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VOL.8. NO. 242. SBATTLEBORO;-.'-VERMONT, MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 13, 1920. i II II II V o' HEE CENTS REGULARS GUARD X OVER 0 RUMS CORK SWEPT BY CONFLAGRATION Two Districts Swept by Fires Set in, Reprisal for an Ambush SEVERAL LIVES REPORTED LOST City Quiet Today But Troops Are Or dered to Shoot Looters on Sight Magnificent City Hall In Ruins Shooting at Camlough. LONDON, Dec. 13. British regulars .stood guard today over twisted and blackened ruins left by the lives which Saturday night and yesterday swept vir tually unchecked through the city of Cork, Ireland. Charges were made that police auxiliaries there, maddened by the killing and wounding of comrades by ambush of Sinn Feiners on Saturday, let loose the fire demon on the city. Es timates of the loss ruu as high as $15, 000,000. It is said several lives were lost and despatches declared two broth ers named Delaney were called from their homes and shot, one of them fa tally. Two districts of Cork were swept by the flames. In the business section along St. Patrick's street hardly a shop was left complete. South of St. Patrick Ktreet the lire ran uncontrolled. Thus an area of three blocks in this part of the town was reduced to masses of debris. The magnificent city hall of Cork lo cated on the southern end of the Par nell bridge which spanned the river Lee was also laid in ruins. In addition the Carnegie library was burned and the Corn Exchange just behind the city hall was at least partially destroyed. Despatches said Cork was quiet today and that orders had been given the reg ular soldiers to shoot looters on sight. Damaged premises have been plundered in some instances, it is said, but the mil itary is in absolute control at present. Rumors relative to the loss of life are conflicting and vague. Several Killed At Camlough. BELFAST, Ireland, Dec. 13. Armed Sinn Feiners last night attacked the po lice barracks at Camlough, south of Ar jnaeh. Military forces were hurried up and a tight ensued in which it is known one civilian was killed. Several other deaths are imported to have occurred. Declares Ireland at War. DUBLIN, Dec. 13.-A proclamation declaring that "the public must at once realize that Ireland is in a state of war with forces of the British crown" has been issued over the signature of the of ticer commanding troops of the Irish Republican army in county Monaghan. The proclamation sets forth that armed bands in County Monaghan have been attacking and murdering inoffensive cit izens and says that "while we extend the hand of friendship to all Irishmen, mur der gangs and their guides and inform ers shall be summarily dealt with." Damage Estimated Around $t5,000,000 Incendiary Bombs Exploded Cit- ' ; ; ' izens Driven From Streets. CORK, Ire., Dec. 13. Several blocks of buildings in the heart of the business dis trict of Cork were destroyed by tire dur- iiii' Saturday night, constituting the cost liest destruction of proierty since the re prisals began in Ireland. A group of public buildings on Albert quav, including the city hall, the Carnegie library and part of the Corn Exchange were also burned, as well as private resi dences in various parts of the city. Earlv estimates place the damage at between $10,000,000 and $15,000,000. It was reported from Cork Saturday afternoon that newly arrived parties of auxiliary cadets marched through the streets holding up and searching pedes trians and tiring into the air following the ambush of auxiliaries within half a mile of the barracks, 12 of them being wounded by a bomb thrown from a lorry. Between 7 and S o'clock a period of in tense quiet fell on the city, but near 0 o'clock uniformed men began to display great activity in various parts of Cork. At some points, tram cars were held up and passengers taken out. It was report ed that a number were beaten and others placed against the wall and closely ques tioned, but were finally allowed to proceed. In the Summer Hill district, the scene of the ambush, shortly after curfew, two brothers named Delaney are reported to