This Day in History: November 9th, 1916

This Day in History: November 9th, 1916

Democrats Elect One Milltown Councilman

MILLTOWN, Nov. – The G.O.P. made a clean sweep in Milltown as far as National, State, and County offices are concerned, but when it came to the local election, there was a difference of opinion. William R. Evans, Republican, was returned to council by the large vote of 266, showing the people still have confidence in the good work he has already accomplished and has underway, but his running mate, C. W. Waddington, fell by the wayside with a vote of 128, running considerably behind his ticket. Joseph M. Crabiel, son of the late Mayor Joseph M. Crabiel of this place, the strongest candidate the Democrats have put in the field for some time, was honored with 212 votes which safely elected him by a majority of 82 votes over Waddington. Gilbert Gill, however, Crabiel’s running mate, received but 108 votes.

Both Evans and Crabiel are straightforward and upright young men of the borough, and the populace has every confidence that they will receive good and wise legislation from them.

Returns Attract Large Number The Milltown Republicans engaged the upper floor in Red Men’s Building and installed a telegraph instrument for the purpose of receiving returns. The results as they came in were also given to the public from the balcony, which created a great deal of interest. There were about a hundred or more in the building to receive the returns while several hundred gathered out in the street and remained until a late hour, eagerly awaiting some definite results.

Ladies, too, were as much interested as the men in the outcome of the election, and they have already made a request that provisions be made for them should it ever be attempted to receive returns in a like manner in the future.

This is the first time that Milltown has had the pleasure of receiving returns directly, and it was certainly appreciated by many. Thanks to the Republican Committee for their generosity.

There were 401 votes cast in the Borough of Milltown, which is the largest vote ever polled in this district, and as a result, there is every indication that another polling place will be required before another election comes around as the total number registered here at the present time is approximately 450.

Democratic Banner Missing After Election

MILLTOWN, Nov. 3 – The Wilson-Marshall banner, which floated near the Borough Hall in Milltown, was among the missing yesterday morning. It is claimed that the disappearance of the same is evidently the handiwork of some of the Republican enthusiasts who paraded through the borough at 2 a.m., headed by a fife and drum corps, shouting their joys for the belief they had attained from reports that Hughes had safely 276 electoral votes.

It has been said that torches had been prepared for the destruction of the banner, but there were men in the mob who observed the emblem of Old Glory, and their patriotism prevented the termination of their purpose.

The act, however, was not taken in a spirit of jocularity by the Democratic County Committeeman of the borough, and Mr. Spencer Perry, who acts in that capacity, declared last night that he was highly indignant over the affair and was ready to take steps toward prosecution of those implicated in what he claims to be a disgrace to the borough of Milltown.

In a personal interview with the Home News reporter last night, Mr. Perry conceded that the act was not one originating with the Republican party in general and that many prominent men of Republican faith expressed their regrets at the outcome.

He further remarked that apologies from those directly implicated in the affair made to him as committeeman of the borough would tend to set things right, or otherwise, action would be taken.

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