Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, October 24, 1919, Image 1

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Harry Meyer should be Prothon-
~ —Vote for Frank Smith for Regis-
ter. He is all that could be desired
for an efficient, courteous official.
—Don’t vote for a man to spend
the county’s money who doesn’t have
to pay a cent himself because he has
no property to be taxed.
—Don’t forget to turn your clock
back an hour on Saturday night or
you will get to church an hour too
soon on Sunday morning.
—Centre county should think long
and hard before it puts a man into the
Commissioner’s office who dosen’t
own an inch of real estate.
—Let Roy Wilkinson talk to you
long enough and you’ll soon discover
why we think Harry Meyer would
make the better man in the Prothon-
otary’s office.
—If Harry Austin is elected Coun-
ty Commissioner he will be in a posi-
tion to tax your property without hav-
ing to be taxed himself, for he doesn’t
own anything to tax.
—Harry P. Austin, who wants to
be County Commissioner and have a
voice in taxing your property and
spending your money doesn’t own an
inch of property himself.
—Third term candidates never were
popular in Centre county. It remains
to be seen what will happen to Recor-
der Bill Brown’s attempt to grab
another four years in the court house.
—James E. Harter should be our
county Treasurer. He is the ideal
man for the place, besides he was not
given the nomination at the sacrifice
of another man who had been prom-
ised the place by his party managers.
—A County Commissioner who
doesn’t own ‘an inch of property him-
self wouldn’t be a very hopeful offi-
cer for men who have to pay the tax-
es on farms and town houses. Aus-
tin doesn’t own a square foot of
—The people who own property in
Centre county are the ones who
should be most careful about who our
County Commissioners are to be. Aus-
tin owns no property and he could
vote to spend all the money the
schemers want without having to pay
any of it himself.
—D. Wagner Geiss won’t be ask-
ing for three terms in the Recorder’s
office. All he wants now is one and if
at the end of that one his record mer-
its a re-election of course he would
enjoy having a second term. But a
third one, Oh no, Wagner doesn’t
want to get his front feet in the
. —Vote for’ Stover and Condo for
Auditors. It will be wise to have
Auditors in office who are not under
the influence of the gang because they
— checkup on what the Commissioners
have done and should it happen that
the right Commissioners fail of elec-
tion the right Auditors in office will
be very useful officials.
—Strange that the Gazette last
week devoted an entire page to tell-
ing you all the things that you didn’t
want to know about its candidates
and scarcely a line about the things
you ought to know. A man is usual-
ly measured by what he is and what
he has done and the Gazette had a
reason for dealing in generalities
rather than facts.
—It is being whispered around that
Republican county chairman Davy
Chambers—and some others in the in-
side, among them District Attorney
Furst, is very anxious to get Roy Wil-
kinson into the Prothonotary’s office.
They need a handy-man in Bellefonte
and as Roy is schooled in the Phila-
delphia way of doing things he is to
be elected at all costs. You know
Davy is the boss little naturalizer for
Snow Shoe township and a Prothono-
tary like Wilkinson would be very
—Rarely has a combination of such
men of sterling character and ability
been presented on any ticket as are
the men whom the Democrats of Cen-
tre county have given their sanction
to run for office this fall. Readers of
the papers must be impressed with
the sound type of christian citizen-
ship they represent. Practically all
of them are active and official mem-
bers of a church and have been for
many years and none of them can be
regarded as politicians. Really it is
unusual and in the long and intimate
acquaintance we have had with polit-
ical contests in the county we don’t
recall its parallel in either party.
