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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1918

THE WEEK IN WALTON

What We are All Talking About at the County Hub

DRAFTED MEN NOT CALLED

Borden Plant Reported Sold - Children Break Bones - Telephone Rates to be Raised.

Bernice, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Beers of Beerston, fell Tuesday while playing in barn and fractured her left arm near her wrist.

The season for mink, skunk and muskrat opened Saturday, November 9. The mink season closes March 15, the muskrat season on April 20 and the skunk season on February 10. The squirrel season closed November 15.

Food Administrator A. J. Courtney received a telegram Wednesday that, effective Thursday, November 14, the sale of substitutes with wheat will no longer be required. The proportion in recent weeks has been four pounds of wheat to one of substitutes. Conservation of all foodstuffs is urged as the demand for grains from Europe will remain for a long period.

The Walton People’s Telephone Company has filed with the Public Service Commission, Second District, notice that on December 1 it proposes to put a new tariff schedule into effect in Walton and the towns of Franklin, Hamden, Tompkins and Walton. The new schedule increases annual rates and there is a general revision of rules and regulations.

Pneumonia following influenza caused two more deaths in Walton this week: Ethel Gregory, aged two years, on Nov. 9, and Mrs. B. J. Rothwell, 18 years of age, early Monday morning. While there are a few new cases nearly all the patients who have been seriously ill are on the road to recover. The death toll from the disease in the town of Walton has been twentyseven.

Rev. C. S. Wyckoff, pastor of the Congregational church in Walton, received orders Friday to report at the base hospital at Roland Park, Baltimore, and left for that city Saturday. Mr. Wyckoff was recently commissioned a chaplain in the army. He has been granted a leave of absence by the Congregational church and that church will unite with Christ Episcopal church in services during his absence.

The town of Walton has been paying off at the rate of $6,000 a year its bonded indebtedness contracted at the time of the construction of the old Oswego & Midland railroad. Several years ago some of the bonds were refunded so that beginning February 1, 1919, only $1,000 a year is to be paid. There remain $22,000 of the bonds outstanding. Where the town last year had to raise $5,400 after receipt of the railroad rebate to pay the bonds due and interest, the amount this year is only $160, as the bonds due and interest amount to $1,880 and the rebate is $1,720.

Matthew, the young son of Matthew Logan, had his right leg broken Monday in the woods back of Robert Palmer’s home, West Brook. The father was drawing logs out of the woods and one of them swung around and struck the boy’s leg, breaking it. Dr. W. R. Gladstone reduced the fracture.

It was reported in September that the Borden plant in Walton had been sold but no official announcement has ever been made of the transfer. Reports from reliable sources now indicate the purchaser as the John Wildi Evaporated

Milk Company. It is reported that the plant will be reopened later.

Stamford was the first town in the county to go over the top in the United War Work campaign this week. The town had a quota of $3,220, and on Wednesday evening reported $3,417 raised and a large oversubscription expected. Walton had raised about $3,500 up to Thursday. It is hoped to raise at least $7,000 in the town, but in order to reach this mark a generous response from everyone is necessary. The work of the Y. M. C. A. and the six allied organizations will be increased rather than diminished with the return of peace. It will be months before our soldiers overseas are all home again. Delhi reported Thursday that its quota was raised.

Provost Marshal General Crowder on Monday cancelled all draft calls. Thirty-nine men from the Delhi district and twenty six from Walton were to leave Wednesday for Camp Humphreys, Va. General Crowder has directed that the classification of registrants of September 12, 1918, between 37 and 45 years old be discontinued. Questionnaires have been sent to these men by the Walton local board. It is not necessary to fill them out, but the questionnaires must be returned to the local board. Classification of registrants who were 18 years old September 12 and had not passed their nineteenth birthday will be continued and completed. A number of the young men from 19 to 36 years of age previously classified, who were called for physical examination in Walton Thursday failed to appear. The signing of an armistice does not relieve any registrant of his liability to service and those who fail to answer a call will be classed as delinquents and are subject to arrest. It is probable that the local draft boards will be in session for some time cleaning up their work and aiding in the task of bringing delinquents to justice.

