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Wayne County Organ
Weekly Founded, 1844
HONESDALE, WAYNE CO., PA., "WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 1909.
Last Month of Legislative Session
Grand Total of Appropriations
$82,000,000 Tlic State Auto
mobile Road Gets a Black
Eye Several Important
Bills Signed by the
Makcii 20th. Nest week the Legis
lature will start on the final month's
work for this session and the Rules
Committee has provided for three ses
sions a day for most of the time, in or
der to Ret away with the major part of
the work ahead. Of the 1,000 bills in
troduced in both Houses, probably one
fourth will get through to the Governor,
and the most of them will be appropria
The General Appropriation billwas read
for the first time this week, and will be
referred back to the Committee for the
purpose of amendment. It carries a
total of $27,461,824, but will probably
be larger when it comes up for final
passage. A large part of the expense
of the Legislature has already been tak
en care of in a special act, the first one
signed by the Governor. The State
Treasurer refused to advance the money
this year, so an appropriation act be
came a necessity early in the session.
The big appropriation bill carries $15,
000,000 for the use of the public schools,
which means that there will be no in
crease over the amount given two years
ago. The Health Department gets over
$3,000,000, which is a substantial in
crease, and brings this next to the
schools and charitable Institutions as a
heavy charge on the State's income.
The total amount asked for by the hos
pitals, ':'homes, asylums,' reformatories
and insane institutions, with the usual
items named in the general bill, made up
a total of over $82,000,000. As the total
net income of the State is about $22,-
000,000 there must be some pruning
done. This work will be begun by the
Appropriations Committee, carried for
ward by the Legislature and finished by
the Governor. When he is through with
the bills left in his hands, the expenses
of the State for the next two years. will
"about fit the revenue. And many' worthy
causes must suffer because of the lack
Some unworthy ones will fall by the
wayside also. There will be few in
creases in the number of office holders
in the State, by legislative enactment,
and fewer increases of salaries. This is
dud to the firm stand taken by the
Governor on these matters. One must
give the Legislature some credit, how-
ever, for it is doing some good work of
its own. A few days ago it nearly killed
the bill providing for the automobile
road from Philadelphia to Pittsburg,
notwithstanding the plea made on the
floor of the house that it, was the special
bill of the Governor. The only thing
that saved its life, even temporarily, was
a motion to refer it back to committee
where it will probably die.
Not much will be done for the rest of
the session, except as to appropriations
The school law finds hard sledding, the
mine act meets stumbling blocks, the
pension bills are nearly dead, acts tax
ing manufacturing companies have been
given dope to stupefy them and the
Capitol Park extension is gone past re1
The osteopaths won a victory this
week when the Governor signed a bill
providing for a State Board of Kxamin
era for that school of doctors. A board
of five examiners will be appointed to
license applicants desiring to practice
and the act will become'effective as soon
as an appropriation is made available
Another bill is on its way through the
Legislature which will, if it passes, act
aH a virtual repealer of the one the Gov
ernor has signed and leave the osteo
paths on the back scats. This act pro
vides for one board and prohibits any
but a licensed physician from practic
Among the bills recently signed by the
Governor, which places them on the
statute books are the following : Allow
ing judges to enter non-suits when at'
tornoys of record are not present when
case is called ; 'Permitting changes of
venue in cases whero the Court is satis
lied that local prejudice exists ; Regu
lating the sale of carbolic acid ; Rcquir
ing cemeteries to set aside onu-tonth of
the proceeds of sale of lots for perpetual
care of the, cemetery ; Allowing super
visors of second claps townships to levy
a tax for the erection and maintenance
of lire houses ; Providing that in pro
cecdhiRH before justices of the peace
where it shal appear that action was
brought with malicious intent, tho mag
istrato may discharge the prisoner and
divide the costs; Authorizing the Govcr
nor to make such regulations for the
National Guard as will make it conform
to the U. 8. Army ; Authorizing dUtrict
attorneys to employ assistants In hoinl
cido cases, but limiting compensation to
$400 per year.
