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SEPTEMBER 1914
The Call of September 4, 1914

MAIL CARRIERS HERE BY JANUARY 1

Soon the residents of this town will enjoy the great convenience of having free mail collection and delivery service.  The time is not
far distant. Recently it was stated in these columns that in all probability the Post Office Department would install this service by
February 1, 1915.  We now have the pleasure to announce that this service will quite likely be in operation at least a month earlier
than at first stated.  The Post Office Department states that there is no reason why the free delivery and collection service should
not be in operation by the first of the year.
Several years ago Inspector Val Schoenberger, the Post Office Inspector for Schuylkill and Carbon Counties, made an inspection of
the town, went over the ground and laid out the routes for the collectors.  All the requirements for the free mail delivery service
have been complied with to such an extent that the service is now positively assured.  There are several sections of the town,
however, that because of there being no pavements, will not be supplied with the delivery and collection service.  They are the
entire West Ward, portion of Caldwell Street or the section better known as Goat Hill, lower portion of Canal Street, Berne Street or
the Schuylkill Mountain Road and the farthest portion of Garfield Avenue.
The rule of the Post Office Department on this particular point is drawn very close and is strictly adhered to.  Not only will there be
no mail service where there no pavements, but in sections where there are pavements, no mail will be delivered at the houses that
are not numbered or do not have a proper receptacle for the receiving of the mail.  Postmaster Reed desires to make it clear that
the department is ready to go ahead with the free carrier service, but it is now altogether up to the citizens themselves to secure
this great convenience.  All houses must be numbered and either suitable  receptacles placed on the door or porch where the mail
can be placed by the carrier or slots in the front door provided.  These are positive requisites for the free carrier service and only
those persons complying will have their mail delivered.  
Inspector Schoenberger has divided the town into three separate districts as follows:  District One will comprise all of the South and
East Ward, east or above of the P & R Railroad and bounded by Main Street on the north.  District Number Two is all of the South
ward, excluding the several portions not having pavements.  District Number Three is all of the North Ward and a portion of the East
Ward north of Main Street.  There will be three deliveries a day in District One or the business district and two deliveries per day in
each of the other two districts.  As yet the schedules or the times of deliveries and collections have not been arranged by the
department.  As soon as they are decided upon they will be made public through these columns.  The location of the letter or mail
boxes, where the mail hereafter can be deposited instead of depositing it in the Post Office is listed in these columns.  There will be
twenty three boxes in all.
There will be three regular mail carriers and two substitutes.  As yet they have not been selected.  An examination of applicants for
the position of mail carriers will be held in the near future.  Fuller details on this matter will be given in a later issue of The Call.  Any
person desiring information on this subject can secure the same from Frank Gehrig, the local secretary of the civil service
commission.  The position of mail carrier pays $800 per year for the first year.

The Call of September 11, 1914

TWO LOCAL PRIZEFIGHTERS

Schuylkill Haven was represented at the prize fight at Pottsville Tuesday evening by two of her local sons as fighters.  The fight was
between "Kid" Cake and "Whitey" Huling.  It is said this bout, although only a preliminary, pleased the crowd better than all the other
bouts put together.  Both young men have been in training for some time and their manner of handling themselves proved that they
have a good idea of the game.  Cake had a shade of the better of his opponent in that he was compelled to do the better part of the
leading.  His punches also counted more than those of his opponent.

COUNCIL NOTES

Burgess Lessig reported a very low place on Liberty Street.  He stated the curbing and pavement was much lower than the street
and that the street makes an abrupt dip from both directions making it very dangerous. That is if an automobile or team would get
into the ditch they would probably overturn.  The borough runs the risk of having a damage claim.  Evidently someone has made
pavement without securing the grade at the point referred to and therefore the matter was handed over to the Road Committee.  
The Road Committee reported the sewer running along the P & R Railroad which carries off the water emptying into it at the Coldren
Mill on Union Street as being blocked.  This is the same sewer that was blocked some time ago and caused damage to property and
goods of Mrs. K. E. Felix.  Mr. Yost stated from the fact that the sewer is nothing more than a stone sewer it is very readily blocked.  
The Road Committee recommended that the borough put in a pipe sewer at this place.
Mr. Berkheiser stated he thought there should be better fire fighting apparatus at the electric light plant.  He stated the borough
had a very large amount of money invested and it should be better protected.  A motion carried to provide better equipment.

The Call of September 18, 1914

NEW LIGHTING SYSTEM A SUCCESS

The new lighting system for illuminating the streets was given a tryout Wednesday evening and proved a success.  The old arc lights
will shortly be replaced by the new system as a great deal better illumination is secured.  Wednesday evening Main Street had the
appearance of a carnival night as it was so brilliantly lighted and the public is not used to having the streets so well lighted except
on special occasions.  The new system is certainly an improvement over the old arc system and it is probable all of the arc lights on
the streets on which the new system has been put up, namely, Main, Dock, Haven, Paxson, Union and Margaretta, will be taken
down.  The light used is the newest incandescent lamp, an Edison Nitrogen Lamp.  On Main Street lamps with 250 candle power are
used, on Dock and Upper Main, 100 candle power and 80 candle power on Margaretta, Union and Paxson.