COMPANY F CASUALTIES

Number of Wounded in Cambrai Battle Large - Only Two Known Dead.

While the name of only one of the Delaware county boys who went out with Company F of Walton has appeared in the casualty list, letters written home by the men show that a large number were wounded in action when the New York Division smashed the Hindenburg line at Le Catelet, between Cambrai and St. Quentin on September 29.

Leo Pratt of Hamden has been officially reported as having died of wounds. Letters home from two of his comrades tell of the death in action of Private Raymond Spickerman of Bloomville of the Machine Gun Company, 107th Infantry. The report contained in the letter from Maurice Hinckley that Corporal Truman Tobey and Sergeant Frank Mead Eells, two Walton boys, are missing has not been confirmed. Sergeant Eells and Corporal Tobey are in Co. F. 107th Infantry, while Hinckley is with the Machine Gun Company. If the report is confirmed, it is hoped that the men may prove to have been captured by the Germans.

The relatives of men killed or wounded in action are notified by the war department as soon as word comes from Pershing’s headquarters and the names are given out for publication about a week later. Casualties often are reported by the department two weeks or more after they occurred.

The following Delaware county boys in Company F have written home telling of their being wounded: Harvey Cole, Leo. F. Flynn, Alex. Launt, Olan Misner, Lee McCook, Frank C. Roda, Thomas Neer, Leo Sutliff and Maurice Hinkley of Walton; Monroe Cole and Arthur Pindar, Sidney; Clifford Gerowe, Delhi; Hugh King, Hobart.

WILD CELEBRATIONS FOLLOW PEACE NEWS

Ringing of Bells Announces Word of Armistice

BIG PARADE HELD IN WALTON

Demonstrations Held in Every Community, Small and Large - Fighting Ceased at 6 a. m. Monday.

“The world war will end this morning at 6 o’clock Washington time, or 11 o’clock Paris time. The armistice was signed by the German representatives at midnight. This announcement was made at the State Department at 2:50 o’clock this morning.”

It was this message sent over the wires by the Associated Press early Monday morning that started demonstrations in every village and hamlet in Delaware county, the like of which will probably never be seen again.

From early in the morning until long after midnight the celebration of victory continued and the greatest day in the world history, ushered in at morning by the ringing of bells and the tooting of whistles, ended at midnight with bonfires still ablaze in every community.

Everywhere the news was greeted with joy and feelings long pent up sought an outlet. In Walton the celebration was somewhat subdued and the bells were rung and the whistles blown for a few minutes only in the morning on account of the many serious cases of sickness in the village and the injurious effect caused by the premature celebration last Thursday. Village President Walton J. More issued a proclamation declaring the day a holiday, and in the afternoon a grand parade headed by the Walton band marched through the principal streets. In the parade were the members of the Walton Red Cross Chapter, citizens and Boy Scouts in automobiles, school children and the employees of the Kayser factory, all carrying and waving flags. Uncle Sam was impersonated by F. C. Darling. Two hogs in a box with an armed guard on watch were labeled, “The Kaiser and the Crown Prince.” Each of the seven different organizations uniting in the United War Work campaign and the Victory Boys and Girls was represented in the parade by an automobile appropriately decorated.

Kindling wood and boxes were at a premium in Walton next morning. Several huge bonfires were built and kept burning until a late hour.

At Delhi thirty-two automobiles and eight large trucks came in from Meridale in the evening to help celebrate. The firebell was kept ringing continuously all day and late into the night. A bonfire was built near the courthouse.

Andes had its celebration in the afternoon with a parade and addresses by several local people. Among them were Dr. James Robinson of Delhi, who spoke of welcoming the boys back from the Civil War on a somewhat similar occasion fifty-three years ago.

Sidney, Hancock, Downsville, Stamford and the other large villages all had big demonstrations.

SET FIRE TO OLD HOUSE

East Branch Celebrators Carry Matters to Excess.

(From our East Branch cor.)

