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SORTIl ADAMS, MASS., THITKSDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 23, !K9r,. ThfTranscript, TB.V: Tran Jsst Scasc months TO cents A m u advert is TUB Tn OVE I valual OFFICE ll'T BUILDING, BANK STREET. IVonrH ADAMS, MASS. pt Publishing Company ISHERS \ND PROPRIETORS. AIUY TRANSCRIPT. cry afternoon lexcept Sundays) at four o'clock. v RATE* -- One year, |6,00; six three montbs. $1 50; one month, cents a copy. j RATE**.--For information about 11 at or address, Business Office of IPT. IEKLY TRANSCRIPT. A -SEAR: strictly in advance, every Wednesday Morning. ertising medium; esp« [ally desir- ble for countr trade. THEIR EIPLAXATIOX. The School Committee Makes Public the Grounds for Their Action. IXSITOMATIOX AXD SEGLIGEXfE. Are Willing to Make Figures Public and Change Awards if Wrong. If Not Considered Conscientious, are Ready to Resign. At a meeting of the school committee held Tuesday, May 14, it was voted to reconsider the acceptance of the resignation of Charles Spaulding which was to take effect at the close of the present term, and to state to him that the committee desired that he close his connection with the school Friday, the 17th. The committee yearly honors, the committee concluded I to let things go on. j About this time occurred the exhibition i of school work in the Central Labor Union hall. Mr. Spanlding was notified by the superintendent at the beginning of the school year to prepare an exhibit for the high school. It was supposed that the direction was being carried out. A day or so before the exhibit Mrs. Dewey wrote Mr. Spaulding a note asking when the high school exhibit would be ready, and the answer came, written in lead pencil at the bottom of her request. Itread as follows: "There bra been so little good work done in the school this year that I do not think it worth while to exhibit it. Spauld- ine." The committee thought it a ruther pitiful confession to ccme from a man whom the papers had proclaimed as "the best principal Drury ever had." We learned about this time that Mr. Spaulding was absenting himself from his class room and leaving the pupils alone for forty minutes at a, time while he listened to rehearsals, fa KLEPHOXE CALLS. (IMS, - - - CK, - 230-12 230 was led to this decision not from any feel ing of petty spite, nor from any desire to j matter attended to by other principals out TEtRAPHlC SERVICE. cciveci b\ Western Tnion wire up · TF.N H' L .ter TeK-e: aphic News than any . nev er in V estern Massachusetts. THE Ta mi-m cues the Full Telegraphic Service of Lmeric .n Piess Association. THE TR HIT is the only newspapi r in Wes- lein Ma iettsreifcnmcreg;ulunytlegeneral dispatche 1 dispatches PKESJ.tli e-. in New Ei len North A Alt| \t L i n . orth Ada Alt At La^. tre»t. Nou wrong Mr. Spaulding, but from a firm conviction that it was for the best interest of the school that Mr. Spaulding should leave then and there. There has been no desire to conceal the reasons for this action; but surprise must be expressd that Mr. Spaulding, although the notice of his dismissal was mailed to him Wednesday morning, made no effort to learn the cause leading up to it, until Saturday when the of school hours,) and that the discipline of the school was being constantly relaxed and the work of the school neglected. In fact, we learned, that the prospects for a good baseball season were much better than for a high intellectual standing for the school, and then the committee determined to put a stop to things. We felt much in the position of a merchant who has a clerk who is to leave in five weeks, e UNI FED PRESS and thsspecial eNEW ENGLAND ASSOCIATED ....... ______ _. . ..... and IKI nensgathermg agency R. WWTS, D. M. D. Room*, 7* Main 81. .Mass HON CARPENTER. ·Fii iiing I iKlerInkers. Xo. -ii · Street North Adams J! a*. OHM P MAGENIS. matter had become public. The commit- | DU t w ho finds that said clerk, after his tee realizes that it is composed of public resignation is doing as little as he can, and servants, and that its motives and acts that not always to Ihe advantage of the should be public property. business. He naturally wants him to One year ago three women teachers of i j eave a t once. We felt the same way. the high school entered a written com- yVe want to say this, however,--Mr. plaint with the committee in regard to Charles Spaulding, in certain branches, the treatment they sustained at the hands j s a brilliant instructor. He has the of Mr. Spaulding, and also a severe criti- faculty of interesting the pupils, but as an cisra upon his influence upon and his associate with other teachers, and as the ey aiil Counselor ce Kimbell Block, Main btieet, C. T. PHELPS. «·,» aiitl Counselor floe. Adams Baiik Block, Main [lam 1 *. ANNE M. BLOSSOM. n»l Surgeon. 