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Bellefonte, Pa., July 16, 1920.
GAMBLING AND GAMBLERS.
The “Watchman’s” Pleasant Gap
correspondent contributes the follow-
ing lucid dissertation on gambling
There seems to be a fascination
about gambling that is perfectly irre-
sistible to a great many. It becomes
their ruling passion and usually ends
in ruin. Drunkenness, rowdyism and
general wickedness are associated
with gambling, especially when cards,
dice and similar devices are used. This
is true in a measure, but does not ap-
ply to all phases of gambling, because
professional gamblers, as a rule, are
gentlemanly in appearance, strictly
sober, the soul of honor in personal
matters, and unselfish in character.
This may seem like giving very good
characters to very bad men. If it
does, it is the fault of the facts, for it
is well known that the big men in the
profession do not drink to excess and
their words as a rule are as good as
their notes. These men make gam-
bling their business, and do not want
to be held responsible for the conduct
of their patrons. They claim that
they only take a man’s money with
his consent, after giving him a chance
to take theirs.
It is simply a game of chance, and
if the people want to play it, profes-
sionl gamblers offer them the oppor-
tunity. They argue, and with a good
deal. of force, too, that their business
is no less respectable than that of the
saloon keeper of the days gone by.
His patrons were, if in any degree
different, worse than the gambler’s.
He took their money and gave them
in return that which was worse than
nothing, and gave them no opportuni-
ty to get even; yet the saloon keeper
occupied a higher plane in social life
than the gambler. It is probable that
the saloon keeper got some of his re-
spectability from the manufacturers
and wholesale dealers in liquor, who
were generally wealthy, and influen-
tial in church and State. The gam-
bler has no background of that kind
to soften his odious features.
Were all those who play in games
of chance grouped under the general
head, “gamblers,” as all who handle
intoxicating drinks were called “li-
quor dealers,” there would be some
show for the despised portion of the
profession. A man of passable ap-
pearance could get along almost any-
where as a “liquor dealer,” but the
lines of an elegant-looking, amiable,
and even cultured man are narrowed
almost to the minimum if he is known
to be a gambler. This is another evi-
dence that there is something in a
name, and it also shows that the mas-
ses do not care to look into the merits
of things before condemning or en-
dorsing them. One sin is winked at,
another endorsed or tabooed, just as
they happen to strike the public. It
has been ever thus, and ever thus it
probably always will be. It is not the
intention, of the writer to defend the
ganibler against the charge of being
a nuisance and a curse to any commu-
nity, but merely to call attention to
the fact that he is no worse than oth-
ers who enjoy the reputation of being
fore respectable and more trustwor-
It is true that he feeds and thrives
upon the hard-earned or ill-gotten
gains of the dissipated, reckless and
immoral, but in that he does no worse
than many others. It is wrong, very
wrong, for him to do so, but in point
of fact no worse than for any other
persen to take something without giv-
ing a fair equivalent. That which en-
courages idleness, tends to deprave
the mind and impair the usefulness
of men is bad, and ought to be fought
down as though it were pestilent. Pes-
tilent it is, in fact. What can be more
ruinous to a community than a dispo-
sition on the part of the young to be
idle ? What greater calamity could be-
fall the morals of a community than
wide-spread depravity, and what
could strike the State with more par-
alyzing effect than a general decad-
ence in manliness?
There seems to be an inborn desire
in man to get something for nothing.
That this is wrong in principle 1s
clearly shown in nature, as all of its
laws, great or small, are based on the
principle that there must be causes
for all effects. Industry is the prime
condition upon which life itself de-
pends. This applies to all phases of
life from the microbe to the elephant.