have been taken from their home and shot, one subsequently dying. During the hour before curfew terrorism held sway, and after the streets were emptied of civil ians, loud explosions and rifle and revolver shots kept up until early morning. The explosions appeared to come from incendiary bombs, as persons who ven tured to look from their windows saw fires break out in St. Patrick's street and day light revealed the full extent of the dam age. It is likely that lives have been lost in the fires. Already several persons con nected with the destroyed houses and business premises are reported missing. At 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon people were just beginning to venture again into the streets. The whole city was then in control of the military and it is under stood that the officer in command assured the populace that the military would re main on duty indefinitely to prevent fur ther destruction. The troops are in full fighting order, pickets with machine guns being posted at all vantage points. Only one large 'drapery establishment is left intact in Cork. BIG MAIL ROBBERY ON BOARD SHIP Odd Fellows Temple Monday evening. Dec. 13, at 7.30 p. m. Regular meeting of Wantastiquet lodge, with nomination of officers for the com ing year. A large attendance is desired. Tuesday evening. Dec. 14. at 7.30. Regular meeting of Dennis Rebekah lodge. The Rebekah degree will be conferred on a large class of candidates There will be nomination of officers for the coming year. Refreshments. Masonic Temple Tuesday, Dec. 14. 7.30 p. m. Stated communication of Columbian lodge. No. 36. F. and A. M. Work: E. A. degree. Wednesday, Dec. 15, 7.30 p. m. Stated conclave of Beawseant Commanderv, No. 7, K. T. . ." Norwegian Steamer Will Be Examined Before It Is Allowed to Berth at New York. NEW YORK, Dec. 13. Investigation of reported thefts of large quantities of valuables from United States mail aboard the Norwegian steamer Hegre will be made before the vessel is al'.owed to berth or any of its crew or passengers permitted ashore, it was announced to day by government officials. The ship was due to berth today after a voyage from tuba and Columbia. The ship's super cargo in a message to Ins company, advised his superior that the amount of money and valuables stoleu wero large. No details were given. APPEALS FOR STARVING. President Wilson Asks Aid For 3,500,000 In Europe. WASHINGTON, Dec. 13. Presi dent Wilson issued an appeal to the American people to contribute funds for the relief of three and one-half million people in Central Europe who are de scribed as facing starvation. First Baptist Church Tuesday, 7.30 Christian Endeavor meeting. Wednesday, 7.30 Men's Union. En tertainment and address on Sweden and the Swedes. Thursday. 3 n. m. Woman's societv meets with Mrs. Enos White, 4 Forest street. Conference on Mormonism. Friday, 4 p. m. Junior Endeavor ; 7.30 Regular church prayer meeting. Festival Hall TUESDAY NIGHT DANCE THE FAMOUS Black and White Orchestra Of New Yo4i City 10 Musicians 10 HEAR The Saxophone Soloist, The Jazzy Singer, The Laughing Trombone. SEE The Juggling Drummer, The Frisco Dances, "Al" Jolson's Imitator. Concert 8 to 8.30 Dancing 8.30 to 1 SNAPPIEST AND BEST MUSIC EVER HEARD IN BRATTLEB0R0 Novelties Fun Jazz WAG DU INS E ARE ANNOUNCED (About 16,000 Workers In Lawrence Must Take Lower Wages Soon? SUPPOSED CUT IS 22 12 PER CENT American Woolen Company Makes No Announcement of Its Policy Cut in New Bedford Makes $187,000 Reduc tion in Weekly Pay Roll. LAWRENCE. Mass., Dec. 13 First announcement of actual reduction of textile operatives wages by large mill corporations was made today by the Pa cific Mills and the Arlington Mills of this city. Their 10.000 workers consti tute one-half the operatives of this tex tile center, were notified that a readjust ment had been made effective Dee. 120. In accordance with custom the amount was not stated, but it was understood to ap proximate 22 per cent as suggested by a manufacturers' conference last week. No word of its attitude on the ques tion of wage reductions came from the American Woolen