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100 Years Ago, SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 1919

THE WEEK IN WALTON

What We Are Talking About at the County Hub

JUDGE MCNAUGHT SITS HERE

Cutting Thin Ice - School Attendance Gaining - Eastern Star Officers Installed - Plan to Celebrate.

Eugene Snyder saw several robins in the yard of his residence on East street Monday morning, an unusual sight for January.

Clifford Dennis has purchased of Mrs. Leo Stern the dwelling house on Terrace avenue occupied by the late Leo Stern and his family. Mr. Dennis will occupy the house May 1. It is vacant at the present time.

At the annual meeting of Fancher Hook and Ladder Company, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Foreman, Grover Merritt; assistant foreman, Fred Haverly; secretary, Ernest Vail; treasurer, Fred Lyon; steward, George Windsor.

Floyd Broughton will open a meat market Saturday morning of this week in the Shepard store building on Delaware street. The interior has been newly papered, repainted and otherwise renovated and put in first-class condition, for an up-to-date market.

A meeting of the Walton fire department will be held Monday evening, January 27, at eight o’clock, to make arrangements for a celebration to honor all members of the department who are in the naval or military service of their country, on their return to their respective homes in Walton.

Some persons have taken advantage of the recent cold snap and have done some ice harvesting. Breakstone’s creamery put in good 8-inch ice from the Loudon pond near the fair grounds. Nestle’s and the Ontario & Western company have not yet filled their ice houses in this village, waiting for a thicker and better quality.

In the local markets this week there is no material change in the prices of products and the probability is that they will remain as they are for the immediate future, excepting eggs, in which a drop is beginning. Some quotations are: Eggs, 64 to 66 cents per dozen; tub butter, 68 cents and prints 70 cents; potatoes, $1 per bushel and good apples $1 per bushel.

County judge and surrogate, A. J. McNaught, held his first regular sitting in Walton Tuesday of this week in Justice Sewell’s chambers on Delaware street. Judge McNaught will sit in Walton the first Tuesday of every month for the transaction of court and surrogate business. This is probably the first time in the history of this town that a county judge has arranged for regular sittings here.

Coroner Emerson D. Snow of Batavia, who was connected with the investigation of the wreck on the New York Central Railway last Sunday morning in which 21 people were killed outright, was formerly a Walton physician and he had an office on Delaware street where DuBois’ jewelry store is now located. He left this village about 30 years ago and is remembered by the older residents here.

Supervising Principal Wells has noticed a perceptible increase since the middle of December in the number of pupils being registered in the grades of the local schools. This indicates that people are moving into town and that the population is increasing rather than diminishing. Also, some high school students who were out of school during the first term of the school year are now entering for the second or spring term.

The following newly elected and appointed officers of Willowemoc Chapter, No. 304, Order of Eastern Star, were installed Tuesday evening at the Masonic Hall by past patron, A. B. Kingsbury, with Mrs. Nettie Kingsbury as marshal: Worthy matron, Mrs. Grace B. R. Garrison; associate matron, Mrs. Flora Robinson; treasurer, Mrs. Sarah Ward; secretary, Mrs. Eva Gates; conductress, Mrs. Margaret Hitchcock; associate conductress, Mrs. Emma Kinch; chaplain, Mrs. Jennie C. Robinson; marshal, Mrs. Rosella Kingsbury; warder, Mrs. Frederika Peck; sentinel, Joseph Dennis; Adah, Miss Julia Adams; Ruth, Mrs. Isabelle Crane; Esther, Mrs. Kate Robinson; Martha, Mrs. Stella Bush; Electa, Mrs. Julia Dennis; historian, Mrs. Alice Dann. The installation was private. Following the ceremonies a luncheon was served and a social hour enjoyed.

The Walton high school at present registers 230 students, including the training class. The January promotions will very materially increase this number. Students attending from the Delhi branch can so arrange their schedules as to return home on the 3:05 train. The following students have been recommended from the oral English classes for the preliminary trials for the annual prize speaking contest: Elizabeth Broughton, Bernice Beckwith, Margaret Chambers, Frances Fagan, Cecelia Flynn, Thelma Holmes, Elsie Reiss, Elva Robinson, Marion Titus, Frances Trask, Margaret White, Anna Wood, Katherine Wright, Marjorie Shaw, Mabelle Terry, Duncan Doig, Walter Eells, Charles Holmes, George Huntington, James Hutton, Ward McLaughlin, James Myer, Neil Rogers, Harry Wakeman, Fred Lyon, Everett Holley, Robert Reville, Clifford Strangeway.

