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WINDHAM COUNTY KEFORMEK, ' BRATTLEBOKO, VT.,' THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1903.
Windham (founts Jcformf THE VEEMONT PRINTING CO., Publishers Subscriptions. Per yuar, l.fiOi nix month 7aoenlft; limr Minimis, nuwiiwi jh-i uipj nn-iin All milwvrlillonH are iinvnble In ailvamm.. Nam ( pie eoMus will lie iiiuiieu free mi rt-iufv. NTEHtO AT BRATTUSOHO POST OFMCI AS BFCONO CLAM MAIt BRATTLEBORO, THPR8 , DEO, f4, 1903. A Marry Christmas. At an expression of its overflowing goodwill at this happy season, the Re former can not do better than to em ploy the old, familiar greeting. A Mer ry Christmas! The words are well worn, but like some others they grow more beautiful and expressive with us Vge. For years and years they have been made the medium through which to convey priceless values in friend ship, charity, love and simple good will. There Is a world of meaning in them. And so, A Merry Christmas, friends! The Reformer has fair provocation for a generous outgiving of holiday good will. It has thousands of Intelligent and appreciative readers for whom It is a pleasure to work; scores of en- terprislng. up-to-date advertisers who help to make its pages bright and interesting; news gatherers, far and near, quick to see and to hear anything of value in the furtherance of its alms and interests and a force of workers unsurnnssed bv country weeklies, for ability and faithfulness. To all these the Reformer extends in full the gracious, compliments of the season: long life, hosts of friends, pros 'V perity, happiness and it accepts In ' advance the hearty return of good wishes of which it feels assured. Especially to the children In the homes to which It goes, would the Reformer extend the glad hand of greeting- May their Christmas stockings be as full of gifts as are their mothers' and fathers' hearts with love for them. May their day be as bright and joyous as they are kind and thoughtful to those about them.. This is the Christmas measure, and the Reformer is sure its little readers will nut be found want ing. As a country and as a state we have good cause to be merry at this Chrl-st-mastide. We are prosperous, we are progressing in education and indus try, we are developing our resources and building up our churches and oth er organizations of moral and spiritual good. We are fast bringing the com forts of life and opportunities for so cial enjoyment within the reach of all. Surely as far as material things are concerned, we have much to make us happy. But are we missing, in some degree, the true spirit of happiness, with all our gettings? With the acquirement of great wealth and power, are we as a nation growing careless of the great principles of human Justice and kind ness upon which we have risen to such prosperity? Do we disregard t hem sometimes, In our dealings with other peoples? Then we have not the Christ mas spirit that makes the festival truly "merry." As Individuals, with wide opportu nities for advancement and the enjoy ment of the" fruits of art, industry and science, have we become a bit super cilious, disdaining the homely essences of life? With our free range of thought, speech and action, have we grown in sincere and learned to treat flippantly the serious obligations of life? If so, then it Is not wholly a "merry" Christ mas with us and we shall do well, while the Inspiration of the day ling ers about us like a benediction, to pledge ourselves for a few gifts to the world's gladness: For our prosperity, generosity; for power, loving kindness; for freedom, wisdom and Justice: for love and friendship, sincerity and constancy; for opportunity, faithful service and for he Divine love expressed so unmistak ably upon this day, long ago, humility, A New Vermont Book. The publication of a real book by a Vermont author is of too rare occur rence. Those who have the privilege of reading "A Daughter of the Rich' by Miss Mary B. Waller of Bethel, will admit It Is sufficiently good to raise the average for 1903. Miss Wuller Is a native or Mosion, uut nas mane ner summer home In Bethel for some years and is now a resident of that town She has written previously the story of the "Little Citizen," which, like her new book, deals with New England life. The scene of "A Daughter of the Rich" Is laid at "Barton's landing," a ficti tious place 40 miles from White River Junction. The "daughter of the rich Is sent from Now York city to the home of the Blossoms, a good Vermont family of father, mother and five chil dren. Of their experiences the story is made up and the love story of Rose, the eldest Blossom, and Jack, the rich Harvard boy Is not the least Interest ing. While the book is written for young people, It is not without Inter est to the older members of any New England family. It Is somewhat Ideal istic for a picture of New England life, but New England life can stand some Idealizing. Its