—There is something big in the
wind. We have not been able to fit
the fragments of tips we have gotten
into a complete story of what the
gang is trying to put over, but by
next week we will have run out a
few more clues and then may be able
to give you the real story of why the
Republican triumvirate of Centre
county is sacrificing everything else
to get the Sheriff’s, the Commission-
ers’, the District Attorney’s, the Pro-
thonotary’s, the Treasurers’ and the
Auditors’ office. They don’t care a
hang about the Recorder and the Reg-
ister. They are not needed in the big
scheme. The other offices work into
one another so neatly that all of
them are necessary and especially the
Commissioners and Auditors. Look
well before you leap, Mr. Voter. Hon-
est old Isaac Miller, Ralph Hartsock,
Howard Miles, John Way, John Dale,
George Houck and Milton Johnson
weren’t cut by the bosses like they
were for nothing. Big schemes take
big money and big money is only
raised by big taxes and you——well,
all you have to do is pay the taxes.
A enarrd
VOL. 64.
_ NO. 42.
A Plain ‘Talk About Capt;
The “Watchman” has already ex- |
posed the life of Capt. “Dick” Taylor |
to a flood-light of publicity. It has
withheld nothing in the history of this
intrepid soldier from the cradle to a
German prison. Not a single thing
in his whole career can any one find
to criticise, unless there be some un-
patriotic minds to think that as a poor
boy he has given too much of his time
to his country.
His private life is an open book. He
has had no public or political life, but
it is because some people unknowing-
ly link him up with the political ad-
ventures of others we want to talk to
you very plainly about so glaring an
Capt. “Dick” Taylor is a brother of
Col. Hugh S. Taylor. He is also a
brother of R. B. “Bert” Taylor, of
Bellefonte. Both of these gentlemen
are well known to most of the people
in Centre county. They have been
more or less active in the fights of
their respective parties for years. We
say respective parties because Col.
Taylor is a Democrat and “Bert” a
Republican. As to the methods they
have employed, the good or the mis-
chief they have worked we have noth-
ing to say at this time for it is not
relevant to the matter we want to pre-
sent to reasonable minds.
Whatever Col. Taylor or his broth-
er “Bert” may or may not have done
should not be held in the balance
against their younger brother, the
Captain. He is not a politician. His
very manner, if you have met him,
proves that to you. He is quiet, un-
obtrusive, almost diffident and so tim-
id when meeting men that he scarcely
asks them to vote for him. He is not
the type that mixes up in the politic-
al game. All the years his brothers
were active he was plodding away
contentedly at his work and knew
about as much about what they were
doing as an oyster does of the im-
mortality of the soul. Capt. “Dick”
Taylor was as far removed from their
plans as the poles. And there was a
reason: First, he was not a poli-
tician. Second, he was not of the
type that would be any use to them.
We are saying plain things about
men, all of whom we regard as
friends, but if anything that Col.
‘Hugh Taylor or his brother “Bert”
have done is being used to injure
Captain “Dick” we feel that plain
words are necessary to counteract it.
Few men wilfully do another injus-
tice and believing this the “Watch-
man” right here wants to emphatic-
ally state that those who are holding
an illustrious soldier to an account-
ing for acts of his older brothers, of
which he probably knows nothing, are
doing him—perhaps unthinkingly—a
very great injustice.
The fair way, the square way to
look at this man is at him, not
through his brothers. He is the can-
didate. He has earned a far greater
reward at our hands than the shriev-
ality and he should be considered on
his own merits, not on those of his
Shame on people who attempt to
martyrize a gallant soldier by stab-
bing him in the back because of griev-
ances against others.
——John J. Bower is meeting with
much encouragement in his candida-
cy for District Attorney. Many peo-
ple are beginning to feel that it is a
very close corporation that looks after
the legal and financial affairs of Cen-
tre county and as close corporations
are not usually advantageous to the
public there seems to be a disposition
to start to break it up. Mr. Bower's
election would certainly be a step in
that direction.
Toner Will Fix That Up.
A conversation between two polit-
ical workers was overheard a day or
so ago that throws an interesting
side-light on the situation in and
about Milesburg.
