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FORTY-FIFTH YEAR. No. 18 —Fitzgerald in St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Grand Jury Probes Illegal Practices Make Numerous Recommendations for Betterment of Conditions in Allegany County. X After a session of twelve days and 1 one of the longest in recent years, the 1 Allegany county grand jury adjourn- 1 ed Saturday and the members were thanked and dismissed shortly after j j noon by Chief Judge A. Hunter Boyd. ! t The report of the body which follows, I; shows that 264 witnesses were exam- | ; ined and 134 indictments returned, its j ( work in this respect being mainly due j 1 to the activity of State’s Attorney J. i j Philip Roman, whose term of office began with this session. Indictments found cover offences of a grave nature as well as lesser import and reach nearly every section of the 1 county. They embrace nearly every offense known to the law. The results of the grand jury’s in vestigations reflect great credit on the efforts and ability of the new State’s ' Attorney. GRAND JURY REPORT. ( To the Honorable, the Judges of the ' Circuit Court for Allegany County: 1 The Grand Jury of the State of Maryland, for the body of Allegany i County, giving particular attention to 1 the substance of the charge of the ' Court, and investigating all violations of the law coming to our attention, ; submit the following report of our , work : We have been in session for a period ; of twelve days, have examined 264 witnesses and returned 134 bills of in dictment. Through committees we visited for inspection the County Home, Insane Asylum and public buildings, and examined the Treasu rer’s books. We visited the County Jail in a body 7 . At the County Home our committee reports 67 inmates, 39 white males and 3 colored males, 22 white females and 3 colored females. Of this number the county is paid for three patients from Garrett county and one from Allegany county. At the Insane Asylum, there are at present 83 patients, 38 white males, 44 white females and 1 colored female. For the care of these the county is full paid for live and for six received part payment. The treatment to the inmates of both institutions is good and the condition of the buildings and live stock is excellent, except that the bathroom floor on the men’s side of the Insane Asylum is in poor condi tion; and we recommend that this have immediate attention. The sanitary condition of the Court House is good, and we desire to com mend the janitor for its neat and cleanly condition. We find the fire hose connection and valves on the 2nd floor of the Court House impossi ble to turai therefore,' they are of no use for fire protection, and we recom mend that this have immediate atten tion. At the County Jail there are at present 34 prisoners—32 males and 2 females. The prisoners report that they are well cared for and property is kept in excellent condition. Our inspection shows the interior of the cells and the iron rails in poor condi tion, and we recommend that these be re-enameled. NO MINING DAW VIOLATIONS. The Mine Inspector appeared be fore us and reported that there were no violations in this county of the mining statutes of the State. The Committee on Public Buildings find on inspection that there are many buildings three stories high in Allega ny county, the third floors of which are used for meetings and places of amusement, and that in case of fire escape would be almost impossible. We, therefore, recommend that Chap ter 272, Section 96A, of the flaws of 1902, be amended by this present Leg islature to include all such buildings over two stories high, in Allegany county. We have investigated the expense accounts of the various candidates and their agents at the recent elec tion and believe that there are no vio lations of the law. We further recommend that in the effort to abolish houses of ill fame more desirable results would be ac complished if there were more prose cutions with commensurate penalties of owners of the buildings who rent them to these unfortunates. This is especially true, we think, in the cases from Wineow street, better known as Shanty Town, for the police record of this section is so long and so well known that there is no real excuse for a landlord not knowing to whom he rents. Numerous arrests made by railroad police of train riders, and the prison ers lodged in. the County Jail, have come to our attention, and we recorn mend that a charge of SI. OO per day be made to the respective railroad companies for each prisoner held. EIGHT SALOONS UNDER THE BAN. We recommend that the following liquor licenses be suppressed immedi ately ; Harry Jones, Samuel Chesse man, West Virginia Hotel (George W. Miller), Robert