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100 Years Ago,



What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


Crank Broke Arm - Buying Circus Horses - Will Stock the Streams - Surprised Mr. Bixby.

No through passenger cars on trains 5 and 6 now run beyond Utica. Passengers for points further west will transfer in Utica to other trains.

Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Brougham have started housekeeping in George T. Johnston's house, upper Stockton avenue. Mr. Brougham is county farm bureau manager.

Guy Murphy of Walton, who was at Fort Du Pont, Del., has been selected as one of the men to enter the officers Training Camp at Camp Johnson, near Jacksonville, Florida.

Francis Tompkins of the Head- quarters Company, 107th Infantry at Spartanburg, S. C., is home on a furlough. He was recently operated upon for the relief of appendicitis.

Lawrence Budine, son of Leslie Budine, sustained a fracture of the right arm at the wrist Saturday evening as he was cranking a Ford car. Dr. W. R. Gladstone reduced the fracture.

More Brothers were in New York this week to purchase some horses from Barnum's circus which is reported to be disbanding owing to the inability to secure transportation on the railroads.

Applications for trout finger- lings and fry from the state must be sent in before February first. A few applications have been received at the Reporter office and will be distributed to any wishing to fill them out.

Ralph Kent of Walton and Harold Brown of Northfield, two of the six men recently sent to Camp Dix by the Local Board, were found physically disqualified for service by the army surgeons and have returned home.

A total of $70 has been received in Walton for the National Y. W. C. A. fund. The Y. W. C. A. maintains hostess houses at the army camps where the mothers, wives and sweethearts of soldiers are made at home and given an opportunity to meet the men.

Robert Blything, who some time ago invented a new window shade and curtain holder, recently received word from Washington that he had been granted a patent on the same. Mr. Blything has sold a half interest in the patent to A. J. Courtney and A. J. Holmes.

A. J. Courtney and William McDonald of the Walton Fair Association went to Albany Wednesday to attend the annual meeting and banquet of the State Association of Union Agricultural societies held in Albany Thursday. They were delegates from the Walton association.

The order of the Federal fuel administrator will close down many plants and businesses in Delaware county unless revoked. In Delaware county about four hundred men in the acid business alone will be thrown out of work for four days. Factories and businesses affected are in general making arrangements to comply with the Monday closing order.

The Ogden Free Library was closed Tuesday on account of lack of fuel. The library will be open Saturday at the usual hours. The matter of reopening on all week days will depend on the fuel ques- tion. Three churches, the Congregational, Episcopal and Methodist have discontinued their Sunday evening service. The Methodist prayer meeting Wednesday evenings will be held in the official board room which will be heated by woodburning stoves.

The Walton High School basketball five defeated the Delhi Agricultural School team in the high school auditorium Friday evening by the one-sided score of 49 to 16. The Walton girls won from the Delhi High School girls the same evening by a score of 24 to 6. In the boys' game Tobey scored thirteen field baskets for Walton, while Laidlaw at left forward had eight to his credit. The Hancock High School team plays here this, Friday, evening.

Rev. B. L. Bixby, pastor of the Baptist church, was given a sur- prise party Wednesday evening by fifty members of the Baraca and Philathea classes in honor of his forty-fifth birthday. The arrival of the guests was a complete surprise to Mr. Bixby, but the guests were soon at home in the parsonage and a pleasant evening was enjoyed by all. Mr. Bixby was presented with a handsome silk umbrella, from the two classes and also with a five-dollar gold piece from the Baraca class.

The annual meeting of the Congregational church was held Wednesday evening at the church. Previous to the meeting the Ladies' Aid served a bountiful oyster supper to more than two hundred persons. At the business session W. B. Woodburn and George W. Smith were elected deacons; F. C. Biedekapp, trustee; P. M. Hanford, treasurer; George S. Fitch, treasurer of benevolences. During the year the church raised $4,723 for general expenses and $2,502 for benevolences. These sums include the receipts from the Sunday school and all other branches of the church BUSINESS


Industries Must Shut Down Five Days, Jan. 18-22


Effective Whether Concerns Have Coal Supply on Hand or Not - Theatres Also Affected.

An order issued Wednesday by Dr. H. A. Garfield, National Fuel Administrator, practically closes all manufacturing enterprises east of the Mississippi river for a period of five days beginning Friday morning, as a drastic measure for relieving the fuel famine.

