The Midland Journal.
VOL. XL. RISING SUN, CECIL COUNTY. MD., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1917.
* X TOWN AND COUNTY.
Short' Paragraphs of Events in the County
During the Past Week.
LOCAL HAPPENINGS BRIEFLY NOTED
More snow Wednesday morning.
The young folks enjoyed skating
on Hunter’s dam this week.
The ice harvest began on Hunter’s
dam Wednesday, ice between foui
and five inches in thickness being
Joseph Grant, qf Cherry Hill, and
Joseph McFadden, of Singerly, left
last week to Join the U. S. Aviation
There is to be a Big Rally Meeting
for the Red Cross on Saturday, Dec.
15th, at 2 p. m., in West Nottingham
The almanac tells us winter does
not begin until December 22, but
what would you call the weather for
the }j>ast week.
of the Court Charles S. Pea
Bwit has been appointed by the De
partment of the Interior, Explosive
Licensing Agent for Cecil county.
John C. Hindman, real estate
agent, has sold the Lincoln farm,
situate near Rising Sun, and contain
ing >256 acres, to J. F. Sadler, for
Rev. Henry E. Jones, D. D., Pastor
of J. Addison Henry Memorial Pres
byterian Church, Philadelphia, will
preach at West Nottingham on Sun
day, December 16.
The boys who broke windows at
the schoolhouses in Cecilton arid
Chesapeake City on Hallowe'en have
been placed under arrest and will
be given a hearing.
The force at the Day basket fac
tory at North East, has been almost
doubled, and is running both day
and night to fill orders, many of
which are for the government.
E.merson R. Crothers, of Elkton.
private secretary to the late Ex-
Governor Crothers, has been ap
pointed secretary to the Cecil Coun
ty War Draft Exemption Board.
The official board of the Elkton
Methodist Episcopal Church, has in
vited their pastor, Rev. George P.
Jonee, to return for his third con
ference year, beginning April 1.
Joseph Reed, ski inmate of Ferris
Industrial School, Wilmington, who
escaped, was located in Elkton by
Sheriff McAllister and taken to Wil
mington by an officer of the school.
The Icy condition of all roads
since Saturday’s snow and rain has
travel precarious, and our
Bjfccksmiths have been compelled
lo work overtime “sharpening”
David Shea, of near town, had the
misfortune to slip and fall heavily
on Wednesday afternoon, while
walking to his home, sustaining a
bad fracture of the arm near the
The farmers about Quarryville
realizing the necessity of raising the
standard of the horse stock have
purchased from William McLaughlin
the champion two-vear-old Percher
on, “Ereous,” for $3800.00
Dr. Calvin C. Cole, veterinary in
spector of the United States War De
partment has opened an office in
Elkton where he will be located for
the next few weeks looking after
horses for the Government.
The attractive summer home be
longing to Mr. Sidney Hall, located
on Swan Creek, Harford county, at
the head of the Aberdeen Proving
,Grt>und, was destroyed by fire 'Sun
day afternoon of last week.
A successful revival service is in
progress at Mt. Pleasant M. E.
church, Colora, in charge of the
pastor. Rev. E. O. Jame 3. Twenty
one souls have been converted, and
much interest manifested among the
Owing to the scarcity of coal the
public schools throughout Cecil
county will have two weeks vacation
i for.the holidays, instead of one as is
■iiontomary. The schools will close
Ptoday, Friday, 21st Inst., and re
main closed until Tuesday, January
N Viola Davis, a girl from a Home in
Philadelphia, who was employed by
Mrs. Frederick T. Haines, at Port
Deposit, ran away last week and
started to walk to Philadelphia. She
stopped at the home of Isaac Payne,
Jr., near Blue Ball, and that gentle
man notified Sheriff McAllister, who
took the girl in charge, until an
offieer of the Home eame for her.
Charles Gainer and Irene M. Rice,
of Holtwood, were married at Elk
p. Hughes Keilholtz and William
Ryan have secured positions in
Philadelphia as mail clerks.
Ray Cooney left on Thursday last
for Youngstown, Ohio, where he will
spend some time with his aunt, Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Duyckinck left
Rising Sun on Friday last for Green
Cove Springs, Florida, where they
will spend the winter.
Sudler James Wallace and Miss
Catherine M. Plummer, both of
Odessa, Del., were married in Elk
ton, Thanksgiving Day by Rev. Geo.
John E. Karl, son of Mr. and Mrs.
George Karl of Elkton, and Miss
Edith Mae Pyle of Newark, Dela
ware, were married last week In Wil
mington by Rev. Van P. Northup.
