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Weekly Newspaper of Allegany 8 County, Maryland 8 FORTY-FOURTH YEAR. NO. 52 ** ■& a • ?aSra*, .2 f-' '-' *lPlp - 'o' ’- V";" ’J. ■;■/•'. ■'' ■ THE FROSTBURG CITY BAND. v One of the Finest Musical Organizations in Western Maryland. i The above is a splendid picture of the Frostburg City Band, one of the finest musical organizations of Western Maryland. Frostburg has always been famous for its musical talent and its excellent musical organizations, and in the matter of bands, none has sprung into popularity and efficiency more rapidly than the one above portrayed. The Frostburg City Band was organized Sept. 13th, 1902, and it has never since been disorganized. It was organized as the Jr. O. U. A. M. Band, but on Aug. 15th, 1910, the name was changed to Frostburg City Band, which name it still retains. The band has 26 members, all in good standing, and its motto for 1915 is, j “Keep Plugging.” , l\a.G*i,~. iltjdf? 1 ' fbp qblo ri jrfr*.tor®blp of Prof. playing- 1 the highest grade of music, and is in a degree of efficiency second to no band in Western Maryland. In the near future there will be added to the membership a bb flat bass and a clarinet player of fine ability, which will greatly improve the instru mentation. The band recently elected officers as follows : President, Jacob Richard- VALEDICTORY The Spirit Sold to Lawrence Hitchins, and This Is the Last Epistle of Peter to the Frostburgers. Some Remarks That Seem in Order at This Time, and From Which It is Hoped Good Will Result. To the public generally, and to its : friends and patrons in particular, I, P. E. Livengood, retiring editor of c The Frostburg Spirit, respectfully submit the following : ■ I came to this nature-favored com- ■ munity, to this my native county and state, on May 22nd, 1913, after a long residence in the great and progressive state of Pennsylvania, and on the , date named I purchased the plant of ; The Mining Journal Publishing Com- . lishing. The Mining Journal, an old estab- , lished paper, had suspended publica- • tion about a month prior to my pur- , chase of its plant, and it suspended ; on account of insufficient support. At any rate that was the reason given in a published statement by its business manager, Henry P. Cook, and when The Journal suspended, the town was left without a newspaper of any kind or description. A Specially Favorable Locality. To think for one moment that a nature-favored community like this, favored with great mineral and manu facturing resources developed and operated on a large scale for many : years, and still only in their infancy < so far as possibilities are concerned — to think that such a community, with Frostburg, a town of 8,000 people, as its industrial center, was too benight- ; ed or non-progressive to support at : least one newspaper, was to me incon ceivable. Here was a town with more than 200 places of business to draw trade from, a town with street cars, electric light, natural gas, a govern ment building, two railroads, fine banks, theaters, churches, schools and over $2,000,000 in its three strong banks subject to check—yes, all these things and many more, including paved streets, waterworks, sewers, fire department, etc., etc., but not a single newspaper. Really, it seemed horrible, and after the suspension of The Journal, flour ishing newspapers in other towns THE FROSTBURG SPIRIT much smaller than this began making Frostburg the butt of ridicule and sar casm. And who could blame them ? I was at Salisbury, Pa., on a fishing trip when the news was proclaimed to the world that Frostburg’s only news paper had suspended publication for want of proper support. My brother, W. S. Eivengood, editor of The Mey ersdale Republican, immediately got in telephonic communication with me, and said—“lf you don’t go over to that big, busy town in your own native county and state and give the people there a newspaper, I’ll do so myself, even though my time is well taken up at conducting the big and flourishing business I have here.”- Well, I immediately hastened to Frostburg to look the situation over, and on all sides I met encouragement. However, when I found that The Journal at the time of its suspension was owned by a stock company which embraced some of Frostburg’s leading businessmen, I immediately found myself beset by doubts and fears. I thought if the paper had to quit for lack of support when a lot of repre sentative citizens owned it, that I, coming here a stranger, could hardly hope to succeed. Then, too, I was just recoverning at that time from a long siege of poor health, several sur gical operations and a very accute siege of illness following them which left me more or less of a nervous wreck. Required Pluck to Enter thelNews paper Game Here. Yet, in spite of all the discouraging features in the outlook, and the fact that several other newspapermen who had been nibbling at the proposition got “cold feet” and passed it up, I, in spite of poor health, was game enough to buy the plant and undertake that which no other man had ever achiev ed in Frostburg—success in the news paper business, except such as J. B. Oder achieved before engaging with i FROSTBURG, MD, THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 1915 son; Vice President, Earl Skidmore; Secretary, James Evans; Treasurer, Wm. G. Richardson ; Property Man, Benjamin B. Richardson ; Directors, j Wm. Kear, Maurice Bean, Benj. B. Richardson, Earl Skidmore and James , Evans; Musical Conductor, Prof. Fred James ; Assistant Musical Conductor, Joseph Walsh. Following is a report of money expended during the past year for the up keep of the band, for new uniforms for the entire band, some new instru j rnents, instrument repairs, rent and gas for hall, musical instruction and ' other incidental expenses : Expended in January, SIBI.OB ; February, $384.16; 1 ! March, $38.16; April, $105.20; May, $101.71; June, $55.26 ; July, $7.81; Au- 1 j gust, $6.