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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, MAY 18, 1918


What We Are Talking About at the County Hub


Farms Change Ownership - Lecture Course for Next Winter - Bakery Moves.

M. E. Chilson has sold his 114- acre farm at Beerston to John Mc- Clenathan, who recently sold his place on Platner Brook, near Delhi. Possession will be given June first. The sale was made through the agency of H. M. Robinson.

A. M. Nichol has sold his farm situated on the river road near Hawley’s Station to Henry Conner, who purchased it for the standing timber. Consideration $12,000. Mr. Nichol has reserved the use of the house, barn, pasture and some tillable land until fall.

The State Industrial commission in Binghamton heard the evidence Tuesday in the claim of Henry Turtur for compensation for injuries received in the sawmill of Roy Foote at Cleaver, on October 18, 1917. The back of his left hand was lacerated and he received a compound fracture of the third finger.

W. E. Webster has rented the first floor of Reynolds & Stebbins building on Bridge street and will move his bakery there from Gardiner Place. He has ordered a larger oven and expects to make the change in about six weeks. The interior of the Reynolds & Stebbins building is being fitted up for the bakery. The change will give Mr. Webster much more room and a good location.

Rev. T. B. Young, a former pastor of the Walton Methodist church, who has been engaged in Y. M. C. A. work at Camp Upton, L. I., spoke at a union service in the M. E. church Sunday evening to a large congregation. Mr. Young expects to soon receive a commission as chaplain in the army for overseas duty. Pledges amounting to nearly $300 were received to carry on the church war work in the camps.

Members of the Walton Chapter of the American Red Cross who did not renew their membership during the Christmas membership drive are asked to make the renewal at once. There are about two hundred memberships which expire in the next few weeks which have not been renewed. Membership fees may be sent to the secretary, Miss Ada King, or to George T. Johnston, treasurer of the chapter.

Mrs. Alexander Tweedie, who is making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Robert George, on the state road below Walton, had her right wrist broken last Friday morning. She had been to the village and was returning home with Harold Miller, who works for Mr. George. As the rig turned into the George driveway Mrs. Tweedie was thrown from the high-seated lumber wagon and sustained the injury mentioned.

Anthony Decker has sold his barber shop business in the Gay house, Delaware street, to Walter Leubner, who takes possession next Monday. Mr. Leubner has been employed by William Mastro for some time. Mr. Decker has bought the Robert Ternett farm in Launt Hollow, Hamden, trading in his house on Prospect avenue in the deal. He is moving to the farm this week and Mr. Ternett’s family will come to Walton.

The lecture course committee met Friday evening and made arrangements with a representative of the White bureau for the course next winter. The following numbers have been selected: The Carella-Bonelli Co., in a musical number; William Sterling Battis, lecturer and impersonator of Dickens’ characters; the Columbia Sextette, in a musical entertainment with stringed instruments; Paul M. Pierson, a popular lecturer; and the Almaretta Jubilee Singers, the negro concert troupe which accompanied Booker T. Washington in many engagements.

Negotiations have been completed for the purchase by Breakstone Bros., the creamerymen, of the concrete factory building at West End from James Munn. The Breakstones lease and operate the co-operative creamery plant adjoining and have recently installed much new machinery for condensing purposes and intend to go into this branch on a large scale. The Munn building will be used at present largely for storage purposes. The building is of concrete, three stories high, and was erected in 1907 by James Munn. It was used as a piano-back factory until recently.

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has sustained the award given Mrs. Burt Litts of Readburn against the Risley Lumber Co., employer, and the Travelers’ Insurance Co., insurance carrier, for the death of her husband, who was killed by a fall from the smokestack at the Risley Lumber Co. acid factory at Rock Rift. All members of the court concurred in the opinion except Presiding Justice Kellogg. The Workmen’s Compensation commission granted Mrs. Litts an award of $6.92 weekly during widowhood and $2.31 weekly for each of two children until eighteen years old. The Risley Lumber Co. was protected by insurance and the insurance company appealed from the award on the ground that Litts was an independent contractor and not covered by the law.


