8 The Leading 8
8 Weekly Newspaper of Allegany 8
§ County, Maryland 8
FORTY-FOURTH YEAR. NO. 51
FROSTBURG P. M.
And Now There is Discordant Mu
sic in the Air as Wall as Re
joicing—Pat McGaun, The
Ah Effort Being Made to Upset
the Congressman’s Recom
As stated in our issue of Dec. 3rd,
the people of Frostburg had for some
time been greatly interested in the
Frostburg postmastership, knowing
that Postmaster Hanna’s term would
expire on Feb. 16th of this year, and
very naturally there was much specu
lation and difference of opinion as to
who would be recommended by Con
gressman Lewis as Postmaster Han
Many candidates were in the field,
and friends of each, or at least many
of them, all thought their respective
favorites would win. But most of
them were sorely disappointed, last
week, when the news came that Con
gressman Lewis had recommended
As sure winners, all of the following
were named in certain quarters, as
well as others, perhaps, whose names
The Spirit failed to hear mentioned :
Hon. J. B. Oder, Hon. John B. Shan
non, Ex-Mayor J. W. Shea, Patrick T.
McGann, Francis J. Drum, Col. Thom
as G. Dillon, Upton Edwards, Rev.
Lewis George, Prof. O. R. Rice, May
or Geo. Stern, Geo.Willison, Fred Wil
son, Henry Mayer and Wm. J. Daily.
Not all of these men, however, were
really applicants for the place, but all
were prominently mentioned, and
every one of them is at least as popu
lar and as well qualified for the place
as the man who has secured the rec
ommendation of Congressman Lewis.
Some Badly Disappointed Ones.
In matters of this kind somebody
always has to be disappointed, and,
naturally, no matter who lands the
plum, many will be made sore.
Some of the applicants who are not
well versed in politics, considered
themselves sure winners because they
had many signers on their petitions
and many strong letters of recommen
dation. Signatures, howe rer. count;
for little in postoffice appointments,
and so do recommendations other
than the recommendations of the con
McGann Had the Pull.
Probably none of the candidates
had a stronger claim on the office
than Hon. J. B. Oder, so far as fitness
is concerned or unwavering loyalty to
the Democratic party. But unfortu
nately for Mr. Oder, he did not have
the sinews of war to inject into the
several congressional compaigns of
Mr. Lewis that Patrick McGann, the
saloonkeeper had. He had no barrels
nor cases of the wet goods so neces
sary to manufacture Democratic sen
timent and Democratic votes, and
furthermore, he would not have
fought it out on that line under any
circumstances. The same can be said
of about all the other candidates, and
that’s where they were at a disad
Nationality and Party Desertion
Counted for Naught.
In the case of the Rev. Lewis
George, Frostburg’s popular Welsh
Baptist preacher, whom many thought
was a sure winner on account of his
nationality, even if not on his profes
sion and the fact that he is said to
have left the Republican party to vote
for his fellow countryman, “Davy”
Lewis, there is a woful disappoint
ment among the Welsh, who are as
sore as sinners in Sheol. “Traitor, to
his countrymen!” they howl at the
But why howl ? What right had
they to expect Congressman Lewis to
appoint a Welshman, after he had al
ready demonstrated in his other rec
ommendations that Irishmen are in
much higher favor with him than are
his own countrymen ? Didn’t The Spir
it point that out to them in its issue of
Dec. 3rd ? Sure it did, not caring at
the same time who Congressman Lew
is would recommend, as it was none
of our fight.
Bull Moosers as Well as Republi
In the case of Mr. Edwards, who
was strongly endorsed by prominent
former Republicans and Bull Moosers,
for the most part excellent and popu
lar citizens who had all supported
Congressman Lewis, and who in real
ity furnished the necessary votes out
side of the Democratic party to elect
him, felt that they had a right to dic
tate Frostburg’s next postmaster. But
the Congressman did not look at it in
that way, and we did not for a mo
ment believe that he would. We have
never known Democrats who were
helped into office by members of other
parties to respect the wishes of those
who helped them into office, and with
out whose support their election would
have been impossible. In other words,
when a voter of one party casts his
vote for a member of another party,
he usually befouls his own nest, and
THE FROSTBURG SPIRIT
seldom gets the return favors he ex
The Rev. Mr. George and other
Welsh Republicans, as well as all
other former Republicans, who wan
dered after strange political gods,
should now return to the Republican
fold and quit supporting Democratic
The Sorest of the Sore.