// ; September, $80.28; October, $23.17; November, $71.94; Decem- ! her, $31.47- tof-a1,41,HM QJ 1 The reader will note that it costs quite a lot of money to keep up a good j band, but the people of Frostburg have been generous with the City Band, . and the band has been generous and loyal to the town, and owing to a very * reciprocal spirit, the City Band is in splendid financial condition and bids ' fair to continue so and keep up and improve its already high state of effi ciency and popularity. 1 the corporation that had to quit the ] game. i I accordingly bought The Journal ( plant for cash and paid a much big- 1 ger price than suspended newspapers ! are usually able to command. But ; even then I got it at a bargain price, i as everything that composed the out- ] fit was in first-class condition, as it ; still is. j Then as soon as it was possible to < make the arrangement, the plant was ; moved into new quarters and the first 1 issue of the new paper was gotten out i on Sept. 11, 1913. A Financial Success. The Spirit was a financial success from the start, although I soon found out that it was too strenuous a job I had undertaken for the condition my ' health was in, and besides, in addition s to poor health, I had other annoyances 1 to contend with that would have driv- 1 en a less resolute man to distraction ; or else filled him with such despera- ' tion that he would have committed murder or almost anything else. I also had some knockers, Judases, ' grafters, extortioners and parasites to contend with in trying to build up an ’ honest business and a strong newspa- ' per, and a few of them I feel like pay- ; ing my respects to in this, mv last is- > sue, in unscathing terms. But I will I forego that, and if they are consoled i over the injury they did or tried to do ' me, or if they think it will make 1 them the more happy when it comes 1 their time to die and pass to that : bourne from whence no traveler ever i returns, they are welcome to all the 1 satisfaction they can get out of it. I Am Satisfied With Results. It is enough glory for me to know j that I have made The Spirit a success i . in spite of all handicaps, that I have . been able to feed and clothe my large . family, pay excessive rents and all , other expenses promptly, and have at . least a little money left. Futhermore, ( I have sold my plant for considerably . more than I paid for it, and yet am . giving my successor a rare bargain,: ] for he is taking hold of a flourishing , business, a business on the increase, ] which is now in operation in a build- . ing owned by his father. It is a consolation to me to know that I have dealt on the square with all whom I have had dealings with in ' this town, and that I will be able to leave here just as I came, without owing anyone in the entire community so much as a penny. My Only Reason for Selling. My only reason for selling The Spirit can be summed up in two words — poor health. Even at that I would not ; i have been willing to sell to some peo 1 pie at any price, and I was not look- , ing for a buyer when the opportunity j came to sell. However, Mr. Hitchins ( knew that I was doing a profitable | business and just recently moved into a much better .location than I had most of the time during my newspa- . per career in this town. He is an j alert young man, and seeing the ] favorable outlook for a greatly in- , creased business in my present admir- , able quarters, and knowing that my , health of late has been unusually bad, it occurred to him that I might be willing to sell. He accordingly opened negotions early last week, and on the '• 22nd inst. the deal was closed. ; A Strange Coincidence. By the way, while I am not in the least superstitious,yea, not even super stitious enough to swallow in its en tirety a single man-made religious creed that I know of, it does seem strange the way the number 22 figures in my business affairs. Five years ago last summer I was in Atlantic City after repeated unsuc cessful attempts to purchase The Windber (Pa.) Era, and oue day while walking up and down the famous boardwalk, just out of mere curiosity and for the love of being faked a little in an amusing way, I consulted a handsome female palmist and astrolo ger. I regarded her as a faker, of course, but something about the wo man seemed to draw me strangely to her, and I suppose it was for the mere pleasure of having her hold my hands in hers that I parted with a