Thursday, March 28, 1918

Word was received on Monday that Mrs. Maggie Sharp, of Edray, had been very seriously injured in a run-away on the Warm Springs pike just east of the Price place on Jackson’s River. She received deep cuts on the head, a number of broken ribs, dislocated knee, and other cuts and bruises. She was taken to the Red Cross hospital at Hot Springs. At last report she was doing as well as could be expected and would probably be able to be about in a month. The horses scared at a rock, and went over the road and down the hill a distance of forty feet. One of the horses was killed.

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Remember the new time card goes into effect Saturday night. The only thing to it is to set the clock up an hour when you go to bed and forget about it. The idea is to gain an hour of daylight each day by starting an hour earlier in the morning.

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We had abstained from Washington for nearly three years, but last week we dragged our reluctant feet to that great city. The Washington that we knew was a great place to sleep, but since one Woodrow Wilson put it on the map of the world, it is about the last place that a quiet country gentleman would choose to sleep. All the way down we heard people say that there were no bedrooms for rent, so we applied for a bed in the sleeper and the deputy of the potentate that owned the palace car remarked that the day coaches were up in front. We replied that we would get in and visit with him awhile anyway, and he found after he got by White Sulphur Springs that he had a spare deck, and oblivion ensued from Covington to Staunton, what you might call a long sleep…

About the only way that we can describe the Washington that we found as compared to the Washington before the war was to liken it to Marlinton on a show day.

The impression it gives is that the country that was great in peace is even greater in war. The Germans have roused a force that is as irresistible as the tides of the sea, and the sleeping giant is awake.

There are soldiers everywhere. Officers and privates are seen in the same expensive hotels and dining rooms. The insignia of rank is very confusing to the civilian, but the soldiers know it. One pleasant spoken lieutenant explained it, but there was so much of it that we could not take it in. Walking down Pennsylvania Avenue behind a couple of officers, we saw various salutes indicating the different degrees of rank. It seemed to us that a private soldier would make a motion as though he had plucked an eye out and flung it on the ground, while an officer of like rank would extract the eye with a little more care and stick it in his belt. The soldiers of all rank certainly looked good to us. Healthy, well set up, well clothed, wide awake, well groomed, clear eyed and happy. No wonder the women are crazy about them…

The theaters were well patronized, of course, and the lesson that they teach is loyalty and patriotism… Another thing that we noted at the theater that pleased us very much was the way that the respect to the flag was shown…


Not seeing anything in the paper from this place will let you hear from us boys at the front. Sam Harper is our captain and is doing his bit by raising poultry. He has 68 hens and gets 60 eggs a day. Who can beat that?

Howard Hollen from the Ridge is our buck swamper; James O’Grady is his private secretary.

Harry Kincaid is road monkey; C. Middleton and Dewey Burner are cutting logs by contract. Dewey thinks he can do his bit by sawing and digging ramps for Uncle Sam’s boys.


W. A. Thied has a large contract for sawing lumber on the railroad near Durbin.

Joe Coyl has bought the Burner property and will move to his new home next week.

The Mayor of Durbin is in the market for 1 or 2 gallons of good maple syrup.

The Town Council has it in mind to pass an ordinance not to allow cattle, horses or sheep to pasture in the corporation.

G. W. Wilmoth has moved on a farm on Alleghany. We certainly miss George.

C. G. Sutton, after a long spell of rheumatism, is able to be at his shoe bench again.


S. D. Kirk and family left last week for Montana. They have been valuable citizens to this community and their presence will be greatly missed.

Bill Browning, Dick McCarty and Edgar McLaughlin made a business trip to Mississippi.

Summers McNeel and family have moved to the Mathew John McNeel home. We are very glad to have people moving to our village.