Probably the sorest of the sore over
the Frostburg postmastership are the
organization Democrats. These had
backed the genial and popular Col.
Thomas G. Dillon, also an Irishman,
but without the necessary Democratic
liquid argument for votes.
Col. Dillon had the support of the
Democratic County organization and
State Central Committee, and was
himself a member of the same. But
Congressman Lewis jabbed the organ
ization in the slats, and he jabbed it
hard by recommending Mr. McGann,
an alleged out and out anti-organiza
tion Democrat. It was a solar plexus
for the organization, and those fel
lows threaten vengeance.
Congressman Charged With In
Some of the disappointed ones are
saying: “Lewis is inconsistent. Why,
only a short time ago he voted for the
Hobson Amendment, favoring nation
wide prohibition, and now he thrusts
a saloonkeeper on the people of Frost
burg for postmaster.”
Well, that does look inconsistent,
but what of it? What right has any
body to look for consistency in a
shifty Democratic politician ?
Big Jubilee Reported.
It is reported to The Spirit by cer
tain citizens residing not far from the
McGann saloon that a big jubilee was
held at that resort shortly after the
news came that Congressman Lewis
had recommended Mr. McGann for
our next postmaster.
And why not ? We blame nobody
for holding a jubilee over a good
streak of political fortune, and Mc-
Gann and his friends have as good a
right to celebrate as anybody else,
even down to singing, “Hail! hail!
the gang’s all here,” etc.
It’s none of our funeral, and it’s
none of our jubilee, but it certainly is
fun to sit on the fence and watch the
doings of the victors and the van
quished in this interesting Democratic
Effort Being Made to Keep .Mc-
Gann From Getting Commission.
And it is said that the Frostburg
Ministerial Association and certain
other citizens are vigorously protest
ing to President Wilson and the U. S.
Senate against Mr. McGann’s ap
pointment. What the outcome will be,
remains to be seen, but The Spirit pre
dicts that the ministerial protest will
amount to about as much as did the
visit of a delegation of preachers who
called on President Lincoln during
the Civil War. They wanted General
Grant removed from chief command
of the army because of an allegation
that he drank too much whisky. Lin
coln told them to find out the brand
of booze Grant used, so that he could
supply his other generals with a good
supply of the same goods.
That, in our opinion, is about all
that the protest against McGann will
amount to. Ministerial associations
usually take themselves too seriously,
and they seldom cut much of a figure
beyond the resoluting and protesting
; We imagine we can hear Father
1 Woodrow telling the preachers some
; thing like this : “If McGann’s saloon
> was instrumental in electing my
‘Davy’ Lewis, go home and tell the
> other Democratic office-seekers up
: there to start saloons also, and use the
’ liquid arguments in Mr. Lewis’ favor,
■ next time, as Mr. McGann did in his
> past campaigns. What we want here
> in Washington is more Democratic
: congressmen, and we must have them,
booze or no booze.”
* McGann has sold his saloon, and
1 since he is no longer in the liquor
business, he is not ineligible for the
postmastership. The protestors may
1 upset Congressman Lewis’ choice, but
; we’ll believe it when we see it, and
nottillthen. “Davy” Lewis is “Davy”
Lewis, and “Davy” Lewis is a Con
*■ gressman in mighty high favor with
the present inefficient administration,
5 and don’t you forget that.
Regardless of what anybody in
Frostburg may think of our congress
man’s choice for postmaster, his choice
3 will stick, we opine, and on that we’d
t stake dollars to doughnuts.
, Should Be Game Losers.
