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The Leading 8 Weekly Newspaper of Allegany 8 County, Maryland 8 FORTY-THIRD YEAR. NO. 33 ANOTHER“BUTINSKI” MAKES A BAD BREAK Rev. J. C. Walker Butts Into a News- Paper Controversy Uncalled for and thereby Makes a Bad Break. Spirit Made No Accusation Against Him and Did not Even Have Him in Mind in Matter He Refers to. Rev. Mr. Walker Was Too Hasty, and He Owes an Apology. “Coney Guttersnipe” Dodges The Issue. Several weeks ago the Eonaconing Guttersnipe, sometimes called The Advocate, did a great deal of boasting about getting all the printing for the State convention of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, which was held recent ly in Frostburg. At the same time the g. s. took The Spirit to task for not giving the said convention a more extended write-up than it saw fit to give after the printing for said con vention was sent out of town. Of course, The Spirit defended it self when unjustly and maliciously attacked by the shrimp who presides over the g. s. In reply to the charge made by the g. s. that this paper slighted the A. O. H. in not giving a more extended write-up of said con vention, The Spirit cited the public to the fact that after taking its job print ing to the Eonaconing sheet without even giving The Spirit a chance to bid on the work, the said convention was not even honored with so much as a line in the way of a write-up at the hands of the tightwad shrimp that was favored with the convention’s printing. It Made the Guttersnipe Squirm. The exposure of the Guttersnipe’s total and complete slight of the A. O. H. after having been favored with the convention printing, made the g. s. do some tall squirming. But it did not at tempt to explain its own niggardly ingratitude toward the A. O. H., for there was no explanation that it could possibly give that would excuse it. But the shrunken shrimp who pre sides over the dauby and slimy col umns of the g. s. thought it would have to come back in some way, even if it could do nothing more than to make a clumsy stab at writing poetry, or rather doggerel that has nothing to do with the case. It would have been far better for the g. s. to keep its 1 mouth shut after putting its own cloven foot into it, but it didn’t have that much sense, and so “Uncle Pete” must again apply the shingle to the poor, little, dauby thing. Another “Buttinski” Butts la. We were somewhat surprised when the Eonaconing sheet went out of its way and butted into a matter where it • had no “put” in order to “start some thing” with this paper, instead of : quietly minding its own business as it ' always did under Editor Kolmer’s able ' and clean management. But we were 1 a good deal more surprised when the < following letter from Rev. J. C. Walk- 1 er was published in connection with 1 nearly a column of other barnyard confetti that was written by the editor ! of the g. s. and published in his sheet 1 last week: Frostburg, Md., Sept. 5, 1914. The Advocate, I J Lonaconing, Md. ( Gentlemen: In the Frostburg Spirit of this week, . and under the heading “Buttinski ( Spears Emits Some Sneers,” you are . accused of throwing mudballs made by . someone else,and in the conclusion the editor accuses a cowardly Frostburg confederate. I take it for granted that he has in mind the undersigned, and calls me cowardly because I did not answer the three columns he wasted on me several , weeks ago. If you will notice what he says regarding me in last week’s issue, . he does not call me a coward, so you can easly see how inconsistent he is. I want to ask, that should you clear , up the charges he has made against you, make it clear that I did not fur nish you mudballs or material to , throw. lam not a coward and will ' answer him in my own time. I am, Yours very truly and sincerely, (Signed) J. C. Walker. Pastor,First English Baptist Church, ' Frostburg, Maryland. Brother Walker is Too Hasty. The Rev. Mr. Walker’s butting into : this controversy does him no credit, because it is uncalled for. He has ' made himself ridiculous by taking up- ; on himself an accusation which was in no way intended for him, and when ■ The Spirit expressed the belief that a : cowardly confederate in thsi commun- : ity had been making mudballs for : the Lonaconing sheet to throw, we j did not have Mr. Walker nor any other man by his name in mind. So that clears up the accusation so far as he is concerned, and will save the Eona- i coning Guttersnipe the trouble. Mr. Walker’s butting into the mat- ■ ter at issue between The Spirit and : the g. s., might make us angry, if his j THE FROSTBURG SPIRIT remarks were not so ludicrous