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“Long John Chaney”
Claimed By Death One of Garrett County's Most Unique and Popular Citizens Passes to His Reward. John Chaney, who was known to al most every man and woman in Garrett and Allegany counties, Md., as well as by many in Somerset county, Pa., as “Long John Chaney,” died at his home at Avilton, Md., Sunday, the Ist inst., aged 84 years. His death was hastened by a recent fall that was noted in last week’s Spirit, but was also partly due to the infirmities of old age. Mr. Chaney was a remarkable man in many respects, and owing to his tall, slender build, was a conspicuous figure wherever he went. He was es pecially fond of attending circuses, and it is doubtful whether there was a circus in Grantsville, Frostburg or Cumberland in the last half of a cen tury that he failed to attend. He was well known by all the circus people in the country, so well in fact that he was usually passed into the show without money and without price, and it is said that on some occasions he led the circus parade. A show in these parts without the presence of “Long John Chaney” would have been considered as incomplete as a show without a clown or an elephant. It is related that on one occasion after the assembling of a large crowd in a circus tent in Frostburg or Cum berland, the ringmaster stepped into the ring and called out: “Is Long John Chaney here? If he is, let him stand up!” Immediately there shot into the air anywhere from 6 feet 4 inches to 6 feet and a half of man with a tall, angular form and a smile so quaint and serene as to cause the whole audience to applaud with great enthusiasm. “The show is now officially open, and we will proceed with the program, ’ ’ said the ringmaster, who added that if “Long John” had not been there, that a special escort would ljave been sent after him, and that the show would have been called off in the event that the tall man could not have been brought in. Mr. Chaney was not only big in stature, but his was also a great and generous soul. His acquaintances and neighbors held him in high esteem for the generous sunshine of his na ture, his extreme kindness of heart and his ever-readiness to do a good turn, lend a helping or speak words of encouragement to those he could assist in any way. Some years ago Mr. Chaney suffer ed with a malignant cancer that ate away a considerable portion of his nose, but the disease was promptly and speedily eradicated by the use of a cancer cure, which, if our memory serves us correctly, is manufactured by the descendants of a Garrett coun ty pioneer by the name of Wiland, who guard the formula closely and have affected many cures of said malignant and deadly malady. .The editor of this paper saw Mr. Chaney before and after he was cur ed of cancer, and the cure seemed little short of a miracle. Mr. Chaney usually traveled afoot, and it was only a breakfast job for him to walk 20 or 25 miles to a circus. He had a wonderful reach, both with his arms and with his pedal extremi tees, and it was he who outreached the famous John J.' Blake, of near Salisbury, Pa., who had a notch cut on the railing of the bar at the Valley House in Salisbury, showing how much more surface he could spread his arms and chest over than could be covered by other men. Blake’s reach extended about four inches be yond that of all competitors until “Long John Chaney” was induced to step up to the said rail and make Mr. Blake’s long reach look short in com parison. Mr. Chaney was a farmer by oc cupation, the possessor of a strong and rugged constitution, and was al ways prominent in the affairs of his neighborhood. He is survived by eight children. His wife died several years ago. The surviving children are Mrs. George Rephorn, Mrs. John T. Lancaster, Mrs. John Street, all of Eckhart; Mrs. Frank Crowe, Frost burg; Mrs. Sadie McKenzie and Mrs. Edward Weimer, both of Avilton; Mrs. Nelson Broadwater, of Merrill, Md., and C. Chaney of Salisbury, Pa. Forty-three grandchildren and twen ty-five great-grandchildren also sur vive. The funeral took place at Avilton on Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edward Weimer. WHAT IT MEANS. The fact that one mail order firm in Chicago, one only of many in the country, sold $93,000,000 worth of goods in 1913, indicates the inroads these houses are making among local ' merchants. This is an average of SI.OO for each inhabitant. In a town ' like Danvers it means the taking of SIO,OOO out of the local money circula- 1 tion. It shows also what continuous 1 advertising will do. If the other mail order firms are doing a like business, the country merchants had better get ' a hustle on before it is too late Tri- Town Weekly Press. Dissolution Notice. The partnership heretofore existing between ; William Rosenbloom, of Piedmont, West Virginia, and Jacob L. Kaplon of Frostburg, Md., partners trading as Rosenbloom and Kaplon, has this date been dissolved by mutual consent. All bills due by the firm will be paid by William Rosenbloom, and all debts to the firm to be paid to said Rosen- j bloom. Mr. Kaplon, the retiring partner, to con- . tinue in charge of the lumber yard at Carlos June- 1 tion until the stock of lumber is disposed of on account of Wm. Rosenbloom. January 28th 1914. (Signed) William Rosenbloom. t 1-29 — 2-12 Jacob L. Kaplon S A Knocker Who Should Beware. Obscene Pictures Are Revolting and Knockers Sometimes Bring Upon Themselves a Much Deserved Roasting. Since coming to Frostburg the editor of this paper has learned to know many people here who are as fine a lot of folks as it has ever been his lot to meet. He regrets to say, however, that he has also found in Frostburg some of the smallest human microbes and pestiferous insects that exist on God’s footstool. One of these pestiferous things that he could name has been making itself exceedingly tiresome to The Spirit for some time, and old “Uncle Pete” is about ready to show the egotistical, filthy microbe how to swat such bac teria and show the same up in in its true light. We