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S: FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 1920
State Of Maine Is 100
Years Old This Week
The State of Maine this week is
celebrating the one hundredth anni
versary of its admission to the Union.
From the middle of the seventeenth
century until 1820 Maine was part o
the commonwealth oi Massachusetts
and was known as the District of
Maine. From early days thore were in
the district many men who desired
the separation of laine from Massa
chusetts, and worked toward that
end. .
The agitation became strongest af ter
the Revolutionary War. Maine
was strongly Federalist. In the War
of the district was poorly de
fended and the territory east of the
Penobscot was occupied by the Brit
ish troops.
That war gave the movement in
Maine Tor separation from Massachu
setts renewed impetus and in 1816
pejitions asking for separate State
hood were presented to the Legisla
ture. A convention was held at Bruns
wick and the members voted in favor
of the step.
But Statehood did not go into ef
fect until four years later, and then
the fate of Maine was bound up with
the famous Missouri Compromise of
1820, Alabama, the ninth State to be
admitted to the Union after the
original thirteen, had come in in
1819. Her admission made the num
ber of slave and free States equal,
eleven of each.
Tho contest over the extension of
slavery was being waged bitterly in
Congress, and both sides wanted to
increase their representation in the
Senate, or, at any rate, prevent any
increase on the other side. Naturally,
the admission of Maine would mean
an increase in the number of Senators
from the free States, and this the ad
vocates of slavery were determined to
prevent unless Missouri should go in
as a slave State, with two votes to
counterbalance those of Maine.
The House of Representatives pass
ed a bill admitting Maine as a free
Staej The Senate joined the bill for
the admission of Maine and that for
the entry of Missouri and passed the
Maine bill with an amendment per
mitting the people of Missouri to
f orm a State Constitution. There was
much controversy between the two
houses, and this was complicated
further by the question as to whether
Missouri should come in as a slave
State or a free State.
The compromise, reached largely
through the efforts of Henry Clay,
provided for the admission of Mis
souri as a slave State, with the pro
viso that thereafter slavery should be
prohibited in all other Territories
west of the Mississippi River and
north of 36 degrees 30 minutes, the
southern boundary of Missouri.
In the meantime Maine beat Mis
souri into the "Union by entering on
March 15, 1820. It was nt until Au
gust, 1821, that Missouri became a
The element in Massachusetts that
opposed the separation of Maine
from the commonwealth fought for a
compromise concerning the land. It I
was decided, according to William- !
son's "History of Maine," that "in j
' the division of the property all the
real estate- of Massachusetts was to
be forever hers; all that of Maine to
be equally divided between the two,
share and share alike."
Maine is of peculiar interest just
now as being the "Mother of Prohibi
.ticn." She was the first State to pass
a law regulating the safe of intoxicat
ing liquors, although Kansas was the
first to get rigid enforcement. The
Trade with the West Indies brought
great quantities of rum into the State
and in 1846 an educational campaign
asainst liquor drinking began there.
The first law, which was called "Neal
Dow's law," after the famous prohibi
tion advocate, became effective in
1851. It was frequently amended, and
in 1885 it was incorporated into the
constitution of the State.
One would be almost as much sur
prised to hear anything of a humor
ous character in a weather bureau of
fice as in a church, yet, notwith
standing, the seriousness of the duties
of the weather man, many laughable
incidents have been experienced by
this employee of Uncle Sam in the
performance of his duties.
Down in the south, where zero tem peratures
very rarely occur, an old
colored man met an observor one
day when it was about a few degrees
below and asked him how cold it
had been. When told what the tem
perature had be?n the old fallow said:
"Sore dat ah some cold, boss. We
never had anything like that until the
weather man got to projicking witb
the weather down here."
At the same place the observer met
one of his acquaintances, who told
him that he was sorry to hear that a
government official should have such
a bad reputation.
"Well, doctor, I am sorry, too, but
I can't imagine what I have done in
this community to give me such a
"Only this and nothing mo :. e
plied the physician. "My little daugh
ter told me recently tnat she was very
glad that her father was not a weath
er man, tor every booy saia tnat ne
was the biggest liar in town."
In an office up in one of the north
ern states the official in unargs wtnn
he answered a telephone call was
asked whether his office was the
Twentieth Century Heating Company.
"No," he replied. "This is the Cold
Wave Dispensary."
Some rather odd requests have been
made of weather officials. Out at one
of the stations-in the west the ob
server, who was occupying one of the
Weather Bureau buildings, was .iskect
by a lady whether she could rent the
building, as she had heard that he in
tended to leave. At the same station
an application was made by a citizen
of the town for the -observer's posi
tion. He was told that he would be
required to pass a civil service exami
nation before he could obtain a posi
tion in the Weather Bureau. One of
the patrons of this office who fre
quently called for information by tele
phone always prefaced his requests
by asking, "Is this the weather pre
server?" At one time the observer's
wife answered the telephone when
this patron called. "No, this is the
fruit preservA," she replied..