Judge Raymond Also Decides Masonville Calf Case for Plaintiff

(From our Delhi cor.)

There was rather less than the usual amount of business before Judge Raymond on Monday, but he handed down two decisions in appeal cases, as noted below:

Edward Shea, as guardian of Anna Shea, plaintiff-respondent, against Jas. Crawson, as trustee of school district No. 24, town of Hancock. This was an appeal from justice’s court in the town of Deposit, where a judgment was given in favor of the plaintiff for $44 damages and $7.75 costs. Anna Shea made a contract with defendant to teach the school in his district in the summer of 1916, for a term of 36 weeks. On account of the prevalence of infantile paralysis in the state the school was not opened at the time appointed, but later said trustee ordered her to open on the 28th of September. She taught the full time of contract and was paid for such services, but asked for payment for the month for which she was detained from beginning and justice’s court gave judgment for the same. This judgment is affirmed by Judge Raymond.

The other case was in matter of shooting a calf. Matthew Camp, plaintiff-respondent against Clifton Foster, defendant-appellant. The action was tried before Justice Seeley of Sidney and judgment given for breach of contract in the sum of $60, from which defendant appealed to county court. Plaintiff was having some heifers pastured in 1916 on the farm of Daniel Gifford and one of them was found dead from a gunshot wound as charged. It was alleged that defendant’s brother and a boy by the name of Byron Decker did the shooting. There was no evidence given tending to show that the boys named shot the heifer, but Gifford went to the home of the defendant and accused his brother and Decker of killing the heifer, and demanded pay for it. After discussion of the matter defendant agreed to pay $60 for the heifer.

The court holds that as plaintiff was present and consented to the settlement the contract was between plaintiff and defendant, and the only question for him to consider was as to whether the contract was a legal one. The evidence appears sufficient to establish a contract, as it provided that the hide was to be delivered to defendant. That there was a threat made to have the boys arrested does not invalidate such a contract and the delivery of the hide as agreed by the plaintiff was a fulfillment of his part of the agreement. The arrest was not threatened by plaintiff, but by Gifford, and that does not enter into this contract. Judgment affirmed with costs.


Fleischmann Beaten in Note Case - Andes Action Retried.

(From our Delhi cor.)

The action of Delia B. Froude vs. Charles R. Fleischmann of New York, a son of the late Louis W. Fleischmann, continued during Friday and the jury returned a sealed verdict Saturday morning, finding for the plaintiff in the amount claimed, $1,054. Briefly, Mrs. Froude, then Mrs. Blish, loaned the Continental Export Company $2,000, sending two checks of $1,000 each to Carl Herman. She did not get any stock in the company nor any evidence of debt, and not receiving any payments for a long time she wrote Mrs. Louis Fleischmann about the matter, this plaintiff and the Fleischmanns being quite intimate friends. She received a letter from Charles R. Fleischmann, a son of Louis, saying that he was in no way interested in the matter, but for friendship would assume the obligation, not including any interest, and send her five $400 notes, payable one each year. Plaintiff claims to have accepted this offer and sued to recover on two of the promised notes, which would now be due and the interest on same.

The defendant admits many of the allegations of plaintiff, but denies that he ever received an acceptance from Mrs. Blish of his offer to give his notes. The reason that he decided to reconsider his offer was that he learned Mrs. Froude had been paid $300 and had never mentioned the matter in the correspondence, and informed her that an explanation was due from her. As the checks were made to Carl Hermann instead of to the Continental Export Co., was evidence to the defendant that he plaintiff did not trust the company, but loaned the money to Hermann, and she never mentioned the company in her correspondence with defendant. After he informed plaintiff that he could not take up the claim he did not hear from her two years, and naturally supposed the matter was dropped.

The case of Cornelius W. Every of Bloomville against his son, Egbert W. Every, was tried Saturday, and was an action to recover on a note and for the value of furniture and an old automobile. The note was given for personal property bought at an auction sale held by the plaintiff when he left the farm and took possession of the hotel at Bloomville, for $235; for furniture left in the farm house, which it was alleged the defendant appropriated, said to be of the value of $235, and for the old automobile, worth $75, which defendant also appropriated.

