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BY P. GRAY MEEK.
—Now would be a good time to scare up
a war with Spain. There are so many men
anxious to serve the country.
—Great guns! An extra session of Con-
gress. Does this mean thatanother billion
dollars is to be squandered ?
—The powers are still trying to frighten
poor little Greece, but from all appearances
Greece is not one of the easily frightened
—When a’man asks you : ‘How do you
do? Do you tell him? No, we carelessly
speaking Americans ignore his question en-
tirely and shoot the same interrogation back
—It is a good thing President MCKIN-
LEY doesn’t have any children. Again he
gets all those sisters, cousins and aunts ac-
commodated in the White House there
won’t be room for any more than himself
and Mrs. MCKINLEY.
—The Daughters of the Revolution are
said to be increasing very rapidly. Six*
thousand new ones were admitted last
last year. All of which goes to show that
the Sons will have to get a wiggle on.
—A 2501b hog owned by’ CHARLES
FISHER, of Huntingdon, fell, head-end,
into a barrel of slop, the other day, and
was drowned. This positively proves
that even a hog can get too much of a good
— President MCKINLEY is starting in to
court the favor of the masses. He had not
been in office two days until he. was out on
the streets of Washington walking among
the crowds. Since the days of GRANT no
President had done this and it is quite
likely that President MCKINLEY is only
doing it for a purpose.
—It’s coming, it's coming, the timid
onion set. It's coming, it’s coming, and
will soon be here, you bet. Its St. PAp-
RICK’s day sprout will soon come through
the ground and then its mighty smell will
float forty miles around.
—MARK TWAIN has given us a story
in which a stubborn Yankee, being hit on
the head with a sledge, was knocked clear
back into the time of King ARTHUR and
his Knights of the Round Table. Next
Wednesday JIM CORBETT will use a five | ! !
to consumers at a price that will be in-
ounce glove to knock an aspiring Austral-
ian silly for a month.
— Place hunters in Washington are being
confronted with neatly printed placards,
that are posted up in most of the depart-
ment buildings, announcing that there are
no places to be filled, that everything is un-
der civil service and any vacancies will be
supplied by promotion. Such are calculat-
ed to give the workers the marble heart.
— Auditor General MYLIN, having just
come to the conclusion that Pennsylva-
nia is losing money, annually, for want of
proper officers to look after delinquent cor-
porations and collect the taxes levied on
them, it might be well for our readers to
* know that one state official has acknowl-
edged that there is at least one rat hole
—Again the Methodist conference, that
is to convene at Clearfield next week,
patches up the differences between our
good Methodist brethren, HASTINGS and
SwALLow, and satisfies the neverpleased
Methodists of Bellefonte with an utopian
hinister there will be hair on the legs of
the opera house chairs in that town.
—Among some of the most recent legis-
lation at Harrisburg has been the ordering
of 15,000 pamphlets on the diseases of
poultry. Of course these publications will
be very interesting to poultry raisers, but
from the general impression that is abroad
in the State, there are other kinds of birds
about Harrisburg that are far more inter-
esting to the Legislators.
—There are armies of men ready and
anxious to serve the people—but for a con-
sideration. Some of the fellows who will
be turned down for post offices, ete., in
Centre county might find balm for their
injured political feelings by applying for
positions as kid-catchers in their respective
school districts. There has been no money
voted to pay such officers, but then you
know itis office most of them are after,
not (?) emoluments.
—After everything that he would like to
have had has been handed out our own dear
Governor announces that there isn’t a fed-
eral appointment he would have had. He
realizes, no doubt, how easy it would be
for an attack of grip to keep him away
from Washington and, of course, under such
circumstances he could not have been an
attentive cabinet officer? No, no, that
couldn’t have been his thought, either, for
grip comes only in the unsettled spring
weather and particularly about March 4th.
—Since the inauguration of President
McKINLEY the wages of seven thousand
workmen have been reduced in the im-
mediate vicinity of Pittsburg ; the reduc-
tions averaging ten per cent. This looks
like prosperity. Nit! It appears to us
like the calm before the storm and all you
have to do is wait for developments. Mc-
KiNLEY has been called the ‘‘advance
agent of prosperity’’ but he is too far ahead
of his show. It won’t begin a general tour
or these United States until March 4th,
1901, and then there will have been anoth-
er advance agent billing the country. It
won’t be the same old tariff bills that have
captivated the people, for they will have
been displaced by shining silver posters on
which one word, Free! will tell the tale
of the chauge and invite the masses to
enjoy a new order of things.