The strange thing about the protest
against Mr. McGann is the fact that
the bitterest ones are nearly all men
who voted for Congressman Lewis,
t and all such should be game losers.
Let them take their medicine, especi
*• ally those who went out of their own
a party to vote for Mr. Lewis. They
got one of the results they helped to
e bring about, now let them grin and
e bear it.
Postmaster Hanna’s Sensible
d When Postmaster Hanna was inter
i, viewed on this matter by a represen
s tative of The Spirit, that excellent
r, and popular official expressed himself
d about as follows;
FROSTBURG, MD, THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 1915
“Yes, I have been asked to join in
the protest against Mr. McGann as my
successor, but I declined. lam here
to render what assistance I can to my
successor, whoever he may be, when
it conies to turning the office over to
him, and my only wish is for the best
possible service that any postmaster
can give. I have done the best I could
during my several terms of office for
the good of the service, and I
will step out gracefully and
with a heart filled with thanks
to the party that honored me
and to the patrons of the office, with
whom my relations were uniformly
Postmaster Hanna deserves credit
for his course, and his successor
should strive hard to maintain the
splendid standard of efficiency and
courtesy established and maintained
by the outgoing P. M.
Of course, The Spirit doesn’t care a
rap what the protest against McGann
amounts to, but an ex-saloonkeeper
ought to be just as eligible to be post
master as a booze drinker or renter of
saloon propert3 r is to protest agaiust
it, especially since “Uncle Sam” is a
partner in the saloon business.
“Them’s our senriments, feller citi
Death of a Good Citizen.
James Kenney, Sr., died at the fam
ily home on Linden street, this place, j
shortly after midnight Monday morn- j
ing, 19th inst., aged 76 years, after a
Mr. Kenney was born in County j
Longford, Ireland, and during his
boyhood came with the family to this
country, residing for awhile in New
York City. Later they came to Mt.
Savage; thence they went to West
Virginia, and about 15 years ago fin
ally settled in Frostburg.
Meanwhile, Miss Catharine Egan, of
Cumberland, became his wife, who,
with seven grown children, mourn
the loss of a home-loving husband
and father. Five of the seven are
sons —John, of Carlos; Edward, of
St. Clara, West Va. ; Peter, Aloysius
and James, of this place, and two
daughters—Misses Anna and Martha,
residing at home.
The sons residing here constitute
the prosperous firm of Kenney Broth
ers, engaged in the manufacture and
wholesale dealing in tobacco products,
and for several years the father was
an industrious, useful assistant.
Mr. Kenney (was a quiet, unobtru
sive citizen, enjoying the respect of
all who knew him.
The funeral was held at 10 o’clock
this morning in St. Michael’s Church,
followed by interment in the church
cemetery, a large numher of friends
Frostburg Man “Beats His Wife
A prominent Frostburg man has
frequently been charged with “beat
ing his wife up,” and the startling in
formation, although peddled around
by a practical joker, was taken seri
ously by at least one local correspond
ent to a Cumberland newspaper, we
are told. At any rate, the correspond
ent, it is alleged, started out to inves
tigate the charge, he having been in
formed that some of the neighbors
living near the scene of the “beating
up” were eye-witnesses to a portion of
The charge was found to be true,
but the correspondent was requested
to withhold names, as the husband
might have done far worse. He
should not be condemned too harshly,
either, for eye-witnesses to the trag
edy give the following account of the
The “beating up” has been taking
place at about 5:30 a. m., and the man
not only beats his wife up, but has the
fire started, the coffee boiling, the
table set and breakfast well underway
before his wife gets to the kitchen and
discovers how badly she is beaten.
THE WAGES OF SIN.
’Twas down in Oil City, that place of
renown, ' •’
A pumper named Afchybald Sinn
hung- aroun ’,
An v Sinn had a habit of lickin’ his
An’ runnin’ her often the lease with a
She sued fp r divorce an’ she got the
An’ Sinn had to pay her, as alley
A half of his wages, the pesky ole
An’ the wages of Sinn was twelve
dollars a week.
