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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1917

THE WEEK IN WALTON

What We Are Talking About at the County Hub

SOLDIERS HOME FROM FRANCE

Northfield Church Fire - Early and Late Voters - M. E. Pastor Returns From Arizona.

Several Walton people have been suffering from severe cases of blood poisoning. Among them are Mrs. E. B. Howland, Mrs. Charles Waring and Fred Bond.

At a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce Monday evening a committee was appointed to put on an entertainment in Walton Hall on Thanksgiving night.

William Ackroyd of Liberty, and Miss Minnie Kidd were married Saturday, November 3, at the bride’s home in Walden. Mr. Ackroyd is the son of the late Rev. William Ackroyd a former pastor of the Walton M. E. church. The family have many friends here.

Miss Elizabeth Woollerton was painfully burned about the hands Friday. She was using an ironing machine heated by alcohol. While she was pouring alcohol from a bottle into the ironer the fluid caught fire and before extinguished, Miss Woollerton sustained painful burns.

Rev. B. M. Denniston and family are expected today, Friday, from Prescott, Arizona, and he will act as supply of the Walton Methodist church until the close of the conference year in April. Mr. Denniston recently accepted a charge in Prescott, but on arriving there found conditions not as represented. As the Walton church meanwhile had not found a pastor Mr. Denniston was asked to return for the rest of the year.

A total vote of 1085 was polled in Walton Tuesday. In district No. 1 there were 265 ballots cast. George A. Peck was the first voter and John Howland the last. In the second district 264 votes were polled. Harry McCabe was the first voter and Fred Covert the last. In district No. 3, J. I. Webb voted first and A. J. Courtney cast the last ballot, No. 283. In the fourth district there were 273 votes cast. Frank Wright voted first and George S. Finch last.

The Congregational church at Northfield caught fire Sunday morning, but the fire was discovered in time to prevent serious damage. Ira Hoyt, the janitor, started the furnace fire about 6 a. m., and at 8 o’clock went back and stayed in the church until 9 o’clock. Mr. Hoyt had placed an armful of kindling wood on top of the furnace to dry and when he left the building forgot to remove the wood. Mrs. W. C. Davies, wife of the pastor, saw smoke coming from the belfry about 10 o’clock. With the help of neighbors and early church goers the flames were quickly put out. Three of the sleepers of the floor were burned and the floor and carpet were damaged. There was insurance carried with H. S. Pond. The loss will be about twenty-five dollars.

Orlo A. Kent, a nephew of Justice A. H. Sewell of Walton, who was been honorably discharged from service as an ambulance driver at the French front, has returned to his Binghamton home. Mr. Kent has had many wonderful experiences and has seen many sickening sights. Strangely uniformed, and somewhat older in appearance than when he went away, only a few months ago, young Kent has brought to his friends a deeper sense of the realities of war than many of them had yet received. He has brought with him too, a collection of articles gathered while near the battle lines. He was stationed about 180 miles from Paris, driving an ambulance from the front trenches to the hospitals back of the rear lines. His half brother, Charles Shlager, is still in France as an ambulance driver.

Bomber M. McGinnes of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, who was wounded and lost his right leg on the battlefields in France, told a thrilling story of his experiences in the trenches at a meeting held in Walton Hall Monday afternoon. On account of the short notice given and the inconvenient hour the attendance was not large. The meeting was in the interests of the thirty-five million dollar war fund for the Army and Navy Y. M. C. A. work. Bomber McGinnes is a native of Boston and while working in Ohio in April, 1915, went to Canada and enlisted. Five months later he was in the trenches. His description of life in the trenches and the hardships encountered was a vivid one. In closing he spoke of the work the Army Y. M. C. A. is doing to make life bearable to the men and to provide them with recreation. L. P. Shumway of the Binghamton Y. M. C. A. explained in detail the Y. M. C. A. work in the army and navy and pointed out that the Y. M. C. A. is the leading agency in keeping the men morally clean and providing soldiers with suitable recreation and diversion. While no permanent organization was perfected a union meeting will be held in Walton Hall Sunday evening, at which Rev. A. C. Sawtelle of Binghamton will be the speaker. Delaware County’s apportionment of the fund is $20,000. Next week is the time set aside to raise the amount and each one should do his share toward making the fund a success. A canvas of the village will be made.

