The citizen. (Honesdale, Pa.) 1908-1914, May 08, 1912, Page PAGE THREE, Image 3

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Governor Tencr, whoso advocacy of
pood roada la well established, pro
pounded a question and supplied Its
answer in I'lttsburg rocontly on the
ccaslon of tho banquet held In con
junction with tho annunl meeting of
tho Pennsylvania Motor Federation,
which for tho sixth tiino elected to
Ha presidency Robert I. Hooper, who
is also head of the American Auto
jnoullo Association.
"Tho question that now confronts
us," said the governor, "Is, shall we
ho content to apply from year to
year such amount of tho ordinary
revenues of tho stato as can bo spar
ed for the purpose and build and
maintain a few -miles at best an
nually, with only a futuro generation
to enjoy them, or shall wo provide,
as has been proposed, such nn
amount as will enable tho state high
ways department to prosecute the
work to tho best advantace. and to
tho end that you of to-day, as well
as thoso who como after, may en
joy improved roads, reaching into
every county and Into the remotest
corners of our state?
"When tho proposition to provide
sufficient money to carry on this
great work comes before the people
and our legislature, this organization
can and 1 nm certain will prove a
most potent force In its consumma
tion. When It 1s understood by all
our people that such a debt when
created will not add a single penny
of tax other than Is now levied for
Btate purposes, there will be no dls
fenting voices or votes."
I'ennsyhania this fall will vote
upon the ilfty-milllon-dollnr good
roads referendum providing for a
bond issuo of this amount to give
tho Keystone state a comprehensive
system of highways and Inter-related
roads. In State Highway Commis
sioner Hlgelow Pennsylvania has an
Indefatigable worker, who predicts
that the day is not far distant when
it will bo possible for one to break
fast In Pittsburg and dine in Phila
delphia on the same day, such a
journey being comfortably made pos
sible by tho essential Improvement
of the cross-stato road connecting
Pennsylvania's largest cities. The
contention In Pennsylvania is simi
lar to what was put forward pre
viously In Now York, which Is that
real Improvement of tho highways
benefits tho future as well as the
present generation, and in conse
quence tho cost may be distributed
over a period of years.
Statistics of the Lackawanna Pres
bytery tabulated by the stated clerk,
Rev P H. Brooks, D. D., will bo for
warded to the stated clerk of the
general assembly for incorporation
in the minutes of that body. There
are ninety-five churches in the
Presbytery, which covers seven coun
ties, and 392 elders and 79 deacons.
Over 1,200 persons were added to the
church membership last year, which
is a gain over the previous year. The
total number of communicants Is
17,949, with 16,448 Sunday school
scholars, teachers and officers:
Tno contribution to tho various
'benevolent and other funds of tho
church during tho year show a large
gain over the pervious year, and are
as follows:
Homo missions, $19,308; Foreign
missions, ?28,51S; education, $1,
083; Sunday school work, $2,0C1;
church erection, ?1,0SS; ministerial
relief, ?2.S1S; Freedmen, $1,705;
Colleges, $1,2C"; Temperance, $1,-
448; General Assembly, $2,850;
Bible society, $568; total, $02,774.
tor congregational expenses tho
churches in tho Presbytery last year
spent $192,529 and for miscellaneous
expenses $7,824, making a total, in
cluding the benevolences, of $363,
127 contributed.
Jtegulatlon of Wireless Telegraphy.
Had it not been for wireless tele
graphy, jt is moro than likely that
not a perbon would have lived to tell
the talo of the fate of the Titanic
and those on board. The men and
women who escaped In tho open life
boats could not have survived long
had not the Camathla or some other
ship received tho call for holp and
come to the rescue. Yet It is clearly
apparent that wireless telegraphy, es
pecially on tho ocean, Imperatively
inrtlt ri r. i n . n n 1M. n f . ...1.1.,
had only one operator. Had the ines
fiago Hashed into tho air by tho Ti
tanic been sent half an hour later ho
would not have known anything
about it, as he was on tho point of
retiring for tho night when tho sig
nal reached him. And when wireless
communication was established be
tween tho C'nrpathia and the shore,
through other ships, a score or more
of amateur wireless operators, with
prlvato apparatus, made themselves
busy. They prduced a babel of wire-
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ivaa Difeuuia unit cut Uliv IUU UUU"
fused and Important messages being
sent from tho scene of the wreck, it
was as though twenty operators had
tHAiri.l . tnl.K,i"ini linn n ,1 on... tt.
v fcJUb1!'1 KIIU (Will RUlll iil-
qmra:, over jt while tho news of an
equa -i great catastrophe was being
vurul rrm a far part of tho world.