only defect Is In the Il lustrations, which do not bring out the characters as they evidently were in the author's mind. Miss Waller has been likened to Louisa M. Alcott and her work cer tainly warrants it. A Daughter of the Rich" is pub lished by Little, Brown & Co., Bos ton, at $1.50 and can be obtained of booksellers generally. "The End Is One." The Randolph Herald preaches, in Its last issue, a thoughtful "Christmas sermon" on the subject of the union of churches. It believes that, If all Chris tian bodies resting their f;ith on sub- tantially the same theology would sink non-essentials and Join In one grand, get-together movement, "the devil would quake In his boots for the first time in centuries." This Is a very good thought ond one hose practical carrying out would re suit In much good to humanity through the fortification and extension of moral purposes and work. But the littleness of the mind of man would render such un ion impossible or at least most Imperfect and Impotent. Human nature In gen eral over-estimates trifles and refuses to travel heavenward over any other route than the one selected by Itself. It recognizes no "non-essentials" In Its own creed. The good intent, the hon est conviction, the loyalty to concep tion of truth, back of this littleness In most cases, must soften the Judgment of those who can take the wider view. We must be content to stumble obsti nately along, each In bis own small path. "Side by side may we stand at the same little gate," says Owen Meredith, "when all's done. The ways they are many, the end is one." Yet how muchJ pleasanter, more Interesting, more com panionable and Christian like It would be to make the hard up-hill life Jour ney together! We should And It, as did the children In the poem, climbing the stairs to the schoolroom, "easier taking hold of hands." The old and useful precept, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again," may well be laid on the shelf as flat, stale and unprofitable, now that we have lis living embodiment, gracious and Inspiring, In the person of felr Thomas Llpton. The "honor unpreced ented" shown him last week was fit ting. The New York World points out, as elements of weakness In Judge Parker as a presidential candidate, the facts that he has In the past stood very close to David B. Hill and that he voted twice for Bryan and free silver cir cumstances certifying to his personal and party loyalty, but not calculated by themselves to Increase his strength with Independent voters. Gideon Reed of Rutland Is a marked type of the conservative Vermonter. After fighting with his wife for 30 years undisturbed, his recent arrest for assaulting her seemed to him a piece of legal Impertinence against which he vigorously protested. Others In the state besides Mr. Reed are finding out that customs are not necessarily good ml desirable because established by long usage. Collier's Weekly credits John Sharp Williams, the new democratic leader In the house of representatives, with a high education, wit and a gift at story telling, wide knowledge of legislative methods, a keen mind and Instant readiness In debate. It caps this list of pleasing attributes with the asser tion that he has a temper which the bitterest passages with republican members can not ruflle. This Is a necessary quality for a successful lead er of men. Mr. Williams Is a regular lemocrat and is now advocating union in the party. He thinks there ore great present opportunities for the party and he Is trying to get stronger democrats on the big committees of the house. Lord Rothschild wonders whether America will seize her opportunity in Manchuria. We wonder that milord should wonder. Those of us who, with health, sense and freedom to .work and obtain our share of the worlds benefits, are yet complaining about the weather, the administration or our neighbors at ev ery opportunity, ought to read the lit tle book on optimism which Helen Kel ler, the deaf, dumb and blind girl now completing her college course at Rad cllffe, has just published. This Is the way she sums up her creed at the end: "If I should try to say anew the creed of the optimist, I should say something like this: 'I believe In God, I believe in man, I believe In the power of the splrM. I believe it Is a sacred duty to encourage ourselves and others; to hold the tongue from any unhappy word against God's world, because no man has any right to complain of a universe which God made good, and which thousands of men have striven to keep good. I believe we should so act that we may draw nearer and more near the age when no man shall live at his ease while another suffers.' " This Is good Christmas reading. MATTERS OF OPINION. 