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THE WEATHER. Unsettled tonight; Friday rainf "' • • - >" v - v v-.;: THE "PRESS" HAS A LARGER CIRCULATION IN THE I/.'-:'-'"' ' v ' vftv.r*^ >.RY BETWLEN • I I . . . . . ii-sss® AND SPRINGFIELD THAN ANY OTHER NEWSPAPER—IT PAYS TO ADVERTISE IN IT ESTABLISHED 1880 THOMPSONVILLE (- 305- TN., THURSDAY, : DECEMBER 20:, 1917 Single Copy 5 Cents VOL. XXXVIII, No. 34 JvX/, t * i ~ , • , * 'If5* THE A". .#< FRANKLIN THEATRE FILLED. ¥<iiS'' WPHOIRS AND CHOIR ' MASTERS "II$HAyE PU,raiNG FORTH SPECIAL §ffys!|! efforts on appropriate PROGRAMS.; ---kibKmvss Jill® J®I ®hlis^s 8undayilSil" ^ i• Sunday?will be observed as -?C li 'Christmas fSunday in the . local • - 4^^^ -churelies vlth special music by the gSwf '• sermons appropriate to liig®§& *he day by the pastors. The follow- ®§8M ,-j-lnS are the1 programs of special music •maw.- /by the choirs: «• Jfegspvi;' j" ,t :l S < • •-The Holy Infant" I^I^VSoloS—By . Miss" 1 S&SS'•&]&¥•James Comri» ar First Presbyterian Sunday, 10.30 a. ni;'" ',a Shout the Glad Tidings" Hawley tv '1? V j"° L,ttle Town, of Bethlehem" ;' Denslow King v-v . Sunday, 4 p. m. F. F. Bullard Mary Schonrock, James Comrie and Erving King >•„}' United Presbyterian Church ; ' T • ' 'Sunday, 10.30 a. m. \Xil- ••'•< 'Organ—"Song of the Magi" ' v' "• * r l'" Ashford ' -Anthem—"Behold a King Shall " , *, Reign" Wilson ? .• 'Solo—"Hallelujah, Christ is Born" Bishoff Miss Edna Morrison k, - :-Anthem—"There Were Shepherds" v Ashford v' ^ Evening at 7 o'clock A- Organ—"Silent Night" Gruber <, .j Anthem—"Sing O Heavens" Heyser J r 1 Solo—"A Voice Crying in the Wilder- , ness" Scott < Miss Gladys Blackburn .Anthem—"Glory to God in the Highest" . Thompson FOR NEW MEMBERS TEAMS ARE WORKING. Quota of 1,000 Already Passed.— Prospects Are that Over 2,000 Members Will be Secured by Christmas Eve.—Standing of the Teams at Noon Today. HAS SERVED ENFIELD 28 YEARS :* Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday, 10.30 a. m. -""Hark! What Mean Thou - Holy Voices" Neidlinger • V'O Little Town of Bethlehem" Neidlinger :: Offeratory—"He Shall Feed His Flock Like a Shepherd" ,, Handel ;; Sunday, 7 p. m. ; . •'The First Christmas" . - Barnby '"Bethlehem" 1 A Christmas Pageant by the young people of the. Sunday School "The Lord is Mindful of His Own" Mendelsohn "Nazareth" -J... ..-JGounod Mrs. Douglas King v-,'v. • St. Andrew's Episcopal. ~ -A carol service Will-Jje-given at 7.30 o'clock Christmas Eve in St Andrew's Church. Christmas morning holy communion will be celebrated at the services at 7 and 10 o'clock. Next Thursday evening at 7 o'clock in the church parlors the Sunday school will hold a Christmas festival. There will be Christmas exercises by the children, and a Christmas tree from which gifts will be distributed. The Red Cross drive for new members is in full swing in town and indications point that the committees are going over the top in this work as well as in other war fund campaigns that have been waged in Enfield. The quota for Enfield is 1,000 and there is every prospect that close to 2,000 new members will be secured before Christmas Eve. The returns up to press time showed a total of 1,221 members. The Haz-ardville team reporting 297. The Enfield street team 23 and the Tliompsonville teams 901. One application for membership bore the name of Horace King Brainard four years old, the young son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Brainard of Pearl street, while on another application was the name of .Samuel K. Henry, aged 92 years, who is probably the oldest Red Cross member in Connecticut, if not in the whole country. In signing the application Mr. Henry wanted to know if any of the other members would teach him knitting, as he felt that he was too old to be •of any service to his country. Standing of Teams to Dec. 20. Thompsonville '. Miss Mae Davison 284 Miss Anna Hannigan .... 23G Miss Gertrude Wiesing . 137 Mrs. Thos. Hargrayes .. 122 Miss Minnie Sullivan ... 107 Mrs. Geo. S. Phelps undine Edgar H. Parkman Came to Thompi sonville in 1889.—Liked by all Who Knows.—Has Been Popular Candidate lor School Superintendent.— Selection of a Stranger Disapproved Generally. Edgar H. Parkman, who has beenl principal of the Enfield High School for nearly twenty-nine years, has tendered his resignation to the town; school committee, to take effect at •the close of the Christmas recess. A special meeting of the school com-: mittee was held Tuesday afternoon in the A. D. Higgins' school at which action was taken on the matter and a special committee, consisting of president Allyn G. Bridge, Abraham Cope and James Hughes, was appointed to confer with Principal Parkman as soon as convenient and j see if it would not be possible to have I him reconsider. Mr. Parkman came Because they know that Santy Claus The little folks are talkin'—: they talk like anything 'Bout Santy Claus a-comin' an'' what he's goin' to bring, An' the mother never scolds 'em or tells 'em 'lout the noise. They're just the sweetest little girls, the test o/ little boys I Sergeant Arthur Gibbons and Army and Navy Pictures Drew Full House. 