and ridiculous. We are really sorry to see a man in his high calling make such a bad break, but we think we can see what caused him to make it. The Rev. Mr. Walker is from Vir ginia, we understand, where there are many brave men who fought in the Confederate army during the Civil War. We know, of course, that he was not a confederate soldier, because he is too young a man for that. But Mr. Walker some time ago received an anonymous letter, he alleges, in which he was called a rebel, and said letter was published in The Spirit and in the Cumberland News. We under stand that a female member of his own congregation is accused of writ ing the letter, and being called a rebel seems to have queered the par son and caused him to become sus picious. In other words, after having been called a rebel, he also shies at the word confederate when used in a newspaper controversy between two editors, neither of whom had him in mind in the slightest degree. But he takes it for granted that he is the one who was meant by the term “cowardly confederate,” as used in our denunci ation of the Eonaconing sheet. When we used the term “confeder ate” in paying our respects to the Eonaconing sheet, we had nothing pertaining to the Southern Confeder acy in mind. We did not use the word in that sense. We used it mere ly in the sense of an ally, knowing that the Eonaconing Guttersnipe has an ally in this town, a confederate, if you please, which means the same thing, who prates much about his loy alty to Frostburg and Frostburg indus tries, but who at the same time makes a business of sending all the printing to Eonaconing that he can possibly gather up in Frostburg. He alone is the fellow we referred to, and he is not J. C. Walker by a deuce of a sight. It is said that a guilty conscience needs no accuser, and the Rev. Mr. Walker’s willingness to cry out “he meant me,” might cause some people to say—“ The shoe must fit you, or you wouldn’t have put it on.” But even though his course will doubtless cause some to suspicion him, we want it understood that The Spirit at no time had the least idea, and nas not now, that Rev. J. C. Walker ever made any “mudballs” for the Eona co.,ing sheet U > tiir- w. Vherefore, we are not inconsistent, as Mr. Walker alleges in his uncalled-for letter, and now that we have stated openly and above board that we did not have him in mind when we referred to a cow ardly confederate, what is he going to do about it ? Well, if he is either a gentleman or a Christian, he will apologize. Fur thermore, we want to assure the Rev. Mr. Walker, that we have no ill feel ing against him whatever, and we never had. In reprinting a letter with comment which he had written to the Mathews Journal, and which was published in that paper, we did uot feel offended in the least at a single statement it contained. We did not agree with all his statements in that letter, but in our comment we used no abusive lan guage, such as he uses in his letter to the Advocate. His letter was a legiti mate subject for discussion, and it was discussed by The Spirit in a re spectful manner, with due respect for his opinions, although disagreeing with some of them. His charge that we wasted three columns on him is out of order. There was little said about him in our comment on that letter, and what was said concerning the man was in his favor. Our comment was principally on the contrast between his letter and that of another parson who some time ago visited Frostburg and had pub lished in the Somerset (Pa.) Standard a letter dealing with some of the topics Rev. Mr. Walker dealt on in his letter published in a Virginia news paper and reprinted by us with com ment, the same as we did with the other parson’s letter. Both letters and the comment on them were read with intense interest by many of our readers, and orders for extra copies of those two issues still continue to come from far and near. Olur comment was not intended to injure anyone, nor to create enmity in any quarter. Therefore, we con sider the Rev. Mr. Walker’s abusive letter to the Advocate very much out of place. Of all men on earth, a min ister of the Gospel should be the first to set a good example. He should seek to make peace and establish friendships, instead of jumping at hasty conclusions and seeking to fos ter quarrels and controversies by jumping into them himself. Why, i brother Walker, our own religion, the little we have left, is of thse Baptist brand, and if you a good diplo mat and as energetic as a pastor of a flock ought to be, you would long ago have cal|ed to get acquainted with the editor and his family and invite them to your church. Finally, believe us when we say that under no circumstances would we call you either a rebel or a confed erate in the sense you construed we had used the word. Even had you been a soldier in the Confederate j FROSTBURG, MD., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1914 > Our State Has Room For Many More People J A Movement to Aid in the Develop " meat of Our State That Should be Encouraged—Much Good > Idle Land That Should be Cultivated. 