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FORTY-FIFTH YFAR. No. 29 Mayor and Council Hear Estimate on Reservoir Proceedings of the Regular Monthly Meeting of Mayor and Council Held Monday Evening. The regular monthly meeting of tne Mayor ’and Council was held on Mon day evening. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Samuel R. Tiddy. Clerk J. S. Metzger called the roll and the following members respond ed : Messrs. Ford, Cook, Layman, Sullivan and Davis. The only ab sentee was Mr. Hughes, who has not yet fully recovered from an accident that befell him some weeks ago. The minutes of the preceding regular meeting were read and approved. Th'rteen poles on Bowery street were abandoned by the C. & P. Tele phone Company, and the same are being used by the Frostburg Illumin ating and Manufacturing Company. Upon motion privilege was granted : for the transfer of the poles to the latter company. Certain portions of Mechanic, Ger man and Fast Foo streets were re ported in an almost impassable condi tion and ordered repaired as soon as the weather will permit. The poles on Bowery street that were used by the Hitchins Bros. Com pany for their telephone line to Car los, long since abandoned, were or dered removed. Mr. Layman reported that the water line supplying the residence of Joe H. Hitchins, Depot street, is very un satisfactory, and it was recommended that connection be made with the Dickey line instead of the present source of supply.* Water Superintend ent Knieriem was instructed to place the necessary stops and make other needed changes that are rendered necessary on account of the change of supply. The following is the report of the Board of Registers on corporation registration for the election held April 4 : FIRST WARD. Former registration 574 New names added 16 590 Stricken off 30 Total registration 560 SECOND WARD. Former registration 755 New names added 21 776 Stricken off 27 Total registration 749 SUMMARY. Total registration, 1915.. .1329 Ward No. 1—1916. ..560 Ward No. 2—1916. .. .849—1309 Loss over 1915 20 City Engineer William Harvey re ported at length upon the project of ( repairing the old reservoir to be used for storage purposes. According to Mr. Harvey’s estimate the total cost of placing the said reservoir in prime condition would entail an outlay on the part of the corporation amounting to a trifle over SIO,OOO. With the added reservoir the capacity of Frost burg’s water supply would be greatly increased, it being estimated that the town’s total storage capacity would be increased to over 5,000,000 gallons. The report and estimates were re ceived and filed and will be taken up for action at a later meeting. The following communication from J. Benson Oder, which is self-explan- J. BENSON ODER RECEIVES ORPHANS’ COURT APPOINTMENT L,ate Saturday night the Senate con firmed the appointment of J. Benson Oder, of this city, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge John B. Rees of the Orphans’ Court for Alle gany county. The appointment of Hr. Oder, who is the nestor of Allegany county jour nalism, and one of the best known and most highly esteemed residents of this city, met with the warm approval of persons of all political shades. The following tribute to Mr. Oder’s general fitness for the position ap peared in a recent issue of the Cum berland Press: Mr. Oder has always been a Frost burg booster. The weekly newspaper, “The Mining Journai,,” which he founded and edited for more than forty years, was appreciated for its excellence all over the county, notwithstanding the fact that it stood unequivocally for Frostburg whenever atory, was read and ordered incorpor ated in the minutes : Frostburg, Md., April 3, 1916. Hon. Samuel R. Tiddy, Mayor, and Hon’s. Josiah Ford, Griffith Hughes, W. P. Sullivan, W. H. Cook, Joshua Davis and R. O. Layman, Council men : Gentlemen : —I cannot forego the pleasure of acknowledging and thank ing you for your generous and gra cious action in soliciting Governor Harrington’s favor in nominating me to fill the vacancy on the Orphans’ Court bench of this county, occa sioned by the death of Hon. John B. Rees. Tennyson, probably England’s greatest in one of his literary masterpieces, defines “parti sanship” as “a shadow of war,” but in this instance each of a large party majority voluntarily made cloudless sunshine of the situation. And while I am expressing my grat itude to you I want to emphasize it by declaring that I am proud to be the beneficiary of your goodness ; proud, too. because I have providentially furnished occasion for something re freshingly new in Allegany county politics. I will close by assuring you of my belief that your unsolicited plea in my behalf had much to do in accom plishing the success of my aspiration, and that I shall do my utmost in the performance of my official duty to