Thursday, November 3, 1898
George W. McClintic, of Charleston, arrived last Thursday and visited his mother. He arranged a hunting trip in Bath and left Monday with L. M. and H. H. McClintic and Andrew Price. They expected to be joined by Judge Guthrie and Captain John K. Thomson at the camp.
A HARDTACK SOCIAL
Marlinton had its first Tacky Party, or poverty social, last Wednesday night, and they do say it were amazin’ to see all the swells the beaux and belles of the town rigged out in their ancient finery without regard for the style, color or previous condition of servitude of their festive apparel.
When the hospitable doors of Mrs. E. D. King’s residence were thrown open and the “dressed up tacks” ambled grandly through the hall, the shrieks of laughter from the assembled spectators would have assured the most doubting that “there’s life in the old town yet,” – after early candle litin’ anyway.
A prize had been offered to the most tacky young lady, also to the young gentleman who should most successfully act his part, and the competition was very keen and close. After one game of Weevily-Wheat, which had to be seen to be appreciated, the lady judges made an effort to decide, but were unsuccessful. Another game was played – Stealing Partners this time – and then each judge gave up her office in despair. Another judge was appointed who at last decided that for all around tackeyism, Miss Goldie Yeager and Mr. J. D. Pullin would take the prize, which they proceeded to do, a cookbook and a cigar case, respectively. After this the party broke up, each one declaring he had never seen the like – no never…
TOP OF ALLEGHANY
Buffalo Mountain school opened Monday with Miss Sallie McLaughlin in charge.
J. E. Lunsford and Lewis Simmons are off to Horton in search of a job.
The chestnut crop up here is immense, and the swine fat will be plentiful.
G. B. Bradshaw has returned from Randolph where he has been buying and shipping sheep.
W. H. Freeman and David Hiner have been at Huttonsville for some time arranging a livery stable. Money makes the mare go.
The man who has been sanging for Col. John T. McGraw and camping on Fork mountain, broke up camp and left for market Monday. ~ Sassafras Jim
A Chrysanthemum Wedding
One of the prettiest weddings of the season was that of John A. Moore to Miss Vesta V. Hannah, October 20, 1898, at Trinity church in Frost. The bride and groom presented themselves before Rev. D. C. Hedrick, who united them in the holy bonds of matrimony…
The bride was beautifully attired in white silk. The bride’s maids were dressed in lavender flowered organdie, and the maid of honor in white organdie over pink. The bride and bride’s maids carried large bouquets of white chrysanthemums…
After receiving congratulations from a host of friends, the bridal party drove to the home of the groom where about 100 guests took dinner. The table was beautiful, being furnished with a great variety of good things. The bridal presents were numerous and handsome.
About 4 p.m., the bridal party started for Hot Springs, where they expected to take the train for Washington…
New Story of Sir Walter Scott
A new story is now told of Sir Walter Scott. It seems that he was not a brilliant scholar, and was usually at the foot of his class. After he became famous, he dropped in to the old school house one day. The teacher, anxious to make an impression, put the pupils so as to show them to the best advantage. After a while, Scott said, “But which is the dunce? You have one, surely. Show him to me.”
The teacher called up a poor fellow who looked the picture of woe as he bashfully came toward the distinguished visitor.
“Are you the dunce?” asked Sir Walter Scott.
“Yes, sir,” said the boy.
“Well, my good fellow, here is a crown for you for keeping my place warm.”