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4 PIKE COUNTY PRESS. PUBLISHED EVEUY FIUDAY AT MILFORD, PA. J. H. Van Etten, Editor. Term One dollar and fifty cents a year in advance. Single Copies, Five Cents. The PRESS is the best ADVERTISING MEDIUM in the county. Apply for rates. VOL. 1 MILFORD, FIKE COUNTY, PA., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, I SO." No. 9. 1USINKSS CARDS. H. E. Emerson, M. D. Physician and Surgeon. OFFICE in Drug Store on Broad Street. J. H. Van Etten, Attorney-at-Law, OFFICE, Brown's Building, Milford, Pike Co., Pa. John A. Kipp, Attorney-at-Law, OFFICE, opposite Court House, Mii.ford, Pike Co., Pa. CHURCH DIRECTORY MILFORD. First Presuvtkhian ChI'KCH, Mllfiml; Sabbath services lit lu.lM A. M. unil 7.!) Y. II Kiililmth school Immediately lifter till' niornlnn- service. Prayer meeting Wed nesday at 7.81) P. M. A conliiil welcome will bo extended ti all. Those not nt inched to other churches are osocliilly in vited. Kkv. Thomas Nichols, Pastor. runnm nir Trip, fioni) SllErilRRD. Mil ford: Services .Suniliiy nt 10.:) A. M. and 1 uo p u Sumliiv school at 2. 'to P. M Week-day services, Friday at 4.00p.m. Seats free. All welcome. B. S. Lassiter, Rector. M. K. CHURCH. Services at the M. E. Church Sundays: Preaching at WHO a m. and at 7.H0 p. m. Sunday school at it ti. m. Eoworth lcaguo at H.4B p. m. Weekly nravor meeting on Wednesdays at 7.U0 p. m. Class meeting conducted by Wm. Annie on Fridays at 7.110 p. in. An earnest Invitation Is cxtendi-d to anyone who may desire to worshsp with us. Rev. W. R. Neff, Pastor. MATAMORAS. Horn Evangelical Church, Mnta moras, Fa. Services next Sunday as follows: Preaching at W.aO a. m. and (p.m. Sun day schmd nt S p. m. Junior C. h. before and C. E. prayer meeting lifter the even ing service. Mid-week prayer meeting every Wednesday evening at 7.H0. Seats free. A cordial welconio to nil. Come. Rev. J. A. Wieu and. Pastor. XMASAMOMJTHECHURIIES Many Little Hearts of the Chil dren Made Glad, Secret Societies. MtLFOUD Lodge, No. 844, F. & A. M.: Iiodge meets Wednesdays on or lieforo Villi Mm.n nt. the Sawkill House. Mllfiml, Pa. N. Kmery, Jr., Secretary, Milfonl. J. H. Van Etten, W. M., Milfonl, Pa. Vas Per Mark Lodge, No. ft. I. O. O. V: Meets every Thnrsilay evening at 7.90 p. m., Brown's Hulldlng. Geo. l)au man, Jr., Sco'y. John L. GoMlay, N. G. Prudence Rkbekah Lodhe, 1H7.I.O. O. V. Meets every second and fourth rl davs In each month In Odd Fellows' Hull, Brown's building. Miss Minnlu Beck, N. G. Katie Klein, Sec'y. Subscribe for the Press. Whether you win wealth or not will depend upon your comprohen sion of the great underlying prin ciples of business and the adjust ment of your affairs in reference thereto. All of our readers are desirous of obtaining his or her share of the world's good things This can only be done by keeping pace with this progressive age. One's own individual efforts will not suffice. What is needed is co- nneration. You should keep posted on all things that you may need to buy. It is a well established fact that the consumer (those who buy at retaill are paying in these United States from one to twenty-five per cent, more than is necessary, simply from the fact that they do not keep posted on current prices. How Ions could a merchant avoid failure were he to use such lax methods in making his mirchases V thie would ouicklv sav such a dealer was failure from the beginning, then whv do vou use this method in a small way ? It would cost you but the request to keep pace with the times in the way of prices on all statue articles vou are apt to use All that is needed is to notify BROWN & ARMSTRONG, general merchants, Milford, Pa., and you will receive a monthly price sheet Thev issue this the first of each month. Thev are also pleased at all times to furnish samples and to fill promptly all orders received by mail. Chslstmas was Held In llic rrrsliytrrlan. Mctliitdlst Kplaropal anil flood Shep herd Interesting Services, Singing, Recitations and Addresses A Joyous llnppy Time. The church of the Good Shepherd held its entertainment, for the Sun day school Christmas eve. The church was crowded with an inter ested au(lience,nnd every one seemed to lie in the spirit of the holiday sea son. Where indeed could there be found a soul so satiated with the good things,iind good times of life as to fnil to find sincere pleasure in the