* STATE RIGHTS AN
D FEDERAL UNION.
BELLEFONTE, PA., MARCH 12, 1897.
Robbery on Wool.
At the instance of the shepherds who
combine politics with sheep raising, the
DINGLEY tariff committee are going to
take wool off the free list and impose a
duty that will equal the former MCKIN-
LEY-exaction. This is to be done in order
that the advantage of a limited class may
be promoted, to the great expense of the
millions of American citizens who wear
Already the effects of this intended wool
tax are being developed. A Boston syndi-
cate, acting upon the assurance that a
duty will be put on wool, have purchased
45,000 bales of wool abroad, and intend to
import 1,000,000 bales of the Australian
and South American staple in anticipation
of the wool duty which is intended to he
10 cents a pound. With this wool, amount-
ing to 500,000,000 pounds, which will be
brought in ahead of the tariff and exempt
from the 10 cents duty, this speculating
syndicate will make a clear gain of $50,-
000,000, an amount of money taken from
the pockets of the American people with-
out being of the least advantage to the
American wool growers. Tariff prices will
be charged for the clothing made out of
this untariffed wool, and there is where the
McKINLEY robbery will get in its work at
the very start.
This syndicate of wool speculators cal-
culate upon supplying the woolen industry
for at least a year with the wool they will
have imported before the 10 cent duty goes
into operation, but the Philadelphia Record
says that a prominent mill owner of that
city declares that the Boston party will not
be able to corner the wool supply as most
of the mills, in anticipation of the tariff,
have secured ‘‘a one, and in some cases a
two years’ supply ahead.” This wool will
be worked up into cloth which will be sold
creased by the addition of the duty that
was not paid. What a bonanza this will
be to the wool speculators and manufac-
turers, while the shepherds will get none
of the spoils, and the American people will
be robbed to the amount of millions. Truly
may it be said that a McKINLEY tariff is
intended chiefly for robbery.
Only an Jhject of Ridicule.
The pretension of investigating the
treasury that is being made in the state
Legislature meets with ridicule among
those who understand the purpose of the
two Republican factions. Nothing is far-
ther from their thoughts than to introduce
reforms in the treasury that would deprive
them of the pickings which the control of
the state funds has afforded them. The
factions may fall out among themselves,
they may threaten each other with expos-
ure, they may promise to straighten out
the crookedness which they charge each
other with having committed, but it will
be a colder day than any we have had this
winter when they will do any treasury re-
forming that will be worth a cent to the
tax-payers of the State.
The abuses that might be reformed are
numerous and obvious, one of the most
glaring of which is the vicious practice of
allowing certain banking institutions, usu-
ally selected on the principle of favoritism,
to have the use of surplus state funds with-
out paying a cent to the proper quarter for
such a profitable privilege. That they
have to give something for such an advant-
age, is certain, but they don’t give it to
State treasurer Haywoop, who has
been interrogated in regard to treasury
abuses says that, as far as he can ascertain,
the State has never lost a dollar from the
custom of giving banks the use of state
money ; but even if the State has not lost a
dollar of the principle by this practice, it
has certainly lost thousands of dollars of
interest, which would have more justly
gone towards paying state expenses than
swelling the perquisites of those who
manipulate the State funds.
This is one of the defective features in
the treasury management that calls for re-
form but will be reluctantly surrendered
by the parties who have made money by
it. Those parties are willing to. testify be-
fore our investigating committee that there
is nothing wrong in allowing favored banks
to have the use of public funds without
paying interest for it, and that the State
loses nothing by it, but the people know
better, and demand that the treasury
should have the full advantage of every
dollar due it, particularly at this time,
when a heavy expense will be imposed
upon the state by the building of a new
——A hill for the establishment of a
state department of mines is now before
the Legislature and will very likely pass.
Of course these things come high but we
must have them.
——Returns from elections in-Minneso-
ta show grand: Democratic gains. Every-
thing is'coming our ‘way now and all we
want is for it to stay.
———Subscribe for the WATCH MAN.
National Bank Circulation.
The lower House of Congress, in its re-
cent vote on the measure, gave an unusual-
ly large majority for the bill authorizing
the national banks to issue notes to the full
value of the bonds deposited to secure their
circulation. This measure is in line with
the policy of enlarging the bank issue pre-
paratory to the retirement of the govern-
ment legal tender notes ; but if the ques
tion of retiring the greenbacks had been
directly brought into the House it would
not have been likely to have had a major-
ity in its favor. :
That the national bank money has cer-
tain good qualities cannot be denied.
