The literary and religious interest in Lavinia as camp meeting was increased last week, when the Rev. Frank Little, president of The Maryland Annual Conference, took the stand and preached a good sound doctrinal and theological sermon. At times the pathos of the minister was so touching as to bring tears to the eyes of these hearers. For 80 minutes Mr. Little was listened to with rapt attention by an intelligent and appreciative congregation. Rev. R. T. Coursey electrified the camp one evening last week by a sermon to a large gathering delivered in his own happy style. On last Sunday morning, the Rev. Ebon Baldwin, of Clayton, preaching in the afternoon. The Rev. Claiborne Phillips, of Christ church, Baltimore, astonished the congregation with a sermon, remarkable for length; and in the evening, after some selected singing by the Rev. R. T. Coursey, the Rev. G. I. Humphrey concluded the preaching for the day. It is estimated there were 1599 people on the ground and good order prevailed. Of course the ladies were there in their stylish garments, which were much admired by the men. The boarding tent was busy during the day, and the rush for supper was so great that it was late in the evening when that meal was over, and then many went away without being accommodated. One man, who is supposed to have been too stingy to pay 5 cents for admission to the grounds, hitched his horse on the outside and–it is said—stole his way in. While he was gone someone ran into his carriage and broke a wheel into “smithereens” The reader can draw his own moral. The camp will continue over another Sunday, and as the camps in the lower part of the county will have ceased by that time, a big day is expected at Lavinia’s. We don’t wish our readers to become surfeited with camp meeting infusions, but necessarily we shall (D. V.) have to give them another item next week, and then we will let camp meetings alone.
A company, consisting of three families of Bohemians, came from Baltimore to Milton last week to work in Anderson & Co.’s cannery. They are all females, and range through all grades of age, from the nursing child up. They are located at Mt. Ararat, all in one small house, with the floor for bedstead and straw for bedding. They are happy.
Town council has excavated a portion of Front Street near the “Big Store,” and fill the excavation with crushed stone and covered it with earth. This is to improve the street.
Rev. Charles H. Behringer, rector of the church of St. John Baptist, who enjoys horseback riding, rode out to Lavinia’s camp last week and hitched his horse inside of the circle. Now no one thinks for a moment that Mr. Behringer did this out of any disrespect for the camp or its supporters. He is too much of a gentleman to violate the rules of any organization. Mr. Behringer is a young man, and but recently assigned to this town, and presumably was not acquainted with the rules and regulations of a Sussex County camp meeting.
Twenty persons went on the excursion to Rehoboth on Thursday.
Miss Lida Moore, of Denton, Md., has been visiting the Misses Mary and Lottie Welch.
Miss Estella Smith, of Broadkiln, was united in marriage with Mr. John Messick, of Slaughter Neck, on Thursday evening of last week. The ceremony was performed at the M. P. parsonage by the Rev. G. J. Hooker.
David R. Lindle died at his home near Brick Granary on Friday morning of gastritis, aged 55 years. Funeral services were held at Slaughter Neck Church on Sunday morning, and sepulture made in the adjoining cemetery. Rev. J. W Prettyman performed the last sad rites and S. J. Wilson & Son inhumed the remains.
Rev. William Wells Wolfe Wilson, who waded in the spatterdocks of the Broadkiln during his boyhood, and grew to man’s estate in the town of Milton, graduated at Dickinson College and became a Methodist minister, and withal a fine man, preached at the M. E. Church on Sunday morning on which it does not become us to comment. Mr. Wilson is now stationed in the “City of Elias,”–New Haven, Connecticut. There were no other services at the M. E. Church during the day on account of the camp meeting.
Miss Lida Moore, of Denton, has been the guest of the Misses May and Lottie Welch.
On Monday morning a bad accident occur to resulted in the death of a well-known citizen of Stevensonville, a suburb of Milton. The facts follow: On Monday morning, John O. Clifton and Rufus Ellingsworth were hauling some planks for bridging across the road. The planks were loaded on a one horse wagon, one end of them running over the floor at the hind part of the wagon, the other end over the foreboard of the wagon; thus forming an inclined plane. A spring seat was placed on top of this, on which the two men sat. While driving along the road the wagon jolted, the seats slipped, and Mr. Clifton was drawn between the wheels. The hind wheel passed over the right side of his head and across his breast. He was taken to his home by Mr. Ellingsworth and N. W. White, who came to his assistance, and a physician sent for, but he died in 30 minutes before the physician arrived. Deceased was 65 years, eight months and 28 days of age. Funeral services were held at Reynolds M. P. Church on Wednesday afternoon by the Rev. G. J. Hooker, assisted by the Rev. R. T. Coursey, and the remains were deposited in the adjacent cemetery by S. J. .Wilson & Son, undertakers.
The steamer on coming up the river on Saturday had her propeller to refuse duty. She was however brought to the dock, and workmen worked on Saturday night Sunday to repair the damage. It has been temporarily done, and the boat will be put on the dry dock when she gets to the city.
Thomas E. Roach, while racing into town on Friday evening, ran into a post on Mulberry Street. The runabout stopped but the horse kept on and was caught on Broad Street by Walter Crouch, editor of the Milton Times. But little damage was done.
T. D. Conner and son, Carlisle, of Frederica, spent Sunday in Milton, and at Lavinia’s Camp.
Captain William Lank and wife, of Philadelphia, are the guests of relatives.
Mrs. Jennie Creamer, of Wilmington, is visiting Miss Lillian Cade, and other friends.
Of the four jolly captains who have been spending 10 days in and around Milton, Captains Fisher and Kimmey left for their homes on Saturday, and Captains McBride and Smith on Monday.