Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, November 28, 1919, Image 1

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Demoreaic Jalan,
—We had lots to be thankful for
yesterday, but it wasn’t turkey that
made us feel that way.
——Dr. Garfield * always begins
wrong. He wants to give the miners
all they ask and the operators what-
ever they think they want and saddle
the cost of all on the public.
—Reading’s treatment of Jim
Maurer and his radical friends was
rather heroic, but just what they de-
served. The sooner we stop feeding
the dog that is biting us the quicker
we'll get rid of him.
—The census enumerator will soon
be on his rounds. You can make his
work easy or hard, useful or useless
according as you give him the facts
he will be required to gather, cheer-
fully and accurately.
—Anyway the fellow who paid for-
ty five cents a pound for turkey for
vesterday’s dinner is poorer and
doesn’t feel a bit better today than
those of us who had a turkey appe-
tite but only a chicken pocketbook.
—Talking about increased produc-
tion, we're very much interested in
that just now. The “Watchman” is
sorely in need of an increased produc-
tion of mazuma by those who read it
every place but the label that tells
them that their subscription has ex-
—Sure. If we carry the peace
treaty and the League covenant into
the next presidential campaign every
secret sympathizer with Germany
will be found voting the Republican
ticket. Some of them have already
started doing it right here in Centre
—1Islam’s prophet is out in a pro-
nunciamento to the effect that drink-
ing made the Turks bad. Possibly it
did, but how fortunate that none of
the rest of the world took to drinking
the kind of stuff that made them want
to butcher helpless, inoffensive Ar-
—XKentucky has voted dry on a pro-
hibition amendment to the state con-
stitution. Marsa Henry Watterson
might well add another chapter to his
recent “Looking Backward.” The
blue grass country was ever lovely
under the mellowing influence of
bourbon and julep and the veteran
journalist should not write “finis” to
his latest reminiscent work until he
has sung their ‘swan song.
—From now until the first of the
New Year we are going to permit
each one of our readers to send in the
names of as many new subscribers to
the “Watchman” as they care to. The
only condition being that one dollar
and a half in regular money, or its
equivalent, must be sent for each
rame on the list. While it is our
present intention to terminate thistun-’
precedented offer on January 1st next
if, at that time, there appears to be a
great clamor to have it continued in-
definitely we will consider the matter
with open mind.
—Organized labor having decided
to enter the political field with a na-
tional labor platform and candidate
for President the “Watchman’s” sur-
mise of two years ago has come true.
Immediately following the adjourn-
ment of the great meeting at Buffalo
to which President Wilson hurried to
speak a word of patriotism to labor,
this paper predicted that the day
would not be far distant when organ-
ized labor would be a thorn in the
flesh of both of the great political par-
ties. And with the labor organiza-
tions drifting into the control of rad-
ical socialists it required not a long
look into the future to see a coales-
cence of Democrat and Republican
to save the overthrow of the govern-
ment by radicalism. In name only is
the American Federation of Labor
American. Foreign fanatics of all
"isms are “boring from within” its or-
ganization until it is so honey comb-
ed with the most dangerous objectives
that even the true Americans who are
affiliated with it seem to be no longer
able to hold its course true to the
principles that called it into existence.
—State Highway Commissioner
Sadler, in announcing that the asso-
ciation of his name with the guber-
natorial nomination in 1922 is very
distasteful to him, took the opportu-
nity to state that his “department has
been divorced from politics.” At the
time of Mr. Sadler’s appointment the
“Watchman” predicted a very capa-
ble administration of the department,
for it knew him to be the type of man
who would not permit political favor-
itism to hamper the great plans for
highway improvement which Gover-
nor Sproul announced were to be car-
ried to completion through him. If
what we have heard recently concern-
ing the attitude of certain of the em-
ployess of Mr. Sadler’s department, in
this district, is to be credited it would
appear that he was not well advised
when he spoke so positively of his de-
partment’s divorce from politics. A
story is in circulation here that a
young employee, a Republican at that,
was peremptorily discharged because
he unwittingly recounted an old griev-
ance he had against one of the Re-
publican candidates for office in Cen-
tre county at the recent election. The
young man asked for the cause of his
dismissal and was told that no such
disloyalty would be tolerated. Of
course Mr. Sadler is not supposed to
have his finger on every one of the
thousands of men in his employ and
we are not absolutely certain of the
truth of the incident related, but if it
is so it would seem that the chief had
better be sure of his ground before
making such positive statements.
