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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1917

THE WEEK IN WALTON

What We Are Talking About at the County Hub

TOY CO. DOING WAR WORK

Using Less Coal - Mail Clerk Resigns - Horse Falls on Man’s Leg - Red Cross Seals on Sale.

The collection for Armenian relief taken at the Thanksgiving day service in the United Presbyterian church last Thursday, amounted to $30.50. Five dollars more was added later.

David More, who recently bought the tannery houses, Mead street, from Miss Sarah Warner, is having the one nearest West Brook moved back about twelve feet and will have the structure practically built over.

The military drill for boys in Walton under the direction of J. T. Sherwood has been changed from Friday to Monday evenings. Mr. Sherwood expects soon to appoint officers from the boys most proficient in the training.

Captain Richmond P. Hobson, the hero of the Merrimac in the Spanish-American war, will speak in Walton hall this Friday evening on the subject “America in War.” Captain Hobson came here under the auspices of the Anti-Saloon League.

The Red Cross seals have been placed on sale in the Walton stores. Principal C. P. Wells is the local chairman in charge of the sales in Walton. The proceeds are devoted to fighting tuberculosis and Walton people should not fail to remember this worthy cause during the Christmas holidays.

Major Damon of the First Provisional Regiment, New York guard, stationed at New Paltz, will muster in the depot unit of Company F of Walton this Friday evening, as Company F of the Tenth Regiment. There are about fifteen members of the depot unit in Walton, while the other members are with the Provisional Regiment and stationed at Elmsford, Westchester county, guarding the aqueduct.

Probably few people in Walton realize that one of the village’s industries is engaged in the manufacture of war orders. While the business of the Walton Toy Company is still largely confined to the manufacture of its regular lines of toys and furniture, the plant has turned out large orders of camp chairs and step ladders for the government and is at present engaged in sawing up ash wood for use in the construction of aeroplanes.

Joseph E. Elliott of Colchester station had his left leg fractured Friday evening. Mr. Elliot has the contract to do a lumber job for Lewis More on the mountain back of the Terry place, Colchester Station. On finishing work Friday evening he mounted his horse to ride home. Before he could get hold of the reins after mounting the horse stepped sideways and fell. Mr. Elliot’s leg was caught under the animal’s body and one of the bones broken above the ankle. Dr. Smith reduced the fracture.

John C. Chamberlin has resigned as railroad mail clerk on trains 1 and 2 and made his last run Tuesday. Mr. Chamberlin has been in the railroad mail service for nearly twenty-eight years and is one of the best known mail agents on the O. & W. Mr. Chamberlain will devote his entire time to the management of his fine farm located half a mile below Granton. Mr. Chamberlain was appointed January 26, 1890, and began work on trains 1 and 2 and has always held the same run. Charles W. Harlow, Jr., of Crystal Run will take Mr. Chamberlain’s place temporarily.

Joesph Gannon, who is the local agent for J. L. Clark of Sidney, county fuel administrator, states that the monthly reports submitted to him by the Walton coal dealers show that during the months of October and November the consumption of coal in Walton has been nearly five hundred tons less than in the same period in 1916. Mr. Gannon believes that if each household will only order the amount of coal it actually needs and not seek to store away and hoard fuel, no difficulty will be met in meeting the demands of all. Otherwise the selfishness of one person may result in serious hardship to another. The Walton dealers have advanced prices fifty cents a ton to cover the advance granted the miners.

United States War Savings certificate stamps and thrift stamps are now on sale at Walton post office. The first purchaser of a war savings certificate was Wm. J. Darrin, rural carrier No. 2, and the second was his son, Edward Darrin. The war savings certificate stamp sells at $4.12 during December, 1917, and January 1918, the price advances 1 cent per month thereafter, and are redeemed by the U. S. on Jan. 1, 1923 at $5. The thrift stamp sells at 25 cents and is exchangeable toward the purchase of a war savings certificates. The purchaser of the certificate stamps receives 4 per cent on his money compounded quarterly and the purchaser has the additional advantage that he may have his certificate redeemed at any time at the then value of stamps. The Walton post office has been busy this week sending out the savings certificates and revenue stamps to the seventy-eight post offices in its jurisdiction. The revenue stamps will be in demand as many new stamp taxes become effective December first.

CURTIS SKIPPED HIS BAIL

Left Town Two Days Before Date of Trial in Norwich.