Cob erly, Robert Maltby, Emanuel John son, all of Cumberland, and Charles Plummer, of Midland. It having been called to our atten tion that there are no funds available Concluded on Last Page. FROSTBURG, MARYLAND. SATURDAY. JANUARY 22, 1916 NEWS NOTES FROM mm school Recent Cold Snap Severely i Taxed Heating Capacity of Plant. Interesting Society Programs fii/ ELISABETH HITtJJUXS. With the approach of winter the heating' facilities of Beall High School have proven to be totally inadequate for the comfort and safety of the occupants. Tnis applies especially to the new building, which shelters the grammar school building, and in turn is, itself, subjected to exposure on all sides. The entire building has a tem perature far below the standard, which renders it unsafe, as far as health conditions are concerned, for the j teachers and pupils. Only a small | percentage of the rooms are so ar ranged that radiation can be well reg ulated. One of the main essentials in all buildings is to procure a proper temperature throughout, and this is a step which Mr. Rice has been striving to attain. However, without the nec essary heating equipment, this is im possible and the occupants are sub jected to conditions detrimental to their health, as well as being com pelled to stay in uncomfortable, cold rooms. Such a condition needs to be remedied at all costs and as soon as possible. -x- -a- Gov. Goldsborough has intimated and suggested that, beginning with next year, the freshman class of the State Normal School be entirely abandoned, making a three years’ course. If this measure is carried out, as it likely will be, the already large enrollment of Beall High School will be greatly increased. In order to meet her demands, to provide for her steadily increasing student body, more room is needed—it would be im possible to accommodate a larger number of students under the present conditions. Thus an assembly hall and an enlarged building are impera tive needs if the school is to accom plish the best results, meeting the demands of each individual pupil and, itself, attaining a higher standard. * *■ * The program of the Belles Lettres I Literary Society, which was well ren dered, was as follows: Answer to roll call with quotations —Sophomores. • Recitation—Henry Vogtman. Reading—Harry McKenna. An Interesting Character—Alice Fuller. News From the War Zone—Gilbert Winner. Recitation—Susan Wilhelm. Essay—Edward Betz. My Favorite Story—lrene Jones. Debate—Resolved, That the United States should own and operate the telephone and telegraph system. Af firmative—Harry Kemp, James Elias, Lulu Roland. Negative—Rudolph Mendelsohn, James Conrad, Ruth Biddingtoti. The judges, Miss Ewald, Mary Close and Olive McLane, rendered their decision in favor of the negative. The Athenian Literary Society en joyed the following musical pro , gramme : Instrumental—Alice Ort. „ Description of a Boy I Kno^v —Mary Deneen. Instrumental—Paul Buckalow. What I Read in the Papers—Lena Slingloff. ’ School News—Anna Powell. Essay— Minnie Timmons. Instrumental—Grace Powell. What Goes On In the Kitchen — ! Gladys Kemp. : Instrumental —Hazel Filer. Recitation—Lavina Lewis. Instrumental —Elizabeth Pressman. 1 The literary society of the Eighth > Grade held its 12th regular meeting s Friday, Jan. 14, 1916. After reading 5 of minutes and roll call the following f programme was rendered : 1 Song —Society. 5 Story—Russell Speir. i Reading—Rebecca Williams. Current Events—Harry Williams. 1 Recitation —George Jones. Vocal Duet—Helen Benson and 2 Emma Edwards. Reading—Wm. Logdson. j Basketball Notes—Herman Kerr, j Song—Society. In honor of his 29th birthday Oliver Wittig was tendered a surprise at the f home of his brother, Walter W. Wit - tig, Broadway, Friday evening of last - week. Entertainment was furnished 1| by Alex Hocking* Violinist; Dr. Wm. - Michel, pianist, and Miss Edna Mar - shall, vocalist. A delicious luncheon s was served. Those present were Mrs. Walter W. Wittig, Misses Elsie Dan . do, A. B. Montana, Edna Marshall 2 and Ernestine V. Wittig ; William W. - Wittig, G. A. Wittig and Walter W. j Witfctf. WILL SUPPORT JUSTIFY MOVE? I Frostburg and Cumberland Secure Berths in Blue Ridge League. Finances The Only Question Cumberland will be represented in the Blue Ridge League this season if plans formulated at the annual meet ing of the Cumberland Baseball Club Friday night in the parlors of the Arlington Hotel are carried out. Be sides launching a team in the baby circuit of organized baseball much routine business was transacted at the annual meeting. Col. Nelson W. Russler, manager of the Cumberland team, was chosen as a delegate to represent the team at the annual | meeting of the Blue Ridge officials to be held