The defendant alleged that he gave the note, which was not negotiable, with the understanding that wages due him from his father for work in driving the Delhi- Bloomville auto stage, amounting to $255, as to offset same, and that it include the furniture as well as other property, and he took the auto at his father’s request, but did not use it nor profit by it in any way. Consequently he claimed he was indebted to his father. The amount claimed was $578.44; the note and interest to date $263.44, furniture $235 and automobile $75.

C. E. Smith summed up for the defendant and A. L. O’Connor for plaintiff. The jury found for plaintiff in the amount due on the note only.

The action of the Nears Food Company against William Clement of Andes was begun Tuesday afternoon and this was the last one up on the day calendar. It has been tried before and a verdict for the defendant given. An agent for the company sold some food products in company with the defendant and also with one of his sons to farmers, and alleges it was to assist the defendant who was to be their agent to assist his sons who had a store. The amount of the claim against the defendant is $123.50 and interest from December 1, 1916. Defendant denies making any contract for handling the goods and plaintiff admits that the contract of agency was signed by a son. Defendant denies that he gave instructions or permission to his son to sign that or any other paper, and therefore is not bound by it. The verdict of the jury was $138 for the plaintiff. This was the last case tried.

Monday there was a jury drawn to hear the petition of John Schermerhorn seeking the appointment of a committee of the person and estate of his sister, Emily Schermerhorn, interrupting the trial of the railroad case. This woman lives six miles up the river from Delhi on fifty acres of land and has been careless of her person and about food and fuel for some time. The jury found that Emily Schermerhorn was incompetent and that the value of her property was $1,200. H. L. Eckert of Bloomville was appointed as committee.


Supervisors Vote 10 to 9 to Proceed With Work


Maintenance Expenses Will be From $15,000 to $20,000 Annually - $800 for the Food Administrator.

The board of supervisors by the close division of ten to nine, voted at a special meeting in Delhi Wednesday evening, to close the title to the Coe site below Delhi village and proceed with the construction of a country tuberculosis hospital made mandatory by the lawn signed by Governor Whitman in May, 1917.

Several members of the board expressed themselves as favoring resistance to the past to the mandatory provisions of the law and suggested that an effort be made to have any tuberculosis patients in the county cared for in institutions in neighboring counties.

Mr. Kiernan of the State Charities Aid association was present and explained the provisions of the Knight law, passed by the last legislature, which allows two or more counties to unite in erecting a hospital provided that a site for the same in any of the counties affected has not been selected and approved by the state commissioner of health. Mr. Kiernan stated that this bill was passed for the benefit of Genesee county and two other counties in western New York, where suitable sites could not be secured in each county, and declared that as Delaware county has already selected a site approved by the state board of health, it must proceed to erect a hospital at once. The law is mandatory and provides that in case of the failure of any county to act the state commissioner of health shall cause the erection of a hospital at the county’s expense. Supervisors E. H. Dickson of Middletown, John E. Thomson of Colchester, and P. O. Wheeler of Sidney all spoke in favor of trying to make arrangements with some other county.

Supervisor Evans of Franklin introduced the resolution that the committee on site for empowered to obtain title to the Coe farm below Delhi at a sum not to exceed $4,000. The vote on the question was as follows:

Ayes: J. W. Dickson, Andes; Johnson, Bovina; Marvin, Delhi; Briggs, Deposit; Evans, Franklin; Randall, Hancock; Nichols, Harpersfield; Eckert, Kortright; Henderson, Masonville; Moore, Walton, Total, ten.

Noes: Thomson, Colchester; Sherman, Davenport; Shaw, Hamden, Mackey, Meredith; E. H. Dickson, Middletown; Enderlin, Roxbury; Wheeler, Sidney; King, Stamford; Kipp, Tompkins. Total, nine.