At the same time, as a further means of relief, it was directed that industry and business generally, including all normal activities that require heated buildings, observe as a holiday every Mon- day for the next ten weeks. If carried out this order will close down on Mondays not only factories, but saloons, stores, except for the sale of drugs and food, places of amusement and nearly all office buildings.

The government's move came entirely without warning in an order issued by Fuel Administrator Garfield with the approval of President Wilson, prescribing stringent restrictions governing the distribution and use of coal. It was decided upon hurriedly by the president and government heads as a desperate remedy for the fuel crisis and the transportation tangle in the eastern states. Even munition plants are not excepted from the closing down order.

Officials Wednesday would not discuss the far-reaching effects the action would have on the industrial fabric and questions as to how the order was to be interpret- ed to meet specific problems went unanswered.

The order prescribes a preferential list of consumers in whose interest it was drawn. These us- ers will get coal in the following order:

Railroads, household consumers, hospitals, charitable institutions and army navy cantonments.

Public utilities, telephone and telegraph plants.

Strictly government enterprises, excepting factories and plants working on government contracts.

Public buildings and necessary government, state and municipal requirements.

Factories producing perishable foods and foods for immediate consumption.

Inclusion of war industries among those to which the fuel will be denied caused some sur- prise, but fuel officials explained tonight that war plants have been producing so much more material than the transportation systems can handle that no serious effects will be felt. War supplies manufactured for export have moved to seaboard faster than ships can move them.

An exception is made in the case of shipbuilding plants be- cause of the great need for vessels to move supplies already ready for shipment overseas.

Fuel administration officials will make an effort to increase production at the coal mines dur- ing the period that other business is suspended. Mines under contract to supply industries shut down will be directed in supplementary orders to send their out- put elsewhere. Coal loaded and on its way to these industries will be diverted.

It was estimated Wednesday the enforcement of the order would save a total of thirty million tons of bituminous coal, which probably is about half the present short- age. The indications were that at the end of the ten weeks of Mon- day holidays a permanent policy of restricted consumption would have been determined. This plan will limit the use of coal to the less essential industries under a self-rationing basis.

Must Keep Homes Warm.

Officials who worked out the curtailment plan came to the conclusion that the homes must be kept warm at all costs. Reports have poured into the fuel administrator's office for days past telling of intense suffering in many parts of the country. Some of the larger cities of the east have run so short of fuel already that local fuel officials have stopped industrial activity to provide homes with coal.

Besides ship yards and factories producing food stuffs the few exceptions to the general rule forbid- ding the use of coal in the periods specified are plants which must be continuously operated to prevent injury to the plants themselves, newspaper plants and printing establishments.

On the Monday holidays, be- sides manufacturing plants the following consumers will be for- bidden to use coal:

Business and professional of- fices (except to prevent freezing) except those used for government offices or for banks and trust companies and those housing physicians and dentists, wholesale and retail stores, with exceptions for drug stores and those that sell foods; all amusement places and saloons. State fuel administrators may close the bank and trust company buildings if they think necessary. On the holidays subway, surface, elevated and suburban cars will be permitted to use only the amount of coal they normally consume on Sundays.

Some domestic utilities prob- ably will be exempted from the order in supplementary rulings, including laundries, ice plants and hundreds of others upon which the people are dependent for sup- plies and services.

Cutting off coal to non-essential industries had been expected in Washington for a week. It was explained that they were not discriminated against in the order because of the fact that it was impossible to classify industries as essential and nonessential. Thousands of factories producing so-called nonessentials, it was pointed out, supply either directly or indirectly plants which them- selves manufacture goods vitally needed by the government or by the public.

Most of the industries manufacturing war goods are said to have on hand more manufactured sup- plies awaiting railroad and ocean transportation than have the non- essentials. Suspension of few industries is expected to interfere, with deliveries if the railroads can move the goods in their present congested state.

Text of Fuel Order.

An abstract which was said to cover all of the provisions of the order, given out by the fuel ad- ministration, follows:

“1-Until further order of the United States Fuel Administrator, all persons selling fuel in whatever capacity shall give preference to orders for necessary requirements:

“A. Of railroads, B. Of domes- tic consumers, hospitals, charitable institutions and army and navy cantonments; C. Of public utilities, telephone and telegraph plants; D. Of ships and vessels for bunker purposes. E. Of the United States for strictly governmental purposes; not including orders from or for factories or plants working on contracts for the Unit- ed States; F. Of municipal, county or state governments for necessary public uses; G. Of manufacturers of perishable food or of food for immediate consumption.