VOL. 64.
NOVEMBER 28, 1919.
NO. 47.
given great satisfaction
“It is a tremendous moral victory for
Schuecking, who was a member of the
German peace delegation declares.
“The longer the Senate debates the
treaty the better chance Americans
will have to acequaint themselves with.
the true inwardness of this pernicious
document,” he continues. Plainly the
United States refuses to ratify the
treaty and enter into the League of
revived in Germany and that accom-
the cause of universal peace,” Herr’
hope of Germany is that while the:
Nations, the military spirit may be
Germany the Only Beneficiary. . College Chums Helping Each Other. |
The failure of the United States’
Senate to ratify the peace treaty has’) Boston Governor Sproul pronounced a the peace treaty the paramount issue
in Berlin.’
; In an address recently delivered in
most flattering eulogy to his college
| chum, the Hon. A. Mitchell Palmer,
Attorney General of the United
States. A few days later, in Phila-
delphia, Mr. Palmer praised his col-
lege chum, the Hon. William C.
Sproul, Governor of Pennsylvania, in
equally generous terms. In the news-
papers of the State on Monday morn-
ing an announcement appeared to the
effect that “Attorney General A.
Mitchell Palmer, who has been stay-
ing at the home of Governor William
C. Sproul, near Chester, since Friday,
is rapidly recovering from his fa-
plished the reopening of hostilities tigue and will leave for his home at
would be easily within the range of | Stroudsburg or Atlantic City on
possibilities. | Tuesday.”
No interest other than that of Ger-| In the same newspapers of the
many could be conserved by the fail-1 same date we get the information
ure to ratify the treaty. First it is | that Governor Sproul has chosen At-
essential to the process of levying in- | torney General Palmer a member of
demnities and exacting reparations: the State Commission on Constitu*
Accept Foreign Challenge.
Senator Lodge’s challenge to make
in the coming Presidential campaign
ought to be accepted promptly and
cheerfully by the Democratic manag-
ers. The treaty represents the best
thoughts of the ablest men of the civ-
ilized world. It is a product of
months of labor unselfishly given in
the interests of humanity. It may
not be perfect for the best human en-
deavor falls short of perfection. But
it is the best that could be obtained
in the circumstances. There were
many interests, some conflicting
slightly and some diametrically oppo-
site, to reconcile and the treaty is a
compromise of these conflicting aspi-
rations and purposes.
It may be said, therefore, that the
instrument is the best that could be
got and that being true it ought to
have been ratified promptly. Besides
the purpose it is intended to fulfill
! “Government by Injunction.”
From the DuBois Express.
i . Labor leaders continue to clamor
intemperately against what they de-
seribe as judicial bondage against
| enslavements by the courts and the
| restriction of their liberties through
‘decrees of Federal judges on the
bench. The proceedings brought by
the government to halt the strike of
bituminous coal miners is made the
‘basis for the lamentations and the
i warnings which now arise from the
i ranks of labor spokesmen.
Honest and law-abiding working-
i men throughout the country should
;not be misled by these outbursts.
i They should be made to understand,
lif possible, that the Federal govern-
. ment is not seeking to bind and gag
| —The Public Service Commission has or-
dered the Lock Haven Suburban Water
company, to make extensions in Fleming-
! ton and Mill Hall boroughs to improve fa-
! cilities there.
| —Seven tons of steel wire are required
to manufacture the weekly output of mice
and rat traps in Lititz, and with the steel
strike on and the production of metal re-
| stricted the rats and mice of the land are
| having even as good a time as when the
cats.are away.