1 An undertaking of much importance 1 to the future development of Maryland l is involved in the careful survey being * made by Mr. John A. Tschantre, secre ' tary of the State Board of Immigra -5 tion, who, with an assistant of the de ' partment, is making an automobile L tour of Western Maryland. Mr. Tschantre, who is well versed ‘ in immigration work, sees in this sec tion of the state a spledid opportunity 1 to secure homes and employment for : many of the foreigners who come un -1 der the supervision of his bureau in ’ their quest of a home in “the land of 1 the free.” He is making a careful ’ study of Western Maryland, with the : plan in view of publishing an illustrat ed pamphlet setting forth the advan ' tages of soil and climate and the facil ities for transportation and market. The ravages occasioned by the Euro ■ pean war are certain to beget a great ' influx of foreigners, and through the ' state immigration bureau, many of ; these immigrants may be induced to ' settle in Maryland and assist in the ’ development of the state. ' The bureau of immigration has re : cently printed an economic map of the : state, and is compiling other literature ' for the enlightenment of prospec ' tive settlers. ' Mr. Tschantre and his assistant spent Saturday in Garrett county, reaching here Saturday evening ; Oakland Republican. ' The Spirit is glad to note that a special effort is being made to induce ! people to improve and cultivate the idle land in this end of our state. 1 Garrett and Allegany counties both : have vast areas of idle land that could, with comparatively little labor, be made very productive. The soil of 1 this vast mountain region is especially well adapted to small fruit culture, and as orchard land there is none bet ter anywhere. The apples grown in this locality are among the best flavored in the world, and nowhere could cherry cul ture be made a greater success than in the vicinity of Frostburg. It is also a fine locality for pears, plums and other fruits, but the seasons are too short for peaches. General farm crops —wheat, oats, barley, buckwheat, grass, potatoes, corn, etc., also do well, and as a graz ing country for sheep and cattle, Gar rett and Allegany counties rank well with the best grazing localities in the United States. This locality is also admirably adapted to poultry and bee culture. What we need is a good class of im migrants to take charge of the lands that need reclaiming, and make the same blossom as the rose. There is enough idle land in this immediate vicinity to form many productive farms for thrifty Germans, Swedes and others who have a knack of get ting along well from the start, almost anywhere, and there are few localities with better market towns than Frost burg, Mt. Savage, Midland and Eona coning, all lying adjacent to immense areas of land that would soon be made very productive by the right kind of foreign immigrants. There are lots of thrifty Europeans who need the land, and our locality needs what they can produce. The effort to get the right kind of immigrants here to re claim the idle land should be encour aged in every way possible. army, we would think none the less of you for that, and we would not shout “rebel” and “confederate” at you in derision. The time has gone by for “waving the bloody shirt.” The Civil War is over, and we know no North and no South, as they used to be known. We are a united people, one and inseparable, and have the greatest, grandest and best country on earth. The men who fought in the Southern army did just as the Northern men would have done, had they lived in the South, and they are today as patriotic as any people in the United States, and as eager to defend the flag if it is called for. BEST PAINT What is it? Devoe. How Devoe? It’s 160 years old; but that isn’t how. It has long been the best; but that isn’t how. It has been developed by use and study, by study and use; that is how; and approved by experience, many years; that’s how. It commends itself by long lasting and small paint-cost; not cheap by the gallon, but cheap by the job and cheap by the year and ten years, cheap by the lifetime. That’s how. J. W. Shea sells it. Buy all your