—E. F. Mclntyre;.
t Hats Off to Our Flag.
i A dispatch from Belgium says that
, the people are now living on American
. food, and that without it they would
- have starved; When they heard that
l American cargoes had actually arriv
r ed, there were great demonstratons of
j joy. It is further stated that when
-1 ever an automobile goes by bearing
an American flag the people take off
their hats, and every American is
hailed as a benefactor. Isn’t that -a
good enough Christmas for all you
fellows who helped put up the money ?
—Jewell (Kan.) Republican.
f GET WISE and advertise. This
paper is a sood medium.
Frostburg Soon to Have
Gigantic New Industry
Mountain City Printing Company
to Launch New Paper- Paul Frank
lin the Projector.
Great Things to Be Accomplished
by Great Men Who Know When
Apples Are Ripe.
Just now the air is full of rumors
concerning a gigantic industry about
to be established in Frostburg. It is
to be a publishing corcern that will
make all other Allegany county print
eries look like 30 cents. ‘The new con
cern is to be known Mountain
City Printing Company, fathered by
one Paul Franklin, an ex-employe of
The Frostburg Spirit.
And Who Is Paul Franklin?
Well, Paul Franklin is a Dutchman
known in Eastern Pennsylvania, from
whence he originally came, as “Paul
Fronckle.” He is a past grand master
of finance and can speak two lan
guages at once. He came to Frost
burg last spring, tired, footsore and
penniless, and applied at The Spirit
office for work. Of c'-arse, it was no
disgrace to Fronckle to be tired, foot-
I sore and without money, for that kind
! of thing is liable to happen anybody,
! and taking pity on him, The Spirit
' gave him employment at much better
wages than he was ever able to earn.
But we are sorry to say that Paul
never got over his tired feeling, or at
any rate he never got able to set two
galleys of leaded 8-poiut type in a day,
which any ordinarj- apprentice at the
trade can do.
Nevertheless, the Dutchman seemed
to be an amiable “cuss,” and being
Dutch ourself, our sympathy got away
with our better judgment, and we
kept Paul with us until we began to
get onto things that made us sit up
and take notice. Then Fronckle be
gan to feel it in his bones that he was
going to get fired, and so he resigned,
giving written notice to that effect,
and stating that he h.;d no grievance,
but thought things would go better at
The Spirit printery without him being
around, and also stating that he was
about to go into business for himself.
He didn’t say a w rd in the letter
he sent to the offiHHi£-:: r the wages
due him for 2>% days work, and neither
did he say anything about paying The
Spirit what he owed it for printing,
nor did he mention a word about mon
ey in his possession paid to him on
account by patrons of The Spirit. It
therefore seemed necessary for us to
hunt him up and demand a settlement.
We had considerable trouble in find
ing him, but at last we got him located
and had him come to the office and
square up. Then we interviewed him
about his proposed business venture,
and he gave us the following informa
“I am going into business in this
town in partnership with John Frank
lin, a cousin of mine residing at Clay
mont, a suburb of Wilmington, Del.,
and Tom J. Blake, of Eckhart Mines.
We are going to occupy one of the
rooms in Mrs. DeNaouley’s new busi
ness block on Broodway, where we
will have a magazine, book and sta
tionery store and publish a weekly
newspaper gotten up on the style of
the Saturday Evening Post, but de
voted to agriculture and certain mag
azine combinations that we are going
to push. Or publication will not both
er with local or general news, except
such matter as pertains to farming.
I will be the editor, John Franklin the
store manager, and Blake will set
type. We have our plant bought and
will get out our first issue in about
three weeks. We do not expect to
make our money off of local people,
but out of foreign advertising.”
He gave us much other information,
which need not be stated here, say
ing, among other things, that he had
nothing to lose himself, hence the
risk was all on his partners, but added
that they all hoped to do a lucrative
business, as The Spirit is doing, but
without in the least injuring this pa
Well, so mote it be, and with a man
like Paul at the helm, the trio will
doubtless soon make a fortune. Paul
is advertising for salesmen and also
offering fancy .wages for printers,
which good men out of a. job should
avail themselves of.
