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:.(fjf irtmr'fffr ffflM rPfflfft CANAAN, CONN., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1920. VOLUME L NUMBER 12 II r E. A. BREWER SELLS THE CANFIELD INN James B. Rutledge of South Norwalk, the New Owner E. A. Brewer for the past several years the owner of the Canfield Inn has disposed of the property to James B. Rutledge of South Nor walk, who for the past six months has leased the property. While the exact amount involved in the deal has not been stated, it is said that the purchase price is not far from "$20,000. , v As was stated in the News when Mr. Rutledge leased the property, he is a real hotel manager, having been very successful in building up run down hotels at Indian Harbor and South Norwalk. While he has not devoted his entire time to the man agement of the local hotel since his lease was acquired, it- has been a paying proposition from the start and still better things are expected when conditions become more settled In regard to the future of the ho tel, Mr. Rutledge stated that many improvements would be made dur ing the next few months. He pro poses to convert some of the second floor into offices, doing away with the dining room and on the first floor the restaurant will be enlarged and possibly space'' made for a store. With such alterations the hotel would have a nice income aside from the regular hotel patronage. We believe Mr. Rutledge has the right idea and that the Canfield will prosper under his management. TEACHERS' INSTITUTE Will Be Held at Center School on Friday - The public school teachers of this section, will gather at the High School building in Canaan, tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 24,, for an institute to consider the following program. Elementary Schools ,Center school in session till 10.16. 10:30-10:50 Gebrgraphy demon-, stration. Standard VII. 10:50-11:20 Oral Language. Grades VII and VIII. 11 :20-ll :40 History r demonstra tion Standard IV. - , ' ' ' 11 :40-12 $0 History demonstration Standard VII. 1:00-1:45 Physical training. V 1:45-2:50 Writing. 2:30-3:15 Drawing. 3:15-4:00 Discussion. . High School Schools in session till 10:15. r 10:30-11:15 French demonstra tion Direct Method. 11:15-12:00 Oral and Written Composition. 1:00-1:45 Teacher' and the Class. 1:45-2:30 Curriculum. 2:30-3:15 General Discussion. The towns of Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, Kent, Cornwall as well as the teachers from North Canaan, and from the Litchfield County Home in Winsted, will be represented in the gathering, which promises to be of special interest. KILLED IN FALL Body of Salisbury Man Found 'Under Highway Bridge Coroner S. A. Herman conducted an inquest in the town hall in Salis bury Thursday into the death of Harry McDermott, 45 and single, whose lifeless body was found in a Mt. Riga brook last Friday night. Ten witnesses were examined. Mc Dermott fell from a highway bridge. He was found by Owen Travis, a mason, whose helper he was. He had been in Millerton, N. Y., on the day he met his death and was brought back to Salisbury that even ing by William Whalen, of Miller ton, formerly of Torrington. Pilgrim Gbuc& Note ' Standard Time Given Wednesday Meeting of the Young Women's Guild with Mrs. Allyn Fuller at Twin Lakes. Friday The joint Sunday School Com mittee to arrange for a Community Training Class will meet at the Par sonage at 7 P. M. Sunday Regular morning service of wor ship at 9:30. Mr. Gwilym Miles of New York will sing. Sunday School at 10:45. County Sunday School Association The County Sunday School con vention will be held Friday and Saturday, October 8 and 9, 1920, at the First Congregational Church, Winsted. First session, Friday, 10:30 a. m. The program has been especially planned to meet the need3 of the local school. Three institute periods will offer to officers and tea chers the opportunity to present their own problems as well as get new inspiration. TEACHER SITUATION IS BECOMING MORE ACUTE Necessary for Towns to In crease Budget to Hold Com petent Teachers The statement below gives in brief the present conditions relating to the teacher shortage in the United States. While all school expendi tures have advanced in the ' same ratio as all other commodities, the greatest increase in the school bud get, in so far as the town of North Canaan is concerned, is incurred through the increase in teachers' salaries. It is inevitable that any town which fails to make adequate provision for this item of expense will either find itself without tea chers 'or with its schools under the control of those of inferior grade. To acquaint the taxpayers with tea cher problem a more complete analy sis prepared by Supervisor W. M. Teague will be printed in the .annual town report. The teacher shortage remains a menace to the public schools accord ing to preliminary reports made public by the National Education Association. Replies to question naires sent out by the Assocaition