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WILLIAM A. SUMMERILL, Editor. PROVIDENCE, PRINCIPLES, PERSONS ESTABLISHED 1878 Single Copies, 6 Cents VoL 45, No. 50 Penns Grove, N.J., Friday, December 28, 1923 Struck by Auto Dying In Road Merciless Tragedy In Death of Catherine Lafflin in Carneys Point On Christmas Eve Full of all the merrfe^it of the ap proaching joy of Christmas little Catherine Laffine met her death in a merciless tragedy on Christmas Eve in front of the Carney Point Post Oluce, when alter being struck, with terrible impact, was left dying on the euge oi tne road until some minutes later she was found by people passing. Little Catherine aged eight and a half years had left her home at 2156 Avenue 11, at about 5.30 to go get a soda and stop at the Post Office to see if an expected package from a relative in Brooklyn had arrived. The little tot was beaming over with the spirit of Christmas and was happy when she left her mother’s sight, to bring back a “great big box, so big it would take' two to carry it” as she ex pressed to her mother upon leaving. She presumably joined some other children for it is alleged that she was seen looking in a store window. From then on the tragedy is a mys tery. At about five minutes of six the child was found on the trolley tracks opposite the Carney Point Post Office by Martin Wolfer, Bertha Baer swyle and James and Milton Wolfer who are said to have been passing in an automobile. She had been hit with a terrible im pact, as was shown by examination and was not dragged, as has been rumored. The impact must have thrown her several feet for her skull was fractured, left leg broken, right leg crushed, her head and face terribly mutilated and was evidently seriouly injured internally. Immediately after the accident the police and coroner sent out warning to neighboring towns and the State Troopers put on the job. In Penns Grove and Carney Point cars were stopped and examined for sometime, but no traces of the accident found. Catherine was one of four children of Peter and Catherine Laffin, who have been living in this community in termittently for five years having come from vYork. For the past few years they have made their home at 2156 Avenue P, Carney Point. Mr. Laffin is employed at the Dye Works. , The otlier children are George aged 16. Nellie aged -5, and Helen aged 1U, who was a constant companion of CaPiine;. The ®<two it seems were always together, often hating been taken 6^ twins, and it seems almost a miracle that they were not together on this occasion. Burial services took place this Fri day morning in St. James R. C. Church with Father Massy officiating. Burial was in Emmanuel Cemetery. Coronor s Inquest Coronor, H. F. Ashcraft, held his inquest of the tragdey in the Borough Hall, Penns Grove, on Thursday night, when some startling evidence was presented before Edward Coslett, Lem uel Lounsbury, Peter Meade, Alfred M^'Light, Harry Stout, and John Blaess, all of Carney Point, acting as a coronor’s jury. Upon the evidence presented the jury returned after twenty minutes deliberation with the verdict that Martin Wolfer, Deep Water, be held for the Grand Jury. Wolfer, it seems was driving a car from DeepWater towards Penns Grove accompanied by Miss Bertha Baeswyl, who was beside him in the front seat. In the back seat of the car were James and Milton Wolfer, brothers of the driver. According to their story, it seem that they came upon the child lying on the trolley tracks near the centre of the road opposite Carney Point Post Office. There being a switch at this point, the turn out of the tracks extends well towards the middle of the road. Upon seeing the something in the road they stopped, altho their testi mony as to who saw the child, at what time they saw it and the location of the body with respect to the position of the car is more or less confusing and cnflicting. Milton Wolfer, the youngest of the party, aged 14, testified that he first saw the body from the back window of the car, that the car did not stop suddenly, nor did he feel any impact. These statements were the same by all of the witnesses who were in the car. The child was then carried into the drug store of Ralph D. Justice, from where they tried to get in touch with Penns Grove physicians. Not finding those in who were called they drove to Penns Grove and not being able to get in touch with any drove back to the Plant Hospital, but the doctors in charge were only on duty, subject to call. Charles K. Leonard imme diately arrived and found the child dead, life having probably having ex pired on the way to the Plant. They then took the child to fire headquar ters in Carneys Point where Chief R. Hurley took charge of the body and later Dr. 0. Baker examined it with the forgoing results and the parents notified. Until Thursday morning the mys terv was no nearer a solution than it had been the night of the accident for everything seemed to point toward the belief that the car and driver who had committed the brutal act had gotten awav and that Wolfe,- and parties had arrived on the scene several minutes Continued on page 8 CHICKEN THIEVING ENDED AS PRINCIPALS ARE CAUGHT Three chicken thieves were arrested ori Friday night by Borough Marshal John G. Sullivan on the comer of Trumbull and Walnut Street, a few minutes after they had depleted the stock of Mrs. Emma Phillips to the extent of 14. 