LICENSE GETS HARD BLOW

Delaware Towns all Dry, While Sullivan is Pilling on Water Wagon.

Old John Barleycorn was given a knockout blow in Delaware county Tuesday. All of the seven towns which voted on the excise question voted for no license, rolling up majorities in the dry column which will doubtless insure against the propositions ever coming up again in most of the towns. Sidney gave a majority of 277 against hotel license, Delhi 236, Tompkins 151, Davenport 131, and Hancock, Roxbury and Middletown defeating the propositions by substantial majorities. In Sidney the vote on hotel license was 366 for and 643 against. In Delhi the vote was 228 for and 464 against. In Hancock the majority was 245 against and in Roxbury 188 against. The county will remain entirely no license.

Of the nine towns in Sullivan county which voted on the license question only three went wet, Delaware, Fremont and Mamakating, which includes Wurstboro. The towns of Rockland, Liberty, Thompson and Fallsburg, among others, went no license. All but Rockland have been license.

In Otsego county the towns of Butternuts, Exeter, Hartwick, Maryland, Otsego, Richfield, Roseboom and Unadilla are dry and Cherry Valley, Middlefield and Springfield are wet.

State Road Work Held Up.

Three hundred road contracts in the state of New York will be halted by the Federal order commanding all open railroad cars for the transportation of coal. Highway commissioner Duffy has made this estimate. The progress of the contracts are dependent of shipments of cement, sandstone and gravel, and with the supply of cars for transporting these materials cut off, work will have to be discontinued.

NESBITT ELECTED BY 385 PLURALITY

Graham Re-Elected as County Treasurer by 873

COUNTY GOES FOR SUFFRAGE

Kellogg Sweeps District for Justice While Foreman Receives Normal Republican Vote.

The Republican organization was dealt a smashing blow Tuesday when J. Clark Nesbitt, of Bloomville, nominated by the Democratic and Prohibition parties, at the request of the farmers’ organizations of the county, was elected as member of assembly. He defeated James S. Allen of East Branch by 385 plurality.

Samuel More, of Roxbury, Democrat, made a splendid fight for county treasurer. The normal Republican majority of 2,500 in the county was cut to a third and Henry S. Graham of Delhi is reelected by only 873 plurality. This will be Mr. Graham’s fourth term.

Nesbitt carried every town in the county but five, Andes, Colchester, Deposit, Delhi and Hancock. More carried the towns of Walton, Tompkins and Stamford in additions to his home town of Roxbury which gave him a 242 plurality. In other towns the normal Republican plurality was cut to the vanishing point. James F. Foreman received the normal Republican vote for county superintendent of the poor. Judge A. L. Kellogg is elected Supreme Court Justice by over 15,000 in the district.

The dairymen of the county stood loyally behind Nesbitt. The publication of the forged Frisbee letter in the Delaware Express Friday acted as a boomerang and the votes turned to Nesbitt may have caused his election.

