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BARRE, VERMONT, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1913.
PRICE, ONE CENT.
VOL. XVII NO. 240.
BAR
IRE
BAILY
IMES
1 Jnl JUi
KILLS MOTHER
FOR BURGLAR
Tragedy Marked Close of
Christmas in Lin
coln,0
MRS. CARLSON
WAS THE VICTIM
She Stepped Out on Porch
and Son Thought Her
a Marauder
Lincoln, Nebraska, Dec. 2B.A -tragedy
marked the close of Christmas in
Lincoln when Carl F. Carlson at mid
right shot and killed his mother, whom
lie says he mistook for a burglar. The
mother and son lived alone and they
were in constant fear of burglars j so
when his mother, stepped out on the
porch, unknown to Carlson, he saw the
shadow through the window and fired
at the supposed marauder. The young
man inflicted a wound, from which his
mother died an hour later.
WILSON TO PREPARE
ANTI-TRUST MESSAGE
That Will Be Part of His Work While
Staying at Pass Christian, Miss.,
' While Regaining His Health.
Pass Christian, Miss., Dec. 20. Presi
dent Wilson to-day mapped out a pro
gram of recreation for his visit here. He
will sleep at least nine hours each night
and after breakfnst he .will motor to
the Mississippi Colintry club, thirteen
miles away, for a game of golf with
Doctor Grayson, his physician. At noon
lie will dispose of whatever letters or
telpgrams may -reach him frm the
White House. After luncheon he will
take an automobile ride with his fam
ily, followed perhaps by a long walk
along the beach roads. He plans to
spend his evenings reading. With this
preparation for rest and exercise, the
I iresident hopes to get back his vigorous
lealth again.
President Wilson while here probably
will make a rough draft of an anti-trust
address which he is expected to de
liver to Congress, probably on January
19.
WOMAN DIED OF BURNS.
Mrs. Emily L. Watts Had 12 Hours of
- Terrible Suffering.
Stow, Dec. 20. Mrs. Emily I
(Owen) Watts, wife of George 'H.
Watts, died at their home in Stowe
JIolow about 0 o'clock yesterday morn
ing .after twelve hours of terrible suf
fering from burns received when her
clothing ignited while she was placing
paper in the, stove Wednesday evening.
Her clothing was nearly alt burned
from her body, and but for the aid of
Guy and Roy Stafford of Morrisville,
who happened to pass by and saw her
lying on the snow, where she had tried
to quench the fire, Bhe would have
Lurned to death at once.
Mrs. Watts was ' about 78 years of
age. She was born in South Burling
ton, a daughter of Almon and Eunice
Isham Owen, and a sister of the late
Myron W. Owen of Stowe. Sho was
married to Mr. Watts in November,
1S66, and since then resided in Stowe.
Their only child, a daughter, Mary, died
many years ago. Mrs. Watts had been
partially disabled from the effects of a
broken hip for several years. Mr
Watts, who is a year older than Mrs.
Watts, has been in failing health fo
some time. -The funeral will probably
be held at the "home at 1 o'clock Sat
urday afternoon.
MADE CRITICISM
OF UNITED STATES
iA.nd Japanese Resolution Also Express
ed Disapproval of Plan to Par
ticipate in Panama-Pacific
Exposition.
Tokio, Japan, Dec. 26. A so-called
Japanese national welcome was extend
ed this evening to Francisco De La Bar
ra, special envoy from Mexico to thank
Japan for participation in the Mexican
centennial. Several ' thousand people
carrying lanterns were assembled in the
city park, where speeches by prominent
men were followed by a brilliant dis
play of fireworks and siiniature bon
fires. At the imperial palace later a resolu
tion was adopted, criticising the United
States for disciminating against the
Japanese and expressing the disap
proval of Japanese participation in the
l'anama-Pacific exposition.
STABBING AT A PARTY.
One Dead, One Dying and Another In
jured at Worcester, Mass. J
Worcester, Mass., Dec. 26. George
Janus Auky, 30 years oki; was stabbed
to death; John Palubesky, 27 years old,
lies at the point Of death at City hospi
tal, and Mrs. Anna Stiles was. stabbed
in the face last night during a Christ
mas celebration in Mrs. Stiles' boarding
bouse. George Notacarage, 22 years old,
was arrested. The dispute that led to
the murder was over the use of a word
in the English language.
WOMAN AND CHILD SUFFOCATE.
