Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, August 19, 1921, Image 1

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In the end Kipling’s measure-
ment of the Russian character will be
accepted as the standard.
—Possibly one reason why Eve was
never all dressed up was because, in
her day, there was nc place to go.
—We presume that the girls who
are wearing the rolled down stockings
have opened an account in a regular
~ —Will somebody please tip us off to
the women whom rumor persists in
hinting at as coming out for burgess
and tax collector at the eleventh hour.
—XKing Peter of Serbia is dead. He
was “the grand old man” of continen-
tal monarchs and his constructive and
devoted service to his country made
bim the idol of all Serbia.
—Congress has so amended the
Willis-Campbell beer bill that after its
passage any person can make “hootch”
in his own home and be free from mo-
lestation so long as he offers none of
it for sale.
—The “Watchman” is going to an-
nounce, some of these fine days, the
name of the gentleman who has won
the brown derby for making the most
noise while starting and stopping his
Ford motor.
There are hitches in the nego-
tiations but between the lines of the
letters passing there is hope for en-
during peace in Ireland. “Swearing
they’ll ne'er consent” both disputants
may consent in the end.
—Mile. Lenglen, the world’s woman
tennis champion, blew up in the second
set at Forest Hill, N. Y., on Monday
and gave her crown to Molla Mallory,
the American champion, by default.
This seems to be a bad season for | tiplying employees and in other ways. 2o0od many of the States in the Amer-
French champions in this country.
—If that Bellefonte policeman re-
ally did stand guard over a bootleg-
ger’s van of whiskey and if the boot-
legger really did give him a quart of
whiskey for services rendered why |
should council dismiss the officer?
Are the thirsty solons of Howard
street envious?
— Between council, the burgess and
the policemen there seems to be a
great diversity of opinion as to who is
running Bellefonte. And the people,
usually the most interested, and the
least considered have a sneakin’ no-
tion that nobody is running it, but
haven’ the gumption to say so.
— Philipsburg can’t find any one
who is willing to run for burgess of
the town. The way Osceola and
Clearfield have been trimming that
d ball team over in the cap-.
township. it isn’t much
—Of course we don’t know how you
feel about it but the “Watchman” is
opposed to the proposal to revise the
constitution of Pennsylvania. The
time is not propitious, the public mind
is not properly poised for such a pro-
found work and the treasury is in no
condition to bear the expense of it.
—In this column, on April 15th last,
we announced that John Liberty
Knisely would be the next postmaster
of Bellefonte. Those who know that
the “Watchman” doesn’t merely guess
at things were, therefor, not surprised
when the confirmation of our news of
months ago was realized on Tuesday
—Honestly, we just can’t suppress
the devilish glee with which we antic-
ipate the coming of September 1st.
You know council has resoluted that
it would be resolute with the tax col-
lector on that date and as there hasn’t
been much doing in the cold town since
circus day we're just dying for ex-
citement. :
—Blair county is enjoying a greatly
enlarged and interesting fair this
week. Next week Mifflin county will
witness a fair that will almost double
in exhibits and attractions the wonder-
ful exhibition held at Lewistown last
year and the Centre county fair
ground looks like the breaking up of a
hard winter.
show be revived ?
—Our Republican friends have de-
cided not to make the repeal of the
excess profits tax retroactive to Janu-
ary 1st, 1921.
porations will have to carry the bur-
dens of taxation again this year until
we waken up and find out that in such
times of industrial depression there
can be no such thing as excess profits.
—If all men were lazy over-produc-
tion would probably never occur and
there would be work at all times for
everybody. Intensive production in-
variably supplies in excess of the de-
mand and consequently results in per-
nervous wrecks, '
iodical stagnation,
crowded asylums and graves filled
with suicides. Therefor the lazy man
not only gives his brother a chance to
obtain work but insures himself a
longer lease of life, if he has a wife
who will take in washing on the side
to supply the food and raiment that he
doesn’t earn.
