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Be iri the . Lead in the' Race i|;3g His Record for Executive Ability Is a Good One mid His Qualification^ Are Patent to All Who Know Him. Means Everyone in Enfield. • ' • much lias been said for the past two months regarding the local postoffice Situation that it! seeded hardly worth while to give out any informationuntil something had been definitely decided and couldbe called news. The last hope of Postmaster Tudor Gowdy faded away on March 4Jh, and the republicans of this vicinity are now standing by —— —•—:—- . Information Furnished by The Press ;f Was Absolutely Correct s arid Floor Plans That Were in .the Hai>ds of the Committee Now on Exhibition in The Press Office. That the building committee had plans for a new school at the time ojf the-last town meeting is now positively known. That several archi-aM* ww<s.>"~7..W •* .• 'HULLIVAX.- ^^^^CSindidiitef for Postmaster;:^-; SU m tainment April 14th ari&M msm V' 'Sf j. .-rrf • • ;V.'. "3;-; watchitigwith. intense interest regarding tlija matter of who his suc- ^.cesso^Ydft be, . . , . i$'::TtfSf^andiTOtes"#vhohave circulated -'petitions are M. W. Hullivan arid W. J. Hughes, and within a few days Henry Davis, it is understood, "has entered the race. Public opinion,, as gathered from those promi nent in democratic circles and inde pendent in relation to party politics, seems to favor M. W. Hullivan. Mr. Hullivan was born in New London, in 1866, and came to Tlio'mpsoiiviile when 19 years old to . accept a position as telegraph operator at the passenger station. He remained as such for many years. At 22 years of age he was elected chairman of the democratic town committee and held that position for seven years. His executive ability and Qualifications for the.office were soon manifested by the democrats of Enfield and at the age of 24 he was appointed a deputy sheriff... for Hartford county by the late Sheriff Miles B. Preston and he served all through the democratic administration. For over a quarter of a century, Mr. Hullivan lias resided in Tliompsonville and has taken an active interest in all town and public affairs. He is a ready debater and has earned the reputation of being a man who tights in the open and if he has anything to say he says it in public. He has proven himself an aggressive and" conscientious, factor in town and public affairs and one ^generally reckoned with in town and democratic circles. - • Mr. Hullivan has, it is understood, the united support of the local democratic committee, and has received most loyal encouragement and support from State Central Committeeman M. J. Connor. It is doubtful if liny candidate in any town in the United States could have more zeal ous supporters for the position ->f postmaster than has Mr. Hullivan. as his support comes not only from •a united democratic town committee • but from all classes of people, irre- •sp«ctive of party* politics. A few years ago through the enterprising spirit of Mr. Hullivan the office of the Western Union Teie-graph company was moved" up-town to a central and convenient place for all people, and since then Mr. Hullivan has been the manager -of the local Western Union, station. He is also in the newsroom business and , ,..r, enjoys a large patronage, • - Perhaps few men in the state of ' Connecticut enjoy a larger acquaiut- ^ anceship throughout the state than does Mr. Hullivan, by reason of his having beei) elected a delegate to -most all the important "conventions of the democratic party, which have been held for the past 20 years. He -was the alternate of M. J. Connor to the -last democratic national convention at Baltimore, and then had the pleasure of voting for Woodrow Willson as the party condldate for President. . " ." tects, having read in the papers that Enfield was to have a new school, submitted drawings, plans, etc., to the secretary of the building committee, Charles H. Willson, at his office is now positively known. A brotherr in-law of Mr. Willson was selected to' do the work,, however. Had The Press not published the information-l-' that everything was in readines to go ahead with the work at once, it is very probable that plans and drawings would have been shown by the building committee at the last .town meeting. Members of that committee when asked at the last meeting if they had plans and specifications replied that they had not. This paper, now has in its possession a sketch and floor plans of a building which was. in the hands of the committee at that time. Our readers and subscribers can see the picture and floor plans in our window, where they will remain until next Monday. This is only one of more which were in the. possession of" the committee at^ the time of the meeting. The Press lias only interested itself