—PFire destroyed the original buildings
of the Reading Stove works, owned by Orr
Painter and company, early on Sunday.
The loss was estimated at $200,000, chiefly
in the building furnishings and in molds
used in the manufacture of stoves and
stored in the building.
—Contracts for the construction of two
sections of state road in Clearfield ‘county
were awarded last week by Highway Com-
missioner Sadler to Gifford & Pritchard,
of Philipsburg, one being for 11,222 feet at
Osceola for $97,224 and the other for 5,400
feet near Madera, for $56,569.
—dJoseph Morey, of Towanda, enjoys
telling of his good luck while his neigh-
bors’ mouths water. Seeing bees going in
a knot hole of the siding of his home, he
took off a few boards and extracted there-
from sixty pounds of fine honey. In the
present sugar shortage this is not to be
sneezed at.
—F. P. Drake, aged seventy years, died
at Shintown, near Renovo, Monday, at the
home of his mother, Mrs. Nancy Drake,
| who is more than one hundred years old.
| them; that it is not invoking the | Drake was the first mail carrier in the
| power of the courts to force men to | Kettle Creek district. He served West-
| work against their will or their | port, Cross Fork, Germania and interme-
ish; that it is not abridging their | Ste ronis when twas caried on hose
iperiies or estroyin eir natural | : :
and constitutional yn as Ameri- | round trip through the wilderness.
can citizens. —In connection with the election contest
The injunction sought and granted | for inspector at Mill Hall, Judge McCor-
Every intelligent person realizes that
promptness is the most important
feature of reparation. The people in
France and Belgium whose homes
were destroyed and lands devastated
need the reparation that will be
awarded to them at once in order to
set them on their feet to resume work.
But until the peace treaty is put in
force nothing can be done in the way
of reparations. Germany owes the
money and the sufferers need it. Buf
so long as the restoration of peace is
delayed Germany will keep the mon-
ey and the victims of German cruelty
and fiendishness will continue to suf-
fer. t
Of course, Senator Lodge had the
interests of Germany in mind when
he proposed . a separate peace with
Germany. In the beginning of the
world war the Allies solemnly agreed
that neither of them would make a
separate peace with Germany and up-
on entering into the conflict this
country accepted this condition. To
make a separate peace with Germany,
therefore, would be an act of perfidy
to all those dssociated with us in the
obligations. .But that would make no
difference toi Senator Lodge who ap-
pears to be a moral pervert obsessed
“with his own importance and blind to
war, as well as a betrayal of moral
tional Amendment and revision, pro-
vided for by the General Assembly
during its recent session. Six other
Democrats are named out of the twen-
ty-five members of the Commission,
all except one corporation lawyers
| and all obedient followers of Mr. Pal-
mer and supporters of his various
ambitions. The inference may be
I drawn, in view of these facts, that
{the Damon and Pythias relationship
nians is welded by something more
substantial than sentiment. At least
it is made an instrument of mutual
In the campaign for Governor last
year Mr. Palmer, in the capacity of
member of the Democratic National
committeeman, scuttled the Demo-
cratic ship in the interest of his col-
lege chum, William C. Sproul, who
was the opposing candidate. Mr. Pal-
mer set up an absurd charge against
the Democratic candidate to justify
his perfidy but deceived nobody who
i was not anxious to be fooled. He
bolted the Democratic candidate and
supported the Republican candidate
because he believed he would have
more influence with his college chum
in office than with a man who had
should and would recommend it to all | against the coal strikers was a pro-
except vicious minds. It is intended | ceeding to outlaw an unjustifiable
between the distinguished Pennsylva-
his moral and mental measure accu-
{rately charted. But the Democrats of
every consideration of honor. The | Pennsylvania are not likely to put a
people of the country are not in sym- | premium on perfidy by honoring him
pathy with such conduct however. : this year. di :
t 8 ————— Ir : 1 ? ;
It is estimated that enforcing | -——Getting rid of the Reds is all
the prohibition law will cost the gov- | right, and by whatever process is nec-
ernment $4,000,000 a year and reduce | essary, but getting rid of radicals in
the revenue nearly that much. But |the United States Senate is equally
saloon league. :
Industrial “Conditions Improving.
