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Flprnin?. Jr., Presi- <
dent and Clarence D.
Robinson, Vice.
0 i
First Luncheon Was Attend-1
-"T T-.tr /"l-tro+i-f-irinorl-ir T.fit'trp 1
The Fairmont Coal club effected an
organization at its first noon-day
meeting at The Fairmont Hotel yesterday.
electing A. Brooks Fleming.
Jr., president; Clarence D. Robinson,
vice-president, and Brooks Hutchin-n^JKw.
9 THSre were more than half a hundred
coal men present which C. H.
Jenkins expressed as very satisfactory.
commenting on the fact that the
first meeting had twice as many coal
men present as its promoters coulo
hope.and twice as many present today
as expected.
Congressman Stuart F. Reed was |
the guest of the club today and TUPIe
one of the splendid speeches for which j
he is notable. He expressed his in- j
terest in Fairmont and praised Con-:
? -.cm-ton Voniv nromisine to co-op- j
erate with him on any movement l'or!
the good of Fairmont and West Vir- J
ginia. He made a strong point with I
the declaration that the outcome of
the war depend upon coal, iron and
gun-powder and emphasized the duty
of West Virginia in providing the
coal.' He made another strong point
| in reciting that at first the heroes of
.V the .world came from - the. clergr. Jater
from the military but now it was
the businessman.
i1 Coal Notes. .
A mass meeting of coal people op'
erators employes all interested in coal,
will be held at the Fairmont hotel
iTljt-yThursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock
'when D. R. Lawson. Deputy Distributor
of the National Fuel Administra-1
tion.'will make an address.
K ' i
^ Considerable Ceremony Will
| Attend Some Tagging
1 in This City.
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Interest is being aroused in the "TagTour-Shovel"
Day set by the National;
Fuel Administration, a campaign for
, conservation of coal to be worked
through, the schools. On Wednesday
January 30, the plan is to "tag" prac-;
ctafe whir li
llCiUl^ C V CI ? ctuutc* U4
reeds coal into West Virginia fires.
The tags are now in the hands of the
state county superintendent of schools
and will be forwarded to the county,
superintendents shortly.
Fairmont being the home of J. Walt
~ ter Barnes. Federal Fuel Adminisrra-1
tor of West Virginia, the exercises in 1
the Fairmont schools will take on ex-'
tra importance. The program out-1
f lined by Supt. O. C. Wilson, of the;
Fairmont 'district schools, is to have ;
J. Walter Barnes hold the shovel at the j
Barnes chool when it is "tagged," have
C. W. Evans, chairman of the county
coal commiuc", ruiu uie auv>vi ?.?. ii". ,
White school, have George M. Alex- j
ander hold the shovel at the Miller 1
school. B. L. Butcher (who has been}
ill is expected to be able to serve) |
hold the shovel at the Butcher school.}
. Harry Shaw at the East side school ;
and Mr. Wilson at the Fleming school.
These men are prominent in educa-1
tional work of the state as B. L. Butch-I
er served a term as state superintend- j
c ent of schools. J. Walter Barnes was
for years principal of the State Nor-;
mal here. C. W. Evans was formerly}
a teacher in the State Normal here. I
George M. Alexander is president of
, the board of education and Harry
Shaw?occupies a similar position in
Union district, across the river.
The National Fuel Administration
suggests that the boy or girl tagging
the greatest numoer or snoveis oe perYoitted
to tag these school shovels but
s not certain that that plan will be i
adopted here as scholarship grading i?
being considered.
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 0.?Gen Persh
ing today reported that Private Arthur
J. Snedeker. engineer, was seriously
wounded in action on December
31. No details of the engagement
.were given. Snedeker resided at Colombia,
It Will Reveal the City's Pop
ulation as WelLas Religious
Several conflicting dates have been *
in rrcard to the takin? of |
the church census of the City of Fair-}
mont and today H. T. Jones, the pub-1
Iicity man for the movement, stated i
that it would take place on Sunday,.
January 20. A11 of the workers are '
to observe this date and regard it as .
The plans arc to 6tart the census
on that day at 2 o'clock in the after- j
noon and the workers are to work;
in teams. Two workers-will be lined'
up with each team. A committee of!"
two will have charge of each ward of j"
the city and they will be in charge'
of a corps of workers.