160 chickens have been stolen in and around the Borough in the last two months and the officers have been keeping a sharp lookout for the thieves. Suspicion had been directed toward Albert Parker, David Luther Boston and William Wheeller. Sul livan had kept them under a close oversight for some time. On Friday night he was rewarded for his vigil. He was tipped off that three had gone on an expedition. He concealed him self in a clup of bushes where he thought they would pass. They came in sight but without any booty. Never theless, he placed them under arrest on general principles. While he was frisking them, Wheeler ran. Sullivan shot his pistol in the direction of the fleeing thief, twice but he only ran faster. Parker and Boston were marched to the Borough lockup where Boston, who is a youth of 22, con fessed and implicated the other two in numerous chicken robberies. Sullivan, with Officers Harbeson and Pettit, later were making a survey of the locality inwhich the chickens were thought to have been stolen, when Cooper Sparks, who on his way home saw a suspicious looking bundle near the home of Charlton Phillips, on East Main St., a closer inspection, found it to be a bag containing 14 chickens. They were taken to the Borough Hall and Boston declared them to be the ones they had stolen. He was taken to the place where the chickens had been found and pointed out the Phillips chicken coop as the place where they had been stolen. The coop was visited and found to be empty, with the exception of one which was hid, and three in a small coop outside. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips were away at the time and were notified the next morning. They came home on Satur day morning and identified them at the hearing which was given them on Saturday morning before Recorder D. V. Summerill, Jr. They were held under $800 bail each for court. Tn the course of activities Mrs. Isaac Homan lost 10 chickens, Lewi Beebe 10, and Andrew Hunter, o stolen. Sheriff Kidd Honored Townspeople Present Former Mayor With Gold Badge of Office Robert W. Kidd, Sheriff of Salem County, was honored by his towns people on Christmas afternoon, at 2 o’clock, when he was presented with a gold badge emblematic o f his office, in the Borough Hall, where he has served the people of Penns Grove for four years. Mayor-elect Jere H. Long made fitting remarks before the audience of Borough officials and about forty citi zens upon the service of Mr. Kidd had rendered to the people of Penns Grove during his two years as councilman and nearly two years as Mayor and as an appreciation of his services his townspeople threw politics side and gave him the shrievality. We are all proud of the son who is now repre senting us and doing so as the first sheriff who ever came from the Bor ough of Penns Grove since its incor poration in 1894. “Furthermore,” Mr. Long remark ed, “the people of Penns Grove were not lacking in true Christmas spirit and to show their esteem I take great pleasure in presenting to you, Mr. Sheriff, a badge as emblematic of your office and trust that you will always wear it in the faithful execution of ihe duties of your office.” The Sheriff in an appreciative mooa deftly expressed his thanks of the thoughtfulnes and support of the people of Penns Grove which seems to have pervaded thruout the election and there was no doubt in his mind that the united support of his friends in the Borough gave him the shriev-, alty and that he would always wear the badge presented to him in the faithful performance of his duties, al ways bearing in mind the spirit in which it and the offiffce has been to him, and it would always be a kind remembrance of the privilege he had : of serving the people of Penns Grove for four years. The badge is a beautiful replica of the official badge, made of solid 14 karat gold. The spreading eagle at the top. in white gold, is studded with seven diamonds, below which is the seal of the State of New Jersey in vellow cold surrounded by a machine turned "old band bearing the wording “Sheriff of Salem County” in blue enamel. The outer edge is a laurel wreath in white gold which finishes off the badge in a beautiful manner. On the back of the badge is the in scription, “Presented by his Friends, to Robert W. Kidd, Elected Sheriff of Salem Countv, New Jersey, Novem ber 6th, 1923.” James Watkins, who was instru mental in the movement of giving this to Mr. Kidd, thanked every one, as all gave heartily and willingly when call ed upon. The Record Extends Rest Wishes for Happiness and Prosperity During the New Year Christmas Joys At Churches The Christ Child And Spirit Recited In Songs And Stories EMMANUEL CHURCH The Christinas entertainment was held last Friday evening in the Church. John C. Black, the superin tendent of the Sunday Schol, an nounced the program. The first part was by the Primary children. Primary Class Violin