The Call of December 4, 1914


The members of the Jere Helms Post Number 26, G. A. R., of town, and their wives and the widows of
Civil War veterans will hold their annual banquet at the Holmhurst tonight.  The bill of fare will be as
follows: rice soup, wheat bread, rye bread, butter, stewed chicken, giblet dressing, cold beef, mashed
potatoes, pepper cabbage, celery, green peas, cranberry sauce, fruit punch, marble cake, sponge
cake, white cake, ice cream, fruit, nuts, coffee, tea, milk and cigars.


The state appropriation was received by Treasurer Schumacher, and it amounts to over $4,000, a slight
increase over the past few years.  The schools all had Thanksgiving programs and a good many
visitors came to the schools to hear the children recite.  More citizens should visit the schools as it
would be good for the children and parents alike.  Misses Shoemaker, Bohrman, Bressler and
Bauscher spent the Thanksgiving vacation at their respective homes.


At a meeting of the Southern Schuylkill County Medical Society, held at the home of Dr. Harry Dechert
of Orwigsburg, Thursday evening, an important question was given discussion during the evening.  It
was the advisability of the establishment of a private hospital in Schuylkill Haven.  The question has
many times before been considered by the different members of this medical association but it was at
the meeting last evening that the subject was taken up and discussed in a formal manner.  The
sentiment was unanimously in favor of investigating further into the matter.  Every physician present
appeared very earnest and much interested in the proposition and entered into the discussion with
The building and maintaining of a hospital in Schuylkill Haven is not an impossibility.  For years there
seems to have been a feeling among physicians and the public alike that an institution of this kind
conducted on strictly private lines instead of a charitable basis was a much needed necessity for their
section of the county.  Needless to say, with the opening of a private hospital here it would receive the
patronage of the entire county as there are certain conditions, which patients in a private hospital
would not be subjected to as they are in any charitable or state hospital.
Although the movement is practically in an embryo state, it is quite likely, in fact altogether probable,
that the discussion of the subject at last night's meeting of the physician's, was practically the
beginning of a movement which will be gotten underway immediately.  When it reaches this state it will
receive such an impetus that the establishment of what years ago seemed an absurdity and an
impossibility will become a reality in a very short period of time.


A number of Schuylkill Haven merchants are considering the advisability of conducting a series of
auction sales to dispose of that portion of their stock of canned and bottled goods which will be
barred from sale after January 1, 1915.  By an Act of Assembly of July 1913, it was decreed that all food
stuffs in package form should have plainly and conspicuously marked upon the label the weight
measure of numerical count of the contents.  Allowance is made for a reasonable variation, however.
Since the law was enacted, manufacturers and packing houses have complied with the provision of
the law having to do with marking the weight.  Some stock has remained in the hands of local grocery
firms which came to them before passage of the law and it is these brands that will have to be
disposed of before the end of the year when a penalty will have become effective.  It will devolve
upon R. B. Clayton, the county inspector of weights and measures, to see that the several provisions
of the law will be properly observed.

The Call of December 24, 1914


The holiday vacation begins on Thursday afternoon of this week and will continue until January 4th,
when the schools open again.  There will be no school on Thursday afternoon so that children can
assist in the Christmas preparations without missing school as otherwise many would stay away from
school.  Out of town teachers also have more time to get home for the Christmas festivities.  The
school session will last from 8 to 12.  A number of the schools will have Christmas exercises, among
them the ninth grade and high school and Mr. Bensinger's school.  Christmas programs are not made
obligatory on teachers because the children have parts in their respective church entertainments
which is sufficient work for them.
Children becoming six years of age may start to school during the first two weeks in January but will
not be admitted after that period unless they have been taught previously so that they can go into
some class already organized.  Such children must be vaccinated.  Principal Heckert can be seen
during vacation for an admission certificate.  Bring the baptismal and vaccination certificates to him.
All the school rooms will be fumigated during the vacation and parts of the floors will be retouched
with oil.


As advertised, the "Human Fly" on Monday evening, gave a large crowd of people about as nice a
series of thrills, free of charge, as these same people have experienced in witnessing any number of
sensational stunts of circus acrobats, professional entertainers, etc.  For nearly an hour, Main Street
near the Euclid Theatre was almost a mass of people waiting for the performance to begin.  The
building chosen for his demonstration of house climbing was the Michel Building.  With little or no
preliminary introductions and announcements, the "Human Fly" got busy while the audience stood
breathless, he climbed the entire three stories to the roof.  People were heard to remark they never
expected to see an exhibition so thrilling as this one all for the mere sum of whatever you cared to
drop into a hat that was passed around.  The "Human Fly" had announced that he would climb the
Hartman Building also but on account of the building being very icy this feat was not attempted.  It is
hardly necessary to remark that there is hardly anybody in town that will attempt to accomplish the
tricks of the "Human Fly" in climbing up the side of a building.  This is one feat that will not be copied
by our locals.