | Register offee this morning and j < t brought us two new subscribers for ! the coming year. Messrs. B A Poland and D. L. I Hedpes of MartinsburR, distributors ' i of Hodoe cars for this section, were f ' amono tbe callers at the ReR'ter office on Mondav 'ast. t Rev. f. 1 Hadv nnd Mr. Henry Shcp- I herd are in Charleston this week, at- f tendinp a m'ctinR of pastors and lav- f" men o* ft"* Fniscopal Diocese of West ^ I Vircinin. ? We were pleased to have a call yes- J terdav from Mrs. Charles Weller, of Berkeley county, who broupht us a new ? subscriber. ' Messrs Ceo T Knode and H. !- p Snyder fr. a-e home from the West f \':rt?:nia Hn;versity for the holiday re cess. ' ^ Miss lean WysonR has returned ^ from a visit of a month or more with | relatives in Philadelphia. 7 Mr. H. M Turner, a well-known a , resident of Shcphcrdstown, has hecn \? sick in bed this week. j t; own IBERl. t Virginia, Thursday, Decembe I.1TTLE I OCAI.S. The exercises in connection with the 'immunity Christmas tree in Sheptcrdstown ill he held Saturday eveting of this week at 7 o'clock Fverv^'dv in the town and community incited. Turkeys have been selling this week ?t from forty to tifty cents a pound, live weight, in this neighborhood k'ery few have changed hands at this price, however. Twenty years ago the price was ten cents a pound. On another page of the Register this *eek may be found a very interesting trticle by Miss Zan Gibson, giving a listory of the old church west of Charles Town, of which now only the uined walls remain. It is a valuable ; 'it of local history. * M. S. R. Moler, of Engle, this county has bought from Dr. and Mrs. G Banks an eight-acre tract of land long the Charles Town pike, lying Petween the lane and the avenue. This s a beautiful location for a home and ?u moicr expects to build upon it in 1 year or two. Shepherd College's dormitory. Miller Hall, lays claim to raising the j largest hogs yet reported from this section of West Virginia. This institution last week butchered three hogs which dressed 1,39ft pounds. The six hams weighed 198 pounds and 4.1!) pounds of l ard were rendered. Jimmic Harwood, the ten-year-old son of l.ec Harwood, tenant on the Mu/zcy farm, met with an unfortunate accident yesterday. VC'hilc he was riding a horse the animal slipped and jimmic was thrown off, breaking his 'eg Dr Burwell gave him surgical attention, but Jimmic will have to spend his Christmas pretty close to home. Mrs. I). W. Border, of Charles Town, has issued invitations announcing the approaching marriage of her daughter. Miss Margaret May, to Mr. John fames Wysong, Jr., to take place on Saturday, December 30th, in /.ion Protestant Ppiscopal Church, Charles Town. The br-dc-clect is the daughter of the late Dr. D. W. Border, of Kcarncysvillc and Shcpherdstown. Ft is reported that the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad is going to purchase 5.000 more freight cars, in addition to the 5,000 already ordered this year Great Scott! Cannot this great railroad afford to "Junk" one rattletrap hut and erect a decent station for the decent accommodation of its long-suffering patrons? Mr. Willard and Mr. Galloway know what we mean! Chas. M. I.evett. who has been running the Douglas Farm, opposite Shcpherdstown, the past year, will return to his former home in New York City the coming year, having been greatly benefited in health. He will have aublic sale of stock, farming implements, etc., on January 10th, as may ie seen by advertisement in this paper [ohn Flagle, the tenant on the place, vill move to a farm near Hagcrstown. W. A. Fulk, the well-known dairynan of the Kearneysville neighbortood, has three cows that he thinks tave beaten the record for producing :alves the past twelve months. They lave increased his herd by eight. ?ach of the three cows gave birth to win calves, and last Sunday one of he cows dropped twins again, makng four calveg within the year for ter. Mr. Fulk wants to know if Jcrabble can beat this. C. N. Whiting and W. W. Waddy, )f Shepherdstown, have filed a lis >endens notice in the office of the ] Ierk of the Jefferson County Court | igainst J. I. Triplett to compel the ( after to enforce specifically a conract for sale of a certain house and nt now occupied by Mr. Waddy in 1 ihepherdstown. The property is Io- i ated on New street, and was conveyed ; o the defendant bv J. E. Triplett and i vifc and G. Hampden Triplett, the leed being dated February 20, 1910. , M. P. Crowl and Walter H. Crowl, j f this vicinity, last week completed shipment of 1,400 Christmas trees ' ?two car loads?to a dealer in Balimore. The trees cost him about $700 | "hey are shapely young cedars and | rere cut from the Aglionby and Grove I arms north of town and from Bcrke- j cy county. The owners of the land ire glad to fie rid or tnc cedars, Tor , ihich they are paid a modest price. ' he orchard men are glad to see the ; rees demolished, and lots of youngsers will rejoice in them Christmas lay. Kverybody is happy over the bus. 1 ness. The Messrs. Growl also deliv- i I red in Martinsburg a fine cedar tree 15 feet in height which will be used or the community Christmas