A Graphic Description of Her
People, Their Ambitions,
Peculiarities and Faults.
AN INTERESTING LETTER FROM
CAPTAIN J. W. FARRELL, A
' Weir City, Kan., Aug-. 13, 1913.
“Howdy!” I am inclined to be a
“spiritualist,” since Editor Liven
good and I had our first postal hand
shake. We have never met, but both of
us began life in Allegany county, Md.,
I in Frostburg and he not far away.
Both have suffered from newspaperitis,
and both are habited and natured so
that we believe in ourselves, and that
makes us have supreme faith in man
kind. He has nothing to do now
1 since he.has “got"behind” The Spirit,
but lie (?) in the shade, count his shek
els and plan other pastimes and pleas
The Easy Life Newspapermen Lead.
The newspaper business —I have
been afflicted with it several times in
in my life—is one grand, gorgeous
round of leisure, pleasure and treas
ure. Honest it is ; ask him. It has
many parallels with hook and line fish
ing ; there is bait digging, there is
hope, great gobs of it, in both cases ;
truth is not necessary in recounting
effort ; much effort is wasted in at
tracting attention, and the hunger
felt at noontide may be increased at
nigh't. I know that all newspaper
men go to heaven. It’s free and they
can’t help it. There was a newspaper
man up at Great Bend who got rich ;
yes, sir! He sold out and went to
farming; but that was in Kansas.
Mr. Eivengood has asked for a let
ter, and I am sending him this, so you
must blame him. Besides, he is eas
ier reached than I am.
The Spirit of the Kansans Graph
I know of nothing more interesting
to the average easterner than a de
scription of our people, our ambitions,
our peculiarities and our faults. To
most of those living east of the Ap
palachian chain, Kansas seems, from
its history, its products of the soil, its
fool statesmen and its freak laws, a
foreign clime, where manners, ways
and language differ from their own.
Hike “Darkest Africa” and distant
India, it furnishes from time to time
the eastern political menageries with
attractions. If there is an ism or a
cult that cannot be propigated or
made to grow in any other soil on
A earth, planted in Kansas it will flour
a. . - |
Legislative enactments that would I
cause a revolution in other states, be- !
come excellent laws here, at first con
demned by all the sister states, ap
parently forgotten and then —adopt-
ed. We are a queer people. Incon
sistencies with others have proved ab
solutely logical propositions when
touched with the Kansas wand. Pop
ulism, which advocated the crossing
of the honey bee with the lightning
, bug, so honey could be made at night;
the cross-breeding of the common hog
with the centipede, so as to produce
more hams ; the grafting of the straw- i
berry plant upon the milkweed so as
to produce strawberries and cream on
the same vine, and the thousand other
unheard of, untried ideas, is a Kansas
departure and is traveling over this
broad land under other names. Kan
sas takes up nothing of tried and
proven theories. She is after some
thing new, and when she gets ready
to bring off the main show, she gen
erally astonishes her audience. There
is no comparative point in her make
up. She deals exclusively in superla
tives ; microscopic investigations do
not interest her. She declares her
mineral, her agricultural and her live
stock productions excel any other
state, and proves it to her own satis
faction, while her political output is
unquestioned. She has a mortgage
law that makes it almost impossible
to collect on, yet there are millions
seeking investment. Her laws govern
ing railroads are so strict as to reach
the section men and lamplighters, yet
the building of new lines has not been
affected. She has the most rigid pro
hibition law of any state in the union,
making the second conviction for vio
lation a felony, yet not a death for
want of whiskey has occurred in the
state since 1882. Onr prohibition law
is elastic, it is popular, and so enforc
ed that its whiskey sales furnish re
venue to “pillars of the church” and
a competency to the distributor. Sen
ator Ingalls said of it : “Kansas has
the best prohibition law ever enacted.
You can find in the statutes all the
prohibition you want, and you can
find in the joints all the whiskey you
want.” Can-you beat it ?
And yet, with all these inconsist
encies, with all these freak larws, with
the world sneering, jibing and refus
ing to have faith in her, true to her
motto : Ad astro, per aspera, at times
wobbly, ever erratic, dreamy, often
cruel and seemingly unreasonable,
she never goes backward. Twenty
years ago the Saute Fe railroad bien
nially took charge-of the elections and
relived the people of this great re
sponsibility. Now the railroads and
all successful enterprises are “big
game” for legislative nimrods, and
there is no closed season. There is
nothing Kansas will not try, once.
She is ever on the still hunt for some
thing new and ; startling, and she gen
erally brings in the game.