Charred Bodies Are Found by Firemen
in Providence Blaze.
Providence, R. I, Dec. 26. Mrs. Mar
paret Dailey, 6H years old, and her
franddaughter, Miss Margaret Murphy,
5 years old, were suffocated in a fire in
the home of Martin M. Murphy on Shel
don street early yesterday. The bodies
were discovered by firemen, who liad
forced an entrance through the dense
smoke. The tire damage was slight.
"HOLIDAY ARMISTICE."
Is Reason Given for Quiet in Mexican
Situation.
Washington, D. C, Dec. 26. Apparent
nnvt. in the Mexican situation was in
terpreted here yesterday by officials as
merely a nouoay armistice ami tem
porary. Strategists believe that General
Villa, the rebel leader whose victories
already have placed him in the forefront
of the constitutionalist movement, win
press his campaign southward with a
view to carrying the warfare into the
federal district to compete with Gen
eral Huerta for the mastery of the Mex
ican capital.
Official reports received here yester
dav were measre. Rear Admiral Fletch
er, commanding the American squadron
in Mexican gulf waters, reported his
departure on the flagship Rhode Island
from Tamnico for Vera Cruz. As his
recent laconic despatches of the restora
tion of order in that lately disturbed
section, it is believed be has gone to
Vera Cruz to assign to their proper sta
tions the battleships just arrived there
to relieve the vessels about to return to
home waters. As Admiral Fletcher is
directing the battleship manoeuvres in
his own discretion, officials thought he
micht return without notice to Tam-
pico, where further hostilities may ensue
as a result of rebel determination to
gain control of, a port of entry on the
gulf coast.
While reports of Francisco de la Bar
ra's cordial reception at the Japanese
court were received with interest here,
officials were inclined to believe that
Emperor Yoshihito merely was accord
ing to General Huerta's special ambas
sador such courtesies as are customary
in the return ot international visits,
ORGANIZED MILITIA
TO SAVE CAPITAL
Huerta Will Have-5,000 Men for That
Service but Not to Be Sent Into
Other Sections of the
Country.
Mexico City, Dec. 2C President
Huerta's plan of organizing state guards
to act independently of the federal
,army is to be extended to the federal
district. Announcement was made last
night that after Jan. 1 a federal dis
triet garrison of 5,000 men will be en
trusted to safeguard the capital and en
virons. This body is not to be subject
to service elsewhere.
The federal district is like a territory
in its organization and is not included
in the general plan to enlist 1,000 mili
tia in every state. The men for the
federal district guard are said to be al
ready enlisted and prepared for active
service. This will release the troops
which have heretofore been kept for
service in the capital.
"HUMMING-BIRD" TYLER.
Well-Known Bookmaker Passed Away of
Pneumonia.
New York, Dec. 26. Turf men beard
with regret to-day of the death of Frank
L. Tyler, a bookmaker known from
coast to coast as "Humming-Bird" Ty
ler, who died yesterday of pneumonia at
his home in the Bronx. He got his
nickname on the New. York courses be
cause of his peculiar method of calling
off bets to the sheet-makers.
ASKS AID FOR REFUGEES.
Terrible -Privations Being Suffered by
200,000 Destitute Bulgarians.
London, Dec. 2(5. The Sofia corre
spondent of The Times makes an appeal
in behalf of 20O,tMW refugees scattered
throughout Bulgaria, the majority of
whom are totally destitute and suffer
ing terrible privations. The government
has done its utmost to relieve the refu
gees, but its means are limited.
In one district alone, where there are
5,000 fugitives, it is officially reported
that from thirty to forty are dying
every week.
20,000 IDLE MEN IN SAN FRANCISCO.
Many Churches Are Being Opened for
Sleeping Quarters.
San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 26. Nobody
out of work need have gone hungry in
San Francisco on Christinas day. At
the co-operative bureau of employment
the tables were set for all that would
come, and thousands did. Ten cooks
were busy from 3 o'clock yesterday
morning until noon. The number of idle
men is estimated at 20,000.
Many churches are throwing open
their doors to give the homeless sleep
ing places. -
"All who apply will be given food
and shelter," said Mayor Rolph. "Every
man can have a roof over his head and
plenty to eat until. Monday, when the
supervisors will announce a plan to pro
vide employment."
NATIVE OF STOWE.
Charles G. Fuller Died Yesterday at
Age of 84.
rittsfield, Mass., Dec. 26. Charles C.