have come from' all sections of- the United States. These reports show that in places where teachers' sala ries have been increased one hun dred per cent or more the situation is nearly always satisfactory But such places are comparatively few, and in localities where salaries have been increased fifty per cent or less the teacher shortage is commonly greater than a year ago. Rural com munities are hardest hit. Signed re ports from superintendents of many counties indicate that a third of their rural schools cannot open for want of teachers. Tens of thousands of schools will be in charge of teachers who have had no professional pre paration and whose academic train ing barely exceeds that of the chil dren they teach. Relief from this serious situation, which imperils the stability of Amer Icanrjfral'life, will be sougth from the? next session of Congress. Re newed efforts will be made to obtain the passage of the Smith-Towner Bill, which creates a department of education with a secretary in the President's cabinet 4 and provides federal aid "of $100,000,000 for "education. ARRESTED FOR BIGAMY Daphne Burr of Sharon is the Complainant George Lester Ball of Lakeville, Connecticut, was arrested at Miller ton last Thursday by Deputy Sheriff George Brazee on the charge of big amy. He was arraigned before Jus tice Joseph V. Lyons and in default of bail was committed to the county jail to await the action of the grand jury. The complainant is Daphne Burr, 21, of Sharon, Conn., who says she married Ball at Windsor, Conn., on June 9, 1919. After a few days honeymoon, according to the state ment of Miss Burr, her husband suggested she go to work. The girl said she discovered her husband had no visible means of support and thereupon she left him and returned to her mother. Miss Burr told the authorities she had learned that Ball had married a Delia Dolan of New York in March, 1915, and also that he had married Agnes Furzick, of Poughkeepsie, in November 1919. Ball is said to have formerly conducted a restaurant in Poughkeepsie near the car barn, Miss Burr says that Ball and tke Furzick girl have been living together for some time. FIRST ENTERTAINMENT For Benefit of Canaan Fire Co Monday Evening The first entertainment in the Ly ceum course given for the benefit of the Canaan Fire Company, The Ten nessee Duo, the Misses Helen and Catherine Beane, will be given at the Town Hall on Monday evening, September 27th., 1920, at 8 o'clock, New Time. The Tennessee Duo are unusually good soloists, who understand thor oughly the art of duet singing. Miss Catherine Beane is a brilliant con tralto and Miss Helen Beane pos sesses a lyric soprano. Their instru mental work is also good, and these two young Southern ladies will prove to be an entertainment well worth hearing. The reserved seat tickets for the entire course are selling quite fast. The price of the reserved seat tickets for this entertainment is 75c and will be sold upon the evening of the entertainment. The regular course ticket for the five entertainments costing $3.00 assures the holder of a good reserved seat, for each enter- tainment. The special price of $2.00 j for children under 16 years is made (for the course. Tickets are now on sale at Roraback's Law Office. Attention Republican Men and Women Following the plan of nearly every wide-awake town and city in the state, North Canaan republicans will meet on Friday evening to perfect the organization of a local Republican Club. Organizer Harry E. MacKenzie of Hartford will be present and the meeting will be held at Odd Fellows hall at 7:30 o'clock standard time for the purpose of adopting a constitution and by-laws, electing officers and arranging for activities during the coming weeks of the cam paign. This meeting is of vital importance to every redblooded republican, who has the best interests of his party and his country at heart. A special invitation is extended to the republican women of the town, to not only be present but to take part, for there will be much of an enlightening nature to the women voters. Let every man enrolled under the republican caucus and every woman come and fill -the hall to overflowing. , INSTANTLY KILLED IN ENSILAGE MACHINE Thomas Graney of Sheffield -Meets Tragic Death on Friday Thomas Graney of Sheffield was instantly killed Friday morning about 9 o'clock ' while operating a machine for cutting ensilage on the farm of John C. Bagnashi in that town. He was putting kerosene in the machine when his clothes caught in the revolving wheel of the en gine. He was whirled around in the shafting wheel and instantly killed. His brother, James Graney, was assisting in the work when the acci dent occurred. Dr. WakefiehTof Sheffield, Dr. Schultes of Great Barrington, also Dr. John Beebe, the nvedical examin er from "Great Barrington, were called. The latter announced that death was instanstanteous. Graney who was 26 years of age, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Graney of Sheffield, and has always lived in that town. He was at camp Devens for a short period during the war, but was discharged owing to a physical disability. Besides his parents he leaves two sisters, Helen and Mary of Sheffield; and four brothers, John of Pittsfield; Frank of Springfield, and James and Ran dall Graney- of Sheffield. James S. Graney of this place was his uncle. ' The funeral was held in Sheffield Monday morning at 10 o'clock from the Catholic church. