Vol. II, No. 25
Hampton Academy Centennial
Impressive Exercises Commemorating the Founding of a Celebrated Institution
The much talked of Anniversary Day, when the founding of Hampton Academy was to be observed, arrived with cloudy skies. It was hoped that it would clear, but when the time came for the procession to leave the town hall to go to the Academy Green, the gates of Heaven opened and the flood literally descended, and it poured steadily during the whole exercises.
A very enthusiastic party left the hall, headed by Guy Hendry and Raymond Hobbs, members of this year's graduating class, carrying a flag; quite a crowd awaited their arrival at the boulder, which we will not attempt to describe, as everyone must visit it. Everyone pronounced the tablets very fine, and special thanks are due to Mr. Lewis Perkins for his energy in securing its completion, and to Mr. Horace Hobbs for collecting the money. On account of the rain, the exercises were cut short; appropriate remarks were made by Rev. J. A. Ross and Rev. B. H. Weston, then the boulder was unveiled by Miss Frances E. Nudd, who graduated this year. She is called the baby of the first graduating class, as she is the first child of a member of that class to graduate. In a bedraggled but happy frame of mind the procession returned to the town hall, where was found many new arrivals; in fact, scarce any of the Alumni was frightened by the rain, many coming from a distance. It was very pleasant to meet so many old friends. Among the older members this year were Sperry French, Samuel Jewett, (both have attended every meeting); David Perkins, George W. Lane, Newell Tilton, Christopher Toppan, Rev. J. A. Ross and others. Mr. W. C. Walker of Rye was not present, and Mr. Henry Tuck of Kensington has never attended, but has always been a member, and with J. W. York and wife represents Kensington. It was the largest meeting held, and a very enjoyable one.
Dinner was served by caterer Tibbetts of Newburyport, and after the business of the house was transacted, Mr. Lewis Perkins positively declined to serve as president another year, to the regret of his associates. Mr. Perkins has worked hard in the interest of the association. The election of officers resulted in E. G. Cole being elected president; Edward J. Brown, vice president; Mrs. Lucy A. Marston, secretary, and Mrs. Sarah M. Lane, treasurer.
Other business being finished, the association adjourned to the upper hall, where after another social time, the the exercises were held. The orchestra from Exeter furnished very acceptable music during the dinner hour, and in the upper hall. Rev. B. H. Weston's paper, read by Miss Cole, and taken largely, from her paper in the Hamptons Union of last December was much enjoyed. Mrs. Marston was troubled in the reading of her poem by a poor light, and so has consented to have it printed. Rev. N. Van der Pyl's address was very interesting as his talks always are.
The rain ceased long enough for people to return to their homes. Many doubtless were disappointed in not being able to attend, but a good audience was present, and felt well repaid. Thus Hampton Academy starts forth on her second century; long may she prosper.
An Historical Poem
Written by Mrs. Lucy A. Marston
Especially for this Occasion
Then on where stately pine trees waved to Winnecummett town,
Thus, came our fathers hither; the tale has oft been told
Of their hardships in the forest through the winter's bitter cold.
They had brought with them their children, but not much of them we hear;
Just to find them food and clothing was a task for many a year.
So the children free and happy roved in woods and sunny lea,
And, when twilight shadows lengthened, gathered at their mother's knee.
There she taught them many a lesson, precepts full of love and truth
That should help to keep and guide them, as they grew from child to youth.
But at last a school was opened, and from cabins far and near
Came the sturdy little children, new and wondrous things to hear.
And the little Indian children, whom their playmates long had been,
Peeped shyly in the open door, but dared not venture in;
Wandering in the field and forest, they would wait till merry shout,
Told them that the time for study now was over, -- school was out.
And on Sunday, all the people turned their steps with reverent tread,
To the church, 'twas but a log house with pine trees waving over head;
But we're told that all the people to the little babies down,
Went to church all kinds of weather, dressed simple, hood, and gown.
Then the town grew larger, stronger, for the years flew as on wings,
And the people, upward pressing, longed for better, broader things.
Parson Webster was their leader; patient, strong, and wise was he;
And, ere long, we find them building our first old Academy
Not my task to tell the story of its influence in the town:
It has been a prized possession, by our fathers handed down,
But we dwell a moment fondly, as in memory is seen
Pictures of those happy school days as we played upon the "Green."
