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Local Editorials

From our archives: ‘Red-letter’ Sabbath programs at Assembly

What we thought: 100 years ago

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following editorials appeared in the Telegraph on July 16, 1913.



The Sunday program will be featured at the Rock River Assembly this year. There are three Sundays, and on each, there will be an interesting program.

During former sessions of the Assembly, Sunday was featured more as a day of rest, a sort of vacation day for the session. But not so this year.

Thousands of people have attended the Assembly on Sundays in former years, expecting to hear several good programs, but went home disappointed.

This year, every Sunday will be a red-letter day, and the program for these days is of such a character that all will be highly pleased.

The first Sunday, July 27, the Balalaika Orchestra will play a sacred concert, afternoon and evening. At 2:30, Rev. W.R. Wedderspoon of Washington, D.C., will deliver a lecture. Rev. Wedderspoon has never been West before. He is one of the great Methodist preachers of the East.

Sunday, Aug. 3rd, the musical attraction will be the Chicago Glee Club, in two concerts. The speaker on  this day will be ex-Governor J. Frank Hanly of Indiana, an eloquent speaker, whom thousands will make an effort to hear, particularly those who have heard him before.

The third and last Sunday, Aug. 10, the Chicago Preachers’ Quartet will sing two concerts. The speaker for the last Sabbath day is Father Edward P. Graham, a truly great man, and his lecture will be an intellectual treat.

The Assembly opens on Saturday, July 26, with Gov. Eberhart of Minnesota as the orator. On this day, the management expects to take care of a great crowd.

Gov. Eberhart is a man much in the public eye, a statesman of much ability. He has traveled this country from shore to shore with a message that the people flock to hear. He expounds new ideas along governmental lines and is sure to be greeted by thousands here.

Boat owners to

lay for robbers

Dixon boat owners have organized against the depredations of thieves who have been robbing boats and cottages the past several weeks, and a systematic campaign to discover the guilty ones and punish them has been outlined.

In addition to their efforts along the line, the victims of these petty thefts hope to enlist the aid of others, and have offered a reward of $25 for information that will lead to the conviction of the offenders.

For several weeks, the loss of articles from the cottages and boats along the river has been constantly reported, until the owners thereof have decided that desperate means are necessary, and henceforth a systematic watch of the river will be kept.

Advice on

corn eating

When eating green corn, great care should be taken to keep the corn out of the hair and ears, particularly if you are dining out in company. Of course, if you are eating alone or in a restaurant, you may go as far as you like. In other words, you may chew to the line and let the corn fall where it will.

The main object should be to get at least 55 per cent of the corn into your system and not more than 45 percent of it on the tablecloth and the floor.

The whole ear of corn should not be buttered at one time, for this is a waste of raw material. Nothing is swifter or more elusive than a piece of butter which has been placed on an ear of hot corn. A person is apt to miss it suddenly and find it a few minutes afterward in his vest picket or on the inside of his shoe.

It is better to butter about one mouthful of corn at one time and then grab it suddenly. It requires as much dexterity as swatting the fly, and is much more exciting.

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