One was tipping the other off to
some dissatisfaction among several of
the Republican voters in the Miles-
burg district over certain of their
nominees. After he had told who the
gentlemen were, who evidently have
the courage of their convictions and
are saying what they think, the other
fellow, who happens to be next to the
powers that be, said:
“You should worry. Don’t you
know that Toner Hugg is responsible
for that district and what he says
goes down there. He'll straighten
that out, all right, all right.”
I've had eight years now
And I want four more
Before I leave the court house door,
I don’t give a d—for the two-term rule
As long as an office is in the wood
I'm goin’ to git mine while the gittin's
——One thing may be depended
upon. Those Senators who are now
delaying the progress of civilization
by holding up the ratification of the
peace treaty will not bother the pub-
lic much after their present terms of
office expire.
Over the Top for Taylor, Too.
Centre county made an enviable record for going over the
top during the war.
Every movement in support of the government was carried
through with an enthusiasm and success limited only by the abil-
ity of our people to give and to do.
For the first Liberty Loan we went over the top and gave
Uncle Sam $542,150.00 with which to buy guns and ammunition
for the boys responding to his call.
For the second Liberty Loan we went over the top again
when we gave him $1,026,300.00 to buy more guns and ammuni-
tion for the grand army of young patriots who were following
the first contingent to the training camps.
For the third Liberty Loan we were over the top again when
we gave $1,524,028.04 to buy more equipment for a million or
more boys who had reported to the call.
It was over the top again on the fourth Liberty Loan for we
gave the colossal sum of $2,112,450.00 to help Uncle Sam get his
army over seas and feed and fit it.
And then came the Y. M. C. A., the Red Cross and the Unit-
ed War Work drives. In all of these we went proudly over the
top. For the Y. we gave $5,720.00,
for the Red Cress $30,000.00
and for the United War Work $57,820.73. All of this money
was used in binding the wounds,’ providing resting places and
furnishing little extras to fagged and shattered soldier boys.
[hen when the armistice was signed the boys had to be
brought home and many bills were to be paid. Uncle Sam called
on us for a Victory Loan and over the top we went with a con-
tribution of $1,657,850.00.
Think of it! A total of $6,956,013.77, or nearly six as
the total assessed value of all the property in the county seat.
is a record to be proud of. Never once faltering in duty the
people of Centre county buckled on the armor of determination
and went over the top. 3
But with all this glory and achievement we must remember
that not one cent went directly to any of the eighteen hundred
young heroes who went out from here to fight.
True, they re-
ceived wages, but what a paltry sum when compared with what
men were earning at home while the boys were away. They were
not thinking of money. All they wanted was equipment with
which to drive the Hun back acress the Rhine and medicine and
bandages to bind their bleeding wounds.
We gave Uncle Sam
the funds to provide these thingssbut we gave the boys. nothing...
"They asked for nothing but the chance to bare their breasts to
the enemy.
Most of them are home now.
Some never will come back
and one of them is modestly asking the people of Centre couniy
to make him their sheriff. What are you going to do about it?
Are you going to deny this man who twice stood up “against the
wall” while in a German prison camp and looking into the merci-
less muzzles of the Hun executioners stolidly refused to divulge
information that he possessed and that would have put the lives
of legions of his comrades in peril ?
Are you going to forget this fearless soldier who has gone
out to fight our battles every time our country
has needed him,
since he was old enough to carry a gun?
Are you going to show the eighteen hundred and more boys
who are on old Centre’s Roll of Honor that all our cheering, all
our giving meant nothing more than a passing incident; that we
have no deep, abiding sense of gratitude for the sacrifices they
made for us.
No, No! Centre county is not made of that yellow stuff.
She is red-blooded to the core and is going to show the soldiers
she can do something for them by going over the top for “Dick”
Taylor, too.
The «“Republican’’ is Kidding Itself.
The Bellefonte Republican is having a lot of fun “kidding” itself.
And it thinks it is kidding the old line Democrats of Centre county in-
to opposition to Capt. “Dick” Taylor by telling them that through his
election as Sheriff they will be wiped out of the party entirely. Go to
it, Charley, as long and as strong as you like. But let us put you wise
to one thing.