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery. CONCERT TONIGHT MU Tiffany Sings in Town Hall This Evening Miss Marie Tiffany, of the Metro politan Opera Company will give one of her delightful concerts in town hall tonigth. Miss Tiffany has many devoted admirers in this place who will be delighted at this opportunity to hear again the famous soprano. Marie Tiffany, before her appear ance at the Metropolitan made a name for herself in California sing ing vfith the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra. In her concerts Miss Tiffany in cludes a very great variety of songs, from the classic to the ultra-modern She also specializes on Scandinavian songs sung in the original Norwe gian. Norfolk Republican Caucus The republican caucus for town offices was held Thursday evening in the new town hall and made the following nominations: Assessor for three years, Walter W. Collins; for two years; Olin E. Gibbs ; selectmen, Augustus E. Curtis, George B. O'Connor; tax collector, Joseph N. Cowies; registrar of voters, Ellis Sylvernale; auditor, George T. John son; board of relief, Melvin E. Snow; grand jurors, Arthur P. Atwood, Lemuel T. Humphrey, W. Hamilton Smith; constables, Charles E. Hotch kiss, G. B. O'Connor, Frederick F. Spaulding, Henry Sweet; school board, Miss Janette Butler, Harry H. Cook. Canaan Poultry Association The annual meeting of the Canaan Poultry association was held at Ben ton and Wright's Friday evening when a report of the officers was given. The following officers were reelected for the ensuing year: President, Samuel Reel; vice-president, C. H. Pease; secretary, F. F. Stevens; show secretary, Oliver Carter; treasurer, W. A. Wright; su-j permtendent, Adelbert Dings; exe cutive committee, R. H. Bradley, N. W. Moore, H .A. Holt, F. F. Viscardi, H. F. Beebe. It was voted to hold the fourth annual, show Dec. 14, 15, 16, in the town halll. An adjourned meeting will be held Friday evening, Sept. 24. F. R. Collin, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hubbell of Falls Village and Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Ford motored to Water bury Wednesday morning to attend the funeral of Edward F. Ford, a brother of G. W. Ford. REV. JAMES DEANE, FORMER PASTOR, DEAD Was East Canaan Pastor . Before the Civil War The following account of the death f of . Rev. James Deane, pastor of the East Canaan Congregational church, was printed in The Congre gationalism and will be of interest to many of the older residents. James Deane died at Herkimer, N. Y., on June 4, 1920, aged 84 years He was of Pilgrim ancestry, tracing hi3 descent from Walter Deane, one of the first seven freemen of Taun ton, Mass. His grandfather, James Deane, was trained for missionary work among the Indians, and render ed notable service as an interpreter during the Revolution. The subject of the present sketch was the third James Deane, son of James, Deane, Jr.,' and Esther Cor nelia ) (Norton). He was bom in Utica, N. Y., April 21, 1836. Having lost his parents in early childhood, he removed with t his guradian to Salisbury, Ct. He was prepared for college in private schools in Sharon and Middletown, Ct., and graduated from Williams College in 1857. After reading law for a year at Hartford, where he attended Horace Bush nell's. church, he decided to enter the ministry, and studied for two years at ..Auburn Theological Sem inary'. , ' ; , Het spent .a few months in home missionary work - at Hamilton,-.-ML, and then became pastor of the Con gregational Church at East Canaan, Ct. Here the outbrek of the Civil War found him, intensely interested in the Union cause. When President Lincoln, in- June 1862, called for 300,000 volunteers, James Deane first became a recruiting officer, and then entered the army with the men enlisting from his own town, being enrolled in the Nineteenth Connec ticut Infantry, which later became the Second Connecticut Heavy Ar tillery. At the battle of Cold Harbor he was seriously wounded. During convalescence he was engaged for a time as a transport officer. Later he was returned to the line, and took (Continued on page 4) MRS. AUGUSTA M. BENNETT Dies at Home of Daughter in Corn wall Was 84 Years Old Mrs. Augusta Miles Bennett died from a stroke of paralysis at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Emmons, in Cornwall last Thursday. She had suffered two strokes last winter. She had been visiting at the Emmons home since last Sunday. Mrs. Bennett was born in Eliza beth, N. J., 84 years