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100 Years Ago,

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1919

THE WEEK IN WALTON

What We Are Talking About at the County Hub

OUR BOYS GET DISCHARGES

Dairy Company Meeting - Pay Your Dog Tax - Planning for July 4th - Farm House Afire.

It is now stated that the 27th Division will not be ready to embark for its return to the United States until after February 20.

The union caucus for the nomination of the village officers to be elected in March will be held in Walton Hall Monday evening, February 24.

A minstrel show and moving picture entertainment will be given in Walton Hall, Friday evening February 21, by the junior class of the high school.

Rev. S. R. MacEwan and William T. Kyle, both of Walton, were admitted to citizenship in supreme court in Delhi this week by Justice Kiley. Mr. MacEwan is rector of Christ church. The application of Michael Conaghy of East Meredith was denied.

Town Clerk John S. Eells has received a supply of the 1919 dog licenses and is issuing the same. Owners of dogs which are not licensed within thirty days after March 1 are liable to a penalty. The license fee is $2.25 for male dogs and $3.25 for females.

The three actions brought by Corbett Calkins, Margaret Calkins and Laura A. Stewart against George Berris as a result of an automobile accident some time ago, were on the calendar of the February term of supreme court, but passed the term and will probably be settled out of court.

Hon. Delos Axtell of Deposit, who has been a frequent visitor in Walton the past year and a half in connection with his duties as chairman of the local exemption board, has not been in good health in recent months and a few weeks ago went to New York to consult a specialist. Many friends wish a quick return to health.

Ice from eight to twelve inches thick is being harvested by George T. Johnston, the local dealer, from the East Brook mill pond. Mr. Johnston will also fill the Nestle company’s ice house for them from their pond. It will require three weeks of good weather to harvest a full crop. No ice of sufficient thickness is obtainable from the river.

The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Walton Farmers’ Dairy Company, owners of the co-operative creamery, will be held in Walton Hall next Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 18, at 1:30 o’clock. The financial report which the treasurer will present will be of interest to all stockholders. A director for five years in place of L. D. McClenon will be elected.

The roof of John D. Smith’s farm house, East Brook, caught fire about midnight Monday from the chimney. Mrs. Smith noticed the reflection of flames from her room and aroused the rest of the family. John W. Smith and Elliott Smith succeeded in putting out the flames but several of the rafters in the roof were badly charred and the chimney fell over.

William Mulford of Walton, who was arrested here last week on a charge of passing worthless checks in Port Jervis, was arraigned before Justice W. S. Bevans in that city last Wednesday, waived examination and was held for the action of the next grand jury in Orange county. Several of the checks Mulford is alleged to have passed were signed, “F. A. Armstrong.”

The general committee in charge of the plans for welcoming returning soldiers has decided to hold a county celebration in Walton on the Fourth of July in addition to the reception next month for Co. F men. Officials of the towns and villages in the county will be asked to co-operate in the celebration. It is believed that a large percentage of the men overseas will be home by that time.

The Ontario & Western has issued orders that freight in less than carload lots will be accepted for shipment at Livingston Manor, Roscoe, Cooks Falls, Horton, Trout Brook, East Branch, Fishs Eddy, Cadosia, Apex, Rock Rift, Beerston, Walton, Northfield, Merrickville, Franklin Depot, Maywood, Youngs and South Unadilla, on the following days only: North bound, Monday and Thursday; south bound, Tuesday and Friday. Freight will not be accepted after 4 p. m. In the circular announcing the changes it is stated that the order is made to relieve conditions at congested transfers and effect more prompt delivery of less than carload freight.

Among the Walton boys who have received their discharges from service are: John T. Lyon, who has been at Camp Dodge, Iowa; Herbert Stowe, who was at Camp Lewis, Washington; Ross Travis, stationed at Camp Lee, Va.; and Charles LaFrano, Camp McClelland, Alabama. Mr. Stow, expects to go to Allentown, Pa., where he has a position with the Central Railroad of New Jersey. Serg. Harold E. Webster of the Hdqts. Co., 17th Field Artillery, 2nd Division, who was gassed during the fighting in the Argonne Forest in October, recently arrived from overseas and since receiving his discharge from service has been visiting his mother, Mrs. A. L. Webster, in Walton. He will go to Cleveland, Ohio, to join his wife and baby daughter.

Hear Delaware Note Case.

