On Tuesday evening, Dec. 10, a few friends of Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Towle met at their house and gave them a surprise party, which proved to be a complete surprise to both Mr. and Mrs. Towle. Whist, music and a social time was enjoyed by all, and the evening closed with refreshments of ice cream and cake. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Perkins, Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Holmes, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Harrison, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stevens, Mrs. Fred Sanborn, Mrs. Mabel Wood, Alice Brooks, Adeline Stevens, John Brooks and John Perkins.
Station Agent E. E. Sprague was called to Wentworth on Sunday by the death of his step-mother.
Last Thursday Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Perkins entertained the school teachers and a few friends. Lantern views of Japan were shown.
Mrs. George Wiggin entertained the Whist Club this afternoon.
Mrs. Donnell entertained a few friends at tea this (Thursday) afternoon.
Miss Ella Smith was a weekend guest of Miss Eunice Evans at Kensington.
Miss Susie Scott of Durham has been engaged to teach the fifth and sixth grades in place of Miss Murphy, resigned.
Miss Hazel Brown gave a whist party Friday night. Ice cream and cake were served.
A Community Christmas Tree will be held under the auspices of the Mother's Circle on the triangle opposite Toppan's Christmas night. A committee of one member from each church has been appointed. The school children are being drilled to sing carols. The electric light Co. will wire and light the grounds free.
The Home Service of the Red Cross wishes to bring to the attention of all men discharged from the service of the advantages of Government Insurance, and has issued an important letter of instructions which we will publish in full next week. One fact in particular is called attention to that unless premiums are paid within thirty-one days after the insured has ceased to be in active service, insurance will lapse.
Miss Ada Tarlton.
The sudden death from pleuro-pneumonia of Miss Ada Tarlton on Friday last was keenly felt throughout the community. The deceased was a most talented musician, a member of Mrs. Sprague's orchestra and one of the most popular young ladies in Hampton. She was so frail in body and health that when she was attacked by the dreaded disease she quickly succumbed. The funeral was held at her late home on Sunday and was largely attended. Rev. Mr. Buker of the Baptist church conducted the services. The floral tributes were unusually beautiful. Among them were the following; Pillow, from the family; spray of chrysanthemums, Walter E. Tarlton; carnations, Mr. and Mrs. John Brown, Miss Maude Brown, George Tarlton; pink carnations, Mr. and Mrs. John Tarlton; carnations, Mr. and Mrs. Elroy G. Shaw; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Crosby and Mr. and Mrs. Jas Thurlow; Mr. and Mrs. George Tarlton and Elwell Tarlton; pink roses, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Perkins and family; Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Brown and Percy Brown; wreath, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. E. Stanton; casket bouquet of white roses, Elsie F. Biron; white roses Dr. Biron; carnations, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Spillane; Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Toppan and family; spray roses, Miss Mary Toppan; carnations Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Coffin; Miss Coburn; wreath, pupils Amesbury dancing class; wreath, pupils Newburyport dancing, class; wreath Sunday School class; pillow wreath, the class of 1915, Hampton Academy; heart, Hampton orchestra; pink carnations, Harold E. Noyes and C. Ruth Merrill; carnations, Thelma M. Shaw; carnations, Mr. and E. Janvrin; carnations Mrs. Kate Lamprey; roses, Martha Moulton, Helen Roberts, carnations, Mr. and Mrs. G. F. Lord; roses, William Brown; carnations Albert Dewhurst; spray carnations, Mrs. Wendell Kuntz.
As my 83rd birthday has passed by, and I have been so generously remembered by many of my dear and valued friends, that I want to thank them so much for the pleasure it has given me. I would be glad to thank everyone personally but as this seems impossible under my present state of indisposition, caused by my long illness, that by permission of the editor I want through the Union to send my most sincere thanks and appreciation to all who have, by beautiful cards and loving letters of sympathy, cheered me; and to the Sunday School Friendly Class and especially to the members of the Monday Club that so generously sent me such an abundance of fruit.
MRS. E. D. BERRY
Rev. Frank L. Long will speak at 10:45 Sunday School at close of morning service. Praise service at 6:30 followed by preaching by the speaker of the morning.
