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The Newtown Bee."
VOLUME XXXI.
NEWTOWN, CONN., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, J 909.
NUMBER 51.
Kent
MRS S. E. EATON.
The funeral of airs Snphronta E.
Eaton was held at ber late residence
on Monday afternoon. We shall miss
ber very mnch as all her long mar
ried life wni spent bere. Her hus
band, Luther Eaton, wns well known
all over the country. She loaves one
brother and niece.
CHURCH NOTES.
A religious service for the public
conducted by Rev C. II. Perry, will
be hold In the Town hall, SundnH service. All Riasons are invited, also
memoers or me uraer 01 me iwimern
Star and the general public. Full
moon, the 2Cth.
evenlncr, December 26, at 7 o'clock.
Rev Clarence B. Williams, M. A., of
Philadelphia, now taking spetlrtl
studies In the Yale Divinity school,
Now Haven, has been secured to
give his sterooptlcan lecture on
"The Life that Taught the World to
Live." Mr Williams Is very highly
recommended ns a lecturer of ability
and the public Is fortunate to have
an opportunity of hearing him, and
It Is hoped that there will be a large
attendance present. The lecture is
free and everyone is Invited. Come
and bring your friends.
Rev C. II. Perry will conduct a
religious se Ice In the chapel at
East Kent on Sunday afternoon, De
cember 26, at 2.30, and In the school
house at Flanders on Tuesday even
ing, December 28, at 7 o'clock. The
subjects for the sermons, next Sun
day morning, In the Congregational
church will be for the Junior congre
gation, "God's Gift to You," and for
the regular congregation, "The Pre
eminence of Christ."
The subject for discussion In the
Mens Cornerstone class will
"What Is Jesus to me?"
A "watch night" service will be
held In the lecture room of the Con
tgrcgatirnal church on Friday even
ing, December 31, at 11 o'clock. This
service will be proceeded by a social
gathering for old and young, begin
ning at 8 o'clock.
The regular mid-week service oh
Thursday evening will be omitted
next week.
The 'Chnstmas entertalnmert for
the Sunday school of the Congrega
tional church will be held on Friday
evening, December 24, In the church
at 7 o'clock. Santa Claus will be
present to descend the chimney and
a good time Is certain. Come every
one and bring your friends both old
and young
Foxbury.
MR AND MRS a. W. HURLBURT SUR
PRISED. Mr and Mrs G. W. Hurlburt were sur-
Erised, last Saturday evening. Pecem
er 18, by a few neighbors who came
in to help celebrate Mrs Hurlburt's
freshmen ts were served. Guests pres
ent were Mrs Sarah Isham Coit, Miss
Mary Coates, Mr and Mrs Leverett Cas
tle, Mr and Mrs Edward Preston and
Dr and Mrs L. J.- Pons, jvir and Mrs
Hurlburt gave their unexptcted guests
a warm welcome and a most delightful
time followed.
A HAPPY SURPRISE TI MRS SARAH
I. COIT.
Friday evening, December 10, Mrs
Sarah Isham Coit was given a surprise
party by a few of her near neighbors,
the occasion being her birthday. The
dining room table was made gay with
roses, lignted with candles and a bounti
ful supper provided. A very happy even
ing was spent with Mrs Coit, who has
added much sociability to the neighbor
hood since she has made her home in
this village.
Born, December 9, a son to Lincoln
and Susan Smith.
Born, December 17, a son to James .
and Daisy Berry.
Both scnoois ciosea vveanesaay, lor
the enristmas vacation and will open
JfiTiUEiry 4.
Miss Mary Coates will spend her va
cation in Mystic.
A service will be hu.u in Christ church
on Christmas eve, at 7.30 o'clock; also
on Christmas day at 11 o'clock.
Mrs Charles Craven and Miss Olga
Craven have slosed their home for the
Winter and gone to New York.
Tne cnimren connected wiin iu ,pio
copal church have their annual tree in
the hall, Tuesday evening, December 28.
The town school committee has ord
ered the Painter Hill school closed on
account of scarlet fever, until January
' Walter Daley has a fine crop of
tobacco all stripped and in the
bundle and is now ready to sell his
crop to the buyers when they call
at his place. He completed stripping
his crop on Thursday, November 2a.z
Judge and Mrs E. W. Preston spent
last Wednesday in New York City.