—The Portage Dispatch is all het up
over the possibility of the election of
a woman as mayor of that city. The
most of its perturbation seems to be
caused by doubt as to how she should
be addressed. To us “Madam Mare”
would seem quite the proper form for
addressing a woman in such a posi-
tion. The Dispatch is worrying over
trifles and missing the big things in
such an eventuality. Well might it
ponder over the delicacy of such a sit-
uation as having “Madam Mare” in
Why can’t our annual |
Another grand-stand
play! This decision will make a lot of
us poor simps believe that the cor-
VOL. 66.
Administration in State of Panic.
The Harding administration is hav-
ing all sorts of trouble with its pro-
posed funding bills. The Secretary of
the Treeasury demands blanket au-
thority to deal with the subject as he
wishes, while a number of Senators
and Representatives protest that plac-
ing so much power in the hands of one
man would set a dangerous precedent.
The settlement of the financial differ-
ences between the government® and
the railroads is likewise a bone of
contention. President Harding insists
that this problem be railroaded
through before the proposed recess
and Congress protests that that is im-
possible. At a joint session of the
Senate and House committees, before
which the matter comes, a motion to
i summon Mr. McAdoo caused a panic.
Secretary of the Treasury, William G.
McAdoo, who was head of the railroad
iod of government control, knows more
about this question than any other
person. During the early period of
' government control the railroad man-
‘agers flim-flammed Mr. McAdoo
' shamefully by padding payrolls, mul-
: Finally Mr. McAdoo “got onto their
! curves,” and called a halt upon their
manipulations. But not until they
had run up vastly excessive expense
i accounts. Now the railroad managers
want the government to pay the roads
i for these expenses, though the gov-
‘ernment paid for them at the time,
| and the administration is supporting
| the preposterous demand.
At the joint meeting of the commit-
| tees last Friday Senator Pittman; of
Nevada, moved that Mr. McAdoo be
i called as a witness and the committee
practically “threw a fit.” All the Re-
publicans present, except Senator La-
Follette, who joined with the Demo- ,
cratic members in demanding a vote
on Pittman’s motion objected. A fil-
ibuster was organized and continued
for some time and finally the com- |
mittee adjourned to prevent a vote.
Of course the rea
To let the public
refusing to gi
they have agreed to give the railroads
half a billion dollars.
——The Mexican government com-
pels officials using government owned
automobiles to supply their own tires
and gasoline and pay for repairs and
would work a great hardship.
False Pretense the Policy.
When Republican floor leader Mon-
del admonished his associates in the
House of Representatives, the other
day, that taxes must be reduced dur-
ing the present session of Congress
or the party would be headed toward
the “demnition bowwows,” he put an :
irreparable puncture in the tax plans .
of Secretary of the Treasury Mellon.
Tax reduction was the principal prom-
ise of the party during the campaign
and Mellon proposed vast increases in- |
stead. As head of the treasury and a
thorough business man he felt an ob- |
ligation upon himself to strike a bal- | NO Man or group could have his or its |
ance at the end of the fiscal year. As
there vas neither inclination to nor
prospect of decreasing expenses, he
felt that increased revenues were nec-
Mondel being = politician
than a business man figured out that
“the promise of tax reduction might be
fulfilled and the expenses kept up by
skillful manipulation of tax accounts.
as to compel notice the public would
quently secured by deficiency bills. In
fact he practically declared that as his
plan and it was promptly adopted. It
is a mischievous make-shift, of course, !
but as was said by another eminent |
statesman of a previous period, it “is
a good enough Morgan until after the
election.” It is possible to conceal the ,
facts from the public until after the
next Congressional election, which will |
be next year.
But even with this subterfuge it
will be noticed that the tax burdens
are shifted as much as possible from
the rich who are able to pay to the
poor who can’t pay. Mr. Mellon’s
‘ proposition to stamp tax bank checks
is rejected summarily but his plan to
‘reduce the income tax and surtax on
- big incomes is promptly adopted. Of
! course stamp taxes on bank checks are
objectionable in various ways and
ought never to have been seriously con-
_ sidered. But a good many of the lux-
ury taxes provided for in the present
law might have been retained without
i great injustice to anybody. But re-
, duced to the final analysis the surest
. and best way to balance the accounts
; would have been to curtail expenses.
