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8 The Leading 8 8 Weekly Newspaper of Allegany 8 8 County, Maryland 8 uooooooooooooooooooooooooooo FORTY-SECOND YEAR. NO. 42 Spirit Liters Wanted, For S?le, For Rent, Lost, Found, and Miscel laneous Notices. RATES —Five cents per line for each insertion. No advertisement accepted for less than 25 cents. WANTED. Two good girls for hotel work. Good wages. Write, to W. H. Farns worth, .Tenners, Pa. 11-13tf. FOR SAGE. A new 12-Gauge Double-Barrel Hammerless Shotgun. A beauty, and a gun with unexcelled shooting qual ities. Can be bought for two-thirds its value. Inquire at The Spirit office, tf. FOR SAGE. A 12-Gauge Single-Barrel Stevens Shotgun. A good shooter and a late model, nearly new. Can be bought very cheap. Inquire at The Spirit office. tf. FOR SAGE. A fine new Stevens Ideal Rifle, center-fire, 25-20 caliber. Can be bought at a bargain. Inquire at The Spirit office. tf. ' WANTED. Your orders for Engraved Cards, Wedding Stationery, Birth Announce ments, Private Stationery, in fact everything in the line of engraved work. Call at The Spirit office and see the finest line of engraved samples ever shown in Allegany county, tf. WANTED. Want Advertisements for this col umn, They bring you business and supply your wants. tf. WANTED. Your orders for all kinds of Plain and Fancy Printing. No order too large and none too small. Send your orders to The Spirit office. tf. WANTED. Your orders for Steel and Copper Die Printing. Finest line of samples to select from ever shown in Allegany county, at The Spirit office. tf. WANTED. Your orders for Githographing, Special Ruling, Embossing, Book Binding, Steel and Copper Die Stamp-' ing, Gummed Gabel Printing, etc. Geave your orders at The Spirit office, or ask for estimates. What we can’t manufacture in this line we can secure for you at as low a price as you can get by ordering direct from larger concerns. tf. $ AS THE SPIRIT MOVETH } GHOSTS AND GOATS. Among the exact sciences it might be well to classify the knack of read ing intelligently and accurately the “bargain” listings that we see these days in the catlogues of mail order houses and in the' advertisements of certain big city department and chain stores. It looks simple enough to pick out a sure-enough bargain, but by the time we have read the “ad,” visited the store (or received a re sponse to our mail order), and finally put the goods away in the old bureau drawer, we are apt to think deeply of the adventure of Joe Dupree, the French-Canadian who was impelled by curiosity one night to drop in at a meeting of a society of Spiritists. At first Joe was inclined to be bor ed. He had never heard any mys terious night rappings and, in his ex citable Gallic way, was anxious not to. But at a certain point in the pro ceedings he suddenly betrayed the • liveliest interest in the chairman’s re -marks. “At the conclusion of the meeting,” that functionary was saying in none to clear a voice, “I shall be glad to hear the report of any member of the society who has been interrupted in his slumbers by the ghost of any of his family or neighbors.” And from the back of the hall Joe clamored to be heard. “Am I to understand,” asked the chairman, “that you have lately been visited by a ghost?” “A what?” queried Joe. “A ghost—a spirit.” “O!” exclaimed Joe, much abashed. “I t’ink you say a goat.” In much the same manner we “lose our goat” to the versatile big-city ad vertising man who informs us that his store is selling bathrobes “at $1.35 instead of $5.35.” Who would have the courage to resist an appeal of this nature? And, while the salesman is wrapping up the garment of luxury, we ask him how long ago it was on sale at $5.35. And (sometimes) with commendable frankness the knight of the counter explains that the robes never- have actually sold at $5.35, but that in the opinion of the department buyer, they are well worth that figure. The fact that this particular brand of bath robe has never before command ed a greater price than $1.25 or so should not lead us to suppose that it is not worth more, should it? Of course it is simpler for the ad vertising man to state that the robe is selling “for $1.35 instead of $5.35” than to go through the formality of pointing out that the regular price of $1.25 is altogether too low in his es timation or to info'rm the public that the store is offering the robe “f0r51.35 rather than accept a peck of peanuts in exchange for it.” And when the same “clever” ad vertising man, with the same com- THE FROSTBURG SPIRIT mendable