Fuller died yesterday in the House of
Mercy hospital, aged 84 years. He was
a native of Stowe, Vt., and went to
Gardner, Mass., when a boy. He was a
carpenter and 20 years ago came to
I'ittsfield and became a mover of build
ings. He leaves a son, F. M. Fuller of
I'ittsfield, and three daughters, Mrs.
Charles E. Leonard, Mrs. F. H. Good
speed and Mrs. Albert E. Coleman of
Gardner. The funeral services and bu
rial will be in Gardner. v.
LAWYER COMMITS SUICIDE BY GAS.
Victim Was Connected With Office of
Judge Parker.
New York, Dec. 26. George F. Par
ker, an attorney formerly of Brookline,
Mass., who was connected with the law
office of Alton B. Parker, committed sui
cide yesterday by inhaling gas.
He was not related to Judge Parker.
His friends here could assign no rea
son for the act.
The attorney came here last snmmer,
expecting to bring his family as soon
as he was admitted to the New York
bar. A letter from his wife, express
ing her regret that lie was unable to
send Christmas with her was found
among bis papers.
AN UMBRELLA
-SHUT OFF VIEW
Man and Woman Knocked
Down by One Car, Run
Over by Another
WOMAN KILLED-;
MAN MAY LIVE
Mr. and Mrs. Richard B.
Lee, Jr., Victims in New
York Jo-day
New York, Dec. 26. Mrs. Gertrude
Lee, daughter of Colonel Philip F. Har
vey, a retired army surgeon, was killed
and her husband, Richard B. Lee, jr.,
was seriously injured by an automobile
which ran thein down early to-day while
they were returning from a Christmas
dinner at the home of a friend. The
Lees were crossing it street, struggling
under an umbrella against the driving
rain when a limousine knocked them
down and a taxicab which was follow
ing ran over them before the driver
could stop his car.
Mrs. .Lee died on the operating table
at the hospital. Her husband may re
cover. The taxicab chauffeur was ar
rested but later was released. The po
lice are looking for the driver of the
limousine which, after the accident, put
on speed and disappeared from the
scene of the accident.
STORM FROM GULF
HIT NEW ENGLAND
In Southern Part It Brought Copious
Rain and in the Northern Part
Plenty of Snow.
Boston, Dee. 26. The western edge of
a gulf storm swept the New England
coast to-day, but as the disturbance
brought along some southern warmth
the greater part of the precipitation was
in the form of rain. -Moderate gales
prevailed during the night and early
to-day in southeastern Massachusetts.
There was some snow north of Man
chester, N. II., and east of Portland.
The rainfall at Boston was the heaviest!
of the month. Most of the coastwise
shipping remained at anchor in shel
tered harbors. 1
BLIZZARD TIED UP TRAFFIC.
Thousands Were Forced to Walk in
Rochester, N. Y.
Rochester, N. Y Deo. 26. A blizzard
which raged all night paralyzed street
car traffic, and thousands of persons
were forced to walk to their work. The
steam cars entering Rochester were an
hour late and the country roads were
almost impassable.
SNOW IS WIDESPREAD.
Reports of Heavy Fall Received from
Many States.
Washington, D. C, Dec. 26. Christ
mas, 1013, has been entered in the annals
of the weather bureau as one of the
most unusual and unsettled Yuletide
holidays on record.
Despatches received showed that the
central southern states, from southern
Arkansas northward through the Mis
sissippi, Missouri and Ohio valleys, re
ported snow. Rains were recorded in the
Pacific coast states with light snows
in Washington. Throughout New Eng
land and northern New York the condi
tions were unsettled. Rains were re
ported generally through the Gulf states.
Miami, r la., reported the burliest tem
perature for the day, and Devil's Lake,
L was the coldest, the thermometer
registering 14 degrees below zero.
MORE REAL SNOW.
Added to What We Had Why, It Made
Considerable.
A supplement to the ten-inch fall of
snow Tuesday arrived as Christmas took
wing for another year and continued to
fall steadily to-day. At noon an ample
eight inches had snuggled down against
Jack Frost's first showing of winter
goods. In size and consequences, the
storm promises to be bigger than that
of Tuesday. Following 24 hours of low
temperature, with the mercury poking
its nose up over the 40 and 50 marks,
the precipitation of snow was resumed
late last evening. By midnight business
among the snow clouds was brisk. It
continued so with unabated determina
tion all through the dark hours of morn
ing, after dawn and right into the aft
ernoon. I he weathcrwise forecasted a
continuation until sundown.
