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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 1918

THE WEEK IN WALTON

What We are Talking About at the County Hub

WANT BOOKS FOR SOLDIERS

Maple Sweets are High - Turn Your Clock Back on March 31st - Other Notes of the Week.

Maple syrup is bringing from $1.30 to a $1.75 in the local markets. Maple sugar sells at 30 to 35 cents a pound, depending on the form in which it is put up.

Miss Antoinette Owens has accepted a position as teacher of English in the Walton high school. She has held a similar position in Cooperstown for a number of years.

The trout season opens the first Saturday in April, which falls on the 6th of April this year. The brooks are comparatively low for this season of the year and anglers are looking forward to good success.

The Walton high school basket ball five were defeated at Roscoe Friday evening by a score of 35 to 22. The small size of the court to which the Walton boys were unaccustomed was largely responsible for their defeat.

The Borden milk company has purchased two Bethlehem trucks, each of 2 ½ tons capacity. These trucks and the two already here will be used in bringing milk to the main plant from its feeders at Rockroyal, Mundale and Colchester.

The town board of education at a recent meeting voted to close the schools of the town during the last week in March and the first week in April for the Easter vacation. Teachers who have lost time are to make it up during this period.

The daylight saving bill was signed Tuesday by President Wilson. It puts all clocks forward an hour on the last Sunday in March and turns them back again the last Sunday in October. The plan will become effective without the slightest disorganization or impairment of existing conditions. Trains will run as usual, and daily life will remain unchanged. Before retiring on the last Saturday of the month, the American householder will set his clock an hour ahead and then may go to sleep and forget entirely about the daylight saving until the last Saturday of October. The man who is accustomed to go to work at seven a.m. will find himself starting at the same hour, as indicated by the clock, but actually he will be an hour ahead by the present standardized time.

The big blizzard of 1888 came thirty-eight years ago last week. W. D. Burns, then a clerk in Mendel Bros. store in Delhi, has some interesting photographs taken on Main street, Delhi, at that time. The blizzard lasted three days and snow fell to a depth of three feet on the level on March 14. One picture shows J. E. Harper, then a clerk in the store of J. S. Page, standing beside a snow pile twelve feet high, topped with the American flag. Another is a view of Mendel Bros. store with the huge drifts in front capped with figures fitted up by Mr. Burns and bearing suitable inscriptions. The snow went as fast as it came with the heavy rain that followed, and a third photo taken on the 20th of March shows the river within a few feet of the lower river bridge in Delhi. Samuel H. Fancher Sr., of Walton, is in the group standing on the bridge.

A nation-wide campaign to secure books for the soldiers is being conducted this week. The libraries throughout the nation are acting as receiving stations, and will forward the books. Many kinds of good books are wanted, but they must be well bound, and in good condition. In addition to fiction, the standard books of poetry, essays, drama, philosophy, biography and history are all useful. The presence of many men of foreign extraction, not skilled in English, makes a demand for boys’ books. Books on the war are in great demand. Empy’s “Over the Top” leads in popularity. Recently published volumes of European travel and history are acceptable. There is no danger of giving too good books nor too many. Let some go that cannot be replaced, the giving of which means sacrifice. Books may be left at the Ogden Free library.

The town school board met Wednesday and acted upon the applications of teachers for the ensuing school year. The following teachers are engaged for the districts indicated; District No. 1, Colchester, Mrs. C. B. Scott; No. 4, Pines Brook, Helen Aldrich, No. 5, Pines, Marjorie Clark, No. 6; Beerston, Bessie Shackelton, Eleanor Bogart, Jessie B. Tweedie; No. 7, Mt. Pleasant, Camilla Strong; No. 8, Third Brook, Elizabeth Robinson; No. 9, Northfield, Mrs. Etta Seymour; No. 10, Russell’s, Maude Yeoman; No 12, lower East Brook, Margaret Smith; No. 13, Mountain, Nina Hodge, No. 14, Oxbow, Lillian Salton; No. 16, Guideboard, Margaret Kilpatrick; No. 17, Marvin Hollow, Mrs. Lester Smith; No. 18, Honeywell’s, Blanche Seeley; No. 20, upper East Brook, Jeannette Howland; No. 22, Loomis, Wilhemina Gilbert. No disposition was made of the following districts: No. 11, Bear Spring; No. 15, Haring district; No. 21, Houck Mt. Teachers will be paid a uniform wage of $12 and $12.50 per week. Most of the teachers are teaching in the town at present and nine have been assigned the same district as last year.

