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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1917


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


Baptists Call Pastor - Must Pay Tax on Tickets - Hunter Shoots a Wildcat

Walter Webb of Woodlawn is erecting a large new barn on his farm.

Rev. B. L. Bixby of South Otselic, who preached in the Baptist church Sunday, has been given a call to become pastor of the church.

The automobile of Frank Ives of Beerston and the delivery car of A. J. Courtney, driven by Dellen Combs, collided near Courtney's store Saturday. The windshield on the Ives' car was broken.

Dr. C. S. Gould, town health officer, has finished his examination of the three hundred school children outside the village. Dr. E. Ray Gladstone is the examining physician for the village schools.

Howard Houck of Dryden, while out coon hunting Tuesday night, shot a wildcat which had been treed by his dog. The cat was a large one, weighing about twenty pounds, and measuring 3 feet 11 inches in length.

Captain Hobson, the hero of the Merrimac in the Spanish- American war, will speak in Walton Hall on Friday, December 7th, on the subject, "America at War." Captain Hobson comes under the auspices of the Anti- Saloon League.

The village and town of Walton are to be thoroughly canvassed in the next few days in the interests of the fund for the Army and Navy Y. M. C. A. The division of the town into districts will be found on page two. It is hoped to raise $3,000 for the fund here.

Max Tuttle, son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Tuttle of Beerston, while cutting kindling wood Saturday evening, struck his knee with the hatchet. The knee cap was split open and an artery severed. Dr. W. R. Gladstone dressed the injury, which is a serious one.

Walton has the opportunity to secure the location here of a large factory employing several hundred men and women, if they can be secured. Good wages are assured and the Chamber of Commerce has been requested to secure the names of all who would like work. On another page of the Reporter will be found a coupon which those who wish work are asked to fill out at once and either mail or hand to Paul F. Taylor, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce.

J. Tyler Sherwood, former lieutenant in Company F, has been appointed to have charge of the military training of boys of the ages of 16, 17 and 18 years, in the first school district of the town. The drill is compulsory on all boys of these ages, whether in school or not. The first drill will be held this Friday evening in the armory. Lieutenant W. K. Whitley of Elmira is supervising officer for the Military Training Commission in the East Central district. Eventually the military training will be extended to embrace every locality.

The committee in charge of the Walton High School and Community lecture course has been informed by the internal revenue collector that the war tax of ten per cent must be paid on all course tickets, even though bought prior to the enactment of the revenue bill. The ticket office in Walton Hall will be open from 7:15 to 9 o'clock on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings of next week, Nov. 22, 23 and 24, when all holders of course tickets are requested to pay the tax and to present their tickets to be stamped. The tax is five cents on each fifty-cent ticket, ten cents on a dollar ticket and fifteen cents on a $1.50 ticket.

Reports from Camp Wadsworth at Spartanburg, S. C., indicate that the soldiers' votes will not change the result in Walton on the election of a superintendent of highways. John S. Tuttle, the Democratic candidate, received a plurality of 17, while there are about sixty soldier votes. It is understood that a majority of the men at Spartanburg voted for Tuttle, which would insure his election. There still remains a question over the election of justice of the peace. R. L. Shaw, Republican, has a lead of 34 over A. J. Boice, Democrat. This plurality will be reduced, it is believed, but probably not overturned. At the camps where the soldier vote was taken no voting booths were provided. The men took the ballots wherever they chose and marked them as directed. Each ballot, after being marked, was placed in an envelope which was then sealed. On the envelope was written the name of the man casting the ballot and the county and town from which he came. After all of the men had voted the ballots were sent in the sealed envelopes to Albany, where they will be sorted and sent to the county boards of election, which will in turn forward them to the towns. The ballots will be opened and the vote counted Tuesday, December 18. The soldier ballots contained the names of nominees for state and county offices and a list of town nominees was furnished, though the names had to be written in.


Livingston Manor Child Frightened Man by Screaming.

(From our Livingston Manor cor.)