At the motion and special term of the supreme court, held in Oneonta Saturday, the following matter came before Justice Kellogg for hearing: Robert B. Thompson vs. Emory J. Nichols, a Delaware county case in which action is brought to recover on a loan made to defendant by plaintiff, and for which defendant gave his note, no part of which has been paid. O’Connor & O’Connor for plaintiff, no appearance for defendant. C. C. Flaesch appeared for the plaintiff in the undefended divorce case of William W. Newton against Cecil A. Newton.

New Sidney Fire Company.

The Sidney village board has authorized the formation of a new fire company in that village to have charge of the White engine recently purchased by the village

at a cost of $8,500.

TWO FARM HOUSES DESTROYED BY FIRE

Buildings at Masonville and Merrickville Burned

SAVED FEW HOUSEHOLD GOODS

Burnwood Home Saved From Destruction by Neighbors - Small Fire at Downsville.

Two farm houses in this section were destroyed by fire Friday, Feb. 7.

The house of George Palmatier on Beach Hill, near Masonville, caught fire that morning and burned to the ground. The flames had made such headway before discovery that it was impossible to save the structure. Part of the household goods were saved from the first floor.

About 6 o’clock Friday morning the tenant house on J. C. Merrick’s farm at Merrickville was found to be on fire by Mr. Vrooman, who lives nearby. He gave the alarm and then tried to save some things from the house, but the building was of pine and the fire spread so rapidly that very little could be rescued. The house was occupied by Mrs. Mary Thompson, who was away at the time working at Nathan Wakeman’s. The loss is heavy for her as she had no insurance on her household goods.

The house of George Hendrickson at Burnwood, town of Hancock, caught fire last Wednesday and the building would have been destroyed except for timely help of the neighbors. Mrs. Hendrickson and children were alone at the time and she called to her neighbor, Mrs. Skinner, who gave the alarm on the telephone. The fire was caused by the burning out of a chimney. Mr. Hendrickson and Mr. Skinner were hauling acid wood to Trout Brook at the time of the fire.

While Frank Wright of Downsville was at Corbett on Monday, fire was discovered in his automobile shop. Quite a bit of damage was done before being extinguished. Nine dollars in money which he had left on the counter burned, also some important papers.

$10,000 VERDICT STANDS

Final Judgment Obtained by O’Connor & O’Connor in Harvey Case.

The final chapter in one of the most interesting negligence actions tried in Delaware county in recent years was brought to a close last week when the Court of Appeals of the State of New York handed down a decision denying the motion of the railroad company’s attorneys for a new trial in the case of Leon J. Hanvey, as the administrator of the estate of William G. C. Hanvey, deceased, against the Ulster & Delaware railroad company. The decision at once confirms the verdict of $10,000 awarded by the trial jury and affirms the decision of the Appellate Division in sustaining that verdict. The verdict of $10,000 is the largest award of damages ever returned by a Delaware county jury in a negligence action where death has resulted.

This action was tried at Delhi in October before Justice McCann and a motion for a new trial was later denied by the same justice. The railroad company then took the case to the appellate division, asking for a new trial on the grounds of contributory negligence. The appeal was argued at Saratoga last September and in November a decision was handed down affirming the judgment of the lower court. A motion for leave to appeal was denied by the appellate division. The railroad then took the case before the court of appeals which denied the right of further appeal. This decision is final and the damages awarded by the trial jury must now be paid by the railroad company.

The plaintiff, Mrs. Hanvey, was represented by O’Connor & O’Connor of Hobart all through the case.

NINE INDICTMENTS REPORTED TO COURT

Grand Jury Makes Return in Five Excise Cases

STILSON ACTION SETTLED

Fleischmanns Water Company Case on Trial Thursday - Fuhri Released From Jail - One Divorce Matter.

Supreme court convened in Delhi Monday afternoon with Justice M. H. Kiley presiding, Hector W. Cowan of Hobart was made foreman of the grand jury. On the call of the calendar many of the 75 cases were marked over the term and several were announced as settled. There was only one divorce, the undefended action of William Elmore against Ethel L. Elmore.

The following cases were reserved for reference: Francis A. Jacobs vs. Chester B. Teed; Henry J. Stewart vs. Clayton Kelly, trespass; H. S. Ogden vs. Melissa Jaques, broker’s services; L. A. Carl vs. C. B. Teed, account; Lloyd Burnside vs. Andrew Bard, breach of contract; Johnston & Rhodes vs. James Ciarcia, account.

