A noted writer has said: “He that looks for a friend without imperfections will never find that for which he seeks. We love ourselves with all our faults, and we should love our neighbors likewise.” And we may say the same of the weather. We are having it, of all kinds and varieties; we expect it at this season. But notwithstanding, there were signs of a new life and vegetation; the buds of the trees are beginning to swell, grass is growing by the wayside, and other signs of activity by Mother Nature are apparent. Shad and herring are here, and the osprey, that generally comes when the herring do, can be seen hovering over the river, watching his chance to pounce down on the unwary fish. There is but little doing in any other kind of business and fishing; and this is not overdone. Gardening, however, has begun. A few “early birds” have theirs already plowed, and are ready to plant some things, when the weather shall have become more favorable. And when that is done, it is the last of it in many instances. Really, if business does not brighten up more, we don’t know what trade people are going to do about it. It looks as though we’re now at the lowest ebb of the tide. But it is natural to grumble and find fault with surroundings, all her ways to do not suit our conveniences. Perhaps we shall get over this when we grow old.
We received last week the postcard from “T. S. C.” from the battleship Delaware, congratulating us upon our communications to the Chronicle. It was mailed in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The writer further stated “they were then on their way around the horn to Valparaiso, Chile.”
Smith and Outten are painting the building of H. K. Wagamon on Federal Street. The trees in front have been trimmed.
The social held at the home of Mrs. Joseph Warrington by the ladies of the M. P. Church last week netted a good sum; thanks to the large attendance that graced the occasion.
Captain Rufus Reed is buying pine wood for shipment in Philadelphia by vessel.
W. H. Workman, of this town, has contracted to build a brick building for Mrs. Elizabeth Fitzsimmons.
A social was held on Saturday evening at the home of Mrs. Mary Fields for the benefit of the salary of the pastor of the M. P. Church. The amount raised was in excess of the most sanguine expectations; being $15.00.
The incorporators of the Milton Power and Water Company, who recently purchased the Ingram Mill property, are N. W. White, prothonotary at Georgetown, John M. Robbins, B. F. Walls and Oscar S Betts.
Just as we have said, and it happened last week: Our old friend Captain Henry Hudson, in his 94th year, and who was lately removed from his own home to the country by his son-in-law, got lost, laws similar found was lining the road in the state of utter exhaustion. Capt. Hudson [has] no business being in the country. For many years he has been living in town, and is given to perambulating; and we predicted when he was removed in the country, he would continue to take these walks and get lost in one of these rambles.
At a meeting of Town Council last week, it was voted to raise $1250.00 the present year. This is an increase of $250.00 over former years.
Mrs. A. G. Raught and son are visiting in New York.
The board of trade has requested the businessmen of town to advertise their business on their envelopes, to give them prestige and favorable notoriety.
The trailing arbutus is appearing.
There were quite a number of people in town Saturday afternoon, attending the sale of the real estate of the late Curtis C. Reed, which was offered in front of the Jester House. The land was apportioned in 12 allotments:
No.1—Consisting of a tract situated in Broadkiln Hundred, and lying on the road leading from Reynold’s Church to Ellendale, containing 42 acres, 67 perches. Was bought by Mrs. Hettie J. Reed, for $545.00.
No.2—Consisting of a parcel of land situated in Broadkiln Hundred and lying on the public road leading from Milton to Milford, was bought by Samuel Carter for $290.00. It contains three acres.
No.3—All that certain piece of land in North Milton, at the corner of Union Avenue and Delaware Avenue, containing 7440 square feet, was sold to Frank Wood for $270.00.
No.4—Lying in situated in the town of Milton, and fronting on Mulberry Street, containing 50.185 square feet, was bought by J. Houston for $185.00.
No.5—All that certain piecee and parcel of land, situated in Milton, 70 feet front and 65 feet back, containing 4515 feet , was bought by Fred Argo for $965.00
No.6—A tract of land in the town of Milton, fronting on Mulberry Street , and containing 6000 square feet, was bought by John W. Clifton for $85.00.
No.7—A certain piece or parcel of land is situated in the town of Milton near the colored church, and containing 6240 square feet, was bought for $50.00.
No.8—A certain piece of land situated in Milton, and lying on Reed Alley, containing 6240 square feet, was bought by W. M. Robinson for $51.00.
No.9—All that certain lot, piece and parcel of land being in the town of Milton, and fronting Clifton Street, containing 5434 square feet, was purchased by John Sockum for $40.00.
No.10—A certain piece of land, lying in the town of Milton, also fronting Clifton Street, and containing 5486 square feet, was bought by J. B. Gray for $35.00.
No.11—All that certain piece and parcel of land lying in the town of Milton, and lying at the corner of Clifton Street and Reed Alley, and containing 5486 square feet, was bought by Frank Wood for $52.00.
No.12—A certain piece and parcel of land lying in the town of Milton and being on Reed Alley, was purchased by J. B. Gray for $235.00. This contain 9575 square feet .
Mrs. Mary C. Cade has sold to Luther F. Wilson, her property at the end of Milton Lane, consideration private.
Captain David Dutton has had a pump driven at his property occupied by John Hall on Lavinia Street.
C. C. Davidson has put down curbing in front of the property of Mrs. Mary C. Cade, on North Union Street, now in tenure of John Welch, Jr.
Considerable quantities of lumber are being shipped from the railroad station to northern markets.
Rev. H. O. Hurst, the lately appointed pastor of the M. E. Church, preached his initiatory on Sunday. He was entertained on that date by Capt. George E. MeGee and wife. He returned to his home Monday, and will remove this family here on Wednesday.
Goodwin Bros. & Conwell expect to close out their tomato pack in a few more weeks. They have about 2000 cases on hand yet, and market for them.
Arthur M. Barnes, of Lewes, spent Sunday and part of Monday in Milton.
Walter E., son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dovlerstein, died near Redden on Monday evening, aged 2 months and 25 days. Funeral at McColley’s Chapel on Thursday morning by a German minister from Baltimore, and burial in cemetery adjoining church, by S. J. Wilson & Son.
Mrs. Emma J. Swain, wife of Frank E. Swain and daughter of Mrs. Capeheart, of Lincoln, died in Cedar Creek on Monday of Bright’s disease, age 43 years five months and 29 days. Funeral services were held at her late home on Wednesday afternoon by the Rev. Taylor of Lincoln, and sepulture made in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford, by S. J. Wilson & Son.