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§ The Leading 8 § Weekly Newspaper of Allegany 8 8 County, Maryland 8 YgOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FORTY-FOURTH YEAR. NO. 49 WORLD-WIDE MM IS 111 111 It Will Be an Exclusive and Aristocratic Monarchy. Pastor Russell Describes the Fifth Uni versal Empire of Earth—The Reign of Sin and Death Shall Be Overthrown. Humanity Will Be Uplifted From Ig norance and Superstition—Calling the Elect the Work of the Gospel Age. The Future Royal Family—lnstruct ed and Polished For Their Exaltation. Messiah’s Kingdom a Theocracy. New York City, llx?' Russell addressed SJPWJ fork City Temple j h ' !■?! I,'SLL L I“>i [l said In part: Many of us have learned to appre ciate a republican form of government as the very highest type of civil ad ministration. 1 trust that I am not one whit behind the most patriotic of you in my appreciation of the great Government of these United States, which many of us believe is the no blest that has yet risen amongst men. Nevertheless, the Bible teaches that Messiah’s Heign will be that of a mon archy; and not only so. but that it will be a very exclusive and aristocratic monarchy. Additionally, it will be most autocratic—theocratic; for the will of its subjects will not be consulted in the slightest particular. At first, in alarm, we are ready to. say, Would not that be a most danger ous condition of things? Could any roy al family, however noble and generous, be entrusted with such autocratic pow er without fear of its being misused for the enslavement of the people, for the aggrandizement of the rulers? Have we not learned this in the history of the past six thousand years? Do we not see the necessity for curtailing and controlling the powers of kings and governors? Are we not more and more brought to realize the necessity that the people shall rule, whether in Con gress or in Parliament, in Doumas or in Chambers of Deputies? Yes, yes, my dear friends. I heartily accede to all this; but when I shall de scribe to you the nature of the King dom that is to be established, and its personnel, all your fears will assuredly flee, and you will rejoice exceedingly that the Divine arrangement is what it is in respect to the theocratic King dom shortly to be established and to take over the government of the world. Scripturall.v it is described as the Fifth Universal Empire of earth. X re mind you of the Divinely inspired dream of King Nebuchadnezzar, as in terpreted by the Prophet Daniel. It was of an image majestic, grand. The head of the image was Nebuchadnez zar's own kingdom at Babylon, the first to rule over the earth. Next, rep resented in the breast and the arms of silver, came Medo-Persia, the second Universal Empire of earth, the con queror of Babylon. Next, represented in the belly and thighs of the image, came Grecia, the third Universal Em pire of earth, which conquered Medo- Persia. Next, represented in the legs of iron, came Rome, the fourth Uni versal Empire, conqueror of Greece. There are to be no more until Mes siah’s Kingdom; it. will be tile fifth. Meantime, we have had two attempts at a fifth monarchy, both unsuccessful. One of these attempts was by the Papacy; the other was that of Napo leon I. During this time the present divisions, which resulted from the breaking up of the Roman Empire, are represented by the feet of the image with their ten toes. Smiting the Image’s Feet. The prophecy declares (Daniel 2:44) that in the days of these kings, rep resented by the toes of the image, the God of Heaven will set up a Iving dom, which shall subdue all kingdoms and which shall never be overthrown. It shall “be given to the people, saints, of the Most High God, and they shall take the Kingdom and possess it for ever, even forever and ever.” (Dan iel 7:18, 27.) In the picture God’s Kingdom is symbolically represented as a great stone, hewn from the moun tain without hands supernaturally. It shall smite the image in its feet; and forthwith "the iron, the brass, the silver and the gold shall become like the chaff of a threshing floor, and the wind shall carry it away”; but the Mountain shall increase until “it shall fill the whole earth.” Thus in a figure; or symbol, God pictures things now shortly to come to pass. This crushing of the feet of the image was to come in the end of the Age, and would be the prepar atory step to the establishment of Messiah’s Kingdom. So long as these governments would be here, they and Messiah’s Kingdom could not co-oper ate. The Gentile powers are based on selfishness and coercion; Christ’s King dom will be based on justice, love, mercy, under the Prince of Peace. The present terrible war is not the great Time of Trouble in the