Although the snow drifted but little
here in the city, a stiff wind prevailed
on the outskirts and on the country
highways a number of cross-roads were
mpassable. I Ins condition did not ob
tain in the main arteries of team travel,
as teh road plows were out early and
did much to open the way for traffic
farmers from the K. F. D.'s in the citv
to-day said that any kind of a breeze
this afternoon would render traveling
precarious by to-morrow.
Ihcre were inevitable delays on both
steam roads entering the city. The
northbound train from Boston headed
its way through the storm an hour and
more overdue, and the Barre branch
connection did not reach the station
until 5:05 a. in., an hour and 10 minutes
late. Main line connections, north and
south, with the 11:25 a. m. train were
River road the G erMnoeunf gilOhc.5
both reported late. Over the Wetls
River road, the Geren Mountain express
arrived some time after 8 o'clock, in
stead of a 7:55. Barre & Chelsea rail
road officials were perplexed by the
heavy sno wthat block their line" to the
quarries. One of the big moguls and a
string of flat cars made the ascent in
the forenoon and returned. But the
undertaking was considered hazardous,
and early this afternoon the prospect
for a second trip were not glaringly !
bright. Seldom in recent years has suf
ficient snow fallen to interfere seriously
with freight traffic on the auaror road.
FOUND DEAD IN BED.
Walter B. Johnson, One of Essex Junc
. tlon's Best Known Men. 1
Essex Junction, Dec. 26. Walter B.
Johnson, on of the best known busi
ness men of this village and vicinity,
died suddenly t yesterday , morning of
heart disease. He was found dead in
bed when Mrs. Johnson went to call
him. Mr. Johnson retired Wednesday
evening in good health apparently as he
had enjoyed for some time, although it
had been known for at least two years
that he had a heart trouble.
Mr. Johnson was born in Fryeburg,
Me., February 29, 1856. He lost his
parents when young and made his way
through his own effort, After working
on a farm sdnie years, he began as a
clerk In a Bungor hardware store when
about 20 years of age, afterwards going
on the road as a salesman with a Port
land hardware' house, for whom he trav
eled some 10 years 'with marked success.
from early manhood ne had always
had an ambition to become the propri
etor of a hotel, and the opportunity ap
pearing he assumed charge of the Lan
cey House at I'ittsfield, Me. He con
ducted it for three years and then
k-uted the Penobscot Exchange at Bangor,-
remaining there four years. In the
slimmer season be also acted as propri
etor of Johnson's-by-tfie-Sea at Isles
boro, Me., a popular summer resort on
the Maine coast,
Giving up the hotel business, Mr.
Johnson again resumed work as a sales
man, engaging with a Westlleld,- Mass.,
whip manufactory, but the love of hotel
life was still with him, and when the
owners of the Weldon House at St.
Albans offered him the position of'nian
ager he accepted. The Welden House at
this time bad passed through various
vicissitudes, but through the skilful
management of Mr. Johnson the hotel
soon became one of the foremost
in the state. The house changing
hands, Mr. Johnson engaged in the rail
road restaurant business, taking over
the cafes in the stations at Rutland,
Burlington and Essex Junction. These
he brought up to a high state of effi
ciency, relinquishing the Rutland res
taurant when, the Central Vermont gave
up its lease of the Rutland railroad;
About 22 years ago be purchased the
Central House in this village, changing
the name to Johnson's hotel, and con
ducted it in connection with the railroad
restaurants here and at Burlington un
til it was destroyed by fire in Novem
ber, 1912.
Mr. Johnson was a man of tireless en
deavor. Beside the hotel and restau
rants he conducted a liwy stable and
built up a business in sleighs, wagons
and horse accessories. When auto
mobiles were first' introduced he at once
became interested and during the past
12 years he acted as Rles agent
throughout the state for several nukes
of cars. He ws generous and out
spoken, and the deserving never ap
pealed to him for aid without success
He contributed to everything that
promised to be of benefit to the village
and took pride in all that he had to do.
In his death Essex Junction loses a
most valuable citizen.
The funeral will be bed at the house
Saturday afternoon at one o'cock, with
burial in Lake View cemetery at Bur
ington. ' ;
DIED AFTER LONG ILLNESS.
George R. Robertson Passed Away Yes
terday Afternoon.