There are schoolmates who have wandered to a far and distant land,
Oh! we long once more to see them, long to take them by the hand;
But, although we sadly miss them as to-day we gather here,
We are sure they've not forgotten, hearts are filled with memories dear.
May the youth who now are gathered in the dear old school to-day,
Ever be to it as faithful as have those who've gone away.
Do your part to keep its standard high as it has been from birth,
For the product of its labors is the best proof of its worth.
A new interest has been given to the old Academy,
By its old friends all uniting in the Hampton A. A. A.
Happy memories awaken, and our hearts are full of cheer
As we look into the faces of the old friends gathered here.
Dear old school! thy years are many; year by year you've seemed to grow,
Since your birth within the forest just a century ago;
And we pray that each year passing, bring naught but prosperity;
For this end we all will labor. LONG LIVE OUR OLD ACADEMY!
Much discussion has arisen regarding the duties of candidates and of the voter under our new primary law. In earlier articles regarding the law, we have not given this feature much prominence, but as we approach the time for filing declarations of candidacy and for voting, perhaps our readers may be interested in these details
The primary is to be held at the regular polling place the first Tuesday in September. Primaries shall be conducted by the regular election officers, as elections are conducted under existing laws.
Declarations of candidacy shall be filed with the Secretary of State in case the office sought is Governor, or any other office to be voted for throughout the state, member of congress, councilor, state senator, or any county office.
Declarations of candidacy for any other office is to be filed with the city or town clerk of the city or town within which such officers are to be voted for. Regular forms of declaration are prescribed by the law and may easily be obtained. A fee is required with each declaration filed. We have before named the amount required in each case.
All declarations of candidacy to be filed with the Secretary of State must be so filed not more than sixty days, or less than eighteen days before the primary.
Others, must be filed with the city or town clerk not more than sixty or less than twenty days before the primary.
No candidate can have his name printed upon the official ballot unless he complies with these conditions.
No person shall be entitled to vote at a primary unless his name is upon the checklist of voters in the town or ward wherein he offers to vote.
At our first primary, the first Tuesday in next September, any voter qualified to vote in a town or ward, may register as a member of any political party and will be furnished a ballot of that party and may cast it, provided, however, that if he is challenged he must make oath or affirmation "that he affiliates with and generally supports the candidates of the party with which he offers to vote," before he can vote.
Should he wish to change his party designation at any time thereafter he must give notice in person, and by oath or affirmation if required, to the supervisors of the checklist not less than ninety days before any primary in order to have such change of party allegiance effective at said primary.
The voter can vote for the nomination of candidates of one party only; he may write in names, but they will count only as a candidate of the party upon whose ballot they appear.
The name of John Smith may appear upon the ballot of the Republican party, and again upon the ballot of the Democratic party, but if he has one hundred votes in each instance they cannot be added and called two hundred votes for the purpose of a nomination.
He would have one hundred votes as Republican candidate, and one hundred as a Democratic candidate, and although two hundred votes might be more than any candidate received on any ballot, yet he might fail of a nomination as the candidate of any party.
The law does not state in specific terms how ballots are to be marked, but it does state that the provisions of the statutes now in force in reference to the holding of elections and the manner of conducting elections shall apply to all primaries in so far as consistent with the act.
This is held to mean that the marking of ballots is to be the same as at the elections; except, of course, that the circle at the top will be omitted.
That is, the voter is to put a cross opposite the name of the candidate for whom he desires to vote, in a place provided for the same.
The Secretary of State is to purchase ballots for marking as described. The ballot will tell how many to be voted for in each case, the same as the official ballot used at the election how tells.
A plurality vote nominates.
In case of a tie vote, the tie shall be determined by lot by the Secretary of State. The interested candidates shall be notified and may be present.
Recounts are provided for, on payment of a small fee.
Miss Emma Davis has returned after a few days' visit to Gloucester, Mass.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Emery are receiving congratulations on the birth of a son, born on Monday.
Dr. Mack is out with a fine Maxwell runabout car. With the long drives it is a necessary equipment.
Miss Augusta Blake and friend attended St. Michael's church in Exeter on Sunday.
Miss Grace K. Marston is visiting friends and relatives in Portland, Me.
Mrs. Fred H. Thompson and two children, Elton and Ralph, have returned from a short visit to Everett, Mass.
