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World News

Today is indeed a historic day. The Kellogg-Briand Pact was signed today in Paris, outlawing war in the entirety of the world. After the aftermath of WWI, the European nations it was for the best that no war be used to solve arguments between them. It was signed by representatives from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, British India, the Irish Free State, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States, along with many other smaller countries. In Congress, a vote was passed on whether to sign the pact or not, and the votes came in at a staggering 85-1, with the only vote against signing the pact going to Republican representative John J. Blaine, Wisconsin. The Kellogg–Briand Pact was concluded outside the League of Nations, and remains a binding treaty under international law. A similar agreement, General Act for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes, was concluded in Geneva, which obliged its signatory parties to establish conciliation commissions in any case of dispute. We hope as Americans that these agreements are upheld in order to keep peace amongst the nations of the World.

National News- Earthquake in Massachusetts!

US news

An earthquake shook Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire today, causing alarm to thousands, making houses tremble on their foundations, breaking windows, and tossing furniture about. It was the fifth earthquake in the three centuries of New England’s recorded history.

Along the shore, the towns and cities received the brunt of the natural convulsion. People ran from their houses, huddled in amazed groups in the streets, or sought safety in their cellars.

Few people felt an earlier tremor, or if they felt it failed to appreciate what it meant. This came at 5:30 this evening. It was reported to have been felt in its greatest strength at New Hampshire, but people much nearer Boston,felt the tremor.

The great shock came between 9:23 PM and 9:28 PM. It continued for a duration of four minutes in some places, as long as six minutes in others.

At Police Headquarters in Boston, it was believed that a particularly heavy truck was passing when the whole building shook. In Medford and Malden dishes were thrown from the tables, bric-a-brac from shelves and pictures torn from the walls. Slates were thrown to the ground from hundreds of roofs in the north shore towns.

Local News for June 1st, 1926

Henry Ford

Pontiac cars have moved to Maycomb county, the car manufactures have moved to the U.S. and a small manufacturing facility has opened on the right side the county! They agreed to do tours all week and large tours throughout the month for schools and churches. The county is climbing, as the roaring twenties continue, will the good times keep booming or will it slow down? As the industry grows Henry Ford has introduced the 40-hour week meaning longer days and better pay for all workers! To keep up on national issues, the NBC is launching their first radio broadcast tonight, make sure to tune in! As the population continually grows, it is now over two times the amount of Great Britain’s. Maycomb’s population polls have even increased also according to the records on file at the courthouse. More people, more shops in maycomb, make sure you stop by the new corner store and get a cold pop! Route 66 is finished so for all of you fall vacationers, your travels will be made much easier. Court will soon be in session with Bob Ewell vs. Tom Robinson, get a seat quick to watch and remember to sit in your section! The court case will begin early Saturday morning and end when the jury has decided a verdict. If you have jury duty get there early! Stay cool today the temperature is up in the 90’s and there is no cloud cover so wear sunscreen! Enjoy the summer day.

Political Cartoon

Calpurnia's Recipes

Sticky Buns

Hello, everyone. Calpurnia here. I know how busy you women are, cooking and cleaning and taking care of the kids, so this week I’m publishing an easy, quick recipe for sticky buns.

1 batch basic bread dough

brown sugar


Your choice of raisins, pecans, coconut, mini-marshmallows, etc.

Choose a rich, mildly sweet bread dough or regular bread dough.

Depending on how much bread dough you are using, melt together brown sugar and butter in a ratio of 2 pounds sugar to 1 pound butter. Stir until brown sugar melts.

Editor's Note: This will make a large batch.

Roll out a portion of bread dough 1/4 inch thick to cover a space a little larger than 9 x 13 inches.

Sprinkle some sugar mixture on evenly and smooth out with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with raisins, coconut, marshmallows, chopped nuts, etc. (all optional).

Roll up tightly jelly-roll style to form a 13 inch long roll.

