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THE WEEKLY CALEDONIAN
The Biggest Newspaper Value for $1.00 a Year in the State of Vermont. Published Every Wednesday Morning at St. Johnsbury. ESTABLISHED AUGUST 8, 1837 ST. JOHNSBURY, VERMONT WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1919 83rd YEAR- NUMBER 1387 WAY BELOW ZERO WEATHER HAS ARRIVED Frozen Water Pipe Docs $200 Damage in Stiles Store The world did not conic to an end on the night of Dec. 17, but the cold wave predicted by the astrologer cer tainly arrived. The mercury ranged from 20 to 28 below zero in various parts of Northeastern Vermont early this morning and was 4 below at noon. The lowest reported from St. Johnsbury Center was 24, below zero. At Newport it was 28 below. The cold weather made it extreme ly difficult for the through trains to make steam and all were several hours late. The "air line' north Wednesday afternoon was two hours' late and over a hundred people wait ed patiently for its tardy arrival. The mail train from the south was three hours' late and did not reach St. Johnsbury until 6.!10 o'clock. There were several households where the water pipes froze, caus ing some inconvenience. The most serious loss was at the Don C Stiles store. Here a water pipe in one of the rooms over the store froze and burst and whc;i the ladies opened the store there was "water, water, everywhere." Many beautiful Christ mas cards, fancy boxes of stationery and holiday gifts books were spoiled and the loss will reach $200. It will be impossible to replace these goods in season for Christmas trade but there are hundreds of useful and pretty gifts left in this well-stocked store. Fire Insurance Companies to Examine All Risks Something new in the way of fire loss protection is being instituted by the Vermont mutual companies, the Vermont Mntual and the Union Mut ual of Montpelier, the Burlington Mutual and the Granite Mutual of Barre, which is bound to be of bene fit jiot onlyto the companies named above but to every manufacturer and -householder insured with them. Ray mond W. Paine of Barre will make a fhn inuliinnn ' ovnniillinu' fil'fvi linrl chimneys and. other risks or fire haz ards and make recommendations. Mr. Paine exepcts;it will take the greater part of the winter to complete the cration of any upon whom he may task and asks for the cooperation of any upon whom he may call. It is hoped that by this method the annual loss from fire, due in many instances to negligence from some cause, m.-.y be kept down to a minimum figure. The Weekly Caledonian The best paper of its kind in this field. Because It prints more local news than any other paper. Because It prints more town news than any other paper. Because Its price now is only $1.00 a year. -Single copies 3 cents. Why pay more. Subscribe Now MAKE STATE ROAD IM PROVEMENTS NEAR HERE The work on the federal aid project in road construction in Vermont is practically closed for this year. There is .still a little fig uring to be done in the state engin eer's office. The work was started late this year owing to war conditions and there has been a shortage of labor in some sections but it is interesting to note that two of the forced con tract jobs, so called, which were un der the supervision of the state high way commissioner have been com pleted in spite of these drawbacks. These are the Salisbury and Hard wick jobs. The Hardwick job was in charge of Willard Walker and was 1.2 miles long. The estimated cost of that job was $ir,Gii(5. No contract was let i;i cither in this or the Salisbury job because the bids made were not sat isfactory to the officials and the state took the obs on the estimates of the federal government and has brought the result expected of less expense than if the contracts had been let. The Irusburg-Covcntry job was awarded to C. J. Gilfillnn of St. Johnsbury and C. I). Fritz is inspec tor on the job. It is 2.88 miles long and the contract was for $51,383. The work was well under way when it was closed for the winter. TWO MILLION FEET LIMBER WILL BE CUT The Moose River Realty Company the St. Johnsbury concern of which George C. Caldbeck is at the head, arc busy this winter cutting the for ests' and sawing the lumber in the township of Merrilltown, Me. The company own a whole township of around 14,000 acres. This is covered with forests, some of second growth,1 and the owners expect to cut over 2,000,000 feet this winter. A force of GO men are now employed at the t'AxAy About 50 of them are- cut tngHhc trees, while a doz,en are em ployed at. the mill sawing the lum ber' , 'The choppers are cutting about 80,000 feet a day, while the mill is turning out 'about 20,1)00 feet a "day. ; Merrilltown is located ab'put fo'ur miles from, the Canadian: Pacific rail- t ay and not far from Lowclltown, Me. The latter is located on the. Hal ifax and Stl Johns