Suffrage has a majority of 699 in the county. The vote by towns on the several offices and on suffrage is given below:

Member of Assembly.
Plurality
Allen Nesbitt Allen Nesbitt
Andes 225 214 11
Bovina 75 107 32
Colchester 341 267 74
Davenport 129 202 73
Delhi 349 313 36
Deposit 212 104 108
Franklin 215 316 101
Hamden 115 131 16
Hancock 564 341 223
Harp’f’d 129 135 6
Kortright 140 222 82
Masonville103 120 17
Meredith 150 210 60
Mid'town 413 441 28
Roxbury 223 287 64
Sidney 444 460 16
Stamford 208 265 57
Tompkins 133 214 81
Walton 360 564 204
4528 4913
Nesbitt’s plurality in county 385
County Treasurer.
Plurality
Graham MoreGraham More
Andes 258 164 94
Bovina 94 72 22
Colchester 299 284 15
Davenport 173 150 23
Delhi 466 189 277
Deposit 219 93 126
Franklin 297 209 88
Hamden 152 87 65
Hancock 508 358 150
Harpersf’d 146 107 39
Kortright 183 159 24
Masonville 121 94 27
Meredith 237 127 110
Mid’town 423 397 26
Roxbury 143 385 242
Sidney 501 359 142
Stamford 209 258 49
Tompkins 156 177 21
Walton 419 458 39
5011 4138
Graham’s plurality in county 873
Superintendent of Poor.
Foreman’s
Foreman Williams Plurality
Andes 289 131 158
Bovina 133 29 104
Colchester 340 239 101
Davenport 187 132 55
Delhi 541 115 426
Deposit 221 82 139
Franklin 358 145 213
Hamden 178 58 120
Hancock 503 408 95

Harpersfield 163 83 80
Kortright 211 124 87
Masonville 137 71 66
Meredith 248 101 147
Middletown 437 282 155
Roxbury 283 208 75
Sidney 537 307 230
Stamford 278 167 111
Tompkins 217 149 68
Walton 567 290 277
5909 3113
Foreman’s plurality 2707
Supreme Court Justice.
Kellogg’s
Kellogg Sweetland Plurality
Andes 305 149 156
Bovina 121 50 71
Colchester 398 175 223
Davenport 246 83 163
Delhi 527 125 402
Deposit 237 77 160
Franklin 446 82 364
Hamden 198 23 175
Hancock 566 298 268
Harpersfield 186 71 115
Kortright 248 90 158
Masonville 152 70 82
Meredith 284 70 214
Middletown 555 260 295
Roxbury 306 199 107
Sidney 624 272 352
Stamford 322 150 172
Tompkins 238 96 142
Walton 695 191 504
6654 2531
Kellogg’s plurality in county 4123
Attorney-General.
Lewis Hodson Lewis’
(R) (D) Plurality
Andes 294 132 162
Bovina 104 45 59
Colchester 373 208 165
Davenport 182 127 55
Delhi 478 131 347
Deposit 231 79 152
Franklin 365 127 238
Hamden 185 40 145
Hancock 531 331 200
Harpersfield 161 82 79
Kortright 207 114 93
Masonville 143 71 72
Meredith 219 104 115
Middletown 481 301 180
Roxbury 284 208 76
Sidney 548 297 251
Stamford 272 182 90
Tompkins 222 112 110
Walton 598 2 1 387
5878 2902
Lewis’ plurality in county 2976
Suffrage.
Plurality
Yes No Yes No
Andes 210 234 24
Bovina 97 84 13
Colchester 307 326 19
Davenport 134 185 49
Delhi 388 280 180
Deposit 146 165 19
Franklin 286 236 50
Hamden 130 127 3
Hancock 553 415 135
Harpersfield 114 133 19
Kortright 183 155 28
Masonville 115 99 16
Meredith 280 274 6
Middletown 482 369 113
Roxbury 200 315 115
Sidney 585 391 194
Stamford 249 223 26
Tompkins 183 187 4
Walton 603 343 260
5142 4443
Majority for suffrage, 699.

SOLDIER MAY DECIDE

Hamden and Walton Highway Supt. Contests - County Offices Not Affected.

Delaware county has a soldier vote of over two hundred. Owning to the substantial pluralities of the successful candidates for county office cannot be changed by the soldier vote. The soldier vote may change the result for town offices in several cases.

