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Weekly Newspaper of Allegany County, Maryland 'OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCK FORTY-FOURTH YEAR. NO. 41 IBIIllIli: US Bill ill Financial, Ecclesiastical and Social Shakings. “Men's Hearts Failing Them For Fear." Apprehending Troubles Impending. Selfishness Blighting Humanity. Messiah’s Throne of Purity and Jus tice and Love Earth’s Only Hope. Philadelphia. Pa., (PASTG!?. f?USSELL)| "A on a previous ~... ... i~ discourse which lie answered before treating today’s text. As it is of peculiar Interest we give it in full. He had applied Hebrews 12:27 to our day, declaring now In progress the removing of all things shakable, that only things harmonious with Divine standards, which cannot be shaken, may remain. He held that the shaking heavens represented Churchian lty Ecclesiasticism and the shaking earth represented social, financial and po litical affairs. His questioner wanted to know what financial shakings are to be expected. The response fellows:— Stocks and Bonds to Be Shaken. Everything false, bogus, inequitable, will be shaken. In financial parlance this is equivalent to saying that the “water” will be squeezed out of all the stocks and bonds. . By methods once sanctioned, but now everywhere reprehended, stocks and bonds have been issued for sums far be yond the actual value of the properties. These stocks and bonds have cost their present owners varying sums from noth ing up to par; but their actual is what the properties would cost, plus a reasonable percentage of allowance for right of way and business “good will.” In ordinary times these had a market value built upon hope of their future prosperity. Now, however, the general public has become aware of the real situ ation and is fearful to touch at any price these shares and bonds of over-capitalized companies, and the most sound and sol vent of them share the public distrust. Now, in the opening of the New Dispen sation, when everything is being “shak en,” we are to expect that all such stocks and bonds will be shaken in value until everything like dishonesty and inequity ffhfiU have been shaken out.. Forty years ago the world’s great bank ers and financiers concluded that it would be to their interest to demonetize silver and have only a gold standard. This finally accomplished what they foresaw and intended: it curtailed the world’s monetary supply and enabled the bank ers the better to control the entire situa tion throughout the world. By an elabo rate banking system (valuable in some respects), it made each gold dollar chase itself and do the work of five dollars or ten dollars, assisted by bank checks and drafts. Thus the profits of the larger banks increased amazingly by reason of higher discount and interest charges, making them rich at the public expense. The public, of course, acquiesced in the law demonetizing silver and making gold the single standard. But they did it un der misapprehension, because they be lieved the bankers’ tale—that this was really the best thing for the people, and not merely a measure in the interest of the banker and at the expense of the people. It is perhaps but fair to say that less than one-half of the bankers under stood the philosophy of the matter; the others were guided by the wealthier and more astute who did fully understand. The result has been great profits to the bankers, and great power; for without them, railroad stocks and bonds could not be handled successfully. The bankers took over large issues of railroad stocks and bonds, by what is known as the un derwriting process. They were capable sales agents for the bonds at a good round percentage of profit, advancing money on the bonds and holding them for sale to the public. The Day of Reckoning. Now we see fulfilled the Scripture decla ration, “He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” (Job 5:13.) How so, do you ask? I reply that the great banks have their vaults well filled with these bonds and stocks on which they had hoped to make large profits; but which, on the con trary, they are now unable to sell at any price. These stocks and bonus reckoned in as part of the banks’ assets, show them to be wealthy, with immense sur pluses; but now the “water” is to be taken out of these stocks and bonds. It will show an immense shrinkage in the re sources of these banks. They will become suddenly poor without actually losing a cent, by reason of the market value of their securities falling. This fact Is realized by all banks. They realize that if the Day of Reckoning has come, and their holdings—their securities —are to be reckoned at their actual value, It will mean that instead of large re sources and surpluses, some of the rich est banks will become insolvent and be called upon by the government, either to close their doors or to make good their shortage. And right there will be their dif ficulty; for the rich men of the world have their capital invested similarly, and