merit your continuing respect. Very truly yours, J. Benson Oder. Tax Collector Wm. C. Noel was granted insolvencies on the 1914 du plicate amounting to $13.08. Owing to the fact that George Vogt man, who is a candidate for Council man, and Wm. H. Davis, who is work ing in Cumberland, both having been chosen as Judges of Election, and therefore unable to serve, were suc ceeded in their positions by the elec tion of John A. Davis and Ivan Powell. Water Superintendent Knieriem re ported a leak in one of the reservoirs and recommended that the same be repaired. The matter was referred to the Water Committee, with power to act. Walter Wittig, Henry Boettner and John Lewis appeared before Council and requested that the surplus water from Broadway which overflows onto the park and damages the roads and walks be remedied. It was decided to take action at the point complained of as soon as the weather and the finances will permit. Dr. Conroy presented a bill for SB.OO, the amount of rental paid by him to a local garage where he had his car during the time that the condition of Mechanic street would not admit of egress or ingress to his own garage. The bill was ordered paid. Street Supervisor Owen Dando re ported amount paid for hauling, street labor and material during March amounting to $118.61. Thomas Griffith, Bailiff, reported fines amounting to $7.00 during March. ■ Council adjourned at 9:15 p. m. to meet on April 17th. The bills for March, apportioned as follows, were ordered paid : Corporate $1,265.97 Continued ou Last Page. the town’s interests were placed in jeopardy by the ambitions of other towns of the county. When Mr. Oder vacated the editorial chair which he had filled for - so long a time with honor, he retired from ac tive work with the respect, good wishes and admiration of all of his fellow townspeople. These same people still esteem him, and their congratulations now at his being elevated to judge of the Or phans’ Court are as hearty as were their good wishes, at the time of his retirement, sincere. Mr. Oder, like his esteemed prede cessor, the late Judge Rees, also a highly esteemed Frostburger, will make a capable and efficient judge, and all his activities will be tempered with that same kindness and fine in telligence which has made him so highly esteemed among his home folk. FROSTBURG, MARYLAND, SATURDAY. APRIL 8, 1916 TAX RATE RAISE SNOWED UNDER The Vote Was 56 in Favor of and 487 Against the Proposition.. Mayor Tiddy Succeeds Self The corporation election on Tues day was almost devoid of interest as was the Republican primary election on March 30. The officers to be elect ed were a mayor and three council men, all of whom were unopposed. The only thing that seemed to bring out the vote at all was the proposition to empower Mayor and Council to in crease the tax rate from 50 cents to 75 cents per SIOO of valuation. Evidently the voters were of the opinion that to increase the taxes under existing in dustrial conditions was not the proper thing to do, and so the proposition went down under a veritable ava- I .1 j? 0 s - s r \ Mayor Samuel R. Tiddy lanche of votes, the vote being 56 for and 487 against increasing the present tax rate. Following is a detailed statement of the vote cast: mayor. No. 1 No. 2 Samuel R. Tiddy 141 239 COUNCILMEN. Josiah Ford 130 235 Griffith Hughes 131 236 George Vogtman ........ .130 223 TAX INCREASE. For 15 41 Against 196 286 There were 553 votes polled out of a total registration of 1,309. Gersons Arrested On Copper Deal Myer and Morris Gerson, who are engaged in the junk business in this city, were arrested on Tuesday by Constable John J. Lewis upon war rants sworn out jointly by the Consoli dation Coal Company, the Frostburg Illuminating & Manufacturing Com pany and the Union Mining Company, charging the Gerson Brothers with purchasing copper belonging to the plantiffs. The junk, which consisted of four packages of copper weighing in all 400 pounds, was seized bv Constable Lewis at the Western Waryland sta tion. The metal was consigned to a junk dealer at Johnstown, Pa. It is alleged that the copper was purchas ed from several boys, well known in town, who it is said, removed it from the properties of the corporations above referred to. The Gersons were held under $2,000 bonds each for hearing next Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock before Judge John Chambers, when it is expected developments of an interesting char acter will come to light. The bonds men for the Gersons are Frederick Wehner, of this city, and Samuel Gerson, of Lonaconing. Meyersdale, Pa., Moose Officers Installed. The following officers of Friendship Lodge, No. 76, Loyal Order of Moose, Meyersdale, Pa., to serve for the en suing year, were installed by retiring Dictator H. C. Staub : Junior Past Dictator—H. C. Staub. Dictator —John D. Michael. Vice