tree in hat city. ] Bv agreement between counsel for ' he State and the defendant. February ' 9th has been fixed as the date fr?r i 1 he beginning of the trial of C. Frank |' Ceency, miners' union official, in the | Morgan Circuit Court at Berkeley j ! iprings. The case was removed from I j cPerson cotinty, it will be recalled, j 1 udge Woods having granted a change I ' f venue Keeney wi'l be tried on an ' 1 nd:ctment 1 nown ns indictment No. | 1 , chargmg him with murder, return- ' I in the Circuit Court of Logan couny. He is accused of being an acces- 1 ory before the fart in the murder of ' ieorge Munsey, one of three deputies I "led on Rlair Mountain August 31, 1 921. by an armed band of miners. J "bere are threr other indictments i "ainst him for offenses in connection < ifh the labor troubles in Logan coun/ r 21st, 1922. TIIK HK.VTII KKCOKD. We are very sorrv to report the sudden death of Charles Robinson, of I ront Royal, Va.. who was agent for the Norfolk and Western Railway at Bcntonville Monday evening while engaged at work A\r. Robinson was suddenly taken ill and died. It is sup posed th it heart disease Caused his death. Mr. Robinson married Miss Virginia Bailcv daughter of W Dailcy, of Shepherdstown, and her friends here extend fullest sympathy to her in her bereavement. He was a young man of high character and his sudden death brings sorrow to many friends. He formerly worked in Shepherdstown as relief operator. His body was brought here for huiial and this morning was interred in Elmwood Cemetery. .Mrs. Martha M. Fugle, widow of Captain George W. Kngle, died at her home near Charles Town last Saturday morning, aged 7tt years. Her maiden name was Chapman and she was a native of Frederick county. Vn She was a pious wman, having been for many years a consistent member of the Southern Methodist Church, and her good deeds were known far nd near. She was buried in Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town, on Monday. The following children survive: Susan F , George W , Martha A . Charles T., Carrie V , John C., and Mary V. at home: J. l.ee Kngle, near Washington, C..; C. Preston Fnglc, in Charles Town; and Mrs. C. C. Hush, now a missionary in the Belgian Congo, Africa. William Opie Norris, one of Charles Town's best-known and most highly-regarded residents, died at his home in that place last Friday, aged 7-t years He was born and reared in Jefferson county, and was educated at the Virginia Military Academy. He formerly lived on the Norris farm near Myerstown, but some 25 years ago moved tr. PlmrUa ...I i-~ I 1 .w wii, hiiwiv ut ii.iu Mincc been engaged in the real estate business. He was a public-spirited man, always interested in community affairs, and was active in helping to organize the Charles Town Hospital. He is survived bv his wife, who was a Miss Chew, and bv a brother, R. Norris, of Baltimore county, Md. Mrs. Edith V. Sanbowcr, wife of Joseph Y. Sanbowcr, formerly of Shepherdstown, died last Sunday night at her home in Hagerstown, following an illness of seven weeks from a complication of diseases. She is survived by her husband and four children, also hf?r nnrrntc Mr nrtri Mpo U I \v/-:?* of Charles Town, two brothers and Ave sisters. She was buried in HaRcrstown yesterday. Mrs. Emma Dora Milburn, wife of A. T. Milburn, died last Sunday niRht at her home near FallinR Waters, Berkeley county, after an illness of three weeks. She is survived by her husband and seven children. Mrs. Milburn, whose maiden name was Rcid, was 37 years of aRe. Martin Kelly, a well-known business man of Charles Town, died in that place last Saturday, aged 63 years. He was a native of Connecticut, but had lived in Charles Town for the past thirty years His wife, seven sons and five dauRhtcrs survive him. Rev. Edmund Floyd Hoke, a native of MartinshurR, died Inst week at a Presbyterian home in Evanston, Illinois. He was 75 years old. He had served churches in and around Chi- ' coro for the past forty years. Mrs. Elizabeth Moore died recently! at her home at Kearneysville, W. Va., I at the advanced age of 78 years, 6 j months and 2 days. She is survived > by her husband, two sons and two daughters. Mir.s Nannie l.ee Dichman died at ber home in Charles Town last week it an advanced age. She was a native if I.oudoun county, Va., but had lived n Charles Town for many years. Mrs Edna Harriet StrihlinR, widow >f William Stribhling, died last week it her home in Berkeley county, aged <8 years. She was a native of Fauquier county, Va. Geo. W Hurd, a well-known and public-spirited resident of Williamsport, Md., died at his home in that place last Monday, in the 68th year of his ; irc. Mrs. Annie M. Hess, wife of James 5. Hess, formerly of MartinshurR,' died at her home in Waynesboro, Pa.,) last Saturday, aged 66 years. Mrs. E. V. Whittineton, a native of VirRinia, died last Wednesday at her tome in MartinshurR, aged 69 years. New Agency Established. The establishment of a Dodge Rrothcrs aRency and service station in i>imi it-, invi ii mi jcncrsun conniy win be effected when D. L. Hedges, the ivell-km>wn automobile man, will asiume charge of the local territory