While on their way to school on Monday morning Evelyn and Ardine Foster, aged eight and six years respectively, met a rough looking middle aged man in the road near the home of George Van Wagner, about a mile from the Livingston Manor station. The stranger told the children that two drunken men were farther down the road, and that he would take them around so they would not meet them. When the older girl demurred, the man seized Ardine in his arms and jumped over the fence into the brush. Evelyn commenced to scream, and kept hold of her sister, being dragged some distance through the woods. both girls screamed and fought so that the man evidently became frightened and dropped them. Mrs. Lynn Tyler, who lives on the Laksin place, heard their screams and saw them with a man, but was not able from her home to tell who the children were. The girls went on to school, very much frightened. Their father, Hubert Foster, was out all day Tuesday in search of a man who answered a description of the stranger. A man such as the children described was seen several times on Saturday and Sunday near the neighborhood where the girls were frightened, but no trace of him could be found on Tuesday.


Estimated Expenditures for Road Purposes Total $107,000


Substantial Reductions Shown in Case of Several Towns - Labor for Highway Work Scarce and High.

The town boards of the nineteen Delaware county towns made their annual audit of bills for general town expenses the latter part of the week and the abstracts of these town audits were filed with the clerk of the board of supervisors in Delhi this week. The estimates of highway expenses in the several towns during the ensuing year were also filed.

The estimates of highway expenses call for the raising by tax of $107,282 by the towns, while about $45,000 will be received in state aid, making a total of $150,000 to be used on the town highways. A number of towns found it necessary to raise their estimates over previous years on account of the increased cost of labor and the difficulty met in securing competent help.

The town audits this year and in 1916 were as follows:

1917 1916
Andes $2,667.56 $2,681.51
Bovina 1,381.05 1,486.45
Colchester 3,124.43 3,395.66
Davenport 1,867.60 2,321.51
Delhi 2,800.00 2,738.84
Deposit 2,086.38 1,907.92
Franklin 1,929.69 2,325.28
Hamden 919.22 1,085.12
Hancock 15,696.81 7,361.19
Harpersfield 1,500.00 1,926.87
Kortright 2,104.00 2,011.36
Masonville 1,401.01 1,526.61
Meredith 2,379.51 2,006.46
Middletown 4,882.45 4,446.82
Roxbury 2,731.53 3,038.62
Sidney 4,111.00 6,049.77
Stamford 1,653.43 1,416.68
Tompkins 2,983.01 2,343.35
Walton 3,075.10 3, 30.49
Total 59,258.00 53,390.00

The large increase in Hancock is due to the expenses incurred in the equalization case.

The estimates for highway purposes in the various towns are given below. In the first column will be found the amount to be raised for general highway purposes, in the second column the bridge fund, third column the machinery fund and in the fourth and last column the snow and miscellaneous fund:

Genl.Bdge.Mch. Misc.
Andes $3500 $750 $500 $1000
Bovina 1776 800 200 250
Colchester 7000 2000 500 1000
Davenport 2500 400 300 100
Delhi 4000 1500 500 500
Deposit 3000 350 300 200
Franklin 5000 500 500 600
Hamden 2000 600 300 300
Hancock 9417 2500 500 1800
Harpersfield 2000 400 300 350
Kortright 3500 200 200 300
Masonville 2100 450 100 125
Meredith 2100 1200 500 1000
Middletown 4875 800 300 900
Roxbury 3500 50 100 200
Sidney 3835 300 400 700
Stamford 3045 600 600 100
Tompkins 3500 1000 500 1000
Walton 6209 1 00 500 1 00
Total 74257154006800 10825
Grand total $107,282

The Walton town board, at its regular annual session the latter part of the week, audited bills totaling $3,075.10 for general expenses and $230.35 for the board of health.

Among the items are the following: Election expenses, $787.92; rent of Walton Hall from village, $250; overpaid taxes, $211.41; L. F. Henderson, justice, $68.50; D. E. McLean, justice, $71.05; T. Sanderson, justice, $28; C. D. Ostrom, justice, $75.25; John McGibbon, attendance officer, $63; T.B. Clark, overseer of poor, $35.34; John S. Eells, town clerk, $250.93; S. L. McClelland, H. D. Henderson, J. A. Robinson, assessors, $135 each; Helena M. Launt, clerk to assessors, $30; H. M. Robinson, premium on bonds, $94.71; A. E. Conner, supervisor and fees, $590.99; L. F. Henderson, guardian of Segar boy, damages, $50; Fred Darling, damages, $5; miscellaneous expenditures, $53.


