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8 The Leading §
8 Weekly Newspaper of Allegany 8
8 - County, Maryland 8
Sundry Citizens Hold Public Meeting and Organize
in Opposition to Policy of Mayor and Town
The editor of The Spirit has not
lived in Frostburg long enough to set
himself up as an authority on matters
pertaining to municipal taxation. He
has been here long enough, however,
to know that the town is carrying a
large floating debt, and that the taxes
here are outrageously high. He is
also aware of the fact that the people
of Frostburg need more money for
school and other purposes.
He finds taxes higher here, much
higher, than in any other community
he has ever lived, and it does seem
that there is bad management some
Where Does the Trouble Lie?
We confess that we do not know.
We have tried to find out as much as
possible along this line during the
past week, but we have gathered such
a wide range of conflicting opinions
from people who have lived here for
years, that we do not know what' to
believe nor whom to believe on mu
nicipal affairs.
The Town is Cursed With Factious.
One thing is sure, and that is that
Frostburg is too much like a house
divided against itself. It is cursed
with factions, and some of these fac
tionalists seem to have the welfare of
the community less at heart than they
have their own selfish desires. Others
seem to have “axes to grind,” etc.,
That there is great dissatisfaction
over the tax question, is a certainity,
and last Friday evening a meeting of
citizens was held in Stern’s Hall to
talk the matter over and take steps to
_ bring about a more satisfactory state
of affairs.
The Spirit knew nothing about the
meeting until after it adjourned, and
we feel safe in saying that most peo
ple in the town knew nothing about
it, or else were not interested, as we
'are told by some who weire in attend
ance that considerable less than a
hundred were present.
What Was Done at the Meeting.
As The Spirit knew nothing of the
meeting until after it adjourned, and
had no representative there, we re
produce the following from the re
port sent to The Cumberland Times
by Editor J. B. Oder:
The meeting was called to order by
George Stern, and Geo. W. Wittig
was unanimously, elected Chairman,
while D. D. Price was chosen as Sec
In stating the object of the meeting,.
Mr. Wittig.said that the call , was a
welcome to everybody to come, be
cause we want all to know and under
stand our purpose, which is to protest
against the action of the Mayor and
Councilmen, and of the town attorney
in going to Annapolis to have a bill
enacted to raise the tax rate to some
figure above 50 cents on each SIOO of
Jabez J. Mealing announced that he
is very much opposed to the move
ment, that he was greatly surprised
to hear that the Mayor and Council
had allowed the expression, “Frost
burg is bankrupt” to get but. He
announced that he would like to hear
something pertinent to this * situation
from Prof. Olin R. Rice, and George
Stern, who, he understood, have some
figures to lay before the meeting.
Prof. Rice responded, stating he
had no figures, though he belie ved the
information desired could be compiled
and submitted to a later meeting.
Continuing, Prof. Rice said the town
is struggling along under a floating
debt of $54,000, probably all the money
the town can now get—on credit! The
mayor and council are spending
money unnecessarily, citing as an in
stance that the police force is too
strong a department where a little
lopping-off would save at least $750 a
year. More than this, the annual
light bill is entirely too high. The
sum of $5,200 a year is too much for
this item, and it should be materially
reduced. Other towns are getting
light for much less money. He went
so far as to say that the Mayor and
Council should be held “liable” for
diverting the money paid by the tax
payers to other purposes than those
for which the levies are made.
Thomas Brady announced that he
would be glad to enjoy the opportu
nity of voting for four honest men
this year for Mayor and Councilmen if
someone would be good enough to
pick and point them out.
No one, however, seemed to be ready
on such short notice to “pick out” the
quartet, so everybody sat still with
out looking up and taking notice.
The chairman stated that he did
not wish to make or countenance the '
t implication that the Mayor and Coun
t cil are not honest, but he did wish it
s understood that he believed them in
e competent.
, Prof. Rice maintained that there
a. were too many private pre-election
s promises to be filled after election for
3 any good man to succed at the polls.