A settlement was reached without trial in the action of John E. Stilson of Walton against the Ontario & Western railroad to recover damages for injuries sustained when Mr. Stilson’s leg was fractured by an engine backing into a car Stilson was loading at the Borden plant in Walton. The amount paid by the railroad was not stated. Miller & Matteson of Syracuse were Mr. Stilson’s attorneys and Samuel H. Fancher for the railroad.

A settlement was also reached in the two actions brought by Louis B. Samuels against the Middlebrook Dairy Co. of Harpersfield for alleged breach of contract, trial of which had been set for Thursday. The following cases were also announced as settled: Charles Brusie vs. Margaret Frich, note; J. B. Wellens vs. John H. Stanley, note; Harry Bradley vs. Herschell Mayes, note; Walton Toy Co. vs. Everett Dicks, recover for saw mills; Charles C. Brown vs. Fred Knaust, damages; P. E. Spring & Son vs. Behning Piano Co., contact.

The action of Arthur E. Conner, as trustee in bankruptcy of the Walton Home Telephone Company, against A. G. Patterson, John R. Bryce and Jay Hammond, the first matter tried, ended with the dismissal of the complaint, as stated elsewhere.

The next action for trial was the suit brought by Jane Morrison, as administrator of Charles Crosby, against the Griffin Corners Water Co. to recover $3,700. Crosby and A. H. Todd were the makers of a note on a Kingston bank on which the Griffin Corners water company secrured a loan. Crosby is dead and the suit is brought by the estate to recover for the money advanced by him, as he personally paid his half of the note. The defense was that payment had been made to Crosby by the Water company. O’Connor & O’Connor for plaintiff and George A. Speenburgh for defendant. The case was on trial Thursday.

The grand jury reported Thursday morning and were discharged. Twelve matters were presented to them and nine indictments returned. Five of these are for excise violations, one for assault, one grand larceny, one selling mortgaged property and one for abandonment. Most of the prisoners will be arraigned Monday.

Jacob Fuhri, who has been held in jail on a charge of stealing a $50 Liberty bond from his brother-inlaw, Jacob Hissen, at Rock Rift, was released as owing to the depreciated value of the bond it was not of the $50 value required to constitute grand larceny. Fuhri may be arrested for petit larceny and tried in a justice’s court. Fuhri sold the bond to Basin, the Deposit merchant.

Court may hold over into next week.

BRUCE D. MILLER KILLED

Walton Boy Meets Death in Motorcycle Accident in France.

“Deeply regret to inform you that it is officially reported that Corporal Bruce D. Miller, Machine Gun Battalion, was killed in motorcycle accident January 20th.”

This was the official message from the War Department in Washington, D. C., received Monday evening by W. D. Burnes, which brought sadness to many hearts in Walton. Bruce D. Miller was one of the best liked of all the Walton young men who have entered service, and his death by accident far from those he loved came as a great shock.

Bruce D. Miller was the son of the late William A. Miller of Mundale, and was 26 years of age last April. Since the death of his mother in 1907, he has made his home with W. D. Burns, the clothier, in Walton village, first attending school, and later entering the employ of Mr. Burns. He served for some months with the state guard on guard duty along the aqueduct, and on May 29th, 1918, left Walton as captain of the party of fifty-five men, who were inducted into the army at Camp Wadsworth, S. C. Bruce was assigned to Company D, 2nd Antiaircraft Machine Gun Battalion, and because of his experience and knowledge of military matters was quickly promoted to corporal. A few weeks later the unit was on its way to France, and while in training there, he was made a motorcycle dispatch bearer and assigned to headquarters. He came through the severe fighting in the Argonne forest uninjured and in recent weeks had been with battalion headquarters at Ipprecourt, France. Letters dated as late as January 17 have been received from him by Walton friends and relatives. He had been eagerly looking forward to his home coming, and on his return was to receive an interest in the clothing business of Mr. Burns, by whom he was looked upon as a son. He is the ninth Walton boy whose death has occurred while in service in France.

KNOCKED DOWN BY COW

Some One Else Will Drive Siver’s Cows Next Time.

R. W. Siver of Sidney had a narrow escape from serious injury Friday morning. He was assisting in driving some cows on the road near the Miller crossing on the O. & W. One of the animals ran up the bank and Mr. Siver made an effort to keep her from getting on the railroad track. As he stood at the foot of the embankment the cow suddenly turned and dashed down the bank and directly into Mr. Siver before he could get out of the way. He was knocked down and trampled and in the fall his head struck the hard road, causing him to become unconscious.