Their absolute safety is a highly commen-
datory quality, there being no possibility
of loss to those who hold them, but the
means by which this absolute security has
been brought about has also been very ex-
pensive to the country.
The bonds upon which the security of the
national bank notes are based have cost
the American people a very nice sum in-
deed, but have been very profitable to bond
holders and hond-dealing syndicates. It
is to be hoped that no more will be created
to serve as a basis for banking. They cost
too much for that purpose and for the gen-
eral good of the country.
However, since we have the national
banks there can be no risk in allowing
their circulation to be enlarged to the full
limit of the bonds deposited for their se-
curity, in view of the fact that there are
none of the bonds that are not bringing a
premium and besides, an extension of the
bank circulation would help to enlarge the
volume of the circulating medium, the pre-
capita amount of which is too limited.
But the bill which went through the
House with such a large majority “would
have met with great opposition if it had
been framed with the object of substituting
bank notes for the legal tenders. The de-
ficiency in the circulation is more likely to
be supplied by more greenbacks and free
silver, a policy that awaits the relaxation
of the gold bug grip on the currency, which
may be looked for in the not distant
A Plan for the New Capitol.
The Governor is said to have a plan of re-
construction which designs the erection of
a group of buildings instead of a single edi-
fice for the new state capitol. The plan
seems to be recommended by considerations
of convenience and perhaps of economy.
and has met the approval of men who may
be supposed to have correct judgment in
The erection of but one great structure
would require a protracted period for its
completion and would afford a greater
latitude for jobbery. The new structure
designed for legislative purposes could be
completed in two years, if the job should
not be nursed, but pushed with earnest
and honest vigor, and would furnish ac-
commodations for the next session of the
Legislature which will convene in January,
1899. The use of the other buildings
would not be so urgent and more time
could be allowed for their completion in
order to avoid too heavy an expenditure at
The construction of capitol buildings is a
matter of great public importance, not only
on account of the character of the service
for which they are designed, but also for
the reason of the expenditure of public
money upon them, which may be outrage-
ously extravagant or prudently economical.
But while the people are opposed to un-
reasonable lavishness in the building of
such edifices, they don’t want any mean
parsimony in their construction. They
expect the new state buildings to be suffi- |
ciently spacious, and of a style of architec-
ture and general appearance that will com-
port with the dignity of this great Com-
——The road bill now before the state
Legislature will more than likely meet
with considerable opposition, particularly
from the rural districts, but if our country
people were to take up the measure and
study it everyone of them would see the
wisdom in urging its passage. Possibly the
bill is not just exactly what is wanted, yet
some experimenting must be done along
this line, if country districts hope to move
out of the rut that has retarded their prog-
ress for the past half a century. The
measure we have reference to is the one
presented by Senator M. L. McCQUOWN, of
this district, which was framed by deputy
Secretary of Agriculture JOHN HAMILTON.
The College township, Centre county, roads
are in a splendid condition to-day and sim-
ply because Mr. HAMILTON took enough
interest in the township to have himself
elected a supervisor and then set about in-
troducing a new system. It was largely of
an experimental nature but has proven so
successful that the State could not do bet-
ter than follow such a, course.
——Read the best and most reliable
news. It will be found in the WATCH-
Dr. Swallow is Not Much Scared.
The following letter, which Dr. S.C.
SWALLOW, editor of the Pennsylvania
Methodist, has written to Governor Hast-
ings shows, very plainly, that he isn’t
afraid at least.
He is now under arrest for libelling a
number of state officials and things will be
very serious with him unless he has proof
with which to follow up the charges he
Every assertion Dr. SWALLOW made is
of vital importance to the State and as
there has been dissatisfaction for years
about the way things are run at Harrisburg
it is in the nature of good fortune that they
have come to such a head at last.
Possibly Dr. SWALLOW’S arrest will
prove a blessing in that it will afford an
opportunity for a thorough ventilation of
the state government, once and for all. It
will not be in the nature of those political
investigations, which one faction starts up
for the purpose of scaring another into a
division of the spoils and will be directed
solely from the personal conviction of a
man reputed for integrity and right doing.
He would not have made such charges as
he did if he believed them untrue and
while we trust that nothing so criminal as
he intimates really does exist at Harrishurg
and that he has been mistaken in his con-
ception of these cases the State will ever be
indebted to him for having brought about
this chance for an honest investigation.
