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Bellefonte, Pa., March 12, 1920.
A PRAYER TO ST. PATRICK.
St. Patrick, who drove all the snakes out
Receive our petition this day:
That power which you used to sweep clean
the old sireland
Devote to fresh marvel, we pray!
The green snake of envy,
The serpent distrust,
The adder of malice,
The monster of lust,
The rattler called anger,
The viper called hate,
The python of slothfulness,
Waiting on fate;
The cobra of selfishness,
Asp of despair,
The copperhead murderer,
A-lurk in his lair,
The blacksnake of treason,
The moccasin fear,
The dark anaconda
Of doubt and of drear,
The scorpion falsehood,
Alive with his darts—
All these by thy magic
Drive out of our hearts.
St. Patrick, who banished those pests of
Oh, grant our petition this day!
Take heed of the snakes in our hearts that
And drive them divinely away!
GRAVE SITUATION FARMERS
Indications of a widespread spirit
of unrest and dissatisfaction among
the farmers of the country, so threat-
ening as likely to disturb the existing
economic structure, is considered by
government officials to be revealed in
more than 40,000 replies to a ques-
tionnaire recently sent out by the
The views of the 40,000 or more
farmers were obtained by the broad-
casting of 200,000 copies of a ques-
tionnaire throughout the agricultural
States asking for suggestions where-
by the Postoffice Department might
aid in cutting down the cost of living.
A Washington dispatch says that
answers to the questionnaires have
been coming in since the middle of
December at the rate of a thousand
a day, and as summarized by officials
show the major complaints of the
farmers in numeral order to be:
Inability to obtain labor to work
the farms, hired help and the farm-
ers’ children having been lured to the
city by higher wages and easier liv-
High profits taken by middlemen
for the mere handling of food prod-
ucts, and lack of proper agencies of
contact between the farmer and the
Probably as many as fifty per cent.
indicate that the svriters contemplate
either leaving their farms or curtail-
ing acreage under cultivation because
of one or more or the three major
grievances and because of the grow-
ing feeling against non-producing
Complaint was made in a majority
of the replies, the report said, of the
high prices paid by consumers as
compared with the low return to the
farmer, indicating an entirely dis-
proportionate profit for the middle-
man. Many farmers, the report said,
drew comparisons between “the
hours of labor required of the farm-
er and his compensation with those
of the urbanite of which the farmer
bitterly complains, setting forth the
soft and luxurious living of the latter
as compared with the hard and bare
living of the farmer, who is no long-
er willing to toil and produce for the
striker, the profiteer and the short-
hour, high-wage man.”
Excerpts from a number of letters
taken at random from the more than
40,000 already on file at the Postoffice
Department showed the trend of
thought among at least a considera-
ble proportion of the farmers of New
England, the Middle Western States,
Georgia, and the Eastern agricultur-
“The time is very near,” wrote a
farmer at East Chatham, Xs
“when we farmers will have to cur-
tail production and raise only what
we need for our own use and let the
other fellows look out for themselves.
Labor unions are more to blame for
the high prices than any one else.
People are trying to get pay for what
they don’t earn.”
Writing from Palmyra, Mo., anoth-
er farmer said:
“I almost fear a famine. Farm
help everywhere is flocking to the
city, lured by short hours, high wages
and the promise of a good time. Some
one, I fear, is going to suffer if this
condition is not remedied shortly.”
Declaring that the whole burden of
proof of the high cost of living rests
with the middle man, another Missou-
ri producer advocated the establish-
ment of municipal markets, to be
served by parcel post direct.
“I sell butter to the dealer for for-
ty-five cents a pound,” his letter said,
“and the same butter sells to the con-
sumer for eighty cents a pound. In
the distribution we lose nearly half
and we lose money on the butter at
the first price. Such conditions are
causing the farmers to leave the
farm by the thousands. We have
reached a crisis. You may ask what
we would do with the middle man. I
would suggest that it be arranged for
them to go on the farm and help pro-
duce things. I understand that they
might not relish working fourteen
hours a day, but if we get by the
near future there will have to be
some useful work done by everyone.”
Declaring that he worked a 240
acre farm without help and that hun-
dreds of other farmers are doing the
same, a Revere, Missouri, man declar-
ed that “the place to start to lower
the cost of living is to cut the wages
in the city, which have called our
farm help there. We need them on
the farm to help increase production
and then we can cut the cost of living.
His return for last year averaged
one dollar a day for himself, a White
Water, Mo., man said: “I hope soon
to see the farmer and consumer going
hand in hand. If not, then I'm quit-
ting, for one. Work fourteen hours a
day for $1 and let the middle man get
the biggest part of it? Not me.”