in this matter, because of the magnitude of the project and the desire to acquaint the public with conditions as they actually are. With all all this ..information in the hands of the building committee the people ought to have been entitled tb hear something of a report. The Press has gone so far as to be able to assure the. public that the school,*^ pictul^tof Vrhlch is now on exhibition at" its office, can be erected and -left complete in every detail, including desks, blackboards, electric clocks in every room and an electric clock on the outside of the building for a sum not to exceed $35,000. For a combination, school the cost would be more, but not as much as would be expected. The Press, as a paper, will not take sides with either faction over school "matters; its only aim and purpose is to give the citizens of Enfield all the news and to stand by and for the rights of all the people all the time. Also AVill Sing ,for JThis Popular Home. Organization and a Program of the Best Vaudeville Has Already Been Booked. Manager Albert F. Baker of the Brussels A. C. has been in New York and Boston recently for the purpose of booking the best attractions obtainable for the coming annual entertainment of the Brussels which will disclaims* all bility in regard to the views expressed *i^uiis column and will not be held ^ indorsing them because publishing them'. All communications must j>e accompanied by the name-'and. address of the author; be held in the Majestic theatre Mon day evening, April 14th. Arrangements have been made with' the United Booking Co. of New York and the W. B. Church Booking Co of Boston, who promise the very best vaudeville that can be obtained for one-night stands. But the fact that will most delight the baseball enthusiasts of the town is that "Smoky Joe" Wood, the world's greatest pitcher, who won the "world's championship for - the Boston Red Sox, is expected to come to Thompsonville and take part In this effort of the Brussels to provide funds for a good baseball season the coming summer. Miss Ruth Thorpe, Thompsonville's prima donna soprano, of whom all are justly proud, has also been requested to sing at the coming entertainment, and if her other contracts will permit she will do so, as Miss Thorpe always delights In pleasing the people of her native town Work on the souvenir program for this entertainnfent is well under way, being in charge of a committee of 10, who are meeting with deserved sue cess in their soliciting of advertisements from our local merchants. The benefits to our home merchants in keeping such large numbers of people in town every Saturday during the baseball season, to say nothing of the crowds brought here from out of town to witness the games, should be appreciated and hearty support should be given the Brussels in their endeavors. msm J&it. \ \ " » CONCERT AND LECTURE "STORY BEAUTIFUL" OF IRELAND mm Will Be Given l>y St. Patrick's Choir and Rev. John P. Conway^Lecturer, Sunday, March 10th. The concert and lecture under the auspices of St. Patrick's church choir to be given in St. Joseph's hall, Sunday evening, March 16th, promise to be a musical and intellectual treat. The "Story Beautiful" of Ireland in song and. story will be the theme of the evening's entertainment. The wondrous charm and unsurpassed sweetness of Iri&h melody will be heard in the masterpieces of her favorite son, Moore. St. Patrick's eho.ir possesses unusual talent, both in solo and chorus work, and their success in last year's concert was nothing short ok an ovation to the singers individually and collectively. The violin- obligato will be played by George Dineen, a local violinist of extraordinary ability. The harpist is one of the leading artists of Springfield. Irish airs on these instruments will doubtless charm and delight. The lecture on "Faith and Fatherland," by the Rev. John F. Conway will be an intellectual treat, because it is a subject nearest and dearest to the hearts of Irishmen and their descendants. Ireland's story can be interpreted by no abler or more eloquent, tongue than that of one of her own children—the "Soggarth aroon." BARTENDERS' UNION CONCERT AND DANCE Pranlclin Hall Will Be a Scene of Gaiety Monday Night, March 24th. The local branch of the Bartenders' Union has completed arrange ments for its annual concert and dance to be held in Franklin hall on Easter Monday night, March 24. The general committee of arrangements are J. J. Higgins, T. J. Connor, F. Fitzgerald, J. Tillson and' D. J. Quinn. The floor will be in charge of D. J. Quinn, assisted by F. Fitzgerald, and the following corps of aids: F. Chap pelle, G. Bushee, P. Mulryan, A. Sny der, J. Ryan, J. Malley, W. Hyland, P. Hygenick, A. Adamchic, R. Carroll, R. Connor, J. Tillson, J. Cooney