Candidates for State offices to be filled
this year and next are out with an
nouncements. This year will be chosen
an Auditor General, State Treasurer
and Judge of the Supreme Court. For
the first the following have been men
tioned : Senator Edward F. James, of
Luzerne ; Representative Edgar R. Kiess,
of Lycoming ; E. E. ISeidleman, of Dau
phin; Senator John M. Crawford, of Al
legheny. For State Treasurer the name
of Jesse L. Hartman, of Blair, is most
mentioned. No one is heard from as a
successor of Chief Justice Mitchell,
whose term expires in January n,ext.
Senator Sisson, of Eric, is spoken of for
Governor next year. Secretary Henry
Houck will succeed himself as the head
of the Internal Affairs Department next
year. Nothing definite will be given out
for this year's slate until after the Legis
lature has adjourned.
N. E. Hausk.
FINANCIAL AND COMMERCIAL.
Closing Stock Quotations.
New York. March 22.
Money on call was 1 per cent; time
money and mercantile paper uncnangea
In rates. Closing prices oi siocks were:
Amal. Copper... 70H Norf. & West... 88
Atchison 103 Northwestern ..17W
& o mvi
Penn. R. R. 131
Brooklyn R. T.., 72
Ches. &Ohio.... 7
Rock Island 23
St. Paul 145H
& H 174
Gen. Electric... 153
Southern Ry.... 24Vi
South. Ry. pf... 61
Texas Pacific... 323.
111. Central 143
Louis. & Nash.. ,130
Union Pacific... 180
U. S. Steel 41
U. S. Steel pr...H0',i
West. Union.... 65
Missouri Fac... 69H
N. Y. Central. .. .1244
WHEAT One cent lower;
erade. March, Jl.23al.24.
CORN One cent lower; Marcn, lUSafic,
OATS Steady ; No. 2 white, natural,
CHEESE Strong: receipts, 1,043 Doxes
state, full cream, special, Italic; small,
fancy, 15c; large, fancy, 15c; good to
fine, 15V4c; winter made, best, 14'ic.; com
mon to prime, 12al4c; skims, full to spe
EGGS Firm; receipts, 19,006 cases;
state. Pennsylvania and nearby, fancy.
selected, white. 23c; fair to choice, 21a
22c; brown and mixed, fancy, 20a20V4.l
fair, to chelce, 19al9Vic; western, firsts,
ISc: seconds. isac.
POTATOES Firm; domestic, old. In
bulk, per ISO lbs, S2.50a3c; per bbl. or bag,
25a2.73; European, per 163 .lb. bag, 32a.
125: Bermuda, per bbl...5.&aS.75; sweet
oer basket. SlJEal.ES.
LIVE POULTRY Steady; chickens,
broilers, per lb., 2aa33c; fowls, 18al9c.
old roosters, 12c; ducks, 16c; geese, 11a
12Uc. These prices are unofficial.
DRESSED POULTRY Firm; turkeys,
young, selected, per in., sic; poer to
good, 16a22c; fowls, boxes, 15',4alGc. ; bar
rels, 14H&15V&C.; old roosters, 12c; squabs,
white, per doz., S1.2Sa4.25c; frozen tur
keys, No. 1, per lb., 23a23c; broilers, milk
fed, fancy, 2Ca3c. ; corn fed, fancy, 22a
24c; roasting chickens, milk fed, 20a3c;
corn fed, 17a20c; fowls, No. 1, 14alc;
old roosters, 12c; ducks, Ne. 1, 17al8c;
geese. No. 1, 12al4c; capons, 24a27c.
HA i AND STRAW Quiet ; timothy,
per hundred, C0ft85c; shipping'. Wo.; clo
ver, mixed, KSaT&c; clover, WaCOc. ; rye
straw. JL0tni.lL: small bales. 2!ic leta,
Judging from the space which a cer
tain class of periodicals devote to the
exposition and discussion of various
uplift prohlems, such as children In
the public schools, public playgrounds
for children, sanitation In the home
and home surroundings, social better
ment and social morals, woman suf
fragists have strong grounds for their
argument that this Is pre-eminently an
e when women should acquire
firmer hold upon public affairs.
Sir Conan Doyle nobly acknowl
edges having received the Inspiration
for his Sherlock Holmes stories from
Poe. Toe got a pallet of straw and
crust for tho output of his genius.
while the Briton who worked out the
vein got rich.