Curtis Steele of Walton, who was recently indicted by the Chenango county grand jury on a charge of robbing a man of $50 at the O. & W. station in Norwich, has skipped the country and his bondsman, James M. Knapp, owner of the Riverside Hotel, is trying to locate his whereabouts.

Steele’s case was to have come up Monday for trial before Judge Hill in Norwich. Saturday Steele took the noon train from Walton and that was the last seen of him. The bail was $500 and the bondsman was allowed until next Tuesday to locate Steele.

FARM BUREAU MEETING

Annual Gathering in Delhi on Wednesday December 19.

The annual meeting of the Delaware County Farm Bureau association will be held at Delhi on Wednesday, December 19th. This will be an all-day meeting with an evening session. The forenoon will be largely devoted to reports, election of officers, etc., for the men. There will be a special session for the women with local speakers. After this there will be the community lunch. Every one will bring a lunch and eat it at the hall. This always helps to get the farmers from all over the county acquainted with each other. Hot coffee will be furnished and served free by the Farm Bureau association.

In the afternoon Dean Mann and Miss Van Rensselaer of Cornell University will deliver addresses. Both of these people are pleasant speakers and are in very close touch with the Food Administration at Washington and so should offer the most of us an opportunity to see conditions in such a light that we could not otherwise receive it.

In the evening E. R. Eastman, who is now assistant state leader of county agents will speak, after which Miss Huff will conduct her famous singing school.

Plan to come and stay all day as every effort is being made to make this meeting well worth your while.

BELCHER MURDERER CONFESSES CRIME

Elmer J. Youngs Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

VICTIM FORMER HAMDEN MAN

Negro’s Body Found in Cellar of Oxford Tenement 18 Months After Disappearance.

The murder of Frank Belcher of Oxford, the former Hamden negro, has been solved. Elmer J. Youngs, held in the Chenango county jail in Norwich for complicity in the crime, on Friday entered a plea of guilty to a charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to ten years and five months in Auburn state prison by Judge James P. Hill.

Belcher, who at one time lived at Fall Clove, belonged to a colored family formerly well known in Delaware county. Clinton Belcher of Hamden is a son. Frank Belcher disappeared early in March, 1916, and search failed to reveal his whereabouts. His disappearance occurred at the time of a big snow storm and it was generally believed about Oxford that he had been overcome by the storm while after wood and had perished.

On August 22, 1917, while two workmen were engaged in cleaning out rubbish in the cellar of the old hoe factory tenement in Oxford, when they uncovered the body of Belcher under the stairs, where it had lain concealed for nearly eighteen months.

Dr. Johnson of Oxford, Coroner Wilcox, District Attorney Lee and others were immediately at work investigating, an inquest was held, several suspects were arrested and within 48 hours Youngs, who had sold Belcher’s choice young horse to Port Crane parties was apprehended. He was indicted by the Chenango grand jury recently and a confession was secured from him by a detective who impersonated a prisoner.

When arraigned Friday, and after he had plead guilty to manslaughter, Youngs was asked if he wanted to make a statement. In a low tone of voice the murderer then spoke substantially as follows: “I went there (meaning the old shack in which Belcher lived) and was drinking with him. I got into a quarrel with him over some shoats and he hit me in the back with a shovel and ran upstairs. I followed him and hit him with my fist and knocked him down the stairs. I dragged him under the stairs, covered up the body, took his horse and drove away.” The man spoke in short sentences and at times his words were almost inaudible. Judge Hill asked him how he accounted for the dead man’s broken skull if he hit him only with his fist, and the reply was that in falling his head hit the concrete pavement at the bottom of the stairs. He asked him how long he had lingered around after committing the crime and he stated about an hour.

Judge Stratton, the attorney for Youngs, stated the case very clearly for his client. He stated that the boy had left home at the age of eight years because of his mother’s death, and that he had been buffeted about and compelled to shift for himself. That he had probably fallen into bad company and that he had had no one to care for him nor advise with him. He was not a bad character, although he had been sent to St. Vincent’s school at Utica and later had been sent to a correctional institution at Industry. He was admitted to be intemperate at times but he was not an excessive drinker. Judge Stratton, after making the statement for his client stated that he wished to withdraw the plea of not guilty to murder in the first degree to that of manslaughter or murder in the second degree.

District Attorney Lee, for the people, stated how Belcher’s body had been found and when. How difficult it had been to secure any witnesses who could corroborate the evidence in the case which up to the time of the alleged confession in the county jail had been purely circumstantial. No one had witnessed the tragedy and the body in the basement of the building was not discovered for almost a year and a half after the crime had been committed. Mr. Lee traced the case in its various bearings from the time of its commitment up to the present, and although he believed throughout that Youngs was guilty he found it almost impossible to produce corroborating evidence that would convince the minds of a jury.