Not in years before has the town been so woke up as it was on Monday night, when everybody turned out to celebrate the news of peace. The church bells were rung and the whistles blown, and a large bonfire built in front of the Hotel Delaware. The “Kaiser” was tied by the neck behind a car and dragged through the streets several times, when “he” was thrown on the fire.

An old house along the D. & N. tracks near Hubbell’s saw mill and unused for some time and of little value, made another fine bonfire. After this had nearly burned down, someone thinking to be smart, set fire to one of Jay Martin’s tenant houses recently vacated by Harrison Rhodes, near the transfer.

As this seemed to nearly everyone a wanton waste of property, it ended the fun for the evening. Although the house was one of the oldest in town, it was in fairly good repair, and had been occupied part of the time by two families until within the last week.

WHAT GERMANY MUST DO

Terms of Armistice Accepted by the Huns Sunday Night.

The following is a summary of the armistice terms accepted by Germany:

1–Cessation of hostilities six hours after signing, or 11 a. m., Monday Paris time.

2–Immediate evacuation of invaded countries.

3–Reparation for damage done.

4–Surrender by German armies of 5,000 guns, 25,000 machine guns, 3,000 Minnewerfers and 1,700 airplanes.

5–Evacuation by the German armies of the countries on the left bank of the Rhine, which are to be occupied and administered by the Allies and the United States.

6–The retiring German armies must do no damage in evacuating territory, and there shall be no evacuation of inhabitants.

7–Five thousand locomotives, 50,000 wagons and 10,000 motor lorries to be handed over to the associated powers, also the railways of Alsace-Lorraine.

8–Germans must reveal location of all mines and delay all acting fuses.

9–The right of requisition shall be exercised by the victorious powers in territory occupied by them and the upkeep of their troops therein shall be paid by Germany.

10–Allied prisoners of war must be repatriated at once.

11–Sick and wounded who cannot be moved must be cared for by the Germans.

12–All German troops in territory which before the war belonged to Russia, Rumania or Turkey must withdraw to German territory.

13–Evacuation to being at once.

14–German troops to cease all requisitions for supplies in Rumania and Russia.

15–Abandonment of treaties of Bucharest and Brest-Litvosk.

16–Allies to have free access to evacuated territories on their eastern frontier.

17–Surrender of all the German forces in East Africa, within one month.

18–Reparation of all civilians interned or deported.

19–Detailed provisions for reparation.

20–Cessation of hostilities at sea and seas thrown open to free navigation.

21–Allied naval and mercantile prisoners to be returned.

22–Surrender of all German submarines.

23–German surface ships to be dismantled and interned.

24–Right granted associated powers to sweep all mine fields.

25–Freedom of access to and from Baltic.

26–Allied blockades to be continued: German merchant ships remaining at sea still liable to capture.

27–Naval aircraft to be immobilized.

28–In evacuating Belgian coast Germany to surrender ships, aircraft, stores, etc.

29–Germany to evacuate Black Sea ports, seized Russian warships to be taken by Allies.

30–Allied merchant vessels captured by Germans to be restored.

31–No destruction of ships or materials.

32–Restrictions on neutral shipping to be removed.

33–No transfers of German merchant shipping to neutral flags.

34–Duration of armistice 30 days, with option to extend.

35–Seventy-two hours given Germany for acceptance or rejection of armistice.

RAYMOND SPICKERMAN

Bloomville Boy Reported Killed in Action September 29th.

While no official word has been received by his father, Herman Spickerman of Bloomville, letters from Charles Finigan of Hobart and Maurice Hinkley of Walton tell of the death in action on September 29th of Raymond Spickerman. He enlisted in Company F of Walton, and was transferred at Camp Wadsworth, S. C., to the Machine Gun Company of the 107th Infantry.

PRAISE FOR LOAN WORKERS

Mr. Strong Thanks Committees for Fine Work Done.

