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Gettysburg Times (Newspaper) - January 13, 1927, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania GOOD EVENING The basketball epidemic is novv at its peak. WEATHER Rain. Member of The Associated Presi Truth, Ous Public Good Our AIM Read By Nearly Everybody In Adams TWENTY-THIRD YEAR GETTYSBURG, THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 13th, 1927, PRICE THREE CENTS ACTION AGAINST DELINQUENTS IN TAXESTO START School Board In Need of Funds Now Out- standing; Now Due For 3 Years. Spurred to imperative action by a letter from the Gettysburg school board, insisting- upon immediate and full settlement of past due school tax duplicates, William Ogden, borough tax collector, today was on the trail of delinquents, accompanied by Of- ficer Mervin Cluck. The letter received by Mr. Ogden from George P. Black, secretary of the board, made public today, fol- lows: "The school laws of the state of Pennsylvania make it mandatory upon the board of education throughout the state to require the settlement in full of all school tax duplicates dur- ing the- school year for which they "been issued. "In view of this law, as well as also the .fact our school finances now need all of the money available, our board of education directed me to advise you that we must insist upon the hettlement of all school tax duplicates in full according to this law, and any amounts not thus settled will be de- manded from you or your bondsman." Outstanding Mr. Ogden was called before the school board at its January meeting and informed that the board demand- ed full and complete settlement of the tax explicates of 1924 and 1925. According to Mr. Black, there is approximately in school taxes outstanding here. Of that amount, he said, approximately was part of the 1926 duplicate, which need not be -turned over to the school hoard treasurer before the first tlay in July. The remainder, how- ever, approximately was clas- sified as delinquent, Mr. Black said, and under the provisions of the state law, action could be taken immediate- ly to enforce Mr. Ogden or his bonds- roan to nay that amount. Unwilling to appear harsh, and take any action against Mr. Ogden or his bondsman, the school board has given the collector until the February meeting of the directors to settle in full for the old duplicates. 100 Are Delinquent Approximately 100 residents of Get- tysburg, according to Mr. Ogden, are classed as delinquent school taxpay- ers, and it is against this number that the collector has directed his month's attack. In order to enforce payment, Mr. Ogden is faking Officer Cluck with him. If payment of back school taxes is not made, Mr. Ogden may, if he choscs, have delinquents arrest- ed. Elaborating on that part of the letter to Mr. Ogden in which he says "the school finances now need all of the money Mi-. Black said the district has i> total indebtedness of approximately Of that amount, represents outstand- ing bonds and the remainder the debt on the new high school building. "The directors .have enough money for current expenses of upkeep and teachers' Mr. Black assured, "but the board faces the issuance of bonds to meet its unpaid obligations on the new high school building. The board is considering whether to is- sue bonds or give notes, but what- ever is done, the district's debt could be materially reduced by the collec- tion of outstanding taxes." Mr. Ogden today said tax liens would be executed against persons owning property and persons not owning property would "b'e arrested and placed in jail until full settle- ment is made. ST. XAVIER CHOIR GIVEN BANQUET Between 60 and 70 persons, mem- bers of the choir, ushci-s and sacris- tans of St. Francis Xavier Catholic entertained' by tho Rev. Father Mark E. Stock, pastor of the church, at an annual dinner in the so- cial room of "the church, Wednesday cyening. Each member of the choir, usher and sacristan1 brought a guest. After a chicken and waffle dinner was served by the women of the pai-- ish, games were played. HereandThere News and Comment by THE EDITOR Whether General Meade's fail- ure to pursue Lee and his troops across the Potomac river follow- ing the victory at Gettysburg would have brought the Civil War to an earlier close has always jpeen, and ever will be, a much mooted question. An entirely new and unpublished statement in this connection, quoting Abraham Lincoln to his son, is contained in the