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SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 1918

THE WEEK IN WALTON

What We Are Talking About at the County Hub

TOY CO. INSTALL FIRE ALARM

Automobile Ran Over Ankle - Planting Trout Fry - Ford Fractured Fence - Other Notes.

Rev. Boyd White has accepted the call to the pastorate of the Reformed Presbyterian church of Walton and will begin his pastorate next month.

Ten cans of brook trout fry were received in Walton Tuesday from the Margaretville fish hatchery and were placed in Third Brook, Pines Brook and Kerr’s Creek.

George Cable expects to run an automobile bus from Deposit to Walton, leaving Deposit at 8 o’clock in the morning and leaving Walton on the return trip, at 2 p.m. Each trip will take two hours.

Walton was visited by a heavy frost Thursday morning, June 20. This is the latest day in a number of years when Delaware county has had a frost. The damage to crops in some places was extensive.

The W. R. Kilpatrick Company, feed and coal dealers, of Walton, has filed with the secretary of state a certificate of voluntary dissolution as a corporation. The company may be reorganized later on a different basis.

Invitations has been issued for the marriage of Miss Ardys Loraine Garrison to Orville R. Whitaker on Saturday evening, June 29, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Garrison, on North Street, Walton.

Sunday afternoon the Ford car driven by L. C. Bush ran into the guard rail on the state road on the easterly slope of Haverly’s hill. Mr. Bush glanced around when his wife threw a bag of refuse over the bank and in an instant the machine had crashed in to the fence. One of the big posts was knocked flat, but served to hold the front of the car and prevent it going down the steep bank. The front of the machine was damaged but no one was hurt.

T. Basil Young has been commissioned as chaplain in the National Army. He was given a leave of absence from his church, the Union Methodist Episcopal of New York City, to serve as Y. M. C. A. camp secretary at Camp Upton. Subsequently, under the auspices of the Y. M. C. A. he visited the forts and cantonment speaking to the troops. Chaplain Young has been assigned to the 152nd Depot Brigade of the 77th Division of the National Army and expects soon to be ordered to France.

Walton defeated Oneonta in a ten-inning baseball game Saturday by the close score of 3 to 2. Walton’s battery, Mead and Kinch, were responsible for the victory. With the score 2 to 1 in favor of Oneonta in the ninth inning, Beers reached first on an error, stole second and was brought home by Mead’s single. In the last half of the tenth, with two out, Kinch, Walton’s catcher, broke up the game with a homer. The two teams were well matched and honors were nearly equally divided between Mead, who twirled for Walton, and Hotchkiss, who occupied the mound for the Klipnockie bunch.

Jonas E. More, of Holdcroft, Virginia, had his right ankle broken Sunday evening when he stepped from the automobile of Martin Smith while the machine was still under motion. Mr. More has been spending two weeks in Walton on business and expected to return home Wednesday of this week. He had been out riding with Mr. Smith and late in the evening was taken in the car to St. John street, where he was stopping. Near the home of Mrs. J. E. Brazee, Mr. More attempted to step from the car while the machine was still in motion. He stepped on a loose stone on the road and fell, in such a way that the rear wheel of the automobile passed over his leg. Dr. Morrow, who was called, found that he had sustained a multiple fracture of the leg, both bones being broken in two places.

On Monday, at an adjourned session of the June County Court, in Delhi, A. D. Peake appeared on behalf of the Walton Toy Company, which was indicted at the October term of Supreme Court, 1917, for failure to provide automatic fire alarm equipment for its factory in Walton, and changed the plea of not guilty to that of guilty as charged. Complaint had been made by factory inspectors regarding the lack of proper safeguards of this kind and orders to install the same were disregarded by the company according to the view of the department. The matter was then presented to the grand jury and the indictment found. The attorney stated to the Court that there had been no intention to disregard the provisions of law and a contract had been let for the placing of proper fire alarms before the matter was acted upon by the grand jury, but the contractor was unable to procure the materials necessary for the work. In view of these facts ad conditions it was urged that sentence be suspended in this case. District Attorney Hewitt was willing to leave the decision entirely with the court and did not urge sentence, so the court granted a suspension of sentence. The penalty for the offense charged is but from $20 to $50 and the system desired is now in the plant and in working order.

DOWNSVILLE MAN KILLED

Asa Folkerson Crushed to Death Under Logs - Became Tangled in Lines.

(Special to the Reporter.)

While trailing logs off a mountain, Asa Folkerson of Downsville was killed Wednesday afternoon, June 19. The accident occurred in Wilson Hollow, Colchester, about two miles from Downsville.