A. J. Courtney, chairman of the local fourth Liberty Loan committee, has received the following acknowledgment from Benjamin Strong, governor of the Federal Reserve Bank, of the fine work done in Walton and vicinity for the loan: Mr. A. J. Courtney,

Walton, N. Y. Dear Sir:

It is most difficult for me to make an adequate acknowledgment to all those who have made the success of the fourth Liberty Loan possible and the organization is so large that all cannot even be reached by letter.

In spite of what appeared to be obstacles and discouragements, which were not encountered in other loans to anything like the same degree, the fourth Liberty loan has been a notable success in this district. The patriotism of the people and of the corporations of the Second Federal Reserve district, who are united in their determination to win the war, and the devoted labors of the members of the Liberty Loan organizations are responsible for this achievement.

As I stated before, no one can thank the members of the organization, but I do feel able to state that no more devoted service has been rendered to this government than by those men and women who laid aside every personal obligation or pleasure in order that the government’s financial operations might be successful and this you and your associates have done with notable success.

Will you not convey the contents o f this letter to your associates whom I am unable to reach personally.

Yours very truly,

BENJ STRONG.

New Sugar Ruling.

Butchers and individuals this season of the year require small amounts of brown sugar for preserving meat. Special permits will be issued to any one who need same by A. J. Courtney, County Food Administrator.

SUPERVISORS MEET IN ANNUAL SESSION

Much Routine Work Comes Before Board This Week

DIRECT STATE TAX, $37,131

Mr. Eckert Re-elected Chairman, and David S. Booth Clerk - Committees Appointed.

The board of supervisors of Delaware county met in Delhi Monday for the annual session. The several towns of the county are represented as follows:

Andes, James W. Dickson.

Bovina, Thomas H. Johnson.

Colchester, John E. Thomson.

Davenport, E. I. Sherman.

Delhi, Hector S. Marvin.

Deposit, Robert Briggs.

Franklin, Leroy Evans.

Hamden, A. B. Shaw.

Hancock, W. I. Randall.

Harpersfield, Norman Nichols.

Kortright, H. L. Eckert.

Masonville, Arthur Henderson.

Meredith, Ferris D. Mackey.

Middletown, E. H. Dickson.

Roxbury, Edward Enderlin.

Sidney, P. O. Wheeler.

Stamford, John H. King.

Thompkins, Lester E. Kipp.

Walton, William G. Moore.

The board organized Monday evening by electing Mr. Eckert chairman and David S. Booth of Grand Gorge as clerk.

Tuesday morning in addition to some routine work, communications received from the state were read and placed on file. The district state tax this year is $37,131.07, compared with $35,995.72.The county must also raise $4,926.36 as its share of the support of the state armories in this brigade district. The county’s share of the court stenographers’ fees is $1,491.34.

Among the communications was one from the state department of highways, requiring the levy of the following sums on the several towns for the maintenance of the state and county highways in 1919. The amounts to be raised are as follows: Andes, $100; Bovina, $300; Deposit, $350; Franklin, $150; Hancock, $1,100; Harpersfield, $450; Kortright; $300; Middletown, $600; Meredith, $200; Roxbury, $1,000; stamford, $100; Walton, $500.

Wednesday morning the chairman announced the appointment of the following committees:

Finance: J. W. Dickson, Evans, Moore.

Highway taxation: Evans, Sherman, Shaw.

County roads: King, Johnson, Henderson.

Local legislation: Nichols, Briggs, Sherman.

County claims: E. H. Dickson, Nichols, Wheeler.

Sheriff’s and clerk’s accounts: Randall, King, Enderlin.

Apportionment of mortgage tax: Thompson, Briggs, Moore.

Treasurer’s accounts: Marvin, Wm. Moore, J. W. Dickson.

Salaries of county officials: Shaw, Marvin, Kipp.

Poor house and superintendent’s accounts: Mackey, J. W. Dickson, Thompson.

Justices’ and constables’ accounts: Moore, Henderson, Kipp.

County line bridges: Wheeler, E. H. Dickson, King.

Printers’ bills: Shaw, Randall, Marvin.

Coroners’ bills: Sherman, Thompson, Briggs.