The “old line Democrats” of Centre county might occa-
sionally get their ears to the ground and begin to dig up tomahawks
but never for a soldier like Capt. “Dick” Taylor.
No matter who brought him out, no matter what he might do when
elected the “old line Democrats” are not thinking such little thoughts.
They are of one mind with thousands of other broad-thinking voters in
Centre county who believe that Capt.
“Dick” Taylor has done some-
thing too big to be weighed in the partisan or factional political bal-
ance and they are going to vote for him not because he is a Democrat
or a Republican; not because he is a brother of Col. Hugh S. Taylor,
not because he was brought out by “Zerby & Co.,”
A hard worker all his life, too busy earn-
cause he is ust what he is:
as you say. But be-
ing a living to even know the game of politics, but not too busy to vol-
untarily give five of the best years of his life to his country, and yet
so modest that as he goes ahout campaigning it has to be dragged out
of him that he is the very same Capt. “Dick” Taylor who suffered in
a Cerman prison for all of us.
Kid away, my boy, the “old line
Democrats” are ‘just like other
veal, red-blcoded people. They view gratitude as a far greater thing
than political or factional advantage.
———The railroads will be revtored]
-——1If the League of Nations is not
to their owners on January 1st but it | established soon some of the expected
is not certain that the owners will | members will be exterminated before
know what to do with them.
| they get in.
, Being a Jingling story in proof of the fact
| that love also is blind in feline society.
| Written by a Pittsburgh friend too
modest to own it.
‘A Persian kitty, perfumed and fair
Strayed out through the kitchen door for
When a Tom cat lean and lithe and strong,
And dirty, and yellow came along.
He sniffed at the perfumed Persian cat
As she strutted about with much eclat,
And thinking a bit of time to pass,
He whispered ‘kiddo, you've sure got
“That's fitting and proper,” was her reply,
As she arched the whiskers over her eye—
“I'm ribboned, I sleep on a pillow of silk
And daily they bathe me in certified milk.
“Yet we're never contented with that
which we've got;
I try to be happy, but happy I'm not,
And I should be joyful, I should indeed,
For I certainly am highly pedigreed.”
“Cheer up,” said Tom cat with a smile,
And trust your new found friend awhile;
You need to escape from your back yard
My dear, all you need is experience.”
New joys of living he then unfurled
As lie told her some tales of the outside
world ;
Suggesting at last with alluring laugh,
A trip for the two down the primrose
The morning after the night before
The cat came back at the hour of four;
The look in her innocent eyes it went,
But the smile in its face was one of con-
tent. 1
And in after days when children came
To the Persian kitty of pedigreed fame,
Instead of Persian they were black and
And she told them their Pa was a trav-
eling man.
Farmer Dazed by War-Time Pros-
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Somewhat dazed by his extraordi-
nary prosperity of the last few years,
the farmer is taking time to check
matters over and discover, as best he
may, whether the ideal conditions are
to continue. Various commercial or-
ganizations and banks in the farming
districts have assisted him to arrive
at some conclusions, and with the aid
of these, and his own shrewd and
practical outlook, he has come to the
elief that, while farm produce is
bound to fall in price within the next
two years, his high land values are
going to keep up to present levels
through the ability of the agricultur-
ist to earn interest on the expanded
values by intensive and scientific
farming. The farmer has concluded
that prosperity will be a permanent
affair with him if he but educates
himself to greater earning power.
While the German war has been a
colossal calamity for humanity, it has
raised the business of agriculture
from a broken-backed, precarious,
hand-to-mouth vocation to a prosper-
ous, dividend-paying basis. For in-
stance, in 1914 wheat sold at seventy-
six cents per bushel, present price
$2.25, an increase of 300 per cent.;
corn was seventy-seven cents per
bushel in 1914, and now is $1.91, an
increase of 250 per cent.; barley has
risen from forty-five cents per bushel
in 1914, to $1.18, and potatoes from
eighty-seven cents per bushel to ap-
proximately $2; hay has gone from
$10 to $20 per ton; butter advanced
approximately 300 per cent. and eggs
about 250 per cent.; practically all
products of the farm have risen in
value in proportions.