901 Hazardville Mrs. Chas. Billings 97 Mrs. Walter Albee 57 Miss Martha Tyrie 57 Miss Nellie Sheehan .... 50 Miss Edna Gordon 15 Mrs. Samuel Neelans ... 12 Miss Laura Steele 9 Enfield Street Mrs. Chas. Chapin 23 297 23 1221 $190.20 for Halifax Sufferers. The great disaster at Halifax two weeks ago. when the explosion of the munitions steamer Mont Blanc destroyed some 1,200 lives and rendered 25,000 homeless, will rank among the world's great disasters. Three blizzards following one another at short intervals added to the distress among the survivors and de-laved relief. The Canadian Govern- evening. Mr. Brigada was a formei ment, the Red Cross, and other member of the orchestra and was agencies are doing what they can to | spending a ten day furlough at his relieve the suffering and destitution, home; he is stationed at Spartan-hut there will be need of all they can burg, S. C., to which place he redo for some time to come. First (turned Monday morning Selectman Albert J. Epstein reports . week. collections in Enfield amounting to to Enfield High School in 1889, sue-' ceeding Cassius II. Lyman, now of Hudson, Mass. He had been graduated from Amherst College the previous June, with Secretary of State Lansing and the late Clyde Fitch,' famous playright and author. Mr. Parkman is widely known not only through his activities in educational circles, but also as a past master of the Connecticut Masons. He first affiliated with the fraternity as a member of Doric Lodge of this ivillage, and was later appointed to the staff of the Connecticut Grand Lodge, through which he advanced steadily until his election four years age as grand master of the State. Mr. Parkman is also a member of numerous other fraternal arid social organizations among them Friendship Lodge, I. O. O. F., the Eitfield Grange and the Order of the Eastern Star. In addition to membership in various educational bodies of the State, Mr. Parkman is a member of the Phi Delta Theta Chapter of Am- j herst College and from Amherst he also received membership in the Phi Beta Kappa. He has been a leading member in the First Presbyterian Church for many years, being at the present time president of the ecclesiastical society and clerk of the church session. After the resignation of Superintendent of Schools, Edward B. Sel-lew last fall, Mr. Parkman became an active candidate for the position. His personal popularity among the knows everything they do An' while he's loading up his s l e i g h h e's w at chin' of 'em too! An' them that minds their m o t h e r s , t h e y gets the most of toys. They're just the sweetest little girls, the best of little boys! DO Notwithstanding the price of admission to the Franklin Theatre last Monday night was 50c practically every seat in the house was occupied, the attraction being Sergeant Arthur Gibbons, of Toronto, one of the Third battalion, First Canadian division the first troops of the dominion to go into battle on the western front. Only two men out of 450 in two companies which went into battle at the second engagement at Ypres survived, and Gibbons was one of the two. The sergeant's talk was intensely interesting. He impressed upon the audience the fact that the entire German empire is fighting as one to win this war. "To beat them," he said, "every man, woman and child in this country' must make sacrifices, just as the people in Germany are doing, or'our cause will yet he lost." Several reels of motion pictures of the navy and army training camps were shown. n A TRUE CITIZEN TAKES PIE IN LOCAL PAPER An Unsolicited Testimonial One You All Know. From • The Thompsonville Press has certainly touched high water ark in local patriotism. We should be filled tainly touched high water mark in local paper when we see the full and commendable effort it is making to fulfill its obligation to the public in these troublesome times. One realizes to the full what a power for good a local paper can be when he looks over the first page of last week's Press. This entire page is practically given up in bringing to the attention of our public the va- LETTERS F GREETINGS FROM SOLDIERS BOYS. The Press has a large number of letters from the boys in camp, on ships, and "over there" all thanking the Red Cross and home folks for the very welcome remembrances which have reached them. They all wish a "Merry Christmas" to "ther folks back in the old town." None write that they are disatisfled with tlieir conditions, but, of course, would like to be home for Christmas. • ; V | • , * "j A • married, who has died. We enjoy seeing our own name in print, when rious lines of activity that are being I we think we should see it and don't followed in our work for the war: | we feel aggrieved. In