, be “dumped,” according to Washing-
ton dispatches, and yet Republican
control of the “Bulls” who keep peace Congressmen. have been demanding |
It is easily believable that former
administration during most of the per-
sons for this oppo-
: Republican ,
Such a rule in Pennsylvania
-1ather |
That is to say by so reducing the taxes
be satisfied and the balance subse-
——Hold-over postmasters are to
Present Constitution Not Inadequate.
Thus far the proponents of a con-
stitutional convention have given no
substantial reason for such an enter-
prise at this time nor have they offer-
ed any evidence that the present con-
stitution of the State is inadequate.
It is nearly fifty years old, it is true,
and great changes have taken place
since it was adopted in 1873. But it
has been altered and amended fre-
quently and is today as sound in prin-
ciples and policies as then. When all
is said and done all that is really nec-
essary in a constitution is clearly and
forcefully expressed in Article 1 of
the present constitution, commonly
known as the “Bill of Rights.” The
various changes in conditions have in
no respect impaired this feature of the
: instrument.
The constitution of the United
States was adopted in 1798 and is
therefore nearly a hundred years old-
er than the constitution of Pennsyl-
vania. But nobody contends or even
pretends that it is antiquated or in-
efficient. It has been amended twenty |
“times within the period of its exist-
"ence and covers every phase of life as
, completely as when first adopted. A
ican Union are moving along safely
and prosperously under the Common
| Law of England which antidates, in
{ some instances, the discovery of the
| American continent. As a matter of
! fact age works no impairment of laws,
fundamental or otherwise, that are
i kept in line with the progress of
i events by amendments, as the consti-
tution of Pennsylvania has been.
| There may be defects in the consti- ,
| tution of Pennsylvania perceptible to :
| minds trained in legal lines, but they .
are not such as to justify the organ-
“ization of a convention at vast ex-
' pense to frame a new instrument at a
time that the public conditions are not
propitious for such work, the public
mind not in proper frame and under
“conditions renellant to the principles
of justice and fairness. A constitu-
tional convention should be created
and conducted under auspices above
suspicion and one in which, before the
_event, one man is ¢
“domin nt ontrol is §
giving the "Governor po
“appoint one-third of the delegates is
a menace to popular liberty. It should
be overwhelmingly condemned.
——The surprise is that the Repub-
licans of the Senate committee didn’t
recommend that Senator Newberry be
reimbursed for his profligate cam-
paign expenses.
Lord Bryce Expeeted Too Much.
It is utterly impossible te under-
stand the reasoning of Viscount
James Bryce in relation to the Ver-
sailles peace treaty, as expressed in
his speeches at the Institute of Poli-
tics, now in session in Williamstown,
Massachusetts. As author of the
“Modern Democracies” and other
. of government, Mr. Bryce might have
been expected to not only wisely but
correctly appraise the possibilities as
i well as the limitations of a body as-
sembled under the conditions which
obtained in the Paris peace Congress.
{way in everything. The result of the
labors of the delegate: vas necessari-
‘ly one of compromises.
{ Mr. Bryce criticizes the treaty be-
, cause it contains some minor imper-
fections. He imagines that an ideal
ought to have been set up to which
every member would cheerfully ad-
here. If that had happened a perfect
| treaty might have been formulated.
But the representatives of each of the
‘governments participating in the de-
‘liberations had theories, some of
{| which were selfish and some philan-
thropic, and out of the woof and warp
thus offered an agreement had to be
woven that would be acceptable if not
exactly agreeable to all. There were
envy, greed, revenge and ambition to
contend with in the making of the in- |
strument and the surprise is that so
good a result was obtained.
