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AKRON DAILY DEMOCRAT k-M 3 VOLUME 11 NUMBER 213. AKRON, OHIO, THURSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 25, 1902. PRICE ONE CENT. Ufc ANOTHER Home Darkened by Sorrow. And Plans For a Merry Christmas Give Way to Arrangements For a Double Funeral. p A moro sad or Joyless home would scarcely bo Imagined than tlmt of Mr. 'and Mrs. C. B. Smith, of 322 North Union St., Christmas eve. The father nnd mother Were almost distracted by tho drowning of their two bods Wednesday. Tho father, strong mnn that ho In, went bitter tears. The wlfo could not be consoled, for the double mtBfortune had come with over whelming suddenness. A few friends and near rclatlvoH of Mrs. Smith called during the evening, and comforted tho mourning family as beat they could. Dcsplto the sorrow In the home, there weru Bomo evidences of Christmas, for a Uttlo daughter had some popcorn balls and candy In a netting stocking. The parents did not know tho full particulars of the accident, and could not bear to talk about It, though they understood that the other boys who were at the pond at tho time ran away through fear when they saw what hud happened to Earl Smith, tho elder one Mr. Smith felt that If the alarm had boeu given whon Karl went through the Ice, that Itay might havo been saved. Nx arrangoraonts havo been made yet for tho funerals of tho little boys. Tho bodies are still at Parks' under taking establishment, and most likely will bo taken to the parents homo at 022 North Union st, Thursday. Mr. Smith does not wish to havo tho services until Sunday If tho bodies can be kept that long. Interment will bo made In Jit Peace cemetery. Mr. Smith has relatives at a dlstanco whom he wishes to alteud the double funeral. He has no relatives In Ak ron,- but has a brother, Calvin It. Smith, at Strcctsboro, rortngo county, and another brother, Alfred, at Shalersvillc, O. Mr. and Mrs. Smith lived on Good st, until three years ago, when they moved to Tallmadgo. Six weeks ago they moved from there Into tho house they occupy now. BAD NIGHT For the Street and Railroad Lines Because of Snow. Wednesday night was a hart night for steam and electric railways, be cause of tho snow and for tho men com pelled to keep the tracks clear. Men had to bo out tho greater part of the night In tho railroad yards keeping tho snow swept away. Tho car sweeper was brought out on tho street car HncB, end the track was kopt clear. EPITAPHIAL LORE. Another Collector Interesting Stock, There Is another collector of epitaphs in Akron, and he has sent tho follow ing contribution to the Democrat: If Itev. Edward G. Mason woro to visit Greeno township, Trumbull county, he could And there somo In teresting additions to his collection of unique opltaphs. Trumbull county has ontrlbutcd moro or less to Akron's lopulatlon and very likely there aro Ikroulans who will recognize somo of he following lines: An epitaph quite common In the Idcr cemeteries greuts one ns ho enters ho gato of this Uttlo "gravo yard" In jreenc. It reads: Stop, traveler, as you pass by, As you aro now, so onco was I; As I am now, soon you must be, Prepare yourself to follow mo. Tho children of a resident of tho iwushlp of n half century ago, who, life, was n 111 It1 tod by a largo wen, used to bo Inscribed upon tho stono i'-lllilch marks his resting placo: Our father lies beneath tho sod; Ills soul has gone to meet its God. ilBU'e never more shall hear his troad tl Nor boo tho weu upon his head. TORPEDOES On Street Car Tracks Caused Excitement. Some excitement was created Wed nesday night a short distance north of tho Union depot bridge by 1111 explosion that sounded exactly like a loud pistol sh6t. It occurred about 7:10 o'clock. Policeman Italclgh was on n street car when ho heard thu explosion. In getting joff to Investigate ho slipped and came near falling off the car. The residents In thu neighborhood were alarmed, and a general Investigation vus made, Policeman Ilalelgh stopping at soveral houses to Inquire the source oi tho shot. While bo was In a door yard a second street car camo along, and a second explosion occurred. Then It was discovered that soma person had been placing torpedoes on tho street car track, probably for amuse ment. At 8:30 nothing was known about the