October 7, 1904

Some trouble has been experienced with the Milton colored school. There appears to have been a division among the people and committee; and by misrepresentation the superintendent was led into the dispute. Miss Adele C. Neal, a graduate of Hampton University, has been teaching this school for the past two terms; and was the majority choice for the present school term. By a misrepresentation to the superintendent, that officer was led to recommend another teacher, and the correspondence was begun between she and the disgruntled committee, which led to two teachers putting in an appearance on Monday morning. The kicking committee left on the morning train from Milford to see the superintendent, carrying the key of the schoolhouse with them. A previous “phone dispatch,” however, revealed the fact that the superintendent had gone to Philadelphia. The majority committee, with the assistance of an officer, entered the building by a window, and removing the locks on the door, and installed Mr. Neal as teacher. The other lady after knowing the situation said, she would not take nor have the school under any such conditions. Miss Neal is thought to be a very efficient teacher.

The Milton public schools opened on Monday as did all the schools in the suburbs.

Considerable rain fell here last Tuesday, thus breaking the drought.

Sheriff Steele was in town on Wednesday on business.

Something unusual and unique occurred on Wednesday night, when the steamer arrived at the dock. As is usual, there was a crowd at the dock. Three drunken Negresses belonging to Milton, made the air hideous. A man of the town, after all other orgies, boarded the boat and swore “I’ll break that lamp!” “If you do,” said an employee, “I’ll slap you over.” The drunken man was slapped over. Afterward he was put from the steamer, when Captain Davidson showed a hand and he left. Now we say the church is not responsible for the actions of its members; but it is blamable if, after such to debauches, to pose in its sanctuary, and under its protecting aegis.

Frank Manship, of Philadelphia, has spent a few days in town since the decease of his father. He returned to Philadelphia on Friday. Miss Yelen will remain with her sister, Miss Annie, for a short time before returning to the city.

In settling some piling along the dock on Thursday for the more commodious landing of the steamer, the fire engine was used for driving the piling. Captain George E. MeGee, a natural genius, said it could be done. The engine was sent to the dock; the hose attached to the lower part of the piling, and with guys at the top of a 12 foot stick the work began. The brakemen pumped the stream on the hose, and the guymen wiggled the pole and it went down. It was a success; and some of our grumblers are now saying: “had no right to use fire engine for driving piling.”

J. Coard Clendaniel is building a residence for Thomas Hood on Wilson Street.

Harry W. Redden, age 28 years, three months and nine days, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. John Coverdale, near town on Friday of consumption. Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church, at Lincoln, on Sunday at 10 o’clock, and sepulture made at Hollywood cemetery, Harrington. Rev. J. S. Grady conducted the last sad rites, and S. J. .Wilson & Son inhumed the body.

Miss Ethel workman, after spending four weeks at Allentown, Pa., has returned to her home.

Joseph Fields proposes to have a ‘phone connection between his home and stables.

Dr. C. A. Grise, superintendent of Maryland Anti-Saloon League, preached at Milton M. E. Church on Sunday morning, at Saint John’s P. E. Church in the afternoon and at the Milton M. P. Church in the evening. Large congregations were in attendance.

The Milton Trotting and Driving Association–a very euphonious name–is still working on its tract. 31,000 feet of lumber has been ordered to complete the enclosure; and is now being hauled on the ground. Competent engineers have the work in charge, and if the enterprise does not terminate successfully, somebody will be out.

There will be considerable changes at Drawbridge the coming year. It is understood Captain Tomlinson, a present resident of Drawbridge, when at home, and a former Frederica friend of the writer, will take charge of the old Paynter storehouse, wherein so much business has been done in years past; and its present incumbent, Mr. Lockerman, will occupy the property he is now building on the north, or northwest of the bridge. There has been lots of money made at Drawbridge. The writer lived there 15 years, when J. B. .Dorman was in the zenith of his reputation before the people of Broadkiln Hundred.

The wells to drain the low portions of Chestnut Street and Manship Avenue, are being digged. Several are engaged on the job, but no “old maids” are among them.

On Tuesday morning portable engine of the Carey Bros., broke down while crossing Federal Street from Wharton into Mulberry. Another engine was improvised and the broken one taken away.