Republican Organization Laboring Under a Stigma


Delhi People Call it "An Inside Job" - Star Chamber Proceedings Fail to Intimidate Mrs. Frisbee.

"Desperate Acts to Win Election. Burglary, Coercion, Forgery and Misuse of Mails. Bosses are Worried. Action Started by District Attorney. Federal Authorities Will Have a Hand Later."

The above is a heading to a column article in the Delaware Express of last week. Talk about nerve. Wyer has never been credited with any scruples, but when it comes to being himself tangled up in most of the acts alleged in the heading and then turning around and charging them on to Prof. E. O. Harkness and W. H. Maynard, as "bosses" beats anything in the way of lying Delaware county has ever seen. How any sane editor could expect anyone to believe such bosh is astounding.

The facts of the forged letter purporting to come from Clark Frisbee were told in last week's Reporter. briefly retold, Wyer received the Wednesday before election a letter purporting to be signed by Clark Frisbee in which, in a way, he expressed great regret for signing the resolution adopted by the farmers asking for the nomination of Nesbitt. The Express was issued Friday and a large number of extras containing this letter were sent over the county. The Express had only been out a few hours when Frisbee's attention was called to the letter and he pronounced it a forgery.

The Express speaks of "coercion." There was, but on the part of the Republican machine. District Attorney Hewitt and George A. Fisher both went up to see Frisbee and his wife and tried by veiled threats and pure bluff to make them acknowledge eighteen that the letter was theirs or expressed their sentiments. The Frisbees refused to be bluffed. They denied all knowledge of the letter.

Then came the step which makes the worst blunders of German diplomacy look brilliant. Wyer was robbed. Think of that. No he wasn't really robbed for three dollars and thirty cents alleged by Wyer to have been in the safe was untouched. There was no evidence of a forcible entry to the building and the safe was not blown open. Delhi people smile and say it was an "inside job." The object of the job was to make it appear that some party outside was interested in getting hold of the Frisbee letter and destroying it. Wyer got out a screaming poster announcing the "crime." Wyer was the "bosses became scared." This fake burglary certainly looks that way. Only it was the Republican bosses. There was no one else interested. The Frisbees were at their home in Bloomville and certainly being there could not burgle the Express office. Prof Harkness and W. H. Maynard had been instrumental in proving that the letter was a forgery. They are not burglars although the Express seems to convey the idea that they are.

Wyer's favorite performance is writing letters. He wrote long ones for Allen to sign; he wrote the letter from E. E. Risley addressed to Nesbitt asking him how he stood on reform legislation. When he got this Frisbee letter he regarded it as a valuable political asset. He says he ran around asking business men if it was Frisbee's signature and they said it was. But he took mighty good care not to telephone to Frisbee and ask him if the letter was genuine, although he could have done it in less time than he expended in asking the "business men." Frisbee's prompt repudiation, and the quick work in exposing the forgery was something he had not calculated upon. When it was seen that the publication would help rather than hurt Nesbitt the machine was called in to save the day by trying to make Frisbee say it expressed his views, and that failing, to try and bluff Mrs. Frisbee into acknowledging that she wrote it. Both schemes failed, then came the "robbery" and the attempt of the Express to clear the gang of the suspicion that their own conduct had created.

A so-called John Doe proceeding has been intermittently held in Delhi this week before Justice D. W. Shaw. It will be recalled that Justice Shaw was the justice who committed numerous drunks to the Delhi jail while Dunk Lawrence was sheriff. Mrs. Frisbee was examined but threw no light on the forged letter. Miss Blanche Haynes who works part of the time for the Frisbees was also examined. Asked if Mrs. Frisbee had said anything to her, she replies that "Mrs. Frisbee had told her to tell the truth." Later when she read over the statement of her testimony as written down by the justice this advice of Mrs. Frisbee's was left out. Charles R. O'Connor appeared as attorney for Mrs. Frisbee, but was not allowed to enter the sacred precinct where Justice Shaw held his inquisition.

