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THE SMYRNA CALL
THE CLAYTON CALL, VOL. X, Ho. 24. SMYRNA, DEL., TUESDAY AFTERNOON. OCTOBER 8, 1901. THE SMYRNA CALL, YOL. IV, Ho. 43. COL. OEOROE H. RAYMOND DEAD. He Passed Away Late Fri day Evening. WAS A WELL-KNOWN CITIZEN Prominent in Town, School and Church Affairs. his life was a busy one. Deceased Had Been a Delegate to Many Episcopal Conven tions—Funeral Services Held This Afternoon. Death has again entered our midst the grim monster this time selecting as his victim Col. George H. Raymond, one of Smyrna's best known men and estimable citizens. Col. Raymond had been in poor health for six months. Early in June he was confined to the house with nervous prostration and while at times he seemed to grow better, for the past month his friends have been aware that the end was near. Friday Mr. Raymond was worse and that night at 11.30 o'clock he breathed his last. His death, while not a surprise, was a shock to his many friends here. Col. Raymond was a man of sterling qualities and had done much in his way to kelp young men along. He was always active iu public school matters and the young business meu here can well remember his frequent visits to the schools several years ago. A True Friend. Col. Raymond had befriended many men in this section. He was a very methodical man and had little patience with carelessness iu j business matters. When he liked a man that man knew it and was not afraid to ask Mr. Raymond for assistance. The deceased was a worthy foe when one happened to be on the opposite side or did not coincide with his views. All of his dealings were open and above board and no man could ever say he had not been treated fairly by Mr. Ray mond. He wanted what was due him, but at the same time was lib eral and wanted every man to have his rights. Mr. Raymond had a busy life and will be missed. Up until the last time he was confined to the house he was an active man and always said he never intended to grow old. His Business Career. George Henry Raymond was born in Smyrna November 22, 1833, and was the son of Jacob Raymond. After completing his education he started in the general mercantile business at the "Four Corners" in 1856 with Jacob Ray mond, a distant relative. Later the partnership was dissolved and in j86o he took as a partner Isaac English. March 1, 1861, Mr. Raymond retired from the mercan tile business and his time was then spent looking after his other in terests. August 6, 1872, he was elected a director of the National Bank of Smyrna, ami in 1875 was made president of that institution, resigning May 4, 1876. May 10, the same year, Col. Raymond with Col. H. C. Douglass, J. H. Hoffecker and A. P. Griffith opened subscriptions for the Fruit Grow ers' Bank, and on August 1, 1876, the bank began receiving deposits, with N. F. Wilds, as cashier. Mr. Raymond was elected president by the board of directors, resigning April 2, 1890 on account of ill health. Prominent In Town Affairs. ■* Col. Raymond was elected a Town Commissioner in i860 serv ing until the municipal election in 1871. From 1864 until 1870 he was secretary of the board and In 1870-71 was town treasurer. In 1867-68 he was also tax collector and 1869 was made chairman of the Buildiug Committee that erected the present Opera House. In 1869 the subject of this sketch was elected to the School Board, serv ing for three terms. In 1881 he resigned, having been president of the board five years, and treasurer for five years. Mr. Raymond was a Democrat and on November 3, 1866 defeated his Republican op ponent, Enoch Spruance, for the lower branch of the Legislature by over nine hundred votes. April 3, 1886 he was again elected a school director, serving for a time , as president of the board resigning in 189 o. Served His Church Well. Col. Raymond was a consistent Christian being a member of St. Peter's Church from early man hood. He was elected to the vestry several times, his first term being from 1850 to i860. He was Senior Warden from 1869 to 1871 also in 1899 and 1900. Junior Warden from 1873 to 1875, and in 1898. He was treasurer of the vestry in 1869 and from 1873 to 1875, acting as secretary 1870 and 1871. He was a delegate to the State Dio cesan Convention in i860 and each year from 1869 to 1875. In 1874 he was a delegate to the General Convention which met in New York City and to the same Conven tion in 1877 the session that year being held in Boston. April 23, i860, Col. Raymond was united in marriage with Miss Caroline Jaques Upland, of Milwaukee. Their un ion was blessed with four children. His widow and two sons, A. S. Raymond, of Chicago, and C. B. Raymond of the firm of Clifton & Raymond, this town, survive him. Mr. Raymond was a member of Harmony