on lanuary 1st. Mr. Hedges has been associated with the Union Sales Comsany of Mnrtinsburg, and is well qualified and fitted to assume control and supervision of the business. Arrangements have been made whereby the service station will be conducted for the time being in Good Brothers Garage. It is the plan of Mr. Hedges to carrv \ full and complete line of Dodge Brothers parts, and in addition to this me accessory department will he well supplied at all times. We bespeak for Mr. Hedges success in his new business in Charles Town and Jefferson sounly. Merry Christmas, folks. Stcr 1 $1.50 A YEAR IN ADVANCE. NEW VOL 58?N?. 51. ON THE KICHT TRACK. The meeting of the bemocratic members and members-elect of the next Legislature in Charleston ! * -t week was a harmonious and patriotic conference that bids fair to result in real good to the State. It showed that those who participated In it are on the right track, and their action looking dirccth to the welfare of the public rather than parts advantage will commend itself to the ?eople generally. The things made most plain and most prominent were the determination to put an end to the extravagance and unjustifiable expenditures that have been growing at such rapid rate during the past decade, to reduce the ever-increasing burden of taxation, to insist upon economies in administration, to place a depletion (or production! tax upon coal and gas and oil. and place a proper limitation upon levies. Fifty-one of the Democratic members-elect of the House wore present i and cit;ht Senators. Besides these, there were promirent Democrats from different sections of the State and public men Rencrally. State Senator Harry Hcnshaw, of this district, presided over the sessions. Our memberelect of the Legislature, Hon. J Stridor Molcr, was present at the conference. The sentiments of the members participating In the meeting were expressed by the adoption of the following report submitted by a committee appointed to prepare an expression ,of views: "The Democratic members of the West Virginia Legislature adopt the following declaration of policy for the upproaching session: I wvva <> CIISIB IlirOUgll llie imposition of high tuxes made necessary to meet the reckless appropriations of the last session of the Legislature; and we pledge ourselves to a legislative program that shall reduce appropriations, place a proper limitation upqn levies and reduce hycation. "Among the measures by which we hope to afford this relief arc; I "I. By either so amending the gross 1 sales tax law as to rid it of its inequitable features or to substitute therefor an equitable tax measure. * "2. By abolishing useless offices and positions in the two legislative branches and every other department of gov | vcrnment. "3, By a reduction of all salaries and | compensation for services to a strictly legal limit. [ "4. By shearing the State Tax Commissioner of the autocratic power placed in his hands by existing laws. "These measures we will pass if in our power. Many other matters are important and will be duly considered, but we will give our first attention to these things, as the chief duty committed to us by the people." The above resolutions were formal- J ly adopted. In addition, the general outline of the views of the members participating in the conference msy be summed up as follows: 1. Approval of a depletion tax on coal, oil and gas. 2. Demands for the repeal of the gross saics lax. 3. Cutting down expenses of State government. 4. Investigation of the Department of Agriculture and the impeachment of the Commissioner, and the probable abolition of the department and centering the activities under the extension department of the State University. 5. A general survey of the tax question in West Virginia with the end in view of reducing taxes to a minimum and making them as just and as equitable as possible. 6. The disapproval of any lavish and needless expenditure for the erection of a new Capitol building, hut at the same time favoring the erection of a building adequate to all needs and a credit tn the State. 7. That the Legislature at all times be mindful of the real interests of" the people and enact only representative and needful legislation. There was deserved denunciation of the waste and extravagance of the session of the Legislature two years ago. It was shown that In 1919 there was paid in salaries and fees to attaches of the Senate $47,040 00?this was increased in 1921 to $100,740 00; in the House in 1919 the attaches cost $47.450.00?in 1921 this was run up to 591,142.00. Delegate Zimmerman, from Hampshire county, showed that the lost Legislature cost the State $431,000. He declared that this amount eould be reduced by $150,000 without nnv disndvanfnpe tr? the Sfnfp Senator-elect M. M. Neely made a strong and courageous speech, in which he came out unequivocally for a depiction tax on coal and gas and oil, for strict economy without being tightdsted and for genuine loyalty to the public interests. Do you know you can get a large can of preserves, ready to eat, only 25 cents a can, at Boswell's. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.