At the Brotherhood meeting Monday evening the following officers were elected: President, Howard G. Lane; vice president, Fred E. Perkins; secretary and treasurer, Milo W. Hooke; two members of the executive committee, Herbert Beede and Chester Marston; committee on entertainment for two months, Henry Hobbs, Herbert Beede and F.M. Buker. Some of the boys from the S.A.T.C. gave an exhibition of military drill. This was followed by a surprise when some of the ladies brought in a supply of refreshments, after which the men enjoyed a good sing.
Sunday morning the pastor will speak on "Self, Service, Substance." The evening topic will be "The Prodigal's Return." At the close of the morning service a special collection will be taken for Home Missions. Let all remember our motto, "Over the top."
Preparations are being made for a Christmas tree on next Tuesday evening.
Dr. Dana occupied the pulpit last Sunday, delivering one of his scholarly sermons. He will also occupy the pulpit next Sunday.
There will be an adjourned meeting of the church and society this Thursday evening.
Mrs. Young's organized class met with Miss Alice Brooke on Tuesday evening. There was a good attendance and a very pleasant time was enjoyed by all. Refreshments were served by the hostess.
There will be a Christmas tree and concert in the chapel Christmas eve. The committee in charge is Carrie Scott, Mrs. Gertrude Young, Miss Annie Akerman and Miss Mary Craig.
The Whatsoever met with Dorothy G. Hobbs last Saturday afternoon.
A cottage prayer meeting will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Walker on Thursday evening instead of the usual service at the vestry. Everybody welcome.
Christmas Sunday will be observed at the Methodist church. The pastor will preach a Christmas sermon' and music will be furnished by the girls' chorus.
A Christmas concert will be given by the children on Tuesday night, at 7:30 in the vestry. There will also be a Christmas tree for the children with the usual festivities.
HAMPTON ACADEMY NOTES
Exams are taking place in H. A. this week and to see the Freshmen digging their heads off is very amusing.
Freshmen are greener;
You never are wise
Until you're a Senior.
We hear that the Freshmen are great mathematicians. If that is so, do this by algebra, Freshies: They say a clock will run eight days without winding; how long will it run if you, wind it?
Put them together---there's the Freshman class.
There, little Freshman,
Don't you cry;
You'll be a Senior
Bye and bye..........(Perhaps.)
Heard in Household Appliances: Teacher--- What is a short circuit? Freshman--- A short circuit is a circuit with one wire shorter than the other.
(Stenger, to his mother the day before history exams): "Mother, what did you do with that shirt of mine with the white cuffs?"
His mother; "Sent it to the laundry of course."
Dick, "Ye Gods and little fishes, the entire history of European war was written on those cuffs."
He that troteth his lesons, is unlike to a fool.
Wanted by Miss Steurewald: some 3 in 1 oil to put on the seats in the rear of the room during the last period in the morning.
He that knows not that he knows not is a Freshman: Shun him.
He that knows that he knows not is a Sophomore: Pity him.
He that knows not that he knows is a Junior: Beware of him.
He that knows that he knows is a Senior: Honor him.
For goodness's sake, Freshmen grow up. Don't be kids all your life.
On account of not being able to obtain the hall at North Hampton, the Slacker will not be presented as was planned.
But the Senior Class has a great musical treat in store for the inhabitants of Hampton and surrounding towns, to be given in the near future. Watch next week's Union for particulars.
An appropriate motto for the Freshman Class; - "Nemo domi."
The students of H.A. recently showed their patriotism by sending the sum of $20.00 to the American committee for Devastated France. The money will be used to buy Xmas presents for French children who have known no happy Xmas for four years._____________________
Of Ocean Side Grange on the death of Ada Thurlow Durant.
WHERAS, The souls of men, appearing from the shadow of eternity, linger a moment in the light of life and plunge again into those shadows, and
WHEREAS, The reasons for the comings and goings we do not understand. We know them to be founded in Divine Wisdom and yet the departure of those we love is an arrow thrust in our hearts; and,
WHEREAS, The departure of Ada Thurlow Durant, only a few short weeks ago so vitally alive, is a sore affliction upon us; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That in her death Ocean Side Grange, though not forgetting the Divine Wisdom, nevertheless feels a sharp anguish; for, in the very noon of life and strength she left us. Her evening had not yet approached. Her day was not half done. Whatever the glory of the regions where she now moves we mourn her loss here on earth; and we pray, god to give us wisdom to see beyond this little time that is given to us.