line of the C. P. Ry. and north of Moosehcad Lake. Mr. Caldbeck is spending the month of December at the camp. and early in January he will come home for a wihle and V. E. Lurchin will take his place. Either Mr. Caldbeck or Mr. Lurchin will be at the camp through out the winter. ' OYER 4000 DEER KILLED IN OPEN SEASON State Fish and Game Commission er Leavens has received the final tab ulation of the slaughter of the deer in the open season in Vermont and the total number, 4000, exceeds all records of previous years. Even Grand Isle county furnished one deer which is unusual, while Caledonia county furnished 107. Following is the record by counties: Addison 400 :Jt8 107 123 2C9 Bennington Caledonia Chittenden Essex Franklin Grand Isle Lamoille Orango Orleans Rutland Washington Windham Windsor 60 1 306 172 102 575 401 570 448 4000 Daily Thought The ono thins in the world which In of value, Is the, active soul. Emerson. 19 19 Has Been a Year of Momentous Happenings LOOKBACK! How many of the Important Affairs CAN YOU REMEMBER? The Twenty-Seventh Annual General Review of the Year AS Thomas B. Preston The Herald's Expert on the Strategy anil Diplomacy of the Great Wat will be published in the NEW YORK HERALD Sunday, December 28 CANADIAN SILVER TO BE REFUSED St. J. Banks Will Not Handle Canadian Silver Owing to Exchange Conditions At a meeting of the St. Johnsbury banks on Saturday afternoon it was decided owing to the abnormal ex change conditions between the Unit ed States and Canada that on after Wednesday, Dec. 24, no Canadian silver would be taken except at a discount of 10 per cent. The St. Johnsbury Gas Company have also notified their customers that they will not accept Canadian quarters in the gas meter. The discount on Ca nadian money has been as low as 20 per cent within the last ten days, ten 12 per cent and now around 10 per cent. Notices were fisted in Newport this morning that Canadian money would be taken at nine per cent dis count. Last week the Dominion currency was token at 12 per cent dis count, the merchants taking half the loss and charging the other half to their .customers. On this proposition the last issue of the Newport Ex press and Standard said: "We believe the city is missing it in not taking Canadian money dollar for dollar. It is' hurting trade and keeping outside customers away. Canada and the banks are not bankrupt by any means" The St. Johnsbury banks are now accumulating a big collection of Ca nadian silver and those having any should try and dispose of it before Wednesday unless they want to keep it for a while as souvenirs. With the banks taking it only at a discount on and after Wednesday the stores, the post office, the railroad station and other places of business will have to refuse them. The difference in value allows for some speculation if one is so inclined and the story comes to this office of a Burling l party who cleared $1,000 in ten days in buying up Ca nadian money at the prevailing dis count rate and then disposing of it in Canada at par. The banks at their meeting Satur day took no action on Canadian bills as they have not taken over the counter for some time. MISS GRINT'S DANCING CLASS SCORES BIG HIT The Armory on Saturday afternoon was the scene of a delightful enter tainment when Miss Mary Grint's dancing classes give their closing cx ercises. It was an exhibition that vc fleeted great credit upon Miss Grint and her care in teaching the little folks not only the latest dancing steps but dance hall etiquette. It would be hard to pick out any one feature so cood were all of the special dances. Master William Sprague and Miss Sybil Beck in their clever as one could imagine. The lit tle tots had mastered their steps with fine skill and the dance which was an original conception of Miss Grint's was delightful. The opening march was a very pretty sight and was led by Master Stuart Fair and Miss Irene Aldrich. The flower dance was well done by the Misses Eleanor Fuller, Ruth Har is, Elizabeth KicKer, uoris smuiwi ntwl Msivioi-ie Woods. Master Mar shall Miiitimore and Miss Marion Fitch danced the Clap dance in a pleasing way. The dance "On Furlough" was won dcrfully well done by a group of young dancers. The boy s were dres sed as Boy Scouts and the girls as Red Cross nurses. Those wno tooK part were: Misses Kathenne f itcn, Dorothy Spencer, Helen nantian, Irene Aldrich, Winifred Randall, Helen Sampson; Masters Pcrlcy Hart well, Ivan Hartwell, Perry Fitch, Richard Sampson, Russell JJrown, Stephen Aldrich. Contrary to an announcement in this paper Miss Grint will not have mother iuvenile class this year. She could casiilv have taken on the larg est class she has ever had so delight ed are her patrons with her work but she is now conducting half a dozen classes in Northeastern Vermont and New Hampshire with over 500 pupils a week and this completely occupies her time that she is unable to organize another children's class this season. She will have her usual dancing clas ses again starting in September. Dan Thought To , receive honestly is the best thanks for a good thing. George Mac-Douald. SUBSCRIPTION Notice is hereby given that the yearly subscription to the Woeklv Calpdonian will be advanced Jan. 1. 