J. Loftus, J. Mitchell, M. Furey, A. Lyons, R. Godfrey, J. Bopath, J Triggs. Cavanaugh's orchestra will furnish music for the dancers and J J. Ready will prompt. Vocal selections and vaudeville will be. given be tween the dances. Enfield's Foreigners; . ut a.'cfeiitury ago, the quiet,' beautiful did; town began to be invaded. lite citizens were proud of its history. - They were mainly a church-going people, loyal to their pastor as a-minister of Christ, who in most cases held his* cTTarge while • life lasted. On Sundays the streets were thronged with vehicles from the north, the* east and the south, carrying the people to the one place of worship on Enfield street. On week days, when state or town affairs were to be considered, the streets were again. alive -with patriots going to the same, edifice to discuss and vote for general welfare. Those old enough to look back to the survivors of those early days do so with pride, remembering their mental, moral and physical character and worth, not forgetting what they did to enhance prosperity, and make Enfield what it is af a delightful place, for residences. • To one of its native citizens, Orin Thompson, is specially due the beginning of Enfield's present prosperity. . Thrc ugh his foresight and enterprise the Carpet City had its birth and early development. He brought among us a colony of for-eigners- r-mainly Scotch and English. They co-operated with us and were a strength to us in matters of religion and government. They entered well into all schemes for mutual welfare. Their • children appreciated our school privileges and today are among our foremost citizens. Later-Son, people in Ireland saw our need of help, and their opportunity, and took places in factory on land,'in, domestic service and in the building up of our great railroad systems. -As was the case with the children of the Scotch, the Irish were not slow rSee the advantages of education and are become our mer chants, milliners, teachers, doctors and lawyers. And now other coun tries of the old world have answered the call of labor and their bright and many children are demanding education to better fit them for life's duties and true American citizenship How shall it be done? By doing what has long been felt should be done. Let the present High school build ing be turned over for use of the lower grades. It is specially con venleht for them, being on the line of the trolley. Build for the high or higher grades on some convenient spot away from noise and dust ,or unpleasant surroundings and where there may be ample room for outdoor healthful exercise and culture and space enough to enlarge if there should be call for it. HORACE KING. Chauffeur and Companion Narrowly fi^jfl Escape Death NO PATROLMAN APPOINTED (Continued on Page Fire.) A Novel Musical Entertainment. The Ladies' Aid of St. Andrew's Episcopal church are arranging to give an entertainment April 2d and 3d which promises to be unique in many respects. It consists of a program of popular music rendered by an orchestra of 30 performers, using instruments hitherto unused in orchestration and directed by one who makes her debut as musical director. It is expected that her success in producing . musical effects will be complete "and Instantaneous, outclassing the efforts of those who have been active in the work for 25 years "in this vicinity. ^: P Bring those absent from the family circle to you by telepttone^?^ Regular Meeting of Selectmen Held Monday Morning—Property Owners Seek Relief From Action of Board of Relief. The monthly meeting of the board of selectmen was held in the town building Monday morning. Routine matters were transacted and a large number of bills approved for payment. No action was taken in re gard to appointing a patrolman on the police force to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John E Kelley. Several property owners appeared before the board and appealed from the doings of the board of assessors and board of relief in revising the grand list, stating that the increase in their assessments was out of pro portion with other revisions made by the boards. The selectmen having no power to make abatements in the tax list, unless on account of eVror, stated that the taxpayers would have to carry their cases to the courts if the protests are continued. ^ ^ ; ATTORNEY FLETCHER PLANS TO C1£AN OP TON AND CITY MISMANAGEME A Prominent Enfield Citizen Who Takes a Deep and Good Government Machine Skidded on Enfield Street •While Chauffeur Was Trying to Obtain Lead in a Race With Another Auto—Automobile a Wreck. chauffeur employed by the Pope Manufacturing Co., together with a companion in the same car. had a narrow escape from death Monday afternoon about 5:00 o'clock when the testing car he was driving collided. with a telephone pole at a point opposite- the