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DENTON JOURNAL Page 3 MELV1N A JOHNSON, Inc., Publishers Saturday Morning, December 24, 1938 B ABS was such a little girl to be disappointed at Christmas, but there seemed no other way. Her mother called her to the bedside. "Babs, darling," she began ·oftly, "Christmas will soon be here." The little girl's eyes shone. "It won't be the same this year, darling. There won't be any presents, or well--anything." "No Santa Claus?" "You're going on five, Babs. Try to understand. What we call Santa Claus is really just the love people have for each other at Christmas." Her voice trailed off in a fit of coughing. "That pillow--there-now I can breathe. It isn't I don't love you, darling. I just can't do things this Christmas." "Why, Mummy, you're crying!" "No, no I'm not. See? Why don't you run out and play a bit? Get your coat and rubbers." ' Babs went out into the snow very thoughtful. A group of children were THE MICHIGAN ROAD By Albert C. Rose Senior Highway Engineer, Bureau of Public Roadi United Slates Department of Agriculture · ---(Continued from Page 2) roads throughout the state. Meanwhile, na the legislation was being enforced which would provide for the free flow! of traffic on the rural roads, the city and town people became conscious of the unsightly and unhealthy condition of many of the main streets and village roadsides. Beginning about 1880, the muddy lanes in the cities through which the Michigan Road passed were replaced by paved streets. The rows of horses tied to hitching racks along the margins of the dirt streets were removed to stalls in livery barns. Unsanitary puddles of water in the open side ditcheu were drained away by means of underground sewers. The horso- and-buggy stands surrounding the courthouse squares in the county scabs, which had become a commonplace sight during the period following 1840, were unwelcome targets at which the bitter shafts of public disapproval were hurled in the '80s ami '90s. Shapely shade frees and green lawns made their appearance before the houses along the streets. The inu- nicipul houscclcaning gained such an impetus that it seemed as though tho public desire for the improvement and beautifkation of the streets would sweep before it every impediment interfering with its forward surge. Soon, however, the public utility companies obtained legal permission to place their service lines underground beneath the city streets. From then until now the old and newly laid pave- progress was being made on the city streets. In 1888, the first bituminous or eo-called "vulcanite" pavement wns laid in Indianapolis. As the wheelmen, singly or in groups bound on "centuiy runs.", rolled out upon the Michigan Road on "safeties" and tandem bicycles they pressed their demands not only f»v better road surfaces und roadbid" bicycle paths but also for highways free from all unnecessary obstructions. . As a result, a state law was enacted in 1889 providing that, upon the petition of fifty freeholders in tiny township, the matter of the purchase of any toll road in that township could be accomplished. A new idea had now stage of incubation and passed the was bi caking the shell of public consciousno=.s. People now began to become aware that duly elected road supervisors were not at the time of their induction to office transformed into qualified road builders by some act of political legerdemain. Thus, n state law, dated March 4, 1893, was enacted which amended the pivotal Gravel and Macadamized Road Law of 1885 by arming the county authorities with the authority to hire an experienced and expert road builder. The county commissioners became a board of the route of the old Michigan Road. The electrical mtcrurban lines contributed their share to the diversion of traffic from the Michigan Road that had begun when the Peru and Indiamipclis railroad was built in 1851. By 1915 the electric lines had beui extended from Indianapolis, tlnough Kokonio, Peru, Warsaw, Elkhart and South Bend, to Michigan City and Chicago. There was a bianch line from Kokonio to Logansport und thence to Peiu. The railroads and electric liniv lent their influence to the building of industrial centers on this new loute. As n consequence when it became possible to operate automobiles over a long distance without fear of u breakdown, the first t h i o u p h roads needed were those connecting these metropolitan ureas. turnpike commissioners clothed the power to direct the county with constiuction agency of a and repair through the duly qualified rouil ex- ments that have provide openings been torn up for workmen make service connections with tho abutting property have been a public