8eleoted from the Editorial Columns of Our Esteemed Contemporaries. Advertising in Demand. CBradford Opinion. Tho Windham County Reformer and the Ludlow Tribune came out last week In holiday attire. The Christ mas editions were artistic und Inter' estlug. Stories, poetry and advertis ing divided the honors in the specials, It Is the advertising that people are anxious to read these days when they are planning their gifts to friends and relatives. People may laugh and scold about the space that advertising occu pies In the newspapers but all of them read that first if they happen to want to buy anything. A good business man runs advertising continually so that the public may always find his wares when In need of them. 'Twould Be but Sacrifice. Barre Telegram. Many of Mr. DeBoer's best personal friends can but congratulate him upon the course he has taken. When we consider the manner In which political campaigns In Vermont during the past few years have been conducted we have come to shudder when we see such an exceptionally good man as Mr. DeBoer Is, being set up as a target for all the abuse that some of the state press feel bound to hurl at the prlncl pal of "the other side" without regard to the rights which the candidate, as a good citizen, Is entitled to. Those Big Granite Contracts. Randolph Herald. The growth of the granite Industry In Vermont Is apparent when It be comes possible for towns like llard wlck, Northfleld and Bethel to com miserate Barre on falling to secure such great contracts ns those of the Harrisburg capltol and the Washing ton terminal. However, an occasional carload of stock Is still taken out and cut at Barre, and sooner or later the parent city will land one of the big fish. Vermont granite is coming on fast. Whether the stone comes from Millstone Hill, Woodbury or Bethel It all makes for the good of the state. THE MEDDLER. "If the coal Ills fut it OH " Very little comment upon the work ing of the license laj In Brattleboro has been heard lately. This lack of dis cussion Is naturally Interpreted to mean that there Is comparatively little dissatisfaction at the way things are go ing. There Is no doubt that the law Is working better than It did before the summary action which the local li cense board took last fall. The num ber of arrests for Intoxication Is ap preciably less, and very few drunks are seen on the streets. The commis sioners are pleased ot the Improvement and believe that the next few months will show that license in Brattleboro Is not such a blot upon the town as many people were made to think from the results of last summer. There Is no doubt now that the licensees are trying to enforce the law to the let ter, and the number of applicants that are "turned down" every day would surprise some people. If there Is the slightest doubt about age the licensees keep on the safe side by refusing the doubtful person, and the "block list" Is very much larger than it looks. The open saloon Is falling to fulfill the pre-, dictions of those who prophesied a 'sink of Iniquity." Indeed many peo ple are becoming convinced that It Is the best kind of a place for the sale of Intoxicants. Taking everything In to consideration license In Brattleboro Is at present working better than was "expected, and if ts administration. continues to Improve there is a strong likelihood that the "yes" 'vote will pre dominate at next March's meeting. Mr. DeBoer's Definition. The Vermonter summarizes the re sources, Industries and general con dltions of the state most ably in Its January Issue, with the co-operation of several distinguished authorities on the subjects treated. Hon. Joseph A. De Boer of Montpeiier, one of Vermont's foremost financiers, contributes the in troduction to the number giving varl ous good and practical suggestions for the further advancement of the "New Vermont" in which he has firm belief. His comprehension of ,the much dis cussed term is a virile one. He says: "The people have the power. There is already a good momentum, and It is sustained by the ablest papers in the state. What the thinking men of the state want are better roads, a right use of public charters, intelligent super vision of corporations, a wisely spent tax, the best attainable public schools, the increase and protection of our for ests, better attention to the local gov ernment of our towns and more atten tion in their proper time to affairs of state than to less relevant issues. They Where is the woman in the case of the Corti murder? Is It possible that man alone is responsible for one re prehensible deed? The Russian-Japanese difficulty seems to abound In "attitudes" and "outlooks" but not much else. Is it a shadow pantomime br the world's amusement? And so Colombia need expect no help from the big fellows if she persists In quarreling w'th us. As the darkey boy said to the fishes and as the croco dile repeated to the darkey boy: "You surely cannot want to live, you'se lit tler dan hie." The woman who died of starvation and exposure on a train at St. Paul Friday, as a result of the struggle to provide food for her four little children was guiltless of the reproach of race suicide. So is her