October 10, 1902

The long threatened rain commenced coming down on Saturday night, and continued all the day of Sunday; as a sequence the people were generally confined within doors and remained there. At the M. E Church, when the services commenced, there were twelve persons, including the pastor, all males. The preacher gave out the first selection in the Methodist hymnal: “O, for a thousand tongues to sing,” and as the leader of the choir, the only member present, raised this old and time-honored song, we thought that the pastor’s sigh, expressed in the announce hymn, lacked just 998 tongues of fulfillment. Owing to the paucity of numbers—there were not being enough present to take a collection—the collection was omitted at the regular time, but a reinforcement of three coming in during the preaching, this part of the service was attended to before the benediction was pronounced. “There is something good in everything,” it is said; and the adage may apply to small congregations. That is, there is no cramping for want of room, and it give the leader of the church a chance to “spread himself.” The above must not be taken as a criterion of the general attendance at this church, but must be attributed to the rain of that day. The people of Milton are mostly, fair weather Christians.

On Saturday afternoon Sheriff Hart sold in front of the Hart House, under execution process, the following lands, being the property of Benjamin Wolfe, administrator of Mary J. King, and John Nixon and others. No. 1, marsh land, containing 20 acres, was bought by B. Frank Gray, for $7. No. 2, also marsh land, was sold to S. C. Warrington for $5. No. 3, a farm containing 109 acres, 126 perches, was also sold to S. C. Warrington for $90. The extreme low price at which these lands were sold, was because of a question of law; and the right of ownership will now he decided by the court.

On the same day, and in front of the Ponder House, S. J Wilson. Administrator of Captain John Oliver, sold the farm of the deceased, containing 33 acres and known as the “Chemical Farm,” with a two-story dwelling house and other improvements thereon. The property was purchased by James R. Carey and the price paid $533.

At the Regular Republican primary meeting, held in J. C. Hazzard’s office on Saturday, the following named gentlemen were elected delegates to attend the Regular Republican Convention to be held at Georgetown on Tuesday: F. T. Short, Theodore B. Megee, Purnal K. Johnson, and B. Frank Gray. Alternates: A H. Manship, David A. Wiitbank, Emile Pepper, and John C. Hazzard.

At the first of the coming year, Thos. Jefferson will dissolve his connection with the firm of Betts & Jefferson, and Mr. Robert M. Collins, now doing business at the Drawbridge, will take Mr. Jefferson’s place. Mr. Collins will move into the John Holland properly, on the corner of Walnut and Atlantic Streets. It is understood that a gentleman from New York will succeed Mr. Collins at the Drawbridge.

The question of fuel is agitating the many hereabout as well as elsewhere, and all of the old logs, railroad ties, and condemned lumber, is being cared for for colder times.

Captain J. Carey Palmer is shipping quantities of cedar posts, and other lumber to northern markets.

The acorns are plenty in the woods, and the hogs are pining in their enclosures for the want of this good feed. Nature grows the grasses and the nuts for the support of animal life, but advanced civilization says they shan’t have them.

Joe Fields butchered one of the finest and fattest beeves last week that we have seen for a long time. Mr. Fields butchers his own cattle, when he can get them, and does not buy his beef in Baltimore.

A gentleman visiting town last week, and passing along the sidewalk in front of the “Big Store,” struck his head against the shade extending down from the porch to keep the sum from the show window. Said he to the writer: “You had better say something about that shade being in the way of passers. It is too low.” We think so too, and we have mentioned it.

A carrier pigeon came to the home of Mr. John A. Wilson last week. It has an aluminum band around one of his legs with the letter “B” and the figures ‘‘9797’‘ written thereon. It is still with Mr. Wilson’s pigeons.

The steam yacht Adelaide, of Camden, N. J., was at Milton dock for a while on Wednesday.

Anderson’s cannery on the river bank ceased operation on Wednesday. This season has certainly not been very fruitful of financial results to the operator of this cannery for several reasons. First, the business has been conducted in so small a way, that if the profits were large per case, or can, there would be but little surplus coming in to the manager, on account of the small quantity packed. Second, the boiler “blew out,” or some tubes burst in the height of the season, causing a delay of a week pending the arrival of a new boiler; and third, closing so early when tomatoes are yet quite plenty. But every man is presumed to know his own business.

Large quantities of fertilizers are being used by the farmers-this fall.

Mr. Miers Reynolds, of Washington, D. C., is paying a visit to his old home.

Mr. Elmer Dickinson has removed his family from Lewes to Milton. They reside in the building of Mr. G. A. Bryan on Federal Street.

Mr. R. Davis Carey and sister, after spending a few days at the old homestead in Milton, returned to their city home on Saturday.

Mr W. W. Conwell, manager of the Milton Depository of the Lewes National Bank, made a business trip to Philadelphia on Saturday, returning on Monday.

The season is now on that makes the busy housewife more busy; the falling leaves attract her attention, and the pavements must be swept; and this on each recurring day.

Mrs. Susie B. Davidson, came from Philadelphia on Friday, and opened school at “Williams” on Monday.

L. J. Coverdale left for lndian River Hundred, and commenced school there on Monday.

A surprise party was held by the young ladies of Milton at the home of Miss Annie Wiltbank on Friday evening, at which a most enjoyable time was had. The following were present: Miss Nellie Waples, Miss Sallie Polk, Miss Hattie Veasey, Miss Lizzie Black, Miss Estella Davidson, the misses Nora and Lizzie King, and the Misses Elizabeth and Mamie Conner; Messrs. Edward Sharp, Charles Atkins, Joshua Gray and Edward Davidson.

Many of our Milton people have business at the Georgetown court this week.

Mr. Elias Lofland engaged at work in Virginia, is at home for a time

Mrs. Alena Richardson, of Dover, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Atkins. .

Alfred R. Lingo died at his home in Long Neck, on Saturday, aged 70 years, 3 months and 2 days. Funeral services were held at Conley’s Chapel on Monday afternoon, under the management of the Rev. Mr. Gallager, of Millsboro, and interment made in the adjacent cemetery. S. J. Wilson conducted the funeral.

The inclement weather of Sunday was not only the cause of slim attendance at the M. E. Church, but the M. E. Church also had empty seats. There were seven in attendance, including the minister. There were no services at either church in the evening.

Mr. J. A. Bets left on Monday for Philadelphia, where he will do some carpenter work for Dr. W. J. Hearn.

Mr. Joseph Carey removed his portable saw mill into town on Monday and sawed a tier of pine wood for the use of the school house.

John R. Wilkerson died near Milton on Monday of rupture of the heart, aged […] years. The funeral services were solemnized at the late home of the deceased, on Wednesday, by the Rev. H. S. Johnson, and interment made in the cemetery at Hebron. S. J. Wilson, funeral director.

Lena Truitt died at the home of her parents, Mr. and -Mrs. Erasmus B. Truitt, at Coverdale’s Cross Roads, on Monday, aged 2 years, 2 months and 21 days. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. John Johnson at Chaplin’s Chapel on Tuesday afternoon, and sepulture made at McColley’s Chapel. S. J. Wilson conducted the funeral.

Annie Cornelia Manship, the young child of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Manship, died on Monday, aged 7 months and 3 days. The funeral was held at the residence of its parents on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. L. P. Corkran officiating, and the body inhumed in the M. E. Cemetery. J. Roland Atkins directed the funeral.

On Sundry evening, at the residence of the officiating minister, the Rev. H. S. Johnson, Miss Annie Coverdale joined in wedlock with Mr. Charles Wilson.