WALTON ‘PHONE CASE DISMISSED BY JUDGE

Patterson Claims Defendants in Lawful Possession

CRIMINAL ACTION BARRED

Justice Kiley Takes Matter From Jury and Rules That Proceedings Were Within the Law.

The civil action brought by Arthur E. Conner as trustee in bankruptcy of the Walton Home Telephone Company against Arthur G. Patterson, John R. Bryce and Jay Hammond came to an abrupt end in supreme court in Delhi Wednesday afternoon when Justice M. H. Kiley took the case from the jury and dismissed the complaint.

C. R. O’Connor, attorney for Mr. Conner, made a motion for a new trial to be heard later and if Justice Kiley reverses his decision and grants a new trail, it is stipulated that he shall make findings as to that part of the action already tried relating to the regularity of the election of directors of the Home Telephone Company, and that the question of damages will be the only one adjudicated.

At the close of the session Tuesday the motion to dismiss the indictment in the criminal action against Patterson and John R. Bryce, was granted by Justice Kiley on the ground that a change of the law since the indictment was found gives the courts of special sessions, or justices’ courts, sole jurisdiction in the matter.

Eighteen months ago, acting under this change in the law, the parties appeared before Justice D. E. McLean, who decided defendants were not guilty of destroying property of the Home Telephone Company.

The acts on which both the criminal and civil actions are based occurred on June 6, 1916, when a force of men acting under the direction of Patterson, Bryce and Hammond, took up the cables of the Home Telephone Company from the conduits on Delaware street, tore down the cables on the other streets, cut them up and put the Walton Home Telephone Company out of business as a going concern. At the time Bryce was manager of the rival company, the Walton People’s Telephone Company, better known as the Bryce lines; Mr. Patterson was secretary of that company and Hammond was in its employ as a lineman.

The case was the first on the calendar ready for trial and the jury was secured and the case opened Tuesday morning. The following men were accepted as jurors: Grant Brisbane, Shavertown; Ralph Clark, Stamford; Walter G. Coulter, Bovina Center; Andrew J. Delameter, Hamden; Merton Finch, Tacoma; Wm. Gilmore, Hobart; J. E. Hall, Sidney; Grant Maxwell, Delhi; L. A. Reynolds, Arena; Fred W. Terrell, Lewis Terrell, Delhi; R. B. Wheeler, Sidney.

The trustee in bankruptcy was represented by O’Connor & O’Connor of Hobart, while E. E. Conlon of Downsville is attorney of record for the defendants, with Judge James P. Hill of Norwich, as counsel. Mr. O’Connor, who opened the case for the plaintiff, stated that they expected to show that the defendants, officers and employees of the Walton People’s Telephone Co. maliciously and willfully destroyed the property of the rival concern, the Walton Home Telephone Company and that damages would be asked for the same.

Mr. Patterson himself opened the case for the defendants and stated that the defendants would concede the acts alleged and assume responsibility for the same and that in doing them they were acting within the law. He offered the concession which was written into the minutes, admitting on the part of the defendants the acts complained of and assuming responsibility for the same.

Before any witnesses were called Judge Hill moved that the complaint be dismissed. The court in overruling the motion announced that in view of the concession by the defendants, an order of trial would be established and that before any testimony on the question of damages would be received, it must be shown whether the plaintiffs have the right to maintain this action and that testimony would be received covering the three following points:

1. Were the defendants in possession of the property which is the subject of this action as officers or under officers of the bankrupt, the Walton Home Telephone Company?

2. Were they authorized to do what they did by the properly constituted authorities of the Walton Home Telephone Company?

3. Did the trustee in bankruptcy sell all the interests of the bankrupt, including the right to bring this action when he sold the assets of the bankrupt estate?

M. E. Combs was the first witness called by the defendants. Mr. Combs was formerly secretary of the Home Company and the owner of 103 of the 146 shares of the company. He had pledged the stock with the Delaware National Bank of Delhi for a loan. H. S. Marvin, the cashier of the bank, first spoke to him about selling. He was asked to come to the Delhi bank on May 10, 1916, by either Patterson, Bryce or Marvin. He signed the stock certificates in blank and Patterson paid the $1,500 purchase price with a three-day note.