Lodge No. 13, A. F. A. M., of Smyrna. Funeral Services Funeral services were held at his late residence on Commerce Street this afternoon by Dr. Geo. W. Dame, of Baltimore, formerly rector of St. Peter's Church, as sisted by Rev. Gilreath, present rector of St. Peter's; Rev. Wilkie, of Middletown, and Dr. J. L. Est lin, of Smyrna. A quartette sang several selections. Interment was made in St. Peter's Cemetery, the funeral being a large one. BACHELOR CLUB ENTERTAINED. The Young Folks Had a Very Jolly Evening. Miss Sallie Pratt, who is about to leave Smyrna to make her home iu Philadelphia, entertained the Bachelor Club and other friends Wednesday evening at her home on West Commerce street. The time was pleasantly spent in Progressive Crokinole. Late in the evening refreshments were served. Those present were Misses Bertha Suiith ers, Lida Lord, Emily Spruance, Beulah Jefferson, Elizabeth Jones, Ethel Taylor, Elva Armstrong, j Mary Anthony, Sallie Pratt and Mrs. Howard Taylor and Messrs. Janies Benjamiu Krusen, Walter Wint Hynsou, Charles Jackson Sudler, James Newell Lloyd. Gil Stubbs Paries, Frank Hynson, George Taylor and Crawford Stev ens. TO DECREASE ACADEMY'S DEBT. General Meeting of Board of Trus tees is Called. With the opening of the autumn season and the various reopenings held in the Methodist churches of the peninsula, the contributions to the Wilmington Conference Acad emy debt, which the conference is pledged to raise this year (nearly $20,000 of the $37,000 having al ready been raised since the recent Wilmington session) are now com ing in steadily. A general meeting of the Board of Trustees of the academy has been called for Wed nesday, October 16, at which a thorough discussion of the plans for a final round-up of this debt will be the principal business, although other interesting transactions are looked for. Asbury Church, of Smyrna, has raised more than her share of this debt. AL. HÜTT DIED OF HIS WOUND. He Expired at the Delaware Hos pital Wednesday. Alfred Hutt, or Jones, as he is better known, who was shot Mon day night of last week as announced in our last issue, died Wednesday morning at the Delaware Hospital in Wilmington to which place Drs. Moore and Clifton had him re Hutt's remains were moved. shipped to Smyrna- Wednesday afternoon and that night Coroner Baynard held an inquest, the jury being composed entirely of colored meu with Rev. Cooper as foreman. William Butler who was wrestling with Hutt when the accident oc curred, stated he had a revolver in his hip pocket and that when Hutt threw him (Butler) the revolver exploded, the ball striking Hutt in the stomach. The inquest was con tinued until Thursday evening when a verdict of accidental death was rendered Butler was held for carrying concealed a deadly weapon and was sent to Dover jail. a Welsh Bros, Circus. Wednesday Welsh Bros. Circus exhibited iu Smyrna and for the size of the show the performance was a good one, the Japs and Rhoda Royal's trained horses be ing the feature. In the evening just as the performance was over a heavy down pour of rain began and many of the spectators who were without umbrellas jwere drenched. The tent was leaky and thsoe who remainded for the so called concert were also given a wetting. Drange Meeting. A regular meeting of the Kent County Pomona Grange will be held in Milford on Thursday, Oc tober, the seventeenth. REPUBLICAN EXTRAVAGANCE. Halt Called In Squandering County Finances. W. H. BAGGS TURNED DOWN. Levy Court Sat Upon Him Good and Hard. his pet Scheme failed. Facts and Figures Published by the Cali, Have Been Vérifiée 1 by the Addicks Men Them selves—To-Day's Meeting. One of the most important meet ings of the Levy Court of this county was that held Tuesday last, when most of the time was taken up in discussing the wasting of county money in the mud pile at the Bombay Hook lighthouse which scheme has been energetically pushed by Commssioner William II. Baggs, of Smyrna, with the result, owing to his lack of knowledge of building marsh roads and his fail ing to attend to the duties of time keeper when appointed to that po sition by the Levy Court to see that the Miles Dredging Company carried out their contract, has cost the county in the neighborhood of three thousand dollars, and noth ing, absolutely nothing, has been accomplished. At the September meeting of the Levy Court when the Democrats bad a majority of one, (a Republican member being absent) a motion to stop work on the lighthouse road was carried and for the past thirty days there has been nothing done to the causeway save that lots more of the mud has been washed back into the marsh by the tides. A $3,000 Mud Pile. It will be remembered that this marsh road is a $3000 mud pile erected by the