5 George Stern said that in all the
r history of the town, as he remembered
it, he had never seen a crowd so large
i gotten together on notice so short,
r and he was pleased to know that the
l note of protest of this meeting, al
- ready sounded, would be strong and
loud. The movement to get the
higher tax rate through the Legisla
, ture is a very quiet affair. No one
5 but the council committe and the at-
torney seemed to know anything about
i it; in fact, he thought none but the
; clerk and attorney seemed interested
r in haying the bill enacted. In this
> connection, Mr. Stern expressed the
_ belief that the town’s book-keeping is
at fault; at least no two of the Coun
cil, Mayor or clerk, upon the
t amount paid by water consumers.
, Jabez J. Mealing moved that a com
( mittee of three citizens be appointed
to investigate the town’s financial
, condition for presentation to a later
meeting. Carried.
. Messrs. George Stern, Olin R. Rice
and Peter fiammert were appointed.
Hon. Walter W. Wittig moved that
a committe of three be appointed to
get in communication with the
; county’s legislative delegation and
, request the “hold-up” of any action
, upon the bill to raise the tax rate.
Messrs. Walter W. Wittig, Henry
Fisher and Jabez J. Mealing were ap
Prof. O. R. Rice moved that a com
mittee of three be appointed to inves
tigate the light contract and endeavor
to obtain a reasonable reduction in
the cost of that supply. Carried.
Messrs. -George H. Wittig, Henry
Mayer and Dr. J. C. Cobey were ap
H. B. Colbbrn moved that as soon
as the committes get ready to submit
the data collected, that the chairman
call a meeting to hear and consider
the reports.
The chairman said this organiza
tion should be made permanent, and
pn motion of Prof. Olin R. Rice, sec
onded by Hon. Walter W. Wittig, the
organization was named “The Citi
zens’ and Taxpayers’ Protective As
Prof. Olin R. Rice moved.. that the
meeting be polled and number :
corded. Carried.
This resulted "in the enrollment of
78 voters all present.
The chairman said that “it is not
necessary to collect money at this
meeting, as there are no expenses to
Prof. Rice moved that meeting ad
journ to convene again at call of
chairman. Carried,
Informatioti Gleaned From Citi
zens and Other Sources.
According to Mr. Oder’s report it
will, be noted that the principal things
complained of at the meeting were
the alleged effort of the Mayor, Coun
cil and Town Attorney to get a bill
through the Legislature to increase
our tax rate, the inefficiency of our
town officers, expense of our police
force, and cost of electric light fur
nished to the town.
By interviewing a number of citi
zens, we are led to believe that they
would consider it the wisest policy to
“make haste slowly” in the matter of
having a bill passed to increase the
tax rate, which is already so high as
to be a burden to many. But the town
needs more revenue, and how is it to
be raised?
Many citizens say: “Let a stronger
and more vigorous effort be made to
collect the taxes now due and long
past due. Let defaulting tax-collect
ors and their bondsmen be brought to
time. Let past due paving taxes and
water rents be collected, and let our
policemen be more vigilant and gath
er in the many offenders against the
public peace and town ordinances that
they never seem able to see or hear,
but which are seen and heard
every day by many other people.”
These complaints and suggestions
are well worth considering and acting
upon by our collectors and policemen,
for the complaint against them seems
to be very general.
As to the inefficiency of the Mayor,
Council and Town Attorney, the charg
es do not seem to be well founded.
At any rate not against all of them,
' and most of them, at least, seem to
have many staunch friends among the
best citizens who are ready to vouch
for their efficiency, as well as for their
I honesty.
As to the Cost of Lighting the
This subject, like all of the others,
has two sides to it, and while we find
' some good citizens who think the town
is paying too much for light, many
others do not. Some charge that the
ones raising the biggest howl against
the present cost of the town’s light,
are the very men or satellites of the
men who formerly owned the light
plant and charged the town a much
higher rate than the present company
As to the truth or falsity of that
charge, we know nothing, as we did
■ not live here at that time, and besides,
t if the town is paying too much for
- light now, such a state of affairs
should not exist, no matter how much
e more i tariff was put on by the first
* company, whose members are now
r charged by sundry citizens with be
• ing the biggest “bellyachers” against
: the present rate.