When King Edward travels abroad
'strictly as a private citizen" he takes
along a retinue of retainers and
bodyguard of police so as to prevent
the common people from seeing
through his nature fake.
Even tho "first lady In the laud" has
her troubles, for hired girls hi the
White House get "sassy" uud quit the
same as they do outside.
In the light for national supremacy
In sea power It's the longest purse that
If congress will press the button on
tariff settlement tho people will do tho
Tho Point of View.
Tho Organ Grinder now's business?
Tho Scissors Grinder Flnol I've
never seen It so dull. Cleveland Lead
Af rlcn's cannibals and fever microbes
alike will forever regret the hour they
start In to regulato strcnuousness
Theodore Hoosovclt'H corporation.
Fortunato now that tho chair of
Unto wan built to slzo up with the
Btuto and not with tho average man
Who might bo called to It.
Woman Collapses When Told
She Must Die.
0 BE ELECTROCUTED MONDAY
Governor Hughes Intimates That No
Further Application For Clem
ency on Her Behalf Will
Auburn, N. T., March 23. Mrs.
Mary Farmer, the convicted murderess
of Mrs. Sarah Brennan, broke down
today when told that she must die in
the electric chair next week, as Gov
ernor Hughes had refused to consider
any further application for clemency
in her behalf.
The woman wept profusely and be
came so ill that the Jail physician was
called to attend her.
Mrs. Farmer will be the second wo
man in this state to die in the electric
chair. Mrs. Martha Place, who Killed
her daughter in Brooklyn, was the
first, she having been put to death on
March 20, 1800, in Sing Sing prison,
Exceptional efforts were made to save
Mrs. Place from the chair, hut Theo
dore Roosevelt, then governor, refused
Governor Hughes In denying the ap
plication for executive clemency, made
on the ground that the woman was In
sane when she committed the crime,
Issued a statement in which he gives
his reasons for so doing.
In this case or in other capital
cases," says Governor iiugnes, "mere
arc those who ask for executive Inter
ference because they are opposed to
capital punishment, but the law of
the state is that 'murder in the first
degree is punishable by death.'
However important to the Interests
of Justice may be the exerclsq of the
pardoning power In exceptional cases,
the executive has no right to use tins
power for the purpose of effecting a
practical repeal. otine irw;.ju:ts
executive action that- the raw or the
state as to murder as well as other
laws is faithfully executed.
"As the prisoner is a woman, there
are those who urge that capital pun
ishment in such a case is revolting
and that the sentence should be com
muted upon the ground of sex. The
law of the state regarding murdsr
makes no distinction between the
sexes, and a woman who is found
guilty of this crime is subject to the
same penalty as a man. The law
should be impartially enforced."
The governor points out that the ap
peal for executive .clemency was made
on the ground that the prisoner is in
sane, but that the case differs from
one In which it is claimed that in
sanity has suprevened since convic
tion. The plea of insanity was made
at the trial, and the governor says
the question was "fully and fairly liti
gated." The governor quotes the law
defining insanity and continues:
"It Is Important for the protection
of society that this test should not be
obscured aud that those who are delib
erate murderers within this test should
not escape conviction and punishment.
It should be clearly understood that
depraved persons and so called degen
erates who are nevertheless responsi
ble under the law cannot commit mur
der with impunity.
A most careful examination of the
facts in this case leads to the conclu
sion that the conviction was Just. The
murder was most brutal and was un
attended by any circumstances afford
ing the slightest basis for extenuation
or appeal to sympathy on the prison
CORNELL STEEL ITEM FAILS.
One of the Oldest Companies Forced
New York, March 23. One of the
oldest and best known firms manu
facturing structural steel was thrown
Into bankruptcy when an Involuntary
petition was filed In the United States
district court against tho J. B. & J.
M. Cornell Co. of this city. The main
plant of the company Is at Cold
Spriugs, Putnam county, N, Y.
A petition was filed by the Bethle
hem Steel company, Froment & Co.
and T. P. Kelly & Co., with claims for
goods sold amounting to $46,375.39.
A. Gordon Murray and Michael Blake
were appointed receivers, with bonds
of $100,000 each.
