May 26, 1911

‘Twas Thursday and hot. Not a breath oi air was stirring. “Old Glory” hung limp and lazy adown the flag pole al school Hall. The smoking debris, mute relic of the recent fire, emitted a flavor not altogether pleasing. Only the sharp yelp of a dog, as it struck its foot against some sharp metal, relieved the monotony, that hung over this scene of desolation. The status hereabouts is as the fire left It, except the removal of some fertilizer, which win be noted further on. Some of the insurance agents have been here, and ordered repairs made to the damaged buildings. There will be no rebuilding done. It is very uncertain whether the refuse will be cleared away; unless it is done to plough the ground, and put it in corn. The fire has done great loss and a sad occurrence, but a sad order is now with us, and is likely to continue with us. And that is, we are compelled to witness the desolation brought about by our two great fires, without any prospect, however remote, of any more rebuilding being done. After the Fire of August 13th, 1911, Town Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the building of any building within a prescribed district of any material other than brick, concrete or stone. On Monday evening the 15th the Town Council again met and passed another ordinance, prohibiting any buildings— for business purposes—being built anywhere within the town incorporated limits except of brick, concrete or stone; and no roofs shall be put on any other buildings except of metal or slate. While it is all right to build brick or concrete buildings, for business purposes there is a possibility of Town Council being too strenuous in its action. The prohibition of building water closets, or little cribs for keeping corn in except out of brick, is simply preposterous. The large cities do not do this, and such action is to drive business away from a business community.

On Friday a representative of the Springfield Mass. Fire Insurance Company came to town and examined the damage done to Jr. O. U. A. M. Hall, and invited bids for the repairs, and told the bidders to include within their estimates the painting of the hall all over, and the company would pay the bill. Messrs. Fearing, Atkins & Palmer received the contract and the representative left the money for its payment with Messrs. Lank & Black, the company’s agents in this town. This is quick work, and good, on the part of the company.

The estimated loss of C. A. Conner in fertilizer by the late fire will not be so much as at first supposed. The sacks were burnt off, yet the fertilizer remained in inert in bulg [sic]. The chemist of the company pronounced it as hoof as ever. Mr. Conner got new sacks and has re-bagged it, and is now selling it at a reduced price. Hence, he will get something out of it, which will reduce the lass, as at first supposed.

The tick and chigger crop is now on; and promises to be [prolific?], if we may judge from an examination of our self, after returning from a walk on the road.

It is a mean practice some boys have of cutting advertisements that are posted along the streets. They cut the paper up and down with a knife, and the wind does the rest. We saw a boy at it a few mornings ago; and anyone interested can have his name if they so desire.

We stated, two weeks since, the corn cob trust had “absquatulated.” It has merely changed hands.

Part of a new floor has been put to the bridge that spans the Broadkiln.

The S. T. T. & S. D. Co. Bank has had its ceiling repainted and the walls calcimined by G. B. Atkins.

Charles Davidson’s new building on Chestnut Street is nearly finished.

Schooner Sand Snipe Captain Warrington, Is being overhauled, and repainted, near the bridge.

Letters of administration on the estate of the late James K. P. Jefferson have been granted to the Sussex Trust Company.

Frank Clifton has removed to Lewes. His father, James Clifton, who lately sold his farm, will occupy the house vacated by his son.

The first strawberries of the season were in town la*l week, at 15 cent» a quart.

Mrs. Nehemiah J. Messick had her residence on Atlantic Street painted.

John Brittingham is building a 2-»tory wheelwright and blacksmith shop on his property near Bay Avenue, North Milton.

The budget which Mr. David Lloyd George, Chancellor of the Exchequer of Great Britain, has presented to Parliament contains $1,250.000 to be used ln the payment of salaries to members of the House of Commons. They are lo receive yearly the modest sum of $2,000 each, and there is no mileage. Considering they have been receiving nothing heretofore this sum may seem to the member, quite munificent; but, what would the members of our House of Representatives say to such a salary? There is no provision made in regard to the peers, as, they don’t need the money, and, it is thought, an offer to pay them would be taken as an insult. How about the Senators of the United States.

Mrs. Elsie King la visiting m Camden and Swedesboro, N. J.

Mr. and Mrs. John Marker are on their first trip lo Philadelphia and Camden. N J.

Veasey Brothers are delivering the white oak timber for the new steamer that may be built here.

Captain Frank Lacey has cut his field of scarlet clover, and a pretty field it was.

For the past three weeks Milton has badly needed a street .sprinkler. Can’t we have one?

The Philadelphia Annual Conference of the African M. E. denomination that met last week In Allen Chapel, Philadelphia, returned the Rev. R. J. Blackston to Milton for another year.

An awful tragedy occurred between Milton and Georgetown on Thursday morning the 18th when Clifford Russell, a young married man who lived on the Hilyard farm two miles from Milton, had one hand cut off and one side split open with a saw In Gordy’s Mill. After the fatal accident happened the young man was taken to his home, and a Georgetown physician summoned; but notwithstanding all efforts he died in about five hours after the occurrence, surrounded by his wife, parents and friends. He had been married since January.

The attention of Town Council Is called to the stove pipes run out of the tops of sheds attached to buildings. There is one that on Sand Street that is a nuisance to that locality.

At a membership meeting of the M. P. Church held on Saturday evening, it was voted to have a Camp Meeting at Lavinia Wood, to begin on August 4lh, and continue ten days. In view of this decision there will be some repairs necessary to be made to many of the tents, which are getting into a state of dilapidation.

Government engineers were in town last week colliding with some of our knowing ones regarding the work on the jetty at the mouth of the Broadklln. It is hoped they may be better advised than heretofore, or at least, that the work contemplated may be a better job than the previous work.

Children s Day will be observed at both the Methodist Churches, on the first Sunday in June.

At the M. P. Church the Rev. Holland will administer the sacrament of Baptism to any who may be presented for that purpose.

We think Milton has now two smart preachers. They were both out early on Monday, one engaged in carpentry, the other at floriculture. This augurs good and leads one to believe there is hope yet, even for the ministers of Milton. The last one who left here was born tired and never got recuperated.

Dr. Leonard has had an attack of spasmodic “any we.” We really believe the disease is contagious and from the appearance of many of our people it is becoming epidemic.

Rev. Hurst will preach a patriotic sermon on Sunday morning as a prelude to Decoration Day. An “Old Time Love Feast” will also be held, and on Monday morning the quarterly conference of this conference year will be held at the M. P. Church.

On Sunday C. E. Bacon received a telegram informing him that his sister, Miss Ida Bell Bacon had died in Philadelphia that morning. The remains were carried to Laurel on Wednesday for burial. Diseased was 65 years of age. Mr. Bacon attended the obsequies.

If there is any program for Decoration Day we know nothing of it. We suppose it will be as usual, the soldiers graves will be flagged and flowered, the band will be around and speeches will be made id School Hall, by Captain George E. Magee and others.

The W. C. T. U. “Gospel Temperance Meeting” and “Echoes from the County Convention” at the M. P. Church, on Monday evening.

Martin Chandler has been cleaning the grass and weeds from the M. E Cemetery, and thereby greatly improved its appearance.

James B. Truitt, of Camden. N. J., died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willis Russell on Friday of heart trouble aged 78 years, 4 months, and 24 days. The remains were shipped from Milford by S. J. Wilson &. Son, on Sunday afternoon to his late home.

Miss Katie Coverdale of Ellendale, Is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Conner.

At a recent meeting of the 8. T. T. & S. D. Co., the directors declared a dividend o! 12 per cent to the stockholders, in lieu of 10 per cent declared last year.