Davenport Sailor Ill

(From our Davenport cor.)

Mrs. Harry Smith received word recently that her son, Arthur Sheldon, who is in the naval hospital at Newport, R. I., is very seriously ill. Mrs. Smith expects to go there next week.

RED CROSS NOTES

On Wednesday afternoon the women who were busily dewing in the Red Cross work rooms, were very pleasantly surprised when a procession of happy little boys and girls from the Red Cross Junior Auxiliary of the Stockton Avenue school came marching in, bringing some of the work they had done since their organization about three months ago. There was a great clapping of hands and it is safe to say that the children themselves were no more pleased than the grown-ups who applauded them. The following articles were presented: 32 comfort pillows, 3 large knitted afghans, 25 knitted squares, 1 knitted wash cloth, 1 handkerchief. The sewing was neatly done and also the knitting, of which the boys did a large share. Under the very efficient instruction of Miss Emma Dann, these patriotic boys and girls are surely doing their bit. Three cheers for the Stockton avenue junior auxiliary.

WYER LEAVES DRAFT BOARD

Delhi Editor Sends Resignation to Governor

Arthur C. Wyer of Delhi, editor of the Delaware Express, and Dr. Geo. Dugan of Albany have resigned as members of the appellate draft board in Albany. Dr. Dugan was chairman and Mr. Wyer secretary of that body.

The board cleared up practically all its work this week. Appeals by the governor from decisions of the local boards remain and other cases will have to be reopened from time to time. The salary of members of the appellate board was fixed at $10 a day by the selective service regulations.

CARRY PROPOSITIONS AT VILLAGE ELECTION

No. Opposition to Union Ticket at the Polls

VOTED $1,000 FOR RED CROSS

Women Take Little Interest in Walton, but Come out in Force in Sidney - Other Results.

A comparatively light vote was polled at the village election in Walton Tuesday. Although this was the first opportunity women had to vote for elective officers, only about fifteen availed themselves of the privilege. In previous village elections a much larger number of ladies have voted on a tax propositions.

All of the five tax propositions were carried and there was no opposition to the candidates named at the union caucus. A total of 113 votes were cast for the candidates and 84 ballots on the tax propositions.

The officers elected and their vote was as follows: President for one year, Walter J. More, 99; trustees, for two years, Henry W. Retz, 101 votes; Samuel C. St. John, 99: trustee for one year, S. H. Osterhout, 98; treasurer for one year, Paul F. Taylor, 103, collector for one year, Fred F. Dickermon, 96; police justice, four-year term, James M. Peake, 98.

The vote on the propositions was as follows:

No. 1. Shall the sum of $6,500 be raised for highway purpose? Yes, 64; no, 16. Majority for 47.

No. 2. Shall the sum of $5,000 be raised for general expenses? Yes, 48; No. 31, Majority for, 17.

No. 3. Shall the sum of $1,000 be raised for the purpose of oiling the streets? Yes, 54; No., 27. Majority for, 27.

No. 4. Shall the sum of $2,700 be raised for all-night electric street lighting? Yes, 58; No. 23. Majority, for 25.

No. 5. Shall the sum of $1,500 be raised to defray the expenses of the Fire Department? Yes, 69; No, 15; Majority for, 55.

In Sidney 512 votes were polled and 171 women voted. The candidates on the citizens’ ticket defeated the people's ticket nominees, except for the office of one trustee. B. E. Pudney received 309 votes to 194 for Hiram W. Bedell. For trustees, Clinton Smith, people’s ticket, and Albert M. Shutts, citizens’ ticket, received the highest vote of the four nominees and were elected. George H. McCarthy, citizens’ ticket, defeated Fred Phelps, people’s candidate, for collector, 305 to 197 and William Jameson was chosen treasurers without opposition.