coin to be told all about my past, present and future. But don’t tell my wife about this. Well, that seashore beauty surely; had me down fine. She told me ..all : about my early struggles in ‘life, alf.' . about my likes, dislikes, etc., the na ture of the business I had 6een in and recently disposed of, also the kind of a locality I lived in, of my ardent love of my home, wife and children, my fondness of travel, etc., and stated , among other things that I had been recently dickering for a business that required a lot of machinery, but had about given up all hope of closing , a deal for it. “But,” said she, “the deal will be made for you by a person you are not i even thinking of, and at a time you are not now thinking of.” She con- i tinued, “the deal will be closed in No vember, on the 22nd day, and you will move to another town, where the bus iness is located, and it will be the best move you ever made.” She stated further that the year 1910 and 1911 would be exceptionally prosperous years for me, and ill her predictions came true. She aso stated that any important changes that would come into m3 7 life would usually come sud denly and without any advance knowl edge or thought concerning the sud den changes that would come. She added too that some things would come into my life that would try my soul and m3’ hope and courage almost to the point of despair, but that somehow i would succeed in spite of all handi caps and live to the age of about 72 years. A True Prophetess. Whether that woman was onto a science of which most of us know noth ing, or whether she merely made a lot of good guesses, Ido not know. But I do know that practically everything she predicted has come true, and that I’ll not have to live quite 21 3’ears more to reach 72, by which time, if not before, I feel sure that I’ll be glad to la3 T down life’s burden and take a rest. But the way that old number 22 figures in my affairs has got my goat. The deal for the Windber Era was made on the 22nd of November, the deal for the purchase of the Mining Journal printing plant was made on the 22nd da3 T of May, and the final agreement for its sale to my successor was made on the 22nd of this month. And the same old number has figured in other important affairs of mine. The prophecies mentioned are some what foreign to the subject, but I be lieve the relation of them will not prove uninteresting to the reader. I Tender My Thanks and Gratitude Before going any farther, I wish to warmly thank my many good friends and patrons for their kindly co-opera tion and public-spiritedness that en abled me to succeed here where so many other newspapermen failed com pletely. Without their patronage, I, too, would have been compelled to fail, and my heart will ever be filled with gratitude to all who brought bus iness to me and encouraged me by kind words. True, some people in this town treated me very badly and tried to victimize and harrass me at every turn. Some of them tried their best to cause me to fail from the very start, and when I came here Frost burg was known in other towns as the newspaper graveyard. Not only they, but lots of people right here in Frost burg would tell how The Forum, Herald, Journal and several other publications that tried to flourish here under many different ed itors and managers, but how every one was forced to suspend publication and sorrowfully give up the fight. Eocal newspaper correspondents here wrote on the disagreeable subject and had their disloyal yawp so humiliating to Frostburg, published in the Cumber land newspapers, some of them even declaring in public print that Frost burg never was and never would be a newspaper town. I couldn’t imagine a better way to do a town a great in jury and to keep new industries away than to try to make the outside world believe that the people therein are either too ignorant or too miserly or poverty-stricken to support a newspa per of their own. Not Enough Local Pride Here. This town has many good people, some of the best we have ever found anywhere, and they greatly outnum ber the undesirable class. But it is a most lamentable fact that there is not enough local pride here. In fact, many good and well-meaning citizens have heard the knock of the knockers and the croak of the croakers so long that they imagine that they, too, should discourage rather than encour age a local newspaper, the most im portant of all local industries, and it’s the worst mistake they could make, the most detrimental to the town and to their own interests. Too many Frostburg people receive a local newspaperman very courte ously, talk much and promise much for the paper’s success, but somehow never get beyond the talk stage. Some who promised much before I got out my first issue, never delivered any support whatever, but were always full of complimentary remarks about the paper wherever and whenever they’d meet me, and then they’d renew the promises that were never fulfilled. Too Much Carryiug to Cumberland It’s time for Frostburg to wake -lip in the matter of newspaper support. The town is alright in every bth&r way. While I have no kick conjyig’is.g far as being able to get a good living for a large family and a little