Dr L. J. Pons, who is a member of
the state board of health, attended a
meeting of the board at Hartford,
last week. The cattle and dairy
commissioners were also present.
The meeting was in the interest of
getting pure milk throughout our
state.
ST JOHN'S CHURCH.
Sunday Sc-rviecss.
Christmas services next Sunday.
Morning prayer, sermon and Holy
Communion, 10.45, followed by 8un
dny school. Children's service and
Christmas tree at 5 p. m.
Monday, the 27tb, St John Evan
gelist day, Masonic service and ser
mon at 7.30 p. m. Hiram Lodge, No.
18.' will attend In a body. The Rev
J. II. George will participate In the
CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
NOTES.
Sunday Services.
At 11 a. m., morning service with
sermon by the pastor; at 12 m., Sun
day school; at 7. 30 p. m., Y. P. S. C.
E. meeting. Subject "Our responsi
bility for home and foreign mission."
Ref. Matt. 28-10 to 20. The Decem
ber meeting of the. Men's Federation
will be held on Wednesday evening,
December 28. Rev A. T. Steele of
Bethel will give an interesting ad
dress. Light refreshments will be
served. Every member of the Feder
ation Is urged to be present and
bring some friend with him.
Thursday evening, prayer meeting
at 7.4 f.
OUR YULE FEAST.
The shepherds on the dew kiss'd
hills,
Guarding their flocks asleep,
Hear songs angelic rise from those,
Who watch and ward do keep.
A choral leader first appears,
While moonlight floods the vale;T
Fear not! to startled shepherds saith,
List to the wondrous tale.
Of holy birth of Christ, the Lord,
Born for each human soul,
That anthems of unending joy
O'er earth may eer roll.
Now quick appears in starry sky
Part of the host who fill
The skies above, and sweetly chant
"On earth peace and good will."
"Glory in highest to our God,"
It peals o'er Bethl'hem's hill,
The Christmas anthem still is heard
It shall the whole world fill.
Sing on ye angels in the sky,
Our Yule feast fill with joy;
Redemption's song ye cannot sing,
That shall our notes employ.
E. P. Herrick.
EDITORIAL INK DROPS.
Is Issuing; The Dee t day earlier, on account of Christmas, it bas
naturally made some lively stepping in the publication office at Newtown.
But It goes out to the readers, freighted down with Christmas cboer and
good wishes. "A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" greeting to
every subscriber and reader, from the millionaire to tbe humblest laborer
In shop or on farm. Let us hope that the Christmas spirit of helpfulness
and optimism may abide In each heart as we 'start out on the New Year,
It Is a long time, near a score of years, tbe present workers on Tbe Bee
bave labored together In the capacity of publishers. We have not been
free from mistakes, like others of our follows, but our purpose has been
to Issue a good paper and to make this old town and the wider commun
ity we serve better for having been here. It Is In this spirit we wish you
all a "Merry Christmas."
SANDY HOOK LIBRARY.
Whist for its Benefit, Thursday Even
in? December 30.
A whist will bo given In Sandy
Hook by Mrs George Taylor and Mrs
Frank Mitchell at the home of Mrs
George Taylor for the benefit of the
Sandy Hooy library, Thursday even
ing, December 30. A good time is as
sured all who attend.
ACCIDENT IND1NBURY. .
Hermann Tiemann. Jr, and Percy
Piatt Slightly Injured.
Hermann Tiemann, Jr., and Percy;
Piatt were victims of a runaway ac
cident, while driving in Danbury,
Tuesday afternoon. The horse be
came frightened at an approaching
trolley car and ran, throwing them
out. Mr Tiemann was slightly
bruised about the face and Mr Piatt
sustained a sprained ankle.
NEWTOWN HIGH SCHOOL ALUM
NI ASSOCIATION.
To Hold Annual Meeting:. Thursday
Evening, December 30.
The Newtown High School Alumni
Association will hold Its annual busi
ness meeting, Thursday evening, De
cember 30, at 8 p. m. at the resi
dence of Mrs W. H. Stevens, Sandy
Hook. All graduates of the High
school are invited and urged to be
present. Those who have not paid
their dues should come prepared to
do so at that time. The meeting will
take place regardless of weather con
ditions. Those who expect to attend
are asked to notify Mrs Stevens by
phone or letter.
