Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, January 27, 1922, Image 1

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. —It sometimes happens that your
friend is not your friend at all. He
is merely your parasite. :
. —Soft coal is much cheaper than
hard, but it tries the patience of a
Job to put up with the smoke and
soot. :
—Death has done to the Republican
organization in this State in a very
few weeks more than we Democrats
have been able to do to it in a great
many years.
—The weather man has issued the
comforting bulletin that the backbone
of the present cold wave is broken.
Glory be! And let no one try to re-
duce the fracture.
- — Senator Pepper is described by
his eulogists as a very pious man, but
it is not likely that he asked for Di-
vine guidance when he voted in favor
of seating Newberry.
—It requires super-patience now te
enjoy a sleigh ride. The swift-mov-
ing automobile has taken much of the
joy out of the sled and four that jin-
gles along at five or six miles an hour.
——Senator McConnell, prohibition
officer, says his resignation is one of
the results of the death of Penrose.
They appear to be moving heaven and
earth to make Penrose’s final act
—The school child who can’t pro-
nounce the name Abraham might as
well play hookey on the 12th of next
month. There’ll be no speech or song
in school that day for them with such
a disability.
——The Japs seem to be the most
amiable people in the world. They
consent to every proposition that
comes before the Washington confer-
ence and most of the propositions are
adverse to their interests.
—We have gotten so accustomed to
being driven that another drive or so
isn’t going to worry us a bit. Come
on, you Y.M. C. A. solicitors we
might as well get it over with. It’ll
have to be paid some day, so why not
——Chairman Lasker, of the Ship-
ping board, has the real Republican
idea of finance. He favors ship subsi-
dies so liberal that every capitalist
will want to buy ships, thus providing
a market for the surplus now in pos-
session of the government.
—Our announcement last week of
the movement to hang stars in the
homes in which there is no liquor
seems to have caused a mild conster-
nation among some of our acquaint-
ances. They view it from a different
— a.
VOL. 67.
An Excellent Propositien.
In an interview made public in
Mitchell Palmer suggested “a State-
wide convention of Democrats at
which every faction and element of
the party would be represented.” This
is not a new idea. It has been urged
by the “Watchman” at intervals dur-
ing the last half dozen years. But
the movement in that direction has
been resisted as frequently by Mr.
Palmer and his followers. They im-
agined that there were only two men
in the party entitled to consideration
in framing party policies and choos-
ing candidates. One of these had
money and the other felt certain he
had all the brains necessary. Under
their direction the party has been re-
duced almost to the vanishing point.
For more than a dozen years there
has been no conference of Democrats
of Pennsylvania for open discussion
of policies or candidates. One or two
men have arrogated to themselves ab-
solute control of party affairs and if
by any chance the voters selected a
candidate not entirely agreeable to
them, they bolted and bargained for
favors from the opposition. No
chance was given to discover new and
promising material or develop ability
in leadership. Control of the party
organization for the purpose of dis-
pensing patronage was the highest
aspirations of those leaders and per-
sonal aggrandizement their aim.
There is no longer patronage to dis-
pense and the necessity for exclusive-
ness is ended.
In any event the suggestion of Mr.
Palmer is an excellent one and we
sincerely hope it will be taken up by
Democrats-in every part of the State.
The vote polled for a volunteer can-
didate last fall, without the least help
from the organization, shows there
are enough Democrats in the State to
make a formidable fight. Such a con-
vention as has been suggested might
easily be arranged for and while it
would have no authority to nominate
candidates it would have the right to
angle. They don’t want to lie yet,
they say, if they don’t hang out the
star their friends will know they have !
it and pester them until it is all gone. |
—The King of the Bulgars has an
elephant on his hands and is too poor
to buy hay for it. Charles and Zita !