nuisance and a · source of despair to the city authorities charged with the construction and repair of the city streets. Not many years after this, the telegraph and telephone companies began installing overhead wires on poles located within the street margins. This practice made it necessary to disfigure beautiful shade trees by cutting out their top branch- pert. This legislation was designed to end haphazard improvement of Indiana's road-. Henceforth a dollar spent on the Michigan Road was expected to buy the product of intelligence, thrift and industry. The state laws passed in 1893 also permitted a township, upon petition of fifty freeholders, to call an election for the purpose of issuing bonds to pay for the construction of grave! or stone roads which were to be free from tolls. By means of this constructive legislation, the local authorities along the line of the Michigan Road began to resume the burden of public road building laid aside ovor a half century before when the financial structure of the state practically collapsed. Thus the raihonds, which had fostered the construction of auxiliar wagon roads as fecdeih to their lines, laid the foundation for the subsequent competition with parallel automobile roads when they stimulated the growth of laigc cities, and towns at regular interval? along tbeir lines. As the motor roads were pu-hed out from these cities as centers, first county boundaries were crossed and then the state lines were reached. With the county and .Hate road systems dwarfed by the need for a connected network of interstate highways, the Congress of the United States passed the Fodeta]-Aid Road Act in 191G. Fedcial contributions were grunted to the states for main- roud improvement upon the basis of a formula which took into consideration the area, the population and the mileage of post or mail roads in each state. Thp Bureau of Public Roads was established to co-operate with the states as the ugent of the eecre- tary of agiiculture. One of the cardinal provisions of the act was that, before federal aid could be allotted, a state must have organized a highway department manned by competent highway engineers. To fulfill this requirement, the general as-embly of Indiana enacted, in 1919, the State llighwaj Commission Law. One year later 3,200 miles of highway had been incorporated into the state system. This mileage, however, included only Brand-new mechanical contrivances' a short distance of the old Michigan were soon to push back faithcr the horizon of the road laws. Elwood es so as to avoid short circuits or Haynes had been working for some ground leaks of electrical current t j m e on tne construction of a vehicle from the metallic lines overhead. The j to be propelled by a gasoline motor. He came dressed as she bad seen Um first, and with a bag of toys. playing down the block, but she didn't want company. She turned the other way. Of course there was a Santa Claus. Hadn't he come last year? And all her playmates--he came to see them, too. How could Mummy be so mistaken? She hadn't intended to come so far. But it was fun walking on the crisp, crunchy snow. And there, ahead, were men stringing lovely colored lights and Inops of greenery on lamp posts. They might know whether there was a Santa Claus. "What's she want, Bill?"' "I can't just get it. Something about Santa Claus." "Why, sure, kid. Just down the block. He's ringing a little bell." The men laughed, and Babs .laughed, too. Santa Claus I She would find Santa Claus. Then she saw him, all dressed in red and with a long white beard. He was sitting by a big red box, and every now and then someone would drop money into it. Babs stood for a long while watchifig, fascinated by the red-clad figure. At last the Santa Claus noticed her, and for a while he watched her, too, without speaking. It had started snowing again, great soft flakes. Suddenly Babs realized that she was cold,' that she didn't dare to talk to Santa Claus, and that she didn't even know her way home. She began to cry. The tinkling stopped, apd the Santa Claus came over. "What's the matter?" he asked gently. She let him lead her back to the big Ted box. He took her up on his lap, and gave her the little bell to ring. Slowly she told her story. Mummy, who was so sick, had said there wasn't any Santa Claus this year. Babs took care of Mummy. She didn't know how to get home, but it was down that way some place. "I think I had better see if we can't find your Mummy," Santa Claus declared. "She's probably worried about you." They found the right neighborhood with no great difficulty. Babs insisted that Santa Claus come in, "to show Mummy there really Is a Santa Claus," and he agreed. Then things