Miss Elizabeth Lake, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Morford Lake of
Chesapeake City, and Nathan Hof
fecker, of Philada., were married on
Nov. 29, at the home of the bride.
Heasty S. Wehler, of Coatesville,
and Miss Mary S. Best, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Clingan R. Best, of
Little Britain township, were mar
ried Nov. 28 by Rev. Dr. J. W. Mem
inger in Lancaster.
Eugene Wright, son of Mr. and
Mrs. D. M. Wright of Honeybrook,
formerly of Rising Sun, and Miss
Sadie Gabriel of Morgantown were
married, on Thanksgiving day by
Rev. W. H. Reeves, Bird-in-Hand, at
Miss Mary Emma MeKenney,
youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph T. McKenr.y, New London,
formerly of Cecil county, and Mr.
?aul Enis Drummond, eldest son of
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Drummond,
Oxford, were quietly married by Rev.
G. P. Jones, at Elkton M. E. parson
age on Saturday, Dec. 1.
The head of the poultry division
•>f the National Food Administration
'•ays that turkeys will be abundant
p or Christmas. He doesn’t say
what the retail price is going to be,
hut it is intended to be cheer news.
A lecture will be given next Tues
day evening, Dec. 18, at 7.30 o’clock,
n Mt. Pleasant M. E. church, Colora,
by Rev. W. J. Meeks, of Havre de
Grace M. E. Church. Admission—
Adults 15c; children uniter 12 years
On account of the farmers being
compelled to move from the Proving
Grounds, the milk car from Perry
man has been discontinued. At
one time as high as 6,000 gallons of
milk were shipped daily from this
•joint to Baltimore.
Free postage to soldiers, sailors
and marines assigned to active duty
in the United States and its de
pendencies, as well as for those on
duty in foreign countries in the war,
was proposed in a bill introduced in
Congress Monday last by Repre
sentative Lunn, of New York.
The supply of water in Havye de
- Grace was temporarily cut off last
Saturday afternoon, and the engi
neer at the pumping station of the
Havre de Grace Water Works was
at a loss to know why the pump was
failing in its work. An investigation
1 was made, and the cause soon dis
covered. A German carp, measuring
33% inches in length and weighing
25 pounds had become wedged in I
. the intake pipe at the trap only a !
s few feet from the pump.—Ledger.
Automobile thieves entered the
1 garage of Mr. E. F. Piersol, in Havre
1 de Grace, a few nights ago and stole
. his touring car. They also entered
s the garages of Messrs. Robert Gam-
I brill and C. B. Silver, and carried
i off valuable robes,
i The car was located in Media,
j I Pa., where a colored man was found
- offering robes in exchange for gaso-i
r'• line, and placed under arrest. Mr.
1 Piersol was communicated with by
( I telephone and went to Media, where
‘ he recovered his machine, after it
had been badly damaged. The top
( was torn and the fenders Dent. The
JI damage to the car is estimated at
! about S2OO.
- j The Sunday school of Octoraro
> M. E. church will hold an oyster
l supper Saturday evening, Dec. 15,
at the home of Mrs. Fulton.
MARRIES A COUNT.
New Jersey Girl Weds Bernstorff’s
1 The daily press of Tuesday con
tained announcement of the mar
riage in Berlin on Saturday of Count
. Christian Gunther von Bernstorff,
’Ori of the former ambassador to the
United States, and Mrs. Marguerite
| Vivian Burton Thomason, of Bur
'ington, N. J.
Countess Christian von Bern
riorff is dbout 32, and is the adopted
’ daughter of Edward T. Thomason,
Burlington. Mr. Thomason was
formerly secretary of a fire insurance
i company in Philadelphia.
! The countess, whose maiden name
was Burton, was born in America.
Mr. Thomason adopted her when she
was seven. She was educated at the
* Van Rennselaer Seminary, and seon
after she left school her engagement
to James H. Birch, Jr., a prominent
Burlington, N. J., business and club
man, was announced. There was a
separation soon after their marriage,
and a divorce was later procured,
the young woman reassuming her
She was married in England to
Baron Walter von Radeck, of Ger
many, five years ago, and was di
%’orced, according to her friends.
Count Christian Gunther von
Bernstorff is 26 years old. He visit
ed the United States with his father
in 1911 and in June, 1913, he enter
ed the offices of Speyer & Co., New
York bankers, as a junior clerk.
He spent about a year in the bank
ing house before entering the Ger
man diplomatic service. In Febru
ary, 1915, the Iron Cross was con-]
ferred upon him.
