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The Midland Journal
VOL. LX.fl " RISING SUN CECIL COUNTY, MD.. FRIDAY, AUGUST , 135 NO. 4 C. £c D. \ ,r ork To Start Soon Project Will Give Employ ment To Large Number Of Men Work of widening and deepening the Chesapeake ami Delaware canal to permit the passage of ocean-going j vessels from Chesapeake Hay to the Delawaie river, is expected to start between August 15 and 20. An appropriation of $5,000,000 is available for this year, and it is ex pected that 1,000 men will be em ployed on the improvement. Of this number about 400 will be from Maryland, ninety per cent, of them from the relief rolls. The work in Maryland will con sist largely of dredging from Bethel to Court House Point. Edward H. Ellis, Inc., of West ville, N. J., submitted low bids last week on five of the eight items in the dry excavations necessary to the widening and deepening of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal to a full-sized ship canal. The aggregate of the concern’s bids on the first five items is $597,912. Two concerns were equally low at $85,784 for Item 6. They were the Burket Construction Company, of Vineland, N. J,, and Richards-Kelly Company, Philadelphia. Burket was low with $83,485 on Item 7 and Richards-Kelly was low with $79,526 on Item 8. The engineers’ office said the items represented the geographical units into which the canal has been divided. The low bids for the wet excava tion or dredging on three sections of the canal extending from Courthouse Point to Bethel, Md., a distance equal to about one-third the entire canal route, amounted to $2,190,223 it was announced following opening of bids at the office of the U. S. En gineer in Philadelphia. The specifications provide for widening the canal to 250 feet and deepening it to 2 7 feet, thereby con verting the water way into a ship canal capable of carrying ocean-go ing vessels. Army engineers said the excava tion operations will begin early next month, and that the workers will be taken from the relief rolls in this area. No date has been set for sub mitting bids on the remainder of the work. It is expected the first third of the work will be well under way before these bids are submitted because an other appropriation will be neces sary. Only about half of the total estimated cost of $12,500,000 has been appropriated. The total cost of widening and deepening the canal will be four times as much as It cost to build the canal back in 1825, when 1000 farmers and hired men dug the original 14-mile waterway as part of a Boston-to-the-South system. The Federal government bought it in 1919 for $2,520,000, which was $270,000 more than it cost to build. Enlargement of the canal will give greater strategic value to lighter naval craft on the Atlantic Coast and is expected to return to the canal an era 'of prosperity which was lpst with the rise of the railroads. Credited with a vital role In the Civil War, when supplies were rush ed through it to Union armies, the’ canal had a quiet, if picturesque, life up until it was taken over by the government. The locks and tow path were then abandoned and the waterway was made generally more useful. But not as useful as it will be now when ocean-going freighters will ply through it daily, multiply ing the prsent 1,000,000 tons of freight annually carried between its shores. ❖ LOCAL BALL PLAYER TO GET TRYOUT Marvin Lucas, aged 19 years, of Rising Sun, who is playing at short stop this season for the Oxford, Pa., Bi-State team, is to be given a tryout in faster company next year. Lucas is a graduate of Rising Sun High School, and got his preliminary base ball training with the High School team. He was recently recommend ed to Herb Pennock by Taylor R. Biles, manager of Rising Sun’s Sus quehanna League team. Pennock for years was pitching ace for the New York Yankees, and is now president of the Charlotte, N. C., team in the Piedmont League. Pen nock will take the fast Rising Sun lad for a thorough tryout next season. SK&keft,. 7,., v .. v . Briefly Noted Hap penings The Water Witch Fire Company of Port Deposit realized S2OO by the j festival recently held. O. L. Rogers, of near Zion, had his hand budly lacerated one day last week, while operating a tractor. | I The annual campmeeting at Cop son Park, near Leslie, opened last week and will continue for two ' weeks. Frank N. Jenkins, formerly of j Rising Sun, division manager of the Electrolux Co., at Cleveland, Ohio, | has been transferred to Tampa, ' Florida. Wednesday, August 7, was set by the Circuit Court of Cecil County as the date to bear arguments, and for the presentation of briefs by counsel in the Road Injunction case. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Bert Edwards, former f manager of the Bel Air Meat Market for embezzling approximately SSOO from Charles C. Vaughn, of Bel Air. Edwards disappeared from Bel Air and officers are endeavoring to locate him. The first fatal accident of the sea son occurred at Crystal Beach Satur day afternoon, July 27, when Elliott Canning, 24 years old, from Phila delphia, was drowned when he fell from a surfboard being towed by a speed boat. His body was recover ed the next day. PLACED ON P. R. R. HONOR ROLL Charles P. Rutledge, passenger conductor, of the Maryland Division, has been retired after 52 years of service. He was born in York, Pa., on April 14, 1 868, and entered the service as a messenger at York, April 25, 1883; promoted to pas senger brakeman, December 1, 1889; baggage master, October 1, 1894, and passenger conductor, January 18, 1898, which position he held until the date of his retirement. He lives at Perryville, Md., and for a great number of years was passenger conductor on the Colum bia and Port Deposit Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad. .> PAXSON REUNION HELD AT PENN HILL The annual reunion of the Paxson Association of America was held at Penn Hill Meetinghouse, Southern Lancaster county, Pa., Saturday, July 27, with about two hundred in attendance. A bountiful dinner was ■ierved on the meetinghouse lawn at .he noon hour. The 1936 reunion will be held in Bucks County, Pa., at the site of the >riginal American settlement. Officers of the Association are: Francis S. Paxson, president, Leland Paxson, Ist vice president; Willard Smedley, 2nd vice president; Dr. Newlin Paxson, 3rd vice president; Arthur Edwin Bye, 4th vice presi lent; Mrs. Adaline Paxson Edwards, recording secretary; Mrs. Sara Etta Boyd, corresponding secretary and measurer; Rev. Alex T. Paxson, chaplain; J. Leslie Brown, historian. * PYLE—NICKERSON Mr. and Mrs. Edward Nickerson, of Chesapeake City, announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Anna Nickerson, to Mr. Ralph Pyle, jon of Mr. and Mrs. Adin Pyle, at Belair, on Saturday, May 11. The lir, on Saturday, May 11. The iride is a graduate of Chesapeake tity High School and Beacom Col lege, Wilmington, Del. KOMRADE KLUB OUTING The Komrade Klub enjoyed a lay’s outing at Sandy Cove Beach, n the North East river, on Tuesday ast. Following a splendid dinner erved by the management of the •esort, the Komrade members played everal tables of bridge. High score lonors were awarded Mrs. Elizabeth Biles. •> HEAT WAVE BROKEN The heat wave, which extended iver a period of fully two weeks, luring which the mercury played iround well up in the nineties for mccessive days, while sweltering mmanity resorted to every means to teep cool, has finally been broken, showers and cooler weather have been our portion since Saturday eve ning, and everyone breathes with grateful relief at the passing of the .corching days, when Old Sol made limself felt to the limit. .j Biggest bores of all are the hard -boiled with their eternal grumplneaa. Changes In The State Roads Line Up Cecil County Switched To Fourth District Wholesale personnel changes in the District No. 2 staff of the State Roads Commission were disclosed last week as the court fight over other changes by the commission in Cecil county was recessed until j August 7. Itolph Townshend, dis trict engineer for the commission, 'announced the personnel changes as follows: j Cecil county, which formerly was i included in the district with Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Talbot counties, has been transferred to the Fourth District with headquarters at t Towson, Md. Lewin Deputy, Chestertown, has been promoted to the post of county engineer for Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, replacing Gilbert B. Tay lor as county roads supervisor in 1 Kent and J. R. E. Turpin in Queen I Anne’s. J. Russell Summers is the new engineer in Talbot cunty and Harry Waldorf in Caroline county. Under the new set-up, county en gineers will supervise all roads, State and county, in their territories. H. Bates Chairs will have charge of maintenance and construction in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties and Richard B. Groves in Talbot and Caroline counties. All the new appointees are Re publicans, replacing Democrats. The changes were announced one day after Dr. Homer E. Tabler, chair man of the Roads Commission, had ■testified in Cecil County Circuit Court at Elkton that it was not the intention of the commission to dis miss Democratic road officials and replace them with Republicans. FA. POWER GO. TOLI) ITS RATES