D. MERWINMITCHELL
Taken Seriously 111 in Child's Ees-
taurant, New Haven, Monday. ?
D. Merwin Mitchell was taken ill
with acute indigestion in Child's
restaurant, New Haven, Monday. He
was taken to the hospital and Is now
convalescent.
WHIST PARTY.
Do you know Busker?
adv op page 10.
See his
Bridgewater.
CHRISTMAS SOCIABLE AND SUP
PER. The Congregational Sunday school
will hold a Christmas social and
supper in the chapel on New Year's
eve. There will be a social hour
with games, etc., followed by a sup
per and the distribution of andy
and oranges.
Miss Annabelle Marsh is home for
the holidays.
Mrs E. R. Wooster spent Saturday
in Danbury.
Mr and Mrs H. W. Treat were
guests over Sunday of Mrs Annie
Harris m NorwalK;
Miss Ruth Treat was the week
end guest of Miss Elizabeth Peet of
Kent.
Erooifield.
NEWS TERSELY TOLD.
Edgai Beers, who has been quite
indisposed from the effects of a se
vere cold and other complications,
was able to resume his route again
on Tuesday.
The marriage of Robert Parsons
and Miss Eunice Lee is announced to
take place in the Congregational
church on Christmas day at 3 p. m.
The Rev Mr Martin will perforin the
ceremony.
The schools will be closed on Fri
day for the Christmas vacation to
open again on Monday, January 3.
Miss Julia Hawley is home from
Plttsbury for the holiday vacation.
It is reported that Mr Rumpf, who
has been running Brookfield cream
ery, has gone into bankruptcy,
James Lee being the principal cre-
ditor
Redding.
The Sunday school of the Congre
gational church will have their
usual Christmas festival at the
church on Tuesday evening,- Decem
ber 28. There will be an Interest
ing series of recitations and carols,
after which the Christmas tree will
be lighted and the usual fruit dis
tributed. Everyone is cordially Invited.
New Milford.
. NOTES FROM ST JOHN'S. . . .
Services Christmas day: At 10
a. m., morning prayer, Holy Commu
nion and sermon; at 7 p. m., Christ
mas tree service of the Sunday school.
At Still River the Christmas festi
val will be held, Wednesday evening,
the 29tll, at To'clock.
New arrival of those delicious
seedless grapefruit, direct from
Florida orchards, 3 for 25c, the larg
est. Good ones, 4 for 25 c, also
oranges, sweet and fine at Farmers'
Trading Co.
Charles I. Leach, the Church
street grocer, has brightened up the
interior of his store with varnish and
the addition of new glass doors for
the shelves.
Get the fixings for your Christmas
dinner at C. I. Leach's.
For the Benefit of the Newtown Li
brary. A whist party for the benefit of
the Newtown library will be held on
Tuesday evening, January 4. An en
joyable evening is assured. Don't
forget the date.
Rev Clarence Beers of Bantam was
in town, Tuesday and Wednesday,
guest of Mr and Mrs E. L. Johnson.
ST ROSE'S.
Masses Christmas Day.
Masses will be celebrated at St
Rose's, Christmas day, at 6 and 10
a. in.; St Stephen's church at 7.45 a.J
h.; at Southford at 9 a. m. and at the
Sacred Heart church, Southbury at
10.30 a. m. The usual Christmas
offering will be taken at all the
masses.
"
METHODIST CHURCH NOTES.
Christmas Entertainment.
,jIn place of the Thursday evening
meeting, this week, the Sunday
school entertainment for Christmas
will be held in the church, commenc
ing at 7o'clock. Christmas music and
recitations will be the order of the
occasion with a social gathering at
the close. Friends are cordially in
vited to attend.
Mrs Frank Wright passed Monday
in Ridgefield with her mother, Mrs
E. G. Hoyt.
Curtis E. Cook, principal of the
High school, will pass the holidays at
Harrisburg, Pa.
Mr3 Charles Minor and Miss Edith
Minor of Berkshire were visitors in
Dnbury, Tuesday.
Miss Hazel Hazen Smith was in
New Milford, Tuesday, the guest of
Miss Marjorie Todd.