In Hamden Edward H. Conklin, Republican, received only two plurality over Douglas Terry, Democrat, for superintendent of highways. There are about ten or twelve soldier votes from the town which are apt to change the result. In Walton the same condition exists. John S. Tuttle, Democrat, has 17 plurality over E. F. Goodrich for superintendent of highways. There are some sixty soldier votes from the town, and while not probable, this vote might change the result. The superintendents of highways take office Thursday following election. The question has arisen whether the men apparently elected must wait six weeks until the soldier vote is canvassed. In Davenport E. I. Sherman, Republican, has only a small plurality over W. H. Adee, for supervisor, but the result will probably not be changed as the soldier vote from the town is small.

SUFFRAGE EFFECTIVE JAN. 1

Women May Participate in City Option Elections.

Indications are that the official canvass of the vote in the state next month will show a majority of over 100,000 for suffrage. New York city gave a majority of 92,000 for the proposition. Apparently the upstate counties have added only 2,000 to this majority, though complete returns are not in yet.

The recently enfranchised women of the state will be permitted to vote at city local option election next April, but they cannot legally sign petitions requested such elections, according to informal opinions of state excise and legal department officials.

The constitution provides that a constitutional amendment ratified by the voters shall become effective on the first of the year following the ratifications. This could confer the excise suffrage privilege on women. However, the Hill-Wheeler city local option law, under the “wet” and “dry” elections may be held next April and in cities outside of New York, provides that such elections may be called only upon petitions signed by 25 per cent of the registered voters.

There is at least one chance that the women may vote on the petitions. State Women’s party representatives said there was a strong probability that the women would ask state authorities to designated a special registration day on which women could register so as to be able to sign local option petitions.

SUPERVISORS REPUBLICAN

Four Democrats and Fifteen Republicans Elected Tuesday.

The Delaware county board of supervisors for the next two years will stand 15 Republicans and four Democrats, a Republican gain of two. The board for 1918- 19 will stand as follows, the pluralities where known being given:

Andes—James W. Dickenson, R., 69.

Bovina—Thomas Johnson, R., 22.

Colchester—John E. Thomson, D., 69.

*Davenport—E I. Sherman, R., 7.

Delhi—Hector S. Marvin, R-D.

Deposit—Robert A. Briggs, R., 67.

Franklin—LeRoy Evans, R., 80.

*Hamden—A. B. Shaw, R., 115.

Hancock—Walter L. Randall, R., 125.

*Harpersfield—Norman Nichols, R.

Kortright—Harry L. Eckert, R., 48.

Masonville—Arthur Henderson, R., 29.

Meredith—Ferris D. Mackey, R., 55.

Middletown—Edward H. Dickson, R.

Roxbury—Edward Enderlin, D.

*Sidney—P. O. Wheeler, D. 275.

Stamford—John H. King, R., 86.

*Tompkins—Lester E. Kipp, D., 45. *Walton—William G. Moore, R-D.

*New members; others reelected.

SIDNEY WATER APPRAISERS

Men Named to Determine Value of Water Work.

Justice George M. McCann of Elmira has appointed the three commissioners to condemn the Sidney Water Works and fix the value which the village must pay to acquire the property.

The men named are Hon. George B. Curtis of Binghamton, Harry M. Beardsley of Elmira, and Frank A. Frost of Watkins. The village of Sidney voted to appropriate $165,000 to purchase the water company property, but the offer was refused.

EXPRESS “ROBBERY” FOLLOWS FORGERY

Wyer’s Posters Fail to Distract From the Real Crime

MACHINE UNDER A STIGMA

Seek to Relieve Organization From Embarrassing Situation - Will Real Investigation be Made?

When the Delaware Express published a forged letter last week a train of events was started in which attempted intimidation, an alleged robbery and low-down politics are mixed in about equal proportions, and the end of this Delhi sensation is not yet, as a court of inquiry is being held as this is written.