Viscount James Bryce stands
among the foremost statesmen of the
world. In all his public acts and es-
says he has shown a broad mind and
just purpose. But his criticisms of
the Versailles peace treaty are little,
if any, removed from puerile. No-
body claims that it was perfect. No
human action is perfect and the work
of that body of illustrious men is cer-
tainly above the average. It might
easily have served its purpose for a
time and been altered and improved in
future as experience revealed its im-
perfections. But Lord Bryce imagines
it.ought to have been made perfect in
the beginning. It is a preposterous
thought and entirely unlike the dis-
tinguished gentleman who uttered it.
——The achievements of science are
marvelous. Here's a scientific cuss
who has made “a silk purse out of a
sow’s ear.”
——The Kaiser seems to have
and order in that town up in the Al- , anti-dumping legislation for several abandoned wood chopping but keeps
his axe on edge.
classics on the principles and sciences .
Philadelphia’s Amazing Degredation.
The political gossip which has been
coming out of Philadelphia during the
past several weeks presents the most
amazing evidence of community im-
becility that modern history reveals.
“A city of more than a million and a
half inhabitants, with probably 400,-
000 voters, male and female, is wait-
ing helplessly upon the pleasure of
‘ one man to determine whether it shall !
‘have decent and efficient government
in the fucure or revert to the control
of the most vicious gang of plunder- |
ers ever organized for purposes of pi-
Senator Penrose, in Washing- |
ton, is the arbiter in the case and no-
body has sufficient faith in his integ:
rity and civic righteousness to predict
that he will choose the proper course.
i At the last election for Mayor of
the city precisely the same lines were
drawn and the same issues raised. In
that contest Senator Penrose aligned
himself with the decent element in the
community and it won by a narrow
margin, electing J. Hampton Moore,
as Mayor, and a council pledged to
support him in efforts to reform the
abuses. which prevailed. But before
the councilmen had got warm in their
seats the pirates had obtained, by pur-
chase or otherwise, a sufficient num-
ber to defeat every improvement con-
templated. Since then they have ap-
parently strengthened their lines and
now demand an equal division of the
‘offices to be filled, under penalty of a
party fight which they believe will |
According to the gossip it is up to
i Penrose to decide. If he puts the
force of his influence behind the de-
cent element it is commonly believed
that the pirates will not only be de-
feated. but completely subdued. But
Penrose withholds the important word.
Emissaries from both forces have been
sent to importune him to declare him-
self but he is as silent as a grave. He
understands what the result of a re-
turn of the pirates to power will be.
He knows them individually and col-
them by their right names frequently.
® hesitates to speak and the en-
amunity is helplessly waiting
Wd of his voice. What a perfect
——Bellefonte business men took a
day off yesterday and journeyed to |
Hecla park for their annual picnic, and
the result was Bellefonte was liter-
ally closed tight. Wednesday night’s
succession of hard showers did not
augur well for the gathering, but the
clear-up shower spent its force a little
after six o’clock yesterday morning
and the sun came out bright and hot
and the weather was all that could be
desired. The result was the largest
crowd at the park that has been there
this season. The gathering was not
confined to Bellefonte people alone,
as Lock Haven and State College was
well represented while people motored !
‘there from all parts of the county.
The “Watchman” went to press too
early to give the results of any of the
sports but the program was a good
one and as the weather was favorable
there is every reason to believe that
' verybody had a good time.
eee ee
——No new cases of typhoid fever
have developed in the Snow Shoe re-
! gion since last Thursday and every-
{body naturally hopes that there will
. be no further outbreak. Dr. J. L. Sei-
bert, representing the State Board of
| Health, states that so far they have
been unable to obtain the slightest
| clue as to the cause of the infection,
and they are at a loss to account for
so many cases of the disease. Ordi-
'narily typhoid is easly traceable, but
i this summer there have been out-
. breaks in various parts of the State
| and in most instances the origin has
| been unsolved.
——W. Harrison Walker Esq., will
, be a candidate at the forthcoming pri-
i maries for a renomination as a candi-
date to succeed himself as burgess of
| Bellefonte. Mr. Walker will be a can-
didate on both the Democratic and Re-
{ publican tickets and so far as now
known will have no opposition. The
only office that gives promise of de-
i veloping into much of a contest is that
' of tax collector, and several candidates
| on both tickets are trying for the nom-
| ination.