The Hancock village election was held on Tuesday afternoon. F. R. Paden was elected president; William Hornbeck and F. J. Smith trustees for two years; L. S. Leonard, collector and Louis Klein treasurer. The proposition to raise $1,000 for the Red Cross was carried by 38 majority; 22 votes were cast against the proposition.

At the Stamford election the proposition to raise $200 for the village library was carried by a vote of 69 to 61 and the proposition not to lease the opera house was carried by a vote of 113 to 103. The following officers were elected: Leo H. DeSilva, for president, Clement L. Murdock, for trustee, and Guy W. Benjamin for trustee, were elected without opposition. Thomas Barnes, Democrat, defeated W. M. Canfield, Republican for street commissioner, and John C. Grant, Democrat, was elected collector over Henry C. Cook, Republican, by a substantial plurality.

Delhi elected the following officers: President, Russell Archibald; trustee, William A. Humphries; collector, Mrs. Elizabeth Hume; treasurer, J. E. W. Thompson; street commissioner, Wm. McKee.

WALTON’S TELEPHONE MUDDLE

Aired in Court in Oneonta on Motion to Require Specific Answer - Other Delaware Cases.

Attorneys Charles R. O’Connor of Hobart and A. G. Patterson of Walton met in a spirited contest at a hearing before Judge Kellogg in supreme court chambers in Oneonta on Monday afternoon, at which the affairs of the Walton Home Telephone company, a bankrupt concern, and the procedure when its plant was dismantled, were quite liberally aired, there being frequently a spirited arraignment on the part of Mr. O’Connor of the part Mr. Patterson is alleged to have taken in the closing out of the plant of the company, and in return a denial of many of the allegations on the part of Mr. Patterson.

The proceedings came before the court upon a show cause order granted to the defendants in the suit instituted by Arthur E. Conner, Esq., of Walton, as trustee of the estate of the telephone company against John R. Bryce, Arthur G. Patterson and Jay Hammond of Walton, to recover $15,000 damages alleged to have been sustained by the company, which order required the plaintiff to show cause why an order directing the plaintiff to reply definitely to the allegations of the answer made by the defendants, constituting the defense affirmatively alleged therein.

The case is an interesting one and follows a charge of conspiracy on the part of certain parties interested in the Walton People’s Telephone company to remove the Home company as a competitor in the field. It is asserted that the defendants in the action caused the plant of the Home company to be dismantled and the patrons disconnected from the switchboard and the conduits and wires removed from underground and cut into pieces. It was stated by Mr. O’Connor that the defendants caused their representatives to be placed in official position with the Home company and by their action the plant was practically junked.

The defendants set up in their answer that the Home company had placed conduits and cables upon property of which they were not the owners and that the owners of said property had ordered the same removed, which was done. It is further alleged that the company had been operated at a loss of $2,703.06 for the previous year and that its wires were down in part and a considerable portion of the patrons deprived of service at the time. It is contended that the cables were valueless at the time except as scrap.

Justice Kellogg on Wednesday announced that he would grant the application made by the defendants, that the plaintiff reply definitely to the allegations set forth in the answer.

The trial of the section brought by George W. and Jacob C. Merritt against T. Russell Shaw and Thomas Jewell to cancel a certain chattel mortgage upon a saw mill which the plaintiffs purchased in good faith. It is alleged, without knowledge of the existence of the mortgage. The question seems to hinge upon whether the mortgage was properly recorded. The mortgage was originally filed in Middleburgh, but there was some paper filed at Hancock where the purchasers reside, purporting to give notice that the mortgage was being renewed. W. H. Matteson of Syracuse appeared for the defendants and W. E. White of Walton for the plaintiffs.

In the matter of the application of St. Peter’s Church of Stamford, Harpersfield and Kortright, for leave to sell and convey a tract of land situate in the village of Hobart, consisting of one-half acre of land, for the sum of $600, to the board of education of school district No. 2 of the town of Stamford, the order was granted.