are on the Maderia islands too poor
to buy food for themselves, so they
have become white elephants on
Spain’s hands, for she offered them
an asylum when they were driven zut
of Austria. Which elephant would
you rather be? We believe it would
be easier to hustle for hay than for
—The $226,000 in currency that was
found in one of the late Senator Pen-
rose’s strong boxes has been the cause
of much conjecture. Certainly the
Senator was not a hoarder, for had he |
been it would have been gold, the met- |
al, instead of currency that was laid
away there. It couldn’t be said that
he lacked faith in banks because that
wouldn’t square with the mentality
of the man. He wasn’t the timid,
skeptical type. He was a man of
mystery to be sure. All who knew
him well coincide in that, but to us
there was no mystery in the finding
of that vast sum of money. Senator
Penrose played big games for big
stakes and when it comes to swinging
a National convention or a Legisla-
ture a bunch of the yellow backs come
in handy; especially if you know
where to get them without leaving a
trail behind.
—Many of our readers will recall
the lilting little verses that “Priscil-
1a” wrote for the “Watchman” some
five or six years ago. At the time we
made every effort to discover the iden-
tity of our anonymous contributor.
They were clever little songs of a
soul that we knew must have high
ideals and we published them because
of the purity of the thoughts and the
pleasing, pleading rhythm of their ex-
pression. They intrigued us so much,
as Jay House would say, that we ran
every - possible clue to its very end.
We called one day at a home in Belle-
fonte where we thought such thoughts
were thought and such songs sung,
but the daughter of the home assured
that her father was our “Priscilla.”
Yesterday we learned that her’s was
the soul that housed the muse we
sought. She it was who a week later
sent in the taunting couplet “Mys-
terious Priscilla” that ended thus:
“She is never in hiding, always happy
and free
On the streets of Bellefonte any day you
may see.
She is handy with paper and handy with
Is making a living—independent of men.
Her name and her nature is worthy a guess
If you leave it to her she will never con-
Of a truth she is happy and free
today, for they laid the remains of
Sallie Fitzgerald to rest in the Union
cemetery on Saturday and our “Pris-
cilla” is the new member of the angel-
Resi and promulgate a platform.
bright and earnest men of the party
would have a heartening effect and
‘encourage effort and energy sufficient
to command victory. - : i
ments made by delegates attending
the national agricultural conference
in Washington we are persuaded that
everything has been reduced in price
except such articles as people have to
Degenerating Into a Joke.
The Washington conference is rap-
idly degenerating into a joke. In
the beginning there were signs prom-
ising good results. First three, and
afterward four, powers agreed to the
scrapping of navies at a fixed ratio
which might have saved the several
governments concerned considerable
money. But the refusal to include
lair craft in the scrapping operation
altogether and the failure to agree on
restrictions on the building of sub-
mersible craft, takes away every ex-
pectation of economy and there nev-
er was any promise of preventing
wars in the future. The governments
concerned would have relatively the
same fighting capacity and equipment
after the agreement as before.
Some time later, with considerable
flourish, an announcement was made
that the four great countries, or may-
be five of them, had come to an agree-
ment that would adjust all troubles in
the near and far east, and make Great
Britain’s control in India not only
complete but peaceful. That was
alike encouraging and gratifying.
Great Britain owes us a lot of money
and it is distressing to our philan-
thropic authorities to see her harrass-
ed with other troubles, though her
debt to us appears to give her no trou-
ble. But it seems that even this hope
has been disappointed. It is true that
everybody agrees “in principle” to
everything the other fellow suggests
but the differences in detail are so
great as to be irreconcilable.
The truth is that this Washington
conference was conceived in fraud.
The vicious element in the Republican
arty had determined against enter-
us that we were wrong in thinking Donny 2
ing into the League of Nations be-
ers and war profiteers, want war. The
Washington conference was called to
create a substitute for the League
the people. Of course it has failed
and will continue to fail for the rea-
son that it is a false pretense. The
Republican party leaders do not want
enduring peace. It would take away
a vast part of their revenues alike as
tion. The only way to secure peace
is to join the League of Nations and
every one knows that.
that he knows something about hero-
ie choir.
ism and how it should be rewarded.
esides, such an assembly of the.