Co.'s four mills here, which employ most of the other half of the operatives in the city. The notice posted by the Pacific Mills management, which was said to be sim ilar to that formulated by Arlington Mills follows: "Dm to lack of orders and on account of stock conditions in the textile industry it tins become necessary to make re-adjustment in wages to take effect Monday, Dec. 120. We hope this reduction will cause merchants to feel secure in placing their, orders for mer chandise." There are several smaller mills in the city which ..invariably have followed th larger interests, and which are said to be contemplating similar action today. FIRST CHURCH IN BRATTLEBORO Sesquicentennial Observ ance Held in West Village ' FORMER PASTORS IN ATTENDANCE Cut of $9,729,000. NEW BEDFORD, Mass.. Dec. 13. Notices were posted today in all cotton mills here affiliated with the Cotton Manufacturers' association announcing a cut in wages of '22i- per cent effective Dec. 120. The reduction affects approx imately 40.(Xm textile operatives in this city and will reduce the annual payroll $0,720,000 or a reduction in the amount paid weekly of $17.000 when the plants are operating on a normal schedule. Average Now $21 a Week. LOWELL. Mass.. Dec. 13. Cotton manufacturers of this city employing 2T, 000 persons announced wage reductions averaging 'J2 per cent today. The cut is effective Jan. ,". The readjustment will in effect cancel two increases volun tarily made by the mills in the past 18 months. It will make an average wage for mill operatives of 21 a week, ac cording to the manufacturers figures which they compare with an average of $0.50 in 1014. Historical Addresses by Rev. Dr. C. II. Merrill and Rev. Joseph II. Chandler Windham Union Meeting This Morning Celebration to End Tonight. Publie -services in observance cf the sesijuicenteuuial or l."i0tb. anniversary of the First Congregational church of West Rrattlebdro, which is now occupying its third house of worship ( practically its fourth as only the frame of the third is now in use), began in the church building yesterday morning at the usual time of the morning services, were historical in char acter and were largely attended. i , J - i v ) , it J - 1 J . ... .', '- ' ' ' iiftiiMtomt&iiA' ft h i i, ..I ii. i , v REV. A. V. WOOD WORTH. Reduced Wages,. Short Schedule. BIDDEFORD. Me.. Dec. 13. Notices announcing a 22 Va per cent1 wage reduc tion were posted in the mills of the Pep pereli Mfg. Co. in this city and in the York mil's in Saca this morning. The cut becomes effective Dec. 20. About 0,000 hands are affected. The three-day week schedule will be continued. The feature of the first service was a historical senium by liev. Charles H. Mer rill, D. D., of St. Jobasbury. secretary of the Vermont Domestic Missionary society, who was pastor of tl West Brattleboro church from ls73 to i.SS!$ and whoso, pas tiate antedated that of any other pastor of that church now living. It was an. ex ceptionally line address, delivered in Dr. Merrill's characteristically forceful style. It covered the first half-ceutury of the church's history 'and. brought out the fact that this was the first church society in Brattleboro and that its first church on Meeting House hill was the first '"meeting house" in Brattleboro. Rev. Arthur V. Wooifworth. the present pastor, presided and Rev. Luther M. Keneston of Shelton, Conn., pastor from 1000 to 1!K)N, read the scripture lesson and offered prayer. Rev. Joseph II. Chandler of Northampton, Mass., sou of another (Continued on Page 4.) THE WEATHER. HENRY F. JORDAN PNEUMONIA Ml Well Known Optician Dies Soon After Noon Today 111 Since Friday IN BUSINESS HERE MORE THAN 20 YEARS Universalist Church Wednesday, Dec. 15. at 7.30 p. m. A regular meeting of the Daughters' Circle with Mrs. Harry Wales, Main Street. Thursday Dec. 1G. at 3 p. m. The regular meeting of the Mission Circle with Mrs. Myra Stone, 2 Forest street. The pastor will review chapt r two of the text book. Subject, The Missionary Message of the New Testament. and Probably Rain or Snow Tonight Tuesday Rising Temperature. WASHINGTON," Dec. 