In the matter of the application of Christ church in Walton for leave to sell a parcel of real estate which it owns in that village, for the purpose of straightening and rectifying the division line between its property and the property of the adjoining owner, the order was granted and the vestry was authorized to make the conveyance. Fancher & Fancher of Walton for the petitioners – Oneonta Star.

RAISE $2,500 FOR RED CROSS

Unadilla Goes “Over the Top” in Drive for Fund.

(From our Unadilla cor.)

Captain V. Bealey of the Royal Flying Corps, and late of His Majesty’s North Staffordshire Regiment, spoke in Unadilla Friday. In the afternoon he spoke to the students of the Unadilla high school, and in the evening at the Red Cross mass meeting.

Captain Bealey is an American, and was born in Washington, D. C. He enlisted in England, and was wounded, while flying at Ypres. He was recently discharged the from an English hospital and came to this country about two weeks ago.

Dr. Martin of Oneonta spoke at the meeting upon the work of the Red Cross, not only at the present time, but upon the wonderful things already done.

The object of the mass meeting was to raise $2,000 for the work of the local Red Cross. More than this was subscribed for the coming year. Because this money was raised within two weeks, the local Red Cross will also receive the five hundred dollars, the gift of Charles Sweet. C. C. Flaesch, Frank J. VanCott, John M. Hopkins, M. W. York, Cornie C. Moore an F. M. Tyson, gave $100 each.

MANY SCHOOL CHANGES

Teachers Going to Other Places and Some Quit the Work.

The ensuing year will see many changes in the faculties of several Delaware county schools. In Sidney, in addition to Principal Preston, a large number of the present faculty will leave for positions paying better salaries.

Principal Stanley S. Kilkenny has rendered his resignation form the Delhi high school, and it is stated that only three of the present faculty, Mrs. Sillman, Miss Dowie and Miss Hutson will remain the coming year.

BORTHWICK OUT OF DANGER

Platner Brook Young Man Will Leave Hospital Soon.

Harry Borthwick, son of James E. Borthwick, of Platner Brook, Delhi, who was so seriously injured in an auto collision with a D. & H. train at Bainbridge about the 1st of February, that one leg was amputated and the other fractured, is still in Fox Memorial hospital, Oneonta, and is improving nicely, but will be obliged to remain there for a few weeks yet.

An action will be brought against the D. & H., as it is claimed the watchman stationed at the crossing where the collision occurred, failed to give Borthwick warning of the train’s approach.

TRAIN BOYS FOR THE FARM

Delhi State School Will Find Work for City Youths.

The Delhi state school of agriculture will act as a training school for boys from New York city who will be placed upon farms for the summer. A number of these boys will be sent each week to the school where they will be trained for a short time in the handling of teams, care of stock and general farm work. They will be placed with farmers who will pay them $15 for the first month, $20 for the second month and $25 for the third month, together with board and laundry. The boy shall be paid weekly; the boy shall have one-half day off each month, one whole day off during the season. The whole day is for a general picnic and “get together” meeting of all boys within reach of Delhi. A director from New York city comes with the boys and with Director DuBois of the state school, will have entire charge of the boys, visiting them each week.

HILL NAMES BARBER AS “FARM SPECIALIST”

Broome Farm Bureau Ignored by Would-be Congressman

CASE NOT AN ISOLATED ONE

State Food Commission Being Used to Reward Political Henchmen with Jobs - Farmers Are Aroused.

Charles W. Reynolds, a cigar packer and ex-barber of Binghamton, has been appointed “farm labor specialist” for Brome County by he State Food Commission and thereon hangs an interesting tale of how this new law is being worked for the benefit politically of certain aspiring politicians.

When the State Food Commission decided to appoint these “farm labor specialists” the State Director of Farm Bureaus, H. E. Babcock of Ithaca, notified the directors of the Farm Bureaus in the several counties of the state, and suggested that they recommend men for the position. In the case of Broome county Julius E. Rogers, a practical farmer, was recommended. In forwarding this recommendation Mr. Eastman, director of the Broome county Bureau wired Mr. Babcock “Very strong sentiment against appointment of any person not a real farmer, who does not understand farm problems.”