1 The Town’s Contract for Light.
s The contract is .as follows: 48 Arc
’ lights rated at 2000 c. p., 6.5 amperes,
“ $68.00 per light per year; 182 Incan
descerits, 50 c. p. lamps, $16.80 per
1 light per year. These lights are all
-5 night service for each and every night.
In addition, the town is given free
’ light as follows: City Hall, eight 60-
Watt Tungstens; Firemen’s Hall, six
32 c. p. lamps; Hose and Engine
; Rooms and Hallway, six 32 c. p. lamps;
1 City Jail, four 32 c. p. lamps; Federal
5 Hill Hose House, two 32 c. p. lamps;
; Bowery Hose House, two 32 c.p. lamps;
5 Grant Street Hose House, two 32 c. p.
lamps; six 60-watt Tungsten lamp
; street lights at points named by town
This free lighting is worth $604.80
* 'per year at above rates, and truly we
* are amazed to learn that the light
company gives so much light to the
town gratis. Such liberality as that
’ we have never known ,in any of the
three other towns we have lived in
; that used electric light.
’ Prices of Light in Other Towns,
j We do not know what figures will be
produced bythe committee appointed
to try to convince the light company
that its rates are too high and try to
obtain a lower rate; but following are
some that we have come across in a
directory showing the rates charged
in other towns, a number of which are
in rich coal belts where fuel and water
can be had as cheaply as here for the
power houses. Here are the figures:
Bradford, Pa., population 14,544, 160
Arcs of 2000 c. p. or 6.5 amperes, at
$65.00 yearly.
Bristol, Pa., population 9,256, 37
Arcs of 4j4 amperes, at $95.00 yearly;
■ 190 Incandescents, 25 c. p., $20.00 each
per year.
Chambersburg, Pa., population ill
-800, municipal light plant; 140 City
Arcs, 6.6 amperes, at $75.00 yearly;
348 Incandescents, 32 c. p., at SIB.OO
Charleroi, Pa., population 9,615, 189 ,
Arc lamps, 7,5 amperes, at $70.00 year
ly; 34 Incandescents, 32 c.p., ats2o.oo
Chester, Pa., population 38,537, 375-
Arc lights, 4 amperes, at s7s.ooyearly;
600 Incandescents, 16 c. p., at $12.00
Greenville, Pa., population 5,909, 64
Arcs, 6.6 amperes, at $70.00 yearly; six
32 c. p. lamps, at SIB.OO yearly.
Salisbury, Md., population 6,690, 7 ;
Arcs, 1000 c. p., at $60.00 per year;'4oo •
Incandescents, 16 c. p., at s9.ooyearly.
Charleston, W. Va., population 22- -
996, 250 Arc lights, 2000 c. p., at $65.00
per year.
Clarksburg, W. Va., population 9,201, :
172 Arc lights, 6,6 amperes, at. $51.00 i
yearly; 30 Tungsten 32 c.' p, lamps, at ;
$15.00 yearly. ]
Moundsville, W. Va.-, population 8,1
918, 32 Arc lights, 6 amperes, at $75.00
yearly; 119 Incandescents, 25 c. p., at 1
at $17.00 yearly. ;
Parkersburg, W. Va., population 17- j
842, 260 Arcs, 4 amperes, at $62.00 year- 1
ly; 100 Incandescent lamps, 60 w atts, i
at $14.40 yearly. (
Bellefonte, Pa., population 4,145,: 56 1
Arcs, 2000 c. p., at $66.00 per year; 33 t
Tungstens, 40 watts, at $21.00 yearly.