1920. to j?150 a veal AH renewals and tUKen unui mat umv at yi.w a uar. xuv ciuvuute m price is necessitated by the increased cost in white paper and expense of publication. The circulation of the week ly Caledonian is steadily increasing and now is the time to get your paper for 1U20 at the dollar rate. After Jan. 1, it will cost you 50 cents more, or $1.50 a year. TWO NEW MEN NOMINATED FOR TRUSTEES As predicted in these columns Monday there was a large attend ance of the voters at the St, Johnsbury village caucus at the Town Hall Monday evening and some contest over the choice of vil lage trustees The meeting organized by choosing Arthur F. Stone chair man and Preston E. May secretary. The following officers were placed in nomination: President, Charles W. Steele. Clerk, Preston E. May. Treasurer, Charles G. Bralcy. Collector, M. C. Garfield Trustees, D S. Frechette, V E. Lurchin, J. C. Danforth. . Auditors, John F. Puffer, Jonas H. Brooks, Roy N. Howard. Fire Wardens, G. W. Cobmn, Vern C. Aiken, John B. Finley, II. J. Mardcn, Ben J. Bennett, Thomas Wallace, W. J. Holloway. Preston E. May was nominated as collector, but declined to serve and M. C. Garfield was nominated in his place. David S. Frechette received his nomination unanimously, For, second trustee. V. E. Lurchin and Ralph Q. Hamilton, the present in cumbent, were both nominated. The result of the ballot was as follows: Whole no votes cast, 180 Necessary for choice, 01 David S. Frechette, 8 R Q. Hamilton, 46 V. E. Lurchin, - Ml For third trustee Mr. Hamilton was ajpin placed, in nomination and alto John C. T Ian forth. "The result of the ballot was as follows: Whole no votes cast, 18!) Necessary for a choice, 05' R. Q. Hamilton, 81 J. C. Danforth, 108 II. W Witters and S. D. Atwood sewed as tellers in the balloting. The auditors and fire wardens were nom inated by acclamation and the caucus adjourned at 8.10 p. m. Y The annual report of the trustees was ' distributed at the caucus and should be carefully read by all tax payers. The trustees announce that during the year the pay of the village employes has been raised. Thy ex plain the reason for not doing as much work on the streets as they would have desired because of the extremely high cost of materials. They announce that no report has been received from the committee appointed last January in regard to a fire station. They have however secured a five year lease of the strip of land south and cast of the Ma sonic Temple with entrance to the same from the Bullard driveway. At the expense of some $2500 the trus tees say another tract could be bought adjoining this. The present fire station could be moved back and (Continued on page four) ENLISTMENTS FOR ONE YEAR FOR SERVCEMEN Adjutant-General Herbert J. John son has directed the attention of former soldiers to the expiration of the one year enlistment privilege in the National Guard which is near at hand. In a circular letter written to all recruiting officers in Vermont, he says: 1. "I desire to call your attention i to the expiration of one year privil ege for previous service and suggest that this be given publicity through your local papers. "Those men who served 'as enlist ed men in the United States Army or in the organized militia of the sev eral states or the District of Colum bia since April 6, 1917, and have been honorably discharged, may within six months after July 11, 1919, or if dis charged subsequently to July 11, 1919, within six months after such discharge, enlist in tho ' National Guard for a period of one year and may re-enlist for like periods. 2 "It will be seen that men dis charged prior to July 11, 1919, can not be enlisted for less than three years after January 11, 1920, ex cept that a Company Commander may be allowed to maintain his com pany with one-third of his men, one year enlistments at all times." PRICE RAISED new subscriptions will be MEMORIAL SERVICE AT NORTH CHURCH The North church chapel was well filled Wednesday evening at the memorial service to Deacon George II. Cross, Deacon Walter P. Smith and Mrs P. F. Hazen, many warm personal tributes being given. The South church people were invited to the service and many attended. Rev. F. B. Richards said it wns rarely that therec such strong and helpful characters were taken away from the church in so short a time, but the passing of each was a tri umph for each had the true concep tion of life. Elmore T. Ide spoke of Mr. Cross as the banker. He was in a place of trust and faithful to the