RESOLVED, That the loving sympathy of the Grange, however poor a comfort it may prove, be extended to the bereaved family, and that these Resolutions be entered in the records of our order; that they be published in the Hamptons Union, and that a copy be sent to the family.
Martha P. Locke,
Charlotte A. Perkins,
Martha A. Blake,
Committee on Resolutions
Cards of Thanks,
We wish to express our deepest appreciation to our neighbors and friends for their deeds of kindness and their tender sympathy in our recent great loss and also for the floral tributes.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tarlton
RED CROSS NOTES
Attention Men! It seems increditable that anyone needs to be urged to join the Red Cross. After the work it has done during four years of warfare, and what one might call the "intensive" activities of the two years since the United States entered the conflict, it seems as though everyone would hasten to avail himself of the privilege to join. If you could see the lists thus far you would think Hampton was populated solely by widows and orphans. Now the women folk do many things-- it is said that in the majority of cases they do the church going and the praying, in some instances they do the supporting, but they cannot do the "joining"- -that is for you personally to attend to. This "joining" does not mean one person in a family; it means EVERY person; it is your Red Cross; and so we want the subscription lists to look like the polling lists with the addition of course of all the other half of the population.
Every town in New Hampshire is being watched. Daily reports are sent in. Our percentage is lower than that of many towns. Hampton has shone gloriously in all the demands. Let her not dim her record in this last call.
Besides the large amount of refugee garments to be made, forty more of the Navy League bags have been received which must be finished this month.__________________________
CHRISTMAS CALL OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.
(One of the four minutes speeches for the Junior Red Cross Drive.)
A call comes out to the people of the United States for aid for the Red Cross of America. This call extends from December sixteenth to the twenty-third, nineteen eighteen. This call not only extends over a few states in the Union but over the whole United States.
The purpose of the Christmas Roll call is to enroll every man, woman and child of the United States in the Universal work of the Red Cross.
The American Red Cross is considered as a society. This society being divided into four branches--camp service, canteen service, home service and nursery service. The camp service extends both abroad and at home. When the boys enlist or are drafted they are sent to the training camp. Here the work of the Red Cross is carried out by having healthful food and sanitary conditions. Their health is looked after by the Red Cross, when they return tired and weary from the trenches in France.
The branch of service which helps the soldiers very much when they are off duty is the canteen service. Here they are supplied entertainment with the kind of cooking "such as mother used to make." The service is found both abroad and at home in our own country. The duty of the home service of the Red Cross is to see that the families, who were dependent on men now in the army, have food and clothing. They also send the amount to them that is allowed by the government. The nursing service is twice blessed to the soldiers. What would happen to our soldiers who every day were receiving wounds for the sake of saving Democracy, were it not for the wonderful care received in the hospital from the nurses? We shudder to think many nurses have already given their lives to their country for the sake of our boys. The hospitals are established behind the lines as well as away from them. That the serious cases will receive the best of care immediately.
The extent of the Red Cross care extends afar; in camp, on the way across seas and country, in the trenches, in the hospital, in German prison camps, and during the convalescence period. In the camp, the service is both abroad and at home. When the soldiers are embarking both across country and overseas, the Red Cross workers are among them, to furnish entertainment and proper food. In the trenches the worker is present in order to bandage serious wounds until they reach a hospital and to give stimulating drinks. They also work in the hospitals far and near to the trenches. Here our boys receive the best care. The Red Cross has done wonderful work in the German prison camps. The Germans tried to make sick soldiers do as hard duties as the strong but this society stepped in and lessened the burden, the Germans at the end of hostilities did not dare to maltreat our boys in prison camps because of the Red Cross workers. The workers often supplied food for if they had not our boys would have simply starved to death. During the convalescence period the boys receive the care of the Red Cross by entertainment and by way of medical care.
Now everyone should understand that by giving to the American Red Cross, work is not a sacrifice but a sacred privilege and patriotic duty.