magazines of us. We can give you three magazines one ! year with The Spirit for only 51,7;. “WHERE ARE WE AT?” 1 The Above Stereotyped Expression ' Is the Question That Dealers In Paper Are Asking Them selves These Days. An Explanation That Printers Owe To Their Customers —Why Pa per Prices Are Advancing. To use a homely expression, print . ers and dealers in paper hardly know, [ these days, where they are at. The ■ wholesale paper dealers are raising . their prices to the printers, and the manufacturers are raising their prices to the jobbers and the wholesalers. . Under such circumstances the print ers are bound to raise their prices to [ the users of paper after it is printed. • An Explanation That Has an Edu cational Value to It. So far The Spirit has raised prices only a very little bit on certain lines of goods, and only as it was forced to do so. But a general advance is bound to come, for reasons which ap pear farther on. However, The Spirit will not advance its prices on goods that were purchased before the mill and wholesale prices went up, and now is a good time for its patrons to lay in a good supply of printed sta tionery, while the supply lasts which was purchased before the advance. The readers of The Spirit are ur gently requested to read the following explanation of the increased cost of paper, which we have just received from the Ailing & Cory Co., of Pitts burgh, Rochester and Buffalo. The explanation has much educational value in it, also some good advice. Here it is : Paper Prices Advancing—Why ? We have frequently been asked the question—why have prices of some paper advanced, and why is another and more general advance threatened all along the line ? The answer in brief is, because raw materials have advanced; ground wood, sulphite pulp, soda pulp, sulphate rags, old papers, bleaching soda and all chemicals and dyestuffs. The advance in the cost of most of these materials has been from $3.00 to $5.00 per ton. One grade of bleaching soda advanced from SI.BO to $2.30 per cwt., and dyestuffs which are obtained almost exclusively from Ger many, have been advanced more than anything else, the being gov erned by the visible supply. Print and Poster. Ground wood, which is the principal ingredient of cheap papers such as print and poster, has advanced consid erably from two causes, the increased consumption of the newspapers, owing to the war, and the long drought in sections where it is produced. Many of the Canadian pulp mills have been shut down for weeks. Sulphite and sulphate pulps are quite largely imported, and the foreign supply is nearly cut off. Most of this comes from Sweden. The Swedish mills are handicapped on account of the mobilization, and insurance rates are high because the North Sea is mined. Book Papers. Book papers are made from either soda pulp or a combination of old pa pers, sulphite and soda pulp. The better grades are made wholly or part ly from rags. Of all raw materials rags are most affected by the Euro pean war, as a very large percentage of the rags used in paper-making is imported. Bonds—Linens —Ledgers. It would seem that the next advance will be in bonds and writings made largely from rags. At the present writing the cheap sulphite bonds are the only ones that have advanced, but it is not likely that the mills making the better grades will long continue to absorb the advance which they will undoubtedly have to pay until the con clusion of the war. These mills are to be commended for their conserva tive action in taking care of their cus tomers for the present for regular re quirements, and refusing all orders of a speculative nature. Coated Book and Boards. Although the manufacturers of coat ed papers are facing not only an in creased cost of raw material for the inside stock, but also a shortage and increased cost of English clay used in the coating, nevertheless some of the largest mills have not advanced their prices on account of over-production, keen competition, and for other rea sons best known to themselves. It is likely, however, that an advance will come. Coated boards have advanced about 7%, which only partially takes care of the advanced cost of raw materials. Wrapping, Roofing and Twines. Wrapping, roofing and twines have advanced from much the same causes as affect the fine paper market. Swedish Kraft papers and domestic Kraft made from imported pulp will soon be almost out of the market. This will stimulate the demand for domestic fibre papers at a fair advance, which is likely to hold for some time. Probably the hardest problem for the mills will be to secure the neces sary colors, which is also the problem