the reaction will be bound to unfavorably af fect all the great commercial enterprises of the world. As all went well, amazingly well for the bankers and the wealthy by reason of the demonetization of silver, so when the Day of Reckoning shall have fully dawned, things will go especially hard with these same people. And, al though the stoppage and the reconstruc tion will involve the whole world, poor and rich alike, nevertheless in many re- Bpects the rich will feel the pressure most. The liquidating process had already be gun before the present European war started. The Hartford and New Haven Railroad, The Chicago and Rock Island, and others, have been called to account. With these the “water squeezing” proc esses of the law have been threatening, and will undoubtedly accomplish their thorough “shaking.” But meantime, the war. waiting not for the more gradual processes of the law and the ordinary business, has brought the financial world to a crisis. The nations of Europe are being shaken. The casualties of the war already amount to a million and a half of human beings, and hundreds of mil lions of dollars. And it is only begun Financial values there are greatly im p.-Jred, as are also national credits. The thing wanted is gold, and as in every war,, this precious metal has practically disappeared In the nations at war. Their THE FROSTBURG SPIRIT present social institutions. The symbolic heavens represent spiritual influences— Ecclesiasticism. Churchianity. Thus in terpreted, our text declares that when Messiah assumes control of the world, the result will be that the social system of today, as well as present day ecclesiasti cism will pass out of existence—no place will be found for them. Satan Now the Prince. Some may ask, Whatever may be said of the four thousand years before the coming of Christ, may it not be claimed that He has been reigning ever since His ascension to the right hand of God? We answer, If the Redeemer of men has been reigning as the King of earth for the past nineteen centuries, there should be something in the Bible to so teach. On the contrary the Master’s own w'ords tell us that Satan is the Prince of this Age; that Christ’s Kingdom is not of this world (Age); that He will come again and receive His followers to Himself; that He went into a far country to receive title to His Kingdom and to return to take pos session of it; and that at His Second Coming He will be the great King of Glory.—John 14:16, 30; 18:36; Matthew 21:33; 25:14, 31. When w r e scan the pages of nistory dur ing the past eighteen centuries, we are convinced that Messiah has not been King. To think of Him as such, with the omnipotent power we accredit to Him, would be to charge Him with responsibil ity for bloody and atrocious persecutions, for wars, famines and pestilences. Sure ly, no right-minded person, after mature consideration, can rationally accept the theory that we have had the glorious Messianic Reign of Righteousness for the blessing of the whole world, the uplifting of humanity. No one can think that the Reign of the great Mediator is in the past. We must agree with our text that it is in the fu ture; and that, when established, its ef fect upon present institutions—political, social, financial, religious—wlll be such that they will flee away; no place will be found for them. From this standpoint alone there is hope for the world. Today we are living at the climax of civilization. Yet we behold more clearly than ever before that the deeply-ingrained selfishness of humanity is a blight upon all our blessings. Selfishness is to be found everywhere. Although a semblance of righteousness is insisted upon and vio lators of that standard are styled crimi nals, nevertheless it seems impossible to legislate equity, justice. Men’s keen in tellects find opportunities for circumvent ing the laws and committing theft, mur der, etc., without danger of punishment. The Great White Throne Judgment. Neither Jehovah God nor His Represent ative, Messiah, can in any sense or de gree be a party to injustice or inequity. The fact that injustice has been permit ted, that inequity has been the rule for centuries, is to be accounted for by the fact that during all this period the world has been under the reign of Sin and Death, the reign of Satan, “the Prince of this world,” and of the darknes's of selfishness and evil—all of which his name represents; that the world has not been under the dominion of Messiah, the Rep resentative of Jehovah and His righteous ness, and lovq. The New Dispensation which Messiah’s Kingdom will usher in is pictured ki our text. It will be the world-wide dominion of purity, holiness, righteousness, justice, truth—a Great White Throne. No wonder we read that the symbolical heavens and earth, representing the old order of things —social, ecclesiastical —vGil vanish away! But let no one think for a moment that ecclesiastical princes, financial princes and political princes will voluntarily ac