Sesquicentennial Highlights By: Cleo Erickson Excerpts taken from the Plain Talk 1904 LIBRARY NOTICE: Notice is hereby given, that a regular called meet-ing of the Vermillion Library Association held on Dec-ember 23, 1903, a resolution was unanimously adopted to turn over and give to the City of Vermillion the Library of the Association with all furnishings and fixtures, and that upon acceptance of such gift by the City of Vermillion the Vermillion Library Association be dissolved by and after publication of notice of such acceptance by the Secretary of the Association. Notice is therefore given that the City of Vermillion through the City Council duly accepted such library on January 4, 1904, and that the Vermillion Library Association is dissolved. Signed: Jason E. Payne, Secretary of the Vermillion Library Association. City Hall Trap To The Editor: Sir: Now when the attention of the public is directed to the condition of theatres and the safety of people in all public gatherings, I beg leave to call attention of your readers to the public hall at Vermillion. If, when the hall is crowded, an alarm of fire should occur there can be no doubt whatever that a most calamitous result would follow. The exit of our public hall is exceedingly poor and anyone who knows what occurred in Chicago can predict that in a case of panic the landing half way up the stairway would be a death trap for those seeking safety in flight. Trusting that our authorities will take this into careful consideration and govern themselves accordingly, I remain, Your Truly, Tax-payer. The ice harvest from the Vermillion River at this point began last Monday. Ice is about thirteen inches thick. Thos. Spensley is in no hurry to fill his icehouse, preferring to wait a few weeks. Norway township residents report a stormy telephone meeting at the schoolhouse, Dist. # 3. The meeting was called to determine what should be done with the telephone plugs now located at the home of Mike Odland, but so much time was taken in heart to heart talks between two of the stockholders that no time remained in which to transact business. Several young ladies calling themselves â�?�?The Old Maid Clubâ�? have decided to set leap year off with a dancing party. The young ladies range in age from 16 to 18. The Vermillion Octet orchestra will furnish the music. As soon as they can dispose of their Vermil- lion Township farm, Burr Brothers will depart for Washington State to make their future home. If Clerk of Courts Vaughn had to depend on marriage licenses for a living he would be eating liver with the editors. During the year of 1903 only sixty-six couples were joined in wedlock in Clay County, which was 5 less than the year before. The present year promises to be worse than ever. As up to yesterday not a single swain had signified his intention of changing his condition for the better. The latest device that Dr. Collins has fitted up in his office is an electric switch, which will heat instruments, furnish light or throw hot air into a cavity if desired. Vermillion merchants, as a rule, do not follow the practice of their fellow tradesmen in other towns, but advertise their goods the year around. In that way they circumvent the mail order most vigorous advertising during the dull months. School was dismissed in the East Side schoolhouse on account of the cold. There is a furnace for each room in the building, but the weather was too much for them. A telephone has been ordered placed in the waterworks powerhouse. In case of fire the engineer can be informed of the type of water the firemen need in the way of direct pressure. Carpenters are at work this week fixing up the opera house. A new floor has been put in on the stage along with other repairs. The Board of Regents have been in session at Aberdeen revising plans for the armory and gymnasium to be built this coming summer. Services will be held in the Swedish Congregational Church this afternoon at 3:00 PM. Those who understand the Swedish language are invited. Private postal cards will be a thing of the past after July 1, 1904. After that date the postal cards with words â�?�?United States of Americaâ�? on the address side, now mailed for 1 cent, will not be accepted at any rate of postage. Landlord Sampson tells the owners of The Waldorf they should take immediate steps to repair the foundation of the building before it settles so much to make it dangerous. The plastering is continually dropping off and large cracks can be seen in the walls. Contractor Nylen, who constructed the building, says a new coat of plastering would remedy the defects.