Mr. Folkerson and William Blanco each had a team and were drawing logs off the mountain near Archie Campbell’s mill. In some way Mr. Folkerson became tangle in the lines and was thrown to the ground. The entire chain of heavy logs, about ten in number, passed over his body, killing him almost instantly.

Mr. Folkerson is survived by his wife, two sons, Ernest Folkerson of Downsville, and Howard Folkerson and one daughter living in the west; also by three sisters, Mrs. Anna Wygant of East Branch, Mrs. S. E. Foote of Gregorytown and Mrs. Robert Cooper of French Woods. He was well known through the town of Colchester. His age was 57 years.

The funeral service will be held today, Friday, at one o’clock, at the home of his son Ernest Folkerson in Downsville and the burial will be at Gregorytown.

BORDENS WILL CLOSE BIG WALTON PLANT

Company Announces Radical Step Affective July 1

314 DAIRIES ARE AFFECTED

Committees Have Taken up Matter With Bordens, Dairymen’s League and Food Administration.

Like a bolt out of a clear sky came the announcement Sunday that the Borden plant in Walton with its feeders at Colchester Station, Pines, Rockroyal and Mundale will be closed June 30th and the milk will not be received after that date.

The announcement was sent out in the form of a circular to the patrons of the plant on Monday, although it became generally known the previous day. The announcement is as follows:

Notice to our Patrons, Walton, N. Y.

“The operation of our Walton, Colchester, Rockroyal, Mundale and Pinesville, N. Y. plants will be discontinued June 30, 1918, and milk will not be received after that date. Overproduction, limitation of profits and production, and competitive conditions, present and future, have forced us to most carefully analyze the manufacturing costs, operating conditions and the future possibilities of each of our manufacturing units, with a view to determining which plants because of excessively high costs, unfavorable operating conditions and least promising futures should be discontinued.

“New York state, because of the very high cost of milk as compared with other sections of the country, has for some time been a very unfavorable milk manufacturing section. This is particularly true of the Walton district, because of the high butterfat content of the milk produced there. The excessive fats add, under present purchasing conditions, very materially to the already high raw material costs, without opportunity to recover the purchase price of the excessive fats, since the fixed cost of raw milk is based on New York city fresh market milk conditions, and not on the market value of milk products.

“Further, New York state milk prices being fixed by zones, taking 150 miles from New York city market as the base, means that the nearer to New York city a plant is located the higher the price of raw milk. While not criticizing the zone system of prices, Walton, however, being but 180 miles from New York city consequently takes a very high price. These are conditions that do not prevail in many of these territories in which this company and its competitors operate, since the production costs are lower and the price of raw milk in these other territories is fixed on a butter or cheese basis, and fresh milk demands of large cities in not of great influence on prices. Since our products must sell in competition with that produced in other sections of the country, we must recognize the conditions herein set forth and proceed accordingly, hence this action.

“By this move a large investment of this company becomes idle, but since our choice its between an idle investment and a losing one, if operations are continued, business judgment dictates the former. The logical procedure is to locate condenseries in sections having the lowest milk producing costs, not normally supplying large cities with fresh milk requirements, and economically serving specific consuming territories. Such is our aim.

“BORDEN’S CONDENSED

MILK COMPANY.”

“June 17th, 1918.

The Walton plant and its feeders have been receiving milk from 324 dairies, and the closing of the factory would leave many without a market for their milk. The milk checks for the month of May, issued

June 15, amounted to over $75,000, and the monthly payroll has been from $10,000 to $12,000. About one hundred men and forty women have been employed in the Walton plant and its feeders, and the factory has become Walton’s largest industry.

It was announced last week that the Rockroyal plant would be closed July 1, but there had been no intimation that the main factory in Walton, one of the largest and best equipped of the company’s plants in New York state, would be closed.

At a meeting of farmers at Rockroyal school house Tuesday evening a co-operative creamery company was formed with 32 subscribers, and a branch of the Dairymen’s League was organized with 19 members. J. L. Lewis, C. L. Mills, Reed Latourette, Oscar Whitaker and Charles VanAkin were elected directors of the creamery company. B. M. Kilpatrick of Bloomville, director of the Dairymen’s League and O. H. Chapin, assistant Farm Bureau manager, were present at the meeting.

Monday a committee of Walton business men consisting of C. E. Hulbert, E. B. Guild, Walter J. More, A. J. Courtney and Henry Retz, went to New York to see Borden officials and seek to have the plant kept open.