It is calculated that each pair of
workers will visit from fifteen to twenty
houses on an average. The general
census will not only show how
many people in Fairmont are affiliated
with churches, but will reveal
the actual population of the town.
Tiir niirnTtniiKi t mm
I lit psiMintdi
. i
Neglect After Notice Will
Forfeit All Rights in
the Matter.
Fuly one hundred notices informing ;
men of defective Questionnaires have
been sent out by the local draft board. '
The draft board reports that the percentage
of defective questionnaires is
gradually decreasing, although they
are still finding api>i oxTmtffgTy twen- '
ty five percent of the questionnaires
returned defective. i
All who have returned defective '
questionnaires are asked to report to i
the board and make necessary correc- <
tions. Failure to report on the day :
specified will forfeit any right to cor- :
rect. modify or add to the question-i i
naire. j
Because of careless work in per-1;
fe< ting their questionnaire, many men j;
are now compelled to be excused from '
their work for one full day to make V
the necessary corrections. i,
The postal cards sent by the local
board to each registrant with a defWfivo
nu<v;(ionnaire reads as follows.
You arc required to appear at the J
otflce of this board, at Room N'o. 401 j
Watson Bid#, on January ISIS, i
to correct or complete your question-'
naire. Failure to report on or before}
the above day set shall remove the j
richt to correct, modify or add to!
same." j
Plan Speeds Up the
Telephone Service
Assuring a speedy telephonic ser- >
vice. Fred Shnrpnack. manaser of the I
Fairmont office of the Chesapeake &
foton.ac Telephone company, has ar-1
ranced a plan whereby certain out of j
town calls may bo got direct without I
coins through the necessary "long i
distance" -routine. When patrons j.
want a party at Clarksburg or Mor- ]
rantown and arc acquainted with the ;
number and are willing to converse j .
with any person that answers the rail.i
this will prove most valuable in the ,
vay of saving time. This is techni- i
tolly known as a "two number call." !
Within a week or so this will be ef- j
! ctive to Grafton and Mannington ;
al=o. This idea fs new to Fairmont. I (
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Girl Nurse Killed j
By Insane Patients ?
(Br Associated Press, t ]
Helen Branstitter, aged i-0. an attendant
at the state hospital for insane ,
here, was billed early today by two (
patients. Marian Menka. of Springfield,
and Stella Coppa. of Chicago.
The patients overpowered Miss '
Branstitter and choked her to death.
Theu took her key. unlocked the doors
and escaped.
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Freight Rates Will j j
Go Up iivTariff Change :
CEv Associated Press! !
"WASHIXGTOX. Jan. 9.?General re- <
adjustment of the country's complicat- <
ed railroad rate system to fit the noncompetitive
situation will be one of t
the early outlooks of government oper- (
ation ef railroads it was officially in- :
dicated today. Many readjustments 1
considered inevitable will involve ma-. t
terial increases in rates. 1 i
Virginian's Value as
NG Bit
Conaway and Nuzmn Exchange
Places at
Home Savings
Exchange Bank at Mannington
to Have Successor j
to Charles Wells
Marion county will have three new
bank presidents when all the little
formalities that follow the annual
elections of the corporations are completed.
They are: C. D. Conaway. of
the Home Savings bank, this city; J.
\V. Haught, of the First National,
Fairview, and E. F. Patterson, of the
Exchange Bank at Mannington. Presidents
Conaway and Haught have already
been elected and the election of
President Patterson will take place
Thursday next when the board of
directors chosen yesterday will meet
for the ournose of electing officers.
The vacancy at this hank was created
by the late Charles E. Wells.
Sara R. Nuzum retired from the
presidency of the Home Savings Bank i
yesterday after a continuous service i
in that capacity with that bank and |
its predecessor, the Mutual Home and f
Savings Association, of a quarter of i
century. It is an action contemplated
for two or three years and realized
at this time through the exceptional
popularity aDd business ability of the
rice-president, C. D. .Conaway, with
whom Mr, ?sqasuip has ^changed .positions.