Land values have, of course, gone
upward with increased farm earnings,
and to keep up these land values in
the future the land must be worked
more intelligently and intensively
when farm product values take the in-
PA te that there is ample room for im-
provement in methods. Says he:
“While in every other industry we
are abreast of the most advanced na-
tions—in commerce, manufacture,
banking and merchandise—there is
not a nation in the world that cannot
teach America something about’ farm-
it will be encouraging to the gener-
al public to learn that the food pro-
ducers of the country are sure that
food prices are to be lower within two
years, and gratifying, as well, to be
told that they can be lowered without
impairing the net earning capacity of
the farm. The kind of prosperity that
penalizes no one and rewards every
one is the kind that the United States
is looking for. The remedy suggest-
ed for the farmers would work equal-
ly well applied to all industries. More
intensive and intelligent methods, in-
crease of production and stability in
gross and net earning power, liberal
wages and lower maintenance cost—
these ends ought to be made a matter
of national enterprise.
“Seems like there ain’t no sort o’ fun
Fer boys on Hollere'en,
‘Most everything us fellers done,
SOMEBODY acted mean.
We set a trip-rope—'tain’t there yet—
‘Cause when we got it stretched,
We ketched my Pop first man—you bet,
That wasn’t ALL I KETCHED!”
The depth of infamy has not
been reached yet by the Senators in
Washington. We are patiently wait-
ing for an investigation of the Red
Cross activities in France.
Fourteen “steamship lines es-
tablished in Philadelphia within a
year are fourteen reasons why Phila-
delphia should change its pelitics.
“| quest Tony
—Medical officers have been sent by the
State Department of Health to aid in the
fight against spread of diphtheria in the
Shamokin, Mt. Carmel and Monessen dis-
tricts, where large supplies of anti-toxin
have been sent.
—Last week Samuel Shilling, the well-
known merchant whose store is located at
the Blacklick, near Nicktown, Cambria
county, disappeared, having with him
some $1,500 in money, and it is feared he
met with foul play, as his pocketbook was
found along the road later and contained
only a few cents.
—Peddlers of “wildcat” stocks of for-
eign and domestic issues are actually ex-
changing them in Lancaster county on
woodlands, strawberries, eggs and antique
furniture. Up to this time they have not
taken any canned fruit, preserves or car-
pet rags in exchange, but they doubtless
will before the winter is over.
—Arrangements have been made for en-
larging the plant of the Selinsgrove Hos-
iery company, which is enjoying unusual
prosperity. The company has gained
quite a reputation for the excellence of its
product and has been urged by its cus-
tomers to turn its efforts toward a higher
grade stock and help supply the growing
demand for silk hosiery.
—Until a few days ago bogus naturali-
zation papers could be purchased in Indi-
ana, Pa., from “Jim” Colangelo, a pros-
perous looking Italian, for $35 cash, ac-
cording to sworn statements made by two
of his countrymen who claim to have
bought papers bearing red seals and stat-
ing that they had become full-fledged cit-
izens of the United States.
—A blue-eyed baby boy is in the West-
moreland hospital ready for adoption by
some kind hearted persons. Friday after-
noon the janitor of the First Reformed
church. discovered the baby in a box that
he had noticed the previous day in the
yard at the rear of the church. The baby
apparently was happy notwithstanding its
evidently long exposure and lack of food.
—Cornelius Hershberger, aged 59 years,
of Dale, Johnstown, was badly burned
about the face, arms, hands and back Fri-
day morning, when a two-story frame ga-
rage and storeroom was badly damaged
by fire. It is said that Mr. Hershberger
had gone to the garage to get some gaso-
line and struck a match when about ten
feet away from the gasoline tank, causing
an explosion.
