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THE CITIZEN, WEDNESDAV, ?fOV. 22, 1011.
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AVEDNESDAY, NOVEMBEK 22. 1011.
EXAMINE YOUlt CHIMNEY.
Are you aware of the fact that a number of fires are duo to defective
chimney Hues? Examine your chimney before winter sets In. Replaco
the soft bricks with new ones If necessary, and should there be any loose
bricks havo the .chimney pointed.
ARMORY NUMBER PLEASED MANY.
The Citizen craft has received many complimentary remarks upon Its
last Friday's Issue, which contained a complete account of the dedicatory
exercises of the State Armory at this place. It is our purpose at all times
to please our readers and the complimentary remarks will have a tendency
to act as an incentive to advance and accomplish greater ana more noDier
things. We thank you.
EXERCISE THE " PUMj-TOGETITER HABIT."
There has crept Into the Business Men's Asosclatlon, Board of Trade,
churches and secular organizations of the town, a lack of Indifference on
the nart of tho members In attendance to regular and special meetings.
Sometimes out of the large membership in these organizations enough do
not respond to the call for a quorum. Why this apparent lack of Interest?
Is it any wonder that the public ask what is Honesdale doing to pro
mote the welfare of the town? In other words, how can the town ao
anything when its rank and Mo stay away from the meetings? The ab
sentees invariably find the most fault and criticise what the faithful mem
bers are endeavoring to do. Their work Is therefore made many times
harder by the dreaming member -who imagines he is not wanted or needed
at the meetings.
If Honesdale Is to become one of the wideawake towns of tho coun
try, and tho .conditions are good that it will, its citizens must get tho
' pull-together habit " and work in harmony. The civic membership must
attend Its representative organization meetings if success is expected to
crown its efforts. No proposition can be a success If it is not enthusiasti
cally supported. Tho possibilities for Honesdale are diversified, but they
will remain dormant unless some event subversive of the order of things
occurs to awaken the seemingly lack of interest that is apparently pre
dominant in tho town'.
If necessary serve a banquet when Interest is waning. Create some
thing now to' get the membrshlp out. Conduct your meetings so that they
will be an incentivo for members to attend. Keep strictly to business and
do away With all unnecessary talking.
DIVIDE HONESDALE INTO ELECTION WARDS.
Tho Citizen takes the initiative step In advancing the proposition of
dividing Honesdale into eleotion wards, it now being the largest single
polling district in the State of Pennsylvania. In view of this and other
reasonable facts, wo will try to present as clearly as possible tho advant
ages that would bo derived. We, however, desire to obtain tho voter's
candid expression if ho is either for or against the proposed chango. Let
tors pro and con will bo printed in the People's Forum.
It is our opinion that the electoral district of tho Borough of Hones
dale Is too large for one election 'board. If it were divided Into two or
three wards, perhaps two being sufficient, tho election officers would not
bo compelled to stay up frpm two to three o'clock the following morning
after tho day of election to finish their duties. At tho last election this
was tho true state of affairs. The vote was heavy and the election board
made a record count, 'handling 639 ballots several times In four and a half
hours, to get the official number received by each candidate on tho blanket
ticket. Their day's work consisted of eighteen hours and tho law provides
only ?3.50 per day for tho members on the election board, including the
judge and Inspector. Is it any wonder that the board bolts and claims
that It will not serve another election under such circumstances?
A comparison of districts reproduced from Smull's Legislative Hand
Book will give tho reader and voter some idea of the size of other bor
oughs which have two or more districts or voting precincts. At tho same
time keen Honesdale in thought. The vote is founded upon State Treas
urer, 1309, when Stobor was the Republican candidate, Klpp, Democratic,
Fish, Prohibitionist, and Moore, Socialist.
Sayro borough, Bradford county, is divided into four wards. Its total
vote for these candidates was 328. Dividing this number by four wo get
82, which is an average vote for one district. Honesdalo's vote was 210
for the borough or 118 less than Sayro, with four wards.
Towanda. of the same county. Is divided into three wards. Each aver-
ago vote was 146.
Athens, Bradford county, has four wards. Tho average vote In each
ward was 87.