Everything for the Christmas din
ner, nuts, raisins, grapefruit, oranges
ngs, dates, cranberries, etc., at Mor
ris', the grocer.
Bethlenem.
HELPING THE SCHOOLS.
The sale held last week by the
ladies and scholars of the town was
well attended. A finely decorated
booth was erected In the center of
the hall for the sale of useful and
fancy articles and was presided orer
by Misses Pheobe and Emma Smitn,
Miss Mildred Judd and Miss Bertha
Hollenback. A candy booth, at
which homemade candy was sold,
was presided over by Misses Ina and
Edith Lake. The fish pond was con
ducted by Miss Ruth Hollenback,
Mrs J. W. Flynn had charge of the
food sale and Mrs J. B. Sanford and
Mrs John Piatt had charge of the
sandwiches and coffee sale. The net
proceeds were about $50 and will be
used with a like amount from tne
state to purchase equipment for the
schools.
W. P. Lake Is home from the Mt
Hermon school for the holiday vaca
tion. Mis Julia Antwood Is with her
parents, Mr and Mrs D. W. Thomp
son, for .the holidays.
Mr and Mrs J. D. Dayton enter
tained the whist club, last week,
Friday evening, about 30 being
present.
About 20 of W. P. Lake's friends
gave him a surprise party, Saturday
evening.
Morris has those fine felt and rub
ber boots that fit tne feet and keep
them warm. Try tnem. Also mit
tens and gloves for the uands.
Don't miss looking over the display
at Levy's Clothing Store, Danbury. une
of the finest stores in this part of the
state and prices reasonable.
Lovin's for ladies' suits and furs. Just
try him. Opposite the monument in
Danbury.
NICE CHRISTMAS GIFTS.
A handkerchief. Big stock from 5c
to 50c at French s, Bethel.
New stock of Bradley mufflers in.
50c. Sweater coats in qualities that
will give you the best of service, for
ladies, misses and gents. ?1 to ?s.9s.
At French s Dry Goods Store, Eetnel
GLOVES FOR CHRISTMAS.
And ours alwavs give satisfaction,
Ladies, misses and children, 25c to
50c. Ladies and misses, II. Men s
nlush for driving, 50c to $1. Knit
and leather for work, 25c to 50c,
Street gloves $1 to ?1.50. Boys gloves
25c to 50c. At F. B. French's, Betnei.
Cyrus Hull of Quaker's Farms was
In town calling on friends, last Tues
day, and attended the entertainment.
in the evening at the Town hall, giv
en by the Men's club.
The selectmen will meet, Friday,
December 24, from 9 a. m. to 12
o'clock to draw orders.
Have you a copy of the Bee of De
cember 10? See Busker's offer.
The December meeting of the
Men's club will be held at the Inn
anntx on Tuesday evening, Decem
ber 28. The literary Jrogram will be
In charge of Rev Alexander Steele.
Host, Dr F. J. Gale.
For the Christmas dinner a prime
roast, plump and luscious chickens,
white grapes, grape fruit, oranges,
nuts, etc, offered by Merchant II.
Rupf.
Buy from a large stock, such as
Buckingham, the furniture dealer, in
Bridgeport, has. Look up his adv.
A CARD OF THANKS.
Through the columns of The Bee
Mrs D. Crowe and family wish to
thank the relatives and friends who
kindly sent flowers, also Court Sandy
KVOk, F. of A., and Bridgeport lodge,
Order of Eagles, at the time of the
death of their beloved son and broth
er, Patrick F. Crowe.
Miss Doretta Gordon, who has been
critically ill, is improving steadily,
thanks to the skill of Dr F. J. Gale
and good nursing.
Arthur J. Smith was in Hartford,
Wednesday.
Oranges, dates, figs, mixed nuts,
English walnuts, layer raisins, Kibbe
fancy confections in one-half pound,
pound, one pound, two pound and
five pound boxes. At Corbett, Crowe
& Co,s.
Lane's Fanr'y Medicine, 25c;
Fairchild's Essence of Pepsin,
Atwood's bitters, 25c; Fellowe's
Syrup, $1.35; Daggett's cold cream,
10c; Cheeseborough vaseline cream,
15c; Foley's Kidney Pills, 50c; White
Pine and Tr, 35c; Oxide of Zinc,
plasters in rolls, 15c. At your home
drug store, Corbett, Crowe & Co. s.
