Turning Back the Pages

Yet another blaze occurred at the Agawam, a summer hotel at Diamond Point owned by Warren Middleworth of Hudson Falls. It was destroyed by fire the night of Sept. 30, 1912, entailing a loss of $15,000. Part of the furniture was saved and when help arrived the heat was so intense that nobody could enter the building. The only occupants at the time of the fire were Mr. and Mrs. Middleworth and their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Middleworth, visiting from California. There are no plans to rebuild the hotel.

In other hotel news, the Hotel Uncas, a popular summer resort near Silver Bay on Lake George, was sold recently to Dr. James Burtt of New York City who will make extensive improvements.

Japanese duo’s double suicide

The double funeral of General Count Maresuke Nogi, Supreme Military Councilor of Japan and his wife, the Countess Nogi, was held with impressive ceremonies at the Aoyama Cemetery in the presence of enormous crowds.

The Count and Countess had ended their lives by stabbing themselves with a sword on the night of Sept. 13, 1912 as the body of the late Emperor Mutsuhito passed out of Tokyo on its way to the imperial tomb at Momoyama. The body of Japan’s great war general was borne on a gun carriage while the casket containing the body of the Countess was in a hearse.

Teetotaler sounds off

It is a well-known fact that the drinking of intoxicating liquors is responsible for a large percentage of the crime committed in our land and is the direct cause of the broken hearts of thousands of wives and mothers — besides figuring largely as a factor in our divorce courts and absolutely wrecking the lives of multitudes of men. We should surely not believe that Jesus Christ, were He on earth today, would advocate the placing of intoxicants within convenient and easy reach of the people whom he died to save. How can we pray “Lead Us Not Into Temptation” while by our own volition we make it practically impossible for many of our fellow men to resist temptation? — Pastor Frank M. LaMar, Minerva.

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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