fullest sense of the word, but merely its fore runner. The great Time of Trouble of the Scriptures will be brought on by anarchy—the general uprising of THE FROSTBURG SPIRIT the people: “Every man’s hand against t his neighbor, no peace to him that t goeth out or to him that cometll in." ; 1 (Zechariah 8:10; 14:13.1 Our thought is that this great war will weaken the i nations, cripple the world financially, i discredit the rulers, and thus open the 1 way for anarchy. s Rome and Constantinople stand for. ] represent, the two legs of the image < which King Nebuchadnezzar saw; for ] be it remembered that each in turn ( was the Roman Capital and repre- ] sentative of the image. We are cer- 1 tainly justified in watching with con- i siderable interest the present war and i what it may be leading to in the way 1 of involving all the ten kingdoms rep resented in this prophecy. 1 But that is not the special point of 1 interest in my subject; rather, I am i discussing the character of Messiah’s i Kingdom, which is to rule the world, i overthrow Sin and Death, and uplift ' humanity from ignorance, superstition, sin, weakness and death. The deela- < ration is that Messiah shall reign until i He shall have put down all insubordi nation. and that the last enemy to be de stroyed will be death. —1 Cor. 15:25,26. ] This is the Kingdom for which the Master Himself taught His followers to pray. Nothing slight or insignifi cant will be the outcome of that glori- : ou Messianic Reign of a thousand years. At its very beginning Satan will be bound, with all that this signi fies —the repression of evil and dark ness. For a thousand years the Sun of Righteousness shall pour forth the light of truth and grace upon our poor, fallen race until the knowledge of God’s glory shall fill the whole earth as the waters cover the great deep. Eventually all wilful opponents of that Kingdom will die the Second Death, from which there will be no re demption. no recovery. But meantime, all the willing and obedient will be ris ing, not only from the tomb, but also out of all the weaknesses and frailties of the present time, up, up, up, to the fulness of perfection of life, although they will not live again in this perfect sense until the thousand years shall be finished. With the close of the Reign of Righteousness, after it shall have accomplished its work of deliv ering the groaning creation from the bondage of corruption, sin and death, Messiah will abdicate the Throne; as it is written, "He will deliver up the Kingdom to God, even the Father, that Be may be all in all.”—1 Cor. 15:24. No More Sighing, Crying, Dying. What a glorious triumph that will be when every creature in Heaven and earth, and under the earth, shall be heard saying. Praise, glory, her,tar. do minion and might be unto Him that sitteth upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb, forever! (Revelation 5:13.) What a glorious condition will then obtain when there shall be no more crying, no more sighing, no more dying; for all the former things shall have passed away! Ah, He that gsitteth upon the Throne said, “Behold, I make all things new!” Glad we are that... our great Messiah is about to overthrow sin and evil, about to establish righteousness on a permanent and everlasting foun dation, which will insure that to all eternity God’s will shall be done as perfectly on earth as done in Heaven. I ask you to consider candidly—you need not reply—ls there a kingdom in the world today that in your judgment fitly represents a Divine government, amongst men? Is there a perfect gov ernment, is there a single spot in all the earth where God’s will is done as it is done in Heaven? l’ou are con versant with history. You know the bloody record which marks Its pages. You know that so-called Christian Eu rope has been drenched with blood more than any other part of the world. You know that the cause of wrong has triumphed as often or oftener than the cause of right. You know that to day these kingdoms of Europe, styled kingdoms of God, are destroying one another. You know that great guns, great battleships and monster torpe does, etc., such as the world has never known before, have been prepared by 1 these various nations for use, either aggressively or defensively, against one another, while they all claim to be ' Christ’s kingdoms, is this logical? Is this rational? Most assuredly not! We must go to the Bible for true in formation on this subject. It tells us that these kingdoms are not the king doms of God, but “kingdoms of this world.” It tells us that Satan is the Prince of this world (John 14:30; Ephe sians 2:2); that he is “tbe god of this world,” “that now worketh in the hearts of the children of disobedience” —so much more