residence of Normana F. Allen on Enfield street. The'chauffeur had been racing, another- tester from the Pope Manufacturing Go. and the two testers, going at a tremendous rate of speed, had attracted attention farther up Enfield street. At the time of the accident'• the cars were almost abreast. The machines were speeding toward Hartford and the driver of the wrecked car turned to one side to take the lead and the car skidded, the rear wheels bringing up against a telephone pole and remaining wedged against the pole, while the front and body of the car separated and went more than 20 feet farther. The'pole was split apart from top to bottom, the two cross-bars falling to the ground and damaging the wires of the;, telephone and electric light companies. The driver "of the wrecked machine was thrown over his companion and landed nearly 20 feet away, while his companion was thrown about half that distance. Neither was seriously injured,, the chauffeur receiving a slight sprain to one leg. The driver of the other tester after the accident brought his car to a stop at once and after the victims had picked themselves up and found out the damage to their car, they got into the other tester and continued on their journey to Hartford without giving their names. The wrecked car was left at one side of the road. Springs and other small parts of the wrecked machine were found many feet away. An Essay He Wrote Sixteen Years Ago, on Party Lines in Local AlFairs, Sees Light for First Time Todays—Presents Bill to Legislatui e to;^'? Remedy Conditions Modeled After Wisconsin Law—Xot Much CJiance/--" for It This Session, But Some Food for Thought. ' AN OLD-FASHIONED DONATION PARTY Mr. Editor: It would be more fitting for me to speak in town meeting, but I am better able to write, and knowing the sacredness of the press in general regarding communications from the (Continued on Page Eight.) T FOR LOCAL For the Benefit' of The Playground. ,A social and dance for the benefit of the children's playground fund will be given in Casino hall, Wednesday evening, March 26th, beginning at 8:00 o'clock. TJie public will welcome this opportunity of furthering a cause which appeals to all as most worthy. Tickets will be sold .at 35 Many Applications for Position of Superintendent of Schools ' A Committee Appointed to Consider Candidates and Present Names of a Number Most Eligible—To Secure Speakers for Public Addresses on School Questions. A meeting of the school committee was held Monday afternoon in. the town building and it was voted to recommend to the selectmen that poles and flags be purchased for the Bell school in this village, and also for the schools in the Wallop and Jabbok districts, in response to a communication received from several citizens by the selectmen and referred to the school committee. Many applications for the position of superintendent of schools have been received by the board, which system is to be inaugurated with the opening of the September term. Dr. James H. Darling, Dr. John L. Bridge and Francis P. Leary were appointed a committee to consider candidates and bring in a list of the four or five who- appear to be best fitted for the place. Dr. Darling, as president of the board, was instructed to confer with the Woman's club of Enfield relative to securing a speaker to address the AM HAIiaaI mi Aei+tAvtcf Methodist Church People' Surprise Their Pastor, Rev. J. N. Patter- ' son. On Friday evening the home of Rev. John N. Patterson, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, on Pearl street, was the scene of an enjoyable gathering when a surprise party was given to the pastor and his family by his congregation. The party was largely attended, which shows the strong bonds of friendship existing between the pastor and the people of his church. The entertainment was in the form of an old-fasliioned donation party and each guest- came with some token, the collection including articles of food, clothing, furniture and money. Mr. Patterson was also presented with a purse of money. Vocal and instrumental music, parlor games and guessing contests were enjoyed. Refreshments were served. The surprise was first planned by the Ladies' Aid society of the church and the members of the congregation joined, making it one of the most pleasant social gatherings which the church has held in the three years in which Rev. Mr. Patterson lias been in the village. The congregation has asked the conference which meets in April to return Mr. Patterson to the local charge for another year. REMOVAL OF OLD LANDMARK Old Dye House Bridge Over Asmin tuck Brook Has Been Demolished. The old dye house bridge, spanning Asnuntuck brook, was demolished Monday to make room for a more substantial structure to be erected soon. The old bridge was a wooden