TO HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR DANIEL H.
My Dear Sir:—I am about to submit to you
a proposition which, if I should first submit
to my distinguished counsel (earthly) I am
fearful they would not consent to its submis-
sion to you, from reasons of a professional
character, but I am compelled to the presen-
tation of it by, I think, the honest motives
such at least as God approves.
In your statement given to the publicon
the 26th day of February, you say : ‘The ar-
rest of Dr. Swallow for libel is the only meth-
od left by which the truth or falsity of the al-
legations which he has made in his paper can
be speedily ascertained.” And again, ‘I am
deeply interested in the matter of having
these statements verified or proven false.”
' Now, my dear Governor, while I am not in
harmony with your statement that a libel
suit spdedily sprung and vigorously pressed
against the man claiming to have evidence of
wrong doing, is the most eflicient way of get-
ting at the whole truth, but on the other
hand will, by legal technicalities, tend to
prevent such a consummation, yet since we
agree in being “interested in the matter of
having these statements verified or proven
false’ and since I seek not my own vindica-
tion so much as the highest and best ends of
justice, the protection of a great Common-
wealth, indeed the highest honor of our be-
loved State, I am willing fer the present to
defer to your judgement as to method.
Now, inasmuch as we are to appear before
a tribunal of the highest honor, one in whose
ability and integrity the people of the State
have the most implicit confidence ; and
inasmuch as the representatives of the State,
in their suits for libel brought against me,
have not touched the important points in the
allegations contained in the Pennsylvania
Methodist of February 25th, may I respectful-
ly suggest that what we both seek, as ex-
pressed "in your statement, can be more
speedily attained and trouble and expense
of second trial averted if you, or those who
represent you, will sue on the following al-
legations, and let all be tried at once. Here
they are : .
That persons have been paid money out of
the state treasury who rendered no service
to the State therefor and made no pretense of
service except as politicians serving their
That for services rendered the State per-
sons have been asked tosign receipts for two,
three and even four times as much money as
they actually recived.
That in the purchase of material and labor
for making additions, alterations, repairs
and refurnishing the capitol buildings, cel-
lars and grounds, also for the executive man-
sion and now for the Grace church the State
has lost several thousand dollars as the result
of an unfair system of competive bidding.
In other words that the cost to the State has
been two, three, four and as high as eight
times, in some instances, as much as it should
have been and that not all of this money
went to the persons-furnishing the materials
and laber, and further that at least some of
the board of public grounds and buildings
custodians have guilty knowledge of this ex-
cessive cost. :
That the act of 1895 by which the Governor,
auditor general and state treasurer constitute
the board of commissioners of public grounds
and buildings, having control of repairs,
alterations and improvements and expenses
incurred, including furnishing and refurnmsh-
ing, is corrupting in its tendencies, per-
nicious in its results and has already cost the
State at least $100,000 more than the same
improvements, etc., should have cost under
some other system of management.
With consideration of the highest possible
respect, I beg to remain your servant for the
(Signed) S. C. SWALLOW.
——TF or the benefit of Centre county trap-
pers we announce that bill No. 99 passed the
House, on Tuesday, and will likely become
.|a law. The bill provides for the payment
of a bounty on wild cats, foxes, minks,
weasels, hawks and owls. On the latter
only 25 cts. will be paid for each one killed.
Credit When Credit is Due.
From the Altoona Times,
Governor Hastings’ first veto at this ses-
sion of the Legislature isa good one. In
this matter we believe that the Executive
represents the sentiment of the people of
this State. Itis quite unreasonable that
the material in the new capitol building
or buildings should be all from this State.
There is no excuse, whatever, to be given
that will justify such exclusiveness. The
whole world should be called upon, if nec-
essary, to furnish -what is wanted.
We do not want any Chinese wall built
around the borders of this Commonwealth.
Unrestricted competition will not hurt the
people of Pennsylvania. They are able to
take care of themselves as well as any-
body else. If outsiders can furnish a better
design for a capitol building or buildings
than citizens of the State, let it be accepted.
In the work of construction, the idea of
confining the labor to Pennsylvania is
ridiculous. In short, the resolution is well
characterized by the Governor as an un-
The Compulsory Education Fizzle.
From the Pittsburg Post.