“I have just finished figuring up
what the eggs, poultry and cream that
1 sold last year brought me,” another
farmer said, “and I will not be in the
business next year.”
The tendency away from the farm
to the city was blamed by another
Middle Western farmer for the high
cost of living.
“I attribute it a great deal,” he
wrote, “to the good times in the cities.
The young men can go to the city
and get big pay for eight hours work
while farmers have to work 14 to 16
hours a day at hard manual labor. All
of the young men of this vicinity of
any account go to the city, and there
are only a few old men left to farm.
Declaring that while the farmer has
to take what the commission man and
retailer will pay him for his product,
he is compelled to pay whatever the
dealer asks for his clothes, farm ma-
chinery and other necessities, anoth-
er farmer said:
“Farmers work from twelve to six
teen hours a day. City labor works
six to eight hours a day. The city
man makes two or three times as
much as the farmer. The farmer la-
bors and produces, but gets a smaller
return than any other class.”
“The time is coming, if not here,”
another letter declared, “when the
consumer and the farmer will abso-
lutely have to deal direct with one
another. The middlemen want a
larger profit than we are 'getting,
while at the same time the farmer
does the hard work.”
Declaring that “great evils confront
us today and hypocricy is in full
sway,” a letter from a Hagerstown,
Md., farmer read: “To reduce the
cost of my food stuffs to the consum-
er you must first furnish men with
first class labor at reasonable wages,
and, second, you must eliminate
thousands of middlemen, who are rob-
bing the people wholesale.”
“The price of everything the farm-
er has to buy is still going up, and
the quantity we can raise and put on
the market is steadily going down,”
a Missouri farmer wrote. “I am a
small farmer and don’t know much
else. We are all loyal citizens, but
there is an awful uneasiness.”
“If you would reduce the cost of
living,” another farmer said “curtail
the possibilities which are now af-
forded capital to hoard and profiteer
under fake legislation. Then efforts
will produce results.”—Ex.
GRADUATE 1000 SERVICE MEN
Students from Every State in Union
Enrolled in Present Class.
During the first year of its exist-
ence, the Ford Service course, organ-
ized January 1, 1918, by the Ford Mo-
tor company, graduated more than
1000 service men who went to Detroit
from Ford dealers in various parts of
the United States to learn the proper
and mose efficient way to repair Ford |
cars. It is the intention of the com- !
rany to eventually have every serv-
ice man and mechanic employed by
authorized Ford dealers go to Detroit
to take the course. i
Appointments arc made through
the Ford branches, one of which sends
five delegates each day. The time oc- |
cupied is one month and it is divided |
between theory and practice. The stu- |
dents are paid by the Ford company |
for their time—a part of which is |
spent doing actual work on cars in|
the factory. In the present class arc |
120 students, and every State is rep- |
The exuenditure of $150,000, which
was the cost of beginning this course, !
is looked upon by company officials as
a good investment because it will help |
to give standard service to car own-
Former Soldiers to Show Students |
Uncle Sam has detailed more than
100 of his former soldiers who were |
wounded in the service to take up|
studies in various lines at The Penn-
sylvania State College. These men
have formed themselves into the “Re- |
habilitation club,” better known as
the “Rehab club,” which is rapidly be-
coming identified with the general
student life at the college. The men
range in age from 20 to 45 years, and |
in their desire to show their willing- :
ness to enter into all forms of college |
activities, have made plans to stage a !
big minstrel show in the Schwab au- |
ditorium at State College on the even- |
HOOD’S SARSAPARILLA. |
This Spring Take :
Hood’s Sarsaparilla—A Good Blood-
Purifying Tonic Medicine.
It is a medicine in which the peo-
ple can and do have entire confidence
as pure, clean and safe. |
All the claims made for it are justi-
fied by the testimony of the gratify-
ing results attending its use in a
multitude of cases of scrofula, ecze-
ma or salt rheum, psoriasis, blood-
poisoning, catarrh and rheumatism, |
and of loss of appetite, that tired feel-
ing, and low or run-down conditions
common in the spring.
It is not adulterated; it is not mis-
branded, but honestly labelled. It
originated in-a physician’s prescrip- .
tion and is recommended and used by
many physicians today. It has a rec-
ord of nearly 50 years of wonderful
Hood’s Sarsaparilla “makes food
taste good.” Get it today.
If you need a mild laxative or ca-
thartic, take Hood’s Pills. 65-11
Get the Best Meats
You save nothing by buying poor,
thin or gristly meats. I use only the
LARGEST AND FATTEST CATTLE
and supply my customers with the
freshest, choicest, best blood and mus-
cle making Steaks and Roasts. My
prices are no higher than the poorer
meats are elsewhere.
I always have
Game in season, and any kinds of good
meats you want.
TRY MY SHOP.