began happening. There was a doctor, and a nurse, and Babs must be quiet, and mustn't see Mummy--not for days. Through it all Santa Claus kept coming back, only without the beard or red suit. Until Christmas, that is, and then he came dressed as she had seen him first, even to the little bell, and with a big red box full of toys for her. And as an even grander present, he said that Mummy was well enough to sit up. He was very tender to Mummy, and carried her gently to the big chair that was ready for her. Babs was sure that Mummy looked prettier than she had ever seen her. "My," said Babs, "I wish you could stay here forever." And the Santa Claus man answered very gravely, "Thank you, Babs. There's- nothing I should like But he wasn't looking at Babs. It was more as though he were talking to Mummy. Babs didn't think to wonder why. Anyway, Mummy was smiling, and that made Christmas perfect. cities along the Michigan Road were going modern with a vengeance. A sudden spurt in the Michigan Road's long marathon race toward the goal of improvement occurred about 1885 when the bicycle initiated the "good roads" movement. Spurred into action by the public demand fostered to a large extent by the League of American Wheelmen, the general assembly passed the Gravel and Macadamized Road Law. This legislation made it possible for a majority of the land owners living within two miles of a proposed pike to compel the county commissioners to name a board of turnpike commissioners. Hand in hand with betterment of the rural sections of the Michigan Road which followed for this legislation, On July 4, 1894, his "horseless carriage" made a successful trip, at a speed of seven or eight miles an hour, through the streets of Kokomo, Ind., not many miles east of the Michigan Road. While the new vehicle was being perfected for commercial use, the first interurban railway ran into Indianapolis in 1900 and soon these speedy electric trains were being built in radial lines from the capital city to the various section? of the state. After the turn of the centuiy the automobile had been brought to such a state of proficiency that competing motor-vehicle manufacturers tested Road, from Rochester to South Bend, and from that city we=t to about the St. Joseph County line and the crossing through the city of Indianapolis. The rail and electric lines had accomplished such a thorough job of traffic diversion over the preceding three generations that the main north-and-south backbone of the new state highway system was established from New Albany, opposite Louisville on the Kentucky shore of the Ohio river, northwards through Columbus, Indianapolis, Kokomo, Peru, Rochester, Plymouth, South Bend, w Laporte and Valparaiso westward toward the state line where the road connected with ^n IllinoU highway leading to Chicago. There was a secondary state highway route connecting Laporte and Michigan City. These the endurance of their respective ma- [ were the new centers of population chines in long, gruelling endurance ] that had grown up in the wake of the races run for many days continuously j gleaming tracks of the steam and on the oval Indianapolis speedway on i electric railroad lines. Thus, when the Joint Board on Iit- tei state -High ways, consisting of representatives of the American AJ-SOLI- ation of Stute Highway Oflicials and the engineers designated by the Bureau of Public Roads, met in 1925 to select and number the most important highway routes in the state, only u portion of the old Michigan Riiad was of bulllcicnt interstate importance to be included in the numbeted sjstem. That section from Michigan City to South Bend was numbeied U. S. Route 20 and the southern leg, ftom South Bend to Rochester, was designated U. S. Route 31. The farthei southern extension of U. S. Route 31 was made to puss through Peru, Kokomo, Indiannpolis and Columbus to New Albany. Thus, throughout n century, the tide of travel had ebbed and flowed on the old Michigan Road, with corresponding changes in economic conditions, and finally the stream of travel had meandered from its original course and worn a new channel. In the foregoing installment- of this article an edort has been made to sketch the vicissitudes through which the Michigan Road has passed. In recent years it has been completely hard surfaced with pavement throughout its entire length. The added flow of motor traffic has revived to a considerable extent the importance of this road as a main notth-and- south route. In retrospect we can see that, in the lifetime of five generations of Indiana's sturdy son-, the Michigan Road has been transformed from a pioneer trail, followed by Indians, settlers nncl ox-drawn covered