——After reading all the state-
cause their masters, munition mak-
that would both deceive and satisfy
individuals and as a party organiza- |
———Maybe it’s modesty and possi-
bly it’s something less meritorious but |
General Pershing has again shown
A Dangerous Combination.
The statement that an alliance has
adelphia, “for the purpose of exercis-
ing a controlling hand in the politics
of the State,” suggests that some one |
ought to call the police. Mr. Magee,
recently elected Mayor of Pittsburgh °
as the representative of the most vi-
cious element of a corrupt city gov-
ernment, would naturally be ready
for any sort of a combination that
“would serve his selfish purposes. Vare
needs no introduction. As the con-
tractor boss of Philadelphia he has
made his name a synonym for politie-
al corruption. In recent years he has
aspired to extend his zone of influ-
ence beyond the city limits but thus
far has not succeeded.
The influence of the late Senator
Penrose had much to do with the re-
striction of the Vare dominion to the
city. The late Senator had his faults
and they were flagrant enough. But
he never could endure the Vare meth-
ods and outside of the, city his voice
was sufficiently potent to prevent the
spread. Immediately after the death
of Penrose, however, the lines were
cast out and Magee promptly seized
them. It is an unholy alliance and
palpably for the purpose of loot. But
it is likely to be a dangerous force.
Both leaders of the enterprise are
shrewd and resourceful and they are
equally ambitious. The combination
of such elements admonish the public
of a grave danger.
Since the Vares, through the elec-
tion of Mayor Moore, lost control of
the municipal contracts in Philadel-
phia, they have been reaching out for
State road building contracts and have
gathered up quite a lot of them. It
is understood that if the Vare-Magee
combination gets the candidate for
Governor the Vare contracting ener-
gies will be invested altogether in
State road building. In that event
the people of the State will need to be
watchful. The Vare contracting firm
is out to make money and with as lit-
tle expenditure of enérgy as possible.
Therefore the combination proposed
is a menace to the public. Itis a com-
bination of the big cities to plunder
the rest of the State. 0 i
——Mr. Harding has a remedy at
hand for every evil and freely prom-
ises to apply it. But Congress per-
versely refuses to do its part and the
poor President can only promise
Two Deaths on Sunday. w
Two men of great importance and
much distinction “departed this life”
on Sunday. Pope Benedict XV died
at the Vatican in Rome at six o’clock
in the morning. He became the head
of the Catholic church during the
world war, and addressed himself
promptly and vigorously to the task
of restoring peace. Never a robust
man the labors of his great office soon
undermined his health. But he work-
ed on with undiminished energy and
zeal until peace was concluded. He
was not an old man in years, having
only recently celebrated his sixty-
seventh birthday. The immediate
cause of his death was pneumonia.
His successor will be chosen by the
College of Cardinals within a short
time. :
Viscount James Bryce, who died at
Sidmouth, England, was eighty-three
years old and had been a distinguish-
ed figure in public and literary life
since the publication of his book, the
“Holy Roman Empire,” in 1862. Since
that his work in statesmanship, diplo-
macy and literature has commanded
the highest praise. His “American
Commonwealth” has been a standard
text book in schools and colleges of
the United States for a great many
years. He was appointed Ambassa-
dor to the United States in 1907 and
served with distinction for several
years. His most important work since
was his investigation of charges of
German cruelties in Belgium at the
beginning of the great war.
The Pope, Benedict XV, rendered
valuable service to his, church and
the world during the brief period of
his Pontificate, but his successor will
be chosen in due time and the affairs
of the church and the world will move
on. But there will be no successor to
Viscount James Bryce, though his
vast achievements in the various lines
of endeavor will be an enduring mon-
ument to his memory. He was a for-
eigner, as we term those born abroad,
but it has been said that he understood
‘our government better than most of
our native statesmen. The world is a
great loser by the deaths of Sunday,
but the world survives all losses and
recovers from all calamities.