bright.happy faces of the little ones as they anticipate the call of their names to receive the gifts, which a wise Kris Kringlo always knows how to select. The order of exercise was as follows, and one hour at least was full of joy and wonder to the little ones, and delight to many older. First came the carol, "Ring Out tho Bells for Christmas," and then all united kneeling in saying " Our Father", and there came another carol, after which all joined in say ing tho creed standing. Next came tho carol. " Breaks a glorious radiant morning." This was followed by a beautiful addross by tho Rector. The offertory for the Childrens Home at Jerusalem was then taken. This worthy chanty is ever on tlio minds of all the church. The Inst carol was a colloquy lo- twecn tho Shepherd Children and tho Star, with chorus by tho school. Tho sun which towered above the chancel arch now drew tho full at tention of all as tho lights twinkled forth merrily upon it and old father Santa Clans in his usual glory stood beside it. The tree was soon spoiled of its rich treasures, and many little hearts made to swell with joy and gladness, as the children bore away their gifts in triumph. Tho pre sents were such as to afford both pleasure and profit to the recipient. The services were closed with the Doxology " Praise God from whom all blessings flow, "and tho Benedic tion prono unced by the Rector, closed an evening of happiness. Scripture Rending" God Bo Praised. Carol" Sing Ye Praises." School. Tho various carols and recitations were exceedingly well given,and the interest and attention of the con gregation was marked throughout. A distribution of presents followed, which while highly gratifying to the recipients, seemed almost a pity, as tho tree standing twenty-two feet high, gay with lights and colors, was a delight to tb.3 eye, and almost too lioautiful to le dismantled. The con- irrciration was dismissed with the doxology and benediction. Advertise in the Press. The Ideal Chriatnm. The idea Christmas is found not in the land of flowers, but in the snow. bound, rugged country of the north Without keen, frosty air long stret ches of hills and meadows covered with snow, ponds and lakes incrusted with ice j within, roaring fires of hickory wood, halls' ringing with the shouts of children and tables heaped high with the good things of life these are the conditions which seem essential to the complete enjoyment of the great feast day of the cliurcn York Herald, AT THE M. E. CHURCH. On Christmas night this church was taxed to its utmost to accomo date the large audience which began to assemble, an hour before the ap pointed time for the excerises to be gin. While waiting the guests nau ample opportunity to study the de corations. On either side of the platform stood an immense Christ mas tree just tall enough to touch the ceiling. The trees were hand Homely decorated, and laden with toys for the infant class. Along both sides of the church were draped long ropes of evergreen adding not a little beauty to the already attrac tive frescoing. Tho main feature of interest how ever centered about the platform. Here an old fashioned fire-place had been constructed of briek.the chim ney running aloft from the mantel in most realistic manner. The old brass fire-dogs wanted nothing but fire to make the whole affair real. Rugs, chairs, lamps and other de corations were arranged about the PL.tfoini, giving wuoie so nomtj like an appearance that the hearts m(lke it a success little Misses each lx-aring in her arms a doll dressed in the costume of the nation represented, most con spicuous among them was the doll of Miss Bessie Armstrong dressi I, in the colors of our flag. Whilo the girls sang " Three cheers for tho Red White and Blue" a company of boys marched around tho platform wav ing the national flag. At this point the pastor addressed tho school by calling attention to the Christmas tree and urging the children to let every tendency of their lives be upward, like the branches of tho tree, ever turning their faces heavenward. Master Louis Gregory then invited the school to a visit to ' Kandy. " Here a real live Santa- Claus came plunging out of the fire place, and the distribution of gifts began, when to the surprise of all old Santa began to tear down the brick chim- neyandto give to each scholar a brick which turned out to bo filled with candy. When