The matter is now at a point where the gang must prove who wrote the forged letter that was mailed from Bloomville and who burgled the Express office or else stand branded as the most unscrupulous bunch of politicians this county has ever had.


Manager of the Hobart By-Products Plant Dies as Result of Fall.

Roscoe R. Sheffield, aged 38 years, manager of the Sheffield By-Products plant in Hobart, died at 8 o'clock last Thursday evening, November 8, from injuries sustained by a fall in the By-Products plant an hour earlier.

Mr. Sheffield left his home about seven o'clock that evening and went immediately to the sugar plant, where he talked with the nightwatchman, B. G. Post, by whom he was found a few minutes later. It is supposed that Mr. Sheffield walked out upon the receiving platform in front of the plant, tripped upon some ropes lying there and fell to the track, a distance of about five feet. He was a heavy man and in striking fractured a rib, which punctured the liver, death resulting from internal hemorrhage.

Dr. G. L. Hubbell was called as soon as the injured man was found, and the latter was carried on the emergency stretcher of the plant to the office building, where every effort was made to save his life, but without avail.

Mr. Sheffield is survived by his wife, who was Miss Genevieve Barker of Maplewood, N. J., before their marriage on September 29 last; also by three brothers, William H. Sheffield and B. I. Sheffield of Hobart and John Sheffield of Prattsville and a sister, Mrs. Holmes Matthews of Freeport, L. I. He had been manager of the Sheffield By-Products plant in Hobart since last July.

The funeral service was held Sunday at the home of William H. Sheffield, a brother, in Hobart, conducted by Rev. V. P. Backaora, pastor of the Hobart Presbyterian church.


Items of Interest About Men in the Service.

Harold Seeley of the United States navy, and corporal Harold Flower of the army hospital corps, visited their homes in Sidney on furlough this week.

B. J. Bussman of Hancock recently received a telegram dated at spokane, Wash., from his son, Arthur L. stating that he had enlisted in the 23d Engineer corps.

Rev. C. L. Wright, a former pastor at New Kingston, has resigned his pastorate at Pittsburg, Pa., and is now chaplain at an army cantonment in Maryland.

Alex Rutherford of Meridale, of the headquarters company of the 55th Inf. at Chicamauga, Georgia, has been visiting in Franklin, Meridale and Oneonta while on leave.

Word has been received from Ralph Medlar of Rock Valley that he is back in San Francisco, Cal. from the Philippine Islands, where he was stationed for the past three years on army duty.

Charles Wooster and Winifred Wooster, Sidney boys, are now attached to the 3rd Heavy Artillery, going from "D" Co., 71st Inf. Serg'ts Stewart and Johnson and Cook Howard Beagle remain with "D" Co., 71st.

Louis F. A. Triapasso, Unadilla, a tailor, who was rejected in the draft by the local exemption board at New London, Conn., as being too light, has enlisted in the coast artillery corps through the Oneonta recruiting station.

H. A. Wilson of Downsville has received a letter from his son, Dr. F. D. Wilson, who is now with the First Royal Scots Fusileers in France. The doctor speaks highly of the Fusileers and the music which is furnished by bagpipes and drums.

Harvey Hathaway of Cannonsville received a letter from his son Clarence, announcing his safe arrival with his company "Somewhere in France." He belongs to the marine corps. Millard Walley, a former Cannonsville boy, is with the medical corps at Washington.

Ernest W. Callahan and Charles A. Fisher of Davenport, and Frederick J. Stevens of Delhi, have been appointed first-class privates in the 101st Field Bakery, U. S. A., old First New York Field Bakery, at Spartanburg, S. C. First-class privates receive an increase in pay over privates.

Lynn Carley, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Carley of East Sidney, recently enlisted in the navy at the Elmira recruiting station and is now stationed at Norfolk, Virginia, naval training school. He had previously tried several times to enlist at other recruiting stations but had been rejected.