13. The weath er foiecast: Unsettled weather tonight and Tuesday. : Probably rain or snow. Rising temperature, increasing southeast to south winds. Red Men's Hall Thursday. Dec. 10, S p. m. Special meeting of Pocahontas council. No. 4. D. of I. Rehearsal of the degree team and j t . i t i j i i, every memoer or me learn is asseu- to pe present. , . Useful Christmas Gifts Metric Shirts Altman Neckwear E. & W. Collars Carter Underwear Dufold Underwear Silk, Cotton and Wool Hose Lamson & Hubbard Hats and Caps Altman Scarfs Warren Bags and Suit Cases Lined and Unlined Gloves. Sweet-Orr Trousers Shuman Suits and Ov ercoats Fashion Park Suits and Overcoats Bath Robes Sheep-lined Coats FENTON'S MEN'S SHOP Came to Brattleboro from Philadelpliia in 1900 and Since Then Had Been Ac tively Identified with Local Business Life Help Found Optical Society. Henry Francis Jordan,1 C2, the well known optician, died at his home on Green street shortly after 1 o'clock this afternoon following a brief illness with pneumonia. His health had. not been of the best lor several months but he had been able to attend to his business until Friday afternoon when he was obliged to take to his bed. He seemed somewhat bet ter the following day but toward night pneumonia developed and his condition became steadily worse. Mr. .Ionian was born in Centerville, Mass., Aug. 30, l!S5S, son of Edwin Darling and Irene S. (Hinckleyj Jordan, and was educated in the schools of Wor cester, Mass., later graduating from the high school . in .Philadelphia, to which city his parents moved.. when he was a boy. After serving five years in the United States regular army as a mem ber of the iSth cavalry and seeing much Mexican border .service, during that time, .Mr. Jordan took a course in the Philadel phia Optical college, from which he was graduated in -l.vsit. Later he was con nected with, the McAllister Optical Co., (jueen & Co., and the Philadelphia Op tical Co., ami for a time was in business in Philadelphia as an optician and jeweler. : . ; . ; In 1000 on account of poor health Mr. Jordan sold out his business in that city and moved to Brattleboro, taking a po sition as head watchmaker and oitician in the jewelry itore of F. A. Hubbard. Three years later he and E. II. Vau Doom .purchased the business and con ducted it under the firm name of .Tor dau & Van. Doom until 100S. - At that time Mr. Jordau withdrew from the rinu and went into busiuess for himself with quarters in the store now occupied by the Brattleboro China store. In April of the iollowing year he moved to the store on Elliot street which since Septem ber, 1010. he and his son have conducted in partnership under the firm name of Jordan A: Sou. . .Mr. Jordan wax ono or the. best known optometrists in the tate and tlo ex tensive practice he had built up was due iu no small measure to the great inter est he took in his work. In 100S he was aiming those instrumental in forming the state optical society and helped formu late and secure the passage of the pres ent optometry law. For three years he was member and president of the state 1 . uouru or opcomeiric examiners, receiv ing appointment, from Governor G. H. Prouty. n Mr. Jordan was a member and former deacon of the Centre Congregational church and assistant superintendent of the Sunday school at the time of his death. He also held membership in Brat tleboro lodge, F. & A. M.. Ft. Dummer chapter, R. A. M., Reauseant cfonmand ery, K. T., Protective and Windham County Pomona Granges, the New Eng land Association of Opticians, the Amer ican Association of Opticians, the Brat tleboro Chamber of Commerce, the Ver mont Wheel c'ub, and the Brattleboro Rifle club, being president of the last named organization. Besides his wife, whose maiden name was Jennie .Price Homer and whom he married in l'hi'adelphia in 1SS3. Mr. Jordan is survived by one son. Alfred Rennet. Jordan, and two grandchildren. During the many: years of hi ' con nection 'in the business life of Brattleboro Mr. Jordau took, a live and intelligent interest in all matters pertaining to community betterment and could be de pended upon to supiwrt every move look ing toward civic progress. He was a lover of outdoor life and sports like hunting and fishing were especially at- (Continued on Page 8.) Methodist Episcopal Church Monday, Dec. 13. at 7.45 p. m. Regu lar meeting of the Mary Geddis class with Mrs. A. E. Atwood of 20 Forest street. Thursday, Dec. l(i, at 3 p. m. Meeting of the W. F. M. S. with Mrs. D. H. Eraser, ! Canal street.