in Hagerstown. Many of the local players of the Cumberland team in the Cumberland and Georges Creek League last sea son will be given berths in the dormi tory of the team to represent Cumber land in the Blue Ridge circuit. The Frostburg fans are also wide awake and are making plans for the coming baseball season. They also hope to have a team represent them in the Blue Ridge circuit next year and will have a representative from their city at the meeting in Hagers town. At the annual meeting of the Blue Ridge League in Hagerstown Monday afternoon, Cumberland and Frostburg were admitted. The Pennsylvania towns Gettysburg, Chambersburg and Hanover—voted against the reso lution to admit Cumberland and Frost burg, white Hagerstown, Martinsburg and Frederick voted to admit the two towns. President Boyer, who was re elected president, then was called upon to decide the draw. Tqe other officials elected were : vice presidents, W. F. Holler, Cham bersburg ; John A. Sheely, Hanover, and Frank Schmidt, Frederick ; treas urer, J. W. Stewart, Martinsburg; secretary, J. A. Holzworth, Gettys burg. A resolution was passed to the effect that no games will be scheduled on Sunday. However, if any two clubs by mutual agreement decide to move up a scheduled game in order to play in either Cumberland or Frostburg on Sunday they can do so with the sanc tion of the president. The season will open on May 15 and will close on September 4. The salary limit will be S9OO, exclusive of man ager, while each team will be allowed 13 players. An admission of 25 cents will be charged to all ball parks in the league. NOT SURE OR GOING IN. Col. Russler returned home Tues day. He said that it was not a sure thing that Cumberland would join the league, and the same would also be true of Frostburg, which did not have a representative at the meeting, but as the interests of Cumberland and Frostburg were more or less in com mon, Col. Russler looked after the affairs of both at the conference. The two cities were elected to membership and they have until next Monday to decide whether they will join the league. They must agree to the rules and stipulations laid down by the league and Col. Russler is not quite sure that Cumberland and Frostburg can do so with any profitable result. The Pennsylvania towns in the league, which opposed the addition of Cumberland and Frostburg to its membership, will not play Sunday ball. It would be very hard to ar range the schedule to allow Sunday games with Hagerstown, Martins burg and Frederick and cut the other three out. If this would be done the big towns of the league, in a sense, would be carrying along the smaller ones. There are other things to be consider ed which may also cause Cumberland and Frostburg to balk. Will Celebrate St. David’s Day The St. David’s Society of Mount Zion Welsh Baptist Church are draft ing plans for the celebration of St. David’s Day on the evening of March 1. Every effort will be made to have this year’s program of the highest • order. It will consist of a Welsh sup ! per and program consisting of ■ speeches, songs, reading and choral : selections sung in the Welsh and l English languages. Other prominent . members of St. David’s Society since - its organization are Thomas Gate i housj, Edward Bradley, William D. . Morgan and E. H. B. Prichard. John - T. Lewis and Daniel J. Williams, de -1 ceased, two former well known Frost . burgers, were among the most promi . nent members of the society in its daiys. COMPETENT MM DENIED RECOGNITION Prof. Arthur F. Smith Not Appointed on Education Committee. Causes Stated In Our Report (Special Correspondence.) State House, Annapolis, Jan. 19— One of the greatest disappointments, and, in fact, one of the biggest sur prises, resulting from the announce ment of the committees in the House yesterday afternoon, was the failure of Prof. Arthur F. Smith, of Lona coning, to be named on the House Committee on Education. Delegate Smith was placed on the top of the minority leaders list of recommenda tions for this committee because of his exceptional qualifications and the few members in the whole body com petent to properly fill this position, and it was not assumed for a moment that he would be omitted, especially after the representation of the mi nority had been increased upon all the conspicuous committees. The surprise and disappointment is not confined to Delegate Smith and his Allegany and Garrett associates, but are general thronghout the House, es pecially among those who have met him personally, all being impressed by his gentlemanly deportment and his refined and schollarly qualifica tions. Immediately after the ommis sion of Prof. Smith had been con firmed, an investigation was made and disclosed that