Mrs. H. L. Smith of Sidney, who, at the advanced age of 78 years, still enjoys good health, recently received news from Henry Smith of the Canadian forces in France. Early in October the English surgeons amputated one finger of his right hand, being his second wound in the war. Henry is certainly doing his bit in the army and we are all of us proud of Canada.– Record.

M. Linn Bruce, Jr., of Andes, finished the course at the officers training school of the French army at Meaux near Paris on October 1st, and graduated with recommendation for a commission as second lieutenant. He immediately enlisted and was sworn into the United States army with same recommendation. After a ten days furlough in Paris he left for the front under French orders, where he expects to be assigned to the artillery.


Fred Brockway, Republican, has only three plurality over Jesse Dibble, Jr., for superintendent of highways in Stamford, and the soldier vote is apt to upset this. In Colchester C. D. Pierce and A. P. Cook, both Democrats, are tied for justices of the peace.


Call For 12 From Each District Next Friday


Registered Men Will be Classified for Call After First Quota is Filled - Must Fill Out Questionnaire.

The members of the local exemption boards in Walton and Delhi have received instructions to be prepared to send fifteen per cent of their respective quotas to Camp Dix at Wrightstown, N. J., on Friday, November 23. Twelve men will be sent from each district. The men who probably will be sent are as follows, through there are apt to be some changes:

First District–Delhi

Myers, Eugene H., Stamford.

Sanford, F. H., Dunraven.

Votee, George, South Kortright.

Young, Wm., Colchester.

Haynes, Arthur M., Shavertown.

Hinkley, Norman, Fishs Eddy.

Leonard, Charles H., Long Eddy.

Grant, Henry A., Horton.

Houck, Charles H., Grand Gorge.

Calhoun, James Daniel, Andes.

Fuller, Wm. Sherman, Shinhopple.

Oralls, Alex, Harvard.

Second District–Walton

Wood, Samuel, Franklin.

Belby, Smith G., Deposit.

Fye, Gilbert S., Deposit.

Nemire, Burton león, Deposit.

Beames, Chester, West Davenport.

Gladstone, Homer A., Walton.

Cameron, Lester P., Bloomville.

Topping, William L., Stamford.

Morse, Hugh B., Sidney Center.

Norton, Guy D., Delhi, R. D.

Nurmela, Kosti Y., DeLancey.

Grant, Ernest, Oneonta, R. D.

The following eight men will go from Walton at the same time to take the places of the eight previously rejected at Camp Dix:

Scofield, F. W., Jr., Granton.

Mitchell, Floyd H., Delhi.

Budine, Leon C., Walton.

Davidson, Ambrose, Hale Eddy.

Brownell, George, Kortright.

McAdams, Peter, South Kortright.

Roe, Orra, Jefferson.

Leigh, Rudolph, Rock Rift.


Pomeroy, Herbert L., Sidney Center.

Munson, Frank, Bloomville.

Bruce, Scott A., Stamford.

Pulver, Warren J., Franklin.

The men will be carried to Wrightstown on a special train for the selected men from the counties of Oswego, Oneida, Chenango and Delaware. The special will arrive in Walton at 12:15 o'clock, noon, and goes to Wrightstown by way of Scranton and the Central of New Jersey. The train is scheduled to arrive at Camp Dix at 10:15 at night.

The official lists received from Camp Dix this week show that of the men sent to Wrightstown from Delaware county in the previous increments, five from the Delhi district were rejected and eight from the Walton district for physical disqualifications. The men sent home were as follows:

First District–Delhi.

Schenck, Louis, Hancock.

Frankel, Harry, Fleischmanns.

Schultis, Wm., Arkville.

Walker, Frank, Delhi.

Simonson, Robt., Grand Gorge.

District quota, 80; now at camp 32.

Second District–Walton.

Francisco, Montie, Hamden.

Millspaugh, Clinton, Franklin.

Burnside, James, Rockroyal.

Howland, June, Rockroyal.

TenBroeck, Floyd, Davenport.