obscurity of verbiage, in forms us that we may procure- at his store the famous “A. B. C. style” shirt for $1.12, we can hardly be ex pected to reason out in advance that he has in mind the less famous “X. Y. Z.” shirt, which in a general way is constructed on the “style” of the “A. B. C.” $2.00 shirt (in that it has a tail and. a collar and buttons up the front rather than sidewise), but which, through a freak of the market, has never in the world sold for more than a dollar flat. Universities are outdoing one an other these days, introducing new courses and hitherto undreamed of departments of learning. Why, then, not a course for the “minute study and microscopic dissection of the catalog and-big-city- department-store advertisement?” Perhaps such a venture would save many a Joe Du pree of a coming generation the “los ing of his goat.” KEENAN’S CASE. Interesting Letter of James Keenan Who Bears Testimoney that the Darkest Hour is Often the One Before a Brighter Dawn. James Keenan, Superintendent of the Maryland Coal Company of Penn sylvania, at St. Michael, Pa., has The Spirit’s thanks for a letter of sym pathy that is so inspiring and inter esting that we take the liberty of giv ing a portion of it to our readers, in the hope that it may do as much good to at least a few other people as it has done to the editor, whose soul has been tried during the last few weeks as it was never tried before. Mr. Keenan’s letter has inspired fresh hope and fresh courage, and follow ing are a few extracts from it: St. Michaee, Pa., Nov. 13, 1913. Mr. P. G. Givengood, Frostburg, Md. My Dear Mr. Givengood:—i have learned through your son-in-law, Mr. J. B. Algire, that you are now pass ing through an experience that the heads of all families are called upon, at some time in their lives, to under go. "The writer, with his good wife, was scorched by the same “fire” that is now trying your mettle. All the man hood that we know you ’possess mu S', be used in supporting the weaker half of the family head. You must look even death in the face. One of our dear little curly-haired boys, at the age of four years, was stricken with scarlet fever. At that time I was laid up with rheumatism, thought I was going to die, and was bitterly bemoaning my fate. Our boy died. My wife had to be both father and mother to the remaining stricken ones, two of whom were expected to go at any moment. I was on my back and was sure I could not get out of bed. There was no one to help us, as we were under gunshot quarantine. One night I called my wife to get me a glass of water. She did not re spond. I called again, and much louder. I thought it very unfair of her to allow me to suffer for want of a drink of water, and made up my mind to show her that I could get a drink for myself. By a super human effort I crawled out of bed and started for the kitchen, when to my surprise and horror I found my dear wife huddled up in a heap on the floor. No effort of mine could bring her to. A doctor must be had, but who would go for him? I went to the door, called for the guard who should have been on duty, but could not get him. The next thing I remember I was pounding on the doctor’s door, over one mile ‘from my home, and dis covered that I was in my bare feet and night gown. I felt cold and look ed at the thermometer on the doctor’s door, and discovered that it register ed one degree below zero. Where was the rheumatism? All gone, and it has never been able to get me on my back since. For the next three weeks I did the work of a dozen per sons, and when at last my wife and children were restored to health, I discovered, to my great surprise, that I had gained six pounds and had neither pain nor ache. Since then physicians have told me that what I did is possible for anyone to do—that what ailed me more than anything else was lack of exercise. Gike yourself, my boyhood days had been spent at hard labor. At the time of which I write, six years had been spent showing the other fellow how to do it, and the change from brawn to brain as a means of earning a liveli hood, was alone responsible for my condition. I sincerely hope your child may be spared to you, but should this not be the case, remember you must bear the greater part of the burden and breast the storm with your family behind you. Stare-fate in the face no matter what comes. Your Friend, James Keenan. You can’t send an absent friend a more desirable present than a copy of the handsomely illustrated Frost burg Souvenir Book for sale at The Spirit office, unless you make the friend a present of