a prearranged ob jection to his appointment on the Ed ucation Committee had been made from certain quarters and that strong pressure had been brought to bear upon the Speaker from the same source when it was discovered that Delegate Smith’s appointment was about to be made regardless of the formal objections filed against him at the outset. This pressure apparently proved sufficient, as he was removed as a member of the committee at the last moment. The objections to Prof. Smith were based upon his member ship in several patriotic organizations and his pronounced views upon cer tain religious questions which he has at various times vigorously discussed; but it can be said for Prof. Smith that he was broad enough and liberal enough to waive personal opinions and personal judgment in matters of State legislation and where the inter ests of all the people and all the tax payers of Maryland are involved, as a representative of all elements and all sects in the General Assembly of Maryland. These disclosures of the sources from which the opposition to Dele gate Smith emanated, and the mo tives upon which objections to his ap pointment on the Education Commit tee were based, have served to draw the lines upon these questions more closely and if the organizations to which he belongs and the friends who supported him for this particular com mittee assignment now conclude to strike back, no one will be surprised. In fact, the surprise will be if they do not do so. The House Committees were an nounced late yesterday afternoon, the Allegany county members being named on the respective committees as follows: Herpich—Ways and Means and Pensions. Campbell—Militia, Printed Bills and Resolutions, and Section 24 of Article 3 of the Constitution. Smith—lnspections, and Civic Ser vice Reform. Greene—Currency, and Amend ments to the Constitution. Brown—Labor, and Federal Rela tions. Garrett County fared as follows: Fox—Claims and Labor. Hayden—Printing. * Shartzer —Internal Improvements, Contingent Fund and Hygiene. It is very evident that the proposi tion to consolidate the office of Mine Inspector for Allegany and Garrett counties with the State Bureau of Labor, the Workingmen’s Corapensa ’ tiou Board (Employers’ Liability Commission), the Bureau of Immigra tion and, probably, one or two other ; boards and commissions—most proba bly the Public Service, and the State Tax Commissioners—as recommended i by the Goodnow Efficiency and Econ : omy people, will not meet with much : encouragement from the members of ■ the General Assembly representing ’ Allegany and Garrett counties. To 1 bring about such a consolidation the 1 present law which provides for the t Mine Inspector’s appointment by the : Governor and specifies that official’s - duties must necessarily be repealed* . and incidentally a new law providing i for the proposed consolidation will - quite as necessarily be enacted ; and - in the making of the new law there is - no way of knowing beforehand just 5 what may be incorporated into its ■provisions. li.deed, the new law ma*y Prominent Baltimore Divine in Frostburg REV. ROBERT J. DOGAN, Pastor of the Fulton Avenue Church, who is Assisting in the Evangelistic Campaign Being Conducted by Rev. J. C. Walker, in Local Baptist Church. change the qualifications of the Mine Inspector to an extent that will in clude some Baltimore politicians among the eligibles and permit the appointment of a man to that position who has never seen a coal mine and doesn’t know what one looks like. Two other bills —one a local one — which are going to create a lot of dis cussion, if not dissention, in the Alle gany sextette, will be Delegate Brown’s bill to repeal the existing at tachment law in that county, and someone else’s bill to repeal the pres ent law exempting SSOO worth or less of personal property, household ef fects, from State and county taxa tion. While it is conceded that every citizen should contribute toward the expense of maintaining the state and county government in return for the benefits derived through public insti tutions like the schools, free books, hospitals and public utilities, it can ■ be shown that in very many, if not all, instances where the non-assessed citizen does not own his own home, he is indirectly paying through in creased rents the state and county taxes of the owner of the property in which he lives. In some localities, indeed, (and Frostburg may or may not be includ ed in these), the renter not only pays the annual taxes, but he pays them twelve times, instead of once, every year. This proposition has opened up the discussion of a “head” or “poll” tax, successfully enforced in many states, and Senators and members of the House of Delegates from various sec