State Director Babcock was one of a committee of four appointed to nominate “farm labor specialists.” Mr. Babcock stated that he regarded Mr. Rogers, the man recommended by the Broome county Bureau, as a splendid man for the position, and a favored his appointment, but found that “everything had been fixed,” and could do nothing.

Some weeks before the telegram to Mr. Babcock, Reynolds appeared at the office of the Farm Bureau, and made some inquiries, but no one in connection with the office got an idea of just what Reynolds was after. It was not until the cigar packer appeared late last week and notified the Bureau, that he had been appointed “farm labor specialist,” that they knew that their request for the appointment of a real farmer had been turned down, and a ward politician appointed. The Broome county Farm Bureau immediately sent a letter of protest to M. C. Burritt, county agent leader of Farm Bureaus, S. L. Strivings, president of State Farm Bureau and H. E. Babcock, State Director of Farm Bureaus. In this protest it stated: “The Broome County Farm Bureau is asked to furnish accommodations in its office for the “specialist,” Mr. Reynolds. This we could not do, without sanctioning his appointment and putting the stamp of our approval on the purpose which prompted it. Such action on our part would shake the confidence of the farmers in the sincerity of purpose of this organization. We must therefore, respectfully decline to make a place for Mr. Reynolds in this office. We will gladly undertake, however, to distribute to the best advantage, any supply of labor that is furnished us from any sources.

“We do not believe that any relief in farm labor conditions can be had through the efforts of labor specialists, however well qualified and however earnest and patriotic they may be.”

As soon as news of the appointment was learned, interest was centered in how Reynolds got it. Public curiosity was soon satisfied by an acknowledgement that he owed his appointment to Senator William H. Hill of Johnson City. Reynolds is one of the most active members of the Hill faction in the politics of Broome county. W. F. Sherwood, member of the Republican State Committee from Broome county says Reynolds “has rendered good service in the 13th ward during the last three campaigns, and it was in return for that service I am informed on the best of authority that Mr. Hill procured the appointment for him.”

Summed up, Reynolds got the job because he had been on the Hill side of the factional strife in Broome county. Reynolds has been employed for eleven years as a cigar packer in a Binghamton factory, working nights and Saturdays as a barber. The affair has occasioned no end of talk in Broome county, and it is considered has greatly damaged Mr. Hill’s chances in the Republican primary, where he is a candidate for congress against George W. Fairchild. The farmers have gotten pretty sick of being made an excuse for jobs for party workers.

There are some twenty-three of these “farm labor specialists” in the state. In Cayuga county the same kind of politics was played. The whole affair shows the political jobbery in the entire State Food Commission business. In the state expenses for next year nearly two million dollars is down to be expended by the Commission. The above illustrates how the money is used.

It has since developed that February 18, the very date on which Charles W. Reynolds, later appointed farm labor specialist at the instance of Senator William H. Hill, appeared in the office of the Brome County Farm Bureau, a wandering stranger, and asked about some office he “expected” an appointment, the New York State Food Commission was asking that he be exempted from taking a civil service examination for the office of supervisor of crop and meat production and conservation on the ground that he had been serving the farmers of Brome county by teaching them how to farm since February 1.

This is revealed by the official records on file in Albany, but that is not all.

It is further revealed that the State Food Commission (evidently at the request of some interested statesman) was also asking for such exemption on the ground that Mr. Reynolds had been working in connection with the Farm Bureau office in Binghamton, that he had been “organizing the farmers in the various towns to carry forward his program to instruct the farmers in the use of ditchers, tractors and other farm machinery, and stimulate them to increase the cultivation of acreage.”

More than that, he had been “assisting to enlist volunteer experienced farm hands to aid in putting in and harvesting the crops, and by reason of his acquaintance, influence and general adaptability for this work is carrying it on with success and satisfaction.”

These are extracts from a letter sent by the State Food Commission to the State Civil Service Board on February 18, explaining why the valuable Mr. Reynolds and two others ought to be exempted from the civil service.