of the textile mills. It must be borne in mind that a large amount of ultra marine is used in making white paj>er, 1 without which the paper would be “natural color.” It is reported that the Standard Oil Company is going into the manufacture of dyestuffs. This is good news if true. We believe in the enterprise and resourcefulness of the American peo ple, and that, ultimately, many prob lems arising from the European war will be solved without greatly increas ing the cost of manufacture. In conclusion let us suggest a few don’ts : Don’t make a price on a job without securing your cost for a limited period, and put the same limit on your price to your customer. Don’t make prices on long term contracts. The mills, except in rare instances, will not contract ahead at the present prices, or in fact at any price. Don’t speculate by buying ahead of your requirements. It does not pay. We have tried it and know. Don’t think too much about the war, and don’t talk about it in business hours. Thank God you are in America, and let it go at that. The Adding & Cory Company. A GREAT GATHERING. Fiftieth Convention of the Mary land Sunday School Association at Hagerstown, Maryland, September 23,24,25,1914. The 50th Convention of the Mary land Sunday School Association will be held in Trinity Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, Md., September 23-25, 1914. This being our fiftieth conven tion and jubilee anniversary, we are making special preparation that it shall meet every expectation, even the most fastidious of all who may attend. Charles W. Dorsey, the State Presi dent, and several of the State Officers will attend and give us the benefit of their council. W. C. Pearce, Associate General Secretary of the International Sunday School Association of Chicago, will be present. He is a prince among men, possesses a pleasing personality, is a strong speaker and will greatly edify his hearers. Miss Maggie S. Wilson, State Ele mentary Superintendent, with a list of capable assistants will look after the Elementary division of the pro gram. ( Mr. Thomas C. Diggs, General Secretary of the Virginia Sunday School Association, and Rev Henry C. Armstrong, of Baltimore, will assist with the program. The Parade the second evening will be a public demonstration of the strength and enthusiasm of the organ ized Bible Classes of the State. All departments, the Cradle Roll, Beginners, Primary Junior, Interme diate, Senior, Adult, Teacher Train ing, Missions, Temperance, Home Vis itation, Sunday School Organization and Management and Evangelism, will be treated by those who can speak from experience. Rates for board and lodging in Ha gerstown are reduced to minimum for this occasion. Eodging, 50c per night with the privilege of eating at lunch counter, making your meal cost as little as you please. Board and lodg ing in good boarding houses, SI.OO per day. Hotel rates from $2.00 up, per day. Write Walter V. Spessard, 112 West Washington St., Hagerstown, Md., Chairman of the Entertainment Com mittee. Every Sunday School in the State may send as many delegates as it may desire, but be sure to notify Mr. Spes sard of your coming by September 18th the latest, stating what price you wish to pay for board and lodging. It will amply pay any school to defray ex penses of its delegates to the conven tion ; they will return as live wires. Don’t fail to have your Superintend ent and Pastor go. Publishers exhibit of latest and best Sunday school supplies will be the largest yet. First session will open at 7 o’clock p. m., September 23d, with a strong address by Mr. Pearce. Don’t miss one session—get it all. Tentative Program and Wall-Hanger will be mailed later. Please announce fre quently. Will be glad to answer any inqui ries. Hoping to greet you there, we are Yours, in the work, Chas. W. Dorsey, Pres. B. W. Kinddey, Gen’l Sec. Maryland Sunday Schood Association, 907 Fidelity Building, Baltimore. MADE FINE SHOWING. Improved Order of Red Men Said to Have Made Finest Showing in Great Fraternal Parade in Baltimore. The Star-Spangled Banner Centen nial celebration, which came to a close in Baltimore last Sunday, had many very interesting features, and prob ably no feature was more interesting than the great fraternal parade, in which a great many secret orders par ticipated, marching in costumes that were exceedingly grand and beautiful. All of the orders made a strikingly beautiful appearance, but-the concen- e sus of opinion as expressed by visitors, Lt eminent critics and newspaper report g ers, indicates that the Improved Order ;. of Red Men outshone them all in their brilliant-hued and strikingly clever