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The Frostburg Spirit
SUCCESSOR TO MININGg^-JOURNAI/. PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY. P. L. Livengood, Editor and Owner 8 17BSCHIPTION HATES : One Year $1.50 Six Months 75c Ten Months $1.25 Four Monthssoc Eight Months SI.OO ' Two Months 25c Single Copies, at the office 3c; by mail 6c FROSTBURG, MD. - - FFB. 19, 1914 : -— j —- 1— • y AD VEJt TISING It A TES: Transient advertising, other than political, legal or local, 15 cents per inch each insertion. Political advertising rates made known on application. Legal advertising at legal rates. Display advertisements to run four inser tions or more, 10 cents per inch each insertion, except for advertisements not exceeding 3 inches, on which the rate is cents per inch. Business Locals, “Wanted,” “For Sale,” “Lost,” “Found,” and miscellaneous notices, 6 cents per line. Resolutions of Respect, 5 cents per line. Cards of Thanks, 10 cents per line. Free to patrons of The Spirit. Advertising copy must be received no later than 3 p. m., Tuesday, to insure publication same week. No advertisement accepted for less than 26 cents, and nothing of a money-making charac ter will be advertised in The Spirit’s columns free of charge. j AS THE SPIRIT MOVETH j Every comfort that can be drawn around the old people ought to be held as a duty, to perform which will warm the hearts of the young people. The heat of their day has passed; all the stormy morning and the torrid noon have gone by, and they are now in the twilight waiting for the stars. It is a good thing to draw mantles about them as the night air begins to grow cold. It is a good thing to hold bright pictures be fore dim eyes, a good thing to pro vide music for the ears that are not much longer to hear, a good thing with song and with cheer to steady their steps down the farther slope. Said the Dan’s Mountain Philoso pher, the other day, “I am not sorry when times are hard. The women then cook noodles with the chicken to make the chicken go ’round; make good gravy to save the meat; serve apple pie oftener than plum pudding; do avyay with the servant girls, who can’t cook, and display their own skill; stay at home more with the children, because they have no fine clothes to wear gadding; try their hand at good old-fashioned ginger bread, instead of angels’ food; the general health is better; and the people who would otherwise come and visit a month, stay at home. There is nothing so terrible about hard times, if a clever woman manages the house. The best way to extend charity to persons who are in need is to give them work. Don’t give any able bodied man a penny or a mouthful unless he works for it. By this the man retains his self-respect, and the profession of the tramp is not encour aged. If a man needs help and is able to work, and you are tempted to give him something, don’t you do it. But instead, give him work. Odd jobs can always be found, and set him at these. We do not advise refusing to relieve hunger, but we do advise that it be done in a manner that will not breed dependence in men. If everyone would do this, all over the land, this country would soon cease to be the paradise for tramps that it- has been. Elks to Celebrate. Frostburg Dodge, No. 470, B. P. O. E., will celebrate the the 15th anniver sary of that noble order on March 17. It promises to be the greatest get-to gether affair and banquet ever held in the Elks’ pasture in Frostburg, and the whole herd is not only expected to be on hand, but it is announced that the grazing will be of the best. The fact that Dr. W. O. McLane, Prof. O. R. Rice and Henry Pitzer constitute the committee on arrange ments, is ample evidence that the af fair will be a great success. Getting Posted on Gas Company Tactics. The Spirit has been quietly gather ing a good deal of information during the last two weeks concerning gas company tactics, and is still at it. We will have some information along this line for our readers in due time, and then perhaps some of them will get some knowledge that will enable them to understand why their gas bills are so outrageously high some months when they use their gas stoves but little. We have some ey e-openers in store and some interesting comment, and all will be published ere long. Home-Talent Play. Some of our home people who are not too cheap and disloyal to Frost burg to patronize the home paper printery, have issued posters bearing' The Spirit’s imprint, on 'Which is an nounced a fine home-talent play. “Uncle Josh,” a New England comedy-drama, with Adolph Frey in the stellar role, will be presented in St. Michael’s Hall, Tuesday evening, February 24, under direction of Prof. Dennis Boyle. Mr. Frey will be supported by the following cast: Misses Mae McCaugh an, Nellie Ryan and Agnes Hannan, Messrs. John Kylus, A. E. Wills, Joe Brady, Michael J. Burns, Bernard J. Byrnes, Philip Blake and Joseph Con non. This play has been in rehearsal for several weeks, and the several char acters have attained such proficiency in interpreting their parts that it is safe to predict a fine performance. THAT