The alleged bankrupt company is
said to havo unsecured liabilities of
$500,000, with uncompleted contracta
of mora thnn $1,000,000, and outstand
ing bonds, secured by a mortgage on
the plant: nmountlng to $000,000.
This failure Is regarded as one of
Hie most Important that has occurred
In tlio Iron ami steel Industry since the
existing period of business depression
ACCIDENT and INCIDENT
What Townsfolk arc Doing
Business Changes and Other
Lambert Artman met with an acci
dent on Thursday afternoon last. He
was driving along River street, near the
Urandamore house, and tried to turn
the horse and wagon around. At this
place there is no guard rail along the
thoroughfare, and the horse backed the
wagon down the embankment, which is
about fifteen feet high. Mr. Artman .was
thrown from the seat and had two ribs
fractured. The horse broke loose from
the wagon and clambered back to the
On Friday afternoon last a horse
owned by Sheriff M. Lee Braman be
came frigh'tened by a noisy carpet-
cleaning machine, operating on South
Church street. The animal made a dash
up the street, throwing the driver, Ed
ward Hempstead, from the wagon. Mr.
Hempstead was cut about the face and
head, and was taken into the office of
Dr. W. T. McConviil, whence, after treat
ment, he was removed to his home on
Main street. The wagon and harness
were damaged, but the horse escaped
Horace Dexter, of Laurella, was
brought before Justice of the Peace It.
A. Smith, on Thursday afternoon, March
18th, charged with threatening to kill
J. W. Mills, and also with cruelty to ani
mals. He was found guilty in each case,
on the (irstcharge being put under bonds
to keep the peace, and on the second
fined thirty dollars and costs, the whole
amounting to $50.61. He gave cash bail
While driving to Honesdale, last
Thursday afternoon, William Strofahl, a
butcher employed at Herzog's meat
market, fell from the wagon and sus
tained a fracture of two ribs. Mr. Stro
fahl and George Masker went to Promp
ton.that day for a wagon-load of wood,
f-ti f 1 on nitnr Itnin'o li ! 1 1 rtr, tha Mitni-m
EStVVfi'Ji- l.i. '- i.l .17'.
Conductor Ward and his crew "of the
Delaware & Hudson passenger train, en
joyed their monthly three days' vaca
tion last week., A crew from Carbon
dale had charge of the train during their
An unusual number of business
changes are taking place in Honesdale
this spring. Commencing down town,
C. J. Weaver will shortly occupy his
new Commercial Hotel, formerly the
Coyne House ; the Boston Store will re
move to the A. A. Grambs establish
ment, Mr. Grambs going out of the mer
cantile business; Smith's shoe store will
be removed to the Dittrich building, Mr.
Dittrich having given up his store ; Fred.
Golbert has taken possession of his res
taurant on 7th street, vacated by John
Theobald, who has succeeded Joseph
Schiessler in the adjoining saloon ; Mrs.
C. P. Eldred will remove from the Dit
trich store to the Schuerholz building :
J. Oscar Terrel is offering his Btore and
stock for sale ; George B. Kimble is clos
ing out his stock of mcrchandisu at cost,
and will devote himself exclusively to the
carting business, his store having been
leased to the Wayne Cooperative Com
pany, who will remove from the Ridge
way building; Martin Galvin has sold
his livery business to Herbert Plum, of
Hawley; the Theatorium on 7th street is
to be renovated and brought fully up-to-date
as a family theatre for moving pic
ture and vaudeville entertainments ; the
Galvin living rooms over the Herald of
fice are being adapted to the uses of the
Knights of Columbus ; Schwenker, the
baker and confectioner, has established
himself in the Powell building; the man
ufacturing corporation of the Durland
Thompson Co. has been changed to the
Durland-Weston Shoo Co.; William II
Kranz has withdrawn from the Hones
dale Shoe Co.; and will be at the head
of tho Honesdale I'ootwear Co., with a
new concrete factory at the foot of Park
street ; a now photographic gallery will
he opened by Thomas .Charlosworth, in
thu Schuerholz building ; and many
minor changes have been made or are
contemplated in the personnel and man
agement of other business concerns.