TRINITY PARISH.
Christmas - Eve. ,
On Christmas eve win occur the
annual Christmas tree service of tbe
Sunday school, at 7 p . m.
Christmas Say.
On Christmas day there will he
services In the church at 10.30 a. m.,
with morning prayer and Holy Com
munion. The offering will be for the
fund for tbe aged and infirm clergy.
A cordial Invitation to all is extend
ed. ,
Sunday Services.
Sunday, St Stephen's day, At 10
a. in., Holy Communion; at 11 a. m
mornlnfr prayer with sermon by the
rector, Rev James II. George, at 12
id., Sunday school; at 7. 30 p. m
evening prayer.
Rev J. II. George has been con
fined to Co house for a day or two,
suffering from the effects of a severe
cold.
Monday, St John the Evangelist
day, and T.icsday, Holy Innocents'
day, Holy Communion will be cele
brated In private for the sick.
MALCOLM SUACKlFFOItD, EN
TERTAINER To Appear Here. January 28.
The closing entertainment in the
Men's club course comes on January
2S, when Malcolm Shackle-ford will
appear in a program of sor.gs jnd re
citations with banjo accompaniment.
Mr Shackleford comes very highly
recommended . nd the entertainment
promises tn b one of the best of the
course.
MISS MABEL MULLINS, ELOCU
TIONIST. Appeared at The Town Hall, Tuesday
Niffht.
Miss Mabel Mullins, elocutionist,
of New York, appeared at the Town
hall, Tuesday evening, In the Men's
club course. The program was a
varied and interesting one and pleas
ed the audience. The cold weather,
nearness to Christmas and an in
creasing number of local events made
the audience a small one.
HILLSIDE WHIST A SUCCESS.
vLargely Attended.
The Hillside club scored a, brill
iant sucess In their whist party,
Friday evening. Twenty tables were
occupied and all present had a fine
time. The prizes were as follows:
1st, Miss Charlotte Minor., suit case;
2d, Ernest Sanford, lady's hand bag;
3d, Mrs George Stuart, camera; 4th,
Frank Blackman, humidor; 5th, Mrs
Charles B. Glover, bon bon dish; 6th
Harry Canfield, Hawleyville, lady's
hand bag; 8th, Miss F. V. Daniels,
box cigars; 10th, Mrs F. Lake,
handsome picture; 11th Elmer Fair
child,, fox skin; 12th, Miss Myra E.
Warner, picture; 13th, John Beers
box cigars; 14th, MrsCharles Beards
ley, fancy jar; 15th, R. H. Beers,
fancy vase; 16th, Mrs S. F. Scher
merhorn, ash tray; 17th, A. T. Net
tleton, box of apples; 18th, Mrs W.
J. Beecher, silver case; 19th, Fred
erick Lake, pair armlets; 20th, Mrs
S. A. Blackman, pipe; 21st, Mr Corn
ing, box envelopes; 22d, Mrs Addie
Nichols, large Teddy bear; 23d,
William Canfield, box of candy. Miss
Marguerite Beecher carried off the
lady's consolation, a tiny doll, and
William Hawley was awarded the
gentleman's, two cigars. Refresh
ments of cake and lemonade were
served.
See Busker's free offer on page 10.
Mr and Mrs Benjamin Corning
passed Sunday with Mr Coming's
parents at Steprey.
Mrs Arthur Beard passed Monday
in the Park Ciiy.
James Keane of Bridgeport was
the guest, Sunday, of his mother,
Mrs Margaret Keane, of Gas street.
C. Keane tassed
Sunday in Danbury.
Saturday and
Miss Arnie Scanlon is on the sick
list.
Frank J. McGran and daughter,
Margaret, of New Rochelle, N. Y.,
were guests, Saturday, of Mrs John
McGran.
Mrs Ruth A'igur is "pending a
few days in New Haven and Wood-
bridge.
It will be a positive pleasure to
look over the Christmas offerings at
R. H. Beers & Co.'s., which include
fancy Kibbe confections in dainty
boxes, umbrellas in cases, skates for
the youngsters, pretty booklets,
hammered brass articles, handsomely
embroidered waists for the ladies, a
pretty line of ties for the ladies,
brush, comb and mirror sets very
handsom in design. The scribe can
not enumerate them all. Time is too
short. But take our word for it you
will be pleased with the selection
and will want to possess many of the
articles on inspection.