THE WOMEN’S LAND ARMY

Governor Smith Invited to Attend the Convention on Jan. 28-29

Alfred E. Smith this week gave his first endorsement to any organization since he became governor, when he endorsed the work of the New York State Women’s Land Army and urged the women food raisers to continue their good work in New York state. The governor took this action upon receiving an invitation to the coming convention of the organization, January 28 and 29, at the Hotel Astor, New York city.

“I am very much interested in the work of the Women’s Land Army,” the Governor wrote, “I have taken occasion to so express myself frequently and publicly. I have every sympathy with your projects and hope that success will crown your most patriotic endeavor. All citizens of this state most highly appreciate the effective patriotic work covered by your association during the war; materially increasing the food supply for our army and its allies. The work, however, is not finished and you need and are entitled to the cooperation of all our patriotic citizens to handle the task which has been set before you. In this I am sure you will not be disappointed.”

The keynote of the coming convention will be two-fold, to urge on the farmers, the women farm workers and supporters of the land army the necessity of making good America’s pledge to Europe of twenty million tons of food this year, and of launching a genuine “back to the land” movement in this state. The call for the meeting has gone to every county in the state, to the 1,800 farmerettes who served in the land army camps last summer, to farm bureau managers, to farmers and to persons interested in agriculture.

GLORIOUS HISTORY OF THE 107TH INFANTRY

Unit With Which Co. F Boys Fought Lost 386 Killed

TOOK HEAVY TOLL FROM FOE

Regiment Had 1,399 Wounded out of 3.600 - Busy from Time They Landed in France Last May.

The record made by the 107th United States Infantry, 27th Division, in the world war just ended will always be more or less connected with the history of Delaware county, for many of the members of Company F from Walton were brigaded with this regiment, and saw much of the hard fighting in which the 27th Division was engaged during the last weeks of the conflict. Some of them sleep beneath the skies of France, their memory forever enshrined in the hearts of their grateful countrymen, for whom they gave their lives; some will come back home with wounds that will mark them through life, but each and every one, dead, wounded or finally returned to their relatives and friends unscathed, will always be held as heroes in whom this county will feel an immortal pride.

Few American fighting units have written their names so indelibly into history as the old 7th regiment of the National Guard, now the 107th Infantry. With 50 per cent of its personnel “shot up,”an unusually large proportion of casualties, this regiment is now about to start for home, if it is not already embarked for a United States port when this is published.

A chronology of the regiment’s activities overseas has been compiled by an officer of the command and in it are embodied some facts, hitherto not divulged on this side of the Atlantic, which will serve to increase the pride New Yorkers feel in the regiment.

368 Men Were Killed.

Of the regiment’s war strength of 3.600 officers and men, 386 were killed in action, 1,399 were wounded and 40 are missing. Seventeen of the dead were officers and 28 officers were wounded, while two were listed among those of whom there is no trace. This total of 1,825 officers and men, slightly more than 50 per cent, is an eloquent testimonial to the savage fighting in which the command participated.

In one battle, that between Roissoy and Roisello on September 29, last, when the 107th smashed through the Hindenburg line and carried all its objectives, 60 per cent casualties were suffered. However, some of these wounded returned to their command after but a few days in the field hospitals.

Despite the heavy casualties, the 107th was considered a lucky unit. To substantiate this, the chronology points out that on September 27, as it was moving into the action which was to prove so costly the next day, the command traversed a road which was constantly under fire from heavy enemy artillery, and not a single casualty was received.

Took Heavy Revenge.

As to the valor of the regiment it cannot be questioned after the official figures of German dead and wounded, as suffered by the enemy in the fighting near St. Souplet, are read. The officer points with pride to the fact that in 20 days, during which the Huns were forced to withdraw to a depth of 20 miles, the 107th captured two prisoners for every man the American outfit had engaged and that for every khaki-clad hero lost five Germans were killed.

There was lots of drill and hiking for the Americans before they went into action, for they landed at Brest May 23, 1918, and it was not until August 10 that they took over a first line trench near St. Laurent. Here they suffered about 200 casualties. However, they had been in reserve before that and during their training at Haute Visu, which they reached June 23, there were frequent night bombing raids by enemy airmen.

The Regiment’s Chonology.

May 23–Landed at Brest, thence by train to (May 25) Noyelles, just east of the mouth of the Somme, twelve miles northwest of Abbeville; 2nd Battalion located at Ponthville, six miles south of Rue.

June 17–Marched twenty-two miles to Vandricourt.

