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100 Years Ago
From the Desk of the D.A.
The Healthy Geezer
Library Chitchat
Rock Doc Break The Glass, Douse The Flames
What’s Bugging You?
Dear Dolly
Earth Talk
Barnes-Kasson Corner

100 Years Ago

MONTROSE: One of the largest attended fairs in the history of the Susq. Co. Agricultural Society is now in progress. The balloon ascension, which was the main attraction, proved a failure, the wind blowing the balloon into the flames, burning a hole in it. This was repaired and yesterday afternoon another attempt was made, but owing to the gasoline giving out at the crucial moment it was not inflated sufficiently to ascend. The aeronauts, while disheartened, are not giving up, and yesterday telegraphed for the chief aeronaut, telling the people “the balloon will go up or we’ll burn her up.” The crowd was one of the largest ever on the grounds, it being estimated over 4,000 people present. The 5 mile marathon race had three runners - Frank Felker, James O’Connell and Abou Steine. O’Connell won in 39 minutes and Felker came in second, at 40 minutes. The one-mile race for boys under 12 was won by Benson Roach, the time being 6 minutes. Charles Roach, second, in 6 1/2 minutes. Charles Wood and Charles Mackey also ran. ALSO John J. Birney was out bright and early Saturday morning after mushrooms, ere the dew was off the grass. Mr. Birney knows good mushrooms when he eats them, but is not always sure of them at sight. He follows the son of Erin’s method of telling a mushroom - “You ate ‘em; if you live, they’re mushrooms.” “John” hasn’t yet got hold of toadstools.

HERRICK CENTER: The town is reported entirely free of smallpox. All the houses where there were any inmates suffering from the disease have been thoroughly fumigated and there is no likelihood of more cases. During the scare there were fourteen people quarantined, twelve of whom had smallpox. There were no deaths, each patient was given every reasonable care and comfort and the entire cost, including medical attendance, guards and provisions, was less than $500.

HOP BOTTOM: E. S. Quick, a section foreman on the Lackawanna railroad, was killed Tuesday afternoon. He was working on the tracks and had stepped out of the way of the south-bound passenger train, when he was struck by the limited going in the opposite direction. He left a wife and four children.

FRANKLIN FORKS: Len Watson is busy repairing Frank Summers’ house. We think we hear the wedding bells.

SOUTH GIBSON: Miss Beatrice Howe resigned her position in the telephone office and it is filled at present by Miss Goldie Clark.

BENNETT CORNERS, AUBURN TWP.: There were a good many places in which to go on Labor Day, but as “ye scribe” was a stranger, concluded to attend the picnic in McAvoy’s woods. We went there, found a nice, quiet crowd, and so friendly and good natured that we felt the influence of their good will at once. There was no program, but they had some fine dancing and some fancy figures in their dances, too. We also went to the Lawton fair and it was a nice day and what a crowd there was. As we came near the grounds the road was lined with teams, and the grounds were covered, too. They sold 900 more tickets than were ever sold before. There were ball games, merry-go-rounds, throwing balls and so on, and the Montrose band was there, too. There was a splendid display in all lines and how good the canned goods, jellies, etc., looked and how good the bread smelled; it was then nearly noon. In the afternoon there were three speeches, which nicely finished out the day.

BROOKLYN: George H. Terry is of the opinion that a horse is more reliable than an automobile for he has purchased a fine steed. ALSO Welcome Bunnell had the misfortune to lose a horse while on an East Bridgewater road one day last week. It had not been sick and without a moment’s notice dropped over dead.

RUSHVILLE: D. W. Terry has purchased the J. A. Shadduck store property and will continue the business. Mr. Terry is widely known in that vicinity and being a many of integrity and ability will, without doubt, continue to do a thriving business.

FOREST CITY: A south bound D & H passenger train ran into a herd of cattle about a mile from Forest City, Saturday afternoon, killing six of the animals. Fortunately the train was not ditched, in which event there might have been fatalities. The pilot of the locomotive was demolished, cylinder cocks broken off and other slight damage done.

SOUTH HARFORD: The men are busy cleaning up after threshing and sharpening their corn knives. The air is full of sweet odors coming from spiced pickles, pears and peaches.

THOMPSON: Prof. Charles Savage [Savige], of the Herrick Centre High School, has been watching by the bedside of his young wife, at her father’s in the township, south of the borough, for two weeks, without a glimmer of hope of her recovery and is watching still. {Tillie Savige died at the home of her father after weeks of intense suffering, Sept. 24, 1910.)

SANKEY: S. W. Loomis is building a wagon house and granary. ALSO Emery and Stanley Loomis started for Delaware State College on Monday.

FLYNN: Chas. McManus went away from the Lawton fair with the honor of having the best road horse exhibited at the fair. And why not? “Charley” is all right and so is his fine horse.

NEWS BRIEF: Signs of approaching winter - The frost upon the pumpkin, the disappearance of the straw hat, the red-tinged leaves and withered hollyhocks, the bald-headed crank of a bachelor who gets up with a grouch on in the morning, the pancakes and syrup - and other things. ALSO The “bachelor girl” is now the term applied to the young woman who leaves the paternal home and strikes out for herself. ALSO An exchange is again agitating the scheme of naming all country roads, as streets in towns are now named, and number the houses along the roads. The plan is a good one. At present country roads have no designation except as incidentally fall to them and it is often difficult for strangers to find their way without making frequent inquiries. ALSO The Montrose and State Line Railroad Company has been chartered to build a 15 mile railroad from Montrose to the New York State line. The capitol is $150,000. F. W. Ogden, of Scranton, controls almost all the stock. H. E. Paine, of Scranton, is president. This is part of the proposed Scranton & Binghamton trolley road.

