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100 Years Ago This Month

November 1914

November 6


The children of Emmitsburg, observed Halloween in their usual jolly way by throwing corn and removing shutters, steps and anything that was not nailed down.

The display windows of the Emmitsburg Clothing Store and a Candy Shop were very tastefully decorated for Halloween. The window exhibited specimens of choice fruits and vegetables as well as products of the field, with a border of autumn leaves surrounded. In the center was a hobgoblin, electrically lighted, made from a prize-winning pumpkin. The corncob pipe in its mouth held a miniature advertisement. The pumpkin was suspended from the top of the window, thus rendering the entire exhibit in keeping with the season, at the same time giving prominence to the fine qualities of clothing in the store.

Matthew’s Brothers also displayed autumn products, while their electric sign flashed "Inside for the Halloween party." An old witch mounted on a broomstick with a bodyguard of black cats around her, was also a feature in their display. These exhibits were not only attractive and rightfully demanded the attention of all, but showed the progressive spirit of these local businessmen.

Boozers Celebrate Rejection of Suffrage and Prohibition

Loyal members of the Emmitsburg Chapter of the Former, Former Boozers Association reveled well into early morning hours on Wednesday as the results of elections related to Suffrage and Prohibition were received by the Chronicle Office.

Intelligent men in Missouri, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nevada awoke to the dangers to society that would result for of allowing women the right to vote. Suffrage amendments in these states suffered defeats described variously as decisively complete to overwhelming.

But the loudest cheers from the thoroughly inebriated boozers came when word was received that California men buried prohibition by a majority of over 200,000, and adopted a referendum prohibiting another vote on the question within a period of eight years.

One Boozer told the Chronicle that: "The decision prohibiting another vote on prohibition showed how smart the men of California were, as everyone knows womenfolk never take ‘no’ for an answer, but will keep nagging until they get their way. Now," the boozer continued, "California men have the law on their side. We need to do the same thing here and stop all this women voting and prohibition non-sense once and for all."

On Wednesday night, the Boozers resumed their celebrations with a renewed gusto. A moment of silence was held for the men suffering in the 14 states that have made laws prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages. It did not go without notice that each of these states allowed women to vote, and that their votes were instrumental in removing a man’s God given right to ‘tip a glass or two.’

November 13

Hoof and Mouth Disease

The hoof and mouth disease, for which Frederick was put into quarantine last week, was discovered near Emmitsburg on the farm of the late Edward Foss. County inspectors found 10 head of cattle that were suffering from the disease and ordered all the livestock on the place - 39 head of cattle and 32 hogs - be killed and their carcasses burned. Miss Mary Fuss, owner of the slaughtered stock, which was appraised at $1,950, will not suffer a monetary loss, as the government will reimburse her.

It was stated at the Fuss home that the cattle which were affected have been bought about three weeks ago from Patterson Brothers who, it is understood, secured the stock from the neighborhood of Lancaster. The 10 cows affected by the disease were purchased from a lot, which Patterson Brothers unloaded at Littlestown.

The present outbreak of Hoff and Mouth first appeared in southern Michigan. Shipments of deceased hogs from this place which passed through Chicago are believed to be responsible for the infection of the pens in the Union Stock yards. Once the pens became infected every shipment of livestock through Chicago to other parts of the country were exposed to the germs of disease and the contagion spread. A large force of federal inspectors are now running down every shipment and examining the animals at their place of delivery.

Thrilling War Pictures

The all-absorbing topic of the day is the European war. Everyone is reading about it, but few have any idea of how the different armies appear when in action. Tonight an opportunity will be afforded the people of Emmitsburg to see the nearest approach to real war they had ever seen since the North and South collided at Gettysburg. Moving pictures will be shown at St. Euphemia Hall depicting the various branches of the services of the more important countries now in conflict in thrilling maneuvers - cavalry, artillery, and infantry. The building of pontoon bridges will be an interesting feature - also submarines, the war craft that is paying such a remarkable part abroad just now. Eight o'clock is the hour. No charge is made for admission - you can give what you like. The public is most cordially invited.

November 20

Drought Broken

The inch and three quarters of rain which fell on Sunday put an end to one of the worst fall droughts that Frederick County has experienced for years. The day's precipitation was heavier than for the entire month of October. The situation had become very serious for the farmers. The wheat had begun to suffer for want of moisture. On account of the dryness of the fodder corn husking had to cease and plowing was impossible because of the hard, dry soil. The rain effectively checked the forest fires that have been raging on Catoctin Mountain for 10 days, destroying thousands of dollars worth of timber.

Moving Picture Crook Works Town

A man representing himself as a moving picture photographer appeared in town last week and after obtaining a goodly sum of money from several firms on contracts to film various departments while the workmen were busy, left the town and has not been heard from since. The pitchers to have been taken of the industries were tried and shown in local moving picture theaters.

Tax Collector Gets $1,882.91

The County Treasurer was in Emmitsburg Tuesday for the accommodation of the taxpayers of this district. 110 persons availed themselves of the opportunity to pay in person their taxes and $1,882.91 was collected. This is a considerable amount in view of the fact that a great many people send their payments by mail, while others pay their tax bill at the local banks.

Counterfeit Note

A United States five-dollar silver certificate bearing the number E72113791 and considered by federal officials to be the most dangerous counterfeit a recent years has made its appearance in the area. The notes passed have been rumpled and subject to sufficient handling to give a better impression of genuineness and are said to have been so nearly perfect as to deceive anyone except the most experienced money handler. It is said to be the best work of counterfeiters since the $100 silver certificate of half a dozen years ago.

November 27

Union Thanksgiving Service

The annual Union Thanksgiving service was held yesterday morning and the Presbyterian Church. The music for the occasion was furnished by the united choirs of the Protestant churches of this town. The sermon was delivered by Rev. Mr. Higbee. The offering, as has been the custom for years, was placed in the hands of the committee representing the Protestant churches. The money will be used to alleviate the needs of worthy persons in this community.

Seminarian Hurt in Auto Accident

Mr. Charles Eck, of Williamsport, a third-year seminarian at Mount St. Mary's, sustained a badly fractured leg on Sunday by being struck by an automobile as he was about to go over a fence to the college athletic field on the state road near Emmitsburg. A Ford Runabout belonging to Mr. Meade Patterson, which was being driven by Howard Johnston, colored, was struck by a passing Overland Touring Car, driven by Mr. Lidlie Gloninger. The smaller car swerved to the side of the road and crashed into the fence striking the seminarian. The injured man was removed to a hospital in Baltimore where his leg was set and where he is now recovering.

Fire at Hotel Mundorff

The use of a glass of gasoline instead of order in the restaurant of the hotel Mundorff on Friday night caused the fire, which was extinguished with the help of the Vigilant Hose Company. No serious damage was done.

Horse Thief Caught

On Thursday Deputy Sheriff Adelsburger took off in pursuit of Vernon Fogle, who, it is alleged, stole two horses. Several sheriffs and three other men were pursued. Fogle had turned both forces lose and was making for a hiding place which was a secluded spot near Slabtown. The alleged theft of the sorrel horse, which was taken from Thomas Saylor on Tuesday night, and on Wednesday night, Fogle is charged with having taken a black horse belonging to Charles Garber. Accompanying Deputy Sheriff Adelsburger, were Constable Rowe and Henry Sprenkle, in whose custody the prisoner was brought to Emmitsburg. A hearing was held before Magistrate Shuff on Thursday afternoon. On default of $500 bail he was committed to jail at Frederick.

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