But What Does This’Mean ?
Two of Cumberland’s newspapers
on Tuesday contained the following
NOTICE TO PUBLIC.
The report that I am preparing to
1 leave this community is-untrue. I in
i tend to remain in Frostburg and with
; in the next two weeks , will start a
: r I
The notice in the Cumberland pa
r pers does not tally with what Mr.
, Franklin told The Spirit about the
. new concern, and he is evidently get
l ting swifter than ever. If he can get
j out a semi-weekly newspaper within
, two weeks, with none of the plant in
stalled yet, he is a daisy, and he might
as well get out a daily while he is at
3 it, which he doubtless will do later.
Of course he won’t leave the town,
for this has been a good place for
him. If you don’t believe it, make in
quiry among merchants of Frostburg.
Now, there is no charge for this in
formation, and we are giving it for
reasons as follows : First, because
we are getting very tired of being
asked for information concerning Mr.
Franklin, especially whether we would
recommend him as being a safe per
son to loan money to or extend credit
We think it is perfectly safe to lend
him money on good security, and as
to being worthy of credit, we can sup
ply interested persons with names of
people who have extended credit to
Mr. Franklin in this town, and those
people can speak for themselves. At
any rate they have spoken t(T us ana
volunteered information that we do
not care to publish.
In conclusion we wish to say this :
If Mr. Franklin asks you for a loan,
look him squarely in the eyes and
then use your own judgment. But if
he tells you that he is forced to ask
you for a loan on account of wages
due him at The Spirit office that he is
unable to get, as we are told he has
done, then tell him for us that he is a
great, big Dutch liar. Mr. Franklin
always received his wages promptly
here and was often paid in advance.
This statement is made in justice to
our own credit and integrity, and not
on account of malice.
DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S CHOICE.
It is often argued that if woman
suffrage ever spreads all over the
United States, that the manufacture
and sale of alcoholic liquors will
speedil3 T come to an end. We are not
so sure about that, since learning
that the women who are Democrats,
at least some of the Democratic
women, take more kindly to the sa
loonkeeper than they do to the ma
chinist, broker, clergymen, manufac
turer and physician.
Recently the Women’s Democratic
Club of the Second Ward of Chicago,
advertised in the newspapers for an
aldermanic candidate. It was an
nounced in the advertisement that to
receive the indorsement of the club
the successful applicant would have
to be :
A clean, respectable citizen.
A possessor of horse sense, not nec
essarily a college graduate.
A friend of woman suffrage.
An advocate of subways.
A voter for bathing beaches and
A leader, not a follower.
A man of constructive ability.
Six replies were received. The ap
plicants were a machinist, a broker, a
clergyman, a manufacturer, a physi
cian and a saloonkeeper.
The announcement of the lucky
candidate awarded the support of the
club through the unique competition
was made last Friday night at a meet
ing at 3555 Cottage Grove avenue.
The saloonkeeper won. He is Al.
Russell, proprietor of a saloon at 3459
South State street, and he met every
requirement. The unsuccessful ap
plicants who answered the women’s
advertisement are : Ernest Gissler,
E. L• Dempsey, F. M. Schlacks, Ed
ward M. Carey and Dr. JohnKersher.
HELP WANTED—MALE OR
Bring along the undertaker ;
Bring the butcher and the baker;
Fetch the drygoods man, the clothier
and the draper.
Bring the preacher and the loafer,
With the teacher and the chauffeur,
And then let them tell us how to run
Why, sure ! Anyone can do it.
It’s a cinch. Pooh ! Nothing to it!
It’s a pudding job, a sinecure, a snap.
( It’s a simple proposition
That requires no erudition.
And experience—it isn’t worth a rap !
So trot out the clerks and brokers,
Call the engineers and stokers,
1 And bring the politicians off the
, street ;
1 Fetch the ’busman and the plumber
; With the ad. man and the drummer,
t And we’ll have them tell us how to
run the sheet.
Won’t it be a great convention ?
’Twill attract world-wide attention.