TOWN MEETING. Much Discussion Over Municipal Matters by Many Men of Many Minds. The town meeting held in the City, Hall, last was attend-/ ed by numerous citizens who had much; : to say over municipal matters, but hardly any two of them seemed to \ have the same idea as to how best ; meet the financial problems of the s town. Charges of incompetence and ex ' travagance on the part* of the ' town officers were freely made by some of the speakers, while ■ other speakers stoutly defended the | administration of oqr present officials and charged that citizens who urged expensive improvements, which en ' hanced the value of their property, ’ are largely responsible for the town’s . indebtness, but now kick on being as-> sessed in proportion to the benefits ' they derived. Charges and counter- charges were) > made by both sides, and considerable animosity, as well as humor, croppeejl ( out in the discussions. Some phases of the meeting were as > rich as any comic opera, while others " were more like the confusion of ’ tongues at the building of the Tower : of Babel. At intervals several men i had the floor at once and insisted on I talking at the same time. Chairman | G6o. H. Wittig used his gavel in vain, > for the men, who were warm and in a f talking mood, , seemed to think that , they should talk whether it suited the ! chairman or not, or whether they had , anything to offer that was worth ’ listening to or not. I It would require this entire paper to [ reproduce all of the talks, sugges- P tions, charges, allegations, etc., that ’ were indulged in at the meeting, but , few, if any of the speakers had any L definite plan to improve municipal matters. Several reports were rendered by t committees, but as some of the state . ments in the reports were disputed by , certain citizens who had other figures) and statements to make in contradic-f tion, it is a hard matter to determine who is in the right and who is in the wrong in the contentions and state)- 1 ments made. So why go into details]? ’ The meeting adjourned at a late : hour to convene again at the call of • the Chairman of the Citizens’ and ; Taxpayers’ Protective Associatior), ’ and it remains to be seen what these ' meetings will accomplish for the good of the town. Some very good citizens 1 seem to think that the aforesaid as sociation will prove very beneficial tp the town, while other men who are also known as good citizens regard the present movement for reform merely as a political move to heap certain fellows into office who ajae charged in some quarters with havijg their own selfish interests more It , heart than the good of the town. p The editor being a newcomer in tlpe town, is not in a position to pafes judgment in the matter, but time will doubtless reveal which faction is in the right and which is in the wrong. To The Spirit it looks as though both sides are partly right and partly wrong, and the thing that looks to us as the proper course to pursue is to increase the assessment of those whose property has been greatly en hanced in value by paved streets, sewers, etc., and leave the assessments on the property of the less fortunate citizens stand about as they are now. Outstanding taxes should also be collected without needless delay, economy should be prac ticed wherever possible in munic ipal affairs, offenders against the public peace should be more stringent ly dealt with by our officers, etc., etc. We have before us the two last an nual financial statements of the town, which have been generously circulat ed, and the statements, so far as we can see, give a very thorough ac counting of all public expenditures. The statements should be closely studied by all citizens, and if it can be shown that any of the items indi cate extravagance or needless expen diture of public money, it ought not be a hard matter to discover where the leaks are and see that they are stopped. But when citizens meet to discuss the situation, calmness and deliberation should be observed, re spect should be shown the presiding officer, and each citizen should speak in his proper turn, no two, three or four trying to address the meeting at once. Free Bible Lecture. At the Frostburg Opera House, Sunday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p. m. —Advt. 1-2 To Readers of The Spirit. A number of copies of this week’s Spirit will be mailed to persons who are not regular subscribers. But pay ment for all copies so mailed has been arranged for by friends of The Spirit and friends of those who receive the extra copies. We regret, however, that most of the extra copies mailed out will have only four pages instead of eight, the usual number printed. The cause of this lies in the fact that the order for extra copies came at too late an hour for us to supply eight pages to more than our regular subscribers. Mrs. Jatnes Stootlemeyer Dead. Mrs. Mollie H. Stootlemeyer, 46 years old, wife of James T. Stootle meyer, died Sunday morning at Cres aptown. Besides her husband, she is survived by ten children. She was a daughter of Peter Clingerman. The obsequies were held at the Cresap town Methodist