d Indian costumes. >- The I. O. R. M. led the parade, and >- the hit made by that most excellent r order cannot fail to give it a great >- boost and cause it to grow and flourish like a green bay tree. The other or v ders, of course, also made a great hit, and each and every one of them was t much praised and admired for the fine I, showing presented in the great pa e rade. a FROSTBURG CITY BAND. e t Made Great Hit at Meyersdale— y Value of Newspaper Publicity. Newspaper publicity is very benefi f cial when it is favorable publicity. . Some months ago The Spirit made fa vorable mention of the FrostburgCity ’, Band, just as it has done on numer s ous occasions concerning both of Frostburg’s excellent bands. 3 The members of the City Band scis sored out the little complimentary notice concerning them, and when they put in a bid for a job of playing . for the Meyersdale Fair, they enclos ed the clipping, and it was the prin . ciple thing that landed the job for the said band. At any rate that is what Treasurer Philson, of the Meyersdale Fair and Race Association told the editor while in attendance at the fair - last Friday. 1 Mr. Philson said further—“We were , all much pleased with the excellent , music rendered by the band from - Frostburg, and we can truly say that ; we found its members a very well t behaved and gerltlemanly set of fel i lows, as well as excellent musicians.” . The Spirit is indeed glad to note - that its favorable mention of a very 3 worthy Frostburg institution was of f benefit to it, and it also shows that the good people of Meyersdale have confi -1 dence in The Frostburg Spirit and its r editor. : With bands as with business firms, , long establishment, personal pride and i dignity count for little against favor r able newspaper publicity that is prop erly appreciated and made use of. t JOHN H, PRESTON. Sudden Death of One of Frostburg’s Oldest Citizens. S t 1 John H. Preston, one of the oldest ' and most respected citizens of this , town, died at the residence of his son : William, 77 West Eoo street, last Sun day evening at 9 o’clock. Up to Wed l nesday evening, 9th inst.,he was in the : best of health. He was a wagon ■ maker and carpenter by trade, and while cutting some bolts on a wagon , with a heavy bolt cutter, the cutter • slipped in some manner, strik ing Mr. Preston in the side, ruptur • ing a blood vessel, which caused in i flammation, resulting in his death at , the hour stated. Mr. Preston was born at Vale Sum mit, three miles southeast of Frost • burg, November, 1836, and was there • fore nearing his 78th year. He lived : in this community all his life, and it i is said he never was farther from his i home than a day’s walk. Deceased was noted for his kind and ■ genial disposition. He was always in ' a good humor,and had a good word for all who came in contact with him. He is survived by the following re , latives: Two daughters, Mrs. D. H. ■ Durst and Mrs. C. F. Johns; one son, Wm. C. Preston, all of Frostburg; two : brothers, Peter and Dennis Preston; r and ond sister, Mrs. Jacob Lashbaugh, - all of Barton. Md. i Mr. Preston was laid to rest in Alle i gany cemetery Wednesday afternoon l at 2 o’clock, by the side of his beloved • wife, who died on the 26th of last - May, with whom he had lived in hap . piness for over 50years. Funeral ser ■ vices were conducted by Rev. W. S. Nicholson. Pall bearers, J. C. Yung : erman, Henry Hartig, James Carson, : Sr., S. W. Duggan, A. J. Moore and Albion Hawkins. State Normal Notes. j The Frostburg State Normal School . opened for the term of 1914-15 on . Wednesday, 16th inst., but the actual . term work will not begin until next Monday morning. The opening day was for registra . tion, distribution of books, assignment of work, etc. Thursday and Friday are the days for entrance and condition examina tions as per assignment from the dif rerent departments. All new pupils are required to ac company their registration card with a certificate from their last teacher, showing the last grade completed, or • take an entrance examination. t All high school graduates will be admitted to the Junior or Professional classes without an examination, in accord with a by-law of the State Board of Education. Principal Edw. F. Webb and his able corps of assistants are better pre pared than ever, this term, for a con • tinuation of the high-class and practi -1 cal knowledge that the Frostburg State Normal is noted for imparting to the students there enrolled. IT’S THE PROPER CAPER to - subscribe for this paper. Successor to The Frostburg Mining Journal Established 1871 WHOLE NUMBER 2,222 ; The Fanners’ Annual Fair And