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THE DELTA INDEPENDENT.
XXV YE All—NO. HIGH SCHOOL PLAY A BIG SUCCESS "Merchant of Venice Up-to-Date" Presented to Large Audience Last Friday Night. PLAY WAS WELL RENDERED Proceeds Go to High School Athletic Association, and Were Encourag ingly Large. The Delta high school presented the “Merchant of Venice Up-to-Date*' at the opera house last Friday night to an audience which almost filled the house physically, and which completely filled it with appreciation and enthusiasm. The appreciation was well deserved and the enthusiasm was spontaneous and irrepressible. The play is said to have been one of the best given in the Delta opera house during the past year. Certain it is that all who saw it were well pleased. The play was under the management of Principal Andrews, and reflected credit upon the training given the par ticipants. Recognition must also be accorded to the histnonic talent pos sessed by the young people, without which training would have been useless. The High School Athletic Association was back of the play, and paid all bills and received the proceeds. The boys handled the business of the event with commendable ability, and looked after every detail. The patronage was so liberal that the association was enabled to pay off its indebtedness and place a neat sum in the bank as a starter on next fall's foot ball season. They are naturally elated over this result. The play follows the lines of Shakes peare's original comedy, but is brought up to date and arranged to suit present day high school conditions. Bassanio is a suitor for the hand of Portia, but in order to win her he must pass one of Uusi This he can not wtiwwhr anything about Latin he was “merely In the class.’* Shy lock is the only jKjmon who has a pony and to secure it, Antonio, captain of the high school football team, pledges a pound of his hsir, to be cut from his head “nearest his brain.” With the aid of the “pony” liasKamo passes the examination and wins Portia, but forgets to return the “pony.** In the meantime Antonio carries off Jessica, whom Shy lock himself desired to wed, and hence there is added to Shylock's legal claim to the “pony” his hatred of Antonio, and he plans to wait until the Thanksgiving football game, when he will have Antonio shorn of his locks and thus deprive him of his ability to play football and cause his defeat and humiliation. This he docs, and at the trial Portia proves to be the shrewd lawyer who demands expert testimony as to the ex act location of Antonio's brain, with the result that a German professor takes an X-ray photograph and de clares that he has no brain —“a mere player of football." The cast of characters was as follows: CAST OK CHARACTERS The Duke of Venice Gell liurson Antonio, a senior, captain of high school football team.. Robert Wilcox Bassanio, his friend, and suitor to Portia Chester Harding Gratiuno, another friend. .Lester Shock Shy lock, a wealthy gambler Harry Haywurd Tubal, his friend and captain of Bel mont football team. .Herbert Dale Launcelot Gobbo, a servant to Shy lock Frank Bowden The Professor Kdward Jacobs The Policeman . Kldon Hauser Portia, u rich heiress.. Mildred Harding Ncrissa, her friend Hazel Musser Jessica, Shylock’s ward Bertha Mundry Abbic 8. Thrcedicc, a teacher Jeannette Arnold Polly, Portia’s maid ) Antonio’s mother f.. .Agnes English Mrs. Gobbo i Foot Ball Players.. High School boys All of the parts were well taken, the principals doing especially well. Frank Bowden, as Launcelot Gobbo, was lino as a fun maker. He and the audience were certainly en rapport. When he grinned, they smiled; when they smiled, he grinned; and when he really got into action, they exploded. The scene where ho carries off the bundles and hand boxes of the eloping Jessica brought down the house. The scene whore Bassanio takes the examination was one of the best of the evening. It produced almost continu ous laughter. Bassanio certainly used the “pony" while he had it. The football scene in the last act was very popular with the boys and young men. It was well done, too, consider ing the limitations of the stage. Before the curtain the high school orchestra played two selections, under the direction of Principal Andrews. Between the acts the boy’s quintette club and Mrs. T. K. Seaton sang, and Misses Ula King and Gertrude Amsbary played a piano duet. All of these num bers were enthusiastically encored, and the encores responded to. In the case i of the quintette club the encore proved to be better than the selection. All those taking part have reason to be proud of the success attained, and are deserving of the hearty commenda tion received. The play will be given to night in the I. O. O. F. hall at Paonia, a special train having taken the players and a large number of their friends up this | afternoon. • Band Concerts for Near future. The lielta Concert Band will soon be fully organized and ready to give con- ; certs and fill other engagements. It is i not often a town has so many good band men, fully competent to handle most any kind of music, in waiting