knowledge that the hour has come for a full surrender to Messiah and to all the principles of His absolute righteousness On the contrary, these privileged mem bers of our race will be more and more drawn together for mutual protection— for the preservation of the special privi leges which have come into their posses sion. Even now we see the prophecy of the Second Psalm fulfilling. We are in the very time when the Ford, through the Prophet David, calls the great ones of earth to recognize the true situation of our wonderful day—that the Day of Messiah has arrived, and that He should be recognized and His principles of right eousness obeyed. But no! The prophecy declares that we are in the day when the people, the masses, will have foolish imaginations— when they will think that by their own strength they can inaugurate a reign of righteousness along the lines of Social ism, or by anarchy. The people must learn that their help is in the Lord and not in their own frail arm. They must see the force of the words, “Blessed are all they that put their trust in Messiah.” On the other hand, the money kings, earthly rulers and eccleciastical princes are taking counsel together for the pres ervation of present inequities of the world, by which they are profiting. The Lord declares that in this they are band ing themselves against Him and His new ly-appointed King—Messiah. For over a century human liberty has been making progress, despite every endeavor to re strain it. Earth’s potentates perceive the rising tide of human intelligence and of demands for equal rights. They perceive that unless something be done to counter act this general movement, the special advantages of the privileged classes will disappear. Even now they are taking counsel together how to break the re straints which the people are putting upon them, and how to reinaugurate a reign of autocracy, such as prevailed a century ago, but upon a higher plane, controlled by brighter wits, holding under restraint more intelligent masses. “Be Instructed, Ye Judges!” Would that the cultured and influent*? princes of earth could take the propel view of the situation and realize the fal lacy of their counsels, the impossibility of averting the great changes which ar< upon us by reason of the time having come for Messiah to take unto Himself His great power and reign! Could the wise of earth realize the situation and fully submit themselves to the Divine re quirements of absolute justice and truth what a blessing it would be to the world! If these princes would turn their atten tion from the grasping of power and money to the enlightenment and uplifting of the people, they would become minis ters of the New Dispensation, which would be ushered in with rejoicing. Bi the Lord informs us that this will not be the case; and that as a result Messiah’s Kingdom will be ushered in by “a Time of Trouble such as was not since there was a nation.”—Daniel 12:1. God is no respecter of persons. Hence, before His Judgment Throne punishments will be meted out to small and great, when found to be violators of the princi ples of justice. Would that I could im press this upon many of the lowor classes who are crying out against injustice in high places, while practicing similar in justices themselves. Let it be remember ed that the Great White Throne speaks blessings only to those who love righteous ness and hate Iniquity. The Master said, “My Word shall judge you in the Last Day.” The books then to be opened will be the words of Jesus, of His Apostles and of the Prophets of old Then all shall see the oneness of the Di vine Message of righteousness, and each who would have everlasting life must conform his living and his thinking to those standards therein contained. At the end of Messiah’s Reign, those whose j names will have been written upon the ; new Book of Life will be found worthy of J life: those whose oames are I not therein written will be destroyed in the Second Death. FROSTBURG, MD, THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1 -2, 1914 home securities will not be salable for cash, and a general attempt w ill be made to sell American securities American stocks, bonds, etc. But who will buy these? America will be practically the only market for them, and as we have already seen, American banks and bank ers are loaded down heavily. When we learn the immense amount of these American shares and bonds held in European hands, we need not wonder that American bankers pale at the thought of their being dumped upon the American market. Reliable financial authorities de clare that Europe has about five thou sand millions of dollars invested in Amer ican securities. If but one fifth of these he sacrificed to realize gold, It will mean in avalanche —a financial deluge. Amer ican banks, already overloaded with these “securities.” cannot purchase all; hence prices will tumble and wrecks follow. In view of these matters, is It any won der that American bankers fear to see the