Solo—Star of Hope, Freda Waddington Recitation—Welcome, Emerson Vickery Recitation—“The Port of Christmas Cheer” .Melvin Stillwell Recitation—Exercise, by Harriet Cheeseman, Edna White, Viola English. Recitation—-A Caution, Walter Edgar, Jr. Recitations, Betty Sparks and Millicent Duffy Recitation—The Housewife, Dorothy Sparks Song by ten children. Recitation—Sisters Surprise, Gladys Harbeson Recitation—A Letter to Santa, Rebecca Sparks Recitation ....,.Betty Snyder Sone. Viola English, Rebecca Sparks Recitation .. Eleanor Simpkins Violin Solo—Melody of Love, Weldon Groff “A Joke On Santa Claus” was the title of a humorous cantata by members of the Sunday School. A family on Christmas Eve discuss events of the afternoon, decorate the room, reherse part of Christmas pro gram and retire for the night. Small children in night clothes return to catch Santa Claus and are put to sleep by Sandman. Holly and Mistle toe Fairies and the Spirit of Christ mas come to remind of the real Christmas. Santa comes and laughs at the children whose plans were to catch him. An unforseen occurrence awakens the children. He is caught and makes the best of it. Those who took the parts are as follows: Mother, Miss Emma Simkins, Soloist Grandmother. Mrs. Mae Justice Children. Clinton Justice, Marion Foulk. Em erson Dolbow, Thelma Burbage, Billie Snyder. Sylvia Sheridan, Gil bert Scott, Elizabeth Dolbow, Cal vin Brazer, Lucy Sylvester; Soloist, Sarah Keen. Small Children, Esther Hancock, Florence Scott, Jeanette Dolbow. Sandman .Ross Kidd Holly Fairies, Harriet Scott, Helen Hancock, Gol die Schores, Louise Brandriff, Jes sie Browny. Mistletoe Fairies. Betty Groff, Marjory Sparks, Grace Whitesell, Martha Dalbow, Ella Keen. Spirit of Christmas Della Crispin . Soloist Snow Flakes, Bety Snyder, Betty Sparks, Viola English, Edna White. Santa Claus .George Vickery St. PAUL’S CHRISTMAS CANTATA The Christmas cantata by the Sun day School of St. Paul’s M. E. Church was delightfully rendered in the Church on Christmas Eve under the direction of Misses Ruth Sailor and Ethel Stanton. Altho entitled “A Joke on Santa Claus” the story was differ ent from that rendered at Emmanuel Church. , . Cecil and Raymond are entertaining at a house party when Raymond de cides to play a joke on Santa with an orginial scheme. The plan is to put red pepper in Santa’s soup to make him sneeze when he comes. An Umheralla Mender enters and tells the children of the poor children and their needs in the community and Continued on page 4 Personal Mention And Social Affairs The Whereabouts and Doings of Good People You Know In The Community Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Munyan, of Woodlynne, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Edward Townsend. Mr. and Mrs. W. Irwin Baker, of Camden, spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Linford L. Hurff. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kidd, of Wil mington, spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Denny. Alfred L. Jess, of Paola, Pa., spent Christmas with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Jess. Dr. 0. Baker has returned from a recent visit with his nephew at Coates School, Wallingford, Conn. Grover Bahlauf, of Washington, •spent over Christmas at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Clayton. Harry S. Bowen, who is a carpenter at Shenandoah, Pa., was home from .Saturday until Wednesday. Miss Jane Allen and Miss Mary White, of Vineland Training School, spent over Christmas at Wm. Diver’s. Mrs. Joseph Roberts is visiting her daryi.ter, Mrs. Paul Delaney, at Clay ton. Miss Carrie Donahue, of Trenton, spent over Sunday with Mrs. Francis E. Purcell, at Emmanuel parsonage. George Bond is spending the holi days with his parents at Springfield. Mass. Rev. Fred Peters and wife returned to Cuba a month ago, after being in the States six months. John Anderson, of Dover, Del., spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. J. Smith. Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson, of Phila delphia, spent the week end with his brother, David Johnson. Raymond Hurley has left for Los Angeles. He will go by boat thru the Panama Canal. Howard Borden, of Beach Haven, spent over Christmas with his family. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kidd, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Ward and daughter Mary Jane, of Parlin. spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Kidd in Wil mington. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Clayton, have been entertaining during the week, Misses Anna and Helen Jewett, of Philadelphia. John W. Lawless, Jr., who has been working1 the ast six months in Boston with relatives, returned last Sunday to spend some time with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin L. Batten and children spent several days over Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Gulden, in Baltimore. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin R. Peacock, of Trenton, spent over the Christmas holidays at their home, on South Broad Street. Mrs. L. W. Cook, of Philaelphia, spent a few days last week with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Harvey Sparks, on South Broad Street. Rev. and Mrs. Francis Purcell vis ited over the holidays with their son, Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Purcell, in Tren ton. Richard Summerill, of the Univer sity of Maryland, is spending the Christmas vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Summerill, near Penns Grove. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Smith enter tained on Sunday Mr. and W. J. Mc Cabe and Mr. and Mrs. John Cunick, of Philadelphia. Mr. and Mrs. Grover C. Pettit en tertained ove- the Christmas Holi days, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Sweigert, and children,, Amos and Ethel, of Soudersburg, Lancaster County, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. George Watson enter tained at their home over Christmas, their sons, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Wat son, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Watson, of Philadelphia, and 1st Sgt. and Mrs. Thomas Watson, of Quantico, Va. Sgt. Watson was accompanied by two mem bers of his band, Mr. A. McCann, Asst. Band Master and Mrs. H. F. Scott. Mr. Scott is the crack bass drummer of Sgt. Watson’s Marine artillery band. CHRISTMAS MORNING FIRE ' "* ON CUMBERLAND AVENUE Fire broke out at about 1 a. m. Chistmas morning in the building at 8 Cumberland Avenue, which had beer occupied by William Shoemaker until his death last week. The alarm went in after one o’clock and the firemen responded immediatly and did effectual work in confining the blaze to the one story building which is owned by Mike Terranova. The two story building at 6 Cumber land Avenue, altho only about eight feet from the burning building was saved with damage to the extent of approximately $800. The weather boards on this building were charred thru to the plaster in several places, and the roof was on fire in several places, but the chief and his men were working in complete unison and the sideswiping of the water permitted very little from entering the building to do damage. In fact, the wall paper w-as wet in only two or three spots for distance of only a foot or two, which is remarkable considering that there was a light draft of air towards this building which is owmed by William Schaedler and Raymond E. Frey, who live on the old Powers farm near Pennsvi lie. This building had just been fitted out and was ready for rent 1 al. The burned building was a total loss to the extent of about $1500, exclusive of the furniture of the late William Shoemaker. The origin of the fire is a mystery, altho there are rumors of incendiary origin, but no clues have as yet been unearthed. Both buildings wrere in the hands of Fidele DePalma as agent, but he is as igorant of any clues at the present time. Mr. Edgar informs us that an insurance policy of $1000 ex pired on October 23rd and Terranova failed to renew his policy when in formed of its expiration. $3.05, the cost of renewal, against $1000 shows the cost of negligence. -o Op?. Win Close Game Thurston Wins By Great Goal Throw In Second Extra Period Again it was the home league eon te-' that outdid the All Stars game when the Operator^. Thursday, beat the Mechanics & Power by 24 to 22 that two extra periods of five minutes each were required to decide the win ner, In the last one Doc Thurston did the deciding by throwing a field goal from the middle of the floor, which made a great ending for won derful work thruout the game. Mercer started the first half with a field goal and then kept it up for two more and a foul goal in that first period. He led the M. & P. piaving all the time but it could not compare with the speedy team work of the Operators. Doc from the defense led in this and Sheppard and Brown were right with him but the effect was lost when it came to throw goals. They tried several times as often as the Mechanics but few scored. In this period Sheppard and Otto did mod of the scoring, making eight .of the eleven points. The rest was by a great throw of Lefty Engles and a foul by Brown. Even at that the Mechanics and Power outdid them by one point for the half for Parker and Boyce added five to Mechanic’s seven. in the second half the Operators pulled ahead to a score of 19 to 15 but in the last few minutes failed to i hold it and when the time came Cra mer and Brooks (Charles, Sr.) had each scored an exciting goal and all was tie. It was great work at foul throwing by A1 Brown in this half that gave his team the lead. Haring made one in the first half he had four tries this time and came thin without a miss. In addition he threw a foul goal. In the first extra period Boyce threw two fouls and Mercer made one but the Operators came up and tied by Lefty making a good field goal and Doc doing the perfect foul throw. So another period ended tied and every body sat back for all night and the ten men on the floor decided to go thru with a double shift. With two more minutes to play in the fourth period Doc Thurston made the spectacular toss from mid-floor and then led his men till the end in great team work in keeping the ball from the