-The Carbondale Leader announces
the arrival in hat city from Albany of
0, K. McKim, a prominent official of
the Del. & Hud. Company, for the pur
pose of putting In commission a number
of Pennsylvania engines hired to assist
in relieving the coal congestion now ex
ihtlug there. It will be soino time beforo
tho local flrerncn, who aro used to hand'
hug hard coal, will bo nblo to manage
the soft coal burner. There aro Buveral
thousand cars of coal in the local yard
and along the road that aro standing still
because of the lack of power,
-The Wayne'County Fair will bo held
Oct. 4th, 6th, (Jth and 7th. The Associa
tion has secured at a great expense Fred.
D. Darling's Animal Circus, as a free at
traction. The show consists of dogs,
ponies and monkeys, and has performed
in all the large cities of the United States,
Europe and Mexico.
Elijah Swingle, formerly a resident
of South Canaan, who, after 47 years of
service as a brakeman, lost both legs in
an accident at No. 5 Pennsylvania Coal
Co.'s colliery, Dunmore, on March 21,
1006, was in the Lackawanna court last
week, as plaintiff in a suit against that
company for damages. Swingle is now
66 years old, and is a survivor of the old
gravity days when a brakeman had none
of the safety appliances now provided
for him by the government laws. He
survived the days of the link and pin
coupler and all other death traps to be
finally caught after nearly a half cen
tury of experience.
WM. CONNELL'S DEATH.
Scranton's Multimillionaire at
Rest An Active and Useful
William Connell, former eon pressman,
extensive coal operator, capitalist and
philanthropist, died at his home in Scran
ton on Sunday last, March 21st, 1Q09,
from a stroke of apoplexy.
He was born at Cape Breton, Nova
Scotia, Sept. 20, 1827, his parents being
of Scotch-Irish descent. When he was
a child his parents moved to Hazleton,
Luzerne county, and it was there he be
gan his life's work in the mines at 40
cents aday. He died a multi-millionaire.
In 1856, Mr. Connell went to Scran-
ton, and shortly after was placed in
charge of the mines of the Susquehanna
and Wyoming Valley Railroad and Coal
Company, with offices at Scranton. In
1870, when the charter of that corpora
tion lapsed, he was enabled to purchase
the plant, and reorganized under the
firm name of William Connell & Co.
From.tbis beginning he developed into
the largest individual coal operator in
theAVyomingregion, and later organized
imdf.TrtrtaallyAo wned . the. Connell Coal
sold to the Lehigh Valley Coal Co.
Mr. Connell was actively, connected
with numerous important interests in
and around Scranton, and it was largely
due to his financial assistance and his
influence among capitalists of Scranton,
that the National Elevator and Machine
works were established in Honesdale
In politics he had always been a
staunch Republican and was a delegate
to the Republican National Convention
in 1896 and also to the recent conven
tion. He was also a member of the
Pennsylvania Republican Committee
and was elected to the Fifty-fifth, Fifty
sixth, Fifty-seventh and Fifty-eightl
Six of his eleven children survive him
Mrs. Connell died seven years ago, and
Mr. Connell's decline in health dated
from her death.
One of the biggest tasks Mr. Connell
ever undertook was when he was arbi
trator for the Lehigh Valley road, in set
tling claims arising from the Mud Run
disaster of Oct. 10, 1888, when sixty
three were killed and 120 injured. Only
one case went to court. Mr. Connell
was also active as a mediator in the at
tempted settlement of coal strikes and
other industrial disputes.
Funeral services were held at
Connell home yesterday afternoon.
The approaching completion of the
High School buildings will soon neces
sitate the grading and arrangement of
the school property grounds. No one.is
more interested in having this work
properly done than the pupils who are
to use them, and no' landscape gardener
should attempt the task without con
sulting them. In order to stimulate
suggestion on this point The Citizen
offers the scholars of the Public School
two prizes of $1.00 each for the best two
essays on "The Best Way to Arrange
tho New School House Grounds," the
competition to close April 15th. The ar
ticles, which must not exceed four hun
dred words in length, are not to be
signed, hut the name of the writer must
be written on a separate slip, and en
closed in an envelope with the essay
The contributions will bo numbered and
submitted to competent judges who will
decide on their respective merits. The
winning essays with tho names of tho
authors will appear in the first number
of The Citizen following tho award.