“The order further provides that on January 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22, 1918, no fuel shall be delivered to any person, firm, association or corporation for any uses or requirements not included in the foregoing list until the requirements included in the list shall have been delivered.

“On January 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22, 1918, and also on each and every Monday beginning January 28, 1918, and continuing up to March 25, 1918, no manufacturing plant shall burn fuel or use power derived from fuel for any purpose except:

“A. Such plants as from their nature must be continuously operated seven days each week, to avoid serious injury to the plant itself or its contents; B. Manufacturers of perishable foods; C. Manufacturers of food not perishable and not in immediate demand, who may burn fuel to such extent as is authorized by the fuel administrator of the state in which such plant is located or by his representative authorized therefor upon a plan by the United States food administrator; D. Printers or publishers of daily papers may burn fuel as usual excepting on every Mon- day from January 21 to March 25, 1918, inclusive, on which days they may burn fuel to such extent as is necessary to issue such conditions as such papers customarily issue on important National legal holidays, and where such papers do not issue any editions on a holiday they are permitted to issue one edition on the said Mondays; E. Printing establishments, which may burn fuel on January 18, 19, 20 and 22, to such extent as is necessary to issue current numbers of magazines and other publications periodically issued.

"On each Monday beginning January 21, 1918, and continuing up to and including Monday, March 25, 1918, no fuel shall be burned (except to such extent as is essential to prevent injury to property from freezing) for the purpose of supplying heat for: A. Any business offices, except of- fices used by the United States, state, county or municipal governments, transportation companies or which are occupied by banks and trust companies or by physicians or dentists; B. Whole- sale or retail stores, or any other stores, business houses or buildings whatever, except that for the purpose of selling food only, for which purposes stores may maintain necessary heat until 12 o'clock noon and for the purpose of selling drugs and medical sup- plies only, stores may maintain necessary heat throughout the day and evening: C. Theatres, moving picture houses, bowling alleys, billiard rooms, private or public dance halls, or any other place of amusement.

On the above specified Mon- days, no fuel shall be burned for the purpose of heating rooms or buildings in which liquor is sold on those days.

“No fuel shall be burned on any of the foregoing specified Mon- days for the purpose of supplying power for the movement of sur- face, elevated, subway or suburban cars or trains in excess of the amount used on the Sundays previously thereto.

The order provides that, nothing in this order shall be held to forbid the burning of fuel to heat rooms or such portions of buildings as are used in connection with the production or distribution of fuel.


Captain Ballman Honored by Selection to Command Unit.

Captain J. S. Ballman of Middletown, who was in command of Company F when the guardsmen left Walton, and remained with the remnant of the company when the men were distributed among other units, has been directed by the general in charge of his division at Spartanburg, S. C., to take charge of the formation of an anti- aircraft machine gun battalion.

It is said that his promotion to major is probable. Captain Ball- man has selected Sergeant J. Ward Palmer of Walton as a member of the headquarters company of the new battalion.

The few Walton men remaining in the original Company F are in charge of Sergeant Fred R. Pierson, who reports to Captain McLean of Company H, Binghamton.


Two Men Injured in Similar Manner This Week


Chauncey Webster Crawled Quarter Mile Through Snow for Help - Bistle Hurt Before.

(From our Hancock cor.)

Two men living near Hancock sustained fractured legs in coast- ing accidents this week.

Sunday morning Chauncey Webster, who lives near Kelsey, was riding down a steep hill from his father's house to his farm about a mile below, making the trip on hand sleigh. As he was go- ing at very rapid speed the sleigh cut through the crust. Mr. Webster was thrown some distance and his right leg broken. He was alone at the time and as no neighbors were near by. Webster crawled nearly a quarter of a mile until his cries were heard. He was taken to the home of Mrs. Carrie Moore where Dr. Palmerton of Cannonsville was called to set the fracture. The leg was broken just below the hip.

Fred Bistle of Scott Centre had his leg broken in similar manner. He also was riding down hill Monday with friends for pleasure. The sleigh on which the party were riding upset and Mr. Bistle was thrown off and his leg broken. Dr. J. H. Acheson of Hancock was called and set the injured member. Mr. Bistle had same leg broken about a year ago while skating on a pond near his home.


No Truth in Report That He Was Sentenced as a German Spy.

In the issue of the Reporter of December 8th there was printed as a news item from our Cannonsville correspondent a statement that Max Palmento, a friend of Edward Constable of Deposit, “was arrested some time ago as a German spy and sentenced to prison for fifteen years."