Court House and jail: Randall, Mackey, Sherman.

Brush cutting audits: Enderlin, Mackey, Nichols.

Supervisors’ bills: Henderson, L. Evans, Enderlin.

Law committee: Johnson, Wheeler, E. H. Dickson.

Miss Louise Gleason of Delhi was appointed assistant clerk for the ensuing year.

The Republican members of the board filed the designation of the Stamford Mirror-Recorder to publish the session laws and the Delaware Express the official canvass, and the Sidney Record the election notices. The Democratic members designated the Walton Reporter to publish the session laws and the Sidney Enterprise to publish the election notices and official canvass.

Mr. Marvin presented the petition of the town board of the town of Delhi, asking that the railroad rebate moneys of such town be paid by the county treasurer to the supervisor of such town, and the petition was read by the clerk and placed on file. On motion of Mr. Marvin the county treasurer was directed and authorized to pay such moneys to the supervisor in accordance with the petition. Similar action was taken in regard to the towns of Sidney and Walton.

Mr. Moore moved that the following sums for the following purposes be levied against the taxable property of the town of Walton: Library fund $650; cemetery fund, $50; Memorial Day, $100; poor fund, $1,000; principal and interest on bonded debt, $1,880, less estimated railroad rebate, $1720, $160; town audits, $5,282.57, less funds available, $800, $4,482.57; certificates of indebtedness and interest on same $3,335.83; total $10, 778.42. Mr. Moore moved that the sum of $343.74 be levied and assessed against the taxable property of the town of Walton for health purposes. Motions carried.

Mr. Wheeler moved that the sum of $225 for hydrant rental to the Sidney Center Water Co., be levied and assessed against the taxable property of the Sidney Center fire district. Motion carried.

Mr. Wheeler offered the petition of the town board of Sidney, asking that the railroad rebate moneys of such town be paid by the county treasurer to the supervisor of such town. On Mr. Wheeler’s motion, the county treasurer was so instructed.

Mr. Wheeler moved that the following sums for the following purposes be levied and assessed against the taxable property of the town of Sidney: Poor purposes, $1,000; voting place, $200; Memorial Day expenses, $50; Bradford Post of G. A. R., $50; Sidney Center Sons of Veterans, $15; Anderson negligence action, $400; motioned carried.

Mr. Kipp moved that the following sums for the following purposes be levied and assessed against the taxable property of the town of Tompkins: Superintendent of highways, $600; poor fund, $250; certificates of indebtedness, $870; interest on same, $15.62; total, $1,737.62.

RED CROSS ANNUAL MEETING

Will Be Held Next Wednesday Evening, November 20, in Walton Hall.

The annual meeting of the Red Cross members of Walton Chapter and its jurisdiction will be held in Walton Hall Wednesday evening, November 20, at 8:15 o’clock. Every member should make a special point to be present at this meeting. Let us fill Walton Hall, and make it at “Victory Meeting.” Mrs. Jones will represent headquarters in New York, and will speak on general Red Cross work. Miss Katherine Wells will accompany Mrs. Jones and speak on home service work.

The Chapter committee chairmen will give reports covering the activities of the organization for the year, and an executive committee for the ensuing year will be elected. No solicitation of funds will be made at this meeting.

It will be fully two years before our army will be demobilized, and during all that time the boys will need all the care and comforts which the Red Cross endeavored to give them during the days of conflict. Let us not be forgetful of what they have done for us and the world, and continue our past good efforts in their behalf until the national organization tells us that we may discontinue our work.

FAIR PRICE LIST

What Consumer Should Pay for Staple Commodities.

The following is a list of fair prices for staple commodities in Delaware county as fixed by the county food administrator and the committee of business men associated with him for this purpose. Any store charging higher prices than those mentioned shall be requested to show the reason for so going. Stores are permitted to sell below these prices, except for the purpose of promoting trade. The figures given below are the low and high price which the consumer should pay, and are by the pound unless otherwise stated: Wheat flour, 24 1/2 lbs.