————— ——————
| ——The executive committee of the
| Centre County Veteran club held a
| meeting in Bellefonte on Tuesday to
1 make arrangements for their annual
| reunion which will be held at Grange
i park, Centre Hall, on Wednesday,
September 7th, during the Grange en-
campment and fair.
——Prohibition may be a great
blessing but the enforcement of pro-
hibition legislation makes it an ex-
pensive luxury.
——XKing George declares his sala-
ry inadequate but thus far he has not
made up his mind to strike.
——Subscribe for the “Watchman.”
y “like a book,” and has called
al infirm-+' The Western. Powers wish Tsing
NO. 32.
The Comedy of the Far East.
From the Philadelphia Record.
Japan is making renewed efforts to
get the Shantung issue settled with
China before it comes up in the dis-
armament conference. The attitudes
and the policies of the two countries
are extremely diverting. Japan wish-
es to get rid of Tsingtau, but it is not
willing to recognize that the matter
is any of the business of the Western
Powers, China wishes very much to
get back what it leased to Germany
for 99 years, but it won’t take it from
‘Japan; it wants the Western Powers
to take it away from Japan and pre-
sent it to China on a silver salver.
A year and a half ago Japan invit-
ed China to open negotiations for the
' retrocession of Tsingtau, and China
declined. Japan has proffered Tsing-
tau since, and with no better results.
The disarmament conference is com-
ing on, and China is counting on it tc
serve its ends by making Japan give
up the port and leasehold on Kiao
Chau Bay, and then present it with-
out condition or qualification to China.
And Japan fears exactly what Chi-
na hopes for. It knows how the Unit-
ed States and Europe feel about Ja-
pan’s retention of Tsingtau, and the
| Japanese delegates at the peace con-
ference gave assurances to Mr. Wilson
that Japan would restore Tsingtau to
China soon. But Japan does not wish
the Western Powers to meddle with
the thing. Hence it was dilatory about
aceepting the invitation to attend the
conference; then it wanted to know
what the scope of the conference was
to be; the next step was its accept-
ance of the invitation to the confer-
ence with the observation that it pre-
sumed matters concerning only certain
; Powers are already adjudicated would
not be taken up. It wanted the Shan-
tung issue left out.
Unofficially it has been known that
Japan wished Shantung, Yap and Sag-
'halien left out of the program. But
| fearing that they would not be, it is
| showing renewed anxiety to get Shag-
‘tung disposed of before the confei-
ence. China is determined not to né
gotiate. It has repudiated its respon
i sibility for treaties and leases mad
"under compulsion, and being power:
less in the presence of Japan, it in-
tends that the Occident shall pull its
' chestnuts cut of the fire. China in-
| tends to recover Tsingtau without ask-
ing Japan for it. Japan intends to
| give up Tsingtau, but not under: the
| compulsion of the Western Powers.
restored to China, but they can’t make
{ China ask Japan for it, and they would
i much rather not offend Japan. It is
ia very entertaining, but also a very
| serious, and possibly a dangerous, fea-
{ ture of Oriental diplomacy.
Well-Heeled Wilhelm.
Irom the Philadelphia Public Ledger.
While King George is obliged to cut
down the cost of running the royal
' household to a minimum, it does not
| appear that the ex-Kaiser, who gave
{ the word for the war, is suffering from
| the economic consequence in any
i marked degree. ’
It seems that after Wilhelm pulled
out of his palace in Berlin, even after
revolutionary troops had made consid-
erable inroads upon his cellars, there
were left 70,000 pounds of flour, 7000
pounds of sugar, 1300 bottles of Dan-
ish cream and other comestibles too
numerous to mention. These were
confiscated by the Republican author-
ities and turned over to hospitals and
orphanages, reducing the task of the
Americans in feeding the children of
our late enemies to that appreciable
extent. It must have been a source of
extreme exasperation to the royal ren-
egate to learn that the babies of Ber-
lin got those 1300 bottles of Danish
cream which he could not take with
him to Amerongen.