Contentions Do Not Seem to Be <
Well Founded 1
Compared with the figures quoted s
from a reliable source on service and <
cost of light in other towns, the con- 1
tention that the rate in Frostberg is
excessive does not seem to us as be- 1
ing well founfled. However, if our <
light company can see its way clear 1
to furnish light to our town at a lower 1
rate than the present one, it would *
please us as much as anyone else, for 5
truly the tax rate in this town is 1
grievously high now, and we can <
hardly see how our people can stand -
it to have a heavier burden placed
-upon them. t
■*- t
“Which is the True Gospel?” ;
Don’t fail to hear this interesting 1
lecture, Sunday, Feb. 16th, at 7:30 p. 1
m., in the Frostburg Opera House, i
Seats free. No collection.—Advt. 1-2 i
Pastor Hoskins, of New York City. (
To lecture in the Frostburg Opera i
House, Sunday, Feb. 16th, 7:30 p. m. 1
Come and bring your friends. You
cannot afford to miss it.—Advt. i
Results Are Shown
By Tract Society
Maryland Organization Distributes
1,130,563 Printed Tracts —1,-
319 Converts Made by Visit
ing Homes, Station Houses
and Prisons.
Marvelous results have been obtain
ed by the Maryland Tract Society, ac
cording to a little report, entitled
“Results,” which has just been is
Eight paid workers and sixty volun
teers have had during the last year
88,657 conversations on personal relig
ion with various persons. In the
same time they have offered prayer
in 21,084 homes and institutions.
Besides this, they have visited 102,-
667 homes and institutions and have
conducted cottage and other prayer
meetings to the number of 5,640.
As a result of these things, 1,319
men, women arid children have pro
fessed conversation. All told, 1,331
children have been placed in Sunday
school, and 961 persons have been led
to attend church. As a result of the
talks and work of helpers, 961 unfor
tunate women have promised reform.
During the year the society distrib
uted 1,139,563 printed pages of tracts.
In telling of the work of the society,
J. Monroe Stick, the general secre
tary, who will be in Frostburg to
morrow in the interests of the society,
said: “No earthly investment pays
so large as the winning of men, wo
men and children to Christ and to ser
vice in His kingdom. When men,
women and children accept Christ,
making Him their model, mainstay
and master, there will come the true
change of heart, character, and con
duct which will bring the much de
sired change in social conditions.
This society has for over seventy
years been spreading Christianity,
churching the unchurched, helping
the wayward in homes and factories,
warning and helping many innocent
to shun temptations, working in sta
tion-houses, jails, reformatories, in
stitutions for the unfortunate, hos
pitals, etc., incidently giving clothing
to the needy and feeding the hungry,
in brief, taking Jesus Christ and His
promises to all who do not yet know
Him.” 4*-„
“Which is the True Gospel?”
The subject of a free lecture in the
Frostburg Opera House, Sunday,
Feb. 16th, 7:30 p. m. All are invited.
Pastor Hirsh Has Confidence that
He Will Escape Soon.
“The Rich Man in Hell” did not
fare so badly last Sunday evening as
he has at times. The New York pas
tor’s discourse in the Frostburg Opera
House was very interesting, to say the
least. It was a dispassionate treatise
of a subject that has long been view
ed with dread by many.
It was plain to all that the anti-hell
fire Scriptures with which he bom
barded the so-called orthodox belief
in a literal hell of fire, were indelibly
impressed upon'the minds of many.
Following is the substance of Pastor
Hirsh’s sermon:
“There is no doubt that the Bible
uses the expression hell-fire,” said
Pastor Hirsh, “but it is used as a
symbol of destruction, not of preser
vation. The Bible contains many
word pictures- other books likewise.
And the several mentions,of a lake of
fire and hell fire, etc., are simply
symbols that the Lord 'uses to teach
the utter destruction of those who
after a full and fair opportunity , Will
reject the provisions of the redetnp
tion purchased by Christ.
“What purpose could be served by
torturing unfortunates in a lake of
fire,” asked Pastor Hirsh. Could a
parent ever be happy, knowing that
his son or his daughter was by some
miraculous process preserved in never
ending flames for no other purpose
than merely to suffer untellable tor
tures? Nay, verily!
“The literal statements of the Bible
on the subject are very plain: ‘All 1
the wicked will God destroy’; ‘They
shall be punished with everlasting
destruction from the presence of the
“The rich man of the parable is to 1
be considered in like manner to that '
of the sheep and goats of another
parable. As the sheep and the goats
represent the Lord’s children and
those of the adversary, respectively,
so the rich man represented some
thing. He stood for the richest na
tion on earth at the time; namely, the
Jewish nation.
