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The winter of 1913

This winter has so far been remarkable for its mildness but it is safe to predict that we will get what is coming to us in the way of cold weather before the robins nest again. Business has been dull on account of lack of snow and lumbermen desperately need an accumulation to get their logs out of the woods. (Note: On Jan. 29, 1913 the snow began to fall in the afternoon and evening and the ground was covered to a depth of three inches. Feeling that winter had come at last, excited people began to get their light sleighs out to frolic in the snow. The next day the temperature warmed up and the snow turned to rain.)

Weather forecast by publication

Shepherd’s “Almanack” of 1676 is regarded as a reliable forecaster of weather and is consulted by experts. It states that the weather of the whole year depends upon Jan. 25, Saint Paul’s Day, saying “sun means a good year, rain or snow foretells indifferent weather, a mist means want, while thunder predicts winds and death.” (Note: Nathaniel Hawthorne once wrote that an allegory can be effectively used by comparing events of earlier years for those of today. It could be true.)

Boy receives windfall

Benjamin Cramer, a half-witted boy whom resides in the vicinity of Pottersville, is the heir to a large fortune of $80,000 which is being held for him and his sister, Fannie by unknown parties in New York City.

Some time ago an advertisement appeared in the daily newspaper asking that the person by that name contact them as they were searching for his whereabouts. Benjamin and his sister, Fannie had been placed in a children’s home when they were infants and Benjamin had only lived in Pottersville for a few months where he had been bound out as a laborer to a farmer. Fannie left the home many years ago when she was adopted and her brother has no idea where she is located at this time.

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

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