100-Years-Ago

Thursday,
September 7, 1916
 
Judge Hughes is still talking about efficiency in government, and promising to be efficient if he is elected. There is no doubt that efficiency is essential to government but there may be different kinds of efficiency. We hear of an efficient burglar and an efficient pickpocket. The safe-cracker came home to see his old mother and brought his friend, an expert pick-pocket, with him.
Like another prodigal, he came home broke. His mother was being distressed by the store keeper who threatened to sell her out for a store bill amounted to $126.
So the safe-cracker and the pick-pocket devised an efficient scheme to bring relief to the old woman. Irrespective of consequen-ces, they entered the store and opened the safe of the merchant and took out $126. This they took to the merchant’s house and paid him, taking his receipt for the bill. The merchant put the money in his pocket and the pick-pocket took it away from him. The two thieves then went back to the store and put the money in the safe again.
Now, if you can find anything more efficient than this little job, we do not know what it could be.
But there is something wrong somewhere about the logic that efficiency is the only thing to be considered.
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E. W. Sydenstricker ship-ped to Jersey City last Thursday, twenty cattle he bought of J. S. McNeel, of Hillsboro, which averaged 1,390 pounds.
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Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Payne, of Charleston, were in Marlinton on Tuesday, having driven here from Lewisburg, where they spent the summer. Mr. Payne drove from Charles-ton to Lewisburg in his buggy, and he says that Henry Gilmer told him he is the first man to make a trip in that way in forty years. Mr. Payne has seen the greater part of America and much of Europe, and he says great things are awaiting the counties of Monroe, Greenbrier, Pocahontas and Randolph when the outside world comes to know about our ideal summer climate, and our roads are made first class. He complimented the county on much of the road he had traveled in Pocahontas. Of course, like everyone else, he was charmed with the Levels, pronouncing it good as the best of Kentucky.
 
WATER TO THE WEST SIDE
Ever since this town has had a system of water works, the town council has made spasmodic attempts to give the people on the west side of the river the service and protection afforded by the city water supply, for which they were being taxed. Various orders were made and entered to this effect but the water company always failed to comply. Finally an order was secured from the State Public Service Commission requiring the water company to comply with the orders of the council, but this, too, was disregarded. Last week, Mayor Milligan appeared before the commission in Charles-ton, and the commission made an order allowing the town council to put down all water mains and other work required by the orders of the council for the past ten years, paying for the same out of money due and to become due for service by the light and water company, with interest and charges added.
The Council ordered the avenue in front of the courthouse opened into the Huntersville road.
The street committee was directed to have half a mile of the Huntersville road graveled to the corporation line.
A crossing was ordered to be put in the street in front of the school house.
Main Street ordered cleaned and more oil put down.
 
CHURCH DEDICATION
The Marlinton Presbyterian Church will be dedicated Sunday, October 8. The sermon will be preached by Rev. W. W. Moore, D. D., of Richmond. It is expected that Rev. G. W. Nickell and Rev. A. S. Rachal, former pastors of this church, will be present.
 
 DUNMORE
E. F. McLaughlin was in town Wednesday, shaking hands with the voters and says the race is between him and the other fellow.
William Gibson was in town Monday, shaking hands and smiling at the girls.
Mr. Breakiron is building a new hotel at Cass.
About 1,000 people attended the dedication of the new church at Cloverlick last Sunday.
H. M. Moore got a Ford.
June and Win McElwee motored to Marlinton. June took his baby to see the doctor.
Sam Elliott commenced work on Ellis Buzzard’s new house this week.
 
HILLSBORO
Mrs. Leumma Moore and grandson, Sherman Moore, were visiting Mrs. P. M. Harper and family on Knapps Creek recently
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Maxwell and their daughter and his sister, Miss Emma Maxwell, motored from Buckhannon last week, went to the top of Droop Mountain overlooking the Little Levels and came back to town where they spent the night. Miss Emma Maxwell who has traveled extensively in this country, going as far west as California and as far south as Florida, says the view from Droop Mt. is one of the most charming she has seen in all her travels.
 
IN MEMORY OF
MRS. MARIA LEWIS SHRADER
At her home, Edgewood, near Huntersville, Mrs. Maria Lewis Shrader was called from the earthly to the heavenly service.
The last few months of her life were marked by almost constant suffering.
From early girlhood she had been a member of the Southern Methodist church.
She was domestic and home-loving in her tastes and will be greatly missed by her husband whose sorrow is not without hope, for they shall meet again beyond the cloud and beyond the river where the peaceful spirit is at rest.
We bow in humble submission to the will of Him who rules in the army of Heaven and among the inhabitants of earth.
“Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.”

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