to join an organization, as seems to have been Delta’s experience in this case. Samples of music have already been received and an order sent out for a supply which will probably be here next week and then practice will begin at once. It is expected that everything will be in readiness to start the con certs the first or second week in June. The managing committee met at the i Independent ofTice Tuesday night and organized by electing 1. M. Conklin, president; T. K. Seaton, treasurer and 1 F. Duffield, secretary. The matter of by-laws, raising a monthly fund to pay the Director and to meet other expen ses, securing a place for practice and other questions were discussed The committee will call on business men next Monday for the purftosc of raising funds. They anticipate no difficulty in securing a subscription sufficient to give the band substantial financial backing. George W. Bruce and Millard Fair lamb have formed a partnership ar.d entered the real estate field under the firm name of Fairlamb and Bruce. Mr. Fairlamb is well known as one of Delta’s most prominent attorneys. Mr. Bruce came to the Uncomp a hgre Valley during the summer of 11*06 as the representative of Missouri parlies and as such bought several thousand acres of land in Delta and Montrose counties. He is a man of large experi ence, has a wide and influential ac quaintance in the east and will be able to attract many people to this country. Mr. Bruce will have active charge of the business. A brick office room 9x34 will Ih? con structed by Mr. Fairlamb to adjoin his present law office on the north, which will be occupied by the new firm. Not Taken With California. J. H. Halley returned from California last Saturday where he sjient the win ter. He went there early in the year with his two sisters who have located at San Diego. Mr. Halley was not greatly impressed with California’s climate as he says it rained a great deal and the weather was disagreeable a large part of the time. He promised his sisters to spend the winters with them, but he says California must put up a better article of climate if he lives up to the agreement. Mr. Halley will go to Canada in the near future to select fine stock for the breeding anti raising of pure bred bucks and owes. He expects to make a spe cialty of the breeding of fine sheep and will select the choicest strains of blood for the foundation stock. Western Slope Potato Crop. Prof. E. R. Bennett, potato expert of the State Agricultural College, at Fort Collins, has just returned from an ex tensive trip on the Western Slope, where he visited a number of potato growers. The season is opening up nicely and the prospects are that there will be a large yield. Prof. Bennett is also planning some interesting experi incuts for the Greeley district, and for this work he has over sixty varieties of potatoes, most of which were se cured from the United States depart ment of agriculture, at Washington. These are largely European varieties, which were selected by an expert for ! their disease-resistant qualities. • Ball Game Decoration Day. The Delta Maroons will play Olathe again the afternoon of Decoration Day, May 30, in this city. The game be tween those teams last Sunday indicates a contest worth witnessing. THE OFFICIAL PAPEB OF DELTA COUNTY DELTA, COLORADO, FRIDAY, MAY IT, 1907. W. C. T. U. DISTRICT CONVENTION Convenes At the Baptist Church in Ddta. Interesting Meetings are held With Good Attendance. The Kleventh District convention of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union opened in the Baptist church Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock. Mrs. Annette Fairbanks, president of • the convention, called the meeting to order and led devotional exercises after which committees were appointed. The afternoon session opened with devotion als led by Mrs. Corey. Papers on “Peace and Arbitration,” and “Moth er's Work’’ were read and discussed. Wednesday evening Mrs. A. Hunger ford of Denver, state president of the I W. C. T. U., delivered a most interest- I ing and helpful lecture on “Safeguard ing the Home.” Mrs. Hungerford was greeted by a large and appreciative audience which gave the closest atten tion to her address. The M. E. church choir furnished music that was most excellent and highly appreciated. Election of officers for the ensuing year took place Thursday forenoon, re sulting as follows: Mrs. Emily H. Whinnerah. Colons, president; Mrs. A. J. Fairbanks. Mont rose. vice-president; Mrs. S. E. Conklin, Delta, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Mercy Dingman, Delta, recording sec retary; Mrs. M. J. Corey. Olathe, treas ursr; Mrs. L. E. Fisher, Hotchkiss, L. T. L. secretary. Following is a list of delegates to the convention: Denver—Mrs. A. Hungerford, state president. i Greeley Mrs. Davenport. Olathe—Mcsdames Cory. Edgar, Ash born, Moffitt. Montrose— Mesdames Bryant, Fair banks. Haines. Frazier. Graves. North Delta Mesdames Heckman, Garrison. Lippert, Barton. Delta —Mesdames Morrell, Hastings, Sheppard, Kirby, Dickerson. Cedaredge-Mesdames