On the same date that Charles H. Betts was laboriously indicting this letter of eulogy, the Broome County Farm Bureau, in touch with farmers in very part of the county, was trying to find out who this man Charles W. Reynolds was, and what kind of state job he expected. It had never heard of Charles W. Reynolds. If he had been teaching the farmers how to farm it certainly would not have been in ignorance of his valuable services. To the officers of the Broome County Farm Bureau, Charles W. Reynolds, cigar packer, barber and political ward worker for Senator Hill, was a wanderer and a stranger in search of information.

ENDED LIFE WITH CARBOLIC

Bert Fuller of Norwich Commits Suicide at Sister’s Home.

Bert Fuller of Norwich, a fireman on the Ontario & Western railroad, died Wednesday afternoon shortly before 5 o’clock, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Harrison Bogart, on South street. Death was caused by taking carbolic acid.

Mr. Fuller was well known in Walton. He was a son of the late William Fuller, and during the past seventeen years had been engaged in railroad work. He has had a run on the milk with Engineer Mc- Mullen, and had lived in Norwich about ten years.

He arrived in Walton Wednesday afternoon on train No. 1. He had not been home for about a week. He walked overtown with George Alexander of Philadelphia, a former engineer on the railroad. When they reached the post office Mr. Alexander stopped and Fuller continued on his way to the home of his sister, but after reaching the river bridge turned and came back overtown, bought two ounces of carbolic acid, stating that the acid was needed for disinfecting purposes at the home of Mrs. Bogart, who has been ill.

After reaching his sister’s home he went up to her room and conversed for over an hour with Mrs. Bogart and Mrs. Roland Russell, who was there. After a while he stated that he was going overtown and would be back for supper. A few minutes later the attention of the two women was attracted by moans, and when Mrs. Russell went down she found Mr. Fuller lying on the floor in the sitting room. He had emptied the bottle of carbolic and was dead when found. Dr. C. S. Gould was summoned, but the acid had caused almost instant death. Dr. C. R. Woods of Delhi, the coroner, came in the evening and issued a death certificate.

Mr. Fuller is survived by his wife, who was Miss Nellie Liddle of Downsville before their marriage, and by seven children; two sisters, Mrs. Bogart and Mrs. James Armstrong; a half-sister, Mrs. E. C. Elmore, of Walton, and a brother, Dr. Clarence Fuller, of Yonkers. He was 48 years of age.

The funeral will be held Saturday at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. W. C. Davies of Northfield, with burial in the Walton cemetery.

HORSES FELL TO THEIR DEATH

Team of Masonville Man Left Highway for Railroad Tracks.

Wm. Miles, who lives near Masonville, driving home with the team from Binghamton, and it being late and the drive long, he fell asleep, and when the team came to the D. & H. crossing east of Nineveh they started up the track instead of crossing the road. The bumping on the tracks awakened Mr. Miles, who not being able to turn in the narrow place on the tracks, unhitched the team so as to turn the wagon about. The horses, feeling themselves free, started on a dead run down the tracks and in passing over the bridge fell off to the road below, killing both. Mr. Miles searched all night, but they were not found until morning.

CAUSES EXPLAINED OF MILK SURPLUS

Farm Bureau Meeting Held in Walton Friday

EASTMAN SHOWS SITUATION

Curtailment of Condensed Milk Trade Responsible for Dealers Attitude - Urge Strengthening of League.

A campaign is underway to increase the membership for the Farm Bureau and to renew the old membership for the year 1918. Meetings are being held throughout the county, conducted by E. G. Brougham, the county agent, assisted by Bruce M. Kilpatrick of Bloomville, director of the Dairymen’s League in this county.

The meeting in Walton was held last Friday in Walton Hall. At the business session in the morning, Prof. C. D. DuBois, director of the State Agricultural school at Delhi, spoke on the “Labor Problem” and H. C. McKenzie, president of the Farm Bureau on the subject, “The Farmer and the food problem.” At the business session Samuel Mc- Donald, P. B. Williams, William McDonald, John S. Gosper, Peter Chambers and Arthur Holley were elected as committee men for the town. A community lunch was held at noon with hot coffee served by the domestic science class of Walton high school.