The first positive evidence of the crime came about through a “stool pigeon” who was planted in the county jail and became a “pal” of the prisoner. During the county fair Officer George H. Smith arrested a New York man by the name of Costello for pocket-picking. He was believed by the arresting officer and by all others except Sheriff Lewis, the district attorney and possibly one other officer to have been a bad man, and in fact he gave the officials at the jail an unusual amount of trouble. He gained the confidence of Youngs and later told him the story in sections, only giving up a little day by day, until the attorney for the accused advised his client not to do any more talking to strangers. What the accused disclosed to Costello, who proved to be a New York detective, tallied very closely to the story told in court Friday morning.

In view of all the circumstances surrounding the case, and in view of the fact that it would be next to impossible to secure corroborating evidence strong enough to convict of first degree murder, District Attorney Lee was willing to agree to the plea of the accused.

FINE KELSEY BARN BURNS

Horse, Hay and Farm Tools Lost in Flames - Insurance Small Part of Loss.

(From our Cannonsville cor.)

Friday morning between one and two o’clock the large barn on Wm. Carpenter’s farm at Kelsey was discovered on fire. Flames were issuing from the roof when first seen. Neighbors were summoned by telephone and with their timely assistance the fine dairy of cows and the young cattle were removed. One horse was burned. In a short time the building with fifty to sixty tons of hay, grain, wagons, sleighs and all farming implements were a mass of ruin. There was in an insurance of $1,600 on the barn and contents. This does not begin to cover the loss. The origin of the fire is a mystery.

The lumber alone in the barn was worth $4,000, not considering the hay and farming implements. Mr. Carpenter will be compelled to sell his stock as he has nothing on which to winter them and no suitable building to shelter them.

FIRE IN ROSCOE THEATRE

Soda Fountain Section of Citerion Damaged by Fire.

(From our Roscoe cor.)

At 1:45 a. m. Saturday December 1st, fire was discovered in the Citerion theatre building in Roscoe, owned by J. J. Ryan and used as a moving picture place and soda fountain. The fire started around the soda fountain and was confined to that part of the building. Smoke and water did more or less damage to the best part of the building. The fire company turned two streams of water on it and soon had it under control. The part of the building where the fire started was pretty well gutted and everything in that part was a total loss.

“SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE”

Clarence Hathaway of Cannonsville One of First Delaware County Boys ‘Over There.”

The following is a part of an interesting letter written by Corporal Clarence Hathaway of the Marine Corps to his father, Harvey Hathaway, River street, Cannonsville

“France, Oct. 30th.

My Dear Dad & Everybody:

Yesterday morning I received more mail than at any time since my arrival in this country. Five letters there were—five letters of happiness all addressed to me. I do not blame you for wondering where I am and what I am busy about, but I am forced to tell you that I can add nothing to strengthen your conjectures. There are certain restrictions by which we must regulate our letter writing and of course there is not honorable means of avoiding them. Theses restrictions may be taken off. I’ll tell all I feel free to write.

We are well clothed and have plenty of good shoes. Our uniform is forest green, campaign hats and canvass leggings. This uniform will probably be changed later for when the green fades it greatly resembles German grey. (We have great times washing our winter clothing.) Probably no army now in the field will be equipped better than our own when once we become well organized.

We have been moving about. According the the estimation of distance in France we made “quite a jump.” The country looms up for bad or for worse as each location is reached but to me the whole domain that I have looked upon presents a splendid impression. If one were not well acquainted with the county and its people then they would hardly believe three years of terrible war had been endured with all that follows in the grim monster’s wake. But as one catches an inkling of the life so many times lived by this people there is to be found an impression that war is not such a surprising calamity. They seem used to horrible happenings and know well what to do and the proper mood to approach their task. So they are cautious, shrewd and very patient, ever full of hope and spirit, besides a quick determination which at once confides victory to those who watch and wait. These people I find very pleasant and willing to please and equally quick to take offense if the motive seems not good to them. They are of great interest to me and I use every opportunity to talk with them and observe their manners, ideas and customs. I am getting an idea of how they eat of late without too much embarrassment to others as well as myself. They tuck their napkins in at the throat, eat their bread with a knife (cutting it in small squares), and drink wine instead of coffee or tea. Milk is seldom served. Pastries are excellent but very rich. Food prices are moderate. Our needs (I’m not speaking of wants) are pretty well supplied tho I get ‘most woefully’ hungry for some of Grandma’s dinners. We have hard tack, coffee, beef, bread, vegetables, beans, bacon, mush and some time cake. Yes, I would enjoy a good newspaper that would come regularly to me. We have a two page American, but its of no account. You just bet I’d enjoyed that coon hunt with you. Man hunting is quite exciting, too! (So they say.) I have seen a great number of German and Austrian prisoners. The Austrians are not much account as fighters.