Cronk, Welty, January. Buzzard. Mrs. Henry, Gunnison; Mrs. Dawes, Paonim; Mrs. Robinson, Hotchkiss; Mrs. Jobber, Rogers Mesa; lira. Whin—nh, Colons. Resolutions of Respect. Passed by unanimous vote of George B. McClellan Past No. 76 Grand Army of the Republic, at Delta, Colorado, on May Uth. 1907: Whereas. It has pleased the great Commander of all the universe, to call | our worthy comrade and Past Com j mander of this post. Captain George W. ! Henry, to his eternal rest among the armies of the dead, therefore, be it Resolved. That in his death. G. A. R. Post No. 76. of Colorado and Wyoming, has lost a loved and valued brother and comrade, a true and earnest friend, a wise counselor and a faithful and fear less soldier of the Union during its four years of Civil war. Resolved, That allsurvivingcomrades of this Post, extend to the bereaved wife and sons of Captain George W. Henry, our sincere condolence and heartfelt sympathy in the severe lass they have sustained by the death of a loving husband and tender father. Resolved, That our Post room In* dra|>ed in mourning for thirty days in token of respect to the memory of our departed brother comrade, and that these resolutions be spread upon the records of the Post, and furnished to the local newspapers for publication. Likewise be it Resolved, That our Post extend thanks to Jesse Smith and his six com rades for their aid on the tiring com mittee, and to all Sons of Veterans and citizens who assisted us in conducting our comrade to his grave by “The Honors of War.” J. M. Bi.aik, ) R. J. CoKFKY. - Committee. R. A. Johnson, N New Correspondent at Cory. J. S. George, having completed his school at Cory nnd moved to Delta, it was necessary for the INDEPENDENT to secure anew correspondent. Mrs. Ruth Dixon who with her husband came to Delta county from lowa several months ago and bought the Puterson place, has very kindly consented to report the j Cory news each week. Mrs. Dixon’s, father has been editor of the Staurt (Iowa) Herald for many years. She will appreciate any assistance the poo- 1 pie of that neighborhood may be willing to render in helping her to collect all the items of interest. Reward For Lost Horse. Lost— Sorrel horse, white spot on face and hind logs; branded **B” on left shoulder; tail trimmed short. SIO.OO rewaixi if returned to Philip Kohl ut Austin, Colo. Eckert Locals. The reception and supper given the Surface Creek band at Eckert hall last Friday night was a success both socially and financially. The ladies of Eckert and vicinity provided an excellent sup per and Mrs. James Teachout had charge of the coffee and that beverage was most delicious. Supper was served . from *• to Ift p. m., then the tables were j cleared and a general good time w’as enjoyed. The band rendered a program of some very fine music, showing thor ough training and hard application. ' The leader, Mr. Jarvis, in behalf of the boys and who is at his best in talk ing to the ladies, thanked them in a highly complimentary manner for the exceedingly pleasant gathering of the I evening. . | The great and glorious Fourth of July ! is quite in the distance, yet there is considerable talk of planning for a monster celebration of the whole Sur face ( reek country. There are hun dred- of men. women and children that will need a day of rest and good cheer to meet their friends and neigh bors ;n the good old fashioned way. To do his. the whole valley must join to gether. call a meeting, appoint a com mittee. select a central location, say Bon.- park, plan some amusement for the little folks, something out of the ordinary for the sweethearts and some real enthusiasm for those that have j passed the giddy age. The band boys say they stand ready to furnish the mu>i< and a location will be gladly do nated. besides there are a number of individuals ready to do what they can to add to the amusement. Arthur King and K. E. Landreth have already shown a willingness to enter into the fat man’s rac. while John Shelledy and John Lu eUe: are just aching to tackle the Beaded pole. Mr. Brewer of the Char pion. get your people together and meet us half way tor a big day and time. We have donated our mor.t ;, and our presence to Delta on a nan.her of occasions of this kind and in return let us plan something and invite tfcerr to come out with their pocket hoc - - and show them what fun there is in a Surface Creek Fourth of July Celebration. Frank Chiles is a good all round fel low :»ut it was real mean in him to call for a fifteen cent ticket for the Band Bon - >u pper last Friday evening, just because he is a *’chile." Abe Reynolds was next but when he was told to pro due ten more or hit the pike for the . cedars, a look came over his face that would cause one to think there would be a heavy advance in commissions on real estate sales before the game was q*ei, but Jim Stell came to the rescue •dfeetaank was soon lined up just like a full grow n man. If the **right in and I right out " plan as has been suggested 1 for the future is adopted, some of the • (•oys will have to buy a dollar ticket the j next aupper. The Presbyterian Aid society met last Thursday with Mrs. Arthur King. There was a good attendance and the adies contemplate making quite a num :*e» of quilts this season and also to take up a line of fancy work which they | nave planned. Miss Zeta KiefTer of Delta who has t*een visiting Mrs. Gregg Smith, re :limed to her home a few days ago. Mrs. Richard Forrest had for her guest, last week. Miss Mary Girardet •>f Delta. Both of these young ladies took in the band supper. Mrs. S. F. Lovett of Cedaredge spent a day with Mrs. Parker Hart last week. Mrs. Rhodes of the same place visited her friend Mrs. James Lamar. Mrs. Delos of Austin took in the re v option at Eckert last Friday night. Paonia Happenings. 