Her bornin’ was a tragedy, and her j
blood and that of her enemies be- j
smeared her infantile garments, but j
the patriotism, courage, determination
and character revealed in her early
struggles, marks her now as the home
of that freedom, independence and
self-reliance dreamed of by the pa
triots of the Colonial days. She feai's
nothing, she copies nothing, she stops
at nothing, and her battle flag, with
the legend—“ The End Justifies the
Means”—if not leading all her com
petitors, lies at the victor’s heels.
Over in Wichita, the other day, they
prayed for rain. When I first came to
Kansas, nearly half a century ago, I
was impressed with the health, vigor,
aggressiveness, the activity and the
independence of her people, and I
wondered how all these characteristics
could be combined in each individual.
Kansas Was Not Settled by Weak
lings, but by People Who Fought,
Prayed and Ploughed.
I finally solved the problem to my
own satisfaction with the theory that
none but healthy, vigorous, courage
ous persons would come to Kansas,
that none but the daring, freedom-lov
ing, independent did come, and that
none but these would stay. That was
nearly fifty years ago, and the pro
geny of those daring adventurers
who dared to come and fearlessly stay
ed, have not “gone back” in person or
in character. They are here yet, an
improvement, if that be possible, on
that parentage that preserved exist
ence by fighting Indians and Border
Ruffians six days of the week and
ploughing and praying on Sunday.
The Kasan of today is the direct de
scendant of the pioneer of the ’sos and
’6os, with the same aggressiveness,
the same vigor, activity, courage and
imagination, now, as were their fa
thers, the best type of American free
men we have produced. With all her
faults, fads, fairy tales and eccentric
ities, they are the fruitition of the
hope of Jefferson, Hamilton and
Washington for a truly distinctive
American citizen, and every state
should be proud of Kansas, as the best
and bravest of ever}' state has contri
buted to her citizenship or —her ceme
The Heat and Drouth so Great that
Kausaus Going to Hades this
Summer Catch Cold.
We are suffering from the greatest
and most protracted heat period'in our
history. Lack of rains has shortened
the crops by half Water is scarcer
than ever known before, and, for some
reason not generally understood, whis
ky is nearer proof. There was a tre
mendous wheat crop, but it was not
up to the claims made previous to the
harvest. A peculiar thing about Kan
sas crop predictions is that no crop
has ever exceeded the claims made
previous to the threshing.
This is the 13th day of August,
and there have* been eleven days so
far that have registered more than
100 degrees. Walt Mason, the Empo
ria poet, says that not a single Kansan
I ,'.uo co iic/r tills slimmer chat ha's I
not caught cold. Streams and ponds j
! have dried up, wells grown dusty, and
in several instances pastures and
growing crops have been fired by pass
ing trains and burned in the old prai
rire fire style. The cities are not far
ing so badly—they have deep wells
and beer joints.
It does beat all how the great, self
sacrificing friends of the people are
being persecuted. When a great re
former like Sulzer is forced to resign
his office as Governor or is impeached
for nothing greater than forgery, the
Goddess of Liberty had better swap her
crown for a tub and washboard.
Prosperity Prophesied for This
I prophesy prosperity for The Spirit.
An appreciative clientele and a hust
ling, rustling, talented editor should
make a combination to make the pa
per’s stock good material for the
strong box. Out west there are cases
where editors starve, but you will al
ways be Livengood.
J. W. Farreee.
Who is J. W. Farrell?
Knowing that the interesting Kansas
letter published in this issue, from the
able pen of Capt. J. W. Farrell, will
be read with intense interest by many
Frostburgers and others, causing them
to ask who J. W. Farrell is, The
Spirit has decided to give you some
very interesting information in its
next issue concerning that gentleman,
together with his portrait.
It was through mere chance that
the editor of this paper and Captain
Farrell learned of each other and
struck up a sort of long range ac
quaintance, and the editor can say
truly that Frostburg has a right to
feel very proud of being - the birthpla-Ce
of so brilliant a man as Capt. Farrell.
He is our kind of people, and we love
him as a friend and brother.
At considerable trouble The Spirit
has secured a pretty good sketch of
Capt. Farrell’s life and family history,
but as the captain is a modest man,'
we could get only a small portion of
it from him. The balance we have
secured from other sources, where he
is held in high esteem, and no reader
of this paper can afford to miss what
will appear in next week’s paper con
cerning the brilliant and picturesque
Kansan who first saw the light in
Frostburg, in Frostburg on the Pike.
Gone to Frostburg.
From The Windber Era.
P. L- Livengood, formerly engaged
in the newspaper business in Wind
ber, this week announces that he will
locate in Frostburg, Maryland, The
name of his paper will be The Frost
burg Spirit, and it will succeed the
Frostburg Mining Journal, which re
cently suspended. The date of the
first issue has not yet been announc
ed, but Mr. Livengood has already
opened an office in Frostburg. The
politics of the paper is to be Republi
can, but not radically so, says the new
; editor, who doubtless will make his
presence felt, for he is a “live wire.”
j Success to you, Peter.