Just mat thing happened often
uurii.g oo Civil war, when tele
graphy was in its infancy. Tapping
the Hires was common then, owing
to tho momentous events taking
Place and often false messages wore
sent m this manner through a spirit
of mischief It was a source of
much annoyance and anxiety for tho
government in Washington. Now,
the tapping of a wire is a criminal
offense Telegraph operators aro
on duty on etery railroad and every
important Western Union and Postal
lino every minute of tho year. No
telegrapher ran retain his position
or get another ono if he reveals tho
nature of a message. Restrictions
producing similar rsults In wireless
producing similar results in wireless
as a result of tho Titanic disaster.
Now Orleans. How a laborer on
Swan Island, a lonely wireless sta
tion in tho gulf, sustained a crushed
foot, how tho wireless operator on
tho Island communicated with a ship
420 miles away, raised tho surgeon
and got him to explain tho proper
way to amputate; then how the op
erator's assistant performed tho op
eration, was a story told uy tho man
ager of a big shipping firm Monday.
Now Orleans physicians doscrlbo it
as "surgery by wireless."
4-4- -f
The Escape
By FRANK A. 1IUBBELL, I-nto I'lvnto 1st I'enn. Vol. nuU Oupt.
Co. I) fl"Ui I'enn. Portage, Wash.
(Copyrlghtod 1912 by Frank A. Hub
ble, Yakima, Wash.)
An old mill long ago stripped of
its machinery then Inhabited 'by
owls, bats and creeping things af
forded a good shelter for tho night,
as It was our plan to travol through
tho mountains mostly by day. From
our sleep wo were awakened by tho
order to surrender. Tho muzzlo of
six guns pointed through tho wln
dowless windows and door, was suf
ficient force to mako us throw up
our hands. Our long cherished hopo
and faith was killed. Our very
hearts wcro crushed with pain at
this sudden ending after such sovoro
hardship on this desperate trip.
Punishing our Impoverished bodies
in this grand struggle, now so close
to our lines, was heart-rending in
deed. Despair and dejection possessed
our whole being. Visions of that
dear homo wo believed we would
soon see after three long years of
strife now faded. The outstretched
arms of tho loved ones beckoning to
us from tho farther goal, awaiting
to encircle and fold to her bosom tho
long absent form, vanished In the
twinkle of the eye. The cold, slimy
walls and Iron liars. Instead, before
Poverty-stricken, naked, almost
soulless, wo cried out In our last
effort. "Oh God have mercy!"
" Who aro you?"
Our answer, " Escaped prisoners
of war."
' Which side?"
" Union."
"You aro safe, fear not. We are
Union men protecting our families in
the mountain. Come out and shake,
we will care for you a few miles."
I cannot write of this transition
without emotion. To recall that mo
ment thrills my soul. Think, reader,
of the sudden change from utter de
spair to extreme joy. Never beforo
or since, as checkered and diversified
as my life has been, have I exper
ienced such sorrow and pleasure of
mind within tho time of one short
Forward, march.
Tho path is narrow. Tho great
mountain, crags look down upon a
striving, earnest set of men wending
their way up through its narrow de
files and different passes. Blalock,
their guide and leader, with one eye
shot out and three fingers from his
left hand gone, seemed delighted to
have tho opportunity of helping our
party on their way so far as they
dared and In consideration of tho
necessity of their remaining within
close proximity to their families.
Our path would the second day bo
beyond their jurisdiction.
On nearlng tho top of the moun
tain there was a tall plno tree hun
dred feet high. A song bird in melo
dious strain.
