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uick Action Necessary to Keep
lain Artery to Five Mile Beach
in Good Running Order
Meeting of county body
I The semi-monthly meeting of the
jpe May County Board of Freehold
's was held on Tuesday at Court
louse with the following members
resent: Director Hewitt, presiding,
imp, DeBow, Eldredge, Foster, Fox,
landy, Groves, Koeneke, MacKissic,
|haw and Stein. Also Clerk Fitch,
plicitor Way, Treasurer Headley, En
ineer Rice, Auditor Scull, Purchasing
[gent Eldredge and Road Supervisor
By motion the board decided to work
|y daylight saving time.
A letter was read from H. Y. Clout
ng asking that he be paid $5.00 per
ay instead of $1,500 per year as the
lan now stands, saying he believed
would save the county money. His
Iroposition was accepted.
A letter was also read from the
tate Highway Commission asking
,at the county engineer accompany
e members of the board to the meet
g of the Commission when they meet
apportion the motor vehicle fund.
A communication was read from the
icational school department stating
at the amount needed for 1922 would
e $8,260, and the request was corn
lied with.
The Mosquito Extermination Com
ission asked that $3,000 be placed
t their disposal, and the request was
The almshouse reports for April and
ay were read, showing a balance of
90.86 on hand and asking that $250
advanced toward expenses for
une, and the request was granted,
flessrs. Fox and Eldredge reported
me of the buildings painted and that
e water tank and stand needed
ainting, also a new stove needed,
he matter was left with the alms
ouse committee with the understand
ig that if the needed repairs and
ove could be secured without over
inning the appropriation they be se
The reports of the clerk’s, sheriff’s
nd surrogate’s offices were read and
rdered received and filed.
Messrs. MacKissic, Stein and Camp
;ated that the bridge tender on the
oily Beach bridge has asked for as
stance on the bridge, as it was al
ost a continuous task of turning off
nd on the bridge during the 24 hours
1 the day, and suggested an additional
an be put on for the summer. This
as granted with a limit of not over
'"5 per month.
Mr. Eldredge stated that Cape May
ad paid their delinquent tax, except
he interest, but other municipalities
entioned at the last meeting had not
aid and the county would need this
oney by July 1st to meet notes then
Mr. Stein stated that he had taken
ro patients to the State Hospital for
he Insane the past week.
E. Riley Mixner stated that the year
as up on the Stimpson Lane road,
nd as there was one small hole in it
e would have it repaired in a week
so and would then like to have it
ispected and the five per cent that
as been held back of the balance on
he contract.
The report of the Mosquito Exter
ination Commission was read, show
g progress in the ditching work,
hich was ordered received and filed.
Mayor Fitch stated that Landis ave
ue, Sea Isle City, was in a deplorable
ondition and asked that something be
one there at once. It is a new road,
ot yet complete, the contractor hav
ng stopped until warm weather. The
utter was referred to the engineer
notify the contractor to complete
he contract according to plans and
Mr. Stein asked that something be
lone in the matter of paving Park bou
evard in orderthat it be put in some
:ind of presentable shape. The county
iometime ago bought considerable
naterialfor this work, the plans and
ipecifications were drawn and ap
iroved, but the work was held up as
he state refused aid owing to lack
'f funds. Engineer Rice reported that
verything was ready to go ahead with
f the county wanted to proceed with
he work alone. The clerk stated that
here was $11,250 in the fund allotted
or this work.
A motion to have the work done
y paving only on one side was lost,
s the plans had been approved to
ave twenty feet on both sides and
tnnot be changed.
Mr. Fox stated that the Corson’s
llet road was in bad shape where the
ind had blown over it and the solici
ir and clerk were instructed to take
? with the land company interested
that location to take steps to stop
e drifting of the sand.
Engineer Rice reported that the
oily Beach bridge was needing re
tirs and it was being looked after as
just what was necessary. Three
!W parts were needed and it was
dared an emergency for which
lergency notes can be issued, pay
ile from the next year’s taxes.
The engineer was instructed to pre
re plans and specifications for re
irs to the bridge to be in at the
xt meeting and the clerk authorized
advertise for bids for same.
When the matter of bills came up
ere was considerable discussion as
sor.e, the bill committee bringing J
objection to the payment of some, one
being to the cost of repairs and main
tenance of the county trucks. The
question was as to how much more
efficient a truck was than horses and
A committee of six, including the
director and solicitor, was appointed
to prepare rules for the purchasing
agent and auditor to go by. The mem
bers of the committee are Messrs.
