Forest City - The county commissioners of Susquehanna and Wayne counties met here last Friday and let the contract for the new bridge to span the Lackawanna River. The contract goes to a Pittsburg contractor and will cost from 8 to 10 thousand dollars, being let on the per yard basis. The bridge would have cost more but something more than 40 feet was taken off from each end of the contract work. The bridge has been a long felt want and has been under consideration for many years and will be hailed with joy by both counties, especially the farmers of Wayne Co., who sell produce in the mining city.
Montrose - The road connecting Montrose, as a county seat, with Scranton and Binghamton, is 9th on the list of state roads to be built, under the general appropriations for that purpose and work, it is stated, will be commenced next spring. The present survey follows the creek road from the northern end of the Brooklyn road, near Jack Smith's, north to the old East Bridgewater creamery; thence to Tiffany and up the old plank road to Montrose, coming in by way of the creameries and Harrington's; and thence down to the center part of the town. The course may take in Heart Lake, or may go by the way of Tiffany, or even another route, but in any event, Montrose will be the objective point, both north and south, although it may not be on the direct route between Binghamton and Scranton.
Lindaville, Brooklyn Twp. - Alvah Quick, who had an operation at Scranton hospital last week, died at 1 a.m., Sept. 18, at that place. Joseph Quick, of this place, a brother of Alvah Quick, died at his home at 4 p.m. the same day. A very sad coincidence. Alvah was a veteran of the Civil War and a staunch Republican. The farms of the two brothers adjoined. ALSO (More on the Ely cottage) L.S. Ely, E.F. Ely, Ed. Ely and Chester Watrous are building a fine cottage on the southwest side of Ely Lake. It will have wide, spacious porches and it will be a fine place to pass away the hot, summer days. It is thought by many that if the trolley road from Scranton to Binghamton is built, this beautiful sheet of water will become a popular resort. Ely Lake is one of the cleanest sheets of water in the county, one being able to see the sportive pickerel, etc., in a depth of ten or twelve feet.
Royal - A.C. Severance, our merchant, has remodeled his auto, doing the work himself, except the painting, which was done by R.E. Wells, our carriage painter. The auto now is one of the best lookers in town. He and his auto are at the Allentown Fair this week.
Great Bend - There are 200,000 words in the English language, and most of them were used last Sunday by a lady who discovered, after coming out of church, that her new hat was adorned with a tag on which was written: "Reduced to $2.75. ALSO Mr. and Mrs. Harry Miller, known as the Riding Millers, who are making a 10,000 mile bicycle ride for a purse of $1,000, stopped at Miss Fannie Reed's school at McKinney's Mills, near Great Bend, one day last week. They started their trip on June 3, from Toronto, and have already ridden 4,000 miles. They have a year to complete the 10,000.
Hallstead - As Leon Swartz was resting quietly in his bed, he saw in the distance Cronwell Dixon approaching on his terrible aeroplane. The plane was apparently headed straight for the bed room window which it entered at one fell swoop. Fearful lest the propeller blades should convert him into a Welsh rarebit, Swartz, in a dream, of course, began to whack at the plane with the bed clothes. Despairing of escape he gave one last swipe at the man bird and then opened his eyes, nearly suffocated. During his struggles all the plaster had fallen from the ceiling of the room taking with it the lath and other debris, the whole mass almost knocking Swartz senseless. He dug his way out of the mass and summoned a doctor who found his injuries painful, but not serious.
Lenox - Sunday school at the Wilson school house and at the Chapel every Sunday; there is such a large attendance at the Chapel that it requires two secretaries to look after the books. May Peace with her white wings hover over all and let the good work go on.
Lanesboro - Mrs. Minnie Lee, charged with murder of her husband, Willis Lee, appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the charge and was remanded to custody of the sheriff.
Uniondale - School opened Sept. 11 with Miss Anna Chamberlain as principal, Miss Blanche Hoppe, intermediate, and Miss Mae Chamberlain, primary.
East New Milford - A portable saw mill owned by J. D. White was burned yesterday morning at about 4 o'clock near East New Milford. A spark from the smokestack started the fire and it was burning fiercely when employees discovered the flames. The loss is estimated at about $400.
Forest Lake - Forest Lake has been stirred the past week by what has been feared is an epidemic of typhoid fever. The illness of some 14 people, more or less afflicted, gave rise to the theory that there was a general outbreak of the dread malady, but physicians, while admitting the typhoid symptoms are present, do not diagnose the cases as typhoid. Miss Louise Cole, daughter of Dr. A.B. Cole, is one of the most seriously ill. The fact that a majority of the sick were in attendance at a recent wedding in that vicinity gave rise to the belief that the malady might have been contracted through food eaten, but this theory has been disproved.
Susquehanna - The Erie Co. has issued an order forbidding trainmen to furnish playing cards and boards to passengers who have been in the habit of indulging in pinochle, solitaire, seven up and bridge on its passenger trains. Neither the card players nor the trainmen are happy over the order. The former like to while away a dull time and trainmen gathered in several dollars a day in tips. The company has no objections to the passengers bringing along their own decks and playing to their heart's content. The company declares that the game has become a nuisance, all the best seats being preempted by the players and further declares that trainmen and conductors frequently become so interested in the games that they were liable to neglect their duties, especially when contests between players became exciting and boisterous occurrences that annoy passengers.
Binghamton - Bicyclists along the Erie enjoyed seeing Aviator James Ward, in his flying machine, which was following the Erie tracks from New York to Buffalo.