trust. He was also diligent in his business and a man of great helpfulness to his nsseociates in the bank directorate. The resolutions adopted at the Brotherhood class were read of which the following is an extract: "Especially wns he a friend of the young, joining with them in their ac tivities and manifesting toward them always a kindly, tolerant and sympa- .. ... , i i.:.. !,; oniHt. Hp was loval in his friendships, faithful m every duty at home and abroad and generous in his giving. "Mr. Cross loved his church ajnd was faithful in every department in which he was called to serve. "Of the Brotherhood class he was a constant and devoted member and he will be missed and mourned by all." ..'Mia. S. T.. Brooks.followed with some interesting reminiscences of the days when Mr Cross' bakery was just north of the North church. She spoke of him as a very patient man, a very good man and a man who was a good friend. Both Mr. and Mrs. Richards add ed personal tributes. The latter SPOKC OI nis iicquuiiK - ,K -j .. T:.un,i,..i.nntFihiiii a characteristic anecuoie . oi jui. . . 1 i t UK.. Cross. The memorial to Judge Walter P. Smith, which Hon. Alex Dunnett had prepared for the Caledonia County Bar Association, was read by Mr. Dunnett and was a notable tribute to the lawyer and probate judge He said he was thorough, honest and painstaking as a lawyer, standing as an advocate in the higher classes. He referred to his addresses to the jury as scholarly with a broad grasp. He referred to the fact that for 37 years he was judge of probate, adding that he was a recognized authority on probate law and often consulted by both the younger and older members of the bar. He said his one great stock in trade was his rugged hon esty. A. B .Noycs referred to Judge Smith as a banker and his long as sociation with him on the board of trustees in the savings bank. He said his distinguishing characteristic in banking matters was his patience. The conciliatory habit which he had stood him in good stead in the dis cussion of many matters. He also paid a high tribute to his gentleman ly courtesy in all his dealings with his fellowmen. The resolutions adopted by the Brotherhood class were then read from which the following is an ex tract: "Whereas we shall miss his pres ence and participation in our meet ings, his kindly ways, cheerful man ner, keen intellect, wise counsel, friendship and association; and "Whereas, we desire to express in some fitting manner our deep appre ciation of what his life has meant, to us individuully, to our Brother hood, to our church, to St. Johns bury, and the community at large; "Now, therefore, be it resolved by the members of the Brotherhood of the North Congregational church, that we extend to the members of his family who survive him our sincere sympathy in their great sorrow and bereavement, which we share, and re alize all the more keenly by reason of our own personal grief and sense of loss in his departure; yet we know, and arc comforted thereby as they too doubtless are, that his life was not .one lived i:t vain, and that his Christian character5 will rcmai:t a continuous influence for good hero, even as it also gives assurance of his glorious entry into the more abundant life of the Hereafter." The pastor added a personal tri bute, referring to Judge Smith's deep ( Continued from page two) Woodsville Team Wins ! In Bowling Match ' A group of Woodsville bowlers : came up to St. Johnsbury Monday ' night and won a howling match at the Barquin alleys by a close margin. The team is coming up here again Friday night when it is expected that the St. Johnsbury boys will turn the tables. Following is the score: Woodsville Sam '80 120 80 280 Joe 97 8G 01 274 Beck 82 101 08 281 Marsh 82 8.", 89 254 Sullivan 93 81 82 25G 434 471 440 1345 St. Johnsbury Winter 101 87 93 281 Lynch 81 -79 90 250 Dean 78 95 78 251 Ranney 77 94 80 257 Barquin 115 81 77 273 452 436 424 1312 MAN'S LEG BROKEN BY FALLING ROCK George LeCleicTwho is employed by the contractors at the new hydro electric plant at the Belknap dam, so called, met with an unfortunate acci dent while they were blasting. He crawled into the shack where some of the workmen lived and had just got as far under the bed as he could when a big rock came crashing thru the building and landed on one of his legs below the krtee. He was taken at once to Brightlook hospital and the fracture of the limb promptly attend ed to by the suregons. He is now getting along as comfortably as pos sible. OFFERED AT 24 CENTS A POUND New sugar is arriving in North eastern Vermont and the selling price is placed at between 22 and 2u cents a pound. A ton of this new brown sugar is to be distributed in St. Johnsbury before Christmas. Or ders are now being placed with groc ers for five and ten pound lots.. Re ports today indicate that the public is not balking at all at the high price. An explanation of the new sugar and its price is given in the fol lowing statemi-y- th - Commis sion on the Necessities of Life: "The price on the old crop of Cu ban sugar which the dealers arc al lowed to charge at retail is ill cents. The new Cuban and Louisiana crops, which have been imported to this country since the shortage of sugar costs at wholesale from 20 to , , . , cnnt. !i nound. The dealer is at 1 ........ 