Slice off buns in 1 inch lengths.

Pour sugar mixture into the bottom of pan and add nuts if desired. Place buns in pan close to each other, side by side. Allow to rise in a warm place until nearly doubled in size. Bake in a preheated 350F degree oven for about 30 minutes or until brown.

When done, dump buns on cookie sheets, so that sticky part is on top.

Best eaten warm.


Mrs. Dubose

Mrs. Dubose, 80, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday. Services will be held at the Maycomb Funeral Home on Thursday.

Dubose grew up in Mississippi, and lived there for many years with her husband. After a natural disaster obliterated their home, however, Dubose moved to Maycomb, and she lived out the remainder of her days here.

Dubose worked as a pharmacist in Maycomb for many years, and built up an outstanding rapport with her patrons.

“I always loved that woman,” said Miss Crawford. “She would compliment my flower garden almost every day. ‘Those carnations are looking mighty fine,’ she would say.”

“She certainly knew what she was doing. She wasn’t just an empty-headed woman like the rest of them,” said Mr.Bob Ewell.

Dubose will be sorely missed. Attendees to the procession are encouraged to bring delphiniums, as they were her favorite flower.

The Results are in!

We asked, you answered!

As everyone knows, we run a weekly poll in the newspaper. Citizens are encouraged to write to the newspaper voicing their opinions on the matter.

Last week’s poll was on technology. The question was, “How do you feel about automobiles? Are they a powerful and beneficial addition to everyday life, or are they satanic devices that will corrupt society as we know it?”

We certainly got some strong responses!

From Brigid O’Shaughnessy

Dear Maycomb Suth’na,

I believe that automobiles are a beneficial addition to today’s society for several reasons. Firstly,it allows us to reach our destinations at a greater speed, increasing convenience. Secondly, we have more freedom in our modes of transportation. If we want to travel a long way, we don’t have to take the train anymore! We can drive in a car. Automobiles are an all-around benefactor in society today.

From Samuel Spade

Automobiles are nothing but trouble! They spew black smoke all over our good earth, choking the lungs of innocent people, and require roads that tear up much-needed farmland! As a farmer myself, I highly resent this encroachment on my good land! Why, just last year, I had to tear down my field of corn so a road could be paved through! Stay away from automobiles, that’s my advice.

Tune in next week for another poll!

Opinions: Alcohol

By Haymitch Abernathy

Booze. Liquor. Happy juice. It goes by many names. But all these so-called euphemisms mask the simple truth-alcohol is bad for your system. It corrupts your judgement and makes you a danger to other people.

There is a reason Maycomb is a dry county. We do not tolerate that sort of habit in an upstanding county such as this!

My advice is, stay away from it. It’s powerful stuff, and before you know it, you’re hooked. I know. I’ve been in that position. I was an alcoholic for years before I had the willpower to quit. And I regret every second alcohol made my brain lose its clarity. Those are years I’ll never get back.

You mess with the bull, you get the horns.

Gossip Column

Miss Stephanie Crawford is a resident of the town of Maycomb, and is the current author of the local gossip column.

I was attending a trial at the courthouse when I noticed the most uncouth behavior. One of the residents of our fair city was quite openly drinking whiskey! I was quite shocked at this spectacle; after all, there were small, impressionable children present! I have always been under the impression that Maycomb was a dry county, but I guess I was mistaken. Should I have been as disgruntled as I was, or did this citizen have the right to be drinking alcohol in public? Are the times really changing that much?


Mad in Maycomb

Dear Mad,

You are certainly right to be angry…Maycomb certainly leans toward being a dry county, and it was very wrong of this person to be openly drinking. In front of children, no less! My suggestion to you is that you take this person quietly aside, tell them their behavior is inappropriate, and warn them that if they are caught doing it again, you will inform the police that people are getting intoxicated in a public place. If the person continues these habits, follow through, and tell your local police.


Miss Stephanie

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