current issue of the "American Historical copy of which has been sent to the editor of The Times by Prof. Leo F. Stock, son of Mrs. Sarah Stock, Baltimore street, a member of the faculty of Carnegie Institution at Washington. The article in full reads: Lincoln and Meade after Gettys- burg Mr. George H. Thacher, pres- ident of the City Savings Bank of Albany, New York, sends the fol- lowing communication, conveying statements which he received from the late Robert T. Lincoln, and to which he believes that Mr. Lincoln desired that publicity should be given, although he did not precisely say so. He says that Mr. Lincoln gave him this in- LADDER TRUCK TO BE REPAIRED BUT NOT MOTORIZED M. E. Bair Takes Of- fice As New Presi- dent; Committee Named For An- nual Dinner. Dead Lie Unburied in Siege of Hankow Inasmuch as there were only two fires in Gettysburg in the last forty years necessitating the use of a hook I and ladder apparatus, the Gettysburg i fire company, at its January meeting, Wednesday evening, voted down a proposition to motorize the hook and j ladder truck, purchased in Hanovei-, but unanimously decided to repaint and remodel the machine and equip it in such a way that it may he towed j to fires in case of necessity. I The cost of motorizing the appara- i tus would have been approximately j and a committee had been, ap- I pointed to make a study of such equip-- j ment and proceed with the modemiz- ing of the machine, if it deemed ad- visable. The committee, reporting back to the company, declared that.it was not satisfied" that a motorized hook and formation one summer day, when j ladder apparatus was essential in i HOSPITAL REPORT D. Mark Hartman, Aspers, was ad- mitted to the Wlarner Hospital. Mrs. Joel McLaughlin and infant, Orr- tanna, were discharged as patients. All tho latest books by popular also tho latest reprints. Peoplo'n Drupr Store, The Rexall, Kodak, Victrola Store. they were playing golf at Man- chester, Vermont, that the fol- lowing summer he asked him, under similar circumstances, to repeat the story to him, and that he recorded its substance imme- diately, but did not make it public during Mr. Lincoln's life, because he feared it might involve him in invitations to a correspondence he would be unable to undertake. After the Battle of Gettysburg, heavy rains had SH ollen the Poto- mac to such an extent that the rushing waters had carried away the bridge at Williamsport. This fact placed General Lee in a perilous situation, for it was by this avenue that he must escape the Federal forces, if he were to escape at all. Meade's army, a portion of which was made up of trailed veterans, greatly outnumbered that of Lee. Of the situation President Lincoln was early ,and fully aware, and his sagacity led him to appreciate the golden opportunity that then pre- sented itself for speedily bring- ing the war to a favorable con- clusion. Referring to this war- time crisis, Mr. Robert T. Lincoln told me as follows: "Entering my father's room right after the Battle of Gettysburg, I found him in tears, with head bowed upon his arms resting on the table at which he sat. 'Why, what is the matter, I asked. For a brief interval he remained then raised his head, and the ex- planation of his grief was forth- coming. 'My said he, 'when I heard that the bridge at Wil- liamsport had been swept away, I sent for General Haupt and asked him how soon he could re- place the same. He replied, -'If I were uninterrupted I could build a bridge with the material there within twenty-four hours and, Mr. President, 'General Lee has engineers as skillful as I am.' Upon hearing this I at once wrote Meade to attack without delay, and if successful to destroy my letter, but in case of failure to preserve it for his vindication. I have just learned that at' a Coun- cil of War, of Meade and his gen- erals, it "had been determined not to pursue Lee, and now the op- portune chance of ending this bitter struggle is lost.' What I tell you, Mr. Lincoln impressively continued, "are the facts in the case, Nicolay and (Continued on Second Page; Gettysburg. As an alternative, the I committee recommended that the ma- i chine be repainted and re-equipped so i as to conform in appearance -with the other apparatus of the department, and that a tow rod be purchased so that the hook and ladder could be _ towed to fires by the service truck j i when needed. The cost of repainting and re-equipping the machine will be approximately it was stated. i 31. 