There are many more towns that are divided Into from three to six
districts or wards whoso population Is less and some more than Honesdale
Archbald, Lackawanna county, has three wards; Dickson City borough,
samo county, three wards; Jermyn, three wards; Mayfiold, three; Moosic,
four; Old Forge, six; Olyphant, four, etc. Forest City, Susquehanna coun
ty, has two wards, and two districts In each -ward, its total vote being 179
Montrose has three wards and Susquehanna borough four. Sayre's total
voto for Stato Treasurer was 328, while Its population at tho time was 5,'
243; Athens' vote was 351 with a population of 3,749; Towanda 439, popu
lation 4,663; Honesdale 210, borough population 2,864. All the above
towns are larger than Honesdale, but if 'the total vote were divided Into
two districts Sayre's voto for each district would have averaged 164,
Athens 175. and Towanda 218. If Honesdale had had two wards at that
timo, its average vote in each ward would have been 105.
It Is, therefore, an evincible fact that Honesdale ought to bo divided
into at least two election wards. Wo would recommend that tho Lacka
waxen river, -which separates the uptown from the downtown section, servo
as a dividing lino between the two proposed wards. In the division of the
borough it is our opinion that tho residential or northern section extend
from tho State bridge north to tho Borough line and from East to West
across tho town, taking in everything within the borough limits; the down
town or business section to extend from tho State bridge south to tho foot
of Main street and all that territory that lies East and West within tho
borough. Only citizens living in these respective sections can vote therein.
If a voter lives downtown, or south of tho proposed division lino, he
must voto In that ward, or should he reside north of the State bridge the
same would govern the rule of voting In that section of the town.
We also zealously endorse the removal of the voting booths from the
Court House to the Council Chambers in tho City Hall. If the presenta
tion in tho matter of districting Honesdale is not approved by the public,
the place of polling certainly should be changed for various reasons. Its
accessibility is unquestioned. jMany Honesdale voters find It difficult to
climb several steps, like are in the' Court House, and consequently stay
away from tho polls. If the polling booths -were changed only three stops
would be required to get on the ground floor. The Citizen would like to
hear criticism tfrom the townspeople.
THE HONESDALE ARMORY.
Ono of the most notable days that
tho pretty little town of Honesdale
has seen was marKca last week oy
tho dedication of the now armory of
Company E, Thirteenth Regiment,
whlch was attended by uovernor
Tener, Adjutant General Stewart,
Major Gonoral C. Bow Dougherty,
Col. L. A. Watres of the State Arm
ory Board and Col. F. W. Stillwell,
tho commanding ouicer or the local
regiment. All of these took a promi
nent part in the exorcises ana wero
tho honored guests of the occasion.
Colonel Watres received the ar
mory from the contractors, and Ma
jor General Dougherty then deliver
ed it to tho care or (japtam uarron
J. Kolley, of Company E. Tho speech
of tho Governor, a fervent patriotic
effort, was followed by a forceful
address by Adjutant General Stewart.
Honesdale, naturally, Is proud
of its fine new armory, wjhich is a
credit alike to the town and tho
National Guard. The building con
sists of a main floor and a basement
under tho entire structure. Tho hall
is 70 by 80 feet In dimensions and
will nicely fill the needs of Com
pany E and also of Honesdale as a
place of largo public gatherings. It
Is to be fitted with every modern
convenience for the guardsmen.
A pleasing feature of the cere
monies was the deference paid the
veterans of the G. A. R. they being
given tho position of honor, "both in
tho parade and in the exorcises which
marked tho formal taking over of
tho building. The veterans were led
by Judge Henry Wilson, tho dean
of tho Wayno county bar.
Honesdale Is to bo congratulated
upon its flno new structure and the
enterprise shown In providing for its
citizen-soldiery. Scranton Truth.
(Continued from Page One.)
blackboards are Indispensable
the success of a school.
" Some directors bought black
paint and went over the old boards,
and made poor 'blackboards of
them. You can't paint boards and
make a good blackboard. You can
get slato canvas cheap. Or better
still, get slate blackboards, which
are the best of all. A blackboard,
next to the teacher, is the one thing
indispensable In the school.