3 Clim-jhlae. Office hoar* 8 to ·' a. m : -' to 9 j ri. f 8 p. ic. (KCE P. LAWRENCE. Aitacy and « oiinselor At La^. Be 77 Mam Stree , North Adams reaving-, BaiBiildiiiK. I B. W. NILES. 4ttdfcy and Counselor At LJH 9e Hoos.'0 Sai'ng? B.uik Block, Wain street,Kh Adairs r ""US T. BaEtOW. ~~ Architect. Office in £ r fearing? Bank Block. Hours, · -- to if. m. ! to 12 a in., Real Esl L?ans neg bought, sola J. P. BBED, and Business Agent. ed, city and country pioperty rxchangcd. BR !:; MCDONOEI.L. Vetpnary Surgeons. Oiflce. Flajlst Me. All calls pro . phy at. tended eitherlelephoue or otherwise. G. PARKER, leal MachiniM. Light Machiliid General Repairing. Model and experlmeilwork. Bicycle repairing. Keur Hoossc Bant ·*, Alain street. r tye. K\ "ew Brunt and Eai S''igt assistant as C Assist^:] c kmgt Hospital (ilii WRIGHT. M. D. Xose and Tbroal. , Main street Attending Eye it hospital. Formerlj clinical ral London Eye Hospital, also at Ntw York Throat and Xos-e propem fitted . H. FI.A0G. L.i\fry.Su 4t Boarding Stables. Main Street, lowte the Wilsrai House, JS. orth Adani«. NiceAhes for \\eddmgs. Parties and Fune-a 1 ?. Firiass single hors B s and coinages .it short m tice Ireasnnabio terms Also vi'Iage loach to ind in a I trun=. Telephone con- S. VJ Carriage Manufacture, Road, Bu-sintsv ordei at bhort represented reasonal le teim Wagons and c! Blanket-, Cen f£K S BROTHER, Wngou Builders. Light Carnages, Sleighs, Hea\j Wagons made to e. All work warranted as ftirmg in all its brancneH at |De»lers in all kinds of Factory lages, Harnesses, Robes and St, real of Blackmton Block. NORTH ADMS SAVINGS BANK Established 181 73 Main Street, adjoining Adams National Ak. Business hours: 9 ». m. to 4 p m.; Saturn* till 6 p. m. kA. C. HOUGHTON. TREASI-K*-V. A. WHITAKEB. Willitni Burton, p. L. Rice, W. H. Qaylord. RUSTEES: C. H. Cutting, V A. Whitaker, W. H. Qaylord, A. B. Wright, Arthur Bobin'son, . MOlard. ' IHVWTMBHT: | H. Ctaylord, A. B. Wright A. C. Hough! William Surf Teorge I* Hi W. A. Gallup £. S. WUkiui H. T. Cady, BOA3 George L. Rice. manner of conducting the high school. At a hearing given in the matter, these tqree teachers failed to substantiate the specific charges that they made, although their testimony left the impression in the minds of ome of the committee that there were good grounds for their complaints. They failed however to actually prove their specific charges, and at the close of the year, although they were valued and experienced teachers, they all three resigned and left our schools. The committee then provided Mr. Spaulding with in entire new teaching force, with tie exception of Mr. Wilson who held over, told him to go ahe-xd, and hoped for the best. It was but a short time before the Committee was again confronted with the complaint of a year ago, nan:e"y : rjde treatment, lack of support in the matter of discipline, and a belittling of the efforts of tbe under teachers. During the year the committee has been constantly annoyed by these complaints, but has endeavored for the good of all concerned to keep things in motion and the teaching force together. The committee has accumatated during the year positive proof that Mr. Spaulding has changed the course of study without autnority, has made studies optional which were not intended to be so, has rushed certain classes through certain studies at break neck speed, thus exhausting the energies of the pupils in one subject and leaving them behind in certain othir equally important branches. Last winter, in defiance of all rules of insurance companies and common sense of danger, he introduced three large carboys of acid into the Academy premises for use in his chemical experiments and, although requested repeatedly to do so, neglected or refused to remove them from the premises, and they were finally taken away by a truckman sent by the committee. Matters have drifted along during the entire year with a feeling of dissatisfaction and exasperation on the part of the underteachers, and a still deeper feeling of bewilderment on the part of the committee that they had been unlucky enough to pick out six T\omen teachers in succession, none of whom could bring themselves to admire Mr. Spaulding's treatment of themselves or his manner of conducting the school. Th-n came the matter of the yearly appointments. Without consulting his under teachers, who were vitally interested, and calling to bis counsel only the young man whom he afterwards announced as i valedictorian, Mr. Spaulding sent out one day the list of appointments for the coming graduating exercises, as follows: McGurk, first, Marcus Dean, second, and