- Subject for studv, The Missionary Message of the New Testa ment. Chapter 2 of the new book. The Bible and Missions. - . Friday, Dec. 17, at 7.30 p. m. Week night, service of prayer and praise. A Good Chance for Someone To Play Part of Santa Claus Some of the children who have been being cared for by the southern , district of the Vermont Children's Aid society have already found splendid homes and their happy fos ter parents are planning to give them . the most wonderful Christ inas they ever had in their lives But five little Windham county children are still being cared for by the society, in boarding homes. They are Mary, aged 8; . Sarah, aged 8. Jennie, aged 5,; Mabel, aged 4; Timothy, aged 9 months. The children are happy and well cared, for but there won't be much for their Christinas stockings unless some big-hearted person would like to play Santa Claus for these lit tle waifs. The girls of a club in Burlington have offered to fill the stockings of the children that the society is car ing for in boarding homes about Bur lington. . Is there such a group of girls in Brattleboro who would like to fill all the stockings, or is there some big hearted individual wIm would like to fill the stocking for just one child? If anyone would like to help the society in this way, lie is asked to communicate with Miss Harriett E. Abbott, Bellows Falls, Vt. Tele phone 505. MRS. FIDELIA WHITAKER. S. H. HOLT, AGED s i i For Years Had Shack orf Side of Wantastiquet Mountain - CIVIL WAR VETERAN 1 STRIKING FIGURE Wore Tall Hat and Flowing Locks That Came Down to Shoulders Had Been In Retreat at Various Times Fond ot Music and Wrote Poetry.. Sidney L. Holt, 75, a Civil war veteran, a familiar figure about the streets many years with his tall hat and black hair hanging down on his shoulders and who spent much of his time in recent years a a a recluse on Wantastiquet mountain, died, of apoplexy at 8 o'clock this moruiug at the Brattleboro Retreat, where he had been an inmate at intervals gince 1879. Sidney Leroy Holt was bom in Westoa i Widow of Foster Whitaker Dies of Ex haustion in Home of Brothers. Mrs. Fidelia M. (Moore) Whitaker. S. widow of Foster Whitaker, died at 3.4." o'clock Saturday afternoon of ex haustion in the home of her brothers, J Henry W. and Lucius A. Moore of 13 Vine street. She had been in failing 1 health four or live years. ' Mrs. Whitaker was born in Brattle boro Feb. 0. 1S42. one of five children of Warren ' K. ami Maria E. (Bcmis) Moore. She spent a greater part of her life in Newfane., She was twice mar ried, her first husband being Jasier Wor den of Marlboro. . After his death she married Foster Whitaker, who died about 20 years ago. She was a member of the Advent Christian church. Besides her brothers Mrs. Whitaker leaves one sister, Mrs. Mary R. Warner of Athol. Mass., and a niece in Athol. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in : the Advent Christian church. Rev. T. C. Kinue, who is in charge of the church during the absence of the pastor. Rev. E. S. Hewitt, will officiate. The burial will take place in the West Brattleboro cem etery. . . f "-ML ' Vi I V w y SIDNEY L. HOLT. Feb. 24, 1S4j, a son of Nathan and Liro ilia (Webster) Holt. His paternal gran-tl father was CoL' Timothy Holt and his mother a father was Capt. Jonathan Webster, both families beiiiff-nong the earliest settlers in Wtort." Htn early Lfa (Continued on P&ge 8.) Body of Missing Putney Man Revealed by Melting Snows EXTRA See the Big Wreck ' At Erving, Mass. Today Only LATCH IS THEATRE 1 1 D AYS TO 5MP rv s a, . - ax Hrr-M (Special to The Reformer.) PUTNEY, Dec. 13. Children tramping about - with their sleds late Saturday afternoon found the body of Curtis Houghton, who had been missing since Wednesday, Nov. . 