Dictator—Samuel Hoover. Prelate—George Primrose. Sergeant-at-Arms—J. B. Black. Secretary —J. S. Saylor. Treasurer—J. W. Gerhart. Inside Guard—George Ries. Outside Guard—C. C. Fate. Examining Physician—Dr. Bruce Lichty. Trustees—George Robinson, U. B. Fuller, Jacob Hartland. Representative to National Conven tion —H. C. Staub. Frederick Crowe Elected. At a recent meeting of Frostburg City Lodge No. 88, Knights of Pythias, Frederick Crowe was elected keeper of records and seal to succeed the late Judge John B. Rees. STATE NORMAL SEEKS AH That Amount Appropriated for Frection of Suitable Dormitory. The Miners Hospital Favored The bill introduced by Delegate Campbell asking for an appropriation of $35,000 for the erection of a dormi tory building at the State Normal School, this city, though somewhat scaled, passed on Saturday. Instead of $35,000, the amount asked for, the amount appropriated was $26,000. This will insure the erection of a suit able dormitory building this summer, and will also insure greater efficiency and usefulness for Maryland State Normal School No. 2. The news of the passage of the appropriation bill was received with rejoicing by the faculty of the school and all interest ed in educational work in Western Maryland. Prof. Edwin F. Webb, principal of the school, immediately upon receipt of the news, wired the following mes sage to the Allegany county delega tion at Annapolis: “Entire Western Maryland congratulates you for your efforts in securing the appropriation for the State Normal School.” Among the other appropriation bills passed by the Legislature was one granting the Miners Hospital of this city the sum of SB,OOO a year for a period of two years. OFEICE ABOLISHED. The Senate passed Senator Archer’s bill abolishing the office of State Fire Marshal after he had amended it so as to provide that the duties of the office shall be performed by an appointee under the State Insurance Commis sion. The bill as passed will reduce the expenses for this department from SIO,OOO a year to a maximum of $4,000 a year. BILLS PASSED. The following bills of interest to Western Maryland were passed : No. 542, by Senator Zihlman—Em powering county commissioners of Allegany county to sell part of prop erty of county home and to build a hospital for insane. No. 539, by Senator Zihlman—Ex empting certain corporations from property and franchise taxes. No. 272, by Mr. Zihlman—To amend laws governing trust, surety and fidel ity companies. No. 673, by Mr. Fox —To regulate pool and bowling establishments in Garrett county. No. 494, by Mr. Campbell—To make closed fishing season for Allegany county. No. 549, by Mr. Speicher—To auth orize bond issue for water works in Grantsville, Garrett county. No. 902, by Mr. Hayden—To author ize Garrett County Commissioners to borrow money for schools. No. 847, by Mr. Fox —To incorporate town of Friendsville, Garrett county. No. 428, by Mr. Zihlman--To amend game laws of Allegany county. No. 366, by Mr. Zihlman —To auth orize use of Fifth Regiment Armory by Elks. Wrecking of Clock Dastardly Deed Frostburg’s hoodlum contingency broke loose on Saturday night and did considerable damage to property, both public and private. Garbage cans were overturned 'and battered and other gross infractions of the law committed, but the most dastardly trick of all was the breaking of the face and glass case of the fine chime clock in front of the Fidelity Savings Bank. The rock which was thrown through the clock’s face was found lying beneath the clock on the side walk. An effort is being made to ap prehend the party or parties who are guilty of the crime, and as an incen tive to promote their capture it may not be out of order for Council to offer a reward of sufficient size, which would perhaps serve as an induce ment to start the local sleuths to work. The clock has proven a public bene factor, as many of our citizens have come to depend upon the prominent timepiece for their time, and there should therefore be sufficient interest manifested by the public to assist in capturing and bringing to justice the party or parties who would be guilty of so dastardly a deed. Cardinal Club’s Easter Ball. The Cardinal Club will give their first Easter ball on Monday evening, April 24, in Lyric Hall. The committee on arrangements ■ are Messrs. Thomas A. Ryan, David Bahen, Joseph Winner, Joseph Mona- I hen and Frank M. Spates. PROF. EDWARDS GOESJJP RIGHER . Made Assistant Headmaster of Tome Institute at Port Deposit. Leading Educator in County A press dispatch from Port Deposit, Md., published in the morning papers on Wednesday, contained the an nouncement that John E. Edwards, present superintendent of the public schools of Allegan}' county, had been appointed to the newly created posi tion of assistant headmaster of the Tome School, which has the reputa tion