Addicksites for mere peisonal gain, through Commis sioner Baggs. When the Call de nounced this useless waste of public money the Addicks papers tried to deny the charge. From time to time we have published the true facts of the case only to be called hard names by the men who were shown up. Tuesday's meeting of the Levy Court shows we were right and had told the truth. The waste of money was so apparent that even his Addicks brethren of the body governing county affairs sat down on Mr. Baggs and his pet scheme and sat down on him hard. He could not conceal his chagrin but no words of his could induce the Commissioners to keep on blindly following the Duck Creek Commissioner, who wanted this road at any cost, no matter how much money was expended. It is expected this $3000 mud pile is a thing of the past, a silent testimony of inefficiency upon the part of Mr. Baggs and his Addicks advisers. Protesting Citizens. Many of our citizens attended the meeting of the Levy Court Tues day and witnessed the "throw 'down" given Mr. Baggs The principal speaker before the Levy Court was Alexander G. Cummins, of Smyrna, who has had consider able experience in the. building of banks to keep the tides from over flowing his farm lands. Mr. Cum mins had inspected the work done on the lighthouse road and in a clear and concise manner pointed out to the Levy Court the mistakes which had been made in the bung ling attempt to build this road —whereby three thousand dollars have been squandered by the Ad dicksites. This aroused Commis sioner Baggs, who is directly re sponsible for this waste of money and he and Mr. Cummins had a heated argument. The Addicks' official got the worse of the con troversy, by his own remarks showing he was not capable to at tend to the work. Mr. Cummins' Address. Mr. Cummins warned the court that they were using the people's money and that due care should be taken in making expenditures for marsh roads, as considerable money could be wasted in very short time and no good accomplished, as in the present case. He informed the court that there were other breaks in the bank besides the one at tempted to be fixed on Smyrna river—along the bayshore and old Smyrna Creek, and it might be im proved if the one at Smyrna river were remedied; still the desired end would not be accomplished—a good road to Woodland Beach. The members of the court paid strict at tention to the remarks of Mr.Cum mins and it was evident that he made a good impression as a prac tical business man and -farmer. Qne thing was evident, Mr. Cutn 1« \ > mins made even the dullest man in the room understand that Mr. Baggs ns a marsh road builder was a failure. Mr. Baggs Rebuked. Commissioner Baggs seemed de termined that the light house road should be repaired at once. He was in a bad frame of mind and inti mated that bis plans had been frus trated for political purposes. He made a bad break in uttering this remark for the members rose in a body and protested, the President again rebuking the Smyrna gentle man who is so auxio'A to^quander ilionev upon a useless'road simplv to please a few friends. Mr. Baggs said he had seen several contractors who, by the use of piling, could fix the road for $1,500, and lie made a motion that the same cummittee be continued ou the road, and they be given instructions to have the work begun at once, providing the con tractor could do it for the sum stated above. If Mr. Baggs scheme was carried out, it is plainly evi dent the mud pile would then be a $6,000 bunch of mire. Mr. Mabrey Scores Mr. Baggs. This brought Commissioner H. E. Mabrey of Kentou hundred to his feet. He scored Mr. Baggs over the waste of money on this particular road. "You said," con tinued Mr. Mabrev, "that the road could be fixed for $900, and now it has cost $3,000. Now, you claim the job can be done for $1,500. Do you mean $3,000 more? He moved that the court visit the road in a body Friday, and examine all the banks where the water overflows to see what can be done at reasonable expense. The motion received the votes of all the members except Mr. Baggs, who did not even re ceive a second to his motion. Mr. Baggs vainly protested, no use. The Addicks court stood bv him the first time and was a party to helping sink the three thousand dollars, but they were forced to go back on the Duck Creek hundred Commissioner this time. It was Marsh Road Inspected. Friday members of the Levy Court visited Smyrna and were tljen taken , in a hack to Bombay Hook where the marsh roads were inspected. Captain Stokesbury had his launch ready. Several of the Commissioners drove over the roads while others viewed them from the launch. The Republican members agreed that Mr. Baggs' plans were not practical and two of them openly made the