Episcopal Church. Don’t Fail to be at the Frostburg Opera House, Sunday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p. in. —Advt. 1-2 Former Frostburger Rounds Out 90th Year The Venerable William Oates Now 1 the Oldest Man in Meyersdale — Citizens Do Him Honor. William Oates, who formerly lived in Frostburg, where he is held in high esteem by all who know him, is now the oldest man in Meyersdale, Pa., where he recently rounded out his 90th year and was honored by a cele : bration of the event in which many people participated. The following . ’ account of the affair is taken from last week’s Meyersdale Republican: ’ William Oates, the oldest living resident of Meyersdale, rounded out his 90th year last Friday, Feb. 6th, and was the recipient of numerous ' congratulations conveyed both by ' mail and in person. The venerable ' gentleman received many visitors during the day at the Hocking home : stead in Meyersdale, where he has his : home. He was in splendid health and spirits and the many kindly felicita tions received gave him great pleas ’ ure. Nor was the pleasure all his, ’ for no one can be in the presence of this grand old Christian gentleman for one minute without feeling the 1 sweet influence of a sanctified soul. 1 It was the privilege of the writer to 1 be one of those who called upon ' “Uncle William” Oates on the 90th L anniversary of his birth, and never in L more thaij half a century of life have we heard the goodness and mercy of 1 God extolled in more beautiful lan -1 guage, nor seen exemplified in human form one who seems to radiate the ’ divine essence more than this saintly patriarch. William Oates was born at St. Just, 1 County Cornwall, England, Feb. 6, 1824. He came to this country in 1850 ' and located in Allegany county, Mary land, where he resided until after the death of his wife about 22 years ago, when he came to Meyersdale to make I his home with the family of his sister, 1 the late Mrs. John Hocking, Sr., where ' he has since resided. ! Mr. Oates was a carpenter and build ; er by occupation during the active years of his life and was master 1 builder of bridges for the B. & O. R. ; R. Co. for many years. He was not only a skillful workman and master of ‘ men, but a Christian citizen of the 1 most devout type, taking, his religion 1 with him into his everyday life. Un * til four years ago when his eye-sight ’ became seriously impaired he was a ' regular attendant at all the services 1 of the Methodist Episcopal Church, ! and- was a familiar figure on the 1 streets. Since his partial blindness 1 he has kept closely to the house, but ’ shows of The infirmities common ; to people of such advanced age. He eats heartily and sleeps soundly and well, being not the least trouble to his nephews and nieces and his only son, John M. Oates, who look after h'is 1 comfort. Although no longer able to attend public religious services, he is regular in his private devotions and much of his time is spent in meditation on the future life. He states that in his talks with God when saying his daily prayers he can look right into the ( heavenly kingdom and see the Savior, the saints and the angels with the eye of faith as distinctly as the most ma terial things he ever beheld. Members of the Socking family say ( that on the evening of his 90th birth day the grace he said at the table was the most beautiful and eloquent prayer they ever heard. In all his conversa - i tion respecting holy things he speaks as one directly inspired of God, and ] and though he may live to round out ‘ a full century of life, he looks forward eagerly for the day when he shall see and be with God. OUR BUSINESS GROWING < Spirit Having a Wonderful Sale. * Will Inaugurate New System * on March sth. In addition to the many names added * to our subscription list during the past ‘ few weeks, we have also been selling 5 from 50 to 150 copies of the paper per week, at the office, .during the last six or eight weeks. This week we had . orders for more than 500 extra copies 1 before we went to press, and at the time for making up the last form, or- * ders are still coming. 1 Under our present system at The ' Spirit office we are unable to handle as * much news and advertising matter as we would like to, but beginning with our issue of March sth, we will in- 1 augurate a new system by which we can give more space to both home * news and home advertising. Frostburg’s Many Secret Orders. 1 Few towns of its size anywhere have so many flourishing secret societies * as Frostburg. About every secret or der on earth has a lodge here, and 1 many of them are very strong. All of * them have a creditable membership, and The Spirit finds it a pleasure to do business with each and every one ' of them. We are always glad to publish lodge 1 news when it is given to us, and when it comes to doing lodge printing, few printeries, indeed, are so well equipped 1 in that fine as The Frostburg Spirit, at whose place of business can be found lodge cuts and emblems almost 1 without number, which can be used with pleasing effect in all kinds of ' lodge printing. Give us your lodge * news, gentlemen, also your lodge 1 printing. ' A Rare Treat in Store for All. 1 Noted athlete to lecture in Frost- ' burg Opera House, next Sunday, 7:30 p. m.