Alverson, Chas. T., Beerston.

McLean, Harry J., Beerston.

Allen, George A., Meridale.

District quota 83 men; now at camp, 30. In addition credit is received for Ralph G. Eveland of Franklin, who will join the enlisted reserve corps and will be permitted to finish his studies in the Philadelphia Dental College.


Board of Supervisors Convene in Annual Session


State Tax $35,995 and Armory Tax $4,993 - Routine Work in Passing Tax Levies - Committees.

At the annual session of the Board of Supervisors of Delaware county, which convened at the supervisors' rooms, Delhi, Monday, November 12, the several towns of the county were represented as follows:

Andes, James W. Dickson.

Bovina, Thomas H. Johnson.

Colchester, John E. Thomson.

Davenport, George A. Smith.

Delhi, H. S. Marvin.

Deposit, Robert A. Briggs.

Franklin, Leroy Evans.

Hamden, John Chambers.

Hancock, Walter I. Randall.

Harpersfield, Jesse B. Gilbert.

Kortright, Harry L. Eckert.

Masonville, Arthur Henderson.

Meredith, Ferris Mackey.

Middletown, E. H. Dickson.

Roxbury, Edward Enderlin.

Sidney, Robert W. Siver.

Stamford, John King.

Thompkins, Charles Foote.

Walton, Arthur E. Conner.

On nomination of Mr. Eckert, Mr. Chambers was unanimously re-elected chairman of the board. David S. Booth of Grand Gorge was unanimously re-elected clerk of the board and Arthur Curtis of Delhi was chosen as stenographer.

The chairman announced the appointment of the following committees:

Finance: J. w. Dickson, Evans, Smith.

Highway Taxation: Evans, Briggs, Thomson.

County Roads: Johnson, Eckert, Gilbert.

Local Legislation: King, Briggs, Conner.

County Claims: Eckert, E. H. Dickson, Siver.

Sheriff's and Clerk's Accounts: Randall, Henderson, Enderlin.

Apportionment of Mortgage Tax: Thomson, Randall, Johnson.

Treasurer's Accounts: Marvin, J. W. Dickson, Siver.

Salaries County Officials: Foote, Marvin, Smith.

Poor House and Superintendent's Accounts: Mackey, J.W. Dickson, Siver.

Justices' and Constables' Accounts: Smith, Henderson, Foote.

County Line Bridges: Siver, Foote, King.

Printers' Bills: Gilbert, Marvin, King.

Coroner's Bills: E. H. Dickson, Randall, Thomson.

Court House and Jail: Briggs, Mackey, Gilbert.

Brush Cutting Audits: Enderlin, Eckert, Mackey.

Supervisors' Bills: Henderson, Evans, Enderlin.

Law Committee: Conner, E. H. Dickson, Johnson.

The question of the division of the state automobile money, amounting to some $12,000 this year was brought up Tuesday morning by the introduction of a resolution by Supervisor Briggs that $3,000 of the money be appropriated to the use of the Town of Deposit for the construction of an improved highway from Hambletville toward Masonville, on condition the town of Deposit appropriate an equal amount. The resolution was referred to the Committee on Good Roads. The division of this money will be one of the important questions before the board. At the Tuesday evening session Supervisor James W. Dickson introduced a similar resolution to appropriate $3,000 of the money for a highway from Andes village towards Shavertown. This was also referred to the committee.

On motion the following sums were ordered levied: $136 against the Davenport Fire District; $430 against the Downsville Fire District; against town of Stamford, $24 for watering troughs, $50 for Memorial Day expenses, $250 for poor fund, $600 for superintendent of highways; against Franklin, $600 for poor fund, $50 for Memorial Day, $406 for certificate of indebtedness; $500 against Colchester for extraordinary highway purposes; $160.65 against Delhi outside the village for health purposes; against the town of Middletown, $500 for poor fund, $406.33 for certificate of indebtedness, $297.28 for health purposes outside of village.

The designations of the Delaware Express and the Walton Reporter to publish the session laws, the Stamford Mirror, the official canvass, the Sidney Record the election notices and the Sidney Enterprise the official canvass and election notices were filed.