P. L. BEEZER,
34-34-1y Bellefonte Pa.
Flock No Longer Put to
By ‘Pulpit Voice’ of Preacher
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You wouldn't think of applying the
word ‘‘jazz” to a church sermon.
Yet that bit of modern slang is
the word which most adequately
describes the mew manner and voice
in which pulpit messages are de-
livered. Jazzed music is fundament-
ally simple and easy to understand.
And that is also a description of the
The old style minister, with his
intoning, rhetoric and oratory, too
often talked over the heads of his
congregation. He lulled them into
Christianity and sleep at the same
time. His sermons were apt to be
complex and obscure.
The modern minister presents his
message in clear, concise English,
and in a natural voice. He talks
directly to his congregation and
brings them to Christianity thor-
oughly wide awake. This change In
pulpit method was uncovered in an
Interchurch World Movement survey
and 4s one of thousands of interest-
ing side lights disclosed in its work
to bring the Protestant churches into
ing of March 26. They have engaged
E. G. Moyer, of Schuylkill Haven, as
coach and are hard at work rehears-
ing for the performance, which will
be the first of its kind seen in that
place in many years. In addition to
the minstrel show, they will stage at
the same time a one act farce comedy,
“On the Morn of the Eleventh,” de-
picting the “trials and tribulations” of
some of the boys while overseas. On
the evening following the presenta-
tion at State College, they will repeat
the performance in Bellefonte.
The Kind You Have Always Bought, and which has been
in use for over over 30 years, has borne the signature of
“and has been made under his per-
sonal supervision since its infancy.
Allow no one to deceive you in this,
All Countcricits, Imitations
Children Cry for Fletcher’s
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Yeager’s Shoe Store.
$485. $485 $48
aF MEN'S HIGH TOP WORK SHOES
I have received another
shipment of those good High
Top Work shoes that I sold last
fall for $4.85
; These shoes are made of all
solid leather and are less in price
than the very cheapest shoddy
shoe on the market today.
It will pay you to purchase
your work shoes now and lay
them away until you need them.
AS ASS ASRS
Yeager's Shoe Store
THE SHOE STORE FOR THE POOR MAN,
Bush Arcade Building
58-27 BELLEFONTE. PA.
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Experiments that trifle with and endanger the health of
Infants and Children—Experience against Experiment.
What is CASTORIA
Castoria is a harmless substitute for Castor Oil, Paregoric,
Drops and Soothing Syrups.
neither Opium, Morphine nor other narcotic substance.
age is its guarantee.
It is pleasant.
For more than thirty years it has
been in constant use for the relief of Constipation, Flatulency,
Wind Colic and Diarrhoea;
It contains |
allaying Feverishness arising
therefrom, and by regulating the Stomach and Bowels, aids
the assimilation of Food; giving healthy and natural sleep.
The Children’s Panacea—The Mother’s Friend.
GENUINE CASTORIA ALwAys
Bears the Signature of
In Use For Over 30 Years
The Kind You Have Always Bought
THE CENTAUR COMPANY. NEW YORK CITY,
A Thoroughly Equipped Store
F. P. Blair & Son,
Come to the “Watchman” office for High Class Job work.
Lyon & Co. = Lyon & Co.
We have just remodeled and improved our
store-room, which gives better light, better
facilities for showing merchandise, and are
just in time for a big Easter opening.
Coats and Suits
We can truthfully sav, without boasting,
our Ready-to-Wear Department never was
more complete ; and in addition to the large
assortment, the prices are phenomenally low. We
are showing the new Spring Suits in all colors—
Navy Blue, Copenhagen, Reindeer, Pekin; in
Serges—Poiret Twill, Tricotine, Silvertone. Jersey
Cloth Suits are very popular in the heather mix-
tures in blue and green colors. We have sizes to
fit the small lady, the medium sizes and extra sizes.
Our price we can guarantee from 25 to 30 per cent.
less than any other store.
Coats—We are showing a big line of Spring
Coats, all colors ; styles with narrow leather belts
or narrow self belts ; sport length or full length.
Dress Goods—See our new assortment of fig-
ured Georgettes. All the new combinations in dif-
ferent colors for the new over-blouses ; satins and
taffetas to match. White Silk Kumsi Kumsa and
Silk Jersey for the new sport skirts or suits.
Easter Accessories—Neckwear, Kid and Fab-
ric Gloves, Silk Hose, Corsets, Bags and Pocket
Books—everything the woman of good taste needs
to brighten up her Easter outfit.
Winter Coats at Sacrifice Prices—All sizes
and all colors (including black) Winter Coats must
now be sold regardless of cost.
Spring Shoes—New Spring Styles in Men’,
Women’s and Children’s high and low cut Shoes.
Lyon & Co. « Lyon & Co.