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VOL.8. NO. 242.
SBATTLEBORO;-.'-VERMONT, MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 13, 1920.
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o' HEE CENTS
Two Districts Swept by
Fires Set in, Reprisal for
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.
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
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
Wednesday, 7.30 Men's Union. En
tertainment and address on Sweden and
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.
Black and White
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
(About 16,000 Workers In
Lawrence Must Take
Lower Wages Soon?
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
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
ance Held in West
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
$0.50 in 1014.
Historical Addresses by Rev. Dr. C. II.
Merrill and Rev. Joseph II. Chandler
Windham Union Meeting This Morning
Celebration to End Tonight.
Publie -services in observance cf the
sesijuicenteuuial or l."i0tb. anniversary of
the First Congregational church of West
Rrattlebdro, which is now occupying its
third house of worship ( practically its
fourth as only the frame of the third is
now in use), began in the church building
yesterday morning at the usual time of the
morning services, were historical in char
acter and were largely attended.
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REV. A. V. WOOD WORTH.
Reduced Wages,. Short Schedule.
BIDDEFORD. Me.. Dec. 13. Notices
announcing a 22 Va per cent1 wage reduc
tion were posted in the mills of the Pep
pereli Mfg. Co. in this city and in the
York mil's in Saca this morning. The
cut becomes effective Dec. 20. About
0,000 hands are affected. The three-day
week schedule will be continued.
The feature of the first service was a
historical senium by liev. Charles H. Mer
rill, D. D., of St. Jobasbury. secretary of
the Vermont Domestic Missionary society,
who was pastor of tl West Brattleboro
church from ls73 to i.SS!$ 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
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HENRY F. JORDAN
Well Known Optician Dies
Soon After Noon Today
111 Since Friday
IN BUSINESS HERE
MORE THAN 20 YEARS
Wednesday, Dec. 15. at 7.30 p. m.
A regular meeting of the Daughters'
Circle with Mrs. Harry Wales, Main
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.
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. , .
E. & W. Collars
Silk, Cotton and Wool
Lamson & Hubbard
Hats and Caps
Warren Bags and Suit
Lined and Unlined
Shuman Suits and Ov
ercoats Fashion Park Suits and
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
uouru or opcomeiric examiners, receiv
ing appointment, from Governor G. H.
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
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-
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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
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
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
MRS. FIDELIA WHITAKER.
S. H. HOLT, AGED
For Years Had Shack orf
Side of Wantastiquet
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
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. . .
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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
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Body of Missing Putney Man
Revealed by Melting Snows
See the Big
At Erving, Mass.
LATCH IS THEATRE
1 1 D AYS TO 5MP
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(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
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!
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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.
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.
of Known Yalue
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
$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. " - - .
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