The citizen. (Honesdale, Pa.) 1908-1914, December 30, 1913, Image 1
THE CITIZEN. Wo can only hint .io good tilings The Citizen wll ilt-nlsli Its Tlio Citizen wishes every resident If Whyno county a happy, prosperous ...readers during 1014. few Year I Now, uo gooUI 71st TEAR.-NO. 104 HONESDALB, WAYNE CO., PA., TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1913. PPTHTT. c. CM TTiXTrno 4 -o JJliVi (D EQUINUNK IS SCENE OF BLOODY TRAGEDY lohn Drum PSunges a Basket Makers Knife Bnfo Albert 5ngS; a Sup posedly Fatal Wound Both Men Were Intoxicated. (mm Was Promptly Arrested by the Town's Constable and Began Singing "On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand, All Other urouna is Sinking Sand" The Wounded Man Removed to Port Jervis Hospital -Drum Brought to Honesdale and Landed In Jail-Motive for Deed Not Under stood at Present. As the result of a stabbing affray in the bar room of Bleck's lotel, Equinunk, Wayne county, Pa., Saturday evening at 6 I 'clock, Albert Billings, aged 32 years, is lying at the point ot eath in the Port Jervis hospital as the result of being stabbed ly a basketmaker's knift in the hands of John Drum, aged bout 50 years. Billings' condition is critical and when a Citizen representa Kve called up the Port Jervis hospital, Monday, it was stated that feritonitis had set in and that the patient could not recover. .... . , ., i nt- l.!f. The wound was an ugly tnree-cornereu one. 1 ne khuc sed was nine inches long and tapered to a point, but unlike a tiletto. As the knife was thrust into Billings by Drum it was iven a turn, the knife cutting the intestines in three different laces. The intestines were sewed up on Sunday morning after he patient's arrival at Port Jervis. Mr. Billings rallied shortly fterwards but soon lapsed into a semi-coma condition, pen- jnitis having developed. His death is expected momentarily. Billings and Drum were enjoying themselves during the greater part of Saturday. During the afternoon Billings went "Billy" Bleck's hotel, where he was met about quarter to six Drum, who came from the hill section. The two men, accord- ; to Landlord Bleck, who was interviewed by a Citizen repre- ntative at the Allen House Monday noon,- started a conversa- b and Billings exclaimed, "Now, Johnny, I have a notion to Istle vou." Drum, Mr. Bleck stated, kept saying, "Don't do jon't do it." The two men clinched and it was necessary for Bleck to step from behind the bar to where the men were Iiged wrestling. He separated them and then returned to his lcr location. I The two men, according to Mr. Bleck, seemed to rush to ll each other and then away again. Ihis is when the stab- occurred, but Mr. Bleck said he was not aware of the fact after the man fell. Dr. Frisbie was called to dress the fnd but he stated it was -a hospital case and that the man lild be sent to Port Jervis at once. It was disclosed by Dr. Ibie, according to the cut, that the knife was thrust in the li and then given a turn, which made a three-cornered cut. ngs was made as comfortable as possible by Dr. Frisbie be- ihe was sent to Port Jervis on No. 14 of the Erie. He arriv- that city early Sunday morning and was given immediate ?tion. Instable J. V. Harford, of Equinunk, was summoned and id Drum under arrest ten minutes after the affray. He was ll in hand cuffs. Drum was kept in custody in Bleck's Hotel Monday when Constable Harford, after Drum was given a rig, started for Honesdale with his prisoner. After the ar- nf Drum, who is a fanatic on religion, started to sing, list is the Solid Rock on Which I Stand, All Other Ground king Sand." He rambled in his conversation and did not le what he had done. Hillings and Drum married wives who were cousins. From lonversation of the people living at Equinunk it is alleged there was some feeling of long standing existing between Lvo men and that it came to a climax on Saturday. prum besides being a basket maker also was a stone mason. designing person might cause her to dissipate and to loose her property. Her age I think Is about seventy-six. Dr. Frederick W. Powell was the next witness sworn. Have been her attending physician for some time. Have noticed her condition and men tal attitude, and would say that it is some changed from the time when I was first called on her case. I saw her about a week