1 p*tn the Ifem-n r The management of the canning factory are to be congratulated on the work they are doing to make that in stitution a paying one. Despite the late frost thev’are going right ahead to enlarge the plant and prepare for a big run next year. In the meantime they will be satisfied with canning tomatoes which are to bo grown by our farmers. Henry Corum. superintendent of the tish hatchery at Gunnison, came in Wednesday night with a lot of fish for , our streams. Some of them were taken j up Minnesota creek by R. W. Curtis j and some of them were taken up Hub- J bard by Jesse Beezley. Chapter two of the Bruce-Rice trou- 1 hie was read this week. Mr. Rice had Mr Bruce arrested for using language | to him that was not altogether to Mr. j Rice’s liking and as Mr. Bruce pleaded guilty the judge made the fine $5.00 j and costs which brought the whole sum to $12.00. Guy Starbuck receiv 'd quite an injury this week. He was riding a horse on German Mesa when the animal became unmanagahlc and ran away. Guy was rubbed against a barbed fence and his leg badly cut up so that a number of stiches wore necessary. —— • —- Defective Sidewalk Causes Bruise. While out walking last Sunday after noon Rev. W. S. Grim, pastor of the Methodist church, met with quite a painful accident. He and his son were ' walking on the sidewalk on Fourth | street near the Home restaurant, when the boy stepped on a loose board, throwing it up and tripping Mr. Grim, who was thrown headlong to the walk. • In some way he struck the bridge of • bis nose on some projection, fracturing it and causing a very painful laceration. I He was unable to wear his glasses Sun day evening, but filled his pulpit as usual. A Great Game of Base Ball. Delta has a ball team, sure enough. It has been named the “Detla Ma roons,” tra-la-la. Olathe has a ball team, too, and a good one at that, hence the game at the fair ground last Sunday was a dandy. The wind blew everybody out of the grand stand but Editor Watts. He tied himself in with ropes and viewed the battle thru opera glasses. It was a nip and tuck contest, the “Maroons” winning by a score of j 3 to 2. Howard, the high school pitcher, did slab work for the Maroons. He struck out three men and kept the opposing batters guessing, but marred his work by hitting three men. Luellen did our backstop work very well, while Mathew, Blair and Williams held down the in field in mid-season form. The features of the game were catches by Gosh and Williams and De gulle. Olathe’s short-stop’s two-bagger. I The game was characterized by much ' batting but good fielding kept the score down. The line-up was as follows: Delta-Blair, short-stop; Howard, pitcher; Mathew, third base: Conquest (c) right-field: Boyd, first base: Wil liams, second base: Wilcox, center field; Gosh, left field; Luellen, catcher. Olathe —Christie, first base: Dawson, catcher: W. Mills, second base; C. I Mills, pitcher; Degulle, short-stop; 1 Marks, third base; Ellison, right-field; | Ix>per, center-field; Summers, left-field, j Umpire—Stephens. Following is the score by innings: Total ; 12345H750 Delta: 200010000 3 Olathe: 200000000 2 The Maroons will be managed by Paul Osborne with Ed. Conquest as captain. J. J. Travis is secretary and treasurer. The organization promises to be the best this town has had for many years and Delta must give them champion ship support. The Delta National Bank. The Farmers and Merchants Bank passed out of existence Saturday even ing, May 4, and Monday morning. May 6, The Delta National Bank opened its doors to the public. So far as outward appearances are concerned no one could tell the difference as the personnel of those behind the counter is the same with the addition of Mr. Smith as vice president. The new bank has a paid up capital stock of $50,000. The complete list of officers and directors is as fol lows: Gordon Jones, president: B. P. Smith, vice president; H. H. Wolbert, cashier; H. W. Chiles, ass’t. cashier; Gordon Jones, H. H. Wolbert. John J. Travis. Fred N. Dickerson. Milton R. Welch, L. W. Sweitzer and Burton P. Smith, directors. New lodge Making Rapid Growth. A lodge of the Brotherhood of Amer- j ican Yoeman was organized in Delta the 4th day of last December with ! eight members. F. M. Bixby of Cedar , mesa worked up the preliminary organ ization. Later. M. L. Schmid was ap- , ; pointed deputy and he has been so j successful in securing new members : that the lodge now boasts of an enroll