structure and was erected in the days before the Civil war. It has long been a familiar landmark of the village. Many interesting incidents in connection with the bridge have been recalled, perhaps the foremost of which is that of a deserter who had been pursued by a United States officer and concealed . himself there and who later made his escape without being found after his pursuers had gone from the vicinity. A telephone in your home costs less than five cents a day. Oood Printing" at reasonable nrtfiao at Thft Press office There is now and then a man who takes a serious interest in the government under which he lives and after some study of a political ques-tibn has enough confidence in the merits of his plan to present it to the professional state savers for enactment into law. Such briefly is the case of Henry F. Fletcher of Enfield, who practices law in Hartford. He appeared before the judiciary committee, Wednesday, to talk for a bill he had introduced which has as its object the doing away of fine party lines in matters of purely local nature in the state. Such a law has been adopted in Wisconsin. It will receive scant attention at this session of the Connecticut legislature, at the hands of men who will sit in judgment upon it by virtue of the backing of some particular party, and who have been trained to consider party as Jabove everything else. But some day, at some future session, when the world has made a few more revolutions and rotated on the a>-*s of good government some more, it may come to something. This is the first four sections of the bill: Section 1. No designation of any party or principle shall be used on any ballot at anV town, city, or borough election; except that a designation of principle, expressed in not more than five words, may be used when it does not contain in whole or in part the" name or designation of any party or principle used in this state upon any ballot for the election of any candidate for any state or federal office. All ballots cast in violation of the provisions of this section shall be void. Sec. 2. The secretary of the state shall decide by lot the order in which the party columns shall be arranged on all ballots intended to be used at any town, city, or borough election. Sec. 3. The name of no person shall be erased from the enrollment list of any party under the provisions of sections 5, 6 and 7, of Chapter 265 of the Public Acts of 1909 for not acting at any town, city, or borough election with the party with which liis name is enrolled, or for not supporting the principles or candidates of such party at such election. Sec. 4. No person shall be denied under the provisions of Section 4 of Chapter 26f) of the Public Acts of 1909 the privilege of having his name entered upon any party enrollment list because he has not supported or will not support the principles and candidates of such party at any town, city, or borough election. Along with his talk to the committee Mr. Fletcher had an essay on the subject which ,he prepared in 1897 but which until this morning never saw the light of day. If, after considering an essay for 16 years the writer believes it still worth while and Mr. Fletcher does, it ought to' interest somebody, so here goes: Municipal Reform Verbal Reform. "Of the many questions/that press upon us for solution, none, perhaps, awakens greater interest, than the municipal problem, the problem of local government in our cities and towns. It seems to be admitted on all sides that our cities and towns are ill-governed, incompetent, careless and often corrupt and in unprincipled hands and that frequently, if not usually, our municipalities are in the grasp of a carefully organized ring, whose control extends to every department and whose purpose is power and emolument. Every now and then there conies an upheaval, a 'reform move,' and our cities are seen to put forth great spasmodic efforts to extricate themselves from the mire in which they are engulfed. "These are remarkable occasions and well worthy of the attention of the psychologist and sociologist. Preachers deliver sensational sermons delineating the corrupt and immoral condition of the city, newspapers fill their columns with details of the unedifying state of affairs, clubs and associations take the matter up and set a political avalanche in motion and so the 'reform' begins. Politicians of the minority party see their chance and enter into the movement with all the zeal and >' •> V.' stive Inter -V',, 'vV;- enthusiasm of which demagogues are capable. Investigation committees are set to stirring up the odoriferous mass, startling disclosures are made and new words are added to our vocabulary. Then comes the election and the old party is igno-miniously hurled from office, a new party is put in its place