—Advt. 1-2 1 ♦ j Subscribe for the Spirit. Do it now. 1 THE FROSTBURG SPIRIT, FROSTBURG, MD. 1 THE HITCHINS BROS. CO. $ t k t GREAI ANNUAL SALE l i S t “]k S Dress Goods, Silks id Remnants i i \ =WILL BEGIN== Thursday, Feb. 19, at 9 a.m. \ i l 4 THE HITCHINS BROS. CO., V FEOSTBCEG. MD. E BASEBALL. Local Club Organized for Season of 1914—Notes by “Keno.” The baseball team met at the St. Cloud Hotel on the evening of the 4th inst. Every man of last year’s team was present, either in person or by proxy, except Pitcher Allen, who has deserted the Frostburg team, and has decided to play the coming season with “McGuire’s Tigers,” of Midland. Allen is a great loss to the team here, and will surely be missed. How ever, the players, as well as the man agement, hope to have a good, strong aggregation, and to that end the team will meet every week once or twice to talk over the very best way to make baseball a success. The boys elected T. G. Dillon, man ager, who in a very few words thank ed them for the confidence they have shown in him by selecting him to be the pilot the coming season. The following players were selected to play in the team: Ryan, Gunter and Rarick. catchers; Jenkins, Jack son and Riggins, pitchers; “Jim” Jenkins, first base; Salb, second base; Hunter, third base; Price, shortstop; Preston, Brophy, Matise and Hoban in the outfield. As yet Riggins is not a certainty, though it is understood that he will not play in Midland, and the Frost burg management is using every hon est endeavor to land him here. This looks like a very formidable aggregation, and should be able to represent this good old town credit ably in the greatest nation’s greatest game. However, ten or twelve men cannot make the sport here a success. It takes the whole town to bring about that desired result. So, the boys who expect to wear the uniforms of the Frostburg Baseball Club kindly ask the baseball “fans” and rooters to give them their support and en couragement during the coming sea son. Of course there are and always will be some knockers. We couldn’t pos sibly get along without them. They have their place iu every walk of life and every phase of society. To them we would say: “DonT get the ham mers out till the boys get started; you will have all season to use them. Just a few words on the personnel of the team: The catchers—Ryan did the most of the work last season, and certainly did it well. His pluck and stamina ivfre surely in evidence in many hard-fought contests. His catching was at all times good, and his throwing arm was excellent, for his “pegs” to to the bases were quick and accurate at all times. His one weakness was his batting, and that can be attributed to the very little practice he obtained last season. There is every reason to think that “Eddie” will be an improvement in this department this season. Tom Gunter is a good catcher, a hard hitter, a player that can be util ized on the infield, and is sure to put up a good game. The new man, Paul Rarick, is just getting onto baseball, but he is thought to be a good addition to the team. He can catch a creditable game behind the bat, is a very credit able first baseman, hits pretty well, has a good throwing arm, is a good base-runner, and is expected toj make good from the start. “Big Bill” Jenkins will get in con dition just as soon as the weather permits, and Bill has some good base ball in him yet. He “will be there with the goods.” Sam Jackson will take his turn on the slab, and the wise ones in base ball say Sam will makegood. He has alhthe essentials that make a pitcher good. Jim Jenkins, Salb, Hunter and Price will be in the infield, with Brophy, Preston Matese and Hoban in the out field. This looks like a good, strong play ing team, though any player who de sires to become a member of the team and shows “class” will be given a try-out. However, this fact we want to impress on the minds of the fans, rooters and patrons of the good old game: Frostburg will have a good, clean baseball team, and one that will compare creditably with any team in the county. They don’t promise to win every game, though they do sure ly expect to be near the very top of the “heap” when the season closes. Eonaconing, it is said, will organize a club and join the league. This is certainly good news. There was a time when “Coney” had one of the very best teams in this locality; and the good people-down there supported it loyally. However, the past few years the game has been almost elim inated for want of encouragement. There is so much good baseball ma terial in Eonaconing, and it looks like an easy matter to get a good, strong team together there. Piedmont as yet has not been heard from, though it is hoped that Culber son will get his players together in time to give the tri-towns some good baseball this season. There are so many real good players in and around Piedmont that a team there always gets good support, and always makes the other team