ment of 70. Mr. Schmid wrote 28 ap plications in six weeks and did this while attending to his regular duties as manager of the harness and saddlery department of the F. P. Hunt & Co. ; stores. The Yoeman is an insurance j order and operates on a basis which has j every appearance of being safe and sound. Woman’s Club Meeting. The Woman’s Club of Delta held a | special meeting Monday night at the I home of Miss Ella New for the purpose >or deciding upon the date and making , arrangements for holding their annual ! reception. It was decided to hold same ! early in June at the home of Dr. A. H. ! Stockham. A report was also made on the lecture course of the past winter, which showed a profit on the course of $101.50. This was quite gratifying to the club, and speaks well for the management of the course. From this fund they voted sls to an educational fund maintained by the State Federation of Women’s Clubs to assist deserving girls and young women in securing an education. Dr. Stockham added $lO, making $25 as the amount from Delta. Organizing a Bear Hunt. Bear have been killing cattle at the Killian ranch seven miles above Cedar edge. Mr. Killian is organizing a party of hunters which with their hounds will make an effort to thin out the bear crop in that part of the country Mr. Gill of Montrose and Hotchkiss parties have been invited by Killian to take part in the hunt which may start tu-day. PRICE FIVE CENTS HOTCHKISS RACE MEET A HUMMER ! Fully 1,500 People Attend Yester day’s Program and Enjoy Fine Day’s Sport. ASSOCIATION CLEARS SSOO. Delta Was Largely Represented and a Delta Horse Paces Mile In 2:16 1-2. The Hotchkiss Fair Assn, made a decided success of its first annual spring race meet, held on the Association grounds Wednesday and Thursday May 15 and 16. The purses, amounting to SSOO, were donated by the Hotchkiss business men so that all receipts, less actual expense, is clear profit. Total receipts for the two days were S6OO with an expense of only SIOO, thus leaving a net profit of s•'*oo, which goes to the association. Wednesday’s receipts were S2OO but Thursday was the big day. Secretary Simonds says they had 1,000 adults’ and 250 childrens’ tickets printed for the final day. and by 2 p. m. these had all been sold. He says the crowd could not have been less than 1,500 yesterday afternoon. Delta was largely represented at the races. In fact it seemed that half the town was missing all day Thursday. The automobile and every double seated rig in town was brought into use to transport those who were to Hotchkiss bound. A special train should have been run as there were plenty of people to fill it. A special of three coaches was run down from Paonia and was well pat ronized. The Delta contingent came home greatly pleased with the day’s outing and all speak well of the program. There was plenty of entertainment thruout the day and everybody had a gfßi IPOitiwfc : A ball game in the forenoon between Paonia and Hotchkiss resulted in a score of 5 to 2in favor of Paonia. It was a good game. The one harness event of the day was won by a Delta horse, Silsby’s “Little Girl.” She paced the mile in 2.16 I*. 1 *. Charley Nutter’s mare won second. The cowboy relay race was won by Cedaredge. A thrilling and unique event occurred during the ladies running race. One woman fell off her horse, but fortunate ly was uninjured. The horse continued around the track as if nothing had hap pened and passed the judge’s stand leading all competitors. Apparently | realizing that its mission had been ac complished the animal stopped, turned around and trotted back to the judge’s stand. It was awarded first money. Popular Couple Married. Al. Cook and Miss Sophie Brehm were married yesterday evening about eight o’clock at the residence of Rev. Froth ingham. who pronounced the ceremony which made them man and wife. They were accompanied by Ralph Whinnery and Miss Edla Carlson, who were re spectively groomsman and bridesmaid. The bride wore a beautiful dress of white silk, with white slippers to match, and looked very charming. The groom wore the conventional black. After the ceremony the party drove to Read, where Mr. and Mrs. Cook will iat once go to housekeeping ofi Mr. I Cook’s ranch. Mr. Cook and his bride are both prom inent and well known young people of Read, where they have a host of friends who will join in wishing them every happiness. Mr. Cook is one of the foremost farmers of the Gunnison val- I ley, having lived here over twelve ! years. Austin Briefs. Frank Rist of Delta is putting up a blacksmith shop at Austin. Beets are looking fine in this part of the county. The stand is good and the outlook for a large crop is excellent. Herbert Bennett diet! Friday, May 10. He was recovering from scarlet fever I and caught a severe cold which brought on a relapse and caused his death. Fred McConnell has sold his interest at Austin to Dr. A. E. Miller. He will make his home in Delta for a while. James Lamar is putting in a founda tion for the Weever house. It is to be one of the best structures in this part of the country and will contain seven rooms.