The Indiana Legislature has just ad-
journed, and prides itself on passing a com-
pulsory education . law, similar in all re-
spects to the Pennsylvania law, save that
it requires a shorter term of opening pub-
lic schoels. If the Indiana law is like the
Pennsylvania compulsory law, we can as-
sure our Hoosier friends that they have got
hold of a blooming absurdity. Our law
has been in effect over a year, and the only
educational influence it has had is to show
the rising generation how easily a law can
be evaded. It amounts to nothing. It
was never intended to amount to anything
beyond a legislative stump speech. The
Legislature now in session proposes’to doc-
tor it, but the best thing that can be done
is to repeal the law outright. The real in-
tent of the law was to increase the horde of
office holders, but it has failed in that re-
spect, for most of the counties of the State
have refused to provide the funds to pay
them. Volunteers for unpaid public ser-
vice don’t abound.
Getting Ready for Their Profit.
From the Pittsburg Post.
The woolen mills of New England are
‘firing up’’ at an extensive rate, and pro- |
pose to run night and day to convert all
the free wool they can get their hands on
into woolen fabrics to be held and sold lat-
er at McKinley rates, as proposed by the
new tariff in process of hatching, with mo-
nopolists sitting on the nest.
An Extra Session of Congress. °°
McKinley Issues His First Proclamation—Congress
Wil Meet on March 15.
‘WASHINGTON, March 7.—President Mc-
Kinley Saturday evening issued his first
official election proclamaticn convening the
Fifty-fifth Congress in extra session on the
15th day of March, to receive such com-
munications as may be made by the Exec-
The limiting cause restricting the action
of the extra session ‘‘to such communica-
tions as may bz made by the Executive’
suggests that possibly the President may
limit the objects of the extra session to the
passage of the unacted-upon appropriation
bill and the enactment of a tariff law, the
object of which will be, in the words of
Mr. McKinley’s inaugural address, ‘‘to
stop deficiencies by the restoration of that
protective legislation which has always
been the firmest prop of the treasury.”
Mur. Cleveland, when he called an extra
session for the repeal of the Sherman silver
purchasing law, practically limited the
session to that one object.
Cold Comfort for Hunters.
The Good Places in the Departments are Quite
WASHINGTON, March 9.—Posted con-
spiciously through the corridors of the state
department are neat placards setting forth
that but nine positions in that department
are excepted from the civil service regula-
tions, namely: three assistant secretary-
ships above classification, one private sec-
retary to the Secretary of State, and one ad-
ditional confidential clerk, who can be ap-
pointed without examination.
A similar condition applies in the war
and navy departments, where the explana-
tion is vouchsafed that no vacancies are
apt to occur in desirable places, but if they
do promotion from the next lower grades is
the sole method of appointment. Theonly
vacancy in the navy department is that of
chief clerk, has been promptly filled by
In the war department the assistant sec-
retaryship now filled by General Doe, is
all that General Alger has at his disposal.
The consular service to which the party
workers have hitherto looked for compen-
sation, is also included in the clause to
which examinations are requisite.
He Got the Marble Heart.
HARRISBURG, March 8.—Solomon Obail,
the venerable chief of the Cornplanter
Indians, residing on the reservation in the
northwestern part of this State, arrived
here to-day with an interpreter to again
place his claims for land before the Gover-
nor. The old chief claims all the land
along Oil creek on which Oil City is now
located. The Governor gave him a hear-
ing and advised him to seek a remedy
through legislation. Two years ago Obail’s
claims were looked into by a legislative
committee which decided that he could
not substantiate them.
Elections in Minnesota.
St. PAuL, Minn.,, March 9.—Fifty Min-
nesota towns and villages held elections to-
day. At North St. Paul, Job Owens,
Democrat, was elected mayor by a large
majority of votes. : oo
Elsewhere the Democrats carried a rather
larger number of towns than usual. The
fight on the license question was upper-
most. The pro-liquor people carried thir-
ty-five towns, five more than at the last
Spawls from the Keystone.
—Readings’s worst scourge of grip is at its
—‘Healer” Schrader has gone from Alle-
gheny to Greensburg.
—Allentown councils have created the of-
fice of city typewriter, at $40 a month.
—Ex-Congressman Leisenring, of Luzerne,
is a full-fledged candidate for Governor.
—Hazleton is again agitating its project to
become the county seat of a new county.
—A brick fell 40 feet from a mason’s hands
and fractured Jacob Tirown’s skull, at York.
—The double track on the P. and E. has been
completed from Baird’s, near Jersey Shore, to
—The Lehigh county fair grounds, at Al- -
lentown, have been enlarged by the purchase
of 11} acres.