The Call of September 25, 1914

RIFLE CLUB ORGANIZED

During the week a number of our local overs of the rifle and gun organized the Schuylkill Haven Rifle Club.  The necessary papers
and funds have already been forwarded to Washington D. C. and it is expected that within a few days the club will be a full fledged
member of the National Rifle Association of America. This association is under the direct control of the War Department at
Washington and the local club, as a member of the association, will derive many benefits.  Both the rifles and 120 rounds of
ammunition for each member of the club will be furnished free by the War Department.  However, being a member of the club
involves no obligation whatsoever to serve the government in military service.  
There are 27 charter members of the local club.  Practically all the professions and trades are represented in the membership.  
There are some crack shots among the members and it is predicted that the Pottsville Rifle Club will soon be challenged and
cleaned up.  Preparations are now under way for a target pit and ranges of 200, 300, 500, 600 and 800 yards.  Only men above 17
years of age and of good character and habits are admitted as members.  Applications must be made to G. E. Gangloff, Esquire,
Secretary and Treasurer.

MANY ATTRACTED TO MIDWAY

The Joseph G. Ferari Greater Exposition Shows, exhibiting on the plot opposite the roller rink this week have attracted hundreds
upon hundreds of persons, not only from Schuylkill Haven but from towns and districts from miles around.  The show came to town
under the auspices of the Baseball or Athletic Association.  The event was styled a carnival before its arrival but since the
performances have been given, it has been termed a midway.  The term midway is more suitable as it is nothing more or nothing less
than a series of first class shows or exhibitions.  This combination of shows is positively the best aggregation that has shown in
Schuylkill Haven for years.  Its attractions are all number one with possibly one exception, that of the Oriental Dancers.  
The wild animal show is positively one of the greatest features ever seen under canvas outside of the large traveling circuses.  
There are more wild animals in this one show than many of the larger shows or circuses carry.  Included in the number are eleven
lions, seven leopards, two hybrids, one bear and one puma.  The performances in the cage by Princess Electra, Prince DeKello and
Captain Carl Wilson positively are not eclipsed by those exhibitions given in large circuses or in refined vaudeville.  The show
attracts hundreds of persons nightly and pleases all who attend.  
The World Wonder Show is next to attract attention.  In this show can be seen the Electric Lady, the Reptile Queen, the smallest
horse on earth, the Australian Wonder, Herman Volcano, the fire eater, Captain George who measures seven feet, nine inches and
weighs 350 pounds.  Next in order is Minnie Ha Ha.  This attraction has caused no end of comment.  There is no fake about it.  The
lady is some fifty years of age and appears to be half human and half ape.
The dog, monkey and pony show gives a fine and interesting performance.  The animals in this show are exceptionally well trained.  
Then comes "The Trip To Mars."  Anybody yet who has not taken this trip had better do so before the winter sets in.  Then there is
the Ferris wheel and the merry go round, two attractions that never fail to have passengers.  The motordrome, though not as large
as the one here several weeks ago has many people to witness the daring nightly deeds of its performers.
Then there are the stands where one tries his or her luck.  They are as follows: Indian arrow game, American box ball, Japanese Rolly
Polley, gum pickout, country store, Japanese log game, spot the spot, Canudoit, knock their heads off with Coley, the baseball expert
and gasoline Bob, Hoopla, the doll rack, candy stand and last but not least, Madame Goldie the palmist.  Professor Cicardo and his
Italian Band disperses music during the evening and is an extra added feature of the shows.  
The rain of Wednesday and Thursday evening seriously interfered with the business of the shows.  very few people were on hand.  
Thursday evening business was discontinued altogether and many people with the shows went visiting.  It is believed the loss
sustained on account of the inclement weather will be made up Friday and Saturday.

NOTES FROM THE MIDWAY

The electric lights Monday were very poor due to a poor connection being made with the borough line.  The men with the various
stands where ones luck is tried report poor business.  One hundred and fifty pounds of fresh meat are required to feed the animals
in the wild animal show per day.  The same is furnished by Swift and Company.  There is some mystery about the Oriental Dancers as
to whether one or two of them are not men instead of women.  The shows are booked for Lebanon next week and will leave for that
place early Sunday morning.  Captain Cicardo and his band hold the distinction of being possibly the only band in existence whose
leader is the drummer or trap player.  The fire eater in one of the shows certainly surprises and mystifies the audiences.  A sufficient
amount of money will be taken out of the town by the company to stagnate business for a while.  Someone remarked that Captain
George, the seven foot Englishman in one of the shows, could make better use of himself by going to war and fighting the Germans.