Miss Dean, third. Convinced that a mistake hid been made, the under teachers, through the superintendent, called the attention of the committee to the fact. A meeting of the committee was called, the attendance of Mr. Spaulding was asked, head of a high school, we cannot commend him. In regards to the petition, (that we publish the marks by which the honors were declared,) we would say this, that they are open to the inspection of any citizen who may call upon the superintendent, or the petitioners may appoint any *hree fair-minded men to go over the marks with Mr. A'chtr and, if the committee has made and error it will be cheerfully rectified. In conclusion, the committee can only say that it regrets exceedingly tbp disturbance created in onr high school, but would also say that it lias acted conscientiously :md according to its best judgment. If the citizens think otherwise, there is not a member of the board who will not cheerfully resign his seventy-five dollars a year, and what remnant of glory attaches itself to the position, and step down and out. O. A. AncHiiu, MARTHA P. LOCKE, D. A. ANDEESON, WALLACF FREEMAN, C. Q. RICHMOND. How the Public May Know. In regard to distribution of honors I beg to say that soon after the matter has been acted upon by the committee, Mr, McGurk wrote me a polite note asking for the data upon which we reached our conclusions. Although I am a, rather busy man, I responded promptly and at length, explaining carefully the methods of the committee. If Mr. McGurk has my letter and will kindly permit its publication I think the public will understand the subject matter clear)j. O. A. AKCHER. BOAR.) OF TRADE MEETING. New Sunday Opening of Library and Enterprises Lo be Discussed. There will be a meeting of the board of trade Friday evening when two interesting questions will be discussed. One will be that of openiug the public library on Sundajs, and the other as to the advisability of extending financial inducements to foreign concerns to locate iu onr city. The (question of opening the library Sundays will bring out a discussion that is desired by the library board before taking final action in the matter. Kevs. Mr. Tebbets, Penney, Brown and Church will give their vit wd on the question pro and con, as well as other gentlemen. The question of offering material inducements to foreign concerns or corporations to bring their enterprises to our locality is a timely one, and one which W. G. Cady, C. W. Dennett and other speakers will have something interesting and spicy to say. At a meeting of the directors of the board of trade held last evening it was unanimously voted to give a portion of the time of each meeting of the association to miscellaneous business when each ^Tresfir^fjs'SSs-^-Jss^s-ssa THE AJ NATIO AMS AL BANK XOMTH ADAMS, MASS. Capital ...... 9500,000 Capital Undivided Profits 150,000 S. W. BBAYTON, Pi-esident. A. C. HOUGHTOX, Vice-President. E. -J. WILKINSON, Cashier. D [RECTORS. S. W. Brayton. A. C. Houghtou E. Wilkinson V. A. Whitaker, Hon A. B. Wright, W. A. Gallup W. G. Cady, G. W. Chase, H. W. clant Accounts and Collections Solicited. pommonvealth of Massachusetts. Board of Kailroad Commissioners. BOSTON, May 21, M 95. On the petitions of the Hoosac Valley Street Bailway Companv, severa'ly, for approval by the Board of an issue, under the provisions of Chapter 264 of th« Acts of 1893, of bonds to an amount not exceeding $75,000 for the purposes set forth in said act ; and for approval by tbe Board, under the provisions of Cnapter 329 of the Acts of 1895, of an jaiue of capital stock to tbe amount of 150,000, and of an issue of bonds to the amount of 825,009, for the purpose of extending its tracks and equipping tbe same a* authorized by said act, the Board will give a hearing to the parties in interest at their office No. 20 Beacon street, Bo-ton, on Monday the Twenty-seventh day of May, instant, at one o'clock in the afternoon. ADd the petitioner is required to give rotice of said hearing by publication hereof once prior to said date in the Adams Transcript, a newspaper printed in North Adan^Per had announced the honors. He failed to come and, after waiting for half an hour, one of the committee stated that he "guessed" from what Mr. Spaulding had said to him that be did not care to come. The committee waited for over an hour and then adjourned to meet on the following day. To the member of the committee sent to ask him to be present at the next meeting, Mr. Spaulding atated that he had a previous engagement to "go off with the boys" on the preceding afternoon and, in any event did uot "think the matter was of importance to hit,i" 'i.w the committee had taken hold of it. He, however, consented to come