bor strikes within the last year and
they have cost the country vast sums
of money. But so far as we have
been able to find out none of them
has succeeded. The reasons for this
fact are plain and plenty. The public
believed that most of the strikes were.
without just cause and.the. popular
withheld from the strikers. This is
conspicuously true of the two great
the miners.
some cause of complaint in the auto-
cratic attitude of the head of the
Steel trust. But the untimely miners’
strike was alike illegal, from the ox-
ganization standpoint, and without
cause, :
It is estimated that the steel work-
ers strike cost the country $250,000,-,
000, of which amount the Pittsburgh
district lost $30,000,000. The loss in
wages may be safely estimated to be
two-thirds of the whole amount, and
the loss is irretrievable. The mill
owners lost some business and consid-
erable profit but the machinery and
materials are there. But the opera-
tives cannot recover the time lost or
the cost of their living during the per-
iod of idleness.’ Like the water that
beyond recovery and what is worse
the future is mortgaged to pay. the
Even a victory leaves the balance
sheet of a strike in grave doubt. !
The strikes of the past year were
untimely, moreover, for the reason
that the country has been in no con-
dition to stand the strain of indus-
trial paralysis. Emerging from a
war, the greatest and most expensive
in the history of the world, the quick-
ening and strengthening of industry
normal state. Upon this country
rests the obligation to supply devas-
tated Europe with food stuffs until
its own facilities and resources are
restored and we could not fulfill those
obligations with idle industries. But
we may now hope for a renewal of
the industrial life of the‘country and
hope that in future strikers will have
public sympathy with them.
——The defeat of the peace treaty
wrecks all hopes of the commercial
supremacy of this country.
ator Iodge has no interest in com-
mercial pursuits.
it was a famous victory for the anti«’
"| dangerous as the other and “consist-
There have been a great many la-
sympathy essential to success was:
strikes, those of the steel workers and.
The steel workers had
has gone over the dam, lost time is
debts incurred while it ‘was passing.
were needed to restore conditions to a |
But Sen- |
i important. One of these is about as
ency is a jewel.”
Will Hays’ New Scheme.
That the Republican party is abso-
lutely destitute of principles is plain-
ly revealed by a recent action of Mr.
Will Hays, chairman of its National
committee. He has sent a form letter
sions. concerning public sentiment on
current questions, to serve as a guide
in drafting the platform of the party
for the coming presidential cam-
paign. The idea is to make the party
pledges suit the requirements of the
voters, regardless, of course, of pre-
vious party policies. It is a sort of
commercial scheme in which the dom-
inant thought is the aim to please.
“If you don’t see what you want, ask
for it.”
Senator Lodge, obviously during
posed making the ratification of the
peace treaty the issue of the cam-
paign. Mr. Hays, who is not a fool,
discerned disaster in that proposition,
lar opinion through inquiry by Con-
j gressmen. It is a good deal more
{ promising scheme than that proposed
by Lodge but it certainly shows an
absence of party principle. It clearly
indicates that the party managers are
willing to stand for anything that is
popular at the moment whether it be
for the public good or not. Bolshe-
vism or Bourbonism have equal
{ chances of adoption. It all depends
i upon the state of the public mind at
| the time of the inquiry.