—It developed at a hearing before Alder-
man Neil Breslin, of Hazleton, last week,
in a case against a local merchant that D.
Kramer, of Slatington, makes an average
of $18,000 a year killing - rats. Kramer
sued for his fee against a Hazleton busi-
ness man whose premises he claims to
have cleared of the rodents through the
use of a preparation he employs. He was
awarded judgment.
—Burglars some time Sunday night
broke into the general office of the Harbi-
son-Walker Refractories = company, at
Woodland, and dynamited the large safe
by drilling into the combination box and
blowing it off. They gained an entrance
and rifled the safe of its contents, but did
not secure a very large haul, as there is :
very little money kept in the vault, seldom
more than $50. They got into the office
by forcing up a window.
—Under an opinion handed down by
Judge Porter, of the Superior court, Allie
Hammond, of Spangler, who has several
aliases, and who was convicted of jail
breaking from the western penitentiary,
while he was serving a sentence imposed
by the Somerset: county court for his plea
of guilty to a charge of false pretences,
will have to remain in jail until he com-
pletes the sentence for the jail breaking
offense imposed by Judge Quigley, of the
Centre county court.
—Seventeen Williamsport ministers have
volunteered to spread the gospel of “good
health” throughout Lycoming county.
These preachers will spend several days a
week in visiting rural and borough schools
to talk to the pupils abouf hygiene and
the importance of safeguarding their
health. Through their co-operation the
campaign in charge of the county Anti-
Tuberculosis Society, can be extended to
reach every school child and nearly every
family in Lycoming county.
—Less than five hours after he was ar-
rested in Philadelphia and charged with
the embezzlement of $20,949 from the
Mount Carmel Iron works, George E.
Feast, general manager of the company,
shot and killed himself in a Reading rail-
way train Saturday evening while being
taken back to Mount Carmel by a consta-
ble. Feast shot himself while the train
was passing through Tamaqua. At a
hearing before a magistrate in Philadel-
phia he pleaded not guilty to the charges,
and was held under $5,000 bail.
—Acting upon the charges of local wom-
en that they had been ‘“hypnotized” by
gipsy women and their homes looted of
jewelry, draperies and rugs, Shamokin po-
lice made a raid upon a gipsy camp on the
outskirts of that town and found two au-
tomobile loads of plunder in wagons and
in tents. Four members of the camp,
three women and a man, were arrested
and sent to jail. The complainants charg-
ed that the women entered their homes,
“hypnotized” them and that while they
were under the spell of the women, others
of the party carried away all valuables in
—Two more daring thefts from Eldred
township, Lycoming county, farms have
just been reported. Less than a week ago
a cow was butchered in a field and the
carcass carried away. Now Oscar B.
Reeser reports that two hogs, weighing
between sixty and seventy-five pounds
each, have been stolen from a barn on his
farm. Thomas Eck, who resides near
Warrensville, reports that he loaded &
large wagon with produce to take to the
Williamsport market and left it in a shed
until morning. When he went to the wag-
on before daylight in order to get to mar-
ket early he found thieves had been ahead
of him and had not left a thing except the
—According to the story told at the in-
Ferando left his barber shop
at Jerome, Cambria county, on Saturday
evening telling some people there that if
he was not back in an hour he would be
dead, as he was going to kill some one or
be killed himself. Walking to the Joseph
Perry home, he entered the kitchen and
met Nicholas Deopolo, with whom he had
trouble some weeks ago. Two shots rang
out and Ferando fell dead with two bullet-
holes in his head. Deopolo made his es-
cape and although sought all day by
state constables, no trace of the man has
been found. And while he probably will
continue his battle for liberty by eluding
the officers, no charge hangs over his head,
because the jury rendered a verdict of jus-
tifiable homicide, as an open razor was
found on the floor of the kitchen and
another was found in Ferando’s pocket.