Bye-Bye, COR. CLARENCE HATHAWAY. 17th Co., 5th Reg., U. S. Mar. Corps,

Amer. Expel. Forces, France.

GIVE LEGAL ADVICE TO REGISTERED MEN

Associate Advisory Committee Named for Delaware County

MUST ANSWER IN SEVEN DAYS

Members of Committee Will Aid Anyone to Fill Out Questionnaire Without Charge - Enlistments Stopped.

The two local boards in Delaware county have received the questionnaires which will be sent to each registered man on the draft list beginning December 15 or shortly thereafter. The questions which each registered man is required to answer occupy about twelve printed pages and the task devolving upon each person receiving a copy is no small one.

To help the situation legal advisory boards were recently appointed in each county of the state by Governor Whitman. In Delaware county the Governor named Judge L. F. Raymond, who associated himself with Arthur E. Connor of Walton and John T. Stoddart of Delhi as the other members of the Advisory Board. The members of the Board serve without compensation and at a meeting in Delhi Tuesday Judge Raymond was chosen as chairman and Mr. Connor as secretary.

The following persons were designated as members of the associate legal advisory committee for the county:

Andes; Barna and Charles B. Johnson, Andes.

Delhi, Bovina and Meredith; Edwin D. Wagner, B. F. Gerowe, Jerome I. Goodrich, John B. Murray, Edward O’Connor, John T. Shaw, Fred W. Youmans, Arthur F. Curtis, all of Delhi.

Deposit and Tompkins; C. E. Scott, E. D. Cummins and Joseph Wade of Deposit, T. C. Judd of Cannonsville and C. L. Whittaker of Trout Creek.

Davenport; Walter Scott, W. H. Roberts.

Hancock; Wesley Gould, Frank Taylor, Lewis G. Carpenter and Vincent Elwood, Hancock; Frank Burnham, Chiloway; C. W. Peake, Peakville; Cyrus Peake, Long Eddy; J. E. Cassidy, East Branch.

Masonville; George M. Willis, L. L. Sornberger, Arthur Henderson.

Middletown; A. C. Fenton, W. H. Allaben, Margaretville; Howard D. DeSilva, Arkville; Eugene E. Howe, Joel L. Keator, George A. Speerburg, Fleischmanns.

Roxbury; A. F. Bouton, Robert B. Craft, Ralph S. Ives, Roxbury; Francis V. Riley, Grand Gorge.

Stamford and Harpersfield; John P. Grant, A. J. McNaught, C. L. Andrus, Charles S. Lewis, Howard A. Dyckman, L. A. Govern, W. H. Risely.

Kortright and Hobart; Charles R. and A. L. O’Connor, Hobart.

Franklin; Edwin A. Mackey, George D. Chamberlain, M. G. Nelson and Robert McMurray.

Sidney; Henry B. Sewell, William Thorpe, R. W. France, H. C. Kibbe.

Walton, Hamden, Beerston and Rock Rift; Albert H. Sewell, Alexander Neish, Samuel H. Fancher Sr., A. D. Peake, William F. White, A. G. Patterson, John G. More, A. J. Neish, Samuel H. Fancher, Jr., James Peake.

All persons who are required to fill out the questionnaire are at liberty to call on any of the different members of the Advisory Board to assist them in any town. If possible go to the Advisory Board nearest your local district. No compensation will be charged by any member of the Advisory Board for making out these papers. All blanks must be filled out and returned to the examining boards either at Delhi or Walton in which district registrant lives, within seven days from the date they are mailed to the registrant.

From the answers to the questionnaires the registered men will be sorted into five classes which will be liable to military service in order. Class one will be composed largely of single men with no dependents.

The new scheme will not materially alter the liability of service set by the drawing of the serial numbers in Washington except that it will practically eliminate the calling of married men until all single men without dependents are called.