stock Exchanges open for business? Had the Exchanges not closed promptly when they did, we would have had the most terrible panic ever known. By the closing of the Exchanges that awful panic was temporal / averted. By their closing, the owners of the stocks and bonds have been hindered from realizing upon them: thus the face value of these stocks and bonds has been preserved, and thereby the banks and bankers have lipen permitted to continue to count these shares and bonds at fictitious prices which nobody would pay for them today. Effect of Silver Demonetization. Had silver not been demonetized, bank ers would not have had as easy a time as they have enjoyed in cornering the finan cial market, and getting large rates of interest and premiums; but neither would they be in the same distress at the pres ent time, for the world would have had twice as much money with which to do its business. When we consider that the gold coin of the world is not sufficient for even the paying of the interest of ’the debts, we perceive how the banking insti tutions have had the people, figuratively, by the throat, and now are being choked themselves by their own device. The interest upon the debts cannot be paid in gold because there Is not enough of it to pay the interest. Hence the only thing remaining to be done is to issue more bonds, payable in gold also, and the interest payable in gold. Now that no body will buy the bonds, what is to be done? Interest on foreign holdings of American “securities,” estimated at only four per cent per annum, means a drain age of two hundred millions of dollars every year in gold, needed to pay that In terest. Now we seem to be coming to a dead stop through this war; and the wheels of finance which worked so favor ably for the bankers in the past, are turning in the opposite direction and lac erating them financially. Apparently our financial “house of cards” is trembling, and about to fall Various expediencies are being tried by the governments an<* the ablest financiers of the world. We might hope that their skill would accomplish the end they de sire, and save the present Institutions— financial—from being “shaken” to pieces. But, if we are right in our understanding of the Scriptures—if the great Day of Settlement has come, in which all the shakable things are to be shaken and nothing remain except that which cannot be shaken, then we may be sure that all human effort will fail, and that the great est of all crashes of a financial kind that have ever happened will take place. It will be noticed that I am saying nothing new—that what I have just said has been said in part at least, by many, and published In the newspapers. I am merely bringing together these things, and showing their relationship to the tes timony of the Bible, that we are now in the great day of “shaking.” To some this will be considered a fanatical pessimism, because the vast majority of people have absolutely no confidence in the Bible. Nevertheless, when these things shall come to pass In the very near future, some may be helped to an understanding of the true situation—to a recognition of the fact that the “shaking” upon the na tions—financial, social, political and reli gious—is of the Lord, and not accidental. Under normal conditions American busi ness should be prospering as never be fore, because her commercial competitors are at war, and unable to properly attend to their commercial interests. Likewise, American securities should be in demand, because all securities of foreign coun tries have depreciated by the war. But with the gold and an insufficien cy of gold, the business of the entire world is stagnated. The world's needs and wants are as great as ever, but it has not the gold wherewith to purchase. The de monetization of silver seems to be re ferred to by the Prophet Ezekiel (7:19) saying, “They shall cast their silver into the street”—treat it as a commodity and not as money. The Prophet then tells how gold will become scarce and eventu ally be completely withdrawn by the peo ple hiding it as though it were an unclean thing, as the Hebrew text implies—“ Their gold shall be removed.” Thus neither silver nor gold will be available. Railroad magnates, and the bankers who hold their securities, perceive that if it is difficult to raise money for the meeting of the interest on the bonds, it will be more difficult to issue new bonds to replace maturing ones, no mat ter how sound and well managed the rail way may be. Is it any wonder that the trepidation of the financial and political princes of the earth is great, as they look into the future! Their well-grounded fears were prophesied by our Saviour as one of the signs of the present time: “Men’s hearts failing them for fear and for looking after those things coming upon the earth”—the social order—and be cause of the shaking of the heavens, the ecclesiastical systems.