George R. Robertson passed away at
bis home on Thomas street Thursday
afternoon at 12:15 o'clock, death fol
lowing an illness of tuberculosis which
had afflicted him since last February.
He leaves his wife, a son, Edward G.
Robertson, a daughter, Miss May wood
1. Robertson, and an adopted daughter,
Margaret M. Robertson, all of whom re
side in this city. Surviving also are two
sisters, Mrs. Christina MeCurrah of
Port Soy, Scot., and Mrs. William Mor
rison of Aberchirder. Scot., and three
brothers, James Robertson, of Glouces
ter, Mass., Sergeant Major David Rob
Robertson of Port Soy.
Mr. Robertson was born in Banff's,
Soot., Feb. 7, 1862. He came to Ameri
ca when a young man and worked in
Hollowell, Me., and Cape Ann, Mass., in
lKKtf, the first year after his arival. In
1885 he followed his- trade in Quincy,
Mass., and in the following year he
came to Barre, where be had since made
his home. His marriage to Mrs. George
Vincent took -place in 1889.
The death of Mr. Robertson removed
one of the best known Scotchmen in
Barre. For 36 years he had cuK stone
and for more than 29 years he was a
member of the granite cutters' union in
America. The deceased was a man of
retiring disposition. He nevir sought
office, either in the union, to which he
loyally adhered for so long, or in pub
lic life. He possessed a host of warm
friends who will mourn in his death the
passing of a wise counsellor. Others
with whom he was personally acquaint
ed will remember him for his qualities
of good citizenship and his conscientious
devotion to duty, wherever lie was em
ployed. Mr. Robertson was a member
of the Foresters of America.
Funeral services will be held at the
house Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Rev. .T. W. Barnett, pastor of the Con
gregational church, officiating. The in
terment will be made in Elmwood cem
etery. It was a request of the deceased
that flowers be omitted.
BROUGHT FROM PROVIDENCE.
And Mrs. George Barnard's Funeral Was
Held To-day.
The remains of Mrs. George Barnard,
formerly of Barre, whose death occurred
in Providence, R. I., Monday afternoon,
were accompanied to this city Wednes
day evening by Mr. Bernard, two sons,
Paul and Neil, and a sister, Mrs. W. E.
Haskins. Prayer services were held at
the Barnard home on Verndale avenue.
Providence, Tuesday night at 7:30
o'clock, Rev. Dr. Wadsworth, pastor of
Trinity Methodist church, officiating.
The" funeral was held at the home of
Mrs. D. V. Stone, Richardson road, this
afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Elmer F.
Newell, pastor of the Hedding Method
ist church, officiating. During the serv
ices, Mrs. M. 1). I.anib sang two selec
tions. The bearers were as follows: D.
V. Stone and W. E. Haskins. brothers-in-law
of the deceased, and Fred Dan
forth, D. T. Arey, George Benjamin and
Alex. Young, former neighbors of Mrs.
fiarnard when she resided on the Mont-J
pelier road. There were numerous floral
tributes. Interment was made in Hope
cemetery, where the committal services
of the Helieksbs were used. A delega
tion from Bright Star Rebekah lodge,
No. 18, I. O. O. F., attended the fun-
erai
YULETIDE JOY
WIDESPREAD
Barre Celebration of Christ
mas Was One of Great
Gayety f
CHURCHES HELD
FINE EXERCISES
While a Multitude of Gifts
Brought Pleasure to
Celebrators
Everywhere in Barre yesterday the
Christmas spirit was rife. Business in
every quarter was suspended and for a
day, at least, the secular life of the city
blended itself in an uncommon measure
with the Yuletide festivities of the
church. Christmas eve the observance
began with exercises and Christmas trees
for the Youngsters in several churches.
At the Hedding Methodist church there
was a concert, followed by the usual
distribution of gifts. In like manner the
festival was observed at the First Pres
byterian church and at the Congrega
tional and Universalist churches there
was also an abundance of seasonable
cheer for tie younger generation. The
Swedish Baptist mission held its annual
Christmas gathering Wednesday night.
Christmas for the Catholics of Barre
was ushered in with a celebration , of
solemn high mass in the midnight watch.
St. Monica's church was in festal garb
for the greatest day in the church calen
dar. The congregation was large enough
to tax the spacious facilities of the larg
est house of worship in the city.- The
pastor, Rev. P. M. McKenna, celebrated
the mass. Again on Christmas morn
ing, there were special services in St.