Mrs M. E. Lyons has visited in
Bridgeport.
Mrs William Driscoll passed Tues
day in he Park City.
, George Hayes, son of Mr and Mrs
Wesley Hayes, has undergone an
operation for appendicitis.
Huntington.
The entertainment, Saturday even
ing in Laborie's hall was enjoyed by
a large audience and about $15 wns
raised for the Christmas tree. The
program consisted of speaking, sing
ing, tableaux and an Indian club
A 0T O TM BXZSKAW
. BCHOOtS,
f
An! Boms Comments.
REPORT OF J. R. J'KRKINS ON THIS
TOWN Otf BllliKAiAN.
November U, 1009.
8tnt Board of Education,
Kirs: tn accordance wllli your Irmtruo
tlona I have vlnlled the school of tiin-v
man. The town In umall, the main in
diiNiry la agriculture, The revised grand
liHt given by the itute In :i0,37U, thut
given by lue town li 1305,870.
SCHOOLS.
I found six school in nHHlon with the
following number of pupil in each:
Center. 8
i rumi wood, 6
Coburn, 6
l.eiich Hollow, 6
Kecond District, 5
First District, 12
Soverul child! en llvlnpr near Quaker
IIIH urn fttiuiMlinir iehool In New York
ami several children In Coburn district
are attending school In New Fall-Hold.
TKACI1EKS.
All but one of the teachors were High
Pcliool graduates. 'J'liu discipline In all
the school was good, ami the leaching
Hood fur untrained louche. Tho chil
dren Impressed me as being bright and
upt If I am correctly informed, Meh of
the dixlrlct!i has been assigned $206.
'J Mb amount la supposed to cover inci
dentals and fuel and the remainder (roes
to the teacher as salary, averaging1
ubbUt JO a week.
SCHOOUIOUSES.
There Is one new school In the north
part of the town. Unfortunately it la
Hiiuiited within a few feet of the New
Milford town lino. The schoolhouse at
Sherman Center la In lair condition. The
sclioolliouses in Secor.d district, Green
wood, Coburn and Leach Hollow are not
in creditable condition. The outbuilding
at Coburn In, new and there is one new
out-bulldiiifc' at the First district. The
two ut tne second district were in lair
condition, as was one of those at tha
Center. The others should be torn down
and new one built If the schools are to
be continued in there districts. The
following repairs ought 10 be made if
the schools ure to be continued:
First District: One new outbuilding.
Thn one wnieh is in gocd condition
ouf?ht to be painted. A new teacher's
desk is needed.
Second District: Both buildings need
to be painted. Obscene marks and cut
tings should be removed from the entry.
This building ought some time to be
clapboarded and painted. The construc
tion is old and boards run horizontally.
There are wide cracks in the buillding.
Leach Hollow: In this district there
are needed two new outbuildings and
new single desks. The building ought
to be painted.
Coburn: There should be here another
new outbuilding, new single desks, new
doors, new floor, the entry should be re
paired and the building painted.
Greenwood: Two new outbuildings
ought to be bujit, although there is no
place to put them without acquiring
land. The building ought to bo painted,
the entry repaired, new doors put on,
markings removed from tne outside of
the buuuing and a new floor laid.
Center: Provision shold be made for
hanging cloiuing in the entry. Plaster
ing should be repaired, cnalk rail made
under blackboard. One outbuilding needs
to be painted. One needs to be repaired
and painted.
RECOMMENDATIONS.
The following recommendations are
offerred:
1. That the town tike advantage of the
law which provides free of charge a
superintendent for small towns. I feel
that a capable supervisor working with
the teachers of this town would accom
plish good results.
2. That for the present year all the
schools be closed but two, the Center
school and the school in the First dis
trict, and that the children be transport
ed from tie Second district to the First
district, and that from the remaining
districts in the south part of the town,
children be transported to the Center
school. There would thee be in the
north school 17 pupils and in the Cen- .
ter 28.