The Kaiser is now sending a form-
letter to his late subjects of a sort not
calculated to increase their affection-
ate regard for his memory. He is
very sorry that he can not comply
with the various requests for contri-
butions to what might be termed the
Republic campaign funds; but the fact
is that since he got away from the
chandeliers and the pier-glasses of
Potsdam the government that rose up
behind him has left the mark drop
down so far in the world market that
the remittances to the amount of 70,-
000,000 marks he has received are just
about enough to keep him in cigarettes
and club dues at Doorn. That is not
his precise language, but that is what
he means. The hard-luck story in its
tone and tenor is not compatible with
the previous long-maintained and
careful pose of protector of the poor.
A few months ago Wilhelm was try-
ing to squeal out of his taxes at
Doorn. The authorities then an-
nounced that he was receiving the
equivalent of $140,000 a year. He
tells his generous hosts of Holland
they lie; he gets not more than $60,
000 a year. A former accountant of
the royal household is cited as author-
ity for the statement that in 1920,
while the ex-Kaiserin was still alive,
the income was $240,000 per annum.
The Dutch authorities call his atten-
tion to the fact that in an Amsterdam
bank under his major-domo’s name he
is supposed to have something like
Altogether, the tale of woe does not
seem to have made the impression of
abject poverty that Wilhelm wishes to
create in Holland or in Germany, or
anywhere else.
——Warren Gamaliel is not the only
Harding in the lime light. That gay
old roysterer, George T., may have
been obliged to sneak in but he got on
the front page just the same.
'{ creek, Schuylkill
1 » 5
—While working in her own garden a
few days ago, Mrs. Oliver E. Shupler, of
Pottstown, found an unset diamond valued
at $230.
—Governor Sproul has set the week be-
ginning October 3rd as the time for the ex-
ecution of two murderers, Anton Weber, of
Allegheny county, and Frank Palmo, of
Lackawanna, county.
—Mrs. Rhoda Mowry, a resident of Ly-
coming county, died at the home of a
daughter, near Hughesville, a few days
ago, after suffering for a year from a brok-
en back, the result of a fall from a cherry
tree in the summer of 1920.
—William Main, a Potter county resi-
dent, was recently fined 8750 and $6.25 ad-
ditional costs for gross violations of the
fish laws of the Commonwealth. He paid
$50 for selling trout, $100 for fishing in a
closed stream and $600 for sixty trout in
excess of the limit.
—On the verge of death, following an op-
eration, Mrs. Rebecca Harper, ager forty
years, of Shamokin, will probably owe her
life to the sacrifice of Thomas Edwards, a
stalwart Shamokin youth, who permitted
a quart of blood to be transfused from his
veins to those of the woman.
—Barefooted and thinly clad, Vietor and
Samuel Aldrigheti, aged 10 and 8 years,
respectively, of Mahaffey, Clearfield coun-
ty, have disappeared from their home and
the widowed mother believed that they
had been kidnapped. Searching parties on
Monday discovered their bodies in a near-
by creek, they having fallen in and drown-
ed. :
—Hanging by his neck to a noose fash-
ioned from his belt and attached to the up-
per bars of his cell in the Indiana county
jail, the dead body of John Hvozda, aged
59 years, a resident of Indiana county for
the past five years, was found the other
morning. He had been arrested on a ser-
ious charge and leaves a widow and four
—Playing with other boys who were
amusing themselves with a shotgun at the
home of Lee Lesh, of Bethel, Venango
county, William Magee, 12 years of age,
was shot through the heart and died in-
stantly. When the accident occurred Mrs.
Lesh was out picking berries and Mr. Lesh
was away. The gun was in the hands of
one of the Lesh children when it exploded.
George A. Lesh was shot in the left arm.