—Luke 21:26. Fear Humanity's Bane. The speaker then passed to his text, outlined its meaning, and said:— Sin made moral cowards of our race. From early infancy fear and apprehension, especially in respect to tilings future, have been impressed upon us. We realize that we are imperfect, that our God is perfect, that perfection is the only stand ard which He could approve, and that some kind of punishment for sin must be expected. The Adversary, taking advan tage of our forefathers, misrepresented the Almighty, and has used our fears to alienate us from Him and to wrest and distort His Message to us in the Bible. , St. Paul assures us that this is Satan’s general procedure; that he puts light for . darkness and darkness for light. Thus it comes that our text, which is really one of the most beautiful and comforting in i the whole Bible when understood, has to many become a lash in the hands of their fears.—2 Corinthians 4:4 Our text is one of the symbolisms of a Book filled with symbols. God s people guided by His Holy Spirit, in due time will appreciate these symbols. For many of them, that due time is already here. The Throne is Messiah’s; it represent'’ His Mediatorial Dominion of earth for a thousand years. Its whiteness symbolizes the purity, the justice, of His Kingdom of , Righteousness under the whole heavens. The heavens and earth which will flee from the presence of the great Immanuel will not be the Heavens of God’s Throne, nor the earth which He has given to the children of men. The heavens and earth which will flee away, and for which no place will be found, are. of course, the symbolical ones In Bible symbology the earth represents esf* I fished civilization; the sea. the rest less, dissatisfied masses of humanity; and the mountains, human governments, king doms, which constitute the backbone of FULL SIZED PAPER AGAIN NEXT WEEK The Spirit Will be Gotten Out la Its Regular Eight-Page Form Again 1 After This Week. ! i 1 Getting Things In Good Shape in . New Quarters for a Greatly Improved Paper. Work on Fine Christmas Edition Will Soon be Under Way. ; We thank our readers more than vve ' can find words to properly express * our gratitude for their patience during ' the last three weeks while our plant 1 was being dismantled, moved and set up again, which compelled us to get ' out our last three numbers in greatly ' reduced form, and, perforce, deficient < in news. ' It affords us much pleasure to state : that we now have our arrangements 1 almost completed in our new quarters 1 for the best Job printing and news paper service that Frostburg has ever 1 had, and by Jan. Ist, if not sooner, ’ the editor expects to have an assistant I in the business department that will 1 make for a better newspaper and ' much better service for our patrons I in all departments. In the meantime 1 we shall continue to do the very best > we can under the circumstances, and < already we are getting things in shape 1 for the finest looking number of any 1 newspaper ever published in Frost- I burg. We refer to a handsome Christ- ■ mas number which will be issued on Dec. 17th. The Christmas edition will be some- 1 thing that will reflect great credit on s our town, as well as on The Spirit I and its competent force of workmen, < and a solicitor will call upon the bus- I iness men of the town within the next few weeks to show them the plan of I our Christmas number and solicit ad- < vertisements therefor. ’ We hope for a liberal advertising < patronage for the Christmas number, as the expense in getting it out will I be great, and a large number of extra I copies will be issued in order to give I our advertisers the greatest possible 1 benefit. 1 We also hope for a more liberal ad vertising patronage for all numbers 1 during the coming year than we had ■ during the past S£SY, as The Spirit ’ now has a circulation that entitles it ■ to a very liberal support in the adver- I tising line. 1 - ( THREE BADLY HURT : IN AUTO ACCIDENT Fowud Unconscious Under Their Car by E. J. Decker, a Well- Known Frostburg Hotel Matt. Eying unconscious near their over- I turned machine, three automobile ' tourists were found on Monday after- 1 noon on the Baltimore pike, by E. J. Decker, of Frostburg. 1 Decker was returning from Flint- ' stone in a large automobile truck, and 1 he brought the injured men to the 1 Allegany Hospital, Cumberland,where they remained unconscious for sever- ( | al hours. When they regained con- ; I sciousness they gave their names, i 1 The} 7 are : Dr. J. H. Hazlett, Vanderbilt, Pa., i skull fractured and other serious cuts c and bruises about his body. H. C. Barthlow, Chaneysville, Pa., ; ’ face severely bruised and shock. James Laughrey, Chaneysville, Pa., , serious cuts and bruises about head and body. Dr. Hazlett, who appears to be the ! most seriously injured, was the first . to rally, but his condition is consid l ered serious. ’ According to Decker, it appeared i that the auto turned completely over 1 and rolled down the road embank . ment. Returns to Answer Criminal Charge. Having been indicted by the last