Under the new rulings no voluntary enlistments in the army may be made by registered men after December 15. The following rule is quoted, “Between now and December 15th it is desired to afford registrants as wide an opportunity as possible to enlist in both army and navy. Therefore any registrant, even though he has been called by his local board to report for physical examination may enlist until December 15th upon presentation to the recruiting officer of a certificate from his local board that he will not be needed to fill any deferred percentage to the quota of the board.” Voluntary enlistment of all registrants is prohibited from and after twelve o’clock noon December 15th.

ITHACA FOOD CONFERENCE

Delaware County Conservation Agent Attends Important Meeting.

Miss L. Frances Clark has just returned to Walton after a week spent in Ithaca attending a conference of all the city and county conservation workers of New York state held at the college of agriculture from the 21st to the 28th of November. The conference was the first big gathering of the leaders of the state conservation work, its purpose being to review the experiences of the intensive months during the launching of the national food campaign and to shape a program for the months to come. Gathering in Ithaca to hold counsel with the agents were men and women of the state and national prominence in the work of conservation.

Miss Clark served on the community and organization committees during the conference, giving a report of the work in Delaware county and taking an active part in the deliberations of the assembled agents. She returns with a new vision of the importance and scope of the work in Delaware County and its direct relation to the big part which America must play in sharing of her abundance with her allies if war is to be won. She brings back a survey of the food situation from a national viewpoint and a definite outline of the best way of meeting the situation in this county.

One of the features of the conference, Miss Clark reports, was a big mass meeting held Friday evening at which F. C. Walcott, of the Food Administration, was the speaker of the evening, presenting a message to the conservation agents directly from Mr. Hoover. Mr. Walcott spoke not he “Prussian System and How to Fight it with Food.” He was peculiarly able to explain that system against which America is fighting, since he was one of the Commission to relieve the suffering in Poland after the Russian and German armies had squeezed it in their grip, and in Belgium he saw it at close range in all its ruthlessness.

As a result of the Cornell conference, Miss Clark looks forward to a fresh impetus toward binding together American housewives to stand back of the allied armies by wisely using the food supply.

AVERAGE MILK PRICE DILLON SUGGESTS

Bruce Kilpatrick of Delhi Succeeds Thomas as Director

WANTS NONPARTISAN LAWS

Pass Strong Resolutions Denouncing Legislative Conditions - Dillion Favors One Price For All Producers.

Bruce Kilpatrick, a progressive farmer living near Bloomville, was chosen by the Delaware county delegates of the Dairymen’s League in Utica Tuesday as director of the local league to succeed J. J. Thomas of Bloomville. Practically every local league in Delaware county was represented at the meeting in Utica. The Utica Herald-Dispatch of Wednesday says:

“The election of the directors of the Dairymen’s League, the adoption of a resolution favoring a non-partisan party in the state, and the adoption of resolutions relative to the production and distribution of milk were the important features of the session of the league at the Armory in Utica Tuesday afternoon.

The directors elected were: Louis M. Harin, Sussex, N. J.; Harry W. Culver, Amenia; John S. Pettys, Greenwich; Harry Ball, Campbell Hall; Irving C. Barnes, New Paltz; Bruce M. Kilpatrick, Delhi; J. D. Beardslee, New Berlin; R. D. Cooper, Little Falls; Frank C. Schryer, Burke; J. W. Putman, Libson; C. A. Hoadley, Black River; Grant Farrington, Pulaski; Charles W. Coe, Bouckville; H. J. Kershaw, Sherburne; Dr. E. H. Porter, Upper Lisle; Paul Smith, New Valley; Milton W. Davison, Canisteo; George S. Perkins, North Collins; J. D. Miller, Susquehanna; R. H. Fleming, Ala.; G. W. Slocum, Milton, Pa.

“A resolution to increase the members of the executive committee from five to seven was lost.

“The resolution favoring a nonpartisan party was adopted as follows:

“ ‘Whereas, The last Legislature of our state failed to pass laws favorable to Dairymen’s League interests, and that much of the present trouble will have to be charged with the members of that body, who failed to meet their wishes, by not favoring such laws as they thought necessary for the future of their work.

“ ‘Whereas, The creation of the state Food Commission, consisting of three members, and of the Farm and Market Commission, consisting of 10 members, appointed by Gov. Whitman, not one of whom is interested, directly in agriculture, is a direct insult to the farmers of the state and deserves a marked rebuke: therefore

“ ‘Resolved, That the Dairymen’s League in annual session, favors a non-partisan party in our state, that will place the legislative and executive branches of our state government in the hand of men who favor giving consideration to the interests of agriculture.’