refer to a so-called business man who is about the wisest guy, in his own conceit, that we have ever come across, and if the poor, giddy fool could be purchased for what he actually amounts to and sold for what he thinks he is worth, a fortune could be realized that would make the Rockefeller fortune look like a hill of small potatoes or a lead nickle. The disgusting “smart aleck” has lately and for. a considerable length of time been railing much and vent ing his yellow spleen against The Spirit because this paper will not do his printing at a price below the profit line and every now and then give his business a lot of free editorial adver tising. Recently the filthy four-flusher came to our office with his usual kick and whine, but before proceeding to un limber his looney logic he approached us with a sickening grin and held up to our view a card containing a pic ture reeking with rottenness on ac count of its outlandish obscenity. Beneath the picture was printed these words: “There is a Destiny that Shapes Our Ends,” while the picture showed a Jewish Rabbi with a sharp instrument doing the shaping. “Shades of Fanny Hill!” would have been exclaimed by some of the human slime of the slums, had some of that element been present and gazed upon that picture as the dis gusting degenerate held it up to our view. Talk about that picture called “September Morn!” Why, that pic ture is a Sunday school chromo com pared to the picture shown to us by the grinning idiot referred to. But the picture didn’t get that free puff of his business that he frequently whines for. It perhaps has never occurred to the lubberly lobster that it is a peni tentiary offense to have in one’s pos session or to circulate obscene pic tures or obscene literature, and we serve notice to all such mental and moral degenerates that they had better beware of the law and quit handling that kind of pernicious stuff. Furthermore, we serve notice on the smart guy aluded to that we have stood for enough of his knocking and stabbing in the back, and if he con tinues to indulge in it, we will show him the cleanest and most artistic job of skunk-skinning that old Frost burg on the Pike has ever seen or heard of. We are onto the nonsensical knocker, and we have gone to some trouble to get his complete pedigree and a good many of his escapades. We are about ready to jerk the lever and start the buzz saw to revolving, and when we do we will make a mess of that fellow even more awful than the bull made in the china shop. The fact is we have a big notion to show him up whether he persists in his knocking or not, for the more we think of the punk purveyor of ob scenity the madder we get. We owe the cheap skate nothing, not even respect or compassion, and if we show him any it will simply be be cause our bump of forgiveness is larger than our desire to give him the kind of free advertising he deserves for the public-good. We are neither bumming nor beg ging from anybody, and we are always willing to pay for what we want. Therefore we must have pay for our advertising space when people want any of it, and we must also have liv ing prices for our advertising and our job work. And, thank fortune, our business is increasing all along the line, because it is run on the square. Our prices are fair, as far at all times as those of our patrons. Seats Free, No Collection, “The Rich Man in Hell.” Don’t fail to hear this interesting lecture at the Frostburg Opera House, Sunday, Feb. Bth, 7:30 p. m.—Advt. 1-5 Congregational Church Meetings. A series of meetings will be con ducted by the Rev. A. E. Ricker, D. D., of Meadviile, Pa., in the Bowery St. Congregational church, commencing on Sunday, the 15th inst., at 10:30 a.m., and continuing as follows: Sunday evening at 7 o’clock; Monday, Tues day and Thursday at 7:30 p. m.; Wed nesday and Friday at 2:30 and 7:30 p. m. Sunday, Feb. 22nd, at 10:30 a. m. and 7 p. m. All are cordially invited to attend, and on Wednesday aryl Friday after noons an “Institute of Efficiency in Church Work” will be conducted. Rev. Ricker is said to be a fine speaker, and those who go to hear him will hear something worth listen ing to. Don’t Fail to be at the Frostburg Opera House, Sunday next, 7:30 p. m Advt. 1-2 j FOR THE I . Best Fire Insurance j | ill the world apply to | f JT. B. ODER. | 5 |. t MMMMIt “Oculum” Cures Sick Chickens 3 AND PRODUCES EGGS! 3 Newtown Giant Colony Brooders and 3 Practical Trap Nests, i Poultry Stock Foods and Remedies. Can fill your wants in choice Poultry ’ and Pigeons. t Wholesale and Retail. t THOMAS L. POPP, FROSTBURG, MD. t 8 S. Water St. Opp. Postoffice, f Phone 289-K. t WM. ENGLE JAS. ENGLE : Engle Meat Market s DEALERS IN > Live Stock and f Dressed Meats 1 Butter and Eggs Poultry in Season > 66 EAST UNION STREET 1 17 WEST UNION STREET Let Us Dry-Steam Clean ; and Press Yonr Coat, . Pants and Test! I We do not drive the dirt into the lining of > the goods, but force it from the inside out. This process is strictly sanitary. 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ADDITIONAL CARS -—ON ; C. &W, ELECTRIC RAILWAY, Effective Thursday, January 15, and continuing until further notice, the Cumberland & West ernport Electric Railway will i operate cars on a thirty minute : schedule between Frostburg and ; Baltimore street, Cumberland, be tween the hours of three and seven o’clock. 1 Cars will leave Frostburg and Cumberland at 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30, 1 . 5, 5:30, 6 and 6:30 o’clock daily. | J. E. TAYLOR, Supt. | ENLARGED AND REMODELED ; Quarters Attest The Merits of the TRI-STATK i BUSINESS | COUUUGU i Courses of Instruction. ' , / | A class of competent gradu- i ates has just gone out to add to i the long list from this school. < Young man or woman com pleting preliminary school or ( High School work this Spring, , WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS < FOR COMPLETING A j ROUNDED OUT EDUCATION? For information, address < B. F. Shaffer, < President, ( or Rhea G. 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