ago and considered at that time she was mentally do ranged. She is not a fit person to handle her estate, and Is apt to be come the victim of designing persons. She is apt to dissipate and to squand er her estate. Mr. Robert H. Gray was the next witness called. He testified that he was a nephew of Mary N. Gray and that he had known her, ever since ho was small, and that her mental con ditlon is at present very weak. She is not able to look after her estate. At the time of her husband's death her estate amounted to $55,000 and her monthly income amounted, to $350. Now the amount of lier estate is about $26,000 with an income of only about $150 per month, the same having been dissipated and squandered to the extent of the dif ference, and in my opinion her es tate is liable to be dissipated, squand ered and lost if a guardian had not been appointed. Mr. Horace Menner was also sworn. He stated that he had known Mrs. Gray for some time and knew that she had become feeble in mind as well as in body and that she might become the victim of designing per sons. Bond was fixed in the amount of $5,000 with the understanding that the amount should bo increased as the amount in the hands of the guardian increased. The trial list for the January term was made up on Monday. Lebanon Township Supervisor. Resignation of Raymond C. Dennis from the office of supervisor, pre sented to court. The resignation shows that by reason of the uncer tainty of his election and desiring to obviate any doubt as to the same, his office is vacated and in order to validate the same the appointment of his successor is asked for. A pe tition is presented by a large num ber of taxpayers of Lebanon township asking for the appointment by court of the said Raymond C. Dennis. A vacancy in said office is declared by the court and the appointment made as prayed for. r BIG RUSH AT, POST OFFICE tCOURT HOUSE NEWS: as of Interest Transpiring in the Hall of Justice and Record- led in Wayne County's Different Offices Reported by Representative of The Citizen. Tlio Gray Case. irlng In the matter of the ap- lont of a guardian for the per- Ind estate of Mary M. Gray of fcounty of Wayne and State of ksvlvanla. Edgar w. Ross nav- rbeen appointed guardian on tho m nay oi ueceiuuer, xaxo, hub Faring Is for tho purpose of ascer- lining the amount of tho bond. stimony taken -which toucneu tno hrits of tho case as well. The first Itnoss was called by M. J. Hanlan, iq. John E. Richmond, being called d sworn, said, that he had known iry Gray for a period of twenty e years, and that she had been a rson of considerable mentality as tll as estate, that he had traveled Ith her In California, and knew her ry well, that he had seen her late ly and conversed with her, and judg ing from her conversation and her acts she had considerably weakened in her state of mind, that Is, she no longer possesses the power to grasp present situations. Her age is about seventy years. When asked his opin ion, Mr. Richmond said he did not think she was able to caro for her own property and direct invest ments, and that she is liable to be come the victim of designing per sons and to unreasonably dissipates her estate. Mrs. Haroun was next called. She had been tfp nurso for moro than a year. Had occasion to obsenre her acts, and to converse with her. I know she is not capable to handle her own property and would be easily Influenced by the right person, 'Not everyone could Influence her. Some Never In the history of the Honesdale postoffice has there been such a rush of business as was ex perienced during the four days pre ceding Christmas and including that day. The holiday mall received and dispatched was a record-breaker, there being about 8,000 packages sent out of Honesdale and fully as many delivered in the town. The remarkable part of it was that all the work was executed by the present efficient corps of clerks in the office. Just before Christmas two teams were obtained to deliver the parcel post packages to the patrons. Virtu ally, only one outside carrier and team was employed 'o deliver tho congested mail. Every package that was received up to 10 o'clock Christ mas morning at the postoffice was out at that time. On Monday, December 22nd, 3, 500 packages were received at the general delivery window and sent to their various