numerous than the children of obedience that he through them holds the world’s control. But with equal clearness the Bible 1 declares the Divine Power and mastery l over Satan —that he and his reign of Sin and Death are permitted of God for a limited time and for a special ; purpose. The testimony tells us that , when the due time shall come Messiah s shall take His great power and reign, 1 and then Satan shall be bound and all i the forces of sin and darkness be re -1 strained. Then the Sun of Righteous ness shall arise with healing in its 1 beams to flood the earth with the light : of the knowledge of the glory of God. t “The Election Hath Obtained It.” I Come with me and take a cursory view of God’s great work thus far ac i complished. For more than two thou i sand years God gave no clear intima -1 tion of what He intended to do for the fallen race. Then He made a state n ment to Abraham, so clear, so explicit, ;- that St. Paul declares that it was a :, statement of the Gospel in advance. God said to Abraham, I purpose to ? bless the world. This could only mean, t I purpose to relieve them of the curse of death which came upon them } through Adam’s sin. God added to l Abraham, This blessing which I will f bring to all the families of the earth FROSTBURG, MD, THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 1915 will come through your posterity—“ln ■ thee and in thy Seed shall all the fami- I lies of the earth be blessed.” God’s due time for bringing this bless- 1 ing was still future; the blessing could not come until Messiah should come; but meantime God gave to the natural seed <#f Abraham, through Moses, the Law Covenant, which offered them eternal life and an inheritance in the Kingdom if they could keep the Law. Of course, they could not keep the £ Law; for it was the measure of a per fect man’s ability, and alas! like the remainder of the world the Israelites were imperfect—sinners. Nevertheless the offer and their attempt to keep the Law brought them great uplift of _ heart, so that when Jesus came to 1 them a considerable number were | ready to receive Him, did receive Him; and He received them. They became sons of God, through the begetting of j the Holy Spirit, at Pentecost and after ward. These were the Spiritual Seed of Abraham, begotten of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Himself being the Head. Israel had been hoping for a share in Messiah’s Kingdom; and St. Paul ex plains, “Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for, but the Election hath obtained, it, aud the rest were blinded.” The blinded Israelites are still cast aside, but not forever. The Divine blessing shall come to Natural Israel just as soon as Spiritual Is- c rael shall lie completed.—Rom. 11:25-34. j The Kingdom Suffereth Violence. e What did the Election obtain? Of I what did the faithful “Israelites in- deed” become heirs by accepting Jesus t and by the Pentecostal blessing? We j answer that they became identified with Messiah’s Kingdom and heirs, or inheritors, of the glorious Promise made to Abraham, that in this King dom all the families of the earth should 1 be blessed. But now note that there i were not a sufficient number of Jews t found worthy to complete the Kingdom \ class. The Kingdom therefore could not be inaugurated then. God had foreseen this and through the Prophet had promised that some would be gath ered from the Gentiles to complete 1 this Kingdom class. The entire work ] of the Gospel Age has been the calling of this “elect” class for the Kingdom. If we have rightly viewed the matter, the foreordained number will soon t have been found, the election will be f at an end, the accepted will be glorified as the Kingdom, and Messiah’s Reign of Righteousness will begin. But notice now the course of all be longing to the Kingdom class, through- ( out this Age. They are not reigning with Christ, but suffering with Christ. ] Jesus explained this; they ere indeed of the Royal Family, because begot ten of the Holy Spirit; they are in deed the Kingdom class, because they are affiliated with the great King; but they have not yet entered into their 1 glory. They will do so only by the l power of the First Resurrection. Thus it is written, “We must all be changed,” because “flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.” , Our Lord Himself was the Pattern, the Forerunner of all these. After ( His consecration and His begetting of the Holy Spirit, He was tested unto death, even the death of the cross, before He experienced His glorious resurrrection change and ascended and sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High. Similarly all of His followers, after consecration, must be tested, their loyalty must be prov