——The Washington conference has
afforded those who attended it a good
, time and that is about the sum and
substance of its achievement.
rir mime ptciop———
——1In a search for new subjects of
taxation a Republican Congressman
poposes a graduated tax on gifts.
That is about the limit.
¢ A Statesman “Out of Luck.”
| Harry Mackey, who is chairman of
Philadelphia the other day Mr. A. been formed between Mayor Magee, the Workmen's Compensation board
: of Pittsburgh, and the Vares, of Phil-
and a servile follower of the Vare ma-
chine, is considerably worried over
;a recent incident of his campaign
work. Mr. Mackey imagines that he
‘is a candidate for Governor and for
some time back has been supplying
' the country papers with propaganda.
| The other day he sent out 900 circu-
i lars eulogistic of his services to the
! public upon which insufficient postage
was placed. Some of the publishers
, to whom the circulars were addressed
refused to receive them. As they
: were enclosed in envelopes of the De-
partment of Labor and Industry, they
were returned to that department and
the postal deficiency collected.
As usual some busybody in the
newspaper service found out the fact
and published it. Mr. Mackey hast-
ened to Harrisburg and reimbursed
the department. But the reimburse-
ment didn’t cover the cost of the pub-
lic stationery used in printing and
distributing the circulars. The post-
age was a trifle in comparison with
the entire cost of the transaction. Mr.
Mackey states that the whole thing
was an error of “a blond stenogra-
pher” employed in the bureau of which
he is head. Possibly that is true but
the newspaper account of the matter
states that several other batches of
circulars have been sent out in the
same way and that the mistake ought
to have been discovered sooner.
As a matter of fact Mr. Mackey has
done nothing unusual in the matter of
propaganda. It has become a habit
with State officials to put all the bur-
den of their expenses on the State.
Nearly a hundred automobiles are li-
censed to the State and any public of-
fice who doesn’t ride in a car is neg-
lecting his opportunities. Other can-
didates in the service of the State
have probably done as Mackey did,
the difference being that they were
not found out. If the Mackey argu-
ments had been less weighty probably
he wouldn’t have been found out
either. The contributions to the
covlitry papers would have been re-
cei and the matter thus ended.
Harry was “out of luck.”
seit Sia
——1If the ice dealers of Bellefonte
run short of ice next summer it will
undoubtedy be because they have not
taken advantage of the opportunity
this winter to harvest an abundant
crop, because there has certainly been
plenty of opportunity. This item
was written Wednesday morning when
the temperature in Bellefonte and
throughout Centre county ranged any-
where from ten to fifteen degrees be-
low zero, which was ice making
weather with a vengeance. Recurring
to the ice dealer, however, it might
be said that Edward Garbrick com-
pleted filling his ice house last week.
Last winter he was able to get only
about one-third as much as he has
now stored, and he contemplates
another cutting which he will pile up
outside his ice house, for early sum-
mer use. Other dealers have also
stored good supplies and contemplate
piling up another cutting, so that
there should be no dearth of ice next
——The Board of Pardons, at its
regular meeting in February will con-
sider the question of granting pardons
to James Strail, of Franklin, and Ivy
D. Foster, of Allegheny, who have
been recommended for pardon by pris-
on officials for exceptionally meritor-
ious conduct during the riot in the
western penitentiary at Pittsburgh
last summer. Both men assisted the
prison officials in fighting the crazed
mob of inmates and were undoubted-
ly responsible for saving considera-
ble property from being burned.