destinations. Deputy PHtmaster C. J. Kelly informed a Cltusn representative that as many packages came from out-of-town up on that day. On Tuesday 2,000 par cels were received and on Wednes day 1,000. Packages sent the 19th and 20th make a grand total of about 8,000 in five days. The receipts for the five days of rusn were as louows: December 19, $152.00; 20th, $GO.O0; 22nd, $259: 23rd, $151.00; 24th, $72.00. Other packages mailed for Christmas brought tho total receipts up to $800. The average package sent cost 5 cents to mall. The parcel post packages was only a small part of the regular business at the post office. In addition to the largo influx of Christmas pres ents sent In care of Uncle Sam, there were thousands of post cards and let ters distributed. Postmastor M. B. Allen Is to be congratulated upon having so ef ficient and competent a corps qf em ployees, who by systematizing their work, accomplished as much as a double office force. Each and every man (and lady too, for wodo not In tend to overlook the capable money oruer cierKj stuck to his post from early morning until late at night dur ing the rush. Postmaster Allen thanked his corps in a most gratify ing mannor for tho sagacious per formance of their respective duties. CORRENGYJLL SIGNED Washington. President Wilson signed the Glass-Owen currency bill at G:01 o'clock Tuesday night In the presence of members of his cabinet, the congressional committees on banking and currency and Democra tic leaders In congress generally. ! With a few strokes of tho pen, tho president converted Into law the measure .to bo known as the federal reservo act, reorganizing tho nation's banking and currency system, and furnishing, in the words of tho pres ident, " the machinery for free and elastic and uncontrolled credits, put at the disposal of the merchants and manufacturers of this country for tho first time In fifty years." An enthusiastic applause ran through the ceremony not only as the president affixed his signature but as he delivered an extemporaneous speech characterizing the desire of the administration to take common counsel with the business men of the country and the latter's efforts to meet tho government's advances as ' the constitution of peace." The event came at the close of a day of rejoicing in the national capi tal for congress had recessed for two weeks for the first time since it coiv vened last April. The Democratic lgad.ers were jubilant because they had completed two Dig pieces of leg' islation the tariff and currency re form, in nine months a performance which they considered unprecedented in the history of the country. ' I need not tell you," said the president to the assembled group as ho took up his pen, "that 1 feel a very deep gratification at being able to sign this bill and I feel that 1 ought to express very heartily the admira tion I have for the men who have have made It possible for me to sign this bill. There have been currents and counter-currents, but the stream has moved forward. I think that wo owe special admiration to the pati ence and the leadership and skill and the force of the chairman of the two committees; and behind them have stood the committees themselves ex ercising a degree of scrutiny and of careful thought In this matter which undoubtedly has redounded to the benefit of the bill itself. Evidences of Team Work. " Then there has grown, as we have advanced with this business and the great piece of business which preced ed it, evidences.of team work that to my mind have been very notable In deed. Only cpnstructlve action, only the action which accomplishes some thing, fills men with tho enthusiasm of co-operation and I think that at this session of congress we have wit nessed an accumulating pleasure and enthusiasm on the part of the mem bership in both houses in seeing sub stantial and lasting things accom plished. I. " It is a matter of real gratification to me !that in the case of this bill there should have been so consider able a number of Republican votes cast for It. All great measures un der our system of government are of necessity party measures, for the par ty of the majority is responsible for their origination and their passage; but this cannot be called a partisan measure. i " As for the bill itself, I feel that we can say that it is the