Earle Thompson of Everett, Mass., is spending a few weeks at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Thompson.
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Gilmore have arrived from Elkhart, Indiana and will spend the summer with Mrs. Gilmore's sister, Mrs. John Taylor, at Bride Hill.
Winfield M. Hobbs of Boston spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Hobbs.
Albert Clarke of Hayes Restaurant, Boston, Mass., visited his wife and daughter last week at the residence of Mrs. Clarke's sister, Mrs. N. J. Norton.
Mrs. Joseph Mason and Mrs. Mary A. Perkins are cosily settled for the summer in rooms in Charles Batchelder's house. They are much missed in their old neighborhood. They were great favorites there, and it was a meeting place for the neighbors.
A workman employed upon the new Lane Library fell on Monday, breaking both arms and otherwise bruising himself.
Next Sunday evening at the Methodist church, there will be an address on the subject of Foreign Missions, the speaker being Mrs. Parkhurst, wife of Dr. Charles Parkhurst, editor of Zion's Herald of Boston, who is not only an interesting speaker, but having recently visited the foreign field, is prepared to give a first hand view of this subject which is just now claiming so large a place in public interest and attention. The service begins at 7 o'clock and the public is cordially invited to attend.
Union meeting of all the pastors, Sunday school superintendents, teachers, associate teachers and all who are interested in work of the Sunday school in Hampton are expected to meet at the Congregational Webster Chapel this Thursday evening at 7:30 to make plans for the fall and winter study.
The services at the Free Baptist church last Sunday were well attended. A good and appreciative audience greeted the pastor at the morning service. Mr. Phillips used for his subject, "The Better Way." Texts, 1 Cor. 1231, Rev. 3-20.
A quiet home wedding took place at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Sheffroth, 18 Lyon St., Dorchester, Mass., Sunday evening, June 5th, when Miss Ina L. Goodrich of Exeter, N.H., formerly of this town, and Mr. Laurence V. Raether of Columbus, Ohio, were united in marriage by the Rev. Clifton Gray of the Stoughton Street Baptist church, the double ring service being used. The bride was becomingly gowned in white silk and carried a bouquet of brides' roses. The bridesmaid was Mrs. Frank Sheffroth, an aunt of the bride, while Mr. Frank Sheffroth, acted as best man. After a brief honeymoon trip to Columbus, Ohio, Mr. and Mrs. Raether will reside in Boston.
Rev. W. Lincoln Phillips, pastor of the Free Baptist Church, went to Pittsfield, N.H., Tuesday morning to attend the 119th session of the New Hampshire yearly meetings of Free Baptists. The session was held at the Pittsfield Free Baptist church June 21-23. An excellent program was furnished.
At the Free Baptist church next Sunday there will be worship by the Rev. Martin V. Mevis of North Hampton. The choir will sing for an opening selection an Anthem entitled "Savior Like a Shepherd," by Arthur Nelson. The Sunday school will meet at the close of the morning service. Choir rehearsal directly at the Sunday school. Praise, prayer and social service at 7 o'clock. Subject, "The Way, the Truth, the Life." The Phillips family orchestra will play and lead the praise service, and there will be special music. Mid-week prayer meeting and social service Thursday evening at 7:30. You are most cordially invited to these services. Strangers and summer visitors will be welcome.
The members of the Intermediate school, numbering some over thirty, accompanied by their teacher, Miss Adeline C. Marston, held a most delightful picnic at the beach on Tuesday. Through the kindness of Supt. MacAdams, a special car was given them which carried them to and from the beach free of charge. Mrs. Dr. Ward assisted Miss Marston in preparing the dinner, which consisted of sandwiches of all kinds, cake in great variety brought by children, lemonade and ice cream furnished by the teacher and brought from Exeter, and the children ate as children will. It is to be hoped that no one was made sick. Dinner was served on the brick piazza. Mrs. MacAdams was kindness itself, helping in every way possible. Mr. MacAdams as a further treat for the children gave them all admission to the moving picture show. Miss Marston's nephew, Charles O. Marston, of Lynn, took charge of the boys during the day, nearly twenty of them, but Charles has had a lot of experience with boys in his work in the Boys Club, and enjoyed the day as much as did the boys. They played ball, ran races, and had an all round good time. And what was better there was no one hurt, no quarrels and every one pronounced them an exceptionally well behaved crowd. They all went home very tired, but we hope, happier for their outing.