statement they would never vote for another cent to be spent on Mr. Baggs' three-thousand-dollar mud pile. As far as they were concerned they were done with squandering money on this useless bank. Their eyes had been opened and they saw how facts had been distorted, [how the men who had fought this big waste of county money were right in do ing so. The Levy Court's action also brings out the fact that the Call, the first paper to inform the voters of how their money was be ing spent, had given a true state ment of the affair, notwithstanding the attempt of the' State Sentinel, Smyrna Times and the Milford Chronicle to shield the Addicks squanderers of county finances. Mr. Baggs' Surprising Action. Friday when the Levy Courtmen climbed into the hack that was to convey them to Woodland Beach Mr. Cummins was invited to go on the trip. When Mr. Cummins was seated in the bus Mr. Baggs told him he had hired the hack. Mr. Cummins replied he would pay his share of the expense. Mr. Baggs said, "I will' not accept it from you," stating he would not go if Mr. Cummins was a member of he party, alleging he would rather walk first. Mr. Cummins assured Mr. Baggs that it was im portant that he (Mr. Baggs) should view the marsh road and as his presence was objected to by the Duck Creek Commissioner, Mr. Cummins left the party, amid the protests of the other members of the court. It was the opinion of those who had witnessed Mr.Baggs display of temper that he would have been glad of any excuse to re main home. He had been downed at every turn and could not con ceal his chagrin. The bluff made by the editors of the Sentiuel, and endorsed by the Times and Chron icle, has been called. Cale Layton was the author of the first bluff which told the Sentinel's readers in italics that Mr. Baggs' marsh road had cost but $648, and im mediately the other two Addicks papers helped push the story along. In Session To-day. The Levy Court is again in ses sion to-day to further- discuss the marsh road, question. The mem bers know now what is needed and some action will be taken to spend money where it brings some good results, not to squander it iq the interest of Mr. Baggs' friends. To dqy, as last Tuesday a number of citizens from here are in attendance at the Levy Court meeting. A OF INTEREST TO FARMERS. Crop Statistics of Delaware Sent Out. THE REPORT IS A GOOD ONE. This State Rivals Other Sections of the Country. MONEY MADE BY GROWERS. There Was a Shortness in the Peach Crop, But in Wheat, Corn and Garden Vegetables We More Than Held Our Own. The Census Department has is sued, in bulletin form, the latest statistics of agriculture for the State of Delaware. It states that the soil, especially in the northern part of the State, is a rich clay loam, suited to the growth of nearly all kinds of crops. Much of Sussex county is sandy and better adapted to the culture of fruits, melons and sweet potatoes than to general farming. New Castle county has the largest area of good land and its farms are more highly improved than are those of the other two counties in the State. The average value per acre of the land in farms in New Castle county, exclusive of buildings,is $45.29; in Kent county, $19.60, and in Sussex county,$12. 52. The reported gross incomes of the farms (the values of the pro ducts not fed to live stock) are, on an average, $10.89 > n New Castle, $7.21 in Kent and $4.55 in Sussex. Informatlon About Our Peaches. Disease and unfavorable climatic conditions have in the last twenty years materially reduced the num ber of peach trees, notably in New Castle and Kent counties. This loss has been balanced in part by an increase in the number of other orchard trees. The frosts of 1899 almost wholly destroyed the peach tetibusly injured orchard fruits? hence the small value of all orchard fruits reported, $263,127. The only peaches grown were in the region bordering Dela ware Bay, which partially escaped the frosts. The total production was 9750 bushels from 2,441,650 trees. Delaware is one of the few Atlantic States that have not prac tically abandoned the cultivation of wheat. In 1899 it harvested 118, 740 acres, producing 1,870,570 bushls, with a value of $1,247,055 The acreage and yield were larger than reported at any previous cen sus. crop, and other Corn Figures. The value of corn was greater than that of any other crop or pro duct. The acreage was 192,025, and the value $1,725,452. Next after corn and wheat as sources of farm income were vegetables, in cluding potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions, which had a value in 1899 of $1,144,221. Poultry and eggs had a value of $1,084,792; dairy products, $992,807; hay and forage, $689,848, and animals sold and slaughtered, $820,664. There are 9687 