We had a hot time at our house last week, boys! It was a hot day, but that was not all the hot that was. The other hot came about in this wise. Last summer a swarm of bees from somewhere, pitched on the return box of the end of the front building, and commenced buzzing around. There was an opening where the box should have fitted against the weatherboards, and after a while the bees went in. We thought but little of it at the time and had almost forgotten the circumstance until last Tuesday, when the bees began to come out. And they came out and went in. The attic was filled with them, and one clothes press in the second story had enough. How they ho in, there is a matter for conjecture. The end of the main building was covered from gable to the ground and the front of the annex was alive with them. But none got within the lower part of either building. Well they buzzed and buzzed, and eventually part of them flew away, but came back again, and after flying around the trees pitched in the box again. Many persons came to see them; and a man from the Hart House came over with a nail key and a garden rake to can them. He said he knew how to do it. And we wish he had done it. But he could not get at them. They remained there until evening, when they retired into their winter quarters. They are still there and behaving very well.
Rev. Charles A. Behringer, a former rector of the church of St. John Baptist of this town, but now of Tuckahoe, N. J., is on a two months leave of absence. Mr. Behringer has been suffering much lately from neurasthenia—the result of overwork—and is stopping at St. Luke Hospital, New York City, for a couple of weeks. Mrs. Behringer and infant son, Charles A. Behringer, Jr., have preceded him to Milton, where they were the guests of Mrs. Behringer’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. King. Mr. Behringer is expected to join them any time after this week.
Mr. J. Coard Hazzard, who has been stopping with his daughter, Mrs. T. W. Tomlinson, and husband, Dr. Tomlinson, in Wilmington since the early winter, has returned to Milton.
Bivins Morris died at his home near Ellendale on Thursday, aged 86 years and six months. Funeral services were held on Saturday morning at New Market Church by the Rev. Kelso and interment made in that cemetery by S. J. Wilson.
James Palmer has overhauled and repainted his steam launch Elsie. William Smith & Sons did the work.
Milton is expecting a big time on the Fourth. Lieut. Governor L. T. Parker, ex-Mayor of Wilmington, Charles D. Bird, and Charles A. Marsh, Esq., of Georgetown, are advertised to address Miltonians and others in Hart’s Park. A game of baseball is promised between Greenwood and Milton, and other things are scheduled to make the day pleasant.
A gentleman of the town informs us he has received a letter asking him for the names of persons in, or near town, who have dogs that are in the habit of running rabbits at this season. The penalty for dogs that bother the rabbits, out of season, is as great as shooting them when the law is on. The gentleman knows the person who have such dogs, but is loath to report them, and hopes that a newspaper will be sufficient to cause them to keep their dogs at home. The rabbits are now in various stages of development. One, we saw last week, was half grown.
The school election on Saturday was a very quiet one. The proposition to vote on the subject of heating the school building by steam, having been abandoned some days previous to the election, there was no issue at stake and the paucity of voters may be ascribed to that fact. Only 39 ballots were cast and the outgoing members of the old Board were re-elected, viz.: J. H. Davidson, president; T, H. Douglass, treasurer, and J. M. Lank, secretary.
John McMullin and wife, nee Miss Viola Magee, of Philadelphia, are visiting the latter’s parents.
J. H. Markel, of Shrevesboro, Pa., senior proprietor of the Milton “big store,” has been in town on business […] building, a macadamized and concrete floor.
Emaline Johnson, aged 61 years, four months and 15 days, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Robert A. Warren, on Friday, near Ellendale. Funeral services were held at the late residence on Monday afternoon, by the Rev. Kelso, and sepulture made in Red Men’s Cemetery at Ellendale by S. J. Wilson & Son.
The “privileges” of Lavinia’s Camp will be offered for sale in front of the M. P. Church on the coming Saturday afternoon. The camp will begin on August 10th.
Mrs. Effie M. Lambert, of Seneca Castle, N. J., State Secretary and State Organizer, W. C. T. U., lectured at the M. E. Church on Sunday evening to a large audience. Mrs. Lambert is affine speaker and will lecture on the lawn—not park, as erroneously stated last week—in front of B. Frank Gray’s residence on Union Street on the afternoon of the Fourth of July.
The Reed Bros., of Ellendale, are this week delivering baskets to the Royal Packing Co.
Goodwin Bros. & Conwell have the boilers of their mammoth packing house in position, and are putting up the machinery and finishing, in the work.
Mr. Leonard on Saturday afternoon was very busy distributing programs of the Fourth of July entertainment through the town and to the country people visiting the town.
James Donahoe and a select party from Camden, N. J. arrived at Milton dock on Saturday morning in a steam launch. They are now doing the town.
Ethel Mary Workman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Workman, died at the home of her parents, between Milton and Ellendale, after a protracted illness of consumption. The funeral was held at her later home on Tuesday by the Rev. Kelso, of Ellendale, and the body inhumed in the Odd Fellows Cemetery by S. J. Wilson & Son.
Prof. Fearing, the humorist, informs us that on an evening last week, his wife said to him: “It’s very warm this evening and we’ll have a light supper.” He went into the dining room and lighted four lamps and placed them on the table. Then he called to his wife, “Come in, my dear; supper is ready!”