money besides out of my Venture here, yet, the town as a whote did riot show the co-operation I had a right to expect. I seem to have been treated better than most of my predecessors, but had some of the businessmen and others shown the same helpfulness in favor of the home paper that they have been showing the Cumberland dailies, I would have invested more money, hired more help and had a daily, or at least a good, big semi weekly newspaper in operation here long ere this, and not one of the gold brick or mushroom class. But what Frostburg failed to do for me, I hope the town will do for my successor, for he is an exceptionally worthy young Frostburger of fine ability and farpily connections. He is a sou of geniil Joe Hitchins, the pop : ular C. & P. station agent and owner ■ of the Frostburg Opera House. He is ■ also a near relative of all his family • name here, and they are a fine lot of public-spirited people. The Hitchins Brothers Company is a big concern and a very reliable one. • The firm has all along been one of The Spirit’s best patrons,-and finer people we have never dealt with—nothing ; domineering about them, nor dictato rial to the local newspaperman. Had all the prominent firms in this towns advertised as liberally in The Spirit as The Hitchins Brothers Com pany, the three local banks, G. E. Pearce Drug Company, Frostburg Il luminating & Manufacturing Compa ny, F. J. Nairn & Brother, and a few others, and also given all their job printing to the home paper, The Spirit would right now be a semi-weekly or a daily paper to be proud of. A Better Towa Thau Cumberland. In proportion to size, Frostburg is twice as good a town as Cumberland for general business, and if Cumber land can support three daily papers, one weekly and the Eord knows how many shops, this town ought to support at least one daily, and a great deal more prosperous and up-to-date one than any of the Cumberland dailies. It would have the whole Georges Creek region to draw trade from, and it could get its editions into the hands of the people all along the Creek ahead of the Cumberland papers. Why not do it ? It can be done, but only as follows : “Throw such a vol ume of business to my successor that he will be compelled to put in several linotype machines and employ more men to take care of it. Do that or else pledge him a given amount of sup port in writing, so that he will know what to count on, and he will then be in a position to arrange his side of the proposal and get out a daily paper here that will astonish the natives and create admiration and praise for Frostburg wherever it goes. More Harmony Needed. More harmony is needed in Frost burg among its people and business interests. Factionalism should be stamped out, for it gets nobody any thing. Bickerings over religious be liefs should also be kicked into obliv ion, for religious fanaticism and per secution is a relic of the dark ages and has no business to exist in this • 30t4i arjr • y*- A Few Special Bouquets. It would require more space than I have at my disposal to mention all the good people in this town who have been kind to me during my residence here, but I feel under special obliga tions to Roberdeau Annan, the live wire President of the First National Bank and some of the other men em ployed there, and also to W. R. Gun ter, the genial proprietor of Hotel Gladstone, one of the best hostelries in Western Maryland. I never asked any of those men for any fa vors, but they have nevertheless been so kind and helpful to me, that I shall ever remember their generosity. “Bob” Annan, as he is commonly called, is one of the biggest hearted and most public-spirited men I have ever come across, and he conducts a bank that has a great reputation for safety first of all, and secondly for the extreme affability and uniform cour tesy of its employes. Oh, yes, I have heard “Bob” Annan knocked, for all men have their knock ers, especially men who amount to something. I was told by a few fel lows of narrow minds and shriveled souls soon after coming here not to let “Bob” Annan nor the C. & W. E. Railway Company nor the Consolida tion Coal Company run me. I was told that they would have axes to grind, but if they ever had since I am in this town, they never once said or intimat ed to me that they would like to have me turn the grindstone. I have never come across a more congenial, non dictatorial set of men than President Aunan, of the First National Bank of Frostburg, 11. V. Hesse, superintend ent of the Consolidation Coal Compa ny, and John E. Taylor, superintend ent of the C. & W. Electric Railway Company. I had some acquaintance with Mr. Annan before I came here. He was a good advertising patron of mine while I was in the publishing business at Meyersdale and Salisbury, and long before I moved here I. carried ajUac count at his bank, just as many- peo ple in the vicinity of Salisbury and Meyersdale are still doing and always will do. I have learned to know him more intimately since coming here, and the longer I know him the more highly I regard him and the better opinion I have of his bank. A fairer, squarer man than Mr. Annan, or a more generous-hearted, broad-minded one that is true to his