"Blalock, show tho boys what
Union bushwhackers can do."
An Instant level of the eyo along
the barrel of tho gun, he shoots, and
the song "bird falls to our feet.
After reaching tho outpost of their
barricade, wo were happily introduc
ed to ono of their number's daugh
ter, Miss Bertha Hamlet, who was
to wield the soptro of guidance along
the secret path of tho basin of tho
mountain for seven miles. A come
ly looking lassie. A sweet, girlish,
wholesomo young lady, apparently
void of vanity, hautiness, self-consciousness
and free from any of tho
artifices of precocious young lady
hood. Her simplicity of dress, un
doubtedly governed by tho supply in
On Swan Island Is a wireless sta
tion, ono of the links In tho united
fruit chain to tho tropics. When a
laborer hurt his foot In a tram car
accident tho wireless operator con
cluded an operation was imperative.
There wero no medical books at
hand; and no one at tho station ovor
had hacked at a fellow being.
Then tho operator had an " in
spiration." Ho called a fellow crafts
man on a ship passing 420 miles bo
low Into tho Caribbean sea. Tho
situation was explained to tho ship's
surgeon and detail by detail, ho ex
plained just how the amputation
snould be handled. After tho ar
teries had been tied and tho wound
dressed the patient recovered Ills
senses and insisted on pressing at
tho wireless key to express his
thinks. At last accounts ho was get
ting well.
Harrisburg. Governor John K.
Toner paid $13.25 line, costs impos
ed by tho authorities of Reading,
Thursday, for alleged violation of tho
speed limit by tho governor's auto
mobllo last Monday.
In sending his check to Reading,
tho governor wroto that ho has no
knowlodgo of having rlddon through
tho city last Monday any faster than
on numerous previous occasions, and
also that as tho car 1b owned by tho
state there could ho no collection of
tho lino if ho choso to resist It.
Rather than dlsputo the matter ho
paid tho amount out of his own
Tho Hornell Trlbuno says: Al
though no official notice has been
issued by tho Erio olllclals it Is nev
ertheless roportod from rollablu
quartors that engineers will not In
tho futuro bo allowed to decorato
their engines with company and fra
ternal emblems. A fow months ago
tho company adopted tho policy of
rewarding Its oldest onglneers by as
signing Individual engines and plac
ing the namo of tho cnglneor on each
englno. A friendly rivalry, develop
ed among tho engineers, each striv
ing to have tho best looking locomotive.
4- 4- -f -f -f
that devastated region, as I noticed
on ono shoulder It said "Corn" in
very prominent lottors and then the
color reminded mo greatly of Back
sometimes used by Uncle. Her free
dom from affectation Impressed me;
In act, she encompassed my whole
mind. A natural consequence, I
Imagined my comrndes would say,
for a young man of 22 years when
brought In contact with so lovely a
being on bucIi a sudden nnd Inoppor
tune time. She seemed to lie taken
up with our unfortunato condition
so much so sho loaned me a shawl
to cover my bare bosom while in her
Having refreshed ourselves from
their meager stores, the command un
der our rosy-cheeked guide moved
on Into tho wilderness of tho moun
tain. At every tree, bearing a cer
tain mark, cut into the bark, our
Httlo lady would Sound her rustic
whistle and from behind some rock
up the mountain sldo a signal in sim
ilar whistles would bo -cturncd, sig
nifying all was clear to proceed. At
ono signal tree wo recolved out one
whistle, where wo remained some
twonty minutes before the proper
number of whistles were returned.
'When at last we reached the end
of our heroine's beat, she led to a
prominent point away from the path
and from this elevation pointed
away in the distanco on tho course
wo wero to pursue to Bald Mountain,
saying: " When you will havo pass
ed that point you are then In the
most dangerous part of your jour
ney. A wild, desolate, uninhabited
part of these mountains often held
by men of either side In their fierce
contests for supremacy. Also by
lawless gangs of men who havo no
country or naught else at stake but
plunder, but from my observation
(pardon me) they would pass you
We were then reconducted to the
blazed tree on our path and with lov
ing words for our success that dear
form vanished behind the rocks to
climb up tho mountain side and ap
prise her father of our presence,
who would come and arrange for
our continued journey.