——A total of $128,299.50 was paid
out of the State Treasury as bounties
on noxious animals during 1921. Of
this amount Centre county hunters
and trappers collected $2,815.50, as
bounties on 7 wildcats, 233 foxes, 28
minks and 1259 weasels. Clinton
county led the State with wildcats, a
total of 38; Susquehanna reported the
greatest number of foxes, 395, while
Crawford county led with 258 minks
and 34756 weasels, as well as in the
total of bounties, $6,645.50.
reste ————————
—Just as a matter of record it
might be stated that thermometers in
Bellefonte yesterday morning fell to
12 to 14 degrees below zero. At Pine
Grove Mills it was 16 below and at
Tadpole 28, which is probably the low
record for the county, not only this
winter, but for some years.
——Another airplane built at the
Bellefonte aviation field was tested
out last Friday and pronounced satis-
factory in every way. This is the
third plane that has been turned out
BY mechanics at the Bellefonte
—There must be some boss some-
where if it is true that already Pen-
rose office.holders are being bumped.
Pope Benedict XV Dead.
Pope Benedict XV died at 6 o'clock
Sunday morning following a short ill-
ness with pneumonia.
He offered a brave fight for life
but gradually weakened, and lay at
death’s door for two days.
Pope Benedict, or Giacomo della
Chiesa, the spiritual head of 300,000,-
000 Catholics, was born of noble line
at Pegli, Italy, on November 21, 1854.
His father was the Marchese della
Chiesa (pronounced Keeaze). He re-
ceived his education at the Caproni-
can College and later attended the
Academy of Ecclesiastics. Ordained
to the priesthood in 1878, he soon at-
tracted the attention of Cardinal Ram-
polla, who under Pope Leo XIII was
the Papal Secretary of State. He ac-
companied Rampolla to Madrid in
1883 when his patron was Nuncio, re-
maining there until 1887, when he re-
turned to Rome upon the elevation of
Rampolla to the Cardinalate.
In 1901, after having served four
years as secretary of the Nunciature
in Spain, he was appointed secretary
of the Cypher. This position gave
its incumbent considerable authority
and the same year Mgr. della Chiesa
was named as consultor of the holy
A notable promotion came to him
on December 16, 1907, when Pope Pius
X appointed della Chiesa as archbish-
op of the important see of Bologna
to succeed the late Cardinal Svampa.
His administration of this office for
seven years was characterized, it is
said, by prudence and diplomacy. His
consecration as an archbishop was
performed by Pius himself in the Sis-
tine chapel, an honor so unusual that
it attracted world wide attention.
Archbishop della Chiesa was made a
cardinal in May, 1914, less than six
months before mounting the throne of
St. Peter’s.
He took his ecclesiastical title from
Pope Benedict XIV, one of the ablest
pontiffs of the church, who was born
in Bologna on March 31, 1657, and
died on May 3, 1758. =
The dead Pope was buried on Wed-
nesday and interest now centres in the
election of his successor, which will
probably take place on February ist
or 2nd. Cardinal Maffi is considered
the leading candidate as Pope Bene-
dict’s successor. ;
Sudden Death of Highway Commis-
sioner Sadler. :
Lewis S. Sadler, State Highway
Commissioner, died of pneumonia “at
his home at Carlisle last Friday. He
was 47 ‘years. old. His illness was
brought on by a severe cold contract-
ed while on a tour of inspection of
state highways. Two weeks ago to-
day he was in Philadelphia, returning
to his office at Harrisburg on Monday.
He was forced to return fo his home
Monday night. Last Thursday the
cold developed into pneumonia and
Mr. Sadler’s condition grew rapidly
worse. Death occurred at 9:40 Fri-
day morning. ;
Mr. Sadler, who was active in state
political circles, was prominently
mentioned as a probable successor to
Senator Penrose. He was also prom-
inently mentioned for the Republican
nomination as’ Governor. He was ap-
pointed State Highway Commissioner
in January, 1919, when Governor
Sproul assumed office. :
He was born in Carlisle, March 3,
1874. His parents were Judge and
Mrs. Wilbur F. Sadler. Educated in
the public schools of Carlisle and at
Dickinson preparatory school, he later
attended Yale and the Dickinson law
Mr. Sadler's wife, who was Miss
Mary Rosler, of Carlisle, died in 1916.