A motion of Supervisor Marvin was carried that he chairman appoint a committee of five, of which he shall be chairman, to procure plans, advertise for bids for the construction of a tuberculosis hospital, and that the board meet at the call of the chairman at the time the bids are opened to take action in reference to the same. Chairman Eckert appointed Supervisors Enderlin, E. H. Dickson, Marvin and Moore to act with him.

The cost of the county tuberculosis hospital is placed at from $45,000 to $50,000 for a twentysix bed hospital. The maintenance cost will be from $15,000 to $20,000 per year. Architect Roy Guard of Norwich has drawn preliminary plans and the matter will be rushed along so that construction may start in July.

A. J. Courtney of Walton, the county food administrator, was present and addressed the board relative to an appropriation to pay the expenses of his office. On motion of Mr. Moore the sum of $800 was appropriated for the use of Mr. Courtney, and he was asked to present a bill for his past expenses amounting to about the sum of $200 at the next meeting of the board. Mr. Courtney serves without salary, but the duties of his office require the employment of a stenographer. The appropriation was carried by an unanimous vote.

The board acted upon a number of bills before adjourning.


Game Protectors Arrest Man and Woman at Downsville.

For some time there have been numerous complaints that some parties residing in or near Brock Hollow, near Downsville, have been doing much illegal fishing and as a result and unbeknown to the people here that they were coming, Game Protectors A. B. Allison of Delhi and Harry Curry of Binghamton, came to Downsville Saturday evening, May 11, for the purpose of getting some of the offenders into custody and after several hours of skillful work and waiting they succeeded in taking Ed Howe and Della Howe in the act of spearing pickerel in the Delaware river, in violation of the Conservation Law, and found them with three large pickerel and one bass which they had speared in the river near Downsville. It was nearly midnight when the offenders were taken into custody, but they were immediately taken to Downsville where the game protectors called Justice George W. Hulbert out of bed in order that they might arraign their prisoners for the crime. A hearing was then held at the office of the justice and it being agreeable to all the parties the civil penalties were compromised by the payment of $33.

There is reason to believe that the sportsmen of Downsville and vicinity will be much pleased that these offenders were caught and punished for this violation.


Those on Tentative List for Service in the Walton District. District No. 2

The following is the list of men
selected by local board for District No. 2, Delaware county, with
office in Walton, for induction
into service the week of May 25.
The board received word last
week that the call would probably be for 51 men and 53 names
appear on the list below. This list
takes all men in Class I not employed on farms or who have no
appeals pending before the district
board. The list is as follows:
411 William P. Bruce, Walton.
826 Allen M. Avery, Bloomville.
853 George Nagel, Hamden.
901 Burton Harder, Meridale.
959 Earl Cooper, Sidney.
974 Charles A. Knowles, Walton.
1006 Biaso Romane, Apex.
1008 David F. Smith, Schenectady
1013 Durward E. Rose, Walton.
1030 Clyde Sanford, Franklin.
1034 Edgar Stronigan, Bloomville. 1073 John Liberatore, Jersey City.
1076 George Frank, Bloomville.
1088 Lloyd E. Sowles, Rockroyal.
1090 George VanLoan, Rock Rift.
1103 Carrol Hodges, Franklin.
1108 Cyrus W. Conner, Walton.
1112 Eugene Maritato, Walton.
1124 Leslie Schriver, Walton.
1127 Alfred McLachan, Walton.
1149 Joseph Arrandale, Sidney.
1160 Fred Genung, Walton.
1173 Bruce D. Miller, Walton.
1174 P. H. Pellett, Richmondville.
1186 Olin H. Johnson, Franklin.
1197 Arthur McLean, Walton.
1218 Archie Ross, West Davenport. 1225 Alvin Maybe, Morgantown,
W. Va.
1234 Patrick Cicale, Walton.
1243 Corteggi, Umberto, Walton.
1257 Harold R. Smith, Walton.
1265 Levante D. Pendlebury, Sidney. 1309 Edward Schmedes, Walton.
1314 Wm. A. Sulger, Walton.
1361 Joseph Campenllo, Long
Island City.
1365 Clair R. Cole, Sidney.
1371 Floyd T. Allen, Walton.
1375 Harold M. Newkirk, Walton.
1388 William G. Storrer, Walton.
1413 John R. Oles, Walton.
1417 William Roche, Walton.
1442 D. A. Ingraham, Susquehanna, Pa.
1459 Harry J. Smith, Davenport.
1484 Harold Lord, Equinunk, Pa.
1502 G. Geswaldo, Walton.
1513 Claude Sands, Delancey.
1520 Burr I. Howe, Franklin.
1532 Joseph Cetta, Walton.
1538 William Gray, Walton.
1539 Alfred H. Jones, Masonville.
1534 Simon Eggleston, Cannonsville. Another call was issues Tuesday by Provost Marshal General
Crowder to furnish 51,000 more
men for general military service,
the movement to extend over two
periods from May 20 to 24, and
from May 29 to June 2. New York
will furnish 5,000 men, who will
be sent to Fort Slocum. The quota
of each of the Delaware county
districts will probably be six to
ten men. Dispatches stated that
the men in this second call in New
York state would go to camp in
the period May 20 to May 24, but
on Thursday the local board had
received no instructions.
The bill changing the basis of
draft quotas from state populations to the number of men in
Class I has been sent to President
Wilson for approval. Had the
measure been passed two months
ago it would have helped the Walton district, but as it is nearly all
the men in Class I in this district
will be taken before the measure
becomes operative.
Below are given the names of
remaining men in Class I; nearly
all in the list are working on farms.
Those marked with an asterisk (*)
have claims pending before the
district board:
No. Name
39 Samuel Wood, Walton.
575 Herbert J. Higgs, Sidney*