caiwo of tho torpedoes being there at the N. O. T. otllces. EVENTS Arranged by Local Ger man Societies. The Plans Include Several Christ mas Trees. Arrangements have been mado by local German societies for a number of Interesting events nnd entertain ments during the holidays. The Lledertafol will light a Christ mas tree in Music hall Christmas evening. Tho Thalia Uenovolont society will watch the old year out and the now year in at Plnppcrt's hall, Kast Ex chango st. A social meeting and election of olli cors will be held Sunday evening, Dec. 28, nt Plappert's hall by the Schwa blscho llenuvolcut society. The Turn Vereln will hold a festi val Sunday evening, the 23th, In Tur ner hall. i On Sunday evening a fostlvul and Christmas ttec entertainment will be' held In Market house hall by tho Ak ron Sacngerbund. 8TH REGT. BAND TO HELP HOSPITAL The r.lghth Hcglmcnt band has obligated Itself for $100 to be donated to tho City hospital. Tho money will be taken from proceeds of a seiles of conceits. K. & L of H. Meeting. Agenda I.odgo will hold a short bi'slness meeting 'iV.vdsy evening. This being the last meeting before In stallation of oHlcers, the evening will bo spent In having a social time. Mem bers from Victor and Harmony Ixxlge will be present, beside a number of outside friends. In Akron Has an About 1830, tlfrco daughters of Isaac Slrlno died In rapid succession, of consumption. Thoy were bright, pretty girls and tho whole township mourned their death. It may, or may not hao been, a member of tho faniljy who composed the following which ap pears upon tho tombstone: Strange as It Is, but It Is so, Hero aro threo sisters In a'row. Wo wero cut dowu nil In our prime, Tho daughters of I. and M. Slrlne. Wo have paid the debt you plainly see, Left to be paid, our trlends, by thee. Mrs. Ilohcccn Peek Is said to havo herself composed tho following lines which appear upon the stone above her grave: Allllctlon sore for, years I boro; 2,'hyslclaiis wero In vain. At length God pleasodtoglvoino ease And freed mo from my pain. On a fallen stone of plain llagglug Is tho namo of Wyman Wakelleld, and below are tho names of nine presidents "For whom ho voted and helped to elect," the iuscriptlpn reads: Tho names aro tlioso of Washington and his eight immediate- successors. - ffM4 - ff4 - r - f - rTlfH4 THE FIRST CHRISTMAS. On Mich a night as this, Long years ago, hundreds of years ago, A Christmas rose that blossomed' In the snow Woko all the world to bliss. - ' Clear on tho Eastern night A wondrous star glowed In the dreaming skies; And the glad radiance of seraph's eyeh Pilled all tho earth, with light. Lingered tho pallid dawn, While through the air celestial voices swept) And In the hay.whoro.soft 'Iho King of Kings was born. Thou Holy Ono! , . . We who nre mothersiknow the-ln citable Joy That thrilled through Mary when sho'clarpcd her boy And kissed her first-born son. Tho inevitable years Awaited her with all their cruel loss, That broko her heart, and nailed II lm to the trass. And drowned her life In tears. But that llrst kiss On little dimpled limbs and soft wldo cyee, Outweighed oven tho giavo's long agonic?, In its unspeakable bliss.. i Dear child of Bethany, Lean close from out thy homo In Paradise; The hour of all vicarious Did not depart with Thee. Comfort the voiceless pain Of those who dumbly endure nor h ope for release; And grant that In our hearts the little Prince of Pcaco May still be born again. Adah Louise Saal field. Akron, O., Dec. 23, 1002. ! t H 4-H SPECIAL Services at All the Catholic Churches. The usial services In observance of Christmas were held in all tho Cnth die churches this morning. At f o'clock there were high masses; nt 8 o'clock, low masses, and nt 10 o'clock high inasKcs. At !! o'clock in the afternoon vesper services wore held and there was special singing by the children and choirs. Tho churches are beautifully decorated with eer green and tho al tars covered with palms and roses. BASKETS Of Food Ready the Poor. For Salvation Army Will Distribute More Than 100. Christmas day at noon the pot will literally be boiling. At the Salvation Army headquarters at 130 South Main st., Wednesday night thero wero piles and piles of good things to eat. There was enough to feed over 100 families who wero In vited by postal