Camp, Fox, Gandy, Koeneke and Eld
Mr. DeBow asked what was to be
done about the Sea Isle City road,
and it brought out quite a discussion.
The matter was left with Mr. DeBow,
the road supervisor and purchasing
agent with power to act.
The bridge committee and engineer
were authorized to have the county’s
section of the Stone Harbor bridge
scraped and painted.
Members of the County Board of
Chosen Freeholders indicted by the
grand jury have received notice from
the prosecutor's office that the trials
will begin on Tuesday next, June 14th.
at Court House. Most of the Free
holders have combined and secured
the services of Attorney Robert H.
McCarter,a former attorney general, of
Newark; John Harris, S. R. Leap, of
Camden, and Charles A. Bonnell, of
Court House. Those to be represented
by this combination are Messrs. Camp,
DeBow, Foster, Fox, Gandy, Groves,
Hewitt, Koeneke, MacKissic and
Young, also Engineer Rice and Super
visor McLinden. Supreme Court Jus
tice Black, of Jersey City, will preside
at the trials.
It has been frequently noticed
around our beautiful city of Wildwood
the carelessness with which people
leave broken bottles, etc., in the
streets where passing motorists will
puncture their tires.
For instance, a few nights ago we
observed some small boys throwing
pop bottles against the side of the
boardwalk on Oak avenue near the
Casino Danceland, where the patrons
of the boardwalk park their cars. Be
ing public spirited, we pointed out
this fact to the boys and they ceased
their bombardment of the unoffending
boardwalk. A little later we found,
on one of the residential streets of the
Crest, a pile of two or three broken
bottles in the gutter.
If the grown people of Wildwood
would only exercise a little more judg- ■
ment themselves and help to train the
young children to exercise their judg
ment, perhaps we wouldn’t have so
many punctured tires in town.
Several small motor boats and engines
for sale. Singley's boat yard, North Wild
wood, both phones. 5-27-tf
The Story of
Our States
CDT stands
unique as prob
ably the first
state which was
created in the
world by a writ
ten constitution,
in offshoot from
Massachusetts, for in 1636 there
was dissatisfaction over the form
of government among the Puri
tans in Cambridge, Watertown
and Dorchester, the three towns
surrounding Boston. A large
part of these three towns, there
fore, decided to journey to the
Connecticut valley, as they had
heard that there was to be found
excellent farm land, and the
Dutch from New Netherlands
had been forced out the previous
year uy uie uy uic
Ush of a fort at Saybrook at the
mouth of the river. The Cam
bridge people, under the leader
ship of their pastor, Hooker,
founded Hartford, the Dorches
ter people settled Windsor, and
those from Watertown estab
lished Wethersfield. For a few
years they remained a part of
Massachusetts, but early In 1639
the people of these three towns
met and drew up a written con
stitution and agreed to govern
themselves. Meanwhile, In 1638,
a large company of colonists un
der the leadership of John Dav
enport arrived from England and
settled the town of New Haven,
later spreading to Milford and
Stamford. These two distinct
colonies were later united and
took the name of Connecticut
from its principal river. This is
an Algonquin Indian name mean
ing “long river." It became the
fifth state to join the Union
when It adopted the Constitution
on January 9, 1788. It is some
times called the Land of Steady
Habits, but is more popularly
known as the Nutmeg state from
the humorous accusation that
its peddlers were accustomed to
palm oft wooden nutmegs to
their customers. The area of
Connecticut is 4,965 square
miles, the third smallest of our
states. Its population, however,
entitles It to seven electoral
votes for president.
(©by McClure Newspaper Syndicate.)
Now that a printer and publisher has
been elected President of the United
States, and another printer nad publisher
was an aspirant for the same honor,
the country has naturally been awakened
to a keener interest in the “art preser
vative,” and has focused attention on a
craft which has provided big men for
every position in life, observes a writer
in the Christian Science Monitor.
Where is the old-fashioned printer?
With his disappearance, the world loses
a type of worker who from Ben Franklin
on has furnished the country with men
who have made their influence felt, not
only as master printers and master jour
nalists, but who, through the liberal edu
cation and ideas acquired in their train
ing, have swelled the ranks of the learned
professions and become actors, ministers,
authors, humorists and leaders in various
The first and most important class was
composed of the elect; the well-born and
well-bred; the ambitious young man who
desired a higher education, and who en
tered a printing office with the intention
of learning the business thoroughly and
fitting himself for a position of impor
tance. The printing office was the poor
man’s university, and highly esteemed
as such.