715 Ernest MacGregor, Delancey. 742 Joseph Marone, Sidney*
794 Frankie Roberts, Oneonta.
840 Walter J. Pulver, Franklin.
857 Ward Nichols, Harpersfield.
896 Kenneth Daniels, Deposit.*
939 Austin Merwin, Masonville.
946 Samuel Barnes, Masonville.
948 Harry Todd, Bloomville.
1014 Wm. H. Cook, Ivanhoe.
1038 Elmer Oliver, East Meredith.
1095 Omer S. Lowe, Harpersfield.
1110 Earl Parris, Delhi.
1142 Leon H. Topping, No.
1154 Henry Mills, Sidney.
1155 Harold G. Jester, Walton.
1156 Olin H. Johnson, Franklin.
1188 Howard E. Cook, Franklin.
1191 Delma Dart, Fergusonville.
1215 Orson C. Bright, Kortright.
1288 Henry Silvernail, Unadilla.
1319 Earl Murdock, Bloomville.
1353 Clinton Belcher, Hamden.
1360 Julian C. Scott, Walton*
1474 Floyd W. Jester, Franklin.
1477 Ward J. Fross, Harpersfield.
Part of these men will be taken in Tuesday’s call mentioned
above. The Delhi board has made
up no tentative list, but the calls
will take men with order numbers
as high as 1250 or 1300 in that


Fish’s Eddy Man Killed While Crossing Tracks.


Railroad Alleged Accident Was Due to Negligence on Part of LaValley - The Evidence.

(From our Delhi cor.)

The jury in the case of Mrs. Antoinette LaValley of Fishs Eddy vs. the Ontario & Western railroad, to recover damages for the death of Newell LaValley on August 13, 1917, returned a verdict of no cause of action. The case went to the jury Tuesday afternoon and the sealed verdict was opened by the court on Wednesday morning.