1 O -*fe. -r fc ©
: | LOCAL AND GENERAL |
Chas. Rodda has the thanks of the
> editor and family for a large basket
-5 ful of beans.
Miss Effie Shaffer has just returned
from a business trip to Philadelphia
and New York.
William Rodda, of Bowery street,
, is visiting his sister, Mrs. Will. G.
Smith, in Dayton, Ohio.
Mrs. Elizabeth Mayer was last week
■ visited by her niece, Mrs. Samuel
; Glotfelty, of Salisbury, Pa.
> Miss Caroline Van Ormer, of Schells
burg, Pa., is visiting her grandmother,
i Mrs. H. B. Shaffer, of this city.
Mr. and Mrs. Chris. Koegel and
daughter Mildred, alid Miss Lulu Geis
' are visiting relatives in Toledo, Ohio,
: and Chicago, Illinois.
Tomatoes are coming to the Frost
burg market from Pennsylvania and
Garrett county by the wagonload.
They are selling as low as 75 cents
Miss Florence Livengood went to
Somerset county, Pa., last week, to
spend about ten days or two weeks
visiting friends and relatives at Mey-.
ersdale and Salisbury.
The Spirit warmly thanks several
of its patrons for news items con
tributed to its first edition. Such
courtesies are always appreciated and
help to make the paper interesting.
B. F. Shupe went to Rockwood on
Monday to erect a large monument
purchased by Ex-County Commis
■ sioner Geo. F. Kimmel, of Somerset,
Pa., from the J. B. Williams Com
Mr. and Mrs. John Stevens moved
this week from Mt. Pleasant street to
Florida, where they will make their
home. Their many Frostburg friends
regret their removal, but wish them
; happiness and prosperty in their new
Miss Ada Livengood, a student of
Cambria Business College, Johnstown,
Pa., who spent her vacation at her
home in this city, returned to her
studies last week. She expects to fin
ish a complete commercial course by
October Ist, and has several positions
tendered to her for acceptance after
Think of paint put-on and not by
. the gallon.
A gallon of paint in the can is of no
i account to anybody. Put it on. Now
reckon its cost and value.
The secret is: one paint goes twice
as far as another. A good one goes
, twice as far as a bad one.
You have a job, say an average job.
. I It’ll take 10 gallons Devoe and 12 or 15
( ; or 18 or 20 of middling poor very-poor
, anti 1 critsiV, UOu w - pAtY, ttY'o- wag e,
\in your town. Put the price of a
gallon of paint and the painters’ day
wage together. Yon can, we can’t.
Devoe costs less than any inferior
paint; there are hundreds of them.
One paint is as good as another, so
long as it lasts good; one lasts months
and another years; and the one that
goes farthest lasts longest.
J. W. Shea, Agent. sells it.
Popular Prohibitioa Candidate.
Henry F. Cook, whose political an
nouncement appears elsewhere, was
born in Barton, this county, 45 j'ears
ago. and has been a resident in and
around Frostburg practically all his
life. He is well known throughout
the county, having on previous oc
casions received large complimen
tary votes, particularly in his home
district and town. He is married and
has a nice home on Mt. Pleasant
Mr. Cook is a firm believer in all he
advocates and open to conviction on
all public questions. He realizes the
utter impossibility of any legislator to
please all the people and has no faith
in such promises. Most candidates
dodge public questions and measures,
but he invites investigation and inter
rogation beforehand, contending - that
HENRY e. cook.
, a candidate who does not define his
position beforehand will most likely
be a coward in the final windup.
Mr. Cook is somewhat of afraternal
ist, being a member of several patriot
ic, fraternal and social organiza
tions, and holds office in a large num
ber of them. He is treasurer of the
Shield of Honor, financial secretary
of Trinity Club, grand vice-chief of
the Knights of the Golden Eagle in
Maryland, secretary of the Independ
ent Order of Foresters, assistant sec
retary of the Patriotic Order of Amer
icans, member of the entertainment
compiittee of the Junior Order United
American Mechanics, district pres
ident of the Patriotic Order Sons of
America, and in the Masonic fraternity
is deputy illustrious master in the
Council of Royal and Select Masters,
Rechabites, Veterans’ Auxiliary, and
Mr. Cook aspires to the office be
lieving that he can serve his constit
uency efficiently. —Advertisement.
THE FROSTBURG SPIRIT, FROSTBURG, MD.
of Frostburg has never lagged—it has alvyays been progressive and abreast with the times.
THE POLICY OF
THE CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK
will continue, as heretofore, to promote the town’s welfare, and render hblpful service to
its growing list of customers.