I suggest that after this year the
town make arrangements to transport
all of its children to the Cenier district
One well-trained teacher could readily
teach all of the children in the town of
Sherman. I believe that a team could
leave Sherman Center, go to Leach Hol
low, thence to near the house of George
Durgy and back by the Greenwood
school to the Center. This team could
run on schedule time and all the pupils
could be picked up along the way. Such
an arrangement would also do for next
year if all the schools were combined in
one. I think the children in the Second
district are ne&r enough to the First
district to go without transportation,
excepting possibly one or two. The
plan that I describe might not be satis
factory to the people of Sherman, but I
feel sure that they could make soma
arrangement to combine their schools
in a satisfactory manner. No school
ought to be supported in a small town '
for any length of time unless there are
at least 20 pupils. Owing to the fact
that Sherman has a small number of
children and a relatively hign grand
list, it cannot receive the average at
tendance grant. In fact it would have
no great need of this grant if the
schools were consolidated. The latest
available figures show that the town is
spending $1475 for teachers' wages.
Transportation ought not to cost over
$500, leaving about $1000 to pay one or
two teachers. I have indicated on the
map the route suggested for transportation.
The above report has just been made
by J. R. Perkins, principal of the State
Normal school of Danbury. So far as
closing all the scools in town but two,
the writer believes the proposition
would not be endorsed by a majority of
the citizens in the town. The project of
carrying the children (the writer be
lieves) could not be accomplished for
any such money as Mr Perkins esti
mates. In the second place it would be
practically impossible to transport the
children over the route suggestsed. There
are weeks at a time when it would be
well nigh impossible to send a loaded
wagon across the Hill from George Dur
gy's. Coburn and Greenwood. The roads
arc at times full to the fences. By time
a child starting from the lower end of
I.ench Hollow reached Coburn or Green
woods he would be frozen stiff. It is
very Hie for Mr Perkins and other men
like him. to sit in their steam-heated
j:u v., ut. etmn.nf rwhv nrMrh i oiiices una wont out tne prouiems or a
drill by Mr Strong-of Derbj wfculi rmill town In ;hR ft time al
was especially hne and greatly en-1 tho m,id across the mils would make the
Rev J. A. N. Grenier of New Ha
ven has rented the place of Thomas
Reilly near Newtown station and
moved in on Wednesday.
Miss Florence Beecher, daughter
of Judge and Mrs Beecher, is at
home from the Mt Ida school, New
ton, Mass., for the holiday vacation.
The attractive store of Taylor.
Curtis & Co., is bright with the
Christmas cheer, the stock including
games, toys, books in copyrights and
rebounds, handsome stationary, silk
umbrellas for ladies and men. lamna.
handkerchiefs and silk mufflers,
Then for the Christmas table there
are white grapes, mixed nuts and all
tne delict cies of the season In the
grocery line.
loved. Many thanks are due Miss
Mary Hecox for the success of the
affair.
The Christmas concert and tree
will be held on Saturday evening,
December 25, in the Congregational
church. St Paul's will have their
usual Christmas service on Christ
mas eve.
Rev Mr Armstrong will preach in
the Congregational church again,
next Sunday.
Edgar Buckingham and Charles
Millard each lost a horse, last week.
Miss E. Buckingham is home for
the holidays from her school in
Pennsylvania.
Will Cook of Worcester, Mass., is
spending Christmas at his home here.
Miw Elizabeth Dowker is homo
for a short time.
There Is a case of scarlet feer in
Wells Hollow, the young child of
Surbamblno being the victim.
Anson Smith has been laid up for
a few days but is on his R. D. route
agaiu.
Inp a weary pilgrimage. The writer
believes in improving the schools, but
for, )i -uch ti nel way as this affable
gentleman, Perkins, suggests. The sug
gestions made for repairing the build
ines are commendable. The teachers,
also, should be paid larger salaries.
KEW YEARSJEVE DANCE
To Be Given Bv StEose's Drum Corns
St Roup's drum corps will give a
social and dance In St Mary's hall.
New Yc&r's eve, December 31. Good
music will be provided and no pains
will be spared to make the occasion
a notable one. The committee of
arrangements consists of M. J. Keat
ing, M. L. Keane, P. C. Br.tdley, J.
Carmody, P. Keating and J. J. Car-mody.
We sell have a good supply of rub
bers and felt boots, arctics, etc
Ladies' and men's felt lined shoes
and slippers. Prices for the holiday
trade as low as the lowest. Sandy
Hook Shoe Store.

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