of being one of the leading edu cational institutions of its kind in the United States. Mr. Edwards is particularly well fitted to hold this post. He has had much and varied experience both as teacher and administrator. After re- Prof. John E. Edwards ceiving his A. B. from Eafayette Col lege in 1888, and his A. M. from Ea fayette in 1891, he became head of the language department of the State Normal School, Mansfield, Pa. Eater on he accepted the position of princi pal of the Allegany County Academy, Cumberland, and within a few years he was made superintendent cf the public schools of Allegany county, a position he has held for four years. Mr. Edwards was also a member of the city council of Cumberland for two years. The new office of assistant head master at Tome was necessitated by the rapid growth of the school, which, owing to the remarkable increase in registration, is expected to be very much larger this coming year. Tome’s large endownment enables it to pos sess an unusually strong and large faculty, there being one master to every ten boys. During Mr. Edwards’ incumbency as superintendent the schools of Alle gany county have been greatly in creased in general efficiency, and the sum of nearly $175,000 has been ex pended for new buildings, additions and repairs. Mr. Edwards’ immediate family con sists of his wife and one son, Edward, who is in the sixth form at the Tome school. Mr. Edwards will enter upon his duties as assistant to Dr. Baker in July, 1916. Many Ministers Were Returned The Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, which was in session in the Foundry Church, Washington, D. C., the past week, adjourned on Tuesday night. The following appointments of ministers in the Frederick District, affecting nearby points, was made by Bishop Cranston : District Superintendent—B. F. Dev ries. Eckhart —J. A. Gross. Frostburg—J. H. Bickford. Keyser—H. V. Givler. Eonaconing—Thomas Wheeler. Midland—W. E. Bird. Mt. Savage —R. J. Nicholson. Frostburg people, irrespective of church affiliation, are pleased to learn that Rev. John Helps Bickford, D. D., has been continued as pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of this city, and welcome the news that he, with his estimable family, will continue to be numbered among Frost burg’s population for at least another year. Birthday Anniversary Party. The residence of William H. Cook, Bowery street, was the seen of a sur prise birthday anniversary party Fri day evening March 31st, it being the 21st birthday of his fifth son, Walter Bee Cook. The guests enjoyed a por tion of the evening in pulling taffy, and later on the hostess invited the 1 party to the dining room where all en joyed a dainty lunch. Upon leaving all wished Mr. Cook many more such i ; happy occasions. Mrs. Braid Shupe was a guest of friends in Western port last week. Ten-Year-Old Lad Electrocuted T nesday Willie Erode in Contact With High- Tension Electric Power Wire Near Clarysville. William Brode, ten years of age, who resided with his widowed mother, Mrs. Lola Brode, and nine other chil dren, all small, was almost instantly killed Tuesday evening by coming in contact with a high voltage wire of the Hagerstown & Frederick Electric Light Company, at a point near Clarysville. In company with three other lads about the same age, little Willie was leading the chase down the pike to overtake a butcher’s wag on going on ahead, when, suddenly, the three little lads behind Willie were blinded by a blue flash, and then they saw Willie drop to the roadside as if shot. When the lad failed to re spond to the shouting and shaking administered by his companions they realized that something out of the ordinary had happened to Willie, and they rushed madly to the home of Snyder Smith, nearby, with the an nouncement that Willie Brode had been hurt. The boy was found by several men POTOMAC VALLEY ROUND TABLE TO BATHER AT HARPER’S FRRY The following program for the Po tomac Valley Round Table to be held at Harper’s Ferry, April 14-15, has been announced as follows : Friday, a. m.—9-10 ses sion of Harper’s Ferry school. 10:20-11—Chapel excercises, Rev. Brian. 11- —Address by Dr. M. Bates Stephens, State Superintendent of Maryland. 12— Enrollments and announce ments. Afternoon, I:3o—Music. 1:45-2:ls—Round table, conducted by Prof. Thos. C. Miller, Shepherd College. Discussion —Supt. W. C. Morton, Prin. E. F. Webb, Dr. Haas, F. M. Miller. 2:15-2:46 —Echoes from the N. E. A. meeting at Detroit—Prof. S. O. Bond. Enrollment. 2:45-3:15 —Reading, Miss Laura Bridgman, St. Hilda’s, Charles Town, W. Va. 3:15-4:00 —Sectional meetings: H. S. Section—Leader, Supt. W. H. S. White, Piedmont, W. Va. Topics : “Duties of a Principal to His Pupils and Fellow-Teachers” ; Grammar School Section—Supt. Oscar M. Fogle, Brunswick, Md. Topic: “Evidences of a Good Recitation” ; Primary Sec tion—Leader, Miss Lillian Stump, Charles Town. Topic: “Reading in the Primary Grades, Its Importance and Methods ’ ; Rural Section —Lead- er, Supt. H. F. Groves, Grant county. Topic : “Special Preparation of Teachers for Rural Schools.” 