hustle to win. Barton, last season, had what many baseball critics assert was a good, strong team, and should be stronger this season. Dye pitched some won derfully good games, and certainly is a good flinger. Metz is a great outfielder, and hits hard and often. With some little coaching, Barton should be a sure- enough contender in the pennant race. Now, let us have some real base ball this season. The more baseball we have, the less something else, and baseball is certainly the cleanest and best of all sports. It appeals to the masses, not the classes; the old man and the young, appreciate it and love it for the pleasure they get from it. So, let us have all we can get this season. Kejno. Don’t Fail to be at the Frostburg Opera House, Sunday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p. m Advt. 1-2 H. C. Rockwell, the Famous Athlete. At the Frostburg Opera House, Sunday, Feb. 22, 7:39 p. m. —Advt. 1-2 AND STILL THEY COME. A Johnstown (Pa.) Man Sends Check for $5.00 Worth of Spirit Subscriptions. The following letter from John Raab, of Johnstown, Pa., explains itself, and is very complimentary to The Spirit and its editor: Johnstown, Pa., Feb 17, 1914. Friend P. E. Dear Sir: —Received several copies of The Spirit and some clippings from it, which were all read with keen in terest. I was speaking to R. T. Hickman some time ago, and he asked me if we had received a copy of the paper con taining your salutatory. I told him that we did. We compared notes, and believe me, we certainly compliment ed you on the appearance of your sheet, including the introductory and the poetry. All are fjpe. All who read your first issue can readily understand that all their deal ings with the editor must be on the square. I told “Hick” that we were going to subscribe for The Spirit, and I hope it is not too late yet. Enclosed find our check for $5.00, and would ask you to send The Spirit to the two en closed addresses for as long as the strength of the check will allow. We have been very busy in our business, and we hope that The Spirit is enjoying a prosperous period, and that it is on the road to a successful financial future. With best wishes and kindest, re gards, we are yours respectfully, Wm. H. Raab & Bro., Per John. To the foregoing The Spirit wishes to add that Wm. H. Raab & Bro. are numbered among the “whitest” men we have ever known. They conduct a large job printing and book binding establishment in Johnstown, do an enormous business and deserve the prosperity they enjoy, for they are fine workmen as well as the best of men. Grantsville Loses A Very Good Citizen Dennis J. Stevanns Dies in Frost burg Hospital—Difficult Task for Undertaker. Dennis J. Stevanus, one of Grants ville’s most useful and highly esteem ed citizens, died at the Miner’s Hos pital, this city, at an early hour last Sunday morning, of typhoid fever. He was in the hospital for about a week. Undertaker Wm. Winterberg, of Grantsville, accompanied by William Wright, of the same place, drove to Frostburg through a blinding snow storm on Sunday to take the corpse to the late home of the deceased. How ever, the trip to Frostburg was found so difficult that Messrs. Winterberg and Wright decided to wait until Mon day morning before attempting the return trip, in the hope that another day would bring better weather. But they were disappointed, as the next day the 4 wind was blowing furiously, piling up the snow in high drifts, and the atmosphere-was also much colder than the day before. Nevertheless, the two men braved the elements and made an attempt to reach Grantsville, but failed to get any farther than the west side of Little Savage Mountain, where they found the snowdrifts so deep and the blizzard so fierce as to cause them to return to Frostburg, where they re mained until some time next day. A second attempt, however, was success ful, and Grantsville was reached, but the trip was made with great difficulty. The deceased was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremiah Stevanus, who reside near Springs, Pa., about six miles northwest of Grantsville. He was about 35 years old, and he leaves to mourn his death a wife and three children, at Grantsville, where he took up his residence several years ago. He is also survived by his par ents and a number of brothers and sisters in Somerset county, Pa. Dennis Stevanus was a good citizen in all that the term implies—useful, honest, energetic, intelligent and gen erous. He followed slate and metal roofing, and his services were always in demand, for he was an honest and competent workman. Last summer he was a candidate on the Republican ticket for legislative nomination, and while he was not successful, he never theless made a very creditable run, considering that it was his first entry in that sort of a race. The Spirit has learned nothing of the funeral arrangements, but it is a foregone conclusion that the obsequies were attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends, as the deceased was held in high esteem by all who knew him in Garrett county, Md., and Somerset county, Pa., where he was best known.