Mr. Xuzuni has felt that his private |
interests demanded all the attention
he cares to bestow on business for
some time, and although suggestions;
of this action would not be taken!
seriously by his asscoates at first, he'
finally brought thorn to see the mat-}
ter as he views it. j
The advancement of C. D. Conaway j
is regarded among business men as
a deserved recognition of a clean bus-'
iness man who has settled his affairs
as sheriff and now has the time to,'
devote to such a position as this. The
result of the election at the Home
bank yesterday was as follows: President.
C. D. Conaway: vice-president,
fen R. Xuzum: secretary. J. C. Hall;
beard of directors. Sam R. Nuzum.
C. D. Conaway, Sim Bright. Robert
Talbott. C. C. Meredith, F. E. Nichols!
and Thomas K. Jones. '
P. B. Amos, whose retirement made!
pcssible the election of J. W. Haught:
as president of the First National at"!
Faii-view, has been in impairedhealth
for some time and he wants to
lighten his business cares.
Through misplaced punctuation
and the omission of one name the
officers of the Bank of Farmington
were unstated in this newspaper last
evening. The officers of that bank I
>re: James Campbell, president: John
A. Bock, vice president, and W. E. |
Maple, cashier.
The stockholders of the old First!
National bank continue to preserve!
the organization and held a meeting;
at the Fairmont Chamber of Commerce
yesterday. Rev. C. H. Mere- I
dith. chairman of the stockholders. I
presided at the formal meeting, but'
the voting continued all the after-1
Threo new directors were elected.
W. E. Watson. Jr.. takes the place of |
his father, who is getting old; John J
L. Wells replaces Hon. C. E. Wells, j
fie'?ased; Harry F. Smith replaces'
To' O. Morgan. Directors re-eletted J
are: E. M. Showalter. A. B. Scott. H. j
W. Showalter and Thomar F. Hall, j
When the meeting was held those j
present were: E. M. Showalter. C. W.
Robinson. C. H. Meredith. O. S. Mckinriiiv
Ponf TTomMo Tl'hltp TVil?
liam Prickett. F. K. Heck. J. H. j
The liquidating committee made its j
r?port. having collected $200,000 in J
(he last year.
Chicago Firemen
Killed on Duty!
CHICAGO. Jan. 9. ? Four firemen j
were killed and four injured, proba- j
Sly fatally, early today -when the walls i
3f a moving picture theatre at Cnicago J
ivesue and Leavitt street collapsed i
VirtTT thft hl.17P.
Several hundred spectators who gath- j
?red to witness the fire narrowly es- ,
:aped injury when the wails fell.
The deaths were laid indirectly to
:he recent hlirrard by officials. Great
Irifts of snow which still blocked the
streets prevented fire apparatus from
-eacbing the scene of the fire nntil
>ome time after the alarm was turned;
n. i
an Advertising Medi
General Pershing Walks
When His Car Refuses
to jNangate. ?
(By Associated Press) 1 ^
FRANCE. Jan. 9.?Slippery, ice coat- ;
cu roads hare upset traffic between !
tlie camp and headquarters. General ;
Pershing himself becoming a victim
this morning when his automobile I i
stalled between two hills and was tin- , I
able to go forward or backward. The J
General walked several miles through
snow and slush to his destination.
A large ward in one of the base i (
hospitals containing many patients j *
with the doctors and nurses in at-;
tendance has been quarantined be- j
cause of a case of scarlet fever.
Portuguese Navy
Has Little Mutiny i
CBr Associated Press) 3
MADRID. Jan. 9.?Another outbreak i
has occurred in Portugal, according to 1
news reaching here from beyond the 1
frontier. Crews of Portuguese warships
mutinied and began bombing the 3
Lisbon forts. The army it appears i
remained faithful to the government of :
Dr. Pazz and tranquility has been re- 1
stored. The rebellious crews were j1
those of the battleships Daste Dej ]
Gama, the torpedo boat destroyers <
Douro and other war vessels. Their <
surrender is understood to have marked
the conclusion of the disturbances. ?
Germans Raid An ; ,?
Outpost of British :
(By Associated Press.) J
LONDON. Jan. 9.?At dusk vester- ,
day ey ?sing_U?a_,epBn)y. fipceeadeii
catering two ol our advance posts ;
north of the Ypres StaJeo railway but i
was immediately ejected by a local !
counter attack," the war office reports.!