friends first, last and all the time, I have never known, and I’m going to hand him this bouquet because he deserves it, and because I’m just as staunch and true to my friends as he is to hisyand no one could be truer than that. He is the stamp of man I admire, one of these great bundles of energy, big heartedness, broad-mindedness and get-there-on-Jhe-sqUare Equalities. Now, I am not trying to make an engel of “Bob” Annan nor build a halo around his head, for he is only Successor to The Frostburg Mining Journal Established 1871 WHOLE NUMBER 2,241 - human as well as the balance of us, > hence not perfect, but a mighty good ' fellow just the same, and Frostburg ’ needs more men like him. A Brickbat. And now, here is a brickbat, but only a small one hurled at a small man in a big frame. We have refer ence to the big yokel who tries to edit the “Coney Guttersnipe,” known in some quarters as the Eonaconing Ad vocate, a dirty little sheet that last week threw some mud at “Uncle Pete” while trying to boost the gold-brick industry to the detriment of a few gullible Frostburg people, who, like the editor of the “Coney” sheet, should be getting their wisdom teeth cut on rubber rings instead of gold bricks. But as the big mutt never touched me, I’ll let him go with this center shot, so that he can get ready to jump onto me all spraddled out after I turn The Spirit over to my successor at the end of the week and no longer have a newspaper to defend myself against such a microbe as the Snipe editor. Instead of telling the public the kind of a paper Frostburg needs, the Snipe editor should see that he gives “Coney” the kind of a paper that is needed there, and then try to make it pay, which the “Coney Gut tersnipe” has never done, according to a statement made to me by one of its own stockholders. Such sheets, edited by inexperienced nonentities, are always the ones to picture the newspaper needs of other towns. The Mining Journal Again. The purchaser of The Spirit has an nounced that he will change the name of this paper back to its original name, Frostburg Mining Journal, in honor of is worthy founder, Hon. J.B. Oder, who will be again placed in charge as editor, and will, as hereto fore, edit an independent newspaper. I have not yet decided on my own next move, but will likely return to the Keystone State, which in my mind is the best state in the Union, as well as the best governed. My successor will fulfil all paid in advance subscriptions, in consider ation for which he is to have all ac counts on which money is owing on subscription to The Spirit, but I re tain all advertising and job printing accounts. And now, I bid adieu to my friends and patrons as editor of The Spirit, 1. .1.- ..1,, :t~.. ous support, which I trust will be even more generous to my successor. Say boys, you fellows over there feeding peanuts to The Spirit’s G. O. P. elephant, let up now and give the elephant a chance to pack his trunk while Mr. Oder sharpens his pencil and gets ready to again resume work on the “unconditionally independent and exclusively great” Mining Journal. Eet the band play ! P. E. Eivengood. MID-YEAR MEETING. Allegany County Teachers’ Asso ciation. The event forecast in heading and sub-heading is scheduled for Friday, February sth, in the State Normal School Building. This meeting is anticipated with great interest by the county teachers, inasmuch as the purpose especially includes the discussion of ideas, plans, etc., for the practical promotion of mutual success by pupils and teach ers. The program, not quite completed, is one of many entertaining and in structive attractions, not the least of the numbers being an address by Dr. Waitman Barbe, director of the sum mer school of the West Virginia Uni versity, Morgantown, and senior tutor of the Department of English, of that great institution. Prof. John E. Edwards, county su perintendent, always entertaining and instructive, will also favor the teach ers with a profitable address, stated from the standpoint of one who knows the excellencies and eligibilities of each. In fact, the Association is a school of pupils whose principal is the genial, competent and graceful Pro fessor John E. Edwards. Mayor George Stern is also num bered.for an address on some phase of educational work as viewed from a business outlook, and as the Mayor is a graduate from both schools, his views will be of interest and profit. Accompaniments will comprise ele gant musical numbers by Miss Marie Ehm, violinist; Miss Ernestine V. Wittig, soprano, and Rev. P. G. Saf fran, N. T. Hocking and Misses Elsie Dando and Wittig, quartette. Mrs. Mary J. Rank, principal of the Grahamton Public School, and Pres ident of the Association, will occupy the chair. Miss McCann Was Missed. Miss-May McCann, one of the most popular clerks of the town, considered almost indispensable by her employ ers, The Hitchins Bros. Company, was greatly missed at the big, busy store during the last few weeks. Her absence was due to being at home ministering to a very sick mother. The Spirit is glad to note that the mother is convalescing and that Miss May is again able to be attending to her duties at the store, where she is a favorite with everybody.