grand jury, charged with assault on 14-year-old Bessie Lough, daughter of | Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lough, Mt. Sav age, Frank Aldridge, in company ■ with his attorney, J. Philip Roman, appeared in court Monday afternoon I and surrendered himself to the sher l iff, at the same time protesting his in nocence, and denying any knowledge [ of the affair or even knowing his ac : cuser. ! Aldridge told Judge Henderson that | he wished to stand trial and be given ■ a chance to prove his innocence, and was committed to jail in default of $2,000 bail. The assault is alleged to - have taken place at the Varnum board ing house in Mt. Savage in May. Aldridge, who has a wife and one 1 child living at Mt. Savage, has been ; working near Glencoe, Pa., and upon learning through his wife of the in j dictment against him, decided to re turn to Maryland and face the charge. 1 Nights Six Months Long. ■ “These long Artie nights are de lightful,” said the Eskimo beau, “but ' I I guess I’m staying a trifle late.” 1 | “No hurry,” declared the Eskimo ; i belle. “That clock is two weeks I fast.”— Kansas City Journal. NEW GAME LAWS. State Game Warden Curley Issues Pamphlet of Interest. State Game Warden, James P. Cur ley, has issued a compilation of the game and fish laws of the state for the seasons of 1914 and 1915. It is a book of 62 pages, with an index, and is the most complete compilation of our game and fish laws ever issued. In speaking of the game question and laws, Mr. Curley said: “The lack of progression in game and fish legislation in Maryland is to be regretted. Compared to what oth er states are doing we are decidedly behind the times and show much dis regard for our material interests. The last session of the legislature had bills presented to it which would have made game and fish protection and propogation a certainty, had they been enacted into laws, but politics and interests were too strong, and most of the proposed legislation was never even seriously considered. We, however, did succeed in get ting a uniform season bill through, which provides a season from Novem ber 10th to December 24th, both dates included, for the following game : Partridge or quail, English or Mon golian pheasant, Dark Neck Bohemian pheasant, pheasant or ruffed grouse, rabbit, squirrel, wild turkey, wood cock and deer. Under this law it is unlawful to gun or hunt on Sunday, or when there is sufficient snow to track game, and also between sunset and sunrise. The Federal Regulations cover wild water fowl and migratory game birds. Under these regulations the season for wild fowl is from November Ist to January 31st, both dates includ ed ; for rails, etc., from September Ist to November 30th, both dates includ ed ; for woodcock, from November Ist to December 31st, both dates includ ed ; and for plover, jacksnipes and yellowlegs from September Ist to De cember 15th, both dates included. Attention of gunners is direted to the fact that the State and most of the county laws are at variance with these regulations, and where they lengthen the season the Federal Reg ulations prevail. There is, I think, a growing appre ciation of the necessity for better en forcement of the laws we have, and it will be constant aim, with the assist ance of the Deputy Game Wardens, to enforce the laws more rigidly than has been done heretofore, and in this determination I hope to have the ac tive, hearty support of the sportsmen of the state.” THE RETURN OF SANITY. By Major F. W. Barber. When the horrors of the European war commenced to percolate through the American brain, a mighty protest went up from one end of this country to the other. Soldiers were denounced as murder ers, as barbarians, as unfit to encum ber the earth. Insistent and vehe ment demands were made for disar mament and international peace. Ministers thundered from the pulpit, orators howled from the stump, excit able citizens disclaimed in the public streets, and even the great newspa pers of the country led the van in the march of Bedlam. It was the popular cry of the hour. If perchance some isolated maver ick with an over-abundance of nerve timidly suggested that the country was in need of better measures of protection, that relic of barbarism was forthwith cast from the fold of the righteous as a thing unclean. . The nation was mad —quite mad— literally insane on the subject of peace. And not entirely without cause. But the first shock and nausea has passed away, and, as is customary in this country, the people have paused for second and more sober thought. The sanity of the nation is returning. People are beginning to realize the peril that confronts us as a country practically without the power of re sistance. The public eye is becoming opened to the fact that the American conti nent offers many tempting induce ments to an army of invasion from foreign countries. The people are be coming reconciled to the fact that un less we place our country in a state of adequate