A newspaper office was the natural
forum and gathering place for all the
brightest thinkers and of men in the pub
lic eye.
To a now almost extinct class of Ameri
can printers belonged such shining lights
as Bayard Taylor, Bret Harte, Artemus
Ward, William Dean Howells, Ben
Shillabar, Opie Read, Charles B. Lewis
and a whole galaxy of good men and
good printers. That the system of be
coming printers and writers “through the
fingers” was a splendid one, the mere
recital of these few names among many,
is evidence.
It was natural for men of this stamp
to seek to enlarge their knowledge by
traveling about the country while they
worked at their chosen calling, studying
types, gathering local color and satisfy
ing their desire “strange places for to
Traveling in those days was not as
easy and universal as now. Printers trav
eled afoot when there was anything to see,
hear or learn thereby. They patronized
the railroads when that best served their
turn. They were respected and respect
able, they paid their way, and if they
were not wealthy—why, nobody else was,
either. When they had absorbed the
atmosphere or sights of one place they
took the next in which they were in
terested. They were in no sense “tramp
printers,” as most people understand the
term. When the traveling printer of
this first class found his niche he settled
down and filled it.
It was in this manner that Bayard
Taylor, the famous author, traveler and
diplomat, covered the United States and
Europe. A more polished gentleman
and a more graceful writer and poet it
would be hard to find in this day, and
that his “Views Afoot” were acquired
while continuing work as a printer added
rather than detracted from their value.
Most of the old-time printers were
writers as well. They gravitated natur
ally into the writing profession. Not
infrequently, too, these newspaper men
and the humorists who conducted or con
tributed columns of humor, set much of
their matter “right outer their heads”
at the case. It seemed at one time as
though every good American humorist
had been a traveling printer at one time
or another.
Ben Shillabar's Mrs. Partington and
Ike made their debut in the columns of
the Boston Post. Artemus Ward hiked
all the way from Portland, Me., to Boston
and then by easy stages to Cleveland, O.
En route he studied human nature, gath
ered local color, making the acquaintance
of theatrical and circus people of every
type, gradually visualizing in his own
imagination that showmen through whose
mouth he later launched himself into
fame. The idea which he acquired as
a traveling printer came to fruition while
he was on the Plain Dealer in Cleveland.
lexas Jack was another aristocrat
of printerdom who elected to travel.
After walking from Springfield he entered
into a Worcester, Mass., daily composing
room and asked to "sub.” He was tall
and gawky, wore a sombrero, top boots
and a long linen duster. He was set to
work, but his countrified appearance and
retiring manner promptly started the
compositors to guying him. "Who is
Slug Three?” “Who is the Dutchman
that set this take?” “What blacksmith
shop was Slug Three raised in?” and
similar rutting remarks for “Texas Jack’s”
edification were freely bandied about.
The southerner, however, paid no at
tention to these thrusts. He kept right
on sticking type. By and by it became
evident that the stranger was far from
being the countryman he looked, for he
“emptied in” with amazing frequency,
and his proof showed no errors.
In the morning it developed that
“Texas Jack” had outstripped the old
guard. He had set a string of 11,000 ems,
a record never touched, for the time con
sumed, except by the exceptional “swift.”
Pocketing his big earnings, the traveling
printer gave a farewell salute to the
jeerers of the night before. “Good-day,
gentlemen,” he said politely, with a
courtly bow and a graceful wave of the
combrero, as he smilingly withdrew.
The second class of printers were those
who took up printing because it was a
good trade and regarded as on a higher
plane than some others.
Typical of this class of printers was
“Shortalize” Murray. Murray may have
been named after the grammurian,, but
he was merely “Shortalize” to us be
cause he always spoke of “shortalizing”
words. The first day he favored the
office with his services he broke the
silence by looking up from bis case and
solemnly inquiring: “How do you short
alize secretary here?” He was told the
office style of abbreviating, but the nick
name “Shortalize” was his from that day
“Shortalize” had worked in nearly
every large printing office, except some
in the largest cities, in the United States
and Canada. He was thrifty. When he
reached our office he usually liked to
stay for some time, partly because the
editor had a dog which helped “Short
alize” defeat the high cost of living. It
was in the lean 70’s, when prices after
the war were so high they almost touched
the 6ky—or present-day records. “Short
alize” used to board himself. When he
did his marketing, old Rover, the editor’s
dog, used to accompany him. “Short
alize,” pointing to the animal, would ask
for “five cents’ worth of meat for the
Rover was a large Newfoundland, with
a peculiarly hungry expression. The
dealer, after a glance at the animal, and
knowing that his owner was a lone bach
elor and boarded at the sorry village
“hotel,” was usually very generous. In
those days a nickel would buy enough to
last several meals, so “Shortalize” would
live high on next to nothing.