Mr. Constable, who furnished the information to our correspondent, received it from a gentleman connected with one of the Brooklyn schools, who stated that he had read of it in one of the Brooklyn newspapers.

It now appears that so far as Max Palmento, the friend of Mr. Constable, is concerned, there is absolutely no truth in the report. Mr. Palmento was not arrested, tried or sentenced. In fact he was in Deposit only last week and travels in this section as a representative of an agricultural implement house.


Horse and Number of Wagons and Farm Tools Lost


Carried Only $1000 Insurance - Help From East Branch Came Too Late - Saved Cattle.

(From our East Branch cor.)

On Friday evening shortly after six o'clock the large barn of Leon Lewis of Glendon, about two miles from East Branch was discovered to a be on fire. Emmet Skinner kept a horse in a smaller barn near the large one, and here the fire started, and had gained so much headway before discovered, that they were unable to get the horse out or any of his wagons or sleighs, also several pigs belong- ing to Mr. Lewis were burned.

It was so near the large barn that it was impossible to save it, but all the cattle were gotten out, which were about thirty head. Lynford Fuller took J. S. Allen's team and took a load of men from East Branch, but they were too late to be of much help. Those who had room in their barns took some of the cattle until Mr. Lewis will be able to get a place fixed for them.

The loss amounts to several thousand dollars, while there was only one thousand dollars insurance.


Asked to Use Substitute Whenever Possible.

The urgent necessity for conservation of wheat flour until the next crop of wheat is available was emphasized in a statement issued to- day by George A. Zabriskie, chief of flour distribution of the Federal Food Administration. Consumers were asked to substitute rye flour, barley flour, rice flour and corn meal.

"The supplies of these substitutes are at present time rather hard to procure owing to unfavorable transportation facilities and prices are abnormally high," said Mr. Zabriskie.

"But the food administration believes that the American public, when it understands the situation thoroughly will, from patriotic reasons, make use of the other ce- reals.

"The baker is asked to begin at once substituting about 10 per cent of other cereals with flour and gradually work this up to about 20 per cent. Housewives are urgently requested to buy flour only in small quantities as needed, and when flour is purchased to buy a corresponding amount of the substitute mentioned. Oat meal also is suggested as a very important adjunct in the use of flour, and attention is called to the liberal supplies of white potatoes which can be utilized in a manner to save flour.'"


Chance of Its Ever Being Claimed - Says Fire Incendiary.

Louis Kadans, the New York milk and egg dealer, has appeared in public print several times this week. Mr. Kadans leased the creamery building at Dunraven which was destroyed by fire last week. Kadans immediately offered a reward of $500 for the arrest of the person or persons guilty of setting the building on fire and according to the New York papers told District Attorney Swann of New York that an investigation showed that the building had been burned apparently to get even with him as he had given the authorities considerable information in connection with the investigation of the Dairymen's League.

The Dunraven creamery is owned by the farmers and only leased to Mr. Kadans and as there is every indication that the fire was caused by an overheated boiler, it is safe to say that Kadans' reward will not be claimed.


Red Tape Ruling Made by State Commission.

A new ruling adopted by the State Food Commission, and which will go into effect in the up-state counties on January 19, orders that retail grocers must have signs affixed to certain food products, these signs to designate kind, grade, retail price, etc., for a definite weight, measure or numerical count at which the food is sold.

The various provisions of the ruling are rather complicated, and no one seems to know for just what purpose it was made. It hardly seems as if the new ruling can accomplish anything along the lines of food conservation, and its only obvious purpose, perhaps, is to protect the consumer from being imposed upon when he is buying food products.

The list of articles to which the rule applies, includes beans, rice, oats, corn meal, raisins, prunes, macaroni, spaghetti, flour, sugar, bread, milk, butter, cheese, eggs, potatoes and onions.


Rumored That Big Structure Will be Erected on River.

Rumors are afloat to the effect that a number of wealthy capitalists have become interested in a water power project along the Neversink river by the building of a dam across the river between the mountains in the town of Deerpark, two miles north of Cuddebackville, Orange county. The dam, it is estimated, would be nearly a mile long, of solid masonry, 200 feet high. The water supply in the dam would take in a large part of the towns of Forestburg and Thompson in Sullivan county and a part of Deerpark, Orange county. It is estimated that water enough could be secured to furnish through turbines approximately 500,000 horse power.

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