1 As a matter of fact for the past
| half dozen years the Republican par-
| ty has been aimlessly drifting like a
ship at sea without rudder or motive
power. Demagogues like Sherman,
i of Illinois, or imbeciles like Lodge, of
Massachusetts, have been leading the
party from one blunder to another in
the hope that in the passage a popu-
lar current may be found that will
convey it into a safe anchorage. Will
Haws, an adventurer, who has noth-
ing to lose and hopes that much may
be gained, has at last pinned his faith
upon the prospect of riding into pow-
er on the crest of some popular wave.
He is welcome to all he may get out
of such an enterprise. It promises
| little and deserves less.
——1It begins to look as if the
j Presidential boom of General Leon-
ard Wood had got lost in the shuffle.
to every Senator and Congressman of |
that party faith to make inquiry dur-
ing their brief time between the ses- | Under a law passed by the last |
one of his periods of dementia, pro-
and suggested the sounding of popu- :
to obviate future wars for all time
and the worst enemy it had in or out
of the Senate could not deny that it
would have in some measure accom-
plished that result. Such an organi-
zation is admittedly the only means
of attaining that end. The defeat of |
the League of Nations, therefore, is
equivalent to a declaration in favor of
war with its attendant horrors, cruel-
ties and suffering. There are only
two sides to the question.
In defeating the ratification of the
peace treaty and proposing to make
that action an issue in the campaign
Senator Lodge reveals the motives
that have influenced the Republican
Senators during the six months of
their contention inthe Senate. They
want wars and rumors of wars
to keep the munition makers
busy and give profiteers plenty
of. opportunity to -:loot. Mr.
Lodge’s rich friends in New Eng-
land will grow richér if there are
large armies in camps and canton-
ments to feed and clothe. And Mr.
Lodge’s rich friends, like Mr. Lodge
himself, care more for the profits of
business than for the prosperity of
rand an illegal act on the part of the
miners’ representatives. The gov-
| ernment, under its war powers, pro-
{ hibited any conspiracy on the part
; of two or more men in this country
| to limit the production of food and
‘fuel. A special act of Congress,
passed by the united vote of Republi-
cans and Democrats alike, makes it
unlawful for men to organze tc lim-
great basic commodities of life.
They did not contend that their
act were in force, but contended that
the act had ceased to operate since
over. But the courts and the gov-
not over and will not terminate until
a peace proclamation has been issued
by the President. The food control
act is as much in effect as war-time
prohibition or any other war measure.
i his fixed opposition to what labor re-
fers to as “government by injunc-
tion.” He has fought that sort of
thing all of his public life, he adds.
| He does not believe that a private
| employer has a right to demand of a
| court a restraining order which pre-
| vents employees from quitting ‘their
‘work whenever they choose to quit.
it the output of food and fuel, the
strike order would be lawful, if the
in their judgment the war now is
ernment itself insist that the war is |
The Attorney General has declared |
mick, at Lock Haven, has is ued an order
to Sheriff Rathgeber to secure the ballot
box and hold it in his possession until
called for, which indicates that the box
may be opened for the purpose of examin-
ing the ballots. The petitioners for the
contest have filed bonds in the sum of $200
to guarantee payments of the costs of the
—At three o'clock Sunday morning twe
men walked into a restaurant at Franklin,
Pa., and bought a penny bex of matches.
‘When the waiter opened the cash register
both men drew revolvers and demanded all
the money it contained. The waiter gave
it to them, $95, and the robbers departed.
Neither the waiter nor another employee’
in the rear of the room recognized the rob-
. bers, who are thought to have been stran- .
| gers, They have eluded capture sa far.