Alexander Lameron, a Scotsman, was
a most lovable, most irritating and a
most amusing specimen of this type of
traveling knight-errant. Aleck had been
working in a certain office for some time,
when he incurred the wrath of his em
ployer because of a breach of discipline.
Alexander came to work just as if he
had not received his discharge.
“No use, Aleck,” said his exasperated
boss. “You’re discharged. You can’t
stay another minute.”
Alexander Cameron calmly continued
removing his coat and rolling up his shirt
“Did you hear what I said, Aleck?”
demanded his wrathy superior. “You
may go. You’re discharged.”
“Why, Mr. Lenox,” returned Aleck in
a shocked tone. “Do ye think I’ll be
mean enough to leave ye now, with all
this work? No, no, Mr. Lenox. Ye little
know Alexander Cameron if ye think
that. I’ll never desert ye, Mr. Lenox,
never! Just count on Aleck every time.”
He stayed.”
The third and lowest class of printers
comprised those who simply drifted into
the business, or who failed to make good
at the trade. From this class came the
genuine tramp printer. He is still with
us. The quality, never very good, has
been steadily deteriorating, and the mod
ern tramp printed is more “tramp” and
less printer than ever before. The gen
eral public too often has formed its opin
ions of printers in general from this sorry
class. The old-time tramp printer was
usually “an amoosing cuss,” as Artemus
Ward would say.—Publishers’ Auxiliary.
Last Sunday with its warm, bright
sun brought out many bathers to
the Wildwood beach. Although other
resorts have variously modified the
bathing costume, still Wildwood con
tinues to be the summer visitors’
paradise, and rolled stockings and
dimpled knees were very much in
evidence. The temperature of the
water was about 6S degrees and was
very enjoyable for bathing, but the
cool, brisk wind made lounging on the
beach a little uncomfortable, so the
water nymphs enjoyed the beach bath
ing until almost ready to go home,
when they took their cold plunge and
then hurried to the bath house to
make their change into street attire.
The street attire also was very un
usual in appearance, and with the
warm sun ripening many new straw
hats and ice cream trousers of the
male promenaders and the vari-colored
dresses, hats and hose of the feminine
sex, the boardwalk took on its usual
summer rainbow appearance. It was
quite a question whether the “weaker
sex” with their bright colors out
classed the new spring neckwear and
shirts of the boys or not, but all did
agree that the combination brought
the one touch to the Wildwood walk
which was necessary to convince the
most skeptical that summer was upon
County Chairman Alfred Cooper has
telegraphed $147 from the Cape May
County Red Cross to the sufferers of
the Colorado flood. Of this amount
$10 was donated by the Wildwood
branch and $10 by the North Wild
wood branch.
Within three hours after the catas
trophe the national body of the Ameri
can Red Cross had telegraphed $50,
000 to the stricken district and within
six hours were feeding 1,000 people
an hour.
Some people have asked why they
should belong to ther Red Cross when i
there is no war. This is one of the
Read the Journal Ads.
Stove Length Kindling Wood
For Sale
T. S. Goslin Lumber Company
Succeeding J. H. Coombs Lumber Co.,
Wildwood, N. J.
$2.75 for y2 of one ton coal
wagon load
$5.00 for one ton coal wagon
Deliveries to any part of the
Phone—Bell 22 Keystone 3
Bell's Leading Variety Store
Special for One Week:
$3.25 Aluminum Pot
for $1.75
Dry Goods
Remember the Place
“Another Investigation”
Isn't it an investment when you paint your
Home ? Then why not get a better interest on
your money ?
See the Painter who uses Pure Lead and
Linseed Oil.
4803 Pacific Ave., Wildwood, N. J.
^??^eas8ppue^5Id w. h. KENTNER phone 2,9
Successor to KOENEKE BROS.
Steam and Hot Water Heating Sheet Metal Work
Koeneke Bros. Co., Inc.
Plumbing and
Heating Materials
General Office, Showroom and Warehouse:
South Jersey Distributor of the Areola Radiator Boiler
Both. Phones:

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