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100 Years Ago This Month

November 4

Notice - My wife, Ruth E. Marshall, having refused to live with me without just cause, I hereby notify all persons not to trust her on my account, as I will pay no debts contracted by her. Signed Thomas Marshall

Election Day Tuesday

Next Tuesday is Election Day and every qualified voter should be sure to cast his ballot in the proper manner so that it will be counted. Open the ticket after you retire to the private booth and mark ‘X’ in the space provided next to the name of the candidate for whom you desire to vote. Make the mark entirely within the square; if the cross mark extends beyond the square your ballot is worthless. Do not make any other mark on the ballot; if you do your ballot will not be counted. Mark your ballot with a pencil provided in the election booth. After marking your ballot, fold it exactly as it was folded when handed to you and give it to the ballot judge without permitting anyone to see how you marked it. See that the judge deposits the ballot in the ballot box before you leave.

Halloween In Emmitsburg

Halloween in Emmitsburg was, as usual, the small boy’s jollification night. Crowds of merrymakers were on the streets indulging in all sorts of innocent pranks. Although a few flakes fell several days before, the first real snow flurry of the season occurred Saturday afternoon.

Buggy Accident

The collapse of two wheels of a buggy caused a runaway on Sunday afternoon. The accident took place on the pike near the college. The occupants of the carriage jumped and escaped injury. The frightened animal ran off and narrowly escaped a head-on collision with another vehicle containing two young ladies as it rushed through the tollgate. The demolished rig belonged to the Thurmont livery. Mr. Clay Shuff stopped the runaway horse at the race bridge.

Lost Pig

Mr. David Michael spent Saturday afternoon roaming over the neighborhood of Four Points in search of a lost pig. He returned home in the evening, very much disappointed and fatigued.

November 11

Streets To Be Repaired

The people of Emmitsburg will be glad to hear that Burgess and Commissioners of the Corporation have decided to put new material on the streets where it is needed. Unless the work begins without delay, however, there will be little chance of accomplishing much this season. At this time a few loads of coarse gravel judiciously placed would not only add very much to the appearance of the public thoroughfares, but also save greater expenditure in the spring.

Defeated Candidate Cremated

On Wednesday evening, the political body of the defeated candidate, B. H. Warner, Jr., was cremated at the fork of the road in front of Mr. Payne’s house, a short distance west of town. Bob Reifsnider and George Orndorff carried the catafalque, with the effigy and candles at the four corners, through the streets of the town. Mr. Mark Harting, who conducted order for the ceremonies, led off the stately procession to the measured time of muffled drums through the town to the place of the cremation. An American flag was raised, the pyre was lighted and soon reduced to ashes and the candidate went up in smoke.

Dinner Bell Taken For Fire Bell

On Saturday afternoon about 12 o’clock, the Fraley’s dinner bell rang and excited quite a number of persons. That bell rang for the purpose of calling workmen to dinner, when a large number of people responded, prepared to fight fire. This bell has been in use for over 12 years and this is the first time in its whole history that so many people responded to its call. Whether its sound has changed and softened and become more melodious is not known. The street soon became crowded as if some great fire had broken out. Dinner was really ready, it is true, and for this reason it cannot be termed a false alarm. The same bell may ring again to call workmen to dinner and the people should not be alarmed.

Accident Hauling Water

Owing to the drought, many people in this vicinity are compelled to haul water from Tom’s Creek. One morning one individual, after going to Emmitsburg to get a tank to hold the water, met with a serious accident on his way to the creek. One of the wheels of the vehicle broke down and he was compelled to sit along the road and wait until he got assistance.

November 18

Mr. Horner Gets The Post Office

The Post Office Department has appointed Mr. John Horner Postmaster of Emmitsburg. This position was sought by a number of citizens. The appointment of Mr. Horner meets with very general approval. His fitness for the position is attested to by his successful administration of the local office when he was postmaster several years ago.

November 25

Mrs. Esther Barry’s Death

On Tuesday evening there died in Emmitsburg probably the oldest citizen of this state, Mrs. Esther Barry, age 99 years, four months and 20 days. For several years Mrs. Barry has resided at the home of Mrs. Adelsburger, where she breathed her last. She remembered Mother Seton perfectly. "When I was about six years old my father carried me to Mother Seton to see about my going to school at the convent. She took me on her lap and said, "Why, she is too little to go to school, keep her at home for a while." So my father took me to Emmitsburg to stay with a relative but later I went to the Convent as a day scholar. I can see her now; her pure-black eyes and her elevated expression of her face. She wore the black habit and a black cap when I first saw her, but later she put on the white Coronet when she joined the sisters of Mercy. All the children loved her; we were always happy when she came into the schoolroom to talk to us.

Union Church Service

The Protestant churches, as is their custom, united in annual Thanksgiving service on Thursday morning. The Lutheran Church was crowded with members of all denominations and the offering, to be devoted to our worthy poor, was quite substantial

Unger Snyder Guilty Of Stealing Chickens

Much interest has been manifested here in the trial of chicken thieves before the Adams County Court. Testimony was made of a wagonload of chickens taken by John Ripple to Emmitsburg. He was seen going along the Emmitsburg Road and upon returning was followed by Constable Mart Baker from Emmitsburg through Gettysburg to the farm of Snyder. Sales of chickens by Snyder were proven and a declaration after several sales that this was the last of his chickens.

John Ripple, who was also charged with Snyder for chicken stealing, turned state’s evidence and going on the witness stand, told the story of wholesale chicken stealing in which he and Snyder were engaged. According to Ripple, the pair would start out with a horse and wagon laden with chicken coops and they would follow a route that didn’t pass anybody by. "We treated them all alike and stopped at every place we came to, taking five chickens from every farm." They went from farm to farm until they had a wagonload. Taking but five chickens avoided the discovery of the loss at once by the farmer. About 700 chickens were stolen and disposed of in Gettysburg and Emmitsburg, not too many being unloaded at a time in either place to avoid looking suspicious. It took only 10 minutes for the jury to bring a verdict of guilty. Snyder was sentenced to not less than nine months and not over three years in the Eastern State Penitentiary. Ripples’ sentence was suspended as he gave useful information.

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