4:00-5:00—Address, Dr. J. H. Cox, West Virginia University. Topic : “Folk Lore.” Evening—B:oo—Address of Wel come, Dr. W. E. Dittmeyer, Harper’s Ferry ; response, John T. Tipton, Cumberland. Address—J. C Muerman, National Bureau of Education, Wash ington, D. C. Topic : “Rural Educa tion.” (With stereopticon views.) Saturday —9:oo—Opening exercises. 9:3o—Business session. 10:00 —Address, Dr. J. H. Apple, president of Hood College, Frederick. Miss Maud Vanßuren to Speak Under Auspices of Civic Club April 10th, 11th and 12th the Civic Club at a big expense will bring be fore the people of Frostburg Miss Maud Vanßuren, of Minn., for a series of talks, and we hope all will be interested enough to hear her once at least. On Monday at 8:30 a. m. the 3rd and 4th grades from Beall High, State Normal, Parochial and Hill Street schools will gather at Beall High School and hear her on her celebrated lecture “A Boy I Know and His Town.” On Tuesday at the same hour and ■ same place she will give the same lecture to the Sth and 6th grades of same schools. On Wednesday at the same time ■ and place she will give the same talk to the 7th and Bth grades of same schools. On Monday at 4 p. m. she will talk : to the teachers in general on “The Teaching of Civics.” WHOLE NUMBER 2,323 , who answered the children’s sum , mons, unconscious, but still breath - ing, but before the arrival of the party 7 at the Smith home the vital spark had i fled. Clutched tightly in his hand f was a small piece of wire, which, it is : thought, in some manner, came in r contact with the circuit breaker of ; the high-tension electric line, which ; is attached to a pole at a point near i where the little fellow dropped. The ■ wires here pass through the meter, , and the electric current which passed : through the boy’s body was of great i voltage. There is no mark on the ! dead boy’s body with the exception of ■ a burned thumb. The body was removed- to his home shortly following the accident, from : where interment was made yesterday. The circumstances in the case are : rendered all the more pitiful and dis • tressing on account of the reported destitute circumstances of the wid owed mother of the dead child and the large family of infant children. ■ Topic : “From the Uife of School to the School of Eife.” 10:45—Address, Supt. Crowell, Berk eley county. Topic: “How to Make the Truancy Eaw More Effective.” 11:00—Round Table —Header, Prof. T. C. Miller. The committee in charge : Eocal Committee—Pres. McDonald, i Miss Winters, Miss Shubert, Miss - Thuss, Mr. Taylor. Program Committee—Supt. John E. Edwards, Cumberland; Supt. J. C. Sanders, Keyser, W. Va. ; Prof. T. C. Miller, Shepherdstown, W. Va. The officers are : Moderator — Wright Denny, Charles Town, W. Va.; Vice Moderator —John J. Tipton, Cum berland ; Secretary—Miss Grace H. Dando, Frostburg; Treasurer —Miss Sue Sheetz, Keyser, W. Va. NOTES. The following round table topics to . be discussed in five-minute talks have been given out: I. What are the greatest educa tional needs of the Eastern Pan , handle ? : 2. The relation of our schools to . the agricultural and horticultural in ■ terest of the State. 3. The teachers’ habits, morals, as > sociations, dress, language and gen ■ eral relations to society. 4. The physical condition of the t schoolroom and the school grounds, how to improve them. 5. Baseball,basketball and athletics . in general. Discussion. : 6. Eocal historical societies, de sign, value and influence. How may this work be carried out? : 7. The ministry of pictures and other ethical influences in the school ■ room. ; 8. Contagious and infectious dis , eases, how dealt with. , 9. How to secure libraries and how - to use the books and periodicals? 10. Extension work in rural and high schools. 11. What is the real test of teach ing ? , 12. How to secure better-spoken . and written English in the schools. On Monday evening at 8 p. m., at the State Normal School, she will speak to all the women of Frostburg who can attend on “Practical Civics for Practical Women.” On Tuesday, at 3:30 p. m., she will speak to the High School pupils only on “Practical Citizenship.” On Tuesday night at 8 p. m., at the Lyric Theatre, she will speak to the people of Frostburg in general on “Your Town and Its Improvements,” with slides. Mr. William Gunter will introduce the speaker - and the music will be furnished by the famous Scout Or chestra. Executive Committee Meeting. The executive committee of the Al legany County Christian Endeavor Society met at the home of the presi dent, E. B. Prichard, East Union street, last (Friday) evening