Mr. Patterson next took the stand. He testified that he negotiated with the Delhi bank for the purchase of the stock and when the deal was consummated on May 10 he gave Mr. Combs his note for the purchase price of $1,500. Mr. Combs turned over some of the company’s books to him at that time and delivered the rest at Patterson’s office the next morning. Mr. Patterson stated that he acted as counsel for Mr. Hammond, who took the stock, and assisted him. The note was paid by Hammond’s personal check. As attorney for the Home Company on May 31, 1916, Patterson prepared a new stock book and entered in the books the names of the owners’ shares as follows: Jay Hammond 103, James Chambers 25, W. W. Terry 16, Seymour Gray and Charles Armondi, one each. He also mailed to Chambers and Terry a certified notice of the newspaper notice, signed with the name of Jay Hammond, calling a special meeting of the stockholders of the Home Telephone Company on Saturday, June 3, at 10 a. m., to elect a board of directors to fill vacancies. On June 3, shortly after the hour for the meeting Hammond came to Patterson’s office with data and resolution, notices and memoranda purporting to be the votes cast at the meeting of the stockholders of the Walton Home Telephone Company and Mr. Patterson prepared the minutes for him and Hammond signed them.

On his cross-examination by Mr. O’Connor Wednesday morning Mr. Patterson swore that Hammond prepared the notice of the stockholders’ meeting and that Hammond requested him to prepare the stock books. On the day of the meeting Hammond was in Patterson’s office and Patterson gave him copies of prepared resolutions. He instructed Hammond how to certify that Hammond, Seymour Grey and Charles Armondi were elected directors and to certify the vote on the resolution to dismantle the plant. On June 3rd he discussed with Hammond the question of taking up the cable. He advised that such should be done and that it was only good for scrap. Mr. Patterson further swore that he had been connected with the rival company, the Walton people’s Telephone Company, since 1908, as secretary and a director. He knew the financial condition of the Home Company and with this knowledge came to Delhi and paid $1,500 for Combs’ stock. Hammond and Seymour Grey, who were elected directors at Hammond’s private session, were employees of the People’s Telephone Company and Bryce was manager.

The court overruled the questions by Mr. O’Connor as to whether it was a fact that in 1916 the Walton People’s Telephone Company did not have an operating deficit of $2,000 and whether the company did not raise its rates after the Home Company was dismantled.

Patterson further testified that he called Hammond into his office on May 11, the day after the stock purchase, told him that the stock was made out in Hammond’s name but that he, Patterson, intended to retain it in his possession. He claimed to act as attorney for the Home Telephone Company but never rendered any bill for services.

Jay Hammond swore that he worked for the Walton People’s Telephone Company in 1916 and on June 3, that year attended the special stockholders’ meeting of the Walton Home Telephone Company in pursuance to notice published by him. No other stockholder was present. He voted his stock for himself, Seymour Grey and Charles Armondi as directors and voted for the resolution and other notices prepared by Mr. Patterson. Later he went to Patterson’s office and Mr. Patterson wrote up the minutes of the meeting in the secretary’s book turned over by M. E. Combs with the stock and that he, Hammond signed them. That evening a directors’ meeting was held at which Hammond and Grey were present. Hammond was elected president; Grey, secretary and Armondi treasurer. After Hammond came into possession of the stock he engaged Leroy Beagle to take the place of Martin VanBuren as manager of the Home Telephone Company.

On his cross-examination the witness became badly muddled and made many contradictory statements. He testified that at the time referred to he was paid $18 a week, that he had a wife and four children to support and never had any money to invest. The first thing he knew about the stock was in Patterson’s office when Patterson told him he had bought the stock in Hammond’s name. He never told Patterson to buy the stock and didn’t have any money to pay for it. Patterson told him the stock was paid for and that he would keep the stock. Hammond never saw stock certificates until June and never had possession of them All that he knew about the matter was what Mr. Patterson told him. He didn’t know anything about the stockholders’ meeting June 3, until the day before and on that day Patterson told him there was to be a meeting and told him what to do. Was at the office of the Home company holding the alleged meeting about half an hour and then came to Patterson’s office and Patterson wrote up the minutes of the meeting. He had no interest in the matter other than to do as instructed by Patterson. He was the only person at the meeting and could not remember whether he said or did anything there. The minutes of the so-called directors’ meeting claimed to have been held that evening by Hammond and Seymour Grey were written up by Bryce.

Arthur E. Conner, trustee in bankruptcy, was called to testify in regard to various legal papers in connection with the sale of the assets of the company.

With this testimony as to the legality of the so-called stockholders’ and directors’ meetings the defense rested. Various books and papers of the company were admitted in evidence.