and was present at the meeting. When asked to explain how he bad awarded the honors, he confessed that he had made a mistake in awarding two out of three of them, and then failed to give a satisfactory explanation of his award of the other. Then the committee took Mr. Spaulding's own records of the school, and found that a complication in computing results had arisen by the introduction of a new system of marking suggested by Mr. Spaulding himself. But, taking these official figures, and giving to the new system of letters a valuation declared fair by the teachers of the schools, they found Miss Dean, whom Mr. Spaulding placed third, was first; McGurk, whom Mr. Spaulding placed first, was second; and Marcus Dean, whom Mr. Spaulding placed second, was third. The computations were made by Mr. O. A. Archer, a man of good repute in the community, and approved as correct, after proper examination, by a unanimous vote of the the school committee. Tbe committee were certainly not governed in their decision by loral pride or .prejudice, because Mcfrnik is a North Adams boy anc! Miss Dean a North Pownal girl. Notwithstanding this incident, which at least showed marked discourtesy to the committee, and gross carelessness in such an im- eration and final reference to the board of directors. Accordingly, a part of Friday evening's time will be devoted to miscellaneous matters that may be brought up by any member. This entertaining program and the interesting speakers on it should draw out the whole membership of the board of trade Friday evening. portant matter as the announcement of I bridge. Adcle aiis der Ok- Coming. North Adams and Pittsfield are not to be the only towns in Berkshire to furnish i,k; public with rare n: usical treats this season. Through tht efforts of -Miss Rosalie Smith of Williamstown, Adele aus der Ohe, the famous pianist and favorite pupil of Liszt, will give a piano recital in the Opera House, Williamstown, Thursday, June 13. Already a number of North Adams music lovers have signified their intention of going to this rare recital, and in case North Adams people care to repay Williamstown's frequent and generous support ot their musical entertainments, a special train service will be provided. Mr. -Mietzke Kc-encjajjcrt. Prof. George A. Mietzke has been engaged as organist and director of music at the Congregational church for another year, at a salary of $1,000. The unanimous vote of the music committee to reengage Mr. Mietzke shows the appreciation in which he is held. The music at the Congregational church has attained high rank since Mr. Mietzke has had it in cbnrge, and is now generally conceded to be tbe best in the county. Although without a pastor, the cnurch has fortunately retained it? music, and the pulpit is filled from Sunday to Su/iday by some of the ablest ministers. Miss Bowen will sing again next Sunday at both services. --Tbs road commissioners are placing broken stone on State street below the SPAIILDIXCJANfiUET. Teachers, Pupils and Alumni of Drury High School Gather- to Honor a Principal. EXTREMELY PIBSAXT REfEPTM- Perhaps Drury's Greatest Event. Speeches Expressing Loyalty and Condemnation. Mr. $pauldlng Made a Speech--"Makea Friend." The reception airid banquet given in honor of Charles Spaulding, ex-principal of the high school, at the Wilson last night was perhaps the most brilliant school event that has happened in town. Drury academy was thoroughly represented as regards pupil* and the high school as to teachers, two 3nly being absent, not reckoning Mr. Harrington, the new principal. Previous to the banquet a reception was held in the parlors and almost 300 persons greeted Mr. Spaulding. When it became possible to consider tbe object of the gathering instead of those gathered the loyalt^ to Mr. Spaulding was seen to be very strrtngly expressed. Not so much in words as in other wayr, for the pupils had the good grace to leave outside the matters that have so greatly agitated the town's people for the past few days. Most of the boys and girls woi e some sort of badge that expressed the wearer's sentiments. "We are solid for Spaulding" was the most conspicuous badge, and prominent on the walls of the dining room was the large placard that adorned the curtain at the Drury minstrel show, having upon it the same sentiment. The class colors were pretty generally worn and the Drury pin also. It would not be fair to pass without noticing in some way the very pretty gowns. As they were more expressive of the tastes of the wearers than the sentiment of the occasion they cannot have anything more than the deserved Compliment that they were very pretty indeed. j It would have beuu very hard to have guessed what was the