They had no children. Two brothers,
Horace E. Sadler, a retired manufac-
turer of Carlisle, and Justice Sylves-
ter B. Sadler, of the State Supreme
court, survive.
One Estimate of De Valera.
John Davey, in The Gaelic American.
The writer of this article has known
and dealt at close range with every
Irish leader for the past half century,
but he has never met one so imprac-
ticable, self-willed, stubborn and in-
capable of winning other men to his
views, or of conciliating honest dif-
ferences of opinions, as de Valera. De
Valera is absolutely impossible. He
has no real strength of character and
no convictions except an overweening
self-confidence, which is founded
neither on achievement nor power of
persuasion. His position is: “I want
this thing done, and you must not ask
me why. The Irish people have se-
lected me as their spokesman, and
that is enough.” This attitude on the
part of a man with wide experience
of public affairs would be bad enough,
but in the case of a man with no ex-
perience at all and no training it is
simply intolerable. .
A Penrose Mystery.
From the New York World.
Senator Penrose was a man of
means. The hight cost of living prob-
ably cost him no personal anxiety as
to the future. He was familiar, of
course, with the conveniences that the
banks afford depositors in the way of
easy access to their funds and the op-
portunities the market offered for ob-
taining gilt-edged bonds. In resisting
the temptation to take advantage of
the usual machinery of finance, it may
have been through indifference that
he followed the course he did, it may
have been through motives of his
own. The presence of $226,100 in
bills in a Washington safe-deposit
box held in his name is an added mys-
tery in the life of a man of mystery.
—J. D. Snyder, 9 year old son of Mr,
and Mrs. Clair Snyder, of Homer City,
died at the home of bis parents, as the re-
sult of swallowing a lima bean, which
{ lodged in his windpipe. A physician was
immediately summoned, but despite all ef-
forts to dislodge the bean, the boy died
in about an hour.
—One of the largest verdicts to be re-
turned by a Lebanon county jury in years
was that recorded on Monday in the suit
of Charles S. Kalbach, a Richland grain
dealer, against the Philadelphia and Read-
ing Railway company for $14,920. Kal-
bach’s grain elevator at Richland was de-
stroyed by fire last March. He claimed
the fire was caused by sparks from a pass-
ing locomotive on the Reading railway.
—Police Monday night found the body
of Mrs. Stella Tapa, who with her husband
Frank Tapa recently arrived in Pittsburgh
from Kentucky, in a rooming house with
a huge butcher knife stuck through her
body. She was bleeding from several
other wounds. An examination of the
room revealed that a hasty exit had been
made through the window. The police an-
nounced that they are looking for the slain
woman's husband.
—Two burglars broke into the G. W.
Shaffer grocery store in Altoona early on
Saturday, carried out the combination
steel safe and filing case, loaded it into a
bobsled and hauled it to Oak Ridge ceme-
tery, where they obtained a pick by forec-
ing entrance into the tool house, then
cracked the safe, extracted $203 in money
and fled without taking valuable papers.
They were tracked in the snow to Pleasant
Valley, but escaped.
—A wallet containing $17,450 worth of
negotiable securitiees and thrift stamps
was found last Wednesday by David Knep-
per in an oats bin in a barn on his farm
near Lovett, Cambria county. According
to Knepper the wallet was the property of
John Hogentoger, a farm hand, who was
killed January 19th, by a falling tree. The
securities and stamps were turned over to
Charles Hogentoger, of Portage, Pa., a
brother of the dead man.
—After a close-down of about eighteen
weeks, the rolling mills of the Phoenix
Iron company at Phoenixville, started up
Monday morning and about 335 men were
called to work. The opening of this de-
partment brings the total number of men
now employed to about 1300, or nearly 80
per cent. of normal. Another of the large
furnaces in the steel plant has also been
‘started, increasing the output about 700,-
000 pounds a week. This is the fourth fur-
nace now in operation.