"Early this morning Canadian 'roops
carried out a successful raid south of '
Lens capturing two machine guns. j
cvTcuoinu fie Time
LAIU10IUI1 Ul I lillL i
i <
Angel Now Tells Him He;;
Will Live Ten Months I ]
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Another angel has appeared to Un-:
cte Jimmie McWiUiams. this time tell
ing him definitely that he will li?e ten :
more months. A few evenings ago. the j
angel appeared to Uncle Jimmie. say j c
ing. "Vou will live 10 more months." j c
Without saving anything else the an- :
gel disappeared. t
Several years ago the same angel, c
according to Uncle Jimmie. appeared i
to him and told him that he would live (
until 191S. Uncle Jimmie interpreted a
the angel's Drophesy to mean that he ;
would not live longer than January 1, i t
191S. Since tiie first of January Uncle j J
Jimmie lias been completely puzzled ! 1
but since the last appearance of the ;1
angel, he believes that he made a mis-1*
interpretation or the original propnesv. | He
is firm in his belief that he will | '
live ten more months and then die. He 1 .
lias not lost faith in the angel, which |
has kept him informed as to the date
of his death.
Many Patients at
Cook Hospital
A large number of patients are re- i c
ceiving medical or surgical treatment i jat
Cook hospital at this time and the ,
hospital attendants are quite husy. y
Among the r.ew patients who have a
entered recently are Ernest Deitrich.; y
Mrs. Emor Saunders. Mrs. W. S. In-i
gles .of Mar.nington; Mrs. Floyd Jet- f
fors. Mrs. E. It. Hayes. Mrs. John
Tulin of Annabelle: R. A. McGuckin. r
Mrs. Margaret Eowan of Annabelle;
Miss Ella May. Mrs. L. J. Lyttle. of i
Rhea Terrace. J
J. L. King of Ronceverte. a student
at the West Virginia University, who
is a surgical patient at the hospital
is improving rapidly. Mrs. S. E.
Janes ar.d infant daughter have returned
to their home. George Kibb of
Watson, who recently underwent an I
operation remains in a very critical I
condition. Nathan Rexrode of Rich- r
wood who had been quite ill is also t
recovering. A. U- Hooa, a -wen Known
resident of Lowes ville who recently 1
underwent an operation is improving e
steadily. Mrs. tv. S. Meredith was
operated on several days ago at the a
hospital and is doing nicely at this I
time. ?
lum is Attested By tfa
r? tit O <- In
cfccwa ociib i/vttu ui
British Channel January
Ship Was Not in Waters Bar
red by German Decree.
(By Associated Presa)
LONDON, Jail. 9.?The hospital ship
rlewa was torpedoed and sunk in the
3ristol channel on January 4 while on
ler way from Gibraltar, it is an
lounced officially. All the wounded
were saved. There were three casual
;ies among the crew.
The announcement follows: "His
Majesty's hospital ship Rewa was torpedoed
and sunk in Bristol channel at
ibout midnight on January 4 on her
way home from Gibraltar. All the
wounded were safely transferred to
patrel vessels. There were only three
:asualties among the crew, three lastars
being missing.
"She was displaying all the lights
ind marking required by The Hague
tonvention. She was not and had not
>een within the so-called barred zone
is is limited in the statements issuea
)y the German government on january
19. 1917.
After making several charges of the
nisuse of hospital ships which were
lenied specifically by the Entente govtnunent
concerned, the Germans last
'?ar^5'uspcndeS~fhe" "immunity of the
-easels in the English channel and
:ertain other waters. The British dis ontinued
special markings of hospital
ships on the ground that they were
ncrely rendered conspicuous thereby
md were more liable to attack.
Last September King Alfonso ot
Spain intervened and succeeded in obaining
an agreement from the belligerents
for the free movement of hos>ita!
ships within a specified area.
The torpedoed vessel probably was
he British steamship Hcwa. 7.30S tons
rross and 456 feet long. She was built
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n liHJb una *3 wnt'u ui,uicu^u?? anu uuu
)Cen in the service of the British government.