A short, stout man with a pinched
face, as most of them had who lived
in the hills, made his appearance in
duo time. After some moments of
conversation he opened a sack, tak
ing therefrom four Remingtons and
20 rounds of cartridges for each
gun. For the first time In nearly
two years four of our party held In
their hands a weapon of defense. A
sunbeam crossed each face, signifi
cant of a self-reliant, important
feeling of which we had been so
long robbed, creating a reliance that
swelled our Importance as actors In
that great drama. Not only armed
with a simple repeater that would
bo destructive to any ono daring to
obstruct our way, but with an ex
perience and an object in view that
meant a power behind the gun more
formidable than had our numbers
'been doubled, yea, trebled, under
ordinary circumstances.
How we fondled thoso dear shoot
ing Irons. How wo eyed each other
as pride cropped out in tho knowl
edge wo held In our hands, a pass
port to tho outposts of tho Union
army. A ticket of leave from tho
unfriendly sections of tho South, and
a compass that would navigate our
wrecked and frail craft towards tho
shore of home and plenty. Oh,
glorious, could but half express our
joy at this simple yet powerful
agency In our oehalf at this critical
(To be Continued.)
A few days ago when William R.
Martin's engine came from tho local
shops it was decorated with tho Erie
emblem on each running board step
and attracted considerable attention.
Likewise it is said, that It caught the
eyo of General Superintendent Stone
and later was taken back to tho
shops for toning down process. From
now on it is expected that locomo
tives with the engineer's names In
scribed under tho cab windows will
be standardized and that each will
havo tho same decorations.
Tho pride taken by the engineers
has been highly commended by the
company but it is asserted that tho
lino must bo drawn somewhere and
that the Erlo will not bo advertised
by monograms and emblems on tho
Carload of Bibles.
A shipment of ono solid carload
of Bibles containing 10,000 volumes
has been consigned by Thomas Nel
son & Son of Now York City to Los
Angeles, Cal. The shipment was
routed via tho Lackawanna and tho
A. T. & S. F. Railroad. This is ono
of tho largest shipments of a slnglo
book over mado at ono tlmo. It
literally speaks volumes for Chris
tianity that tho Blblo still main
tains Its position far in tho van of
the v orlds' "Best Sellers."
Doubly Blessed.
Tho mother of llttlo Helen was ono
of twins. As tho twin slstors lived
quite a way apart, Helen did not seo
her aunt until sho was about two
years old. On first seeing her she
was greatly puzzled over tho re
semblance of her mother and aunt,
and aftor looking bowllderedly from
ono to tho other finally exclaimed,
"Moro mamma."
A Speechless End.
A gentleman hearing that a very
dear friend of his liad died wont tho
next day to offer condolenco to tho
family. Tho only poraon that ho
found at homo was tho son and after
tho usual formalities lio asked:
"Well, my boy, did your father
havo any last words?"
"Woll, no," answered the "boy,
"you see, mother was with him to
tho end."
Philadelphia, May 7.
" Wo aro awaro of tho advan
tages of your port, and you may rest
assured that wo aro prepared to de
rlvo as much benefit as wo can."
This response by Fundi, Edyo &
Company, agent for twonty steam
ship lines, was one of tho several
replies that have been received in
answer to a general letter by Mayor
Blankonburg to fifty-five foreign
steamship companies, calling their
attention to tho benefits to accruo
from making 1'hllndelphia a termin
al port for some of their steamers,
and suggesting to thoso that already
have established connections hero
tho advantages of sending moro ves
sels to this port.
The letter marks the opening of a
vigorous campaign by Mayor Blank
onburg and Director George W. Nor
rls, of tho Department of Wharves
and Docks, to mako Philadelphia,
and through it Pennsylvania, a dis
tributing point for a larger foreign
trade, and at the samo time to
create for this state's manufactures
and products a broader and more
profitable market.
