Boston-on-Kanawha vs. Cabot Station in 1900

(08/23/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/3/1900.

We don't like so much name for a small thing.  Boston-on-Kanawha is too large for the size of the place.  It takes too long to write it, and one of the rules of writing is to never use a long word when a short one will express the same thing.  It is said that a farmer once went to hear Webster, the author of Webster's dictionary, speak and after hearing him, made the remark: "Why Webster is not such a great scholar, I understood the meaning of every word he said."  We do not like to see a thought hid away beneath a lot of large words.  Cabot is large enough for us.