The Bristol channel is an arm of the
Atlantic extending into the southvestern
part of great Britain between
A'ales and southwestern countries of
Medical Examiner to
Visit Local Boards
An officer from the medical corps
>f Camp Lee, Va.. will be in Fairmont
in Jnnaury 19 to confer with the medcr.l
examiners of the local boards and
he medical advisory board for this
listrict. The function of the meeting
s to inspect the present methods of
. xaminajion and to give instructions
is to the proper methods.
Announcement of the meeting was
eceived by Dr. W. C. Waddell. chairnan
of the district medical advisory
joard Vd Captain Kemble White,
hairn *> of the local draft baord this
norning. The meeting will take place
it 9 o'clock in the office of the local
j-o<?? C-ahirHav Tannan* If)
iiuii uuaiu v?? <?. , ?- ?
Physicians from Preston. Monongalia.
Marion and Taylor counties will atend
the meeting.
injured Lumberman
Has Lost His Leg
John Forquer. the young man who
cas brought here from a Preston
ounty lumber camp yesterday, where
le had sustained serious injuries a
eeek ago when a tree fell on his leg,
.adi-p rrusbinir the member, was oper
ited on this morning at the Fairmont
lospital. Tr.c leg was removed from
ibove the knee, gangrene having set
n. Eis condition is critical and it is
lot believed he will recover.
Vtamaux and Grimes
Traded to Brooklyn
(By Associated Press)
PITTSBURGH. Jan. 9.?Barney
ireyfuss president of the Pittsburgh
National League baseball club anlounced
today that arrangements had
>een completed whereby Mamaux.
iVard and Grimes are to go to the
Jrooklyn National League clubs in
xchange for Stengel and Cutshaw.
Mamaux and Grimes are pitchers
ind Ward shortstop, while Cntshaw
s an infielaer and Stengel an outielder.
2 Large Amount of
342 Million Barrels'
Were Produced Savs
Geological Survey.
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' (By Associated Press) *
j WASHINGTON. Jan. 9.?The pe-!
| troleum produced and marketed in!
' the United States in 3917 reachc_ tbe |
j record breaking total of 341.S09.000;
! barrels, tbe geological survey an-!
: nounced in a preliminary yearly esti- t
The quantity exceeds by 14 per cent ;
the 1916 record production.
1 Record levels were reached and
. firmly maintained by prices of crude :
i oils at wells and the enormous de-j
I maud absorbed not only the current1
output but necessitated net graft of j
about 21 million barrels of oil in
storage, principally In California and
The surface reserve of crude oil at
the end of the year ts estimated at
153,000,000 barrels.
Vorwarts Says People of AIsaCe-Lorrain
Belong in
German Empire.
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-BERLIN. Jan. 9.?Vorwarts, the <
principal organ of the Socialists in
commenting on the war aims speech
of Premier Lloyd George declares the
premier masqueraded in carefully selected
disguise. The Vorwarts says
the speech was framed in some parts
so as to meet the approval of German
working men. The newspaper adds
! that the premier's abandonment of the
j attempt to interfere in Gcrmanys internal
affairs is gratifying and that bis i
demands that the states which have
been overrun in the course of the war ,
be restored to complete independence
will not call forth contradiction.
Referring to Alsace Lorraine the
newspaper says the inhabitants oi"}
these districts are not foreign or alien; |
peoples within the German states. [
"If the natives of the German colony i
are to be protected from exploitation |
by European capitalists why not also j
those of British colonies it asks.
It would be underestimating t! I
good sense of the British workingmen j
if one assumed that these contradic- i
| tions escape their discernment.
This obviously incomplete synopsis.!
which bears marks of having been | I
censored carefully, is first indication I
to reach the outside world of the at- j
titude of the German Socialists toward j
Mr. Lloyd George's outlines of war]
a.ms. . I
Although other German newspapers?
denouncing the premiers attitude have!
reached neutral points adjacent to?
Germany a dispatch from Amsterdam j
yesterday said no copies of Vorwarts j
had been received and apparently the; ,
editions containing comment on the! ,
Premier's statement had not been !
permitted to cross the border.