card to como Christ mas morning at nine o'clock and get a Christmas basket tilled with food. It was calculated to have enough to sup ply a liberal dinner to MX) persons, and thp supply on hand indicates a great suflleloney, both of subotantlnla and Mvectmoats. Adjutant Jaeger gave a Democrat re porter the following list of articles that was to be sent out with each basket when called for: A dtesscd chicken, celery, one half peck potatoes, cran berries, ono pound of coffee, of sugar and of butter; a glass of Jelly, a can or canned goods, a mluco plo.loaf of bread, 12 pounds of Hour, oranges, apples, ba nanas and nuts, The cost of all those amounted to a largo sum and Is to bo paid for by the money collected In the kettles on the streets day after day. Adjutant Jaeger did not know Wednesday oVenlng what tho total amount collected was, as eon slderaTilo was expected to como in lRto that night yet. Tho distribution to bo made at I) o'clock Christmas morning will bo at tended with prayer, songs and a speech by adjutant Jaeger. Christmas night there will bo an en tertainment in the hall with music sing ing and other exercises. So much interest is taken in tho Sal Mitlon Army work that Its hall la not largo enough. J'uther interest ought to bo taken so as to provide a hall that will accommodate about 500 people. If any ono thought to bo worthy should bo missed In this distribution, tho Army pcoplo would llko to bo in formed of it, and will supply a dlnnor on Now Year's day. - fH - 4 - M - 4 - 4ffH4 - f - f - H - - oyed cattle. ! ! 1 sacrifice i I K-K-H-H--r-H--H-r4KM--H--r-m SUIT For Heavy Dam ages Talke'd of by West Bar berton Citizens; Object to Damming Up of Wolf Creek. (Special Correspondence.) Barberton, Dec. 21. Property owners in West Ilarliertciu, It Is said, hae taken steps toward suing tho County Comiulssloncis and the Columbia Chemical Co. to collect damages amounting to $2i,ojo for alleged In. Jury to their piopeity on account of the damming up of Wolf cieek. These people havo been belore tho Commissioners suvoial times to see what could bo done but were at no tituo given what they consldeiod a satisfactory aiiMvor. A fow years ago thu ta.pa,t'is of tho county laid out between $4t.o00 and $45,000 lor tho dredging ot Wolf creek and It Is al leged' that when Uio Columbia Chemi cal Co.'s plant was put into operation that 'about 40 tons of stones wero placod in the crook in order to ralso tho wntor high onough so that It wouldn't require pumping. This, the property owners claim, causes a great deal of stagnant water which' thoy say Is n menace to health and alo causes a number of cellars in the west ond of the city to till up with water after heavy rains. Counsel has bren retained by tho pioperty holders. COLD WAVE IS COMING Late Wednesday night tho Weather Bureau reported that a cold wave is coming. Tho temperature will fall to 10 dcgiecs or lower. Apollo Quartet to Assist Tho Apollo ciinitet will assist tho Great Western band at tho charity con cert to be given at tho Grand opeur house next Sunday afternoon, Dec. 28. This quartet has gained a wldo reputa tion this winter. Appeal Case. Tho Chippewa Saurt and Stone com pany began suit lu Common Pleas court Wednesday against James Me Gowau and Daniel O'Mnrr. It Is an appeal case ti'om Iho court of Ira L. Nash, J. P, and Is a suit to collect a nota of ?200 BMcn,Juuec23, 1000. READY To Put on Finish ing Touches. N. 0. T. Officials Will Meet Here Monday And Formally Complete He-Organization of Company. A meeting of N. O. T. directors and stoVkholders will bo held Monday, tho 20th, for tho purpose of lidding finish ing touches to the reorganization of the companx. At the meeting the name of the corporation will be changed to The Northern Ohio Trac tion & Light Co., and It is likely that certain proposed Improvements for tho lines will bo considered. It Is also expected that ofllcers will bo elected. There has been little said about this, and it is anticipated that very few, If any, changes will be mado in the ranks of officers. Mr. II. A. Everett Is presi dent nnd will undoubtedly be re elected. Under the reorganization, the com pany will iave a capitalization of ?", 500,000, with stock Issued as follows: Present common stockholders, 20 per cent., ?5,O00,O00; present preferred stockholders, 100 