June 23 1911
Hallstead - Last Friday afternoon Hon. & Mrs. James T. DuBois were given a great welcome by between 2 and 3 thousand friends on their arrival home from Singapore, Malay Peninsula, where Mr. DuBois has been the United States consul for the past two years. Upon their arrival at the station they were met with hearty cheers and warm handclasps and a parade was formed with automobiles, a company of young men on horseback, school children dressed in white carrying flags and hundreds of people on foot. Proceeding to the park on the riverbank, Rev. A.B. Herr, pastor of the Hallstead Presbyterian church, delivered an address of welcome on the return of Susquehanna's distinguished citizen and his beloved wife. Mr. DuBois responded giving many interesting experiences met with in the consular service and travel in distant lands and expressed his joy in returning to his native heath in words that brought tears to the eyes of many.
Heart Lake - The following people have opened their cottages for the season: Mrs. Safford, Miss Spencer, of Pittston, Mr. & Mrs. A.W. Lyons, of Montrose, and Levi Campbell, of Binghamton.
Alford Station - The Lackawanna station was burned to the ground Tuesday night. No one was in he building at the time, the night operator not coming on duty until midnight, and as the town has no means of fighting fire the flames had gained such headway when discovered that it was impossible to save it. The building was a substantial, commodious structure and was erected about 20 years ago when the Montrose branch was put through. It is believed that the crossing of an electric light wire with a telegraph wire, in Montrose, caused the conflagration, the electricity being carried over the wire into the station and igniting the woodwork. At Nicholson the effects of the wire being charged were shown, the operator in the tower being hurled across the room by the force of the current, but not seriously injured. An investigation in Montrose showed the electric lines to be in contact with telephone and telegraph wires.
Brooklyn - Mrs. E.M. Lowry was in town this week in the interest of the New York Tribune fresh air fund. She desires that a number of the good people of Brooklyn will open their homes and hearts for some of these poor children of the tenements in New York city. AND June 18 marked the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Gere.
Silver Lake - In the storm recently three grand old hemlock trees were struck by lightning and totally destroyed. This will make quite a bland space on the lakeshore. The crash and tearing of the wood was heard at some distance.
Auburn - Thomas Cadden killed a black snake that was 6 feet 10 inches in length. The reptile was dispatched in the vicinity of the Cadden chicken coops and was engaged in inspecting the quality of Spring chickens being raised. AND In West Auburn chauffeurs are to take notice! Be sure to light the lamps on your autos before it gets dark, or you will be reported and prosecuted.
Herrick Center - Jud Walker had seven cows killed by lightning during the recent storms.
Broome County, N.Y. - They boast of 68 miles of macadamized roads outside the cities and borough. By the end of the year, with the road building, the mileage will increase to 81.
Elk Lake - Messrs. Russell Mink, Max Thorpe and Roger Lane, students at Yale, are guests of Frank E. Morris, a student at that college. They have been spending the week at the Morris cottage at Elk Lake.
Scranton - The 45th G.A.R. encampment was largely attended, more than 600 being present. Among them from our county were Comrades Ainey and Doloway, of Brooklyn Post, Comrades J.W. Palmer and G.P. Stockholm, of Franklin Post and Resseguie and Michel, of Gibson Post. Scranton did herself proud in entertaining the boys in blue. Perhaps the last G.A.R., parade was held here, as the comrades are getting feeble and the officers think it is time to give it up. The next encampment will be held at Gettysburg. Among the resolutions was one calling upon the Grand Army of the Republic to investigate the records of deserters who had been placed on the pension rolls, and to take steps to weed out the men who by political influence have been reinstated.
"The Spirit of '61"
There's only a few of us left, boys,
But what there is, is prime,
With the same old spring and the same old swing
That we showed in Old Abe's time.
We stepped to a lively tune, boys,
When he called for volunteers,
And we'll step that same to the end of the game,
Though we last a thousand years.
Then here's to the youth of '61,
That never grows old, but lives
Safe from harm in the homage warm
That a grateful country gives.
And they talk of an auto for us, boys,
To carry us 'round the street,
Are we weaklings--we--that in '63
Jeered at a hell of heat?
Must we loll like babes in arms, boys,
And follow our flag by car--
We that trod at the call of God
When Grant went forth to war?
Nay, stick to the trusty pegs, boys,
And tramp like soldiers free,
To the tunes that stirred when Sherman spurred
From Atlanta to the sea
We are coming again, good Abraham,
As we came in days long gone,
For the spirit of Brown shall not go down
His soul still marches on!
Then here's to the youth of '61
Who never grows old, but lives
Safe from harm in the homage warm
That a grateful country gives
Emerson D. Owen