—John A. Smith, of Altoona, is 92 years
old, and he is still active, devoting much
time to the care of a large number of
chickens. Mr. Smith helped to build the
first house in Altoona and he has seen the
place grow to a city of 60,000 people. He
was born in Blair county and has occu-
pied his home since 1871. He became a
carpenter's apprentice in 1848 at $5 a
month, and later was in the mercantile
business. He was elected a county com-
missioner in 1896 and served three years.
—Former coroner Jacob Eckinger paid
back to Danphin county last week $2172 in
fees for which he was surcharged by Con-
troller Gough. It was the custom of cor-
oners to charge inquest fees in all cases,
but Controller Gough ruled that where no
inquest was held the coroner could not
‘collect a fee only for investigating the case
and not add the additional sum allowed
1ér has cut the annual salary of the cor-
oner to a small sum and has resulted in a
considerable saving to the county.
—Harry L. Brindle, 63 years old, former-
ly of Mercer county and until last April
30th appropriation clerk in the Auditor
General's Department, was last Thursday
sentenced by the Dauphin county court to
from two and a half to three years in the
eastern penitentiary, a fine of $5 and costs,
and to make restitution of $2006 embezzled
from the State. The sentence was impos-
ed by Judge Frank B. Wickersham follow-
ing pleas that a prison sentence be
omitted because of Brindle’s age and
physical condition and that he had made
no defense.
—Taking the money given him by Mag-
istrate Succop to buy food until he could
get work, Nick Kozlowski, of Pittsburgh,
jobless and despondent, hurried to a near-
by drug store, bought poisen and killed
himself. Arrested on Friday as a suspi-
cious person, he told Magistrate Succop he
had been out of work for months and was
hungry. The Magistrate gave him money
for his immediate wants and told him that
if he would come to him twice a week un-
til he found a job he would be provided
for, Apparently grateful, Kozlowski went
out and early Saturday his body was
—~Charles D. Zell, defaulting treasurer of
the Agricultural Trust company of Lan-
caster, who was sentenced to twenty-two
and one-half years in the eastern peniten-
tiary by Judge Landis Thursday morning,
must serve this minimum sentence. The
Judge on Saturday morning fixed that as
the minimum and thirty years as the max-
imum. The former banker heard his new
sentence without showing any .emotion
and refused to make any comment as he
sank into his seat after the new penalty
had been read. It was explained that of-
ficials of the penitentiary will decide
whether he is to serve twenty-two and
one-half years or the full term of thirty.
—Edgar R. Nesbit, an $1800 a year cash-
ier of the Pennsylvania Power and Light
company, of Sunbury, was on Monday sen-
tenced to serve not more than three nor
less than two years in the Northumberland
county prison by Judge Albert W. Lloyd
after he pleaded guilty to the embezzle-
ment of upward of $6000. Nesbit for years
handled large sums, getting as much as
$15,000 a day, according to friends. Then
one day he started taking a little, hoping
to put it back, but it grew worse, he said,
until the defalcation was discovered. He
pleaded guilty and did not whimper when
the sentence was applied. He has a wife
and one child and was considered one of
the finest young men in the community.
—Mrs. BE. W. Hess, wife of one of the
best known engineers of Clearfield county,
surprised a housebreaker with a demon-
stration of her pluck early Tuesday morn-
ing. As a result, it is possible that hidden
away somewhere near by is a man nurs-
ing a revolver shot wound of more or less
importance. Mrs. Hess, with her mother
and sister, were alone in the house at the
time. Mrs. Hess was awakened by the
noise down stairs. She armed herself and
stealthily crept to a vantage point, where
she suddenly switched on the lights and
began shooting. The intruder escaped
through a parlor window, but persons at-
tracted to the scene by the shooting are
of the opinion that one of her shots might
have scored a hit.
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