Both tho Mayor and the Director
regard tho replies as extremely en
couraging, for they' Indicate a deep
er appreciation of tho Port of Phila
delphia by foreign steamship lines,
and reflect tho Increasing tendency
of foreign trade toward Philadel
phia as tho logical north Atlantic
port for future expansion in Inter
national commerce.
F. O. Drake, vice-president of the
Panama Railroad Company, which
maintains a steamship service on
both oceans, wrote:
" 1 havo already recommended to
tho directors of the company that
thoy continue the service to this
port inaugurated by tho California
Atlantic Steamship Company, which
wo wcro obliged to discontinue, ow
ing to conditions which in no wise
reflect on tho port of Philadelphia."
Mayor Blankentiurg's letter read:
"Permit me to call your attention
to tho advantages of tho city of
Philadelphia as a seaport. Kindly
give this letter your earnest consid
eration. "Philadelphia is distant from the
ocean 103
New York Is distant from tho
Ocean 21
Antwerp Is distant from the ocean 52
Hamburg is distant from tho
ocean 85
" Freight by water, from foreign
ports, costs no more to Philadelphia
than to New York. On the other
hand, Philadelphia is SO miles nearer
by land to the great West, South
west and South than is tho city of
New York, while the rato of freight
from Philadelphia Is from 60 cents
to $1.20 per ton less than It Is from
New York.
"Passenger rates aro as follows:
passenger. grant
New York to Chicago $20.00 $15.00
Philadel'a to Chicago 18.75 13.75
"And to other points in propor
tion. "Another decided advantage in
favor of Philadelphia is that steam
ers discharge their Inward cargoes
of merchandise and also load their
outward cargoes at wharves on
which the cars of the trunk line rail
roads aro run direct. This avoids
lightorago and furnishes tho most
direct expeditions and economic
transfer and interchange of import
and export traffic possible to obtain
between ocean carriers and inland
carriers. Water carriage is cheaper
than that by rail, therefore Philadel
phia, being 100 miles farther in
land than New York, delivers traf
fic intended by the ocean carrier,
say, for Chicago, that much nearer
its final destination, and the
througn rato is therefore lower,
whllo delivery of shipments takes
less time.
"Tho channel of tho Delaware
River is now heing deepened by the
national Government until It shall
be 35 feet deep. Tho Delaware is
2500 feet wldo and Its fresh water
is of tho highest excellence for boil
er purposes; it clears tho bottoms of
steamers from barnacles, thus re
ducing tho number of dockings nec
essary to clear their bottoms.
"Tho city of Philadelphia is now
building now wharves and docks.
These wharves and docks will be for
rent, when completed, at figures only
a fraction of what would bo charged
for tho samo facilities In Now York.
"It would pleaso mo and the au
thorities of our city If you would
decido to mako Philadelphia a ter
minal port for at least somo of your
steamers or to increaso their num
ber if you already use this city as a
terminal. I have no doubt you
would soon ascertain that this ex
periment would prove to bo a paying
proposition for your line. It will
givo mo pleasure to hear from you
and to enter Into further details and
to give you further Information If
The Boosters.
The booster boosts,
You hot your life!
His town comes first.
And then his wife;
Ho boosts and boosts,
With words of cheer
And words of praise
Ho starts things hero.
Tho booster boosts,
Ho makes things grow!
Tho workingman
Now has a show,
The hammer sings
And business hums,
Tho booster boosts
And success comos.
Tho booster boosts,
List to his song
As on lifo's way
Ho sprints along!
His open hand,
His faith and smile
Add much to mako
This world worth while.
Benefits Bunched.
"So you wore trying to sell tho tur
key I sont you?"
"Captain, I didn't mean no harm."
"This is your gratitude, hoy?"
"Boss, lommo orplnln. I always
got six or seven turkeys on Christ
mas, and nuth' during tho rest of tho
Do You want Electric Lights
in your home, boarding house or hotel? If so we
will put them in. Let me know how many and I
will tell you what it will cost. Electricity beats
them all.
It's the
Dean Home Electric Lighting Plant
Our store in tlio Gratnbs Building, is lighted by it. Let us show It to
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