en, before they cun share with Him in “His Resurrection.” Partly for the testing of these, their development tal es place in a time when Satan is the Prince of this world, and when bis power is permit ted to be exercised against them as it was exercised against their Lord. The message to these is, “The King dom suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” As our Lord suf fered violence from the Prince of this world, so will His followers; for “the disciple is not above bis Lord.” His promise to His followers is, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”—Revelation 2:10. “The World Knoweth Us Not.” So then we perceive that God’s Kingdom class, the followers of Jesus, have been suffering violence, just as did their Leader, for righteousness' sake.. That the persecutors had not known and done their evil work inten tionally, St. Peter intimates when h * says to the Jews, “1 wot that in igno rance ye did it, as did also your rulers; for if they had known, they would not have crucified the Prince of Life.” Hence, in due time their blindness shall be turned away, and they will look upon Him whom they pierced and mourn (Zechariah 12:101; and God will pour upon them the spirit of prayer and supplication, and forgive them and make the experience profitable to as many as shall prove willing. Meantime, for eighteen centuries, the Scriptures declare, “The world knoweth us not, even as it knew Him not.” God’s saintly ones have not been gen erally the great, the influential, either in church or state, just as Jesus and the Apostles were not in their day. Nevertheless, the Lord knoweth them that are His. Scattered here and there, during the past eighteen centuries. He has been dealing with them, preparing them, polishing them, fitting them as jewels. And He tells us that at our Lord’s Second Coining He will make up His jewels—they will constitute the Kingdom class; for “if we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him.” I am sure you will agree with me that those whom the Lord has been so carefully selecting, instructing and pol ishing in the School of Christ, who , have been so effectively polished with the trials and disciplines of evil, will , be the very class above all others to i whom the glorious dominion of earth , may well be entrusted without fear. I Only those thoroughly loyal to God and i to principle will be in that cliss. MAYOR AND COUNCIL’S INTERESTING SESSION All Members Present and Much Business Was Disposed of in a Most Expeditious and Satisfactory Manner. WATER LIRE FOR MECHANIC STREET And Fire Hydrants for the More Adequate Pro tection of Property—Damage Claims Invest igated, Bowery Bridge Condemned, Loo Street Sewer Estimate Submitted, Reports Received, Bills Paid, and Other Transactions of Interest to the Citizens of Frostburg. The first meeting of the Mayor and i City Council in the year 1915 was held ( in the Council Chamber on Monday 1 evening, and was called to order by Mayor George Stern at 7:15 o’clock. The roll of members was called and the following responded : Messrs. Ford, Fresh, Sullivan, Brown and Powell. Mr. Hughes arrived during the reading of the minutes. Clerk J. S. Metzger then read the . minutes for the regular meeting held , in December, and the same, upon mo- J tion of Powell, seconded by Hughes, were adopted as read. Bailiff James H. Grose reported as follows for the month ending Decern- ] ber 31, 1914 : , Fines collected $32.00 Dog licenses collected 133.00 Paid Treasurer. $165.00 Tax Collector W. C. Noel submitted the following report for the month ending December 31, 1914 : Corporate Fund. Taxes uncollected, 1914-15 $4508.63 | Collected during month $690.14 Insolvencies . 18.08— 708.22 j Uncollected .....$3800.41 Paid Treasurer, $711.75. Water Fund. Uncollected, June Qr., 1914. . .$ 101.22 Uncollected, Sept. Qr., 1914... 1100.12 Uncollected, Dec. Qr., 1814. . . 2788.96 Total $3390.30 Collected, June Quar ter, 1914 $ 14.40 Collected, Sept. Quar ter, 1914 552.18 Insolvencies— June Quarter, 1914... 2.50 Sept. Quarter, 1914. . . 13.35—$ 582.43 Balance uncollected $3407.87 Amount paid Trea5.,5566.58 East Union St. Paving. Balance uncollected Oct. 1,1914,56795.56 Collected during month 464.99 Balance uncollected $6330.57 Amount collected,. . . .$464.98 Interest charged 6.27 Total $471.26 Amount paid Treasurer $471.26 Collector George Krause reported as follows on Street Paving for month ending December 31, 1914 : Beall’s Lane— Balance due last report... .$420.25 Since collected .... 