wagons, into an up-to-date motor highway. Today, over its smooth surface, along its improved alignment, rising and falling on its easy grades, roll nimble automobiles and the less agile motor trucks. This Game century has witnessed also a reversal in the direction of travel. From 1820 to 1840 nine-tenths of the surplus produce of the state was chipped by boat up and down the Ohio river and south on the Mississippi river to New Orleans and other riparian ports. At the present time Lake Michigan is the principal waterway for the state of Indiana and the most important port in the state ie situated at Michigan City .at the terminus of the old Michigan Rond. The Indiana Roads Association, in 1914, dispatched to the various sections of the state "booster" cars manned by silver-tongued orators capable of addressing crowded meetings where the economic need for better roads was explained by chapter and verse.--American Road Builders' Association Features Service. LETTERS TO SANTA Dcnton, Mil., DL-L-. 21, 1B38 Dear Santa Clauw, I want ii tablt- ami chain,, a sut of dishes and a doll anil some candy and bananas. I am a yoml ijirl. Your little fVicnd, Audrey Williamson. Dcnton, Mil., Dec. 21, 1938 Dear Snnt.i Claus, 1 am a littlu boy nine years old. I go to school. I've trioil to lie good. I wish you would briiu? me a train, car, mouth organ, watch, .snow suit, a cowboy suit, r-onic candy. Don't forget my brotheis and sisters. Your little frieiul, Billy Wilhohn. LETTERS TO SANTA Hillsboro, Md., Dec. 21, 1938 Dear Santa Glaus, Will'you please bring me a tractor and trailer, a farm machinery set and an electric light station. If you ·will leave the money for my bicycle with Mies Alma we will buy it when I get well anough to rioV it. Please bring all the boys and girls something and don't forget mommic and Daddy. Your little friend, Phillip Walters. HillFboro, Md. Dcnton, Md., Dec. 21, IMS Dear Santa Claus, I want u pencil box, « snow suit, a cap and coat, a dress, a puir of block- ings. I am in the Second Grade. Your little friend, LouL-e Welhclm. Donton, Mil., Dec. 21, l'J38 Dear Santa Claus, I am a KJrl eleven years old. I nut in the; sixth if icicle.*, uivl 1 likf my teachers very much. I v.ant a iluW*- doll, Htiowsuit, t\ pen-tit CM, Imokh to lead and coloi.s, and il a big ball. I thank you voiy much lor llif things that jou brought me Im-i yeai. Don't forget MoUit-r, Fati-er, b i u t h u i s and also the other b - ys ami girls,. Your little liiciul, Ktaticoh Eli/iibi-th Reid. Denton, Md., Dec. 21, 1038 Dear Santa Clnus. I thought I would drop you a few liner, to tell you I have lieon a very good little boy. 1 want u wagon, car with house behind it. I want a pair of fr|ovc and tckphone. I want .sonic- candy and orange.s. I .1111 in the 4th Grade and 10 \ears old. Your little friend, Roy Breeding. Denton, Md., Dec. 21, 1938 Dear Santa Claus, I am a little girl eight years old. I go to school every day. I am in the Second Grade. Please bring me a doll, piano, new dress, candy, nuts and oranges and anything else you would like for me to have. And don't forget my brothers. Your little friend, Pauline Ivins. Dcnton, Md., Dec. 21, 1938 Dear Santa Claus, I am a little boy seven years old. I ti-y to go to school every day and I like my teacher, Mi^s Chaffinch, very | much. For Christmas I would like for you to bring me a double barrel gun, a black board, a stock farm and a. wrist watch. I would also like for jou to bring me some candy, nuts and oranges. Please don't forget the rest of my brothers, sisters, Mother and Father. Thank you. Your little friend, Claude Jester. P. S. Please remember my teacher and the rest of the little children. Denton, Md., Dec. 21, 1938 Dear Santa Claus, Will you brjng little Nancy Strong a nice Christmas? She wants a new dress, slippers, a new coat and hat, a little stove, cewing machine and some candy, nuts und oranges. Good by, Dear Santa, please be good to me. Your little friend, Nancy Jean Strong. Denlon, M1., Dec. 21, 1938 Dear Santa Claus, I want a pair of gloves, a wagon and some candy, nuts and oranges. Bring my Mother and Father and my teacher, Miss Chaffinch, something too. I am in the Second Grade. Your little friend, Donald Greeson. Denton, Md., Dec. 21, 1938 Dear Santa Claus, I am a good little girl. Please bring me a long haired doll, a baby carriage and a manicuring set and a wrist watch. Please be good to mom-mom and pop-pop. Your little friend, Hilda Mae Prittchet Denton, Md., Dec. 21, 1938 Dear Santa Glaus, I am a little boy 6 years old. Will you please bring me a wagon, rubber truck, some corduroy pants, stockings, candy and oranges. Please bring Dcnton, Md., Dec. 21, 193S Dear Santa Claus, I um a