'E. Bair Takes Office The company held no formal induc- tion exercises in connection with the installation of new officers of the de- partment. M. E. Bair took his place as president when it was time for the meeting to open, rapped for order and The dead of the Wu Chang forces were left unburicd at the city gates during the siege of Hankow, the rude- coffins in which they were left. 18 Boys ExpeHed to Spend Sum- mer Months at GraelTenburg Inn Course. OR. JOHN TIGERT TO BE PRESENT AT CONVENTION HERE The Scouts of Troop 3 will again The national convention of the Kap- pa Phi Kappa, honorary educational j fraternity, will be held hero April 17 to 19, it was announced at the annual Founder's Day banquet held Wednebday evening at tho Blue Parrot tea room by the local chapter. act as caddies at ths golf course at According to officers of the Gettys- the Graeffenburg Inn, and it is ex-' chapter, Dr. John J. Tigert, LOCAL RESIDENTS CLAIM 180 ACRE TRACT INCAPITAL1 Mrs. Frederick Stearns Declares Husband's Father Owned Land In Heart of Washington. i ____ i In behalf of her husband, Frederick Stearns, Mrs. Octavia Stearns, Liberty street, is making- an effort to sub- stantiate a claim to two valuable y pieces of real estate in the District of j Columbia. Mrs. Stearns believes that Pher husband's father, the late Charles Stearns, was the owner of 180 acres of land on Meridan Hill, considered most valuable real estate in Wash- ington. and also 280 acres in George- town. Mrs. Stearns, formerly Miss Oc- tavia Stover, of Gettysburg-, with her husband, a veteran of the Civil War, today told of their claim to the Wash- i ington real estate. "Inasmuch as all papers showing that Mr. Stearns' i father owned the estate are lost. j we expect considerable time and strenuous efforts will be needed tr> i prove our Mrs. Steams said. Ask Menses To Act i The matter has been brought to the j attention of Congressman Menges, the York-Adams district, by Congmss- I man Frederick Dallinger, of Massa- 1 chusetts. Mrs. Stearns said she first revealed her claim to an editor of the I Boston Post, for which she had done writing; when she and her husband lived in New Hampshire. The editor 7 Philadelphia and Allegheny i advised her to turn the matter over County Voles to be Examined; Congressman Dallinger, who, in Also Some Rural Returns. turn, gave all correspondence on the matter to Congressman Menges. (By Associated Press.) Charles Steams, the father of Fred- Washington, Jan. j er5cl s than 4 votes to the precinct stated that in addition to the Lanquct_ On the plot of ground in George- ownership of which is claimed the elder Mr. bricks, veteran today said his father George W. Boehner was elected to membership in the company, and the name of Roy Vaughn was proposed for membership. After the business meeting, refresh- ments of bean soup, sandwiches and coffee were served. fitted out with bunks for the accommo- dation of the boys, a cook would be employed, the scouts to pay half of the expenses and Mr. Miller the other half. Clyde Bream, scoutmaster, stated that in all probability he would appoint Dickson assistant scoutmaster Seizuie of the ballots, registration; lists, return sheets, tally .sheets, poll and mother lived in Washington from i lists and voter check lists will be the 1853 to 1855. and it was ab that time I first sten in the Senate investigation that his parents secured title to the 1 of charges of wholesale fraud in reft- two pieces of real estate, he asserted. I islration and voting made in the peti- tions of contests against the seating Fillmore Letter Reports that the Stearnses have a let- j of Vare brought by William B. Wil- tor, purporting to have been written the Domociatiu candidate. by former President Filmore to Mr. Vare appeared personally before Stearns' father, regarding the real es- FORMER RESIDENT DIES IN WEST W. Grant Meals, 61, native of Get- tysburg, died suddenly at his home in Jones City. Oklahoma, Tuesday, ac- cording to word received by relatives here Wednesday. Mr. Meals, a son of the late Mr. Mrs. William D. Meals, was born in Gettysburg February 22, 1865, but left for the West 44 years ago. He graduated from Oberlin College, Obei-- lin, Ohio, and moved farther West. He was working as a telegraph op- erator at Jones City, at the same time conducting a small farm. Mr. Meals is survived by his widow, three sons, one brother, L. H. Meals, Gettysburg, and one