June 20–Marched six miles to Arras.

June 21–Marched to St. Rigner, twenty-two miles.

June 22–Marched to Boisbergues, sixteen miles.

June 23–Marched to Haute Visu, twelve miles. Remained in this section for training, being frequently disturbed by bombing at night.

July 2–A seventeen-mile march, thence by train to Broseile (about eight miles north of St. Omer and on a line between that place and Dunkerque).

July 5–Marched due east to Armka.

July 7–Marched to St. Laurent (a small town north of Steinwoorde and about five miles from the Belgian border). Held in reserve.

July 23–Went into Belgium to Aberle (about twelve miles west by south of Ypres). Held in reserve.

August 1–Moved back to Boisdingham (about ten miles west of St. Omer).

August 10–Back to St. Laurent, taking over front line trenches, which the regiment held until September 3-4, during which time they received about 200 casualties.

Went Over the Top.

September 4–Moved by train through Dunkerque and Calais, thence southeast to Terramsevil (a small town southeast of Doullens, on a line between that city and Amiens).

September 24–By train to Tincourt (about six miles east of Peronne); the town of Tincourt an absolute wreck, only one house with part of a roof on.

September 28–Moved to Roiselle, then on to Roissoy and went into the front line facing the Hindenburg line, the whole regiment moving over a road under constant shell fire, without a single casualty.

September 29–Went “over the top” between Roissoy and Roiselle and throught the Hindenburg line, receiving about 60 percent casualties. The regiment remained in this vicinity for nearly a month, being constantly in action, one of the most notable being at Le Catelet. It was in the fighting of this day that Company F of Walton sustained its greatest casualties.

October 1–Saulcourt.

October 2–To Dvingt.

October 7–To Bois de Furcourt.

October 8–To Bellicourt (near Le Catelet).

October 9–To Mount Brehain (due east of Peronne).

October 10–To Premont.

October 11–To Vaux Andigny, the regiment again into the front line, then moving on to (October 17) Busigny and then to (October 18) St. Souplet, the regimental headquarters further east. The regiment attacked on the 18th and 19th, twice on the 20th. During the last 20 days they drove the Germans back about 20 miles, capturing two prisoners for every man engaged and killing five Germans for every man they lost (official count).

October 23–Regiment “Pulled out” and went back to Bellicourt, as tired and dirty as it is possible for human beings to get.

October 24–To Tincourt.

October 25–By train to Brentanneaux (16 miles east by a little south of Amiens). This was where the Austrailians stopped the Boches in May. The town taken and lost nine times, and was an absolute and complete wreck. The next day, the 26th, moved to Geisy, six miles east of Amiens, remaining there until November

24, then to Counens, near Le Mons, southwest of Paris. At last reports they were in this vicinity, expecting to leave for home soon.

The total casualties up to November 4 show:

Killed W’nded Missing Officers 17 28 2 Men 369 1,371 38 Total 386 1,399 40

PARENTS DIE IN FILTH

Five Children Left in Great Destitution in Town of Franklin.

The father and mother dying on the same day in a wretched hovel a few miles from Franklin village, in a state of the most pitiable destitution, leaving five children without any means of subsistence, revealed a state of affairs last week that could hardly be thought possible in this section of the state.

A few months ago a man named William Wayman moved with his wife and five children from Northfield just across the line from the town of Walton, and occupied a miserable shanty on the Risley lumber tract in the town of Franklin. The man was a woodchopper, but evidently disease or disinclination to work prevented him from earning any great amount for the support of his family. Last week the Franklin town overseer was notified of the conditions, and going to the shack the mother was found dead, and the man was dying at the foot of the bed. The body of the woman was not clothed and was covered with only a blanket that was stiff with filth. The stench in the shack was so great that it could hardly be endured. The man died that night, and the five children have been placed under the care of county humane officer, Charles Phelps, of Sidney. The oldest child is a girl of 13 years.

INFLUENZA STRUCK CONVOY

Sidney Center Boy Succumbed to Epidemic that Killed Many Recruits.

(From our Sidney Center cor.)

Several weeks ago notice was received in Sidney Center of the death of Charles C. Beakes in France from pneumonia, but no particulars were given. Mr. Beakes’ father, C. H. Beackes, recently received the following letter:

“St. Nazaire, France, Oct. 24, 1918. My Dear Mr. Beakes:

Your son died in Bose Hospital No. 101 at this place, October 8, 1918, and was buried in American Cemetery No. 51 on October 9, with all honors of war. His case, like many others, is a most pathetic one. On the way over the convoy was stricken with influenza. Everything due to the conditions of war augmented the danger. A large percentage of the cases developed pneumonia, and nothing seemed to avail against its ravages. With splendid sacrifices and loyalty, doctors, nurses and officers worked to alleviate suffering and to save the lives of the boys.