“The ‘rich man died.’ That is, the
national existence of the Jews perish- 1
ed as a punishment for taking Christ
and crucifying Him. In this sense
‘the rich man (the rich nation) died;
but we are not to forget that the Jew
ish people did not perish. While the
nation died and remains buried until
this day, in hell, (that is in hades,
death, as a nation) they (the people
who still lived) lifted up their eyes,"
being in torment.
“The persistency with which the
fires of persecution have ever since
pursued the Jew wherever he has
gone, very fittingly represent the
r torment, from which he has endeavor
' ed by every manner of means to re
lieve himself, even appealing to na
> tions to lend assistance from Russian
and Roumanian barbarities.
“The beggar,” Lazarus, properly
represents the Gentiles coming to God
and asking for the privileges which
the Israelites abused, and the receiv
ing of the Gentiles unto “Abraham’s
I bosom” naturally stands for the at
tainment of those favors which Abra
ham’s children have evidently lost.
“The ‘great gulf fixed’ pictures the
. estrangment that has existed between
Jews and Gentiles for centuries, and
, which still exists. It is fixed in the
. sense that the Jew would not accept
Christ, and the Gentile would not ac
cept the. teachings under which the
Jew laboriously strove for centuries
. to attain everlasting life and failed.
This impassable gulf is fixed even yet,
( and will remain uncrossed until
Christ’s return, when, according to
the Scriptures, favor will return to
. Israel. Other Scriptures point out
that this gulf will not remain forever,
, and that God’s favors will again go
to Israel.
“Indeed, St. Paul tells us that they
have been cast off for a time, but that
they shall be received back into favor,
that blindness {rank prejudice against
Christ) has happened unto them until
God shall have selected from among
the Gentles a foreordained number,
through whom. He expects to bless
the less fortunate.
“Even now we see favor returning
to the Jew. Do we not see him com
ing more and more into positions of
power and influence in the money
marts of the world? And have we
not learned,of the return of the rains
to the land of Israel (barren for cen
turies), from which they were evident
ly withheld as a Divine chastisement.
“Hell is not so hot as some people
say. It .is rather cold and cheerless.
The word translated hell, in the Old
Testament, is found many times trans
lated grave, and this has raised
many inquiries. The Hebrew word
sheol is translated hsll 31 times and
pit 3 times, in the Old Testament.
“In the New Testament the Greek
word hades is also translated both
hell and grave, and is found 11 times.
In both of these books it is plainly
stated that hell (tne grave) is to be
destroyed, and death abolished.
“I am sure that we are all glad to
get rid of the manufactured creedal
hell of torture and accept instead the
hell of the Bible, which is the grave.
“Thus we see that the Jewish
nation is to return from hell, from the
silence of centuries of burial. God
says that then he will remember their
sins and iniquities no more; that he
will then place them in thir own land,
and that He will never more drive
them out.
“Praise His name!”
Formation of the Maryland Con
servation Association a Move
in the Right Direction.
The Newspaper press throughout
the state is invited to announce the
formation of the Maryland Conserva
tion Aseociation affiliated with the
National body.
As stated in the Baltimore news
papers of January 16th, the aims of
the Association are identical with
those of similar organizations else
where in the United States—the con
servation and the improvement of nat
ural resources, such as forests, water
power, water supply, fish and game,
agricultural products, minerals, effi
ciency in manufacture, country life,
horticulture, dairying and the preser
vation of objects of natural beauty
and historic interest.
The officers and directors believe
that there is room for an active organ
ized body of conservationists in Mary
land who will concern themselves
with the material welfare and en
lightened development of the re
sources of the state.
A large membership is desired for
the support of the association, and
persons Willing to work on committees
are invited to communicate with the
Corresponding Secretary.
An important public conference,
the first of its kind ever held in the
state, will take place at McCoy Hall,
Baltimore, on Tuesday and Wednes
day, afternoon and evening, February
24th and 2Sth.
There will be a full program of
eminent speakers on topics vitally
important to the community, and rea
sonable time will be allowed at each ,
meeting for discussion.