—Twenty-one separate suits for damag-
es totalling $250,000 were brought in the
Northumberland county Common Pleas
court at Sunbury last week by Mount Car-
mel residents against the Lehigh Valley
Coal company for alleged injury to their
property, due to coal dirt from big Sha-
mokin creek being washed on their lands.
They claim the coal corporation is liable,
as this refuse came from the mines owned
by it.
1. W. Kline, aged 45
stantly killed by lightning
Millbrook township, Mercer county, last
Thursday. Kline was plowing in a field
near his home. He drove his tractor with-
in twenty feet of the house. Just as he
stepped from the machine there was a
blinding flash and Kline dropped dead.
Mrs. Kline and children witnessed the
tragedy from the window. Kline was a
wealthy farmer.
—The Philadelphia and Reading Coal
and Iron company has begun the greatest
anthracite coal strippings known in the
history of the coal business at Rausch
eounty. Mine experis
who visited the scene predict that more
than $100,000,000 worth of coal will be un-
covered to the light of day by the strip-
pings and make the mining of this vast
body of coal possible without the danger
of ordinary mining.
—An-American eagle, wounded near Mar-
tinsburg by a hunter who did not know
the federal law protected this specie of
bird, is being nursed back to health at the
poultry yard of deputy game warden W.
C. Bayle in Altoona. It was wounded in
the head. The eagle measures 6 feet and
6 inches from tip to tip of wing and has
legs as thick as a man’s arm. It consumes
11% pounds of beefsteak at a meal. As
soon as it recovers it will be liberated.
years, was in-
on his farm in
—-A stray kitten given shelter two days
ago in the home of Arthur Wylie, of Al-
toona, saved Mrs. Wylie and her two chil-
dren from burning to death last Thursday
night when their house eaught fire. Mrs.
Wylie was aroused by the kitten secratch-
ing on her bedroom door. When she open-
od it she was confronted by a mass of
flames and smoke. Mrs. Wylie and the
children escaped in their nightclothes by
way of the porch roof. The house was
—While Antasa Karsly vas at the sta-
tion at Berwick waiting for a train to take
him to New York to sail for his native
Austria he was arrested on a charge of at-
tempting to defraud a merchant out of $17.
He: protested to the officer that he was
likely to miss his boat, but he did not like
to pay the $17. Finally he told the officer
that if he had $17 he would give it to him.
Pulling a roll of bills out of his pocket he
turned over five $1,000 bills, numerous cen-
turies and finally peeled off a $20 and
handed it to the officer, receiving his
change. He had alinost $10,000 in his
—With exactly a dozen years of married
life behind him, during which time his
wife never even threw one ray of suspi-
cion upon him, Robert Sibert, of Pitts-
burgh, is in the West Penn hospital with
a fractured nose, and Rose Nauman, an
old sweetheart is in the same institution,
while Mrs. Sibert is under arrest, charged
with assaulting the injured pair. Mrs. Si-
bert said her husband left home last Sat-
urday night to go to a barber shop. “He
didn’t need a hair cut and always shaves
himself, so the story sounded teo thin to
believe. I followed him and found him on
the steps of a church, and you know ‘the
rest,” she told the police.
—A chance glance at one of the numer-
ous pamphlets received at the Milton po-
lice station solved the mysterious disap-
pearance two months ago of John 8.
Schreyer, a native of Milton. Two months
ago Mr. Schreyer wrote to his mother, Mrs.
P. H. Schreyer, of Milton, telling her of an
intended business trip to Washington, D.
C. That was the last heard of him, and it
was thought he had gone to his mining
operation in the backwoods of Canada
without informing his relatives. Several
days ago a pamphlet was received by the
Milton police from the Washington, D. C,,
department of police. While causally
glancing over it a Milton officer thought
he recognized the face of the man whose
identy was sought. The man’s mother and
sister, Mrs. L. C. Townsend, quickly con-
firmed the identification. The pamphlet,
after describing the body, stated it had
been found in.the Potomac river on June
8th. The man had been murdered, every-
thing of value taken from his clothes and
the body thrown into the river.