Man is not an exception, as some
would like to believe. Man alone, of
all the animals, hopes to be able to
exist without work. He is continually
on the alert of a chance to profit by
the labor of some one else. Why
should he be so disposed? There
seems to be no other reason but that
it is one of the depraved tastes. These
were given him that he might have
something upon which he might exer-
cise his will and show his ability as a
This concludes my views on the
gambling proposition as I understand
it. But if space is available I should
like to, coming nearer home, disclose
a few facts which are familiar only to
a few of our older citizens. Almost a
half a century ago a group of Belle-
fonte business men, with the addition
of a few gentlemen of leisure, con-
ceived the idea that a little quiet po-
ker game in the town of Pennsylva-
nia Governors would be the proper
thing to engage in. Hence the pro-
ject was established and the game
went merrily on. A few business men
of Lock Hven and Tyrone joined the
aggregation. The Bellefonte contin-
gent was made up of six, then pros-
perous business men, one prominent
attorney and two hotel men. The
game progressed for nearly three
years, at which time some of the
gang began to drop out of the game
and unfortunately, for prudential rea-
sons, went out of active business as
well. An ex-member of the Pennsyl-
vania Legislature from Tyrone, was
about the only one who emerged from
the game and came out a financial
winner; his experience at Harrisburg
no doubt materially aiding him to
come out first best. It would be un-
kind to give the names of the unfor-
tunate victims since nearly every par-
ticipant has cashed in his chips and
The general impression of the wiser
ones is that gambling is a dangerous
profession and precious few come out
of the game financially benefitted.
(A few men are still living in Belle-
fonte who at least know of the game
the writer refers to as having been car-
ried on in Bellefonte a half century
ago, but that was only a link in the
chain of this fascinating form of spot
that has been carried on more or less
for a hundred years. The only differ-
ence was in the principals who gath-
ered around the baize cloth and the
limit which has run anywhere from
penny-ante to the blue sky. But gam-
bling is really too wide a subject to
take up for discussion. Its forms are
so varied and devious and its paths so
labyrinthian in character that it is al-
most impossible for two men to agree
as to just what constitutes gambling.
Leaders in church and society lift up
their hands in holy horror at a crowd
of men playing poker for money yet
invite the public at large to card par-
ties for various benefits at which the
stakes are prizes.—Editor).
Real Estate Transfers.
Commissioners of Centre county to
A. D. Lucas, tract in Curtin township;
Amos Garbrick to American Lime
and Stone Co., tract in Spring town-
Nocoland B. Zane, et ux, to Irl D.
Wilson, tract in State College; $6400.
Adam H. Krumrine, et ux, to Mac-
lean M. Babcock, et ux, tract in State
Calvin B. Struble, et ux, to A. F.
Markle, tract in State College, $3000.
Harry E. Bilger, et ux, to Charles
% Bilger, tract in Spring township;
B. A. Noll to MeNitt-Huyett Lum-
ber Co., tract in Spring township;
Harry A. Kunes, Admr., to J. Al-
bert Bitner, tract in Union township;
David Gunsallus’ heirs to Walter
Gunsallus, tract in Liberty township;
Mary Davis, et bar, to Steve Novol-
osky, tract in Rush township; $1000.
Philipsburg Realty Co., to Gertrude
C. Humphreys, tract in Philipsburg;
J. L. McMonigal, et ux, to Alfred
Graham, tract in Rush township;
Malissa Crawford, et bar, to Alfred
Justice, tract in Spring township;
H. E.. Schreckengast, et ux, to Ella
Ream, tract in Gregg township; $20.
William Guisewite’s Exrs., to F. P.
Guisewite, tract in Haines township;
Charles C. Grebe, et al, to Regina
Grebe, tract in Philipsburg; $1.
Edna R. Grove, et bar, to Edith G.
Owens, tract in Philipsburg; $3500.
John M. Robb, et ux, to Harvey S.
Young, tract in Curtin township;
Mary C. Gault to William Showers,
tract in Bellefonte; $250.
Walker Grange No. 345, P. of H.
to Hublersburg Club, tract in Walker,
Central Penna. Silk Co., to Hia-
watha Silk Mills, tract in Philipsburg,
John W. Walter to Paul Kassal, et
al, tract in South Philipsburg, $750.
Samuel Harter, executor, to Wil-
liam Breon, tract in Gregg, $100.
Harry B. Gernard, et bar, to John
R. Haswey, tract in State College,
SINCE DADDY CAN'T BUY BOOZE
By Susan L. Harlacher.