Festival 1 Farmers and Businessmen of Alle : gay and Garrett Counties Making - Preparations for An Immense 1 Display Here October 15th, 16th and 17th. The various committees in charge of ’ the arrangements for the Farmers’ Annual Fair and Festival to be held here on the above dates under the auspices of the Allegany and Garrett County Agricultural Society, are mak ing extensive preparations to make the coming event the greatest affair of the kind ever seen in this county. The Executive Committee announces the following list of supervisors to arrange the various exhibits : Division A, Fruit —Dr. H. M. Hodg son and Fred. R. Sloan, of Eonacon ing, and James Morgan, of Shaft. Division B, Grain —William B. Brad ley, of Eonaconing ; Wesley Eoar and Ulysses Hanna, of Frostburg. Vegetables and Root Crops—Rev. G. E. Metger and John W. Sterry, of Frostburg, and George D. Campbell, of Eonaconing. Division C, Culinary—Miss Marion DeWitt and Mrs. L. C. Branch, both of Frostburg. Preserved Fruit—Mrs. George E. Pearce and Miss Nan Thomas, both of Frostburg. Division D, Art—Miss Lulu Seifarth, Miss Kate Spates, Miss Pearl Cook, Miss Nell Powell and Mrs. George H. Wittig, all of Frostburg. Division F, Butter and Cheese—Mrs. Jacob Hafer and Mrs. James M. Porter, both of Frostburg. Merchandise Display. J. W. Shea has been appointed to take charge of the merchandise dis play, which will consist of such arti cles as the merchants will consent to give away samples of. No other will be accepted. Each merchant is to have charge of his own particular dis play. This display is not limited to local merchants. Dealers in other cities may display such lines of goods as they may desire to give out free samples of. This arrangement, it is believed, will attract a large number of city firms who may wish to put upon the market some special line of goods and afford themselves an opportunity to systematically distribute their sam ples. Booster Posters. Mr. Shea is arranging for some booster posters advertising the Fair and Festival. In order to interest the merchants of Frostburg, it is the pur pose of Mr. Shea to go among them and get their promise to make a reduc tion on some particular line of goods, which they will offer for sale at their respective stores during the three days of the exhibit. If this arrange ment is made, it will be prominently mentioned on the booster posters, and each merchant entering into the ar rangement will thereby get a large amount of excellent advertising. It is the hope of Mr. Shea that every merchant of Frostburg will enter into this Booster Poster plan with the same heartiness and determination to make the Fair and Festival as successful as was the great Centennial celebration of 1912, an event that has gone down in history as one of the greatest civic affairs ever held in Western Maryland. Farmers Enthused. Farmers in Allegany and Garrett counties are taking more than usual interest in the coming exhibit. They realize that this is their affair, and not in many years have they been blessed with more abuudant crops of choice fruits and grain than this year. This is their opportunity to show what the farmers of this section of Mary land are doing in the line of grain, fruit and vegetable raising. These mountain frams in this locality, under proper cultivation, can produce even superior fruit and grain to the farms in the lowlands of the state. All that Allegany and Garrett county farmers need is to take an interest in the prop er cultivation of their lands, which they are doing more each year, with gratifying results. What their lands can be made to do can be seen at the coming Fair and Festival. Competi tion and a friendly rivalry will lead the heretofore indifferent husband man to greater efforts, when he sees what his neighbor is doing. Already some fine exhibits of fruits are being shown at some of the stores by farmers and gardeners who will be exhibitors at the Fair and Festival. Some of the apples and grapes shown are as fine in appearance as can be produced anywhere, while the flavor is excelled by none and equaled by few localities in the entire United States. Louacouiug Assisting. Not only are the farmers of the two counties and the businessmen of Frostburg bending every effort to make the Fair and Festival a success, but the businessmen of Eonaconing are also putting forth their best ef forts to make this year’s exhibit the best ever shown in this county. The ’ people of Frostburg are very grateful for the aid extended by Eonaconing, and the success of this year’s Fair and Festival will be a special credit to both towns, as well as a big credit to both counties.