May 24, 1901

A celebrated and illustrious author has written: “He who looks for a friend without imperfections, will never find that for which he seeks.”[i] We love ourselves with all our faults, and we should love our neighbors likewise.” Considering the source from which the above quotation comes, it leaves considerable weight. Yet there are many of use who will not condone a fault seen in any one, and who are always on the alert to find the mote in our brother’s eye. We are a great deal like Marc Antony, when making his ovation over the dead body of Caesar while professing to be Brutus’ friend we are exposing Caesar’s words and calling Brutus an honorable man with an innuendo that is all the while inflaming the minds of the populace. “And yet Brutus is an honorable man!” We are alike all other little towns, “we have our exit and our entrance, and each man in his time plays seven parts, his acts being seven ages.” But we are in the front now, and any one going along our street can hear the sound of busy workmen’s tools as they are erecting that which is the wealth and beauty of all towns and villages.

Blackberry storm[ii] is upon us; but it is not so severe as when we were boys. This may be due to the meteorological department of our government, and if so, we should be thankful; as that arm of service is very proficient in forecasting the weather.

Tug Sparta that has been lying along Milton dock during the winter has left presumably to work around the Delaware Breakwater.

Mr. James Jester, General Passenger and Adams Express Agent from Milton depot to town, will soon have as fine a bus as on any peninsula route.

The ball game between the Milford and the Milton teams, that came off in Milton on Wednesday of last week resulted in a victory for the Milton team. As we know but little of the nomenclature of the baseball ground, our patrons of the event will be referred to better hands.

Mr. Corns Fox was in town a portion of last week. Mr. Fox was quite a youth when he left Milton years ago; he has now grown to a man of older age, and a fine and agreeable gentleman. Mr. Fox is here as a result of attending his father’s funeral, which left Yancey Mills, Va., the late home of the deceased on Wednesday, and was interred at Leipsic, Del., on the same day.

Dr. Henry Marshall, veterinary surgeon of Georgetown, performed an operation on a horse of Dr. R. T. Wilson of this town on Wednesday. The operation was difficult, as we are informed, and was successfully performed by Dr. Marshall. Of the nature of the operation, we do not know, and must be excused from attempting an elucidation.

The 13th anniversary of the Epworth League[iii] was held at the Milton M. E. Church on Sunday evening. Speeches were made by several of the members, and a pleasant time was had.

Mr. J. B. Welch, horologist, has made quite a fine grass plot in front of his pretty home adjoining the drug store.

A letter was received at the Milton post office on Monday addressed to Leroi H. Johnson. We know that little boy.[iv]

Examination for teachers of the Public Schools of Milton or elsewhere, was held in the Milton Academy on Saturday.

Capt. Frank Lacey
Capt. Frank Lacey

Capt. Frank Lacey is home visiting his family and many friends.

Mr. Isaac W. Nailor has the frame of Captain H. P. Burton’s new residence raised, and will soon have it enclosed.

Milton Carpenters are all busy and many workmen from other parts are seeking employment in our beautiful town.

Mr. John Hickman, who has been employed for many months in Philadelphia at carpentry, arrived home this week.+





[i] This quote is attributable to Cyrus II of Persian (600 – 530 B.C.), commonly called Cyrus the Great.

[ii] In traditional lore, a “blackberry storm” was a spell of wet weather, always expected around mid-May, that would bring with the the blossoming of blackberry flowers.

[iii] The Epworth League is a Methodist young adult association for individuals ages 18–35. It traces back to the founding of the organization by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1889 at Cleveland, Ohio, by the combination of five currently existing young people’s organizations. At its conception, the purpose of the League was the promotion of intelligent and vital piety among the young people of the Church. The League takes its name from the village of Epworth in Lincolnshire, England, the birthplace of John Wesley and Charles Wesley. Its members are known as Epworthians. Source: WikiPedia

[iv] LeRoi Johnson was David Conner’s grandson, child of his daughter Sarah and her husband Edwin P. Johnson