ago, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Augusta Miles. She lived in Elizabeth for 17 years. Then the family moved to Cornwall, where Miss Miles later be came the bride of Archibald Bennett They lived in Cornwall for a long period. Mrs. Bennett had been a resident there for 51 years when she and her husband moved to Torring ton and resided on Riverside avenue. Mr. Bennett died nine years ago, when Mrs. Bennett went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Charles E. Nick erson, who resides at present in Burrville. The surviving relatives include two other daughters besides Mrs. Emmons and Mrs. Nickerson, Mrs. William H. Clinton of Torrington and Mrs. Herbert L. Maynard of North Leverett, Mass. ; a son, John C. Bennett of Watertown, and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held Satur day afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Emmons home in Cornwall, Rev. E. C. Starr officiating. Interment was in Cornwall. Mrs. Grace B. Strattman Mrs. Grace B. Srattman, 44, wife of John M. Strattman of Canaan, died last week at Hillcrest hospital in Pittsfield, Mass., after a two-weeks' illness. She is survived by her hus band, one daughter and six sons, one brother, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram J. Bennett of Cornwall. The body was taken to Cornwall for burial. POUGHKEEPSIE PASTOR ENJOYED SCENIC BEAUTY Rev. Franklin D. Elmer Spent Vacation Here The scenic beauty of this section is calling louder and louder to people from all parts of the country, who wish to spend their vacation in quietness among the natural beau ties of hills and lakes. We have printed before letters and articles by persons who spent their first summer here, whose description of the coun try would tax the vocabulary of the average individual, believing that in so doing the inhabitants would take greater pride in their possesions and the better class of vacationist would be attracted. The following article appearing in the Poughkeepsie "Courier" is by Rev. Franklin D. Elmer, pastor of the First Baptist church of Pough keepsie, N. Y., formerly pastor of the Winsted Baptist church. We have known Mr. Elmer for a number of years and that he was greatly impressed with our lakes and hills we can well understand. "Do any of us Poughkeepsians realize in anything like adequate measure the priceless value of onr scenic and historic heritage?" asked Rev. Franklin D. Elmer in speaking of his recent trip to the Taconic Mountains in Eastern Dutchess County. Mr. Elmer has been spend ing his vacation in the Taconic Moun tains, at Twin Lakes, Connecticut, and spoke enthusiastically of the dis trict. "Take a line one hundred miles long and with this city as a center, swing the charmed circle," he said. "You will include a diverie, vast and intensely interesting region. But you may divide your line by two, swing it again, and still include, with in the radius of a day's comfortable ride such charm and grandeur, not to say historic interest, as might well amaze even the seasoned tourist from world travel. Within this circle would be found Washining and Washinee, "smiling" and "laughing" water, the Twin Lakes of the Taco nics. Just over the border in Con necticut, under the mountains also of Eastern Dutchess and the Berk shires, these lakes of the three states sing their age-long songs of beauty through the changing years. Indians once roamed there, on the mountain side,-at the old Forge . the .chains to repell British Invasion up the Hud son at West Point were wrought, near by at Indian Lake, partly in Dutchess, partly in Litchfield Coun ties, rises a monument to the brave Moravian missionaries. Powell and Bruce, who gave their lives among the Indians from whom these lands (Continued on page 4) ACUTE POLIOMYELITIS Is Again Prevalent in Massachusetts and Connecticut The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports an outbreak of poliomyelitis in and about Boston. Since August 1st there have been 99 cases reported in Boston and 244 cases in Massachusetts, including Boston. In Connecticut, the Health Officers have reported four cases up to Sept ember 20th, but the reporting of cases of this disease is not complete and there were probably at least double that number in the state. The early diagnosis assures the best treatment and the early reporting of disease assures prompt action by health officers in preventing the spread of disease in a community. M. E. Church SfUe Eastern Standard Time Prayer meeting this (Thursday) evening at 6:30. Regular services next Sabbath Morning worship at 9:30. Sabbath School at 10:45 a. m. Epworth League service 5:30 p. m. Topic, Making the League's Working Calendar. (Rally) Leader, H. H. Scutt. There will be a miss ionary offering taken at this meet ing. Evening worship at 6:30. The annual District Meeting of The Woman's Home Missionary So cieties of the Poughkeepsie District will be held in this church on Wed nesday, October 6th. The program of the meetng will be given it a