first of a series of constructive measures by which the Democratic party will show that it knows how to serve the coun try. In calling it the first of a series of conservation measures, I need not say that I am not casting any reflec tions on the great tariff bill which preceded it. The tariff bill was meant to remove those impediments to American industry and prosperity wnicn naci so Jong stood in their way. It was a-1 great piece of preparation for tho achievements of American commerce and -American industry which are certain to follow. Then there came upon the heel of it this bill which furnished tho machinery for free and elastic and uncontrolled credits, put at the disposal of the merchants and manufacturers of this country for the first time In fifty years. I was refreshing my memory on the passage of tho national bank act which came In two pieces, as yjou know In February of 18G3 and In June of 18G4." Four Gold Pens Used. Four gold pens were used by the president in writing the bill into law. He, wrote tho words "23, December 1913, approved," with ono and used three pens in writirig "Woodrow Wil son, splitting the first name Into two syllables. Tho last three pens ho pre sented to Senator Owen, Representa tive Glass and Secretary McAdoo, co authors of the measure. The presi dent answered tho curiosity of tho crowd as to the disposition of tho fourth with tho laughing remark: "This is the 40 per cent, gold reserve," DEATH AND BURIAL OF MRS. E. A. PENNIMAN. When Mrs. E. A. Pcnniman died on Friday morning last at her home on upper Main street, there passed from the Wayne county scroll the last person bearing the Penniraan name. Mrs. Pennlman was Anna, daugh ter of the late Alanson Blood. She was born In Honesdale on Septem ber 27, 1839, in a building now standing and situated nearly opposite tho is. A. l'enniman resiuence. Honesdale was her world, and that part of It In the vicinity where she was born was her special corner of the round earth. (Mrs. Pennlman suffered from tho same disease that caused the death of her husband, angina pectoris, a very painful disorder of the heart. She was stricken with what proved to be the final attack when her hus band's condition became such that it was evident he would not recover. She became unable to leave her bed, and was not present when his body was committed to Its final resting place. IShe Is survived by a Bister, Miss Mary Blood, who made hor home with the Pennlmans. .Miss Anna Blood became the bride of E. A. Pennlman May 18 , I860. The golden wedding anniversary was observed three years ago last May. The wedded life of Mr. and Mrs, Pen .niman Is spoken of as boing of a very happy nature. No children were .born to them; but the attachment to their nieces and nephews was as close as that 8f the nearer ties that par ents evlnc towards their own off spring. Only twenty days intervened between the death of 'Mr. Pennlman and that of his wife. They lived for each other, and constantly sought each other's happiness. It seems peculiarly touching that they should be called from earth with such a short Interval marking the period of separation. The funeral was held at the Pen nlman residence on Monday after noon at 3 o'clock, Rev. W. H. Sw.lft, of the Presbyterian church, of which both Mrs. Penniman and her hus band were members, officiating. The pall-bearers were: E. B. Hlarden bergh, J. W. Welch, H. S. Salmon, J. E. Richmond, Norman Farnham and C. E. Dodge. For a quarter of a century Mr. Pen niman and the subject of this sketch sang In the Presbyterian choir. There was a large attendance of those who were desirous of paying respect to the memory of one who had a kind heart and whose genial smile greeted a large circle of friends. The day was bright and beautiful, and as the funeral cortege wound its way to Glen Dyberry cemetery for the last rites pertaining to the committal ot tho mortal remains to the dust, many thought what the poet Young so beautifully expresses In the lines "Men drop so fast, ere life's mid stage ve tread, Few know so many friends alive as dead." $25,000,000 , AST MORT GAGE Ffib HERE IHr Issuo Represents Vivo Per Cent. Sinking Fund Gold Bonds'of tlio Pennsylvania, New York, New Jer sey, Power Company Guarantee Trust Company of Now York, Trus tee for tho Bonds. One of the largest mortgages on