Organizations throughout the state ■
are cordially invited to send delegates
who will enroll themselves as mem
bers, on payment of membership fee, '
of Si.oo, and aid in promoting the ;
work of the association.
Wm. m. ISi,i,icott,
Corresponding'Secretary, ;
1101 Union Trust Building, ;
■ Baltimore, Md.
Seats Free, No Collection. <
Pastor Hoskins, of New York, to lec- ;
ture on “Which is the true Gospel?” :
Sunday, Feb. 16th, 7:30 p. m., in the '
Frostburg Opera House. Come and :
bring your friends.—Advt.
: Which is the True Gospel?
The Question of the Centuries Will
Be Discussed by Pastor I. T.
l Hoskins, of New York.
Next Sunday evening at 7:30 o’clock,
. Pastor Hoskins, of New York, a noted
[ Bible authority of national reputation,
[ will lecture in the Frostburg Opera
. House, under the auspices of the I. B.
i S. A., on the unusually interesting
. subject, “Which is the True Gospel?”
. He promises to throw a flood of light
on this old question, and make use of
: many Scriptures which are generally
I. T. Hoskins, of New York.
He claims that the many different
views and creeds of Christendom are
confusing, and that all Christians
should come together to ascertain
what the Scriptures have to say on
this important theme.
Quoting a recent writer, Pastor
Hoskins said: “Long ago conflicting
doctrines divided Christendom into
numerous antagonistic sects, each
claiming to be the one true church
which the Lord and the Apostles
planted, and together they have suc
ceeded in giving to the world such a
distorted misrepresentation of our
Heavenly Father’s character and plan,
that many intelligent men turn away
with disgust and despise their Crea
tor, and even try to disbelieve His ex
“We are sorry,” continued Mr.
Hoskins, “that this is so; sorry, too,
that forms of godliness have largely
taken the place of the power of godli
ness, and showy rituals are supplant
ing heart-worship. But, we are at
the threshold of better times; the
church is not doomed to die a useless
death. It will yet be instrumental in
bringing the world to God.”
Pastor Hoskins, has devoted many
years to Bible study, and his discus
sion of this question will be of special
interest to all, regardless of belief,
whether Christian or skeptic, Gentile
or Jew. As is the usual custom of
the I. B. S. A. lectures, it will be en
tirely free to the public, not even a
collection will be taken. All are
cordially invited.
Free Bible Lecture.
Frostburg Opera House, Sunday,
Feb. 16th, 7:30 p._ m,—Advt. 1-2
Woodcock Hoeeow, Md., Feb. 10.
To The Frostburg Spirit:
This is a timely valentine. Possi
bly you niay not have time or patience
to read if, for it is a very simple tale,
just a commonplace baseball incident.
I will tell it precisely as it happened,
and it will show, I think, the strange
influence a cheerful manner or a de
pressed one has on persons not indi
vidually or directly interested in those
who radiate unconsciously an atmos
phere of joy or gloom.
It reminds me of the milkman’s
horse, who stopped at every hydrant
he came to and gave his owner’s
profitable business dead away.
Frostburg is the Mountain City of
the Alleghenies. The air is always
balmy and has in it at all times the
breath of early spring. Those who
were influenced from miles around by
climatic conditions (and they all have
more or less felt the thrill of health
and happiness as they cosily seated
themselves in the grandstand at the
baseball park), and gave expression
to their feelings as Col. Dillon and his
champions entered.
The registered drunk ceased his
rapping at the back door of saloons
for admittance; the gamblers who
spent the Sabbath afternoon nestling
under the weeping willows, towering
pines and monarch oaks, dropped
their cards. The street urchin post
poned his bath in the sulphury pool.
The beautiful girls, for which the
Mountain City is famous, robed in
their most lovely costumes, and one
and all headed for the baseball park
as the time approached for the great
national game.
Automobiles came rumbling along
Broadway on their way to the park.
They held children with eager eyes
and mothers crooning to their babies,
all bent on pleasure and enjoyment,
with eyes feasting upon the most
skilful manager and pioneer of base
ball that ever lived in the old town on
Successor to
The Frostburg Mining Journal
Established 1871
the pike. But alas! a change came.