The bride is a grandniece of W. j
T. B. R. Roberson, of this town, 5
being a grand-daughter of Mr.
Roberson’s sister, Mrs. Mary Sebold.
Her mother’s name was Mrs. Clara
Sebold Burton who was a sister of
John Sebold, of Colora, and E. R.
Sebold formerly of Rising Sun.
Her parents lived for a time on the
Roberson farm near town.
Winter swooped down on us in
real earnest on Saturday with a
now that threatened to block
travel, as the high wind-, was begin
ning to pile it up. In the afternoon
rain fell and put a stop.to any pos
sible drifting. Later in the day the
temperature fell several degrees, the
night being a cold one and freezing
things up tight. Low temperature
prevailed during the fore part of this
week. The mercury registered seven !
degrees on Monday and Tuesday
morning, making the cold snap a
record breaker for a similar period ,
since the establishment of the '
Weather Bureau forty years ago.
The ground is covered with snow (
and ice, and all ponds and streams ,
are frozen over, the ice being several
inches in thickness, bringing visions
of an early ice harvest.
Damage Suit Growing Out Of Auto
Suits have been instituted in the
Circuit Court for Harford county
against the Mayor and City Council '
of Havre de Grace, and the Pennsyl
vania Railroad Company, from in
juries growing out of the automobile
accident September 1, 1916, when a '
7-passenger National automobile
crashed through the railing on the
Union avenue bridge over St. Clair
street, and fell into the old railroad
cut. One woman, Mrs. H. J. Jewett, 1
of Boston, was killed and four others 1
injured. The suits, four In number,
claim damages amounting to $58,-
000. The cases stand for trial at
the present term of court.
More Cecil County Boys Go To Camp
Roy Hitchens, Harry Murphy and
Robert Jones of Elkton, have been
honorably discharged from service
at Camp Meade by advice of the ex
amining surgeons. Last week four
other young men from Cecil County
| went to Camp Meade to fill the
places in Cecil’s quota. They were
David Earle Nesbitt, of Port De
! posit; James G. B. Fisher, of Perry
: ville; Eugene Hevalow, of Chesa
peake City, and Edward C. Brown,
formerly of Elkton but now of Wil
Road Bonds Sold.
The County Commissioners met in
1 special session Dec. 4. Present —
!j. Frank Blake, President; J. Turn
; er Cameron and Wm. R. Cameron,
Bids for SIO,OOO road bonds were
' as follows: •
Hamilton & Company $100,759
' Elkton Banking & Trust Co. 100.000
' Townsend Scott & Son 102.000
The bonds were sold to Townsend
Scott & Son, the highest bidder.
> The Commissioners appointed
■ Dorie Foster janitor to the Court
, House, to take effect January 1,
TEACHERS WANT INCREASED
State Association To Make Active
Campaign On Behalf Of
At the recent annual meeting of
, Maryland State Teachers’ Asso
, elation steps were taken to prosecute
an active campaign for increased re
muneration for our public school
, teachers. Committees -were appoint
ed in the various counties to make
an effort to secure more pay for
those whose salaries are at present
not comensurate with the additional
costs of living- imposed by War
The members of, the above com
mittee for Cecil County are Miss
Bertha Tyson, Henry L. Constable,
Esq., and School Commissioner Wil
liam M. Pogue.
Nicholas Oren, Superintendent of
Schools for Talbot county, was
elected to the presidency of the
association for the coming year to
succeed Sydney S. Handy, of St.
John’s College. Mr. Handy auto
matically became first vice-president.
Miss Mary Logue, of Baltimore
county, was elected to the second
vice-presidency, to succeed Miss
Sarah E. Richmond. Dr. R. Berry
man, of Baltimore, and Hugh W.
Caldwell/of Cecil county, were re
elected treasurer and secretary, re
spectively. The new executive com
mittee comprises Messrs. Orem and
Handy, G. Lloyd Palmer, of Fred
erick, David E. Weglein, Western
High School, and A. H. Krug, Balti
more City College.
I Quarryville Will Purchase Water
An ordinance has been passed by
the Borough Council of Quarryville
authorizing the burgess to issue |
bonds for the sum of $25,000 for the
purchase of the water system of the
town, in accordance with <the wishes
of the people expressed at the recent
The bonds will be in denomi
nations of SSOO each, due thirty
years from date, with' the privilege
of payment at par after five years
from January Ist next. They will
bear interest at the rate of four and
a-half per cent, per annum. Pro
posals will be received any time
prior to noon of Saturday, Dqc. 29.