As they have passed away, we have buried them reverently and thoughtful of their suffering, with fitting words and the rites of their respective religious faiths. In so great a sacrifice the boys have died in peace and in a blessed hope. As camp chaplain, I can assure you of our sympathy and thoughtfulness in this your sad hour. May our common Father comfort and console you, is our fervent prayer.

Yours sincerely,

WILLIARD O. NUGUM.”

William D. Sanctary, 2nd Lieutenant of the signal corps, under whose command C. C. Beakes was for a short time, wrote under date of December 9. After paying high tribute to Mr. Beakes, he states: “If the proper authorities have not informed you of Charles’ death, I am indeed sorry, and can give as the only possible reason the tremendous task that was thrust upon the medical authorities when the eight transports landed with their sick and emaciated men.”

TRIBUTE TO W. D. JENKINS

East Masonville Soldier Killed in France Was True Hero.

(From our Trout Creek Cor.)

The death of William D. Jenkins of East Masonville deserves more than a passing notice of “killed in action.” Desiring to help his country, when the call came he enlisted, when only 18 years of age. He went with Co. F to Van Cortland Park, thence to Spartanburg, S. C. His company sailed for France in August 1917. He was in the hospital at that time, but went to France shortly after and rejoined his company. He took part in the battles with Company F until he was killed on October 16th. Notice was received from Washington Dec. 13. A letter from the captain of his company was also received by his mother.

The news of his death has cast a gloom over a wide circle of friends in this vicinity, where he was born 20 years ago. All remember him as a lad of kind disposition, who had a pleasant word and smile for all who came in contact with him. He was the only son of the late George Jenkins of Trout Creek, who was a descendant of one of the pioneer families of Delaware county. His is survived by his mother Mrs. Wm. A. Gifford; a sister, Mrs. L. E. Laughlin; and an uncle, Conley VanValkenburg.

DEPOSIT MAN IN TROUBLE

State Troopers Arrest “Dutch” Buchanan on Two Charges.

State Troopers Avery and Warner, who have headquarters in Walton for the winter, went to Deposit last week, and arrested Clarence Clement Buchanan, better known as “Dutch,” on a charge of grand larceny. Buchanan was accused of stealing a Ford car during last October belonging to E. H. Cole of Deposit. He was taken before Acting Police Justice Briggs, waived examination and was held for the grand jury.

Buchanan was immediately rearrested by the troopers for burglarizing the tobacco store and pool room of John Russell in Deposit last October. He was held to appear on this charge before the Broome county grand jury this week, with the troopers as his accusers. Buchanan was discharged from military service recently, and it is stated that soon after he returned to Deposit thieving operations that had been dormant in that village for a few months, were again in evidence, and the authorities set watch on him.

C. W. Huntington of Deposit was arrested last Thursday by the state troopers, and was fined $5 for violation of the automobile law. The work of the troopers is being more widely appreciated throughout the county, when it is seen what a wide scope their operations cover.

AGED WOMAN LOST

Mrs. Lydia Oliver Left Home on January 1 - Has not Been Seen Since.

Much concern is felt in the vicinity of Davenport over the disappearance of Mrs. Lydia Oliver, an aged woman, who resided alone between Charlotteville and Jefferson. Mrs. Oliver, who is 86 years of age, on New Year’s day went to the home of George Van- Buren, about one mile distant and she started back home at about four o’clock in the afternoon. She has not been seen since. Mrs. Oliver has been in the habit of going away on short visits, and for a time no concern was felt over her absence by her son, Nelson Oliver, who resides near the home of his mother. He became alarmed after a few days, however, and endeavored to locate her, but without success. Searching parties have been out in the surrounding country, but no clue to the whereabouts of the missing woman has been secured.

There is a large swamp near Mrs. Oliver’s house, partly covered with small spruce trees, and it is feared that instead of going around it she cut across lots, lost her way and wandered into the swamp, in which her body probably sank. There is also a theory that Mrs. Oliver’s body may be covered by the snow storm on the night of January first, and that it is thus hidden from view.

END OF MILK STRIKE SEEMS NEAR AT HAND

Breakstones and More Conference Board Members Sign

THIS COUNTY REMAINS LOYAL

Dairymen’s League Issues a Statement Refuting Charges of Extra High Prices.