tions of Maryland are favoring the experiment in Maryland. Delegate Shartzer, of the Garrett delegation, has a bill already prepared to apply solely to his own county, the pro visions of which making it optional with the County Commissioners whether or not personal property val ued at SSOO and less shall be taxed for county purposes only, leaving it still exempt from taxation so far as the state tax is concerned. It provides that the County Commissioners from Garrett county “may” assess personal property, household goods, valued at ' SIOO and over, instead of they “shall” assess, etc. While this appears to be ■ a compromise on the question, Dele gate Shartzer says in defense that the optional provision will give the County Commissioners the power to assess whenever the revenues of the county require. A bill amending the Workmen’s ' Compensation Law of Maryland was introduced in the Senate by Senator ■ Zihlman, of Allegany. The bill pro : vides that where the opening of the - mine, slope or in which the ac ' cident occurs, is located in the state ■ of Maryland, the Maryland law shall r apply, although the exact place in - the mine, slope or shaft where the - employe is hurt may be in another • state. An accident that occurs while : the miner or mine employe is engaged 1 in his employment in that part of the - mine located in another state, shall l be entitled to compensation under the E Maryland law. This feature was over r looked in the enactment of the orig ’ inal bill* and it has developed that 5 employes and their dependents have J been discriminated against because ; of this defect in the matter of com -3 pensation. 3 Senator Zihlman also introduced a bill creating a new election precinct ‘ in Westernport, District No. 8, of Al- T legany county, at McCoole. 1 Hon. John J. Stump, former mem- I ber of the House of Delegates, was at s the State House today and conferred . with the Allegany county delegates concerning Delegate Brown’s propos s ed bill to repeal the Attachment Law jr of Alegany county. WHOLE NUMBER 2,312 Levi Carter Dies From Paralysis Levi Carter, a well known resident of this community, died at his home at Eckhart, Friday morning a one o’clock, following an illness of over three mouths with a protracted cold and asthma. A sufferer from miners’ asthma, he had been in poor health for years, and was stricken with paralysis late Thursday evening. Mr. Carter was born at Eckhart 66 years ago, and the first 18 years of his life were spent on a farm. From Eckhart he went to Westernport and later to Elk Garden, Coketon and Thomas, W. Va., where he followed mine work, much of the time as a mine foreman. Thirty-three years ago he married Miss Fannie Hamill, and 20 years later moved with his family to the town of his birth. The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church and was a devout church worker. He was also a mem ber of Philos Lodge of Odd Fellows, Westernport, for the past 4S years. The following survive : His wife ; sous, James, Edward, Robert, Frank, John and Albert; brother, Elias, of Bloomington; sisters, Mrs. Rachel Porter, of Eckhart, and Mrs. David Yates, of National. Funeral seryices were held from his late residence on Sunday afternoon, Rev. John Grose officiating. Inter ment in Porter cemetery. Rev. Dillon Enjoys Old Home Paper Rev. J. J. Dillon, of Overlea, Md., in remitting for two years’ subscrip tion to the Mining Journal, writes, among-other things, as follows: “I am glad to inform you that I enjoy the good old town paper, and though I have a number of others every week, there is not one that is more welcome at my home than the Mining Journal. I congratulate you on your able management. I was going to suggest for you to tell the Colonel (Dillon) to get busy for the baseball team the coming season. We will , have our friend Jack Dunn with us, and he may have some good material left over for the good old town that should win the pennant in 1916.” Uniform Rank Election. Uniform Rank, No. 3, United Amer ican Mechanics, have elected the fol lowing officers to serve for the ensu ing term : Commander —H. J. Boettner. Vice Commander—D. A. Hill. Protector—Albert Capel. Captain—D. W. Griffith. Recorder—John W. Devore. Financial Secretary—H. M. Skid more. Treasurer—D. W. Griffith. Junior Councilor—John Phillips. Warden—John Thomas. Past Commander—Wm. Walker. Representative to Supreme Council, . Elmer Kight; alternate, Wm. Walker. WANTED! District manager for Frostburg and four other cities j good proposition for the right man. Previous experi . ence unnecessary. Free school of in : struction. Address Massachusetts ! Bonding and Insurance Company, ’ Accident and Health Department, T Saginaw, Michigan. Capital $2,000,- 00 ) Adv. 18-1