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Weekly Newspaper of Allegany County, Maryland oooooooooooooooooooooooooc FORTY-FOURTH YEAR. NO. 42 Stem’s Tax Appeal Has Been Dismissed State Commissiem Says It Has No Jurisdiction in the Matter of Reducing Mayor George Stern’s Assessment. Full Details of a Proceeding That Has Been Going on Without the Knowledge of Many Frostburg People. A great many people in Frostburg were not aware until recently that Mayor George Stern in a quiet way had been trying to have his assess ment reduced by carrying the matter direct to the State Tax Commission. Such, nevertheless, has been the case, but Mr. Stern’s appeal has been una vailing, and the commission has dis missed the appeal. Testimony was taken in Baltimore before the State Tax Commission on October 29, Mr. Stern being repre sented by Attorney Louis T. Tuvin, of Baltimore, and the town by Charles G. Watson. Messrs. J. S. Metzger, William C. Noel and George Stern testified in the case. The decision of the commission is here given in full : “The application for a hearing in this case was made by letter of George Stern, bearing date October 6, 1914, in which Mr. Stern complains of the as sessment of his property in the city of Frostburg, made under the authority of the mayor and conncilmen of that city for the purpose of municipal tax ation only. “On October 19, 1914, the mayor and councilmen of Frostburg filed an an swer to Mr. Stern’s letter, and waiv ing the informal method by which the case was presented, the commission heard argument and testimony of witnesses on October 29, 1914. Under Art. 1, Sec. 14S, of the Public Local Laws of Maryland (Act 1570, ch. 77), the mayor and councilmen of Frost burg are clothed with the power to cause an assessment to be made of all the property, real and personal, in the town by three persons appointed by them, and to levy thereon a tax not exceeding in any one year fifty cents on every hundred dollars of assessa ble property. “By virtue of this authority, the mayor and councilmen caused an as sessment to be made of all the prop erty in Frostburg in the spring of 1914 by three duly appointed apprais ers. “The levy for taxation on the prop erty so assessed was solely for munic ipal purposes, and had no connection with assessments on the same proper ty for state and county purposes. That was entirely separate and dis tinct,and was regulated by the county commissioners of Allegany county. “The local statute further provides that after an assessment is made by the assessors appointed by the mayor and councilmen, any person may ap peal from the valuation made by the assessors to the mayor and council men. For the purpose of hearing and determining such appealsthe may or and councilmen shall meet at the council chamber on the first Monday in June each year, and they may at such meetings examine the party ap pealing, or any other person, on oath, touching the value of the particular property assessed, and may reduce or increase the assessments as may seem just. “Art. 1, Sec. 146, Public Local Laws of Maryland, Acts of 1878, chapter 255: “It appears from the evidence that the mayor and councilmen did meet on June 1, 1914, and several times later in the same month and heard appeals from assessments returned by the as sessors, of which there were 124 out of a total of about 1,600 assessments. “If no appeal be taken to the mayor and councilmen from the valuation made by the assessors, the assessment becomes final for the year in which a levy was made on such assessment. And a property-owner failing to appeal to the mayor and councilmen as re quired by the above Act, would have no redress for the reduction of his assessment through this commission. “If, however, a property-owner take an appeal to the mayor and council men from the valuation of his proper ty made by the assessors within the period required by the local law, and the determination of the appeal by the city authorities be unsatisfactory to the property-owner, he would, in the opinion of the commission, have the right to appeal to the State Tax Com mission, and the commission would entertain jnrisdiction in such instance, and would have the power to revise the assessment. Article 1914, chapter 841, section 234, (2). “There is no specifically prescribed method by which an appeal is to be taken from the assessor’s valuation, and no regular course seems to have been pursued in bringing to the atten tion of the mayor and councilmen the desire of a property-owner to have his assessment considered and reduced. “In this case Mr. Stern did not re being the mayor himself) to examine 1 THE FROSTBURG SPIRIT >o quest the mayor and councilmen (he his assessment with the object of hav ing it reduced. He merely expressed the view that his real estate was as sessed too high, in comparison with other city property. He did not ask for a reduction of his assessment, and did not place his criticism of the as sessors’ action in valuing his property before the councilmen in such away as to justify them in considering his action as an appeal. “The appeals recorded by the clerk of the councilmen did not include the properties assessed to Mr. Stern. “It is, therefore, clear from the tes timony introduced before the commis sion, that Mr. Stern did not appeal to the mayor and councilmen for a reduc tion of his assessment, and conse quently the councilmen never under took to investigate the assessors’ val uation and determine for themselves the justice of the assessment. “Before this commission cculd as sume jurisdiction to determine the valuation of any property in the city of Frostburg there must first have been a compliance with the local stat ute by an appeal on the part of the complaining property owner to the mayor and councilmen. “For the reason stated the appeal in this case will be, and is hereby dis missed.’’ Arthur P. Gorman, Lewis W. Wickes, Oscar Leser, November 6, 1914. From The Meyersdale Republican. THE “COLLAPSE.” The Hon. ■ A. Mitchell Palmer sarcastically refers to the “complete collapse” of the Progressive party, in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Mr. Palmer, it seems, expected great things of the Washington party, ap parently satisfied that things were all right in his own beloved Demo cracy. Mr. Palmer may be excused for some things, just at present, but he should not dodge or evade the real reason. Talking about a “collapse” serves to recall that Mr. Palmer, as a Demo cratic candidate, received fewer votes than any other State nominee of thi Democracy, with a single ex ception, in the past 40 years. His apparent total is under 260,000, less than the number of votes cast for Pinchot, the candidate of the party Mr. Palmer says is in “collapse.” The “collapse” of the Democratic party in Pennsylvania is something Mr. Palmer and the President might well take note of. The Hon. A. Mii*hell Palmer in sisted, all through the campaign, even in the primary campaign, that he was the representative of the President. Democrats were warned that a vote against Palmer was a vote against Woodrow Wilson. Not withstanding this warning, practical ly half of the nominal Democrats in Pennsylvania voted for Penrose and against the President. Frankly, we do not believe Mr. Palmer ever had the remotest idea of being elected. Also, we are of the opinion that he, and the President, preferred the election of Penrose to that of Pinchot. Had there been any sincerity of purpose on the part of Palmer and Wilson in their pro fessions of opposition to the things represented in the candidacy of Senator Penrose, Palmer would not have remained a candidate. So, when Mr. Palmer refers to the “collapse” of the Washington party, he might well inform us as to what became of the Democratic party un der his leadership and candidacy. The Washington party, without Organization, without patronage, without money, cast more votes than the Democracy. Mr. Palmer on “the collapse of the Democratic party in Pennsylvania,” would be interesting. —Johnstown Tribune. Commenting on the above, The Republican begs to remind Editor Walters who tried to get re-elected to Congress on the Bull Moose ticket and failed, that it was a dual “Collapse,” the Democratic donkey and the Progressive bull moose hav ing gone down together—one being stuck in the mud as deeply as t’other in the mire. It ill becomes them to slur eachother. HAVE YOU A BOY? Did you ever have an earnest talk with a boy, and plan with him for the future? Did you ever tell a boy how the 1 world’s greatest business men are : made? Did you ever tell him that his • great success in life depended a great deal on his own personality? I The boy who has vim, snap, push, ■ style and manner has a chance to win ■ against all comers in the battle of > life—provided always that he has ■ those sterling virtues of truth and : courage. Your boy ought to read The Boy’s - Magazine. He can get the sugges ‘ tions and training and manliness from 1 this magazine that he just needs. : And he will read it with interest, too. > There’s nothing in it that will hurt : him. It will stimulate his courage : and raise his ideals. The Boy’s Magazine is printed 1 monthly, and sell for $1 a year—ten , cents a copy, but we have made ar ; rangements to supply it to you in con nection with our extraordiaary club i bing offer at the biggest bargain you ever heard of. 1 Read about this big club offer—and 5 you will see that you not only get the , Boy’s Magazine for a year, but you s get two other standard magazines of - sterling worth, and our own paper— e all four for one year —for only $1.75. s You ought to renew your subscription at once to get this valuable offer, even if your time is not quite up. Send your order and we will extend e your subscription for a year. tf. FROSTBURG- MD., THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19, 191 FRIEND NOT GUILTY SAYS THE JURY! Garrett County Man Acquitted of Charge of Having Stolen $6,300 9 From John Seibert. A Court Case of Unusual Interest | Attracted Large Crowd at \ Cumberland. ' The jury in the case of George ! Friend, who was charged with the 3 larceny of $6,300 from the home of I John Seibert, at Merrill, Garrett coun-l ty, in April, 1913, returned a verdict I Saturday evening of not guilty. j Following the conclusion of the I state’s evidence on Friday evening, I the defense began the