As this paper goes to press there are strong indications that there will be an early settlement of the milk strike, and the farmers and the Dairymen’s League are very sanguine that they will win in their contention for the milk prices as previously proposed.

Breakstone’s in Walton have signed the league contract for the next three months for Walton, Colchester and Downsville, and they will also make up the milk delivered to them from outside of this territory.

The milk commission named by Governor Smith has been hard at work in New York city trying to settle the controversy. Thursday morning Robert E. Dowling, chairman of the committee, stated that progress had been made in the past two days toward effecting a settlement and the expected a definite adjustment when the commission finally adjourns this week.

The Farm Bureau office in Walton on Thursday morning received the following telegram from league headquarters in New York city: E. S. Brougham,

Delaware County Agent,

Walton N. Y.

For your information four conference board members controlling thirty-eight plants signed contracts within twenty-four hours, fortyfour dealers signed since Jan. 1st. Outlook very encouraging. Directors meet Friday. Hold meetings Saturday. Be not misled by reports, letters or posted prices. You will be notified when milk is sold.

(signed) R. D. COOPER

President Dairymen’s League.

During the past week the dairymen in this county have been as fully resoled as heretofore to win in their contention for the January milk price as named by the Dairymen’s League. From many shipping points throughout the county come reports that the surplus milk is being worked up in various ways and the few slackers have been brought into line. The supply has been shut off at Sidney Center, at Delancey, Hamden and also along the Ulster & Delaware on the edge of Schoharie county. The Farm Bureau office in Walton reports that of the 100 members of the conference board in New York city about 30 have signed up.

There have been moves in several places during the past few days by the farmers toward acquiring their own milk plants as a permanent solution of the milk price question. Two or three enthusiastic meeting have been held in the county with this end in view and some steps have been taken in forming co-operative companies for the financing of the plants.

As an indication of the attitude of the farmers of Delaware county we quote our correspondent in the town of Harpersfield:

The farmers who bring their milk here seem very determined to win the milk fight. There does not seem to be a break in their ranks anywhere. The dead baby cry does not seem to soften them as they think they are not to blame if people in the city do suffer, as they have been trying for years to reduce the cost of milk to the consumers. They are not to blame if the consumer pays four cents a pound for potatoes that the farmer gets 1.6 or less for.

Our Halcottville correspondent writes that at that place there is absolutely no change in the milk situation from last week. The local creamery is still open but it is not receiving any milk at all. Probably the creamery will be closed in the near future.

The Middlebrook Dairy Company’s creamery in the town of Harpersfield, according to our correspondent in that section, has been running to full capacity since the milk war started, receiving milk from 131 dairies and to the amount of 24,680 pounds. The people of that section are very glad to back up the farmers in their determination to win and they are also glad they can furnish them a place for their milk now.

At a largely attended meeting in Delhi last Saturday the following resolutions were passed:

“Whereas, the Warren formula is the result of several years’ actual experience of farmers and the work of many scientific men with only one object in view, namely, to ascertain the actual cost of the production of milk, and whereas, such cost of production has been ascertained to be at least $4.01 per hundred for 3 per cent milk for the month of January.

“Be it resolved, that we, as members of the Dairymen’s League, assembled in session at Delhi, January 11, 1919, do stand unanimously for the price of $4.01 per hundred.

“Whereas, there is now, and has been for several years, a controversy between the large milk distributers of the city of New York and the producers in relation to the price to be paid for milk.

“And whereas, the producers know by actual determination that their claims are right and just and that they are now only asking for the cost of production, therefore,

“Be it resolved, that it is the sense of the Dairymen’s League at Delhi in session, that if the city of New York owned and controlled its means of milk distribution, it would entirely redound to the mutual benefit of both consumers and producers.”

At present feed prices it was shown at the Delhi meeting that according to the Warren formula, using the ration fed at the state barn, 100 pounds of milk cost the farmer more than $4.01. The Warren formula is based upon the experience of several hundred farmers in different states and it has determined that it requires the equivalent of 33.79 pounds of grain, 43.3 pounds of hay, 10.8 pounds other dry forage, 92.2 pounds silage, 8.3 pounds succulent feeds, and 3.02 hours of labor to produce 100 pounds of 3.8 per cent milk. This formula also determines that the above items are about four-fifths the total cost of milk production.