object of the bnn- quet when all had sat down at the tables. The conversation was upon almost every subject from poor translations of Latin to the kind of weather the morrow might bring. There was much bubbling good nature, and from all appearances tne good tnings brought on by the very attentive waitresses were inuch enjoyed. The regret at ttje departure of Mr. Spaulding, the respect in which he is held oy the pupils and' the indignation they ieel at the treatment he has received were all fully expressed in the short speeches that followed the baflquet. Harland Dennett, '96, who presided said all had met to bid farewell to tfieir principal, Mr. Spaulding. He spoke of Mr. Spaulding's work and instanced some things which he attributed to his efforts mentioning a "Druryite that could not be suppressed." He bade Mr. Spaiildjf-j farewell_and said wherever he should go the best wishes of Drury would go with him. Miss Wood, '95, was reminiscent. She referred to the time when her class entered the high school and told of the fears of the class then arising from their unknow field and the then unknown principal. She said whatever fears were entertained regarding the principal were soon vanished, and she bore excellent testimony to his character. She expressed the love and respect her class had for him and also the regret it had at his departure. She gave him best wishes for the future. Chrystal, '97, said with what voice he had left after several days hard usage of j it he would endeavor to express the thanks of his class to Mr. Spaulding. He I spoke of the rapid progress made in read- ' ing Ceasar under Mr. Spaulding, a more ! rapid reading than any other principal ' had been able to accomplish. He referred ' to the excellent work of Mr. Spaulding in teaching physics and the pleasant things promised the botany class, which pleasant promises had been destroyed by the unexpected turn of events. He spoke of the ' pleasure all the pupils must have had ' who studied under Mr. Spaulding. He regretted some things that the pupils had done, and made reference to school inci- j dents subsequent to Mr. Spaulding's dismissal. He wished Mr. Spaulding all sue-.{ cess and hoped he would live long and prosper. Miss Lee, '96, spoke thoughtfully of the purpose of the assembly. She reviewed to some extent the history of her class and showed the gradual increase of the j respect its members have for Mr. Spaulding. She said they had derived more from him than mere text book study. The girls of 96, she (laid, feel that they have not only lost a teacher, but a friend. They very much regret his departure, she explained, and wish him success and happiness. Miss Boughton, '97, fully realized her utter inability to express the feelings of the class of '»7. She reviewed the years with Mr. Spaulding and spoke highly of what they had given. She felt Mr. Spaulding had been treated shamefully and dwelt upon that at some length. In speaking of Mr. Spauldine's future she expressed tbe hope that she yet might learn something from "Dr. Spaulding." She bade him a mournful farewell and wished him God speed. Tinker, '96, confined himself in his short remarks to the growth of athletics under i Mr. Spaulding. He stated tbe value of i athletics to man us expressed in the very j much tcid tale that the best mind can only j exist in the soundest body and showed that Mr. Spaulding had labored to develop such men among his pupils. The athletics of the school, Mr. Tinker said, have reached to considerable honor under Mr. Spanlding, and in tbe uame of the Athletic association he extended to him its thanks. He said Mr. Spaulding had made more school spirit in Drury, and had helped to a well educated brain living in a i well developed body. Miss Johnson, '98, extended to Mr. Spanlding the thanks and gratitude of her class. She said the class had not been as long with Mr. Spaulding as some others, yet it did not want to be behind in an expression of an app'eciation of him. She had strong regard for Mr. Spaulding and wished him all things well. McGurk, '95, said that there was no privilege he could esteem higher that that I of being present to acknowledge the debt i of respect and gratitude which they o tred ' to Mr. Spanlding for his four years of Ion- j scientious effort in behalf of Drury's test | interests. The school work and gfvez- I ment had been successful beyond any pro- I cedent, and this was due, largely, to Mr. Spaulding's personality and influence. In closing he said that from Mr. Spaulding they had obtained something more than knowledge of books; ideas and principles, he said, had been engrafted in their minds to mold and shape their very lives. These long years of association have only served