Clark Frisbee lives about one mile above Bloomville village. He is a member of the farmer’s committee that requested the two old parties to nominate Nesbitt, who lives at Bloomville also, for member of assembly.

A sensation therefore was created when the Delaware Express, edited by A. C. Wyer, came out in its issue of Nov. 2nd with a letter signed Clark Frisbee, in which he asks why the farmers’ organizations must bear the responsibility of Nesbitt’s nomination when they had nothing to do with it, and so forth.

The day the Express was issued Mrs. Frisbee drove their automobile to Bloomville and got the mail. As soon as she read the article she went to the barn where Frisbee was doing chores and told him what the Express contained. He said, “You go right down to Nesbitt’s this minute and tell him that I never wrote that letter, that I had nothing to do with it, and that it is a forgery.” Later Frisbee went himself to see Nesbitt and both came to Delhi.

In company with E. O. Harkness, Frisbee went to the office of the Delaware Express and asked Wyer what he meant by printing a forged letter? Wyer turned to Frisbee and said, “Didn’t you sign the letter?” Frisbee replied “No.” “If you say you didn’t that settles it,” was the substance of Wyer’s reply. Wyer admitted that he had made no attempt to find out whether the letter was genuine before printing it, although Frisbee could very easily have been reached by telephone. Frisbee asked to see the later and Wyer sent for his foreman, who dug it out of the baled waste paper. W. H. Maynard, about this time, joined the party and asked for the envelope. Wyer said he wouldn’t know if he found it, but that it was mailed the previous Wednesday at Bloomville. He now claims he has the original envelope.

Letter a Forgery.

Wyer permitted Frisbee and Harkness to take the letter away with them on their promise to return it. That same day Frisbee made an affidavit “that he never wrote said letter or any part thereof, or authorized the same to be written, and never knew its contents until he read it in said Delaware Express.” The letter was returned to Wyer on Saturday.

The matter of the forged letter had by this time gotten pretty thoroughly advertised, and Frisbee’s affidavit left the Republican organization in sad shape, which has not been bettered by what has since taken place.

Saturday evening District Attorney Hewitt went up to Frisbee’s. Hewitt found that Frisbee was in Delhi, but he told Mrs. Frisbee that if her husband would make an affidavit that the statements in the published letter expressed his (Frisbee’s) sentiments, such action would take the matter out of his hand as district attorney. Hewitt asked for some of Frisbee’s checks, presumably for comparison with forged signature, and was given them by Mrs. Frisbee.

Up to Sunday noon the leaders of the Republican band and their satellites were stating that Clark Frisbee better be careful or he would land in the penitentiary. By noon Sunday the organization had given Mr. Frisbee a full pardon and saddled the whole affair on Mrs. Frisbee.

Fisher Stretches Friendship.

Sunday afternoon Hon. George A. Fisher, deputy attorney-general, and one time candidate for county judge, with Justice of the Peace Edwin L. Stevens of Delhi proceeded to the home of the aged father of Clark Frisbee, M. N. Frisbee, former supervisor of the town of Kortright, and in the name of friendship, life-long interest in the family and by Fisher’s own statement having at heart only the interest of the Frisbee family requested Mr. Frisbee to accompany them to the home of Clark Frisbee, his son, for the purpose of advising Mrs. Clark Frisbee to make an affidavit before Justice Stevens that she wrote and signed, without the knowledge of her husband, the forged letter. Mr. Frisbee promptly advised the deputy attorney-general that his daughter-in-law knew nothing regarding the letter until she read it in the paper, did not write it, did not sign it, and that he was not going to insult her by offering any such suggestion or advice to her.

Fisher proceeded to the home of Clark Frisbee and there again, simply as a matter of friendship and interest in the family, of course having no political interest, suggested and advised that if Mrs. Frisbee would sign an affidavit before Justice Stevens that she wrote and signed the letter, he would do all he could to keep the attorney-general from prosecution. Mrs. Frisbee replied that she knew nothing whatever of the letter until she read it in the Express, did not write and did not sign it, and that she failed to see how it would mitigate a forgery already committed for her to perjure herself in making a false affidavit.