Since Daddy has stopped drinking
We have lots of things to eat,
And he don’t stay away at night
Or stagger down the street.
And Ma don’t go out washing
For the swell folks any more,
But has time to do our sewing,
And buy things at the store.
And we wear shoes and stockings
And have got the nicest clothes!
And Daddy says he’s proud of us
No matter where he goes.
We're glad for prohibition
And we hope it’s come to stay,
It’s brought the best things to our home
We've known for many a day.
LINCOLN WAY TO BE PERMA-
NENTLY MARKED THIS
Enamel -Steel Signs to Guide Tour-
ists from New York.
The Lincoln Highway has never
been permanently marked between
the Missouri river and the Atlantic
coast. Travelers in the past have
been guided by painted markers sten-
ciled on the telgraph and telephone
poles, but this system of marking,
while the cheapest to accomplish, is
the most expensive in the long run,
as the painted signs are quickly ob-
literated by the weather and must be
constantly renewed if the marking is
to be maintained at top efficiency.
The Lincoln Highway Association
has in the past years, through co-op-
eration with the Automobile club, of
Southern California, brought about
the permanent marking of the Lin-
coln Highway from San Francisco to
Omaha, as well as the Midland trail
main feeder, connecting Los Angeles
with the Lincoln Highway at Ely, Ne-
vada. Now the remainder of the
route will be permanently sign-board-
ed with enamel steel signs by the As-
The expense of permanently mark-
ing some 1,500 miles of through high-
way in a thorough fashion is very
considerable. To properly mark a
through route at least two markers
to the mile are necessary. After
careful figuring the Association de-
termined that $20,000 should take
care of the job it had in view for this
summer. The co-operation of the
communities along the line has been
assured to the extent of $5,000 and
due to the interest of Mr. John N.
Willys, a director of the Lincoln
Highway Association, the additional
$15,000 has been provided. This mon-
ey will be largely invested in 3,000
permanent enamel steel signs, 10x21
inches in size, carrying the standard
Lincoln Highway marker in three col- |
ors of enamel. These signs are half
round and are firmly screwed to hard-
wood posts, 11 feet long, which wiil
be sunk three feet under ground and
placed at every confusing turn and
cross road between the Hudson and
The Association has also secured
the co-operation of the Autocar Co.,
of Ardmore, Pa., through the inter-
est of’its president, Mr. David S. Lud-
lum, a founder of the Association.
The Autocar company will’ provide
two two-ton trucks for carrying the
poles and signs and the marking crew.
Two young men from the University
of Michigan at Ann Arbor, have been
secured by the Association to handle
the work, the drivers of the trucks
have been provided through the kind-
ness of Mr. Ludlum.
A. F. Bement, vice president of the
Lincoln Highway Association, states
that he expects to start the crew ear-
ly in July and that it is proposed to
complete the entire job to Omaha pe-
fore October first.
In such large cities as Philadelphia
and Pittsburgh, where it would be
difficult to plant poles, special ar-
rangements have been made for
clamping the enamel steel signs on
the electric lighting fixtures with the
permision of city authorities.
With the completion of this highly
expensive but most efficient and per-
manent plan of marking, the Lin-
coln Highway will be the most thor-
oughly and clearly marked road on
the American continent, and a tourist
can follow through from 42nd street
and Broadway to Market Street, San
Francisco, if he so desires even with-
out the help of a road guide or log
and merely by following the marking.
The chestnut posts to be used by
the Association for the affixing of the
signs are guaranteed to last at least
15 years, while the metal signs car-
rying a high glaze are practically in-
destructible by the elements.
et —— ese
Coal Supply for Centuries.