a year’s subscrip tion to The Spirit. Both are worth several times their cost. tf. FROSTBURG, MD., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1913 ADDING INJURY TO MISFORTUNE. A Warning to Liars Who Lie to Injure Others—Groundless Rumors Circulated for Malicious Purposes. CERTAIN MALICIOUS AND LYING REPORTS BEING TRACED TO THEIR AUTHORS WHO ARE LIABLE TO GET INTO # SERIOUS TROUBLE. If ever a man went from one town to another to embark in business in a clean, honorable way, without having a string to him from any person or persons with an ax to grind, or with out being under any obligations to any man, clique or clan for anything, that man is P. G. Givengood, the editor of this paper. If any man was more unjustly dealt with by a few degenerate skunks in human form, or who was handicapped more by misfortune of various sorts, including great mental and physical suffering to himself and sickness in his family, than the same P. G. Giv engood, we have not heard of the case. Many of our readers know of some of the great obstacles we have had to contend with, and many of them have been coming to the rescue in numer ous ways, showing themselves to be people who not only believe in being helpful to a fellow man who has been suffering many misfortunes and sun dry wrongs, but also showing that they believe in fair play and justice to a man who comes here, invests his hard-earned money and tries to suc ceed in an honorable business where numerous others have failed. Frostburg has. as many good and kind-hearted people to the square rod as any other town in America, but we regret to say that it also has a few yellow-spleened biped coyotes that are so foul in principle that they stink worse than rotten mackerel by moon light—slimy, malicious hajf-human vipers that lie in wait to sock a dead ly fang into all honest effort at suc cess of those whom they should try to help rather than hinder. It matters not to the half-human snake in the grass, the assassin of all honest effort we have been putting forth to succeed, that we have been hard up against it on account of ill health, etc., since coming here. All such things only add to the glee of such vipers, and now, to add injury to misfortune, and to do us the great est harm possible, they are circulat ing the story that The Frostburg Spirit is about to fail. Now, as all intelligent f people are aware of, such stories are very det rimental to any business man or firm they are circulated against. It is al so unlawful to circulate such damag ing reports when there is absolutely no ground for them. Just such re ports as that have caused many a business failure to institutions that were on the soundest kind of a basis. Therefore, those who invent or cir culate such stories are doing so at their own risk, and no man can af ford to take a risk that is punishable by a heavy penalty. Even if the law provided no penalty for the punish ment of malicious liars, it would be poor policy and much poorer principle to circulate stories intended to injure a fellow man or his business. Chick ens usually comehotne to roost, and the fellow who goes about digging holes for others to fall in, usually falls into them himself. In order to let our readers and the public know how groundless the story is that we are about to fail, we cite them to the following facts: We do not owe a cent on our news paper plant. We do not owe a bill that is due to any wholesale house, and we have so far discounted all our bills that were large enough to make the discount for cash worth taking advantage of. We have been paying our employes their wages, all along, promptly when due, and have paid a good rate of wages from the start. Weffiave been paying cash all along for family supplies, and have no ac counts with any of the business peo ple in Frostburg or elsewhere, except about three places in town where firms have a few small items charged against us, while we have a few small charges against them for printing. Candidly, we don’t owe the tailor, the grocer, the butcher, the baker nor the candlestick-maker so much as a penny, neither in Frostburg nor any where else. Furthermore, we have never asked a soul in Frostburg for the loan of a dollar. We wonder if the malicious curs who have invented and circulated the failure story can truthfully say as much for themselves. We doubt it. Now, in the face of these facts, and they are facts that can be readily veri fied, we fail to see that a business failure is staring us in the face. If you don’t believe our statements, go around among the business men