farms in Delaware, with an aggregate area of 1,066,228 acres, of which 754,010, or 70.7 per cent., are improved. The farms constitute 85 per cent, of the total land surface of the State, which is 1,254,400 acres. The value of all farms June 1, 1900, was $34,436,040, of which amount $10,667,220, or 31 per cent., repre sent the value of buildings. The value of implements and machin ery increased from $510,279 in 1850 to $2,150,560 in 1900. Live stock increased steadily in value from $1,849,281 in 1850 to $4,198,810 in 1890, but iu the last ten years has declined 2.1 per cent., and is now worth $4,111,054. Dairy Changes. The titles to the 4711 farms are vested in 3570 owners, an average of 1.3 farm to each. Of the 3570 owners 2987 possess one farm each the other holding the titles of from 2 to 15 farms each. Of the 8687 farms, 8866, or 91.6 per cent., are operated by whites and 818, or 8.4 per cent., by negroes. Of the lat ter class of farms 297 are operated by owners and 35 by part owners. The dairy farmers have the great est average value of farm property, and of all the larger groups of farmers their gross income repre sents the smallest per cent, of the capital invested, changes in the last 10 years are quite noteworthy. The milk pro duced In 1889 was 10,699,362 gallons, or 328.5 gallons per cow; in 1899, 12,681.268 gallons per cow. The total production of tqilk increased 18.5 pereeut., and the average cow 18.4 percent. The total value of the dairy produce of the State was $992,807. Yalite of Oarden Products. The number of peach trees in Tlu: dairy I 1 1900 was 46 per cent, less than in 1890, and the reported product in 1899 was only 21 per cent, of that of ten years before. In the ten years since 1890 the number of apple trees increased 66.6 per cent. ; cherry trees, 46.7; pear trees. 231.0; plum and prune trees, 1389.4. The yields of these fruits show still larger proportionate increases. In 1889 the total value of garden pro ducts, including small fruits sold, was $220,880. Nearly th of the acreage of irfii vegetables was devoted to tomatoes and the receipts from their, sale comprised over one-half the amount realized from all such vegetables. The amount expended in 1899 for labor, including the value of board furnished, was $1,076,960, an aver age of $111.07 per farm. The ex penditure for fertilizers the same year was $539,040, an increase of 17. i per cent, over the amount ex pended ten years before. ree fourths scellaneous THE TILLEY FORGE MEMORIAL. Dedication Exercises Will Be Held October J9. October marks the tenth birthday of the Daughters of the Revolution, Mrs. Caroline Raymond being the regent for Delaware. It has been the privilege of the society in the short space of two years to com plete an enduring work—the me morial to the soldiers of Washing ton's army who gave their lives for their country at Valley Forge. No other monument or stone com memorates the heroism and endur ance shown in the bitter winter of 1777-78 ;it is given to the Daughters of the Revolution to show this first honor. The dedication of the memorial will take place at Valley Forge, Saturday, October 19, when there will be a reunion of Daughters from North, South, East and West. A special train will leave Broad Street Station, Philadelphia, at 12.30 p. m. for Betzwood. Coaches will be in waiting to convey visitors, members and guests to the ground. Round trip tickets to Betzwood may be obtained at the Schuykill Valley Division Ticket Office,Broad Street Station, 65 cenfls. Carriage to Monument, 25 ceints. GEORGE BROWN HEAVILY FINED. Colored Man Resisted the Officers When Arrested. On Wednesday afternoon George Brown, a young colored man of Clayton, who visited Smyrna to take in the circus, imbibed too freely and in an hour or two after his arrival here began hunting for trouble. He found it in large chunks later when he ran up against a negro named Clifton. Constable Jones,assisted by Policemen Turner and Cummins, arrested Brown and he was clubbed when he showed fight. On the way to the lockup Brown tried to escape but was fi nally landed in a cell. He then as saulted Officer Jones and had to be choked into submission before the constable could leave the cell, the prisoner trying to get out the door with Mr. Jones. When arraigned before Squire Cooper, Brown was fined, which with the cost amounted to $13 02. He was in a penitent mood and the charge of assault against Constable Jones was with drawn. REGULARS WILL GET OFFICES. Congressman Ball Has Disposal of Federal Patronage. It is generally accepted among Republicans throughout the State that for the time being the status of the Federal offices of Delaware will be unchanged. It was under stood even before the death of President McKinley that Congress