What suggestions ! What ’monitions !
What decrees ! • ,
But for fear there’ll be confusion
Let us mention, in conclusion, :
That we’ll run the thing, exactly as
—E. F., Mclntyre.
M. A. S. Election.
Members of Mutual Aid Society of
Consolidation Coal Company Mines,
No.’s 4 and 10, in the vicinity of Eck
harty met a few days ago and elected
officers for the current year as follows :
President, James W. Stewart; sec
retary, A. S. Williams; treasurer, G.
L. Kreitzberg ; committeemen, Robert
Lee and Walter Myers.
Notice to Stockholders.
The stockholders of the G. E. Pearce
Drug Company will meet at the offices
of the company in Frostburg, Md., at
8:00 p. m., Thursday, February 4th,
1915, for the purpose of transacting
business usual upon such occasions.
G. E. Pearce,
AGAIN ON THE JOB.
Editor of the Spirit Slowly Recov
ering From a Serious Illness—
Working Under Difficulties.
The editor of this paper, who was
taken seriously ill in Johnstown, Pa.,
on the 4th inst., while on his way to
Harrisburg, Pa., was able to return
home last Friday evening by the help
of his brother, W. S. Hivengood, edi
tor of the Meyersdale Republican,
who went to Johnstown to accompany
the sick man home.
It was a very serious time The Spirit
man had, and for a time it looked as
though he was going to take a trip to
the spirit world. However, after get
ting his throat lanced three times he
, got relief from his principal ailment,
but is still suffering greatly from poi
sonous toxins his system absorbed
during the time he was confined to his
bed, covering a period of eleven days.
It was a close call, and the patient
knows that the danger is not over yet,
and that his physical condition is
such that he ought not be trying to do
newspaper or any other kind of work.
But the work is here to do, and as
long as The Spirit man can crawl he
will work and continue to hope for
the best. He is still full of “ginger,”
and having survived and fully recov
ered from many other similar cases of
sickuess, he is not going to run up
the white flag yet and surrender to
He will just do the best he can un
der the circumstances, but asks his
friends and patrons to overlook all
shortcomings and bear with him until
his health is sufficiently recovered to
enable him to again put forth his best
endeavors in his editorial work.
LUKE McLUKE SAYS
The lad who couldn’t tell you the
name of the Vice-President is the
same fellow who can tell you how to
run the Government.
The old-fashioned 17-year old girl
who used to read books on “What a
Young Girl Ought to Know” has a 17-
year old daughter who puts her moth
The Willowy Girl cops out the cov
ers of the magazines. But the girl
with the wide curves and the dimples
in her anatom3 T attracts all the atten
tion on the street.
What hds become of the grand old
fashioned man who used to wear a
new paper collar every Sunday ?
Before you get her she can say
things with her eyes that make you
feel funny all over. And after you
get her she can say things with her
mouth that make you feel funny all
Since the vacuum-cleaner displaced
the broom a man can’t find a blame
thing but his wife’s hairpins to clean
his pipe with.
In the Game of Hove you can al
ways take a Heart if you will lead a
One-half the world may not know
how the other half lives. But it isn’t
the female half.
If you imagine that women haven’t
a sense of Humor, just take a look at
the hats they are wearing.
Any woman who has a 40-inch waist
can tell you that the waist of a Per
fectly Formed Woman should measure
just forty inches.
A lake of fire and brimstone isn’t
the only Hell ever invented. There
is the case of the man who has a ISO
wife and a sls salary.
When a woman’s hips are so big
’ around that she has to go through a
door sideways, she gets a.lot of com
fort out of the fact that she is broad
You may have noticed that somehow
or other a cross-eyed girl with a mus
tache never gets mixed up in any Pla
tonic Hove Affairs and that she is
never the goat in an Affinity case.
Purchasing Power of Farmers.