of Frostburg, Salisbury, Meyersdale and Windber, where we have bought many, many dollars’ worth of mer chandise during the last quarter of a century, and find out if they will veri fy our statement as to our dealings or not. Call at our office and let us show you the bills we have been cash ing off before due in order to get the discount for cash. If you are not then satisfied that we are not involved in debt, write to the Dun and Bradstreet mercantile agen cies and see what kind of a statement they give you as to our financial ability, willingness and promptness in meeting our honest obligations. Then if you are still not satisfied that we are not in the jaws of failure, liable to be gulped down any moment, write to any of the - following named wholesale paper and type firms: The Ailing and Cory Company, The Chat field & Woods Company and The American Type Founders Company of Pittsburg, Pa.; The Johnston Paper Company and the Donaldson Paper Company of Harrisburg, Pa.; The J. W. Butler Paper Company, of Chicago, 111.; Antietam Paper Com pany, of Hagerstown, Md.; The R. P. Andrews Paper Company, of Wash ington, D. C.; the Western Newspaper Union, of Pittsburg* and Baltimore. We can give you many other refer ences if you want them, but we think we have given you a sufficiency. Write to any of the people or firms we refer you to, and if thre is a single, one of them that will not take pleasure in telling you that Pete Givengood’s credit is gilt-edged, and that they have always known his word to be as good as any man’s bond in a business transaction, then we will admit that we are going to fail. Moreover, we have a little money in two Frostburg banks. Not much, of course, but a little, and we also have several hundred dollars on our books that constitutes an asset as good as old wheat in the mill. The Citizens’ National Bank and The First Nation al Bank of Frostburg will testify that none of our checks have ever gone to protest, and also that we have never overdrawn our accounts. And any other bank that we have ever done business with will testify to the same thing, and among them are such fi nancial institutions as The First Na tional Bank of Salisbury, Pa., First National Bank of Grantsville, Md., Citizens National Bank of Meyers dale, Pa., First National Bank of Johnstown, Pa., Windber Trust Com pany, of Windber, Pa., the Gynu Haven State Bank at Gynn Haven, Fla., and the Exchange Bank of Carleton, Neb. But we are going to fail, right away, quick, if not sooner, for 10, a few yellow-livered liars here in Frost burg are passing the word around. We are also passing something around, but they don’t know what. We are passing something around that is li able to get the lying lobsters into a very tight place if they do not at once let up on their malicious persecution and knocking. If they do not want such a showing up and bawling out before the public that will “freeze their blood, cause their eyes to start from their sockets and their locks to stand on end like the quills of the fretful porcupine,” they should take heed and govern themselves accord ingly, at once. We are tracing this malicious rumor of our alleged im pending failure dangerously near to its source, and if we decide to go after the duncelike donkeys who have start ed and put the rumor afloat, we will print their pedigrees and their prin ciples in their true colors, and all colors, tints and shades will be re quired to do the job justice, except white. We will give them something that will make them feel like a cellu loid cat being chased straight into hades by an asbestos dog. Yea, we’ll make them feel like guilty souls chas ed by the goblins of gehenna over burning hills of damnation. Yes, friends, we’re getting our Dutch up, and we have a cause to. But we deny th?.t we’re going to fail. We don’t know how to fail; we have never learned how that trick is done, and we feel on this occasion like ut tering the unprintable word that was uttered by the brave French soldier who was asked to surrender on the battlefield of Waterloo. We’ll admit, however, that we have thus far failed to give Frostburg what we call a good newspaper. But that has been due to circumstances over which we had no control, such as sickness, insufficient help, etc. We need more printers, but so far have been unable to get them, though try ing hard to do so for some time. To make matters worse, one of our old employes quit his job last Saturday, and the resignation of another one has been handed to us to go into ef fect Dec. Bth. Whether false rumors have had