The children's concert in the Congregational Webster Chapel Sunday evening, under the direction of Mrs. Abbie Randall, Mrs. Charles Brown and Miss Julia Locke was one of the best ever held. The children were a little handicapped by the enforced absence of Miss Lola Stewart, who was to take the principal part, but they did exceedingly well under the circumstances, and made a pretty picture represented by Homer Johnson, Eleanor King and Dorothy Partington.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Warren Lane entertained on June 17 Mr. George W. Lane, his son George and daughter Carrie and Mrs. Bennett of Reading, Mass. Mary Lane and Chas. Whipple, also from Salem, were guests for four days.
The Womans' Relief Corps of Hampton will entertain the district meeting on July 20.
Miss Beatrice Howe entertained a few of her little friends and her teacher, Miss Blake, on Saturday.
Miss Harriet Locke, a student at Durham college, is home for the summer.
Ross Campbell will be graduated from the Newburyport High School on Tuesday, June 28.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Saunders of Lowell, Mass., spent Sunday in town with friends, coming in their automobile. They do not expect to open their cottage this summer.
Mrs. Howard Lane kindly acceded for the repeated request of the Rev. Mr. Mevis and gave the report of the World's Sunday School Convention in North Hampton Sunday evening. An audience of over two hundred greeted Mrs. Lane and all felt well repaid for the effort put forth after they had heard the interesting report.
Mrs. Joel Brown of Jersey City Heights, with her daughter, Miss Hattie Brown, is visiting her sister, Mrs. William T. Ross. Miss Brown attended the commencement exercises of Wellesley college, her alma mater, previous to coming to Hampton. During the summer they plan to tour with Mr. Brown through Alaska.
Mrs. William Philbrick of Lawrence, Mass., is visiting her sister, Miss Elizabeth Philbrick.
Miss Emma Locke was a visitor to Newburyport on Tuesday.
Barnard Powers of New York is visiting his aunt, Miss Clara Powers.
Miss Dora Gross is planning to go to Mt. Holyoke, Mass., the first of July and later will go to Hampton Court, Boston, Mass., for the summer.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard G. Lane went to New Hampton on Tuesday of last week to attend the commencement exercises of New Hampton college. On Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m., Mr Lane gave a very pleasing address and at its close, laid the cornerstone of the building which he and his family have given to the college. It is named Lane Hall and is another testimony of Mr. Lane's generosity and public spiritedness. There are two other new buildings in process of erection, one named Berry Hall, Horace W. Berry of Boston placing the cap stone and one named Draper Hall, the cap stone being place by Warren H. Draper of Franklin, N.H.
The Monday Club held its last meeting of the year this week, being delightfully entertained by Mrs. Albert Church. Music was furnished by Mrs. Nye and Miss Clara Powers. Papers were read upon Physical features of the British Isles, Mrs. Whittier; Religion, Mrs. Locke; Education, Mrs. Mack; Art and Literature, Miss Powers; Poem, Mrs. Brown; Interesting Facts from London, Mrs. Collin; Contrasts and Comparisons between British Isles and United States, Mrs. Berry. Quotations from English authors were given by the club members. The invited guests were Miss Dora Gross of Boston, Miss Marin Perkins of Newburyport, Mass., Mrs. William Philbrick of Lawrence, Mass., Mrs. Benjamin Colvin of New York City, Mrs. Joel W. Brown of Jersey City Hts., and from town, Mrs. Inor Partington, Mrs. Abbie Randall, the Misses Augusta Blake, Adeline Marston, Elizabeth Philbrick and Josephine Joplin. Dainty refreshments were served. The year has been a most enjoyable one and good work has been done.
Opening of New Hampshire Beaches
The beach season opens up slowly in New Hampshire, and the outing seekers have as yet been decidedly few at Hampton beach and other resorts nearby. Cold weather has prevailed to such an extent that it has kept seashore goers at home. The Farragut house at Rye was opened last week, and the hotels at Hampton, including the center of attraction, the Casino, are ready for summer business. There was an attraction at the Casino saturday in the form of an amateur performance by the Highland Dramatic Club of Lowell, Mass., called "Hunker's Postoffice."
Other attractions are booked for this week, and the dancing there is held Wednesdays and Saturdays.
It is probable that the beach season will pick up materially during the remainder of the month.