—Mrs. Linnie Decker, of Towanda, is be-
ing held by the state police under suspi-
{ cion that she administered the poison
: which killed Perry Denson, : 84 year old
i Civil war veteran, of Laceyville, last
{ Thursday. She says that the old. gentle-
{| man ate some canned peas and was taken
| sick. Physicians say that he did not die
| of that kind of poisoning and declare that
| some one mixed the death his
' food. A hottle of bisulphate of mercury
was found in the house.
| —John G. Dengier, of Berks county, be-
| gan his career as a school teacher in 1857,
| ana, with “the exception of four years’
the people. They are selfish seekers If employers should have such power | service in the war, has been teaching ever
after, personal advantage at any
In a decision handed down
by chairman Ainey at noon on Wed-
nesday the Public Service Commission
refused the application of the Bell
Telephone company to keep the fed-
eral rates in effect after December
1st and orders the company to return
to the rates established by the Com-
mission in 1917, and which will expire
| April 1st, 1920. In his decision chair-
| man Ainey said that “the evidence as
‘to the financial condition and pros-
pective revenues submitted by the
company is not sufficient to convince
the Commission of the necessity of
the increase prayed for,” but adds that
“if the future reveals necessity for |
rate adjustment prompt relief canbe
readily secured and will be granted.”
Legislature candidates for office who
did not receive any contributions for
campaign expenses nor make any dis-
bursements are not required to file
any’ statement of expenses. Under
the old law all candidates were re-
quired to file a statement, but if the
amount spent was less than fifty dol-
lars no itemization is required. It is a
well known fact that very few, if
any, borough or township candidates
spend much money in their campaign,
and yet under the old law they were
required to file a statement that they
expended “less than fifty dollars.”
Under the new law this will not be
-——Henry Harrison, colored, was
to have been hanged in Chicago last |
week, but his sentence was commuted
to life imprisonment. Henry’s wife
did not know of his good fortune un- |
til she called at the jail to have a last
look at her man before he swung off.
When she heard the news that he was
not to be hanged at all she flew into a
rage of dsappointment and cussed her
luck because, as she said: “He wasa
worthless coon and I’ve been keepin’
up the insurance on him for five
——1It should be held in mind that
the court order was not that miners
return to their work but that officers
of mine labor organizations may not
prevent them from returning if they
want to.
——Lady Astor, who has ambitions,
says that “but for women there would
be no people.” True, and it may be
added that if there were no men the
people would be up against it like-
——The Hohenzollern hopes are
building high on the defeat of the
League of Nations. They are talking
now of an imperial republic with Dr.
Helfferich as President.
——1In Huntingdon turkeys were
sold for forty cents a pound, dressed.
;and the courts should rec
. there would be in this cou
eit | since.
He is now in his eighty-second
{year and has been retired by the State
ry . ve
pronounced government by injunction. | Board, and will receive a life pension
i. But in the present case if is the |fronr the teachers’ retirement fund. The
' Federal government and not the coal veteran helped to educate many of the
: operators which intervened to pre- | most prominent men of Berks county, and,
vent a violation of statutory law. The | as he is a teacher of the old school, he no
operators are not parties to the in-| doubt did some thrashing in’ the line of
junction proceedings. With their in- | his work.
—Andrew Mislin, of West Pittston, shot
diate concern. In fact it has gone so
far as to limit the price of such coal
as may be produced in order that no
| coal operator may possibly profit by
present scarcity of fuel. 3
‘When the mine leaders violated the
law, however, they invited prosecu-
tion at the hands of the government.
And because they appear to have vi-
olated it, believing that they had a
j right to strike, they are proceeded
against in the civil court rather than
derstands this, the great body of
workingmen should applaud a govern-
ment which is unafraid.
The “Steady, There!” Vote.
From the New York Evening World.
lost 103 seats. The Radical Socialists
cialist groups put together. In the
election for the Italian Chamber of
It would be foolish to conclude
that the world is swinging back to
conservatism. But it is safe to say
the challenge of Bolshevism has ad-
ded enormously to what may be. call-
ed in any country the “Steady,
there!” vote. The “Steady there!”
vote is normally a lazy vote that only
shows up at the polls in force when
| the boat is rocking and there is dan-
ger that reckless handling may over-
(turn it. The “Steady, there!” vote
of course draws from other votes
that go in different directions when
, times are tranquil and issues not par-
ticularly important. A big part of
the “Steady, there!” vote, however,
never comes out at all unless it sees
something vital that needs prompt
{ It was the “Steady, there!” vote
{ for instance, that swelled Gov. Cool-
idge’s recent plurality in Massachu- |
| setts to proportions that rejoiced the
' Nation. Now it strengthens Clemen-
ceau against disruptive forces in
, France.