record In Wayne county was filed on Monday with Register and Recorder W.. B. Lesher, representing a first mortgage, fifty years five per cent, sinking fund gold bonds of $25,000, 000. Tho document consisted of G8 pages and will make about 30 pages in the mortgage book. It was signed by E. B. Hamlin, president, and Lawrence H. Walters secretary of tho Pennsylvania, New York, New Jer sey Power company and by William C. Cox, vice-preSident, and E. Hub bard, secrotary of the Guarantee Trust Company of New York. This is evidence that the Paupack at Hawley will be harnessed. A lake 17 miles ioug, extending from Wil sonvllle to Forks bridge, and nearly three miles wide in some places, cov ering an acreage of 5,8G0, MARRIAGE LICENSES. Edward Lockwood Honesdale Edna Moulter Seolyvlllo Roland J. Reynolds Honesdale Florence Schoell Honesdale Harry Buchanan Preston VIda Richards .Starrucca Charles Menner Honesdale Minnie Reeso Honesdale Martin Yopsen Damascus Hazel M. Dennis Damascus A. B. BROWN MARRIED. A. B. Brown, aged 70 years, of Rlleyvllle, and Mrs. Emma Walter, 5G, of Honesdale, were married on iaturday by Re.v. Dr, Swift at the resbyterian manse. QUIET WEDDING. Miss Edna Moulter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Moulter, of Seelyville, and Edward Lockwood, of this place, were quietly married at Grace Episcopal church Christmas night, Rev. A. L. Whlttaker perform ing the ceremony. After tho wedding a supper was enjoyed at the bride's homo. Mr. and .Mrs. Lockwood loft Thursday morning for Binghamton, N. Y where they wUl spend a short honeymoon. -The bride Is one of Seolyville's popular young women and her many friends In that place and Honesdale wish her a most hap py wedded life. Mr. Lockwoou Is highly spoken of and is in the em ploy of the American Knitting Mill, Honesdale. BOY SCOUT BANQUET. The local troop of Boy Scouts had tho time of their lives at their ban quet which was served by Mrs. Wm, F. Briggs last Saturday night. The menu was ono of her very best and occupied the attention of the boys for two hours. Mortimer Stocker, as toastmaster, was greatly appreciated. His ad dress at the close of tho dinner will be remembered by the Scouts all their lives. He spoko of tho time when all would be scattered to the four corners of the earth, of tho things that would stay In the memo ries and be of lasting good, of tho wonderful value of scouting in pre paring tne Doy to meet the emergen' cies that ho meets up with when he starts out among strangers. He paid high tribute to the Interest and close friendship which has been shown to every member of the Troop by Scout master E. G. Jenkins, remarking that since he has been at Lafayette College he has realized many times tho truth of the remarks of Judgo Lindsay at the' Chautauqua last summer, in appreciation of tho work of the Jenkins brothers among the boys of Honesdale, The toast by Earl Herbert was a masterly eulogy of tho local Scouts and tho organization, emphasizing the strong brotherly feeling that exists among the boys. Clarenco Bodle had the boys In an uproar of laughter during his speech. Earl Transue, Louis Dryer and John RIefler offered after dinner speeches tnat wore greatly enjoyed. The songs by Robert Heft in cos tume and several readings by Miss Marie Freeman of Carbondale, who presided at the piano during the eve ning, were tho top lino features of the occasion. Scout Master E. G. Jenkins then closed tho first banquet of Honesdale Troop No. 1 with a few words of ap preciation of tho loyalty and friend ship which has been extended to him by each boy during tho nearly three years since the organization of the Troop. It was a most Impressive sight, those twenty young men, over half of thsm six feet tall, standing about the table bowing reverently while Scout Master E. G. Jenkins gave thanks for all the good things that have come to this troop, and be sought Almighty God to look with favor upon each member that they might become worthy to follow the Divine Scout of Galileo, "EVERY BOYS LIBRARY." National headquarters of tho Boy Scouts appointed a Library Commis sion, composed of leading librarians from all over the country, to choose from juvenile publications books 'to be issued In uniform binding and de signated as "Every Boy s Library, Boy Scout Edition." In selecting the