I asked the directors last year
not to pay the salary of the last
month to the teacher until the re
ports were handed in. It Is a great
help to tho new teacher. It will
help to do away with the old-timo
'self-promotion system' in tho coun
try school, when Johnny and Sarah
camo and said 'we belong to such
and such a grade' and later came to
A good blackboard in every
school in the county, and an abso
lutely correct Teport of every indl
vidual pupil. These are two' import
ant things wo ought to strive for,
" You can't pin your faith on
railroads and trains," breathlessly
excclaimed Dr. G. M. Philips, princi
pal of the West Chester State Normal
School and Secretary of the State
Board of Education, who came into
the room at this moment (10.: 42 a,
m.) having been trainstayed in Car
bondale over night, and treated in
addition to an annoying 4G-minute
delay In the arrival of tho morning
Delaware and Hudson train,
Giving tho Doctor only time
enough to shed his overcoat, and
hardly sufficient chance to catch his
breath, he was introduced to the
convention, and plunged into the
middle of his subject at once by
Doctor Philips' Address,
" Tho School Code is so big a sub
ject. On the 18th of last May, Gov
Tener signed the most important
piece of legislation enacted in Penn
sylvania in years. Said tho United
States Commissioner of Education
in commenting upon the Code: 'It is
perhaps the most extensive and radi
cal piece of education ever enacted
in the United States.'
" The Common School Law o
Pennsylvania was framed in 1834
Since then 300 changes have been
made, and 2,000 special educational
laws passed. The old school laws
wero in a chaotic condition, full of
" What are somo of the great
things in the new School Code?
"1. The committee hoped, as far
as laws could do it, to put good men
in office and give them ample power,
" Secondly. They wanted to let
well enough alone. Some things had
to remain the way they were. This
is a great State, with great cities
and thinly scattered counties. Tho
Constitution of Pennsylvania for
bids special legislation. Whatever
legislation wo proposed had to be o
a general character.
' You want to Temember all "wo
did had to run the gauntlet of the
Legislature and the Governor. The
new Code isn't perfect.
" The first step was to classify tho
State into districts. We made four
districts. 1. Philadelphia and
Pittsburg, where ti school board
fifteen is appointed by the courts
2. All tho smaller cities, from 30
000 on up, like Scranton. 3. Small
er cities of from 30,000 to 5,000 like
Carbondale, where a local Superin
tendent may bo elected. 4. Tho
fourth-class embracing all under 5
000, where five school directors aro
olected at large for a six-year term
to avoid a deadlock.
" Carbondale has had six school
directors. Carbondale Is deadlock
od and has not elected a teacher this
year. The teachers aro working
there on faith.
" The question has often been
asked mo as secretary of tho com'
mission which framed the Code,
' why weren't we school directors al
lowed to serve out our terms, why
wore we turned out7' There was
nothing to do but wipe off the slato
and start over again. Think of
There wero 63 different school
boards in Pittsburgh up to last Mon
day, with 466 school directors, all
acting Independently. Think of
bank or corporation trying to get
along with such a board.
" All over the State now (except
Ing In Philadelphia and Pittsburgh)
wo have a small board of school dl
rectors, not moro anywhere than
nine, elected at large.
"Tho State, Board of Education J. Klllgallon,
consists of seven men who servo Honesdale.
without pay. From now on no
school building can be contracted
for and built until tho plans are sent
to Harrlsburg, Wo turn them over
to Mr. Wllllts, a school architect.
This costs you nothing. It gives
you expert advice without cost to
you. Wo are about to lssuo a
pamphlet containing plans and speci
fications or model up-to-aate one
and two-room buildings, which will
be sent to you.
Advises Medical Inspection.
Now about medical Inspection.
Although most of the districts In this
county won't havo it this year, I be
lieve you will next. It provides that
doctor shall examine the physical
ondltlon of every school child In
Wayno county, if tho school direc
tors aro willing, without any ex
pense. Chiefly tho syes, ears ana
throat are examined.