times of stress, notices of meetings held and to be like the present, we realize that our Franklin Theatre Not to Be Rented. Mr. Burbank of the Franklin Theatre announces that hereafter the Franklin Theatre will not be rented for evening meetings or entertainments, the house being booked for moving picture shows all winter. §196.46. Tendered a Reception. Members of the Majestic Theatre orchestra and a few friends tendered Joseph Brigada of the 104th U. S. ^ F. A. Band a dinner at the Hotel j townspeople was attested in the last Kimball in Springfield last • Friday annuai town meeting when the sentiment very apparently was favorable to his appointment. The town school .committee, however, after leaving the question open for several month's has elected Grover Chester Bowman, now superintendent of schools in Wcstport and he is to begin his new duties at the opening of the winter term, Jan. 7. Mr. Parkman has of this Christmas Party Friday Night. A Christmas party will be given There-, will be special Christmas J in the chapel of the Methodist church exercises in the public schools to- to the children and friends of t le morrow afternoon, to be given by J Sunday School tomorrow evening at the children. 17.30. ""'I They've just been witin' letters to Santy Claus each day An' tellin' him just what they want an' show-i n ' him t h e way To w h e r e t h e house is, so he'll know just where to leave the toys ! Fer just the sweetest little girls, the best of little boys! They're gittin' mighty anxious fer the days an' nights to go, An' all of 'em are happy, an' they make t h e i r mothers so! She never has to scold 'em or tell 'em 'bout the noise 'Cause they're just the sweetest Ittlc girls, the best of little boys! E. H. S. Christmas Reception. The annual Christmas reception and dance by the senior class of the Enfield High School will be held in Casino Hall tomorrow evening. Judging from the way tickets have been selling a large attendance is expected. ; held ; plans in the forming, plans carried out; publication of letters and appeals; Red Cross Work and its needs; a push for comfort kits; Council of Defense work; food conservation. We can name them all and what should we do without this medium? From all that appears on the surface this work is not returning great revenue; it don't buy paper and printer's ink, it don't pay for type nor wages, it won't settle the bill when the press or motors break down. We all benefit by it; we all use The Press. Thompsonville, like all thriving progressive towns needs a live local paper. It needs the spur and stimulus that such a paper gives to its activities. In normal times we enjoy the local news; we find out who has vnne away, who has been getting paper is an imperative need and call upon it for all kinds of services, and plenty of it. Now printing h. newspaper is a business and not a recreation. Doctors don't recommend it as an amusement for convalescents. People ordinarily follow the newspaper business as a means of livelihood. A large paid subscription list is the best possible evidence of a community's appreciation. The most businesslike way to make our local paper more useful to us is ta subscribe for it, increase its circulation, bring its reading contents before the eyes of more people. If every family in. town takes the local paper you possess a valuable medium through which to transmit your particular message to the people. Dr. Geo. T. Finch. made plans for his future work, but j —Frank L. Stanton in Atlanta Constir •VW&: Greeting To all our Patrons, Readers and Friends in Thompsonville and Enfield; to our large family of miscellaneous readers scattered throughout j this state and the various states, and to our soldier boys on the seas, in camp or in the trenches, we wish a Merry Christmas • . and may the New Year about to start bring Peace, Happiness and Prosperity to you and yours. The Thompsonville Press -- , Ad. Printing & Publishing Co., Publishers declined to state definitely, prefering to withhold for the present any announcement. He plans to continue his residence in Thompsonville, whore he has been for many years actively associated with public affairs in the community. The committee from the school board appointed to confer with Mr. Parkman to induce him to withdraw his resignation met him in the Enfield High School yesterday morning and talked the matter over with him. Mr. Parkman stated that he appreciated the action but had made other plans for the future and no inducement the committee could make at this time would prompt him to withdraw his resignation. There is nothing left for the school committee to do now but to accept Mr. Parkman s resignation and issue a call for candidates for the position. tution. Special Music at St. Patrick's Church Christmas Day. '..-i ( i .