December 9, 1904

Institutes are over, in the school teachers have returned to their homes, light of hard, and lighter of pocketbook; but perhaps with mine that will store was new ideas and new plans for future schoolwork. It was the writer’s fortune to be at Dover one days last week during the session of the institute, and the dropped into the upper house to take in the situation. This is a beautiful building; both the interior and exterior; and school “marms” look nice, but we could hardly think the measure up to the standard of our Sussex ladies engaged in school work. This however, is a matter of opinion. While the writer was in the capital city, he had talks with some of the school committees of Kent regarding the proposed rural free schools delivery, all of form a pier to favor the idea. That people of Milton was one we have converse on the subject, look upon it negatively.

Squire Collins had a peculiar experience in a case brought before him last week. There were two Bohemians, an Italian, and a German. The case was something about some land–no one knows hardly what. Squire Collins says, when they got to jabbering in their own language one to the other he didn’t understand anything they said; and when they were talking in English, as they understood it, he couldn’t understand much better. The case is yet in abeyance.

G. W. Atkins returned from an extended visit to his daughter, Mrs. Estella Darby, at Camden, N. J., last week, and started on Friday for a tour of the Peninsula, engaged in his business as salesman. George is going to hustle from now until Christmas to make up for lost time.

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was administered at the M. E. Church on Sunday morning, followed by an experience meeting.

The monthly meeting of the juvenile missionary society, of the M. E. Sunday school, was held on Sunday afternoon and the usual collection taken.

The extra meetings at Zion M. E. Church have closed.

Hog killing is on this week.

William Wharton, of Philadelphia, is sick at the home of his sister, Mrs. William Fosque, in this town.

John Ellingsworth has been suffering with an abscess of the eye. He is improving.

James Ellingsworth, while cutting in the woods on Saturday, was stricken with paralysis. The left side is affected, but his condition is improving.

The death of Captain Theodore Megee, of Harbeson, is expected at any time from consumption.

Milton now sends out and receives four mails daily, as follows: Leaves, 7.05 a. m., 9.05 a. m., 2.35 p. m., 8.00 p. m. Arrives, 7.25 a. m., 12.45 p. m., 1.00 p. m., 8.19 p. m. The mail that leaves at 9.30 and arrives at 12.45, is by stage to and from Ellendale.

On Monday morning it began to rain, and in the afternoon the rain became sleet as fast as it fell on the trees. Tuesday morning the sky was perfectly clear, and a prettier morning never dawned at this season. The trees, shrubbery and bushes were perfect ice crystals; and the sun shining from a cloudless sky transformed them into myriads of fantastic shapes, that were the admiration of the beholder. Pedestrians were shy of the pavements on account of their slippery condition, and took to the street as better walking.