If there are any defects found
and it's wonderful "how many people
have defective oyes and ears and
don't know it, the procedure will be
a very simple one. Tho examination
will bo done in tho school room. No
clothing will be taken off. When
this is done, the teacher win e in
formed and the teacher will tell the
parents. The teacher will then
know how to seat the child close to
the blackboard or near to tho light.
It -won't cost you a penny.
" All the districts in Wayno coun
ty havo exempted themselves, this
year, from the medical inspection
feature of the Code, save Hawley
and Starrucca boroughs, Preston and
Thero will bo a SI school tax
levied on every male inhabitant.
The enumeration of school chil
dren heretofore loft to the local as
sessor, who sometimes copiea nis
list from last year's book, is im
portant. The rural districts didn't
get the full afliount of their appro
priation, through the assessor's care
lessness sometimes. Your appropria
tion depends on your enumeration
The Code suggests that you get a
teacher to do it. It's going to help
the townships to get all that's com
ing to them from the State.
Tho Code -will provide for joint
schools, make It easier for you to
close school if need be and transport
As to holidays. Tho best law-
yers differed as to which were holi
days. There are only two holidays
on which school must bo closed,
Christmas and Fourth of July. Any
other day save Saturday and Sun
day, you may havo your school open
If you have the school open you pay
your teacher. It's in the hands of
the school board.
Every township must teach the
elements of Agriculture or they
won t get their appropriation.
All this and much more said the
learned Doctor, In his special plea,
setting forth tho merits of the
school code, to tho directors. When
he got through lio answered ques-
tions readily, and made a most fav
Tho convention adjourned at ten
minutes past twelve o'clock.
Directors in attendance were:
Berlin C. A. Hicks, Honesdale;
Elery Crosby, 'Beachlake.
Bethany B. F. Blake, C. H. Peth
Ick, I. J. Many, H. A. Bennett, David
E. Manning, John E. Henderson.
Buckingham rJ. E. Holbert, Star
Canaan Wm. Scully, John Lock,
wood, James Moylan, John Ryan,
Cherry Ridge W. J. Rickard, J.
G. Spinner, Peter Swltzer, Hones
dale R, D. 2; Josoph Johannes, Fred
Clinton Frank N. Rude, Way
mart R. D. 1; A. J. Wilcox, Way-
mart R. D. 3; M. J. Shanley, Way
mart, R. D. 3; Geo. Hauenstein,
Waymart R. D. 1.
Damascus Chas. Yatho, Narrows-
burg, N. Y.
Dreher A. J. Simons, M. D.,
Georgo E. Ehrhardt, Chas. Gracer,
Georgo Beehn, Newfoundland.
Dyberry J. E. Henshaw, Tan
ners Falls; Ira Bryant, 13. D. liun-
nell, Honesdale R. D. 1; C. Egan,
Honesdale R. D. 3.
Honesdale Hon. A. T. Soarlo, A.
M. Lelno, W. J. Ward, J. A. Brown.
Lake AaronBlack, Maplowood:
Eugeno Qulntln, Ariel.
Lebanon T. H. RIdd, Slko.
Lehigh John Courtney, Dr. C. E.
Manchester W. E. Anderson, Ew-
aln, Grant Hawley, B. A. GIllow,
Lookout; H. Cole, Braman; J. F.
Mt. Pleasant S. B. Doyle, Pleas
ant Mt., R. D. 2.
Oregon Jacob Rolfler, Carley
Brook; A. T. Sluman, J. C. Brill,
Paupack F. R. Olmsted, Uswlck.
Preston T. L. Smith, Orson;
Warner Decker, Lakewood.
Prompton Geo. L. Bates, E. R.
Bodie, Wm. H. Wood, Peter Knaz,
Salem R. H. Conklln, Hub; A.
F. Jones, A. N. Patterson, Hamlin;
L. Brink, Ledgedalo.
Seelyvllle A. W. Eno, H. A.
South Canaan E. D. Spangen
berg, Waymart R. D. 2.
Starrucca I. L. Buck, Andrew
Koehler, S. L. Glover, C. T. Glover,
Sterling W. B. Lesher, F. L.
Texas Frank A. Brunner, John
Edward T. Murtha,
-William Roud, Geo
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