Witnesses for the plaintiff and their testimony was in brief as follows:

Alexander Neish, the Walton attorney, swore that on the day following the dismantling of the Home Telephone property he met Mr. Patterson in the post office and asked him what he meant by his action in tearing down the cables and that Patterson replied in substance that he had been unable to gain control of the Home company and wouldn’t submit to blackmail and took this method of putting the concern out of business.

Martin VanBuren was employed as manager of the Home company from Nov. 15, 1915, and continued to act until after the system was dismantled. He was engaged by M. E. Combs. In the latter part of May, 1916, Patterson came to him with a notice signed by Jay Hammond as a stockholder. VanBuren told Patterson that it was the first time he knew of a stockholder running a business.

E. E. Risley swore that in April, 1916, John R. Bryce was in his office and asked him what he would take for his bonds of the Home telephone company. Risley replied 95 cents on the dollar. Bryce offered him 50 cents on the dollar and on Mr. Risley’s refusal Bryce replied that he might not get anything for them. Miss Marion E. Travis, Mr. Risley’s bookkeeper, corroborated this testimony.

W. R. Reynolds testified to a similar conversation with Bryce in the spring of 1916 when Bryce sought to buy Mr. Reynolds’ bonds. The original stock certificate book shows that Mr. Reynolds held one share of stock of the Home company issued to him in 1910 that he might qualify as a director but he was never notified of the June 3 meeting.

Charles Armondi, who was elected a director by Hammond and who was supposed to hold a share of stock, testified he never knew anything about the matter, was never informed of any stockholders’ or directors’ meeting.

Judge Hill for the defendants moved to dismiss the complaint on the ground that it appeared that one of the defendants was an officer and president of the bankrupt company and that he was in possession; the proof shows there was a concert of action and that Patterson and Bryce acted on Hammond’s direction and it is not disputed that they were in possession of the property and, therefore, could not commit a trespass against themselves; that the trustee in bankruptcy prior to the bringing of the action had sold all right of action with the assets of the company.

At this point Justice Kiley dismissed the jurors and for some time a spirited argument was held on the motion, Mr. O’Connor in opposition contending that the evidence presented a question of fact as to the legality of the meetings which should be presented to the jury; that the acts of the defendants were unlawfully and fraudulently committed and formed the basis for an action in damages.

Justice Kiley ruled that Hammond had published the notice of the alleged stockholders’ meeting the proper number of weeks and that the records of the Home company show that the dismantling of the plant was authorized at such meeting. Patterson, he said, admits the acts and claims they still are within the law.

The justice then announced that he would dismiss the complaint. He would entertain a motion by plaintiff for a new trial and if he reverses his decision on the legal points involved, it is stipulated that he shall make his findings as to that part of the action already tried, relating to the regularity of the election of directors of the Walton Home Telephone Company, and that the question of damages will be the only one to be adjudicated. The defeated party on such motion will have the right to appeal.

Undecided On Water Matter.

An adjourned meeting of the stockholders of the Sidney Water Works company was held Saturday to discuss the proposition of selling the company’s property to the village of Sidney at the price of $220,000 set by the commission in condemnation proceedings. Several of the stockholders were not disposed to sell at these figures, while others were willing to dispose of the property. No decision was reached, and the meeting was adjourned with the question still unsettled.

LECTURE COURSE NUMBER

Rev. W. E. McCulloch, D. D., to Relate His Experiences as a Y. M. C. A. Secretary at Front.

Next Tuesday evening a lecture that will thrill the heart of every listener will be given in Walton Hall by Rev. W. E. McCulloch, D. D., of Pittsburgh. He saw six months’ service at the front with the Y. M. C. A., and had several narrow escapes from shells and gas. Dr. McCulloch was with a machine gun battalion of the 29th Division in the Verdun sector during the great drive in October, and saw war at its worst. He was with the division when it was visited by Gen. Pershing and was greatly impressed with his wonderful influence over the soldiers. At the conclusion of his service Dr. Mc- Culloch was highly commended by Maj. Tidings of the 29th for his efforts in behalf of the men. The last six weeks of Dr. McCulloch’s sojourn in France were spent in a speaking tour of the great camps and areas. In such places he had the privilege of addressing thousands of our soldiers. Since Dr. McCulloch’s return to his large parish in Pittsburgh he has been busy day and night speaking to various organizations and assemblies about the great war. He speaks in glowing terms of the courage, skill, metal and sacrifice of the American soldiers. A packed house should hear the lecture Tuesday evening.

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