(Trying New Plan to
-Get Freight Unloaded;;
?>. ieeAAlatnl
i WASHINGTON. Jan. i?.?Pooling oi ;
I delivery facilities by merchantile es-1 i
tablishments for use in unloading I :
freight is being experimented With :
here to determine whether commer-11
cial trucks and vehicles can no' solve i
the terminal congestion problem, if
successful. Director General McAdoe
probably will extend the plan through '
out the country.
Retail stores are being restricted tc . :
one delivery a day. their vehicles be- 1
ing used at other times for hauling
freight. It is row proposed that instead
of each man hauling for himse'r , |
all facilities be pooled and reasonable ,
? Vio mn^o to the* smalJpr <
!wai uxfec v.i?..&v - ?
stores -which will set considerable j
j freight on the move.
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City Hall Notes
Commissioner Ira Smith is in Man-; (1
nington today performing his duties
in connection with the Legal Advisory J.
Board. ,
Miss Ruby Gatrell. stenographer for .
City Clerk Albert J. Kern was called j
to Grafton yesterday afternoon be- (
cause of the death of relatives.
Sanitary Officer Carl Kern assumed :
his new duties this morning.
At present there are Just nine offi- ,
} cers aoing ponce auty. meuiueis ui ^
j the day and night forces are as fol- j
' lows: Day. Chief Fred Harr. Boggess. |
' Djgman. Xight: Assistant Chief Sea- ?
Imon, Eckles. Ford. Fleming. Holt and (
Xight Desk Sergeant Deveny.
National Advertising
iiraniii A nnr
French Did Not Attempt to !
Hold the Terrain Overrun.
almost Prisoners 1
Assault in Champagne Sector
Was Repulsed Last
5 "'3
fBj- Associated Pres9>
PARIS. Jan. 8?In a surprise attack
cast or St. Mlhlcl today French troops
penetrated the German defenses on
a front of nearly a mile. After de
ing shelters they returned to their
own line with 150 prisoners and a nun
ber of machine guns, the official state
ment issued tonight by the war office ,'JH
The French repulsed an enemy attempt
in the Champagne. In the
Verdun sector and in upper Alsace
the artillery battle continues.
PARIS. Jan. 9?A total of ITS prisoners
were brought back by the
French from their raid upon the German
lines east of St. Mihiel yesterday
the war office says today.
PARIS. Jan. 9?The Rome correspondent
of the Matin says that by 9H
order of Field Marshal von Hlndenburg.
according to reliable information
which has reached him. 130 villages
k.Vf.J <!>/> fuvariom WTIMrflv 4lt
UC1UIU U1V 1 CDVV* ** v?
the region nf-Ct' QucdUp. have been.
leveled to the ground so as to afford
better opportunity for defense of the
German line. jr
Xot-wrrthstandinj^ denial* the corre- fp
spondcnt says only one third of 300.000
Belgians deported to Germany
have been permitted to return homo.
Costs Only a Dollar and It
Will be a Great J9
The West Virginia Gas ConsumersAssociation
which was recently organized
in Clarksburg, following a
preliminary meeting at Charleston will
embrace manufacturers and corporalions
known as "industrial consumers
"domestic consumers." The membership
fee is 525 for the former and
only $1 annually for the latter, howev-r
or it is feared that the trouble is going
to be to line up enough domestic
consumers to make the movement a
?ene-al one on the part of the people
of the state rather than in getting the
$25 memberships. ' Jj8
The public is so good natnred that
It .soon lorgeis its injuries ana comes
up smiling, too indolent and careless
to light for its own rights, and this
fact has impressed the leaders in the
movement. C. W. Evans, secretary of
the Fairmont Chamber of Commerce is"
a proper person to approach in Fairmont
to join the organization. A
membership can be secured either"
through him or by mailing a check or
money order direct to George W. Dudderar.
the secretary-treasurer of the *
association at Clarksburg.
? ? Coasting
Good on
Fairmont Hills |9
The Fourth and Fifth street hills
were very popular yesterday evening.
Coasting was unusually good and a
large number of young people were
out to enjoy the sport. The temperature
of tho weather was just right for
The snow melting on Monday and
freezing on Monday night covered the
street with a lay^r of :cc. The snow
which has recently fallen is jnst sufficicnt
to keep the sleds from sliding
frome one side of the street to the
?-j ,
Laborers Wanted
in Shipping Department. Apply
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