Other sums ordered levied include the following:

Roxbury, health officer $216, certificates of indebtedness and interest, $3,685.30; Grand Gorge Fire District, $240; Grand Gorge Lighting District, $320; Roxbury Lighting District, $375; Roxbury Water Supply District, $330; Franklin outside of village $170 for health purposes; Treadwell Fire District, $120; Tompkins, highway superintendent's salary, $600; certificates of indebtedness $670.63; Hancock, poor fund, $1,000; soldiers and sailors relief, $400; Memorial day, $50; rent of hall, $50; health officer and health purposes, $880.91; Cadosia Lighting District, $180; Meredith poor purposes, $200; Sidney, poor purposes, $1,000; Memorial Day, $50; soldiers and sailors relief, $50; rent G. A. R. rooms, $50; Deposit, poor purposes, $1,075.

By consent of the board, James Harper spoke with reference to the cutting and trimming of trees so that the clock in the tower of the Second Presbyterian Church would be more visible and asked that the sheriff be authorized to cut down one tree and trim others. The sheriff was so authorized.

A communication from the Deputy Comptroller of the State of New York requiring the levy of $4,993.01 for armory purposes, was received, read by the clerk and placed on file. A communication fixing the aggregate valuation of the property of Delaware County at $33,329,367, and requiring the levy of a state tax of 1.08 mills, abounding to $35,995.72, was read by the clerk and the amount was ordered levied.

The levy of the following sums was also allowed:

Stenographers' tax, $579.61; Clerk's $225.40; Deputy Clerk of Appellate Division $30.58.

A communication from the Commission of Highways requiring the levy of the following sums on the several towns for the maintenance of state and county highways for the year 1918, was received, read by the clerk, and placed on file:

Andes, $100; Bovina $100; Colchester, $500; Davenport, $650; Delhi, $650; Deposit, $350; Franklin, $150; Hancock, $1,100; Harpersfield, $450; Kortright, $300; Middletown, $600; Meredith, $200, Roxbury, $1,000; Stamford, $100.

J. W. Dickson moved that the following sums for the following purposes be levied and assessed against the taxable property of the town of Andes;

Principal and bonded indebtedness, $6,000; interest on bonded indebtedness, $345; poor fund, $200; certificate of indebtedness, $305; interest on same, $4.26. Motion carried.


Protector Allison Collects $241 in Fines for Violations.

Game protector A. B. Allison of Delhi has during the past two weeks collected over $241 in fines from men arrested for illegally trapping out of season. Seven of the cases were at Hobart, three at Delhi and two in Bovina.

The open season for taking furbearing animals began November 10.


Aged Leroy Bennett Fails to Recover From Injuries.

(From our Bennettsville cor.)

Leroy Bennett, an aged resident of Bennettsville, died Friday, November 9, at the City Hospital in Binghamton, as the result of injuries received in a runaway accident on the previous Monday.

Mr. Bennett, who was 80 years of age, was driving his horse when the animal became frightened and ran away. Mr. Bennett was thrown from the wagon and sustained injuries which resulted in his death. He is survived by his wife and one son, Dr. Ernest L. Bennett of Binghamton. The funeral was held at Bennettsville Tuesday afternoon in the Baptist church.


The hearing on the purchase of the Greacen place in Meredith for a county tuberculosis hospital site will be held at East Meredith next Thursday, Nov. 22.


W. H. Vandervort, of Walton, who for several years has been a trainman on O. & W. trains 5 and 6, between New York and Utica, has succeeded in discovering the whereabouts of his sister, Rose, who was adopted by a family when she was only 13 years of age, by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dewey of Walton.

The death of Mrs. Dewey occurred a few days ago and it was then that the papers drawn up at the time of the adoption were sent to the young woman, Mrs. Raymond Miller, who resides at Canaserago, Alleghany county, conveying to her the information that she had a brother living in the person of Mr. Vandervort, whose whereabouts she located by writing to Walton.

Mr. Vandervort and family have gone to Canaserago to greet his sister.–Middletown Times.

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