per cont., $1,000,000; bonus for selling of treasury bonds, $5fHM)00; balance of common stock in treasury, $1,000,000. EQUIPPED For Shoplifting, But Mary Denied the Charge. Cleveland, O., Dec 24. An alleged shoplifter, who gave her name as Mary Beck, arrested in the Burrows Bros. Co.'s store, was In the Tollcc court Wednesday. Detective Goldsmith said the woman's name Is Mary Decmer. The detective testified that ho searched her room and found It filled with trunks, all tilled with goods and a oluables. According to Goldsmith the alleged shoplifter was formerly employed ns a servant girl. Her par ents nre said to be living In Napoleon, Ohio. On the stand the prisoner donled every charge against her. When asked lu icgard to the numerous pockets and also tho stockings which weie found attached to her skirt, she se Id she was a victim of the mor phlno habit, nnd used the pockots to keep a supply of the drug on hand. REDUCED NUMBER OF HIS WIVES Shah of Persia Now Has Only 60. Vienna, Dec. 21. The startling piece of news has Just been received here that the Shah of Persia' has lately re duced the number of his wives from 1,700 to 00. A dispatch from Baku sajs that whllo the foreign residents of Teheian aro delighted at the ovt donco of ndvanclug civilization In tho east, the natives are aghast aud may rise in rebellion. No predecessor of the present Shah oer had less than 1,500 wives. About 1,000 desceuded by will to Persia's present ruler, to gether with soveral hundred children. What has been done with tho dis carded 'wives aud their offspring tho dispatches fall to state. Tho natives hold tho Shah's receut travels lu Km ope and tho rumors ot his Infatuation with an English woman of high social standing, who rojected his proposals, responsible for his matiimoulal innovatiop. Ever since Ills Majesty's return to his own country he is said to havo appeareo Intensely dlpsatjstied, especially with his domcsUc relations. "NERVE." Man Convicted of Murder Said "Aerry Christmas." Dayton, 0 Dec 21. The Jury which heard the case of James W. Ellis, In dicted for murder In the st-cond degree for bliootlng and killing his wife, Sel ma Kills, Aug. 27, six months after tholr marriage, reudered a verdict or guilty. Dills apjieared unmoved, und wished tho Jury a nierry Chrstmas and happy Now i'car ai ho bade them good by, LOTS OF SNOW IN CHICAGO Chicago, Dec. 21. If tho snow storm which commenced hero early this morning continues with Us present vigor, Santa Claus will come to Chi cago and vicinity tonight In the old fa'shloned sled. According to the weather bureau a cold wavo Is due to night and tho temperature will prob ably sln'i to 10 degrees nbovo zero by tomorrow morning. A erinp, cold Christmas day Is ex pected. Snow was noted yesterday in tho Canadian northwest where tho ther mometer lu most places was below zero. A snow of one and one-half inches fell nt St. Paul and at Willis ton, N. D. At Medicine Hat the thermometer leglstered eight degrees below zero; Edmonton, Canada, 11 de grees below; Swift Current, Canada, 12 below ; Havre, Mont, four below; Bismarck, N D., zero. "DOINGS" At Plant of Great West ern Cereal Co. Col. "Lutic" Miles Took Part as Santa Claus. Advance Christmas tide glistened and sparkled Wednesday afternoon at the plant of the Great WeMern Cereal Co., in East Akron, and there was a Santa Claus of such genulnene.s of demeanor and Jollity that the moment he showed himself everybody declared hlra to be almost as nice as Col. "Lutle" Miles, treasurur of the com pany. Later It was made plain that Santa Claus was indeed "LuUe," or rather, "Lutle" was' Indeed Santa Claus. It was an unusual affair. A -regular Christmas program for the employes was prepared nnd carried out. The treasurer of tho company, as Santa Claus, distributed presents -among all the employos. To each was given a turkey and a box of candy. During his career a Santa Clau. Mr. Miles mado a little speech' nnd It contained much of that wit and humor which have made him famous. -Only the best ol good will prevails among the em ployes of this company and the ex en .ses Wednesday afternoon were of a character that sent everybody home with a feeling of brotherly love for all his fellows. Trains Late. Erie train 7. west bound, duo hero at 7 o'clock, was two hours late Wed nesday