Monica's and at the Church of the Good
Shepherd the festival of the Nativity
was observed with n celebration of holy
communion and a short Christmas hom
ily by the rector, Rev. W. J. M. Beattie.
In tlie evening the Sunday school of
the First Baptist church held its an
nual Christmas tree and exercises.
In keeping with "fc custom established
almost as early as its organization was
effected, the Salvation Army distributed
many baskets of food among the poor.
Early Christmas donations contributed
through the medium of mite-boxes and
the Army kettle, which was located on
NortH-Main street for two weeks prloi1
to yesterday, were responsible for the
carrying of good cheer into many home
in Barre that would otherwise have
failed, no doubt, to sense the Christmas
spirit in the air. The response this
year was unusually large, an officer of
the Army said yesterday, and the sphere
of the Army's charity was correspond
ingly widened. Not all of the charity
was left to the Salvationists, however,
for if the truth were known, there were
a good many individuals who practiced
a small but practicable kind of philan
throphy among their less fortunate
brethen yesterday.
The weather man was a little perverse
on people who for sentimental reasons
associate Christmas with driven snow,
with a Docember sun that glistens on
the drifts. To make the out-door con
ditions quite ideal for Dec. 25, the spirit
of the season might have helped along
the good cheer by extending to the
weather and providing some sunshine.
But it didn't. The temperature ws
low and on the whole there are probably
more people who enjoy a warm holiday
than n colder one. It wasn't a green
Christinas, nor a blue one for anybody,
it may be hoped.
Two Trees at Universalist Church.
Wednesday evening nearly 200 people
assembled in the vestry of the Univer
salist church. There were two majestic
fir trees in holiday attire and other
Yuletide decorations helped to surcharge
the air with Christmas.
The program was opened by the chor
us singing. "Twinkle Stars." Then fol
lowed a delightful merry Christmas can
tata entitled, "Charmed Garden," in
which 20 members of the Sunday school
participated. The leading participants
were as follows: Two Bhcpherds, Robert.
Steele and Wendell Lane; queen, Rachel
Cutler; lady-in-waiting, Cleora Rey
nolds; 12 fairies, a sandman and a chor
us. The parts were creditably accepted
and the cantata added greatly to the
pleasure of the occasion. The remainder
of the program wns carried out as fol
lows: Song, "I Wish You a Merry Christ
mas," the letter class; "Christmas
Cheer," Warren Burr; exercise, "The
Story of the nolly"; "The Birthday
Song," Wendell Lane; exercises. "The
First Christmas," "How to Be Happv,'
"The Christmas Dream," "Tors' Quar
rel"; song, Lucy Goodrich; "The Owl,"
Gordon Reardon; "Santa's Way of Trav
eling.' ' Charles Lynde; "The Story
Grandma Told," Leone Reynolds; "Slum
ber Song," closing chorus.
Some of the yoimg men of the church
then assisted in distributing the pres
ents. The Christmas trees and the dec
orations were in charge of Mr. and Mrs.
George Bates, assisted by a number of
young ladies, and the concert was car
ried . out under the direction of Mrs.
J. B. Reardon.
Large Crowd at Congregational Church.
Between 300 and 400 people, mostly
young folks, but a fair sprinkling of
the elders, were present in the vestry 01
the Congregational church for the Sun
day school tree and exercises on the eve
of Christmas. Ten of the older girls
opened the program with a chorus en
titled, "Chiming Bells," and Miss Eliza
beth White followed with a recitation.
Twenty little ones contributed to a fir
tree exercise and another score of
youngsters sang the "Snow-flake Song."
The primary department brought the ex
ercises to a close by singing "Once a
Lovely Babe." There were two Christ
mas trees that fairly goaned under their
burdens of Christmas cheer. Santa
(Continued on fourth uajitA
OFFERS $10,000
TO A -1
FOR
MAN SMOKED IN BED
And Caused Considerable Excitement on
Pearl Street.
Pearl street had an unwelcome visitor
last night in the person of the Man
Who Smokes in Bed. The inevitable
onsequnces of that unhealthy habit
were not manifested until 2 o'clock this
morning, but the night clerk at the hotel
liuzzcll had his first experience with the
smoker a few hours after John Colson,
a paving cutter from Graniteville, Mas
sachusetts and Finland, applied for a
.oora. . .