national defense we are in grave danger of feeling the iron heel of the would-be conquerer, of sharing in a measure the fate of the unhappy Belgians. Peace-loving Americans have been staggered at the millions of troops being placed in the field by the war ring nations of Europe, of the terrible engines of destruction at which the world stands appalled. In the United States we have a handful of troops, and at best we have the arms and equipment for a maxi mum army of not to exceed 500,000 men. Our coast defenses are lament ably weak, and our navy is so small we would be powerless to prevent the landing of the vast hosts of an in vader. The demons of the air could hover over the country and blow us into eternity, for we have no means of checking them. These disagreeable facts are com ing forcibly home to the people, now that they are taking time to calmly consider conditions as they exist. Men and women who a few weeks ago were denouncing wars and those who fight them, are today demanding that Congress take prompt measures for placing the country in an adequate state of defense. Thirty days ago but few of the lead ing papers of the country had the courage to speak in behalf of defen sive measures. Today a strong de mand is going up from the press in all parts of the country. But this attitude of the press simply reflects the mind of the public, for the people themselves are awakening to the fact that their own ultimate sal vation depends upon some measure of prompt and effective action by Congress. It is American sanity reasserting itself. If this country should become in volved in war with some powerful foreign country, or a combination of them, we would not recover from its effects within the life of the present generation. It would cost us a million lives in the flower of our young manhood, cities would be laid waste or held up for enormous ransom, the countryside would be devastated, and the pecuni ary loss would mount high into the billions of dollars. , Business would be demoralized, facto ries would be closed, millions of peo ple would be out of employment, and want and starvation would face the poor. Financial panic would ensue, the weaker banks would go to the wall, and the rich would hoard the wealth ef the country and withdraw it from circulation. And this is only a portion of the appalling havoc which would over take the country. But prompt and effective measures for the national defense would pre clude the imminence of such a calam ity. Are YOU in favor of national de fense and security ? Or do you favor “turning the other cheek” for a knockout blow ? It is one or the other. A Good School Society. The Athenian Literary Society of Beall High School is one of the most popular organizations of which the B. H. S. pupils can boast. Every Friday this society holds special ses sion at which a program featured with a debate, is given. The debate is featured to develop good debaters for the Inter-Society debate with the Belles Eettres Society, which will take place some time during the year. The society program given last Friday afternoon was as follows : Recitation, Elizabeth Hitchins ; echoes from the Freshmen room, Catharine Lapp; echoes from the Junior room, Mary Hart; essay on public library, Minnie Rankin ; hu morous reading, Wm. Livengood ; di alogue, James Close and Aden Ham ill ; debate, Resolved, That Greece Did More for Civilization Than Rome. Affirmative, Clara Powell and Marion Durst; negative, Lola Plum mer, Susan Tucker, Charles Betz. The negative won. Furaeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Hosken. The funeral of Mrs. Elizabeth Hos ken, one of Frostburg’s most vener able and esteemed women, who died last Thursday, took place Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from Faith Mis sion, No. 21 Depot street, which was also the home of the deceased. Rev. John A. Gross of the Eckhart M. E. : Church, conducted the services. In terment was made in Allegany Ceme tery. ; Mrs. Hosken was 84 years old. , She was born October 2, 1830, about a mile away from the place where she died, in the house along the Borden road that is now occupied by William Brown. Mrs. Hosken and her husband, John Hosken, who died twelve years ago, were since the Civil War, prominent among residents of this place for their tender concern for the welfare of others and for their charity and Christian faith, and while Mrs. Hos ken was known by few of the younger generation, her obsequies Saturday were largely attended. There were many floral offerings, among the donors being the family of ' the deceased, a huge pillow, chrysan themums, from the Hosken family, Mr. and Mrs. James Sires, Mrs. Frank Philips, of Lonaconing; Miss Marga -1 ret Hosken, of Fairmont; Howard Hos ’ ken, of Johnstown; Mr. and Mrs. Joe H. Hitchins, who have been neigh ; bors of the deceased for many years, : and a harp of flowers from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dickey, i The pallbearers were her grand ; sons, John Crosley, Jacob Crosley, - James Sires, Abraham Gorden, all of ) Frostburg, and Howard Broadwater, -of Barton. The flower-bearers were l ! also grandsons, Albert Broadwater, of ; Barton, and John Hosken, of Garrett, - | Pa. M ~ 3 j BE A BOOSTER, not a knocker. Successor to The Frostburg Mining Journal Established 1871 WHOLE NUMBER 2,230 SMOOTH STRANGER COMESTO GRIEF ; Gullible People at Eckhart Victim ized by Stranger Who Imitates the Tactics of Dr. Fisher. 