—The Chester county Women’s Christian
Temperance union convened, at Phenixville,
—Beaver county Legislators will be formal-
ly requested to support the bill to protect
—The Lebanon valley furnace will be
blown out for repairs.. Operations will be re-
sumed in six weeks.
—Middle creek colliery, near Tremont,
can’t resume operations for two months ow-
ing to a recent explosion.
—Anthony Flannery is bleeding to death,
at Girardville, having burst a blood vessel in
his face while coughing.
—A mad dog that caused a scare in Read-
ing was poisoned and killed before a police-
man could be summoned to shoot it. *
—Wilkesbarre people went gunning for the
sparrow pests that filled their trees at dusk,
Tuesday evening, and slew many birds.
—Petitioners pray for the division of the
Fourth ward of Pottsville into two wards.
There are 812 assessed voters in the ward.
—The Allegheny river again rose so high
on Saturday and Sunday as to flood out the
people in lower sections of Allegheny city.
—York county councils have asked a legal
decree permitting the sale of the Potters’
field for a site for a new $150,000 High school.
—Rev. George W. Seitz, an aged Mennonite
preacher, was fortunate enough to escape
alive after being tossed by a train at Colum-
—Isaac Refowich’s clothing store, at Mah-
anoy City, was entered by thieves and cloth-
ing and jewelry valued at $500 were confis-
—Mrs. William McKinley's grandfather
was a cousin of the Slenkers, of Berks coun-
ty, whoare quick to recognize the -relation-
—It cost Schuylkill county 9% cents per
day for the maintenance of each of its 215
prisoners confined in the county jail in
—Harry Kowler, of Mahanoy City, was
sent to jail, charged with stealing a $14 check
and $45in cash from saloonkeeper Martin
—Ex-sheriff George. Hgrman, of Bethle-
hem, broke through the ice, on Saylor’s lake,
and was barely rescued from drowning in 70
| feet of water.
—Wahile his wife went after a policeman to
settle a family quarrel, butcher Christopher
Stoehr shot himself and died, at his home, in
—Governor Hastings has returned from At-
lantic City to Harrisburg, and it is stated that
he might have gone into McKinley's cabinet
if Bliss had declined.
»s —Ex-prison Warden Deshler, of Lehigh
county, has paid a cash balance of $487 to
the’ county commissioners in settlement of
—Insanity brought about by domestic
troubles caused Mrs. Sophia Schultz, the
mother of six children, to hang herself a
Allegheny city, Sunday.
—Conrad Peters, of Lewistown, aged about
50 years, attempted to commit suicide, one
day last week, by cutting his wrists and
throat. He will recover.
—A boiler explosion at an oil well near
Callery Junction, in Allegheny county, kill-
ed John Dunlap, a driller, and badly injur-
ed Charles McKeever. a tool dresser.
—The commissioners of Perry county have
fixed the tax rate there at 5 mills. They
also restored the bounty upon wildcats, foxes
and minks, beginning with June next.
—The Adams county auditors have given
notice that they will hereafter refuse to pass
bills of county commissioners and directors
of the poor for attending state conventions.
—Charles Brion, of Liberty, near William-
sport, has been held for court on the charge
of attempting to murder Nellie Stewart, a
pretty 10 year old girl whom he admired.
—In a roll call of 60 out of 200 tramps in
jail at Chambersburg, who were wanted to
break stone, only 15 responded. Others will
have to work whether they answer roll call
—Poor directors Dietrich and Ahrensfield,
against whom charges of bribery have been
returned by the grand jury to the Schuylkill
county court, on Saturday, deny the allega-
tions in toto.
—The Evangelical conference at Carlisle
conferred deacons’ orders on W. N. Fulcom-
er, A. D. Gramley, M. P. Crouch and D. F.
Young and elders orders on E. Fulcomer, J.
N. Bair and F. F. Mayer.
—Lautent Cheraz, the Italian convicted at
the Huntingdon December term of court of
murder in the second degree for killing
Peter Venzolono, was sentenced by judge
Bailey to seven years in the western peniten-
—Frank Yudis and Stiney Malecki are in
the Schuylkill county prison for breaking
into the Oak Hill colliery store, at Miners-
ville, early Sunday morning. They broke
open a desk and removed ‘several watches
and some money.
—An era of prosperity is looked for in Du-
Bois. The Express says the indications are
that there will be more work in that place
the coming year than for several seasons
past. The working time at the car shops has
been increased, the output at the coal mines
has been increased, the knitting mill is to be
put in operation, and altogether the outlook
or prosperous times is encouraging.