The Ministerial Association met and
sent a valentine to the Legislature of
Maryland, denouncing that horrible
game, Sunday baseball.
It was a ten-cent valentine, such as
> they buy from the Philadelphia Tract
* Society, commit to memory and
’ charge fifty cents to look at and hear
1 at a camp-meeting.
It read: “You can go back to the
f saloons, back to the cards, back to the
sulphury pools, and back to the dark
t recesses of the mines, there to remain
E in darkness all week, but on Sunday
7 you must listen to our ten-cent ser
mons, and not go to that horrible base
■ ball game.
The people began their lamenta
tions with, “See that article in the
papers? No Sunday baseball. It is a
worse smash than Mexico is having.”
But the truth is, our Legislature has
been governed by people who take a
keen delight in talking on the grind
ing visciousness of the world, the
wrath to cqme, and who are making
the human family grow from bad to
worse by their uncalled-for, thought
less action.
True, we all have troubles, and we
should not be unmindful of those
forced on our neighbor. We need
not turn our eyes away, nor our help
ing hands. But those that are our
own we can pack away in a small
compass and not let them annoy
others. The Man In The Woods.
Pastor Hoskins.
Frostburg Opera House, Sunday,
Feb. 11th, 7:30 p. m Advt. 1-2
A very young reporter was sent out
. by bis editor to report a wedding. He
returned quickly and sat idly at his
desk, smoking a cigarette. Presently
his chief beckoned to him.
“Why don’t you write your article?”
. asked the editor.
, “Nothing to write,” replied the
‘cub.’ “The groom committed sui
cide and there ain’t goin’ to be no
Just about as near-sighted are a
great many small town merchants
. who sit idly in their stores waiting for
their townsmen to get tired of doing
business with mail order houses and
the larger stores in neighboring cities.
And all the while opportunity looms
big before these idle ones—if they
will only use their imaginations and
and see it.
Last year one mail order house
alone is reported to have done more
than $90,000,000 of business —an aver
age of a dollar for each man, woman
and child in the United States. And
the bulk of the business came from
the small towns, for big city people
read so much of “bargain” offers in
the daily papers that mail order “bar
gains” of doubtful character have
but little fascination for them.
In the large cities people are be
ginning to realize that sensationally
inclined department stores could not
exist indefinitely if all their goods
were sold on the small margin of prof
it indicated by the newspaper adver
tisements. They are beginning to
figure out that these stores are mak
ing money somehow or other, or they
would have to go out of business.
And they are inclined to resent the
policy of some of these stores which
offer branded and standard-priced
goods at cost, relying upon the sale
of unknown goods at excessive profit
to make up the loss —with a fat profit
besides. In some cases they have re
sented this manner of doing business
so strongly that certain big depart
ment stores which relied chiefly upon
“bargain” offers to draw trade have
gone into bankruptcy.
Very large stores do not operate at
a lower percentage of cost than small
stores. In fact the country merchant
can generally sell his goods at an ex
pense only one-half as great as that
incurred by his city competitor. This
is an actual fact, not a theory. Sta
tistics show that the average oper
ating expense of department stores in
New York City for the past year was
about 31 per cent, of sales. Many a
country merchant has an expense of
only 10 per cent, of sales.
That is why the unscrupulous large
retailer and the sensationally-inclined
mail order magnate have frequently
to resort to lies in their advertise
ments. If the small dealer would
study these lies and publish the facts
about them in his town paper, it would
bring him some of the dollars that are
now going on the long journey to the
mail order house and the windy big
city store of doubtful integrity and
“clever” advertising methods.
If the small merchant will support
his home paper, and if the small town
editor-will speak plainly on the ques
tion of business honesty and fair
trading, we shall have a combination
of truth that will quickly induce cer
tain heavily capitalized retail inter
ests to tell the truth about their goods
or close up shop. In either event the
local merchant—and indirectly the
town itself—will be the gainer.
“Which is the True Gospel?”
The subjeet to be discussed at the
Frostburg Opera House, Sunday,
Feb. 16th, 7:30 p. m. You cannot af
ford to miss it. All welcome.—Advt.
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