later date., Mrs. S. O. Prentice, Vice Chairman Chairman J. Henry Roraback of the republican state central commit tee Thursday appointed Mrs. Samuel O. Prentice of Hartford, wife of the recently retired chief justice of the supreme court of Connecticut, to be vice-chairman of the state central I committee. She will head an advis-' ory committee composed of Mrs. Edward Buckland of New Haven, Mrs. John T. Robinson, Mrs. John H. Buck and Mrs. Julia Riley of Hart ford, Mrs. W. Alsop of Avon and Mrs. W. H. Fleck of Bridgeport. Other names are to be added later. CORONER'S FINDING IN CASE OF DIANA BROWN Exonerates Motorist Whoso Car Killed East Ca naan Child Henry E. Page of East Hartford. whose automobile struck and mor tally injured Diana Brown, about five years old, daughter of Joseph Brown of East Canaan, in that vil lage Aug. 27, death resulting in thm Litchfield County hospital the next day, is absolved of criminal respon sibility in a finding announced by' Coroner S. A. Herman. The girl brother, about eight years old, wb was injured in the same accident has practically recovered from his injures. The coroner's finding follows isi part. At about 8 o'clock in the evening of Aug. 27, I received informatiom that there had been an automobile accident on the trunk line highway about one mile easterly from thm East Canaan postoffice, and that there were two children seriously hurt. On the morning of Aug. 28, I went to the place of the accident aid viewed the same and some of thm people who knew something about the accident, and on the morning- ct Aug. 28 Diana Brown, a while fe male, aged about five years, harinjc been born in January, 1915, died from her injuries. I did not order an autopsy to be performed as thm cause of her death was well known On the 7th day of September, 1920, I held an inquest in the town build ing at Canaan, in the town of Nortk Canaan, at 11 o'clock in the font noon and examined several witness es. On the said 27th day of August. Harry E. Page, who had with him Ms operator's license, of No. 48 TJm street, East Hartford, was driving in a westerly direction on the trunk line highway between Norfolk and East Canaan, his Peerless Sedam automobile, which was duly register ed in this state, with five other per sons, namely: Guy P. Wilcox, Ray mond H. Lyons, Charles H. Chamber lain, Arthur Dixon and Charles W Church, with him in his automobile When near the place of the accident, and on a curve a short distance eas terly therefrom, there was a team traveling easterly, driven by Charles H. Sage of said town of North Ca naan, and as he turned , to pass thai team he sounded his horn, and he was opposite the horses two chil dren, the said deceased and her brother, aged about six years, darted out from the rear of the wagon fij which Charles Sage was, and direct ly in front of the course of Miv Page's automobile. He immediately applied both brakes and turned hi car abruptly to the right, the front end of the car passing these children, but the car capsized, turnir. upon its left side, then onto the top, then over onto its side. The boy's head was injured quite seriously and tha deceased's right leg was severed at the knee. From the avidence I am convinced that the left hand rear corner of the Sedan automobile land ed on the deceased's right leg and therefore caused the severance. Wit nesses testified that blood was on' that corner of the automobile. When the car stopped its motion, it had almost reversed itself, that is the front end was nearly facing cast. These children lived at a house, with their parents, Mr. nnd Mrs Joseph Brown, opposite the place of the accident. On the westerly side of this house there is a driveway leading from the trunk line highway and to this driveway there is a wrought wheel path from the cast and one from the west, forming a Y, with a grass plot triangular in shape be tween said east and west intersec tions of said driveway. The auto mobile was lying on the most caster iContinued on page 8) SM1THERS-WARNER Daughter of Judge Warner i Brid in Salisbury Miss Jeanette deForest Warner, youngest daughter of Judge and Mrs. Donald T. Warner of Salisbury, and Harold Brett Smithers, also at Salisbury, were married Wednesday nfternoon at St. John's Church, Salisbury, at four o'clock, by Rev. Charles Blake Carpenter, the pastor. The maid of honor was Miss Mary Virginia Warner, sister of the bride, and the ether attendants were Christopher Rand, William B. Rand, John Alsop Rand and Welles Fulton, all pages. The best man was William Blanchard Rand. The ushers wero Clayton Rich of Pelhum, N. Y., Richard Hollaman of Rye, N. Y., Archer LaFratz of New York city and Philip Wells Warner, a brother of the bride. A reeeption followed the ceremony at the home of the bride's parents. After a motor trip through Canada, where Mr. Smithers formerly lived, Mr. and Mrs. Smithers will live at Ovcrbrook Farm, Salisbury. The bride is a sister of Donald J. Warner republican nominee for secretary of state.