The Nestle’s food company has issued a circular letter, which has been sent to the patrons of that concern, explaining their position in the milk controersy. The company states that the milk that is purchased in this section and which is turned into condensed milk must meet in competition the milk made in half a dozen states bought at considerably lower prices. The prices prevailing at competitors’ plants in other states for 3 per cent for January are: Chicago $3.57, Philadelphia $3.47, Vermont $3.25, Ohio $3.25, Wisconsin $3 to $3.25, Michigan $3.20 to $3.40.

The Dairymen’s League has issued the following statement in reply to the charges of one conference board as to the alleged high prices asked by the milk producers:

The New York milk conference board tells the public that the dairymen supplying the city are asking higher prices than are asked anywhere else in the country. What are the real facts? A comparison of the nation wide prices for milk with those paid to the dairymen supplying New York city as given by the United States Crop Reporter, the official publication of the United States department of agriculture, shows that the dairymen supplying New York received for the first eleven months of 1918 an average price of 6.77 cents per quart, while the average price received throughout the country was 7.74 cents per quart. Figures for December, 1918, are not yet available from the department of agriculture. The nation wide prices per month per quart as compared with the prices received by dairymen in New York as are follows:

Nation wide New York
1918 price price
January 7.6 cents 8.17 cents
February 7.7 7.7
March 7.7 7.36
April 7.5 6
May 7.5 5.6
June 7.5 4.5
July 7.4 5.46
August 7.7 6.4
September 7.8 6.6
October 8.3 8.1
November 8.5 8.6
Average 11 mos.
1918 7.74 6.77

“These figures tell the story. Notwithstanding that they show that the farmers have taken a less price in this district than elsewhere, their costs of production are higher here than elsewhere. Any business must be figured on a yearly, not on a monthly basis. The dealers have publicly said that they would not pay $4.01 per hundred pounds whether it was the cost of production or not. If this attitude of the dealers is to have the support of the consumer, the dairy industry must go.”

PINNED DOWN BY IRON BUCKET

Workman in Tunnel Shaft near Grand Gorge Seriously Injured.

While working in shaft number one in the Shandaken tunnel a short distance from the village of Grand Gorge one day during the past week, Nelson Buel of Prattsville was severely injured, when an iron bucket, weighing about a ton, was let down from the top of the shaft through some mistake in the signals.

Mr. Buel was standing at the bottom of the shaft, and before he knew the bucket was being lowered, it struck him and pinned his legs to the ground. One kneecap was cracked and both limbs were very severely bruised. Although he will probably recover from the shock, it is feared that he will be permanently lamed. Had the bucket struck Buel squarely on the body instead of a glancing blow, he probably would have been killed. It is stated that the engineer of the stationary engine claimed a signal had been given to lower the bucket, but the men who were working near Mr. buel at the time of the accident, say this is a mistake, and they gave no signal.

JENKINS JUDGMENT AFFIRMED

Suit for Conversion of Cattle Finally Settled by Court of Appeals.

The case of W. H. Jenkins against Chester B. Teed reached its final resting place on Tuesday of this week when the court of appeals handed down its decision affirming the judgment of the lower courts in favor of the plaintiff with costs.

The action was brought by Mr. Jenkins for the wrongful conversion of certain cattle by Mr. Teed and on the first trial the defendant succeeded. A new trial was granted and on the second trial the plaintiff obtained a judgment of $774.44. The defendant appealed to the Appellate Division where the judgment was affirmed with costs. The defendant then appealed to the court of appeals where the judgment was affirmed as above stated. It will now require considerable above $1,000 to pay for the entertainment.

Neish & Neish appeared for the plaintiff and Sewell & France for the defendant.

KAYSER PLANT VISITED

Walton Chamber of Commerce Received by the Management.

Marching in a body from Walton Hall to the Kayser Silk Company’s plant yesterday afternoon (Thursday) the members of the Walton Chamber of Commerce with their families were most cordially greeted by the management of the factory and conducted through the various departments. The process of silk manufacture was throughly explained from the cocoon to the finished product, and the arrangements made for the comfort of the employees were also explained.

The interior of the factory was decorated with a profusion of American flags and the hospitality shown by all connected with the plant was a matter of general comment by the guests of the occasion. The progress made during the past six months in the manufacture of silk in this village was very evident and indicated further development in the near future. The reception tendered yesterday to the Chamber of Commerce lasted from three to five o’clock.

Meteor Falls Near Margaretville.

(From our Margaretville cor.)

A large meteor was seen to fall at about 6:30 p. m. Sunday night. This was accompanied by great flashes like lightning. The meteor fell toward the south, and made a wonderful display in the heavens.

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