This committee met with the Borden officials Tuesday and went over every detail of the situation to see whether some solution could not be found. They were told by the Borden officers that the Walton property had been a losing proposition the past year on account of the high butter fat test of the milk and the inability of the company to manufacture the milk at a profit at the present prices for condensed and evaporated milk. It was stated that the company had lost $130,000 in the Walton plant the past year.

The price for evaporated milk as fixed by the Federal Food Commission at $4.50 a case, is the same as the price received ten years ago when conditions were favorable, milk cold be purchased for much less and labor was not so costly as at present. The Borden officers declared they were willing to sell the plant or cooperate in any way to find a market for the milk.

The solution of the whole question seems to lie in the price for condensed and evaporated milk as fixed by the Federal Food Commission and the intimation was given that the Walton plant would be opened if the price should be so increased. During the past two years the Borden company has spent thousands of dollars in improvements in Walton, and much valuable machinery has arrived, and was about to be installed, when the closing order was issued.

A meeting of the Dairymen’s League members was held Tuesday afternoon in Walton Hall, at which time B. M. Kilpatrick, director of the league, was present and addressed the meeting. The meeting went into executive session and only members of the league were admitted to the gathering. A committee was appointed consisting of Justice A. Sewell, John D. Smith and E. G. Brougham, Farm Bureau agent, who will go to New York the first of the week. In case the Borden company does not reconsider it action the committee is to report to a meeting to be called which it will submit any plan it may devise to take care of the situation.

Mr. Kilpatrick stated that the position taken by the officers of the Dairymen’s League was that the Bordens must keep open all their plants or milk will be shut off from all of them. R. D. Cooper, president of the league, will go to Washington within a few days, it is understood, to lay the matter before the Federal Food Commission.

The Breakstone plant in Walton has about 140 patrons. C. D. Pierce, the manager, states that a few more dairies could be handled.

FRENCH WAR EXHIBIT IN WALTON JULY 1-6

Big Show Will be Staged in the Armory Week After Next

PROMINENT SPEAKERS HERE

Arrangements Being Made to Entertain Large Crowds Each Day - Last Chance to See War Relics.

The French War Exhibit is coming to Walton, and residents of the western end of the county will be afforded an exceptional opportunity to view this remarkable exhibit before it is sent to some large city.

The is the exhibit which was shown at Delhi recently and it had been packed for shipment to Philadelphia, Pa. Owing to an embargo against freight entering that city the exhibit remained in Delhi. Evidently the publicity bureau of the Treasury Department believed the exhibit had been in that city for when approached with a view to releasing the exhibit for Walton, Mr. Wilson, the director of the bureau, stated that he exhibit was then in Boston, Mass.

When officers of the Walton Chamber of Commerce learned recently that the exhibit was still lying in Delhi they got busy at once and last Friday evening a message was received from Congressman Fairchild stating that he had arranged to have the exhibit released for Walton. An effort was also made to get the Italian war exhibit, but it was learned that is now in Oklahoma and as there appeared little chance to secure the French exhibit at a later date it was decided to bring it here at once although the time to make the necessary arrangements was short.

The exhibit will be on display in the Walton armory the week of July 1 to 6, inclusive. Arrangements are being made to have prominent speakers here each evening of the week and a program of moving pictures of a high order, including several of a patriotic nature. The exhibit will be open both afternoon and evening.

The exhibit includes two of the famous French 75 millimetre guns, 10 machine guns, a German aeroplane brought down over London, and a wrecked seaplane, ammunition wagons, trench mortar, listening post, trench stove, sniper’s shield, a display of shells, grenades, gas masks, helmets and uniforms and a countless number of other articles.

The proceeds of the exhibit will be turned over to the Walton Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Concert for Red Cross

The piano recital by Raymond Wilson, given for the benefit of the Walton Chapter of the Red Cross, will take place in Walton Hall on Friday evening, June 28th at 8:15. Everyone who enjoys good music should attend this concert. At his New York recital Mr. Wilson was recalled to the stage ten time to acknowledge the applause of the audience, receiving a veritable ovation and being obliged to add three extra numbers at the close of his program. The New York “Evening Mail” says of his concert; “At Aeolian Hall, Raymond Wilson, the pianist, impressed an audience with his truly remarkable power as a technician and an interpreter. The delicacy of his touch gives his tone a consistent musical beauty and a fine sense of rhythm adds a convincing authority to his style.”