to strengthen the band of friendship and fellowship between principal and pupil, and to intensify our feeling of the deepest, sincerest respect and esteem toward him aa teacher and friend and man. Arthur M. Robinson represented the alumni."He could not say that it gave him great pleasure to address that dinner party, bidding farewell to Mr. Spaulding, bidding farewell to a man with whom they all had bad the most pleasant relations, to a man whose whole aim had been to lift the standards of Drury, to raise the aims and ambitions of every student to a loftier plane, bidding farewell to a man who had worked with strenuous effort for five years for the betterment of our public schools and the benefit of our young men and women; but it did give him pleasure to see the loyal way in which the students carried themselves. In closing he said the alumni and ex-members of Drury felt as keen and deep regret at the departure of Mr. Spaulding as did the students in severing their closer relations with him. James Mack cherished the kind treatment that Mr. Spaulding had given him. He rejoiced to be present and speak in favor of such a principal. Mr. Spaulding is an honor to his college and his departure is mourned. He was a friend to the school and tbe pupils/ He goes, but those who laugh last laugh best. Mr. Mack thought the people would vindicate Mr. Spaulding. McConnel], '94, said Ms class had abundant opportunity to know Mr. Spaulding, and it appreciated his efforts. He thought the school committee had acted in an unwise manner. Mr, Spaulding's work was always characterized by a go-ahead spirit. He wished Mr. Spaulding success. Assistant Principal Wilson spoke very well of Mr. Spaulding. He said if he bad time he could tell many things; he could recall a great many 'pleasant memories. Mr. Spaulding had treated him to his entire satisfaction. In going out into a new profession, Mr. Wilson felt that Mr. Spanlding carried the best wishes of all present. He felt that in the departure of Mr. Spauldiag he loses one who has always treated him squarely. Mr. Spaulding was announced and was greeted with much enthusiasm. He went back to the beginning of his connection with Drury and said that for the first year he did not wake up to the responsibilities or possibilities of his position. He spoke of his ambition to have as broad an experience ^as possible for him to acquire and said in all places he had ever been he had never seen a work of art, he had never thought a thought, never had an idea that will lost as long with him as the sentiment expressed there on the wall. The only existence, he continued, i o'lh living is that which has the greatest ideal. The arpatsit thiijg 'n tfee .world is to make a friend, and tbe next greatest to stand by a friend. The idea of never forgetting a friend is one of tbe greatest in the world. He regarded the present opportunity as the opportunity of his life. He had nothing personal to say, but outlined his idea of the qualities a teacher should possess. Seventy per cent of the teaching of the world is done out of school, and Mr. Spaulding showed the importance of the teacher impressing the scholar. The greatest compliment one can pay you ib, he said, 'you are a person with a personality, one who can make an impression, one whom I am glad to meet for every time I meet you I get something from you.' I find, he continued, that every person in the world can develop all the essential qualities that go to make up a great man. By being great we mean open to conviction, to inspection and never forgetting a friend. He had one thing personal to say, and there is one thing he would like to be called all the time--a person who knows a good thing when he sees it. He knew Mr. Wilson for a long time, he said, and could speak accurately about him. I am his friend and you have not a better friend than he. He and I have never wearied or faltered in our aims toward the object, though we have differed in opinions and methods. There is no one I would rather see my successor than Mr. Wilson. Mr. Spaulding expressed his desire at seeing Miss Walton present. He was sure she gave her best wishes to the pupils or she would notl have come. He wished all success and hoped they would get it. If you get your dues, he said, yon will always remember that there is nothing .too good for him who has the courage to stand up and take them. He told his hearers never to do an ungentlemanly act, never to rebel against authority. Remember, he said in closing, to always say I live in the world for all that is good, for all that is great, for all that is best and all that is noble. At the close of Mr. Spaulding's remarks the chairman announced that the exercises were at an end and