Newspaper Page Text
zard as that which swept the country j
last Sunday night and all day Mon day. Even so great a city as New York was practically cut off and iso lated from the surrounding country while the storm raged, and all through the East railway schedules were prac tically abandoned. Traffic of all kinds was almost at a standstill, and much damage is reported from all sections, also some loss of life in localities where the storm was the worst. Ravages of the Storm iti Maryland and Elsewhere. Under 10 inches of snow, whipped by a gale with near-zero temperature, New York was the centre of the worst blizzard in many years. Over 100 trains dispatched Sunday night were “lost” in the snow, unable to report because of fallen wires. The Boston and Albany Railroad abandoned all trains out of Boston. One sailor on the wrecked schooner Jacob S. Winslow, at Black Rocks, R. 1., died. All others were rescued. One man was shocked to death by a fallen wire in Trenton, and New Jer sey traffic was almost completely paralyzed. Maryland was in the throes of a blizzard. Many towns, especially on the Eastern Shore, had no wire com munication, and train service was al most abandoned. At Clear Spring, Washington county, a negro church was blown over, the bell being thrown 100 feet. Five deaths in Philadelphia were reported. Houses were unroofed, small fires added danger, and police patrol wagons were used to rescue travelers blocked on cold corners awaiting trolley cars that did not come along. In Frederick county SIOO,OOO dam age was done by what was there called a tornado. Of 35 ships due at New York on LETTERS FROM THE PEOPLE Items of Interest Gleaned From Communications Addressed to the Editor. The Spirit feels that it betrays no confidence when it occasionally pub lishes extracts from letters of friend ship received from personal friends who touch upon topics of public in terest. Senator Sullivan Expresses Re grets and Admiration. Stillwter, Minn., Feb. 24, 1914. Mr. P. L. Bivengood, Frostburg, Md. Dear Sir:—l certainly did enjoy my visit to the beautiful mountain city of Frostburg and to my very dear friend Senator Shannon. It was a great pleasure to meet so many of the leading people of Frostburg, includ ing yourself. I recall with delight my interview with you. My only re gret is that my visit was necessarily cut so short by the news of Mr. Mitchell’s very serious illness. In that connection I might say that Meagre reports lo the Weather Bureau told of shattered records for cold weather through most of the South. Severe freezing weather was reported as far South as Georgia. The coldest weather ever recorded in March was reported from Georgia, the thermometer reaching 16° above zero at Atlanta and 22° at Augusta. Considerable Damage in Frostburg and Cumberland. Frostburg and Cumberland were hit hard by the storm, but the damage done was not as great in either of these two towns as that wrought in many other Marj'land towns and cities. Baltimore suffered heavily and in that city damage done to buildings mounts high into the thousands of dollars. Hundreds of houses were unroofed, windows smashed in and miles of wires were blown down. The principal damage in Frostburg and Cumberland consisted of unroofed buildings, broken windows, demol ished chimneys, overturned outbuild- | ings, etc., but much damage was also done by water pipes freezing, as the cold was intense during the storm, and it was a hard matter to keep even the best constructed buildings warm enough inside to keep water from freezing. Not much snow accompanied the blizzard, but what there was was so fine as to sift through doors and win dows where one would think it im possible for snow to come through. The above illustration shows a por tion of Frostburg where the storm struck the hardest, and where the greatest damage was done. The building occupied by I. J. Shearer, Jr., in which a display of white goods is shown inside the front window in the picture, suffered the most damage, as a large rear end addition erected about two years ago was completely Mr. Mitchell is very, very ill. He has improved only in very slight degrees, but is holding his own and has not lost any ground. Three of the best physicians in this part of the country, after consultation, are of the opinion that he will recover, but the road to recovery will be a long one, and if any new complications arise the re sult will be ver3 T doubtful. I am very much impressed with your paper and I do not recall having seen or read any newspaper published in a city the size of Frostburg which is as up-to-date, lively, wide-awake and thoroughly newsy and modern as is The Frostburg Spirit. I wish you would put me on your subscription list for one year. lam sure that I shall enjoy reading your paper, especially when it contains any news of my Frostburg friends. With best wishes for your success, and with highest personal regards, I am Yours very truly, Geo. H. Sullivan. down wrecked several omall outbuild! ings. 1 The next greatest damage was done on Broadway, on which street is erected St. John’s Episcopal Church, a substantially built stone structure. A portion of this building was also unroofed, and portions of roofing ranging from small sections to sec tions of considerable size were also blown from many other buildings. The wind blew the hardest from the southwest, but at intervals it seemed to come from all directions, and while the storm raged it was dangerous to venture out, as the air was full of flying wreckage and debris of all kinds, including signs, shingles, roof ing slate, bricks, glass, limbs of trees, spouting, sections of tin roofing, fence pickets, etc., etc. Fortunately there is no loss of life or serious personal injury to report from “Old Frostburg on the Pike,” and bad as the storm was, we are all thankful that it was no vt orse. But it : surely was a storm, the worst, con sidering all phases of it, that the old