“Among the resolutions adopted was one advising the ownership and operation by the milk producers of receiving stations in order to prevent discrimination in the care of surplus and deliver to the consumer at the lowest possible cost.

“Another approved the proposed combination of organized labor and organized farmers for mutual benefits.

“Another was adopted as follows:

“ ‘That in the interest of the country which we love and is now at war, we utter to our Government the warning that we feel the need of a two-fold crop, but that help is wanted and hard to obtain and that while we pledge ourselves to do all in our power to produce such a crop, it is essential and urgent that our Government take effective measures without further delay to assist the farmers of this country to secure the necessary help to produce such a crop.’

“A greeting to the consumers of milk carried the resolve that in view of the fact that the first concern of the city consumer is for a full milk supply under the most efficient system and at the lowest cost, the state assume the cost of an investigation, to satisfactorily demonstrate the cost of milk distribution through the stores in cans and bottles in sufficient volume to show the actual cost of taking from the producers’ hands and delivering it to the doors of the consumers’ homes.

“A resolution was adopted proclaiming the public thanks of the 50,000 members of the league and declaring the league was not organized to obtain an unfair price but rather to protect ourselves against an organized body of milk dealers who for years have underpaid the producer and overcharged the consumer.

“State Commissioner of Foods, John C. Dillon, declared the milk producers have not had a square deal at Washington. He said it cost more to produce milk in December than it does to distribute it in New York City. “They have taken half a cent from the producers,’ he said, ‘but have left the cost of distribution the same.’

“Mr. Dillon maintained that the present milk prices are not enough to make milk production profitable. He said: “The supply of milk is short because you can not afford to produce it. I insist the Federal Committee should allow a proper advance for December in order to stimulate production for the benefit of the consumer, who must have the milk.’ Mr. Dillon urged a reorganization of the ground work of the league on the co-operative basis. There is an absolute necessity to sell all milk on an equitable basis, he said. ‘We must make the organization so it can take care of this situation, so that one man can get the same price for 100 pounds of milk as the other. We must take care of every member on a fair basis.’ Mr. Dillon presented the following resolution:

“ ‘In the event the Dairymen’s League sells the milk of some of its members at a satisfactory price and is unable to sell the milk of other members as such prices, it may direct that such unsold milk be used at home by the producers, or it may arrange to have such milk manufactured elsewhere. In either case, the price realized for all milk including home consumption, manufactured and sold for consumption or manufacture, shall be averaged and adjusted so that each member shall share in the burden of the unsold surplus, and all receive the same price per quart in proportion to grade and fat content for the volume produced and offered for sale.’

“There were cries of ‘yes’ and ‘no’ from the big gathering when Mr. Dillon asked if the members of the league were willing to stand for that, and Chairman Cooper rapped for order.

“The chairman called R. D. Miller of Susquehanna, Pa., to explain the Federal Milk Commission’s responsibility. He said if the officers of the Dairymen’s League had not acceded to the demands of the food administration the members of the league would have blushed with shame. ‘I think you will get your rights from the federal commission. We can convince them that the prices asked by the Dairymen’s League are just,’ said the speaker.

“The matter of the reorganization was referred to the Committee on Resolutions.

“President Cooper said that the league had the opportunity to take over the plants of the Borden Company and to take over the distribution in New York, and he said that this was in the direction of greater league efficiency. He said the co-operative plan was the right basis for the league and that local plants should be owned by the league, which will eventually bring about what Mr. Dillon suggests. The speaker told of the operation of the co-operative plan in various parts of the state. The farmers must own the facilities in their own localities.

“The directors who were named yesterday will meet at Newton, N. J., in about two weeks, when the annual election of officers will be held.” —Utica Herald.

DELAWARE COURT TERMS

Three Supreme Court Sessions - Only Two County Court.

Trial terms of Supreme Court will be held in Delaware county in 1918 as follows: February 11, Justice Kellogg presiding; May 6, Justice Davis presiding; October 28, Justice McCann presiding.

Judge L. F. Raymond of Franklin has designated two terms of county court with juries for 1918, to open on the second Mondays of June and December. Hitherto county court with jury has been held in March, June and November, but only a few cases, and sometimes none, were ready for trial and the change will mean a considerable savings to the county.

County court for the hearing of motions, appeals, trials and other proceedings without a jury will be held the first Monday of each month in Delhi.

Surrogate’s court will be held in Delhi on Monday of each week except during the month of August, and at Franklin on the third Saturday of each month except August.

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