Interest in the Frisbee family on the part of Messrs. Fisher and Stevens immediately ceased, as they retired to report to those waiting in Delhi. This undue haste on the part of Mr. Fisher and his alleged tender regard for the Frisbee family can only be explained by the fact that they evidently deemed that the interest of the Republican machine could be best served, even if it was Sunday, by procuring an affidavit of some description containing any kind of admission by Mrs. Frisbee, thereby relieving the Republican machine from a very embarrassing situation.

Foreman Acts as Dictaphone.

There are various stories being told in Delhi about the activities of the Republican leaders. One is to the effect that the night that District Attorney Hewitt returned from his fruitless visit to Mrs. Frisbee he went to Wyer’s office and waited until Frisbee passed along, when he was called in and asked if the forged article did not wholly or in part represent his views? The Express office not owning a dictaphone, Jim Foreman was made to answer the purpose by being concealed where he could hear the conversation with Frisbee.

A Touch of the Comic.

A touch of the comic was added to the affair by the alleged robbery of the Express office. Here is a copy of the poster gotten out by Wyer:

“Crime Added to Crime. Forgery Reinforced by Burglary. Express Office Robbed in Attempt to Reclaim Evidence. Between the hours of 7:45 Sunday evening and 7:30 Monday morning the office of the Delaware Express was entered and every desk rifled, the safe forced and every paper therein apparently examined, and a general destruction perpetrated in the attempt of the writer of the letter alleged to have been written by Clark Frisbee to reclaim the evidence which is in the possession of the authorities and which is sufficient to convict. The attempt was unsuccessful, as the evidence has been turned over to the district attorney and the United States Department of Justice for thorough and immediate prosecution. Crime upon crime is the sure evidence of guilty knowledge and of desperation. Who would profit by these crimes?”

Machine Under Stigma.

It is a favorite scheme of Wyer’s to write letters and have those in whose interest they are written sign them, or print them under some nom de plume. But Wyer did not write the Frisbee letter. The style is not his. Neither is it such a letter as a woman would write. The opinion prevails, however, that Wyer knows who wrote it. Frisbee’s prompt repudiation of the letter at once fastened suspicion on the machine as back of the forgery. All its subsequent activities appear as an attempt to relieve itself of the stigma.

But the only thing that would clear it is to bring out who wrote the letter and who attempted to rob the Express office, if it was robbed.

SEEK TO QUASH INDICTMENTS

Bryce and Patterson Claim Illegalities in Grand Jury.

There were numerous attorneys in attendance at Surrogate’s and County Courts at the regular session this week, but it did not prove to be a busy session. The formal probate of the will of the late Dr. Churchill showed an inventory of $25,000 personal and $75,000 real property. Another estate of $9,000 and one of $6,000 were probated.

There was an echo of the Scudder case heard in Surrogate’s Court last Monday, but no action was asked for in the matter of the two others indicted at the same time and for the same offense. Later a motion will be made for a dismissal of the indictments by Judge Raymond, as the Court of Appeals in deciding the conviction of John E. Scudder to be without warrant, and setting him entirely free, also covers the other indictments.

On Monday Grace Miller, the little daughter of “Andy Miller” of East Branch country, was formally adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Hines of Andes. The necessary papers were duly confirmed by Judge Raymond and later filed in the office of the county clerk, giving the new parents full jurisdiction of the bright girl.