Cost Of Milk Production.
The Maryland Council of Defense
recently inaugurated an investi
gation into the cost of milk produc
tion in this state, in charge of Presi
dent A. F. Woods, of the State Col
lege of Agriculture. The investi
gation is being made in ten counties.
Cecil being one of the number. The
work here is under the direction of
County Agent J. H. Knode, who has
selected the folowing committee of
ten milk producers to study this
question: Frank B. Eavns, Charles
Gibson, Carroll E. Tyson, Ralph T.
Wilson, J. Harry Maxwell, Reuben
Reynolds, A. H. Mendenhall, Elmer
J. Janney, Arthur Harvey and P. W.
Sheriff Seizes Gambling Machines.
Under instructions from States
Attorney Joshua Clayton, Sheriff
McAllister last week took charge of,
eight slot machines in various towns
in the county. The proprietors of
the machines claim they are not
gambling devices, but vending ma
chines. Each person who deposits
a nickel in the machine and operates
a lever receives a package of chew
ing gum, and every once in a while
the machine pays a dividend in
nickels. The cases will be acted |
upon by the Grand Jury.
Zion Navy League Unit.
The Navy League Unit of Zion and
surrounding community, met with
Mrs. Austin Carhart, Saturday, Dec.
It was decided at this meeting to
send a Christmas box to the Cecil
County boys at Camp Meade, con
taining cake, candy, fruit, jelly, etc.
We are also glad to note that it j
has been a privilege and pleasure to I
furnish our friend Miss Marion Cook,
who expects to go to France, with a
sweater scarf and wristlets. May
our prayers go with her.
December Term Of Court Convenes.
The December term of the Circuit
Court for Cecil county convened in j
Elkton on Monday, December 10th.
The Civil calendar showed 77
cases, the Appeal docket 28 cases,
and Appearances 30 cases.
A number of criminal cases were;
brought to the attention of the
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[) BUY THRIFT CARDS.
Invost Your Savings In This Plan to
e Aid Uncle Sam.
Postmaster C. T. Dare has re
ceived a supply of war thrift stamps
and is ready to supply all who de
f sire them.
Robert Crain, of Baltimore, Di
e rector of the Marylarid War Savings
- Campaign, has appointed city and
1 county Directors to push the work
- throughout the State. For Cecil
3 County he has named as Director
r William T. Warburton, Esq., of Elk :
t ton, President of the Second Na
-1 tional Bank.
r This is the way the war thrift plan
First of all, the Government will
3 issue thrift cards, placing them at
> every postoffice, every sub-postoffice,
' every-bank, every savings institu
tion, and possibly at leading drug
- stores, dry goods stores and other
1 places of easy accessibility.
1 Those thrift cards have no value
1 in thmselves, but on each of them
! appear 16 spaces. Each of these 16
' | spaces may be used for attaching a
; war savings stamp worth 25 cents
1 each. These stamps likewise will
be placed on sale at places in every
1 community frequented by many per
sons. Even postmen may be au
thorized to sell them.
■When a thrift card is filled by at
taching 16 25-cent stamps the owner
may take the card to any postoffice
and to most any bank and, by adding
12 more cents in cash, may secure ?
war savings certificate. The thrift
card on its face will represent an in
vestment of $4. When the 12 cents
are added the invesment will be
$4.12, but when the Government
1 issues the war savings certificate it
will have a face value of $5.
Certificates Mature in Five Years.
This certificate will not mature
however, for five years. It will not
be worth $5, of course, when first
issued, but will have that value upon
maturity. The sum of $4.12 with
interest compounded for five years
amounts to $5.
Judge Declares Prince George’s Law
The Act passed by the extra ses
sion of the Legislature in June last,
prohibiting the sale, storing or dis
pensing of spiritous or malted
liquors, etc., in Prince George’s
county, was declared by Judge Cam
alier at a special session of Court
held in Leonardtown, Md., on Thurs
day last, jto be unconstitutional,
when he ordered the release of
Lewis C. Jenkins under a writ of
Habeas Corpus from the custody of
the Sheriff of said county who held
him under commitment for violating
certain provisions of said Act, Chap
Maryland Week Meetings.
Owing to the war it was impos
sible to secure the Fifth Regiment
Armory, Baltimore, for the annual
Maryland Week this year. How
ever, the meetings will be held at"
the Hotel Emerson, Baltimore, on
December 18, 19 and 20, where
Maryland’s war problems for 191 S
will be discussed by the Maryland
State Horticultural Society, Mary
land Crop Improvement Association,
| Maryland State Dairymen’s Associ
ation, and Maryland State Bee
I _ a
Want Pig Pens.