Colson was assigned to quarters on
the second iloor. Lighting a cigarette,
he slipped in between the covers, und
belore the embers 01 the little smoke-
stick had time to die down, Colson was
dreaming of far-away Finland. The
scene was soon to shift, however, for
when the atmosphere .in dreamland be
gan to grow warmer, Colson ceased to
think of the icy snows on his native
heath. The next things he remembers,
according to the story he told the police
officers this morning, was a quick change
in temperature. It was a drowsy Col-,
son who leaped from his bed with his
eyes blinded by smoke and the tails
of his negligee beginning to smoulder.
together with the bed clothes. Ihor
oughly alarmed, the smoker made, his
way to the. door and shouted for help.
By this time the bed and window shades
were blazing brightly. Landlord A. H.
Buzzcll, the clerk and several guests
reached the room none to soon. Colson
was frantically endeavoring to divest
himself of his burning garments. A
small hose was procured and with the
aid of fire extinguishers the blaze was
extinguished, but not before the room
was quite, thoroughly despoiled.
With the danger over, attention was
turned to the Man Who Smoked. Some
one telephoned police headquarters, and
Officer Ed. L. McLeod, who answered the
call, arrested Colson on an intoxication
cliarge. Minus a hat, stockings and
other gent's furnishings, he was led
away to the station. " This morning
Judge H. W. Scott fined him $3 and
costs of $4.80, which he was unable, to
pay. An officer took him to the county
jail at Montpelier this noon to serve
the alternate sentence of 20 days.
Two other holiday celebrators paid
for their conviviality in city court. This
morning William Spear of Merchant
street, who was arrested Christmas aft
ernoon by Officer George K. Carle,
pleaded guilty to a subsequent offense
and was asked for a disclosure. He
said that one George Roach from the
quarries had procured him a pint of
whiskey! That was on Clirihtmas eve.
Spear said he didn't go home for sup
per after finishing work in the shed,
but hung around the restaurants until
he met Roach, .fudge Scott sentenced
him to serve 20 days in the county jail.
He will begin . the latest sentence as
soon as he serves 30 (lays for a similar
offense last August, to which he took
an appeal that was never entered. Yes
terday Joseph Joncas pleaded guilty to
a subsequent offense and arranged to
pay a $15 lino and costs.
Charles Jv. Alagoon, aged 10, a baker s
boy, was arrested by Chief Sinclair on
Wednesday afternoon and arraigned be
fore Judge H. W. Scott in city court.
The lad is charged with committing a
criminal assault on an 8-year-old boy.
He entered a plea of not guilty and
furnished bail in the sum of $500 for
his appearance at a hearing to lie held
to-morrow morning. He has retained
E. R. Davis as counsel. Several months
ago Magoon was arrested on a similar
allegation and on investigation by the
authorities he was released on proba
tion. The warrant for his arrest on
Wednesday was issued from city court
at the request of Grand Juror A. G.
ay.
REID BLANN.
Bam Girl the Bride of a Morrisville
Man.
A very pretty Christmas wedding
took place Wednesday evening at 7:30
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
Blann, sr., 77 South Main street, when
their daughter, Miss Dorothy Edith
Blann, was united in marriage to Peter
Reid of Morrisville. Rev. J. W. Bar
nett, pastor of the Congregational
church, officiated at the marriage.
There were present only the immediate
friends of the couple. They were mar
ried in the parlor of the Blann residence.
The parlor wns becomingly trimmed
with yuletide decorations, which in
cluded holly wreaths, mistletoe, laurel
ropings and evergreen sprigs.
The couple stood under an evergreen
arch. The bride was attended by Miss
Jennie Blann, a siter. Alexander Rob
ertson acted as best man. A wedding
supper was served after the marriage,
and the couple left Wednesday night
for a few weeks' visit to Boston, New
York and Toronto. On returning they
will make tueir home at Morrisville,
where Mr. Reid is employed. The newly
married couple are well known in Barre
and vicinity. Mr. Reid was employed
in Barre until a few months ago.
ROBERTS THOMPSON.
Quiet Home Wedding on Beckley Court
Wednesday Evening.
On Wednesday eveninc at 6 o'clock.!
at the borne of James .. Huberts on
Beckley court, a home wedding took
place, the contracting parties being Mr.
Roberts and Mrs. Selina Thompson. The
officiating clergymen were Rev. W. J. M.
Beattie of the Church of the Good Shep
herd and Rev. E. F. Newell of the Hed
incr t V. church Thn infrli rinir serv
ice was used. A large number of the j
triends ot Mr. Koberls ami me reiaiives
of the bride were present.