The feature of the afternoon was the address by Edward E. Eastman, former county agent of the Farm Bureau, who has been granted a three months’ leave of absence as assistant state director of Farm Bureaus, to act as field organizer for the Dairymen’s League.

Mr. Eastman said it was like talking to his home folks when he addressed a Delaware county audience. He went at some length into the present milk situation and discussed the outlook for an adjustment of the problem favorable to the dairymen. He stated that at present the condensers and cheesemakers did not wish to buy milk and would not agree to the Federal Milk Commission fixing the prices, although the milk distributors in the city seemed willing to leave the question of price to the commission. The stand of the condensers was due, the speaker declared, to several reasons. He believed the production of milk had reached its peak and that in the next few years there will be marked curtailment in production. The shipment of the condensed milk has been cut down by the lack of sufficient bottoms to ship to product to our Allies, who have been large purchasers. Then, too, the stock of condensed milk piled up in the warehouse owing to a delay in the granting of export licenses for shipment of condensed milk to Cuba, South America and neutral countries not adjacent to the Central Powers.

The attitude of the Federal Milk Commission had also curtailed the purchase of milk. Consumers were urged to save milk and butter and as a result the consumption, particularly among the wealthy and middle classes in the city, has taken a big drop. Now the commission has charged its position and urges the increased use of milk and butter, but it will take some time to educate the public from a course to which it has been urged.

The high price of milk in the city is also responsible, although at present prices milk is the cheapest food on the market.

Turning to remedies for the milk surplus, Mr. Eastman urged every farmer’s family to use at home at least two quarts more of milk daily, and declared that the use of oleo by the farmers is an injury to themselves. If every farmer will use two quarts more milk, will dispose of all poor cows, and if more butter is used in place of oleo, the milk surplus will be disposed of and the farmer will receive a just price for this product.

The speaker than turned to matters connected with the Dairymen’s League organization. President Cooper, he declared, is a doing a great work and is entitled to the confidence of all. He is a power to be reckoned with and the dealers always listen with respect to his views, Mr. Eastman said.

Mr. Eastman then spoke of the Country Milk company, of which Mr. Cooper is also president. Mr. Cooper’s position as president of this concern has been misunderstood and criticized, the speaker said. The Country Milk company, Mr. Eastman explained, is an organization composed of some twenty-five co-operative creameries. No individual has any stock, but the creameries themselves are members of the company.

The question of the one cent a hundred pounds to be deducted from the monthly checks of League members was then touched upon. Mr. Eastman quoted some figures to show that a relatively small per cent of the League members have signed the necessary form authorizing the creameries to make this deduction. It is the duty of every dairyman to join the League and sign this power of attorney, declared the speaker, and unless you back up your organization with the necessary funds it will be no better than a rope of sand.

Mr. Eastman and H. C. McKenzie were obliged to leave the meeting at 3:30 to take the train back to Ithaca, having been summoned there for a consultation over the food question.

Bruce M. Kilpatrick, director of the Dairymen’s League, was the next to speak. Mr. Kilpatrick is a forceful and pleasing speaker and was listened to with attention. His remarks, followed much the same line as Mr. Eastman took, while he emphasized some points upon which the previous speaker had only briefly touched.

APPROVED HOSPITAL SITE

But New Law May Permit Care of Patients Elsewhere.

The health department at Albany has approved the Coe site as a location for the hospital. The site is located two miles from Delhi on the Walton road. If a bill now pending at Albany becomes a law the county need not build a hospital but may arrange for the care of any patients at some other hospital. The matter of construction is marking time in the meanwhile.

JURY COULDN’T AGREE

Manor Chicken Case Results in Second Mistrial.

(From Livingston Manor cor.)

At the second trial of Israel Winner and Perry DeWitt on a charge of chicken stealing, held on Tuesday before Justice Smith, the jury disagreed. In the first trial, held a week before, it was understood the jury stood one for conviction, five for acquittal. This time the report is the jury was tied, three being for acquittal and three for conviction. Messrs. Geo. Krupp, John Kelly, John Collins, John McCune, O. Hodge, and Chas. Wright composed the jury. A third trial is set for Tuesday, March 26th.

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