1 Charged with obtaining money un der false pretense, James Lawler, who claims to be from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., was arrested last Friday by Con : stable James Scobie on a warrant is ' sued by C. F. Nickel, boss carpenter ■ of the Consolidation Coal Company, at whose home Lawler is alleged to have tried, without success, to play his fraudulent game. Lawler came here from Cumberland ’ on Thursday, being at the time, ac ■ cording to his own statement, en route : from Baltimore to Los Angeles, but was held up in Cumberland on account of lack of funds. Desiring money, and having perhaps a full knowledge of the stunts the late Dr. Fisher “pulled off” here, imagined that Frostburgers and the other little “burgers” hereabout are easy-going and simple-minded folk, he is said to have picked out the people of this community and Eckhart for his game and began what is alleged to have been a campaign of fraud. His plan seemed to be to acquaint himself with certain families in which ■ were individuals in ill health, and : then make a call, representing him . self to be a United States government - agent working along the line of medi cal and surgical research. At the home of Mrs. Wm. Condry, Eckhart, he secured $5 by telling Mrs. Condry, it is alleged, that he was a government agent sent to relieve and cure her little son who is a crip ple. He took copious notes regarding the boy’s condition, got $5 from Mrs. Condry as an advance payment on a charge of $25 for the services of gov ernment physicians who were to call on her twice every week until her boy was cured. He then went to Mrs. Mary Wein brenner, an aged lady of Eckhart, who suffers with chronic rheumatism, and secured $5 by the same representation he made to Mrs. Condry. After being arrested by Constable Scobie, Lawler was brought before Squire Gatehouse and indentified by Mrs. Condry and a son of Mrs. Wein brenner. He plead guilty and asked to be sent : to the Eastern Penitentiary at Phila ; delphia, from which he was paroled several weeks ago, after serving two ■ years of a twenty-nine months’ sen tence. : He was taken to Cumberland Satur -1 day afternoon and placed in jail to 1 await a hearing before a United l States marshal. It seems almost inci edible that : strangers can be so easily influenced to part with their money, and once ; more it is demonstrated that people i should beware of how they deal with ■ strangers, especially when it comes i to paying their money or signing doc ■ uments. Frostburg Boy Honored. 1 Ollie V. Cosgrove, a Frostburg boy 1 who is now prospering at Keystone, l McDowell count) 7 , W. Va., as propri " etor of a 5 and 10 cent variety store, 1 was recently elected secretary of the Business Men’s Association of Key stone, an organization composed of • forty-five of the leading business men -of that town. Mr. Cosgrove has been in the 1 southern part of West Virginia for the 7 past four and one-half years, during - which time he has built up a very suc -3 cessful business. He is a son of Mrs. . James Cosgrove, 87 Mt. Pleasant . street, and is well known here and in - Cumberland. Prominent Jr. 0. U. A. M. Officer to Visit Frostburg. t E. M. Thomas, of Baltimore, State 2 Councillor of the Jr. O. U. A. M., will i be here on November 12 on an official i visit to Mountain City Council, No. 11. In honor of this visitation a special i program is being arranged and a ', luneheon will be served. Mountain t City Council No. 11, the oldest council r of the Jr. O. U. A. M. in Allegany e county, has a membership of 550, and 1 a strong effort will be made to get i- every member not incapacited by r illness, to attend this special meeting. V Mr. Thomas enjoys the reputation of being a forceful speaker and an i, efficient officer, and he will undoubt f edly be greeted by a large audience. •, Henry F. Cook Entertained. k Henry F. Cook, a Cumberland busi •- ness man, was entertained Monday >- night at the Maryland Restaurant in e Cumberland, by Court Frostburg, No. i- 4271, Independent Order of Foresters, ■> of which he is Past Deputy Supreme J Chief. A turkey dinner was served in the private dining room, after l" which speeches and a very interest > ing program was rendered. A num f ber of Foresters from the Cumberland ■> Lodge attended the festivities as the e guests of the Frostburg Lodge. The f following had charge of the affair: Ernest C. Scharf, Chief Ranger ; chairman, Ralph Gantt; financial sec retary, and Stanley Hawkins, treasu \ rer, all of Court Frostburg.