est inhabitants of Frostburg have an3' recollection of. True it is that much greater damage was wrought here by a storm in the fall of 1891, a storm which actually was a cyclone and did damage amounting to thousands of dollars. But that storm was of short duration and was not as general in its nature as the one which struck our town on Sunda3 r and raged with in tense fury for nearly or quite 48 hours, with a stinging cold temperature all the while. And now, since March came in like a lion, yea, like an army of lions, with a few thousand tigers and other fierce animals included, let us hope to see the month go out as gently as a lamb and as peacefully as a babe going to sleep. From State Roads Commissioner Andrew Ramsay. Mt. Savage, Md., March 2, 1914. Mr. P. E. Eivengood, Frostburg, Md. My Dear Mr. Bivengood:—l re read yesterda3 T your issue of some time last December, and found that we have many things in common; like you I lost m3' father in a mine accident and was obliged to com mence work in the mines at thirteen years of age, and since then have not only had to work for a living, but for an education, and from all indications expect to do so, willingly, cheerfully, and from preference, until the final call comes. I shall avail myself of the first opportunity to call on you, and hope you will not stand on ceremony and wait for this call, but will walk in on us the first opportunity you have, with the assurance that a “friendly feeling makes us wondrous kind.” I enclose my check for $1.20 for “The Under Pup,” by S. H. Bashor, as I enjoyed the extract very much and wish to read the whole of it. Very truly yours, Andrew Ramsay. Cheer up, cheer up, and turn the corners of your mouth upward! The ’ groundhog has about completed his work, winter’s backbone is broken in ' several places, the gas company can’t “soak it into us” much longer, and soon we can truly say: “Spring has come, by gum, the frogs sing ‘Jug o’ Runt,’ ” though not a bit we get of it, in spring we can’t feel glum. Yes, 1 spring is coming, why, even now bock beer is on tap, the boys will soon be shooting marbles, the organ grinder and his monkey are about due, bluebirds will warble soon, robins will sing, by jing, the fish liar is getting ready to un limber, early greens will soon be ripe, perfume-laden, balmy, gentle breezes will soon be wafted over blossom-laden trees and the early onion beds, and— well, best of all, the Annual Concert of the good old Arion Band will be “pulled off” in April, the exact date to be announced later. We take pleasure in making this announcement and printing the above ' cut of the great band which has made Frostburg famous, the band which easily leads all other musical organizations in Maryland, excepting none; an organization whose music is high-class enough to play before crowned heads, ' before kings, princes and presidents. Only those who have heard the German Arion Band play can realize what their Annual Concert means to the lover of music. The concert will be un- t ; “Making Up The Account.” j t - Pastor Cook, of Detroit, Delivers Powerful Sermon ia the Frost burg Opera House. 1 An unusually intelligent audience heard Dr. Cook at the Frostburg Opera House, last Sunday night. The abil ity and eloquence exhibited by the j speaker made it easy for him to com t mand the most absorbing interest on the part of his hearers, holding his r audience entranced, while he care full3 T opened up the Scriptures on how ’ Judgment records are made up and transferred to the accounts of the great Judgment Day. He appealed only to the Bible for support, and his , points were well made. We give a ; brief report for the benefit of our _> readers: 3 He first called attention to the Scrip ) ture teaching that God has arranged and is making preparation for a great • day a thousand years long, in which the character of every individual en tering upon that day will be revealed. The test of everlasting life is char acter, and only those perfected in character will live everlastingly. The Bible declares that every man will be ■ judged according to his works, that : every thought, word and deed that ef t feet character, will go into account. j I There is nothing hidden that will not ; be revealed. The words spoken in the ■ ear, in closets, will be proclaimed from 1 the housetops. This and many simi t lar statements are used in the Scrip r tures to show that the conditions in 5 the great Judgment Day will be such > that every man’s true character will 1 be revealed. The Judge, Jesus Christ t —the One whom God hath appointed . (Acts 17:31) has been proven and given l all authority, whom the Heavens must 1 retain (Acts 3:20, 21) until His as ! sociate judges, the members of the ' : church, shall also have been tested - j and made ready that they may sit with > Him in His throne. 1 Then shall come the great day of judging in righteousness, in which the character of every man will be re vealed—revealed by the way each in dividual meets the righteous condi tions then prevailing, and the life tendencies manifested in each, either in the direction of life everlasting or death everlasting. The Speaker made use of the de struction of Sodom as the means of pointing out how judgment records are made up —the character elements that will come into judgment, and also how they will be made known in that great day, when all life records will be opened. This Sodom scene is a fore-gleam of the great judgment, be cause it was a revealing of the char acter of individuals, and it helps us to know why it shall be more favor able for Sodom in the day of judg ment than for some other people (Matt. 11:24). God’s arrangement in sending the two angels as men, serv ed the purpose of causing the Sodom ites to reveal their true character, so that all might know the real spirit of their lives. They were tested by an ordinary circumstance, and Sodom’s real, natural, uprighteous condition was proclaimed