anything to do with their resignation, we cannot say. We have had no row or ruction whatever with the employes who have tendered their resignation, but they seem to think that they can do better by embarking in business for themselves, in Cum berland, and of course we blame no man for doing what he thinks is best for him. Our relations have been friendly all along, and when they leave Frostburg, we shall wish them all the success merited by honest ef fort and fair means to achieve success. We hope to get other help soon, but if we cannot get it by the time the second employe quits, it will be hard for us to get out a paper of any kind. However, we ask our patrons to bear with us and bring in their work in plenty of time, and if we can’t do it, we will have it done else where for them until we can get the help we need. We will also get out a paper of some kind, under any and all circumstances, even if it is not bigger than a card. But the needed help will be procured sooner or later, and when we once get things in proper shape to give Frostburg a good paper, we will add a few months gratis to each subscriber’s account to make up for past deficiencies. We have a fine plant and any quan tity of type and other material, and all good, up-to-date material, too. All we need is the necessary help to operate the plant and a suitable place to operate it in. The latter is in sight and can be had ere long, when we will once more move to another build ing. We also hope to secure suffi cient help ere long, and if any of our readers know of a good printer out of a job or seeking a change, we trust they will apprise us of the fact. We will pay all that any printer can de monstrate that he is worth to us, but do not want boozers or cigarette fiends at any price. We are deter mined to build up a strong" newspaper in Frostburg or die in the attempt, and we ask all public-spirited people to give us their support and co-opera tion, and right now is when we need it the most. We are doing all that any one could do under the circum stances. ' The New Western Maryland Train Schedule. Business men and residents of Con nellsville, Meyersdale, Frostburg and other points on the new Connellsville extension of the Western Maryland Railway Company, have been accord ed additional passenger train service under the new fall schedule of the company which went into effect on Supday, November 16th. Under the new schedule, a train is operated daily, except Sunday, between Cum berland and Connellsville, thus giving the people at these and intermediate points, three trains daily. This new local train is due at Frostburg, going west, at 8:10 A. M., and going east at 5:23 P. M. In providing this new service, the officials of the Western Maryland are endeavoring to provide for the in creased passenger business in this territory, and to give the best possible train service facilities to the people along the new extension. The new service places these points in closer relationship with each other, thus opening up new opportunities for in creased business which will result in greater prosperity for the people of this section. For months the traffic officials of the Western Maryland have been studying closely conditions along the new Connellsville extension of the Western Maryland, and the addition al train under the fall schedule is the result of the efforts of the manage ment of the railway company to give passenger train service which will be entirely satisfactory to all. . The new train will leave Cumber land at 7:45 A. M., arriving in Con nellsville at 10:45 A. M*. Returning, it leaves Connellsville at 2:45 P. M., arriving in Cumberland at 6 P. M. Baltimore is drawp closer to Chicago as a result of the faster through West ern train service established. The Chicago Limited, which runs between the Monumental City, Pittsburg and the West, is operated on a faster schedule, thus making the run be tween the East and West in less than 23 hours. Instead of leaving Balti more at 9:25 A. M., as heretofore, this train will depart from Hillen Station at 10 A. M., and Union Station at 10:06 A. M. The railway company has also es tablished an additional through train service between Cumberland and Bal timore, and also between Chambers burg, Waynesboro, Emitsburg and Baltimore. The train from the last named points also provides a new con nection for the West. Another ad ditional train is also operated on the Durbin branch, between Durbin and Elkins, W. Va. • -V • \ LOCAL AND GENERAL J Miss Eva Thomas, of Green street, is suffering with a case of blood