Miss Evelyn Payne, syprano of Liberty, N. Y. will assist Mr. Wilson at his concert. Miss Payne is a very pleasing singer, having a splendid voice and a very attractive personality.

Tickets for this concert are now on sale at More’s Drug Store, price fifty cents. There will be no reserved seats.

COMMENCEMENT NEXT WEEK

Class of Twenty-Five Will Graduate From High School - Notes.

Twenty-five students will graduate from the Walton high school next week and several others may be admitted to the class as a result of the regents examinations this week.

The anniversary sermon will be given in Walton Hall Sunday evening at 7:30 o’clock, by Rev. B. L. Bixby. The programs for Class Night and Commencement Night are given below:

Class Night Tuesday Evening, June 25, 1918 Music – “Lookout Mountain” –

Mohr

High School Orchestra President’s Address Ralph Alexander Class Prophecy – Erford Littlejohn Music – “Destiny” – Baynes.

High School Orchestra Class Will – Russell Irving Doig Tokens of Juniors – Jennie M.

Launt Class Poem – Helen Frances

Knox. Music – “My Arabian Maid” –

Hubble (Ziegfeld Follies)

High School Orchestra

Class Play

THE TEETH OF THE GIFT

HORSE

Cast of Characters Richard Butler – Frank T. More Florence Butler (his wife) – Ruth

M’ Ree McCook Marietta Williams (his aunt) –

Marcia Vera Smith Anne Fisher – Lilliam Maude

Hayes Delvin Blake – W. Wendell

Welton Katie (the maid) – Elizabeth

Dunham Class Song and Yell Class Mott – “On les aura” Class colors: Old Rose and Gray Katherine Wright, Grand

Marshall

65th Commencement Wednesday evening, June 26,

1918 Music – Sousa

“The Stars and Stripes Forever”

High School Orchestra Prayer – Rev. G. M. McKnight Salutatory Oration – Ralph

Alexander

“Agriculture and Its Future French Translation – Rae

Elizabeth Dunham

“The Blue Mare” Essay – Margaret Mary Whitson

“Some Good Results of War” Music – High School Orchestra *Essay – Madora Elizabeth

Scofield “A Home in the

Field of Mercy” *Translation – Catherine A.

Gladstone “Quiet Jack” Essay – Helen Frances Knox

“America’s Debt to France” *Essay – Jennie Marie Chambers

“The Early History of Delaware County” Essay – Henrietta Mildred Rotzler

“The Township Bill” Music – High School Orchestra Essay – Wilhelmina C. Gilbert

“New Employment for

Women” Valedictory Essay – Ellen Hanford “Early Days in Walton” Music – High School Orchestra Presentation of Diplomas –

Dr. W. B. Morrow Benediction Harry Guy Wakeman, Grand

Marshal

*Excused because of being out as a Farm Cadet

LIGHTNING STRIKES CHURCH

Roof and Interior of Masonville Edifice Damaged.

(From our Masonville cor.)

During the heavy thunder shower early last Wednesday morning lightning struck the Baptist Church, tearing off some slate from the roof and doing some other damage, but did not set fire to the building.

PUSH WAR SAVINGS STAMPS

Campaign on For Sale of Allotment of $20 per Capita - Pay 4 Per Cent Interest.

An intensive campaign in the interest of the sale of War Savings Stamps and Thrift Stamps will be conducted in Delaware county next week.

Each town in the county is urged to raise its allotment of $20 per capita during this period. A pledge card system will be carried out and in many places a house to house canvass made to push the sale of the stamps.

Walton’s quota is $105,500 and up to June first the official figures kept by the county chairman, H. S. Marvin of Dehli, credited Walton with the sale of $10,875, or only a tenth of the total. These figures are somewhat under the actual total as the allotment is based on the face value of the stamps and previous to April 1 the reports from Walton were based on the actual cash receipts. A $5 War Savings Stamp sold for $4.12 in January, 1918, and increases in value one cent a month thereafter.

Walter J. More, War Savings Chairman for the town of Walton, has appointed committees to conduct an active canvass in the village and rural districts for the sale of the stamps. Friday, June 28, has been designated by Governor Whitman as War Savings Day when everyone is asked to sign a pledge for the purchase of a certain amount of stamps before January 1, 1918.

The War Savings Certificates have several features which make them peculiarly attractive to the small investor. A War Savings Certificate purchased in June 1918, costs $4.17 and is payable January 1, 1923, at the face value of $5. In other words the purchaser receives four per cent interest compounded quarterly. If the certificate is held to maturity.