20.00 Balance due $400.25 j First Alley— Balance due last report $17.76 Since collected 17.76 Interest collected, $2.34. Lucas Alley— Balance due last report... $128.83 Since collected 128.83 Interest collected, $13.32. Water Account, Bal. due on March Quarter, 1914, $2.16 Since uncollected 2.16 Street Supervisor Owen Dando sub mitted the following report of amounts owing for street labor for month of December, 1914: December 1 to 15. . $58,01 December 15 to 31 41.93 Total for month $99.94 Water Superintendent Alfred Jef fries reported as follows for the month ending December 31, 1914: Water bills for December quarter were pre pared and placed in the hands of Col- lector W. C. Noel, divided as follows : Town at large $2411.42 Metered water 377.54 Total water accounts.s27Bß.96 Cost of labor .$ 36.50 Pumping 101.25 Water supply in reser voir 16>£ feet Treasurer E. X. Prichard submitted the following report for month ending Dec. 31, 1914 : Corporate Fond. . J.H.Grose,dog license,sl33.oo :I. H- Grose, fines 33-0(4 J. S. Metzger, license, 1.55 C. G. Watson, costs. . 6.30 : W. C. Noel, taxes.... 711.75 < W. C. Noel, paving. . 471.26—51355.86 < 1 Orders paid $2617.72 ] Overdrawn 6822.53 —$9440.25 j Bal. overdrawn. . $8084.39 Water Fund. i Cash on hand $10861.61 > Rec’d, W. C. Noel. 566.68 Rec’d, J.S.Metzger. 23.00—511451.19 , Orders paid 421.67 Bal. on hand. . . $11029.52 1 Upon motion of Hughes, seconded by Powell, the foregoing reports were received and ordered filed. Under the head of reports of com- I mittees Mr. Brown, of the Street Com mittee, stated that the Bowery bridge had been inspected and found to be in bad condition. Mr. Ortman, who claims damages in the sum of S3OO for injuries sustained from falling upon the sidewalk in front of the drug store of L. N. Mead ows & Co., East Union street, upon investigation by the Street Commit tee, found that he did not fall at the point the claimant stated, but that he Lipped on a water stop which was the private property of Mr. Sprigg, and consequently the corporation is not liable for the injury sustained by Mr. Ortman. Another claim for damages in the sum of S3OO was presented by Mr. Moore, who avers that he was thrown from his wagon on Linden street on account of the impassable condition of that thoroughfare. Mr. Brown stated that this case had also been in vestigated by the Street Committee who found no liability for the accident upon the part of the corporation. It is said by witnesses load upon which he was perched was inse cure, and that before he drove oyer the crossing where the accident oc curred he was warned by his son of the probable consequences. Mr. Brown requested that the re porters for the Cumberland News and Times, writing from Frostburg, cease agitating the question of coasting on the streets and sidewalks of this city. It seems that one favors and the other discourages the practice, thus making it hard for the officers of the city to enforce the ordinance relating thereto. Engineer William Harvey submitted the following report : I “The Street Committee and Engin eer inspected the Bowery bridge, as per your instructions, and we have condemned the same. “The C. & P. Railroad Company was notified, and their engineer was with us on the ground and has prom ised to make the necessary repairs. “We expect some action to be taken before the next meeting of the City Council.” ’ Mr. Harvey also reported as follows ’ as to the estimated cost of the propos ed Loo street sewer : 8 manholes at S4O $320.00 I 470 ft. 18-in. sewer at $1.05 493.50 ’ 196 ft. 15-in. sewer at $1.05 205.80 ’ 844 ft. 12-in. sewer at .90 759.60 600 ft. 6-in. sewer at .75 450.00 ; Total $2228.90 P Mayor Stern reported that there was present in this city a representative of the State Board of Health who, upon investigation, found that not sufficient precaution is taken relative to the handling of contagious diseases, and recommended that some one be em -1 ployed to look after the matter, where r upon Mayor Stern secured the services of Mr. Bradburn, who, if agreeable to the members of Council, would be continued in service. The arrange ment was not agreeable, however, and Mr. Bradburn’s services were dis pensed with upon motion of Mr. Brown, seconded by Mr. Ford, with instructions that Bailiff Grose take on the new duties in addition to those at present expected from him. Mayor Stern was of the opinion that there was a crying need of several fire hj'drants to be located on Mechan ic street, between Broadway and Bow ery. Messrs. Walter Wittig and Thos. G. Dillon, representing the Fire De partment, arrived during the time I that this point was under discussion and attested the need of hydrants on that thoroughfare, and also additional ones on Union street. The matter was finally settled upon motion of Mr. Fresh, seconded by Mr. Powell, that Water Superintendent Jeffries be em powered to construct a water line down Mechanic street and place three