books, the Com mission has chosen only such as are of interest to boys, the first twenty five being either works of fiction or stirring stories of adventurous ex periences. In later lists, books of a more serious sort will be included. It is hoped that as many as twenty- five may be added to the Library each year. A list of the books follows: Baby Elton, Quarter-Back, Leslie W. Quick. The Blazed Trail, Stewart Edward White. Buccaneers and Pirates of our Coasts, Frank R. Stockton. The Call of the Wild, Jack London. Cab and' Caboose, Kirk Munroe. College Years, Ralph D. Paine. Crooked Trails, Frederick Reming ton. The Cruise of the Cachalot, F. T. Bu'.len. From Cattle Ranch to College, Rus sell Doubleday. , Jeb Hutton, J!es B. Connolly. The Horseman of tho Plains, Joseph A. Altsheler. The Jester of St. Timothy's, Arthur iStanwood Pier, Jim "Davis,- John 'Olasefleld. A Midshipman in the Pacific, Cyrus Townsend Brady. Pitching in a Pinch, Christy Mathew- son. The Ranche on the Oxhide, Henry Inman. Redney McGaw, Arthur E. McFar lane. Three Years Behind tho Guns, L. G. T. Tom Paulding, Brander Mathews. Tommy Remington's Battle, Burton E. Stevenson. Tecumseh's Young Braves, Everett T. Tomllnson. Tom Strong, Washington's Scout, Al fred Bishop Mason. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stev enson. Wells Brothers: The Young Cattle Kings, Andy Adams. Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors, James Barnes. Prof. H. A. Oday has purchased tho entire list for the Honesdale Li brary and they may bo secured free by any boy holding a card. This is undoubtedly tho best list of books yet compiled and tho boys of Honesdale will greatly enjoy tho privilege of reading them. Death of Millard Fuller. Millard Fuller, fourteen-year-old Son ofMr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Ful ler, died on Wednesday last at the homo of his parents at East Hones dalo ot diabetes. The funeral was held oh Saturday afternpon at if Alfred I. ScfmRer of Uppor Mont- o cjock irom tne nouse, Key. u. C. ciair, n. J arrived on Saturday to miner omciaung. interment was i spena a lew aays'wnn nis mother and made la Rlverdalo cemetery, mister on Dyberry Place, DODGE FAMILY REUNION. Christmas day members of the Dodge family met at tho home of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel K. Dodge on Grove street for a reunion. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Nelson E. Blge low, of Niagara; Mrs. Jacob Lelppe, of Binghamton, N. Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Buel Dodge, of Waymart, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Dbdge of Honesdale. FISH COMMISSIONER ROLLER IN HONESDALE Nathan R. Buller, State Fish Com missioner, of Harrisburg, met tho' representatives of the glass Indus try in Honesdale and White Mills and also Blrdsall Bros., of Seelyville, at tho Allen House last Friday evening. The chief object of Commissioner Buller's visit was to notify the repre sentatives of industries located on tho Dyberry and Lackawaxen rivers to stop tho pollution of these streams by emptying refuse from their respec tive factories, Into the water. Mr. Buller suggested the building of cisterns on tho premises thus al lowing the acid of the glass factor ies to percolate through tho ground and not come directly Into contact with the fish of the stream. Blrdsall Bros, largo factories aro also exten sively used to carry away dyeing and waBh waters. This firm will feel tho change harder than tho others. Judge Blrdsall Informed tho Citi zen by 'phono on Monday that tho meeting referred to above was sought by Iterested parties who desired to learn what they are expected to do In regard to stream pollution. Ho said it is merely a matter of time when nothing of an offensive nature will be placed In the streams of the coun ty, as all factories now complained ot desire to live strictly within tho law, both written and unwritten, as far as they possibly can do so. HONESDALE AFOBDS OPPORTUNITIES. Honesdale spells opportunity for tho manufacturer living in crowded city districts. "Made in Honesdale" Is a valuable asset to any Industry locating here. In vjew of tho fact that thero aro nearly 50 Industries In Honesdale, It ia evident that tho "mado Jn Hones dalo" asset Is invaluable to ,the man ufacturing interests of the town.