all the gifts which were numerous and beautiful, had been presented the pastor in behalf of the school presented to Mr. Do Witt and Mr. Angle very pretty oak stands. Mr. DeWitt returned tho compli ment by presenting the pastor with a handsome willow rocking chair the gift of the Bible class. Every one again joined in singing the Dox ology when the benediction was pro nounced. The praise of the entertainment is unanimous and the school certainly showed groat enthusiasm as well as careful training. Credit is especially duo to Mr- De- Witt, for his untiring ene-r to Special mention TROUBLE IN PORT JERVIS. The Village Trustee of Tort .tervls nntl Their III. f-.if Toll. c ami I'nllee- Of ficers Having n lleiicral Tumult. There seems to be a tendency on on t lie part of the trustees of Port Jervis to overhaul their police force, and matters in relation thereto are growing quite lively. Some time ago tho Chief Officer Yaple in a communication to the board intimated quite broadly that he was not being properly supiMirtcd by the trustees in his efforts to en force the ordinances against lawless ness. At a meeting, at which there was considerable undignified con duct, and language, and much wrangling, it was finally concluded that matters were not in shape for formal investigariou and the chief was handed back his report with a direction to make specfie charges and be prepared to substantiate them at a subsequent meeting. At tho meeting held for that pur peso Dec. 1 Htli, the president of tin board whoso duty it was to make a report as to the charges declared that on investigation be found them baseless. The board then culled on Mr. Yaplo to offer his testimony in corroboration of them. After heal ing his evidence and that of the ac cused policemen, Officers Phillips and Kolmus, the board suspended tho former from duty until their next meeting, and dismissed the latter from the force. Phillips was charged with presenting himself for duty Nov. 7, in an intoxicated con dition and when Chief Yaplo went to securo Kolmus to do duty in KM 1". KAIiXl M. Eli P. Fitriutin, a well-known and ealthy business man of Fort Jit- is, iiiimI at his li'ime in that place m riKia.v morning, Dec. L'oth at 110 o'clock a. m. He lind been ill ir smile days, but at a consultation eld the previous evening liv the lebr.itcd Dr. .laneway, of New ork, with the family physician, Dr. Harilenburg, it was concluded that is symptoms were favorable to re- wry and that there was no im- lediate danger. His physician had arccly left the bouse when he be gan to grow rapidly worse, and bo on 1 the doctor could be recalled he xpneil. J ho cause was bronchial neumonia. Mr. Farnum was largely identified ith the business in interests of Port ervis, was a director m several cor- lorations.a prominent merchant and I'omotor of public enterprises,!! lib ra! contributor to charities and to the church of his choice. He will be reatly missed in private circles, as well as in those larger matters which pertain to the growth and irosjiority of the village. Infinitely lore, however, will his loss be felt in the broken circle of the houso- mld, and among bis chosen friends He was of a domestic nature, and was wholly contented in the society i his family. Surviving him are lis widow, two grown children, and a brother, P. E. Farnum- . - 1 T r of many a person must nave wanu- ahnnU ,. mn.lo nf H,0 Tra,ii(,nt work ered back to tho old farm houso, of Mig8 Dc-Wit,t, Miss Vantassel and wiiore emiiu ii.uuuci . Master Dudley and Miss Alice Above the room nung a nuge star laboring under such an excessively tired " feeling, that ho could not go on duty. of it Ryman. of Bethlehem " in the middle the word " Jesus." Mlti Marie Louise Gumaer. Promptly at the time Mrs. Neff This lady so well-known to our took her place nt tho organ, and to readors as a contralto singer of rare the music of a march the school led power and expression, is making a bv the pastor Rev. W. R. Neff, the tour of the country with the Mozart " . In . 