$1.55 $1.70
Wheat flour .07 .07 1/2
Barley flour 24 1/2 lbs.
1.53 1.65
Barley flour .07 .07 1/2
Rye, 24 1/2 lbs. 1.15 1.30
Rye .05 1/2 .07
Corn flour .05 1/2 .06 1/2
Rice flour .13 .15
Cornmeal .05 1/2 .06 1/2
Victory bread .09 .10
Rice .11 1/2 .13 1/2
Sugar .10 3/4 .11
Potatoes (peck) .30 .35
Onions .03 .04
Raisins .13 .15
Prunes .14 .15
Canned tomatoes (can)
.15 .18
Canned corn .17 .23
Canned peas .17 .24
Butter .60 .70
Cheese .37 .40 1/2

HANCOCK WINS FIRST TAX CASE

Appellate Division Affirms Judgment of State Commissioner.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court this week handed down a decision in the first Hancock equalization case, the 1915 appeal. The state tax commission decided in this case that the county should pay back to the town of Hancock $4,500 and $3,000 costs. The Court now affirms the judgment of the commission with costs.

The 1916 appeal was decided in favor of the county and a certiorari to review the decision is now pending in the Appellate Division. The appeal from the 1917 assessment has not yet been heard.

In all three cases the town of Hancock is contesting the equalization of assessments in that town as fixed by the county equalization commissioners. The amount of county and state taxes paid by each town is determined by the equalized assessment.

TEACHERS MUST BE PAID

Law Provides for Compensation When Schools Are Closed.

Delhi, N. Y., Nov. 12, 1918. To the teachers of the Third Supervisory District:

So many inquiries have come to me regarding the time that schools were closed on account of the influenza that I am unable to answer them separately and must take this way of doing so.

The State Department of Education has repeatedly ruled that when a school is closed on account of a contagious disease, either by the health officers of the town, or the school authorities themselves, the teacher is entitled to full pay for the time lost. Also that the time lost by the school may count as part of the 180 days necessary to enable a district to participate in the distribution of the public school money.

A word also in regard to the physical training meetings. The department does not favor a general teachers’ conference in connection with these meetings. Consequently no preparation has been made to hold such a conference this fall. The prevalence of the influenza made the success of such a conference very problematical anyway.

The next physical training meetings in the district are as follows: At Walton, November 20th, probably at the Miller Avenue school at 10 a. m.; at Delhi, November 21, at the high school building at 10 a. m.

EDWARD O. HARKNESS,

Dist. Supt.

FELL FIVE STORIES TO HIS DEATH

Ralph Winans of Middletown Killed on Friday

SLIPPED INTO AN OPEN SHAFT

Thought Elevator Was on His Floor, and Backed Up Without Looking.

(From our Sidney Center cor.)

Ralph C. Winans of Middletown was killed Friday in the factory of the Crawford Furniture Company in that city, when he fell five stories down the elevator shaft. Mr. Winans was the son of Mrs. Charles W. Teed of Sidney Center, formerly of Walton.

Winans, who has been in the employ of the Crawford company for more than a year, went up on the elevator at 9 o’clock in the morning to the workshop, which is located on the fifth floor. He closed the door of the shaft as he entered the workshop. In the shop with him was Augustus Eith, who says he and Winans worked at polishing a cedar chest for about 15 or 20 minutes. When the work was done, Winans took it in his arms and carried it to the elevator door, turning half sideways he unlocked the door of the shaft, and turning around picked up the cedar box and backed into the shaft. The elevator was not at that floor and he fell to the first floor of the building where the elevator had stopped. Besides a fractured skull Mr. Winans suffered a compound fractured leg and fractured arm.

Mr. Crawford, the president of the company, said that Mr. Winans was considered one of the most careful men employed in the building. He understood the workings of the elevator, and knew that it might not be at the fifth floor. Mr. Winans was taken to the hospital, where he lived only a short time. He had sustained a fractured skull, a compound fracture of the leg and a fractured arm.