1 n l.noi'f lowed a reasonable profit, so that he can charge from 22 to 24 cents for the new crop of sugar. There is little white sugar in the new crop. For the most part it is , brown su gar and what is known as rainbow sugar." MUSEUM NOTES' The Story Hour this week on Sat urday morning, Dec. 20th will be one especially adapted to the Christmas season. Familiar Christmas carols will be sung, and there wil ble a Christmas story and pictures. All children are invited. Bird-lovers will be interested to know that the Evening Grosbeaks ar rived here December 15. A flock of 28 were seen feeding on the maple keys in a tree nt the north end of Main street on Monday noon. They may be looked for now wherever there are maples, box-elders, su machs and locusts, as the fruits of these trees form their favorite food, It is hoped that these rare birds may make an extended visit here this win ter and thot many people may be come acquainted with thcrti. The Fairbanks Museum will be closed for necessary repairs during the holiday vacation of the schools Dec. 21 to aJnuary 5. Army Overcoats DYED Brown, Blue or Black. Send by Par cel Post, we will return promptly. Palmer Brothers DRY CLEANERS, DYERS. 78-80 Eastern Avenue St. Johnsbury, Vermont SECOND JURY TO DISAGREE THIS TERM No Verdict in the Guyer Case and Court Adjourns for Three Weeks The jury in the case of State vs. Joseph Guyer, charged with adultery came in again at 5 o'clock Thursda'y night and reported a disagreement. This was the second time during the day they had reported they could not agree on a verdict and they were then discharged by the court. At 9 o'clock Thursday evening the jury in the case of State vs. Lear mont Smith, charged with taking some $225 from the office of the town vlcrk at Lyndon, brought in a verdict of guilty. The court transacted no business Friday morning and in the afternoon the divorce case of Fred Danicll vs. Hattie J. Daniell was heard by the Court. The plaintiff was represent ed by Guy W. Hill. The parties lived in West Danville. ' Court adjourned Friday afternoon to Jan. 13, 1920, when it is expect ed the six cases of the Williams Manufacturing Co. against the vari ous insurance companies for losses by fire at the plaintiffs' mill at East Haven about six years ago will be tried. One of these cases has been tried twice and is now in the su preme court for the second time, it is possible that some of the other cases upon which the jury disagreed will be tried. Ancntire new jury, with one exception, will be drawn. Judge I' ish left for his home '. in Vergenncs after the adjournment of court. Lawyer W. W. Rierden of Barton was a visitor to court Friday, I he jury took the Guyer case at 5.10 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Judge Fish in his charge to the July to a .confession and an alibi. He said that a confession must be made with out coercion and must be entirely free upon the part of the respondent. He 'said.the respondent now claimed upon .1. 'i..: i .i 4. i . l the confession freely, that it was wrought from him by the officers. The officers, state s attorney and sheriff!, had told a . different story of the confession from that of the respondent. Judge Fish said the jurymen had seen the officers and had heard their testimony and they had seen the respondent and had " heard his testimony upon the witness stand. It was now their duty to weight which had told the truth. Was the situation just as the officers said it was or was the situation as the respondent had , said? " He said the respondent had set up an alibi in this case. He said the bur den of establishing an alibi was upon the respondent. Had he proven to' the jury that he was not at the scene of the crime at the time i twas charged the crime was committed and there fore was it impossible ' for him to have committed the crime? Judge Fish referred to tlie testimony of the respondent that his shoes were missing from their accustomed place, and might have been used by someone else as the sheriff said the tracks about the grounds at the scene of the crime were made by shoes like those wrn by the respondent. . Optimistic Thought. A man nf nny honest, trad rat nalce Hmsplf resnertnbla If ha wBl Our Be' Wishes for a Merry ; Christmas We arc pleased to take ' this opportunity of wishing our customers, and friends the mem- ' est Christmas thej ever enjoyed. 4 Per Cent interest Paid Wells River Savings WELLS RIVER.VT.