sister, Mrs. Ira Bream, McAllisterville. j Funeral services and interment will (take place in Jones City. and have the camp conducted under scout discipline. Scouts will be the _----------.. i only caddies employed. i Found W'th Crushed in i th.e- committee hile Wilson was rep- late, weio denied by Mr. and Mrs. Plans for the observance of Neighbors i relented by R. Mahaney, and his, Stearns. Mr. Stcarns has a letter, pre- seventeenth anniversary of the found-; j< Q n n- trnnip I daughter, Agnes Wilson. Vare sumably written by President Fillmore ing of the troop, to be celebrated the I ea lo oave nome. Mahancy a joint request to his father, in which it is stated that week of February 6 to 13, were dis- j j to all officer J of Pennsylvania and the 'the president was returning certain cussed. During the week Howard ART DIRECTOR TO ADDRESS P-T Dr. C. Valentine Kirby, art director of the State Department of Instruc- FRENCH SAILORS GO OVER FIELD tion, will give an illustrated lecture on "Art in the Home and Fri- Sulcle- day evening at the regular meeting1 of Three French students, in training on the ill-fated schooner Hichelieu, which was destroyed by fire in Balti- more last week, toured the battle- field today with Colonel Scott as the Gettysburg- Parent-Teachers' As- sociation in the high school auditorium at o'clock. Doctor Kirby delivered a lecture on the same subject at East Berlin Wed- nesday evening and will speak at Big- lerville this evening. A. H. REESER DIRECTOR Arthur H. Reeser, York, president of the Gettysburg1 furniture company, was re-elected a director of the First National Bank here Tuesday, instead of John D. Keith, Gettysburg attorney. Mr. Reeser has been a member oT the board fox- almost a year. Let us demonstrate nn Atwnter Kent radio in your homo, nearly 300 installed in Gettys- burg and Adams county. Naco's Music Stores, Inc. Better fish, cleaner fish, quicker ncrvice. Jtaohra City Market, Colonel Scott was chosen as guide because he has a speaking knov.iedge of French and was able to explain the battle in the native language of the three naval students. The visitors lunched at the Hotel Gettysburg. BENDERSVILLE PROPERTY SOLD Mrs. E. C. Blocher has sold her property on Railroad street, Bcnders- ville, to A. B. Deardorff, who will take posstsion April 1. Mrs. Blocher plans to move with her daughter, Mrs. Stallsmith, near Heidlersburg. (By Uniontown, Jan. mur- I various counties requesting them to plans, presented by Mr. Stearns, for Stouffer give a short talk before deliver to the Senate all the ballots j supplying Washington with pure the Rotary Club on the purposes and j as was discovered at and other documents in the November water. No mention is made in the aims of the scout troop and Junior _ neai.' jiere, whcm residents election. Hartman will deliver a talk along of the coal mining village turned out the same line, at the Lions Club. fco fi ht a firc -n a home_ John Earner will also speak at Lincoln Thogc murdorcd werc, Mrs, JamG, School on I-riday of that week. A Williams 35 Degress, her son, aged committee to arrange for a Scouts and dau hte asjed fi. THIRD MEMBER OF FAMILY DIES IN Mothers' banquet was named. Albert Bell will be chairman of the mittee and he will be assisted by Joseph Reaser, John Ridinger 'and Howard Edwards. The date for the j banquet has not been designated. Thirty-two members of the troop j were present at the meeting, the largest -turnout since the inaugura- i tion of the point scoring contest, the com-' child. h h n held for a younger residents enteicd the an day after her seventy- ns d; d i letter to any real estate. i Mr.' Stearns' father, at one time a wealthy man, lost everything he had when he became mentally unbalanced by reason of an accident in New York In alighting from a trolley, 5 tripped by a chain, falling heavily on his head. The elder Mr. Ig62 heads crushed in. The third had been struck on the head and was affected by smoke. The murderer then fired the house, i fourth birthday, Mrs. Anna Johnson, Was Druminer Boj to succumb i membcr af wwks ?1 hom n as bcon lor The present Mr. Stearns was a drum- mer boy in thf Fifty-third New York Volunteer Regiment, which was in the battle here, although Mr. Stearns did vears- -not participate in the local engage- Williams, a patrol having the highest number of home at 4 a. m. to go to work. iiicu LUC iiuuac. coal miner, left 'Hcart trouhlc 1S
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