taking of testi- I mony Saturday morning, which lasted I until 1:30 o’clock. State’s attorney I Reuninger made a strong plea for the I prosecution, followed by Capt. J. Phil- i ip Roman for the defense, who, with i a calendar in his hand, explained to j the jury that it was impossible for the 1 accused to have taken the money on ] the date claimed by Seibert. The evi- 1 dence showed that Friend and Seibert I had been together on a trip April 11, I 12, 13 and 14, as the register from the 1 National Hotel at Grantsville showed I that both had taken dinner there on 1 their return on that date. 3 Seibert testified that the morning I they started on the trip he went to the I trunk where the money was kept and 1 procured a $lO bill with which to pay I expenses, and that all the money was i there at that time. It was proven by I the defense by Miss Oma Whitesell, I who was a domestic in the Seibert I home at that time, that the money was 1 first missed on Tuesday morning, April j 15, the following day after Siebert and j Friend had returned from their trip. | The girl’s father also testified that she | had gone to the Seibert home to work J on Monday, April 14, the day before I the robbery was discovered. I The testimony of Gilead Broadwater, I a merchant of Grantsville, who pro-1 duced a S2O gold certificate which he I said he had got from George Friend, I consumed much of the Court’s time. I On cross-examination he was asked by j Captain Roman how long Siebert had J the money in possession before he I pointed out any marks, and said it was I almost immediately. He was then 3 asked if he had not testified at the pre-1 liminary hearing before the magis-1 trate that it was more than an hour, I and said he did not. He said if the I testimony showed that, it was a mis- I take by the stenographer. A summons! was issued for the stenographer, but |j she did not appear in court. j The case consumed three days in I the local court, and more than fifty j witnesses testified. Ezekiel Musgrave, I of Fairmont, West Va., who took the I bloodhounds to the Seibert home to I trail the thief, testified for the state. I He could not remember the date that! he was called there, and said he I thought the trail was too old to follow when the dogs arrived there. The case went to the jury shortly after 4 o’clock, who returned with their ver dict about two hours later. The theft of Seibert’s money created a great sensation in the neighborhood where he lives, and it is but another incident showing the folly of keeping a large sum of money in one’s house. The thing to do with money not in vested is to deposit it in a good, safe bank, such as we have here in Frost burg, where many people of Garrett and other adjoining counties do their depositing. Nearly all the money stolen, it is said, belonged to Wesley Broadwater, the father-in-law of Mr. Seibert. There was much strong cir cumstantial evidence against Friend, and many people are not at all back ward about expressing the opinion that he is guilty, in spite of the ver dict. But the fact remains that all v ho are accused of crime are innocent, in the eyes of the law, until proven guilty, and nobody 7 can say Friend : committed the alleged theft. Resolutions of Condolence. Whereas, Camp No. 1, Veterans’ Auxiliary, of Frostburg, Md., has . learned with deep sorrow and regret of the bereavement Comrade Presi dent George H. Shaw sustained in the death of his beloved wife, and, Whereas, This Camp desires to ex press to Comrade Shaw some token of ( its sympathy and fraternal feeling; therefore, be it Resolved, That we tender Comrade ’ Shaw our condolences and sympathize with him in his bereavement; and, be it further I Resolved , That these resolutions be t spread upon the minutes, published in the local newspaper, and a copy for warded to Comrade George H. Shaw. Henry F. Cook, WIEEIAM J. Daieey, Jesse C. Snyder, j J. W. Timmons, Committee. „ Secretary Veterans’ Auxiliary. Nov. 15, 1914. —Adv. f MAN WAS MADE OF DUST, but dust settles. Are you a man? If ' so, have you settled yet for what you 1 owe on this paper. I A DROP OF INK makes millions think. Be wise and advertise. 111111 l From The Meyersdale Republican, Complete returns from every state in the union show conclusively that both the Bull Moose and the Democratic parties have been routed. The Bull Moose party goes out of existence entirely because it was mise at its foundations. The party came imo existence as a peeved and inpatient protest against the Repub licans, simply because they refused o overthrow party rules which had served to nominate Col. Theodore Roosevelt for one term as President and would not serve him personally in securing the second nomination which he recklessly demanded. The party was a personal organization with spite as its purpose. The Democracy failed in many of its pledges. The disgusting failure of the Democratic tariff legislation which compelled a burdensome war tax in times of peace aroused resent , ment and promoted general opposi- L lion. Approval of the acts and poli cies of the administration was the snly demand made upon the voters of the country and they were not , disposed to approve principles and ( policies that were against their own t interests. Both the Bull Moose and Democratic parties were, therefore, , repudiated, and while the Demo crats were only temporarily reversed the Bull Moosers must, of necessity, pass out of existence. , The overwhelming triumph of the regular Republican party in Pennsyl , vaoia was a magnificent vindication , of its principles and policies. Dem , oaratic leadership in the state was incompetent, insincere and often ri „ dicnlous. That leadership was j weaker than the policies of Demo . cracy, but the voters had tired of business unrest, industrial stagna tion and lack of confidence, and the overwhelming pluralities given to Senator Penrose in his open fight for re-election and to Dr. Martin G. Brumbaugh in his contest for Governor were merely manifesta tions of the people demanding that t this great government and this great f state shall be returned to the con a trol of the party of progress and prosperity. s WE ALWAYS NEED THE MONEY you owe us on subscription. 831 Two Estimable Garrett County i SmE Ladies iu Town. Bjflf Mrs. Clarence Loechel and Mrs. Jfflß Sara Roberta Getty 7 , who are number- Ejflffll ed among Garrett county’s most esti mable women, were doing some shop ping and visiting in this city 7 last Sat- 1 Hf urday. |B Mrs. Getty is the gifted and well- U known poetess of Grantsville, and her ME temperance poetry published in some H of the . newspapers during the late ; political campaign, is believed to have < Jufl performed a large part in causing j AH Garrett county to vote “dry” by al- Mfl most five to one. Mrs. Getty is the ‘ lO| wife of Chas. B. Getty, of Grantsville, , H and mother of Mrs. Edmund Reppert, ; Hof this city 7 . The husband and daugh- , Mg ter both in turn had charge of the j Mg Western Union telegraph office here , M| during the past few years, and both < •j® filled the position in an able manner, j Mf Mrs. Loechel is the wife of one of ; JJS the most energetic and popular y 7 oung AB farmers in the Grantsville district, ] H and she is one of the most intelligent, j B popular and attractive young women ( B in that locality. The editor is proud B to say that she is one of his cousins, Hi and it afforded him much pleasure to t HH meet and greet her last Saturday and t B plan a fishing trip to be enjoyed soon ( B after the good old green gets back in s B the trees. W “Come up to see us ,and bring Mrs. ( K Livengood along,” said Mrs. Loechel, l and she added that she is very anxious j B to see how The Spirit man manages Mffito catch so many fish whenever he HHgoes angling. She had not yet forgot- Sjßten how a few years ago the editor c Sfflfland Albert Petry, of Salisbury, stop- BBped at her abode for a drink of milk 1 Blßwhile on their way home from a fish- 1 trip up the Casselman river. On SB that occasion the editor had 121 of the ' HBfinny tribe, and his companion 20. SB The New Wet and Dry Line-Up. ' ggjg As a result of the November elec- j Rffljltions there are now fourteen states in dry column. They are Arizona, IBM Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, BB Mississippi, North Carolina, North 1 jjßDakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennes- < BHsee. Virginia, Washington and West * 1 ■■ There remain 15 states in which 1 BHhalf the population live in no-license Hjßlterritory. They are Alabama, Arkan- < BSsas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, lowa, t MMKeutucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ne- ; 380* Yaska, New Hampshire, South Caro- i WWI lina, South Dakota, Texas and Ver- 1 mont. DQiffi There remain eleven states in which < m 825 per cent, of the population lives in 1 MHno-license territory. They 7 are Cali- < Iffljßfornia Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, I ■■Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, 1 BKHOhio, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. HOW At different times in the past, 23 ( Bjfflstates have adopted the policy 7 of pro- ] All but nine, for one reason , |Hor another, abandoned it for local op- ( MB tion or control by license. NSq California and Ohio, out of the six j states in which state-wide prohibition , amendments were voted on this fall, elected to remain in the wet column. In Ohio the new amendment to the constitution practically places the state in the wet column forever, as it , provides that no new liquor license legislation shall be introduced into the legislature. The present laws, nowever, are very strict. . The new . amendment does not prohibit the holding of wet and dry elections in communities under the laws that are at present in force. The states that have voted dry dur ing the year 1914 are Arizona, Colo rado, Oregon, Washington and Vir ginia. BOIES AND HIS SEAT. The talk of ousting Boies Penrose from the United States senate is aardly likely to be taken seriously, fhe Democrat never did and prob ably never will agree with the Pen rose brand of political philosophy, it believes the country would be oetter off if he were quietly retired „o private life. But, after all, the people of the state of Pensylvania elected him. It would be extremely difficult to show that either the nomination