While purchasers are urged to keep their certificates they may be cashed at their attained value at any time. In case one should buy a $5 certificate this month at a cost of $4.17, and be obliged to cash it August, 1919, he would receive $4.31 for it.

Thrift Stamps cost 25 cents each. They do not bear interest, but when a sufficient number have been purchased they may be exchanged for the $5 War Savings Certificates.

CONVENTION HELD IN DELHI

Voting School Conducted in Connection with Suffrage Meeting.

Delaware county women are urged to attend the Good Citizenship Convention in Delhi next Thursday and Friday, June 27th and 28th, in the Second Presbyterian church. The morning sessions of the school in citizenship begin at 10:45 a.m. and the afternoon sessions open at 2 o’clock.

Thursday evening a “Win the War” mass meeting will be held. Among the speakers are: Miss Helen Fraser of the National War Savings Committee, London; Lieutenant Judson of the British-Italian Field Corps and Dr. Charles A. Schumacher, head English department, State Normal, Oneonta.

Delhi is particularly fortunate in being able to hear Dr. Schumacher of Oneonta speak on the topic, The Education of our Children. The importance of preserving the best methods of education for our children during the war cannot be over-estimated, as upon the intelligence and training of our children depends the future of our country. A sound and practical education is just as patriotic a duty as sending men to the fighting line and supporting the Red Cross.

Miss Fraser is an official of the War Savings Committee of the British Treasury, now lecturing in America with the approval of the British government. She has been continuously engaged in various kinds of war work since 1914. Miss Fraser is lecturing in America on the invitations of the principal women’s colleges and the Women’s Committee of the Council of National Defense.

Lieutenant Judson of the Italian British Field Corps, has been in action on three battle fronts, and has been decorated for bravery in action.

Everyone welcome; admission free; collection, benefit Y. M. C.A. war work.

AMENDED PENSION LAWS

Its Provisions of Interest to Many Veterans in Delaware County.

The act of June 10, 1918, amending the Sherwood pension law of May 11, 1912, provides the rate of $30 per month for soldiers and sailors of any age who served ninety days or more during the Civil War, and were honorably discharged, and who are now receiving a lower rate. Those who are seventy-two years of age or over and who served six months, are entitled to receive $32 per month; those who served one year, $35 per month; one and onehalf years, $38 per month, and two years or over $40 per month. These increases will be granted automatically, and without application of any kind to the Pension bureau, to all soldiers and sailors now pensioned under the act of May 11, 1912, and who have attained the required age and served the necessary length of time.

Soldiers and sailors, who served during the Civil War, and are pensioned at lower rates under some other law, but who are entitled to pension under the act of May 11, 1912, will be required to file an application under that act in order to receive the benefits of the new law.

A special effort will be made not to interfere with the adjudication of windows’ claims.

It will be wholly impracticable to make any payments at the increased rate on July 4, 1918, but it is hoped that payments due August 4, 1918, may be made at the rate provided by the new law. It will not be necessary to write the bureau about these increases. Letters of inquiry will simply delay the work of making allowances.

MRS. LOVE KILLED IN COLLISION

Three Others Hurt in Smashup on State Road.

Mrs. Edwin Love was killed in an automobile collision on the state road near George Gould’s Thursday evening about 8 o’clock.

The machine driven by Vere Lakin, coming toward the village collided with the car of Lewis C. More, who was headed toward Beerston. The accident occurred on the curve north of the George Gould farm. The sun was shining on Lakins windshield and he is said to have been on the wrong side of the road.

Mrs. Love, who was in the back seat of the More car, was instantly killed. Mrs. Aldebert St. John of Walton, who was in the same car was rendered unconscious, but her condition is not serious. The young child of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis More was thrown from the car, and into a sluice. Its injuries are serious. Mr. Lakin’s collar bone was broken, and his wife sustained painful cuts about the face.

Both of the automobiles were wrecked. Mrs. Love is the mother of Mrs. Lewis More, and the party were on their way to Cannonsville.

Sapling Flew Back.

Otis Terry, who teams for W. H. Austin, was injured Tuesday when a sapling caught on a wheel and flew back, striking him on the knee.

CADOSIA BOY DROWNS IN DELAWARE RIVER

Earl Black Got Into Water Beyond His Depth

CLUNG TO RIVER BOTTOM

Seized Stone in Death Struggle and Prevented Rescue - Body Recovered in Forty-Five Minutes.

(From our Hancock cor.)

Earl A. Black of Cadosia, aged 21 years, was drowned Sunday afternoon in the east branch of the Delaware River at Cadosia.