As usual with cases against railroads for damages the one tried this week was quite lengthy. Negligence on the part of the railroad company was charged by the plaintiff, while the defense charged by that the decedent, Newell LaValley, was very deaf and could not recover because of contributory negligence. Ellsworth Baker of Livingston Manor was the attorney for the plaintiff, while Fancher & Fancher appeared on behalf of the defendant. The plaintiff alleged that Newell LaValley, who was killed, was a farmer living one-half mile from the station of the defendant company at Fishs Eddy, and an active man at 67 years of age. That the train which caused the accident was running at speed of from 35 to 40 miles an hour and was a special following a passenger train; that there was a sharp curve in the track towards New York, from which direction this train was coming, and the view was obstructed thereby, and further, there was a coal shed which further obstructed the view of an approaching train; that the whistle was not blown for the crossing, the engine bell was not ringing and the electric gong was silent at this time.

The jury was drawn at 11 o’clock Saturday and the trial commenced in the afternoon. The first witness called by the plaintiff was surveyor McGrath of Livingston Manor, who had made surveys and a map of the grounds adjacent to the place of the accident. Wilson, a photographer, was sworn as to photographs of the vicinity and measurements of the distances from the crossing to various points, and the photos were offered in evidence. At this point a recess was taken until Monday morning at 9:30.

Leon LaFave, Joseph Finnegan, Mildred Miller, Walter Hubbell, Elizabeth Miller, Charles George and Myrtle Leonard, nearly all of whom were eyewitnesses of the accident, on Monday testified for the plaintiff, that the only warning given by the train was the long but indistinct whistle given half mile up the track and around curve. The four blasts were not given and the crossing gong was not ringing. The train was coming at a speed of about thirty-five miles an hour on a downgrade. Mr. LaValley looked up and down the track before he started across, and was struck by train just as he was stepping off the other side.

The plaintiff, Mrs. LaValley, was next called to the stand. She is apparently quite feeble and in poor health, her age being 70 years. She testified that she had four grown children, had lived for twelve years a half mile from the station at Fishs Eddy and was dependant on the work of her husband for support. His age was 67 years, but he was spry and vigorous and he worked sixteen hours a day, farmed his fifty-one acres and kept five or six cows, selling milk in the village. He had entire management of the place and business.

At the conclusion of the plaintiff’s evidence the defendant’s attorneys moved for a nonsuit and dismissal of the complaint. The court denied the motion.

The defendant called its first witness, Harry Pettis, of Walton, who is a photographer, and soon after the accident had made photographs of the vicinity, which were introduced.

Mrs. Lyon, wife of the station agent at Fishs Eddy, testified that she had found it difficult to make LaValley hear and had written what she wished to convey to him. On the day of the accident she heard the whistle and the engine bell, saw him start to cross the track, and the engine bell and gong, which were sounding, had no effect on him. He was looking at a letter in his hand; did not look in either direction. On cross-examination would not swear positively that she did not tell Myrtle Leonard just after the accident that she heard no whistle or bell.

Station agent Lyon was on a little hill back of the station at the time of the accident, but heard the whistle and engine bell as the train came around the curve. It was probably running at from twentyfive to thirty miles an hour. Had to talk with lips or write in talking with the deceased, and that same day had helped remove LaValley from near the track, as he did not seem to hear any warning which was being given by train No. 1.

W. C. Fuller, the engineer who was operating the engine on the train which killed LaValley, testified he blew the long blast at the whistling post a half mile up the track and the crossing signal of four blasts fifteen feet from the crossing, and just then LaValley started to cross the track ahead of him, paying no attention to the whistle. The train was moving at about twenty miles an hour, he testified.

George W. Smith, station agent at Bridge street, Walton, and Mrs. Smith, former residents of Fishs Eddy, testified as to Mr. LaValley being very deaf. The testimony of Henry Mills was along the same lines. Charles Haynes, trainman, and Cornelius Fleming, fireman on the train which killed Mr. La- Valley, said they heard the crossing whistle blow, and George Babcock, signal maintainer on the O. & W., testified the crossing gong was in good order.

Mary Proskine was examined quite fully about locations as shown by the photographs and otherwise. She had known La- Valley for forty years; had to get close to him to make him hear. Saw the accident; she only heard a sharp whistle when the train was almost on him.

After the noon recess the attorneys summed up the evidence and the court charged the jury, and they retired at 3:30. The sealed verdict of “No cause of action,” was opened Wednesday morning.