or the election were ac quired corruptly. It apparently was not necessary for Penrose to buy his election. The whole business had ■ neen taken out of the hands of the Legislature. Nor will anyone seriously maintain that Penrose would have been de feated for the nomination had his ’ friends refrained from spending money in his behalf. It was not l Penrose money that put the senior senator across. He did not deserve to win. He should have been de feated. But he was elected and the ' administration forces will probably ■ allow him to take and keep his seat [ A sufficiently horrible example comes in quite handy every once in a while. —Johnstown Democrat. The Democrat is quite right in stating that the talk of ousting ’ Senator Penrose is not likely to be ,aken seriously, and that it was not money that put the senior senator across. The unseating talk is pure sore-head “bunk,” and as for money 5 spent in the campaign, much more was spent in behalf of Palmer and Pinchot than in behalf of Penrose. [• No Penrose money was in evidence in this county, at least, but the Democrats and Bull Moose seemed to have plenty from the McCormick and Bill Flinn “barls.” As for Pen rose not deserving to win, that is merely the biased opinion of a 5 partisan editor of the Democratic _ ilk- Nuf ced. TOBACCO TABOOED BY THE B. & 0. Big Railway Corporation Justly Requires Its Employes to Ab stain From Smoking While on Duty. The smoke nuisance is being' solved in a unique manner by the Baltimore & Ohio railroad for the benefit of its patrons. The “hod,” “stogie,” “two-for,” “makin’s,” “plug” and other forms in which the god Nicotine is worshipped, are placed under ban by a circular which has been issued to station em ployes and others who come in contact with the public in the performance of duty, calling attention to the inele gance of using the weed during work ing hours. It is not the intention of the rail road to infringe upon personal privi lege when employes are enjoying the comforts of the fireside or other recre ation, nor will an effort be made to prevent railroad men from using to bacco when off duty, but it is believed by the management that a man using tobacco while at work renders inferior service, to say the least, and aside from the time lost in “lighting up” there is a certain class of people to whom exhaled tobacco smoke is ob jectionable. In the larger stations and behind ticket counters the employes are re quired to refrain from using tobacco, and the same is also true of passenger trainmen, so the order is of greatest concern to station agency employes and clerks during office hours. The circular is an appeal to personal pride rather than mandatory, and it is hoped hereafter fewer puffs and chews will be taken during working hours by the men who represent the Baltimore and Ohio in its transactions with patrons. The Most Selfish Habit. The tobacco habit is not the most pernicious habit that one can become addicted to, but it is easily the most filthy and selfish, and comparatively few of its devotees have the slightest regard for the comfort of others. If a man sees fit to use tabacco when he is alone or in company with those to whom tobacco smoke and spit are not offensive, the use of the weed is then exclusively his ~own affair. But what right has any man to pollute the air which others must breathe? Or what right has he to spit and slob ber tobacco juice or thrust tobacco quids, or cigar or cigarette stubs on floors or in waste-baskets that must be cleaned by other people ? Furthermore, when the smoker in dulges in cigarettes, he indulges in a habit so disgusting and filthy as to unfit himself to a very large extent in giving satisfactory service in most lines of employment. In fact a very large number of employers absolutely refuse to employ cigarette smokers, for experience has taught them that the cigarette smoker is in most cases an incompetent and intolerable nui sance, as well as a menace to public safety. The large shirt factory hor ror in New York, where many women and girls were burned to death a few years ago, was caused by a burning cigarette stub. So then, why should not a big cor poration like the B. & O. Railroad Co., or any other concern, put the ban on tobacco ? Men have a right to use the weed if they want to, but they have no right to use it to the annoy ance of others. Usually, as the B. & O. views it, the employe smoking while at work js not giving the service that he could otherwise give. Much time is lost at filling up, lighting up, rolling cigarettes, going to a door, cuspidor or elsewhere to spit, etc., and the smokei usually has no regard for the personal comfort of others. He is too apt to consider that his own false appetite, his craving for tobacco to soothe his poisoned nervous system must be satisfied, no matter how much discomfort his filthy habit may give his fellow mortals. Is it fair ? Is it right? Is it gentlemanly ? No, verily, no! Let those who think they must smoke or chew do their filthy stunts when separate and apart from others. If they cannot use the weed and be at least half decent about it, they should quit altogether, and to do that requires only a little determination