At the point where the drowning occurred the river is very deep in places. Black could not swim very well and while in bathing with some other boys got in water beyond his depth.

He went under and only came to the surface once. The body was not recovered until forty-five minutes later as the young man in his death struggles had gotten hold of a stone and clung to the river bottom where the water was nine feet in depth. Efforts to resuscitate him were without avail.

Earl Black had only recently passed his twenty-first birthday and on June 5th registered for the draft. He was very anxious to get into the service and went to Binghamton last week to enlist but was rejected. The accident was a great shock to his friends.

3,000 WOMEN ENROLL

Tabulation of Blanks Not Completed - Walton Has Best Showing.

About three thousand women enrolled in Delaware county and may participate in the party primaries September 3. Approximately one-fifth of the women enrolled reside in the town of Walton.

The tabulation of the blanks to show the party affiliations has not been completed. The enrollment of men in the county last fall was divided as follows: Republican, 6,283; Democrat, 3,263; Socialist, 167; Prohibition, 277.

STRUCK BY FALLEN LIMB

William Burr of Arena Injured in the Woods.

(From our Arena cor.)

William Burr of Arena was quite badly injured one day last week while working in the woods. He was struck by a falling limb, his shoulder being dislocated and a bad gash cut in his head. He was taken home and Dr. Faulkner was summoned, who made him as comfortable as possible. His wife had started that morning for Oneonta to visit friends. She was reached by telephone at Bloomville and brought back home by auto.

Peace Between Delhi Editors.

We never expected to live to see the day when the lion and the lamb would lie together, the animals referred to being Brother Wyer of the Delaware Express and Brother McIntosh of the Delaware Republican, which is the lion and which the lamb we are not going to say; that is immaterial; the fact that is material being that both are supporting the county ticket which Wyer has already nominated in advance of the Republican primary on September 3rd. Who prevailed upon these warriors to bury the hatchet? Who engineered the peace drive? What will Brother Wyer do with that choice word “jabbernowl” that he applied to Brother McIntosh, now that both are working for Andy McNaught, prominent in the organization that persecuted the elder McIntosh? “Politics makes strange bedfellows” is again proven by the unlooked for amalgamation of Brother McIntosh by Brother Wyer, or vice versa.

THROWN FROM AUTO

Downsville Party Went over Andes Embankment.

(Special to the Reporter.)

An accident occurred on the road between Pepacton and Shavertown on the south side of the river just over the line in the town of Andes, at a culvert in front of Pulaski Conklin’s, between 10 and 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15. At this point the road being raised several feet above the level of the flat necessitated a high culvert, which is narrower at the top than the roadbed and without anything to mark the ends of the culvert, these being partly hidden from view by the tall grass so that the two men approaching in an auto from the east did not discover the narrow culvert in time to slow down before they were met by another auto emerging from a dugway to the west. The latter car belonged to and was driven by A. D. Rowell of Downsville. It was also occupied by Rev. J. S. Moore, Rev. H. D. Chase and Arthur Close, all of Downsville. The two cars met on the culvert and in avoiding a collision Mr. Rowell’s car went over the embankment but did not completely overturn, the rear wheel lying flat at the bottom of the culvert and the other level with the top of the culvert. All the occupants were thrown out; Mr. Moore and Mr. Close into the creek and Mr. Chase landing on the farther bank. All were in imminent danger of being pinned beneath the car, had it overturned instead of resting, as it did, straight up and down on its edge at the end of the culvert. As it was, no one was in the least injured, except that Mr. Close received a slight strain to his back which had recently been operated on in a hospital. The car also was practically uninjured and was towed back into the highway by Mr. Conklin’s team.

There are many dangerous places along the East Branch valley owing to sharp curves, narrow roads and high embankments without fenders, and special caution on the part of autoists is important. Had even the simple device of a fence post been placed at each end of the culvert above referred to this accident would have been avoided, as there was plenty of passing room just east of the culvert.

MEREDITH INN OPENED.

Meredith Inn opened its fourth season as a public hostelry on Saturday, June 15th. Enlarged last year and newly furnished in artistic, homelike simplicity, with a due regard to sanitation and comfort, the house itself makes a strong appeal. As a rest-a-while stopping place for a vacation period, for a week end, for even a day or single meal, Meredith Inn invariably prompts the desire for a return visit. Walton folk are fortunate in having so attractive an inn within such convenient reach. An hour’s run over good state road by way of Delhi, and one is there.

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