he asked for a good Drury yell for the last speaker. Tbe yell was given with a will. The speaking was all received with applause and the witty references to recent events were applauded.loudly. About 130 were at the banquet tables and the menu was of excellent quality and variety. cowitwrissAiiLT CUTTINGCO Upon a Young Womae by a Man Sap. posed to Ite a Thief. Hade a Brave Attempt to Defend Herself. Assailant Finally Overcame Her and Knock**' Her Senseless. WINTHROP MUTUAL SUED. Mrs. Hojge Seeks to Recover Policy Issued on WiiliaiRsrown Property. Mrs. Sarah L. Hodge has entered suit through 8. P. Th*yei against the Winthrop Mutual Fire insurance company of Boston to recover the amcuiu of a Ipolicy she claimed to hold in that company. The suit will be of doable interest because- of the person who brings suit and the company which, although it does business at Boston, is principally composed of prominent men of North Adams and this section. Giles K. Tinker is general agent for the company. The amount Mrs. Hodge seeks to recover is 52,500. The policy, it is claimed, was issued on the Hodge grain elevator recently burned at Wilh'amsiown. It is understood the point on which the suit arises is that the company claims it had not accepted the risk when the property burned. This the plaintiff claims is not so and says a bill has been rendered for the premium. The plaintiff claims to have other important .evidence showing the company had accepted the risk. \ --High Sheriff John C. Crosby is very ill at his home in PifeScIu. He baa been confined tr. iis bed for over ten davg. 1 BOSTOX, May 23.-- Aguos Bancroft, · pretty housemaid, employed at the N«;w Winthrop Hotel, at Winthrop Bench. Iisd an experience with a rougli-lookiup: man, supposed to be a peddler, which she will remember the longest dny thut -ho lives. S! e was knocked sunscleii on the kitchen floor, and roiuaiiicd in that condition for four hours The hotel is not yet upcnrd for guests, but a number of girls were there yesterday cleaning up the house. At tihout 1" o'clock in the morning a middle-aged, thick-sot man, with a Hebraic cast of countenance, suddenly appeared m the kitchen door, and wanttd to sell sonic trinket-,. The startled girls did not buy, and the niaa disappeared. Alwut 3 o'clock the Bancroft girl was alone in the kitchen, cooking dinner for the other girls. Glancing up, 5)10 «a\v too same num who had come in the ntoining again standing in the doorway. Without saying a word he Vanished as Before. The girl wawrighten«d. and shut and bolted tlie door. Ten minutes later she wa- terrified to see him glide into the kitchen from the door leading to tbe dining room, liming evidently come throng!) the front entranc". she gazed at him, sneeclilois. Tills time lie spoke. "Is the proprietor in'" lie asked. The jrivl shook her head. "Show me his mom," -.iicl the peddler. "1 won't do tiny such thing. Go away," gasped the. girl. He came newer to her "Show me the proprietor'* room ami 1 11 make it worth your wl He." Hero the girl conltl stand it no longer. Shrieking at the top of her luug.s, she seized ,i rolling-pin nnil aimed n blow at the mi.n's head It mi-sctl. He twisted the rolling-pin Cro'u her {TiMsji and with hi* clenched lirst .'rtruclc il« l r on the i'orelu'art. Shu Jell lilvo a stow, aiul vhen the women npstair-,, nlio li.ui be.U'tl her ore;mi-, cum · n'n:),'i£ down, there she lay on the kitr lion Hi or. Xo tnne of her as-ail,int coulil l-o found. In five mini'i't'^ ,i j/o'ifcnian mid a doctor \\cre !^V('Uc,iit, bur il took lour houiv of unremitting work lo bruit 1 the girl to her bense^. She i-. ,111 atl'McUvo looking girl of IT. ,ind tells her story positively. Cn Benc^n Hill. Bcn\1\, M.iy 23.-- The legislature ad- journeil early n-i a mark C n spect torthe late Congres^ni in Cornell. On the suggestion of Governor (Ti-ecnhalfre a committee was n;pointc(l to proceed at once to Washington .'Hid estori the remniii-s to Salem. The fliigs over t)}o capitul were lowered to half-mast as a mark of turther respect. The governor (ninsiiiiittcti to the hou.se a. message containing his veto of the Woburn police commi-ssiou bill. Tile veto was tabled. The constitutionality of the '·full payment" clause of the tuberculosis bill having been raised, Governor Greeu- hulge has directed the attorney general to give his opinion on the law. The bill to recompense Worcester for the money expended in establishing its sewage plant vru- ordered to a. third rending in the hou-*. The Mil authorizing North Brook- ilekl to issue $20,000 bonds for the completion of its water works was engrossed. Bills to r^ise the a^e of consent to 18 yours and lo compel nuiniifaetunng firms to pay wages- weekly were ordered to