husband, in Jail at Duluth for non-support of his family. Probably nobody hereabouts is get ting quite so much solid happiness out of Christmas' as is the Rutland hu mane society. It gathered in 200 of the poorest people from the country about Rutland, Tuesday, clothed them warmly and feasted them on chicken. Fun? Well, we guess! Strong and eloquent speeches against the president's Panama policy have been made In the senate the past week by both Senators Hoar and Gorman. The former saw In It, as In the subju gation of the Filipinos, "an act of war" and a dangerous precedent inviting dis aster, and he did not hesitate, In fear of party displeasure, to raise his voice against It The venerable senator has often expressed his belief In the prin ciples of fair and honest dealing with neighboring nations but never more plainly or convincingly than in this case. In opposition to the policy and prevailing sentiment of his party. Sen ator Gorman's utterances naturally took a bolder tone. He denounced the president's course In the Panama mat ter as "the most flagrant act of trans gression that has ever taken place In the history of the country," and said "It should be resisted without regard to party." He Intimated that the sit uation on the Isthmus has been Invited for political purposes, on the theory that "a war party Is in this country never defeated." These two estimates made open by strong men of the two great pollt'.al parties, undoubtedly ex press the honest conviction of a large proportion of the people of the country in both parties. The people want the Isthmian canal but they want the business of getting it done "decently and In order" with no suspicion of un derhand dealing. The News Explains. Randolph Herald.) If you want to know what Herbert Spencer's philosophy was, In sub stance, know that, accepting the doc trines of the persistence of matter and the persistence of force, Spencer as serted there Is a third law also uni versally applicable and this third law he found to be not only a law of change, but a change always proceed ing in one direction. The history of the cosmos, expressed it was solely a record of the Integration, with a con comitant dissipation of force, by which matter passes from an Indefinite, in coherent homogeneity to a definite, co herent heterogeneity. Burlington News. We labored under the delusion that the Spencerlan philosophy was rather difficult for the ordinary mind to grasp, but it is all plain now. CLAPP & JONES Choice selection in BOOKS,STATlON ERY, PICTURES and FRAMING, ART GOODS, BASKETS.GAMES, TOYS, and an end less variety of interest ing goods for the Holidays. BRATTLEBORO BUSINESS DIRECTORY Never probably In the history of this village was walking such a dangerous exercise as on last Sunday. The rain which fell In the morning formed a coating of Ice on the sidewalks, mak ing it almost Impossible to keep-one's equilibrium. As the day progressed and the rain continued conditions grew steadily worse until In the afternoon it was as much as life was worth to at tempt any pedestrianlsm. The ele ments alone were to blame for the 1m- tnualKtll... Ka 1 . 1 .. . 1 1 - Cmov ,...n,...i, ia. " . . ' ! TAB OEO ASDER80W Physician and Put with tne dangers from ice rresn in u Hurirwiii. oihce and reslilnee, rh Main ELEGANT PREMIUMS given with our PERFUMES and TOILET WATERS during the holiday season. Send for free catalogue. CURTIS tc MOORE JS.T 8 208 State Street, Boston. i"iEO Tf. nORRAM. M. D.. Whitney block VI Main Ktrvet. Jlrattli-lxiro. ITsrtira limlteu k the tllseajies of the Kve, Ear, Throat and Nose. Office bourn: 9: 30 to 12. 1 14 p. in., Tties itars and Krilay only. Remainder of week at Mellows Fall". letf Here's a Stats of Things. (Montpeiier Argus. It is admitted that the republican party of Vermont is in as hard straits as It has seen for many years. It was badly split up last year and has not recovered from the dlsoster. Its man agement is pursuing the same old pol icies and inviting further disaster. If Clement enters the field he will give the party a harder fight than in 1902. If be does not the managers may well be doubtful whether they can hold the voters who left them in that year. the minds of everyone It seems a good time to the Meddler to sound his an nual warning to property owners about keeping their sidewalks clean. Now that there Is no snow It is a good time to scrape off the Ice so that the next fall will not cover up any dangerous places ond make them doubly danger ous on account of being concealed. Children's sayings are always a source of amusement, and many bright remarks come from young minds. Not long ago a little girl who Is In the habit of saying her prayers every ev ening made an amusing mixture of thought She was unusually tired when she began to pray and got only ns far as "Now I lay me down" when she fell Into a momentary doze from which she awoke and continued "Down where the Wurtzberger flows." But