ARE EXCESSIVE Governor Geoorge H. Earle served “formal notice” on Friday that pub lic utilities of Pennsylvania “will not be permitted to charge excessive rates.” The “notice” came in the form of an executive order calling for investi gation of rates of the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company-—one of the biggest intra-state corporations of its kind in the country—by the Public Service Commission. The inquiry was ordered after studies by commission engineers and auditors showed an excess valuation of $93,000,000, a statement from the governor’s office said. The valuation figure is the basis for rates charged consumers of elec tric current, the law permitting utilities a 6 per cent return on their investment. He described the empany’s atti tude as “defiant.” An order to file new rate sched-, ules by May 8, 1935, had been ignor ed, he disclosed. SUNDAY SCHOOL EXCURSION TO TOLCHEBTER The combined Sunday school ex cursion of Rising Sun, Hopewell, Port Deposit and Perryville M. E. church, down the Chesapeake J?.y to Tolchester, on Thursday last, drew more than a capacity crowd. When the steamer Emma Giles left Port Deposit, it was loaded to almost its capacity, which is 950 persons. At Havre de Grace only a portion of the Perryville Sunday school" were per mitted to board the boat, and it was necessary to transport several to Tol chester by automobile. The trip down the Bay was greatly enjoyed by the excursionists. A DOG GOES “BACK HOME” George Wilson and family recently moved from the Fair Hill section, this county, to Newtown Square, Pa., taking with them a beagle dog that was a pet with the children. The following the dog disappeared, and several days after appeared at the farm vacated by the Wilson family, having found its way “back home,” a distance of 48 miles. <. DAMAGE SUIT FOLLOWS AUTO ACCIDENT Suit for $5,000 damages has been filed at Lancaster, Pa., by Elmer Ellsworth Boyd and wife, of near Unicorn, Pa., against Paul Rice and Ellwood Rice, both of near Christ ana, Pa. The suit is the ’result of an auto collision on July 22 near Nine Points, when both of the plaintiffs and two other occupants of their car were injured. Their car collided with a truck owned by Ellwood Rice and driven by the latter’s son, Paul. Applicants For Old Age Pensions Must Apply At Welfare Board Office In Elkton The Board of State Aid and Chari ties is being swamped with old age pension applications. A large num ber of Cecil county applicants have already secured application blanks, and the number grows daily. Many, it is believed, will meet with dis appointment, as officials point out that only those who have no means of support and cannot earn a living are entitled to pensions. To those interested in old-age pen sions, the Cecil County Welfare Board wishes to make the following statement: All applicants should apply In per son at the Welfare office in the Clay ton building, Elkton, Md. If, how ever, the trip would cause hardship to the applicants because of Infirm ity, then they should write a letter to the office and a representative will call at the home. The Welfare office has been notified from Baltimore, that it will be approximately two months before funds will be available for the old-age pension, but as each !case requires considerable Investiga tion, the Bard feels that the appli cant should place his application as soon as possible. Each case will be considered on its own merits and there is no need for any applicant to apply to any person or persons other than at the Welfare office, as by doing so It might only delay his application. .;. HIAWATHA AT CAMP HORSE SHOE Saturday afternoon and evening were redletter occasions at Camp Horseshoe, the Boy Scout Camp, northwest of Rising Sun. In the afternoon relatives and friends of the hoys visited the Camp, over sixty guests enjoying supper in the spa cious mess hall. Among the dis tinguished visitors at the Camp in the afternoon was Justice Roberts, of the U. S. Supreme Court, who is an enthusiastic Scout sponsor. The pageant “Hiawatha,” direct ed by Ralph E. Blakeslee, was pre sented in the evening by a cast of over sixty scouts, in an impressive manner, elaborately costumed and well enacted. Great pains had been taken in arranging the lighting ef fects with electric flood-lights, spot lights, flares, etc., and the scenes were all beautifully “staged” In the open along the bank of the Octoraro creek, the large audience being assembled in a natural amphitheatre that sloped toward the creek, afford ing a wonderful view for everyone. The closing scene, which climaxed the presentation, where Hiawatha, standing erect in a canoe, drifts away