June 16, 1911

Some writer has made the query:—Did you ever have a girl graduate from the high school out of your family? If so you know what it is; but if you have not you have missed about all that is worth anything in life. There is nothing like it. The happiness, the satisfaction, the success that has come is worth many times the money and effort put forth. What is the finest product of America? Secretary Knox insists it is rabbits; Carnegie stands for libraries; Mrs. Hettie Green considers it ready money, while Secretary of Agriculture Wilson crows over the American hen. They are all wrong. It’s the girl graduate. As Daniel Webster remarked of Massachusetts, “Gentlemen, she needs no apology; there she stands! Look at her.” “For years Father has poured out his money in buying her books, and laces and hats, in paying for her chemistry, and music, and chewing gum. Mother has spent years of her life in teaching her morality, truth, the catechism, and the proper way to do up her hair. And they feel that she’s worth all the trouble, and care, and the money she has cost.” And we know something about it. Yet we are afraid that in this day they are many of them, “graduating” too young, they had better *0 to their home school a little longer, or to a normal school before applying for a teachers certificate.

A few years ago there lived in Milton, a man and his wife, in very comfortable circumstances. In process of time the man died, and was buried in the M. E. Church yard; leaving a fortune of $7000 or $8000, all his own property, property he bequeathed to his wife, in fee simple,—having no children of his own—and leaving his relatives out entirely. And- it came to pass that a short time after, the widow died, also, and was buried, in the little plot of ground with her late husband; and the property left by the husband to the widow has gone to her relatives. There is a very pretty little monument erected to the memory of this pair; and previous to last Decoration Day the grave of the wife and widow was cleaned of weeds and grass, and that of the husband, in the same lot, was left overgrown with Nature’s spontaneity. They have got his money and his memory is nothing to them. Had the husband’s grave been cleaned of weeds this incident would not have been and the people would have had no cause to make remarks about it.

The Royal Backing Company has its works completed; and commenced canning peas on Thursday afternoon. Peas are coming in quite fast at this and the Draper cannery ; but, the crop will be short; and what there is are immature, and not properly green, the result, as is alleged, of the drought.

A new leaf has been put upon the right sidewalk of the bridge, this week, by Supervisor Mustard and the left sidewalk will be repaired soon.

Fred Reed is building an annex to his stables on Sand Street.

We were asked to go around on Sand Street and look at Ed Bacon’s garden. We went; and took a good look at it. And if any one expects us to give a description of that ere garden, he, she, or they, are mistaken, or disappointed. If anyone wants to know anything about that ere garden, they will have to go around on Sand Street and find it.

A permit has been granted to A. F. Anderson of Havre de Grace, Md., owner of the cannery across the river, to erect a new building on the site of the present one. The old building will be torn down, work commenced today, and work on the contemplated one commenced.

Charles A. Virden, who had his lumber yard, together with all his buildings attached thereto, destroyed by the late fire, has been granted a permit to build a warehouse on the site of the former buildings, size 40×50 feet with iron sides and roof.

Last week Captain William Pettyjohn had one of his sty hogs to break a leg, and he was compelled to kill it.

Lake Fanganzyki is now dotted with water lilies along its margins. They are pretty.

Louis Clendaniel is building for Charles Vincent a brick residence, near Overbrook.

William Fowler has bought of Charles W. Fisher a Case wheat thresher. It is a blower, self-stacker and feed, and weighs the grain when threshed.

William B. Ingram has settled a saw mill on the tract of timber owned by A. G. Raught for the purpose of converting the timber into lumber.

J. Leon Black, assistant trust officer of the S. T. T. & S. D. Co., paid a business visit to Philadelphia last week.

The agency for the property of James W. Ponder and Miss Ida Ponder has been transferred to the S. T. T. & S. D. Co., of this town.

Two weeks ago, while being driven in Broadkiln Neck, one of William Derrickson’s valuable horses was taken suddenly ill, and died

Richard Ellicotts, of Philadelphia, was the guest of C. H. Atkins and wife last week.

On Saturday George Davidson, who has been chief salesman in the general store of C. H. Atkins, resigned his position, and Captain Charles Mason already a salesman in the store has been graded to the position formerly filled by Mr. Davidson. Darman Porter has been engaged to take the place formerly occupied by Captain Mason. Mr. Davidson has bought the interest of Louis Clendaniel, of the firm of Clendaniel Bros., meat merchants, corner Federal and Mulberry Streets, and on Monday became junior partner of the firm of Clendaniel and Davidson.

The comedy “Mr. Bob” was rendered in School Hall on Friday evening by graduates of the Georgetown “High Schools.” The attendance was not so large as might have been expected. Proceeds $14.00.

Several cases of genuine measles are reported in town.

Mrs. Mary Stanton is yet confined to her home at Sculltown, with dropsy.

Mrs. Viola Walls is quite ill with tuberculosis.

Henry Atkins has taken a relapse, and is again at his home.

Everything is now ready for the steam boat, hut we don’t think it will be here under five weeks.

The “Fearing Consolidated Painting and Paper Hanging Company” is meeting with success beyond its most sanguine expectations.

Nancy Pepper, wife of Frederic Pepper, died at her home near town, on Saturday morning of tuberculosis and measles, aged 25 years. Funeral services held at her late home on Monday afternoon by the Rev. Frank Holland and sepulture made in Odd Fellows Cemetery by J. B. Atkins.

On Friday evening the following committee was elected to supervise the preliminaries and take charge of the camp meeting to be held at Lavinia Woods, commencing Aug. 4th: Rev. Frank Holland, Joseph Morris, B. B. Johnson, G. W. Atkins, J. A. Betts, J. C. Clendaniel, John Coulter, Joseph Warrington, G. A. Wilson, George Davidson, S. J. Wilson, David Postles, Earle Reed and James Clendaniel.

The pea canneries have been making full time during the past week.

Miss Laura Conner returned from Philadelphia on Monday evening, after a visit of 19 days; yes Laura is home, and we have missed her much during her absence. She came home amid the raging of the heavy lightning and thunderstorm of that evening. The next morning the cats were glad to see Laura—we’ve only five now, and she made a speech to them which was received with purrs, mews and other demonstrations of cat approval.

C. E. Thackery is having his residence on North Union Street, newly silled and otherwise repaired.

Last Sunday was the hottest day of the season. On Monday evening a wind and electric storm visited us, and a small amount of water fell. The electric wire in north Milton on Union Street broken by the swaying branches of a tree. The lights were put out on the street and elsewhere. In Draper’s pea factory James Carey was stunned by lightning, though not seriously hurt.

On Monday evening the 12th, at an informal meeting of Town Council, four Milton men agreed to float a loan of $12,000, for the purpose of starting the water works system, provided proper security could be given for its payment. It is sufficiently understood that the town cannot be bonded for this purpose, until a legislative act is passed for this purpose. As these men agreed to loan this money at 4 per cent, Town Council notified the town’s attorney, R. C. White, Esq., who came over on last Monday, and informed the Council, that they could not make any absolute safety for the bearers of a loan, unless they assumed the responsibility of payment themselves; and the only way we can get a water system is by a franchise, given to some company, or wait until the meeting of the next Legislature, in January 1913, for the passage of an act giving privilege to bond the town, or, as above stated—assuming the responsibility of the payment of a loan themselves. This they will not do; and the people are opposed to granting a franchise to any company or corporation to put in the system. Therefore the only alternative—as we see it—is to wait until the legislative session of 1913, when a proper modus operandi can be formulated.