man Ball would practically have the disposal of the Federal patron age and that the present postmas ters would probably continue through this Administration. In fluential Regulars', however, who say that President Roosevelt is in sympathy with them, will try to get the Administration to take a definite and decided stand against Addicks. The Regulars of Keut and Sussex will have a straight ticket in the field next year and it will be war to the knife. The Ad dicks people are working up a scheme to co'.on ze this county with negroes, but their efforts in this line will prove unavailing. Addicks In a New Oas War. There promises to be a lively war between J. Edward Addicks and the Oxy-Hydrogeu Company, of Wilmington, which for jo years has been trying to get permission to lay pipes in the city streets, and the Wilmington Coal Gas Company which was recently purchased by John and James Dodson, of Phila delphia. Addicks owned a few shares of the gas company but the Dobson's give him little satisfac tion as to what they intend doing. ; V THE TWENTIETH CENTURY CLUB. First Meeting of Season Held Friday Afternoon. THE ATTENDANCE WAS GOOD. Members Are Pleased With the New Drawing Roqéa. WORK FOR YEAR duT LINED Chairmen of the Various Com mittees Discuss What They Propose Doing—Ladies Have Purchased New Piano. The new Twentieth Century drawing rooms were the scene of brilliant assemblage on Friday afternoon last when the club formally opened. A large number of members and visitors I Mfl were pres ent and the rooms looked very tistic, furnished as they are in the club colors, pink, white and green. Two lovely bouquets of pink and white dahlias were placed, the president's desk and the other upon the piano which is a new one recently purchased by the club. The piano was used for the first time on Friday, much to the de light of all present. ar one on An Interesting Program. A most interesting program fol owed in which the various chairmen told what work they contemplated doing during the coming year. The program was as follows: Edu cation, Mrs. W. D. LcFevre; Lit erature, Miss Laura Bell; History Mrs. S. J. Reynolds; Art and Drama, Mrs.H. C. Tschudy; Home Science, Mrs. H. D. Boyer; Philan thropy, Mrs. Lillian Cloak; Music, Miss Eba Wilds, read by Miss Bertha Smithers; Social, Miss Mary Anthony; Library, Mrs. Frank Evans; Instrumental Solo, Miss Bertha Smithers;Reading, "Tribute to McKinley," Mrs. T. H. Haynes. * The President' ü Address. The new president, Mrs. An thony, then addressed the club, welcoming the members to their new club home, thanking the House Committee for their most efficient work and also the gentlemen who so kindly aided in the moving. She then reviewed the year's work and urged the members to follow the club motto and push forward to higher ideals. While the strains of the piano filled the room under the skilled fingers of Miss Edith Beck, an informal reception held when friend greeted friend, after which the members dispersed filled with enthusiasm for the com ing year's work. The meeting next week will be in charge of the Home Science Committee, Mrs. H. D. Boyer, chairman. R ■ r Boys, Be Careful. Saturday night a juvenile club was visited by a prominent gentle man here, accompanied by two offi cers, his visit being for the purpose of securing a porch chair that had been stolen from him. The rocker was found and events proved that things had been taken from other places. The matter has caused quite a sensation here and as the members of the club are young men just starting out in life their names are not published in the hope that they will realize the seriousness of their deeds and cease the practice. It is believed the boys have been taught a lesson that will be a last ing one. Meeting of Hose Company. The Hose Company met Tues day evening last and a committee was appointed to secure bids from the local merchants for furnishing the new outfits for the firemen— rubber coats and boats, dred dollars is yet needed for this fund One application for mem bership was received Tuesday night. A hun Many Hogs Affected. Disease is playing havoc' just now with porkers in the vicinity of Dover and several breeders have lost nearly all their stock, class the disease as genuine cholera while others claim that symptoms are displayed by the affected swine that do not generally accompany cholera. That it is contagious and means certain death, however, all agree. Some Killed on Railroad. Andrew Gebhart, a Philadelphia cement paver, 40 years old, was struck by train No. 30 at Dover station Saturday night and in stantly killed. Gebhart lived at No. 509 West Thompson street, Philadelphia, and he leaves a family. He was paving around the station for the Vulcanite Paving Company of Philadelphis..