The Bryce and Patterson indictments were heard about again on Monday, an argument being made for removal of these matters from the records of the courts, in pursuance of the motion made some time ago. E. E. Conlon amplified the allegations of the petition in reference to the several points. The fact that the stenographer, A. F. Curtis, was not reappointed last January at the beginning of Mr. Hewitt’s second term as district attorney, was suggested as being fatal to the indictments obtained. It was argued that he was illegally in the grand jury rooms when the examinations were going on. The feature of the argument was probably on the point that no grand jury existed this year, for the reason that the Board of Supervisors did not make proper designation. The supervisor of each town was instructed to suggest a list of names for grand jurors, which was done, but the board failed to pass an appointing resolution as required by law. Then, if it should be declared that the grand jury was qualified as to appointment, the body present on the occasion of this investigation was not legal for the reason that initials of the men’s names were used instead of the full names as required. Further, it is alleged that but fifteen jurors were present at the time of finding this indictment, whereas the law requires sixteen.

District Attorney Hewitt admitted that some of the facts as alleged, but denied the validity of the indictment was affected thereby. He also insisted that it is now too late to question the status of the jury as that must be done at the time of the hearing and before the indictment is found to be effective. He announced that his contentions appear in his brief. Briefs were submitted by both parties and a decision will be handed down later.

SIDNEY CENTER PLANT CLOSED

Borden’s Creamery Again Shut Down - Farmers Keep Agreement.

(From Sidney Center correspondent.)

District superintendent of the Borden plant, William Mackison of Binghamton, was here last week to look after the milk situation. The Bordens opened their creamery here on Nov. 1 for three days, but not enough milk was received to keep the plant running. Nearly all the farmers from this section took their milk to Unadilla when the Borden’s closed here on Oct. 1, and, although there was not written contract, it was understood if the companies there took the milk for one month they could have it for six months. Consequently the farmers feel that it is up to them to keep their obligations to the Unadilla company.

ENLARGING KAYSER FACTORY

Extensive Additions Being Made to Sidney Plant.

Work is now under way for a large addition at the Kayser factory in Sidney. Contractor M. D. Bennett has the work in charge and already has the foundation practically completed. On the Clark street the addition will be 16 feet wide, two stories in height, and will extend the length of the building, towards Main street, a distance of 94 feet. This will practically double the capacity of the finishing department. On the property at the rear of the mill recently purchased from the Congregational church, the foundation work for an addition to the dye house is also under way. This addition will be 30 by 89 feet. The entire addition will be of brick.

BURIED UNDER LOAD OF WOOD

Wagon of Elmer Knapp of Fish’s Eddy Upsets.

(From our Fish’s Eddy cor.)

Elmer Knapp of Fish’s Eddy was driving his team down the hill with a load of wood last Friday, when suddenly the wood tipped over and piled upon Mr. Knapp. Stanley Marks telephoned Dr. Atchinson, and by the time the men got Mr. Knapp pulled out from under the pile, the physician was there to render aid. It was a very narrow escape Mr. Knapp had, for if he had been just a very little ways further down he certainly would have been crushed to death. He received a number of bruises on his body, and one hip was injured.

BODY FOUND NEAR DELANCEY

Matthews, Former Inmate of County Farm, Missing Some Time.

(From our Delancey cor.)

Herbert Champan of DeLancey, while out hunting one day last week on the old Holloway farm at the head of Terry Clove came across the body of a man who had apparently been dead several months. Dr. C. R. Woods, the Delhi coroner, was immediately summons and gave a burial permit. It is thought that the body was that of a man named Matthews, once an inmate of the county house at Delhi, but whose whereabouts had not been known for a year at least. The remains were interred in the county house cemetery, where they were taken by Supt. Foreman and the coroner.

TRIED TO POISON HIS PIG

West Harpersfield Man Finds Poisoned Apples in Pen.

(From our North Kortright cor.)

When Millard Briggs, manager of Sheffield creamery at West Harpersfield, went to feed his pig Monday morning he discovered that someone had the start of him, as apples were lying about the pen. Investigation showed that some had been poisoned. Whether or not the pig had eaten any of those was not known that morning. It is reported that Mr. Briggs notified Sheriff Austin, asking him to bring the bloodhounds, to see if they could trace the miscreant.

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