Operators. That they did. It was a great game and Johnny Fullerton is to be highly compliment ed for his refereeing. Field Foul Operators goals Brown, F.1 Sheppard, F.2 Ene’le, C.3 Peck, C.0 Thurston, G.1 Otto, G.2 Foul goals tries Pts. 7 4 24 M. & P. Mercer, F.3 Clemo, F.0 Cramer, F.1 Parker, C.2 Bovce, G.1 C. Brooks, Sr, G. 1 9 6 15 Field Foul Foul goals gaols tries Pts. 8 6 12 22 The All Star game which preceded the league game had a great start for Continued on page 8 I v 3 Doct::s Charged H 'ji i' f• • it:i iNe;.:g.flce Jury fails To Reach Agreement In Charges Brought By Young Fanner What was termed a strong ease was begun last Thursday in the Salem 'County Circuit Court before Judge “Ralph Donges and did not end until Monday at 12.30 of this week. The suit was that of Alfred M. Lawrence, a young farmer of Shirley, who on November 11, 1921, visited the Carden State Fair grounds, in Bridge ton, to witness the automobile races. While one of the racing cars was going around the track, a wheel came , off, going thru the fence, striking Lawrence and breaking his leg be tween the knee and hip. He was taken to the Bridgeton Hospital and Dr. J. Franklin Reeves, whom Lawrence knew and who was on the Hospital Medical Staff, was summoned. When Dr. Reeves arrived on the scene he made an examination and suggested to Lawrence that Dr. Wal ter P. Glendon, one of the Surgical Staff, be summoned, as he thought an operation necessary. Upon his arrk val Dr. Glendon was given charge and an open operation decided upon. The leg was cut open and the broken bones were pried together, end to erxj, a hole drilled and a screw put thru to keep them in place. The incision was then drawn together and sewed up and in the course of the usual time Lawrence was dismissed from the hospital. Later he discarded crutches and still later discarded his cane. He afterwards paid his doctor’s ball and everything was thought to be all right. In about 14 months, however, above and below the wound abscesses formed. Dr. Halsey A. Bramble, of Elmer, the family physician, was called and opened them and they re inset! to neai. Mrs. Nettie Lawrence, mother of the plaintiff, who was nursing her son, saw what appeared to be fabric or Head flesh protruding from the ab scess. She took some absorbing cot ton and pulled a piece of gauze 18 inches loner therefrom and later, from time to time, took raveling? from each of the incisions. Walter II. Lawrence, father of the plaintiff, notified the doctors at the hospital of the condition of hi? son and that Tic Bramble had been in at Lawrence then emploved' Attorney Carl Kisselmar. of Camden, to bring suit against the two doctors. Kissel man was assisted bv .Senator A'hert S. Woodruff, of Camden. The attorneys for the defendants were former Judge Le Boy W. Loder, of Bridgeton, and J. Forman Sihnick son, of Salem. Lawrence asked dam age?. charging the two doctors with negligence and carelessness. After deliberating until 9.30 P. M. tbe iury was unable to agree and so notified County Clerk Walter P. Ballinger, who took their verdict and they were subsequently dismissed. A case that caused considerable merriment was that brought by Harry Ballinger, of Pedricktown. against John Jacobsen, a Justice of the Peace^ of the same place, to recover the sum of $300 with interest from 1921. Daniel V. Summerill, Jr., was coun sel for the plaintiff and William B Surran for the defense. The case took about an hour includ ing the ten minutes that the jury was out. when they returned a verdict In favor of the full amount for the plain tiff. which mounted to $375.65. Court convened again this Friday morning. ELKS MAKE KIDDIES HvtPPY Christmas afternoon was a happy one for the kiddies of the community when they began to line lip in front of the Broad Theatre at about 1.30 for the afternoon’s preformance which be gan at 2.30. Penns Grove Lodge No. 1358, B. P, O. E. was host to about 600 and Mr, Schweiger was generously donating the use of the theatre also furnished entertainment in the form of a picture show and vaudeville acts. A number of the Elks with their wifes were present to assist in the distribution of candies and toys in great quanitiee. Toys disappeared so rapidly that a new supply had to be rushed in and about two hours later kiddies with happy faces and arm* full poured forth into the streets and home, truly imbued with the Chp-tinae spirit. In addition to this the Elks distribu ted baskets of groceries and goodies to the poor and needy in the town and and thus made possible Christmas joy in practiallv home, for the givers were just as happy as the receivers. From the beginning to the end it was a commendable movement and the local lodge of Elks is to be commended for the philanthropic spirit that wae eminient. In short it is. in all proba bility, the greatest benevolence ever demonstrated by a fraternal organia tion in this vicinity. The committee with Charles Werner, Chairman, and John D. Justice and I. Weinberg are to be commended. -a- • > . The pool room above the Palace of Sweets on South Broad Street was en tered on Christmas morning and sev eral boxes of cigars and candies taken.