poisoning. Miss Flora McElfish, who had been suffering with la grippe, is able to be out again. Philip Downton, of Wood street, recently recovered from an attack of Diphtheria. Miss Carolina Duggan, of Rich mond, Va., is this week the guest of Miss Edna Brown, of East Main street. Martin J. Brown, a former resident of Frostburg, but now residing at Huntingdon, Pa., is registered at Hotel Gladstone this week. That new electric sign of A. Chas. Stewart’s is a beauty. Dike Mr. Stewart’s fine stock of clothing and men’s furnishings, it is just naturally all right. Mr. arid Mrs. Thomas Brady, of Center street, are being visited by their son Daniel, of Simpson, W. Va., who arrived here recently to remain several weeks. It seems to be the ambition of the average Frostburg “kidl'et” to imitate the voice of the average automobile, and many of them are artists in that line of disagreeable mimicry. Joseph Cook has accepted a position with the Juniata Dumber Co., of Mid lothian. Mr. Cook formerly was bookkeeper for J. Johnson & Son, at their Bowery street planing mill. Among the out-of-town people who attended the funeral of Mrs Jos. C. Dennison, Sunday afternoon, were Mrs. Chas. Pugh and Mrs. .James Grubb, of Rowlesburg, W. Va., and Sidney A. Wildman, of Greensburg, Pa. Editor W. S. Uivengood, of The Meyersdale Republican, W. A. Shoe maker, one of his employes, and Mil ton Gnagey, book-keeper for the Sav age Fire Brick Company at Meyers dale, were visitors in Frostburg last Sunday. Evan Uloyd and “Buck” Martin went to the mountain wilds near Bay ard, W. Va., last Sunday, where they are putting in a week at hunting. Two such -mighty' nimfc.'ds as they are will doubtless cause a great shortage of game in the Mountain State after their week’s slaughter is ended. Quite a number of The Spirit’s pa trons paid their subscriptions during the past week, for which the editor feels deeply grateful. Whenja man is handicapped with sickness, short age of help and annoyances that al most drive him daft and out of busi ness, the cash support of his patrons is doubly appreciated. Mrs. John Wagus and son Raymond recently went to Homestead and New castle, Pa., to visit relatives. The son, who lost a leg more than a year ago while attempting to get aboard a moving train at the Frostburg station of the Western Maryland Railway, expects to purchase an artificial leg before he returns home. “Squire” Daniel Dorsey, of Grants ville, was in Frostburg yesterday with a load of potatoes. Daniel never looked more Irish in his life than when he was perched high on his wagon-seat with that load of “perta ties,” nor more independent than when he left town with almost a wagonload of money in exchange for the tubers. Jesse Miller, of near Pocahontas, Pa., was doing some marketing in Frostburg on Tuesday, as were also Mr. and Mrs. Frank Murray who reside in the same neighborhood. Mr. Miller is a great good-roads enthusi ast, and he says there is much mpre inducement to come to Frostburg to trade since the old National Pike has been reconstructed west of town. The Hoosier kitchen cabinet demon stration which is going on at Jacob Hafer’s furniture store, this week, under the direction of H. S. Cramer, of Newcastle, Ind., is proving a great success, and is causing quite a stir among the good housewives of Frost burg, many of whom are availing themselves of the advantages to be derived by joining the Hoosier Cabi net Club. Clarence Dahl, an employe of The Meyersdale Republican, came to Frostburg on Tuesday afternoon to render emergency assistance in get ting out The Spirit. When a fellow is ghort of help he appreciates assist ance from any source he can get it, even though a man in a shop he is not acquainted with is at a great disad vantage in helping along. Neverthe less, Mr. Dahl’s work has helped us greatly. The Hitchins store was surely a great hive of industry last Saturday evening, and the great army of oblig ing clerks in that establishment was kept on the jump to wait on the great army of customers. All the other stores were busy, too, and. those who advertise in The Spirit especially so. The Frostburg banks, too, had a very busy time of it receiving deposits, for Saturday was pay day at the mines, and the Consolidation Coal Co. alone paid out over $85,000. ooooooooooooocoooooooooooooo § Successor to 8 § The Frostburg Mining Journal 8 § Established 1871 8 8000000000000000000000000008 WHOLE NUMBER 2,179 A POPULAR COUPLE. Capt. James Little and Wife Visit Frostburg. Captain and Mrs. James Uittle, of Portsmouth, Ohio, arrived in Frost