The purchasing power of the farmer
depends not only upon the money
value of what he produces, but also
upon the money value of what he
buys. From 1899 to 1909 (census years)
the money value of 1 acre of the
farmer’s crops increased 72.7 per
cent., but in the same period the
money value of the articles usually
purchased by farmers had increased
12.1 per cent. ; consequently, as a re
sult of the greater increase in the
price of what a farmer sold than in
the price of what he bought, the net
increase in the purchasing power of
the produce of 1 acre was 54 percent.;
that is, 1 acre of the farmer’s crop in
1909 could buy 54 per cent, more of
. the articles usually bought by farmers
than in 1899.
Upon the basis of the purchasing
power of the value of 1 acre of pro
duce, the year 1909 stands as the most
prosperous for farmers of the past 50
years for which there are records.
A GOOD LETTER FROM HOME
—That’s what The Spirit is each
week to the absent friend or boy or
girl away at school and receiving
the home paper.
FOR SALiE—Two Horses, Wagon,
Buggy and Harness. Apply to J. M.
I Zimmerly, 32 Broadway, Frostburg,
| Md.—Advt. It,
8 Successor to
8 The Frostburg Mining Journal
§ Established 1871
WHOLE NUMBER 2,240
A PROMISING INDUSTRY.
Citizens National Bank Has Made
Great Headway in Bringing About
Great Benefits to Farmers
Of This Locality.
Success awaits the farmers of Alle
gany and Garrett counties who are
willing to devote the requisite labor
and skill to the production of seed
potatoes, true to the name and free
Officials of the State Agricultural
Department have found that local cli
matic conditions, altitude and soil are
similar to those of the famous potato
growing sections of Maine —notably
Aroostook county, where traitiloado
of potatoes are shipped every season
to the growers of New Jersey, Eastern
Maryland and the South—sections that
do not grow their own seed.
The knowledge of this fact led the
Maryland State Agricultural Experi
ment Station to conduct a series of
experiments covering a period of three
years. Seed potatoes - were obtained
from Maine and Garrett county, Mary
land, and planted side by side. The
seed from both sections received the
same cultivation and treatment.
The result of this three-year test
showed that Garrett county seed pro
duced a net average of 23 per cent,
better yield than Maine-grown seed.
It was also ascertained that‘many
large growers of the Eastern Shore of
Maryland preferred Western Maryland
seed, not only on account of its supe
rior quality, but because of the fact
that freight rates would be reduced
Realizing that this industry should
be brought to the attention of farmers
and developed, the Citizens National
Bank of Frostburg, following its usual
progressive policy, in co-operation
with the Government agent for Alle
gany county, John McGill, Jr., sent
out over 500 letters last November to
the leading farmers of this section,
calling attention to the foregoing
In order to further stimulate an in
terest in potato growing, the Citizens
National Bank, of Frostburg, Md., has
arranged for a potato contest to be
held some time next fall.
Prizes will be given as follows :
$25 for the best peck of Irish Cob- .
bier seed potatoes.
sls for the second best peck of Irish
' t Cobbler seed potatoes,
j $25 for the best peck of Green
Mountain seed potatoes.
sls for the second best peck of
Green Mountain seed potatoes.
$lO for the best peck of any variety
■ of seed potatoes.
The response to these letters was
. highly gratifying, over 100 farmers
: expressing a desire to enter the con
i test, and lend their assistance in de
veloping this new industry.
Encouraged by the interest mani
l tested, the bank has arranged
through government officials to have
a carload of seed potatoes shipped to
j. Frostburg next spring in time for
The varieties selected are the Green
t Mountain and Irish Cobbler. They
are guaranteed to be true to name and
free from disease.
1 The above were chosen because
' Southern growers prefer these two va
; rieties to all others. The bank will
sell these potatoes at exact cost. Al
t ready over 300 bushels have been en
I It is to be hoped that interest in this
matter will continue to increase, and
r that farmers generally will take hold
i of this industry, and make this section
_ famous for its seed potatoes.
There is always a ready market for
pure seed, true to name and free from
y disease, at an advance in price over
The Citizens National Bank will be
prepared to lend assistance in grow
ing and disposing of the crop.
(Copyrijfht, by McClure Syndicate.)
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