1-. L uiierintendontMr. Rusling DeWitt, eympnony company, iveceiuiy in Assestant Sunt.. Mr. Wm. Anglo, ureenvuio.Miss. sue completely cap and Mrs Dunham Gregory, Supt. of turod the audience, and was three tho infant department, marchod up times encored, llio Democrat, ol thomiddlo aisle of the church and that place is loud in her praises, and took the places assigned them. It says her voice is soft, sweet and was indeed a pretty sight to see the throughly cultivated, and that she bright expectant facos of the child- possesses the power to enslavo her So All were seated, and the whole as sembly sang " Praise God from whom all blessing flow, " then AT THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. Tho Christmas exercises of tho Presbyterian Sunday school were held on Wednesday evening at the church, which had been handsomely decora totl with evergreens for the services of tho preceding Sabbath. The school was out in good force, teachers and scholurs.under the gen eral direction of Mr. George Mitch ell, superintendent, and the prim ary class under Miss Huldah Bull, teacher. The houso was filled to the doors with members of tho con gregation and friends of tho school, all of whom, as well as the children, seemed filled with the Christmas spirit, gladness and good will. The programme was as follows, under the general title " The Story of Christ": Gloria Patri School. Invocation School. Carol "Merrily Ring." School. Suporlntemlcnt s v uicoiue Carol,' Hear the Bella." School Scrluture tK-mtinif ttesixinsive. Recitation " Calm and Clear." Miss l.illie Mott. Hy m u ' J oy to the World . " School ana (jongrcgauon. Rociiation ' Lo! They Come." Cora ptruine. Recitation" Glory to God." Etta Decker. Carol" Hail Blessed Tidings." . . School Banner Exercise "Titles of ( hrtst." . . . ay Members of the Primary Class: r lor- euoe Van Camucn. Helen Lanschan- tt-n, Einina Van Cainpen, Bessie Arm strong, Alice Baker, (ivorge Heller, Harold Armstrong, Clara van Cam pen. Carol "Hark the Holy Angels.". School Scriuture Reading Responsive. Racltatiiiu Miss Lila Van Ktten. Singl n g ' 'Little Bethlehem. " Phuebe llavis. Recitation "The Wonderful Christnias- tido." Myrtle Van Cainpun, Duett and Choruses " Beautiful Star." Miss Lizzie R. Bull and Miss Ann linker. Recitation " Whom Have You Made Haoov." Dora Rochette. Carol 'I Love the Christuiastido. . ." Prim ary Class. fill. ,rl. Address Pastor. Hymn" Coronation School and i;ongregaiiou. Attend and Show Your Wit aa Well aa Generos ity- The Tjwlies' Aid Society of the prayer was offered by the pastor pwril.n hn-.i, wm i. ve a and tho school sung The star that gilver .. at tho house of leads thorn all. "Responsive services k, M,in Avm.im?. " J rolloweu conuuetea oy jur. a. uo- 30f. one of tho features will Witt, after which the school sung, Bnnl1in mntaBt. mn(iucted some- hearers and carry them at will. ' Merry bolls of joy, " a prominent feature of which was a solo by Miss Maude DeWitt, rendered in a charm ing manner. Miss Lily Vantassel then extended to the audienoe an thing after this manner. The per son pronounces some letter the noxt one adds another and so on, until no more letters can be added to make a word. The one giving a lottor which It is Judge Mitchell Now. William Mitchell, of this borough, has been appointed associate judge in place of Hon. M. D. Mott, deceased His commission was received and recorded in the Recorder's office Dec. 18. May His Honor live Ion nd prosper Election of Officers. -At the animal election of tho Milford Lodgo, No. SH,F. & A. M. held Dec. 23, 1WI5, tho following officers were elected for tho ensuing year : W. W. J. II. Van Etten. S. W. Gottfried Wicland. J. W. William F. Beck. Secretary Nathan Emery, Jr. Treasurer Randal D. Sayro. Trustees John C. Westbrook, C W. Bull. Representative to Grand Lodgi J. II. Van Etten. Notice. Dr. W. R. Barrett, a scientific optician, is visiting this place. Ho ma v be found at the Crissman House Consultation and examination ot tho eyes free. invitation to accompany the school wm not fi(. ,nto ft word or which on an imaginary tout yi int. worm. endfJ u gQeg ,.down foot Con your me journey uegan wiwi Webster and come "wio your siller." song Dy tne scnooi. -wnwara merry AU ftre TOnlially invited, and an Christmas. me nrsr, stop was eyening of pleasure, and some pro atduuea. xiere . miu. juigui fi(. i(J asfmmli couducted the school in responsively reading the account of the first He Eiplanatlon of It. Christmas, at ita close the whole A friend of ours was recently pass- concrocation ioinod in singing ingalong an important railroad line "Calm on the listening ear of night." There sat boiilna mm a gentleman The next stop was in England and who had once been a member oi tne Miss Anna May Watson