burg last Saturday, where they were greeted by many of their old-time friends, who hold them in high es teem. Capt. and Mrs. Uittle had been in Cumberland before coming here, where they were called on a sad-mis sion, occasioned by the death and burial of the wife of the late Captain Andrew Spear. The deceased was a sister of Mrs. Uittle, and after attend ing the funeral of the beloved sister, Captain and Mrs. Uittle decided not to return home without spending a brief visit with friends here. Capt. Uittle lived in this region many years ago, and he and his es timable wife are well and favorably known to many people from Frost burg to Piedmont. They have for some time been living at Portsmouth, Ohio, but the captain has extensive coal mining interests in West Virginia, and he knows all about coal from a to z. While here he made special in quiry about the editor of this paper, whom he had never before met, and he was promptly brought face to face with the editor and introduced by a friend. Then a long and, pleasant conversation followed, and it was in deed a pleasure to the editor to con verse with so fine a gentleman of the “old school.” Capt. Uittle is a rugged Scotchman with a delightful brogue, full of ready wit and just blunt enough in his re marks to convince one of his honesty and sincerity. He was one of the first dozen men to send a check for a year’s subscription to The Spirit, and he expressed himself well pleased with the,paper, even though realizing the many shortcomings of the sheet that are due to handicaps that would keep most men from getting out a paper of any kind. “In spite of all you can say,” said the captain, “your paper has the right ring to it and is worth the price. It is bound to be a big success in time, and I liked it from the very start. That’s why I sent you a check for $1.50 instead of $1.25 to pay for a year in advance.” Capt. Uittle further stated that ac cording to the best of his knowledge and belief he was the first man to subscribe for The Spirit’s predeces sor, the Frostburg Mining Journal, saying he met the veteran editor and founder of that paper on board a train at the time he was en route to Frostburg to launch his paper, and told him to enroll him as a subscriber. That was in 1871, and he took the Mining Journal from its birth until it went out of business, which proves that a good .Scotchman is a good stayer. It Is Bad Business for a local bus inessman not to have his advertise ment in this paper. . tf. To Increase Efficiency of Firemen on Western Maryland Railway. Greater efficiency in locomotive fir ing on all lines of the Western Mary land Railway Company is expected to result from the appointment of C. R. Fritz as traveling fireman of the East ern and Middle divisions of the rbad. This is a new position just created, and Mr. Fritz was selected for the post by Mr. H. R. Warnock, the super intendent of motive power of the Western Maryland. The new ap pointee will establish headquarters in Hagerstown. The duties of Mr. Fritz will be to travel over the Eastern and Middle divisions and to devote special atten tion to instructing new firemen in the matter of firing engines. It is believ ed that, in this way, operating ef ficiency can be greatly increased by making firemen more proficient in their work. Railroads, the country over, are paying more attention than ever be fore to engine firing, not only as a means of increasing effiency in opera tions, but also as a matter of economy. There is as much of an art in firing an engine as there is in running one, and if greater skill is used in this par ticular work, a great saving will re sult in the fuel bills of the carriers. Mr. Fritz will enter upon new duties immediately. Messrs. George Tulles and C. A. Cozins have been appointed assist ants to George H. Sheets, trainmaster of the Western Maryland Railway Company at Hagerstown. Both ap pointees were engineers. Frostburg Souvenir Books. Sixty-two pages; beautifully em bossed flexible cover; 172 fine illus trations of people, buildings, street scenes and local scenery printed ar tistically on high-lustre coated paper; a complete historical and biographic al sketch of Frostburg and Frost burgers; also contains the names and addresses of about 2,500 former re sidents and old-home week visitors; a valuable work to preserve for fu ture reference; gives a better idea of Frostburg than a billion postcards could give. These books would be cheap at 50 cents each, but can be had at The Spirit office for only 15 cents; sent postpaid to any address for 21 cents. tf.