Now is thu time when tho Kuglish
language will receive numerous additions
in the baso ball pages of thu daily pa
pers. Whether or not the additions will
enrich the language ia another question.
KIDNAPED BOY BACK
Willie Whitla Returned to
His Home In Sharon.
FATHER PAID $10,000 RANSOM
On Receiving the Money the Ab
ductors Promised to Deliver
the Child After Dark and
Kept Their Word.
Sharon, Pa., March 23. Disgusted
with tho bungling work of the police,
J. P. Whitla made a private deal wiBi
the abductors of his son. Willie and
early today arrived home, bringing the
little fellow with him safe and sound.
The boy's mother went almost wBA
with Joy, hugging and caressing him.
as one returned from the dead.
The whole town was in an uproar of
excitement, which set in some houaa
earlier when it leaked out that Mr.
Whitla had recovered the stolen chTEl
and was coming home as fast as train
and trolley could carry them.
That the case did not end in a dupli
cation of the famous Charlie Ross kid
naping is due entirely to the lad's fa
ther. Mr. Whitla positively declined to
have any more to do with the authori
ties and went about the recovery of
his offspring in his own way. Whitla
had declared all along that he waa
willing to pay the ransom demanded
and only wanted his son back. Over
zealous police officials and private de
tectives, with an eye to possible re
ward, fairly tread on each others' toes
In their efforts to capture the men who
successfully carried out one of the
boldest cases of abduction In recent
Aftor thi linsnn fit Aslitnlillln Whitla
received another letter from these
men and determined to act on his ottb
resources. He blindly followed their t
instructions. At a drug Btoreito CleT-i' ; ,
land was another letteftelllng ymt'Z
pay $10,000 to a woman at .R. e.exjam-
ortHca i'anrt .nramlnlfu. Tt- flol 1 VAr- iw .-i
pie promise of the abductors' for what
it was worth. They kept their word,
however, for,,to the great Joy of tho
parent, the little fellow walked int
the corridor of the Holland hotel at
Cleveland and was quickly enfolded In
the father's arms. Mr. Whitla was so
overcome with emotion that he couM
only fondle the boy and hug him to hta
breast After the excitement ha41
passed the reunited pair started for
Sharon after telegraphing of the suc
cessful outcome of the trip.
According, to those In touch with the
affairs of the family, In the last com
munication from the abductor Mr.
Whitla was instructed to go at onee to
Cleveland and visit a certain drug
store, where he would find a letter
containing further instructions.
Hnvlng paid over the money and re
ceived the promise that the boy wouM
be restored to him after dark, Mr.
Whitla went to the hotel and waited.
About three hours afterward Willie
walked into the lobby, putting an en
to the family's worrlment.
After assuring himself that Willta
was absolutely well and strong Mr.
Whitla started with him for Sharon.
MORE GRAFT INDICTMENTS.
Pittsburg Millionaire, Councilmen
a Banker In the Net.
Pittsburg, March 23. Six indict,
ments three for conspiracy, one fot
perjury and two for bribery were re
turned in the councilmanlc graft casei.
upon which the grand Jury has beea
deliberating several days.
The men Indicted are Dallas C. Ux
ors, millionaire manufacturer, Indicted
Jointly with Councilman John V.
Klein, already twice convicted in tht
graft cases, and Councilman W. H.
Weber on a charge of conspiring to se
cure the passage of a street paving
ordinance; F. A. Griffin, vice president
of the Columbia National bank, charg
ed with perjury In one of the graft
trials; Councilman Charles Stewart,
charged with soliciting a bribe of $2,
C00, and H. L. Bolger, hotel proprietor,
charted with being an accomplice ot
John V. Klein In demanding und ac
cepting a bribe.
Dallas C. Byers left for Europe for
his health about the time the graft in
vestigation began and has not re
turned. The perjury charge against Grlflln
is in connection with a recent council
manic graft trial. He has resigned
his position as vice president of tho
$15,000 For Kidnapers.
Harrisburg, Pa., March 23. The sen.
at6 has unanimously adeptcd a concur
rent resolution offering a reward oi
$1G,000 for Information leading U tho
arrest and conviction of the kidnaper
of Willlo Whitla. .