recited a Pennsylvania Legislature. "ine ninniinn fmm t An ti vann Antitlnd. river is low " remarked a third The Birth of Christ." The next party. "Yes said the lawmaker stop was In Scotland, and Master " but it is not as low as it was in Harry Armstrong representing that August. " "You see when tho air country recited Sir Walter Scott's gete colder it gets lighter, anu men Christmas." Next Germany was the water comes np out or ine visited and five little irirls. Bessie ground." Now revise tho text oooks Armstrong, Lily Gourley, Myrtle on philosophy T 1 - T n.. 1mia atirl Vf i Vil Vnn I ' .yUcr, "J""" "- '- A Legend of the Mistletoe. etten sang -mtner rjuuo ooug, A myth of the miadle age8 nay and Miss Anna May wawon reciwxi tlmt the crucifixion of chrisi a selection from L.utner. urom nere lutw wuu f,w. tre : but they went to Denmark" ana Miss . its Bur,.,lvin the wood Annie Kipp recited a selection from k th(J cros9i it fell into ditlgrace Helen Hays ennuea me Dims . w..mB merB namsite as Christmas." To represent Austria, aMug memorial of Us ignomiious MISS jviiuo anu uiuawr jlsuaucv Ryman sang a song describing the customs of the Austrian children Many a good man and woman fail that of putting a light in the win- in life's purpose because they iguor dow at Christmas time. the example of the postage stamp The next number was a congress that sticks until it has performed its of nations represent by eleven 'duty. J J. Hart in Washington. From the package of Congressional Records received from Washington it is learned that Congressman Hart voted for Chas. F. Crisp, of Georgia for speaker, and voted for the pro. posed improachment of tho Hon Thomas F. Bayard. His correct od dress is 1807 Nineteenth street N W., Washington, D. C. OBITUARY. THE REV. W. R. McDONALD AGAIN. SlltS. IWAItY STOI.b. Mrs. Mary Stoll, wife of James C. Martin, formerly of Port .Tervis.and well-known in the valley, died sud Some ItcmliilMc iw-cs of Ills Itutlirr Eccen tric Career Here. Some two or three years ngo, a man decidedly seedy in appearance, claiming to be a graduate of a col- ego in Belfast, Ireland, and a re verend hy profession came here from Franklin Furnace, N. J. .where he had been supplying a pulpit in the the church thero for a fow Sab baths. He landed at Bushkill, this county and preached a few times there. His sermons were of an ori ginal and sensational character and his conduct- bordered on that stylo. He appeared fond of ladies society and proposed marriage to several. Coming to Milford ho ingratiated himself in the good graces of Mr. Horton, our liveryman and hired a horse of him which after keeping several weeks he returned without settling the bill. His real appearance andsimilated needs so wrought- on the sympathy of one of our merchants that he furn ished with goods and loaned him $15 with which to buy a suit of clothes, This matter still remains open on tho books. He also preached a fow times in the church at Montague, N. J. From there ho went to New York and by claiming that he was assistant, pastor in some largo church thero succeeded in obtaining clothes and other goods on trust. Failing to pay he was arrested and sent to jail. He now turns up at Bristol, England, where ho seems to bo pursuing the same course, and with tho same result. Tho Evening St-roudsburg, Dec. 10, aged 07 years. She is survived by her husband, three sons and two daughters, Rob ert and James, of Montrose, Eliz-a- K'th, wife of James C. Rose ; Anica, wife of Mr. William Clark, Jr.. and Joseph, all living in Matanioras. She was a daughter of Robert Stoll, of Sandvston, N. J. and leaves sur viving her also seven brothers and five sisters. The funeral was held last Sunday afternoon at- the residence of Mr. James C. Rose, of Matanioras. INCWS ot that, n ace. of JNov. 27m ves - mi uuiiiciutnn nccomit, of hist trial lieforS tnn MUS. Al.i-'KKI) IIOSKN'CKANCE. The wife of Alfred Ilosencrance, of iSandyston township, N. J., died Saturday last of pneumonia. Her illnes was of short duration and her death wholly unexpected. She was about (10 years old. ourt for obtaining unlawfully and by false pretences, goods from vari ous persons and for forging docu ments stating that ho was a Presby terian minister of a church in Can ada and also of tho samo church in Scotland. Ho also declared that he had been associated with Rev. Dr. Talmag.) and Dr, Parkhurst and pro