A petition has been circulated and
will be presented to the Elkton
Town Council, asking the repeal of
the ordinance against keeping hogs
in town, on the grounds that as
much pork as possible should be
raised for home consumption in war
Big Rally Meeting.
Come to hear about our Red Cross
Unit. Speakers, music, flags, and
patroitism. In West Nottingham
Chapel at 2 o’clock on Saturday
afternoon, December 15th.
Delaware State Grange convened
in annual convention in Wolf Hall.
| Newark, Tuesday, December 11, the
j session lasting for three days,
worthy master, Horace L. Dilworth,
' presiding. About one hundred
delegates from all parts of the State,
■ were present.
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Housewife on page five, and take
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Old Noah was not a pomoter, but
he managed to float a lot of stock.
Some wirepullers are telegraph ‘ I
linemen and some are politicians. I
COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTEND
'.first Year In State—Report Of
Attendance Officer For Cecil ,
The State Board of Education has
■ ssued its report on “One Year of
1 Oomplsory School Attendance in
Maryland, 191 G-17.” The report
Every child is entitled to a com
mon school education.
It is unfair to tax a man to
educate his neighbor's child and then
lermit the neighbor to keep that
hild out of school.
The Attendance Law held in
-chool all last year 5,500 children
vho, but for the Law, would have
' een absent.
Our schools cost annually S3O per
hild in attendance.
And these 5,500 children got
'165,000 worth of schooling.
It cost only SIB,OOO to hold them
Was this good business for the
It was. It paid 800 per cent.
Miss Lidie Reynolds, Attendance
Ifficer for Cecil county, makes the
Practically all the children in this
ounty, ten years of age and over,
, -ave attended school at some time. <■
“■he great trouble here has been in
rregular attendance and withdrawal
"rom school at ,an early age. I
’mow of but six above ten years of
”ge who were brought into ( school
his year for the first time.
Two 12 years; one 14 years; three
' 6 years.
Attending 100 days-—l 2 yrs., 264:
13 yrs., 276; 14 yrs., 138; 15 yrs.,
18; 16 yrs., 32; 17 yrs., 48.
Less than 100 days—l 2 yrs., 130;
13 yrs., 203; 14 yrs., 118; 16 yrs.,
0; 16 yrs., 65; 17 yrs., 32.
No arrests were made.
About 400 garments, including
hoes and rubbers, have been dis
ributed throughout the county by
hree branches of the Needlework
Guild of America. These societies
have responded liberally in every
ase of poverty reported to me. The
Board of Health has also been help
ful in the unsanitary cases. I have
had no cases of poor health among
the very poor children.
In cases where children were ir
regular in attendance, I visited the
narents and talked with them, and
in nearly every case found them
reasonable in their views, and ap
parently anxious to have their child
Poverty is the chief difficulty
which I have met this year; the
scarcity of labor has made it neces
sary to keep children out of school
to help at home. The long distance
f hat a great many of the country
children have to walk Jn order to
attend school is an important factor
in irregular attendance in this
My work this year has consisted
rf visiting the parents, talking with
hem, and trying to get them to see
the necessity of having their children
educated. A great many people
who had felt the law unjust before
iilking to me, could see the good
- fter having the law explained to
them. With the foundation that
has been laid this year, I can see no
reason why the attendance should
not keep on increasing each year.
I think the age limit of seventeen
is a little high. A child who has at
tended school regularly up to,
thirteen years of age, and then at
tends 100 days for two more years,
and has not completed the seventh
grade, will, in all probability, never
compete it. It seems to me a child
of this kind would be better to hava
About seventy-six full days in tha
All the remainder of the school
year, including Saturdays, and two
weeks after school closed were spent
in the office.
About 400 visits to parents and
guardians. I have also interviewed
" great many people at the office and
by telephone, and have written
many letters in explanation of differ
ent points of the law.
LIDIE D. REYNOLDS,
Attendance Officer, Cecil County.
A friend of learning, who Is In
terested in the boys and girls of the,
community and would like to se&
more reading matter and more avail
able helps in the schoolroom, will
give five dollars toward Oakwood
School Library on condition that /
five more dollars are given making j
a total of ten dollars and entitling/
the school to a like amount from tha,'
County School Board.
It will pay you to make an early
inspection of our Novelties, and
Special Hats for Christmas giftf.
McCQY’S, Rising Sun, ltd*
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