toward the land of the setting sun, was one of unusual beauty, flares, placed down the creek several hun dred yards from the natural amphi theatre, lighting the scene so bril liantly that the course of the canoe could be traced easily as It rode gracefully along on the water. The narrator was Isaac White, whose voice carried distinctly to everyone in the audience. Among the special features was a vocal solo by Chief T. J. Price, an exhibition of Indian torch swinging by Chief Medi cine Eagle, a snake dance by Alfred Love and assistant, in which a live snake was * used. Other striking features, deserving of mention, could be noted if space permitted. The Scout band added much to the evening's entertainment tvith several well rendered selections. In fact, everyone who had a hand in the or ganization, presentation and enact ment of the pageant has reason to feel proud of the successful manner in which it was carried out. * BODY OF COLORED LAD RE COVERED The body of Aloysius Thomas, Ne gro, age 13, was found floating in the water near Camp Chesapeake along the North East River, Monday after noon. The boy, whose home was in Philadelphia, had been spending a week with his uncle, Wilbur Rag lend, near Red Point, when on Sat urday, he got in his uncle’s bateau and rowed out into the river some distance and in some manner fell overboard. The supposition is that the lad, in undertaking to throw out the anchor, lost his balance and fell overboard. His body, when found, was nearly two miles from where he was drowned. Coroner Stanley Jef fers, of Elkton, deemed an inquest unnecessary, and gave a certificate of accidental drowning. I Personal And Social Items i Donald Shaffer, of Cumbrland, is visiting Ills aunt, Mrs. Cecil E. Ewing. Mrs. John A. Barker, of Baltimore, is visiting her sister, Mrs. J. C. Hind , man, Sr. Mrs. Win. Bones, of Newark, N. J., spent Saturday and Sunday with Miss Emma Hunt. Mrs. Martin Keplinger enjoyed the week-end with relatives near Cam bridge, Maryland. Mrs. Edward Jenkins spent a few days with Austin Jenkins and family, Elkton, last week. Mrs. Estella Pogue spent the week-end with her Bister Mrs. Wal ton Campbell, Port Deposit. Mr. Bernard Barker and daughter, Miss Florence Barker, are visiting his aunt, Mrs. J. C. Hindman, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. David T. Reed en joyed a visit with relatives in Mer ehantsville, N. J., the past week. Mrs. Arthur Irvin, daughter Isabel and son David, of Altoona, Pa., were week-end guests of Mrs. Clara B. Keen. Mrs. Annie Traynor and daughter Miss Traynor, left on Thursday last for their former home in Fort Pierce, Florida. 1 Miss Ann and Master Francis Dur ham have returned home from Eudo wood Sanitarium greatly benefited in health. Miss Martha Yocum is home from a two weeks vacation spent with relatives at Westtown, Pu. and At lantic City. Miss Jane Jenkins, Miss Alice Hagey, Herman Reynolds and Arthur Ragan enjoyed the sea breeze at Atlantic City on Sunday. Mr. M. U. Zimmerman and family have been spending a few days in Philadelphia visiting Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Roberts and Mrs. Olga Price. Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Boyle, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gerstley and daughter Peggy, of Baltimore, were recent visitors at the home of J. E. Boyle. Mrs. Lizzie Brown, of Moundsville, W. Va., has been visiting her sisters, Mrs. William Mask, Mrs. Basil Brown and Miss Margaret Haines. Miss Helen Orr spent Wednesday and Thursday of the past week with her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Win. Ingram, Wallingford, Penna. Mr. Elmer Ingram and family, of Union, Pa., have moved into the Wil son apartment on Mount street, re cently vacated by Charles Boyd and family. Neuman Culley, of North East, and Miss Doris Mitchell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Mitchell, of Havre de Grace, were married in Elkton, July 26. They will reside in North East. Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Garvin en tertained at dinner Tuesday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Garvin, Junior and Jean, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ban ning, Mr. and Mrs. William Snyder and William, Jr. With a large number of relatives and friends present, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ott celebrated the fiftieth an niversary of their wedding at their ' home, Locust Point, along* Elk river, Sunday. Mr. J. Reese Short and Miss Louise Jones, of Cecilton, were united in marriage on Saturday eve ning, July 27. They will reside in Chester where the groom has been employed for some time. I Mr. and Mrs. Asher Roberson and Mrs. Lillian Roberson entertained on Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Lyons, of Coatesville, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. Emerson K. Patten and chil dren, of Baltimore, and Mrs. H. B. , Patten. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Edward Crane, son Charles, Jr., and his class mate at Swarthmore College, Arthur Ogden, of Montpieler, Vermont, were visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Lane on Tuesday. Mr. Crane is columnist and author, and for a number of years was connected with the American Press as a corre spondent. Mrs. Mary Cherry and Miss Louise Worthington entertained during the week, Miss Agnes M. Cherry, of Germantown; Mrs. Haviland Wright, of Chestnut Hill; Dr. and Mrs. Wil liam Workman and daughters, Marian and Adelaide, ot Mt. Joy, Pa. State Roads Chairman On Witness Stand Gives Testimony Before Court In County Supervisor Injunction Case The hearing of witnesses before Cecil Circuit Court In the injunction proceedings brought by the County Commissioners as the result of the dismissal of Joseph T. Itlchards, Democrat, road supervisor for the county, mid appointment In his place of Wm. M. Cameron, Republican, was concluded last week, and the Court set Wednesday, August 7, as the day for counsel In the case to file their briefs, after which a decision will be handed down by the Court. A large number of witnesses testi fied as to the condition of the dirt roads undor the supervision of Mr. Richards. Some asserted they were greatly Improved, others that they were In poor condition. When Dr. Ilomer 15. Tabler, chuir man of the State Hoads Commission, was testifying, In reply to u question asked by counsel in the case for thtf plaintiff,' whether or not politics en tered into the appointment of William M. Cameron in place of Mr. Richards, replied that It did—about fifty per cent. He also stuted that there were three things that entered into the proposed removal of Mr. Richards. They were: High cost of maintenance of roads under Mr. Richards; protest letters received by the Commission against Mr. Rich ards, and a delegation of three gen tlemen from Cecil county, who called upon the Commission and asked that Mr. Cameron be appointed in place of tlie incumbent. The Court asked Dr. Tabler to name the dele gation, and he replied they were: John M. McCool, of Elkton; Arthur A. Armour, Farmington, and Mr. Fritz (Francis J. Keefer), of Elkton. RESIGNS AS HEAD OF LINCOLN UNIVERSITY The resignation of Dr. William llallock Johnson as President of Lincoln (i’a.) University has been officially confirmed. Dr. Johnson has served as presi dent for the past ten years and roaches the age of 70 years some time in December, at which age fac ulty members are traditionally ex pected to retire. The administration of the University affairs will be taken over by Professor Walter L. Wright, vice president. Dr. Johnson is one of the older members of Lincoln University fac ulty; is a teacher of Greek and New Testament, and has been teaching ih the school continuously over a period of 32 years. He came to Lin coln from Centre College, Kentucky, in June, 1903, and was made presi dent in 1926. * ELKS GATHER AT HAVRE DE GRACE The vanguard of what was expect ed to be a crowd of 5,000 descended upon Havre de Grace Monday for the fifteenth annual convention of the Tri-State Association of Elks. They registered at the convention head quarters—a tent pitched near the Havre de Grace Race Track. No sessions were held Monday, the first business coming up for consid eration Tuesday morning. Monday’s program of the three-day convention was devoted to a few sightseeing tours. Motor trips to the Aberdeen Prov ing Grounds and the hydroelectric plant at Conowingo were taken by many of the delegates during the day. A moonlight excursion on the steamer Tred Avon made up the evening’s entertainment. The association comprises lodges of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Dela ware. Al.l the sessions were held in the tent, which measures 200 by 100 feet. - FORMER PORT DEPOSIT RECTOR NAMED BISHOP The Rev. Joseph Wilson Sutton, D.D., vicar of Trinity Chapel in New York City, has been elected Episco pal bishop of Vermont to succeed the late Bishop Samuel B. Booth, who died June 17. Dr. Sutton is unmarried, was born in Baltimore, June 6, 1881, and re ceived degrees of A. 8., M. A., and D.D., - from Washington College. He received his B. D. from the Gen eral Theological Seminary in New York In 1905. His first parish was at Port De posit, Md. Later he served as curate at St. Paul’s School, Baltimore, and in 1910 became headmaster.