Capital .... $50,000.00
Surplus and Profits. . $82,000.00
Assets (over) . . $800,000.00
D. ARMSTRONG, President. FRANK WATTS, Cashier.
FOR THE BEST
IN THE WORLD
1 12-25-pd Apply to J. B. ODER.
Justice of the Peace,
4 MECHANIC STREET,
, All business entrusted to ine is attended to
. promptly and satisfactorily.
Sept. 9, 10, 11, 12
$4,000 in Racing Purses
Many FRfDR Attractions
, For information apply to
Robt. Worsley, Sec’y.
On Broadway, Frostburg, Md.
Let Us Dry-Steam Clean
and Press Your Coat,
Pants and Test!
We do not drive the dirt into the lining of
the goods, but force it from the inside out.
This process is strictly sanitary. It removes
all dirt, raises the nap, renders the garment
sterilized like new and not shrink a thread.
ladies 9 Coats, Jackets, Skirts f Etc.,
receive special attention!
Shall we call for your next package ?
FROSTBURG STEAM LAUNDRY
A. S. BURTON, Proprietor.
Eacli package will color
wool, silk, cotton and mix
ed goods. For sale at our
10c per package.
We are also sole agents
for International Stock
Food, ppt up in 25c and
50c packages and 25-pound
■pails. . .
The Chicago Limited, with obser
vation parlor and club car, leaves
Frostburg 3:52 P. M., arriving
Pittsburgh 7:30 P. M., and Chicago
7:59 o’clock next morning. Train,
with sleepers, also leaves 3:36 A.
M., arriving in Pittsburgh 7:35 A.
The Baltimore Limited, with
observation parlor and club car,
and coaches, leaves Frostburg
12:39 P. M., arriving in Baltimore
6:55 P. M. Also leaves 1:51 A. M.,
arriving in Baltimore 8:10 A. M.,
I The Clothes We Sell Are |
never designated by that time-honored phrase "as
. 4* !sji\ good as,” for the simple reason that they are better ||
I They are designed correctly, cut with |
x unerring skill, tailored by men who use jj
■ | mM* their brains wlth their hands and from |
woolens of sterling purity.
' There is no extravagance in rvnr chasing auch
I Clothes at the prices we qyote below;
I Jjj Ij $16.50 to $25.00. g
X A We are ready now to show you the newest ideas
Copyright 1913 The House of Kuppenheimef ITT Fall and Winter Goodsl
| OTTO HOHINC & SONS |
WM. ENGLE JAS. ENCLE
Engle Meat Market
Live Stock and
Butter and Eggs
Poultry in Season
66 EAST UNION STREET
17 WEST UNION STREET
HOW glibly the exrpression
comes during the funeral
services. How much does it
really mean a month afterward?
What is the outward and visible
sign of your remembrance? A
suitable Monument according to
your means? Or is it—
A NEGLECTED GRAVE?
J. B. WILLIAMS CO.,
Western Maryland’s Leading
Marble and Granite Dealers,
60 East Main Street - - Frostburg, Md.
99 N. Centre Street, Cumberland, Md. i
Try This Flour—*-
“Golden Sheaf Patent.”
You can’t get better bread from any
brand on the market, no matter
what price you pay.
ONCE TRIED ALWAYS USED.
For sale by \
EDWARD DAVIS & CO.,
Next Door to Postoffice.
i Bargains in Real Estate i
q Six-room House and Summer
O Kitchen, close to Normal School,
O property in fair repair, city water,
g large lot 100x165. Price. . $675.00
0 Eight-room Frame House, in fair
O repair, located on East Main Street,
O good well water, large lot 55x165.
O Bargain price $1,350.00
O 2 1
O You can buy a Six-room Frame
O House on Linden Street, lot 60x165,
X property in good repair. Bargain
O P rice $1,300.00
O Five-room Frame House and
3 Summer Kitchen located on Welsh
O Hill, large lot, property in No. 1 re-
O pair, now renting for |6.00 a month.
3 Bargain price $600.00
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o For bargains in Real Fvstate and Business' Opportunities, 8
O Fire Insurance and Bonds written in old and reliable com- o
O panies, come and C US—write or phone. C. &P. Phone 20-k. 8
§ W. C. NOEL & COMPANY §
8 15 E. Main Street Wittig Building §
Fight-room Frame House in good g
repair, close to the street-car line, O
large lot 100x500, good well, small O
buildings and fruit, the right place g
to raise hogs and chickens. Bar- g
gain price $1,000.00 O
FARM FOR SALE. g
Seventy-one acres, miles from Q
Frostburg, 35 acres cleared, re- q
mainder in wood and timber land— g
props, ties, etc. The land is inclined O
to be hilly, not stony. Six-room 8
House, barn 32x44, 100 apple trees, g
good water. On account of bad O
health the owner will sacrifice this 8
farm this month for $950.00 Q
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