Down in Texas a Congressman was
nearly defeated for re-election be
cause he had refused to recommend
one of his constituents for appoint
ment as co-operative observer of the
Weather Bureau. There are thous
ands of men and women in the coun
try who are performing th-.s sev-v4ce
for the government withou; compen
sation. The Texan was anxious to ob
tain the position, as he wanted the
honor of being his town's weather
prophet. As his congressman refused
to help him obtain the position, he
worked hard to defeat him, and
nearly succeeded, as the congressman
was re-elected by a very slight ma
jority. One unusually cold winter in the
northern states, when there had been
more than the usual number of cold
waves, a reporter for one of the
morning dailies met the observer one
afternoon and inquired about the
weather. When told that another
blizzard was headed for that section
he said: "You don't mean to tell me
that another one of those severely
coid spells is coming. I wouldn't be
surprised if you should be ordering
the next time I meet you a cold wave
for h 1 and vicinity."
"Cook here. Mr. Weather Man,"
said one of our western citizens, "did
you ever hear of the king and his
weather clerk. If not, I'll tell you the
story. There was an eastern poten
tate who kept in his employ a wea
ther clerk. Before starting upon any
journey he always consulted him
soon .
"In a few minutes the rain fell ir
torrents and his majesty was drench
ed. When the king returned to the
palace he was so angry with his wea
ther clerk that he discharged, him and
always consulted the :east afterward
whenever he wished to know what
the weather would be.
"That is the reason nearly every
jackass since that time has been al
lying for an office," remarked tha
observer. Baltimore Sun.
United States Trade
With Mexico Increases
Mexico City, March 19. Import anl
export trade between the United
States and Mexico in the year 1919 to-
about the character of the weather. tailed $43,946,144 more than in the. year
One day the clerk informed him that ; 1918, acording to figures announced by
the day would be pleasant, and the ! the American Chamber of Commerce
king started on a journey. Shortly in Mexico". The total trade in 1919, i-i
after he glanced at the sky, in which j United States currency, was $280.37;-.-there
were ominous-looking clouds. ,277. Secretary W. F. Saunders of tha
A little later' he met a peasant driv- j American Chamber says this increase
ing a jack and asked him what he I is due to the entrance of aproximately
thought the weather would be. '100 new American firms into Mexican
"Sire, there will be a heavy shower, trade curing the past two years.
Nearly 2, 0 0 0 clergymen from nine
co-unties in the vicinity oX New York
city, representing thirty Protestant
d en-OTnina Uotls co-operating in the
Inter-cburcii World .Movement, and a
few others "will meet Tuesday and
Wednesday in the Madison Avenue
Baptist Cfaurcn to take up church
of national reputation,
anions whom are Dr. S. Earl Taylor,
general secretary of the Interchurch.
World Movement; Dr. William Hiram
Koulkes, Xr. Daniel A. Poling and Dr.
A. K. Cory, associate general secreta
ries of the Interchurch Movement;
.1 ohn D. Kockef eller. Jr., and Mrs.
Henry W. Peabndy of Beverly, Mass.,
;i national leader of women's church
and c rv ic organ izations, will address
the pastors.
Mrs. Poabody also -will preside over
a gathering of leading church women
at the Marble Collegiate Church,
Twenty-ninth street and Fifth, avenue.
The Rt. Rev, Charles Summer
Bureh, Bishop of the Diocese of New
York, has recommended all Episcopal
clergymen to attend the clerical con
fexence in spite of the fact that the
ESpiscepaj Church is not yet officially
.iffiliaimg with the Interchurch
World ATovement, Dr. James K.
Walker. New York field secretary of
the movement, said that he had so
Tar received more than fifty accept
ances from Episcopal clergymen.
Si miliar conferences have been held
(lining the last month, in every State
in the United States, wtih a total at-
tendanrc of more than 30,000 Protcs- j
taut clergymen. By the time the se- j
ries of pastors' conventions is com-
pleted. it is expected by leaders of
the InterebuiVh Movement that more j
than 40,000 clergymen will have at
tV ashLngton, March 19. Decline in
clover culture by American farmers
seems to have gone so far as to
threaten to be serious and for the
good of the nation's corn and wheat
crops it is time to get the land back
into clover, the Department of Agri
culture advises. Productiveness of
land under corn and wheat decreases
most rapidly. Rotation of crops is
earnestly advocated by experts who
s-iy the most important is corn-wheat-clover,
with oats in place of wheat
where corn occupies the land too
long to permit seeding wheat in time.