Colonel J. S. Dennis, chief commis-
sioner of Colonization and Develop-
ment of the Canadian Pacific Railway,
gave some interesting figures rela-
tive to western Canada’s coal resourc-
es in an address before the Alberta
Industrial Development Association
during its convention at Calgary, Al-
“The question of fuel available for
domestic and industrial use is a vital
matter in the development of any new
country,” said Colonel Dennis, “and is
of primary importance in western
Canada where such a large part of
our agricultural areas consists of
open prairies. Fortunately in this
matter nature has been exceedingly
kind to us. The provinces of Sas-
katchewan, Alberta and British Col-
umbia contain about seventeen per
cent. of the known coal resources of
the globe and these coals cover all the
different qualities from lignite to bi-
tuminous cooking and anthracite. The
Province of Alberta alone contains
known coal resources of one thousand
and seventy-five billion tons. These
facts indicate that without depending
upon the ‘fuel obtainable from its won-
derful supplies of timber and natural
Zas, western Canada has enough coal
for domestic and industrial needs to
take care of the requirements for
many centuries to come.”—Ex.
A Good Medicine
for Loss of Appetite
General debility and that tired feel-
‘ing is Hood’s Sarsaparilla. This
highly concentrated, economical med-
icine is a great favorite in thousands
‘of homes. It is peculiarly successful
in purifying and revitalizing the
blood, promoting digestion, restoring
animation, and building up the whole
Get this dependable medicine today
and begin taking it at once.
If you need a laxative take Hood’s
Pills. You will surely like them. 65-22
®Money back without tion!
if HUNT'S Salve fails. +1 the
RINGWORM, TETTER or
other itching skin diseases.’
Try a 75 cent box at our risk,
63-26 C.M. PARRISH, Druggist,Bellefonte
They imagine that a million
dollars represents a tremen-
dous part of the national
Instead it represents only one
penny fcr each inhabitant of
Switt & Company last yearhad
an output of 5,500,000,000
pounds. A profit of one cent
per pound would have re-
| sulted in $55,000,000.
How Much is a Million?
! \he moment you mention a million
dollars to some people. they are
The actual net profit was
$14,000,000 or one-fourth of
what we would have made
ad the profit been at the
Swift & Company, U. S. A.
indicates a highly competitive
condition in the industry and
packer profits have practically
no effect on prices.
rate of 1 cent a pound.
An average profit of only a
a cent per pound
our assertion that
Quality Costs More
---but, only at the start.
while comes high
--but it’s worth the price.
Clothes as fine as High Art Clothes
cost a little more at the beginning
than some unknown makes of ques-
tionable lasting qualities---but only
at the beginning.
In the end, measured by the cost. of
Made by Strouse & Brothers, Inc., Baltimore, Md.
are the lowest, priced clothes you
They bear eloquent testimony to the
economy of quality--they are proof
that the only high-priced clothes
are those that cost little at the
° : ° ° :
Quality. Service. Efficiency.
E.—B. OSBORNE CORN and GRAIN BINDERS
E.—B. OSBORNE MOWERS E.—B MANURE SPREADERS
E.—B. CYLINDER HAY LOADERS
LETZ FEED MILLS CONKLIN WAGONS
E.—B. STANDARD MOWERS—in a class by themselves
MISSOURI GRAIN DRILLS—NEW IDEA MANURE SPREADERS
We are Headquarters for repairs for the E. B. Osborne,
Champion and Moline Machines.
SPECIALS—While they last. Spray Guns, 25, 35 and 50
cents. A-1 Maroon paint for outside use at $2.00 per gallon.
COMBINATION TEDDER and SIDE DELIVERY RAKE
guaranteed to do both well
SHARPLESS CREAM SEPARATOR, the separator with the suc-
tion feed, no discs, top of milk bowl 24 inches from the floor. SHARP-
LESS MILKING MACHINES, the electric moto-milker, the only one
to emulate nature.
B.—K., the perfect disinfectant, deodorant and antiseptic. No
dairy farm or home should be without this. NON POISONOUS FLY
SPRAY. Spraying material for every purpose. Dry Lime, Sulphur,
Arsenate of Lead, Bordeaux Mixture, Tuber Tonic des’roys Potato
Bugs and prevents Potato Blight.
Dubbs’ Implement and Feed Store
Satisfying Performance Economy of Operation
Power Durability True Value
BIG. SEX sire iteiecionenssnssossse
LIGHT SIX.......vsst Sesasencsses
Cord Tires on all Models—Prices
f. 0. b. Factory—Subject to Change
North Water St. 4. BELLEFONTE
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