10, the melting snow having left a part of the man's. head visible on the premises of the house next to the one where he lived, only a few feet from the traveled highway. Mr. Houghton apparently had a shock and fell, and later was buried in snow which slid from the roof. He lived alone and went and came as he pleased, so no particular significance attached to his dis appearance, but some of the townspeople were beginning to wonder where he was. The circumstances attending the case make an unusual story. Mr. Houghton, a man past middle life, had a room in Dr. Laura M. Plantz s house on the lett-nanu road from the village to the railroad and boarded himself, supporting himself by work wherever he could find it. Mrs. Plantz. a woman of advanced age. went to Templeton, Mass., AN ednesday, Nov, 10. to spend the winter with relatives. On Tuesdav. Nov. 1). Mr. Houghton told Mrs. Plantz he was going to the railroad station that evening to meet the train from lirat tleboro as he expected his grandson. Fred Houghton, sou of Harry Houghton of Brattleboro, was going through on that train to Bellows Falls to join a party of children on their way to Boston for medi cal treatment, Mrs. Plantz did not see him again. On Wednesday afternoon, the day that Mrs. Plantz went away, Mrs. II. L. Bai ley while, about her household duties saw Mr. Houghton in the yard at the Mary Gates house, next below the home of Mrs. Plantz, on the same side of the road. He appeared to be getting up and down as though about some kind of work, and Mrs. Bailey naturally gave the matter no fur ther thought. So far as is known she was tne lasc jerson to see mm auve. Late Saturday afternoon two young daughters of Mr. and Mrs. George, Merton, I who live' in the Ellen Walkup house on . Main street, Were at the Gates place with ! their sleds and saw a man's cap in the J snow. They picked it up and saw it cov ered a man's head. They ran home and told their mother, who confirmed their re I port by investigation. Mrs. Merton then -called her husband and he and E. E. ! Knight shoveled away the Know and took jthe body to Mr. Knight's undertaking! I ... t . i .1 . I ruuiiif). woouj'iie u iew ieet liom toe street hid from; view the siot where the body was found. Dr. L. II. Bugbee, who saw the body, faid the face showed every indication that Mr. Houghton sustained a shock. AYhen the body was found one foot was .caught in a. wire fence. M. G. Williams. a merchant who is administrator of the Gates estate, went to the house a few days ago to close the blinds and he saw a rubber in the snow. He kieked it. but it seemed to be frozen in solidly, so he let it remain. He thinks it was ou one of Mr. Houghton's feet. Funeral services were held in Mr. Knight's undertaking rooms Sunday after noon. Rev. J. W. Crippen, pastor of the Community church, officiating. The burial took place in Mount Pleasant cemetery. Mr. Houghton was nearly blind as a re sult of an explosion many years ago when he and other men were firing a cannon at a Fourth of July celebration. He had a substantial amount of money in his pock ets. Mr. Houghtn was a son of the late El bridge Houghton, who formerly operated the Putney ferry and who was drowned in the Connecticut river near the ferry many, years ago. Mr. Houghton's mother, Mrs. Ellen Houghton, died over a year ago. The son liad given her devoted care for many years. He leaves two sons, Harry Houghton, who is. employed at the gaa house of the Twin State Gas & Electric Co. in Brattleboro, and Henry Houghton, whose address is not known here. Christmas Offerings of Known Yalue Cheney Neckwear, 75c, $1.00, $1.50 Silk Hose, pure thread silk, Silk Shirts, $6.50, $7.50,' $8.50 Other Good Shirts, $1.50, $2.00, $2.50, $3.00 Silk Mufflers, ' : ,W ' ' $3.00, $4.00, $5.00, $6.00 Patrick Mackinaws, $13.00 Beach Jackets, $5.00, $6.00, $7.00 WE GUARANTEE every ar ticle sold in our store to be as CHEAP IN PRICE, quality con sidered, as can be bought at any "Mark. Down Sale" in . Brattle boro. " - - . w f f t JK.L J'l rr i-i I' L4MI 'lrC LWAYS RELIABLE?