duced documents to this effect. At tho trial, testimony was given by several ministers, and others who had lieen victims of his impo sition, and tho jury without leav ing the box found him guilt-y.whcre-upon the judge sentenced him to bard iabor for eighteen months. Cambria County Matters. An article quoting in part a decision of a judge in Cambria county as to the pay of county commissioncrs.has Ik'cu circulating quite freely among our contemporaries. As news oi that county, and of interest to her people, it is proer and pleiiKing,bnt as having any bearing on the pay of these officials in other counties it is misleading. By an act of 172 com missioners in Cambria county were salaried at $-100 jx-r year without re gard to the time spent in the duties of the office or other expenses. The act of Ims'.i fixing the pay in the sev eral counties in Ihe commonwealth repealed all local laws fixing a rate of per diem compensation, but of course did not reis-al any law fixing a yearly salary, hence the decision of the Cambria court. Now Centlemen Get Up Your Lightning Rods Quick. Talk is beginning aliout the next Democratic nomination for Con gress. The mime of William Hackctt of Ea.ston, has been mentioned, and ho would undoubtedly make a very strong candidate with the people. But- the Democratic politicians do not talk that way. Among those mentioned by others who are also not Democratic leaders, are J. Davis Brodhead, and Warren Wilbur, of South Bethlehem. The Democratic bosses don't want these two either. This may result in a fight for control of Northampton's delegates. A very prominent local Democrat said Tuesday : "I believe tho nom ination will go to Pike county. " Will it bo Hart? " he was asked. " I don't know about that ; there m other iirettv o-ooil men nn in I Pike. "Free Press. Notice. The annual election or managers of tho Milford cemetery association will be held at the r.lllco of C. W Bull on Monday, January 6, 1116 from two to three o'clock p. m. Wll-I.IAM MiT.-IIKLL, rf y. Milford, Dec. loth, 1V.I5. The Christmas Tree. After all has been said and done Christmas is not Christmas without a Christmas tree. You may omit tho holly, even tho mistletoe' but the Christinas tree is as essential an attribute to a " real live" Yuletide as the turkey or plum pudding. In humble households the turkey is often missing. Of necessity it must give place to a more plelieiaii chick en. and the pudding to a " store mince pie. or something of tliat kind Yet no one can demur, for how could any one dare to be hyiH-reriti cul on Christmas day? But take a way tho tree, and every child in the household will pronounce this feast a dismal, melancholy failure. Home i and Country. Fire in the Court House. An alarm of fire Saturday after noon Dec. 21, called out tho hose carriages, hook and ladder truck.and a goodly numlx'r of tho citizens of Milford. It was located in the base ment of tho Court House, and proved to have orginated in a small window formerly used to put coal in the cellar. The frame of the window was decayed, and tho dry punk-like material readly ignited. The floor in tho hall was slightly charred but the damage done was very slight. It is extremely fortunate that it oc- cured while the building was occu pied by the several officials. Had it originated at any other time the consequences might have been very serious. It is not known what caused the fire, but the presumption is a match dropjicd by some hoys or a cigar thrown by some careless man. Suit For loss of a Shade Tree. Quito a novel suit lias just been decided in tho Common Pleas Court of Pittsburg. A gentleman sued the City of Allegheny for $2,500 damages for the loss of a shade tree, said to have lieen killed by an elec tric light wire. Expert testified that direct currents might injure the tree, but in this case an alternating current was used. Tho plainiiff tried to show that the wire had worn into the woody fibres and sap. Ho does not seem to have established his case for the jury found for the de fendant. Experiments will now be made with alternate and direct cur rents to determine the effect they will have on vegetation . 'William,' said an old quaker, 'I do not wish to call thee a liar, but if tho mayor of our town should say to me, " Friend, find me the greatest liar in town, " I would come to thee and say, "William, the mayor wants thee." Tho Royal Templar.