night, and the train following, duo here at S..V1. was S3 mlnutep late East bound Erie train, No. 4, due hero at S.15 was one hour and .'lu minutes late West bound train 47, on the Bat tiuioie & Ohio, was one hour und ten minutes. JOY UNIVERSAL IN AKRON TOWN Arrangements Made So That All May Enjoy Christmas. A white Christmas. There 1m no reason why this year's ChrNtmas should not be universally the mot Joyous one ever experienced In Akron. This will be largely be-cau-o very few pcoplo here will be ni!sed by tho cheer and ' gladness which como with tho day. Never have so many organizations operated plans for taking care 'of tho poor, and never havo so many Individuals able to do so Imposed upon themselves the dutj of xeuliig to it that all within their Immediate reach are provided with means of sharing in the Joys of the occasion. It will bo a day whoie gladness will be participated lu by all, and for (lib rea'sou none will feel selfishly alono with tho good things of life. There will bo fower public Christ mas trees, perhaps, than usual, but j the number of plans made for lighting private, trees Is larger. Fow families i In which thero nro young children ' will be without a tree, for this form I DOESNT ii Sound Like Talk by Hanna." Dick's Comment on the Story That the Senator Will Do Nothing. Conference Will Be Held "In a Few Days." A special from Cleveland to the Newr York Times says that the conference which was scheduled to take place at Senator Ilanna's house Monday for tho purpose of determining -whether Gen. C'harle Dick or Col. Myron T. Her lick shall be the Republican nominee for Governor next year, was not hold, aud it probably will not be hold. Sena tor Hanna will be a candidate for re election next year, and whllo the choice of a nominee for Governor is of vital Importance, he Is anxious to avoid frlcUon of any kind. If Dick should be nominated, it is questionable whether he would get the support of the antl-Hanna Repub licans lu Cleveland. On the other land, Derrick lias the support of both factions. Senator Hanna is alleged to havo said be would tako no part in the contest ns between Dick and Ilerrlck. "They say," be declared, "that tby do not want to embarrass me, but ibey do embarras me, nevertheless-If T 'ck comes up here to draw mo into a conference, I shall simply put him aud Derrick into a room, lock tho door oi. them, and let them fight it out." The above dispatch was read to Gen. Dick this ovpnlng, but bis only com ment was, "It doesn't sound Uko UtK by Senator Hanna. The conference referred to was not scheduled to take place Monday, it will 1h held lata this week or the first of next. I really have nothing to say at this Urns, and do not care to discuss publicly tea arious tumors and reports now In cir culation." It is only fair to the General to say that be Is conducting hlmsolf In nta usual shrewd and dignified tray, and that be cannot under any circum stances bo drawn Into a carelois dis cussion of the sltuaUon. Meanwhile. Oeu. Dick will have g good time today. He Is spending hla (.hrlhtmas quietly with his family, and one of the tentures of the day will bd i ChrNtmas tree. Holiday Goods Stolen. Mr. L. Hler. of UVj .Tackaon st, reported at lu o'clock Wednesday night that SO worth of goods was stolen from the buggy of her brother, John Hlers, at the corner of Main and Market st& of delighting the youngsters has stood the test of ages. And thousands of presents will be exchanged by the older folks. At tho postofllce it 'U stated that the volume of business in Christmas packages was never so large and the same story Is told by tho ex press companies. Many gifts aro com ing lu from other cities and towns aud many aro bolug seni from hero. Aud tho usual number of Christmas entertainments will also bo held, and thero will be special attraqtlons at the theaters both In tho afternoon and evening. As to tbo taking caro of tho poor on Christmas day, every arrangement is complete. Tho Salvation Army will distribute baskets containing food enough for 500 people. A largo num ber of baskets will nlso be distributed by tho Union Christian Endeavor As sociation, tho Mary Day Nursory, the Union Charity Association, and soma of the churches. No ono need gp hungry, or without special fara; t mark tho day. ..J. -L.. . Jh- fell ll rcl