the little girl was no more sacrilegious that the young woman who sang that song at a church social, thinking that "the Wurtzberger" was the name of a river Instead of a particular brand of foreign brew. The Meddler. No Call for Expansion. (White River Junction Londmark. It Is to be hoped that the recognition. by the United States, of Panama as a republic may not lead to actual war with Colombia. This country wants no war with Colombia if It can be hon orably averted. There Is no call for expansion or territorial possessions In South America. In fact, we believe that the sentiment of this country Is against the acquisition of more terri tory. There are problems difficult of solution right here at home without bringing in new questions to disturb the nation. History teaches that It was a desire for conquest and expan sion that finally led to the downfall of the Roman empire. The republic had better learn to govern Itself wisely, and to satisfactorily settle questions that are now agitating our own .people, In stead of venturing upon hazardous schemes of expansion. j What a Shame! Boston JournaLJ Speculators overstock the Christmas tree supply In Philadelphia by about thljty carloads. Seeing that Christ mas trees were likely to be too cheap for their Interest in the market they ordered thirty full carloads of spruces and pines from the West Philadel phia yards to a side track dump, sat urated them with oil and burned them. The result is that there are only about 3.000 Christmas trees In Phila delphia to supply the usual demand of about 5,000. If the consumers of Christmas trees can get along and celebrate Christmas without them this j outrageous destruction of property In j order to rob the consumer might be i Justly punished. The assumed right to do what one pleases with one's own j has so been overworked In recent years : In this country that we should devise some new means of preventing the crime of destruction of property In or der to create artificially high prices. That such a crime should be commit ted In connection with the Christmas festivities shows that the Ideas for which Christmas stands need further embodiment. Hrreet. Surgery, in all fut branches, a (specialty, office hour: until in a.m., t to 2 :M p. ni., 9:30 toeeventng. Tele plume, "Mrooic House, zir r EO ROBERTS. X. D v of Women a specialty. Block. Telephone. Surgery and disease 4 I. MILLER, at. D.. Physician and Hur ickju. Hooker Hlock, Brattleboro. Vt. Of fice nour : s mi v. i to v, o :ju to a. P 8. PRATT. M. D.. 18 North Main street, vy ifraitu-uoro. omne nourar untu 9 s. m I to 2:30 p. ni.. 6:30 to p. in. 41tf X H J. W. OREOO. Office over Thomas' I)rugtor. Mount: ft to 12 a. in.: 2 to 6 p. m. Telephone 25-12. FiBlfTISTBY ln " "s branches. Teeth ex- traitwl without pain. R. R. Kiskead, U. D. 8., S3 Main Street. 2tf fl T. BARBER. D. D. 8.. I'nion Block, over va . Ureut a drug store. Brattlenoro. t. DR. 0. 8. CLARK. IWntiat, Whitney block, Brattleboro. Telephone. jrl DR. F. 0. PETTER. Ienttt, Crosby block, over lloluen'a drug atore. 4tilf rR. A. EN APP. Dentlat, Hooker Hlock, op uoaite Brook Houae. Brattleboro. DK LI. EDWARDS. DeiKlnt. office and rwi deuce 12 V roaoect street. Telephone 141-13 BACON &. BOOKER, AttorneTS at Law. and 14 Tilery Building. T0BK E. GALE, Attorney at Law, Guilford, O Vt. lfTl IE. 8HERWIN. Attorney and Connaellor at Law, Chester, Vermont. Insurance and Collections. HARROWS & CO., Wholesale and Retail I Dealers in Cl of all kinds. Office No. 33 Maui Street, Brattleboro. lAyl C. F. R. JENNE Successor to Sherman & Jenni' insurance' ESTABLISHED IX 18f,(. Fire, Mutual Life, Accident, Plate Glum Em ployers. Liability. Elevator. Hartfora. Steam Boiler, Tornado. Indemnity and Surety Hindu North German Lloyd White Star ar,d Fibre 8.8. Co.'. ij.tf. LUCIUS W. ADAMS, l Successor to J. A. Tavlob. Freighting and Jobbing of all kinds. Office, No. 10 Main street. Telephone call 123-11 BAILEY'S REAL ESTATE AGENCT. Sells Everything. Addresn ::: F. J. BAILEY, ::: Bfther Block. Krattlrboro, tt. BRATTLEBORO GAS LIGHT COMPY FCRN1SH CAS & ELECTRIC LICHTS 21 hours each day the year round. Rockwell & Sherwin, Manufacturers of and Dealers in FINE CARRIAGES AND SLEIGHS. RKPAIKINO IX ALL KKANCHES. A. W. ROCKWELL. H. S. SHERWD7. Elm Street, Brattleboro, Vt. J. DUNLEAVY. Custom Tailor, Ryther Hlock. Cleaning, repairing and pretming. "The Huts off to the Incorruptible patriot. Gen. Demetrio Castro, transported to Costa Rica because he would not for vnnl IfirfF-alv a 1 1 nn ,1 hjI ant hnniiBt nHm. arles. pure elections, opportunities on ! 