and tiie city is for the moment a more wholesome social body. " 'But what comes of it at last?' What good, indeed! The great city is in the condition of Dinah's kitchen after one of the perio^cal house-cleanings; < it is purified and put in order, but the bad habits remain as before. In a few years the qsmt officials have learned the ways of corruption as thoroughly as the old ones, the few that might have done something to maintain a better system have disappeared from their offices and many of the worst of the old regime have found their way back into their places again. But what is most important of all is simply this, nothing has been learned; no new truths have been added to our knowledge of the science of government, we are as ignorant and incompetent as before and a remedy for the municipal disease remains to be discovered. "That there can be a remedy few I think will deny. Many there are who seek and some there are who claim to have found a general remedy, a universal panacea, that will heal at once all the diseases, whether national, provincial, or municipal, which infest the body politic. Others, less sanguine, seek only for a specific for each individual disease and are content if they, can make one part whole at a time. It is to the atten- • ZfM tiou of these latter that his article is addressed. • "If the majority of our-citizens are for the most part satisfied with cor-ruption and misgovernment in muni- , •' cipal affairs then there is no remedy consistent with a democratic form of government. But this can hardly be the case since that which is called Vv|£f!$§ corruption and misgovernment is necessarily something which is be-lieved to be harmful to the great - • body of citizens and the citizens as a ' :Ms whole cannot be supposed to be satis- ' -'v! <• ^ll * ' ' - % > ' . - i • mm s *•; fied with that which does them injury. But if the majority desire good government, how is their will so frequently defeated? Do they not vote at each election? How is it that their wishes do not prevail? There can be but one answer to this question, namely, that great numbers of good men support and uphold administrations of whose character and policy they very little approve. And we can only suppose them to do this because some great obstacle prevents them from voting according to their desires. If this be so then our problem resolves itself into this, we must seek out and remove this obstacle and make it easy and convenient for each citizen to support that only of which he approves. To do this we m,ust destroy all unnecessary connections of different phases of our political life. "In the affairs of men, words and names play a most important part. Great attention was paid by the ancients to names and most nations had a tradition of the origin of them. Among savage tribes it was often believed that to obtain a man's name was to obtain some power over him. So, in our political and social life names are the ensigns under which men do battle and for they are ever solicitous for the honor and prestige of the name • of that party which they are accustomed to • support. Experience has further ,s| proven that a name cannot be cast down, or a party suffer at any point . without injury to those principles.,-, which it represents or supports. This " , results in the spirit of party alle-:fj||g; giance and it is to one of the effects . of this spirit that I now desire to call1 attention. • • . "There are in the locality where I:g«; live three, distinct governmental or- ;|j§' ganizations. .They are indeed sub-o r d i n a t e o n e t o a n o t h e r , b u t e a c h i s - this reason /-''it ' WM-occupied with a separate and clearly . — * - «— „ - tion, but the problems of one have no^ defined field of its own. Each also,' presents its own problems for solu-connection with those of another. First, there is the national govern-vrWN (Contiqned on Page Two.) -Vv '''*•'v; i#P Sift
Be iri the
. Lead in the' Race i|;3g
His Record for Executive Ability Is a
Good One mid His Qualification^
Are Patent to All Who Know Him.
Means Everyone in Enfield.
• ' •
much lias been said for the
past two months regarding the local
postoffice Situation that it! seeded
hardly worth while to give out any
informationuntil something had
been definitely decided and couldbe
called news. The last hope of Postmaster
Tudor Gowdy faded away
on March 4Jh, and the republicans of
this vicinity are now standing by
—— —•—:—- .
Information Furnished by The Press
;f Was Absolutely Correct s
arid Floor Plans That Were in
.the Hai>ds of the Committee Now
on Exhibition in The Press Office.
That the building committee had
plans for a new school at the time ojf
the-last town meeting is now positively
known. That several archi-aM*
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