> V " V. - v . • I '• The Press Brings Soldiers Together. Harry Carson, of the U. S. S. America, just returned from France, was home over the past week-end. His mother received a letter from him Tuesday saying that he had taken dinner Monday evening at the home of Sergeant J. L. Freemen, Q. C., at Grasmere, Staten Island. The America is at the Hpboken pier, now a quartermasters storehouse, ove)r' which Mr. Freeman, who is son of the editor of The Thompsonville Press, is Sergeant-Overseer. These men became acquainted through, reading The Press, a letter from Mr. Carson having been published October 25. Special music will* lie rendered by tile choir of St. Patrick's Church at the masses on Christmas Day. At the 1.0.30 o'clock mass which will be a high mass the following musical program will be given under the direction of the organist, Miss Dorilda Castonguay: Prelude—"While Slieperds Watched Their Flocks" Lloyd Solos— .Tolin L. Sullivan Mrs. Fred. Furey Kyrio" St. Clair Bass Solo ' John L. Sullivan "Gloria" St. Clair Soprano Solo Eleanor Sullivan Credo" * St. Clair Soprano ISolo Mrs. Fred. Furey Offertory—"Venite Adoramus" Melvil Sanctus—Choir Lambilotte "Agnes Dei" Lambilotte Solos— John L. Sullivan Margaret Burke Postlude—"Adeste Fideles" Choir Join the Great RED CR0SS=T0DAY Your $1 Membership is the Only Service Required Get the Mefnber's Button and Wear it / BANKS DISTRIBUTE CHRISTMAS MONEY. Engagement Announced. Mr. aud Mrs. William A. Abbe of Enfield street announce the gagement of their daughter. Miss Marion Elizabeth Abbe to Frank Edward Cook of Bath, Me. An interesting letter has been received by Mr. and Mrs. E. Brodeui of North School street from their son Waldie Brodeur who is "somewhere in France." /• '?; Banks in a large number of towns sent out Christmas checks last week to thousands of subscribers who were members of the Christmas Clubs, the money having been deposited during the year for the holiday expenses. In most places announcements of the starting of new clubs for 19IS have en- been made. Men Coming Home. The local young men from this town who are stationed at Camp Devens will be home to spend three days furlough, at Christmas, with their parents. I T took him just as he trench parapet—took him full in his bare and muscular throat. It was hardly bigger than one of those rubber erasers tinned to the ends of lead pencils. But with the driving power of high energy powder behind its steel-jacketed nose, it was an altogether com-petent and devilishly capable agent of destruction. yards ahead of the trench, where his rush had carried him. drew toward noon* * * With night came the beginning of m Get the Service Flag and Display It He lay quite still, a few The morning his torment. First it was thirst, then fever, then delirium. Always his spilling wound burned and throbbed. Then came blessed unconsciousness. When he next opened his eyes a nurse in red Cross garb was bending over liim. * 0 * At dawn a stretcher party had found him and trundled him away, down through the line of Red Cross units, from dressing station to field base, eventually to Paris * * * He was French, but he was fighting our fight. He was French, but any day from now on his counterpart may be American. There are bullets enough for all. He may be a boy you know, perhaps a neighbor's boy, even your own. Fighting our fight * * * Will you help him, when our fight has broken him, to fight his? Will you help him, when his young body and vivid force are spent and shattered, to retrieve what he may? Join the American Red Cross. It is the wonnded soldier's truest ally. It is his minister and guardian. It is his hope. .loin the Local Chapter-—it has only a portion of the membership it should have. A dollar a yeur is all that is required for membership— that and your good will for Humanity. Do your part. If you cannot go, you can give. Those going are giving immeasurably more. Join the Red Cross today. Illuminate the Service Flag Christmas Eve Make This a Red Cross Christmas This Christmas Campaign is to get Ton Million members for the Red Cross at OXE DOLLAR per year—One Million of them here in New England. Surely the very least vou can do is to join and help make t his a Red Cross Christmas—a Christnfas-'; of mercy, humanity, compassion and relief. A dollar isn't much in itself, but when - translated into terms of Red Cross work, words caunot tell of the good it will do— - the suffering it will relieve. JOIN NOW SEND A CHRISTMAS DOLLAR ON AN ERRAND OF MERCY Donated by the Advance Printing & Publishing Co. . .
Unsettled tonight; Friday rainf "'
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THE "PRESS" HAS A LARGER CIRCULATION IN THE
I/.'-:'-'"' ' v ' vftv.r*^
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AND SPRINGFIELD THAN ANY OTHER NEWSPAPER—IT PAYS TO ADVERTISE IN IT
ESTABLISHED 1880 THOMPSONVILLE (- 305- TN., THURSDAY, : DECEMBER 20:, 1917 Single Copy 5 Cents VOL. XXXVIII, No. 34
JvX/, t * i ~ , • , * 'If5* THE
FRANKLIN THEATRE FILLED.
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