8wear a"lance to Colombia, his coun- tnerit, prompt and effective executlor j try! Panama, upheld by a rich and 01 laws, and investments of money within the state. It is upon the ex istence of more of this kind of thought, opinion and desire and of ambition to seek prosperity, thrift and honor, rath er In ourselves than wholly in the past, that the idea and term of a New or a Greater Vermont is founded. In this sense it is a good working idea, wholly true and practicable and bound to a chieve results of value, if accepted and acted on, especially by the young men of the state, in all of its villages, cities and towns. It will in due time mean better farms, better roads, better schools, better business, better shops, better work, better local self-government, more benefits to go around, a better chance for all and a growing prosperity for the state." powerful nation, Invited him, but he refused to have'part in the dismember ment of the republic. Up in Swanton where n big powder explosion recently shook things up pretty thoroughly, the local paper Is deprecating the fact that "persons are allowed to cart dynamite through the streets of the village In old dump carts with the boxes of the explosive falling off here and there." It wonders If a village by-law to cover such cases Isn't needed. We should think an edu cational, rather than a legislative measure, would better fit the need. The St. Albans Messenger notes sev eral arguments that "might be ad vanced" against our recent comment on the question of the relative Import ance to the state of the party platform and the gubernatorial candidate. These are. in brief, that it is the will of the people and not the will of one man that the government undertakes to serve and that the governor of Ver mont does not have any effective share In the law making power and is pow erless to carry out the best of Inten tions. The Messenger misinterprets our position in that we by no means meant to underestimate the value of a good state platform but merely to place it as secondary In importance to the candidate. Both should, of course, be the result of long and care ful thought for the interests of the people of Vermont. What we did say, and what we still hold, was that party promises are not certain of fulfilment but a good man ln the executive chair is bound to be working steady good to the state. Perhaps the governor of Vermont does not .have as much power as he should have; still he has some power and a great deal of influence. At any rate, as the highest executive of ficer in the state he Is entitled to first consideration and the highest respect. We are not among those who consider the governorship a mere empty title that any man who has the "where with" may wear for awhile; and If we were we are very, very sura we wouldn't let on." Trail of the Serpent." TToronto Globe. Certain books have been declared by a Boston court to be immoral: and now a Rood many people will think they ought to Investigate the correctness of the court's ruling. Would Have Been Mors Dignified. Springfield Republican. Instead of assuming that the Colom bians are black-eyed villains who had no further claim upon the considera tion of Just men and governments, we might well have taken the ground that the whole question of the distribution of the money Involved In the sale and transfer of the Panama canal zone should be referred to arbitration. But our government rushed head ever heels tA support a comic-opera revolution whose inspiration undoubtedly came from the French canal company, which aimed to get every dollar it could out of the wreck of its ill-starred enter prise nt the isthmus. Facts for Grumblers. Rutland News. Those who are disposed to find fault with the break-up. thaw and rain of Sunday should bear in mind the fact that water Is sorely needed In many places in Vermont and the whole state would have suffered this winter had not water been forthcoming. The supply for drinking purposes for man and beast was ln many sections at a very low point. The dampness was a timely act of Providence. A Brave Pioneer. St. Albans Messenger. John W. McGeary was one of those bluntly honest, courageous souls that come right out Into the sunlight with their convictions and principles and consequently have to stand a great deal of abuse levelled at them from the shadows. He was one of the pioneers who were willing to stand up and face the ridicule that not so many years ago was mercilessly heaped upon the ad venturous spirit bold enough to Insist that Vermont's liquor law should be consistent with her habits. He lived to see a great change of opinion In this respect. A Welcome Rain. New England Farmer. The rain, which was almost a deluge In some parts of New England last Sunday, was of very material benefit It broke a drought which had become very serious. In many of the towns there was a veritable water famine, and all through the country the streams, springs and wells were falling. The milk supply was rapidly decreas ing, and dairy products advancing in price. A snow storm set in Saturday night. soon turning to rain, the temperature continued to rise, until In the north ern parts of Vermont a change of sev enty degrees was experienced, from 25 below xero to 45 above. The rain in creased to a heavy downpour, the icy