and an average amount of good, clean, manly principle. ELOPING UP TO DATE. The coatless man put a carelss arm Round the waist of the hatless girl, While over the dustless, mudless roads In a horseless carriage they whirl. Like a leadless bullet from a hammer less gun, By smokeless powder driven, They fly to taste the speechless joys By endless union given. The only luncheon his coinless purse Affords to them the means Is a tasteless meal of boneless cod With a dish of stringless*beans. He smokes his old tobaccoless pipe, 1 And laughs a mirthless laugh When papa tries to coax her back IBy wireless telegraph. —Johnstown (Pa.) Tribune. Successor to The Frostburg Mining Journal Established 1871 WHOLE NUMBER 2,231 5500 REWARD OFFERED FOR BERKLEY’S ARREST Bull Moose Absconder Badly Want ed by Somerset Telephone Company. The Somerset County Telephone company, largely owned by Johns town parties, has posted a reward of SSOO for the arrest of Harvey M. Berkley, former secretary-treasurer of that concern, political protege of the Somerset Herald and former Bull Moose candidate for Congress, who disappeared from his home in Somerset on August 21, 1913, after it had been discovered that many fraudulent shares of stock of the telephone company had been issued by him and used as collateral for loans, said to aggregate anywhere from $60,000 to SIOO,OOO. The posters offering the reward bear a picture of the missing Bull Mooser and give the following de scription: “Age, 53; height, 5 feet 7y 2 inches, weight, l-80pounds; wears mustache, has prominent teeth, one filled with gold; has large, protruding ankles inside each foot; has straight black hair, tinged with gray and thin.” Surprise has been expressed many times that no effort was made by the individuals and the banking institu tions Berkley is alleged to have de frauded to locate him and bring him back immediately following his flight from Somerset- There is a lurking suspicion that certain parties with whom Berkley was intimately associated prior to his flight, have good reason to hope he may never be brought back to face trial for his misdeeds, as he might, if placed upon the witness stand in his own defense, make some disclosures that might prove very embarrassing to certain per sonages at the county-seat prominent in business and politics who used him for a tool to accomplish their own devious ends, and who when exposure came let him be the scape goat for their collective crookedness. The “Wise Guy’s” Dictionary. Reub—A man who owns 240 acres of farm land valued at about S2OO an acre. Jay—A man who owns a 1915 auto mobile. Country Jake—A man whose home is equipped with gas lights, hot and cold running water, bath rooms and hot water heating plant. Yap—A man whose son is leading class at the University. Hick—A man whose signature is good for SIO,OOO at any bank in the county. Boob—A man whose daughter finds herself worth $25,000 when the will is read. Simp—A man, to corral whose vote the congressman tramps over forty acres of plowed land. Wise Guy—A city chap with about 30 cents in his pocket, who uses the above terms. THE SCORCHER. By many a gasping man I scud, I whizz around a corner, And cover someone’s clothes with mud, Thus leaving him forlorner. I cut the muffler out, and leap Along some darkened highway, And laugh at language hoarse and deep From folks who hunt the byway. I climb a hill and then I scoot Adown and through the hollow ; My horn sends back a raucous toot To those who fain would follow. The smoke whirls in the atmosphere And makes it mean and muggy, I take a half an inch to clear A plodding horse and buggy. With honk and hoot and howl I go Through pleasant country places, And in a whitened maze they show —- The anxious* watching faces. The children scurry from the road, Called by their frightened mothers, Who cluck them into their abode— The sisters and the brothers. The dust and grit get in my eyes, My face is hot and burning, Yet still I whizz by dip and rise By long, straight way and turning ; 1 My ready hand upon the wheel The speed will slyly quicken, 1 When glimpses of the road reveal ’ A pig or dog or chicken. Through many a little town I blare, While constables would halt me, And timid people everywhere Are willing to assault me. Yet I am scorching on, y<3u know, For I am pretty clever— For when I come then men must go, 1 Or else they’ll go forever Ex. 1 OLD-FASHIONED MOTHERS. T Thank God some of us have an old fashioned mother. Not a woman of the period, painted and enameled, with all her society manners and fine dresses, white, jeweled hands that ’ never felt the clasp of baby fingers, ’ but a dear, old-fashioned mother with a sweet voice, eyes into whose clear depth the love light shone, and brown hair just threaded with silver, lying smooth upon her faded cheek. The hands, worn with toil, gently guided our steps in childhood and smoothed e our cheeks in sickness, ever reaching out to us in yearning tenderness. Blessed is the memory of an old-fash ioned mother. It floats to us like the beautiful perfume of some wood blos soms. The music of other voices may jbe lost, but the enchanting memory i of mother will echo in our souls for | ever.