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From the Desk of the D.A.
By District Attorney Jason J. Legg

I learned recently that the United States Department of Justice just changed the appearance of its website. In the past, when you opened the Department of Justice website, the words “United States Department of Justice” and the official seal appeared against a backdrop of a waving American flag. This patriotic backdrop appeared on the very top of the webpage with the content, links and other material listed below it. Aside from the departmental title and seal, there was no other wording or pictures on the unfurled American flag.

In changing the webpage, the Department of Justice has eliminated the American flag from the top of its webpage and replaced it with a somber and simple black backdrop with the Department title appearing in white lettering with a golden department seal. Initially, I was surprised that the American flag had been dumped from the Justice Department webpage and wondered what prompted that decision. On the other hand, the new design is very attractive in its classic simplicity. After the initial surprise over the removal of the American flag wore off, I can say that I do like the appearance of the new design.

What surprised me more was that the Department of Justice included the following words at the top of their webpage: “The common law is the will of mankind issuing from the life of the people.” There are no quotation marks around these words and no attribution is given to the author of those words. A person visiting the website would have no way of knowing where those words came from - and might assume they have some historical connection to the Department of Justice and its functions.

In fact, no such connection exists - and it would be interesting to know why this particular quote was selected to be placed on the Department of Justice webpage. The Department of Justice really does not enforce common law as there is no “federal” common law. Each state has its own common law tradition and, while there is some general uniformity, there can be substantial differences in the common law traditions from state to state. The Department of Justice deals with enforcement of federal statutes - not the common law. So why did the Justice Department put such an odd quote about common law, the “will of mankind,” and “life of the people” on its webpage?

It turns out that the quotation is generally attributed to C. Wilfred Jenks. Who? I had never heard of this fellow, but it turns out that he was a British attorney who served as the Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO was formed after World War I with the goal of promoting decent working conditions for people and later became affiliated with the United Nations. According to its website, the ILO promotes “social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.” This seems to coincide with the quotation about “will of mankind” and “life of the people.”

I guess I am a little old school when it comes to our institutions, but I would think that the Department of Justice could find a more appropriate quote from a better source that more accurately depicts its mission. The Department of Justice is not intended to be an advocate for the creation of international common law - it is intended to enforce and defend our Constitution and the federal statutes that appropriately spring from it. The official Latin motto of the Department of Justice, which appears on the official seal, purportedly means: “Who Prosecutes on Behalf of Justice.” How about using that instead?

There is a ton of material written by the Founding Fathers regarding their views on justice. Why not use something from them rather than a British fellow who advocated the creation of universal common law? Let me give them a few suggestions:

“The most sacred of the duties of government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all citizens.” Thomas Jefferson.

“Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit.” James Madison.

“The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government.” George Washington.

These are just a few humble suggestions - there are hundreds of quotes on justice, not only from the Founding Fathers, but from prominent Americans through the last two centuries. I say use one of them.

Please submit any questions, concerns, or comments to Susquehanna County District Attorney’s Office, P.O. Box 218, Montrose, Pennsylvania 18801 or at our website or discuss this and all articles at

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The Healthy Geezer
By Fred Cicetti

[In an earlier column, we discussed sodium in our diets. Today's column is devoted to tips about how to reduce our sodium intake.]

High-sodium diets are linked to increased blood pressure and a greater risk for heart disease and stroke. Reducing the amount of sodium you consume can help lower blood pressure or prevent it from developing.

Diet experts recommend a daily consumption of less than 2,400 milligrams (mg), which is the amount of sodium in a teaspoon of table salt. If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may advise limiting yourself to 1,500 mg of sodium a day.

Table salt (sodium chloride) is not the only problem. The main sources of sodium in the average U.S. diet are: 5 percent added while cooking, 6 percent added while eating, 12 percent from natural sources and 77 percent from processed foods.

About 9 out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium. Americans on average consume 3,436 mg sodium daily. How can you cut down?

When you buy prepared and packaged foods, read the “Nutritional Facts” panel for the amount of sodium. Some products also include sodium terms. Here's what they mean:

“Sodium-free,” less than 5 mg per serving; “very low-sodium,” 35 mg or less per serving; “low-sodium” 140 mg or less per serving; “reduced sodium, ” 25 percent less sodium than usual; “lite or light in sodium,” 50 percent less sodium than the regular version; “unsalted,” “no salt added” or “without added salt,” contains only the sodium that's a natural part of the food.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that a food that claims to be “healthy” must not exceed 480 mg sodium. “Meal type” products must not exceed 600 mg sodium.

Here are more tips:

* Decrease your use of salt gradually. As you use less salt, your preference for it diminishes;

* Keep the salt shaker off the table;

* Buy fresh, plain frozen, or canned "with no salt added" vegetables;

* Use fresh poultry, fish, and lean meat, rather than canned or processed types;

* Use herbs, spices, and salt-free seasoning blends;

* Cook rice, pasta, and hot cereals without salt;

* Cut back on flavored rice, frozen dinners, pizza, packaged mixes, canned soups and packaged salad dressings;

* Rinse canned foods, such as tuna, to remove some sodium.

* Select unsalted nuts or seeds, dried beans, peas and lentils.

* Limit salty snacks like chips and pretzels.

* Add fresh lemon juice instead of salt to fish and vegetables.

* When eating out, ask your server about reducing sodium in your meal.

* Remove salt from recipes whenever possible.

* Cut down on sodium-rich condiments such as soy sauce, ketchup, mustard and relish.

If you have a question, please write to

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Library Chitchat
By Flo Whittaker

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Rock Doc
By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters

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What’s Bugging You?
By Stuart W. Slocum

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Dear Dolly,

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From the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

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Barnes-Kasson Corner
By Cara Sepcoskiw

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