crust to which the first rain had changed as it fell, was melted, and soon the swollen streams showed that the drought was broken. The general effects of the rain and rapid . thaw are highly favorable, some small Inconveniences accom panied them. In place of the fine sleighing of last week the roads are almost impassable, and ! farm work was practically suspended. But on the whole it was a blessed rain, and all New England may well be thankful for It to Him who "watereth the hills from his chambers." A Costly Mistake. Blunders are sometimes very expen sive. Occasionally life Itself Is the price of a mistake, but you'll never be wrong If you take Dr. King's New Life Pills for Dyspepsia, Dizziness. Head ache, Liver or Bowel troubles. They are gentle yet thorough. 25c, at F. H. Holden & Co.'s Drug Store. MORAN & CO. UNDERTAKERS AND EMBALMERS. NO. 19 MAIN" STREET. Telephone Connections Day and Night. Day call, M-4. Night calls, 27-4 and 146-23. Everyone In want of a fine Ornamental Shrub, nhould e my SPIREA VAN HOUTII. They are perfectly hardy : blnesntu rifely ln iay, and emw in' shady location. The KamMer Roee family a're far su perior to all ciiDitierft. and when planted id October, will blossom freely following season. For all kind of fruit trees tn- quire of GEO. 0. ODELL, 21 Central SL j H. E. BOND & CO. j Funeral Directors f and Furnishers. ; 1? Main Street, Hraftleboro, Vt. DON'T GET SCARED! Because someone has told you that ELECTRICITY i expensive for household use. Investigate fur your self; fret our prices for materials and installation for electrical pur poses, and ak the customer to whom we will refer you. We equip houses with call bells, - annunciators, burglar alarms, gas lighters, complete electric lighting. VAUGHAN & SARGENT ELECTRIC CO. BRATTLEBORO, VT. Art Plaques and Calendar for 1904. Four handsome Plaques representing the seasons and a Calendar Plaque for 1904 have been executed for the Malt Xutrlne Dept. of the Anheuser-Busch Brewing; Ass'n., according; to the de signs especially painted by the cele brated color artist. Mr. A- von Buest. The plaques are 12 Inches ln diam eter, printed In fourteen colors, and represent the highest type of litho graph work. No advertising appears on the face of the season plaques. They will make beautiful decorations for the home, and can be procured by remitting 25c to the Malt-Nutrine Dept, Anheuser-Busch Brewing Ass'n, St. Louis. Mo. Loyal to Senator Morrill. Senator Hoar and Editor Harvey W. Scott of the Portland Oregonlan met Thursday on an elevator at the capltol says a Washington dispatch, under cir. cumstances which neither will soon forget. Mr. Scott, one of the most re spected citizens of the Pacific coast and as venerable ln his appearance as the Massachusetts senator, was accom panied by Mr. Mitchell the senior sen ator from his state. As Mr. Hoar came on the elevator Mr. Mitchell introduced him to Mr. Scott, who two years igo virtually declined an election as Unit ed States senator. Mr. Scott tendered his hand cordially but quickly with drew it as Senator Hoar declined to grasp his hand. "I should tell you why I will not shake hands with you," said Mr. Hair. "There once appeared In your paper a paragraph reflecting upon my friend. the late Senator Morrill of Vermont It said he was living along several years to save funeral expenses." i am not aware that such a para graph was ever printed in my paper. replied Mr. Scott with some warmth as well as surprise, "once had a Ver mont man on the editorial staf: who might have written such a thing but I cannot say that it did or did not ap pear. I never saw It" "Tou ae responsible for what ap pears in the Oregonlan," interposed Mr. Hoar. "I am sir," said Mr. Scott "Then I hold you responrlble for the paragraph." "Very well sir. I will turn my back upon you," rejoined the venerable edi tor who was as good as his word. Mr. Hoar did likewise and the two parted company In silence. Low Rates West Via The Nickel Plate Road. Special one way Colonist tickets to points throughout the West and South west on sale first and third Tuesdar. each month to April. 1904. If going West this winter, see local agents, or rite L. P. Burgess N. E. P. A, Bos ton, Mass. The Normal Heat of the Body is 98.4 F. Retain this normal or natural, heat and there will be little dancer of rnt" monia, coughs, colds, catarrh or chest and lung trouble. Keep warm and comfortaMe on the coldest days, without cumbersome cloth ing, by wearing a perfect-Stting taikw-raade Frost King or Frost Queen Chamois Vest These garments are made to keep f the cold damp winds, and retain the n.iru:ai heat of the body. They protect tie chest, back and throat. Perfect fitting-comfortable and helpful. Will last several seasons. Pnce, $3 -o each. FOR SALC BV GEORGE E. GREENE. . O. Taylor Waliataa, rtqrarded as Staatard. a O. Taylor Whiskies, word off rtlssoso I axative ftromo Qumhe -V; 5 nvi Cure a Cold in One Day, Crtp 3