Experiments show that in continu
ous culture for 20 years, the yield
of wheat fell from 9.24 bushels as an
average for the first ten years to 5.79
bushels for the second ten years
while in a 3 -year corn -wheat-clover
rotation the yield of wheat rose from
9.92 bushels in the first ten years to
12.73 bushels in the second decade.
Socwe & Co,
1140 MAIN ST.
Barnum 5075 Phone Noble 895
9 a. m. to 6 p. m. Daily
1140 MAIN ST.
New Spring Frocks
of Taffeta, Crepe De Chines, Georgette,, and Foulards.
Many" Fashionable Models at this Special Price
All the new, accepted style points for the coming- season are featured in
engaging ways. New colors, new ways and means of adornment in an
assortment that offer many styles for individual selections.
Children's Shoe Department
Maintaining the Rockwell & Co. High Standard of Quality THE
It is our desire to fit children with shoes that will (jive comfort and that will be of
satisfying service. This new stock has been studied and purchased only to suit the
young growing foot; materials, the best for service, assured by best workmanship.
Misses' Sizes liy2 to 2
White Rainskin Oxford .... $5.00
Gun Metal or Patent Oxfords $6.50
Russian Calf Oxford $7.50
Smoked Elk Oxford, an unlined, strong, play slioe . . $7.50
Child's Sizes 8y2 to 11
Patent Kid Vamp, mat kid button shoe $6.00
Patent Kid Vamp white kid top $6.50
Patent Kid ankle Tie $00
Russian Calf Lace Shoe, welt sole. Also in Gun
Metal Shoe $8.00
Gun Metal and Patent Oxfords $6.00
Infants' Sizes 1 to 5, 5 to
Patent Vamp, mat kid top button shoe, hand turned sole $3.50
Patent Vamp, white kid top $4.00
Patent Ankle Tie $3.00
Tan Calf Mutton Shoe $5.00
White "Nubuck" Button Shoe, wedge heel $4.00
Paten! Ankle Tie. wedge heel $4.00
Pumps and Oxfords
Gordo Calf Pumps, cuban heel, imitation wing tip. Neat
and dressy SI 100
Cordo Calf Blucher Oxford, flat heel, plain toe, welt sole,
Patent Colt Tongue Pump, leather L6uis heel. This same
popular style can be had in dull kid also . . . . $&,QQ
Dull Kid 2 Eyelet Pump, Leather Louis heel, welt sole,
This same style in blacksatin $10.00
Field Mouse Oxford with leather covered Louis heel, turn
ol $13.50
Sale of Standard
Ends Saturday
Many have taken advan
tage of the LOW PRICKS.
There is many items
evegy day necessities to
be had. F:.r savings buy
.-- '
SUIT modeled of all wool serge in navy blue, although moderate in price,
still of the usual Rockwell & Co. high standard of workmanship.
Coats of smart length, exquisitely trimmed with silk braid, long roll col
lar and others with notch collar; lined with figured Pussy Willow Silk.
Veiy special values.
In Spring Fashions
designed to provide the
proper foundation for
the new Spring apparel,
these new petticoats be
come a necessary part of
the costume.
Jersey Silk w7ill be pop
ular, coming in all the
new Spring shades, also
two tone effects
$7.95 and up
Taffeta Petticoats in all
colors, and changeable
silk. Regular and extra
sizes . . . . $5.95 and up
Heatherbloom Petticoats
in black, navy and col
ors. Regular sizes $3.95, $L95
Outsizes $5.95
Sprin g Millinery
Revealing the Latest
Styles Notes for
Charming Hats in .all theil4
beauty and simplicity, re
flecting as they do thqse
features of youth and ex
clusiveuess so desired in
milliner creations.
Prices are extraordinary
attractive as these will
$5.00, $6.95,
$7.50 and $10
To create immediate and active
interest in this department we.
featdre a handsome fancy side.
REED CARRIAGE one pictured
rubber tires, reversible .gear,
tubular -pushers, fine cordurov
Third floor
3 1 50
Women's ilk Hose, lisle top, in white, navy, black
cordovan ,buck and field mouse $2.45
All Silk Hose in Black only $3.00
"Tripletoe" Women's Silk Hose, lisle top in white,
bleak and cordovan $3.95 and $4.50
"Kayser's" Pure Silk Hose in black with French
lace clocks $5.45
More Blouses, and
New Styles at $2.89
In rose, copen blue ,light blue, flesh and lavender,
long roll collar, trimmed with narrow frill, white or
self colored. Very1 neat anodels.
Leather Belts
One-half inches wide in black
tan, grey, brown with Ionar
narrow nickel buckles. Some
witli braided rings in same
Saturday Only
Middy Blouses
Regular $2.50
Middy Blouses of jean bran!
trimmed all white. For Sat
urday only specially priced.
Gillette Razors
A Chance for the Men
Regular $5.00
12 blades with each razor in
a nickle case.

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