u third reading in the .senate The bill to authorize the town of Xantucketto t.iko the island of Mu.skeget for public purposes w.'is engrossed The rejection of the bill increasing t IIP suliirios ot the justice and clerk of the polite court of Fitchlmrg was ne^iitned The billauthori/ing Jjow- cll to make an appropriation for Memorial day was engrossed. A senate caucus lias voted, as the sense of the body, that the legislature should be prorogued on the evening of May 29. How Stirk Was Caught. Ai.FiiEo, Me., May '23. -- The May term of the supreme judicial court for York county opened yesterday. The most im- port.iiit case on the criminal docket is that of the State vs. Howard Stirk, who wius arrested while in the act of robbing the Goodiill Worsted company. The case was worked up by Private Detective Tibbetts, who became Stirk'n boon companion. During the time of their comradeship Stirk confessed to several other robberies and attempted cases of arson. Bay State Foresters. WonCBSTJZB, May 23.-- The htale convention of Foresters elected the following grand officers : Chief ranger, S. B. Morris, Fall River; sub-chief ranger, J W. Slattery, Westboro; financial secretary, J. J. Gallagher, Lowell; recording secretary, J. S. Anderson, Worcester; treasurer, W. P. Harrigan, Lowell, senior woodward, Joseph Jeffrey. Worcester; junior wood- ward, J. P. Sullivan, Holyose; senior beadle, Joseph Jacobs, Boston; junior beadle, B. F. Klernan, Taunton. Trolley Litigation. NEW HAVKf. May 23.-- The case of the Thomson-Houston Electric Light company against the Winchester Avenue Bail- rood company, for alleged infringement of trolley patents, was begun in the United States court here yesterday. The case involves $1,000,000, and will occupy several days. Beloved by His Followers. BOSTON*, May 23. -- A complimentary banquet was tendered Archbishop Williams by the Young Men's Catholic association of Boston college last night. Tbe affair was arranged as a celebration of the archbishop's golden jubilee. Archbishop Williams was presented with an address. Famous Yacht Burned. PBOVIDEXCE, May 33 --It is learned that the yacht whicli was burned in Narragansett bay Monday night was the Columbia, in which William M. Tweed escaped to Cuba. The smcld and crest of Tweed were found in the cabin. The yacht was owned by Charles Gan'.uer of Apponaug. Do We Advertise Too Much? The papers are crowded with advertisements. ,' You haven't time to digest j them all, but you must keep I posted on what we are doing if you want to save a lot of money by spending a little. , The minute you disregard 'quality--and give yourself 1 over to the influence of price i--you'll regret it. $10.00 doesn't mean anything unless there is $10,00 worth of qual- !ity given in exchange. nsTE.:, X. H., May UJ -- Caprain Glines ('jcd last night from pneumonia, aged 0!) year.-. He joined the Xcw Hampshire light battery in 1861. He was the oldest national guardsman in the state. Sinjck by a Train. PITT3FIBLB, May 33 --Claude Overacre, aged 33, » porter for W. S. Cody, proprietor of the Wild West show, was struck by a train last night and so bad' j that he died a f«w HriButef later. The qualities in our $10.00 Suits, made possible by recent ,purchases, are far in excess j of the figures. We have been 1 doing some big buying lately j and we have marked out to do some big value giving. $10.00 never bought such suits as we are able to bring out to-day. C. fl. CUTTING CO. SAMUEL CULLYCO, CORSET DEPARTMENT. THOMPSON'S GLOVE FITTING. K-Sl.OO, K-H-1.00, Nursing-1.00, Ventilating--1 00, H-B-1.28, L-1.25, G-1.60, Abflonmlnal--1.50, Large Size, 1.T5, E--1 73, B-2 00, Misees OOc. R, G. 101~$1.00,107-1 00. 374-1.00, 104-1 80, 231-150,611--1.65. W. C. C--ROYAL WORCESTER. 492--$1.00, 456-1.00, 6S3-1.50, Ventilat- lnr-1.00, 660-2.00. DR. SCHILLING'S AMERICAN LADY CORSET. [We are Sole Agents for this Make.] 900-6 Hbok-Sl.OO, 187--1.00, 989-6 Hock-l'26, 67-2 00, Model Form - 1.00, Cutaway--l.oo. S' C. CORSETS. [We are also Sole Agents for this Celebrated Corset.] 134-41.03, 176-6 Hook-1.00. 8. C. Kosmo will not break over tbe hips; warrranted --1.50. Me draw* Elastic Hip--$1,80, Gold Coin --80«., Our New Corset--75c , Summer Cor- set--BOc. P D. CORSETS. r j 530-$1.7B, 248-2.50, 97-3.28. We carry a complete stock of FEBBR' GOOD SENSE, JACKSON and DOUBLE Ve WAISTS for Ladies, Missas and Children. in nearly every make of corsets we lave a full line of Black, White and Drab, in Long;, Medium and Short lengths, also extra sizes Onr Corset depai-tment is most complete in every | detail We carry only the best and most popular makes. An examination is solicited. 84 86 lain Street. EWSPAPEM

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