hydrants, the work to be done under the supervision of the Street Commit tee and the City Engineer. Mr. Wittig, of the Fire Department, also recommended that a suitable tower for the proper drying of hose be constructed. Moved by Mr. Fresh and seconded by Mr. Brown, that the matter be referred to the Building Committee. Carried. A tax bill of $1.70 against Scott Bur ton was, upon motion of Mr. Sullivan, seconded by Mr. Brown, declared in solvent, Mr. Burton claiming that it was assessed upon property that he does not own. Superintendent John E. Edwards, of the public schools of Allegany ; county, in a communication to Coun cil. stated that the fire escapes needed at the Beall High School would be placed in position at once. For information Mayor Stern was ( asked by Mr. Brown whether, as was , currently reported, he would refuse to ( endorse vouchers for bills, as has , heretofore been the custom. The t Mayor replied that if it was satisfac- j tory to Council for him to continue to t “O. K.” bills, many of which he knew , nothing concerning as to their cor rectness, he was willing to proceed, j The members having expressed no ob- , jection, the incident was closed and < the Mayor will proceed as heretofore. Mr. Prichard, Treasurer of the cor- 1 poration funds, also desired advice as i to whether he was justified in cashing corporation vouchers with cash taken . from the water fund. Mr. Prichard 1 said he would refuse to pay the De- , cember bills until the matter was defi- 1 nitely and satisfactorily settled. At- j torney Watson stated that it was law ful in such cases for the passing of a ■ resolution transferring needed , amounts from one fund to the other, , provided the amounts were replaced, which solution seemed to prove satis- 1 factory to all concerned. Upon motion of Mr. Sullivan, sec onded by Mr. Brown, the sum of $75.00 was voted the Fire Department, it being the .amount required to pay cost of drying and cleaning hose occasion ed by Saturday night’s fire. Seven bills of $1.95 each, aggregat ing $13.65, for witnesses attending court on the Thomas case, upon mo tion of Mr. Brown, seconded by Mr. Fresh, were ordered paid. Upon motion of Mr. Sullivan, sec onded by Mr. Brown, the sum of $25.00 was allowed Policeman Tally Hanna for the purchase of an overcoat. It was moved by Mr. Fresh and sec onded by Mr. Sullivan, that the action of Water Superintendent Jeffries in placing Mr. Hill on duty regularly at the pumping station be ratified by the Mayor and City Council. Motion car ried. Clerk Metzger read the bills for the month of December and the same, upon motion of Mr. Sullivan, second ed by Mr. Brown, were ordered paid. The amounts follow : Corporation bills $10010.94 Water bills 396.29 Total $10407.13 To provide money for the payment of these bills the following action was taken : It was moved by Mr. Sullivan and seconded by Mr. Fresh that a loan of SIO,OOO be made from the water fund for the payment of the bills for December, and that 4 per cent, inter est be paid to the water fund for the use of same. Motion carried. Tax Collector W. C. Noel asked for advice as to how to proceed to collect several tax accounts which were of an unusual character. On account of the increased assessment in some cases some refuse to pay and others have Rendered payment, the amounts being based upon the old assessment. Three church properties, the denomination not having been mentioned during the * discussions, have been taxed and pay * ment of same refused. After consid ' erable discussion it was finally moved * by Mr. Brown, seconded by Mr. Pow -1 ell, that suit be entered against the ) church authorities for the collection of the several amounts, Mr. Noel to 5 use his own judgment as to how to proceed, the idea being to test the 1 validity of the several claims in court. There being no further business, upon motion of Mr. Brown, seconded by Mr. Sullivan, Council adjourned at 9:30. 5 Miner Evangelist. 3 A series of revival meetings were ; begun Sunday evening in the First ‘-''-to w * a— Congregational church, Bowery street, by Rev. H. L Thomas, of Salisbury, Pa., known as the Miner Evangelist. The meetings will continue each even ing at 7:30 o’clock until further notice. They are of a union evangelistic nature, and the pastors and members of all churches, and Christians are urged to unite and assist in the move ment. The music and singing are good, being in charge of Brinley Ed wards. Last winter in a series of ! evangelistic meetings in the Salis bury district, conducted by Rev. Mr. I Thomas, there were 182 conversions. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO' § Successor to § The Frostburg Mining Journal § Established 1871 00000000000000000000000000 WHOLE NUMBER 2,238 A Disastrous Fire Early Sunday Morning Mrs. E. A. Gross and Shearer Brothers Heavy Losers. Shortly after 12, Saturday midnight, bells and whistles sounded an alarm which awakened and aroused the en tire town, and soon it was seen that the throng wended its way to the bus iness section on East Union street to the block owned by Mrs. E. A. Gross, on the south side. It is credibly related that within seven minutes after the alarm a large detachment of the Fire Department, drawing the reel, was on hand and in stantly ready for business. It was seen, however, that even within this short time the fire had so far progress ed inside a small range particularly combustible that much work would be necessary to reach and extinguish it without spread to other property. But the firemen went at the job with hero ic determination, and mainly to their work and skill the damage was “re- duced to its lowest terms.” A brisk wind during the night enhanced the danger, but this made the firemen’s work more spirited and heroic, and the results, though costly, were con fined almost entirely to the one struc ture. The Betz building, next door east, occupied by G. M. Mayer, hard ware merchant, and I. E. Gilbert, photographer, was slightly damaged, mainly by water, as was also the Campbell building, next door west. The clothing and dry goods stock of the Shearer Brothers is practically a total loss from both fire and water. Mrs. Anna Gallagher, living on the second floor, sustained serious damage to furniture, herself and family nar rowly escaping with their lives through the dense smoke which filled the upper interior. So far the origin of the fire has not been developed, but it. was first dis covered by Mrs. Gallagher and her daughter, Miss Anna Calry, the two not having yet retired for the night. The latter is credited with much presence of mind and courage, as it was with herculean effort she reached the street with the first alarm. The Gross building, a valuable property, is covered by a jcomparative lv small amount of insurance, and the stock of goods, of high value ac cording to estimates, is indemnified by polices aggregating about SIO,OOO. Mrs. Gallagher, uninsured, lost prac tically everything except the clothing in which she and family escaped. A Rudolph piano and some money were burned. In fact, she is reduced to destitution. As already indicated, the high wind filled the town with appre hension of a disastrous spread of the fire. Intelligence was therefore transmitted to both Cumberland and Eonaconing of a probable call for as sistance, and it is pleasing to record the fact here that the firemen of both cities instantly signified readiness to come. This response, so prompt, from municipal neighbors, has been officially acknowledged with thanks by Joseph Bone, chief, and Hon. Wal ter W. Wittig, assistant, of the home company. Again it must be stated in behalf of the Frostburg firemen that the exper ience of Sunday morning was the toughest in their long history as a protective organization. The temper ature was far below freezing, accent uated for at least an hour by a strong wind, and for three hours more it was a contest in garments of ice with a combination of fire and smoke. It was, indeed, a heroic struggle endang ering both health and life for the sal vation of property. Incidents of the Fire. Mrs. Anna Gallagher and family of ! three children, made homeless by the ' fire, were quickly as possible provided : for by generous friends and sympa thetic neighbors. Miss Minnie Schnei ! der, manager of the Schneider shoe 1 store, presented the little ones with • shoes and stockings, and George H. ' Wittig offered them a home in a house ' on the corner of Maple and Mechanic 1 streets. These generous proffers were ‘ made at once and others have follow -5 ed in the tender of household articles, 1 enabling the family to resume house -3 keeping. And it is believed that a 3 little inquiry concerning other needs 3 will afford opportunity for further • tenders of benevolence. > The police force was also on hand 1 doing all in their line of duty to miti -1 gate the discomforts of the situation and promote the success of the fire men. e Altogether, it was a disaster attend t ed by many compensating considera it LL, f 4- ttt UI txt n o 4-Vi q tions, the chief of which was the con finement of the fire to the one build ’ ing. Honored the New Year. ‘ Mr. and Mrs. Frank Crowe, residing : at Borden Mines, entertained a New 5 Year party last Friday, and hosts and 5 guests alike enjoyed the occasion. Among the latter Were Mrs Mary ; Crowe, Miss Cathrine Crowe, Messrs. Meyer Kline, Allen Crowe, Philip Kline and Marshall Skidmore. IT’S THE PROPER CAPER to . subscribe tor this paper.