Mr. and Mrs. Roberts w ill be at home
ft.r IWrmler 2ft. All their friends.
and they have many such, wish them
happiness and prosperity.
- Weather Forecast.
Probablv heavy snow this afternoon
or to-night; colder; Saturday clearing,
and colder; northeast to north gales.
HQS, iTAL
Ira C. Calef of Washing
ton Will Make a Generous'
Contribution on Condition
That 'the Remainder of
$40,000 Is Raised in 1914
CHRISTMAS GIFT
- WAS BIG SURPRISE
Mr. Calef Says He Has Been
Studying the Needs of the
Barre Hospital and He
Appreciates the Demand
for Added Facilities
An offer of $10,000 has been made by
Ira C. Calef of Washington toward a
$40,000 building fund for the Barre City
hospital the gift being conditional on
the raising of the other $30,000 during
the year 15)14. Announcement of the
splendid offer was contained in a com
munication addressed to "the people of
Town and City of Barre, Vt!," through
The Times, the letter being received in
this office on Christmas morning.
In his letter Mr. Calef states that he
has noted the fact that the hospital
needs a new and. larger building and
that ho has talked with some of the
people acquainted with the situation,
with the result that he is willing to give
one-fourth of the $40,000 just as soon,
within the coming year, as the remain
der is raised. Coming as it does, un
solicited, the gift is a great Christmas
surprise to one and all. This js not by
any means the first evidence of Mr.
Calef's generosity, as many people and
several institutions well know.
His letter is as follows:
"Washington, Dec. 24, 1913.
"To the People of Town and City of
""""' Barre, Vt.: '"" '
"Reading of and talking with
some of the interested people of
your city regarding needs of a hos
pital and effort now being made to
raise the means to build the same,
I make th. offer: If you people
and others will raise thirty (30,000)
thousand dollar and commence
building the same, I will add to it
ten (10,000) thousand dollars and be
pleased to do so at any time during
the year. 1914. Hoping such an ef
fort will be made and hospital
erected.
"Yours with pleasure,
"Ira C. Calef." .
As will be recalled by the people of
Barre and vicinity, plans were drawn a.
few weeks ago for the construction of
a substantial building on the site of
the present hipital, off Washington
street, it being proposed to erect the
building where the barn now sets, to re
tain the present wooden structure and
to connect the two buildings until such
time as it should be possible to demolish
the old wooden building and replace it
with an addition having a design to har
monize with tho structure on the site
of the present barn. It was estimated
that the sum of $60,000 would be re
quired to build the first structure.
The Bsrre City hospital was incor
porated April 7, 1904, "for the purpose
of maintaining a public hospital not for
profit in the city of Barre"; but it was
not until June 11, 1907, that the hospital
was opened to recoive patients, a volun
tary association of 34 men having signed
a note for $10,000 and purchased the
William A. Perry property, the building
being fitted up largely by contributions
of citizens of Barre. Since that time it
lias been maintained by its income from
patients and the contributions of friends
given voluntarily or through the solici
tation of the 1-adies' Hospital Aid soci
ety, while it also has been the recipient
of several bequests. !
The hospital is not for profit but for
the good of the people of Barre and
vicinity, and, according to the associa
tion's own statement, "the hospital cor
poration is one in which any citizen may
become a member by making application
at the annual meeting, which is held in
December of each year. There is no
stock, and every new member has equal
rights and privileges with all other
members of the corporation. AH citi
zens of Barra are invited to become
members." .
It is likely that the corporation will
meet shortly to take action on Mr. Ca
lef's offer of $10,000, as well as to de
vice means for raising the remainder of
the sum stipulated in his letter. The
trustees of the hospital received the let
ter with marked pleasure, and it is cer
tain that the people of the town and
city will be equally gratified.
NEW VERMONT POSTMASTERS.
Putney, Manchester Depot and Manches
ter Center Appointees.
Washington. D. C. IVc. 26. The fol
lowing Vermont postmasterships have
been announced:
Frank A. Btirditt to be postmaster at
Putney, Vt., in place of Lyman 1".
Bailey". Incumbent's commission expir
ed December 14. 1912.
Herbert S. King to be postmaster at
Manchester Depot, Vt. Office became
presidential October 1, 1913.
Carl A. Mattison to be postmaster at
Manchester Center, Vt. Office became
presidential October 1, 1913.

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