by its treatment of the two visitors who came as ordinary travelers. Hospitable Lot, strong in standing against the wicked intruders at his door, also revealed his own self i centered life, in the price he offers in his daughters, that his loyality as a host might be proven, and quiet out i side his door be restored. He had no influence with the Sodomites or with his sons-in-law, for they well knew he was sojourning among them for the market and what money he could make out of them. A little later, as he es caped from the city, urged on by the angels, he further revealed his pro pensity for looking after his self in terests and to make choices accord ingly. Lot’s wife so clings to the things of her heart, her household and her ef fects, that she becomes a monument of warning to all those who cling to the things of this world that are so soon to pass away, referred to by Jesus in Luke 17:32. Abraham was also revealed in connection with this usually good this year, and those who attend will get a treat worth going miles to hear. Frostburg people especially should attend the concert, for Frostburg owes much to the famous Arion Band, for it shares equally with George’s Creek coal in making Frostburg famous. Bands in most towns are kept up too much at a personal sacrifice of their members. Few are appreciated as they should be, for bands, like local newspapers, are of great importance in any town, for reasons so plainly in evidence as to make it unnecessary to go into details. And the Arion is not the only good band in Frostburg. The Frostburg City Band is also a very creditable organization, as is also the Veterans’ Auxiliary Drum Corps. Any and all of these organizations are welcome to all the free advertising in these columns that space will permit us to give when they hold concerts or other functions to raise money for the up-keep of their organizations. The members who keep up musical organizations in cities the size of ours are usually the poorer in a financial way for it, and i-Jhe Spirit is willing to do all in its power to help them along. The personnel of the Arion Band has changed somewhat since the above picture was taken, and the baud is now considerably larger, mumbering, if we remember rightly, thirty-five. Sodom scene by his generous and lov ing prayer that the city might be sav ed. Thus his true God-fearing life completes the judgment scene, reveal ing the character that stands the test and will continue in life everlasting. The speaker then forcibly brought to mind certain elements that enter into character-building in this life which are to be discerned in the Sodom scene. Among these he pointed out, Ist, influence, the power of one life over another. Lot’s sojourn with Ab- | raham had fixed in him a moral char- j acter so that the licentiousness of Sodom vexed his righteous soul daily; but his self-seeking spirit, which had been encouraged from the first, was the ruling element in his character make-up; 2nd, the coerciveness of the past in our lives as it influence?, and determines the future. This is illus trated strongly in Lot, as well as the Sodomites; and 3rd, the meaning of the present, or what we now are, in relation to the future. Then he em phasized decision, as the power of the human will, which must be strongly brought into action as the great de termining element in character build ing. No one, he said, can ever attain life everlasting in this age or the age to come, without the aid of the great Life-Giver, Jesus Christ. But, as every man is dealing with the abiding elements of character, let him see to it that his life-record is favorable now, for in the judgment each must give an account, and “He that knoweth his Lord’s will and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many Stripes’’ (Luke 12:47); and the life tendencies now set going, may be such as to finally separate him entire ly from the Life-Giver, which would mean everlasting death. It does mat ter, therefore, how men live now, in view of the great Judgment Day when men shall be on trial for everlasting life; and character is the great deter mining element under the discerning eye and life-giving power of the great Judge. The church’s trial day now on leads to glory and immortality in Heaven. The Judgment Day to come will lead to everlasting life and hap piness on the earth. Pastor Grant Jolly, of New York City, will be the speaker for next Sunday night in the Frostburg Opera House. His topic will be “Around the World in 1914.” Protestant Federation Meeting. The Federation of Protestant Socie ties of Alegany County, Md., held their monthly meeting in Wittig Hall, last Sunday at two o’clock. Before the election of officers was taken up, Messrs. Geo. Ritter and W. J. Wilkinson, of Baltimore, addressed the meeting, telling of the work of a similar organization in Baltimore. The annual election resulted as fol lows: President—Thomas H. Morgan, of Frostburg. First Vice President —Prof. A. F. Smith, of Lonaconing. Second Vice Pfesident—Richard H. Williams, of Midland. Secretary Conrad Knieriem, of Frostburg. Treasurer—J. W. Sterry, of Frost burg. Messrs. Morgan and Knieriem held their respective offices last term, and were re-elected. Other routine business was trans acted, after which the meeting ad journed. Orphans’ Court Proceedings. The last will and testament of Ja cob R. Garrnan, late of Allegany county, deceased, was admitted to probate and record. Letters testamentary were granted to Elizabeth M. Fletcher and Daniel A. Fletcher on the estate of Philip H, Fletcher, deceased. Howard Hitchins and W. Arthur Hitchins, executors of Adam B. Hitch ins, settled their seventh account and made distribution under the will. The report of the sale of real estate of Elizabeth R. McMillan was finally ratified by the court. Thomas B. Allen was appointed guardian of Anna M. Allen. The last will and testament of Henry B. Brown was admitted to pro bate and record.