Mr. Winans was 48 years of age, and had lived 12 years in Middletown. He was a member of the Presbyterian church. He is survived by his wife, one son, William E. Winans and his mother, Mrs. Charles Teed of Sidney Center. The funeral was held Monday.

SOME TOWN EXPENSES

Amounts of Audits in Fourteen of the Nineteen Towns.

The table given below shows the totals of the town audits in fourteen of the nineteen towns of the county as compared with last year. Increased election expenses and other factors have resulted in increasing the totals in most of the towns.

1918 1917
Andes $2,911.66 $2,667.56
Bovina 1,575.35 1,381.05
Colchester 2,909.15 3,124.43
Davenport 2,020.46 1,867.60
Delhi 3,144.85 2,852.17
Franklin 1,673.49 1,929.49
Hamden 1,332.18 919.22
Harpersfield 1,649.02 1,500.00
Kortright 2,300.00 2,104.34
Masonville 1,467.55 1,400.01
Sidney 6,269.57 4,111.86
Stamford 1,493.15 1,653.35
Tompkins 2,391.66 1,712.38
Walton 5,282.57 3,075.10

Hancock Influenza Deaths.

Leonard Herzog, an employee of the Ontario & Western died from pneumonia and influenza at his home in Hancock Nov. 4th. He was 29 years of age, and leaves a wife and five small children.

Mrs. George Marks of Cadosia died Friday afternoon, Nov. 1, from influenza, aged 44 years. Her husband and eight children survive.

KILLED IN EXPLOSION

Miss Alice Osborn One of Victims - Sister of Stamford Man.

Miss Alice Osborn, a sister of Harry Osborn of Stamford township, was killed in an explosion in the assemblying building of the Grenade Loading Company at Port Ewen, near Kingston, Friday.

Three persons were killed and a number seriously injured by the explosion, which caused property damage of $55,000. Hand grenades for the army are made in the plant.

Affirm Telephone Rate Increase

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Wednesday rendered a decision in the matter of The People of the State of New York ex rel. the president and trustees of the incorporated village of Walton, Delaware county and twenty-six citizens and property owners of said village, against the public service commission, second district of New York, and Walton People’s Telephone company, incorporated, defendants. Determination unanimously confirmed, without costs.

This is the Walton telephone case and the effect of the decision is to permit the increase of rates made by the company in 1917.

TRAPPED BEFORE SEASON

Shinhopple Men Caught Skunks Before November 10.

A. B. Allison of Delhi, game protector, visited Shinhopple recently, and as a result collected fines varying from $11.50 to $26.50 from six men for trapping skunks out of season. The offenders were Carl Niles, William Krum, Ira and Gaylord Tompkins, Chester Fitch and Riley Luscomb.

Mr. Allison also collected fines of $11.50 each from Bernard Erdman and Charles and William Stewart of Delhi for hunting without licenses, and from Leonard Laux of Delhi for trapping without a non-resident license.

Pluralities In Delaware.

The majorities for the various Republican candidates on the state and entire ticket in Delaware county are as follows:

Whitman, governor 2678
Schoeneck, lieut. governor 3046
Hugo, secretary state 3575
Travis, comptroller 5000
Wells, treasurer 4412
Newton, attorney general 4333
Williams, engineer 4390
Hill, member of congress 2478
Walton, senator 4,482
McNaught, county judge 1280
Long, member of assembly 1947
Vandermark, sheriff 5344

The vote on governor is official, and includes the Prohibition vote for Whitman, The other figures are compiled from the slips filed by the inspectors of election in each district.

DAVENPORT MAN KILLED

Dr. James Rathbun Meets Death in Danville, Ill.

Mr. and Mrs. George T. Rathbun of West Davenport received word Wednesday that their son, Dr. James Rathbun, had been killed Tuesday afternoon in an automobile accident. Dr. Rathbun was well known in this vicinity, for several years following the trade of cigar maker in Oneonta. He later completed a four year course at the Bennett Medical college in Chicago, and took up the practice at Dansville, Ill., in which city he resided at the time of his death. George T. Rathbun, the father, started at once for Dansville.

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