100-Years-Ago

Thursday,
November 25, 1915

About fifteen thousand pounds of turkeys were shipped from Marlinton to the Thanksgiving markets. This is probably a fifth of the output of the county, worth in the neighborhood of fifteen thousand dollars.
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Ellis Hannah, of Elk, was thrown from his wagon and perhaps seriously hurt just below Riverside as he was coming to town Wednesday evening. His team scared and started to run near Campbelltown. He kept them in the road until a line broke and then the wagon and team went over a steep bank and into a wire fence. Mr. Hannah was thrown out on his stomach and struck a large stone. He was taken to the home of Dr. Norman Price and prompt attention given, but internal injuries are feared. His twelve year old son, Lew, was also in the wagon, but escaped without being hurt. The team broke away from the wagon and ran into town and stopped near the post office.

SHOT WITH A 30.30
Eldridge H. Petts, of Seebert, aged 62 years, was shot through the body with a 30.30 high powered rifle last Thursday evening, and though the ball penetrated the liver and the right kidney, he is not only living, but the doctors at the Marlinton hospital hold out some hope of his ultimate recovery.
Mr. and Mrs. Petts were in their house and their son, James, a boy of eighteen years, had his gun out in the yard. He put a cartridge from the magazine into the barrel and as he closed the lever, the gun was discharged. The bullet went through the window near Mrs. Petts, who was struck by broken glass. Mr. Petts remarked that he was shot, but he never fell. He was hurried to the Marlinton Hospital, where a number of operations have been performed on him in hopes of saving his life, and there is now hope of his recovery. He is a man of remarkable nerve and a wonderful constitution or he could not have lived this long.

COTTON’S NEW USE
Cotton is being used up now at a faster rate than at any previous time in the history of the world. The use of guncotton in up to date warfare is enormous, being used largely in the high explosives; for instance, the English cordite is 37 percent guncotton.
United States ordinance experts estimate that every time one of the big 15-inch guns of Uncle Sam’s navy goes off there is one less bale of cotton.
Those same experts figure that it requires one pound of cotton to make one pound of guncotton, the loss in weight being accounted for in the treating of cotton in a mixture of strong nitric acid and sulphuric acid. One of them estimates that 4,000,000 men on the firing line use up about 40,000 bales of cotton in a week in fairly active fighting, although guesses on that score are necessarily vague.
Powder companies have been very large buyers of cotton – Wall Street Journal

CUMMINGS CREEK
We have had a few cold days this week and a little snow mixed in the air which made the farmers think about corn that is yet standing in their fields ungathered.
Rev. W. Hogsett, of Millpoint, held a series of meetings at the Cummings Creek schoolhouse which closed Sunday morning. It is hoped that much good has been done by the meetings.
The pupils of Cummings Creek school say they would be glad to see the dictionary and globe coming into their school before the term closes. A candy party was held over a month ago and raised money for the purpose.

DURBIN
A class of five Odd Fellows from Cass was up at Winterburn Thursday even-ing to be initiated in Magnolia Rebekah Lodge, 203.
H. H. Hudson came up from Greenbank last week with cattle and sheep.
Cecil Curtis is driving a team and doing a man’s work again, after being crippled for a long time.

POLITICS
They say that Joe Cannon is studying the Bible in order to take full part in the Congressional debates. Heretofore he hath not disported himself like unto a canon. He hath ringed himself about with smoke and brimstone words. But all that is changed. Infirm and old, he may yet be heard in King John’s English, holding forth something after this style:
“How, O gate; Cry, O city; for the whole Progressive party has been dissolved, and there shall come out of the north a smoke, and the Democratic party shall be thrown down; I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water; and I will sweep it with the bosom of destruction.”

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