Dairymen’s League Officers Cleared of Conspiracy Charge.

District Attorney Swann of New York announced Tuesday that the signing of the bill passed by the legislature which exempts from the operations of the Donnelly anti-trust act such organizations as granges and farmers' organizations, would make it necessary for him to recommend the dismissal of the indictment found last October against the officers of the Dairymen’s League. He said he would act without delay.

The indictment mentioned was filed against Roswell D. Cooper, president of the league, and Frederick H. Thompson, Albert Manning, Louis H. Heading, Henry J. Kershaw, Harry W. Culver and John B. Miller, members of its board of directors.

Two counts were contained in the indictment. One alleged conspiracy to increase the price of milk and the other alleged conspiracy to restrain trade under the provisions of the Donnelly anti-trust law.


Forger Sent to Prison, but Excise Violators Escape with Light Sentences.

(From our Delhi corr.)

Friday morning Florence Grant was arraigned in Supreme Court in Delhi on the indictment charging her with the forgery of a physician’s prescription in order to get morphine. The court told her that he and the district attorney and the sheriff had made a very careful study of her case in an effort to help rather than punish her for this offense, as he did not consider it very serious in her weakened condition. Justice Davis then informed the girl that she would be sentenced to six months in the county jail, and the sheriff would do what he could to help her as would Health Officer Goodrich, and that she must do her part in the matter, and be guided by the directions of those who had control over her for the time.

Albert Arnold of Sidney stood up next to hear his sentence as he admitted the crime of forgery charged against him, but his forgery was of a different nature, and received different treatment at the hands of the Court. He was told that he forged the check for the purpose of obtaining money unlawfully, and that he profited to the extent of some $400. Auburn prison never sounds good to a man who stands convicted in court, but those were the words of Justice Davis and a stay of not less than one year and three months and not more than two years and four months in that penal institution was the sentence given Arnold.

There more of the indicted men were arraigned Monday, all pleading guilty.

Charles Ulick of the town of Hancock, indicted for having liquor in his possession. He informed the judge that he had the liquor to drink for medicine. The sentence was that Ulick pay ten dollars fine and he confined in jail for ten days also.

William Kisson of the town of Hancock had the same crime charged against him, and his sentence was a fine of ten dollars.

William burrow of Arena was indicted for forgery. He received a seven dollar check from W. S. Clum, and before he cashed it added a “ty” to the seven, and made it worth $63 more. He told the court that he could not get what Clum owed him in any other way. Also that he came to Delhi afterward with Mr. Clum, and he arranged to have all proceedings stopped if he would pay him $230. He said that he gave Clum a note for $180 and checks to make that amount. When the Court heard this statement, the district attorney was instructed to bring this matter to the attention of the next grand jury to find out, if possible, whether it was a case of compounding a felony. Sentence, not less than one year and not more than two years in Auburn prison.


Hobart One of Schools Affected by Department Plan.

In order that the nation’s funds may be used to their fullest extent for financing the war, the New York state department of education is advising state school authorities not to plan new construction unless the need is “absolutely imperative,” according to a letter to the federal reserve board from Thomas E. Finnegan, of the department of education, made public last week.

Mr. Finnegan also said in his letter that the cost of construction was so high that school officials had been advised to defer such work “until there was a better adjustment of prices.”

The Hobart high school was ordered by the commission to erect a new building, but a proposition to appropriate $50,000 for the same was voted down by the taxpayers in January. It now remains to be seen whether the education department will consider the Hobart school “absolutely imperative.”


Sidney Center Boy Meets Painful Accident Monday.

(From our Sidney Center cor.)

Myron, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Harris of Sidney Center had the misfortune to have the ends of three fingers cut off on Monday. He and his little brother Fred were playing with a cutting box. Fred was turning and Myron feeding it when his fingers got caught in the knives and the ends of three of his fingers on the right hand were cut off. Dr. White of Unadilla was called to dress the wounds. The child is doing well.

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