April 20, 1916

The Town of Marlinton, acting through its Council and Board of Health, has designated the week of April 24th to 29th inclusive as Clean-Up Week for Marlinton. During this week it is expected of every citizen to clean up his house and property so as to avoid fire risk; to clean front and back yard, to abolish all places that might breed flies and mosquitos; to eliminate all weeds and help clean vacant lots. Everything burnable could be disposed of in this way. All other rubbish, if placed in boxes, barrels or sacks, will be hauled away by the Town, if so placed that it can be easily loaded. Thursday, the 27th, this will start and all are asked to be ready. Every citizen should show his personal and civic pride by willingly cooperating in helping others if necessary. Let us all work together for a cleaner, more beautiful town, as no town is attractive if dirty and littered up. – J. W. Milligan, Mayor
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There is no place in the world that will better repay a campaign of cleaning up than the town of Marlinton. Nowhere does the water run clearer or the grass grow greener, or the trees look finer than in this place where the waters meet. There is no work that makes so much show for a little money. Within the last few years there has been a great improvement, but for the first time there seems to be an organized movement to beautify the town…
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With England’s blockade and Germany blowing up passenger ships, we are in litigation all the time. We suppose this is the best that we can do at present until Roosevelt gets in and starts to war. Then he will thin us out some. The conditions that Germany and England find themselves in, is not unlike that which arose when England declared war againts France in 1803. In May of that year, England first seized all the ships and merchandise and sailors of France that she could find on the high seas and in English ports and then declared war.
Napoleon retaliated by seizing about ten thousand English tourists in France and casting them in prison..
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If there is going to be a campaign based upon cruel and injurious words that have been used by the respective candidates as to other members of the party, think of what a rich field there is in the republican party. The time that party split and let Wilson be elected. A few of the things that Roosevelt said about some of the old guard still crackle and fizz in the long grass. And the expressions were by no means parliamentary that were used to describe the Bull Moose. In fact the words that were used in his connection were against the law. Our idea is that these things do not amount to very much. Independence of thought and frankness of speech are still to be encouraged in a free country. A man may use hasty and inconsiderate words about his mother-in-law, and still not be such a bad man at heart. Usually when this is used against a man it is only a pretense for an opposition that is in full flower and due to other causes…

The farmers are busy getting ready to sow oats; there will be a large crop of oats and potatoes planted in this section this season.
Geo. Bright has just completed a large job of brush cutting for French Hoover.
Ligon Mace has moved into the house near the cattle scales and is working for James Gibson.
John D. Gay, of Edray, brought over a bunch of nice cattle which he had sold to W. H. Dilley.
Frank Jordan had the misfortune to lose a fine horse a few days ago, which had cost him $130 about two months ago.
Edgar Sharp had a horse crippled at Jordan’s camp a few days ago.
Our Sunday schools are getting along nicely; the Mary’s Chapel school is superintended by Miss Mary Hannah, and S. Mack Dilley is superintendent of the Sunday school at the Moore school house.
Pifer and Williams are doing a rushing business shipping lumber from here. James Gibson has the contract to haul from the mill to the siding and put it on the cars for them.

About ten inches of snow here the 9th.
Nat Hollandsworth put thirty-two hundred dollars worth of timber to the landing last week.
Ramps are up big enough to dig, and think we will finish the winter all O.K.
Most of our people were intending to plant potatoes last week but had to lay it over to haul winter wood.
C. M. Anderson raised sixty five bushels of his potatoes to find them all spoiled.

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