: Senator Lodge Angry.
| From the Springfield Republican.
! It is possible that Mr. Lodge has
misread his commission and misinter-
preted the minds and hearts of the
rank and file of his own party. If so,
the results of his defiance will be to
expose him as a leader who is discred-
lited. Certainly there are many Re-
| publicans’ of wide influence who will
! read his statement with regret, indig-
{ nation or dismay, according as they
| assess its importance. Can it be that
| Senator Lodge has become so angered
iat the discovery that his proposed
' concurrent resolution to end the war!
lacks the approval of constitutional
lawyers in his own party, that he has
{ thrown judgment to the winds?
terests the government has no imme- |
in a criminal court. Once labor un- |
In the French elections for the!
Chamber of Deputies the Socialists
lost 85, more than all the other So- |
Deputies the Socialist candidates are
reported to be losing in Southern
and killed his wife because she had failed
| to give him the kind of food and cooking
! he desired and because his rage got the
| better of him while he was under the in-
| fluence of liquor. That is the burden of
the story which Mislin carried to court
last Thursday in an effort to justify his
crime. Mislin said he never abused hig
wife, for the very good. reason that she
was as tall as he and weighed seventy
pounds more. But he said, Mrs. Mislin
‘had abused him, even having thrown a
lamp at him. !
—-Altoona ministers. are almost as well
paid as mechanics, according‘ to the re-
plies to questionnaires sent to twenty-five
of them. Their average annual salary is
$1941, or $5.30 per day. A mechanic's pay
is $5.44 per day of eight hours. Clergy-
men work longer hours and every day.
The average membership in the churches
enumerated is 564, and they contribute the
sum of $3.44..each to the pastor’s support.
. The average contributions per member to
all purposes is $7.80. Four times as many
pastors thought the church should pro-
vide automobile equipment as those who
: thought not, ,
——A year and six months in the western
| penitentiary was the sentence given Sam-
‘uel Soliday, of DuBois, by Judge Charles
Corbet, in closing Jefferson county erim-
inal court. Soliday was chargéd with ag-
gravated assault and battery with’ intent
to kill, larceny, etc., and - the jury found
him guilty. Soliday discovered a bee tree
| near his home at Rochester shaft, near
! DuBois, September 12th. Before he had a
chance to cut the tree Newton ' Buzzard
and others commenced operations, Buzzard
being shot in the back by a bullet out of
the darkness. Several days later Soliday
was arrested, and attempted to prove an
alibi at the trial of the case. Two cous-
ins testified : Soliday had admitted the
shooting to them. The jury was out for
eighteen hours deliberating the case before
| returning with a verdict of guilty of ag-
gravated assault and battery.
—The brewery at Madera, Clearfield
county, went out of business with the
better day last July. It is a small plant,
only the length and width of a few hatch-
et handles, and is located down in the val-
| ley in a little cluster of woods off the
| main road in Dutchtown, a suburban set-
| tlement of Madera. As the days length-
| ened into weeks and nothing appeared
that would bring back those wonderful
days, the brewing plant was dismantled
and deliberate stealing of the goods and
chattels commenced. In the cellar was a
vat, partly filled with beer, turned sour
with age and exposure. This was the at-
traction that brought plenty of people to
the scene with buckets, kettles and kegs.
After the crowd had filled their vessels
they started in to fill up their stomachs.
Before the vat was emptied there was a
free-for-all fight that resembled a Bolshe-
vik meeting, with which the local officers
were not able to cope. One fellow, whose
name is given as Mike Siganos, is dead,
said to have been caused by drinking of
I the beer.