A POET'S ADVICE ON GOOD ROADS.
In the office of the New York state highway commissioner in Albany, hangs this paraphrase of Longfellow's poem, a warning against the building of cheap roads:
Hordes of autos now remind us,
We should build our roads to stay,
And departing leave behind us
Kind that rains don't wash away.
When our children pay the mortage
Father's made to haul their loads,
They'll not have to ask the question,
"Here's the bonds but where's the roads?"
Mrs. Kenser, Mrs. Gillespie and Anna Haffner entertained the lodge ladies Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Moore spent Friday with Mrs. Moore's mother, Mrs. Jennie M. Watkins.
Curt Bartlett and family spent one evening last week with Arthur Hess.
Tom Gossett, brakeman on the Santa Fe, had the misfortune to mash two fingers one day last week. He got them mixed up in a car door.
The Hat auction sale, biven by the Royal Neighbors at the I. O. F. Halls April 14th was well attended and quite a success in every way. The hats all sold well, clearing about $35.00. Every one had a good social time.
The test well on the McFadden farm, northeast of town, 28-19-16, is down now to a depth of 1,400 feet and are drilling in 3 feet of red sand which is the first located above the Mississippi lime in any of the test wells put down in this territory. Indications seem favorable.
P. B. Brosemer and J. M. Carmean are each shipping a car of wheat this week.
Dr. and Mrs. Kesner were were Burlington callers Tuesday.
Star Grain is unloading a car of lumber this week.
Mr. Ralph Fairbanks of St. Joseph, Mo., was transacting business here one day last week.
Key West township built two small culverts in town last week.
Mrs. Roy Brock is keeping house for her father and Harold while Mrs. Doherty is in Nebraska.
Miss Grace Reh visited Thursday night with Anna Haffner.
Mrs. Tom Doherty was called to Bridgeport, Neb., last Friday on account of the illness of her daughter, Mrs. Bessie Knight, who is now improving since an operation about a week ago.
OBITUARY, W. H. SMITH.
The community was somewhat shocked Saturday evening when Billie Smith passed away. Although he had been ailing for some time and the last few months has made quite a change in him, yet no one realized the end was so near, as he never gave up and was up and around all the time, going from the house to the restaurant the day he died.
The first of the week he had a serious spell and requested that they notify his sons in Iowa. This was done Thursday evening and Friday night they arrived. Their coming did him so much good he seemed better for a time. But at noon Saturday he became unconscious and never rallied. He passed away about eight o'clock that night.
William H. Smith was born January 1, 1845, at Tipton, Ind., and died April 23, 1921, at Halls Summit, Kas., aged 76 years, 3 months and 28 days. He was married in 1863 to Elizabeth Vernon, who died January 13, 1879. To this union were born 8 children, 2 of whom preceded their father years ago. Those living are George, in Arkansas; John and Oliver, in Iowa; Mrs. Elcindia Wood, Oklahoma; Mrs. Mattie Makepeace of this place, and Marion in Minnesota.
He moved to Iowa in 1880. There he was married in 1888 to Mrs. Harriet Potter, who still survives him.
He came to Halls Summit in the spring of 1897, buying the old Hall property where he remained until his death.
There is probably no one in town who would be greater missed than "Uncle Billie." He was always around telling his amusing stories which were always jokes. Those who knew him will never forget "Billie's Stories" and all regret they will hear them no more.
In the 24 years he lived here he made many friends. He and Mrs. Smith went into the restaurant business soon after they came here and have been engaged in it almost ever since. This winter he has been able to do very little.
His funeral was held at the M. E. Church in Halls Summit Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock conducted by Rev. L. D. Hamilton, pastor at this place. His body was taken Ticoni, Iowa, his old home for burial. The pall bearer were: S. S. Dickey, Bruce Haffner, Bert Barricklow, William Bouse, Dave Fudge and Marion Jasper.
That he had many friends was manifested by the large attendance and beautiful floral offerings.
Baseball team organized at the Summit. G. P. Nutt, manager. All fans met at the store Friday night before lodge.
This is the last week of school.
One Sunday evening recently while Glen Henery and a personal friend named "Roy" were going home from attending church services at Halls Summit, what might have been a very serious accident was averted when Glen's hands became numb from the chilling breeze and he couldn't hold the steering wheel by his presence of mind he called and just in the "nick" of time to his friend Roy to "grab the wheel." Glen was so badly frightened he spent a very restless night and worried his parents quite a little. Glen says a horse and buggy for him now until he gets a steersman for the Brisco.
Saturday, April 16, we were visited by the most severe blizzard of the season. The wind blew hard from the northwest accompanied by snow. The temperature was down to freezing all day. What fruit had withstood previous freezes succumbed to this one. Gardens which were up nicely and all vegetation suffered heavily.
Mrs. L. B. Fischer led the Young People's meeting Sunday night.
Mrs. Madden's sister is visiting here this week.
ECLIPSE OF MOON VISIBLE HERE.
The total lunar eclipse of April 21-22 will be visible throughout the United States. The moon is north of the center of the earth's shadow, but nevertheless near enought to it to become completely immersed. At 11:57 p.m. on the 21st the moon first touches the penumbra, but it will not be till well after midnight that the darkening becomes conspicuous. At 1:03 a. m., the edge of the true shadow is reached, and more and more of the moon will be hidden until, at 2:23 it is completely obscured except for the faint reddish light refracted from the earth's atmosphere. Totality lasts only forty-two minutes, and the moon is entirely clear of the shadow at 4:26, though it does not leave the penumbra until 5:22. The bright star Spica will be within 10 degrees of the eclipsed moon, making a very pretty spectacle for anyone who gets up to see it.
Miss Maxine Kesner spent Sunday night with home folks returing to her school work at Burlington Sunday evening.
Misses Anna Haffner, Lois George, Lucile George and Chancie Jones went to Burlington Wednesday night with Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Davidson. The ladies attended the sho while Hirlan attended a stock meeting.
Arthur Hill was transacting buriness in Waverly one day last week.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Dickey went to Burlington Saturday night and spent Sunday with Mrs. Dickey's parents, Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell, returning Monday.