good little hoy three years old. Please bring me a tractor, a rootin tootin t-liootin gun, a blackboard and a nimble shooter. Please be good to nr.inimu. Your little friend, Onnond Wiight Jr. Tuckahoe Neck, Dec. 21, 1938 Dear Santa Claus, I am a little boy 5 years old and Denton, Md., Dec. 21, 1938 Dear Santa Claus, · I am a little gill 6 yeais old. I try to be good but at times I'm a little mL-chievoua. This b my first year in hcliool but I like it. For Christmas, I would like for you to ple:i.se bring me a big doll, pair of golashe.s, black- houid, pair of buciioom hlippeis, twin b\\cuter, skirt, handkerchiefs, .stocking-, pair of slippers, a game suitable for n girl my age, also candy, nuts and oranges and please, Santa, don't foiget Mother, Dad, my two brothers und sisters.' Thanking you for all this. I am, Your little friend, Charlotte Towers. Tuckahoe Neck, Dec. 21, 1938 Dear Santu Cliius, I am a little boy 3 years old and 1 have been very good. For Chrirtmas I vujuld like to huvc a gun, hall, wagon, tiicycle, candy, nuts, and oranges. Please don't forget my hitter Mar- gaict Ann, Mother, Daddy and brother. Your little friend, Freddie Wooters. P. S. Please don't forget grandmothers and grandfathers. Denton, Md., Dec. 21, 1938 Dear Santa Claus, I am a little hoy 5 years old and for Christmas I want a pair of high- top shoes, a pair of golashes, have been very good. For Christmas sweater, a truck, and anything else I would like to have a wagon, tricycle, gun, ball and candy, nuts and oranges. Please don't forget Mother, Uuddy, brother and little baby sister, Margaret Ann. Your little friend, Jimmy Wooters. you think that I might need. Joan wants a dress and a doll baby. So please don't forget her, Santa. We also want some candy, nuts, oranges, and apples. Your little friend, Francis Martin Noble. Bronchial Coughs Need Creomulsion my ...,, sister, Sara, a Bottletot baby. Don't forget my teacher, Miss Chaffinch. Your little friend, Wilmer Trice. Just a common cough, a chest cold, or a bronchial Irritation of today may lead to serious trouble tomorrow. They may be relieved now with Creomulsion, an emulsified Creosote that Is pleasant to take. Creomulsion is a medicinal combination designed to aid nature in ;fgni lallr soothing and healing Infected mucous membranes by allaying irritation and Inflammation and by aiding in loosening and expelling germ-laden phlegm. The Medical Profession has for generations recognized the beneficial effect of Beechwood Creosote In the treatment of coughs, chest colds, and bronchial Irritations. A special process was worked out by a chemist, for blending Creosote with other Ingredients so that now in Creomulsion you get a good dose of genuine Beechwood Creosote which Is palatable and may be taken frequently by both adults and children. Creomulsion is one preparation that goes to the very seat of the trouble to help loosen and expel germ-laden phlegm. When coughs, chest colds and bronchial troubles-due to common colds -hang on, get a bottle of Creomulsion from your druggist, use it as directed and If you are not satisfied with the relief obtained, the druggist is authorized to refundyour money. Creomulsion Is one word, ask for It plainly, see that the name on the bottle Is Creomulsion, and you'll get the genuine product and the relief you want. (Adv.) A, Shjorgas METERED GAS SERVICE AT CITY Gas Rates For Homes Beyond The Mains -- oOo -Ask Your Shoregas Dealer D. RALPH HORSEY n About Our Special Holiday Offer Eastern Shore Gas Corporation 'Tis The Night Before Christmas! Santa Claus will be in Denton all day before making the annual visit at midnight. Yes Folks! There's Still Time! Today is the Day! TOMORROW is too late. The Business Firms listed below have replenished their shelves and floors. Shipments have arrived all this 'week. Check over your list once again! Have you forgotten some one? Yes! There is a stocking to fill or maybe you have lots of things to buy yet. We assure you there is no better place to buy Quality Gifts and Toys than these merchants supply. And just in case, you are waiting by "all ready" with shopping done, here's wishing you the very best and e r r p D. Ralph Horsey Hardware FOX'S 5c to $1 Store Free Bicycle G/iven Away at 11 P. M. The Lost is Found By Our Want Ads "When you loie V aJvertiie Tl«y Don't St«y Lo»t Long Give Furniture TOWNSEND'S ON THE CORNER Gifts of Candy, Leather, Tobaccos Strickland's BETTER STORES 5c to $1.00 Gifts--Toys The Denton National Bank The Distinctive Gift--A Bank Deposit The Peoples Bank of Denton,Md. A Savings Account^-A Gift That Grows West's Dept. Store It's Always Best To Shop At WEST'S

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